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Natural gas explosion at California home kills worker, injures 15 others

A gas company worker was killed and more than a dozen people were hurt when a natural gas explosion leveled a home in Southern California on Monday, according to officials.

The blast took place shortly after noon in Murrieta, located about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Firefighters and Southern California Gas Co. workers had gone to the home after a report that a contractor had damaged a gas line.

SoCalGas officials told FOX11 the contractor did not call 811, a phone number to notify utility companies about projects that involve digging so that the utility companies can safely mark all buried lines, before him and his team began digging.

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Shortly after crews arrived, an explosion killed one SoCalGas employee and injured another. Murrieta Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer said 15 people were injured in total, including three firefighters.

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A firefighter and civilians train fire hoses on a burning home after an explosion and fire destroyed the home in Murrieta, Calif., sending up thick flames and closing several streets. One Southern California Gas Company employee was killed. (Andrew Foulk via AP)

The explosion sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and the fire doused more than an hour later.

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A house in Murrieta, Calif. caught fire and exploded on Monday as a result of a gas line rupture, killing a gas company worker and injuring 15 others. (KTTV)

Photos from the scene showed the home virtually torn apart, with flames burning about 20 feet high.

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Neighbors said the explosion shattered windows throughout the neighborhood. Jessica Molstad who lives nearby told FOX11 that, at first, she thought the blast was an earthquake after other recent temblors.

Kevin McKinney, 63, lives in a home next door that was damaged by the blast. There was “just a huge, huge explosion and then I heard screams and went outside,” he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

In a statement posted to Twitter, SoCalGas said its “deepest sympathies are with all those impacted by the Murrieta incident.”

“Sadly, we lost one of our technicians today. He will be greatly missed,” the company said. “We urge all contractors & homeowners to call 811 to have utility lines marked prior to digging of any sort.”

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The identification of the worker that was killed has not yet been released. The investigation into the deadly blast is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Skydiving plane crash in Sweden leaves 9 dead, officials say

Nine people were killed Sunday when a small plane carrying a group of skydivers crashed shortly after takeoff in Sweden, officials said.

The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Storsandskar island not long after the plane took off from Umea Airport, located in the northern part of the country.

Swedish airport authority Swedavia said the plane involved in the crash was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan, an Australian-made single-engine aircraft popular with parachutists.

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Some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before it went down, witnesses told Swedish media.

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Emergency personnel move a part of a wing and other plane wreckage retrieved from the crash site at Ume river outside Umea, Sweden, on Monday July 15, 2019. (Erik Abel / TT via AP)

“I heard a weird sound, which didn’t sound normal. I looked up and saw a plane spinning like a top,” witness Peter Larsson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. “At first, I thought it was an acrobatic flight, but we quickly realized that something was wrong.”

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Another witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT she heard a loud noise from above before she saw the plane going straight down and crashing into the island.

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Emergency services attend the accident site at a small harbor at Ume river, outside Umea, Sweden, Sunday July 14, 2019. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)

All those on board on board the plane were Swedish, the BBC reported.

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed “great sadness” over the accident in a statement to Swedish news agency TT. He sent condolences to the families of the victims and said the government would stay in close touch with officials probing the crash “as it is important to investigate the cause”.

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Swedish officials said a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden on Sunday and all nine of the people on board were killed. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tropical Storm Barry brings ‘significant flooding threat’ as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water

After making landfall in Louisiana, Tropical Storm Barry continued making its slow trek northward on Sunday across the region, bringing the threat of flash flooding for the lower Mississippi River valley and warnings by officials to stay out of the water due to what may lurk underneath.

The National Hurricane Center said as of 11 a.m. ET that Barry was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, moving north at 6 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the system weakened to a tropical storm, the NHC said.

“Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches,” the NHC said. “This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding.”

In Mississippi, up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the captial city of Jackson and some of its suburbs.

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President Trump took to Twitter to warn people across the region to be on guard as the day went on.

