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Construction worker who survived deadly New Orleans hotel collapse faces deportation

A Honduran construction worker who reportedly attempted to warn managers about unsafe conditions prior to being injured in last month’s deadly partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans will be deported on Monday, his lawyers say.

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma was arrested by immigration agents two days after the 18-story hotel fell onto a busy downtown intersection on Oct. 12, killing three people and injuring dozens.

Ramirez Palma managed to survive the collapse after he fell from the ninth to the sixth floor by swinging from a rope, according to the Guardian.

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A Honduran construction worker who was injured while attempting to warn managers about unsafe conditions before last month’s deadly Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans will be deported on Monday, per his lawyers. (Hotel Collapse Getty)

His wife and lawyers say he was hospitalized with serious injuries, including head trauma, an acute eye injury and internal inflammation.

Following the incident, Ramirez Pena was interviewed by a Spanish-language media outlet. Two days later, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement arrested him while fishing with his family at a wildlife refuge, reports say.

They moved him to an immigration holding facility at the Alexandria International Airport in central Louisiana last week, as ICE agents prepare to deport him.

His attorneys warn that because Ramirez Palma was outspoken about the unsafe conditions at the hotel, deporting him could impact an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into what caused the collapse.

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Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Several construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

They added that other undocumented immigrations are hesitant to talk with federal investigators about what happened for fear of deportation.

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“I am sure the Hispanic workers there [at Hard Rock] don’t want to cooperate for the same reason. They are scared the same thing that happened to Joel can happen to them,” his wife, Tania Bueso told Nola.com.

Some of the safety concerns he attempted to shed light on included asymmetrical building measurements and uncured concrete that couldn’t support enough weight, his lawyers and wife say.

“He talks about how this disaster could have been avoided if they had been paid more attention when they could see — clearly — that the building, in some areas, wasn’t right,” Bueso told the outlet. “When he used the laser [measurement tool], he also said he had to check two or three times to make sure the measurement was right because the building was so imbalanced.”

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Workers begin the process of preparing the two unstable cranes for implosion at the collapse site of the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse while under construction last Sat., Oct., 12, in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city’s fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Those concerns were ignored by his construction managers, said Mary Yanik, an attorney at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, according to the Guardian.

“There’s really crucial information here that the public needs to get to the bottom of what happened at Hard Rock,” Yanick told the outlet.

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In 2016, Ramirez Palma had been ordered to be deported and he lacks legal authorization to work in the United States. He filed for a stay of deportation early this year.

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Milwaukee authorities find weapons stash in hermit’s underground bunker in the woods

A Wisconsin man was founding living in an undetected underground bunk in the Milwaukee woods for years with a dog and a stockpile of weapons and ammunition.

Deputies discovered hermit Geoffrey Goff’s odd, hidden abode on Wednesday after responding to a call of shots fired.

After entering the 8-foot-by-8-foot bunker – which was also 20-feet-long – the deputies found an arsenal of weapons including two shotguns, a rifle, a handgun, three knives, ammo and a bow with arrows fashioned from “snowplow stakes,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said at a news conference Friday.

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Mugshot for Geoffrey Graff who was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a stash of weapons in an underground bunker belonging to him in a secluded, wooded area along the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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“One would wonder how in an urban setting an individual is able to hide in plain sight,” Lucas said.

Graff, 41, was charged Friday with possession of a shotgun, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

He was also charged with reckless endangerment after admitting that he was the one who fired the shots that deputies were called to check out, according to the paper. Graff said he fired three shots towards the Milwaukee River after his dog ran away.

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Photo shows items found in an underground bunker where Geoffrey Graff was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a stash of weapons in the bunker. Officers found the bunker after residents reported shots fired. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Lucas said Graff’s bunker also had a grill, propane tanks, a generator, various power tools, boxes of food and canned goods.

“Let’s just be thankful that this didn’t manifest itself in a way, that it could’ve been more. We could be investigating something totally different,” Lucas said.

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Graff had constructed the bunker on wooded land along the river that was owned by a local college, Fox 6 Milwaukee reported.

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Photo shows the interior of an underground bunker where Geoffrey Graff was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a stash of weapons in the bunker.<br> ​​​​​​​(Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The criminal complaint says Graff had been living there for about seven to ten years, according to the paper.

The station quoted Lucas as saying that investigators had “not been able to find any ideological or political motive for the individual’s alleged conduct.”

