Official: Likely tornado destroys motel in Oklahoma

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The National Weather Service says a likely tornado has destroyed a motel and caused other damage in the Oklahoma City area

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Fighter pilots saw small plane crash off Florida coast

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U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a small airplane that crashed hundreds of miles off the coast of Florida shortly after it was approached by U.S. military jets

Fighter pilots saw small plane crash off Florida coast

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U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a small airplane that crashed hundreds of miles off the coast of Florida shortly after it was approached by U.S. military jets

Massachusetts man arrested after investigation into death of 13-year-old Chloe Ricard

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Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan/Facebook(BOSTON) — An arrest has been made following the mysterious death of a 13-year-old girl earlier this week in Massachusetts, authorities said Saturday.

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday after an investigation into the girl’s death, according to a press release tweeted out by the Essex District Attorney.

The girl — whom a source and relatives have identified as Chloe Ricard — died Monday afternoon after being dropped off at a local hospital, officials said.

The district attorney, Jonathan Blodgett, said in a statement that Rivera, of Lawrence, had been with the girl and another female — also a teenager who was under 16 years old — on Sunday and “during most of the next day” at his apartment.

Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, Rivera and the other teen allegedly dropped off the 13-year-old girl at Lawrence General Hospital, according to the statement.

Chloe died a short time later.

Ricard’s mom, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, asked earlier this week, “Who can do that?”

“Who can take and just dump her?” she asked, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

Rivera was charged with two counts of distribution drugs to a minor, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, and the same charge for a person over that age, according to the statement.

The other girl, who was not identified, was not charged.

It was unclear how Rivera allegedly met the girls, but a source said he knew them in some capacity before Sunday.

An autopsy was performed on Chloe but authorities said the medical examiner has not ruled on the cause of death yet.

The investigation is still ongoing.

“We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim,” Blodgett said in the statement.

It was not immediately clear if Rivera had legal representation. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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Massachusetts man arrested after investigation into death of 13-year-old Chloe Ricard

Posted on: May 25th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan/Facebook(BOSTON) — An arrest has been made following the mysterious death of a 13-year-old girl earlier this week in Massachusetts, authorities said Saturday.

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday after an investigation into the girl’s death, according to a press release tweeted out by the Essex District Attorney.

The girl — whom a source and relatives have identified as Chloe Ricard — died Monday afternoon after being dropped off at a local hospital, officials said.

The district attorney, Jonathan Blodgett, said in a statement that Rivera, of Lawrence, had been with the girl and another female — also a teenager who was under 16 years old — on Sunday and “during most of the next day” at his apartment.

Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, Rivera and the other teen allegedly dropped off the 13-year-old girl at Lawrence General Hospital, according to the statement.

Chloe died a short time later.

Ricard’s mom, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, asked earlier this week, “Who can do that?”

“Who can take and just dump her?” she asked, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

Rivera was charged with two counts of distribution drugs to a minor, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, and the same charge for a person over that age, according to the statement.

The other girl, who was not identified, was not charged.

It was unclear how Rivera allegedly met the girls, but a source said he knew them in some capacity before Sunday.

An autopsy was performed on Chloe but authorities said the medical examiner has not ruled on the cause of death yet.

The investigation is still ongoing.

“We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim,” Blodgett said in the statement.

It was not immediately clear if Rivera had legal representation. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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Memorial service, burial in Bozeman for World War II soldier

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The remains of a World War II soldier from Montana are returning to Bozeman to be buried with full military honors

Memorial service, burial in Bozeman for World War II soldier

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The remains of a World War II soldier from Montana are returning to Bozeman to be buried with full military honors

Woman facing eviction gets help from Arnold Schwarzenegger

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A 102-year-old woman facing eviction from her California home of nearly 30 years is getting help from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Woman facing eviction gets help from Arnold Schwarzenegger

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A 102-year-old woman facing eviction from her California home of nearly 30 years is getting help from Arnold Schwarzenegger

