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More than four decades after two women along California‘s central coast were raped and murdered, officials revealed Wednesday that DNA from an old razer has linked the cold case killings to a man who died of cancer while in prison.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that DNA recovered at the scene of the twin murders in Atascadero matched to DNA from Arthur Rudy Martinez, who died in 2014 at the age of 65 in a prison in Spokane, Washington.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and are hopeful the resolution to these cases brings them some closure,” San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said in a statement. “With the advancements in DNA technology and having an investigative focus solely on these types of cases, this case proves the value of having this important position.”

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Authorities were able to get DNA off an old razor in order to make the match, KSBY reported.

Jane Morton Antunez (left) and Patricia Dwyer (right) were killed two months apart in the late 1970s.

Jane Morton Antunez (left) and Patricia Dwyer (right) were killed two months apart in the late 1970s. (San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office)

The first killing was reported on Nov. 18, 1977 when the body of 30-year-old Jane Morton Antunez was found in the back seat of her car on a dirt road in Atascadero. Antunez’s throat had been cut and she had been sexually assaulted, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Witnesses had reported she picked up a man in her car but that was never confirmed,” police said.

DNA evidence has linked the cold-case rape and murder of two women in California's Central Coast to Arthur Rudy Martinez, seen in this 1977 photo.

DNA evidence has linked the cold-case rape and murder of two women in California’s Central Coast to Arthur Rudy Martinez, seen in this 1977 photo. ((San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Less than two months later, the body of 28-year-old Patricia Dwyer was discovered on the floor of her home, also in Atascadero. Police said she was stabbed in the chest with a knife from her kitchen drawer and had been sexually assaulted.

“Both victim’s arms were bound behind their backs by different bindings that were found at each scene,” police said.

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Authorities were able to place Martinez in the area at the time of both crimes and they discovered he worked at a local welding shop while on parole for convictions of attempted murder and rape. He left in January 1978 after the Dwyer homicide and moved to Spokane, Washington where authorities said he committed “numerous robberies and two rapes.”

This undated photo provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office shows Arthur Rudy Martinez.

This undated photo provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office shows Arthur Rudy Martinez. (San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

After being convicted and given a life sentence for the crimes in Washington, Martinez was in prison from November 1978 until 1994 when he escaped from prison and spent the next 20 years living around Fresno, California under an alias.

Martinez finally turned himself in to authorities in April 2014 for the Washington convictions after finding out he had terminal cancer. He died in prison on June 18, 2014.

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The sheriff’s office reopened the 41-year-old cold case in 2017 and decided to test Martinez’s DNA after one of his family members was connected to the case through a familial DNA search, the sheriff’s office said.

“Most likely this case would never have been solved if the initial investigators did not collect the valuable biological DNA evidence that was used to compare to Martinez’s DNA,” police said.

Detectives are still not sure if Martinez knew the two murder victims in California before their killings, and are asking anyone who may have information about Martinez to contact Detective Clint Cole at 805-788-2157.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A man in England has been sentenced to over a decade behind bars for biting a hole in a police officer‘s ear as he tried to resist arrest last year.

Cheshire Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that 26-year-old Daniel Ward was sentenced to 13 years in prison and 4 years on parole after pleading guilty to wounding with intent, resisting arrest, and a public order offense.

Ward attacked the officer in the town of Runcorn near Liverpool on Dec. 14, 2018, as he was being arrested on suspicion of assault in connection to a robbery earlier in the year.

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While resisting arrest, an officer’s ear was “completely bitten through,” and even after surgery may still have permanent damage, Sky News reported.

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After biting the officer’s ear, Ward had to be restrained and threatened to bite other officers, according to police.

“The nature of policing inevitably requires officers to deal with violent and challenging situations, but being assaulted by members of the public should never be looked upon as an acceptable ‘part of the job,'” Detective Constable Nathaniel Walkowiak said in a statement.

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“Such incidents can have far-reaching effects, not only for the officer who has been assaulted and their loved ones but also for their colleagues and the communities we serve,” he added.

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Ward also pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, after 2 teenagers had their bikes stolen at knifepoint in January 2018.

