Sacramento police fatally shoot unarmed man holding cellphone in backyard

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard. Relatives have identified the man as Stephan Alonzo Clark, 22, according to The Sacramento Bee. His fiance, Salena Manni, the mother of his sons, ages 1 and 3, said his first name was Stephon. "We're mourning right now and so we need our time to mourn," she said Wednesday as the family gathered in his grandparents' home.  Police say the man was spotted breaking at least three vehicle windows Sunday night. Sheriff's deputies in a helicopter say they saw him break a neighbor's sliding glass door. Two arriving officers chased him into the backyard of his grandparents' home, where he was staying. The department says he refused orders to stop and show his hands. He advanced toward the officers holding an object extended in front of him, the department said. The officers thought he was pointing a handgun and opened fire, fearing for their safety, the department said.  No gun was found and only the cellphone was found near his body when more officers arrived and approached him about five minutes after the shooting, the department said.  "He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?" Clark's grandmother, Sequita Thompson, told The Sacramento Bee. "C'mon now, they didn't have to do that." "I know there could have been another way. He didn't have to die," Clark's older brother Stevante told CBS Sacramento.  The department could not say how many times Clark was hit, and the coroner's office was not releasing information until his relatives were notified. The department said the two officers have been with Sacramento police for two and four years, but each has four years' previous experience with other law enforcement agencies. Both are on paid administrative leave.  Clark routinely helped care for Continue Reading

Maryland school shooter “wasn’t a troublemaker,” neighbor says

Sixteen-year-old Jaelynn Willey is in critical condition after she was wounded by a gunman at Great Mills High School in Maryland Tuesday. Another student who was shot is in good condition. A school resource officer stopped the gunman but it is still unclear if the gunman was killed by the SRO or by a self-inflicted wound. Authorities are examining security camera footage and have searched his home to determine the motive. Shortly before opening bell at Great Mills High School on Tuesday, 17-year-old Austin Rollins opened fire in a hallway with a semi-automatic handgun shooting Willey and a 14-year-old boy. Rollins' neighbor, Aaron Foreman, is surprised that the same boy that played catch with his son could do this. "Austin was a pretty quiet kid, wasn't a troublemaker," Foreman said. He says Great Mills joins a growing list of communities shattered by school gun violence. "For the school and for the school system and for Great Mills, a lot of those teachers and students, their lives are never going to be the same again," Foreman said. Officers were quick to clear the classrooms as students hid under their desks. Investigators say deputy Blaine Gaskill, an armed school resource officer and former SWAT team member, responded within a minute, firing one round. Rollins fired his gun at the same time and was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was not injured. "I didn't really believe that something like this would happen to a school near me," said Makayla Bonds, a student at nearby Leonardtown High School. Sheriff Tim Cameron says investigators believe Rollins may have targeted Willey and that there is an indication a "prior relationship existed" between the two. He says deputy Gaskill did exactly what he was supposed to do. "His quick and immediate actions, potentially saved a great number of lives," Cameron said. This is the latest incident involving a school resource officer. In this case, Gaskill stopped the shooter in less than a minute, but just last week, an SRO Continue Reading

Montana man charged in murder of parents

HELENA, Mont. - A 21-year-old Helena man has been charged in the murder of his parents over the weekend, CBS affiliate KTVQ reports. Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg on Wednesday identified the victims as 61-year-old David Taylor and 64-year-old Charla Taylor. Their bodies were found on Monday evening by a concerned family friend, according to the station.     Sheriff Leo Dutton said their adopted son Kaleb David Taylor was arrested Tuesday on two counts of deliberate homicide. Officers are also searching for another person of interest.  The cause of death hasn't been released, but Dutton has said a gun was not involved. The bodies of the victims have been taken to the state crime lab in Missoula, Montana, according to KTVQ. "This was a mom and dad. These cases are not easy to work," Dutton told reporters Tuesday. "Some of my staff knew these people personally. But the staff did their job and they know how to be professional and work to a conclusion to get the county attorney the best case we can. It's how we will bring honor to them."  Kaleb Taylor was on probation following a 2015 burglary of $15,000 worth of items from his parents' house, including gold jewelry and a laptop computer.  Continue Reading

Arrest after missing Kansas toddler found dead

BARTON COUNTY, Kansas - The body of a missing toddler girl has been found in central Kansas and police have arrested a suspect, reports CBS affiliate KWCH. 25-year-old Chaz Stephens was booked on charges of suspected second degree murder at around 7:30 Tuesday morning. Police say that Stephens is in a relationship with two-year-old Iviona Lewis' mother, and was watching the girl in a home in Hoisington, Kansas.   The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in an earlier news release that the girl was reported to be wearing only a diaper when she was last seen around 11 p.m. Sunday at the Hoisington home. Multiple agencies searched door-to-door for the missing girl.  Her body was found in rural Barton County.  Police didn't specify exactly where or when the remains were found. The KBI says formal charges won't be filed until an autopsy is completed. Stephens was reportedly in a relationship with the girl's mother.   Continue Reading