San Francisco police union calls for chief to resign

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The union representing San Francisco police officers is calling for its chief to resign over his handling of the police raid of a freelance journalist’s home and office

San Francisco police union calls for chief to resign

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The union representing San Francisco police officers is calling for its chief to resign over his handling of the police raid of a freelance journalist’s home and office

The Latest: World War II soldier buried in Montana

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A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island near the Philippines 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were identified last year

The Latest: World War II soldier buried in Montana

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A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island near the Philippines 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were identified last year

Murdered pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez buried in Chicago area on Saturday

Posted on: May 25th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/dragana991(CHICAGO) — As the family of a heavily pregnant teen who was killed for her unborn child laid the 19-year-old rest on Saturday, supporters announced plans to lobby for a new law to protect other families.

The funeral for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was murdered last month after responding to a Facebook ad for free baby clothes, was held on Saturday in Stickney, Illinois. Ochoa-Lopez, the mother of a three-year old, was strangled to death and then had her unborn son cut from her womb.

At the chapel service, which was conducted in Spanish and English, dozens of mourners wore white T-shirts printed with Ochoa-Lopez’s face.

A woman, as well as her daughter and her boyfriend, have been charged in her killing. Prosecutors say the woman lured Ochoa-Lopez to her Chicago-area home, strangled her and then removed Ochoa-Lopez’s baby to raise as her own after her own son died.

Investigators believe the murder took place on April 23. Ochoa-Lopez’s infant son remains in the hospital on life support.

Julie Contreras, a family friend who has been acting as the family’s spokeswoman, announcing plans for a bill she called “Marlan’s Law,” which would require women who claim they had their babies at home, to provide DNA proof of maternity.

“Marlan was not only the daughter of her parents and the wife of her husband. She is the daughter of our pueblo,” Contreras said at the funeral service, adding that if “Marlan’s Law” were to be enacted, the young mother would “be etched forever in the laws of the state of Illinois and in this country.”

“We will not allow this to happen [to another family],” Contreras said.

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Yoga teacher Amanda Eller after rescue from Hawaii forest: ‘I chose life’

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Javier Cantellops(HONOLULU) — The woman who was rescued after going missing for more than two weeks in a forest in Hawaii said on Saturday that she had to choose between life and death in order to stay alive.

“There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose,” said Amanda Eller, 35, from her hospital bed, hours after rescuers in a helicopter plucked her from a ravine. “I chose life.”

Eller had been missing for 16 days when she was found in good condition on Friday at about 5 p.m. local time.

She thanked the Maui community, the volunteers who helped look for her and those who donated to help fund the search.

“People that know me, that don’t know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart,” she said in a video posted on the Facebook page “Find Amanda,” which was created after she went missing.

Eller is recovering from her ordeal “remarkably” with only a fracture on her leg and needs some treatments on her ankles, her mother, Julia Eller, told Fox affiliate KHON-TV.

“She had been working on herself — she’s a physical therapist by training, so apparently those healing touches had done her well. And they said for what she had been through, she was in surprisingly good shape,” Julia Eller said.

“I’m just so incredibly grateful to have my girl home,” the elder Eller said. “I never gave up hope for a minute. And even though at times, you know, I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her.”

Eller, 35, disappeared after apparently going for a hike on May 8. Her boyfriend was the last person to see Eller, a yoga teacher and physical therapist, that morning, but when she did not return home he reported her missing to police the next day.

Eller’s SUV was found Thursday, not long after she’d been reported missing, at the base of the Kahakapao Trail.

Sarah Haynes, a friend who ran the Facebook page, told ABC News that Eller was located by a search helicopter Friday afternoon in a ravine near Twin Falls. Eller was able to flag down the helicopter, Haynes said.

One of the rescuers said they found her in a stream bed.

“She was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe,” Chris Berquist, who was in the helicopter, told ABC News Radio late Friday. “She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries.”

