Student Killed While Waiting for School Bus (VIDEO)

A swerving pickup truck struck and killed a student waiting to board a Wisconsin school bus Friday morning, authorities said.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. local time on a state highway in the town of Excelsior, located about 46 miles northwest of Madison.

The pickup truck driver failed to slow down while approaching a School District of Reedsburg bus that was stopped in front of a residence, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. To avoid slamming into the bus, the driver swerved to the right, the sheriff’s office said.

“The truck sideswiped the rear right side of the school bus and continued across a driveway striking the student,” Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said in a statement.

The pickup truck came to a rest in a ditch, the sheriff said.

The student was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the students aboard the bus were hurt, while the driver sustained “minor injuries,” the sheriff said.

The students were taken to Webb Middle School to reunite with their families.

The district superintendent told parents in a letter that the student attended the middle school, according to ABC Madison affiliate WKOW.

The names of those involved are being withheld pending family notification, the sheriff’s office said.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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“Armed and Dangerous” Man Escapes Detention Facility (VIDEO)

Kentucky law enforcement officials are searching for an “armed and dangerous” man who escaped from a facility on Wednesday.

Kyle Aaron Skaggs allegedly escaped from a Kentucky facility on Wednesday and is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to the Fleming County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials in Kentucky did not disclose what Skaggs had been charged with in their press release about the escape. Information about Skaggs was not available on Kentucky’s public inmate database.

The Fleming County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The escape follows several notable inmate escapes across the United States.

Law enforcement in Philadelphia are still searching for two inmates who escaped from a correctional facility Friday night, including an inmate charged with multiple counts of murder.

Two inmates in Virginia escaped from a Virginia correctional facility on April 30 before being captured.

Four inmates escaped from a Missippissi jail in April, resulting in a two-week manhunt. Two inmates were captured by law enforcement, one was killed in a shootout, and another was found dead in a vehicle.

One of the inmates is believed to have killed an innocent bystander who pulled over to help after a motorcycle accident.

This is a developing story.


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Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant Tries to Storm Cockpit After Meltdown Over Menu

A hotheaded businessman allegedly attacked a flight attendant after her “shitty” colleague was not sufficiently deferential while reciting the available meal choices.

That’s according to a criminal complaint reviewed by The Daily Beast, which says American Airlines passenger Robert David Croizat became enraged about halfway through a flight from Barbados to South Florida.

An irate Croizat demanded to speak with the captain of the aircraft about the subpar service he felt he had received, melting down to such a degree that another traveler was moved to overpower the U.K. citizen and force him back to his seat so the plane could land safely, the complaint says.

American Airlines Flight 1192 left Bridgetown for Miami International Airport at 3:53 p.m. on March 8. A little less than two hours into the four-hour journey, Croizat got up out of his seat and “caused a disturbance… by getting out of his assigned seat and approaching flight attendant (“FA”) 1,” according to the complaint.

“Croizat told FA1 he was a ‘shitty’ flight attendant and should have addressed him in a better way when giving him the choices for his meal,” the complaint continues, noting that Croizat was “shouting” at the crewmember.

During the confrontation, Croizat said he had had two drinks on the flight.

“What, you want to call the Captain?” Croizat allegedly then taunted a second flight attendant, then continued to “aggressively, demandingly, and loudly ordered the flight attendants to “get the Captain out here,” the complaint goes on.

The two flight attendants told Croizat to sit back down, but he refused and continued to insist on an audience with the captain.

In the midst of this altercation, Croizat “touched flight attendant 3,” the complaint states. When she told Croizat not to touch her, he pushed her twice, according to the complaint, which says Croizat “continued to persist in being belligerent and non-compliant.” So flight attendant 3 called the captain in the cockpit to apprise him of the situation.

At this point, Croizat turned his ire back to flight attendant 2, who was now guarding the cockpit door. She told Croizat to sit down, but he “refused to comply and pushed FA 2, briefly pinning her against the cockpit door,” the complaint goes on.

“All the while, passengers told Croizat many times to sit down, but Croizat refused and continued to be disruptive,” the complaint states. “Finally, a passenger lifted Croizat and placed him in his seat in [an] attempt to restrain him, causing a glass of wine to spill.”

Croizat remained in his seat for the rest of the flight, but “continu[ed] to complain to the flight attendants about the way he was treated,” according to the complaint, which says flight attendant 2 strategically positioned her serving cart in front of the cockpit door “to keep Croizat from making any further attempts to contact the Captain.”

