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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Almost 6 inches of rain just fell in central California and the southern part of the state has seen more than 4 inches, resulting in flooding and rockslides reportedly hitting cars.

Wind gusts of up to 98 mph also were reported in central California, and in the Bay Area, trees were toppled, with some falling on cars.

A second, stronger storm is continuing to batter the West Coast Thursday morning with 40-foot waves, heavy rain, damaging winds and heavy snow in higher elevations.

Winter storm watches have been issued in the Northeast, including Boston, which mainly is watching for the second of the two storms to move across the U.S.

The first of the two storms should hit the Northeast Thursday night and into Friday, bringing light snow -- 1 to 3 inches -- to areas including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Temperatures will be near freezing, and Friday commutes could prove quite slick.

The second storm is expected in the Northeast by Saturday night, delivering snow from D.C. up to Boston, with some of that snow changing to sleet as warmer air joins the system.

Further inland, some areas in western Pennsylvania and northern New York and New England may see several feet of snow.

Behind the storm, Arctic air is forecast to spill into the central U.S., with the coldest air of the season resulting in wind chills below zero for much of the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

This bitterly cold air will make it to the Northeast by Sunday night, into Monday, sending wind chills in some places below zero.

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Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) -- The search for evidence in the case of a missing Colorado mother authorities say was murdered by her fiancé now includes a landfill in Fountain, Colorado, ABC News has learned.

A spokeswoman for the Midway Landfill south of Colorado Springs confirmed the facility recently attracted the attention of investigators in the disappearance and presumed murder of 29-year old flight instructor Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found.

“The Colorado Bureau of Investigation contacted Waste Management of Colorado regarding a potential search at Midway Landfill and we are cooperating fully,” Waste Management spokeswoman Anne Spitza told ABC News on Wednesday.

Patrick Frazee, 32, described as Berreth’s fiancé and father of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, has been charged with her murder.

Spitza declined to answer additional questions about the timing of any search or what investigators are looking for, referring all questions to the district attorney’s office handling the case.

The Midway landfill is a roughly 40-mile drive from Woodland Park, where Berreth was last publicly seen shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Police say Frazee was the last person to see Berreth before she vanished.

On Dec. 21, Frazee was arrested on first-degree murder charges and three charges of solicitation to commit murder, though prosecutors have declined to provide additional details. Frazee has not entered a plea and is due back in court on Feb. 19.

Representatives for district attorney Dan May and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation both declined to comment Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania State Police(PITTSBURGH) -- Police have found a 16-year-old girl safe and taken her ex-boyfriend into custody after she was allegedly kidnapped from her home Wednesday.

The teen, who is the niece of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, was brought to safety from a home where the boyfriend, 19-year-old Jermaine Rodgers, had holed up, according to Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. A SWAT team went in and was able to apprehend Rodgers.

Angle confirmed she was found safe in a Facebook post at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.

"My niece has been found," he wrote. "Just wanted to say thank you to all those who have prayed and have shared posts to help locate her. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Police for your persistence in finding my niece. My family is truly appreciative. Love you all."

According to WTAE, another missing woman was also found in the house where Rodgers was hiding.

Angle made a heartfelt plea on social media Wednesday afternoon, asking fans to help search for his teenage niece.

"My beautiful 16-year-old niece Marjani Aquil got abducted today by a 19 year old guy. Please call the police if you have seen this girl," Angle said in a Facebook post late Wednesday.

In a subsequent post, the wrestling star and 1996 Olympics gold medalist thanked his followers for their encouraging words and urged them to "continue sharing" Aquil's story.

"Please continue sharing. Thank you all for your support," he said. "Uncle Kurt Loves you Mini. Come back home to us safely. Please lets find my niece."

Aquil went missing from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday afternoon, according to her parents, with police in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, saying she appeared to have been abducted by an ex-boyfriend.

Rodgers was convicted on charges of kidnapping a minor in January 2018, court records show.

Rodgers was sentenced in December to one year of probation and required to complete a batterer's intervention program, WTAE reported. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and have no contact with the victim, according to the report.

Court records do not indicate the victim of the previous kidnapping.

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(FOREST HILL, Texas) -- A pair of Texas politicians resigned after they allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obama's book tour.

Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first lady's book tour event in Dallas last year.

The pair allegedly received reimbursements for two $545 tickets for Obama's Becoming book tour. The expense was approved by the city manager, and Hayes received a check, but she said she paid it back when members of a citizens committee voiced concern.

Thomas said she resigned because she didn't want council members to decide her fate.

"I will not leave my fate in the hands of other individuals," Hayes told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV on Wednesday. "I am a woman of integrity, and the allegations, they have no substance. They are false."

Thomas had asked for a three-month extension to give her more time to prepare her case, but the city council voted to proceed with the Wednesday hearing.

The council said it planned to "discuss and consider possible action up to and including reprimand, suspension or removal from office," according to an agenda posted online.

Both Hayes and Thomas said they're being targeted for political reasons, and they both said they will plan to run for city council again. The next election is in May.

"We don't get a salary, but we are entitled to be reimbursed for our expenses," Thomas said. "We are not trying to hide anything."

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Metro Nashville Police Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- If the four oversized checked bags don't give you away, the drug sniffing dog will.

Two men found that out the hard way at Nashville International Airport this week when they allegedly tried to smuggle 159 pounds of marijuana through the city on their way to Jacksonville, Florida.

Trung Tieu, 40, of Philadelphia, and Tihn Van Tran, 56, of Murphy, Texas, were busted when a drug-sniffing German shepherd foiled their plans of transporting dozens of plastic bags of weed. The duo even went to the extreme of trying to mask the luggage's smell with the "strong odor of air freshener," Nashville police said.

Tieu and Tran were arrested Tuesday night. They are both facing felony possession of marijuana charges with intent to sell, according to court records.

Tran was released late Wednesday night, while Tieu is still being held on $50,000 bond.

Tieu is also being held on a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and is therefore not eligible for release.

Not only did the men have the four suitcases when they were stopped by police, but they also had cellphones that "rang constantly" throughout interviews with police. The men consented to police opening the luggage, where police said they found the dozens of bags of marijuana wrapped in bed sheets.

The two men were making a stopover in Nashville, Tennessee after getting off a Southwest flight from Oakland, California.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates a wide range of prices for marijuana in the U.S. -- from $20 to $1,800 per ounce -- but even at its low range of $20 per ounce the haul confiscated by Nashville police would be worth over $50,000.

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wellesenterprises/iStock(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan State University's interim president resigned on Wednesday amid backlash over comments he made about survivors of sexual assault.

John Engler said he would step down, effective Jan. 23, after he appeared to criticize victims of the now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The resignation came hours after Michigan State University's board of trustees scheduled an impromptu meeting for Thursday morning after Engler told The Detroit News that some Nassar survivors seemed to be "enjoying" the "spotlight."

"There are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven't been in the spotlight," Engler told The Detroit News earlier this week. "In some ways, they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who've been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition. And it's ending. It's almost done."

Engler didn't mention the controversial comments in his resignation letter, but he acknowledged that five of the board's eight trustees had requested he step down.

"The bottom line is that MSU is a dramatically better, stronger institution than it was one year ago," Engler wrote in an 11-page letter on Wednesday. "The many changes we have made are substantive and offer far-reaching in their impact (sic). At the same time, our leaders across the university are energized, organized and communicating in far more effective ways than had been the case."

Engler, 70, took the helm on a temporary basis last January when the previous president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned in the wake of the Nassar scandal.

Satish Udpa, who currently serves as executive vice president of Administrative Services at MSU, is expected to be named as Engler's replacement, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV reported, citing sources close to the matter.

Engler served as the Republican governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003, and also worked as a lobbyist.

Nassar -- a former doctor at Michigan State and national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics -- was sentenced to up to 175 years in state prison for criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were 15 years old or younger.

In all, Nassar committed thousands of sexual assaults beginning in the early 1990s and through the summer of 2016, according to an independent report, conducted by law firm Ropes & Gray last year.

"He abused some survivors one time, while abusing others hundreds of times over a period of many years," the report said. "With the cover he crafted, he became, in the words of one survivor, a 'wolf in sheep’s clothing,' who cloaked himself in the 'guise of a loving friend and medical professional.'"

