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Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The federal probe into the devastating helicopter crash that killed retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others has investigators exploring why the pilot took flight in weather so foggy it had prompted local law enforcement agencies to ground its choppers.

An 18-member team from the National Transportation Safety Board, along with help from the FBI, continued on Monday to comb through the wreckage of the 1991 Sikorsky S-76 aircraft that slammed into a hillside on Sunday morning in Calabasas, Calif., killing everyone onboard and sending shockwaves across the globe.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant were among those who were instantly killed after the helicopter faded from radar just before 10 a.m. local time on Sunday. Reports of the crash into the steep hillside followed soon after.

The helicopter pilot, whose name has not been released, had begun to climb to 1,500 feet when the aircraft made an unusual and rapid descent just before it crashed, according to, a website that provides a live-stream of flight tower transmissions.

Investigators had no immediate explanation for the aircraft's rapid descent.

Members of the FBI were sent to the crash site and are assisting the NTSB with collecting and documenting the evidence.

Jennifer Homendy, a member of the NTSB board, said investigators will look into the history of the pilot and maintenance records of the helicopter. It was not immediately clear if the helicopter was equipped with a black box.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said that because of the difficult terrain at the crash site, it could take several days to complete the recovery.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has asked the public to stay away, calling the scene a logistical nightmare.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that Sunday's weather conditions did not meet its standards for flying -- an 800-foot cloud cieling and 2 miles of visibility -- at the time of the crash yesterday morning. The LAPD’s fleet was grounded at the time of the accident.

Other victims killed in the crash included John Altobelli, a local college baseball coach, as well as his wife, Kerri Altobelli, and his daughter, Alyssa Altobelli. Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach for a private school in Orange County, was also killed in the crash, her husband confirmed on Facebook.

The identities of three other victims remain unconfirmed until authorities can inform their families.

Bryant and the others who perished were flying from Orange County, where Bryant has a home in Newport Park, to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, a sports facility where the former LA Lakers' star hosted basketball clinics. Bryant's daughter's basketball team was scheduled to play in the Mamba Cup, a youth basketball tournament that's named after Bryant's moniker.

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in from all over the world. Bryant's image was splashed across newspapers Monday morning as basketball fans and beyond begin to mourn the loss of the hoops legend.

Here is the front page of tomorrow’s paper and special section remembering Kobe Bryant:

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 27, 2020

Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant's former LA Lakers teammate who won three consecutive NBA championships with him in 2000, 2001 and 2002, posted a picture of the two embracing, and said that "there are no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment."

Another close friend and retired basketball star Dwayne Wade paid an emotional tribute to Bryant on Instagram.

Basketball legend and principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan issued a statement saying that Bryant "was like a little brother to me."

Statement from Michael Jordan:

— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) January 26, 2020

Bryant was drafted to the NBA out of high school in 1996 and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. He was awarded NBA MVP in 2008 and NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.

Bryant won gold medals as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Bryant's career was marred, however, during a 2005 trial when he was accused of sexual assault by an employee at a Vail, Colorado, hotel. Bryant always denied the encounter was non-consensual and the case was later dismissed after the victim said she did not want to testify and the two parties settled a civil suit.

LeBron James surpassed Bryant on the all-time scoring list on Saturday during the Lakers' game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant -- one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers," James told reporters after the game. "The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy Award for his animated short "Dear Basketball," which is based on a poem he wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement.

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DNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in New York along with the FBI have asked to interview Prince Andrew as part of their ongoing criminal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's co-conspirators, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman for the Southern District of New York said Monday.

"The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew's attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew and to date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation," Berman said, standing on the front doorstep of Epstein's East 71st Street mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where you can still see where the initials "J.E." were pasted on the inner wall.

"He publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators," Berman said.

Berman declined to elaborate on what prosecutors would like to know from Prince Andrew, although he said Epstein could not have committed the crimes he did without help from co-conspirators.

Federal prosecutors do not ordinarily disclose who is being sought as part of a criminal investigation, but Berman said the public had a right to know in this instance because Prince Andrew publicly indicated his willingness to cooperate.

In a November statement, the Duke of York said, "I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations."

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In this handout photo provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, emergency crews respond to a helicopter crash that reportedly killed former NBA player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and others on Jan. 26, 2020 in Calabasas, Calif. (Photo by LASD via Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- NBA great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were just two of the nine people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Southern California Sunday.

