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ilbusca/iStock(GAINESVILLE, Ga.) --  A 16-year-old girl was arrested over her "detailed plan to commit murder" at a predominately black church in Georgia, police said Tuesday.

The teenager, who is white, was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder regarding the alleged plot at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, according to a statement from the Gainesville Police Department.

Police did not reveal details of the plan, but said the church had been "targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members."

School administrators were the ones first notified of the alleged attack after other students found the teenager's notebook that laid out the plot, prompting them to contact school counselors at Gainesville High School, according to police.

The school conducted a preliminary investigation and were able to verify the threat, police said. The investigation was then turned over to Gainesville police.

Dr. Jeremy Williams, superintendent of Gainesville City School System, said he was "stunned" over the arrest.

"A single act by a student does not represent the views and beliefs of Gainesville City School System. As a school system that celebrates our diversity, we are beyond stunned with the recent development," Williams said in a statement to ABC News. "However, we are extremely proud of our students notifying school administration of a possible off-campus threat."

The church was notified and police said the threat was under control. The church did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.

Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish applauded the students and school administration for helping stop "a potentially horrific incident."

The teenager was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center.

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pamelasphotopoetry/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Special Warfare Chief Eddie Gallagher could lose his status as a U.S. Navy SEAL as the service begins a board review process that will examine whether he should keep his Trident pin, which identifies him as a member of the SEAL community, according to two U.S. officials.

Gallagher, while acquitted of killing a wounded Islamic State captive earlier this year, was sentenced to four months of time served and a reduction in rank for posing with a corpse during a 2017 deployment to Iraq. But last week, President Donald Trump intervened in the SEAL's case, restoring his rank to E-7.

The president also pardoned two other service members accused of or serving sentences for war crimes convictions.

A spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Command, Capt. Tamara Lawrence, told ABC News that the SEALs have implemented Trump's order to restore Gallagher's paygrade.

However, Trump's intervention in Gallagher's case did not exonerate his conviction or expunge it from his service record. Because of that, Gallagher's conduct could still be reviewed to see if he deserves to remain a SEAL.

The Navy will convene a separate board review process that will determine if Gallagher, along with three SEAL officers who served with him during the Iraq deployment, should maintain their status, the two officials said. While a decision to pull Gallagher's Trident would likely anger the president who has long advocated for the SEAL, one official said the White House is aware of the Navy's decision to convene the review.

On Wednesday, the four SEALs will receive a letter signed by SEAL Commander Rear Adm. Collin Green advising them that a board is being convened to review their performance, the officials told ABC News. These boards are convened to review any number of behaviors by SEALs, including medical issues, alcohol or drug abuse and loss of confidence by command.

Green has the ability to pull Gallagher's Trident without a review board because he is an enlisted SEAL. However, the SEAL commander chose to provide Gallagher with the board process, which is typically reserved for officers. Under the review board, three of Gallagher's SEAL peers will review a packet of information about his case, as well as Gallagher's rebuttal statement.

The board will then make a recommendation to Green, who can choose to endorse it before sending it to the Navy's Personnel Command for action. The process could likely take one month, one official said.

"Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command is responsible for the Naval Special Warfare Force," Lawrence said. "He remains focused on delivering a capable, ready and lethal maritime special operations force in support of national security objectives, which includes assessing the suitability of any member of his force via administrative processes."

 "Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, supports his commanders in executing their roles, to include Rear Adm. Green," Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a spokesperson for Gilday, said in a statement.

The officials said that Green had sought support from officers in his chain of command prior to proceeding with the board process.

The other SEALs who will be notified of the review on Wednesday are the officers who were in charge of his platoon during the 2017 deployment: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, Gallagher's troop commander, Lt. Jacob Portier, the officer in charge, and Lt. Thomas MacNeil, the assistant officer in charge.

Since 2011, 154 SEAL Tridents or Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) pins have been revoked for various reasons.

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Google Street View(ATHENS, OH) -- Nine people were indicted on a range of charges related to the alleged hazing death of an 18-year-old Ohio University student, officials announced.

An Athens County grand jury handed down the indictments Monday, just over a year after Collin Wiant died of asphyxiation from nitrous oxide ingestion on Nov. 12, 2018.

