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WATCH: Store Clerk Fights Off, Shoots Robber in Kentucky

WTVQ(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — A clerk at a Lexington, Kentucky, tobacco store fended off an attempted robbery — a tense altercation that was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

Zara Adil, 21, was working Friday at Tobacco Zone when two men entered the store wearing masks. One of the men can be seen approaching the register and demanding cash, brandishing a handgun. Adil obliged, opening the register and then stepping away.

That’s when the would-be robber made his mistake — setting down his gun to gather the money.

“So I picked up the gun and pointed it at the second guy, and said, ‘You run or I will shoot you,’” she told ABC News affiliate WTVQ in an interview.

Despite the warning, the man approached.

Adil fired the gun, and the man was shot in the shoulder. A fight ensued — and the man eventually ran away, without the money.

Adil suffered a few minor injuries, but considered her actions justified in defending the store that her parents own and operate.

“If more people stand up, they won’t have that much courage to go around and do what they’re doing,” she told WTVQ.

Lexington Police later issued a warrant for Darnell Thomas, Jr., 30, in connection with the armed robbery attempt.

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Fatal Los Angeles Police Shooting Caught on Video

Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man during a confrontation in the city’s Skid Row area Sunday, in an incident that was caught on video.

Police said officers were responding to a report of a robbery, and when they confronted the suspect, there was an altercation.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that during that altercation, at least one less than lethal device, a Taser, was deployed. However, at this time, we still do not know if that Taser did strike the suspect,” LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.

“After that, the struggle continued and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” he said.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said the man reached for an officer’s weapon while resisting arrest.

“Anytime we have an officer-involved shooting and there’s a loss of life, people are upset and justifiably so. Nobody out there, no police officer out there, wants to be involved in a situation like this where you have to take someone else’s life,” Smith said.

Witnesses such as Larry Jackson said the man was already subdued when officers shot him.

“Next thing I knew, I heard one shot and I looked over across the street and I see three more shots being fired at the guy who was laying down on the ground. Instead of handcuffing the guy, they straight out shot him,” Jackson said.

A video that was posted to Facebook records the struggle, and then the moment when an officer shot the man.

Police have not released the name of the suspect. The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigative Division and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division are reviewing the shooting.

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Truck Goes Through Ice on Frozen New Jersey River

U.S. Coast Guard(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) — The driver and passenger of a truck that fell through the ice while doing “donuts” on a frozen New Jersey river were found safe Sunday, but officials say a dog was found dead in the submerged pickup.

Someone called the Toms River Police Department shortly after midnight Sunday to say they saw a truck driving on the frozen river, police said.

When officers arrived, they saw the small pickup truck on the ice, police said. The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed towards the far side of the river, but suddenly the lights were no longer visible, police said.

Firefighters from Toms River and Island Heights began a search, along with the New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopter units.

A large hole in the ice was eventually spotted, and divers and rescuers found the truck 100 feet under the water with no one in it around 10:30 a.m.

A #USCG aircrew located a truck that fell through the ice on Toms River early Sunday. @NJSP dive team is responding. pic.twitter.com/wDXEG30t4x

— USCG Mid-Atlantic (@uscgmidatlantic) March 1, 2015

The driver and a passenger of the truck both later voluntarily turned themselves in to police, and it appears there were no other people in the vehicle, officials said.

NJSP TEAMS Unit conducted Successful Dive confirmed, No persons in Pickup; Boxer mix dog found in pkup. 2 subjects in custody.

— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) March 1, 2015

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Watch 90-Year-Old Vet Take Wild Sled Ride

Courtesy Anthony Smith(NEW YORK) — Snow days aren’t just for kids.

A 90-year-old man is clearly young at heart after taking a wild sled ride last week that was all documented on his grandson-in-law’s go-pro.

The video begins with Claude Bratcher getting lowered comfortably onto the sled. After a dog jumps in his lap, the ride starts up as Bratcher’s son pulls the sled from a four-wheeler.

“It was Claude’s idea,” Bratcher’s grandson-in-law Anthony Smith, 35, told ABC News Saturday. “He’d been watching us sled for about an hour. After an hour he says, ‘Well I think I want to go sled behind the four-wheeler.’ He didn’t want to just sled down the hill, he wanted to sled down the four-wheeler.”

The video shows the sled pulling Bratcher faster and faster as the dog happily runs alongside him in the snow, keeping up almost the entire way.

“We were concerned, but we weren’t really going that fast,” Smith said. “He just wanted to do it because it was fun. He hadn’t done anything like that in a while.”

It’s hard to tell Bratcher’s expression during the high-speed ride, but as the sled comes to a stop, you can see the 90-year-old crack a smile as his family gathers around him.

Bratcher, a World War II veteran, lives “right across the road” from his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Smith said.

Bratcher and his wife were married for more than 50 years before she passed away a few years ago, Smith said.

“One thing about Claude is he keeps going. He’s real mobile,” Smith said. “Every day, he gets out and does something on the farm. I think that’s kind of the key of what’s kept him young and alive. Just to stay going.”

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“The People’s Court” Missing Mother: Orlando Police Renew Search Years Later

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) — Police in Orlando, Florida, renewed their search for a mother of three whose episode on The People’s Court with her former fiance aired the same day she disappeared nearly four years ago.

