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Louisiana sheriff’s deputy shot and killed in the line of duty

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot late Saturday night while conducting an investigation, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police confirmed.

The deputy was conducting an investigation near a barber shop in East Baton Rouge when shots were fired, Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Lee said at a press conference early Sunday morning. The deputy’s name has not yet been released.

The suspect was also shot, and is being treated at local hospital, Lee said.

“It’s a tragic night for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, one of our deputies has been shot and killed,” East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said at the press conference. “Right now Sheriff Gautreaux is with the family. We are focused on working with the family, praying for the family and making sure our deputies have the help and support they need.”

Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge Sharon Weston Broome, also at the press conference, said “this is certainly a tragedy for the community.”

Louisiana State Police, who were contacted shortly before midnight to investigate the shooting, are leading the investigation.

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Individual driving ‘suspicious’ vehicle detained near White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An individual who drove up to a Secret Service checkpoint near the White House Saturday night was detained after his vehicle was determined to be “suspicious,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

It was the second security-related incident near the White House on Saturday.

“On March 18, 2017 at approximately 11:05 pm, an individual drove a vehicle up to a Secret Service checkpoint located at 15th Street and E Street NW,” reads the statement. “Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious.”

The statement continues, “In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness.”

President Trump was not in the White House at the time of the incident. He and his family are at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

Earlier in the day, a man was detained after hopping over a bike-rack barrier along the north fence of the White House, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News.

The person did not make it over the White House fence, sources said. Sources said he wanted to deliver a letter to someone in the Trump administration.

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017

And on March 10, an intruder scaled a White House fence. The Secret Service said Friday that last week’s intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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Meals on Wheels donations surge after White House budget proposes funding cuts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Meals on Wheels, a non-profit program that serves senior citizens around the U.S., has seen its online donations surge since President Trump’s administration released a budget proposal that could result in funding cuts for the organization.

The White House released its proposed budget early Thursday, and during the course of that day, online donations to Meals on Wheels were 50 times the usual daily total — $50,000 compared to the typical daily rate of $1,000, Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications for Meals on Wheels America, told ABC News.

The increased giving has continued. By Saturday afternoon, Meals on Wheels had received just over $100,000 in mostly small individual gifts since the proposed budget was released, Bertolette said.

She said the group is particularly gratified by people vouching publicly for the value of the Meals on Wheels network, which through a network of 5,000 programs in the U.S. serves nearly a million meals per day. Each year, 2.4 million older Americans, including 500,000 veterans, are served by the program.

“What is most valuable to us is the fact that so many people are speaking out in support of this public-private partnership and demanding that Meals on Wheels remain a funding priority,” she said.

The Meals on Wheels network receives its funding from a combination of state and local funding, private donations and other resources. Bertolette said 35 percent of its funding comes from the Older American Act Nutrition Program. That program’s funding could be affected by the White House’s proposed cut of about 16 percent to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The exact size of any possible cut to Meals on Wheels is unknown, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said, “Meals on Wheels sounds great. Again, that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion, to take the federal money and give it to the states, and say, ‘Look, we want to give you money for programs that don’t work,'” Mulvaney said.

In addition to the proposed cut to Health and Human Services, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate Community Development Block Grants, a $3 billion program that is provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and which some communities use to supplement Meals on Wheels and provide safety checks for the elderly. Both agencies provide funding for Meals on Wheels, although its main source of funding is the Older Americans Act overseen by the Health and Human Services Department.

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Two brothers who live 1,000 miles away reunite in heartwarming viral video

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Brothers Adam and Aaron Davis are the best of friends.

Still, they’re now separated by more than 1,000 miles after Adam, 19, moved last August to Dallas, Texas, from their home in Columbus, Ohio, to study psychology at Southern Methodist University.

“Ever since I moved … he’s always asking me, ‘Hey, when are you going to come see me?'” Adam recalled to ABC News.

He and his 9-year-old brother Aaron have bonded over their love of basketball. In fact, Aaron is part of a little league and he’s always asking his older brother for tips.

He sends me different videos of him playing basketball and will ask, ‘Hey, what do I need to work on?’ and I’ll give him advice,” Adam said.

But when Aaron asked a week before Christmas if Adam could return home for the holiday season, he couldn’t make it happen.

