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Sacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- The suspected "Golden State Killer" who was arrested this week for killing and raping dozens of California residents decades ago, seemed shocked to find police outside his home, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Department official Paul Belli.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was taken into custody on Tuesday at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, the same county where his alleged crime spree began in 1976. The crimes continued across the state until 1986.

DeAngelo lived at the home with family but was home alone when he was arrested, Belli told ABC News.

DeAngelo told police he had a roast in the oven, and officers said they could take care of it, Belli said.

He was placed under arrest without incident.

Colleen Fernandez, who lives in DeAngelo's neighborhood, told ABC News, "We walked by that house all the time ... but we never saw him."

"I'm just thankful he got caught," Fernandez said. "It's huge for this community. Even though it was 40 years ago, people still remembered."

Fernandez lived in the Sacramento area during the years of the "Golden State Killer" crime spree, calling it "a scary time."

"I was just a young woman. It was frightening. You'd definitely lock your doors and your windows," she said. "You had buddy system. I worked at a restaurant -- I made sure somebody walked me to my car."

Another neighbor, Robin Brown, noticed the police tape at DeAngelo's home but figured he was getting his driveway repaved.

"We've always felt safe in this neighborhood," she said.

DeAngelo is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s.

His alleged "reign of terror" spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday.

Today, investigators will conduct a methodical, room-by-room search of his home, Belli said.

Authorities have a list of items stolen from victims' homes as well as other items connected to crimes, including weapons.

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976, officials said.

In 1976 he served as a police officer in the city of Auburn until he was fired in 1979 for allegedly stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

DeAngelo then spent 27 years working for Save Mart Supermarkets at a distribution center in Roseville, near Sacramento, said Victoria Castro, a public affairs manager for Save Mart. He retired last year.

"None of his actions in the workplace would have lead us to suspect any connection to crimes being attributed to him," Castro said in a statement. "We are working with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office on their investigation."

Last week, DeAngelo's name came up for the first time in the "Golden State Killer" investigation, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

DeAngelo was then surveilled and DNA from an item police had collected of his was confirmed as a match.

He has not yet appeared in court.

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ABCNews.com(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C) -- Surveillance video from the Avista Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, captured the near drowning of a 12-year-old boy who was playing in a lazy river.

Hotel security footage from the March 19 incident shows two boys fidgeting with an underwater grate in an attempt to expose the suction pipe below. One boy can be seen repeatedly diving into the water to explore what lies underneath the grate when his leg suddenly becomes lodged between the 6-inch wide pipe.

Trapped underwater, the boy’s friend tries to free him. After an unsuccessful attempt he calls for help and bystanders rush to help free the boy. One man was able to administer underwater mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to keep the boy alive until authorities arrived.

According to a police report, North Myrtle Beach Police responded to the scene around 10 p.m. Emergency responders can be seen diving into the pool and eventually freeing the boy from his entrapment and dragging him out of the water. The video shows a female officer vigorously pounding on the boy’s chest to keep his heart beating before he is carried away on a stretcher. The boy was underwater for 9 minutes.

Once EMS personnel were able to revive the boy he was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for further treatment, authorities said.

North Myrtle Beach public information officer Patrick Dowling told ABC News the boy's family does not want his identity to be released.

Further details on the boy’s condition is unknown at this time.

No charges have been filed against the resort and no criminal misconduct was found, Dowling said.

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J Pat Carter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than 1.4 million public school students were missing classes today as tens of thousands teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out in a powerful display of frustration over a decade of education funding cuts they say have piled up to billions of dollars.

Arizona teachers went on strike after voting overwhelmingly last week to take the drastic move in hopes it will pressure lawmakers into giving them a 20 percent pay hike, fork over a $1 billion in education funding and up the salaries of school support staff.

Public educators in Arizona rank 46th in the nation in teacher pay, earning about $12,000 less than the national average of $59,660, according to a 2018 report by the National Education Association.

In Colorado, up to 10,000 educators have taken personal leave to rally at their state Capitol in Denver today and tomorrow and lobby legislators to boost funding for education there, which they say has been slashed by a whopping $6.6 billion over the last nine years. The teachers are also demanding no new corporate tax breaks until education funding is restored.

"We are fed up at this point," Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association, told ABC News this week.

The Arizona and Colorado teacher labor actions are just the latest in a wave of educator revolts ignited by West Virginia teachers who went on a nine-day strike earlier this year and won a five percent pay raise in March.

