Ivan Kmit/iStock/ThinkStock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A 911 call dispatcher at the Albuquerque Fire Department has resigned after audio was released from a recent emergency call in which he told a teen, who called to report her friend had been shot, to “deal with it yourself” before abruptly hanging up.

This past June 26, Esperanza Quintero, 17, made a 911 call after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver, also 17, was shot in a drive-by shooting at a house party, the Albuquerque Police Department told ABC News Wednesday.

Matthew Sanchez, the dispatcher who answered the call, can be heard repeatedly asking if the victim is breathing in audio obtained by ABC News.

Quintero, who can be heard in the audio soothing her friend and telling him to “stay with me” in the call, said she got “frustrated” after Sanchez kept asking the same questions “over and over and over again,” ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV reported.

After asking if her friend was breathing again, Quintero replies, “He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to f****** tell you?”

“OK, you know what ma’am? You could deal with it yourself,” Sanchez responds. “I’m not going to deal with this, OK?

“No, my friend is dying,” Quintero responds before the dispatcher seems to hang up and the audio cuts off.

Melissa Romero, a spokeswoman for the fire department told ABC News today that “the dispatcher did dispatch units prior to disconnect” and that the “response time was four minutes and 26 seconds, which exceeds national standards.”

Chavez-Silver was taken to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his wounds and died, police public information officer Tanner Tixier told ABC News today. A homicide investigation is ongoing, and though no suspects have been arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting, police are following up on numerous leads, he added.

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Dept of Justice(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Boston Police commander Robert Ciccolo knew something was going terribly wrong with his son Alexander at least a decade before 23-year-old was arrested by the FBI this month on charges connected to an ISIS-inspired plan to “emulate the Boston Marathon bombers” and “set off a bomb at a college campus” — allegations linked to charges to which he pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

In the spring of 2005, at age 13, Alexander Ciccolo was suspended and nearly expelled from a public school in Wareham after he was accused of striking another student and a teacher with drumsticks, according to probate records pertaining to his parents’ divorce. Months later he was arrested by Wareham Police after he told a classmate “he was going to kill him,” and lunged at the student with a butterfly knife.

By then, Ciccolo had missed so many days of school the Wareham School Department filed what is known in Massachusetts as a CHINS — or Child In Need of Services — complaint to the Department of Social Services which opened an investigation into his mother, who had full custody.

The entire time his father, who was rising in the ranks of the Boston Police Department, desperately petitioned the court to let Alexander live with him, his new wife, and his stepchildren in Needham, an upscale Boston suburb, rather than with his ex-wife, Shelley Reardon, who refused, he claimed in court records, to have Alexander evaluated by mental health professionals.

“He [Robert] seeks this change because the child’s mother…who presently has primary physical custody of the child has in the past verbally agreed to allow the child to be evaluated but without exception has subsequently refused to allow such evaluations to proceed,” Ciccolo’s lawyer wrote in an emergency motion that petitioned a court to give him full custody of Alexander. “At present mother… has threatened legal action against father if initiates” psychological treatment.

The contentious divorce between Robert Ciccolo and Reardon, who split after 10 years of marriage when Alexander was five, are a glimpse into their only son’s long history of behavioral problems and mental illness that culminated with him coming “under the sway of ISIS,” as a young adult, prosecutors said at his first court appearance on July 14. He changed his name to Abu Ali al Amriki 18 months ago and opened a Facebook account where he posted a picture of a dead American soldier along with “Thank you Islamic State! Now we don’t have to deal with these kafir [non believer] back in America.”

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin O’Regan told a judge this month that Alexander Ciccolo adopted “in his young life an extremist form of Islam in which it called for acts of terror against people who didn’t believe as he did in this extremist form of Islam and, as a result of that, he developed a hatred for America.”

Ciccolo was arraigned Wednesday federal charges on assault and battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm charges connected to his July 4 arrest by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, one of nearly a dozen potential plots that FBI Director James Comey said were thwarted around Independence Day festivities and the Muslim Ramadan holiday.

