Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- The FBI has arrested a Florida man who allegedly wanted to detonate a bomb at a Florida beach in what authorities describe as an ISIS-inspired terror attack.
Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West, Florida, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States.
“According to the complaint, Harlem Suarez, a self-professed ISIL adherent, knowingly attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction - a backpack bomb - in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Stopping attacks on our homeland by those inspired or directed by designated foreign terrorist organizations is the highest priority of the National Security Division.”
Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old has been arrested for allegedly murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a recycling bin in Santa Cruz, California, police said Tuesday.
The teen, who lived on the same property at the Tannery Arts Center where 8-year-old Madyson Middleton's body was found, took her to his apartment and allegedly killed her there, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said at a news conference Tuesday.
The teen then allegedly carried Madyson's body to a recycling bin below his apartment, Vogel said. The body was found concealed in the bin Monday night.
According to Vogel, it's likely that Madyson was killed before she was reported missing Sunday night.
Vogel said police have found evidence linking the teen to the crime. He said the teen and Madyson were acquaintances as they both lived at the same complex.
Vogel also said Madyson willingly went up to his apartment.
"She knew him," Vogel said. "I think she had a reasonable amount of trust in him."
The teen has been arrested for murder and is currently being housed at a juvenile detention facility, Vogel said, noting it's believed he acted alone.
iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, Calif.) — A California car salesman was in for the ride of his life after a customer test-driving the vehicle tried to steal it with him in it, police said.
The salesman, from a dealership in Concord, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, was on a test drive with a customer on Monday, according to the Concord Police Department. The dealership, Lehmer's Concord Buick GMC, made a copy of the suspect's driver's license before leaving, police said.
During the test drive, investigators say, the customer told the salesman that he was stealing the car, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.
When the car reached the city of Pittsburg, about 10 miles away from Concord, "the victim was able to escape from the suspect by getting out of the car while it was stopped" and called the police, according to the Concord Police Department. The salesman is shaken up but okay, KGO-TV reported.
The suspect fled the area and was later apprehended by Antioch Police Department, Concord Police said. There was a police chase that ended in a crash, KGO-TV reported. Lehmer's Concord Buick GMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
Concord Police and Antioch Police did not immediately respond to a request for additional information from ABC News.
"The suspect was arrested and later transported to County jail for kidnapping, resisting arrest and for stealing a car," Concord Police said Monday. "The suspect’s identity has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to release any identifying information. This is still an on-going investigation and no additional information will be released to the public at this time."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted release from prison by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to a U.S. official.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 1985 for stealing secrets for Israel. Laws at the time mandated eligibility for parole after serving 30 years, according to the Justice Department.
U.S. Coast Guard press release(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — The Coast Guard sent a chopper to waters off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, Tuesday in the expanded search for two Florida teens who've been missing at sea for days, authorities said.
The chopper responded Tuesday to a Good Samaritan's report of something small and rectangular in the water.
The sighting was of an object that resembled a Styrofoam cooler lid, Coast Guard public affairs specialist Mark Barney told ABC News, but he added that it was unknown if the sighting was related to the teens' case.
According to ABC television affiliate WPBF, the object was not connected to the teens' disappearance:
On Monday, Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told ABC News the boys apparently had a cooler on board their boat.
Officials said the search in the Atlantic Ocean for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, goes as far north as Savannah, Georgia, and as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to WPBF.
Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip in Florida on Friday morning and they were reported missing Friday evening, authorities said.
On Sunday, their boat was found capsized and damaged off the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.
Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who's known the boys for years, said Sunday he's confident that the boys "know what they're doing" at sea.
“Austin’s been sharp and on the water a good while. Perry is just as sharp as can be," Namath said.
The boys' mothers also expressed confidence.
Perry's mother, Pamela Cohen, said, "Perry has been on a boat really since he was seven."
"Austin, this is his fourth boat," said Carly Black, Austin's mother. "He's been around boats since before he could walk."
But the search for the boys still remains a race against time. The seas where Austin and Perry went missing is relatively warm, Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said Monday, but he added that the environment is still dangerous. Fedor estimated that Austin and Perry could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.
Virgin Galactic(WASHINGTON) — The Virgin Galactic pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground.
Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release Tuesday by National Transportation Safety Board. Following a nine month investigation, the agency shared their findings in the Oct. 31, 2014 accident, saying it was caused by "premature repositioning" of the spacecraft's tail wings.
The two tail wings of the spaceship are supposed to move when the vehicle hits a certain speed — a process known as "feathering." The co-pilot unlocked the feather early at a speed of Mach 0.8 instead of the intended speed of 1.4, triggering what Investigator in Charge Lorenda Ward called "catastrophic structural failure."
