first_imgBarron County Sheriff’s Office(BARRON, Wisconsin) — One week after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was abducted from her rural Wisconsin home, authorities are asking for 2,000 volunteers to help search for evidence in the case.The volunteers must be able to walk on uneven terrain, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.This comes after an initial search by 100 volunteers on Thursday. It’s not clear if any evidence was found in that search. The mysterious case began in the early hours of Oct. 15 when Jayme’s parents, Denise and James Closs, were shot dead in their home, authorities said.Police responded to the house after a strange 911 call in which no one spoke. A dispatcher, however, could hear yelling, according to records. Jayme was believed to be home at the time of the killings but had been abducted by the time police arrived just minutes after the 911 call, according to authorities.“Jayme remains missing and endangered and has been added to the top of the FBI’s Missing Persons list, and is currently on digital billboards nationwide,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement Sunday. In the week since she vanished, over 1,200 tips have been submitted, the sheriff’s office said. Community members are set to come together at a “Gathering of Hope” event Monday night to pray for the missing girl.“I haven’t seen anything like this in rural western Wisconsin,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters last week. “We just don’t see this.” An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at 855-744-3879.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgACLU(WASHINGTON) — The Air Force has agreed to a historic accommodation for a Sikh airman, saying that he will be allowed to maintain a beard and unshorn hair and wear a turban in observance of his faith.The first-generation American, Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, will be exempted from the Air Force’s grooming and dress rules, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said in a statement on Thursday.“I’m overjoyed that the Air Force has granted my religious accommodation,” Bajwa said in the statement. “Today, I feel that my country has embraced my Sikh heritage, and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.”Last year, the Air Force granted the first Muslim airman an exemption to wear a beard while in uniform, and in 2017 the U.S. Army said it would allow turbans and hijabs.“The Air Force can confirm that Airman 1st Class Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa was granted a religious accommodation in accordance with Air Force policy.” Maj. Nicholas Mercurio, an Air Force spokesman told ABC News.“The Air Force places a high value on the rights of its members to observe the tenets of their respective religions or to observe no religion at all.”Sikhs keep their unshorn hair tied in a bun or a top knot on top of their head. The hair is then covered by a turban which compromises the daily uniform of a Sikh. For Sikhs, wearing a turban form is an “external identity” according to the Sikh Coalition. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more