The flight, which left from Orange County, Calif., was headed north when it crashed around 10 a.m. local time in Calabasas.

Bryant was on his way to a game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks along with others connected to the basketball program.

As the world grieves the Los Angeles Lakers legend, here's what we know so far about the others killed.

John Altobelli

College baseball coach John Altobelli -- whose daughter was a basketball teammate of Gianna Bryant -- was on the helicopter at the time of the accident.

Altobelli worked at Orange Coast College for 27 years and was known to be a mentor to players, according to the school.

"He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach," the school's athletic director, Jason Kehler, said in a statement on Sunday. "The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none -- he treated them like family."

"Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli family during this time of tragedy," Kehler said.

"We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken," the college president, Angelica Suarez, added in a statement. "Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus - a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community."

"John Altobelli was a great coach and man," tweeted Barry Faulkner, a sportswriter at the Daily Pilot in Southern California. "I worked closely with him for more than a dozen years covering his OCC program. Huge heart. Great sense of humor and passion for the game, his players and his family. RIP Alto. Truly a legend."

John Altobelli was a great coach and man. I worked closely with him for more than a dozen years covering his OCC program. Huge heart. Great sense of humor and passion for the game, his players and his family. RIP Alto. Truly a legend.

— Barry Faulkner (@BarryFaulkner5) January 26, 2020

Keri Altobelli

The Altobelli family also confirmed the death of John Altobelli's wife, Keri Altobelli.

Alyssa Altobelli

Alyssa Altobelli, one of the Altobellis' daughters, was also on the flight, which left no survivors.

 Alyssa was a basketball teammate of 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, according to People Magazine.

John and Keri Altobelli are survived by two other children, son JJ and daughter Alexis, according to the Brewster Whitecaps, a Cape Cod baseball team for which John Altobelli was a coach.

John was our head coach in 2012-14, and his son JJ played for us too. JJ and his other daughter Alexis survive them. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.

— Brewster Whitecaps (@WhitecapsCCBL) January 26, 2020

Christina Mauser

Christina Mauser was a mother, wife and a girls' basketball coach.

As a top assistant coach of the Mamba girls’ basketball team, she coached Gianna Bryant and Alyssa Altobelli, another coach told The Los Angeles Times.

Mauser also was an assistant coach for the eighth grade girls basketball team at the Harbor Day School in Orange County.

Mauser's husband, Matt Mauser, wrote on Facebook, "My kids and I are devastated."

"We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy," he wrote Sunday. "Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much."

Payton Chester

Payton Chester, an eighth grader at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California, was killed on the flight.

"We are a community in mourning," William Moseley, the head of the school, said in a letter to students and families. "This is an unimaginable loss for the Chester family and the entire St. Margaret's community."

Sarah Chester

Payton Chester's mother, Sarah Chester, was with her on that flight.

Sarah Chester was on the board of trustees at her daughter's school.

She is survived by her husband and two sons.

Todd Schmidt, Payton Chester's former elementary school principal, said Sarah and Payton Chester "were genuine, kind-hearted, and the staff, to other families...and yes, especially to me."

"While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important," Schmidt wrote on Facebook. "Their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken."

ABC News has not yet confirmed the identity of the ninth victim.

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Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office(OLD BRIDGE, N.J.) -- The ex-boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman who vanished last October, Stephanie Parze, was named Monday as a suspect in her murder. However, he won't be prosecuted as he died by apparent suicide months ago.

Parze, of Freehold Township, N.J., was last seen on Oct. 30, sparking a months-long search organized by her grief-stricken parents. Her body was found in a wooded area of nearby Old Bridge on Sunday afternoon, according to officials.

Parze’s ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, who was initially named a person of interest in her disappearance, was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges in November.

Investigators zeroed in on Ozbilgen in early-to-mid November, but were waiting for some "evidence to come though," including de-encrypting cellphones, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper Gramiccioni said at a news conference on Monday.

Then, Ozbilgen was found dead on Nov. 22.

Investigators did find a suicide note which Gramiccioni said "reaffirmed" Ozbilgen's "responsibility" for her death.

In the note, he wrote "he had had enough and that he could not do life in prison" and that "this was the only choice," Gramiccioni said (it was not clear what "this" was referring to).

Ozbilgen wrote that what his parents would hear in the news was true, except for the child pornography charges, Gramiccioni said.

