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Trooper Tells Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein: ‘We Will Find You’

Trooper Tells Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein: ‘We Will Find You’

Courtesy Roman Kamensky(CRESCO, Pa.) — The state trooper leading the manhunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein had a message for the suspect on Friday, calling him a “coward” and telling him, “We are not intimidated. We will not leave.”

Lt. Col. George Bivens, who is leading the manhunt, sent that message to Frein as the dragnet was almost two weeks old.

Bivens had earlier said there were indications that Frein had access to the media, and on Friday he said, “I have reason to believe he may have a radio with him.”

Bivens delivered a taunting message to Frein.

“You are a coward,” the officer said. “We are not intimidated. We will not leave… We will find you and we will bring you to justice.”

The posse hunting Frein zeroed in on a section of Pennsylvania wilderness because the suspect turned on his cellphone in an attempt to call his parents, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to ABC News Friday.

Frein’s phone was only on for a few seconds, but it was long enough for investigators to track the signal to an area near the border of Monroe and Pike counties in the Pocono Mountains, the source said.

Bivens declined to discuss the cellphone call, saying, “I’m not going to comment on anything that may have been done with cellphones.”

The break in the manhunt, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, came six days after Frein, 31, allegedly ambushed Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks, killing one officer and critically wounding another.

As many as 1,000 officers have been scouring the woods and surrounding areas for Frein. Bivens said Friday that searchers have “found evidence there has been tampering with some structures in the area,” and the officer suspects it was the work of Frein.

The mountain dragnet sent officers to a sprawling abandoned hotel called the Buck Hill Inn near the town of Cresco. The search failed to locate Frein.

“We do know he has an interest in that location and do know he has spent some time there,” the lieutenant colonel said.

Bivens said that Frein has “experimented with explosives,” and “We are taking that into consideration,” alert for “booby traps” while checking cabins and caves where Frein might have been hiding.

The manhunt has included the use of helicopters and dogs and the combination appears to have flushed Frein out of a hiding spot earlier in the week, but he escaped into woods as it got dark, Bivens said.

“On at least one occasion…. (a tracking dog) caused him to jump out at quite some distance from us and escape,” Bivens said. He said the incident occurred a few days ago “just as darkness was falling,” which made it difficult for the helicopter above to spot him.

He said the last sighting of Frein was on Wednesday.

The investigators said they have recovered a hard drive from a computer that Frein had access to that included Internet searches and research on how to evade a police manhunt and survivalist techniques.

Investigators are also looking for anyone who may have seen Frein’s Jeep Cherokee Sport before Monday, Sept. 15 in and around the Blooming Grove station where the ambush occurred.

The vehicle was found partially submerged in a pond and inside the car were shell casings that matched the bullets fired at the troopers along with face camouflage and two empty rifle cases.

An AK-47 rifle and ammunition was later found in the woods that police believe Frein either abandoned or had stashed.

Frein is believed to be armed with a .308 rifle with a scope, police have said, and is considered to be extremely dangerous.

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Serial Arsonist At-Large in Washington State

Serial Arsonist At-Large in Washington State

iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Firefighters in Spokane, Washington are searching for a serial arsonist they believe may have intentionally set up to 17 fires in the past week.

Spokane County Fire District Chief Tony Neilson says there have been two fires per day, all set in rural areas along roads.

“Somebody is going to be injured. Either a member of the public or one of our firefighters,” Neilson said. “Or somebody is going to lose a home.”

Arson investigators are also looking for the suspect.

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Texas Doctor Accused of Poisoning Lover Found Guilty

Texas Doctor Accused of Poisoning Lover Found Guilty

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Texas doctor accused of poisoning her lover has been found guilty of aggravated assault.

Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Angulo was charged after prosecutors say she spiked Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in 2013 with ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.

Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein both worked as oncologists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Blumenschein’s girlfriend had testified in court this week that he suspected his mistress, Gonzalez-Angulo, was responsible but was afraid to contact authorities.

