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Police search for thieves carjacking UPS trucks, stealing packages

Police are searching for at least two people they say are robbing delivery trucks and getting away with packages in Atlanta.

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Police said the thieves watch for UPS trucks to leave distribution centers, then carjack them and steal the packages.

“It’s like they took the script right off of a movie and that’s why it’s important that we get these guys off the street,” Atlanta police Detective Benjamin King said.

A surveillance photo shows a possible suspect who police say may have been part of a carjacking and armed robbery of a UPS driver earlier this month.

The driver had just pulled off from a distribution center on Fulton Industrial Boulevard on Oct. 30 around 10 a.m.

As the UPS driver pulled up to the intersection of Fulton Industrial and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, someone opened his passenger door.

“He said he saw his passenger door slide open and he saw a black male brandish a weapon, then jump inside of his UPS vehicle,” King said.

Police said the robber forced the driver to take him to an abandoned apartment complex near Hyacinth Avenue.

Investigators said there was an empty U-Haul truck there waiting.

“At that point in time they had the UPS driver lay to the ground where they pointed a weapon to the back of his head, then they started to unload the stuff from the UPS truck to the U-Haul truck,” King said.

As police were investigating that case, a group of people did the same thing in the same area to a different UPS driver Tuesday morning.

“It’s very similar and we are actually looking into it right now,” King said.

No drivers were injured in the robberies. 

If you recognize the man in the photo, call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

AR-15 raffled off by youth football league in North Carolina

A raffle to give away an AR-15 was streamed live on Facebook with the Optimist pee wee football team from Stanley, North Carolina.

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The money was to help the team go on a trip and players were encouraged to thank those who bought a ticket to possibly win the AR-15.

"It just blew my mind, right," a father, Brandon Jenkins, said.

Willard Whitted is a gun owner, but he said this was a bad idea.

"Thought it was terrible that they would even think of doing something like that," Whitted said.

He said scores of people are killed when a gun of that type gets into the wrong hands.

"Find something else to raffle off," he said.

"I just donated the money," Mark Kee, who gave cash to help raise money.

He did not buy a ticket in the raffle.

"Where are the adults in charge of this?” Kee said. “Have they been watching the news? Do they know what's going on?"

The football coach, Ron Nolan, said a pawn shop owner donated the gun.

"Nothing is done illegally,” Nolan said. “It will change hands to a law-abiding citizen that passes a serious background check."

Damien Lockridge's son played on the team last year and believes raffling off the gun is the right thing to do.

He said the team uses the money from the raffle to help families pay for a trip to a playoff.

"They have to raise money somehow,” Lockridge said. “This is the only way to do it. I think it’s a great idea."

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Firefighters help paramedic beat up estranged wife's friend, police say

Two firefighters and a paramedic are facing charges after authorities accused them of breaking into a home in Eustis, Florida, Monday night and assaulting the people inside.

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Police said the victim told her husband, the paramedic, that their marriage was over and he had to move out a few weeks ago.

Investigators said Michael Amedeo got two of his firefighter friends, Michael Downs and Cody Wages, to help him attacked his estranged wife and her male friend.

Investigators said Wages and Downs pushed their way into the home and attacked the man.

Police said Amedeo joined in on the attack and the three men allegedly pulled the friend out of the home and beat him up in the yard.

The wife tried to call 911, but Amedeo grabbed the phone and threw it, according to police.

Amedeo is also facing domestic violence charges.

Amedeo is a former Lake County firefighter, but sources told Channel 9 he now works as a paramedic.

Wages works for Osceola County Fire Rescue and Downs works for Eustis Fire and Rescue.

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The woman’s injuries included a broken hand and bruises, police said.

The firefighters have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Authorities said the men had been drinking before carrying out the alleged attack.

Killer details brutal murder, final minutes of NY jogger in police video

The accused killer of New York jogger Karina Vetrano was in court Monday, and a videotaped confession detailed the violet final moments of Vetrano’s life as her family listened and sobbed, the New York Post reported.

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Chanel Lewis, 21, calmly confessed to killing Vetrano on Aug. 2, 2016 in a video that was played during a pre-trial hearing Monday to determine if it will be admissible as evidence. Police claim Lewis killed the 30-year-old woman while she out running in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach, Queens.

The attack was brutal. Lewis reportedly broke her teeth and kept beating her until she lost consciousness, then strangled her. He told police, “I was mad; I saw red.”

Lewis said he grabbed Vetrano as she ran by him and that she clawed at his face as he hit her five times, rendering her unconscious.

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“She didn’t yell. She was finished,” Lewis reportedly said in the video. “I finished her off, I strangled her. She fell into the puddle and drowned. I got up and wiped off the blood. And she was calm, she was in the pool [of water]. It was like all the way over [her face].”

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Before he confessed, Lewis told a detective that he was sorry for what he did and that he wanted to change his life. He insisted that he did not sexually assault Vetrano, even she was found with her jogging shorts pulled down.

“I didn’t do any of the stuff they said, sexual assault and stuff like that,” he told cops, the Post reported.

In the video, Lewis also seemed to think that even though he had admitted to killing Vetrano, he would be able to go on with his life and not face jail time.

“I can straighten out my stuff?” he asked the prosecutor. “Well you’re the DA right? Where do we go from here? Is there a restitution program or something?”

Lewis was asked why he attacked Vetrano, and he gave the perplexing response: “Because a guy moved into [his] house and the neighborhood.”

The victim’s father, Philip Vetrano, said he felt “a lot of anger” and that he lashed out at Lewis’ relatives before he and his family left court in an unmarked police car, the Post reported.

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“His family left the room,” Philip Vetrano said. “They couldn’t listen to his confession. We know where the coward got his cowardliness from. The truth hurts. It’s pathetic. It’s just so tomorrow they can say their offspring is not guilty.”

