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Off-duty California police officer attacked by teens after helping woman who said phone was stolen

An off-duty police officer who stepped in to help a woman who claimed her phone had been stolen was attacked by a group of teenagers at a busy outdoor shopping center in California on Black Friday.

The assault – which was captured on video – happened around 8 p.m. at the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, located next to Oakland. The Emeryville Police Department said Monday a woman seen in surveillance video wearing white clothes approached a group of teenagers and accused them of taking her cellphone minutes earlier.

“She confronted them asking for her phone back. During the confrontation, the juveniles got aggressive with the victim and began to assault the victim,” Emeryville Police Detective Jaime Pardo told reporters.

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After spotting the commotion, a California Highway Patrol officer – who asked to only be identified as Greg B. – approached the group and tried to secretly take photos until one of the girls in the crowd noticed what he was doing.

“The group then turned toward him and became violent with him,” Pardo said.

In the video released by officials on Monday, one of the teenagers runs at the off-duty officer and hits him. Another boy then punches him as he runs off until he is surrounded and attacked again. A security guard can be seen getting knocked down in the video while trying to respond to the unruly group.

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An attack involving an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a group of teens at a mall on Black Friday was caught on camera. The officer said it all started after a woman accused the group of teens of stealing her cellphone. (Emeryville Police Department)

“It was a melee. It was chaotic. It was a really scary situation,” Greg B. told KTVU. “It should have never gotten to this point.”

The officer said he tried to run away, but the teens surrounded him.

“But I know that when I let him go, he’s going to swing at me. And I let him go. I push him and sure enough, he turns around and swings at me,” he told KTVU. “I back up and that’s when one of his friends came up behind me and struck me in the back of the head.”

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The officer, a former correctional officer at San Quentin Prison, said he never drew his gun during the incident. His girlfriend alerted mall security that he was an off-duty state cop.

“There was a lot of restraint that had to be practiced,” he told KTVU. “And I had to do my best to stay in the moment.”

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Off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Greg B. said he practiced “a lot of restraint” during the assault. (KTVU)

Greg B. sustained a concussion, a broken finger and bruises after the assault. He said it was the third time he had to help someone at the shopping center. 
 
“I think this just came down to me not being able to look away and let this happen,” he told KTVU. “I saw this young lady and she was going to be in a very bad situation.”

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The Emeryville Police Department said Monday that two juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were arrested while six others are still being sought, according to KGO-TV.

Authorities are hoping to use surveillance video to assist in their investigation, and are asking the public for help in submitting and videos or photos from the Friday night incident.

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Washington movie theater evacuated after ‘highly contagious’ package of urine sent to wrong address

A movie theater in Washington state resembled a scene out of a disaster flick on Friday night after a box with a dire warning was left outside the building, triggering an evacuation after urine samples were sent to the wrong address.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. at the North Bend Theater in the town of North Bend, located around 30 miles east of Seattle.

The Eastside Professional Firefighters said on Twitter that first responders converged on the theater for a hazmat call with a box marked “highly contagious human substance” that had been opened up.

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A total of five hazmat techs arrived at the theater to analyze the package as the building was evacuated and nearby streets were closed as authorities tried to determine what was inside the package, according to fire officials.

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A misdelivered urine sample sparked a movie theater evacuation in Washington state on Friday, according to officials. (Eastside Firefighters)

Snoqualmie Police Sgt. Paul Graham told KOMO News the theater manager opened up the package and discovered the liquid inside. The manager was then taken to an area hospital as a precaution due to regular exposure protocol.

Eastside Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Richard Burke told the Seattle Times the person didn’t show signs of illness but went to the hospital as a precaution, as officials weren’t sure what was in the box.

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The theater manager was transported to an area hospital as a precaution, officials said. (Eastside Firefighters/Twitter)

Tests of the liquid later revealed it to be urine that was “disposed of appropriately in a bio container,” fire officials told KOMO.

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The package was originally intended for a medical clinic in Tacoma, located more than 40 miles away. Officials have not said how it ended up in North Bend.

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“All is well,” the theater said Saturday on its website. “The emergency vehicles you may have seen in front of the theatre on Friday, November 29, were there in response to our call regarding a mislabeled package that was leaking an unknown liquid.”

