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Dying father leaves dozens of letters behind for family

A dying man's final gift to his family, came in the form of more than 30 letters.

Mitchell Whisenhunt lost his battle with Marfan's syndrome Saturday.

Shortly after his passing his wife discovered a collection of letters he left behind, along with notebooks of poetry.

She says reading his letters now that he's gone is surreal, and it's the letters Mitchell wrote to their one-year-old daughter that are the most special.

"If this is being read, I have passed. In this grieving period for my wife, the last thing I want her to worry about is the coming cost of my funeral," Ashley read.

"Her 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, birthday and on the 16th he wrote "Sweet 16" on the front, all the way up to her 18th birthday," Ashley explained of the letters to her daughter.

Whisenhunt's wife says she will honor her late husband's wishes ... And make sure their daughter opens a letter for each occasion her dad wrote one.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:16:57 -0700

4 big-rigs blocking traffic on I-880 in San Leandro

An accident involving four big-rigs is blocking traffic on northbound Interstate Highway 880 near the North Davis Street onramp in San Leandro, according to California Highway Patrol.

No injuries have been reported but two lanes are closed and CHP officers are on scene, said Officer Kevin Bartlett. Bartlett said a freeway service patrol tow truck first came upon the crash, but won't be able to tow the trucks.

Big-rig tow trucks are en route, he said, but there is no time estimate of how long it will take before the lanes are re-opened.

Bartlett said they do not yet know the cause of the crash.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:54:11 -0700

Woman shot dead in Fruitvale district Thursday morning

A woman was fatally shot early this morning in Oakland's Fruitvale District, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 3:26 a.m. in the 1500 block of 29th Avenue, police said.

Officers arrived and found the woman suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Police have announced no arrests and did not provide any description of the suspects or possible motive in the murder.

The woman has not been identified.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:27:02 -0700

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expands airbag recall

The recall of cars with defective airbags has been expanded.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now points to 10 carmakers that used airbags made by the Takata Company in Tokyo including GM, Honda and Toyota.

Those airbags can possibly spray passengers with pieces of metal when they're deployed.

Right now, 7.8 million cars are being recalled.

Officials say car owners should act immediately to replace defective airbags, especially people who live in humid climates.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:34:55 -0700

San Francisco tour guide goes on racist rant targeting Chinatown

A San Francisco tour bus guide went on a bizarre racist tirade on her last day on the job.

In her rant she insulted people in Chinatown. In part of the rant the tour guide stated, "When you come to America you gotta assimilate a little bit, OK? We don't eat turtles and frogs." People on the bus could be heard clapping.

During the rant the tour guide took swigs from a brown bottle, presumably alcohol. She bashed just about everything in Chinatown from its noise, to its laundry and even its dragons.

The reaction KTVU received about her tirade was mixed. KTVU found one woman who agreed with the rant, while another said the tour guide's musings were out of line and ignorant.

"It's definitely hurtful. I'm of Filipino Asian descent and don't tolerate ignorance really and for people in a bus to clap for something like that - that's really unbelievable," said Nesha Hill of San Francisco. 

At this point, the name of the tour bus company is unclear. The supervisor of the district, David Chui, says he wants an apology. He wants the tourist bus company to come forward and the tour guide as well.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:29:54 -0700

Bay Area CHP officer accused of forwarding nude suspect photos

Court documents show a California Highway Patrol officer is suspected of secretly sending nude photos of a DUI suspect from her cellphone to his own phone.

The Contra Costa Times cites records that reveal a Contra Costa District Attorney investigator has recommended felony computer theft charges against 35-year-old Sean Harrington.

The CHP says the five-year veteran based in Dublin has been assigned to desk duties during the probe.

Investigators say Harrington discovered and forwarded to himself six explicit photos while booking the 23-year-old San Ramon woman in August. The photos depict the woman, who is not being identified, in a bikini and in various states of undress.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they could decide any day whether or not to press charges.

Efforts to reach Harrington for comment were unsuccessful.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:57:40 -0700

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

"Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry."

Investigators offered little information about the gunman in Ottawa, identified as 32-year-old petty criminal Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Canadian police conceded Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman, the second attack in three days in what the prime minister described as terrorism.

Bibeau she was devastated for the victims of the attack.

"If I'm crying it's for the people," she said, struggling to hold back tears. "Not for my son."

Bideau and her husband had earlier sent the AP a lengthy email expressing horror and sadness at what happened.

"I am mad at my son," the email said, explaining that he seemed lost "and did not fit in."

"I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that," the email said. "So I have very little insight to offer."

