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Tuesday
Jan242017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Reveals He Has Prostate Cancer

Minnesota Governor's Office(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has prostate cancer, he said Tuesday.

Dayton said that he learned of the diagnosis last week and that he might have surgery. He added that he plans to finish out his term and said, "I’m not in any pain.”

Dayton's announcement comes one day after he collapsed while giving his State of the State speech.

Dayton, who turns 70 on Thursday, said on Tuesday he wasn't intending to disclose the diagnosis until deciding on a treatment plan, but Monday night's episode sped it up.

Dayton said he didn't sense problems Monday night until right before his collapse. The governor said to laughter that the "speech was way too long ... that was the problem." He added, "next year it will be shorter."

The governor's chief of staff said in a statement Monday night that Dayton "quickly recovered" after fainting.

"Tonight, Governor Dayton briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol, and returned home," Chief of Staff Jaime Tincher said.

Tincher added: "EMTs joined the governor there, and performed a routine check. He is now spending time with his son and grandson."

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Vermont's Capital Investigates First Murder to Occur in Nearly 100 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(MONTPELIER, Vt.) -- Vermont police are searching for a suspect in a murder that authorities said is the first to occur in the state’s capital in almost a century.

Vermont State Police issued an arrest warrant on Monday for 29-year-old Jayveon Caballero, who is wanted for second-degree murder.

Investigators believe Caballero knew the victim, 33-year-old Markus Austin, and that an altercation occurred between them early Sunday morning outside a bar in the town of Barre. Detectives received information that at some point during the altercation, Austin assaulted Caballero’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Desiree Cary, according to police.

Later Sunday morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., police said Caballero confronted Austin at a parking lot outside the victim’s apartment in the capital Montpelier and allegedly shot him before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The victim was found dead on the ground from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

Caballero’s girlfriend was arrested in Barre on Sunday night as part of an ongoing drug distribution investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force. Cary was subsequently charged with selling crack cocaine and heroin and jailed for lack of $10,000 bail, police said.

Cary is due back in court in April, authorities said. It’s unclear if she has hired an attorney and if she has entered a plea.

Investigators learned that Cary lives with Caballero in an apartment in Barre, police said. Vermont State Police searched the residence on Monday in an attempt to locate the suspect and to search for evidence, police said.

Detectives have received information that Caballero may have fled Vermont sometime during the day on Sunday. The suspect remains at large and it’s unknown if he is travelling in a vehicle, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 229-9191 or the Montpelier Police Department at (802) 223-3445.

The Montpelier Police Department told ABC affiliate WVNY-TV that this is the first murder to occur in Vermont’s capital since the 1920s.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

911 Dispatcher Helps Save Woman Locked in Trunk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 911 dispatcher for Johnston County, North Carolina, recently helped save a woman who was locked in the trunk of a moving car, according to officials.

The 29-year-old woman called 911 around 4 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2017, saying she had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who forced her into a trunk, Jason Barbour, director of the Johnston County Emergency 911 Communications Center, said.

Barbour told ABC News Tuesday that the shift supervisor at the time, Tim Medlin, responded to the call.

"She was crying and very upset, so it was hard to understand her at first, but [Medlin] finally heard her say she was locked in a trunk of a car," Barbour explained. "The call then dropped, and his multiple attempts to call her back were unsuccessful."

Medlin "refused to give up" and used the office's emergency cellphone in an attempt to reach the woman, according to Barbour.

"It was this flip phone, and [Medlin] texted the woman on that phone since he couldn't reach her by calling," Barbour said. "Fortunately, she started texting back and told us that she needed help and that she believed she was in a red Mustang headed towards Fayetteville."

Medlin was then able to get the woman's location with the help of a cellphone provider. Police responded and stopped the car in the city of Fayetteville, Barbour said.

"And lo and behold, the woman was in the trunk of the car," Barbour said. He added that if it wasn't for Medlin's quick thinking, the woman may not have been found on time.

"He really stood by our motto, 'Failure is not an option,'" Barbour said.

Lt. Todd Joyce, a public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Department, told ABC News Tuesday that the woman in the trunk was found unharmed. He added that her boyfriend, 32-year-old Nicholas Mattevi, was arrested around 5 a.m. and charged with false imprisonment, a misdemeanor.

Mattevi has since been released from jail, according to Joyce. He said it was not immediately clear if Mattevi had obtained a lawyer or entered a plea.

