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Michigan police hail ‘heroic individuals’ after toddler saved from drowning in hotel pool

Authorities in Michigan are praising the actions of four people after a 2-year-old child nearly drowned in a hotel pool last month.

The Livonia Police Department released the disturbing surveillance footage Wednesday on Facebook that showed the incident as it unfolded on Jan. 24.

According to police, the young boy was found unresponsive after a 9-year-old girl noticed the child motionless and alerted her godmother, who “screamed for others to call 911” before she dived into the pool and pulled the boy out.

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“Thankfully, two amazing off-duty nurses were at the hotel and took immediate action,” police said. “The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles.”

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The disturbing footage released by police shows the 2-year-old boy’s near-drowning in a hotel pool last month. (Livonia Police Department)

The 2-year-old child was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

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Police said the four “heroic individuals” involved in the dramatic rescue have been nominated to receive the department’s highest civilian honor: the Livonia Police Department Exceptional Service Award.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three children die every day as a result of drowning. The CDC says that drowning kills more children between the ages 1 to 4 than anything else except birth defects.

“Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning,” police said on Facebook. “The Livonia Police Department would like to remind you to always monitor children in the water.”

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Ice balls appear on Lake Michigan beach, wash up ‘by the thousands’

Goodness gracious, great balls of ice!

A bitter blast of Arctic air that brought dangerous wind chills across the Midwest last week also helped create the conditions for a rare phenomenon known as “ice balls” on a Lake Michigan beach.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said Friday that it “took a while” but the conditions needed to form the balls finally got just right.

“These can usually be seen as early as late December and early January when temperatures fall into the teens and single digits,” the Weather Service said.

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Officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shared photos of ice balls washing up on a beach at Holland State Park, about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids.

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Thousands of ice balls formed and washed along the shore of Lake Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“It’s cold as balls out here!” park staff posted on Facebook. “Seriously, if you’re coming out to see the ice balls, please dress warm and be careful of snow covered debris.”

The frigid attraction varied in size from softballs to yoga balls, DNR supervisor Sean Mulligan told the Detroit Free Press.

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The ice balls spotted Friday along Lake Michigan varied in size. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“We went down to the beach to check on things and we saw these large ice balls,” he told the paper. “I had heard of them before, but I hadn’t ever seen them.”

Mulligan estimated Friday that thousands of the balls had rolled up on the lakeshore.

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According to the Weather Service, ice balls form when temperatures are just below freezing along shallow beaches. A layer of floating slush is sculpted by waves into spheres.

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Large ice balls can be seen in the water offshore at Holland State Park in Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“These balls of ice then wash up on the beach by the thousands and freeze solid,” the Weather Service said.

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According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the “lake effect” phenomenon can happen when cold air moves over a lake’s warmer water and heavy snow falls on the shore.

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A graphic depicting how lake effect snow forms. (National Weather Sevice)

“As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes region the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes,” according to the NSSL. “This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Between late fall and into winter, lake effect snow occurs in the Great Lakes region when frigid air, often from Canada, moves in.

The dangerously cold air mass that caused the ice balls to form Friday was expected to give way to more moderate temperatures over the weekend in the Midwest. The cold blast caused schools to be closed and had a deadly impact on the region.

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Cold temperatures turned the fountain in front of the Southern Illinois University, Student Services Building into a partial ice sculpture, Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office was investigating the death of a 73-year-old woman who was found in her unheated Milwaukee home.

The woman’s body temperature had dropped to less than 40 degrees. The electricity was working, but the heat was either turned off or malfunctioning, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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In Omaha, Nebraska, the death of an 80-year-old man was being investigated as possibly related to the cold. Police found Robert Freymuller’s body on Thursday near the assisted-living center where he lived. Police said he was not dressed appropriately for temperatures that plunged to minus-26 degrees with the wind chill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rashida Tlaib briefly detained during airline catering workers’ protest

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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was briefly detained by police Friday when she joined airline catering employees in a protest at Detroit Metro Airport, according to reports.

Photos posted on social media showed Tlaib, 43, sitting in the road outside the airport’s Delta terminal, along with eight other protesters – while a larger group of protesters demonstrated on the sidewalk nearby. Many held signs reading, “One Job Should Be Enough,” as the group called for better wages health coverage.

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Initial reports said Tlaib was arrested in the matter, but a union official later said Tlaib was only briefly detained.

Tlaib, a first-term congresswoman from Detroit who has been in office since January 2019, later posted a Twitter message about the incident, saying other protesters had been arrested.

It was not Tlaib’s first encounter with law enforcement. Back in July, video surfaced on social media of a 2016 incident, in which Tlaib – prior to running for Congress – is dragged out of a Detroit event featuring then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

At the time Tlaib was a public interest attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, after being term-limited out of the Michigan state legislature.

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Tlaib quickly drew national attention after taking office in Washington, when she publicly vowed to “impeach the mother—–,” referring to Trump, the newly inaugurated president.

In December, Trump called out Tlaib after she posted video of herself excitedly heading to the Capitol to cast her impeachment vote against him.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this story.

