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Family of Kate Steinle Expected to File Lawsuit Tuesday


San Francisco shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. KGO/Steinle Family(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The family of Kate Steinle is expected to file a multi-faceted lawsuit Tuesday against those they blame for Steinle's July death.Police said the man who shot and killed Steinle was in the country illegally at the time. Francisco Lopez Sanchez had been convicted in the U.S. and deported multiple times, only to return to the U.S. Steinle's family is expected to file the suit against the sheriff of San Francisco for releasing Lopez Sanchez from jail prior to the shooting.The suit is also expected to name Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management. "We don't need them here, not violent felons," Liz Sullivan, Steinle's mother, told ABC News. "It's almost too late for us," she added. "That ship has sailed. We want it for future people. We want it for future possible victims. We've got to put an end to it."ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Six Men Detained After Southwest Airlines Flight Diverted to Texas


icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) -- Six men were detained on Monday night after a verbal altercation prompted a plane to make an unscheduled stop on the way from San Diego to Chicago.According to ABC affiliate KVII-TV, the plane was diverted to Rick Husband International Airport shortly before 11 p.m. CT Monday. Police said that several passengers reported feeling uncomfortable with the way the six men were treating crew members, and a verbal altercation followed.The men are being held pending an investigation of the incident, and that there were no weapons involved and no injuries.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Police Officer, Homeowner Shot After Police Respond to Wrong Home


aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Officials in Atlanta say an area police officer and a homeowner were each shot overnight Monday into Tuesday.According to ABC affiliate WSB-TV, police officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood when they approached a home that they believed fit the description of where the individual had been seen. Officials later said that the home was not the right one.Officials say they are still working to determine the sequence of events that led to the shooting, but that one officer and the homeowner were each shot in the leg. WSB-TV reports that the officer is in critical condition and that the homeowner is expected to be okay. A dog was also killed in the incident.Three officers involved in the incident have all been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Couple Faced Flames, Alligator Fears After Crashing Plane in Everglades


odyphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ken McKenzie credits his flight experience with keeping himself and his wife alive.The Florida resident -- a former pilot for the Canadian military and former COO for Spirit Airlines who now works for Airbus -- was flying with his wife, Sonia, on Sunday to see their daughter in Virginia when their single-engine plane experienced mechanical issues over the Everglades.Ken didn’t panic, guiding the plane for a landing.“I was shocked at being inside a fireball,” Ken McKenzie told ABC News.“As soon as we landed, there were flames, and he reached back for me, and we clamored over the rocks,” Sonia McKenzie added.They entered a canal, a location that posed its own challenges.“We find ourselves in the canal, which was good, cause we were in a lot of pain,” Ken McKenzie said. “And then Sonia said, ‘Do you think there’s alligators in there?’”Luckily for the couple, there were no alligators nearby.Doctors said Ken McKenzie, who spoke to ABC News from his hospital bed, was badly burned but will make a full recoveryHis wife has a solo flying lesson scheduled for next week, and despite the crash, she says she still plans to attend.Ken McKenzie is thankful that his wife is OK.“The only thing that I keep reflecting upon is, what would have happened had I not got Sonia out?” he said. “That’s the piece that I keep going over and over in my head.”ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NJ High School Football Players on Probation for Hazing Scandal


iStock/Thinkstock(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) -- Six New Jersey football players involved in a hazing scandal are now on probation.The Sayreville War Memorial High School made headlines when it was revealed the football team was partaking in dangerous hazing that involved sexual assualt.On Monday, six of the seven teenagers who were charged for the hazing were placed on probation, but will not have to register as sex offenders.According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the Middlesex Prosecutor's Office detailed many of the sexual assault attacks as well as abuse against 14-year-old and 15-year-old teammates.The six football players will be required to do 50 hours of community service.The seventh teen is still awaiting trial, with no date set.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Supreme Court Rules Against Clerk Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Se


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court has ruled against a clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Kim Davis, a Rown County clerk in Kentucky, hasn't been giving out marriage licenses to same sex couples since the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage a constitutional right in July. Davis said she wasn't able to do so because of her religious beliefs.A federal district judge ruled she could not deny gay couples the licenses because of her religion, and an appeals court confirmed the decision. The Supreme Court ruled against Davis on Monday, denying her request for a stay as she looks into an appeal.What does this mean for Davis if she doesn't start issuing licenses Tuesday?Davis is being sued by various same sex couples who were denied licenses. The couples can ask that she be held in contempt of court.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch: Chicago Teen Sings for Pope Francis


