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UVA Fraternity Exploring Legal Options to Address ‘Extensive Damage Caused by “Rolling Stone”’

UVA Fraternity Exploring Legal Options to Address ‘Extensive Damage Caused by “Rolling Stone”’

Jay Paul/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia told ABC News Monday that the fraternity feels vindicated after Charlottesville, Virginia, police said their investigation found "no evidence" of an alleged rape at the fraternity house. Stephen Scipione, president of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, said in a statement, "These false accusations have been extremely damaging to our entire organization, but we can only begin to imagine the setback this must have dealt to survivors of sexual assault.” He continued, “We hope that Rolling Stone’s actions do not discourage any survivors from coming forward to seek the justice they deserve.” Phi Psi has been working with the Charlottesville police throughout the investigation, the statement said. "Following the publication of the defamatory article, the chapter launched an extensive internal investigation, which quickly confirmed that the horrific events described in the Rolling Stone article did not occur," the statement said. "Both the Virginia Alpha chapter and Phi Psi’s national organization adhere to a strict zero tolerance policy in regards to sexual assault." Phi Psi said it is "exploring its legal options to address the extensive damage caused by Rolling Stone." The woman, identified as "Jackie," alleged in a Rolling Stone article that she was gang-raped by seven men at a UVA Phi Psi fraternity party on Sept. 28, 2012. But police said Monday they were not able to conclude that an incident occurred at Phi Psi that night. Police said "we can't say something didn't happen" to her, but they have "no basis" to conclude anything happened at Phi Psi. During the investigation, police talked to about 70 people, including Jackie's friends and fraternity members, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said. Investigators talked to nine of the 11 Phi Psi members living in the house at the time, and none of them knew Jackie or had any knowledge of the alleged assault, Longo said. Police also found no evidence that a party or event took place at Phi Psi on Sept. 28, 2012, noting that a time-stamped photo from that night shows the house practically empty, Longo said. In January, a police investigation cleared Phi Psi of any involvement in the alleged rape and the fraternity was reinstated on campus. Longo noted on Monday that the case is not closed, but is suspended until they are able to gather more information.

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‘No Evidence’ to Back Up UVA Fraternity Rape Allegations: Police

‘No Evidence’ to Back Up UVA Fraternity Rape Allegations: Police

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, unveiled the results Monday of an investigation into an alleged rape at the University of Virginia and noted that authorities found "no evidence" that allegations detailed in a controversial Rolling Stone article in November 2014 were true."We have no evidence that supports those assertions" in the article, police said.Police said they were not "able to conclude any substantive degree that an incident" occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi house on Sept. 28, 2012.

The woman, identified as "Jackie," alleged in the article that she was gang-raped by seven men at a UVA Phi Psi fraternity party in September 2012. Police said Monday "we can't say something didn't happen" to her, but they have "no substantive basis" to conclude anything happened at Phi Psi. During the investigation, police talked to about 70 people, including Jackie's friends and fraternity members, Longo said. Investigators talked to nine of the 11 Phi Psi members living in the house at the time, and none of them knew Jackie or had any knowledge of the alleged assault, Longo said. Police also found no evidence that a party or event took place at Phi Psi on Sept. 28, 2012, noting that a time-stamped photo from that night shows the house practically empty, Longo said. In January, a police investigation cleared Phi Psi of any involvement in the alleged rape and the fraternity was reinstated on campus. Longo noted Monday that the case is not closed, but is suspended until they are able to gather more information. It is a "disservice" to Jackie and the university, Longo said, to close the case without allowing the opportunity for additional information to come forward. "There's no statute of limitations of this particular type of crime," Longo said, noting that Jackie declined to be questioned by police investigators. UVA President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement on Monday that the investigation confirms what federal privacy law prohibited the university from sharing last fall: "That the University provided support and care to a student in need, including assistance in reporting potential criminal conduct to law enforcement. Chief Longo's report underscores what I have known since well before the publication of the Rolling Stone article: that we at the University are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of our students." After the article was published, the magazine quickly backpedaled on the story and Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana said the author of the feature, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, did not talk to any of the students involved in the alleged rape before publishing the story out of respect for Jackie. "We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account," Dana wrote in a letter published on the magazine's website. "We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story." In a series of tweets in December, Dana said, "We made a judgment -- the kind of judgement reporters and editors make every day. And in this case, our judgement was wrong." "We should have either not made this agreement with Jackie ... or worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story," Dana continued. "That failure is on us -- not on her." University President Teresa Sullivan also released a statement at the time, saying that university officials are "first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault." The Columbia University Journalism School is also conducting a review of the Rolling Stone article and is expected to release its findings in the next few weeks. Rolling Stone said in a statement Monday that the magazine "expects the Columbia Journalism School's report on 'A Rape on Campus' imminently and we will be publishing it in the next couple of weeks. The report will provide a thorough analysis of the editorial process surrounding this piece." Erdley has not spoken. Jackie's attorney declined comment in response to Monday's news conference.

