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iStock(DEMOPOLIS, Ala.) -- Human remains have been found in Alabama during the search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams, police said Tuesday.

The identity of the remains have not been determined, said police in Demopolis, Alabama.

Authorities had announced Monday that the search for Taylor, a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, was expanding to Alabama. The human remains were discovered in a wooded area between the cities of Linden and Demopolis, police said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, which was leading the investigation into the missing girl, "will await confirmation as forensics tests are completed," Demopolis police said in a statement.

"Operational efforts will now shift to secure and process the evidence at the scene," police added.

The search for the 5-year-old girl began on Wednesday.

She was allegedly last seen in her home in Jacksonville around midnight on Wednesday when her mother put her to bed. The mother, Brianna Williams, said when she woke up around 7 a.m. she noticed the back door to the home was unlocked and Taylor wasn't in her room, according to authorities.

Brianna Williams was named a person of interest in the case on Monday. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams is not cooperating with investigators and has not spoken to authorities since Wednesday, the day Taylor was reported missing.

Brianna Williams was the last person to see the little girl, the sheriff said. It is not clear when someone besides Brianna Williams saw the 5-year-old, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said Monday, "We absolutely hope to find her alive."

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iStock(LENEXA, Kan.) -- A trailer with nearly 100,000 meals for homeless veterans was stolen on the holiday weekend meant to celebrate former U.S. servicemen and women.

The 5-by-8-foot trailer was stolen in front of the headquarters for Friends in Service of Heroes in Lenexa, Kansas, sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning, KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri, reported. About 97,000 meals worth $30,000 was inside.

The food was to be delivered to the Kansas City VA Medical Center later this month, according to the station.

The trailer is adorned with two bumper stickers containing the logo for the nonprofit organization and has the license plate number 133 KMA.

Additional information was not immediately available. The Lenexa Police Department is investigating the theft.

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iStock(ATLANTA) -- Court documents have revealed harrowing new details in the death of Alexis Crawford, an Atlanta college student who had been missing for more than a week before her body was found.

Crawford was strangled to death on Oct. 31 and her remains were put inside a plastic bin that was dumped at a park in the city of Decatur, according to the criminal complaint from Fulton County Superior Court.

Earlier that night, Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, and her roommate Jordyn Jones were involved in a physical altercation, according to the complaint.

Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, eventually got involved and choked Crawford to death, the complaint stated.

Atlanta police charged Jones and Brantley, both 21, with murder. They are being held without bond at Fulton County Jail.

Attorneys for Jones and Brantley did not respond to ABC News for comment.

It was not the first altercation between Crawford and Brantley, according to police.

Five days before her death, Crawford filed a police report against Brantley, alleging unwanted kissing and touching.

Jones initially told police that she and Crawford were not on speaking terms because of a prior incident and said that she hadn't seen her since the night before.

Jones later led police to Crawford's body, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a press conference last Friday. Brantley allegedly admitted to carrying out the killing and taking her body to the park, according to the criminal complaint.

A medical examiner determined that Crawford died by asphyxiation, according to police.

Crawford's mother, Tammy Crawford, said her daughter "seemed to be in good spirits and was laughing" during a FaceTime conversation with her and Crawford's sister around 3:30 p.m. on the day she was last seen, according to a police report.

"I just want you to come home and be safe," her younger sister, Alexandria Crawford, previously told reporters. "I hope God is walking with you and please prevent any evil that comes her way -- and we're here for you."

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Decades after a young mom was found dead in her upstate New York home with an ax in her head, her husband was arrested for second-degree murder.

Brighton Police Department Chief Charles David Catholdi called the crime "one of the worst outcomes of domestic violence this agency has investigated."

On the evening of Feb. 19, 1982, police responded to a 911 call from a neighbor. Officers were led to the home of James and Cathleen Krauseneck in the Rochester area, where 29-year-old Cathleen Krauseneck was found with a blow to her head from an ax, according to officials.

The crime was initially reported as a burglary, authorities said. The Krausenecks' 3-year-old daughter was home when her mother died, Catholdi said at a news conference Tuesday.

