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(NEW YORK) — A 70-year-old woman in has been arrested after being filmed allegedly poisoning her husband’s coffee with ant and roach killer on more than one occasion.
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DNY59/iStockBY: JON HAWORTH, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) — A 70-year-old woman in has been arrested after being filmed allegedly poisoning her husband’s coffee with ant and roach killer on more than one occasion.

The incident occurred on Jan. 12, when 70-year-old Suncha Tinerva of Queens in New York City was caught on video surveillance placing a “white powdery substance” from a bottle with a red cap and a yellow label into her husband’s coffee, according to a statement from Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s office.

“Tinerva retrieved the bottle from the cabinet under the sink and allegedly spiked her husband’s coffee on two or three occasions,” said Katz’s office. “On Jan. 14, 2021 at approximately 10:40 p.m. … detectives recovered a bottle with a red cap and yellow label from the spot under the sink.”

Authorities then discovered that the contents of the bottle allegedly contained 100% boric acid -- a substance that is used to kill ants and roaches.

“People who have eaten boric acid have had nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, and diarrhea … Eating extreme amounts has resulted in a red, ‘boiled lobster’ like skin rash, followed by skin loss. People who breathed in borax had a dry mouth, nose, and throat. Coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, and nose bleeds have also been reported,” according to the National Pesticide Information Center.

Katz’s office said that Tinerva’s husband became sick but, thankfully, did not die following the attempted poisonings.

“Domestic violence is not limited to mental and physical abuse. The defendant in this case allegedly used deception to sicken her spouse,” District Attorney Katz said in a statement.

Tinevra has since been arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Jeffrey Gershuny on charges of attempted assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

Judge Gershuny ordered Tinerva to return to court later this year on March 10 and, if convicted, Tinevra could face up to four years in prison.

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Snow squalls and gusty winds expected in parts of Midwest and Northeast https://wiezradio.com/2021/snow-squalls-and-gusty-winds-expected-in-parts-of-midwest-and-northeast/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 13:28:15 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=c05f97236c388f7eddc4d3db31cf98ff

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(NEW YORK) — The organized part of the winter storm that hit the Northeast on Saturday has ended and it brought 13 inches of snow to Mineville, New York, 16 inches of snow to Woodford, Vermont and 12 inches of s...

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(NEW YORK) — The organized part of the winter storm that hit the Northeast on Saturday has ended and it brought 13 inches of snow to Mineville, New York, 16 inches of snow to Woodford, Vermont and 12 inches of snow to Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.

The warmer side of the storm brought over 3 inches of rain to Connecticut and over 2 inches of rain to New York.

In the wake of this system, an upper level low pressure system remains very slow to move out of the eastern U.S. and it is creating patches of unsettled weather, mainly in the form of quick moving snow squalls across parts of the Great Lakes and into the Appalachians where snow squalls on Sunday could quickly reduce visibility.

Some of these snow squalls could have as much as 6 inches of snow and would add on to current snow pack in parts of the region.

Gusty winds along the Northeast coast are a concern today in the wake of the storm with gusts possibly reaching 50 mph at times.

This will be gusty enough for some scattered power outages and it certainly will keep afternoon temperatures feeling pretty cold as drier weather is on tap for the big northeastern cities today.

Much further west, Hawaii saw its biggest swells of the season with surf reaching 50 feet on Saturday which prompted many surfers to hit the ocean on Saturday in the island chain.

Waves are still expected to be elevated today there before another big swell comes on Monday.

However, the forecast for Monday’s waves are not expected to be as high as the 50-foot surf we saw on Saturday.

It is important to note that extremely large swells are expected in Hawaii this time of the year mainly due to the passing of mid latitude cyclones across the Pacific.

Elsewhere, there was record-breaking warmth across southern California on Saturday as Palm Springs reached 90 degrees which broke a daily record.

A high of 93 degrees was reported in Camarillo, California, which was also good enough for a daily record.

The next big weather story is a strong offshore wind event that will develop in California over the next few days.

