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California Man Sentenced for Stabbing Wife to Death with Scissors

California Man Sentenced for Stabbing Wife to Death with Scissors

Ingram Publishing(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) — A former Air Force pilot and pharmaceutical executive faces up to life in prison after he was sentenced for stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors in 2012.A judge in California on Monday sentenced Todd Winkler to 26 years to life in prison two months after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife, Rachel Winkler.In court, Winkler heard from his wife's grieving family and friends."How will I ever explain or even comment on the question, 'Why did daddy kill mommy?'" asked her father, Don Hatfield."Why Rachel? She had so much to live for," said her friend Shannon Thurman.Rachel Winkler had been having an affair when an argument over the couple's crumbling marriage erupted into violence inside their home in northern California."This 230-pound man comes into that room -- repeatedly stabs her with scissors, kicks her, punches her and bites her all over her body," said prosecutor Lisette Suder.Winkler admitted to killing his wife but claimed he acted in self-defense and that he had suffered a psychotic breakdown. During the trial, he had a bizarre outburst, yelling, "You are not samurai! You do not speak truth! You only want to destroy!"Before his sentencing, Winkler apologized for what happened to Rachel."I feel deep remorse for what's happened," he said.The jury also heard about the death of his previous wife, Catherine Winkler, who was killed in a fiery car crash in Georgia in 1999. Winkler collected nearly $1.2 million in life insurance money after her death.While he was cleared of any wrongdoing, her family hopes his conviction spurs a new investigation into her death."It's been a long time coming," said James White, who was having an affair with Winkler before her death. "He's not going to hurt anyone anymore."

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NYC Prison Guard Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death

NYC Prison Guard Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death

Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A guard at the New York City prison on Rikers Island faces multiple criminal charges after he allegedly failed to inspect the cells of inmates he was in charge of in a case linked to the death of one of those inmates.Jerome Murdough, an inmate at Rikers Island, died in February in a cell where the heat was turned up to 101 degrees. A medical examiner ruled that Murdough's death was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat.The correctional officer, Carol Lackner, could face up to four years in prison after being charged with falsifying business records in the first degree, falsifying business records in the second degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree, and official misconduct.

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Suitemate Backs UVA Victim’s Claims, School President Announces Elements of Action Plan

Suitemate Backs UVA Victim’s Claims, School President Announces Elements of Action Plan

Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- A former suitemate of the student at the center of a now questioned Rolling Stone magazine story about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia said her friend's personality noticeably darkened after the alleged attack.The self-described suitemate, who ABC News has chosen not to identify, said in a letter to a student newspaper that the woman called Jackie in the Rolling Stone article began the fall 2012 semester, "bright, happy and bubbly." Eventually, she wrote, Jackie would stay curled up in bed as her alarm rang rather than going to class. She added that Jackie spent her days watching increasingly bleak TV programming before abruptly departing for her family home late in 2012."While I cannot say what happened that night, and I cannot prove the validity of every tiny aspect of her story to you, I can tell you that this story is not a hoax, a lie or a scheme," the former suitemate wrote. "Something terrible happened to Jackie at the hands of several men who have yet to receive any repercussions."Rolling Stone on Sunday clarified its earlier statement that said it regretted agreeing not to contact Jackie's alleged assailants, removing a line that said it had come, "to the conclusion that our trust in her [Jackie] was misplaced."The revised statement from managing editor Will Dana instead said, "These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie."Jackie has hired an attorney after details of her story about being gang raped by seven men at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party in September 2012 were questioned, Washington Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro told ABC News. ABC News has reached out to the attorney she reportedly hired but has not received a reply."If Jackie allegedly lied and that perpetrator suffered injury as a result, she could be sued for damages," said Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida.Alternatively, said Eiglarsh, "If what Rolling Stone wrote about her was deemed false and could be proven to be false, and she suffered damages as a result, she could potentially sue Rolling Stone."Psi Kappa Phi -- the fraternity where Jackie said the rape took place -- said in a statement that no member of the fraternity worked as a lifeguard in the fall semester of 2012, as Jackie had claimed in the Rolling Stone story. It added that it did not have a date function or social event on the last weekend in September, though the article never specified the exact weekend when the alleged attack occurred.The fraternity also contested the article's assertion that the alleged gang rape was part of a pledging task for prospective members. Psi Kappa Phi said that its pledging activities do not occur in the fall semester."Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process," according to the statement. "This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim."Shapiro told ABC News that Jackie's statements to him contradicted Rolling Stone's reporting."She said that maybe the party wasn't at Phi [Kappa] Psi and then she told me that maybe the person that attacked her wasn't a member of the fraternity at all," he said.All campus fraternities were suspended after the story was released."The university remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault," UVA President Theresa Sullivan said in a statement Friday after Rolling Stone's original apology.In a statement Monday, the school said it will reinstate Greek activities on Jan. 9, under an agreement that aims to enhance the safety of members and guests.

