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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A storm system that moved from the Midwest to the Northeast Tuesday brought 6 to 8 inches of snow from the Great Lakes to New England and caused numerous accidents in the region.

Meanwhile, the southern part of that storm system has stalled and will bring heavy rains to the South with even some snow for the Carolinas.

Wednesday, the heaviest rain will begin in Texas and will move east over the next 24 hours.

To the north, snow is expected from Colorado to Kansas, where locally a half foot of snow is possible.

By Thursday morning, the heaviest rain will move into already flooded areas of the South from Mississippi to Alabama, where an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible.

The heaviest rain will move into the Southeast on Thursday afternoon and into the evening.

As the cold air gets wrapped to the north, snow is expected for the Carolinas Thursday afternoon and evening.

Locally, 2 to 3 inches of additional rain is possible in parts of the South.

Snow could also come at the worst possible time Thursday for North Carolina, as 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible during the evening commute.

Behind the storm system, watch for another cold blast for the Midwest and the Northeast starting later Wednesday.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for the Upper Midwest and the Western Great Lakes, where wind chills could dip as low as 30 degrees below zero.

This cold blast moves into the Northeast during the day Thursday. Wind chills will bottom out Friday morning in the region with single digits possible from New York City to Boston.

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robyvannucci/iStock(MIAMI) -- Two people are dead after their car fell off a ferry and plunged into the waters between Florida's Miami Beach and Fisher Island.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said the incident happened on Tuesday around 4 p.m. local time, as the Fisher Island Ferry was transporting vehicles from the island. A blue 2019 Mercedes Benz with two women inside went overboard and sunk in Government Cut, a 50-foot-deep manmade shipping channel.

Divers from the Miami Dade Fire Rescue as well as the Miami-Dade Police Department launched a search and eventually located the sunken vehicle late that night with two unresponsive women inside.

Police announced early Wednesday morning that the car and the two deceased individuals had been recovered. The medical examiner will determine the causes of death, police said.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

"The United States Coast Guard will be conducting a maritime incident investigation, and the Miami-Dade Police Department will conduct the death investigation," police spokesperson Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement Wednesday.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber posted a statement on Facebook, calling the incident a "horrible tragedy."

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Chalabala/iStock(SPRING VALLEY, N.Y.) -- A library security guard was stabbed repeatedly and killed by a man as she sat at her post in the middle of the afternoon, according to a local official.

The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the Finkelstein memorial Library in Spring Valley, New York, when the 52-year-old female security guard was sitting at her post on the third floor of the library when a man, suddenly and with no warning, started stabbing her repeatedly with a knife while the victim screamed.

“She said, ‘help, help!’ and then she said ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’” one witness told ABC News’ New York City station WABC.

Two library patrons ran to help the woman and were able to pry the attacker off of the victim and hold him down until police were able to arrive while others tried to give the security guard CPR.

“One of our co-workers screamed over the intercom ‘stop the man’ … and he just had a smirk on his face,” another witness told WABC.

Paramedics arrived quickly but it was too late. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Spring Valley resident, was taken into custody.

Friends and colleagues gathered last night for a vigil held outside the library.

"It's just a profound loss for us, it really really is," said the victim's friend Christine Ball.

“This is a place where people bring their children and family and they sit and they enjoy the library. This is a place where it should not be where we are going to need additional security just to protect us,” said Oney Barron, another friend of the deceased security guard.

The biggest question that remains is whether the victim knew the attacker or whether it was a random attack. Police are currently investigating the circumstances around the attack.

State Senator David Carlucci issued a statement in the aftermath of the attack.

“A security guard, keeping others safe was viciously stabbed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, and she later died of her injuries. I am praying for the victim's family in their time of grief,” Carlucci said. “Many in our community visit the Finkelstein Memorial Library, and it's a place I have taken my own children and have always felt safe. I am extremely upset over this act of violence that incited more fear and chaos in our close-knit community.”

The suspect has not yet been charged and the investigation is ongoing.

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South Florida State Attorney(MIAMI) -- Authorities in South Florida have uncovered an alleged organized crime ring in which nearly a dozen suspects stalked wealthy residents, including New York Yankees star pitcher Aroldis Chapman, to steal millions of dollars' worth of jewelry.