While co-pilot Michael Alsbury died in the crash, Siebold was able to share his harrowing story of survival with investigators, beginning at the moment of the accident when he recalled experiencing the jolt of a "very violent, large pitch-up with high G’s and grunting noises."
As the cabin tore apart, Siebold recalled hearing what sounded like "paper fluttering in the wind."
When Siebold was outside the spacecraft, he told investigators he remembers hearing a high frequency whistling noise and realized his helmet and mask were twisted. Opening his eyes, he saw the desert below as he continued to fall in a stabilized position.
Since SpaceShipTwo was a test flight, there was a great deal of data recorded by Virgin Galactic and its partner, Scaled Composites, which investigators were able to analyze as a part of their investigation.
Though the executive summary, findings and probable cause were released Tuesday by the NTSB, the full 200-page report will not be released for a couple more weeks.
U.S. Coast Guard press release(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida.
An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of midnight Tuesday. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they left Jupiter, Florida, for a fishing trip.
Their boat was found capsized off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, about 180 miles from Jupiter, on Sunday.
Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said on Monday that the two could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.
"I have a 13 and 14-year-old at home and this resonates with me," Fedor said.
The Coast Guard's search is now focused north of where the boat was found, Fedor said.
Ingram Publishing(MAHWAH, N.J.) — Two employees who deliver cash to ATM machines in the Mahwah, New Jersey area "inadvertently" left behind $150,000 worth of cash in a satchel on a lawn during a recent stop, according to police.
Surveillance video from the area showed that shortly after the ATM delivery employees drove away, a white van drove up and a passenger from the vehicle steeped out, took the bag of money and drove away, the Mahwah Police Department said in a news release.
Cops said they are now looking for the suspect.
The Mahwah Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information such as the identity of the ATM delivery employees or what company they work for.
The employees who accidentally left behind the $150,000 told police they realized the cash-filled satchel was missing only 15 minutes after they drove away, police said, adding that when they returned to the location to try and recover the bag, it was missing.
The white van, which appears to be a GMC Savana, is believed to have pulled into a nearby auto repair business, where the suspect who stole they money also tried to take used tires but was asked to stop by employees, police said in the news release that did not name the auto repair business.
Police described the suspect as a "dark skinned male wearing a tee-shirt and long white athletic shorts with some type of dark stripe down the thigh area."
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Mahwah Detective Michael Grassi or Eric Larsen at 201-529-1000 extension 216 or 217.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Oregon State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are investigating suspicious letters and packages -- some containing "an unknown substance" -- sent to government offices across the state, the police department said in a statement.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was taken to the hospital Monday night after opening up one piece of mail and developing a rash on his arms. But he was released within hours, according to KGW-TV in Portland.
Efforts to reach Palmer were not successful.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, had to be evacuated because of a suspicious package. About 60 people had to leave once it was noticed. At least two county courthouses in the state were also evacuated.
The FBI and U.S. Postal Service are assisting local officials as they work to determine precisely what substance was sent through the mail system, and who sent it. Officials said at least 10 letters appeared to be from the same person.
State officials will likely be testing the substance.
Meanwhile, the state police is urging the public to look out for any mail "that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure [it], misspelled words … strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, [or] crystallization" on the packaging.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The driver of a limousine bus in New York was fired after he was caught scrolling and texting on his phone while behind the wheel.
Amanda Castellano posted a video to Facebook on Sunday appearing to show the driver texting while driving. She said she was among a group on their way to the Hamptons.
"I was furious," she said. "I couldn't believe that a man who had 45 lives in his hands would do something so serious."
The company said the driver was fired after the incident.
"To all of our valued clients and followers. I want you to know that we take safety very seriously and it is our number one priority," M and V Limousines Ltd. said in a Facebook post. "We have zero tolerance for texting/distracted driving as it is not only against the law but against our policies. When I was made aware of it the driver was fired immediately."
In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers, which includes driving while eating, drinking, using a GPS, or adjusting the radio, according to Distraction.gov.
"Something can be established where you can't do illegal things, text and drive, especially when you have these lives in your hands," said Castellano.
gloch/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.
A statement posted to the organizations' website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief that the extraordinary power of scouting can be a force for good in the community and in the lives of its youth members."
He added, "The best way to allow BSA to continue to focus on its mission and preserve its core values is to address the issue and set our own course. And that's what we've done." The full statement was posted to the organization's website.
