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Police Rescue Man Lost in Nevada Desert for a Week

iStock/Thinkstock(CEDARVILLE, Calif.) — A 69-year-old Oregon man has two Nevada police officers to thank for saving his life after he was lost in the desert for a week.

Philip Besanson said he was traveling from Arizona to Eugene, Oregon, when his truck broke down on a snow-covered road 50 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada on Feb. 5, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, Nevada.

The man stayed with his vehicle and survived off of rationed canned food and water from the melted snow, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

On Friday, Patrol Lt. Phil Condon and Sgt. Dennis Hippert were inspecting the remote area of the highway when they found Besanson that morning. They took him to a hospital in Cedarville, Calif., where he’s recovering.

The rescuers say Besanson did the smart thing by staying with his truck rather than attempting to walk to Gerlach. The vehicle provided shelter and was much easier for Condon and Hippert to locate.

“Mr. Besanson told us that he believes his life was saved by Lieutenant Condon and Sergeant Hippert today and I agree with him,” said Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen, who praised the officers in a statement.

“Because of the bad road and weather conditions along SR 34 this time of year, it may have been several more weeks before anyone else traveled up that particular stretch of highway and located this gentleman,” he added.

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Northeast Braces for Life-Threatening Wind Chills

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A major cold blast is hitting the Northeast and Midwest Saturday and forcing nearly 100 million people to deal with dangerous and possibly life-threatening wind chills.

The polar air is already making its way eastward from the Midwest. The greater Chicago area could see wind chills Saturday as low as minus 20 degrees. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, there is a chance for wind chills as low minus 30 degrees below zero.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for New York City, southwards towards Philadelphia and down the Appalachians. The coldest wind chills are expected in these areas late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. One of the areas of concern will be parts of upstate New York, where wind chills could dip as low as minus 40 degrees.

New York City’s Central Park hit 22 degrees early Saturday, but factoring the wind chill it feels 15 degrees below zero. If New York City were to drop below 2 degrees on Sunday, it will beat the record for the coldest Valentine’s Day, which was set in 1916. The last time the Big Apple hit zero degrees was in 1994.

Philadelphia is operating in Code Blue, a city-wide response to get anyone who needs shelter inside. Warming centers have been opened across the I-95 corridor to help anyone get indoors and away from the brutal cold.

Wind chill watches and warnings are in effect for much of New England. Wind chill values overnight could dip to life-threatening conditions in the New England area. Those venturing outside for prolonged periods of time could easily receive frostbite and hypothermia.

For Sunday morning, record daily lows will be possible from central New Jersey to Boston. In addition, record low high temperatures will be possible in parts of the Northeast as well. Boston’s record daily low on Sunday is minus three degrees, and the current forecast is already minus four degrees. The last time it was this cold in Boston was in 2004.

In addition to the brutal cold air, snow squalls will be possible across the Midwest and the Northeast Saturday morning with generally light accumulations.

Meanwhile temperatures are expected to quickly rise up towards average, possibly above average by Tuesday and lasting through the end of the month.

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Hundreds of Thumbtacks Found in California Dog Park

Hercules Police Department(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hundreds of thumbtacks have been found strewn across a California dog park on multiple occasions, apparently placed there intentionally to harm the pets that play in the park, police told ABC owned station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Dog owners began to notice the dangerous tacks at the Ohlone Dog Park in Hercules last month and collected enough to fill several sandwich bags, KGO-TV reported. But when they returned, more tacks had appeared.

“After we’ve gotten most of them out, then we come back and they’re back again,” Bay Area dog owner Annie Miller told KGO-TV.

At least two dogs have been hurt from the tacks, according to witnesses.

“One of the guys was picking them up and his dog swallowed one and he had to take him to the vet,” Miller said. “I’m sure it’s not a very nice vet bill.”

“Another person, their dog was limping and she put the paw up and there was a tack, not all the way in, but it was in the paw,” dog owner Kathy Long told KGO-TV.

Police said animals aren’t the only ones in danger, as the thumbtacks could be harmful to children as well, since they’re small enough to swallow.

“A child is very quick with that kind of thing and could have it in his mouth and swallow it before any parent could reach them,” said Connie Van Putten, public information officer for the Hercules Police Department.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area.