The discovery resulted from a long-term investigation into an alleged drug trafficking organization that handled large quantities of marijuana in the Miami area, according to an arrest affidavit filed in a Miami-Dade County court.

When one of the leaders of the organization, Xandi Garcia, was arrested in July 2018, investigators recovered two cell phones in his possession -- one that had been "wiped clean" and another that contained "volumes" of information related to criminal activity that he and others within the organization were participating in, the court document states.

On that phone, authorities discovered evidence of several burglaries that had been committed by the organization as well as plans for several more burglaries, according to the affidavit. The planning included physical surveillance of the victims' residences and monitoring of their Instagram accounts.

The suspects also used real-time GPS satellite tracking devices to know when their victims were home, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.

Among the victims were celebrity jeweler known as Eric The Jeweler, who had a safe full of luxury jewelry worth up to $1.7 million stolen from his hotel room on Feb. 2, the day Super 54 was hosted in Miami, and Chapman, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG reported.

Detectives learned from an anonymous source earlier this month that Garcia had tried to sell a custom-made ring that was in a safe to a jewelry store in downtown Miami, according to WPLG.

Garcia also allegedly monitored Chapman's home in Davie, as well as his wife's Instagram account, to conduct a burglary while they weren't home, WPLG reported. That burglary never took place, but the suspects allegedly involved are still charged with conspiring to break into Chapman's home.

Ten suspects have been arrested in the scheme on several charges, which include racketeering, burglary, grand theft, money laundering and trafficking of a controlled substance, according to the court documents. Garcia's girlfriend, Maybel Sanchez, is accused of running one of his marijuana grow houses and receiving stolen jewelry and his mother, Mirta Lora, is accused of laundering money for the crime ring.

The loot obtained in the robberies included tens of thousands of dollars in cash, rare luxury watches and a Mercedes Benz, according to the affidavit. The alleged burglaries took place between June 2018 and as recently as this month.

They were "arrogant and bold and brash" in their schemes, Rundle said.

Garcia is currently in jail on separate charges, the Miami Herald reported. ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for him, Sanchez or Lora.

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U.S. Air Force A B-52H Stratofortress sits on the flight line at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 10, 2019. The B-52 continues to be mission ready in the face of frigid temperatures. - (U.S. Air Force)(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper heads to America's heartland on Wednesday to emphasize the importance of U.S. nuclear deterrence and the need for modernization.

The defense secretary will make his first visits to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Offutt Air Force Base outside Omaha, Nebraska, which is home to U.S. Strategic Command -- the combatant command responsible for the U.S. military's nuclear arsenal. Both locations serve a key purpose in maintaining America's ability to deter adversaries through the nuclear triad: strategic bombers, submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and ground-based ICBMs.

However, with aging infrastructure, the Pentagon has made the modernization of the triad a priority in recent years.

Minot Air Force Base is the only base that hosts two legs of the nuclear triad, making it a unique stop for the secretary, according to the Defense Department. There, Esper will visit a missile alert facility that houses ICBMs and a launch control center to meet with missileers, maintainers and security personnel. He will also check out the nearly 60 year-old nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.

Then on Thursday, the secretary will travel to Offutt Air Force Base to meet with U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) leadership and tour the highly classified Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Enterprise Center. He'll also see the newly built $1.3 billion command and control facility that STRATCOM just opened last year.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, the new commander of STRATCOM, Navy Adm.Charles Richard, said he firmly supports leadership's commitment to identifying nuclear deterrence as the highest priority mission of the department.

"Our nuclear deterrent underwrites every U.S. military operation around the world and is the foundation and backstop of our national defense," Richard said. "I cannot overemphasize the need to modernize our nuclear forces and recapitalize the supporting infrastructure to ensure we can maintain this deterrent in the future. I am concerned that the oft-repeated message of the need to modernize and recapitalize has lost its impact."

In his confirmation hearing last October, Richard said the money needed to modernize the triad is minimal, only a "fraction" of the nation's discretionary budget.

"That's what buys our deterrence and defense against the only existential threat this nation faces," Richard said. "I think that is a good investment, and in the words of the former Secretary of Defense (James) Mattis: this nation can afford survival."

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Marin County Sheriff's Office(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- An elderly man who had vanished while hiking in Northern California was found alive Tuesday night, authorities said.

