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Maryland police officer killed; 4 teens arrested, authorities say

Four teenagers were in custody Tuesday after a Maryland police officer was killed during a traffic stop in Baltimore County one day earlier, authorities said.

Here is the latest on this developing story:

Update 11:12 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Baltimore County police confirmed Tuesday that the officer killed Monday was Officer Amy Caprio. She had worked for the department for nearly four years.

Authorities arrested four teenagers in connection to Caprio’s death. Police identified one suspect as Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16. He faces one count of first-degree murder.

Update 10:36 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Police confirmed that all four people wanted in connection to the death Monday of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio were in custody by Tuesday morning.

All four suspects, including a 16-year-old arrested earlier, were male teenagers, police said. They were suspected of killing Caprio when she confronted them during a burglary.

Authorities continue to investigate Tuesday. 

Update 10:06 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Court documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun identified the officer killed Monday as Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. Officials previously identified her only as a four-year veteran officer assigned to the Parkville precinct.

WJZ-TV identified the 16-year-old suspect arrested in connection to Caprio's death as Dawanta Anthony Harris. He a first-degree murder charge as an adult, the news station reported.

In a statement of probable cause filed in court and obtained by WBAL, police said Harris admitted that he drove a Jeep at Caprio as she tried to stop him and others during a burglary.

WJZ-TV reported that three other people wanted in connection to the case had been arrested by Tuesday morning. Police did not immediately confirm the report.

Update 7:57 a.m. EDT Tuesday: A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a Baltimore County police officer, authorities said early Tuesday.

The suspect was not immediately identified. 

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According to WBAL, police were seeking three more suspects.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A Maryland police officer was killed Monday during a traffic stop in a neighborhood in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to news reports.

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The four-year female veteran of the force was responding to reports of a “suspicious vehicle” Monday afternoon when she was fatally injured,” WJZ-TV reported.

It’s unclear whether she was shot or run over or both, but police are searching for those responsible, who they consider “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities said they won’t know for sure how the officer died until an autopsy is performed, but she was wearing a body camera and police are reviewing the tape, according to WJZ-TV

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan did say in a tweet the officer was shot.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County police officer after she was shot in the the line of duty,” Hogan said on Twitter.

“Our prayers got out to this brave officer’s family, Baltimore County police and fire and the Baltimore County community,” he said. 

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.

Police had warned residents to shelter in place as a manhunt got underway Monday afternoon. 

Marc Summers returning to ‘Double Dare’ reboot in new role, Liza Koshy to host

The new host of Nickelodeon’s reboot of “Double Dare” was announced by the network Tuesday, and it’s not Marc Summers -- although he will be on the show in a new role.

YouTuber and actress Liza Koshy will host the new version of the classic late ‘80s, early ‘90s children’s game show. According to a news release, Marc Summers, the host of the original show, “returns to give color commentary on the challenges, lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.”

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“I can’t think of many shows like ‘Double Dare’ that have the ability to bond people together -- those who grew up watching the original series can now pass along their love for this game show to today’s kids,” Summers said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be a part of this reboot.”

The competition features two teams that compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and going through the show’s signature obstacle course, which includes a human hamster wheel and the “Double Dare” giant nose.

“This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live!” Koshy said in a statement. “From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking.”

The reboot, which consists of 40 new episodes, premieres June 25 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

Texas woman gives birth prematurely in prison, accuses jailers of ignoring her

A woman in a Texas prison said jailers ignored her pleas when she went into premature labor, forcing her to deliver the baby on her own, WFAA reported. The woman claims jail officials believed she was faking labor.

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Shaye Bear was five months pregnant when she said she gave birth to a 1-pound, 2-ounce baby on Thursday. She claimed guards ignored her screams and pleas for help, WFAA reported.

“The guards would walk by and tell me they wouldn’t do nothing for me until I had that baby in that cell,” said Bear, who named the child Cashh.

The child is clinging to life at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, WFAA reported.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the case, WFAA reported. A spokesman declined comment.

Ellis County Sheriff Charles Edge also declined to comment, but said Bear received medical care while in jail.