“A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast,” the president tweeted. “Please be very careful!”

First responders across the region echoed the president’s sentiments and urged people to stay out of floodwaters for a different reason: other creatures that may lurk below.

The St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1 posted pictures to Facebook on Saturday of several snakes that fire crews have come across in Slidell, La.

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Several snakes that fire crews have come across in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Barry. (St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1)

“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the floodwaters as well,” the agency said.

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In Livingston Parish, a family and a dog had a very close encounter with an alligator. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness posted a video to its Twitter account of the close encounter.

“No animals were harmed while this video was recorded,” the agency said.

Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five who were trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV. The National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because waters were too high to safely reach the family’s home. Franklin is about 40 miles southeast of Lafayette.

When officials eventually got to the home, the people living there said they didn’t need to be rescued, officials told the television station.

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As the Atchafalaya River continues to rise due to the rains of Tropical Storm Barry, it becomes harder to see the Morgan City name on the sea wall, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Morgan City, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“We got to a spot where we were starting to float a little bit and I wasn’t comfortable with that so we stopped a bit,” Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Dep. Steve Dooley told KTBS. “We didn’t have very far to go so we decided to drive the rest of the way. We made it to the house, and they just didn’t want to come out.”

The deputies told KTBS that floodwaters in the area dropped significantly throughout the evening.

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The storm’s first wave had not inundated New Orleans as feared, with the city experiencing moderate rain Saturday. Forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed.

None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and they were expected to hold up through the storm, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Video also showed water getting over a second levee in Plaquemines Parish, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

“The levees did do really well along the Mississippi River but there’s all those others rivers, it’s a very wet area, there’s a lot of moisture there, a lot of rivers that are going to continue to rise. so we have a long ways to go with this,” Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends.”

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In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

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This photo shows the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Belle Chasse, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

In Mandeville, a city on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, storm surge and choppy waters sent waves pushing over the seawall and into nearby communities. Elsewhere, Coast Guard helicopters rescued a dozen people and two pets from flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said.

More than 140,000 customers in Louisiana and another more than 4,000 customers in Mississippi were without power early Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.

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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Barry was expected to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday. But forecasts showed the storm on a path toward Chicago that would swell the Mississippi River basin.

Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends” that another thing to keep in mind is that the storm took place at earlier part of the hurricane season as the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for over 200 days due to all the moisture from the winter and spring still traveling downriver. The threat for flooding in the region could still persist when the season ramps up in August and September.

“If we have a storm again, a stronger storm into August or September, we could talk about this same situation,” he said.

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Indiana boy, 2, ran over by lawn mower, airlifted to hospital for ‘serious injuries,’ police say

A toddler in Indiana sustained serious injuries on Saturday after his grandfather backed over him with a lawn mower, according to officials.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook the incident happened around 1 p.m. on the 3600 block of Grayford Road in Commiskey, located about 70 miles south of Indianapolis.

“Deputies are still investigating and thus far calling it a terrible accident,” police said. “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

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Police said that William and Beverly Waltermire showed up at the sheriff’s office in North Vernon asking for an ambulance for their grandson.

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A 2-year-old boy in Indiana had to be airlifted to a hospital after sustaining “serious injuries” when he was run over by a lawn mower on Saturday. (iStock)

While William was mowing the lawn at a property on Grayford Road, the 2-year-old boy ran towards his grandfather, chased by his grandmother, according to police.

The boy then fell as the grandfather was backing up, and went under the lawn mower while it was still running, the couple told the police.

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The grandparents rushed to the sheriff’s office, met with emergency responders, and the grandson was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

The boy was then flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for “serious injuries,” according to police.

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“We would like to thank Rescue 20 and St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital Staff as well as Officers from the North Vernon Police Department for their efforts,” police said.

Additional incidents about the accident have yet to be released. The sheriff’s office said that deputies are still investigating.

