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ABC News(DALLAS) -- At least one tornado touched down in the Dallas area amid stormy weather on Sunday night, tearing through structures, overturning cars and knocking out electricity for thousands.

The National Weather Service said the radar-confirmed tornado hit the ground around 9 p.m. local time near Dallas Love Field Airport, northwest of downtown. Footage from the area showed several damaged businesses, homes with the roofs ripped off, fallen trees and downed power lines.

The Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools, citing "extensive damage" to a number of campuses due to the severe weather.

There were also reports of gas leaks north of Dallas' Walnut Hill neighborhood, according to a press release from the city of Dallas.

Rocky Vaz, the director of the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management, said six people were transported to local hospitals but were not seriously injured. However, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries as of early Monday morning, according to the city.

More than 167,000 electric customers were without power across Texas as of 6:30 a.m. local time. About 65,000 of those customers were within Dallas, according to the city, which opened the Bachman Recreation Center early Monday morning for people seeking shelter.

In the city of Sachse, a northeast suburb of Dallas, six houses sustained "significant high-wind damage after severe weather moved through the area Sunday night," and four of those homes were left "uninhabitable," though no injuries had been reported, according to a press release from the city.

Meanwhile, two tornadoes were reported near the city of Tyler, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

A tornado watch remains in effect for eastern Texas as residents brace for another storm Monday morning.

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fdastudillo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. Military Academy cadet has gone missing and officials at the West Point campus believe he has taken a service weapon with him, according to officials.

The unnamed cadet, a member of the 2021 graduating class, has been missing since Friday evening. Officials said he was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. at West Point, and an "extensive" search has already been done by military, federal, state and local agencies.

West Point said an M4 rifle was also missing, and presumed in possession of the cadet, but they are "not believed to have any magazines or ammunition."

There is no indication the cadet poses a threat to the public, officials said, but they are worried he poses a threat to himself.

"I want to thank the local and state law enforcement agencies and emergency services for their tireless support," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said in a statement. "We will continue to search with all means possible, on and off West Point. Safely locating the Cadet remains our focus and number one priority."

Authorities said the cadet was supposed to compete in a military skills competition over the weekend, but did not show up for the initial road march.

Military Police, New York State Police and the Orange County Sheriff's Department have been involved in the search. The Coast Guard also began searching the coast line for the missing cadet Sunday morning.

A state police helicopter, drones and K-9s have also been used in the search.

West Point is about an hour north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River. About 4,000 cadets attend the military school.

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MivPiv/iStock(NEW YORK) -- In 1996, Clifton Gibson was tried and convicted of first degree murder.

It was a crime he committed two years earlier at the age of 17 -- killing a man during a robbery -- and one for which he takes full responsibility.

It was also a crime for which he received life without parole, plus 18 years and 4 months.

The issue of juvenile sentences of life without parole has been a long-standing concern of advocates and many in the legal community.

Despite Supreme Court rulings over the past decade that mandatory life sentences without parole were unconstitutional and that individuals who were already sentenced as juveniles should have their cases resentenced, there are hundreds of people still sitting behind bars who haven’t had their cases reviewed, experts say.

Michigan is one of the states with the largest number of such cases, with 181 people who have yet to be resentenced, according to the latest records from Michigan's Department of Corrections. Two of those men have been in prison for 50 years, both having committed crimes when they were 17 years old, records from corrections department show.

Some recent cases where inmates have been resentenced have garnered national attention, like that of Sheldry Topp, who was convicted of murder when he was 17 and was released in February after 56 years behind bars, also in Michigan.

The issue of life without parole also came up in the case of Alvin Kennard, who was 22 years old and not a juvenile when he faced that mandatory sentence for stealing $50.75 from a bakery and spent 36 years behind bars.

At the time, Alabama law mandated the harsh sentence because it was Kennard's fourth offense. The law has since been modified to give judges the option of granting parole.

"It’s an issue that impacts thousands of people," said Liz Ryan, the president and CEO of the Youth First Initiative, referring to those who are waiting to be resentenced and their families. "There are people in many states that are serving these sentences whose cases have not been reviewed.”

