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One of Two ‘Dangerous’ Patients Who Escape Washington Psychiatric Hospital Caught

iStock/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Wash.) — One of the two mentally ill patients who escaped from a psychiatric hospital is now in custody after being spotted on a public bus after his escape, authorities said Thursday.

Mark Alexander Adams, 59, was apprehended in Des Moines, Washington, about 30 miles north of Western State Hospital, where he and fellow patient Anthony Garver escaped Wednesday night.

The pair were last seen in the hospital’s dining hall at 6 p.m. and hospital staffers learned they were missing at 7 p.m. and notified police.

Adams, who had been sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a domestic violence arrest, was spotted on a public bus at 10:30 p.m. “and inquired about how to get to the airport.” When the first police reports about the missing pair were released, authorities believed that he would try to go to California.

Adams was apprehended in Des Moines “without incident,” according to Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler. Lawler did not say who recognized Adams but did say that he was spotted as a result of the media attention to the case.

Garver, 28, remains at large. He was arrested in 2013 for first-degree murder but was found not competent to stand trial. He is 5-foot-8 and weighs 250 pounds with brown, curly hair and a beard, authorities said.

Police say Garver was accused of gagging a woman with a ball of cloth and stabbing her 24 times in the chest before slashing her throat.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Body of UT Austin Student Found in Creek Identified as Fine Arts Major

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — The body of a woman found in a creek on the University of Texas at Austin campus has been identified as Haruka Weiser, a first-year theater and dance student, university president Gregory L. Fenves said Thursday in a statement.

Fenves called Weiser’s death a “tragic loss for the UT community.” She was “liked and admired by her classmates and respected by professors for her intelligence and spirit,” he said.

The fine arts student was a Portland, Oregon, native trained in ballet, Fenves said.

Weiser’s body was found Tuesday morning in a creek behind the campus’ alumni center, Fenves said that day. She was initially listed as missing Monday morning. Austin police are treating her death as a homicide.

“The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family,” Fenves said. “Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice.”

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Apple Encryption Battle: FBI Director Says Hacking Method Works on ‘Narrow Slice’ of iPhones

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The tool purchased from a private party and used to access an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters only works on a “narrow slice” of phones, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday night.

Speaking to a group at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Comey said the government is considering whether to share with Apple how officials were able to access an iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook.

“We’re having discussions within the government about, ‘OK, so should we tell Apple what the flaw is that was found?'” he said. “That is an interesting conversation because if we tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it and we’re back where we started from.”

Federal officials announced last month they successfully cracked into an iPhone used by Farook and no longer needed Apple’s help in unlocking the device. The Department of Justice and Comey have said all along that the solution they sought in breaking into Farook’s phone would only work on this one phone — the 5c running iOS 9.

Comey did not reveal the third party that helped the FBI crack into the phone, but said he knows “a fair amount about them” and is confident they’ll keep the method used to access the phone private.

“The FBI is very good at keeping secrets and the people we bought this from — I know a fair amount about them and I have a high degree of confidence that they are very good at protecting it and their motivations align with us,” he said.

Apple has been staunch in its position that creating a backdoor for government officials would undermine the security of millions of users. However, Comey said the “slippery slope” argument is a “fallacy.”

“The controversy over the Apple case, the challenge of encryption more broadly, has been chock full of slippery slope arguments and absolutist arguments,” he said. “Every time you hear someone making a slippery slope argument, an alarm should go off in your head.”

“The notion that privacy should be absolute or the government should keep their hands off our phones, to me just makes no sense given our history and our values,” he said.

After the Department of Justice dropped its case against Apple last month, the company issued a statement saying legal action should never have been brought.

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred,” Apple said. “We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.”

“This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion,” the company added.

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Video Shows Co-Pilot Before Boarding Aircraft While Allegedly Drunk

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — New surveillance video obtained by ABC News from Detroit Metropolitan Airport shows an arrested American Airlines co-pilot after police say he failed a breathalyzer test there last week.

In the video, the co-pilot can be seen walking through the airport, through security and later in handcuffs escorted by security personnel.

American Airlines told ABC News the flight, scheduled to land in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 26, was canceled and customers were being accommodated.

A TSA screener notified a manager Saturday morning when he suspected the co-pilot, John Maguire, of being drunk when he arrived for his flight in Detroit, according to the police report.

