Gas tanker crash on I-95 blocks lanes, affects Tri-Rail

A crash involving a gas tanker has closed several lanes of Interstate 95 and forced the closure of the Tri-Rail.

The crash happened after 2 a.m. Friday morning and, at first, shut down all southbound lanes of I-95. Traffic was being detoured off Hallandale Beach Boulevard to avoid the crash near Ives Dairy Road.

As crews worked to clean up the gas leak, it began affecting the Tri-Rail, which has tracks near the crash scene.

No trains are moving between the Golden Glades and Hollywood stations. Commuters are urged to find another way to get around.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in the crash. Stay with Local 10 and

Austin bomber showed no remorse in confession video, lawmaker says

The Austin bomber showed no remorse in a 25-minute “matter-of-fact” confession video that he recorded hours before he blew himself up, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said.

Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, planted a series of explosive devices in the state capital, killing two people and terrorizing the city for 19 days this month. On Wednesday, he ended his deadly spree after he detonated one of his homemade devices inside his SUV.

Since then, more details have emerged about the bomber, the type of bombs he used and how he was finally cornered.

The bomber’s mistake

A security camera at a FedEx store south of Austin caught Conditt’s red SUV on video, McCaul said.

The bomber went to the store on Sunday and made the mistake of parking within view of a surveillance camera that captured the vehicle’s license plates, the congressman said.

Surveillance photos from the mail delivery office in Sunset Valley showed Conditt wearing a baseball cap, blond wig and pink gloves as he brought two packages to the store.

Investigators used cellphone technology to track down Conditt on Wednesday and to confirm that he had been to all of the bombing locations, McCaul said.

Conditt had a list of addresses, McCaul confirmed, but it’s unclear whether they were potential targets. Law enforcement has cleared those sites, he said.

Austin’s weeks of ‘collective fear’

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said the city’s “collective fear and anxiety” was growing as the bomber carried the string of bombings.

“There was feeling that there was not much that we could do. There was a collective helplessness,” Adler said Thursday at a City Council meeting.

“Our community was beginning to fray,” he added.

Austin police is asking the public to “remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.” Some have been breathing a sigh of relief since Conditt’s death; others are still shaken up.

Narcisa Velasco had rushed to help a friend, a 75-year-old woman who was severely injured on March 12 after picking up a package in front of a southeast Austin home.

The sight of her blood and wounds, and the chaotic scene of nails, batteries and other debris from the bomb is haunting Velasco and her family members, some of whom also witnessed the aftermath of the explosion.

“We are sleeping with all the lights on,” she said.

The victims

The lives of Anthony Stephan House and Draylen Mason were cut short when explosive packages arrived on their doorsteps in Austin, Texas.

The first blast on March 2 killed House, a 39-year-old father who worked as a project manager for Texas Quarries.

On March 12, Mason was killed when he brought a package indoors to open it and it exploded, police said. The 17-year-old high school student played bass in a youth orchestra, and was taking college classes.

Both men were African-American. Among the injured were an African-American woman and one Hispanic woman.

Prior to Conditt’s death, authorities believed the bombings could be racially motivated. But police said Wednesday that Conditt did not mention anything in his video confession about terror or hate.

“I know everybody is interested in a motive and understanding why. And we’re never going to be able to put a (rationale) behind these acts.”

In a statement, Mason’s family thanked law enforcement saying they felt that Mason has “received justice.”

“The most recent chain of events have brought some sense of closure that our beloved has received justice, and we are prayerful that we can now start to move forward with our lives,” the statement obtained by CNN affiliate KEYE states.

Search of bomber’s house

Federal agents searched Conditt’s home in Pflugerville for almost two days, cautiously removing explosive materials and looking for clues that could point to a reason for the bombings.

Investigators found components for making similar bombs to the ones that exploded in the past few weeks, but no finished bombs were spotted, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The devices that exploded in Austin and near San Antonio were pipe bombs with batteries and smokeless powder and were constructed with materials found in a hardware or sporting goods store, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

The bombs had distinctive shrapnel inside. Some had “mousetrap” switches and others had “clothespin” switches, the source said.

Two of Conditt’s roommates were detained and questioned by police. One of them was released hours after Conditt’s death, but the other wasn’t free to go until Thursday afternoon, police said.