Wind gusts will gradually increase Sunday night through Tuesday in Northern California, with wind gusts reaching as high as 75 mph in spots and this could result in downed trees and power lines over the next few days.

In Southern California winds will increase beginning on Monday with gusts locally as high as 80 mph at times.

The event is expected to last into Wednesday and there is fire danger for the region with this wind event.

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Nearly a dozen ex-military members among those arrested in connection with Capitol riot https://wiezradio.com/2021/nearly-a-dozen-ex-military-members-among-those-arrested-in-connection-with-capitol-riot/ Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:01:49 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=893dd7f27662344c676291287bad0287

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BlakeDavidTaylor/iStockBy OLIVIA RUBIN and SOO RIN KIM, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Retired military servicemen are turning up in alarming numbers on wanted posters and in charging documents as federal agents continue their sweep of arrests tied to the deadly riot at the Capitol last week, a trend that has experts increasingly concerned about the dangerous allure of extremist and paramilitary groups.

So far at least nine of those arrested for participating in the riot have been confirmed to be former members of the U.S. military, ABC News has confirmed through court files, lawyer statements, and military records.

The actual number is likely higher. On Thursday, FBI Director Chris Wray said the bureau has made over 100 arrests in connection with the riot, with many more anticipated.

"The large number of individuals with ties to law enforcement or the military already arrested or apparently now under investigation suggests a deeper level of far-right sympathizers in these fields," said Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council.

Some experts have been sounding alarm bells about the issue for years.

Among the ex-military arrested following last week's attack was Larry Rendell Brock, who invaded the Capitol alongside Eric Gavelek Munchel, with both of them sporting military uniforms and gear, including zip ties, according to the Department of Justice. Munchel, of Tennessee, and Brock, of Texas, were among the first arrests as FBI agents sought to determine whether they could have been engaged in a plot to take lawmakers hostage.

The Air Force confirmed to ABC News that Lt. Col. Brock retired in 2014 after more than two decades of service, noting he had served as an A-10 pilot until 2007.

Brock was released to home confinement on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. In an interview with The New Yorker, Brock said, "The president asked for his supporters to be there to attend, and I felt like it was important, because of how much I love this country, to actually be there." He has not yet entered a plea.

Other arrested individuals include David Lester Ross, a former member of the Massachusetts National Guard, who was taken into custody on Jan. 6 near the Capitol building after he "did not obey at least three warnings" from officers to disperse, according to arrest records. Ross pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Thursday, and was released and ordered to stay away from D.C. His lawyer, Darry Daniels, declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

On Friday, ABC News confirmed the man seen on video smashing through the window of the Capitol building with a police shield is a former Marine. The man, Dominic Pezzola, was in the Marines for seven years as an infantry assault man, the Marine Corps told ABC News. He had won a National Defense Service Medal.

Pezzola was taken into custody Friday morning, according to the FBI, who said he is the same person seen in images "smoking a cigar inside the Capitol building."

Earlier this week, the FBI questioned a former reserve Navy SEAL after he boasted in a Facebook video about "breaching the Capitol." The video shows Adam Newbold, 45, from Lisbon, Ohio, whom the Navy confirmed is a retired reserve SEAL special warfare operator, in a car on his return home from Washington, telling his Facebook followers that he had wanted to make lawmakers "think twice about what they're doing" and leave them "shaking in their shoes."

When reached by ABC News on Tuesday, Newbold pleaded for forgiveness for his participation, saying: "I am not a terrorist. I am not a traitor."

In the oath they take upon enlisting, U.S. military personnel and officers swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

Mary McCord, a longtime national security expert who now runs Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, told ABC News that the radicalization of military servicemen and their participation in the Capitol riot last week isn't surprising to her and has long been an issue.

"Some unlawful militias specifically recruit from the military because of their expertise in firearms, explosives, and tactical skills," McCord explained. "And the idea of continuing to have a mission can be very appealing to ex-military, especially if they are predisposed ideologically with the unlawful militias."

McCord called it "a serious problem" and said it's something that the military "should be addressing" -- both with respect to active duty and former military members.

