KOAT via ABCNews.com(ALBUQUERUE, N.M.) — Police body cam video captured footage of an alleged shoplifter opening fire on two officers in the parking lot of a Walmart in New Mexico, according to a report.The video appeared to show Charles Edward Purvis, 23, taking shots at the officers after allegedly shoplifting from the retail store in Albuquerque, according to ABC News’ New Mexico affiliate, KOAT.Purvis is seen walking out of the Walmart after allegedly stealing something, police said. When the video starts, he is seen running from the officers for a few feet before turning around and shooting.The officers, whom the Albuquerque Journal identified as Brock Knippwrath and rookie officer Kyle Frederickson, were not wounded, police said.The officers continued to pursue Purvis, who climbed a fence nearby, according to KOAT.“All our actions are based on his actions, so him firing at us, him fleeing from us, creates a response from us. A response at that time, because he had used that weapon in a crime against an officer, was to set up a huge perimeter and get him into custody,” said Albuquerque Police officer Simon Drobik.The two officers tracked Purvis to an empty home and forced him out several hours later using gas, according to KOAT.No one was injured in the shooting, the chase or the stakeout, police said.Purvis was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit a violent felony against a police officer, according to KOAT.Purvis had previously been charged in 2014 with felony burglary and in 2016 on several misdemeanor charges, according to his arrest warrants.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Ronnie Polidoro/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There was only so much space for members of the public to attend Christine Blasey Ford’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee but her words resonated across the country and around the world.Ford testified for hours in Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.People were seen watching on their phones or gathering at local bars to tune in.Federal employees, like the rest of Washington, D.C., were so glued to their computers that the Department of Housing and Urban Development at one point directed its employees to stop watching the hearing on their work computers because it was overwhelming the agency’s networks.Others stopped what they were doing to watch televisions in buildings like the ABC News headquarters in New York.Televisions in restaurants and bars that usually show sports or scripted shows instead aired the hearing.Students in high schools, colleges and law schools were pictured watching the hearing as Ford testified.The hearing was a top story on many international news sites and was carried live on British television stations BBC and Sky News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — (WASHINGTON) — The Marine who was shot and killed in what appeared to be a negligent discharge at the barracks in Washington D.C. has been identified, in an incident his commander called a “terrible loss.”Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia, 20, was named by the Marine Corps as the individual who died at the barracks early Tuesday morning.“We are truly saddened by this terrible loss. Riley was a highly driven and goal-oriented Marine whose positive attitude set the example here at the Barracks,” Col. Don Tomich, commanding officer of Marine Barracks, said in a statement Wednesday.The investigation is ongoing, but local police have classified the case as a death investigation rather than a homicide investigation, meaning that it may have been an accident.The Marine, assigned to Marine Barracks Washington, was shot at approximately 5 a.m.According to the police report, one individual “had been handling a firearm” and the victim was shot.The report notes that “despite lifesaving measures” the victim “succumbed to his injuries.”According to a U.S. Defense official, the gunshot appeared to be a negligent discharge, meaning the shooter did not mean to fire the weapon.Alaina Gertz, the public affairs specialist for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, noted that the person who fired the weapon has not been charged and “based on our investigation no criminal intent has been established.” She added that it will be up to the U.S. Attorney’s office whether or not they face charges.The Marine Corps noted that Kuznia, a Karlstad, Minnesota native, had received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Riley’s family and friends, and our priority continues to be taking care of them during this tragic time,” Tomich said in the statement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved
Mario Tama/Getty Images(SAN YSIDRO, Calif) — Federal officials at the Mexico border detained a 9-year-old U.S. citizen for 32 hours without her parents in order “to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship,” according to a statement released Friday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The girl’s mother told NBC San Diego that her daughter and son cross the San Ysidro checkpoint daily to attend school. With traffic backed up, a family friend driving the siblings allowed them to walk so they wouldn’t be late, the mother said.ABC News was unable to reach the family for comment.Both children carried passport cards, but only the teenage boy was allowed entry into the U.S. while the girl was taken into custody, according to CBP. The agency said the 9-year-old had provided “inconsistent information during her inspection.” She was taken into custody at 10:15 a.m. Monday and released to her mother on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.“It’s important that CBP officials positively confirm the identity of a child traveling without a parent or legal guardian,” the CBP stated.Border officials have come under intense scrutiny especially in San Diego, which has been used as a testing ground for the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy. First implemented at the San Ysidro port of entry, the new plan requires asylum applicants to return to Mexico while they wait for a court date.The policy is designed to address the recent influx of Central American asylum seekers at the southern border. It does not apply to Mexican citizens who are allowed to wait in the U.S. while they make their case.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Willowpix(CHICAGO) — During the last school year in Chicago, there were about three complaints of sexual misconduct a day, much of it “leering, creepy or other concerning behavior,” according to the inspector general for Chicago Public Schools.The inspector general presented a report to the Board of Education this week that uncovered 458 allegations of sexual misconduct by either a staff member, contractor or volunteer.Nearly 20% of the claims involved penetration, groping or other sexual contact, and 10 adults affiliated with the district were charged criminally with sexual assault, sexual abuse or indecent solicitation of a minor, according to the report.Schuler said 23 employees were fired, 97 adults were removed from the classroom pending investigation and 15 substitute teachers have been barred from teaching in the 361,000 student district.Inspector General Nicholas Schuler told ABC News said that the results of the report are concerning and that the city’s school system is determined to combat the issue.“CPS has dedicated a lot of resources, which is a change from the past practice,” Schuler said. “Our office is going to be up to 26 or 27 people handling just these allegations alone.”The inspector general’s office investigated cases from the start of October to the end of last month, and roughly half of the reported cases remain under investigation, according to the report.“Once you start figuring out what the numbers are and reporting on them they will surprise a lot of people. But that’s the point,” Schuler said. “We want to make sure that we are on top of this.”The report said that 4% of all security guards were the subjects of complaints — the highest rate of any single workforce group.“That is definitely something of concern that we are looking into,” Schuler said. “CPS is aware of this issue and they are working on developing a centralized tool to do a better job of vetting these security guards.Schuler said this report is just the beginning of what his department plans to do with the data they have collected. He said the next steps for his department is to determine any patterns or trends within the data to help better identify issues that still need to be resolved.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Multiple alleged victims of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein are expected to make statements at a federal court hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, sources with knowledge of the matter told ABC News. The hearing was set by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman to hear one last time from the government and Epstein’s lawyers before the criminal case is officially closed following the multimillionaire’s suicide death earlier this month. Attorney Brad Edwards, who’s represented multiple Epstein accusers for more than a decade, said he expects it to be a “historic day for crime victims.”“Eleven years ago, we filed an action under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) because the rights of more than 30 victims of Jeffrey Epstein were violated when they were not given the opportunity to be a part of the process,” he said in a statement Monday. “I am proud to say that things have changed, in part because of that case and because of the brave victims who fought for their rights.”“This case has ended in the most unfortunate way, marking layers of tragedy. However, this hearing has great significance. While it does not provide complete closure, it solidifies the fact that victims are an integral part of the process,” he added.Epstein’s estate is estimated to be worth $577.6 million, including about $56.5 million in cash, according to court filings.Epstein is accused of sexually assaulting dozens of minor girls at his homes in New York and Florida.He was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center earlier this month. The medical examiner’s office said he died of suicide by hanging.The 66-year-old ex-financier was being held without bail at the jail, awaiting a trial next year on federal sex trafficking charges involving multiple minors. He faced 45 years in prison if convicted. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — After a spate of record highs, there’s at least one more day of heat in the South. There were nearly 150 all-time October records set Thursday from the South to the Midwest and into the Northeast. Raleigh, North Carolina, hit 100 degrees Thursday to reach not only the highest temperature ever recorded there in October, but the hottest temperature there this summer.In Macon, Georgia, it hit 102 degrees — the hottest October temperature ever recorded there. Macon also had 126 days of more than 90 degrees this year, setting a new record. Atlanta reached the hottest October temperature again Thursday at 98 degrees. That made it 91 days this year in the 90s in Atlanta, tying the all-time record.Friday will bring one more day of historic heat, with many areas in the South once again forecast to hit all-time October highs. After that a cool-down will come to the South, with highs falling into the 80s for most this weekend. The cool air will end the heat wave in the South, bringing the first frost and freeze of the season for some in the Northeast and the Great Lakes.Freeze and frost alerts have been issued for Friday night into Saturday morning for 10 states from Michigan to Massachusetts. Some areas will dip below freezing, ending the growing season there. Meanwhile, a flood alert is being issued for the Southwest. Up to 4 inches of rain fell in eastern New Mexico and the Texas panhandle in the last 24 hours, producing some flash flooding there.Flood alerts continue early Friday morning for southern New Mexico and western Texas as more rain moved through. Deep tropical moisture will continue Friday morning, and we are expecting another 2-3 inches of rain just south of Albuquerque, with flash flooding and mudslides possible.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — As flooding and gusty winds slam the Southeast, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport temporarily closed Monday morning because of severe weather. The airport closed shortly before 4 a.m. due to severe rain and flooding, stopping travelers in their tracks as they rushed to reach their holiday destinations. Sections of the airport were not accessible and flights weren’t operational, airport officials said. Parts of the Fort Lauderdale area have been soaked with more than 1 foot of rain since Sunday.Flights were resuming by 6:30 am, though six flights were canceled and over 100 were delayed, according to the airport.That storm will slowly move through the Carolinas by Monday evening with drier conditions expected for Florida. Up to 5 inches of rain is possible in South Carolina through the next 24 hours.A rainy Christmas for CaliforniaA western storm is bringing very heavy rain to Southern California on Monday morning, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with some flooding possible.A flood advisory was issued overnight for the region.In the mountains of Southern California, some areas could see up to a foot of snow. In the Los Angeles area and San Diego, as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. Heavy rain will also spread into Arizona later on Monday and into the nighttime hours, with some areas seeing up to 1 inch of rainfall. Snow will spread into the southern Rockies from Utah to Colorado, where locally some areas could see more than a foot in the next 36 hours.Christmas thawOutside of the two travel trouble spots in the Southwest and Southeast, it will be a very mild, spring-like Christmas for most of the eastern U.S. Temperatures will reach the 50s close to Chicago and the 40s into the Great Lakes and the Northeast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Alex Potemkin/iStock(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) — Heavy fog and an ice-slickened highway contributed to a massive pre-Christmas 69-vehicle pileup in eastern Virginia on Sunday that left more than 50 people injured, two in critical condition, authorities said.The chain-reaction crash happened just before 8 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near Williamsburg, Virginia, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said during a news conference Sunday afternoon.“We do not know the cause of the initial accident, but we do know that fog and the icy road conditions were causative factors in this multi-vehicle crash,” Anaya said.Photographs and aerial footage from the scene showed a long line of crumpled vehicles, some on top of each other, near the Queens Creek Bridge, northeast of downtown Williamsburg.Anaya said 51 people were treated at the scene or taken by ambulance to one of four area hospitals.York County, Virginia, Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski said two people suffered critical injuries, but were expected to survive. He said another 11 victims were being treated for serious injuries.“It could have been far worse and luckily there are no confirmed fatalities,” Anaya said.Anaya said the crash occurred near a construction zone.Anaya said 27 state troopers were on scene investigating the pileup and said it could take several days to determine the initial cause.With millions of people expected to travel this week for the Christmas holiday, Anaya said the crash is a wake-up call to drivers.