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Pennsylvania mom, daughter plead not guilty in killings of 5 relatives

A mother and her adult daughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing five of their relatives in an apparent botched murder-suicide pact, meanwhile the judge gave prosecutors more time to decide whether to seek the death penalty against them.

Shana Decree, 46, and Dominique, 20, are accused of killing Shana’s son, 13-year-old Damon; Shana’s 42-year-old sister, Jamillah Campbell; her daughter, Naa’Irah Smith, 25; and Campbell’s twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen, 9 years old.

Judge Wallace Bateman said prosecutors can have until March 20 to file motions explaining why the Decrees should be put to death if convicted.

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FILE – These Feb. 26, 2019, file photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, shows Shana Decree, left, and her daughter Dominique Decree who are charged in the killing of their close family members. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office via AP, File)

In February 2019, authorities found the five bodies in a trashed apartment in Morrisville, Penn., and soon after charged the mother-daughter duo in their deaths. Four of the victims had been suffocated and had been strangled.

Police said they found all five victims in one bedroom of the apartment, and they found Shana and Dominique “disoriented” inside the apartment, lying on a bed. Signs of struggle were abundant — furniture had been turned over, drywall was cracked and broken glass lay around.

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Authorities discovered the scene after a child welfare officer came to the home for an unannounced visit and was let into the building by someone who works there, according to court papers.

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FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2019 file photo, an investigator steps out from the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Both Shana and Dominique told detectives everyone in the apartment had “wanted to die” and openly talked about suicide, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. They confessed to taking part in what appeared to be a murder-suicide pact but had differing accounts on who killed whom.

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The pair sat in silence throughout the proceedings, answering the judge’s questions in hushed tones. At one point, the younger Decree sobbed.

Families members and friends said the suspects and victims had started living together in the apartment only a few weeks before, at which point they cut off contact with the outside world, spending most of their time together in the small basement apartment.

Family members said the few texts and calls they exchanged were shown in court and included references to Biblical apocalypses. They spoke about “pearly gates” and seeing angels and demons everywhere.

Family and friends said the drastic shift in behavior had confused them. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Rees did not conjecture on a motive for the killings, saying more will be revealed in the trial, tentatively slated for June.

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“A case with this magnitude of tragedy, this magnitude of criminality, requires a superlative level of effort,” Rees, the lead prosecutor on the case, said after the arraignment of Shana and Dominique Decree. “To put it bluntly, we don’t want to get anything wrong, because these victims deserve our best and we’re willing to take as much time as we need to get it right.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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5 American ghost towns abandoned to time

Some American towns that were once booming centers for industry and trade have become effective ghost towns, left abandoned and rotting as remnants of bygone eras.

These towns can be found throughout the country, from Pennsylvania to California and Alaska. They may have thrived as mining towns or promising state capitals before being stricken by economic hardship or disaster.

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Here’s a look at five such towns:

Centralia, Pa.

The coal-mining town of Centralia, once home to 2,700 people, was built in the 1850s after a rich deposit of anthracite coal was discovered.

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The underground fire in Centralia has burned since 1962. The intense heat ruptured the earth and leaked dangerous smoke and gases into the community. Experts say the fire may burn for another century.

But in 1962, a raging underground coal fire spread beneath the town after municipal employees tried to burn trash at a garbage dump and ignited an exposed coal seam, according to History. The fire still burns beneath the town today.

Over the years the extreme heat opened fissures in the ground that leaked dangerous levels of smoke and carbon monoxide, forcing the government to issue evacuation orders in 1981. A decade later, all real estate was claimed under eminent domain and condemned by the state.

Now, only about seven holdouts remain in the ever-burning ghost town, according to WNEP-TV. When they die, the property will be given to the government.

Rhyolite, Nev.

A gold mining settlement on the eastern edge of Death Valley, Rhyolite was booming when it was built in 1904. The gold rush attracted as many as 10,000 people to the town. Industrialist Charles M. Schwab purchased a mine and invested in the town’s infrastructure, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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The last train pulled out of Rhyolite in 1914, and the power was shut down two years later.

Rhyolite reached its peak in 1907 when the financial panic signaled its downfall, according to the National Parks Service. Mines closed and banks failed over the next few years. In 1916, the lights and power were turned off. The town was used as a movie set for Old West films in the 1920s.