Also on Monday, school President Teresa Sullivan announced the key elements of an action plan for safety.

 "The Rolling Stone article, in my opinion, unfairly maligned a number of dedicated professionals who work for the University," she wrote in what is the most detailed account given by Sullivan so far. "I have noted in particular that our students immediately reached out to our Student Affairs staff with expressions of support. I can vouch for the fact that this staff has worked tirelessly to provide for the welfare of all of our students."At the same time, Sullivan said, "Even though the facts in the Rolling Stone story are in dispute, sexual misconduct does occur and it has no place at our University. We will continue our efforts to improve our policies and practices, to support survivors with counseling and in other ways, and to rigorously examine our culture and climate. Survivors will continue to have support through our student life and counseling professionals. I have named an Ad Hoc Group on Campus Climate and Culture; this group consists of two Board of Visitors members, one dean, four students, two faculty members, two alumni, and two parents. We will be working with our Board to examine what changes might be beneficial."

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FBI Probe into Eric Garner Death ‘Will Take Months’

FBI Probe into Eric Garner Death ‘Will Take Months’

r_drewek/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI investigation into the choke hold death of Eric Garner is now in the most preliminary of stages, a law enforcement official briefed of the situation told ABC News.There is no set timeline for how long the investigation will take, but the law enforcement official said "it will take months."The federal investigation was launched after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo on any criminal charges stemming from Garner's death on July 17.The Staten Island district attorney's office has already begun handing over evidence to the FBI.Federal investigators are limited in what information they can get from the NYPD, which has its own internal investigation. They can obtain limited information for limited purposes, but have to be specific in how they apply the information because police officers are required to cooperate with Internal Affairs and can't use Fifth Amendment protections to avoid self-incrimination.The federal investigation and the NYPD internal investigation will run concurrently. When asked how long he estimated the the investigation could take, former Commissioner Ray Kelly told ABC News that he would expect the internal trial to take about six months.The number of members of the FBI squad dedicated to the case remains unclear, but it is expected to be few agents conducting an intensive investigation.The focus of the investigation will rest squarely on the police officers and whether their conduct amounted to a "hate crime" as it is very narrowly defined in federal law.Investigators will also focus on whether the cops were guilty of using excessive force, which is perceived to be much easier to prove in general and is expected to be an easier case to argue given the cellphone video of the July 17 altercation.Police officers are the only ones who are formal subjects of the investigation, but the Justice Department could also decide to investigate the conduct of the emergency medical technicians for possible inaction or providing substandard care, though those hypothetical charges would be civil and not criminal.