The heart of the capital city of Ottawa had been in lockdown after Wednesday's attack, with fears that other gunmen might be on the loose. Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that police are satisfied there was one attacker. Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that "there is no longer a threat to public safety."

The two attacks stunned Canadians and raised concerns their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the National War Memorial where the soldier was killed to lay a wreath. A man was detained by police near where Harper put down the wreath. Soucy said the man tried to breach the crime scene and thought there would be minor charges if he's charged.

Earlier, Harper called the shooting the country's second terrorist attack in three days. A man Harper described as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" on Monday ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring another before being shot to death by police. Like the suspect from Wednesday's shooting in Ottawa, he was a recent convert to Islam.

Witnesses said the soldier posted at the National War Memorial, identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was gunned down at point-blank range by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, his face half-covered with a scarf. The gunman appeared to raise his arms in triumph, then entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out, according to witnesses.

People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament.

On Twitter, Canada's justice minister and other government officials credited 58-year-old sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms. Vickers serves a largely ceremonial role at the House of Commons, carrying a scepter and wearing rich green robes, white gloves and a tall imperial hat.

At least three people were treated for minor injuries.

In Washington, President Barack Obama condemned the shootings as "outrageous" and said: "We have to remain vigilant." The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.

Harper vowed that the attacks will "lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts" to keep the country safe and work with Canada's allies to fight terrorists.

Court records that appear to be the gunman's show that he had a long rap sheet, with a string of convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. had video of the gunman going to his car alone with his weapon after the shooting at the memorial. The car was later spotted parked in front of Parliament Hill, just down the block.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:40:54 -0700

YouTube video shows riders taunting CHP officer in the South Bay

Video posted on YouTube shows dozens of motorcycle riders taunting a CHP officer.

The video shows a pack of bikers doing wheelies and speeding on 680 coming from Milpitas and passing Montague Expressway heading into San Jose.

The video shot on a helmet camera shows the CHP officer on a motorcycle try to pull over some of the bikers, but they ignore his siren and refuse to stop. They continue to do tricks as he tries to pull them over.

Eventually the officer rides away and the bikers wave goodbye.

The video shows the group raising their fists after the officer leaves.

KTVU is waiting to hear back from CHP in San Jose to get their comment on the incident.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports there were about 100 bikers on the freeway at the time and the officer left because there was a safety concern.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:04:33 -0700

Man suspected in 15 Bay Area robberies sentenced to 5 years

 A 21-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Santa Cruz County Superior Court for robbing a Scotts Valley gas station during a spree of 15 robberies in the Bay Area in February 2012, a prosecutor said Thursday.

The judge handed down the prison sentence on Maurice Jenkins for one count of robbery at the gas station on February 27, 2012, after which Jenkins and two accomplices robbed two liquor stores in San Jose, Deputy District Attorney Greg Peinado said.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to the robbery on July 16, after a man who served as his getaway driver agreed to serve as a prosecution witness, Peinado said.

Jenkins took part in a spree of 15 robberies, including the one at the gas station and mini-mart in Scott Valley, in different parts of the Bay Area in February 2012, Peinado said.

In the Scotts Valley robbery, Jenkins was seen entering the business wearing all black clothing with what appeared to be a firearm and then demanded the money from the register, prosecutors said.

Jenkins and a second suspect who accompanied him stole cash, food and other items and then left the store to get into a car driven by a third suspect and robbed the two stores in San Jose, according to the district attorney's office.

The next day, on Feb. 28, 2012, an off-duty sheriff's deputy in Contra Costa County spotted two of the suspects running after they robbed a gas station in Martinez and started driving after them, prosecutors said.

The car chase went past Oakland on Interstate Highway 880 and ended when the suspects' car ran out of gas on the Dumbarton Bridge outside Fremont, Peinado said.

The suspects later told authorities about the robberies they committed, which included ones in Kensington, Fairfield, El Cerrito, Concord, Berkeley and Hayward, prosecutors said.

Jenkins has also been convicted of robbery in Contra Costa County and grand theft in Solano County, Peinado said.

The case against Jenkins' accomplice in the Scotts Valley robbery is pending, he said. 

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:56:29 -0700

Businesses ready for World Series rush of customers

Wednesday's World Series Game 2 didn't have the ending that Giants fans wanted, but they said they still have much to celebrate as local businesses prepare for the team's homecoming for Game 3.

They said the good news is sthat there will be three games at AT&T Park: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

At Momo's, a popular spot for fans, the mood was in sharp contrast to Tuesday night. There was disappointment, but it was tinged with expectations of greatness.

"It's going to be a good time to be at McCovey Cove. We're going to win on Sunday night," said one fan.

