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Funeral for Murdered Teen April Millsap Held as Police Search for Killer


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- About 100 people Friday attended the funeral for April Millsap, the teenage girl murdered in Michigan on July 24 while walking her dog.The funeral took place at around the same time that a father and son were arraigned for growing marijuana inside a house that the Michigan State Police and FBI searched as part of the ongoing investigation into Millsap's murder, according to the FBI and Michigan State Police.James Bernard VanCallis, a 66-year-old registered sex offender, and his 32-year-old son, James Donald VanCallis, both had bail set at $75,000, according to state police.Police searched the VanCallis home on Wednesday as part of the murder investigation but Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw made it clear that the arrests were separate from the homicide investigation. No arrests have been made in connection to Millsap's murder.The younger VanCallis began to cry during the arraignment and his father pleaded to be allowed to go home on account of his pets."I love my dogs. I just wanna go home to my dogs. I didn't do nothing," VanCallis Sr said according to WXYZ.VanCallis Jr. has a medical marijuana license and is allowed to have 36 plants in his home, but during the search of Goodell, Michigan house, investigators found 52 plants inside, according to WXYZ.Both men have criminal records: VanCallis Jr. was convicted of breaking and entering in 2005 and failing to pay child support. His father is a tier-3 registered sex offender and was convicted on two counts of criminal sexual misconduct, both in 1995. The second-degree charge related to a person under the age of 13 and the fourth-degree charge involved a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 years old, according to the Michigan sex offender registry.Neither of the men have a lawyer, WXYZ reported, so the judge entered a not guilty pleas for both.The Michigan State Police and the FBI are continuing to search for leads in Millsap's murder. The girl, who was walking her dog on a hiking path, was killed and left in a drainage ditch, where joggers found her body. The cause of death has not been revealed.Police stopped all traffic going in and out of Millsap's hometown of Armadad for three hours on Thursday evening in a hunt for leads. Shaw explained that they chose that time because it is the exact time frame when the 14-year-old was killed a week earlier."Humans are creatures of habit so we were hoping to speak to some of the same people who had been there when April disappeared," Shaw told ABC.He said that the efforts paid off and investigators got "five to eight good tips that we didn't have before from people who weren't sure if they should call us or not."WXYZ reported that police were seen searching and dredging Omo Lake on Friday, which is near the area where the victim's phone was found.Police already issued search warrants for phone records- though they would not specify which phone records- as part 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.Police still have no formal suspects in the case.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

Hammerhead Shark Spooks Swimmers at Florida Beach


iStock/Thinkstock(NAVARRE, Fla.) -- A hammerhead shark shocked beachgoers in Florida when it swam right up to the shore, prompting terrified swimmers to frantically flee from the water.And the man who caught it all on video, Dan Flynn, said the hectic scene was "extraordinary.""I've seen sharks before but I've never seen a shark get that close," he told ABC News on Thursday. "It was almost interacting with humans. From our vantage point, we could see the shark going towards a lady swimmer. And her back was to the shark, and she was unaware. You can hear people screaming in the video. I yelled, 'Get out of the water!'"ABC News | More ABC News VideosFlynn, who lives in New Orleans, watched the scene unfold Tuesday from the fishing pier in Navarre, Fla., while on vacation with his family.From above, he could see directly into the clear water. The shark was probably 10-feet-long, he said."Someone just yelled shark and I started taping," he said.Flynn estimates that the shark got within 10 feet of the shore. It swam around for about 10 or 15 minutes, he said, before retreating back into the sea.Swimmers were spooked but wasted no time getting back into the water, he said. His videos of the shark quickly went viral after he posted them on Facebook.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

NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The death of a Staten Island man, who was put into a choke hold by the New York Police Department, was ruled a homicide Friday by the city's medical examiner.The incident provoked outrage last month after a witness filmed NYPD cops placing Eric Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold while arresting Garner for selling cigarettes illegally. Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, could be heard yelling that he could not breathe.After his death, officers told supervisors that they did not think excess force was used and initially blamed Garner's death on a heart attack before the film went viral.On Friday, the New York City Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was "compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."The examiner said that acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypersensitive cardiovascular disease were "contributing conditions" but still ruled the manner of death a "homicide."The officer who was seen in the video placing Garner in the choke hold, Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran, was placed on modified assignment pending the outcome of investigations into the incident by the district attorney and NYPD Internal Affairs unit. The FBI also said it was monitoring the case.Pantaleo's gun and badge were taken away pending the outcome of the investigations.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