The charges include hazing, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, trafficking and tampering with evidence, according to a statement from the Athens County prosecuting attorney.

The individuals indicted include: Joshua Thomas Androsac, 20; Saxon Angell-Perez; Dominic A. Figliola; Corbin Michael Gustafson, 22; Zachary Herskovitz, 22; Cullen Willi McLaughlin, 20; Elijah Robert Wahib, 22; James Dylan Wanke, 25; and Stephan Brent Lewis, 27.

It was not immediately clear if any had yet retained legal representation.

On Tuesday, an attorney for Wiant's family said the indictments marked "a very important day."

"Without severe consequences, there will not be change and lives will continue to be lost. … The criminal justice system needs to send a message and we believe that’s exactly what the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office is doing," attorney Rex Elliot said in a statement to ABC News. "Our goal is to eliminate hazing in its entirety so that no other mother and father have to lose a child."

Wiant was a freshman at the university and had been selected as a pledge two months before he died, according to a wrongful death suit filed by his family in February against the fraternity and 10 unnamed individuals.

The teenager died inside a Sigma Pi Epsilon annex house in Athens, Ohio, where he was allegedly beaten with a belt, pelted with eggs, deprived of sleep and forced to take drugs and drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour, the lawsuit alleged.

Since Wiant's death, and amid new reports of hazing, the university announced in October it had suspended all 15 of its Interfraternity Council fraternity chapters.

The full list of charges are as follows:

Joshua Thomas Androsac: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two counts of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; and trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree

Saxon Angell-Perez: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree

Dominic A. Figliola: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; and one count of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, an unclassified misdemeanor

Corbin Michael Gustafson: one count of reckless Homicide, a felony of the third degree

Zachary Herskovitz: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree

Cullen Willi McLaughlin: two counts of trafficking in LSD, felonies of the fifth degree

Elijah Robert Wahib: one count of tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree; permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree; one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, an unspecified misdemeanor

James Dylan Wanke: one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two counts of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the third degree; and one count of improperly dispensing or distributing nitrous oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree

Stephan Brent Lewis: one count of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of improperly dispensing or distributing nitrous oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree

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DNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The two correctional officers on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide were indicted on Tuesday.

The charges include falsifying government documents.

The two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were charged with "making false records and conspiring to make false records and to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful functions of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a Manhattan detention facility that houses federal inmates," a release from the Southern District of New York said.

 “As alleged, the defendants had a duty to ensure the safety and security of federal inmates in their care at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Instead, they repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates, and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

Noel and Thomas pleaded not guilty and were each released on $100,000 bond. They are due back in court Dec. 11 for a pretrial conference.

The indictment goes into more detail about the morning when Epstein was found dead.

"Epstein was alone in his cell and not responsive with a noose around his neck. A supervisor who had just started his shift responded to the alarm almost immediately thereafter, as Noel approached the door to the SHU (Special Housing Unit) to open the door for Supervisor-1, Noel told Supervisor-1 'Epstein hung himself'," the indictment says. "After arriving in the SHU, Supervisor-1 spoke with Thomas and Noel. Noel told Supervisor-1 'we did not make that 3 a.m. or 5 a.m. rounds.' Thomas stated 'we messed up,' and 'I messed up, she's not to blame, we didn't do any rounds.'"

Court documents also confirm that Epstein previously tried to kill himself in July.

The Bureau of Prisons local union is already standing by the officers.

"We are disappointment with the indictments released today by the Southern District of New York. These indictments don't address the core issues inside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center New York or the Federal Prison system in its entirety. These staff were placed in an assignment where the tools and resources needed to be successful were not available. Simply assigning blame will not correct the staff shortages that put this chain of events in place," Tyrone Covington, who represents the Correctional Officers Union, and is Local President Local 3148 said.

"While the indictment indicates these staff did not conduct [a] 30 minute round, it is a fact that even had they conducted the 30 minute rounds, Mr. Epstein still would’ve had 29 minutes to take his own life. It is clear to us that these indictments are a mask to cover up the true issues and merely be able to create a narrative that government has taken action. The Council Of Prisons Local 3148 will stand with all staff impacted by the events at MCC NY. We encourage the public at large to look at the facts of this event. It is important not to rush to judgment but instead be mindful and open to all the facts in the case," he continued.