“We have all the records where that mother was treated the entire time she was in here due to her pregnancy,” Edge told WFAA.

Bear, who said she is a meth addict, was several months pregnant when she was arrested on a drug charge March 10. 

Bear saw a doctor on the day she gave birth, but there was no indication she was in labor, WFAA reported. Later that afternoon, she appeared before a judge to seek a reduction for her $5,000 bail and also said she was experiencing contractions.

“The DA asked, for my child’s safety, that I be left incarcerated,” she said. “I’m guessing from my previous history they were scared that I would have gone back to using drugs.”

The judge ruled that Bear should be placed in a single cell.

In her cell, Bear said her water broke and on the next contraction “the baby flies out of me and lands on the mat.”

Holding the baby in her arms, Bear said she crawled to the cell door and asked for help.

She said guards did not respond until she continued to yell, WFAA reported.

“There’s not a person who couldn’t tell me they didn't hear me screaming, begging, praying,” Bear told WFAA.

Bear and Cashh were taken to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Waxahachie. The baby was then taken by a medical helicopter to Fort Worth.

It’s not the first time Bear has given birth while in jail. Last year, Bear was an inmate at the Dallas County Jail when she went to labor and gave birth to her second son at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, WFAA reported. She also has an 8-year-old son.

Bear has admitted she has a drug problem. She has been in jail several times over the past four years on drug charges, WFAA reported. She also spent time in a state prison drug treatment program.

Bear’s mother, Sherry White, is raising the children. She already has visited her new grandson, who remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

“They (jail staff) didn’t give that baby care,” White told WFAA. “That baby and my daughter have rights.”

What is laze? Hawaii volcano lava reaches Pacific Ocean

Lava from the Kilauea volcano has reached the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii’s Big Island, creating a massive plume of “laze” - a toxic mixture of lava and haze.

>>Read: Lava flows toward geothermal plant on Hawaii’s Big Island as workers hurry to shut it down

WHAT IS “LAZE?”

Laze is formed when lava enters the ocean and sets off a series of chemical reactions. The seawater cools the lava and transforms it into glass, which shatters, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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It creates white clouds of steam that contain toxic gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass. 

Laze contains hydrochloric acid, which can cause skin irritation and breathing problems, Hawaii County officials warned

Hydrochloric acid clouds can be as corrosive as diluted battery acid. 

HOW DANGEROUS IS LAZE?

Laze itself is not dangerous enough to cause serious burns, unless someone is right on top of where the lava enters the ocean.

Hawaii County officials warn that plumes of “laze” could waft in the direction of residents near the lava entry to the Pacific Ocean, along the southern coast of the Big Island.

The Hawaii County Civil defense agency warns that laze plumes can travel with the wind and change direction without warning. 

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Molten lava can wash onshore, so people should maintain a safe distance, CNN reports

According to USGS, laze contributed to two deaths in 2000.

Hawaii volcano: 'Explosive eruption' at Kilauea summit spurs concerns over ash, laze

An “explosive eruption” at Kilauea's summit on Hawaii's Big Island early Tuesday prompted officials to warn residents to protect themselves from ash fallout as the volcano eruption continues into its third week.

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More than 40 structures have been destroyed in the eruption that started May 3. It has since inundated almost 325 acres around Kilauea with lava and lead to concerns about laze, a toxic mixture of lava and haze that forms when hot lava hits ocean waters.

>> What is laze? Hawaii volcano lava reaches the Pacific Ocean

Update 10:18 a.m. EDT May 22: Officials with the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency warned Tuesday of another “explosive eruption” at Kilauea’s summit

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported the explosion around 3:45 a.m.

“The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas,” officials warned. “The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.”

Authorities said the biggest hazard from Tuesday’s early morning eruption is likely to be ash fallout. Residents were asked to stay indoors and keep windows closed.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials warned in an update Monday afternoon that "additional explosions (are) possible at any time" on Kilauea's summit.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT May 21: Lava is flowing toward a geothermal power plant on Hawaii’s Big Island as Mount Kilauea continues its violent eruptions.

Reuters is reporting that workers are scrambling to shut down the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant to prevent the “uncontrollable release of toxic gases.”