Abby Hernandez Saw Reports About Her Disappearance While She Was Missing


ABC/Randy Holmes(CONWAY, N.H.) -- Abigail Hernandez's mother told their local newspaper the teen saw reports about her disappearance while she was missing for nine months.Hernandez and her mother stopped by The Conway Daily Sun's offices and cited a daily ticker box feature in the paper that showed how many days Hernandez had been missing, as Hernandez gave the paper her first media interview since she returned home July 20."Abby saw that [ticker box] off and on," her mother, Zenya Hernandez, told the paper on Thursday. "She didn't see it every day. It gave her hope that people were looking. It was one of the first things she said to me when she returned home, is, 'Thank you to The Conway Daily Sun.'"The teen returned to her mother's home in Conway, New Hampshire, on July 20 after vanishing during her walk home from school on Oct. 9, 2013.Police have arrested Nathaniel Kibby, a 34-year-old man from a town 34 miles away, in connection to Abby's disappearance. He was arraigned Tuesday and Abigail was sitting in the front row alongside her mother during the hearing."I'm taking it a little at a time but I'm feeling a lot better every day," the 15-year-old said during the informal meeting at the local newspaper.Abigail, who was reportedly malnourished and unable to eat solid foods when she first returned home, was pictured smiling at the newspaper offices with her mother and a family friend while wearing a t-shirt that said "C.S.I. Can't Stand Idiots."She told the paper that she wants to "be treated like a normal person" and revisit old pastimes like horseback riding."I really miss that," she said.Neither the Hernandezes nor police have released any information about where she was or what happened to her during her disappearance because the investigation is ongoing.The only charge listed against Kibby claimed he "confined [Hernandez] with a purpose to commit an offense against her." No plea was entered at the hearing. Authorities may bring more charges at the next hearing in the case on Aug. 12.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 to Expect from Tropical Storm Bertha this Weekend


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The second storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and Tropical Storm Bertha is expected to hit Puerto Rico this weekend.Bertha is currently located 70 miles Northeast of Barbados and is moving at 21 mph, packing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.Luckily, the predicted path shows that the U.S. mainland will not be impacted. Puerto Rico, on the other hand, isn't so lucky.Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico as well as surrounding islands, with heavy rain and tropical storm force gusts likely this weekend.As Bertha continues moving northwest, it could bring some wind-driven rain to the Bahamas on Sunday night into Monday. As a result, there is also the possibility of strong rip currents in Florida by early next week.Tropical Storm Bertha is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane since it will go out to sea before reaching the East Coast.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

FBI After 'Good Grammar Bandit' in Colorado


iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Authorities in Colorado are searching for a bank robber in the Denver area whose tactics would make his high school English teachers proud.The FBI calls him the "Good Grammar Bandit," and he's wanted in connection with seven bank robberies in Colorado. All of the robberies happened the same way: A guy walks in and demands money by handing the teller a typed letter, filled with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.The bandit is said to be between 5 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet tall.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

Man Killed After Lightning Strike at Calif. Beach Was Electrocuted


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It's now clear how a 20-year-old man died last weekend after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach.An autopsy confirmed on Thursday that Nick Fagnano was electrocuted when a bolt of lightning struck the ocean water. He was swimming when the lightning hit, electrifying the water.Fagnano was with a group of friends before the incident occurred on Sunday. They were about to leave Venice Beach but his friends say Fagnano went back in the water to rinse sand off his feet.After the lightning strike, he was missing for about an hour before lifeguards found him.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