Evette Toney told a Houston courtroom about how she found out her boyfriend Blumenschein was having an affair with a fellow cancer researcher Gonzalez-Angulo at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Gonzalez-Angulo was charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors say she spiked Blumenschein’s coffee in 2013 with ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. Prosecutors allege that Gonzalez-Angulo poisoned the coffee after Blumenschein picked Toney over her.

The poisoning left Blumenschein with permanent kidney damage, according to testimony from doctors who treated him. Gonzalez-Angulo had pleaded not guilty, but could now face up to life in prison.

The jury is hearing witnesses for the sentencing phase.

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LISTEN: The Frantic 911 Call Following NJ Bear Attack

LISTEN: The Frantic 911 Call Following NJ Bear Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A frantic 911 call captured the moments after a New Jersey man escaped from a bear that had fatally attacked his friend.

Darsh Patel, 22, a senior at Rutgers University studying technology and informatics, was hiking in the Apshawa Preserve this past Sunday with four friends when the attack happened.

A male member of the group, who was not identified, made a chilling call for help after he managed to escape from the bear.

“We were hiking and we saw a bear and we all started running and it started chasing us,” the caller told the dispatcher.

He then proceeds to say that two of his friends were “really close” to the animal.

“I’m scared out of my mind for them. I want to go back but I’m hurt and I don’t know what to do,” he said.

“You’re hurt, you said?” the dispatcher asked.

“Not badly,” the caller replied. “I just scraped my leg. It’s nothing major, but I’m more worried about them. Can anybody get here anytime really soon please?”

Patel, from Edison, N.J., was found dead by police two hours later.

The bear, which wasn’t tagged, is being examined at a state lab for clues as to why it went after the hikers.

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Woman Helped Police Catch UVA Abduction Suspect in Texas

Woman Helped Police Catch UVA Abduction Suspect in Texas

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office(HOUSTON) — A woman who went to a beach in Galveston, Texas, to relax instead helped police catch the suspect charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

The woman, who identified herself to ABC News station KTRK in Houston as Karen, said she recognized Jesse Matthew from wanted posters related to the Hannah Graham case.

“I instantly knew it was him,” she said. “It was frightening.”

Karen called police and said she directed an arriving deputy to Matthew. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged in Texas with failure to identify fugitive intent to give false information.

Matthew, 32, appeared in court the following day. He waived extradition to Virginia, refused a court-appointed attorney and complained about the hard bed in his cell.

“They took all my clothes and had me sleeping on this hard thing,” he said.

Matthew didn’t enter a plea as his attorney, Jim Camblos, waits for his client’s return to Virginia, where he’s expected to arrive in a few days.

“I’m very hopeful I’ll be able to talk to him next week,” Camblos said.

Investigators from Charlottesville, Virginia, tried interviewing Matthew late Thursday but he wouldn’t talk, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Police in Charlottesville say Matthew was the last person seen with Graham, 18, who vanished nearly two weeks ago. He has been charged in Virginia with abduction with intent to defile.

Brice Cunningham, the owner of Tempo Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, told ABC News affiliate WJLA in Washington that an employee thought Graham seemed incapacitated when she left with Matthew. Police say it’s the last place they were seen together, though Cunningham said he and his staff never saw Graham inside.

“As far as we know and the staff knows, nobody saw her,” he said.

Cunningham said an employee later saw the two outside together. “She said he was holding her with his arm around her and she did look drunk,” he said.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo stressed during a news conference Thursday that they are still looking for the missing college student.

“We have an obligation to bring her home one way or the other,” he said.

A reward for information on her whereabouts is up to $100,000.

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Landings Aborted After North Carolina Airport Goes Dark with No Warning

Landings Aborted After North Carolina Airport Goes Dark with No Warning

iStock/Thinkstock(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — The FAA is investigating why a system used to guide planes onto the runway at a North Carolina airport was shut off, forcing two commercial aircraft to abort landings there.

“We couldn’t even see the approach. No navigation at all,” one pilot said in air traffic control recordings from the late Wednesday scare.