“The custodial service that Ward has been handed reflects the severity of the offenses he committed and I am pleased that he is now behind bars where he is no longer a threat to the public,” Walkowiak said.

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A Kentucky man who allegedly broke into his neighbor’s home and took his clothes off in a 12-year-old girl’s room on Sunday was shot six times by the homeowner, according to officials.

Donald Oliver, 38, is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and heroin possession after breaking into the Louisville home around 7 a.m., according to court documents obtained by WDRB.

The girl’s mother, Tina Burton, told the television station her daughter was in bed when she heard a noise as Oliver broke into their home and began undressing.

“She was really smart,” she told WDRB. “She hid under the cover, turned her light down, turned her volume down on her phone to text me. When she peeked under the cover to see where he was at, she got up and ran away. She went to the back room. And I think that was really brave and smart of her.”

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Oliver — wearing nothing but his underwear — then went from the girl’s bedroom to the kitchen where he encountered Burton’s boyfriend, Ali Bracey.

“I told him to get out, and he didn’t want to move. And he growled at me,” Bracey said

Donald Oliver, 38, is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, and heroin possession, according to jail records.

Donald Oliver, 38, is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, and heroin possession, according to jail records. (WDRB)

A physical struggle then broke out, with Bracey striking Oliver with a broom before he began to be overtaken “due to the suspect’s size,” according to an arrest report obtained by WDRB.

After yelling for help, Burton got a gun from her bedroom and handed it to her boyfriend, who then was able to get up and fire several rounds at Oliver.

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Bracey said that other neighbors agreed with his use of force.

“Everyone has actually commended me on what I did. There hasn’t been any real backlash other than [Oliver’s] family,” he said. “But everyone in the neighborhood has commended me on what I did.”

Oliver was arrested a short time later and transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries before he was taken into custody, WDRB reported. When taking his clothes off in the home, police said that Oliver dropped a small bag of heroin.

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During a court appearance on Monday, Oliver was in a wheelchair as a judge noted a lengthy criminal record and set a $50,000 bond.

Burton, who credited her oldest daughter’s quick thing from preventing something worse from happening, said she has no intention of moving out of the neighborhood anytime soon.

“We’re going to stay,” she told WDRB. “I’m not going to let anyone run me out of my home.”

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A manhunt for a woman allegedly “infatuated” with Columbine who forced schools in Colorado to close after threatening violence came to an end Wednesday after was reportedly found dead in the mountains west of Denver.

Sol Pais,18, was found near the base of Mt. Evans in Clear Creek County, located about 45 miles west of Denver, FBI officials told FOX31.

It was not immediately clear how she died, but the FBI’s Denver Office said on Twitter there was “no longer a threat to the community.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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A man suspected of using a samurai sword to kill his girlfriend last year at a survivalist bunker loaded with guns and ammo in northwest Washington was found dead in California, officials revealed Tuesday.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release posted to Facebook a body pulled from the Feather River in Yuba City, California on April 7, 2018 has been identified as 35-year-old Jacob Gonzales.

The body was initially classified as a “John Doe” until November when investigators shared photos of tattoos on the body that led to tips that initially identified the body as Gonzales’.

Officials were eventually able to send DNA to a lab in California, which made the positive identification. Officials have not revealed a cause of death.

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Gonzales had been sought by authorities in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham, whose decapitated body was discovered on March 3, 2018, near a survivalist bunker on the rural Camano Island, north of Seattle.

A body found in a river in California last April has been identified as Jacob Gonzales. The 35-year-old had been sought in slaying of a 26-year-old woman found beheaded near a survivalist bunker in Washington in 2018.

A body found in a river in California last April has been identified as Jacob Gonzales. The 35-year-old had been sought in slaying of a 26-year-old woman found beheaded near a survivalist bunker in Washington in 2018. (Island County Sheriff’s Office/KOMO-TV via NNS)

Near the headless corpse, investigators discovered a bunker dug into a hillside containing supplies, guns and ammo. Autopsy findings determined the 26-year-old woman’s cause of death was “homicidal violence with decapitation,” according to the coroner’s office.

