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More Snow and Ice Impact Weekend Plans; New Storm On the Way


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another blast of snow and ice impacted weekend plans from the Midwest to the Northeast on Sunday.A half foot of snow was reported from central Missouri to the central Ohio Valley through Sunday morning. Up to 9 inches of snow fell in central Illinois and snowfall accumulations hit 8 inches in northern Indiana.The southern side of this latest winter storm brought freezing rain to the mid-Atlantic region Sunday morning. The freezing rain eventually moved farther north, reaching central Pennsylvania to New Jersey by Sunday afternoon.More than a quarter inch of ice accumulated in parts of Maryland, with a glaze to two-10ths of an inch of ice reported throughout much of the mid-Atlantic, icing over roads and causing numerous accidents throughout the day.On Sunday evening, the heaviest of the precipitation was focused over the Northeast with snow falling from New York City north to Boston, and freezing rain falling for areas south of Interstate 80.The highest snowfall totals in the Northeast stretch from northwestern Pennsylvania and along the New York state line into southern New England. More than 6 inches of snow was expected in this region, with isolated totals up to 8 inches possible.The heaviest of the snow fell just south of Boston, however several inches of snow were expected there as well. With 5.6 inches of snow, this winter would tie the record for the city's all-time snowiest season, and it looks like they will come up just short of that with this event.The snow and freezing rain ended early Monday morning, right before the busy morning commute. However, some slick spots on area roadways are still possible.Another winter storm will be taking aim on millions of Americans beginning Monday night and hitting many of the same locations that received snow over the weekend.However, the next storm will track north and bring more rain than snow to many cities. Some heavy rain is possible as well prompting flooding concerns from the Tennessee Valley to New England given the current widespread snow cover throughout the country.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fatal Los Angeles Police Shooting Caught on Video


Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man during a confrontation in the city's Skid Row area Sunday, in an incident that was caught on video.Police said officers were responding to a report of a robbery, and when they confronted the suspect, there was an altercation."The preliminary investigation revealed that during that altercation, at least one less than lethal device, a Taser, was deployed. However, at this time, we still do not know if that Taser did strike the suspect," LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said."After that, the struggle continued and an officer-involved shooting occurred," he said.LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said the man reached for an officer's weapon while resisting arrest."Anytime we have an officer-involved shooting and there's a loss of life, people are upset and justifiably so. Nobody out there, no police officer out there, wants to be involved in a situation like this where you have to take someone else's life," Smith said.Witnesses such as Larry Jackson said the man was already subdued when officers shot him."Next thing I knew, I heard one shot and I looked over across the street and I see three more shots being fired at the guy who was laying down on the ground. Instead of handcuffing the guy, they straight out shot him," Jackson said.A video that was posted to Facebook records the struggle, and then the moment when an officer shot the man.Police have not released the name of the suspect. The LAPD's specialized Force Investigative Division and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division are reviewing the shooting.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Truck Goes Through Ice on Frozen New Jersey River


U.S. Coast Guard(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) -- The driver and passenger of a truck that fell through the ice while doing "donuts" on a frozen New Jersey river were found safe Sunday, but officials say a dog was found dead in the submerged pickup.Someone called the Toms River Police Department shortly after midnight Sunday to say they saw a truck driving on the frozen river, police said.When officers arrived, they saw the small pickup truck on the ice, police said. The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed towards the far side of the river, but suddenly the lights were no longer visible, police said.Firefighters from Toms River and Island Heights began a search, along with the New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopter units.A large hole in the ice was eventually spotted, and divers and rescuers found the truck 100 feet under the water with no one in it around 10:30 a.m. A #USCG aircrew located a truck that fell through the ice on Toms River early Sunday. @NJSP dive team is responding. pic.twitter.com/wDXEG30t4x— USCG Mid-Atlantic (@uscgmidatlantic) March 1, 2015 The driver and a passenger of the truck both later voluntarily turned themselves in to police, and it appears there were no other people in the vehicle, officials said. NJSP TEAMS Unit conducted Successful Dive confirmed, No persons in Pickup; Boxer mix dog found in pkup. 2 subjects in custody.— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) March 1, 2015 Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch 90-Year-Old Vet Take Wild Sled Ride


