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California driver in Mercedes-Benz leads police on chase, dies after 100 mph, 330-foot jump over river

A California driver fleeing from police died after launching his Mercedes-Benz sedan over the San Joaquin River at nearly 100 miles per hour, according to multiple reports.

The car traveled roughly 330 feet across the river, stunning local police. As the silver Mercedes descended, it reportedly took the tops off trees, before crashing and rolling into an upright position.

“In my 20 years, I’ve never seen a vehicle travel close to that distance,” California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesman Mike Salas told Fresno’s KFSN-TV. He added that it traveled “approximately 337 feet.”

SMALL PLANE CRASH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AIRFIELD KILLS 4, OFFICIALS SAY

David Callahan, 58, was killed on impact, the outlet said. He was the only person in the vehicle.

Before the fatal crash, Callahan was reportedly being pursued by Fresno police around 8:30 a.m., failing to pull over after they noticed his swerving car — which almost struck a patrol car, the outlet said. CHP said an incident at his home may have prompted his agitated mental state.

“They were able to find that some issues were going on at the house that may have contributed to him leaving erratically from his residence,” Salas told the station.

Last July, Fresno police were called to his family’s residence after Callahan’s wife said he was using drugs and pushed her, according to the outlet.

FAMILY OF KRISTIN SMART, WHO VANISHED 23 YEARS AGO, TOLD BY EX-FBI AGENT TO BE PREPARED FOR NEWS

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First-responders were called out to the river at the intersection near Dickenson and Herndon (Google Maps)

A witness near the incident said Callahan made a U-turn before sending his vehicle airborne.

“Like at a hundred miles per hour, he cleared the whole d— river,” Bryan Zollars told Fresno’s KSEE-TV.

Friends of the victim told KFSN they were “confused as to why he did what he did,” adding that Callahan was a generous person.

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“What may have been going through his mind to drive this fast?” CHP Officer Matt Zulim asked, according to the outlet. “And to do what he did in his car today. … He jumped the San Joaquin River. It’s an absolute tragedy. You never want to see someone die — especially in this fashion.”

An investigation by the CHP is ongoing

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Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, Day 2: Schiff warns of Russian attack, the need to protect 2020 election

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Schiff warns of Russian attack on US mainland, the need to protect 2020 election in Day 2 of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial
The Russians could attack the U.S. and removing President Trump from office is necessary to preserve the integrity of the 2020 election. Those were the claims Wednesday from Democrat Adam Schiff on Wednesday during Day 2 of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

The lengthy arguments from Schiff and other House Democrats broke little new ground, if any. Trump’s lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, as the president blasted the proceedings from afar, jokingly threatening to face off with the Democrats by coming to “sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces.”

The challenge before the House impeachment managers was clear. Democrats were given 24 hours over three days to prosecute the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against Trump. They must try win over not just fidgety senators sitting silently in the chamber but also an American public that’s deeply divided over the president and his impeachment in an election year.

Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sought to keep the stakes high in his arguments. He suggested at one point that military aid to Ukraine was essential so the U.S. would not have to fight Russians at home.

“As one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry, the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here,” Schiff said, drawing rebukes from commentators across the political spectrum.

Schiff attracted the most criticism, however, for later arguing that Trump must be removed from office by the Senate — rather than by voters in the 2020 election — saying it was impossible to be sure the 2020 election won’t be compromised. Click here for more on our top story

Other developments in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial:
– Biden says he won’t be part of witness deal some Democrats reportedly eyeing
– Got milk: GOP pols drink dairy on Senate floor, following strict impeachment rules
– Trump posts record-breaking number of tweets in one day

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Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it consumes a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

3 Americans battling Australian wildfires killed in C-130 crash 
Three American firefighters died in a water tanker plane crash Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed.

Rural Fire Service officials said they had located the plane, a C-130 Hercules, that crashed in the snowy Monaro region of New South Wales state. Coulson Aviation in the U.S. state of Oregon said in a statement that one of its C-130 Lockheed large air tankers was lost after it left Richmond in New South Wales with retardant for a firebombing mission. It said the accident was “extensive” but provided few other details.

The victims were not immediately identified. Click here for more

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Kendra Espinoza of Kalispell, Montana, center, stands with her daughters Naomi and Sarah outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)

Supreme Court justices spar over major school-choice case
The Supreme Court appeared closely split during oral arguments Wednesday in a case with potentially major implications for the school choice movement, as the justices — including Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over President Trump’s impeachment trial the previous night until 2 a.m. — sparred with the lawyers and each other.

