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Toddlers died in hot car after mother wanted to teach a ‘lesson,’ officials say

Parker County Sheriff’s Office(DALLAS) — A mother whose two young children were killed after they were locked in a hot car in Weatherford, Texas, last month was arrested after she admitted she left them there to teach a “lesson,” officials said.

The Parker County Sheriff’s office said Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told investigators several different variations of what happened to her 16 month-old boy and 2-year-old girl on May 26. She was arrested following a final interview on Friday when she admitted she locked the car doors on her children around 12:15 p.m. after the 2-year-old daughter refused to get out, according to the sheriff’s office.

Randolph said she wanted to teach her daughter a “lesson,” and thought her daughter “could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,” officials said.

She told investigators she then went into the house to smoke marijuana and went to sleep for two to three hours. When she found the children unresponsive, Randolph originally said she broke a window of the vehicle to save them, but later admitted she did it to make it look like an accident, according to officials.

Both children were pronounced dead just after 4:30 p.m., when temperatures were approximately 96 degrees.

Randolph faces first-degree felony count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and was booked into the Parker County jail, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

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Seventeen cousins line up by age in photo celebrating family

Annabelle Rose Photography(DESTIN, Fla.) — A group beach photo is a staple of many summer vacations, but for one family it became a way to showcase the 17 amazing ways the clan has grown.

The photo, taken in Destin, Florida, in May, shows the 17 grandchildren of Mary Frances Fox lined up by age. Their T-shirts sport numbers depicting each wearer’s place in the order — with the oldest as 1 — and are in colors signifying which of Fox’s six children they belong to.

“Each one of my grandchildren is so proud to be a member of this big happy family that when their number was called, each one marched to their spot in the lineup,” Fox, of Pensacola, Florida, told ABC News.

“We’re so happy we could capture them all together which is no small feat,” said Chrissy Roussel, who posted the photo to her Facebook page, Roussel Six Pack.

The idea to number the kids came from Roussel’s sister Maryellen, and the photo was snapped by Katie Fox of Annabelle Rose Photography, who is Roussel’s sister is law.

The picture is particularly poignant because of a special person who could not be there to see it: Frederick Michael Fox, Jr., the children’s grandfather, Roussel said.

“My dad passed away three years ago. Later that same month, the last five babies were conceived,” said Roussel, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Babies 13 through 17, including my spontaneous triplets, numbers 13-15 are among them. We call those five babies the ‘Frederick Five’ in memory of my Dad. They’ve brought so much happiness and joy to our family when we needed it most. It is so bittersweet that he never got to meet them.”

The children are:

Anna, 14

Grace, 12

Porter, 12

Julia, 9

Lucy, 9

Molly, 7

Cora, 5

Isla, 5

Emily, 5

Kate, 5

Sadie, 3

Aubrey, 3

Libby, 2

Abby, 2

Ruby, 2

Emmett, 2

Maren, 2

Fox said, “I imagine my husband as a big, jolly angel laughing down on all these little people.”

Despite the bittersweet memory of their father and granddad, the photo has brought the family, and others, great happiness.

“I think so many people can relate to the joy that comes from being with your extended family and having all your little ones together,” said Roussel. “Who doesn’t want to play on the beach with their 16 cousins?! It just puts a smile on your face to see 17 smiling cousins lined up together on the beach.”

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Armed forces, lawmakers, feds celebrate ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers, branches of the armed forces and federal departments populated their Twitter feeds Friday with pooch pics in honor of “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” also referred to as “Bring Your Dog to Work Day.”

The day was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, a North Carolina-based educational association for professional pet sitters, to encourage business owners to allow dogs in the workplace.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., posted pictures of their pets.

Enjoyed having these patriotic pups in the office today. Now it’s back to #Illinois 🛫 Happy Friday, #IL16! #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/kdGxR4gyfk

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) June 23, 2017

#FlashbackFriday to a big day at the Capitol for our office dog, Juneau. Happy #BringYourDogToWorkDay! pic.twitter.com/usHdHctaA1

— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) June 23, 2017

The Secret Service tweeted a photo of an officer and his dog.

The @WhiteHouse is the best place to #BringYourDogToWorkDay. Proud to #KeepAmericaSafe #ProtectionNeverRests pic.twitter.com/Qpx454fjML

— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) June 23, 2017

The Marines tweeted a photo of a service member with a combat canine, and the Department of Defense did the same.

But who’s bringing who?#DevilDogs #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/m8VdDVBrpi

— U.S. Marines (@USMC) June 23, 2017

It’s #BringYourDogToWorkDay! Our dedicated and well-trained military working 🐶🐶🐶 are always ready for work! https://t.co/sjKwgFxbWP pic.twitter.com/oEDVkLCxkX

— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) June 23, 2017

The Army shared a dog-related fact.

#DidYouKnow: Approximately 90% of military working dogs are adopted by their former handlers when they retire. #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/0q8lz3K1DH

— GoArmy (@GoArmy) June 23, 2017

One of the TSA’s regional Twitter accounts posted a photo of a dog that detects explosives at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Joanne & her explosive detection K9 Bruce love working together @slcairport to keep travelers safe. A perfect pair! #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/mWAOGIbCF8

— TSAmedia_Lorie (@TSAmedia_Lorie) June 23, 2017

FEMA tweeted a video of one of its Urban Search & Rescue dogs, Elizabeth.

