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Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:20 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY — A panic attack had a happy ending for an Oklahoma mother, who is relieved to be celebrating Christmas with her family intact.
Sophia Reed’s teenage son, who had been missing for a week, was actually preparing a heartwarming Christmas surprise, KFOR reported.
Reed was frantic when her 13-year-old son, Diauris, disappeared, KFOR reported. Reed had just moved her family to an Oklahoma City apartment, using funds that included money earmarked for Christmas.
“What little Christmas money we had, you know, to pay my security deposit for here” Reed said.
Reed was unaware that Diauris was collecting cans for refund money in order to buy his mother a gift, KFOR reported.
“I was afraid he was going to get in trouble,” said Reed’s daughter, Deneisha, who suggested the money-making idea. “I was very afraid he was going to get in trouble. I just didn't want to say anything because it would blow the whole thing."
“I just wanted to do something for my mama,” Diauris said.
The boy went home after he saw police officers and told them what he was doing.
The story touched Officer Roland Russell, who began inviting other officers to meet the family, KFOR reported. Then the officers raised $800 and bought the family Christmas and housewarming gifts.
“Most of the time when I see the police it's like, bad stuff,” Diauris told KFOR. “Up here I guess it's changed, good.”
“They caught us at the right time and we are so grateful,” Reed told KFOR.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:41 PM
BAY LAKE, Fla. — What happens when you meet your favorite Disney character for the first time?
Check out what happened Friday night when Atlas, a service dog, saw Pluto for the very first time up close at Walt Disney World.
With his friend recording, Julian Gavino took his Golden Retriever to meet Pluto Friday night at Epcot.
Gavino told ABC News until this past week, Atlas only knew of Pluto as a giant stuffed doll, because he has one at home that "he loves so much."
But the two hit off when they met as real live dogs.
Gavino posted the video on Facebook and wrote "Atlas was more than excited to meet his best pal look alike."
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. — Fayette County funeral home director is facing charges for allegedly stealing $284,000 from clients -- mostly seniors -- who pre-paid for their own funerals.
Stephen Kezmarsky, III, 50 was arrested and charged with taking the money from 51 clients for funeral expenses at the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, officials said.
HAPPENING NOW: AG @JoshShapiroPA announces 84 felony charges against Fayette Co. funeral home director Stephen Kezmarsky, who allegedly stole $284K in prepaid funeral expenses from clients. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/TFI7P7Uc09— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) January 22, 2018
Instead of putting the money in escrow accounts as required by law, Kezmarsky is accused of misappropriating the money by mixing the funds with his business and personal accounts, officials said.
Investigators said Kezmarsky used the funds for business expenses and for personal use, including purchasing airline tickets and alcohol.
Kezmarsky is also accused of filling out applications for funeral insurance policies for clients, but never sending the money or applications in for processing.
Kezmarsky and the funeral home filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and the funeral home has since been sold.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
— Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games -- one a comeback, the other a blowout -- gave us the lineup for the Super Bowl that will pit the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Quarterback Tom Brady, with 12 stitches in his hand, led the Patriots in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to put them in the Super Bowl for a record 10th time.
Philadelphia didn’t need a comeback, the Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings' touchdown on the opening drive, winning the NFC championship 38-7.
Super Bowl LII (52), with all its pageantry, commercials and parties, is set for Feb. 4
Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LII:
When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Who: The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
National anthem: Pink will sing the national anthem
Halftime entertainment: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
What time: 6:30 p.m. ET
What channel: NBC will broadcast the game
Odds: The Patriots are favored by five points, according to OddsShark.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:32 PM
— A 50-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend, officials said.
Davin Brannon, 53, of Dover, was diving in the Eagle’s Nest cave around noon Saturday when Hernando County Sheriff officials were called about a diver in distress.
By the time crews arrived at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, north of Tampa, Brannon was dead, officials said.
Media Release— Hernando Sheriff (@HernandoSheriff) January 20, 2018
Re: Dover Man Dies at Eagle’s Nest
January 20, 2018
The Hernando County Sheriff Office is... https://t.co/TAGDW9uaBc
"They weren't planning to explore any deeper than the first room of the cave when the incident occurred," sheriff’s office spokesman Michael Terry told WTSP. "We don't know if he simply drowned or if he had a heart attack, it's hard to tell at this point."
The medical examiner has been called in to determine the exact cause of death.
Eagle’s Nest underwater caves is the site of other recent drownings: two divers drowned in 2016 and another in January 2017, according to WTSP.