Month: May 2021

  • ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect’s defense motion to bar prosecutors from collecting evidence rejected by judge

    first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A California judge this morning rejected an attempt by defense attorneys to bar a request from prosecutors to collect evidence from “Golden State Killer” suspect Joseph DeAngelo.Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet gave prosecutors the go-ahead to collect DNA samples and fingerprints from DeAngelo, and photograph the 72-year-old suspect’s anatomy.DeAngelo appeared at the hearing handcuffed to a wheelchair. He did not say anything during the court proceedings.His public defender, Diane Howard, had submitted a motion on Wednesday challenging the lawfulness of a search warrant issued to prosecutors to collect the evidence from DeAngelo.Sweet ruled the evidence collection did not violate DeAngelo’s right to due process nor any evidence discovery rules.The judge had delayed the hearing for 24 hours to give him a chance to review the defense motion and the prosecution’s application for the search warrant, which was approved by a magistrate before DeAngelo’s arrest last week.“In this case, the government seeks to execute a warrant issued before the defendant’s arrest and arraignment. But the government’s right to unfettered investigation is substantially curtailed by constitutional concerns with attend to the right to a fair trial and a right to cancel,” the public defender’s office argued in court papers.But prosecutors countered that the evidence collection of DeAngelo’s DNA, fingerprints and photos of his body did not threaten his right to due process because he would not be required to speak when prosecutors gathered the evidence.“In the present case, obtaining the defendant’s major case prints and his DNA sample does not require him to speak or say even a word. Likewise, taking photographs of his person does not require the defendant to share his thoughts or beliefs with law enforcement,” according to court papers submitted by prosecutors.DeAngelo, a former police officer, was arrested on April 24 at his suburban Sacramento home.Detectives used DNA evidence that allegedly links him to a string of 12 murders and more than 50 rapes across California that they say were committed by the “Golden State Killer” between 1976 and 1986. The public defender assigned to him refused to comment today.DeAngelo is ordered back in court on May 14.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • SEAL Team leaders investigated for alleged sexual misconduct

    first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The commander and the senior enlisted officer of a SEAL Team currently deployed to Africa are being investigated for allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, officials said.Both senior leaders have been sent back to the United States while the allegations are investigated.“A commanding officer and command master chief assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit have been relieved of their duties overseas due to alleged misconduct,” said Lt. Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.“Naval Special Warfare and NCIS have initiated investigations as appropriate,” said Maxwell.Two defense officials said one of the team leaders is being investigated for the alleged inappropriate touching of a female service member during the deployment. Both team leaders are being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, said officials.Both of the senior leaders were sent home by Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, said a third defense official. Hicks suspended the commanding officer’s overseas assignment as the head of SOC Forward East Africa, said the official.While “pulled from deployment” both senior leaders have not been relieved of their duties as the commanding officer and command master chief of their SEAL Team. While stateside they will remain in those positions as the allegations are investigated.SEAL Team units deployed to East Africa typically operate in Djibouti, where the United States has a base, and in Somalia, where they assist in an advisory capacity with the Somali military.The Navy has eight SEAL team units, four odd numbered units stationed in Coronado, California and four even-numbered units stationed at Little Creek, Va.A ninth SEAL Team is more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, though its official name is Special Warfare Development Group DEVGRU. That elite Special Missions unit best known for its role in the Osama bin Laden raid. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • What we know about the suspected shooter at Santa Fe High School in Texas