Others said having the Giants play at home will hopefully mean winning the World Series by this weekend.

At John's Grill near Union Square, the owner says the sizzle of steaks cooking will be louder and more constant come Friday.

He says he has reservations from Giants and visiting Royals fans.

"One asked if the beef here was as good as the midwest," said owner John Konstin.

Kostin says its better. The meat comes from Harris Ranch here in California. He is expecting truckloads of steaks, other food and alcohol Friday.

He anticipates business to double compared to a normal weekend.

"We're going to be real busy. We've added a lot of staff," said Konstin.

Along the waterfront, the Waterbar Restaurant has ordered five thousand extra oysters.

What has arrived already are bottles of special edition Giants Mums champagne. To sweeten a Giants victory, the pastry chef has created a pumpkin ice cream sandwich and a shortbread cookie.

Waterbar says it expects to be busy before and after the game, with hopes the Giants can win the World Series at home so it can cheer with the special edition Giants champagne.

Businesses tell KTVU it's all hands on deck. Everyone has to work this weekend.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:07:03 -0700

Two suspects sought in Stanford Shopping Center jewelry store robbery

A man and woman robbed a jewelry store in Palo Alto at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon, escaping with several valuable wristwatches, according to police.

Police received a 911 call reporting the robbery at Gleim the Jeweler at the Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real just before 4:30 p.m.

Officers responded immediately but could not locate the suspects.

Store employees told police the female suspect had entered the store and asked to see some wristwatches.

Once the employee opened the case, the male suspect entered the store with a gun and ordered the three employees to get down on to the ground.

The woman also pulled out a gun, went behind the counter and put around 25 high-end watches in her purse, before both suspects fled on foot.

No customers were present during the robbery and no one was injured.

Police have released a surveillance video image of the male suspect and hope to have an image of the female suspect by tomorrow.

The male suspect is described as a black male adult between 35 and 40 with a medium build and a beard. He wore a navy long-sleeved jumpsuit, a white elastic dust mask around his neck and a white ACE hardware cap with a red brim.

The female suspect was a black female adult around 30 years old with a thin build and shoulder-length wavy hair that appeared to be a wig. She wore a U.S. Postal Service vest over a white t-shirt and dark pants, and carried a large purse with a flower design.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by email to or texted or phoned in to (650) 383-8984.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:01:14 -0700

State establishes Ebola hotline and call center

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Wednesday it established an Ebola hotline and call center to respond to inquiries related to the disease.

CDPH director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman said the hotline is one in a series of steps the agency has taken to respond to the epidemic.

"Our goal is to be available to eliminate the mystery of this disease and offer the facts to Californians as the situation evolves," Chapman said in a statement.

There have been three confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States and one fatality from the disease since the most recent outbreak was reported in Africa in May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Oct. 14, more than 4,500 deaths have been linked to the disease, the CDC said.

There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, representatives from CDPH said, and there are no suspected cases.

As part of the department's response, CDPH has worked with state, federal and local health officials to prepare for potential cases of Ebola in California and launched an informational website compiling information about the outbreak for medical professionals and the public.

The health agency developed an interim case report form for reporting suspected cases of Ebola to CDPH and distributed CDC guidance on specimen collection, transport, testing and submission for patients suspected of having the disease.

Last week, the agency posted interim medical waste management guidelines and held a teleconference with health care providers to discuss the latest news and guidance about handling suspected Ebola cases.

Health care professionals and members of the public can call the hotline at (855) 421-5921. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information about the state's response to the outbreak, visit this webpage.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:12:25 -0700

Beloved giraffe Nairobi euthanized at Six Flags

Beloved giraffe Nairobi was euthanized at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom after living a long life in the amusement park, representatives said Wednesday.

Park officials said the 25-year-old giraffe's quality of life had diminished greatly due to her advanced age. She died Tuesday after outliving nearly 90 percent of other female giraffes in her subspecies under human care, which typically live in their late teens or early 20s.

Standing 18 feet tall, the 1,600-pound animal was a favorite among staff and guests, park president Don McCoy said.

"Her elegance and stately manner, coupled with her quiet demeanor made her a great ambassador of her species," McCoy said in a statement. "She will be sorely missed by everyone here."

Nairobi was a reticulated giraffe, the most commonly known of the nine subspecies of giraffe. The species is characterized by the unique mosaic patterns of their fur, park representatives said.

As with all giraffe species, park officials said reticulated giraffe are considered endangered because of poaching and increased human encroachment.

