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  • Shasta County DA searching for at risk child

    Published On: Jul 21 2016 08:53:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 02:25:42 PM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office is on the alert for a child they consider at risk.

    They’re looking for 7-year-old Nevaeh Short and her father David Short Junior.

    Deputy District Attorney Patricia Van Ert said the issue started back in May when Nevaeh’s mom agreed David could take his daughter on a trip to see family in Washington.

    A few days later David called the little girl’s mom and told her he was in Shasta County and would not return Nevaeh to her in Oregon.

    A custody order was filed in Shasta County, but David left the area along with Nevaeh.

    Nevaeh’s mom told investigators that David has been diagnosed as Bi-polar and has anxiety issues. She also said he has been acting irrationally and is not taking his medication.

    "At any point that you have a parental abduction and withholding of a child from custody orders we consider those children at risk. In the contacts with our investigator had with the father he was refusing to abide by the custody orders that were filed here in Shasta County," said Van Ert.

    Ert said an Amber Alert was not issued for Nevaeh because the case did not fit the criteria.

    Her mother gave him permission to take her but thought they would be coming back home. She has spoken to Nevaeh in the last week but David refuses to tell her where they are at.

    For that reason, the DA’s Office does not consider Nevaeh to be in immediate danger.

    "Part of it is that the mother has been able to talk to the child. Another criteria of the amber alert is that the child is at risk of death or serious bodily harm and here we don't have facts to support that," said Van Ert.

    Investigators are looking into whether or not David Short and Nevaeh are still in the state. They believe he’s driving a light blue Chrysler Town and County Mini Van.

    Van Ert said custody cases rarely go this far. They have issued a felony arrest warrant for David Short Junior.

    The child at risk flyer issued Thursday was also passed along to other agencies in the state. That way if any law enforcement officer comes into contact with David, he will be taken into custody and Nevaeh will be returned home to her mother.

  • North Miami identifies officer who shot unarmed man

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 07:13:45 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 03:47:21 PM CDT

    Dade County PBA: The officer feared for Kinsey's life and fired shot to save him.

    (CNN) -

    Authorities in North Miami, Florida, on Friday identified the police officer who shot an unarmed African-American man lying in the street with his arms in the air this week.

    The officer is Jonathan Aledda, North Miami City Manager Larry Spring Jr. said at a press conference. Aledda, a four-year department veteran and a member of the SWAT team, has been placed on administrative leave.

    A second police officer, Emile Hollant, has also been placed on administrative leave without pay after giving conflicting statements to investigators, Spring said.

    City authorities didn't provide more details about why police shot behavior therapist Charles Kinsey on Monday, apparently as he tried to protect an autistic patient in his care.

    The shooting has sparked street protests, and Spring said a First Amendment zone will be established outside the police department for demonstrators.

    Mayor Smith Joseph apologized to the wounded man and promised a complete investigation of the shooting.

    "I have made it clear that I will not tolerate anything that goes against the process," the mayor said.

    Police union president speaks out

    Earlier Friday, John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said a video of the shooting doesn't tell the whole story.

    The officer, Rivera said, had been aiming for the patient beside Kinsey, whom he thought posed a danger.

    But to Kinsey's boss, that explanation doesn't add up.

    "The (union) is now trying to say they intended to shoot my client, and instead they shot my employee," Clint Bower told CNN's "New Day" on Friday. "To me, that's just outrageous."

    Monday's shooting has led to a state investigation and questions over whether race played a role in the officer's response.

    But there's another side of the story that hasn't gotten as much attention.

    Kinsey is a highly trained behavior therapist who rushed out from a group home into the street to protect a patient with autism, his boss told CNN.

    "Mr. Kinsey is a hero today. He saved the life of that disabled individual," said Bower, who runs the center for the developmentally disabled where Kinsey has worked for more than a year.

    "This individual he was caring for is a person with significant behavioral issues, and Charles was specifically chosen to work with this individual as his one-on-one staff, because he is that much of a skilled employee," Bower said. "He has received extensive crisis intervention training. Unfortunately, our police department doesn't seem to have received that same training."

