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Gator attacks during festival show

This is one of those cases of "what do you think would happen?"

Take a look at this video.  

An alligator trainer was bitten during a show at a Texas festival over the weekend. 

The gator's owner said that despite the injury the trainer is fine, not requiring any stiches, according to KTRK

He attributed the attack to human error, saying the two handlers did not communicate correctly.

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:35 -0400

Amazing Video: Huge avalanche crashes into Everest base camp

Horrifying video has surfaces of the moment an avalanche wipes out a base camp on Mount Everest following the deadly earthquake in Nepal.

"The ground is shaking!" someone can be heard saying in the beginning of the video. Seconds later, people start running for their lives as snow from the avalanche barrels toward them. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Jost Kobusch, who takes cover with another climber, both cussing in English and German as the avalanche passes. 

The group with Kobusch exits their tent and, a few moments later, they discuss heading toward the kitchen tent.

"Oh no!" Kobusch says in the video. "There is no kitchen tent left."

Climber Alex Gavan documented the disaster on Twitter.

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:48:28 -0400

Reports: Rival gangs join forces to 'take out' law enforcement

Baltimore police are sending a warning to members of the law enforcement community.

According to WJZ, the department has uncovered a plan for area, rival gangs including Bloods, Crips and Black Guerilla Family to join forces in what police have said is a plan to "take out" officers.

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WJZ said police are taking reports as credible threats.

A statement released by the police department said, "Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers," WJZ reported.

Baltimore Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said the threat has been circulated to other  law enforcement agencies nationwide, WRC reported.  

The announcement of the threats came at the same time as family members and the Baltimore Community said goodbye to Freddie Gray, the man who died after suffering a spinal injury  that many believe happened while under Baltimore police custody.

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:40:19 -0400

Dog's 'jump and swing' trick is seriously impressive

After a dog spotted a rope hanging from a swing-less swing set, the pup just couldn't take its eyes off of it.

The dog jumped and jumped in an attempt to grab hold of the short rope.

And, just when you think there's absolutely now way, the dog grabbed ahold of the rope and dangled for at least 30 seconds. The dog may have hung in there longer, but the video ends before the K-9 is back on the ground.

It's uncertain whether the dog was hoping to bring the rope down with him, or if he just wanted a good swing. Either way, it was an impressive move for the little guy.

The YouTube poster, Liam Terry, appears to be a neighbor of the dog's owner. 

He referred to the master move as a "jump and swing" but offered little more info on the dog, saying only, "This dog a few houses down has his very own swing set and makes great use of it!"

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:27:03 -0400

Action 9: CHS reaches deal with United Healthcare

Carolinas Healthcare System has reached a deal Monday with United Healthcare.
The insurer’s 80,000 customers can go to their doctors and CHS hospitals without paying out-of-network prices.
The former deal between the two expired at the end of February.

UnitedHealthcare and Carolinas HealthCare System agreed to make the new contract retroactive to March 1, 2015, ensuring people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and Medicare plans do not experience any interruption in their in-network benefits coverage for services received at Carolinas HealthCare System.

Action 9 investigator Jason Stoogenke is in contact with the hospital. He will have more information on Eyewitness News.

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:03:49 -0400

This toddler laughing about a dandelion is all you need to get through today

Tom Fletcher of the band McFly posted this intoxicatingly adorable video of him and his son, Buzz, enjoying the great outdoors.

According to Tom's post with the video, this was the little guy's first time seeing a dandelion, and he just couldn't get enough.

As Tom blows on the flower, Buzz giggles with pure glee. 

Tom wrote on his YouTube page, "This is why being a Dad is awesome." 

The post has since gone viral with nearly a million views, and it's hard not see why. This might be the perfect anecdote for the beginning-of-the-week blues.

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:01:43 -0400

Crews battle flames, smoke pouring from Belmont home

Firefighters from five separate departments were busy trying to put out a fire that tore through a Belmont home Monday morning.

IMAGES: Smoke pours from Belmont home

Firefighters responded to 925 Edgewater Drive around 10:45 a.m. and found heavy flames and smoke coming from the house.