    first_img(Galveston County Sheriff’s Office) Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas , May 18, 2018.(HOUSTON) — The 17-year-old who allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning, killing 10 and wounding 10 others, allegedly wrote in journals that he wanted to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide, the governor said.Instead, the suspect, identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, gave himself up to authorities, Gov. Greg Abbott said.As authorities investigate what Abbott called “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools,” Pagourtzis is now in custody, charged with capital murder.Two weapons were used in the massacre — a shotgun and a .38 revolver — both of which appear to be legally owned by the suspect’s father, the governor said.Explosive devices were also found at the school, and devices including a Molotov cocktail were found in a car and a home, authorities said.There were no warning signs and he doesn’t have a criminal history, officials said.Pagourtzis’ Facebook page listed a possible interest in the United States Marines Corps, “starting in 2019.” However, the Pentagon does not have a record of anyone with the last name Pagourtzis in the Marine Corps.On Facebook, Pagourtzis lists himself as an atheist under religious views and wrote “I hate politics” under political views. On April 30, he posted a photo of a T-shirt that says, “Born to Kill.”Pagourtzis may have been a member of his school’s football team — the Santa Fe Indians Freshman Football website lists a “Dimitrios Pagourtzis” with a graduation year of 2019.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Huge storm heading east producing tornadoes, flooding, snow

    first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong west-to-east storm system is producing tornadoes, funnel clouds, heavy rain and snow in higher elevations.Snow and flood alerts abound Tuesday morning as the storm continues its march.As much as a foot of snow may fall by Wednesday in Colorado and New Mexico, where winter storm watches, warnings or advisories have been issued. Denver also could see some snow.The storm will be moving to the southern Plains by Wednesday night, as severe storms will develop from Dallas to Houston and east into Louisiana. Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.Heavy rain from Houston to Louisville, Kentucky to Cincinnati could lead to flooding.The storm, by Thursday, will keep moving east, bringing significant precipitation to the Gulf Coast, from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Florida to Atlanta. Finally, by Friday, the storm should hit the East Coast, dumping heavy rain. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Arctic blast producing coldest Thanksgiving in decades

    first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Thursday will be the coldest Thanksgiving in decades for most of the Northeast, the result of an Arctic blast of air that’s pushing temperatures 15 to 25 degrees colder than a year ago.Even with a sunny sky forecast on Thursday, little warming is expected throughout the day. The last time it was this cold in the Northeast on Thanksgiving was 1996.Friday morning may be even colder in some of those spots, with morning wind chills still in the single digits — or colder. Wind gusts in some of the major cities may reach 30 mph, adding to the chill. The high in Boston is expected to be 18 degrees; in New York, 27.Temperatures should warm back up a bit over the weekend.Along the West Coast, a storm system is delivering rain, which should aid in extinguishing the many wildfires that have ravaged California the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the precipitation also carries with it an increased risk of mudslides and debris flow. In higher elevations, snow is to be expected.This storm is expected to slide inland and take a fair amount of snow — 1 to 2 feet — into parts of the Rockies later on Thursday.A new storm is headed for the Pacific Northwest. More rain and snow are expected, from the Canadian border down into Northern California. Another storm is expected in California by Friday morning, with heavy snowfall expected in the southern Cascades. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Jayme Closs’ family releases statement a month after she escaped alleged abductor

    first_imgKEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images(BARRON, Wis.) — Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who was allegedly kidnapped from her home and held captive, has released a new statement with her family, one month after she made her daring escape to freedom.“Jayme and her family wish to extend their deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations that she has received from all over the country and around the world,” Closs and her family said in a new statement. “Jayme greatly appreciates each and every gift, as well as the many cards and letters,” the statement said. “The many kind words have been a source of great comfort to her.”Jake Patterson, 21, allegedly abducted Closs from her home in rural Barron, Wis., after gunning down her parents on Oct. 15.Patterson confessed to investigators that he targeted Closs after seeing her board a school bus, according to a criminal complaint.He told investigators that, after the killings, he fled with the girl to his home in Gordon, Wis. He allegedly created a space for Closs under his bed, and when he’d leave the house, he’d put barbells and free weights around the bed so she couldn’t escape, according to the complaint.Closs told investigators that Patterson “would make her stay under the bed for up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks,” according to the complaint.On Jan. 10, when Patterson left the residence, Closs fled to safety, according to court documents.Patterson was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. He is set to be arraigned on March 27.Patterson’s father, Patrick Patterson, told ABC News last week, “I’m very sorry for everything that has happened. … I wish for a complete healing of Jayme’s mind, heart and soul.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Trump to survey Alabama tornado damage, residents hope it brings more resources