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Monday turned out to be extra special for Chicago, Illinois, student Valerie Hererra, who had the opportunity to sing before Pope Francis.Hererra, 17, a senior at Cristo Bey Jesuit High School, joined Americans chosen from all over the U.S. in a virtual audience with the pope via satellite. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News' anchor David Muir.Pope Francis spoke on Monday with three groups, including students from Cristo Rey on the southwest side of Chicago.When it was her time to speak, Hererra told the pontiff that she'd struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white spots on the face and body, since she was 4 and that she'd endured bullying for years.The eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, Hererra said she was very active in her church and joined her church choir. Thanks to singing and the support of her family, she told Pope Francis, through tears, that she'd finally learned to be more comfortable with herself.Then she got a surprise request from the pontiff."May I ask for you to sing a song for me?" he said. "Be courageous."After a pause and encouragement from the audience, Hererra performed, singing "Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria)."Afterward, Pope Francis thanked her.Hererra will be the first member of her family to attend college. She plans to become a pharmacist.The virtual audience event will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Maryland Quadruplets Join Freshman Class at Same College


Courtesy Randolph-Macon College(ASHLAND, Va.) -- Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.The four-some discovered they'd all picked the same school after their parents, Scott and Deann Jones, asked them each to make a list of their top schools, without showing each other their picks."It was definitely funny," Rachel Jones told ABC News of the moment. "We aren’t exactly alike so we didn’t expect to all go to the same school but now that I think about it, I think we all could tell.""We all loved it when we came here and we had so many good things to say about it," she said of Randolph-Macon. "I could tell, at least, that we all really enjoyed it."The siblings, from Chestertown, Maryland, are members of the college’s 473-member Class of 2019.Move-in day for the quadruplets earlier this month involved the family mini-van, a 10-foot U-Haul truck, suitcases and sports gear and over 100 boxes, each closed with a different-colored duct tape for each sibling.The siblings all moved into the same co-ed residence hall, with two of them, Hannah and Lexi, rooming together. Rachel is their suite-mate while Jake lives down the hall."It’s really nice to be with all of them and it made it a lot easier," Rachel said. "We’ve been all hanging out. It's nice to have them here and to meet who they get close with."The siblings started classes Monday and though they each chose the college, the four are going their separate ways when it comes to majors.Jake is studying communications, while Rachel is pursuing psychology, Hannah is going pre-med to become a physical therapist and Lexi is majoring in English.Back home, the quadruplets' parents are adjusting to life without the hustle and noise of four teenagers, while their younger sister, 12-year-old Olivia, is adjusting to having her own bedroom all to herself."She loves it," Rachel said of her younger sister's not-too-difficult adjustment. "She was super excited."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Allegedly Unloaded His Entire Pistol in Texas Deputy


Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court Monday, adding that they found 15 shell-casings at the scene.Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.Goforth, 47, died at the gas station. Prosecutors said Monday Goforth was found face-down in a pool of blood.An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.Miles, who appeared disoriented in court Monday, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys.The motive and origin of the gun have not been determined, Anderson said after court.Anderson said she never expected to be at a crime scene Friday night, "looking at an officer dead on the ground.""Houston is a very special place," Anderson said, where law enforcement is "treasured and valued."The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday."Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."Miles has a previous criminal history, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News."He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him.""I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass."I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect in Texas Deputy Killing Expected to Appear in Court


Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A 30-year-old man facing a capital murder charge is expected to be arraigned Monday in connection with the deadly shooting of a Texas law enforcement officer.Darren Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston Friday when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman Saturday announced that the suspect, Shannon Miles, was in custody.The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Hickman said Saturday."Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."Miles has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News."He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him.""I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass."I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Southwest Planes Clip One Another at Oakland Airport


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Southwest Airlines says no one was hurt when two of its planes clipped one another other near a gate at Oakland International Airport Sunday night.“The wing on Southwest Airlines aircraft operating flight number 280 came into contact with the wing of another Southwest aircraft, while pushing back from the gate at Oakland Airport. No customer or employee injuries were reported on either aircraft,” the airline said in a statement late Sunday. Both aircraft have been taken out of service and will undergo maintenance evaluations.“Safety is always our number one focus and we are conducting an internal review to identify details surrounding today's event,” Southwest said Sunday. The airline is working to accommodate all affected customers.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Residents Brace for Erika's Remnant Heavy Rains


In this NOAA handout, Tropical Storm Erika weakens and falls apart over Cuba on Saturday. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) — Tropical Storm Erika may be done, but she’s left behind big rains that are headed for Florida.Residents in the Sunshine State are hoping to stave off any flooding from the heavy rains expected to arrive as soon as Monday. “We have some sandbags already set up, but figured we might need some more, so, not take any chances,” Tampa resident Ali McLaughlin told ABC News.More rain is the last thing Florida needs. The state is already in it’s third wettest August in recorded history.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hawaii Prepares for Ignacio as 2 More Hurricanes Swirl in the Pacific


