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2 Virginia Tech Students Arrested After Cops Recover Body of Missing Teen

Blacksburg Police Department(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — One Virginia Tech student has been charged with murder and abduction in the killing of a 13-year-old girl, and a second student has been charged with helping him get rid of the girl’s body, police said Sunday.

Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, Virginia — where Virginia Tech is located — went missing Jan. 27, the Blacksburg Police Department said. Her body was found on Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina, which is near the Virginia border, police said.

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, 18, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and one felony count of abduction, police said.

Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, 19, was also arrested and charged with one felony count of improper disposal of a dead body and one misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony, police announced Sunday.

The police said investigators looking into Nicole’s disappearance were led to Eisenhauer Friday night. Eisenhauer was first charged on Saturday with one felony count of abduction, police said. Then after Nicole’s body was found Saturday afternoon, he was also charged with murder, police said.

Keepers, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested this morning, said police.

Eisenhauer and Nicole “were acquainted prior to her disappearance,” police said today. “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her. Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole’s body.”

Eisenhauer and Keepers are both being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail in Virginia, police said.

Nicole’s remains are at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke, Virginia, for autopsy and examination, police said.

The investigation into Nicole’s abduction and death are ongoing, police said Sunday.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Eisenhauer, who is from Columbia, Maryland, ran cross country at Virginia Tech. In 2015, he was named the Howard County, Maryalnd, indoor track Athlete of the Year, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in an open letter Saturday, “Speaking on behalf of our community, let me say that our hearts go out to Nicole’s family and friends. As a father, as well as Virginia Tech’s president, I want to reassure you that our community is supportive and resilient.”

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Iowa Activists Encourage Latinos to Caucus

ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Christian Ucles has been working hard to get out the vote in Iowa — but not just any vote.

Ucles is a part of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. And from door-knocking to mock caucus trainings, this year the organization is doing everything it can to get Latinos to caucus.

“People may understand the importance of voting but they may not know how to vote, they may not know the caucus process,” Ucles said.

Latinos make up just 6 percent of the total population in Iowa, but LULAC estimates that accounts for about 70,000 potential caucus-goers. Only about 90,000 voters participated in the Republican caucuses last cycle. LULAC said it hopes Latinos will make up 10 percent of the total turnout when the caucuses are held Monday.

“Latinos in Iowa are an unknown commodity,” Ucles said.

It’s a non-partisan effort. LULAC says its only goal is to make sure Latinos understand how the caucus process works. Many of the first-time caucus-goers that attended a mock-caucus training in early January, for instance, said they have no one in their families to show them the ropes.

“I guess it’s not something they’re used to,” first-time caucus-goer Jennifer Chavez said of her parents. “[My mom] doesn’t know that much English, so sometimes that’s like a barrier so she doesn’t want to go to these events and feel weird or left out.”

Ucles said campaigns that aren’t making much of an effort with Iowa Latinos may pay the price on caucus day, and beyond.

“If you’re not doing well here in Iowa with a small population, with a very small election, how are you going to be doing with 60 million Latinos that are going to be voting in the general election?” he said.

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Children Mourn Beloved Elementary School Principal Who Saved Students in Bus Crash

ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) — More than 1,000 mourners, including children, gathered for the funeral of a beloved Indiana elementary school principal who died after jumping in front of a bus to protect young students.

Susan Jordan, the longtime principal at Amy Beverland Elementary School, died Tuesday after being hit when a bus lurched onto the curb outside of the school, authorities said. Two 10-year-old students were also hit, and they were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The bus driver said that she saw Jordan push students out of the way before being hit, Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Teith told ABC News.

Among the mourners at Jordan’s funeral Saturday were small children, including at least one of the students Jordan helped save, according to ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis.

“What she did that afternoon was a heroic act, but Tuesday didn’t make principal Jordan a hero,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said according to WRTV. “She had been a hero long before Tuesday.”

Jordan’s daughter, Lisa Jankowski said, “My mom had a lot of favorite sayings or life lessons, as my beautiful sister would say, and one of them was this: A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Indianapolis Police Sgt. Kendale Adams told ABC News Sunday that the crash appeared to be an accident.

No charges have been filed against the bus driver, Adams said, adding that he doesn’t expect there to be any charges, but that is ultimately up to the prosecutor’s office.

The investigation is ongoing, Adams said. Police are awaiting toxicology exam results, but Adams said “there is no early indications of alcohol use.”

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‘Fireball Meteor’ Caught on Camera in Virginia and Ohio

Adrian Burns/YouTube(LANCASTER, Ohio) — A number of witnesses across the Northeast U.S. observed a fireball, otherwise known as a very bright meteor, flying through the sky at approximately 6:16 p.m. Saturday evening.

