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Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in New York and California announced charges against Michael Avenatti on Monday in separate cases targeting the former personal attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti, who was arrested in New York City on Monday morning, stands accused of attempting to extort Nike for $20 million and faces additional charges of bank- and tax-fraud.

Charges in the separate cases were announced almost simultaneously. In a press conference on Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said investigators in California and New York coordinated the release of charges and Avenatti’s arrest, though the cases were pursued separately.

Prosecutors in New York wrote in a criminal complaint filed Sunday that Avenatti and an unnamed co-conspirator threatened to release damaging information about Nike if the sportswear giant refused to make multi-million dollar payments to them and an additional $1.5 million payment to an individual Avenatti claimed to represent.

In a phone call with lawyers for Nike last week, Avenatti and the unnamed co-conspirator allegedly said if those demands were not met, "I'll go take $10 billion dollars off your client's market cap. I'm not f***ing around," according to the criminal complaint.

ABC News has learned that the alleged unnamed co-conspirator referenced in the New York case against Avenatti is celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. He has not been charged or arrested, and he did not reply to a request for comment. The U.S. Attorney's Office, citing its policy of not naming people who are not charged, declined to comment.

Avenatti was not immediately available for a comment.

"At its core, this was an old-fashioned shake-down," U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference on Monday.

Nike said in a statement that the company “will not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation," adding that "when Mr. Avenatti attempted to extort Nike over this matter, Nike with the assistance of outside counsel at Boies Schiller Flexner, aided the investigation."

Earlier Monday, Avenatti tweeted plans to hold a press conference "to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike."

 Federal investigators told ABC News that Avenatti was taken into custody approximately 15 minutes later.

In addition to the extortion charges in New York, prosecutors in California filed an affidavit over the weekend accusing Avenatti of stealing funds from a client to pay off his own expenses and "defrauded a bank in Mississippi by submitting to the lender false tax returns in order to obtain three loans totaling $4.1 million."

"[Avenatti] violated the principals of honesty and fairness," Hanna said Monday.

Avenatti, 48, gained prominence for representing Daniels in a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. In December, a federal judge in California ordered Daniels to pay Trump just under $300,000 in legal fees throwing out her defamation suit in October.

Earlier this year, Daniels announced that Avenatti no longer represented her. In a statement from Daniels and her current attorney, Clark Brewster, on Monday, the adult film star said she was "saddened but not shocked by news reports that he has been criminally charged today."

"I made the decision more than a month ago to terminate Michael's services after discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly and there will be more announcements to come," Daniels said. "I ask that the media respect my decision to withhold further public comment regarding Mr. Avenatti at this time."

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- The 24-year-old suspect in the killing of reputed Gambino family mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge in a New York City courtroom as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.

Anthony Comello appeared in Staten Island Criminal Court just hours after he was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the fatal shooting of the 53-year-old Cali outside his home on Staten Island.

Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb requested that Comello be placed in protective custody, telling a judge that Comello and his family are in danger.

Comello was arrested at his family's home in Brick Township, New Jersey, last week and was extradited to Staten Island early Monday to face justice.

Following a brief court hearing, Gottlieb suggested the killing stemmed from Comello's recent obsession with right-wing internet conspiracy websites, particularly QAnon, and hate spewed by citizens and politicians "including right at the White House."

"This is a tragedy for everybody, for the two families. But this case, perhaps more than any other, reflects what everyone has been saying recently, and that is that words matter, hate words matter," Gottlieb told reporters outside the courthouse.

Gottlieb declined to say what specifically motivated Comello to allegedly gun down Cali, asking people to wait until the evidence comes out.

When Comello appeared in a New Jersey courtroom following his arrest last week, he flashed at reporters the palms of his hands on which were written the words "MAGA Forever," "United We Stand MAGA" and "Patriots In Charge." MAGA is an acronym for President Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again."