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5 of the deadliest US air disasters

A number of passenger planes have crashed throughout world history as a result of mechanical failures and human error.

Ranging from failing engines to planes striking objects, here are five of the deadliest air disasters in the United States, not directly caused by terrorism, suicidal pilots or other nefarious instances:

273 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes in Chicago

Flight 191 crashed near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on May 25, 1979, after an engine fell off the plane 1 second prior to takeoff and was forced to take off with one engine.

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American Airlines Flight 191 was spotted flying sideways before crashing in Chicago on May 25, 1979. (FAA.gov)

The crew on board reacted to the engine separation and started following the airline’s protocol for that event, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

But by the time the DC-10 aircraft reached 300 feet, it started to turn and roll left. A chilling photo taken from the ground during those moments shows the plane flying sideways.

It eventually crashed into a mobile home park next to the airport, killing all 271 onboard and two people on the ground.

265 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes shortly after 9/11

Flight 587 plunged into a residential neighborhood near New York City’s JFK International Airport on Nov. 12, 2001, just two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The plane’s co-pilot, in reaction to turbulence caused by another flight that took off just before, initiated a series of “unnecessary and excessive rudder pedal inputs” which ultimately led to the aircraft’s vertical stabilizer snapping off, according to the FAA.

The subsequent loss of control forced the plane to crash, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

230 deaths – TWA Flight 800 explodes in the air

In a disaster that led to a media frenzy, TWA Flight 800, which left New York for Paris on July 17, 1996, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island.

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A large piece of wing floats in the Atlantic Ocean where TWA Flight 800 exploded in midair and crashed, killing all 230 people aboard. (Getty Images)

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the plane went down following the explosion of one of its fuel tanks, caused by the ignition of fuel and air vapors inside. But the source of that ignition was never officially determined, the FAA says.

Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the explosion and debris falling out of the sky.

156 deaths – Northwest Airlines Flight 255 strikes light poles, rental car facility

This flight crashed on Aug. 16, 1987, after striking a number of objects shortly after takeoff.

The passenger jet was observed rolling left and right, and then hitting light poles and the roof of a rental car facility beyond the runway of Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, according to the FAA.

It eventually came to a halt on the ground, breaking up as it slid and leaving fire in its wake. Two people on the ground were killed and the only person to survive out of those onboard the plane was a 4-year-old girl.

The NTSB ruled the likely cause of the accident was the flight crew’s failure “to ensure that the flaps and slats were extended for takeoff” and an unexplained loss of power to the plane’s takeoff warning system.

153 deaths – Pan Am Flight 759 goes down in a thunderstorm

A Boeing 757 operated by Pan Am went down in New Orleans on July 9, 1982 during a period of bad weather.

The FAA says it was only around 100 feet off the ground when it started to descend, striking trees and a residential area.

The likely cause of the crash, it added, was the airplane traveling into winds “the effects of which the pilot would have had difficulty recognizing and reacting to in time for the airplane’s descent to be [prevented].”

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Michigan truck driver saved by steering wheel after steel beam breaks through windshield

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A truck driver in Michigan came within inches of almost certain death last week when a six-foot-long steel beam crashed through his windshield while driving to Lansing.

Johnnie Lowe, the trucker and father-of-three, described a chilling scene. He told the Detroit Free Press that he was traveling toward Lansing on the I-96 when a steel beam slipped off the back of an unstable stake truck that was in front of him.

The beam bounced off the road and struck his window. He described it like a scene out of “Transformers.” The only thing separating him from the beam was his steering wheel.

“My life flashed before my eyes,” he told the paper.

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Lowe took some photos at the scene and the beam could be seen resting on top of the wheel. Lowe figured that his truck was traveling at about 65 mph and said that if not for the steering wheel, the beam could have easily pierced his heart.

The paper reported that he was back at work on Monday and said he hopes that he could get the message out for fellow drivers to make  sure they secure their loads.

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Man arrested after swimming river from Canada to US in wetsuit is released

DETROIT — A man who said he swam across the Detroit River from Canada to try to deliver handmade books before Christmas won his release Tuesday after two months in U.S. custody.

Christopher Sagajllo, 56, was arrested in December after crossing the river in a wetsuit and landing at a steel company’s property on Zug Island, just south of Detroit.

U.S. District Judge Linda Parker sentenced Sagajllo to time served, clearing his return to St. Catherines, Ontario, where the British native is a permanent Canadian resident.

“He is not a dangerous individual,” defense attorney Benton Martin said.

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Sagajllo, 56, declined to speak in court. But he explained in a letter why he chose a risky way to get into the U.S.

Sagajllo said he was desperate after being turned away days earlier at the border in Niagara Falls, New York. U.S. authorities said he was ineligible because he had been deported to the United Kingdom in 2010 after overstaying a visit by seven years.

Sagajllo said he had followed his religious faith and made books in silk bags.

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“Four of the recipients were in the United States, and I believed they needed to be delivered before Christmas. … I believed I needed to swim across. I felt that if I did not do what was, I believe, required of me, that something terrible would happen to me in the future,” he wrote.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Fairchild said the government had no objection to returning Sagajllo to Canada after weeks in custody.