The runway at Wilmington International Airport was supposed to be closed at around midnight because of construction but instead was shut off an hour earlier than scheduled, according to airport officials.

“The airport lights are not on,” one pilot said. “They actually flipped the switch early.”

The Delta flight originating from Atlanta and a US Airways flight from Charlotte instead returned to their departing airports.

“Somebody went in and shutdown everything that had to do with landing at this airport,” said ABC News aviation and military consultant Steve Ganyard, a former Marine colonel. “They shut down the lights, they shut down the instrument landing system. There was nobody to talk to.”

The instrument landing systems (ILS) are installed at both ends of a runway, helping pilots land when visibility is low.

“There was no way that they could have successfully or safely shot an approach into Wilmington with both the runway lights and the instrument landing system turned off,” Ganyard said. “It was an unnecessary risk caused by human error and poor supervision.”

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Arrests in Ferguson Follow Police Chief’s Apology

Arrests in Ferguson Follow Police Chief’s Apology

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A small group of protesters engaged in a standoff with police in Ferguson, Missouri, early Friday morning after several arrests outside the department’s police station.

Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson, who earlier in the day apologized to the family of Michael Brown, came out to address the crowd late Thursday.

“All those things that are causing mistrust are being evaluated and we are going to be making changes,” he told the protesters, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jackson then began marching with the protesters when a skirmish broke out. At least four people were arrested, reported the newspaper.

A video posted online shows officers and protesters pushing and shoving, knocking several people to the ground.

Police then stood in a line outside the station as protesters lined up across the street from them.

 

The cops are lined up in #ferguson ready to pounce. Crowd has thinned significantly but they are not budging. pic.twitter.com/t28840q3Pn

— mervyn marcano (@britrican) September 26, 2014

 

A memorial for Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, was burned earlier this week before protesters looted a store in Ferguson.

In the video, Jackson apologized for how long Brown’s body remained in the street after his death.

“I want to say this to the Brown family: No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling,” Jackson said in the video. “I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street.”

Brown’s family hadn’t seen the video as of Thursday afternoon, said their attorney, Benjamin Crump.

Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times by officer Darren Wilson. Weeks of protests and some incidents of looting following after the shooting outraged the Ferguson community.

Wilson, who has been suspended with pay, claimed he was injured in a confrontation with Brown. A state grand jury is investigating whether he should face criminal charges.

The Department of Justice is also looking into the case.

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Alaska Hit by 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

Alaska Hit by 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

iStock/Thinkstock(JUNEAU, Alaska) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Cook Inlet region of Alaska on Thursday, with the tremor centering 80 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The incident hit at 9:51 a.m. local time, though no major damage was reported, according to the state’s Earthquake Center.

The quake interrupted a news conference in Anchorage held by Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan.

In Willow, resident Marinne DeMott said cans came off the shelves at a local food mart.

“…I was ready to get out away from the glass. It was shaking that good,” DeMott said.

 

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WATCH: Woman Evades Alleged Intruder on the Roof

WATCH: Woman Evades Alleged Intruder on the Roof

iStock/Thinkstock(VENICE, Calif.) — It was a terrifying scene right out of a movie for a woman in Venice, California.

Melora Rivera, wearing only a flannel shirt and clutching her cellphone, was photographed by a passerby Wednesday morning as she crouched on her roof with alleged intruder Christian Hicks hovering above her.

Authorities said Thursday that Hicks, 29, was homeless. He allegedly broke into Rivera’s home while she was in bed.

“He came out to the roof and was on the other side of the roof while she’s trying to tell police, ‘There’s an intruder in my house,’” a neighbor told KTLA-TV.

Rivera reportedly told police that a passerby had taken her picture as she crawled out of her attic window, 20 feet above the ground. The images were then posted to social media.

Rivera was able to call 911 from the roof. Minutes later, when the authorities arrived, police talked Hicks off the roof while firefighters helped Rivera down.

Hicks was reportedly behind bars Thursday on $50,000 bail for burglary charges.

