Police: Man drove girlfriend across US, killed her and impersonated her on social media

By Amir Vera | CNN

A Pennsylvania man admitted to taking his girlfriend from Pennsylvania to Nevada under the guise of a vacation and then killing her, according to an Allegheny County criminal complaint filed Friday. Police say he then impersonated her through text and social media for roughly two months.

John Chapman, 39, faces charges of kidnapping, obstructing administration of law and criminal use of a communication facility in Pennsylvania, according to the complaint.

Whether Chapman will be charged with murder is up to Nevada, as Pennsylvania lacks jurisdiction, said Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Timothy O’Connor.

Chapman is being held at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania and was denied bail. A preliminary hearing is set for November 21.

CNN has not been able to identify an attorney for Chapman and calls to his family were unanswered Monday.

Chapman told his girlfriend the trip was a vacation

Chapman told police the incident began in September, according to the complaint. He convinced his girlfriend Jamie Feden, 33, to drive with him from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas under the guise of a vacation and the potential to move there together, the complaint said. They arrived in Vegas around September 23.

Chapman told police the incident began in September, according to the complaint. He convinced his girlfriend Jamie Feden, 33, to drive with him from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas under the guise of a vacation and the potential to move there together, the complaint said. They arrived in Vegas around September 23. (Bethel Park Police)

Feden has VATER syndrome, according to police. This refers to several birth defects that often occur in conjunction with one another and impact the vertebrae and other parts of the body, according to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. The criminal complaint says the condition limited Feden’s mental capacity.

On September 25, Chapman convinced Feden to drive …read more

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California woman is 59th to die from 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting

Kim Gervais, a 57-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, has become the 59th victim of the nation’s worst mass shooting, the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, according to the San Bernardino County coroner.

Gervais, who was shot in the back and suffered spinal injuries in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting, died Friday, Nov. 15, after being brought to Redlands Community Hospital, the coroner division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported in a news release. Gervais was declared dead at 4:51 p.m., the coroner reported.

The Associated Press also reported that Gervais has died, citing KPTV in Oregon, which quoted Gervais’ sister, Dena Sarvela of Vancouver, Washington.

Kim Gervais is seen in a 2017 photo on her GoFundMe page while in rehabilitation at Loma Linda University Health. Gervais was shot in the back during the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas and left a quadriplegic, with no feeling in her legs and limited use of her arms. Gervais has died. (Courtesy photo)

The San Bernardino County coroner’s news release stated that the division planned an autopsy.

Before Gervais was taken to the hospital, the coroner’s office said she was being cared for at a nursing facility in Redlands.

Gervais went to the outdoor country music concert with two friends. One of them, Menifee resident Pati Mestas, was killed during the mass shooting. The three friends were among more than 20,000 concertgoers from throughout the country who attended.

Gervais was one of more than 160 people who were struck by bullets.

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Maryland high school teacher arrested after fighting with student

By Carma Hassan and Dakin Andone | CNN

A Maryland high school teacher is facing assault charges following a fight with a 17-year-old student that was caught on camera, according to court documents.

The altercation, which happened at Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was “very, very disturbing,” Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference Friday.

Before the alleged assault, there was “physical contact” between the teacher and the student, he said.

“The teacher then engages in a physical assault of that student,” Stawinski said. “The nature of that assault was extraordinarily violent, and that conduct is criminal in nature.”

The teacher was arrested Friday, Stawinski said.

Video footage obtained by CNN affiliate WJLA appears to show the student bump into the teacher before the teacher repeatedly hits the student and kicks her. Other students get involved and pull the two apart.

“I am extremely disappointed by the horrific actions that took place in our classroom today,” said Monica Goldson, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“It’s important to know that we have set high expectations and standards for our staff and students,” Goldson said, “and what you saw on that video does not represent the hard work that over 10,000 teachers do every single day.”

Neither the student nor the teacher needed medical attention, according to police. At least 30 students and 8 administrators are part of the investigation, Stawinski said.

The teacher was identified by police Saturday as 36-year-old Vivian Noirie. She faces charges of physical child abuse and second-degree assault.

CNN was unable to immediately reach Noirie for comment Sunday or determine whether she had legal representation.

Detectives are pursuing charges against the student in the juvenile court system, police said in the statement Saturday.

The student, who is in Noirie’s Spanish class, told a detective that she wanted to talk to Noirie about an email …read more

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Hong Kong protesters’ daring motorbike escape under police fire

HONG KONG, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Dozens of protesters escaped from Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday on the back of motorbikes as police fired projectiles at them.

After sliding down a plastic hose from a pedestrian bridge they had been occupying on the university campus, the black-clad protesters were seen clambering onto waiting motorbikes and being driven away by supporters.

The protesters had to lower themselves about 30 feet onto the roadway below amid a hail of projectiles fired by police. Some of the motorcycles were waiting for them, while others sped to the scene.

Not everyone seems to have got away: A Reuters reporter later saw some of the motorbikes abandoned on the road, and a number of protesters appeared to have been arrested.

Many other protesters remained on the campus, which has been cordoned off by police using rubber bullets and tear gas to prevent them escaping and stop other protesters armed with Molotov cocktails breaking through the cordon to rescue them.

The past week has witnessed the most intense violence in five months of anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

Demonstrators are angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in Hong Kong’s promised freedoms when the then British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. They say they are responding to excessive use of force by police.

China says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” formula granting Hong Kong autonomy. The city’s police deny accusations of brutality and say they show restraint.

(Reporting by James Pomfret, Writing by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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