Review Category : National News

Washington DC Police Look for Ways to Connect With City Youth

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As many cities across the country grapple with a surge of gun violence and increasingly strained relations between law enforcement and urban communities, police in the nation’s capital are hoping they have found a way to help better its relationships.

Each season for the past year, the city’s “Youth Creating Change” program has been connecting more than two dozen inner-city kids with a team of police officers and a top aide from the mayor’s office, hoping to transform the way those kids think about police — and themselves.

For more than three months this summer, ABC News followed one group as they spent more and more time with officers Kenneth Casey and Tyron Wallace, along with John Mein, who heads community outreach for the city government.

The Metropolitan Police Department hopes to get even more of its officers involved in the program, ultimately hoping to bring in hundreds of youths every year.

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2 Separate Shark Attacks on Same Day in Hawaii

ABC News(OAHU, Hawaii) — Two shark attacks occurred Saturday on two separate beaches of Oahu, Hawaii, making it three shark attacks in eight days in that vicinity.

One of the injured was a 32-year-old male transported to a nearby hospital who was reported to be in stable condition.

The other victim was a 44-year-old swimmer. Mazen Abbeas, who was swimming at the victim’s side, told ABC News that his friend’s injuries were gruesome and severe.

“When I got to the shore, my friend was badly injured,” he said. “Basically it looked like he had lost a lot of blood and was having trouble breathing.”

Authorities have not identified the victims of Saturday’s two attacks.

The attacks occurred the same day Colin Cook, 25, spoke about the shark that attacked him last Friday, resulting in the loss of his left leg.

“It was like a full truck, it had some serious power,” he said at a news conference.

Cook said he fought back, refusing to lose his life.

“He kind of dragged me underwater,” he said. “I kind of had to push him off with this hand … and kind of punched him with my other.”

The surfer recalled his will to survive, swimming to a nearby paddle-board, with the 13-foot tiger shark still viciously tearing into him, he said.

“It was a persistent shark, so it kept kind of coming around and coming after us,” he said.

Cook made it to shore with the help of Good Samaritans. Other bystanders on the beach used a surfboard leash as a tourniquet that likely saved his life.

“He borrowed the ambulance driver’s phone, he’s calling me, ‘Dad don’t worry … I’m all right,'” Cook’s father Glenn said.

Authorities strongly advised beachgoers and surfers to stay onshore after the twin attacks.

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Tracy Morgan Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for First Time Since Car Crash

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tracy Morgan returned to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time since a car crash last year left him in a coma.

A cast member on the comedy sketch program from 1996 to 2006, Morgan addressed the crash in his opening monologue Saturday night.

“I was in a terrible car accident a year ago,” he said. “It was awful. But it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world.”

He even jokingly referred to the aftermath of the crash.

“People were wondering, ‘Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?'” he said. “But the truth is — I never did. I might actually be a few points higher now.”

During his opening monologue, Morgan reunited with former cast members from the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” including Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer.

Morgan, 46, participated in several sketches, including one about Family Feud and another about action star Jackie Chan’s current whereabouts. He also reprised his “SNL” roles as nature host Brian Fellows and Astronaut Jones.

The comedian was injured in a crash involving a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed James McNair, a comedian who was riding in a limo bus with Morgan. Earlier this year, Walmart settled a civil lawsuit with Morgan and a wrongful death claim with the family of McNair.

Since recovering from his injuries, Morgan performed stand-up at the Comedy Cellar in New York City earlier this month. Before that, he made an appearance at the 2015 Emmy Awards and thanked his doctors and family.

“It’s been a long road back,” he said at the time. “I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days … [when I woke up] I was just ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

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1 Killed, 4 Injured in Shooting at ZombiCon in Florida

Tetra Images/Getty(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — One man was killed and four other people were wounded in a shooting at a zombie-themed street festival in Florida.

The Fort Myers Police Department said the shooting happened at ZombiCon about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The gunman remains at large.

Police told ABC affiliate WZVN-TV in Fort Myers the four people who were injured suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police said 20,000 people were expected to attend ZombiCon, described on its website as a “zombie-themed music and art fest”

Zombicon issued a statement about the incident on its Facebook page, saying: “The organizers of Zombicon, Pushing DaiZies, Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event. We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for our annual event. Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident.”

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Texas High School Football Player Dies After Being Injured in Game

Getty/Alto/Sandro Di Carlo Darsa(ALTO, Texas) — A high school football player in Texas died Saturday after being injured during a game.

The Alto Texas Independent School District identified the player as Cam’ron Matthews, a junior at Alto High School. A vigil was held for him Saturday.

