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2 people die in Baltimore Amazon facility after storm causes building to partially collapse

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Two people have died after a heavy storm caused an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore to partially collapse.

Baltimore Fire Department Chief Roman Clark said that one of the victims was an adult male who was found trapped underneath heavy debris at the Amazon warehouse. He was rescued and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead due to his injuries, according to ABC News affiliate WMAR-tv.

A second victim was found about an hour later, he said.

Rachael Lighty, a spokesperson for Amazon, told ABC News in a statement that the two victims were third-party contractors and not Amazon employees.

Officials said there weren’t any other reports of people missing.

Fire officials responded to a call about a potential collapse of the Amazon Fulfillment Center building at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night.

They found that a 50-by-50-foot wall had collapsed at the warehouse, according to Clark.

A Baltimore Fire Department spokesperson also told WMAR that the storm had made the roof fall into the facility.

“Last night, severe weather impacted one of our facilities in Baltimore City, resulting in two fatalities,” Lighty said in the statement.” First responders remain on-site assessing the damage. The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority, and at this time the building remains closed.”

“We are incredibly thankful for the quick response from emergency services,” she added. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by Friday evening’s tragic event.”

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2 dead after gunman opens fire on yoga studio in Tallahassee

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WTXL-TV(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Two people were killed Friday evening when a gunman opened fire on a yoga class in Florida.

People taking a class at Hot Yoga Tallahassee were sprayed with bullets when a gunman, posing as a customer, burst into the studio in Tallahassee just before 6 p.m local time. Six people were shot, two of whom died, and a seventh person was injured when he was pistol-whipped, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

The gunman was dead when officers arrived on the scene, just three minutes after the first 911 call, police said.

Scott Paul Beierle, 40, has been identified by police as the alleged shooter.

Beierle allegedly used a handgun and began firing at people without warning, police said. During the shooting, customers turned the tables on Beirle to stop the shooting, police said.

“Several people fought back and tried not only to save themselves, but other people, which is a testament to the courage of the people who don’t just turn and run but the strength of our community and the spirit of those people trying to help and save and protect others,” Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said at a press conference Friday night.

After the victims fought back, Beierle turned the gun on himself and killed himself, police said.

Two women died in the shooting, police said. They were identified Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.

Both women had ties to Florida State University. Binkley was a student, while Van Vessem was a faculty member at the school’s College of Medicine and a specialist in internal medicine.

“There are no words to express the shock and grief we feel after learning of the deaths of Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem,” Florida State University president John Thrasher said in a statement. “To lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is just devastating to the FSU family. We feel this loss profoundly and we send our deepest sympathies to Maura’s and Nancy’s loved ones while we pray for the recovery of those who were injured.”

Van Vessem was also the chief medical director at Capital Health Plan.

“Our Capital Health Plan family is deeply shocked and saddened about the tragic loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, among the other victims of this terrible incident,” CHP said in a statement. “Nancy has been a guiding light, visionary force in our daily work to serve the wellness and health care needs of thousands of families in this community.

“Her dedication, caring, leadership, humanity, and experience made her one of the most respected, accomplished medical professionals in the state and country,” the statement continued. “Our hearts are filled with sorrow and prayers for her family. We all have been so blessed to have Nancy in our lives.”

Beierle was connected to FSU, too, police said. He graduated from the school, they said.

Beierle, who was currently living in Deltona, Florida, had served in the U.S. Army, police said. A spokesperson for the Army said he served from 2008 to 2010, but did not offer any specifics about his service.

He had also had police called on him in the past for allegedly harassing young women, authorities said.

Beyond the FSU connection, investigators were trying to see what other ties Beierle had with the people inside the yoga studio, police said.

In addition to Van Vessem and Binkley, two other victims were wounded, police said.

They were in fair condition, and three other victims have been treated and released from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, according to Danielle Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

According to the hospital’s Twitter page, there will be a service tomorrow honoring the two women who died.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, was campaigning in Miami with former President Barack Obama earlier in the day Friday and returned to his home city to visit the two hospitalized victims that night.