Lewis’ family did not answer questions, the Post reported.

Trump supports embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ‘He totally denies it’

President Donald Trump finally addressed sexual assault and harassment allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday while speaking to reporters ahead of his departure for Mar-a-Lago, essentially saying he supports Moore in spite of the accusations.

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“We don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat,” the president said, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant U.S. Senate seat that Moore is running for, and adding that Moore “totally denies” the accusations.

Trump also said, “40 years is a long time,” referring to when the alleged incidents with the underage girls happened.

The president went on to encourage voters not to support Democratic candidate Doug Jones, adding that he is soft on crime and on border protection.

While Trump did not say whether he believes Moore is innocent, he did suggest he’s deciding whether to campaign for him.

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Trump’s comments came on the heals of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s apparent endorsement of Roy earlier this week.

“I’m telling you we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” Conway said. “And the media — if the media were really concerned about all these allegations, and that’s what this was truly about … Al Franken would be on the ash heap of bygone half-funny comedians. He wouldn’t be here on Capitol Hill. He still has his job. What’s Bob Menendez doing back here? That’s the best my state of New Jersey can do?”

Moore has been accused by seven women of sexual misconduct. With the exception of one woman who was 18 at the time, all of his accusers were underage when he allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted them with the youngest being just 14 years old at the time. One of his accusers was even in the same high school sophomore class as his wife, whom Moore admitted to first noticing when she was 15 or 16-years-old when she was performing in a dance recital.

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“When I was deputy district attorney, many years before we got married, I saw her at a dance recital and I was standing, oh, at the back of the auditorium and I saw her up front,” he recalled at the time. “I remember her name, it was Kayla Kisor. KK. But I remember that and I didn’t meet her there … it was, oh gosh, eight years later or something, I met her. And when she told me her name, I remembered.”

Reports: Uber paid hackers to keep the data breach quiet

Uber reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to remove the data of 57 million customers they stole in a massive 2016 data breach, according to Bloomberg.

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Names, phone numbers and email address were among the data stolen. Around 600,000 driver’s license numbers belonging to Uber drivers were also compromised in the October 2016 breach.

Social security numbers appear not to have been stolen in the breach.

Uber executives reportedly concealed the hack for over a year and have been terminated, according to BuzzFeed.

Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company’s handling of the data theft in a blog post that said there’s no evidence the stolen information has been misused.

The company released a statement Tuesday on the 2016 attack.

The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.

Read more at Bloomberg.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Armed man records Facebook Live during police pursuit

A man arrested after a Dayton police pursuit and crash recorded himself on Facebook, pointing a gun as he was being pursued by Dayton police. 

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A citizen who claims to have seen the Facebook Live of the chase before the post was taken down sent the Facebook video to WHIO.com Tuesday morning. 

In the video, King Turner, 19, of Trotwood, Ohio, can be seen pointing a gun while driving fast and making quick turns, crossing a bridge before finally crashing and bailing out of the car. 

At the end of the video, you see a police officer pick up the cellphone as it continues to record.

Turner was arrested after the pursuit and crash on Tennyson Avenue on Nov. 10, according to a Dayton police report.

Turner was found hiding in a home on Shaftesbury Road a few minutes later.

He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail Tuesday afternoon, facing charges of improper handling of a firearm, receiving stolen property, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and a parole violation. 

'Saturday Night Live' women defend Sen. Al Franken after groping allegations

More than 30 women who worked with Sen. Al Franken on “Saturday Night Live,” defended the embattled lawmaker in an open later Tuesday, writing that while working with him “not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior.”

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The women, including former SNL cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, writers and producers, wrote that they felt “compelled to stand up for Al Franken” in the wake of allegations that he forced himself on Los Angeles news anchor Leeann Tweeden in 2006.

Franken apologized after Tweeden made her allegations public last week in a blog post for KABC.

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“What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public,” the letter said.

“In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.”

Franken worked on “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and a featured player from 1977 to 1980 and from 1988 to 1995.

Tweeden said last week that she was forcibly kissed by Franken, who was a radio host for Air America at the time, and groped in her sleep during a USO tour in 2006. She shared an image of herself sleeping as Franken’s hands hovered over her chest as evidence of the incident.

Franken apologized and called for an ethics investigation into the incident.

"I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter," Franken said in a statement released Thursday. "There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn't funny. It's completely inappropriate. It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture."

A second woman came forward Monday, accusing Franken of groping her as they posed for a photo at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

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Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken, “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, (Franken) put his hand full-fledged on my rear.”

In a statement to CNN, Franken said he didn’t remember taking the photo but that he felt “badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”

When is the best/worst time to leave if you are traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s what Google says

If you are traveling this holiday weekend you have probably already mapped out your route, but do you know the best time to leave so you can avoid the Thanksgiving rush?

With Thanksgiving being the most traveled holiday of the year, at times it can feel like everyone who is traveling is in front of you as you sit in slow-moving traffic.So, when is the best time to leave to get a jump on traffic in your area? Google’s here to help. The search engine has designed a chart based on travel data collected during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. It used the information to determine the best times to leave certain metropolitan areas to avoid the heaviest traffic.

Here are the best and the worst times to travel from major U.S. cities for Thanksgiving.

  • Atlanta – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Boston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Charlotte – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Chicago – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cleveland – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Dallas – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Denver – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Detroit – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Houston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Los Angeles – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Miami – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Minneapolis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • New York – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Orlando – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Philadelphia – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Phoenix – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Pittsburgh – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Portland – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Raleigh – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Sacramento – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • San Francisco – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Seattle – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • St. Louis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tampa – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Washington DC – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
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