However, "in that note he never disclosed where he disposed of Stephanie’s remains," Gramiccioni said.

While the Parze family "was aware of our investigative conclusions," Gramiccioni said, "we held off on notifying the public because we were still working on finding Stephanie."

No one other than Ozbilgen is believed to be involved, Gramiccioni said.

Parze's cause of death has not yet been confirmed by the medical examiner's office, Gramiccioni said.

Parze was last seen around 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 when she left her mother's house to drive the few miles home, family spokesman David Mound told ABC News in November.

"She actually sent out a Snapchat when she was on the way home, which is the last communication that we have from her," Mound said.

Prosecutors believe Ozbilgen killed her in the early hours of Oct. 31, Gramiccioni said.

"Our family is devastated," Parze’s father, Ed Parze, said at Monday's news conference, overcome with emotion.

Ed Parze said his family plans to launch a foundation to bring "awareness to battered women and missing people," he said, calling it "an epidemic."

"Our lives are never gonna be the same," Ed Parze said, but he added, "Stephanie is home, she is coming home at last."

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pkazmercyk/iStock(SCOTTSBORO, Ala.) -- At least eight people died Monday morning when a massive fire swept through a dock on an Alabama river and destroyed 35 boats, authorities said.

The ferocious blaze broke out around 12:40 a.m. at a marina in Scottsboro and rapidly spread, Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Nicklaus said at a news conference.

In addition to the eight bodies recovered from the water, seven other people were injured and taken to area hospitals, Nicklaus said. He said the injuries were minor.

Nicklaus said a team of divers was searching the waters for more victims and the search would not be called off until everyone is accounted for.

He said the 35 vessels that burned ranged from 20-foot pontoons to 40-foot houseboats that some people were using as their permanent residence.

Video footage showed a long dock with flames shooting from what appeared to be a row of houseboats.

#BREAKING: Multiple people are dead and several others are missing after a fire at the Jackson County Park in Scottsboro, Alabama. @WKRN

— Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowWKRN) January 27, 2020

Nicklaus said that 17 different agencies, including the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and neighboring fire departments, responded to the scene.

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kali9/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Several people, including young children, were shot and killed while sitting in their own home early Sunday morning during a home invasion that authorities are now suspecting was a targeted attack.

The incident was reported at a home on Sunday in Newburgh County, New York, at around 8 a.m. when witnesses nearby heard gunshots.

“We’ve got several witnesses that we have spoken to,” said Chief Bruce Campbell of the Newburgh Police Department while addressing the media on Sunday. “We have several people that have stated they heard gunshots. That is how the call came in.”

Three people were killed -- two of them are believed to be adults in their late 20s and the other is believed to be a 10-year-old boy.

Another boy who is 3-years-old was also shot and injured in the attack and is currently in the hospital in serious condition. There was a fifth person -- believed to be another child of undisclosed age -- home at the time of the invasion but was not injured in the shooting.

Authorities say that they have taken a person of interest into custody who knew the family but no charges have been filed.

“It is a rapidly developing situation with multiple scenes and multiple things going on right now,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “So if anybody in the public knows anything then please call the town of Newburgh’s police department.”

Officials emphasized that even though this did not seem to be a random incident, the threat to the public is not ongoing.

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KABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Basketball legend Kobe Bryant is among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in the wealthy Southern California residential neighborhood of Calabasas, ABC News has confirmed.

Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died alongside her father, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Bryant was 41 years old.

There were no survivors in the crash around 10 a.m. local time Sunday, fire officials said in a press conference.

Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli was also on board the aircraft, the school said in a statement. The family later confirmed Altobelli's wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, were also among those killed.

The names of the other victims will not be publicly identified until next-of-kin are notified, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters.

"God bless their souls," Villanueva said, adding that members from the coroner's office are on their way to assist in the recovery of the remains.

The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances, a spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board told ABC News. Firefighters worked to contain the quarter-acre brush fire that resulted, which was difficult to extinguish due to the presence of magnesium, which reacts to oxygen and water, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.

The debris from the aircraft was scattered on steep terrain, Osby said. Paramedics on board an air ambulance were hoisted down to the scene but were not able to locate any survivors, he added.

Witnesses who were mountain biking in the area saw the helicopter in distress, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda told reporters. It is not known whether the pilot alerted over radio that the aircraft was in distress, Imbrenda said.