Now, the Supreme Court is revisiting the issue of the constitutionality of juvenile sentences of life without parole in a case involving Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 years old when he participated in the Beltway Sniper attacks. His case was heard before the court this Wednesday.

"Especially harsh"

From the 1980s up until about a decade ago, the U.S. prison and jail population exploded -- fueled in part by the war on drugs and tough-on-crime laws in the 1990s as well as longer sentences -- and then began a gradual decline starting in 2008.

The number of prisoners serving life and life without parole also grew over this time period from 34,000 in 1984 to nearly 162,000 in 2016, according to the Sentencing Project.

Counting those serving "virtual life sentences" of 50 years or more, that number climbs to nearly 207,000 in 2016. And the number of life sentences continues to increase, despite a decline in the violent crime rate since the 1990s, the group reports.

The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life without parole, experts said. As of 2016, there were approximately 2,300 inmates who were serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. Supreme Court cases over the past decade have chipped away at harsh sentencing for people convicted as juveniles, first by invalidating the death penalty, then targeting life without parole for those convicted of non-homicide crimes, followed by homicide.

The argument has been that children don't have the same level of maturity and appreciation of consequences that adults do. They also have a greater capacity for reform, advocates said.

"Life without parole is an especially harsh punishment for a juvenile," former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the opinion of Graham v. Florida, a 2010 case that invalidated life without parole for juveniles who committed non-homicide crimes. "Under this sentence a juvenile offender will on average serve more years and a greater percentage of his life in prison than an adult offender."

'Like a slow fog that moved in on me'

On June 8, 1994, Gibson, shot and killed a man in Big Bear, California during a car break-in that turned into a botched robbery.

"I’m completely responsible, from the very beginning to the end," Gibson told ABC News.

Gibson, who had no criminal record at that point, faced multiple charges in connection to the crime, the most serious being first degree murder with special circumstances, and though he was a juvenile at the time, he was tried as an adult. He said that the reality of what life without the possibility of parole meant didn’t sink in for several years.

"I don’t think that mentally and emotionally, that I had grasped the concept that this is forever, that you’re going to be locked up forever," Gibson said.

He said a few years after the court proceedings, following his sentencing in 1996, "that’s kind of when my despair settled in.”

"It wasn’t all of a sudden, like an epiphany. It was like a slow fog that moved in on me. It began like blanketing my hope of ever being released, or ever touching a tree, or hearing children play," he said.

There were other obstacles as well. For a number of years while he was in prison, before state laws changed, certain rehabilitative services and education programs were not available to anyone facing a life without parole sentence.

"We weren’t allowed to attend self-help classes, any vocational classes, Pell grants [for college classes] had been stripped," Gibson said.

Gibson's prospect of release -- and that of others -- rested on two pivotal Supreme Court cases.

In the 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, the court held that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional. The Miller ruling was pivotal for Gibson, because it influenced the state of California to pass SB 9 in early 2013, which called for resentencing of juvenile life without parole offenders.

Though his case was denied at first, years of appeals, the passage of another state law that called for reviews of those who had served 25 years for juvenile life without parole sentences, and a different judge led to Gibson’s release in April of this year.

During his time in prison, Gibson said he helped start a group called "men for honor," a writing program they helped inmates reflect and grow as people. And he took vocational courses in prison as well as those offered through an outreach program with Cal State - Los Angeles. He's on track to get his bachelor’s degree in organizational communication in December. He currently works full-time at a non-profit that helps connect formerly incarcerated individuals with resources in an effort “to reduce the chance of returning to crime,” he said.

He also said that he is a life parolee, which he described as meaning that he could be on parole for anywhere from three years to forever.

Unsurprisingly, Gibson, who described himself as a "troubled teen" when he committed the crime, believes that taking the option of parole away is wrong.

"I think everybody is capable of changing who they were," he said.

States fight back

Other states were less willing to follow the Miller decision and California's model with resentencing.

