The man suspected of shooting and killing University of Utah college athlete Lauren McCluskey previously dated the 21-year-old, according to police and a statement released Tuesday by the McCluskey family.
Police said officers found the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, dead early Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Salt Lake City church.
University officials identified the student who was killed as Lauren McCluskey of Pullman, Washington.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 7:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 23: University of Utah police Chief Dale Brophy confirmed earlier Tuesday that Lauren McCluskey had filed a police report against her alleged killer, Melvin Rowland, just over a week before her death.
However, police did not contact Rowland after the complaint was filed because Brophy said police did not have a correct address for him, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“He was a walk-away from Fortitude, which is a halfway house here,” Brophy said, according to the Tribune.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted later disputed Brophy’s statements.
Felsted said Rowland did not walk away from a halfway house , that, instead he was living as a parolee at the address in Salt Lake City that is listed on the sex offender registry, the newspaper reported.
Flested also said university police never bothered to tell parole officials about McCluskey’s complaint that Rowland was harassing her.
Update 4:25 p.m. EDT Oct.23: The University of Utah Athletics Department has issued a statement on the murder of student athlete Lauren McCluskey.
“Everyone associated with our program is devastated by the loss of Lauren,” head coach Kyle Kepler said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“There are no words to express the emotions and grief we are experiencing right now,” Kepler said.
“Lauren was a wonderful person, an excellent student and a dedicated member of our track and field team,” he said.
“She showed a relentless drive to improve every day over the last three and a half years and was also kind and supportive of her teammates. Those are just some of the reasons why her loss has hit us so hard.”
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 23: University of Utah police Chief Dale Brophy confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that McCluskey filed a police report against Rowland just over a week before her death.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Brophy declined to detail the report, which was made on Oct. 12, with some follow-up from police on Oct. 13.
“All we know at this point (is) they had a prior relationship and it ended,” Brophy said.
McCluskey’s mother, Jill McCluskey, said in a statement to news stations that her daughter dated Rowland for about a month after he lied to the college student about his age and criminal history. Officials said Rowland was a registered sex offender. Jill McCluskey said her daughter’s relationship with Rowland ended on Oct. 9.
Brophy said police got a call around 8:30 p.m. Monday from Jill McCluskey, who worried something might be wrong with her daughter after she abruptly cut off their conversation. Officers were immediately dispatched and investigators found Lauren McCluskey dead in her car.
Authorities later learned that the shooter, identified as Rowland, had gotten a ride off campus. Brophy said Tuesday that officers had spoken with the person who gave Rowland a ride, although it was not immediately clear whether the person knew of the shooting before picking up the 37-year-old. Brophy said the person was not in custody Tuesday.
Rowland was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early Tuesday morning after a brief chase by officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Update 9:55 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: In a statement released to KUTV and KSL, McCluskey’s family members said they were on the phone with the 21-year-old as she was heading to her apartment from school on Monday night.
“Suddenly, I heard her yell, ‘No, no, no!’” said her mother, identified by KSL as Jill McCluskey. “I thought she might have been in a car accident. That was the last I heard from her. … In a few minutes, a young woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren’s things were on the ground.”
Family members said McCluskey had previously complained to University of Utah police that she was being harassed by Rowland.
They described her as a star athlete and an outstanding student set to graduate in May 2019.
Update 7:44 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: Mark Harlan, athletics director for the University of Utah, issued the following statement Tuesday morning about McCluskey, a member of the school’s track and field team:
“Last night, the University of Utah lost one of our own,” the statement began. “Senior track standout Lauren McCluskey was tragically killed in a senseless act. This news has shaken not only myself but our entire University of Utah athletics family to its core. We have university counselors and psychologists on standby to support Lauren’s teammates, coaches and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all of those dear to her.”
Update 7:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: The University of Utah has identified the student who was shot and killed on campus Monday night.
Lauren McCluskey of Pullman, Washington, was a senior communication major and member of the school’s track and field team, university President Ruth V. Watkins said in a statement Tuesday morning.