Robert Bennett, 76, was reported missing on Monday after he failed to return from a hike in a Marin County nature preserve. The Marin County Sheriff's Office had said Bennett was last seen that afternoon walking toward a trailhead that leads to Big Rock Ridge, which borders the cities of Novato and San Rafael.

Search and rescue teams scoured the trails in the area all day Tuesday.

"We anticipate working through the night trying to find Robert," the Marin County Sheriff's Office said in a post on its official Twitter page.

Police dogs eventually found Bennett that night and directed rescuers to his location. The Marin County Sheriff's Office tweeted that emergency crews were "working on extracting him," without providing further details on the matter.

Bennett was later transported to a local hospital where he was reunited with his family. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said his condition is unknown at this time.

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carlballou/iStock(STANTON, Del.) -- Four people were found dead inside a tent in a wooded area of Delaware Tuesday, according to Delaware State Police.

The investigation is in its early stages, police said, but at this time, authorities say foul play is not suspected. Information about how the victims died has not been released.

Police responded to a call just after 3 p.m. Tuesday that four people were found dead at the 500 block of Main St in Stanton, Delaware.

The victims have not been publicly identified.

State police said the bodies would be turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Friends and relatives of the victims, the names of which police have not released, told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI that the four deceased victims were an uncle, his nephew, his girlfriend and a friend. All of which were believed to be homeless, the station reported.

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Pierce County Sheriff(TACOMA, Wash.) -- A woman accused of posing as a baby photographer in a twisted plot to kidnap a mother's newborn daughter was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Tacoma, Washington, courtroom and ordered held on $150,000 bail by a judge who deemed her a threat to children.

Juliette Lelani Parker, who last year ran for mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is accused of showing up at the victim's home with her own teenage daughter earlier this month and drugging the victim with a tainted cupcake.

Parker, 38, abandoned her abduction attempt when the young mother became ill and asked the suspect and her daughter to leave, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Parker, who also goes by several aliases, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court, where her attorney entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault.

Before Parker was handcuffed and removed from the courtroom, prosecutor Fred Wist told Judge Craig Adams that Parker is a flight risk and that she has family in Colorado and in Texas.

Wist said "given the sophistication" of the crimes Parker is accused of, his office believes there is a chance "she is likely to commit a violent offense if she is allowed to remain" free.

Parker was initially arrested on Feb. 14 and released on $50,000 bail that was posted by her father, who lives in Texas.

The victim in the case, Elysia Miller, watched the brief hearing from the front row of the courtroom, where she sat with detectives who investigated the crime.

Following the hearing, Miller said she is terrified that Parker is going to get out of jail.

"Since this happened, I am terrified to be at my house. I don't go anywhere. I don't like being at home. I'm not sleeping. I'm not eating. I carry a machete, a knife and pepper spray at my house and in my car. I sleep with a knife under my pillow as a result of this," Miller said at a news conference.

She said seeing Parker in court, was "scary."

"I'm terrified she's going to get back out," Miller said. "This is my kids. This is my house. She violated that. She violated my safety, tried to kidnap my daughter. I'm terrified she could come back. Anything could happen. She could be successful next time and take her, take my other child. Anything is possible."

Prosecutors said the attempted kidnapping of Parker's infant occurred on Feb. 5 after Miller answered an ad Parker placed on Facebook, offering to take photos of newborn babies for free, saying she was attempting to build a portfolio.

Miller said that after she answered the Facebook post in January, Parker made two visits to her home. On a third visit, Parker arrived with her 16-year-old daughter and offered Miller wine and cupcakes that Parker said she had baked.

"She offered me a glass of wine and they pressured me to try the cupcakes," Miller said on Tuesday. "As I ate one, my lips and face started to feel numb. I saw the photographer wiping down her wine glass and other items in my house. My legs and arms started to go numb and I repeatedly told the photographer and her daughter to leave my house."

She said that after Parker and her daughter left, she noticed her house keys were missing and that she started to vomit uncontrollably.

Miller called 911 and was taken to the hospital, where she told doctors what happened.

"They tested my blood and told me that my symptoms sounded like what someone would experience if they were exposed to GHB or the date-rape drug," Miller said.

She said that as soon as she left the hospital she contacted the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, which immediately launched an investigation.

Parker's daughter, whose name has not been released because she is a juvenile, was also taken into custody on charges of attempted kidnapping and assault, and is being detained at a juvenile facility, Wist said.