The plant provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power, but has been closed since the volcanic eruptions started on May 3.

Update 12:35 p.m. EDT May 21: Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said early Monday that a small explosion happened just before 1 a.m. local time at the Halemaumau crater at Kilauea's summit.

The explosion shot ash about 7,000 feet into the air.

"Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ashfall downwind are possible at any time," USGS officials said.

The Hawaiian County Civil Defense Agency warned residents to be aware of ashfall after the "explosive eruption."

Update 12:38 p.m. May 20: Lava from the Kilauea volcano has crossed Highway 137 and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said Sunday. A second lava flow is about 437 yards from the highway, the Star Advertiser of Honolulu reported.

Big Island residents may now have to contend with laze -- a mixture of lava and haze -- that forms when hot lava hits the ocean, CNN reported.

After making contact with the water, the laze sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

Laze can lead to lung, eye and skin irritation, CNN reported.

"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows," the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory wrote on its website.

Officials have told people to avoid areas where lava meets the ocean, CNN reported.

Powerful eruptions accompanied by thunderous booms punctuated the air Friday around Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The volcano spewed lava bombs the size of cows as molten rock flowed from several of the 22 fissures that have opened around the volcano. 

Update 2 a.m. EDT May 19: Fast-moving lava isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters, the Star-Advertiser of Honolulu reported.

According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, police, firefighters and National Guard troops were stopping people from entering the area.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT May 18: Hawaiian authorities have sent the National Guard, police and fire units into the East Rift Zone in Puna, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.

“There are approximately 40 homes in the area that are isolated. Officials are gaining access by helicopter to the area to assess how many people are there and if they need assistance. All persons in that area are asked to stay where they are and wait for further instructions,” the agency said on its website.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory has confirmed another fissure opened on Friday, bringing the total number of fissures to 22. 

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as Kilauea continues its violent eruptions.

Update 8:30 a.m. EDT May 18:  More lava is spewing 

from the Kilauea volcano as the 21st fissure opened Thursday, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, state officials have been handing out masks to protect people who live near Kilauea, ABC News reported. About 18,000 masks have been distributed, CNN reported. The safety measure protects residents from breathing in pieces of rock, glass and crystals that fall as the volcano continues to erupt, ABC News reported.

Update 10:45 p.m. EDT May 17: Lava is erupting from points along the fissure system on Kilauea volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but the agency is calling it a “low-level eruption” at this point. 

Although lava is still spattering from Fissure 17, the flow has not advanced significantly over the past day, the USGS said.

There are currently 18 fissures that have opened due to seismic activity on Kilauea’ over the past two weeks. 

Volcanic gas emission are still elevated throughout the area and residents are urged to remain on alert. 

“This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area,” the USGS reported late Thursday

Rain on the Big Island Thursday helped the situation with the ashfall, but volcano experts are warning the situation on Kilauea is  still very dynamic.

Original report: Several schools were closed as ash continued to fall Thursday due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels. Officials warned people in the area to take shelter and protect themselves from the falling ash.

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"The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area," officials with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a 5 a.m. alert. In a subsequent update, USGS officials said the ash plume was moving to the northeast.

The plume could be seen in an image taken from a webcam at the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Driving conditions may be dangerous so if you are driving pull off the road and wait until visibility improves," the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned.

Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, told Hawaii News Now that the situation remained “very, very active and very dynamic,” on Thursday.

“The potential for larger explosions is still there,” she said.

Officials with the USGS warned Tuesday that an eruption of Kilauea's volcano appeared "imminent."

>> Red alert declared on Hawaii’s Big Island; major Kilauea eruption ‘imminent’

The eruption on Kilauea began May 3. It has since forced thousands of people from their homes, destroyed nearly 40 structures -- including dozens of homes -- and created more than two dozen fissures in the ground surrounding the volcano.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Man beat dog with baseball bat after it ate his Whopper, police say

A Dartmouth man is accused of beating his dog with a baseball bat because it ate his Whopper.

Gregory Ostiguy hid behind a barrier in court Monday as he was arraigned on animal cruelty charges.

