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Arrest Made in ‘Unspeakable’ Murder of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — An arrest has been made in the “unspeakable” murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago, police announced Friday.

Further details of the arrest were not immediately available.

Chicago Police detectives have made an arrest in the unspeakable murder of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. Press announcement later this morning.

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 27, 2015

The boy was lured into an alley and “executed” — shot several times in the upper body, including the head and neck on Nov. 2, according to officials.

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

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Terrifying Video Shows Alleged Burglar Creeping Around Home While Residents Sleep

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Parents in New York City witnessed their worst nightmare come true when a thief was caught creeping around their home on Wednesday morning, a police report released yesterday said.

Prior to getting in the Flushing, Queens home, the burglar was caught on a surveillance video outside around 2.20 a.m., the New York City Police department said.

The footage released by police, documents the suspect crawling around with a knife in his mouth and skulking around the house for approximately 30 minutes, ABC news owned station, WABC in New York reported.

In addition to that, the video shows the suspect going into the owner’s bedroom and taking a Samsung S6 cellphone that was sitting on top of a dresser.

WABC said, the burglar fled on foot when the 42-year-old resident woke up and shouted at him.

Police describe the suspect as 6’2” and 200 pounds. At the time of entry, “he was wearing all black and a black snow cap with ‘diamond’ in red and white letting on it,” the report stated.

“[The neighborhood] changed,” the owner told WABC. “We have to check all the doors and windows.”

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White House Lawn Locked Down After Fence Jumper

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The North Lawn of the White House was on lockdown Thursday after a man jumped the fence and was taken into custody, authorities said.

The incident comes just months after the Secret Service took numerous steps to improve security at the White House, including adding a short bike rack fence, and adding spikes atop a fence lining the perimeter of the complex.

The Secret Service press office was unable to immediately comment.

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Brothers Fear The Other is Dead After Surviving Avalanches

iStock/Thinkstock(OPHIR, Colo.) — Two brothers feared the worst for each other’s fate when they triggered separate avalanches while skiing in the backcountry of Ophir, Colorado.

On Wednesday, Brian Holmes, 26, triggered the first avalanche when he started his descent near Waterfall Canyon in Ophir, police said. His 27-year-old brother, Alex Holmes, told police that he triggered a second avalanche when he tried to ski down to search for Brian and left the area to go for help.

Police and rescue volunteers began their search for the brothers around 1 p.m., authorities said. Around the same time, dispatchers received a call from Brian’s cellphone and heard someone breathing, but nothing else.

Brian later told police that he slid about 1,000 feet down the mountain and landed on his back. He said most of his body was covered in snow, other than his face and one arm. He was able to get himself out of the snow in 10 to 15 minutes, police said.

“He then began searching for his brother, whom he thought was dead,” police said.

After searching for about an hour, Brian made his way down to the town of Ophir around 2 p.m. He was taken to Telluride Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Rector said in a report that given the wind and worsening conditions, it’s not surprising that an avalanche was triggered.

“The [San Juan mountain range] in general can represent some of the most tenuous snow conditions on the continent, he said. “Given the circumstances and nature of the slide, this skier is extremely fortunate.”

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New Dash Cam Video Shows Laquan McDonald Running from Police

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — New dash cam footage released from the night of teen Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by police shows the teen running from a cop car.

This blurry footage, taken from the dash camera in officer Jason Van Dyke’s patrol car, shows the 17-year-old running from the vehicle.

The video from the night of Oct. 20, 2014, released by police, ends less than 30 seconds before Van Dyke began shooting McDonald.

Van Dyke, who has since been charged with first degree murder is accused of shooting McDonald 16 times in a 14 to 15 second span, authorities said.

Footage from another police car’s dash cam, which arrived at the scene less than one minute after McDonald, shows the teen lying on the ground. He later died at a hospital.

The footage from Van Dyke’s camera comes two days after Chicago police released the initial footage of McDonald being fatally shot. The police released that footage, against the wishes of McDonald’s family, after a court order.

