Musically-inclined family says viral ‘Les Mis’ number was meant to be a Mother’s Day gift

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — When an entire family showed off their musical talents for what started out as a Mother’s Day gift, their “Les Mis” number went viral before they could say “One More Day.”Jordon, Landon, Heidi, Spencer, Andrea, Caitlyn, Juston, Karina and Jayson Lebaron joined “Good Morning America” from their home in Utah and said the video that has already racked up more than 9 million views on Facebook in less than a week was conceptualized as a gift for their mom.“This was my mom’s idea actually. She loves hearing us sing [and] she really really wanted a Mother’s Day present so we just all decided we’d throw together a little group recording,” Jayson Lebaron said.The family said they “always sing around the piano” performing a variety of songs, but perhaps the most amazing part of this viral video is the fact that it was filmed on the first take.“Jayson and Karina decided we have all the parts for ‘One Day More’ and mom requested it so we sang through it once or twice and recorded it and that’s what you see,” Angela Lebaron explained.The siblings, who are all musically inclined, said they figured out early on in their relationships if — and how — their partners and now spouses would fit in their family’s harmony.“There’s probably not a formal audition process,” Jordon Lebaron said, “but it’s something we get to the bottom of early on in the relationship.”And to top off the musical family affair — Jayson said the group’s accompanist isn’t actually a sibling — it’s their dad!Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Miami Beach officers rescue blind woman from house fire

