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Family of missing Utah tech CEO, police dispute whether disappearance was voluntary

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The family of a missing Utah woman who was last seen Monday say that police in California incorrectly described her disappearance as voluntary.

Family members say Erin Valenti, CEO of Salt-Lake City-based app developer Tinker Ventures, was last seen in Palo Alto, Calif. She was supposedly on her way to the San Jose airport to head home to Salt Lake City.

Valenti’s husband Harrison Weinstein wrote on Facebook that phone activity suggested Valenti was driving in San Jose. She never returned her rental car or made it on her flight back to Utah, and she’s had no phone or credit card activity since Monday.

San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia told Fox 13 Friday that “at this time, we are treating this case as a voluntary missing person.” However, Valenti’s family says she seemed to be distraught on the night she disappeared. Weinstein and Valenti’s parents told the station that they spoke to her on the phone Monday and she seemed manic, though she has no history of mental illness.

“I get that people have the right to disappear, but that’s not this,” Weinstein told KTVU. “Everything she said she was planning on coming home. She was trying to get to the airport. She’s not thinking clearly.”

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“She seemed confused. We said, ‘Did you drink anything?  Did anybody give you anything?’ and she said, ‘No,'” her mother Agnes Valenti said, “But my daughter is so smart and she is such a strong independent lady and this has never happened before.”

Valenti is described as 5-foot-4 with blond hair. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

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2 wounded in shooting at New Hampshire church during wedding

A man with a handgun opened fire in a New Hampshire church during a wedding on Saturday, wounding two people, authorities said.

The perpetrator was subdued after some of the 40 wedding attendees tackled him to the ground. He was not seriously injured, and one guest sustained minor injuries in the struggle.

“Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to be a random event,” authorities said in a statement. It was not clear if the people who were shot were part of the wedding or were attending as guests.

SHOOTING AT ILLEGAL GAMBLING CLUB IN BROOKLYN LEAVES 4 DEAD, 3 INJURED

Authorities responded to the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham at 10:12 a.m. Pelham is approximately 40 miles south of Concord, the state’s capital.

Responding officers placed the suspect under arrest and rendered medical aid to the injured individuals. The two victims were then transported to area hospitals by Pelham Fire Department ambulances.

In a statement, Lowell General Hospital said it had received one patient from the shooting and that person had been transferred to a hospital in Boston. It said it could not disclose any other details.

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Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark told reporters in a news conference that New Hampshire State Police and representatives from the state Attorney General’s Office are on the scene and would provide more details later Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennessee man, 19, allegedly steals $10 from grandma’s undergarments: report

A Tennessee man, 19, is due in court next week after he was arrested last month for allegedly stealing $10 from his grandmother’s undergarments.

Jared Otte, a resident of Bartlett, was arrested on Sept. 13 for the robbery and assault of his own grandmother nearly two weeks earlier, FOX13 reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

SHOOTING AT ‘ILLEGAL GAMBLING’ CLUB IN BROOKLYN LEAVES 4 DEAD, 3 INJURED, POLICE SAY 

According to records, the victim, who has not been identified by police, contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s to report that Otte had entered her home on Aug. 30 and demanded cash.

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After refusing, the victim alleged that he pushed her on a bed, held her down, raised her dress and removed $10 from her undergarments.

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She sustained several bruises to her arms and legs as a result of the assault.

Otte was arrested on a $10,000 bail and is set to appear in court on Tuesday, FOX13 reported.

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New Orleans Hard Rock hotel under construction collapses; at least 1 dead, multiple injured

A Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building under construction in downtown New Orleans partially collapsed on Saturday, killing at least 1 person and injuring several.

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the fatality to reporters near the scene, saying there were several people unaccounted for.

“This remains a very fluid and dangerous situation and every few minutes something is falling,” he said, warning people to stay away.

NEW YORK CITY BUILDING COLLAPSE LEAVES AT LEAST 1 DEAD, OTHERS INJURED

The New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell said they received a call about the fallen building around 9:14 a.m. Saturday morning. He said the top six floors of the building collapsed and that the rest of the construction is still “very unstable.”

He confirmed that one person died and at least three people are still missing. At least 18 people were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

“It’s still a very dangerous situation,” he said. “The crane is still in place but it is unsupported and very dangerous. We are in the process of evacuating the buildings in the perimeter.”

AT LEAST 7 KILLED AS SCHOOL COLLAPSES IN KENYA’S CAPITAL

The building collapse was caught in a dramatic video.

