Missing 9-year-old Charlotte Sena has been found after disappearing from Moreau Lake State Park in New York, authorities say.
New York State Police announced that a suspect has been taken into custody over the incident on Monday night. Sena is currently safe and healthy and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
At around 4:20 a.m., state police saw a man drop something in the Sena family mailbox, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. It was a ransom note.
Police began checking it for fingerprints. Their first person of interest wasn’t a match. But then they found the right prints in a 1999 DWI arrest in Saratoga County. Hochul said investigators identified the suspect as 47-year-old Craig Nelson Ross Jr. 10 hours after state police watched him drop off the demand himself.
State and federal tactical teams then stormed a camper behind his mother’s double-wide trailer in Milton, just outside Saratoga Springs.
“Within the camper they located the suspect,”: Hochul said during a Friday evening news briefing in Latham. “After some resistance, the suspect was taken into custody, and immediately the little girl was found in a cabinet, covered. She was rescued.”
“We are just elated she came home,” Jene Sena, Charlotte’s aunt, told Fox News Digital Monday evening after the arrest.
Charlotte was taken to a local hospital, where she reunited with her family, Hochul said.
“This stuff doesn’t happen here,” said Patrick Kane, a family friend who parked his car across from the park entrance Monday, hoping to hear good news.
Hours before authorities announced she’d been found alive, he vowed she would be.
“God’s going to bring her back home,” he told Fox News Digital. “I know that. I mean, it may not be today, and I don’t know what kind of circumstances she’s under right now, but I hopefully it’s something that she can deal with the rest of her life because she’s coming back home.”
“Our hearts are with her family as they welcome her home,” the governor’s statement read. “Thank you to the New York State Police, New York Park Police and all who worked so tirelessly to find Charlotte. It is because of their efforts that Charlotte will be able to return home safe to her family.”
Before she was found, Sena was last seen biking on Loop A in Moreau Lake State Park at around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. She was reported missing around 30 minutes later.
After she disappeared, an Amber Alert was sent out saying that she may have been taken “under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.”
During the search, officials described Sena as a kind, thoughtful 9-year-old girl who looked out for other children.
“Charlotte is a bright and adventurous girl who loves to be outside,” the state police’s statement read. “Charlotte has a huge heart and wants to create a club at her school for kids who don’t have friends. She always put others first.”
Authorities are actively investigating the situation. Anyone who may have relevant information is urged to call the New York State Police at 518-457-6811, dial 911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two men are dead and two others, including a 9-year-old, were wounded after a gunman opened fire in a vacant lot in East Garfield Park Sunday afternoon. At about 2:32 p.m., four people were in a vacant lot in the 0-100 block of South Whipple when an unknown vehicle traveling southbound on Whipple pulled up, police said. An offender from inside the vehicle produced a firearm and fired shots at all four people. A 9-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the head and was transported to an area hospital in fair condition. A 38-year-old man was shot in the lower back and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. A 31-year-old man was shot in the head and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead. A 33-year-old man was shot in the head and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Area Four Detectives continue to investigate.
Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Duane “Keffe D” Davis was arrested early morning by Las Vegas Police, although the exact charge or charges were not immediately clear, according to two officials with first-hand knowledge of the arrest. They were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of an expected indictment later Friday.
Philadelphia police responded to popular retailers like the Apple Store, Lululemon, and Footlocker after they were allegedly being ravaged by swarms of looters taking over the City of Brotherly Love Tuesday evening.
At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to reports of large crowds of juveniles allegedly looting stores in the Center City business corridor of the 9th District.
“In a proactive measure, officers from the 9th District stopped a group of males dressed in black attire and wearing masks at the intersection of 17th and Chestnut Streets,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
As of midnight on Wednesday, police confirmed between 15 and 20 people were arrested during the looting, and at least two firearms were recovered.
As officers were speaking with these individuals, they began to receive reports of looting at the Foot Locker on Chestnut Street.
Responding officers arrived at the Foot Locker and discovered the store had been ransacked in a “coordinated attack,” according to the statement. A number of juveniles then fled the scene and at least one adult was arrested.