The 2016 Montgomery v. Louisiana decision in 2016 stemmed from Louisiana contesting the idea of making the Miller decision retroactive. While the Montgomery case held that the Miller decision was retroactive, it didn't specify how those facing life without parole as juveniles should have their cases reviewed.

"There was no letter that was received by these individuals in prison, so they had to self-identify, file to get back into court, get lawyers, and make their case for resentencing," said Jody Kent Lavy, the executive director for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

There are no official national figures on exactly how many individuals meet the criteria set forth in Miller. Experts believe that at the time that decision was handed down in 2012, there were approximately 2,000 individuals who had received mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Marsha Levick, the chief legal officer for the Juvenile Law Center, said that three states -- Pennsylvania, Michigan and Louisiana -- were responsible for about 60% of the individuals in that 2,000 estimate.

Levick estimates at a minimum that several hundred of the some 2,000 individuals who had been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole prior to the Miller decision have yet to be resentenced.

That appears to fit with Lavy's estimate as well -- about 2,600 people who had either received mandatory or discretionary life sentences without the possibility of parole as juveniles prior to the Miller decision. She said that some 1,700 of that number have since been resentenced, leaving an estimated 900 individuals who had either mandatory or discretionary sentences that have not been resentenced.

Emotional toll

The emotional toll of being handed a sentence that essentially says you’ll never be leaving prison alive is one that can’t be underestimated, advocates say.

Michael Mendoza, the national director of criminal justice reform group #Cut50, knows the impact of a heavy sentence first hand. He was 16 when he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison as a result of a second-degree murder conviction, where he was involved in a gang murder where he was not the shooter.

"To a kid, that’s basically a message that society has given up on you. That they actually don’t care about you," Mendoza told ABC News.

Even for those with the possibility of parole, Mendoza said that the "tough on crime" stance of the 1990s left many with little hope.

"If you received a life sentence in the mid-90s, back in those times, nobody was going home even with parole," he said.

"Main message from them was ‘get used to this place, this place will be your home, this place will be your life,’" Mendoza said.

"I became more fearful, more hopeless, more angry, and I entered into the adult prison system on my 17th birthday with that mentality," he said.

Efforts at reform

Beyond the action at the Supreme Court level, states have taken the issue into their own hands in the past decade. Lavy noted how before the Miller decision in 2012, there were only five states that banned juvenile sentences of life without the possibility of parole, and that number has since grown to 22 states and D.C.

"There's been a trend to move away from these sentences all together," she said, calling it a bipartisan effort with "conservative states leading the way.”

"I think it just reflects a broad understanding of the fact that kids shouldn’t be condemned to die in prison for mistakes they made at a time that they're still developing," she said.

Advocates like Levick see the increased attention on sentencing of juveniles as a possibility "to return to this notion of second chances.”

"Historically we have always viewed children who commit crimes as really being eligible for second chances," Levick said. "I would argue that particularly in the 1990s with the whole ‘super predator’ myth... we really lost our way and kind of abandoned our first principles."

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domnicky/iStock(HOLLYWOOD, S.C.) -- A South Carolina man has settled a lawsuit against the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, ending a years-long battle that began when an officer shot him in his own home after mistaking him for a burglar.

Bryant Heyward, who was left paralyzed by by a police shooting in 2015 after calling 911 to report a home invasion, settled his lawsuit against the sheriff's office for $750,000 -- a far cry from the $25 million he'd originally asked for, his attorney revealed Sunday.

"This case was very complicated. Bryant was a completely innocent guy and everything that could have went wrong did go wrong," his attorney, Justin Bamberg, told ABC News on Sunday. "With no footage of the shooting, certain factual disputes created a proverbial he-said, he-said situation. However, nothing changes the fact that Bryant was an innocent homeowner shot in a tragic turn of events."

"His life changed forever, but he's one of the fortunate ones who survived one of these bad encounters with law enforcement," he added.

Heyward called 911 during an armed burglary at his home in Hollywood, South Carolina, just west of Charleston. Authorities said he had a gun in his hand when Charleston County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene.