Witness: Maryland school shooter put gun to his own head when officer confronted him

GREAT MILLS, Md. - A 16-year-old girl who was shot at a Maryland high school Tuesday morning remains in critical condition, CBS station WUSA reports. Authorities say the girl, Jaelynn Willey, had a prior relationship with the gunman, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, who opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun in a hallway of Great Mills High School.  Rollins died of a gunshot wound after he was confronted by a school resource officer. Police say the officer, Blain Gaskill, responded within one minute of the shooting. It wasn't immediately clear whether the shooter took his own life or was killed by the officer's bullet, officials said. Isiah Tichenor, a student witness of the shooting, told The Washington Post that Rollins had the gun pointed to his own head when Gaskill ordered him to disarm. "We know you don't want to hurt anyone," Tichenor said he heard the officer say before two shots were fired. St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters that there is an indication that a prior relationship existed between Rollins and Willey. "Whether the motive was simply to shoot her, and that was the motive, and no more -- we may or may not ever know that," he said. Cameron also praised Gaskill, a former SWAT team member, saying there was "no question that his actions, his quick and immediate actions, potentially saved a great number of lives." A second student who was wounded in the shooting, a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the leg, is in good condition, CBS Baltimore reports.  But Jaelynn Willey is still fighting for her life. She is one of nine siblings, according to a statement from the family, and a member of the swim team.  "Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school," the family statement said. Investigators say they have video of the shooting, which will help them evaluate exactly what happened. Meanwhile, the St. Mary's County Continue Reading

Austin bomber: Identity of suspect revealed as Mark Anthony Conditt

Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 2:01 PM EDT ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The suspect in the spate of bombings in Austin, Texas is dead, Austin police say. Two law enforcement sources identified the suspect to CBS News as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters early Wednesday the suspect detonated a device in his vehicle after being pursued by police early Wednesday morning. Manley said the suspect's identify wouldn't be officially released until the medical examiner confirmed it and his next of kin are notified. Investigators believe Conditt made all of the bombs used in the four Austin attacks, which killed two people and injured four others.  Manley said authorities don't know why the suspect engaged in the bombings. The mayor of Conditt's hometown says the suspect lived only two blocks away from him in a part of the city known as Old Town.  Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told The Associated Press on Wednesday that police had surveillance on the home overnight Tuesday, though he said he didn't know the suspect. Pflugerville police have begun evacuating the area around the home and federal authorities are preparing to deploy an anti-explosives robot.Pflugerville police Cmdr. Keith Ritchie says the FBI told local police to evacuate the area late Wednesday morning. Reporters waiting nearby were being pushed back and neighbors are being evacuated from their homes. Gonzales says he had concerned neighbors approaching him because of the large police presence in the neighborhood. He says he let them know everything would be OK. The suspect's parents live a few miles from the Pflugerville home,where Conditt lived with roommates. Austin police, FBI and ATF were there Wednesday checking sheds and trash cans, reports CBS Austin reporter Bettie Cross via Twitter. Neighbors say the 23-year-old was raised at the home and visits his parents and three younger sisters there regularly.Neighbors told Cross Conditt moved out Continue Reading

Ex-Playboy model alleging Trump affair wants to nix contract that “controlled her life,” lawyer says

A new lawsuit by former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims people close to President Trump colluded with her lawyer to keep her silent about an alleged 2006 affair that lasted 10 months. McDougal accepted $150,000 from American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of several tabloid publications including the National Enquirer. She sold her story, and in return, expected chances to write and model. Her current lawyer, Peter Stris, joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss why McDougal wants out of that contract.  McDougal alleges that AMI colluded with Donald Trump and her own lawyer in secret to bury her story about the extramarital affair with Mr. Trump. AMI's CEO, David Pecker, is a close friend of the president's. The tabloid is known for a tactic called "catch and kill"  -- a practice where publishers pay for negative stories in order to bury them. AMI said McDougal "has been free to respond to press inquiries about her relationship with President Trump since 2016. Thus, the suggestion that AMI 'silenced' her is completely without merit." "Now AMI takes the position that she can, and we're thrilled.... But the reality is, their private position is very different. And for over a year, they've made her terrified," Stris said. "So after the New Yorker Ronan Farrow story came out, they said, any further disclosures will breach the contract and lead to significant monetary damages. And we all know what that means. You get sued for $20 million." Shortly after Ms. McDougal filed the suit, CNN announced Anderson Cooper would interview her on Thursday. Though the company is allowing her to speak out now, Stris says that McDougal's desire to be free of the contract has more to do with "future moments." "It's taken care of this week while we're in the news. But they have these rights in perpetuity," Stris said.  According to Stris, McDougal's desire to speak out has nothing to do with politics. He says she voted for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential Continue Reading