    Video shows tense scene

    Kinsey is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his right leg after two or three shots were fired, according to his attorney.

    A cell phone video, released by attorney Hilton Napoleon II and recorded by a bystander, shows the scene before the shooting: A man sits cross-legged on the ground, holding an object in his hand. Kinsey lies on the street, holds his hands in the air and yells to police that the man beside him is holding a toy truck, not a weapon.

    The video doesn't show what happened when the officer opened fire.

    Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN-TV in Miami that after the shooting, he was flipped over and handcuffed. Another video released by his attorney shows both men flat on the ground, with two officers standing near them. Kinsey is lying in the road, on his stomach and handcuffed. According to Napoleon, Kinsey was on the ground for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

    Authorities haven't released details about the aftermath of the shooting, and the police union did not explain why Kinsey was handcuffed.

    Rivera, the police union chief, offered an explanation for the shooting Thursday. The police officer opened fire because he thought the other man, whom authorities later learned has autism, was holding a gun and was about to shoot Kinsey.

    "Many officers thought the white male had a firearm. Only much later, when we're able to Monday morning quarterback, do we find out that it's a toy. Only much later do we find out that the individual was autistic. The officers on the scene did not know that," he said.

    Rivera said that the video footage was "being portrayed poorly."

    "This is not a case of a rogue cop. This is not a case of police abuse," he said. "This is a case where a police officer was trying to save Mr. Kinsey's life, and unfortunately, his shot went astray."

    Video of the shooting itself hasn't surfaced, Napoleon said. He said the union's comments are "attempts to try to put a story together in an attempt to justify it."

    "That was a man who was at work, who was caring for another individual on the ground. He is still concerned, if you listen to the video, about his client. He still ends up getting shot," Napoleon said. "I don't understand, just like the rest of America, how someone could possibly try to justify this."

    Officer: 'I did what I had to do'

    The agency said officers responded to a 911 call about an armed man threatening to commit suicide, and opened fire after police attempted to negotiate.

    "Mr. Kinsey did everything right, let's be real clear about that," Rivera said. He said that the police officer involved "wishes nothing but the best for Mr. Kinsey and the officer is praying for his speedy recovery, as are we."

    Aledda issued a statement in the form of a text message, which Rivera read to reporters.

    "I took this job to save lives and help people," according to the officer's text statement. "I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that, and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."

    'Why did you shoot me?'

    Kinsey told WSVN he was stunned by the shooting, like when a mosquito bites unexpectedly.

    "When he hit me, I'm like, I still got my hands in the air," he said.

    "I'm like, 'Sir, why did you shoot me?' " Kinsey said he asked the officer.

    "He said to me, 'I don't know.' "

    North Miami police have said officers had "attempted to negotiate with the two men on the scene."

    Kinsey told WSVN he tried to persuade police not to harm his patient. He asked his patient to be still and lie down.

    "Please be still ... get down ... lay on your stomach," Kinsey says in the video.

    The man beside him rocks back and forth.

    "I was more worried about him than myself," Kinsey told WSVN.

    "As long as I've got my hands up, they're not gonna shoot me, that's what I'm thinking," he said. "Wow, was I wrong."

    State takes over investigation

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

    Protesters flooded the North Miami police headquarters Thursday, demanding answers.

    Reports showing the video drew swift reactions on social media, with posts criticizing the officer who opened fire.

    Kinsey's shooting comes after a pair of officer-involved shootings led to the deaths of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, kicking off national unrest and putting the spotlight again on police use of force, particularly against black men.

    Eight law enforcement officers have since been killed in separate incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, targeted by gunmen who claimed they were reacting in part to shootings such as those that led to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.

    'This is not supposed to be happening'

    David Klinger, a former police officer who's now a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis studying police violence, described the North Miami police's response as "an absolute failure."

    "The guy is trying to communicate, 'Hey, I'm an aid worker and this guy wandered away.' Why in the world the police don't know even that there is a residential place for people who are emotionally compromised?" he said. "For it to have devolved to a situation where deadly force was used makes absolutely no sense."