The slightly-built defendant was escorted into court Wednesday wearing a tan prison jumpsuit, his hands cuffed to a chain around his waist and his ankles shackled. He wore black framed eyeglasses and a long beard on his chin. He smiled at his mother and stepfather, who sat behind the defendant’s table.

Ciccolo told the court he pleads not guilty to the charges contained in the indictment.

Also at the hearing, a federal judge ordered the government to hand over discovery to his attorney, which is not expected to be voluminous, prosecutors said. “It’s a pretty straightforward case,” O’Regan said Wednesday. Prosecutors have said Ciccolo planned to build a pressure cooker bomb filled with “nails and with ball bearings and broken glass” similar to the two that detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killing three people — including an 8-year-old boy — and injuring 260 others.

Ironically, Ciccolo’s father was working in Kenmore Square commanding officers providing security for the Red Sox crowd when the first blast was detonated just over a mile away and saw the plumes of smoke rise from the marathon finish line, according to an alumni publication run by Curry College.

And like the marathon bombers, Alexander Ciccolo allegedly did not plan to pull off a single attack. Investigators said he was building 10 firebombs using Styrofoam soaked in motor oil because the concoction “would stick to the victims’ skin and make it harder to put out.” He also allegedly made plans to bomb a university cafeteria and bragged to a cooperating witness that he would execute students live on the Internet in ISIS-inspired barbarism.

“He dedicated himself to killing as many innocent people in the United States as he could,” O’Regan said at Ciccolo’s detention hearing, which came more a week after he purchased two powerful rifles and two handguns from a FBI cooperating witness on the Fourth of July. He slung the duffle bags full of guns over his shoulder and was arrested as he walked into his Adams apartment in the Berkshires.

That arrest spawned the execution of a search warrant, which led to the discovery of the firebombs, authorities said. The FBI cooperating witness wore a wire for the FBI, federal officials told ABC News, and many of his plans were captured in audio recordings.

Still, officials said, Ciccolo was unlikely to be able to pull off any attack.

He had been under constant surveillance since Sept. 11, 2014 when, several law enforcement officials said, he sent “alarming text messages” to his father, who had become a police captain in the Operations Division of the Boston Police. In one text message he told his father that America is “Satan.” Others stated that his Islamic faith “is under attack” and that he was “not afraid to die for the cause!”

The police captain contacted the FBI saying that his son had become “obsessed with Islam” 18 months earlier. Capt. Ciccolo has cooperated with investigators assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force since, senior BPD commanders told ABC News.

Reardon’s home in Ware, a rural part of the Berkshires, was also searched by the FBI after Alexander was arrested, her son’s attorney confirmed Wednesday.

The department has quietly lauded Ciccolo’s painful decision to turn in his own son and BPD spokesman Lt. Mike McCarthy told ABC News, “We continue to support Captain Ciccolo during this difficult time.”

That difficult time, according to court records, was an extensive one when it came to Alexander. Court records detail bitterness between his parents that went as far as to ask the family court to issue rulings over their son’s toys. When Alexander was 6, the court issued a restraining order to dictate the times each parent could pick him up at school “as to avoid a mother/father confrontation over custody.”

In 1998 the court granted Alexander’s mother custody and he spent a large swath of his childhood in Wareham, part of Cape Cod. That is until his childhood behavioral problems escalated into alleged violent attacks and arrests, the court record states.

In May 2006, after the knife incident, the court granted Robert Ciccolo emergency custody of Alexander and the teen moved to Needham with his father and stepmother Dale. A month later, on his 14th birthday, Alexander was hospitalized after “an outburst of violent property damage,” that led to a 911 call. During that hospitalization, a doctor suggested that Alexander visit his mother, who had limited contact with after moving in with his father seven months earlier.

According to court records, his father claimed that visit was a turning point for Alexander’s mental health. The elder Ciccolo filed an affidavit to limit his ex-wife’s role in Alexander’s life, pointing out that his mother returned BB guns that had been taken away from their son because of the weapons charges.

