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Meet the Private Investigator Who Helped Find Sabrina Allen

Meet the Private Investigator Who Helped Find Sabrina Allen

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- When the case of missing child Sabrina Allen went cold, the girl's father turned to private investigator Philip Klein to help bring her home.Now, 12 years after she went missing -- and nine years after Klein agreed to take on the case -- Allen, 17, is back home in the United States."Phil's role was huge," Greg Allen, the girl's father, told ABC News' Austin, Texas affiliate KVUE in an interview Wednesday. "He helped manage all of it, took the heat off.""Phil told me finding her would be the easy part. Getting her out will be the hard part," Allen added.Klein, who told ABC News that Sabrina Allen was his 363rd rescue of an abducted child, described the emotional rush of finally being able to bring the missing child home."I live in a very dark world and I go to that dark world to find these children," he said. "It’s bringing the kids from the dark to the light and letting them just be kids."Jeff Griesemer, president and CEO of the Child Rescue Network, has worked with Klein and said he “wants to help get these kids back where they belong.”“He’s a phenomenal guy and really knows what he’s doing," Griesemer told ABC News.Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, Mexican officials worked with Klein's team to track Sabrina Allen and her non-custodial mother, Dara Llorens, on Tuesday morning to a small apartment in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala.The girl from Austin, Texas, whose face was plastered on missing persons posters, now has dark brown hair and goes by her middle name: Fair.Sabrina Allen and Llorens were flown back to Texas on Tuesday night. Llorens was booked into Travis County Jail on an aggravated kidnapping charge and is being held on a $1 million bond, according to jail records. It was not immediately known whether she has hired an attorney. She has not entered a plea and has yet to appear before a judge."There wasn't a dry eye in the house," Klein said, describing the moment he took Sabrina Allen to a place in his office the team calls their "go room." On the wall are photos of children and cases Allen's team is pursuing."She stared at her pictures, surveillance photos, age enhanced photos," Klein said.Allen then began to take items from her case off the wall, Klein said, and put them into a box the team had provided.Klein said he typically only offers children 13 and older the chance to view their case materials, which he said helps bring closure."It lets them know no one is hunting them, no one is looking for them," he said. "They’re used to that and it creates a mental condition where they’re paranoid."The box was stored in Klein's office, where he said Allen will be welcome at any time to view her case materials.After taking her shopping for the "essentials" at Wal-Mart, dinner and helping her get comfortable back in the United States, it came time for Allen's team to pass over her care to what he calls a "transformation team" of medical professionals.Allen has been reunited with a family member, according to Klein, who would only say that it was not the teen's father. This relative will also play a role in helping the teen transition back to life in the United States."They’re the ones who bring the kids back to reality world from fantasy land," Klein said.That includes dispelling anything Allen may have been told about her father.Greg Allen said in an interview with KVUE that his daughter "has been told that I didn't want her and that I committed suicide."Despite the work ahead for Sabrina Allen, Klein said he has faith the reunion between father and daughter will happen soon enough."From my personal observation, I don’t think it will be as long as everybody thinks it will be," he said.

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Utah Husband Conrad Truman Faces Trial in Wife’s Murder

Utah Husband Conrad Truman Faces Trial in Wife’s Murder

iStock/Thinkstock(OREM, Utah) -- A Utah man on trial for murdering his wife after watching the TV show Dexter was forced to watch his police interrogation tape in court Thursday.Conrad Truman, 32, appears uncomfortable in the taped interrogation, at times rambling as police interrogated him about the 2012 shooting in which Heidy Truman was killed.“No f------ chance … I’ve got nothing to gain with a dead wife,” he tells detectives when they ask if he was responsible for her death.The Orem, Utah, resident is accused of shooting his wife in the head after a night of drinking and watching Dexter, a television show about a serial killer. Conrad Truman can be heard shrieking and speaking incomprehensiibly in his 911 call."She was in the shower, she came out of the shower, I heard a pop, and there's blood. It's her blood," Truman told the 911 dispatcher. "She's choking," he added.After the frantic call, police initially thought they were responding to a suicide. But police said when they arrived, Truman was behaving oddly."The defendant is asked by Sgt. Crook what happened and the response from the defendant was, ‘If she dies, I will kill you and everyone you know,’” prosecutor Ryan Peters told jurors.Truman told police there was a chance his wife may have killed herself by accident or that someone outside the home may have shot her through the window despite there being no bullet hole. His attorney, Ron Yengich, says he was upset and had been drinking -- that’s why his story changed.“This is a fairly hyper young man, not greatly educated, kind of a country boy who’s drunk, who’s trying to react to what he sees,” Yengich said.Prosecutors claim Truman killed his wife to collect nearly $1 million in insurance benefits. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Star Witness in IL Murder Trial Recants Testimony that Sent Co-Worker to Prison