The case, Montana Department of Revenue v. Espinoza, centers around a tax-credit scholarship program passed in May 2015 that gave Montanans up to a $150 credit for donating to private scholarship organizations, helping students pay for their choice of private schools. The state’s revenue department made a rule banning those tax-credit scholarships from going to religious schools before the state’s Supreme Court later struck down the entire law. Click here for more. 
 
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Sean Hannity slams lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s arguments at President Trump’s Senate trial, saying the California congressman “looked like a lunatic.”

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This Day in History: Jan. 23

On this day, Jan. 23 …

1962: Jackie Robinson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. 

Also on this day:

  • 1368: China’s Ming dynasty, which would last nearly three centuries, begins as Zhu Yuanzhang is formally proclaimed emperor following the collapse of the Yuan dynasty.
  • 1789: Georgetown University is established in present-day Washington, D.C.
  • 1845: Congress decides all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
  • 1932: New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 1933: The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,” is ratified as Missouri approves it.
  • 1950: The Israeli Knesset approves a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • 1962: Tony Bennett records “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in New York for Columbia Records.
  • 1964: The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, is ratified as South Dakota becomes the 38th state to endorse it.
  • 1968: North Korea seizes the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, charging its crew with being on a spying mission; one sailor is killed and 82 are taken prisoner. (Cmdr. Bucher and his crew would be released the following December after 11 months of captivity.)
  • 1978: Rock musician Terry Kath, a key member of the group Chicago, accidentally shoots himself to death following a party in Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • 1989: Surrealist artist Salvador Dali dies in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84.
  • 2005: Legendary “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson dies in Los Angeles at age 79.
  • 2009: President Barack Obama quietly ends the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that performed abortions or provided information on the option.
  • 2009: New York Gov. David Paterson chooses Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, after Clinton is appointed U.S. Secretary of State by President Obama.
  • 2018: LeBron James, at 33, becomes the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 114-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.  
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Virginia man gets probation, small fine, for stealing WWII dog tags from National Archives

A Virginia National Guard sergeant — who previously faced 1 year in prison — was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation Wednesday after being convicted of stealing World War II dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Maryland.

Robert Rumsby, 30, admitted taking the dog tags that belonged to four U.S. airmen killed in plane crashes in 1944, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court last May. Rumsby said his wife is the great-niece of one of the airmen killed, so he gave the dog tags to her grandmother as a gift, He said he gave another to a relative of one of the deceased airmen.

Rumsby added his mission was to give the tags to the families of the dead soldiers he met while researching a plane crash that killed his great uncle, according to Stars and Stripes.

MARYLAND MAN ALLEGEDLY FIRES NEARLY 200 ROUNDS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN STANDOFF, STRIKING NEIGHBOR, KILLING DOG

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A Virginia National Guard sergeant was sentenced after stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Md. (AP)

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“I think the intent was there. I think the approach was wrong. Even at the time, I knew the approach was wrong,” Rumsby told the outlet last May. “I had taken four identification tags from those record groups specifically for families I knew would treasure them.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo said the sentence was given to promote respect for the law and protect “national treasures” stored at the Maryland-based National Archives.

Rumsby’s defense attorney Peter Fayne had argued his client wasn’t motivated by greed.

VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD SERGEANT ACCUSED OF STEALING WWII-ERA DOGTAGS FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES

“His heart and intent were in the right place, but he accepts full responsibility for the grave mistake he made,” Fayne said.

Rumsby reportedly was holding his infant daughter in his arms during the hearing, adding that he sent a letter to National Archives officials in 2011, asking if dog tags could be released to the relatives of soldiers. He said he hadn’t heard back.

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All of the dog tags have been returned to the archives, according to Christian Naylor, NARA’s chief operating officer.

DiGirolamo also ordered Rumsby to pay a $5,000 fine.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say

A second convicted child molester has died following a fellow inmate’s attack with a walking cane at a central California prison, authorities said Wednesday.

The second victim was identified as Graham De Luis-Conti, 62. Authorities said he died in a hospital Sunday, three days after being struck in the head at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, about 50 miles south of Fresno.

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Authorities initially said the second victim remained in critical condition Monday but the information was revised Wednesday.

