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  • Airport worker who stopped alleged plane theft: ‘This isn’t going to happen again’

    Airport worker who stopped alleged plane theft: ‘This isn’t going to happen again’

    (MELBOURNE, Fla.) — The airport worker who hauled a suspected thief off an empty American Airlines plane at 2 a.m. Thursday in Melbourne, Florida, said he knew right away something wasn’t right about the 22-year-old. “I knew right away — I mean we’re trained,” airport maintenance worker Shayne Graves told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV. “No badge. Looked down, no shoe on that foot. This isn’t right. Nothing’s right about this kid.” Nishal Kiran Sankat, 22, was charged Friday with three counts related to the alleged attempted theft of the plane: one count of unarmed burglary of an occupied conveyance, one […]

  • Ahead of #MeToo anniversary, early Weinstein accuser reemerges from ‘exile’

    Ahead of #MeToo anniversary, early Weinstein accuser reemerges from ‘exile’

    (NEW YORK) — The last time we heard Ambra Gutierrez’s voice was on a recording she made at the behest of the New York City Police Department during an encounter with Harvey Weinstein. She had already gone to police alleging that the movie mogul had sexually assaulted her during a meeting. “You sit there and have a drink,” Weinstein appeared to say on a recording obtained by The New Yorker. “I don’t want to,” Gutierrez can be heard replying. “You touched my breast,” she’s heard telling him. “Oh, come on, I’m used to that,” Weinstein allegedly said. That was 2015. […]

  • Alleged serial rapist caught after 27 years using genealogy search

    Alleged serial rapist caught after 27 years using genealogy search

    (BERKELEY, Calif.) — An alleged serial rapist suspected in at least 10 attacks in Northern California — some dating back almost three decades — was arrested on Thursday after genetic genealogy led authorities to the home of a University of California, Berkeley employee. Roy Charles Waller, 58, was charged with 12 counts of forcible sexual assault and is being held without bail. Authorities across six counties have searched for a suspect, dubbed the “NorCal Rapist,” for decades. Waller is alleged to have started his string of violent crimes in Rohnert Park, California, in June 1991. But it was a case […]

  • Cool weather arrives in Midwest, Northeast for official start of fall

    Cool weather arrives in Midwest, Northeast for official start of fall

    (NEW YORK) — A cold front brought severe storms from Ohio to upstate New York on Friday as the Northeast and Midwest brace for cooler temperatures on the first day of fall. Over 50 reports of severe weather were received on Friday, including near Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. Just north of the border, the same system caused a tornado near Ottawa, Ontario, that injured over two dozen people, according to the Toronto Star. Strong storms brought torrential rain to northern Texas early Saturday, with significant flash flooding reported in the Dallas metro area. Radar estimates showed 3 to 5 […]

  • Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others: DA

    Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others: DA

    (LOS ANGELES) — California authorities are investigating the possibility of at least a dozen more victims who may have been sexually assaulted by an orthopedic surgeon already being accused of drugging and raping two women. Investigators have received more than 50 calls since they announced the arrest of Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and his purported girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a press conference Friday. The crimes may have taken place over the last two decades — some outside the state of California, Rackauckas said. Robicheaux met potential victims in person at […]

  • Female sailors at highest risk of sexual assault, Defense Department finds

    Female sailors at highest risk of sexual assault, Defense Department finds

    (WASHINGTON) — Newly released data from the Department of Defense shows female sailors are at the highest risk of sexual assault, compared to women serving in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The risk is highest on U.S. Navy ships, including on a majority of the nation’s aircraft carriers, the data shows. Military installations in the Washington, D.C., region were typically associated with the lowest risk of sexual assault for men and women. The findings were published on Friday in a RAND Corporation study, commissioned by the Pentagon, that used data collected in 2014 through more than 170,000 surveys […]

  • ‘He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away’: Woman disappears after chilling texts

    ‘He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away’: Woman disappears after chilling texts

    (DENVER) —  Erin Vandewiele’s last words still haunt her friend. “He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away from him today,” she wrote to Stacey Morris in a desperate text conversation on July 8. That was the last time Morris heard from Vandewiele, who had moved from Wisconsin to Colorado with a man named Joseph Mayer less than a month before that conversation. A few weeks later, on July 23, after messaging another friend that she was sleeping at a railway station, Vandewiele mysteriously went out of touch from everyone in her life. Mayer was arrested in Colorado on […]