Star Witness in IL Murder Trial Recants Testimony that Sent Co-Worker to Prison

ABC News(JOHNSBURG, Ill.) -- A former Illinois grocery store worker, who was the star witness in a murder trial involving a missing person, is now saying prosecutors coerced him into giving false testimony to help put an innocent man behind bars.“All of it was false, every single thing ... the state’s attorney set it up,” Shane Lamb told ABC's 20/20 in an exclusive interview from prison where he is serving time for burglary.Lamb was working as a stock boy at Val’s Foods, the only grocery store in the small town of Johnsburg, Illinois, when another stock boy, 17-year-old Brian Carrick, went missing Dec. 20, 2002.Carrick hasn’t been heard from since and his body has never been found. But in April 2013, another former stock boy, Mario Casciaro, 31, was convicted of first-degree murder with intimidation in Carrick’s death and sentenced to 26 years in prison.But Lamb, whose testimony was a crucial part of the prosecution’s case against Casciaro, is now claiming neither he nor Casciaro had anything to do with Carrick’s death or disappearance.“I didn’t have anything to do with this,” Lamb told 20/20. “Mario didn’t have anything to do with this. He doesn’t deserve to be in prison.”Casciaro’s family owns Val’s Foods, and several members of the Carrick family, who lived across the street from the store on Johnsburg Road, worked there.When Brian Carrick disappeared, police later found blood evidence belonging to Carrick in the store’s produce cooler. They also found a bloody fingerprint on the door handle. Authorities were convinced that Carrick was killed over a drug debt he owed Casciaro, who was working at the store the day Carrick disappeared. But with no witnesses or physical evidence linking Casciaro to the crime scene, the investigation went cold.For years, Lamb denied he knew anything about Carrick’s disappearance. But then, in 2010, he said he was again facing serious charges and made a deal with assistant state's attorney Michael Combs.“I was arrested for cocaine charges and my offer was 12 years [prison time],” Lamb told 20/20. “They said that I would be indicted for murder if I didn’t cooperate.”In a 2010 videotaped meeting with prosecutors obtained by ABC News, Lamb says on the night Carrick was last seen, Casciaro had called Lamb to ask him to come to the store to scare Carrick into paying back drug debts he owed. Prosecutors characterized Casciaro as a drug dealer and Lamb as his enforcer.Lamb is heard on the tapes telling prosecutors he punched Carrick a few times and left him unconscious in the produce cooler. He claimed that Casciaro then told him, “Get out of here. I’ll take care of this.”In exchange for incriminating testimony against Casciaro, Lamb said prosecutors offered him immunity from all charges related to Carrick’s death and a reduced sentence on a cocaine conviction.Casciaro was charged Feb. 25, 2010, with first-degree murder with intimidation and unlawful restraint in Carrick’s disappearance, a rare charge that meant even though Casciaro never touched Carrick, or ordered Lamb to hurt him, he was still responsible for Lamb’s actions that night.Prosecutors took Casciaro to trial twice. At the end of the first trial, on Feb. 1, 2012, jurors were deadlocked, 11 to one in favor of the prosecution, and a mistrial was declared. The case was retried in March 2013, and on April 2, 2013, Casciaro was found guilty of first-degree murder with intimidation.Lamb’s testimony at both trials about Casciaro telling him to threaten Carrick into paying back his drug debts played a key role in the prosecution’s case. But now, Lamb claims that everything he said during that 2010 meeting, which was recorded by the state attorney’s office, was false and the incident “never happened.” Lamb said he sat alone with prosecutor Michael Combs for an hour while Combs fed him what to say.“I was following what [Combs] wanted me to say. They just wanted to close the case,” Lamb said.Lamb claims that this is not the first time he tried to come clean. Lamb said that after Casciaro’s first murder trial in 2012,  he ran into Casciaro at a local bar.“I was like, ‘If you, you know, you brought me into this. My family doesn’t have money to pay for a lawyer. They don’t have money to bond me out like yours does.’” Lamb said he told Casciaro. “You know, I’m like, ‘They were trying to indict me for murder,’ and I’m like, ‘I didn’t have money to fight this case.’”Casciaro confirmed Lamb’s story. “He [Lamb] said, ‘They came at me with a murder indictment and they said it was either me or you, and I figured your family had money to defend you. You can get a lawyer, I couldn’t,’” Casciaro told 20/20.Lamb said that when Combs learned that he had talked to Casciaro about the case, he was called in for a meeting with Combs.“I thought I was going to get in trouble,” he said. “He [Combs] said, ‘Not as long as you don’t change your story. If you change your story, it’s going to be, you can be indicted for murder.’ ... And I was forced to say nothing.”Lamb said Combs was determined that someone take the fall for Carrick’s disappearance and at the time, prosecutors were talking to him and another stock boy who worked at Val’s Foods in 2002 named Rob Render.“[Combs] said Rob Render was in Lake County Jail, if I didn’t want to talk to them, that they’re going to go to Rob Render next,” Lamb said, adding that he thought that meant prosecutors would offer Render the same immunity deal.But even though Lamb says he is telling the truth now, he is a five-time convicted felon who has a long history of lying and a lengthy rap sheet that includes assault and battery of a police officer.In a statement to 20/20 about Lamb's recantation and the allegation that he was coerced by prosecutor Combs, the McHenry County state attorney's office said: "Shane Lamb gave a videotaped, recorded account of the incident as it occurred in Johnsburg the day Brian Carrick disappeared. He gave a videotaped recording in the State Attorney’s Office, with the advice and counsel of his attorney and in his attorney’s presence on January 20, 2010. He consistently repeated the same account of the events at two subsequent jury trials."The Carrick family also rejects Lamb’s latest story. The family, their attorneys and the Johnsburg Village Police Department declined ABC News’ requests for an interview or comment for this story.Lamb said he understands he’s the reason Casciaro is in prison, but he wants to set the record straight.“I have absolutely nothing to gain,” he said. “The only thing that can happen to me right now is them recharging me for murder. I have everything to lose right now.”“I don’t want to be the reason that [Casciaro] is doing 26 years,” Lamb continued. “I just want to tell him I’m sorry, his family that I’m sorry.”Casciaro, who is serving his prison sentence at Menard Correctional Center, Illinois’ largest maximum security prison, is appealing his conviction. His new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed a petition this week to have Cascario’s conviction overturned. His case will be reviewed over the next several months.“I’m happy that [Lamb is] finally telling the truth,” Casciaro told 20/20. “I wish he would have done it at the trial so that way I wouldn't have been subjected to this, because this changes your whole life.”

