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vzwer/iStock(MEBANE, N.C.) -- An 11-year-old boy, who was home alone when three people broke into his family's North Carolina residence, turned the tables on the alleged criminals when he got ahold of a machete and whacked one of them in the head, officials said.

But now the boy's family is demanding answers from the Orange County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office about how the alleged home invader slipped out of their grasp when he walked away from a hospital after being treated for injuries caused in the confrontation with young Braydon Smith, who authorities described as a local youth baseball star and a "very tough kid."

"It was infuriating," Braydon's mother, Kaitlin Johnson, told ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina. "This guy that could have killed my child..."

The suspect, Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, was arrested just after 1 p.m. on Sunday in Burlington, North Carolina, more than 40 hours after he was spotted on surveillance video walking out of the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill with his head heavily bandaged and wearing a hospital gown, authorities said.

The terrifying ordeal occurred about 11 a.m. Friday, when Braydon was alone in his home in Mebane, North Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Chapel Hill.

Johnson, who lives in another state, was on the phone with her son when someone knocked on the front door of the Mebane house. Johnson told WTVD that she heard one of the intruders say the house was empty.

Sheriff's officials said that when the alleged robbers entered the house they discovered Braydon alone. Hall allegedly picked up a pellet gun he found in the house, took Braydon's phone and forced the boy into a bedroom closet before he and his accomplices allegedly proceeded to ransack the residence, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office.

"The juvenile, who is a star baseball player on several area teams, left the closet and was able to gain access to a machete. He entered the living room behind the intruder, swung the machete, and struck the man in the back of the head," the statement reads.

Hall responded by kicking the boy in the stomach and knocking him against a couch, authorities said. But Braydon quickly scrambled to his feet and charged after Hall again, swinging the machete but missing.

"The intruder then kicked the child in the side of the head and turned to grab several items, including a television and a PlayStation. At this point, the intruder realized he was bleeding significantly from the machete strike. He dropped the electronics, exited the residence, and all three suspects fled the home," according to the sheriff's office.

Johnson said she managed to hear about 12 minutes of the confrontation on her phone, then called a relative in North Carolina, who in turn called 911.

"It was horrifying. There's no other way to put it," Johnson said of hearing the confrontation on the phone. "I didn't know that he [Braydon] would be OK."

Sheriff's deputies raced to the home and found Braydon safe. They quickly put out an all-points bulletin and alerted local hospitals to be on the lookout for the wounded suspect.

“Not only did this youngster thwart the larceny attempt, he created blood evidence that very well may lead to a conviction in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood told reporters on Friday before Hall escaped. "This is a very tough kid who kept his wits about him. At the same time, I want to reflect that this youngster, his family, and indeed this community, are very lucky this event did not have a tragic ending for the child.”

Hall showed up at the UNC Hospital in Hillsborough about 1 p.m. on Friday. Hospital staff treated him for a gash on the back of his head and alerted the sheriff's office, hospital spokesman Phil Bridges said in a statement.

When Hall's condition worsened, he was transferred to the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill for further treatment.

"This patient was admitted to the ED [Emergency Department], but was in the legal custody of the Orange County Sheriff's Department which did not place an officer with him," Bridges said. "In similar situations, hospital staff will often alert law enforcement personnel when a suspect patient is discharged, but they remain the legal responsibility of law enforcement.

"It is the responsibility of law enforcement to closely monitor the status of suspects in their custody while those patients are receiving medical treatment," Bridges added. "UNC Hospitals personnel are working with the Sheriff's Department to offer them assistance in this matter."

The sheriff's office said in a statement on Sunday prior to Hall's arrest that it notified the hospital police to alert them prior to discharging Hall. Deputies planned to "pick Hall up and take him before a magistrate where warrants would be served," according to the sheriff's department statement.

But Hall allegedly walked out of the hospital at 8:23 p.m., and vanished.

Sheriff Blackwood said in a statement on Sunday that his agency wasn't notified that Hall left the hospital until 6:26 a.m. on Saturday. He said a nurse wrote on Hall's medical chart that he left the hospital against medical advice, but apparently never told hospital police.

Blackwood said Hall, according to a hospital police officer, told the nurse he "needed to leave because the police were going to be looking for him."

"I am concerned about the amount of misinformation I am reading regarding this case," Blackwell said in his statement. "First of all, Jataveon Hall was never in the custody of our office."

