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Prosecution Rests Its Case in 'Porch Shooting' Trial


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of a suburban Detroit man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.

Theodore Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, 19, after she showed up on his porch in Dearborn Heights during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.

Wafer sat quietly at the defense table Wednesday, the fifth day of his trial, as he listened to testimony from Dr. Kilak Kesha, an assistant medical examiner from Wayne County.

Kesha described McBride's brain as "pulpified" and how the bullet wound the teen suffered proved catastrophic. He also told the jury that he wasn't able to discern any other injuries.

A photo of pellets removed from McBride’s brain during the autopsy was also shown. Alcohol and marijuana were also found in McBride's system, Kesha testified.

Where McBride was before she was fatally shot on Wafer's porch -- and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired -- will be decisive during the trial.

Whether Wafer's screen door was torn from a break-in attempt or if it was damaged from the bullets he allegedly fired at McBride will be a key question in the case, which is reminiscent of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.

On Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Shawn Kolonich of the Michigan State Police testified that there was no feasible way Wafer could have accidentally fired his shotgun at McBride.

Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.

McBride was shot in the face, falling on her back, with her feet facing Wafer's door, prosecutors said.

Wafer told police he didn't know his gun was loaded and said he shot the unarmed teen by accident, according to a recording played to jurors last week.

"What happened here?" Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording.

"A consistent knocking on the door, and I'm trying to look through the windows, but every time I look through the windows and the door it's banging somewhere else," Wafer said on the recording. "So I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged."

"I didn't know there was a round in there," he tells McManmon on the recording. "I don't get it. Who's knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang -- somebody wanting in."


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Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week


File photo. Credit: US Army(SAN ANTONIO) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney tells ABC News that he expects his client will be interviewed next week by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the two star general investigating his 2009 disappearance.
 
Military attorney Eugene Fidell says it’s his “assumption” that Bergdahl will be interviewed by Dahl next week in San Antonio, where the former Taliban captive is currently assigned at the U.S. Army North headquarters.

Fidell will be on hand for the meeting when it takes place, though he did not provide a specific date for the interview. It's also unclear whether the Dahl's questioning will last more than one day.
 
Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale, adds that Bergdahl has already participated in a “very introductory” meeting with Maj. Gen. Dahl and that “nothing substantive” was discussed. An Army official says that meeting took place in San Antonio the week of July 14.
 
Dahl’s full investigation is supposed to last 60 days, which means he’s slated to present a report by Aug.15. He could, however, request an extension for his investigation.  Fidell referred questions to the Army when asked if an extension was likely.
 
As for what happens after the interview next week Fidell says the “ball will be in the Army’s court as Maj. Gen. Dahl prepares his report and it’s reviewed by the commands he’ll present it to."

Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff.  If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions.
 
Fidell hopes the matter “will be resolved sooner rather than later so Sgt. Bergdahl can go back to his life.”
 
The attorney would not answer whether Bergdahl has spoken or met with his parents.          

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Warren Jeffs' Mansion Becomes Bed and Breakfast


Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images(HILDALE, Utah) -- While polygamist leader Warren Jeffs spends his days in a prison cell, his sprawling compound has been turned into a bed and breakfast.

Jeffs' former bodyguard, Willie Jessop, bought the Hildale, Utah mansion last year with money he received as part of a settlement against Jeffs and members of his sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.

Jessop claimed in the lawsuit the FLDS leaders ruined his excavating business after he was excommunicated from the group.

Jeffs, the former leader of the FDLS, married more than 80 women and was convicted on two counts of sexual assault against two girls, ages 12 and 15. He was sentenced to life in prison in Texas.

Jessop has turned the compound into "America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast." The hotel takes its cheeky name from his former boss' stint on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

The $3.6 property has been transformed from Jeffs' vision, however. It includes newly constructed apartments, full size kitchens and satellite television, according to the hotel's website. The cost to book a room was not available online and a booking agent did not immediately return a call from ABC News.

The location is perfect for outdoorsy guests who are looking for an adventure. It's close to the Grand Canyon, near the recreational opportunities of Lake Powell and Zion's National Park, along with other sightseeing destinations.

