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Winter storm up north causes headaches for Orlando passengers

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 9:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 9:02 AM


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A winter storm in the northeast has canceled almost 8,000 flights nationwide, and the storm’s effects are being felt by travelers at Orlando International Airport.

With 60 million people in the massive storm’s path, each of the major airlines has grounded all flights to New York City.

The cancellations had parts of OIA looking more like a slumber party than an airport.

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Among those sleeping in a terminal was traveler Mayker Campous, who said he would wake up every five to 10 minutes before dozing off again because he was sleeping in a chair.

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“We (slept) here all night because our flight was canceled,” he said.

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Campous said he hopes to depart on time Wednesday.

Some airlines have waived fees or offered vouchers for the inconvenience.

>>Delta Airlines cancels more than 900 flights due to storm

JetBlue said it will waive change/cancellation fees and pay for fare differences for customers departing from a list of cities affected by the storm, including New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

JetBlue customers have until Sunday to rebook their flights. They may opt for a refund if their flight was canceled, the company said.

Not all airlines are as accommodating, passengers said, so officials said customers should contact individual airlines to ask if anything is being offered.

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Man intentionally drove through restaurant, killed 2, including deputy daughter

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:01 PM

Man Accused of Intentionally Driving Through Restaurant, Killing 2

Families were sitting down for a comfortable Sunday lunch when chaos ensued at a Gaston County restaurant.

Two people died and others were injured when a man drove his car into a Gaston County restaurant just after noon.

Police said the driver of the car, Roger Self, was taken into custody.

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Police said after their initial investigation, they believe Self, of Dallas, drove the car through the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City intentionally. 

Wait staff told our partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then went back out to his vehicle and drove at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.

Officers said one of the victims was identified as Self’s daughter, Katelyn Self, 26, who worked with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.

Other family members were also injured, according to police.

"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the Sheriff's Office, because we're suffering right now."

Caleb Martin, who is just 14 years old and buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.

"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."

Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw.

He said that momentarily he didn't know what to do but then sprang into action.

"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."

Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who used to work for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.

Police said all of the victims, and Roger Self, are known to the employees.

"He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.

This is a developing story. Check back with WSOCTV.com for updates.

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Royal wedding: Official photos of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle released

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Portraits Released

The British royal family on Monday released official photographs taken after Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in a highly anticipated ceremony in England over the weekend.

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The couple wed at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, nearly two years after they met when a friend set them up on a blind date in London.

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Kensington Palace officials released three photographs from Saturday taken by Alexi Lubomirski after thousands of people greeted the newlyweds on a carriage procession.

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Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Markle ahead of their nuptials Saturday.

>> Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding,” royal family officials said in a statement. “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world.”

WATCH: Royal Procession after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Marriage

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Florida couple takes Walmart scooter for joyride to dive bar, police say 

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

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A Florida couple stole a motorized shopping cart from Walmart and took it on a joyride down the street to a nearby dive bar, police said. 

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Jeffrey Robert Sabiel and Santa Marie Walters took the scooter Thursday from a Largo Walmart and drove it about a mile east to Jimmy’s Sports Bar, where an officer found the cart parked out front, according to WFLA

The couple at first denied taking the cart, but soon admitted to it, investigators said. 

They were both arrested and charged with grand theft, according to jail records. They were released on $2,000 bond.

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Houston police chief says he's 'hit rock bottom' after Santa Fe school shooting 

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

Houston police chief Art Acevedo posted on his Facebook page that he has hit “rock bottom” after 10 people were killed and 10 others hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School.
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Houston police chief Art Acevedo posted on his Facebook page that he has hit “rock bottom” after 10 people were killed and 10 others hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School.(Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for gun reform, after 10 people were shot and killed and 10 more hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

>>Read: Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school.

Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday. 

>>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack

In the post on his Facebook page, Acevedo said that he has hit “rock bottom” after this deadly shooting.

“Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” Acevedo posted. “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”

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School resource officer John Barnes was injured in Friday’s shooting. He remains in critical condition, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) tweeted Saturday.

 

According to CNN, Barnes is a former officer with the Houston Police Department.

Acevedo also called “shame” to those in power who are not speaking out against gun violence, in a post on Twitter.

 

Acevedo has been vocal about gun control in the past. According to CNN, Acevedo urged others to join him to change legislation after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last year were 58 people were killed. 

Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the department. Before that, he was chief of the Austin Police Department, according to the Houston police department website

He was sworn in as Houston police chief in 2016.

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