CHOPPER: Crews battle flames, smoke pouring from Belmont home

Officials said nobody was hurt in the fire but they did not know yet how it started.

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:42:07 -0400

Parents urged to support free-range family and allow children to walk home alone

A Maryland couple is gaining support on their views of what's called "free-range" parenting and now May 9 has been declared by those supporters as "Take your kids to the park...and let them walk home by themselves day."

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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are under investigation for a second time for allowing their children, age 6 and 10, to walk home alone from a neighborhood park according to multiple news outlets, including Fox News.

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Now the group Empower Kids Maryland is taking a stand and asking parents to allow their children to walk home by themselves, if parents think their children are ready for the responsibility.

The Washington Post recently published an article that claimed that there has not been a safer time in America for children.  The article cited child mortality rates, comparing 1935, where 450 deaths for every 100,000 children aged 1 to 4, to now where the number decreased dramatically to fewer than 30 deaths for every 100,000 children.

Fox News said Judge Alex Ferrer said it was "insane" to announce that children will walk home from a park with out their parents, worrying that the information will be used by the "wrong people."

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:40:04 -0400

Firefighters: Neighbor with water hose saves elderly woman’s house in fire

A 75-year-old woman was out organizing help to keep people in their homes when a fire damaged her own Lincoln County house Monday morning.
Ethelene Leatherman held a yard sale to raise money to help people who can’t pay power bills. She was out getting names of people to help when the fire started.
A man who lives two doors down heard glass shatter as pressure from the fire blew out a window in the house on Keever Dairy Road.

The neighbor ran over, called 911 and then grabbed a hose and started spraying down the house. Firefighters told Channel 9 his efforts were able to save more than half of the house.

Firefighters said the home is in such a remote area that it took seven minutes for the first units to arrive.

Leatherman raised over $3,800 in the yard sale and was told by someone at her church that her house was on fire.
The fire was contained mostly to one area of the house thanks to the quick-thinking neighbor.

Leatherman lived at the home for 50 years and said she is grateful for good neighbors.
Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon talked to Leatherman and firefighters and will have updates on Eyewitness News Midday.

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:06:15 -0400

Teacher hailed as hero after tackling shooter

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A student at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington,  was tackled by a teacher after firing a shot into the air, according to the school district.  No one was hurt.

>>Photos: Shooter at high school tackled by teacher

Emergency dispatchers confirmed reports of an active shooter on campus about 7:40 a.m. PT Monday.

Lacey police said the student is in custody.

Students are being released to their parents at the football field, South Sound Stadium, the North Thurston School District said.

Parents said they received an automated message that one shot was fired into the air before the shooter was taken down.

The district confirmed the teacher who tackled the shooter was Brady Olson.  According to his biography, Olson teachers AP government and politics, and civics.

Students said the shot was fired in an upper hallway near the gym.  Some students fled out the back door of the gym, running to a Safeway or Lowe's store for safety.

Middle school student Cameron Brandt said he was on the way to take a test when he heard about the shooting.

"I heard about the shooting and my heart just dropped," said Brandt.

Brandt didn't feel safe after the incident and asked his father to pick him up.

Dozens are sharing thanks on social media -- to Mr. Brady Olson. 

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:42:16 -0400

First women enter Ranger training at Fort Benning

For the first time in the history of the U.S. Army Rangers, 19 women are among nearly 400 soldiers undergoing the 62-day training course at Fort Benning.  

About 80 have already failed the physical assessment test and been released from class.  Three are women.  

The Ranger Assessment Phase at Fort Benning, known as "RAP" week, requires Ranger candidates to be able to run five miles in under 40 minutes and complete 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups and six chin-ups. 

Over the course of the week, eight more women were dropped, either for failing to locate the required objects on the land navigation course or failing to complete a 12-mile road march carrying 50 pounds of equipment and water in under three hours. 

Eight women made it as far as the training jump, which was postponed Saturday due to poor weather. Training continues in the north Georgia mountains and in the Florida swamps near Destin.  

