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Cleveland kidnap, murder suspect killed in Louisiana hotel shootout; abducted woman found safe

A Cleveland man accused of kidnapping an Ohio nurse and murdering her mother was killed during a shootout at a Louisiana hotel, authorities said.

James Edward Hawley, a 47-year-old felon, was fatally shot late Tuesday by FBI agents at a hotel in Pineville, Louisiana, where Thoue Nichole Bronowski, 45, was rescued after investigators tracked the pair there, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

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Police said Hawley, aka Ahmad Ben David, kidnapped Bronowski last week from her Cuyahoga Falls home and fatally shot her mother, Norma Matko, 69, at her Barnesville home early on Thanksgiving Day, the newspaper reported.

Authorities suspect Hawley killed Matko and then drove her daughter to Cleveland in her mother’s car before abandoning the vehicle. Hawley then took Bronowski to Louisiana in a second car, investigators said.

Bronowski was found safe after Hawley was killed in a shootout with the FBI at a Louisiana hotel.

Bronowski was found safe after Hawley was killed in a shootout with the FBI at a Louisiana hotel.
(Cuyahoga Falls Police Department / Belmont County Sheriff’s Office)

Bronowski, who works as a nurse for Akron Public Schools and as a clinical coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital, was reported missing on Thanksgiving by her ex-husband, a police report shows.

Authorities said there was a prior relationship between Hawley and Bronowski, but they did not elaborate, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better result than her being alive,” Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis told reporters. “She has been through a lot … She is going to need time to heal from this ordeal.”

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FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato said Hawley had “posted numerous photos” of himself with firearms on social media and made statements both to others and online that he wanted to “kill some cops,” Cleveland.com reported.

Hawley had been sought on a federal warrant including threatening interstate communications and being a felon in possession of a weapon when he was located at the Louisiana hotel, Fortunato said.

An FBI agent was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire with Hawley and was receiving treatment, Fortunato said Wednesday.

“His ideology was violence,” Fortunato said when asked of Hawley’s apparent motive. “Not to be flippant, but that’s the core thing we’re seeing right now.”

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Bronowski, meanwhile, is in the process of being reunited with her family, police said.

This article first appeared in the New York Post.

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Man killed, woman wounded in shooting at hotel; suspect at large


Police say suspect Earl C. Jefferson II remains at large

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MANSFIELD – A 48-year-old man was fatally wounded and a 29-year-old woman was undergoing surgery after being shot multiple times early this morning at a Mansfield hotel, according to police.

Mansfield Police said the suspect, identified as Earl C. Jefferson II, 43, confronted the two victims at the Motel 6 at 555 N. Trimble Road at approximately 1:39 a.m. and then shot them multiple times. 

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the female was taken to a local hospital and rushed into surgery, police said.

The shooting was domestic-related, according to Capt. Shari Robertson, public information officer for the Mansfield Police Department

The names of the victims were not yet released pending notification of family.

Jefferson fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, possibly in a black four-door vehicle, and remained at large as of 9 a.m., police said in a news release.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, and police urge anyone who comes into contact with Jefferson to not approach him, and to call 911 or the local police immediately. 

A felony warrant for murder has been issued for Jefferson as law-enforcement officers continue to search for the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Mark Perry of the Major Crimes Division at 419-755-9730 or Mansfield police at 419-755-9724.

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Name released of man killed in shooting at recreation center

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

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Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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One of two shooting victims is taken to an ambulance. Courtesy OnScene.TVAuthorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

–City News Service

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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1 killed in early-morning shooting at east-side hotel

Indianapolis police are investigating after an early Sunday shooting at an east-side hotel left one man dead.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the incident shortly before 6 a.m. at the Budget 8 Inn in the 6800 block of East 21st Street.

Officers called to the scene on a report of shots fired were directed to a second-floor hotel room where they found one man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

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The victim was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The name of the victim has not been released.

No other injuries were reported in connection to the shooting. Police said the details of the incident remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crashes should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip.

Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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Girl, 17, killed in Pompano hotel room was shot in face as gunman fired at random

Twin sisters Alissa and Aliza Cabrera-Espaillat had just celebrated their 17th birthdays on Oct. 30, and five days later Alissa was dead in a hail of shots fired at random — now, two people are facing murder charges in her death.

