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Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

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Investigators looking into the disappearance of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik were led to the body of the young girl on Thursday after finding a “critical item of evidence” while searching through her dead neighbor’s trash, officials said at a press conference.

Cayce Department of Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley said that Coty Scott Taylor, 30, has been linked to the homicide after he was found dead in his Churchill Heights home Thursday morning.

Police made the discovery shortly after they found evidence in his trash can that led them the young girl’s remains in a wooded area near her home on Londonderry Square.

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“He was a neighbor, not a relative, not a friend, he was merely a neighbor that lived in the Churchill Heights community,” Antley said.

He did not name Taylor as a person of interest or a suspect but did say that the item found in his trash was something that would have been listed on the missing person flyer created after she disappeared.

Officials did not give a cause of death pending an autopsy on Saturday.

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Faye was last seen getting off the school bus Monday afternoon. Her family discovered her missing about 3:45 p.m. and called 911 after looking for her for about an hour, authorities said.

Antley said the investigation is still open.

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5 of the deadliest US air disasters

A number of passenger planes have crashed throughout world history as a result of mechanical failures and human error.

Ranging from failing engines to planes striking objects, here are five of the deadliest air disasters in the United States, not directly caused by terrorism, suicidal pilots or other nefarious instances:

273 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes in Chicago

Flight 191 crashed near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on May 25, 1979, after an engine fell off the plane 1 second prior to takeoff and was forced to take off with one engine.

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American Airlines Flight 191 was spotted flying sideways before crashing in Chicago on May 25, 1979. (FAA.gov)

The crew on board reacted to the engine separation and started following the airline’s protocol for that event, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

But by the time the DC-10 aircraft reached 300 feet, it started to turn and roll left. A chilling photo taken from the ground during those moments shows the plane flying sideways.

It eventually crashed into a mobile home park next to the airport, killing all 271 onboard and two people on the ground.

265 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes shortly after 9/11

Flight 587 plunged into a residential neighborhood near New York City’s JFK International Airport on Nov. 12, 2001, just two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The plane’s co-pilot, in reaction to turbulence caused by another flight that took off just before, initiated a series of “unnecessary and excessive rudder pedal inputs” which ultimately led to the aircraft’s vertical stabilizer snapping off, according to the FAA.

The subsequent loss of control forced the plane to crash, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

230 deaths – TWA Flight 800 explodes in the air

In a disaster that led to a media frenzy, TWA Flight 800, which left New York for Paris on July 17, 1996, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island.

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A large piece of wing floats in the Atlantic Ocean where TWA Flight 800 exploded in midair and crashed, killing all 230 people aboard. (Getty Images)

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the plane went down following the explosion of one of its fuel tanks, caused by the ignition of fuel and air vapors inside. But the source of that ignition was never officially determined, the FAA says.

Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the explosion and debris falling out of the sky.

156 deaths – Northwest Airlines Flight 255 strikes light poles, rental car facility

This flight crashed on Aug. 16, 1987, after striking a number of objects shortly after takeoff.

The passenger jet was observed rolling left and right, and then hitting light poles and the roof of a rental car facility beyond the runway of Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, according to the FAA.

It eventually came to a halt on the ground, breaking up as it slid and leaving fire in its wake. Two people on the ground were killed and the only person to survive out of those onboard the plane was a 4-year-old girl.

The NTSB ruled the likely cause of the accident was the flight crew’s failure “to ensure that the flaps and slats were extended for takeoff” and an unexplained loss of power to the plane’s takeoff warning system.

153 deaths – Pan Am Flight 759 goes down in a thunderstorm

A Boeing 757 operated by Pan Am went down in New Orleans on July 9, 1982 during a period of bad weather.

The FAA says it was only around 100 feet off the ground when it started to descend, striking trees and a residential area.

The likely cause of the crash, it added, was the airplane traveling into winds “the effects of which the pilot would have had difficulty recognizing and reacting to in time for the airplane’s descent to be [prevented].”

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Charles ‘Chuckie’ O’Brien, Jimmy Hoffa associate portrayed in ‘The Irishman,’ dies at 86

Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, an associate of the late Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa who is portrayed in the 2019 movie “The Irishman,” died Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla., according to reports. He was 86.

The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack, according to O’Brien’s stepson, Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor, writing on a blog called “Lawfare.”