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Tamir Rice’s Mom Was Torn Between Shot Son and Detained Daughter

Tamir Rice’s Mom Was Torn Between Shot Son and Detained Daughter

ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead last month by Cleveland police after he was seen holding a toy gun said Monday the most agonizing moment was when she had to decide whether to go with her injured son to the hospital or stay at the recreation center playground to figure out why her daughter was in the back seat of a police car."I asked the police to let my daughter go and they wouldn't at that time and I asked them, 'What's going on?' But they wasn't telling me anything, just saying, 'Calm down, calm down," Samaria Rice said at a news conference Monday, adding that her daughter told her later that police had tackled her before handcuffing her and placing in the back of the their vehicle near Tamir Rice’s body."I knew she was crying for me but I couldn’t see her hands," Rice said of her 14-year-old daughter, who was inside the rec center at the time of the shooting.The question for her: “Whether I stay with the 14-year-old or do I go with the 12-year-old? Of course, I go with the 12-year-old,” she said.The Cleveland Police Department has not responded to ABC News’ requests from comment.Rice also said a child from the playground where her son was shot ran to her home to tell her a police officer had fired at her son Tamir."I really thought they was playing, like joking around, and I saw the seriousness in their face," she said of how she realized the boys who broke the news were not kidding.She said she ran to the scene of the shooting at a recreation center less than 100 yards from her home."I went charging and yelling and everything at the police because they wouldn't let me through," she said."They made me sit in the front of the ambulance truck like I was a passenger," she said.Tamir's father, Leonard Warner, was at her side during the news conference Monday morning but chose not to make a statement.One of the family's biggest complaints has been that police officers stood nearby and did not administer aid to Tamir for several minutes after the shooting.The news conference came after Rice first spoke with ABC News Monday morning and reiterated her wish to see both officers convicted, though only one of them had fired the fatal shots.Attorney Benjamin Crump, who has previously worked with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, said that there should be no need for a grand jury in this case.The process of having evidence evaluated by a secret grand jury has come under fire recently after two situations involving police altercations-- one in Ferguson, Missouri and another in Staten Island, New York-- resulted in no indictments of any of the police officers involved."There is nothing written anywhere in the law that police officers are going to be treated any different than any other," Crump said."When there is probable cause, you don't have to have a grand jury. You can do what the Constitution says and charge the people," he said.

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NY Attorney General Seeks to Be Named Special Prosecutor in Civilian Deaths by Cops

NY Attorney General Seeks to Be Named Special Prosecutor in Civilian Deaths by Cops

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has requested new authority to automatically be named a special prosecutor in cases of police officers killing unarmed civilians.The move follows the failure of grand juries to return indictments against police officers Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Daniel Pantaleo in the choke hold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.In response to those cases and others, protesters across the country have, for days, questioned whether police officers can ever be held accountable for the death of civilians."It is time to acknowledge that the public has lost confidence in this part of our criminal justice system," Schneiderman said at a news conference Monday.The New York State Legislature has considered a bill to strip certain cases from local district attorneys and give the state attorney general power to investigate and prosecute any crime allegedly committed by a police officer. Until the Legislature takes action, Schneiderman is seeking temporary authorization from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to supersede local district attorneys and take over cases where unarmed civilians die at the hands of police."There is an inherent conflict when local district attorneys who work with police departments everyday are asked to investigate members of those departments," Schneiderman said.Dan Donovan, the Richmond County District Attorney who brought the Pantaleo case before a grand jury in Staten Island, declined to comment but other New York City prosecutors denounced Schneiderman's proposal."I understand the intensity of the current public concern," said Bronx D.A. Robert Johnson. "However, this is not the sort of issue which should be addressed in haste."Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson said he is "adamantly opposed.""Local prosecutors who are elected to enforce the laws in those communities should not be robbed of their ability to faithfully and fairly do so in cases where police officers shoot, kill or injure someone unjustly," Thompson said in a statement. "The people of Brooklyn have voted for their District Attorney to keep them safe from all crimes, including those of police brutality."Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, also opposed the proposal."There is absolutely no reason to alter the existing system because if the rule of law and rule of evidence as they stand in the State of New York are followed dispassionately and honestly, then the outcome will be right and just regardless of what office handles a case," Lynch said.