The suspect in the Jan. 16 beatings, inmate Jonathan Watson, 41, is also accused of killing David Bobb, 48, who died on the way to the hospital, authorities said.

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Jonathan Watson, 41, used a walking cane to cause multiple head wounds to two fellow inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, officials said. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Bobb was also struck in the head multiple times.

Watson has served 10 years of a life sentence for first-degree murder and discharging firearm causing great bodily injury or death.

The motive of the cane attack remained under investigation, said spokeswoman Terri Hardy of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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De Luis-Conti had been imprisoned since June 2001 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, FOX 26 of Fresno reported.

Bobb had been serving a life sentence since October 2005 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, the station reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Maryland man allegedly fires nearly 200 rounds at law enforcement in standoff, striking neighbor, killing dog

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A Maryland man has been charged with attempted murder after engaging in a shootout with police officers who were responding to reports of animal cruelty and a domestic dispute in Harford County on Tuesday.

Deputies from the Hartford County Sherrif’s Office were called to a home around 7 p.m. where a resident had reportedly shot and killed a dog.

Police said the suspect, Benjamin Murdy, then began engaging in a shootout with officers, firing off nearly 200 rounds from a rifle and handgun, hitting a patrol vehicle several times and striking a neighbor who was outside twice in the lower body, according to reports by WBALTV.

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The neighbor was rushed to York Hospital for treatment and was released shortly after, but a dog was killed in the shootout, police said.

Officers from the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Aberdeen Proving Ground Police, Natural Resources Police, Havre de Grace Police and Aberdeen Police all descended on the scene to apprehend the shooter.

After nearly an hour and a half of gunfire, while neighborhood residents sheltered in place and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team urged Murdy to stand down, he finally called 911 and told them he wanted to surrender.

Murdy, 43, was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated animal cruelty and other related charges. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Murdy is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail.

Officials said they have had previous interactions with Murdy.

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Maryland man allegedly fires nearly 200 rounds at law enforcement in standoff, striking neighbor, killing dog

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A Maryland man has been charged with attempted murder after engaging in a shootout with police officers who were responding to reports of animal cruelty and a domestic dispute in Harford County on Tuesday.

Deputies from the Hartford County Sherrif’s Office were called to a home around 7 p.m. where a resident had reportedly shot and killed a dog.

Police said the suspect, Benjamin Murdy, then began engaging in a shootout with officers, firing off nearly 200 rounds from a rifle and handgun, hitting a patrol vehicle several times and striking a neighbor who was outside twice in the lower body, according to reports by WBALTV.

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The neighbor was rushed to York Hospital for treatment and was released shortly after, but a dog was killed in the shootout, police said.

Officers from the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Aberdeen Proving Ground Police, Natural Resources Police, Havre de Grace Police and Aberdeen Police all descended on the scene to apprehend the shooter.

After nearly an hour and a half of gunfire, while neighborhood residents sheltered in place and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team urged Murdy to stand down, he finally called 911 and told them he wanted to surrender.

Murdy, 43, was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated animal cruelty and other related charges. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Murdy is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail.

Officials said they have had previous interactions with Murdy.

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Nearly 200 animals rescued from Texas home, including rabbits, turkeys, exotic birds

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Nearly 200 animals living in what authorities described as “one of the most toxic environments” they’d ever encountered were rescued from a home in Texas Tuesday evening, according to reports.

Deputies responded to the home in the 2700 block of Leichester Drive in Spring, about 25 miles north of Houston.

The homeowners had called a chicken rescue group to remove some chickens from the property, KHOU reported. The group then alerted authorities after seeing the conditions of the home, according to the station.

Animal rescue officials with Montgomery County said chickens, roosters, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, potbelly pigs, cats and dogs were found living at the home – some in rooms covered in dirt, urine and feces. At least one animal, a bird, was found dead.

“We never imagined that we would fine nearly 80 hens and roosters living in small bedrooms,” Houston SPCA Chief Cruelty Investigator Adam Reynolds said. “The ammonia levels that we encountered inside the house rank as one of the most toxic environments that we have encountered.”

SPCA worked with Montgomery County Precinct 3 deputies into the night to remove animals from the home, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Montgomery County Pct. 3 Captain Daniel Zientek said the homeowners surrendered all of the animals except for some 30 parrots because of sentinel attachment. A judge then signed a civil asset forfeiture warrant and the SPCA was called in.