Since the West Virginia wildcat strike, teachers in Oklahoma went on a nine-day strike of their own, persuading legislators to up their annual pay an average of $6,000, give support staff a raise and increase funding for education by nearly $500 million. Earlier this month, Kentucky educators walked out of class angry over a pension reform bill they said was passed by legislators without their input and signed into law by their governor despite their vociferous objections.

Most of the work actions have occurred in red states where legislatures and governors' offices are dominated by Republicans. Colorado, where Democrats occupy the governor's office and hold a majority in the state Assembly, is the exception.

More than 30 school districts in Arizona canceled classes today and may be forced to do the same in days to come as 30,000 to 50,000 striking teachers formed picket lines and threatened to stay out of school for as long as it takes to get lawmakers to meet their demands.

An estimated 840,000 public school students in Arizona are missing classes after numerous school district shut down schools because they couldn't find enough substitute teachers to fill in. The same problem occurred in Colorado, where classes were called off for an estimated 600,000 students.

"We have a fight in front of us," Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told teachers during a rally on Wednesday. "And we want the parents to understand that this fight is for your child. How it ends is up to the governor and up to those legislative leaders."

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has already proposed boosting teacher pay 20 percent by 2020, but educators are concerned over how he plans to pay for it. They say their protest is more than just a paycheck issue and want lawmakers to restore $1 billion in lost funding for education since the national 2008 financial crisis.

"Without a doubt, teachers are some of the biggest difference-makers in the lives of Arizona children," Ducey said in a Twitter post this morning. "They need to be respected, and rewarded, for the work they do -- and Arizona can do better on this front.

"We’ve all been listening -- but now, it's time to act," Ducey added. "My number one focus right now is passing a 20% pay raise for Arizona teachers. This raise is earned, and it is deserved... To parents, I understand the pain & pressure caused by today’s strike. I'm working to get this 20% raise passed."

In Colorado, teachers wearing #RedforEd T-shirts and toting signs reading "Make Education Great Again" and "Can You Hear Us Now" swarmed the state Capitol Denver.

"We're here today because of our students," Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and vice president of the Colorado Education Association, told ABC News outside the Capitol building. "They certainly deserve better. We have one of the fastest growing economies in the country. We need to do better for our students."

The teachers say Colorado spends about $2,700 less than the national per-pupil average of about $12,000 a year.

According to the National Education Association report, Colorado teachers' pay ranked 31st in the nation. Colorado teachers earn an average of $53,768 annually or about $6,500 below the national average.

"We have teachers working two to three jobs," Baca-Oehlert said. "We have school districts where they've cut mental health supports like counselors, social workers, psychologists. They've cut art, music, PE (physical education)."



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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The suspected "Golden State Killer" behind serial rapes and murders across California in the 1970s and 1980s has finally been identified.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested this week in the decades-old case.

His alleged "reign of terror" spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday. DeAngelo is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries.

Here is a closer look at the timeline:

1973-1976

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976, officials said.

1976-1979

DeAngelo was then a police officer in Auburn from 1976 to 1979 until he was fired for allegedly stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

1976-1978

The terror started with burglaries and rapes in the eastern district of Sacramento County in the summer of 1976, the FBI said.

The "Golden State Killer" would break into his victims' homes by prying open a window or door while they slept, the FBI said.

Sometimes he would take jewelry, identification, cash and coins from the victims' homes.

There were five incidents in 1976 and 17 incidents in 1977, according to SFGate.

1978-1981

The crimes turned to murders in February 1978, when the "Golden State Killer" shot and killed Brian and Katie Maggiore, who were walking their dog in the Sacramento area.

They were the killer's last victims in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction, according to The Sacramento Bee.

After the attacks in the Sacramento area, crimes continued in the East Bay area of Northern California, and then escalated into rapes and murders along the California coast, the FBI said.

1986

No crimes were attributed to the "Golden State Killer" from July 1981 until 1986, when 18-year-old Janelle Cruz was raped and murdered in Irvine.

That was his last known crime.

2018

Last week, DeAngelo's name came up for the first time in the investigation, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

DeAngelo was then surveilled and DNA from an item police had collected of his was confirmed as a match.

"We had our man," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a news conference Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeAngelo was confronted by officers and arrested in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, said Jones.

He has not yet appeared in court.



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(NORRISTOWN, PA) -- Comic and entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts in his retrial on charges of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a non-consensual sexual encounter 14 years ago.