Subsequent incidents of looting were reported in quick succession. Officers responded to a report of looting at the Lululemon on Walnut Street, where multiple individuals were apprehended.
A short time later, looting was reported at the Apple Store on Walnut Street. No arrests were made in connection with this incident. Phones and tablets were taken from the store, but several stolen items have since been recovered.
Videos posted to X, formerly Twitter, showed retail stores like Lululemon, the Apple Store and Footlocker ravaged by crowds of looters.
FOX 29’s Steve Keeley obtained video of a ransacked Apple Store with iPhones and iPads scattered across the display tables. Keeley wrote on X that many of the stolen Apple products were left behind due to the device’s comprehensive anti-theft technology.
A police officer told local outlet WCAU-TV that more than 100 juveniles took items from the Lululemon store. No injuries were immediately reported, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Police also responded to several other reports of property damage and thefts throughout the city.
“The Philadelphia Police Department is committed to maintaining public safety and order,” police said in the statement Wednesday morning. “We are actively investigating these incidents and working diligently to identify and apprehend those responsible for these unlawful acts. We appreciate the cooperation of our community and urge anyone with information related to these incidents to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigations.”
The statement continued: “We would like to thank our dedicated officers who swiftly responded to these incidents, as well as our community members who continue to support law enforcement efforts to keep Philadelphia safe.”
Baltimore police say that tech CEO Pava Marie LaPere was found dead in her apartment on the morning shortly after a missing-persons report was received. LaPere, 26, was found dead Monday at 11:34 a.m. in the 300 block of West Franklin Street in Baltimore, police said. Officers found that LaPere had signs of blunt-force trauma. Shortly before officers arrived at the apartment, a missing-person’s call was made, an investigation revealed. Homicide detectives are investigating her death. During a press conference, officials revealed that Jason Deans Billingsley, 32, is a suspect in the case and wanted for first-degree murder, assault and other charges. Police don’t believe Billingsley had any relationship with LaPere. Billingsley was convicted of attempted rape and other violent crimes in 2011 and received a sentence of 30 years, but he was paroled in October 2022. The Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office took possession of her body, officials said. Billingsley is on the loose and hasn’t been arrested. Billingsley is on the loose and hasn’t been arrested. Baltimore Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley also issued a warning about Billingsley This individual will kill and he will rape. He will do anything he can to cause harm. So, please be aware of your surroundings,” Worley said. He also had a message for Billingsley. “If you’re out there watching, hopefully you are, every single police officer in Baltimore City, the state of Maryland as well as the U.S. Marshals are looking for you. We will find you. So, I would ask you to turn yourself in to any officer, any police station, because we will take you into custody eventually, and then we will turn it over to the state’s attorney to prosecute you to the fullest. So, please turn yourself in,” he said. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said, “There’s no way in hell he should have been out on the street. LaPere was the CEO of EcoMap Technologies, which is based in Baltimore. She was a Forbes 30 Under 30 award recipient in 2023 in the social impact category. EcoMap Technologies issued a statement on LaPere’s death on Facebook that said “the news has shaken us all deeply.” The circumstances surrounding Pava’s death are deeply distressing, and our deepest condolences are with her family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly devastating time. Pava was not only the visionary force behind EcoMap but was also a deeply compassionate and dedicated leader,” the company wrote. “Her untiring commitment to our company, to Baltimore, to amplifying the critical work of ecosystems across the country, and to building a deeply inclusive culture as a leader, friend and partner set a standard for leadership. And her legacy will live on through the work we continue to do As a team, and on behalf of our customers and the EcoMap community, we are devastated by this loss, and we pledge our unwavering support to the LaPere family as they navigate this heartbreaking period. We would also like to express our gratitude to the authorities and emergency services for their efforts and professionalism,” it added.
Grammy-winning artist Usher will headline the halftime show at the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada, the National Football League (NFL), Apple Music and label Roc Nation announced.
The 58th Super Bowl is scheduled to take place at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, 2024.