Police did not elaborate on what led to James Krauseneck's arrest decades later, but did say a "fresh look" with help from the FBI began in 2015.

Catholdi stressed there's no single piece of evidence that points to James Krauseneck, but investigators are looking at the totality of circumstances and the timeline.

DNA, fingerprints and the lack there of "can speak volumes," Catholdi said.

Catholdi also said investigators reexamined the timeline which he said proves James Krauseneck "was in the home at the time of the homicide."

An indictment was unsealed Friday. Krauseneck surrendered the same day and was charged with second-degree murder by way of a grand jury indictment, authorities said.

Defense attorney Michael Wolford in a statement Friday called the indictment a mistake.

"Jim’s innocence was clear 37 years ago; it’s clear today," he said. "At the end of the case, I have no doubt Jim will be vindicated."

Wolford said the Krausenecks' daughter, who was home at the time of the alleged crime, "has never doubted her father’s innocence."

"For the last 37 years, Jim has continued to contribute to society. At the time of his wife’s murder, Jim was an economist at Kodak Company and then afterward, had a successful career and retired as vice-president of a Fortune 500 company," Wolford said. Jim has cooperated in the investigation of his wife’s murder, repeatedly giving statements to the police, consenting to the search of his home and his car. It wasn’t until I became involved and it became evident that he was being targeted, that I placed some reasonable conditions on any further interrogation."

Krauseneck was 30 years old at the time of the alleged crime. Now 67 and living in Arizona, he was arraigned on Friday and released on $100,000 bail, Catholdi said.

The trial is scheduled to begin on June 2, prosecutors said.

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iStock(ORADELL, N.J.) -- A 3-month-old pit bull puppy in New Jersey is recovering from horrific injuries he received after he was reportedly lit on fire with a blowtorch.

The puppy, named Tyler, was discovered by a Good Samaritan about a week ago after a witness saw Tyler and another dog lit on fire.

The Good Samaritan rescued the puppy and attempted to treat Tyler’s injuries for the past week before they made the decision to bring him in to the Oradell Animal Hospital on Sunday night due to just how severe his injuries were.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, New Jersey have since taken the baby canine under their care while he recovers and have begun sharing his story on social media -- and the details aren’t pretty.

“We are only sharing images of Tyler with his wounds wrapped due to the disturbing nature of his injuries. Even worse, the skin is necrotic, meaning that he has been suffering with these wounds for some time without medical care,” said Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in a post on Sunday night. “Despite horrific injuries, Tyler remains trusting towards his rescuers … Tyler should be playing carefree, snuggled up in someone's lap and soaking up the love all puppies deserve, not fighting for his life.”

The shelter has so far raised over $3,500 donated by more than 100 people as of Tuesday morning. The shelter also said they are working with authorities to find the other dog involved in the incident and to track down the people who committed these heinous crimes on the animals.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge gave another update on Tyler’s condition last night as interest in the case grows.

“Doctors had to cut away dead skin in order to treat his wounds. There is new skin growth in some areas, but in other areas doctors expect skin to die and the wounds to get worse before they get better, necessitating an extended hospitalization and treatment,” the post said. "Tyler has lost protein, which is common with burn victims. A plasma transfusion is being considered based on how he recovers. For now, he is on fluids to support his tiny body. We all share the sentiments of our executive director, Megan Brinster, ‘This one has disturbed me to my core.’”

The animal refuge said that the incident happened in an area that is known for dog fighting and that they have had to recue other dog fighting victims from the area previously.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Temperatures are plummeting across the Plains Tuesday morning and even fell to a bone-chilling 7 degrees in Chicago, breaking the city's daily record low.

Fifteen states from Tennessee to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday morning, the wind chill, or what it feels like, is expected to reach -2 degrees in Minneapolis, -12 degrees in Des Moines, and even 7 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee and 11 in Dallas.

The arctic air then invades the East Coast Tuesday night, and daily record low temperatures are expected Wednesday morning in the Northeast and the Southeast.

