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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.

Florida boy dies of rabies after bat scratch, school officials say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

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Bat in tree (stock photo). (Photo credit: Henry ... / Freeimages.com)(Henry ... / Freeimages.com)

A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.

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The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.

The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”

Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be. 

He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.

As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving. 

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"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said. 

Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.

But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.

A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.

Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.

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The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.

"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool. 

GoFundMe account was also set up for the family. 

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WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM

A man dropped the child from the third floor. (Credit: DeKalb County Fire and Rescue)
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue
A man dropped the child from the third floor. (Credit: DeKalb County Fire and Rescue)(DeKalb County Fire and Rescue)

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

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Texas man charged in plot to kill players, fans during Steelers game

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:59 AM

Yuttana Choochongkol. (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)
Yuttana Choochongkol. (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

There was a slight scare ahead of Sunday’s Steelers game at Heinz Field after police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill players and fans at the game.

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Authorities arrested Yuttana Choochongkol, 40, who is from San Antonio, in Texas.

Investigators said the man made several threats online, sending them to the director of security at Heinz Field.

“The Steelers game will be packed, and that's when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life," Choochongkol wrote.

The Steelers issued a statement regarding the threats. 

“We take all threats seriously and turned over information to the FBI and the City of Pittsburgh police,” said spokesman Burt Lauten. “We are thankful law enforcement was able to identify and track down the individual to make an arrest."

Ex-postal worker burned 20 tubs of mail for over 6 months

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

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A postal worker pleaded guilty Friday to burning at least 20 tubs of mail at his home over the course of six months, the U.S. attorney’s office said

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Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, pleaded guilty to use of delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee. 

Thompson took mail from his rural route in Elmer to his home to burn from Dec. 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017, according to officials. 

He faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is in April.