“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,” Usher said in the statement. “I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before.”
Since the release of his debut album in 1994, Usher Raymond IV has sold over 80 million records worldwide, climbing atop music charts and bringing home eight Grammy awards, considered by many to be the most prestigious awards in the music industry.
Billboard magazine crowned him the second most successful artist of the 2000s.
“U Got It Bad,” “OMG,” and “Yeah!” are among the 44-year-old singer’s chart-topping hits. Usher is currently performing in Las Vegas as part of his residency show “Usher: My Way.”
“Usher is an icon whose music has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape throughout his career,” NFL Head of Music Seth Dudowsky said in the news release announcing the decision.
Last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, headlined by R&B star Rihanna, was the most-watched halftime performance of all time, organizers said.
Iconic artists including the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Bruce Springsteen have taken the Super Bowl stage over the years.
Authorities in Georgia said a shooting at a Walmart afternoon left two people dead.
Hiram Police Chief Mike Turner said the shooting at the Walmart Super Center, located at 4166 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, took place at approximately 7:30 p.m., FOX 5 reported. It is believed to be a murder-suicide, and the deceased, including one male and one female, were both “younger people” who were previously in a relationship, the police chief said.
“What it appears to be is a known-to-known shooting event where both parties knew each other. This was not an active shooter. This was one person who knew another person, there was some kind of former relationship,” said Turner.
According to the report, officers found a man and woman both suffering from at least one gunshot wound and transported them to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. They were pronounced dead upon arrival.
Chief Turner did not disclose their identities as they are waiting for next of kin to be notified. He clarified the deceased male was considered the assailant and the female was the victim.
“You can imagine, in there shopping picking up stuff for your family, when shots rang out. Not only for the victim herself, but also the other people in there, the fear that had to be instilled by this type of event,” the chief explained.
“This is one of those event where it’s going to happen where the two people happen to meet. We have no control over that,” he continued. “I mean literally if we would have had an officer standing over on the other side of Walmart they could have not prevented this.”
Witnesses told FOX 5 Atlanta that they had heard shots and evacuated the store.
“As soon as a heard the second shot, I ran straight for the exit because I heard the gunshot come from my left side, so I ran to the right exit,” witness Devani Lopez told the outlet. “I ran straight for the car. I could see everyone running for their lives. Everyone was just so panicked and scared.”
On Wednesday evening, Walmart released a statement saying the company was “heartbroken” and was complying with investigators.
“We’re heartbroken by what happened at our Hiram store tonight. Our priority, right now, is the safety of our associates and customers. The store will remain closed while we work with law enforcement during their investigation.”
A mass shooting last year at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six victims and the shooter dead. The major retail chain has seen other smaller shootings at various locations in recent years.
About two weeks after the Chesapeake shooting in 2022, there was a shooting outside a Walmart in Marietta, Georgia.
Marietta is about 15 miles away from Hiram.
An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.
A mother was sentenced to 30 days in jail after Oregon prosecutors say she waterboarded her baby and put him in the freezer during a 2021 incident as a test to see if the father cared.
Sharday McDonald, 30, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal mistreatment, ID theft, and tampering with a witness after police showed up at her Gresham, Oregon, apartment, to perform a welfare check because someone reported the mother putting her baby in the freezer.
When the police officer was outside McDonald’s apartment, the mother could be heard yelling at Kendrick Neal, the father of the child, “I’m about to show you real quick. You don’t want him? … “Let me show you about this little f—-ng baby, I don’t f—-ng give f–k about,” a probable cause affidavit obtained by Fox News Digital states.
According to WPDE, the woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Tuesday. Records from the Multnomah County Detention Center indicate McDonald will be released on Oct. 6. She pleaded guilty to the charges
When McDonald opened the door, McDonald was seen holding the child in a wrapped blanket, prosecutors said.
McDonald allegedly explained to the officer that she wasn’t trying to harm, hurt, or kill her son by drowning him or putting him in the freezer. There were also pictures of McDonald waterboarding the child.
