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Man threatens to shoot, harm children at 5 day care centers, police say

A man reportedly called Edmonds, Washington, day cares with graphic threats on Monday, and police are trying to find him.

The man threatened violence, saying children would be shot, police said. But the threats were so graphic that investigators wouldn’t give specifics. 

Five day cares in Edmonds received threatening calls Monday, and they were put on lockdown while multiple agencies responded. 

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As of Monday night, none of the threats were carried out. While Edmonds police said they did not want to scare anyone, they believe the threat still exists and that parents need to be particularly cautious.

Investigators said the suspect could be anywhere in the world, but appears to have ties to Edmonds. They are actively still trying to find out who this man is – and Edmonds police said they’d never dealt with an incident like this before.

– Visit KIRO7.com for updates on this developing story.

Trump says Catholic students ‘treated unfairly’ after encounter at National Mall

President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy that flared up in Washington over the weekend between a group of teenagers from a Catholic school in Kentucky and a Native American veteran at the Lincoln Memorial.

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Trump took to Twitter on Monday night to bash the media for treating the raucous teens, who were decked out in “Make America Great Again” gear, “unfairly.”

“Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements (sic) proving out to be false - smeared by media,” Trump tweeted. 

“New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American,” he posted.

Initial media reports slammed the students for what appeared to be their disrespect for Native American veteran Nathan Phillips, who was attending the Indigenous Peoples March before encountering the teens. The predominantly white group of teens had just had a run-in with a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, once considered a terrorist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann later said members of the Israelites were hurling insults at them.

Phillips, an Omaha elder and well-known activist, moved in between the two groups while chanting and playing a drum.

In video of the incident, the Catholic students appeared to be jeering at Phillips, and Sandmann was seen on camera having an apparent standoff with the elder. 

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By Sunday, Covington Catholic High School had apologized for the incident and said it was investigating.

Sandmann also released a statement Sunday, saying the students weren’t to blame and did nothing wrong.

The boys were in Washington to attend an anti-abortion rally.

1 dead, suspect on loose in Chicago-area mall shooting

One man was killed when a gunman opened fire in the food court at a mall in suburban Chicago on Monday evening, and police said the gunman is still on the loose, according to news reports.

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Shots rang out at the Orland Square Mall in Orland Park, Illinois, on Monday evening, sending shoppers running for cover.

A 19-year-old man was critically injured and later died at an area hospital, according to WBBM-TV.

The gunman was seen leaving the mall on foot, WLS-TV reported.

Police had cordoned off the mall and escorted shoppers out as they secured the premises.

A witness told WLS she took cover in a storage area inside a store in the mall.

Police said they believe the victim and the shooter knew each other and that the incident was an isolated event.

 

Man killed after car crashes through garage, plunges 20 feet off cliff

A 74-year-old man was killed Sunday after his car crashed through a garage in Saugus, MAssachusetts, plunging 20 feet off a cliff behind the house.

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Interim Police Chief Ronald Gioretti said the accident happened around 1:30 when the car drove through the garage and barreled down a snow-covered embankment behind it. 

Saugus firefighters reported a technical rescue team was called in to help remove the victim, identified as Steven Rauseo, 74, from the car. They used a sled to pull him up the embankment to an ambulance. 

Police said Rauseo was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.

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Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene to help Saugus Police with the investigation. It’s unclear if weather played a role in the crash. 

Arrest made in killing of brother of popular Atlanta music producer Drumma Boy

Nearly one year after the brother of popular Atlanta music producer Drumma Boy was shot and killed, the FBI has made an arrest in the case.

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Syranard Eugene Watson, 28, was captured Friday morning in Gwinnett County on a charge of felony murder in connection with the Feb. 10, 2018, shooting death of Ferrell Miles.

The FBI identified Watson as a suspect in the case weeks after the deadly shooting outside of House of Fresh, Drumma Boy’s northwest Atlanta clothing boutique. The federal agency released Watson’s picture last March, hoping someone would recognize him.

It was a Crime Stoppers tip that gave agents the break they needed in the case, FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said.

That tip led authorities to a residence in the 1200 block of Thorncliff Court in Lawrenceville, where Watson was taken into custody.

>>Related: Brother of Atlanta music producer killed in shooting

According to police, Watson shot Miles several times following an argument outside of the clothing store in the 1700 block of Howell Mill Road. Witnesses told police he sped from the scene in a black sedan.

Miles, 48, of Atlanta, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. In music circles, Miles went by the name Ensayne Wayne. He worked with Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball and MJG and Lil Wayne. He produced the beat for "Shawty," the 2008 hit from rappers Plies and T-Pain.

>> Related: FBI seeks man accused of killing Atlanta music producer's brother

In an Instagram post shortly after the deadly shooting, Drumma Boy wrote: “I lost the first person I ever looked up (to) in life ... the first person I ever wanted to be like ... my big blood-brother.”

