WABC (NEW YORK) — Just hours after rapper Tekashi69, also known as 6ix9ine, was let free on a sentence of probation in criminal court, a brawl broke out at a celebration of the judgment that ended with one of the rapper’s crew shot.The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, had visited the restaurant Philippe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for a dinner with his manager, according to New York ABC station WABC. Members of Hernandez’s entourage got into an argument with the restaurant’s staff and were denied entry, according to police.“These males came back a short time later and struck one of the private security guards over the head with a chair. That security guard produced a licensed handgun, fired two times, striking one of the individuals in the torso,” NYPD Deputy Inspector Kathleen Walsh, commander of the 19th Precinct, said at an evening press conference.Hernandez left the scene at the time of the initial argument and was not present at the time of the shooting, WABC reported.The man shot by the security guard was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Video shot by WABC outside the restaurant showed the security guard being treated for a cut to his head.Manhattan’s Madison Avenue was shut down for a period of time in the area as police investigated the fracas and shooting.Hernandez was sentenced to four years probation earlier in the day on charges stemming from a previous guilty plea for using a child in a sexual performance. He was arrested in 2015, when he was 18, after he posted video on social media showing him with a nude 13-year-old girl at a party, according to The New York Times.The rapper posted a photo of him with his daughter on Instagram, where he is followed by over 14.5 million people, Friday night. He wrote in all capital letters: “GOD THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE FREE TO CELEBRATE MY DAUGHTERS 3rd BIRTHDAY.”He had posted a photo of himself in a suit just after the probation ruling was handed down and wrote, “GOD IS GOOD GOD IS… GOOD!” The post was liked 2.28 million times in less than 12 hours.Hernandez is also facing an assault charge in Houston after being arrested in July for allegedly choking a fan at a mall.The rapper’s debut album, “Day69,” released in February, peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. His singles “Gummo” and “Fefe,” which features Nicki Minaj, are both certified platinum for 1,000,000 sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Bangladeshi immigrant charged with detonating a homemade pipe bomb in a passageway between subway stations in New York City was found guilty on all charges Tuesday.Akayed Ullah, 28, was accused of detonating and attempting to detonate a bomb in a subway station near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Dec. 11, 2017.He was indicted in January for providing and attempting to prove material support to ISIS, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public transportation system and conducting a terrorist attack, among other federal charges.During the trial, jurors were shown surveillance video of Ullah leaving his home, getting onto the subway and finally getting burned when his bomb went off. Ullah was seen splayed on the ground as police officers approached with guns drawn.After the verdict was announced in Manhattan federal court, Ullah said he was upset with President Trump but the defense denied he was a supporter of the Islamic State, as prosecutors alleged.He faces up to life in prison.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement that it was fitting that Ullah’s conviction fell on election day“Ullah’s sinister purpose was to harm and terrorize as many innocent people in his path as possible, by using deadly violence to make a political statement. Ullah’s conviction by a unanimous jury of New Yorkers falls on an Election Day, which fittingly underscores the core principles of American democracy and spirit: Americans engage in the political process through votes, not violence. Today, Ullah stands convicted, he faces a potential life sentence, and his purpose failed. New York City remains a shining symbol of freedom and hope,” the statement said.Ullah only seriously injured himself when his homemade bomb exploded in a passageway crowded with morning commuters. The defense said Ullah only intended to kill himself, though prosecutors accused him of a “lone wolf” terror attack on behalf of ISIS.It was a Monday at 7:20 a.m. when Ullah, who moved to the U.S. in 2010, detonated an improvised bomb only blocks away from one of New York’s largest transit hubs. Only five people suffered minor injuries, despite rush hour crowds traveling through the area.Surveillance footage showed commuters walking in the passageway when the bomb exploded, then smoke filled the screen and people scattered. In the video, Ullah appeared to fall to the ground. Police later said his arm and torso were badly injured in the blast. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The aunt of a 21-year-old man shot dead at an Alabama mall said her nephew was killed by police “for no reason at all.”Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, who was armed, was shot Thanksgiving night when another man — first believed to be Bradford — and an 18-year-old got into a physical altercation at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, according to Capt. Gregg Rector of the Hoover Police Department.Police initially said they believed Bradford pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old teenager twice in the torso before fleeing.Bradford, who was fleeing “while brandishing a handgun,” was spotted by two uniformed police officers, one of whom drew a weapon and fired on him, authorities said. Bradford was pronounced dead at the scene.On Friday, Rector said in a statement, “New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.”“They killed him for no reason at all. He wasn’t the shooter,” Bradford’s aunt, Catherine Jewell, told reporters on Saturday.Jewell said her nephew was in the Army and was home for Thanksgiving.“He was a great guy, he was very respectable,” she said. “They did him wrong.”In a statement released on Saturday evening, Bradford’s family said they were working to determined what exactly happened in the moments leading up to the fatal shooting.