Calls for discipline against former military members who participated in the riot have been growing since last week.

"I think we should throw the book at them, to the furthest extent possible," said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. "If you're off active duty, I want to figure out a way we can bring you back and charge you."

"And if you're convicted, we should be able to take your benefits away," Gallego added.

Military personnel who retire after 20 years of service are entitled to benefits like monthly military retirement pay, access to Department of Defense medical care and health plans, and access to military commissaries. Those who leave prior to 20 years of service get no military retirement pay or access to DOD military care, but do have access to Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and home loans.

On Monday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller requesting that the Defense Department's criminal investigative organizations work with the FBI and Capitol Police to investigate current and retired military members who may have participated in the attack. In the letter she urged Miller "to take appropriate action to hold individuals accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

"Upholding good order and discipline demands that the U.S. Armed Forces root out extremists that infiltrate the military and threaten our national security," wrote Duckworth.

In court, though, ex-servicemen have been citing their military backgrounds in seeking special consideration from the court -- or pardons from President Donald Trump.

"My client fought -- was in the military, served honorably. No criminal background whatsoever," said the attorney for Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, the man who was photographed during the riot wearing horns and body paint. "And he, like a lot of other disenfranchised people in our country, felt very, very, very solidly in sync with President Trump."

ABC News has confirmed that Chansley used to be a Navy supply clerk.

And Virginia police officers Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker appear to have posted a photo of themselves with their middle fingers raised, in front of the statue of John Stark in the Capitol, according to the Department of Justice's statement of facts in the case. After the riot, Robertson repeatedly defended his participation, saying he was "proud" of the photo because he "was willing to put skin in the game," according to the DOJ document.

The two officers have been put on administrative leave, according to a statement from the town of Rocky Mount, where they both work. During an interview with a local media outlet, Robertson said he and Fracker "did not participate in any violence or property damage," and suggested that Capitol Police allowed them into the building.

The Army confirmed to ABC News that Fracker is a current corporal in the Virginia National Guard, though they emphasized that he is not on duty with the Virginia National Guard troops currently in D.C.

"The Army is committed to working closely with the FBI as they identify people who participated in the violent attack on the Capitol to determine if the individuals have any connection to the Army," they said in a statement.

Appearing before a federal judge following his arrest, Robertson cited what he described as 23 years of military experience as the reason he should not be detained pending trial.

The judge agreed and ordered Robertson released on bond.

ABC News' Luis Martinez, Ben Siegel and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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National Rifle Association files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy https://wiezradio.com/2021/national-rifle-association-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:57:50 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=c98026f4c7e8ce83ac655e60da4990e2

dsmoulton/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The National Rifle Association announced that it intends to restructure as a nonprofit based in Texas and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections."The move will enable long-term, sus...

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dsmoulton/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The National Rifle Association announced that it intends to restructure as a nonprofit based in Texas and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections.

"The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA's continued success as the nation's leading advocate for constitutional freedom -- free from the toxic political environment of New York," the gun advocacy group said in a statement Friday.

The NRA added that it has been incorporated in New York for approximately 150 years.

"This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress," NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. "Obviously, an important part of this plan is 'dumping New York.' The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom."

LaPierre dubbed the decision Friday a "transformational moment in the history of the NRA."

The move comes after the NRA was sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James last August in a bid to dissolve the group.

James accused the NRA of an array of "illegal conduct," according to a press release at the time describing the suit, including "[the] diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership, awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty."

The NRA has filed a counter claim, calling the initial suit politically motivated.

James on Friday responded to the bankruptcy news in a statement, saying, "The NRA's claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt."

"While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office's oversight," James added.

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‘QAnon shaman’ should remain in custody, DOJ says, calls him insurrectionist https://wiezradio.com/2021/qanon-shaman-should-remain-in-custody-doj-says-calls-him-insurrectionist/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:51:32 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=586425bf73e3de952ee12b53d23fdfea

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(WASHINGTON) -- Jacob Chansley, the self-described "QAnon shaman," is set for a detention hearing this afternoon in Arizona federal court, and prosecutors are requesting a judge keep him in government cust...