In a recording of the 911 call, the victim told the dispatcher that two men with guns are trying to break into his house, banging at the window. Later in the call, he pleaded with the dispatcher for the police to hurry.

The burglars had run off by the time police arrived and the responding deputies said they didn't know the homeowner was armed.

Heyward filed the lawsuit in 2017 after the shooting left him paralyzed from the neck down and in need of medical care for the rest of his life. He is unable to feed or bathe himself and has developed bed sores and diabetes, according to his attorney.

He was left with long-standing emotional trauma as well. Bamberg said the legal battle eventually helped his client become stronger and more resilient, but it felt like an uphill battle at times.

"I've had a few cases in my career that emotionally put me through the wringer and this is one of them," Bamberg said. "It hurts to have a young man who is in his late 20s tell you they would rather be dead because he can't move anything below his neck."

"Over time, his spirit revitalized and his spirit was rebuilt. Now he says, 'I'm a survivor, I can beat this.' He learned how to use this chair and he realized that he's blessed because he still gets to talk to his loved ones and visit his friends," he added.

Bamberg said the settlement happened in May, but Heyward wanted to keep it private out of fear for his safety. Now, he hopes to let his story be an inspiration to others.

"We didn't say anything; we were mindful that what kick-started this whole thing was foolish people trying to break in to steal from him," Bamberg said. "We didn't want to put out how much money he got just in case someone tried to target his house again."

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WPVI(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 2-year-old girl is dead after being shot in the back of the head when someone opened fire on a house in North Philadelphia on Sunday. The shooting came less than 24 hours after an 11-month-old survived when shot four times in the city.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The shooting took place at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The mother of the child, 24, was also struck by gunfire in the head and back and is in stable condition. A 33-year-old man is in critical condition after being struck in the stomach, police said.

Authorities said the house seemed to be targeted in the shooting, with someone shooting from outside the home.

Police are looking for surveillance video from the area to help in the investigation. No one has been arrested and no description of a suspect has been released.

The 11-month-old was struck at about 8 p.m. Saturday while in the back of a vehicle being driven by the child's stepmother, police said. The child was struck in the head, chest and back in the shooting and taken to Einstein Medical Center in critical condition.

No arrests have been made in that shooting either.

Phildelphia's Fraternal Order of Police is offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was "disgusted" by the violence Sunday afternoon.

"Outraged, disgusted, and heartbroken by the violence this weekend that claimed the life of an innocent 2-year-old and left another infant fighting for his life," he said in a series of tweets. "My prayers are with their families and communities during this tragic time."

"Philadelphians should not live in fear of violence that could take away a child’s life," he continued. "But for too many, this is a sad reality. With the unabated flow of illegal guns and drugs, we must do whatever we can locally to address violence and help residents."

He added, "We’ll have teams in the neighborhoods impacted by this weekend’s violence to provide support and trauma-informed care. The @PhillyPolice department is conducting a full investigation and will have whatever resources they need to bring these perpetrators to justice."

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WGNO(NEW ORLEANS) -- Crews have conducted a controlled demolition at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans to bring down two cranes standing at the site.

Video of the demolition showed a brief explosion followed by one of the cranes toppling to the ground. The other crane appeared to remain standing after the smoke cleared.

NEW: Video of the controlled demolition of two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans shows an explosion followed by one of the cranes falling to the ground. The other crane appeared to remain standing after the smoke cleared.

— ABC News (@ABC) October 20, 2019

Officials said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the building is "more secure now" than it was before the demolition.

"I do not think it could have gone much better," said New Orleans Fire Department Chief Timothy McConnell, adding that the situation is "way better than what it looks" like.

A rear portion of one of the cranes hit a sewer line on the ground but missed an electrical and gas line, which were the main concerns for the engineers, McConnell said. The crane that remains on top of the building is now more stable and will be cut down piece by piece, he said.

Three windows at the nearby Saenger Theatre were broken, but it is unclear whether other surrounding buildings sustained any damage, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told reporters.

