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Escapee from psychiatric hospital charged with kidnapping, assaulting group home worker, authorities say

Coleman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his father in 2017. Coleman had initially been charged with second-degree murder. He told authorities the shooting was an accident. He was being held at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington. His next hearing in the manslaughter case is Oct. 23.

An arrest affidavit filed in court says St. Elizabeths staff discovered Coleman missing at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The affidavit says that in his place, workers found “a decoy made of sheets, towels and blue painters tape constructed in a manner to mimic the form of a human body.”

A review of surveillance video showed Coleman leaving his room Saturday night, walking down a corridor and entering a secured room near the exit, the affidavit says. He remained there for several minutes, then left by “manipulating the door,” the affidavit says. The court documents do not elaborate on how

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7 people shot at Milwaukee funeral home during service for homicide victim, authorities say

Seven people were wounded in a shooting at a funeral service for a homicide victim in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.



a group of people sitting at night: Police tape blocks the intersection as NYPD Officers investigate the scene on East 213th Street where a child was struck by a vehicle that left the scene on Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)


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Police tape blocks the intersection as NYPD Officers investigate the scene on East 213th Street where a child was struck by a vehicle that left the scene on Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Brunson said the victims were in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The wounded included three women and four men, and they ranged in age from 20 to 48, according to the police.

About 100 mourners had gathered before gunfire erupted from a car that pulled up to the Serenity Funeral Home, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The Milwaukee Police Department said cops responded to the hail of bullets around 12:45 p.m. local time. The funeral home sits on the 4200 block of

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Police officer’s home destroyed in blaze that killed family pets, authorities say

A Garfield police officer’s home was gutted in a fire Saturday night that took the lives of her cats and torched her car, according to fellow police officers.

The home on Van Winkle Avenue in Garfield went up in flames around 8 p.m. and spread to a neighboring home, video on Twitter shows. No one was injured in the fire.

Rebecca Schmidt, a four-year veteran of the department who shares the house with her parents, also lost her police uniforms, service weapons and all of her personal belongings in the fire, Garfield local PBA #46 said.

Schmidt began working as a volunteer EMT as a high school student while growing up in Garfield and went on to become a police officer, Sgt. Jeff Stewart wrote in an Instagram post. She continues to volunteer her time as with the Garfield police’s community affairs department, according to Stewart.

A police spokesman

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New York authorities found materials that could be used to make explosives in a Queens home following a fire

Materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home after a fire was reported in part of the house Tuesday, authorities said.



a truck that is driving down the street: Authorities are investigating after materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home.


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Authorities are investigating after materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home.

The property’s landlord found items that raised concern after the fire in the downstairs portion of the residence was extinguished, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the New York Police Department said.

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Investigators discovered books on military explosives and boobytraps in the home, as well as chemicals and some written material, Miller said.

The individual who lives in the residence was described as “distraught” and was taken to a local hospital for observation, Miller said. He could face charges.

“Right now he is a patient in a hospital as an emotionally disturbed person,” Miller said. “While we continue this investigation,

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Former administrator at Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham stole $230K from resident to pay for family vacations and other expenses, authorities say

A former administrator at a Massachusetts nursing home was accused this week of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly resident and using the money to pay for family vacations, home repairs and other expenses, authorities said.

Christina Polcari, the former admissions director at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham, was charged in connection with the scheme to steal $230,000 from the resident, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday.

Authorities claimed that from August 2018 to May 2019, Polcari spent the resident’s funds on personal expenses, including repairs to her home, restaurants, cash withdrawals and vacations for her and her family.

She is accused of using a forged signature for various promissory notes, letter and checks to cover up the theft, Healey’s office said in a statement.

The nursing home administrator left her position in May 2019 when officials at the facility found out about

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