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Who is Stephen Paddock, the shooter killed in Las Vegas?

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 7:28 AM

What You Need to Know: Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Shooter

Las Vegas authorities have named Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, as the man who shot and killed at least 50 people at an outdoor concert at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The shooting took place at 10:08 p.m. as a concert by country singer Jason Aldean was ending. Authorities say they have confirmed at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured at the event which was on the last day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival - a country music event.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)(David Becker/Getty Images)

Here’s what we know about Paddock so far. Check back here for more updates: 

  • He was 64.
  • He was in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
  • He was taken down at the scene. Authorities say they believe he killed himself.
  • According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, law enforcement "located numerous firearms" in Paddock's hotel room. Lombardo described the weapons as “rifles.”
  • Lombardo also confirmed two vehicles that were being searched for have been located.
  • It is believed to be the deadliest shooting in US history, with the death toll surpassing the 49 killed at a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. 
  • The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Paddock owned a home in Melbourne, Florida. He sold the 2-bedroom home located in a “55-plus” community in 2015. 
  • Police said Paddock had "at least 10 rifles" in the room. 
  • He had been staying in the room since Sept. 28. 
  • Police identified a female companion named Marilou Danley, who has been overseas and spoke to police Monday. Danley is not believed to have been involved in the shooting.
  • The FBI says the bureau had found "no connection with an international terrorist group."
  • He had no criminal record beyond a routine citation years ago. 
  • Paddock moved to Mesquite in June 2016 from Reno, Nevada. He live in Melbourne, Florida, Texas and California.
  • His father was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in the 1970s. He was accused of robbing banks.
  • Paddock had a pilot’s license.
  • He liked high-limit video poker.
  • He was the oldest of four children.
  • He had no criminal record.
  • He sued the Cosmopolitian Hotel and Resorts in Nevada, saying he slipped and fell in some water on the floor.
  • He had 23 guns in his hotel room, including semi-automatic rifles.
  • Some of the rifles had scopes.
  • Police found 19 rifles at his home.

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Teens who laughed, recorded man drowning won’t face criminal charges 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

Teens Accused of Laughing, Recording Drowning Man Won't Face Criminal Charges

Four teenagers and one adult who recorded a man’s drowning and laughed as it happened will not be criminally charged, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday. 

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Jamal Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, Florida, died in July 2017.

A passerby found Dunn’s body in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he died, investigators said.

 

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the teenage boys can be heard yelling, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”

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There is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance.

Prosecutors had considered charging the group with failing to notify a medical examiner of a death, but said they could not appropriately apply it in Dunn’s case without new legislation. 

At the time the video was taken, the group ranged in age from 14 to 18.

>> Related: Florida authorities recommend charges against teens who taunted drowning man, police say

After the incident, a Florida state legislator crafted a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to assist someone in need, but lawmakers rejected it.

“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people. We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again,” State Attorney Phil Archer said. 

“Unfortunately, Florida law does not address this behavior and we are ethically restrained from pursuing criminal charges without a reasonable belief of proving a crime beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”

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Swimmers find rattlesnakes living in pool noodles

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:33 AM

Rattlesnakes - Fast Facts

With temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, snakes in Arizona may try to find respite from the heat in any way possible. A family in Buckeye, Arizona are now warning pool users to check their noodles before jumping into the water.

According to the Buckeye Fire Department, the unidentified family left two noodles against a wall and found rattlesnakes inside them. The fire department posted the warning over the weekend on Facebook, but did not say when the homeowners found the snakes.

But they said that it is not uncommon. They have found other reports of snakes that lay eggs, depositing the eggs in pool noodles that have been left outside.

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A snake expert told KNXV that the snakes are looking for a hiding place because of the high summer temperatures and the best way not to be surprised by a snake in pool toys is to not leave them out.

“Anything that a snake or a rodent can hide under, try to eliminate it,” Greyson Getty, a snake relocater told KNXV. “Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”

He added that snakes are looking for dark areas, so keep pool toys in a container that can close or on a shelf, KNXV reported.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of Red Hen restaurant in Virginia on ‘moral’ grounds

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Sarah Sanders Kicked Out of Virginia Restaurant

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night.

TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.” 

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A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave.

 

Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter.

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

 

Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.”

 

The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides.

While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.”

This comes after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen bolted from a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant after protesters confronted her at her table -- with the blessing of the manager.

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Couple has celebrated each wedding anniversary at Burger King for 50 years

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:48 PM

File photo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A couple celebrated their golden anniversary, as they have 49 others, at Burger King. 

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Lloyd and Sandy Howard’s tradition started innocuously. The couple was running late for a movie in New York on their first wedding anniversary and stopped at the restaurant for something quick to eat -- a couple of flame-broiled Whoppers, according to WPIX.

“And we decided that, every year afterwards, no matter where we were, we were going to go to a Burger King, even if it meant just having a drink or an ice cream, just to say that we went to Burger King,” Sandy Howard told WPIX

The couple, who wed on June 22, 1968, celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children and grandchildren at a Matawan Burger King. 

And their plans for their 51st anniversary? 

“Probably the same thing,” Sandy said. “Go to Burger King.”

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