Courtesy Anthony Smith(NEW YORK) -- Snow days aren't just for kids.A 90-year-old man is clearly young at heart after taking a wild sled ride last week that was all documented on his grandson-in-law's go-pro.The video begins with Claude Bratcher getting lowered comfortably onto the sled. After a dog jumps in his lap, the ride starts up as Bratcher's son pulls the sled from a four-wheeler."It was Claude's idea," Bratcher's grandson-in-law Anthony Smith, 35, told ABC News Saturday. "He'd been watching us sled for about an hour. After an hour he says, 'Well I think I want to go sled behind the four-wheeler.' He didn't want to just sled down the hill, he wanted to sled down the four-wheeler."The video shows the sled pulling Bratcher faster and faster as the dog happily runs alongside him in the snow, keeping up almost the entire way."We were concerned, but we weren't really going that fast," Smith said. "He just wanted to do it because it was fun. He hadn't done anything like that in a while."It's hard to tell Bratcher's expression during the high-speed ride, but as the sled comes to a stop, you can see the 90-year-old crack a smile as his family gathers around him.Bratcher, a World War II veteran, lives "right across the road" from his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Smith said.Bratcher and his wife were married for more than 50 years before she passed away a few years ago, Smith said."One thing about Claude is he keeps going. He's real mobile," Smith said. "Every day, he gets out and does something on the farm. I think that's kind of the key of what's kept him young and alive. Just to stay going."World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

February Set Cold, Snow Records Around Northeast, More Winter Weather On the Way


ron hilton/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- February was one of the coldest, snowiest months in recent memory for many cities around the east coast.According to the National Weather Service's station in Boston, records for snowfall were set in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester and Hartford also saw records set for coldest monthly average temperature. Please RT! Well, S New England, we made it through one of the worst DJFs in some time, and Feb was one of the worst: pic.twitter.com/98Ebe6tB7K— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 1, 2015The Mount Holly, Pennsylvania office of the NWS said that this winter is projected to be one of the top six coldest.  Feb 2015 is shaping up to be in the top 6 coldest! Here are some *preliminary* numbers based on the latest forecast. pic.twitter.com/kzqHuDqu3E— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) February 27, 2015In Maine, the NWS says that last month was the coldest February of all-time and ranks behind only January 1971 for coldest month in history.  Feb 2015 is coldest Feb of all-time @portlandjetport and ranks #2 only behind Jan 1971 (12.2) for coldest month ever! pic.twitter.com/8gNXvvx4od— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) March 1, 2015 Meanwhile, more snow and cold are making their way towards the northeast, with flakes falling from New York to Washington, D.C. early Sunday afternoon.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"The People's Court" Missing Mother: Orlando Police Renew Search Years Later


Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- Police in Orlando, Florida, renewed their search for a mother of three whose episode on The People's Court with her former fiance aired the same day she disappeared nearly four years ago.Michelle Parker was last seen on Nov. 17, 2011, the same day the prerecorded episode featuring herself and her former fiance, Dale Smith, aired nationally as they attempted to resolve a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.Investigators have considered Smith, the father of Parker's twins, the lone person of interest in her disappearance, although he has never been charged.Orlando police on Friday revisited a wooded area near Smith's home where Parker was last seen dropping off their toddlers, and the body of water where her cell phone was found two weeks later. According to authorities, about 30 officers searched for roughly three hours and Parker's family was present during the search.Although the search teams combed through the wooded area, they came up empty."It's agony not knowing what happened to your child," Parker's mother, Yvonne Stewart, told ABC News. "They thought they should go back and take a look at these woods."Parker's mother said authorities told her that search teams were looking for a decal that was missing from Parker's Humvee when it was found days later in a parking lot across town."I don't want to find her dead. I want to find her alive." said Parker's father Brad.Smith's attorney told reporters that his client committed no crime. He has custody of their children."We are going to find Michelle," said Brad Parker. "It's just a matter of time."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alleged Street Race Driver Charged With Murder in Fatal Los Angeles Crash


Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the alleged drivers involved in a fatal crash stemming from an illegal street race has been charged with murder.Henry Gevorgyan turned himself in to Los Angeles police late Saturday. Police say he was one of the drivers involved in a fatal crash that was the "result of an illegal street race" in the Chatsworth neighborhood of the city on Thursday.During the race, police say Gevorgyan, 21, lost control of his Ford Mustang and drove into a crowd of about 60 people, killing two and injuring others.Police said that the Mustang was modified to race, and that the tire marks indicated that Gevorgyan accelerated too quickly and may have lost control when he was shifting gears."Street racing, all too often, is publicized as glamorous entertainment," Los Angeles Police Captain John McMahon said Thursday. "Here's a case where street racing is criminal, dangerous, and unfortunately this morning, we see it's deadly."Gevorgyan did not have an attorney, according to jail records. Bail was set at $2 million.A second suspect in the crash is still at large, police said. One of the onlookers who was injured remains in critical condition.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Snowstorm Heading for Boston Could Break City's All-time Snow Record


bizoo_n/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The record-breaking month of February may be coming to a close for Boston, but with a new month comes a new snowstorm.A Winter Storm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service early Saturday morning for the city of Boston and much of southern New England, including Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.This is in anticipation of another round of snow on the way Sunday evening. Boston has experienced its second snowiest season so far with 102 inches of snow, only 5.6 inches away from the all-time record set during the 1995-1996 season.Boston has tripled its average snowfall to date so far, and it is also the city's snowiest February on record. The city has also had one of its coldest Februaries on record, with this year likely being Boston's second coldest February.The ABC Weather Team is currently forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow for Boston by early Monday morning, which could make this season the city's snowiest.Snow showers will move into the Northeast on Sunday morning and into the early afternoon. However, by Sunday evening, a steadier and heavier snow will overspread the region, reaching Boston closer to sunset.A wintry mix and even some rain is expected for locations closer to the coast and farther south, including southern New England, New York City, and areas south of Interstate 80.The city of Boston is forecast to remain all snow throughout the event; therefore, several inches of snow is expected.The storm will be clearing out of the Northeast by early Monday morning, with the snow likely over before the morning commute throughout the region. Scattered snow showers will linger across northern New England into Monday afternoon with blustery conditions expected from Pennsylvania to Maine.Even though temperatures will be near or slightly above the freezing mark for most of the Northeast by Monday afternoon, windy conditions will lead to wind chills values below freezing throughout the day.There have already been reports of a number of roof collapses in New England, including at a skating rink in Canton, Mass., a home in New Braintree, Mass, and another residence in Providence, Rhode Island.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stolen NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car Found


Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images(LOGANVILLE, Ga.) -- Police in Georgia found a NASCAR Sprint Cup car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot days before the driver was scheduled to race.Travis Kvapil's No. 44 race car was found Sunday in Loganville, Georgia, according to Team Xtreme Racing. It had been stolen early Friday morning. We got the @Teamxtreme44 back in our shop!! It looks ship shape! pic.twitter.com/Id867OaM1J— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 28, 2015  Lost and Found section of the road. pic.twitter.com/L3cEdi9o0R— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015Before police found the car, Kvapil told ABC News that he thought his race team was playing a joke on him when they called him about it."When I got texts and voicemails this morning [Friday] from the guys, I kind of thought they were messing around," said Kvapil.Surveillance video shows a black pickup truck speeding off with a 15-foot trailer, which had the car inside. Team Xtreme racing owner John Cohen said Sunday he believed the thieves were only after the trailer and did not realize the car, an extra engine, and $100,000 worth of spare parts were also inside."When you get a car stolen, you don't go out and buy another one," Cohen had said before the car was found.Despite finding the car, Kvapil will not be able to race in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. His team was forced to withdraw when it missed NASCAR's mandatory inspection on Friday.Kvapil first made headlines when he asked for information about his stolen car on Twitter.  Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015 Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

California Mother Arrested in Infant Son's Murder


Zhenikeyev/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The mother of an infant found dead in California earlier this week was arrested on Friday night on murder charges.According to Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, Samantha Green "was the sole individual responsible for the death of her child." Her son, Justice Reese, was found on Wednesday, two days after being reported missing. Prieto said that among the possible causes of Reese's death were drowning and hypothermia. "At this point," Prieto added, "we don't have anyone else that was involved."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Semi Narrowly Misses Ohio State Trooper, Driver in Dash Cam Video


freeteo/iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- An Ohio state trooper has been hailed as a hero after dash cam video captured him saving a driver from being hit by an oncoming semi truck.The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday showing Trooper Stephen Zientek after he pulled over on I-475 to help a driver with a dead car battery, according to ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio.The video shows Zientek invite the driver, Mike Celusta, to his squad car to warm up before suddenly he yells at Celusta and they jump over the guardrail.Seconds later, the video shows the semi crash into the two cars."It was just Hollywood-type script and now that I can see it, it makes it even more surreal," Celusta told WTVG after watching the dash cam footage.Celusta said he believes Zientek saved his life."As soon as he says, ‘Look out!" I just went," Celusta told WVTG, "I couldn't see what was happening, so I just jumped over the rail."The truck driver was cited, reports WVTG.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Federal Court Denies Change of Venue Request from Suspected Boston Marathon Bomb