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(ATLANTA) -- Federal authorities have arrested a man in Georgia who they are accusing of plotting to attack several prominent locations in Washington, D.C., including the White House.

Hasher Jallal Taheb had been under investigation by the FBI as part of a sting operation after local authorities reported concerns about him becoming radicalized last March, according to a criminal complaint filed in the federal court in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta on Wednesday.

A member of the community had reported to local law enforcement that Taheb had "become radicalized, changed his name and made plans to travel abroad," the complaint states.

Taheb applied for a U.S. passport in July, stating that he had misplaced his previous one, and in August he put his vehicle up for sale, telling an FBI informant who expressed interest in buying it that he was selling the car to fund his travel overseas, according to the complaint.

Taheb told the FBI informant in October during a meeting in Cumming, Georgia, that he "wished to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty," the document states. Taheb allegedly told the informant that "jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam," adding that "it was not complicated at all to do jihad today," according to the complaint.

In a meeting with the informant and an undercover FBI agent on Dec. 2, Taheb allegedly stated that "they could do more damage" in the U.S. because abroad they would be "one of many." He also allegedly said that he wanted to be a “martyr” and cause as much damage as possible, the complaint states.

On Dec. 7, Taheb allegedly showed the undercover operative a hand-drawn diagram of the White House's West Wing in a composition notebook and asked for help with obtaining weapons and explosives for the attack, the complaint states.

"He said the group would fight to the end and make it a big bang," according to the document.

Two days later, Taheb allegedly asked the undercover agent via text how "grocery shopping" was and offered to go with him to purchase the weapons and explosives, the complaint states.

On Dec. 14, Taheb allegedly "broadened his prospective targets," indicating that he wished to attack the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a "specific synagogue" in the Washington, D.C. area, which was not named, according to the complaint. He also discussed the need for a "base" where they could regroup and "give a speech to motivate people" and show clips of "oppressed Muslims," the document states.

The next day, he allegedly uploaded a 40-page manifesto he authored to Google Docs, which stated the importance of "defensive jihad" and included justifications for "creating and leading his group to conduct violent attacks," according to the complaint. He also created a group chat with the informant and undercover agent, where he would allegedly discuss his plans to attack in the following weeks.

Taheb allegedly met with the undercover agent on Jan. 9 and provided him with two backpacks, stating that he wanted to obtain the weapons within the next week and travel to Washington, D.C., the complaint states. Taheb allegedly told the undercover agent that the explosives would be inside the backpacks and would be detonated with cell phones.

On Saturday, Taheb allegedly met with the FBI informant, providing him with a camera, an American flag and an Israeli flag and stating that he wanted to conduct the attack on Thursday, according to the sworn affidavit.

Taheb, the informant and the undercover agent met in the parking lot of a store in Buford, Georgia, on Wednesday for the "purpose of exchanging their vehicles for three semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote initiation and one AT-4," a single-shot smoothbore weapon," the document states.

After a second confidential informant explained how to use the weapons, Taheb allegedly gave his car keys to him in exchange for them, according to the complaint.

Taheb was arrested after he allegedly took possession of the two backpacks containing the explosives and the AT-4 and placed them in a rental vehicle, the document states.

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Birmingham Police Department(NEW YORK) -- A 44-year-old Alabama father and husband with 16 years of experience. A 22-year-old California woman just weeks into the job.

Seven law enforcement officers were killed in the United States in the first two weeks of this year -- representing "seven shattered families, seven local communities that are grieving and seven work forces grieving and trying to compensate for having lost an officer," said Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

But Groeninger said that statistic is, unfortunately, not unusual.

Four officers died in the first two weeks of 2018, half as many as the eight fatalities over that period in 2017, he said.

In 2016, only one officer was lost in that time.

"It ebbs and flows," Groeninger said, adding that he was a little surprised with how violent this year started. He was hopeful "we had turned a page."

But Groeninger said that statistic is, unfortunately, not unusual.

Four officers died in the first two weeks of 2018, half as many as the eight fatalities over that period in 2017, he said.

In 2016, only one officer was lost in that time.

"It ebbs and flows," Groeninger said, adding that he was a little surprised with how violent this year started. He was hopeful "we had turned a page."

'We lost a brother'

Some of these seven killings were especially brutal.