He said that when his agency was initially alerted that Hall was at the Hillsborough hospital, no warrant had been issued for him at that time.

"Hall was only a suspect and there was no legal authority to hold him in custody," Blackwell said.

Later Friday, a magistrate issued multiple warrants stemming from the break-in, charging Hall with breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications, and assault on a child younger than 12.

The other two suspects have not been arrested, and investigators are trying to identify them.

Braydon's aunt, Ashley Matthews, told WTVD that no one seems to be taking responsibility for Hall's escape.

"Who is responsible for allowing this criminal to walk out of UNC Hospital?" Matthews said. "We want to know who it is, and we want somebody to take responsibility."

Chief Deputy Jamison Sykes defended his agency, echoing Sheriff Blackwood's statement that the agency was never told Hall left the hospital until hours after he departed.

“Our agency is very concerned about the events in this case. Effective immediately, we will institute policy changes necessary to protect the public in situations like this," Sykes said in a statement. "We expected to be notified prior to Hall’s discharge. When Hall left the hospital Friday evening against medical advice, we certainly should have been notified. But most concerning of all is that hospital police did not even know Hall had left the premises almost ten hours prior. Indeed, Hall's absence was only discovered when we placed a phone call to them."

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Lansing Police Department(LANSING, Mich.) -- A Michigan police department has released body camera footage that appears to show an officer striking a 16-year-old runaway they were apprehending to return to a youth center.

Officers from the Lansing Police Department were called on Friday morning after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a resident asking police to pick up two teens who had escaped from an in-county youth center, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski told reporters during a news conference on Friday.

The teens, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were being housed at the center for probation violations, and police had warrants to re-detain them, Yankowski said. Officers had been looking for them in the same area the day before, Yankowski said.

When officers arrived to the neighborhood, they spotted two people who matched the teens' descriptions who "took off running" once the officers identified themselves, Yankowski said.

Body camera footage from officer Bailey Ueberroth begins as he chases the 16-year-old girl through a residential neighborhood in Lansing. After Ueberroth handcuffs her, they walk together back to his patrol car, and she begins shouting at people on the street before slipping out of her handcuffs.

Another officer then comes to assist re-securing the handcuffs as the teen and Ueberroth struggle on the ground, the video shows, and the teen continues to yell at the onlookers on the street.

"I didn't put my hands on her," she screams in frustration. "You called the police for no reason."

The teen then falls to the ground, causing the officers to carry her back to the patrol car by her legs and arms, the video shows.

Once she was placed in the backseat, she extended her right leg to prevent the officers from closing the car door.

 PHOTO: Body camera footage from the Lansing Police Department shows an officer striking a 16-year-old girl who had escaped from a youth home on probation violation charges on Friday, June 14, 2019. Lansing Police Department

The teen could be heard yelling at the officer to stop hitting her, but she continued to hold the car door open with her foot, telling officers "no" when they told her to put her leg in the car.

"I ain't doing s---," the teen says as multiple people on the street admonish the officers for how they handled the situation.

Once the officers finally close the door, Ueberroth starts the car and drives away as the teen cries in the backseat.

The 15-year-old male was also captured and returned to the youth center, Yankowski said. He did damage to another patrol car by kicking it, Yankowski added.

Officers are permitted to use force that is "objectively reasonable," and this case will be thoroughly reviewed, Yankowski said.

Ueberroth has been with the department for six months and Howley has been with the department for a year, police said in a press release. They have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts the internal investigation.

The girl was not injured in the incident and did not require medical attention when she returned to the youth center, according to the police chief.

Both officers suffered minor scrapes and cuts and one of the officers strained a hand, Yankowski said.

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Miami-Dade County Department Of Corrections(MIAMI) -- A Miami Beach woman was arrested on Saturday for jabbing at and stomping on a sea turtle nest.

Yaqun Lu, 41, crossed into an area of the beach that was cordoned off by wooden stakes and tape to protect the nest and began digging at it with one of the stakes, police told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.

She then began "jabbing at a sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest," the Miami Beach Police Department said.

Lu was arrested and has been charged with harassing/molesting a marine turtle or eggs, according to jail records. The crime is a third-degree felony in Florida and she could face a hefty fine if found guilty.

She is being held on $5,000 bond.

Lu is a Chinese national, but lives in Michigan, according to WPLG.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials inspected the nest and said the eggs were not damaged in the odd outburst.