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Injuries were reported after the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino under construction in New Orleans partially collapses. (WVUE)

“Please avoid the area & listen to public safety officials,” the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security said on Twitter.

“It sounded like a — I don’t know how to describe it — like a building coming down,” said Matt Worges, according to Nola. He witnessed the collapse from a Tulane School of Public Health classroom in a nearby building.

“It looked like the concrete just slid from the top all the way down to the street,” Worges said. “The concrete just started to slide down the side.”

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The development calls for 350 hotel rooms and condominiums. Plans were unveiled last year.

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Milwaukee bus driver honored for saving residents from burning apartment

A Milwaukee bus driver is being honored for “quick and decisive action” in helping save people from a burning apartment earlier this year.

Chanaye Brown was traveling on Route 12 late at night on Jan. 5, when she saw flames shooting from the window of a building near North 79th Street and West Hampton Avenue, northwest of downtown Milwaukee.

Brown stopped her Milwaukee County Transit System bus, telling a passenger “the house is on fire” before calling 911 and running to the building.

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Due to Brown’s heroic actions, she was named “Honorary Fire Chief” as part of Fire Prevention Week, which ends Oct. 12. (Fox6)

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“I’m going to see if I can get somebody’s attention,” Chanaye said as she exited the bus, according to news reports.

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Brown stopped her bus, telling a passenger “the house is on fire” before running toward the burning building to let residents know of the danger. (MCTS)

Terrified residents, including children, started to evacuate after Brown pounded on the door and yelled. Some of those inside weren’t aware of the fire, according to the MCTS.

Brown heard the voices of other children who were still inside and attempted to charge into the burning building, even taking a resident’s fire extinguisher to help quell the blaze.

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Chanaye Brown was traveling on Route 12 late at night on Jan. 5, when she noticed flames shooting from the window of an apartment building north of downtown Milwaukee. (Fox6)

Firefighters arrived moments later and doused the fire before anyone was hurt, the MCTS said.

Brown’s heroism was honored Thursday when she was named “Honorary Chief” as part of Milwaukee’s Fire Prevention Week.

She also received a Community Hero Award during the Milwaukee Fire Department’s annual Meritorious Service Awards ceremony.

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“The Milwaukee Fire Department is proud of the actions and quick thinking of Chanaye Brown, resulting in a minimal fire instead of what most likely would have been a full-fledged structure fire,” said Lt. Michael Ball, the department’s community relations director.

“Because of her actions in calling the fire department first, alerting residents, and attempting to help extinguish the fire, not only was no one hurt, minimal damage occurred to the building — allowing the rest of the residents to return to their apartments rather than be displaced,” Ball said. “We commend Chanaye for her quick and decisive action in stepping up and helping when the situation arose.”

The local hero was reportedly seen going door-to-door after the incident to make sure those inside had working smoke detectors in their homes, according to FOX6 News.

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“I guess I just felt like it was something that I needed to do, because I have kids of my own and if it was mine, I would want somebody to do it for them, too,” Brown told the TV station.

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Shooting at Brooklyn club leaves at least 4 dead and 3 injured, police say

Four people are dead and three more were seriously injured after shooting erupted at an after-hours nightclub in New York City early Saturday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a social club on Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. over reports of shots fired.

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Once on the scene, police located four dead males and two more men and a woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police say a shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. Four people were killed and three more were injured. (Google)

Police listed an address of the crime scene, which corresponded to a private social club, but they did not immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

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While no arrests have been made, a report from the New York Post cites sources who say two people were brought in for questioning in connection with Saturday’s shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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4 dead, 3 more injured after shooting at NYC club, police say

Four people are dead and three more were seriously injured after shooting erupted at an after-hours nightclub in New York City early Saturday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a social club on Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. over reports of shots fired.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF FIVE FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

Once on the scene, police located four dead males and two more men and a woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police say a shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. Four people were killed and three more were injured. (Google)

Police listed an address of the crime scene, which corresponded to a private social club, but they did not immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

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While no arrests have been made, a report from the New York Post cites sources who say two people were brought in for questioning in connection with Saturday’s shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Family of US citizen imprisoned in Lebanon pleads for his release: ‘This is a cry for help’

DOVER, N.H. – A New Hampshire family is pleading for President Trump to secure their father’s safe return from Lebanon, where he is being detained without charges and his family says he was physically abused by Lebanese authorities.

