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Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday following a violent gathering in Baltimore, where people threw objects at police, set cars on fire and looted businesses. Hogan also activated the National Guard.

Multiple police officers were injured in the violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also activated the National Guard.

"These acts of violence and destruction ... cannot and will not be tolerated," Hogan said at a news conference Monday evening. Hogan called the clashes "disturbing" and referred to the protesters as "thugs."

Protesters were also seen climbing on a police cruiser and damaging several others. Police tweeted that people were also looting businesses and setting cars on fire.

One of the looted businesses was a CVS Pharmacy, but a spokesman for CVS said the store was closed earlier in the day out of an abundance of caution so no customers or employees were there at the time.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that fifteen officers had been seriously injured. Two remained in the hospital Monday night, while the others had been released.

"Right now it is a group of lawless individuals with no regard" for safety, he said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake activated Baltimore's emergency operations center Monday afternoon to coordinate response in the city.

Rawlings-Blake said Monday night that the city of Baltimore would institute a curfew beginning Tuesday night at 10 p.m. The curfew would go from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and would last for one week. "What that means," she said, "is that if you are on the streets, it's a medical emergency or you're going to work."

Baltimore already has youth curfews, which remain in effect Monday night and throughout the week.

Hogan was briefed on the situation, according to press secretary Shareese DeLeaver Churchill. According to a statement from Hogan earlier Monday, the Maryland State Police have been dispatched in response to the clashes, while the National Guard are on alert.

"Today's looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated," Hogan said. "There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law."

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski said: "We are extremely disappointed about the violence that has taken place in Baltimore by a few."

"We know the people of Baltimore. We know they have strong passions, we also know they respect each other’s rights, and we would ask everyone to please do that and certainly we respect the right to express your views but do it in a peaceful way and don’t feed into the very few number that have resorted to vandalism and violence," Mikulski added.

In response to the incidents on Monday, Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles cancelled their Monday night game at Baltimore's Camden Yards. Restrictions were also put in place at Baltimore's Penn Station, with only passengers showing tickets being allowed to enter.

"Too many people have spent generations building up this city," Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference Monday night, "for it to be destroyed by thugs."

Edie Foster, Public Information Manager for the Baltimore City Public Schools told ABC News that the schools will be closed on Tuesday.

According to a statement posted to the Baltimore City Schools website, the closure was enacted out of "a heightened responsibility to our students, families, and school communities" at a "time of tension and anxiety." The school system will also make crisis counselors and mental health professionals available to all students.

"We are deeply concerned about our students and community," the statement read, "and we hope to treat this situation not only as a teachable moment but also a time for thoughtful reflection on how we can reduce conflict and violence in our society."

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating several fires in Baltimore as possible arsons, an ATF spokesman told ABC News. ATF agents are already actively working fire scenes, including the massive structure fire at a community center. ATF arson investigators will work to determine if the fires were deliberately set, the spokesman said.

Before Gray's funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family "have entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers."

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray's arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

 
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ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) -- Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims' relatives were not allowed in Monday morning's hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

The prosecution team presented some of its exhibits Monday, including 911 calls from the movie theater, photos of explosives found in Holmes' apartment, video of one of the victims of the shooting and photos of all 12 people who were killed that night. They also showed video from one of Holmes' psychiatric evaluations in which he said "I only count fatalities" and that the injured were "collateral damage."

The defense also showed parts of its case, including video of Holmes as a child, as well as video of him in a holding cell the night of the shooting with bags on his hand -- which the defense says he thought were puppets.

The defense claims Holmes was diagnosed with "psychosis" that night and heard up to eight voices at a time.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

The district attorney described Monday how Holmes was declared sane by multiple state-appointed doctors and Holmes’ defense attorney saying there is “ample evidence he's not faking anything.”

New information about the shooting was also revealed Monday, including how Holmes scoped out various theaters and rated them based on the number of possible exits. Prosecutors also say Holmes took a Vicodin before heading to the theater and blasted techno music in his headphones during the shooting.

Defense attorney Daniel King focused much of his opening statement on the difference between the ability to plan and the side effects of mental disease, which Holmes’ team contends he had at the time of the shooting.

“It’s a brain disease just as cancer is a body disease,” King said of schizophrenia, which he said Holmes had.

