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Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed

A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a rain-shrouded midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11, even though it appeared to be an accident unrelated to terrorism.

The crash near Times Square and Trump Tower shook the 750-foot-tall (229-meter-tall) AXA Equitable building and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke to reporters at the scene, said the impact caused a fire, but it was under control.

The pilot was believed to be the only one aboard, and there were no other reports of injuries, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, or why the Agusta A109E was flying in tightly controlled airspace in midtown Manhattan. A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet within a 1-mile radius of Trump Tower, which is less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from the crash site.

The crash happened around 2 p.m., when clouds obscured the roof of the building. It occurred close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square and sent rescue vehicles swarming to the building. The response immediately evoked memories of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” Cuomo said.

Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles in the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper.

Pedro Rodriguez, a pastry line cook at Le Bernardin, a well-known restaurant in the building, said workers got an announcement telling everyone to exit, and he later heard from people around him that there was a fire on the roof. The evacuation was not chaotic, Rodriguez said, but he was rattled because he immediately thought of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“It’s scary when something like this happens,” he said.

Alex Jacobs was working on the seventh floor when he heard bells and an announcement to evacuate. He and his colleagues — who had not heard or felt an impact — used stairs to a fire exit.

“It’s really unfortunate. I Just hope everyone’s OK,” he said.

Trump tweeted from Washington that he had been briefed on the crash and that his administration was ready to help if needed. Cuomo’s office said the president and governor had spoken.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the National Transportation Safety Board would oversee an investigation.

Lance Koonce, a lawyer who works a block south, heard a loud sound he thought could be a low-flying helicopter. From his 21st-story window, he looked up and saw smoke.

“I couldn’t tell if the smoke preceded the helicopter coming over, or if it was from the helicopter crashing into the building,” he said. He was not worried for his own safety, but was thinking about the safety of the people in the helicopter and those on the street below.

The city currently allows helicopters to take off and land from three heliports, one each on the east and west sides and downtown Manhattan. All border rivers.

It was once more common for helicopters to take off from private Manhattan rooftops, the most famous of which was on what was then the Pan Am building. In 1977, four people waiting on the roof were killed when a helicopter toppled over and a rotor blade broke off and hit them. A fifth person, a pedestrian, was killed by falling debris.

That spurred a push to close down private helipads.

Still, the city has seen a string of helicopter accidents since. The most recent was just last month, when a copter crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. The pilot escaped mostly unscathed.

Five people died when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River last year. Three people died in another crash into the same river in 2011. Nine people died in a collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane in 2009, not far from the scene of Monday’s mishap.

In 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle’s single-engine plane slammed into the 20th floor of a building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, killing Lidle and his flight instructor. It was not clear which one was piloting the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the pilot misjudged a narrow U-turn before veering into the building.

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Lawmakers aim for Pulse to be designated national memorial

Only days before the third anniversary of the worst attack on gay people in the U.S., members of central Florida’s congressional delegation said Monday they were introducing legislation that would designate as a national memorial the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred by a supporter of the Islamic State.

U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy, both Democrats, said at a ceremony outside the former nightclub that the designation will preserve and protect Pulse for future generations and give it the federal recognition it deserves. It will be three years on Wednesday that gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at the Orlando gay nightclub on Latin night. Mateen, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff inside Pulse.

At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. However, the mass shooting in 2017 along the Las Vegas Strip became the deadliest when 58 people were killed.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma has established a nonprofit to open a memorial and museum at the site. About $14 million has been raised for the $50 million project. Six design firms have been selected as finalists and the winner will be chosen in the fall. The permanent memorial and museum are scheduled to open in 2022.

Soto said the national memorial designation would allow the Pulse site to become part of the national park system while still allowing for the nonprofit to maintain control over it. Also backing the bill is U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla.

“This is an important step in preserving an LGBT historic landmark at a time when many of these sites are being destroyed,” Soto said.

The ceremony was interrupted briefly by the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed at the nightclub. Christine Leinonen began shouting at Poma when she came to the speaker’s podium. Two police officers escorted her out of the ceremony, and they were followed by two state lawmakers and a city commissioner who talked to Leinonen for several minutes while the ceremony continued.

Afterward, Leinonen blamed Poma for inadequate security at the nightclub. Authorities say an extra-duty police officer working at the nightclub fired at Mateen from two locations outside Pulse, but didn’t pursue him inside. Last year, some survivors and victims’ relatives, including Leinonen, filed a federal lawsuit, claiming the city and police didn’t do enough to try to stop the shooter. The lawsuit was dismissed in November, but the survivors and families are appealing.