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Court records show a 2012 arrest for scuffling with cops trying to detain him and a 2009 summons for riding a bike down the street with eight German shepherd dogs running alongside, the station reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hawaii thief who swiped $1M in jewelry on Halloween sought: police

Hawaii police are seeking to identify the armed thief who pulled off a brazen $1 million jewelry store stick-up on Halloween in a black mask and full-length black robe.

Maui police on Saturday released surveillance images of the armed thief who robbed Greenleaf Diamonds of three diamonds at lunchtime on Oct. 31. They announced a $50,000 reward for information that helps nab the crook.

“The business was vacant of customers when the unknown male entered (and) brandished a black Glock-like, semi-automatic looking pistol,” police said in a Facebook post.

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Police in Maui, Hawaii, is seeking to identify the armed thief who held up a jewelry store on Halloween in a mask and robe and made off with three diamonds worth $1 million.  (Maui Police Department)

“Once the male brandished the weapon he demanded three items from the display case which contained multiple pieces of other jewelry,” they said.

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The robber stole two diamond rings valued at $240,000 and $450,000 and a pair of diamond stud earrings valued at $378,000, according to police.

They said he had on the robe, the mask, black gloves, and black Nike shoes.

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Police said the reward had been posted by the jeweler’s insurer.

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Toddler ‘NYPD lieutenant’ twins travel the country to honor police officers

With their crisp white shirts, pressed trousers, and proper collar brass, 5-year-old twins Aaron and Evan Rolon know exactly which of their heroes to dress as: NYPD lieutenants.

The “Twin Squad,” as these little officers are called, have traveled to police precincts around the country showing law enforcement their appreciation while building a following on their social media accounts. According to their parents, Kelly Caceres and Alejandro Rolon, it all started when the boys were driving their ‘car’ on the sidewalk near their home in Manhattan’s Washington Heights — the 34th precinct.

“They were riding in their black Range Rover on the sidewalk and police happen to pull up to the side. I said, ‘Oh, you’re going to get a ticket. You’re riding on the sidewalk.’ And [the officers] put their lights on and came out with their ticket book,” Alejandro recalled.  “And it was just so real. And everybody was just like, wow, are they really getting a ticket? But, you know, it was a joke.”

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The joke swiftly turned into a viral video garnering thousands of social media likes, views, and shares. The then-2-year-old Aaron handed the ticket back to the police officer, refusing to accept his summons. The video, which is full of laughs, got Alejandro and Kelly thinking of ways to give something back to the officers who brought them so much joy.

“As a thank you to the NYPD, I decided to dress them up as miniature cops. Little police car. And I just took them to the police. And the reaction was priceless. They loved it,” Alejandro said.  “And then after that, I was getting invitations to go to other police departments and we would do roll call with them.”

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The preschool police duo has been connecting with officers far and wide through their Instagram and Twitter pages “pair_up_.” The Rolon family has been making it their mission to thank those who serve. The twins have been to almost every precinct in New York City with three more still to visit: The 120, 121 and 123 — all of which are located on Staten Island.

“We don’t know if their car will make it all the way over there,” Alejandro said jokingly. “Mind you, we’ve been to Boston. We’ve been to Atlanta, Georgia,” Kelly added. “They’re very well recognized as soon as they see the boys in the cars.”

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With their parents and three siblings in tow, Aaron and Evan have traveled across the country visiting police officers.  They say their most exciting stop came unexpectedly on the way home from Atlanta.

“We made a pit stop in DC and we ended up mistakenly getting off on the exit for the Pentagon. The police, you know, they have special police there. They came to our car right away,” Alejandro said. “And I lowered the window, the back window. And he looked at the boys and he said ‘Is that pair up. Well, I gotta get a picture of you guys.”

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Social media fame aside, Aaron and Evan know exactly why police are so important. “They protect us!” The boys said in unison. The twins are now sharing that lesson, along with the many others they have learned from police, with their kindergarten class.

The boys are trading in their badges for books and have a long way to go before becoming lieutenants for real. Luckily, their studies aren’t getting in the way of seeing their friends in the NYPD. Officers from their local precinct visited the kindergarteners and their class with trucks and K9’s.

Alejandro noted that “[Their class] got to explore all the cool things they have in the police cars and wear the vest and it was just really great to see these kids, you know, experience something like that, something that maybe most kids won’t.”

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Aaron and Evan both plan on going into public service. While Aaron wants to be a police officer, Evan wants to head in a different direction. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up Evan simply said, “Firefighter!”