The same report indicates Maguire boarded the aircraft and had trouble with his seat. He was later escorted off the airplane and taken to a TSA holding room. While there, a police officer asked the co-pilot whether he had been drinking, the police report said. Maguire responded that he had not had a drink since the night before, police say.

According to the police officer who administered the breathalyzer, Maguire’s first attempt at blowing into the device resulted in an error. Another officer on scene said this was because Maguire did not blow into the machine hard enough, according to the police report. Maguire’s second attempt at the breathalyzer was successful and indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.081 percent, police say. Authorities then detained him.

It’s unclear exactly where the co-pilot was at the time of the arrest, Michael Conway, director of public affairs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, said, but the airport police were called around 6:30 a.m. and the plane was due to take off around 7 a.m.

The 50-year-old co-pilot has been charged in Wayne County with operating under the influence of alcohol, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The legal limit for a pilot, however, is half that: .04. Additionally, pilots are banned from drinking within eight hours of a flight.

American Airlines said in a statement: “This is a serious matter and we are assisting local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation. We will handle this matter appropriately as the safety and care of our customers and employees is our highest priority.”

“We apologize to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans,” the airline said.

Maguire was released pending an arraignment. He did not enter a plea.

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Severe Storms Roll Through Southern States Overnight

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Severe storms barreled through several southern states Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Fifty damaging storms were reported overnight from Kansas to Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

Thunderstorm winds reportedly reached upwards of 60 mph, according to ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo.

Golf ball-size hail fell in parts of Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

Montgomery County, Alabama, officials said some trees were knocked down in a trailer park, where some trailers and cars were damaged, while only minor injuries were reported.

Officials says it’s not entirely clear what caused the damage but there was a severe thunderstorm warning in the area when they got the call.

Lee County officials also reported trees, signs and fencing was knocked over outside Auburn, Alabama. The area was under two separate tornado warnings 30 minutes apart. No injuries were reported, except for minor scraps, according to authorities.

Storms also touched down in parts of Georgia, including metro Atlanta, where people are still cleaning up throughout the area.

According to Georgia Power, there were roughly 4,000 customers without power as of Thursday morning.

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Owen Labrie’s Life in Jail After Sex Assault Conviction

iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.H.) — New details have emerged about former star prep student Owen Labrie’s life in a New Hampshire county jail — and he has filed a request for a new trial following his sexual assault conviction last August.

A motion requesting a new trial filed Tuesday takes issue with Labrie’s original defense team, including his high-powered former attorney Jay Carney, claiming that not enough was done at trial in the 2015 rape case.

Court documents state Labrie was denied his right to effective assistance of counsel.

Carney, who is best known for representing mob boss Whitey Bulger, and his team failed to challenge Labrie’s felony charge of luring a minor for the purposes of sex by computer, a 28-page memorandum in support of the motion for a new trial states. Carney has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

Labrie was found guilty in August of a felony charge of using a computer to lure an underage female schoolmate at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, into a sexual encounter. He was also convicted of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges and one misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and sentenced to one year in jail.

Meanwhile, new details of Labrie’s life behind bars have emerged. The once Harvard-bound Labrie is currently assigned to solitary confinement for his own safety and is only able to leave his jail cell for one hour per day.

While his close family and friends visit regularly, he has been passing the time by reading and writing, his new defense lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, told ABC News.

“That’s mostly what he does, is sit in his cell and read books,” Rancourt said.

Labrie had been out on bail following his conviction pending an appeal, but that bail was revoked last month after a judge found that he had violated his court-ordered curfew. He will remain in jail until the request for a new trial is decided. He could possibly serve his entire 12-month sentence before the decision is made.

The memorandum filed Tuesday also claims that the defense failed to obtain information from Labrie’s accuser’s Facebook, which “may have been used to challenge [the accuser’s] credibility” regarding the allegations made against the now 20-year-old.

In addition, the memorandum argues that Labrie’s lawyers failed to ensure the jury received proper instructions, claiming that if they had, they would have not convicted him of the felony computer charge.

“Attorneys make mistakes, and when they rise to the level of creating a constitutionally deficient performance at the trial, then the remedy is ineffective assistance of counsel and a new trial,” Rancourt told ABC News.

Rancourt previously filed an appeal on Labrie’s behalf, but filed a motion to stay the pending appeal Wednesday “pending litigation of the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel in the trial court.”

Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal affairs anchor, said that in order to win an ineffective assistance of counsel argument, the lawyer typically would have had to commit errors such as being drunk or not showing up to court.

“You can’t win saying, ‘I wish my lawyer would have made other strategic choices,'” Abrams said.

After graduation from St. Paul’s, one of the country’s most prestigious prep schools, Labrie had intended to attend Harvard University. But the Ivy League school rescinded its offer after he was accused of sexual assault.

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WA Police: Two ‘Dangerous’ Patients Escape Psychiatric Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKEWOOD, Wash.) — Washington State Police said two mentally ill patients have escaped from Western State Hospital Wednesday evening.

Anthony Garver and Mark Alexander Adams were last seen at around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital’s dining hall, according to Lakewood police. Hospital staff learned they were missing at 7:30 p.m. and notified police.

Police said both men were at the hospital on a 180-day court commit out of Snohomish County to treat mental illness and both arrived at the hospital in February 2015. Authorities believe the men had escaped through a loose window in their room. Hospital staff say they are considered “dangerous to others.”

Garver, 28, was arrested in 2013 for first degree murder but was found not competent to stand trial. He stands at 5’8” tall and weighs 250 pounds with brown, curly hair and a beard.

Police say Garver was accused of gagging a woman with a ball of cloth and stabbing her 24 times in the chest before slashing her throat.

Adams, 59, was sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a domestic violence arrest from 2014 where he was also found not competent to stand trial. He is 6’0” tall and weighs 210 pounds with long blond hair, according to authorities. Police say Adams might try to flee to California.

Other local law enforcement agencies and transit systems have been contacted and notified. Police say the investigation is ongoing and a search is underway.

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University of Texas President: ‘I Wish We Had More Information’ on Campus Homicide

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Following the discovery Tuesday of a woman’s body on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin — a case deemed a homicide by Austin police — officials admitted Wednesday that there still is no update on the case.

In an open letter addressed to the “UT community,” school president Gregory L. Fenves, said “I wish we had more information to share at this time about the tragedy on campus this week.”

Fenves said that increased patrols would continue on the campus Wednesday evening. “Law enforcement agencies are actively engaged in the investigation but cannot yet release details that would compromise their efforts,” he said.

Austin Police also released a statement Wednesday, stating, “All law enforcement agencies are working diligently and thoroughly on any investigative leads to ensure all evidence is completed, processed and that all witnesses are interviewed…The main focus at this time is to identify, locate and arrest the individual that committed this crime

The woman’s body was found in a creek behind the school’s alumni center between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The cause of death was not immediately clear and the victim’s name has not been released.

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San Antonio Schools Investigating Video Showing Officer Body-Slamming Girl to the Ground

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — A shocking video appearing to show a school police officer body-slamming a young girl has prompted an investigation by the district.

A spokeswoman for the San Antonio school district confirmed to ABC News that the investigation into the video is underway.

The beginning of the video shows an officer, identified by the district as Joshua Kehm, lifting a young girl from behind before turning and slamming her on the floor.

Kehm puts the girl in handcuffs while she is face-down on the ground. He then lifts her back up and they walk off.

The school district spokeswoman said it would not be releasing the girl’s name. Kehm started working as a police officer for the school district in February 2015, according to the district’s spokeswoman Leslie Price told ABC News.

The incident happened on March 29 at Rhodes Middle School, a charter school, but the video was posted on YouTube on Tuesday night.

It was then that school officials were made aware of the incident.

Kehm was placed on paid leave while the investigation is underway, Price said.

“Officers are trained for a variety of scenarios but we will not tolerate any excessive force,” Price said.

The investigation is ongoing but Price said they have started to get a sense of what started the incident.

“All we know at this point is it seems like the incident began with two students having a verbal altercation,” Price said.

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School Bus Crash in Baltimore County Sends 9 to Hospital, Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — A school bus crashed in Baltimore County, Maryland, sending eight students and the driver to a local hospital with injuries, according to police and fire officials. That number is increased from the original estimate of six people. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

The Baltimore County Fire Department said it responded to a crash at about 2:30 p.m.. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the bus tipped on its side.

The cause of the crash is unknown and currently under investigation, the full scope of which is expected to last several weeks, according to police.

About 42 people were on the bus. Those not injured on the bus were taken to a local high school following the crash.

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