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Family Rescued After Lost in Extreme Weather on NY’s Tallest Mountain

Family Rescued After Lost in Extreme Weather on NY’s Tallest Mountain

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NEW YORK) -- Forest rangers rescued a mother and her two sons after the family got lost in the Adirondacks on their way down from reaching the summit of Mt. Marcy, New York state’s highest mountain.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commended the forest rangers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the conservation officers and state police, who all worked overnight Sunday in extreme cold and winds to locate and rescue the family.Ning Cai, 39, and her two sons, ages 7 and 11, reached the summit of Mt. Marcy and began trekking down late Saturday afternoon when they got lost, according to a statement from Cuomo's press office.Cai made a 911 call to report she and her children were unable to locate the trail, the statement added, saying Rangers searched for the family overnight in “sub-zero temperatures and high winds.”A state police helicopter pilot spotted Cai and her two boys near Mt. Marcy’s summit around 11 a.m. Sunday, the governor’s office said, adding that forest rangers were hoisted down to rescue the mom and boys.The family was transported via helicopter to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid, where they were said to be in fair condition and treated for cold-related injuries, the governor’s office added.“We are all grateful that the family is now safe, thanks to the exceptional work of the Forest Rangers and State Police,” Cuomo said. “Time and time again, DEC Forest Rangers, DEC Environmental Conservation Police and the New York State Police selflessly heed the call to help others in the most dire of situations to ensure the safety of the residents and visitors of New York State. I congratulate them all on a job well done.”

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Helicopter ‘Sounded a Little Funny’ Before Crashing into Florida Home

Helicopter ‘Sounded a Little Funny’ Before Crashing into Florida Home

ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Federal regulators are investigating what caused a helicopter to crash into an Orlando, Florida, home, reportedly killing three people on board.The crash happened after 2 p.m. Sunday in an upscale neighborhood.No one was believed to be home at the time of the crash, which ignited a fire that was quickly brought under control.Neighbor Mike Sills said he heard the helicopter having problems.“It sounded a little funny, you know, sounded like it wasn’t really running right,” Sills said. “I went in the back of the house with another guy and we yelled inside, hoping somebody might be alive.”The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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Alaska Human Remains Point to Family Missing for 10 Months

Alaska Human Remains Point to Family Missing for 10 Months

Seeking Alaska's Missing(KENAI, Alaska) -- Human remains and clothing discovered on a trail near Kenai, Alaska, Saturday night may be linked to a family of four who went missing less than a year ago, according to the Kenai Police Department."Officers responded to the scene, which is in the area between Alpine Drive and Borgen Avenue where they located the clothing and human remains," officials told ABC News.Kenai police say Rebecca Adams, 23, Brandon Jividen, 38, and Adams' children, Jaracca Hundley, 3, and Michelle Hundley, 6, along with the family dog, Sparks, were reported missing in May 2014.Police also said items observed at the scene seem to match those identified as missing from the family residence.

"A very preliminary scene assessment has revealed information that points to the Kenai family that turned up missing in May of 2014," officials said in the statement.But Kenai police still need to conduct a complete scene investigation in order to make positive identifications from the remains.The FBI, which has been assisting with the case from the beginning, is sending an evidence response team to assist its investigators with the comprehensive scene investigation, officials said.ABC News has been unable to reach members of the family for comment.

