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jetcityimage/iStock(CANNELTON, Ind.) -- A Girl Scout was killed and three other people were injured on Monday when a tree fell on a campground in Indiana, officials said.

The Perry County Sheriff's Office said it received a call at around 11:30 a.m. local time about a tree that had fallen on several campers and volunteers at Camp Koch, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana's resident camp facility, nestled along the Ohio River near the small city of Cannelton.

Sheriff's deputies and emergency responders arrived at the scene, where they found four people with injuries. The injured were taken to various area hospitals, where one of them later died, according to the sheriff's office.

The conditions of the three other patients was unknown.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana confirmed the "tragic death" of one of its members attending camp and said it has closed Camp Koch while the incident is being investigated. The young victim's name has not yet been released.

"There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls and volunteers," the youth organization said in a statement. "During this difficult time, the entire Girl Scout family mourns the loss of one of our girls, and we ask for privacy for the individuals and their families as they grieve and mourn this tragic loss."

Law enforcement will hold a press conference Tuesday morning to provide an update on the investigation.

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man on the run for murder in Tennessee stabbed a sheriff's deputy before he was gunned down by law enforcement in Texas on Monday, authorities said.

Peter Bohning, 34, of Kent, Connecticut, was spotted by authorities in Gaines County, Texas, some 1,000 miles away from where he allegedly attacked a couple on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bohning died in a Texas hospital on Monday morning after being shot during the altercation with the sheriff's deputy, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Nashville police initially named Bohning as a person of interest in the stabbing that left Donald Zirkle, 59, dead and his 58-year-old wife, Leigh Ann Zirkle, seriously injured. Police identified him as a suspect on Monday.

The Zirkles were sitting on their back porch in Nashville on Friday afternoon when Bohning allegedly approached them to ask for directions, police said. Investigators aren't exactly sure what happened next, but the encounter suddenly turned deadly when Bohning allegedly began stabbing the couple.

Leigh Ann Zirkle fled the scene and collapsed in the street after sustaining "significant" stab wounds, including one to her neck, police said. Her husband was found critically wounded inside the home and transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.

Bohning's car, a silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut license plates, was found "inexplicably parked" at the side of the home with its rear doors open. He allegedly fled the scene in the Zirkle's 2010 gray Toyota Camry, police said.

The Gaines County sheriff's deputy in Texas encountered Bohning on Monday morning while answering a call about a suspicious vehicle. That vehicle was the Zirkle's Toyota Camry, police said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Among the almost 200 damaging storms reported from Texas all the way to Pennsylvania over the last 24 hours were four tornadoes -- two in Texas and two in West Virginia.

Damage also was reported in Atlanta where wind gusts of up to 60 mph were reported. Thousands were without power.

The Houston metro area on Monday saw 3 inches of rain in about an hour, flooding streets and roads, and requiring water rescues.

Strong but not severe thunderstorms are targeting the Northeast, including Philadelphia and New York, on Tuesday.

A new storm system and a cold front is heading for the Midwest and Great Lakes. Severe storms there could produce damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.

Major cities on Tuesday that may see storms include Kansas City, Milwaukee and Chicago.

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Macon County Sheriffs Office(CHICAGO) -- Six days before the two-year anniversary of his arrest -- as well as his 30th birthday -- Brendt Christensen, a former teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, was found guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of providing false statements to the FBI in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang.

Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese visiting scholar and agriculture researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was last seen entering a black Saturn Astra on June 9, 2017, only a few yards away from a bus stop outside the university's PBS radio and television station.

The FBI became involved after video of her getting into the vehicle surfaced and the case moved from a disappearance to a possible kidnapping. Within days, investigators tracked the Saturn Astra back to Christensen but Zhang's body has not been found.

Although Christensen had pleaded not guilty, his attorney said that Christensen kidnapped and killed Zhang in his opening statement earlier this month. The defense added that it took issues with "the way the government says the events occurred."