A vigil will be held in her honor at 5 p.m. MDT Wednesday, the statement said.
Watkins also included the following details about the shooting:
“The police investigation is still underway, but here is a brief overview of what happened last night. Around 8:20 p.m., university police received a report of a possible abduction in a parking lot outside a residence hall. Police responded and as they searched the area, they discovered Lauren deceased in a parked car near the south tower of the Medical Plaza, a residential hall on campus.
“Police issued a secure-in-place order for campus as they searched for a suspect. That order remained in effect until just before midnight, after police determined the suspect had left the area. He was later found deceased at an off-campus location.”
Authorities said Rowland “forced entry to the Trinity AME Church on 600 S after a foot pursuit, then shot himself,” KUTV’s Bronagh Tumulty tweeted early Tuesday.
Update 4:09 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: Police have located Melvin Rowland, the suspect in the shooting death of a University of Utah student, the school tweeted early Tuesday.
Officials did not release any further details, but area news outlets reported a large police presence outside Trinity AME Church in Salt Lake City.
Previous report: A homicide suspect is at large after a University of Utah student was shot and killed on campus, police said Monday night.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, university police received several reports of an argument followed by gunfire around 9 p.m. MDT. Once at the scene, authorities found a woman dead in a car.
Police identified the suspect as Melvin Rowland, 37, a 250-pound, 6-foot-3 black male wearing a white hoodie, black pants, white shoes and a gray beanie. Officials said Rowland, a convicted sex offender, fled the scene on foot.
The campus was placed on lockdown as police searched for Rowland, KSL reported. The university lifted the lockdown at 11:47 p.m. MDT Monday, tweeting that police believed Rowland had left the campus. The school also canceled all Tuesday classes.
An Oklahoma woman is asking for help in finding her lost tortoise, Dozer.
The 80-pound sulcata tortoise, or African spurred tortoise, disappeared from Sharissa Coates’ home in Claremore near Blue Creek Campground on Sunday.
Coates said Dozer escaped his enclosure and is a fast mover.
She said in a Facebook post that she is offering a reward for the safe return of the tortoise.
She’s had some help in her search for the animal, too, and said she’s grateful.
“I’m heartbroken, but it’s precious to me that so many care,” Coates said.
A family says they cannot believe the way Delta treated them when the airline accommodated cats instead of a paying customer.
Jackie Reckline said her family had first class tickets on a flight to Oklahoma City when a woman boarded with her two cats.
Reckline said that her husband Lewis is severely allergic and that they alerted a flight attendant.
Instead of accommodating her family, Reckline said her husband had to take another flight.
"At the moment, it wasn't taken seriously with any regard," Reckline said.
A mother is furious that people watching her 8-year-old son on fire started recording instead of helping.
Sanquon King is now listed in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering burns over 38 percent of his body.
The child's mother, Willtrivius King, told WSB-TV adults watched her son frantically running around Friday evening after he caught fire at Covington Housing Authority Units and did nothing.
Someone shot video of him screaming for help. One woman can be heard barking instructions.
"Lay down in the grass and roll. Lay down in the grass," she said.
The same woman also made a comment to someone who thought what was happening was entertaining.
It’s unclear exactly what happened and how the boy caught on fire.
President Donald Trump escalated his immigration rhetoric at a midterm rally in Houston, on Monday, accusing Democrats of “encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation.”
He also criticized so-called globalists, declaring, “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist.”
Here’s a quick look at some of the terms that have been, and still are being, bandied about on the political scene.
Nationalism – Nationalism refers to loyalty to the nation. Nationalism is often reflected in an emphasis on the nation’s culture or other social factors. Some during the 2016 election used the term “white nationalists” to ascribe racist motives to others.
Authoritarian – An authoritarian government is one that favors a concentration of power in a leader or in someone who is not constitutionally responsible to the citizens, yet wields political power.
Despot – A ruler who has absolute power over every aspect of the lives of his or her subjects.
