ABCNews.com(DETROIT) -- Two people died Sunday near Detroit Coleman A. Young International Airport when a Cessna 210 crashed and exploded.
The third person on board, the pilot, appeared to have escaped the wreckage with help from witnesses, according to ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.
The pilot had reported having a problem with the plane's landing gear and was low on fuel short before the accident, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report within 10 days.
As the plane descended, it hit a tree and flipped over, catching fire, said Capt. Mark Thornton of the Detroit Police Department. No one on the ground was injured, and no buildings were damaged.
"Courageous" witnesses were able to help pull the pilot free, Thornton said. The pilot appeared to be coherent and was sent to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment.
Witnesses told police that the people who helped free the pilot used baseball bats to break glass in order to reach him inside the burning wreckage.
Neither person who died in the crash has been identified, pending notification of their families.
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ABCNews.com(PITTSBURGH) -- Michelle Kenney and Antwon Rose Sr. did something Sunday they never thought they would ever have to do: Go to a funeral home for the wake of their 17-year-old son, Antwon Rose II.
But before getting in a car and driving to the Tunie Funeral Home in Homestead, Pennsylvania, the grieving mother and father had much to say about their child and the police officer who shot him dead on a street near their small town, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
"He murdered my son in cold blood," Kenney told ABC News exclusively of the shooting Tuesday night when police said her unarmed son ran from an officer who opened fire after the teenager made only a few strides to get away.
"If he has a son, I pray his heart never has to hurt the way mine does," Kenney said of the police officer. "But I think he should pay for taking my son's life. I really do."
As she spoke through jags of tears, Kenney clutched a Bible in her lap with the words "My son" written on a piece of paper and taped to the cover. On the front of her striped dress, she wore a purple ribbon, which she says was her son's favorite color.
She spoke of how her son -- whom she nicknamed "My Baby" -- had traveled around the world, taught himself to ski and play hockey. He had dreams, she said, of going to college and becoming a chemical engineer or a lawyer.
"I knew Antwon was destined for greatness. I told him that all the time," she said. "I figured he either was going to be an engineer who designed something that changed the world, or he was going to have a case that changed the world. I never knew that he would be the victim of a homicide and change the world. It's just unimaginable."
The teenager was riding in a silver Chevrolet that officials said was suspected of being involved in a drive-by shooting in North Braddock that left a 22-year-old man wounded. East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld pulled the vehicle over around 8:40 p.m. on Grandview and Howard streets in East Pittsburgh, about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Allegheny County Police Department, which is investigating Antwon's death, said in a statement that Rosfeld pulled the car over because it matched the description of the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting and that he noticed a bullet hole in the rear window.
While Rosfeld was putting the driver into handcuffs, Antwon and another passenger in the car bolted, according to the police statement. Rosfeld fired his weapon at Antwon, hitting him three times in the upper body, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, who did not specify where on his upper body Antwon was shot.
Antwon was taken to nearby University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport, where he died.
Police said two guns were found inside the car, but Antwon was unarmed when he was shot. Police found a 9mm ammunition clip in his pocket, officials said.
Had it not been for a cell-phone video Shauny Mary, 23, took of the shooting, the story might have ended there. Mary posted her video on social media, sparking angry protests in the streets of East Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
The video shows Antwon and another man running from the car. Antwon, dressed in a white T-shirt, got about 10 feet before three gunshots sounded and he fell to the ground.
"It was like he was taking target practice out on this young man's back," Mary told ABC News. "He didn't flinch, he didn't say stop running, he didn't say anything."
Antwon Rose Sr. said he saw Mary's video before it went viral. He said he initially didn't realize it was his son because people were saying the boy who was shot was 13 years old.
"I never thought that was my son," he said.
Michelle Kenney said she can't bring herself to watch the video.
"If there wasn't [a video], we wouldn't be having this conversation because a thousand people could have stood up and the world wouldn't have believed them because he was murdered by a cop and people don't seem to think that they tell a lie," Kenney said. "So by the grace of God, there is a video."
She said she doesn't understand why Rosfeld is still on the police force.
"If I shot somebody in cold blood, I would have been arrested on the scene. They wouldn't have waited. There would be no investigation. There would be no questions as to why I did it, or what happened. I would be in jail," Kenney said. "He should have been in jail the day after it happened. He should have been fired five minutes after it happened. As a matter of fact, maybe they should have never hired him."
