5-year-old Florida boy writes Santa, seeks new heart for baby sister

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 2:32 AM

A 5-year-old boy in Florida left a letter for Santa Claus with a special request.
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A 5-year-old boy in Florida left a letter for Santa Claus with a special request.(Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

A 5-year-old Florida boy had a special request in a letter he wrote to Santa Claus: a new heart for his baby sister.

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Isaac Vargas left his note for Santa at the Christmas on the Square celebration in Live Oak, WCTV reported. His 2-month-old sister, Ray Lynn, was born with a rare heart condition and is in the hospital, waiting for a transplant.

Workers cleaning up after the event found the letter from Isaac, WCTV reported, and decided to organize a special visit from Santa for the boy.

Suwannee County first responders and local businesses surprised Isaac’s family with gifts and well wishes, WCTV reported.

Suwannee Fire Rescue shared photos of the special surprise to Facebook:

While cleaning up after Christmas on the Square, a letter was stumbled upon from a boy named Issac to Santa. Most...

Posted by Suwannee Fire Rescue on Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, in labor with royal baby

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

Third Child Coming for Prince William, Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London and is in the “early stages of labor,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday.

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On, off rain showers expected for the afternoon 

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini times out the showers we will track this week.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Showers return today
  • Staying mild this week
  • Drying out towards end of work week

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: A dry morning with clouds increasing. Showers are expected this afternoon, which means your drive home will likely be a wet one and you’ll want to give yourself some extra time. Temperatures reach around 60 degrees, which is close to normal and it’ll be breezy with off and on showers/downpours through the day and night.

TUESDAY: Rain showers return through the morning. Mostly cloudy and breezy for the day as highs peak in the upper 50s. A stray shower or two linger into the late afternoon and evening.

>> County-by-County Weather 

WEDNESDAY: Any early showers end quickly, so expect dry time for the rest of the day. Broken clouds will allow for some sunshine and highs reach around 60 degrees again.

THURSDAY: A nice day with some sunshine and dry conditions. More sun returns in the afternoon with highs in the low 60s.

FRIDAY: A dry start to the day with plenty of sunshine. It’ll become breezy in the afternoon with highs in the middle 60s. A passing rain shower is possible in the evening as well. 

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1 in custody after pursuit suspect crashes, flees on foot

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

SCENE: Crash ends Dayton pursuit, suspect arrested

UPDATE @ 4 a.m: One person is in police custody after leading police on a pursuit and crashing on Webster Street in Vandalia. 

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The pursuit started when the suspect fled a traffic stop at Main Street and Maplelawn Drive in Dayton. 

“Initial reports indicate he was going 100 plus”, said Sgt. Dallas Root of the Ohio Highway State Patrol.

The OSP trooper initially chose not to pursue the vehicle for safety reasons, however, during a routine patrol the  suspect vehicle passed a trooper in the area of Needmore Road and Interstate 75.

A second traffic stop was attempted, and the suspect fled north on Interstate 75. The suspect then got off at Benchwood Road, got on southbound I-75, exited the highway at Wagner Ford Road, got back on northbound I-75, exited the highway at Benchwood Road a second time, then turned east toward Webster Street.

Troopers backed off due to speed and the curvy road. 

The vehicle then crashed in the area of Webster Street and Wyse Road around 2:45 a.m.

The suspect, who was described as “extremely intoxicated,” attempted to flee police, but was quickly captured after a perimeter was set up. 

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He was being examined by medics on scene and was taken to Montgomery County Jail. The driver, who has not been identified, is being detained on charges of fleeing, eluding, OVI and other charges.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Butler Twp and Vandalia police assisted.

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Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 5:34 AM

File photo of a Walmart sign.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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File photo of a Walmart sign. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on.

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According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to intervene," KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested.

Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man.

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Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said.

"A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen," Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. "We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day."


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