April 19, 2007

2 miners trapped

Crews moved thousands of tons rock Wednesday in hopes of finding two men buried underneath at least 40 feet of rubble at an open mining pit in Maryland.

The two men became trapped Tuesday after a wall of the mining pit they were working in collapsed. The wall was about 100 to 125 feet tall and its collapse created a layer of rock anywhere from 40 to 80 feet deep. Rescuers believe that the men are located where the fallen rock is more shallow.

The reasoning for the collapse is unknown, Bob Cornett, a district manager for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administrationan said, but heavy rain in the area could have played a part.

The miners were buried with equipment that had radios, but there has been no communication with the men since the incident.

Crews continue to search for the men.

April 18, 2007

NBC news gets photos/writings from shooter

Two days after the massacre at Virginia Tech pictures and writings from the shooter arrived at NBC news studios.

Cho Seung-Hui, 23, an english major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shot at least 30 people before taking his own life.

The package appears to have been mailed to NBC News at around 9 a.m. on Monday about two hours after the dormitory shooting. It was recieved Wednesday by NBC and contained 23 QuickTime video files with Cho speaking directly to the camera, photographs and writings, NBC News President Steve Capus said.

The package was immediately turned over to the FBI, Capus said.

April 11, 2007

2 Chicago Students Shot When a Gun Accidentally was Fired

Two students were accidentally shot Tuesday afternoon in a Southeast Chicago school.

The incident happened at Chicago Vocational Career Academy. A 15-year-old boy brought a 9 mm Ruger handgun to school with him and was showing the weapon to another student in the back of his science classroom when it accidentally fired. The bullet went through his thigh and a fellow 14-year-old classmates thigh, police said.

The boy who brought the gun to school attempted to hide the weapon outside of the school after the gun fired, but was confronted by school security gaurds upon re-entering, police said.

Both boys were brought to the hospital and are listed in stable condition.

The boy who brought the gun to school will likely have charges filed against him, police said.

This shooting comes less than a month after a shooting in the schools parking lot, police said.,0,3613884.story?coll=chi-news-hed

April 9, 2007

high speed crash

A 25-mile high speed crash in Texas ended Friday with the death of a 9-month-old baby girl.

Alexxus Riza was thrown from the SUV her mother, Aimee Andrea Riza, 36, was driving, police said. The vehicle flipped several times and then crashed into a concrete median.

Riza sustained minor injuries and was combative with police upon exiting the vehicle, police said. She is charged with manslaughter, evading arrest, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

March 29, 2007

3 infants found in calif. town

Three babies, each found about 11-months apart throughout a small California town, have been almost positively identified as having the same mother, police said.

All three newborns were found within a two-block radius of one another. The first newborn was found on a bench wrapped in a blanket with his ubilical cord still attached. The second and third newborns were both found in the truck beds of parked pickup trucks.

The third baby died of exposure to cold weather, police said. She was alive for less than a day, the coroner said.

The other two babies survived and are now wards of the state.

The search continues for the parents of the babies.

March 20, 2007

12-year-old Boy Scout missing

The search for a 12-year-old North Carolina Boy Scout continued Monday night.

Michael Auberry went missing from his camp site Saturday afternoon while on a camping trip with his Boy Scout troop in Doughton Park, North Carolina.

Auberry ate lunch with his troop Saturday afternoon and sometime after that his fellow Scouts and leaders noticed he was missing.

Saturday search teams found Auberry’s mess kit and some snack wrappers less than half a mile from the campsite, investigators said, but have had no new clues since then.

Investigators remain optimistic and are not suspecting foul play in this case. The weather is bearable and animals are not a threat in the area Auberry is missing, said park service ranger Tina White.

A missing persons report has been filed in case the boy has wandered out of the area.

March 16, 2007

6-year-old boy found dead

A 6-year-old boy who disappeared last week from his Georgia home was found murdered Thursday.

Christopher Michael Barrios was found about 3 miles from his home by a state ranger. It is unclear how long the body had been there for, police said. The body looked as if it had been buried and covered with some kind of material, investigators said.

Four arrests have already been made in connection with this crime: a child molester living in the same trailer park as the boy, one of his friends, and his parents. The four allegedly told investigators conflicting and changing stories about the boys disappearance.

February 28, 2007

Bank Robbery

Two young women, who look to be as young as 16, robbed a bank in Acworth, Georgia Tuesday afternoon.

The women were wearing only sunglasses to hide their faces, and appear to be smiling and laughing in a bank surveillance camera. The women allegedly handed a teller a note demanding cash, police said, and they got away with a considerable amount of money. It is unclear if the two women had weapons, police said.

Authorities have already received several tips after releasing the bank surveillance video, and are continuing to look for the unidentified women.

February 23, 2007

boy abducted

A 13-year-old boy who was abducted at gunpoint Friday from his bus stop is now being held safely with deputies, Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. in Parrish, Fla. Clay Moore was in the street waiting for his school bus when a man in a red or maroon pickup truck approached the bus stop taking Moore against his will, police said.

Moore was later found by himself, unharmed, other than a few scratches, on a ranch or farm 20 to 30 miles from his bus stop.

The suspect is still on the loose.

February 17, 2007

shooting in utah mall

An 18-year old went on a shooting rampage in a Utah mall Monday killing five and injuring others.

Sulejmen Talovic, a Bosnian refuge, drove to the Trolley Square shopping center wearing a trench coat and carrying a backpack full of ammunition, a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol.

Police Chief Chris Burbank said that Talovic wanted “to kill a large number of people? and may have if it had not been for an off-duty officer that cornered the gunman and exchanged fire with him until other police officers could arrive.

Police are reporting that they are still unsure of Talovic’s motives.

February 10, 2007

New York Snow

Five straight days of lake-effect snow has left up to six feet of snow in Northern New York causing the governor to declare disaster in Oswego County.

The snow began Sunday and has been falling in Oswego at rates up to 5 inches an hour causing schools, roads, and business to be closed. The forecast does not appear to be looking any better. Meteorologists have predicted the snow to continue throughout the weekend.

February 2, 2007

Florida storms

A state of Emergency was declared Friday in four Florida counties as strong storms blew through the area killing at least 14 and injuring many more.

This storm system is suspected of producing a tornado at approximately 3 a.m. Friday morning, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Christopher Patton of the Lake County Emergency Operations Center said that there is “complete devastation of homes, businesses, religious institutions, it was unlike perhaps even the hurricanes of 2004.?

Along with ruined homes, downed power lines and fallen trees, approximately 20,000 customers across the mid-section of Florida are reportedly without electricity according to a Progress Energy spokeswoman.