(FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.) — A fight that broke out between two groups of students at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus left one person dead and three hospitalized after one of the students shot the others with a handgun.
The shooter has been identified as Steven Jones, an 18-year-old freshman at the school, who has been taken into custody by campus police, according to NAU police chief Greg Fowler.
Colin Brough has been identified by the school as the student who was killed in the incident, and Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring were named as the individuals who were shot but are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Fowler said that the altercation started at 1:20 a.m. when "several of our students, two separate student groups got into a confrontation."
Campus police arrived at the scene and apprehended Jones "without further trouble," Fowler said.
It is unclear what sparked the shooting, which took place near Mountain View Hall, a dormitory that houses most of the campus' students involved in Greek organizations.
Fowler said that none of the violence happened inside any residence halls.
Fowler said that the school's alert messaging was sent out "rather quickly," but a student who was in the audience at the news conference Friday morning told Fowler that he received the text alert at 2:52 a.m., more than an hour and a half after the shooting. Fowler said that "sometimes it takes us a little bit of time to stabilize the information,” but added that the text was "a precautionary measure" as opposed to one telling students to actively take cover.
Fowler noted that the Arizona Board of Regents prohibits students form carrying guns around campus but students are allowed to store them in their car.
The state school's Flagstaff campus has more than 20,000 students enrolled.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., released the following statement Friday morning:
"My thoughts and prayers are with families of the person who was killed and the three others who were wounded in the horrific shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early this morning. I appreciate the efforts of all state and local law enforcement officials, first-responders and school administrators, and continue to pray for the recovery of the injured, as well as all those in the NAU community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy."
iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- A recently released video from a police officer's body camera reveals the tense minutes that led up to officers in Cleveland fatally shooting an armed man in his home.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said that the March 11 shooting death of Theodore Johnson, 64, was "justified" and that the four officers involved in the shooting had been cleared.
"The evidence is indisputable," the statement said.
In a detailed letter to the Cleveland police chief, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that Johnson had been drinking on March 11 and had threatened to shoot his wife and their landlady.
When Johnson fell asleep, the letter said, his wife went to a police station to report the incident. McGinty said that six officers had gone to the home.
Body camera video, worn by one of the officers, showed Johnson shooting at and hitting Officer David Muniz as the cops climbd a set of stairs in the house. Muniz was wearing a protective vest.
"I've been hit," Muniz said on the video.
Despite being shot at -- and having a bullet lodged in his vest -- Muniz spent 90 seconds trying to get Johnson to drop the gun.
"Go ahead and shoot me," Johnson said in the body-camera video.
"No, we're not going to shoot you," Muniz said. "I know you shot me but I’m not going to shoot you."
When Johnson raised his gun toward the officers, McGinty said, he was shot. According to McGinty, Muniz was not one of the shooters. The prosecutor's office said that the evidence had been investigated by the sheriff's department as well as presented to a grand jury.
In the letter to the police chief, McGinty said: "In light of these events, these officers were justified in their use of deadly force because Mr. Johnson posed an immediate and continuing threat to the lives of the officers and innocent citizens. ... The officers were left without a reasonable alternative. ... This case is closed."
Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NASA has released a long-range report detailing its ambitions for sending astronauts to live on Mars, along with the obstacles the space agency will have to tackle to make reaching the Red Planet in the 2030s a reality.
"There are challenges to pioneering Mars, but we know they are solvable. We are developing the capabilities necessary to get there, land there, and live there," the NASA report said, noting the plan relies on an "evolutionary, resilient framework."
The 36-page report, which includes the items on NASA's to-do list, at times reads like something out of a science fiction novel. While the ambitious Apollo program of the 1960s took astronauts on a brief visit to the moon, NASA said the Mars mission will be different. “We will be going to stay," the report said.
With a crewed round-trip voyage lasting more than 1,000 days, NASA has outlined its plans for the health and safety of astronauts, along with the logistics for landing, living and working on Mars.