The theater praised the “professionalism” of Eastside Fire and Rescue and the Snoqualmie Police Department, saying there was no danger and they would open for business on Saturday to show “Frozen II.”

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Illinois shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 injured, officials say

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One person was killed and several others were injured in a shooting in a Chicago suburb early Sunday morning, according to officials

The Aurora Police Department said on Twitter the incident happened in the 700-block of 5th Street, and that “multiple people” were shot, including one who died.

“Officers and detectives are currently on scene beginning an investigation,” police said.

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Officials told WLS-TV they received multiple calls around 2:30 a.m., and that officers arriving at a house discovered three people who had been shot.

The three people were then transported to an area hospital, where one of them later died. Two other people later walked unassisted into an area hospital.

Aurora police told WLS-TV the four injured have non-life-threatening injuries.

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Officials have not disclosed details about a suspect, only saying that additional information will be released shortly.

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Georgia teenage girl planned knife attack at predominantly black church, police say

A teenage girl in Georgia was arrested after an alleged plot was discovered by her classmates last week to attack a mostly black church by using knives on worshippers because of their race, according to officials.

The Gainesville, Ga., Police Department said on Tuesday the white, 16-year-old girl, who has not been identified, planned to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in the northern part of the state.

The plot was revealed when Gainesville High School students told administrators on Friday the 16-year-old had a notebook with “detailed plans” to kill worshippers at the church, according to Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish.

“The student who immediately reported this to school officials saved lives,” Parrish said at a news conference on Tuesday. “She had written down how she wanted to do it, the best way to do it. She had procured some butcher knives, kitchen knives to do the attack with.”

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After police were notified by school officials when the threat was verified, the 16-year-old girl was taken into custody and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, the police chief said. She’s being held in a youth detention center in Gainesville.

While details of the alleged plot have yet to be released, Gainesville Police said their investigation indicated “the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members.”

Gainesville is about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and is a city of just over 40,000 people, about 17 percent of whom are African-American.

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This Nov. 19, 2019 photo shows the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Ga., where officials said a 16-year-old was planning a knife attack on worshippers. (Nick Bowman/ Gainesville Times via AP)

Bethel AME is a predominantly black church and is part of the same family of churches as the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Nine black church members, including a senior pastor and a state senator, were killed on June 17, 2015, when white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire during Bible study.

Roof later told FBI agents he had hoped the killings would start a race war.

Rev. Dr. Michelle Rizer-Pool, who leads the congregation at Bethel AME, said the teen girl visited the church last Wednesday, which is usually a Bible study night, according to FOX5.

Rizer-Pool, who has pastored the church and its approximately 40 members since June 2018, said the congregation recently celebrated 118 years of service in the community.

“When I found out I drove to the church, went inside it and prayed and anointed my church and asked God to put a hedge of protection around us,” she told the AP in a phone interview on Tuesday. “That was on Friday. On Sunday, I tried to relay what was going on without a lot of emotion so that the congregants would remain calm …

“You know, I’ve been preaching for a while now about being on the battlefield, being a soldier in God’s army and that if you believe that God is in charge, he won’t allow hurt or harm to come your way. One of my members told me, ‘You’ve been getting us ready.’ I guess I have.”

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Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the Presiding Bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of AME Church, said Tuesday he’s worried after the incident, adding there is “great concern among AME” if the denomination has a target on its back.

“We are glad that Bethel Gainesville did not have Bible study last Wednesday night,” he said at a news conference.

Authorities in Gainesville said they have stepped up patrols around the church in the wake of the incident.

“They have already stepped up and assured me it would be a continual, not something that fades away,” Rizer-Poole told reporters.

The South has a long history of black churches being bombed, burned and shot up.

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Besides the killings by Roof, the white son of a sheriff’s deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana. Holden Matthews is awaiting trial on arson and hate crimes charges in the Louisiana church burnings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Missing sailboat with 3 people from Maine found safe after sparking massive search, crew to continue journey

Three people on board a 40-foot sailboat that was reported missing over the weekend off the coast of Maine and sparked a massive search established communications with the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday and are continuing on their journey, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard had been searching since Saturday for Charlotte Kirby, Nathaniel Davis and Wilfredo Lombardo, who were aboard the 40-foot sailboat named Dove. The boat was last known to be about 20 miles south of Mount Desert Island, where the famed Acadia National Park and seaside hamlet town of Bar Harbor are located.