“The question is not can they think or plan but what are they planning for... is it an illogical delusional objective? That’s the crucible of insanity, not planning,” King said.

The prosecution is scheduled to begin making its case on Tuesday morning.

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) --  A bartender and model is broadening her lawsuit against San Francisco transit police to include an Oakland cop after she says they used excessive force while booking her on St. Patrick’s Day last year and caused her to break at least four bones in her face.

Megan Sheehan acknowledges she was intoxicated and belligerent when she was apprehended at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station, but says officers left her with permanent physical damage after taking her to the nearby jail to charge her.

"I should have never gotten that drunk, but also there are ways to detain someone and not break their face," she told ABC station KGO-TV.

The dramatic moment was caught on security cameras from inside the Santa Rita jail, as well as body cameras that were being worn by officers near Sheehan, showing how two officers appear to throw her to the ground right after she turned toward one of the officers and told him to stop touching her.

An audible thud can be heard as Sheehan hit the ground, and people standing near are heard gasping. An officer kneeling next to her after she hit the ground can be heard requesting medical help.

According to the lawsuit filed by Sheehan’s attorney last July, she suffered "serious head injuries including but not limited to fracturing four of her cheek bones, splitting her molar, and cracking a front tooth."

The video shows Sheehan lying unconscious in a pool of blood as people near her, though it is unclear exactly who, say her name to try and get her to respond.

Sheehan, who is now 28 but was 27 at the time of the incident, did not remember anything of what happened on the night of the altercation, and it was only after her attorneys obtained video from inside the police station that they were able to determine how she broke the bones in her face.

"Finally, when we saw this last video we saw that, 'Oh, she couldn't put her hands out because they were being held behind her back,'" Liza de Vries, one of Sheehan's attorneys, told ABC News Monday.

"She's still recovering mentally from what happened. Physically she's still having her teeth repaired. Her facial bones have recovered...though she can still feel that they were broken," de Vries said.

The suit says that she spent two days being treated in a nearby hospital and never faced criminal charges.

De Vries told ABC News that they have an amendment hearing scheduled for the case on May 28 because they have now learned that in addition to a BART police officer there was also an Oakland police officer who was allegedly holding one of Sheehan's arms behind her back when she was pushed to the ground. As a result, they will ask to have that officer and the Oakland police department added as defendants in the suit.

ABC News’ calls to BART police and the Oakland police department were not immediately returned. They told KGO they would not comment on the case because it is in active litigation, though attorneys for BART have denied liability in earlier court proceedings.


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NoahBryant/iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- Tulsa Undersheriff Tim Albin has resigned, Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced on Monday, following the release of an internal investigation that showed Albin pressured employees to give special treatment to Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, the deputy who shot and killed Eric Harris when he says he mistook his firearm for his Taser.

"The last few weeks has been difficult for both the community and for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," Glanz said in a statement Monday. "As we look as a community for answers to the situation which put Mr. Bates and Mr. Harris on that fatal path, I have also looked inside the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office organization to find what we could have done better and need to do differently."

"As a result of my own examination," Glanz added, "I believe it is time for a change in my leadership team."

Glanz notes that "given the gravity of the current situation and the need to go a different direction with our leadership and management, [Albin] agrees with me that it is time for a change."

Glanz also says that he will continue to examine the office, adding that more changes are coming.

The Tulsa World reports that Albin's resignation will be effective at the end of the week.

Last week, the World reported that it had obtained a Sheriff's Office memo regarding a special investigation into allegations of falsified documents and improper training for Robert Bates.

Bates is currently charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOBILE BAY, Ala.) -- Storms have put a temporary halt to the U.S. Coast Guard's efforts Monday to find four people who disappeared after hurricane-like weather struck a regatta in Alabama this weekend.

"We've covered about 3,000 square miles," Coast Guard Capt. Duke Walker said, "but safety is my biggest concern....We continue to search as opposed to recover. [We] still have the hope for the best thing to happen."

The Coast Guard said it planned to resume the search for the sailors Monday evening.

More than 100 sailboats and about 200 people were participating in the 57th annual Dauphin Island regatta, held in Mobile Bay, Alabama, when the storm hit Saturday. Sailboats overturned, leaving many stranded in the water, authorities said. Good Samaritans and local authorities assisted in the rescue efforts.