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ICE deportation raids underway in New York City, ‘number of jurisdictions,’ official says

A nationwide crackdown to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country began late Saturday in the nation’s largest city and several other places, according to an official.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was expected to resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants who’ve been given orders to leave the country, targeting people in at least 10 cities. The sweeps were expected to start Sunday, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday on Twitter that ICE agents had already taken action in New York.

The ICE raids began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions,” not just New York City, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News.

De Blasio said the raids in New York City took place in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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“Receiving reports of attempted but reportedly unsuccessful ICE enforcement actions in Sunset Park and Harlem,” the mayor said. “@NYCImmigrants and advocates are connecting with residents and distributing resources door to door.”

Advocates are coaching them on their rights, including instructions not to respond if agents knock on the door unless shown a warrant signed by a judge. The Democratic mayor has said his city would not cooperate with ICE.

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told “FOX & friends” on Sunday that the raids were about “enforcing and maintaining the integrity of the system.”

“This is about the rule of law,” Morgan said. “Those individuals who remain here illegally, especially those who’ve received due process more than any other nation in the world would provide someone that came here illegally, to including those with final orders, that there are consequences to those that remain here illegally. That’s what today is about. “

Morgan, the former head of ICE, differed to disclose details about the raids. But he blasted mayors of cities who pushed back against the crackdown, calling their actions “unconscionable.”

“This is about going after individuals here illegally,” he said. “Any city, any law enforcement agency that resists, does not cooperate, they’re actually putting those cities in higher danger.”

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On Friday, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. Similar operations occurred in 2016 under President Obama and in 2017 under President Trump.

The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Albence said that doesn’t mean arrests will be limited to certain areas. Authorities will go where their investigations lead, even if it’s five states away from where the case is filed.

Trump said authorities were “focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else.”

“It starts on Sunday and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries or they’re going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from,” the president said.

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Flyers in English and Spanish are shown stacked at a nearby restaurant before immigration advocates gather them and hand them out, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Obama-era family operation in 2016 resulted in about 10 percent of those targeted being arrested, and the 2017 effort had a lower arrest rate, according to Albence. Other operations that have targeted people with criminal arrest records have yielded arrests rates of about 30%, aided by access to law enforcement databases.

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Administration officials have said they are targeting about 2,000 people, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns.

Trump has said on Twitter that his agents plan to arrest millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Fox News’ Kevin Corke Hollie McKay, Sam Dorman, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bastille Day in France showcases European military cooperation

The annual Bastille Day celebration in Paris this year was not just about showcasing France, but also military cooperation among European continues.

The flags of 10 countries of the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact created last year, led Sunday’s military parade down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris.

In a message to the French people before the parade, President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the importance of France’s commitment to boost European security.

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Tanks rolling on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Sunday, July 14, 2019. ((AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“Never since the end of the Second World War has Europe been so necessary. The construction of a Europe of defense, in connection with the Atlantic Alliance…is a priority for France. It is the theme of this parade,” he said.

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“Acting together and strengthening our ability to act collectively is one of the challenges that the European Intervention Initiative, along with other key European projects, wants to address,” Macron added.

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Veterans walk on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Some 4,300 soldiers, around 200 vehicles and over 100 aircraft, some from other European countries, were taking part in the parade that was opened by Spanish troops, according to Reuters.

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French Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France spray lines of smoke in the colors of the French flag over the Champs-Elysees during Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

The biggest crowd-pleaser on the display appeared to be a man rocketing through the air on a flyboard device — the invention of French former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata.

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European leaders in attendance included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

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From the left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto attend Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Tensions in the street remain high in Paris following months of demonstrations by the anti-Macron yellow vest protesters who want more help for French workers.

On Sunday, television images showed police grabbing one of the movement’s leaders, Eric Drouet, as he stood on the sidelines of the parade and escorting him away.