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California man flees sexual assault trial to visit Michigan girl he met online, cops say

A California man was arrested Wednesday after skipping his sexual assault trial to see a Michigan girl he met online, according to the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Alan Khatoonian was found guilty in December of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said. Police said he was awaiting sentencing when he left the state and was tracked down by U.S. Marshalls and Michigan state police.

Khatoonian had sexually assaulted the girl at his home while her mother was in the bathroom, and again while the mother was sitting on the other side of the couch from them, the attorney’s office said.

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He was convicted on Dec. 18 of two counts of sexually assaulting a child younger than 10 years old, two counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of lewd and lascivious touching of a child under the age of 14 years old, the attorney’s office said.

They added that Khatoonian had prior strike convictions for battery causing bodily injury in 2000 and arson on an inhabited structure in 2006.

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He faces a maximum sentence of 85 years to life in prison, according to the attorney’s office. It was not clear if he will face additional charges

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Michigan woman who allegedly bit off part of man’s tongue while kissing gets charged

Police in Michigan say a woman bit off an inch of a man’s tongue on Tuesday during a consensual kiss.

Youlette Wedgeworth, 52, is facing a charge of aggravated assault after the injury, Detroit’s Fox 2 reported.

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Youlette Wedgeworth was arrested this week for allegedly biting off a chunk of a man’s tongue.  (Macomb County Sheriff’s Office )

The consensual kiss-turned-tongue bite unfolded in the victim’s apartment in Center Line, a community about 15 miles north of Detroit.

Officers responded to a call from the house, where they found the man bleeding from his mouth. A piece of his tongue – measuring approximately one inch long – was found in a bedroom, WDIV reported

The victim was taken to an area hospital, and Wedgeworth was arrested.

The accused appeared Wednesday at Center Line’s 37th District Court, where a judge set a $25,000 cash bond surety.

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Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith told WDIV it was “the first case of this nature in my 27 years in the prosecutor’s office.”

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Wedgeworth’s pre-trial conference is scheduled for next month. 

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General Motors to build Cruise Origin electric self-driving shuttle in Detroit

General Motors will build the autonomous Cruise Origin shuttle revealed last week at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory, the automaker confirmed Monday.

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The facility has been earmarked to build several all-electric models, starting with a pickup in late 2021.

The plant was previously the home of the discontinued Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and currently produces the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala, which will bill both end production in February.

Batteries for all of the vehicles will be supplied from a new factory being built by GM and LG Chem in Lordstown, Ohio.

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GM said the Origin will enter production after the pickup, but did not announce a specific date. The six-passenger vehicle is being developed to be full-autonomous without any controls for a human driver.

The automaker is lobbying the federal government for approval to operate vehicles like the Origin on public roads and plans to deploy them in an urban ride-hailing service operated by its subsidiary, Cruise.

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Michigan bank calls police on black customer trying to deposit settlement check from a racial discrimination lawsuit

A black Air Force veteran is accusing a Detroit-area bank of refusing to deposit money he was awarded in a racial discrimination lawsuit against his employer and calling the police because of his race.

Sauntore Thomas, 44, said he went to the TCF Bank in Livonia, Michigan, to deposit $99,000, when bank employees said they were having issues verifying his checks, Fox News affiliate WJBK-TV reported. Thomas received the money as the result of a lawsuit against his employer, Enterprise Leasing Company of Detroit, who he accused of racial bias.

“This was not a mistake, this was the bank assuming, making their own assumptions of what it is, and what it’s not,” Thomas said Thursday.

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Sauntore Thomas poses in his attorney’s office on Thursday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Thomas, a black Air Force veteran who tried to deposit settlement checks from a discrimination lawsuit was rejected by his suburban Detroit bank, which suspected fraud and called police. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

The checks didn’t appear to be legitimate when bank staff scanned them, TCF spokesman Tom Wennerberg said. He noted that Thomas has a 52-cent account balance at the time and had no recent back activity.

Thomas’ attorney, Deborah Gordon, said the checks “couldn’t have been more solid.”

“I mean, it’s a ridiculous joke that some nationwide company is going to be handing out fraudulent checks to me, that I’m going them pass on to my client,” she said. “So obviously, they didn’t believe my client. It’s obvious.”

Wennerberg said bank employees should have accepted the checks and told Thomas there could be a hold on the funds until they could be validated.

Four police officers responded to the incident but took no action against Thomas.

“I didn’t start cussing and hollering. I didn’t say anything,” he said. “I was very composed, even though it was a very stressful situation to be in, especially in today’s racial times,” Thomas said. “With being African-American, sometimes you don’t have to do nothing to be in trouble. And that’s what I felt like.”

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Sauntore Thomas, right, and his lawyer, Deborah Gordon, left, talk Thursday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

TCF apologized for the incident in a statement.

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“We apologize for the experience Mr. Thomas had at our banking center, the statement read. “Local police should not have been involved. We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind. We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs.”

Thomas took the checks to a Chase Bank branch and opened a new account, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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