Joshua Edwards' family got caught in the storm after the 18-mile race ended. He said what started as a day of fun quickly took a turn for the worse when relatives said they saw a twister. His mother, who was at the helm of the vessel, even lost her life jacket to the screaming winds. It took the Edwards family five white-knuckle hours to make it back to Alabama.

Edwards told ABC News Monday that despite the warnings in Saturday's forecast, the circumstances were not considered dangerous for experienced sailors. Nearly 60-mph winds and reported 10-foot waves pushed him and his crew eight miles out of their way as they passed other boats in distress.

The bodies of two sailors were found, according to the state's Department of Public Safety, but their names and the names of the missing had not been released. The sailors were located along the shoreline and in the bay.

Authorities had originally said that five people were missing but one person was found at home. More than 40 people had been rescued since Saturday.

Officials said Monday they were checking 10 submerged vessels and had cleared several others.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- A Washington high school teacher is credited with apprehending a shooter at the school where he works Monday.

In a statement, Brady Olson, an Advanced Placement Government teacher at North Thurston High School who the school district says is credited with stopping the shooter, said he was "happy...that everyone is safe after today's incident." The North Thurston Public Schools' Twitter account said that no one was hurt in the incident and that the school was dismissed early.

 

Shooter apprehended by staff. Reportedly nobody hurt. School will be dismissed after police finish sweeping school. School messenger coming

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015

Suspect is in custody the students will be released to their parents at South sound stadium

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015



"From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism," Olson said. "No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this."

Olson mentioned three other men who also played a role in apprehending the shooter -- Tim Brown, the school's dean of students, Principal Steve Rood and Security Officer Jim Beltico.

"North Thurston High School's staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would," Olson concluded. "I'm incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day."

 

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WGNO(JEFFERSON PARISH, La.) -- Dramatic video captured train cars that derailed and fell off an elevated train track due to strong winds in Louisiana.

Like toys tumbling over like dominoes, the real train was blown off the track as the camera was rolling in heavy rain near a restaurant called Raising Cane’s in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Strong winds knocked over some train cars around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, though no injuries were reported, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad issued the following statement: “Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.”

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SpaceX(NEW YORK) -- It's proven its mettle carrying cargo to and from the International Space Station and now the Dragon capsule is gearing up for a crucial safety test.

As early as May 5, SpaceX will make its first attempt for a pad abort test of a Dragon capsule designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Instead of being atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the capsule will sit on a test stand for the development test, according to NASA.

Being able to abort a launch and safely evacuate crew is a crucial milestone SpaceX will need to pass before the capsule begins transporting astronauts as early as 2017. During the interim, NASA has been purchasing seats aboard the Russian Soyuz.

NASA last year awarded multi-billion dollar deals to Boeing and SpaceX for development of spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from space.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — The family of Freddie Gray, the man who died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore, is preparing to lay the 25-year-old to rest Monday morning.

This comes as Baltimore police announced that there is a credible threat against law enforcement officers as members from gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family "have entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers," according to a press release.

Gray's funeral was not explicitly mentioned in the announcement of the credible threat but it was released minutes before the service was set to begin.

The service is being held at Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church and began at 11 a.m. with a public viewing hour beforehand. Thousands were expected to attend.

The funeral comes after a volatile weekend, as protests that started off peacefully on Saturday turned violent that afternoon in downtown Baltimore. Gray's wake was held on Sunday and protests were held during that time as well. Baltimore City Police said that there were 34 arrests from Saturday afternoon through to the early morning hours of Sunday and six police officers suffered minor injuries.

A small group of protesters looted a convenience store and threw tables and chairs through store windows, Baltimore City Police said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray's arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

Police officials have commented on the case and said on Friday that they can only give limited information because charges may be brought. They said the case remains under investigation.

The lawyer representing the Gray family said that more video of Gray's interactions with police may exist.

Attorney Jason Downs specifically cited the police department's decision not to release communication traffic logs and 911 tapes.

"To our knowledge, there is absolutely no legal reason" for police to withhold that possible evidence, Downs said.

Baltimore police have denied ABC News' request for information pertaining to any prior complaints that were lodged against the officers involved in Gray's arrest, stating such information is considered personal.

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Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — On May 6, 2013, the city of Cleveland witnessed a miracle when Amanda Berry called 911 from a neighbor’s phone.

