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Search for missing Ohio woman leads investigators to boyfriend’s backyard

Ohio authorities are digging in a backyard at a home in metro Dayton, searching for a woman who disappeared in 2010.

Cold case investigators believe Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, may be buried in the back of a home in Troy where she once lived with her boyfriend.

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“We’re digging,” Troy police Detective Captain Jeff Kunkleman said. “We have information that at the time close to her disappearance she was at this residence.” 

Forrest’s aunt and uncle, Dan and Mickey Langston, of Troy, were at the home as the search for Forrest or clues in her disappearance continued Tuesday.

“I hope she is preferably found alive and comes home, or if she’s not living I would like them to find her and give her a proper burial and service,” Mickey Langston said.

Kunkleman said Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators received from new interviews and re-interviews of people.

Kunkleman said the backyard search was focused on an area that would have been below a shed.

He said “human remain,” or cadaver dogs helped to narrow down the search. Kunkleman also said the current property owner has been cooperating.

“We want to bring some closure to the family if we can,” Kunkleman said. “If we don’t find her we want to eliminate this residence as a possibility.”

Mickey Langston said her niece was an upbeat and carefree person. 

“She had a lot of boyfriends and she was just looking for love and that’s what I’m afraid led to all this,” Langston said.

Forrest was four months pregnant when she disappeared in June of 2010.

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Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Former University of Miami All-American and a member of the 1989 national championship team Cortez Kennedy, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 48, according to the Orlando Police Department.

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No cause of death has been given to this point.

Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that, “they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said ‘there is nothing suspicious to report’ at this time.”

Kennedy went on to play 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks from 1990-2000, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and made eight Pro Bowls.

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Boy, 10, raises funds to outfit city’s K-9 officers with tactical vests

A 10-year-old Indiana boy has become a hero to his heroes by raising the funds to outfit his local police department’s K-9s with vests to wear while on duty. 

Richie Scott, a fourth-grader at Creekside Elementary School in Franklin, started raising funds in December as part of a community service project. WXIN-TV in Indianapolis reported that Richie’s project was part of his testing on the path to a black belt in Taekwondo. 

“I wanted to protect those who protect me and the whole community,” Richie told the news station

Richie and his family started a GoFundMe page for the project and spread donation jars through the city, located about 20 miles south of Indianapolis. They were also able to host a silent auction, auctioning off a basketball signed by each member of the Indiana Pacers. 

The fundraising effort, initially designed to raise $800 for one tactical K-9 vest, far surpassed the family’s hopes by bringing in more than $2,000. Richie was able to outfit all three of the Franklin Police Department’s K-9 officers, Pepper, Thor and Stinger. 

“I felt really happy for myself because I didn’t think I was actually going to raise enough of that money,” Richie told WXIN-TV.

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Officer Jeffery Dawe, one of the department’s K-9 handlers, said it is unusual to find child so eager to help a public service agency.

“It’s almost hard to express the words,” Dawe said. 

Not only did Richie earn his black belt, but he is also continuing to raise money for the police department, which plans to add a fourth K-9 next month. The fourth-grader plans to use the money he raises to buy a vest for that dog, as well. 

“I can’t leave that one out, so I am working to raise funds to get the new officer a vest as well,” Richie wrote on his new GoFundMe page, which had already raised $750 in just 16 hours. 

Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack

President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed the perpetrators behind Monday night’s suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England, that claimed 22 lives and injured nearly 60 other people.

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Greater Manchester police said a person detonated a suicide bomb Monday near one of the entrances to Manchester Arena, following an Ariana Grande concert. Police said children were among those killed or injured.

Speaking alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump offered his condolences and condemned the “wicked ideology” that led to the attack.

“(There were) so many young, beautiful, innocent people -- living and enjoying their lives -- murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said. “I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that's a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are: losers.”

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack, although authorities said they had yet to uncover any connections between suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, and any wider terrorist organization.

“The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever,” Trump said. “This wicket ideology must be obliterated, and innocent life must be protected. All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and peace.”

The White House said Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack and offered his condolences and support on behalf of the United States.

"We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom," Trump wrote Tuesday morning in a tweet.

Trump’s remarks came during his first foreign trip as president, a sweep of five countries over nine days. The president was in Rome on Tuesday for a meeting with Pope Francis. He has already visited Saudi Arabia and Israel.