The Coast Guard said that dispatchers on the mainland received a 911 call at about 3 a.m. from passengers on the boat that warned they were in distress. By Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard said on Twitter that they established communications with the boat and confirmed those on board were not in distress.

“With outstanding coordination and cooperation with the families, we were able to confirm their loved ones are not in distress and are continuing their journey south,” said Cmdr. Kelly Denning, search and rescue mission coordinator with the First Coast Guard District.

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After the call was placed over the weekend, the Coast Guard said that rescue crews from Station Southwest Harbor, Air Station Cape Cod, and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to the area to assist.

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Officials were searching for three days for three people who were on the 40-foot sailboat named Dove that reported trouble about 20 miles south of Mount Desert Island, Maine. (Twitter/USCGNortheast)

By Sunday, rescue aircrews had searched 2,700 square nautical miles for the boat with an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane from Air Station Cape Cod.

The Coast Guard had shared photos on Twitter of Charlotte Kirby and Nathaniel Davis as part of the search efforts.

But on Monday, Coast Guard Operations Unit Controller Chris Berry told the Portland Press Herald that one of the boaters made cellphone contact with a family member.

“They found themselves,” Berry said. “They started answering their phone. One of them called or texted their parents in reply to their parents’ texts and said they were fine, were off Montauk, and were continuing their trip south.”

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Officials initially said that someone in the phone call asked for help, but Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Nicole Groll told the Press Herald on Monday that no one actually said the word “help” before the call cut out.

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The Coast Guard had said three people were on board the 40-foot sailboat named Dove. (Twitter/USCGNortheast)

The sailboat’s home port is John Williams Boat Company on Mount Desert Island, and the ship departed from the Somes Sound before the call was made. On Saturday, the area where rescuers were searching saw 5-foot seas with 20-knot winds, according to the Coast Guard. The air temperature hovered around 34 degrees, with a water temperature of 52 degrees.

Officials have not said what triggered the phone call to 911. Wilfredo Lombardo’s mother, Anita Lombardo, told the newspaper her son was friends with Davis and they were headed for Florida, adding that the last few days have left then “a mess.”

Lombardo’s stepfather, Sam Holland, said they were “breathing again” but also felt some anger over whatever happened out at sea over the past few days.

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“Now I’m mad. Now I want some answers,” he told the Press Herald. “I want to know what the hell happened.”

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California prosecutor accused of using daughter, 13, to bait sex predator placed on leave

A prosecutor in California accused of using his 13-year-old daughter to bait another man back to the spot where she claimed he molested her has been placed on leave, and an internal review has been launched.

The San Jose Police Department announced on Thursday that Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and false imprisonment in connection with the incidents on the Los Alamitos Trail in Almaden Valley.

The sexual assault investigation began Oct. 8, a day after the victim told her doctor that she had been sexually assaulted. In the ensuing police investigation, the 13-year-old gave accounts of three instances between August and October in which the same man approached her while she was walking her dog on the trail and touched her sexually.

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According to police reports, the father of the 13-year-old girl is a Santa Clara County prosecutor, and he brought the girl back to the trail as authorities were investigating her claims. He recorded video of her interacting with the man that was later handed over to police, the Mercury News reported on Sunday, citing police reports and sources familiar with the case. The prosecutor dad allegedly wanted the accused man’s alleged incriminating actions caught on video

The day after the prosecutor gave the recordings to police, Lajmiri was arrested.

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 photo, released by San Jose Police Department shows suspect Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, Calif., who was arrested Tuesday, on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl. (San Jose Police Department )

In the police reports obtained by the Mercury News, the prosecutor told police he and the girl had arranged for her to walk back and forth on the trail, while the two of them stayed in touch with cellphones and earbuds.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report on the case. “He directed (the victim) to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away. He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don’t interact with anyone for very long.”