“I’ve been kidnapped and been missing for 10 years. I’m here. I’m free now,” Berry, now 29, told the 911 operator.

Berry, along with Gina DeJesus, now 25, and Michelle Knight, had been held captive for more than 10 years by Ariel Castro. Castro kidnapped each of the women between 2002 and 2004.

For years, the women endured unimaginable abuse, as they were chained, starved and tortured by Castro. But during their captivity, they held on to the conviction that their families would never give up on them. That faith helped bring them home.

Berry and DeJesus together wrote their memoir, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, with Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, and it was released on April 27. The two young women say they have since moved on with their lives.

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts that will air on Tuesday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, Berry and DeJesus discussed what their lives were like in captivity and what they are like today.


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April 21, 2003: Amanda Berry Is Abducted

Just a day before her 17th birthday on April 21, 2003, Amanda Berry got up and got ready for work.

“I almost called off of work that day ‘cause the next day was my birthday. You know, what if? What if I would’ve called off that day?” Berry said.

On her walk home from work, she encountered a vehicle in a driveway.

“I kind of had to walk around the van and so I kind of looked at them, and it was a man and his daughter. And I smiled at them ‘cause I'm like, ‘Oh, she looks familiar,’” Berry said.

Later, the vehicle started to follow her down the street, and the man inside asked her if she needed a ride home.

“I said, ‘Yes,’" Berry said. "I see that the girl, there’s nobody else in the van anymore. It’s just him.”

The man, Ariel Castro, was an elementary school bus driver and the father of a classmate from middle school.

“He’s like, ‘Well she’s at my house. Would you like to go see her?’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure,’” Berry said.

After they entered the white, two storied house on Seymour Avenue, Berry said Castro told her that his daughter might be taking a bath.

“So he said, ‘We’ll just wait,’” Berry said. “So he started showing me around the house. And I never got back out.”

Castro took her upstairs and showed her something strange: a mystery woman sleeping in a bedroom in front of a television set. She later learned that the woman was 22-year-old Michelle Knight, who had been Castro’s prisoner for almost a year. Her memories of what happened next are still raw.

“He took me to the next bedroom, and it was just really dark in there, and he didn’t turn on the lights, and there was a little, like, a little room off of the bigger bedroom, kind of a big closet,” Berry said. “And he took me in there, and he told me to pull down my pants. And from there I knew, like, this was not going to be good.”

She became Castro’s second prisoner.

“He took me to the basement and he taped my wrist and he taped my ankles and he put on a belt around my ankles over the tape,” Berry said. “He put a helmet over my head, and he said, ‘Just be quiet and don’t make any noise. And I’ll take you home.’”

Berry said he chained her to a pole, shut off the lights and left her in the dark with a television.

“I just started screaming and crying. And, ‘Somebody please help me,’ you know. And nobody, nobody came,” she said. “I was so scared that I was going to die. I didn’t think that I was going to ever make it home.”

[PHOTOS: Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Describe Life in Captivity]

April 24, 2003: Day 4 of Amanda Berry’s Captivity

As news of her abduction made headlines, Berry watched her mother and her sister on the TV in the basement.

“That kept me going. And I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to make it home to you. As long as you fight, I’m going to fight,’” Berry said.

On the fourth day of her abduction, April 24, 2003, Berry said Castro moved her to an upstairs bedroom and chained her to a radiator.

“It was really hard, you know, ‘cause in the beginning the chain was around my stomach,” Berry said. “Going to sleep at night, you know, if you wanted to toss on to your back, you couldn’t do that, you would have to take the whole chain and move it to the front of your stomach so that you're not laying on the big lock on your back.”

“Well, the first week I was there was really tough,” Berry said. “So he eventually asked me, ‘Well, would you like to, you know, do you want me to get you something from the store, something to pass the time?’ So I asked for maybe a coloring book and something I can write in, a journal or something.”

He gave her a diary with a tiny lock and key. She wrote her first entry by the flickering light of the TV.

“You never know what you got ‘til it’s gone! I just can’t wait to go home. I’m 17 now, but don’t have a life. But he told me I’m young and will go home before summer. Another two months!” Amanda wrote in her diary.

One Week After Amanda Berry’s Abduction, Castro Calls Her Family


Berry was missing for a week when her family received a late-night call from Castro, taunting them, using Berry’s cell phone.