Girl Accused in 'Slender Man' Stabbing Ruled Incompetent


iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their friend so they could meet the fictional Internet character "Slenderman" was ruled incompetent to stand trial on Friday.Morgan Geyser had twice been found not competent to stand trial and Friday's decision marks the third incompetency ruling.Prosecutors requested that she undergo a third evaluation to determine if she has a mental disease or defect that could affect the case and those results were discussed in a Wisconsin court on Friday.Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, are charged with first degree attempted murder after prosecutors said they lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times.Authorities said the girls admitted assaulting their friend on May 31 as a means to please Slender Man, a faceless fictional character.Geyser and Weier are being tried as adults because Wisconsin law dictates that anyone above the age of 10 charged with first degree murder or attempted murder will not be considered juveniles.The 12-year-old victim, who has not been identified because of her age, was said to have nearly died from her wounds, but has since been released from the hospital and her parents recently released new details about her recovery.The Slender Man meme began on a Web forum called Something Awful as part of a Photoshop contest in 2009, according to the website KnowYourMeme.com, but it has since grown into a kind of Internet folklore. 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

Huge Butter Spill Creates Jam on Indianapolis Highway


File photo. (Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Butter and jam usually conjures up images of warm toast, but on an Indianapolis highway Friday, it meant a huge slippery mess that closed part of the busy highway during the morning rush hour.A dairy truck crashed overnight on Interstate 465 and spilled over 45,000 pounds of butter, margarine and whipped cream."Our preliminary conclusion is that the truck driver fell asleep while driving, hit a barrier, and crashed at around 3:30 a.m.," Capt. David Dursten, spokesman for the Indiana State Police told ABC News.The semi split in half, spilling tubes of butter and tins of whipped cream."Our crew is using a sand truck and a front-end loader to absorb and scoop up the sticky coat on the road into trash bins," Dursten said.The right two lanes of the interstate highway are expected to be closed until about noon while the crew removes the mess, the officer said.There was a passenger in the truck. No one was injured."I was joking with my colleagues, wonder if anyone called IHOP and ordered 2,000 pounds of pancakes," Dursten 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

Lotto Luck: Indiana Man Wins Big Twice in Three Months


Hoosier Lottery(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis resident Robert Hamilton has the kind of luck that’s won him two separate $1 million lottery prizes in the span of three months. What are the odds of that?According to the Hoosier Lottery, the odds of winning a $1 million top prize in the Hoosier Lottery's $120 Million Cash Spectacular scratch-off game are one in more than 2.1 million.The Marion County man won his first $1 million playing the $10 game on April 28. Hamilton was on his way to a conference when he stopped at a store located about an hour-and-a-half away from his home and purchased a ticket, according to the Hoosier Lottery. He bought his most recent winner -- playing the same game -- at a store in Indianapolis.When Hamilton collected his most recent winnings on July 22 he called it “the icing on the cake.”He used his first lottery million to “pay off all his financial obligations,” plus buy a house, invest in his business, go on a beach vacation and buy his father a truck, according to Hoosier Lottery. He plans to buy a motorcycle with his latest million and also plans to keep working.The lottery said Hamilton was “grateful for the opportunity” to buy new equipment for his business.ABC News couldn’t reach Hamilton or his wife, Donna, for comment on Thursday, but in the news release they said their double windfall wouldn’t change them."We're just everyday, normal people," Donna Hamilton 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

Shot FSU Professor Waited 19 Minutes for Ambulance


Courtesy FSU(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- It took paramedics 19 minutes to arrive at the home of a Florida State University professor shot in his garage after a neighbor called 911 -- with the dispatcher’s confusion contributing to the delay and one EMS unit replaced by another, authorities said.Dan Markel, 41, was shot as he drove his car into his garage on July 18. The killer fired a single bullet through the driver’s window, striking him just beneath the jawline, sources told ABC News.A neighbor called 911, noting that he happened upon Markel’s car because he’d been worried about a recent string of break-ins. The neighbor said he found Markel sitting in the driver’s seat of his car, his head covered in blood. Markel was still alive, the man told a dispatcher. But he wasn’t responsive.“You need to send an ambulance in a hurry, an EMT,” the neighbor said, according to audio of the call released by police Thursday. “I think you need to hurry.”Because the dispatcher didn’t initially hear the caller mention anything about a gunshot wound, the response was delayed.“The officer is going to be there first. [The EMT] is not going to come until we figure out what’s going on, but they are on the way as well, OK?” the dispatcher said.“They better be if this guy’s got a shot…living,” the neighbor responded.Markel died at the hospital 14 hours later.Timothy Lee, the head of the dispatch center, acknowledged to ABC News that confusion contributed to the slowed response.“On the onset of the call, it was entered into the computer system as a man down versus a gunshot wound,” Lee said. “We are making changes in this review to make sure that this atmosphere doesn’t happen again.”The release of the 911 audio comes as authorities increased the reward in the case to $10,000, with Markel’s shooter still unknown. Investigators are trying to find the person driving a Toyota Prius seen nearby after the shooting.The criminal law professor was pulling into his driveway and talking on his cellphone when he was fatally shot, sources said.Markel left behind two young sons and an ex-wife, Wendi Jill Adelson, also an FSU professor. Police have spent hours questioning Adelson and others who knew Markel, but have named no suspects.Police believe Markel was targeted, but the shooter’s motive remains unclear.ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said the direction of the investigation -- with police focusing on different places where Markel was seen in the days before the shooting -- shows that the shooter’s motive could be anything, from Markel’s blog to his legal research.“They’re looking beyond the people that he knew best and worked with closest, and they’re really expanding this investigation beyond his inner circle,” Abrams 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