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Boys Banned from Wrestling Girls Due to ‘Safety and Modesty’

Boys Banned from Wrestling Girls Due to ‘Safety and Modesty’

iStock/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Boys who wrestle for Catholic school teams in central Pennsylvania are required to forfeit if facing a female opponent under a policy adopted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.The co-ed participation policy, which the diocese said was issued to address safety and modesty, also includes football and rugby.“Preparation for Christian adulthood likewise involves the development and encouragement of appropriate, dignified and respectful forms of contact between male and female students,” Bishop Ronald W. Gainer said in a statement outlining the policy. “The Diocese therefore believes that it is incompatible with its religious mission and with its efforts to teach Gospel values to condone competitions between young men and women in sports that involve substantial and potentially immodest physical contact.”Under the policy, women are forbidden from participating in wrestling, tackle football and tackle rugby.If a match is scheduled between a male wrestler from a Catholic school and a female wrestler from another school, the male athlete would either have to forfeit the match or negotiate with the opposing team, “so a female wrestler would not wrestle one of our athletes.”The Catholic school students are allowed to face female opponents from other schools’ football and rugby teams.The diocese covers 15 counties in south central Pennsylvania, and serves over 11,000 students -- including seven high schools.Dioceses have been grappling in recent years with the issue of co-ed participation in contact sports. In 2013, the Archbishop of Philadelphia banned co-ed participation in Catholic Youth Organization football, but later reversed course following an awareness campaign led by Caroline Pla, 11.Female participation in high school wrestling is increasing -- from 7,351 in 2010-11 to 9,904 in 2013-14, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. About 1,700 girls played high school football and 322 played rugby nationwide in 2013-14, according to the NFSHSA’s annual Athletics Participation Survey.

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Ebola Patient’s Family Ordered to Stay Inside After Trying to Leave

Ebola Patient’s Family Ordered to Stay Inside After Trying to Leave

Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa.Thomas Eric Duncan is currently confined to an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He first went there last Thursday but was allowed to leave the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Duncan returned to the hospital by ambulance three days later. He is listed in serious condition.The hospital said in a statement Thursday that the physician and the nurses followed protocol, but his travel history didn't automatically appear in the physician's standard workflow."The documentation of the travel history was located in the nursing workflow portion of the EHR, and was designed to provide a high reliability nursing process to allow for the administration of influenza vaccine under a physician-delegated standing order," read the statement. "As designed, the travel history would not automatically appear in the physician’s standard workflow."The hospital said it has since relocated the travel history documentation so that it is part of both workflows."We have made this change to increase the visibility and documentation of the travel question in order to alert all providers," read the statement. "We feel that this change will improve the early identification of patients who may be at risk for communicable diseases, including Ebola."

