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High Winds Cause NH Circus Tent to Collapse, 2 Dead

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER, N.H.) — A deadly circus tent collapse for a New Hampshire fairground.

A circus tent collapsed at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairgrounds on Monday night killing two and seriously injuring 15. Around 250 people were inside the tent during the time of the collapse.

After reports for severe thunderstorms in the area, high winds reportedly knocked over the tent during a circus performance.

New Hampshire Department of Safety Public Information Officer Mike Todd said the Emergency Operations Center had been activated, no one was trapped at the moment, and local authorities were on the scene.

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Memphis Cop Killing: Suspected Gunman in Custody

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The man who is accused of killing a cop in Memphis this weekend is now in custody according to the Shelby County Sheriff.

Here is a closer look at how the original incident unfolded:

THE TRAFFIC STOP:

Saturday night, Memphis police officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Bolton pulled in front of the car and shined his spotlight inside.

Bolton then went up to the car, where he engaged in a “brief struggle” with the car’s passenger, according to police.

THE SHOOTING:

The passenger, identified as Wilbourn, allegedly shot Bolton several times, police said. Wilbourn and the car’s driver fled after the shooting.

When officers responded to the scene and searched the suspect’s car, they determined “Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction,” police said.

Officers found digital scales and a bag containing 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car, police said.

The car’s driver later turned himself in, police said, and was released without charges.

THE OFFICER:

Bolton, 33, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead, police said.

Bolton had been a member of the Memphis Police Department since 2010. Bolton was also a Marine veteran who had served a tour in Iraq, police said.

“To lose a loved one or a family member is a horrific event,” Memphis police director Toney Armstrong said.

Armstrong added, “We lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member.”

THE MANHUNT:

Wilbourn is still at-large on Monday, Memphis police told ABC News.

A murder warrant has been issued for his arrest, police said.

Police said Wilbourn is out on supervised release after being sentenced to 10 years for bank robbery.

Wilbourn is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said. A $10,000 reward has been announced for his arrest.

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Watch a Dirt Bike Catch a Wave

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Robbie Maddison worked with DC Shoes to modify a dirt bike with skis and an airbag.

Baseball Team Mourns 9-Year-Old Bat Boy

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

“No person or team could ask for a better bat boy,” a player wrote.

Death Penalty Remains Option in Aurora Shooting Trial

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

He has already been found guilty on all 165 counts against him.

James Holmes Trial to Move into Next Sentencing Phase

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — The jury in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes murder trial decided on Monday that the death penalty will remain an option.

Jurors decided that mitigating factors do not outweigh the aggravating factors for the 12 people who were murdered by Holmes at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012. He was convicted of killing them and wounding 70 others last month.

Now, the jury will move on to the third phase and be faced with deciding whether or not to sentence him to death or life without parole.

If Monday’s decision went the other way, then the trial would have effectively ended, sentencing him to life in prison with the death penalty removed as a possible sentence.

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Suspected Cop Killer Added to Most Wanted List

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Two rewards have been announced for the suspect’s arrest.

Feds Unite Agents to Fight Baltimore’s Record Slayings

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Federal agents have joined with Baltimore police as part of a wide-reaching effort to curb the recent violence that one expert says appears to be modeled on Los Angeles’ response to the 1992 riots.

The effort, launched on Monday, involves personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Secret Service, with two agents from each agency directly embedding with the Baltimore police department’s homicide unit, acting police commissioner Kevin Davis said on Sunday.

The collaboration, which Davis dubbed “B-Fed,” comes after two people were fatally shot in Baltimore in the first two days of August, on top of the dozens of killings that took place in the city in July.

Steve Gomez, who worked for the FBI as part of a joint task force with the Los Angeles Police Department when it launched a collaboration in the wake of the riots that followed the beating of Rodney King, said that that was “very similar to what is occurring in Baltimore.”

Gomez, now a consultant for ABC News, said Baltimore police “clearly need assistance from various agencies and now they’re going to get it.”

“Obviously, they’re overwhelmed,” he added.

Rioting in Baltimore took place after the funeral service of Freddie Gray in late April, who died from injuries he suffered while in police custody.

“It’s a snowball effect from the time that the riots began moving forward … Violence begets violence and the criminals are feeling empowered to commit more crime,” Gomez said.

One of the benefits of calling in the federal agents, Gomez said, was that in addition to using the extra resources available at the federal level, they will be able to take on more cases that may have been passed over if the extra staff weren’t on hand.