“We always ask people to give yourselves plenty of time when you’re traveling, always wear your seatbelt, always pay attention, do not drive distracted as well,” Anaya said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases increases, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents. Oregon issued such an order on Friday night, joining states that include California, Illinois and New York.The respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica, and every state in America since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.Globally, there are at least 299,061 diagnosed cases and at least 12,755 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. More than 91,000 people have recovered worldwide.In the United States, at least 23,480 diagnosed cases have been confirmed, and at least 285 people have died. So far, at least 147 have recovered.Today’s biggest developments:-Italy reports 793 more deaths-Economic stimulus may exceed $2 trillion, up from $1 trillion-New York declared ‘major disaster’-More countries on lockdown-US Army scientists are on the front lines in fight against coronavirusHere’s how the news is unfolding today. All times Eastern. 3:14 p.m.: Rapid test coming by March 30: FDAA test that shows results “within hours, rather than days” has been authorized by the FDA, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.The Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test is expected to be rolled out by March 30, Azar said.“With new tools like point-of-care diagnostics, we are moving into a new phase of testing, where tests will be much more easily accessible to Americans who need them,” he said. “Americans who need tests will be able to get results faster than ever before.”FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that the authorization “marks an important step in expanding the availability of testing and, importantly, rapid results.”2:43 p.m.: Trump sent Kim Jong Un letter: North Korean mediaPresident Donald Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un, expressing his intent “to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic work,” according to a statement from Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.Trump also wrote in the letter that he was impressed by the efforts made by Kim in the face of the virus, according to the statement issued via the Korean Central News Agency.“We view such a personal letter of President Trump as a good example showing the special and firm personal relations with Chairman Kim Jong Un,” the statement read.ABC News hasn’t independently confirmed Trump sent the letter or the letter’s contents.2:35 p.m.: Ground stop in place at New York airportA ground stop is in place at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport as the state’s Air Route Traffic Control Center is being cleaned because an air traffic controller trainee tested positive for COVID-19, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.The facility in Ronkonkoma, New York, will remain open and operational during the cleaning, but no flights were expected to land at JFK until at least 3:30 p.m. However, the FAA ended the ground stop about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.The trainee has not been at the facility since March 17, and the FAA said it has contacted local health authorities. The FAA also is working to determine how many personnel might have interacted with the trainee.1:33 p.m.: New Jersey governor mandates lockdownNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is “directing all residents to stay at home until further notice” to help “protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable,” according to a statement issued by his office.1:28 p.m.: 793 dead, over 6,500 new cases in ItalyItaly reported 793 deaths, the most yet in a single day and nearly a 20% increase from Friday.One bit of good news from the nation is that the total number of new infections increased less than in previous days, about 13.3%.1:20 p.m.: Pence says he’s getting tested and that HHS orders hundreds of millions of masksHealth and Human Services placed an order for “hundreds of millions” of N95 masks, Vice President Mike Pence said at a press conference. The masks “will be being made available to healthcare providers across the country.”At the same press conference, President Donald Trump said Hanes is retrofitting factories to make masks instead of apparel.“There’s a move on that that’s incredible right now, and by way of example, Hanes, everybody knows Hanes, retrofitting manufacturing capabilities in large sections of the plants to produce masks, and they’re in the process right now,” Trump said.The vice president also said he and his wife would be tested for COVID-19 later on Saturday, after one of his staffers was diagnosed with it.Pence explained he’s going forward with the test because of his unique position as vice president and as the leader of the task force, even though he said the White House doctors indicated there’s no reason to believe he was exposed.The Pence staffer, who hasn’t been named, is “doing well,” has not been at the White House since Monday and was experiencing “mild cold symptoms.”12:07 p.m.: More deaths, reported cases in SpainSpain’s Health Ministry reported 324 new deaths and 4,946 new cases.The total number of deaths in Spain is now 1,326 and total number of cases is 24,926.Of the confirmed cases, 1,626 are in an intensive care unit, according to the Health Ministry.11:47 