According to the arrest reports, 19-year-old Deangelo Cincord fired several bullets through the closed-curtained window of Room 123, striking Alissa Cabrera-Espaillat in the face and shoulder. The teen was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The family had been living in the Travelodge at 1201 N.W. 31st Ave. for about a week, said Jasmine Colon, Alissa’s older sister.

“Because of the pandemic, my stepfather had lost his job and couldn’t pay the rent,” she said. “Then a week later, this lady comes to the room and the shooting starts.”

Cincord, who was arrested Nov. 4, told police that he fired several shots through the window of Room 123 after co-accused Jayla Leondrea Patton, 23, argued with Colon’s stepfather, Armando Gonzales, in the doorway.

The family was in bed and the curtains were drawn shut, when Gonzales told detectives he heard a loud knock at the door at about 2 a.m. that night, and when he looked through the peephole he saw a hand blocking his view.

Gonzales opened the door a crack and Patton was standing there demanding to see her ex-boyfriend “Bill” who she accused of “disrespecting her grandmother earlier that night,” the report stated.

The family knew “Bill” but he was not staying with them at the hotel, according to the arrest report.

Gonzales told Patton there was no one named Bill in the room and he pushed Patton back to close the door. Seconds later, several gunshots shattered the glass window of the hotel room and Gonzales saw his stepdaughter fall to the floor, detectives said.

“She had her whole life ahead of her,” Colon said. “There were so many goals that she had and they were all ripped away from her because of two selfish people.”

Colon said the family is struggling with the senseless tragedy.

“There’s so much pain going on right now,” Colon said. “Her [twin] sister doesn’t know how to cope, her fiancé doesn’t know how to cope, I don’t know how to cope, [our] mother, stepfather… we just don’t know.”

Surveillance video obtained by the sheriff’s office appeared to show how the crime unfolded.

Patton and an armed, bare-chested man with a T-shirt wrapped around his face — later identified as Cincord — were seen on video walking toward the Travelodge. Video also shows Patton talking with Gonzales in the doorway and Cincord farther down the walkway. Patton is seen glancing at Cincord and making hand gestures.

When Patton tries to enter the room, Gonzales pushes her back and she slips and falls. When she gets up, video shows Cincord stepping forward and firing his weapon.

Cincord told detectives Patton wanted him to “pistol whip” her ex-boyfriend once she lured him out of the hotel room,

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How the pandemic has killed the glamour of being a pilot

Travelling with a plan of how to pass the time is key to combating this. Many crew members bring iPads pre-loaded with Netflix series, others pack fitness equipment to get some physical activity in the limited floor space. I’ve been quite impressed with what can be achieved with a few resistance bands. Whatever way we choose to spend the time in the room, the call to head back to the airport is the normally the highlight of the trip.

It is not just how we spend our time down route which has changed. Though the volume of flights has fallen due to a lack of passenger demand, the need for the rapid transport of time-critical goods is still as great as ever. Temperature-sensitive vaccines, fresh foodstuffs and high-value goods all need moving large distances from supplier to market in a limited time window and nothing does this job better than an airliner.

As a result of this demand, many flights are operating with empty cabins but full cargo holds. On some flights, we will even use the overhead lockers and passenger seats to carry additional cargo.

With the absence of passengers, there is often no need for cabin crew, leaving us pilots with a strangely quiet aircraft. In these situations, we have to make a few changes to how we configure the aircraft, mainly focused on reducing the risk of a fire in the cabin. Electricity is removed from the galley equipment, entertainment screens are powered down, and lights are turned off. It all makes for quite an eerie cabin, particularly in the middle of the night.

Surprisingly, this has been quite a pleasant novelty. Flying with the flight deck door open is a refreshing change and cooking our own meals and making our own hot drinks has provided some much-needed humour at times.

However, until this week’s government announcement, things seemed to be improving. Airports were noticeably busier, and the previously trimmed down route network was starting to expand again. Passengers were returning to flying, despite being stifled by quarantine restrictions. It showed that, if they can, people still want to travel.

A recent study by the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University found that the risk of exposure to Covid-19 during air travel is extremely low. The combination of advanced air ventilation and filtration, the use of facemasks, and diligent cabin cleaning results in a lower risk than a trip to the supermarket. Since the beginning of March, I have done over 30 flights and have not had any Covid-related health issues.

Despite this, and quite understandably, passengers are still nervous. For most of them it could be their first flight for months and it is our responsibility to put their minds at ease. I always enjoy chatting with passengers, often about our current location or to ease a fear of flying. People thrive off a human connection.

