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Indiana teen driver fatally shot by backseat passenger holding AR-15 style assault rifle: Police

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iStock(GAS CITY, Ind.) — A 19-year-old Indiana woman — described by her pastor as a “bubbly young lady who had a bright future” — was fatally shot when a 22-year-old friend riding in the backseat of her car accidentally discharged an AR-15 style assault rifle, according to police.

Annalysa McMillan, who graduated from high school in June, was killed just five days after she celebrated her birthday.

Police said the tragedy unfolded on Tuesday afternoon as McMillan was driving with three friends in Marion, about 85 miles northeast of Indianapolis, Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department said in a statement.

Dorsey said officers responded about 5:52 p.m. to what they initially believed was a minor traffic accident. Officers found McMillan unresponsive and quickly discovered she had been shot in the back, Dorsey said.

McMillan, of nearby Gas City, was taken to Marion General Hospital, where she died.

“During the investigation it was discovered that one round from an AR-15 style rifle had been discharged from inside the vehicle, prior to the crash, striking the driver,” according to a police statement.

Austin Smith, 22, was riding in McMillan’s car, seated behind the driver’s seat when the .223-caliber rifle he was holding went off, police said. A bullet penetrated the driver’s seat and hit McMillan in the back, causing her to crash, according to police.

Two other teenagers, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, were also riding in the car when the gun went off, police said. They were not injured.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and reckless homicide. He was being held on Sunday at the Grant County Jail on $1,005 bond, according to jail records.

It’s unclear whether Smith has an attorney.

“The last text that she sent to her stepfather was that she loved him and, those things are glued to hold tight when everything is trying to blow you apart,” Rev. Mark Atkinson, McMillan’s pastor at the Eastview Wesleyan Church in Gas City told WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.

A visitation service was scheduled to be held for McMillan on Sunday afternoon at a funeral home in Gas City. Her funeral is expected to be held on Monday.

“She was an encouraging, bubbly young lady who had a bright future and was heading in the right direction,” Atkinson told WXIN. “Annalysa’s heavenly father picked her out of her car and took her home. She’s woke up at home.”

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Booby trap kills man in his own home on Thanksgiving night

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iStock(VAN BUREN, Maine) — A man was shot and killed after he set off a booby trap in his own home on Thanksgiving night.

Ronald Cyr, 65, of Van Buren, Maine died of injuries sustained at his home on Nov. 28 after a handgun that was designed to fire upon anybody entering the front door of his residence went off.

Officer Chandler Madore and the Van Buren Police Department, assisted by the U.S. Border Patrol, responded to a call indicating that Cyr had been shot. But when officers arrived on scene they discovered that he had been injured by a booby trap that he had allegedly set up himself, according to a statement released by the Van Buren Police Department.

Several other booby traps were found at Cyr’s residence causing investigators to contact the Maine State Police Bomb Squad.

However, following an extensive investigation that last several hours, it was determined Cyr had been shot unintentionally after discharging his own booby trap.

“Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries sustained from the gunshot,” said a statement from the Van Buren Police Department.

It is unknown my Cyr had set up the booby traps at his home or how he managed to accidentally detonate the device.

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Man arrested after abused cats found dead and duct taped in trash chute

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iStock(MINEOLA, N.Y.) — A Long Island man has been arrested after several mutilated dead cats were discovered wrapped in duct tape in the trash chute of the building where he lives.

Justin Visconti, 37, of Mineola, New York has been charged with 4 counts of aggravated animal cruelty after an undisclosed number of dead kittens and cats were found wrapped in duct tape, cardboard boxes and bedsheets at the Porter Regency building in Nassau County, according to ABC News’ New York station WABC.

“These cats were badly mutilated, these cats were tortured by some means,” said Jed Painter with the Nassau DA Animal Crimes Unit. “We had multiple broken bones. In fact, one of the animals, pretty much every single bone in the body was broken.”

The animals did not belong to Visconti, according to authorities and investigators determined that all of the kittens and cats died by blunt force trauma. It is not known where Visconti got the cats from.

The cats were allegedly found by the building’s porter who made the gruesome discoveries over several weeks but didn’t tell anybody the first couple of times they saw the dead animals.

Visconti was already on probation for a number of prior arrests on charges of grand larceny, stalking and aggravated harassment.

 “You can look at Jeffrey Dahmer, the Son of Sam, the Columbine shooters – they all started with small animals, moved up to larger animals and then to people,” Detective Gary Rogers of the Nassau County SPCA told WABC.

Visconti’s cash bail on these latest felonies was set at $20,000.

“This person needs help. That’s terrible that something so innocent that doesn’t understand what’s happening to do that, that’s the worst thing I can think of,” neighbor and cat owner Alex Aronowicz said.

