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    An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • A California man accused of killing his missing 5-year-old son laughed and attempted to joke with a Las Vegas judge Tuesday during an extradition hearing. Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, of South Pasadena, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in the presumed death of his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April. Andressian, who authorities believe was preparing to flee to a country that would not extradite him back to the U.S., is being held in lieu of a $10 million bond.  Investigators had Andressian taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he lived on and off in the two months since his son was last seen, to prevent his potential flight. Reporters from KTLA in Los Angeles were in a courtroom there on Tuesday for Andressian’s extradition hearing.  Video from the news station showed Andressian, who had recently shaved off his beard and dyed his dark hair blond, smiling and laughing with fellow inmates. During Andressian’s time before the bench, the judge asked him if he intended to fight extradition.  “No, I never came here in an attempt to flee,” Andressian said.  When the judge mentioned the California media present in the courtroom, Andressian joked that the reporters could take him back with them.  KTLA reported that Aramazd Andressian Jr., whose nickname was Piqui, was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father around 1 a.m. April 21. Andressian told authorities he took his son to the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County later that morning. Though investigators did find evidence that Andressian was at the lake that day, there were no sightings of Piqui.   The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, reported him missing on April 22 when Andressian failed to show up for the scheduled custody exchange of their son. The Los Angeles Times reported that Andressian was found unconscious that same day in a South Pasadena park. His gray 2004 BMW was doused in gasoline, the Times said. Authorities said Andressian had taken prescription pills in what they believe was an attempted suicide.  Though he was initially held in his son’s disappearance, he was later released due to lack of evidence. Andressian, who said he didn’t know what happened to his son, stopped cooperating and hired a lawyer, authorities said.  >> Read more trending news Investigators have said little about the circumstantial evidence against Andressian, but have said that, as Estevez, multiple law enforcement agencies and volunteers searched in vain for the boy, Andressian was instead “socializing” in Las Vegas. “He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said Monday at a news conference.  Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said at the news conference that trying a murder case without a victim’s body has challenges, but that her office has prosecuted similar cases successfully in the past.  “It may seem unusual to file murder charges when we have not yet found the child’s body,” Lacey said. “But rest assured, my office has successfully prosecuted such cases before.” Investigators said they believe that Andressian killed his son in a “pre-planned event” because of an acrimonious divorce from his ex-wife. Estevez released a statement about the loss of her son, the Times reported.  “My heart is shattered, and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life,” she said. “Piqui was everything great in my life, and I cannot imagine the emptiness and void that I will bear until we are together again someday.” A $30,000 reward is being offered for information on Piqui’s disappearance. 
  • He's accused of robbing two businesses only a few minutes apart.   The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has arrested Andrew Harrison, 32, after witnesses from both scenes positively identified him as the suspect. Police say Harrison first entered the Pet Supermarket at 609 Beach Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, where he gave the clerk a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun.   He then allegedly took the money and ran across the street to Sunrise Surf Shop, located at 834 Beach Boulevard.   But when he presented a clerk there with the same note demanding money, several male employees chased him off.   Police arrested Harrison a short time later behind European Street Cafe, after a foot pursuit.   No injuries were reported in either robbery.
  • A potentially lethal parasite has been found in pockets of Florida, including St. Johns County.  University of Florida researchers say rat lungworm was detected in St. Johns, Alachua, Leon, Orange, and Hillsborough counties. Those behind the study believe it’s likely there are more counties affected, as the parasite expands its geographic range.  Rat lungworm is carried by rats and snails and can cause meningitis. It can be contracted by both humans and animals, through eating infected snails, frogs, or crustaceans. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, fever, vomiting, nausea, and paralysis of the face and limbs. The fatality rate in humans is low, according to UF researchers, but could lead to meningitis, which could escalate to coma or death. The parasite generally manifests in animals as limb weakness, paralysis, neck pain, central nervous system problems, and potentially meningitis.  Researchers say the parasite is apparently able to infect multiple snail species, which could include native populations. Rat lungworm further thrives in a tropical climate, so rising temperatures could facilitate its spread.  More than 2,800 cases of human rat lungworm have been documented worldwide, although researchers believe the actual number of cases to be higher. There have been no human infections in Florida.  To lower the risk of infection, you’re urged to wash produce and use caution when eating snails or undercooked frogs or crustaceans. You should also warn your children against handling snails. You can protect pets and livestock by checking living spaces and water troughs for snails. Additionally, use extreme caution around rats.