    A U.S. congresswoman whose district includes North Miami told reporters she was shocked by Kinsey's shooting.

    "This is not supposed to be happening in North Miami. North Miami is a city where the police officers and the community gel," Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said. "So many of our police officers come from the community (and) live in the community."

    Wilson described the city as a "melting pot."

    "We're not accustomed to this tension that is evolving because of this shooting," she said. "We have to follow up and see how we can break the tension and find solutions, because this cannot happen again."

  • Munich shooting: 9 victims, gunman are dead, police say

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 11:34:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2016 01:20:04 AM CDT

    Several people are dead following a shooting in Munich, police said.

    (CNN) -

    At least nine people were killed and 16 others injured Friday in a shooting rampage at a busy shopping district in Munich, Germany, police said.

    Police searched for attackers, thinking there might be three, and found a man who had killed himself on a side street near Olympia shopping mall, police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.

    Based on surveillance video and witness statements, police concluded he was the sole gunman, Andrae said.

    The unidentified attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich for at least two years.

    The man was not known to police and his motives are unclear, authorities said. No group has claimed responsibility.

    Many children were among the casualties.

    The shooting comes as recent terrorist attacks have put Europe on high alert.

    This week, a teenager who said he was inspired by ISIS stabbed passengers on a German train before police shot him dead. Eight days earlier, 84 people were killed when a man drove a large truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

    Children unable to run away

    The gunman in Munich started shooting at a McDonald's across from the Olympia mall around 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET), Andrae said.

    A witness who wanted to be identified only by her first name, Lauretta, told CNN her son was in the bathroom with a shooter at the restaurant.

    "That's where he loaded his weapon," she said. "I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom ... and he's still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can't run."

    Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic. "I know this because I'm Muslim. I hear this and I only cry."

    Huseyin Bayri, a witness of the shooting, said he heard the attacker screaming out that he will kill "foreigners."

    "I heard a scream at first: 'You shitty [bleep] foreigners. I am German. You will get it.'"

    The gunman moved across the street to the mall, which is adjacent to the site of the 1972 Olympics. Located in a middle-class neighborhood in northern Munich, the shopping mall is the city's biggest and a popular destination for shoppers on Friday nights, German lawmaker Charles Huber told CNN.

    Lynn Stein, who said she works at the Jack Wolfskin store in the mall, said she heard several shots.

    "People were very confused, and they were running and they were screaming," she said. She saw someone lying on the floor of a store who appeared to be either dead or injured. "There's a woman over them, crying."

    Profane exchange with a witness

    Many citizens posted photos and video of the panic and the shooting on social media. Two videos showed a profanity-filled verbal exchange, between a man on the top level of parking garage and man on a balcony, that ended with gunfire.

    The exchange, recorded on two different camera phones, captured an intense conversation that ends in gunfire. The man who appears to be a shooter said insulting things about Turks, did not espouse jihadist ideology and spoke with a German accent.

    Police, thinking up to three gunmen might be on the loose, launched a manhunt, putting the city on virtual lockdown.

    Police urged residents to stay in their homes. Citizens took to social media to offer help, with one woman tweeting: "Who is stranded in Sendling and shelter needs, PM me and come over"

    Shoppers and people on the street stampeded. Thamina Stoll told CNN she was with her grandmother, who lives about three minutes away from the mall, and saw crowds sprinting down the sidewalk.

    "There were like 50 people running towards our house to seek shelter, and there was a helicopter circling above us for about 20 minutes and sirens," she said. "And there's still people walking on the streets. They're confused, and nobody knows what's really going on."

    At 8:30 p.m., police found a man who took his own life and decided he was the lone gunman, Andrae said.

    The investigation will not yield quick answers, he said.

    "We have to investigate everything via third person as we cannot question the perpetrator now," he said.

    Merkel meeting with security officials

    Germany increased security throughout the nation.

    Enhanced police patrols were deployed to the Austria-German border, a spokesperson for the Austrian Ministry of Interior told CNN. Special forces from Bavaria and surrounding federal states were brought in to Munich as reinforcements during the search.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel called a security council meeting for Saturday. German Federal President Joachim Gauck was "dismayed and shocked" by the shooting, his office said in a statement.