“Both were in surprisingly encouraging spirits,” Gillum said at a campaign rally in Orlando on Saturday. “There was one victim in particular that pulled me in close and said, ‘I’m expecting you to do something about this gun violence.'”

Gillum has touted his opposition to the National Rifle Association throughout his campaign and favors increased gun control measures.

“The memories of Pulse nightclub still reside with all of us. We know the story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas,” Gillum said, referring to previous mass shootings in the Sunshine State. “We know the kind of gun violence that pervades too many of our neighborhoods, too many of our communities every day of the week.”

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Teacher arrested after two students he was having sex with told his wife

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Florida science teacher was arrested after two students he was having separate sexual relationships with realized what was going on and told his wife, according to documents in the case reviewed by ABC News.

Corey French, 30, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors and unlawful intercourse with a minor — at his house, the school and one of the girl’s stepmother’s house, according to a school district investigative report released this week.

One of the victims was 16 and the other 17 when they were sleeping with French, law enforcement officials said in a statement released in September.

In a subsequent court appearance, French pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.

The pair of now former students at Neptune Beach’s Duncan Fletcher High School refused to press charges against French, and he resigned from his position at school in May. The charges remain pending and French’s next court appearance is scheduled for next month.

French’s attorney, Melinda Patterson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case from ABC News, but she previously told the Florida Times-Union newspaper that French denied having sexual relationships with the two young women.

“He is maintaining his innocence across the board,” Patterson told the newspaper.

A spokesman for the State Attorney’s office told ABC News that “this is an active case and we are unable to comment at this time.”

After learning that they both slept with French, the students contacted French’s wife in March 2018 and told her everything, as well as providing her with a photos and screenshots to back up their story, according to police and school authorities.

In one photo, according to the school district report, her husband is standing in the doorway of the couple’s bedroom in boxer shorts. In another photo referenced in the report, one of the teen’s is allegedly pictured in a negligee in French’s bathroom.

French’s wife contacted the school district, which contacted police.

“The girls said they were upset because Mr. French made a comment about not divorcing his wife and said they were working on the relationship,” an investigator wrote in a Duval County School District report on the matter

In March, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Special Assault Unit launched an investigation after the Duval County School Board informed them of possible sex crimes involving French.

One of the young women’s sexual relationship lasted “on again, off again” with French for three years, according to the school district report. The other teen’s sexual relationship began in the spring of her senior year and lasted until the fall.

“It was revealed that both victims had consensual sexual relations with French while he was an active teacher employed at Fletcher High School between the years of 2015 and 2017,” police said in the statement.

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Alec Baldwin denies he 'punched anyone over a parking spot,' following assault arrest in New York

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Actor Alec Baldwin has denied that he “punched anyone over a parking spot” following his Friday arrest on an assault and harassment charges in New York.

In a pair of tweets dispatched from his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter account, Baldwin said that he realizes “that it has become a sport to tag people w[ith] as many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment,” but that “no matter how reverberating the echos [sic], it doesn’t make the statements true.”

Baldwin was charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment after he punched someone during what police officials described as a dispute near his home in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Baldwin is expected to appear in court on Nov. 26.

A representative for the actor had no comment.

Baldwin, 60, has faced legal trouble in the Big Apple in the past.

In 2014, after a New York City police officer issued him a summons him for riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street, Baldwin allegedly said, “I don’t have identification. Just give me the f—ing summons” and “wrap this summons around your head.”

A police source added at the time that Baldwin “got arrogant and loud,” which is why he was given his second summons for disorderly conduct.

Baldwin responded in a tweet of his own, naming the officer and declaring, “New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, whom Baldwin impersonates on “Saturday Night Live,” had a few words of encouragement for the actor, when told about the impending charge.

“I wish him luck,” he said.

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