Sea turtles, depending on the species, are listed as either endangered or threatened and are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act. Anyone who handles sea turtles or their eggs, such as for scientific or educational purposes, must be licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Loggerhead, green and leatherback marine turtles all lay eggs on Miami Beach, according to the city.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- A Texas police officer died after suffering a medical emergency, falling and seriously injuring his head Friday. The news, released Saturday afternoon, was a shocking turn from what authorities initially said was suspected to be a fatal shooting of a uniformed officer.

Sgt. Keith Shepherd, of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, was found dead in his police vehicle at a downtown Fort Worth parking garage at about 9 p.m. local time on Friday. The garage was located just across the street from Tarrant County Jail, where Shepherd worked, and the sheriff's office. Police said at the time he was found that it was reported as a shooting by the first people on scene.

By Saturday, officials said Shepherd was outside of his vehicle when he suffered a medical emergency and injured his head when he fell to the ground. However, he was apparently able to pull himself into his car before he died.

The medical examiner said Shepherd's cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in his lungs.

"What I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office," Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said at a press conference Saturday. "He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father."

The amount of blood both inside and outside of Shepherd's car led to the original belief he had been shot, Waybourn said.

Shepherd had gone to lunch Friday and never returned, according to the sheriff.

"He was found in his vehicle with blood outside the vehicle and blood inside the vehicle," Waybourn said. "And nobody knows what happened there. And the officers that found him immediately began to do emergency medical procedures on him."

He was pronounced dead at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Shepherd was a 19-year veteran of the force.

"We lost one of our own last night," Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. "Sgt. Keith Shepherd dedicated his life to standing between evil and good. He was a 19yr veteran of our Detention Bureau and will always be a part of our family. Please pray for his family as they struggle with this loss and for the TCSO."

Shepherd is one of two police officers in Tarrant County who died suddenly on Friday.

Caleb Rainey, 25, of the North Richland Hills Police Department, died from an unspecified illness, according to the department. They also sent their condolences to Shepherd.

"As we mourn the loss of one of our own, we learn of another hero down," North Richland Hills police said on Twitter. "Sgt. Shepherd, your legacy of dedication to your community won’t be forgotten."

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Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just days ahead of the 25th anniversary of his arrest on charges he murdered his ex-wife and her friend, O.J. Simpson has launched a Twitter account and says he’s "got a little getting even to do."

The inaugural post of the 71-year-old NFL Hall of Famer, who was famously acquitted of the murder charges in the "Trial of the Century" only to be sent to prison a decade later over a botched robbery, was a shaky video titled “Coming soon,” in which he sports a blue sweater and a bright smile with palm trees visible in the background. By Saturday evening, the video had been viewed almost 5 million times.

"Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly. Coming soon to Twitter, you'll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything," said Simpson. His account @TherealOJ32, has already amassed nearly 250k followers in just 24 hours.

"It should be a lot of fun. I've got a little getting even to do," he said.

A quarter-century after Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were found dead, and Simpson’s subsequent acquittal, Simpson remains an object of enormous fascination.

In September 2007, Simpson led a group of men into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to steal what he claims was his own sports memorabilia at gunpoint. Simpson was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery.

In 2008, Simpson was found guilty in the botched robbery and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. In July 2017, Simpson was granted parole, and that October was released from the Lovelock Correctional Institute in Nevada.

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iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Father's Day weekend will be a wet one for a large portion of the eastern half of the country.

The radar on Saturday morning shows a couple areas of storms from the Plains through the Midwest and into parts of the interior Northeast. Storms are occasionally turning severe in parts of Kansas and northern Oklahoma, where wind gusts over 60 mph, along with some hail, will remain.

The storms are primarily being driven by disturbances slowly moving northeast across the central U.S. this weekend. The first round of severe weather Saturday mainly exists across parts of the Midwest from Kansas to Indiana.

Then, later in the day, as another disturbance forms in the southern High Plains, more storms will form across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, as well as extreme southern Kansas. In all cases, the main threat for severe weather will include damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible across parts of the Midwest, but remain fairly unlikely.

Storms developing across the interior Northeast are unlikely to be severe, but some of the storms could produce an occasional strong wind gust.

On Sunday, the severe threat will slide into parts of central Oklahoma and northern Texas, including Oklahoma City and Texas (Wichita Falls and Abilene). Once again, the main threat will be damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible, but remain fairly unlikely.