They were not arrested, and neither roommate was publicly identified.

Car bursts into flames on US Air Force base

An unauthorized vehicle drove onto Travis Air Force Base in northern California, crashed and erupted into flames, killing the driver, authorities said.

There were no other fatalities in the security breach Wednesday night, the base said in a statement. It did not identify the driver but said the car “gained unauthorized access” through the main gate.

“Travis AFB security forces immediately responded,” the statement said. “Additionally, the base’s explosive ordnance disposal team, office of special investigations and other responders were on scene.”

It’s unclear whether the crash was deliberate. The Air Force and the FBI are investigating.

“The investigation is ongoing and there are no current known threats to the base or community,” the base said. ” The main gate has reopened and all other facilities are operating as normal.”

Travis Air Force Base is home to thousands of military personnel and civilians, and a major hub for logistics and military cargo in the Pacific.

“The safety and welfare of our airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,” said Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. “I am extremely proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the surrounding area out of harm’s way.”

Maryland school shooting victim to be taken off life support, family says

The 16-year-old girl who was shot by an armed student at Great Mills High School in Maryland will be taken off life support, her family said.

Melissa Willey, the mother of Jaelynn Willey, made the announcement at a news conference Thursday night.

Jaelynn was one of two students shot by Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, on Tuesday in a hallway just before school began, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The other victim, a 14-year-old male student, was shot in the leg and discharged from the hospital the next day.

A YouCaring page for Willey’s hospital costs, which has already raised $68,000, said she has been in critical condition since the shooting.

“Jaelynn loves the snow. I wish that she had been home today to sled with her little siblings,” the page said. “Instead it’s been 36 hours of being in critical condition after she was shot at her high school, a place that should be safe.”

Timothy Cormier, her uncle, told CNN the family was devastated by her injury.

“Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school. The second oldest of 9 children, Jaelynn is not only a role model to her siblings, but also a dedicated student and member of her school’s swim team.

“She also selflessly helps take care of her brothers and sisters each and every day, whether at home, or at the beach, one of her favorite places to be. It is hard for us not to see her shining, smiling face right now, and to see her light up the room with her presence,” Cormier said.

“She’s the most thoughtful caring person in this world. She has a heart full of love that can’t be met by anyone else. Her beautiful smile lights up any room she walks into,” Cormier added in a Facebook post.

Police said Rollins, the shooter, had a “prior relationship which recently ended” with Jaelynn and that the shooting was not a random act of violence. The handgun used in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father, police said.

Less than a minute after Rollins shot two students, school resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded and confronted him. Gaskill fired one shot at Rollins, and Rollins fired at the same time.

Rollins was severely injured in the exchange and was later declared dead, police said. Gaskill was uninjured.

Officials praised Gaskill’s quick response to the shooting.

“He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

Idaho senator holds up bill over political rivalry with deceased governor

As Congress raced toward another spending deadline, most were watching Sen. Rand Paul’s objections to a proposed spending plan. But another Republican was creating more headaches for GOP leaders: Sen. James Risch of Idaho.

While the government spending bill eventually passed in the early hours of Friday morning, the drama started Thursday afternoon, when Risch approached Senate Republican leadership visibly angered about a provision in the spending bill — the re-naming of White Clouds Wilderness preserve in Idaho.

The spending bill, which many consider the last major piece of legislation of the year and included plenty of legislation beyond funding the government, had a provision from Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson re-naming the preserve the “Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness” preserve, after the former Democratic Idaho governor and Interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter.

As to what, in an old political rivalry, could’ve led to such a visceral response by Risch, aides in both parties were still trying to figure out what had occurred. At one point, a 2008 profile of Risch’s political rise began circulating that recounted Risch’s time as the majority leader in the Idaho state senate when Andrus, who died last year, was governor. The Idaho Statesman profile noted Risch “clashed with Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, particularly over education funding in the 1980s.”

CNN has reached out to Risch’s office for comment and has not yet received a response. When approached by reporters on Capitol Hill, Risch repeatedly refused to respond to questions about holding up the vote.

Risch wasn’t just serious about his problems with the name, he was willing to object to any vote on the bill in the near term, the sources said.