“He called and said, ‘I have Mandy,’ which, nobody called her Mandy but [people] who knew her,” said Berry’s sister, Beth Serrano. “She wants to be with me.”

The call led rescuers to within two blocks of Castro’s house. In 2003, the FBI was just starting to develop technology that could track a cell phone’s location if it was turned on.

“We spent about a week, around the clock, in that area, hoping that this phone would be used again,” FBI agent Tim Kolonik said. But Castro never used Berry’s phone again.

Meanwhile, Berry’s dark and filthy room at Castro’s house was about the size a closet.

“The mattress was old and nasty, and it was just disgusting. And we had the bucket to use the bathroom, and that smelled horrible,” Berry said.

Once a day, Berry said, Castro gave her a bag of chips or crackers or other food to eat. But everything, including her weekly shower, came at a price.

“I mean, he tried to act nice, but he’s like, ‘Well, maybe you need to go take a shower,’ and I had to take a shower with him,” Berry said.

Berry said she had to “numb” herself to the sexual abuse.

“You, like, put your mind somewhere else so that you're not there. You know, you're not in that room with him,” Berry said.

In her diary, Berry used a code to record how many times he raped her.

“I would always write these numbers at the top of the pages, ‘cause I felt like, you know, one day maybe authorities will get to read it. And he’ll be punished for what he did,” Berry said.

Months into Berry’s captivity, Castro made her a disturbing promise.

“He would always tell me when he got another girl in the house that you know, ‘I’m just looking for this, another girl and then I will take you home,’” Berry said.

Almost a year after Berry became his prisoner, Castro went on the prowl again just five blocks away from the street where he kidnapped Berry.

April 2, 2004: Gina DeJesus Is Abducted


Gina DeJesus, then 14 years old, was close friends with Castro’s daughter, Arlene Castro. Ariel Castro was also friends with DeJesus’ dad. On the day she was kidnapped, DeJesus and Arlene Castro were heading home from school. DeJesus gave Arlene Castro some of her bus money to phone home.

“I was like, ‘You could come over,’ and then she was like, ‘Alright.’ And she asked her mom, and her mom says, ‘No.’ She went the other way, and then I went the other way,” DeJesus said.

Short on bus fare, DeJesus started the long walk home when a maroon vehicle pulled up on the curb with Arlene Castro’s father at the wheel.

“He asks me if, 'You seen my daughter?’ I said, ‘Yeah, she’s right around the corner,’ and he was like, ‘Can you help me find her?’ And I said, ‘Sure.’”

When they arrived at Castro’s house, he asked her for help moving some equipment. DeJesus was unnerved by his bizarre behavior.

“He was, like, fixing his eyebrows and, like, trimming his mustache and, like, cutting his nose hairs,” DeJesus said.

“He’s like, starts like, to, like, touch me and stuff, and then, I’m like, ‘What are you doing? You could go to jail?’ He just switches up like, ‘Well, OK, we’re going to, you’re going to go home now.’ He said, ‘But you can’t go through the same door you came in.’”

Castro led Gina to his basement, where she said he grabbed her and chained her up.

“He didn’t make it tight enough, so I threw it over, and then I tried to run, but he sat on my back,” DeJesus said. “And then I just start kicking him. I kicked him, and I bruised him really bad.”

As Castro overpowered her, DeJesus screamed for help, but the radio in his basement and the radio in the living room were too loud.

For the first few weeks, Castro only talked to and touched DeJesus. The first time DeJesus said he raped her was on May 7, 2004. Though she remembers the exact date, DeJesus said it was too painful to discuss the details of what happened.

Life in Captivity


At first, DeJesus was Castro’s new favorite.

“‘He seems to treat me better than the other girls. I have the nicer room. He lets me eat first. I wonder if he’s kinder to me, because I'm the new girl,’” DeJesus wrote in her and Berry’s memoir, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. “‘I wonder what happens, when I’m not new anymore.’”

As the “new girl,” she slowly learned about the rigid house rules that Castro ruthlessly enforced. The calculated deprivation drove the girls apart.

“It could be from getting more food, less food, different clothes. It was just simple things, but when you don’t have anything, you’re like, ‘Well, why don’t I have that? I want that.’”

To fill the empty hours, Berry kept a diary in notebooks, on napkins and even on fast food bags. And the black-and-white television was their only window to the outside world.

