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Findlay CVS Robbery Could Be Connected To Other Area Drug Store Robberies

05/11/17 – 1:24 P.M.

Police think that the Findlay CVS robbery on Sunday could be connected with other drug store robberies in the area. Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring said they are looking into the robbery being connected to similar robberies in Dayton. Ring said that there is a group of people hitting drug stores in cities along I-75.

Ring added that it is not likely connected to the robbery in Toledo. That robbery was done by a single person in a different manner than the other drug store robberies. The group comes in and jumps the counter and demands a specific type of narcotic.

Ring said that they cannot release the security footage of the crime because of patient confidentiality. They had to sign a HIPAA agreement to get access to the footage.

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UPDATE: Findlay Car Thief Under Investigation For Big R Burglary

05/11/17 – 11:17 A.M.
UPDATE – 12:10 P.M.

A car was stolen from Warner Buick GMC on Bright Road in Findlay Wednesday. Police Lt. Robert Ring said that 28-year-old Christopher Anders is in custody after they used Onstar to find the car.

Robert Ring

Police found that Anders stole a GMC Acadia SUV after they were called around 7:30 a.m. for the crime. They believe that Anders broke a window and entered the dealership to steal the car.

Police Lt. Robert Ring said that their investigation isn’t over though.

Robert Ring

Police found evidence that links Anders to another a Burglary of the Big R store at the Findlay Village Mall. That burglary happened around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The store isn’t open yet and police cannot comment on what was stolen.

Anders is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center on felony receiving stolen property and Breaking and entering charges.

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Police plead with Trenton man to surrender after 30-hour standoff

iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) — (TRENTON, N.J.) — Armed police in Trenton, New Jersey, are hoping for a peaceful resolution as they engage in a deadly standoff with a suspect inside a home for a second straight day.

The incident began Wednesday morning in a residential neighborhood in New Jersey’s capital when U.S. Marshals went to a home to attempt to serve a warrant, officials said. The suspect, 35-year-old Tyleeb Reese, who was inside, allegedly fired on the marshals. The officers backed out of the house while under fire, officials said.

A bystander outside the home was crawling on the ground for safety when he was struck by gunfire and died, according to ABC affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia.

Resident Roseman Pilot told WPVI, “I come right out and see a body laying on the ground, cops hiding behind cover. It was crazy.”

Three Mercer County Sheriff’s officers have been injured, WPVI reported.

Capt. Brian Polite of the New Jersey State Police said this morning there has been little progress with the suspect, adding that everyone is “hoping for a peaceful resolution.”

Officers have used bullhorns to negotiate with Reese, saying things like, “I want this to end peacefully,” and, “We have not tried to hurt you.”

Authorities also deployed tear gas and have sent in a robot with a cellphone in an attempt to talk the suspect into surrendering.

Police are working with the suspect’s mother as well, hoping she can help bring the standoff to a peaceful end.

At one point, the suspect came to the window, but did not go outside.

Gunfire between the police and the suspect was heard early this morning.

Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson today urged residents to stay calm, saying law enforcement officers have been working tirelessly to resolve this matter.

Armed officers were seen helping neighbors to safety and officials said shelters and services are available for anyone who has been displaced.

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Mysterious Jane Doe case in Southern California finally solved after 27 years

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — A mysterious Jane Doe case in Southern California has been solved after 27 years thanks to a fingerprint match, officials said on Thursday.

Andrea Kuiper has been identified as the 26-year-old woman who was struck and killed by two cars while crossing the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, California, on April 1, 1990, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release today.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division worked on the case for years.

“We never forgot her and would regularly pull out her file to see if we could think of anything new to try,” Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes said in the sheriff’s department’s statement. “The investigators at the Coroner’s Office never stopped trying to figure out who she was.”

Then this year, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System partnered with the FBI to more closely examine fingerprints of unidentified people, and on May 4, the FBI told the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division that it had a hit, the sheriff’s office said.

Kuiper of Fairfax, Virginia, had gone to California when she was 26. According to the sheriff’s department, Kuiper’s parents said she suffered from manic depressive disorder and used drugs.

The last time the Kuipers heard of their daughter’s well-being was a few months before her death, when a friend of hers called her parents to say she was OK, the sheriff’s department said.