The next objective for crews is to retrieve the remains of two of the victims who died last weekend and then to assess a plan to demolish the structure completely, Cantrell said.

Three workers were killed and dozens more people were injured after the cranes collapsed on Oct. 12. The bodies that are still inside the building are expected to still be in the same place as before, McConnell said.

The cranes were a source of major concern as they continued to sway after the accident.

The demolition was originally planned for Friday but was delayed until Sunday. The delay came after city officials determined that the cranes were more damaged than previously thought.

City officials ordered an evacuation of the area surrounding the partially collapsed hotel, located on the edge of the historic French Quarter, on Sunday morning. Demolition crews attached small explosives known as energetic materials to the cranes in an effort to bring them down in the same place as where they were standing several stories above the ground.

Ten of the injured victims have filed a lawsuit against five companies involved in the construction.

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KATU(PORTLAND, Oregon) -- Stunning surveillance footage captured the moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then held him in his arms.

Keanon Lowe, a football and track and field coach at Parkrose High School, can be seen walking through the hallways and entering a classroom on May 17.

When he next emerges, he is holding a shotgun and backing away from student Angel Granados-Diaz before another teacher comes up and takes the weapon away.

Then, in an extraordinary moment, Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz and the two hug for at least a minute.

At one point, it appears that Granados-Diaz tries to break free, but Lowe continues to hold on to him.

Police eventually arrive and take Granados-Diaz into custody.

Lowe was hailed a hero following the incident at the Portland high school.

"This was a best-case scenario," Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots said at the time. "The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job."

Initial reports said that Lowe wrestled the student to the ground, but the video, which was released by Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, shows the emotional moment the two shared.

Granados-Diaz, now 19, was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to three years of probation, KATU reported.

Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player, told "Good Morning America" that when the student entered the classroom with the weapon, he was close enough that he lunged for the gun and grabbed it with both hands.

"I kind of assessed that situation and my instincts kicked in. I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun," Lowe told "GMA" earlier this year. "We had four hands on the gun and students are running out of the back of the classroom."

He said he barely had time to think about his own safety and his main concern was to keep the students save.

"I'm just trying to make sure that the end of the gun isn't pointing towards where the students are running and also not pointed at myself," he said. "I ended up getting the gun from him, with my right hand, and holding him off with my left hand and calling for a teacher to grab the gun from me."

"To be around the kids and to be there for the community and in that moment, I was called upon and I just reacted and like I said, instincts kicked in and I was able to, you know, make something good that could have been very, very tragic," he added.

When it comes to being labeled a hero, Lowe said "it feels great" but he was simply doing what he hopes any adult would have done.

"I feel like I was put in that room for a reason. You know, the shooter didn't -- he didn't know that I was in that room when he opened the door and I think there are things in my life that have prepared me for that very moment," Lowe said. "I thank God that no one got hurt and I thank God I was in that room."

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iStock(FORT STEWART, Ga.)-- Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia, according to officials.

The soldiers, part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, were pronounced dead on the scene after the Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident early Sunday morning, Patrick Husted, division public affairs officer, said in a news release.

The vehicle rolled over into water around 3:20 a.m., officials said.

Another three soldiers were injured and evacuated to the Winn Army Community Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not disclosed. Two of the injured soldiers were released Sunday afternoon and the third was transferred to Memorial Hospital in Savannah with non-life threatening injuries.

The soldiers and vehicle are part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, called the "Raiders," stationed at Fort Stewart, officials said.

"Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area," said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. "We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy."

The incident is under investigation, Husted said. The circumstances surrounding the accident were not immediately clear.

The identities of the deceased soldiers will be released pending next of kin notification.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Florida wildlife officials have uncovered a trafficking ring of thousands of smuggled turtles following a long-term undercover investigation.

Two suspects have been charged for poaching the turtles, most of them native to Florida, and selling them illegally, according to a news release by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Many of the turtles ended up in international markets, including those in Asia, officials said.