ABC News has reached out to Rosfeld's attorney several times for comment but have not heard back. The district attorney said Rosfeld is cooperating with the investigation.
Rosfeld, 30, broke his silence Thursday when he told ABC station WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that the shooting occurred just three weeks after he joined the East Pittsburg Police Department and just hours after he was officially sworn in as an officer on the force.
Rosfeld, who is on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation, said he has been staying away from the news coverage of the shooting and would not discuss details of what prompted him to use deadly force. He said he was unaware that there is a video of the shooting.
He said he began his career in law enforcement in 2011 and that prior to joining the East Pittsburg Police Department he worked as an officer for the University of Pittsburgh and at two other police departments in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Kenney told ABC News that she had drilled it in her son to always respect the police.
"My son is dead and I keep saying that, but he didn't die by accident," she said. "He didn't fall off a cliff. He didn't trip and bump his head. A cop killed him. The same person that should have protected him, the same person who I taught my son to respect and always have the most respect for, never be disrespectful, murdered my son."
Asked what she would say to people questioning why Antwon was in a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting, and why he allegedly had an ammunition clip in his pocket, she replied: "My son is dead. My son is dead. My son is dead. For all those people who say that their son must be at home.
"To see how handsome my son was; he didn't deserve that. No one deserves that. And no one deserves to have to bury their baby at 17 years old for trying to make it home, while his momma's waiting on the porch for him to get back. I wouldn't wish this on anybody. I mean, I can't begin to explain the sadness and sorrow."
She said she is amazed at the thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand justice for her son, including the many friends, teachers, and neighbors who knew Antwon's character.
"I look at it this way: If it wasn't Antwon and it was another child, I don't know how many people would have stood up. But because my son was truly a beautiful soul, everyone stood up and I'm hoping that it changes the world," Kenney said.
In a poem her son composed on May 16, 2016, for an English literature class, he wrote, "I am confused and afraid. I wonder what path I'll take. I hear that there's only two ways out. I see mothers bury their sons. I want my mom to never feel that pain."
Listening to those words, she said, they were all too familiar.
"They're actually words from his mother," Kenney said. "That's how I know that my son heard me. And that right there makes me smile because we were so close and I was so involved with what was going on with him and those words he interpreted from me.
"So when you read them and you tell me that my son wrote them, we lived them," she said. "That's not just a piece of paper, that's not just a poem, that is the life of many, many African-American males. It was just that my son wrote it down and he lost his life in order for you guys to read it."
A funeral will be held for Antwon at 11 a.m. Monday at the Woodland Hills Intermediate School in Homestead, Pennsylvania, where he was a former student. Many mourners plan to wear purple in Antwon's honor.
Kenney and the senior Antwon Rose said they hope their son is not forgotten after he is buried.
"I am in amazement that this all has something to do with my son. But I'm destroyed at the reason why," Kenney said. "I appreciate all the protesters. I just want them to protest peacefully because I don't want to see anybody else go through this. So I don't want them to get arrested, I don't want them to act out. If they're protesting in the name of Antwon, then we can't use the same hate that took my son's life. We have to protest in the name of love."
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Department of Homeland Security employees are seeing violent threats with greater frequency because of the president's immigration policy, according to an official with knowledge of a recent threat assessment.
The department determined that there was a "heightened threat against DHS employees" in response to recent government actions surrounding immigration, according to a letter sent to employees over the weekend.
"This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees," Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, wrote to employees on Saturday.
In early May, the Trump administration announced it would begin enforcing a zero-tolerance immigration policy -- criminally charging everyone who illegally crossed the southwest border. This led to around 2,300 children being separated from their parents as they faced prosecution.
The family separations sparked outrage among advocates and lawmakers across the country, and on Wednesday Donald Trump signed an executive order that said he would keep families together during criminal proceedings.
Around two dozen threat reports were issued in the past few days, primarily against Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, according to the same official. Each of these reports is generally related to a specific online threat. All employees are personally contacted by DHS security if they are the target of a violent threat, the official said.
In one example, a senior DHS official living in the Washington. D.C. area found a burnt and decapitated animal on his front porch, according to an official with knowledge of the incident.