National Hurricane Center(HONOLULU) -- Three hurricanes are whirling in the Pacific.Even though it's been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, Ignacio is forecast to hit the Big Island on Monday and Maui on Tuesday.Its maximum sustained winds are at 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.Another hurricane of note is Hurricane Jimena, which the NHC said is 1630 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii as of Sunday night. The NHC also said its currently a Category 4 with 145 mph maximum sustained winds, and may even become a Category 5 soon.The third hurricane is Kilo, centered about 610 miles south of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph, making it a Category 3 according to the NHC.No coastal watches or warnings were in effect from Jimena or Kilo as of Sunday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

President Obama Changes the Name of Mount McKinley to Denali


iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- The highest peak in North America is getting a name change.Mt. McKinley is now known by its Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali, in an effort by President Obama to help strengthen ties with Alaskan natives and the government."This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives," said a statement from the White House.The president will formally announce the name change during his trip to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has already signed a secretarial order officially changing the name.President Obama will also discuss more initiatives during his trip to Alaska including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Memorial Service Held for Virginia Journalists Killed On Air


Jay Paul/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A memorial service was held Sunday to remember two journalists who were tragically killed in Virginia.The Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra played solemn songs as many gathered for an interfaith memorial service remembering Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were shot to death live on camera by a former co-worker.The service was held at the Performance Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia where WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks spoke about the importance of helping those with mental illnesses."Anger eats at you and the results we saw on Wednesday can be catastrophic," said Marks. "If we get strategic, we have a goal and the possibility of positive action. And that's what I'd like you to think about in memory of Alison and Adam."Marks said he thought more needed to be done to help those suffering from mental illness."It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage, because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer," said Marks. "In this case, we didn't."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bartender Wins Lottery With Cash He Found on the Street


Chris Rogers/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A California bartender has won the lottery, all thanks to cash he found on the street.After Hubert Tang picked up a $20 bill on the street outside the San Francisco airport Wednesday, he went to a market in San Mateo County, the California State Lottery said.Tang hadn't played the lottery in 10 years, according to the Lottery. But he used the $20 to buy two tickets -- one of which was the lucky winner of the top prize -- $1 million.“I scratched the ticket outside of the store," Tang said, according to the Lottery. "I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars.'“Maybe I'll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places," Tang said jokingly according to the Lottery.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

For Slain Texas Deputy, Law Enforcement Was 'His Calling,' Brother-in-Law Says


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was "his calling," his brother-in-law told ABC News.Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced this afternoon that a man was in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting. The suspect was identified as Shannon Miles, 30, who has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.The motive has not been determined, Hickman said, adding that the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Sunday."He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it," Allison, 46, said. "He really felt the brotherhood in the community ... that's what he loved to do."He was kind of born for it," Allison said.Goforth is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said."My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility," Kathleen Goforth said in a statement. "He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.I admired his quality, perhaps, the most. For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."She added, "However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.""He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him.""I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Goforth "never got mad at anybody," Allison said. "He was just a giving individual.""It was just something that you don't expect to ever happen," Allison said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Arrested in Murder of Harris County, TX Sheriff's Deputy


aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(HARRIS COUNTY, T.X.) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the ambush murder of a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, authorities say.Saturday afternoon, police in Houston announced they made an arrest of a suspect named Shannon J. Miles possibly involved in the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth.Goforth was filling his patrol car with gas Friday night when a man came from behind and fired multiple shots at him. The suspect continued to fire as the officer was on the ground. Goforth was in full uniform at the time.At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said there was no motive yet, and they were not looking for any other suspects."It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer," Sherrif Hickman said earlier."I've been in law enforcement 45 years," said Hickman, according to ABC station KTRK-TV. "I don't recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Virginia Shooter's Ex-Boss Tells of His 'Abrasive' Behavior


iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Vester Lee Flanagan threatened to hit one of his colleagues when they were on a reporting job years before he fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman this week, his former boss told ABC News.Dan Dennison, the news director at WDBJ-TV when Flanagan worked there, said that everything was going well with his employment for the first two months after he was hired in March 2012. It wasn’t until May of that year that he had his first run-in with a colleague that happened when Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams at work, was called to report a story in the field with another reporter.“He allegedly entered the station microwave truck, or live truck, and started screaming and yelling at a reporter and a photographer, or maybe two photographers in the truck,” Dennison told ABC News in his first interview since the shooting on Wednesday.Dennison learned about the incident after the other staffer, who was not named, told Dennison about the incident but they decided not to file a formal report at the time because they “tried to work things out,” Dennison said.“We really thought it was a one-time situation at that time,” Dennison said.Greg Baldwin, who works as the assistant news director at WDBJ and worked at the station at the same time as Flanagan, reiterated that account and said that it served as a warning sign.“The reporter calls me and she says, ‘You have got to get here now. Bryce has -- we got into an argument and he is in my face. And I, I think he is ready to hit me,’” Baldwin told ABC News.“That was the first time that we knew that he was violent,” he said.Dennison said that the “pattern” of complaints relating to his “brusque and abrasive demeanor” came mostly from his colleagues but also from one or two people in the community who he interviewed as part of his job.Dennison detailed the various meetings they had with Flanagan before he was fired on Feb. 1, 2013, which were echoed in a court filing publicly available as a result of a suit Flanagan later filed against WDBJ. The suit was later dismissed.The tipping point came when the human resources director presented Flanagan with his severance package.“He took one look at that and cussed and said, ‘This is B.S.,’” Dennison said.“As I recall, he slammed his fist down on the table," Dennison said. "It was so loud, people frankly reported that they thought a bomb had gone off."The situation escalated from there, so much so that they had to call in two police officers to help escort him from the building. Dennison said the officers spent five to ten minutes trying to get him to leave his desk.“At one point, I was standing maybe five feet away from him up against the wall, and he looked at me and threw a ball cap and a wooden cross at me and said, ‘You're gonna need these,’” Dennison said.He wasn’t the only one to spark a reaction from Flanagan, Dennison said.“Adam Ward -- the young man who was killed -- was standing in a back corner of the newsroom, videotaping this for documentation. And Bryce turned around to him at one point and flipped him off and cussed at him,” Dennison said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Inside On-Air Shooter Vester Flanagan's Sparse Apartment


iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Photos from inside the apartment of alleged on-air killer Vester Flanagan show his spare living space.The only hanging decorations were a series of photos from what appeared to be his earlier careers in modeling and television.His refrigerator was covered in 10 sheets of paper, all pictures of himself. One appeared to be a contact sheet with dozens of headshots.The apartment images were provided to ABC News by an agency that exclusively represents the syndication of the photos.The only other colorful decorations in his apartment appeared to be about two dozen tea-light candles. The candles, which all seemed to be previously burned, varied from beige to light pink and red, and were found on the counter in his bathroom.There are several other partially burned larger candles on the counter, as well.Barbasol shaving cream and Aim toothpaste were the only noticeable brands near the mirror.The rest of the apartment was strikingly bare, with no sheets on his bed, nothing on the walls in the living room and few pieces of furniture. The only chair shown near his computer appeared to be a plastic outdoor chair.Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he worked in TV news, allegedly shot and killed two of his former colleagues while they were filming a live interview Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.The 41-year-old man was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by Virginia State Police. He died later after being airlifted to a nearby hospital.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Owen Labrie Found Not Guilty of Felony Sexual Assault in Prep School Trial


ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) — Owen Labrie was found not guilty of felony sexual assault in a case at St. Paul's School, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school.The jury of nine men and three women delivered a not guilty verdict on the felony sexual assault charge on the second day of deliberations. He was found guilty of four misdemeanors for sexual assault and one felony related to a computer charge.Labrie, now 19, was accused of raping a fellow student in May 2014 at the school in Concord, New Hampshire. He was charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter and had entered a not-guilty plea.The alleged victim, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, testified last week. "I was raped!" she said loudly amid tears. "I was violated in so many ways."When Labrie took the stand this week, he described their activity, which he said was mutual, but he denied having sex with her."It wouldn't have been a good move to have sex with this girl," he recalled thinking at the time when he said he and the alleged victim were making out in a school tower.Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court that the encounter at the center of the case was part of a "senior salute," a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the "senior salute" practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors "to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout" high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but "it might include a little bit more."She also said some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pilot Dies Practicing for the New York Air Show


iStock/Thinkstock(GOSHEN, N.Y.) -- A pilot has died after practicing for an air show.According to a statement from Orange County's Department of Emergency Services, a single-engine aircraft crashed at Stewart International Airport on Friday afternoon, killing the pilot.The pilot was practicing for the New York Air Show.Authorities are on the scene of the accident and practice had been cancelled for the rest of Friday, said the statement.The New York Air Show will still take place on Saturday and Sunday at the airport.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.