Multiple sources confirmed the prosecutor’s identity to the Mercury News, which did not name him to protect the identity of the underage sexual assault victim.

The state Attorney General’s office has since taken over the prosecution of the molestation case because of the conflicts of interest involved. Such conflicts already existed because of the prosecutor’s relationship to the victim, which then became more pronounced when he attempted to obtain evidence against the suspect.

In a letter sent out to staff on Monday obtained by KGO-TV, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told staffers that prosecutors “must never forget that our own behavior — inside and outside of the courtroom — matters.”

“The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system,” Rosen said in the memo.

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Law enforcement sources told the Mercury News on Monday that the state Attorney General’s office is examining filing child endangerment charges against the prosecutor, who has been placed on paid leave after an internal review of his actions was launched by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has launched an internal review of a prosecutor after he allegedly used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to lure a suspected sex predator, Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, (seen left), into performing incrimination actions on her that he caught on video. (San Jose Police Department )

Public defender Molly O’Neal, whose office is representing the defendant, told the newspaper the prosecutor’s conduct was something she has never seen in 30 years working in her office, saying the “what-ifs in this situation are horrifying.”

“I have never seen a prosecutor exercise such outlandish bad judgment,” O’Neal told the Mercury News. “If you work in the criminal justice system, you know full well that people may act in ways that are unexpected. So you shouldn’t ever involve you or your family in a vigilante fashion when you are not trained to respond to any scenario that might unfold.”

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia declined to comment specifically on the case and the prosecutor’s involvement but generally advised against citizens taking the law into their own hands.

“As a father, I understand how emotional it can be when your child is the victim of a crime. But we have to remember that the safety of the child comes first,” Garcia said, “and channel that frustration in a positive way to assist the investigation and not hinder it.”

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Lajmiri, who told authorities he suffers from Alzheimer’s, is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida police recover 15 kilos of cocaine that washed up on beach

This was a pricey catch that ended up washing up along a Florida beach.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in the Hammock area of Palm Coast.

“It is likely that these drugs have been in the ocean for a long time and they just happened to wash up on our beach from the rough surf and wind we have had the last few days,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.

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The sheriff’s office said they received an anonymous call around 7 p.m. regarding the duffel bag, which was covered in barnacles and seaweed and contained 15 individually wrapped packages. The bag discovered by police also had a large amount of sand and shells, which led deputies to believe it had been in the ocean for some time.

“The packaging had barnacles on it. So, for that to happen, its been out there for a while,” Flagler County Sheriff Commander Jason Neat told FOX35. “There’s no telling if it’s been out there for months, or it’s been out there a year.”

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A duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in Palm Coast, Fla., according to police. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

One of the kilo-sized bricks inside had opened up, and a block of white substance was exposed.

The sheriff’s office the white substance tested positive for cocaine upon testing.

“I’m thankful that the person who located the bag did the right thing and called us,” Staly said in the news release. “These are dangerous narcotics and could be deadly in the wrong hands.”

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Officials said the beach was searched, but no additional bags were found. Neighboring law enforcement agencies were notified of the narcotics so that they could check their beaches.

The drugs discovered on the beach Friday were entered into evidence and will eventually be destroyed. Neat told FOX35 that the cocaine in the bag could be worth between “$500,000 to $600,000.”

Neat said this is not the first time this has happened in Flagler County.

“Typically when we get some sort of rough weather or northeasterly winds like were having now, the ocean picks up and anything that’s lost at sea sometimes gets washed up due to the weather,” he told FOX35.

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The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who comes across a suspicious package to contact law enforcement immediately 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Those who contact police may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Virginia crash involving charter bus, tractor-trailer that injured dozens blamed on fog, icy conditions

Heavy fog and icy road conditions are being blamed for a crash involving a tractor-trailer and charter bus on an interstate in Virginia early Sunday that sent dozens to area hospitals, according to officials.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near mile marker 100 on Interstate 64, located about 25 miles west of Charlottesville. The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department said on Facebook the multiple vehicle accident involved a tractor-trailer, charter bus and several others.

“There were multiple victims transported to area hospitals,” fire officials said.