On Wednesday, Terra Bullis, Christensen's former girlfriend who recorded his alleged admission of brutally killing Zhang, testified that he had seemed "proud" and "excited" when describing how he killed her.

Bullis, who said she started dating Christensen in April 2017 after meeting on OkCupid, agreed to use a hidden audio device for the FBI on June 16, 2017. She said on the stand Wednesday that she'd recorded Christensen, 29, a total of nine times and that his alleged admission was recorded on June 29, 2017, as he and Bullis attended a vigil for Zhang.

In that June 29 audio, which was played in court, Christensen is heard telling Bullis several times that Zhang was his 13th victim -- adding that he had been killing since he was 19 years old. He went on to say in the recording that he'd decapitated Zhang to ensure she was deceased after assaulting her with a baseball bat.

On that same audio recording, Christensen is also heard describing Zhang's "valiant" efforts to fight back, saying it was "supernatural almost how [Zhang] just didn't give up."

The defense did not dispute that Christensen’s voice was on the recording.

During the cross-examination, defense attorney Robert Tucker noted that Christensen had been drinking at the time of this conversation. Bullis agreed, but said Christensen was not drunk at the time of his statements on tape.

In the last clip heard from the June 29 audio, Christensen tells Bullis he would not tell her nor anyone else what he did with Zhang's body.

"No one will ever know where she is," he is heard saying on the recording. "She's gone forever."

During a police interrogation, video of which was also played in court, Christensen did not admit to investigators that it was his car seen on surveillance video of Zhang getting into a black Saturn Astra.

Christensen, however, did admit in the police interview to picking up a young Asian female matching the description of Zhang.

He told investigators he'd let her out in a "residential area" shortly after she got in his car. He struggled to explain where he allegedly dropped her off and could not provide a precise location to investigators.

Christensen is expected to be sentenced in mid-July and could face the death penalty.

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Family Photo(SALT LAKE CITY) -- One week after a University of Utah senior mysteriously vanished, police say she was last seen when her Lyft driver dropped her off at a Salt Lake City park.

At 2:42 a.m on June 17, Mackenzie Lueck, 23, took a Lyft from Salt Lake City's airport to Hatch Park in north Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Police assistant chief Tim Doubt said at a news conference Monday.

The Lyft driver told police that an individual met Lueck at the park and the 23-year-old did not appear to be in distress, Doubt said.

No information has led police to believe she was harmed, Doubt said.

Lyft officials and the driver have spoken to police and have cooperated with the investigation, authorities said.

Lueck, from Southern California, had gone home for her grandmother's funeral, and when she landed in Salt Lake City early that morning, she texted her mother to say she had arrived safely, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported.

The family reported her missing on Thursday afternoon, said police.

The college senior has missed a midterm exam, Doubt said. She was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on Sunday, June 23, but wasn't on the flight, Doubt said.

"The University of Utah is deeply concerned about the well-being of Mackenzie 'Kenzie' Lueck and her family," university officials said in a statement. "Mackenzie is enrolled part-time as a senior and is majoring in kinesiology and pre-nursing and minoring in health. She has been enrolled since fall 2014."

The university is cooperating with the police, according to the school statement.

"The university's dean of students has spoken with Mackenzie’s family to offer support and to express the campus community’s shared hope for her safe return," the statement said. "The dean’s office is also talking with and providing support to Mackenzie’s classmates."

Doubt called this case a "high priority" for the department and ask anyone with information to call the tip line at 801-799-4420.

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Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) -- Portions of police video obtained in connection to the Jussie Smollett case have been released, giving a never-before-seen-look into the controversial case.

Some 69 hours of police video were released Monday, with two videos showing the moment when police first arrived at the actor's residence after receiving a 911 call that alleged he was the victim of a hate crime.

In the police body camera footage, Smollett is seen with a noose around his neck. The video also records Smollett asking the officers to turn off their recordings.

Another group of video clips shows the moment when the police apprehend the two brothers who allege they helped Smollett stage the attack.

The videos show Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo as they were arrested on Feb. 13.