"All of that is going to become quite clearer once all the evidence is known and the truth comes out," Gottlieb said. "We are certainly taking this very seriously. But at the end of the day, the truth and the reasons for whatever happened here will become so clear and it will be shown to be directly related to the impact of the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere."

Gottlieb went on to express fear for Comello's life while he is in jail.

"I know the department of corrections is very concerned about it. That's why we asked for protective custody," Gottlieb said. "But also his family, certainly, there are concerns and we appreciate the concerns, considerations that law enforcement has shown in ensuring their safety as well."

Cali was shot multiple times on March 15 outside his home in the posh Staten Island neighborhood of Todt Hill. Police said he was apparently lured out of his house when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Comello crashed into his Cadillac SUV parked outside the home.

New York Police Department homicide investigators have obtained security video of the shooting that reportedly shows Cali talking and shaking hands with a man believed to be Comello, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference last week.

When Cali turned his back on the killer to put the license plate that fell off his SUV in the rear of the vehicle, the man he was talking to pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired 12 shots, hitting Cali at least six times, sources with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News. Cali was taken to Staten Island University North hospital where he died.

Police investigators have yet to comment on a motive for the killing. When asked if the homicide was related to organized crime, Shea said investigators are not ruling anything out.

Gottlieb said Comello's family claimed they noticed a sharp change in him in recent months.

"His family and friends, the people who know him the best, recognized and picked up significant changes in him over the past few months. Something clearly went wrong," Gottlieb said. "People who know him, love him, who spent time with him, know something dramatically happened to him that certainly seems to be affected by the hate that is being spewed throughout the internet."

Comello was ordered to return to court on April 3. Gottlieb said Comello may testify before a grand jury hearing the murder case.

"He'll be pleading unequivocally not guilty," Gottlieb said.

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amphotora/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Two men have been arrested for the murder of Chicago police officer John Rivera, who was ambushed and gunned down hours after finishing his shift this weekend, authorities said Monday.

Rivera, 23, was targeted because he was Hispanic, according to police.

The killing unfolded early Saturday morning after two of the three offenders were in a fight on a party bus, said police.

Accused shooter 24-year-old Menelik Jackson and another suspect -- whom police are still seeking -- "were involved in a dispute with a group of Hispanic men," Eddie Johnson, the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, said at a news conference Monday.

"In an act of cowardice, Mr. Jackson went to get a gun to settle this petty dispute, which resulted in him murdering the first Hispanic man that he came in contact with," Johnson said.

At that time, Rivera was leaving a club with another off-duty officer and several friends, police said. As Rivera and his friends got into their car, three suspects approached their car and one suspect fired multiple rounds into the car, police said.

"When shots were fired, Rivera leaned over and shielded his girlfriend with his body from the gunfire," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

Rivera was shot and killed. One of Rivera's friends was also shot and wounded, police said. It appears he will survive, Johnson said Monday.

Hate crime charges are possible, Johnson said.

The suspected gunman, Jackson, had once applied to be Chicago Police officer, but during the application process, he was arrested during a polygraph test for a background check for committing an armed home invasion, according to police. A judge put Jackson on probation, said Guglielmi.

Jackson "once thought he had what it took to wear a Chicago police star," Johnson said.

But instead he allegedly committed the "ultimate disgrace" in "an act of cowardice," said Johnson.

Jackson and his accused co-conspirator, Jovan Battle, 32, each face one felony count of first-degree murder and three felony counts of attempted murder, Guglielmi said on Twitter. Jackson also faces charges of resisting police, he said.

Guglielmi tweeted, "Cooperating witnesses, 18th District's strategic decision support center, cameras and license plate reader technology which allowed us to enter the plate of the gettaway car into a database, led police to the shooters car on south side and ultimately, his apartment."

"It's just a shame, this kid, 23 years old, had his whole life and career ahead of him, and he gets gunned down senselessly," Johnson, the superintendent, said at a press conference Saturday. "Right now, I'm disgusted."