Major General Scott Miller tells the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, he is under no pressure to relax Ranger School standards for women.  "There won't be a change in standards," he maintains.  

A Ranger class graduated Friday.  Fewer than 20 percent made it through without re-taking some part of the course.  

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:52:57 -0400

Must-see: Holocaust survivor embraces ex-Nazi concentration camp guard

Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor embraced former Nazi concentration camp guard Oskar Gröning last week, and moving photos of the two have gone viral.

Kor, 81, was a witness in the trial against the 93-year-old Gröning, who is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, according to The Times.

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The pair shook hands, and Gröning kissed Kor on the cheek.

"This shows that former enemies can get along as human beings," Kor reportedly said. "What on Earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good. I want to teach young people that even former Nazis and survivors can get along."

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:52:19 -0400

Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday

As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.

She inherits a Justice Department consumed by efforts to stop the flow of Islamic State recruits to Syria and prevent destructive computer crimes against American corporations. And she arrives with the department at the center of an ongoing national dialogue on relations between police and minority communities, something she pledged at her confirmation hearing to address.

The Senate's long-delayed confirmation on Thursday of Lynch, 55, makes her the first African-American woman to hold the position. Vice President Joe Biden will administer the oath of office to her on Monday at a Justice Department ceremony. She replaces Eric Holder and a six-year tenure in which he made civil rights protections a cornerstone priority.

Lynch will have limited time in the twilight of the Obama administration to craft ambitious new policy proposals and is seen as unlikely to depart in radical ways from Holder's priorities. But supporters expect her to bring her own understated and low-key management style, and she sought to assure anxious Republicans in recent months that she would arrive in Washington with her own law-and-order perspective.

"She's a professional prosecutor, a career law-enforcement person, and she's also someone who is apolitical," said Robert Giuffra, a New York lawyer who has known Lynch for years.

The workload itself won't be unfamiliar for Lynch, who since 2010 has been the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, one of the busiest Justice Department offices in the country. The job has given her the opportunity to oversee cases against terrorists, cybercriminals and elected officials — all common Justice Department targets. Her office also is involved in the civil rights investigation arising from the death of a black Staten Island man who was placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.

In addition, she'll need to build relationships on Capitol Hill, where Republicans who criticized Holder as overly political repeatedly clashed with him and once held him in contempt.

"I think DoJ badly needs a new attorney general to start to reset relationships, first and foremost with members of Congress, the overseers," said Ron Hosko, former head of the FBI's criminal division and president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. "I think that the negativity, the friction, between Holder and the oversight committees ultimately hurt" the department.

Never known as a publicity seeker, the Harvard-educated Lynch has kept an even lower profile in recent months while her nomination was in limbo, caught up in a partisan dispute over a human trafficking bill. Her office has recently brought several noteworthy cases against suspected Islamic State group recruits, but without the typical fanfare of a news conference. Her chief media spokesman retired last year and was never replaced.

As a Brooklyn prosecutor, she attracted attention for her leading role in one of the most sensational police brutality cases in city history, the 1997 broomstick torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in a precinct bathroom. Even in that case, she encouraged a far more junior member of the trial team, Kenneth Thompson, to deliver opening statements rather than taking the opportunity herself.

"It shows that Loretta is more interested in doing justice than getting the limelight," said Thompson, now the Brooklyn district attorney.

She served from 1999 to 2001 as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District — which encompasses Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island — before entering private practice. She returned to the position in 2010 and was appointed to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, a position that required her to spend more time in Washington and drew her closer to Holder.

During her second tenure, Lynch's office has won convictions in a thwarted al Qaida-sanctioned plot to attack New York City subways, and against a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers. More recently, her office brought a tax evasion case against former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm that resulted in his guilty plea and resignation.

Lynch is not expected to radically reshape the Justice Department in the remaining year and a half of the Obama administration, and at her confirmation hearing in January, she carefully endorsed some of the staples of Holder's legacy and spoke of the need to continue repairing bonds between law enforcement and minorities.