The captain contacted air traffic control to report the incident, which he described as having included an “attempted breach of the cockpit,” the complaint continues. When the aircraft landed at Miami International, Croizat was arrested.

A motion filed by Croizat’s attorney explains he was going to Miami for five days to visit his son, who wound up co-signing his dad’s bond.

But things weren’t moving fast enough for Croizat, who was ordered to turn in his passport, and complained to the court that the cost of renting Airbnbs while waiting for his case to be adjudicated was “financially burdensome” and asked to be allowed to return home temporarily. His request was denied.

The FAA last year received 2,455 reports of unruly passengers aboard airplanes, with 831 investigations launched. In addition to criminal charges being brought by law enforcement, the FAA—which says it has “zero tolerance” for fliers acting out, separately levied $8.4 million in fines for bad behavior.

Croizat is scheduled to plead guilty in Miami federal court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of interference with a flight crew and assault, according to court records.

His lawyer, Barry Wax, and American Airlines, did not respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment.

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Limo Operator Held ‘Personally’ Responsible for Deadly Crash Which Killed 20

A former upstate limo operator who rented out the ride involved in the horrific 2018 crash that killed 20 people bears “personal responsibility” for the disaster, prosecutors said during opening arguments at his trial Monday.

Nauman Hussain, 33, the former operator of Prestige Limousine, faces 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide in the Oct. 6, 2018 catastrophe that killed 17 revelers on their way to a surprise birthday party in Cooperstown, as well as the driver and two bystanders who were outside a Schohaire convenience store.

“This case is about personal responsibility,” Fred Rench, a special prosecutor assigned to the case, told jurors in Schoharie County Court, according to a report by the Albany Times-Union.

“The evidence will show [that] Mr. Hussain was made aware of his responsibility again and again and again in the months leading up to the crash,” Rench said. “Mr. Hussain’s choices led to the accident that caused the deaths of 20 people on Oct. 6, 2018.”

Police said the rented stretch limo, a modified 2001 Ford Excursion, careened down a hill at up to 100 mph, sped through an intersection and smashed into a car outside the Apple Barrel County Store & Cafe, striking the two bystanders and killing everyone in the vehicle.

The 2001 Ford Excursion limousine involved in the deadly 2018 crash.
The modified 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo involved in the deadly Oct. 6, 2018, upstate crash that killed 20 people had faulty brakes and had not been properly inspected in as long as two years, authorities said after the wreck.

None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time. An independent review ordered up by State Police and the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office determined that the Prestige limo had faulty brakes and had not undergone a state safety inspection for as long as two years before the incident.

Hussain’s lawyer told jurors Monday that a local repair shop and state Department of Transportation inspectors — not his client — should be held responsible for the deadly crash.

Attorney Lee Kindlon said the 31-foot limo should have been inspected and was even involved in a crash in the Mavis auto repair shop parking lot in June 2017 that a DOT investigator had been aware of.

“The accident was caused by the fraud and failure of Mavis to fix the brakes,” Kindlon said. “They know that they should be sitting here instead of Nauman Hussain.”

Hussain, the son of limo company owner Shahed Hussain, a former FBI informant, was charged with criminally negligent homicide in the tragic wreck and later released on a $150,000 bond.

The younger Hussain cut a plea deal with prosecutors in 2021 that allowed him to dodge prison — but the agreement was nixed by a judge and upheld by an appellate court, opening the way for this week’s trial in at the Schoharie County Courthouse in Saratoga County.

Jury selection in the emotionally-charged case dragged on for five days, as prosecutors and defense lawyers weeded through 200 potential jurors before selecting the final panel of 16.

Violations found in 2001 Ford Excursion limo involved in 2018 crash.
The modified 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo involved in the Oct. 6, 2018 upstate crash.

The tumult continued on Monday morning, when one of the jurors was dismissed before opening arguments, according to the Times-Union.

The 2018 tragedy was the deadliest US transportation crash in at least a decade.

It inspired a package of measures approved by lawmakers in Albany that boosted safety requirements for stretch limousine operators.

The trial is expected to last five weeks.

Children’s Book Author Accused of Murder

An author who wrote a recently published children’s book about grief, after the sudden death of her husband, was on Monday arrested on charges of murdering her spouse.

Writer Kouri Darden Richins, 33, is facing a first-degree aggravated murder charge. She has also three second-degree felony charges of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, according to NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About 6 percent of the 17,970 males murdered in 2021 were victims of intimate partner homicide, according to data reported by law-enforcement agencies.