During the investigation, detectives came in contact with a man who had been involved in a dating relationship with Parker.

"Communications between the two establish that prior to Thanksgiving 2019, the defendant contacted the male and asked him if he could get GHB and talked about how they should get a kid from a homeless person and raise the child together in a nice house," according to the probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit alleges that Parker, who also has a 10-year-old son, told the man she had been dating that "she would marry him on the spot if he found her a baby girl in the next five weeks," according to the affidavit.

The same man told detectives he spoke to Parker's teenage daughter who allegedly told him that Parker "wants a baby girl more than anything, one that she can call her own," according to the affidavit.

The daughter also allegedly told the man "that she knows where they could get a baby and specifically referred to kidnapping," the affidavit states.

Parker's attorney, Ephraim Benjamin, scoffed at the charges and dismissed the prosecution's case as "a lot of smoke."

"She is maintaining her innocence and she intends to fight these charges to the best of her ability," said Benjamin, adding that Parker has received death threats since news of the case broke.

Benjamin asked Judge Adams to allow Parker to remain free on the original $50,000 bail and offered to have Parker wear an electronic monitoring device.

Benjamin argued that he had previously represented Parker in 2014 in a case in which she was charged with felony reckless burning in the second degree, and that Parker attended all her hearings. He said the case was eventually resolved when Parker was convicted of a misdemeanor.

Benjamin also told Adams that Parker suffers from bone cancer and is on medication. Wist, the prosecutor, immediately asked that Parker produce medical records proving her illness.

In the end, Adams rejected Benjamin's argument, ordering Parker to be remanded to the custody of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office immediately.

Adams said he had to weigh the "safety and security of small children" in the community if Parker was released.

"The allegations are such that that safety and security has been threatened significantly," Adams said. "As a consequence, the court cannot ignore that. I have to pay attention to that safety and security of those small children who are effectively defenseless."

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Bowie State University(BOWIE, Md.) -- A Maryland university has opened a new food pantry for students with the aim of eliminating the stigma of utilizing the resource for their nutritional needs.

Bowie State University upgraded its previous, smaller food bank to a larger, welcoming space after receiving the $10,000 grant from Food Lion Feeds, Brent Swinton, Bowie's vice president for institutional advancement, told ABC News. It contains both non-perishable items and fresh produce several times a week as well as toiletries and other supplies.

School administrators decided to create the lounge after noticing a national trend of students needing "extra nourishment" during the day, Swinton said.

About 45% of 86,000 college students nationwide said they experience food insecurity, according to a 2019 survey by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia. Data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study found that 39% of undergraduates fell at or below 130% of the federal poverty line in 2016.

The food pantry is located near the library and computer lab, making it convenient for students to stop by to pick up what they need or hang out in the lounge area, Swinton said. The space was created to encourage students -- both on campus and those who commute -- to take advantage of the resource and not worry about any stigmas that may be associated with needing help, he added.

Students who may be in need of help include athletes whose scholarships only provide them with a five-day meal plan, leaving them to provide their own meals on the weekends.

Sadiyah Jenkins, a senior psychology major who attended the pantry's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, emphasized the need for the pantry for the student population. She described the space to ABC News as convenient as well as "very fun" and "very welcoming."

Jenkins plans on going to the bank once or twice a week to grab a few items.

"If I need more, I know I can always come back," she said.

Currently, the food pantry is open for limited hours but organizers are aiming to extend those hours and ensure it's running seven days a week, Swinton said. The bank will continue to be stocked by the local Food Lion grocery store and the Capital Area Food Bank as well as by alumni and other local donors.

The university believes that focusing on the needs of students outside the classroom will help them achieve inside the classroom and eventually graduate, Swinton said. It is the first HBCU in Maryland and one of the first in the country to provide such a program, Swinton said.

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(MACON, Ga.) -- A body has been recovered amid the desperate search for Anitra Gunn, a 23-year-old woman who mysteriously disappeared days ago in Georgia, authorities said.

The Fort Valley Department of Public Safety said a woman's body was found Tuesday afternoon near the border of Peach County and Crawford County.

The identity of the body was not yet known, said Department of Public Safety Chief Lawrence Spurgeon, but officials with the Peach County Sheriff's Office said the body was Gunn's. They did not immediately provide additional information.