The wind chill is forecast to reach 4 degrees in Boston, 12 degrees in New York City, 21 degrees in Atlanta and 18 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ahead of this arctic cold front, a quick-moving storm brought a blanket of snow to the Midwest, turning interstates to ice rinks and sending cars spinning out of control.

One plane in Chicago even slid off the runway due to icy conditions while landing at O'Hare International Airport Monday morning, American Airlines said. No one was hurt, according to the airline.

"As soon as we landed, we could start feeling something a little off there and we tried to do a little turn and that's when we started going sideways," passenger Shaun Steele told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.

Chicago saw a daily record of 3.4 inches of snow on Monday. Now for this season, Chicago has seen over 8 inches of snow, making it the snowiest start to winter since 1884.

Severe weather caused more than 1,800 flight cancellations Monday, and the threat isn't over. Over 200 flights are already cancelled for Tuesday.

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Bim/iStock(ATHOL, Mass.) -- Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the mysterious death of a woman whose body was discovered near a sewage treatment plant.

The woman, who is white and believed to be in her 20s, was found dead early Monday morning near the entrance to the wastewater treatment plant in the town of Athol, some 40 miles northwest of Worcester. Her death is considered "criminal in nature," according to a press release from the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

The official cause of death will be determined by the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

Detectives with the Athol Police Department and Massachusetts State Police, assigned to the district attorney's office, are jointly investigating the death.

No further details were immediately released.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Smoke plumes and an orange glow render the typically picturesque tree-lined view above hazy mountains into a nightmarish, apocalyptic scene. Shouts declaring "brush fire!," echo over radios.

Firefighters swarm a helicopter and fire helicopter pilot Desiree Horton prepares for liftoff.

“This is a dangerous job,” Horton said. “You are putting your life at risk to save and help people.”

Horton, the only female fire department helicopter pilot in California, knows she plays a vital role fighting the wildfires.

“The aircraft is trying to slow [the fire] and get the guys on the ground to put the line in and just stop it dead in its tracks,” she said.

While there are over 320,000 firefighters nationwide, only 4% are women, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Obviously I’m the only female, but I don’t see it that way when I’m out there working,” Horton explained. “I’m just like everyone else doing the same job.”

As the only female, she had to wear male flight suits since they did not have any for women. Horton, who has been flying since the age of 19, said the job can be tough since her voice is recognizable among the male voices.

“It’s harder for me because everyone knows who I am," she said.

Horton credits her achievement to her work ethic and supportive men in her field.

“There were no other women out there doing what I was doing, that I knew of,” said Horton. “I was able to prove myself and kind of kick butt out there.”

Nearly 200,000 acres and over 6,000 fires have burned in California this year, decimating over 700 structures throughout the state.

The aerial attack from the sky is strategic. Pilots have to be precise as lives and forests depend on accuracy; dousing flames with 360 gallons of water while hovering at just 100 feet.

“We’re able to put fires out, save people’s homes and save people’s lives,” Horton said.

Dropping water and crew while maneuvering between the low-lying electrical lines, requires an intensity and skill few can achieve as Horton navigates the helicopter to places where firefighters cannot penetrate.

She knows her career choice is dangerous but believes she won the career lottery and hopes other women follow their own dreams.

“There’s always going to be someone out there that’s not going to believe you can do it,” she said. “You got to follow your heart and you’ll get there.”

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Photographer/iStock(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- A Michigan family is documenting their "waste-free" journey with a daily blog in an effort to inspire others to change their lifestyles and combat environmental damage.

Erin Augustine, founder of the Carbon Free Family blog, said the term waste-free is more of a mindset than a goal, but it's a lifestyle choice that guides just about all of her family's daily activities.

"Like absolute zero is unattainable. For me the mindset is recognizing that everything I bring into my life will eventually be waste and then managing for that," Augustine told Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM-TV on Monday. "We said, 'Hey let’s try to live waste-free or zero-waste or with a specific focus on plastics,' so eliminating single-use plastics."

She and her husband, Robbie, started by teaching their two daughters about the impacts of excessive waste. Next, they incorporated lifestyle changes like driving less and using solar-powered bikes for longer trips. They also avoid single-use plastics, utilize reusable bags when shopping and opt for glass mason jars to replace Ziploc bags.