Darden Richins had been married to her husband for nine years and had three children with him at the time of his death. She released the book Are You With Me? almost a year to the day after his passing. The work, which guides children through the difficulty of losing a loved one, was written in reaction to Richins’ death.

Citing court documents, the outlet reports that first responders responded to calls regarding an unresponsive man in a Summit County, Utah, residence on March 4, 2022. Eric Richins, 39, was found on the floor at the foot of his bed, per KSL-TV.

“Life-saving measures were attempted, but Eric was declared deceased,” the court documents stated. It was later found that Richins died of a fentanyl overdose after ingesting five times the lethal dosage.

Darden Richins said in a police interview that she and her husband were celebrating closing on a house before heading to bed. Darden Richins told authorities that she had made a Moscow mule cocktail for her husband.

Court documents quote Darden Richins as saying that she left the couple’s bedroom to check on one of their children and ended up falling asleep in the child’s room.

Upon returning to the couple’s bedroom at around 3 a.m., Darden Richins “felt Eric, and he was cold to the touch. That is when the defendant called 911,” per the documents.

While Darden Richins told police that she left her phone in the couple’s bedroom, phone records show that the device was active while she was in the child’s bedroom.

“In addition, tolls on the defendant’s phone show that messages were sent and received during that time. These messages were deleted,” stated court documents.

Drug Purchases

A police search of Darden Richins’ phone and computers showed several communications with an acquaintance. This person themselves had drug-related charges that included multiple counts of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Speaking with Summit Count detectives on May 2, 2023, the acquaintance said that Darden Richins had requested and received “prescription pain medication for an investor” sometime between December 2021 and February 2022.

The acquaintance was advised to leave the pills at a house that Darden Richins was in the process of flipping, according to court documents. A cash payment for the pills was left at the house.

The acquaintance said that Darden Richins contacted them two weeks later and added that her investor wanted “something stronger and asked for ‘some of the Michael Jackson stuff,'” specifically fentanyl, per the documents. Darden Richins is alleged to have paid $900 for 15 to 30 fentanyl pills in February 2022.

Richins fell ill after a Valentine’s Day dinner at the couple’s home, according to court documents. He is said to have shared with a friend his belief that his wife had poisoned him.

Two weeks later, Darden Richens again made contact with her acquaintance, who got her another $900 of fentanyl pills, per court documents. Weeks later, Richins passed away at the couple’s home.

Raising Suspicions

Citing warrants, Utah radio station KPCW reports that Richins’ family members told investigators shortly after his death that they suspected his wife had killed him. “He warned them that if anything happened to him, she was to blame,” according to documents.

Darden Richins’ claim that she had performed CPR on her husband at the time of his death was deemed unlikely by fire and EMS first responders. They noted the blood coming from the dead man’s mouth.

Darden Richens said, according to documents, that her husband had an addiction to prescription pain medication while he was in high school. She added he didn’t have any substance abuse issues since. No painkillers were found in the family home, per documents.

One of Richins’ two sisters told investigators that he had called her a few years ago while on vacation in Greece with his wife. He allegedly told his sister that a drink Darden Richins had handed him made him violently ill.

Life Insurance Policy

Richins held a joint life-insurance policy with his stone-masonry business partner. Per the warrant, Darden Richins logged into the policy in January 2022 and changed it. She removed the couple as each other’s beneficiary, naming herself as the policy’s sole beneficiary.

After both men were informed by the insurance company of the amendment, they were able to change it back. It was after this that Richins fell ill following his Valentine’s Day meal.

Before his death, Richins reportedly changed the beneficiary of his will and his power of attorney, replacing his wife with his sister. Per the warrant, the businessman didn’t tell Darden Richens of the change. He believed she would “kill him for the money” and wanted their children to be financially secure.

According to warrants, Richins had intended to file for divorce. He passed away before he was able to initiate proceedings.

Darden Richins learned that she had been cut out of her husband’s will at a gathering at the family home on March 5, 2022, one day after Richins’ death.

Weeks later, the defendant sued her sister-in-law for control over his estate. She said that the couple’s prenuptial agreement deems her entitled to the money, family home and other assets. Utah has the Slayer’s Rule, a statute that says a murderer cannot retain a property interest in their victim’s estate.

Property Dispute

Hours before Richins died, his wife had thrown a celebratory gathering with friends. While Darden Richins said that they had been celebrating closing on a home, the $2 million in question had been a source of a dispute between the couple.