The jury of seven men and five women in Norristown, Pennsylvania delivered the verdict during their second day of deliberations that began late Wednesday morning, following a two-week trial. 

Eighty-year-old Cosby faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged 2004 drugging and molesting Andrea Costand, the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where for years Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each count. 

Cosby lowered his head and took a deep breath when the verdicts were announced, while three of his accusers who attended the trial burst into loud tears of joy. Constand remained stoic as the verdicts were read, and only later embraced supporters and the other accusers in the same court where nearly one year ago, a mistrial was declared during Cosby's trial on the same charges after jurors weren't able to reach a unanimous verdict.  Then as now, Cosby pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing.

Cosby did become clearly angry as District Attorney Kevin Steele insisted that Cosby's bail be raised from the current $1 million.  Steele told the judge he wanted the bail increased because Cosby was a flight risk, at which point Cosby yelled at Steele, "He doesn't have a plane you a**hole!" 

Cosby remains free on his current bail, with instructions not to leave the country.

Of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to accuse the entertainer of similar assaults stretching back to the 1960s, only Constand’s allegations fall within the statute of limitations.

Prosecution arguments in the trial portrayed Cosby as a calculating predator, while the defense presented him as the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up.

The primary difference between Cosby’s first trial and his second was that at last summer’s trial the judge in the case, O’Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand’s account, based on the prosecution’s argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby’s alleged assault of Constand.  This time around, the judge allowed five such women to take the stand.

Another new element in this year’s trial was O’Neill's decision to allow the testimony of Marguerite “Margo” Jackson, a former colleague of Constand’s at Temple, who testified that Constand once mused about framing a celebrity. The judge had rejected her testimony in the first trial as hearsay. Constand has denied Jackson's claims.

The prosecution also revealed for the first time, with Cosby's permission, that he'd paid Constand $3.38 million to settle the sexual assault lawsuit she brought against him in 2005.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman who police say carried out a calculated plan to kill her husband's mistress brought a trove of items with her including binoculars and ammunition.

Jennair Gerardot, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware, knew about her husband's affair with 33-year-old Meredith Chapman of Pennsylvania, according to Radnor Township Police.

Gerardot rented a car about two weeks ago in Wilmington and on Monday drove near Chapman's house in Radnor Township, a Philadelphia suburb, and parked on a side street, police said.

Gerardot broke into Chapman's house and waited for her to come home, police said. As soon as Chapman walked in the door, Gerardot shot her in the head, police said.

Gerardot then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head, according to police.

Found inside Gerardot's rental car were binoculars, ammunition, rubber gloves and earplugs, police said, and emails and texts indicated Gerardot's attack was pre-meditated.

 Jennair Gerardot's husband, Mark Gerardot, was in the driveway when officers arrived at the scene. He told them, "My wife may be inside," police said.

Police said they believe Mark Gerardot was in the area because he had planned to meet Chapman for dinner, and when she didn't arrive, he became concerned and went to her house.

 Mark Gerardot worked for the University of Delaware from November 2017 to April 2018 and he left the university earlier this month, University of Delaware spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said.

Chapman worked at the University of Delaware from 2010 to March 2018, Tippett said. She also received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 and her master's from the university in 2015.

 "Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken," Tippett told ABC News via email. "As a proud alumna of UD, her commitment to her work was exceeded only by her boundless energy. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories. We will miss her."

Chapman also worked as an assistant vice president of marketing and creative services at Villanova University and ran for the state senate in Delaware in 2016.

A former student remembered Chapman as a mentor and role model.

"She was a vibrant and engaging teacher who went out of her way to help grow the communications careers of students at the university -- young women in particular," the student told ABC News via email.

"During her 2016 run for district senate a group of students, including myself, helped to support her campaign and she let us know that working with her UD students motivated her to be a better professor and advocate for a stronger education system and job opportunities for the next generation," the student said. "Even though she lost the election, Professor Chapman accepted her loss with grace and utilized it as a teaching moment to inspire us all to take risks and pursue our passions no matter the odds."

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ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The sister of a "Golden State Killer" victim "can finally breathe again" after a suspect’s arrest in the decades-old serial killing and rape case in California, she told ABC News.

"We finally got the guy who brutally raped and murdered my sister," Michelle Cruz, a sister of victim Janelle Cruz, told ABC News Wednesday of the accused man.

Janelle Cruz died in 1986 in Irvine, California.

The arrest is "surreal" and "unbelievable," Michelle Cruz added on "Good Morning America" today.