Alex Salvador was driving in Falls Church, Virginia, when he spotted the fireball and was able capture it on his dashcam.

“Startling. Even unnerving, maybe,” Salvador told ABC News of the sighting. “It seemed close, big, and definitely on fire with a tail.”

Adrian Burns got video footage of the fireball while driving in Lancaster, Ohio.

Many people flocked to the American Meteor Society website to report their sightings and observations. Observers described the fireball as having colorful fragments and looking like it “fell apart or exploded.”

It’s not surprising that witnesses were able to clearly spot the fireball, since according to the AMS, a fireball is brighter than the planet Venus.

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Video of Soldier Buying Meals for Two Kids Goes Viral

Courtesy Lt. Col. Robert Risdon(MOBILE, Ala.) — A soldier whose random act of kindness is going viral says that he just did what he “was raised to do.”

Lt. Col. Robert Risdon was returning to Columbus, Georgia, from Mobile, Alabama, with his friend on Tuesday when they decided to stop at a Taco Bell in Greenville, Alabama, for some food.

Risdon noticed two young boys, a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old, walk into the restaurant with a box of “homemade baked goods” that they were trying to sell. The two boys asked Risdon if he would like to purchase one of their treats, but Risdon did not have any cash on him. That’s when he decided to treat the boys to dinner instead.

Risdon, who described the two brothers as “great kids” and “super respectful,” told ABC News that he asked the boys if they were hungry, and after the boys said “yes,” he offered to buy them dinner from the menu.

“It seemed like a very small gesture I could do for two kids that were trying to make some money in the rain on a school night,” said Risdon, who is currently stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. “So, absolutely it was my duty to at least get them something to eat.”

After Risdon bought the boys dinner, he said the younger boy told him, “you know, I want to be just like you some day.”

The boy then saluted the lieutenant with his left hand, and Risdon helped him and his brother learn the correct way to salute, which is “always with the right arm.”

Risdon’s friend, Jason Gibson, caught part of Risdon’s random act of kindness on camera, and posted the video to his Facebook page later that night. The video has now been viewed over 200,000 times on Facebook, and has been shared over 5,000 times.

Risdon said that he is “blown away” by how far the news of his good deed has spread. He revealed that in the three days since the video was posted, he has received supportive messages from people from all over the world.

Risdon humbly insisted that his kind gesture “did not merit” as much attention as it’s currently receiving, and admitted that he is “a little embarrassed by all the exposure.”

As for the two young boys, Risdon said that the brothers are “two good kids and they’ve got good hearts,” and had only one piece of advice for the boys.

“When you’re older and you’re in a position to help someone out — don’t pass it up,” Risdon said.

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One Dead, Numerous Others Injured in Shooting, Stabbing at Motorcycle Expo

Denver Police Dept(DENVER) — Police in Denver responded to reports of multiple shootings and a stabbing at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo.

Denver police said one person was shot and killed. Three others were shot and one person was stabbed. Three had “lesser injuries,” according to police.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said the incident started as a fistfight involving two “motorcycle clubs” that escalated.

Police said Saturday they had made no arrests but were interviewing several witnesses.

The Colorado Motorcycle Expo will be closed Sunday.

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One Dead, Numerous Others Injured in Shooting, Stabbing at Denver Coliseum, Police Say

Denver Police Dept(NEW YORK) — Police in Denver are responding to reports of multiple shootings and a stabbing at the Denver Coliseum during a stock show.

The incident happened at the National Western Stock Show.

One person is dead and “numerous others” are injured, the Denver Police said Saturday afternoon.

This story is developing…

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Escaped California Inmates in Police Custody, Sheriff Says

OCSD(NEW YORK) — The last two of three inmates who escaped a maximum-security California jail are back in custody, the Ocean County sheriff announced Saturday.

The first escapee, Bac Duong turned himself in on Friday.

The three inmates were last seen on January 22 in a holding area, police said. The inmates’ escape wasn’t confirmed until 16 hours later, giving them a lengthy head start on authorities searching for them.

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Handguns, Badge Stolen From FBI Vehicle in Sacramento

Ruskpp/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — The Sacramento division of the FBI is trying to find those who stole several handguns and a badge from an agency vehicle Friday.

In a statement, the FBI said the items were stolen early Friday morning from a vehicle that was parked in a residential neighborhood in Benicia, California. The stolen items include three handguns, an FBI badge and credentials.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the thieves, said the agency.

The FBI also said it was working with the Benicia Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other local law enforcement agencies in the matter.

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