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San Diego police make arrest in 1988 cold case

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SAN DIEGO — Police say a 51-year-old is facing a murder charge in a cold case dating back to 1988.

The San Diego Police Department announced the arrest of 51-year-old Leovardo Salceda Tuesday. Officers said the victim, 37-year-old Oliver Harrison, was riding a bicycle near 600 61st Street on July 31, 1988, when he was hit by a stray bullet. It was fired during an altercation between two men down the street, police said.

Harrison collapsed near 6100 Akins Avenue and died from his injuries. The police department said its homicide unit investigated and quickly identified a person of interest, but witnesses were uncooperative and refused to give police information.

Detectives from the San Diego Police Department Cold Case Team and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Team continued working the case and eventually developed enough information to arrest Salceda for Harrison’s murder, police said.

Salceda was arrested in downtown San Diego on Feb. 10 and booked into jail on murder charges.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

‘Elderly for her species’: Catching up with internet sensation Dillie the deer, now 17

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CANAL FULTON, Ohio (WJW) — It’s been years since we’ve checked in with Dillie the deer, a local pet who became an international sensation! Dillie is 17 years old now.

“She is on a really restricted diet now because she has a lot of arthritis,” said Dr. Melanie Butera, a veterinarian at Elm Ridge Animal Hospital in Canal Fulton who took Dillie in.

Dillie’s lunchtime consists of hay, lots of fruit, and one piece of pizza.

“She can’t have the spaghetti and the carbs like she used to. She eats a lot of hay now,” said Butera.

 According to Butera, Dillie is a different deer than the domestic diva who became an internet sensation.

“She is very elderly for her species. The world record that I know is 22 years old for a deer. She has elderly issues like arthritis and her blindness is much worse,” said Butera.

It was back in 2004 that Butera took in the three-day-old blind, dying fawn after her mother refused her.

Dillie went on to live in Butera’s home and become part of the family, even getting a bedroom of her own.

“She doesn’t sleep on her bed like she used to. I have so many pictures of her lounging on that bed,” said Butera.

  • Obed Bartee and Joseph Hicks wait for their turn in the ring at a temporary training facility created by USA Boxing inside an abandoned Macy’s on February 10, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. USA Olympic hopefuls in boxing are training at the former department store as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center has not fully opened to athletes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It is an image that captivated the world via the internet. Millions of people tuned into a live stream of Dillie’s bedroom, known as the Dillie Cam.

“Talking to people who watch her, they just really find peace in her,” said Butera.

Dillie’s popularity inspired Melanie to write a book about Dillie, which was published by Regan Arts.

Melanie also wrote a children’s book about Dillie called “The Gift.” It is something that strengthened her during her battle with cancer.

“I was told I had six months to live back in 2012,” said Butera.

Butera is in remission now for five years after battling stage 4 endometrial cancer.

She credits her husband Steve, along with Dillie and her legions of fans, for giving her strength.

“When you go through something like that, every single day is a gift. You learn to appreciate the journey and the stops along the way and the quirky characters you meet,” said Butera.

While Dillie Cam is no longer streamed live, fans can still watch Facebook lives with Dillie in the morning and night.

Winter weather advisory now in effect for some Northeast Ohio counties

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — A winter weather advisory is now in effect for some Northeast Ohio counties, after a winter storm hit the region hard Monday into Tuesday morning. It’s set to last until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Those counties include the following:

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY now in effect for Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga County until 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Lake effect snow bands reducing visibility to less than a half a mile at times.
❄️ Additional 2-3″ where bands persist.@fox8news pic.twitter.com/KxplOiMVni

— Jenn Harcher (@JennHarcher) February 16, 2021

It’s going to be a teeth-chattering night as many areas fall to/near 0 degrees. Even with a light and variable wind, wind chills will dip into subzero category.

The next storm to watch is coming Thursday/Friday. This second panhandle hook this week is likely bringing another general snowfall albeit not as significant. Stay tuned.

Here’s the latest Fox 8 Day Forecast:

Northeast Ohio first responders add ‘sensory bags’ to vehicles for people with autism

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MENTOR, Ohio (WJW) – Tommy Newman, 9, of Mentor loves playing with trains and has an obsession with firefighters.

Tommy is also autistic and non-verbal, often using a speech device to talk.

Mom, Jenna Newman says, “He was diagnosed, I believe around 2 and a half, but we kind of suspected way before then.”

In an effort to help kids just like him, Jenna has come up with the idea to create “sensory bags,” which contain items to assist first responders who may come face-to-face with children with developmental needs during emergency calls.

“In the back of my head, it’s always been what if I was in a car accident, and I was unconscious and someone needed to help him? They would basically have to hold his hand,” Jenna said. “Same if it was a house fire.”