Now, the family is grateful to have closure.

“We are thankful to know what happened to our daughter after all these years,” her father, Richard Kuiper, said, according to the sheriff’s department.

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Woman finds 2.65-carat diamond during birthday trip to Arkansas state park

sorawat_c/iStock/Thinkstock(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) — One lucky woman received a birthday surprise Saturday after finding a diamond during a trip to an Arkansas state park.

On May 6, Victoria Brodski, of Tulsa Oklahoma, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro with her daughter, brother and parents to celebrate her 25th birthday when she discovered the 2.65-carat gemstone.

“I wish I could tell you I was excited, but I didn’t know it was a diamond — I just thought it was a pretty piece of glass,” Brodski told ABC News on Thursday. “Their eyes got really big and they and went to a different room with it. She came out with a finder’s form I had to fill out and I said, ‘Did I find a diamond?’ She said, ‘Yes, you found a diamond.'”

Brodski said she wanted to visit the park after hearing about a 7.44-carat brown diamond that was found by 14-year-old Kalel Langford in March.

Minutes after she and her family arrived at the park, Brodski was showing her 1-year-old daughter how to look for diamonds in the dirt.

She then came across what she thought was a “pretty piece of glass” and placed it in a bag with other items that were later found that day.

“My dad and I went to the information booth and I saw little examples of diamonds,” Brodski recalled. “I said, ‘That’s the rock I picked up earlier.’ So, I took it up there and they identified it.”

Brodski and her family used the names of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as code words in case a diamond was found. “I called my mom and said, ‘Michaelangelo!’ she added.

According to the park, the diamond found by Brodski was one of three discovered on the surface on May 6. “It is the second-largest diamond found so far in 2017, topped only by the 7.44-carat brown diamond found by a 14-year-old,” the park’s press release said.

Park interpreter Waymon Cox said, “Mrs. Brodski’s diamond is one of the more beautiful brown diamonds I’ve seen from the park. It’s about the size of a bead, with a dark brown color, like raw honey. It has a smooth, rounded surface and appears free of blemishes, inside and out.”

Brodski has not yet had her diamond appraised. She and her family created a contract before leaving for the park, which states that they’ll all split the value evenly.

When asked what her advice is for future park visitors, Brodski said, “Make sure you know what a diamond looks like!”

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911 calls depict airport chaos after Spirit Airlines cancels flights

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Police have released the 911 calls depicting the moment when chaos erupted among customers at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday after a slew of flights were cancelled.

Spirit Airlines cancelled nine flights at the airport on Monday, leading to long lines, enraged travelers and altercations at the ticket counter, according to ABC News affiliate WPLG.

Desmond Waul, 22, Janice Waul, 24, and Devante Garrett, 22, were arrested at the airport Monday night in connection with the fight and face charges of inciting or encouraging a riot, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and trespassing after a warning, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the suspects were “screaming at airline employees who were attempting to assist customers” and were “threatening bodily harm to employees and challenged them to come outside to fight.” The behavior of the suspects caused the crowd of approximately 500 people to become enraged and the atmosphere was one “that resembled the start of a riot,” according to an incident report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter told ABC News that there were no injuries reported in the altercation.

At least five phone calls were placed to 911 during the incident, with callers describing the crowd of passengers as “irate,” “rowdy” and “upset.” Some callers requested police assistance at the gate while others asked for “crowd control” at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter.

“The passengers are being rowdy because they cancelled the flight,” one caller told the dispatcher. “Another flight.”

“This is in reference to Spirit just cancelling the flight and they have a lot of upset passengers,” another caller said.

“They had a few cancellations and the passengers are rowdy, very rowdy,” a third caller told the dispatcher.

Video posted on social media captured the chaotic scene in the terminal as angry travelers yelled at employees while authorities tried to restore order.

Spirit Airlines, a Florida-based discount carrier, said the cancellations were a result of labor negotiations with unionized pilots who were allegedly boycotting flights. The Florida-based discount airline accused the pilots of putting their “quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations” and the safety of Spirit Airlines staff.

