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Atlanta Man Turns the Tables on an Attempted Carjacker

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — “You went to bed and woke up stupid this morning, huh?”

That’s what Hashim Fannin said as a would-be carjacker lay flat on the ground with his hands up, a gun pointed squarely to his back.

Fannin said he was pulling into a parking spot at the Family Dollar in northwest Atlanta earlier this month when Edgar Horn, 61, slid into his passenger seat and allegedly said, “You know what this is.”

That’s when Fannin pulled out a small handgun and “asked him to get out of the car, probably not in those exact words,” Fannin recounted.

When police arrived, cell phone video showed Fannin waving police over, then calmly dropping his weapon. One officer even extends a hand in gratitude before tending to the hapless criminal.

“Honestly, I look at it like this. That is one less guy I got to worry about bothering my mom when she’s out grocery shopping,” Fannin told ABC affiliate WSB.

Horn was arrested for attempted robbery and entering an automobile, according to a police report.

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DC Mansion Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody

Metropolitan Police Department(NEW YORK) — Daron Dylon Wint, the man suspected in a quadruple murder at a Washington, D.C. mansion, was taken into custody Thursday night, police sources said.

Wint, 34, was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the murders after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been delivered to the house, authorities said.

Savvas Savopoulos and his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Phillip, and longtime housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa were found dead May 14.

Authorities have not ruled out more than one person being involved in the crime.

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DC Mansion Fire Suspect: ‘No Reason to Believe’ He Is in New York City, Police Say

Metropolitan Police Department(NEW YORK) — New York City police told ABC News that they have “no reason to believe” that quadruple murder suspect Daron Wint is in New York Thursday evening, even though that was widely believed to be the case earlier in the day.

Police have not been able to confirm that Wint, who was named as the suspect in the attack on a family in their Washington, D.C., mansion last week, was ever in New York City despite his girlfriend’s claims that he stayed at her apartment Wednesday night.

The girlfriend, whose name has not been publicly released, said that he might have come up to New York via bus after last Thursday’s murders but police sources told ABC News that they are “not confident” that’s accurate.

The girlfriend met with investigators on Thursday and told them that she was under the impression that Wint would be turning himself in, but police have no indication that will be happening. She is not a suspect in the case and does not face any charges, police said.

Wint was named by D.C.’s Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the yet-unsolved murders after they discovered his DNA at the scene, left on an uneaten pizza crust, authorities said.

D.C. Police Commissioner Cathy Lanier said Thursday morning that Wint was in Brooklyn at that time and law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News that the U.S. Marshals are working the case in New York and in D.C. through fugitive task forces that include investigators from dozens of law enforcement agencies.

Wint grew up in Guyana and moved to the United States in 2000. A Marine Corps source told ABC News that Wint went through their boot camp on a South Carolina base for two months in 2001 but he never graduated from the program, meaning that he was never a Marine and is qualified as a Marine recruit. The reason why he did not graduate was not released.

Lanier said that the investigation has determined that the attack which left four dead including a 10-year-old boy does not appear to be random.

“We do believe there is a connection between the suspect in this case through the business” of the male victim, Savvas Savopoulos, Lanier said.

Wint is believed to have previously worked at American Ironworks, the company which Savopoulos was CEO, she said.

Wint has previously been charged with second degree assault four times and one fourth degree sexual offense, all in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Three of the assault charges and the sexual offense charge were dropped but he was found guilty of second degree assault in March 2009.

NYPD detective bureaus in each precinct have been alerted to the possibility the suspect may be in New York or the surrounding areas.

Police do not know about any car that Wint may be using, but Lanier suggested that Wint may have traveled from the D.C. area to New York via bus.

Police urged anyone who sees Wint to call police and to treat him as armed and dangerous.

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Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Officers in Freddie Gray’s Death

Courtesy Murphy, Falcon & Murphy(BALTIMORE) — Three weeks after Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced initial charges against the six police officers involved in the controversial arrest of Freddie Gray, a grand jury has now indicted all six officers.

“As our investigation has continued, additional information has been discovered, and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, announced Thursday afternoon.

The grand jury returned the indictments earlier in the day after hearing evidence from prosecutors for two weeks, Mosby said.