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Police Chief’s Daughter Fired from Hospital After Tweets Go Viral

Police Chief’s Daughter Fired from Hospital After Tweets Go Viral

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief, facing assault charges, was fired Thursday from her hospital job after allegedly posting photos and information about patients that potentially violate privacy policies.Lan…

Apology by Ferguson Police Chief Not Heard by Michael Brown’s Parents

Apology by Ferguson Police Chief Not Heard by Michael Brown’s Parents

Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown has not seen the videotaped apology by Police Chief Thomas Jackson of Ferguson, Missouri, their attorney said Thursday.

“We haven’t heard about it at all, and we’ll address that when we find out, get something official from them. We don’t have anything official,” attorney Benjamin Crump told reporters at the National Press Club. Brown’s parents appeared at the National Press Club on Thursday with civil rights leaders and the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York City police in a chokehold this summer.

Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times and killed by a Ferguson police officer this summer. The teenager’s body was left uncovered in the street for almost five hours after the shooting as police awaited the coroner and conducted an investigation. The shooting prompted outrage in the St. Louis suburb and days of protests, along with some incidents of looting.

“I want to say this to the Brown family: No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling. I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street,” Jackson said in a video message posted online Thursday.

“The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day, but it was just too long, and I am truly sorry for that,” Jackson said.

Jackson also apologized to protesters who were met with a confrontational police force.

“There were many people who were upset about what happened in Ferguson and came here to protest peacefully. Unfortunately there were others who had a different agenda,” he said. “I do want to say to any peaceful protester who feels I did not do enough to protect their constitutional right to protest peacefully, I’m sorry for that.”

Crump did not sound mollified by the police chief’s comments.

“Laying there on the ground for almost five hours in the baking sun — his mother and father and family are out trying to get to their child, and they got the police lines up, and they bring dogs to keep the community back. What about his constitutional rights? What about his due process?” Crump said.

The officer, who has been suspended with pay, claims that he was injured in the confrontation with Brown. A grand jury is investigating to determine whether to press charges against the officer. The Department of Justice is also looking into the case.

Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., were flanked by the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Urban League CEO Marc Morial, new NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, and other civil rights leaders, who called for federal prosecutions of the officers who killed Brown and Garner. They also sought anti-racial-profiling legislation from Congress.

“I’m here in Washington to ask for help in getting justice for my son in Missouri,” McSpadden said. “Missouri has not showed us anything that we’re looking for.”

“I am here to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s family. This is very terrible for us, and for everyone else that has loss, and we are here to get justice. We need your help,” Michael Brown, Sr., said, wearing a necktie that bore an image of his late son.

The family members will meet with Congressional Black Caucus members while in Washington, according to Sharpton’s National Action Network. The CBC Foundation is holding its annual legislative conference at the Washington Convention Center Sept. 24-27.

Speakers made reference to the recent video showing a South Carolina officer shooting an unarmed man, and that officer’s arrest.

“In South Carolina, the police was arrested right away, justified. The police in our case, they’re sitting back. They’re still walking the street, they’re still getting paid. They said they took their gun and badge, but so what? They still go home to their families every night, they still have their salaries, but they need to be held accountable, everyone involved in my son’s death need to be accountable — the EMS, the police officers, everyone,” said Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother.

The South Carolina officer was arrested on Wednesday for the Sept. 4 shooting.

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New York Officials Monitoring Reports of US Subway Terror Threats

New York Officials Monitoring Reports of US Subway Terror Threats

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Officials are closely monitoring reports of terrorist threats against the U.S. subway system, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

“I want to assure the people of New York that we are monitoring these reports closely and are in close communication with officials in Washington,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The New York Police Department said they are working with the FBI to look into the matter.

“New York City normally operates at a heightened level of security and we adjust that posture daily based on our evaluation of information as we receive it,” the NYPD said in a statement.

Officials increased security in key areas of the city, as well as at mass transit sites as part of a safety plan in partnership with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Public safety is paramount, and we are doing everything necessary to protect New Yorkers,” Cuomo added.