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US Customs and Border Protection Test Body Cams to Reduce Use of Force

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s the largest police force in the country with about 60,000 employees, and now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the first to conduct a massive experiment to test the use of body cameras along the United States borders.

Agents have been testing different models of body cameras as part of an initiative to reduce use of force — and it’s these cameras that are the most controversial part of a new 18-month retraining program ordered by reform Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske.

“People get concerned,” Kerlikowske said. “Is it going to be used to catch me doing something wrong?”

The training program and body cameras were the former Seattle police chief’s response to a series of “use of force” complaints that came before he took office, from the beating and tazing of Antonio Hernandez Rojas — which in this case the U.S. Justice Department ruled the agents broke no laws and did not prosecute — to the shooting of 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who was standing on the Mexican side at the time accused of rock throwing but who witnesses say was an innocent bystander.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition accuses the agency of 40 deaths due to excessive force by the Border Patrol since 2010.

In response, the Border Patrol cited a 26 percent reduction in use of force incidents in fiscal year 2016.

“There are times in law enforcement when some level of force must be used to safeguard the public or protect an officer or agent,” the agency said. “Any use of force must be justified and consistent with CBP policy. There is no apprehension — no seizure, no arrest, and no pursuit — is worth the risk of injury or death to either CBP personnel or those with whom we come in contact.”

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Kerlikowske said the incidents and resulting publicity have harmed his agency’s credibility — something he plans to fix.

“We knew we had this amount of scrutiny, the amount of attention, and, frankly, the lack of being able to work with the public as a result of that increased suspicion that the agents are involved in excessive force when, in fact, it’s a dangerous environment and they show great restraint,” he said.

He believes that installing more cameras at the border crossings, in vehicles, and on the bodies of his officers will vindicate the majority of his agents, while holding the overly aggressive accountable.

Today, the United States spends $18 billion a year on border control — more spent on agents, technology and weapons than ever before.

There are more than 8,000 cameras watching the border wall, watching the ports of entry and watching above from helium balloons. Soon, there will be body cameras on agents themselves at an estimated cost of tens of millions of dollars.

The body cam program is about to begin a second pilot program designed to address objections from the agents’ union that the cameras are hurting morale and making it harder for them to do their jobs — and the challenges the cameras face in the harsh environment Border Patrol agents work.

Despite those challenges, Kerlikowske believes they will be a benefit for all involved.

“In the long run, more cameras will prove that over and over again, these agents treat people the way I’ve seen them treat people: in a very humane way,” he said.

Additionally, Kerlikowske has placed what he calls a relentless focus on tactics, on new policy, on new equipment and on training since taking office, with body cameras constituting just one part of that effort.

Another part of that effort: a training center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where new state of the art simulators with 300-degree screens allow agents to train in troublesome real life scenarios they could potentially face while on the job, including everything from an active shooter situation in a movie theater to encounters with smugglers at the border to rock throwing incidents.

“The more that we can expose them to these kinds of things the better for us, and, frankly, the better for the public,” Kerlikowske said.

For the first time, Border Patrol agents under Kerlikowske are being trained to use less violent means of controlling the frontier. He believes that a gun isn’t always the best choice.

“The strategy is that we want to give the agents as many tools as possible,” Kerlikowske said.

Under his leadership, Borer Patrol agents are now armed with a wide variety of non-lethal bullets, pepper powders, and chemical sprays.

“Now we have a range of tools, some that can give us quite a bit of distance between ourselves and the suspect,” Kerlikowske said.

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Military Families Reunited in Ultimate Thanksgiving Surprise

Walt Disney World Resort(NEW YORK) — Two military families, who formed an unlikely bond at a Virginia post office while a member of one was deployed in Afghanistan, were reunited at Walt Disney World for an unforgettable Thanksgiving surprise on “Good Morning America.”

Petty Officer Shannon Thompson and his wife, Irene, live at the naval air station in Lemoore, California with their two young daughters. In 2010, the couple was living in Salem, Va., when Shannon was deployed to Afghanistan with Second Battalion First Marines.
“I was definitely concerned with how she was gonna handle, you know, being two parents at one time,” Shannon, a Navy Corpsman, told ABC News.