FBI(BOSTON) -- A federal appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday ruled against suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attorneys, who had been calling for a change of venue in Tsarnaev's trial.A three-judge panel heard arguments from both Tsarnaev's legal team, as well as that of the prosecution, determining by a two-to-one majority to deny the request. Noting that "any high-profile case will receive significant media attention" and thus "it is no surprise that people in general, and especially the well-informed, will be aware of it," the jurors determined that "a jury anywhere in the country will have been exposed to some level of media attention" in this case. Jurors being aware of the case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice," the judges wrote.Tsarnaev's lawyers had argued that the media's coverage would make it impossible to find a fair jury in Massachusetts. A circuit court judge had already denied the change of venue motion three times.The judges cited numerous high-profile cases, including the prosecution of Zacharias Moussaoui, as well as comparing the bombing to the 1993 and 2001 attacks at New York's World Trade Center, saying each event "received national and international attention."In a dissenting opinion, one judge wrote that while the trial is an opportunity for closure, "rather than convicting Tsarnaev and possibly sentencing him to death based on trial-by-media and raw emotion, we must put our emotions aside and proceed in a rational manner." Specifically, he says, the courts must ensure that Tsarnaev receives a fair trial.Jury selection for Tsarnaev's trial is ongoing. Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are believed to have been the perpetrators of the April 15, 2013 bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 250.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

American Airlines Flight Delayed Nine Hours by Heavy Snow, Mechanical Problem


william87/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- What was supposed to be a nearly one-hour flight turned into a nine-hour ordeal for passengers on board an American Airlines plane delayed for hours because of icy conditions and a mechanical problem.American Airlines flight 382 was scheduled to leave for Oklahoma City from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 1:45 p.m. CT Friday, but the plane was grounded until 10:48 p.m. CT."We get on the plane and it's just one thing after another," said passenger Brandon Sullivan.Sullivan told ABC News that the plane sat at the gate for hours waiting for de-icing, which was delayed by heavy snow. After about five hours, a mechanical problem kept the plane grounded, said Sullivan."We get so excited, we get to the end of the runway and then we find out we have a mechanical problem," he said.American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller apologized for the "frustrating experience," adding that Friday "was a challenging day at DFW due to extreme weather impacting north Texas. The safety of our passengers and employees is always our top priority.”Sullivan said passengers got agitated."People were obviously frustrated and there seemed to be no crew around there for a little bit," he said. "People were going in the liquor fridge, pulling out whatever they wanted to drink. It got a little chaotic there for a little bit."Rachel Charlton, another passenger, called it an "up and down" experience."We were happy one second because we thought we were leaving and then the next second we were just deflated because we were turning back to the gate," she said.When the plane returned to a gate, Miller said the crew had to be replaced because they had worked for eight hours, which made it illegal for them to fly.The flight eventually departed at 10:48 p.m. CT - more than nine hours after some of its passengers initially boarded. It landed in Oklahoma City about a half hour later, according to Flightaware.com.Because the plane was not held on the tarmac, the delays did not violate the three-hour limit set by the Department of Transportation."Ten hours - it feels great to be home," said Sullivan. "It's incredibly stressful day. I don't ever want to do that again."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nine Found Dead in Missouri


John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(TYRONE, Mo.) -- The Texas County Sheriff's Department in Missouri says nine people were found dead in the area of Tyrone on Thursday evening.At about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, the TCSD responded to a reported disturbance called in by a young girl who said she heard gunshots. The girl had fled to a neighbor's house to alert authorities.Deputies responding to the scene found two people dead inside the home. Further investigation revealed five dead victims and one person who had been wounded in three additional residences. A separate residence contained an elderly woman who appeared to have died of natural causes, while a ninth body was found in a vehicle in Shannon County.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that the dead individual in the vehicle, identified as a suspect, appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The injured victim was taken to a nearby hospital, the MSHP says.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Swastikas on California Home Have Neighbors Riled Up


ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Is a swastika-laden yard display at a Sacramento, California, house “vulgar” or is it an expression of free speech? The display, which first started going up months ago, now features an army-green figure raising its arms, a Palestinian flag, and -- in a recent addition -- American and Israeli flags altered by swastikas, according to ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV. At night, it gets illuminated by Christmas lights. Police received a complaint about the display this week and visited the home, but no illegal activity was found, police said. Neighbors also have expressed disgust about the display to the media. The people listed as the owners of the home did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. It was not clear that the owners also occupied the home. There has been at least one small demonstration at the site, and now protesters have been joined in their outrage by a state legislator. “Swastikas displayed on a house in the River Park section of Sacramento tarnish the neighborhood," State Sen. Marty Block, chairman of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, said in a news conference Thursday, "And disrespect and dishonor the memory of tens of thousands of brave American soldiers ... men and women who died for their country fighting Hitler's henchmen who wore that very same symbol." Block, D-San Diego, said that while he recognizes the "cherished" freedom of speech, “My colleagues and I call on the owner of that house to voluntarily remove his vulgar display." Robert Roehrs, a neighbor who lives four houses away, said the neighborhood is otherwise a "very, very, quiet" suburb. "I certainly don’t approve of [the display] and I don’t know who he is," Roehrs told ABC News, adding that he first thought the display was part of Christmas decorations. Roehrs, who has lived in his home since 1968, said he doesn't know the identity of the resident, who has moved around some of the items over time. "I think the guy accomplished what he wanted to accomplish, in my opinion," Roehrs said. "He got a lot of publicity and a lot of notoriety. He hasn’t talked to anyone, apparently. We had a lot of traffic around here. Normally, we don’t get more than two or three cars an hour." Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Utah Man Had 'Mental Breakdown' After Ex-Wife's Death, Daughter Testifies


iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The daughter of a pediatrician accused of murdering his ex-wife took the stand in a Utah courtroom Thursday, describing her father’s incoherent state following the death. Malkie Wall, 19, testified that her father, John Wall, was “not with it” after the 2011 death of her mother, Uta von Schwedler. “He opened the door and said, ‘Your mom’s dead, and they think I did it.’ Basically, [he] was having a mental breakdown,” she said. Von Schwedler was found dead in her bathtub with a knife nearby. Elevated levels of Xanax were found in her system. Prosecutors allege that Wall staged the murder to make it look like a suicide. “This crime was committed by someone who simply wanted Uta dead,” prosecutors said in the trial’s opening statements. Von Schwedler, a medical researcher, and Wall divorced in 2006. Wall has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney, Fred Metos, argued that the medical examiner didn’t definitively rule von Schwedler’s death a homicide. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Hot Convict' Jeremy Meeks Plans His Modeling Future from Prison


Stockton Police Department via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- “Hot Convict” Jeremy Meeks says he’s eager to serve out his sentence and is looking ahead to starting a career in modeling and acting.“I’m in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life,” Meeks told ABC News from a Nevada prison. “I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful.”The chisel-jawed, blue-eyed Californian became an Internet sensation last year when his mug shot went viral after the Stockton Police Department posted it on its Facebook page. Meeks was sentenced several weeks ago to 27 months of prison on weapon charges, but hopes for a November release that accounts for time served and good behavior.Meeks is now working with agent Jim Jordan of White Cross Management and said he plans to take full advantage of his viral fame.In preparation for his release and foray into modeling, Meeks said that he is working on getting ripped.“I eat healthy. I do a lot of push-ups, pull-ups, dips, burpees, and I stay very active,” he said.Meeks said he wants to try his hand at both modeling and acting. “I wish I could be on a show like Sons of Anarchy,” said Meeks.Jordan is confident Meeks’ notoriety can propel him into a successful career. “There is a sea of opportunities waiting for him,” Jordon said, who is working to set Meeks up with “modeling agencies around the world, endorsement deals and reality show interests.”As for that mug shot, Meeks said he wasn't intentionally giving his best “blue steel” for the picture.“I was just thinking about missing my family,” he said. “I was really thinking about my son a lot at that moment, that was the only thing that was on my mind.”Until then, Meeks said he is keeping his head down and relying on backing from the outside.“I've got a lot of support my family, my friends, and from my fans -- I get hundreds and hundreds of letters every month. I’m very thankful for all the support I've been getting,” Meeks said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jameis Winston Rape Accuser Speaks Out in Film