Amer Fakhoury, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in his native Lebanon during a family trip last month after a Hezbollah-backed newspaper accused him of torturing Hezbollah and Palestinian prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s.

His family says Lebanese authorities seized his American passport at the airport in Beirut, claiming they needed to do a routine background check because Fakhoury had not returned to the country in 20 years. He was told to pick it up a few days later on September 13. Before that day came, Hezbollah-backed newspaper Al-Akhbar published the article making the accusations.

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“He knew he was an innocent man and didn’t have anything to fear, that’s why he went to the appointment just like they told him,” his daughter Guila Fakhoury told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

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Amer Fakhoury at his daughter’s graduation.

That was the last time Fakhoury’s family heard from him. Within days, former inmates of Khiam prison and Hezbollah supporters were picketing in the streets, calling for Fakhoury’s public hanging. Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, a Hezbollah ally, also tweeted that the Lebanese people “will not forgive” those who tortured them.

Under pressure from the U.S. Embassy, Fakhoury was transferred to a military prison on September 14, where he was allowed an evaluation by a medical doctor. Fox News has seen the report, which includes photographs showing signs of torture. His attorney believes he was strangled and beaten before his prison transfer. A preliminary hearing set by a military court was never held, and his family is worried he will be killed.

Fakhoury’s daughters, all graduates of the University of New Hampshire, say people have also made online death threats against them, their mother, and Fakhoury’s 3-year-old granddaughter.

“One person commented ‘Just one bullet.’ It was on a picture of me, my sister, and my mom,” Macy Fakhoury said.

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Amer Fakhoury after getting U.S. citizenship.

Amer Fakhoury was once a commander in the South Lebanon Army, a mostly Christian force allied with and supported by Israel, which fought to contain Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists during Israel’s occupation of Southern Lebanon until 2000.

Fakhoury’s attorney said his role at the Khiam Prison was strictly logistical, and he was never involved in any torture. His family fears for his safety, saying he is being used as a political pawn by the corrupt government.

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Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon has grown massively over the years and in the May election, it increased its number of parliament seats to hold some key ministries. The SLA, of which Fakhoury was a former member, was set up to fight Hezbollah’s influence and was funded by the Lebanese government until 2000.

Hezbollah has been backed to the tune of billions of dollars over the years by Iran and was listed by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 1997.

“We don’t trust the judicial system in Lebanon,” Guila Fakhoury said. “We don’t trust the corrupted government. This is a cry for help because he is an innocent man.”

Following Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, Fakhoury was charged along with thousands of other SLA members for working with Israel, but his record was cleared in 2018 of any wrongdoing. His family points out previous charges against him were for working with Israel, not for torture.

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Amer Fakhoury is a faithful supporter of President Trump, is active in the New Hampshire Republican Party, and even attended a campaign event where he was snapped in a photo with the president, giving a thumbs-up. 

Fakhoury has still not been charged with any crime and has been held for more than a month.

“Right now he’s illegally detained. He was mentally and physically tortured or abused. We have medical records. We have pictures of the abuse. We really need to get him out of there as soon as possible,” Fakhoury’s attorney, Celine Atallah, told Fox News.

A source within the Lebanese government familiar with the case told Fox News on condition of anonymity that there’s, “No legal basis whatsoever for this case, it’s all fabricated.”

The Mideast Coalition for Democracy also tells Fox News that Fakhoury’s detention signifies the extent of Iran’s influence in the region.

“Because of his service, he was forced to flee his country of birth, Lebanon, through Israel and ending in the U.S., where he became a citizen and a business owner in New Hampshire,” co-director John Hajjar said. “Now, after returning to Lebanon he’s been imprisoned and interrogated for his prior service proving that Lebanon is now under near full control of the terrorist Hezbollah organization and their sponsors, the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The State Department told Fox News it is monitoring the situation and takes seriously its responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad. Meanwhile, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she is in communication with the U.S. ambassador on the ground in Lebanon in regards to her constituent. A request for comment from the U.S. embassy in Beirut has yet to be answered.

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Fakhoury’s daughters are hoping their cries for help reach the Oval Office. Their father is a faithful supporter of President Trump, is active in the New Hampshire Republican Party, and even attended a campaign event where he was snapped in a photo with the president, giving a thumbs-up.

“President Trump, if he can help us, that will be great. We want my dad to be back home. Whoever can help, this is the time to do it,” Guila Fakhoury said.