Matthews told his teammates he felt dizzy while in a huddle during a game Friday night, reported ABC affiliate KLTV in East Texas. A cause of death wasn’t immediately released.

“When you have your own kids and you want them to emulate someone and follow in their footsteps, Cam’ron was a perfect example of that,” Alto ISD Superintendent Kerry Birdwell told ABC affiliate KTRE-TV. “He was a great kid in the classroom, unbelievable athlete, but more importantly just a great, great kid.”

Matthews is the sixth high school football player to die since September.

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Wildfire in Central Texas Partially Contained, Some Residents Returning Home

iStock/Thinkstock(BASTROP, Texas) — Firefighters in Central Texas have gained control of a wildfire, but it’s still burning.

The Hidden Pines Fire has moved through 4,600 acres so far, burning almost 50 homes to the ground.

After nearly 400 people were forced to evacuate, some residents of the area started to return home on Saturday night once officials said the fire was 50 percent contained, but the fight still continues.

“We’re not going to be able to allow anybody back into their home, whether, for any reason, in the fire footprint, anytime soon,” said Bastrop County Judge Paul Pope on Saturday.

Mark Rose, CEO of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative says some residents may have power restored to their homes before they return home, but even though it’s not an active fire, there’s still danger.

“Everywhere you go you still see fire…You still see stumps burning,” he said.

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Cops Release Composite Sketches in Spencer Stone Stabbing Case

Sacramento Police Department(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Police released two composite sketches and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects responsible for stabbing U.S. airman Spencer Stone in Sacramento, California, earlier this month.

Stone, who was hailed as a hero along with two friends after they helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train this summer, was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with unknown suspects on Oct. 8, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The suspects fled the scene, police said.

Stone suffered three stab wounds to the torso and underwent surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center. He has since been released.

Police said the two composite sketches “depict what the suspects are believed to look like and are based on eye-witness accounts of the assault.”

The suspects are described as “two Asian or Filipino, male adults wearing white shirts and blue jeans,” the police said. Surveillance video showed the suspects leaving the scene of the attack in a 2009-2012 Camry, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, police said, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Sacramento Police at 916-264-5471.

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Maryland Man Arrested in Murder of Transgender Woman

Montgomery County Police(WASHINGTON) — A 20-year-old Maryland man accused of shooting a transgender woman to death is in custody this weekend, and police say the suspect and the victim had “some degree of friendship” before the alleged murder.

DeAndre Smith, who identified herself as Zella Ziona, was shot Thursday while in a service alley behind a shopping center in Montgomery Village, about 25 miles north of Washington D.C., the Montgomery County Police said.

Ziona, 21, died from several gunshot wounds, police said.

Rico Hector Leblond, 20, was arrested in connection with Ziona’s murder Friday night, according to police.

“Investigators learned that Ziona and Leblond knew each other and had some degree of friendship prior to Ziona’s murder,” the police said in a news release.

The police aren’t elaborating on their friendship at this time, Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks told ABC News on Saturday.

“This is a horrific crime and a tragedy for those who knew Zella,” Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in a statement released before Leblond’s arrest. “As with all homicides in Montgomery County, we have detectives working around the clock to thoroughly and completely investigate this murder.”

Leblond has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond, police said.

When asked about possible additional charges, including a hate crime charge, Starks told ABC News: “Investigators have to look at more of the circumstances. And then they will meet with members of our state’s attorney’s office and a decision about a hate crime charge will be made at that point.”

A bond review for Leblond was set for Oct. 19 in Rockville. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

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Southern California Recovers from Mud Mess Left by Storms

Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Cleanup is under way this weekend from the major mudslides due to flash flooding and thunderstorms in a section of Southern California that trapped hundreds of cars on a highway.

However, more showers are in the forecast, which could hamper relief efforts in Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley, although the worst of the storms appeared to be over.

Vehicles were stuck on State Route 58, about 30 miles east of Bakersfield, on Friday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Search and rescues were ongoing Friday, where the mud has been estimated to be up to 6 feet deep in spots. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Several homes were damaged by the flash flooding and debris from the storms.

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More Than 2 Inches of Snow Hit Marquette, Michigan

@NWSMarquette/Twitter(MARQUETTE, Mich.) — Winter has come early in northern Michigan.

More than 2 inches of snow fell in Marquette, Michigan, overnight, according to the National Weather Service, coating the fall leaves with a thin layer of winter snow.

The city saw about 2.5 inches of snow, the NWS said — marking the highest daily total this early in the season since Oct. 17, 1976.

The last time Marquette received a daily snowfall of 2 inches or more in October was on Oct. 26, 2001, according to the NWS.

Snow may have already hit the Midwest, but there’s still two more months of fall. Winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 22.

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