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Coast Guard says boat collision in Massachusetts leaves 1 person missing

The Coast Guard conducted a search for a missing person following a reported boat collision off Fall River in Massachusetts, authorities said.

The Coast Guard announced the search Saturday night and said that one person had been rescued.

The incident happened near Spar Island in Mount Hope Bay around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Falls River Herald News reported.

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“There was two of them on the boat that got ejected from the boat,” witness Fatima Desausa told WPRI-TV.

She said the person who was rescued was given CPR and the person who was missing was wearing a red life jacket.

COAST GUARD SUSPENDS SEARCH FOR FIREFIGHTERS LOST AT SEA AFTER FLORIDA FISHING TRIP

WJAR-TV reported speaking to a person who said he and his friend were out on the water in their speed boats when they hit a wave.

He said two of his friends wound up in the water.

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A powerboat could be seen being towed to shore after the incident, the station reported.

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Lightning strike kills runner in Kansas participating in event at park

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A runner was struck and killed by lightning during an event at a park in southeast Kansas on Saturday as storms were reported in the area.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place in Elk City State Park near the town of Independence, located about 116 miles southeast of Wichita.

Elk City State Park officials confirmed to FOX23 a runner was fatally struck at the park in Montgomery County, Kan.

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The Montgomery County Chronicle reported the runner was participating in an event at the park when they were struck by lightning and died as of result of their injuries. Officials told KAKE they will release additional information on Monday after they notify family members of the person who died.

The National Weather Service Wichita had warned that the region was under the threat for another round of showers and storms on Saturday morning, with some likely to be strong or severe.

The region where the deadly lightning strike took place was under the greatest threat for severe weather, according to forecasters.

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The incident was the first lightning fatality in Kansas since 2012, according to data from the National Weather Service. The death marked the 18th lighting fatality in the U.S. this year, according to the NWS.

Lightning typically strikes tall objects such as trees and skyscrapers because their tops are closer to the base of the storm cloud, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory.

“However, this does not always mean tall objects will be struck. It all depends on where the charges accumulate,” according to the agency. “Lightning can strike the ground in an open field even if the tree line is close by.

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Lightning known as a “bolt from the blue” can also strike from as far away as 25 miles away from a thunderstorm cloud, even when there appear to be clear skies, according to the NSSL.

“They can be especially dangerous because they appear to come from clear blue sky,” the agency states.

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Hiker airlifted to hospital after bison attack at Utah park, was reportedly trying to warn friend

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A 22-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital on Friday after she was charged by bison at a state park in Utah and sustained multiple injuries to her legs, according to officials.

The incident happened at Antelope Island State Park around 7:30 p.m., located northwest of Salt Lake City.

Utah State Parks Lt. Eric Stucki said the woman sustained a broken leg and laceration to her other leg, possibly due to being gored, after she was charged and thrown into the air by the animal.

TEENAGER HOSPITALIZED AFTER BISON ATTACK AT THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

The woman, who has not been identified, was on a trail and heading toward a companion when the incident took place.

Stucki told KSL-TV the woman was hiking when she spotted the bison about 50 yards away and tried to warn her friend about the animal because she knew her companion was uncomfortable around them.

The bison, however, charged the woman and threw her into the air. The animal then nudged the woman with its nose as she remained still on the ground before moving off, according to Stucki.

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Stucki told FOX13 the woman was flown to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, but her injuries are not life-threatening.

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Officials are warning visitors who visit the park that bison roam freely, and they should keep their distance as the animals can be aggressive.

Wildlife on Antelope Island include hundreds of bison. The state park is connected to the Great Salt Lake’s southeastern shore by a 7-mile-long causeway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hunter shot, killed in Georgia after allegedly mistaken for a deer, officials say

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A hunter in Georgia died on Saturday after he was shot by another hunter who thought he was a dear, according to officials.

The Glynn County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened in a wooded area off Myers Hill Road, located just outside of Brunswick.

A group of hunters told authorities they had all met and come to the Myers Hill area to go hunting during the day.

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While in an area of thick foliage, police told WFOX that Bobby Lane was shot by Hector Romero after he was mistaken for a deer. Romero then helped Lane to a nearby gas station, where the hunters met emergency responders.

Lane later died of his injuries at an area hospital, police said.

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Glynn County Police told WFOX that Lane was shot by a rifle, even though it is currently bow season in Georgia.

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is now investigating the incident, in addition to Glynn County Police. No arrests have been made, and it’s not yet known if any charges will be filed in connection to the deadly shooting.

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4 Ohio inmates escape from jail after overpowering guards

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Authorities were searching Sunday for four inmates who escaped from an Ohio jail after overpowering two female guards.

The men escaped from the Gallia County Jail, authorities said. Sheriff Matt Champlin said they used a homemade weapon in their escape and had help from “at least one individual on the outside.”