Girl Accused in 'Slender Man' Stabbing to Appear in Court for Competency Hearing


ABC/Randy Holmes(WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- One of two Wisconsin girls accused of allegedly stabbing their friend so they could meet the fictional Internet character "Slenderman," is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a competency hearing.Morgan Geyser had twice been found not competent to stand trial. However, prosecutors requested that she undergo a third evaluation to determine if she has a mental disease or defect that could affect the case.Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, are charged with first-degree attempted murder after prosecutors said they lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times.Authorities said the girls admitted assaulting their friend on May 31 as a means to please Slender Man, a faceless fictional character.Geyser and Weier are being tried as adults because Wisconsin law dictates that anyone above the age of 10 charged with first-degree murder or attempted murder will not be considered a juvenile.The 12-year-old victim, who has not been identified because of her age, was said to have nearly died from her wounds, but has since been released from hospital and is recovering.The Slender Man meme began on a Web forum called Something Awful as part of a Photoshop contest in 2009, according to the website KnowYourMeme.com, but it has since grown into a kind of Internet folklore. 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

Are Deadly Small Plane Accidents on the Rise?


Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(NEW YORK) -- Despite two deadly small plane accidents this week that killed a total of three people, including a young girl, and one Thursday that injured a family of four, experts say that it isn't necessarily a trend."Summer weather is better for flying so we have increased flying activity so we always see an increase in accidents in the summer unfortunately," said Steve Hedges, the head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.A family of four -- the pilot, his wife and their teenage children — were pulled from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Thursday in Helena, Alabama. They all suffered injuries.On Wednesday, pilot Devon Logan, 52, a real estate investor, missed the airport landing and clipped a store roof before crashing into a San Diego, California, shopping center parking lot.She was seriously injured. The other passenger, 78, was killed.And on Sunday, a father and his young daughter, 9, were hit by a small plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach.Neither the pilot, Karl Kokomoor, 57, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, were injured in the landing. Kokomoor, an engineering company president, expressed his sorrow, saying he'd intended to put the plane in water but the nose had ended up on the beach.He said he never saw the pair. The girl later died.Despite the recent spate of accidents, small-plane deaths are actually dropping, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In the last five years, the number of deaths has decreased from 479 to 387 and that number dipped significantly last year.But private flying still had the highest accident rate, according to the NTSB, which has promoted more training for pilots."I don't believe it's a trouble category," said Earl Weener of the NTSB. "I think it's just an area that is ripe for safety improvements and it would be very fruitful to make safety improvements."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

Company 'Shocked' After Demoted Employee Allegedly Shot CEO


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A gunman killed himself Thursday after shooting his boss in the Bank of America building in Chicago's financial district, authorities said.The victim was Steven LaVoie, the CEO of ArrowStream, which the suspect also worked for, the company said.The suspect, identified as Tony DeFrances, had been demoted last Friday, police said. The company website listed DeFrances as Chief Technology Officer.The suspect allegedly shot LaVoie before turning the gun on himself, police said."We are deeply saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred today," ArrowStream said in a statement released Thursday evening. "Our focus during this tragedy is to ensure the well being of our ArrowStream family. We want to assure our customers that our business continuity plan is in place, and our operations will continue to function normally."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

