15-year-old boy dies after falling on camp outing in Pennsylvania

Paul Hartley/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A 15-year-old boy fell to his death while rock climbing in Pennsylvania on an outing with his camp, authorities said.

The fall happened Monday near the YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill in Somerset County, Stephen Limani, a spokesman for state police, told ABC News. The boy, who was not identified, was attending a teen wilderness camp through the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County.

He plummeted about 50 feet after he and other campers began scaling a rock formation in a state forest, Limani said. Camp counselors took the children to the forest to hike and rock climb, according to Limani.

The boy was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died.

State police are investigating the incident.

The YMCA did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.

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Dad of missing pregnant postal worker: 'I just want my baby to come home'

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- The father of a pregnant Chicago postal service worker who vanished nine months ago believes his daughter is alive and is pleading for the public to help.

"I just want my baby to come home, along with my grandbaby that I never got to meet," Joseph Coles said at a news conference on Monday.

Coles' daughter, Kierra Coles, a 26-year-old employee of the U.S. Postal Service, vanished on Oct. 2, 2018. She was about three months pregnant at the time.

Chicago police said in October that they suspected possible foul play.

Joseph Coles on Monday suggested his daughter may be being held captive in a vacant home.

But he said the police are out of leads.

"Somebody knows something," he said. "If you've got any information, please come forward. I'm the father and I will not be going anywhere no time soon."

"I will continue to keep looking," Joseph Coles said. "I will keep pushing this information until she is brought home safely to me."

Chicago police said Tuesday that no one is in custody in the Kierra Coles case, calling it an active investigation.

Joseph Coles said he also wanted to draw attention to the others currently missing in Chicago.

"We need to bring them home to their families safely," he said.

He encouraged anyone with a missing loved one who needs help securing resources to contact him.

Among the other speakers Monday was Norma Peterson, sister-in-law of Stacy Peterson, who vanished in Bolingbrook, Illinois, nearly 12 years ago.

"We still search for her every day," Norma Peterson said.

"We just want them home," she said, her voice shaking.

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Chicago alligator captured one week after it was first spotted in lagoon

Chicago Animal Care and Control(CHICAGO) -- An alligator was captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago early Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there.

The gator, nicknamed "Chance the Snapper," was hiding in the lily pads when he was caught safely and unharmed at about 1:30 a.m., officials said.

Expert Frank Robb, who traveled to- Chicago from Florida to help capture the animal, said he reeled Chance in from the shore and then "grabbed ahold of him."

Robb presented Chance to captivated reporters at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Tuesday morning, ending the unusual, week-long hunt.

The gator is about 5 feet long and weighs about 30 to 40 pounds, Robb said.

He appears healthy, officials said.

Chance was believed to have been a pet that someone dropped off at the lagoon, Jenny Schlueter, a spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control, told ABC News last week.

After days of searching, the area around the lagoon was closed Monday in the hopes that the quiet would help lure the animal out of hiding.

The gator will eventually go to a zoo or sanctuary, officials said.

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California hiker found after going missing with dog 'thankful'

Inyo County Sheriffs Office/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- A missing hiker who was found alive Monday, days after she vanished in a remote area of California where she says she fled from a knife-wielding man, tells ABC News she's "thankful" to be home and reunited with her loved ones.

Sheryl Powell, 60, of Huntington Beach, California, and her husband, along with their small dog, arrived at the Grandview Campground in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest area of the Inyo National Forest on Friday afternoon for a weekend camping trip. Sheryl Powell said she decided to take the dog for a walk and briefly explore the wilderness around them while her husband, Joseph Powell, parked their vehicle.

"Miley, my dog, and I went off together and never quite made it back as soon as I thought," Sheryl Powell told ABC News' Amy Robach in an interview with her family, which aired Tuesday on Good Morning America.
Suddenly, a man with a knife emerged from behind a tree and threatened Powell and her dog, she said.

"He had been observing me and it was scary," she told ABC News. "If we made noise, if we yelled out, he was going to use [the knife] on us."

Powell said she tried to be compliant until she had a chance to flee.

"I took off with my dog and we just ran in a different direction than I knew my husband was, because the guy was between me and my husband, so I went the other way," she said. "I did what I had to."

Powell said she ran as fast as she could until she was certain the man wasn't following her.

"I just realized I wasn't sure where I was because I had been running out of fear," she added.

Joseph Powell said he started to become concerned as the minutes passed and his wife didn't return. He screamed her name and desperately searched the wilderness around their campsite for 45 minutes until alerting authorities.

"I realized something was seriously wrong," he told ABC News. "There's no words to describe the horror I went through looking for her."