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Robert Durst Denied Bail at New Orleans Court

Robert Durst Denied Bail at New Orleans Court

HBO(NEW ORLEANS) -- Robert Durst was denied bail at court in New Orleans Monday after prosecutors told the judge that the only way to determine how likely a flight risk Durst is would be to pore through his criminal history.Before his court appearance, Durst's attorney Dick DeGuerin told ABC News his client's chances of being granted bail were "slim to none, and none just left town."Durst’s first appearance Monday was a bail hearing on two weapons charges, while the second hearing is to contest his arrest on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles police.Wearing an orange jumpsuit, the handcuffed Durst appeared impassive and disoriented in court, shifting in his chair.The New York real estate heir was arrested on March 14 by FBI agents at a New Orleans hotel in connection with the death of Susan Berman in Los Angeles 15 years ago.Durst's attorneys have said Durst is innocent and say they plan to tell the court that the L.A. arrest warrant is invalid and there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him."Bob Durst didn't kill Susan Berman and he doesn't know who did," DeGuerin said outside court last Tuesday. "That being said my concern that the warrant that was issued in California was issued because of a television show and not because of facts.""We want to contest the basis for his arrest because I think it's not based on facts, it's based on ratings. So we will continue to fight for Bob. We want to get to California as quickly as we can so that we can get to a court of law and try the case where it needs to be tried," DeGuerin said.Durst has spent the past week at a jail equipped to deal with the mentally ill.FBI agents believed Durst, 71, may have wanted to flee the country, possibly to Cuba, as he registered under an alias at the hotel, paid with cash, and was found with fake documents, a law enforcement source briefed on the investigation told ABC News.The day of Durst's arrest was the day of the first nonstop flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958, according to nola.com.Police say, at the time of Durst's arrest, they also found him in possession of a full-face latex mask, more than $42,000 in cash, enough pot for about 300 joints, a fake ID, a real passport and a .38 special revolver with four live rounds.Durst has denied killing Berman, but some believed he had a motive, allegedly wanting to silence her about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst. Kathleen was officially declared dead in 2001, and Robert Durst has said he has no idea what happened to her.Durst was also charged in the 2001 killing of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but he claimed self-defense and was later found not guilty.

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Some Service Members on Purported ISIS ‘Hit List’ Unfazed by Threat

Some Service Members on Purported ISIS ‘Hit List’ Unfazed by Threat

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Several of the military service members whose personal information appears on a purported ISIS "hit list" said Sunday they are unfazed by the online threat, as military officials continued the process of notifying individuals named on the list.The personal information of 100 service members was posted on a website by a previously unknown group calling itself the "Islamic State Hacking Division" that urged "lone wolf" sympathizers to kill those named on the list.ABC News is not identifying the three service members who provided reactions to their personal information appearing on the list."This is just a way they are trying to intimidate us -- and it's not going to work," said one service member.Another service member said it is not surprising that ISIS wants to hurt members of the U.S. military, though he was surprised that this group would be "brazen" enough to publish it.A third service member called the publishing of the list "regrettable" but said he had no concerns for himself or his family.They would not disclose what precautions they had taken in the wake of the online threat, though they said they were already being cautious."I wouldn't say I'm scared," said one of the service members. "It's just part of this 'new war' against an enemy with a different, more developed capability than what we've faced in the past. We have to make the adjustments in order to continue to win the battles."A defense official told ABC News it does not appear that the information on the list was gained through a data breach. Instead, the official said it all appears to have come from publicly available information on social media and Internet sites.Some of the service members acknowledged that information on the Internet can make such a threat possible."We really weren't surprised because all the people I saw on that list are on a webpage some place anyways, all that information was already public," said one service member."In a world with computers, it's easy to find information on anyone," said another. "We have a footprint -- the best we can do is to make that foot print not so deep in the sand."The service members said they had been made aware of the threat, though some would not disclose under what specific circumstances.In the wake of the threat, U.S. Central Command posted a message on its Facebook page reminding its personnel to maintain "a heightened sense of vigilance whether dealing with work or home computer usage, specifically as it relates to Social Media.""Adversaries and malicious 'cyber' actors continue to use any method possible in an attempt to gain access and exploit any information they can," the posting said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sugarloaf Mountain Lift Accident Caused by Mechanical Failure in Gearbox