The disturbances that are forming in this region of the country are due to cooler and drier Canadian air clashing with the warmer Gulf moisture in the central and eastern U.S. Stubborn high pressure is steering these storms from Texas to Maine through the next several days.

Unfortunately, this weather pattern will result in rounds of storms across the Plains and Midwest. Due to the slow-moving nature of the pattern for a few days, there is increasing potential for flash flooding. The first area of concern will be along Interstate 40 from Missouri to Pennsylvania, including areas like Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. Locally, over 4 inches of rain are possible through the weekend.

Then, rounds of storms will move across parts of the southern U.S., including areas of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, beginning on Sunday and lasting into part of next week.

Parts of the South, especially Oklahoma and Arkansas, have had a very challenging spring so far. Little Rock, Arkansas, for example, has received 11.42 inches more rain than average so far in 2019. Tulsa, Oklahoma, also has received over 11 inches of rain more than average. Many waterways in parts of this region have just receded from the flood stage due to the very wet spring in the last week.

Given that, the ground remains quite saturated and with more copious amounts of rain headed for the area, flooding looks to remain a concern for the region.

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iStock (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nine black people were shot dead at a bible study by a racist gunman hoping to start a race war.

After the terrible tragedy, some of the victim's family members tried to apply their faith quickly in extraordinary ways, according the church's pastor Rev. Eric Manning, who told ABC News that he saw the strength in families’ right after the shooting.

During the shooter’s bond hearing which occurred days after the shooting, a family member told the shooter she forgave him.

"We have not seen that level of forgiveness so quickly. Usually, of course, it takes some people some time, and I said before some members of Mother Emmanuel have not even gotten there yet,” Manning told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

Manning, as well as those affected by two other mass shootings at American houses of worship, sat down with ABC News while they were in the nation's capital.

At a briefing last month, an FBI counterterrorism official said the bureau is seeing an increase in "people who advocate for the supremacy of the white race." Since the Pittsburgh shooting, where the gunman allegedly shouted anti-Semitic threats as he killed worshipers, the bureau has seen a 30% increase involving these types of cases. The FBI tracks hate crimes, and religion is one of the primary categories. People of faith were targeted in nearly 21% of cases in 2017, according to the FBI.

These leaders came to Washington, D.C., to speak at the National Cathedral with religious leaders in the city about how to prepare their own congregations for a targeted attack and how to rebuild afterward. The event was organized by the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Allan Hausman, the vice president of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed in October 2018, told ABC News that "people are scared right now" and every similar shooting reopens old wounds.

"It essentially just opens the wounds again. It's really, really hard to see your folks almost reliving the entire event right when they were getting to a point where they were beginning to learn how to deal with it," he said.

Sadly, these congregations still receive threats frequently and felt the need to beef up security in their houses of worship.

Frank Pomeroy, the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, said their congregation constantly gets threats from conspiracy theorists who personally attack him and say the shooting was an effort to take away guns. Some even theorize about his daughter Annabelle, one of 26 churchgoers who were killed in November 2017.

"I have been told by some that Annabel never existed. And by some [that] I've human trafficked her away," Pomeroy said.

Some threats allegedly came from Jodie Mann and Robert Ussery, who prosecutors say go by the names Conspiracy Granny and Side Thorn. Both are now facing federal gun charges and county trespassing charges.

The threats have led to a financial cost, Manning said, "So it comes out of our tithing offerings and as part of the operating costs of the church."

"We have security protocol that details what to do when we receive emails that are threatening," Manning continued.

But with all the pain and challenges, the worship leaders have been struck by the resilience of their congregations.

"How do you heal? You watch others that inspire you. I watch Jenni, who had her 18-month-old baby in her arms and lost her and her husband, and I see she gets up every day," Frank Pomeroy's wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said.

"How can I disappoint Jenni and not get up and heal? I can just honor those that have gone ahead by walking in their footsteps," she said.

And through that forgiveness comes hope.

"If we stop spreading hope, then we let evil win," Sherri Pomeroy said.

"If you choose hope and mercy and grace over pessimism and hate and divisiveness," Frank Pomeroy added, "you're going to heal and you're going to be able to move forward."

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iStock(CORONA, Calif.) -- One person was killed and two others critically injured after an off-duty police officer opened fire inside a southern California Costco Friday night, police said.

The shooting took place after an argument and was not an active shooter situation, a Corona Police spokesperson told reporters at a press conference.