The bags are filled with items like headphones, sunglasses and fidget toys, which help kids with sensory issues and communication. On a snowy Tuesday afternoon, we followed Newman as she dropped off bags at the Mentor Fire Department.

“It definitely shows the community that we care, and thank you Jenna for getting this for us,” Fireman Jerry Craddock said.

Through her organization called Heroes Helping Those With Special Needs, Newman also focuses on teaching safety to children with special needs.

She recently received her first business sponsor, helping donate 20 bags locally, even nationwide. And plans to establish a non-profit to help keep up with demand are already in the works.

“I love when people let me know it actually worked or we attempted it, it didn’t work but, I’m glad we had the chance to use it,” she said.

‘Dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack’: Trump goes after McConnell in scathing statement

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(NEXSTAR) — Former President Donald Trump went after Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a scathing statement released Tuesday.

In the two-page statement, Trump calls McConnell “one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States,” as well as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”

Trump’s comments come after McConnell said the former president was “morally and practically responsible” for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Despite his comments, McConnell voted to acquit Trump of his impeachment charge last week.

“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump’s statement reads. “McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse.”

Trump said that “if Republicans stay with” McConnell, “they will not win again.”

“He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.”

“This is a big moment for our country,” Trump’s statement concludes, “and we cannot let it pass by using third rate ‘leaders’ to dictate our future!”

McConnell has yet to respond to Trump’s remarks.

In his vote to acquit Trump, McConnell said a former president could not face trial in the Senate.

Despite not voting to convict Trump, Washington’s most powerful Republican used his strongest language to date to excoriate Trump minutes after the Senate acquitted the former president, voting 57-43 to convict him but falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to find him guilty. Seven Republicans voted to convict.

The Senate’s longest-serving GOP leader said Trump’s actions surrounding the attack on Congress were “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.” He even noted that though Trump is now out of office, he remains subject to the country’s criminal and civil laws.

“He didn’t get away with anything yet,” said McConnell, who turns 79 next Saturday and has led the Senate GOP since 2007.

It was a stunningly bitter castigation of Trump by McConnell, who could have used much of the same speech had he instead decided to convict Trump. 

But by voting for acquittal, McConnell and his fellow Republicans left the party locked in its struggle to define itself after Trump’s defeat in November. Fiercely loyal pro-Trump Republicans, and the base of the party they represent, are colliding with more traditional Republicans who believe the former president is damaging the party’s national appeal. 

A guilty vote by McConnell, which likely would have brought some other Republicans along with him, would have marked a more direct effort to wrest the party away from Trump. 

That could have prompted 2022 primary challenges against GOP incumbents, complicating Republican efforts to win the Senate majority by nominating far-right, less-electable candidates. McConnell has spent years fending off such candidates.

“Time is going to take care of that some way or another,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked about the party’s course. “But remember, in order to be a leader you got to have followers. So we’re gonna find out.” 

After Saturday’s vote, furious Democrats launched their own attacks against McConnell and the GOP. Speaking to reporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., mocked the “cowardly group of Republicans” in the Senate she said were afraid to “respect the institution in which they served.” 

She also said McConnell had created a self-fulfilling prophecy, forcing the Senate trial to begin after Trump left the White House by keeping the chamber out of session. Republicans say Pelosi could have triggered the proceedings earlier by delivering official impeachment documents sooner. 

McConnell had signaled last month that he was open to finding Trump guilty, a jaw-dropping admission of alienation after spending four years largely helping him or ducking comments about his most outrageous assertions. McConnell informed GOP senators how he would vote in a private email early Saturday, saying, “While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction.”

He expanded on his rationale on the Senate floor after Saturday’s roll call, making clear his enmity toward Trump’s actions. 

“There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of that day,” he said.

Even before the November election, Trump repeatedly claimed that if he lost it would be due to fraud by Democrats, a false accusation that he continued to assert until leaving office. 

He summoned supporters to Washington for Jan. 6, the day Congress would formally certify his Electoral College loss to Joe Biden, then used a provocative speech near the White House to urge them to march on the Capitol as that count was underway. His backers violently fought past police and into the building, forcing lawmakers to flee, temporarily disrupting the vote count and producing five deaths. The visceral, bloody images from that day were at the core of Democrats impeachment case against Trump.

McConnell called that assault a “foreseeable consequence” of Trump using the presidency, calling it “the largest megaphone on Planet Earth.” Rather than calling off the rioters, McConnell accused Trump of “praising the criminals” and seeming determined to overturn the election “or else torch our institutions on the way out.” 