The business has not yet been registered with Utah's Chamber of Commerce.

The FLDS group broke away from the mainstream Mormon church during the late 19th century after LDS officials ended plural marriages. Jeffs took over as leader of the group when his father, Rulon Jeffs, died in 2002.

A raid in 2008 on the group's Yearning for Zion compound in Eldorado, Texas, brought the FLDS community into the national spotlight. Authorities found a polygamous community and pregnant child brides.

Pictures of women in pastel prairie clothes with tightly braided hairstyles and stories of the controlling, male-dominated environment offered the world a glimpse into the lives of the reclusive group.

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Ax Flies into Windshield, Startles Motorists


Massachusetts State Police/Facebook(TOPSFIELD, Mass.) -- Motorists driving down a Massachusetts highway on Wednesday were rattled when an ax came flying through the windshield.

The ax, which had not been properly secured by the dump truck in front of the vehicle, went halfway through the window, according the Massachusetts State Police. The ax blade rested on the dashboard on the passenger side of the car while much of the handle stuck out of the windshield.

The frightening incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday as the car traveled on Route 95 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The passenger in the car, who was not identified, "was shaken up," but not injured, a police statement said.

Trooper Joseph Risteen of the Newbury Barracks responded to the accident and the truck driver, who was identified only as being from Peabody, Massachusetts, was fined $200 for failure to secure cargo.

Officers with the Massachusetts State Police hope that the incident serves as a tale of caution to drivers to properly secure items they are carrying, like tools, bicycles, canoes and furniture.

It was also a reminder, police said, to follow the speed limit. The driver in the incident had been going a legal 65 mph, and officers noted that if the car had been traveling above the limit, it would have increased the ax's impact and been a possibly fatal situation.

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Florida Family Strikes Gold on Sunken Treasure Hunt -- Again


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Florida man literally struck gold when he unearthed a "priceless" religious artifact from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The sunken treasure was discovered at the site of a shipwreck that happened nearly 300 years ago off the coast of Ft. Pierce. It's the missing piece of a necklace that was discovered at the same wreck in 1989.

Called a pyx, the ornate gold trinket is a Spanish artifact used by priests to hold the communion host, Brent Brisben, the operations manager of Queens Jewels, told ABC News.

"We find shipwrecked artifacts on a daily basis, but it's more like ship spikes and musket balls, so when you get an extremely rare, unique piece like this, it's exciting," Brisben said.

He said 27-year-old Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager in Florida, found the piece last month on a scavenging hunt with his family. Last year, he had dug up more than $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins from the same wreckage.

"He found an incredible silver platter when he was 14 years old," Brisben added.

Hunting for buried treasure is the Schmitt's family business. They own Booty Salvage and work for Brisben's company, which owns rights to the wreckage. Brisben also goes on treasure-hunting excursions.

"It's incredibly difficult work," Brisben said. "It's long, it's in the middle of the summer, it's hot. You're in the sun all day. It's quite laborious work, so when you come across an amazing artifact like that, words can't describe it. It's a surreal experience to touch something from 300 years ago, to learn about it, and to share it with the world."

Spanish historians recently discovered what it was and linked it to the artifact dug up 25 years ago. The piece has not been appraised yet, but Brisben called it "priceless."

By law, it is in the custody of the U.S. District Court in South Florida. The state can take possession of up to 20 percent of Brisben's goods. Proceeds from the rest are split between his company and the Schmitt family.

The shipwreck where it was found is one of the most important in history. Several galleons packed with treasures from the New World left Havana, bound for Spain, and were taken down by a hurricane in 1715.

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Satanists Use Hobby Lobby Decision to Play Devil's Advocate


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A group of Satanists are using the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision to promote their own political initiatives -- which are the polar opposite of the Christian craft store giant.

The Supreme Court ruling allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing contraceptives to their employees on the basis of their religious beliefs. Now, The Satanic Temple plans to cite the verdict as justification for the protection of their own beliefs.