ABC News could not reach Mattevi for comment.

The Cumberland County District Court did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for information.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Virginia Mother and Two Young Children Mysteriously Disappear

iStock/Thinkstock(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) -- Police have issued a missing and endangered alert for a Virginia mother and her two young children who recently disappeared under "suspicious circumstances," according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.

The mother, 29-year-old Monica Lamping, and her 9-month-old daughter and 7-year-old son were reported missing by family members this past Sunday, Jan. 22, around 9:30 a.m., the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release Tuesday.

A fire had broken out in Monica Lamping's home just hours before she and her kids were reported missing, according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

The fire was reported around 3:15 a.m. that same Sunday, and no one was found in the home, a fire department spokesperson told ABC News Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and investigators are looking at the possibility that a space heater may have ignited the blaze, the fire department spokesperson said.

Just a few hours before the fire, in the late afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 21, Monica Lamping reportedly went on a blind date with "somebody named Chad," according to Moira Lamping, the stepmother of Monica Lamping's 7-year-old son.

Monica Lamping left her kids with her best friend and picked them up again after the date around 5:30 p.m. that Saturday, Moira Lamping told ABC affiliate WVEC-TV in Hampton, Virginia.

"She said something about car trouble, and Chad could fix it," Moira Lamping said.

Family members reported they have not been able to get in contact with Monica Lamping since that afternoon, the Virginia Beach Police Department wrote in its news release Tuesday.

Police added that they are "attempting to identify the individual named Chad."

Monica Lamping is believed to be operating a green 2002 Jeep Cherokee bearing a Virginia license plate with the tag XPU-6357, according to police. The vehicle was last spotted traveling through the Portsmouth Downtown Tunnel in Portsmouth, Virginia, police said.

Officials ask that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Monica Lamping and her children please call the Virginia Beach Police Department at (757) 385-5000 or the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Man Takes Jet Ski Through Flooded California Streets

Mark Gomez(FULLERTON, Calif.) — A man jet skied through flooded streets in Fullerton, California, this weekend.

The jet skier, Mark Gomez, is a professional stuntman and performed the surreal feat in two takes.

California is recovering from a wave of winter storms that have pummeled the state with rain.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued two emergency proclamations late last night to help secure funding for communities to deal with flooding, mudslides and erosion from the heavy rain.

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Monday
Jan232017

Former President George H.W. Bush Moved Out of ICU

ABC News(HOUSTON) -- Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush and his wife at a Houston hospital said on Monday the former president is out of the ICU, and the former first lady has been discharged.

George Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 14 after exhibiting shortness of breath, and has been treated for pneumonia in the intensive care unit during his stay.

Barbara Bush, 91, entered the same hospital Wednesday with bronchitis.

 

 

Drs. Amy Mynderse and Clint Doerr, who have been treating the Bushes, answered reporters’ questions about their medical treatment Monday morning.

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Monday
Jan232017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton 'Doing Great' After Fainting During Speech

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed while giving the State of the State speech in his state on Monday night.

Dayton, 69, had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the state capitol in Saint Paul when the incident occurred.

The governor was apparently able to get up on his own, but was escorted out of the room with assistance.

Dayton's son Eric tweeted after the incident: "I'm with my dad now and he's doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern."

 

 

The governor's chief of staff, Jaime Tincher, said later in a statement that Dayton "briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol and returned home."

Tincher added that EMTs performed a routine check on the governor, but he was now "spending time with his son and grandson."

Dayton is still scheduled to present his 2017 budget Tuesday morning, the chief of staff said.

"Governor Dayton and his entire staff thank the people of Minnesota for their outpouring of support and concern," Tincher said in the statement.


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Monday
Jan232017

Bodycam Catches Officer Rescuing Driver from Car on Fire

ABC(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- An officer's frantic efforts to free a driver from her car as it erupted into flames was caught on bodycam footage released by police in Spokane, Washington.

Around 9:40 p.m. on Friday, a motorist called 911 saying that she was trapped in her vehicle, which had caught fire, according to police. She was told to break the windows, but said she wasn't able to shatter the glass.

Before fire crews arrived, Officer Tim Schwering arrived on the scene and used his baton to break a hole in the car's driver-side window, police said. When he couldn't unlock the door, Schwering removed the driver's side glass so the driver could escape the vehicle.

