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'All hell broke loose' during New Jersey arts festival shooting, witnesses say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 12:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

New Jersey Arts Festival Shooting

Witnesses said “all hell broke loose” early Sunday morning during a shooting at a New Jersey arts festival that resulted in the death of one of the suspects and injuries to 22 people.

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“I saw two punches and then heard several gunshots,” Trenton resident Franco Roberts told The Trentonian

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Roberts said he arrived with his girlfriend at the annual Art All Night festival around 2:30 a.m. He told The Trentonian that he had a bad feeling because there was no music playing. The festival had three stages set up for the 12th annual event and 60 bands were scheduled to play during the 24-hour event.

>> New Jersey arts festival shooting: Suspect dead, 22 hurt, police say

“There’s usually a lot of noise and a lot of music but there was none of that,” Roberts said. “Someone told us they were shutting down the whole building. Then we turned around and saw people squaring up to fight.”
Gunshots rang out moments later, Roberts told the newspaper.

Trenton resident Angelo Nicolo told WPVI said he saw one person who was shot in the leg.

“All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, 'You hear that gunfire?' I go, 'It sounds like fireworks.' He said, 'No, that's gunfire.'” Nicolo told the television station. “Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody's running down the street. All hell broke loose.”

>> What is the Art All Night festival in Trenton?

Nicolo said he saw police officers tend to one of the wounded men.

"I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg; they bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here. It was pretty gnarly," Nicolo told WPVI.

Irving Higginbotham told WPVI that he was shot four times. 

"Everybody was having a nice time. The next thing you know, there were gunshots, got shot in the leg, fell on the ground, and that was it," Higginbotham told the television station.

“It was like. “Pow, pow, pow,’ and then I was laying on the ground,” Higginbothan told NJ.com.

Maurice Lennon told NJ.com that he was taking a look at the artwork when he heard gunfire.

“We heard the first shots ring out inside the art gallery,” Lennon said in a telephone interview with NJ.com. “The first shot, then the second shot before it resonated that ‘Wow, that’s gunfire.’ You saw the doors bust open, everyone started running out and panicking. 

“I ended up getting tripped and (I) fell and I ended up crawling.”

Edward Forchion told NJ.com he heard 26 shots that began inside a building and then continued outside. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that “Everybody froze like deers in headlights. Then everyone started moving.”

"I'm still in shock, all that happened all around me," Forchion, 54, who took videos as the shootings occurred, told NJ.com. "There were people that fell and people stepped over them, people that ran into cars, people were scrambling.”

Some witnesses said the vibe was different at this year’s festival. Janel Frink told the Inquirer that she arrived at the event at 12:30 a.m. Sunday but decided to leave when she saw “12 to 16 teenagers running around,” along with several police and ambulances.

“I could tell something was brewing,” said Frink, 40, of Hamilton Township.

“The vibe was different last night,” Jim Doria told the Inquirer. “It was crowded. I saw a mini-altercation break out at one point.”

Doria, his wife and daughter brought three bunches of flowers to the shooting site early Sunday afternoon, the Inquirer reported.

Officials said off- and on-duty police in the area fired their service weapons as the suspects, who fled the building, were firing their weapons, NJ.com reported. Officials said the believed the deceased suspect was shot by a policeman.

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Statewide amber alert issued for one suspect, four children

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:47 PM

2003 blue Toyota Corolla (not actual suspect car)
2003 blue Toyota Corolla (not actual suspect car)

A statewide Ohio amber alert has been issued as of 4:30 p.m. for one suspect and four children in a blue 2003 Toyota Corolla, dealer place 0157330.

Four children were taken by their non-custodial mother in the city of Euclid in Cuyahoga County on E. 193 Street.

The suspect, Brianna A. Harris, is age 23, 5 feet 7, 195 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. She is bi-polar and schizophrenic, and currently off her medication.