But in nuanced ways, she also created space between herself and the outgoing attorney general. She said the death penalty, which Holder personally opposes, was an effective punishment and voiced unequivocal opposition to the prospect of marijuana legalization.

It also remains to be seen how aggressively she will support Holder's efforts to transform the criminal justice system's treatment of nonviolent defendants.

Supporters expect her to bring not only her own perspective but also a unique biography that she says instilled in her the value of public service. She grew up in North Carolina at the height of the Civil Rights movement, the daughter of a librarian and a fourth-generation Baptist preacher who carried her on his shoulders as he opened his Greensboro church to protesters planning sit-ins and marches.

"If confirmed as attorney general," she told lawmakers in January, "I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch."

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:33:13 -0400

5 things to know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst
The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,700 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. To help, click here.

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6 gang members accused in Lake Wylie couple's murder to appear in court
The six alleged gang members investigators said are behind several crimes, including the double murder of a Lake Wylie couple, will be in court for a bond hearing Monday morning. To read the complete timeline, click here.

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Carowinds new giga coaster stuck for third time, parkgoers say
For the third time in just over a week witnesses told Channel 9 Carowinds’ newest thrill ride got stuck mid-ride. Park goer Aimee Eudy told reporter Alexa Ashwell Fury 325 became stuck Saturday as soon as she got off of the ride. Click here to see past coverage of other incidents reported at the park.

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Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday
As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs. Click here to read more on her confirmation.

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Autopsy scheduled after woman's body found along I-85 in Gastonia
Mystery surrounds the death of a woman after her body was found in Gastonia on Interstate 85 Sunday morning, police said. The body of Temesha Beam, 28, was found by her family on I-85 south at Cox Road, police said. Click here to read more about this story.

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:23:50 -0400

How to help Nepal earthquake victims

Want to help victims of the Nepal earthquake? The following groups are organizing relief efforts:

>> PHOTOS: Massive earthquake strikes Nepal

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:04:32 -0400

Harley-Davidson recalls thousands of motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is issuing a massive recall.

The company has announced the recall of almost 46,000 motorcycles because the clutch may not fully disengage, keeping it in gear, the Associated Press reported.

The recall includes Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King 2014 and 2015 models.

So far there have been 27 crashes associated with the issue

For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's site, and enter your vin number to see if your motorcycle falls under the recall. 

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:51:31 -0400

Monster hail smashes windshield of Texas storm chasers

Chasing storms is a dangerous business. 

A couple storm chasers in Texas learn this lesson while chasing storms near Stephenville, Texas. 

Spencer Basoco and Lawrence McEwen say this is the biggest hail they'd ever seen. 

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They described the hail as softball or grapefruit-sized. 

App users can see the video here. 

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:24:24 -0400

Nepal Earthquake: How you can help

Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 4,000 people. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate online:

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The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, says nearly 1 million children in Nepal need help. UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, for urgent airlift to Kathmandu. CLICK HERE for info.


The U.N. World Food Program says logistics and emergency response teams have arrived in Kathmandu. CLICK HERE for info.


The International Committee for the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society and has a team working on emergency response. CLICK HERE for info.


Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in Nepal are rising quickly. The group says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society to help distribute essential household supplies, shelter kits and tarpaulins. Mercy Corps has 90 staffers on the ground in Nepal, some of whom have lost their homes in the quake. CLICK HERE for info.


Save the Children says it has staff in 63 districts and emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarpaulins already in Nepal and ready for distribution. Additional supplies and emergency recovery teams are being flown in. CLICK HERE for info.


Oxfam says its team in Nepal is assessing needs and it is sending emergency food, water and sanitation supplies. "Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off," country director Cecilia Keizer says in a statement. CLICK HERE for info.


Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, says it is sending medical staff and supplies to Nepal, including emergency surgical teams. CLICK HERE for info.


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is providing relief and medical supplies and sending a disaster relief team. CLICK HERE for info.


The Christian aid organization has deployed a disaster relief team and initial supplies for 15,000 households to support partner hospitals. CLICK HERE for info.