Kimberly Novak, who identified herself as the driver in the video, told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington, that she was headed to the store for ice cream when her car hit slush on the road and died.

"I honestly believed that I may not make it out of there," Novak told KXLY-TV. "I thought I was going to die there and so panic was definitely setting in."

"I mean I tried all the doors and tried to open them myself and then kicking as hard as I could," she said. "The flames were shooting up. I realized it's happening that fast, that it was going to get me fast too."

Police said a neighbor, who saw the car on fire, helped in pulling Novak through the driver's side window to safety.

Schwering was treated at a hospital for smoke-inhalation symptoms and then released, according to police. The neighbor was also treated for minor cuts from the window glass, according to police.

"Once fire crews arrived on scene, they found the engine compartment fully involved with fire, fire venting to both wheel wells," police said. "The grille shell and bumper had melted away and were effectively burning puddles beneath vehicle. It’s unclear at this time what the cause of the car fire was."

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Monday
Jan232017

Florida Officers Surprise Pint-Size Fan at Police-Themed Birthday Party

Clearwater Police Department(SAFETY HARBOR, Fla.) -- A 4-year-old boy who loves his local police department got a big surprise Sunday when four uniformed officers crashed his birthday party.

Brody Barnaky was greeted by Sgt. Tom Rodgers, Officer Justin Murray, Officer Scott Penna and Officer Tomislav Marjanovic and was even given a police flag as a gift.

"When they came walking, in [Brody] ran up and jumped into one of the officer's arms," mom Tiffany Barnaky of Safety Harbor, Florida, told ABC News. "They were the nicest men. They were so good with the kids. They took them out to the cars, hugged [Brody], they compared muscles, they were absolutely the sweetest officers. The fact that they all wanted to come and do that was just amazing."

Since last year, Brody has admired police officers, Barnaky, 35, said.

"Every time we are in contact with a police officer, he asks for my phone and pulls up the pictures of Halloween to show them that he was an officer," she said. "I asked him what kind of party he wanted and he said, 'A police officer party at a bowling alley.'"

Two weeks before the celebration, Barnaky contacted the Clearwater Police Department to invite an officer to the party at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater for cake.

"He [the PIO] said, as long as the world behaves itself, someone would come by," Barnaky said. "Four officers were able to come by. We were completely blown away."

Rodgers told ABC News that he was happy to carve out some time to meet Brody, who was wearing an "Officer Brody" T-shirt.

"Once he saw us, his face just lit up," Rodgers told ABC News. "It was the cutest thing ... he ran up, I grabbed him, picked him up and he had no hesitation at all."

Rodgers and his squadmates showed Brody the police cars and even let him speak over the PA system.

Barnaky said she couldn’t be more grateful for the kindness shown to her son.

"I think that's why he's fallen in love with them," she said. "The importance of their job to protect the community is what we're showing him. That's why he wants to be a police officer."

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Monday
Jan232017

Child Believed Missing After Devastating Tornadoes in South

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 2-year-old child is believed to be among the missing after a series of deadly tornadoes wreaked havoc in parts of the South this weekend, according to authorities.

More than a dozen people died over the weekend from the devastating twisters and many more lost homes in the destruction.

"We have people who have no home, no food, no warmth, and no hope," Chris Cohilas, a commissioner in Dougherty County in south Georgia, told the press Monday.

"It is total devastation and destruction," said Ron Rowe, emergency medical services director in the city of Albany in Dougherty County. "We have multiple neighborhoods that have totally been 'removed,' if I can use that word."

Cohilas said authorities began searching for a 2-year-old child after a mother reported the youngster missing.

The mother "reported her 2-year-old child had been swept away during the tornado," he said.

The tornadoes wreaked havoc from early Saturday through Sunday in areas from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, parts of Alabama and south Georgia.

He added that an active search-and-rescue effort was underway in the county, led by state and local law enforcement, but that resources were limited, and that the country needed help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We've been begging for FEMA's help," Cohilas said. "To get caught up in bureaucratic red tape during this time of human suffering is disgraceful. I would ask President Trump take significant steps to remove the bureaucratic red tape and get us some people on the damn ground."

The president expressed condolences to the people affected by the tornadoes on Sunday.

"I want to start off by telling you I just spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, great state, great people," Trump said Sunday from the White House. "Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes, and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken."

Trump added that the tornadoes "were vicious and powerful and strong."

"So we'll be helping out the state of Georgia," Trump added.

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