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During Hoffa’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, O’Brien often referred to himself as Hoffa’s foster son – but investigators have long suspected he played a role in Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Hoffa vanished in July 1975 amid a tumultuous career as a union leader, one that included clashes with Attorney General Robert Kennedy and other Washington figures, as well as union rivals and reputed mobsters. Various theories have emerged about what happened to him but the case remains a mystery.

In his blog post, Goldsmith shares some insights into the life of his stepfather, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1933.

“Chuckie was most famous for two things. In the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, he was the closest aide and near-constant companion of Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous and influential leader of the Teamsters Union.

“And following Hoffa’s disappearance on July 30, 1975, Chuckie became a leading suspect when the government publicly accused him of picking up Hoffa and driving him to his death. The latter charge is, I believe, untrue. But practically everyone believed it. This accusation was repeated in story after story and book after book and, most recently, in the movie “The Irishman.” Chuckie lived the last 44 years of his life under that shadow.”

The 2019 Martin Scorsese-directed movie “The Irishman” examines events surrounding the Hoffa disappearance, through the eyes of Frank Sheeran, a Hoffa underling (played by Robert De Niro) who died in 2003.

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U.S. labor leader Jimmy Hoffa is photographed at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1971. (Reuters)

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In the film, the part of O’Brien is played by actor Jesse Plemons.

According to Goldsmith, O’Brien is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Josephine, son Chuckie, stepsons Jack, Brett and Steven, and by “numerous grandchildren.”

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Fire, explosion recorded at California homeless camp; ‘packed full’ 2 days later

A fire broke out Monday at a homeless encampment in California on Monday, resulting in an explosion.

The blast produced a mushroom cloud underneath a Los Angeles I-10 that nearly engulfed a man who appeared to be moving debris from the fire, according to a video posted by a passerby later that morning.

“After things starting exploding, I was outta there,” the driver said. “I often fear that I could possibly see a tragedy like this.”

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Authorities cleaned up the encampment later that day, but two days later the driver said it was “packed full with new homeless.”

He hoped the video could show how “fragile and dangerous” the homeless situation is getting in the city.

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LANCASTER, CA – JANUARY 28: Derrick Chambers checks out a homeless encampment in an open area of Southern part of Lancaster while documenting their number in the area. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Fire authorities said it’s not their protocol to investigate what caused the blaze because it didn’t result in injuries or damage any property.

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The driver was reportedly the first to alert authorities around 6:30 a.m. that morning.

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What happened at Parkland: The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Two years ago, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., entered his old school armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle and opened fire at students and teachers who were preparing to go home for the day, authorities said.

The methodical shooting resulted in 17 deaths and more than a dozen injuries.

Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. Police said he confessed, but pleaded not guilty in the shooting. His lawyers have made it clear that he would be willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reported extensively on the shooting and said Cruz, while a student, was searched by school guards daily for weapons, and was voted “most likely to shoot up the school” by the guards.

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Feb. 14, 2018: Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Kelvin Greenleaf, a school security guard reportedly said during a sworn deposition that the school learned that Cruz drank bleach and “tried to hurt himself or something like that.”

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Florida announced early this year that it will be the first state in the country to implement a statewide plan for identifying potential mass shooters before they act. Individuals planning a mass shooting often show signs of their intentions, whether in statements to friends or social media posts.

Cruz’s trial has been delayed until the summer so his defense attorneys can prepare for the case.

THE SHOOTING

The massacre on Valentine’s Day 2018 lasted five minutes and 32 seconds. Cruz was dropped off by an Uber driver at around 2:19 p.m., police said. The driver told a CBS affiliate that she noticed him carrying a large black bag. Cruz said it was for music class. She called the ride uneventful.

Since the ending of the school day was near, the front gates were wide open for cars and school buses. That’s when police say Cruz walked in, dressed in a school shirt and lugging the backpack with additional loaded magazines, a gas mask and smoke grenades.

Andrew Medina, a security guard who was also the school’s baseball coach, spotted Cruz and remembered him as the “crazy boy,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. Medina is being sued by Andrew Pollack, father of one of the victims, for negligence.

Cruz eventually entered the school and bumped into a freshman near a second-floor restroom while loading his rifle, police said. Cruz allegedly told the student that he better leave because “things are going to start getting messy.”