Police Search Kidnapping Suspect's Home, Storage Container


iStock/Thinkstock(GORHAM, N.H.) -- Police have searched the home and storage unit of Nathaniel Kibby, the man being held in connection with the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.Kibby, 34, is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with kidnapping Hernandez in October of last year.Photos have surfaced showing police searching Kibby's property in a trailer park in Gorham, New Hampshire, on Tuesday and Wednesday.Hernandez returned to her Conway, New Hampshire, home on July 20 and is now back in the care of her mother, but questions remain about her disappearance.The charging document said Kibby "confined [Hernandez] with a purpose to commit an offense against her" but the rest of the case documents are sealed.The attorney general's office, which has been heading the investigation alongside the FBI, has said it will not be releasing any further information about the search warrant issued for Kibby's property or anything they've learned from their conversations with Abigail until Kibby returns to court on Aug. 12.That hasn't stopped the investigation from moving forward, however.Photos of the search on Kibby's home and nearby shipping container showed signs posted on the container that said "Beware of the Dog" and "No Trespassing."When Kibby was arrested at his home Monday, Associate Attorney General Jane Young told ABC News that there were no other suspects.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

Several Injured After Car Crashes into Palo Alto Restaurant


iStock/Thinkstock(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Multiple people are injured after a car crashed into a building in Palo Alto, California on Thursday.Around lunch time, an elderly driver accidentally drove onto the curb at University Cafe-- a restaurant by Stanford University-- hitting five people.One victim is in critical condition. The other four victims and the driver suffered minor injuries.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

Inside Texas' New Family-Friendly Detention Center for the Undocumented


Serena Marshall/ABC News(KARNES, Texas) -- A model detention facility for moms with children crossing the border illegally is scheduled to open Friday.The brand new facility in Karnes, Texas, is designed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be family friendly with drawings on the walls, toy rooms and classrooms for children, and full medical facilities.The 532-bed building, at a cost of $140 per day per person, is the third ICE facility to house mothers with children, but the first specifically modified with their needs as a consideration.While residents will not be free to leave, they are free to roam the grounds, visit the library, call family with pre-paid phone cards, play outdoors, use computers -- excluding accessing Facebook and Twitter -- and participate in soccer matches, religious concerts and church services.The average stay is 23 days, according to ICE, and while it is still a detention center, those inside will not be called detainees, but residents. The guards are relabeled “resident assistants,” and the cells are “family suites” that can accommodate up to eight people.In an ICE statement on the pending opening, officials said it “was done in order to expand the agency’s capacity to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border and placed into expedited removal proceedings.”Lawyers will be provided to the “residents” pro bono and the facility even has an immigration courtroom where judges will decide asylum cases via videoconference. There will also be medical professionals, including dentists and mental health specialists, on scene 24 hours a day.The residents will be given six sets of civilian clothes, three meals a day, and access to snacks 24 hours a day, officials said.“ICE's family detention facilities are an effective and humane alternative to maintain family unity as families await the outcome of immigration hearings or return to their home countries,” the statement read."I have had personal interest in making sure that this facility meets all the legal requirements that are under any settlement, any other family detention center, and I'm completely confident that we are meeting the standards and even exceeding those standards," said Enrique Lucero, field office director for ICE.Several years ago a lawsuit accused a similar faculty to be too similar to a prison, making this facility the first outfitted in accordance to civil detention standards and reforms.The outstanding question as the facility is set to open Friday is how long the facility can remain operational as Congress prepares to go on recess without addressing the border supplemental request for funds.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