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Body of woman found in Florida portable toilet that caught fire, exploded, officials say

A body of a woman was discovered inside a portable toilet that caught fire and exploded early Saturday at a construction site in north Florida, according to officials.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that authorities responded to the home on North Horseshoe Road in St. Augustine on a report of a porta-potty fire, and discovered human remains inside.

“Regarding today’s discovery of human remains contained within a portable toilet, detectives believe the decedent is a white female,” the sheriff’s office said. “At this time, we have not received any missing persons reports that may coincide with this incident.”

PIT BULL DIES AFTER PROTECTING FLORIDA KIDS FROM SNAKE, FAMILY SAYS

Neighbors told WFOX they heard a loud explosion around 7 a.m., then saw the portable toilet on fire in front of a home under construction in the neighborhood.

“I just was sitting, watching TV and heard a loud explosion,” one neighbor told WFOX.

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The body of a woman was discovered inside a portable toilet that caught fire and exploded early Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla. (WFOX)

Another neighbor said that investigators had to put on hazmat suits as they sifted through dirt and other areas of the construction site for several hours.

“The portalet blew up so I mean there’s nothing left, at all,” neighbor Jan Long told WFOX.

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St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan told the Florida Times-Union the victim was too badly burned for immediate identification, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Investigators spent Saturday combing through the scene. (WFOX)

Mulligan told the newspaper detectives are exploring several scenarios, including that it could have been a medical issue, drug-related, suicide, or “something more nefarious.”

“In my 32 years in law enforcement, I’ve never seen one of these before,” Mulligan told the Times-Union.

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Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with state Fire Marshal’s Office investigators and the Medical Examiner’s Office, are investigating the death, according to Mulligan.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who may have a family member or friend who has not been heard from and may be missing to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 824-8304 and ask for the Major Crimes Unit.

Officials said the case has not been classified at this time and remains an undetermined death investigation, pending autopsy findings and additional background information.

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Montana sees power outages after heavy snow, several feet expected in some areas

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Strong winds and heavy snow caused power outages and temporary road closures in northwestern Montana as a wintry storm threatened to drop several feet of snow in some areas of the northern Rocky Mountains.

The National Weather Service in Great Falls reported 16 inches of snow had fallen near Marias Pass just south of Glacier National Park by early Saturday afternoon. The area is forecast to see a total of up to 4 feet by the time the storm winds down Sunday night, said meteorologist Megan Syner.

Gusty winds on Saturday knocked down trees and damaged power lines, causing scattered outages in northwestern Montana and along the Rocky Mountain Front. Up to 30 large trees were down on the east side of Flathead Lake, the Missoulian reported.

Emergency travel only was recommended in some areas along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountain Front and treacherous travel was reported around the region, including over Rogers Pass on Montana Highway 200 northwest of Helena, Syner said.

Following the storm, temperatures are expected to drop into the teens and 20s across much of western and central Montana overnight Monday. The weekend storm system was also bringing strong winds and snow to the mountains of northern Washington and northern Idaho.

Homeless shelters in Spokane, Washington, were relaxing their entrance policies and the city was preparing a backup shelter, if needed.

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Dave Wall, a Union Gospel Mission spokesman, said the shelter’s director and Spokane’s mayor agreed the mission would not enforce its drug and alcohol policies while temperatures were below freezing, as long as patrons weren’t acting unsafe, The Spokesman Review reported.

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NYPD cop dies after shootout with suspect in the Bronx

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A plainclothes New York City police officer died early Sunday after engaging in a shootout in the Bronx in what was reportedly described on police radio as an “ambush.”

Brian Mulkeen, 33, served on the force for nearly seven years, Commissioner James  P. O’Neill tweeted.

“There is no worse a moment in our profession than this,” he wrote. “Pls keep Brian’s family & colleagues in your thoughts.”

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Law enforcement officials told the New York Post that Mulkeen suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was rushed to nearby Jacobi Hospital. The unidentified suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We lost a hero by every measure, we lost a hero,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Mulkeen was part of an anti-crime unit in place due to an uptick in gang violence in the area.

Witnesses described hearing the shots and said they spotted the two men lying on the ground at Laconia Avenue and East 229 Street at around 12:30 a.m.

CBS New York reported that officers were heard on police radio reporting from the scene, “ambush, ambush, shots fired, shots fired.”

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“At first it was one shot. Then two seconds later it was followed by continuous shots  — like, one-two-three-four-five-six. And then I see this car — I think it was a Jeep — drive off,” Pedro Gonzalez, 18, told the Post.

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Virginia doctor could face life in prison for prescribing hundreds of thousands of opioids

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A Virginia doctor could face life in prison at his sentencing next week for prescribing half a million doses of opioids to patients over a two-year period.