Sugarloaf Mountain Lift Accident Caused by Mechanical Failure in Gearbox

Courtesy Greg Hoffmeister(FRANKLIN COUNTY, Maine) — A "major mechanical failure" in a gearbox was the cause of a ski lift malfunction at Sugarloaf Mountain that left seven people injured, the ski area said Sunday."The trigger for the incident was a major mechanical failure in one of two gearboxes connecting the lift's electric motor to its drive bullwheel," Sugarloaf said in a statement Sunday. The Maine resort and an engineer contributed to the preliminary investigation, according to the statement.On Friday, the gearbox had passed a routine procedure that identifies potential problems, Sugarloaf added.The resort said the investigation is ongoing and the lift remains closed.The King Pine lift had been in full operation Saturday when it suddenly stopped and then started to go backwards, according to a spokeswoman for the ski area.The lift was immediately shut down and all available mountain safety personnel were sent to the scene to evacuate the skiers on the chair, the resort said in a statement.More than 200 riders were evacuated. Four people were hospitalized.Hank Margolis, who was on the ski lift about a few hundred feet away, said, "There was definitely panic.""We heard people screaming," Margolis told ABC News. "Everyone was standing in the lift line concerned about people jumping into them. They were screaming and running away.""There were people lying on the ground, they were definitely immobile," Margolis added.Robin Lepage said her 23-year-old daughter was at the top of the lift and about to get off when the chair started moving backwards."They moved the bar back down and held on for dear life," Lepage told ABC News. "She said they stopped about half-way down and came to a grinding halt."The chair then "swayed and hung there" for about an hour until they made it safely to the ground, Lepage said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Houston Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident Released from Hospital

Houston Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident Released from Hospital

Courtesy of the Hadford Family(HOUSTON) — The Houston woman who was shot in the back of the head during an apparent road rage incident was released from the hospital Sunday as the search for the shooter continues.Kay Hafford, 28, was driving to work Friday when another driver allegedly shot her from his vehicle.She was taken to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute where her condition improved throughout the weekend. She had been listed in good condition Sunday morning before she was discharged later Sunday afternoon.The altercation took place after Hafford got onto the interstate and honked her horn at a driver in a white SUV, police said.Harris County assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman said the suspect then starting heckling Hafford, before shooting her.Hafford didn't realize she had been shot at first. She pulled over her car and called 911 after the suspect fired one shot at her right window -- only realizing while on the phone that she was bleeding."She blacked out several times at the scene but she was coherent enough to give investigators some information about the case," Herman said.No suspect has been arrested yet, police said. But, the suspect was last seen Friday driving what police believe was a white Chevy Tahoe.

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One Hiker Dead, One Critical After Cliff Collapse at Point Reyes National Seashore

One Hiker Dead, One Critical After Cliff Collapse at Point Reyes National Seashore

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANSISCO) — One hiker is dead and another is in critical condition Monday after they were caught in a rockslide near Arch Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore.The two hikers were walking along Bear Valley Trail in the Marin County, California, national park Saturday evening when they reached the end of the trail, the Arch Rock overlook, John Dell'Osso, a spokesman for the U.S. National Park Service told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.The cliff unexpectedly gave way and they fell some 60 feet below, both covered in rubble and rock, Dell'Osso said.One of the hikers was pronounced deceased at the scene and the other was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, he said.Park officials had put up signs at the trailhead Wednesday warning that visitors could not hike out to the end of Bear Valley Trail because a fissure had appeared at the "tip" of the overlook, Dell'Osso said.The park service issued a trail advisory on its website on Thursday warning hikers that fissures along the top of Arch Rock may have weakened it."Bluffs along the California coast are inherently unstable. They are prone to crumbling and sliding," the website reads. "It is very dangerous to climb or walk along the edge of cliffs."Dell'Osso said park officials even put a 24-inch by 40-inch sign just past the start of the trail to warn visitors of the unstable bluff.The Marin County coroner's office will release the identity of the decedent pending notification of next of kin, Dell'Osso said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

One Dead in Florida Helicopter Crash

One Dead in Florida Helicopter Crash

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- One person was killed when a helicopter crashed in a residential neighborhood in Orlando on Sunday, officials said.The Orlando Fire Department said the helicopter crashed into an apartment on top of a garage around 2:15 p.m.. No one was in the apartment, but fire officials said the crash sparked a fire.

“I heard an explosion and the power went off immediately and I knew it was too loud to be a transformer, so ran out the house and could see the black smoke and the flames,” said a neighbor who lived three doors away from the affected apartment.

Emergency officials said Sunday afternoon it was not clear how many people were onboard the chopper, or what caused the crash.