  • Trying to turn the focus more to the actions of the Obama Administration in 2016, several Republican Senators joined President Donald Trump in criticizing President Obama’s reaction to Russian meddling in last year’s elections, saying at a hearing that the former President didn’t do enough to raise alarms about Moscow’s efforts. “He stood idly by – as we heard today – in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The Obama Administration did not take the significant actions that were needed,” added Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID). “You know, he was aware that this was going on.” The comments from GOP Senators came after a series of tweets in recent days by the President, where Mr. Trump publicly acknowledged that there had been meddling by the Russians, as he pointed the finger of blame squarely at the former President for allowing it. The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017 The hearing represented the most direct criticism that President Obama has received in Congress on the matter. “I would call it behind the scenes, ineffective and tardy,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). “It wasn’t really until after the elections that sanctions were imposed,” Collins added. But at the same hearing, President Trump’s dealings with Moscow did not escape notice, as a key witness bemoaned the current administration’s lack of focus on Russian meddling. “The Obama Administration should have taken greater action, but the more pertinent question today is what our current President is not doing,” said Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who served in key posts for Presidents of both parties. Burns said it was dismaying that “President Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russia launched a major cyber attack against the United States.” Burns, who was a Russian expert for the first President Bush, and a NATO official for the second Bush Administration, did not spare the Obama Administration either. “We should have had a more immediate response that was painful to the Russians,” Burns said. “I think that President Obama – with hindsight – should have acted more resolutely,” Burns added. In an extended exchange, Sen. Risch tried to get Burns to lay the blame for election interference squarely on President Obama. “Who was President of the United States when that occurred?” Risch asked. “That was President Obama – as you know,” Burns said with a note of disdain in his voice, as he circled back at times to raise questions about why President Trump has said so little about Russian interference. “President Trump has refused to launch an investigation of his own,” Burns said. “He’s not made this an issue in our relations with the Russians.”
  • A vacationer captured an incredible video of sharks swimming just off Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Stephanie Stevens Adcock, from Arkansas, was off the coast of Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton when she spotted the sharks, according to KARK.  >> Read more trending news On Monday, Adcock shared the video and pictures on Facebook with the caption, “Yes that's my crazy husband in the green shirt ... WAY TO CLOSE to the sharp tooth sharks.” Her husband wasn’t the only one dipping his toes in the shark-infested water. In the video, a group of beach goers got within arm’s reach of them.  >> Related: Charter captain know to hand-feed sharks suffers bite >> Related: Teen recovering from terrifying shark attack in Gulf of Mexico One man even ran toward the water with snorkeling gear, while another woman is seen splashing the fish.  Luckily no one was hurt, according to KARK. Adcock’s video, which she posted as a cautionary tale, has been shared over 20,000 times.  Read more here.
  • Update: Seven couples have now been charged, accused of misrepresenting their income to get $2 million in welfare benefits that officials said they were not entitled to, The Associated Press reported.  Three couples were arrested late Tuesday and released Wednesday after appearing in court via video conference. Their arrests were in addition to Monday’s arrest of four other couples, all from the same Lakewood, New Jersey, neighborhood, the AP reported. Click here to read the latest details. Original story: A rabbi is among several people in New Jersey who were arrested Monday in raids by federal and state authorities in a multimillion-dollar welfare fraud investigation. >> Read more trending news  Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and seven others are being charged, accused of taking public assistance and defrauding the government of $1.3 million over recent years, law enforcement officials told the Asbury Park Press. Investigators said that the accused had plans that, a source told the Asbury Park Press, “rival the most sophisticated of financial frauds.” Officials said the people involved under-reported their income. In exchange, they were able to qualify for Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps, Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income, the Asbury Park Press reported. Officials said the accused, who are four married couples, made thousands of dollars more a year than they told program officials. Investigators said they traced illegal money transfers, along with records from private schools for tuition.  Law enforcement officials said they believe that Monday’s arrest will be the first in a series of arrests in a larger fraud ring.