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) — The rescue of a blind elderly woman and her husband from a house fire early Monday morning was captured on police bodycam footage.Officer Alex Llaneras of Miami Beach Police noticed dark smoke coming through the roof of a home in the area he was patrolling. When he knocked on the door, a gentleman identified in the police report as Mr. Jay Spitz came out and said his wife, Shelly Spitz, was still in their bedroom.Officer Ralph Vega then arrived at the scene and he and Llaneras went inside to rescue Mrs. Spitz.“Miss, where are you? Come on out. Follow the lights,” one of the officers can be heard saying in the video. “Come on, where are you? Grab our hands.”Another officer says, “This is bad bro.”Mrs. Spitz “is legally blind and could not find her way out of the house,” according to police.The fire started in the kitchen, where a slow cooker was simmering food on top of the stove. Mrs. Spitz “forgot about it as she went to sleep in their bedroom,” police said. The fire was contained.Mrs. Spitz was treated with smoke inhalation, along with her husband and the officers. The Spitzes refused hospital care but Llaneras and Vera were both transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital and later released.Miami Beach Police public information officer Ernesto Rodriguez told ABC News that both officers are expected to be OK.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cosby accuser says she settled civil suit because she ‘wanted to get it over with’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) — Bill Cosby’s primary accuser endured a cross-examination in which the comedian’s lead attorney tried to brand her sneaky, unethical and money-hungry.But when Andrea Constand finished her testimony Monday, she left the witness stand in Montgomery County Court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, with her head held high, having answered defense attorney Tom Mesereau’s most pointed question: Why did she settle a civil case against Cosby for $3.38 million?“I just wanted to get it over with,” she testified. “It tore me and my family apart and we just wanted to get it over with.”During four hours of questioning Constand over two days, Mesereau struggled to solicit any answers that solidly supported claims he made in his opening argument that she was a “con artist” who targeted a “lonely man” with false accusations of sexual assault.Cosby is being retried on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury failed to reach a verdict.The 80-year-old Cosby, who has been married to his wife, Camille, for more than 53 years, has adamantly denied the accusations he drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women, including six who have now testified in his retrial.As she did in the first trial, Constand, 44, took the witness stand for the prosecution.Constand — former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a trustee — began her testimony on Friday, detailing how Cosby gave her three blue pills and led her to believe they were homeopathic remedies to “take the edge off.”She said she began to get dizzy and started feeling sick and seeing double. She said Cosby led her to a couch in his suburban Philadelphia home and sexually assaulted her.When Constand’s testimony resumed on Monday, Mesereau grilled her about the settlement in her civil suit against Cosby. He suggested her testimony violated a provision in the settlement.But according to a close reading of the contract language highlighted in subsequent questioning by prosecutor Kristen Feden, Constand’s testimony did not appear to have violated the agreement.The settlement provision, posted on a video screen in the courtroom, stipulates that Constand can’t share information about Cosby “except if … pursuant to a criminal investigation by a state or federal authority in the U.S. or Canada, or in response to a valid subpoena.”When Mesereau asked her why she would agree to a civil settlement that included no admission of wrongdoing by the comedian and then come to court to testify against him, she said she was trying to protect her family.Mesereau also suggested that Constand had participated in a $65-per-person “pyramid” scheme in college, a line of questioning that fell flat. She responded that as far as she knew it was not a pyramid or Ponzi scheme.She said she was simply doing a favor by cutting and pasting a form letter sent to her by a friend. Asked how many people she sent the email to, she said she sent it to one person.Constand acknowledged that she had been in Cosby’s hotel room at the Foxwood Resort Casino in Connecticut late one night.“Did you think it appropriate that you be in a married man’s room in a hotel in Connecticut at [about 11 p.m at] night?” Mesereau asked.Constand replied that she was summoned to the room by the comedian to get some “baked goods that Mr. Cosby wanted to give me.” She said she left the room within 10 minutes.Mesereau also set the stage for his star defense witness, a former Temple University colleague of Constand named Marguerite “Margo” Jackson. Jackson will testify for the defense at this trial after she was not allowed to in the first trial when a judge ruled that what she said in an affidavit was hearsay.Jackson claimed she once heard Constand muse about framing a powerful person for money, when the pair were rooming together during a travel game for the Temple University women’s basketball team, according to her court affidavit. Constand denies Jackson’s claim.The defense claims they roomed together at least six times. But while testifying on Monday, Constand said she had never roomed with Jackson.On Monday afternoon, Constand’s mother, Gianna, testified that when her daughter returned to Canada from Temple University, she seemed “dislocated from the family, seeming like she was in her own world.”“We noticed that she was very depressed, that she wasn’t interacting with any of her friends,” she said.“During the night we would hear her screaming,” Gianna added. “She would be screaming for help…. She would wake up sweating. I knew something was wrong but I could not put my finger on it.”When Constand told her mother about the alleged attack at Cosby’s house, Gianna said she called him and the pair talked for more than two hours.The elder Constand said she was furious with the entertainer.In one visceral moment, Gianna testified that when she got Cosby on the phone to confront him about allegedly assaulting her daughter, “I was so angry that I broke like every capillary in my eyes … my eyes were like two pools of blood.”If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three felony counts.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

At least 1 killed, 3 injured after mysterious explosion rocks medical building

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — At least one person is dead and three more were injured after a mysterious explosion rocked a Southern California building Tuesday.Officials are unclear what led to the explosion, but are not ruling anything out. Bomb technicians are inside the medical building in Aliso Viejo, which was undergoing a renovation, to determine the cause, officials said.There’s no “initial indication” of terrorism right now, Mike Gifford, spokesperson for FBI in Los Angeles, said. However, authorities will continue to investigate possible terrorism out of caution.The powerful blast blew out nearly the entire bottom floor, officials said. There were early reports that a car had crashed into the building, but that turned out not to be the case.Children at a day care across the street from the building were evacuated. No children were hurt, officials said.Authorities said they are not actively seeking a suspect.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Alleged kidnapping ends with police chase, fatal crash near San Francisco