Nairobi was born in the park and bore no offspring. Park representatives said she would be remembered as the most independent and largest of her herd, which included two other females and a male, and was fond of green onions and leafy vegetation.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:07:32 -0700

Thursday Weather Forecast: North Bay rain possible

A weak system approaches the Bay Area Thursday! High clouds will continue to move into the region. Shower chances will be focused up in the North Bay. The chances really drop off as you head south of the Golden Gate. Afternoon highs should range from the upper 60s to the mid 70s.

Thursday Forecast Highs:

  • Santa Rosa: 71
  • Napa: 72
  • Concord: 74
  • San Rafael: 70
  • Oakland: 72
  • San Francisco: 68
  • Pacifica: 67
  • Redwood City: 73
  • Fremont: 73
  • San Jose: 74
  • Morgan Hill: 76

Dry weather returns Friday. We are tracking another system that could produce Saturday showers.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:45:45 -0700

Bail for brothers suspected in Mission District murder set at $3 million each

A San Francisco Superior Court judge set bail at $3 million a piece Wednesday for two San Francisco brothers arrested Sunday in connection with the stabbing death of a man last month in the Mission District.

Luis Gutierrez, 21, and Javier Gutierrez, 26, appeared together in court this afternoon.

The two brothers were arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder, police said.

The two brothers allegedly stabbed 20-year-old Ronnie Goodman to death on the corner of Capp and 24th streets, about a block from the 24th Street BART station, at 11:49 p.m. on Sept. 9, police said.

Goodman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from his wounds, police said.

Both brothers are facing charges of murder, torture, assault with a deadly weapon and use of a deadly weapon, according to Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Javier Gutierrez is additionally charged with assault with a less-lethal weapon, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to Szabo.

Police released video footage from a surveillance camera showing two males running down a graffiti-covered street after the stabbing, and received numerous calls from the public, police said.

Judge Tracie Brown set bail at $3 million each after stating that the brothers are suspected of a "willful and deliberate" attack on the victim.

The two brothers are scheduled to enter a plea on Friday at 9 a.m., according to Brown.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:09:07 -0700

Mother of baby born the size of cell phone pleads for prayers

She's only 4 months old, but a little baby in North Carolina is in the battle for her life.

Adilynn Renee was born weighing less than a pound, and was barely bigger than a cell phone. She has survived 4 months, but it's been a very tough road.

Adilynn has had pneumonia twice and a blood infection. Sadly, the tiny baby is now on life support.

"It took me by surprise," It really scared me. I was like, how is she going to make it?" said her mother, Chelsea Gregory. "It's making her heart work extra hard; her heart is trying to give out on her, so they are having to give her medicine for it. Tons of medicines"

Adilynn's mom says her baby is a fighter, but is asking everyone to pray for them.

"Honestly, there's nothing more in this world that means more than just one person praying," she said. "Almighty Lord, I ask you to please surround my daughter by angels.Please give her the strength she needs to overcome this battle."

Last month, Adilynn was moved from Forsyth Medical Center to Brenner Children's Hospital. Adilynn was one of the smallest babies ever born at Forsyth Medical Center.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08:25 -0700

Dallas nurse’s dog tests negative for Ebola

Dallas health officials say Ebola patient Nina Pham's dog has tested negative for the deadly disease.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley has been in quarantine since Pham's diagnoses last week. Dallas Animal Services has been overseeing his care.

Samples taken from him on Monday show he does not have Ebola. New samples will be taken and tested at the end of his 21-day quarantine period.

Pham is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She is currently listed in good condition.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:31 -0700

Three gang members sentenced in murder of Daly City cook

Three MS-13 gang members were sentenced to 27 years in prison Wednesday morning for the 2010 murder of a cook in Daly City when they mistook him for a rival gang member, federal prosecutors said.

Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, 31, Carlos Mejia-Quintanilla, 25, and Luis Amilar-Zanus, 35, pleaded guilty in July of the June 21, 2010, murder of Alexander Temaj-Castanon after he got off a bus in Daly City.

The three defendants joined the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang in El Salvador more than a decade ago. The gang has members all over North and Central America, including in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and the U.S.

Federal investigators believe that MS-13 gangs based in the U.S. regularly communicate with gang leaders in Central America to coordinate drug and weapons trafficking.

One rule of the gang is that members must seek out and kill rival gang members, including their principal rivals in the Northern California area, the Nortenos, according to prosecutors.

It was because Temaj-Castanon, a cook at Baby Blues BBQ in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, looked like a Norteno member that the three killers targeted him on a 14-Mission bus to Daly City as he was riding home from work.