When 22-year-old Davis, California, police officer Natalie Corona was ambushed and shot dead on Jan. 10, the shooter unloaded an entire magazine, even after she had fallen to the ground, according to police.

 “She was just an absolute star in the department," said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel. "Someone that pretty much every department member looked to as a close friend, a sister."

In Arizona, the killing of a Salt River Police officer appears to have been accidental.

Officer Clayton Townsend, a young father, was conducting a traffic stop on Jan. 8 when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver who was allegedly texting, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety officials.

And in Louisiana, the Jan. 9 slaying of Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne appears to have been unrelated to her profession.

Payne was in uniform, heading to work before the start of her shift, when she was shot dead, allegedly by her live-in boyfriend, authorities said Wednesday.

Payne, a 22-year-old mother, had been working as an officer for less than two months at the time of her death.

"We may never know whether Officer Payne's chosen profession contributed to her death, but we do know a uniformed police officer was killed moments before beginning her shift," Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said.

The seventh fatality of the year came Sunday morning when Birmingham police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was gunned down while responding to car burglaries.

The slain sergeant was a 44-year-old father and husband. A "natural-born leader," he had 16 years of law enforcement experience, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told reporters Sunday with tears in his eyes.

“Everybody is just hurt right now," said Carter's supervisor, Lt. Shelia Finney. "We lost a brother."

A 'dangerous, stressful environment'

Hours after Carter was killed, police chiefs voiced their outrage over the growing fatalities.

"The level of violence directed at the police in the first few days of 2019 is alarming," Arlington, Texas, police chief Will Johnson tweeted Sunday.

 Steve Dye, police chief in Grand Prairie, Texas, added Monday, "Our society needs to collectively wake up and stand against the lack of hesitancy to kill or attempt to kill those who protect this country from chaos and disorder."

"In my time as chief of detectives I investigated six deaths of police officers in the line of duty," said former New York Police chief of detectives Robert Boyce, now an ABC News contributor. "It's the worst thing you can do because you see yourself in them. ... These men and women put their lives on the line each day."

John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor, called the seven back-to-back deaths a "dangerous, stressful environment for law enforcement officers to operate in."

That, combined with the fact that the overall number of law enforcement deaths in 2018 increased from 2017, has left officers "very concerned about the impact that this trend will have on police officer safety and mental health," Cohen said.

"The challenge here is that if you're operating in an environment where you know that acts of violence against police officers have increased, you're going to respond to day-to-day situations in a more cautious, and maybe even reactive, way," Cohen said.

Officers may be more assertive when giving instructions, or react more quickly to perceived threatening movements, Cohen explained, and "the concern is that in doing that, situations may escalate and actually turn into confrontations [between police and the public] that in the past wouldn't."

'The public needs to be aware'

To Cohen, public education is a step in the right direction.

"The public needs to be aware that increasingly police officers are on the receiving end of violent attacks," he said. "They should also understand why police officers do what they do."

For example, he said, a driver pulled over for speeding may feel an officer walking over with his hand on his gun is "excessive," but from that officer's perspective, it's "rational," because he's working in an environment where there's an increased threat to his safety.

"It also points to the importance of strong, trusting relationships between law enforcement professionals and community members," Cohen said, suggesting departments "don't wait until a situation becomes violent to form those relationships."

Despite the ever-present threat, Boyce said the possibly of violence doesn't deter officers on the streets each day.

"It's not something that weighs too heavily on you, because you won't be able to do your job," Boyce said.

"You live with that and you know it," Boyce said, and aided by training and equipment, "you go to work anyway and do your job anyway."

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Imagno / Contributor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's been 100 years since Prohibition threatened the future of the country's happy hours and margarita taco nights.

In 1919, the United States of America was going through an identity crisis.

The 18th Amendment, which forbade the making, selling or transportation of "intoxicating liquors," was ratified on Jan. 16, 1919, and took effect a year later.

Politicians voted to enact Prohibition as a "noble experiment" to reduce crime, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses and improve Americans' health, according to an analysis on the Prohibition era by the Cato Institute, which characterized the effort as a "miserable failure on all counts."