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Wife of Brit pilot carried daughter, one, into hotel lobby sobbing ‘he’s killed my child’ – World News

The wife of a British pilot carried her motionless one-year-old daughter from the lift into the foyer of a luxury hotel sobbing that her husband had “killed my child – he hit her”, a court was told.

Hong Kong Airlines captain Mohamed Barakat, 41, faces up to 20 years in a Kazakhstan jail if convicted of murdering their child named Sophia.

But his wife told the court how she was “threatened” with being made a murder suspect if she refused to testify against her “wonderful” British husband.

Barakat – who denies murder – claims he is not getting a fair trial in Kazakhstan.

Hotel security chief Madi Alimkhanov told the Almaty court that he had seen Barakat’s wife Madina, 22, carrying her British child who he believed to be dead.

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“When I approached the reception, I saw a crying woman in whose arms was a child,” he said.

“The child was all blue, the eyes were closed.”

“The woman shouted: ‘He killed my child, he hit her’.”

Security then went to the room where the pilot was in the bathroom “screaming”.

When police entered the room soon afterwards, Barakat “was lying on his back…with his underpants on and looking away”, said Alimkhanov.

He “behaved aggressively, cursing in English.

“He was later taken away by police.”

The child’s head was banged against the walls and doors of his suite, claims the indictment.

Another hotel employee Miyat Yerkinov, a security shift supervisor, said he saw Madina “crying very loudly”.

“She said the girl had been killed, and that her husband could commit suicide”.

He told how he detained Barakat who had approached him with a piece of wood in his hotel room.

“I grabbed his right hand, swept it round, put him down on the floor and folded his arms back,” he said.

He used sticky tape to secure his hands before police arrived.


Alimkhanov’s testimony appeared to contradict Kazakh law enforcement allegations that Barakat had beaten his wife during a row which led to the British child’s death.

“She did not seem to have bruises or abrasions on her face, her clothes were not torn,” he said.

Madina and Barakat’s legal team have argued that Sophia’s death was “essentially an accident”, and suggested the evidence against the pilot was “fabricated” and riddled with errors.

An attempt by the defence to change the judge in the trial, Bakhytkhan Bakirbayev, failed.

Barakat has been held in custody in Kazakhstan for 11 months since his arrest at the five star Intercontinental Hotel in Almaty where Sophia died.

In an earlier hearing he told the court: “I completely reject the (murder) indictment.”

Forensic experts established the child suffered multiple injuries and had no chance of survival in their eighth floor room, a remote session of the court hearing was told.

Her skull was fractured and her brain “crushed”, it was reported.

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Vista children killed in wrong-way crash on the way home from vacation

Zach and Lili Homant, their mother and their grandmother had just spent two weeks together in Ohio and were making the long drive to the children’s Vista home when a wrong-way driver smashed into their car.

Zach and the two women died on impact. Lili died on her way to a hospital.

Now, friends of the family are trying raise enough money so the children’s father and step-mother can fly them home and bury them.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 40 in Canadian County, Oklahoma, local media outlets reported.

The family was headed west in a 2003 Hyundai when an eastbound Jeep smashed into the car and overturned. The Hyundai ended up in the center median where it caught fire. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials told reporters that the Jeep’s driver, identified as Ashley Ricks, may have been impaired at the time of the crash. According to 911 calls, the 33-year-old had been driving the wrong way for more than 10 miles.

Ricks, the only one to survive, is in critical condition at a hospital.

Friends of the family created a GoFundMe soon after they learned of the crash to help pay for funeral costs, which would include flying the bodies back to California.

“Our hopes are this fund will pay for the costs to bring his family home from Oklahoma, and burial expenses,” wrote fund organizer and family friend Jean Ball. “I know right now they can’t eat or sleep. They can’t look at the kid’s bedrooms and belongings. I can’t even imagine my whole reason for living, my entire family gone in an instant.”

The children live full-time with their father and step-mother, but had taken a vacation with their mother to visit their grandmother in Ohio. Ball wrote in the GoFundMe that the two had called their dad every day while in Ohio to share their experiences. Both were ready to come home and see their dad and their friends.

But Zach, who loved playing video games, and Lili, who enjoyed her bike and anything else that was pink or purple, never made it.

“The children had such bright futures,” Bell wrote. “How to navigate life after this is hard to fathom.”

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