Deputy suspended for sleeping on duty Monday at Stoneman Douglas High School

PARKLAND, Fla. -- A Broward County Sheriff's deputy has been suspended with pay after authorities say he was found sleeping in his car Monday while on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last month. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, a Stoneman Douglas student approached a sergeant who was patrolling the interior of the school and said that Deputy Moises Carotti was asleep in his patrol car just after 5 p.m. The sergeant went to the marked patrol vehicle, which was parked on campus in the northwest corner of the 1200 building, and knocked on the window to rouse Carotti, who appeared to be sleeping. The sergeant notified command and another deputy was sent to replace him, the sheriff's office said. Carotti will remain suspended pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. The incident came shortly after 18-year-old Zachary Cruz, the brother of gunman Nikolas Cruz, was arrested on campus after he rode his skateboard there despite being warned to stay away. Prosecutors set a bond of $500,000 for Zachary Cruz Tuesday after prosecutors said he has shown up at the campus three times and had been in contact with his brother, reports CBS affiliate WPEC. The sheriff's office announced they are seeking a risk protection order against Zachary Cruz, which if granted would prohibit him from possessing firearms for a period of time to be determined by a court. Also on Monday, the Broward sheriff's office announced they had charged a Stoneman Douglas student for allegedly making a threat on Snapchat. The student was hospitalized for a mental evaluation.  Two other students were arrested in unrelated incidents for allegedly bringing knives to campus, the sheriff's office said. Continue Reading

“Take the baby”: Suspect hands clerk infant left in stolen car

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A man suspected of stealing a vehicle that was left running with a sleeping baby inside made a quick stop at a nearby gas station, where he left the infant in its car seat with a clerk, saying "Take the baby! Take the baby!" CBS affiliate WPEC obtained surveillance video from a Raceway gas station in West Palm Beach, which shows a man entering a black Kia and driving away. Palm Beach County deputies say that about seven miles away, the man dropped off the baby at a Sunoco gas station, the station reports. Employee Michelle Ashby told the Palm Beach Post the man knocked on the door at the Sunoco station in Royal Palm Beach about 4 a.m. Tuesday and left her with the child.  Surveillance video obtained by the Post shows the suspect running into the store carrying the five-month-old infant in a car seat. "A guy came up with a baby carriage and was banging on the door," Ashby told WPEC. "And I guess I yelled through the window like, 'what do you want?' And he's just like 'take the baby, the baby!'"   The man fled from the gas station after leaving the child.  Employees took the child, who was still asleep, and called 911. Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials say they're still searching for the man but the infant is safe. Deputies notified the mother, who arrived about 30 minutes later. Continue Reading

A “game of wits”? Austin serial bomber may be seeking to “outsmart” police

NEW YORK - The bombs were left on porches, then by the side of the road, then at a FedEx facility. The victims were black, then Hispanic, then white. The blasts happened in different parts of Austin, Texas, and then in San Antonio. The seemingly zigzag work of an apparent serial bomber may be a sign that whoever is behind the attacks is determined to launch more of them. "Successful serial murderers are determined, adaptable and cognizant of their surroundings, which allows them to learn from their mistakes, improve their abilities and implement new tactics to remain steps ahead of those searching for them," said Enzo Yaksic, co-director of Northeastern University's Atypical Homicide Research Group. The suspect "could be engaging in these new behaviors in an attempt to challenge reports characterizing him as inexperienced and prove true those that reference his high level of sophistication." A bomb that went off early Tuesday at a Fed Ex facility outside of San Antonio was the fifth such explosion this month. The package had been mailed from Austin, and also due to be delivered to Austin, CBS This Morning reports.  The FBI is saying it is "more than possible" that Tuesday's bomb is connected to four explosions that have killed two people and injured five others in Austin this month. Hundreds of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are on the case, including over 350 FBI agents. Randall Rogan, a Wake Forest University professor who is an expert on forensic linguistic analysis, said the person or people behind the explosions may get a thrill from evading capture. "They're learning. They're feeling more and more confident," said Randall Rogan, who worked with the FBI on the Unabomber case. "There becomes a game of wits, who can outsmart the other."  Fred Burton, a former counterterrorism agent, told the CBS Evening News the suspect is probably watching media coverage of the attacks, and when police warned residents to avoid suspicious packages, he Continue Reading