The amendment was championed by the temperance movement, which mainly was supported by women who saw alcohol as a destroyer of families. They carried signs saying, "Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours," according to the National Archives.

The Volstead Act, which went into effect on Oct. 28, 1919, gave states and federal government the ability to enforce the ban via "appropriate legislation," according to the National Archives.

Even though the 18th Amendment didn't prohibit citizens from consuming alcohol, it still was responsible for a "major and permanent shift in American social life," according to The Mob Museum. The consumption of alcohol fell at the beginning of Prohibition, but it increased soon after, according to the Cato Institute.

Many loopholes surrounding the law emerged, and people who wanted to consume liquor had to buy it from licensed druggists for "medicinal purposes," clergymen for "religious" purposes and bootleggers -- or illegal sellers -- the museum said in the online article, "Speakeasies Were Prohibition's Worst-Kept Secrets."

After Prohibition's inception, speakeasies flourished. The illicit venues multiplied in urban cities and ranged from "fancy clubs with jazz bands" to basements and ballroom dance floors, according to The Mob Museum. They also welcomed women, ending the segregated-by-sexes drinking of yesteryear, the museum said.

It's estimated that Al Capone, the leader of the Chicago Outfit, made $60 million a year by supplying illegal beer and liquor to 10,000 speakeasies in the late 1920s, according to The Mob Museum.

Prohibition was repealed Dec. 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment was ratified, meaning the beginning of licensed barrooms, where liquor and beer is regulated and taxed.

At the time, according to the National Archives, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "What America needs now is a drink."

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youngvet/iStock(CHICAGO) -- A woman is suing an Illinois sheriff and several of his officers, claiming she was forcibly stripped naked and unlawfully detained in jail for nearly 12 hours.

The alleged incident happened at the LaSalle County Jail on Jan. 20, 2017, after 28-year-old Zandrea Askew was detained early that morning on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The LaSalle County State's Attorney dismissed the charges 18 months later, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday states that Askew, an African American Marine Corps veteran who was honorably discharged in 2015, was "falsely arrested" after passing all field sobriety tests and demonstrating no signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Askew, who claims she cooperated with the officers and complied with all their commands, was taken to the jail where she wasn't given an opportunity to post bail and was "forcibly dragged" into a cell, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit claims several officers then slammed Askew to the ground and physically restrained her, causing bodily harm. They "forcibly and maliciously stripped" all of her clothes and undergarments from her body and "violently pulled" her hair, causing further pain and injury, according to the complaint.

"There was no legitimate or necessary law enforcement, safety or penological objective to forcibly stripping [Askew] of her clothing. The only objective of the officers was to punish, harass, humiliate, degrade, and inflict physical and psychological pain," the lawsuit states. "The officers’ conduct in stripping [Askew] of her clothing was intentionally demeaning, dehumanizing, undignified, humiliating, terrifying, embarrassing and degrading."

The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office declined to comment on the lawsuit "as per request of our attorneys" and directed any request for information to the LaSalle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly, who did not immediately respond to ABC News' email Wednesday morning.

The jail where Askew was detained was equipped with video surveillance that recorded the incident, according to the complaint.

"This attack and stripping occurred in the presence and/or with the knowledge of other LaSalle County officers," the complaint states. "None of the officers attempted to stop the vicious attack on [Askew] despite the fact that it occurred over several minutes and [she] was crying out in extreme distress, pain and fear during the attack."

The officers released Askew from custody almost 12 hours after her arrest, according to the lawsuit.

"You cannot strip people and treat them like animals because they defy your authority," Askew's attorney, Terry Ekl, told ABC's Chicago station WLS

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Barron County Sheriff(BARRON, Wis.) -- It's not clear where the $50,000 reward offered in the Jayme Closs kidnapping case will go now that the 13-year-old is home safe, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

Suspect Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of gunning down Closs' parents in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 and fleeing with the 13-year-old to his rural Wisconsin home. Closs managed to escape Thursday after allegedly being held captive there for nearly three months.

Closs' mysterious abduction sparked a massive, months-long investigation involving the FBI, who offered a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to her whereabouts.

The Jennie-O Turkey company, where Closs' parents worked, also offered a $25,000 reward, said Leonard Peace, spokesperson for the FBI in Milwaukee.