The three men followed Temaj-Castanon off the bus just after midnight near Mission Street and San Jose Avenue and, after waiting until no one was around, Mejia-Quintanilla took a gun from Mejia-Sensente's backpack and shot Temaj-Castanon, knocking him to the ground.

Mejia-Sensente took the gun and shot him again, prosecutors said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police investigated the murder for months, finally arresting Mejia-Sensente, Mejia-Quintanilla, and Luis Amilar-Zanus in September. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2011.

They pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy and racketeering charges for their involvement in MS-13, murder, and using a firearm to further the racketeering conspiracy. Mejia-Sensente also pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition and Amilar-Zanas, an MS-13 member since 1991, pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sentenced all three to 27 years in federal prison at a hearing Tuesday morning, prosecutors said. Federal sentences have no possibility of parole.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:28:59 -0700

Three sickened by tainted San Jose water

Three people have reported becoming ill in a small area in north San Jose where the San Jose Water Company detected E coli bacteria and issued a notice asking people to boil their tap water before drinking it, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

The "boil water notice" issued to residents of 300 homes whose water might be contaminated could be lifted by this Friday or Saturday as the company works to rid the water of the bacteria, water company spokesman John Tang said.

The three people reported having stomach problems, among the symptoms of some strains of the bacteria along with vomiting and diarrhea, and the company recommended they seek medical attention, Tang said.

The notice, delivered to customers in a three-square block area of northern San Jose close to Milpitas as a precaution, calls for people to boil drinking water for at least one minute to kill the bacteria but permits them to continue to use the water in toilets and for washing, Tang said.

The warning was issued after evidence of E coli., based on water samples, was found in a water main leading to approximately 300 homes on Lisbon Drive, Lisbon Court, Madrid Drive and Madrid Court, Sydney Drive and Sydney Court and Rowley Drive in north San Jose, according to Tang.

Water company officials are not sure how the water became contaminated, but work crews had been replacing a water main pipe in the area and it is possible that a squirrel or another animal got into the pipe and defecated or became stuck inside and spread the bacteria, he said.

The company has had crews flush water out of the main, pour chlorine inside to disinfect it and then take samples to see if any trace of E. coli remained, according to Tang.

As of Wednesday, the notice remains in effect for the three-block area as a precaution, but the company has isolated the contamination to about 50 homes on Sydney Drive where water tested positive for E. coli, Tang said.

Once the samples in the entire area test negative, the boil water notice will be terminated, Tang said.

The water company, an investor-owned utility with about 230,000 water connections serving about 1 million people in the South Bay, is providing free bottled water to customers in the affected area and at San Jose fire station .19 on Sierra Road, Tang said.

E. coli, or Escherichia, are mostly harmless bacteria living in the intestines of people and animals but some strains lead to illnesses with diarrhea and vomiting and in about 5 to 10 percent of cases, what is called a STEC infection that can cause a life-threatening complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the website of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:26:47 -0700

Why is Denver an ISIS recruiting hot spot? Well, it's not

When the news broke that three teenage girls from Denver were stopped in Germany, possibly on their way to join ISIS, they were described as:

PAMELA BROWN FOR CNN: "The latest American teenagers drawn in by the radical world of Islam extremism."

That's right, the latest — because just a few months ago ...

ERIC SHAWN FOR FOX NEWS: "The FBI agents in Denver have arrested a woman — her name is Shannon Maureen Conley. They have accused her of helping an insurgent she met online."

So is the Mile-High City just the American nexus of teenage would-be jihadis? Not exactly. (Video viaDenver Convention & Visitors Bureau)    

In the case of Conley, who has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to provide support for a terrorist organization, she was driven to try to join ISIS through the Internet — specifically falling in love with an ISIS fighter on social media. 

Now there are suspicions that the three girls, two sisters and a friend, were also influenced by ISIS fighters over the Internet to steal some $2,000 from one mother before running away. (Video viaKMGH)  

And with ISIS extremely active on social media, these kinds of stories are popping up across the globe, asThe Guardian reports.

"France has the highest number of female jihadi recruits, with 63 in the region – about 25 percent of the total – and at least another 60 believed to be considering the move."

But there's a possible reason why so many teenagers, in particular, are being drawn in by the militant group. 

AKI PERITZ VIA CNN: "They're oftentimes searching for an identity because what the jihadis are actually pushing is a narrative. ... 'We're the only ones who're actually going to help you out — why don't you join the fight?'" 

The Denver Post reports the girls were home by Monday, in good condition, and when asked why they went to Germany responded only by saying "family."

It's still unclear whether the girls will face any charges for their actions or what those charges might be. The FBI was involved in bringing them back to Colorado from Germany. 

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:36:41 -0700