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Brianna A. Harris, 23, suspect

The children missing are:

  • Savannah Harris, female, age 2, brown hair and brown eyes, 2 feet, and 50 pounds. She had a tracheotomy in the last 24 hours and needs oxygen;
  • Zayanna Harris, female, age 2, brown hair and brown eyes, 2 feet, and 50 pounds;
  • Kylee Harris, female, age 4, black hair and brown eyes, 3 feet, and 75 pounds; and
  • Tayveon Harris, male, age 7, brown hair and brown eyes, 4 feet, and 74 pounds.
Savannah Harris, 2 - top left; Tayveon Harris, 7, top right; Zayanna Harris, 2, botton left; Kylee Harris, 4, bottom right

The clothing for all children is unknown. 

Call or dial 9-1-1 if you see the children, the suspect, or the vehicle.

You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or the hear the alert information. 

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Deputies shoot armed man in Florida who punched dog in head multiple times

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

(WFTV.com)
(WFTV.com)

Deputies shot an armed man Friday evening in The Villages near Lady Lake, Florida, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies were called shortly before 6:30 p.m after a report of a domestic disturbance, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Keszey said.

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"The victim met deputies at a nearby church where she stated the suspect punched her dog in the face three times," Keszey said. "An argument ensued (in which) the suspect then pushed the victim. The victim fled the scene with her children and contacted law enforcement."

Investigators said they heard gunfire nearby while interviewing the victim.

"While deputies were confronting the suspect, the suspect refused to comply with deputies' commands," Keszey said. "The suspect then raised his firearm at deputies. Two deputies fired shots, striking the suspect."

The man was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center under a trauma alert status.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

No other details were given.

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Moderate alcohol consumption could help boost male fertility, study finds

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:28 PM



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A healthy diet and lifestyle can help boost male fertility and drinking alcohol could also be effective, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from health institutions in Italy recently conducted a study, published in the Andrology journal, to determine the association between alcohol intake and male reproductive function. 

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To do so, they assessed 323 men eligible for assisted reproductive techniques, treatments used to assist people with achieving pregnancy. Nearly 10 percent of the patients were abstainers, 30 percent drank one to three units of alcoholic beverages weekly, 30 percent drank four to seven, and 30 percent drank more than eight.

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In this assessment, consuming four to seven units per week was considered moderate, and one unit is about 125 mL of wine or 330 mL of beer.

The analysts examined the subjects’ semen samples over the course of two years. They also interviewed the men, asking them questions about their physical activity and whether or not they smoked and drank caffeine. 

After analyzing the results, they found those who drank four to seven units of alcohol a week had higher sperm counts and semen volume, compared to the other groups. 

“The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial,” the team wrote in the analysis. But in this trial, “(m)oderate alcohol intake appears positively associated to semen quality in male partners.”

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They said the different categorization of alcohol consumption and the different drinking habits of the populations studied may have contributed to the inconsistency between their findings and previous experiments. 

While the scientists are unclear why there could be a relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and male fertility, they believe some drinks have ingredients that promote fertility.

The authors noted that beer and wine contain polyphenols, chemical compounds that have been linked to “strong therapeutic and cell protective potential.”

Despite the findings, the researchers said there were limitations in their study. The data they collected was self-reported, and they did not analyze the role of heavy or binge drinking. Therefore, they believe more research is needed. 

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“As this study has not addressed all concerns regarding the effect of male drinking on reproduction and fertility,” they said, “other domains of reproductive outcomes need further investigation.”

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No winner in Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot; prize skyrockets to $493 million

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

There were no winners in the Mega Millions drawing on Friday, July 24. The jackpot is now at least $493 million for Tuesday's drawing.
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There were no winners in the Mega Millions drawing on Friday, July 24. The jackpot is now at least $493 million for Tuesday's drawing.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

No winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.

It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.

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Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.

Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1.

While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.

Tuesday night’s drawing will take place July 24 at 11 p.m. ET.

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