Duncan's family has been ordered to stay in their home after violating officials' initial request not to leave."There were violations of the request to not leave their premises," Dallas judge Clay Jenkins said of the breach that prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services to order the quarantine.Duncan was staying with family members in Dallas when he became ill and was confined to an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. His family members, including five school-age children, were told to remain at home.The order came as authorities track all the people who Duncan is believed to have come in contact with since his arrival. The circle of people who have come into contact with him has grown rapidly from 18 Wednesday night to 100, according to Texas health officials."Out of an abundance of caution, we're starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home," Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson Carrie Wilson said in a statement. "The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection."

The entire apartment complex is being power washed Thursday. On top of that, a cleaning crew has been contracted to go into the family's home and disinfect all of the surfaces that the patient could have possibly touched, Jenkins said during a CDC-hosted press call Thursday afternoon. He said that the man's clothes and sheets have been "bagged.""We have delivered several days of food to those people in that apartment. Those people in that apartment are part of Dallas County and they are going to be treated with the utmost respect in this unusual situation," Jenkins said at a later press conference Thursday.Officials also said that police are stationed at the housing complex and that the five children have been enrolled in a homebound school program.Joe Weeks, who identified himself as Duncan's nephew and lives in Kannapolis, North Carolina, told ABC News Thursday that Duncan spoke Thursday with his mother and sister. Duncan told his family that he was in "great pain" and that he is weak.

A team of 10 experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in Dallas and will be helping the local health officials "find, assess, and assist everyone who came into contact" with Duncan, according to a CDC news release. Disease detectives, a public health adviser and senior scientists are included in the team."We are stopping Ebola in its tracks in this country," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in the release. "We can do that because of two things: strong infection control that stops the spread of Ebola in health care; and strong core public health functions to trace contacts, track contacts, isolate them if they have any symptoms and stop the chain of transmission. I am certain we will control this."Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner, addressed the control order."We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease," Lakey said in the statement. "This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way."Authorities say the family members do not currently have symptoms of Ebola, which include fever above 100.5 degrees, headache, nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain. The order will continue until at least Oct. 19.Duncan flew from Liberia to Brussels on Sept. 19. He continued to Washington’s Dulles Airport, before flying to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on a United Airlines flight.Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said airline passengers and flight crew members aren’t at risk for Ebola because Duncan wasn’t exhibiting symptoms until days later, but his diagnosis has left residents in Dallas on edge, with scrutiny for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which allowed the man to leave after he told a nurse he had come from West Africa.Duncan returned to the hospital by ambulance two days later. He remains in an isolation unit, listed in serious condition.Mark Lester, the executive vice president of Texas Health Resources, said a communication issue was responsible for the lapse.“Regretfully, that information was not fully communicated throughout the full team,” Lester said.Duncan's former boss in Monrovia, Liberia, said the patient had been his driver for the last year or two until he abruptly left his job in early September."I really don’t know," why he left, Henry Brunson, general manager of Safeway Cargo, told ABC News. "He didn’t resign. He just left the office. He just walked away.”Brunson didn't know where Duncan went until he saw him on the news as the Ebola patient in Dallas, Texas.Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed more than 3,300 people, with nearly 7,200 cases reported since the outbreak began in March.

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Escaped Crabs Delay US Airways Flight

Escaped Crabs Delay US Airways Flight

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A US Airways flight from New York to Charlotte was delayed Thursday after a shipment of crabs escaped in the plane’s cargo area, an airline spokesman confirmed to ABC News.Flight 890 was scheduled to leave LaGuardia Airport at 6:59 p.m. Thursday, but instead left at 7:25 p.m. due to “some seafood cargo problems,” the spokesman said.Passengers tweeted about the situation, writing that crew members were forced to round up the crabs.

 

Can't make this stuff up. Flight delayed cuz live crabs got loose in cargo bin. Have to catch crabs before we can board plane. Seriously.

— Megan Hughes (@Choreocon) October 2, 2014

 

Yes, crabs.

 

Was just informed our flight is delayed because a shipment of crabs escaped in the cargo hold #crabsonaplane

— Blake Z. Larson (@BlakeZLarson) October 2, 2014

 

Passengers were amused, surprised and bewildered.

 

"Ladies and gentlemen your flight is delayed b/c a box of live crabs spilled out in the cargo bin during flight" @USAirways how is this real

— Anna Scarcella (@Cscarcella) October 2, 2014

 

 

"If you are trying to make a connection out of Charlotte tonight that will not be happening" -sound of @USAirways gate agent killing dreams

— Anna Scarcella (@Cscarcella) October 2, 2014

 

After the crabs were rounded up, the plane took off, arriving in Charlotte about half-an-hour late, at 9:30 p.m.