Police said the attack occurred Friday.

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The dog was treated by a veterinarian and is expected to survive.

Ostiguy was also charged with animal cruelty in 2009.

USPS announces first scratch and sniff postal stamps

Ahh ... the smell of summer and freshly delivered mail?

The United States Postal Service announced Monday that it is adding a new feature to its postage stamps: scratch and sniff. And the first outing for the new design will come with the smell of popsicles that harken back to long and hot summer days.

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The new Frozen Treats Forever stamps won’t be out until June 20, but when they do come out of the post office “freezer,” the USPS alluded to the fruit-like smell like kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges and strawberries the stamps could have. Some may also smell like chocolate, root beer and cola.

And while mail senders, and stamp collectors, will have to wait about a month to get their hands on the new designs, they can be preordered and will be delivered right to your door after the official release. The site also shows other variations of stamps that are currently available.

The current rate to send a first class letter is 50 cents. The Forever stamp will be accepted as postage whether that rate rises or falls.

Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

A woman relaxing in her Texas home last week was rattled when she heard her dogs barking. That’s because a rattlesnake had slithered into her house through a dog door, KAMR reported.

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The woman was in her Amarillo home at Highland Park Village when she said he heard a rattle and then her dogs becoming agitated. After finding the snake, the woman called a maintenance man, who safely removed the reptile.

>> Kayaker fights for life after rattlesnake falls into boat and bites him

As summer approaches, rattlesnakes become more active looking for food.

Officials said several precautions can keep rattlers out of your yard, including keeping grass cut short, controlling rodents, and being sure that trash cans are closed tightly.

Labrador becomes foster dad to orphaned ducklings

A 10-year-old Labrador has made way for ducklings after their mother disappeared and left the baby birds orphaned.

His name is Fred and is the “resident dog” at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex, England, Insider reported.

In something straight out of a children’s book, Fred has taken over for the missing mother and has become a foster dad to the nine chicks.

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He protects them as they huddle under him. Fred also gives the babies a ride around the castle grounds as they line up on his back, Insider reported.

Workers at the castle shared Fred and his feathered family’s story on Facebook.

Staff tells the BBC that Fred has taken the ducks for a swim in the castle’s moat. The ducklings sleep with Fred in his dog basket, the BBC reported.

Florida man at playground uses vulgarities to tell kids where babies come from

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly climbed on a piece of equipment at a playground and began yelling, using a vulgar description to tell children where babies came from, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident took place at Clearwater Beach and was witnessed by a police officer who was in the area, the Times reported.

According to an arrest report, Ryan approached tourists and made inappropriate comments in an effort to get their male partners to confront him, the Times reported.

"I watched (Ryan) walk over to the busy playground area and climb to the top of one of the children’s toys that was being occupied by children between the ages of 4 and 6," an officer wrote in the arrest report. "He then started shouting from the top telling the children that babies come out of women — and used a vulgar term in doing so.”

According to court records, Ryan was adjudicated guilty and was fined $118. He was ordered to stay away from the park and then was released from custody, the Times reported.

Monkey business: Monkey escapes carrier at Texas airport

It was all monkey business at the San Antonio International Airport Monday after a Rhesus macaque was able to escape its crate and run amok.

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The monkey named Dawkins, which was at one point identified as a baboon, was on board American Airlines flight 1014 from Chicago and was originally coming from Boston’s Logan Airport. When crews moved the crate from the plane’s cargo hold to the baggage area, somehow the monkey was able to escape, KENS reported.

It evaded its wranglers for almost two hours, but he was captured after being tranquilized in a baggage handling area, KSAT reported

The monkey did not make it into the terminal and was nowhere near passengers, KSAT reported.

Dawkins was on his way to live at the Born Free Primate Sanctuary in La Salle County, Texas, after living at Brown University in Rhode Island. Brown University told KSAT that Dawkins was retired from its research program.

 

Kayaker fights for life after rattlesnake falls from tree into boat, biting him

A day on the water turned into a man’s fight for life after a rattlesnake fell into his boat as he was going down the river.

