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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — A 16-year-old girl was killed when the utility terrain vehicle in which she was riding crashed and went into a lake, authorities said.
Kate Jones, 16, of Athens, was submerged when the UTV rolled into the lake on private property, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said on Facebook. The incident happened about midnight.
A deputy and a firefighter dived into the water, which was about 10 feet deep, and freed Jones from the vehicle, Berry said.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry announces that a 16 year old young lady died last night around midnight in a UTV...Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Four other people were in the vehicle when it crashed. One of them is being treated for serious injuries at an Athens hospital.
The crash was in the 5000 block of High Shoals Road in Bishop.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:22 AM
PETALUMA, Calif. — The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition is getting underway at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and this year, fans around the world can vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.
The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition takes place Saturday, June 23, after each contestant struts their stuff down the red carpet.
This year’s #WorldsUgliestDog pre-contest entertainment will be a dog show extravaganza! Don't miss it on Saturday right before the World's Ugliest Dog Contest! In the meantime, vote for your favorite pup: https://t.co/hB84inYinu #SonomaMarinFair pic.twitter.com/7VzQBtRafl— Sonoma-Marin Fair (@SonomaMarinFair) June 20, 2018
The California fair tradition dates back 30 years. Most of the World’s Ugliest Dog contestants are up for adoption and the event helps raise awareness of pet rescue and adoption.
Past winners have been rescued from animal shelters and puppy mills.
Last year’s winner was Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff who was being fostered by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Group.
Martha has since been adopted.
The first place winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Competition wins $1,500 and the grand trophy. The second place winner will receive $1,000 and third place will be granted $500.
One dog will also be awarded the Spirit Award, which highlights one special dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provided service in the community -- such as visiting nursing homes, reading at local libraries with children or spending time with patients in hospitals.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:57 PM
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A two-year old trapped under a massive pile of rocks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was released from the hospital Saturday, thanks to a police officer with a unique talent.
It turned out the responding Portsmouth officer, T.J. Potter, had previous experience as a professional stone mason and specialized in historical foundation repair.
Potter's experience helped him accurately assess the danger the child was in and properly remove the slabs from on top of the child.
"[It was] a five man stone or a five man block which indicated that you would need four to five people to life it and set it on a wall, and we have done stones like that and built with stones like that, so I knew we could lift it by hand," Potter said.
"I think that was the main concern – can we lift it off the boy?"
Authorities responded to 325 Little Harbor Road after a distress call about a 2-year-old trapped under a pile of rocks.
When officers arrived, they found the boy pinned between large slabs of stone.
The boy had been playing on top one of the stone slabs with his grandfather when the slab he was standing on dislodged. The child fell forward and was trapped by the slab, which came to rest on his head.
The stone slabs are being used to build a foundation for a seawall and each slab is estimated to weigh several hundred pounds.
The situation was highly delicate, police said, because one of the stone slabs was resting on the child's head, and could have given way at any moment, putting the child at risk of sustaining the full weight of the stone on his head.
After a coordinated effort by police and firefighters, rescuers freed the boy in about nine minutes.
The child's parents were able to keep him calm as first responders worked their way around the stone slabs and rescued him.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
DECATUR, Ga. — Metro Atlanta police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a teenage girl in a possible road rage incident Wednesday at a busy intersection in Dacatur.
Janae Owens, 17, was in a car with her mother at a red light Wednesday evening when police said a man in a black car opened fire, killing Owens and injuring her mother.
Decatur police arrested a man identified as Simmie Rishcard Reed late Friday night after an anonymous tip. Reed has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Owens’ family recently moved from Shreveport, Louisiana, to metro Atlanta for a better life, WSB-TV reported.
Investigators told the news station the gunfire was aimed at Owens’ mother, who was driving the car.
The woman’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Owens’ twin sister was sitting in the back seat and was not injured in the shooting, according to WSB.
Police think road rage may have fueled the gunfire, but Sgt. John Bender told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the motive is still unknown.
Police said although Reed is behind bars, it is still an ongoing investigation.
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Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Funeral services for four Orlando children killed during a 21-hour police standoff with their mother’s boyfriend were held Saturday.
The funeral marked a difficult day for the family of Dove Lindsey, 1, Aiden Lindsey, 6, Lillia Pluth, 10, and Irayan Pluth, 12.
The day also proved too emotional for the children's mother, Ciara Lopez.
"I remain stuck in that one night, that one night where everything changed, standing outside that apartment, waiting for different news," she said in a statement.
Detectives believe Gary Lindsey, 35, shot the children either shortly before or after police officers came to the door of his apartment June 10 in response to a domestic battery call from Lopez. She had escaped the apartment.
Lindsey fired at the responding officers, seriously wounding Officer Kevin Valencia, who remains in a coma. Lindsey was then holed up in the apartment for almost a full day. Officers found him dead in a closet when they entered the apartment the following day.
The children were found in their beds, police said.
Some of the officers who worked during the standoff went to the service.
"It's heartbreaking to see, obviously a small casket, with an infant inside," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Lindsey was Lopez’s boyfriend and the mother of all four children. Lindsey was the father of two of the children.