"I'm so thankful this journey is finally over," she said. "And I can rest and go to bed at night, and rest easier knowing that he's in jail and he'll never walk free again."

The "Golden State Killer" is believed to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 50 people and committed multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s in crime sprees throughout California.

His "reign of terror," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday, spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California.

The suspected serial killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, was surprised when he was confronted by officers and arrested Tuesday afternoon in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said.

DeAngelo, 72, was a police officer until 1979, officials said.

His name had never come up in the investigation before last week, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

It was discarded DNA that confirmed, "We had our man," Jones said at a news conference Wednesday.

After Janelle died, Michelle Cruz said, their family left Irvine and never returned.

Her sister's murder "completely changed my world, my life, my identity,” she said.

"I kind of lived in sort of a bubble" for the first 20 years, Michelle Cruz said Wednesday. "I never really talked about the case."

But she started talking about her sister's death more about eight years ago, Cruz said, "hoping to spread awareness and solve the case."

She was always worried about her own safety, never staying home alone and barricading her windows and doors.

"I won't have to research this case for hours every day and miss out on my children and my family," she said. "I can finally breathe again."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Lyle Menendez, one of the two affluent California brothers convicted for the 1989 murders of their parents, spoke out to DailyMailTV in his first interview since he reunited with his brother, Erik Menendez.

The brothers came face to face earlier this month for the first time in 22 years after Lyle was transferred to the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, where Erik had been housed since July 2013, said Robert Rand, a journalist who has covered the case since 1989 and was a consultant for NBC's 2017 TV series on the brothers.

Lyle "ended up bursting into tears" upon seeing his brother, he said in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, a preview of which was shared with ABC News' Good Morning America.

"It was just something I wasn't sure was ever going to happen," Lyle said. "It was just a remarkable moment."

The two hadn't seen each other since September 1996, when they could see each other across a prison yard but couldn't talk to each other, Rand told ABC News. While in separate prisons, they couldn't talk on the phone, but they would write letters to each other -- sometimes playing chess by sending moves via snail mail, Rand said.

On Aug. 20, 1989, Lyle, then 21, and Erik, then 18, opened fire on their parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion, using shotguns they had bought days before.

In the interview, Lyle admitted he would change how he handled the aftermath of the killings.

"If I could take my consciousness now and go back, I would have gone to the police and taken my chances in exposing what was happening," he said.

The pair was arrested in 1990 after their psychologist's girlfriend went to police, claiming Erik had confessed to the murders during a session. The doctor-patient privilege was voided after Lyle threatened the doctor's life.

Lyle wishes his brother would have talked to him or a member of the clergy, instead of going to the psychologist, he told DailyMailTV.

"I wish that he had just talked to me, or you know, spent more time going to his parish priest, and not ended up in, sort of this therapist's hands," he said.

During their trial, prosecutors painted the brothers as two spoiled and privileged children who murdered their parents out of greed in an attempt to inherit the family fortune. The defense argued that they acted in self-defense after years of abuse.

The first trial ended in a mistrial. In 1996, at the end of the second trial, the brothers were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole.

Despite everything that's happened, the pair has "never had any moments of animosity," Lyle told DailyMailTV.

"I love him deeply," he said.

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WABC(CLAYTON, N.J.) -- Police in New Jersey said they have arrested a suspect in a deadly road-rage incident that took the life of young father of two.

Fifty-four-year-old Everett E. Moore Jr., of Clayton, New Jersey, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the March 7 attack on Joseph Pirri, police told ABC New York station WABC.

Pirri, 32, was killed while driving in his hometown of Deptford Township, New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, when a fellow motorist slashed him in the face with a "sharp instrument," police said.

Police said Moore was driving a white pickup truck when he allegedly cut Pirri off, attacked him, and sped off "in an aggressive manner."

Moore faces first-degree murder and weapons charges.

Pirri, who suffered a severe wound to the left side of his face, managed to give police a detailed description of his attacker before his death on March 13, six days after the attack, according to WABC.

"The only thing the young man was screaming was, 'I don't want to die. I have a 4-year-old son. I don't want to die,'" Walt Wilcox, a witness, told WABC at the time of the incident. "They gave him blankets, consoling him, trying to keep him calm."

Police said they were able to identify the suspect thanks to Pirri's statement and multiple videos from the scene.

But the biggest break in the case came when they were able to prove that the vehicle used in the attack, a white Ford F-150 pickup, had been registered to Moore's wife, police said.

