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  • Two men die trying to jump Louisiana drawbridge with car, police say

    CALCASIEU PARISH, La. – Two Texas men died in a failed attempt to clear a gap in a Louisiana drawbridge with their car Friday morning, according to state police. Officials have identified the men as Alejandro Cazares, 23, of McAllen, and Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32, of Edinburg. A witness told investigators that the drawbridge was raised to let a boat pass below the Black Bayou Bridge around 2:00 a.m. when a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze pulled up to the gate arm […]

  • Ohio cemetery asks community to attend funeral for veteran with no local family

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — An Ohio cemetery is asking citizens to help them lay a war veteran to rest. According to Spring Grove Cemetery, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran, Hezekiah Perkins, has no immediate family members attending his funeral. Perkins reportedly prearranged and prepaid for his burial over 20 years ago, however all of his family is out of town. He will be laid to rest Saturday at 3 p.m. in Section 137, Lot 318, Space 1 at the Cincinnati-area cemetery. […]

  • Woman sells her family home – but she didn’t know about the secret safe

    ASBURY PARK, N.J. – A story out of New Jersey has both legal experts and Reddit threads buzzing, and has spurred both a civil lawsuit and a criminal trial. It involves a secret safe hidden under the basement stairs of an Asbury Park home once owned by Elaine Palmer, who died in 2004, and what was found inside that safe by two workers in May 2013: 13 Civil War-gold certificates, now worth millions. Based on court records and interviews, Asbury Park Pressreports the […]

  • Father who claimed to find metal in kids’ Halloween candy is arrested for hoax

    OAKDALE — A Northern California man was arrested after investigators determined he lied about finding metal objects in his kids’ Halloween candy. Last year, Mathew Blackcloud claimed he discovered small metal objects in five pieces of his children’s trick-or-treating candy. He told detectives he didn’t know how the objects ended up in the commercially packaged pieces of candy. The 32-year-old father was the only resident in his Burchell Hill neighborhood to make such a report and no other tainted candy […]

  • ‘All I wanted was a girlfriend’: Man sentenced for threatening mass murder during women’s marches

    PROVO, Utah — A man accused of writing a Facebook post in which he threatened to kill “as many girls as I see” was given his sentence Thursday. A judge sentenced 27-year-old Christopher Wayne Cleary to zero to five years in prison, and the court recommended credit for the 124 days already serviced. No fines or fees were imposed. Cleary was arrested January 19 after making a social media post in which he threatened to shoot up a public place […]

  • California woman, 102, forced out of home so landlord’s daughter can move in

    LOS ANGELES – A 102-year-old woman is being forced out of her home in Ladera Heights, according to KCBS. Family and friends of Thelma Smith are banding together after she received an eviction notice and is being forced to relocate. Smith’s landlord intends to move his daughter into the residence once she graduates from law school. Smith has lost most of her family over the years, including her husband, and her remaining family lives on the East Coast. Her family and […]

  • Soldier surprises his sister at Alabama high school graduation rehearsal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  High school seniors across the Tennessee Valley are preparing to get their diplomas this week, and one student who was missing her airman brother got a heartwarming graduation surprise that was caught on video. Huntsville High School seniors gathered at the Von Braun Center Thursday to rehearse their walk across the stage for graduation. Senior Brittany O’Keefe hasn’t seen her brother in over a year, and that morning he gave her a graduation gift she’ll never forget. […]

  • Jury acquits man accused of killing, dismembering 2-year-old dumped in Chicago lagoon

    CHICAGO — A Cook County jury acquitted an Illinois man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy, dismembering his body and dumping his remains in Chicago’s Garfield Park Lagoon. Kamel Harris, 44, was found not guilty on Thursday in the gruesome 2015 death of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox. In August of 2015, Kyrian’s mother had given the boy to Harris, the father of a friend, for a couple of weeks while she and a friend tried to find jobs in Iowa in […]

  • 102-year-old accused of killing 92-year-old at French retirement home

    PARIS – A French centenarian is suspected of strangling and bludgeoning her 92-year-old neighbor to death. The 102-year-old woman, who has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital, allegedly told a staff member at the retirement home where the two lived that she had “killed someone,” according to the BBC. The 92-year-old victim was found dead at the home in Chézy-sur-Marne, about 60 miles east of Paris. An autopsy revealed that the woman died of “strangulation and blows to the head.” […]

  • ‘Ski rage’ attack leaves teen with hole in skull, ‘pool of blood in his brain’

