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  • Jasper County Sheriffs Department(VOSSBURG, Miss.) -- A multi-state manhunt may have come to an end for a 23-year-old man who allegedly killed his mother and friend in Tennessee before fleeing and apparently detailing the alleged crimes in a disturbing Facebook post.A body found in the Vossburg, Mississippi, area is believed to be suspect Casey James Lawhorn, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning.Lawhorn allegedly shot and killed his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and a friend inside his mother's home in East Ridge, Tennessee, early Sunday morning, authorities said.The double killings sparked a massive manhunt for Lawhorn, whose car was found Sunday night on I-59 in Jasper County, Mississippi, according to the Jasper Count Sheriff's Department.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- A bus carrying high school students struck a highway overpass on Long Island in New York on Sunday, injuring more than 40 people, police said.The charter bus was traveling eastbound on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview on Sunday evening when it slammed into the overpass, police said. The top of the bus was sheared off by the impact of the crash.Commercial vehicles such as this bus are not allowed on New York State parkways because the bridges are so low in certain areas.New York State Police Maj. David Candelaria described multiple of the injuries as serious, adding that some of the passengers had to be extricated.“This was treated as a mass-casualty incident,” Candelaria said at a press conference at the scene. “I give credit the Nassau County police ambulance bureau’s emergency services unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department. They set up a mass-casualty treatment triage and probably saved lives.“We’re very lucky. This could have been tragic," he added.The injuries ranged from broken bones and cuts and scrapes, Candelaria said.Two of the injuries were serious, five were moderate and the remainder were minor, police said in a press release.Forty-four people were on board the bus, including the driver, five chaperones and 38 students.The teens, all between ages 16 and 18, were returning from a trip to Europe and heading to meet their parents at a nearby mall when the accident happened, authorities said. It was not clear which schools they were affiliated with.The bus was operated New Jersey-based Journey Bus Lines, which did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Police told ABC's New York station WABC that the driver is not from the area and was not aware of the parkway system. The bridge is one of the lowest, if not the lowest, on the entire system, according to WABC.The New York State Police Department said the driver would undergo drug and alcohol testing.The crash is under investigation. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(FLINT, Mich.) -- Officials in Flint, Michigan, are criticizing the state for ending its bottled water distribution program as the city continues to recover from a lead-contaminated water crisis.Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday the state would stop supplying free bottled water to Flint residents, saying water quality there had “tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule for nearly two years.”The move sparked swift backlash from the city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, who said the city is still recovering from the crisis that left residents with dangerous levels of lead in their tap water.“We did not cause the manmade water disaster,” Weaver, a Democrat, said, “therefore adequate resources should continue being provided until the problem is fixed and all the lead and galvanized pipes have been replaced.”Weaver said the state should supply free bottled water until all the city's lead pipes are replaced.Weaver, who said she heard about the decision only moments before it was made public, said she planned to contact the governor “to express the insensitivity of the decision” and to make him aware of the city’s “additional needs.”Flint’s chief public health adviser Pamela Pugh echoed the mayor’s concerns.“We have not received clear steps as to how the remaining lead in Flint schools will be remediated or how ongoing monitoring will continue for our most vulnerable populations,” Pugh said in a statement. “Additionally, the medical community has continuously raised questions as to how special populations, including nursing and bottle-feeding mothers, will receive bottled water while massive pipe replacement work is ongoing.“There are still questions that remain,” Pugh added.In Flint, elevated levels of lead were found in the city's water supply after the city disconnected from Detroit's water line as a cost-cutting measure and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014.Snyder said the state had provided more than $350 million to Flint, in addition to $100 million in federal aid, to improve the water quality in Flint.“Data has shown Flint’s water is testing the same as or better than similar cities across the state,” Snyder in a tweet on Friday. “We have worked diligently to restore the water quality & scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended.”Snyder said “ensuring the quality of the water in Flint and helping the people and the city move forward” is a top priority for him and his team, but State Sen. Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint, said he questions the administration's honesty.“It’s beyond belief that the governor expects the folks in Flint to trust the government now, when they lied to our faces about lead in our water just a few years ago,” Ananich said in a statement. “That trust was broken, and families in Flint still don’t feel that the water in their homes is safe to drink.“We won’t feel safe drinking our water until every bad pipe is replaced, and the administration that caused this disaster needs to make sure bottled water stays available until that happens.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Fireworks apparently set off as a diversion so thieves could rob a jewelry store sent mallgoers fleeing at the Florida Mall Sunday.Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to the shopping center at just before 6 p.m. after reports of gunfire, according to ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV.Once at the mall, officials determined the sound was actually fireworks, WFTV reported.At least 11 were injured as the terrified crowds raced out of the mall, according to WFTV. Five were taken to the hospital for treatment.The fireworks are thought to have been a distraction for a jewelry store robbery, WFTV reported.There were no further details.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Courtesy The Piazza Family (STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) -- Video of Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza chugging vodka, beer and wine at a pledge ceremony inside the Beta Theta Pi house the night he fatally fell down the frat’s stairs was shown in court on Monday.Twenty-six men are facing various charges in connection with Piazza's death, including involuntary manslaughter, hazing and conspiracy, though aggravated assault charges were recently withdrawn. A hearing is underway to determine if there's enough evidence to go to trial for several of those men.On the night of Feb. 2, 2017, Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, participated in an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the frat house. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza's fall, according to a report on the grand jury's investigation.In the video shown in court Monday, pledges, as part of the ritual, are brought into a basement room and instructed to sit on a bench. They pass around a bottle of vodka which travels up and down the line of 14 pledges three times. Piazza is identified as the 9th pledge in line in a suit and tie. Piazza's parents left the room before the video was played.Pledges are seen on video playing beer pong, and every time a pledge misses a shot, he is handed a beer to chug.Piazza at one point is seen stumbling and staggering.About an hour after the obstacle course ends, Piazza can be seen chugging from a bottle of vodka. Later on the a heavily intoxicated teen staggers toward the basement stairs, but his fall was not captured on video.What happened next is described in horrific detail in a grand jury report citing evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records.Members of the fraternity carried Piazza up the steps and put him on the couch. They dumped water on his face and slapped him in an apparent attempt to wake him, to no avail. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some help, he was shoved into a wall and told the brothers had it under control, the grand jury report says.As the night went on, Piazza tried over and over to stand on his own, falling each time. The video in court Monday showed Piazza at one point crawling on the floor and putting his head between his arms on the floor.At about 10 a.m., fraternity members found the 19-year-old back in the basement lying on his back, breathing heavily and with blood on his face, the grand jury report said. One brother said Piazza's eyes were half open and he felt cold. Men carried Piazza's unconscious body upstairs and placed him back on the couch, where they shook him and tried to prop him up, according to the grand jury report. At 10:48 a.m., a fraternity member called 911.He died a day later of traumatic brain injuries.Prosecutors claim the frat brothers then tried to cover up the alleged hazing and underage drinking.One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend "drink hazing can send me to jail," and "I don't want to go to jail for this,” prosecutors said. "I think we are f-----," he added.Another text read, "Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and this situation."Beta Theta Pi has since been barred from Penn State.Last week Piazza's parents joined with a local state politician in announcing a new anti-hazing bill in the hopes to "change the landscape" in Pennsylvania and become a model for the nation.Jim Piazza said he thinks the state bill -- the Timothy J. Piazza Law -- could make Greek life safer, hold those who commit hazing accountable and save lives. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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