Megan Pirri, the victim's wife, said news of the arrest wasn't enough to heal the massive void in her family's life.

"You hear stories of people who were nice and kind," she said, "but Joe truly was the definition of those words. His son, stepdaughter and I were his world. As he was ours and still is."

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WABC(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- A Brooklyn teacher was arrested on Wednesday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old male student, police said.

Andre Braddy -- an eighth-grade math teacher at PS 235 in East Flatbush -- allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with a student in a school bathroom, police told ABC New York station WABC.

The accusations surfaced after the student notified his parents, who contacted the police. The boy said the encounters had been happening for at least a month, according to WABC.

Braddy, 34, faces charges of sex abuse, engaging in a criminal sex act and committing an act in a manner injurious to a child.

Braddy has been suspended with pay.

The New York City Department of Education called the allegations "deeply disturbing" and said Braddy would not be allowed contact with students during the investigation.

"These deeply disturbing allegations have no place in our schools and he was immediately removed from the school," the department told WABC in a statement. "He will remain away from students pending the outcome of the investigation and we will pursue his removal from payroll as soon as legally possible."

Braddy has taught eighth-grade math and advanced Algebra at the school since 2015.

It was not clear if he had obtained an attorney as of Thursday morning.

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AAA(HEATHROW, Fla.) -- Deaths from hit-and-run crashes in the United States are now at an all-time high, according to a new study released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

2049 people were killed by hit-and-run crashes in 2016 -- a 62 percent increase from 2009, the last year in which a downward trend was recorded. AAA said the data makes 2016 the deadliest year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began compiling statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes in 1975.

“Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The new study found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run collisions -- 65 percent -- were pedestrians or cyclists and that almost 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths over the last decade were caused by hit-and-run crashes, compared to 1 percent of driver fatalities.

New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida topped the list of states with the highest death rates from hit-and-run crashes, while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota recorded the lowest rates.

The study also found that hit-and-run crashes involving pedestrians are most likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m., when suspects are more likely to escape unseen; on roads with lower speed limits, where pedestrians are most likely to cross; and in areas with heavy foot traffic. Poor weather conditions were not shown to be reliable predictors of the same type of hit-and-run crash.

A crash is generally classified as a hit-and-run when at least one person involved in the incident flees the scene before offering sufficient information or aid to the other parties involved or fails to report the crash.

AAA said drivers can avoid hit-and-run crashes by being aware of their surroundings, yielding to crossing pedestrians even if they’re not in designated crosswalks and giving cyclists “plenty” of space when passing them on the road. Should drivers get involved in a crash with a pedestrian or cyclist, AAA State Relations Director Jennifer Ryan said they should stay on the scene because the penalties for fleeing are “significantly” more severe, regardless of who is at fault for the crash.

“It is every driver’s legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” Ryan added.

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WNCF/ABCNews.com (ALEXANDER CITY, Ala.) -- A man in Alabama who was inspecting a carnival ride slipped and fell about 30 feet and died, police told ABC News.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. local time as the man was working at the Kiwanis Club Fair in Alexander City.

The operator of a ride called "Ring of Fire" asked the man if he could climb up to inspect a small wheel on the ride that didn't look right, Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox told ABC News.

Knox said the employee who usually inspects the ride returned and told the man to climb down, and as he did he slipped and fell.

He was taken to Russell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner told ABC News.

The name of the man wasn't yet released because his family hadn't been notified.

At the time of the incident, the ride wasn't in service and the fair wasn't open to the public.

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@mspmetrodet/Twitter(DETROIT) -- It is an image that left many people speechless.

The scene captured a row of 13 trucks on Tuesday, lined up under an overpass on Interstate 696 in Detroit, Michigan, blocking traffic in both directions.

The story? Michigan State Police had called the truckers to the scene to help them save a man's life.

According to authorities, the man was atop the overpass and police believed he was about to jump.

When officers arrived on the scene, they calmly talked to him as others took to the highway, flagging down truck drivers.

State police Lt. Michael Shaw said the trucks created a kind of "safety net" under the overpass "to make sure if [the man] moved anywhere in that overpass, there was a semi there."

"There's 13 truck drivers that didn't even know this guy and were willing to slide underneath that overpass to help him," Shaw said.

Shaw told ABC News today that Tuesday's effort was the not first time for police.

"We've never, ever had a truck driver turn us down," he said.

He said the man had relayed to the officers that he was having issues with his family. After about four hours, Shaw said, police were able to get the man off the ledge safely.