Another newscaster uses slur in Martin Luther King Jr.’s name; NAACP wants him fired

The St. Louis County branch of the NAACP is calling for the firing of KTVI-TV news anchor Kevin Steincross after Steincross inserted a racial slur into Martin Luther King Jr.’s name during a morning news show last week.

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Steincross apologized on the air a few hours later and an official with Tribune Broadcasting, which owns the station, said the slur was an “unfortunate mistake” and that no additional action would be taken, according to the St. Louis-Dispatch.

“The Fox2 management team spoke to Kevin following the mistake and we believe that it was truly inadvertent and does not reflect Kevin’s core beliefs,” a Tribune spokesperson said a written statement, the Dispatch reported.

But that’s not sitting well with the NAACP.

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Officials with the group were scheduled to meet with the television station’s management Monday afternoon and said they would push for Steincross’s removal, according to the newspaper.

"There are some matters where it is imperative we take a stand, and this is one of them,” NAACP branch President John Gaskin said. “I understand some people believe it was a mistake, but there are some mistakes in every field that are grounds for termination."

Gaskin said this mistake “needs to be taken seriously.”

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In early January, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell, with WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York, was fired for using the same slur in King’s name during a report on a city park. He was fired a few days later.

 

Euthanized puppy at shelter doesn’t die; ‘miracle dog’ now heading to new home

A veterinarian euthanized a 7-to 8-month-old Labrador retriever-American pitbull mix puppy at an overcrowded animal shelter in Davenport, Iowa, but when the vet returned to the room, the puppy was still alive and well.

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“And thank goodness, the vet said he wouldn’t do it again,” according to a social media post from Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter, which took in the puppy, named Rudolph.

“We brought him to our shelter in hopes somebody would come adopt him and give him a second chance at life,” the shelter official said.

And that is what is happening now, according to news reports.

The shelter has found a potential adopter for Rudolph and is verifying information on the puppy’s future family.

“He’s a miracle dog, absolutely,” Kylie Jo Mitchell, who works at the pet rescue, told WQAD. “I’ve never heard of anything like this, ever,” Mitchell said. “This is a first.”

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There’s been a lot of interest in Rudolph’s fate. The shelter’s post has been shared more than 2,000 times and hundreds of people have commented on it, writing about their interest in adopting him.

 

 

Woman dies after 9-year-old boy driving ATV crashes in Florida, officials say

A 9-year-old boy driving an all-terrain vehicle crashed over the weekend, killing a 58-year-old passenger in Osceola County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Troopers said the boy was trying to avoid another ATV Saturday on 8 Mile Ranch Road when the vehicle he was operating hit a brim and overturned onto Laura Bizzell, of Avon Park.

The boy suffered minor injuries, but Bizzell died, according to the FHP.

The other ATV driver, Samuel Christmas, 53, suffered minor injuries. 

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

Police release body cam footage after video shows girl, 2, with hands up after traffic stop

Police in Tallahassee, Florida, responded to a video of a toddler exiting a truck with her hands up over her head, mimicking her parents’ arrest, and walking toward officers who had their guns drawn, by releasing body camera footage taken from a different angle, WCTV reported.

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The incident took place Thursday, and after the cellphone video taken by a passerby during a shoplifting arrest went viral, Tallahassee police Chief Michael DeLeo released several clips from officer body cameras, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. DeLeo said 10 different body camera angles were used in reviewing the incident.

"I believe that incidents like this justify our investment in body worn cameras and the importance of getting all the facts," DeLeo said in a video released on the Police Department’s official Facebook page.

The video released by the Tallahassee police shows the original video that went viral, followed by a statement from DeLeo about the incident. It ends with the body camera footage.

On Thursday afternoon, Chad M. Bom, 34, and James W. McMullen, 38, were charged with theft from a Bealls Outlet store in Tallahassee, according to the news release posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page. Both men were charged with petit theft, the Democrat reported. The mother of the toddler was at the scene

Police had responded to reports of a theft by an armed suspect at the Bealls shopping outlet around 4:30 p.m. and pulled over a truck. They were surprised when the toddler got out and began to mimic her parents, WCTV reported.

"It's OK, sweetie. You don't have to put your hands up," one officer can be heard saying in the body camera footage.

Footage also showed the police allowing the child’s mother to hold the baby while they found a pellet gun in the back seat of the vehicle near a 1-year-old boy who was still strapped into his car seat, WCTV reported.

DeLeo said he was "proud" of his officers' response, adding he felt they showed compassion for the family.

“This video footage captures the compassion demonstrated by our TPD officers during an intense situation. I’m very proud of their actions and appreciative of the work these men and women do each day to keep our community safe,” Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey said in a statement. 

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