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70-year-old Washington woman nabs 'creeps' who burglarized her home

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By Brittany Martinez

KOMO(GIG HARBOR, Wash.) — A Washington state woman said she was determined to catch the “creeps” who recently burglarized her home and made off with electronics, jewelry, credit cards and even her family letters.

Instead of panicking after the robbery, Mavi McFarlane, 70, said she chose to investigate the crime herself and she got a big tip when she noticed that the thieves had used her credit card at local gas stations, including one right near her home in Gig Harbor.

“I was very upset. I felt sick to my stomach,” McFarlane told ABC affiliate KOMO on Wednesday. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to catch these creeps.'”

“I’m going to get all the information in a package, and I’m going to give it to the police so they can go do their job,” she added.

McFarlane said she immediately notified the gas station near her home, showing workers surveillance pictures of the suspects, with the hope that they might show up again — and they did.

The suspects returned to the Gig Harbor gas station with another one of McFarlane’s credit cards, and the clerk, already tipped off by the victim, recognized the suspects, pressed the store’s panic button and hid one of the suspect’s cell phones to stall them until police could arrive.

Luckily, the police showed up soon and arrested the two suspects, according to KOMO. Police said they found a variety of stolen credit cards, a gun, jewelry and illegal drugs all tucked away in the suspects’ vehicle.

The 32-year-old and 27-year-old suspects were being held at the Pierce County Jail in eastern Washington on burglary charges. It wasn’t clear yet if either had hired a lawyer.

As for the victim, she said she’s just happy that she was able to stop the alleged thieves.

“It felt so good to get these people off the streets,” McFarlane said. “They had stolen stuff in the car then that wasn’t mine, but other people that they had robbed.”

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Video shows frantic pool rescue of boy trapped underwater in lazy river

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By Brittany Martinez

ABCNews.com(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C) — Surveillance video from the Avista Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, captured the near drowning of a 12-year-old boy who was playing in a lazy river.

Hotel security footage from the March 19 incident shows two boys fidgeting with an underwater grate in an attempt to expose the suction pipe below. One boy can be seen repeatedly diving into the water to explore what lies underneath the grate when his leg suddenly becomes lodged between the 6-inch wide pipe.

Trapped underwater, the boy’s friend tries to free him. After an unsuccessful attempt he calls for help and bystanders rush to help free the boy. One man was able to administer underwater mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to keep the boy alive until authorities arrived.

According to a police report, North Myrtle Beach Police responded to the scene around 10 p.m. Emergency responders can be seen diving into the pool and eventually freeing the boy from his entrapment and dragging him out of the water. The video shows a female officer vigorously pounding on the boy’s chest to keep his heart beating before he is carried away on a stretcher. The boy was underwater for 9 minutes.

Once EMS personnel were able to revive the boy he was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for further treatment, authorities said.

North Myrtle Beach public information officer Patrick Dowling told ABC News the boy’s family does not want his identity to be released.

Further details on the boy’s condition is unknown at this time.

No charges have been filed against the resort and no criminal misconduct was found, Dowling said.

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Suspected 'Golden State Killer' seemed shocked by arrest, told police he had a roast in the oven: Official

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By Brittany Martinez

Sacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — The suspected “Golden State Killer” who was arrested this week for killing and raping dozens of California residents decades ago, seemed shocked to find police outside his home, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department official Paul Belli.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was taken into custody on Tuesday at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, the same county where his alleged crime spree began in 1976. The crimes continued across the state until 1986.

DeAngelo lived at the home with family but was home alone when he was arrested, Belli told ABC News.

DeAngelo told police he had a roast in the oven, and officers said they could take care of it, Belli said.

He was placed under arrest without incident.

Colleen Fernandez, who lives in DeAngelo’s neighborhood, told ABC News, “We walked by that house all the time … but we never saw him.”

“I’m just thankful he got caught,” Fernandez said. “It’s huge for this community. Even though it was 40 years ago, people still remembered.”

Fernandez lived in the Sacramento area during the years of the “Golden State Killer” crime spree, calling it “a scary time.”

“I was just a young woman. It was frightening. You’d definitely lock your doors and your windows,” she said. “You had buddy system. I worked at a restaurant — I made sure somebody walked me to my car.”

Another neighbor, Robin Brown, noticed the police tape at DeAngelo’s home but figured he was getting his driveway repaved.

“We’ve always felt safe in this neighborhood,” she said.

DeAngelo is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s.

His alleged “reign of terror” spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday.

Today, investigators will conduct a methodical, room-by-room search of his home, Belli said.

Authorities have a list of items stolen from victims’ homes as well as other items connected to crimes, including weapons.

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976, officials said.

In 1976 he served as a police officer in the city of Auburn until he was fired in 1979 for allegedly stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

DeAngelo then spent 27 years working for Save Mart Supermarkets at a distribution center in Roseville, near Sacramento, said Victoria Castro, a public affairs manager for Save Mart. He retired last year.

“None of his actions in the workplace would have lead us to suspect any connection to crimes being attributed to him,” Castro said in a statement. “We are working with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on their investigation.”

Last week, DeAngelo’s name came up for the first time in the “Golden State Killer” investigation, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

DeAngelo was then surveilled and DNA from an item police had collected of his was confirmed as a match.

He has not yet appeared in court.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Four To The Governing Board Of The Texas School For The Blind And Visually Impaired

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benda W. Lee to Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Ruben “Dan” Brown, Jr. and Julie R. Prause and reappointed Michael P. Hanley for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benda W. Lee to Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Ruben “Dan” Brown, Jr. and Julie R. Prause and reappointed Michael P. Hanley for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves as a special public school in which students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them.

