ABC News(NEW YORK) — Storms originating in the West are heading into the Midwest and Northeast and wreaking havoc, including travel delays and accidents, with ice, snow and flooding.The Twin Cities slowed to a standstill Tuesday as parts of that metro area saw half a foot of snow, with other parts of the state, and parts of Wisconsin, receiving 10 inches.On Wednesday morning, almost three dozen states are under snow, ice or flooding alerts, as freezing rain is hitting southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and parts of Michigan. About 350 schools in Detroit are closed Wednesday because of the ice storm.The western storms Wednesday morning now stretch from the Rockies all the way to the Ohio River Valley.More snow is expected in Denver, with severe storms and flooding likely for the Plains and into Ohio. The Northeast is forecast to see freezing rain and a wintry mix.Wednesday night and into Thursday, the second western storm will hit the Midwest with more snow in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin. Some regions could see 10 more inches.Meanwhile, the areas south of there should see heavy rains, even with the second western storm being a bit milder than the earlier one.Through the end of the workweek, some regions may get a foot of snow, with significant ice buildup in other areas.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Kuzma/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Survivors of Joseph DeAngelo, the man now known as the “Golden State Killer,” are expected to address him directly in court this week as the killer, who was on the run for decades, appears for his sentencing hearing.DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder in front of dozens of victims and victims’ relatives in June as part of a plea deal, which also required him to admit to multiple uncharged acts, including rapes, which were described in horrific detail by prosecutors.The death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for the guilty pleas — DeAngelo will be sentenced to life without parole.The sentencing hearing, which will include statements from survivors and victims’ families members, begins Tuesday.DeAngelo, now 74 years old, was accused of committing 13 murders as well as multiple rapes and burglaries in the 1970s and 80s, terrorizing communities from Northern to Southern California.The “Golden State Killer” crimes went unsolved until April 2018, when DeAngelo was arrested in Sacramento County.DeAngelo became the first public arrest obtained through genetic genealogy, a new technique that takes the DNA of an unknown suspect left behind at a crime scene and identifies him or her by tracing a family tree through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to public genealogy databases. This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using law enforcement databases.To identify DeAngelo, investigators narrowed the family tree search based on age, location and other characteristics.Authorities conducted surveillance on DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo’s DNA to the DNA found at multiple crime scenes, prosecutors said.Since DeAngelo’s arrest, over 150 other crime suspects have been identified through genetic genealogy. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more