It is unclear who the helicopter belonged to or where it originated from and was going to. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

The FBI will also be helping the NTSB in its investigation because it has evidence response teams.

While the cause of the crash is still unclear, the Los Angeles Police Department told ABC News it was not flying choppers on Sunday morning since the weather, specifically visibility, did not meet LAPD’s standards for flying.

Bryant was drafted to the NBA out of high school in 1996 and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. He was awarded NBA MVP in 2008 and NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.

Bryant won gold medals as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

LeBron James surpassed Bryant on the all-time scoring list on Saturday during the Lakers' game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant -- one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers," James told reporters after the game. "The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."

Bryant tweeted at James congratulating him on beating his record.

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy Award for his animated short Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement.

Bryant told ABC News' Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts in December 2015 that he wrote a letter to his fans upon retirement because he wanted to show how much they meant to him.

"The letter itself still doesn't do it justice and how important they've been -- how vital they've been in my career," he said. "And I mean, we grew up together. And that's such a beautiful thing."

Bryant was embroiled in controversy during a 2005 trial when he was accused of sexual assault by an employee at a Vail, Colorado, hotel. Bryant always denied the encounter was nonconsensual and the case was later dismissed after the victim said she did not want to testify and the two parties settled a civil suit.

Silver said in a statement that the "NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing" of Bryant and his daughter and offered condolences to Bryant's wife, Vanessa, and their family.

"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning," Silver's statement read. "He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti described Bryant in a statement as a "giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court -- and awed us with his intellect and humility as father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved."

"He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes," Garcetti said. "This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe's entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief."

The Lakers' next game will be against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday at the Staples Center at 7 p.m. PT.

Fans flocked to the scene of the crash, the Staples Center and the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium at the Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where Bryant played basketball prior to being drafted, to mourn the fallen NBA star.

In a statement, the school praised Bryant to raising "the profiled of the high school" and the school district, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV. Bryant led the team to the 1996 state championship.

"Our school community will always be grateful for his ongoing generosity to his alma mater, including his dedication of our Kobe Bryant Gymnasium and his support of our boys' and girls' basketball teams," the school said.

The NBA Player's Association wrote in a statement that it was "stunned and devastated" by the news of Bryant's death.

"Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball," the statement read. "This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family."

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kali9/iStock(HARTSVILLE, S.C.) -- A shooting at a bar in South Carolina has left at least two people dead and five more injured.

The incident occurred at Mac’s Lounge, a live music venue in Hartsville, South Carolina, early just before 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from the Hartsville Police Department.

The motive behind the shooting is currently unknown.

The injured victims are being treated at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina, and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee confirmed to ABC News on Sunday.

The identities and conditions of those injured also remain unknown but Hardee said that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) would help process the crime scene.

Mac’s Lounge is located about 25 miles northwest of Florence, South Carolina, and 40 miles south of the North Carolina state line.

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hiphotos35/iStock(CYPRESS, Texas) -- A 3-year-old girl has died in a heart-breaking accident after an SUV rolled over her in the driveway of her own home.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday in Cypress, Texas, when authorities initially responded to an auto-pedestrian crash of a child being struck when a resident was backing out of a driveway in a northwest Houston suburban neighborhood, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK-TV.

But following an investigation around the circumstances of the accident it turns out that the mother of the 3-year-old girl had just arrived home and was unloading her SUV but inadvertently left the vehicle in neutral rather than park.

When the mother exited the car, it began to roll back down the driveway and ended up striking her young child who was behind the vehicle at the time.

The girl was immediately transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Cyfair EMS where she was later pronounced dead from the injuries she suffered in the accident.

The identities of the girl and her mother has not yet been released and the case is now being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vehicular Crimes Division.

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Courtesy Ivon Castillo(WASHINGTON) --  For the most part, Brandon Dali Salinas felt like an American.

The 18-year-old is from the small town of Dalton in Northwest Georgia and has a thick Southern accent. He attended his local church, was a Boy Scout, and helped his mom with a little brother who has asthma. Salinas has lived in the United States for almost 17 years, and all three of his siblings and his now-estranged father are United States citizens.

 Now, he has been deported to Mexico, a country that is completely foreign to him, following an arrest on charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana and lying to police about his age ​last April​. Salinas, who drove without a license in 2018, had violated his probation with this new arrest. But since he was a minor at the time, sheriff’s deputies drove him home to his mother.

