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911 calls, body-cam footage released in fatal shooting of Australian woman by police

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iStock/bizoo_n(MINNEAPOLIS) — The 911 calls and some of the body-camera footage, capturing the scene after a Minneapolis police officer shot a woman who had called 911 repeatedly to report a possible sexual assault behind her home, have been released by a judge. On July 15, 2017, Justine Ruszczyk Damond called 911 to report what she feared was a woman being sexually assaulted in the alley behind her home in the city’s Fulton neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint. “I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Damond tells the dispatcher in the first 911 call, which was released Thursday. “I think she just yelled out ‘Help,’ but it’s difficult. The sound has been going on for a little while but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it. … I don’t know.” The dispatcher tells her that officers are on the way to her home and confirms with Damond that she cannot see anything in the alley behind her home. “It sounds like sex noises but it’s been going on for a while and I think I just

Rolling Thunder set to take final ride this Memorial Day weekend

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Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Ride for Freedom”, comes to a close this Memorial Day weekend, bringing to an end a 31-year tradition of Rolling Thunder veterans riding motorcycles through the streets of Washington D.C., according to the event’s organizers. The spectacle started in 1988 and has gradually accumulated support – netting more than a half a million participants last year – and pays tribute to American veterans. Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, told the Military Times that costs have become too much to handle at the national level. “It’s just a lot of money,” Muller said in an interview with the publication on the ending of the national ride. Muller said harassment from Pentagon security and local police also played a role in the eradication of the ride. Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough pushed back on these claims in a statement to ABC News in December. “The department supports the peaceful, lawful exercise of American citizens’ First Amendment rights, and remains focused on ensuring the safety and security of

More 'Varsity Blues' parents plead guilty as one parent who previously pleaded guilty in college admissions scandal assaulted by son

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iStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) — A few days before beverage magnate Gregory Abbott pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the college admissions cheating scam, police say he was beaten up by one of his children in the family’s swank Fifth Avenue home. Malcolm Abbott, who raps under the name “Billa,” repeatedly struck his father with a ruler, and punched, bit and kicked him inside the family’s New York home on Sunday, the NYPD said. Malcolm Abbott was arrested two days later and charged with assault in the second degree. Gregory Abbott and his wife Marcia, who split their time between New York and Aspen, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to paying a $125,000 bribe to inflate their daughter’s standardized test scores. Prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of one year in prison. Abbott is the founder of the beverage distribution company International Dispensing Corp. Malcolm Abbott has used the criminal case against his parents to sell tee-shirts on his social media page. The shirts say “Free Education: Bill You Later.” Prosecutors said parenting guru Jane Buckingham paid Singer $50,000

'I took back my freedom': Jayme Closs' powerful statement read as her kidnapper faces sentencing

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DNY59/iStock(GORDON, Wis.) — Jayme Closs vowed to never let her kidnapper take her freedom or her spirit from her in a powerful statement read at the sentencing hearing of Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to abducting 13-year-old Closs, killing her parents and then holding her captive until she escaped. “I was smarter,” Closs said through a statement read in court on her behalf Friday. “I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take my courage. He thought he could control me, but he couldn’t.” Patterson pleaded guilty in March to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting and killing Closs’ parents on Oct. 15, 2018, and one count of kidnapping for taking the couple’s only child from her home in rural Barron, Wisconsin. He faces up to life in prison. “I was brave and he was not. He can never take away my spirit,” Closs said in a statement read by an attorney on her behalf Friday. “He can’t

'88 days living in fear': Jayme Closs' family speaks movingly as her kidnapper faces sentencing

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DNY59/iStock(GORDON, Wis.) —  Relatives of 13-year-old Jayme Closs spoke movingly at Friday’s sentencing hearing for Jake Patterson, the Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to abducting Closs, killing her parents and then holding her captive until she escaped. The 21-year-old pleaded guilty in March to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting and killing Closs’ parents on Oct. 15, 2018, and one count of kidnapping for taking the couple’s only child from her home in rural Barron, Wisconsin. He faces up to life in prison. Closs’ relatives, including aunt Sue Allard and cousin Lindsey Smith, spoke in court Friday, urging the judge to sentence Patterson to the maximum for each count. “My sister and brother-in-law were such loving and giving and beautiful people,” Allard said at Friday’s sentencing. “It was senseless.” “Oct. 14 was a typical family event with nothing but happiness,” said Smith. “We spent the next 88 days living in fear, pain and not knowing what happened to our family.” “On the 88th day we were finally told that Jayme would be coming home,” Smith said. “We were