"These technological and operational challenges fall into three categories: transportation, sending humans and cargo through space efficiently, safely, and reliably; working in space, enabling productive operations for crew and robotic systems; and staying healthy, developing habitation systems that provide safe, healthy, and sustainable human exploration," the report said. The Vessel
NASA's testing will include the Orion space capsule, which during a return to Earth would need to withstand scorching temperatures. The SLS heavy lift rocket, which will help send Orion beyond low-Earth orbit, will also be put to the test in the coming years. Asteroid Redirect Mission
NASA wants to relocate a piece of an asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon as part of a test of new technologies that could be used on a manned mission to Mars. During the five-year Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA will pluck a rock from an asteroid and haul it into orbit around Earth's moon.
In 2025, the space agency said it would then send two astronauts inside the Orion space capsule to explore the mini-asteroid, gaining more insight into robotic grabbing technologies, soft landings and allow astronauts to test suits that could be used for a deep space mission. Landing on Mars
NASA calls entry, descent and landing one of its "biggest challenges" in planning the mission to Mars.
A braking system called "supersonic retropropulsion," which operates at speeds faster than the speed of sound may be needed in order to provide astronauts with a safe and precise descent onto the surface of Mars, the report said. Well-Being of Astronauts
Going to Mars is of course a risk, since crewed missions won't be able to quickly return to Earth if a system fails.
"As crewed missions extend farther from Earth for longer periods, the habitation systems must become more reliable for safe, healthy, and sustainable human exploration," the report said.
The challenges NASA will have to solve include how to send crews with enough food, clothing and other supplies to make sure they're covered during a deep space mission. Mitigating potential health issues will also be another task NASA will have to tackle in the next two decades.
Long-term missions in micro-gravity can potentially cause bone loss, atrophy, vision issues and other health problems, according to NASA. Finding a way to keep astronauts' radiation exposure to a minimum once they leave Earth's magnetic field will also be a challenge.
"Outside the Earth’s magnetic field, crew and electronics are exposed to high-energy particles, including infrequent, but potentially deadly, solar particle events and constant exposure to galactic cosmic rays. These high-energy particles can reduce immune response, increase cancer risk, and interfere with electronics," the report said. Cost
NASA hasn't yet put a price tag on the plan, however, the report notes near-term projects can be funded with existing budgets, while long-term efforts can be funded by future "budgets commensurate with economic growth."
Suffolk County District Attorney(BOSTON) — A Boston nanny accused of allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the family that employed her now faces federal bank fraud charges, authorities said.
Stephanie Fox, 30, worked for Grace Heintz, a partner at Bain&Co., from February 2013 until this past August. In that time, court records said, she allegedly took checks from Heintz and her husband and “wrote them payable to herself, forged signatures and cashed them.”
In all, the family said it discovered Fox had forged 65 checks totaling more than $280,000. She told the FBI she used the money to buy jewelry, including a diamond pendant necklace and Movado watches, travel — including trips to the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, Newport, Cape Cod and Disney — as well as a down payment on a new truck.
When confronted, Fox confessed, authorities said.
“This was done on impulse,” she wrote, “as a way to support a lifestyle that was beyond my means.”
Fox told the family she loved the children and did nothing to harm them.
Defense attorney Joseph Perullo told ABC News that Fox has been in and out of court since 2011 for passing bad checks. He blamed it on a mental disorder.
“She has a spending compulsion,” Perullo said of his client. “Some issue she has mentally to want to acquire things beyond her means. It’s very irrational behavior that’s not sustainable.”
Fox made her initial court appearance this week and is out on certain conditions, including that she seek mental health counseling.
No new court date has been set.
Perullo said they’re trying to resolve the case before she is formally indicted.
Fox used Care.com to gain employment. In a statement, the company said, “We are deeply disturbed by this incident and feel terrible about what this family has experienced. This incident underscores the importance of the safety process we recommend on our site, which includes conducting an internet search, having phone and in-person interviews, checking references, running a background check, and continuing to monitor the situation once someone has been hired. All of these safety tools are critical to forming a more complete picture and making more informed hiring choices."
Courtesy Jill Gageby(ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich.) — After a Michigan football team had their meals paid for at a Michigan restaurant, they decided to "pay it forward."
It all started on Tuesday when a group of six Lake Orion High School football players were dining at Iris Café in Orion Township. A man decided to cover their bill, which was around $80, restaurant owner Jill Gageby told ABC News Friday.
“The guy told us to say ‘God bless them’ so we made sure we told them and they were like ‘no, God bless him,’” Gageby said, also adding that the man made a comment that these football players looked like nice boys and told the staff he wished to remain anonymous.