Later, the department tweeted out the photograph with information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

"We always want to make sure that people realize there are so many other options," Shaw said.

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Gary Hershorn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City police are searching for the owner of a pit bull that attacked a woman on the subway during an altercation.

The incident, which reportedly occurred on Friday afternoon on the 4 train in Manhattan, was caught on video by a passenger riding the train.

Onlookers to the incident say the owner sat down and placed the dog in the seat next to him when it bumped into the woman in the next seat over. The woman asked the man to remove his dog, which escalated into an altercation between the two passengers, and the dog responded by latching onto the woman’s shoe.

The video, recorded by eyewitness TahSyi Kyng, shows the woman struggling to release her foot from the dog’s bite, while chaos ensues in the train car.

The owner was trying to pull the dog off the woman but “he never told the dog to let go,” Kyng told ABC News. The owner “never announced that it was a service dog,” and it did not appear to be one, though it was on a leash, Kyng added.

The woman freed herself by taking her foot out of the shoe, which the owner threw at her before exiting the train, according to Kyng.

A spokesperson for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) said in a statement to ABC News that “rules require non-service animals to be kept inside containers and not disturbing other passengers” and also explained that what's shown in the video is disturbing and “a clear violation of our rules.”

MTA officials notified the New York City Police Department (NYPD) of the video Tuesday and the police department has launched an investigation into the incident.

Transit rules, as listed on the MTA website, state that “no person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” These rules do not apply to “working dogs for law enforcement agencies, to service animals, or to animals which are being trained as service animals.”

If NYPD officers come in contact with unauthorized dogs or other animals aboard the New York City Transit system, they are required to eject the passenger with the animal from the train.

Officers are also required to issue a Transit Action Bureau (TAB) Notice of Violation, for which the fine is $25. In 2016, 119 unauthorized animal TAB summonses were issued by the NYPD. The number dropped to 85 in 2017 and thus far in 2018, 19 have been issued.

The woman that was attacked was not seriously injured, but the police continue to search for the dog’s owner.

It is unclear what the penalty will be if he is identified, but MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said in a press conference that “bringing a pit bull on board any of our subway systems is a violation of the law and a person who does that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”



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Hamilton Township Police Dept via Facebook(MAINEVILLE, Ohio) -- An Ohio police officer found a creative way to apologize to a firefighter whom she accidentally shocked while deploying her stun gun during a scuffle with a suspect.

On April 12, Hamilton Township police Officer Darcy Workman and Hamilton Township firefighter Rickey Wagoner were attempting to deal with a "combative patient" in the back of an ambulance, Wagoner told ABC News over email.

The pair had responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male lying in the yard that afternoon, according to a police report.

Wagoner was trying to restrain the man "due to his aggressive nature" and the threat he posed to both himself and the officer, he said. At that point, Workman had already used her stun gun on the suspect twice "with no effect," Wagoner said.

The firefighter then got caught in the scuffle.

"When trying to hold the patient down, my right hand got tangled in the extra wires that had been deployed," Wagoner said.

When Workman deployed the stun gun for the third time, not only did she shock the suspect, but she shocked Wagoner as well.

Wagoner's first thought after he was shocked was, "Wow. That hurt a lot," he said. The firefighter then felt his whole body tense up "for a couple seconds," he said.

"At first, it scared me more than anything because I didn't know what was going on."

When asked whether he had been hit with a stun gun before, Wagoner replied, "I have never been Tased before, nor do I ever want to be again."

Shortly after Wagoner was shocked, hospital staff arrived on the scene and were able to restrain the suspect with straps, he said.

Department policy required that Wagoner undergo a medical evaluation after the incident, but he was not injured, he said.

Workman's initial reaction to the accident was "immediate empathy and remorse," Wagoner said.

Six days later, she showed up to the fire department and presented Wagoner with a custom cake from a local grocery store that read, "Sorry I tased you!" The chocolate cake was evening adorned with a sad face written in icing.

Both departments got a kick out of the gesture.

"Everyone thought the cake was hilarious," Wagoner said. "I told her there was no need to do that, that it's all just part of the job. She said she felt bad and it was the least she could do."

The suspect, who was not identified by police, was charged with two counts of assault -- one for Workman and another for Wagoner -- according to the police report. The suspect is in his mid-30s, Wagoner said.

Wagoner, a firefighter for more than eight years, has been with the Hamilton Township Fire Department for about a month, he said.

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