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What We Know About the Man Shot by LAPD Officers

Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Details are emerging about the man who was fatally shot by police officers in an incident caught on camera.

Authorities have not released the man's name, but the Los Angeles County Coroner told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that he was a black man in his 30s.

Witnesses told KABC that the man was called "Africa."

"What did he do? He wasn't an aggravated person," said Steven Tugmon, a person on Skid Row who spoke to KABC. "He wasn't mad all the time. He just had mental problems."

The coroner reported that "Africa" was a "possible transient."

The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.

The man's official autopsy is pending and a police investigation into the shooting is underway.

The video of the shooting was shared on Facebook and has already received close to 5.2 million views.

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Report: Justice Department Report to Criticize Ferguson PD Practices

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department is getting close to releasing the report on its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department. It's expected to be critical of the department's practices leading up to last year's shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

The emotion that boiled over last summer had been simmering for a long time in Ferguson. For years, the report says according to The New York Times, the police created racial animosity within the city by pulling over and arresting African Americans disproportionately and relying on the fines to balance the city budget.

While officer Darren Wilson is expected to be cleared of civil rights charges in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, this report could lead to a lawsuit against or settlement with the city.

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More Snow and Ice Impact Weekend Plans; New Storm On the Way

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another blast of snow and ice impacted weekend plans from the Midwest to the Northeast on Sunday.

A half foot of snow was reported from central Missouri to the central Ohio Valley through Sunday morning. Up to 9 inches of snow fell in central Illinois and snowfall accumulations hit 8 inches in northern Indiana.

The southern side of this latest winter storm brought freezing rain to the mid-Atlantic region Sunday morning. The freezing rain eventually moved farther north, reaching central Pennsylvania to New Jersey by Sunday afternoon.

More than a quarter inch of ice accumulated in parts of Maryland, with a glaze to two-10ths of an inch of ice reported throughout much of the mid-Atlantic, icing over roads and causing numerous accidents throughout the day.

On Sunday evening, the heaviest of the precipitation was focused over the Northeast with snow falling from New York City north to Boston, and freezing rain falling for areas south of Interstate 80.

The highest snowfall totals in the Northeast stretch from northwestern Pennsylvania and along the New York state line into southern New England. More than 6 inches of snow was expected in this region, with isolated totals up to 8 inches possible.

The heaviest of the snow fell just south of Boston, however several inches of snow were expected there as well. With 5.6 inches of snow, this winter would tie the record for the city's all-time snowiest season, and it looks like they will come up just short of that with this event.

The snow and freezing rain ended early Monday morning, right before the busy morning commute. However, some slick spots on area roadways are still possible.

Another winter storm will be taking aim on millions of Americans beginning Monday night and hitting many of the same locations that received snow over the weekend.

However, the next storm will track north and bring more rain than snow to many cities. Some heavy rain is possible as well prompting flooding concerns from the Tennessee Valley to New England given the current widespread snow cover throughout the country.


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WATCH: Store Clerk Fights Off, Shoots Robber in Kentucky

WTVQ(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- A clerk at a Lexington, Kentucky, tobacco store fended off an attempted robbery -- a tense altercation that was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

Zara Adil, 21, was working Friday at Tobacco Zone when two men entered the store wearing masks. One of the men can be seen approaching the register and demanding cash, brandishing a handgun. Adil obliged, opening the register and then stepping away.

That’s when the would-be robber made his mistake -- setting down his gun to gather the money.

“So I picked up the gun and pointed it at the second guy, and said, ‘You run or I will shoot you,’” she told ABC News affiliate WTVQ in an interview.

Despite the warning, the man approached.

Adil fired the gun, and the man was shot in the shoulder. A fight ensued -- and the man eventually ran away, without the money.

Adil suffered a few minor injuries, but considered her actions justified in defending the store that her parents own and operate.

"If more people stand up, they won't have that much courage to go around and do what they're doing," she told WTVQ.

Lexington Police later issued a warrant for Darnell Thomas, Jr., 30, in connection with the armed robbery attempt.

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Fatal Los Angeles Police Shooting Caught on Video

Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man during a confrontation in the city's Skid Row area Sunday, in an incident that was caught on video.

Police said officers were responding to a report of a robbery, and when they confronted the suspect, there was an altercation.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that during that altercation, at least one less than lethal device, a Taser, was deployed. However, at this time, we still do not know if that Taser did strike the suspect," LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.