But one of the cruelest things he did, Berry and DeJesus said, was play mind games with them. At one point, DeJesus said Castro asked her to play “Russian Roulette” with him, taking turns pointing a gun at each other.

“In my head I’m like why not, I got nothing to lose,” DeJesus said.

“He went first,” she continued. “So then he pulls the trigger and nothing happens, and I think then he gives me the gun and I’m like, ‘OK, I’m about to like pull the trigger and everything,’ and he’s like, ‘let me pray for a minute.’ And I said ‘what?’ I’m like, ‘why are you going to pray?’ So he gets on his knees and he starts praying. …So then I pull the trigger and nothing happened.”

Initially, all three women were isolated in separate bedrooms on the second floor. But on May, 23, 2004, Berry and DeJesus said Castro pulled them all into one room and forced them to watch an episode of America’s Most Wanted together. It was about DeJesus and Berry’s missing persons’ case, and their families were interviewed.

“I couldn’t stand him,” DeJesus said. “But I couldn’t, like, show it all the time. I had to act like I, I liked him and we were friends, but I really didn’t like him.”

“There was just a gate there between the doors, and we would talk through the gate,” Berry said. “And when a door was locked we would, like, slide, like, pictures and stuff under the door.”

Once, when Castro’s daughter visited, he forced all three girls to hide in the basement. Though they thought about trying to yell for help, the women didn’t.

“There was always a chance, ‘What if he killed everybody?’” DeJesus said.

Christmas 2006: Amanda Berry Gives Birth


On Berry’s 20th birthday, she realized she might be pregnant.

“I was terrified. How? I mean, I barely eat,” Berry said, “and I’m chained to a wall, and I have a bucket for a bathroom.”

On Christmas in 2006, Berry went into labor.

“He got this baby pool. And he put it on the bed ‘cause he didn’t want, you know, a mess on the bed,” said Berry.

Castro called on Knight to help deliver the baby.

“Michelle was kind of just talking to me, like, you know, ‘Relax. Calm down. You’re OK,’” Berry said. “And he sat in the rocking chair right there just reading this book about, like, birth and stuff.”

Hours later, Jocelyn was born.

“This is his kid, you know. How do I feel about that? And she resembled him a lot, and I would look at her, and I just felt like, she’s mine. She’s mine,” Berry said.

When Jocelyn was born, DeJesus said having the little girl there with them was a welcome distraction.

“It was fun because I can get away from the situation,” DeJesus said. “When I was playing with Jocelyn, Jocelyn made me forget everything.”

As Jocelyn grew older, Castro allowed her freedoms that Berry, DeJesus and Knight were not given. Though she was locked in with the three of them whenever Castro left the house, she occasionally was allowed to go outside in the backyard, to the park or to Sunday services with her father. Castro’s love for Jocelyn seemed to turn him into a different man.

“She loved him, and he loved her,” Berry said. “I was nervous, like, would he touch her? Would he ever think about touching her because, you know, he had his problems?”

May 6, 2013: The Women Make Their Escape


After 10 years, the women finally made their escape on May 6, 2013.

“So Jocelyn goes downstairs, and then she runs back up. And she says, ‘I don’t find Daddy. Daddy’s nowhere around,’” DeJesus said.

“My heart immediately started pounding," Berry said. "because I’m like ... ‘Should I chance it? If I’m going to do it, I need to do it now.'"

For the first time in 10 years, Berry said she found her bedroom door unlocked without Castro around. Downstairs, the front door was open but wired with an alarm. Beyond it, the storm door was padlocked shut, but Berry was still able to squeeze out an arm.

DeJesus said she thought Berry had been caught by Castro and talked Knight out of running to Berry. Outside, a neighbor saw Berry but was too afraid to intervene.

That’s when another neighbor, Charles Ramsey, showed up.

“He kind of, like, started like trying to pull on the door, but he couldn’t get it open either,” Berry said. “And so he, like, kind of kicks it, and he’s like, ‘There you go. Finish kicking it out, and you can get out.’”

After kicking the way out for her and Jocelyn, Berry called 911, and police arrived and rescued DeJesus and Knight.

“I was terrified. And just because there’s people on the street doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t hurt me. I was so terrified,” Berry said. “I still don’t know why he left that day with the door unlocked. I will never know.”