Gunn was last seen on Friday, Feb. 14, at approximately 11:30 a.m., just outside Fort Valley, according to the Department of Public Safety. Fort Valley is about 30 miles outside of Macon.

Gunn's family contacted the police on Saturday when they couldn't reach her, and later on Saturday, the 23-year-old's car was found in the city limits of Fort Valley, authorities said.

"The longer these things go out, the higher the possibility it could be foul play, but we're holding onto hope," Spurgeon told ABC News Tuesday morning.

"My mind just racing 100 miles an hour," Christopher Gunn told Macon ABC affiliate WGXA "As a father, it hurts there’s not a lot I can do."

"If any harm has befell this young lady," Spurgeon added in a statement Monday, "the arrest and prosecution of the subject or subjects responsible will be of the highest priority for all agencies."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police department at 478-825-3384.

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csreed/iStock(NEW YORK) --  Within the first hour of deliberations, the Weinstein jury sent a note to the judge, asking for legal clarification of the charges the movie mogul faces.

"We the jury request written legal definition of the charges being considered including forcible compulsion, consent, rape in the 1st and 3rd degree and criminal sexual act. We would also like an explanation of the law of why we may find the defendant guilty for predatory assault only and not other crimes. We would like the court to confirm whether we could find the defendant guilty of both counts 4 and 5, or whether we can just find him guilty of 3 or 4 or 5. We would like the court to confirm that we can only find the defendant guilty of count 1, only if the state has proven him guilty of both Mimi Haleyi and Annabella Sciorra and that we can only find him guilty of count 3," the note reads.

Some time later, the jurors then sent a second note asking for a blueprint of "the Soho apartment" which is in reference to Weinstein's former SoHo apartment on Crosby St. in Manhattan where Haleyi was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2006.

"We would like a copy of people’s exhibit #75 the blueprint of the Soho apartment. We would also like a copy of all the emails of certain women’s names are highlighted in red," the jury's note read.

After hearing from 35 witnesses over more than two weeks of testimony, the New York City jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault case began deliberating Tuesday morning.

Day 1 deliberations ended without a verdict and resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke has also ordered Weinstein's defense team not to speak with the press. His order follows an op-ed written by defense attorney Donna Rotunno which was published Friday by Newsweek.

"I implore the members of this jury to do what they know is right," Rotunno wrote in the op-ed.

"In that op-ed piece she actually implored the jury to acquit her client," Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi complained to Burke. "She’s actually speaking directly to the jury. It’s completely 100% inappropriate behavior," and said that the op-ed bordered on jury tampering.

"What were you thinking?," Burke asked Rotunno before imposing the gag order.

The incident followed a similar dustup a week ago when Rotunno appeared to lie to the judge about when a podcast interview she did with The New York Times' Meghan Twohey -- broadcast Feb. 7 on "The Daily" -- was recorded.

On the podcast, Rotunno was asked whether she herself had ever been sexually assaulted.

"No, I have not," she said, "because I would never put myself in that position."

That morning, Illuzzi complained to the judge about a different portion of that interview in which Rotunno was critical of the accusers, reminding Burke of his admonition at the start of the trial that the lawyers "leave the witnesses alone."

Rotunno insisted to the judge that the interview was "a long time ago" and that she had "not spoke to anyone since the start of this case," and had "no idea" when the segment would air.

But when BuzzFeed News checked her claims, a Times spokesperson verified that the interview was recorded Jan. 28, and that Rotunno was informed of the Feb. 7 air date.

Weinstein is facing five felony counts of rape and sexual assault, based on the testimony of two complaining witnesses: former “Project Runway” production assistant Miriam 'Mimi' Haleyi -- who claims the Hollywood producer sexually assaulted her in 2006, and an accuser who claims Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel suite in 2013. ABC News is not naming the rape accuser because she has never publicly identified herself. The other five women either did so, or their lawyers gave ABC permission to name them.

The account of a third accuser, Annabella Sciorra, is too old to prosecute, but a judge allowed her to testify in support of two predatory sexual assault charges -- which require prosecutors to prove that Weinstein attacked at least three women.

In order to convict on either of the two predatory sexual assault charges, the jury must believe either Sciorra and Haleyi’s accounts, or Sciorra and the rape accuser’s account.