The charges outlined in the indictment are nearly identical to charges announced earlier this month — though the grand jury added “reckless endangerment” charges and dropped false imprisonment charges against some of the officers.

Gray, 25, died last month after suffering a spinal injury during an arrest and subsequent van transport, during which he was handcuffed but unsecured. The incident sparked violent protests and a federal civil rights probe into the entire Baltimore Police Department over whether officers engage in a “pattern or practice” of discriminatory policing.

According to Mosby, the specific charges in the indictments are:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. (van driver)

Second-degree depraved heart murder; involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; manslaughter by vehicle and gross negligence; manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.

Officer William Porter

Involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.

Lt. Brian Rice

Involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner and an illegal arrest; reckless endangerment.

Officer Edward Nero

Second-degree intentional assault; misconduct in office for an illegal arrest; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.

Officer Garrett Miller

Second-degree intentional assault; misconduct in office for an illegal arrest; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.

Sgt. Alicia White

Involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; misconduct in office for failure to perform a duty regarding safety of a prisoner; reckless endangerment.

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Omaha Police Officer Killed Just Hours Before Maternity Leave

aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — An Omaha police officer was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon while trying to serve a felony warrant to a suspect, according to the Omaha Police Department.

Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was scheduled to go on maternity leave Thursday to take care of her daughter, Olivia Ruth, born premature in February, according to authorities. Orozco was a 7-year veteran of the department and had worked in the North Gang Suppression Squad since 2012.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmanderer said Orozco and other officers were in pursuit of 26-year-old Marcus D. Wheeler when Wheeler began shooting at police. Police returned gunfire, hitting Wheeler. Orozco and Wheeler were both pronounced dead at Creighton University Medical Center soon after the 1 p.m. shooting, according to Schmanderer at a news conference.

Authorities said Wheeler was a gang member and convicted felon. He had a felony warrant for first-degree assault from a previous shooting in 2014.

“Officer Kerrie Orozco gave her life for all of us in her service to the Omaha Police Department,” said Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in a statement. “She will be missed and remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter and dedicated officer.”

The mayor’s office announced on Thursday that flags will be at half-mast through Memorial Day to honor Officer Orozco.

“She was a friend, a popular officer,” Schmaderer said. “I just can’t even imagine that this has happened. The city of Omaha owes her and her family a debt of gratitude.”

Schmanderer said Orozco was very involved with the community and was a Girl Scout mentor, a baseball coach for the Omaha Boys and Girls Club and the president of the Police Officer’s Ball.

The Omaha community is rallying to raise money for Orozco’s husband, two step-children and her newborn daughter.

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Police Officers Involved in Freddie Gray Death Indicted by Grand Jury

Courtesy Murphy, Falcon & Murphy(BALTIMORE) — All six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday afternoon.

Arraignments have been scheduled for July 2.

This is a developing story.

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Capitol Hill Gyrocopter Pilot Douglas Hughes Pleads Not Guilty

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Douglas Hughes, the pilot and activist who shocked the country when he landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last month entered a not guilty plea in court on Thursday to all six charges pending against him, including two felonies.

The charges range from piloting without proper license to violating national defense airspace.

The judge lifted home detention, allowing him to travel within his home county of Hillsborough County, Florida. He will retain his ankle bracelet with GPS to track him. In addition, he may not be in Washington, except for court appearances and meeting with his lawyer. He also may not operate an aircraft and must stay away from the White House and Capitol.

Hughes was supported in the courtroom by several activists sympathetic to his call to get money out of politics.

Hughes told reporters outside, “I accept the consequences of what I did, because I believe it is critical that we return our democracy to the people.”

Both Hughes and his lawyer referred to the landing as “civil disobedience.”

He said he is not eager for jail time and would consider a plea.

“I will never do anything like this again,” he said. “But I would not do anything different.”

Hughes was presented with a stamp featuring his photo by activists from the group Code Pink whose representatives call Hughes “an American hero.”

He is next due in court at on May 27 for a status hearing.

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Colorado Town on Edge as Authorities Consider Serial Shooter Angle

ABC News(WINDSOR, Colo.) — The FBI has joined a probe into whether a possible serial shooter is on the loose in rural Colorado after a man was fatally shot while biking on a stretch of road recently.