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DanHenson1/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Jacob Chansley, the self-described "QAnon shaman," is set for a detention hearing this afternoon in Arizona federal court, and prosecutors are requesting a judge keep him in government custody pending trial -- using some of their bluntest words yet in court to describe last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol as a "violent insurrection."

"Chansley is an active participant in -- and has made himself the most prominent symbol of -- a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government on January 6, 2021," prosecutors wrote in a brief to the judge. "Chansley has expressed interest in returning to Washington, D.C. for President-Elect Biden's inauguration and has the ability to do so if the Court releases him. No conditions can reasonably assure his appearance as required, nor ensure the safety of the community."

Chansley is the rioter seen roaming through the halls of Congress last week wearing horns, a coyote tail headdress, face paint and a wielding a 6-foot spear.

Prosecutors describe Chansley as both a clear flight risk and a mentally unstable individual, partly due to his leadership in the QAnon movement -- which they bluntly describe in the brief as a "dangerous extremist group."

"Chansley has also previously espoused identifying and then "hanging" "traitors" within the United States government," prosecutors say. "Despite the riot on January 6, Chansley has stated his intent to return to Washington for President-Elect Biden's inauguration, and his repeated and demonstrated unwillingness to conform to societal rules suggests a pending criminal case will not stop him."

The brief also notes that Chansley's employment status contributes to his flight risk -- citing his ability to "sporadically" earn money by showing up at protests and riots with other QAnon followers around the country.

"Chansley is a high-profile leader and the self-professed shaman of QAnon, giving him the ability to raise large sums of money for travel (and other activities) quickly through non-traditional means," the brief says.

Prosecutors also point to recent reports of possible violence at the Capitol leading up to the inauguration, and note that in his interview with the FBI before his arrest, Chansley told agents he'd "still go, you better believe it."

"U.S. Capitol Police report that Chansley was among the first inside the Capitol," the brief says. "He made his way into the halls of the Senate and the Senate Chamber within minutes of the rioters breaching the building. At this juncture in our Nation's history, it is hard to imagine a greater risk to our democracy and community than the armed revolution of which Chansley has made himself the symbol."

"He loved Trump, every word. He listened to him. He felt like he was answering the call of our president," Chansley's attorney Al Watkins told CNN in an interview Thursday. "My client wasn't violent. He didn't cross over any police lines. He didn't assault anyone."

Watkins said Chansley also hopes for a presidential pardon.

So far, approximately 80 cases have been charged in federal court and 34 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Additionally, the FBI has opened approximately 200 subject case files and received roughly 140,000 digital media tips from the public.

Chansley's detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine is set for Friday 4:30 p.m. ET via teleconference.

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Flint water crisis: Many residents said they still don’t trust tap water https://wiezradio.com/2021/flint-water-crisis-many-residents-said-they-still-dont-trust-tap-water/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:04:50 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=d37b832d8d93c889bd38b28072839675

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turk_stock_photographer/iStockBy HALEY YAMADA, JASMINE BROWN and MATT GERMAN, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Demands for accountability in the Flint water crisis may soon be answered nearly seven years after people first began reporting the devastating side effects of the city's lead-poisoned water.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other state officials would be charged in connection to the drinking water crisis, during which at least 12 people died and 79 people became ill from Legionnaires' disease which was connected to the contaminated water.

Snyder is charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty, each carries a penalty of one year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, according to court documents. Snyder pleaded not guilty via a Zoom hearing on Thursday.

The state's former director of health and human services, Nicolas Lyon, and former chief medical executive, Eden Wells, are each facing nine counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Snyder, as well as the former emergency manager of Flint's Department of Public Works, Howard Croft, who has been charged with two counts of willful neglect, will be back in court on Jan. 19. The other defendants are due back in court on Feb. 18. No other pleas have been entered yet.

