Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A full report released by the Fort Worth Police Department in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday provides details on the alleged altercation between Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his girlfriend.

The first police report from the January 30 incident indicates that a woman was with Manziel. That woman has now been identified as Colleen Crowley.

In the police report, Colleen Crowley “tells police that Browns Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs.”

The report also provides further details and says that she was “struck several times by Johnathan including a strike to her left ear.”

The incident occurred at Hotel Zaza in Dallas. Crowley alleged that it was “as if he were on some kind of drugs.”

The Dallas Police Department was also investigating the incident. The Dallas Police Department released a statement on Thursday saying that the department, “has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to use by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel. Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed.”

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Chalabala/iStock/ThinkStock(CHICAGO) — Six people were found dead inside a Chicago home, reports ABC affiliate WLS-TV.

The discovery was made by police after they were sent to make a welfare check on the home.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said the victims were five adults and one child but would not give any further details.

Escalante added that there appeared to be no known threat to the neighborhood, but nevertheless, police have stepped up patrols in the area, reports WLS-TV.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The 2015 NBA champions, Golden State Warriors went to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama Thursday.

The Oakland, California team, is coming off of their 134-121 win Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Before the official visit in front of the cameras, the Warriors met privately with students from the White House mentoring program, My Brother’s Keeper.

Gifting President Obama, an avid basketball player and fan, with a jersey.

Team coach, Steve Kerr even extending the gift as a future job offer.

“You’re going to be a free agent at the end of this year. So we don’t know if you have anything lined up yet, but you can consider this a symbol of an offer that’s coming. We want you,” Kerr said. “As soon as your duties are done here in the White House, we’d like you to be the leader of Dub Nation.”

Special delivery. #DubNation

— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) February 4, 2016

Obama responding “I’m ready to go.”

Obama signed a basketball for point guard, Stephen Curry, who had 51 shots in last night’s Wizard’s game. Almost beating out his own record of 54.

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Blacksburg Police Department(NEW YORK) — Details about how two Virginia Tech students allegedly planned the murder of a teenage girl and disposed of her body were revealed in court Thursday when a judge denied a bail request by one of the accused who the prosecutor said had never met the victim before her death.

How Police Say They Tied Teen to Suspects

Police were able to tie slain Nicole Lovell, 13, to suspect David Eisenhauer after determining that a phone connected to him was the teen’s last contacted number at 12:39 a.m. Jan. 27, Mary Pettitt, the Virginia state attorney for Montgomery County, said in court Thursday.

After police issued a search warrant for Eisenhauer’s dorm room on Jan. 30, he told police he had gone over to Nicole’s apartment after their phone call, and he saw her climb out of her window, Pettitt said.
Eisenhauer told police he had given Nicole a “side hug” but then left and went to the dorm room of a close friend, Pettitt said. Authorities determined the friend was the second suspect, Natalie Keepers, whom police found in her boyfriend’s dorm room Jan. 31.

When police arrived at that dorm room, Keepers allegedly sent Eisenhauer a text that read “POLICE,” not knowing that Eisenhauer was already in police custody at the time.

Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first degree murder. Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnap and murder both before and after the crimes and also faces a charge of improperly disposing of a body. Both Eisenhauer and Keepers had separate arraignments on Monday where they had preliminary hearings scheduled for late March. Neither has had to enter a plea yet.

Details of the Alleged Plan Emerge

Keepers, 19, apparently told police only part of the story when she was first questioned on Jan. 31. Pettitt said Keepers first told police that Eisenhauer told her that he had killed Nicole and had put her body in the trunk of his Lexus. Keepers told investigators that she had been with him when he went to Walmart to get cleaning supplies while Nicole’s body was still in the trunk, Pettitt said.

Pettitt also said that Keepers told investigators where in her dorm room they could find the suitcase containing the cleaning supplies and the “Minions” blanket that police had said was with Nicole when she went missing. Keepers also told police where in rural North Carolina they could find Nicole’s body, Pettitt said.

Pettitt said that after Keepers was read her rights, however, she became emotional and then admitted to helping plan the alleged murder. According to Pettitt, Keepers told investigators that she and Eisenhauer, 18, had planned it over a meal at a cookout restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia, where Nicole lived and where they went to school. She said that she and Eisenhauer had bought a shovel together before Nicole’s death, Pettitt said.