The director of the Bureau of Prisons responded to the allegations today in a written statement.

“Any allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously by the agency and will be responded to appropriately. I am committed to this agency and am confident we will restore the public’s trust in us," she said.

During her testimony on Tuesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she urged any U.S. Attorney to pursue charges against any correctional officer found sleeping on the job.

 Epstein, 66, who was being held at the jail without bail, was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, the Bureau of Prisons said. He was later pronounced dead at a Manhattan hospital.

ABC News has previously reported that a review of the security cameras at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan showed that two guards who were supposed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes never made their appointed rounds in the hours when the sex offender died, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to ABC News.

A source confirmed that the charges trump the internal Bureau of Prisons' "after-action" report, which has not been completed yet.

 Bureau of Prisons Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer foreshadowed the charges in a memo obtained by ABC News earlier this month.

"As I have noted in previous messages, recent reviews of institution operations revealed that some staff members failed to conduct rounds and counts in housing units, yet documented they had done so," Hawk Sawyer wrote in the internal memo dated Nov. 4.

One prison union official described the memo as "hypocritical," and said that it will have a chilling effect on senior officers working in the Special Housing Unit.

"They have put inmates on equal par with the staff," that same union official said.

 Hawk Sawyer issued a warning that falsifying rounds is a violation of policy and even could be subject to criminal charges.

The director is due to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday.

At least one federal prison has cracked down on correctional officers not making their appointed rounds.

A separate memo obtained by ABC News, dated Oct. 28, showed that recently an employee was disciplined at the federal correctional facility in Tallahassee for not making their appointed rounds. The employee was placed on phone duty.

The source who provided the memo said the reassignment and internal investigation was directly related to the two correctional officers not making their appointed rounds at MCC New York.

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shaunl/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The night sky could light up with hundreds of shooting stars for an hour on Thursday thanks to a spectacular celestial event.

The alpha Monocerotid meteor shower is set to be at its peak late Thursday night into the early hours Friday morning with up to 400 meteors per hour, according to the NASA AMES Research Center.

This particular meteor shower gets it's name from the Monoceros constellation which sits southwest of Orion, according to ABC News Baltimore affiliate WMAR.

Two meteor scientists Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinenen predicted the latest outburst.

Though the alpha Monocerotids are active every year around the same date in November, the last predicted major activity was documented in 1995.

People who hope to catch a glimpse of the predicted 30-minute long light show will need to look just above the horizon from east to southeast to see the outburst of meteors above.

In order to ensure an optimal view, WMAR suggested star gazers use a telescope or a good pair of binoculars and set up around around 11:15 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. since the peak of the meteor shower is set for around 11:50 p.m.

Setting up far enough from bright ambient city lights in a spot that is a bit elevated will also help ensure catching a glimpse of the shower with maximum visibility on the low eastern horizon.

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skynesher/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Nearly half of Indiana's public schools will be closed on Tuesday as thousands of teachers descend on the state's capital for a "Red for Ed" protest.

Over 100 school districts in the state have closed after the massive amount of teachers took the day off for the rally, according to the IndyStar. This equates to approximately 45 percent of public school students -- or more than half a million children -- getting the day off from school.

Educators and allies participating in the Red for Ed Day Action Day, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), are demanding state lawmakers to invest more in education.

Among those who will be marching is Randy Harrison, a government teacher at Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., who told Indianapolis ABC News affiliate WRTV that the rally is about "more than wages and benefits for teachers."

"It'd be nice to be able to afford textbooks and technology to supplement a whole classroom," he said. "Protect the arts, music, P.E., a library."

Clad in red, the marching teachers are taking to the streets to fight for increased pay, for students and teachers to be immune from "I-Learn" standardized test scores, and to repeal a license-renewal requirement that forces teachers to complete an "externship" in order to renew their teaching license.

"Lawmakers must demonstrate a commitment to addressing teacher pay by using the state’s budget surplus to begin increasing base salaries for teachers," ISTA leaders wrote in a public note of talking points ahead of the action day. "The lack of significant and sustainable investments in our schools over the past decade has placed Indiana behind neighboring states on funding levels and places us last in the nation in teacher salary growth."