The Satanic Temple, a religious group based in New York but with followers across the country, is using the ruling to fight informed consent laws which mandate that women considering abortions must be given state-approved literature about the procedure.

Where they exist, informed consent laws differ by state, with some requiring women to watch videos or read information of varying amounts of time before scheduling their procedures.

"We should only have to review medical or scientific information based solely on fact and not politicized," said Jex Blackmore, the head of the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple. "Some of that state-drafted information is medical in nature [but] it's just that it's written in a very biased format."

The group announced the initiative last week and have provided a form letter intended to enable women to opt-out of receiving the pamphlets distributed under the informed consent laws. They contend that the informed consent pamphlets run counter to their religious beliefs.

Women are able to print out the opt-out form, fill it out and hand it to their doctor. If the doctor still gives them the state-mandated forms in spite of the letter, The Satanic Temple says it will file a lawsuit on their behalf.

Blackmore said they have not filed any such suits since the initiative was launched.

"It’s an opening statement, as it were," W. James MacNaughton, The Satanic Temple's attorney, told ABC. "It’s a statement from the patient to the physician and to the world at large that 'here’s my position, here's what i believe'. actually going to court and picking the test case actually depends on the facts. At this stage, we don't know who that will be."

The Satanic Temple remains a mystery to many but their spokesman Lucien Greaves told ABC News that they have gained 10,000 members in the past year and a half. They gained notoriety earlier this year when they successfully pushed for a 7-foot Satanic statue to be approved to stand alongside a 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capital.

Cardozo School of Law professor Marci Hamilton, who has written extensively about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), said that The Satanic Temple's plan to use the Hobby Lobby ruling as the basis for their initiative could be effective if and when they bring a lawsuit to the courts.

"This was inevitable," Hamilton told ABC News. "This is following exactly on that line of thinking that a regulation that impedes the ability of the believer to practice that religion is going to be challenged."

She said that an important distinction to keep in mind is that both the Hobby Lobby decision and The Satanic Temple's initiative both rely on RFRA, which helps individuals fight laws that counter their religious beliefs, as opposed to the First Amendment of the Constitution.

RFRA was passed in 1993 and adds more protections than the Constitution lays out for religious freedom.

A number of legal experts, including Hamilton, believe RFRA is unconstitutional. In her view, Hamilton believes RFRA caused "this wave of extreme religious liberty that is untethered from the constitution."

"For those of us who have been working on RFRA issues for two decades...inevitably it was going to be groups that raised claims that made either ordinary Americans or the far right find uncomfortable," Hamilton said.

When it comes to fighting any lawsuits that The Satanic Temple brings forward regarding informed consent laws, it appears that the devil is truly in the details.

"It really puts the conservative Christians and the anti-contraceptive Catholics in a bind: They're going to have to argue that a religious group should lose a RFRA claim that is on par with the Hobby Lobby claim," Hamilton said.

"The courts cant pick and choose between beliefs," she added.

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LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus


ABC7 Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- A hundred year old water main ruptured in Los Angeles on Tuesday, flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

As the flooding stretched from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department brought in crews to help rescue people from swamped cars.

Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133 million renovation in 2012, was also flooded.

No injuries were reported.

City councilman Paul Koretz says such an emergency could not have come at a worse time, as Los Angeles and much of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in more than a decade.

"We're losing water at I understand around 35,000 gallons a minute," Koretz said. "Obviously we will have to work harder to conserve with the drought because we've lost a lot of water."

The leak was stopped and it is estimated that 8 to 10 million gallons of water was lost. 


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Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill


David Silverman/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.

The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for thirty days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group.

"I heard about it on the radio," said Turner, a 46-year-old social worker who lives in Detroit's Conant Gardens neighborhood. "This would be a tremendous help -- it will be one less expense that I have to worry about."

Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill -- amounting to $147.12 -- and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products. The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city.

"It was unwarranted, and it was a surprise to a lot of people," Turner said of the shutoffs. "People have been trying to contact the water company to make payment plans and also had been going to the water company, but the lines would be horrendous or they weren't even able to get in."

