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Police Search Home for Clues in Murder of Michigan Teen


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Michigan Police have searched a house in connection with the murder of April Millsap, the 14-year-old girl who was apparently killed while walking her dog on a wooded hiking path.Investigators have not released any information about how April was killed, calling it, "a crucial part of the investigation," but the death was officially declared a homicide. The 14-year-old's body was found in a ditch by joggers in the Macomb Orchard Trail on the night of July 24 with her dog Penny sitting by her body, police said.Police and the FBI executed the search Wednesday afternoon outside the town of Armada and would not release any information about the subject of the search, but they did confirm it was related to the Millsap's murder.David Porter, a spokesman for the FBI's Detroit field office, confirmed to ABC News that a search warrant had been issued, prompting the search, but no arrests have been made in connection to the murder. Two individuals are in custody after police discovered a marijuana growing operation inside the house, police said, noting charges have yet to be filed.The probable cause statement and search warrant connected to Wednesday's search are under seal so the name of the individual whose home was searched has not been publicly released, but Porter said it is not the end of the investigation.Early reports about Millsap's murder included claims from a relative that she had texted her boyfriend on July 24 saying "OMG. ... I think I'm being kidnapped." But Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw told ABC News that the message was phrased differently and may not have come from April herself."We don't know who sent it," Shaw said, without revealing what time the text was sent.Porter also told ABC News that the investigative team is, "aware of a number of text messages that were sent from April's phone."Shaw said that while no one is ever truly ruled out as a suspect, April's relatives and boyfriend, "don't appear to be responsible."Investigators have released a sketch of a suspect compiled from tips from others inside the park around the time that Millsap is believed to have been killed. They are also interested in any information pertaining to a blue and white motorbike that Porter described as looking more like a motocross bike than a Harley Davidson.Porter added that Wednesday's search outside of Armada is not the first search to be executed in this case, and without specifying the targets, he confirmed that phone records have been part of that search."When we are conducting a search warrant, sometimes it is not right at the end of an investigation," Porter said.The teen's funeral is scheduled for Friday. A GoFundMe page started by a family friend to cover the burial expenses has already raised more than $11,700 -- surpassing its $5,000 goal in short order.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Suspect Sought After Minnesota Officer Killed During Traffic Stop


iStock/Thinkstock(WEST ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- A manhunt is on Wednesday in West St. Paul, Minnesota, for a man who shot a police officer to death during a routine traffic stop.Authorities identified the officer as 47-year-old Scott Patrick. He had been with the Mendota Heights Police Department since 1995."We heard the shots and saw the cop lying there," Ryan Carpentier told the Star-Tribune. "He was completely motionless."Patrick had a wife and two teenage children. He was the first officer from the Mendota Heights Police Department to be killed in the line of duty.Mayor Sandra Krebsbach said Patrick was the department's "most senior officer."The suspect was identified as Brian Fitch Sr., 39, of South St. Paul. He was driving a green Pontiac Grand Am, according to witnesses who reportedly saw the suspect race from the scene. Authorities have launched a dragnet for the vehicle, and were also seen searching door-to-door with automatic rifles drawn.The fatal shooting is the latest in a surge of violence against police -- more than 70 officers have died this year. Police killings by firearms are up 65% this year after a historic low in 2013.ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Warren Jeffs' Mansion Becomes Bed and Breakfast


Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images(HILDALE, Utah) -- While polygamist leader Warren Jeffs spends his days in a prison cell, his sprawling compound has been turned into a bed and breakfast.Jeffs' former bodyguard, Willie Jessop, bought the Hildale, Utah mansion last year with money he received as part of a settlement against Jeffs and members of his sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.Jessop claimed in the lawsuit the FLDS leaders ruined his excavating business after he was excommunicated from the group.Jeffs, the former leader of the FDLS, married more than 80 women and was convicted on two counts of sexual assault against two girls, ages 12 and 15. He was sentenced to life in prison in Texas.Jessop has turned the compound into "America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast." The hotel takes its cheeky name from his former boss' stint on the FBI's Most Wanted list.The $3.6 property has been transformed from Jeffs' vision, however. It includes newly constructed apartments, full size kitchens and satellite television, according to the hotel's website. The cost to book a room was not available online and a booking agent did not immediately return a call from ABC News.The location is perfect for outdoorsy guests who are looking for an adventure. It's close to the Grand Canyon, near the recreational opportunities of Lake Powell and Zion's National Park, along with other sightseeing destinations.The business has not yet been registered with Utah's Chamber of Commerce.The FLDS group broke away from the mainstream Mormon church during the late 19th century after LDS officials ended plural marriages. Jeffs took over as leader of the group when his father, Rulon Jeffs, died in 2002.A raid in 2008 on the group's Yearning for Zion compound in Eldorado, Texas, brought the FLDS community into the national spotlight. Authorities found a polygamous community and pregnant child brides.Pictures of women in pastel prairie clothes with tightly braided hairstyles and stories of the controlling, male-dominated environment offered the world a glimpse into the lives of the reclusive group.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ax Flies into Windshield, Startles Motorists


Massachusetts State Police/Facebook(TOPSFIELD, Mass.) -- Motorists driving down a Massachusetts highway on Wednesday were rattled when an ax came flying through the windshield.The ax, which had not been properly secured by the dump truck in front of the vehicle, went halfway through the window, according the Massachusetts State Police. The ax blade rested on the dashboard on the passenger side of the car while much of the handle stuck out of the windshield.The frightening incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday as the car traveled on Route 95 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The passenger in the car, who was not identified, "was shaken up," but not injured, a police statement said.Trooper Joseph Risteen of the Newbury Barracks responded to the accident and the truck driver, who was identified only as being from Peabody, Massachusetts, was fined $200 for failure to secure cargo.Officers with the Massachusetts State Police hope that the incident serves as a tale of caution to drivers to properly secure items they are carrying, like tools, bicycles, canoes and furniture.It was also a reminder, police said, to follow the speed limit. The driver in the incident had been going a legal 65 mph, and officers noted that if the car had been traveling above the limit, it would have increased the ax's impact and been a possibly fatal situation.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Family Strikes Gold on Sunken Treasure Hunt -- Again


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Florida man literally struck gold when he unearthed a "priceless" religious artifact from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.The sunken treasure was discovered at the site of a shipwreck that happened nearly 300 years ago off the coast of Ft. Pierce. It's the missing piece of a necklace that was discovered at the same wreck in 1989.Called a pyx, the ornate gold trinket is a Spanish artifact used by priests to hold the communion host, Brent Brisben, the operations manager of Queens Jewels, told ABC News."We find shipwrecked artifacts on a daily basis, but it's more like ship spikes and musket balls, so when you get an extremely rare, unique piece like this, it's exciting," Brisben said.He said 27-year-old Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager in Florida, found the piece last month on a scavenging hunt with his family. Last year, he had dug up more than $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins from the same wreckage."He found an incredible silver platter when he was 14 years old," Brisben added.Hunting for buried treasure is the Schmitt's family business. They own Booty Salvage and work for Brisben's company, which owns rights to the wreckage. Brisben also goes on treasure-hunting excursions."It's incredibly difficult work," Brisben said. "It's long, it's in the middle of the summer, it's hot. You're in the sun all day. It's quite laborious work, so when you come across an amazing artifact like that, words can't describe it. It's a surreal experience to touch something from 300 years ago, to learn about it, and to share it with the world."Spanish historians recently discovered what it was and linked it to the artifact dug up 25 years ago. The piece has not been appraised yet, but Brisben called it "priceless."By law, it is in the custody of the U.S. District Court in South Florida. The state can take possession of up to 20 percent of Brisben's goods. Proceeds from the rest are split between his company and the Schmitt family.The shipwreck where it was found is one of the most important in history. Several galleons packed with treasures from the New World left Havana, bound for Spain, and were taken down by a hurricane in 1715.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Prosecution Rests Its Case in 'Porch Shooting' Trial