According to the officer, the pictures show McDonald holding the baby “by his onesie” and waterboarding him.
“It looked like [the baby] was trying to hold his breath while water was pouring over his face…,” the officer said of the pictures.
In one picture seen by the officer prior to the arrest, McDonald “was holding [the baby] by the onesie but at a downward angel, where his hip, legs, and feet were higher than his head (almost upside down) with water running over hi.s face. The only place the water could go (in that picture) was in his nose (at that angle).”
While the officer was taking McDonald to jail, she said that her actions were done as a “test” to see if Neal “gave a f–k at all,” adding she waterboarded her baby to try and make Neal come back to her apartment. She allegedly admitted her actions were done “out of spite.
A doctor who spoke with prosecutors said the child was likely unable to breathe, adding the incident could have had life-threatening consequences.
A 78-year-old Florida man is facing a second-degree murder charge Monday after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor who was “trimming trees over his property line,” police say.
The incident involving Edward Druzolowski of DeLeon Springs happened around 7:13 p.m, according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.
“The victim, 42-year-old Brian Ford, was trimming tree limbs along the fence line… when Druzolowski confronted him about being on his property,” the sheriff’s office said. “Druzolowski told detectives he threatened to shoot Ford, and when Ford didn’t leave, he shot him.”
The first two deputies who arrived on the scene attempted life-saving measures but Ford ultimately was pronounced deceased.
“Sad news to report tonight: Volusia sheriff’s detectives are investigating a fatal shooting between neighbors in DeLeon Springs,” the Volusia Sheriff’s Office said in an initial post on Facebook.
Jail records viewed by Fox News Digital on Monday indicated that Druzolowski remained held without bond.
Prior to this shooting, Druzolowski had no criminal history in Volusia County, according to WNDB.
He is set to make his first court appearance on Monday, Fox35 Orlando reports.
Elsewhere in Florida over the weekend, a 14-year-old boy was arrested in Riverview on Saturday after he allegedly shot and killed his mother and left his mother’s boyfriend with multiple gunshot wounds, according to officials.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls just after 4 p.m. on Saturday regarding an incident in the Summerfield subdivision, Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a press conference.
“The scene behind me is one that nightmares are made of,” Chronister said. “And that is extremely heartbreaking.”
Deputies responded to the scene and found a 14-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a firearm at his own head at least six times, threatening to take his own life. A 16-minute negotiation ensued, and deputies fired a non-lethal projectile at the boy, so he would not reach for the gun again. He was then taken into custody.
Chronister said deputies then responded to a call about a man who had fled his house after having been shot five times, sustaining gunshot wounds to the lower torso, hands and face. The man was identified as the boyfriend of the suspect’s mother.
A woman’s body was discovered lying in the driveway of a home a few blocks away. The woman, the suspect’s mother, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A former classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer revealed he found out about the cannibal serial killer’s crimes after reading a newspaper while riding a train in Europe.
“I was in an unusual situation,” Dr. Mike Kukral told FOX News Digital. “Most classmates, from what I know, of course, learned of it on the television, on the front page of the newspaper, from their parents telling them who probably still lived back home if they had moved away, things like that.”
“I was overseas, I was in Europe, and I’d been in Europe an entire year on a Fulbright scholarship, and I was just about ready to go home. It was, I guess, July or August of ’91, and I picked up a newspaper. I had a long train trip to take, and I picked up a newspaper, and nothing on the front page, not too interesting, second, third page. And then…there’s a photograph of his family home in Bath. And I knew that house pretty well; everybody knew that’s where Jeff Dahmer lived, that house. And I saw a picture of the house, and then I read the article and I just couldn’t fathom what I was reading.”
Dr. Kukral, a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor emeritus, was classmates with the “Milwaukee Monster” during junior and senior high school back in the 1970s. He explained how “stunned” he was after learning of Dahmer’s crimes.