“The subsequent investigation revealed that Katherine had been murdered on February 14th or 15th,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

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Cunningham’s vehicle was found abandoned on Interstate 5 in Yreka, Calif., roughly 560 miles away on Feb. 16 and towed three days later by the California Highway Patrol, before her body was discovered.

“After Katherine was discovered, an attempt to locate was put out on her missing vehicle and the California Highway Patrol notified the Island County Sheriff’s Office that they had the vehicle,” police said. “Deputies from the Island County Sheriff’s Office recovered the vehicle from California and towed it back to Washington where Detectives obtained a search warrant.”

The body of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham was found beheaded near a survivalist bunker in Washington in 2018.

The body of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham was found beheaded near a survivalist bunker in Washington in 2018. (KOMO-TV via NNS)

Inside the vehicle, authorities discovered a samurai sword wrapped in a blanket that appeared to match the type of weapon used in the killing. Testing of the sword also found Cunningham’s DNA on the blade and Gonzales’ DNA on the handle, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Authorities had been seeking Gonzales since March on a $1 million warrant. He was previously charged with 5 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of motor vehicle theft.

The sheriff’s office thanked the various agencies and tips from the public that helped with the investigation, and officials thanked the victim’s family.

“We would also like to thank Katherine’s family for their patience and their tireless efforts to keep Katherine in the public’s thoughts,” officials said.

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The father of a woman “infatuated” with the mass shooting at Columbine High School — and who triggered a manhunt and the shutdown of Denver-area schools Wednesday after she allegedly flew to the city and bought a gun — said he just wants his daughter to come home.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI said that Sol Pais, 18, is “considered to be extremely dangerous” after traveling to Colorado from Miami on Monday night before purchasing a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.

Pais had made threats to “commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area” just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack, according to officials.

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On Tuesday night, her father, in Surfside, Florida, told reporters through a closed door at the family home the experience was “like a bad dream.”

“She can come home. I think she wants to be ok,” her father told WSVN. “I think it’s maybe she has a mental problem.”

This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais.

This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

Her father, who was not identified, said the family last saw Pais on Sunday.

“They’re looking for her,” he told WSVN. “We don’t know what to do.”

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A neighbor said the family moved to the area about 10 years ago, and that Pais was spotted in the neighborhood and attended Miami Beach High School.

Following a lockdown at Columbine High School and other Denver area schools, authorities say they are looking for a woman suspected of making threats.

Following a lockdown at Columbine High School and other Denver area schools, authorities say they are looking for a woman suspected of making threats. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Miami-Dade Public Schools confirmed in a statement that Pais is a senior at the high school.

“We are fully assisting the FBI in their investigation,” Miami-Dade Public Schools told CBS4. “As far as this case goes, I want to stress that, at this time, there have been no threats to M-DCPS schools. The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado.”

Another neighbor told CBS4 that Pais was a quiet person but well behaved.

“She always kept to herself. She never got in trouble at school,” Patricia Bilstin told the television station. “So surprising, and I feel sorry for the family.”

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Authorities said Pais was last seen near Columbine, located just outside Denver, wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots. They appealed for anyone seeing her to call an FBI tip line at 303-630-6227, and said she is too dangerous to be approached by civilians. The alert also said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.

“This has become a massive manhunt…and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort,” Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the FBI in Denver, said late Tuesday night.

School police officers look on as students leave Columbine High School late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo.

School police officers look on as students leave Columbine High School late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pais’ father told NBC6 he was in “disbelief” and just wanted to see his daughter again.

“She can please come home,” he said. “I think she’s going to be ok.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Elizabeth Zwirz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A family in California came inches from death Monday after an out-of-control car could be seen nearly striking them on a terrifying surveillance video.

The Napa Police Department said in a Facebook post a woman and 2 children just had stepped out of a restaurant when the driver of the car lost control.

“A VERY close call!” police said. “This scary video is a good reminder to always be aware of your surroundings.”

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The incident happened just outside of the Villa Corona restaurant, KTVU reported.

A woman and her 2 children were nearly struck by an out-of-control car in Napa, California on Monday.

A woman and her 2 children were nearly struck by an out-of-control car in Napa, California on Monday. (Napa Police Department)

The vehicle could be seen slamming into tables and chairs seconds after the family walked away, leaving a trail of destruction on the sidewalk.

