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Texas church shooting: 8 relatives, pastor's daughter among victims of shooting

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

Victims Of Texas Church Shooting

At least 26 people were killed after a gunman opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Here’s what we know so far about the victims. 

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U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington seriously hurt in wrong-way crash

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington is in the hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car wreck Friday night.
Kathryn Ziesig, AP
South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington is in the hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car wreck Friday night.(Kathryn Ziesig, AP)

Katie Arrington, a Republican congressional candidate in South Carolina is in the hospital with serious injuries after she was involved in a deadly wrong-way car crash Friday night.

Arrington was traveling in the passenger seat with a friend, when another driver traveling in the wrong direction hit their car, WSOC reports.

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The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington’s car, her friend Jacqueline Goff, also sustained serious injuries.

Arrington and Goff were driving to Hilton Head, where Arrington was scheduled to receive an award Saturday morning, her campaign posted on Twitter.

Arrington has suffered a fracture to her back, broken ribs and a partial collapse of a main artery in her leg.

She will have undergo surgery and will require more procedures and weeks of recovery, CNN reports.

Arrington is alert and recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina and her family is by her side.

President Donald Trump expressed his sympathies to Arrington via Twitter.

Arrington defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid last week.

Sanford also expressed his well-wishes to Arrington on Twitter.

Arrington’s Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, announced Saturday morning that he's suspending his campaign out of respect for Arrington's recovery.

“As we all know, Katie Arrington is an extremely strong woman and has tremendous faith and an incredibly supportive family," her campaign said on Twitter.

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Death of Memphis soldier at Florida training camp is suspicious, family says

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Cayln McLemor died after participating in a land navigation exercise at a military camp in Florida.
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Cayln McLemor died after participating in a land navigation exercise at a military camp in Florida.(Clay County Sheriff's Office)

A soldier who disappeared from a National Guard base in Florida has been found dead in a wooded area of Camp Blanding, WHBQ reports.

Specialist Cayln McLemore’s death is now considered an “undetermined death investigation,” officials said.

McLemore’s sister and cousin told WHBQ they think authorities are keeping information from them. 

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“They smiled in our faces and didn't even tell us he was dead,” his sister, Cura McLemore, said. 

McLemore was participating in a land navigation assignment on Wednesday. It was a military training class of the Basic Leader Course at Camp Blanding's 211th Regiment Regional Training Institute.

He was last seen around 11 a.m. and did not return, authorities said.

Canines, mounted patrol and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, helped Clay County Sheriff's Office search for McLemore.

Some of McLemore's equipment -- water, food, paperwork and a tool to navigate -- was located by search teams.

Cura McLemore told WHBQ that authorities told the family that he had died -- but not how.

“I want my brother back with me,” Cura McLemore said. “That's my best friend. The only friend I have.”

Shannon Mayes, McLemore’s cousin, said something isn’t sitting right with her, after they found out McLemore had a cell phone on him. 

“Why he didn’t use that cell phone?” she said.

The family told WHBQ they suspect something is being covered up, because they cannot figure out why he wouldn’t make any calls if he knew he was in danger. 

“How can a cell phone go dead?” Mayes said. “You would have made a call when you feel like something is wrong.”

Nothing has indicated anything suspicious about McClure’s disappearance or that he's AWOL, authorities said.

Officials believe he may have become disoriented and dehydrated in the heat.

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Man who allegedly owes $30k in child support admonished by sheriff on Facebook

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:56 PM

Sheriff Takes to Facebook to Admonish Man Who Allegedly Owes $30K in Child Support

At first glance, a Facebook post from the Gwinnett County sheriff’s office in Georgia seems normal.

“Our deputies are looking for 40-year-old Michael Glenn Hovis, who's wanted by police for probation violation,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.

Around the third sentence, things take a turn, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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“We're certain that his children will appreciate any information you can provide to help us find him since they want to eat and keep a roof over their heads,” officials said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hovis owes more than $30,000 in child support, too.

After asking those with information about Hovis’ whereabouts to call the sheriff’s office, authorities address him directly.

“Mr. Hovis,” the sheriff’s office said, “if you see this post, you should consider turning yourself in. It's never too late to start doing the right thing.”

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Police make arrest in 1986 child murder

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Arrest Made in 1986 Child Murder

suspect was arrested Wednesday in the 1986 child murder case of Michella Welch.

Gary Charles Hartman, 66, was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He's expected to have a bail hearing Thursday, and KIRO 7 will be there. 

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Welch was 12 years old when she disappeared after she and her younger sisters visited Tacoma’s Puget Park on March 26, 1986.

Her body was found in a gulch after police conducted a search. 

In 2016, using technology called DNA phenotyping, Tacoma police and the Virginia-based company Parabon Nanolabs produced computer-generated composites using evidence found after the murders of Welch and 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian.

Welch was found in Tacoma's Puget Park in March 1986, Bastian five months later in Point Defiance Park. Both had been raped and murdered. 

At first, police thought both murders were the work of the same man, until 2013, when a re-examination of evidence proved there were actually two different killers. 

Earlier this year, Jennifer Bastian's suspected killer was also arrested.

That suspect was detained out of state and taken to Washington for prosecution. Officials with the Illinois State Police said they helped apprehend the suspect in Bastian's killing, identified as Robert Washburn.

In court documents, Pierce County prosecuting attorney Jared Ausserer said Washburn first became a suspect when he called police in May of 1986 about a composite sketch released of a suspect in the murder of Welch.

Washburn called police after the suspect sketch was released, saying he saw a similar-looking man while jogging in Point Defiance Park. 

He told police he jogged in the park as often as twice a day, Ausserer said. 

In 1986, a special task force was formed to investigate the murders of Welch and Bastian.

"There are remarkable similarities (in the murders of Welch and Bastian)," KIRO 7 reporter Karen O'Leary said on-air that year. "She and Jennifer were about the same age. Both were riding bikes when they disappeared. Both were found in north Tacoma parks."

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