Eller was in good condition, considering the circumstances, and spoke to her father from the helicopter. She was met by an ambulance at the helipad and taken to Maui Memorial Hospital.

“She was very alert, she knew her father’s phone number, she knew who she was, where she was, knew exactly how long she had been out there — very surprised to see us,” Berquist said. “I’ve never felt something quite that overpowering.”

Haynes said her friend had been living on water and plants.

“She was several miles above Twin Falls, over in deep H’aiku, way off the beaten track,” Berquist said.

Earlier in the day, just hours before she was found, the reward for finding Eller was raised to $50,000.

“I haven’t seen [the family] yet, but while I was assessing her up, [another rescuer] made the call to the father and let him know. I think there was some disbelief there — ‘Are you serious? You really found her?’ — and then just explosions on both ends,” Berquist said.

Her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, told ABC News on May 16 that he believed she was still in the forest and did not suspect foul play.

“She’s my soulmate, she’s the love of my life and I feel that she’s still out there. … I’d really like to stop spending my evenings alone and have my love back,” he said at the time.

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LAPD releases dramatic video of police shootout following chase

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iStock/anouchka(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released new video from a dramatic police shootout last month that shows a bystander suddenly opening fire on police in south Los Angeles.

On April 20, at 9:20 at night, two LAPD Gang Enforcement Division officers spotted a white BMW rolling through a stop sign, turning left and then speeding ahead, LAPD Captain Giselle Espinoza said in a Critical Incident Video Release compiled from the officers’ bodycam videos and neighborhood surveillance videos posted on YouTube.

After a short pursuit, the driver suddenly stopped and exited the car, then ran with a gun into the Pueblo Del Rio public housing project in LA’s Central-Alameda neighborhood, Espinoza said.

On April 20 LAPD Newton ofcrs stopped a car for running a stop sign, the driver fled on foot & they gave chase. A bystander then came out of nowhere & shot an ofcr at point-blank range. Fortunately, the ofcr survived this terrifying incident. Full video 🔗 https://t.co/zh9KXInqiT pic.twitter.com/WjCg4wJ9jn

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 24, 2019

The two officers chased after the driver, who they described as a black male, the video shows. But then, a second man wearing in a white shirt, who was later identified as Curley Duff, is seen approaching one of the officers, Enrique Trujillo, the video shows.

Duff, 39, pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot at Trujillo, who then fired back several shots. Both men were injured in the gunfire. The first officer then doubled back to assist his partner.

On April 24, prosecutors charged Duff with the attempted murder of a police officer.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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Severe weather threatens Plains to Midwest over Memorial Day weekend

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The storm system that brought the tornado outbreak from the Plains to Mid-Atlantic spawned 104 reported tornadoes across eight states from Texas to Maryland is long gone, but the holiday weekend will not be a quiet one.

A new storm system that began in the Plains on Thursday has brought 24 reported tornadoes in the last 48 hours across eight states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota.

These storms are also bringing very heavy rain to places that are already very saturated. Parts of Kansas received up to 4 inches of rain on Friday.

Flash flood watches are in effect in parts of six states Saturday from Texas to Wisconsin. Flood warnings remain in effect in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, where they have been dealing with relentless rain.

With the continued threat of heavy rain over the next several days, many rivers are in major flood stage and rising along the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas rivers.

A stationary front draped across the central U.S. will continue to bring the threat for severe storms in the Southern and Central Plains, across the Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma and much of Kansas on Saturday.

In the enhanced risk region the biggest threat will be large hail, but isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are expected. Flash flooding also remains a major concern, especially in Oklahoma and Kansas.

A second severe weather concern exists across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. The main threat Saturday afternoon will be damaging winds, but hail or a brief tornado can’t be ruled out.

The same regions are under a severe threat on Sunday – across the Plains from Texas to South Dakota and a smaller area in the Ohio Valley, from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio.

The stalled system will continue to bring rounds of severe storms and heavy rain across the Plains on Sunday, with the enhanced risk region in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, western Kansas and southern Nebraska.