What Life Is Like for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus Today


On Aug. 1, 2013, Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison after he pled guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping and rape. On Sept. 3, 2013, he was found dead in his prison cell after committing suicide by hanging.

The two women rarely make public appearances since their escape, but have both moved on with their lives. DeJesus is in school and has her driver’s license, and Berry said life now is “great.”

Berry and DeJesus remain good friends. And though neither keeps in touch with Knight, they both wish her well.

“We just have a bright future, and [will] see what comes,” Berry said.

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Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — Millions of people know the name of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, whose story was portrayed in the blockbuster movie, American Sniper.

Now his wife and veteran family advocate Taya Kyle is opening up for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC's Robin Roberts about their life together and how she and their family are moving forward after Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered at a Texas gun range in 2013.

The interview will air in a special edition of ABC News' 20/20 on Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

In her interview with Roberts, Taya Kyle recalled the difficult moment she had to tell their two young children that their father had been killed.

"I remember just closing my eyes, the tears rolling down and me just trying to breathe," Kyle said.

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder on Feb. 24, 2015, in the shooting deaths of Chris Kyle and Littlefield. He received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole. Taya Kyle was a constant presence at the widely publicized trial.

During their interview, Kyle talked with Roberts about her relationship with Chris through the years, and she joked that she never thought she would marry "a cowboy," but that falling in love with him "was exciting."

"I never probably thought a cowboy would want me," she said. "[And] I said I would never marry somebody -- a SEAL either. So… 'there you go with your plans again,' right?"

In the wake of her husband's death, Taya Kyle wrote a memoir, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal, which details their story, how she dealt with Chris's death and her life as a military spouse. The book will be released on Monday, May 4, in collaboration with Jim DeFelice and published by William Morrow Publishers.


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Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(AURORA, Colo.) — When the trial of James Holmes, accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 in an Aurora, Colorado, theater gets under way Monday, his fate will be decided by a jury that includes a retired Army ICU nurse, an explosions expert and a plumber.

One of the jurors used to be a victim's advocate in Aurora, Colorado, the city where the theater shooting happened, but she left in 2010. Had she stayed in that job she would have found herself counseling traumatized survivors the early morning of July 20, 2012, instead of deciding the fate of the man accused of murdering 12 and injuring 70.

Holmes admits he committed the attack at the Century movie theater, but says he was having a "psychotic episode," pleading guilty by reason of insanity.

Many of the victims' relatives who came in from out of town to attend opening statements met Saturday night. One Texas family had a big garage sale, packed up a motor home and drove it to Colorado where they will stay so that their daughter, Jessie Ghawi, is remembered instead of the shooter.

"He is dead to me," said Sandy Phillips, who said she will be wearing Jessie's green scarf every day.

The stories of some of the jurors were reminders of one of the other notorious mass shootings that occurred in Colorado.

Juror 737 was close to Columbine High School shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris until 8th grade, when their relationship faded. But he ended up taking a girl named Rachel Scott to prom their senior year. Just a week later, Scott was gunned down by Klebold and Harris on the school sidewalk.

Juror 535 told the court her niece was in the Columbine cafeteria when the pops sounded above her. Teacher Dave Sanders told her to run. She did. So did he, but he went toward the bullets which would eventually kill him.

Another potential juror was dismissed because she worried about her son, who was in a separate Colorado high school shooting just two years ago.

The 19 women and five men chosen for the jury were pared down from 9,000 original summonses. They will spend up to five months of their lives in a courtroom on what Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler calls "a roller coaster ride in the most horrific haunted house you can imagine."

The large number of women on the panel has some legal analysts predicting that if he is found guilty, Holmes has a better chance of being sentenced to life in prison than of being sent to death. But David Kaplan, who once ran the state public defender's office said he doesn't think so.

"Is there a typical woman? No. I don't think they care a wit about gender," Kaplan said. "The defense wanted people who would be open minded of their client's mental condition."

Holmes no longer has the orange hair and vacant stare seen when he was first brought into court shortly after the shooting. He has a new haircut and wears khakis and button-down shirts. He has also shaved his beard and has gained weight.

"I have been looking at Mr. Holmes," prospective juror No. 733 said during questioning. "He looks like somebody walking down the street."