Darden Richins wanted to buy and flip the home, while Richins thought it was too expensive, according to documents. Richins’ family members told police that he was going to tell his wife they weren’t purchasing the home.

“It’s been a long, long year and difficult year,” Darden Richins told KPCW last month. “Writing this book has brought a little peace to me, to me and my boys.”

Darden Richins revealed plans to write a series of books on grief, with the next one titled Mom, How Far Away Is Heaven?

The realtor and author’s detention hearing has been scheduled for May 19. Judge Richard Mrazik will decide if she should be held in jail while her case is pending.

Newsweek has contacted the Summit County Sheriff’s Office via email for comment.

Shooting on Dallas Train Leaves 1 Dead and 2 Injured

Police in Dallas are on the hunt for a gunman who opened fire aboard a DART train Sunday, leaving one person dead and two others injured.

The shooting took place around 4:30 p.m. following an argument between two passengers traveling on a northbound Green Line train near Hatcher Station, according to a DART spokesperson speaking to CNN.

One of the people taking part in the dispute pulled a gun and fired.

Two shooting victims were taken to a hospital, where one of them later died. Police said another bystander was treated at the scene for a shrapnel injury.

The gunman fled the scene and was being sought. As of Monday morning, no arrests have been made.

The shooting disrupted normal train and bus shuttle operations for hours as police investigated the deadly incident.

It was not immediately known whether the people involved in the altercation knew each other, or what sparked the initial fight.

The train shooting took place just a day after a massacre at an outlet mall in the Dallas suburb of Allen that left eight people dead and seven others injured.  

On Saturday afternoon, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, an Army veteran, drove down to the Allen Premium Outlets and opened fire on shoppers with an AR-15-style rifle.

Garcia was later shot dead by a police officer who was responding to an unrelated incident in the area.

The feds are investigating whether the gunman, who wore a patch on his clothing with the acronym “RWDS,” which stands for “Right Wing Death Squad,” held white supremacist and neo-Nazi views.

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Hotel Guest Wakes Up to Night Manager Sucking on His Toes

An evening manager of a Tennessee hotel was arrested after he snuck into a man’s room and sucked on his toes, according to police.

David Neal, a 52-year-old manager at the 4th Avenue South Hilton Hotel in Nashville, allegedly crept into a male guest’s room while he was sleeping on March 30 and got intimate with his feet.

According to Nashville Metropolitan Police, Neal made a key card to get into the room and entered around 5 a.m., WKRN reported.

The guest told police he woke up to Neal’s mouth around his toes and immediately confronted him.

He recognized Neal as one of the hotel employees who came into his room the day before to fix his TV, according to police.

Neal admitted to police that he had entered the room, but claimed he did so because he smelled smoke and wanted to make sure the guest was OK.

Police said Neal never reported smelling smoke to security and there were no other reports of guests or staff smelling smoke at the hotel.

The room key was not recovered, cops said. Neal told investigators that he had thrown it away.

He was arrested at his home in Lebanon this past Friday and charged with aggravated burglary and assault, according to police.

He is currently jailed on a $27,000 bond, according to WKRN.

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Mass Shooting During Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Restaurant

One person is dead and multiple others are injured after gunfire rang out late Friday night during a Cinco de Mayo party at Mississippi restaurant.

Jackson County Deputy Coroner James Prisock confirmed the fatality at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at The Scratch Kitchen on Government Street. According to a press release, Ocean Springs Police responded to the scene at 10:51 p.m.

Prisock identified the deceased as 19-year-old Chase Harmon of Moss Point. In a press release Ocean Springs Police Captain Ryan LeMaire said Harmon was from Pascagoula.

Crime scene tape surrounded the restaurant Saturday as a crowd of about 20 people watched police survey the scene and collect evidence. Ocean Springs Mayor Kenny Holloway was also at the scene. Police could be seen examining the patio area of the restaurant.

The Ocean Springs Police Department said in a press release they currently have no suspects.

Dunston said police are gathering information and will release more information about the injured victims. Anyone with information related to the shooting is urged to contact the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211.

Scratch Kitchen patron tries to save shooting victim

An Ocean Springs woman out celebrating Cinco de Mayo at The Scratch Kitchen told the Sun Herald she tried to give the victim CPR after he fell to the ground.

Abranee Goldsmith said she was enjoying the party before shots were fired.