Three additional women -- Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young testified as "prior bad acts" witnesses to demonstrate the prosecution’s contention that Weinstein engaged in a pattern of predatory behavior -- essentially seeking sexual favors in return for providing career opportunities.

Prosecutors portrayed the accusers in opening arguments as unsuspecting women who sought out professional opportunities but got more than they bargained for.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast's opening arguments spotlighted some of the extraordinary challenges prosecutors face in seeking to convict Weinstein for crimes that took place years ago and include no physical or forensic evidence.

Hast outlined the accounts of numerous witnesses allegedly overpowered by Weinstein who -- nervous, upset and confused -- sometimes gave up the physical struggle against him and simply stopped resisting. In some instances, the accusers returned to Weinstein time and time again, despite emotionally and physically devastating alleged sexual assaults.

Both complaining witnesses maintained contact with Weinstein after their alleged assaults, and defense attorneys portrayed all of Weinstein’s six accusers at trial as ambitious women navigating a ruthlessly competitive industry, who "relabeled" consensual sexual encounters as assaults once allegations about Weinstein were published in the fall of 2017 in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

"We're not victim-shaming," defense attorney Damon Cheronis said in opening arguments. "'Victim is a conclusion attained only after trial. These are complaining witnesses."

"What you are going to see throughout this trial is that they wanted to have it both ways," Cheronis said. "You can't say, 'I'm afraid of this man, I can't get away from him,' and then reach out to him to see if he'll be in L.A. for your birthday."

Prosecutors contended that the accusers were "tricked" into being alone with Weinstein, and then suddenly sexually assaulted.

Of scores of women who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual assault or misconduct, only six were subject to public testimony and the withering cross-examinations that followed.

Prosecuting attorney Illuzzi underscored their commitment in closing arguments.

"They didn't come for a beauty contest. They didn't come for money. They didn't come for fame. They came to be heard."

"They sacrificed their dignity, their privacy and their peace for the prospect of having that voice, and their voices would be enough for justice," she said.

If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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akiyoko(ENFIELD, Conn.) -- Police used a drone to locate a missing blind man in Connecticut who had become lost in a wooded area for over 30 hours.

A family member of the blind man contacted the Enfield Police Department on Feb. 15, saying they were concerned as they were unable to make contact with him, police said in a statement posted to Facebook. The police statement does not name the individual.

Officers determined that the man had not been seen since 10 a.m. the previous day. Based on their investigation and understanding of the missing man’s previous behavior, officers determined that it was likely that he had walked away from his home and become disoriented.

Investigators were concerned that the low temperatures in the area put the missing man at risk of hypothermia and contacted colleagues in the Vernon Connecticut Police for assistance. A drone pilot from that force joined the search.

The drone located the missing man in a wooded area after 30 minutes of searching. Video shot by the drone and released by authorities show first responders carrying a gurney.

“If he wasn’t found today, you know, tomorrow might have been a different story,” Sgt. Todd Thiel of the Vernon Police Department, who piloted the drone, said in an interview with Fox 61 TV.

“It’s similar to kind of looking for a needle in a haystack… I just happened to spot something” Thiel said of the search.

The man told authorities who came to his aid that he had become disoriented due to medical conditions. He also said that he had been outside for approximately 33 hours and had endured chilly overnight temperatures of around 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Police said that he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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City of Cayce(CAYCE, S.C.) -- Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old whose disappearance launched a frantic, three-day search in her South Carolina neighborhood, was abducted and killed by asphyxiation, allegedly by a 30-year-old neighbor who was subsequently found dead, authorities said Tuesday.

Amid the massive search, the neighbor, Coty Taylor, was interviewed by authorities and let them search his home, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said at Tuesday's news conference.

Swetlik, a first-grader, was found dead in a wooded area on Thursday, three days after she vanished. She had last been seen playing outside her home in Cayce, South Carolina, which is just outside of Columbia.

At a Tuesday news conference, Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher wept, expressing her condolences to the girl's family. She said that the girl's death was a homicide that took place within a few hours of her being abducted.

Just moments after the girl's body was found, Taylor was found dead at his nearby home, authorities said. Snellgrove said Tuesday that evidence leads authorities to believe Taylor abducted and killed Swetlik.

Taylor died by suicide, the coroner said.