“She also bought him a new one with a laser pointer, telescopic sights and a flashlight attachment,” according to a court statement the Boston police commander gave to the court.

Reardon responded by saying her ex-husband “ruled with an iron fist” and his tactics led their son to threaten to run away. As far as the BB guns, she told the court, many of the boys in their town used them, writing in her own affidavit, “perhaps my former husband has lived near the city too long and has forgotten what many boys do for fun.”

She also accused her ex-husband of using his role as a police officer to manipulate the courts saying she was not notified about the emergency court hearing held on May 31, 2006 where she lost custody of her son. After she lost custody, she accused Alexander’s father of threatening to not allow her to see him if he “did not have good behavior.”

“This is hardly good parenting and would seem more draconian than needed in the circumstances,” Reardon’s attorney wrote.

Capt. Ciccolo was not in court Wednesday and his son’s attorney David J. Hoose refused comment when asked if Alexander had spoken with his father. Ciccolo did not attend the July 14th detention hearing for son but has been in contact with Hoose, the attorney said.

At that detention hearing prosecutors played a nine-minute video was played where the younger Ciccolo defended his beliefs to two FBI agents, telling them ISIS “will only kill people who fight them.”

His mother attended the detention that hearing and Wednesday’s arraignment. Wednesday she smiled and nodded at her son who turned to her as he was led out of the courtroom and said, “I love you mom. Thank you for supporting me.”

Hoose said that his client “has always been very close to his mother,” and remains so Wednesday. He declined to comment on his client’s mental health and whether that would play a role in his defense.

Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Ciccolo was unrepentant and should be held without bail. A federal judge agreed and Ciccolo was held again Wednesday without arguing for bail.

“So we have a defendant who came under the sway of ISIS, adopted a hatred for America, adopted the most vile beliefs, began to act on them, was arrested and continued,” O’Regan said at the detention hearing. “It wasn’t as if he said ‘oh, they got me, gee, maybe I made a mistake.’ It was ‘No, I’m here and this is what I believe.'”

After that interview Ciccolo was taken to a holding facility where a female nurse medically evaluated him. Prosecutors said that during the exam, Ciccolo picked up a pen and slammed it into the nurse’s head so hard “the pen actually broke in half.”

After his son’s arrest Cap. Ciccolo’s issued a release on behalf of his family saying, “While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others.”

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Greenhills Police Department(CINCINNATI) — A police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop will be charged with murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor said Wednesday, noting, “This was the purposeful killing of another person.”

“I’m treating him like a murderer,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said during a news conference when describing the warrant out for a police officer who killed Samuel DuBose, 43, earlier this month.

Footage released Wednesday from a police officer’s body cam lasts about 10 minutes and shows the shooting.

“I have been doing this for 30 years,” Deters said. “This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make.”

Deters said he was “shocked” when he saw the video and his heart broke for what the video would mean to the community.

“It’s just bad. It’s just bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened,” Deters said.

The University of Cincinnati canceled classes Wednesday as the city braced for the release of video footage showing the shooting of DuBose.

Footage from university police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam was released along with the result of the grand jury’s investigation. If convicted, Tensing could receive life in prison, Deters said. Deters said there’s no evidence race was an issue in the killing, when asked by reporters.

“This guy didn’t deserve to be tased and he certainly didn’t deserve to be shot in the head,” Deters said of DuBose.

DuBose was killed during a traffic stop on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, authorities said, noting that DuBose was stopped because his car did not have a license plate in the front.

The officer “wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder,” Deters said. “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate.”

DuBose apparently refused to provide a driver’s license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, during which Tensing was knocked to the ground, UC Police Department chief Jason Goodrich said during a news conference last week.

Goodrich said the officer fired one shot into DuBose’s head.

Deters called what sparked the shooting a “chicken-crap stop.”

“I could have used harsher words,” he said.

Tensing is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Goodrich said last week.

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Greenhills Police Department(CINCINNATI) — A police officer who killed a man in Cincinnati during a traffic stop will be charged with murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor said Wednesday, noting, “This was the purposeful killing of another person.”

