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  • Police officer calls back IRS scammer in viral Facebook video

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – After a man pretending to be an IRS agent left a threatening voicemail for a Wisconsin police officer, the department decided to call back. In the Facebook video of the exchange, officer Kyle Roder calls the number and asks, “Hello, is this the IRS? It said to call this number, you said I had committed a fraud or something?” The scammer, unaware he’s about to be scammed, asks for a case number. When Roder says he […]

  • Mother, 8-year-old daughter killed in separate accidents minutes apart

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A mother and her daughter died in separate car accidents along an Alabama highway Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. Investigators say the woman, identified as 39-year-old Julia Yates Patterson, died when the Ford Explorer she was driving collided head-on with a Dodge Ram truck. The fatal crash happened on Highway 117 around 3:00 p.m., according to WHNT. Two people riding in the truck were hurt in the incident and taken to the hospital. HEARTBREAKING: Mother, young daughter […]

  • ‘A sweet day’: Gummy bear giant Haribo to open first U.S. factory

    MADISON, Wis. – Move over, cheese curds. Gummy bears are coming to Wisconsin. German gummy maker Haribo announced on Thursday that it will open its first U.S. factory in the Badger State. The Kenosha County plant will create 400 jobs, according to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and is scheduled to open in 2020. The project marks one of the largest investments from a foreign company in the state’s history, the governor’s office said. Walker thanked Haribo for choosing his state. […]

  • Fugitive ex-teacher accused of kidnapping teen reportedly seen in Texas: police

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – After a reported sighting in Texas, authorities are once again expanding the search for a 50-year-old former teacher and the 15-year-old girl he’s accused of abducting. It’s been 10 days since Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins disappeared from Maury County, Tennessee. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains hopeful the two will be found and says more than 650 leads have come in so far. The TBI urges the public to remain vigilant for any signs of the two. […]

  • Video shows ‘hero’ Wisconsin student save choking classmate’s life

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — A Wisconsin freshman is being hailed a hero after he sprung into action and saved his choking classmate. Ian Brown was eating lunch with his friends Wednesday at Central High School when his friend started coughing and motioning that he was choking. Central school nurse Kim Mahlum told police that several of the teens at the table thought the student was joking. When Brown noticed that the victim’s face and neck began changing color, he realized the […]

  • Teen confesses to lying about 3 black men kidnapping, gang-raping her

    DENISON, Texas – An 18-year-old Texas woman’s claim that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted was all a hoax, police say. Breana Harmon Talbott ignited a sense of fear and outrage in the Denison community, as well as on social media, after she said three black men in ski masks were responsible for kidnapping her, taking her into the woods, and raping her. The investigation began when police received a call on the evening of March 8 from a man […]

  • Mom’s Facebook post goes viral after 4-year-old suspended for shell casing

    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – An Illinois mother is speaking out after administrators suspended her son for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to preschool. Hunter, 4, had been at the preschool for about a year, she said, and the incident brought him tears.  From his perspective, he found something he thought was pretty neat and he took it to school Tuesday to show his friends, his mother, Kristy Jackson, said. She said neither she nor Hunter’s father knew that he had found the […]

  • Woman arrested after toddler left in car shoots out window

    DELTONA, Fla. – Police arrested a Florida woman Monday after a toddler allegedly fired the woman’s loaded handgun inside her parked car, shattering a window. Abbie Maldonado, 30, left the 3-year-old in the back of the vehicle outside the Good Shepherd Academy, an elementary school in Deltona, so she could pick up son, according to authorities. “Maldonado got out to walk around and left the boy unsecured in the back of the vehicle with the rear passenger door propped open so she could keep […]

  • Murder suspect said he went to New York City to kill black men, police say

    NEW YORK — Police say a man traveled from Baltimore to New York City with one thing in mind – to make a statement in the media capital of the world by killing black men. James Harris Jackson, 28, took a Bolt Bus on Friday to Manhattan, police said Wednesday. He found his victim Monday night  — Timothy Caughman, 66, who was rummaging through the garbage outside 462 Ninth Ave. when the suspect allegedly stabbed him. Caughman, bleeding heavily from multiple stab wounds, managed to […]

  • ‘Hey Siri, 108’: Police warn of prank circulating on social media

    Among Siri’s various skills is one designed to save lives – but police are now warning of pranksters trying to trick people into activating it. Saying “Hey Siri, 108” will prompt Siri to contact emergency services. The number 108 is India’s equivalent of 911 in the United States, but Siri will contact the local emergency dispatch based on the iPhone’s location. Tweets like these prompted police departments across the country to warn about the prank in an effort to keep […]