    Foreign leaders expressed sympathy for the victims.

    Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed sympathies for Germany, as the state news agency, IRNA reported that the suspected shooter was Iranian-German.

    "There is no other way to combat terrorism except through widespread and relentless anti-terrorism campaign," said the ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, according to IRNA.

    President Barack Obama condemned the attack, as did U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In a statement, Kerry said, "We are in close contact with German officials and stand ready to provide any and all assistance requested by our close friend and ally Germany in this time of crisis."

    The U.S. military began a count of all its personnel -- some 62,000 -- and their dependents throughout Europe to confirm their safety.

  • Gov. Brown denies parole for youngest Manson follower

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 08:21:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 08:21:46 PM CDT

    Pictured: Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten (Nick Ut/AP)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -

    Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago.

    Brown overturned a parole board's recommendation in April that she be freed, saying Van Houten failed to explain how she transformed from an upstanding teen to a killer.

    "Both her role in these extraordinarily brutal crimes and her inability to explain her willing participation in such horrific violence cannot be overlooked and lead me to believe she remains an unacceptable risk to society of released," Brown wrote.

    Van Houten, 66, participated in the killings of Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, a day after other so-called "Manson family" members murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in 1969. Van Houten did not participate in the Tate killings.

    Family member Bruce Davis, who was not involved in those killings, also was recommended for parole, but it was blocked by the governor.

    At 19, Van Houten was the youngest Manson follower to take part in the killings after she joined the cult in the 1960s.

    The murders were the start of what Manson believed was a coming race war that he dubbed "Helter Skelter" after a Beatles song. Manson had his followers prepare to fight and learn to can food so they could go underground and live in a hole in the desert, Van Houten told the panel.

    At her parole hearing, Van Houten described how she helped secure a pillow over the head of Rosemary La Bianca with a lamp cord and held her down while another member of the Manson family began stabbing the woman in her home.

    Van Houten said she had looked off into the distance until another Manson follower told her to do something and she joined in the stabbing.

    "I don't let myself off the hook. I don't find parts in any of this that makes me feel the slightest bit good about myself," she told the panel.

    The La Biancas were stabbed numerous times and the word "WAR" was carved on the stomach of Leno La Bianca.

    Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and relatives of the victims last month turned in signatures of 140,000 people opposing Van Houten's release.

    Manson, 81, and other followers involved in the killings are still jailed. Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson have each been denied parole multiple times, while fellow defendant Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009.

  • Fire burning near golf park, power lines down

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 04:31:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 07:24:50 PM CDT
    CHICO, Calif. -

    Update 5:20 p.m.

    Fire has burned a total of eight acres. Both lanes of Skyway are now opened.

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    3:44 p.m. Update:

    According to PG&E, power has been restored to all but 125 customers before 3 p.m.

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    3:20 p.m. Update:

    Eastbound traffic is now open, but moving slowly.

    According to Mary Anny Aldrich of CAL FIRE firefighters are working on stopping forward progress.

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    3:00 p.m. Update: The PG&E website indicates more than 980 customers lost power in the Skyway area, likely due to the power lines that fell in the area of a crash and fire.

    4-5 acres have burned.

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    A fire is burning along Skyway, near Honey Run Road. CAL FIRE reports there are power lines down in the area.

    It has burned up to three acres so far in heavy brush and timber. CAL FIRE is sending a full wildland response team.

    Officials also say there are power lines down in the area, causing potential life-threatening risks for firefighters and anyone else who gets too close.

    The California Highway Patrol website indicates they are diverting traffic because of an incident in the area.

    This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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    Published On: Jul 21 2016 11:01:06 PM CDT
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    Published On: Jul 22 2016 05:06:18 AM CDT

    Two teens on vacation in Whidbey Island, Washington, used their drone to follow two people who tried to steal a boat.

  • Local farm camp shoots rockets

    Published On: Jul 21 2016 11:00:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 21 2016 11:00:35 PM CDT
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