The freshman alerted a staffer who was accused of not implementing the correct protocol in such an event. In total, three school employees failed to properly alert the school about a gunman on campus, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Cruz then activated a fire alarm — and while students were leaving their classrooms he allegedly opened fire. USA Today, in a minute-by-minute summary, identified the weapon as a .223 caliber AK-15 semiautomatic rifle. The first students killed were Martin Duque, Luke Hoyer and Gina Montalto, the paper reported. The suspect continued on and killed six more students inside classrooms.

Chris Brent Hixon, 49, the school’s athletic director and U.S. Navy veteran, tried to engage the shooter but was hit with a round, the paper reported. He took cover, but Cruz located him and fired again. Hixon was later buried with full military honors, according to Tampa’s FOX 13.

Aaron Feis, an offensive line coach for the school’s football team, was the first victim identified. The school’s football team tweeted Feis “shielded students from the shooter” when he was struck with a bullet.

“He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” the tweet said.

Meanwhile, the scene at the school was chaotic and many teachers and students had no idea what was unfolding around them. A 17-year-old student told the Associated Press that a fire alarm rang out for a second time and students were calmly filing out in the hallways.

“Everyone was kind of just standing there calm, and then we saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a sprint,” she said. “I hopped a fence.”

Despite the acts of heroism from some of the staffers, some of the public’s outrage was assigned to the response by the Broward County Sheriff deputies.

Scot Peterson, a former deputy who was on duty at the school at the time of the shooting, was seen on surveillance video rushing with two staff members toward the building where the shooting happened. When they arrived, he pulled his weapon but then retreated and took up a position outside, where he stood with his gun drawn.

Peterson was arrested in 2019 on 11 criminal charges related to his alleged inaction during the massacre. He was charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury — allegations that carry a maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years.

Joseph DiRuzzo III, his lawyer, said in a statement last summer that Peterson is merely a scapegoat. He called the charges “a thinly veiled attempt at politically motivated retribution.” The Sun-Sentinel reported that four deputies arrived at the scene but did not immediately engage the gunman.

Deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were terminated following an internal affairs investigation. Two other officers, Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller were fired last year. Scott Israel, the sheriff at the time, was removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for similar reasons and the state Senate upheld the decision. Israel called the decision political.

Stambaugh failed to run toward gunshots on multiple occasions to stop the shooter, according to the report. “Stambaugh appeared to take cover over assisting deputies entering a possible hot zone,” it said based on videos from his body camera. At one point, Stambaugh told an officer from the Coral Springs Police Department nearing MSD’s building 12 — where the shots were being fired — to “watch yourself” as he remained behind cover.

Cruz stalked more classrooms and fired more than 100 rounds. The Sun-Sentinel reported that it took five minutes and 32 seconds from the first shot.

Just before 2:30 p.m., multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting came in and authorities were dispatched to the high school, according to Cruz’s probable cause affidavit. The suspect’s description was blasted over police radios.

“As a result of the chaos, multiple persons were fleeing the school,” the affidavit said. “After the shooting, the shooter blended in with fleeing students and was able to elude arriving officers.”

Cruz was soon taken into custody without a fight.

THE FALLOUT

The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School forced the country to come to terms with gun violence at schools. Some students at the school, like David Hogg, became political activists and challenged the status quo on gun laws.

Former President Obama wrote a column for Time magazine and called the students inspirations for change.

“Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily,” he wrote.

Parents of some of the victims at the school have also pressed for accountability ranging from stricter gun laws, more effective police responses and schools designed with safe spaces for students in the event of a shooting. The Sun-Sentinel report said some students in the school were trapped in a hallway because the restrooms were locked due to a vaping trend on campus.

Many of these parents are resigned to know that their lives were forever changed and the emotions are still raw.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime died in the shooting, was removed from President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month after he shouted about gun control when the president vowed to protect Second Amendment rights.

Guttenberg later apologized.

“Tonight was a rough night,” he tweeted. “I disrupted the State of the Union and was detained because I let my emotions get the best of me. I simply want to be able to deal with the reality of gun violence and not have to listen to the lies about the 2A as happened tonight.

“That said, I should not have yelled out. I am thankful for the overwhelming support that I am receiving. However, I do owe my family and friends an apology. I have tried to conduct myself with dignity throughout this process and I will do better as I pursue gun safety.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos, Tyler Olson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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What happened to ‘Barefoot Bandit’ Colton Harris-Moore?

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What is folklore in the 21st century?