Leinonen and other families also have sued Poma and her husband for negligence and wrongful death in state court and that lawsuit is pending.

“My son’s blood is on her hands, and she’s walking around like she’s the hero,” said Leinonen, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. “This is Orlando. This is where everyone wants to be in a fairy tale. Well, guess what? My son wasn’t in a fairy tale. My son was in a real-life horror movie.”

When asked later about what Leinonen had said, Poma said, “Christine is a grieving mom. Everyone does it differently, and this is a rough week for every mother, every survivor and every first responder.”

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Police say Detroit man tied to at least 3 deaths, 2 assaults

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday that he believes a man being held in connection with the deaths of three women and charged in the sexual assault of a woman who survived is responsible for all the crimes and likely others.

Craig said Deangelo Martin was charged Monday with criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder a 26-year-old woman in an eastside home. Martin, who doesn’t have an attorney, was arraigned Monday afternoon and returned to the Wayne County Jail. His next hearing is scheduled for June 20.

Craig said Martin, 34, hasn’t been charged with the murders, but the chief sees similarities between the three slayings and the assaults of at least two additional women who survived attacks. Police are looking at more cases in the city and a nearby suburb that could be connected, Craig said.

As for the two women who survived, Craig said, “they fought — and they live today.”

Martin was taken into custody Friday, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year.

“We’re still working our case … (but) we’re confident he’s connected to all the cases we’ve described,” Craig said.

Craig said the woman who was a victim in the case for which Martin was charged is younger than the other victims, who were in their 50s. Police say the three women whose bodies were found were sex workers killed in vacant or abandoned homes.

The first victim, Nancy Harrison, 52, was found March 19. Craig said the death appeared to be a drug overdose, but the cause was changed after additional work by the medical examiner. The second victim, Trevesene Ellis, 53, was discovered on May 24. The bodies — one white, one black — were in vacant houses on Detroit’s east side.

The third victim was identified Monday as Tamara Jones, 55. Jones, whose body was badly decomposed, was discovered Wednesday and the cause and manner of her death is pending, according to the medical examiner.

Abandoned houses have marred Detroit for years. Detroit has demolished about 18,000 properties since 2014 and has another 18,000 houses to go, Mayor Mike Duggan said recently. Craig said Monday that dozens more have been boarded up in the past few days.

Craig said it’s uncommon for police to exchange information with sex workers, which was true of one of the survivors in this case. But investigators have received tips and information from them as well as relatives and community activists because police are have been working to “let the community know we care about you, we want to keep you safe.”

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Man held in Detroit deaths charged with separate assault

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Prosecutors have charged a Detroit man who police call a “person of interest” in the deaths of three women with sexually assaulting a separate woman.

Wayne County prosecutors said Monday that 34-year-old Deangelo Martin was charged with criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. The charges stem from the May 7 stabbing and assault of a 26-year-old woman in an eastside home.

Martin is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon. He does not have an attorney.

Police have not described Martin as a suspect in the deaths. He was taken into custody Friday, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year.

Investigators believe the deaths are related.

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Florida woman accused of murdering her husband was once his stepdaughter: report

The Florida woman accused of stabbing her husband, a former Memphis Grizzlies executive, to death was previously his stepdaughter, according to a report.

Danielle Redlick, 45, was accused of killing Michael Redlick, 65, in January and covering up the murder by saying he stabbed himself. Danielle was charged with murder after Michael was found dead in their home in Winter Park.

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But in addition to being his wife, Danielle was once Michael’s stepdaughter, according to WFTV. Friends and family members told the news station that “Michael Redlick fell in love with Danielle Redlick after her mother, Michael’s second wife, died of cancer.”

A friend, who was not identified, told the news station: “In fairness to Mike, Danielle’s mother was dying of cancer when they were dating. She had terrible insurance.”

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Danielle Redlick was charged with murder in the death of her husband, and reportedly her former stepfather, Michael Redlick. (UCF/Orange County Jail)

Authorities believe that Michael Redlick married Danielle Redlick’s mother “to help her get better health coverage,” the news station reported.

Investigators alleged Danielle Redlick waited more than 11 hours before calling 911 and told detectives that Michael Redlick had stabbed himself during a violent argument, according to the arrest affidavit.

