Watch: North Korean guard makes dramatic defection

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:22 AM

Korean People's Army soldiers stand guard at the MDL, which is the border between the two Koreas.
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Korean People's Army soldiers stand guard at the MDL, which is the border between the two Koreas.(Baron Reznik/FlickrVision)

South Korea announced on Nov. 13 that an unnamed soldier defecting from the North was rescued and taken to a hospital after he was found shot in the shoulder and elbow in the border village of Panmunjom.

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A dramatic video of the 24-year-old, identified only by his last name, Oh, escaping North Korea, is fascinating to watch.

Officials in South Korea said that the escape took place after the North Korean guard abandoned his post and tried to escape. CNN reported that this was the third defection of a North Korean soldier this year and that there had only been four such defections in the past five years.

South Korean officials added that the soldier was in such a bad spot they needed to crawl to save him. Part of the video shows this.

“The defector was urgently transferred to a hospital in a helicopter of the United Nations Command, and there was no exchange of fire with our side,” a South Korean ministry official told Reuters. “Since it was an area exposed to the North, we had to crawl toward there to get him out.”

It’s not clear at this time how high-ranking the soldier was in Kim Jong-un’s army, but we do know he was in the military for eight years and was a vehicle driver.

The video shows multiple North Korean soldiers firing at Oh. He was shot at least five times.

The lead surgeon in South Korea said Oh is “not going to die” from these wounds, ABC News reported.

ABC News said it appeared North Korea violated the 1953 Armistice Agreement signed by the U.N., North Korea and China by firing guns across the military demarcation line and by physically crossing the line.

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2 Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:22 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:49 AM

Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, left, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, right, a seven-year veteran, were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on Thursday afternoon,
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Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, left, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, right, a seven-year veteran, were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on Thursday afternoon,(Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday, shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant as they shared a meal, The Gainesville Sun reported. The man who allegedly shot the Gilchrist County deputies was found dead in a car outside the restaurant, authorities said.

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Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at 3 p.m. when they were shot, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida. Deputies responding to the shooting found Highnote dead from a gunshot wound, the statement said.

Ramirez was a seven-year veteran and was married with two children, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

Schultz called the shooter “a coward,” while Bill Cervone, state attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit, called the act “inexplicable.”

"It appears (the shooter) just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It’s inexplicable ... people will want to know why and we may never have an answer for them," Cervone told the Sun.

“Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were the best of the best,” Schultz said at a news conference. “They’re men of integrity, they’re men of loyalty, they are God-fearing and they loved what they did. We are very proud of them.”

Schultz added that he did not want to make his remarks political, but said “What do you expect when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized?”

The shooting was not prompted by any incident in the restaurant, the Sun reported.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was “heartbroken.”

"It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police," Scott said.

President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted their condolences.

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Parents file $750,000 lawsuit against Tennessee trampoline park

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:49 AM

A Tennessee couple filed suit against a trampoline park.
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A Tennessee couple filed suit against a trampoline park.(Fox13Memphis.com)

A Tennessee family filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Cordova. 

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Two parents filed the lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court last week on behalf of their son, who was injured on a rope course at the park in September 2017. 

“He was given a harness by an employee, and after he had the harness on he was told he was ready to go,” the family claims in the complaint. 

“(The child) was going up the climbing pole to the top, he fell off, landing on the ground below sustaining serious injury to his legs,” the lawsuit continues. “Employees failed to secure the lanyard rope, which was designed to prevent patrons from falling.”

The child fell 12 to 15 feet. According to the complaint, he is “permanently disabled.”

A spokesman for Urban Air Trampoline provided a statement in a voicemail. 

“Urban Air is committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety to our guests and employees,” the spokesman said. “We focus on meeting and exceeding industry standards in our training and operating procedures."

Urban Air representatives would not discuss the specifics of the lawsuit, but did say the family signed a waiver. 

The waiver warns parents of potential risks that can result in injury, including minor injuries, serious injuries, and “catastrophic injuries.”

After signing the waiver, parents also acknowledge Urban Air will not pay for medical expenses.

“Participant acknowledges that the protected parties will not pay for any cost or expenses incurred by participant if participant is injured,” the waiver says. 

Neither the family nor their attorney have returned messages requesting additional comment.

The family claims Urban Air employees failed to do their jobs, and Urban Air failed to adequately train employees on safety precautions, among other allegations.

The family is suing the adventure park for $750,000 in damages to cover “all past, present and future medical expenses associated with treatment of his medical condition.”

The money would also cover lost wages, since the parents said they “lost time from work” because of the fall.

Nationally, injuries at trampoline parks are an “emerging concern,” according to a study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study found a “significant” increase in patients visiting emergency departments due to injuries at trampoline parks, as the recreational trend becomes more popular in cities across the U.S.

“Additional investigation and strategies are need to prevent injury at trampoline parks,” the study concluded. 

Tim Ware, a parent in Shelby County, said employees at the indoor parks need to remain focused. 

“I want every employee looking at my daughter the same way they would look at a family member of theirs,” Ware said. “Say, ‘Hey, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to make sure this kid is safe.’”

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One in custody after OSP pursuit on I-75 in Miami County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

A pursuit that occurred on northbound I-75 in Miami County ended with one suspect in police custody, officials say. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police investigate reported robbery at Piqua Kroger

The pursuit started at the 67 milemarker and ended at the 73 milemarker early Friday morning, per initial reports.

The pursuit did not end in a crash and no injuries were reported, per officials.

Police also reportedly had someone at gunpoint on a ramp near where the pursuit ended.

We’re working to learn if a passenger reportedly fled, as officials were reportedly looking for an individual in the area where the pursuit ended. 

We’ll continue to update this story with more details. 

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Freeze Warning in effect; temperatures climb into weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Freeze warning in effect south of I-70 until 9 a.m.
  • Sunshine returns today
  • Warming up through the weekend

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Today: It will be a chilly morning with temperatures in the 30s with frost expected to develop, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. We’ll see sunshine through the day. Temperatures will finally get closer to normal again with highs in the upper 50s. It will be a clear and chilly night.

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Saturday: It will be a nice start to the weekend. The day looks to be dry, but clouds will likely increase for the afternoon. Highs will be around 60.

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Sunday: It will be another beautiful weekend day with highs in the low 60s, which is right where temperatures should be. There will be plenty of sunshine.

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Monday: Temperatures will continue to climb as highs reach the mid-60s. Clouds will increase and thicken up into the evening. A passing rain shower at night can’t be ruled out.

Tuesday: We’ll see scattered, mild rain showers. It will be breezy and cloudy. Highs will be around 60.

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