"I was just so appreciative that someone would pay for a group of young kids when they had no idea who we were," Lake Orion football player Ryan Kolp told ABC News. "Deciding to pay it forward was just in response to the generosity expressed by one person and the sense of wanting to express our appreciation and happiness to another person."
To express that appreciation, the six young men decided to do the same for other customers. They each handed money to the waitress to put towards a table's bill the next morning, football player Taylor McCarty said.
"The funny thing is we did not do it to be recognized, just to return the favor," McCarty added. "It was so awesome to hear that our small act of kindness resulted in another 30 people paying it forward."
In addition the the 30 people continuing the trend the following day, even more than 30 contributed to the jar that the restaurant staff was using to pay customer bills Thursday.
“Everyone was shocked when we would tell them their bill was paid and they would keep leaving more money,” said Gageby. “It feels great to be part of a community that’s so willing to pay it forward.”
This happens about once a week, Gageby said, but it has never happened on this large of a scale. It was the story of the six football players that “had such an effect” on everybody.
"Hearing about what they did doesn't surprise me. They're all great young men," football coach Chris Bell said of his players. "They are great role models as student athletes."
Gageby added: “We were just really proud of them."
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — A California mother was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of her husband.
Julie Harper, 42, cried after the jury announced its verdict. The jury reached its decision after five hours of deliberating.
A judge declared a mistrial last year after a different jury was deadlocked on whether to convict Harper in the killing of her husband Jason, a high school math teacher and volleyball coach. They have three children together.
In both trials, the Carlsbad mother of three took the stand, telling the jury her husband was verbally and physically abusive.
She admitted to killing Jason, but claimed it was self-defense.
The gun used to kill Jason Harper has never been recovered.
During the trial, jurors test-fired a handgun similar to the one Harper says she used in the shooting. The handgun requires 10 pounds of pressure to fire, according to a firearms expert.
San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said Harper’s account of the shooting didn’t add up.
“The jury was able to see through Julie Harper’s lies,” Watanabe said.
Her attorney, Paul Joseph Pfingst, expressed disappointment in the jury’s findings.
“I think we’re still in a place where there are preconceptions about how a battered wife should behave, and if she doesn’t behave that way. … I think that’s something that is difficult to explain to people still,” Pfingst said.
Harper faces 40 years to life in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for November.
iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Five-month-old Aavielle Wakefield -- who was shot to death in Cleveland earlier this month -- was laid to rest on Thursday, with her heartbroken family crying as they walked behind her tiny, white coffin on the way to her gravesite.
On the night of Oct. 1, Aavielle was in her car seat riding with family when shots rang out. A bullet tore through the car door and into her chest.
Her grandmother frantically called 911, trying to get help, saying: “I need the police. I need an ambulance. Someone is shooting at our car, and they shot the baby!" But it was too late.
Aavielle was the third child under age six fatally shot in Cleveland in just over a month -– a 5-year-old and 3-year-old were also killed in drive-by shootings.Police Chief Calvin Williams says these kids are innocent victims in the epidemic of murders plaguing that city.
Cleveland’s murder rate has jumped 27 percent from last year. And Cleveland is not unique. Major cities like Baltimore, Houston, Washington, DC and Dallas are all experiencing double-digit spikes in homicide this year, and too often, officials say, the very young are caught in the crossfire.
In the days since her murder, media coverage and police statements have helped make Aavielle into something of a symbol of the young, innocent victims of gun violence in Cleveland. Her murder brought Williams to tears.
“Our babies are caught in the crossfire,” Williams said. “When are we going to stop counting dead babies out there on the street?”
FBI statistics show that from 2010 through 2013, firearm homicides took the lives of 439 children under the age of 12. The total rises to 1,437 when you add people from age 12-16. These are the latest stats available, and don’t reflect the sudden spike in homicides in major cities in 2015.
Chicago U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon spoke passionately about how young people are being cut down in his city late last month.
“These are our kids. These are our neighborhoods,” Fardon said. “This problem hits the heart of who we are, and who we want to be, as a city. We cannot abide our Chicago being one where it’s okay for kids to die and entire neighborhoods to cocoon in fear.”