John Jacoby, 48, was found dead near his bike Monday in Windsor, Colorado. Local authorities, who have since called in agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said it is the first homicide in Windsor in eight years.

Residents said Jacoby, reportedly a part-time parks worker and grocery store bagger who walked or rode his bike everywhere, was known by many people and loved by all.

A memorial was erected where his body was found. Investigators say they are now looking into whether Jacoby’s slaying is linked to a mysterious shooting on a nearby highway in April.

On April 22, Cori Romero, 20, was shot in the neck while driving along Interstate 25 near Fort Collins, Colorado. Romero said initially she didn’t think she’d been shot. She thought that her window had been shattered by an unknown object and that glass had punctured her skin.

“You don’t really think that something like that would happen to you, just driving home from work,” Romero said.

Investigators are now concerned that the two cases could be linked. In recent weeks, several other cars, including a sheriff’s jail van, also have had windows blown out. It wasn’t clear whether gunfire was the cause. The news has residents on edge, though.

“I think obviously people are going to be concerned when they hear of something like this, especially with two incidents within a relatively close proximity to each other,” said David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County sheriff.

The Pelican Fest Triathlon that was originally scheduled for the weekend in Windsor has been canceled. The organizer posted on Facebook that it was not comfortable with the potential risk. Meanwhile, there are heightened patrols on the interstate and investigators are hoping for a break.

“It would be extremely helpful if we could get a citizen to come forward,” Moore said.

Police say they have no suspects.

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Flooding, Storms to Threaten Central US over Memorial Day Weekend

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off the barbecue and replace coats with bathing suits. Memorial Day weekend is finally here, the unofficial start of summer.

Warm sunshine is expected on both coasts, which is great news for the beaches, but that isn’t the case for the plain states, the Midwest and central parts of the country.

The East Coast will see temperatures climb throughout the weekend from Florida to New Jersey.

By Monday, some spots could reach the mid- to upper-80s in the Mid-Atlantic states. New England will be a bit milder, with highs topping out in the 60s and 70s. Dry weather is on tap for much of the coast, with a bright mix of sun and clouds — great beach weather.

Out West, more sunshine and warm temperatures, especially for Southern California and the Southwest. The Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies could see some wet weather throughout the weekend. Scattered showers with mostly cloudy skies are expected with cooler temperatures in the 60s.

The main trouble area for the weekend is across the plain states and the Midwest, where scattered thunderstorms, some severe, will threaten the area each day of the holiday weekend, and could put a damper on any outdoor activities. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible from the Southern Plains to the Midwest, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours from Saturday through Monday.

A bigger concern with these storms will be the potential for significant flooding over the weekend, especially in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Texas was in an exceptional drought the past 3 to 5 years, and with these recent rains this month they are finally seeing some relief. But all of this rain so fast is causing dangerous flash flooding.

In Oklahoma City, they’ve already received nearly 14 inches this month, and with more rain on the way, May 2015 will likely go down as the wettest month on record there.

From Texas to Oklahoma, flash flood watches are posted through the holiday weekend for an additional three to six inches of rain. On top of already saturated ground, this could become a life-threatening flood situation, and anyone with outdoor plans should pay attention to severe and flash flood warnings in their area.

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Rogue Wave Slams Whale Watching Boat, Injuring Eight Students

Obtained by ABC News(CAPE COD, Mass.) — A rogue wave slammed into a boat carrying students on a whale watching trip off of Massachusetts Wednesday, sending eight to the hospital.

The boat — the Captain John & Son II — was carrying 112 people, all part of a high school group from New York, when it was struck by a wave, according to ABC-affiliated station WCVB-TV. The students on the 76-foot boat were whale watching off of Cape Cod.

“Everyone went sliding down because no one was holding on,” student Marisa Kehley said. “I was terrified. I didn’t think that waves that big could hit a boat.”

The wave, as high as eight feet, combined with 20-knot winds to create conditions so rough that some of the passengers on board the boat passed out.

Emergency crews were waiting when the boat reached the dock, and eight people were taken to an area hospital, many of them suffering cuts and bruises. All of the students were later released from the hospital.

The situation had some students fearful of going back on the water.

“I never want to go on another whale watch again,” Kehley said. “I didn’t think that the ocean was going to be that bad.”

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