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Six Dead in Maryland Plane Crash

Six Dead in Maryland Plane Crash

Photo Credit: Donna Broadway(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) -- A mom and her two children are dead after a private jet crashed into their Maryland home Monday, a disaster that also killed the three people aboard the plane, authorities said.The jet crashed in Gaithersburg, about a mile north of the Montgomery County Airpark. The plane exploded, setting fires and damaging three houses, fire officials said.The plane sliced through the roof of one home, and the main part of the fuselage and the tail landed against a second house. One of the wings "catapulted" into a third house, where the majority of the fire damage occurred, Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference."Our mission is to find out not only what happened but why it happened because we want to make sure something like this never happens again," he said.The family was found on the second floor of one of the homes."We don't know at this point if the cause of death was smoke inhalation or something else," Chief Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police said.The victims included one woman and her two sons, identified as an infant and a 3 year old. The woman's husband and their other child, age 5, are alive, Manger said."This is a tragic loss for the Montgomery County community," Fire Chief Steve Lohr added.The plane was coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and intended to land at the Montgomery County Airpark, Sumwalt said.The NTSB is conducting an investigation and will look at weather, wreckage, air traffic control, the plane's equipment and more to "gather as much factual information as we can so we can reconstruct this crash." The plane's data recorders have been recovered and are being investigated, he added.Fire officials were on scene within seven minutes of the 911 call, Lohr said.ABC News aviation analyst John Nance called the crash "incredibly unusual.""These jets are incredibly safe," he said.Nance added that lost engines or fuel starvation could have been to blame.

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Nor’easter to Hit the East Coast, While ‘Atmospheric River’ to Soak West

Nor’easter to Hit the East Coast, While ‘Atmospheric River’ to Soak West

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another Nor’easter is on track to hit the East Coast tonight into Wednesday night with flooding rain along I-95 corridor and bring heavy wet snow to the Northeast interior.A low pressure will develop off the coast of Delmarva Peninsula Monday afternoon and move north toward Long Island, New York. The rain should start Monday night from Washington, D.C. to Boston and will be heavy at times through Tuesday with some areas getting 2 to 4 inches of rain in a very short period of time. Urban and road flooding is the biggest threat on Tuesday.Further inland, heavy snow over 6 inches will fall mostly in the higher elevations of northwest New Jersey, eastern and central Pennsylvania, upstate New York, the Green and White mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Western Massachusetts could also see heavy snow in the highest elevations. In addition to all the snow and rain, the storm will bring gusty winds up to 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts locally.Northeast is not alone with this unsettled weather. A series of storms called an Atmospheric River will bring up to a foot of rain for parts of the West Coast starting Monday and lasting into Friday.This onslaught of Pacific moisture will begin to affect Pacific Northwest and then slowly move down the coast by Wednesday bringing heavy rain and a threat of mudslides to San Francisco Bay Area and central California. Such stormy weather pattern does not happen very often in California, only every several years. In fact if San Francisco receives 4 inches of rain this Thursday into Friday, this will be the wettest storm since 1998.Rain accumulations for late this week could top 3 to 5 inches in the Bay area. Flash flooding and debris flow in the burn areas is expected. Also, very windy conditions to hit the coast and inland areas with winds near 70 mph possible, power outages are not out of the question.

If we reach 4" in SF Thu-Fri, our impending storm will be the strongest since Feb 3rd 1998. #bayarea #abc7getup pic.twitter.com/dyQjcvLXrz

— Mike Nicco (@MikeNiccoABC7) December 8, 2014

In Sierra Nevada Mountains, above 6,000 feet up to 20 inches of snow is expected, with highest elevations possibly getting up to 3 feet of the white stuff. This storm will shift into southern California for Thursday and Friday, bringing snow to the Grapevine outside of Los Angeles and heavy rain to coastal LA Basin. Flash flooding is once again possible for southern California.