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Portuguese troops take part to Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

At France’s 2017 Bastille Day events, U.S. President Donald Trump, as the guest of honor, was so impressed he ordered a military parade in Washington for America’s July 4 celebrations. Macron will later host a lunch at the Elysee Palace with other European leaders, including Merkel.

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Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, one of the key events of the French Revolution. The day has become a national holiday in France.

The European Intervention Initiative is a 10-country coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises. The French-led initiative, which includes Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal, was launched last year, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US scientist was suffocated in Greece, body found covered with burlap in Nazi-era bunker

An American scientist who went missing last week in Greece before she was found dead in an abandoned World War II bunker was suffocated, authorities said Wednesday as new details were revealed about where her body was discovered.

Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was last seen on July 2 near the port of Chania on the Greek island of Crete. Colleagues at the conference had told authorities they believed she had gone for a run in the area.

Greek police discovered her body Monday in a manmade cave that was used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete, located about 6 miles from where Eaton was last seen.

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On Wednesday, a state coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that Eaton died as a result of a “criminal act.”

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

Local police told the Greek Reporter that an examination of Eaton’s body determined she died as a result of suffocation.

“What is definite is that we are talking about homicide. Also, there was no sign of death by gun,” an unidentified official in the medical examiner’s office told the news outlet.

The 59-year-old’s body was discovered in a cave in a rural area near Chania, located on the westernmost side of Crete. Fire service rescue team leader Nikolaos Papaleonidas said the recovery came after an “extensive search effort,” and the bunker was located about 330 feet from a nearby road, according to Sky News.

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Eaton’s body was located about 200 feet from the entrance to the bunker, “bruised” and covered in burlap, according to the Greek Reporter.

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Suzanne Eaton, seen in this undated photo, was reported missing on July 2. (Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden)

Papadomanolakis told the AP he believed the woman died around the time she was last seen, on July 2.

Officials are not yet sure if the crime was committed at the scene, or if the 59-year-old was killed elsewhere and disposed of in the cave, Greek news outlet Ekathimerini reported.

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Eaton, who worked at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, had been attending a conference in Crete. The institute called her death a “tragic demise.”

Authorities had launched a major search for Eaton in rural areas near Chania, helped by members of her family and fire service rescuers from Athens.

According to a Facebook page set up by her family to raise awareness of her disappearance, some 70 others who were at the conference joined in with the search. Eaton, originally from Oakland, California, was the wife of British scientist Tony Hyman and the mother of two sons, Max and Luke, according to the institute. Hyman and his sons traveled to Crete upon news of her disappearance.

In a statement posted to the page, the scientist’s niece said she was “forever grateful for the support we’ve received from this global community of caring people over the last week.”

“We cannot comment on anything at this time, but I will post a message here when the time is appropriate,” Callie Broaddus said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Georgia teenagers staged kidnapping at mall to gain YouTube followers, police say

A teenager screaming for help inside an SUV in the parking lot of a Georgia mall last week was nothing more than a stunt meant to be uploaded to YouTube, according to police.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Kratzer, 19, and Ava Coleman, 17, face charges of reckless conduct and raising a false public alarm after the alleged staged kidnapping at The Collection at Forsyth shopping center, located about 35 miles north of Atlanta.

“If you want to create a social media following, I would strongly dissuade you from this stupidity, good armed citizens might have been justified in using force to stop what they legitimately believed was a kidnapping,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said in a Facebook post. “Committing a criminal act for social media likes will get you arrested in Forsyth County, that’s not the kind of attention most people want to have.”

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The sheriff’s office said they received multiple 911 calls around 6 p.m. on July 3 about a woman possibly being kidnapped. The woman was tied up with a covering over her head from inside the SUV.

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Christopher Kratzer, 19, and Ava Coleman, 17, face charges of reckless conduct and raising a false public alarm in connection with alleged kidnapping. (Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)

She was also heard yelling “he is going to kill me,” the Forsyth County News reported.

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Officials said eight deputies responded to the call, which was over half the entire contingent of officers in the southern part of the county in an attempt to intercept the SUV.

