Fotis Dulos Hospitalized
52-year-old Fotis Dulos, who is accused of killing his estranged wife Jennifer in connection to her May 2019 disappearance, is in critical condition at a medical center in the Bronx after an apparent suicide attempt on Tuesday, according to the Hartford Courant. Officers responded to Dulos’s Jefferson Crossing mansion around noon on Tuesday after he failed to appear in Stamford Superior Court for his emergency bond recall hearing and discovered Dulos sitting in his running car in the garage “in medical distress.” He was taken by ambulance to John Dempsey Hospital/UConn Health for treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning. On Tuesday night, Dulos was airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was placed in a hyperbaric chamber. As of Wednesday night, his condition had not improved. The originally scheduled hearing took place on Wednesday despite Dulos’s absence, and a federal judge ordered Dulos’s re-arrest. Should Dulos recover, he will be extradited back to Connecticut.
Fatal Calabasas Helicopter Crash
Nine people — including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna — were killed Sunday after a helicopter crashed into a mountainside in Calabasas, California, according to USA Today. The other victims included pilot Ara Zaboyan, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and daughter Alyssa Altobelli, assistant basketball coach Christina Mauser, Mamba teammate Payton Chester and her mother Sarah Chester. The group was headed to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, an athletic facility co-founded by Bryant, for a basketball game. According to CNN, the helicopter was 2,300 feet in the air when it lost contact with air traffic control. Zaboyan radioed that he would be climbing to a higher altitude to avoid cloud cover at approximately 9:45 a.m. PT, and the first 911 call came in approximately two minutes later. Before crashing, the plane dropped more than 2,000 feet per minute and was in one piece until it crashed into the mountainside. The helicopter was not equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system at the time of the accident. The investigation is ongoing.
A fatal strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has killed 132 people in China and infected thousands more throughout the world, according to The Washington Post. The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China and is characterized by fever, cough and shortness of breath. The respiratory illness can range in severity and is not immediately lethal in most cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections have been confirmed in other countries such as France, South Korea, Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan and Canada. Many countries are canceling flights to China, including American Airlines, which has suspended flights through March. A large number of evacuees from Wuhan have since arrived in their home countries or temporary screening sites. 210 people were flown from Wuhan to California on Wednesday and will be under voluntary testing and monitoring at the March Air Reserve Base for three days.
Los Angeles High-Rise Fire
A fire at a Los Angeles high-rise apartment injured eight people on Wednesday, according to CNN. The fire started on the sixth floor of the building and spread to the seventh floor before it was contained. Of the eight people injured, one is a 3-month-old baby, and another two adults are in critical condition. No one jumped from the building; however, two individuals who were contemplating doing so were rescued by firefighters. Several others were airlifted from the rooftop of the building, which does not have sprinklers in place. Authorities suspect the fire is “suspicious,” but have not released any other details as to why.
An infamous Sandy Hook truther who has routinely harassed families of the victims of the 2012 massacre was arrested in Lake Country, Florida, on Monday, according to The New York Times. Wolfgang Halbig, 73, who served as a contributor to InfoWars, has spent the last several years claiming that the Sandy Hook shooting was an elaborate hoax set up to confiscate citizens’ firearms. He has also sent countless emails to Sandy Hook families with pictures of children he believes are theirs and are still alive, and he has released personal information about some of the families. Halbig was arrested after Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting, filed a complaint detailing Halbig allegedly emailed Pozner’s social security number, date of birth and several other pieces of information to various news organizations and police agencies. Halbig was released on bond and will appear in court in February.
Taylor Harton is the associate news editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.