Turner said her water hasn't been shut off yet -- she's on a payment plan -- but is worried it would be soon. She has a job, but says she still struggles to pay her bills.

Despite some criticism, PETA calls its latest campaign a "win-win situation."

"We had a generous PETA member who saw this as an opportunity to help people in need, while also helping animals," said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. "Not only will people get their water bills paid, they'll be introduced to a healthy, plant-based diet that will reduce their costs in the long run."

Critics might argue that a vegan diet -- popularized by celebrities and health nuts -- is anything but cheap, which would pose a problem for the financially-stricken residents of Detroit, where the unemployment rate is 14.5 percent. But Rajt said eating vegan is simpler than most people think.

"A lot of people hear about all of these celebrities who are going vegan, so it makes it seem like it's very elite or expensive, but the fact is that a lot of the foods that most of us eat every day are already vegan and they're very low-cost," she said. "What is more budget-friendly than a healthy dinner of rice and beans, for example? Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or pasta with marinara sauce?"

For Turner, she's happy to eat vegan if it means her bill will be paid. And it will: PETA says her check is in the mail. Besides, Turner adds, the new diet will probably be good for her.

"If I eliminate dairy and animal products I may be able to come off my blood pressure medicine," she explained.

She has no doubt she'll be able to stick to a vegan diet -- and the "welcome" basket of vegan goodies that PETA is sending her will help. But the diet restrictions turned off some of her family and friends who heard about PETA's offer.

"Not very many of them think they will be able to consume just vegetables and fruits and grains, and not have meat products, so that's the major drawback I've heard," Turner said.

Detroit residents interested in PETA's campaign must mail in their overdue bills and a pledge to go vegan before this Friday. So far, Rajt says they've received five applications.

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Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Estate of Slain Navy SEAL


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.845 million in damages after a jury determined that he was defamed in a book by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Kyle, who was murdered in 2013, wrote in his book, American Sniper, that he once punched out a man identified as "Mr. Scruff Face" because he badmouthed the SEALs and said the elite group "deserved to lose a few" members.

During a tour to promote American Sniper in 2012, Kyle said the person he "laid out" in a bar was Ventura.

Ventura sued, claiming the incident never happened.  The former governor belonged to the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War era, which eventually merged with the SEALs.

His award included $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment," meaning someone, in this case Kyle, made money at the expense of Ventura.

Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot to death Feb. 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas. Police have charged former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who had a history of mental problems, with two counts of capital murder. Routh has pleaded not guilty.

Kyle's book is being adapted into a movie starring Oscar winner Bradley Cooper.

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Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach 'Never Saw' Victims Below


Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.) -- The pilot whose plane crashed-landed on a Florida beach Sunday, killing a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore, "never saw them" during his frantic efforts to land the stalled single-engine plane, according to his statement released Tuesday.

"It was only after I landed and we exited the plane that I realized that there were people on the beach," Karl Kokomoor said in his statement, which Pastor Victor Willis of Englewood United Methodist Church read at a news conference outside his Englewood, Fla. church.

Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Florida, when the small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the man on impact, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.

The girl died of her injuries the next day.

"Words cannot express the sorrow I feel...," Kokomoor said in his statement, before citing Ommy's surviving wife by name. "I send my heartfelt apologies to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident, and I will keep Rebecca Irizarry and her family in my prayers for as long as I live."

The frantic moments after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach were captured on scanner traffic as first responders raced to the scene.

"We've got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries," scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. "They are advising open head injury."

A trauma alert was called in approximately 20 minutes later when authorities reached the site of the crash and found the child with a head injury.

"This is going to be a trauma alert," a man's voice says around 3:03 pm.

Someone else asks dispatch if a flight is on standby to take the child to the hospital.

"Confirmed, flight on standby," the dispatcher replies. "Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?”

"This is going to be for the child," a responder replies.

Neither pilot Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Florida, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. From the moment the pilot radioed a distress call to the time he landed on the beach unfolded quickly.

"The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach," Rose said. "He landed about the water's edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed."

Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.

"One of the first things that you learn when you're flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place," he told ABC News.

A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.