Alleged Porch Thief Arrested After Staring at Security Camera


iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- An accused thief's curious look at a surveillance camera led to his arrest for allegedly stealing a FedEx package for an Indianapolis porch.Daniel Nelms, 21, was taken into custody and charged with one count of level 6 felony on Wednesday night.Daniel Dillon said he had been expecting a package of a pair of $300 diamond earrings from Zale.com for his wife. He never received the package, but when he checked the delivery status on FedEx, it said the package had been delivered already. The Dillons then checked their surveillance video footage.The crystal clear video gave Dillon quite a shock. Only two minutes after the delivery man dropped off the package, a man ran over to the porch and grabbed the box in between the inner and outer doors, Dillon told ABC News. The man also looked directly into the high-quality camera lens before grabbing the package.The thief could be seen shaking the package, seemingly trying to figure out what was inside. He then ripped open the package and took a closer look at the earring box before heading back to his car."My wife and my mother-in-law were in the backyard with our four dogs when this happened," Dillon said. "I felt very violated.""How stupid and brave do you have to be to do something like this in broad daylight?" Dillon asked. "If he just snatched the box and left, we probably wouldn't have found him."Dillon posted the surveillance video on his Facebook page, hoping that his friends could help him identify the suspect. Within a day, the video was shared more than 3,000 times, and he received numerous messages from strangers, telling him they had also been victims of this man.When Police Officer Larry Craciunoiu watched the surveillance video, he said he recognized the suspect."He's been known in the past to be involved in burglaries, thefts and other criminal activities," Craciunoiu told ABC News. "I have a pretty good working knowledge of him.""It was an extremely high-quality video," Craciunoiu said. "The cameras were positioned perfectly.""I approached him and I told him: 'Before we waste a lot of time, do you want to talk about this FedEx package?'" Craciunoiu said."He first said: 'I didn't know anything about it,'" the officer said. "Then I showed him the picture of him staring at the camera.""He laughed, and said: 'I'm not stupid,'" Craciunoiu said. "I asked him: ‘'Why did you still steal this stuff then?'"Nelms refused to talk about the case, Craciunoiu said."We are working on another case of a suspect who broke into a lady's Cadillac in the same area on that day," Craciunoiu said. "We have pretty good evidence that he [Nelms] was the one who did it."Craciunoiu said Nelms also has two warrants for theft."It was pretty clear that he was following the FedEx truck. It was very intentional," the cop said.Dillon said he has not received the earrings back. He has checked local pawn shops, but had no luck.Dillon said he has contacted Zale.com, and the website said it needs 10-14 days to investigate this case."The website automatically offers signature-required shipping for anything over $100," Dillon said. "But when the package was shipped, the delivery man just shoved it between the two doors in the security video. He didn’t buzz at all.""I hope either Zale.com or FedEx will take care of this," Dillon said.Brandon Nelms has not entered a plea yet.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

More than 100 Protesters Arrested Outside White House over Deportations


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- More than a hundred demonstrators intentionally had themselves arrested outside the White House on Thursday in protest against the Obama administration's response to the sudden surge of illegal immigrants across the border with Mexico.The act of civil disobedience was organized mostly by religious groups, including the Catholic Sisters of Mercy and the United Methodist Church.Several hundred additional supporters looked on as the activists staged a sit-in on the sidewalk outside the White House grounds, prompting National Park Service police to remove and arrest them for obstructing foot traffic in a highly choreographed, but peaceful, demonstration."We are gathered here to make our voices heard," the Rev. John McCollough said in a prayer service before the arrests. "We are here to pray for this president, our President Obama, to ask him to lose the bonds of injustice and let the oppressed go free. Si se puede!"The demonstrators demanded the Obama administration cease the deportation of an estimated 1,100 of those illegal immigrants per day -- a number expected to rise as the federal government grapples with the hundreds of thousands believed to have slipped through in the last nine months, and a 106% increase over the same period last year.Roughly 57,000 are children, many unaccompanied by their parents and fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The deluge has created a humanitarian crisis in southwestern states as federal and local authorities struggle under the load."You know religion, in all its diversity, is really not about what we believe. Religion -- real religion -- is about what our beliefs compel us to do," Sister Eileen Campbell of the Sisters of Mercy said from the podium. "How they make us live our lives. Our faith compels us to do all that we can for those that are suffering the injustices of our current immigration policies and to do all we can to move those policies toward justice."The White House announced last week it was considering a pilot program, based in Honduras, which would allow children of that country to apply for refugee status rather than risk dangerous northward smuggling across thousands of miles. But while there is bipartisan agreement in Washington that the situation is spiraling out of control, a concrete path forward has been less than clear.The Senate voted Wednesday to move a bill forward that would allocate $2.7 billion in funding for the crisis. Eleven Republicans joined with the Democratic majority to pass the bill, though at least $840 million has been earmarked for wholly unrelated projects, including Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.It is $1 billion less than President Obama had asked for and a package being considered in the GOP-controlled House is much smaller: $659 million. With Congress' August recess approaching and political jockeying in full steam, ahead of the November midterm elections, a short-term solution may be out of reach.Acts of civil disobedience outside the White House are not unusual and several groups present Thursday have histories of such, but the size of Thursday's arrest is more rare. Protesters taken into custody are typically transferred to the city's metropolitan police for processing and released after.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