The man, who has not been named, was enjoying the Edisto River in Colleton County, South Carolina, Sunday when the snake fell. It bit the 28-year-old man twice on the hand before the man’s friends grabbed the snake and got their injured buddy to land, WLTX reported.

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Paramedics were able to get to the site within 12 minutes to take him to an area hospital, but during the transport to Colleton Medical Center, the man’s condition degraded.

>>Read: Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

He was admitted to the intensive care unit before being taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was listed in critical condition, WLTX reported.

Experts say rattlesnake bites are painful and can attribute to medical problems, but aren’t usually fatal if a patient is treated correctly, WLTX reported

The symptoms of a rattlesnake bite come on fast, according to Healthline.com, and include:

  • Severe pain.
  • Drooping eyelids.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Thirst.
  • Tiredness or muscle weakness.

Healthline.com also says to look for two puncture wounds with swelling, redness and pain at the site, difficulty breathing, vomiting and nausea, blurred vision, sweating and salivating and numbness in the face and limbs.

If you are bitten, Healthline.com says to:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Note the time.
  • Keep calm and still. Movement can make the venom to spread through the body.
  • Remove constricting clothing or jewelry. The area will probably swell.
  • Don’t walk.
  • Don’t kill or handle the snake. Take a photo if you can but don’t search it out.
  • Don’t use a tourniquet.
  • Don’t cut into the bite.
  • Don’t use a cold compress.
  • Don’t give medications unless directed by a doctor.
  • Don’t raise the bite higher than the person’s heart.
  • Don’t try to suck out the venom.

Zombies in Florida? City alert accidentally blames the undead for power outage

Don't worry, Florida residents: You still have time to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, even though a strange alert sent early Sunday may have had many Lake Worth residents thinking otherwise.

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According to the Palm Beach Post, the South Florida city mistakenly issued a "zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus" – likely a reference to AMC's "The Walking Dead" – that blamed "extreme zombie activity" for a power outage.

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City spokesman Ben Kerr later told Facebook group Lake Worth Live that officials were "looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies," adding that the city "does not have any zombie activity currently," the Post reported.

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Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

Maddie Poppe took home the “American Idol” crown Monday night, beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Georgia country singer.

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Poppe, a 19-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter, was so overtaken by emotion that she couldn’t finish her original song, “Going Going Gone.” The rest of the top 10 plus Katy Perry joined her on stage. Hutchinson even sang a few lines himself. 

>> On AJC.com: What’s up with the first 15 ‘American Idol’ winners?

And the cliche is right in a sense: Poppe and Hutchinson are both winners because they are dating. The revelation shocked the audience and the judges just minutes before Ryan Seacrest named the winner.

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Keith Stell, Hutchinson's pastor, said in an interview Monday night that he had kept the secret for weeks and was surprised that they chose to reveal it on air. “They just made this connection during Hollywood week,” Stell said. “Their characters melded together. They share a lot in common.”

Indeed, they are both from small towns and are the same age.

Poppe is the first female to win since season 12 and only the second in the past 10 seasons. She is also the first quirky singer-songwriter type to take home the prize.

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At 10:16 p.m., the show eliminated Gabby Barrett. The versatile singer came in third. 

Poppe will appear on ABC's “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning, followed by “Live With Kelly and Ryan."

>> On AJC.com: Read the full recap of Monday's season finale

Child rapist believed to have attacked up to 100 kids is no longer a threat, doctors say

convicted child rapist believed to have attacked as many as 100 children is going to be released. 

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Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Correction told WFXT that Wayne Chapman was recently evaluated by qualified mental health examiners who ruled he is no longer a threat to children. 

Unlike Chapman's past bids for freedom, it doesn't appear there was a hearing this time.

The families of Chapman's victims were notified Monday that he could be out as soon as Tuesday.

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"Suddenly he's no longer sexually dangerous simply by virtue, what, that he's older? That doesn't make any sense," said Melanie Perkins. 

Chapman has also been suspected in the 1976 disappearance of a 10-year-old Lawrence boy. Perkins was childhood friends with Andy Puglisi and in 1976, Andy disappeared from a Lawrence swimming pool. 