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEWTOWN, Conn.) --  Jeremy Richman, the father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim, was found dead Monday morning from an apparent suicide, according to police in Newtown, Connecticut.

The body of Richman, 49, was found at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, where he had an office, authorities said.

Richman's 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among the 26 children and educators killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Police did not provide any additional details surrounding his death beyond describing it as an apparent suicide. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday, police said.

Newtown Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde called Richman's death a "heartbreaking event for the Richman family" and Newtown community.

Bahamonde said "the police department's prayers are with the Richman family."

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.


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LA County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) -- Nine-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Hacienda Heights, Calif., will be remembered at an interfaith memorial service on Monday.

Trinity's body was discovered by county workers on March 5 near an equestrian trail.

She was unidentified at the time and investigators released sketches as they urged the public to help identify her.

Authorities are asking for the public's help as they investigate the death of a little girl whose body was found near a Los Angeles equestrian trail.

Trinity's mother, Taquesta Graham, and Graham's boyfriend, Emiel Lamar Hunt, have been arrested, accused of killing the little girl.

Authorities have not disclosed Trinity's cause of death.

Her father, Antonio Jones, said on Facebook those attending Monday's service in Hacienda Heights are invited to wear bright, cheerful colors to celebrate his daughter's "young and vibrant life."

Attendees are also invited to bring a new children's book to be donated in Trinity's memory to children in need, he said.

The service is expected to incorporate shades of lavender, which he said was Trinity's favorite color.

The service will be followed by a burial in Rowland Heights.

Friends and family will then meet at the Hacienda Heights Community Center "where food, love and memories of Trinity Love Jones will be shared," said Antonio Jones.

Graham and Hunt are due to appear in court on April 16.

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kali9/iStock(CATONSVILLE, Md.) -- The suspect fled the scene after the Friday night crash in Catonsville.

A 12-year-old girl was killed and a pregnant woman was hurt when a car plowed into them in a hit-and-run in Maryland, according to police.

The suspect fled the scene after the Friday night crash in Catonsville, about 8 miles outside of Baltimore, the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement Saturday.

The victims, both pedestrians, were crossing a street when they were hit.

The 12-year-old girl, Maria Popal, was taken to Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The 32-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police. She was in stable condition as of Saturday morning but the condition of her pregnancy was not known at the time, said police.

Authorities are searching for the suspect's car, described as an older model Honda Accord, possibly from 1990 or 1991, police said. The Accord should have damage to the front passenger side, police added.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information is asked to call authorities at 410-307-2020.

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KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock(Southgate, Mich.) -- A Michigan couple who rarely spent a day apart after 56 years of marriage died on the same day in the hospital.

Judy and Will Webb of Southgate, Mich., both 77, were holding hands before they died in a hospice center on March 6, their daughter, MaryBeth Webb, told ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.

They first connected at the age of 14, according to WXYZ. When Will Webb enlisted in the U.S. military, Judy Webb would write letters to him, their daughter said.

"They just became friends and have been together ever since," MaryBeth Webb said.

Will and Judy Webb, both 77 years old, died just hours apart while holding hands on March 6, 2019.

They spent their final hours together in hospice care after both battling a series of health complications. https://t.co/EZAyd63avQ

— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) March 22, 2019

A Michigan couple who rarely spent a day apart after 56 years of marriage died on the same day in the hospital.

They first connected at the age of 14, according to WXYZ. When Will Webb enlisted in the U.S. military, Judy Webb would write letters to him, their daughter said.

"They just became friends and have been together ever since," MaryBeth Webb said.

Later, Will Webb worked nights as a printer and Judy Webb worked days at a local hospital. She would stay up late to wait for him to get home every night.

MaryBeth Webb said her parents are the reason her family is tight-knit.

"We just had a lot of fun -- a lot of good times," MaryBeth Webb said.

The couple rarely spent a day apart before their health started to decline late last year, their daughter said.