The waste-free mindset quickly became a core part of their daughters' way of life.

"When we get in the car, my children remind me of the impact. Hazel will say, 'Mom, do we have to drive, because you know we’re harming the polar bears,'" Augustine said. "One of the things I love about children is they have 'A' plus 'B' equals 'C.' It's a very simple narrative in her head. When we drive we’re hurting polar bears."

The family also tries to shop solely at places that will put their products right into the family's glass containers when they pay. Augustine said sometimes she has to use some single-use paper products, like when she gets her tortilla chips, but says it's a good trade-off, as paper can go into her compost, according to WZZM.

"We’re building community, while we’re going zero-waste. So I have a significantly better relationship with my cheese shop and my cheese lady," she said.

She chronicles her journey daily on her Carbon Free Family Facebook page and said she hopes to encourage millions of people to take up the waste-free lifestyle.

When asked about her goal, she said, "I hope we taught something to a person who has never heard of this lifestyle or didn’t know where to start."

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Courtesy Jesse Cottle(BOISE, ID) -- A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was severely injured during a deployment in Afghanistan was given keys to a new life for Veterans Day.

Former Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle, along with his wife and their two daughters, were gifted a specially adapted smart home just outside Boise, Idaho, on Monday. Newly built, the home was specifically designed with Cottle’s needs in mind.

Cottle entered the military in 2003, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Marine during the Vietnam War, according to the Gary Sinise Foundation. During his fourth deployment in 2009, Cottle was on a mission to clear improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he accidentally stepped on one and it detonated.

“I remember being blown into the air, but it was immediately like in the movies where everything is muted and quiet. That’s pretty accurate, at least for me,” Cottle said, adding that he entered a dream-like state. “Like...suddenly, it wasn’t really a reality.”

Cottle survived the blast. But in the aftermath, he underwent multiple surgeries and lost both legs. It was during his time in recovery that he met his now-wife Kelly Cottle. Together, they had their two daughters Grace and Isla, and began building a life together. But living in a home designed without his disabilities in mind made certain everyday tasks, like using the bathroom, difficult.

“The bathroom doorways are usually narrower than the regular doorways. So...if I’m in my wheelchair, I just kind of roll up...go down off [my wheelchair] and scoot on my butt...and get up on the toilet or get in the shower. I got so used to it,” said Jesse Cottle, who now walks with prosthetic legs.

The family’s new home was built as part of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program, which, along with other donors like the Home Depot Foundation, aims to make life at home easier for veterans and first responders, and their families.

“Jesse Cottle is an incredible individual whose life was forever changed by the injuries he sustained during his service,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director for the Home Depot Foundation, which has helped improve over 45,000 veterans’ homes and facilities in the last decade. “The opportunity to support this deserving family and provide Jesse with a fully accessible and tailored smart home is what makes our work so meaningful.”

The Cottles’ new home is the result of a year-long community project undertaken not only by the various organizations donating to the family but also by family members, new neighbors and other veterans. For Kelly Cottle, it’s a moment to finally settle down in a place that they can call home.

“To be able to raise our daughters in a home that’s literally built by a community that loves their dad and our family and [who] always remind us how we can all lift each other up with our different struggles, everybody needs something at some point,” Kelly Cottle said. “So to be able to...constantly be reminded of how much we have to still be grateful for, and to live in a country that makes you feel that way, it means a lot, it means more than we can say.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Snow has cancelled nearly 1,200 flights in Chicago Monday and more than 1,500 nationwide as those from the Midwest to the South to the Northeast brace for a major temperature plunge.

A quick-moving storm has brought accumulating snow to the Midwest and the Rockies, transforming highways into sheets of ice and sending cars veering off roads.

One plane in Chicago even slid off the runway due to icy conditions while landing at O'Hare International Airport Monday morning, American Airlines said. No one was hurt, according to the airline.