Colton Harris-Moore is a former fugitive who became a modern-day folk hero. He was dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit” for an unforgettable cross-country crime spree he committed as a teenager.

Harris-Moore began breaking into homes and cabins on Puget Sound’s Camano Island, court records showed.

The “Barefoot Bandit” developed a huge following online, with supporters tracking his movements on social media.

Harris-Moore was sentenced in 2012 to seven years in prison for a series of crimes he committed barefoot, which began after he escaped from a juvenile halfway house in 2008.

He was ultimately captured after crash-landing a plane that he stole in Indiana and flew to the Bahamas.

Here is his story.

CURRENT LIFE

After his notoriety as a celebrity criminal, Harris-Moore is less in the spotlight these days.

In December 2015, he endorsed Donald Trump for president on his personal blog.

He also now has a Twitter account, where he describes himself as: “Pilot/Entrepreneur/Boyfriend/fmr. international fugitive.”

“The past is done; the future is unwritten. Life is what you MAKE IT!” he writes in his bio.

However, there’s a catch to his contemporary brand.

2019

Last year, the “Barefoot Bandit” was ordered to complete his probation after requesting he be allowed to visit friends overseas and accept work outside Washington state to do influencer-type engagements as a motivational speaker.

Harris-Moore claimed that the work would help him pay off the more than $1 million in restitution he still owes to victims of his crimes.

Harris-Moore was sentenced in 2012 to more than six years in prison plus three years of supervised probation after being convicted following a string of crimes that included dozens of thefts and burglaries, the smashing of vehicles and the crash-landings of three stolen airplanes.

His nickname came from the sketches of a barefooted footprint that he often left behind at the crime scenes, and he even committed some crimes without wearing shoes or socks, reports said.

2016

The 6-foot-5-inch Harris-Moore pleaded to get out of prison early to work at his lawyer’s firm during the summer.

His attorney John Henry Browne told the Seattle Times he and his client agreed years ago that Harris-Moore would work part-time at his law firm while looking for a full-time job, and, eventually, going to school.

The job was to answer phones and perform clerical work, according to the lawyer.

The attorney said he had sympathy for his client.

“He might have a touch of Asperger’s, a little bit, because he can focus on something and master it,” Browne said of Harris-Moore’s ability to learn how to fly airplanes by simply reading the manuals. “He’d never even flown in a commercial plane.”

The attorney said his client’s delinquency began out of necessity — not evil.

“He started down the path of criminality, if we can call it, literally to eat,” Browne said. “When he was younger, his mother was not taking care of him, and was using food stamps for beer and things.”

His mother died that summer.

Harris-Moore said he wanted to cryogenically freeze his mother with the hope that medical advances would allow her to be revived and her lung cancer treated. He later said that he hadn’t been able to raise enough money for the procedure.

He was freed from his work-release program that winter.

2014

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Harris-Moore’s story was told in a feature-length documentary, “Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit,” which premiered in 2014. It blended interviews with animation.

The graphic-novel style animated documentary was made by Canadian filmmakers and shot during a six-week shoot in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

Unrelatedly, Harris-Moore had previously sold the movie rights to his story in the hopes of raising enough money to pay $1.3 million in restitution to his victims.

2012

He was moved out of solitary confinement and into the general inmate population at another prison in Washington state, corrections officials confirmed during the summer.

He had spent three weeks in “intensive management,” most of which was at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary alongside inmates facing the death penalty. It was for his own protection as a high-profile convict, Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said.

“Somebody might want to make a name for himself by saying, ‘I took down the Barefoot Bandit,'” Lewis had said.

Harris-Moore had been in solitary confinement at Walla Walla since he arrived in April, and he was allowed out of his cell five times per week, for an hour each time.

2011

When he was sentenced in December, Judge Vickie Churchill said: “This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s a triumph of the human spirit in other ways.”

She described Harris-Moore’s upbringing as a “mind-numbing absence of hope,” and believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite.

In a statement provided to Churchill, he said his childhood was one he wouldn’t wish on his “darkest enemies.”

Still, he said he takes responsibility for the crime spree that brought him international notoriety.

2010

He was apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010.

After he was captured, his arrest caused sadness in his fans.

Some of his more than 60,000 Facebook fans posted disappointed messages, while others promoted T-shirts and tote bags with the words “Free Colton!” and “Let Colton Fly!”