“I heard gunshots, so I got underneath the table and I looked to the right and saw the (victim) gasping for air, Goldsmith told the Sun Herald.

She found a T-shirt and and tied it around the victim’s stomach and started performing CPR before running outside to get help from police.

Goldsmith hung around the Scratch Kitchen long after the victim stopped breathing.

“I just couldn’t leave here knowing I tried everything I could to try and help him,” she said. “This type of thing does not happen in Ocean Springs. You get drunk mishaps, but not a death.”

Ocean Springs restaurant owner speaks out

Brittany Alexander, owner of the Scratch Kitchen, was helping work the door of the Cinco de Mayo party when chaos ensued.

Alexander said staff alerted her that the shooter had run past security without getting patted down or his driver’s license checked.

“Literally when I turned around to try to grab him, the shots had already rung off and then everybody rushed out,” she told the Sun Herald.

Alexander confirmed the victim who died was a patron of the bar.

“The person who did the shooting wasn’t a customer,” she said. “He didn’t get an arm band or anything to be out here.”

Alexander said the patio area where the DJ plays is 21 and over. Security frisks every person who enters and patrons are given an arm band after paying the cover that signals to the bartenders that they are of legal drinking age.

About 200 people were at the Scratch Kitchen Cinco de Mayo party at the time of the shooting, Alexander said.

Other shootings in Ocean Springs

The shooting was widely circulated on the Ocean Springs Talk of the Town Facebook group.

The Scratch Kitchen is located on Government Street and, like many other restaurants in downtown, opens their outdoor area for nightlife on the weekends.

A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg in the parking lot of the restaurant last month. Police have previously said that shooting may have been accidental.

There have also been shootings recently at other nightlife spots in Ocean Springs.

One was arrested in a deadly shooting outside of Kahuna-OS bar in November. Earlier that month, two people were shot outside of Ocean Springs Daiquiri Company on Washington Avenue.

NFL Workplace Culture to be Investigated by Attorneys General

Letitia James of New York and Rob Bonta of California opened a joint investigation of the league a year after The Times reported female workers’ claims of workplace discrimination and pay inequity.

The attorneys general of New York and California opened a joint investigation into allegations of workplace discrimination and pay inequities at the N.F.L. offices in both states in response to a report in The New York Times in February 2022 on the treatment of women who work for the league.

The announcement by Letitia James of New York and Rob Bonta of California comes a year after The Times interviewed more than 30 current and former N.F.L. employees who described a stifling and demoralizing corporate culture that drove some women to quit in frustration and which left many feeling brushed aside.

“No matter how powerful or influential, no institution is above the law, and we will ensure the N.F.L. is held accountable,” James said in a statement.

Bonta added: “We have serious concerns about the N.F.L.’s role in creating an extremely hostile and detrimental work environment.”

The attorneys general, who issued subpoenas to the N.F.L. for relevant information regarding its handling of the claims, said the league had not taken sufficient steps to prevent discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. There is no time limit on the length of the investigation.

The league said Thursday that it intended to “fully cooperate with the attorneys general,” adding in a statement that “these allegations are entirely inconsistent with the N.F.L.’s values and practices” and that it does not “tolerate discrimination in any form.”

“Our policies are intended not only to comply with all applicable laws but to foster a workplace free from harassment, intimidation and discrimination,” the statement said.

The women’s allegations had prompted the attorneys general from six states in April 2022 to encourage the N.F.L. to address these and other workplace problems or face a formal investigation. The attorneys general, led by James, also asked victims and witnesses of discrimination at the N.F.L. to file complaints with their offices.

The league said it wrote to James and other attorneys general on May 18, 2022, to outline its policies and practices, but did not receive a response before Thursday’s announcement.

About 1,100 people work for the N.F.L. at its offices in New York, New Jersey and California. According to a league spokesman, 37 percent are women and 30 percent are people of color. The league has put more effort into diversifying its hiring and has mandatory antiracism training and an anonymous hotline — called Protect the Shield — for employees’ concerns.

But women who work there have said problems persist. One, a high-ranking executive whose job was eliminated in March 2022 and left the league, filed an age and gender discrimination case in April against N.F.L. Enterprises and N.F.L. Properties — two business divisions of the league — as well as several executives.

That case was brought by Jennifer Love, who helped create NFL Network and rose over 19 years to become the first female vice president at the N.F.L. Media Group. Love claimed the league’s human resources department never addressed her complaints about “pervasive sexism in the workplace and that the N.F.L. had a ‘boys club’ mentality.” She told human resources and her managers that several top male executives were openly hostile to her and men with lesser experience were repeatedly promoted above her.

