• @SCPDHq/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- A Long Island mother and her adult son and daughter were arrested and charged in connection with a string of armed robberies over the weekend, including a stick-up that occurred on Saturday, police said.Deborah Salvatore, 55, along with her son Rick Mascia, 25, and daughter Lauren Mascia, 31, were arrested on Saturday night, accused of robbing six businesses -- one of them twice -- over the past month, police said.The family, all of the Long Island area, was apprehended late Saturday after Rick Mascia allegedly entered a Dunkin Donuts in Coram, located about an hour east of Manhattan, with a knife and demanded money, according to a police statement.We arrested a Mastic Beach woman & her 2 adult children in connection with 7 armed robberies at #SuffolkCounty businesses in the past month. pic.twitter.com/BMMA4fNFuw
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  • @CALFIRE_PIO/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- Parts of California will be at an enhanced risk of wildfire ignition this week amid record-breaking heat and gusty winds, meteorologists said.The greatest risk will be in southern parts of the state where temperatures are forecast to hit dangerous triple-digit levels on Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists said.The heat, coupled with gusty winds, will create “the most dangerous fire weather conditions seen in the past few years,” according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could top between 50 miles per hour in some areas on Tuesday.“The combination of strong, gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably hot and very dry conditions will bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions across much of southern California,” ABC News Meteorologist Daniel Peck said Sunday. “The concern is that things could go from good to very bad, very quickly in southern CA this time around.”An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for much of southwestern California, including San Diego to Los Angeles through Tuesday, where temperatures will be running upwards of 20 degrees above average for this time of the year, meteorologists said.Decades-old daily record highs, some dating back to the early 1900s, are expected to be broken in many SoCal cities on Monday and Tuesday. Long Branch, located about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles, could see temperatures as high as 104 degrees on Monday, which would break a 52-year-old daily record high.Meanwhile, Los Angeles could hit a high of 102 degrees on Tuesday, which would top the daily temperature record of 99 degrees reached in 1909.After battling some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history in recent weeks, CAL Fire said it would increase its staffing levels with additional firefighters, fire engines, fire crews, and aircraft to respond to any new wildfires.“This is traditionally the time of year when we see these strong Santa Ana winds,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE said in a statement. “And with an increased risk for wildfires, our firefighters are ready."CAL FIRE Mobilizing for #SantaAnaWinds in Southern California: https://t.co/QnxTnJUV9l pic.twitter.com/p9EfUUf9M5
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  • ABCNews.com(MIAMI) -- A Miami-area man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to plant a bomb at a Miami shopping mall, two people familiar with the matter told ABC News on Sunday.The man, Vicente Solano, was allegedly inspired by ISIS, as first reported by the Miami Herald.Solano was caught up in an FBI sting operation, where he allegedly thought he was engaging with a like-minded radical but was actually in touch with someone working for the FBI, the sources said.He never had access to any real, operative explosives because the device he was allegedly planning to use was inert, they said.He will be charged with an offense related to use of a weapon of mass destruction, one of the sources told ABC News.The Dolphin Mall was his alleged target, the Herald reported, adding that he was scheduled to have his first appearance in Miami federal court Monday to face a criminal complaint and affidavit.