A Family Breaks Down in Court

Keepers and her parents testified at the bond hearing Thursday in Virginia. The judge denied the request because he did not believe Keepers, whose family lives in Maryland, has sufficient ties to keep her from fleeing Virginia.

Keepers said on the stand that she has anxiety issues and has been on Prozac since October but has been given half her normal dosage since being taken into police custody.

Keepers and her parents started crying during their respective testimonies Thursday.

“It’s kind of like being punched in the stomach,” her father, Tim Keepers, said of what it was like to receive the call about his daughter being allegedly involved in a murder plot.

Her father, an aerospace engineer, said he had already contacted an electronic monitoring company so she could be fitted with an ankle bracelet if she returned to their home in Maryland, but the judge still denied her release.

During the hearing, Keepers’ parents said they believed she and Eisenhauer, who’s also from Maryland, became friends in the fall. He said he had heard Eisenhauer took his daughter to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.

The focus of Thursday’s hearing was on Keepers’ alleged involvement, so little was revealed about how Eisenhauer initially got in touch with Nicole. But prosecutor Pettitt made it clear that Keepers had never met Nicole before the alleged abduction and killing.

“She planned to kill someone she had never met,” Pettitt said. “Someone she had never even spoken to.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Kristal Meyers says she still replays the night her mother Tammy Meyers was shot and killed in their driveway nearly a year ago.

“I just think about looking out the window mostly and seeing her fall,” Kristal Meyers, 16, told ABC News’ “20/20” in an exclusive interview. “I just wonder, like, why it all happened. Just why would somebody would want to kill somebody?”

Tammy Meyers, 44, died on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2015, two days after she was shot in front of her Las Vegas home after taking Kristal, then 15, for her first driving lesson.

Erich Nowsch Jr., 19, who lived a block away from the Meyers family, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder with use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm from or within a structure or vehicle, in the death of Tammy Meyers. A second suspect, Derrick Andrews, 26, who prosecutors allege drove Nowsch to the cul-de-sac where Tammy Meyers lived, also faces the same charges.

Kristal Meyers said she and her mother went out for a driving lesson at night on Feb. 12, 2015, because she thought there would be less people on the road. “I wanted to go at night because there’s no one around that you could possibly hit,” Kristal Meyers said.

The lesson ended around 10:50 p.m. local time, according to police, and Tammy Meyers got behind the wheel to drive them home. On the way, Kristal Meyers said they were confronted by a driver in a silver car.

“I just noticed that he was like riding our bumper. He swerves around us, and I honk the horn,” said Kristal Meyers. She now wonders what if she never reached over and honked the horn on her mother’s 1993 Buick.

Later on, Kristal Meyers said the silver car suddenly side-swiped their car, and then the driver got out of the car and started yelling at them and threatening them.

“And he says, ‘I’m going to kill you and your daughter,’ and he’s cussing and he’s raving,” Kristal Meyers said. “I just remember that he had light brown hair. He had no tattoos or piercings, and he was just yelling and screaming.”

Tammy Meyers then pulled into their driveway, and Kristal got out of the car. Tammy asked Kristal’s brother Brandon Meyers, then 22, to come with her to search for the silver car. Brandon Meyers told “20/20” he took his gun, a registered Beretta 9-millimeter pistol, to protect his mother and left with her in car.

While his mother was driving, Brandon Meyers said he asked her what happened. He says he hid his gun in between his legs and never waved it or threatened anyone. When they arrived at the scene where Tammy Meyers said she and her daughter were allegedly side-swiped, Brandon Meyers said they didn’t see any cars and agreed to go home.

“I’m still on edge, you know,” Brandon Meyers, 23, told “20/20.” “No one’s near us, completely. It’s a ghost town.”

But on their way home, Brandon Meyers said his mother suddenly said the she saw the silver sedan she believed hit her earlier sitting right in front of them.

“Basically, when she sees the car, [she said], ‘Brandon, that’s them. Those are the ones that threatened to kill me and your sister,'” Brandon Meyers said.

Brandon claims that car took off, and he and his mother pursued them. But suddenly the car stopped, and a person in the car, who police believe was Erich Nowsch, then began shooting at them, Brandon Meyers said.

“She goes, ‘Brandon, what was that?’ And I said, ‘Mom, we’re getting shot at.’ So, at that point she’s shaking,” said Brandon Meyers.