The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and an unknown chemical was poured on him. The alleged assailants, police were told, yelled "MAGA country," an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's "Make American Great Again" slogan.

The brothers have since filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Smollett's attorneys, claiming that the lawyers publicly blamed the brothers for the attack.

The new release of the video tapes comes days after a judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the Cook County prosecutor's original decision to dismiss charges against Smollett.

Smollett, an actor who starred on the television show "Empire," had all of the charges against him dropped, despite prosecutors saying they believed he fabricated the attack. Smollett has maintained that he did not stage the attack.

The new special prosecutor investigation isn't the only one that will be giving a second look at the case. Two law enforcement sources told ABC News in March that the FBI would be reviewing the case.

The decision to drop the charges against Smollett was met with an immediate backlash, as the city's police department had already made public comments about the case, laying out what they said was the evidence that proved Smollett arranged the alleged attack.

Shortly after the charges were dropped, the city sued the actor in an effort to recoup some of the tens of thousands of dollars they say the police department spent investigating the case.

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A 26-year-old woman on the job for six months.

A father of two with 24 years of experience in law enforcement.

These are just two of the four police officers shot and killed in the United States this week -- part of what one expert calls a disturbing "multi-year" trend of violence toward police.

June 23: Wellston, Missouri

In Wellston, Missouri, officer Michael Langsdorf from the North County Police Cooperative was shot and killed on Sunday night in what police described as an execution.

Langsdorf was responding to a report of a person trying to cash a bad check, and when he confronted the suspect, a struggle broke out between the two on the floor, said North County Police assistant chief Ron Martin.

The suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and hit the officer on the side of the head several times, causing Langsdorf to lose his hold, Martin said.

The suspect then got up and stood over Langdorf who was on the ground, facedown; the suspect pointed the gun at the back of Langdorf’s head and fired one shot, striking him in the neck, Martin said.

The suspected gunman has been arrested, police said.

Martin said, who knew Langdorf, was overcome with emotion when asked about the attack.

The gunman "was successful in executing a cop yesterday," Martin said, his voice shaking.

Langsdorf, 40, leaves behind two children, his parents and his fiancé, said police.

Langsdorf had 17 years of police experience and joined the North County Police Cooperative this April.

"There's no such thing as a routine call," Martin said. "This is the danger that our police officers in this community face every day."

June 20: Mission, Texas

Cpl. Jose Espericueta of the Mission, Texas, Police Department was shot and killed on Thursday, June 20, authorities said.

Espericueta, a 13-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children, police said.

The shooting unfolded when a woman waved down an officer Thursday to say her son had fired shots at her car, police said.

Espericueta responded and tried to make contact with the suspect, who then ran away from him, police said. As the suspect ran, he turned around and began firing, police said, and he exchanged gunfire with Espericueta and other officers.

It was the first time the town saw the loss of a police officer in the line of duty since 1978, police said.

A suspect was taken into custody.

June 19: Sacramento, California

Tara O'Sullivan, a 26-year-old Sacramento police officer who graduated from the police academy in December and was hired in January, was shot and killed on June 19, authorities said.

O'Sullivan, who had partnered with a training officer and was accompanied by others from the department, had responded to a domestic dispute and was standing by while a woman gathered some of her belongings, police said. The young officer was shot in an ambush attack, police said.

Multiple officers fired back in the intense firefight, police said. About 50 minutes after O'Sullivan was shot, officers rushed in with an armored car to rescue her and take her to a hospital, according to police.

The standoff lasted hours before the suspected shooter surrendered, police said.

O'Sullivan was a member of Sacramento State's Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' Program, which "allows young men and women to go directly into the academy to serve," Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said.

"We lost a hero. We lost a leader," Nelsen said at a news conference on Thursday. "We will never forget her... and we will aspire to be as good as she is."

June 17: Racine, Wisconsin

Officer John Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the Racine, Wisconsin, Police Department, had worked the day shift on Monday, June 17. He was off-duty and at a bar that night when he saw an armed robbery unfolding, police said. He tried to intervene and was shot, police said.