“I’m treating him like a murderer,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said during a news conference when describing the warrant out for a police officer who killed Samuel DuBose, 43, earlier this month.

Footage released Wednesday from a police officer’s body cam lasts about 10 minutes and shows the shooting.

“I have been doing this for 30 years,” Deters said. “This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make.”

Deters said he was “shocked” when he saw the video and his heart broke for what the video would mean to the community.

“It’s just bad. It’s just bad what he did and it shouldn’t have happened,” Deters said.

The University of Cincinnati canceled classes Wednesday as the city braced for the release of video footage showing the shooting of DuBose.

Footage from university police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam was released along with the result of the grand jury’s investigation. If convicted, Tensing could receive life in prison, Deters said. Deters said there’s no evidence race was an issue in the killing, when asked by reporters.

“This guy didn’t deserve to be tased and he certainly didn’t deserve to be shot in the head,” Deters said of DuBose.

DuBose was killed during a traffic stop on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, authorities said, noting that DuBose was stopped because his car did not have a license plate in the front.

The officer “wasn’t dealing with someone who was wanted for murder,” Deters said. “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate.”

DuBose apparently refused to provide a driver’s license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, during which Tensing was knocked to the ground, UC Police Department chief Jason Goodrich said during a news conference last week.

Goodrich said the officer fired one shot into DuBose’s head.

Deters called what sparked the shooting a “chicken-crap stop.”

“I could have used harsher words,” he said.

Tensing is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Goodrich said last week.

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Dept of Justice(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Boston Police commander Robert Ciccolo knew something was going terribly wrong with his son Alexander at least a decade before 23-year-old was arrested by the FBI this month on charges connected to an ISIS-inspired plan to “emulate the Boston Marathon bombers” and “set off a bomb at a college campus” — allegations linked to charges to which he pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

In the spring of 2005, at age 13, Alexander Ciccolo was suspended and nearly expelled from a public school in Wareham after he was accused of striking another student and a teacher with drumsticks, according to probate records pertaining to his parents’ divorce. Months later he was arrested by Wareham Police after he told a classmate “he was going to kill him,” and lunged at the student with a butterfly knife.

By then, Ciccolo had missed so many days of school the Wareham School Department filed what is known in Massachusetts as a CHINS — or Child In Need of Services — complaint to the Department of Social Services which opened an investigation into his mother, who had full custody.

The entire time his father, who was rising in the ranks of the Boston Police Department, desperately petitioned the court to let Alexander live with him, his new wife, and his stepchildren in Needham, an upscale Boston suburb, rather than with his ex-wife, Shelley Reardon, who refused, he claimed in court records, to have Alexander evaluated by mental health professionals.

“He [Robert] seeks this change because the child’s mother…who presently has primary physical custody of the child has in the past verbally agreed to allow the child to be evaluated but without exception has subsequently refused to allow such evaluations to proceed,” Ciccolo’s lawyer wrote in an emergency motion that petitioned a court to give him full custody of Alexander. “At present mother… has threatened legal action against father if initiates” psychological treatment.

The contentious divorce between Robert Ciccolo and Reardon, who split after 10 years of marriage when Alexander was five, are a glimpse into their only son’s long history of behavioral problems and mental illness that culminated with him coming “under the sway of ISIS,” as a young adult, prosecutors said at his first court appearance on July 14. He changed his name to Abu Ali al Amriki 18 months ago and opened a Facebook account where he posted a picture of a dead American soldier along with “Thank you Islamic State! Now we don’t have to deal with these kafir [non believer] back in America.”

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin O’Regan told a judge this month that Alexander Ciccolo adopted “in his young life an extremist form of Islam in which it called for acts of terror against people who didn’t believe as he did in this extremist form of Islam and, as a result of that, he developed a hatred for America.”

Ciccolo was arraigned Wednesday federal charges on assault and battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm charges connected to his July 4 arrest by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, one of nearly a dozen potential plots that FBI Director James Comey said were thwarted around Independence Day festivities and the Muslim Ramadan holiday.