$500 million worth of poppy plants seized in NC drug raid

Undercover officers executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at a large poppy grow operation in Catawba County in western North Carolina.

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Poppy plants are used to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. It is illegal to grow poppy plants in North Carolina.

Deputies estimate that the plants found near Claremont are worth $500 million.

Almost a dozen law enforcement officers, wearing protective clothing, converged on the property to remove hundreds of plants.

Authorities are questioning two men in connection with the drug bust.

Deputies said there has never been a poppy operation bust in Catawba County before.

First-grader killed by stray bullet while eating snack, playing with iPad before bed

A 7-year-old Kentucky boy was killed Sunday night when a stray bullet smashed through a window in his home and struck him in the neck. 

Dequante Hobbs Jr. was killed as he sat at the kitchen table of his Louisville home, eating a piece of cake and playing on his iPad before bed, a Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman said. 

Lt. Emily McKinley said during a Monday morning news conference that Dequante was an innocent victim of the “senseless violence" going on in the city. 

“If this doesn’t wake anybody up, then I don’t know what will,” McKinley said. 

McKinley said that a fight apparently took place just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday at a home behind the one where Dequante lived with his family. One of the people involved in the fight pulled a gun and opened fire. 

“They just shot through my window,” Dequante’s mother, Micheshia Norment, told WLKY in Louisville. “It hit my baby in his neck.”

Norment said she performed CPR on her son while awaiting paramedics and was able to find a pulse. An ambulance took him to Norton Children’s Hospital, where the Courier-Journal reported that he died on the operating table. 

“I never thought it’d be mine,” Norment told the newspaper.

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Norment and Dequante’s aunt, Jackie Partee, said the Wellington Elementary School student was excited for the end of the school year later in the week. He had already picked out what he wanted to wear for his first-grade graduation ceremony.

His mother spent Sunday washing his outfit and laying out his sneakers. The next day, she found herself planning her son’s funeral and trying to figure out how to explain his death to his 3-year-old sister. 

“Y’all took something precious from us -- a baby,” Partee told the Courier-Journal. “Y’all took him from us within a blink of an eye.”

Dequante’s extended family is no stranger to tragedy. The boy is the fifth family member 18 or younger to fall victim to homicide in a year. 

Two of his cousins, half-brothers Maurice Gordon, 16, and Larry Ordway, 14, were stabbed to death and burned the night of May 21, 2016 -- a year to the day before Dequante’s slaying, the Courier-Journal reported. Another cousin, Troyvonte Hurt, 14, was shot and killed last August in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood. 

A fourth cousin, Jaylin Hobbs, 18, was shot to death earlier this month. 

Dequante’s family planned a balloon launch for Tuesday evening outside their home to celebrate his life and his completion of the first grade. The Courier Journal reported that his school had a crisis team on campus Monday, the third-to-last day before summer break. 

People were speaking out against the violence in the city, where Dequante’s slaying was No. 49 for 2017. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was one of those who spoke out, taking to Facebook Live on Monday to decry the violence taking place across the entire state.

“This has got to end. This kind of insanity is just out of control,” Bevin said. “These kids should have an expectation that they can sit safely in their own home without being killed by random gunfire.”

McKinley said Monday that investigators were working around the clock to find leads in the case, but that no suspects had been identified. She pleaded with anyone who was present at the fight, including the shooter, to come forward. 

“Obviously, no one intended for a 7-year-old to be killed,” McKinley said. “But unfortunately, this is where we are today. Last night was absolutely horrible. It was horrible for the family to go through, for our officers to go through, for our detectives to go through.”

Louisville media personalities were also urging the public to come forward in the case. 

Woman with cerebral palsy shares sweet marriage proposal

It’s a day every girl dreams about: Engagement day. And for one Atlanta native who has cerebral palsy, it was no different.

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Erin Breedlove, 26, first met her fiancé Robby Gill in June 2016 while working at Georgia Tech.

She said she "instantly felt an indescribable connection."

The two had their very first date at a Mexican cantina, where Gill proposed to Breedlove just last week. The beautiful moment was captured by friends and family. 

“I knew something was coming because we had discussed it, but I was totally surprised as to when and where,” Breedlove said. “He pulled it off, and it was amazing.”

Hands shaking, Breedlove said that she has always been in awe of the amazing man that will be her husband – and couldn’t stop crying.

“I was overjoyed that a man like him would choose a woman like me to be his life partner,” Breedlove said.