Heat is on in Southeast

In the Southeast, scorching hot temperatures are on the way over the holiday weekend and into next week, with some spots hitting triple digits.

The heat index numbers for Sunday are in the high 90s across much of the region. Record highs are possible in this area over the next several days.

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Severe weather threatens Plains to Midwest over Memorial Day weekend

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The storm system that brought the tornado outbreak from the Plains to Mid-Atlantic spawned 104 reported tornadoes across eight states from Texas to Maryland is long gone, but the holiday weekend will not be a quiet one.

A new storm system that began in the Plains on Thursday has brought 24 reported tornadoes in the last 48 hours across eight states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota.

These storms are also bringing very heavy rain to places that are already very saturated. Parts of Kansas received up to 4 inches of rain on Friday.

Flash flood watches are in effect in parts of six states Saturday from Texas to Wisconsin. Flood warnings remain in effect in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, where they have been dealing with relentless rain.

With the continued threat of heavy rain over the next several days, many rivers are in major flood stage and rising along the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas rivers.

A stationary front draped across the central U.S. will continue to bring the threat for severe storms in the Southern and Central Plains, across the Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma and much of Kansas on Saturday.

In the enhanced risk region the biggest threat will be large hail, but isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are expected. Flash flooding also remains a major concern, especially in Oklahoma and Kansas.

A second severe weather concern exists across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. The main threat Saturday afternoon will be damaging winds, but hail or a brief tornado can’t be ruled out.

The same regions are under a severe threat on Sunday – across the Plains from Texas to South Dakota and a smaller area in the Ohio Valley, from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio.

The stalled system will continue to bring rounds of severe storms and heavy rain across the Plains on Sunday, with the enhanced risk region in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, western Kansas and southern Nebraska.

Heat is on in Southeast

In the Southeast, scorching hot temperatures are on the way over the holiday weekend and into next week, with some spots hitting triple digits.

The heat index numbers for Sunday are in the high 90s across much of the region. Record highs are possible in this area over the next several days.

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LIRR trains to the Hamptons and Montauk down Saturday after overnight train derailment

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iStock/WoodysPhotos(NEW YORK) — The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) suspended all service to the Hamptons and Montauk for Saturday after an overnight work train derailment, the New York Metropolitan Train Authority (MTA) said.

The disruption to eastbound service is bound to cause problems for holiday travelers over Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the summer season for urban beach goers from New York City as well as commuters.

A Montauk-bound train that left Manhattan’s Penn Station at 1:09 a.m. Saturday sideswiped a non-revenue train as part of a passing maneuver, the MTA told WABC, suspending train service to the Hamptons and Montauk for at least all of Saturday, LIRR officials said.

LIRR service east of Patchogue, including to the Hamptons and Montauk, will be suspended all day – customers should not go to Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica or their local station expecting service to resume east of Patchogue, although regular service to Patchogue and Riverhead remain in effect.

The Montauk train traveling at approximately 30 miles per hour sideswiped a non-revenue train on a side track east of Speonk as part of a passing maneuver, MTA officials said.

It was due to arrive in Montauk at 4:09 a.m. ET.

The engine of the Montauk train and the last car of the non-revenue train derailed, causing extensive damage to the tracks, the MTA said.

None of the commuter train’s 32 passengers or LIRR employees suffered any injuries.

One alternative for eastbound travelers, the Hampton Jitney, was selling out, presumably as a result of the train problems. Buses were fully booked until 10:15 p.m. on its regular and Ambassador class coaches, according to a representative who answered the phone Saturday afternoon.

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LIRR trains to the Hamptons and Montauk down Saturday after overnight train derailment

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iStock/WoodysPhotos(NEW YORK) — The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) suspended all service to the Hamptons and Montauk for Saturday after an overnight work train derailment, the New York Metropolitan Train Authority (MTA) said.

The disruption to eastbound service is bound to cause problems for holiday travelers over Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the summer season for urban beach goers from New York City as well as commuters.