The uptick in threats comes amid multiple protests directed at ICE and Customs and Border Protection officers, as well as the DHS secretary. It's unclear exactly how much the threats have increased.
In Portland, Oregon, protesters calling themselves Occupy ICE PDX camped out in front of an ICE field office for days, The Oregonian reported.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he supported the protesters, tweeting on Wednesday that he did not want the Portland Police Department "to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track."
He added that the demonstration "seemed to be very peaceful."
Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled while eating at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., by group calling itself the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.
"You're eating a Mexican dinner as you're deporting tens of thousands of people separated from their parents," chanted the protesters.
And last Friday, demonstrators played ProPublica audio of crying children outside her Virginia home while chanting "shame!"
In addition to the protests, thousands of employees have had personal data leaked on social media, the letter to employees said. On Thursday, WikiLeaks published information on more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees, saying it is important for "increasing accountability," according to The Washington Post.
"People can disagree on policy," ICE spokeswoman Liz Johnson said in a statement to ABC News, "but it is unconscionable to target our employees and advocate violence against federal law enforcement officers."
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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) -- Officers on Saturday shot and killed a suspect in Minneapolis who allegedly was firing a gun into the air and into the ground while walking down the street.
Minneapolis Police Department personnel responded after an anonymous 911 caller at 5:26 p.m. local time told authorities a man was walking around firing a handgun, police said in a statement, adding: "That caller provided a very detailed description of the suspect and his clothing."
A second call to 911 said the suspect was shooting a silver 9-millimeter handgun, police said.
Officers said they fired on the man following a foot chase. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, per protocol, has been alerted and will investigate the incident.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement he hoped to "offer words that can help ease the pain that people in every neighborhood of our city feel tonight. But at the same time, I must recognize that whatever words I come up with will fall short of that goal."
"Too many times," he added, "people from across Minneapolis and the Twin Cities have been stung by the pain of a life lost in the course of an encounter with law enforcement. Regardless of what happened tonight -- the historical trauma inflicted on communities of color is never far from nearly every facet of our lives."
As of 11:30 p.m., there had been no reported violence or arrests linked to the earlier shooting of the suspect.
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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Two San Diego police officers were shot late Saturday and hospitalized responding to an incident they first thought may be an apartment fire.
The suspect who allegedly shot the two officers was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not yet known.
One officer was last reported in stable condition and the other was in serious but stable condition, police said.
When police first arrived on scene, they observed and smelled what appeared to be a fire and called the fire department. When authorities tried to open the door to the apartment, they were met with gunfire. One officer shot back.
The firefighter attempting to enter the structure along with the police officers ended up in an adjoining apartment, out of the way of the shooter, authorities said. The firefighter was extracted from that apartment by a SWAT team and didn't suffer any significant injuries.
Police said they don't know what type of weapon the suspect used or whether he was wearing any type of body armor. Police have not yet entered the apartment and wouldn't confirm whether a robot was used to investigate.
Authorities don't have a motive for the suspect at this time.
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iStock/Thinkstock(OTERO COUNTY, New Mexico) -- A pilot "involved in a mishap" at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico died on Friday, the Navy said.
Lt. Christopher Carey Short, from Canandaigua, New York, died in a crash involving the A-29 he was piloting, the Navy said in a statement on Saturday.
He was on a mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of White Sands Missile Range, north of the base, the Navy said.
The incident is being investigated.
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Culpeper County Sheriff's Office(CULPEPER, Va.) -- The weather will remain quite active this weekend one day after more than 200 reports of severe weather from the Plains to the South and mid-Atlantic.
More summer thunderstorms are expected this weekend in the same regions, with possible flash flooding, tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.
Strong storms are expected to fire up again today in much of the South and East. A slight risk for severe weather stretches from Texas to Georgia, as well as from Virginia to New Jersey. This slight risk region includes, Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Atlanta; and Washington, D.C. Damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes will be possible in these regions.
On Sunday, a new disturbance will develop and move into the Central Plains. There is a potential for significant severe weather on Sunday in the Central Plains. An enhanced risk for severe weather exists for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, including Wichita and Salina. In the enhanced risk area there could be multiple tornadoes, destructive winds and large hail.
Slow-moving summer thunderstorms could trigger additional flash flooding on Sunday and Monday across parts of the central U.S., where locally 2 to 3 inches of rain will fall.
