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Hours-long standoff with suspect in fatal shooting of trooper

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Del.) — Delaware police came under fire Thursday morning again as they engaged in an active standoff with the suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a state trooper.

Various police agencies have surrounded the evacuated area in Middletown where the suspect has barricaded himself in his home on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development, authorities said.

The armed suspect, who is believed to be inside the residence alone, fired more rounds on authorities Thursday around 4 a.m. ET, according to the Delaware State Police.

There were no reported injuries.

Authorities have managed to breach numerous windows with explosives but have not yet entered the residence. Officers are attempting to make contact with the suspect and are continuing to attempt to persuade him to surrender, state police said.

The ongoing standoff stems from Wednesday’s shooting that claimed the life of Cpl. Stephen Ballard, an eight-year veteran of the Delaware State Police.

Around 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Ballard observed a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store in Bear, Delaware. When the trooper made contact with its occupants, a struggle ensued, state police said.

One of the two unnamed suspects then exited the vehicle and fired several rounds at the trooper, striking him. Ballard, 32, was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries, according to state police.

The investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.

One of the suspects was taken into custody without incident. The second suspect fled on foot before additional troopers arrived and has since barricaded himself in his home, state police said.

The suspect has refused orders to surrender while continuing to fire at police officers.

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Boy, 11, stabs home intruder in mom’s defense

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — An 11-year-old Bronx, New York boy on Tuesday stabbed a home intruder who he said was violently attacking his mother, according to police.

The unidentified child stabbed Brian Febus, 22, twice in the back after the man reportedly kicked down the family’s apartment door and attacked his mother, ABC affiliate WABC-TV reported on Tuesday, citing police sources.

Febus, who’s had 14 prior arrests, according to court records, was later arrested on assault and burglary charges in connection with the incident.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, described the incident as “really nasty.”

“What I know is an unfortunate thing happened to a good person in front of a child that’s too young to even have been in this situation,” the neighbor told WABC. “It was really nasty.”

Febus allegedly broke down the door at around 5 p.m. local time after the boy’s 32-year-old mother refused to let him in, according to the WABC report.

Febus then allegedly entered the home and punched the woman multiple times, according to the report. Police said it was not immediately clear as to why the man targeted the mother of two, who also has a 4-year old child.

The 11-year-old reportedly dialed 911 to report a “robber in the house” and stabbed the man in an effort to fend him off, according to police. The attacker fled the scene, but he was later apprehended at a nearby hospital.

The man claimed he sustained the stab wounds during a fight on the street, police said.

The boy and his mother were both taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, according to the report. The child had scratches on his arm and his mother was treated for a bloody lip and cuts on her arm.

“It’s unfortunate an 11-year-old had to do that but I’m just glad she wasn’t more severely injured,” another neighbor, Kim Williams, told WABC.

“If you defend your mother you are a hero,” another neighbor, who was not identified, said.

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What you need to know about flying with pets in the cargo hold

Mike Watson Images/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The death of giant rabbit after a United flight from London to Chicago has shined a spotlight on the safety of pets flying in cargo holds.

Traveling with pets often proves to be a challenging and stressful experience for both humans and their companions. A number of U.S. airlines — including American, Delta and United — offer customers the option to check their pets on a plane, but in the interest of safety, there are a number of boxes the humans must check before booking their furry friends a spot in the cargo hold.

Flying animals on U.S. commercial airliners is generally safe. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported less than one incident per 10,000 animals transported via air in 2016. DOT defines an incident as the injury, death or loss of an animal during air transportation. For the purpose of these statistics, DOT defines an “animal” as any pet in a U.S. family household or any dog or cat shipped as part of a commercial shipment on a scheduled passenger flight.

The rabbit survived the trip, according to the airline, but died sometime after being unloaded from the plane. The airline offered to conduct a necropsy but the owner declined. The cause of death is unclear. United said in a statement that it was “saddened” by the news and is reviewing the incident.

The Animal Welfare Act, first signed into law in 1966 and amended at least eight times since, enforced by the Department of Agriculture, dictates the rules the owner and the airlines must respect.

Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old, and those younger than 16 weeks traveling for more than 12 hours must be provided food and water. Older animals must be fed at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours, and they must be accompanied by written instructions on how to do so. Rules from the Department of Agriculture also protect animals from being shipped in harmful temperatures.