Napa Police said two people were taken to the hospital, but only minor injuries were reported.

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Additional details about the crash have yet to be released by authorities.

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Say it ain’t snow for one city in Maine.

The city of Caribou in the northern part of the state set a new record on Monday for the longest stretch of having at least an inch of snow on the ground.

“Caribou is now at 157 straight days of an inch or more on the ground,” the National Weather Service’s Caribou Office said on Twitter.

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As of Tuesday, there were still 10 inches of snow on the ground in the city of just over 8,000 people.

The weather service said earlier this month that the previous record was 155 days of snow on the ground during the winter of 2002-2003.

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“Keep in mind, we have a relatively short period of record with snow depth data, only since the winter of 1940-41,” the NWS Caribou said.

In March, Caribou was ranked top among the 10 U.S. cities with the highest snowfall totals this winter by AccuWeather.

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The NWS said in January that Caribou saw 59.8 inches of snow, which “smashed” the previous record of 44.5 inches in January 1994.

“Not only did it break the January record, it almost broke the all-time snowiest month on record of December 1972 when 59.9 inches of snow was observed,” the agency said at the time.

The remaining snow may finally be gone by the end of the week, however, as temperatures are forecast to reach 60 degrees by Saturday.

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Say it ain’t snow for one city in Maine.

The city of Caribou in the northern part of the state set a new record on Monday for the longest stretch of having at least an inch of snow on the ground.

“Caribou is now at 157 straight days of an inch or more on the ground,” the National Weather Service’s Caribou Office said on Twitter.

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As of Tuesday, there were still 10 inches of snow on the ground in the city of just over 8,000 people.

The weather service said earlier this month that the previous record was 155 days of snow on the ground during the winter of 2002-2003.

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“Keep in mind, we have a relatively short period of record with snow depth data, only since the winter of 1940-41,” the NWS Caribou said.

In March, Caribou was ranked top among the 10 U.S. cities with the highest snowfall totals this winter by AccuWeather.

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The NWS said in January that Caribou saw 59.8 inches of snow, which “smashed” the previous record of 44.5 inches in January 1994.

“Not only did it break the January record, it almost broke the all-time snowiest month on record of December 1972 when 59.9 inches of snow was observed,” the agency said at the time.

The remaining snow may finally be gone by the end of the week, however, as temperatures are forecast to reach 60 degrees by Saturday.

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A set of human remains discovered in Utah canyon on Sunday may be those of a woman who was last seen going for a run over a year ago, according to officials.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release a man contacted authorities around 8:30 p.m. to report he discovered the remains while climbing in American Fork Canyon near the Swinging Bridge picnic site, located about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

“The man said he hikes regularly in that area but had never before hiked in this particular ravine,” police said.

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Sgt. Spencer Cannon told FOX13 the area was “very difficult to get up” on the north side of the canyon, about 850 feet from the floor, and was not a place where people commonly go hiking.

“For whatever reason, this gentleman decided he wanted to go up this ravine,” Cannon said

A set of human remains discovered in a Utah canyon on Sunday may be of Jerika Binks, 24, who was last seen in February 2018.

A set of human remains discovered in a Utah canyon on Sunday may be of Jerika Binks, 24, who was last seen in February 2018. (Utah County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators discovered several personal items located with the remains that are consistent with descriptions of property known to be owned by 24-year-old Jerika Binks, according to police.

Binks was last seen on Feb. 18, 2018 when she told her roommate that she was going for a run. Trail cameras picked her up as Binks ran down the Timpanogos Cave Trail, but that was the only sign of her, according to FOX13.

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An extensive search of the canyon afterward by Utah County Search and Rescue turned up nothing until the discovery Sunday.

Cannon told FOX13 that Binks was a fit runner and hiker, and loved being outdoors.

“Based on what we know of her likes and her interests, it’s not a surprise,” Cannon said.

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Police said while there was evidence of injury, there is “no evidence at this stage of the investigation” to suggest foul play was involved.

The remains were recovered by the sheriff’s office on Monday, and have been taken to the medical examiner’s office to identify them and determine a cause of death.

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