  • Emergency crews say an Ohio man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks. >> Read more trending news When the man overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard in Middletown, fire officials said. The man fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a train passed over him, officials said. >> See the latest on Journal-News.com The man was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him Narcan, fire officials said. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center.
  • It's meant to serve as the 'public face' of Clay County.   The Clay County Board of County Commissioners has approved a new logo for the county, featuring the words 'Small towns. Big passions.'   'There's such a rich variety of unique towns and communities in Clay County, we feel that, from afar, most people misunderstand this,' says Will Ketchum, with branding firm Burdette-Ketchum.   He says the firm wanted to represent everyone from Orange Park to Green Cove Springs to Oakleaf in the new logo, incorporating the area's strong convictions, family values, and connection to the military.   The new logo is meant to be appealing to families and businesses looking to relocate or expand, however, the county seal will continue to be used on all official county business documents. WATCH: Clay County Board of County Commissioners meeting, discussing new logo and updated seal.
  • Jacksonville has been hit by what the Sheriff says is a growing problem across the country.  “People are sending packages not necessarily to government offices, but to individuals with very cryptic letters. We have seen some of our other law enforcement partners around the country have dealt with this recently. The letters are almost exactly the same, so obviously we believe this is an internet-type thing that’s going around,” says Sheriff Mike Williams.  A state employee brought a suspicious package in to the JSO headquarters in Downtown Wednesday, after that package had been mailed to that person’s home.  “There was a threatening note, it was kind of hard to follow, so obviously the person who wrote this has got some issues that they’re dealing with,” Williams says.  The package passed through x-ray, and there were some concerns, so JSO initiated an evacuation of the building, although we’re told no City services were interrupted.  Williams says they have determined the package doesn’t have any explosives or hazardous material. It’s a wooden box with a note and appears to contain some internet-type equipment. Despite the box saying it’s “property of” the International Nickel Co, Williams says they don’t believe there is any involvement by that organization. The package has now been removed from the Police Memorial Building in Downtown for further investigation.  The woman who brought the package in to the PMB is not believed to be involved. Williams says JSO will investigate the origin of the package.  If you receive a suspicious package, Williams is urging you to call JSO, rather than transporting it. 

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  • An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • A California man accused of killing his missing 5-year-old son laughed and attempted to joke with a Las Vegas judge Tuesday during an extradition hearing. Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, of South Pasadena, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in the presumed death of his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April. Andressian, who authorities believe was preparing to flee to a country that would not extradite him back to the U.S., is being held in lieu of a $10 million bond.  Investigators had Andressian taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he lived on and off in the two months since his son was last seen, to prevent his potential flight. Reporters from KTLA in Los Angeles were in a courtroom there on Tuesday for Andressian’s extradition hearing.  Video from the news station showed Andressian, who had recently shaved off his beard and dyed his dark hair blond, smiling and laughing with fellow inmates. During Andressian’s time before the bench, the judge asked him if he intended to fight extradition.  “No, I never came here in an attempt to flee,” Andressian said.  When the judge mentioned the California media present in the courtroom, Andressian joked that the reporters could take him back with them.  KTLA reported that Aramazd Andressian Jr., whose nickname was Piqui, was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father around 1 a.m. April 21. Andressian told authorities he took his son to the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County later that morning. Though investigators did find evidence that Andressian was at the lake that day, there were no sightings of Piqui.   The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, reported him missing on April 22 when Andressian failed to show up for the scheduled custody exchange of their son. The Los Angeles Times reported that Andressian was found unconscious that same day in a South Pasadena park. His gray 2004 BMW was doused in gasoline, the Times said. Authorities said Andressian had taken prescription pills in what they believe was an attempted suicide.  Though he was initially held in his son’s disappearance, he was later released due to lack of evidence. Andressian, who said he didn’t know what happened to his son, stopped cooperating and hired a lawyer, authorities said.  >> Read more trending news Investigators have said little about the circumstantial evidence against Andressian, but have said that, as Estevez, multiple law enforcement agencies and volunteers searched in vain for the boy, Andressian was instead “socializing” in Las Vegas. “He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said Monday at a news conference.  Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said at the news conference that trying a murder case without a victim’s body has challenges, but that her office has prosecuted similar cases successfully in the past.  “It may seem unusual to file murder charges when we have not yet found the child’s body,” Lacey said. “But rest assured, my office has successfully prosecuted such cases before.” Investigators said they believe that Andressian killed his son in a “pre-planned event” because of an acrimonious divorce from his ex-wife. Estevez released a statement about the loss of her son, the Times reported.  “My heart is shattered, and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life,” she said. “Piqui was everything great in my life, and I cannot imagine the emptiness and void that I will bear until we are together again someday.” A $30,000 reward is being offered for information on Piqui’s disappearance. 