"After that, the struggle continued and an officer-involved shooting occurred," he said.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said the man reached for an officer's weapon while resisting arrest.

"Anytime we have an officer-involved shooting and there's a loss of life, people are upset and justifiably so. Nobody out there, no police officer out there, wants to be involved in a situation like this where you have to take someone else's life," Smith said.

Witnesses such as Larry Jackson said the man was already subdued when officers shot him.

"Next thing I knew, I heard one shot and I looked over across the street and I see three more shots being fired at the guy who was laying down on the ground. Instead of handcuffing the guy, they straight out shot him," Jackson said.

A video that was posted to Facebook records the struggle, and then the moment when an officer shot the man.

Police have not released the name of the suspect. The LAPD's specialized Force Investigative Division and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division are reviewing the shooting.


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Truck Goes Through Ice on Frozen New Jersey River

U.S. Coast Guard(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) -- The driver and passenger of a truck that fell through the ice while doing "donuts" on a frozen New Jersey river were found safe Sunday, but officials say a dog was found dead in the submerged pickup.

Someone called the Toms River Police Department shortly after midnight Sunday to say they saw a truck driving on the frozen river, police said.

When officers arrived, they saw the small pickup truck on the ice, police said. The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed towards the far side of the river, but suddenly the lights were no longer visible, police said.

Firefighters from Toms River and Island Heights began a search, along with the New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopter units.

A large hole in the ice was eventually spotted, and divers and rescuers found the truck 100 feet under the water with no one in it around 10:30 a.m.

 

A #USCG aircrew located a truck that fell through the ice on Toms River early Sunday. @NJSP dive team is responding. pic.twitter.com/wDXEG30t4x

— USCG Mid-Atlantic (@uscgmidatlantic) March 1, 2015

 

The driver and a passenger of the truck both later voluntarily turned themselves in to police, and it appears there were no other people in the vehicle, officials said.

 

NJSP TEAMS Unit conducted Successful Dive confirmed, No persons in Pickup; Boxer mix dog found in pkup. 2 subjects in custody.

— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) March 1, 2015

 

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Watch 90-Year-Old Vet Take Wild Sled Ride

Courtesy Anthony Smith(NEW YORK) -- Snow days aren't just for kids.

A 90-year-old man is clearly young at heart after taking a wild sled ride last week that was all documented on his grandson-in-law's go-pro.

The video begins with Claude Bratcher getting lowered comfortably onto the sled. After a dog jumps in his lap, the ride starts up as Bratcher's son pulls the sled from a four-wheeler.

"It was Claude's idea," Bratcher's grandson-in-law Anthony Smith, 35, told ABC News Saturday. "He'd been watching us sled for about an hour. After an hour he says, 'Well I think I want to go sled behind the four-wheeler.' He didn't want to just sled down the hill, he wanted to sled down the four-wheeler."

The video shows the sled pulling Bratcher faster and faster as the dog happily runs alongside him in the snow, keeping up almost the entire way.

"We were concerned, but we weren't really going that fast," Smith said. "He just wanted to do it because it was fun. He hadn't done anything like that in a while."

It's hard to tell Bratcher's expression during the high-speed ride, but as the sled comes to a stop, you can see the 90-year-old crack a smile as his family gathers around him.

Bratcher, a World War II veteran, lives "right across the road" from his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Smith said.

Bratcher and his wife were married for more than 50 years before she passed away a few years ago, Smith said.

"One thing about Claude is he keeps going. He's real mobile," Smith said. "Every day, he gets out and does something on the farm. I think that's kind of the key of what's kept him young and alive. Just to stay going."


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February Set Cold, Snow Records Around Northeast, More Winter Weather On the Way

ron hilton/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- February was one of the coldest, snowiest months in recent memory for many cities around the east coast.

According to the National Weather Service's station in Boston, records for snowfall were set in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester and Hartford also saw records set for coldest monthly average temperature.

 

Please RT! Well, S New England, we made it through one of the worst DJFs in some time, and Feb was one of the worst: pic.twitter.com/98Ebe6tB7K

— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 1, 2015



The Mount Holly, Pennsylvania office of the NWS said that this winter is projected to be one of the top six coldest.

 

 

Feb 2015 is shaping up to be in the top 6 coldest! Here are some *preliminary* numbers based on the latest forecast. pic.twitter.com/kzqHuDqu3E

— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) February 27, 2015



In Maine, the NWS says that last month was the coldest February of all-time and ranks behind only January 1971 for coldest month in history.