In December, Judy Webb's health began to suffer following a medical procedure that "basically didn't go well," MaryBeth Webb told The News-Herald. She suffered from an infection that almost killed her on New Year's Eve and was then transported to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she remained on a ventilator, their daughter told the Southgate-based newspaper.

The next day, Will Webb collapsed from exhaustion, The News-Herald reported.

“My dad — seeing her like that — it was too much for him,” MaryBeth Webb told the newspaper. “From that point on, everything that happened to her happened to him in a different place."

When Judy Webb spiked a fever, so did her husband. When she began to suffer from congestion, he got pneumonia, and their health failures continued to parallel each other's until they died, their daughter said.

After Will Webb was put into hospice care, his wife requested that she be placed there too.

On the day they died, their beds had been pushed together and they were holding hands, MaryBeth Webb told WXYZ. Will Webb died at 2 a.m., and Judy Webb died just hours later, their daughter said.

She continued, "When my dad died, my mom just kind of – she wasn’t responsive at all, verbally -- but you could see her pick up her hand and she was rubbing my dad’s hand like, 'I’ll be there soon.'"

MaryBeth Webb said her parents "didn't want to live without each other," describing their relationship as "a great love story."

"I’m happy that they went together and don’t have to suffer losing each other, but it’s still hard," MaryBeth Webb told The News-Herald.

The couple leaves behind three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, according to their obituary.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Almost 90 reports of damaging storms were recorded over the weekend from Texas to Illinois, including a tornado near St. Louis and golf ball-sized hail that covered the ground near the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

That storm system is heading east Monday and expected to deliver more severe weather to the Deep South and Southeast. Hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes remain the biggest threats.

Melting snow in the upper Midwest is forcing rivers higher, but at least these areas aren't expecting significant rainfall over the next few days.

Flood warnings remain in effect for much of the Plains and upper Midwest as many rivers are again at or near record levels.

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KLH49/iStock(ESCONDIDO, Calif.) -- Someone set fire to a mosque in Southern California on Sunday and left graffiti referencing the deadly terror attack at two mosques in New Zealand, authorities said.

Seven people were inside the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in the city of Escondido when the blaze erupted Sunday during the early morning hours. They managed to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived, and the building was left with only minor damage to the exterior facade.

No one was injured, according to Escondido Police Lt. Chris Lick.

Authorities discovered graffiti left behind at the scene by the suspect that referred to the recent massacre in New Zealand, in which worshipers were gunned down inside the Al Noor mosque in the city of Christchurch and then at a nearby mosque in the suburb of Linwood on March 15. At least 50 people were killed, and dozens more were injured, making it the deadliest terror attack in the country's history.

The fire in Escondido is being investigated as both an arson and hate crime, according to Lick. There have been no suspects identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

Agents from the FBI as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation.

"Members of the public are encouraged to call the police department to report suspicious activity in the area of the mosque," Lick said in a statement Sunday.

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Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The first batch of defendants ensnared in a nationwide college entrance scam are expected to appear in a Boston courtroom on Monday to face charges stemming from a federal investigation alleging dozens of wealthy parents, including chief executive officers and Hollywood actresses, lied and paid massive bribes to get their children into elite schools.

At least 14 of the 50 people charged in the scandal earlier this month have been ordered to attend the first in a series of hearings on Boston federal court.

Those indicted in the investigation, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," allegedly paid bribes of up to $6.5 million to get their children into some of the nation's top colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors say the ringleader of the scam, William "Rick" Singer, bought off numerous coaches, college entrance exam administrators, one exam proctor and a college administrator to help him in his years-long scheme to academically benefit the children of wealthy families.

Singer has pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.

Among the 33 parents indicted are Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, best known for her character Aunt Becky in the ABC sitcom "Full House." Loughlin's husband, fashion designer, Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged in scam.