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The Trail of Evidence Left by Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein

The Trail of Evidence Left by Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Nearly two weeks have passed since police say accused killer Eric Frein shot two state troopers at an eastern Pennsylvania barracks before fleeing into the woods.

Police have suggested the manhunt is a “game” for Frein, a war reenactor and skilled survivalist, and say they have come close enough to Frein for several “pursuits,” only to have him disappear in the woods near the Delaware State Forest.

As the search continues, here’s a timeline of what’s happened so far:

Day 1

Eric Frein allegedly shot two state troopers on Sept. 12 at the Blooming Grove police barracks in Pike County, killing one trooper and critically injuring another.

Day 5

Police release the suspect’s name and say they found his Jeep in a swamp near the scene of the crime. Shell casings found in the vehicle matched ones found at the shooting scene. Frein also had camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, empty rifle cases and military gear in the Jeep, police said.

Day 7

The FBI adds Eric Frein to its 10 Most Wanted fugitive list, announcing a new reward for $100,000, in addition to an existing $75,000 reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

A funeral is held for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, the Pennsylvania state trooper Frein allegedly killed.

Day 10

Police find an AK-47 and two ammunition clips believed to belong to Frein in the dense Pennsylvania forest near the barracks.

They don’t know if he hid or abandoned the items, and believe he is still armed.

Day 11

Police say they have received some “very credible” tips in the manhunt.

“I do believe that we are close to him at this point,” State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said, adding that the search is focused on the border of Pike and Monroe counties.

Day 13

Police find new clues — soiled diapers and empty packs of Serbian cigarettes believed to belong to Frein.

Bivens said there had been multiple sightings and some “pursuits,” but the suspect was always too far away to apprehend and would vanish in the wilderness.

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Two States Suspend New Guardrail Use, Cite Safety Concerns

Two States Suspend New Guardrail Use, Cite Safety Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Transportation officials in two states said they are halting the use of a widely-installed guardrail end terminal that was the subject of an ABC News investigation while they further investigate potential safety hazards.

“Our internal observations, as well as our review of available information, indicates to us the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment is not performing as intended and could pose the risk of malfunctioning,” the Missouri Department of Transportation said Thursday, referring to a newer version guardrail end piece.

“Therefore, we are taking proactive steps to correct the situation. We are immediately stopping the further use of this product on Missouri’s highway system by taking it off of our approved products list, removing it from projects currently under construction and prohibiting its use on any future projects.”

Likewise, Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials told ABC News in an email Wednesday, “In light of a recent report raising questions about the performance of a specific guardrail end terminal, MassDOT has taken initial steps to halt the use of that end terminal while the agency conducts additional research.”

The Massachusetts state agency said that “if necessary, [it] will evaluate possible measures to repair or replace these end terminals already in use.”

The report referenced by the MassDOT was conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham and examined serious and fatal accidents in Missouri and Ohio. The study, first reported by ABC News, concluded that a redesigned version of a widely-used guardrail end terminal “placed motorists at a higher level of risk of both serious injury and fatality” than the original version. A MassDOT spokesman told ABC News this means no new ET-Plus model guardrails will be purchased for use on Massachusetts highways, nor will the guardrail be used to replace aging or damaged guardrails, while the investigation is ongoing.

The study was commissioned by the state of Missouri and The Safety Institute, a non-profit advocacy organization. However, Missouri transportation officials said their move Thursday was not based on the University of Alabama-Birmingham report, but on their own internal review.

“Clearly I think there is a safety issue,” Sean Kane, President of The Safety Institute told ABC News. “It’s not just that study in isolation. What we’re seeing is real-world crashes around the country where the guard rails are not performing as intended.”

The ABC News investigation, which aired on “20/20” Sept. 19, reported that in 2005 Trinity Industries, the Texas company that makes the end terminals, changed the design of part of the guardrail end terminal — shrinking a piece of metal from five inches in width to four. An internal company email, obtained by ABC News, showed that an official with the company estimated that the company would save $2 per guardrail with the change — $50,000 a year.