The police officer was assaulted "without provocation" while he was holding his young child by a 32-year-old man at the store, according to police. The off-duty officer pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the individual -- who the officer did not know -- and two members of the suspect's family.

The man who was fatally shot was identified as Kenneth French, from Riverside, California. Two of his family members are in critical condition, according to police. Police did not release further details about the ages or genders of those injured.

At 7:46 p.m. local time Friday, Corona police officers arrived at the Costco Wholesale club in Corona, which is about 50 miles outside of Los Angeles.

"Upon entering Costco, officers located four injured people on the floor. One subject succumbed to their injuries at the scene and three other subjects, including an off duty officer from another agency, were transported to local hospitals in unknown conditions," Tobias Kouroubacalis, public information officer for the Corona Police, wrote in a statement to ABC News soon after the incident.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed that one of its Southwest Division patrol officers fired his gun and was also injured while at the Costco off-duty. He is not detained or under arrest.

"Our officer suffered minor injuries in the incident and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released," the LAPD said in a statement. "The Department has initiated an Administrative Investigation and is working with the Corona Police Department to learn more about the incident."

No one else fired a weapon in the incident, police said, "contrary to earlier reports."

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iStock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Flights have resumed at Newark International Airport on Saturday afternoon after a United Airlines plane skidded off the runway upon landing and all flights were temporarily grounded, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The United plane, which departed from Denver International Airport, "experienced multiple flat tires upon landing in Newark," a United spokesperson said in a statement. The flight was carrying 166 passengers and there were no serious injuries.

The ground stop went into effect shortly after 1 p.m. ET. No flights were allowed to take off or land at the airport, one of the busiest in the country.

The plane, United Airlines Flight 627, "skidded to the left side of the pavement," the FAA tweeted. "The left main landing gear is stuck in a grassy area."

Passengers exited the aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, by stairs and boarded buses to the terminal.

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WABC(NEW YORK) -- A 67-year-old apparently drowned in the Hudson River during a distance-swimming competition on Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

The man, whose name has not been released, was competing in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim when he disappeared during the second-to-last stage of the event. The entire competition covers 120 miles over seven days from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in upstate New York, to the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The stage Friday was to take swimmers from the Tappan Zee Bridge, renamed the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, in Tarrytown, New York, to the George Washington Bridge in the Bronx, according to New York Open Water, which organized the competition. The stage was 15.7 miles long.

The swimmer disappeared in the vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

After spending several hours searching for the lost competitor, the Coast Guard said it was transitioning to a "recovery" effort.

"On behalf of New York Open Water, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of a swimmer today on Stage 6 of the 8 Bridges Open Water Swim," the organizers said in a statement. "Our thoughts are first and foremost with the swimmer's family and in respect for their privacy, we are declining to name the swimmer at this time."

The seventh and final day of the event, to be held Saturday, was canceled.

A safety supervisor was monitoring the swimmers at the time of his disappearance, organizers said.

"We can confirm that all swimmer safety protocols were in place and that the NYPD was escorting the field," organizers said. "We will continue to work closely with the authorities and will provide updates as they become available."

The man's body had not been recovered as of early Saturday.

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Google Maps(WESTFIELD, N.J.) -- A New Jersey elementary school went into lockdown on Thursday afternoon after a man with a loaded handgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition was found in the school parking lot.

Police responded to the Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey, after receiving a call from the Delaware State Police saying that Thomas J. Wilkie was on his way to the school, according to a statement from the Westfield Police Department.

When police arrived, they found Wilkie in an SUV with a .45-caliber handgun that was loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to a statement from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Wilkie also had two additional loaded clips with him and 130 rounds of ammunition in the trunk of the vehicle.

The 46-year-old from Bear, Delaware, was immediately taken into police custody while the building remained in lockdown, according to the Westfield Police Department.

Classes at the elementary school were done for the day when the incident took place, but after-school activities were in session.

The lockdown was lifted after a security sweep of the building and perimeter, police said.

Wilkie is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets and fourth-degree trespassing on school grounds, according to the statement from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Wilkie's father told his son had traveled to the school because of an issue with a girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend, who worked there. He also said Thomas' brother had reported him to Delaware State Police.

If convicted, he could face five to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Secret Service arrested a man who allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to jump over the fence outside the White House late Friday.

The incident took place just after 9 p.m. on the northwest side of the Treasury Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The person was quickly arrested.