first_imgKGO(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) — A suspect in a San Francisco kidnapping died in a crash on Sunday while fleeing from police who were investigating the incident, authorities said.A female suspect was killed and a second male suspect was injured on Sunday afternoon while fleeing from police in San Francisco, where they allegedly assaulted a woman and forced her into the trunk of their car, according to ABC’s San Francisco station KGO.The high-speed pursuit ended in nearby Emeryville, California, when their vehicle crashed into a light pole and bursts into flames, killing the passenger and leaving the driver in critical condition.Bystanders posted video from the scene of the crash, showing police as they pulled the man from the burning vehicle.“The police officer, she pretty much held her calm. She held a gun on him for whatever reason and she asked someone for a fire extinguisher and we were all yelling for this guy to get out of the car,” witness Curtis Portley told KGO.Rick McGee, a retired firefighter, said he was one of several bystanders who tried to help rescue the man.“His legs were I think pinned. He couldn’t take his seat belt off,” McGee told KGO. “I yelled for a knife. Someone gave me a knife. I cut the seat belt out and I pulled him out from the sun roof.”The alleged kidnapping victim managed to escape before the crash, according to police.“We located her on Van Ness Avenue following the incident. Just to backtrack a little bit, she was able to get out of the trunk of that vehicle by using the emergency release lever. That’s how she escaped the kidnapping,” San Francisco Police Department Capt. Carl Fabbri told KGO.She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was listed in fair condition, police said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FBI releases photo of stolen car snapped minutes after 13-year-old girl was abducted

first_imgLumberton Police(LUMBERTON, N.C.) — The FBI has released a new surveillance photo showing a stolen truck minutes after a 13-year-old girl was abducted in the car outside her North Carolina home.Eighth-grader Hania Noleia Aguilar was kidnapped just before 7 a.m. Monday at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, according to Lumberton Police.Hania had grabbed her aunt’s keys that morning so she could go turn on the car before school when a witness saw a man — dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face — approach the girl and force her into the car, police said.The suspect then stole the car and drove away with Hania, police said.The FBI on Wednesday released this image snapped of the truck near Hania’s home minutes after the kidnapping.“We are asking anyone in the Lumberton area who may have a camera or video surveillance system to save the video and contact the tip line immediately at 910-272-5871,” the FBI said. “Even if you do not see the vehicle in your video, please call the tip line anyway, as it may still contain important information.”The Lumberton Police Department & FBI have uncovered a photo of the SUV wanted in connection with the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar. We ask anyone in Lumberton with a video surveillance system to save the video & call the tip line at 910-272-5871. #FindHania pic.twitter.com/K07cPI6Yf7— FBI Charlotte (@FBICharlotte) November 7, 2018The aunt’s stolen car is described as a green 2002 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate number NWS984. The car has paint peeling from the hood and a Clemson sticker on the back window, police said.This SUV image is similar to the car in which she was kidnapped, police said.When Hania was abducted, her relative ran to a neighbor for help, and at 6:54 a.m., they dialed 911, the FBI said.“We were going to school,” the caller said frantically, when a “man came and took the girl and the truck.”The caller spoke in Spanish and the dispatcher incorporated a translator into the conversation, the FBI said.“Every second counts when a child is missing,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told reporters Tuesday.There is no indication Hania was targeted, officials said.Hania is described as a Hispanic girl who is 5 feet tall and weighs about 126 pounds, the FBI said. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.The FBI is offering a reward up to $15,000.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

27-year-old suspected of killing 4 in Georgia arrested in Indiana: Officials

first_imgGeorgia Bureau of Investigation(ATLANTA) — A 27-year-old man accused of killing four people in Georgia on Thursday night was apprehended late Sunday in Indianapolis, authorities said.Four murder arrest warrants had been issued for Daylon Delon Gamble, considered armed and dangerous but arrested without incident, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on its website. Please share this more recent picture of Rockmart Murder Suspect, Daylon Delon Gamble. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Rockmart Police Department at 770.684.6558 or 911. #RockmartShooting https://t.co/ulnNMvaPmf pic.twitter.com/nOkYHCDOJy— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) January 25, 2019Around 8 p.m. Thursday, two separate double homicides were reported at two locations in Rockmart, the GBI said. Rockmart is about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta.Helen Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jaequnn Davis, 19, were killed at one home, the GBI said. Peerless Brown, 24, was shot at that home and survived, the GBI said. Brown was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. At the second home, Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cummings, 26, were killed.The victims were believed to be targeted, Rockmart police told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Extraordinary cocaine seizure announced in New York with a street value of almost $3M