>> On Boston25News.com: Have you seen Andy Puglisi? A new push for answers 40 years later

"My heart breaks for his family and for all the victims of Wayne Chapman because there are many. Children in Providence who were raped by him, children in Massachusetts who were raped by him," Perkins said.

Chapman has been fighting for his release since 2004, when he finished a decades-long prison sentence for raping two Lawrence boys.

During a 2016 hearing, a forensic psychologist testified that Chapman believed that little boys wanted to have sex with him:

"The fact that in December 2014, a little more than a year ago, he was still saying he saw these children as willing participants in the assaults seem to us quite a severe cognitive distortion."

>> On Boston25News.com: Lawyer: Convicted sex offender is 'too old' to reoffend

Perkins wants to know why the same system that worked so hard to keep Chapman locked up has no decided to let him go free.

"Chapman is a serial pedophile and very likely a serial child murderer who will hurt and harm children again," said Perkins.

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An official with the Department of Correction says Chapman's release is already a done deal and he'll be out by Wednesday.

He won't have to go to a halfway house or group home.

WFXT is working to determine if Chapman will have any conditions or if he will have to register as a sex offender. 

Miss USA 2018: Who is Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers, this year's winner?

Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers was crowned the winner of this year's Miss USA competition Monday night in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Here's what we know about Summers, who will compete for the Miss Universe title later this year:

>> PHOTOS: Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers crowned Miss USA 2018

1. The 23-year-old from Omaha is a certified child life specialist. According to the Miss Universe website, her brief hospitalization at age 4 for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an immune disorder that can cause bruising and bleeding, and its effect on her family eventually led her to the field. Summers now works "as the liaison and advocate between children and families and the medical team in children's hospital settings," explaining diagnoses and procedures to patients and their loved ones, the website says

2. The 2017 Texas Christian University grad earned bachelor's degrees in strategic communication and child development. Summers, who graduated with honors, also minored in business, the pageant's website says.

3. She studied abroad in college. Summers went to Peru, where "she knew no one, hiked Machu Picchu, visited remote villages, and slept under a mosquito net in the Amazon Basin," according to the Miss Universe site.

4. The pilates enthusiast is interested in health, fitness and helping people overcome eating disorders. "From her personal experience finding a balance, watching her mother lose 75 pounds, supporting multiple friends as they struggled with anorexia and orthorexia, and learning about the eating disorder inpatient unit during her clinical rotations, she is passionate about working closely with (National Eating Disorders Association) this year and plans to continue doing so," her Miss USA bio says.

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5. Her answer in the competition's interview round encouraged self-expression and unity. The question: "You're on your way to a march and someone hands you a blank sign and a marker. What do you put on your sign and why?"

Her response: "I say, 'Speak your voice.' I don't know what march we're on our way to in this hypothetical situation, but no matter where you're going whatever type of march it is, you're obviously on your way to that march because you care about that cause. So go speak to people when they have questions. Communicate with them. Listen to their views, also. That is one thing in the United States that we really need to focus on: listening to each other."

Missing NH mother found dead; police searching for 21-year-old son

Police in New Hampshire are searching for a 21-year-old man after. they believe, his mother has been found dead.

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Law enforcement officials had asked the public for help in locating a woman who had been missing since Thursday. Police said 51-year-old Frances Nash, of Chichester, New Hampshire was last heard from on May 17. Her car was also missing. 

On Monday, officials announced that the body of an adult woman was found in Canterbury and they believe it is the body of Frances Nash. Her vehicle was also located earlier Monday morning in Canterbury.

Police are now asking for helping in finding her 21-year-old son, Phillip Nash. An arrest warrant has been issued for him in connection with the theft of her car.

Phillip Nash is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police said Nash may be driving a stolen maroon 2000 Ford F-350 truck with New Hampshire plates that say GRANITE.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 603 271-3636.

PHOTOS: Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers crowned Miss USA 2018

Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers was crowned Miss USA 2018 at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.

CDC warns pools, hot tubs, water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks

You may want to think twice about jumping in that hotel pool or taking the kids to a popular water park nearby. 