Heat is on in Southwest
The heat gripping parts of the western U.S. will last for at least one more day. Phoenix hit 111 degrees on Friday, their warmest temperature so far this season.
Temperatures will approach 108 to 110 today in Palm Springs, California; Las Vegas and Phoenix. Parts of Texas could be above 100 degrees as well. Central California will also be in the 100s today.
In addition to the heat, there is the potential for wildfire development from California to Colorado, where fire weather alerts have been issued.
A slight cooling trend moves in Sunday, but temperatures will bounce upward again on Monday.
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Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images(MANASSAS, Va.) -- Twenty-five years ago to the day, the name Lorena Bobbitt became notorious: on June 23, 1993, the young wife cut off her husband's penis with a kitchen knife.
Here's a look back at the key moments from the sensational case that transfixed America.
The infamous assault
Lorena Bobbitt, a 24-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, claimed the knife attack occurred minutes after her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, drunkenly returned to their Manassas, Virginia, home and raped her.
"He jumped on top of me and he started grabbing my arms really tight," she told ABC News in an interview at the time. "I said, 'I don't want to have sex'... he forced me... my underwear was ripping off. I was just fighting... He wouldn't listen."
After the alleged rape, "I was crying and I just wanted to get a glass of water," she said.
She went to the kitchen, picked up a knife and returned to their room, where her husband was asleep.
"I took the sheets off and I cut him," she told ABC News, crying.
"I didn’t know she cut it off," John Wayne Bobbitt said in a 2016 episode of "Scandal Made Me Famous." "She did it so fast and ran so fast, I thought maybe I saw a little bit of her in my peripheral running out the bedroom door. But I looked down and there was blood everywhere."
"I applied pressure," he said, "I get up and try to put my pants on, and tried to get to the hospital as fast as I could."
Meanwhile, Lorena Bobbitt jumped in her car and fled.
She later testified that she didn't realize what she had done until she noticed while driving that she had the knife in one hand and the severed penis in the other, The Washington Post reported at the time. She then threw the penis out of the car window.
Lorena Bobbitt was charged with malicious wounding and faced up to 20 years in prison.
In court, Lorena Bobbitt claimed she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by her husband, including the night of the knife attack.
"He would be on top of me and he would use his hands to choke me ... every time he did that he'd hit me," she told ABC News in a 1993 interview. "He forced me into sex ... I would just cry."
Her highly-publicized trial -- a year before the O.J. Simpson double murder case began -- pushed domestic violence into the national conversation.
John Wayne Bobbitt, a former Marine, denied her allegations. He was charged with marital sexual assault and found not guilty in a separate trial.
After her eight-day trial that captivated the country, Lorena Bobbitt was found not guilty of malicious wounding by reason of temporary insanity. She spent five weeks at a mental hospital for treatment and evaluation.
After her release from the facility, she opened up in another interview with ABC News, saying she regretted her actions.
"I never meant to hurt anybody. I never hurt anybody before," she said, "It just happened."
"We both were victims of a tragic situation ... two crimes," she said. "Sometimes we're so trapped in a psychologically mental situation that we might just, can't take it anymore, and this is exactly what happened to me."
The Bobbitts -- who were married for six years -- divorced in 1995.
The aftermath: John
John Wayne Bobbitt's penis was recovered from the field where Lorena ditched it and the body part was successfully reattached in a 10-hour surgery.
"With microsurgery, you either establish the circulation and it works, or it doesn’t -- there’s no in between," Bobbitt’s surgeon, Dr. David Berman, said in a 2016 "Scandal Made Me Famous" episode, according to People Magazine.
Post-surgery, John Wayne Bobbitt went on to appear in several adult films and Howard Stern paid for him to have a penis enlargement, the Daily Mirror reported.
Though John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted of marital sexual assault after Lorena's allegations, he went on to be convicted of domestic violence offenses involving two other women, The Huffington Post reported in 2016.
As for his feelings towards his infamous ex, he said in the 2016 "Scandal Made Me Famous" episode, "I don’t blame Lorena."
"We both hurt each other," he said in the episode, according to People. "I wish her the best."
The aftermath: Lorena
ABC News caught up with Lorena Bobbitt 17 years after the assault. By that time a lot had changed: she started using her maiden name, met a new partner and became a mother.
