Florida man dead after diving in underwater caves

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:32 PM

Man Goes Diving In Underwater Caves And Dies

A 50-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend, officials said.

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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. 

"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. 

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Trump explodes on Twitter, demands new review of 2016 investigation

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

Venting his frustration in a series of tweets on Sunday, President Donald Trump again demanded to know how the Justice Department, FBI, and Obama Administration handled questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying he would request a new review specifically to see if an investigation was opened for ‘political purposes’ involving his campaign.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” the President said.

It was one of a number of tweets where Mr. Trump flashed aggravation with the investigation into questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections this weekend, as he repeated his charge that the feds had gone easy on Hillary Clinton and Democrats, while focusing investigative resources on his own campaign.

What seemingly set off Mr. Trump on Sunday was a report in the New York Times, which said Donald Trump Jr. had held a meeting at Trump Tower in the months before the elections, to hear an offer of help from emissaries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“The Witch Hunt finds no Collusion with Russia – so now they’re looking at the rest of the World,” the President tweeted.

The President’s call for a review of how the FBI handled questions about Russian interference is already the subject of a review inside the Justice Department – it wasn’t clear how this request would be dealt with by officials.

“There are rules,” said Carrie Cordero, a former Justice Department national security lawyer, who is now a professor at Georgetown University Law School.

In Congress, Democrats saw the President’s tweets as a signal of one thing – that he’s worried about what investigators are finding out about the 2016 probe, as they raised questions of whether the President is trying to exert political pressure on the Justice Department.

“The President has sent 8 tweets in 5 hours on Hillary and the Mueller investigation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “He is unhinged.”

“A President who has nothing to hide would not have done another series of tweets this Sunday Morning smearing the DOJ investigation,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

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Barber throws man who complained about haircut through window

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:26 PM

Man Thrown Through Window After Complaining About Haircut

A man got more than his hair cut, when an argument with the barber over the style led to the man getting thrown through a glass window, police said. 

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The 33-year old victim was not satisfied with his haircut Thursday and threatened not to pay, according to the New York Daily News. In response, the barber at Levels Barbershop, in Brooklyn, pushed the man, who fell through the shop’s front window.

"He didn't see the push coming. All his body weight went through the window," Free Small, 39, another barber at the shop, told the Daily News. “I would have fixed the dude's hair for him for free. Especially if I knew it was going to be a problem." 

The barber who pushed the man then fled the shop. Other barbers at the shop said they do not know the man’s name or how to reach him, according to the Daily News

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Santa Fe High School victims: Exchange student, substitute teacher among those killed

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

WATCH: Victims of Santa Fe High School Shooting

An exchange student and a substitute teacher are among the victims of a mass shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, Texas, where 10 people were killed and 10 injured when a gunman opened fire at the school.

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Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher doted on her dog Kallie and was a beautiful, smart, funny and talented girl, her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Houston Chronicle. She turned 16 the same month she was killed.

Rodriguez told The Los Angeles Times that her 16-year-old daughter "had 4 months of problems from this boy (the gunman).”

"He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no," the Times reported, citing a private message from Rodriguez.

Rodriguez told The Associated Press that the week before the shooting, Fisher "stood up to him" by "embarrass(ing) him in class." Rodriguez gave no other details, the AP reported.

On Facebook, Rodriguez said she created a fundraiser in her daughter’s memory.

“i want to help teachers and parents (be) more aware of teens and their mental state,” she wrote. “My daughter was the most sweet and shy young lady. She never hurt anyone. 

“This boy. i cant even do this. i cant even finish this. it isnt even fair. i have to stay strong for Kaylenn, her younger sister. My heart is being ripped out. My baby is gone. i cant even go into her room.”

Sabika Sheikh

Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, 18, was among the nine students killed in the massacre, according to news reports. 

Sheikh came to the United States as part of the YES program, which was established by Congress after 9/11 and is funded by the State Department.

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The program provides scholarships for high school students from majority Muslim countries to spend an academic year in the U.S. They go to school, live with host families, learn about American values and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

The Pakistani Embassy in Washington confirmed Sheikh’s death to CBS News. 

Sheikh was scheduled to return home next month.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an official statement Saturday on the death of Sheikh.

 

Ann Perkins

Substitute teacher Ann Perkins, 64, happened to be teaching Friday when gunfire erupted at the school. She is the only teacher killed in the massacre.

She’s described as a “beloved teacher,” who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Chris Stone

A junior at Santa Fe High School, Chris Stone was one of the victims of Friday’s shooting rampage, according to ABC 13.

He was a student in an art class at the school, which was the first target the gunman attacked.

Stone was among several students who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering their art classroom, freshman Abel San Miguel, who was in the class, told The Associated Press. 

 

Cynthia Tisdale

Cynthia Tisdale was a teacher’s aide at Santa Fe High School, her family told CNN. 

Her niece, Leia Olinde, said the family was notified of her death Friday night.

Her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, posted on Facebook that Cythnia Tisdale was a member of the Anchor Bible Baptist Church in Pharr, Texas.

“We are all heart-broken,” John Tisdale wrote.

Kimberly Vaughan

KImberly Vaughan was in art class when shots rang out Friday morning. Her mother, Rhonda Hart, announced on Facebook that her daughter was one of the children who did not make it.

"She is in heaven," Hart said. "I am heartbroken."

Later on Facebook Hart urged people to “Call your damn senators. Call your congressmen.

“We need gun control. We need to protect our kids,” she wrote.

Jared Black

Jared Black, 17, really liked comic books, his uncle, John Conrad, told KHOU. Conrad said his nephew loved to draw his own artwork.

Black’s birthday party had been scheduled for Saturday, family members said.

Black loved playing Minecraft on Xbox and Pokémon Go on his cellphone, they told the Chicago Tribune.

Aaron Kyle McLeod 

Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15, a freshman who went by Kyle, could always be counted on to make light of any situation, close friend Kali Reeves told the Chicago Tribune

"He was never one to be a sad or down person, he always had to joke or laugh about things," Reeves told the Tribune. "He was just outgoing and super sweet. He definitely didn't deserve this."

Christian Riley Garcia

Family members told KHOU that 15-year-old Christian Riley Garcia, who hoped to enlist in the military after high school, “died a true hero.”

"From what we've gathered thus far he got in front of other students and barricaded the door," his aunt, Sarah Saunders told KHOU. "He laid down his life so others could have a chance."

Saunders said Christian hoped to enlist in the military when he became of age. He felt it was his calling to serve others.

"He had the biggest heart and the biggest chunk of ours feels to have left with him,"d Saunders said.

On Facebook, Crosby Church, which Garcia attended, announced it would have a memorial service Monday to remember Garcia and the others killed in the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken to see such deep loss of so many precious individuals,” the church wrote. “We will especially be lifting up (Garcia’s) family -- mother Shannon, father D J little sister Candace who are a part of our body, our family, our church.

Angelique Ramirez

Family members confirmed to KHOU that Angelique Ramirez was among the victims in the shooting.

Sylvia Pritchett, who identified herself as Ramirez's aunt posted on Facebook that "with a broken heart and a soul that just can't process all this right now, I have to announce my niece was one of the fatalities."

Ramirez’s family told KHOU that the student “was creative beyond belief.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, near Houston. (Galveston COunty Sheriff’s Office/AP)

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Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM

Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)
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Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)(gfx)

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 

Original:

The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

 

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.

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