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Two Harford Sheriff’s Deputies Shot, Panera Bread Suspect killed in Abingdon

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Two Harford Sheriff's Deputies Shot, Panera Bread Suspect killed in Abingdon

Two Harford County sheriff’s deputies were shot and a suspect shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon in Abingdon, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

During a media briefing at the Boulevard at Box Hill, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said two deputies had been shot, he believes by the same person.

“We fully suspect that both deputies were shot by the same suspect,” Gahler said.

One deputy was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, the other was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He would not comment on the condition of either deputy.

“We’re not releasing any information on the officers condition at this time,” Gahler said.

Around 11:45 a.m., a deputy encountered a man in the Panera restaurant in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard. A shot was fired inside the restaurant and the suspect fled, Gahler said.

He said he was unsure of the nature of the call for the suspect, whether it was disorderly or “it was specific to him.”

Witnesses were able to provide good information on where the suspect fled, Gahler said, and a responding deputy found him at the bottom of the hill, by Box Hill South Parkway.

“A second deputy was hit by gunfire,” the sheriff said. “The suspect was shot by Harford County sheriff’s deputies and is deceased.

He said the entire incident evolved over about 15 minutes, but added the investigation is in the preliminary stages.

Other customers were in Panera, he said, and fortunately no one else was injured. Those customers were still being interviewed.

There is no danger to the community, the sheriff said.

“We are not looking at anyone else. We believe it’s an individual who’s no longer a threat to the community,” he said.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis went to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Wednesday to offer his support for the Harford sheriff’s deputies, a city police spokesman said.

“We’re just praying for the deputies and their families,” said Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. “I can’t say much more … It’s too soon. I think later this afternoon or in the morning we’ll have a clearer picture.”

Bystanders saw and heard

Panera’s corporate office released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying, “The Panera Family is heartbroken over today’s incident at our Abingdon bakery-cafe. Our thoughts and actions now are directed towards the victims and their families. This location will remain closed as we work with law enforcement to investigate.”

Cecilia Weaver, from Bel Air, a Spanish teacher at Joppatowne High School, was working on “school stuff” inside the restaurant when she heard what sounded like a shot.

Everyone ran out the front door, Weaver, who didn’t see anything herself, said.

“It is one of those things you hear about happening on the news you don’t expect it down the street – I was doing normal human things,” she said.

Lynn Faulkner, from Fallston, was in Panera with her daughter, who was taking CPR training in the area.

“We were having brunch and went into Panera” since the kids were off from school, Faulkner said.

She said they saw a guy who looked like he’s homeless, disheveled. She said he’s seen him in there before.

To her, it looked like the cop was talking to the man and then shooting started, Faulkner said.

“It’s just not what we expected,” she said as her daughter, visibly emotional, talked to a crowd of media. “We were going to do a pancake supper tonight at the church and I’m not sure what we’re going to do about that.”

Sara Collins, a manager at the nearby Ocean City Brewing Co., said the restaurant was open at the time of the shooting and lunch guests were dining there. Others took refuge in the building.

“We had people that left on foot from Panera, people that fled the scene safely that were with us,” Collins said, adding those guests stayed in the building until they were allowed to retrieve their belongings from Panera.

Ocean City Brewing Co. closed after the shooting and sent staff home. As of 1:50 p.m. the parking lot at the shopping center was still closed. Collins said the restaurant could reopen later if the parking lot becomes accessible.

“It’s not something you expect on a Wednesday afternoon,” Collins said.

Nearby Wegmans tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that the shooting did not happen inside the grocery story, and issued the following statement: “Our hearts go out to those involved in shooting on property near our Abingdon MD store.”

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Three Disney World Employees Among 17 Arrested in Florida Child Sex Sting

Three Disney World employees were among the 17 people arrested in a child sex sting operation in Florida, law enforcement officials announced on Wednesday.

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Three Disney World employees were among the 17 people arrested in a child sex sting operation in Florida, law enforcement officials announced on Wednesday.

In the operation, dubbed “Operation Child Protector,” undercover officers posed as 13- and 14-year-old children on social media and online dating apps between July 27 and Aug. 1.

The undercovers made contact with each of the suspects before proposing they meet at a location in Polk County, where they were busted.

In total, the arrests led to 49 felony and two misdemeanor charges. Those arrested were aged 26 to 47. All were from Central Florida except for one 33-year-old man from California.

“What you see on this board … are deviants. Incredible deviants,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference on Tuesday, motioning to photos of the alleged pervs. “They travel from as far away as Clewiston, Florida. One even came from Los Angeles.”

“Much to their chagrin, instead of meeting with young children, they were met by law enforcement officers who were online undercover posing as children.”

Kenneth Javier Aquino, 26, a lifeguard at Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World, was arrested while still wearing his Disney polo shirt and swimsuit, according to the sheriff’s office.

Aquino engaged in an online conversation on social media with an officer, posing as a 13-year-old girl, authorities said. He then asked the “girl” to send photos, and sent her an explicit video of himself, police said.

Aquino told officers he is a Navy veteran and has a pregnant girlfriend.