"The subject was immediately apprehended by Secret Service personnel and taken into custody," a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement.

The man is being charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry, according to the Secret Service.

The Secret Service said there was "no impact to White House security operations."

The last person to be arrested for breaching the White House's perimeter was in November 2017. That person, identified as Victor Merswin, 24, was also immediately arrested.

It was just last week that the White House announced it was raising the fence to further detract people from attempting to jump onto the property.

The height is being more than doubled -- from 6 feet, 6 inches to 13 feet, 1 inch -- as part of a $64 million construction project.

There were three incidents of people attempting to jump the fence at the White House in 2017, the most since 2014.

While it didn't involve a person trespassing on White House property, a man died when he lit himself on fire May 29 just outside the president's residence, on the Ellipse near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Arnav Gupta, 33, died the following day from his injuries.

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iStock/Viktorcvetkovic(NEW YORK) --  Authorities in Arkansas arrested a woman on Friday in connection to the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead in her home last week.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, was arrested Friday, Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

Criminal charges were still pending, police said.

Authorities in Arkansas arrested a woman on Friday in connection to the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead in her home last week.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, was arrested Friday, Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

Criminal charges were still pending, police said.

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iStock/jimkruger(COVINGTON, Ky.) -- A man alarmed a homeowner in Covington, Kentucky, when he was caught on camera scoping out her porch and then returning two days later to steal her deck chairs in the middle of the night.

When videos of the incident were shown on local news stations, someone recognized the man and alerted him that police were looking for him, according to the homeowner's Facebook post. The man returned to the house for a third time. But this time it was to apologize.

After the homeowner refused to come outside to talk to the man, he said, "Ma'am, I feel so stupid for doing it and I am so sorry,” speaking to her through the door.

"I apologize to the fullest. I have four daughters and I'm just embarrassed as hell," he said.

The man insisted that the stunt was part of a dare, which the homeowner did not believe. She called the police while he continued to apologize and return the chairs, but fled before officers arrived, the video shows.

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Appleton PD(APPLETON, Wis.) -- Two officers involved in a shooting that left the suspect and a firefighter dead have been cleared of any wrongdoing in Wisconsin.

Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said Appleton Police Sergeant Christopher Biese and Officer Paul Christensen were justified in shooting a suspect to death nearly a month to the day after the incident.

Body camera footage released Thursday shows the chaotic scene that unfolded on the evening of May 15 when police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a man who they believed had a seizure on a bus arriving in the town.

Ruben Houston, 47, was traveling back to his home in Wausau, Wisconsin, when he was found unresponsive on the bus.

First responders discovered that he had overdosed on opioids and administered two shots of Narcan.

In body camera video captured by Biese, Houston can be seen getting up before he begins to walk away, which is when officers noticed “a bulge” on his right side.

Houston claimed it was his phone, but then he reached for his .380 semiautomatic weapon and shot at the officers.

“I heard like a pow, and I thought it was a lawnmower backfiring,” witness Tori Mourning told ABC News affiliate WBAY-TV. “I heard it again, I looked up because we can see the bus stop from my bedroom window. I looked at the tree, I saw the guy shoot a female, and she went down, and another shot was fired, and there was another male and he went down, and then I saw the shooter flee.”

Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, was shot in the back after offering Houston a cot to lay down on outside of the bus. He later died at the hospital.

Christiansen was also shot in the lower body, but immediately returned fire. He was released from the hospital the next day.

Authorities believe bystander Brittany L. Schowalter, 30, was used by Houston as a human shield. She was struck by the officer’s gunfire but is now in stable condition.

Houston was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The investigation found that both officers involved had fired at least once.

Lungaard was a father of three kids, held the rank of firefighter inspector and was also a relief driver engineer. He drove the firetruck to the scene that night.

Biese has been at the police department since 2004. Christiansen had been there for just under 15 months.

“It shows the public just how a seemingly insignificant, non-emergency call for a police officer, can quickly turn deadly,” Appleton Police Chief Todd L. Thomas said. “This is why our officers have to always remain vigilant, and why there is no such thing as a routine call.

“Sgt. Biese and Officer Christensen acted heroically, moving and repeatedly engaging the suspect as he fired. Even after Officer Christensen was hit, and clearly in extreme pain, he battled on because people’s lives were still in danger,” he added. “They were both guardians and caregivers — and, when needed, they were true warriors — vividly demonstrating the strength of the thin blue line.”

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