BREAKING: @AmericanAir Flight AA4125 from @flyfrompti to @fly2ohare slides off runway in Chicago this morning. Passengers tell me everyone is OK, deplaned and on buses to terminal. Video: Joseph Lian from Greensboro. @ABC11_WTVD @ABC #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/rBwyqfVtiU

— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) November 11, 2019

Winter weather advisories & warnings from New Mexico & Colorado into New England.

This means snow! Some spots 2-6”, others (in pink) will get lake enhanced 6-12”!!!

Raise your hand if you are excited for this hit of snow 😉 pic.twitter.com/mom5ITnQWV

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) November 11, 2019

This is the snowiest start to winter in Milwaukee and Madison by "virtue of number of days with measurable snowfall," according to the National Weather Service.

As this arctic cold takes aim, 16 states from Oklahoma to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories.

On Monday night, the snow will stretch from Arkansas through Indianapolis to Detroit, Buffalo and even northern New England, bringing a dangerous evening commute.

The heaviest snow will hit the Great Lakes region and interior Northeast, where up to 1 foot of snow is expected. But in areas with the most persistent lake effect snow bands, 14 to 20 inches of snow is not out of the question.

By Tuesday morning, the storm will reach the Northeast and the East Coast -- and New Yorkers may get their first glimpse of snow this season.

Heavy rain will move from Atlanta through Raleigh, and that rain is forecast to change to a snowy mix in Washington, D.C., New York and Boston. However, the storm is fast-moving, so no snow accumulation is expected in those cities, but a brief blast of snow is possible.

Behind the storm system is an arctic front that is set to bring a major cold blast.

The coldest morning for the Midwest will be Tuesday. The wind chill, or what it feels like, is forecast to reach -5 degrees in Chicago, -2 degrees in Indianapolis, 7 degrees in Nashville and even 13 degrees in Dallas.

The coldest morning for the East Coast will be Wednesday. The wind chill is expected to reach 8 degrees in Boston, 15 degrees in Pittsburgh, 19 degrees in Atlanta and 23 degrees in Birmingham.

Click here for tips on how to stay safe in the cold.

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Sofia B. Newman(NEW YORK) -- A video of NYPD transit officers handcuffing a woman selling churros at a Brooklyn subway station is causing outrage on Twitter as people criticize the police department.

In the video, a woman is seen crying as the officers confiscate her cart and lead her away in handcuffs at the Broad Junction subway station on Friday night.

The woman who took the video, Sofia Newman, can be heard repeatedly asking the officers, "Why are you taking her s--- away?"

When Newman asks if the officers can "just let her keep her stuff," one officer tells her, "no," and says, "Can you just back up for right now?" The officer then tells her it's illegal to sell food inside subway stations.

In a subsequent tweet, Newman wrote, "She kept trying to speak to one of the cops in Spanish, but the plainclothes cop kept rolling his eyes and saying things like, 'Are you done?' and 'I know you can speak English.'" Newman's post was viewed more than 2.7 million times as of Monday afternoon.

NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre responded to the video on Sunday, stating that the woman was not arrested and was handcuffed because she "refused to comply."

The woman received a summons and has received 10 summonses in the past six months, Delatorre said, adding that the officers have been responding to a "number of recent complaints of violations" at the station, "including the unlawful and unlicensed sale of food and other products."

During the city's Veterans Day parade on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the video, saying that while he believes the officers acted appropriately, he wants to "get to a day where that kind of action is not necessary," but ultimately placed the blame on the vendor.

"I understand the facts," De Blasio said. "The facts are, she was there multiple times and was told multiple times that's not a place you can be and it's against the law and it's creating congestion, and she shouldn't have been there. But, what we've got to work for is the day where we really engage the community in general, to also be clear to members of the community, that that's not an acceptable behavior.

The woman, identified only by a first name -- Elsa -- told reporters during a rally protesting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan that added 500 officers to monitor the subways that she believes the incident "is an attack against the Spanish community," the New York Post reported.

"I felt horrible, nervous and stressed," she said through a Spanish translator. "They took everything away from me."

Newman told ABC's New York station WABC-TV, that she's heard from "many people" that they've been buying churros from the woman for the past decade.

"She's very loved in the community, and people really care about her," Newman told the station.