“They’ll authorize the federal agencies … basically to investigate and take in cases that normally may not meet the prosecuting threshold and that’s because of the rise in violence and the federal government along with the state of Maryland are reprioritizing and committing their agencies to take on cases that will help deal with the rise in violence in Baltimore,” he said.

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Jury Reaches Verdict About Allowing Death Penalty in Aurora Trial

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

He has already been found guilty on all 165 counts against him.

Jury in James Holmes Trial Reaches Verdict in Sentencing Phase

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — The jury in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes murder trial has reached a verdict on all counts.

The verdict will be read Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The jury reached its decision after deliberating for less than two hours.

If jurors believe the defense has outweighed the manner of the crime, Holmes would receive life in prison. If they do not, a penalty phase would continue with jurors hearing from family and friends of victims and then choosing between life in prison or the death penalty.

Last month, Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.

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Memphis Cop Killing: Suspected Gunman Added to Most Wanted List

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The man who’s at-large after being accused of killing a cop in Memphis this weekend was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List.

The suspect, 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said.

As the manhunt intensifies Monday, here is a closer look at how the incident unfolded:

THE TRAFFIC STOP:

Saturday night, Memphis police officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Bolton pulled in front of the car and shined his spotlight inside.

Bolton then went up to the car, where he engaged in a “brief struggle” with the car’s passenger, according to police.

THE SHOOTING:

The passenger, identified as Wilbourn, allegedly shot Bolton several times, police said. Wilbourn and the car’s driver fled after the shooting.

When officers responded to the scene and searched the suspect’s car, they determined “Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction,” police said.

Officers found digital scales and a bag containing 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car, police said.

The car’s driver later turned himself in, police said, and was released without charges.

THE OFFICER:

Bolton, 33, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead, police said.

Bolton had been a member of the Memphis Police Department since 2010. Bolton was also a Marine veteran who had served a tour in Iraq, police said.

“To lose a loved one or a family member is a horrific event,” Memphis police director Toney Armstrong said.

Armstrong added, “We lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member.”

THE MANHUNT:

Wilbourn is still at-large on Monday, Memphis police told ABC News.

A murder warrant has been issued for his arrest, police said.

Police said Wilbourn is out on supervised release after being sentenced to 10 years for bank robbery.

Wilbourn is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said. A $10,000 reward has been announced for his arrest.

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Mass. Researchers Identify Two Great White Sharks Close to Shore

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Wayne W.Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy(NEW YORK) — Two great white sharks were spotted off the Massachusetts coast.

The photos — shared Sunday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy — show a research boat close to one of the two sharks they were able to positively identify on July 28.

“We spotted multiple sharks on Tuesday and got enough footage of two for the scientists to ID them,” Atlantic White Shark Conservancy president Cynthia Wigren told ABC News Monday.

Some of the sharks got as close as a quarter-mile away from the shore, while others were further out, Wigren said.

Marine Fisheries Biologist John Chisholm was on board the boat, while a photographer was able to get aerial photos of the research encounter.

The conservancy is working alongside Chisholm — who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment — to complete a five-year white shark study to determine how many white sharks are in the Cape Cod area.

In 2014, the first year of the study, they were able to identify and record 68 white sharks.

Wigren said this season, 16 new sharks have been identified and three have been tagged.

“Activity so far is greater than last year, but the season doesn’t end until the end of October,” she said.

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See Aerial Photos of a Shark Encounter

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Two sharks were positively identified by researchers.

Pedro Hernandez Gets New Trial Date in Etan Patz Abduction Case

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A judge in New York set a retrial date for the man charged in the abduction and murder of a boy who was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.

Pedro Hernandez will go on trial again starting in late February after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

Eleven jurors wanted to convict Hernandez of kidnapping and killing Etan Patz in 1979, but there was a lone holdout.

“I couldn’t find enough evidence that wasn’t circumstantial to convict,” the lone juror said at the time.

There was no physical evidence, but Pedro Hernandez confessed to killing the boy.

Defense attorneys questioned whether Hernandez was mentally sound enough to confess.

Patz’ father Stan is still waiting for his family’s long ordeal to be over.

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Jury in James Holmes Trial Reaches Verdict

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — The jury in the James Holmes murder trial has reached a verdict on all counts.

The verdict will be read at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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How the Boston Yeti Spends the Summer

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

“Summer in Boston for a Yeti has its ups and downs,” it said.