Jonathan McGrew, a 34-year-old custodian at Disney World, was nabbed by an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.

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McGrew allegedly told the “girl” that he wanted her to come over and have sex with him and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Savannah Lawrence, who also works as a custodian at tourist mecca.

McGrew sent her explicit videos of him and Lawrence performing sexual acts on each other, authorities said.

A rep for Disney World didn’t immediately return a message.

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China Reports First Human Death from Monkey B Virus

China has reported the first human infection and death in the country caused by a rare infectious disease found in primates known as the Monkey B virus.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a 53-year-old veterinary surgeon who worked in a research institute specializing in nonhuman primate breeding in Beijing dissected two monkeys in March and became ill about a month later.

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China Reports First Human Death from Monkey B Virus

China has reported the first human infection and death in the country caused by a rare infectious disease found in primates known as the Monkey B virus.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a 53-year-old veterinary surgeon who worked in a research institute specializing in nonhuman primate breeding in Beijing dissected two monkeys in March and became ill about a month later.

He began experiencing nausea, vomiting, fever and neurological issues, and died in May.

Blood and saliva samples were tested and researchers in April found evidence of the Monkey B virus, also known as the herpes B virus.

Researchers said a male doctor and female nurse who were in close contact with the victim tested negative for the virus.

The Monkey B virus is prevalent among macaque monkeys but infection among humans is extremely rare. Since the virus was identified in 1932, just 50 cases have been reported, with the majority of those in North America. Untreated B virus infections in humans are serious, however, with a fatality rate of about 80 percent.

Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and progress to more serious complications such as swelling of the brain and spinal cord.

Laboratory workers and veterinarians in close contact with the animals are most at risk as people typically get infected with the virus if they are bitten or scratched by an infected macaque, or have contact with the monkey’s eyes, nose or mouth.

But the virus is unlikely to mutate in a way that poses a problem to the general population. Just one case of human-to-human transmission of the virus has ever been documented.

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U.S. Remembers 9/11 Terrorist Attacks as The Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign, drawing both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden to pay respects at the same memorial without crossing paths.

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Americans are commemorating 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign, drawing both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden to pay respects at the same memorial without crossing paths.

In New York, a dispute over coronavirus-safety precautions is leading to split-screen remembrances Friday, one at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner. The Pentagon’s observance will be so restricted that not even victims’ families can attend, though small groups can visit the memorial there later in the day.

Trump and Biden are both headed — at different times — to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Trump is speaking at the morning ceremony, the White House said. Biden plans to pay respects there in the afternoon after attending the observance at the 9/11 memorial in New York.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is also due at ground zero — and then at the alternate ceremony a few blocks away.

In short, the anniversary of 9/11 is a complicated occasion in a maelstrom of a year, as the U.S. grapples with a health crisis, searches its soul over racial injustice and prepares to choose a leader to chart a path forward.

Still, 9/11 families say it’s important for the nation to pause and remember the hijacked-plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the trade center, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001, shaping American policy, perceptions of safety and daily life in places from airports to office buildings.

“I know that the heart of America beats on 9/11 and, of course, thinks about that tragic day. I don’t think that people forget,” says Anthoula Katsimatides, who lost her brother John and is now on the board of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum.

Friday will mark Trump’s second time observing the 9/11 anniversary at the Flight 93 memorial, where he made remarks in 2018. Biden spoke at the memorial’s dedication in 2011, when he was vice president.

The ground zero ceremony in New York has a longstanding custom of not allowing politicians to speak, though they can attend. Biden did so as vice president in 2010, and Trump as a candidate in 2016.

Though the candidates will be focused on the commemorations, the political significance of their focus on Shanksville is hard to ignore: Pennsylvania is a must-win state for both. Trump won it by less than a percentage point in 2016.

Around the country, some communities have canceled 9/11 commemorations because of the pandemic, while others are going ahead, sometimes with modifications.

The New York memorial is changing one of its ceremony’s central traditions: having relatives read the names of the dead, often adding poignant tributes.

Thousands of family members are still invited. But they’ll hear a recording of the names from speakers spread around the vast plaza, a plan that memorial leaders felt would avoid close contact at a stage but still allow families to remember their loved ones at the place where they died.

But some victims’ relatives felt the change robbed the observance of its emotional impact. A different 9/11-related group, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, set up its own, simultaneous ceremony a few blocks away, saying there’s no reason that people can’t recite names while keeping a safe distance.

The two organizations also tussled over the Tribute in Light, a pair of powerful beams that shine into the night sky near the trade center and evoke its fallen twin towers. The 9/11 memorial initially canceled the display, citing virus-safety concerns for the installation crew. After the Tunnel to Towers Foundation vowed to put up the lights instead, the memorial changed course with help from its chairman, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Tunnel to Towers, meanwhile, arranged to display single beams for the first time at the Shanksville memorial and the Pentagon.

Over the years, the anniversary also has become a day for volunteering. Because of the pandemic, the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance organization is encouraging people this year to make donations or take other actions that can be accomplished at home.

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