Hetland is survived by two children, Racine Mayor Cory Mason said.

"I just really can't express how deeply we feel the loss of this officer," the mayor told reporters last week. "It's been more than 40 decades since we've had a loss in this city."

Hetland will be laid to rest on Wednesday, Racine Police Chief Art Howell said.

Police are still searching for the gunman; the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department on Sunday released three updated photos of the suspect. Authorities also ask residents to check their security cameras from that night and contact police if they notice anything suspicious.

'Part of a multi-year trend'

Beyond the four police officers shot and killed this week, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper died in a car crash on Thursday.

Monday also marks the funeral for Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano who was shot while off-duty at a Jack in the Box on June 10. Solano, 50, died two days later.

But officer deaths overall, as well as officer deaths by gunfire, are down this year from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Twenty-five officers have been shot dead this year, compared with 31 deaths at this time last year.

However, John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor, called the slayings "part of a multi-year trend of increased acts of violence directed at law enforcement."

"While the numbers may be less when compared to the same time period last year, if you look at it on a multi-year basis we've seen a significant level of violence directed toward law enforcement officers," he said. "It's an issue that has police chiefs and rank-and-file police officers very concerned."

This causes officers to fear for their safety, which may impact their mental health and make them more forceful and aggressive while interacting with the public, Cohen said.

"It's not just simply a matter of police officers feeling more threatened," he said. "They're much more likely to be wary when responding to a call... they may be more willing to escalate to the use of force when they perceive that they may be threatened. That may result in a violent reaction by the person they're contacting."

Cohen calls the "multi-year trend" of violence toward police as "a reflection of the broader levels of anger and violent behavior that's becoming all too common across our society."

"These increased acts of violence against police come at a time where we're also seeing an increase in targeted attacks and hate crimes," Cohen said. "We're a society that has become increasingly polarized, increasingly angry and increasingly willing to use violence as a way to express that anger."

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Chalabala/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The driver of a pickup truck that plowed into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been charged with seven counts of murder.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested near his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Monday morning, Jane Young, deputy attorney general for New Hampshire, said in a press release.

Zhukovskyy was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge, based on an arrest warrant issued Monday charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide, Young said.

The victims were hit by a Ford 2500 truck while driving on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire, a few miles from Mount Washington on Friday afternoon, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Three people who were injured in the accident were transported to area hospitals.

The ages of the victims ranged from 42 to 62, according to officials. All seven victims died of blunt trauma, said New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval.

Photos from the scene of the accident shows pieces of several smashed motorcycles scattered throughout the highway.

Zhukovskyy was arraigned in Springfield Monday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty on the fugitive of justice charge, and waived his extradition to New Hampshire, where he will face murder charges.

ABC News could not immediately reach Zhukovskyy or his attorney for comment.

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New Canaan Police Department(NEW YORK) -- Connecticut mom of five Jennifer Dulos, who vanished last month amid a custody battle with her estranged husband, may have disappeared intentionally in a "'Gone Girl'-type case," her husband's attorney alleges.

But Dulos' decades-old friend has shut down that theory.

Dulos was last seen on May 24, police said. Investigators believe she suffered a "serious physical assault" in the garage at her New Canaan home, where bloodstains were found, according to arrest warrants.

 Clothes and sponges with Dulos' blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the man's car fit the appearance of his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, according to the documents.

Fotis Dulos and Troconis are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. Both have pleaded not guilty.

More charges are likely, prosecutors said.

 Fotis Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis, insists his client didn't kill his wife and doesn't know where she is.

Pattis told ABC News this week that he's "investigating the possibility that this is a 'Gone Girl'-type case and considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play."

In the "Gone Girl" book-turned-film, a wife fakes her own disappearance, framing her husband.

Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos' family, called the defense's "Gone Girl" theory a "smokescreen."

"I think that drawing any comparison to a work of fiction does an incredible disservice to the family," Luft told "Good Morning America" on Sunday. "This is not a film, this is not a novel, this is our real life."

