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Cops in Wisconsin manhunt plan to keep close eye on churches, places of worship

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By Kelly Terez

Rock County Sheriff’s Office(JANESVILLE, Wisc.) — Wisconsin authorities, concerned about anti-religious views in a manifesto written by a fugitive they describe as “armed and dangerous,” plan to increase patrols around churches and places of worship Sunday.

According to the Janesville Police Department, there was no specific threat to any particular church or religious group in the manifesto written by Joseph Jakubowski, but as a precaution, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Janesville Police Department will be keeping a close watch.

Jakubowski, 32, has been the subject of an urgent search by Wisconsin authorities and the FBI since Tuesday, when they say he robbed a gun store, stealing at least 16 weapons. Officials say he may be plotting an act of mass violence with his eye on President Trump.

“Basically, he’s angry at all government officials,” Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said. “You know, whether it’s the president or local officials or whether it’s law enforcement. He basically has a dislike for anyone that has authority or governmental power.

“We consider him to be armed and highly dangerous.”

FBI searching for gun-store robbery suspect who sent manifesto to Trump

The manhunt for Jakubowski involved more than 150 law enforcement officers nationwide, and authorities said they did not know whether he was still in Rock County or even in Wisconsin.

Jakubowski allegedly broke into the Armageddon Supplies gun shop in Janesville Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. and stole about 16 high-end firearms. Thirty minutes later, Spoden said, a car was found engulfed in flames near the shop. Spoden said the car belonged to Jakubowski.

At least two assault rifles and several high-end handguns are among the stolen firearms, a law enforcement source told ABC News. Jakubowski may have stolen silencers as well, the source said. Armageddon Supplies advertises silences on its Facebook page.

Police said he could also be seen on surveillance video, appearing to steal the weapons from the gun shop. Police said they believe that Jakubowski also had a bulletproof vest and helmet.

Police on Saturday also released a social media video that they said depicts Jakubowski’s sending a package to Trump. Spoden said police had found a 161-page manifesto that Jakubowski had allegedly written and sent to Trump Tuesday at the White House.

In communications prior to his disappearance, Jakubowski also allegedly made reference to his dying by the hand of Trump and expressed a desire to save everyone by taking out one politician at a time.

Wisconsin authorities are working with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service to find Jakubowski, who has been missing since Tuesday — the same day he allegedly mailed the manifesto, burglarized the gun shop and set his car on fire, the law enforcement source said.

Spoden said police were looking into 65 leads and had searched a dozen locations. Classes were canceled in some nearby schools as officers searched for him.

Police said he was known to officers and had previously been imprisoned for trying to disarm a police officer. The FBI is now offering $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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Five children hurt after inflatables go airborne in South Carolina

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(TAYLORS, S.C.) — Five children were injured Saturday when a gust of wind caused a bouncy house and slide to go airborne in South Carolina.

The incident happened just after 2 p.m. at Springwell Church’s Spring Carnival in Taylors, near Greenville. According to Taylors Fire and Rescue, two inflatables were lifted and a bounce house hit power lines while the children were inside.

“Several children had fallen from the bouncy house or inflatable from approximately 30 feet in the air,” Taylors Fire Battalion Chief Ricky Reed said.

All five children were transported to an area hospital, officials said, and the severity of their injuries was not immediately clear.

“We are saddened for those who were injured during the unfortunate accident today,” Springwell Church said in a statement Saturday. “We join their families, in prayer, for their full recovery.”

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At least 1 dead after shooting near upscale mall in South Florida

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iStock/Thinkstock(CORAL GABLES, Fla.) — At least one person is dead and two critically injured after a shooting inside an upscale mall in Coral Gables, Florida, on Saturday.

Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak Jr. said the shooting happened inside the Equinox Gym at the Village of Merrick Park and the individuals involved reportedly knew each other in an employee and employer relationship.

Those who were shot were transported to Ryder Trauma Center, the police chief said.

The scene is now secure, according to the Miami Dade Police Department, but the stores at the mall will remain closed.

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Kansas star Frank Mason III wins John R. Wooden Award

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By Eric Mollo

Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — University of Kansas guard Frank Mason III took home the 2016-17 John R. Wooden Award Friday evening at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles. The award is given to the most outstanding men’s college basketball player.

Mason III helped lead the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight during his final college season. According to ESPN, he averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds on the year.

He beat out four other finalists: Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga.

According to ESPN, Mason III’s next goal is to enter the NBA Draft and get selected in the first round. He said afterwards, “I’m going to work hard to make that happen.”

Mason III also took home another honor: the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.

ESPN listed the other awards that players won. Josh Hart won the Julius Erving Award as the top small forward, Kentucky’s Malik Monk, the Jerry West Award as the top shooting guard, Baylor’s Johnathan Motley won the Karl Malone Award, which is given to the top power forward, and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski took home the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the top center.

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