During the massive search for Swetlik, authorities went door-to-door in the neighborhood. Taylor was interviewed on Wednesday afternoon, and he "was cooperative and gave consent" to look through his home, Snellgrove said.

"Those agents did not see anything that alerted them to believe that he had knowledge or was at any way involved in Faye’s disappearance," Snellgrove said.

Authorities believe the 6-year-old’s body was moved to the wooded area while it was dark, in the early hours of Thursday morning, Snellgrove said.

Authorities zeroed in on Taylor on Thursday morning when they were following sanitation trucks through Swetlik's neighborhood, said Snellgrove.

Thursday is the regular trash pickup day for the neighborhood, so as each can was emptied, investigators "methodically combed through" it, looking for clues, Snellgrove said.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, as officers were scouring through one trash can, they found a child’s polka-dot boot and a soup ladle with freshly dug dirt inside, Snellgrove said.

.@Cayce_DPS Director Snellgrove says a polka dot rainboot and ladle with dirt was found in the trash that caused them to search the area where #FayeSwetlik was found. @abc_columbia

— Maria Szatkowski (@MariaSzatkowski) February 18, 2020

Taylor appeared to have acted alone, Snellgrove said. DNA also linked Taylor and Swetlik, Snellgrove added.

The coroner confirmed that Swetlik did not die where her body was found and that her body had been in the wooded area for a short time.

A candlelight vigil for the 6-year-old will be held outside Cayce City Hall Tuesday evening.

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All Around Forestry(NEW YORK) -- It was just three years ago that Lawrence Jaramillo and Joshua Melendrez were inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility. While there, the two were part of a state-run forestry program that helped inmates learn about fire prevention and fire fighting.

At times, they were among those on the front lines of a blaze.

Now, in the time since their release, Jaramillo and Melendrez have started their own forestry company in hopes of both assisting the state with forest fires and proving to the public that there's life beyond incarceration.

"I have a lot of family members that have been in and out of prison. Some of them keep going back. I would like them to see they could make it," Jaramillo, 40, told ABC News in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "We all have a chance."

Jaramillo began working in the inmate work camp program in 2015. Through it, he learned about forest prevention tactics, including forest thinning, the process of cutting and removing overgrown brush and trees that can fuel fires.

During his time in the program, he began talking with Melendrez, 34, about starting a company once they were both out.

"All we thought was, 'Hey, let's start a business and see what we can do. If we fail, we fail. If we don't, awesome,'" Jaramillo said.

They were released separately -- Jaramillo in January 2018 and Melendrez in July 2017 -- but came together soon after and secured their business license in November 2019 for All Around Forestry.

Their first job came at the beginning of 2020, and they're currently working a new one at Ponderosa Christian Camp in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

They hope to keep the jobs coming. They also hope to expand.

All Around Forestry has six employees, all of whom worked through the same program, and the co-founders have encouraged other former inmates to apply.

"There is life after prison, and that's what I would like for them to take from this," Jaramillo said.

Melendrez told ABC News that the employees have developed a sense of brotherhood, both through the program and now the company.

"We all know the same rules about what we need to do for this fire prevention," he said.

Laura McCarthy, New Mexico's state forester who helps run the program, told ABC News that it began some 21 years as a way to help prisoners develop skills to transition back into society.

"As the inmates get to a point where they'll be eligible for minimum-security clearance, they can get assigned to our crew," McCarthy said.

Since then, she added, wildfires in New Mexico have increased, and the extra help has been needed.

But this is the first time, while serving as the state's forester, she said she's seen former inmates start their own business.

"We're very proud of these men for not only developing the skill set," McCarthy continued, "but the mindset that they both want to be running a business and want to be employing other former inmates."

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ChristopherBernard/iStock(SEBASTIAN, Fla.) -- A skydiver with 20 years of experience was killed during a hard landing in Florida, authorities said.

It appeared 49-year-old Christian Stevens was trying to avoid another skydiver during his landing Monday morning, causing him to slam into the ground, according to the Sebastian Police Department.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene at the Sebastian Municipal Airport. Stevens was taken to Sebastian River Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Stevens, of Canton, Ga., had about two decades of experience and was a skydiving instructor, according to police.

Stevens was a husband, father and Army Ranger, according to his professional skydiving demonstration and performance group, Team Fastrax.

A spokesperson for Team Fastrax did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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