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UVA Student Arrest ‘Disturbing,’ Charlottesville Police Chief Says

UVA Student Arrest ‘Disturbing,’ Charlottesville Police Chief Says

ABC News(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, Timothy Longo, called the images of a University of Virginia student’s arrest last week “disturbing” in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s This Week, while calling on police to think more about race in their interactions with community members. "What is depicted on video is unfortunate, it's tragic, it's certainly disturbing to me as a law enforcement official and frankly disturbing to this community,” Longo told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz of video showing UVA student Martese Johnson, who was injured while being arrested by Alcoholic Beverage Control police outside a bar near the UVA campus Wednesday night. Images of a bloodied Johnson quickly circulated on social media and led to student protests on campus, with Virginia State Police called in to conduct an investigation. Longo met with students at a heated town hall meeting Friday where they expressed concern that the relationship between police and minority groups has escalated. “Law enforcement depends so much on its relationship with its citizens, if any aspect of our citizenry feels threatened, feels that they're not being treated fairly, that disrupts my ability to have that relationship and carry out the function of what I call relational policing," Longo said on This Week. He said he is focused on continuing the discussion and helping the community move forward from a difficult few months, saying police need to consider the importance of race while engaging with the community. “I think attitudes need to change, I think hearts need to change,” Longo said. “This is a difficult discussion, it’s an uncomfortable discussion as we saw on Friday afternoon. We all saw students that are hurt and angry and wanting and deserving of answers. We need to keep this discussion alive and well and law enforcement, frankly, needs to be reminded of the history of this country and the aspect of race and the importance it plays in our history. And we need to remind ourselves of that as we go into our communities to engage the people we need to have a relationship with.”

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Authorities Search for Motive in Machete-Wielding New Orleans Airport Attack

Authorities Search for Motive in Machete-Wielding New Orleans Airport Attack

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Authorities continue to search for a motive in the bizarre attack on TSA agents by a man with machete and a can of wasp spray at the New Orleans international airport. The suspect, Richard White, 62, died at an area hospital on Saturday after he underwent surgery for gunshot wounds, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. White was a Jehovah's Witness, and "refused" certain types of medical care, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a press conference Saturday. He added that there was also a "mental illness component." Authorities searched a bag the suspect dropped in the security area and found several Molotov cocktails and a search of his abandoned car revealed smoke bombs and chemical tanks, Normand said. What the suspect intended to do with the tanks and what triggered the attack remained unknown, the sheriff said. White entered the TSA pre-line shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, and was challenged by an agent who was checking boarding passes to be scanned, Normand said. He sprayed the agent in the face with the insecticide and continued past the checkpoint, he said. Two more TSA agents then confronted White, according to police. He sprayed one male agent with the wasp spray before pulling a machete from his waistband and swinging it at him and a female agent. "The male TSA officer grabbed a piece of luggage in order to defend himself," Normand said. White chased the male agent through a metal detector before he was shot three times -- once in the chest, once in the leg, and once in the face -- by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Lt. Heather Sylve, police said. A bullet from Sylve's gun also hit the female TSA agent who was running from White. She suffered a non life-threatening injury, police said. Normand said it did not appear that White was trying to get on a plane. A statement from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said his criminal history consisted of a few minor arrests. Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, called the attack a "senseless act of violence," in a statement released Saturday. Johnson said this incident is a "reminder of the variety of threats we face and the important work that the men and women of the Transportation Security Administration do every day to keep millions of passengers traveling through our airports safe."

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Houston Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident Upgraded to Good Condition

Houston Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident Upgraded to Good Condition

Courtesy Hadford Family(HOUSTON) -- The Houston woman who was shot in the back of the head during an apparent road rage incident is now in good condition, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute told ABC News, as the search for the shooter continues. Kay Hafford, 28, was driving to work Friday when another driver allegedly shot her from his vehicle. She is continuing to improve, Hafford's husband Kendrick told ABC News. The altercation took place after Hafford got onto the interstate and honked her horn at a driver in a white SUV, police said. Harris County assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman said the suspect then starting heckling Hafford, before shooting her. Hafford didn't realize she had been shot at first. She pulled over her car and called 911 after the suspect fired one shot at her right window -- only realizing while on the phone that she was bleeding. "She blacked out several times at the scene but she was coherent enough to give investigators some information about the case," Herman said. No suspect has been arrested yet, police said. But, the suspect was last seen Friday driving what police believe was a white Chevy Tahoe.