first_imgtzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — Federal agents, the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney have announced the largest cocaine seizure in New York City in recent years after a year-long investigation.The bust, involving 19 defendants, amplifies the recent trend of cocaine becoming a stronger drug threat. Larger loads are being sent directly to New York and there is more production in Colombia, where producers are mixing cocaine with fentanyl to satisfy the opioid-addicted, officials said.The 176 pounds of cocaine with a street value of nearly $3 million were on display at Wednesday’s news conference.In this seizure, the dealers joined forces to corner the market for cocaine on the street and in clubs around the city. The traffickers exploited the addicted and sought new customers in the club scene, pushing fentanyl-laced cocaine along with Ecstasy and Ketamine, police said.There’s also an international component here. Two of the defendants conspired to import pills from overseas via international mail. Authorities in Belgium intercepted 1.25 pounds of pure controlled substances before they could reach their destinations in the Bronx and Manhattan.Two of the defendants were charged with operating as a major trafficker, which carries a minimum of 15-25 years to maximum of life in prison if convicted, according to authorities.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Greg Zanis, who built crosses to honor victims of mass shootings, has died

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — BY: MEREDITH DELISOAn Illinois man who made thousands of crosses commemorating victims of violence in America has passed away.Greg Zanis, founder of Crosses for Losses, died Monday morning, the organization announced on Facebook.Zanis, 69, of Aurora, died of cancer, according to Chicago ABC station WLS.The master carpenter started making the crosses in 1996, the year his father-in-law was killed in his hometown of Aurora, Illinois.“I had the privilege of having the prayer coalition come over and help me with my grief,” Zanis told ABC News in February 2019. “A few months later there was a 6-year-old killed in Aurora … and his mom asked if I’d make a cross for her son.”Over the years, Zanis made more than 27,000 white crosses and traveled the country paying his respects to victims of gun violence.One of his first projects was for the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.He was in Newtown, Connecticut, following the Sandy Hook shooting; Orlando, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting; Las Vegas after the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival; Parkland, Florida, after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting; and El Paso, Texas, after a mass shooting Walmart. He built Stars of David to honor the victims gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.“I’ve got nothing with politics, I’m not a church guy [and] I’m not a gun guy,” he told ABC News from El Paso in August 2019. “I’m a guy about the heart. Our heart is broken here in America. I want everybody to know I love them.”Last year, tragedy struck close to home when five employees at the Henry Pratt manufacturing plant in Aurora were killed in a mass shooting in February.“This is the last thing I wanted, for this to happen so close to my house,” Zanis told ABC News at the time.On Friday, three days before Zanis passed away, residents of his hometown formed a mile-plus-long car parade to pay tribute to him. His family invited people to drive by and wave so Zanis could appreciate it, according to WLS.Linda Regnier was there with the cross Zanis made for her cousin, Luis Martinez, who was killed four years ago.“We love Greg. He has been a light in the darkest moments for families,” Regnier told WLS.In a Facebook post, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said Zanis was a “giant among men.”“He was a man of action who simply wanted to honor the lives of others,” Irvin said. “His legacy shall forever be remembered in Aurora and around the globe.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes California

first_imgiStock/USGS(CARTOGA, Calif.) — BY: EMILY SHAPIROA 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit California around 10:45 a.m. local time Wednesday.The epicenter was near Cartoga, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles. People at several businesses near Lone Pine and Bishop told ABC News the while the shaking was “intense,” they didn’t see any damage.Some shaking was felt in LA.This comes a day after a 7.4 magnitude quake hit Mexico, near the resort of Huatulco, killing at least six people and damaging hundreds of homes, according to The Associated Press. At least six others were hurt, including two people in Mexico City, more than 300 miles from the epicenter.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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