No decision has been made on what to do with that combined $50,000 reward, said Fitzgerald, who told ABC News Wednesday the "discussion is ongoing.”

Peace echoed the sheriff, telling ABC News "the reward is still under review."

Closs, lauded by officials for making what they called a brave break for freedom, told police she crawled out from where Patterson allegedly trapped her under his bed when he left the house Thursday.

Closs fled the home and approached a woman walking her dog to plead for help, officials said. The dog walker rushed Closs to a neighbor who called 911.

"Jayme is a hero in this case, no question about it," the sheriff told reporters Friday. "She's the one that helped us break the case."

Patterson, who is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary, has not entered a plea.

He is due to return to court on Feb. 6.

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stocknshares/iStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A Texas police department terminated five officers and suspended two others, without pay, on Tuesday after a suspect died while in custody.

Internal investigators with the Fort Worth Police Department said the officers violated multiple policies last year when they arrested 55-year-old Christopher Lowe, who died in the officers' care after complaining of medical issues, officials said Tuesday.

Lowe, arrested on suspicion of burglary, complained about feeling ill while in handcuffs on July 26, 2018, "but no medical aid was summoned," according to the Fort Worth Police Department. Lowe was found unresponsive in the back of a patrol car and taken to local hospital, where he died.

Department officials identified the terminated officers as T. Stephens, D. Pritzker, C. Golden, H. Fellhauer and M. Miller. The suspended officers, S. Smith and A. Scharf, were suspended 90 days and five days, respectively.

"Any time there is a loss of life during any police contact we ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted," the department said in a statement. "The sanctity of life is the most important principle to the Fort Worth Police Department at all times."

Investigators with the Fort Worth Police Department's Major Case and Internal Affairs units said they found "multiple violations of departmental policy, including failure to protect the rights of persons in police custody," but they did not specify the officers' suspected roles in the man's death.

"The actions taken by the officers involved in this incident discovered during our investigation are not in accordance with the values of the Fort Worth Police Department or the standards that the citizens of Fort Worth have for their police department," the department said.

It said a preliminary update was given to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

Pastors Kyev Tatum and Kenneth Jones Jr., who serve on the Fort Worth Police Chief's Policy Advisory Committee, said the decision showed the department's willingness to hold itself accountable.

"We're not in any way, shape or form being jubilant over officers getting fired," Tatum told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV on Tuesday. "We know there's a criminal justice process that has to be dealt with, and it's our belief that the district attorney has a legal and moral obligation to send these cases before the grand jury."

"And we believe there's enough evidence that these gentlemen should be indicted and should have to face a jury of their peers, and that's not something to revel in," he added.

Both pastors said the department's review and ongoing transparency showed that the situation was taken seriously.

"I think we've always been quick to be negative concerning our police department's lack of transparency when they have not done it right," Jones told WFAA. "All police departments make mistakes. What we want you to do is own up to those mistakes, be transparent about the mistakes and do the right thing."

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Lombard Police Department(CHICAGO) -- Authorities are crediting two bystanders with helping to rescue a 96-year-old woman just before a train smashed into her car.

The woman, identified as Antoinette Lazarra of Burr Ridge Illinois, drove her 2006 Lincoln Zephyr onto the tracks after she attempted to make a right turn onto Grace Street in Lombard, a suburb of Chicago, and lost control of the vehicle after 8 p.m. Monday night, the Lombard Police Department said in a statement.

One of the good Samaritans, 19-year-old Stephen Spapperi, was driving northbound on Grace Street when he saw Lazarra lose control and drive east onto the tracks, police said. The other bystander, 24-year-old Justin Mueller, was driving behind Spapperi when the car veered toward danger, according to authorities.

When Lombard police officer Dan Herrera responded to the scene, he saw that the two citizens had left their own vehicles to assist the driver, police said. All three men helped Lazarra out of the sedan and off the tracks.

Shortly after, Metra Train No. 134 collided with the vehicle as it headed westbound, police said, adding that the train had begun to slow after a call was made to halt all train traffic.

The train crashed into the car less than 10 seconds after the woman was pulled out, Chicago ABC station WLS-TV reported.