Along with a veterinarian’s stamp of approval for the pet’s health, airlines generally require owners to give the pet a kennel large enough for it to stand, turn, sit and lie down in a natural position. Additionally, the kennel must have good ventilation and food and watering dishes.

The strength of the kennel is also critical, as an animal getting loose in the cargo hold could be dangerous, according to DOT.

Animals always fly in pressurized and climate-controlled sections of the cargo hold and are usually kept in designated animal care facilities at major airports, according to DOT.

Airlines typically employ or contract specialists to handle the animals on each end of the flight, including loading the animals last and removing them first from the airplane.

Federal data indicates United Airlines has the most incidents with animals between 2012 and 2016, with 90 incidents. Alaska Airlines had the second most with 61 incidents. In 2016, United’s incident rate was 2.11 per 10,000 animals transported. Alaska’s was 0.27 per 10,000. American and Delta reported a rate of 0.62 and 1.23, respectively.

A spokesperson for DOT did not answer ABC News’ request for more data prior to 2016 or whether the reporting method has changed since 2012.

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Delaware state trooper dies after being shot in convenience store parking lot

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(BEAR, Del.) — A Delaware state trooper has died after he was shot in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store, according to Delaware State Police.

At around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the trooper had observed a vehicle in the parking lot, and when he made contact with its occupants, a struggle ensued, police said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

One of the two suspects then exited the vehicle and fired several rounds at the trooper, striking him, police said. The trooper was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.

One of the suspects was taken into custody without incident, police said. The second suspect fled on foot before additional troopers arrived.

That suspect has since barricaded himself in his home on St. Michaels Drive in the Brick Mill Farm development, firing rounds at police officers, a spokesperson for the Delaware State Police told reporters. The suspect has refused orders to surrender while continuing to fire at police officers, the spokesperson said.

Hostage negotiators are on the scene trying to get information from the suspect and obtain a “peaceful resolution,” police said. The suspect’s family is not home at this time.

Police know who the suspect is but have not yet released his identity, the spokesperson said. It is not clear what kind of firearm the suspect was using to shoot at police.

Several residents in the area have been evacuated due to the gunfire. The Appoquinimink School District in the Middletown, Delaware, area was on lockdown amid the search for the suspect, police said.

The investigation is in its early stages and the exact circumstance of the shooting is unknown.

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State trooper shot in Delaware, schools on lockdown

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(BEAR, Del.) — A state trooper was shot in the parking lot of a Wawa in Delaware and schools in the area were put on lockdown as cops searched for the suspect or suspects, Delaware State Police said.

The officer’s condition was not clear after the shooting on Pulaski Highway in Bear, Delaware.

Police said that the Appoquinimink School District in the Middletown, Delaware area are on lockdown amid the search for the suspect.

The investigation was in the early stages and the exact circumstance of the shooting is unknown.

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Baby celebrates firefighter mom, police officer dad in photo shoot

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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A baby has celebrated his parents in an adorable photo session by honoring their civil service professions.

Enzo Anthony Crnolic, 1 month, was captured posing with his mom’s firefighter hat and dad’s policeman cap. Both of Enzo’s parents serve in Jacksonville, Florida.

“It means a lot knowing that we’re both public servants, and I wanted to do a photo that included both him as a police officer and me as a firefighter,” said mom Caroline Crnolic, 27, a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. “We keep saying Enzo’s famous now.”

The photos were shot by EP Photography when Enzo was 9 days old, but were shared on Tuesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, where dad Mirza Crnolic has served for nine years.

“I love it,” Crnolic, 31, told ABC News of the photo shoot. “It represents both our careers and hopefully he’ll choose the best one of those two.”

Enzo also posed with his parents, who were both dressed in uniform, and inside his mother’s firefighter helmet.

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Trump slams ‘massive federal land grab,’ calls for review of national monuments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order calling for a review of lands designated as national monuments, saying the practice had turned into a “massive federal land grab.”

The review will focus on millions of acres of land that have been designated as national monuments.

He criticized the previous administration’s decision to put “over 265 million acres … under federal control through the abuse of the monuments designation.”

“The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water,” he said, citing the 1906 law that authorizes presidents to declare land as a federal monument that then restricts its use.

He added that it was “time to end this abusive practice” that he said has “gotten worse and worse.”

The executive order was a step “to end another egregious abuse of federal power and to give that power back to the states and to the people where it belongs,” Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, said during a brief ceremony.