"Someone we love is missing," said Luft, a friend of 28 years. "This is about someone who is missing following a violent attack and people are doing everything they can to solve the mystery."

Luft described the missing mother as stable, responsible and reliable and "not a woman that would ever, ever leave her children."

"She loves them more than anything in the world," she said.

The five kids are in the custody of Jennifer Dulos' mother.

"The kids are well cared for and are surrounded by people who love them," Luft said.

Luft said she's holding out hope that Jennifer Dulos survived and can be rescued.

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smolaw11/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A second Catholic high school in Indiana faced the decision of whether or not to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, and unlike the first school that publicly refused, this school decided to cut ties with the teacher for the church.

The push by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for local schools to fire teachers who were in same-sex relationships, arguing that homosexual relationships go against the teachings of the church, gained public attention last week.

At the time, Brebeuf Jesuit Prepatory School announced they would be going against the archdiocese in their request to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage. As a result, the archdiocese cut longstanding ties with the school.

Cathedral High School announced Sunday they made the "agonizing decision" to go in the opposite direction and "separate" from a teacher, but not the church.

The high school's president and chairman of the board of directors explained their decision in an open letter posted to their website, detailing how they would have had clear repercussions for disobeying the church.

The letter states that the school would not be able to identify as a Catholic school, celebrate the sacraments or have diocesan priests serve on their board of directors, and would lose its 501(c)3 designation, meaning it would no longer be considered a non-profit school.

"Therefore, in order to remain a Catholic Holy Cross School, Cathedral must follow the direct guidance given to us by Archbishop Thompson and separate from the teacher," the letter states, after having earlier referenced that they employed "a teacher in a public, same-sex marriage."

The letter goes on to note that since the other school is a Jesuit school -- and has a somewhat looser affiliation and dependence upon the archdiocese -- the situations are different.

"Because Brebeuf is a specific ministry of the Jesuits, their canonical and nonprofit status is different than ours. Therefore, the two schools cannot function the same way if Cathedral were to receive a similar decree as Brebeuf," the letter states.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis released a statement on Monday, saying that the decisions come as a response to the teachers not keeping with Catholic doctrine.

"This issue is not about sexual orientation; rather, it is about our expectation that all personnel inside a Catholic school—who are ministers of the faith—abide by all Church teachings, including the nature of marriage. If and when a minister of the faith is publicly not doing so, the Church calls us to help the individual strive to live a life in accordance with Catholic teaching," the archdiocese said in a statement.

The school told its community, via their letter, that "we offer our prayers and love to this teacher, our students and faculty, our Archbishop, and all associated with Cathedral as we continue to educate our students in the Catholic Holy Cross tradition," without naming the teacher.

"We ask that dialogue about this difficult situation be respectful of the dignity of every person and that you continue to pray for our Cathedral family and the wider Indianapolis community," the letter stated.

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Houston Police Department(HOUSTON) -- A Texas mother has been charged with killing her 3-year-old son by hitting him with her SUV during what prosecutors are describing as a game of "chicken."

On June 11, 26-year-old Lexus Stagg allegedly drove toward three of her children in the parking lot of their Houston apartment complex when she struck her son, according to a press release by the Houston Police Department.

Surveillance video taken at the community pool shows a white Lincoln Navigator driving in reverse as three children chase after it. Stagg then allegedly put the car in drive and moved toward them, police said.

Two of the three children were able to move out of the way in time, but the 3-year-old, identified by police as Lord Renfro, was struck and later died at the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

Stagg did not show any visible signs of intoxication and was released after she was questioned, police said.

Authorities initially described the child's death as an "unfortunate accident" but determined it was not an accident after further investigation, ABC Houston station KTRK reported.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the station Stagg was playing a game of "chicken" with her children.

"Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves," Ogg said. "Cars aren't toys and playing chicken with your kids isn't a game."

Stagg's children were playing in front of her in the parking lot when the child was struck, Harris County prosecutor Sean Teare told KTRK. Lord Refro was run over by two of the SUV's tires, Teare said.