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Officials in August County said on Facebook that 27 people involved in the accident needed non-life threatening, medical attention and were transported to area hospitals after the crash.

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A truck was split in half after a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia early Sunday. (Augusta County, Virginia)

A photo released by Virginia State Police shows the crash split the tractor-trailer in half, littering the roadway with debris. A Virginia State Police spokesperson told CBS19 the truck had overturned across the roadway when it was struck by the charter bus, which was unable to avoid it.

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Damage to tractor-trailer can be seen after a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday. (Virginia State Police)

After striking the truck, the charter bus involved in the crash ran off the side of the road, and came to a stop along the guardrail.

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Damage to a charter bus after a mutli-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday morning. (Augusta County, Virginia)

The front of the charter bus sustained serious damage in the crash in photos released by Virginia officials. The drivers of the bus and tractor-trailer were among 15 transported to UVA Medical Center, where one person is listed in critical condition, according to CBS19.

As a result of the crash between the bus and tractor-trailer, officials said there were seven other minor crashes in the area. Images from the scene showed one vehicle overturned in the median of the highway, and another with front-end damage.

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Several minor crashes were reported due to icy conditions on Interstate 64 in Virginia on Sunday. (Augusta County, Virginia)

The crash closed both directions of the highway for several hours, and state police warned drivers traveling over the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday to slow down when traveling through the area. Fog and icy conditions reportedly were to blame for the earlier accident.

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The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington had issued a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. on Sunday for areas around the Shenandoah Valley above 2,000 feet due to reports of freezing drizzle.

“Freezing drizzle looks to even be making it down to the valley floor for areas in the Winter Weather Advisory,” the agency said. “Use caution when driving this morning, especially around I-81 and I-64 in the valley.”

Shenandoah National Park said that parts of Skyline Drive had to be closed due to icy conditions.

“Winter weather advisory for motorists traveling across the Blue Ridge Mountains and at higher elevations near the mountains: Freezing drizzle and fog is being reported in those areas,” the Virginia Department of Transportation said. “Motorists should drive with extreme caution.”

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The NWS’ Weather Prediction Center said that moisture from a coastal storm off the coast of North Carolina is expected to transport northward into a region with a “much cooler air mass,” as seen in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, and bring the threat of freezing rain and drizzle into parts of the interior Northeast by Monday.

“We have this storm going down across parts of the mid-Atlantic coastline,” Fox News’ Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “Fox & Friends.” “This is a really strong coastal storm; it’s bringing really rough conditions across the ocean we’ll see some beach erosion from this.”

By Monday, Reichmuth said the storm will “very slowly’ pull off to the north.

“Throughout the day today, into tomorrow, and into tomorrow night as it does, we’re going to see some rain, we’re going to see some ice, and we’re going to see a little bit of snow from this that will total up,” he said.

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Texas woman arrested after 3 pit bulls attack 76-year-old woman in Dallas

A woman in Texas was arrested after a 76-year-old woman was critically injured Friday morning when she was mauled by three pit bulls that dug under a fence and escaped in a Dallas neighborhood, according to officials.

The Dallas Police Department said in a news release the incident happened around 11:20 a.m. when the 76-year-old woman was walking in Beckley Heights Park and encountered three pit bulls who “attacked and mauled” her, causing her “serious bodily injury.”

Two men who witnessed the brutal attack and attempted to pry the dogs off the woman said the animals were relentless, and one of them even had to resort to using his pickup truck to stop the attack.

“That’s what probably busted the dog’s head,” Michael Jensen, who hit the dogs with his truck, told FOX4. “And I ran him over twice, and it didn’t do nothing twice.”

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Jensen’s cousin, Shawn, told FOX4 he believes the woman would have died at the park if the pair didn’t intervene by using a pole and a truck. Items belonging to the 76-year-old woman were scattered around the area after the violent attack.

“They were coming after me,” he told FOX4. “So I started backtracking my way back, backing up easily. They went full force. They got off of her and was checking me out.”

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The attack happened Friday morning in Dallas, and left a woman critically injured. (FOX4)

When police officers arrived at the scene, the dogs were located in the yard of a home on Starkey Street and cops contacted the resident, who told them the animals belong there.

