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Washington State High School Shooter Lured Victims to Cafeteria Using Text Message, Police Say

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Jaylen Fryberg/Facebook(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — The Washington state high school student who shot five students, killing two of them, had invited them via text message to sit at the same lunch table the day of the cafeteria shooting, authorities said Monday.

Jaylen Fryberg, 15, used a .40-caliber gun to commit the shootings, investigators with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team said of last Friday’s shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

In a statement, police said, “The only pre-planning of the event that detectives are able to confirm is that [Fryberg] had arranged for a meeting of friends during lunch in the cafeteria. A witness confirms that the five victims were seated at the table when the shooter opened fire, striking the victims before turning the gun on himself.”

Authorities also said the handgun had been purchased legally and registered and owned by a family member. Police did not specify which relative the handgun was registered to.

“It is still under investigation how the shooter obtained the weapon prior to Friday’s incident,” police said in the statement.

Two of the victims, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, were relatives of the shooter and remain hospitalized, according to the boy’s grandfather, Donald Hatch.

In a tweet, Nate Hatch wrote, “I love you and I forgive you jaylen rest in peace.”

Two girls, Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano, were killed in the shooting.

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Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Released from Quarantine

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Kena Betancur/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) — The nurse who was angrily battling her enforced quarantine at a New Jersey hospital after treating Ebola patients was released Monday, and Gov. Chris Christie said the nurse will understand “when she has time to reflect.”

“I know she didn’t want to be there,” Christie said at an event in Florida earlier in the day. “No one ever wants to be in the hospital, I suspect. And, so, I understand that. But, the fact is I have a much greater, bigger responsibility to the people of the public.”

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for the lethal virus after she returned to the United States from Sierra Leone, has been outspoken about being held in quarantine since her arrival at Newark International Airport Friday.

She also hired a lawyer known for taking human rights cases and they announced their plan to file a federal lawsuit against her mandatory 21-day quarantine.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” she wrote in a text to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.

The New Jersey Department of Health issued a statement Monday morning that Hickox had been “symptom free for the last 24 hours,” and that it decided to discharge her after consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its own set of guidelines Monday saying that anyone who did come into direct contact with “Ebola-positive individuals” will require active monitoring and will be quarantined in their home.

Her release appeared to be a reversal the tough stance Christie had taken on the issue this weekend. The Republican governor, who is widely seen as one of the party’s top presidential hopefuls for 2016, says that he ordered the quarantine to protect the people of New Jersey.

Hickox has asked that she be taken to Maine and the New Jersey Health Department said she would be taken there by car, and not by public transportation.

“Health officials in Maine have been notified of her arrangements and will make a determination under their own laws on her treatment when she arrives,” the New Jersey statement said.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released their own set of guidelines today saying that anyone who did come into direct contact with “Ebola-positive individuals” will require active monitoring and will be quarantined in their home.



Hickox’s release was viewed by some as a reversal of Christie’s position, but the governor said, “I didn’t reverse any decision.”

The decision to move Hickox to her home state of Maine so that she can be quarantined in her own home is not a break in Christie’s protocol, he said, since she will still be serving out the remainder of the 21-day quarantine.

Christie maintained that if she lived in New Jersey, and she had no symptoms, she would have been allowed to be in her home. Christie said Hickox was initially quarantined because she didn’t live in New Jersey and they didn’t have immediate arrangements to get her to Maine. But while in New Jersey, she developed a fever, so she was kept quarantined in a Newark hospital through the weekend.

Hickox’s legal team still plans to move forward with a lawsuit arguing her human rights were violated by the mandated quarantine.

The Republican governor, who is widely seen as one of the party’s top presidential hopefuls for 2016, didn’t back down from his policy or reach out to Hickox.

“I have no reason to talk to her,” Christie said.

“The fact is I’m not going to step away for a minute from protecting the people of my state and our region,” Christie said. “So I understand that she didn’t want to be there. She made that very clear from the beginning. but my obligation is to all the people of New Jersey and we’re just going to continue to do that.”

He added that “there’s confirmation that she’s being treated quite well in New Jersey.”

Hickox, 33, hired civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to fight her mandatory quarantine. The nurse has said she feels that her “basic human rights are being violated,” kept in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, despite showing no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Hickox never registered a fever, Siegel said, but the Health Department’s statement Monday morning said she did briefly have a fever. It did not say what her temperature was.

She was the first person quarantined under a new strict policy instituted by Christie on Friday.