Fardon, Williams and other law enforcement officials blame a resurgence of violent gangs on city streets for much of the violence. Williams said that social media disputes, turf battles, drug disputes and personal vendettas often spark drive-by shootings, like the one that killed Aavielle.
“This should not be happening in our city,” Williams said. “We’ve got to do something about it.”
iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- A police dispatcher from Green Bay helped save a Wisconsin teenager when her gas pedal stuck, all caught in 911 audio.
Olivia Crooks, 16, said she left her high school parking lot in her car on Tuesday afternoon and then realized she had lost control of the vehicle.
"I was terrified," Crooks told ABC News. "I had no idea what I was going to do. I thought the only way I was going to stop my car was to get into a car accident or just crash."
It was a harrowing experience that lasted 7 to 10 minutes for the young driver who has had her license since January.
"I heard a crack," Crooks told local TV station WLUK in Green Bay. "My gas pedal got stuck so I tried to press my brake to see if I could stop my car but I could not."
As Crooks' 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2006, which the family bought used last year, picked up speed, it reached 60 miles an hour down a busy street, she said. When she called 911, dispatcher Julia Robak answered.
"First of all, I think Olivia did an amazing job," Robak told ABC News. "I have two 14-year-old twins. I give her credit at 16 for being as calm as she was, calling 911, going to an area that was not so busy, and trusting in the fact that I was doing everything I could to help her."
Crooks headed to a cul-de-sac, where she hoped she could drive in circles until the car ran out of gas. But once Crooks told Robak the car was an automatic vehicle, the dispatcher told the teen to shift the car to "neutral."
"Don’t pump the brakes," Robak said as general advice to those in a similar situation with an automatic transmission. "You should press them."
Robak advised Crooks to apply firm, constant pressure, and not to pump the brakes when she was in neutral.
Though the tires began to smoke, eventually the car stopped and Crooks was not injured. Robak said the call lasted no more than 3 minutes.
Crooks' mother, Lori, told WLUK, "I am so thankful today."
"It could've been a lot worse than it was," Lori Crooks said. "I'm just glad it ended up the way it did."
As for Robak's cool head, she credits her training with the Brown County Public Safety.
"I think our center does wonderful things with training and preparing us to take these kind of calls. I also have a great team that is encouraging and supporting. They never want us to fail. We do the best that we can do," Robak said.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database shows no complaints about accelerator pedals for the Chrysler PT Cruiser.
A spokesman for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said in a statement, "FCA US LLC has no reports of any similar occurrence. The Company is relieved no-one was injured and commends the parties involved for their actions.”
Frio County Sheriff's Office(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas police officers found 39 undocumented immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler truck, and the dramatic rescue was caught on the body cameras worn by officers.
A federal grand jury indicted Drew Christopher Potter, 33, on Wednesday for his alleged involvement, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain and three substantive counts of transportation of undocumented aliens.
If convicted on each count, he will face up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
Frio County sheriff deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a 911 call on Sept. 18 reporting multiple people exiting a trailer of a semi truck parked outside a convenience store along Interstate 35 South, police said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Potter, and inside the trailer 28 adult males, seven adult females and four minors who were from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, police said. They were later transported to Laredo and are in custody with the U.S. Border Patrol, police said.
“The driver was just standing there, not a care in the world,” Sgt. Jerry Reyna told ABC News affiliate KSAT-TV in San Antonio. Reyna said he believes the group was trapped for four to five hours inside the trailer.
In the video captured by the police body cam, Potter says he was paid to simply drive the truck and that’s it.
Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson said, “HSI is dedicated to working closely with its law enforcement partners in all arenas in pursuit of identifying, arresting and prosecuting individuals involved in human smuggling.”
WKRN-TV(GULF SHORES, Tenn.) -- Tennessee honeymooners experienced two acts of kindness in one day when their car broke down and strangers paid for their repairs.
Whitney and Sean Moore of Columbia were on their honeymoon in Gulf Shores, Alabama, after their Sept. 25 wedding when their car broke down. They had the hood of the car popped open in a hotel parking lot when a couple approached them offering to help, Sean Moore told ABC News on Thursday.
Although they were unable to get the car started, the couple offered the Moores, both 25, money to help with the repair costs.