“I feel like it would have been good if he got away because he never hurt anybody, but then he was running from the law,” said Ruthie Key, who owns a market on Great Abaco Island and let Harris-Moore use her wireless Internet connection in July 2010.

“He seemed very innocent when I spoke with him at the store. I don’t think he’d hurt anybody,” Key said.

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Harris-Moore was a skilled outdoorsman who honed his abilities growing up in the woods of Camano Island in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Harris-Moore’s mother, Pam Kohler, had said that he had a troubled childhood. His first conviction, for possession of stolen property, came at age 12. Within a few months of turning 13, he had three more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Navy punishes sailors who wore ‘Make Aircrew Great Again’ patches during Trump speech

The Navy has punished several sailors who wore patches bearing President Trump‘s likeness that read “Make Aircrew Great Again” on their uniforms while attending his May 2019 speech aboard a ship in Japan, according to an official.

A group of sailors assigned to the Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 who sported flight suits with the red patches violated a Pentagon order prohibiting service members from participating in political activities, Lt. James Adams, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii, told Fox News on Thursday.

The directive bars service members from attending political rallies and expressing political opinions as long as they are not “reasonably viewed as directly or indirectly associating the Department of Defense … with a partisan political activity,” Adams said.

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A service member wears a patch that says “Make Aircrew Great Again” as they listen to President Donald Trump speak to troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan. The patch includes a likeness of Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“Though the investigation found the Sailors did not intend to wear the patches as a political statement for or against the president, U.S. Pacific Fleet determined that, because the American public could reasonably view the wearing of the patches on official uniforms as DoD association with President Trump’s 2020 campaign, it was in violation of DoDD 1344.10,” the Navy said in its statement to Fox News.

An official in charge of the sailors confiscated the patches after the speech aboard the U.S.S. Wasp, which was part of a stop on Trump’s four-day visit to Japan.

The Navy did not specify what type of punishment was given. The sailors were told not to wear the patches again and Navy officials are updating guidelines “regarding the wearing of patches to ensure the rich heritage and time-honored traditions of Naval Aviation are upheld in a manner that maintains the dignity of naval service,” according to its statement.

Trump’s Japan trip resulted in further scrutiny after it was revealed that the White House requested the Navy keep the U.S.S. John McCain out of view. The plan to do that was later scrapped.

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McCain, a Naval fighter pilot who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was a frequent Trump critic he died in 2019 from brain cancer.

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Homelessness in San Francisco: Here are the statistics

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San Francisco, Calif., is just one example of what the growing homelessness crisis in America looks like. Drugs, mental illness and a lack of clear countermeasures have exacerbated the problem, generating national concern. Here is the breakdown by numbers.

The most recent homelessness survey for San Francisco happened in January 2019, according to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

It showed 8,035 people were experiencing homelessness in the city, a 17 percent increase from 2017.

The total number of unsheltered individuals was 5,180. Of the 2,855 people in shelters, 84 percent of them were in emergency shelter programs.

The same agency found there to be a 15 percent overall increase in homelessness within the city, from 2013 to 2019.

Persons with families that included minor children made up 8 percent of homeless residents. Five percent of the total population were under the age of 18.

Young adults, 18-24, accounted for 14 percent of the total, while 81 percent were over the age of 25.

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Thomas Wolf, part of the city’s Street-Level Drug Dealing Task Force, told the San Francisco Chronicle that nine out of 10 people he encountered living on the streets — of the Tenderloin and South of Market — were addicted to drugs or alcohol.

He said many people who are homeless choose free meals from soup kitchens, enabling them to spend their government checks on drugs. Wolf also claimed liquor stores in the Tenderloin offer “happy meals,” which consist of a $3 crack pipe and other paraphernalia, kept in brown bags under the counter.

In the summer of 2019, the city announced it was planning to open its first facility to serve those who are living out of their cars and recreational vehicles.

A parking lot was designated as the place for homeless people to park their cars overnight. They could also access bathrooms, showers and services to help them find permanent housing.

In November 2019, San Francisco voters passed Prop A, which allowed the city to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable housing.

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Mental health has also been considered a contributing factor to the homelessness crisis, prompting city lawmakers to vote for a pilot program in June that would force treatment on mentally ill drug addicts.

The city also made headlines for its homeless crisis last week, when it announced it would be opening a center for those experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis, The Associated Press reported.

A majority of the city’s 2019 homeless population, 65 percent, had been experiencing homelessness for over a year. That represents an increase of 59 percent from 2015, according to HSH.