“Our family is completely shocked, heartbroken and devastated at the tragic death of our beloved “EJ,” the statement reads.“As we continue to grieve, rest assured, that we are working diligently with our legal team to determine exactly what happened and why this police officer killed our son. We will never forget EJ.”Demonstrators in support of Bradford gathered at the mall Saturday, holding signs like, “stop police killings.”Rector had said on Friday: “Investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation. This information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at large who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old male and 12-year-old female.”Rector on Saturday didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment from ABC News.The 18-year-old was last reported to be in serious condition and the 12-year-old, an innocent bystander, was last reported in stable condition.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has turned over the investigation to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency due to a potential conflict of interest.“We have determined that one of the witnesses is closely related to a Sheriff’s Office sworn Personnel,” said Randy Christian, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “In order to remove any perceived biases, at the request of the District Attorney, we have turned the investigation over to ALEA.”The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(RICHMOND, Ind.) — A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting at an Indiana middle school Thursday morning, police said. No other students were reported to be injured from the incident at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, the Indiana State Police said. Police said more information about the incident would be shared with reporters. Story developing…Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(ORLANDO) — A Florida fire department released audio of a frightening 911 call on Tuesday, capturing a dispatcher as she coached a caller through how to save a 1-year-old boy’s life.The scary moment happened on Christmas Day at around 3 p.m. when an Orange County woman dialed 911 after her baby fell into a pool. She said the infant slipped out of the family’s back door and walked right into the backyard pool.The audio documented the Orange County Fire Authority operator as she gave the caller step-by-step instructions on how to resuscitate the boy.The mother, with the help of a neighbor, gave the baby CPR until paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital.As of Thursday morning, the baby’s family said they’re waiting for him to transition out of the hospital’s intensive care unit. They’re hoping to bring him home by next week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
CIPhotos/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — A man linked to a cold case through DNA and genetic genealogy is now in custody, 26 years after allegedly killing a Minneapolis woman, according to local police.Jeanne Ann Childs, 35, was found dead in the bedroom of her Minneapolis apartment on June 13, 1993, according to police. Authorities declined to say how she was killed.Nearly 26 years went by without an arrest — until a man was arrested Monday in Waite Park, Minnesota, Minneapolis police said.Police believe the suspect, who has not been named, was not known to Childs.Through DNA left behind at the crime scene, genetic genealogy was used to investigate and eventually identify the suspect, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a Tuesday statement.Spokesmen for the Minneapolis police and the FBI declined to specify where DNA was left at the crime scene, how the suspect’s family tree was investigated and how his DNA was obtained.The novel investigative technique of genetic genealogy takes an unknown killer’s DNA from a crime scene and identifies the suspect through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to genealogy databases.The first major public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Since then, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than 20 other suspects.“We all hope Jeanne’s family can finally find peace as a result of this tenacious effort by officers and agents,” Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Minneapolis, said in a statement Tuesday. “This case underscores law enforcement’s ability use every tool at its disposal to crack a case.”The suspect is being held in Hennepin County Jail on probable cause of murder, pending the filing of formal charges by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, according to police.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mahoning County Sheriffs Office(BOARDMAN, Ohio) — An Ohio teenager threatened to shoot federal agents, a Planned Parenthood and a gay bar and was found at a residence that had a gun vault and around 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to police and court documents.Justin Olsen, 18, was the moderator of an online chat where he made light of mass shootings and made the threats against all federal agents, the nonprofit, and an undisclosed gay bar, according to a police report from the Boardman Police Department. After searching his father’s house in Boardman, a suburb south of Youngstown, FBI agents seized 15 rifles and 10 semi-automatic pistols, according to a criminal complaint. Investigators also observed an estimated 10,000 rounds of ammunition in one room and another 300 rounds of ammunition on the stairway leading to the second floor, according to the complaint.ABC News could not immediately confirm who owned them, or if they were legally purchased.When Olsen turned 18 in May, he boasted in a post that he couldn’t “wait to start stockpiling weapons,” according to the police report.He also wrote that he was planning on buying an AR-15 parts kit after posting a photo of it, the police report said.The case began in February, when the FBI received a complaint about Olsen in Anchorage, Alaska, and traced his computer information back to Olsen’s address.On Aug. 6, an FBI agent approached a Boardman police detective with the information and “in light of the recent mass shootings in the United States,” officials decided to arrest him. He was taken into custody the next day at his father’s residence.In the span of a week ahead of Olsen’s arrest, 34 people were killed in three recent but separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas (Aug. 3); Dayton, Ohio (Aug. 4); and Gilroy, California (July 28).Olsen, who is charged with aggravated menacing, admitted to making the threats, according to police, but said it was all a joke and for fun.He is currently being held at the Mahoning County Jail. It was not immediately clear if he had legal representation. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(CHICAGO) — A Jane Doe who suffered “barbaric brutality” and was found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield 20 years ago has now been identified, and authorities say her suspected killer is in custody.The “brutally abused body” of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson was discovered on July 21, 1999, in a cornfield in the town of Raymond, about 75 miles north of Chicago, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.The young woman was unidentified until now.Johnson had been brutalized “by many means” over a long period of time, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said at a news conference on Friday.He did not elaborate on the abuse but said, “the utter barbaric brutality inflicted on this young woman is something that none of us will ever forget.”Johnson was about 18 years old, cognitively impaired and on her own when she went searching for help at a medical clinic in McHenry, Illinois, the sheriff said. There she met Linda Laroche, a registered nurse, who recognized her disability and took her into her home, Schmaling said.Johnson, who was never listed as a missing person, lived in McHenry with Laroche for the last five years of her life, Schmaling said.“There she suffered long-term and horrific abuse at the hand of Linda Laroche,” he said.Laroche was taken into custody Tuesday in Florida for Johnson’s murder, the sheriff said. She has waived extradition and will soon be transported to Wisconsin, he said.“Year after year we plugged away at this case,” the sheriff said. As a Jane Doe, Johnson’s DNA was entered into a nationwide unidentified victims’ database, her DNA was submitted for genealogical testing, and her body was exhumed for chemical isotope testing, he said.“A number of weeks ago” information led to Johnson’s identification, the sheriff said, though he did not elaborate on what that information was.Arrangements will be made for Johnson to be laid to rest as her true identity and buried alongside her mother, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
espiegle/iStock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — A University of Michigan provost was placed on administrative leave Tuesday amid a recently launched investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The university said on Wednesday that it received several allegations of sexual misconduct against Martin Philbert last week and retained an outside law firm to investigate the claims. Philbert, who joined the school’s faculty as a toxicology professor in 1995 and was appointed provost in 2017, was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation and instructed not to report to work, the university said in a statement.“We take allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously, and our policy is clear: Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the University of Michigan community,” University President Mark Schlissel said in a letter addressed staff and students Wednesday. “The U-M Board of Regents and I are committed to a full and thorough investigation, and we will continue to work to ensure the integrity of the process, following the same policy and practices that apply to all employees at U-M.”He noted that the probe was still in its early stages and that “no findings or conclusions” had been reached. Schlissel did not offer any details about the allegations against Philbert, but he said the claims surfaced Jan. 16 to 17. He said the university has offered support services to those affected.“We thank the individuals who have come forward with these allegations. We know that reporting requires courage,” Schlissel said. “The university has offered support services and will work diligently to assist those who report in every way possible.”“We encourage any member of our community who is aware of conduct that may violate U-M’s sexual misconduct policy to notify our Office for Institutional Equity,” he added. He said he would announce Philbert’s interim replacement in the coming days. Philbert, who also serves as the school’s executive vice president of academic affairs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
iStock(NEW YORK) — While many countries around the world and cities in the U.S. are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with at least 113,000 dead worldwide. The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. More than 21,733 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 550,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive and over 2.6 million Americans have been tested for the disease. Worldwide, more than 1.8 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern:5:50 p.m.: France’s death total tops 9,000French health officials said 310 COVID-19 fatalities took place over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of virus related deaths in that country to 14,393. France is now the nation with the fourth highest coronavirus deaths, behind the U.S., Italy and Spain, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 5:40 p.m.: Turkey president rejects interior minister’s resignationTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan turned down the registration of an interior minister who apologized for creating a commotion over a coronavirus curfew, according to reports. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu “submitted his resignation to the President and our President told him that he did not find the request suitable,” Turkey’s communications ddirectorate said in a written statement to the state-run Anadolu news agency. The communications directorate noted that Soylu “has earned the gratitude of the Turkish nation,” since he took his position four years ago, according to the report. 4:11 p.m.: Turkey’s interior minister resigns after lockdown noticeSuleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, announced he would resign from his post after a short notice of a COVID-19 lockdown sent residents into crowded streets and stores. Soylu issued a 48-hour curfew on Friday for 31 provinces that went into effect hours later at midnight. Crowds “flocked to many shops and bakeries to buy last-minute goods,” Turkey’s state-run media, Anadolu, reported. Soylu apologized for causing the commotion and announced his resignation on Twitter. “In a process carried out diligently and meticulously, the responsibility for all implementation of the weekend curfew to stem the pandemic falls on me in every respect,” he tweeted. 2:55 p.m.: Two New Jersey cops die from coronavirusPolice officials from two New Jersey towns said they each lost a member of their units to COVID-19 on Sunday morning. The Patterson Police Department said Police Officer Francesco Scorpo, 34, died from complications of the disease. The nearly five-year veteran worked in the Patrol and Traffic Divisions, according to the department. Scorpo leaves behind his parents, wife Kristina, and two sons, Francisco Jr., 4, and Santino, 6 months. The Bedminster Township Police Department announced that Patrol Sgt. AlTerek Patterson passed away after losing his battle against the virus. Patterson began his service in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant three years ago. “Sergeant Patterson always had a smile on his face and touched the lives of so many residents at their time of need,” the department posted on its Facebook page. 1:04 p.m.: Spain to distribute 10 million masks to mass transit commutersThe Spanish government will be handling out 10 million masks at subways and other transportation hubs starting this week. The government is highly recommending that essential workers who can’t telecommute use a mask while traveling. The mask distribution at mass transit locations will begin either Monday or Tuesday, depending on the town’s Easter celebrations. As of Sunday, Spain has 166,019 COVID-19 cases and 16,972 deaths.12:30 p.m.: Italy cases rise to nearly 156,000The number of coronavirus cases in Italy increased by 4,092 over the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 156,363, Italian health ministers said.The increase marked a 2.7% jump in the number of cases between Saturday and Sunday, compared to the 3% rise between April 10 and April 11, according to the health data.There were 431 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country to 19,899, health officials said. The increase in deaths was a 2.2% increase from Saturday, according to the data.11:45 a.m.: NY announces another 758 deaths; Cuomo wants to reopen state ‘as soon as possible’New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another 758 deaths in the state over the last 24 hours. The state now has a total death count of 9,385.Cuomo noted that the death rate, while “at a terribly high level,” has appeared to have flattened.“You see also a flattening in the number of lives lost at a terribly high rate. But if you look back over the past several days, you see there’s a certain continuity to that number. Again, that’s the one number that I looked forward to seeing drop as soon as I open my eyes in the morning, and it has been flattening, but flattening at a terribly high level,” he said.Cuomo said the state wants to reopen “as soon as possible,” likening the constant routine of staying at home to the film “Groundhog Day.”“We want to reopen as soon as possible. Everyone does, on a societal level. Everyone does on a personal level. Let’s just end this nightmare, right?” the governor said. “Groundhog day. You get up every day, it’s the same routine. You almost lose track of what day of the week it is because they don’t even have meaning anymore. And there’s also some anxiety and stress that we’re all dealing with. So, we want to reopen as soon as possible.”Cuomo said there needs to be a well-coordinated strategy to avoid an uptick in the infection rate.“The last thing we want to see is an uptick in that infection rate and an uptick in those numbers that we worked so hard to bring down. So, we need a strategy that coordinates business and schools and transportation and workforce. What New York Pause did is it stopped everything at the same time. It was a blunt device, but it shut down everything at the same time,” he said.Cuomo also issued two executive orders: one directs employers to provide essential workers with a face covering when they are interacting with the public; the other is to expand the number of people who are eligible for the antibody test, which will show whether someone previously had the coronavirus and has since recovered.11:28 a.m.: NYC mayor sees encouraging signs of recoveryNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a more hopeful tone during his daily press conference on Sunday, reiterating that although the city is not yet in the clear, he continues to see encouraging signs that it may be on the road to recovery.“I’m thrilled to be able to tell you just when we thought it was really going to get worse, we started to see some improvement,” de Blasio said. “I’m the first one to say, let’s not over rate that improvement. Let’s not draw too many conclusions too quickly. Let’s be clear and be willing to of course not only see the good, but see hope in the good.”The Mayor announced that the city currently has enough ventilators and PPE equipment to get through the next week, a positive shift from just a few weeks ago, when officials feared that the city was on the brink of running out of essential equipment.However, de Blasio added that the city barely has enough face shields and gowns to make it through the week and officials are working to distribute certain materials where they are most urgently needed. The mayor added that although the city will likely have enough supplies to get through the week ahead, he still worries about the following weeks.“So, this week we will get through. Next week we have real challenges we must address over the next few days,” he warned.De Blasio announced that in an effort to address the immense racial disparity in the city’s coronavirus cases, the city will open five additional testing sites in order to prioritize the needs of vulnerable communities. He also called on the federal government to assist New York City in acquiring even more tests.“I will be asking the federal government today for test kits to allow for 110,000 individualized tests. That will allow us to get started with this community effort and to continue everything else that we are doing, specifically 25,000 of those individualized test kits would be focused on health for their current needs and the new sites I have just described. And we need to get these test kits in this week,” de Blasio said.De Blasio also declared that he would now require all city workers who come in contact with people while on duty to wear a face covering while on duty. The new measure will begin on Monday.10:40 p.m.: UK reports 737 deaths in last 24 hoursThe United Kingdom has recorded 737 additional coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths for the country to 10,612, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.As of Sunday morning, the U.K. has 84,279 positive test results for COVID-19.9:30 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospitalBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a London hospital on Sunday after spending the last week undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.Johnson, 55, was released from St. Thomas’ Hospital and was planning to travel to his country home, Chequers, in the London suburb of Buckinghamshire, to continue his recovery, a spokesperson said.“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work,” the prime minister’s spokesperson said. “He wishes to thank everybody at St. Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received. All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”Following his release, Johnson posted video on Twitter thanking the National Health Service for “saving my life.”Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, also thanked well-wishers on social media.“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds tweeted. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”8:45 a.m.: Trump tweets Easter video calling coronavirus the ‘plague’Calling the coronavirus “the plague,” President Donald Trump wished Christians across the America a happy Easter in a 48-second video posted on Twitter and told them to stay separated and out of churches to help in the battle against the virus.“This Easter will be much different than others because in many cases we’ll be separated physically only from our churches,” Trump said. “We won’t be sitting there next to each other which we’d like to be and soon will be again, but right now we’re keeping separation, we’re getting rid of the plague.”He ended the message by telling Americans we’re “winning the war” and we will soon be “back together in churches right next to each other.”The message is a significant departure from Trump’s prediction back on March 24 that parishioners would “pack churches” by Easter Sunday. Trump later said it was an aspiration, longing to see churches filled by Easter.The United States is close to its peak of the novel coronavirus disease, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on ABC’s This Week.“The models do show that we are very close to the peak. So I think that information is accurate,” Hahn said. “This has been a really fast-moving outbreak, so we really have to take this day by day.”President Donald Trump has pushed to reopen the country as soon as possible — at one point even suggesting Easter as a target — but medical professionals have cautioned against reopening before even the start of May, cautioning that there could be a spike in infections if restrictions are lifted too soon.While he said it’s still too early to name a date, Hahn told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, “We see light at the end of the tunnel.”On Saturday, April 11, 6,743 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 18.6% of the department’s uniformed workforce. Currently, 2,318 uniformed members and 471 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.This is a decrease of 1% from Friday evening when the NYPD said 7,096 uniformed members were out sick, which was 19.6% of the force.The Kansas Supreme Court said late Saturday night that Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order that banned religious services of more than 10 people while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing will remain in place.The Democratic governor filed the lawsuit on Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her order. Kelly sued and then immediately appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court to decide quickly with Easter Sunday services just hours away.The court held unprecedented electronic oral arguments on Saturday morning, and after listening to arguments, it said the Legislative Coordinating Council lacked the authority to overturn the governor’s executive order.“My top priority has always been the safety and well-being of all Kansans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I know this pandemic is extremely hard for everyone. Each unprecedented action I’ve been forced to make in recent weeks has been taken in close consultation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Attorney General, legislators and key stakeholders. That process will continue. Most other states, at the urging of the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have taken similar steps to protect Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19.”Puerto Rico’s governor has extended an island-wide curfew until May in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.While wearing a face mask and gloves, Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced the lockdown continuation that started on March 15 would be extended until at least May 3.The curfew orders people to stay home from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and remain there even outside those hours unless they have to buy food or medicine, go to the bank or have an emergency/health-related situation. Violators face a $5,000 fine or a six-month jail term, and police have cited and arrested hundreds. Nonessential business were closed in March.According to Puerto Rico’s health secretary, the peak in cases for the island is not expected until early May. There have been about 7,700 people tested so far with more than 780 confirmed cases. Forty-two people have died on the island from COVID-19. There is a backlog of over 1,300 tests that are pending results. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.