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Suspect in Custody After Stabbing at Rutgers University’s Business School

WABC(NEW YORK) — A suspect is in custody after a stabbing at Rutgers University’s business school in New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to a statement from the university.

The stabbing occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday, and three individuals — including the suspect — were wounded and “being treated for their injuries,” Rutgers said in the statement this afternoon.

“There is no danger to the community, the university added. “The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Body Discovered on SC Property Where Missing Woman Was Found Chained Up

iStock/Thinkstock(ANDERSON CITY, S.C.) — A body has been discovered on the rural South Carolina property where investigators found a woman who had been missing for two months with a chain around her neck, according to a court solicitor.

Brown was “chained up like a dog” when investigators broke into the container after hearing a loud banging on Thursday, said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright.

She, along with her boyfriend, Charles Carver, had been missing form their Anderson City home since August. Carver had not yet been located, but the car he and Brown were last seen in was found in a wooded area on the 100-acre property.

Todd Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender, was arrested on the massive property Thursday and was charged with kidnapping, Wright said. Investigators received a warrant to search the property after the Anderson City Police Department tracked her phone, the solicitor said.

Numerous guns and ammunition were found on the property, Wright said.

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Jury Finds Reporter, Rolling Stone Responsible for Defamation

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A jury has found Sabrina Rubin Erdely guilty of defaming a former University of Virginia dean in a 2014 article about sexual assault on the campus.

The jury concluded that the journalist was responsible for libel, with actual malice, against former UVA administrator Nicole Eramo, who oversaw cases of sexual assault at the school when the Rolling Stone article, titled “A Rape on Campus,” was published.

A 10-person jury began deliberating Wednesday and unanimously agreed that that statements in the article, which was later retracted, were made with “actual malice,” defined by U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad as statements that were knowingly false or made with reckless disregard for truth. Conrad added that “failure to investigate” is not actual malice.

Eramo said the magazine portrayed her as a villain. She is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine for defamation, which will be decided at a later time.

Eramo sobbed in her chair in the courtroom after the verdict was read.

The defendants in the case are Erdely, Rolling Stone magazine and the magazine’s publisher, Wenner Media. The judge is meeting with lawyers now to judge the next phase of the trial.

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Ray Tensing Allegedly Wore Confederate Flag T-Shirt When He Shot Unarmed Black Man

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, was wearing a T-shirt with the Confederate flag under his uniform when he shot and killed an unarmed black man last year, according to evidence presented in court, ABC affiliate WCPO-TV reported.

A photo of the black T-shirt bearing the flag and the words “Great Smoky Mountains” was presented in court Friday during a crime scene technician’s testimony at Tensing’s trial.

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Two Former Aides to Chris Christie Found Guilty in Bridgegate Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) — Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been found guilty on all counts in the so-called Bridgegate trial, according to ABC owned-station WABC-TV.

Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey appointed by Christie, were accused of conspiring to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge for political retaliation.

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Actress Claims Her Discussions, Secret Recordings with Prison Snitch Blew Open Chandra Levy Case

ABC News (NEW YORK) — A part-time television extra claims her intimate discussions and secret recordings she made with the federal prosecution’s star witness in the Chandra Levy case blew the investigation wide open.

20/20 has obtained seven hours of conversations between Babs Proller, who once appeared in Netflix series House of Cards, and Armando “Mouse” Morales, the prison snitch crucial to the Levy investigation, which remains one of the most notorious cold case murders in the country.

“I think my tapes completely showed Morales is a liar and cannot be trusted as a witness,” Proller told 20/20.

Proller told 20/20 she met Morales in July when she and Morales coincidentally were staying at the same Maryland hotel. Proller had just been evicted from her home and was staying at the hotel with her dog Buddy. She said Morales introduced himself as “Phoenix” and “he was very kind, and very friendly.”

Proller claims she never had any romantic interest in Morales but the two became friends and he even watched her dog Buddy for her when she was out of town.

But during one of their conversations, Proller said Morales revealed to her that he was a career criminal and a former gang member who had spent more than 20 years in prison. Not only that, Proller said Morales told her he was also the prosecution’s star witness in one of Washington, D.C.’s biggest murder trials.

Chandra Levy was a 24-year-old federal intern from California who went missing in May of 2001. Her remains were discovered a year later in Rock Creek Park. It was rumored she had an affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit, D-Calif., but Condit was dismissed as a suspect in the case and has long refused to confirm any sexual interactions with Levy.

In November 2010, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador named Ingmar Guandique was convicted of two counts of felony murder for Levy’s death. At the time, Guandique had already pleaded guilty to attacking two other women in the park around the same time Levy was killed.