The statement added that Indiana has accumulated a surplus of more than $2 billion, adding that "legislature should use a portion of these funds to continue the work to make teacher pay competitive in the region."

"Low I-LEARN scores don’t reflect the hard work Hoosier kids and teachers are doing in our classrooms," the note added. "Test scores certainly shouldn’t determine how our communities are labeled by accountability grades."

Finally, the externship requirement that forces teachers to complete a series of programs on "career navigation or economic development" in order to renew their licenses "has placed an undue burden on teachers and is misplaced in its implementation," the teachers association note said.

"Red for Ed" or the red for education movement, has rallied teachers together in protests across the nation as they demand lawmakers to invest more in schools and education. "Red for Ed" teachers protests have taken place in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and more since 2018.

The national average teachers starting salary in Indiana is $35,943 and the average salary is $50,614, according to the National Education Association union, ranking the state 36th in the nation. Moreover, per student spending in the state is $8,496, ranking it 47th in the nation.

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File photo. (Nuno Tendais/iStock)(WASHINGTON) -- Bei Bei the giant panda officially left the country Tuesday morning on a 15-hour direct flight to Chengdu, China via FedEx's "Panda Express", a custom aircraft designed to cater to the panda's every need.

Just like his older siblings Tai Shan and Bao Bao, Bei Bei was accompanied by one panda keeper, one veterinarian and plenty of treats to keep him happy along the way.

In anticipation of Bei Bei's flight to his new home, the Smithsonian's National Zoo hosted a week of events called "Bye Bye, Bei Bei," giving panda fans a way to enjoy him up close one last time.

"Bei Bei is part of our family," Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars director at the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement. "Our team has cared for him, learned from him and, along with millions, loved watching him grow. We're sad he's leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population."

The week-long goodbye ended with daily treats and a Q&A session with one of the panda's keepers -- all of which could be seen through the zoo's "Panda Cams" that ran throughout the day.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, pandas need to eat roughly 30 to 80 pounds of bamboo per day, but even then they have enough space to enjoy all kinds of snacks.

Throughout "Bye Bye, Bei Bei" week, the giant panda got to enjoy a variety of treats including: sweet potatoes, ice cakes and applesauce -- among many others.

Currently, giant pandas are classified as a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are only native to China, but thanks to an agreement between the National Zoo and the China Wildlife Conservation Association, cubs are lent to the United States until they reach 4 years old, at which point they must be returned.

Bei Bei's turned 4 on Aug. 22, so his trip home is slightly overdue.

"Our giant pandas represent much of what the Smithsonian does best, from conservation to education," said Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian. "As we say goodbye to our beloved Bei Bei, our conservation scientists will continue to work in collaboration to prevent these animals from disappearing, giving them the opportunity to thrive in the wild, inspiring and teaching generations to come."

The week of celebration was full of events that were both educational as well as entertaining for panda lovers.

Along with Q&A sessions and plenty of treats for Bei Bei, visitors were able to write and design post cards that would be sent with the panda to China, make friendship and luck bracelets to celebrate the conservation collaboration and enjoy dumplings at a party hosted by the Chinese embassy.

As part of the preparation for his journey, Bei Bei has been acclimating to his travel crate by walking through it every day, spending short periods of time inside with the door closed and being fed treats while inside.

Bei Bei's American keeper will stay with the panda for a short while in China to help him adjust to his new home, all in preparation for Bei Bei to reach sexual maturity and enter the giant panda breeding program by the time he is 7 years old.

"Bei Bei is an ambassador for conservation and part of a 47-year program that proves bringing species and habitats back from the brink is possible through global cooperation," Monfort said.

Although Bei Bei is returning home now, his parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will continue to delight National Zoo visitors for at least one more year until the agreement covering them expires in December 2020.

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honglouwawa/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Seven Western states are under flood or snow alerts as two storms combine in the Southwest.

The biggest threat from this weather system will be flash flooding from Southern California to Arizona, Nevada and into southern Utah.

On Tuesday afternoon, the southern storm will push tropical moisture into the Southwest, bringing heavy rain and likely flash flooding from San Diego to Phoenix to Tucson. Meanwhile, the northern storm system will spread snow into the northern Rockies.