She also said her newfound passion was counseling domestic violence victims. She founded the domestic violence organization Lorena's Red Wagon in 2007.
Now, 25 years later, Jordan Peele -- the Oscar winner behind "Get Out" -- is creating a four-part docu-series for Amazon called "Lorena."
"When we hear the name 'Bobbitt,' we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full-blown media spectacle," Peele said in a statement this year. "With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse and her demand for justice. This is Lorena's story, and we're honored to help her tell it."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org(NEW YORK) -- Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language and became a pop-culture phenomenon, will be laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony at an animal sanctuary in Northern California where she lived for decades.
The western lowland gorilla died in her sleep Tuesday morning at the age of 46, according to the Gorilla Foundation, which is headed by animal psychologist Francine "Penny" Patterson, who worked with and cared for Koko since the primate was a year old.
Koko was renowned as one of the most intellectual apes in history, beloved by millions of people around the world. Under Patterson's tutelage, she learned more than 1,000 words in sign language and came to understand over 2,000 words spoken to her in English.
"She taught me more than I taught her, for sure," Patterson, 71, told ABC News in a telephone interview Thursday. "She had opportunities to show her brilliance and that’s what we saw. We saw a person, really. She had all the attributes of a person and then some."
Born at the San Francisco Zoo, Koko was loaned to Patterson at the age of 1 for a research project at Stanford University on interspecies communications. When the zoo wanted Koko back for breeding, Patterson raised more than $12,000 to officially adopt the super-simian.
Koko will be buried at a grave site on the Gorilla Foundation's seven-acre preserve in Woodside, California, alongside Michael, a western lowland gorilla who was rescued from poachers in Cameroon and came to live with Koko at the sanctuary. He was originally Koko's intended mate, but the pair developed a close friendship instead, according to Patterson.
Michael died in 2000 from cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes the heart to become enlarged.
"They were great playmates and companions. They were good together, and she loved him so much," Patterson said. "It just feels right to have them close."
Patterson said Koko looked "peaceful" after she died, when Patterson arrived to be by her side.
"We’re still trying to understand what the cause was," Patterson told ABC News. "Many gorillas have a heart condition, cardiomyopathy, and she had it, but it was apparently a mild case and was being treated for that. That’s one possibility."
Patterson recalled one of the last conversations she had with Koko in sign language.
"She was looking a little sad and worried, and she looked straight at me and held two signs," she said. "One was ‘patient’ and the second one was ‘old.’ So she was trying to explain, 'Hey, I’m getting on.'"
Saturday's funeral and burial ceremony will take place near Koko's dwelling so that the organization's other gorilla, 36-year-old Ndume, can "see the whole thing and participate," Patterson said.
Patterson recently took Ndume to see Koko's body to help give him closure.
"He's sad," she said. "When he came to see her, he brought some blankets. He brought a chair, he brought his favorite barrel and he arranged her blankets so they were off of her and around her. And then he sat on his barrel and he could see that I was sad, and he signed, Know.’ ‘I know.’ Basically, he was telling me he knew what happened. And he also signed, ‘cry,’ which, of course, is what we’re doing."
Born at the Cincinnati Zoo, Ndume was also brought to the sanctuary to be Koko's mating partner. Koko did get pregnant but had a miscarriage. The two remained close companions after that, according to Patterson.
"I think that's one of Koko's deepest regrets is not having a baby," she told ABC News.
Koko's beloved cats, Ms. Gray and Ms. Black, whom she "adopted" in 2015 and considered her offspring, will also be at Saturday's ceremony, along with volunteers and staff members of The Gorilla Foundation who helped care for Koko.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of thousands of people upset about the separation of immigrant families at the border are putting their money into the fight, and making history in the process.
A Facebook fundraiser called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" has now raised more than $19.4 million in less than a week, with more than 500,000 people contributing.
Facebook spokesperson Roya Winner told ABC News it is the largest fundraiser to date created on the Facebook Fundraisers tool.
Winner said it became the social platform’s largest single fundraiser in less than four days.
Since it launched Sunday, June 17, the money-raising effort has regularly increased its goal as it continued meeting previous targets that have included $5 million, $8 million and $15 million.
As of Saturday morning, the target was $25 million, increased from $20 million on Friday.
The money is to go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a non-profit that according to its website provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in central and south Texas.