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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter

NASA(WASHINGTON) — After a journey stretching 3 billion miles, NASA's New Horizons probe has awakened from hibernation just in time to prepare for a cosmic rendezvous with Pluto.The spacecraft came out of hibernation on Saturday after being prompted by a computer command that was pre-programmed in August. About 90 minutes after New Horizons woke up, it began transmitting back to Earth.Traveling from the outer reaches of the solar system, a radio signal moving at the speed of light took an astounding 4 hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA's Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia, according to a statement posted on the space agency's website.New Horizons blasted off for its long haul mission on Jan. 19, 2006, atop an Atlas V rocket, back when Pluto still enjoyed status as a planet. Scientists later that year voted to demote Pluto to a "dwarf planet."During its epic trip, New Horizons has spent two-thirds of the time sleeping, taking a total of 18 naps, which helps NASA preserve the systems on board.While New Horizons is awake, it still has 162 million miles to travel before it reaches Pluto. The next six weeks will be used to check the memory, navigation and other functions of the probe.It will begin its observation of Pluto on Jan. 15, when it will explore the planet and its moons.

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UVA Student in “Rolling Stone” Rape Story Reportedly Hires Attorney

UVA Student in “Rolling Stone” Rape Story Reportedly Hires Attorney

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The young woman at the center of Rolling Stone's story about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia reportedly has hired an attorney, as the magazine revised a statement issued last week that backtracked on the story.The woman, called "Jackie," hired an attorney after details of her story about being gang raped by seven men at a fraternity party in September 2012 were questioned, Washington Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro told ABC News.ABC News has reached out to the attorney she reportedly hired but has not received a reply."If Jackie allegedly lied and that perpetrator suffered injury as a result, she could be sued for damages," said Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida.Rolling Stone on Sunday clarified its earlier statement that said it regretted agreeing not to contact Jackie's alleged assailants, removing a line that said it had come "to the conclusion that our trust in her [Jackie] was misplaced."The revised statement from managing editor Will Dana instead said, "These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie."Said Eiglarsh, "If what Rolling Stone wrote about her was deemed false and could be proven to be false, and she suffered damages as a result, she could potentially sue Rolling Stone."Psi Kappa Phi -- the fraternity where Jackie said the rape took place -- said in a statement that no member of the fraternity worked as a lifeguard in the fall semester of 2012, as Jackie had claimed in the Rolling Stone story. It added that it did not have a date function or social event on the last weekend in September, though the article never specified the exact weekend when the alleged attack occurred.The fraternity also contested the article's assertion that the alleged gang rape was part of a pledging task for prospective members. Psi Kappa Phi said that its pledging activities do not occur in the fall semester."Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process," according to the statement. "This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim."Shapiro told ABC News that Jackie's statements to him contradicted Rolling Stone's reporting."She said that maybe the party wasn't at Phi [Kappa] Psi and then she told me that maybe the person that attacked her wasn't a member of the fraternity at all," he said.All campus fraternities were suspended after the story was released."The university remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault," UVA President Theresa Sullivan said in a statement Friday after Rolling Stone's original apology.

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Prince William, Kate Begin US Visit with Royal Treatment