Lawsuits filed against the company allege that small change altered the way the guardrail reacted to being hit from the front. In several graphic cases, the guardrail speared straight through the vehicle – severing motorists’ legs — rather than bending back as designed.

A spokesperson for Trinity Industries told ABC News in an email that the UAB study’s data “was very limited.”

“We are confident that once we have had a chance to meet with the state of Massachusetts and present the facts, we will be added back to the Qualified Products List,” the email says. The company did not immediately respond Thursday to Missouri’s announcement.

In response to ABC News questions for its original report, Trinity said it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity of the ET-Plus System…” and noted that the Federal Highway Administration has repeatedly accepted the ET-Plus System for eligibility on the nation’s highways. The company says the ET-Plus has passed crash tests and meets federal standards.

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Massachusetts and Missouri are the second and third states to halt purchasing of the ET-Plus, at least temporarily. Earlier this year, officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation removed the guardrail end terminal from its “Qualified Products List,” meaning it would not purchase them for use on state highways as it reviews the product.

Nevada DOT told ABC News the step was “a procedural measure” after Trinity failed to disclose changes made to the ET-Plus, as is required by the state. Trinity has appealed that decision.

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UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Waives Extradition in Texas Court

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Waives Extradition in Texas Court

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office(GALVESTON, Texas) — Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, waived extradition in a Texas court Thursday and agreed to return to Virginia to face charges.

Matthew, 32, is charged with abduction with intent to defile in connection with the disappearance of Graham nearly two weeks ago. The student is still missing.

It was to be Matthew’s second court appearance of the day. Earlier, he appeared confused on a after being arrested Wednesday on a nearby beach. He was not required to enter a plea.

He appeared before Galveston County Judge Mark Henry via video and was handcuffed, wearing dark green jail clothes. Matthew complained that the jail had taken away his clothing.

The magistrate asked Matthew to sign several papers indicating whether he was requesting a court-appointed lawyer and whether he was claiming he was not the person identified on the Virginia fugitive warrant.

“What does this mean?” Matthew asked at one point while looking at the paperwork.

As the magistrate explained what he was being asked to sign, Matthew interrupted him saying, “What? I’m sorry.”

When the magistrate finished his explanation, Matthew asked, “And if I sign it?”

Matthew eventually said he did not want a court-appointed attorney.

He asked if he could post bond to get out of jail, but that was denied at the request of the state of Virginia.

Galveston jail records show he was charged with “failure to identify fugitive intent to give false information” and had been denied bond because of a federal hold.

Matthew, who is 6’2″ and weighs 270 pounds, was charged earlier this week in connection with the disappearance of Graham, a sophomore who vanished nearly two weeks ago.

The suspect had not been seen since he left a Charlottesville, Virginia, police station Saturday and sped away so fast that officers who had been openly following him had to break off and let him go.

Matthew was taken into custody Wednesday on a beach in Galveston, Texas. The Galveston sheriff’s office said in a statement that investigators from Virginia were leaving Thursday for the Texas coastal city.

The surveillance video from a convenience store in Galveston showed Matthew buying Off!, said the store’s owner, Dave Paresh.

“He asked me the question if it’s safe to stay on the beach, so I told him yeah, it’s good there,” Paresh, told ABC News station KTRK in Houston.

While the search for Matthew has ended, police are still looking for Graham, and the reward for information that leads police to the student has been increased to $100,000.

“This case is nowhere near over,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Wednesday at a news conference. “We have a person in custody but we have a long road ahead of us and that long road includes finding Hannah Graham.”

Police seized Matthew’s car, issued two search warrants for his apartment and examined bags of clothing they found inside. Results of the search warrants have not been released.

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Texas Suspected ‘Black Widow’ Killer Allegedly Changed Story During Interrogation

Texas Suspected ‘Black Widow’ Killer Allegedly Changed Story During Interrogation

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas woman accused of killing her husband over his insurance policy first told police that an armed intruder killed him, then said he committed suicide.