The fundraising page was launched by Silicon Valley power trio Malorie Lucich and Dave and Charlotte Willner, who were among the original employees at Facebook and now work at Pinterest, the popular image-collecting site. The Willners also work at Airbnb.
Public outrage over the border separations prompted President Donald Trump to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at keeping immigrant families together.
"I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated," Trump said at the signing in the Oval Office.
Under the executive action, the Justice Department is to start a legal process to change an existing court settlement that restricts the government to keeping children in detention with their parents for no longer than 20 days. The sought-after change would allow children to stay with their families for however long the adults are detained.
The order does not do anything to affect the fate of families that have already been separated.
ABC News Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Two of the biggest comedians of the past decade took time out from their tour to meet with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday.
Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart met with the students on Friday afternoon, according to Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen's Twitter page. Rosen shared pictures of the two A-list stars shaking hands and talking with the students.
Santa Fe student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly burst into an art room at the Texas school on May 18 with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, killing 10 and injuring 13 others. He was taken into custody and has been charged with murder. Two faculty members and eight students were killed.
Students at the school didn't return until May 29.
Chappelle and Stewart performed together on Thursday and Friday nights at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, Texas, and have shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso, Texas.
The tweet from the constable said the comedic duo were also in town to attend the Big 3 Basketball League -- a three-on-three league consisting of many recently retired NBA players -- which kicked off its second season in Houston on Thursday.
Stewart is a well-known advocate for stricter gun control. The former "Daily Show" host dedicated a segment to the Emanuel AME Church shooting in June 2015, not long before he stepped away from the show he made famous. A resigned Stewart said, "I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other."
Chappelle has worked gun violence into his act before. Less than three weeks ago, at a show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the comedian -- who has a deal to produce specials for Netflix -- joked gun laws would only change if more black people registered for legal guns, according to Philadelphia magazine.
The comedians weren't the first A-list celebrities to visit students from Santa Fe High School. Pop star Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar, who was wounded in the shooting, at the hospital in late May. Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt also visited Salazar after the shooting.
The Santa Fe shooting was the second in 2018 at a school in which over 10 people were killed. A former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 and killed 17 students and teachers with an AR-15-style rifle.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Antwon Rose/Facebook(PITTSBURGH) -- Authorities took issue with multiple "irresponsible" reports about the police shooting of East Pittsburgh teenager Antwon Rose -- a case that has gained national attention and generated local protests in the past three days.
Rose, 17, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday night after the teen and two others were pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting that night.
The deadly shooting was caught by a bystander on cellphone video, which is being reviewed by authorities.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office released a lengthy statement on behalf of Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough disputing a report that surveillance video showed Rose firing a gun in connection with the shooting earlier in the night.
"The Allegheny County Police Department (ACPD) continues to receive inquiries related to reports from police sources that 1) a video of the drive-by shooting in North Braddock shows Antwon Rose firing a gun; and, 2) that gunshot residue has been found on Antwon Rose’s hands," the statement reads.
"While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun," the statement adds. "The information about gunshot residue is also false. Crime Lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued."
Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA had reported both pieces of information, attributed to anonymous sources, earlier in the day Friday.
The D.A.'s office admonished the media for the reports.
"We caution the media about providing irresponsible information from sources that are not verified," the office said in its statement. "Once published, such false information can be widely spread. We share your interest in providing answers to the many questions in our community, and are working expeditiously to gather all of the available information and detail so that it can be reviewed, and answers provided."
District Attorney Stephen Zappala reported on Friday that an empty gun ammunition clip was found in Rose's pocket after the shooting. He did not have a gun, authorities said.
In an interview with Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE, Zappala confirmed the video of the first shooting and that the car Rose was in matched the description given by witnesses.
East Pittsburgh is about 11 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
The officer who shot Rose was identified by the Allegheny County Police Department as 30-year-old Michael Rosfeld, who had been on the job for just three weeks. The Allegheny County Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting. Zappala said he expected Rosfeld to be interviewed Friday.
Protests continued late into the night on Friday, with marchers rallying outside PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks, and on Homestead Grays Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River between East Pittsburgh and Homestead, Pennsylvania.
Several arrests were made, WTAE reported, though the marchers were largely peaceful.
Zappala said Friday he does not plan to turn over the case to the state Attorney General's office.
