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Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 1:34 PM
PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Nearly a day after a catastrophic train derailment in Washington state, family, friends and colleagues are remembering a man who was a lifelong enthusiast of rails and public transit.
Pierce County Transit officials identified Zack Willhoite, one of the company’s employees, as one of the three people killed when Amtrak Cascades train 501 went off an overpass and dangled above Interstate 5 in DuPont.
“The entire Pierce Transit team was deeply saddened to learn that one of our employees was a victim of the Dec. 18 Amtrak train accident,” a statement from Pierce County officials said.
“IT Customer Service Support Specialist Zack Willhoite has been a Pierce Transit employee since 2008. He has always been deeply appreciated and admired by his colleagues, and played an important role at our agency. He will be sincerely missed. Our thoughts are with Zack’s family, as well as the families of the other victims, during this very difficult time.”
"He was an advocate for better transit for all." Zack Willhoite loved rails and public transit. He was killed during the catastrophic train derailment.Posted by KIRO 7 News on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In a Facebook post sent to KIRO 7, friends and family said they searched for Willhoite for hours on Monday. The post said Willhoite was with his best friend on the inaugural run of train 501 Monday, which took place along a new bypass that was created by refurbishing freight tracks.
When the train went along a curve before the overpass -- hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit, according to the National Transportation Safety Board -- it jumped the tracks. The screech and clang of metal was followed by silence, then screams, as the injured cried out to rescuers and motorists who pulled over and rushed to help.
More than 70 people were injured, 10 of them seriously.
Pierce Transit Advisory board member Chris Karnes wrote about the devastating crash that killed a “rail aficionado.”
It's heartbreaking to hear that @PierceTransit employee and rail aficionado Zack Willhoite did not survive the derailment. He helped our advisory committee with IT issues, and behind the scenes he was a writer and advocate for better transit for all. He will be missed.— Chris Karnes 🌹 (@TacomaTransit) December 19, 2017
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:37 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:37 AM
SAN DIEGO — Two police officers reportedly were shot and injured late Saturday in San Diego, California.
Here is the latest information:
Update 1:43 a.m. PDT June 24: KNSD’s Omari Fleming reports that investigators are unsure whether the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was killed by officers.
HAPPENING NOW: Disturbance w/violence call results in 2 policemen shot, 1 seriously injured according to #SDPD Chief. Suspect is dead. Chief says man police smelled smoke called fire department. When they went into apartment suspect opened fire. #NBC7 1/2 pic.twitter.com/5mk1yf3EEo— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) June 24, 2018
Rolando Shooting Contd. Firefighters scattered outside Rolando Apartment. Police went in shooting. Chief says it’s not known at this time if suspect was killed by police gunfire or took own life. Chief says they’ve made calls to the apartment before. #NBC7 2/2 pic.twitter.com/9SjHTB0NuY— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) June 24, 2018
KSWB’s Andrew Luria tweeted that “hundreds of rounds may have been fired” in the shootout.
Sounds like this was a major shootout. As many as hundreds of rounds may have been fired off between the walls/doors. It’s unclear if suspect was shot in head during that by SDPD officers, or if it was self-inflicted.— Andrew Luria (@AndrewLuria) June 24, 2018
Update 1:07 a.m. PDT June 24: The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the suspect is dead. According to the newspaper, “a police dog went in and bit the suspect on the leg” after a robot searched the apartment.
“After getting no response from the man, police determined he was dead shortly before 1 a.m.,” the Union-Tribune reported.
Update 1 a.m. PDT June 24: According to KSWB’s Andrew Luria, one of the wounded San Diego police officers “is currently in surgery with a life-threatening injury” after being shot in the chest. The second officer suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder but is “expected to be OK,” Luria tweeted.
#BREAKING Update: just learned one of the officers shot tonight was hit in the shoulder and expected to be okay, but the other was hit in the chest and is currently in surgery with a life-threatening injury.— Andrew Luria (@AndrewLuria) June 24, 2018
Update 12:26 a.m. PDT June 24: According to KFMB reporter Steve Price, the shooting suspect “appears to be down” and has “head trauma.”
KSWB’s Andrew Luria reported that the suspect had been “wearing body armor.” Officers sent a robot into the apartment where he had been hiding, police said.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the suspect was “possibly deceased.”
The wounded San Diego police officers’ condition was not yet known, Price tweeted.
#BreakingNews: 2 SDPD officers injured in shooting in Rolando Village area. Suspect fired through a wall. No condition update yet on officers. Suspect appears to be down in an apartment with head trauma.— Steve Price (@SteveNews8) June 24, 2018
A robot had been sent in to the shooter’s apartment. Appears he was wearing body armor, and has suffered trauma to the head.— Andrew Luria (@AndrewLuria) June 24, 2018
Update 12:01 a.m. PDT June 24: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, police said a gunman shot at officers through a wall at an apartment complex off Rolando Court. A SWAT team was at the scene, where the suspected shooter was still inside the building, police said.
The newspaper reported that officers had taken another man into custody about 11:20 p.m. PDT but “ascertained within moments that he was not the shooter.”
Emergency personnel rescued a firefighter from the building after the two wounded police officers “and at least one firefighter were pulled out of the building on a ladder,” the Union-Tribune reported.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
— A California woman is jailed on charges related to the death of her 18-month-old toddler inside a hot car, according to Mendocino County authorities.
Deputies were called to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California, Wednesday afternoon after the death of a young boy identified as Chergery Teywoh Lew Mays.
Scott, a resident of Humboldt County, went to visit friends in Willits around 3 a.m. Wednesday, leaving the boy inside the car for hours.
“It is believed the child was left unattended in the back seat of the vehicle with the windows rolled up for about 10 hours,” Porter said.
The temperature was about 80 degrees in Willits when the boy was found around 1 p.m., but officials told KTLA-TV it was more like 130 degrees inside the car.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
LEXINGTON, Va. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night.
TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.”
A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave.
Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.”
Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the “Hate Plate”. And appetizers are “small plates for small minds” https://t.co/rHEVdcQwwh— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides.
While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:09 AM
— At least 25 people were hurt in an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, police said Sunday.
BREAKING: German police say 25 injured, four severely, when an explosion destroyed a building in the western city of Wuppertal.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 24, 2018
According to The Associated Press, four victims were hurt "severely" in the blast and ensuing fire late Saturday at a "several-story building." The other victims suffered slight injuries, the AP reported.
"It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building," police said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle. "The rescue efforts are ongoing."
Authorities are looking into what caused the blast, the AP reported.
UPDATE: 25 people have been injured in an explosion in Wuppertal, 4 of them severely.— dwnews (@dwnews) June 24, 2018
The cause of the blast is under investigation.https://t.co/SangxPK9Wo