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But detectives found a pile of bloody towels, a bloody mop, bloody footprints and the strong smell of bleach in the house, as well as defensive wounds on Michael Redlick, who worked as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida.

Authorities concluded that his wounds weren’t self-inflicted and his death was a homicide from stab wounds to the torso, according to the affidavit.

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Investigation records released on Thursday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office say Danielle Redlick told police her husband cheated on her and the two separated, ultimately deciding to reconcile and move back in together.

She told authorities that’s when her husband found her flirty text messages with another man. Michael Redlick was found stabbed to death two days later.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspected drunk driver crashes into parked sheriff’s vehicle with deputies inside

A suspected drunk driver rear-ended a parked patrol vehicle in northern California early Saturday while two deputies were inside, police said.

The crash took place around 1:30 a.m. in west Modesto – about 90 miles east of San Francisco. A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s field training officer and trainee were in the car, authorities said.

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A suspected drunk driver rear-ended a patrol car early Saturday with two deputies inside.  (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

Both deputies “got banged up, but are okay and in good spirits,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a Saturday Facebook post. The deputies were treated at a hospital for their injuries, according to the post.

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The two deputies received minor injuries after a suspected drunk driver crashed into their patrol car early Saturday.  (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

The suspected drunk driver — identified as 22-year-old Norberto Contreras – was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail, the Modesto Bee reported. His bail was set at $25,000. No additional information was released.

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“This is unfortunately a common experience. Luckily everyone walked away,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “It could have been much worse. If you drink and drive you will earn a trip to jail. Uber, Lyft or call a friend please.”

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Kentucky town may have a serial animal abuser on the loose: report

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Authorities in Bullitt County, Ky., are hunting for the culprit who fatally beat two therapy pigs that were found bloodied and battered Thursday after their owners returned home from dinner.

The report follows incidents that show a troubling trend of animal cruelty in the area, Wave 3 reported. There was a report of a cat being found with its feet tied in the middle of a road, a koi pond was poisoned and a dog has recently been repeatedly stabbed, all within a few miles of where the pigs were fatally beaten.

“If it’s not one person doing this then we’re looking at several people and that’s even more scarier thought for me because one person is bad enough,” said Sunnie Harrell, the pigs’ owner.

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Harrell told the channel that her pigs, Honey and Pigrawk were “obviously gone” when she returned home. Her third pig, Gypsy, was the only pig that survived the assault but suffered injuries.

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“Whoever did this I have hate in my heart that I’ve never had before my life,” she told the station.

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Florida motorcyclist killed by lightning strike to the head: police

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a lightning bolt struck his helmet on Florida’s I-95, authorities said.

The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

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The motorcyclist’s helmet was cracked and burned from the lightning strike, officials said.  (Florida Highway Patrol)

A photo posted on the agency’s official Twitter page showed the motorcyclist’s helmet cracked and burned from the apparent lightning strike.

The motorcyclist was a 45-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C., Orlando’s Fox 35 reported. His name was not released.

An off-duty Virginia trooper cited by the station said he witnessed the strike happen. The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash, he said.

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No other information was released.

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North Carolina woman dies after accidentally shooting herself inside Ruby Tuesday: report

A North Carolina woman died Saturday after she accidentally shot herself in the stomach while inside a Ruby Tuesday restaurant, reports said.

Madison Moore, 28, reportedly fired one shot into her abdomen and was declared dead at a nearby hospital, The State reported. Authorities in Kannapolis are investigating the shooting, but announced on Twitter that it was an “accidental death.”

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Authorities are investigating a shooting at a North Carolina Ruby Tuesday. (Google Maps)

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The gun was reportedly registered to the woman. The report said it is unclear if Moore was a customer or employee at the restaurant.

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Battle flag carried by black Union troops hits auction block

A hand-painted flag carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War is going up for auction in Pennsylvania.

Morphy Auctions will sell off the piece of history June 13. Pre-bidding is underway online .

It’s one of 11 such flags painted by African American artist David Bustill Bowser, the son of a fugitive slave. It’s the only known surviving flag.

The auction house says seven others are known only from photographs. They were sent to the military museum at West Point in 1906, but were thrown out in the 1940s.

The flag up for auction depicts a black soldier waving goodbye to Columbia, the female personification of America, beneath a banner reading, “We Will Prove Ourselves Men.”

The 127th Regimental banner is expected to fetch about $250,000.

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