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The animals are currently in the care of Houston SPCA. The homeowners will be facing criminal charges determined by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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Rescued pets from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico end up at East Coast shelters

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More than 100 shelter dogs and cats from Puerto Rico are now up for adoption at animal rescue organizations along the East Coast.

On Sunday, they were flown in on an emergency evacuation flight after a series of earthquakes devastated the island.

The flight was organized by a non-profit in Puerto Rico called The Sato Project and Los-Angeles based Wings of Rescue.

“It’s a cargo plane that’s rented but it is all temperature-controlled. The animals each come with bedding. They’ve got water in their crates that’s frozen as ice,” said Linda Torelli, Marketing Director of the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

The flight carrying the 116 animals made stops in Delaware, New Jersey, and Florida. The animals have now been relocated to shelters in those states as well as Pennsylvania and New York.

“It’s goosebumps and tears. The minute you hear those doors open. It’s just an incredible feeling knowing those animals may not have been alive had it not been for that mission,” said Torelli.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania took in more than 30 dogs from the flight.

“There’s a huge variety that came up on the flight. We’ve got little babies all the way up to adults of about five to six years old,” said Torelli.

According to Torelli, the dogs range in age, size, and personality.

“We came to look at some of the dogs and we found one that we like,” said Julie Oakley.

After reading about the new pets from Puerto Rico on social media, the Oakley family went to the shelter on Tuesday.

“I’ve been following the SPCA and different rescues for a while on Facebook, so I saw they were bringing in a bunch of dogs from Puerto Rico,” said Oakley.

Ultimately, they went home with Zule, the first Puerto Rico earthquake survivor at the shelter to find a new home.

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“It just makes me feel good to rescue dogs,” Oakley said.

SPCA officials say the animals would have likely been euthanized because of limited space and a lack of food and water on the island.

“It’s heartbreaking to me,” said Chrissy Beckles, the president and founder of The Sato Project.

Beckles is one of the organizers on the ground in Puerto Rico.

She explains shelters there are either dealing with damage from the recent earthquakes or overcrowding because owners are surrendering their pets.

“You are trying to, you know, do what is best for your family and make essentially life and death decisions. And sadly, your dog or your cat might not be part of that,” said Beckles.

Since the 6.4 magnitude quake struck two weeks ago, President Trump has declared a major disaster in Puerto Rico.

“There are thousands of people that, tonight, are sleeping outside, on cots, in their cars, in tents. Because they are frightened to be in their own homes, or their homes have suffered catastrophic damage,” said Beckles.

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Beckles says she has no plans to stop saving the animals from shelters there.

Another group of shelter dogs and cats are expected be flown in from Puerto Rico next month.

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Florida inmate caught on camera punching deputy in the face multiple times, faces further charges

A Florida inmate whose brutal assault on a deputy inside a jail on Tuesday was caught on camera will face further charges, and a sheriff vowed the “violent” man would be “prosecuted to the fullest extent.”

Michler Gabriel, 38, was being escorted by a detention deputy at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa at around 11:15 a.m. when he refused to back away from a jail pod door as it was being opened, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The video, released by the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, shows the deputy trying to get Gabriel to step back from the door. As he points to where Gabriel should stand, the inmate punches the deputy in the face multiple times, knocking the deputy against a wall.

A second deputy is seen bolting through the door and helping the first deputy restrain Gabriel. Several other deputies arrived at the scene as Gabriel was restrained and taken away.

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Michler was seen on camera punching the deputy in the face several times. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

The injured deputy suffered bruising, swelling and lacerations, and was treated at Tampa General Hospital, officials told FOX13 Tampa.

Sheriff Chad Chronister highlighted the incident as one of the many everyday dangers deputies face to protect the public.

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“This is a prime example of the dangerous environment deputies willingly go into every day in order to keep violent people like Michler Gabriel off of our streets,” he said in a statement.

“I will not tolerate anyone who would have such a lack of respect for another human being, especially for someone who selflessly serves the citizens of Hillsborough County,” Chronister continued. “While I am thankful that the deputy involved was not seriously hurt, we will make sure that Gabriel is prosecuted to the fullest extent for his actions.”

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Gabriel faces new felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person following the attack, the sheriff’s office said. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Gabriel was already being held in jail on charges of driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, armed trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

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He now faces additional felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person.

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