By Wednesday afternoon and evening, the two storms will combine into one large storm system that will stretch from the Plains into the Southwest, bringing snow to the Rockies and upper Midwest and heavy rain from San Diego to the Plains.

This will be the first significant winter-like storm for Southern California and southern Nevada. Three inches of rain is possible in Arizona, which could cause flash flooding. One to two feet of snow is possible in the mountains just north of Las Vegas.

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Page Light Studios/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A 57-year-old woman who was injured in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting has died, according to officials.

Kimberly Gervais of Mira Loma, California, suffered spinal injuries in the massacre and was recovering at a nursing facility, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

On Friday, Gervais was taken to the Redlands Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m., coroner's officials said.

An autopsy will determine her cause and manner of death.

Gervais could become the 59th person to die from the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting.

That night, a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, targeting concertgoers below at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Fifty-eight people were murdered and hundreds of others were injured in what became the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Smyrna Police/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(SMYRNA, Del.) -- Police released facial reconstruction images in the hopes of identifying a little girl who had been dead for weeks by the time she was found in Delaware, authorities said.

The remains of the little girl, who was likely between 2 and 5 years old, were discovered near the Little Lass fields in Smyrna on Sept. 13, said Smyrna police. She had been dead for several weeks or possibly longer.

On Monday, police released facial reconstruction images created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that depict what the girl may have looked like.

The little girl was Caucasian or Hispanic with slightly wavy brown hair, said police. An exam of her remains suggests she suffered from chronic illnesses, police added.

While she appears to have resembled 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who vanished from a New Jersey playground, police said Dulce went missing on Sept. 16 -- three days after the Smyrna girl's remains were found.

"We are still seeking tips from the public about the child’s identity and any possible suspect information," police said in a statement Monday. "We ask that the public take a close look at these images and report any and all possible information on this case to the Smyrna Police Department, Crime Stoppers, and/or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children."

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Rafael Pardeiro/Twitter(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Police at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma caught up with a teen wanted on a felony warrant Monday afternoon -- they just had to chase him across the runway to do so.

According to the airport, when United flight 5706 landed in Oklahoma City at about 1:45 p.m. local time, a 16-year-old passenger on the flight from Houston ended up jumping off the plane to avoid arrest.

"He has a felony warrant out of Cleveland County, OK and was going to be picked up from the airport by deputies," Will Rogers Airport said in a statement. "Apparently he knew he was going to be picked up and when getting off the plane, he jumped from the plane down to the tarmac and a foot chase by airline, airport and law enforcement took place."

He was then taken into custody by Will Rogers police.

The teen managed to jump from a roof to the jet bridge and then to the ground inside a construction zone, according to the airport.

He suffered minor injuries, was removed from the tarmac via stretcher and taken to the hospital.

"United Airlines is cooperating with law enforcement officials following an incident with a passenger after United flight 5706 arrived at the gate in Oklahoma City this afternoon," the airline said in a statement to ABC News. "We refer any additional questions on this matter to the local authorities."

Airport operations were not disrupted, officials said.

The teen was wanted on a warrant for second-degree burglary, Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV reported.

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sdart/iStock(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- A man who punched a little league umpire in the face after he disagreed with one of his calls has been arrested in Florida.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Highland City Ball Park in Lakeland, Florida last Friday night to reports of the altercation between two men.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Alberto Escartin Ramos, 22, was at the park to watch his nephew and disagreed with a call the umpire made during the little league game. Once the game concluded, Ramos went to the clubhouse to confront the umpire about it.

The situation escalated when Ramos allegedly began screaming at the umpire who promptly asked Ramos to leave the park. Ramos then retaliated by telling the man he would “kick his ass” and proceeded to punch the victim in the face.

The victim suffered a cut lip and a broken tooth and was treated at the scene by Polk County Fire Rescue.

"This is completely inexcusable -- assaulting a little league official while he's officiating at a game where children are supposed to be having fun, and learning sportsmanlike behavior. Not only was he arrested, he's also been trespassed from the ballpark," said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Ramos was arrested and charged with one count of felony battery and was released from custody after posting a $1,000 bond.