“We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport this evening,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement Monday. “This is a result of unlawful labor activity by some Spirit pilots designed to disrupt Spirit operations for our customers by canceling multiple flights across our network.”

The company said it filed a federal lawsuit against the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), which it accused of intentionally disrupting the airline’s operations, violating federal law and leading to hundreds of canceled flights.

“ALPA and the Spirit pilots are continuing to do everything possible to help restore the company’s operations, which have experienced significant problems over the past several days,” the Airline Pilots Association told ABC news in a statement Tuesday. “While we will continue these efforts, we will actively defend the association, its officers and its member pilots against the unwarranted and counterproductive legal action brought by Spirit Airlines.”

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that a temporary restraining order has been issued against the pilots’ union to stop the work slowdown.

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Armed police engaged in ongoing deadly standoff in Trenton

iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) — Armed police in Trenton, New Jersey, are engaged in a deadly standoff with a suspect for a second straight day.

The incident began Wednesday morning in a residential neighborhood in New Jersey’s capital when U.S. Marshals went to a home to attempt to serve a warrant, officials said. The suspect, 35-year-old Tyleeb Reese, who was inside the home, allegedly fired on the marshals. The officers backed out of the house while under fire, officials said.

Police stand guard on a perimeter of a standoff with a man in a home in Trenton, N.J, on May 10, 2017.

A bystander outside the home was crawling on the ground for safety when he was struck by gunfire and died, according to ABC affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia.

Resident Roseman Pilot told WPVI, “I come right out and see a body laying on the ground, cops hiding behind cover. It was crazy.”

Three Mercer County Sheriff’s officers have been injured, WPVI reported.

Police stand guard at the perimeter of a standoff with a man in a home in Trenton, N.J., on May 10, 2017.

Armed officers were seen helping neighbors to safety on Thursday.

A police officer helps to move a woman to safety during a standoff with a man in a home in Trenton, N.J., on May 10, 2017.

Authorities have deployed tear gas and have sent in a robot with a cellphone in an attempt to talk the suspect into surrendering.

A police officer operates a robot during a standoff with a man in a home in Trenton, N.J., on May 10, 2017.

Officers also used bullhorns to negotiate with the suspect, saying things like, “I want this to end peacefully,” and, “We have not tried to hurt you.”

Gunfire between the police and the suspect was heard early Thursday morning.

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Press freedom advocates condemn arrest of journalist in West Virginia

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Press freedom advocates have condemned the arrest of a journalist in West Virginia, who was apprehended as he questioned a Trump administration official at the State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday.

Police arrested veteran broadcast journalist Dan Heyman of Public News Service West Virginia on Tuesday and charged him with “willful disruption of government processes,” a misdemeanor, alleging that Heyman “was aggressively breaching the secret service agents” and “causing a disturbance by yelling questions” about the health care bill at Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a leading press freedom watchdog group, characterized the arrest as “a clear affront to press freedom” and called for the immediate dismissal of the charges.

“The arrest of a journalist trying to ask a question in the public interest is a clear affront to press freedom,” said Alexandra Ellerbeck, senior U.S. and Americas researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists. “West Virginia authorities should drop all charges against Dan Heyman immediately and respect journalists’ right to question government officials.”

After a few hours in custody, Heyman was released on bail, and he held a press conference in which he told reporters that he had only been doing his job.

“At some point they decided I was too persistent in trying to ask this question and do my job, so they arrested me,” Heyman said.

According to Peter Sterne, a senior reporter at the Freedom of the Press Foundation who has been collecting data on press freedom incidents in the U.S. in preparation for the foundation’s launch of a “U.S. Press Freedom Tracker” this summer, 15 journalists (including Heyman) have been arrested in the U.S. since the start of the year. Sterne says 14 of them (including Heyman) are currently facing charges as a direct result of their work.

“It’s very concerning that Dan was removed from the capitol and arrested, simply for attempting to do his job and ask Secretary Price a question about the controversial health care law,” Sterne told ABC News. “I hope that the authorities in West Virginia will acknowledge their mistake and drop the charges against him.”

Heyman’s arrest also caught the attention of the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, whose legal director, Jamie Lynn Crofts, told ABC News that the organization stands ready to throw the weight of its office behind Heyman because they view his arrest as a troubling sign of a trickle-down effect.

