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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 6:08 AM
LITTLETON, Colo. — Gracie Parrish, the widow of the 29-year-old Colorado police officer who was shot and killed on New Year’s Eve in Douglas County, said she never imagined the love and support across America would be like this.
Parrish stepped up to a podium at Mission Hills Church in Littleton on Monday night and spoke to the crowd that had gathered there to pay their respects to her husband, Zackari Parrish.
Through tears, she thanked everyone at the church and also asked friends, family and colleagues of her husband to come forward and tell stories about him.
“I am overwhelmed with by the love and support of the community and of the nation. Never in my world would I have imagined this,” she said, according to KUSA. “And I will raise my girls to love you.”
The most moving moment of the vigil came when Parrish’s 4-year-old whispered in her ear.
Vigil Held To Honor Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty
The wife of fallen Deputy Zackari Parrish was the first to speak at a vigil for him, with their daughters by her side. "I am overwhelmed by the love and support of the community and of the nation. Never in my world would I have imagined this," Gracie Parrish said.Posted by CBS Denver on Monday, January 1, 2018
“It’s OK, Mama, it’s OK. Just be happy,” the girl said.
“I will do everything in my power, Zack Parrish, to honor you. And I will raise these girls to love you,” Gracie Parrish said.
President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter Sunday afternoon to the news of Parrish’s death in the line of duty by sending condolences to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office victims and their families.
“My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM” he said.
Parrish was killed and four others law enforcement officers were wounded Sunday, New Year’s Eve. Two civilians were also injured.
The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said on Twitter. The gunman was also shot and killed.
Shots were fired in the course of the investigation at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver, the sheriff’s office said. Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.
A hospital where three people were taken for treatment says those people suffered noncritical injuries. Another nearby hospital said it received four patients but wouldn’t release their conditions.
The DSCO shared video on Twitter of a motorcade procession for the fallen deputy.
Officers said the shooter was Matthew Riehl, 37. Riehl died Sunday during what officials called an ambush at his apartment building in Highlands Ranch. He fired more than 100 rounds in his apartment before he was killed by a SWAT team, authorities said.
Douglas County Coroner confirms shooting suspect in #CopperCanyonOIS as Matthew Riehl DOB 9/09/80 (pictured). Investigation still ongoing and being investigated by @DA18th Critical Response Team. pic.twitter.com/H6wT0klSQv— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) January 1, 2018
Authorities reportedly had been contacted with concerns about Riehl’s mental health over a month before the violence Sunday; however, Riehl was never held for mental evaluation.
Riehl was honorably discharged from the Wyoming Army National Guard in 2012 and was an Iraq War veteran.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:57 PM
SEATTLE — More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon opened its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in Seattle Monday.
The store on the bottom floor of Amazon’s headquarters billed itself as grocery shopping for the future. It has no registers and no cashiers.
Shoppers have to download the Amazon Go app to scan to get in the door. Once they are inside, the store tracks what they buy through cameras and shelf sensors.
Anything a shopper takes off the shelf is automatically added to their virtual cart, and anything put back is taken out of the cart.
Once shopping in finished, you just walk out the door. You will get a receipt in your app about five minutes later.
The system works by combining computer vision and machine-learning algorithms and sensors.
The Associated Press reported there are people there making food, stocking shelves and helping customers. The store offers ready-to-eat breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, as well as some grocery staples like bread, milk, cheese and chocolates. It'll also have Amazon Meal Kits.
KIRO spoke to some of the shoppers who were among the first to experience the store and they seemed to like what they saw.
“It will make it a lot quicker. The biggest reason you don’t want to go to the store is waiting in line so it’s pretty great," Betty Paschke, who lives in Seattle, said.
Tech expert Todd Bishop with Geekwire said the success of the store is yet to be seen and depends on how much the public is willing to let the business track their spending and accounts virtually.
“It basically treats people walking around a physical space exactly like people are tracked online currently,” Bishop saud.
Amazon Go had been open only to Amazon employees since December 2016 to test out the technology.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
— Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games -- one a comeback, the other a blowout -- gave us the lineup for the Super Bowl that will pit the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Quarterback Tom Brady, with 12 stitches in his hand, led the Patriots in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to put them in the Super Bowl for a record 10th time.
Philadelphia didn’t need a comeback, the Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings' touchdown on the opening drive, winning the NFC championship 38-7.
Super Bowl LII (52), with all its pageantry, commercials and parties, is set for Feb. 4
Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LII:
When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Who: The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
National anthem: Pink will sing the national anthem
Halftime entertainment: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
What time: 6:30 p.m. ET
What channel: NBC will broadcast the game
Odds: The Patriots are favored by five points, according to OddsShark.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
— A Georgia State University soccer player was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, school officials said.
Freshman defender Natalia Martinez’s name was stripped from the team’s online roster after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.
“We do not tolerate the language the student used in her post,” the university said in a statement.
Associate athletic director Mike Holmes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials were made aware of Martinez’s post Friday morning.
“We are handling the matter internally at the present time,” he said.
Statement from GSU Athletics: pic.twitter.com/qLop6vODek— GSU Panthers (@GSUPanthers) January 20, 2018
According to an online bio, Martinez is from Weston, Florida. Some Georgia State students are petitioning for her expulsion.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. — A cigarette butt left at a home that was burglarized during Hurricane Irma led to the arrest of a Florida woman and her alleged accomplice, sheriff officials said.
Cassandra Taylor, 32, was arrested after deputies said she burglarized and ransacked a DeLeon Springs home on Billings Avenue in Volusia County last Sept. during the emergency evacuation caused by Hurricane Irma.
The victim told deputies they’d evacuated their home ahead of Irma on Sept. 9 and when he returned home he found couches in the living room overturned and sliced open, his bedroom drawers opened and several items missing from the house.
Among the stolen items were six purses, 31 pairs of jeans, six pairs of sneakers, 50 chair covers, a DVD player and a piggy bank full of money.
Deputies couldn't figure out who committed the burglary until investigators received information during a different burglary investigation that Taylor and another possible suspect may have burglarized the home.
Investigators recently received DNA results from a cigarette butt found on the bedroom floor, which matched Taylor.
Sheriff officials said Taylor confessed to the burglary.
Because the incident occurred during a state of emergency, Taylor faces an enhanced charge of burglary to a dwelling during a state of emergency, as well as a charge of grand theft.
Deputies said Oscar Bravo, 25, was arrested Sunday evening and was also charged with burglary.