Breedlove said she still looks down at her hand in awe of him, of them, and of their beautifully woven story.

The couple said they are not sure when they'll officially tie the knot, but said it will likely be in the next 18 months to give them some time to enjoy, plan and get settled.

 

 

Manchester attack: What we know about suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi 

British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

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Greater Manchester police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed Abedi’s identity Tuesday, but declined to comment further, citing the need for the coroner to confirm the identity.

Authorities said Abedi detonated a suicide bomb near one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena on Monday, just after an Ariana Grande concert wrapped up. The attack killed 22 people and injured 59 others, officials said.

Here’s what we know:

Abedi was a British man of Libyan origin who was born in 1994Politico Europe reported.

Abedi was known to British authoritiesaccording to CBS News. The news organization did not elaborate on what brought Abedi to the attention of authorities.

Abedi was born in Manchester to Libyan emigrantsThe Telegraph reported. He was the second youngest of four children.

Police arrested one of Abedi's brothers in connection to the attack, according to Politico Europe. Greater Manchester police said they arrested one person in connection with Monday’s attack in south Manchester following the bombing. One other person was arrested at the Arndale Centre, although authorities said it was not immediately clear whether the person was connected with the bombing.

Abedi lived at a home 3.5 miles from Manchester Arena, according to The New York Times. A law enforcement official told the newspaper that Abedi's ID was found at the scene of the bombing.

Man says school allowed ex-girlfriend to take his house key from son

Parents are expressing security concerns at an Atlanta-area middle school after a woman was accused of using a 14-year-old to break into her ex-boyfriend's house.

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The incident started at Salem Middle School in Lithonia, Georgia. WSB-TV’s Nefertiti Jaquez spoke with school officials who admitted to letting the woman take house keys from the child, no questions asked.

"She could have hurt me or my son," Robert Ferguson told Jaquez. "They allowed someone to get the keys to my house, and they didn't know who she was."

Ferguson said staffers at Salem Middle School allowed his ex-girlfriend to get his son's house keys in order to go to extremes to confront him.

"She knows (my son’s mother’s) name so she went up there and presented herself as my son's mother," Ferguson said. 

Ferguson said his ex-girlfriend walked into his son's school on Friday and pretended to be the boy's biological mother, before asking workers if they could grab the 14-year-old's keys.

"She then got that key and that's when she broke into my home," Ferguson said.

About 30 minutes after getting the keys from school staffers, Ferguson said his ex came to his home and sneaked in while he was in his bedroom.

“I heard somebody coming up my stairs. I looked out the door at the stairs and there was her face,” Ferguson said. 

Fearing for his life and the safety of his son, he said, he called the police. But before officers arrived she got into her car and took off.

"The fact that they let anyone in there without checking ID that's the most upsetting part," Ferguson said.

Jaquez contacted the school district, and a spokesperson released a statement saying: 

"Following an investigation, DeKalb County School District determined that some employees at Salem Middle School failed to follow our established procedures for checking out students. This conduct is entirely unacceptable and is something the district takes very seriously. The employees that failed to follow those procedures are facing disciplinary action, up to and including termination."

WATCH: Alec Baldwin’s 3-year-old daughter nails dad’s Trump impression

Actor Alec Baldwin’s career has seen a huge boost since he began portraying President Donald J. Trump last year on “Saturday Night Live,” and it appears that “SNL” fans are not the only ones who are watching. 

Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, took to her Instagram page on Saturday, prior to “SNL’s” season finale, to post a short video of the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Carmen, talking with her father about the upcoming show.

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“Carmen, what day does Daddy play Donald Trump?” Hilaria Baldwin asks from behind the camera. 

“Sa-doo-day,” Carmen responds. 

“Then we go like this with our hands,” Alec Baldwin says in his Trump voice, hands waving in front of him. “And we say, ‘Saturday. Saturday. Saturday. OK everybody, it’s Saturday.’”

Carmen, her eyes and face scrunched up to match Baldwin’s, watches her father’s face and, waving her own little hands, repeats each thing he says in a gravelly voice. She giggles in his arms at the end as Baldwin dissolves into laughter. 

More than 220,000 people have viewed the video since it was posted Saturday. Most of those who commented on it were blown away by the cuteness. 

“Oh my Lord, I’m laughing out loud,” one viewer said. “It’s 12 am….woke my baby…lol.”

“This gave me life,” another said. 

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