“Deputies were travelling in emergency modes with lights and siren trying to render help to this alleged victim, such driving is not without risk to the public and deputies,” police said.

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The SUV was eventually stopped and officers investigating the incident discovered the pair were filming a kidnapping prank for a YouTube video.

“Yes, that’s right for a social media channel to gain more followers,” police said.

Both were arrested and taken to the Forsyth County Jail. Coleman was released on bond, while Krazter is still being held after allegedly violating the terms of his probation for a prior incident, according to the Forsyth County News.

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California residents warned of earthquake scams after recent temblors

After two major earthquakes within two days of each other last week in Southern California, authorities are warning that scammers may be trying to take advantage of residents’ renewed anxiety.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday was the largest one in Southern California in nearly 20 years and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same area of the desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit Thursday.

Those large quakes were followed by thousands of smaller aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershocks will taper off, and the probability of another large quake — magnitude 4 or higher — also will decrease. But officials in Orange County have warned someone has been hyping the opposite, calling residents and claiming an even larger quake was on the horizon to get them out of their homes.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said that on Sunday night, four residents of Aliso Viejo reported they received a phone call saying there would be an 8.4 magnitude earthquake and urging them to evacuate their homes immediately.

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Crews work on repairing a section of highway 178 in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, near Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“Dispatchers provided the callers with information that Orange County does not have an alert system that would contact them prior to an earthquake, and that it may have been a scam,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to FOX11.

The city of Aliso Viejo subsequently put out a warning on Facebook, warning of the scam to get residents to evacuate their homes in an attempt to possibly commit burglaries.

“Our City and OCSD – Aliso Viejo Police Services only use certain methods to communicate emergencies other than in person, so please always verify the source first!” the city said.

The sheriff’s office said, so far, it appears no one appears to have fallen for the scam and no home burglaries were reported in the city in the days since the quakes.

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Residents of the city, located about 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, blasted the scam.

“I think it’s terrible that people are capitalizing on people that are terrified of earthquakes, I personally am not super afraid of them but I know a lot of people that are still so shaken up and I think it’s really sad and unfortunate,” Aliso Viejo resident Debbie Crockett told FOX11. “I think the people that are doing this should be prosecuted it’s horrendous and it has to be stopped.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the sheriff’s office in Kern County, where the quakes have been centered, told the Los Angeles Times they had not received any reports of suspicious calls as of Tuesday.

“I think it’s terrible and it’s deplorable,” Ilene Rotstan told FOX11. “It’s a great way to get somebody to be fearful to leave their homes and then to fall prey victim to a robbery.”

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Another earthquake scam was reported in 2015 in Beverly Hills, where a caller claimed to be a city official wanting to inspect the property for earthquake damage, according to the Times.

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Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Officials have reminded residents that in an emergency, messages will be sent out over the Emergency Alert System on television and AM/FM radio in addition to Wireless Emergency Alerts to cell phones based on their location.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted in a potential scam is urged to contact the sheriff office’s non-emergency line at 949-770-6011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Seattle stabbing spree by reportedly naked man leaves several injured

At least three people were injured after reports of a stabbing in downtown Seattle on Tuesday by an apparent naked assailant.

The Seattle Police Department said the incident was first reported around 10 a.m. on 6th Avenue and Olive Way, located near the headquarters of Nordstrom.

Police Tweeted two people were transported to Harborview Medical Center. One of the victims was a 75-year-old man who was listed in stable condition.

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Several people were injured in a reported stabbing in downtown Seattle on Tuesday. (SDOT Traffic)

Further details about the second victim were not immediately available. A third person was treated at the scene and declined transport, police said.

The incident drew a large emergency response in the downtown area, according to video from a KOMO News reporter.

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The suspect was taken into custody according to Seattle Police, who added the man’s clothing and knife were recovered in the area.

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The incident closed 6th Avenue was closed between Pine Street and Olive Way, Q13FOX reported.

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