The Lutheran aid group is on the ground trying to meet basic needs such as the distribution of water filtration units and quilts. CLICK HERE for info.


The humanitarian organization that fights global poverty is on the ground in Nepal. CLICK HERE for info.


The Christian aid organization is on the ground assessing the disaster in Nepal. CLICK HERE for info.


The web payment company announced it was waiving fees for donations to the Nepal relief effort. It was delivering donations through its PayPal Giving Fund to several of the aid groups listed above, among others. CLICK HERE for info.

Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:18:17 -0400

Judge denies bond for alleged gang members accused in killing of Lake Wylie couple

Five of the six alleged gang members investigators said are behind several crimes, including the double murder of a Lake Wylie couple, appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday morning.

Suspected gang members charged in federal indictment

Investigators said the suspects are all members of the United Blood Nation.

Officials: Accused gang member ordered killing of couple from jail

Two members are accused of killing Debbie and Douglas London at their Lake Wylie home in October. Police said it was to prevent them from testifying about a robbery at the south Charlotte mattress store the London's owned.

The suspects also face charges including racketeering and robbery.

In court Monday, a judge ordered five of the suspects to be kept in jail pending their trials. The sixth had his case continued.

All six came to the federal courthouse asking for bond, but the government opposed, going through a litany of information detailing the gang they allegedly belong to.

Prosecutors said the FBI recorded conversations of gang members planning the murders of the Londons and even said the girlfriend of the main organizer of the killings carried out surveillance of the Lake Wylie couple, taking photos of them.

One gang member allegedly burned a letter that included instructions on the killings, according to prosecutors.

Scene of Lake Wylie double homicide from Chopper 9

One of the suspects, Jamell Cureton, asked a judge to drop the case against him last week. He wrote a 4-page letter to a judge saying investigators violated his fourth, fifth, and sixth amendment rights when they raided his cell in January.

Cureton claimed investigators seized more than a dozen letters clearly addressed to his lawyer, violating attorney-client privilege and giving prosecutors an unfair advantage.

Indictment after suspected gang members arrested in connection with killings

Investigators said Cureton was one of three people who robbed the London’s mattress store and then ordered the hit on them so the couple couldn't testify in court.

Prosecutors told the judge the community would not be safe if the suspects were released.

All five pleaded not guilty and said they wanted a jury trial.

Timeline of events:


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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:43:36 -0400

Man left in dumpster as baby in 1989 reunites with cop who saved him

Twenty-five years ago, a police officer found a baby in a California dumpster. Last week, the baby – now a grown man – got to meet the man who saved him

Robin Barton shares a bond like no other with retired Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna.

"I hoped that someday I would see him again," Buelna said. 

The two first met 25 years ago, though Barton was just 4 hours old, in what some would call a miracle encounter. It was Nov. 21, 1989. Buelna was on duty in Santa Ana.

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He heard a sound from behind a garbage dumpster.

"It was like a sound of a very low meow, like a cat or something," Buelna said.

He started moving trash around and then made the shocking discovery.

"I noticed the umbilical cord, and he was covered. He still had all the mucus and stuff, and all the trash and gravel was sticking to him. I tried to give him a tiny little bit of breath, and he reacted a little bit," Buelna said.

The baby weighed just 4 pounds, 2 ounces. A sketch of his 19-year-old biological mother – later identified as Serena Diaz – went out. She was later arrested and charged with attempted murder.

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"I'm not angry or upset with her, and I forgive her, because she was a young woman in a very compromising position," Barton, who was adopted by an Orange County couple, said. 

Recently, Barton and his parents met the officer who rescued him. It was an emotional meeting.

"I had to opportunity to shake his hand and look in his eyes, and say thank you for saving his life," said Daniel Fernandez, Barton's adoptive father. 

Barton's biological mother was sentenced to three years in prison for child endangerment and attempted murder. 

Barton said he is trying to find her because he says it will help provide some closure to meet her. He also wants to tell her he forgives her. 

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Published: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:25:22 -0400