• New Orleans Police Department(NEW ORLEANS) -- 25-year-old man has been named as a suspect in connection with a New Orleans incident of a pickup-truck driver plowing into a crowd of parade spectators, which injured at least 28 people, police said.Three victims remain hospitalized, according to police.The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office identified Neilson Rizzuto as the suspect and released a list of charges he faces, including: first-degree negligent vehicular injuring; hit-and-run driving causing serious injury; and reckless operation of a vehicle.Rizzuto had a blood alcohol level of .232, well above the legal limit, police said.He's expected to appear in court later Sunday afternoon.The crash occurred around 6:40 p.m. during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras, and at a time when New Orleans typically sees an influx of tourists, eager to celebrate the holiday in the city.
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  • WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hundreds of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia were damaged on Sunday.
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  • Neshoba County Sheriff(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) -- A manhunt is underway for man who is wanted in connection with two murders, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.Alex Bridges Deaton, 28, is considered "armed and extremely dangerous," and remains at large Sunday after having been connected to at least three crimes, authorities said.Officials said Deaton is connected to Brenda Pinter, who was found murdered Thursday afternoon, and he is wanted in the shooting early Friday of a jogger, who was wounded by "a white male with facial hair."Deaton is also wanted in connection with 30-year-old Heather Robinson, who was found murdered on Friday afternoon inside her home at the Vineyards Apartments near the Castlewoods subdivision in Rankin County, after the sheriff's department received a request for a welfare check.A deputy and a family member entered the home and found her dead, according to Sheriff Bryan Bailey of Rankin County.Deaton is wanted for aggravated assault and murder by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.Robinson's white 2012 GMC Acadia SUV was missing when her body was found, and authorities say that it's possible Deaton could still be driving that vehicle.The jogger told police that the shooter fired at her out of the driver's window of a small white SUV, which fits the description of the Acadia.The vehicle bears a Mississippi Nurses Foundation tag with the number F396 NF.Deaton may have fled the state, and a law enforcement source told ABC News that he is believed to be in Oklahoma as of Sunday afternoon.
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  • New Orleans Police Department(NEW ORLEANS) --  A 25-year-old man has been named as a suspect in connection with a New Orleans incident of a pickup-truck driver plowing into a crowd of parade spectators, which injured at least 28 people, police said. A police officer was among the injured, authorities said. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office identified Neilson Rizzuto as the suspect and released a list of charges which authorities said he faces. They include: first-degree negligent vehicular injuring; hit-and-run driving causing serious injury; and reckless operation of a vehicle.  The crash occurred around 6:40 p.m. during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras, and at a time when New Orleans typically sees an influx of tourists, eager to celebrate the holiday in the city.Police said Saturday that they suspected the driver was intoxicated. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) --  A pickup truck driven by a suspected drunk driver plowed into a crowd of spectators at a parade in New Orleans Saturday night, injuring at least 28 people, police said.Of those 28 parade-goers, 21 were transported by ambulance to seven area hospitals, including University Medical Center, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Lakeside, Touro Hospital, East Jefferson General Hospital, Ochsner Main Hospital, and Ochsner Baptist Hospital. Seven people declined treatment.Among the injured was a police officer, the police chief said."One police officer was struck by a vehicle," Harrison said. "The mayor and I have gone to one hospital, we did manage to speak with her, she was in good spirits but is injured."New Orleans Police Department Chief Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. He said police do not not suspect terrorism."We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated," Harrison said. "He is in custody. He is being investigated right now and is at our DWI office."  The crash occurred around 6:42 p.m. during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras in the Mid-City neighborhood at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were watching the Krewe of Endymion parade."A Chevrolet pick up truck was seen traveling eastbound on Carrollton Avenue when he struck two vehicles," police said in a statement. "The driver then caused one of the vehicles to strike a third vehicle. He then lost control driving over the neutral ground, striking a city dump truck and hitting multiple pedestrians ... The drunk driver of the vehicle was quickly apprehended on scene."New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- An 8-year-old girl was fatally shot following a car crash in Houston, Texas, early Saturday morning, police said.Patrol officers responded to reports of a collision at the intersection of the Beltway 8 feeder road and Fuqua Street at around 2 a.m. local time. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that two or three vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed southbound on Fuqua Street. One of the vehicles, a Pontiac, was struck at the intersection by a black Honda Accord traveling eastbound on the feeder road, according to the Houston Police Department.Following the crash, an unknown person opened fire on the Honda, striking 8-year-old De'Maree Adkins, who was in the vehicle with her mother. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. The mother was not injured, according to the Houston Police Department.Police told ABC News the incident is being investigated as a homicide. Officers are now searching for a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene. There were no suspects in custody and no known motive for the fatal shooting at this time, police said.The victim's mother, Toyia Thomas, told ABC News the incident happened as she was driving home with her daughter. Thomas took an exit south off the Beltway 8 and the traffic light at the intersection ahead turned from green to yellow as she approached. Thomas then noticed a car coming from another direction at a high speed but she couldn't slow down in time and the vehicles collided, Thomas told ABC News.Thomas said she immediately checked on her daughter to make sure she was unharmed from the crash. De'Maree was still asleep in the backseat, she said.Thomas said she was about to get out of her car when she saw another vehicle drive up and a woman get out with a gun. The woman then opened fire on her car, Thomas told ABC News.Thomas said she didn't realize her daughter had been shot until she took De'Maree out of the car and saw a blood stain on her jacket. Thomas lifted up the girl's clothing and saw a bullet wound, she said."Never thought I'd be burying my 8-year-old daughter," Thomas told ABC News Saturday in an emotional interview. "That was my baby."Thomas said she does not know the other people involved in the car crash.The mother is struggling to make sense of why her daughter was shot and believes this may be a case of road rage. She described De'Maree as a "happy," "witty," smart," "fun-loving" 8-year-old girl who was an honor student at school and was learning to play the violin."My daughter was full of life," Thomas told ABC News as she wiped away tears from her eyes. "I can't watch her grow up." Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(OLATHE, Kan.) — Authorities are investigating whether a triple shooting at a Kansas bar, which resulted in one death, was a hate crime.On Wednesday evening, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, located about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, said Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke.The suspect, Adam W. Purinton, was arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday in Clinton, Missouri and is being held on $2 million bond, said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. Purinton had fled the scene of the shooting, according to Menke.Authorities said the perpetrator of the attack shot Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both 32, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot.All three victims were taken to a local hospital, where Kuchibhotla died, Menke said, adding that authorities have been in contact with all of the victim's families. The other two victims are in stable condition, Menke said.Kuchibhotla worked as an engineer at Garmin."I am very disturbed by last night's shooting in Olathe," read a statement from Kansas Senator Jerry Moran. "I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia."Grillot said in an interview from his hospital bed that after the shooting started, he took cover until he thought the shooter's magazine was empty."I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him," Grillot said in a video posted online by the University of Kansas Health System. "I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me."Grillot said he was hit in the hand and the chest, and that a bullet narrowly missed a major artery."I was told I was incredibly lucky for what happened to me," Grillot said. "I could have never walked again or seen my family again."Purington has been charged with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, Howe said. It will be up to Clinton County to decide whether to waive extradition, he added.Howe would not disclose the type of weapon used in the attack, which he described as a "pretty traumatic event in a very open, public situation."It is unclear if Purington has retained a lawyer.The FBI is investigating whether the shooting was a bias crime, said Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson. Local police will also aid in the investigation into whether the shooting was racially motivated.Jackson FBI personnel are working the investigation into the shooting "from every angle to determine that the true facts are."Authorities were unable to provide further details in the case, which is still under investigation."We've got a lot of work to do," Howe said.Howe said the community around Olathe bonded together after a similar incident three years ago."In these tragic instances, often the community bonds together," Howe said. "I think we'll see this again. I'm very proud of this community."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(MANDAN, N.D.) -- Opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline shifted into a new phase this week after law enforcement in full riot gear evicted several protest camps that had captivated the nation for nearly a year.The clearing of the Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud camps marked a somber moment of reflection for members of the International Indigenous Youth Council, a little known group of indigenous youth that has helped steer the movement from the very beginning. Their remarkable story is now told in the ABC News Digital documentary: "The Seventh Generation."“Watching the eviction was difficult for us,” Thomas Lopez, an IIYC Member, wrote to ABC News.