Brandon said they sped away trying to get out of the line of fire and into their home. The car, which police said was driven by Derrick Andrews, minutes later, returned and followed them into the cul-de-sac where they lived.

“[I didn’t think there was going to be a shootout] until they started shooting. And then it was just – I blacked out. Like, at that point when I saw them coming down, like, my heart just stopped. All this adrenaline built up, and that’s where it all went down,” Brandon Meyers said.

Police said Nowsch then opened fire on Brandon and Tammy Meyers. “There’s no evidence to suggest that Brandon Meyers showed anything that would be enough of a threat to justify Mr. Nowsch’s actions,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told “20/20.”

When the shooting ended and the silver car drove away, Brandon Meyers saw his mother on the ground. She was struck by a bullet in her left temple. Inside the family home, Kristal Meyers said she heard the gunshots — 22 rounds police say came from Nowsch’s .45 caliber Ruger.

Kristal watched her mother fall from a window.

“I was checking her body to see where I could find the wound, and then, like right there, I saw the hole,” Brandon Meyers said. “And I hate looking at this. Every day before I go to work, I just stare at the ground right there. And I know that she was right there.”

Police arrested Nowsch on Feb. 19, 2015, during a two-hour standoff at his home — just a block away from where the Meyers family lived. The alleged driver, Derek Andrews, was arrested a month later on March 20, 2015. Andrew’s attorneys claim there is no evidence that placed him at the scene the night Tammy Meyers was killed.

Both Nowsch and Andrews are in custody and awaiting trial. Trial is scheduled to begin next month.
But defense attorney Conrad Claus said he believes this is a case of double mistaken identity. He said Nowsch — not Tammy Meyers — may have been the target the night that she and her daughter were allegedly threatened and that an unknown shooter, thought she was Nowsch, and Nowsch confused Meyers with the unknown shooter and tried to defend himself.

“The facts seem to point to self-defense in this situation,” Claus told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “It seems to explain the facts we have in front of us more sensibly than any other explanation.”

“The evidence will show Mr. Nowsch, in an unprovoked way, for stupid reasons, chose to drive down in a neighborhood that he was familiar with, and he saw two people and opened fire,” Wolfson told “20/20.”
This week Tammy Meyers’ husband Bob Meyers and their four children moved out of the neighborhood because it is a constant reminder of what happened to her, the family said.

“I catch myself all the time calling her. I’ll sit in my chair out in the living room, and I’ll go, ‘Hey, baby.’ Nothing comes back no more,” Bob Meyers told “20/20.”

Bob Meyers said he is waiting to lay his wife’s ashes to rest until after Nowsch’s trial starts next month.
“Because everything that was said about my wife, when I put my wife in the ground, I want all the truth out. And I think the only way we’re going to get that out is from a trial, ’cause I know there’s a whole bunch more evidence about that night,” said Bob Meyers.

Brandon Meyers said he gave away the gun he took with him that fateful night.

“The cops have it,” Brandon Meyers said. “I told them I don’t want it back. They can keep it.”

Kristal Meyers, who is the youngest Meyers child, started home schooling after she said bullying took a toll on her and she is still dealing with feelings of guilt.

“I ask myself, ‘What if we didn’t go?’ or ‘What if I didn’t want to go?’ or ‘What if I never honked horn?'” Kristal Meyers said. “It probably would have been different.”

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Willard/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Thunder, the beloved mascot for the Denver Broncos, is making his third trip to Super Bowl Sunday. Every time the Broncos score a touchdown, Thunder will celebrate with fans by galloping across the gridiron.

The purebred Arabian gelding is also part of a good luck ritual for the Broncos. Intentionally putting on Thunder’s coat inside-out with the tags showing has helped the team win games before, according to his trainer and rider, Ann Judge.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott expanded the state of emergency to a fifth county Thursday after the discovery of Zika virus cases there.

There are currently 12 people diagnosed with the Zika virus in Florida, up from nine people on Wednesday, Scott said during a news conference. The five counties under a state of emergency are Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa.

All of those diagnosed were infected while out of the United States, in areas where transmission of the Zika virus is ongoing, Scott said.

“We can prepare for the worse and hope for the best,” Scott said. “We are going to do everything we can to stay ahead of the Zika virus.”