In 2013, Stagg's Child Protective Services removed two of Stagg's older children from her home and placed them with a relative, KTRK reported. Her younger children have also been placed with relatives after the 3-year-old's death, CPS confirmed with the station.

On Thursday, Stagg was arrested and charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of her son, police said. She was released on $1,500 bond Friday afternoon after attending her probable cause hearing, according to KTRK.

It is unclear if Stagg has retained a lawyer. ABC News could not immediately reach her for comment.

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police in San Jose, Calif., are investigating a quadruple murder-suicide after they say a suspect shot and killed four people and then himself inside a home.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to multiple calls of a shooting and found several family members fleeing the house, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Officers learned there were possibly more victims inside the home and took an armored police vehicle inside, where they rescued a woman and a woman who had each been shot, police said.

They were rushed to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Two other women and the suspect were still unaccounted for and believed to be inside, said police. At about 1:25 a.m. Monday, officers went inside and found the two missing victims and the suspect. All three had been shot and were pronounced deceased at the scene, said police.

There are no outstanding suspects, according to police, and the identities of the victims and suspect have not been released.

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Corey Hendrickson/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) -- The prep school student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate was released from jail for good behavior.

Owen Labrie's attorney confirmed to ABC News that he was released from Merrimack County’s jail Monday morning after nearly six months.

"Owen is happy to be home with his family. He will be settling in and working on rebuilding his life," his lawyers said in a statement to ABC News. "He’d like to thank the friends and family that have stood by him and supported him all these years."

Labrie, who is now 23 years old, was a student at the prestigious St. Paul's School in New Hampshire when he was accused of sexually assaulting a younger student.

The case raised questions about sex culture on campus in light of accusations that the alleged incident was part of a so-called "Senior Salute," where seniors allegedly target younger students.

In October 2015, Labrie was sentenced to 12 months in prison. A judge suspended that sentence and Labrie was freed on bail under curfew at the home of his mother in Tunbridge, Vt., while Labrie appealed the decision. In March 2016, the court revoked his bail after prosecutors accused him of missing his court-ordered curfew several times.

Earlier this month, the New Hampshire Supreme Court denied Labrie's appeal to have a new trial based on ineffective counsel.

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Rex_Wholster/iStock(RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas) -- Four bodies were found Sunday evening near the Rio Grande River, southeast of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area, an area rife with human trafficking, authorities said.

The deceased appeared to be two infants, a toddler and a 20-year-old woman, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told ABC News Rio Grande Valley, Texas, affiliate KRGV-TV.

Because the bodies were found on federal property, the FBI will handle the investigation.

The four people may have died from dehydration, investigators told KRGV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 severe weather reports stretching from the Plains to the Southeast on Sunday included a reported tornado near South Bend, Indiana, that damaged a building but injured no one.

About 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in southwest Missouri in fewer than six hours, resulting in a flash flood emergency for parts of that area. Devastating flash flooding was reported in Newton and McDonald counties.

Heavy rain -- more than 4 inches locally, in parts -- also was reported in Kansas. The town of Ellsworth reported hail as large as hens' eggs. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were reported from Texas to Indiana.

Radar on Monday morning showed a line of strong to severe storms from Texas to Tennessee, with very heavy rain and locally damaging winds.

The severe weather should slide south into parts of southeast Texas and Louisiana later Monday morning, but the storms are forecast to lose some of their intensity.

This weather is part of a slow-moving storm that's heading through the central and eastern U.S. As the storm's warmer sector moves toward parts of the Midwest and Appalachia, more severe weather is expected.

Cities including Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh all could be at risk for strong wind and large hail -- possibly a brief tornado -- in the radar map's "slight risk" region.

More severe weather on Tuesday is likely in parts of the Midwest, with strong winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.

The Southeast is heating up. Temperatures and humidity will be on the rise Monday and Tuesday, when Heat Index values will reach triple digits from New Orleans to Miami.

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