Michelle Obama: Veteran Homelessness 'Should Horrify Us'


Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Congress works on a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, first lady Michelle Obama used her platform to speak out on ending veterans’ homelessness.Speaking to an estimated 1,600 federal and local officials as well as  homeless advocates, the first lady said one possible way to end homelessness nationwide is to start with our homeless veterans. Mrs. Obama called the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans a “stain on the soul of this nation.” “As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform is sleeping on the ground should horrify us,” she said. “That moral and patriotic duty is only part of the reason why ending veteran homelessness is so critical. As we all know, ending homelessness for our veterans can also be a crucial first step, a proof point to show that we can end homelessness for everyone in this country,” she continued.The first lady called the work of homeless advocates “critically important.”“Day after day, as you fight for more resources, you encounter too many folks who don't take you seriously, because they don't believe that we will ever truly be able to solve this problem…Yet when so many others accept homelessness as a fact of life, you refuse to give up,” she said. “I just want to say thank you."Mrs. Obama has made ending veterans’ homelessness a priority during her tenure as first lady, calling it a “moral outrage” at a White House event last month launching the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.   Since June, 182 local leaders have taken the challenge to end veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015. “We are seeing that with enough resources and the right strategies -- strategies like housing first, rapid rehousing -- we can make huge amounts of progress in a very short period of time,” the first lady said. In an op-ed published Wednesday, Mrs. Obama pointed to success in Phoenix and Salt Lake City.“Any number of veterans left out in the cold is too many, but those numbers show us that even in some of our largest metropolitan areas, ending veteran homelessness is eminently achievable,” she wrote.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

First Lady on Ending Veterans' Homelessness: 'We Take Care of Our Own'


Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Congress works on a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, first lady Michelle Obama used her platform to speak out on ending veterans’ homelessness.Speaking to an estimated 1,600 federal and local officials as well as  homeless advocates, the first lady said one possible way to end homelessness nationwide is to start with our homeless veterans. Mrs. Obama called the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans a “stain on the soul of this nation.” “As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform is sleeping on the ground should horrify us,” she said. “That moral and patriotic duty is only part of the reason why ending veteran homelessness is so critical. As we all know, ending homelessness for our veterans can also be a crucial first step, a proof point to show that we can end homelessness for everyone in this country,” she continued.The first lady called the work of homeless advocates “critically important.”“Day after day, as you fight for more resources, you encounter too many folks who don't take you seriously, because they don't believe that we will ever truly be able to solve this problem…Yet when so many others accept homelessness as a fact of life, you refuse to give up,” she said. “I just want to say thank you."Mrs. Obama has made ending veterans’ homelessness a priority during her tenure as first lady, calling it a “moral outrage” at a White House event last month launching the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.   Since June, 182 local leaders have taken the challenge to end veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015. “We are seeing that with enough resources and the right strategies -- strategies like housing first, rapid rehousing -- we can make huge amounts of progress in a very short period of time,” the first lady said. In an op-ed published Wednesday, Mrs. Obama pointed to success in Phoenix and Salt Lake City.“Any number of veterans left out in the cold is too many, but those numbers show us that even in some of our largest metropolitan areas, ending veteran homelessness is eminently achievable,” she wrote.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

Drone Carrying Drugs, Phones Crashes Outside SC Prison


iStock/Thinkstock(BISHOPVILLE, S.C.) -- A crashed drone carrying contraband, including marijuana, tobacco and cellphones, was found outside the razor wire fence at a maximum security prison in South Carolina.One person has been arrested, however the search for a second suspect has been ongoing since prison officials found the downed aerial vehicle and contraband in the bushes outside Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville on April 21.Brenton Lee Doyle, 28, has been charged with drug possession and attempting to furnish contraband to inmates. Court records did not list an attorney for Doyle.Authorities are seeking a second man, who was seen on surveillance video at a convenience store prior to the incident buying some products that were found with the crashed drone.Stephanie Givens, a spokeswoman for Lee Correctional Institution, said investigators believe the drone was either crashed by the person piloting it or that it malfunctioned as it approached the prison.Givens would not discuss the type of drone, but said it was a model that was "capable of flying long distances.""As technology gets more advanced, we have to find more advanced ways to fight that," she said.It is believed to be the first time the high-tech approach has been taken to smuggle contraband into a South Carolina prison.Four people were accused last year of trying to fly a drone carrying tobacco and cellphones into a Georgia state prison.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

