3,900 evacuees from the Bahamas have come to south Florida

Maimi (CNN)About 3,900 evacuees escaping Hurricane Dorian’s devastation in the Bahamas have been processed through south Florida by air and sea, officials said. The number includes US citizens, legal residents, Bahamians and people from other countries who evacuated the islands after the storm hit. It does not include first responders or volunteers. And it does not include traffic from Nassau stemming from normal business operations. It’s not business as usual for the 2,800 employees she manages, Sabatino said. Extra officers have been on hand to process evacuees and in cases of emergency the process has been expedited. “We are very sympathetic. It is devastating what happened in the Bahamas. And our efforts have been in making sure that these people …

American Airlines mechanic accused of attempted sabotage of flight with 150 on board

(CNN)A mechanic for American Airlines appeared in court Friday after he was accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner shortly before it was set to take off from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas with 150 people on board. “Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers,” investigators say in the complaint. The court documents say Alani told investigators that he was upset over a contract dispute between union workers and the airlines, and the dispute had cost him money. Alani allegedly explained that he tampered with the aircraft so he could get overtime working on the plane. As the plane went down the runway and pilots increased power to the …

R. Kelly’s trial date on sexual misconduct charges is set for April

(CNN)Embattled singer R. Kelly is set to go on trial next spring on sex misconduct charges. The singer was in court for Wednesday’s hearing and seemed to be in good condition but did not speak. Kelly was moved out of solitary holding and into “population,” his attorney, Steve Greenberg, tweeted Tuesday. Kelly was ordered last month to remain in custody pending his trial. “Robert has had no trouble with other inmates, and I don’t expect him to,” said another Kelly attorney, Mike Leonard. “If he leaves, they’ll probably miss him.” Kelly also faces a variety of federal charges including kidnapping and sexual exploitation in New York and state charges of prostitution involving a minor in Minnesota. The allegations go back …

Chick-fil-A adds mac and cheese to the menu

(CNN)America’s favorite restaurant chain just added to its menu for the first time in three years. Chick-fil-A is one of the most profitable restaurant chains in the country, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. It generated $10.6 billion in annual sales, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks. The company is also known for its customer service, even helping one customer change a flat tire last month. Original Article : HERE ;

Tennessee inmate escapes from prison where a top official was found dead

(CNN)Authorities in western Tennessee are searching for a inmate who escaped Wednesday, the day a longtime corrections official was found dead in her home on the grounds of the prison. “Rest assured that we will find this offender and bring justice to the family of Debra Johnson,” Commissioner Tony Parker of the Tennessee Department of Correction said. “Debra is known as a very dedicated, professional correctional employee respected both by the offender population and the people who work for our department.” Tennessee officials have issued a blue alert — only the third since the designation’s inception in 2011 — which is done when a law enforcement officer is killed, sustains life-threatening injuries or is missing. The West Tennessee State Penitentiary …

Nine states ban large-capacity ammunition magazines, but Ohio is not one of them

(CNN)A gunman who killed nine people and injured dozens more in a matter of seconds in Dayton, Ohio, legally obtained his gun and ammunition, according to police. Biehl called it “fundamentally problematic” for the gunman to have such a high “level of weaponry in a civilian environment, unregulated.” But only nine states have laws banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, and Ohio is not one of them. Most states and the District of Columbiaenacted those laws in response to mass shootings, said Ari Freilich, a staff attorney with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Large capacity magazines enable shooters to fire repeatedly without having to reload. They have been a recurring feature in some of the country’s deadliest shootings, from Columbine …

Oklahoma boy, 8, accidentally shoots twin in the hand, police say

(CNN)An 8-year-old Oklahoma boy who “got a hold” of his parents’ handgun accidentally shot his twin in the hand Friday morning, Midwest City police said. Fire rescue teams arrived about 7:40 a.m., said David Richardson, a Midwest City Fire Department spokesman. The injured child was alert on the way to the hospital, Richardson said. Original Article : HERE ;

‘I even cry wondering if I will walk the streets again.’ A mother describes the cold reality of evading ICE