“The plane tickets were really expensive,” Aaron said, adding that they were more than $500.

So instead he planned to come another time to surprise him. It just so happened that their spring breaks matched up this year, but Adam wanted to keep his Tuesday arrival a secret.

“My mom picked me up from the airport, and we come home and I stay in the garage,” Adam recalled. “My mom goes inside and tells Aaron to ‘Go to the garage to get the groceries out of the car,’ and when he comes out, he sees me and he loses it.”

A video of the brothers reuniting has gone viral on Twitter after Adam shared it. More than 20,000 people have retweeted the heartwarming moment, with more than 47,000 people liking it.

“It was very joyful,” Aaron told ABC News of the reunion, adding that he was “really happy.”

The brothers now are enjoying their spring break together, watching basketball and playing the game at home.

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Person detained after hopping bike-rack barrier along White House fence

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) – A person was detained Saturday after hopping over a bike-rack barrier along the north fence of the White House, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News.

The person, whom sources said is a male, did not make it over the White House fence, sources said.

The suspect is being interviewed. Sources said he wanted to deliver a letter to someone in the Trump administration.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that the individual jumped a bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave., not the White House fence.

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017

Saturday’s incident comes after an intruder scaled a White House fence last week. The Secret Service said Friday that last week’s intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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Person detained after hopping bike-rack barrier along White House fence

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) – A person was detained Saturday after hopping over a bike-rack barrier along the north fence of the White House, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News.

The person, whom sources said is a male, did not make it over the White House fence, sources said.

The suspect is being interviewed. Sources said he wanted to deliver a letter to someone in the Trump administration.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that the individual jumped a bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave., not the White House fence.

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017

Saturday’s incident comes after an intruder scaled a White House fence last week. The Secret Service said Friday that last week’s intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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Person detained after hopping bike-rack barrier along White House fence

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) – A person was detained Saturday after hopping over a bike-rack barrier along the north fence of the White House, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News.

The person, whom sources said is a male, did not make it over the White House fence, sources said.

The suspect is being interviewed. Sources said he wanted to deliver a letter to someone in the Trump administration.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that the individual jumped a bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave., not the White House fence.

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017

Saturday’s incident comes after an intruder scaled a White House fence last week. The Secret Service said Friday that last week’s intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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Authorities hunting for former teacher accused of kidnapping 15-year-old student

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(CULLEOKA, Tenn.) — Tennessee authorities are asking for the public’s help in their hunt for a former teacher who allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old student, state officials said.

Tad Cummins, 50, is accused of kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Thomas on Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Cummins was a teacher at Elizabeth’s school in Culleoka, Tennessee, until he was fired Tuesday, authorities said.

Cummins is believed to have two handguns, and Elizabeth is considered to be “in imminent danger,” the state investigative bureau said.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Elizabeth, and Cummins has been added to the state’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list, authorities said.

The state Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Cummins “may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom” the teen for some time, “in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.”

Cummins’ wife, Jill Cummins, made an emotional plea to her husband at a news conference Friday, urging him to turn himself in.

“I had no idea my husband was involved with anything that has led to all this. My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas,” Jill Cummins said. “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this … Your family wants their poppy back. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home.”

Tad Cummins, of Columbia, Tennessee, is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, authorities said.

As of Friday, Tennessee authorities said they had received 175 tips but none had produced a credible sighting of Tad Cummins and his alleged victim.

Cummins is described as a white man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He may be driving a 2015 silver Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT.

Elizabeth is described as a white girl with blonde hair, hazel eyes. She is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing leggings and a flannel shirt.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information call 1-800-TBI-FIND and that anyone who sees a car with Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT call 911. A $1,000 reward is available for information leading to Tad Cummins’ arrest.

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Police search home on property where slain Indiana teens were found

Lindsey Jacobson, ABC News.(DELPHI, Ind.) — Authorities investigating the murder of two Indiana teen girls served a search warrant today at the home of the man who owns the property where the girls’ bodies were found, state and local officials told ABC News.

As of yet, no arrests have been made in the double murder case that shook the rural small town of Delphi, Indiana. State police told ABC News today that property owner Ron Logan is not a suspect “at this time.”

Logan’s attorney, Andrew Achey, said in a statement, “Mr. Logan had no involvement in this heinous crime.”