The slightly-built defendant was escorted into court Wednesday wearing a tan prison jumpsuit, his hands cuffed to a chain around his waist and his ankles shackled. He wore black framed eyeglasses and a long beard on his chin. He smiled at his mother and stepfather, who sat behind the defendant’s table.

Ciccolo told the court he pleads not guilty to the charges contained in the indictment.

Also at the hearing, a federal judge ordered the government to hand over discovery to his attorney, which is not expected to be voluminous, prosecutors said. “It’s a pretty straightforward case,” O’Regan said Wednesday. Prosecutors have said Ciccolo planned to build a pressure cooker bomb filled with “nails and with ball bearings and broken glass” similar to the two that detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killing three people — including an 8-year-old boy — and injuring 260 others.

Ironically, Ciccolo’s father was working in Kenmore Square commanding officers providing security for the Red Sox crowd when the first blast was detonated just over a mile away and saw the plumes of smoke rise from the marathon finish line, according to an alumni publication run by Curry College.

And like the marathon bombers, Alexander Ciccolo allegedly did not plan to pull off a single attack. Investigators said he was building 10 firebombs using Styrofoam soaked in motor oil because the concoction “would stick to the victims’ skin and make it harder to put out.” He also allegedly made plans to bomb a university cafeteria and bragged to a cooperating witness that he would execute students live on the Internet in ISIS-inspired barbarism.

“He dedicated himself to killing as many innocent people in the United States as he could,” O’Regan said at Ciccolo’s detention hearing, which came more a week after he purchased two powerful rifles and two handguns from a FBI cooperating witness on the Fourth of July. He slung the duffle bags full of guns over his shoulder and was arrested as he walked into his Adams apartment in the Berkshires.

That arrest spawned the execution of a search warrant, which led to the discovery of the firebombs, authorities said. The FBI cooperating witness wore a wire for the FBI, federal officials told ABC News, and many of his plans were captured in audio recordings.

Still, officials said, Ciccolo was unlikely to be able to pull off any attack.

He had been under constant surveillance since Sept. 11, 2014 when, several law enforcement officials said, he sent “alarming text messages” to his father, who had become a police captain in the Operations Division of the Boston Police. In one text message he told his father that America is “Satan.” Others stated that his Islamic faith “is under attack” and that he was “not afraid to die for the cause!”

The police captain contacted the FBI saying that his son had become “obsessed with Islam” 18 months earlier. Capt. Ciccolo has cooperated with investigators assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force since, senior BPD commanders told ABC News.

Reardon’s home in Ware, a rural part of the Berkshires, was also searched by the FBI after Alexander was arrested, her son’s attorney confirmed Wednesday.

The department has quietly lauded Ciccolo’s painful decision to turn in his own son and BPD spokesman Lt. Mike McCarthy told ABC News, “We continue to support Captain Ciccolo during this difficult time.”

That difficult time, according to court records, was an extensive one when it came to Alexander. Court records detail bitterness between his parents that went as far as to ask the family court to issue rulings over their son’s toys. When Alexander was 6, the court issued a restraining order to dictate the times each parent could pick him up at school “as to avoid a mother/father confrontation over custody.”

In 1998 the court granted Alexander’s mother custody and he spent a large swath of his childhood in Wareham, part of Cape Cod. That is until his childhood behavioral problems escalated into alleged violent attacks and arrests, the court record states.

In May 2006, after the knife incident, the court granted Robert Ciccolo emergency custody of Alexander and the teen moved to Needham with his father and stepmother Dale. A month later, on his 14th birthday, Alexander was hospitalized after “an outburst of violent property damage,” that led to a 911 call. During that hospitalization, a doctor suggested that Alexander visit his mother, who had limited contact with after moving in with his father seven months earlier.

According to court records, his father claimed that visit was a turning point for Alexander’s mental health. The elder Ciccolo filed an affidavit to limit his ex-wife’s role in Alexander’s life, pointing out that his mother returned BB guns that had been taken away from their son because of the weapons charges.