Salinas admits he made mistakes. But what for many young Americans would be an arrest with few long-term consequences, Salinas faces a life-altering ordeal thousands of miles away from his family.

“I wouldn’t consider Mexico my home even though I'm from there,” Salinas told ABC News recently. “I wouldn't consider it because I wasn't raised there. I didn't grow up there. I was just born there."

The Trump administration has pushed to arrest more unauthorized immigrants while both eliminating Obama-era rules that prioritize dangerous felons and canceling basic protections for young people like Salinas living in the country without proper documentation. As more and more kids -- who came to the U.S. as young children -- reach adulthood, the recent attempts to close off avenues for resettlement and rehabilitation mean small, unresolved crimes can have dire consequences for them.

“I don’t think he had a care in the world when he was making the mistakes that any kid would make. The problem is that he’s undocumented at the same time,” said Mark Scaggs, a project coordinator for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Speaking to ABC News about his arrests, Salinas said he’s “always regretted it, each and every day -- just knowing that I could have been a better person.”

After he was arrested in April and then released to his mother, Salinas graduated from high school and then celebrated his eighteenth birthday. Thirteen days later, on May 7, the police knocked on his door. They re-arrested him and booked him into jail, charging him with five separate counts, including marijuana possession, lying to authorities ​about his age and violating his probation from the 2018 incident.

He remained in jail for three months. After his mother, Ivon Castillo (who asked that ABC News not use her full name because she feared reprisal from authorities), posted bond for him on Aug. 1, he wasn't immediately released. A month later, he was transferred directly into ICE custody, according to sheriff's department records. He remained in the Folkston, Georgia ICE processing facility for five months.

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office did not return ABC News’ requests for comment about why Salinas was not released on bond or about their broader cooperation policy with ICE.

 Whitfield County, like several other local law enforcement jurisdictions in the southeast, maintains a working agreement with ICE to flag all undocumented persons who are detained by local sheriff's deputies -- no matter how small the offense, according to a local ICE official.

Salinas was one of them.

ICE agreements with law enforcement

President Donald Trump and his administration have strongly encouraged local law enforcement agencies to adopt these “287(g)” agreements with ICE, products of Clinton-era immigration law that make use of local community resources for federal immigration enforcement.

The same types of programs were initially encouraged during the Obama administration when deportations hit record levels. But civil rights groups and big cities across the country started pushing back. Several jurisdictions -- including New York and Los Angeles -- created so-called “sanctuary” policies to limit cooperation between local police and ICE. The Obama administration later reversed course to prioritize the deportation of violent felons with criminal convictions.

“What the Obama administration did was really narrow that net for arrests,” said Randy Capps, research director at the Migration Policy Institute. “That kind of shut down this universal screening model.”

 During his first month in office, President Trump issued an executive order to promote the type of universal screening that currently takes place in counties like Whitfield County, and also to eliminate the Obama-era priority of removing those convicted of violent and other major crimes.

“The percentage of offenses that are serious is very small,” Capps said.

Trump administration officials point to the serious criminals picked up by the 287(g) programs. In budget year 2018, local officials across the country flagged 13 unauthorized immigrants who had been convicted of homicides and 150 convicted for sex offenses, including sexual assault. But smaller offenses like marijuana use and traffic violations are generally more common, resulting in more ICE arrests for those accused of minor crimes.

John Tsoukaris, the acting ICE field office director for the Atlanta region where Salinas was taken into custody, acknowledged that 287(g) programs can result in those who are merely accused of minor crimes getting deported, but noted his agents are required arrest anyone they encounter without proper documentation.

“I’m not sure it’s appropriate to exclude those individuals just because they have minor crimes," Tsoukaris said. “I think you actually have the right under the authority of the law to stop these people from re-offending because they are not supposed to be here and they can be removed.”

“We’re a country of laws and we expect everybody to follow it,” he added.

Charges and convictions for traffic violations, driving under the influence and illegal drug use are the most common infractions seen among those arrested by ICE followed by assault and immigration-related violations, according to the most recent data released by the agency.

DACA no longer an option for many

Simply by living in the United States undocumented, Salinas was committing a civil violation under federal law, thus potentially eligible for deportation.