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While the battle of the badges may blaze on at the Rolon house, Kelly and Alejandro say they just want their boys to be happy. “We will support them in whatever they want to do,” Alejandro said. “Maybe one day they’ll run into each other. You know, in his firefighter uniform and this one in this police car. They’re both great jobs saving people. That’s fine by me.”

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Dippin’ Dots factory explosion in Kentucky leaves 4 injured

Four employees were injured in an explosion Friday night at a Kentucky production facility for Dippin’ Dots ice cream, according to reports.

One of the victims was released from a hospital and another was expected to be released soon. There was no word on the type or extent of any of the victims’ injuries, WPSD-TV of Paducah reported.

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The Dippin’ Dots factory in Paducah, Ky.  (Google Maps)

Dippin’ Dots Vice President of Administration Steve Heisner told WPSD the company first wanted to make sure all employees were accounted for and “ensure that they’re safe.”

Heisner added he hoped a structural engineer could assess the damage at the Paducah facility this weekend.

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Dippin’ Dots are pellets of ice cream. The treat was invented in the 1980s. (Dippin’ Dots Facebook page)

The extent of the damage was unknown and the cause of the explosion, which happened in the production area, was under investigation.

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The victims were not immediately identified.

Dippin’ Dots are ice cream in pellet form. The treat was invented in the 1980s and is available in multiple flavors.

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New York City ‘F— the Police’ protest turns violent, dozens of arrests reported

Demonstrators shouting “F— the police!” turned violent in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on Friday evening, vandalizing city buses and police cruisers, according to reports.

Nearly 60 people were arrested in what organizers said was a protest of excessive policing of the city’s subway system.

The outburst came in the wake of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for 500 additional police officers to join the state-run Metropolitan Transit Authority’s force and several viral videos showing subway arrests that some thought showed excessive force, including pointing a gun at a teenager who jumped a turnstile, New York’s WNBC-TV reported.

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“F— cops and every racist, fascist person out here,” a protester who identified herself as Alicia, 22, of the Bronx, told the New York Post. “These are our neighborhoods.”

“F— cops and every racist, fascist person out here. These are our neighborhoods.”

— Alicia, 22, protester from the Bronx

At one point, New York City Transit tweeted that subway lines were bypassing the 125th Street station in Harlem and videos posted online showed that police had temporarily closed the station.

Videos posted online showed crowds flowing into the streets and city police officers making arrests. One video showed a subway turnstile had been vandalized.

The New York Police Department tweeted shortly before 7 p.m. that evening commuters should expect delays in vehicular traffic and on public tranist in the area.

A previous protest in the city’s Brooklyn borough on Nov. 1 drew a supportive Twitter message from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” the left-wing freshman congresswoman tweeted, retweeting a video of protesters jumping subway turnstiles in Brooklyn.

As of early Saturday, the congresswoman hadn’t tweeted about the Harlem protest.

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Protesters say New York City’s police have used excessive force in making arrests at city subway stations.

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The city reported last year that turnstile jumpers and bus-fare cheaters cost the MTA $215 million, according to Bloomberg.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Judge orders Union Pacific to rehire engineer who defecated on train

A federal judge has ordered Union Pacific to reinstate an engineer who defecated on the exterior of a train car, according to media reports.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Brian Buescher upholds an arbitration board’s decision that Matthew Lebsack should be rehired following the 2016 incident, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The Omaha-based railroad giant did not indicate whether it would appeal the ruling.

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“Union Pacific is reviewing the court’s decision and in the process of determining our next steps,” the company said in a statement. “The behavior in question does not align with our values and should not be tolerated.”

Lebsack admitted to defecating on a portion of the train connecting a locomotive and boxcar during a Nov. 20, 2016 stop. He also admitted to throwing soiled tissues out a window and raising his middle finger at a security camera abord the train.

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The Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

The lawsuit also said he told his manager he left a “present” for his co-workers. The lawsuit didn’t specify where the incident occurred.

Lebsack later blamed the incident on physical and mental issues. The company terminated him, citing a rule prohibiting conduct that is “negligent, insubordinate, dishonest, immoral, quarrelsome or discourteous.”

In December, the arbitration board ruled the termination was excessive and said the railroad giant should require Lebsack to undergo a medical and psychological evaluation with the option to discipline him if he’s found to not be fit for duty, according to the newspaper.

Union Pacific filed a lawsuit defending its right to fire him.