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of a suburban Detroit man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.Theodore Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, 19, after she showed up on his porch in Dearborn Heights during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.Wafer sat quietly at the defense table Wednesday, the fifth day of his trial, as he listened to testimony from Dr. Kilak Kesha, an assistant medical examiner from Wayne County.Kesha described McBride's brain as "pulpified" and how the bullet wound the teen suffered proved catastrophic. He also told the jury that he wasn't able to discern any other injuries.A photo of pellets removed from McBride’s brain during the autopsy was also shown. Alcohol and marijuana were also found in McBride's system, Kesha testified.Where McBride was before she was fatally shot on Wafer's porch -- and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired -- will be decisive during the trial.Whether Wafer's screen door was torn from a break-in attempt or if it was damaged from the bullets he allegedly fired at McBride will be a key question in the case, which is reminiscent of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.On Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Shawn Kolonich of the Michigan State Police testified that there was no feasible way Wafer could have accidentally fired his shotgun at McBride.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.McBride was shot in the face, falling on her back, with her feet facing Wafer's door, prosecutors said.Wafer told police he didn't know his gun was loaded and said he shot the unarmed teen by accident, according to a recording played to jurors last week."What happened here?" Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording."A consistent knocking on the door, and I'm trying to look through the windows, but every time I look through the windows and the door it's banging somewhere else," Wafer said on the recording. "So I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.""I didn't know there was a round in there," he tells McManmon on the recording. "I don't get it. Who's knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang -- somebody wanting in."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Satanists Use Hobby Lobby Decision to Play Devil's Advocate


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A group of Satanists are using the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision to promote their own political initiatives -- which are the polar opposite of the Christian craft store giant.The Supreme Court ruling allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing contraceptives to their employees on the basis of their religious beliefs. Now, The Satanic Temple plans to cite the verdict as justification for the protection of their own beliefs.The Satanic Temple, a religious group based in New York but with followers across the country, is using the ruling to fight informed consent laws which mandate that women considering abortions must be given state-approved literature about the procedure.Where they exist, informed consent laws differ by state, with some requiring women to watch videos or read information of varying amounts of time before scheduling their procedures."We should only have to review medical or scientific information based solely on fact and not politicized," said Jex Blackmore, the head of the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple. "Some of that state-drafted information is medical in nature [but] it's just that it's written in a very biased format."The group announced the initiative last week and have provided a form letter intended to enable women to opt-out of receiving the pamphlets distributed under the informed consent laws. They contend that the informed consent pamphlets run counter to their religious beliefs.Women are able to print out the opt-out form, fill it out and hand it to their doctor. If the doctor still gives them the state-mandated forms in spite of the letter, The Satanic Temple says it will file a lawsuit on their behalf.Blackmore said they have not filed any such suits since the initiative was launched."It’s an opening statement, as it were," W. James MacNaughton, The Satanic Temple's attorney, told ABC. "It’s a statement from the patient to the physician and to the world at large that 'here’s my position, here's what i believe'. actually going to court and picking the test case actually depends on the facts. At this stage, we don't know who that will be."The Satanic Temple remains a mystery to many but their spokesman Lucien Greaves told ABC News that they have gained 10,000 members in the past year and a half. They gained notoriety earlier this year when they successfully pushed for a 7-foot Satanic statue to be approved to stand alongside a 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capital.Cardozo School of Law professor Marci Hamilton, who has written extensively about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), said that The Satanic Temple's plan to use the Hobby Lobby ruling as the basis for their initiative could be effective if and when they bring a lawsuit to the courts."This was inevitable," Hamilton told ABC News. "This is following exactly on that line of thinking that a regulation that impedes the ability of the believer to practice that religion is going to be challenged."She said that an important distinction to keep in mind is that both the Hobby Lobby decision and The Satanic Temple's initiative both rely on RFRA, which helps individuals fight laws that counter their religious beliefs, as opposed to the First Amendment of the Constitution.RFRA was passed in 1993 and adds more protections than the Constitution lays out for religious freedom.A number of legal experts, including Hamilton, believe RFRA is unconstitutional. In her view, Hamilton believes RFRA caused "this wave of extreme religious liberty that is untethered from the constitution.""For those of us who have been working on RFRA issues for two decades...inevitably it was going to be groups that raised claims that made either ordinary Americans or the far right find uncomfortable," Hamilton said.When it comes to fighting any lawsuits that The Satanic Temple brings forward regarding informed consent laws, it appears that the devil is truly in the details."It really puts the conservative Christians and the anti-contraceptive Catholics in a bind: They're going to have to argue that a religious group should lose a RFRA claim that is on par with the Hobby Lobby claim," Hamilton said."The courts cant pick and choose between beliefs," she added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week