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According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, contaminated recreational waters led to 493 reported disease outbreaks between 2000 and 2014.

These outbreaks, commonly caused by pathogens or chemicals, resulted in at least 27,219 cases and eight deaths. About half of the outbreaks started between June and August.

Public health officials examined data from 46 states and Puerto Rico for the report and found that hotel pools and hot tubs contributed to about one-third (32 percent) of the outbreaks. Public parks came in second (23 percent), then club/rec facilities (14 percent) and water parks (11 percent).

While no significant trend was observed after 2007, the CDC said outbreaks caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, also known as crypto, increased 25 percent per year between 2000 and 2006.

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Of the 363 outbreaks with a microorganism as the culprit, 58 percent were classified as Crypto.

Crypto can spread when people swallow something that’s come into contact with an ill person’s feces, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea, according to the CDC.

Swallowing just a mouthful of water contaminated with Crypto can make otherwise healthy people sick for up to three weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting, and can lead to dehydration,” the CDC states on its website.

The parasite is highly resistant to pool chemicals aimed at cleaning the waters, including chlorine and bromine.

The CDC recommends anyone, adults or children, who has experienced diarrhea should wait two weeks before getting in pools, hot tubs or other public water containers and parks. 

Additionally, avoid swallowing water when swimming, rinse off in the shower before entering the water and take children on bathroom breaks often.

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Unlike Crypto, parasites Legionella and Pseudomonas can both be effectively controlled by halogens (chlorine, bromine) if the water is properly dosed. Unfortunately, 20 percent of public pools and hot tubs aren’t properly dosed with disinfectant.

Legionella can lead to a pneumonia-like condition known as Legionnaire’s disease or a flu-like condition called Pontiac fever. Legionella is transmitted when aerosolized water droplets often produced by hot tubs and spa jets are inhaled.

The number of outbreaks caused by Legionella increased 14 percent per year, according to the CDC report, but only accounted for 3 percent of the 363 identified microorganism outbreaks.

Pseudomonas, transmitted when skin comes in contact with contaminated water, may lead to rashes near the ear canal and otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear). Pseudomonas accounted for about 4 percent of the 363 outbreaks.

2 victims of cougar attack identified, friends grieving death of avid cyclist

Members of Seattle's biking community are grieving the death of a 32-year-old man killed by a cougar as he and a friend biked near North Bend on Saturday.

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Now, wildlife officials are trying to determine why the encounter with the cougar turned deadly. This is the first fatal cougar attack in the state in nearly 100 years.

The cyclist who was killed has been identified as S.J. Brooks, who moved to the Seattle area a few years ago from Boston. His friend Isaac Sederbaum, who managed to escape the big cat's jaws, is recovering at Harborview Medical Center

Sederbaum's grandmother in New York said the family is concerned about any diseases the cougar might have had.

The family is grateful for the care Sederbaum is receiving and relieved that he is recovering, but news of the attack is devastating for those who know both men, especially those who knew Brooks. 

Tyler Gillies was hard at work at G & O Family Cyclery shop in Greenwood the day after the unimaginable tragedy took place. He knew and worked with S.J. Brooks for a couple of years and grew to be a dear friend.

"He moved out here from Boston not too long ago and he just ate it up out here, loved the Pacific Northwest, outdoors," Gillies said.

Gillies said Brooks was an avid cyclist and had been leading cycling trips for the last year. He would have been familiar with the Lake Hancock forest area where he and Sederbaum were riding Saturday.

"I have so many friends that ride out there all the time," Gillies said. "I do the same thing myself. It is a perfectly safe and wonderful thing to do. And S.J. was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I'm just crushed."

"I'm just going to miss the heck out of S.J.," Gillies said.

The cougar was trapped and euthanized after the attack. 

Capt. Alan Myers, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that is standard protocol.

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"Absolutely," he said. "An animal that attacks and kills human beings is going to be euthanized."

Myers said today that the cougar, a male, weighing 100 pounds, was emaciated. The department is trying to figure out why he so uncharacteristically attacked two humans.

Myers said the cougar is being transported to the veterinary lab at Washington State University, where the necropsy will be performed

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