Jurors saw an interrogation video Wednesday that showed Michele Williams, known by Dallas-based media as “the Black Widow,” telling detectives that an armed intruder shot and killed her husband, Gregory Williams, at their home in Keller, Texas, in 2011.

“My husband’s dead and I’m being blamed for it,” she said in the video.

But three hours later, Williams changed her story.

“He was so stupid, such a stupid person for killing himself,” she said.

Williams told police she lied about his death to protect her 4-year-old daughter.

Williams, a former personal trainer, has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors said she lied about her husband committing suicide.

“It will all point to Michele Williams,” said Tarrant County Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland.

Williams’ son, Andrew O’Brien, testified that his mother asked him to help pin the murder on her husband’s ex-wife.

“I told her I would call someone to take care of this but I thought it was her having a mental breakdown,” he said.

Prosecutors said Williams killed her husband for his $650,000 life insurance policy.

“The motive was money,” said Strickland.

Williams initially took a plea deal to receive 18 years in prison, but the deal was thrown out last year after she claimed she was innocent in a jailhouse interview.

Williams has pleaded not guilty. Her attorneys argued that her husband was depressed when he committed suicide.

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Dashcam Captures SC Trooper Shooting Unarmed Man in Traffic Stop

Dashcam Captures SC Trooper Shooting Unarmed Man in Traffic Stop

South Carolina 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office(RICHMOND COUNTY, S.C.) — Dashcam video captured the moment a South Carolina state trooper shot an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

The trooper, Sean Groubert, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

The video shows Groubert stopping Levar Jones for a seat belt violation at a convenience store in Richmond County, South Carolina, on Sept. 4, according to South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

After Groubert asked for his license, Jones, 35, turned back toward his car and reached inside. Groubert then began shooting and yelling at Jones to “get out of the car.”

Jones, who was unarmed, was hit in the hip with a bullet, police said. He can be heard saying “I just got my license. You said get my license.”

Groubert was fired last week. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Clemson University Suspends Fraternity Activities After Student Death

Clemson University Suspends Fraternity Activities After Student Death

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — A South Carolina university is suspending all fraternity activity following the death of a student.

Officials at Clemson University put a hold on all “social and new-member initiation activities” for 24 fraternities, citing “several recent reports of violations of the law or student conduct code.”

The decision comes after student Tucker Hipps was found dead in a lake Monday after “an early morning group activity run” with fraternity members, according to school officials. Hipps was reported missing Monday afternoon, with police discovering his body near Highway 93 nearly two hours after the initial call.

“It is especially prudent to suspend fraternity activities given the tragic death of Tucker Hipps. There has been a high number of reports of serious incidents involving fraternity activities, ranging from alcohol-related medical emergencies to sexual misconduct,” said Student Affairs Vice President Gail DiSabatino. “These behaviors are unacceptable and mandate swift and effective action to protect students. There is no higher priority than the safety and welfare of our students.”

The incident is under investigation by local law enforcement, while the university is looking into any school violations.

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Couple’s Wedding Day Saved by Strangers from Craigslist

Couple’s Wedding Day Saved by Strangers from Craigslist

Wavebreakmedia Ltd / Thinkstock(DALLAS) — One Texas couple never imagined they’d find the answer to their wedding-day prayers on Craigslist.

Less than two weeks before his wedding, Raul Martinez, 26, was laid off from his job as a boilermaker in the chemical plant industry.

“I knew I was going to be laid off, but not that soon,” Martinez told ABC News.

After paying bills, the couple only had a little bit of money left for last-minute wedding expenses earlier this month.

“We used our last $10 on something we had been needing for the wedding that we were missing,” Martinez’s wife, Savannah Martinez, told ABC News.

Even after making and selling tamales and trying to find things to pawn, they still needed money for the groom’s shoes and the bride’s hair and nails, so they listed their bedroom furniture set and television on Craigslist for sale. They were able to sell their television, but couldn’t find a buyer for their bedroom set.

Judy Wehrman, 39, who lives in nearby Missouri City, Texas, said she saw Raul Martinez’s listing every day while shopping for furniture on the site.