Since 2006, the United States government has provided more than $3 billion in aid to Lebanon, although Congress and the Trump administration have enacted sanctions prohibiting financial transactions that benefit Hezbollah.

Fox News producer Ben Evansky contributed to this article.

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California man says mother, 89, missing after fire destroys homes

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Don Turner’s 89-year-old mother was missing Thursday night after a wind-driven wildfire sparked by burning trash swept through a Southern California mobile home park, destroying dozens of residences.

Lois Arvickson called her son from her cellphone to say she was evacuating shortly after the blaze was reported in the Calimesa area, Turner said while with family members at an evacuation center.

“She said she’s getting her purse and she’s getting out, and the line went dead,” he said.

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Arvickson’s neighbors saw in her garage as flames approached, according to Turner. A short time later the neighbors saw the garage on fire, but they don’t know if she’d managed to escape, he said.

Riverside County fire officials said they’re still trying to determine if anybody is unaccounted for after 74 structures were decimated.

Previously authorities said they responded to “numerous” medical emergencies at the park. Several residents were transported to hospitals but there were no details on their conditions, county fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said.

Turner said he’s been checking hospitals.

Fire danger is high throughout California after the typically dry summer and early fall. The high temperatures and winds predicted for inland areas of Southern California materialized mid-afternoon Thursday, when the driver of a commercial trash truck dumped a smoldering load to prevent the vehicle from catching fire.

Dry grass quickly ignited and winds gusting to 50 mph (80 kph) blew the fire into the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, where Arvickson lived alone about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. The park has 110 home sites and was built in 1958, according to its website. TV helicopter video showed vehicles and structures that were total losses.

About 160 students sheltered in place as smoke enveloped nearby Mesa View Middle School before buses arrived and evacuated them to another school outside the fire zone.

Crews were also battling a brush fire that prompted evacuations and closed Interstate 210 in the Sylmar neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Several vehicles burned in a nearby industrial complex. Another blaze threatened a neighborhood in the Newbury Park area of Ventura County, west of Los Angeles.

Fire officials were investigating what caused the trash in the truck to catch fire in Calimesa.

Linda Klosek, 70, and her daughter Stacey Holloway, 43, had gone grocery shopping and were on their way back home to Villa Calimesa when they saw their neighbors evacuating.

“You couldn’t even see anything, the smoke was so thick,” said Linda.

From the evacuation center they watched on TV as flames destroyed their home.

“When you’re watching it, it’s like someone else’s home,” Stacey said. They returned $60 worth of groceries to the store because now “there’s no place to put it.”

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The blaze, dubbed the Sandalwood Fire, was 10% percent contained Thursday night. It was one of several that broke out amid high winds and dry conditions that prompted California utilities to preemptively cut power to more than 2 million people in high-danger areas to guard against power lines sparking fires. The area that includes the mobile home park still had its power when the fire occurred.

To the west of Calimesa, firefighters contained a blaze that damaged two homes near Fontana. It was not immediately clear whether the power outage included the location where the fire broke out.

In Northern California, a brush fire sparked Thursday morning in the San Bruno Mountains south of San Francisco, prompting voluntary evacuations. No homes burned and firefighters made quick progress.

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Southern California fire destroys dozens of homes before winds die down

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

A blaze in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles was only 13 percent contained Saturday after destroying 13 buildings. One man who had tried to fight the blaze died of a heart attack.

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The fast-moving fire is keeping tens of thousands of people from returning to their homes until officials are convinced it’s safe.

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Eyed Jarjour comforts a neighbor who lost his Jolette Ave. home to the Saddleridge Fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Granada Hills, Calif. (Associated Press)

Edwin Bernard, 73, is no stranger to flames that have frequently menaced his sunburnt corner of Los Angeles, but they never arrived as quickly or came as close to his home before.

Fire swept down the hill across the street and spit embers over his home of 30 years, sizzling through dry grass and igniting trees and bushes. He and his wife scrambled to go, leaving behind medication, photo albums and their four cats.

“It was a whole curtain of fire,” Bernard said. “There was fire on all sides. We had to leave.”

Bernard’s home and the cats left inside survived — barely. His backyard was charred.

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The fire broke out Thursday, just hours after flaming garbage in a trash truck sparked another wind-whipped blaze that ravaged a mobile park in Calimesa, east of downtown Los Angeles.

Several residents of the park were unaccounted for and the family of an 89-year-old woman says they fear she died when her home burned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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