5 former priests charged with sexual misconduct: 'Just the tip of the iceberg'

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WXYZ(DETROIT) — Calls to a tip line led to the arrests of five former Michigan priests over allegations of sexual misconduct. Michigan’s attorney general announced the arrests Friday and detailed the charges against the men, who previously worked at different dioceses in the state. Michigan is one of at least 15 states or territories that have an active inquiry into sex abuse by Catholic clergy. Four of the five men named by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at a Friday news conference have been arrested. The fifth is now living in India and Nessel said authorities hope to extradite him to the U.S. Nessel said there were “many other cases” she wanted to prosecute but didn’t because they had reached the statute of limitations, the former priests were deceased or the victims did not want to come forward. “These were cases that were chargeable cases for us,” Nessel said. “This is only the tip of the iceberg,” Nessel said. “We estimate we are only 5 or 10% at most through the information that we currently possess,” Nessel said, adding that

Beverage magnate who pleaded guilty in college admissions scandal assaulted by son

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iStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) — A few days before beverage magnate Gregory Abbott pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the college admissions cheating scam, police say he was beaten up by one of his children in the family’s swank Fifth Avenue home. Malcolm Abbott, who raps under the name “Billa,” repeatedly struck his father with a ruler, and punched, bit and kicked him inside the family’s New York home on Sunday, the NYPD said. Malcolm Abbott was arrested two days later and charged with assault in the second degree. Gregory Abbott and his wife Marcia, who split their time between New York and Aspen, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to paying a $125,000 bribe to inflate their daughter’s standardized test scores. Prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of one year in prison. Abbott is the founder of the beverage distribution company International Dispensing Corp. Malcolm Abbott has used the criminal case against his parents to sell tee-shirts on his social media page. The shirts say “Free Education: Bill You Later.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Patrick Frazee pleads not guilty to the murder of his fiance Kelsey Berreth

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Teller County Sheriff via KMGH(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of killing his fiancé, Kelsey Berreth, in a vicious assault in her home, pleaded not guilty on Friday. At Friday’s court appearance Frazee was shackled, dressed in a jail jumpsuit with a bulletproof vest, as his mother and sister looked on. Charges against him include murder and solicitation to commit murder. His trial was set for Oct. 28. Prosecutors allege the attack unfolded on Nov. 22, at Berreth’s Woodland Park, Colorado, home. Frazee allegedly blindfolded Berreth and had her guess the scents of different candles, according to an arrest affidavit. While Berreth was distracted, Frazee allegedly hit her with a bat, which ultimately killed her, the document said. He allegedly hit her so hard that he even knocked a tooth out, the document said. The couple’s baby was in a playpen in Berreth’s back bedroom during the alleged murder, the document said. Frazee allegedly burned Berreth’s body in a black plastic bin on his property, according to the arrest affidavit. Frazee was arrested in December. Frazee’s

Not enough 'outrage' in wake of rampant anti-transgender murders: Activists

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Julisa Abad said she’s one of the more fortunate transgender women in Detroit’s Six Mile and Woodward area. The 34-year-old said she’s never worked in the sex industry, but she understands why many others feel as if they don’t have a choice. “When I first moved to Detroit, despite everything that I brought to the table, I couldn’t find employment,” Abad told ABC News. “I hated that the social stigma, especially within the area that I lived in, was that all trans women are sex workers.” Abad eventually landed a position as a victims’ rights advocate with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that assists in solving serious crimes targeting members of the LGBT community. Most of the organization’s cases involve transgender women of color subjected to violence from straight men, often an intimate partner. The Human Rights Campaign has tracked at least 136 deaths of transgender people since 2013 due to fatal violence, with most victims being black transgender women, but the organization said the violence is hard to track due to misgendering and

Stormy weather awaits Plains, Midwest over Memorial Day weekend

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The storm system that brought 97 reported tornadoes to the central U.S. this week finally moved into the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, bringing an EF-1 tornado with winds of at least 86 mph. Meanwhile, the rain earlier in the week has caused the Arkansas River to continue to flood. It will be in record flood stage this weekend in the state of Arkansas. A very active holiday weekend pattern is expected from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes. The storm system that brought 11 tornadoes to western Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday expands and moves north into the Midwest and the Great Lakes to end the work week. The biggest threat with these storms is damaging winds, but we can’t rule out a few more tornadoes. Stormy weather continues into the holiday weekend with it moving into Pennsylvania and western New York. The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, but more tornadoes and huge hail are possible in the Southern and Western Plains. With all the stormy weather coming up this holiday weekend,

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