File photo. Credit: US Army(SAN ANTONIO) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney tells ABC News that he expects his client will be interviewed next week by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the two star general investigating his 2009 disappearance. Military attorney Eugene Fidell says it’s his “assumption” that Bergdahl will be interviewed by Dahl next week in San Antonio, where the former Taliban captive is currently assigned at the U.S. Army North headquarters. Fidell will be on hand for the meeting when it takes place, though he did not provide a specific date for the interview. It's also unclear whether the Dahl's questioning will last more than one day.  Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale, adds that Bergdahl has already participated in a “very introductory” meeting with Maj. Gen. Dahl and that “nothing substantive” was discussed. An Army official says that meeting took place in San Antonio the week of July 14. Dahl’s full investigation is supposed to last 60 days, which means he’s slated to present a report by Aug.15. He could, however, request an extension for his investigation.  Fidell referred questions to the Army when asked if an extension was likely. As for what happens after the interview next week Fidell says the “ball will be in the Army’s court as Maj. Gen. Dahl prepares his report and it’s reviewed by the commands he’ll present it to."Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff.  If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions. Fidell hopes the matter “will be resolved sooner rather than later so Sgt. Bergdahl can go back to his life.” The attorney would not answer whether Bergdahl has spoken or met with his parents.          Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill


David Silverman/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for thirty days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group."I heard about it on the radio," said Turner, a 46-year-old social worker who lives in Detroit's Conant Gardens neighborhood. "This would be a tremendous help -- it will be one less expense that I have to worry about."Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill -- amounting to $147.12 -- and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products. The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city."It was unwarranted, and it was a surprise to a lot of people," Turner said of the shutoffs. "People have been trying to contact the water company to make payment plans and also had been going to the water company, but the lines would be horrendous or they weren't even able to get in."Turner said her water hasn't been shut off yet -- she's on a payment plan -- but is worried it would be soon. She has a job, but says she still struggles to pay her bills.Despite some criticism, PETA calls its latest campaign a "win-win situation.""We had a generous PETA member who saw this as an opportunity to help people in need, while also helping animals," said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. "Not only will people get their water bills paid, they'll be introduced to a healthy, plant-based diet that will reduce their costs in the long run."Critics might argue that a vegan diet -- popularized by celebrities and health nuts -- is anything but cheap, which would pose a problem for the financially-stricken residents of Detroit, where the unemployment rate is 14.5 percent. But Rajt said eating vegan is simpler than most people think."A lot of people hear about all of these celebrities who are going vegan, so it makes it seem like it's very elite or expensive, but the fact is that a lot of the foods that most of us eat every day are already vegan and they're very low-cost," she said. "What is more budget-friendly than a healthy dinner of rice and beans, for example? Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or pasta with marinara sauce?"For Turner, she's happy to eat vegan if it means her bill will be paid. And it will: PETA says her check is in the mail. Besides, Turner adds, the new diet will probably be good for her."If I eliminate dairy and animal products I may be able to come off my blood pressure medicine," she explained.She has no doubt she'll be able to stick to a vegan diet -- and the "welcome" basket of vegan goodies that PETA is sending her will help. But the diet restrictions turned off some of her family and friends who heard about PETA's offer."Not very many of them think they will be able to consume just vegetables and fruits and grains, and not have meat products, so that's the major drawback I've heard," Turner said.Detroit residents interested in PETA's campaign must mail in their overdue bills and a pledge to go vegan before this Friday. So far, Rajt says they've received five applications.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Estate of Slain Navy SEAL