Despite the ban, local scout troops, according to the organization, "may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders."
Alex_Schmidt/iStock/ThinkStock(HOUSTON) -- A 29-year-old woman died in police custody in Houston Sunday, police said, marking the second custody death in the city in less than 10 days.
The deaths, which are under investigation by the Houston Police Department, come amid an uproar into the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in her cell in nearby Waller County on July 13.
Although Waller County is part of the greater Houston metro area, the Waller County Jail and Waller County District Attorney’s office are not affiliated with the city of Houston or the Houston police.
The woman in the Houston case, whose identity has not been released, was arrested for public intoxication, the Houston police said Monday.
She was examined at the scene by paramedics and then taken to the Houston PD's Southeast Jail by a patrol officer, police said. "Upon arrival [at the jail] and before being booked into the jail, the woman was found to be unresponsive," police said.
Jail personnel performed CPR, police said, and she was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where she was declared dead.
The incident is under investigation by the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Division. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending, police said.
Eight days earlier, a man who had been "showing signs of mental distress" also died in police custody, the Houston police said.
On July 18, an officer was at a Houston convenience store when he saw a man "bleeding from the head," Houston police said in a release.
The officer tried to help the man "who became combative and was showing signs of mental distress," the police said. "As the officer tried to get the suspect medical attention, the suspect charged the officer."
The suspect then "charged at" other responding officers, "so the suspect was restrained," police said. Paramedics were attending to the suspect "when he went from fighting to suddenly being non-responsive," police said. The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
According to the police, witnesses said the man was injured before the incident and police had "made multiple attempts to calm the suspect in order for him to be treated for his injuries."
This incident is also under investigation by the Houston Police Department's Homicide division and Internal Affairs division. Houston police said today they are still awaiting the man's autopsy results. Both of these deaths come on the heels of the widely-publicized arrest of Bland, who died at a jail in nearby Waller County, Texas, on July 13.
On July 10, Bland was pulled over in a traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, and after a confrontation with a Texas trooper, she was arrested on an assault charge.
On July 13, Bland was found hanging in her Waller County Jail cell, with the plastic cell trash bin liner around her neck, officials said.
Details from Bland's autopsy indicated that she died as a result of suicide and that there were no signs of struggle that would be consistent with a violent death.
However, Bland's family is disputing the cause of death and is awaiting the results of an independent autopsy.
A review committee will look into everything related to Bland's arrest and death, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday.
WXYZ-TV(DETROIT) -- The "largest public satanic ceremony in history" took place Saturday in Detroit, a city that has the largest and oldest chapter of a national Satanist organization.
The group unveiled a nearly 9-foot tall bronze statue of a goat-headed Baphomet in a private ceremony attended by 600 ticket holders, Lucien Graves, co-founder of the national Satanic Temple organization in Boston told ABC News. The Satanic Temple in Detroit has more than 200 registered members.
"They are so active and well-organized," Graves told ABC News. "There's probably been another wave of interest since this event."
The Detroit chapter is the first of the national organization, Graves said. He credits the Detroit chapter's founder Jex Blackmore with the growth of the chapter since it was established there in August 2014.
"It's more or less because of her. She was just a very confident person who started working with us," Graves told ABC News. The pair met in Boston and then she moved to Detroit and set up a chapter there.
Blackmore told ABC News it is largest chapter.
"I think the Temple appeals to the radical, politically-charged spirit of the city and many are drawn to us as a force of positive, effective change in this community," Blackmore told ABC News.
The statue was originally planned to sit at the Oklahoma state capitol, but the state's supreme court banned all religious displays there, including the Ten Commandments. The statue was created through $28,180 fund-raised by 1,041 people on Indiegogo.com last year. The fundraising page said the statue's purpose was to contrast the Ten Commandments monument that was previously on display.
Greaves said there are 20 chapters across the country with about 20,000 members as a whole.
Tickets for Saturday's event were $25 and the location was revealed only to ticket-holders, ABC affiliate in Detroit WXYZ reported. Meanwhile, Christians in Detroit protested the event nearby. The event served "as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats," according to the invitation.
"People are trying to push religious agenda, whether it’s part of the public opinion or not," Greaves said. "Groups will take it as slander against them and it’s just not the case. We don’t really care if they’re offended or not."
According to its mission statement, the national organization, The Satanic Temple, "facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty." Among the causes it supports are gay marriage, reproductive rights and eliminating corporal punishment in schools. The national organization does "not promote a belief in a personal Satan."
"To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions," the FAQ of TheSatanicTemple.com indicates.