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Buescher actually disagreed with the board, according to the newspaper, but said he wasn’t allowed to consider the merits of the decision.

He said Union Pacific failed to prove the arbitration decision was not within the board’s discretion.

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California suing In-N-Out burger chain over 2017 grass fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection filed a lawsuit against the popular burger chain In-N-Out on Friday, alleging it was responsible for a 2017 grass fire.

The state is seeking $1.2 million for the Sept. 20, 2017 blaze it says was sparked on property owned by the chain in Arroyo Grande, 175 miles north of Los Angeles, The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

The blaze was caused by a tractor mowing grass on the property, which was covered in “dry annual grasses and scattered brush” that “created a receptive bed of flammable vegetation,” Cal Fire said. The suit said the chaff built up in the mower deck was ignited by a hot clutch, blown off and deposited on dry grass.

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An In-N-Out burger restaurant in Downey, Calif. Cal Fire is suing the chain over a 2017 grass fire on its property that burned 245 acres.  (Google Maps)

The fire quickly spread to surrounding vegetation and was aided by winds, according to the suit.

“Wildland fires such as the Huasna Fire ordinarily do not happen unless someone was negligent,” the lawsuit reads.

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The fire burned 245 acres over four days before it was contained. The state is seeking to recover costs associated with extinguishing the fire and investigating it.

Efforts to reach In-N-Out Friday evening were not successful.

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Remains found in Nebraska and Missouri identified as missing Wisconsin brothers

Authorities confirmed Friday that human remains found in Missouri and Nebraska are those of two Wisconsin brothers who were last seen visiting a Missouri farm in July.

The remains of Nicholas Diemel, 35, were found in Caldwell County, Mo, and those of Justin Diemel, 24, were recovered in Lincoln, Neb., the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said. The identifications were made through dental records.

Garland “Joey” Nelson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the brothers. He owns the Caldwell County farm where the remains of Nicholas Diemel were found earlier this year.

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Nick Diemel, left, and Justin Diemel were reported missing earlier this month. (Facebook)

Nelson also faces two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

A rancher in Nebraska reported last week that he’d found human remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside a trailer he recently purchased in Missouri, The Kansas City Star reported.

The brothers, from Shawano County, Wisc., disappeared during a trip related to their cattle business where they were supposed to meet Nelson, who allegedly owed them $250,000.

Investigators found the brothers’ rental truck on July 22 in Holt, Mo., a town 35 miles west of Braymer, where Nelson’s farm is located. It was left running with the lights on.

Blood found on Nelson’s clothing was confirmed to be from Nicholas Diemel, WDAF-TV reported.

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Garland Nelson. (Caldwell County Detention Center via AP, File)

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Prosecutors allege Nelson shot the brothers and then abandoned their vehicle. He admitted to taking their cell phones and throwing them away, according to the news station.

Nelson allegedly placed each man in a 55-gallon metal barrel in a barn on his property, court documents said. He then allegedly moved the bodies and set them on fire and hid the remains.

The investigation into the brothers’ deaths is ongoing, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

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California boy, 13, is arrested over a school shooting threat

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A 13-year-old student who police believe may have intended to carry out a school shooting at a California middle school was arrested after deputies uncovered an AR-15 rifle, a large cache of ammunition, a list of intended victims and a drawing of the school’s layout, authorities said Friday.

Several students at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in South Los Angeles alerted their teachers after they overheard a student threatening to carry out a shooting at the school on Friday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Century Station said at a press conference.

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Deputies executed a search warrant at the student’s home and uncovered the gun and 100 rounds of ammo, which authorities said was unregistered but did have a serial number, Undersheriff Tim Murakami said.

Investigators showcased a photo of the gun at the news conference and also added that the firearm did not appear to be a so-called ghost gun — a weapon purchased in parts and then assembled as an unregistered and untraceable weapon.

In the early stages of the investigation, Murakami told reporters that the weapon was a ghost gun but he apologized for the misinformation clarifying that the sheriff’s task force was investigating a separate incident in which a  “ghost rifle” was thought to be involved.

“With all incidents like these, we ask all Los Angeles County residents that if they see or hear something, to say something,” Villanueva said. “In this case, the fact that people stepped forward and said what they had heard led us to be able to prevent a tragedy today.”

Police did not release the identity of the suspect because he is a minor.

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The case comes a little over a week after a 16-year-old student armed with a handgun authorities considered a ghost gun opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, killing two and injuring three others before shooting himself in the head. The suspect died the following day.

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