Tens of thousands of dollars in bribes allegedly went to a sham charity Singer set up called the Key Worldwide Foundation. Singer, according to prosecutors, would funnel the money to those working in cahoots with him, including coaches who listed college applicants as recruited competitive athletes despite some of them never having played sports, according to prosecutors.

At least seven of the nine coaches charged in the scam are scheduled to make court appearances Monday in Boston.

Legendary USC water polo coach Jovan Vanvic, who has been fired by the school, is one of the coaches expected to appear in court Monday. Also set to appear in court Monday are Laura Janke, the former USC women's soccer coach; former Georgetown University tennis coach Gordon Ernst; former UCLA men's head soccer coach Jorge Salcedo; former Wake Forest head volleyball coach William Ferguson and former USC women's head soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin.

Martin Fox, president of a Houston-area tennis academy, has also been ordered to appear in court. Fox, who is also involved in guiding student basketball players to college, allegedly accepted at least $250,000 in bribes to help Singer with both athlete recruitment and test-taking fraud, prosecutors said.

Donna Heinel, the former senior associate athletic director at USC is also expected to appear in court.

"These charges come as a complete shock," Heinel's attorney, Nina Marino, said in a statement. "Anyone who knows Donna Heinel knows she's a woman of integrity and ethics with a strong moral campus. We look forward to reviewing the government's evidence and fully restoring Donna's reputation in the college athletic community."

"He'd have to be dumber than a bucket of hair not to be devastated by the accusation," Cogdell said. "But he's a strong person, he's got great character, and he'll get through this."

The nationwide scheme was prosecuted in Boston partly because it was uncovered by FBI agents working there on an unrelated case, officials said. Fake test scores were submitted to Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University, officials said, but none of those schools were named in the indictment.

Some members Singer's inner circle are also scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Boston, including his bookkeeper Steven Masera. Mikaela Sanford, who was also employed by Singer, allegedly took online classes for certain students and is accused of "secretly taking" art history and biology classes so that the daughter of Robert Zangrillo, founder and CEO of Dragon Global, a Florida-based private investment firm, could get into USC, according to the federal indictment.

Igor Dvorskiy and Niki Williams, who both served as a college entrance test administrators, are to appear in court Monday to face charges they both allowed Mark Riddell, a private school counselor in Florida, to take entrance exams for students or correct them on the sly, according to the indictment.

Riddell, 36, who is charged with two criminal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, has apologized for his involvement in the scam.

"I want to communicate to everyone that I am profoundly sorry for the damage I have done and grief I have caused those as a result of my needless actions. I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admissions process," Riddell, who is scheduled to appear in Boston federal court in April, said in a statement earlier this month. "I assume full responsibility for what I have done."

Loughlin and Giannulli have also been ordered to appear in federal court in Boston in April. They are charged with allegedly paying Singer a bribe of $500,000 "in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team -- despite the fact that they did not participate in crew -- thereby facilitating their admission to USC," according the indictment.

Loughlin's two daughters, including Olivia Jade Giannuli, a popular YouTube vlogger with more than 2 million online followers, are among numerous students under investigation at USC and could face discipline, including being removed and banned from the school, officials said.

Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, was not indicted, but according to court documents he and Huffman were caught on a recorded conversation with a corroborating witness in the case, allegedly discussing a $15,000 payment to ensure their younger daughter scored high on a college entrance exam. Huffman was indicted on charges stemming from the $15,000 she allegedly disguised as a charitable donation so her older daughter could take part in the college entrance cheating scam, the indictment reads. But Huffman and Macy apparently decided not to go through with scheme for their younger daughter.

Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on Friday.

Singer, owner of a college counseling service called Edge College & Career Network, allegedly accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, according to the indictment.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a news conference on March 13. "There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I'll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either."

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) --  A second teen from Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, has died from an apparent suicide in less than a week, according to authorities.

Officers from the Coral Springs Police Department found the student dead after they were called to a residence Saturday night, Coral Springs Public Information Officer Tyler Reik told ABC News.

The student's identity was not released.