  • He's accused of robbing two businesses only a few minutes apart.   The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has arrested Andrew Harrison, 32, after witnesses from both scenes positively identified him as the suspect. Police say Harrison first entered the Pet Supermarket at 609 Beach Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, where he gave the clerk a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun.   He then allegedly took the money and ran across the street to Sunrise Surf Shop, located at 834 Beach Boulevard.   But when he presented a clerk there with the same note demanding money, several male employees chased him off.   Police arrested Harrison a short time later behind European Street Cafe, after a foot pursuit.   No injuries were reported in either robbery.
  • A potentially lethal parasite has been found in pockets of Florida, including St. Johns County.  University of Florida researchers say rat lungworm was detected in St. Johns, Alachua, Leon, Orange, and Hillsborough counties. Those behind the study believe it’s likely there are more counties affected, as the parasite expands its geographic range.  Rat lungworm is carried by rats and snails and can cause meningitis. It can be contracted by both humans and animals, through eating infected snails, frogs, or crustaceans. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, fever, vomiting, nausea, and paralysis of the face and limbs. The fatality rate in humans is low, according to UF researchers, but could lead to meningitis, which could escalate to coma or death. The parasite generally manifests in animals as limb weakness, paralysis, neck pain, central nervous system problems, and potentially meningitis.  Researchers say the parasite is apparently able to infect multiple snail species, which could include native populations. Rat lungworm further thrives in a tropical climate, so rising temperatures could facilitate its spread.  More than 2,800 cases of human rat lungworm have been documented worldwide, although researchers believe the actual number of cases to be higher. There have been no human infections in Florida.  To lower the risk of infection, you’re urged to wash produce and use caution when eating snails or undercooked frogs or crustaceans. You should also warn your children against handling snails. You can protect pets and livestock by checking living spaces and water troughs for snails. Additionally, use extreme caution around rats.
  • Trying to turn the focus more to the actions of the Obama Administration in 2016, several Republican Senators joined President Donald Trump in criticizing President Obama’s reaction to Russian meddling in last year’s elections, saying at a hearing that the former President didn’t do enough to raise alarms about Moscow’s efforts. “He stood idly by – as we heard today – in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The Obama Administration did not take the significant actions that were needed,” added Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID). “You know, he was aware that this was going on.” The comments from GOP Senators came after a series of tweets in recent days by the President, where Mr. Trump publicly acknowledged that there had been meddling by the Russians, as he pointed the finger of blame squarely at the former President for allowing it. The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017 The hearing represented the most direct criticism that President Obama has received in Congress on the matter. “I would call it behind the scenes, ineffective and tardy,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). “It wasn’t really until after the elections that sanctions were imposed,” Collins added. But at the same hearing, President Trump’s dealings with Moscow did not escape notice, as a key witness bemoaned the current administration’s lack of focus on Russian meddling. “The Obama Administration should have taken greater action, but the more pertinent question today is what our current President is not doing,” said Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who served in key posts for Presidents of both parties. Burns said it was dismaying that “President Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russia launched a major cyber attack against the United States.” Burns, who was a Russian expert for the first President Bush, and a NATO official for the second Bush Administration, did not spare the Obama Administration either. “We should have had a more immediate response that was painful to the Russians,” Burns said. “I think that President Obama – with hindsight – should have acted more resolutely,” Burns added. In an extended exchange, Sen. Risch tried to get Burns to lay the blame for election interference squarely on President Obama. “Who was President of the United States when that occurred?” Risch asked. “That was President Obama – as you know,” Burns said with a note of disdain in his voice, as he circled back at times to raise questions about why President Trump has said so little about Russian interference. “President Trump has refused to launch an investigation of his own,” Burns said. “He’s not made this an issue in our relations with the Russians.”

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