Trump also praised the work of the Department of the Interior, saying they appreciate “the splendor and the beauty of America’s natural resources.”

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Boston overrun by wild turkeys

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The capital of Massachusetts is under attackby turkeys.

The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, or MassWildlife, issued a notice urging citizens to be vigilant in the event of a turkey attack.

Officials from MassWildlife said, “March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys, which means some turkeys may be seen acting aggressively or completely ignoring the presence of people. Males will puff out their feathers, fan their tails, and ‘strut their stuff.’”

The best way to scare off a wild turkey, they said, is to make loud noises. You can also spray the birds with a hose. Dogs may also be “an effective deterrent.”

Wild turkeys have been spotted in and around the city. On April 6, two turkeys crossed six lanes of traffic on I-95 during rush hour, forcing cars to swerve around them.

MassWildlife said the birds are relentless and should be avoided: “Turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people that they view as subordinates. And this behavior is observed most often during breeding season.”

The birds have charged people in acts of aggression in the neighborhood of Brookline and terrorized residents in Foxborough, where the Patriots play.

Luckily for some, breeding season makes for good hunting. Licensed wild turkey hunting is permitted in the spring and fall, with spring season running from Monday, April 24, to May 20.

Jack Buckley, director of MassWildlife, said, “We want to make both hunters and potential hunters aware of Wild Turkey Hunting Season because it is a great recreational activity for individuals and families.”

Not so much for the turkeys.

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NTSB investigating small plane that crashed into Texas pond

KTRK-TV(HUNTSVILLE, Texas) — The NTSB is investigating a small plane crash in Texas on Tuesday.

The Cessna 421 crashed into a small pond in Huntsville around 10:38 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Sgt. Eric Burse told ABC News. The plane was departing Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, but it is unclear where it was headed to, Burse said.

The body of the pilot has been recovered, according to ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.

Witnesses told authorities that the plane was on fire when it struck some trees before crashing into the pond, near FM 980.

Chopper footage from KTRK-TV showed the downed trees as well as several first responders, which included the Huntsville Fire Department as well as a search-and-rescue team.

Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

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Florida sheriff’s deputies pull suspect from burning car after pursuit

Marion County Sherrifs Office(SUMMERFIELD, Fla.) — Sheriff’s deputies in Central Florida said they pulled a suspect from a burning car after the man led them on a pursuit.

Dash cam video from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office shows four sheriff’s deputies as they extract the man from an overturned van and extinguish the fire.

On Sunday, deputies received a tip that a man known by the alias “Gold Teeth” was en route in a white Dodge van to rob a home in Summerfield, Florida, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Deputies searching the area located a van matching the description at a convenience store and attempted a traffic stop when the driver, identified as 28-year-old Scott Michael Beekman, left the location, the sheriff’s office said.

Beekman led officers on a pursuit while “driving recklessly and endangering other motorists in the east and west bound lanes,” the sheriff’s office said in the post. Another motorist attempted to block the westbound lane with his vehicle, but Beekman was able to avoid him.

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During the pursuit, Beekman swerved abruptly on Southeast Highway 467 before he struck a stop sign and a tree, police said. Beekman was trapped on the driver’s side when the van caught fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

In the video, two deputies “carefully advanced” toward the van with their guns drawn while another deputy walks toward the van with a fire extinguisher to deter the flames.

Deputies then broke the van’s windshield and were able to pull Beekman out, police said. In the van, deputies found a loaded .32 caliber pistol and a loaded .22 caliber rifle, both located near the driver’s seat.

Marion County Fire Rescue arrived and put out the rest of the fire and Beekman was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He was later released and booked into the Marion County Jail, where he remains, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier told ABC News.

In a statement, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods praised the deputies for their bravery and the citizens who intervened for their help.

“The deputies involved in the search, the pursuit and the rescue of this suspect performed their duties valiantly,” Woods said. “They not only prevented what could have been a major crime, but they also saved this individual’s life despite the danger involved. We are also thankful for the citizens who jumped into action to help our law enforcement. They are all heroes and we are proud to have these deputies serving the citizens of Marion County.”

Beekman was charged with fleeing with disregard to safety of person or property, three counts of possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, possession of a short barreled gun, rifle or machine gun and driving with a suspended or revoked license, the sheriff’s office said. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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