As the night moved on, aides began scrambling to find a path forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and senior Republican staff was dealing almost entirely with Risch’s issue, trying to figure out a path forward, despite the widespread attention to Paul’s issue.

At around 10:30 p.m. ET, as this drama was playing out on the floor, Risch and McConnell stood in front of each other talking sternly. Risch’s arms motioned up and down and he could be heard from the press gallery telling the leader, “I’m not going to consent to do anything.” McConnell spent time putting out this fire meaning he was unable to watch his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play in the Sweet 16.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, went from group to group of senators, showing them a picture of Andrus from a Wikipedia page on her iPhone and talking about the issue.

There were meetings with staff and the senator in the cloakroom, just off the Senate floor. That led to a meeting in Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s office. Finally, a phone call to House Speaker Paul Ryan to lay out exactly how to get the name changed or removed. The solution, which was quietly and quickly approved on the Senate floor by unanimous consent, was in the form of an enrollment correction to the omnibus, which the House will consider at a later date. Within just a few minutes, Risch acquiesced and agreed to move ahead with a change to the omnibus.

Earlier Thursday, Cecil Andrus’ daughter, Tracy, praised the effort to add the governor’s name to the wilderness area.

“Dad viewed the White Clouds as one of Idaho’s crown jewels,” Tracy Andrus told the Idaho Statesman. “To receive this, he would have been honored and humbled.”

The Andrus family, she added, will be “eternally grateful to Rep. Simpson for making this happen.”

In the end, despite the technical correction effort, Risch was given no assurance the House would considers the change. In fact, aides said the chamber almost certainty won’t. The preserve will now be named for Cecil Andrus.

While the spending bill eventually passed Friday morning, Risch was among the Republican senators who voted “no.”

Young family loses irreplaceable treasures after burglary

Family pictures, umbilical cords, a baby tooth were among the many priceless treasures a young family in Hallandale Beach lost this week during a burglary.  

The thieves also took the children’s tablets and their lap tops. Emily Fuentes said she felt like the burglars had been watching their routine before they destroyed their home. 

“They took a music box that my mom gave to me,” Fuentes said.  

Fuentes said she and her husband, Alex Fuentes, took the kids to school and went to work. When her husband went home for lunch, he found the havoc. The burglars searched all over the house. They also took a hard drive with videos of their children. 

“You know it’s so crazy because we were just talking about it not too long ago me and Alex and we were talking about how we couldn’t wait until they grow older so we could show them these videos and now like we’re never going to have that chance cause we don’t have that anymore,” Fuentes said. 

Fuentes said they are scared and are trying to find another place to live. In the mean time, they are staying at a relatives’ home.

Worldwide ‘Never Again’ movement prepares for March for Our Lives

They can’t buy a beer or rent a car and most aren’t even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million people ex…

Leave it to Layron helps homeowners in Hammocks, Liberty City

This year’s Spring Break turn-up was all about cleaning-up for one group of University of West Florida students, and senior Terry Gross was ready to work. 

The Miami South Ridge graduate was among nearly two dozen students with UWF’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries who spread good will everywhere they went. From picking up garbage on the beach to cleaning up brush and debris from the backyard of a home, they did it all with a smile.

“Give back, show love,” Gross said. “The world is full of hate. We have to show love.”

Tony Olesky, a campus minister who heads up effort ,said he has led many Spring Break mission trips with motivated volunteers like Gross for several years. Most recently, Olesky allowed the volunteers to work with the Fine Design Builders and Local 10 News’ Leave It to Layron. 

“Jesus said, the greatest among you will be your servant, so we just want to implement that lifestyle and be servants,” Olesky said. 

After helping Oscar Adderly move back into his home in Miami’s Liberty City, the team was willing to move over to the Hammocks, a suburb in Miami-Dade County, but there was no need.

Residents who said they were dealing with an inept community association, and they were stuck with a pile of garbage near their Hammocks properties, and close to Gilbert Porter Elementary students, contacted Leave it to Layron.  

After the Leave it to Layron team pushed for a solution, an attorney representing the Hammocks Community Association said the trash would be cleaned up in three weeks. The Miami-Dade County’s environmental services gave the association a March 16 deadline, and threatened them with financial penalties. The job got done. 

“We are very happy,” Eloina Quiros said.  “Thank you Channel 10!”