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Tennessee Tornado Helps Bust Neighborly Thief, Police Charge


iStock/Thinkstock(KINSPORT, Tenn.) -- A tornado that swept through a Tennessee town damaged homes and threw Jerrod Christian's belongings onto lawns - many of which had been reported stolen by his neighbors, police told ABC News.

Since the tornado hit the town of Kingsport on Sunday, Christian has been charged with two burglaries and two thefts.

Christian, 26, was in jail on unrelated charges when the twister hit. Neighbors emerging from their homes to survey the damage were surprised to see what was on Christian's yard, police and neighbors said.

"My house was torn up pretty badly, so I was checking things up," Ed Cleek told ABC News. "Then someone called me and said: 'Hey, I think that's your air compressor. You want to take a look?'"

Cleek walked outside, and immediately spotted his bright red air compressor lying in his neighbor's yard.

"I called the police right away," Cleek said.

Officer Thomas Patton of Kingsport Police Department soon arrived at the scene.

"We also discovered a Lincoln welder which belonged to Mr. Cleek as well. There were a ratchet, an air hose and a weed trimmer that were stolen from other neighbors," Patton told ABC News.

Cleek said it was no accident that his air compressor was in Christian's yard after missing for a while.

"My air compressor was locked up in a barn... I kind of had suspicions, but you can't just accuse people without proof," Cleek said.

At the time of the discovery, Christian was incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, Tennessee, on charges of disorderly conduct and retaliation for past action.

"In that incident, his girlfriend called the police and said that he had taken her van without permission," Patton told ABC News.

Patton said as officers spoke with Christian, he became “extremely belligerent and disruptive, shouting and cursing the officers with profane expletives."

The officers arrested Christian for disorderly conduct and took him to the Kinsport City Jail. While en route to the jail, Christian allegedly threatened to assault the officer and sexually assault the officer’s children, resulting in the charge of retaliation for past action.

"We don't know if he will post bail yet," Patton said.

The officer said Christian had not yet entered a plea.

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Bail for Abigail Hernandez's Alleged Kidnapper Set at $1 Million


Conway Police Dept.(CONWAY, N.H.) -- The man charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez was arrested twice during the nine months that she was missing, court records indicate.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was ordered held Tuesday on $1 million bail after being arraigned on a charge of kidnapping Hernandez last year. The charging document says Kibby "confined (Hernandez) with a purpose to commit an offense against her." His lawyer declined to enter a plea.

The affidavit detailing the case was sealed, but the prosecutor told the judge it was a "unique case and this bail is more than warranted."

Hernandez, who was 14 at the time, disappeared as she was walking home from Kennett High School in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. She returned home on July 20 after nine months. She is now 15.

While Kibby sat at the defense table in an orange jail jumpsuit, his alleged victim sat with her mother, Zenya Hernandez, in the front row of the courtroom. This marked the first time that the teenager has been seen in public since she arrived home on July 20.

Kibby has a lengthy criminal history, the majority of which took place when he was 17-years-old and charged in five criminal trespassing cases, two counts of receiving stolen property, providing false information to purchase a firearm and theft, all of which were misdemeanors, court documents state. During that time his address was a post office box in North Conway, which is adjacent to Hernandez’s hometown.

Records show that Kibby two run-ins with police during the nine months that Hernandez was missing.

He was charged with marijuana possession on Oct. 22. That arrest took place in North Conway, which is 34 miles away from Kibby's current home in a trailer park in Gorham, N.H. Kibby was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3, 2013 in connection to the marijuana charge and documents state that he entered a guilty plea and paid $434 to cover his fine and fees.

On March 3, 2014, he faced criminal charges for simple assault and criminal trespass. Kibby later wrote a letter to the sheriff's office explaining that it was in connection to an automobile accident with a man identified as Eric Ray. The charging documents accused Kibby of "shoving" Ray's wife, Tammy Shackford, to the ground and he subsequently accepted a negotiated plea deal where he paid a $1,000 fine and agreed not to contact Ray or his wife.

In the letter that he sent to the sheriff's office, Kibby insisted he remained calm throughout the aftermath of the March 3 accident and claimed Ray was trumping up the charges.