The prosecution’s star witness was Morales, a five-time convicted felon and a former California gang member. Morales and Guandique shared a federal prison cell for separate crimes in 2006 and he testified that while in prison together, Guandique confessed to him that he had murdered Levy.

Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

But in 2012, Guandique’s attorneys discovered that during the trial, Morales concealed he had a history of working with law enforcement. The defense argued in a 114-page motion that the prosecution either knew or should have known about Morales’ prior history of working with law enforcement, and that the prosecution was guilty of prosecutorial misconduct for not disclosing Morales’ past interactions with police. In an unusual twist, the U.S. attorney’s office agreed to a retrial for Guandique.

The retrial of Guandique was scheduled to begin Oct. 13 until Proller entered the picture.

Proller said once Morales started talking about paying retribution to someone he had harmed, Proller began recording him for her own protection. She started secretly recording their conversations everywhere they went together, including the car, the hotel and to a storage locker near Annapolis, Maryland, where she had asked him for help organizing her stuff since she was between homes. Once at the storage locker, Proller said she hid a recorder behind a plastic container on a shelf. That’s when she claims Morales told her about Guandique’s confession.

During the conversation, Proller is heard on the recording asking Morales questions about the Chandra Levy case and Guandique.

“The dude that I testified — he committed a homicide,” Morales is heard saying.

“Are you sure?” Proller asks.

“Why wouldn’t I be sure?” Morales says.

“People talk,” Proller tells him. “They just brag about stuff to make sure that they look good.”

“I don’t know. I can’t answer that,” Morales says.

Proller told 20/20 that any time she asked Morales “a really detailed question” he would say to her, “Don’t go there.”

“He’s got other victims,” Morales is heard saying on Proller’s recording.

“That he killed?” Proller asks.

“Don’t go there,” Morales says.

At one point, Proller asks Morales, “You said he didn’t mean to kill her, he robbed her?”

“Well no,” Morales says. “He’s in the cell with me. You think he’s going to tell me he meant to do that? Come on. Hello? Duh.”

Proller told 20/20 that’s when a light bulb went off in her head that maybe Morales hadn’t been telling the truth about Guandique.

“To me, it didn’t make sense,” she said. “I ended up feeling like, ‘You made this up.’”

Proller said she eventually got Morales to admit he had lied about Guandique’s confession.

“I never in my life thought he would be talking about the case or for him to admit at any point that he lied,” she said. “I honestly thought, ‘He’s going to kill me in the storage unit and they’re going to find my body one day.’”

Proller said after Morales confessed to lying, she contacted Chandra Levy’s mother, Susan Levy.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is so weird. Why don’t you send a tape for both the prosecutor and the defense team?’” Susan Levy told 20/20. “And that’s how I saw it as — send it to them!”

Proller did meet with the prosecution and defense. In July, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia issued a stunning announcement asking that all charges would be dropped against Guandique. The statement said in part that there had been “recent unforeseen developments” in the case and concluded that “it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”

But in the seven hours of recordings ABC News obtained, Morale’s admission to Proller that he made up Guandique’s confession isn’t there and, in fact, Morales adamantly sticks to his story.

“I thought everything was in one file but it was three separate files,” Proller told 20/20.

Proller claims there are additional recordings that she’s turned over to authorities and no longer has a copy, but Morales’ attorney told 20/20 that Morales never told Proller he made up the confession.

Proller also has credibility and legal issues of her own. Court records show that Proller received three years’ probation after she was arrested for theft in Pennsylvania in 2012. She said it was for altering prices on toothbrush labels.

“I have never taken anything from anybody,” Proller said. “I have not taken money, what am I trying to scam out of this?”

Nevertheless, the U.S. attorney’s office asked for the charges against Guandique to be dismissed, with little explanation as to why. But Proller is convinced it was because she came forward.

“I think it was absolutely my tapes that blew it out of the water,” Proller said.

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Squirrel Attack Leaves at Least Three Injured at Florida Senior Living Facility, According to 911 Caller

iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Think squirrels are harmless? Think again.

One of the nimble, bushy-tailed rodents went on a rampage Thursday at a senior citizens living facility in Florida, leaving three people injured and bleeding, according to a 911 call released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

“We had a squirrel that entered our building, and it’s in our activity room, and it’s jumping on people and biting them and scratching them … so we need help,” says the female caller, adding that she ran into her office at Sterling Court apartments in Deltona to make the call. Delton is about 30 miles northeast of Orlando.

The frantic-sounding caller tells the dispatcher, “We need some care for people here. It’s still in there and people are bleeding.”

The caller tells the 911 dispatcher that an ambulance is needed because “at least three or four, possibly more” were bitten by the squirrel.

In the background, someone is heard saying “the squirrel is still in here,” while another says “I feel lightheaded! I don’t feel good!”

“We need help for the people — it’s not about the squirrel,” says the caller.