Now, only a few intact buildings remain as relics to the town’s once-prosperous past, including three walls of a bank, part of a jail, the train depot and a building known as the Bottle House.

Cahawba, Ala.

The Civil War-era town of Cahawba served as Alabama’s first state capital from 1819 to 1826, and is known as the state’s “most famous ghost town.”

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Cahawba’s population dwindled after a major flood and the county seat’s transfer to nearby Selma.

The thriving antebellum river town was a major distribution center for cotton, and was home to 3,000 people before the Civil War, according to a website detailing its history and legacy. During the war, 3,000 captured Union soldiers were held in a prison at the center of town. It later became a short-lived village for freed slaves after the war.

Citizens and businesses slowly abandoned the town in the late 1860s after a major flood and the removal of the county seat to nearby Selma.

Now known as Old Cahawba Park, all that remains are the abandoned streets, moss-covered ruins of buildings and cemeteries, and the tale of an apparition called “Pegues’ Ghost,” which was known to appear at parties during the town’s height.

Bodie, Calif.

The gold mining town of Bodie was established in 1859, and grew from just 20 miners to a boomtown of an estimated 10,000 people by 1880, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Bodie was settled by William “Waterman” S. Bodey in 1959.

It has been reported the town once held 65 saloons, numerous brothels and “houses of ill repute,” gambling halls and opium dens for its colorful crowd of gunfighters, robbers, prostitutes and miners from countries around the world, according to a website dedicated to the town.

A major fire ravaged Bodie in 1932, destroying much of the town. It has remained untouched for decades.

Today, California State Parks preserve the remains of Bodie in a state of “arrested decay” for tourists and an occasional ghost, according to the parks department.

Kennecott, Alaska

The copper mining town of Kennecott was established in 1903, and by 1938 it was mined out and deserted.

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The copper mining town of Kennecott thrived for just over three decades until the last of its five mines were tapped out.

During its heyday, the Kennecott Mining Corp. established its five mines as models of state-of-the-art technology and progressive management, even paying workers higher salaries than anywhere in the lower 48 states, according to Alaska.org.

The giant red mill building used by the company still stands today, towering 14 stories above the Kennicott glacier (a clerical error on official paperwork accounts for the two different spellings).

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Today, Kennecott is a National Historic Landmark.

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Janice Dean: Groundhog Day — Why I love it (and what the day means)

First off, before we get to the Groundhog Day holiday, I must confess about my obsession with the movie “Groundhog Day.”

It’s definitely in my top 5 favorite films of all time. I still have the worn-out VHS copy in my collection that I can’t bear to get rid of even though I don’t have a VHS anymore!

Actor Bill Murray is the perfect as the cynical deadpan weatherman Phil Connors who keeps waking up to the exact same day – February 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pa. while he’s there to cover the great tradition of finding out whether the groundhog will see his shadow and we’ll all have six more weeks of winter.

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I’m one of those annoying people that can recite some of the funniest lines as they are happening. Allow me to demonstrate:

Phil: “This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!” 

Phil: “There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.”

Phil: “Come on, all the long-distance lines are down? What about the satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.”

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Bill Murray runs through the snow in a scene from the film ‘Groundhog Day’, 1993. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

Alright… back to why I love one of our nation’s oldest traditions: It celebrates what I do for a living: THE WEATHER!

Back in 1887, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was first given the task of predicting the next 6 weeks of winter. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, takes care of Phil year-round, and on each Feb. 2, members of the club’s inner circle gently nudge him to wake up at sunrise to see if he sees his shadow.

If he does, it’s 6 more weeks of cold and snow. If not, spring will arrive early!

It’s a simple formula but the pomp and circumstance surrounding it is epic and should be on everyone’s bucket list. I must admit, I am incredibly biased when it comes to the groundhog.

Punxsutawney has a special place in my heart because, in 2017, I was given the incredible honor of being inducted into the Punxsutawney Meteorologist Hall of Fame. My plaque and picture are proudly displayed in the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center along with some pretty amazing forecasters and academics.

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Janice at the Groundhog Hall of Fame in ​ Janice at the Groundhog Hall of Fame in 2017 in Punxsutawney, Pa. ​

That year, I brought my whole family with me and, just like Phil Connors, we all woke up at 3:00 a.m. and headed to Gobbler’s Knob to see the “seer of seers, sage of sages, prognosticator of prognosticators and weather prophet extraordinary” wake up from his long winter’s nap to predict whether there would be six more weeks of winter.  And just like in the movie, my family stayed at a local bed-and-breakfast with a kind resident named Shirley who has lived in Punxsutawney her whole life.