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.845 million in damages after a jury determined that he was defamed in a book by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.Kyle, who was murdered in 2013, wrote in his book, American Sniper, that he once punched out a man identified as "Mr. Scruff Face" because he badmouthed the SEALs and said the elite group "deserved to lose a few" members.During a tour to promote American Sniper in 2012, Kyle said the person he "laid out" in a bar was Ventura.Ventura sued, claiming the incident never happened.  The former governor belonged to the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War era, which eventually merged with the SEALs.His award included $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment," meaning someone, in this case Kyle, made money at the expense of Ventura.Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot to death Feb. 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas. Police have charged former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who had a history of mental problems, with two counts of capital murder. Routh has pleaded not guilty.Kyle's book is being adapted into a movie starring Oscar winner Bradley Cooper. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach 'Never Saw' Victims Below


Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.) -- The pilot whose plane crashed-landed on a Florida beach Sunday, killing a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore, "never saw them" during his frantic efforts to land the stalled single-engine plane, according to his statement released Tuesday."It was only after I landed and we exited the plane that I realized that there were people on the beach," Karl Kokomoor said in his statement, which Pastor Victor Willis of Englewood United Methodist Church read at a news conference outside his Englewood, Fla. church.Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Florida, when the small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the man on impact, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.The girl died of her injuries the next day."Words cannot express the sorrow I feel...," Kokomoor said in his statement, before citing Ommy's surviving wife by name. "I send my heartfelt apologies to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident, and I will keep Rebecca Irizarry and her family in my prayers for as long as I live."The frantic moments after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach were captured on scanner traffic as first responders raced to the scene."We've got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries," scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. "They are advising open head injury."A trauma alert was called in approximately 20 minutes later when authorities reached the site of the crash and found the child with a head injury."This is going to be a trauma alert," a man's voice says around 3:03 pm.Someone else asks dispatch if a flight is on standby to take the child to the hospital."Confirmed, flight on standby," the dispatcher replies. "Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?”"This is going to be for the child," a responder replies.Neither pilot Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Florida, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. From the moment the pilot radioed a distress call to the time he landed on the beach unfolded quickly."The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach," Rose said. "He landed about the water's edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed."Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport."One of the first things that you learn when you're flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place," he told ABC News.A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus


ABC7 Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- A hundred year old water main ruptured in Los Angeles on Tuesday, flooding parts of the UCLA campus.As the flooding stretches from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department is bringing in crews to help rescue people fromswamped cars.Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133 million renovation in 2012, is also flooded.No injuries have been reported, according to ABC station KABC. City councilman Paul Koretz says such an emergency could not have come at a worse time, as Los Angeles and much of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in more than a decade. "We're losing water at I understand around 35,000 gallons a minute," Koretz said. Obviously we will have to work harder to conserve with the drought because we've lost a lot of water."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tennessee Tornado Helps Bust Neighborly Thief, Police Charge