“I first thought it was his father who had committed the murders. And then when I read the second paragraph, they used his first name, Jeffrey. I just sat there, stunned, I’d say, on this train for hours with no one to talk to about it and just read this one brief article,” he said. “I just sat there on this train for the next four or five hours thinking about this and thinking about Jeff Dahmer and thinking about high school and wondered what in the world went on in his head, what caused him to do these things.”
“There’s no explanation for something so horrific, these crimes,” he added.
Dahmer was arrested in May 1991 by the Milwaukee Police Department. At the crime scene, officials found several decapitated human heads and numerous dismembered bodies.
Dahmer, a sex offender, committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism and the preservation of body parts.
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The serial killer’s truly horrific modus operandi was brought to light further during his trial where he was convicted of 15 killings in Wisconsin. According to prosecutors, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him with the 16th slaying. He also pleaded guilty to the Ohio murder of a hitchhiker in 1978.
“How can you comprehend anything like that?” Kukral asked. “How can you think about anybody that you might have known – I mean, think of all the people in the U.S. that didn’t know Jeff Dahmer and how shocked they were and how repulsed they were in reading this news of this serial killer and the crimes he committed and the murders and everything. Imagine? Well, let’s take it up a few levels, a few notches and say, ‘Oh, yeah, by the way, I went to school with this kid. I knew him when we were teenagers.’ That’s a whole other level.”
Dahmer was serving 15 consecutive life terms in 1994 when he was bludgeoned to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver.
Dr. Kukral told Fox News Digital how unsuspecting he was, having known Dahmer early in life.
“I wouldn’t say I was a friend of his. I don’t think he had any close friends,” he said. “We saw him a lot because my friends and I thought he was a funny guy. He did things to crack us up and make us laugh. And he was in a lot of classes with me. So he was around all the time, my crowd of friends, but I don’t think he had any close friends really, in those years.”
“That’s how I knew him, just somebody in my class that was a little bit different, a little bit funny.”
Given Dahmer’s oddities, Dr. Kukral explained that nothing about his behavior “would tell us something is dark or evil about him.”
“I think that maybe that interest in biology and in life is the only thing I can think of,” Dr. Kukral said. “But we didn’t think of it as anything really bad at that time. It was just, you know, some kids are interested in that stuff. Other kids are not.”
The professor emeritus also shared one story about Dahmer’s “goofy,” “spontaneous” antics which he mentions in FOX Nation’s four-part docuseries, “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes.”
“I was at my locker and he just stopped by and he put his head on my chest for a second and he said, ‘I just want to listen to your heart, make sure you’re still alive,’ and then just went right down the hall, as usual. And that lasted all of five seconds, and that’s like a goofy 14-year-old, 15-year-old thing to do,” he said.
“We try to make something out of that now and make it something darker than it was. But at the time, from the outside, not from Jeff Dahmer’s mind…I mean, I don’t know what his mind was thinking…but from the outside, we didn’t think anything of anything bad of him doing stuff like that. It was just a little bit different and a little bit funny and didn’t really seem to have and the regular interest a lot of other kids did.”
In FOX Nation’s four-part docuseries, “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes,” Dr. Kukral also revealed more about his childhood interactions with Dahmer.
The show, now streaming, takes a closer look at Dahmer’s string of crimes and explores the killer’s life, from his early years to his own demise.
The series includes chilling recordings of conversations between serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer and his father, Lionel. These never-before-heard audio tapes reveal from Dahmer’s own words new details about his crimes and his relationship with his father.
While Dahmer’s actions may not have the impact on Dr. Kukral that it had on the victims and their families, the former classmate said “he’ll always be there in the back of my mind somewhere.”
“The people who he’s impacted their life, of course, are all the families of the victims. And that’s something that should never be forgotten. All the tragedy in their lives that will never end,” he said. “For the rest of us, it’s part of our past, part of our growing up years.”
Dr. Kukral, along with other individuals connected to Dahmer, reveal more chilling details of the killer’s past and never-before-heard audio tapes reveal his descent into depravity through his own words. Find out more by signing up for FOX Nation and streaming “My Son Jeffrey: The Dahmer Family Tapes.”