“On one hand, you’re seeing a very important chapter in our lives coming to a close and it's painful. On the other hand, I’m determined to rise from the ashes of that pain,” Lopez said.Indigenous youth were among the first to publicly oppose the pipeline, citing concerns over their drinking water and sacred sites, when they organized a series of relay "prayer" runs in the spring of 2016.The youth groups first ran from Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to the Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District branch in Nebraska, then on to the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to hand deliver a petition against the pipeline.Danny Grassrope of the Lower Brule Sioux and a 25-year-old member of the International Indigenous Youth Council was among them.“I didn’t know [it] would lead to a massive ceremony that involved prayer and it’s really amazing how that happened,” Grassrope told ABC News in November.Shortly after the runs, the first "prayer camps" were established just south of pipeline construction sites, drawing most of the original occupants from the relays.So began a nearly year-long standoff, as thousands of self-described "water protectors" descended on the high plains, attempting to halt construction of the pipeline before it reached the Missouri River, the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with millions of other Americans living downstream.After an early proposal for the Dakota Access Pipeline route that would have crossed the Missouri River north of Bismarck was abandoned due to a variety of reasons, including concerns over contaminating that city’s municipal water supply, the project was re-routed to cross the river 1,500 feet upstream of the current Standing Rock reservation, through ancestral lands granted to them in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. A subsequent treaty in 1868, followed by a series of congressional acts, resulted in the Sioux losing most of the land originally set aside for them.Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, wrote in a statement provided to ABC News that the company is “committed to the safe construction and operation of all its pipelines throughout the country. Dakota Access is a state-of-the-art underground pipeline with advanced safety technology and construction methods that exceed state and federal standards where possible.”Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based developer behind the project, has said that “concerns about the pipeline’s impact on local water supply are unfounded” and “multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route.”Sunoco Logistics, the future operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spills more crude oil than any of its competitors, with “more than 200 leaks since 2010,” according to a Reuters analysis of government data. Sunoco said that since 2012, it has "enhanced and improved our integrity management program," according to Reuters.“It’s not if it breaks, it’s when it breaks,” Alex Howland, a 21-year-old co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council, told ABC News.“Our ancestors thought seven
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) --  The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday.The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon.  Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified by police to be at a higher risk to be a victim or offender of gun violence."There are repeat gun offenders that one, don't care they're on parole, two, don't care about the fact they're already previously convicted felons," Johnson said.Police are still looking for 40 people targeted in the raids, and said another raid in the coming weeks will have federal assistance.  Twelve firearms were also seized by police during the raids, Johnson said.Anthony Riccio, chief of organized crime, said, "One of the guns we took off the street ... is actually a machine gun capable of firing 40 to 50 rounds in just a matter of seconds."Johnson added, "We are almost double in gun arrests than we were the same time last year -- that's a ridiculous number."Drugs were also seized in the raids, which had been planned for about three weeks."Narcotics and narcotic sales is the thing that allows the buying of guns," Riccio said.Johnson urged lawmakers at every level of government to help with stemming Chicago's seemingly out of control gun violence."CPD can do better, our judicial system can do better, our state legislators can do better. It takes all of us," he said. "If you're OK every day sitting by watching these people die and that's OK with you, then good luck on that. But if you care at all, you should be helping the city do something about this violence."Johnson said stricter punishment for repeat gun offenders would stem the violence, because possible offenders would know the severity of the consequences and act as a deterrent from picking up a gun in the first place.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • North Las Vegas Fire Department (LAS VEGAS) --  A Las Vegas couple is grateful that their cat has nine lives, after their feline required CPR after being caught in a house fire Friday, officials said.The North Las Vegas Fire Department said it responded Friday afternoon to calls of a fire at a single-story, single-family home. The fire was extinguished and contained after about 37 minutes."There was one adult male and adult female, whom lived at the house but were not home at the time of the fire," the fire department said in a statementWhile the human occupants were never in danger, the same couldn't be said for the cat of the house."The pet cat, which was in the house required pet CPR, was resuscitated, and is in good condition right now," the fire department said.  Neighbor Calvin Lynch told firefighters who arrived at the scene that he thought the couple had a dog. Shortly after, firefighters came out carrying a lifeless cat and immediately hooked it up to oxygen and performed CPR. It was shortly after the cat was revived."I didn't really see it move after that," Lynch told ABC affiliate KTNV. "It actually kind of shook me, so I turned the other way. I just thought it was awesome that they were able to bring it back to life." Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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