“I don’t know if they just felt bad and saw the 'just married' sign but they ended up giving us $100 and wished us a happy life,” he said.
His wife added: “I didn’t even know what to say when it happened. It all happened so fast and then when they handed Sean and I the money, it was unbelievable.”
After finding a reliable mechanic, Sean Moore said they had the car towed to the Gulf Shores Service Center where the couple waited while it was being fixed. When the car was ready after about an hour and a half, the couple tried paying for their bill but were told it had already been covered.
“It was kind of emotional. It was happy, overwhelming,” he said.
Whitney Moore added, “I immediately started crying. I was at a loss for words. Something great had already happened and I couldn’t believe that someone else went ahead and paid for the bill.”
The couple does not know who covered their bill or why, and the mechanics refused to tell them. But they suspect it may have been the owner of the service center or the other customer waiting for his car because they knew the newlyweds were on their honeymoon, Whitney Moore said.
“It was just amazing to have wonderful blessings back to back,” she said. “It’s unbelievable.”
Sabrina Pugsley (OAK RIDGE, N.J.) -- More than $15,000 has been raised by a campaign to get Pedals, a bear who roams a New Jersey town walking upright like a human due to injuries, a home at a wildlife sanctuary in New York.
The black bear, who is missing his right front paw and whose left front paw "just dangles uselessly" has been spotted and filmed walking on his hind legs around Oak Ridge, N.J., for over a year now, according to resident Sabrina Pugsley, who started a Facebook and GoFundMe page for Pedals.
"When he was first spotted last year, we were all hoping that it was a minor injury and that he would heal, but he's still not OK," Pugsley told ABC News. "You can see that walking upright is taking a toll on him. He can't run, climb or defend himself or even eat properly."
The Orphaned Wildlife Center, a nonprofit wildlife rescue and sanctuary in Otisville, N.Y., recently learned about Pedals and contacted Pugsley with an offer last week, according to board member Kerry Clair.
"From looking at videos and photos of Pedals, he appears to be severely underweight going into winter," Clair told ABC News. "Our second concern is that bears don't typically come to residential areas unless they're starving. And because he's missing his paw and can't walk right, how can he even dig himself a den and defend himself from other larger, aggressive bears?"
The center added that after "critical evaluation" it decided that it could take Pedals in and possibly rehabilitate the black bear by building an enclosure and specialized den for him.
The goal of $15,000 was reached this past Wednesday, according to Pedals' GoFundMe page, but the center is still waiting to get approval from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for Pedals' transfer.
Last Friday, the division wrote on Facebook that its "biologists believe it is best not to intervene or make attempts to capture this bear" but if "the condition and health of the bear clearly deteriorates" then biologists would respond accordingly.
A spokesman for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife told ABC News on Thursday that the division is now aware of the Orphaned Wildlife Center's offer and is "currently reviewing the situation."
The Orphaned Wildlife Center is currently caring for 12 adult bears, including one named Frankie, who has been rehabilitated after being in a coma due to a car accident that also killed Frankie's mom.
Disney(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- Two parents are getting attention for saying "let it go" to gender stereotypes this Halloween.
Paul Henson of Chesapeake, Va., posted a photo to Facebook of his three-year-old son Caiden in his Princess Elsa Halloween dress from the Disney movie Frozen.
Henson explained why he allowed his son to dress up as a princess in the caption underneath the photo.
"Keep your masculine bulls--t and slutty kids costumes, Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters," said Henson. "Just so happens, this week his is a princess."
Henson also revealed that he will be dressing up as fellow "Frozen" character Princess Anna at his son's request.
"He also wants me to be Anna. Game on," Henson wrote.
Caiden's mother Ashley Ramage responded to the outpour of support that she and Henson have received since the Facebook post went viral, saying that she "never in a million years expected this much love & support via social media."
"When Caiden said he wanted to be Elsa for Halloween we didn't think twice about it," wrote Ramage. "We knew there would be people who didn't agree with it, but there is no way we are going to let him think he is wrong for wanting to be his favorite character for Halloween."
"One day he may look back, laugh, & be like 'omg i cant believe you let me do that,' or he may look back one day and say 'thank you mom & dad for letting me be myself,'" Ramage continued. "Either way, I will never regret or feel bad about allowing him to figure out who he is on his own."