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  • Tampa Police Department/Facebook(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Police in Florida are searching for whoever is "terrorizing" a Tampa neighborhood after three people were shot and killed in the same vicinity in less than two weeks.The latest slaying occurred Thursday night when Anthony Naiboa, a 20-year-old man with autism, was killed in the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood while on his way home from work, according to the Tampa Police Department.Officers were patrolling the neighborhood when they heard the shots fired, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a news conference on Friday. After they canvassed the area, one of the officers found Naiboa."But it was too late," Dugan said. "He was already dead when our police officers came upon him."It appears that Naiboa had taken the wrong bus to the neighborhood and was walking north to another bus stop when he was shot, Dugan said. His father had called the police department, "worried that his son was missing," Dugan added."He should not have been in this neighborhood," Dugan said of Naiboa.Naiboa was the eldest of five children and had just graduated from Tampa's George S. Middleton High School last year, Dugan said."He was in the prime of his life, and it has been taken instantly," the police chief said.Deputies find weapons stash, note vowing 'bloody revenge' amid child porn inquiryNaiboa was killed about 200 to 300 yards away from where 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was killed on Oct. 9, Dugan said. His body was found almost directly in front of Mitchell's home, Dugan said.Investigators are searching for a person who was seen in surveillance video near the area the night that Mitchell was killed."We don’t know if that is him, her or what, Dugan said. "Do not assume this is a white person, do not assume it’s a black person and do not assume it’s a male."On Oct. 13, the body of Monica Caridad Hoffa was found about a half mile from where Mitchell was found, Dugan said in a news conference Tuesday. Police believe she died Oct. 11.After Hoffa's body was found, police immediately linked her death to Mitchell's because of the proximity of the shootings, but Dugan called the circumstances "unusual" with "no clear connection." Authorities believe all three killings are linked because of when the shootings occurred and because all the victims were alone when they died.None of the victims was connected to each other, police said.Authorities have not yet determined any leads or motive for the killings and are offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest, Dugan said. He described Mitchell as a "good person who comes from a good family" and said that while Hoffa "had some challenges in her life," there is no reason to believe there was motive to kill her.Police are instructing residents of the neighborhood to turn on their porch lights at night.Dugan added that it's not necessary to hide in their homes but to remain aware of their surroundings."Do cookouts, walk your dog," he said. "We're not going to be held hostage by whoever's doing this."A heavy police presence will continue there, Dugan said, adding that the area has been "blanketed" with officers.Police are not labeling the suspect as a serial killer at this point, and they are frustrated with the unsolved cases, Dugan said.“This is, you know, very frustrating," Dugan said. "I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.”
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  • U.S. Army(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four American service members killed in Niger earlier this month, was laid to rest in his home state of Florida on Saturday.A flag-covered coffin holding Johnson's remains was carried into South Florida's Christ The Rock Church for a private funeral service Saturday morning. American flags flew at half-staff across the Sunshine State as Johnson's body was then taken to Hollywood Memorial Gardens where he was buried.An emotional public viewing for Johnson, 25, was held the previous night at the church in Cooper City, where gospel music filled the room while loved ones and strangers cried, prayed and hugged each other. His family, wearing red shirts, sat in the front row, a short distance from his closed casket, flanked by a heart-shaped wreath made of red roses.Instead of wearing a red shirt, Johnson's aunt, Sharon Wright, wore a military green U.S. Army T-shirt and sat outside the church on a bench weeping, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.Johnson, a native of Miami Gardens, and three other U.S. service members, were killed during an ambush near a village close to Niger's border with Mali on Oct. 4.Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is expecting their third child in January. They also have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.Terkiya McGriff, who told the Miami Herald she was Johnson's sister on his father's side, said she had spoken to him on Facetime before he left for Niger. She said it's been tough accepting he's gone.“I'm not going to ever have my brother anymore,” she told the newspaper.Throughout Johnson's viewing on Friday night, soldiers marched up to the casket, stopped, saluted and marched away.As people waited in line, two screens broadcast photos of Johnson -- some in his army fatigues, others holding his children, the Miami Herald reported.Many of those who attended the viewing were veterans who did not know Johnson, but wanted to pay their respects."I'm here for the fallen soldier. I'm here for his family," Vietnam veteran L.C. Deal told WPLG-TV. "I think they need to feel that they aren't just out here because they lost a loved one. There's a healing process and it's going to take time."Another veteran, Mike Pacheco, told WPLG-TV that his thoughts were with Johnson's widow. "My condolences to her and her family," he said. "I hurt maybe not as much as you, but I hurt deeply because it's that kind of bond, and God Bless your family. I want to thank your husband for putting up the ultimate sacrifice and may he rest In peace."Melvin Harris, a Korean war veteran, told the Miami Herald as he entered the church, "I came to pay my respects to my brother."Earlier this week, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, was in a car with Myeshia Johnson when she received a call from President Donald Trump about her husband's death. Wilson took issue with what she said Trump told Mrs. Johnson: that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."
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  • @6News/Twitter(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A freight train derailed Saturday night in North Knoxville, Tennessee, slamming into nearby buildings.According to ABC affiliate WATE-TV, the train consisted of three locomotives and 68 railcars. Twenty of those cars left the track, of which 19 carried shipping containers and one carried automobiles. No injuries were reported. Crews are now working to remove the cars.The train was not carrying any hazardous materials when it derailed, said Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern Railway. The derailment happened just after 10 p.m. EDT. According to WATE-TV, nearby residents said they heard a loud screeching sound before it happened.Police tweeted about the incident Saturday night, confirming that at least two buildings were damaged.
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