Officials pinpoint cause of exploding manhole covers in Detroit

Published: Thursday, August 03, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

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Authorities raced to the Greektown neighborhood of Detroit Wednesday night after receiving multiple calls from concerned citizens about exploding manhole covers.

One manhole cover flew 10 stories into the air, landing on the roof of a hotel, WXYZ reported. A restaurant and hotel were evacuated due to the smoke created by the explosions.

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DTE Energy told WXYZ that an "underground cable failure" caused pressure to increase and led to the blown manhole covers.

No injuries were reported. 

Repair work is ongoing, DTE Energy officials said.

Officer charged with sexual assault after fathering child with 15-year-old

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

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A police officer who fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl was suspended without pay and charged with aggravated sexual assault, according to the Camden County Prosecutor.

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Det. Rafael Martinez, 32, had sex on multiple occasions with the girl from September 2016 through Aug. 18, according to The Star-Ledger.

Martinez admitted he was the father and signed the baby’s birth certificate when the child was born in mid-August, according to the Ledger. A DNA test confirmed he is the father, according to the Ledger.

Martinez, who had worked four and a half years with the Camden County Police, was charged with aggravated sexal assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He could face up to 15 years in jail.

Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 10:39 PM

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Bruce Maxwell is the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bruce Maxwell faced the flag, put his hand over his heart and took a knee when the national anthem began to play.

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Maxwell, the Oakland A’s rookie catcher, became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel before a game, doing so Saturday in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments about players peacefully protesting during games. 

“Don't be surprised if you start seeing athletes kneeling in other sports now,” Maxwell tweeted, foreshadowing his own actions. “Comments like that coming from our president. WOW! Inequality is being displayed bigger than ever right now as our president shows that freedom of protest and speech is not allowed. This now has gone from just a Black Lives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for their rights.”

Maxwell was hit with a foul ball Wednesday and was not in the lineup Saturday because of the league’s concussion protocol. The team said it supports Maxwell’s decision.

"The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive,” the team said on Twitter. “We respect and support all our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Maxwell, the son of a military family, took to social media earlier in the day after Trump’s comments that NFL players who kneel in protest should be off the field and fired. Trump also took aim at the NBA when he rescinded an invitation to the White House to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and the team for winning the league’s championship.

Maxwell, who is black, was born in Wiedbaden, Germany, when his father was stationed there with the Army. Maxwell started his protest in opposition to Trump and to show solidarity with NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem.

“Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump's response to a number of professional athletes' totally peaceful, non-violent protests,” Matt Sosnick, Maxwell’s agent, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.”

Trump continues railing against protesting NFL, NBA players

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

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Outrage from some of the country's top athletes isn't enough to sway President Donald Trump after he rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House and used incendiary language talking about NFL players who peacefully protest during games.

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Trump generated controversy early Saturday with Curry after the former NBA MVP said he had no intention of visiting the White House after his team won this year’s NBA championship. Trump responded that Curry wasn’t invited anyway.

At a political rally in Alabama Friday night, Trump called out NFL players who were protesting by sitting out the national anthem, saying that he would love to see an NFL owner “get that(expletive) off the field.”

In the time since, Trump has been called out by athletes across the NFL and the NBA, who expressed their frustrations with the president. Trump was not swayed, however, as he continued tweeting against protesting players Saturday afternoon.

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem," Trump tweeted later Saturday. "If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

Vodka spill: Truck carrying 40,000 pounds of liquor tips over

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 9:38 PM

Truck Carrying 40,000 Pints of Vodka Bend, Crashes and Spills

Don’t cry over spilled ... vodka? A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of vodka rolled over in Interstate 70 in Clayton, North Carolina.

And the load was so heavy that when crews tried to put the trailer back on its wheels, the bottles of booze bent the truck’s body, WRAL reported

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Crews had to remove each box of vodka from the truck by hand nearly 12 hours after the crash, The Associated Press reported.

Police said that the driver, Johnathan Davis Crissy didn’t secure the load and it shifted when he navigated a turn, WRAL reported.