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FBI, Authorities Search For ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Suspect After Credible Threat To Columbine Area Schools



JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Several Jefferson County schools, including Columbine High School, were placed on lockout Tuesday afternoon because of what the sheriff’s office said “appears to be a credible threat.” The FBI and other authorities are looking for an 18-year-old woman who is believed to be connected to the lockouts and who is considered armed and dangerous, according to the FBI.

A Jeffco Public Schools spokesperson said several schools in the Columbine and mountain areas of the district were on lockout at 1 p.m. but said “everyone is safe.” The spokesperson, Diana Wilson, said business was operating as usual within the schools but no one was allowed inside or outside.

“It is our understanding they are searching for a suspicious person,” Wilson said.

The FBI alerted Jefferson County authorities to the threat around 11 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

The FBI and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are looking for 18-year-old Sol Pais in connection to the threats. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Pais traveled to Colorado Monday night and made threats. They said she is described as 5-foot-5 inches tall, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots and was last seen in the Jefferson County foothills.

Authorities say she should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 303-630-6227.

Jeffco Schools placed on lockdown include Bergens, Blue Heron Elementary, Columbine High School, Conifer High School, Dutch Creek, Elk Creek Elementary, Evergreen High School, Governor’s Rranch, Ken Caryl Middle School, Leawood Elementary, Marshdale, Mt. Evans, Normandy, Parmalee, Ralston, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, West Jefferson Elementary, West Jefferson Middle School, Wilmot, WIndy Peak and Woodrow Wilson West.

A Denver7 photojournalist at the scene at Columbine saiddeputies were at the scene and all entrances to the school were blocked as of 2 p.m.

Jeffco Public Schools said at 2:30 p.m. that all students would be released normally and buses would be running on a normal schedule. The district said all students and staff were safe and that extra safety and security staff would be on site at the affected schools.

All after-school activities, sports and practices will occur as normal except for at Columbine High School, where after-school activities are canceled.

“Thank you for your patience as we worked through this safety issue,” the district tweeted.

Columbine High School students were released at 2:45 p.m. — their normal release time.

Jenny Fulton, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the FBI requested the sheriff’s office assistance with ensuring the safety of the schools. The FBI is leading the investigation in Jefferson County, Fulton said.

At 2:48 p.m. the Colorado Department of Education tweeted : “Due to a credible threat to schools by an individual identified by the FBI, the Department of Public Safety recommends all schools in the Denver metro area conduct a lockout and controlled release immediately. More info to come.”

A “BOLO” sent out by Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force says that Pais is “infatuated with Columbine school shooting” and was “attempting to buy firearms.”

The Aurora Police Department said it was “taking this threat seriously” and that it was working with Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools.

“The threat being investigated is to schools in general, and we are working together across the metro area to gather more information,” Aurora police tweeted. “We will keep everyone updated as soon as we can, in the meatime [sic] in Aurora we are increasing police presence at our schools.”

Aurora police said just after 2:30 p.m. they were still investigating the general school threats and that people will see extra officers at schools in Aurora during the investigation.

“We are in close communication with @AuroraPD regarding the non-specific threat,” Cherry Creek Schools tweeted . “They have not requested that we place any schools in secure perimeter. We have placed additional security officers throughout the district out of an abundance of caution.”

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary since the shooting tragedy at Columbine High School.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

(Reporting by The Denver Channel/Denver 7)

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Helicopter Crashes Into Manhattan Skyscraper, Kills Sole Person On Board




The Fire Department said it was deploying over 100 emergency workers to the scene in Midtown Manhattan. Credit:James Estrin/The New York Times

A helicopter crashed onto the rooftop of a 51-story building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon and burst into flames.

Only one person was aboard the aircraft when it crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street at 1:43 p.m, city officials said. That person was reported to have been killed, according to two city officials.

A police official characterized the incident as a “hard landing.’’

The Fire Department said it was deploying over 100 emergency workers to the scene.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who was at the scene, said there was no indication of terrorism. He said the helicopter seemed to have made an emergency landing.

Mr. Cuomo acknowledged that the initial reports of the accident unsettled New Yorkers. “If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of P.T.S.D., right, from 9/11,’’ Mr. Cuomo said. “I remember that morning all too well.”

Andrew Heath, 37, was working on the fifth floor of the building where the helicopter crashed.

“We heard an explosion — it sounded like a manhole cover had exploded,’’ he said. “I heard and felt it. It was like a thud. I was wondering if a really heavy truck was driving by, but it was a little too much.’’

The site of the accident, the AXA Equitable Center, is an office tower that is more than 750-feet tall. It was built in 1985.

(Reporting by New York Times)

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One Killed In Vehicle Accident, Injuring Over A Dozen Cadets Near U.S. Military Academy




(Reuters) – At least two people were killed on Thursday morning in a vehicle accident involving more than a dozen cadets near the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, CBS News reported, citing unnamed sources.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of Camp Natural Bridge, a summer training site for cadets, the academy said on Twitter.

The report did not identify the dead or say if they were West Point cadets.

Representatives for the military academy could not be immediately reached for further comment.

At least 20 cadets were involved in the crash, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) and at least one was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, NBC News reported.

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Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open, Judge Rules




ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has issued an order allowing Missouri’s only abortion clinic to continue providing the service.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled Friday, just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic’s license to perform abortions was set to expire. He issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the license to lapse.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had declined to renew the license. It cited concerns with “failed abortions,” compromised patient safety and legal violations at the clinic. Agency officials also wanted to interview additional physicians at the clinic.

Planned Parenthood officials had said that if the license lapsed, Missouri would become the first state without an abortion clinic since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

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