 

 

Feb 2015 is coldest Feb of all-time @portlandjetport and ranks #2 only behind Jan 1971 (12.2) for coldest month ever! pic.twitter.com/8gNXvvx4od

— NWS Gray (@NWSGray) March 1, 2015

 

Meanwhile, more snow and cold are making their way towards the northeast, with flakes falling from New York to Washington, D.C. early Sunday afternoon.

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"The People's Court" Missing Mother: Orlando Police Renew Search Years Later

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- Police in Orlando, Florida, renewed their search for a mother of three whose episode on The People's Court with her former fiance aired the same day she disappeared nearly four years ago.

Michelle Parker was last seen on Nov. 17, 2011, the same day the prerecorded episode featuring herself and her former fiance, Dale Smith, aired nationally as they attempted to resolve a dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring.

Investigators have considered Smith, the father of Parker's twins, the lone person of interest in her disappearance, although he has never been charged.

Orlando police on Friday revisited a wooded area near Smith's home where Parker was last seen dropping off their toddlers, and the body of water where her cell phone was found two weeks later. According to authorities, about 30 officers searched for roughly three hours and Parker's family was present during the search.

Although the search teams combed through the wooded area, they came up empty.

"It's agony not knowing what happened to your child," Parker's mother, Yvonne Stewart, told ABC News. "They thought they should go back and take a look at these woods."

Parker's mother said authorities told her that search teams were looking for a decal that was missing from Parker's Humvee when it was found days later in a parking lot across town.

"I don't want to find her dead. I want to find her alive." said Parker's father Brad.

Smith's attorney told reporters that his client committed no crime. He has custody of their children.

"We are going to find Michelle," said Brad Parker. "It's just a matter of time."

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Alleged Street Race Driver Charged With Murder in Fatal Los Angeles Crash

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the alleged drivers involved in a fatal crash stemming from an illegal street race has been charged with murder.

Henry Gevorgyan turned himself in to Los Angeles police late Saturday. Police say he was one of the drivers involved in a fatal crash that was the "result of an illegal street race" in the Chatsworth neighborhood of the city on Thursday.

During the race, police say Gevorgyan, 21, lost control of his Ford Mustang and drove into a crowd of about 60 people, killing two and injuring others.

Police said that the Mustang was modified to race, and that the tire marks indicated that Gevorgyan accelerated too quickly and may have lost control when he was shifting gears.

"Street racing, all too often, is publicized as glamorous entertainment," Los Angeles Police Captain John McMahon said Thursday. "Here's a case where street racing is criminal, dangerous, and unfortunately this morning, we see it's deadly."

Gevorgyan did not have an attorney, according to jail records. Bail was set at $2 million.

A second suspect in the crash is still at large, police said. One of the onlookers who was injured remains in critical condition.

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Snowstorm Heading for Boston Could Break City's All-time Snow Record

bizoo_n/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The record-breaking month of February may be coming to a close for Boston, but with a new month comes a new snowstorm.

A Winter Storm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service early Saturday morning for the city of Boston and much of southern New England, including Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

This is in anticipation of another round of snow on the way Sunday evening. Boston has experienced its second snowiest season so far with 102 inches of snow, only 5.6 inches away from the all-time record set during the 1995-1996 season.

Boston has tripled its average snowfall to date so far, and it is also the city's snowiest February on record. The city has also had one of its coldest Februaries on record, with this year likely being Boston's second coldest February.

The ABC Weather Team is currently forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow for Boston by early Monday morning, which could make this season the city's snowiest.

Snow showers will move into the Northeast on Sunday morning and into the early afternoon. However, by Sunday evening, a steadier and heavier snow will overspread the region, reaching Boston closer to sunset.

A wintry mix and even some rain is expected for locations closer to the coast and farther south, including southern New England, New York City, and areas south of Interstate 80.

The city of Boston is forecast to remain all snow throughout the event; therefore, several inches of snow is expected.

The storm will be clearing out of the Northeast by early Monday morning, with the snow likely over before the morning commute throughout the region. Scattered snow showers will linger across northern New England into Monday afternoon with blustery conditions expected from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Even though temperatures will be near or slightly above the freezing mark for most of the Northeast by Monday afternoon, windy conditions will lead to wind chills values below freezing throughout the day.

