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Listen: Illinois-native tries reviving Las Vegas shooting victim, not realizing he too was injured

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LAS VEGAS — Todd Riley, originally from Ohio, Illinois, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the deadly mass shooting happened Sunday evening, October 1st.

He spoke with News 8’s Cameron Jacobs, explaining the whole scene.

At first he said the crowd couldn’t tell where the gunfire was coming from, thinking maybe it was from the street level.  Eventually, they realized it was coming from above.

Mr. Riley said he became separated from his fiance during the chaos, and ended up trying to help a victim.  He described the scene, saying she dropped to the ground, and said that he dragged her over to a merchandise tent, where he was trying to revive her.  He eventually was able to bring her to police, where he informed them that he believed she had died.

It was then that ambulance workers came to try and help  her.

“I saw a lot of brave people,” he said.

He was actually injured but didn’t realize it until police noticed he was bleeding.

He was taken to the hospital, but decided to let doctors attend to other patients, saying so many others were “much worse off” than he was.  Doctors said his condition was not life-threatening.

He said before the shooting happened, the musicians were in awe of how diverse the crowd was, noting that this is how America should look – a crowd of people getting along and enjoying music.

“And then this idiot, for whatever reason, decides that I want to take my life, and I want to take people with me,” said Mr. Riley.

He said that he and his fiance ended up reuniting at the hospital, and made it back to their hotel by the end of the night.

Children hide in bathroom during shooting at California home day care

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Several children were inside a Southern California home day care during a double-shooting Monday, authorities said.

Police said the shooting happened after a man who used to live in the home tried to get inside, saying he wanted his mattress. When a woman inside the house wouldn’t let him enter, he allegedly attempted to set fire to the building and a shootout ensued, according to KSWB.

Chula Vista police received a call of a shooting at the day care in the 2100 block of Corte Condesa in the San Miguel Ranch area around 3 p.m.

The woman inside the house moved the seven children, ranging in ages from 1 to 8 years old, to a bathroom, authorities said.

The armed man fired his gun toward the woman and she returned a shot back at him, according to police. Neither shot hit anyone.

By the time police arrived, the woman was outside the house and the man was inside. Police took him into custody and freed the children from the bathroom, authorities said.

The man was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts to his body from breaking a sliding glass door. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and more offenses.

Police did not provide any other details about the children.

Couple admits to stealing $1.2 million from Amazon with elaborate scam

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INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana couple has admitted stealing more than $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon in an elaborate scheme. Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Indianapolis to charges of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the racket, the Star Press reports.

The duo bought hundreds of electronics such as Go Pro cameras, Samsung smartwatches, and Xboxes, then told Amazon the products weren’t working and requested replacements at no charge.

The couple created “hundreds” of false identities to conceal the scam. Prosecutors say the Finans sold the loot to Danijel Glumac, 28, who marked it up before reselling it to an unnamed New York outfit, Fox59 reported in May when the trio was busted.

Glumac, who was also charged, allegedly paid the Finans about $725,000. The merchandise was eventually resold on the black market. “Consumer fraud is absorbed by all of us through higher retail prices,” US Attorney John Minkler said at the time.

The Finans were ordered to repay Amazon $1.2 million, and they face up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 9. (A cashier managed to embezzle $13 million.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Couple Admits Fleecing Amazon Out of $1.2M
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Las Vegas gunman’s father was on FBI’s Most Wanted list

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LAS VEGAS – The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was previously on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN on Monday.

Benjamin Hoskins Paddock appeared on the agency’s infamous registry from June 10, 1969 through May 5, 1977 and was described in an FBI poster as being “diagnosed as psychopathic” and as an individual reported to have “suicidal tendencies” who “has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies.”

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The poster states that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, known also by several aliases including “Big Daddy,” “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy,” was convicted of bank robbery and automobile theft.

Paddock landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after he escaped from a Texas federal prison in 1960. He had been sentenced to 20 years following a bank robbery conviction, according to a 1978 newspaper article in the Eugene Register-Guard.

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The paper said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock lived in Oregon's Eugene-Springfield area for several years under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen.

Earlier Monday, Eric Paddock -- the brother of the las Vegas shooter -- told reporters outside of his home in Orlando, Florida, that he was born while his father was on the run from authorities.

"I didn't know him. We didn't know him," Eric Paddock said. "He was never with my mom. I was born on the run and that's the last time he was ever associated with by our family."

As for what motivated the actions of his brother, Eric Paddock said he and his family are "still just completely befuddled."

Authorities are still investigating the possible motivation behind what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Law enforcement stands behind study that preschool cuts crime

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- One solution to cutting back on crime may be getting more kids to attend preschool.

On Monday, October 2nd, local police and lawmakers read to kids at Skip-A-Long Daycare in Rock Island.  They were there to back up research that suggests that kids are less likely to commit crimes if they go to preschool.

About half of all three and four-year-olds who live in Rock Island County already attend.  More money could help the other half get enrolled.