“I always realized I was different from everybody else,” Salinas said. “I had to limit myself in the things I could do. I was limiting myself -- like I can’t drive a car to take my girlfriend out to eat. Or I couldn’t apply for certain jobs.”

Like a growing number of undocumented teens, he hadn’t applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protection as a child, which would have given him some license to live and work in the U.S. Around the time he would have needed it for driving, college or working, the Trump administration was ending enrollment for new applicants.

Salinas’ mother told ABC News she had hoped for a more permanent solution. She wanted Salinas’ father, a U.S. citizen, to petition for her son’s legal status when he was a young teen. But Salinas’ parents got divorced, they lost contact with his father, and an application was never started.

 The DACA program is now tied up in the courts, but initiating a new application hasn’t been possible since 2017, meaning the number of unprotected, undocumented teens like Salinas will likely grow for the foreseeable future unless the Supreme Court rules to fully reinstate it, or Congress steps in with a more permanent solution. Even if he had gotten into the program, under the Trump administration, undocumented teens have increasingly seen their protections stripped even for minor infractions, meaning a second chance for someone like Salinas is rare.

'Sometimes you don't get second chances'

Castillo told ABC News that her son is a “big mama’s boy” and that they tried to speak every other day while he was detained. She says he was “desperate” to get out.

“I just wanna tell her that I love her,” Salinas told ABC News recently. “And if I could change the past, if I could be a better person in the past, I would. But I can't. And that's what I regret each and every day.”

Since legally becoming an adult, Salinas has spent about two weeks free and 8 months behind bars.

“I want to support my family how they support me,” Salinas said while in custody. “I just -- I’ll be strong for them. I’ve spent a lot of time in here reading the Bible, and it says patience is key.”

Salinas had his first court date with immigration judge Wayne Houser, Jr., an immigration judge, in October 2019. Houser has been an immigration judge in Atlanta since 2002, having spent over 20 years practicing law in Tennessee before then. From 2014-2019, he had a 96% asylum denial rate, according to TRAC Immigration, an independent project from Syracuse University.

According to Fernando Chavez, Salinas’ lawyer, who didn’t start representing him until this month, Houser tends to be harsher on undocumented immigrants.

“He’s known as the guy who denies everything. His bond denial rate might be higher than his asylum denial rate,” said Chavez, referencing Houser’s denial rate.

“And not only that, he moves at such a slow pace in his cases,” Chavez added.

The Department of Justice and Executive Office for Immigration Review don’t comment on judge’s decisions.

 Salinas was scheduled to see Houser a total of three times in the fall of 2019. But he only saw him once.

Then, on Jan. 8, his case number was finally called. Salinas went in front of Houser with no attorney representing him.

According to Salinas, Houser asked him what form of "relief" he wanted, but Salinas didn’t know what that meant.

Salinas’ request for voluntary departure, which would have let him leave the United States on his own terms, was denied by the judge.

As a last attempt, Salinas admitted that he had gone “down the wrong road;” that he had made “bad mistakes and bad decisions;” that he never “wanted to be that person.” He said he told Houser he regretted his decisions, and that he tries to improve himself each and every day.

“I just want to push myself to do better, and I feel like if I could have another opportunity -- just do things right -- I will,” Salinas told ABC News.

According to Salinas, Houser responded “sometimes you don’t get second chances.” Houser went on to order Salinas’ removal from the United States to Mexico. It was just the second time Salinas officially appeared in Houser’s court.

Salinas was deported on Jan. 20, 2020.

“He sounds shocked because he’s in a new place with new people," Castillo told ABC News. "But he sounds happy to be out [of detention].”

According to Castillo, the plan is to have Salinas live with her parents in Torreon, Mexico, despite the fact that he has never met them.

“So I feel like I just gotta have faith that God is gonna get me to the way and just to keep my head up,” Salinas said. “You know, it's not the end of me.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A complex storm system brought snow to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday, as well as very heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of the Northeast.

Nearly 6 inches of snow was reported in parts of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In the northeast, nearly 1.5 inches of rain caused flash flooding in parts of Pennsylvania, especially near and around Philadelphia. Over 1 inch of rain was reported near and around the Albany region.

This morning, as the storm system heads into southern Canada, cooler air moving over the Great Lakes is causing some lake effect snow as well as snow squalls.

While all accumulations should remain minor, brief and widely scattered bands of snow could cause brief reduction in visibility, as well as slippery road surfaces.