“I would like to caution the public to avoid jumping to conclusions before law enforcement has completed the ongoing investigation,” Achey added. “Not only does Mr. Logan maintain his innocence but he also encourages anyone with information to call the tip line.”

It was Feb. 13 when eighth-graders Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, disappeared while on a hiking trail near their hometown of Delphi. Their bodies were found on Logan’s property the next day.

The only clues that have been released to the public are this photo of a man who police say is the prime suspect in the investigation and a chilling recording found on Libby’s phone with just three audible words: “down the hill.”

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told ABC News today the search warrant is “part of the continuing investigative process” and he said he cannot go into any specifics about what authorities are looking for. This is not the first search warrant served in this case.

Meanwhile, as Logan’s property is searched, Logan himself today is in the local jail on an unrelated charge, Leazenby said. Logan was arrested March 11, picked up on an arrest warrant for a probation violation, Leazenby said. A probation office spokesperson told ABC News the office cannot comment on pending cases.

Leazenby stressed, “Speculation and assumptions can quickly develop from something like this.”

“Just because a search warrant is issued” on someone’s property, Leazenby said, does not mean an arrest follows.

State police said today authorities are still combing through the thousands of tips they’ve received in the double murder case.

The residents of Delphi, a tight-knit community of nearly 3,000 people dubbed by the local sheriff as “small-town USA,” were shaken by the crime.

Greg Briles, the superintendent of schools at the Delphi Community School Corporation, told ABC News earlier this week, “We’re still very concerned about the individual or individuals who have not been caught … they’re still out there.”

Leazenby told ABC News earlier this week there is not necessarily increased security in town, but he said community members appear to be more vigilant.

“People look at people different ways now, I think,” Leazenby said. “I think complacency has been at least eliminated at this stage, and it’s more of a mindful, watchful, vigilant attitude. I don’t want paranoia, and I don’t think we’ve had that, but people literally looking over their shoulder is not necessarily a bad thing in today’s society.”

At Delphi Community Middle School, where Abby and Libby were eighth-graders looking forward to high school, grieving friends are now painting a “tree of life” on the cafeteria wall with different messages, Briles said.

Briles said teachers and students are “still coping with the situation of losing two students. I don’t think it’s something that is gonna go away in a month’s period of time. I think it’s something that’s going to have a lasting effect.”

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Teen boy finds 7.44-carat ‘Superman’s Diamond’ at an Arkansas state park

Crater of Diamonds State Park(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) — Who needs kryptonite when you can have diamonds?

A lucky teen named Kalel Langford just found a 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

Kalel, 14, named it “Superman’s Diamond” since the Superman character’s real name is also Kal-El. It’s the seventh-largest diamond ever found in the park.

“He was really excited. The funny part is he had just played in a baseball tournament so he was pretty tired, but I think it took a day or two once he had gotten some sleep for it to fully sink in,” Kalel’s mom, Michelle Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, told ABC News of her son’s impressive discovery on March 11.

“At first he thought it might be a diamond but wasn’t convinced,” Michelle said.

When the family showed the find to the staff at the park, they said, “‘I’m not really sure what it is.’ My son Kalel thought he had stumped everybody and found something that no one had ever found, but come to find out it was actually a brown diamond.”

The diamond is coffee-colored and the size of a pinto bean. Kalel found it within his first 20 minutes at the park without even looking that hard, his mother said.

“He kept begging us to go [to the park], so we had one hour to be there because his tournament was just 15 minutes out of the way, and he found it within the first 15 to 20 minutes of being there. We were just surface searching. We didn’t have gloves on or anything,” Michelle said

“A lot of people down there were really shocked too because it was a really cloudy day the day he found it, and to find a brown diamond in the mud on a cloudy day isn’t the easiest to do,” she said.

The overjoyed Kalel plans to keep the diamond as a special souvenir, but will possibly spend it wisely in the future.

“For now he plans on keeping it until he has a chance to let it all sink in, and over time we’ll plan to make a decision,” said his mother. “He told us, ‘That’s what I’ll plan to use for college if I don’t get enough scholarships. And if I get enough scholarships then it can be a down payment for a house.’

“He’s a very good kid,” she added. “He is very much into science. He loves rocks and loves minerals.”

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