"This is the kind of issue that really makes sense," said State Representative Mike Halpin. "Every dollar you spend on something like this actually gets returns and saves the state money down the road and so it`s easy to get behind that kind of program."

The state of Illinois has approved a $50 million increase for the state's preschool budget for 2018.

Healthier pizzas for National Pizza Month

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California-Style Barbecue Chicken Pizza

  • 3/4 pound chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Pizza Crust
  • 1/3 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Heat oven to 400 F. Prepare pizza crust as directed. Spread barbecue sauce on pizza crust; top with chicken, onions and cheese. Place crust on middle oven rack. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp.

Chicken and Artichoke Pizza

  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 1/3 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts

Drain and chop can of artichoke hearts. Chop red bell pepper and shred rotisserie chicken.  Spread alfredo sauce onto a pizza crust. Top with shredded rotisserie chicken, chopped red pepper, Parmesan cheese and 2 Tbsp pine nuts. Bake at 400°F for approximately 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Serve with a tossed green salad.

Get ready for the best rain chances in more than a month

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Even though we're in for another summery day in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, changes are on the way. Only isolated storms are around today and tonight. More widespread rain is in the forecast beginning Wednesday.

Showers and thunderstorms become more widespread late in the day on Wednesday with likely chances for storms and heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. Rain will still be around early Saturday before ending around noon. Looking at model trends, we see quite a bit of agreement. Keep in mind, when models show similar results, there is higher confidence. With that in mind, our lawns will get quite a drink.

Rainfall totals will exceed 4 inches in a few spots. This system will exit the area early Saturday with a few showers in the morning. A nice weekend is expected for outdoor events!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Tom Petty dead at 66

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LOS ANGELES – Rocker Tom Petty died Monday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed to CNN.

He was 66.

The singer was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday night, authorities said.

Petty was transported to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was reportedly placed on life support.

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— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017

With his nasally voice and chiming guitar, Petty and his longtime band, the Heartbreakers, churned out an instantly recognizable brand of sturdy, heartland rock that made them a classic-radio staple for decades.

The group finished a summer tour with three performances at the Hollywood Bowl last week.

Petty and the Heartbreakers first came to fame in the 1970s. It was both with that group and as a solo artist that Petty had a string of hits across the decades, including “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl” and “I Won’t Back Down.”

Their 1976 debut contained a minor hit, “Breakdown,” but it wasn’t until Petty’s third album, “Damn the Torpedoes,” that he and the band broke through to the mainstream.

That 1980 album won critical raves, went platinum and spawned the hits “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee.”

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Petty sang with Stevie Nicks that same year on her smash hit, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” The duet kicked off a long and fruitful period of collaboration between Petty and other artists.

He recorded “Don’t Come Around Here No More” — memorable for its trippy, Mad Hatter-themed music video — with the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart in 1985. Petty joined Bob Dylan on tour the next year, which also included dates with the Grateful Dead.

He joined fellow music legends Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison in 1988 to form The Traveling Wilburys. They released two studio albums.

It was a rich career for Petty, who was born in Gainesville, Florida and became hooked on rock and roll when — at the age of 11 — he met superstar Elvis Presley on a movie set.

Petty joined his first band, The Sundowners, in high school at the age of 14.

After getting into an argument with the band’s drummer, Petty quit and moved on to join a group called The Epics, which included Tom Leadon, a brother of Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.

“We realized Tom was the real musician of the band,” their fellow band member Rick Rucker told the Orlando Sentinel in 2006.

The Epics later changed their name to Mudcrutch, and Petty traveled to Los Angeles in search of a record deal for the rock quintet.

Despite landing a deal, the group soon disbanded.

A new group that included Petty and two former Mudcrutch members formed in 1975, eventually becoming known as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

After pioneering the heartland rock sound, Petty went solo in 1989 before regrouping with the Heartbreakers three years later.

He also found fame as an actor. His flair for drama was on display in his music videos for songs like “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”

Petty starred with Kevin Costner in the 1997 film, “The Postman.” He also had a recurring role as the voice of Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in the animated comedy series, “King of the Hill.”

A 2015 biography on Petty documented a dark turn for the singer and his struggle with heroin addiction in 1997, following the collapse of his 20-year marriage and a failed album.

“Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work,” Petty said in the book. “It’s an ugly f***ing thing.”

Petty told CNN in a 2007 interview that he loved music as much as it loved him.

“Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know,” he said. “There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.”

Residents evacuated after early morning fire

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EAST MOLINE- Fire crews responded to a house fire early Tuesday morning, October 3.

It happened around 2:15 a.m. in the 17000 block of 4th Avenue, just west of Illinois 5, near the FedEx Freight facility. Officials say all the residents had to be evacuated. They say the fire started in the kitchen, after the oven caught a cooking board on fire.

Officials say the fire was mainly contained to the kitchen, and they say it did sustain some damage.


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