Expert: Suicide Bomber Hung Out in US After Terror Training


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Florida man who fought with an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria was able to return home, unbeknownst to American security officials, and hang around in the U.S. for months before returning to the Middle East to carry out a deadly suicide bombing there, according to recent testimony before Congress.Before his violent death, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha purportedly joined Jabhat al-Nusra, a powerful al Qaeda-linked opposition group in Syria. Social media accounts linked to the group said in late May that Abu-Salha had been part of a four-man suicide bombing against Syrian government forces. U.S. officials later confirmed Abu-Salha’s involvement in the operation.But almost exactly a year earlier, Abu-Salha was able to travel from Syria back to the U.S., according to Seth Jones, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the defense think tank Rand Corporation.“It is troubling, however, that U.S. citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha traveled to Syria to fight with al Qaeda-affiliated rebels, returned to the U.S. around May 2013 without U.S. officials realizing that he had trained with an al Qaeda-linked group, and traveled back to Syria in November 2013 before blowing himself up in a suicide attack in May 2014,” Jones testified before the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence last week, according to prepared remarks. “In short, U.S. officials apparently did not realize that a U.S. citizen who had received terrorist training in Syria was on American soil for approximately six months before returning to Syria to perpetrate a terrorist attack overseas.”A U.S. intelligence official confirmed Jones' account as accurate and told ABC News that the tracking of Americans and foreign fighters in Syria is a "hard nut to crack.""We have varying information on these folks," the official said. "It's a complex intelligence issue."Late Wednesday, The New York Times reported Abu-Salha’s purported trip back to America.With his death, Abu-Salha joined a tiny group of U.S. citizens that have conducted suicide bombings. Three Americans have participated in suicide attacks on behalf of the al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab in Somalia since 2009, the first of which sent a “shockwave” through the American counter-terrorism community, senior counter-terrorism officials told ABC News after Abu-Salha’s death.For months U.S. security officials have said they are very concerned about American and Western passport holders traveling to Syria, receiving paramilitary training and then returning to wreak havoc in the homeland. As ABC News reported in January, the FBI is already watching dozens of fighters who have returned from the Middle Eastern battlefield.Matthew Olsen, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said last week that more than 12,000 foreign fighters, including more than 1,000 Westerners and around 100 Americans, are fighting in Syria.“It has become the predominant battleground in terms of extremists,” Olsen told the Aspen Security Forum.FBI Director James Comey told ABC News in May that his organization aimed to make sure the “coming Syria diaspora” does not turn into a “future 9/11.”Representatives for the FBI and CIA were not immediately available to respond to requests for comment for this report.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

One Dead, Two Shot in Chicago's Bank of America Building


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A gunman killed himself Thursday morning after shooting a man in the Bank of America building in Chicago's financial district, authorities said.The 59-year-old man shot a 54-year-old man before turning the gun on himself, police said.The victim was taken to Northwestern University Hospital and is in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.The shooter was confirmed dead at the scene, police said.Law enforcement officials, who have not released the names of either individual, say that the shooting appears to be workplace-related.Police were alerted to the shooting at 9:50 local time. The shooting took place on the 17th floor of a building on South LaSalle Street in the city's financial district.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

Girl Hospitalized After Fall During Ringling Bros. Show


Mario Tama/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized after falling to the seating level below during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance Wednesday in Dallas' American Airlines Center.Officials with the facility released a statement about the accident to ABC News television affiliate WFAA.“The child’s family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below,” the statement reads.Fire rescue officers rushed to help, and the child was transported to Children’s Medical Center in unknown condition.The circus is scheduled to continue in Dallas until Aug. 10.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