#BringYourDogToWorkDay is just another day on the job for Elizabeth and K9 Ventoux with @VATF1 Urban Search & Rescue. pic.twitter.com/3zQcl6g4OM

— FEMA (@fema) June 23, 2017

The Florida office of Customs and Border Protection tweeted photos of its detection dogs.

#CBP‘s canines provide reliable detection capabilities and a visible deterrent against criminal and terrorist threats #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/5Kvq3tM8YO

— CBP Florida (@CBPFlorida) June 23, 2017

And the USDA tweeted a photo of a dog on a farm.

Some people are lucky enough to have their dog at work everyday! #BringYourDogToWorkDay pic.twitter.com/WFLCIUuL4K

— USDA Ag Mktg Service (@USDA_AMS) June 23, 2017

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Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — A suspect has been indicted for murder in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed last summer while jogging in broad daylight in Massachusetts.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, Massachusetts, was indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury in the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Colon-Ortiz, who will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date, is being held by authorities on $10 million bail, Early said.

He was arrested two months ago in connection with Marcotte’s slaying after his DNA matched samples found on her hands.

He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on April 18 after being charged with aggravated assault and battery, and assault with attempt to rape. At the time, Early said a murder charge was also expected to be added.

Marcotte disappeared after going for a jog on Aug. 7, 2016, near her mother’s home in the town of Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston.

Her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother’s house.

An account manager at Google in New York City, Marcotte frequently visited family in Massachusetts and was planning to return to New York on the day of her death, according to Early.

A Google representative described Marcotte in a statement to ABC News as “a much-loved member of the Google team” who was “known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Police have said she was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time. Investigators said previously that she may have struggled with her attacker, and that whoever killed her suffered scratches, scrapes and bruises during the struggle.

Police sources have told ABC News there were signs Marcotte was sexually assaulted and that there were burns on parts of her body.

Marcotte was murdered just five days after another female jogger was killed in the New York City borough of Queens. Police said Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death on Aug. 2, 2016, while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.

Investigators in New York and Massachusetts do not believe the murders of the two young women are related, but authorities in both states have been working together to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths.

Early has said they “haven’t ruled anything out” regarding the similarities in the two cases.

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Police: Victims of San Francisco UPS shooting appear to have been targeted

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The three people who were shot and killed at a San Francisco UPS facility last week appeared to have been targeted, police announced Friday.

The shooter, identified as 38-year-old UPS employee Jimmy Lam, gave no warning before he began firing, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Witness statements and video surveillance of the incident show Lam passing other people to get to his victims, indicating that the victims were targeted, police said.

Police Cmdr. Greg McEachern said the video showed Lam passing employees without “any interaction,” which led police to believe that specific individuals were targeted.

The shootings of the victims were not captured on any kind of video, police said.

Lam was carrying two guns at the time of the June 14 incident, but he only used one of the weapons, which San Francisco police described as an “assault-type” pistol with an extended magazine.

Both guns were apparently stolen — one from nearby Napa and the other from Utah, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Lam also had a bag with one box of ammunition, police said.

After firing inside the facility building, police said Lam calmly walked outside the building and fired multiple rounds at another victim, killing him. He then walked back inside the building as police arrived and shot himself in the head as he was confronted by officers.

“The officers observed that Mr. Lam was armed with a firearm, and he had it pointed at his head,” McEachern said. “The officers instructed Mr. Lam to put the gun down in an attempt to take him into custody, but Mr. Lam shot himself.”

A total of 20 rounds were fired throughout the ordeal, police said.

Investigators are reviewing a journal and computer found at Lam’s home, but a motive for the shooting has still not been established, police said.

The facility is a package-sorting hub and delivery center, UPS said last week.

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Video shows moment humpback whale breaches next to boat near New Jersey

Paul Ziolkowski(NEW YORK) — These guys had a “whale” of a time when a humpback decided to give them a boat-side show in the New York harbor.

On Thursday, New Jersey native Paul Ziolkowski was boating near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in between New York and New Jersey when something “over-whale-ming” happened.

As seen in the video, a humpback whale breached directly next to their boat.

The men cursed in disbelief as their boat bobbed up and down in the aftermath.

“This definitely was one of the craziest experiences in my life, and I’ve had many,” Ziolkowski wrote on his Facebook post.

At their feet in their boat they found a fish brought in from the wave that was generated from the whale’s leap.

“I know it sounds like a fish story … but these #NewJersey waters are serious,” Ziolkowski joked in his Facebook post.

As the video shows, right after the whale swam away, a nearby boat started cheering at what they’d just seen.

“I got that on film too,” Ziolkowski yelled to a nearby boat.

In the video, the other boat occupants were so amazed by the experience they witnessed, they asked for him to text them the video he took.

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Stuffed cow saves boy in fall from second-floor window

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Many children have a favorite stuffed toy they keep close, and for a 2-year-old boy in Massachusetts, that devotion paid off.