A Montauk-bound train that left Manhattan’s Penn Station at 1:09 a.m. Saturday sideswiped a non-revenue train as part of a passing maneuver, the MTA told WABC, suspending train service to the Hamptons and Montauk for at least all of Saturday, LIRR officials said.

LIRR service east of Patchogue, including to the Hamptons and Montauk, will be suspended all day – customers should not go to Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica or their local station expecting service to resume east of Patchogue, although regular service to Patchogue and Riverhead remain in effect.

The Montauk train traveling at approximately 30 miles per hour sideswiped a non-revenue train on a side track east of Speonk as part of a passing maneuver, MTA officials said.

It was due to arrive in Montauk at 4:09 a.m. ET.

The engine of the Montauk train and the last car of the non-revenue train derailed, causing extensive damage to the tracks, the MTA said.

None of the commuter train’s 32 passengers or LIRR employees suffered any injuries.

One alternative for eastbound travelers, the Hampton Jitney, was selling out, presumably as a result of the train problems. Buses were fully booked until 10:15 p.m. on its regular and Ambassador class coaches, according to a representative who answered the phone Saturday afternoon.

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Border Patrol seizes aircraft loaded with meth, fentanyl after it flies into US

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Twitter/@CBPArizona(TUSCON, Arizona) — An ultralight aircraft carrying half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the southern border was nabbed by Border Patrol agents late Thursday, according to the agency, but the pilot managed to make an escape.

The single-person aircraft was tracked flying across the U.S.-Mexico border by agents in the Nogales and Tucson, Arizona, stations at about 11 p.m. The ultralight craft was tracked to a landing site on a dirt road south of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.

The drugs were found, but the pilot was not.

“An [Air and Marine Operations] helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot,” CBP said in a statement.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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Border Patrol seizes aircraft loaded with meth, fentanyl after it flies into US

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Twitter/@CBPArizona(TUSCON, Arizona) — An ultralight aircraft carrying half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the southern border was nabbed by Border Patrol agents late Thursday, according to the agency, but the pilot managed to make an escape.

The single-person aircraft was tracked flying across the U.S.-Mexico border by agents in the Nogales and Tucson, Arizona, stations at about 11 p.m. The ultralight craft was tracked to a landing site on a dirt road south of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.

The drugs were found, but the pilot was not.

“An [Air and Marine Operations] helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot,” CBP said in a statement.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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Fake Romeo arrested for allegedly scamming thousands from dozens of women in 8 states

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Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles police are looking for more victims of a Lothario who will do more than just steal your heart.

Wilson Edward Jackson was arrested on Thursday after police said he scammed dozens of women in at least eight states out of thousands of dollars under the pretense of forming romantic relationships. He has been charged with felony identity theft, fraud and grand theft auto, according to authorities.

The 37-year-old from Woodland Hills, California, would use online dating apps and social media to woo women — even flying them out to Southern California — before stealing money, checks and credit card information, Los Angeles police said.

“While they were asleep or using the bathroom he would go into their purse, steal their identity, their checking account information, their debit card and credit card information,” LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza told Los Angeles ABC station KABC.

He would also ask women for loans, but provide repayment with checks from closed accounts, police said.

Jackson even allegedly claimed to be a millionaire with women he spoke to online. In reality, he’s in debt up to $12,000, owed to his landlord, according to KABC.

Los Angeles police said Jackson used Plenty of Fish and Black People Meet in order to connect with the women.

“We started off on kind of casual conversation, which eventually led to a little bit of flirting and maybe wanting to get to know each other a little bit,” Acacia Oudinot, an Air Force veteran who says she met Jackson in 2017 after he friended her on Facebook, told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV. “He was very sweet and very flirty. He was fun to talk to.”

Oudinot arranged to meet Jackson in Los Angeles, but when she went to the airport, the airline ticket he had bought her turned out to be fake. She said she bought a new one with the promise from him he would refund her.

