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Concerned citizen posts photo of dog locked in hot car on Facebook

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1:55 PM
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An observant citizen with social media savvy helped save a dog’s life at a Texas water park.

According to this KPRC report, Xochitl Dalton spotted a yellow Labrador retriever inside a car in the Splash Town water amusement park located in Spring, in the Houston metropolitan area. The dog appeared to be hot and the window was barely rolled down for air.

The temperature at the time was over 90 degrees, but investigators say that inside the car the temperature could have been as high as 140 degrees.

Dalton sprang into action, calling police and posting photos of the trapped dog to the Facebook pages of several animal rescue organizations in the area.

The community response was immediate, with people bringing bricks and hammers to break the windows, if necessary, to free the overheated dog.

Fortunately, a park worker spotted the commotion and managed to get his hand inside the window opening. He unlocked the door and rescued the panting dog. 

The owner was not located until after the amusement park closed. He was not identified, but he was charged with animal cruelty and booked in the Harris County Jail.

The dog received a health evaluation and is being taken care of by local authorities.

Possible serial killer on loose; Florida police link 3 separate murders

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

A  Tampa police officer sits in his patrol car at an abandoned building. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a possible serial killer, who has already left three people dead over the past 11 days. 
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A  Tampa police officer sits in his patrol car at an abandoned building. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a possible serial killer, who has already left three people dead over the past 11 days. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A possible serial killer is on the loose in a Florida community. 

Three people have been murdered in a Tampa neighborhood over the past 11 days, the victims did not know one another, but police have now linked the killings, according to news reports. 

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The latest victim, 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, got on the wrong bus after work Thursday night and ended up in Seminole Heights, a southeast Tampa neighborhood,  where he was shot and killed.

“He took the wrong bus to this neighborhood; he should not have been to this neighborhood ... he was going to another bus stop and he did not make it,” Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a press conference.

The other two victims — Benjamin E. Mitchell, 22, and Monica C. Hoffa, 32, — also were shot and killed nearby just days earlier. 

Victims of a possible Tampa, Fla., serial killer include, Monica Caridad Hoffa, left, Anthony Naiboa, center, and Benjamin Edward Mitchell.(Tampa Bay Crime Stoppers)

“This is very frustrating,” Dugan said. “I go from frustration to anger (over) these unsolved homicides, and now we have someone terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happening,” he said.

Tampa police have released video of a person walking in the area where Mitchell was murdered and are warning people not to walk alone at night. 

CBS News reported that on Friday night residents of the neighborhood took to the streets marching and chanting: "Whose streets? Our streets!"

A $25,000 reward is offered for tips leading to an arrest in the case. 

Young father killed by rock thrown from overpass; teenagers arrested

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

A Genesee County Sheriff's Office investigator takes photos from an overpass on I-75 above the scene of a traffic fatality on Oct. 18 where a driver died after he was stuck by a large rock thrown from the freeway overpass. 
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A Genesee County Sheriff's Office investigator takes photos from an overpass on I-75 above the scene of a traffic fatality on Oct. 18 where a driver died after he was stuck by a large rock thrown from the freeway overpass. (Terray Sylvester/AP)

Michigan authorities are investigating the death of a young father killed Wednesday night when a large rock thrown from an Interstate 75 overpass north of Flint in Genesee County hit his windshield, according to WDIV-TV.

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Police took several teenagers into custody Friday for questioning in the death of Kenneth Andrew White, 32, of Mount Morris, who was driving home from his construction job when the incident happened, local news outlets reported.

At least four other cars had been struck by at least 20 rocks thrown off the overpass and had pulled over before White’s van was hit, police said

The victim’s fiancée, Amy Cagle, had to tell their 5-year-old son that his father wasn’t coming home, WDIV reported.

"He was a good man and a good father," Cagle said.

She said she couldn’t understand how such a “senseless act, for it to be just a rock,” could “take him so soon.”

"I just don't understand what a person could be thinking to even want to do something like that," White’s sister, Alicia Waskoski, told WDIV.

Genesee County Sheriff's officers investigate the scene of a traffic fatality in Vienna Township, Mich. where a driver was killed when a rock thrown from an overpass on Interstate 75 north of Flint, hit his windshield.(Terray Sylvester/AP)

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"To know they're putting lives in danger by just throwing rocks (from the overpass)."

The White family is collecting money GoFundMe page to help with medical and funeral costs.

Man kills 416-pound wild boar in front yard of suburban Houston home

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Two wild boar cubs are pictured here. The boars grow up to become major nuisances in parts of Texas where a Houston-area man just shot a huge boar in his backyard.
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Two wild boar cubs are pictured here. The boars grow up to become major nuisances in parts of Texas where a Houston-area man just shot a huge boar in his backyard.(DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

Wild boars are considered a pest in Texas, where the animals can cause significant property damage.

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So when Joe Clowers spotted a massive boar in the backyard of his suburban Houston home last weekend, he did what plenty of Texans do, he shot and killed it, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Clowers sent a photo of the 416-pound beast to the Gregg County Game Warden.

He also shared a photo of himself standing next to the huge animal. 

>> Related: Man kills 820-pound wild hog found in his front yard

Wild boar are a big problem in rural Texas and they’re increasingly showing up in suburban areas now, the Chronicle reported.

Hippo photo bombs engagement proposal

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

Fiona The Hippo Photo Bombs Special Moment

Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s beloved baby hippopotamus, helped celebrate the engagement of #TeamFiona fans.

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The couple were in line to snap a picture on their one-year anniversary earlier this month when Nick Kelble surprised Hayley Roll by getting down on one knee and proposing while Fiona photo-bombed the special moment at the zoo’s Hippo Cove.

Kelble, a University of Cincinnati student, and Roll, a recent Bowling Green State University grad and radiology tech at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, have loved Fiona from the start, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

“We are huge #TeamFiona fans and have been following her since she was born,” Roll said, WCPO reported. “We’re so happy Fiona could be there on our special day. Here’s to many more years of going to zoos with you,” Roll posted on Instagram.

One zoo staff member cropped the photo and quipped that Fiona thinks she’s the one getting engaged. Another said Fiona would need a much bigger ring for one of her toes.