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Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office(NEW YORK) -- The message from the grave was defiant. But was it the truth?
For five years, Kim Pack suspected her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman of killing her mother, a bubbly host of a popular local radio show. But it wasn’t until January of this year that the prominent New Jersey endocrinologist was charged with putting a hit out on April Kauffman’s life.
Before he could go to trial, Jim Kauffman was found dead of an apparent suicide inside the county jail where he was being held.
“I was stunned,” said Damon Tyner, the Atlantic County prosecutor who charged Kauffman with orchestrating the plot that ended with the murder. “But in retrospect, that’s what convinces me now more than ever that he understood the end was near.”
Bringing a stunning climax to a murder mystery that riveted the Philadelphia-South Jersey region, Tyner and his team had charged Kauffman with devising a murder-for-hire plot to kill April Kauffman after, prosecutors say, she’d threatened to expose an illegal drug ring he was allegedly running with members of the notorious biker group, the Pagans Motorcycle Club.
Kauffman was accused of working with a reputed Pagans leader named Ferdinand Augello to arrange the hit on April Kauffman after, prosecutors believe, she threatened to go public with the shocking revelation that her husband had never served in the military, though he promoted himself as a Green Beret veteran who performed acts of heroism during the Vietnam War.
“Jim Kauffman was involved with the Pagan outlaw motorcycle gang,” Tyner said. “You had a prominent endocrinologist that was prescribing opioids and all kinds of other painkillers… when that wasn’t ‘his practice.’”
April Kauffman, a vivacious 47-year-old who earned a following on the radio and as a veterans activist, was found shot dead on May 10, 2012, in the bedroom of the Linwood, New Jersey, home she shared with her husband.For years, no arrests were made in the Kauffman murder case, but her daughter from her first marriage, Kim Pack, and her attorneys continued digging for answers.
“We were talking to people that were critical witnesses to us that had not spoken to the prosecutor's office,” said one of Pack’s lawyers, Andrew D’Arcy.
James Kauffman seemed to move on with his life. He remarried and filed to collect on April’s life insurance policy. Pack objected and sued her stepfather for causing the wrongful death of her mother.
That lawsuit would prove critical, giving Pack’s lawyers the opportunity to question James Kauffman under oath. It was the only time he was ever questioned under oath about his wife’s death.
In the deposition, the doctor talked about running into the house and seeing his wife’s body.
“I ran upstairs,” he said. “I looked inside and unfortunately saw April lying there and she wasn’t moving. … I ran downstairs, [out to the] lawn, and was hysterical and started vomiting.”
At one point, he was asked who he thought may have killed his wife. Jim Kauffman offered first that it could have been the police, then he suggested it might have been a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress. Kauffman mused it could have been a “slum lord,” whom April had criticized, and then he mentioned the biker group.
"Also, the last choice was that it was someone in the motorcycle gang… the Pagans,” Jim Kauffman said during the deposition.
Prosecutors believe that it was less of a theory at the time and, perhaps, more of a confession.
James McClain was the previous county prosecutor who had overseen the Kauffman case for almost five years. He had been appointed to the post less than two months after she was killed. Pack said when she met with him, he said little about the case other than that it was active, making her question the efforts being put into the investigation by authorities. Through a spokesman, McClain declined to comment.
But last year, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie moved McClain to a state judgeship and appointed Tyner to become the new Atlantic County prosecutor. As he entered the job in March 2017, Tyner ordered a top-to-bottom review of cold cases – something Atlantic County is known for.
Quickly, Tyner and his team made April Kauffman's homicide a priority, and the D’Arcys turned over the deposition and other research they had done.
Tyner said there was “no doubt” in his mind that James Kauffman wanted his wife dead.
“She's willing to expose his direct involvement with the Pagan [Motorcycle Club] in the operation of a pill mill,” he said. “If she's willing to go to these lengths to expose him, he started thinking about ways to engage his exit strategy, you might say.”
Concerned that the Pagans could have the doctor assaulted or worse in jail, the authorities had Kauffman moved to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, just outside Jersey City, for his protection.
Then on Jan. 26, correction officers found his body in his cell with a six-page suicide note. Officials have refused repeated requests to release the note, but a copy was obtained exclusively by “20/20.” In it, Kauffman adamantly denies that he had anything to do with his wife’s death.