Police were unable to confirm to ABC News whether the student was enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Sources told the Miami Herald that the teen was a sophomore at the school.

The death is the second apparent suicide to hit the Parkland community in less than a week. On March 17, former Stoneman Douglas student Sydney Aiello, 19, died at her home in Coconut Creek from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Broward County medical examiner's office.

Aiello's mother told CBS Miami station WFOR that she suffered from survivor's guilt and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Aiello was friends with victim Meadow Pollack, 18, Pollack's brother, Hunter Pollack, tweeted last week.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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ABC News(CHICAGO) --  Detectives with the Chicago Police Department are working "around the clock" to find the shooter who gunned down an off-duty police officer, an official tweeted Sunday.

Officer John Rivera, 23, was shot and killed early Saturday, a few hours after he finished his shift and handled paperwork for a homicide earlier in the night, police said. He was with another off-duty officer and two friends when a gunman opened fire on the car they were in, officials said Saturday.

One of Rivera's friends was also shot and wounded, police said. On Saturday, police said that the victim, an unidentified man, was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

The shooter and at least one other suspect remained at large Sunday.

But a spokesman for the police department, Anthony Guglielmi, tweeted Sunday that investigators were working non-stop to try to find the killer.

"Investigators have been working around the clock to follow evidence & review dozens of cameras feeds," Guglielmi wrote.

 

Case Update: investigators have been working around the clock to follow evidence & review dozens of camera feeds. We continue to identify persons of interest based on the investigation and we are speaking to those individuals. pic.twitter.com/ryYog8ilBF

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 24, 2019

 

Eddie Johnson, the department's superintendent, said they would be poring over the network of cameras in the downtown area where the shooting occurred.

"Mark my words," he said Saturday during a news conference, "we will find them."

Rivera and the other officer, who had just finished a "tour of duty," left a nightclub with their two friends at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday and returned to their vehicle, officials said. Two men approached their vehicle, and one opened fire, killing Rivera and wounding one of the friends.

The other off-duty officer and a woman with the group were not injured, police said.

The Chicago Police Department tweeted photos showing a procession of police vehicles transferring the officer's body to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

 

The body of the off-duty Chicago Police Officer that was killed is escorted to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office this morning. #CPDMediaCar pic.twitter.com/WqeylhTiBo

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) March 23, 2019

 

A person of interested was interviewed Saturday. Guglielmi said detectives had identified other people.

"We continue to identify persons of interest based on the investigation and we are speaking to those individuals," he tweeted.

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iStock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- A fraternity at the University of Georgia has been suspended after video allegedly showing members whipping someone and referring to them picking cotton surfaced on social media.

Georgia's chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was suspended by the national chapter and the video was condemned by the university. The frat also announced it had expelled four members who were involved in the video on Saturday.

"Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in the video," the national chapter said in a statement. "TKE does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory, and/or offensive."

"Since 1899, our fraternity has taken much pride in the diversity and uniqueness of our membership," the statement continued. "Tau Kappa Epsilon has never had an exclusionary clause in our membership. Our founders believed, as we do today, in the personal worth and character of the individual, not his wealth, rank or honor."

The video, which has circulated on social media at the school, shows a member of the fraternity lightly hitting another with a belt and saying, "Pick my cotton, b----." The person being hit responds, "I'm not black."

Another person in the room says, "You're not using the right words," to which the member with the belt says, "Pick my cotton, n-----."

All four members in the video have been kicked out of the fraternity.

The school chapter said the video was not filmed during an official fraternity function and did not take place on the chapter's premises. It referred to the video as "racist," "discriminatory" and "offensive."

The university also released a statement condemning those involved and said an investigation was being conducted. For now, the members remain enrolled at the school.

"The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms," the school said in a statement. "Racism has no place on our campus. We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff."