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Janice with her family in Punxsutawney, Pa. in 2017 (Courtesy of the author)

The experience was one I will never forget. The whole city (of just over 5,000 people) gets excited for this day weeks in advance. Hotels are booked months in advance and their tourist dollars rely on this event every year.

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Gobbler’s Knob in ​ Punxsutawney, Pa. ​

People come from all over the country to see the groundhog in its full glory. And the year I went with my family, I had the honor and privilege to meet Phil who lives in the library with his wife Phyllis during the offseason.

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At the time of the meeting, he was sleepy, and I wasn’t able to have a full conversation with him, but it will still be something I will remember and is up there as far as status goes along with rock stars and celebrities.

In terms of Phil’s forecasting abilities (whispering so he doesn’t hear me) the groundhog’s track record isn’t that great. He’s been correct only 39 percent of the time, however (and this needs to be reported more often) this discrepancy in poor forecasting is because his wording gets lost in translation.

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Janice at Gobbler’s Knob in ​ Punxsutawney, Pa. in 2017. ​

Retired handler Ron Ploucha says there have been many years when the president of the groundhog club misinterpreted what Phil said because he speaks the very rare language of GROUNDHOGESE. (Do not laugh. Google it if you have to.)

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Janice and her family meet Phil the groundhog.

Since there’s only one Phil, and this tradition has been happening for over 100 years, I asked his entourage how he stays so young.

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Apparently there’s a magical “Groundhog Punch” that he’s fed every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic that extends his life for another seven years.

I asked his inner circle if I could try some of this incredible elixir and they looked at me with horror and told me humans aren’t allowed to try it. Darn it.

So, what will America’s most famous groundhog predict come Sunday morning?

Phil predicted an early spring in 2019 (I was there for “Fox & Friends” for the rare forecast) but I’m going to place my bet that he says 6 more weeks of winter in 2020 despite the fact that the Northeast has experienced a relatively mind winter so far.

As for the forecasting done by computers and humans, anything beyond a 7-day forecast sometimes is a coin toss. — Especially when it comes to predicting long-range winter storms.

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So Phil is doing something that is very tough to begin with. But, we have to respect his craft, and I’m just grateful he makes weather forecasting a thing to celebrate.

Keep up the good work, Phil. And let me know if you ever decide to sell that special elixir that keeps you looking so young.

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Tree in Pennsylvania spotted covered in icicles amid wintry weather

This was a scene straight of of “Frozen

A woman who was snowboarding in Pennsylvania on Wednesday captured a spruce tree covered in icicles.

Abbey Way, who took the video at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa., wrote on Twitter: “Look at this tree at @7SpringsPA. So cool!”

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The tree appeared to be completely covered on one side with icicles, appearing like a wedding-cake with different tiers.

The National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh said earlier this week there were a few light snow showers and freezing drizzle in the area.

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According to the NWS, a glaze is when ice is formed by freezing precipitation covering the ground or exposed objects.

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While it’s not clear if the tree was coated in ice due to the precipitation or a nearby snow-making machine, Way said it was still spectacular.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before! Stopped me in my tracks,” she tweeted.

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Instagram survey shows every state’s least favorite state, while NJ ‘hates everyone’

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Perhaps surprisingly, Florida’s least favorite state happens to be Florida, and perhaps not surprisingly New Jersey’s least favorite state is every other state.

Those were the findings of Matt Shirley of Los Angeles, who polled his Instagram followers as part of a survey to find out which states hate which states the most.

Shirley has more than 323,000 followers on the social media platform, where he posts homemade humorous charts and graphs, according to the Asbury Park Press. He estimates he received more than 2,500 responses for his unscientific study.

“These were write-in votes so there weren’t any options to choose from,” Shirley told the paper in an email. “Someone else asked me if I put that New Jersey hated everyone just because of the variety of answers I got and this wasn’t the case. The most common answer I got from New Jersey folks was ‘we hate everyone’ or something similar.”

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The paper reported the results shouldn’t come as a total shock, given the openly combative official Twitter account maintained by the government of New Jersey.

Shirley’s map has been liked nearly 24,000 times as of Sunday morning.

He said four-fifths of Florida respondents picked Florida as the state Florida hates the most. Florida was the only state to achieve that dubious distinction.