There have been no reported case of mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus to people in Florida.

Zika virus has been linked to thousands of infants born in Brazil with a birth defect known as microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head and associated with serious developmental delays. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 28 countries and territories, warning pregnant women to avoid travel to those areas if possible.

Scott said the state is working with the CDC to get more tests that allow doctors to determine if a person has ever been infected with the Zika virus, and to help educate health providers in the state about the virus and its effects.

Scott said he wanted to get 1,000 tests from the CDC that test for antibodies for the Zika virus, so that any pregnant women who were in Zika-affected countries can get tested to see if they were actually infected.

Additionally, he is directing the government to purchase 4,000 tests that allow doctors to diagnose an active infection of the virus, so that a larger outbreak could be quickly identified.

Scott dismissed questions from reporters that his actions could make tourists wary about visiting the state if they are concerned about the Zika virus.

“I don’t think it’s scaring people. It’s telling people that you’re state government is going to be prepared,” Scott said.

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(NEW YORK) — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his last Sprint Cup season after suffering from a broken back Sunday while riding a dune buggy in California.

This means that Stewart will not win a Daytona 500 during his Sprint Cup career.

Stewart had surgery Wednesday in North Carolina to treat a burst fracture in his L1 vertebra. The 44-year-old is expected to make a full recovery at some point this year, according to a statement from Stewart-Haas Racing.

At this point, there has been no interim driver selected to take Stewart’s place.

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Blacksburg Police Department(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — One of the two Virginia Tech students facing charges in connection with the alleged abduction and fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old girl had her bond denied as investigators said she admitted to planning the murder.

Natalie Keepers, 19, broke down on the stand Thursday in court as prosecutors detailed what she told investigators.

“I was excited to be part of something secretive and special,” Keepers told FBI investigators, according to commonwealth prosecutor Mary Pettitt.

Keepers told police that she bought a shovel with David Eisenhauer, the other Virginia Tech student who has been arrested in the case, before the alleged murder and then the pair went to a Walmart together to buy cleaning supplies while Nicole Lovell’s body was still in the trunk of Eisenhauer’s car.

Keepers gave detectives information about where in her dorm room they could find a suitcase containing a blanket that Nicole had with her when she went missing and cleaning supplies that Keepers and Eisenhauer had used.

She also told police where to find the body, Pettitt said in court Thursday.

Keepers was initially charged with a felony count of improper disposal of a dead body and a misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. But later, on Feb. 2, the commonwealth’s attorney said they were adding an additional charge of accessory before the fact to the first degree murder of Nicole Lovell.

Keepers was arrested on Jan. 31, the day after Lovell’s body was found in Surry County, North Carolina.

The first arrest made in connection to Lovell’s alleged abduction and slaying was Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student.

“Based on the evidence collected to date, investigators have determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance,” Blacksburg police said in a statement released Sunday. “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her.”

Eisenhauer and Keepers had separate arraignments at Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday, appearing briefly while wearing orange jumpsuits and shackles. At the time, Keepers was only facing charges of improperly disposing a body and being an accessory after the fact. Their preliminary hearings were set for late-March and neither has had to enter a plea. Neither of their attorneys has made any public statements about the case.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PERRY, Ga.) — A manhunt is underway for a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde” couple who is wanted in connection to a string of robberies and kidnappings.

Missourians Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper face charges after allegedly carrying out a bevy of armed robberies across the southeast over the past week. They allegedly robbed the Microtel Inn in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sunday, briefly taking the hotel clerk hostage, police said.

From there, police say, they allegedly attempted to carjack the manager of a McDonald’s restaurant in Hoover, Alabama.

Investigators say the couple, who are in their 30s, fled to a nearby residence, allegedly taking the homeowner hostage, stealing her SUV and dropping her off at a hospital.

The SUV was discovered in Perry, Georgia, Monday night, police said.

Also, security footage appears to show the armed couple holding up an Express Mart and forcing the cashier into the same SUV, before dropping her off at a nearby exit.

The couple has taken to Facebook to seemingly mock police in recent days, despite pleas from their friends to turn themselves in. Harper apparently posted on Facebook, “I wasn’t planning on going for a run today but those cops came out of nowhere.”

One of Harper’s friends apparently wrote on Facebook, “I don’t want u to die … But I am afraid u are headed in that direction.”

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