    first_imgMark Wilson/Getty Images(BEAUREGARD, Ala.) — President Trump is expected to visit Alabama on Friday to survey the areas devastated by deadly tornadoes.“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” President Trump said in a tweet earlier this week.At least 23 people were killed when two tornadoes ripped through the small rural community of Beauregard, leaving behind a trail of catastrophic damage. Those killed lived in roughly a one-square-mile area of the town, according to authorities.Officials say the president will see firsthand the “catastrophic” damage.“The word catastrophic completely describes it… There are so many places where there is absolutely nothing – no standing structure. The power of this storm was amazing,” Capt. Bobby Kilgore of Opelika Police Department said.Beauregard residents living at the center of destruction hope the president’s visit will bring more resources to the area.“I just hope he can bring some positivity to the area that’s what we need — bring help… We need the help. There’s people who are helpless,” James Stinson, a Beauregard resident said.Stinson and his family hunkered down to ride out Sunday’s deadly tornadoes. He says although his family was able to make it out alive — search and rescue crews found one of his neighbors dead on his property. Those who survived are now combing through the debris, the first step in a long road to recovery.“With the president’s help, we can get there. We’re trying to stay Beauregard strong,” Stinson said.President Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state on Tuesday ordering federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the affected communities.“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House said in a press release.The president’s visit falls on the same day as the funeral for 10-year-old Taylor Thornton, who was visiting her best friend when the storm came through. Her friend was the only survivor at the home.President Trump has traveled to meet with victims of several natural disasters while in office including the areas devastated by the California wildfires, Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Harvey.Some of his visits to destroyed areas have drawn criticism. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz denounced Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico as a public relations stunt and criticized how he handed out supplies at Calvary Chapel after he tossed paper towels into the crowd.“His terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it’s really – it does not embody the spirit of the American nation,” Cruz said in an interview with MSNBC in October.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Couple requests backpacks filled with school supplies, uniforms as wedding gifts

    first_imgCameron Family(TAMPA, Fla.) —  When Matt Cameron and Kelli Davis got engaged in June 2018 and started planning their nuptials, she came up with an idea: In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, how about they do something for students in need?Cameron was completely on board with Davis, a first-grade teacher at Roland Park K-8 Magnet School in Tampa, Florida, who took her husband’s last name when they married.The couple set up an Amazon registry seeking school-supply donations and even customized their wedding invitations, requesting that guests bring a backpack filled with items like notebooks, pencils and uniforms. Each invitation was tailored to an individual student’s needs, including size, grade and gender.“It wasn’t much different than going online and making a registry just for, you know, instead of crockpots, it was Sharpies and T-shirts and khaki shorts,” Cameron said in a video posted on Facebook by Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida.“I call my class ‘my family,’ and I’m sure a lot of other teachers do too” she told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay. “It was kind of a no-brainer. Being a teacher, I know that a lot of kids come with nothing to school.”She decided to donate the supplies to Booker T. Washington Elementary and the school gave the couple a list of ideas of what it needed.On June 8, the couple were married in Florida.At the end of the wedding, Kelli Cameron said, two or three large carts of backpacks and supplies bought from the couple’s registry had to be pushed out of the wedding venue.“The back of my husband’s truck was completely filled with backpacks,” she said. “How wonderful it was that we were able to do that. Take something that was about us and kind of help others.”The Hillsborough school district said the couple donated 70 backpacks filled with school supplies as well as uniforms to Booker T Washington Elementary.“Congratulations Kelli, and thank you for your dedication and kindness. #weclimbtogether,” Hillsborough County Public Schools said in a Facebook post on July 25.Cameron said that he wasn’t surprised that his new wife had come up with the idea and said he was proud of her.“When we first had this idea, we could’ve never imagined it would’ve taken on a life of its own,” he told ABC News Friday.Kelli Cameron got emotional in talking about how important it was for students to have the things they need when they start the school year.“Being a teacher, I put my heart and soul into the kids and you try and give and give to them,” she said through tears. “The kids that get the backpacks will be excited for that first day of school and excited that they have a new backpack and new supplies and ready to start the school year.”The backpacks will be distributed when school begins in a couple of weeks.“We had such a positive response from our wedding guests and the community. School supplies have been donated to our doorstep. Businesses have reached out to donate backpacks to local schools so we’re really happy that all of this is happening,” she told ABC News Friday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Bystanders rescue girl after father dies jumping in front of subway train