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School Shootings Since Columbine: By the Numbers

ABCNews.com(COLUMBINE, Colo.) — In a Diane Sawyer special edition of 20/20, she spoke with Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. ABC News examined the impact and lessons from that tragic day that changed the nation. The numbers that follow are a part of a larger conversation about school violence and children in crisis:

50 – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)

141 – The number of people killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)

73 – The percentage of school shooters with no prior criminal record, not even an arrest. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)

96 – The percentage of school shooters who are male. (FBI records)

17 – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine. (FBI records)

81 – The percentage of school shootings where someone had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the shooting. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)

68 – The percentage of school shooters who got their guns from relatives or at home. (US Secret Service, US Department of Education)

65 – The number of school shooters and thwarted school shooters who have referenced Columbine as a motivation. (ABC News investigation, various law enforcement agencies)

270 – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine. (ABC News review of reported cases)

1 – The number of shootings per week, on average, on a school or college campus in 2015. (ABC News review of reported cases)

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Shooting Death of Two Arizona Teens Appears to Be Murder-Suicide, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Two 15-year-old girls died after a shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said.

Investigators said they found evidence at the scene leading them to believe that one girl took the life of the other before taking her own life, noting the investigation is still ongoing.

The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. The two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an “isolated” area of campus, Glendale police said.

Officers found both girls dead at the scene, Officer Tracey Breeden, spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department, said at a news conference.

The girls were found together with a weapon near them, Breeden said. Both girls were in the 10th grade, she added.

During the processing of the scene, a suicide note was located, police said.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” police said earlier Friday after the campus was put on lockdown.

In a statement released later Friday, police said: “Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship. Detectives do not have any persons of interest and do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.”

“The investigation has led detectives to believe this incident was a murder-suicide,” police added. “In addition, information obtained indicates gunshots were heard at the school this morning, but it is believed no students witnessed the shooting.”

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Death-Metal Rocker Believes Lost Vest in Macy’s Display

Meshach Babcock(NEW YORK) — When a death-metal rocker in Oregon had his treasured biker vest stolen at a performance three years ago, not only did he think he would never wear it again, he certainly didn’t expect it might resurface on the other side of the country, in a Macy’s store-window display.

“The whole thing is just really bizarre and awesome,” Meshach Babcock, 23, said.

His good friend Nicholas Prom was on Instagram Saturday when he saw a photo of a vest in a New York City Macy’s, as part of a Ralph Lauren Polo display in Herald Square, Babcock said.

He said Prom knew it was Babcock’s from the patches and writing on the vest. So Prom immediately called his friend, who was at a bar that night and began jumping up and down and screaming, prompting a few stares, Babcock said.

Babcock rushed back to his home in Portland that night to “check out what was going on.” In the time it took Babcock to get back to his house, Prom had already created a Facebook page titled “Macy’s, Give Back Meshach’s Vest,” and it gained a few hundred “likes.”

“It just started booming from there,” Babcock said.

A death-metal musician in several bands, Babcock cherished the vest given to him by a friend whose grandfather had used the vest in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the eight years he had the vest, he made it his “constant art project,” adding patches, writing on and dying the vest.

It is a “big thing in heavy metal to have a jacket,” Babcock said, and “it became really important to me,” he said.

In April 2013, Babcock was playing with his band Maniak at a battle-of-the-bands show at Oregon City High School. He put his vest down with the rest of his band’s stuff in the back and when he came back at the end of the show, his vest was gone.

“I stayed there for two hours looking for it,” Babcock said. “I went back to the school the next day to ask security if they saw it,” and he even searched through garbage cans hoping to find it somewhere.

Devastated, he gave up until last week when his hope was renewed. Babcock has been in contact with Macy’s and the company must verify that it is his, according to company spokeswoman Elina Kazan.

She said Macy’s has yet to confirm that the vest belongs to Babcock.

If it does, it’s unclear how Ralph Lauren Polo and Macy’s would have come into possession of the vest. Kazan said there is a supply shop where a visual team creates the displays for Macy’s and the jacket was in the supply shop.

The vest has been taken down from the display and is being stored in a secure place. Kazan said she is waiting for Babcock to call her to complete the verification.

But Babcock hopes to have the vest back soon. To celebrate, he plans to perform a big show and, he said, keep the vest on the entire time.

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Restaurant Machete Attack Survivor Describes ‘Complete Chaos’

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — When a machete-wielding man launched an attack at an Ohio restaurant, injuring four, “complete chaos broke out,” one survivor told ABC News Friday.