Michelle Parker was last seen on Nov. 17, 2011, the same day the prerecorded episode featuring herself and her former fiance, Dale Smith, aired nationally as they attempted to resolve a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.

Investigators have considered Smith, the father of Parker’s twins, the lone person of interest in her disappearance, although he has never been charged.

Orlando police on Friday revisited a wooded area near Smith’s home where Parker was last seen dropping off their toddlers, and the body of water where her cell phone was found two weeks later. According to authorities, about 30 officers searched for roughly three hours and Parker’s family was present during the search.

Although the search teams combed through the wooded area, they came up empty.

“It’s agony not knowing what happened to your child,” Parker’s mother, Yvonne Stewart, told ABC News. “They thought they should go back and take a look at these woods.”

Parker’s mother said authorities told her that search teams were looking for a decal that was missing from Parker’s Humvee when it was found days later in a parking lot across town.

“I don’t want to find her dead. I want to find her alive.” said Parker’s father Brad.

Smith’s attorney told reporters that his client committed no crime. He has custody of their children.

“We are going to find Michelle,” said Brad Parker. “It’s just a matter of time.”

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Alleged Street Race Driver Charged With Murder in Fatal Los Angeles Crash

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — One of the alleged drivers involved in a fatal crash stemming from an illegal street race has been charged with murder.

Henry Gevorgyan turned himself in to Los Angeles police late Saturday. Police say he was one of the drivers involved in a fatal crash that was the “result of an illegal street race” in the Chatsworth neighborhood of the city on Thursday.

During the race, police say Gevorgyan, 21, lost control of his Ford Mustang and drove into a crowd of about 60 people, killing two and injuring others.

Police said that the Mustang was modified to race, and that the tire marks indicated that Gevorgyan accelerated too quickly and may have lost control when he was shifting gears.

“Street racing, all too often, is publicized as glamorous entertainment,” Los Angeles Police Captain John McMahon said Thursday. “Here’s a case where street racing is criminal, dangerous, and unfortunately this morning, we see it’s deadly.”

Gevorgyan did not have an attorney, according to jail records. Bail was set at $2 million.

A second suspect in the crash is still at large, police said. One of the onlookers who was injured remains in critical condition.

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Stolen NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car Found

Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images(LOGANVILLE, Ga.) — Police in Georgia found a NASCAR Sprint Cup car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot days before the driver was scheduled to race.

Travis Kvapil’s No. 44 race car was found Sunday in Loganville, Georgia, according to Team Xtreme Racing. It had been stolen early Friday morning.

We got the @Teamxtreme44 back in our shop!! It looks ship shape! pic.twitter.com/Id867OaM1J

— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 28, 2015

Lost and Found section of the road. pic.twitter.com/L3cEdi9o0R

— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015

Before police found the car, Kvapil told ABC News that he thought his race team was playing a joke on him when they called him about it.

“When I got texts and voicemails this morning [Friday] from the guys, I kind of thought they were messing around,” said Kvapil.

Surveillance video shows a black pickup truck speeding off with a 15-foot trailer, which had the car inside. Team Xtreme racing owner John Cohen said Sunday he believed the thieves were only after the trailer and did not realize the car, an extra engine, and $100,000 worth of spare parts were also inside.

“When you get a car stolen, you don’t go out and buy another one,” Cohen had said before the car was found.

Despite finding the car, Kvapil will not be able to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. His team was forced to withdraw when it missed NASCAR’s mandatory inspection on Friday.

Kvapil first made headlines when he asked for information about his stolen car on Twitter.

Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal

— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015

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California Mother Arrested in Infant Son’s Murder

Zhenikeyev/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The mother of an infant found dead in California earlier this week was arrested on Friday night on murder charges.

According to Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, Samantha Green “was the sole individual responsible for the death of her child.” Her son, Justice Reese, was found on Wednesday, two days after being reported missing. Prieto said that among the possible causes of Reese’s death were drowning and hypothermia.

“At this point,” Prieto added, “we don’t have anyone else that was involved.”

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California Mother Arrested in Infant Son’s Murder

Zhenikeyev/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The mother of an infant found dead in California earlier this week was arrested on Friday night on murder charges.

According to Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, Samantha Green “was the sole individual responsible for the death of her child.” Her son, Justice Reese, was found on Wednesday, two days after being reported missing. Prieto said that among the possible causes of Reese’s death were drowning and hypothermia.

“At this point,” Prieto added, “we don’t have anyone else that was involved.”

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Semi Narrowly Misses Ohio State Trooper, Driver in Dash Cam Video

freeteo/iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) — An Ohio state trooper has been hailed as a hero after dash cam video captured him saving a driver from being hit by an oncoming semi truck.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday showing Trooper Stephen Zientek after he pulled over on I-475 to help a driver with a dead car battery, according to ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio.

The video shows Zientek invite the driver, Mike Celusta, to his squad car to warm up before suddenly he yells at Celusta and they jump over the guardrail.

Seconds later, the video shows the semi crash into the two cars.

“It was just Hollywood-type script and now that I can see it, it makes it even more surreal,” Celusta told WTVG after watching the dash cam footage.

Celusta said he believes Zientek saved his life.

“As soon as he says, ‘Look out!” I just went,” Celusta told WVTG, “I couldn’t see what was happening, so I just jumped over the rail.”

The truck driver was cited, reports WVTG.

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