"The fraternity has been suspended by its national organization," it continued. "Whenever we receive complaints of racist or discriminatory conduct, we refer such matters to our Equal Opportunity Office in accordance with applicable laws and policies."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A storm over the central Plains is expected to move eastward through the day Sunday, bringing the next round of severe weather to parts of the Deep South.

The storm currently is bringing some bands of heavier rain across parts of Kansas and Nebraska, while a couple of thunderstorms are forming across Oklahoma, Arkansas and southern Missouri.

The storm brought severe weather to parts of Oklahoma on Saturday night, where accumulating hail was reported in and around the Oklahoma City metropolitan region. Hail almost the size of golf balls was reported in Oklahoma County, which includes Oklahoma City.

Strong thunderstorms with heavy rain and gusty wind will fire up throughout the day across parts of the Midwest, before moving into the Tennessee Valley by Sunday night.

As the cold front associated with the storm taps into moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico, severe storms will develop during the afternoon and early evening hours in parts of the Deep South.

There is a slight risk for severe weather Sunday from northeast Texas to southern Missouri, including Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

In the slight-risk region, there is a chance for some damaging winds and large hail. Although this threat does not look conducive to tornadoes, a brief tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

Some of these storms will fire up from Louisiana to Kentucky by early Monday morning, and could be strong over parts of Mississippi and Alabama.

River flooding continues to be a threat

This storm is also bringing some precipitation to parts of the Midwest that are still dealing with river flooding due to snow melt and ice jams.

The Mississippi River at St. Paul, Minnesota, will rise into major flood stage late Sunday or early Monday and will remain in that state through the end of the week. However, the main impacts from this river flooding are likely going to be park and road flooding. Additionally, some bridges along the Mississippi River could be affected by high water.

Moderate to major river flooding is still ongoing across parts of Kansas and Missouri. However, the Missouri River is now receding in St. Joseph, Missouri; Atchison, Kansas; and Leavenworth, Kansas. The Missouri River is cresting in Parkville, Missouri; Kansas City; Missouri; and Sibley, Missouri, and will begin receding late Sunday.

New Pacific storm moves in

In the western U.S., one storm will quickly move through the northern Rockies and southern Cascades Sunday, as a new, more-potent storm will approach the West Coast by Monday morning.

This next storm will bring heavy rain to much of Northern California by Monday morning and eventually bring mountain snow to parts of the Sierra Nevadas.

However, high pressure building over the central U.S. will initially prevent the storm's impacts from moving inland. Locally, 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible along the coasts of Northern California and Oregon. As much as 1 to 2 feet of mountain snow is possible in some of the Sierra Nevada range. This could cause significant travel impacts in the mountain passes of Northern California on Monday and Tuesday.

Another Pacific storm will move toward the West Coast later in the week. After about a week or so of relatively quiet weather, it appears that the atmosphere is getting ready once again to turn active as we head toward the end of March and beginning of April.

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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A week after an 8-month-old baby was reported missing in Indianapolis, her mother's boyfriend was named as a suspect in the newly classified "homicide investigation," police announced on Saturday.

Robert Lyons was last seen with Amiah Robertson on March 9 near Rockville Road and South Mickley Avenue. But, Amiah Robertson's mother, Amber Robertson, did not report her baby missing to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on March 16, police said.

"We are frustrated and quite frankly angry because of misinformation and lack of information and lack of cooperation from those who are most closely involved," said Police Chief Bryan Roach in a statement before a press conference on Saturday.

Roach announced that Lyons, the boyfriend of the baby's mother, is a suspect in what has been deemed a "homicide investigation," but is not being actively sought. Amber Robertson is not a suspect and is cooperating with police.

After days of hunting for the infant and receiving conflicting statements from family members, investigators had concerns for the welfare of the baby and issued a Silver Alert on March 19.

Items found on March 20 near the bank of White River belong to Amiah, police said. The police did not specify what the items were.

Police are asking for anyone, who saw a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo SUV in "poor condition," to call the police tip's hotline 317-262-TIPS.

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