• iStock/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- A 5-year-old boy who has been missing since the weekend may have been the victim of abuse, a relative told ABC News.Lucas Hernandez disappeared from his Wichita, Kansas, home around 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Lucas’ great-aunt Sally Rasmussen, who lives in New Mexico, told ABC News that she saw marks on the boy's arms and on his cheek in a photo she saw of him last May.Rasmussen, who said she's worked at-risk youth before, said she is familiar with the possible signs of abuse and reported the marks to Kansas Child Protective Services.Rasmussen said relatives grew more concerned when Lucas and his father, Johnathan Hernandez, visited New Mexico in November. She said they told her they saw more signs of abuse and reported them to authorities in New Mexico.However, Rasmussen does not believe Lucas’father hurt his son.“He loves his son dearly!” Rasmussen wrote in a Facebook message to ABC News.She added that she believes Hernandez, who often travels out of state for work, was out of town working when Lucas disappeared. According to police, Lucas' stepmother told investigators she last saw him in his bedroom just before she took a shower and fell asleep. Police were called to the home about three hours later.The New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department told ABC News that its cases are confidential and did not confirm whether it has an open case involving Lucas.The Kansas Department for Children and Families, of which Child Protective Services is a part, said it couldn't share any information on its cases either but expressed worry for Lucas.“We share the public’s concern regarding Lucas Hernandez," Theresa Freed, communications director for Kansas DCF, said in a statement to ABC News. "In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested.”Wichita police confirmed in a media briefing Monday that they have had contact with the family before, but did not elaborate on the nature of that contact.Authorities said they as many as 100 officers working the case and have searched the Hernandez home as well as Wichita’s Chisholm Trail Park, Grove Park and Harrison Park using horses, dogs and drones, but have found no sign of Lucas.At a prayer vigil on Monday night, Lucas’ father told ABC affiliate KAKE he was thankful for the community's help.“I think it’s good to see people in this community treating Lucas like he’s their child," Hernandez said. "This is a serious thing and we want him home.”The family is cooperating with the investigation, authorities said.ABC News has reached out to other relatives of Lucas, but did not immediately receive a response.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABCNews.com(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- More funerals were held Tuesday for Florida teenagers who were gunned down at their high school six days ago.Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang will be laid to rest. They were among the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The suspect, a former student, was arrested.Peter, 15, was a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet and was killed in his uniform while helping his classmates to safety, witnesses said, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. His friends started a petition for him to be buried with military honors."I want people to know that he died a hero," friend Aiden Ortiz said, according to WPLG. "That he died saving many people."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) --  Cadet Peter Wang was being buried Tuesday wearing his JROTC uniform - and with him - the U.S. Army's Medal of Heroism.Wang, 15, was wearing his JROTC uniform when he was killed in last week's Parkland, Fla. high school shooting."He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets," classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC affiliate WPLG. "I want people to know he died a hero. He died saving many people."Also Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy, known as West Point, posthumously offered admission to Wang for his heroic actions during the shooting. It was Wang's lifelong dream to attend the Academy.A West Point statement said, "It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man. West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country."In addition to Wang, the U.S. Army Cadet Command is awarding the medal to two other Cadets, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque, also among the 17 who died.The gunman, Nikolas Cruz, once was a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet as well.The Medal of Heroism is a military decoration awarded by the Department of the Army to a JROTC Cadet who performs an act of heroism.According to the Army, the act must be "so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances.""The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage," the Army said.Wang's family was being given a "keepsake" medal - and the family of Cadet Alaina Petty received a similar "keepsake" medal at her funeral Monday. The Florida Sun Sentinel reported that about 1,500 people attended the service for the 14-year-old who was part of the female color guard team.Wang's friend Aiden Ortiz and another classmate started a petition on the White House website "We the People" to have the federal government bury Wang with full military honors. As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had over 61,000 signatures.Service members in uniform were expected to attend Wang's funeral, and his family is reportedly receiving hundreds of military patches and coins in their son's honor.The family of Cadet Martin Duque, 14, will receive the medal during his funeral Saturday.His aunt described Duque to ABC station KTRK as a good student who loved football and attending church. A Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for the family has already received nearly $40,000 in donations.A spokesperson for the Army told ABC News that awards for other Cadets wounded in the shooting are going through a review process."However, the immediate focus right now is on supporting the funerals with dignity and honor, so deserved by these Cadets and their families," the spokesperson said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- On the day after the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, the East Brunswick Board of Education in New Jersey approved a resolution to collaborate with its local police force to put armed officers in all 11 of its public schools.The Feb. 15 vote was a unanimous action that came after 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman opened fire on Valentine's Day.The officers will volunteer for this security position through the police department but will be compensated."We expect the cost [to be] $430,000 and that’s on top of their budget of $1.7 million for their existing unarmed security officers," Victor Valeski, the superintendent of schools, told ABC News.Armed officers were present Tuesday at some schools, but the rest of the officers will be in place at all the schools by next week, Valeski said.The school district won't announce how many armed officers they are adding to the schools because of security protocol, but this addition will supplement the 71 security officers, who are all retired law enforcement officers, already employed.The armed officers would be at the schools throughout the entire school day, according to a press release.Though the vote came after the shooting in Florida, the board of education has been working on this action for quite some time."This is something [that] has been in the works for two and half years," said Valeski, adding that the Florida high school shooting was a "catalyst" that made the board feel it was time to vote.The day after the board of education's vote, East Brunswick schools responded to a threat that was made online."A high school student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat based on an online posting," the district said in the release, and Valeski confirmed this incident happened on Feb. 16."The importance of our unarmed force is one of the things I'm proud of," said Valeski, noting that it was their action that aided in vetting the threat made to the school. "The relationships [the security officers] built with students is invaluable."Valeski went on to add: "We have a very cooperative relationship with local township police and local administration, mayor and council, and we couldn't do this without their support."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABCNews.com(BROOKLYN, Ohio) -- Ohio police are looking for a man who was caught on video slipping out of his handcuffs and escaping from a jail booking room after being arrested for shoplifting.James Hlavsa was arrested along with two other men for shoplifting from a Home Depot. After being booked at the jail in Brooklyn, Ohio, an officer handcuffed the 31-year-old to a security bench to await bond and left him alone with another handcuffed suspect, ABC affiliate WEWS reported.A surveillance camera mounted in the corner of the room captured Hlavsa, clad in a blue sweatshirt, jeans, and boots, chatting with the woman who was handcuffed next to him as he wiggles his hands and wrists, trying to get free of the handcuffs. Improbably, the cuffs slip off and Hlavsa is free.He wastes little time checking to make sure the coast is clear before scampering off as two other surveillance cameras catch him fleeing down a hallway and then out the police department’s garage.ABC News reached out to the Brooklyn Police Department for comment and will update this story when we hear back.Hlavsa is still on the run and has multiple active warrants for contempt of court, larceny, and failure to appear, according to ABC affiliate WEWS.
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  • Philadelphia Police (PHILADELPHIA) -- One day after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, a teenager in Philadelphia was caught on camera bringing a gun to a school entrance.The incident took place at about 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Frederick Douglas Mastery Charter School, the Philadelphia police said.The unknown teenager is seen trying to open the door but it's locked.He tries knocking, but then turns around and leaves.No shots were fired, police said.The suspect, believed to be between the ages of 13 and 16, is wanted for firearms violations, police said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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