iStock/Thinkstock(KINSPORT, Tenn.) -- A tornado that swept through a Tennessee town damaged homes and threw Jerrod Christian's belongings onto lawns - many of which had been reported stolen by his neighbors, police told ABC News.Since the tornado hit the town of Kingsport on Sunday, Christian has been charged with two burglaries and two thefts.Christian, 26, was in jail on unrelated charges when the twister hit. Neighbors emerging from their homes to survey the damage were surprised to see what was on Christian's yard, police and neighbors said."My house was torn up pretty badly, so I was checking things up," Ed Cleek told ABC News. "Then someone called me and said: 'Hey, I think that's your air compressor. You want to take a look?'"Cleek walked outside, and immediately spotted his bright red air compressor lying in his neighbor's yard."I called the police right away," Cleek said.Officer Thomas Patton of Kingsport Police Department soon arrived at the scene."We also discovered a Lincoln welder which belonged to Mr. Cleek as well. There were a ratchet, an air hose and a weed trimmer that were stolen from other neighbors," Patton told ABC News.Cleek said it was no accident that his air compressor was in Christian's yard after missing for a while."My air compressor was locked up in a barn... I kind of had suspicions, but you can't just accuse people without proof," Cleek said.At the time of the discovery, Christian was incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, Tennessee, on charges of disorderly conduct and retaliation for past action."In that incident, his girlfriend called the police and said that he had taken her van without permission," Patton told ABC News.Patton said as officers spoke with Christian, he became “extremely belligerent and disruptive, shouting and cursing the officers with profane expletives."The officers arrested Christian for disorderly conduct and took him to the Kinsport City Jail. While en route to the jail, Christian allegedly threatened to assault the officer and sexually assault the officer’s children, resulting in the charge of retaliation for past action."We don't know if he will post bail yet," Patton said.The officer said Christian had not yet entered a plea.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Two Women Survive After Being Run Down by Freight Train


iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Two women trespassing on railroad tracks in southern Indiana narrowly missed a fatal encounter with a freight train when they were caught in the middle of a bridge as the train approached, authorities said.The action, which unfolded on the morning of July 10, was captured on a camera mounted on the train, and authorities released the video Tuesday.When the train engineer spotted the women in the middle of a 500-foot-long bridge known as Shuffle Creek Trestle, the engineer immediately applied an emergency brake and repeatedly sounded the horn. At first, the two women try to outrun the 14,000-ton freight train but when they realize it is catching up too fast, one woman lies down in the middle of the tracks.The other woman runs off to the edge of the 80-foot-tall bridge as if to contemplate jumping off, then runs back into the middle of the tracks just as the train catches up with them.By the time the train came to a stop it was past the bridge, running over the women in the process, authorities said.Assuming the incident had been fatal for the two women, the engineer notified the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, only to realize that the women had survived and escaped to a nearby vehicle, fleeing the scene, authorities said.The women have been identified by law enforcement, and the incident is now considered a criminal matter.A representative from the Indiana Rail Road Company could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News.ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

California Teen Calls 911 from Closet as Burglars Break Into Home


iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- Police in California have released the audio recording between a quick-thinking 14-year-old girl hiding in a closet inside her Orange County home and a 911 dispatcher as burglars made their way inside the house.After hearing a suspicious knock on the door followed by noises, the teen — whose parents were not home at the time — ran into a bedroom closet and called police.Orange County dispatcher Candace Moran took the scared teen’s call."She was a very easy informant," Moran told ABC News. "Sometimes you get adults who can't even remain that calm, we were trying to figure out where she was, and she was very descriptive."The teen, who was not identified, told Moran of her exact location in the house."I'm just kind of scared to be honest," the brave teen whispered, according to the recording.She never broke down — even as she hears the burglars enter the house."They're inside. Should I go out?" she asked the dispatcher.Instead, Moran told the teen to remain in the closet. At the same time, police can be heard entering the home.The call doesn't not end there. The frightened teen even thanked Moran before hanging up."She acted bravely and courageously," Lt. Jeff Hallock told ABC News. "The only other thing that we would recommend if someone suspicious knocks on your door is to somehow make sure they know you're home without having to open your door."The burglars, two boys who have not been identified, were only able to break a rear window before hearing sirens and fleeing on foot. They were arrested soon after.The suspects are currently being held in the Orange County Juvenile Hall while police investigate whether they might be linked to other recent break-ins in the neighborhood.ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Another Plane Lands on a Florida Beach