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Ethiopian Diplomat Leaves US After Firing Gun at Embassy in Washington

Ethiopian Diplomat Leaves US After Firing Gun at Embassy in Washington

metrokom/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An Ethiopian diplomat who fired a gun at his country's embassy earlier this week left the United States, the U.S. State Department said.The U.S. initially requested that Ethiopia waive the individual's diplomatic immunity so that he could be prosecuted in the U.S, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Ethiopia reportedly denied that request, prompting the U.S. State Department to ask the diplomat to leave the country.No further details about the shooting or the individual were provided.

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UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Twice Accused of Sex Assaults But Not Prosecuted

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Twice Accused of Sex Assaults But Not Prosecuted

Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was accused of two sexual assaults at two separate colleges, but he wasn't prosecuted in either case, according to records and officials involved in both cases.Jesse Matthew, 32, remains in police custody after being arrested on abduction charges in the case of Hannah Graham.Matthew first attended Liberty University for two years before transferring in January 2003 to Christopher Newport University for less than a year.Michael Doucette, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Lynchburg, told ABC News on Thursday that Matthew was the subject of a sexual assault complaint in 2002 while he was a student at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.Doucette did not reveal details of the case, but did say that the incident report was "an issue of consent." Charges were not filed in this case.Doucette spoke a day after Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., made public a "criminal incident information" report that stated Matthew was investigated for an alleged sexual assault Sept. 7, 2003, on campus.The school said in a statement on Wednesday that it initially declined to release the report, but said, "The success of the criminal investigation is paramount at this time. The university has consulted with the Virginia State Police again today, and we are now releasing the following non-exempt 'criminal incident information.'"The report said the alleged sexual assault took place on the school's campus and was investigated by university police Capt. Scott Austin. No injuries were reported in connection with the alleged assault, the report stated.It does not indicate whether any criminal charges were filed. Calls to the Newport News police station were not returned, but previous criminal records searches did not turn up any charges of sexual assault.Matthew's attorney, Jim Camblos, has not responded substantively to repeated requests for comment other than to reply by email Thursday, "I have seen him several times since Monday."In the wake of the Graham disappearance and the investigation into Matthew, at least three different police jurisdictions have said they will be looking at open cases to see if Matthew possibly had any involvement. Virginia State Police have already said that there is a forensic link between Graham's case and the murder of Morgan Harrington, which took place five years before Graham disappeared.

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Route 66 Adds Singing Road as Speeding Deterrent

Route 66 Adds Singing Road as Speeding Deterrent

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Drivers in New Mexico are in for a musical treat. They’ll be serenaded to “America the Beautiful” on Route 66.“It’s right here in New Mexico, one of few such roads that exist in the world,” New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman Melissa Dosher told ABC News Thursday.But drivers can only hear the song if they go the posted speed limit of 45 mph.“The road not only entertains but uses ‘rumble strips’ to play music and prevent motorists from speeding or falling asleep at the wheel,” Dosher said. “It is a great safety trick as it forces people to stick to the speed limit if they want to hear the song.”Added New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church in a statement: “Safety is our number one priority. Speeding is a factor in too many vehicle crashes in New Mexico. The goal of this experiment is to change driver behavior in a fun way by giving them a reward if they obey the speed limit.”New Mexico’s Singing Road is an experiment by the National Geographic Channel as part of its new series, Crowd Control, that premieres next month.“Crowd Control takes to the streets with innovative experiments designed to test and curate social behavior, revealing how and why we behave as we do,” Julie Frazier of the National Geographic Channel told ABC News via email. “We will be releasing footage and additional information closer to the episodes air date.”The Singing Road was constructed by Sand Bar Construction on old Route 66, just west of Tijeras and east of Albuquerque. A mathematician from Tigress Productions created the attraction for the National Geographic Channel series.“They started work on Monday and finished on Tuesday,” Dosher said. “It’s remarkable the speed in which they finished it.”Besides safety, the New Mexico Department of Tourism acknowledges an added value to the project.“This is such a fun and creative way to encourage motorists to slow down and see more of our beautiful state, and it’s wonderful that National Geographic will be here to highlight the process,” New Mexico Department of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson said in a statement.DOT spokeswoman Dosher said, “It is such a promising project. I think it will develop into a great tourist attraction.”