The FWC launched the investigation in February 2018 after receiving a tip from the public. Investigators determine that a "ring of well-organized wildlife traffickers" was catching and selling the turtles to large-scale reptile dealers and illegal distributors, who would then ship most of them overseas on the black market, according to the release.

One of the suspects, 39-year-old Fort Myers resident Michael Boesenberg, allegedly directed others to collect the turtles in "large numbers." Once they "had enough," they would then sell them to a buyer with links to Asian markets, FWC officials said.

The turtles were sold wholesale for up to $300 each and retailed for as much as $10,000 in Asia. In one month alone, an estimated $60,000 worth of turtles were trafficked out of Florida, according to the FWC.


While the turtles were mostly sold for cash, the poachers would occasionally trade them for marijuana products, officials said.

The poachers would target habitats known for specific species of turtles and "depleted the species so much" that they had to expand to other parts of the state, according to the FWC. Lee County, the primary location of the poachings, was the most heavily impacted, but the affect on the wild turtle population overall stretched beyond the state.

"Wild turtle populations cannot sustain the level of harvest that took place here," said Dr. Brooke Talley, the Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Coordinator for the FWC. "This will likely have consequences for the entire ecosystem and is a detriment for our citizens and future generations."

Turtles are one of the most threatened animal groups on the planet, Dr. Craig Stanford, Chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, said in a statement.

"The illegal trade of turtles is having a global impact on many turtle species and our ecosystems," FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said in a statement. "We commend our law enforcement’s work to address the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking."

More than 600 turtles were returned to the wild as a result of the investigation, and about half of those are now part of a long-term monitoring project by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which has been conducting research on them for almost 20 years, officials said.

About two dozen turtles were at first quarantined and released at a later date, but a handful of them were retained by a captive wildlife licensee, since they were not native to the area, officials said.

The illegal commercialization of wildlife ranks fourth in trafficking in the U.S. behind guns, drugs and human smuggling, according to the release. Illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth $19 billion annually, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Col. Curtis Brown, head of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement, described the thwarting of the trafficking ring as "a significant win for conservation."

ABC News could not immediately reach Boesenberg or an attorney for him for comment. The other suspect who was charged was not identified.

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Phoenix Fire Department(PHOENIX) -- Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department have returned from helping local authorities search for a man who fell into a sinkhole and was swept away in a storm drain.

The incident happened last Monday when a large sinkhole opened up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and the man was swallowed up by it and carried away by the underground water currents.

Phoenix, a sister city to Hermosillo, sent technical advisers from the Phoenix Fire Department to help with the rescue operation on Friday morning, according to ABC Phoenix affiliate station KNXV. The group returned from assisting the authorities in Hermosillo this weekend.

Officials said that there are several different drainage pipes that the missing man could have been carried through so authorities are currently searching those pipes in hopes of finding him.

Authorities from Jaurez were also sent to Hermosillo to assist with the Phoenix Fire Department and other local authorities, according to KNXV, citing a press conference that was streamed by news organizations in Mexico.

"The Phoenix Fire Dept advisory team along with Councilman Nowakowski and Councilwoman Guardado have returned safely from Hermosillo Mexico. The team was able to assist and lend their technical expertise to the responders in Hermosillo in a complex rescue operation of a missing adult male that fell into a sink hole and was swept underground into a storm drain. Through our Sister Cities program, and with the generosity of Cutter Aviation, our members were able to make the trip and ensure operations were conducted effectively and safely," the Phoenix Fire Department said in a post on Facebook.
Additional details regarding the incident were not immediately available. The man is currently still missing.

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iStock(DELRAY, Fla.) -- A Florida man has been arrested after catching a peeping Tom outside of his window and beating him to death.

Victor Vickery of Delray, Florida, faces a manslaughter charge in the death of 57-year-old Asaad Akar in the incident that occurred in July of last year, according to ABC’s Miami affiliate WPLG.

Vickery was getting intimate with his girlfriend in a bedroom in her Fort Lauderdale home, according to the arrest report obtained by WPLG, when they heard a scratching noise coming from outside the window.