Brenda W. Lee of Brownwood is an educational consultant for vision teachers at the Education Service Center, Region 14 in Abilene. She is past president and conference chair of the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, former committee co-chair for the International Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lee is also a member of the West Texas Cluster for Blind and Visually Impaired which provides services for all of West Texas through six education service centers. Lee received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Howard Payne University in Brownwood and a Master of Arts in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ruben “Dan” Brown, Jr. of Pflugerville is a senior quality assurance engineer for blindness technologies at Pearson. He has presented several times for the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the International Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Conferences. He also presents regularly at the California State University-Northridge International Technology and Person’s with Disabilities Conference. Brown attended the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The University of Texas at Austin.

Julie R. Prause of Columbus is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for Columbus Independent School District. She also serves, Weimar ISD, and schools in the Fayette Gonzales Special Services Cooperative (Schulenburg, Flatonia and Waelder ISDs). She is a member and former president of the Texas Association of Educators of the Blind, member and former chair of the International Association of Educators for the Blind and a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. She is also a director of the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust and former director of Children’s Liturgy and Catechism teacher at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Prause received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University and Master of Education in Special Education from Texas Tech University.

Michael P. Hanley of Leander is the senior district executive for the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts of America serving Eanes and Lake Travis Independent School Districts. He is also a licensed auctioneer in the State of Texas and a member of the National and Texas Auctioneers Associations. He is a member of the Finance Committee at TSBVI, program chair of the Westlake Rotary Club, and member and program chair of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club in Austin. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves. Hanley received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond Louisiana.

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More than 1.4 million students miss class as teachers in two states leave school in fight for education funds

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By Brittany Martinez

J Pat Carter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — More than 1.4 million public school students were missing classes today as tens of thousands teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out in a powerful display of frustration over a decade of education funding cuts they say have piled up to billions of dollars.

Arizona teachers went on strike after voting overwhelmingly last week to take the drastic move in hopes it will pressure lawmakers into giving them a 20 percent pay hike, fork over a $1 billion in education funding and up the salaries of school support staff.

Public educators in Arizona rank 46th in the nation in teacher pay, earning about $12,000 less than the national average of $59,660, according to a 2018 report by the National Education Association.

In Colorado, up to 10,000 educators have taken personal leave to rally at their state Capitol in Denver today and tomorrow and lobby legislators to boost funding for education there, which they say has been slashed by a whopping $6.6 billion over the last nine years. The teachers are also demanding no new corporate tax breaks until education funding is restored.

“We are fed up at this point,” Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association, told ABC News this week.

The Arizona and Colorado teacher labor actions are just the latest in a wave of educator revolts ignited by West Virginia teachers who went on a nine-day strike earlier this year and won a five percent pay raise in March.

Since the West Virginia wildcat strike, teachers in Oklahoma went on a nine-day strike of their own, persuading legislators to up their annual pay an average of $6,000, give support staff a raise and increase funding for education by nearly $500 million. Earlier this month, Kentucky educators walked out of class angry over a pension reform bill they said was passed by legislators without their input and signed into law by their governor despite their vociferous objections.

Most of the work actions have occurred in red states where legislatures and governors’ offices are dominated by Republicans. Colorado, where Democrats occupy the governor’s office and hold a majority in the state Assembly, is the exception.

More than 30 school districts in Arizona canceled classes today and may be forced to do the same in days to come as 30,000 to 50,000 striking teachers formed picket lines and threatened to stay out of school for as long as it takes to get lawmakers to meet their demands.

An estimated 840,000 public school students in Arizona are missing classes after numerous school district shut down schools because they couldn’t find enough substitute teachers to fill in. The same problem occurred in Colorado, where classes were called off for an estimated 600,000 students.

“We have a fight in front of us,” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told teachers during a rally on Wednesday. “And we want the parents to understand that this fight is for your child. How it ends is up to the governor and up to those legislative leaders.”

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has already proposed boosting teacher pay 20 percent by 2020, but educators are concerned over how he plans to pay for it. They say their protest is more than just a paycheck issue and want lawmakers to restore $1 billion in lost funding for education since the national 2008 financial crisis.

“Without a doubt, teachers are some of the biggest difference-makers in the lives of Arizona children,” Ducey said in a Twitter post this morning. “They need to be respected, and rewarded, for the work they do — and Arizona can do better on this front.

“We’ve all been listening — but now, it’s time to act,” Ducey added. “My number one focus right now is passing a 20% pay raise for Arizona teachers. This raise is earned, and it is deserved… To parents, I understand the pain & pressure caused by today’s strike. I’m working to get this 20% raise passed.”

In Colorado, teachers wearing #RedforEd T-shirts and toting signs reading “Make Education Great Again” and “Can You Hear Us Now” swarmed the state Capitol Denver.

“We’re here today because of our students,” Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and vice president of the Colorado Education Association, told ABC News outside the Capitol building. “They certainly deserve better. We have one of the fastest growing economies in the country. We need to do better for our students.”

The teachers say Colorado spends about $2,700 less than the national per-pupil average of about $12,000 a year.

According to the National Education Association report, Colorado teachers’ pay ranked 31st in the nation. Colorado teachers earn an average of $53,768 annually or about $6,500 below the national average.

“We have teachers working two to three jobs,” Baca-Oehlert said. “We have school districts where they’ve cut mental health supports like counselors, social workers, psychologists. They’ve cut art, music, PE (physical education).”

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