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New Clues in Mysterious Murder of Arizona Woman

New Clues in Mysterious Murder of Arizona Woman

ABC News(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- A memorial service for an Arizona woman murdered in February will be held Sunday, just days after police announced there is new evidence in the mysterious case. Allison Feldman, 31, was found dead by her boyfriend in her Scottsdale, Arizona, home on Feb. 18. Police have been tight-lipped about details of the investigation so far, but on Friday Scottsdale Police Department Commander Tom Henny provided some details. A search warrant was also released - revealing that items including credit cards, a Tiffany bracelet and an iPhone 6 were stolen from Feldman's home. "We have nothing right now that leads us to believe that she was targeted in this case," Henny said. Feldman's father Harley said it doesn't matter to him whether she was targeted or not. "As far as who it is and whether she knew him or not, that doesn't matter to us," he said. "We just want him caught." Her sister Kelly said she just misses her sister. "No matter what it's not going to bring her back," she said. "And it's left a terrible hole in our family, and that will never, never go away."

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Bar Co-owner Says Martese Johnson Was ‘Cordial’ the Night of His Arrest

Bar Co-owner Says Martese Johnson Was ‘Cordial’ the Night of His Arrest

Photo courtesy of Martese Johnson(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The co-owner of the Charlottesville bar that Martese Johnson tried to enter before his bloody arrest said that the University of Virginia student was "cordial and respectful" and did not appear to be drunk. Johnson, 20, was bloodied during an arrest near the campus early Wednesday morning, sparking protests on the campus over alleged police brutality as well as a state investigation of the incident.

He was arrested outside a Charlottesville bar by state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents who are charged with enforcing alcohol laws in Virginia. Kevin Badke, the co-owner of Trinity Irish Pub, said in a statement Saturday night that Johnson was refused entry to the pub moments before he was arrested and the bar does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. Johnson, 20, was rejected because he provided the wrong zip code when presenting his ID, Badke said. “Mr. Johnson, probably realizing the reason for the error, stated that he had moved. At this point, Mr. Badke and Mr. Johnson had a brief conversation because Mr. Badke is from the south side of Chicago, where Mr. Johnson indicated he was from. In Mr. Badke’s opinion, Mr. Johnson did not appear to be intoxicated in the least. Despite the conversation, which was cordial and respectful, Mr. Badke reiterated that he could not permit him to enter," according to Trinity’s statement. The bar noted that in Virginia, there is no legal requirement that customers entering a restaurant where alcohol is served must be over the age of 21. "Therefore, Martese had every right to attempt to enter Trinity so long as he was using his lawful identification. However, Trinity’s decision to enact a 21 and over policy after 10 p.m., for busy evenings, does not make Johnson’s attempt to enter illegal," the statement reads. “He handed Mr. Johnson his ID back and Mr. Johnson began walking in a north westerly direction up University Avenue. A few moments later, Mr. Badke heard a commotion, turned, and saw Mr. Johnson on the ground about 30 feet further up on University Avenue with ABC agents detaining him,” the statement continued. In a press conference Thursday, Johnson said through his attorney Daniel Watkins in a statement that he was "shocked that my face was slammed into the brick pavement three blocks from where I attend school." Alcoholic Beverage Control said Johnson was charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice. The arrest is currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police.

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NCAA Tournament 2015: Perfect March Madness Bracket Falls With OSU

NCAA Tournament 2015: Perfect March Madness Bracket Falls With OSU

saje/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The last perfect bracket out of the 11.57 million in Tournament Challenge finally fell when the Arizona Wildcats knocked off the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Malachi from Cleveland, Ohio, had correctly picked all 32 games through the second round in the ESPN tournament challenge, including upsets by Georgia State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He declined to share his last name. He picked more upsets on Saturday, but the No. 10 seed Buckeyes couldn't beat No. 2 Arizona, bringing his run to an end. He told ABC News Saturday that he was shocked by his success. "There really was no method to the madness," he said. Malachi said he filled out his bracket 15 minutes before the deadline on Thursday. "They've [family and friends] been keeping me in the loop and just joking with me," he said. "They're picking at me and having fun with it." His bracket predicted Duke to beat Kansas in the final by a score of 58-0, which he insisted was the result of a glitch on the website. Malachi added that he didn't watch a single college basketball game until the tournament started.