“She also bought him a new one with a laser pointer, telescopic sights and a flashlight attachment,” according to a court statement the Boston police commander gave to the court.

Reardon responded by saying her ex-husband “ruled with an iron fist” and his tactics led their son to threaten to run away. As far as the BB guns, she told the court, many of the boys in their town used them, writing in her own affidavit, “perhaps my former husband has lived near the city too long and has forgotten what many boys do for fun.”

She also accused her ex-husband of using his role as a police officer to manipulate the courts saying she was not notified about the emergency court hearing held on May 31, 2006 where she lost custody of her son. After she lost custody, she accused Alexander’s father of threatening to not allow her to see him if he “did not have good behavior.”

“This is hardly good parenting and would seem more draconian than needed in the circumstances,” Reardon’s attorney wrote.

Capt. Ciccolo was not in court Wednesday and his son’s attorney David J. Hoose refused comment when asked if Alexander had spoken with his father. Ciccolo did not attend the July 14th detention hearing for son but has been in contact with Hoose, the attorney said.

At that detention hearing prosecutors played a nine-minute video was played where the younger Ciccolo defended his beliefs to two FBI agents, telling them ISIS “will only kill people who fight them.”

His mother attended the detention that hearing and Wednesday’s arraignment. Wednesday she smiled and nodded at her son who turned to her as he was led out of the courtroom and said, “I love you mom. Thank you for supporting me.”

Hoose said that his client “has always been very close to his mother,” and remains so Wednesday. He declined to comment on his client’s mental health and whether that would play a role in his defense.

Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Ciccolo was unrepentant and should be held without bail. A federal judge agreed and Ciccolo was held again Wednesday without arguing for bail.

“So we have a defendant who came under the sway of ISIS, adopted a hatred for America, adopted the most vile beliefs, began to act on them, was arrested and continued,” O’Regan said at the detention hearing. “It wasn’t as if he said ‘oh, they got me, gee, maybe I made a mistake.’ It was ‘No, I’m here and this is what I believe.'”

After that interview Ciccolo was taken to a holding facility where a female nurse medically evaluated him. Prosecutors said that during the exam, Ciccolo picked up a pen and slammed it into the nurse’s head so hard “the pen actually broke in half.”

After his son’s arrest Cap. Ciccolo’s issued a release on behalf of his family saying, “While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others.”

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — The University of Cincinnati has canceled classes Wednesday as the city braces for the release of video footage showing the shooting death of Samuel DuBose.

Footage from university police officer Ray Tensing’s body cam is set to be released along with the result of the grand jury’s investigation, authorities said.

Samuel DuBose, 43, was killed during a traffic stop on July 19 near the University of Cincinnati’s campus, authorities said, noting that DuBose was stopped because his car did not have a license plate in the front.

Dubose apparently refused to provide a driver’s license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, during which Tensing was knocked to the ground, UC Police Department chief Jason Goodrich said during a news conference last week.

Goodrich said the officer fired one shot into Dubose’s head.

Tensing was on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, Goodrich said last week.

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U.S. Coast Guard press release(TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.) — The U.S. Coast guard released new video Wednesday of a “first-light” search near Tybee Island, Georgia, from a C-130 aircraft over an region where it investigated the sighting of a cooler originally thought to be from the boat of two Florida teens who have been lost as sea for nearly six days now.

The cooler was later found not to be related to the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, who were reported missing after not coming back from a fishing trip last Friday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. The teens’ boat was found capsized, damaged and abandoned Sunday off the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, authorities said.

“What makes the search difficult is the amount of space that we have to cover,” Coast Guard Lt. Tommy Myers told ABC News Wednesday. Myers was on the aircraft on the search at dawn Wednesday, travelling around 200 miles an hour searching for the tiniest of objects.

The search for the boys was ongoing, the Coast Guarded tweeted Wednesday. Officials said they had searched nearly 31,000 square miles as of Tuesday evening in the approximately 500-mile stretch from Jupiter, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina.