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What Missing Girl Sabrina Allen’s Life Was Like in Mexico

What Missing Girl Sabrina Allen’s Life Was Like in Mexico

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- After 12 grueling years of searching for Sabrina Allen, authorities found the missing girl, who was not "living a regular life," at an apartment in a town southeast of Mexico City.The blond girl from Austin, Texas, whose face was plastered on missing persons posters, now has chestnut brown hair and goes by another name: Fair. She was with her noncustodial mother."She's in pretty bad shape," Greg Allen said of his 17-year-old daughter who went missing at age 4. "Sabrina has been under an intense campaign to hate me for 12 years. She's currently under the care of a therapist that specializes in cases like this."As Allen waits patiently to reunite with his daughter, whose is now back in Texas, he said he is already working to line up support that will help her get up to speed on everything she missed.At a news conference Wednesday in Austin, Allen said his daughter was "in pretty bad shape as far as my understanding.""She was not living a regular life,” he said. “She has not been going to school.”In a video posted on a fundraising website to raise money for his daughter's care, Allen said her education was reportedly several levels behind.Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, Mexican officials worked with a team from private investigator Philip Klein's office to track Sabrina and her mother, Dara Llorens, Tuesday morning to a small apartment in the state of Tlaxcala, authorities said."She was effectively a prisoner in a two-bedroom apartment. She has been told that I didn't want her and that I committed suicide," Allen said. "She was also told that both of my parents are dead."On April 19, 2002, Dara Llorens allegedly took her daughter for a scheduled weekend visit as part of a court-ordered child custody agreement.Llorens never returned Sabrina to her father, who was her primary guardian, at the end of that weekend, according to the FBI.Sabrina and Llorens were flown back to Texas Tuesday night. Llorens was booked into Travis County Jail on an aggravated kidnapping charge. It was not immediately known whether she has hired an attorney.As Sabrina readjusts to life in the United States, her father said he hopes she has some memories of their time together from before she was taken, and to make some new ones with her, too."I want to know her. She’s a completely different person, but they say personalities are formed by age 5," Allen told ABC News' Austin affiliate KVUE-TV in an exclusive interview. "[I'm] hoping she has some memories still.”

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Why There Is a HUGE Face on The National Mall

Why There Is a HUGE Face on The National Mall

Keith Lane/MCT via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The National Mall looks different today. You may only notice what looks like a zen garden while walking past it. But from up above the Washington Monument, you’ll notice a face.The face is a 6-acre portrait shaped by Cuban American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who used 2,500 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil. The eye is made from gravel.But whose face is it? The portrait isn’t of anyone famous. Instead, it is several faces merged into one.Rodriguez-Gerada told The Washington Post he photographed young men at the National Mall and created a composite image.The project is called “Out of Many, One,” which is the English translation of E Pluribus Unum.Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, the project was started on Sept. 2 and finished Thursday.Bethany Bentley, a spokeswoman for the National Portrait Gallery, said that so far people have been enthusiastic about the portrait.“When they’re looking at it, they’re trying to figure it out. Then they have this ah-ha moment especially when they’re at the top of the Washington Monument,” she said.The giant portrait will be on display until Oct. 31.

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Woman Acquitted of First-Degree Murder in Husband’s Shooting Death

Woman Acquitted of First-Degree Murder in Husband’s Shooting Death

iStock/Thinkstock(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- A California mother of three was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of her high school teacher husband, with a mistrial declared.Jurors were deadlocked on whether Julie Harper, 41, should be convicted on lesser charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting of Jason Harper. Prosecutors haven’t made a decision yet on whether to re-try the case on the lesser charges.Prosecutors argued that Julie Harper shot and killed her husband during a fight in the couple’s Carlsbad, California, home. Instead of calling for help, prosecutors said, Harper took off with their three children and a getaway bag, driving around town before turning herself in 16 hours later.“The children, say 8 or 9 a.m., they were downstairs watching cartoons when they heard a thud and heard their dad yell, ‘Ahh,’ and then a thump on the floor,” Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said.Prosecutors said the couple argued frequently about her weight gain, as well as finances. Five days before the killing, prosecutors said, Julie Harper filed for divorce and allegedly withdrew nearly $20,000.Julie Harper said the shooting was an accident, maintaining she was a victim of domestic abuse.“He would just be in an absolute fury, in his rage, yelling and screaming,” she said.Jurors also heard recordings that Harper made during her husband’s alleged rants, recordings alleged to feature Jason Harper screaming obscenities at his wife and demeaning her.Los Angeles criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Michael Kraut said that the domestic abuse claims made it difficult for jurors to convict Harper.“If a jury hears evidence that the victim shot her husband because she was in fear of being verbally and physically abused, they are gonna use that to find her not guilty of the crime of first-degree murder,” Kraut said.