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Boy Discovers 45-Year-Old Love Letter In Bottle Addressed to His Grandfather

Boy Discovers 45-Year-Old Love Letter In Bottle Addressed to His Grandfather

stevanovicigor/iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE MURRAY, S.C.) -- A boy looking for adventure while his family was fishing at Lake Murray in South Carolina made a strange discovery that sounds like it's straight out of a movie. Nolan Rogers, 9, stumbled upon a love letter rolled into a Dr. Pepper bottle. Turns out the note was written 45 years ago by his mom's close friend Diane Bryant. And this story gets even stranger: The note was actually meant for Nolan's grandfather Mike Rogers. Bryant is actually Mike's ex-girlfriend. Though the note is faded and difficult to read, certain phrases like "I wish I could see you," "I love you so much," and Bryant's signature can still be made out. Nolan discovered the bottled note washed up by the lake last Saturday, thinking it was "pirate treasure," Bryant told ABC News on Friday, adding Nolan showed it to his mom Vicki Garrick. "Vicki texted me a picture of the note because she thought the signature was similar to mine," Bryant said. "As soon as I saw it, I was like, oh my gosh, that's definitely me." Bryant said she remembered exactly when, where and why she wrote the note. "It was June 1970, and I was at the lake with a church group," Bryant said, "and my then-boyfriend Mike, who's Nolan's granddad now, couldn't come. "Mike was a very bad boy, so it wasn't surprising," Bryant added, "and I, of course, was a very good girl--13 and heartbroken." Bryant said she wrote the note hoping Mike would stumble upon it when he vacationed at the lake with his family later that summer. Mike didn't find the note that summer, but he got a good laugh after seeing it this past week, Bryant said, adding it was fun for them to reminisce about the "good old times." Bryant said she's kept the note in a sheet protector as well as the bottle, knowing it'll be a great conversation piece at gatherings with family and friends. "And I know you're wondering, but the answer is no, I am not getting back together with Mike," Bryant said while laughing. "I'm going to be happily married for 40 years soon, and Mike's also got his own wife, family and grandchildren." Bryant added they don't talk often, but she still considers Mike her "longest friend." "I know if I needed him, he'd be right there for me," she said.

Vicki Garrick and Mike Rogers did not immediately respond to ABC News' calls and voicemails requesting additional comment.

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Virginia Cops Search for Missing Teenage Girl

Virginia Cops Search for Missing Teenage Girl

Norfolk Police Department(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Police combed a wooded area in coastal Chesapeake, Virginia, Saturday in search of a missing 18-year-old girl. Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell has been missing since March 2, the Norfolk Police Department said. Authorities developed a lead that led to Saturday's search area, which Sam Shenouda of the Norfolk Police Department described as large, wooded and remote. The investigation is ongoing, Shenouda said, so no other information about Hadsell's possible condition could be confirmed. "We're not taking anything off the table," Shenouda said, adding that the police are "trying to consider every possibility." Hadsell is described as standing at 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, according to police. Hadsell, a Longwood University freshman who was home for spring break, was last seen around 7 a.m. on March 2 at her family's home in Norfolk. Two days later, Norfolk police received a tip that Hadsell had been sighted on Virginia Commonwealth University's campus, two hours away from where she was last seen by family. Investigators said there is no evidence of foul play, but her family and friends say she wouldn't disappear on purpose. "This is not Anjelica," her friend Andre Barr told ABC News. "We all know her, we know how she would act and this is not -- this is out of character."

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Lost ‘Abandoned’ Louisiana Dog Chasing Pickup Truck Has Been Found

Lost ‘Abandoned’ Louisiana Dog Chasing Pickup Truck Has Been Found

Jeff Dorson/The Humane Society of Louisiana(SLIDELL, La.) -- A dog that went missing after being photographed chasing a pickup truck down a busy highway has been found by Humane Society field representatives in Slidell, Louisiana. Butterbean, a German shepherd mix, stole people's hearts after a search ensued for the dog described as "quasi-homeless" by Humane Society of Louisiana director Jeff Dorson. The animal rescue group "was successfully able to track down Butterbean" Thursday afternoon after he went missing March 16, Dorson told ABC News Friday in a statement. "Our field representatives are happy to report Butterbean is unhurt and is a sweet and very affectionate dog." Dorson previously told ABC News Butterbean was cared for by two families, and he was able to track down one of them, Lisa Pearson. Humane Society members found Butterbean on Pearson's property, Dorson said, adding the family claimed to have owned her for six to seven years. Pearson did not respond to ABC News' calls and voicemails requesting additional comment. The Humane Society is forwarding details of Butterbean's case to St. Tammany Animal Control, Dorson said, adding the Humane Society is "pursuing all avenues to gain legal custody of Butterbean to ensure she has the safe and happy life she deserves."

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