Miami Beach Police Department(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) -- A small airplane made an emergency landing on a Miami beach Tuesday just days after a similar incident on the Gulf Coast claimed the lives of two beachgoers. Miami Beach police tweeted photos of the plane Tuesday, noting that the pilot said he was having engine trouble and landed on the beach before a storm hit. No one was injured. #Plane makes emergency landing on beach right before storm.Pilot & 3 passengers safe. No injuries mechanical failure pic.twitter.com/dB4DzdOu8Q— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) July 29, 2014 On Sunday, a plane making an emergency landing on a beach in Venice, Fla., struck a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore. The father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry, was killed on impact. Oceana Irizarry, 9, died later from her injuries. The pilot of that plane made a distress call to Venice's airport to announce his emergency landing on the beach, and just seconds later made impact on the sand.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bail for Abigail Hernandez's Alleged Kidnapper Set at $1 Million


Conway Police Dept.(NORTH CONWAY, N.H.) -- The man accused of kidnapping New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez was ordered held Tuesday on $1 million bail. The affidavit detailing the case against Nathaniel Kibby was sealed, but the prosecutor told the judge it was a "unique case and this bail is more than warranted."Kibby is accused of kidnapping Hernandez. The 15-year-old walked back into her New Hampshire home last week, looking thin and weak after being missing for nine months.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

What George Zimmerman Was Doing Outside Florida Gun Shop


File photo. (Seminole County Sheriff's Office)(DELAND, Fla.) -- Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is back on patrol -- and this time it's at a gun store. Police found Zimmerman sitting in his dark colored truck outside of Pompano Pat's, a store that sells firearms and motorcycles, just after midnight on Sunday, according to a DeLand, Florida police report. Zimmerman, who police said was "very cooperative," explained to the responding officer that he had the owner's permission to be on the property and was patrolling it since there had been a recent burglary. He provided officers with a phone number for Pat Johnson, the owner of the business who is also running for mayor in DeLand. Officers were unable to make contact with Johnson. According to the report, Zimmerman told officers that Johnson had asked him to leave his dog inside the business, however Zimmerman decided he and his dog would wait in the parking lot. He also told officers that "he was going to be around the business at night for an indeterminate amount of time," the report said. Sam Porter, an employee of Pompano Pat's, told ABC News that Zimmerman is not an employee and is not being paid to patrol the business.“George is a really nice guy and really tries to help folks out," Porter said. "I felt he was trying to do something nice." Pompano Pat's had offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was acquitted of murder last year. Zimmerman maintained self-defense when he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Atlanta Mom Charged with Leaving Kids in Hot Car


Charnae Mosley, 27, faces four counts of reckless conduct. (ABC News)(ATLANTA) -- A mother of four in Atlanta is facing charges of reckless endangerment after she left her children in a car while shopping at a grocery store for 16 minutes.Charnae Mosley, 27, became the latest parent to face charges and criticism in what has become a summer full of reports of children being left in hot vehicles.Police in Atlanta say that Mosley left four children, ages 1 through 6, in the car, with windows rolled down, in 90 degree heat for about 16 minutes Monday afternoon while shopping in the grocery store Kroeger.A witness called 911 and reported that there were children who had been abandoned in a vehicle, prompting a nearby officer to come check on the children, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.When the officer arrived, Mosley was unloading groceries into her car. The officer warned her of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars and then proceeded to watch surveillance video in Kroeger to determine that Mosley had been in the store for 16 minutes, according to the report.The officer was then instructed by the Atlanta Police Department's Youth Squad Investigator to arrest Mosley on charges of reckless conduct.She will appear in front of a judge on four counts of reckless conduct.The children were given water and evaluated, but determined to be fine.Mosley is being held on $8,000 bail. Her family did not immediately return calls seeking comment.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NBA Player Uses Twitter to Track Down Aunt's Suspected Killer