  • Oklahoma pastor’s daughter arrested for allegedly molesting 10-year-old boy

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – The daughter of an Oklahoma pastor is accused of sexually molesting a young boy. Stormy Kristen Ledbetter is charged with lewd acts to a child under 16 and forcible oral sodomy. “I was shocked, I was shocked. I’ve known Kristen awhile and, you know, the accusations are hard accusations,” Pastor Bruce Ford, a family friend, said. Police said last October a 10-year-old boy’s father told officers his son had been sexually assaulted by Ledbetter. According to […]

  • Family of teen believed to have been kidnapped by teacher speaks out

    MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. — It has now been eight days since 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas disappeared after she was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher. For family members of the missing girl, who goes by Elizabeth, her absence has been excruciating.  The last time anyone in her family saw Elizabeth Thomas, it was early Monday morning when she left with a somber warning. “She woke up her older sister and said ‘Hey I’m leaving, but if I’m not back by six […]

  • Man to pay $20K fine after ‘unconscionably stupid’ stunt

    CALGARY, Alberta – In July 2015, a young man in Canada decided it was time to promote his cleaning company and hatched a plan: Tie $10,000 worth of industrial-sized balloons (around 100 in all) to a lawn chair with an advertising banner hanging from it, take off, and then leap from the chair with a parachute strapped to his back, landing in the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races. That’s not exactly how it went. Daniel Boria was forced to bail early […]

  • Boy with skin disorder befriends dog with same condition

    CANBY, Ore. – An 8-year-old Arkansas boy with a rare skin disorder met a dog in Oregon with the same condition and it’s something the boy and his mom say they will never forget. Carter Blanchard and Rowdy, a black Lab, are connected through the white spots caused by vitiligo, a disorder without a known cause that destroys pigment-producing cells. UPDATE ON ROWDY . Rowdy saw a neurologist in the ER today. They are not sure if it was a […]

  • Baby Dominique, born with 4 legs and 2 spines, survives risky surgery

    CHICAGO – It was late January when Nancy Swabb found herself wanting to help a family across the Atlantic Ocean, in Cote d’Ivoire — all because of a photo. A friend had shared a post on Facebook about the need for a host family for a 9-month-old girl for two months while she received medical care in Park Ridge, Illinois. The post came from Children’s Medical Missions West, a nonprofit that helps transport children around the world to receive free […]

  • Georgia middle school teacher busted in $6M drug raid

    GAINSEVILLE, Ga. – A middle school teacher who doubles as a soccer coach was nabbed after cops in Georgia raided her home and found $6.2 million in cocaine and heroin, reports Fox 5. Karla Alvarez, 28, and two others face drug trafficking and gun charges following Thursday’s arrest. Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware told reporters that police “got information that there was probably a substantial amount” of drugs in the house in Oakwood and obtained a search warrant, […]

  • Boy, 4, dies after accidentally hanging himself in changing room

    MANKATO, Minn. – A 4-year-old boy died in an apparent changing room accident at a Minnesota thrift store on Saturday. The boy, identified by WCCO as Ryu Pena, was shopping with his grandmother at Again Thrift store around 5:30 p.m. when the incident happened. Emergency responders took Pena to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. “It appears at this time that he went into a changing room by himself, was gone for only a short period of time without direct […]

  • To dance with their daughters, these men took parenting classes

    RICHMOND, Va. — Laughter, dancing and smiles filled a small room inside the Virginia jail, a building that is usually not associated with happiness. On Sunday afternoon, 11 inmates participated in an emotional, sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance at the Richmond Justice Center. Courtny Price, one of the fathers, was surrounded by his three daughters. “It’s all about them because at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters,” Price said. While the men served their sentences behind bars, they worked hard to earn the […]

  • Family says missing Chicago teen was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live

    CHICAGO – Police are investigating after the family of a missing Chicago teen says she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, according to WGN. Family members and friends of 15-year-old Deahvion Austin say they saw her on a video being sexually assaulted by several boys. Deahvion ‘s mother Stacey Elkins says she’s distraught and worried because it’s been more than 24 hours since she last saw her daughter.  The Lane Tech High School freshman, who is also known as Mya, […]

  • Kidnapped woman reveals how she used insulin pump to escape trunk

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A woman kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown in the trunk of her own car is speaking about the traumatic hours that led up to her daring, caught-on-camera escape. Gas station surveillance cameras recorded 25-year-old nursing student Brittany Diggs jumping out of the trunk of a moving Nissan Altima and running to safety last Tuesday. She told “Today” it all started when the man tried to rob her outside of her Alabama home.  When Diggs told him she didn’t have any money, she says he […]

