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Published: Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 4:55 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 7:13 AM
SARASOTA, Fla. — An early morning storm system generated as many as four tornadoes in Florida early Sunday morning, according to preliminary storm reports from the National Weather Service. Early reports indicated at least two people died as a result of the storm.
In Manatee County, two people died and a child was in serious condition after a tornado destroyed a mobile home, the Suncoast News Network reported.
The victims were later identified as Kate Wilson, 51, and Steven Wilson, 58. Steven Wilson was killed immediately. His wife, Kate Wilson, died from a heart attack after being taken to a local hospital.
Preliminary reports from NWS showed a structure apparently collapsed in Duette.
No other fatalities were immediately reported.
According to NWS, three other tornadoes were reported in Sarasota County, although it was not immediately clear whether they were indeed three separate incidents. County officials said power went out to thousands of people but no major injuries were reported.
The storm caused structural damage to several condominiums on Siesta Key and downed trees, powerlines and signs, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Winds were estimated to have reached 70 mph in Sarasota, according to NWS preliminary storm reports.
Sarasota Fire Rescue reported multiple rescues throughout the area, mainly in Siesta Key, according to WTSP.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
HOUSTON — Approximately 1,500 guests are expected to attend former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston Saturday.
Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.
About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported.
The service will take place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush will deliver a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham will also speak during the 90-minute service and musical selections will be performed, The AP reported. A procession will follow, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University. The procession will go through Houston’s Memorial Park, which was beloved by the Bushes. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported.
Notable guests will include first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning to include all types of romaine lettuce. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
The CDC also asks consumers to “not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”
Additionally, the CDC suggests that consumers throw away any romaine lettuce in the home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
At least 31 people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.
No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.
The CDC has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.
People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.
DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.
To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:17 PM
— A wallet lost in 1972 has been found by a work crew in Wenatchee who is updating part of the Wentachee, Washington, pool facility.
Wenatchee World says the wallet, owned by Harry LaRue, contains some family pictures, and a Boy Scout Card. The World says it estimates that LaRue was about 10 when he lost the wallet and that he lived in East Wenatchee.
The wallet was found behind the boys’ lockers at the city pool by a city crew who was updating the changing room.
A reporter from the World tried to find LaRue, but has been unable to.
After seeing the World's Facebook post, someone who knows a man by the same name said she contacted him and he was calling the city, who has the wallet.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:49 PM
ATLANTA — A man convicted of murder Friday left a courthouse in Atlanta, before the verdict could be read.
Verlaine Laguerre, 26, was found guilty in the killing of Matthew Hardeman, who was 19 at the time of his death.
After a long legal battle, Laguerre and Prentice Baker were convicted of Hardeman’s murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison, plus five years. But Laguerre didn't show up to hear the verdict.
“I was just fearful. Just fearful. I just said, ‘Lord have mercy,’” Gloria Hardeman said.
She said that she still has faith that the system will bring complete justice for her and her family.
“I hope the system continues to work to capture him, that he won’t do no harm to himself or nobody else,” Hardeman said.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said Laguerre's whereabouts are unknown at this time and he is considered a fugitive.
After so many years of waiting, Hardeman said she will have to wait a little longer to see the man who killed her son behind bars where he belongs.
“It’s been a long time. Praying and crying. Praying and crying, but like I say, we held on,” Hardeman said.
On Oct. 15, 2011, Hardeman and Laguerre got into a physical fistfight outside Hardeman’s Lakewood Terrace home in southeast Atlanta.
Police said it all started because of "dirty looks" between the two. At the end of the fist fight, Laguerre took off, telling Hardeman he was coming back with his "red eye," referring to his gun.
Shortly after the fight, Laguerre came back with his accomplice, Prentice Baker. When Hardeman appeared, Baker opened fire, hitting him multiple times. Laguerre also shot Hardeman with an assault rifle. Police say a third man, who hasn't been identified yet, also fired shots. In total, Hardeman was shot 50 times. His family found him dead in the front yard of their home.
“He wasn’t just but 19, and he hadn’t begun to start his life, and it’s hurting me dearly," Gloria Hardeman said Friday night.
Matthew Hardeman made a name for himself as a high school football star at Avondale High School in DeKalb County. He then went to Cal State Fullerton on a football scholarship.