Prince William, Kate Begin US Visit with Royal Treatment

Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage(NEW YORK) — New Yorkers rolled out the royal red carpet for Prince William and a 5-month-pregnant Duchess Kate as they arrived Sunday to the Carlyle Hotel to throngs of screaming fans.The couple flew first class on a British Airways flight as they began their three-day trip to the United States."They are doing a number of things to support charities they really care about -- disadvantaged young people, mental health, illegal wildlife trade, which is something they have worked on in the past," British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott told ABC News.Kate upped the fashion stakes, wearing a burgundy Seraphine coat while William held her hand as they stepped out of the car at the Carlyle.The couple then hit the town, attending an intimate dinner at the home of Martin Sorrell with 15 couples who are wealthy American donors to their Royal Foundation. Kate stunned in a black lace, knee-length dress accented with diamond chandelier dangling earrings.They arrived without their son, Prince George, and have a packed itinerary. Prince William heads to Washington, D.C., Monday for a call with President Obama. He'll spend 20 minutes in the Oval Office with the president and then see Vice President Joe Biden."I hope that after a couple of days of this very intensive program, there will be a lot of happiness being shared, but I also hope that it will do a great deal of good for the United States and the United Kingdom," Westmacott said.Prince William will also attend the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference on preventing poaching and the illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank. His charity United for Wildlife has taken an active role in combating the lucrative ivory market.The Duke of Cambridge later meets with Chelsea and Hillary Clinton for a conservation reception back in New York City that's co-hosted by the Clinton Foundation.Meanwhile, Kate will stay put in New York City, heading to a Harlem at the Northside Center for Child Development with the first lady of New York City. The Duchess is finally on the mend after her extreme morning sickness.While security is tight around the royal couple, officials are confident that the preparation among British and U.S. security is sufficient."The planning is complicated, demanding, and the balance you have to try to strike is providing a level a security that you need without including any more than you have to and ensuring that they themselves can have something resembling a normal visit," Westmacott said."New Yorkers have always been incredibly welcoming to members of the Royal Family," he continued. "I think they were incredibly welcoming when Charles and Diana were here before. I think this will be no exception. There’s already a great deal excitement. This couple is hugely popular. They are doing their job wonderfully well. I think people will just be very excited to see them and hope they will enjoy their visit to the Big Apple."Remarkably, neither William nor Kate has ever been to New York City or Washington, D.C. So like many couples who come to "The City That Never Sleeps," William and Kate will be keen to explore everything the city has to offer even though this is a working visit.William will make a pit stop to take in the sights from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, while the hottest ticket in town is a fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 600th anniversary of the University St. Andrews, the couples' alma mater and where they met.The couple previously visited the U.S. after their wedding in 2011 during a short trip to Los Angeles."There will be so much that I’d like to show them but with a bit of luck both visits will go so well that both will want to come back regularly," said Westmacott.After a busy day, Will and Kate head to Brooklyn for some hoops and a taste of American royalty, watching LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Brooklyn Nets. The couples' Royal Foundation, which supports the Coach Core program for young people, has entered into a partnership with the NBA.The duke and duchess will attend a dinner, and then sit court-side for the second half, perhaps accompanied by a visit from rapper Jay Z, who once owned a small stake in the Nets, and his wife Beyoncé.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Cleveland Boy Shot by Police Says She’s ‘Looking for a Conviction’

EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Cleveland Boy Shot by Police Says She’s ‘Looking for a Conviction’

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by police after he was seen playing with a plastic gun on a Cleveland playground has spoken for the first time since burying her son.Samaria Rice told ABC News in an exclusive interview that her 14-year-old daughter was tackled by police when she arrived at the scene of the shooting."I couldn't believe they tackled her and put her in handcuffs and in the back of the same police car that was on the grass that the officer got out of and shot her brother so my daughter is sitting there looking at her brother on the ground," Rice said Monday morning.The mother of four has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit over Tamir's death but she said Monday morning that she wants "the police [to] be accountable for what they did to my son.""I'm looking for a conviction for both of the officers," she said.Rice is being represented by Benjamin Crump, the same attorney who helped the parents of Michael Brown, the teen fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer."If the Cleveland police is unequipped to deal with children playing with toys and toy guns, then we need to outlaw toy guns in Cleveland so we have no more children getting killed," Crump said."You can't kill children playing at the playground with toy guns a few yards from their house," he added. "It's unimaginable and we have to address this very seriously."Calls to Cleveland Police for comment were not immediately returned.