After meeting him, she believes Jackson took photos of her credit and debit cards while she was in the shower and he bilked her out of $7,000.

Oudinot helped connect the dots for police, spreading Jackson’s information online and connecting with several other women who were scammed.

Orlando police had previously named Jackson as a person of interest in similar cases of fraud in December 2011.

The LAPD is asking anyone who believes they might have been a victim of Jackson to call 818-374-9420.

Jackson is being held at Los Angeles County Jail on $270,000 bond.

His next court appearance is May 29.

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Yoga teacher found alive after missing for 2 weeks in Hawaii forest

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Javier Cantellops(HONOLULU) — A woman missing for over two weeks in the Makawao Forest Reserve on Maui, Hawaii, has miraculously been found alive, a family friend and rescuer confirmed to ABC News.

Amanda Eller had been missing for 16 days when she was found in good condition at about 5 p.m. local time.

“We found her in a stream bed, she was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe,” Chris Berquist, who was in the helicopter, told ABC News Radio late Friday. “She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries.”

Photos shared by one of the rescuers showed ugly burns to Eller’s feet and ankles.

Eller, 35, disappeared after apparently going for a hike on May 8. Her boyfriend was the last person to see Eller, a yoga teacher and physical therapist, on that morning, but when she did not return home he reported her missing to police on May 9.

Eller’s SUV was found Thursday, not long after she’d been reported missing, at the base of the Kahakapao Trail.

Sarah Haynes, a friend who ran the “Find Amanda” Facebook page organizing the search, told ABC News that Eller was located by a search helicopter Friday afternoon in a ravine near Twin Falls. Eller was able to flag down the helicopter, Haynes and Berquist said.

Eller was in good condition, considering the circumstances, and spoke to her father via the helicopter. She was met by an ambulance at the helipad and taken to Maui Memorial Hospital.

“She was very alert, she knew her father’s phone number, she knew who she was, where she was, knew exactly how long she had been out there — very surprised to see us,” Berquist said. “I’ve never felt something quite that overpowering.”

Haynes said her friend had been living on water and plants.

“She was in deep deep H’aiku,” Berquist said. “She was several miles above Twin Falls, over in deep H’aiku, way off the beaten track.”

Earlier in the day, just hours before she was found, the reward for finding Eller was raised to $50,000.

“I haven’t seen [the family] yet, but while I was assessing her up [another rescuer] made the call to the father and let him know. I think there was some disbelief there — ‘Are you serious? You really found her?’ — and then just explosions on both ends,” Berquist said.

Her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, told ABC News on May 16 that he believed she was still in the forest and did not suspect foul play.

“She’s my soulmate, she’s the love of my life and I feel that she’s still out there. … I’d really like to stop spending my evenings alone and have my love back,” he said at the time.

Her family and friends had feared the worst, despite holding out hope she would be found.

“It’s been a normal range of emotions, of being fearful that the worst could happen,” Julia Eller, Amanda’s mom, told Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV last week. “I don’t want to be there. I do firmly believe that Amanda is still alive, but occasionally those doubts creep in and I try to dispel them as I can.”

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Family of woman mauled by lion pushes for new regulations

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Following a lion attack that resulted in the death of an intern at a conservation center in North Carolina, the intern’s family is raising questions about the safety and oversight of such facilities.

Family of woman mauled by lion pushes for new regulations

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Following a lion attack that resulted in the death of an intern at a conservation center in North Carolina, the intern’s family is raising questions about the safety and oversight of such facilities.

At the spelling bee, the most common sound is the toughest

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An unremarkable sound known as the schwa can be the toughest thing for spellers to master at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

At the spelling bee, the most common sound is the toughest

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An unremarkable sound known as the schwa can be the toughest thing for spellers to master at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future

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The publisher of the largest newspaper in Arkansas has said by the end of the year, the publication will no longer print daily editions and will instead distribute iPads for subscribers to access a daily digital replica