The 36-year Senate veteran maneuvered through Trump’s four years in office like a captain steering a ship through a rocky strait on stormy seas. Battered at times by vindictive presidential tweets, McConnell made a habit of saying nothing about many of Trump’s outrageous comments. 

He ended up guiding the Senate to victories such as the 2017 tax cuts and the confirmations of three Supreme Court justices and more than 200 other federal judges.

Their relationship, built more on expedience than admiration, plummeted after Trump’s denial of his Nov. 3 defeat and relentless efforts to reverse the voters’ verdict with his baseless claims that Democrats fraudulently stole the election. 

It withered completely last month, after Republicans lost Senate control with two Georgia runoff defeats they blamed on Trump, and the savage attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters. The day of the riot, McConnell railed against “thugs, mobs, or threats” and described the attack as “this failed insurrection.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Home invasion suspect dies after 82-year-old man fights back

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JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — A man accused of attacking a South Carolina couple inside their home ended up dead after being bludgeoned to the floor by the 82-year-old husband, authorities said Tuesday.

The couple told the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office that a man came to their door Monday afternoon and forced his way into the home, attacking them with a knife. The incident report filed by deputies said the assailant cut the 79-year-old wife on her forehead, news outlets reported.

The woman’s husband stopped the attack by repeatedly striking the intruder with the butt of a gun, the report said. When deputies arrived at the home, they found the suspect on the floor, bloody and unresponsive.

The suspected intruder died Monday night at a hospital, said Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables. He said an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.

Authorities identified the suspect Tuesday as 61-year-old Harold L. Runnels Jr.

The couple told deputies they had seen him walking in their neighborhood a few times, but did not know why he attacked.

Police find stolen car with 3-year-old’s medical supplies inside in Hialeah

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A wheelchair, crutches and therapy shoes belonging to a 3-year-old with a rare medical condition were returned nearly a week after they were taken when her mother’s car was stolen from a Northeast Miami-Dade apartment.

Shani Cohen had started to give up hope on finding her daughter Chana’s wheelchair in the days after her Honda SUV was stolen. She started to believe those essential items would not be returned, but then, she received a call Tuesday morning from Hialeah Police.

“Yesterday, like, I really, like, not only gave up hope, but, kind of, I’m like, ‘OK, like, I have to start getting somewhat figuring out my stuff,’” Cohen said. “She had a hard day. She wasn’t able to get around.”

Chana was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. She needs her belongings to help her develop and to freely move around.

Officers in Hialeah found Cohen’s stolen Honda SUV miles from their home with Chana’s necessities inside. The thief tagged the family’s car with the word “Stolen” on the rear window with spray paint.

“Maybe he still has a little bit of a heart left,” Cohen said.

The family said they are touched by the outpouring of support they received from the community.

“You know, I guess there’s people that care because you don’t really see that every day,” Cohen said.

Chana will return to therapy this week with her wheelchair, shoes and crutches.

Police continue to investigate the car theft.

Restaurant to go alcohol sales could become permanent in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida restaurants would be able to sell alcohol for take out and delivery under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday that would make permanent a suspension of rules the governor allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last year allowing alcohol to go to help restaurants that were losing business as people stayed home and capacity restrictions were enforced. While DeSantis has since lifted capacity limits, he has expressed support for allowing the businesses to continue take out and delivery of cocktails, wine and beer.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee unanimously approved Republican Sen. Jennifer Bradley’s bill.

“COVID-19 has created a tremendous stress on the restaurant industry,” Bradley said. “The current executive order has been a lifeline. It has helped restaurants accomplish a goal of being successful while also providing a convenience for consumers.”

The bill would limit alcohol to go to restaurants whose sales are at least 51 percent food. Containers would have to be sealed and placed in a locked compartment or the backseat of a vehicle out of a drivers reach.

U.S. Customs officials find 4 bricks of cocaine in luggage at FLL

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a drug discovery.

Officers, along with a K-9 unit, found four bricks of cocaine in a piece of luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The bag was on a flight that had just arrived from the Bahamas.

A person who walked into baggage claim to grab the luggage was arrested.

Fmr. President Trump lashes out at Sen. McConnell in deepening feud between top Republicans

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement Tuesday, signaling a growing feud between two important voices in the Republican Party.

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the Nov. 3 presidential election. McConnell had recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the winner. The gap between them widened when McConnell declared on the Senate floor on Saturday that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.

The two are trying to push the party in opposite directions, McConnell back toward the roots of a budget-focused, pro-trade party, while Trump, who is still backed by a large portion of the Republican voter base, advocates a more populist approach.

McConnell didn’t vote to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but did deliver an address on the Senate floor following the acquittal placing blame on the former president for the riot.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney.

Reuters contributed to this report.