New York, Illinois and Florida also instituted mandatory quarantines for anyone exposed to people infected with Ebola health. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will allow home quarantines for people showing no symptoms, rather than requiring isolation in hospitals.

The policies have drawn the attention of the Obama administration, which told the governors of New Jersey and New York that there are “concerns” about the mandatory quarantines, a senior administration official said Monday.

Medical experts say that there is no reason for mandatory quarantines, since unless a person is showing symptoms of Ebola, they are not contagious.

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Army Quarantines General, Soldiers Who Were Fighting Ebola

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Army has decided that troops returning from deployments to Liberia should be quarantined so they can be monitored for possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

The order immediately affected up to a dozen soldiers who returned to their home base in Italy this weekend, including Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, the former top U.S. commander in Liberia.

“Out of an abundance of caution the Army directed a small number of personnel, about a dozen, that recently returned to Italy to be monitored in a separate location at their home station of Vicenza,” Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. “None of these individuals have shown any symptoms of exposure.”

Williams transferred command of Operation Unified Assistance on Saturday to Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, who commands the 101st Airborne Division. Williams and his staff returned to his command of U.S. Army Africa which is based in Vicenza, Italy. The order will also apply to several dozen more Army personnel returning to Vicenza later in the week.

Warren said that the decision was made by the Department of the Army and that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is aware of their decision.

There are 882 military personnel assigned to Operation Unified Assistance in Liberia and Senegal. They are being sent mainly to build Ebola treatment units and provide the infrastructure needed for additional treatment. They will not be providing health care to Ebola patients and will have minimal contacts with the general population.

Warren said there was no one incident that triggered the Army’s decision as the personnel in question did not have direct contact with Ebola patients. A Defense official said the Army made it’s decision over the weekend.

Ebola symptoms include fever, exhaustion, muscle ache, vomiting and diarrhea.

According to the Department of Defense policy returning troops who have been exposed to the virus will be medically evacuated to the U.S. for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Man Vanishes at Stadium During NFL Game

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Tia Bakke(DENVER) — Paul Kitterman told his friend Tia Bakke that the experience of being at his first ever Denver Broncos game in person  with his son was “awesome” — and that was the last she heard of him.

The 53-year-old from Kremmling, Colorado, seemingly vanished into the crowd at the Broncos-Chargers game Thursday night in what Denver police now call a missing persons case.

“He would never bail on his son, or anyone,” Bakke told ABC News, “so by Friday night, we knew something was really, really, wrong.”

Bakke, who traveled with Kitterman and his son, Jarod, to the game, said they had plans to meet afterward at a stadium gate.

“We go down to gate 8. No Paul. We wait an hour. No Paul,” she said.

Bakke’s group contacted stadium security and searched around the grounds until 1 a.m. before finally heading back to Kremmling without Kitterman.

Kitterman has few contacts in Denver and had no cell phone, credit card or vehicle with him, Bakke said. She added he had plans to go hunting with his son the next morning.

Denver police have filed a missing persons report and are assisting the family, but are not actively investigating because they are not certain a crime was committed.

“With 70,000 people and cameras all over the stadium, you would see something if a violent crime occurred,” Sonny Jackson, a police spokesman, told ABC News.

Now, friends and family are posting signs around Denver and appealing to the public to help with the search, Bakke said. But as time goes on, they are growing more concerned they are running out of options.

“Now we’re just sick about it, and we have no idea what to do,” Bakke said.

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Police Use Silent, Giant Balloon in Pennsylvania Manhunt for Eric Frein

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Police are hoping they can finally outsmart the elusive suspect in the shooting death of a Pennsylvania state trooper with the use of a giant balloon.

The balloon is an “experimental device” in the area of the Alpine Ski resort in Henryville, the Pennsylvania State Police said on Monday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation donated the use of the large Mylar balloon, which is similar to a weather balloon, to assist the police in their search for suspect Eric Frein, according to Trooper Tom Kelly.

Frein, 31, is accused of killing Trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12. He has been evading police for more than a month.

The balloon is tethered and unmanned, Kelly said. It can provide “similar levels of technology” as some of the police aviation equipment “at a fraction of the cost,” he said, adding that it is silent, unlike the helicopters that have been used in the manhunt.

“As we stated before, we are utilizing many types of technology in this search for Eric Frein,” Kelly said.

Frein is on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

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5-Year-Old Boy Under Observation at NYC Hospital over Ebola Concerns

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 5-year-old boy is under observation at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Monday morning after experiencing a 103-degree fever after returning home from Guinea Saturday, prompting Ebola concerns, officials told ABC News.