"I see a man who's on trial. Probably a little scared," Juror No. 29 said. I don't know if he knows everything that's going on."

Both jurors were scratched off the list.

In Colorado, the burden is on the prosecution to prove Holmes was not insane at the time of the shooting. The last prosecutor to meet that burden was Bob Grant, who saw murderer Gary David put to death in 1997. He said he expects Brauchler to methodically go through the killer's last weeks, showing how he planned the shooting while at the same time making trips to the grocery store and sending text messages to his friends.

"Jurors don't believe people can be sane one minute and not the next," Grant said. "That doesn't fly."

Holmes faces 166 charges, so many it took the judge an hour and a half to read each one to his newly seated jury.

"Is it just too big?" public defender Tammy Brady asked the jurors.

A retired nurse who was chosen had an answer for her.

"It's kind of like eating an elephant," she said. "You take one bite at a time."

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Arkansasstateparks.com(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) -- Susie Clark and her husband spent days hunting diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and on the last day, she said a prayer.

“Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?” Clark, from Evening Shade, Arkansas, prayed, according to a park news release.

Her prayer was answered shortly after with a 3.69-carat white diamond, which she saw “sticking out of a furrow ridge in the plowed dirt,” the release said.

Clark has named the teardrop-shaped rock “the Hallelujah Diamond” because it was an answer to her prayer, the release said.

According to the park, Clark’s find is the largest of this year, though other park-goers have found 121 other diamonds. A visitor found a 6.19-carat white diamond -- named the Limitless Diamond -- on April 16. Other diamonds of note found by the park’s visitors include a 16.37-carat white diamond and a 3.85-carat canary diamond.

Clark had first visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park 33 years ago with her mother and grandmother from Germany. ABC News could not reach Clark for comment, but the release said that she plans to keep the diamond.

According to Cox, rainfall in recent weeks, combined with park staffers’ plowing the 37.5-acre search field -- eroded the surface of a diamond-bearing deposit, helping to bring more of the stones to the surface and increasing visitors’ chances of finding them.

“Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search area, leaving them exposed. And when the sun comes out, they’ll sparkle and be noticed,” he said in the release.

Crater of Diamonds is the world’s only diamond-producing site that is open to the public, according to the park. Visitors who find diamonds are allowed to keep them.

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Laryn Bakker/iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- An otherwise peaceful demonstration turned violent in the streets of Baltimore Saturday night, as some protesters, angry over the death 25-year-old Freddie Grey while in police custody, broke shop windows and fought with police.

Police said on Sunday that officers arrested 34 people after a small group of protesters got violent outside of Camden Yards.

A total of six officers suffered minor injuries in the violent clashes downtown and in west Baltimore on Saturday.

“They started to throw objects, they picked up aluminum barricades, they smashed out windows at our bars and our pubs, that are located on the northwest side and just wreaked havoc,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said late Saturday night.

Aerial footage from television helicopters showed some protesters smashing out police car windows and storefronts near Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were playing a game against the Boston Red Sox. The outbreak in violence prompted a request by the Orioles for fans stay inside for a time after the ten-inning game with the Red Sox.

In the game’s ninth inning, the ballpark’s digital scoreboard asked the crowd to remain inside until further notice while police got the situation under control. 

Due to events outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, spectators are asked to stay inside the stadium til further notice @Orioles @RedSox @MLB

— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) April 26, 2015



Citing public safety concerns, the University of Maryland Baltimore also ordered its students to shelter in place Saturday night during the protest, sending out a campus-wide alert warning "Do not leave buildings."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was disappointed with the small group of what she called agitators, and said violence was unacceptable.

“Now is a time of calm - for peace and for prayer,” she said.

At a news conference late Saturday evening, Grey's twin sister Fredricka pleaded for peace.

“Freddy's father and mother does not want no violence - - violence does not get justice,” Grey said.

 


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Minertree/iStock/Thinkstock(MOBILE, Ala.) -- A second body was found in Alabama waters after a storm capsized several sailboats during a regatta, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

One body was found Saturday night and the second body was found Sunday morning, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Neither has been identified.

The Coast Guard said in a news release it received a call about capsized boats Saturday afternoon and managed to rescue one person that night. Officials said the search would continue on Sunday.

Good Samaritans and local authorities have also assisted in the rescue efforts, retrieving many people from the water, the Coast Guard said.

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