"I considered informing (Eric Ray) I was armed with a carry pistol, but decided against it. I tried to sympathize with his anger and felt it was best to turn the cheek," Kibby wrote in the letter.

In the letter, Kibby wrote, "This is not a joke. It is not frivolous. This is not filed in spite, but out of a genuine concern for my safety and for my property."

The case was settled on July 23, 2014, just three days after Hernandez arrived home to her mother's house.

The Hernandez family put out a statement after her return saying that she is safe though she has lost a lot of weight and is unable to eat solid food.

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Two Women Survive After Being Run Down by Freight Train


iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Two women trespassing on railroad tracks in southern Indiana narrowly missed a fatal encounter with a freight train when they were caught in the middle of a bridge as the train approached, authorities said.

The action, which unfolded on the morning of July 10, was captured on a camera mounted on the train, and authorities released the video Tuesday.

When the train engineer spotted the women in the middle of a 500-foot-long bridge known as Shuffle Creek Trestle, the engineer immediately applied an emergency brake and repeatedly sounded the horn. At first, the two women try to outrun the 14,000-ton freight train but when they realize it is catching up too fast, one woman lies down in the middle of the tracks.

The other woman runs off to the edge of the 80-foot-tall bridge as if to contemplate jumping off, then runs back into the middle of the tracks just as the train catches up with them.

By the time the train came to a stop it was past the bridge, running over the women in the process, authorities said.

Assuming the incident had been fatal for the two women, the engineer notified the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, only to realize that the women had survived and escaped to a nearby vehicle, fleeing the scene, authorities said.

The women have been identified by law enforcement, and the incident is now considered a criminal matter.

A representative from the Indiana Rail Road Company could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News.


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California Teen Calls 911 from Closet as Burglars Break Into Home


iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- Police in California have released the audio recording between a quick-thinking 14-year-old girl hiding in a closet inside her Orange County home and a 911 dispatcher as burglars made their way inside the house.

After hearing a suspicious knock on the door followed by noises, the teen — whose parents were not home at the time — ran into a bedroom closet and called police.

Orange County dispatcher Candace Moran took the scared teen’s call.

"She was a very easy informant," Moran told ABC News. "Sometimes you get adults who can't even remain that calm, we were trying to figure out where she was, and she was very descriptive."

The teen, who was not identified, told Moran of her exact location in the house.

"I'm just kind of scared to be honest," the brave teen whispered, according to the recording.

She never broke down — even as she hears the burglars enter the house.

"They're inside. Should I go out?" she asked the dispatcher.

Instead, Moran told the teen to remain in the closet. At the same time, police can be heard entering the home.

The call doesn't not end there. The frightened teen even thanked Moran before hanging up.

"She acted bravely and courageously," Lt. Jeff Hallock told ABC News. "The only other thing that we would recommend if someone suspicious knocks on your door is to somehow make sure they know you're home without having to open your door."

The burglars, two boys who have not been identified, were only able to break a rear window before hearing sirens and fleeing on foot. They were arrested soon after.

The suspects are currently being held in the Orange County Juvenile Hall while police investigate whether they might be linked to other recent break-ins in the neighborhood.


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Another Plane Lands on a Florida Beach


Miami Beach Police Department(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) -- A small airplane made an emergency landing on a Miami beach Tuesday just days after a similar incident on the Gulf Coast claimed the lives of two beachgoers.

Miami Beach police tweeted photos of the plane Tuesday, noting that the pilot said he was having engine trouble and landed on the beach before a storm hit.

No one was injured.

 

#Plane makes emergency landing on beach right before storm.Pilot & 3 passengers safe. No injuries mechanical failure pic.twitter.com/dB4DzdOu8Q

— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) July 29, 2014

 

On Sunday, a plane making an emergency landing on a beach in Venice, Fla., struck a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore. The father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry, was killed on impact. Oceana Irizarry, 9, died later from her injuries.

The pilot of that plane made a distress call to Venice's airport to announce his emergency landing on the beach, and just seconds later made impact on the sand.

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