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Family of Missing Philadelphia Man Turn to Eagles Fans for Help

Family of Missing Philadelphia Man Turn to Eagles Fans for Help

Courtesy Montgomery Family(PHILADELPHIA) — The family of a missing Philadelphia man turned to Eagles' fans Sunday for help finding him.Family and friends of missing college student Shane Montgomery, 21, distributed missing person flyers Sunday to tailgaters at Lincoln Financial Field. Many of them wore green ribbons, which is Shane's favorite color, ABC News' Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.The family has increased the reward for information regarding Montgomery's disappearance to $50,000.Montgomery mysteriously disappeared Thanksgiving morning after leaving a Philadelphia bar. He was last seen with his friends and a cousin at Kildare's Irish Pub. He left on foot and hasn't been seen since, police said.The FBI has now joined local authorities in the search.Montgomery's relatives are shocked by his disappearance."I wish that Shane would come walking in the door any minute," his mother, Karen Montgomery, said."There had to be people in the neighborhood. There had to be people to see something," she said.Montgomery has green eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen in a gray hooded sweatshirt, a gray button-up shirt and jeans, according to the website Help Find Shane Montgomery.

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Los Angeles Building Fire Closes Parts of Two Freeways

Los Angeles Building Fire Closes Parts of Two Freeways

@camconcepcion/Instagram(LOS ANGELES) — An apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles erupted into flames Monday, forcing the closure of parts of two major freeways nearby.About 240 firefighters battled the fire, which began about 4:20 a.m. ET, according to the city's fire department.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.The massive blaze, which was threatening nearby buildings, could be seen throughout the city. At one point, the entire building was in flames.It's unclear what caused the fire.The fire forced the California Highway Patrol to shut down Interstate 110 and the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 101 nearby.

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Car-Bear Collision Triggers Incident That Leaves Three Dead

Car-Bear Collision Triggers Incident That Leaves Three DeadiStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — A car struck a black bear on a Florida road Sunday night, triggering a series of events that ended with three people dead and several others injured, officials said.The bear was crossing Snake Road in the Miccosukee Ind...

Girl Police Say Ran Away After Letting Out Cat Found Safe

Girl Police Say Ran Away After Letting Out Cat Found Safe

Cheney Police Department(CHENEY, Wash.) -- A missing Washington teen who hadn't been seen since Thanksgiving was found safe Sunday morning, her family and police said.According to police, Jackie Doucette, 15, ran away from her home and went missing on Nov. 27 after she let the family cat out of the house.

Doucette was found walking up to her house in Cheney at around 8:30 a.m. holding a cat, ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane reported.

"Jackie is safe and with the authorities," her mother, Liz Doucette, told KXLY-TV. She said that was all she could say.

Cheney Police Sgt. Rick Beghtol told KXLY-TV that police were interviewing the girl.

Though Doucette police do not often become involved in runaway cases, police had said that Doucette had mental issues that could have made her particularly vulnerable and that without her medication, Doucette's decision-making ability could be impacted.

"Without the medication she can make poor choices," Chief John Hensley, of the Cheney Police Department told ABC News.

Hensley said Doucette had gone missing before but never for this long, and in the past had always been in touch with a close friend when she disappeared.

"But the friend hadn't been in touch with her since Friday [before she left home]," Hensley said.

Doucette's family created a Facebook page in the hopes of finding the teen.

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Ferguson, Eric Garner Protestors Clash With Police Across Country

Ferguson, Eric Garner Protestors Clash With Police Across Country

Stephen Lam/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of people took to the streets this weekend in cities across the country in protest against the killing of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Here's an update on where police and marchers clashed.Peaceful Protests in Berkeley, California, Turn ViolentA protest in Berkeley Saturday night turned violent when protesters began to throw bricks, pipes and smoke grenades at police officers, police told ABC News. Officers responded by releasing tear and smoke gas on some demonstrators.

 

Demonstrators have converged at Berkeley PD Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/Me0iPHBjkO

— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) December 7, 2014

 

Some individuals broke away from the main protest group and went through several Berkeley neighborhoods, vandalizing cars and breaking windows. They also looted businesses, including a Trader Joe's, a Radio Shack and a Wells Fargo Bank. Numerous police cars were also vandalized.