  • Teen murdered after being fined for wasting police time

    A British teenager accused of wasting police time with a complaint about her ex-boyfriend was murdered by the same man less than six months later, prosecutors say. Shana Grice, 19, was found dead with her throat cut in her Brighton home in August last year, the Independent reports. In March, she had been charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” after she accused 27-year-old Michael Lane of assaulting her but failed to tell officers […]

  • Woman ‘almost crashed her car’ when snake slithered out of air vent

    VENICE, Fla. – A Florida woman somehow managed not to crash after looking down to find a snake slithering out of her SUV’s air-conditioning vent. Monica Dorsett told WTVT she was in the middle of traffic when she turned on the cold air, glanced down and saw a red rat snake emerging from the vent, inches from her left hand. “I looked and I didn’t see anybody in (the passenger side) mirror so I did a right turn over two […]

  • Children find parents dead of apparent overdose in Ohio home

    CENTERVILLE, Ohio — A Spirit Airlines pilot and his wife were found dead in their southwestern Ohio home Thursday. Authorities are still investigating but have said the deaths appear to be drug-related. Brian J. Halye, 36, a pilot with Spirit Airlines and his wife, 34-year-old Courtney A. Halye, were found dead in a bedroom of their home by their children, officials said. In one of two 911 calls placed just before 8 a.m., the oldest of their children is talking […]

  • Men beat diner with his own cane after victim offered to pay for their meal

    NEW YORK – One man has been charged and four others are wanted after they allegedly beat and robbed a New York City restaurant patron earlier this month, police said. On Thursday, police announced the arrest of 21-year-old Kariem Roberts, who now faces four counts of robbery along with charges of gang assault and menacing in the March 1 attack. The victim, 37-year-old Joseph Molohon, was eating at Texas Chicken and Burgers in Brooklyn when the group turned on him, police said. Molohon […]

  • Watch the moment a kidnapped woman makes her big escape

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A frightening ordeal for a kidnapped woman came to an end at an Alabama gas station late Tuesday night, and her escape was caught on tape. Sgt. Bryan Shelton says that the 25-year-old was abducted outside her Birmingham apartment around 10:30pm, with the suspect throwing her in the trunk of his car after she said she didn’t have the money he demanded, NBC News and AL.com report. Shelton says the suspect grabbed her phone and wallet before […]

  • Videos show massive fire in downtown Raleigh

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A huge fire broke out in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Thursday night. The fire happened at a building under construction at 400 W. North St., WTVD reports. The Raleigh Fire just went to 5 Alarms, a Tower Crane has collapsed & adjacent structures are now threatened. Stay safe brothers & sisters! https://t.co/wPGKpVlPbF — Charlotte Fire Comms (@CFD_Alarm) March 17, 2017 Many people took to social media to share dramatic photos and videos of the blaze, which is blanketed […]

  • Decomposing body found after toilet leaks, flooding family’s apartment

    THORNTON, Colo. – A gruesome situation at an apartment complex forced a Colorado family out of their home, and they might not be able to return for weeks. A decomposing body was found inside an apartment at the View Point Apartments near 104th Avenue in Thornton. The body was discovered after a toilet flooded the unit and the water seeped into another apartment. The man’s body was lying in several inches of sewage water and police say it had been there […]

  • 20,000 pounds of frozen pizza recalled over listeria fears

    VERNON, Calif. – More than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday. RBR Meat Company Inc. recalled its Marketside supreme frozen pizza, which may have been “adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to FSIS. The pizzas were sold at select Walmart stores in a 50.6-oz. box containing single shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizzas labeled as “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza,” with lot code 20547. During […]

  • Driver arrested after 4 Chinese immigrants found crammed in trunk

    SAN DIEGO – Customs officers arrested a 24-year-old man Tuesday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California after they discovered four Chinese immigrants crammed in the trunk of his car. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was crossing to the U.S. from Tijuana at about 5:45 p.m. in a white 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan. While the car was at the inspection booth, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine team circled the vehicle. The dog, which is trained to […]

  • Netflix to do away with its five-star rating system

    Are you one of the fastidious binge-watchers who consistently rate Netflix shows and movies? If so, get ready for a major change. The company announced Thursday that Netflix will be ditching the five-star rating system in favor of a “thumbs up, thumbs down,” according to The Verge. Vice President of Product Todd Yellin announced at a press briefing Thursday that the change is expected to happen in April. Netflix will also include a percentage below the title showing the likelihood […]