Fascism – Fascism calls for the needs of the nation be placed above the needs of the individual. A fascist government is centralized and headed by a dictator. Economic and social interactions are regimented and opposition is met with strong reaction from the government’s forces.
Oligarchy – An oligarchy refers to the rule of a nation by a small group, especially for corrupt and selfish purposes, according to Webster’s Dictionary.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy Schumer took an unconventional route to announce that she was expecting her first child with her husband, Chris Fischer.
UsWeekly reported that, on Monday, the comedian directed fans to CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin’s Instagram page to share the news.
“About to announce some exciting news on @jessicayellin insta page. Please follow her for up to the minute #newsnotnoise she breaks down what’s really going on,” Schumer said on Instagram. “She agreed to post a lil noise today for me! Follow her and VOTE!!”
The caption went with a Photoshopped image of Schumer and her husband as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
On Yellin’s Instagram story, she posted a screenshot of a list of Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
At the bottom of the list, it read, “I’m pregnant -Amy Schumer.”
This is the first child for Schumer and Fischer. They married in a secret ceremony in February.
Six children have died, and 12 others have become sick as part of an adenovirus outbreak at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey, state health officials said Tuesday.
Officials said they had confirmed 18 cases of adenovirus among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. Six of the cases were fatal.
According to the rehabilitation center’s website, the Wanaque Center works with “medically fragile children,” from newborns to people who are 22 years old.
“Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems,” New Jersey Department of Health officials said Tuesday. “The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe.”
Adenovirus is typically spread through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands with an infected person, in the air through coughing or sneezing, or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes before washing hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Jersey health officials said an inspection team found “minor handwashing deficiencies” during a check of the facility Sunday.
In a statement obtained by WABC, Wanaque Center administrator Rowena Bautista said staff members notified government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC, after determining that the facility was in the midst of an adenovirus outbreak.
“The Wanaque Center continues to fully cooperate with these agencies and has sought out their medical guidance with respect to the virus,” she said. “As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures in order to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center's residents."
According to the CDC, adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses that typically range from mild to severe, though severe cases are less common. People with weakened immune systems or respiratory or cardiac diseases are at higher risk of developing severe illnesses from an infection of adenovirus.
New Jersey Department of Health officials said Tuesday that employees of Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation have been instructed not to admit any new patients until after the outbreak ends.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, Oreo has confirmed it is coming out with Most Stuf cookies, which will have the most creme filling of any Oreos.
People reported the company will have the cookies in stores by early 2019.
Before the announcement, Oreos had Mega Stuf Oreos, which were released around 2013.
The details of the new Oreos -- including exactly how much creme will be in the center -- haven’t been released. According to People, Oreo said it would be giving out free items to some fans to celebrate the new product. Those items have not been announced.
Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of first-degree criminal trespass, KDVR reported.
According to a release from the Englewood Police Department, officers were called to a house at 1:17 a.m. when a man later identified as Kelly was standing outside the residence. While officers were en route, the man entered the house.
According to an arrest affidavit, one of the homeowners, a 25-year-old woman, was sitting on a couch while holding her young child when Kelly entered uninvited and sat down next to her, mumbling incoherently.
The woman asked for help from another resident, who hit Kelly in the upper back with an aluminum vacuum tube and forced him out of the residence, according to the arrest affidavit.
After viewing security video, police found Kelly, 24, inside a black SUV in front of a theater near the woman’s residence, KDVR reported.
The man identified himself to officers as Kelly, the television station reported.
“We’re going to look into this and look into it very seriously,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a radio interview Tuesday afternoon. “The charges are very, very serious and we understand that so we will look into this and then make decisions as we go.”
Kelly made an appearance in an Arapahoe County courtroom later Tuesday morning. He posted a $2,500 bond and is due back in court on Wednesday.Kelly is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. He was drafted with the final pick of the 2017 NFL draft out of the University of Mississippi. He played high school in western New York, the Buffalo News reported.
"We are disappointed that Chad Kelly was arrested early this morning," the Broncos said in a statement. "Our organization has been in contact with Chad and we are in the process of gathering more information."
Kelly has played in one game this season.
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