    first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Cellphone video captured a harrowing rescue on Monday, showing bystanders who scrambled to rescue a young girl when her father jumped in front of a moving train while holding her in his arms.The video showed commuters as they jumped into action on Monday morning when a 45-year-old man jumped to his death from a subway platform in the Bronx while holding his daughter.The 5-year-old girl miraculously landed in a safe space below the train, allowing her to survive the incident. She was crying and calling for her father, who was pronounced dead on the scene.Video from the scene showed bystanders panicking as they worked to get the girl back on the subway platform. At least two good Samaritans crawled down on to the tracks to pull the young child out from beneath the train.The child, dressed in a blue jacket and a pink backpack, emerged from tracks with some cuts to her face, but she managed to walk away without assistance.She apparently survived by lodging herself in between the front wheels of the train, one witness said.“By the sake of God, the ended up under the train, underneath between the wheels. This is how she was able to survive,” one witness told New York ABC station WABC-TV.Other witnesses said her father was calmly speaking on the phone right before the fatal jump.“I heard him telling the wife that, ‘You look out for the other two kids, I’m gonna take her to school,’ and then he said, ‘I love you,’” witness Pamela Ivy told WABC.The child was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. Niurka Caraballo, who identified herself as the child’s mother, said she was preparing to bring her home later on Monday.“Please respect my pain. Thank you for being there, thank you for having my back,” Caraballo told WABC in Spanish. “Thank you to the 52nd precinct; I’m home now and they’re still reaching out to make sure that I made it home OK, that I eat, that my daughter eats. Thank you, but please respect my pain.”“The child is in perfect condition, thank you to God and the angels who took care of her. Everything is fine, except the absence of my husband. Thank you,” she said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Critically endangered orca that fathered 20 babies feared dead

    first_imghanhanpeggy/iStock(SEATTLE) — A critically endangered orca is presumed dead following a six-month span without a single sighting, according to a nonprofit dedicated to saving the species.The orca, of the Southern Resident population and named L41 Mega, was not seen with his family on Jan. 24 off Washington’s coast, according to Shari Tarantino, president of the Orca Conservancy.Tarantino said the last time L41 was seen was in August 2019.“I hope he comes back, but I don’t think so,” she told ABC News on Thursday.The presumed loss of L41 is the latest difficulty facing the dwindling population.With just 72 Southern Resident orcas left, Tarantino said society is moving backwards in terms of caring for the species.The new population number is the lowest it’s been since 1974, when only 71 whales remained, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.L41 was among two orcas who fathered a majority of the population’s offspring. The orca J1, who is dead, fathered 16 of the Southern Residents, while L41 fathered 20, according to the NOAA.Tarantino believes that L41 was post-reproductive, but said he was “still a vital member.”“It’s kind of like us,” Tarantino said. “We take care of each other.”Southern Resident orcas — which live in the inland waterways of Washington state and the trans-boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada — are decreasing in population for a slew of reasons. The main reason is that their food intake levels are too low, specifically their intake of salmon.Salmon have not been able to hatch their eggs because water temperatures are too warm and if they do hatch, the eggs can often be swept away by melting snowcaps, according to Tarantino.She said both factors have been a result, in part, of climate change.Tarantino hopes that the public will soon realize the urgency of the situation.Because Southern Killers are apex predators, she said, “When they’re failing, that generally means the ecosystem beneath it is failing.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more