(CNN)Francisca Lino looked out her bedroom window at about 11:10 p.m. Friday. The street looked like it always did at that time of night, a few vehicles parked on a well-lit street in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. “Could it be ICE?” she feared. Lino is undocumented and the mother of four US citizens. And for nearly two years now, she has been living on the second floor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago’s west side. In 2017, she decided to take sanctuary after immigration officials told her to pack her bags and show up at a downtown federal building with a one-way ticket out of the country. Instead of following orders from immigration agents, she followed …

One dead and 15 injured in house explosion in California

(CNN)One person is dead and 15 more are injured, after a house in Murrieta, California, exploded Monday afternoon. Cedric Williams, SoCalGas vice president of construction, said a preliminary investigation showed that the contractor did not call 811 before digging, as the law mandates contractors to do. Williams also said there was not an open ticket for the contractor’s work. Roads in the area are closed and residents are being kept away, according to Murrieta Police. Murrieta is about 70 miles north of San Diego. Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Murrieta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer’s last name. Original Article : HERE ;

Mackenzie Lueck’s body has been found, police say

(CNN)The body of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been found in a canyon north of Salt Lake City, police said Friday. Police said at that time they had searched Ajayi’s home and property. Neighbors told police they saw Ajayi using gasoline to burn something in his backyard on June 17 and 18, Brown said last week. A subsequent search of the burn area yielded “several charred items that were consistent with personal items of Mackenzie Lueck,” Brown said. Police also discovered charred material that was determined to be female human tissue consistent with Lueck’s DNA profile, he said. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who earlier this week was granted an extension to file charges against Ajayi, …

A lightning strike during a South Carolina holiday celebration leaves one person dead and 11 hurt

(CNN)A lightning strike killed one person and left several injured during a Fourth of July celebration in South Carolina. Andrews Mayor Frank McClary was celebrating the holiday with his family when the lightning struck. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this,” the mayor said. “We did lose a young man, and that is a horrible thing. “We are going to have to be aware of what goes on with these pop-up thunderstorms.” McClary said the county has an emergency operations center that sends out early warnings, but workers there did not anticipate the storm to be as violent as it was. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Three people were stabbed and 16 others were trampled trying to leave a fireworks display in Chicago

(CNN)Three people were stabbed and 16 others were hospitalized after being trampled while exiting a fireworks display at Navy Pier, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. This a developing story. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

More than 3,000 motorcyclists ride through New Hampshire to honor the seven bikers killed in a June collision

(CNN)Thousands of motorcyclists rode across New Hampshire on Saturday to honor seven bikers killed in a collision with a pickup truck in June. The seven victims of the June crash were Marine veterans and their spouses — members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club for honorably discharged corpsmen. They were traveling west on Route 2, on their way to a charity event, when a pickup truck crossed into their lane from the opposite direction, killing them, according to a criminal complaint. The truck driver, 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, pleaded not guilty to seven charges of negligent homicide. In the days following the accident, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation revealed Zhukovskyy had received an intoxicated driving charge in Connecticut in May, which should …

Maleah Davis’ stepfather changed his story about her disappearance, police spokesman says

(CNN)A stepfather’s account of how a 4-year-old Houston girl was abducted “changed multiple times,” and detectives with one of the investigating police departments believed the story “did not add up,” a police spokesman says. But Vence’s story changed multiple times during his interview with Sugar Land police, one of the agencies involved in the case, Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph told CNN on Wednesday.

Thanks to DNA sleuths, a Jane Doe killed 37 years ago might finally get a headstone with her name on it

(CNN)For 37 years the woman’s remains have been in a lonely, nameless grave at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. “This is an incredible story, and I am extremely proud of the work done by everyone who took part in this case over the past three decades,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said.

Alabama ex-investigator pleads guilty to beating handcuffed man

(CNN)A former Tallassee police investigator pleaded guilty to assaulting a handcuffed 24-year-old man after his arrest. White said the government gave them a fair offer and after talking to his family and praying about it, Smirnoff came to the decision to plead guilty — which he says what not an easy decision. Smirnoff told the judge that he “went beyond what he should have done and what he was sworn to uphold,” White said. “It is especially important in a climate of distrust between law enforcement and the public, that officers act ethically and within the bounds of the law,” said US Attorney Louis V. Franklin for the Middle District of Alabama. “He violated this young man’s constitutional rights and …