Tracy – who did not want to use her last name – had just paid for her meal at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli when she heard screaming, she said.

“I turned around. And there was a gentleman behind me, in front of the first booth, with two machetes in the air. One in each hand,” she said. “And basically going down the entire row of booths in the restaurant and just hitting everybody with the machetes.”

The man’s attack was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday, the Columbus Police Department said Friday.

“Complete chaos broke out,” Tracy said. “Everybody was running away from him trying to get out of the restaurant.”

“My legs completely gave out on me … I thought to myself, that at any moment I’m gonna get a knife in my back,” she said.

She said some children and elderly people were in the restaurant.

“It was so sudden,” Tracy said. “I think it caught a lot of people off guard because they were eating.”

She continued: “The first thing that went through my head was, I see this on TV all the time, but you never really think it’s gonna happen to you.”

“There was a lot of blood,” she added, saying that she was thankful everyone survived.

Tracy described the suspect as “quiet” and “expressionless.”

“I didn’t hear him say a word,” she said.

“He didn’t even really try to escape quickly,” she said. “He just kind of hung out in the parking lot for a while. And was still taunting some of the customers and waiving his knives in the air.”

She said he drove off calmly.

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, eventually fled the scene in a car with police in pursuit, according to a police press release.

After some time, the suspect stopped and exited the car, armed with a machete in one hand and a knife in the other, police said in the release. Officers deployed a taser to prevent him from fleeing again, but it wasn’t effective. As the suspect lunged at police, an officer shot him multiple times, according to the release. Officer John Johnson, a 25-year veteran, fired the shots, police said.

Barry died at the scene, police said.

Four victims – three men and one woman – were hospitalized after the attack, police said.

William Foley, 54, was in critical but stable condition Friday, police said, while Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43, were in stable condition. The last victim, Neil McMeekin, 43, has been treated and released, police said Friday.

No officers were injured, police said.

The incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, police said, and the final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-Of-Command for review.

The FBI is investigating the suspect’s motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference Friday afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear. Law enforcement sources told ABC News Friday that Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.

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Suspect Identified in Columbus Restaurant Machete Attack Known to FBI

ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The FBI knew the alleged suspect who attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.

Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Barry, the man who Columbus Police shot and killed after a machete attack Thursday, was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation. Barry’s name was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.

All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.

The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were “red flags” surrounding the attack.

“Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away,” he said.

“Fortunately, no one’s life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.

But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”

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Two Teen Girls Dead in Shooting at Arizona High School

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) – A double shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, left two 15-year-old girls dead, according to Glendale police.

Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden said in a news conference the department received a call of a shooting before 8am MST at the high school, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix.

Police arrived on the scene and found the two female students dead in a covered patio area near the school.

A weapon was also found at the scene, Glendale police said.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” police said.

Parents are arriving at the school to make sure their children are safe. The school is still on lockdown as officers continue their investigation.

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Update: War Of Words: Robertson & Harrington On The Offensive Following Forum

2/12/16 – 12:11 A.M.
Update – 5:06 P.M.

The gloves have officially come off in the Hancock County Commissioners race. In his closing statements during Wednesday night’s candidate forum, challenger John Harrington accused incumbent Brian Robertson of using false premises in listing a woman by the name of Felicia Biggs as a 51 percent owner of Manufacturing Business Development Solutions. Harrington asked if it was a ruse to gain contracts and tax breaks.

AUDIO: Harrington audio from Wednesday forum

Since then the candidates have taken their case to social media. Robertson responded in an email to supporters; calling the accusations “falsehoods and political posturing.” He then questioned Harrington’s record as a Realtor. According to the email, Harrington lists himself as a realtor although his name was not listed on a roster of licensed Realtors in Hancock County.

Robertson also questioned Harrington’s commitment to those he represents on Findlay City Council, after Harrington called a recent committee meeting a “waste of time.”

The Robertson campaign reached out to WFIN Friday afternoon and provided details about Felicia Biggs.  A statement from the campaign said, “I indicated to (Courier reporter) Denise Grant that she (Biggs) was a former partner.  The email goes on to say that Harrington posted another post on his Facebook page that confirms Robertson’s business has not moved out of Findlay.

The website for MBDS lists locations in Findlay and Upper Sandusky.

Robertson’s campaign promised to respond further later today.

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