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The woman who accused football star Jameis Winston of rape is speaking out in a new film.Erica Kinsman shared her story in The Hunting Ground, which filmmakers say seeks to expose the epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups sweeping college campuses across America.According to Kinsman, the alleged incident occurred at Winston’s off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012 following a night of drinking. At the time, she was a student at Florida State University, and Winston was the university’s superstar quarterback.“I just want to know, ‘Why me?’” she said in the film, which is appearing in theaters starting Friday. “It doesn’t really make sense.”Kinsman told filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick that when she identified her alleged rapist, she was told by the lead detective, “This is a huge football town. You really should think long and hard about whether you want to press charges or not.”While the Tallahassee Police’s handling of the case has been criticized, no charges were filed in the case, with Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs citing insufficient evidence. Winston -- who has maintained that the encounter was consensual -- was also cleared in a university code of conduct hearing.Winston is slated to be one of the top picks in this year’s NFL Draft.Ziering contends that Florida State University’s desire to protect its reputation, and the athlete involved, contributed to how the case was handled.“Here's a family that really believed in law enforcement, really believed in their school, in their institution, could not imagine it would not do the right thing by them,” Ziering said.Kinsman eventually left the university. The filmmakers noted Kinsman faced backlash after coming forward.“The reprisals she experienced...she received all kinds of very aggressive comments on social media,” Dick said.A university official told ABC News FSU was not aware Kinsman ever said she felt driven out of the university, adding that university officials "went to extraordinary lengths to support her.""FSU uses a nationally recognized victim-centered approach in handling sexual assault complaints, and our victim advocate professionals were by Ms. Kinsman's side throughout this case," said Browning Brooks, assistant vice president for university communications. "She was provided academic accommodations regarding class schedules and exams, access to counseling and was informed about all of her options in deciding whether to initiate criminal or student conduct charges under Title IX."The filmmakers are thankful that the subjects in The Hunting Ground agreed to participate in the movie, and believe that the victims’ voices can help people to consider the significance of college sexual assaults.“I hope it radically changes the way our culture and our country views this issue and views these crimes,” Ziering said.The Hunting Ground, which was shown at Sundance Film Festival, features a Lady Gaga song with Diane Warren, “Til It Happens to You.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Just So Tragic': Mom of Slain Hostage Pities 'Jihadi John,' Mohammed Emwazi


Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The parents of an American journalist beheaded by terrorists on video expressed pity for the "tragic" choices by their son's apparent killer, "Jihadi John," but said ISIS must be destroyed.Hours after the masked man's identity was revealed Thursday by The Washington Post and confirmed by government officials, slain journalist James Foley's mother Diane told ABC News that she was surprised to learn alleged ISIS "executioner" Mohammed Emwazi came from a "well-to-do" family in London."He had a privileged background, if you will," Foley said, referring to Emwazi's purportedly middle class background and college degree in computer science from the University of Westminster. "So, to me, it's just tragic that he would, such a talented young man would lose his way and become part of such a brutal network as ISIS.""It's not all about him. It's about, you know, this whole culture of hate and brutality and all that ISIS is. I mean, if it hadn't been this young man, it would have been another one. This young man is one of the very saddest," she said.But that's as much as Foley said she's willing to think about Emwazi.Asked how she reacted as a mom to the public disclosure of the name of the man who drew a knife across her son's neck on video, she replied, "We would like, you know -- ISIS needs to be stopped."James's father, John Foley, agreed that Emwazi is only one of the terrorists who must face justice for brutally slaying their son and so many others. If ever captured alive, he might not attend his trial. "I doubt it. I really doubt it. I mean I'm not interested in who he is or what he's done. I'm done with the guy," he told ABC News in Tucson.The Foleys spoke to University of Arizona journalism students on Wednesday on a visit to the desert southwest state and said they may visit the family of another American killed while in ISIS hands, Kayla Mueller of Prescott.Before Foley’s death, his family was able to assemble a team of hostage negotiators to hunt for their son.When some Spanish and French hostages were ransomed in March and April last year, the team debriefed them and learned that all the Westerners, including James and Kayla, were held captive together as a group at sites near Raqqa, Syria -- intelligence they feel the U.S. government didn't act on fast enough."Obviously, at that point we wanted as much as possible to be done to secure his release and that obviously didn't happen," John Foley said on Wednesday in the interview.A raid by an entire squadron of America's elite Delta Force hit an aging oil refinery site on July 3. But President Obama recently told BuzzFeed News that they missed the hostages being moved by "one or two days." Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.