Flint has a population of about 100,000 people, the majority of whom are Black. To save money, in 2014, the state switched the city's water supply to come from the Flint River. An investigation later found there were highly toxic levels of lead in the water and that the cases of Legionnaires' over the course of two outbreaks between 2014 and 2015 also coincided with the water source switch, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Pure and simple. This case is about justice, truth, accountability. Poisoned children [and] lost lives," Nessel said during a press conference Thursday. "We may never know all the names of those who had their lives and livelihoods destroyed by this man-made crisis."

Flint resident LeeAnne Walters has largely been credited with being the first to sound the alarm on the crisis. The mother of four testified in 2016 about how much her children suffered from drinking the water contaminated with lead.

"[My son] would scream and cry about how bad his skin burned," Walters said to the Michigan Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. "These are my kids. These are everybody's kids."

Snyder had apologized for the crisis during his 2016 State of the State address.

Nearly 9,000 children drank lead-contaminated water over the course of 18 months. Walters said Thursday that the charges are just the beginning of the community's healing.

"There are huge victories that have [been] accomplished, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done," said Walters. "I think the fact that we've had to go through it, it's opened our eyes to, 'Yes, there needs to be some community involvement and a check-and-balance system when it comes to a governmental system to make sure that things are being done properly.'"

"I would say, in my opinion, about 95% of people still distrust the water," she added. Since 2016, the water is regularly tested and has been considered safe since 2018.

Although the tap water has been deemed safe, people like Shirley Drake say they still rely on bottled water.

"I don't trust the water in the pipes," said Drake. "So, for cooking and drinking, I get bottled water."

Michigan state Sen. Jim Ananich, a Flint resident, said he doesn't like when his 5-year-old son drinks the tap water. He thinks accountability will begin to rebuild trust within the community.

"Some people, I don't think, will ever feel there's justice," said Ananich. "But, I think criminal convictions of folks will be a start."

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FBI discusses possibility of explosive devices at expected protests linked to inauguration https://wiezradio.com/2021/fbi-discusses-possibility-of-explosive-devices-at-expected-protests-linked-to-inauguration/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:47:09 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=5eac7aabbc9d7f8178632319d9315951

krblokhin/iStockBy ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The danger to the public and to law enforcement officers from explosive devices during expected upcoming protests "is substantial," the FBI warned in a new awareness bulletin obtained by ABC News.The document ...

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(WASHINGTON) -- The danger to the public and to law enforcement officers from explosive devices during expected upcoming protests "is substantial," the FBI warned in a new awareness bulletin obtained by ABC News.

The document includes photos of devices used in the last eight months against civilian and law enforcement targets during public protests.

"Devices targeting infrastructure also increased following violent activity during this time period," the document said.

The FBI now wants to make first responders aware of what has been deployed in the past and what they might encounter during demonstrations linked to the inauguration.

"The danger posed to law enforcement officers and the general public from the all the tactics listed is substantial," the bulletin reads. "If a suspicious item is reasonably believed to contain explosives, an IED, or other hazardous material, DO NOT touch, tamper with, or move the item. Only bomb disposal personnel should handle any suspected devices that are located."

An internal FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News earlier this week stated that armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and at the U.S. Capitol at least through Inauguration Day, in the wake of a pro-Trump siege on the Capitol last week.

During that riot last week, suspected pipe bombs were found outside of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee, a few blocks from the Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police later said they were "hazardous" and could have caused "great harm." A federal law enforcement source told ABC News the suspected weapons were active and not fake devices.

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DC police officers speak out after US Capitol siege: ‘I thought … I might die’ https://wiezradio.com/2021/dc-police-officers-speak-out-after-us-capitol-siege-i-thought-i-might-die/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:23:58 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=167f969cdf34c2a7ef43f292d9a6fffe

Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- When a violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, it was law enforcement officers who put their lives at risk to pr...

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Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- When a violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, it was law enforcement officers who put their lives at risk to protect Congress and secure the area.

Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, let three of his officers who were on the front lines speak to D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA about their experiences.
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"They have a heroic story and I think the world really needs to know," Contee told WJLA.

Officer Daniel Hodges, 32, whose platoon had been on duty since 7 a.m., said he feared for his life multiple times that day, including when he was "surrounded" by pro-Trump rioters outside the Capitol building and beaten.