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Two major storms are impacting the US with weather alerts from coast to coast

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Weather alerts are posted across the country in over 30 states from coast to coast.

There are 2 storms impacting the U.S. including one in the Northeast and one moving onshore on the West Coast.

As we finish off the holiday weekend, conditions are unfavorable across many major U.S. highways and interstates

This morning, a storm system located over the Midwest is bringing widespread impacts from the High Plains to the southern Gulf States.

Strong storms caused severe weather on Saturday from Iowa to the southern Gulf States – severe weather was reported in 6 states including a brief tornado in Iowa and reports of wind & hail in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

On the south side of the storm system, heavy rain and wind continues to impact states from Louisiana to the southern Great Lakes.

On the north side of the system, icy conditions are occurring in parts of the Great Lakes states and into the higher elevations of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Further north, heavy snow continues to impact the High Plains this morning, with the snow heading east over the northern Great Lakes region through Sunday.

A separate storm system has moved onto the West Coast. This system has set up an “atmospheric river” bringing in lots of moisture to an area stretching from southern California north through Oregon and into southern Washington.

Heavy rains in parts of California are prompting concerns of mudslides, while heavy snow is the main concern for the mountain regions and higher elevations.

The storm system will push east through Sunday bringing weather impacts to highly populated areas across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.

By Sunday evening, heavy rains will move through the mid-Atlantic states with a concern for winter weather further north.

Snowfall will impact states from Iowa to Maine as the colder northern side of the system spreads out over the Midwest and Northeast.

In transition areas along I-80 and parts of I-95 in New England, an icy wintry mix can be expected through Sunday evening.

By Monday morning, we’ll see the icy mixing line set up generally along the I-95 corridor with any potential accumulation concerns concentrated to the north and west of this line.

Some areas in the higher elevations along the Appalachian mountain range will see snow and icy mix through Monday.

By Monday evening, the backside of the system will bring in colder air prompting concerns for wintry precipitation from New Jersey through New England.

Any significant accumulation is likely to remain north and west of the I-95 corridor in New Jersey; however hazardous conditions will be more widespread through New England states.

This storm system is also bringing the threat for high winds across the plains this morning. As the system moves east, gusty winds will push into the mid-Atlantic and the Northeastern states.

High wind gusts coupled with rain, snow and ice may lead to some tree and powerline issues through Monday evening.

Overall, a general 6 to 8 inches is expected in the upper Great Lakes, parts of New York state and into New England. Some areas could see local amounts pushing 12 inches by Tuesday as the storm finally pushes offshore.

A storm system located off the west coast has set up an “atmospheric river” bringing excessive moisture from California to Oregon.

Heavy rain along with mountain ice and snow will continue through the weekend and into Monday night. In the mountain elevations of California, some areas are expecting upwards of 4 feet of snow through Monday night.

The lower elevations could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Monday, with some areas pushing local totals of over 4 inches.

Flooding and potential mudslides are the major concern for areas being impacted by these heavy rains. High winds are also a concern with this western storm with several power outages already being reported in California this morning.

The gusty conditions will last through the weekend, calming down through the day on Monday.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/30/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

 Final OT  Sacramento    100  Denver     97
 Final  Philadelphia  119  Indiana    116
 Final  Houston       158  Atlanta    111
 Final  Milwaukee     137  Charlotte  96

 Final  NY Rangers     4  New Jersey   0
 Final OT  Philadelphia    4  Montreal     3
 Final  Calgary         3  Ottawa       1
 Final  Washington      5  Detroit      2
 Final  Florida         3  Nashville    0
 Final  N-Y Islanders   2  Columbus     0
 Final  Carolina        3  Tampa Bay    2
 Final OT  Toronto         2  Buffalo      1
 Final  San Jose        4  Arizona      2
 Final  St. Louis       5  Pittsburgh   2
 Final  Colorado        7  Chicago      3
 Final  Vancouver       5  Edmonton     2
 Final  Los Angeles     2  Winnipeg     1
  (17)Tennessee  72  (20)VCU         69
  (21)Colorado   59  Sacramento St.  45
  (25)Xavier     87  Lipscomb        62

  (1)LSU          50  Texas A&M          7
  (2)Ohio St.     56  (10)Michigan      27
  (3)Clemson      38  South Carolina     3
  (4)Georgia      52  Georgia Tech       7
  (16)Auburn      48  (5)Alabama        45
  (6)Utah         45  Colorado          15
  (7)Oklahoma     34  (21)Oklahoma St.  16
  (13)Wisconsin   38  (9)Minnesota      17
  (11)Baylor      61  Kansas             6
  (12)Penn St.    27  Rutgers            6
  (14)Oregon      24  Oregon St.        10
  (15)Notre Dame  45  Stanford          24
  (24)Navy        56  Houston           41
  (8)Florida  40  Florida St.  17 

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