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'He is the scum of all earth,' says mother of GA teen allegedly killed by traveling carnival worker

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Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office(ATLANTA) — The mother of a Georgia teen allegedly murdered by a traveling carnival worker described him as “the scum of all earth.”

Cynthia Butterworth, the mother of 17-year-old Joslyn M. Alsup, told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that her daughter met the suspect, 23-year-old James Michael Wright, last September at the North Georgia State Fair.

“He is unfit to even be called a monster,” Butterworth said through tears.

Alsup’s father worked for carnival company Drew Expositions, where Wright worked as a sub-contractor, Fred Newman, sheriff for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia, told reporters at a press conference Monday.

Wright was in charge of the ponies, Butterworth said.

“That’s what we called him — the ‘pony dude,'” she said.

It is unclear how long he worked for the carnival, which travels up and down the East Coast, Newman said.

Wright allegedly shot and killed Alsup near his home in Mendota, Va., on March 9, Newman said. She was reported missing by her family the day before.

“We’ve been looking for her. We had everybody out,” she said. “And then come to find she’s been gone this whole time.”

Wright is also accused of murdering two other women he met while working at the carnival, Newman said. On Feb. 28, he allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Marie Vanmeter, of Carter County, Tennessee, after an argument, and on March 17, Wright allegedly shot and killed 25-year-old Athina Hopson.

“I see someone that shouldn’t be on earth,” Butterworth said. “My heart is so full of hate — for him and what he has done.”

Wright allegedly confessed to the murders last week while being interviewed by detectives in Tennessee, Newman said.

He allegedly deemed all three killings as accidents, Newman said, adding that the firearm believed to have been used in each murder has been recovered.

Alsup’s and Vanmeter’s bodies were found Friday on the property surrounding Wright’s home, Newman said. One body was buried in a shallow grave and the other was placed on or near some logs, Newman said. Investigators have “tentatively” identified the bodies based on Wright’s alleged statement.

Authorities have not yet located Hopson’s body, Newman said. Wright allegedly told investigators that her body fell out of his truck and down an embankment near a bridge as he was driving and that he placed her body in the river, Newman said.

Hopson’s cellphone was found in Wright’s truck during a search two weeks ago, Newman said.

Authorities are still investigating Wright’s involvement with the carnival to determine whether there could be more victims, Newman said.

A representative for the carnival company did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment. It is unclear whether Wright has retained an attorney.

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'This is TERRIFYING:' Wind-whipped window washers rescued from 50-story tower

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Oklahoma City Fire Department/Twitter(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Two window washers working on an Oklahoma City high-rise were saved in a dramatic rescue on Wednesday after their basket-like platform was whipped back and forth by heavy winds above a crowd of horrified onlookers below.

“This is TERRIFYING,” a reporter with ABC affiliate KOCO-TV said in a Twitter post. “Two window washers stuck at the top of the Devon Tower, swinging. Fire crews are attempting to rescue them.”

Videos of the incident showed the platform swinging wildly away from near the top of the 50-story Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City.

Within an hour, the window washers were “successfully rescued” and first responders were examining them for “potential injuries,” the Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Just after 8 a.m. local time, the fire department tweeted that the public should avoid the area and that rescue workers were on the scene.

Within 47 minutes, the department announced that the two individuals had been rescued, KOCO reported.

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8-year-old accidentally shoots mother at baseball game, police say

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cmannphoto/iStock(MILLINGTON, Tenn.) — A woman was accidentally shot by her 8-year-old child at a baseball game in Tennessee on Tuesday evening, police said.

The mother and child were among 2,000 fans at the USA Stadium in Millington that night, attending the University of Memphis’ baseball game against the University of Tennessee at Martin during the annual W.S. “Babe” Howard Classic.

The child had been playing in a vintage World War II jeep on display at the stadium as part of a Veterans Appreciation Day, according to the Millington Police Department.

The child found an unsecured handgun inside the vehicle and thought it was a toy. The child picked up the gun and pulled the trigger, firing a round that struck the mother, police said.

Officers received a call about shots fired just before 6:30 p.m. local time.

The mother was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

The baseball game was suspended due to the incident.

Police declined to release the names of the mother and child.

Investigators later determined that the unsecured gun belonged to 76-year-old Charles McFarland, who was subsequently charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. No bond has been set at this time, police said.

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Witness in Delphi double murder likely afraid to come forward, investigator says

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Lindsey Jacobson/ABC News(DELPHI, Ind.) — It’s been more than two years since young Abby Williams and Libby German were found dead in Delphi, Indiana, but investigators believe they’re close to finding their killer.

“We are one tip away from success,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview airing Wednesday.

Carter said his team has received more than 42,000 tips since friends Abby, 13, and Libby, 14, went missing in 2017.

The girls, both middle schoolers, vanished after going hiking at Delphi Historic Trails in Indiana on Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were found the next day about a half mile away from where they had been dropped off.

Authorities have not released information about how the girls died, but Carter said he believes the killer is hiding within the close-knit Delphi community. He said someone knows who the killer is but is afraid to come forward.

“If somebody knows something, they need to tell us. I think they’re afraid too,” he said. “Somebody knows who that person is.”

Police issued a new sketch last month, showing a male suspect thought to be between 18 and 40 years old. Investigators had previously released a different composite sketch that was “based on a previous witness,” according to Carter.

“Somebody that commits a horrific crime like this against two little girls probably has shown signs of violence in the past … he didn’t just all of a sudden decide to do this one day,” Carter said.

He said it could be a family member, friend or some other person “that knows something happened after that day” and noticed a change in the suspect.

Carter said he believes the killer lives in, works in or frequents the Delphi area, but he declined to elaborate on why he believes that.

“One day I’ll be able to tell you. I can’t wait for that day,” Carter said. “We are doing everything within our power … and when we run out of tips, we’re going to start over again.”

Police arrested an Indiana man in September 2017 that authorities initially said could be related to the killings.

Daniel Nations, 31, was taken into custody in Colorado after threatening people near a hiking trail with a hatchet, police said. Investigators later revealed that Nations was not someone “they care a whole lot about” in relation to the murders.

Police previously released a photo of a suspect that shows a man wearing blue jeans, a blue coat and a hoodie. Authorities also released audio of a male voice saying the words “down the hill,” with hopes that someone might be able to identify the suspect’s voice.

The voice recording was taken from a video found on Libby’s cellphone, police said.

Carter said the case keeps him up at night.

“We’re going to continue to push and push and push until we get that final piece of information,” he said. “We know significantly more [information], but we’re not going to talk about that because the only other person who knows that is the killer.”

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Late-season storm delivering heavy rain, snow to California

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A powerful new storm is slamming California later Wednesday with heavy rain and heavy snow in the mountains, creating conditions that could lead to flash floods, before it heads for the Midwest by the end of the week.

The heaviest rain in San Francisco and central California is expected Wednesday night, as the Bay Area is experiencing its wettest May since 2015.

Some areas in northern California could see 4 inches of rain, with the Bay Area expecting 1 to 2 inches.

By Thursday morning, the heaviest rainfall will shift toward Los Angeles and Southern California, where at higher elevations snow is expected.

Parts of the Sierra Nevada could see as much as 2 feet of snow.

The storm is forecast to move east by Friday. Severe weather is expected in the central U.S., from Minnesota all the way down to Texas. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are all possibilities.

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