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YIMBY Mobility Member(SAN FRANCISCO) --  After a viral video that showed a man being handcuffed and detained last week by transit police for eating a sandwich on a train platform in Northern California, the public hosted a lunchtime "eat-in" protest.

Foster shared his experience with ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO.

“I was just up there eating a sandwich waiting for my train to come,” said Foster. He shared that the officer passed other people who were also eating and drinking in the area and singled him out.

He was then handcuffed and detained.

“He was handcuffed once he refused to provide identification. He was cited and released once he provided identification,” said a BART representative in a statement.

“I’m definitely upset, mad a little frustrated. Still kind of angry about it,” said Foster.

In response to this incident, members of the public shared their frustration by engaging in an “eat-in” protest at BART’s Embarcadero station platform. Kelly Groth organized the Brunch on BART event.

Groth handed out breakfast sandwiches and the group ate together on the platform.

“Over the years we’ve seen a surge of people videotaping police abusing power and targeting black and brown folks. People are holding them accountable for their actions since the murder of Oscar Grant in 2009,” said Groth.

Oscar Grant, 22, was an unarmed black man shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009.

Janice Li, a member of the BART Board of Directors also attended this event to speak to the public. She brought food to share - Chinese egg clusters and barbecued pork buns.

“I attended because I was disturbed when I saw that video,” Li said. She is also friends with Foster.

She shared that she wants to use her position to build a better system by listening to their riders, and acting as a resource.

“In my past, I’ve had issues with police departments and law enforcement, so to see incidents like this is really disturbing to me. I want to be a resource and tell people what’s happening,” Li said.

Li shared she is looking into what happened. The Office of Independent Police is investigating the incident and reviewing police body camera footage.

According to a BART representative, no one was detained or cited at the eat-in.

BART General Manager, Bob Powers, issued a statement Monday afternoon addressing the citation and apologizing for how the situation unfolded. He mentioned the police auditor would report his findings to BART’s Citizen Board.

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Google Street View(PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla.) -- An Oklahoma police chief was found dead in a Florida hotel late Sunday night and local authorities have arrested one of his officers in connection with his death.

Mannford's police chief, 44-year-old Lucky Miller, was pronounced dead at a Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

One of Miller’s Oklahoma officers, Michael Nealey, was booked into the Escambia County Jail Monday and charged with homicide. His next scheduled court date is Dec. 5, according to jail records. No bond was set.

Authorities have not released more details about how the incident started nor Miller's cause of death. The city of Mannford, Oklahoma, confirmed Miller's death on Monday afternoon.

Miller had been police chief since 2007 and is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children, the city said.

“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement Monday. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”

Escambia County spokeswoman Sgt. Melony Peterson told the Pensacola News Journal that the two officers were in town for a conference.

Mannford town administrator Gerald Haury named Officer Jerry Ridley as interim police chief.

Escambia County was also in the news last week when Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested and charged in the disappearance of Alabama teen Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris.

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sshepard/iStock(ATLANTA) -- Johns Mountain Overlook Road in Walker County, Georgia, is closed indefinitely because of vandalism.

A popular spot for viewing autumn leaves, the site was vandalized throughout several locations at the overlook last week.

"We are sad to announce that vandalism means that Johns Mountain Overlook Road will be closed indefinitely," Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests officials posted on Facebook. They shared images of some of the vandalism -- one photo appears to show a pentagram spray-painted onto a wooden deck.

"The extent of this vandalism damage is much greater than pictured here, but is too graphic to share," the park's officials also noted in the Facebook post.

They also advised those looking to enjoy a view of fall leaves to "find alternative destinations" until "repairs can be made."

Rangers and volunteers recently cleaned up three areas of the national forest. Almost 50 bags of trash and over 125 tires were collected, reported ABC News Atlanta affiliate, WSBTV.

"When senseless damage like this vandalism and destruction of public facilities occurs, it takes away from our capacity to make progress addressing other critical maintenance needs," the post continued.

"Please help keep your public lands clean and healthy," officials urged in the Facebook post.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests' office was not available for immediate comment.

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