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Courtesy Zack Mullock(CAPE MAY, N.J.) -- Harriet Tubman will be honored with a new museum dedicated to preserving her life and history next year in New Jersey.

The Harriet Tubman Museum will be located next to the historic Macedonia Baptist Church, which is in Cape May, a New Jersey town where the abolitionist worked for some time. Tubman earned money by working in hotels and for families as a cook in Cape May, according to a historical account.

The local community has raised nearly $160,000 of the $500,000 needed for the exhibit to open.

Zack Mullock, a Cape May city councilman who is managing the museum's construction, told ABC News that most fundraising efforts have gone toward materials for the building. His family has contributed both their time and finances to the project and hope to preserve "a major part of history that has disappeared."

He also said that although he has visited similar museums in Maryland, what separates this museum from the others are the artifacts.

On display will be unique Underground Railroad items and African American art, including a collection of several modern pieces from the late Rev. Robert Davis, the longtime pastor of Macedonia Baptist who died in 2015.

Mullock said that his family is also in contact with the team behind the movie Harriet, a feature film about the abolitionist released earlier this month, for a showing of the movie at the museum's grand opening on June 19, 2020. That day was chosen because it is believed to be Tubman's 200th birthday and June 19th is also "Juneteenth" -- a holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

Eugene Dempsey, an 82-year-old retired maintenance technician, said he’s most excited about the museum as “a place for the kids to extend their learning” about Tubman.

"There’s so much black history ... it’s unbelievable," said Dempsey, an Air Force veteran who's lived in Cape May for over six decades with his wife, Emily. "There’s just the history of the background of Harriet Tubman. What she did was amazing ... what she did as a woman ... it’s just a wonderful thing."

Another notable African American historical building in Cape May is The Franklin Street School, which is located blocks from the future museum's site, and previously served as a school to educate black children during segregation, according to The Press of Atlantic City. Built in 1927, Dempsey said his wife, her sisters and their mother attended the school.

Tubman, a noted abolitionist and celebrated Civil War spy, was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1822 as Araminta Ross and changed her name after marrying her first husband. She escaped slavery in 1849, and, as a key figure in the Underground Railroad -- a diverse network of escaped slaves, free blacks and abolitionists who provided safe housing and secret transportation routes to the North -- returned to the South more than a dozen times to help free others.

During the Civil War she was a nurse and a spy for the Union Army. After the war, she petitioned the government to have her widow's pension increased given her additional wartime service.

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San Jose Police Department(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- A prosecutor in Santa Clara County, California, is under scrutiny for allegedly using his 13-year-old daughter to bait a man who is alleged to have molested her, according to police documents, reported The Mercury News.

The suspect, 76-year-old Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, is now in custody, but the prosecutor’s alleged method of catching the suspect is being called into question.

A prosecutor in Santa Clara County, California, is under scrutiny for allegedly using his 13-year-old daughter to bait a man who is alleged to have molested her, according to police documents, reported The Mercury News.

The suspect, 76-year-old Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, is now in custody, but the prosecutor’s alleged method of catching the suspect is being called into question.

After the police department asked for the public’s help identifying the man, the prosecutor allegedly took his daughter back to the scene and instructed her to walk back and forth on the trail until Lajmiri approached her. They stayed in contact with their cellphones and earbuds, as per the police report provided to The Mercury News.

"He stated that they had already done this several times," San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report.

After the police department asked for the public’s help identifying the man, the prosecutor allegedly took his daughter back to the scene and instructed her to walk back and forth on the trail until Lajmiri approached her. They stayed in contact with their cellphones and earbuds, as per the police report provided to The Mercury News.

"He stated that they had already done this several times," San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the matter or on the prosecutor’s actions, but released a statement saying, "As in all cases of sexual assault, our hearts go out to the victim and her family," Assistant District Attorney Terry Harman said in the statement. "We have recused ourselves from the handling of any filing decision and prosecution of any matters related to this situation."

Lajmiri is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 29.

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ABC News(DENVER, Colorado) -- A Colorado man has been convicted of killing 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth, who was his fiancee and the mother of his young daughter, following a dramatic trial that brought bombshell testimony from witnesses, including a fellow inmate and his former girlfriend.