Irene stayed in Virginia with their 4-year-old daughter Alanna.

“It was scary,” she said. “Thinking about him going to a war zone [is] nerve wracking…because you don’t know what’s going on.”

Irene was living with her in-laws, but it was when she went to mail a package to her husband overseas, she struck up a surprising friendship.

“I had to get some help filling out the form because I didn’t know what to do,” she told ABC News.
Postal clerk Ron Johnson, 53, who served 6 years in the Air Force beginning in April 1983, was working that day and helped Irene mail the package.

“I remember she came in and [she] had no clue as to what to do and how to send these things overseas. And [I] just took her in and helped her you know get everything done to get the package mailed to her husband,” Johnson said. “As time went on, every time she came in, we’d talk more and more about her husband and her kid and family and just kind of built a little relationship there.”

The friendship became a source of great comfort for Irene.

“Being prior military himself, [Ron] knew kind of what it was like going through what I was going through,” she recalled. “I would wait to get in his line and go to his register, so I could just talk to him and you know give him an update and let him know how things were going. There was a period of time one time while [Shannon] was deployed I didn’t speak to him for five weeks. He told me, he said, ‘With military no news is good news. So if you haven’t heard from him, he’s OK. So that kind of made me feel better.”

The clerk’s advice helped Irene more than he could ever know.

Shannon, who remains on active duty, made it home safely in May 2011, and although the Thompson’s lost touch with Johnson when they moved to California shortly afterwards, they never forgot the impact his kindness had on their family.

They were thrilled for the opportunity to offer an incredible “thank you” to Johnson at Walt Disney World, where Ron learned that he and his fiancee, Kat, were being made Grand Marshals of the Disney parade in the Magic Kingdom.

After enjoying the parade up-close, the families boarded a boat together for a chance to catch up and take in the sights when they reached the pier at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

A Thanksgiving feast was the backdrop for their incredible reunion five years in the making, and as friendships rekindled, a huge “thank you” was delivered at long last in a magical way.

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Largest Number of NYPD Officers Ever Called to Protect Thanksgiving Parade

ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York Police are showing up in droves to protect the record-breaking crowd expected at Thursday’s Thanksgiving parade in the city.

The “thousands and thousands” of officers that Mayor Bill de Blasio said are going to be protecting the parade on Thursday will range from uniformed patrols to officers in plainclothes.

The concern over the crowd comes as so-called “soft targets” have come under scrutiny after the shootings and bombings in Paris and Mali in recent weeks. But officials, including President Obama, have said there were no specific threats.

At the parade, there will be members of the heavily armed and elite Hercules team as well as members of the city’s new counter terror force and critical response command who will also be heavily armed.

Bomb-sniffing police dogs and radiation detectors will also be used to locate any dirty bombs.

De Blasio said that it will mark “the most NYPD presence we’ve ever had for one of these parades.”

“We are ready here today and I have to tell you, the people of the city are voting with their feet: we’re going to see millions of people here today meaning they are feeling safe and secure,” de Blasio said during a press conference along the parade route.

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Green Bean Casserole a Popular Dish this Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Will you be eating green bean casserole on Thursday? Millions of Americans will, according to a new survey.

Del Monte, the country’s biggest grower and distributor of green beans, surveyed 3,000 Americans and found that 30 million green bean casseroles will be served this Thanksgiving.

As far as states go, Louisiana tops the list when it comes to the dish, with 60 percent of people there planning to eat it. Oklahoma follows in second place.

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Woman Missing After 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado Tracked Down by Police

danielfela/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — A woman missing for four years after a devastating tornado struck her home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been found in Florida, authorities said Wednesday.

Laurie Anne MacConnell, 53, was found on Nov. 19 with the help of multiple government agencies, including the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the US Customs and Border Protection office.

The estimated mile-wide storm on April 27, 2011 reportedly left dozens dead in the city and damaged or destroyed some 10 percent of the city’s structures, according to a report.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department spoke with MacConnell over the phone and verified that she was in good health.

It was not immediately clear how police located her or how she disappeared.

According to police, there are three other persons listed as missing.

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