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A father—and the Mounties—are trying to find witnesses to a suspected “ski rage” attack that left a teenager with a bullet-sized hole in his skull. Father David Keir says his son Max, 13, swerved to avoid a man in a yellow ski jacket while at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 30, the CBC reports. Keir believes the man was angered by the near-collision and says he rammed his ski pole toward Max “with such […]

  • Man says intruder broke into his home, cleaned it immaculately, and left

    MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – A Massachusetts father came home to a sparkling clean house – but he has no idea who tidied it. Nate Roman told NBC News he knew something was wrong when he and his son returned to their Marlborough home on May 15th and the 5-year-old noticed the back door was ajar. The 44-year-old said he was worried someone was still inside, but instead of an intruder he found the smell of cleaning supplies still in the air, […]

  • Walmart cashier surprised with car after officer sees her walking 6 miles to work

    SLIDELL, La. – Anita Singleton no longer has to walk six miles to her job at a Louisiana Walmart store, all thanks to a chance encounter with a police officer early Sunday morning. Officer Bradley Peck saw Singleton walking to work, along a narrow bridge in Slidell, he picked her up thinking she was going to the nearest Walmart. “She said, ‘No baby, I’m headed to the Northshore.’ I said, ‘Ma’am that’s a really long walk, why don’t you jump in […]

  • Hospital comforts children with motorized car they can drive into surgery

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — A hospital can be a scary place for anyone, which is why a team of Alabama specialists are doing everything they can to make the experience not only bearable, but even fun. The child life specialists’ sole job is to help Huntsville Hospital’s youngest patients beyond their medical needs. The hospital waiting room is more like a game room, with interactive activities projected onto the floor for kids to play with while they wait in the emergency room. […]

  • Infant dies after being left inside Florida day care van, facility owner arrested

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A baby girl, just a few months old, died on Wednesday after being left in a day care van in Florida, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at the Ewing’s Love and Hope Preschool and Academy around 1 p.m. The infant was found in a car seat inside the van. She was transported to the hospital, where she died. Wednesday evening the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies […]

  • Virginia mom arrested for allegedly macing group in fight with her daughter

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Virginia mother was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly macing a group of people that were fighting her daughter. Around 7:15 p.m., police responded to reports of a fight in progress in the Belly Lee and Woodside Drive area of Newport News. When officers arrived, they found a group of females being “disorderly.” Several of them showed symptoms of having being sprayed with mace, police said. One woman told officers that the fight stemmed from a […]

  • California nanny accused of molesting 2 boys in ‘sickening’ case, police say

    COSTA MESA, Calif. – A man who worked as a nanny across Southern California has been charged with molesting two boys who were under his care, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, of Costa Mesa was arrested May 17 after getting off an international flight at a local airport. He faces three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and one count of oral copulation of a child under 10. […]

  • Man agrees to turn himself in if police Facebook post gets 15,000 likes

    TORRINGTON, Conn. – Connecticut police say a fugitive has agreed to surrender if enough people respond to his wanted poster on social media. Police say there are seven arrest warrants for 29-year-old fugitive Jose Simms, who is believed to be somewhere in New York after failing to appear in court. Lt. Brett Johnson posted on the department’s Facebook page on Wednesday that Sims had contacted him through Facebook and agreed to turn himself in if the post containing his poster gets 15,000 “likes.” […]

  • Lunchroom worker fired over free meal now accused of cover-up

    CANAAN, N.H. – A lunchroom worker in New Hampshire who said she was fired for allowing a student to take food without paying hadn’t been charging the student for anything for several months, her former employer said. Bonnie Kimball was fired from her job with Café Services in April after a student at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan told her he didn’t have money to pay for the items on his lunch tray. She said she let him take […]

  • Teen mother graduates high school with $1M in scholarship offers, top honors

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis high school student has received more than $1 million in scholarship offers from at least 25 colleges. Now the young mother is sharing how she managed to graduate with honors. Trezevant High School posted a picture on Facebook congratulating Lamyrical Harris on her achievements: BREAKING NEWS! We have our first MILLION DOLLAR SCHOLAR in Trezevant history. Our valedictorian, Lamyrical Harris, has been offered a total of $1,244,298 in ACADEMIC scholarships, making her our first to receive […]

  • Healthy dog euthanized to fulfill late owner’s wish of burial with her pet

    [protected-iframe id=”4c1209b44a114e25c60ee925592d4729-41640108-42336256″ info=”https://www.nbcwashington.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=510241932&videoID=lwk9o_gnHzU3&origin=nbcwashington.com&sec=news&subsec=local&fullWidth=y” width=”520″ height=”340″] RICHMOND, Va. – Over the protests of shelter workers, a healthy dog was euthanized so she could be buried with her dead owner in accordance with the Virginia woman’s will, according to WWBT. The Shih Tzu named Emma was temporarily placed at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter, where staff members tried for two weeks to talk the executor of the will out of putting the dog down. Carrie Jones, a manager at Chesterfield Animal Services, told WWBT […]