Eduardo Jose Luis Gomez was clutching his large, stuffed cow when he fell 16 feet out a second-floor window to the concrete below.

“It’s a good distance and luckily for him, you know, the stuffed animal did absorb most of the impact,” Chelsea Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri told the ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB-TV.

Conscious and alert after the fall, Gomez was held at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation and is expected to be OK.

A toy story with a happy ending.

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Mystery surrounds death of 14-year-old girl found in Texas landfill

Bedford Police Department/Facebook(BEDFORD, Texas) — The death of a 14-year-old girl is shrouded in mystery after her body was found in a landfill in northern Texas this week.

Kaytlynn Cargill was last seen walking her dog not far from her house in Bedford on Monday around 6:20 p.m. local time. When Cargill didn’t return home after about 30 minutes, her parents began looking for her. The teen was reported as a missing child to the Bedford Police Department later that night.

Cargill’s family told police the teen may have gone to a friend’s residence. Officers went to the apartment complex in Bedford where that friend lived Monday night but were unable to locate Cargill. Investigators searched the apartment complex again for additional clues early Tuesday. It’s unclear whether Cargill was ever at the apartment complex.

At that time, there was still no reason to believe she was in any danger or to suspect foul play in her disappearance, Bedford Police Chief Jeff Gibson said at a news conference Friday morning.

The Bedford Police Department issued an alert to the community later Tuesday, asking for the public’s help in locating Cargill. There was no issuance of an Amber Alert because the circumstances of the girl’s disappearance did not meet the strict criteria required by state and federal law, Gibson noted.

On Wednesday, investigators continued canvassing the apartment complex in Bedford and searched the surrounding area for Cargill.

That afternoon, the Bedford Police Department received a call from authorities in Arlington that a body had been found in a landfill there, and the deceased person matched the characteristics of the missing teen, according to Gibson.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and positively identified the body as Cargill on Thursday. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

At the press conference Friday, Gibson said the body showed no signs of trauma, and it’s unclear whether Cargill was killed by somebody. However, her death is now a criminal investigation, Gibson added.

The girl’s family has requested privacy, which Gibson asked the media to respect.

“This is a terrible loss to the family, a great loss to her friends, classmates as well as to our community,” Gibson told reporters. “We are working diligently and tirelessly on a resolution to this senseless loss.”

Cargill was a seventh-grader at Central Junior High School in Euless. Friends and classmates described Cargill as a vibrant young teen who loved band, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

Investigators are working with the garbage and recycling service that operates the Arlington landfill to determine the origin of the trash dump in which Cargill was discovered.

No arrests have been made and there are no outstanding warrants related to the death investigation at this time. There is no suspect or person of interest, according to Gibson.

The Bedford Police Department has partnered with the Arlington Police Department, federal agencies and a local school district in an effort to solve the death mystery.

“Our No. 1 priority as we move forward in the Bedford Police Department is meeting the needs of a grieving family,” Gibson told reporters Friday. “We will continue to use all of our resources internally and externally to find the answers that this family and this community deserves.”

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Dancing gorilla channels his inner ‘Maniac’ in kiddie pool

ABCNews.com(DALLAS) — This dancing gorilla channeling his inner “Maniac” in his kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo is captivating the hearts of the internet.

Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla, showed off his awesome moves, spinning around in his pool flailing his arms to splash the water, and it’s basically encompassing how everyone feels about it being Friday.

“This is Zola 100 percent,” Ashely Orr, the primate supervisor who recorded the hilarious video, wrote to ABC News. “He is probably one of the goofiest and fun-loving gorillas in our troop at the Dallas Zoo.”

The zoo’s YouTube video of Zola’s next-level moves, which has nearly 200,000 views, has sparked social media users to come up with their own renditions of the video, adding music over his antics to make it even funnier.

I added some music to this. pic.twitter.com/UwjhTKpaeu

— Bob Hagh (@BobHagh) June 22, 2017

“We knew Zola had a knack for dancing, but had no idea he’d show off his moves that day,” Orr said. “We were cleaning the building and heard the splashing, so we ran over to see him in all his excitement. It’s always rewarding to see our animals really enjoy the enrichment items we put out for them to explore.”

She said Zola’s kiddie pool was “a treat” for him because he doesn’t always get to have one, “but when he does he thoroughly enjoys it.”

“For enrichment to be effective it has to be different — and this certainly sparked his interest and dance moves that day,” said Orr.

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UPDATE: City Of Findlay Has New Police Chief

06/23/17 – 11:39 A.M.
UPDATE 3:05 P.M.

The City of Findlay has a new Police Chief. Mayor Lydia Mihalik announced the appointment of John Dunbar to the position yesterday.Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that there was some competition for the position.

Paul Schmelzer

He has 25 years of experience in police service and had been a lieutenant since 2010. Mihalik added that she believes he has the skills to lead Findlay Police in a manner that best uses their talents.Schmelzer agreed,adding that Dunbar will make a good leader.

Paul Schmelzer

Dunbar was appointed as the acting police chief in February of this year after the retirement of Chief Greg Horne.

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