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- NBA player Matt Barnes is using his celebrity status to launch a social media manhunt.The Los Angeles Clippers small forward is pleading with his hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers to keep an eye out for Michael Williams, the prime suspect in the murder of Barnes’ aunt Tanganyika Hoover, 48.Hoover was estranged from Williams, but the two were staying at a friend’s house on the morning of July 8, when the friend said he found Hoover outside, her neck slashed, struggling for life. Williams was nowhere to be found.Police consider Williams extremely dangerous.Following his aunt’s death, Barnes felt compelled to act. So he posted images of Williams, along with a plea: “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance.”The post quickly spread from Barnes’ friends to his fans, to strangers he’s never met.“Having the platform that I have, I wanted to speak out on social media,” Barnes said.“When it’s your family, you just feel like you…you can do more. You want to do more,” he said.Hoover struggled to talk in her final moments, Barnes said. She was trying to say ‘M.’“She was trying to say who did it and what happened,” Barnes said. “And she, you know, literally, with her throat being cut…lost her voice.”Williams is the only suspect, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said.“I have some frustrated officers here because they thought they would be able to get this guy right away,” Somers said. “But we’re going to get him.”Somers said the attention Barnes has given to the case has been helpful."He's a local kid. He has a following here in Sacramento. And having his name attached with us and helping in this investigation will help us actually solve this matter,” Somers said.Police have set up a tip line, hoping someone can track down Williams. The tip line number is 800-222-7463.As for Barnes, the offseason has been busy. He’s preparing to host the Matt Barnes Basketball Camp from Aug. 4-8. His 12th NBA season is approaching, too. Beyond the court, he promises to keep fighting for justice for his beloved aunt.“In her unfortunate passing, I’m hoping to be her voice and, y’know, her eyes and ears and really try to help in any way possible,” he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Three-Hour Tour Turns into Night at Sea for Stranded Whale-Watchers


iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A whale-watching boat was stranded 13 miles off the coast of northern Massachusetts overnight after the boat’s propeller got tangled in a tagline.More than 160 people were aboard the boat, part of a three-hour whale-watching trip with Boston Harbor Cruises.The group was supposed to return at about 4:30 p.m. Monday -- but the vessel, named the Cetacea, never made it back to shore. About 10 minutes into the return trip, the Cetacea got stuck.Coast Guard crews responded as the passengers were forced to spend a long night at sea.Divers cut the boat free Tuesday morning, allowing the boat to move again. It was expected that the boat would arrive at about 7:30 a.m.All of the passengers are all right, a Boston Harbor Cruises spokesperson said.The company is compensating passengers for their troubles. Each passenger will receive $500 in cash, a $100 gift card for another trip, and a full refund, about $50. The company will also pay to re-book any passengers who missed flights Tuesday morning. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Legal Pot Adds to Denver's Homeless Problem


iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- They're going to Colorado to get high but instead, the lure of legal marijuana is leaving many young people high and dry.Since the use of up to one ounce of pot became legal in December 2012, Denver, Colorado, has seen as influx of visitors who have come to stay. When sales of marijuana were allowed last January, even more people from out of state have shown up.And therein lies the problem, one that supporters of legal pot probably didn't anticipate.  Denver says that its homeless population has grown in the past year-and-a-half and the majority of the newcomers are teens and people in their 20s.Not everyone who comes to the city is necessarily a slacker. Some have said that they want to find work in Colorado's booming marijuana industry.However, there seems to be more stoners than there are jobs for them. One worker at a Denver shelter says that about one in three of their new residents acknowledge that their main reason for being in Denver is to smoke grass.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Judge Sides with Shelly Sterling in Sale of LA Clippers


iStock Editorial(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles judge is siding with Shelly Sterling in her fight against Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers.The judge says she acted properly in her actions to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.  In a statement to ABC News, the NBA said, "We are pleased the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling's right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio