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Police in Maryland say they’ve captured an elusive unicorn, since unmasked as a man suspected of robbing a convenience store last week.

News outlets report that Baltimore County police say 28-year-old Jacob William Rogge donned a pink-and-white unicorn costume and smashed a High’s Dairy Store register with a crowbar Saturday. Police say 27-year-old Joseph Philip Svezzese drove Rogge, who fled with cash and cigarettes.

The pair’s car crossed into oncoming traffic, crashed into mailboxes, a utility pole, shrubbery and a boulder, which sent the car back across the road until it hit a tree. Both men were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Svezzese was treated and released, but Rogge remains hospitalized in serious condition. Court records didn’t list lawyers.

Police say the unicorn costume was discarded and later found in bushes.

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Iowa police say a 2-year-old boy died after a man sat on the child for allegedly taking his cellphone.

Pottawattamie County court records say 31-year-old Larry Murphy is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He’s jailed on more than $1 million bail.

Murphy’s attorney didn’t return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Police allege the boy’s mother says Murphy was staying with her and her sons at a Council Bluffs motel when he became angry at the 2-year-old for taking his cellphone. She says he sat on the boy for around 20 seconds on a motel bed.

Police say Murphy is 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weighs 160 pounds (72.6 kilograms).

The boy became unresponsive. Investigators say he was pronounced dead at a hospital where a doctor noticed signs of asphyxiation.

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The man accused in the brazen murder of the Gambino crime family’s alleged boss reportedly once attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali, who was shot dead earlier this month in front of his Staten Island home. Cali was believed by authorities to be leading one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations in the country.

REPUTED GAMBINO CRIME BOSS’ SUSPECTED KILLER FLASHES ‘MAGA,’ OTHER SLOGANS ON HAND

Comello reportedly told investigators he was high on marijuana during the shooting and claimed he shot the mob boss – 10 times, according to the police – because he feared for his life, though other reports suggest Comello’s alleged motive may have had something to do with the mafia boss barring his niece from dating Comello.

But just a few months ago, Comello wasn’t being accused of shooting alleged bad guys, instead, he was trying to arrest the top authority in New York City — Mayor de Blasio.

Comello showed up outside city halls to protest the de Blasio’s reign and tried to make a citizen’s arrest of him, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

Police told the newspaper that the incident was just one example of Comello’s odd behavior and stunts he took part in.

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During a court appearance on Monday, the suspect wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including “MAGA Forever,” an abbreviation of President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” He also had “United We Stand MAGA” written on his hand.

Cali ascended to the top spot in the Gambino family sometime around 2015, though he was never charged with a crime while leading the group.

Officials haven’t said the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source told the New York Post.

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“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official told the Post. “Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’”

Fox News’ Frank Miles and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):

9:10 a.m.

Relatives of Antwon Rose say they are "seeking the justice they so deserve" as a white police officer goes on trial in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager.

A statement released Tuesday by family attorney Fred Rabner says Michael Rosfeld was "hair-triggered" and "overly aggressive" when he killed the 17-year-old high school student during a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh last year.

Rosfeld is charged with homicide. His lawyers have said he thought someone in the unlicensed taxicab that Rose was riding in had pulled a gun on him.

Rabner represents the family in a wrongful death suit against Rosfeld, the borough and its mayor and police chief.

The family statement says Rosfeld’s service weapon "left an irreparable hole in their collective souls."

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1:30 a.m.

A white Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last year is headed to trial in a case that could put him behind bars for life.

Lawyers for 30-year-old former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld are expected to argue that the June shooting of Antwon Rose II was justified.

The trial starts Tuesday morning and is expected to last about a week.

Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide for shooting 17-year-old Rose in the face, elbow and back.

Authorities have said Rose had an empty ammunition clip in his pants when he was killed but not a weapon.

Police say Rosfeld made conflicting statements, including that he saw something in Rose’s hand that Rosfeld thought was a gun.

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Officials say fellow passengers restrained a woman after she allegedly tried to open an exit aboard a flight from Indianapolis to Detroit.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport spokeswoman Erica Donerson says the woman may have been suffering from a medical issue. Donerson says the woman was restrained until the plane safely landed about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The woman was taken into custody by Wayne County Airport Authority police, but Donerson says a preliminary investigation suggests the woman didn’t have criminal intent. Donerson says the FBI is investigating.

The incident occurred shortly after takeoff aboard Delta flight 5972. The flight was operated by Republic Airline.

Republic spokesman Jon Austin says the flight arrived ahead of schedule and that the airline is apologizing to affected passengers.

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A Florida man accused of killing his teenage daughter and niece will be extradited to Virginia from New York, where he’s been in custody since December.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a New York City judge on Monday ordered 39-year-old Abdool Zaman to be turned over to Henrico County authorities. A deputy commonwealth’s attorney in Henrico, Matt Ackley, confirmed the extradition was granted Monday.

Zaman is charged with second-degree murder in the Virginia deaths of Vanessa Zaman and her cousin Leona Samlall. The 18-year-olds were fatally shot on Dec. 13 and Zaman was arrested days later in Queens, New York.

Zaman is scheduled to be picked up from New York on March 28. It’s unclear when he’ll appear in court in Virginia.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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A truck-driving preacher accused of killing two teenage girls from Alabama nearly 20 years ago was found with the same genealogy database techniques used to apprehend the suspected "Golden State Killer" last year.

Law enforcement interest in using genetic genealogy to crack cold cases has ballooned since the high-profile arrest of a suspect in the California serial killings, who was found by running crime scene DNA through a genealogy database, said CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs. The same company did the searches in the Alabama case.

Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, both 17, disappeared after setting off for a party in southeastern Alabama on July 31, 1999. Their bodies were found the next day in the trunk of Beasley’s black Mazda along a road in Ozark, a city of 19,000 people about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Montgomery. Each had been shot in the head.

The case sat unsolved for nearly two decades, until the Golden State killer arrest .

Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker, who said he always believed the case could be solved, said "let’s try that."

Police arrested Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan, on Friday after the Alabama crime scene sample was analyzed and uploaded to GEDMatch, a public genetic database repository where more than a million people have uploaded profiles from at-home ancestry kits.

"We are looking for second, third, fourth cousins and then we reverse engineer the family tree based on the people who are sharing DNA with that crime scene sample," Moore said.

The police chief said the genetic genealogy work identified a family — which means at least one of McCraney’s relatives had uploaded information — and kinship testing narrowed the potential suspects to a single person. The police chief said they obtained DNA from McCraney — he did not say how — and the state crime lab matched it to the DNA from the 1999 crime scene.

Moore said the company is now fielding calls for help in decades-old cases as interest grows in this technique. Since May, the company has helped provide law enforcement with identifications in 43 cases, she said.

She said genetic genealogy can help provide answers for families who have seen their loved one’ murders go unsolved for years. "The fact that we can finally provide those is just incredibly important," Moore said.

While investigators seeking new leads in cold cases are intrigued, others see red flags.

"There are huge privacy concerns," said Jennifer Friedman, a public defender in Los Angeles who has been involved in cases involving DNA since the late 1980s. She said there are multiple problems with tying people to crimes using family genetic information, including the fact that most people probably wouldn’t want a relative arrested based on their DNA sample.

Moore said she only uses a database where people have uploaded their information and are told it can be used this way. She said only a small fraction of the estimated 23 million people who have taken a consumer DNA ancestry test are in GEDMatch.

David Harrison, McCraney’s lawyer, said he’s an outstanding member of the community and a married man with children and grandchildren. He’s been a truck driver and had his own church where he preached as recently as three weeks ago, Harrison said.

At the press conference announcing the arrest, Carol Roberts wore a brooch over her heart with a photograph of her daughter Tracie Hawlett, showing her youthful smile frozen forever in time. She had grown to doubt the case would ever be solved as the years slipped by.

"We’ve been through pure hell the last 20 years," said Mike Roberts, Hawlett’s stepfather. "DNA don’t lie," he said.

Tracie had planned since she was a little girl to become a doctor, her mother said. She would have turned 37 this month.

In their last conversation, the night she disappeared, Tracie asked if her friend could sleep over and go to church the next day.

"Last words out of her lips were, ‘Mama, I love you.’ Last words out of my mouth to her were, ‘I love you.’"

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Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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An Alabama sheriff’s investigator says a man pretended to help search for the 11-year-old girl he’s accused of strangling.

Al.com reports a judge ruled Monday that prosecutors have probable cause in the capital murder case against 33-year-old Christopher Wayne Madison, who’s accused of killing Amberly Alexis Barnett. The Georgia child had been staying with her aunt, a neighbor of Madison’s.

The DeKalb County investigator testified Monday that Madison said he searched the woods near his home and couldn’t find her. But that’s where investigators found her dead, with a blue rope around her neck, on March 2.

Madison’s girlfriend says the rope had been in the home, where investigators found a clamp and bolt in the floor used in "bondage" activity, blood spatters and more rope wrapped around Madison’s knife.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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A white Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last year goes on trial starting Tuesday in a case that could put him behind bars for life.

Lawyers for Michael Rosfeld, 30, are expected to argue that the June shooting of Antwon Rose II after a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh was justified, while prosecutors push for a conviction in the criminal homicide case.

The shooting was captured on video by bystanders and posted online, triggering a series of protests in the Pittsburgh area last year that included a late-night march that shut down a major highway.

A jury of six men and six women, including three African-Americans, was selected in Harrisburg last week and will be sequestered in a Pittsburgh hotel for the duration of the trial, expected to take a week or more.

Rose, a 17-year-old high school student, had been the front-seat rider in an unlicensed taxicab when the back-seat passenger rolled down a window and shot at two men on the streets of North Braddock.

The shooter was Zaijuan Hester, 18, of Swissvale, who pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault and firearms violations for the incident that wounded a man in the abdomen. Hester told a judge he — and not Rose — did the shooting. A judge ruled Monday jurors will hear evidence of that incident, but likely will not hear about a robbery that occurred several hours earlier.

The drive-by shooting in North Braddock led Rosfeld, of Verona, to pull over the unlicensed cab a short time later. While Rose ran from the vehicle, Rosfeld shot him three times, in the right side of his face, in his elbow and in his back, going through his heart and lung.

Authorities have said Rose had an empty ammunition clip in his pants when he was killed but not a weapon. Two handguns were recovered from inside the vehicle.

The police affidavit used to charge Rosfeld said he gave conflicting statements to investigators, including that he saw something in Rose’s hand that Rosfeld thought was a gun.

"This observation caused him to step from behind the cover of his car door to acquire a better view," police wrote in the affidavit. "He then fired his weapon."

Investigators have said Rosfeld subsequently told the detectives he did not see a gun when the passenger ran.

"When confronted with this inconsistency, Rosfeld stated he saw something in the passenger’s hand but was not sure what it was," police wrote. "In addition, Officer Rosfeld stated that he was not certain if the individual who had his arm pointed at him was still pointing at him when he fired the shots."

During jury selection, defense attorneys repeatedly said jurors would be asked to determine if the shooting was justified.

"He’s very, very remorseful. He’s not remorseful because he’s been charged. He legitimately is sad that this happened," defense attorney Patrick Thomassey told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year. "Mike kept saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened. I can’t believe that kid didn’t have a gun in his hand.’"

Rosfeld had been on the East Pittsburgh Police for just a few weeks after working for other departments over seven years.

After the shooting, East Pittsburgh shut down its police force and began to rely on state police to cover the territory.

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The Latest on river dangers in California (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Authorities say search teams have found the body of a man who fell into a rain-swollen river in Northern California over the weekend.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Andy Odon Ortega Fonseca was found dead Monday in the American River northeast of Sacramento.

Investigators believe he was taking photographs along the bank when he slipped and fell Sunday evening.

To the south, crews are searching for a 5-year-old girl who slipped into the Stanislaus River on Sunday afternoon at Knights Ferry in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Authorities are warning of dangers resulting from California’s exceptionally wet winter.

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9:45 a.m.

Authorities have rescued two people from a fast-flowing wash in Los Angeles and are searching a river in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a little girl swept away during the weekend, spotlighting the dangers of California’s very wet winter.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says a man and woman were pulled from Pacoima Wash around 12:30 a.m. Monday after being swept miles downstream at 20 mph.

The department says the man was able to call 911 from the water, and rescuers lowered a firefighter in a harness to pluck them from the stream.

In the Sierra foothills, the search goes on for a 5-year-old girl who slipped into the Stanislaus River on Sunday afternoon at Knights Ferry.

Relatives and bystanders tried to reach the girl but she was swept away.

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