Police, school officials praise high school seniors’ prank as ‘one of best’ ever

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Police Department Praises 2018 Senior Prank

The seniors at a Wisconsin high school showed their smarts, and their senses of humor, this week with a prank that even had the local police force praising their cunning. 

At first glance, it appeared that a car had crashed into the side of Cumberland High School, leaving a gaping hole in the brick façade near the principal’s office. Bricks were strewn everywhere as the back half of the car jutted out of the building.

It was all a sham.

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“Nice work, seniors,” Cumberland School District officials said Monday on the district’s Facebook page. “You had everyone a little nervous this morning!”

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The students placed the back half of a junk car up against the building and used tape and a black tarp to create the illusion of a hole in the building, district officials explained. 

“The best part? This prank included absolutely no damage at all to school property, which is why police singled it out,” the district’s Facebook post read. 

Police officials called the prank “one of the best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen.”

The department’s Facebook followers agreed, sharing the post thousands of times. Several people commended the teens on their “good, clean fun,” while others lamented that their own senior class hadn’t thought of the prank themselves. 

One man puzzled over how the students pulled it off unnoticed.

“I’m curious as to how they got the car into position without someone stopping them?” the man wrote

A police official responded that the prank was done around midnight, but that it did get noticed afterward. 

“It was called in as a crash by a subject that works across from the school,” the response stated. “When (the) officer arrived, he realized it was the prank and laughed at the kids.”

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Toddler drowns in babysitter's pool, twin brother hospitalized, deputies say

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM



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A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.

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The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.

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She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.

First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.

Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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'I'm just lost': Relatives talk about losing 9 family members in duck boat accident

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

9 Members of Same Family Among 17 Killed in Duck Boat Accident

A metro Atlanta man told WSBTV that he is “just lost” after losing nine of his relatives in a duck boat accident on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake on Thursday.

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“I don’t know. I can’t place it. I can’t imagine it,” Gary Coleman told WSBTV. “We’ve had a death in the family — one or two. Not a whole family at one time.”

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Gary Coleman and his wife, Carolyn Coleman, who live in Riverdale, said it doesn’t seem real.

There were 11 Colemans on the duck boat and only two survived, Gary Coleman said. He said they were on an annual family trip. WSBTV learned the family wasn’t supposed to be on that specific duck boat, but a ticket mix-up is why they were on board.

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Early Thursday, he released a photo of eight of the relatives who died in the accident. Gary Coleman said everyone in the photo except for the woman on the far left, Tia, and the teenage boy on the far right, Donovan, died in the accident, according to WSBTV.

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“I’ve just been looking at this picture all day,” he told the news station.

The family is from Indianapolis. Gary said the deceased include two of his brothers, Butch and Ray, his niece Angela, his nephew Glen and his grandnephews Maxwell and Reese. Butch’s wife, Belinda, also died, as did two young children, who Gary Coleman didn’t name. 

Tia and Donovan Coleman were the two survivors.

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The accident killed 17 people and injured 14 when the boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old.

Gary and Carolyn Coleman question why the boat went out at all.

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“My biggest question is why did that boat go out? They had thunderstorm warning all day coming through Kansas and Missouri,” Gary Coleman said.

Though the loss of nine family members is devastating, they’re trying to find solace through their faith.

“We’re just going to trust and keep faith in God that he can soothe our spirits because this isn’t easy,” Carolyn Coleman said.

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Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting 

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Cardiologist for Former President George H.W. Bush Killed in Bicycle Drive-By Shooting

A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.

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The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.

Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.

Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

The suspect in the shooting is still at large, CNN reports. He is described as a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man, wearing a tan baseball cap, grey jacket, khaki shorts and riding a light-colored mountain bicycle. 

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Marine son stationed overseas surprises firefighter father for his birthday

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Perry Clanton hugs his son, Marine Corps. Cpl. Matthew Clanton, after he was surprised at a birthday celebration in Lancaster, South Carolina, on Friday, July 20, 2018.
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Perry Clanton hugs his son, Marine Corps. Cpl. Matthew Clanton, after he was surprised at a birthday celebration in Lancaster, South Carolina, on Friday, July 20, 2018.(WSOCTV.com)

A Marine stationed in Norway traveled around the globe to surprise his father in South Carolina on his birthday.

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The two reunited in an emotional moment at Friday’s celebration for Perry Clanton, an assistant volunteer fire chief, in Lancaster, South Carolina. Family and friends gathered for the occasion at the Buford Fire and Rescue building.

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Clanton thought he was doing an interview with WSOCTV, but instead, his son, Cpl. Matthew Clanton walked into the room.

“I’m so proud of him, to have him home,” Perry Clanton said. “No one told me anyone would be here. (It) truly is a gift.”

Perry Clanton was also honored for his work in the community with diabetes. His father-in-law died from complications of diabetes a few years ago, and Clanton was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. He lost more than 100 pounds to get healthy and urged others to do the same.

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“He's always been there for me,” Matthew Clanton said. “If this is one thing I can do for him, to be here for him, he’s one of my big heroes that I look up to.”

Matthew Clanton gave his father a plaque, with a proclamation calling the day “Perry Clanton Day."

“When you finally reach that moment, get diabetes managed, you want to share that,” Perry Clanton said.

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