Vickery went outside to go and inspect the source of the noise and allegedly found Akar standing partly naked by the window.

A fight then broke out between Vickery and Akar while Vickery’s girlfriend called the police.

Akar, who allegedly had a previous criminal record for prowling, was taken to the hospital after the altercation but died in the hospital from his injuries less than two hours later.

Vickery told police that he has had to call the authorities to report a peeping Tom on the premises before.

Vickery was arrested and charged with Akar’s death on Thursday and is now being held behind bars on a $100,000 bond while he awaits trial.

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iStock(PHILADELPHIA) -- An 11-month-old baby is in extremely critical condition after being shot four times while seated inside the back of a car in Philadelphia.

The incident happened on Saturday night at around 8 p.m. in the Hunting Park neighborhood in Philadelphia.

The child was seated in the back of a car being driven by the baby’s stepmother when the woman reported that she heard shots being fired in the area.

The woman drove for a few blocks before turning around and realizing that her car had been shot and the baby had been hit by four bullets that penetrated the vehicle: once in the head, once in the chest, and twice in the back according to ABC’s Philadelphia station WPVI.

The child was then rushed to Einstein Medical Center where they were listed in critical condition. Police did not confirm whether the child was a boy or a girl.

Police canvassed the crime scene looking for shell casings and appealing for witnesses to come forward who heard shots in the area. As of now, no physical evidence has been found from where the crime occurred.

Only a few blocks away about an hour before the 11-month-old child was shot, police reported that three men were injured in a triple shooting.

Police confirmed to WPVI that a 28-year-old man was shot in the stomach, a 41-year-old man was shot in the back and a 35-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. The three men are all expected to survive and are listed in stable condition.

It is unknown if the two incidents are related but police are investigating that possibility. No arrests have been made in either one of the cases.

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ABC News(APALACHICOLA, Fla.) -- Post-tropical storm Nestor made landfall in Florida Saturday, and while it continues to lose steam, heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to impact parts of Southeast U.S.

Nestor touched down on St. Vincent Island, near Apalachicola, around 2:15 p.m. ET.

The storm is no longer a tropical storm and is now considered a post-tropical low-pressure system. However, the storm will continue to race up the Southeast coast Saturday night into Sunday.

Much of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina can expect heavy rain and high winds Saturday afternoon.

A tornado watch for much of Florida was no longer in effect. There were four reported tornadoes in the Tampa Bay metro area overnight.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said it had not received any reports of serious injuries related to the tornadoes. However, many residents sustained damage to their homes, some of which were severe, according to the sheriff's office.

The National Weather Service was surveying the damage from the tornadoes in Polk County and Pinellas County Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Nestor will slide up the East Coast and bring heavy rain to parts of the Mid-Atlantic, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Once again, there will be at least some marginal severe probabilities in parts of Eastern North Carolina.

Nestor will quickly be pushed eastward on Sunday night and Monday, with the majority of the storm heading into the Atlantic. While some showers and gusty winds will be possible, impacts should be kept to a minimum in much of the Northeast.

Attention will immediately turn to a new storm developing in the West, that will race across the country this week, bringing rain and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest. This is typical for fall, as low-pressure systems begin to trek further and further into the mid-latitudes due to colder air gaining strength in the Arctic.

The storm is also causing gusty winds ahead of the frontal system, which could briefly cause pockets of fire danger from California to the Rocky Mountains.

Late Sunday and early Monday, as the storm heads into the Central U.S., it will spark a line of intense storms and heavy rain. There is a chance for some severe weather across Northern Texas, parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas. The threats will be damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes.

Then on Monday and into early Tuesday, heavy rain and severe storms will move into parts of the southern U.S., especially the Mississippi River Valley. There will be a potential for a few tornadoes in this round of severe weather. This classic fall severe weather set-up looks like it could be the most notable severe weather in the last couple of months.

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JONGHO SHIN/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) --  The controlled demolition for the cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans has been delayed, officials said Saturday.