There have already been reports of a number of roof collapses in New England, including at a skating rink in Canton, Mass., a home in New Braintree, Mass, and another residence in Providence, Rhode Island.

In Dallas, the storm system left travel issues in its wake. More than 700 flights were cancelled into or out of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Saturday due to icy conditions.

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Stolen NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car Found

Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images(LOGANVILLE, Ga.) -- Police in Georgia found a NASCAR Sprint Cup car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot days before the driver was scheduled to race.

Travis Kvapil's No. 44 race car was found Sunday in Loganville, Georgia, according to Team Xtreme Racing. It had been stolen early Friday morning.

 

We got the @Teamxtreme44 back in our shop!! It looks ship shape! pic.twitter.com/Id867OaM1J

— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 28, 2015

 

 

Lost and Found section of the road. pic.twitter.com/L3cEdi9o0R

— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015



Before police found the car, Kvapil told ABC News that he thought his race team was playing a joke on him when they called him about it.

"When I got texts and voicemails this morning [Friday] from the guys, I kind of thought they were messing around," said Kvapil.

Surveillance video shows a black pickup truck speeding off with a 15-foot trailer, which had the car inside. Team Xtreme racing owner John Cohen said Sunday he believed the thieves were only after the trailer and did not realize the car, an extra engine, and $100,000 worth of spare parts were also inside.

"When you get a car stolen, you don't go out and buy another one," Cohen had said before the car was found.

Despite finding the car, Kvapil will not be able to race in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. His team was forced to withdraw when it missed NASCAR's mandatory inspection on Friday.

Kvapil first made headlines when he asked for information about his stolen car on Twitter.

 

 

Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal

— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015

 

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California Mother Arrested in Infant Son's Murder

Zhenikeyev/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The mother of an infant found dead in California earlier this week was arrested on Friday night on murder charges.

According to Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, Samantha Green "was the sole individual responsible for the death of her child." Her son, Justice Reese, was found on Wednesday, two days after being reported missing. Prieto said that among the possible causes of Reese's death were drowning and hypothermia.

"At this point," Prieto added, "we don't have anyone else that was involved."

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Semi Narrowly Misses Ohio State Trooper, Driver in Dash Cam Video

freeteo/iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- An Ohio state trooper has been hailed as a hero after dash cam video captured him saving a driver from being hit by an oncoming semi truck.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday showing Trooper Stephen Zientek after he pulled over on I-475 to help a driver with a dead car battery, according to ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio.

The video shows Zientek invite the driver, Mike Celusta, to his squad car to warm up before suddenly he yells at Celusta and they jump over the guardrail.

Seconds later, the video shows the semi crash into the two cars.

"It was just Hollywood-type script and now that I can see it, it makes it even more surreal," Celusta told WTVG after watching the dash cam footage.

Celusta said he believes Zientek saved his life.

"As soon as he says, ‘Look out!" I just went," Celusta told WVTG, "I couldn't see what was happening, so I just jumped over the rail."

The truck driver was cited, reports WVTG.


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Federal Court Denies Change of Venue Request from Suspected Boston Marathon Bomber

FBI(BOSTON) -- A federal appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday ruled against suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attorneys, who had been calling for a change of venue in Tsarnaev's trial.

A three-judge panel heard arguments from both Tsarnaev's legal team, as well as that of the prosecution, determining by a two-to-one majority to deny the request. Noting that "any high-profile case will receive significant media attention" and thus "it is no surprise that people in general, and especially the well-informed, will be aware of it," the jurors determined that "a jury anywhere in the country will have been exposed to some level of media attention" in this case. Jurors being aware of the case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice," the judges wrote.

Tsarnaev's lawyers had argued that the media's coverage would make it impossible to find a fair jury in Massachusetts. A circuit court judge had already denied the change of venue motion three times.

The judges cited numerous high-profile cases, including the prosecution of Zacharias Moussaoui, as well as comparing the bombing to the 1993 and 2001 attacks at New York's World Trade Center, saying each event "received national and international attention."

In a dissenting opinion, one judge wrote that while the trial is an opportunity for closure, "rather than convicting Tsarnaev and possibly sentencing him to death based on trial-by-media and raw emotion, we must put our emotions aside and proceed in a rational manner." Specifically, he says, the courts must ensure that Tsarnaev receives a fair trial.

Jury selection for Tsarnaev's trial is ongoing.

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are believed to have been the perpetrators of the April 15, 2013 bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 250.

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