 

Demonstrators hit the Trader Joes at MLK and University. #mapit pic.twitter.com/juoUOw0Lcx

— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) December 7, 2014

 

Police responded to violent demonstrators by using smoke and tear gas on crowds who refused to disperse. It is unclear how many arrests were made or how many injuries were reported.

 

Several windows shattered, wine and beer bottles broken at Trader Joes at MLK & University. pic.twitter.com/cSc6F7rHQo

— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) December 7, 2014

 

Demonstrators in California Struck in Hit-and-Run

A handful of protesters in Riverside, California, were struck by a BMW that drove through a large crowd Saturday evening, according to ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC.

One of the protesters hit was Nikohl Vandel. She told KABC she was hit in the stomach by the BMW's side-view mirror. She saw four other people hit by the BMW, she told KABC.

None of the protesters had major injuries, police told KABC. Police are searching for the dark-colored BMW.

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Chlorine Gas at Furry Animal Lovers’ Convention May Have Been Released Intentionally: Police

Chlorine Gas at Furry Animal Lovers’ Convention May Have Been Released Intentionally: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The chlorine gas Sunday morning that interrupted a hotel convention to celebrate furry animals may have been released intentionally, authorities in Illinois said.

Rosemont police have no suspects, but said the incident is being treated as a criminal matter that is under investigation.

Guests at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont first reported symptoms of nausea and dizziness early this morning. Nineteen guests were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Gottlieb Memorial in Melrose Park, Illinois, confirmed that it treated three adult patients for chemical inhalation. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge also confirmed it received patients, but would not say how many.

The Rosemont Public Safety department responded and measured a high amount of chlorine gas in the air. Hotel guests were ordered to evacuate.

Among the guests were attendees of the Midwest FurFest, an annual convention to "come together to celebrate...art, literature and performance based around anthropomorphic animals," according to the convention's website.

Furry animal fans, dressed up as their favorite characters, formed a line outside the hotel, waiting to go back inside.

HAZMAT technicians found the source of the gas in the hotel's ninth-floor stairwell. The substance was identified as powdered chlorine. The technicians then collected, decontaminated and ventilated the area.

Guests were allowed to return to their rooms after the hotel was deemed safe and chlorine gas-free.

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US Sends Six Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Uruguay

US Sends Six Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Uruguay

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States government has released six Guantanamo Bay detainees, sending them to Uruguay for resettlement.

In a statement, the Pentagon identified the men as 4 Syrians, a Tunisian, and a Palestinian.

The men had been detained for 12 years as suspected militants with ties to al Qaeda, but were never charged. 

Their release brings the total number of prisoners in Guantanamo down to 136-- the lowest number since it opened in January 2002.

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FBI Joins Search for Girl Police Say Ran Away After Letting Out Cat

FBI Joins Search for Girl Police Say Ran Away After Letting Out Cat

Cheney Police Department(CHENEY, Wash.) -– Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined the search for a missing Washington teen who hasn't been seen since Thanksgiving. According to police, Jackie Doucette, 15, went missing on Nov. 27 after she let the family cat out of the house. "That's what caused the friction between her and her parents, she let the cat out and the cat got away," Chief John Hensley, of the Cheney Police Department in Cheney, Washington, told ABC News. "The thought is to avoid getting in trouble for not following instructions, she just ran off." Doucette has mental issues that could make her particularly vulnerable and that without her medication, Doucette's decision-making ability could be impacted, Hensley said. "Without the medication she can make poor choices," Hensley said. Police were using ATVs, foot patrols and canine patrols to search for the missing teen today, he said. Hensley said Doucette had gone missing before but never for this long, and in the past had always been in touch with a close friend when she disappeared. "But the friend hadn't been in touch with her since Friday [before she left home]," Hensley said. Doucette's family created a Facebook page in the hopes of finding the teen. Cheney police are asking anyone who may have seen her to call the police department at (509) 498-9235. Doucette is described as being a white female 4 feet, 8 inches tall and 98 pounds. She was last seen in a pink jacket with a white hood, blue jeans and purple polka-dot shoes.

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