Pilot Sentenced for Groping Teenage Girl on Flight

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Off-duty pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl while he was passenger on a flight to Utah

AP NewsAlert

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Prosecutors’ key witness takes stand at corruption trial for former Virginia governor, wife

Settlements in 4 New York Wrong-Way Crash Lawsuits

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Settlements reached in 4 lawsuits stemming from deadly wrong-way crash on New York parkway

‘Shrimp Boy’ Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering

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‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty to new racketeering charge in San Francisco Chinatown probe

Prosecutors Rest Case in ‘Porch Shooting’ Trial

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The prosecution rested its case today in the murder trial of a suburban Detroit man who is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.

Prosecution Rests Its Case in ‘Porch Shooting’ Trial

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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.”

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Oversight Official: Prison Food Problems Are Real

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Ohio prisons oversight official says concerns about private prison food vendor are real

46 Charges for Man Accused in Wild Car-Theft Chase

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Man accused in wild car-theft, hijacking spree west of Denver last week charged with 46 crimes

Crystal CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

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Corn syrup marketers: American Crystal Sugar CEO would be good witness in sweetener lawsuit

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Federal Refuge Closures

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Federal judge dismisses Alaska’s lawsuit over refuge closure during government shutdown

Warren Jeffs’ Mansion Becomes Bed and Breakfast

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Warren Jeffs probably wishes he was sleeping here.

Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week

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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.          

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Woman’s Quest to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill

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As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to pay her overdue bill: PETA.

Police: Boy, 8, Shot and Killed in Detroit

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Police: Boy, 8, dies after being shot in bed by bullet that pierced wall of Detroit home

Son Says NC-Based Missionary Fighting Ebola

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Son says North Carolina-based missionary fighting Ebola in Liberia, still in isolation

Man Drives Camaro off Bridge; Drag Race Tie Probed

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Man drives Camaro off New York bridge to his death; police investigate any tie to drag racing

As Fed Meets, Key Issues Likely to Stay Unanswered

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Fed widely expected to make sixth reduction in bond purchases at this week’s meeting

Fence Aims to Curb George Washington Bridge Jumps

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Fence planned to curb suicides on George Washington Bridge as deaths there near record level

Officer Stops Driver for Speeding, Saves His Life

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Officer pulls over 86-year-old driver for speeding, saves his life after apparent heart attack

5 Things to Know This Morning: Campus Flooded

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Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

Fla. Baby Survives After Being Left in Hot Minivan

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2-month-old baby girl survives after being left by mom inside minivan near Orlando

Bribery Case Kicks off Vs. Utah Attorneys General

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Complex bribery case kicks off vs. ex-Utah attorneys general accused of accepting lavish gifts

LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus

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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.”

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PG&E Charged With Obstruction Over San Bruno Blast

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Pacific Gas & Electric charged with obstruction in connection with fatal San Bruno explosion

Parents: Didn’t Suspect Kidnapped Boy’s Aunt

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Parents of newborn kidnapped in Wisconsin testify they initially didn’t suspect boy’s aunt

Pilot Who Crashed on Beach ‘Never Saw’ Victims Below

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Karl Kokomoor expresses remorse after plane kills two during emergency landing.

Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach ‘Never Saw’ Victims Below

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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.

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Searchers Find Bodies of Arkansas Man, Infant Son

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Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son; boy’s mother jailed on endangerment charge

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Tennessee Tornado Helps Bust Neighborly Thief, Police Charge

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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.

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