Passengers horrified after blood seeps out of cruise ship elevator

Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 @ 1:14 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 @ 1:55 PM

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The last night of Matt and Susan Davis’ dream family vacation was anything but magical when a horrifying image confronted the couple as they were heading to dinner.

The couple was aboard the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy when they turned a corner to board an elevator to the 10th floor of the ship.

To their horror, blood was pouring from an elevator and pooling in the carpet in front of the elevator doors.

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To Matt Davis, it looked like a scene from a horror movie.

“To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping was (like) a real life scene of ‘The Shining,’” Matt Davis told Fox 4.

Davis said crew members were hustling passengers away from the scene, and you can hear in the video one of them say, “Please come inside.”

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Forty-five minutes later, a sign went up in front of the covered elevator that read, “Sorry, but I’m not working at the moment.”

Matt Davis speculated about what may have happened.

“A crew member or somebody was inside or behind that wall when the elevator came down, and I don't know what happened, but something terrifying happened,” Davis said.

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A Miami-Dade Police spokesperson confirmed the crew member was 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opaz, an electrician aboard the ship who was working on the elevator when the deadly incident occurred.

The couple said Carnival offered to pay for counseling sessions for the family.

“I couldn’t wait to get off the ship. I just wanted to get off,” Davis said.

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Diplomas temporarily stripped from 2 students who wore military cords at graduation

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:42 AM

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Two North Carolina students said they had their diplomas taken away because they wore military cords around their necks at graduation.

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The two graduates wore the special cords during graduation to symbolize their enlistment in the U.S. Army.

Their celebration turned to punishment after they wore their cords Friday at West Bladen High School in Bladen County, located in eastern North Carolina.

A school administrator said they broke the rules because their cords weren't pre-approved.

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"Ms. Kelly came up to them and asked them if she could see the diplomas, and they handed them to her and she kept them," a mother, Wendy Paris, said. "I don't have a problem with rules and policies, but some of them are ridiculous."

Paris said she was able to get her son's diploma back the day after graduation.

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21-year-old drowned trying to save child at the beach, family says

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:05 AM

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Friends and family of a 21-year-old Cartersville, Georgia, man who drowned at Florida's Panama City Beach over Father's Day weekend say he died a hero.

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Tony Jackson Jr. was on vacation swimming with friends when a strong current pulled him under.

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WSB-TV's Michael Seiden spoke with Jackson's friend, Muhammad Qasim, who was at the beach with him and witnessed the accident. 

Qasim told Seiden that just before they planned to leave, Jackson had turned back in the water to try to save a child who had fallen off a float.

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“I was right next to him in the water, but when he tried to go toward the kid and the wave hit him, the wave just dragged him back 10 feet," Qasim said. "There was nothing I could’ve done.”

Rescue crews recovered his body two hours later. 

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Jackson's family is now trying to raise enough money to fly his body back to Georgia so they can bury him. They say it will cost around $1,700. 

“The main thing is to just get him home; that’s the biggest thing," said Jackson's mother, Latanisha. 

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She hopes the public will step up to help. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses. They hope to raise $10,000 to pay for transportation and funeral arrangements. 

In the meantime, the family is remembering a man who they believe risked his life to help a complete stranger. 

“He had a big heart. He would do anything for anybody,” Latanisha told Seiden. 

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“He was a hard worker and he would do anything," Qasim said. "He would literally give the shirt off his back for anybody.”

Qasim says there was no warning posted about dangerous conditions in the water. A spokesman for the Panama City Beach Police said red flags were flying before the drowning, warning swimmers not to get in. 

Qasim says that isn't true. 

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17-year-old shot, killed by police in Pennsylvania

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot.
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A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot.

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According to the Allegheny County Police Department, the vehicle the teen got out of matched the description of a vehicle seen near a shooting that occurred in North Braddock around 8:20 p.m.

An officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department was handcuffing the driver when two males ran from the car, authorities said.

One of those males was the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

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The Allegheny County Police Department is asking the other person who ran away from the vehicle to turn himself in "so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred."

The victim in the North Braddock shooting, a 22-year-old man, was treated for his injuries and released from an area trauma center.

The Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit is investigating both incidents. 

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2 Georgia men drown over Father’s Day weekend in separate incidents in Gulf of Mexico

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:09 PM


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Two men from North Georgia drowned in separate weekend incidents off Panama City Beach, police said.

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Eugene Spann, 67, of Atlanta, was declared dead after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, authorities said.

The body of Tony Orlando Jackson, 21, of Cartersville, was found Sunday afternoon about two hours after he was caught by a large wave, according to police.

Police and emergency workers took over life support efforts from bystanders when they found Spann unresponsive on the beach behind a motel short after 11 a.m. He was taken to an emergency room on the beach, where he was pronounced dead.

A search effort involving several agencies eventually found Jackson’s body. Police originally responded to a call about a swimmer in distress about 2:30 p.m.

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Police said surf flags were at the red “high hazard” level when Jackson drowned. That was up from the yellow “medium hazard” designation at the time of Spann’s death.

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