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“I live in Florida, have my whole life, and would not hesitate to unironically put that as my answer,” was how one Floridian reacted to the survey, according to the paper.

The survey drew the attention of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who cited it in a series of good-natured tweets about New Jersey attempting to claim they have the best cheesesteaks, Pennlive.com reported.

New Jersey was Pennsylvania’s least favorite state, according to the survey.

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“Missed opportunity to call this map ‘The United Hates of America,’” said one Instagram post.

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‘Obese’ bear removed from Pennsylvania club after living in poor conditions for ‘possibly decades’: report

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An overweight bear that may have been living inside a small enclosure with poor conditions for “possibly decades” got a fresh start this week after being released to a Colorado animal sanctuary.

Dillon, an Asiatic Bear, was removed from the Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Milton, Penn., on Monday where he was enclosed in small cement cage with inadequate water, declawed and subject to continuous gunfire as his cage was just 200 feet from a shooting range, FOX31 reported, citing officials.

“He’s been there for possibly decades,” Kent Drotar with the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg told the station. “He’s incredibly large. We estimate he’s hundreds of pounds overweight. Just obese.”

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Dillan was taken to the sanctuary with significant medical issues. According to a statement released on the group’s Facebook page, his teeth, gum lines and jaw bone have been eaten away at by a long-standing infection, he has patches of raw skin and his paws are severely disfigured after he was declawed at some point in captivity.

“Once Dillon’s dental issues have been repaired and his multiple infections are cleared, he will be able to move into a natural habitat where he can begin losing weight through exercise and receiving a correct diet,” the statement continued.

Dillon was released after several organizations, including actor Alec Baldwin, wrote to the governor and pressured the club to release the bear.

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The Union County Sportsmen’s Club is a 200-acre property that features a shooting range, golf course, restaurant and bar, and other wildlife. Members pay $25 a year to gain access to the club.

A request for comment was not immediately answered but an employee told Fox News over the phone that there are other animals on the property, including deers and bears, but nothing as large as the obese bear.

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Terminally ill dog made honorary police K-9

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That’s Officer Eddie Spaghetti to you.

A terminally ill dog in Washington state went from being homeless to an honorary police dog. After being sworn in, the local police department documented the animal’s one day on the force.

The dog, named Eddie, was found living on the street by Benton County Canine Control, KAPP-TV reports. It’s believed that he was abandoned before Thanksgiving. And according to a medical check, Eddie has an inoperable tumor causing him to go blind in one eye.

Eddie, who’s nicknamed Eddie Spaghetti, was reportedly diagnosed with six months to a year to live. He’s being cared for by Kristi Kesler, his current foster mom. She decided to come up with a bucket list for Eddie to help make his last few months special.

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One of the items on the list was to become a K-9 officer for the local authorities, which the Pasco Police Department happily obliged. They shared photos of Eddie’s day as a cop on their Facebook page.

“We have finished our amazing day with K9 Eddie,” wrote the Pasco Police, “and we are overwhelmed with the amount of support the community has shown him. Eddie was welcomed everywhere he went and shown nothing but love and affection all day.”

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The post continued by giving a “huge shout out to Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue for allowing us to chauffeur Eddie around town. We also want to thank the businesses and people that helped make this possible. None of this would have been possible without you.”

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The post concluded with the department wishing “Eddie all the best with his bucket list and future endeavors. It was an honor working with you today, Eddie! We hope you had as much fun as we did.”

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Pennsylvania mom accused of ‘failing to feed’ 26-pound teenage boy

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A Pennsylvania mom is facing charges after police said she failed to feed a 16-year-old boy in her care who weighed 26 pounds when he was checked into a hospital last October,  according to reports.

Elisabet Estrada, 41, was charged earlier this month with one count of aggravated assault, and two counts of endangering welfare of children — all felonies, according to the criminal docket.

Police received an investigation request on Oct. 24 from Franklin County Children and Youth Services after a 16-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital due to severe malnourishment, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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The teenager was described at the Hershey Medical Center as “very frail, gaunt, ribs extremely evident and ravenously hungry,” court records said. He laid in bed in the fetal position, while appearing as though he didn’t have the ability to stretch out, according to Fox 43.

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The teenager reportedly stayed in the hospital until December 23. He gained 2.2 pounds during his first two days and weighed 45 pounds at the time of discharge, the outlet reported. Police said the child was developmentally delayed and doesn’t speak.