  • Mom, 3-year-old son vanish in Oregon

    SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon mom and her 3-year-old son have not been seen or heard from since May 13. The family of Karissa Alyn Fretwell, 25, and son William (Billy) Fretwell reported the pair missing last week, the Salem Statesman Journal reports, and Salem police are asking the public to report any information on the two to its non-emergency line, (503) 588-6123. A friend who regularly watched William tells the newspaper she last spoke to Fretwell May 11 when Fretwell had […]

  • Day care to close after 6 toddlers wander away, some found on busy road

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina day care is slated to close  after six children wandered away from the facility several months ago, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The paper reports that Pinedale Christian Day Care Inc. voluntarily contacted state officials to inform them that they would end operations by June 11. The news comes after a Dec. 4, 2018 incident that left leaders at the school “devastatingly embarrassed.” A group of toddlers managed to slip out of an enclosed […]

  • Off-duty New York firefighter attacked by teens after defending elderly couple: police

    NEW YORK — An off-duty FDNY firefighter was attacked after he defended an elderly couple from a group of teens in New York City Saturday morning, police said. Just before 9:30 a.m., police said the firefighter, 38, intervened after witnessing a group of teenagers harassing an elderly couple in the vicinity of 86th Street and Third Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One of the teens sucker-punched the man from behind and pushed him to the ground, then […]

  • Memphis student named valedictorian while homeless, earns $3M in scholarships

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A teenager in Memphis, Tennessee, exceeded the goals he set for himself – and then some. Tupac Mosley, 17, a Raleigh Egypt High School graduate was not only named valedictorian, but he told WHBQ he received about 50 scholarships for more than $3 million.  He said he was accepted into more than 40 colleges.  Mosley reportedly chose Tennessee State University where he will major in electrical engineering. Mosley said his goal was to receive $1 million in college […]

  • Man tells police he was making essential oils, not meth in Virginia Beach home

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Abraham Haines admits he’s grown mushrooms and pot before, but he told WTKR his arrest Monday for allegedly manufacturing meth is all a mistake. “Someone texted me on my phone looking for pot. They said they heard about me through a mutual friend,” said Haines from inside the Virginia Beach Jail. When he went to get money out, he says he and a friend were stopped by police and handcuffed. “They said they have been following […]

  • Father honors late daughter’s memory with surprise field trip for her classmates

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – An Alabama father mourning the loss of his daughter decided to honor her memory by treating her classmates to a field trip before the school year comes to a close. Monday morning, 111 G.W. Trenholm second graders shed their shoes and replaced them with jump socks at the Florence location of SkyZone. The 112th student on this field trip would have been Jaleia Smith. “(We) try to have as much fun as we can, but sometimes we […]

  • Dressbarn to close all of its 650 stores

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Dressbarn will be closing all 650 of its stores, Ascena Retail Group announced on Monday. The women’s clothing retailer has locations across the country. “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers. This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment,” said […]

  • Mother duck returns to this hospital’s hallways every spring

    CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Staffers and patients at an upstate New York hospital are treated annually to an adorable parade of ducklings, whose mother escorts them down the hallways. “Every year, without fail, a mama duck chooses one of the enclosed courtyards at our M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to lay her eggs and take care of her babies,” The University of Rochester Thompson Health wrote on Facebook last week. “She lets us know when she’s ready to go by tapping on […]

  • ‘Snakes all over’: Exotic animals startle Pennsylvania firefighters

    TAMAQUA, Pa.  – Firefighters weren’t prepared for what they saw inside a Pennsylvania home that caught fire Sunday night. The house was packed with exotic pets, according to Schuylkill County fire officials, and neighbors say the owners and their pets have that neighborhood feeling uneasy. Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, crews responded to a fire in the basement that started when a heat lamp in an animal cage caused wood shavings to catch on fire. People who live in this […]

  • ‘Heroes’ lead officers to Texas girl abducted while walking with her mom, police say

    FORT WORTH, Texas – Authorities rescued a Texas 8-year-old Sunday after a vigilant duo saw the Fort Worth Police Department’s description of the car suspected in her kidnapping and went hunting for it, police said. Standing in front of the WoodSpring Suites in the suburb of Forest Hill, a beaming Buddy Calzada, spokesman for the Fort Worth police, told reporters that the pair, members of a local church, found the grey Ford Five Hundred in the hotel parking lot. “As […]

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