The boy is in isolation, but has not been tested for Ebola and is not under quarantine, the city’s health department told ABC News.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola Thursday, is in an isolation unit at the Manhattan hospital.

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Lava Advance into Small Hawaii Town ‘Inevitable’

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iStock/Thinkstock(PAHOA, Hawaii) — Hawaii emergency officials acknowledged Sunday that the steady advance of red-hot lava into the small town of Pahoa appears “inevitable.”

The lava is now just a few hundred yards away from homes, close enough that residents can now see the reddish glow of molten lava at night, Hawaii County director of Civil Defense Daryl Oliveira said.

“It’s visible from their home and they are prepared for their evacuation,” Oliveira said Sunday on a conference call with reporters.

“Although this is not new or a surprise, it was definitely a disappointment and something maybe heartbreaking to hear that we’re moving closer to the point where it looks like it’s inevitable that the flow will be coming into the community,” he said.

Officials say they are still compiling exact numbers, but believe evacuation notices were issued Saturday to roughly 50 families, or households, that are directly in the lava’s path. Those families were told to prepare to evacuate as early as Tuesday.

“There are no less than 50 to 60 structures in there as far as residences,” Oliveira said. “The impact of this may be fairly significant depending on what starts to burn.”

People may be forced to leave sooner than Tuesday if the lava increases speed, he said.

Pahoa is a town of about 945 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Gia Soriano, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies

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David Ryder/Getty Images(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — Gia Soriano, a victim in Friday’s shooting at a Washington high school, has died, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said at a Sunday press conference. She was 14.

Soriano was critically injured in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. She is the third person to die in the shooting.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” her family said in a statement. “Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

Authorities have identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, 14.

One other female student died Friday. Three other students remain hospitalized, two in critical condition and one in serious condition.

Parents and students gathered in a gymnasium at the school Sunday afternoon for a community meeting, with speakers urging support and prayers.

Fryberg — who shot five people before killing himself inside the school — was a member of a prominent family in the Tulalip Tribes, and according to tribe member state Sen. John McCoy, he was highly regarded there.

“A lot of folks were considering him that he would move up the culture ranks and become a leader,” McCoy said. “He had that kind of charisma and raw talent.”

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Lake Tahoe Hikers Taking Too Many Dangerous Bear Selfies

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by

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Manutsawee Buapet(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — When park rangers tell hikers to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures, they probably aren’t talking about selfies.

At least that’s what visitors to Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe, California, are learning.

Park officials say that too many people are trying to take selfies with wild bears.

“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”

Manut Buapet was at Taylor Creek last week. She said tourists flocked to the bears, which weren’t afraid to come close.

“There were like 30 people taking pictures of themselves with the bears,” Buapet told ABC News. “I was concerned. You never know what’s going to happen with bears, but people just stuck around.”

There were no park officials around to keep the people and bears at a safe distance, said Buapet.

“They weren’t scared at all of the people,” she said, adding that “some parents were trying to keep the kids away.”

One bear cub came as close as two feet to the tourists, Muapet said.


Mama bear and cub feeding #taylorcreek #southlaketahoe #bears #tahoe

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If the problem persists, officials have threatened to close off the popular bear-sighting area, which runs along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Taylor Creek usually sees an increase in bears around this time of year because they feed on kokanee salmon, which make their annual swim through the creek.


Chose a good time to go see the #spawning #salmon at #taylorcreek got to see a #blackbear #feasting #bear

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Eric Frein Searchers Testing Blood Found on Canadensis Family’s Farm

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Authorities searching for alleged Pennsylvania trooper killer Eric Frein have descended upon a spot where a woman found blood in her back yard.

Joyce Aleckna called police after finding the blood Saturday near the chicken coop on her small farm in Canadensis, Pennsylvania. None of the animals were injured.

Aleckna, a retired corrections officer, told ABC News she thought the discovery odd because it was the first time no one had been home since Frein disappeared. She told ABC News affiliate WNEP that authorities took a sample of the blood for testing.

Police have been searching for Frein for six weeks, since he allegedly opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one state trooper and injuring another, before escaping into the woods.

Frein, a self-trained survivalist, has been spotted several times, but has evaded police capture.

At night, we lock everything,” Aleckna told ABC News a few weeks ago. “Everything is locked tight.”

Aleckna said her children have gun safety training and are armed when they go outside to care for the family’s animals.

“I don’t think he [Frein] stands a chance if he comes in my back yard,” she told ABC News.

Blood droplets previously found on the porch of a home near Cresco were tested but did not come from Frein, according to police.

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