"That was one of the three times that day where I thought: Well, this might be it," Hodges, a patrol officer in the 4th District, told WJLA. "This might be the end for me."

Another time, Hodges said, was when their police lines broke on the dais and they had to fall back to the Capitol building.

"We were battling, you know, tooth and nail for our lives," he said. "We held the line there in that doorway, and I guess I got pinned through the small back-and-forth we had fighting for, you know, every inch. And I had my arms pinned at that point, I wasn't able to defend myself."

In a now-viral video that was shared on social media, a bloodied Hodges is seen screaming for help as he is being crushed against a metal door frame inside the Capitol building.

Hodges said one rioter ripped off his gas mask and beat him with his own baton, while another tried to gouge his eye.

"At that point, I was also, you know, sucking in OC and CS gas, so I was pretty disabled at that point," he said. "I thought, you know, this might be it, I might die and there's nothing I can do to defend myself at this point. So I just started screaming at the top of my lungs for them to give me a way out, get me a line of retreat. Thankfully someone was able to do that and I was able to extricate myself."

Officer Christina Laury, 32, who is assigned to the narcotics and special investigations division, said the crowd of rioters was "immediately" aggressive and had already taken over the Capitol grounds when she arrived on scene.

"I don't think we even understood the magnitude and the amount of people that were actually there," Laury told WJLA. "By the time I got there, officers were already getting, you know, sprayed with whatever these individuals had, which I believe they had bear mace which is literally used for bears. They're spraying it at us -- human beings -- which is, you know, putting us out of service for a while. I mean, I got hit with it plenty of times that day and it just seals your eyes shut."

"You just would see officers going down, trying to, you know, douse themselves with water, trying to open their eyes up so they can see again," she added. "And at the same point, these people are still trying to push and gain access to the Capitol."

Laury said she also witnessed officers on the front lines of the Capitol building getting beaten with metal poles, in addition to be sprayed with bear mace and other chemical irritants.

"They did everything in their power to not let those people in," she said. "And this was going on for hours."

Laury said she doesn't get scared often but admitted, "That was probably one of the scariest days."

"When you can't open your eyes and you're in the middle of what we would call a fight essentially, you know, that's scary," she said. "The bravery and the heroism that I saw in these officers -- the second they were able to open their eyes, they were back up front and they were just trying to stop these individuals from coming in."

Officer Michael Fanone, 40, who is part of the crime suppression team in the 1st District, said he and his partner joined the front lines after relieving some of the fatigued and injured officers, even though he said none of them volunteered to leave. He recalled being tased "half a dozen times" and rioters grabbing gear off his vest, ripping away his badge, taking his ammunition magazines and trying to get a hold of his gun.

"I remember guys chanting, like, 'Kill him with his own gun,'" Fanone, who previously served for the U.S. Capitol Police, told WJLA. "I remember trying to retain it and the thought did cross my mind like, 'OK, people are trying to kill you and I think this has crossed the threshold of you, you know, defending yourself.' I thought about killing people."

Fanone said he told the mob that he has children and some of the rioters began to shield him from others until his partner was able to get him out of the area. Fanone, who said he's generally in good health, was later hospitalized and learned that he had suffered a mild heart attack.

"I've never experienced anything quite like this," he said. "I don't think I would have had a heart attack other than getting physically assaulted on Jan. 6."

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ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A strong storm system is producing lots of wind and snow in the Central U.S., with a blizzard warning issued for five states, from Minnesota to Missouri.Already Friday morning up to half a foot of snow has ...

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ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A strong storm system is producing lots of wind and snow in the Central U.S., with a blizzard warning issued for five states, from Minnesota to Missouri.

Already Friday morning up to half a foot of snow has fallen in Iowa and winds have been gusting at 60 to 80 mph from the Dakotas to Oklahoma.

As the storm is expected to move into the Northeast, snow alerts have been extended into upstate New York and New England.

Friday morning, 20 states are on alert for wind and snow from the Dakotas down to Texas and east to New York.