See a 7-Foot Alligator Caught on a Beach

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Pawleys Island police brought in a contracted gator removal team to relocate the alligator.

Elderly Woman Finds Intruder Lying Next to Her in Bed

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

The 82-year-old initially thought it was her dog.

How the Memphis Cop Killing Unfolded

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — As the manhunt intensifies Monday for the gunman accused of killing a cop in Memphis, Tennessee, this weekend, here is a closer look at how the incident unfolded:

THE TRAFFIC STOP:

Saturday night, Memphis police officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Bolton pulled in front of the car and shined his spotlight inside.

Bolton then went up to the car, where he engaged in a “brief struggle” with the car’s passenger, according to police.

THE SHOOTING:

The passenger, identified as 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, allegedly shot Bolton several times, police said. Wilbourn and the car’s driver fled after the shooting.

When officers responded to the scene and searched the suspect’s car, they determined “Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction,” police said.

Officers found digital scales and a bag containing 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car, police said.

The car’s driver later turned himself in, police said, and was released without charges.

THE OFFICER:

Bolton, 33, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead, police said.

Bolton had been a member of the Memphis Police Department since 2010. Bolton was also a Marine veteran who had served a tour in Iraq, police said.

“To lose a loved one or a family member is a horrific event,” Memphis police director Toney Armstrong said.

Armstrong added, “We lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member.”

THE MANHUNT:

Wilbourn is still at-large on Monday, Memphis police told ABC News.

A murder warrant has been issued for his arrest, police said.

Police said Wilbourn is out on supervised release after being sentenced to 10 years for bank robbery.

Wilbourn is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said. A $10,000 reward has been announced for his arrest.

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9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

A 9-year-old bat boy for a Kansas baseball team died Sunday, one day after he was accidentally struck by a bat during a game.

Baltimore Police Teaming with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Spike in Violence

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Police in Baltimore announced that they are collaborating with a number of federal law enforcement partners to help quell a surge in violence the city has seen in recent weeks.

The Baltimore Police Department will work with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals and the Secret Service, starting Monday. Each agency will send a pair of full-time special agents to be embedded in the BPD’s homicide unit.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 10 people were shot — including seven in one incident — overnight Saturday into Sunday.

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Port Authority Investigating Drone Incident Near New York’s JFK Airport

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Stockbyte/Thinkstock Images(NEW YORK) — New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport was the site of another drone incident on Sunday evening.

A Shuttle America flight from Richmond, Va. was coming in for a landing when the pilot spotted a drone off to the left of his plane. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was made aware of the incident and is investigating.

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a campaign following a distressing number of drone incidents, warning drone users to stay away from airports.

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Suspect Identified in Memphis Cop Killing

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Officer Sean Bolton was killed during a traffic stop, police say.

At Least One Killed When Wind ‘Uprooted’ Tent at Festival near Chicago

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(WOOD DALE, Ill.) — At least one person was killed when a tent was uprooted at a festival today in the Chicago suburb of Wood Dale.

“Hail and extremely high winds uprooted a large tent” at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest Sunday afternoon, according to the Wood Dale Police Department Facebook page.

One person was killed and 15 people were hospitalized, police said.

The police called it a “tragic accident” and said the incident is under investigation.

“Our most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by today’s event,” the police wrote.

Sunday was the last day of the four-day festival, which includes live music, a carnival and fireworks, according to the city.

Police said the rest of Prairie Fest has been cancelled.

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5 Stories You May Have Missed This Weekend

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Biden’s 2016 plans; explosions at 2 churches; a father reunites with his son.

Photos: 2015 Pacific Northwest Corgi Picnic

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Over 150 owners and corgis came out to the 2015 Pacific Northwest Corgi Picnic.

FBI Investigating Small Explosions at 2 New Mexico Churches

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

No injuries were reported.

Memphis Cop Killing: Person of Interest in Custody

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Officer Sean Bolton was killed during a traffic stop.

Two Explosive Devices Detonate Outside Churches in New Mexico

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) — Two explosive devices were detonated on Sunday morning at two churches.

ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV reports that the explosions happened within minutes of each other with one of them happening in a mailbox at Calgary Baptism Church.

The other explosion occurred in a trash bin outside the Holy Cross Church, according to authorities.
No injuries were reported.

Both the FBI and the Las Cruces Police Department will investigate.

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Bat Boy, 9, Critically Injured After Being Struck by Bat

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Kaiser was wearing a helmet.