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9 dead in plane crash in South Dakota

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icholakov/iStock(CHAMBERLAIN, S.D.) — Nine people died on Saturday afternoon when an Idaho-bound Pilatus PC-12 crashed shortly after takeoff in South Dakota.

Two children and the pilot were among those killed, Theresa Maule Rossow, the state’s attorney for Brule County, confirmed to ABC News. Three survivors were rushed to a medical facility in Sioux Falls.

“The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions,” she added.
 The plane had embarked shortly before noon from Chamberlain, South Dakota, and crashed about a mile southwest of there, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA investigators are traveling to the site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will manage the investigation.

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Search continues for Stephanie Parze a month after the 25-year-old New Jersey woman disappeared

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Tina Simonsen/iStock(NEW YORK) —  A month after she disappeared, the hunt continues for a missing New Jersey woman.

A volunteer search group met Saturday morning at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Cornelius Avenue in Staten Island to search for Stephanie Parze, who was last seen in Freehold Township around 10 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Police have focused much of their search efforts for her in the New York City borough.

“Thank you for your help in bringing Stephanie Home,” the search group said. “There are no words to express our thanks to you. Everyone is welcome.”

The search party for Parze, 25, was supposed to continue on Sunday but the group said they are canceling the search due to impending weather.

 Parze reportedly was last seen after dropping her family off at their house and then driving home, according to New York City ABC station WABC.

“She gave me three kisses goodbye, and I just told her to call me or text me when she gets home, and I never heard from her,” her mother, Sharlene Parze, told WABC.

“All the text messages and calls I tried to reach out to her, there was never any response, which was not like her,” she said. “Whoever has her, please let her go. Please, we want our baby back.”

Parze’s car was found in the driveway of her home and her phone was left behind. A family spokesperson previously told ABC News that Parze sent a Snapchat on her way home, which was the last communication they had with her.

After she went missing, Parze’s ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, was arrested Nov. 9 on unrelated possession of child pornography charges.

He was released Nov 18, and just days later, Ozbilgen, 29, died from an apparent suicide at his home on Nov. 22, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. He was considered a person of interest in Parze’s disappearance.

 Parze is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 115 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a burgundy V-neck shirt and a burgundy sweater.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032, or Detective Daniel Valentine of the Freehold Township Police at 732-462-7908.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer held on $200k bond for allegedly killing wife on Thanksgiving

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League City Police Department(NEW YORK) —  A Texas family was left devastated on Thanksgiving night when a husband repeatedly shot and killed his wife, police said.

The League City Police Department was called to the 2300 block of Indigo Harbour Lane, where “multiple gunshots” were fired. When their criminal investigation division arrived, Dudley Bernard was in the front yard of the home and his wife, Chauntelle Bernard was dead at the front door, according to a statement Friday by the League City Police Department.

Bernard was charged by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office with murder and is currently held in jail on $200,000 bond, online records confirmed.

The 42-year-old woman and her 40-year-old husband were both employed with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The couple were both employed with the government agency since 2008, according to a CBP spokeswoman.

Dudley Bernard was an Agriculture Specialist and oversaw the Houston Seaport environment. Chauntelle Bernard rose through the ranks to become a supervisor CBP officer in Houston, Texas.

“No words can express the sense of loss SCBPO Bernard’s death brings to her colleagues and friends in CBP,” the spokeswoman wrote in a statement.

While it’s unclear if either of their positions requires them to be armed, a source told ABC News that CBP officers and their supervisors are armed federal law enforcement officials.

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NFL free agent Terrelle Pryor stabbed in Pittsburgh, also charged with assault

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MicroStockHub/iStock(PITTSBURGH) — NFL free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was stabbed early Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, Allegheny District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko confirmed to ABC News.

And now Pryor, and the person who allegedly stabbed him, have both been arrested.

Shalaya Briston, 24, of Munhall, Pennsylvania, was charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault. Pryor faces a simple assault charge, according to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Police officers said they were called to Mercy Hospital after a male stabbing victim walked into the emergency room just after 4:30 a.m. The department said it wouldn’t share the name of any victims of a violent crime, but released Pryor’s name after he was charged.

Pryor’s injuries were sustained during a domestic dispute inside an apartment on the 200 block of Heinz Street in Pittsburgh, and, according to police, Briston also suffered injuries during the incident. Both were arrested as “mutual combatants” in the altercation.

This year, Pryor was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars but was quickly cut. He’s played for five NFL teams in seven years.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Terrelle Pryor and his family,” the Washington Redskins, for whom Pryor played in 2017, said in a statement.

Pryor, 30, was a star quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2008-2010, until he left the university following a scandal involving taking money for signing autographs. The Oakland Raiders drafted him in the NFL Supplemental Draft in 2011.

Once in the NFL, Pryor struggled to sustain success. His most successful season came with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 when he played wide receiver. That year, he had 77 catches, more than a thousand yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Pryor has not played an NFL game since 2018, when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills.

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Dangerous storm making its way across US will dump snow, create messy travel

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm continues to make its way across the U.S., and it’s bringing inches of snow and the threat of severe thunderstorms along with it.

The storm was hitting much of the central U.S. with blizzard conditions as of Saturday afternoon before it will make its way to the Northeast by Sunday.

Snowfall forecasts show that a widespread 6 to 12 inches is expected in regions from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes and the Northeast through Tuesday morning.

Blizzard warnings are in effect in parts of the northern High Plains and in parts of northern Minnesota, where the city of Duluth may see about 10 to 20 inches or more of snow.

Strong winds, heavy rain and strong thunderstorm are impacting some areas, as well, making travel extremely dangerous through the holiday weekend.

Residents on the Northeast won’t have it any easier.

New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey can expect to see a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain Sunday morning. People should use caution when out and about as the trifecta can be dangerous.

Winter storm alerts have already been issued for a large part of the region including Boston, Hartford and Albany where snowfall forecasts show there will be, respectively, about 3 to 12 inches, 5 to 11 inches and more than 9 inches.

It is unlikely likely that the New York City area will be hit with much snow, but mixing and changing rain is still expected to make travel messy.

By the afternoon, warm air could prompt a break in the snow for the coastal Northeast, but it won’t be long lasting.

On Monday, cold air is expected again and snow will move through the region again for most of the day.

Snow could be heavy times, especially in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York and into Connecticut.

 By the evening, it will mostly rain along the Northeast coast. But residents in inland locations should brace for snow and a wintry mix.

The storm will have moved on come Tuesday.

In the southern parts of the country, some tornadoes from the storm may hit the area and bring strong, potentially damaging wind gusts and isolated large hail Saturday night.

A tornado watch has been issued in until 9 p.m. EST from east Texas into northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

The storm dumped mounds of snow in parts of the West — with California getting 4 feet in Big Bear Lake and Cedar Grove — and is now heading into the Central Plains with blizzard conditions.

Another major storm is making its way to the West Coast and will bring an atmospheric river of moisture to California, beginning Saturday night lasting through the weekend.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds for this storm will be later tonight through Sunday morning.

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