Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl
October 23rd, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] Two teenage brothers who were arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl are accused of killing her at the boys' home, possibly for her BMX bike, prosecutors say.

Autumn Pasquale was found dead Monday in a recycling container in Clayton, New Jersey. Two boys - ages 15 and 17 - were arrested Tuesday in connection with her death.


August 17th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Police: 7 arrested in shooting of Louisiana deputy

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Louisiana police officer on Thursday, a state police official said Friday.

Five of the people arrested are in jail and two others remain hospitalized and are being treated for gunshot wounds, Louisiana State Police spokesperson Melissa Matey said.

The seven are charged in connection with the shooting of Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, the first of four deputies shot in related incidents on Thursday.

Boyington was shot and wounded in a parking lot at a steel plant in LaPlace, about 25 miles west of New Orleans, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Thursday.

The related incident happened when deputies went to a nearby trailer park to investigate the first shooting and were ambushed by a man armed with what Tregre described as an assault rifle, he said. Two deputies were killed and one was wounded in that confrontation.

Tregre identified the dead as Deputies Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 28. Nielsen was married with five children and Triche had a wife and a 2-year-old son, Tregre told reporters Thursday.

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August 16th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

2 police killed, 2 wounded in Louisiana 'ambush'

Two Louisiana police officers were killed and two wounded Thursday morning in what state police are calling an ambush.

The four deputies from the St. Johns Baptist Parish office were shot as they were directing traffic outside the Bayou Steel Plant in LaPlace, Louisiana, State Police Sgt. Ann Dusang said.

"They were ambushed," Dusang said. "Two have been killed and two hospitalized."

Dusang said a search was under way for the gunman.

Read coverage from CNN affiliate WWLTV.com.

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May 17th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Georgia police hunt man who pointed rifle at school bus

Police in north Georgia say they’re trying to find a man who witnesses say pointed a rifle at a moving school bus this week and apparently left a note at the scene containing school bus numbers.

The incident in Hampton has prompted Clayton County police to start escorting school buses through the Greystone subdivision, and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.

A resident of the subdivision told police that a man was crouched in a backyard of a home in Hampton - about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta - on Monday morning and pointed a rifle at a moving bus.

“About the time the school bus pulled up to pick up two kids … the guy started aiming the gun," the resident, David Dillard, told CNN affiliate WSB.

Dillard said he yelled at the man, and the man dropped the rifle and ran away. Dillard said his nephew, who was nearby, ran after him.

The gunman fired a pistol at the nephew - hitting no one - before escaping on foot, Clayton County police Lt. Chris Windley said, citing witness accounts.


November 30th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Great white shark spotted off ... North Carolina?

Matt Garrett of Boston, Massachusetts, and a group of friends decided to go fishing off the coast of North Carolina over the Thanksgiving weekend and things were going swimmingly.

“It was our second time fishing. We went fishing the day before,” Garrett said, adding that he intended to enjoy a day of leisure.  “I brought my golf clubs and fishing rods,” he said.

But as they navigated about 25 miles off Wrightsville Beach, something fishy happened.

"Everything was biting (at first), then all of a sudden nothing was biting at all. We knew something was up,” he said.

“Off in a distance we saw two big fins sticking up in the water. We thought it was a couple Atlantic Sunfish or two dolphins. As the two fins approached a little closer, we noticed it was a giant shark."

A great white shark.

Garrett said, "It was all amazement, seeing such a large living creature. It also doesn't seem real. It was very surreal!"

The shark T-boned the boat, turned around and slapped the boat with its tail, Garrett said.

Capturing it all on his iPhone 4S, Garrett said, “It didn't sink in until later that this was so significant," he said.

Paul Barrington of the NC Aquarium confirmed to CNN affiliate WECT that it was indeed a great white shark, a rarity for North Carolina waters, but not unheard of.

Barrington told WECT the shark was likely just being nosey. Garrett figured as much. "He nudged us with his nose and turned around and slapped the boat with his tail," he told the station.

Asked if he ever got out golfing, Garrett said, “I got out for nine holes and I assure you it wasn’t nearly as exciting.”

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Tuesday's intriguing people
Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, assists Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, during congressional testimony.
June 7th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Huma Abedin

The wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner is a central, and silent, figure since her husband's sexting admission Monday. Many have asked: Will their 11-month-old marriage survive?

The Washington Post column The Reliable Source praised Abedin for not appearing alongside Weiner on Monday as the suffering wife.

Abedin, 34, was born in Michigan, grew up in Saudi Arabia and returned to the United States to attend college, according to the New York Daily News. Her late father, a college professor, was from India and her mother, also a professor, was born in Pakistan.

A headline Tuesday on the ethnic news site New America Media asked, "Will Huma Abedin Remain Weiner's Good South Asian Wife?"

Abedin is a longtime senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, starting out as an intern to the first lady in 1996, according to a 2007 Vogue magazine profile. Abedin and Weiner met during Clinton's 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Daily News said.

Not only did Clinton throw Abedin and Weiner an engagement party, but former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding. Abedin is Muslim and Weiner is Jewish.

"Abedin has the energy of a woman in her 20s," Clinton said in the Vogue article, "the confidence of a woman in her 30s, the experience of a woman in her 40s and the grace of a woman in her 50s."


February 14th, 2011
03:09 AM ET

2 University of Florida students die exploring Georgia cave

A state medical examiner will try to determine the cause of death of two University of Florida students who died over the weekend while exploring a cave in northwest Georgia.

Michael Pirie, 18, and Grant Lockenbach, 20, both died Saturday of what appears to be hypothermia, David Ashburn, director of Walker County emergency services, said late Sunday. Autopsies will be conducted, he said.

"Both passed away in Ellison's Cave in Walker County and their bodies are at the state medical examiner's office now," Ashburn said. "We think Grant went down first and Michael went down to help him."

Their bodies were removed from the cave late Saturday, he said.


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October 10th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Teen shot at California grade school, police say

A 14-year-old was shot three times on the grounds of an elementary school in southern California, and authorities suspect the crime is gang-related.

A male approached the teen on the grounds of Topaz Elementary School in Fullerton, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department. The Saturday night shooting happened in Orange County, just outside of Los Angeles County. The school was closed at the time of the shooting.

The wounds don't appear life threatening, said Goodrich.
Police did not have a detailed description of the shooter.

Police said they did not immediately know of a motive, but Goodrich said  a gang unit is investigating.

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