A large majority of San Fransisco’s indigent populace, 73 percent, said they were receiving some type of government income.

Over 40 percent reported receiving CalFresh (food stamps) and/or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). 30 percent of respondents reported receiving County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP) or General Assistance (GA) benefits, and 17 percent reported receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or SSDI (Disability).

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report

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Dallas ex-cop found not guilty in shooting that killed 21-year-old woman

A former Dallas cop was found not guilty of assault in the death of a 21-year-old woman driving a stolen car in January 2017, according to reports.

Christopher Hess, the first Dallas officer in more than four decades to be indicted in a deadly police shooting, was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant in the fatal shooting of Genevive Dawes.

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Christopher Hess was found not in the fatal shooting of Genevive Dawes, right. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook).

A Dallas County jury returned the not guilty verdict after two days of deliberations. If he had been found guilty, Hess could have been sentenced to five years to life in prison.

The cops found her and another person asleep in a car that had been reported stolen, police said.

Dawes ignored commands to exit the vehicle, then reversed into a police cruiser, rammed a fence and was backing up again when the officers opened fire, police said.

Hess shot into the car a dozen times. Prosecutors argued that his actions were unreasonable. The former officer’s lawyers told the court that the shooting was justified because the car was a threat.

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“Something bad was going to happen if Officer Hess hadn’t have acted and officers were going to get hurt that evening based on the actions of the two people in that car,” defense attorney Reed Prospere told jurors.

Daryl Washington, a lawyer for Dawes’ family, blamed the justice system for focusing on the perceived shortcomings of victims while accused officers appear in court “with a halo over their head.”

“Are we giving the perception to people that if you happen to have a criminal past, if you happen to have a drug problem that it’s OK to take that person’s life?,” Washington said outside the court. “That’s the message we’re sending to the entire United States, that if you’re less than perfect then your life doesn’t matter.”

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Genevive Dawes was a 21-year-old woman driving a stolen car in January 2017. (Facebook)

Hess did not testify in his defense but other officers and policing experts told the jury that they believed his actions were reasonable. The jury was shown body camera footage from multiple officers at the scene.

A grand jury returned the charge against Hess months after the confrontation.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office wasn’t able to say Thursday to The Associated Press why the officer was charged with assault, rather than a more serious crime. Washington said Dawes’ family had hoped for a murder charge and questioned why another officer who also shot into the car wasn’t indicted.

Hess was fired in July 2017 after an internal investigation found he had violated the department’s felony traffic stop and use of force policies, and had placed a person in greater danger than necessary.

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He is still facing a federal civil rights suit brought by Dawes’ family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Uber driver charged with kidnapping after passengers livestream chase

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A Virginia Uber driver is now in police custody for chasing down a car that rear-ended him — without letting his two passengers out of the vehicle — on Monday night.

Olufemi S. Olomola, 38, was charged with two counts of abduction, reckless driving and felony hit-and-run, Q13 Fox reported.

Richmond Police reportedly made the arrest following the incident.

John Murray and his wife, Tameka Swann, called an Uber to take them out to dinner on their date night. After picking them up and driving several blocks, Olomola was rear-ended, and the offending driver took off.

Olomola sped up and ran multiple red lights in an attempt to catch the unidentified motorist, driving erratically the whole way, according to Murray.

“I thought we were just going to pull over and they would exchange information, but the other driver pulled around us and took off,” he said. “I had no idea [Olomola] was about to go ‘Fast and Furious’ on us.”

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Murray decided to stream the encounter on Facebook Live. At one point, Olomola handed his phone to Swann to speak with a 911 dispatcher and began to accelerate.

The couple say they continually asked Olomola to stop and let them out, but he seemed focused on catching the other driver.

Halfway through the drive, Olomola was T-boned by another automobile. Instead of stopping to exchange information, he continued to chase the first driver.

The 911 operator can be heard telling him to stop, but he kept going, according to Q13 Fox.

Swann told a local CBS affiliate she was scared for her life and could only think of her children.

The driver eventually stopped and let the couple out.

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A spokesperson for Uber commented on the fiasco to WTVR and said an investigation is underway. They also said Olomola’s Uber access has been removed.

“This driver’s behavior is deeply concerning and his access to the app has been removed,” the spokesperson said. “We have been in contact with the rider and stand ready to support law enforcement on their investigation.”

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