A doctor at Hershey Medical Center told police it was her medical opinion that the mother “failed to seek appropriate medical care from an early age until he was 16 years of age and failed to appropriately feed him,” according to the Chambersburg Public Opinion.

Police said the child “ruminated his food,” meaning when he had food, he regurgitated and re-ate it, the outlet reported.

During the same timeframe, police were also called to assist Franklin County Children and Youth Services at a home to check on the child’s siblings, who “appeared to be in good health,” the Chambersburg Public Opinion said.

“I hope they keep her in jail honestly,” neighbor Dean Kakaziotis told Fox 43. “That’s crazy that you can neglect your own child but then the other children are OK, how does that work?”

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Estrada is being held at Franklin County Jail on $25,000 bail, according to the criminal docket.

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Rescued pets from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico end up at East Coast shelters

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More than 100 shelter dogs and cats from Puerto Rico are now up for adoption at animal rescue organizations along the East Coast.

On Sunday, they were flown in on an emergency evacuation flight after a series of earthquakes devastated the island.

The flight was organized by a non-profit in Puerto Rico called The Sato Project and Los-Angeles based Wings of Rescue.

“It’s a cargo plane that’s rented but it is all temperature-controlled. The animals each come with bedding. They’ve got water in their crates that’s frozen as ice,” said Linda Torelli, Marketing Director of the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

The flight carrying the 116 animals made stops in Delaware, New Jersey, and Florida. The animals have now been relocated to shelters in those states as well as Pennsylvania and New York.

“It’s goosebumps and tears. The minute you hear those doors open. It’s just an incredible feeling knowing those animals may not have been alive had it not been for that mission,” said Torelli.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania took in more than 30 dogs from the flight.

“There’s a huge variety that came up on the flight. We’ve got little babies all the way up to adults of about five to six years old,” said Torelli.

According to Torelli, the dogs range in age, size, and personality.

“We came to look at some of the dogs and we found one that we like,” said Julie Oakley.

After reading about the new pets from Puerto Rico on social media, the Oakley family went to the shelter on Tuesday.

“I’ve been following the SPCA and different rescues for a while on Facebook, so I saw they were bringing in a bunch of dogs from Puerto Rico,” said Oakley.

Ultimately, they went home with Zule, the first Puerto Rico earthquake survivor at the shelter to find a new home.

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“It just makes me feel good to rescue dogs,” Oakley said.

SPCA officials say the animals would have likely been euthanized because of limited space and a lack of food and water on the island.

“It’s heartbreaking to me,” said Chrissy Beckles, the president and founder of The Sato Project.

Beckles is one of the organizers on the ground in Puerto Rico.

She explains shelters there are either dealing with damage from the recent earthquakes or overcrowding because owners are surrendering their pets.

“You are trying to, you know, do what is best for your family and make essentially life and death decisions. And sadly, your dog or your cat might not be part of that,” said Beckles.

Since the 6.4 magnitude quake struck two weeks ago, President Trump has declared a major disaster in Puerto Rico.

“There are thousands of people that, tonight, are sleeping outside, on cots, in their cars, in tents. Because they are frightened to be in their own homes, or their homes have suffered catastrophic damage,” said Beckles.

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Beckles says she has no plans to stop saving the animals from shelters there.

Another group of shelter dogs and cats are expected be flown in from Puerto Rico next month.

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Pennsylvania woman injures 2 after allegedly driving into oncoming car as test of faith

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A Pennsylvania woman allegedly drove her car into oncoming traffic as a way to test her faith, while showing no concern for those injured from her actions, state police said.

Nadejda Reilly, 31, was driving around for several hours on Jan. 7 — waiting for a calling from God — before directing her car straight into an oncoming vehicle on Route 93, according to an investigator who spoke to her.

Two people in the other vehicle were hospitalized with injuries, according to Trooper Bruce Balliet. Reilly survived and allegedly didn’t care about their physical well being because God would have protected them.

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“Reilly related [that] God took care of her by not having her injured,” Balliet wrote in an arrest affidavit. “Reilly expressed no concerns or remorse for the victims. Reilly also stated she did not care if the other people were injured because God would have taken care of them.”

Her $50,000 bail was revoked last Wednesday, according to a court docket. She’s charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.

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Her lawyer, Andrew Bench filed a notice that Reilly plans to waive her formal arraignment in Carbon County court.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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