As the trial of Frazee came to a close, prosecutors Monday described the case as a "deliberate, premeditated, cold and cruel murder."

A verdict was delivered just hours after closing arguments.

Frazee was found guilty on all counts, including first-degree felony murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He was sentenced an hour later to life without parole plus 156 years -- the maximum possible sentence.

"Your actions were vicious, senseless, without reason nor explanation. … Kelsey spent her last night caring for you -- you repaid that kindness by viciously beating her to death," Judge Scott Sells said. "After you beat her, you burned her body like a piece of trash. Your crimes deserve the absolute punishment available."

Frazee was accused of attacking Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Nov. 22, 2018 -- which was Thanksgiving -- while the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.

Prosecutors allege Frazee then put Berreth's body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.

His defense attorneys, who did not call any witnesses, stress that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.

'Only one person knows why'

In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said Frazee knew Berreth, 29, was dead because he never attempted to contact her after Nov. 25, 2018.

Prosecutor Beth Reid also reminded the jury that Frazee was captured on a neighbor's surveillance camera outside Berreth's condo at the same time he claimed he was 40 miles away tending to his cattle.

Reid showed the jury security camera photos that captured Frazee’s red pickup truck driving in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving with a large black tote box in the back.

"Her beaten and battered body is in that box, which he keeps on the back of the truck while he eats Thanksgiving dinner," said Reid.

Reid told jurors that they did not need to agree on Frazee’s alleged motive in order to convict him of murder.

"The reality is," Reid told the jurors, "only one person knows why."

Ex-girlfriend takes the stand

Frazee's ex-girlfriend Krystal Lee was a star witness for the prosecution, and testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth's house to clean up the bloody aftermath.

Lee told jurors that Frazee admitted to tying a blindfold around Berreth’s head and asked her to guess the scent of candles before beating her to death with a baseball bat.

"I saw blood all over the floor and blood all over the wall," she testified. "There was blood on the front of the stove and the dishwasher, and on the floor there were bloody footprints."

Lee, who has admitted to disposing of Berreth's phone, has pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence. Records showed Berreth’s phone traveled with Lee’s phone to Idaho where Lee says she destroyed it. She is awaiting sentencing once Frazee's case concludes.
Notes to an inmate

Last Friday, an inmate testified that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill several witnesses in the case, including Lee.

The inmate says he and Frazee were in jail together from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2019.

"He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive," the inmate said, claiming Frazee told him he'd take care of him financially when he got out.

In court, a state investigator read from a number of those notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins. The notes, the investigator testified, contained hit lists, along with detailed instructions on where to find the witnesses. The list included Lee, her parents and her ex-husband.

"They all need to disappear, unseen until 11/22 after the trial," said a note, which the investigator testified appeared to be in Frazee's handwriting. "I'd really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head."
'Patrick Frazee is not guilty'

Defense attorney Adam Steigerwald questioned the credibility of Lee and the evidence, saying in his closing argument Monday, "This case has been built on a foundation it cannot support. Patrick Frazee is not guilty."

Steigerwald argued that the case against Frazee is circumstantial and based on a story "made up" by Lee, adding she didn't cooperate with investigators until the district attorney agreed to a deal to not prosecute her for more serious crimes.

"There is not one word from Krystal Lee until she has a signature on the dotted line," Steigerwald said. "There is nothing she talked about that is believable."

Steigerwald also pointed out that neither Frazee nor Lee’s DNA were detected anywhere in Berreth’s condo, despite the prosecution theory that her condo was where Frazee killed Berreth and where Lee cleaned up the aftermath.

Steigerwald also attacked evidence provided by a neighbor’s security camera, saying it did not show Frazee going onto Berreth’s home -- or coming out -- carrying a baseball bat or a tote.

In addition, Steigerwald said none of Berreth’s neighbors heard or saw anything suspicious on Thanksgiving, which Steigerwald called an unlikely day to plan a murder.

"Is there a day of the year when people are less likely to be alone? To be missed? To speak to your family than Thanksgiving Day?" Steigerwald asked the jury.

Frazee was arrested in December 2018 on charges including first-degree murder. Judge Scott Sells told the jury they can also consider finding Frazee guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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