This Friday, the storm system is sitting in the western Great Lakes and throwing wind and snow from Minnesota to northern Missouri, with wind effects extending all the way to Texas.

Friday night, part of the same storm system hitting the Midwest now will move into the Northeast with heavy rain for the I-95 corridor, from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston.

One to two inches of rain are expected along the I-95 corridor and some road flooding is possible.

Further north, in upstate New York and into New England, a winter storm watch has been issued. Heavy snow (6-8 inches) is expected Saturday and Sunday.

The heaviest snow over the weekend will be in the Northeast, where a foot of snow is possible in upstate New York and northern New England.

In the Southwest, the issue is not snow but dry, gusty winds that actually helped spread a brush fire Thursday night near Los Angeles.

The brush fire was burning near Thousand Oaks, where some evacuations had to be issued.

The fire burned 250 acres, but firefighters were able to contain it overnight.

More gusty Santa Ana winds are expected in Southern California, where red flag warnings and wind alerts have been issued.

Winds could gust at 40 to 50 mph, with isolated gusts near 60 mph in the mountains.

Humidity will be at less than 10% in some areas, which will only fuel the fires.

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NY passenger bus hangs off overpass in the Bronx after crash, at least 8 left injured https://wiezradio.com/2021/ny-passenger-bus-hangs-off-overpass-in-the-bronx-after-crash-at-least-8-left-injured/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:32:49 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=02380eb0885a87fa37c7d945c72a2874

LeoPatrizi/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Various people were injured after a passenger bus veered off the road and was left hanging off an overpass in New York's Bronx.The New York Police Department told WABC that the incident happened a...

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LeoPatrizi/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Various people were injured after a passenger bus veered off the road and was left hanging off an overpass in New York's Bronx.

The New York Police Department told WABC that the incident happened at 11:10 p.m. Thursday on the Cross Bronx Expressway at University Avenue.

WABC confirmed at least seven to eight people, including the bus driver, were injured in the accident. Most injuries were minor, though the driver suffered the most severe injuries and is in serious condition.

The New York City Fire Department tweeted Friday night that there were nine total injuries, but in a statement they later said only eight people were treated for injuries.

"FDNY units are on scene of a motor vehicle accident at University Ave and the Cross Bronx Expressway in the Bronx where a tandem bus has crashed through the barriers and is hanging off the overpass onto the roadway below. There are nine civilian injuries reported at this time," the FDNY wrote on Twitter.

"While responding to this incident, I began discussing the information we were receiving, picturing a bus hanging off the edge. We had two scenes here where #Rescue3 began securing the bus up-top while #Engine43 made their way around to begin treatment of the civilian patients. Currently we are making sure all the fuel and other hazardous materials within the vehicle is secured until the bus can be pulled onto the roadway," FDNY Acting Battalion Chief Steven Moore said in a statement later Friday morning.

Officials said the bus fell approximately 50 feet onto the access road.

FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Hopper, who oversaw emergency medical treatment and transport at the scene, said: "We assessed and treated a total of eight patients from this accident. The bus fell approximately 50 feet onto the access road. The patients suffered injuries consistent with a fall from such a great height."

All those injured have been transported to an area hospital.

Authorities said the operator of the MTA Articulated Bus may have experienced some sort of brake failure or didn't properly navigate the turn.

The bus went over the rail to the ground below, where it had to be secured by the FDNY.

Photos shared on social media show it dangling from the overpass.

In an audio recording from the FDNY obtained by ABC News, a dispatcher is heard saying, "Continue rescue. We have a tandem bus over the bridge, half of it is hanging off the bridge, there's people inside."

The intersection is now shut down and the bus is waiting to be towed.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

"The MTA's goal is to have the safest transportation system in the nation, and when an incident like this occurs we take it very seriously," MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Patrick Warren said in a statement Friday morning. "We are conducting a full investigation and will implement lessons learned in order to prevent it from happening again. We are certain this was a terrifying incident for those customers on the bus. Our hearts go out to them with hope that they can recover quickly."

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