“I showed it to my husband and said, ‘Honey, take a look at this ad. I think this guy needs some help. He keeps dropping the price. He’s desperate,’” Wehrman told ABC News.

On Sept. 12, the day before their wedding, Raul Martinez still wasn’t sure how he was going to get the money they needed.

“That Friday [my wife] was crying because her aunt and everybody was doing their nails, and I didn’t have the money to pay for it,” Raul Martinez said. “I told her I would come up with the money, but I didn’t know how I was going to come up with the money because no one was buying the furniture.”

Wehrman said her husband wasn’t interested in the furniture but told his wife that they could just give him the money. So the night before Martinez’s Sept. 13 wedding, Wehrman sent Raul Martinez a text message.

“I said, ‘It’s not really the furniture that we’re looking for, but I was wondering what you need the money for,’” Wehrman said. “I didn’t know then that he had just lost his job.”

When she found out that Martinez needed the money for his wedding, Wehrman offered to give him money as a wedding gift if he came to her house.

Raul Martinez said he didn’t respond to Wehrman’s message until the next day because they were busy setting up the reception hall for their wedding.

“I said, ‘If you still want the gift, you have to come to my house,’” Wehrman said.

“I told my wife, ‘Let’s go!’ She said, ‘What if they jack us?’ I said, ‘They know we don’t have money,’” laughed Raul Martinez.

Savannah Martinez said she was scared when she saw the messages, but went along with her husband to wait for Wehrman near her home the morning of their wedding day.

When Wehrman finally arrived, she gave the couple $200.

“I took the money. I said, ‘Thank you, we appreciate it,’” Raul Martinez said. “My wife started crying, and she said, ‘Thank you.’”

With Wehrman’s gift, Raul Martinez was able to pay for his shoes and for his wife to get her hair done. Wehrman declined an invitation to their wedding that evening.

“Our goal was just to help out,” Wehrman said. “There’s a lot of people that’s blessed that can help others.”

Martinez said he’s currently working little side jobs, and the couple is no longer selling their bedroom set.

“God bless the people that helped us. This comes to show there are good people out there whenever somebody is in need,” Raul Martinez said.

“It’s good to know there are good people out there to help.”

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UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew in Custody

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew in Custody

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The suspect wanted in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is in custody in Galveston, Texas, officials announced Wednesday.

Jesse Matthew, 32, was the last person seen with the student. The 18-year-old sophomore was reported missing more than two weeks ago.

His capture came one day after officials obtained an arrest warrant for Matthew on charges of abduction with intent to defile, in addition to an unrelated dangerous driving warrant after he sped away from a Charlottesville police station on Saturday.

The suspect hired a lawyer, former Ablemarle County prosecutor Jim Camblos, on the same day he fled from law enforcement.

New court records emerged Wednesday indicating that Matthew was convicted of trespassing in 2010. The circumstances of the case could not be immediately determined, but court documents show that it was resolved with a $50 fine.

He was also charged with assault and aggravated grand larceny in 2009 when he was working as a taxi driver, but that case was never prosecuted. Janice Redinger, who worked as his defense attorney in the case, told ABC News that it was a minor incident that was settled with the complainant, meaning that the charges were dropped.

“I remember him being kind of a soft-spoken, understated guy that was very eager that we get it settled in a positive way, which we did,” said Redinger, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School.

ABC News had previously reported that Matthew had 22 misdemeanors and infractions, largely related to minor traffic offenses, between 1999 and 2007.

Starting in August 2012, Matthew worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a patient technician in the operating room and was employed there at the time of Graham’s disappearance on Sept. 13.

He was also working as a part-time volunteer with a private school’s high school football team since August. The headmaster of the Covenant School, a private Christian pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school in Charlottesville, sent a letter to parents saying that Matthew had interviews with the athletic director and the head football coach in addition to passing normal background and reference checks.

Matthew attended Liberty University, the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. The school confirmed to ABC News that he was a student there from 2000 to 2002 and was on the roster for their football team for the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.

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