A series of storms will move into the Northwest bringing several rounds of heavy rain to the coast of Northern California to Washington State. There will also be several waves of mountain snow in the Cascades.

 Locally three to five inches of rain will be possible along the immediate coast through Wednesday. In the mountains, locally one to two feet of snow will be possible in the higher elevations.

Some parts of Washington State, including Seattle, are currently over 130% to as high as 185% of their January precipitation total.

Currently, with rain expected through the end of the month, a couple of spots in the region could end up with one of their wettest January months on record, or it could end up near a record number of rain days for January.

Meanwhile a weak system is moving through the South today and will bring areas of rain to parts of the region. This system quickly moves east and falls apart on Monday.

Another system will arrive in the South on Tuesday and bring a similar area of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast.

All of this could result in a couple inches of rain over the next few days, especially in parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Much of the nation is looking rather quiet which is somewhat notable given the time of year we are in. The next organized weather system looks to be at the end of this week in the eastern U.S. However, it remains unclear what extent a potential system would have.

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iStock(CHICAGO) -- A retired Illinois state trooper was killed and two other troopers, one current and one retired, were injured in a shooting at a Chicago-area cigar lounge Friday night, authorities said.

The woman who police identified as the shooter, Lisa V. McMullan, of Chicago, eventually turned the gun on herself and died at the scene, according to a statement from the Lisle Police Department.

The incident took place at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, located about 25 miles west of Chicago.

Surveillance video captured the shooting and showed several people sitting in a room watching television, according to police.

Around 10:13 p.m., McMullan, 51, is seen standing up "without apparent provocation," drawing a handgun and shooting a man in the back of the head, police said.

She then fires several other rounds at two other men before fatally shooting herself, according to police.

The man shot in the back of the head was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Illinois State Police identified him as Gregory Rieves, a 51-year-old retired trooper. He had retired about a year ago and was with the department for 22 years, ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said.

"Many people thought very fondly of him and many people are very saddened by this terrible violence," Kelly said at a news conference.

The two injured victims were identified as Kaiton Bullock, a 22-year-veteran of the department who was off duty at the time, and Lloyd Graham, a 55-year-old retired trooper.

Both of those officers remain hospitalized in stable condition, according to state police. They are expected to recover.

Kelly said that ISP is not involved in the investigation, meaning that it does not appear the shooting was related to their duties or conduct. Any relationship McMullan may have had to the victims will be investigated by the Lisle Police Department, which is taking lead, according to Kelly.

"This is certainly a painful moment for everyone in the Illinois State Police family," Kelly said.

The Humidor said in a statement on Facebook, "We look at all our customers as family and we ask you to pray for the victim and the speedy healing of the injured." The Lisle location will be closed Saturday, the shop said.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- An 8-year-old boy with autism died of hypothermia last week after his NYPD cop dad allegedly placed him inside a freezing cold garage as temperatures dropped well below zero, officials said.

Suffolk County police arrested 40-year-old Michael Valva and his 42-year-old fiancée, Angela Pollina, on Friday for the second-degree murder of Thomas Valva.

Valva called the police on Jan. 17 to report that Thomas fell in the driveway of their home around 9:30 a.m. in Center Morchices, New York, while waiting for the school bus.

The child was taken to Long Island Community Hospital where his "body temperature was at 76 degrees," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said at a press conference on Friday.

"Thomas Valva was subjected to freezing temperatures in the homes, unheated garage, overnight when the outside temperature was 19 degrees," said Hart.

As police investigated Thomas' death, Valva launched an online fundraiser to cover the cost of his son's funeral expenses. The community's donations to the now-defunct fundraiser surpassed Valva's requested $10,000 goal.

Police found that the injuries to Thomas' head and face were inconsistent with Valva's description on the 911 call and there was a history of reports to child protective services.

"Not only did they fail to render any type of meaningful aid, they lied to the police officers, they lied to the EMTs," Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters on Friday. "This is one of the worse crimes...he died right in front of their eyes."

Suffolk County Judge Edward J. Hennessey ordered both Valva and Pollina held without bail. Their case will be presented to a grand jury and the next court date is on Jan. 29.

Thomas' mother, Justyna Zubko Valva, told News12 Long Island that she begged a family court judge to remove their children from her ex's custody or they were "going to die."