a.m.: 10,000 new cases in New York after state declared ‘major disaster’There are now at least 10,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, an increase of 3,254 in the last 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.New York City reported 6,000 cases, Westchester County 1,300 cases and Nassau County 1,200, according to Cuomo.About 55% of the cases in the state are in people aged 18-49, a detail that Cuomo used to urge younger people to take the virus seriously.He said the good news is that Westchester, which had been a hot spot, was seeing numbers slow after a containment area was implemented in New Rochelle.The governor also said 6,000 new ventilators have been located and will be purchased for hospitals, but the state needs about 30,000 total.Earlier, President Donald Trump formally approved Federal Emergency Management Agency aid late after New York was declared a “major disaster.”The emergency declaration frees up funds to help recovery efforts.“Federal funding is also available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures,” FEMA said in a statement.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said the president told him he would approve the measure earlier Friday evening.“FEMA needs to get to work NOW to open these MANY billions in direct aid for New York and individuals to help save lives and protect public health,” the Senate minority leader tweeted.11:13 a.m.: Coronavirus stimulus package may balloon to more than $2 trillionThe bipartisan novel coronavirus economic relief package initially planned to cost around $1 trillion may expand to more than $2 trillion, according to Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economic adviser.Kudlow told reporters that the size of the package would be approximately 10% of the county’s gross domestic product, calling it a “very large package.”When a reporter noted that 10% would be more than $2 trillion, he replied: “That’s correct.”However, White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland later said the final price tag of the stimulus bill may expand “over a trillion dollars large.”“Larry’s talking about the combination of what we’re doing here, the spending bill and what we’re doing here with the stimulus bill, as well as the Federal Reserve,” Ueland said.Negotiations for the bill resumed Saturday morning on Capitol Hill.“We’re working against that very tight clock, very aggressive clock,” White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland told reporters before walking into the negotiation room.That clock was set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Friday night he was hoping lawmakers could reach an agreement by midnight, a deadline since extended to Saturday afternoon. To beat the clock, McConnell instructed lawmakers and staff to begin drafting legislation before the deal is locked in place.Senate Democrats are still pushing to bolster unemployment insurance, which continues to be one of the major sticking points in the negotiations.McConnell said he was optimistic a deal could be reached on Saturday.8:59 a.m.: Feds will have to prioritize supply and demand, former WH security adviser saysFormer White House security adviser Tom Bossert told “Good Morning America” that federal authorities will soon have to make the difficult decision of determining who gets equipment and who does not.“We are now in a kind of desperate life and death type of — almost two weeks before, maybe a week before — decision-making process, where federal authorities are going to have to start shunting equipment to places that need it and away from other places that want it,” Bossert, an ABC News contributor, told co-anchor Dan Harris.Bossert added that hospitals and ICUs “are going to be overwhelmed.”A former security adviser to President Donald Trump, Bossert noted that when watching recent White House press conference, he heard the efforts being made to stop the virus.However, he also hoped that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would continue to remind the public that “despite all of our efforts, with millions and millions of these pieces of equipment it’s not yet enough.”6:17 a.m.: Amman, Jordan, all of Colombia institute lockdownsMore countries and major cities around the world are shutting down in an attempt to flatten the curve to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.Amman, the capital city of Jordan, instituted a strict 24/7 stay-at-home policy Saturday that has strong repercussions if residents don’t adhere to the rules.In a televised statement, government spokesman Amjad Adayleh said the curfew would remain in force until further notice. The drastic measure, Adayleh said, was initiated because “citizens did not respect directives,” requesting them to self-isolate in their homes.Breaking the curfew would result in “immediate imprisonment,” for up to one year, he said.The measures include closing schools and banning daily prayers in mosques for its 10 million residents.Colombia also imposed a nationwide lockdown, which begins Wednesday and will last for 19 days.“It is time to understand that our behavior saves lives,” President Iván Duque said in a statement Friday.Jordan has 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Colombia has 128. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.