“It appears that the dogs dug under the fence and escaped before attacking the victim,” police said.

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The dogs were seized by Dallas Animal Services, while detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of the resident, 44-year-old Martha Yescas-Lira. Yescas-Lira was charged with attack by dog causing serious bodily injury, which is a third-degree felony. The 44-year-old was transported to Dallas County Jail.

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Martha Yescas-Lira, 44, was arrested and charged with attack by dog causing serious bodily injury after her three pitbulls escaped and mauled a 76-year-old woman on Friday. (Dallas County Jail)

The 76-year-old woman, who has not been named, was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

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Residents said the neighborhood has a loose dog problem, and children could have gotten hurt if the Jensens didn’t step in to help the woman.

“People thought I was crazy driving through this field like a maniac, but it was trying to get them dogs off that hurt that poor woman,” Michael Jensen told FOX4.

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Venice flooding closes St. Mark’s Square as city faces another ‘tough day’ of exceptional high tides

Another exceptional high tide swamped Venice on Sunday, causing the tourist hotspot of St. Mark’s Square to be closed due to the high water as the Italian city marked the worst week of flooding since records started officially being kept.

Venice’s Tide Office said the peak tide of nearly 5 feet hit just after 1 p.m., but was just short of the 5 feet, 2 inches that was forecast due to a weather front that blocked winds from pushing water in from the Adriatic Sea. It was the third time since Tuesday night’s 6 foot, 1 inch flood — the worst in 53 years — that water levels have topped nearly 5 feet in less than a week.

Water flooded St. Mark’s Square, causing stores and museums to close as merchants tried to either elevate items away from water or attempt to use a combination of barriers, vacuums and mops to keep the brackish water out of their shops.

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A woman arrives in St. Mark’s Square on a gangway, in spite of a ban, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, said on Saturday the city was preparing for another “tough day” but that the situation was expected to be less dramatic.

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But even though officials closed down the historic square due to the rising waters, tourists kept arriving on Sunday with many donning plastic garbage bags and knee-high boots.

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An overview of an empty St.Mark’s Square from the Correr Museum, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

“We made the reservation this week before the floods and had paid already, so we came,” Luca D’Acun to, a 28-year-old from Naples visiting with his girlfriend, told the Associated Press. “Instead of a romantic trip, we’ll have an adventurous one.”

The doors of the famed St. Mark’s Basilica were securely shut to the public, while officials took precautions — stacking sandbags in canal-side windows — to prevent water from entering the crypt again.

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A man sits on a small boat in a flooded St.Mark square in Venice, Italy on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Most museums were closed as a precaution, but the Correr Museum, which overlooks St. Mark’s Square and explores the art and history of Venice, remained open.

Officials said 280 civil protection volunteers from throughout the region were deployed to assist as needed. Young Venetian volunteers in rubber boots have also shown up at key sites, including the city’s Music Conservatory, to help save precious manuscripts from the invading saltwater.

Brugnaro, who has been appointed a special commissioner to deal with the emergency, estimated damages from the flooding in the city since Tuesday at around $1.1 billion, according to Reuters.

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The flooding has raised renewed debates about the city’s Moses flood defense project, a corruption-riddled underwater barrier system that is still not operational after more than 16 years of construction and at least 5 billion euros of public funding.

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Flood water reaches a luxury shop in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Officials have also been going back and forth about the perils Venice faces from sinking into the mud and rising sea levels due to climate change.

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Venice was not the only place in Italy dealing with severe weather over the weekend.

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Two police officers walk on a gangway in flooded Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Authorities in Florence and Pisa were also closely monitoring the Arno river, whose water levels rose rapidly in the night due to heavy rain, according to Reuters.

In Italy’s mountainous Alto Adige, or South Tyrol region, a mid-autumn snowstorm triggered power outages and blocked roads in several Alpine valleys. The mayor of Val Martello, Georg Altstaetter, told state TV that an early-season avalanche had damaged two houses but caused no injuries.

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A Venetian citizen carries her dog Nana as she walks in a flooded street of Venice, Italy on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A windstorm overnight in the Rome area toppled scores of trees, with two falling on cars, severely injuring a motorist, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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