"We started pulling her out of the car, and that's when you see the train lights turning the corner and we were like, 'Yeah, we gotta get out of here,'" Spapperi told WLS.

Video released by the police department shows the train slamming into the car, pushing it forward for several feet. The vehicle's front end was completely smashed in.

Lazarra had been reported missing by her family Monday morning and appeared disoriented, police said. She was treated by first responders at the scene and was transported to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for tests and observation.

Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton praised the bystanders, both Lombard residents, for caring for their neighbors.

"It’s nice to know that we still have people that act when others are in need," Newton said. "I truly believe that they helped save a life this day."

Investigators are looking into how the vehicle became stuck on the tracks, according to WLS. The train was being operated by railroad employees with Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, the local station reported.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With 3 inches of rain already fallen in the San Francisco Bay Area, a new more powerful storm is approaching the West Coast.

Numerous flood, wind and snow alerts have been issued from California to Colorado.

The powerful storm is in the Pacific on Wednesday morning and getting closer to the West Coast -- landfall should be Wednesday afternoon and into Wednesday night.

Very heavy rain is forecast for parts of California, and the threat for mudslides, rockslides and flooding will increase. Powerful winds will accompany the storm, gusting to as high as 100 mph in the mountains.

Snow accumulation will be measured in feet not inches, with some areas in the Sierra Nevada getting almost 6 feet.

Meanwhile, the first in a series of storms that hit the West Coast earlier this week will reach the Midwest Wednesday night and bring some light snow. It will reach the Northeast by Thursday night and deliver a few inches of snow from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston. At this point, about 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible along Interstate 95 Thursday night, so the Friday morning commute could be slick.

The stronger western storm will move into the Midwest on Friday night into Saturday, bringing snow from Oklahoma to Ohio. Several more inches of snow are possible with this storm.

The storm will move into the Northeast by Saturday night with a mix bag of precipitation in the I-95 corridor. Heavy snow is expected from Ohio into western Pennsylvania and from upstate New York into New England. Several feet of snow is expected there on Sunday.

Behind the storm, the coldest air of the season will move into the Midwest and Deep South. There will be wind chills below zero in the Midwest -- and teens into Dallas.

These arctic wind chills move into the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday.

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Barron County Sheriff(BARRON, Wisc.) -- The young man accused of abducting a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, gunning down her parents and holding the child captive had been "a perfectly nice kid," according to his grandfather.

"Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened," Jim Moyer told ABC News Tuesday, days after his 21-year-old grandson, Jake Patterson, was arrested in the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Closs, who was kidnapped from her rural Barron, Wisconsin, home on Oct. 15, was allegedly held captive for nearly three months at Patterson's house until she escaped on Thursday.

Patterson's maternal grandfather described the 21-year-old as a "nice boy, polite."

Patterson was "shy and quiet," Moyer said, and often "backed off from crowds."

“Computer games were more of a priority than social interaction," Moyer noted.

Patterson has not entered a plea and a motive is not clear.

"Nobody will ever know what went on in his mind,” said Moyer,. “I can’t fathom anything in his life that could change him so drastically. It has to be some kind of a twist in the mindset.”

When Patterson's mother called Moyer with the news, he said they were shocked, and hoped it was a case of mistaken identity.

"We are absolutely heartbroken," Moyer said. "It’s wrenching to deal with.”

Patterson, who had no prior criminal record, confessed to police, according to a criminal complaint.

Patterson said he didn't know Closs but targeted her after seeing her board her school bus, and then "put quite a bit of thought into details of how he was going to abduct" her, according to the complaint.

Patterson allegedly gunned down Closs' parents at the home on Oct. 15 and fled with the girl in the trunk of his car before police arrived.

Once Patterson reached his house in Gordon, Wisconsin, he told investigators he created a space under his bed for Closs, and when he'd leave the house, he'd put plastic totes, barbells and free weights around the bed so she couldn't escape, according to the complaint.

Closs told investigators that Patterson "would make her stay under the bed for up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water, or bathroom breaks," according to the complaint.

When Patterson left the house on Thursday, Closs told investigators she pushed the bins and weights away from the bed and crawled out, making her break for freedom, according to the complaint.

Patterson is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. He is being held on $5 million cash-only bail and is due to return to court on Feb. 6.

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