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Patient Placed in Isolation in Hawaii over Ebola Concerns

Patient Placed in Isolation in Hawaii over Ebola Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A person in Hawaii was placed in isolation after exhibiting possible symptoms consistent with Ebola, state health officials said.The patient is being treated at the Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. Authorities said they were being especially cautious because of heightened concern about Ebola, but the patient could have a number of illnesses."The hospital is being very careful, as they should be, to take precautions making sure the patient is in isolation and making sure the people and the public stay safe," Dr. Melissa Viray of the Hawaii Department of Health told ABC affiliate KITV. "That being said, it's still an if. This is not a 'for sure' thing."The situation comes days after a man in Texas -- identified as Thomas Eric Duncan -- became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.Ebola has killed more than 3,300 people, with nearly 7,200 cases since the outbreak began in March.

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Sandy Hook School Receives Bomb Threat

Sandy Hook School Receives Bomb Threat

Connecticut State Police via Getty Images(MONROE, Conn.) -- Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School had to be evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was phoned in.Police in Monroe, Connecticut, said the school was thoroughly searched but no device was found. Classes should resume Thursday.Authorities are now trying to determine who called in the threat.The school in Monroe has the same name as the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that was the scene of a devastating shooting spree on December 14, 2012.Twenty first-grade children and six school officials were gunned downed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who earlier killed his mother before taking his own life as police closed in.The school where the massacre took place was razed in 2013.

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Teachers Accused of Three-way Tryst with Student, 16

Teachers Accused of Three-way Tryst with Student, 16

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. CHARLES, La.) -- Two female teachers from the same Louisiana high school are facing possible jail time for allegedly engaging in a sexual threesome with a 16-year-old male student from their school.Shelly Dufresne, 32, who is married with three children, and Rachel Respess, 24, both teach English at Destrehan High School in St. Charles.They've each been charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Administrators at Destrehan High reportedly got wind of the tryst when the male student, who has since turned 17, allegedly bragged about the encounter to friends.The legal age of consent in Louisiana is 17.Respess surrendered to police Wednesday while Dufresne, who initially made $228,000 bail based on a charge of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, was taken back into custody for her alleged involvement in the tryst. The suspects were then transferred to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.They've also been suspended without pay while authorities further investigate evidence that reportedly includes photos and video taken during the alleged threesome.

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UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Accused of Sexual Assault While At College

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Accused of Sexual Assault While At College

Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect charged with abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was accused of sexual assault while at college, according to a report the school released Wednesday.Christopher Newport University made public a "criminal incident information" report that stated Jesse Matthew was investigated for an alleged sexual assault on campus that occurred Sept. 7, 2003.The school said in a statement that it initially declined to release the report, but said, "The success of the criminal investigation is paramount at this time. The university has consulted with the Virginia State Police again today, and we are now releasing the following non-exempt 'criminal incident information.'"The report said the alleged sexual assault took place on the school's campus and was investigated by university police Capt. Scott Austin. No injuries were reported in connection with the alleged assault, the report said.It does not indicate whether any criminal charges were filed. Calls to the Newport News police station were not immediately returned, but previous criminal records searches did not turn up any charges of sexual assault. Matthew's attorney, Jim Camblos, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.CNU spokeswoman Lori Jacobs said that federal student record privacy laws "limit the information we can provide."The report notes that Matthew quit the school's football team five days after the alleged assault and left the school on Oct. 15.Jacobs would not say specifically if the campus police investigation into the alleged sexual assault led to him leaving the school, but said, "Students don't usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month."Matthew attended Christopher Newport University after leaving his first college, Liberty University, after only two years.Matthew is now in police custody after being arrested in connection with the disappearance of Graham. He has not entered a plea.The news of the Christopher Newport University sexual assault investigation comes as at least two different sheriff's offices in Virginia reported that they were looking into open murder cases to see if Matthew was connected.

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Man Accused in Oklahoma Beheading Set to Be Released from Hospital

Man Accused in Oklahoma Beheading Set to Be Released from Hospital

DanHenson1/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) -- Alton Nolen, the man who allegedly beheaded a co-worker and stabbed another at a Moore food processing plant, is set to be released from the hospital.ABC's Oklahoma City affiliate, KOCO-TV, reported that Nolen could be released into police custody as early as Wednesday.Nolen was charged with first-degree murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday in connection with the rampage. He had reportedly been suspended from work. Investigators believe he drove home to retrieve a large knife commonly used by workers at the plant, and returned to the facility, where he allegedly attacked two women in a front office.Nolen could face the death penalty, if the family of the deceased victim grants their approval.According to KOCO, the Moore police and the FBI are investigating the incident.

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US Ebola Patient Identified, May Have Exposed School-Aged Children to Disease

US Ebola Patient Identified, May Have Exposed School-Aged Children to Disease

Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- Five school-aged children in Texas may have been exposed to Ebola by the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States, officials said Wednesday.The children had contact with the patient and are being monitored at home, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday in a press conference."Let me assure you, these children have been identified and are being monitored," the governor said."This is all hands on deck," Perry said.