“We continue to search for the missing boys,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th district in a statement. “We’re constantly re-evaluating the situation to determine our next course of action, however as each hour goes by, the situation becomes dire.”

The teens could likely survive about four or five days in the water in current conditions, Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told ABC News on Tuesday. Authorities said they were hoping the boys were clinging to a cooler or life jackets that were apparently on board.

“I truly believe in my heart that they’re okay, Stephanos’ mother Carly Back told ABC News. “They’re both extremely strong, strong, young men.”

Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who’s known the boys for years, said Sunday he’s confident that the boys “know what they’re doing” at sea.

“Austin’s been sharp and on the water a good while,” Namath said. “Perry is just as sharp as can be.”

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Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The sun is shining, swimming pools are open and there’s still a giant snow pile in New York.

The calendar says it’s almost August, but an estimated 12-feet-tall snow pile still lingers in Buffalo, New York from a snow storm eight months ago.

“The original problem started back in November,” New York state climatologist Mark Wysocki told ABC News Wednesday. “The city had no place to put the snow, so they found a vacant lot and starting bringing in dump trucks full of snow. When they used bulldozers to flatten it out, it just compacted the pile.”

Wysocki said the dirt on top of the pile is insulating the snow from melting.

“It’s like an Oreo. The soil on top is warm and [the snow] is sitting on the warm ground and it just takes time,” he said.

The area around the pile is marshy and filled with dirty water from what snow has melted over the past eight months.

The pile — which now has grass growing on top — could last until the first snowfall or it could be gone by the end of August, but until then, Wysocki thinks Buffalo has a great tourist attraction.

Boston announced its last snow pile melted on July 14.

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Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The destruction of Tom Brady’s Samsung phone wouldn’t have been enough to immediately get rid of his text messages, however the window of time he waited to disclose to the NFL he destroyed the phone would have been enough time for all traces of his communication to disappear.

Brady’s destroyed smartphone turned out to be the latest smoking gun for NFL officials who on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension against the New England Patriots quarterback for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

NFL officials said Brady was aware they had requested access to his smartphone as part of their investigation. The phone was destroyed on or before March 6, according to officials, but its destruction was not disclosed until June 18.

Brady sent and received a total of 10,000 text messages on the now-destroyed Samsung device, according to the NFL. He said in a Facebook post Wednesday he has “never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January.”

“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” Brady’s post stated.

If the device wasn’t completely destroyed, it could be possible to get those text messages using forensic software or by getting a subpoena, Mike Kessler, president of Kessler International, an investigative company specializing in forensics, said.

“If you destroy your phone, the carriers usually keep the messages for a short period of time, anywhere between 30 and 90 days. It depends on the carrier after that they are gone,” he said. “Normally though if you have the instrument and they are deleted off the instrument we can most times resurrect many of those messages.”

It’s unknown what carrier Brady used, but the window of time between the actual destruction of the phone and when the NFL found out meant the messages could no longer be recovered.

“Following the appeal hearing, Mr. Brady’s representatives provided a letter from his cellphone carrier confirming that the text messages sent from or received by the destroyed cellphone could no longer be recovered,” the NFL said in its appeal decision.

While the destruction of the phone may have appeared as an attempt to withhold potential evidence from investigators, Brady told the NFL it was common practice anytime he got a new phone.

“I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances,” he wrote. “As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. [Ted] Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”

The NFL Player’s Association said in a statement it would “appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady.”

“The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors,” the NFLPA said.

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Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft on Wednesday called the NFL’s investigation and decision to uphold quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension “extremely frustrating and disconcerting.”

Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was fined by the NFL.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said, adding that Brady “is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field.”

Brady responded earlier Wednesday to the NFL’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension in relation to the “Deflategate” scandal, saying he was “very disappointed.”

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady said in a post to Facebook. “Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct.”

At the news conference Wednesday morning, Kraft said, “I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady” and called the league’s decision “unfathomable.”

“I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just,” he added.

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it “is more than probable” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs.

The NFL said Tuesday that it would uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, originally handed down in May.

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