“I cannot live like this. I, no matter what anybody says, did not do anything to my wife,” he wrote.
The note added a claim that it was April Kauffman who had introduced him to the Pagans.
“April came to me and said would I like to go to a motorcycle rally … to meet some of her friends… I was slightly shocked to say the least that they had the colors of Pagans,” he wrote.
With Jim Kauffman deceased, Tyner’s last call for justice is to build a case against Augello. Tyner said his team has investigated the case from every angle, but said they do not believe that April Kauffman had any involvement with the motorcycle gang or Jim Kauffman’s alleged pill mill.
“I believe that, at some point, she became aware of it and I think ultimately that’s the reason why she was killed,” he said.
For Pack, it was a painful conclusion for a grieving daughter.
“I think she [April Kauffman] started to figure things out and I think that she might have had those as aces in her pocket, per se, to keep trying to use all these things as fuel to be like, ‘I want out and if you don’t, I’m going to do this,’” Pack said.
Augello, charged as Jim Kauffman’s co-conspirator, is currently awaiting trial. He is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. According to Tyner, Augello “propositioned a number of individuals to murder April Kauffman," all of whom were either Pagans, former members or associated with that biker group.
Augello pleaded not guilty to the charges. He declined ABC News’ requests for comment on the specifics of the charges, but during a jailhouse meeting and subsequent phone calls with an ABC News producer he insisted that he is not being treated fairly and authorities have acted inappropriately.
Prosecutors allege a man named Francis Mulholland was the one who killed April Kauffman, shooting her twice, and received $20,000 in cash in exchange. Mulholland died of an overdose a year after the homicide.
In Tyner’s eyes, the case of April Kauffman’s homicide has been officially solved.
“We believe we have all the information and all the evidence that would point to who killed April Kauffman,” he said, “why she was killed and who participated in the conspiracy.”
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iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER, Calif.) -- A 10–year-old California boy has died after a fall investigators are calling “suspicious" and authorities removed seven other children from the apartment where the child was found, ABC station KABC reported.
Anthony Avalos was found unresponsive in his family's apartment in Lancaster on Wednesday, reportedly suffering from a fall, officials said.
Deputies from the Lancaster station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the apartment complex on the 1100 block of East Avenue K around 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, “regarding a medical rescue call of a 10-year-old boy not breathing,” according to as statement from the LASD. Lt. Derrick Alfred of the sheriff's departmen ttold ABC News that Anthony's mother made the emergency call.
“Upon arrival, the victim was discovered in his family's apartment unresponsive,” said to have “suffered injuries from a fall,” the statement said. Anthony was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced died the next morning.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they have had previous interactions with this family before.
Seven children, ages 11 months to 12 years, who were associated with the victim’s family have been removed from the home, pending further investigation by the L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Special Victims Bureau.
"As a Department, our first and foremost priority is the safety of our County’s children and we grieve whenever we hear of a child’s death," Bobby Cagle, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said in a statement to ABC News. "We also try to understand how such tragedies occur and we work hard to figure out how they might have been prevented in the first place. But, unfortunately, we are reminded at times that people are capable of the unspeakable."
As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made.
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John Moore/Getty Images(RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas) -- The father of the young girl from Honduras whose picture has become an iconic image of the immigration battle now says that his daughter and wife were never separated by U.S. authorities.
A picture of the little girl crying for her mother was widely circulated and while the photographer made it clear he didn't know the fate of the pair, the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy had separated many families in similar situations.
The girl and her mother, whose names were not initially released, were photographed after crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley by Customs and Border Protection last week.
The photographer, John Moore, said that he saw the pair were together when they were taken from the scene, but some groups started using the photo in relation to the policy that resulted in families being separated at the border.
Now Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, the husband and father of the mother and girl respectively, has told ABC News that the pair were not separated by U.S. officials.
He said that Honduran authorities told him that his daughter Yanela and her mother Sandra were not separated and are both in Texas.
He told ABC News that he has not yet been able to speak with his wife or daughter.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that the woman, Sandra Maria Sanchez, was arrested on June 12 by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas while traveling with a family member.
On Sunday she was transferred to ICE custody and is now at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Her immigration proceedings are ongoing, according to ICE.
ICE also noted that the mother was previously deported in 2013.
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