According to her complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, one of those executives, Mark Quenzel, told Love in March 2022 that her job was being eliminated.

The Times reported that Quenzel, NFL Network’s senior vice president and head of content, was accused of pushing a female colleague at a rehearsal before the Super Bowl in 2020 and faced discipline from the league that included being forced to take an anger management course. A league spokesman, speaking on behalf of Quenzel and the league last year, denied the claim and insisted Quenzel did not push her.

Last year, the N.F.L.’s workplace culture came under renewed scrutiny because of a discrimination lawsuit filed by Brian Flores, the Afro Latino former coach of the Miami Dolphins. He claimed that the league flouted its rules requiring teams to interview a diverse range of candidates for the head coach and general manager positions.

Flores was fired by the Dolphins at the end of the 2021 season and, with no head coaching offers, was hired as an assistant defensive coach by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is now the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

A federal judge in New York ruled in March that Flores’s claims of discrimination against the league were not subject to private arbitration, as the league had sought, opening a path for a public airing of his grievances.

Several teams have vociferously denied Flores’s claims, and the N.F.L. said last year that it was “deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices” and that “we will defend against these claims, which are without merit.”

A congressional committee also investigated the N.F.L.’s handling of claims of widespread sexual harassment in the front office of the Washington Commanders. That committee requested tens of thousands of documents from the league and held a hearing in February 2022 in which former employees spoke about their experiences working for the team. Two women made new allegations of harassment that directly implicated Daniel Snyder, the Commanders’ owner.

Snyder has denied the allegations, and the N.F.L. opened a second investigation into the more recent claims.

Congress’s investigation sought information from the N.F.L.’s initial yearlong inquiry into the harassment reports made against the Commanders organization, which concluded with the league in July 2021 fining the team $10 million but declining to make its full findings public. Snyder also agreed to cede day-to-day operations of the team to his wife, Tanya, for a year.

Last December, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a 79-page report which concluded that Snyder, aided by N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, suppressed evidence that Snyder and team executives sexually harassed women who worked at the team over two decades.

Last month, Snyder reached an agreement in principle to sell the team for $6 billion.

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Masked Teens Storm School Bus with a Gun and Attempt to Shoot 14-Year-Old

Authorities in Maryland say that three masked teenagers hopped onto a school bus late Monday afternoon and attempted to kill a 14-year-old boy on board.

“This was an attempted murder, plain and simple,” Martin Diggs, head of the bus drivers’ union in Prince George’s County, told WJLA-TV about the Monday incident near the Iverson Mall. “Call it what it is.”

After the three teenagers boarded the bus, one of them is said to have pointed a gun at the 14-year-old’s head and pulled the trigger three times.

The gun did not fire, and police say they later found three live rounds on the bus.

Maryland bus attack suspects

“They pulled the trigger three times, but for some reason, by the grace of God, the gun didn’t go off and bullets flew out of the gun,” Diggs said. 

Fox 5 DC reported that the suspects, who were wearing hoodies as well as masks, pistol whipped the teenager after the gun misfired.

“They tried to kill my son three times and they failed,” the victim’s mother told the outlet. “And you know what I would say to them? You are cowards, You’re gonna forever be a coward. You’re not gonna have any good luck. And you will get caught.”

Diggs is calling for more security on county school buses and said the driver believed he would be killed during the incident.

“They’re terrified,” Diggs said. “The one driver does not want to come back to work. They’re terrified. They don’t even want to come out of the house.”

“We are outraged as a district,” Charoscar Coleman, associate superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools, said. “Horrified that this incident did occur.”

Thursday morning, the Prince George’s County Police Department released photos of the suspects along with a press release. 

“On May 1, 2023, at approximately 4:55 pm, officers responded to the report of an assault that occurred on a school bus. The bus had just stopped at Iverson Street and Sutler Drive to drop off students,” the press release stated. “While stopped, the three suspects boarded the bus and began to attack the victim who remained on the bus. The victim is a juvenile male. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and attempted to shoot the victim multiple times but detectives believe the weapon malfunctioned.”

“Ammunition was recovered from the bus. The victim suffered minor injuries during the assault. Two adults, a bus driver and bus aide, were on or near the bus at the time. They were not injured.”

The suspects are currently on the run and police say a cash reward is being offered for information on the case. 

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