The dispatcher asks where the pint-sized creature is, to which the caller responds, “They told me they threw it out of the building.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the injured “were doing fine.”

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Dakota Pipeline Activist Gets Shot with Rubber Bullet During On-Camera Interview

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(BISMARCK, N.D.) — An activist at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest got an unwelcome surprise in the middle of filming an on-camera interview, when she was shot in the back with a rubber bullet.

Erin Schrode, who describes herself as an activist journalist, said in a Facebook post on Thursday, “I was standing innocently onshore, not making any aggressive gestures, never exchanging a single word with the police who fired at my lower back from their boat.”

Schrode complained about what she called “the indiscriminate use of excessive force,” in the post.

“Authorities used less-than-lethal ammunition to control the situation,” the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The Sheriff accused one protester of throwing bottles at police and another of refusing to disperse and charging at a police line.

“No lethal shots were fired from law enforcement,” the statement emphasizes.

For months, protesters have been demonstrating on and around the private land owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which is seeking to complete a 1,200 mile pipeline that will bring oil from North Dakota to Illinois. This week, the protesters took to the waters of Cantapeta Creek, just outside of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.

The shot and Schrode’s reaction can be seen and heard in a video she posted to Twitter.

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Woman Rescued After Two Months in Container, Search for Boyfriend Continues

iStock/Thinkstock(WOODRUFF, S.C.) — Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said that Kala Brown, the woman rescued after spending two months chained up inside a metal container, was in good spirits and looked good considering her ordeal.

Wright spoke to reporters as investigators scoured the suspect’s 100-acre property in Woodruff, South Carolina in the hopes of finding Brown’s boyfriend, Charile Carver, who went missing with Brown back on August 31.

The sheriff called it “divine intervention from God himself,” that led investigators to Brown’s location and called it “good investigative work” that brought them out to the property in the first place.

After receiving a tip, investigators went out to a plot of land owned by the suspect, convicted sex offender Todd Kohlhepp, and began combing through the massive property when they heard “banging” coming from a container, authorities said.

Once they were able to get inside the padlocked, 30-by-15 foot metal container, they found Brown “chained up like a dog,” Sheriff Wright said. Asked about her condition on Thursday night, the sheriff said “She was in good spirits. She looked good,” considering the circumstances. Earlier he said that Brown was “obviously traumatized.”

Wright said that police had so far had not discovered any indication pointing to Carver’s whereabouts. “We don’t have any indication either way. We’re certainly praying for the best outcome,” he said.

Officials said they recovered multiple weapons and ammunition on the property, but that so far no human remains have been discovered.

Wright said that Brown “told us that there may be four people on this property,” and added, “We’re going back as far as we can for every piece of property this man has ever had to find what we need.”

Kohlhepp, 45, was jailed over a kidnapping charge back in 1987, South Carolina records indicate, and was required to register as a sex offender. He is currently being held on one charge of kidnapping as the investigation continues.

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Police Officer Praised for Saving Life of Unresponsive Woman During Traffic Stop

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A police officer in Blanchard, Oklahoma, is being hailed for his quick thinking and calm demeanor under pressure as he helped to revive an unresponsive woman on the side of a road.

Blanchard Police Officer Jordan Jones said he was pulling over a pickup truck on Monday after he saw it speeding with its hazard lights flashing. The driver stopped the vehicle and jumped out in a panic, Jones said, noting that the driver and his daughter yelled to him that his wife, who was in the truck, was not breathing.

Jones’ dash-cam video showed the officer, with the help of the driver, pulling the woman from the backseat of the truck and laying her down on the road between his patrol vehicle and the man’s truck, out of the way of traffic.

“Oh, sweetheart,” the driver could be heard saying at one point. “She’s gone!”

“No, she’s not,” Jones could be heard saying as he prepared to begin CPR.

Jones said he didn’t have time to really think.

“It was time to act and it was time to go,” he told ABC affiliate KOCO-TV. “We’re trained as far as handling people who are emotionally distraught and that you can’t let that factor into your judgment and what you’re trained to do.”

Jones said that he’d already called for an ambulance before he started trying to revive the woman. Within minutes, first responders had arrived and taken over. He said they got the woman’s heart going and then transported her to a hospital, where she remains. Police would not disclose details of the woman’s condition but said she was alive.

Blanchard Police Capt. Joe Beilouny praised Jones, saying that his work had been extremely vital in saving the woman’s life. The couple were still 15 to 20 minutes from the hospital when Jones stopped their truck.

He “kept his cool, remained very calm the entire time,” Beilouny said.

Jones said he’d been told by first responders that the incident could have been fatal.

“The adrenaline kind of slows down and you start realizing what [took] place,” he said. “It was surreal. It was a great team effort.”

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