“We’re absolutely concerned that this is something that’s trickling down from the highest levels of the administration,” Crofts said. “We have a president who every day is saying the media is “fake news” and is refusing to call on reporters he doesn’t like. Eventually that’s going to seep down to other areas, including law enforcement.”

For Crofts, Heyman’s arrest raised concerns that such incidents, if left unaddressed, could put a chill on critical reporting designed to hold our elected officials to account.

“If this kind of behavior continues, it’s just going to result in reporters being afraid to ask questions and people being afraid to stand up to their representatives,” Crofts continued. “A free press is one of the building blocks of our democracy. Without it, we’re not the same country. Americans, regardless of their political beliefs, have the right to stand up and ask tough questions.”

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New Orleans removes second Confederate-era monument

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — Dozens of people gathered in New Orleans on Thursday morning to witness the removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial, the second of four Confederate-era monuments that are set to come down.

The statue, erected in 1911 in honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, was taken down at around 6 a.m. Thursday by workers wearing masks and helmets. The area was heavily guarded by police officers, presumably to prevent clashes between pro- and anti-monument groups.

New Orleans voted to remove four Confederate-era monuments in 2015 because the statues for many residents are symbols of racism and white supremacy. The city, in a press release on Thursday, said the statues were built decades after the Civil War to “celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,'” a movement it says promotes white supremacy.

“Three weeks ago, we began a challenging but long overdue process of removing four statues that honor the ‘Lost Cause of the Confederacy.’ Today we continue the mission,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in the statement. “These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it. I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it.”

The city began the process of taking down the statutes late last month, starting with the removal of the monument to the Battle at Liberty Place, which Landrieu said was put up to celebrate the murder of police officers by white supremacists.

Workers in that removal crew also wore masks and the area was guarded by officers and snipers.

Proponents and opponents of the removal plan have taken part in sometimes tense demonstrations at monument sites in the past.

Multiple protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday after a fight broke out at an event held to celebrate the removal of the Liberty Place monument. The demonstration attracted more than 700 people, including counter-protesters who carried Confederate flags.

The city has not released a timeline for its removal plans, citing “widely known intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns.”

However, Landrieu previously said the monument of Davis and the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard could come down “anytime, sooner rather than later.”

“To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future,” Landrieu said in Thursday’s statement. “We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past.”

The staff at the Morris Jeff Community School, located near the Jefferson Davis monument, sent out a recorded message late Wednesday to parents, saying that the New Orleans Police Department had confirmed that the statue would be removed overnight.

Parents were also asked not to share the news on social media “for safety and security” reasons as it fears that could intensify crowds and “attract more protesters.”

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New Orleans school warns parents of Confederate statue removal

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — A New Orleans school, located near a monument that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis, warned parents on Wednesday that the statue would be removed Thursday, according to an audio recording heard by ABC News.

Morris Jeff Community School staff sent out a recorded message late Wednesday to parents, saying that the New Orleans Police Department had confirmed that the Jefferson Davis monument would be removed overnight.

The school said it would be open on Thursday, but it warned parents to take an alternate route because roads in the area might be closed.

Parents were asked not to share the news on social media as the school feared it could intensify crowds.

“For safety and security please do not post this on social media because doing so may attract more protesters,” the message said.

New Orleans voted to remove four Confederate-era monuments in 2015 because the statues for many residents are symbols of racism and white supremacy.

The city began the process of taking down the statutes late last month, starting with the removal of the monument to the Battle at Liberty Place, which New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said was put up to celebrate the murder of police officers by white supremacists. Workers in the removal crew wore masks and the area was heavily guarded by officers and snipers.

The city has not released a timeline for its removal plans, citing safety concerns.

However, Landrieu said the monument of Davis and the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard could come down “anytime, sooner rather than later.”

Proponents and opponents of the removal plan have taken part in sometimes tense demonstrations at monument sites.

Multiple protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday after a fight broke out at an event held to celebrate the removal of the Liberty Place monument.

The demonstration attracted more than 700 people, including counter-protesters who carried Confederate flags.

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