The patient was identified on Wednesday as Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan's identity was confirmed Wednesday by a source familiar with the government's response to the diagnosis. His name emerged as Texas health officials outlined efforts to track and monitor people Duncan had been in contact with since becoming sick over the weekend.The country's top medical official, who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conceded Wednesday that it's "not impossible" that others will contract the disease.Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States, with special focus on the Duncan’s family and health staff.“We have a seven-person team in Dallas working with the local health department and the hospital, and we will be identifying everyone who may have come in contact with him and then monitoring them for 21 days,” Frieden said.The city of Dallas, which has activated its Emergency Operations Center on "Level 2: High Readiness," said, "We are currently evaluating 12-18 people that the patient confirmed to have the Ebola virus was in contact with."In addition, the three ambulance crew members that brought Duncan to the hospital were tested for Ebola. The tests were negative, but the crew members were sent home and will be monitored for the next three weeks, the city said in a statement.Duncan's safety, along with the well-being of the medical people treating him, is a primary focus, Frieden said.“What we need to do first in this particular instance is do everything possible to help this individual who’s really fighting for their life, and then make sure that we’re doing that, that we don’t have other people exposed in the hospital, identify all those contacts and monitor them for 21 days. It’s not impossible that one or two of them would develop symptoms and then they would need to be isolated,” he said.Frieden said he’s confident that passengers who flew on the same plane as Duncan did not contract the disease.“That was four or five days before he had his first symptoms and with Ebola, you’re not contagious until you have symptoms,” he said.

Jan Eyckmans, spokesperson for the Belgian health ministry, confirmed that Duncan had flown through Brussels on his way from Liberia to the United States, but said echoed Frieden, noting that because Duncan had shown no symptoms, he was not yet contaigious, and no screening was necessary for other passengers on that flight.

"Besides the case detected yesterday," the Texas State Health Department told ABC News, "there are no additional suspect cases in Texas at this time and we have not conducted any more Ebola tests in our state lab."Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the outbreak began in March.

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Michael Dunn Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Loud Music Trial

Michael Dunn Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Loud Music Trial

AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Michael Dunn, the man accused of shooting and killing a teenager in Florida after asking the teen and his friends to turn down their loud music, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday.Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder and firing a gun into a car.

The jury in the first trial could not agree on whether Dunn was guilty of the first-degree murder charge in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, prompting a retrial.Dunn maintains that he was afraid for his life on Nov. 23, 2012, when he fired his weapon at the teens in a convenience store parking lot.

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Wyoming Mom’s Video of Daughter Ditching Class Goes Viral

Wyoming Mom’s Video of Daughter Ditching Class Goes Viral

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(CASPER, Wyo.) -- Hell hath no fury like a single mother with three children who learns her daughter is ditching class, especially if that mother is active on Facebook.Jeannie Crutchfield, 34, from Casper, Wyoming, learned that her daughter had been skipping class every day last week and decided to take action. A cashier at a convenience store, she typically works during the day, but she happened to have some time off during school hours.Crutchfield, armed with her cell phone video camera, showed up to the school of 14-year-old Ricki. She taped her daughter walking around the school, and confronted the teen to ask her what she's doing."This is what happens when my daughter Rickilee Durrant can't act right at school...enjoy parents," Crutchfield's description of the video states on Facebook."As a single mom, I learned that I have to do double the work. I learned to improvise when it comes to my parenting," she told ABC News.Since the three-minute video was posted to Facebook on Friday, more than 32,000 people have viewed it."When was I ditching, Mom?" her daughter asks her in the video."Every day this week," her mom says. "And I can show you."When her daughter denies it, Crutchfield says, "Oh yeah. Oh, yes, Ricki. So guess what I'm doing, Ricki? We're going to hold hands and we're going to go to class together."Crutchfield told ABC News that since the video was posted online, her daughter's school attendance has been steady."Her attitude has changed. She was asked [by a friend] if she wanted to ditch school yesterday, and she told the person no. The thought of mom following her again wasn’t appealing," Crutchfield told ABC News."It just goes to show that my mom cares," Ricki told ABC affiliate KTWO.Crutchfield told ABC News that she didn't expect the massive attention that the video has garnered."I was just trying to prove a point to my daughter," Crutchfield said, who added that other parents have been told that the school could do little to prevent student truancy."For the most part, I’ve had really positive comments from kids and parents alike, even teachers."Crutchfield's oldest child, a son, and her youngest daughter have both found humor in the situation."As far as my youngest, she says she will never skip school ever," Crutchfield told ABC News.

 

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