Joel Smithers, a 36-year-old father of five, was arrested at his southern Virginia practice in 2017.

In May, he was found guilty on more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including the oxycodone and oxymorphone that killed a West Virginia woman.

Smithers’ mandatory minimum sentence is 20 years.

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Officials said Smithers was part of an interstate drug distribution ring throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

“I went and got medication without — I mean, without any kind of physical exam or bringing medical records, anything like that,” a woman who said she became addicted after getting pills from Smithers testified in court.

His office was described in court as lacking medical supplies and having patients who slept outside and urinated in the parking lot.

“People only went there for one reason, and that was just to get pain medication that they (could) abuse themselves or sell it for profit,” Christopher Dziedzic, a supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration who oversaw the investigation into Smithers, said.

“He’s done great damage and contributed … to the overall problem in the heartland of the opioid crisis,” he added.

Smithers didn’t accept insurance and made more than $700,000 from his patients in two years.

During his trial, he testified that when he moved to Virginia he was inundated with patients from other states that said their pain clinics had been shut down.

He testified that he reluctantly treated them and said if he wasn’t able to examine them he spoke to them over the phone.

He said that he had been deceived by some of his patients.

“I learned several lessons the hard way about trusting people that I should not have trusted,” he testified.

Once, Smithers met a patient in a Starbucks parking lot and for $300 gave her a prescription for fentanyl, a pain reliever up to 100 times more potent than morphine, he said.

Smithers worked out of the small city of Martinsville, which had the nation’s third-highest number of opioid pills per capita between 2006 and 2012.

He previously had complaints at his former practice in West Virginia, but when authorities came to his office with a subpoena they found a dumpster filled with shredded documents and untested urine samples.

Smithers is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

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Opioids have killed about 400,000 people over the last 20 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tunnel to Towers run honors fallen FDNY firefighters, US troops who have died since 9/11

How do you honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice? Never forget.

On Sunday, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will hold its 18th annual 5K run and walk, which starts in Brooklyn and traces the final steps of New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, while wearing 60 pounds of gear. Siller was one of 343 members of the FDNY who were killed that day.

This year, for the first time, banners along the race route will not only depict the firefighters who died on 9/11, but also the nearly 7,000 U.S. military members who have been killed serving their country since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, race organizers told Fox News.

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FDNY firefighters at the Tunnel to Towers race hold banners honoring fellow firefighters who were killed on 9/11. (Courtesy of Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Clare Photography)

The banners are “a stark reminder of the tremendous sacrifice that has been made on 9/11 and most certainly ever since,” Stephen’s brother and the foundation’s CEO Frank Siller told Fox News on Saturday.

“We’re proud to be the foundation that’s the conduit to bring America together to take care of these great heroes,” he noted.

There are 30,000 participants expected in this year’s run, including 2,500 West Point cadets, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and family members of those who have been killed, organizers said.

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West Point cadets wait to run the Tunnel to Towers race in 2014. (Courtesy of Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Clare Photography)

“It’s enormous because there’s been an enormous sacrifice by so many families in America,” Frank Siller said. “Because we recognized the heroism of people who perform every day for our country and community.”

The run is the “most patriotic and important event in America,” the CEO said, “and it’s incredible to see how the race has grown over 18 years.”

There are 8,000 volunteers who make the event happen, Siller noted.

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Patriotism at the Tunnel to Towers race in 2014. (Courtesy of Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Clare Photography)

While the race is somber, it’s also a moment of celebration to remember “light that can come out of darkness,” race organizers said.

“It’s honoring all those who sacrificed their lives every day to keep us safe at home and abroad — all the brave people who ran toward the tower, like Stephen Siller, but also making sure the names and memories of those who fought to keep us safe are not forgotten, either,” they added.

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In September 2018 the foundation launched its Gold Star Family Home Program that gives a mortgage-free home to Gold Star families. To date, the foundation says it has given 30 mortgage-free homes to Gold Star families.

On Saturday, the foundation surprised Gold Star wife Shannon Slutman, the widow of Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, with a check to pay off the balance of her mortgage. Christopher Slutman, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan this past April, had been an FDNY firefighter since he was a teenager.

“Chris was a very humble man. He did things because they were the right thing to do, not because it made him look good,” Shannon told Fox & Friends.

“It’s important that we remember as Americans that we make a promise to these families [of men and women] who go out and die for us, that we’re going to take care of their families afterward,” said Frank Siller.

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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Gold Star Family Home Program gives 100-percent mortgage-frees home to Gold Star families. (Courtesy of Tunnel to Towers Foundation)

Shannon said the family’s home is “the house we picked” and is full of memories for her and Chris’ three children.

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“It’s the house that everyone showed up to when Chris passed and helped us prepare for the future,” she said. “To know that we’ll always have that is a big deal.”

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