The two cranes are "more damaged" than experts initially thought, which forced them to change their course of action, New Orleans Fire Department chief Timothy McConnell said at a news conference.

The cranes were supposed to come down Friday, but McConnell said he now believes it won't happen until noon Sunday at the earliest.

"If they tell us it's too dangerous to do it one way," authorities will go with the experts and prioritize a new plan, he said.

The cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, have been a source of major concern. Both have continuously swayed since the under-construction building's collapse on Oct. 12, which left three dead and dozens injured.

Experts are using small explosives, known as energetic materials, to bring the cranes down.

The goal is that they will come down in the same place as they are standing. However, McConnell noted that because of how unstable the cranes are, they might not fall as experts hope.

"That's our goal, but it may not happen that way," he said.

Residents in the nearby area will be evacuated starting four hours before the crane's official demolition.

The bodies of two men who died are still inside the building. Authorities have not been able to reach them but hope that they will be able to recover the bodies.

Officials have not yet said what caused the collapse. Ten of the victims injured filed a lawsuit Friday against five companies involved in the construction, citing negligence.

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iStock/Kuzma(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Family and friends of Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old woman fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home last week, will have to wait to pay their respects after a judge halted Saturday’s scheduled funeral.

At the request of the victim’s father, Marquis Jefferson, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued the temporary restraining order Friday to postpone the funeral. The father claimed he had no control over his daughter’s funeral and burial arrangements, which were planned by Atatiana Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body.

Lee Merritt, the attorney for Brody, confirmed Saturday the funeral had been postponed. He lamented the family having to deal with this family dispute publicly.

“This family, like most families, is dealing with internal disputes," Merritt said in a statement Saturday. "Unfortunately, due to the public outcry concerning Atatiana’s murder, they are being forced to go through this tragedy publicly. Please respect their privacy as the family resolves this conflict.”

Marquis Jefferson, according to court documents, argued that, as the surviving parent and his daughter's heir, he should be the one planning her funeral. The documents also state that he was denied any involvement by the funeral home.

“Good cause exists to limit the right of Bonita Body to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson because … Marquis A. Jefferson, as the parent, has priority of the persons that are allowed under the Code to control the decedent’s funeral and burial arrangements,” Marquis Jefferson’s temporary restraining order application states. “Applicant prays that after notice and hearing on this matter, the Court to restrain Bonita Body, Golden Gate Funeral home and others acting in concert with them to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson.”

Body’s funeral for Atatiana Jefferson was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday before the judge postponed it. Thompson scheduled a hearing for Monday, Oct. 21, to determine if the restraining order would continue.

Atatiana Jefferson was shot to death on Oct. 12 at around 2:30 a.m. Her neighbor called the non-emergency number for a welfare check because her doors were open. Police bodycam footage showed that when officers arrived, they walked to the back of the house. That's where they saw Atatiana Jefferson, in the rear window. The officer, later identified as Aaron Dean, approached the window with his gun drawn. When he saw Atatiana Jefferson in the window, he shouted, "Put your hands up, show me your hands," but then fired one shot.

When police arrived at her home, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games and baby-sitting her 8-year-old nephew. The boy told investigators he witnessed his aunt being shot to death as she approached the window that night.

"She took her handgun from her purse," the arrest affidavit reads. "(The nephew) said Jefferson raised her handgun, pointed toward the window."

At that point, she was shot and fell to the ground, the affidavit said.

Dean's partner, identified in the warrant as L Darch, told investigators that she didn't see Jefferson raise the gun before Dean discharged his weapon. "Officer Darch said that they went into the backyard and Officer Dean was standing between her and the house and she could only see Jefferson's face through the window when Officer Dean discharged his weapon one time," the arrest warrant affidavit reads.

The footage appears to confirm that Dean never identified himself as a police officer before opening fire. On Monday, Dean abruptly quit the police department shortly before he was going to be fired, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus.
"Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct," Kraus said at a press conference Monday.

Just hours after he resigned, Dean was arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean was then released on bond from Tarrant County Jail late Monday, according to court records.

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