"Every time I kept telling the judge, 'if you're not going to remove the children, they are going to die under his care and custody,'" said Zubko Valva to the station. "There was evidence, hard evidence. Reports filed. Children were telling me too about the abuse."

Valva has two other sons, ages 6 and 10, while Pollina has twin 11-year-old daughters and a 6-year-old daughter.

Sini said the 10-year-old and 8-year-old boys were both on the autism spectrum and were “at times forced to sleep in the garage.”

Valva joined the NYPD in 2005 and, according to online records, he earned $100,000 in 2019. The transit cop has been suspended without pay, the police department said.

If convicted, the couple faces 25 years to life in prison.

The community is expected to hold a vigil for Thomas at Kalers Pond on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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iStock(HOUSTON) -- A deadly explosion that left two people dead and sent shock waves throughout the city was felt by one of the victim's friends, just after they spoke on the phone.

Bobbie, a friend of one of the victims, told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV that the two were on the phone when the victim arrived at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing just before 4:30 a.m. Friday, when the blast occurred.

"He goes, 'Hey, something is not right.' I'm like why? And he's like, 'I'm here in the parking lot at my job and I just smell something really, really funny'. He goes, 'It smells like gas,'" Bobbie told the station.

She said he then told her another co-worker arrived and the two were going to check out the issue.

"He said, 'I can hear a very loud hissing sound,'" Bobbie said.

Not long after, she said she felt the explosion from her home about five miles away.

Bobbie said she hasn't been able to reach her friend since. She did not name which of the victims was her friend.

Authorities identified the two victims who were killed as Gerardo Castorena and Frank Flores, both employees at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing.

The manufacturing company issued a statement expressing its condolences to the families of the victims, but did not name the two employees who were killed.

"Our hearts go out to the families and businesses impacted by this incident and to our community," the statement read. "At this time, our immediate concern is the safety and well-being of everyone in the area and our employees."

The company was "working diligently" with federal, state and local authorities to investigate the accident, according to the statement.

It was not yet clear exactly what caused the explosion, but Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena noted there was a leak coming from a 2,000-gallon tank of propylene.

Multiple homes and a nearby strip mall also sustained "significant damage" in the blast, which happened around 4:30 a.m. local time on Friday, Pena said at a press conference.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said a multi-agency arson investigation has been launched. He made a point to note that there is no reason to believe it was terror-related or an intentional act.

It is protocol to conduct an investigation and it will look into whether all regulations had been properly followed prior to the explosion, according to Acevedo.

A temporary shelter was set up at 4703 Shadowdale Drive and at least 48 people were sheltering there, according to KTRK-TV.

Acevedo asked for the public to consider offering help and donating to the families who had been affected.

"This is an area where it isn't the most affluent, so my thoughts are with all the individuals, whether they rent or own, that will be potentially displaced," Acevedo said.

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ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A storm system is bringing snow this morning to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes, as well as very heavy rain to much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Snowfall rates of near 1 inch per hour will be possible in parts of Illinois and Wisconsin this morning. Snowfall could pile up locally 3 to 6 inches through the morning.

As the storm moves east, some of the precipitation moving into the Northeast is changing from rain to an icy mix. Therefore winter weather advisories have been issued from parts of Eastern Pennsylvania to Maine.

While accumulations should remain light due to the rather relatively mild air, some slick spots could be possible this morning and through parts of the weekend -- especially in the higher elevations of the Poconos and Catskills this morning.

Some of the rain is falling at 1 to 2 inches per hour across parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Localized flash flooding will be possible this morning. Further south, there is an isolated potential for a strong to severe storm in parts of eastern North Carolina this morning. This line of heavy rain will move through the entire I-95 corridor.

By mid-day and afternoon, torrential rainfall will be possible, with localized flash flooding. Urban flooding with rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are possible today in Philadelphia, New York, Hartford and Boston. A couple of rumbles of thunder will be possible as well.

This storm system clears out on Sunday with only a few snow showers possible near the Great Lakes and in part of the Appalachians.

The Pacific Northwest will also be seeing a series of storms over the next several days. Locally over 5 inches of heavy rain will be possible along the coast from Northern California to Washington. In the higher elevations of the Cascades, up to 2 feet of snow is expected this weekend.

As has been the case much of this winter, there is a lack of prolonged sustained cold air in the forecast. Much of the country is expected to trend near to above average this weekend. Looking ahead into the first days of February, much of the U.S. is looking like it will be trending mild.

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