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office launched a search in the area for Powell and her dog. They spent four days combing through the mountainous terrain.

"Every day that went on got harder and harder," the couple's daughter, Farrah, told ABC News. "Each day, our hope was kind of dwindling and we tried to stay strong, but it was a very concerning situation."

"It was definitely the lowest point we'd been," the couple's son, Greg, added. "It was just very scary for us."

On Monday morning, a ground search team found the family's dog alive, about 2.5 miles from Powell's last known location, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. Miley had somehow gotten loose from her leash and was barking, leading searchers to her location, the family said.

Powell was found soon after near the Montenegro Springs area of Inyo County. The searchers described Powell as being "resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine," the sheriff's office said.

She was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance, and now, the woman and her dog are both doing well, despite their ordeal.

"It's really strange and beautiful how that worked out, that Miley potentially was the savior here," Joseph Powell told ABC News.

While stranded in the wilderness, Powell managed to find water to drink, ate a cactus and hiked at night to avoid getting dehydrated, her family told ABC News.

Powell said she remained focused on taking care of Miley and trying to get back to her family.

"I'm just thankful to be alive and back with my family," she told ABC News. "I knew my husband was there waiting for me. So I was always determined to get back as soon as I could. I didn't know it would be four days."

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Barry remnants deliver more rain as heatwave takes shape from Midwest to Northeast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rigley, Louisiana, saw almost 2 feet of rain because of Barry, as flooding remains an issue from Arkansas to Tennessee.

What's left of Barry on Tuesday morning is tracking west of St. Louis, as flood alerts already have been issued in eight states from Texas to Illinois.

Moisture from Barry is expected to combine with a frontal system from the North and deliver storms with heavy rain from the mid-South to the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

By Wednesday morning, some heavy rain will spread into the Northeast, all the way into New York.

On Wednesday night and into Thursday, heavy rain is expected in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Urban flooding is possible for areas that see as much as 4 inches of rain.

Hot weather is expected on Tuesday in parts of the South and Plains, but it will take over much of the country by Thursday with highs around 100 degrees. Thirteen states already are under heat watches and advisories.

After showers later in the week, some of the hottest air will travel into the Northeast, where some spots may see highs of 110 over the weekend.

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House explosion leaves one dead, 15 injured in Southern California

katifcam/iStock(MURRIETA, Calif.) -- One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a house exploded in Southern California on Monday afternoon.

Crews from the Southern California Gas Company were sent to fix a natural gas line reportedly damaged by a contractor working on a home in Murrieta, California. Murrieta Fire and Rescue was also dispatched to the property. Less than an hour after the crews arrived on scene, the house exploded.

One employee of the Southern California Gas Company was killed in the blast, company spokesman Randon Lane told reporters at a press conference Monday.

Another 15 people, including three firefighters, were injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment, Murrieta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer said.

"Our deepest sympathies are with all those impacted by the Murrieta incident," the Southern California Gas Company said via Twitter on Monday night. "Sadly, we lost one of our technicians today. He will be greatly missed."

Crews stopped the flow of gas to the property as firefighters battled the blaze.

It's unclear how many residents will be displaced in the wake of the explosion.

There's no record of the contractor calling 811 as required by California law to have utility lines marked at least two working days prior to digging, authorities said.

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Convicted felon driving an Uber accused of 'sexual contact' with 17-year-old: Police

Courtesy Fairfield Police Department(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- A 31-year-old man has been accused of "unwanted sexual contact" with a 17-year-old girl he picked up while operating as an Uber driver.

Dwaine Miller, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was arrested on Saturday and charged with third-degree sexual assault, according to Capt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield Police Department.

Miller, a convicted felon with "numerous arrests" for crimes including robbery, burglary and assault, was released after posting a $5,000 bond, police said. Miller is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 26. It's unclear whether he's obtained legal counsel.

"During the ride, the suspect, Dwaine Miller, allegedly made unwanted sexual contact with the juvenile female in addition to making overt sexual advances," according to police.

"What’s been reported to police is horrible and is something no one should go through," a spokeswoman for Uber told ABC News in a statement. "The driver’s access to the app has been removed. We will fully cooperate with the Fairfield Police Department’s ongoing investigation."

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2-year-old girl found alive after going missing from campsite in northern Michigan

Michigan State Police(MONROE, Mich.) -- A 2-year-old girl was found alive and healthy Tuesday morning, after she spent the night lost in the woods while on a family camping trip in northern Michigan, authorities said.

Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reunited with her mother and taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but first responders say she appears to be in good shape, according to Michigan State Police.

Over 50 searchers and 10 canines were looking for the little girl Tuesday morning before Michigan State Police announced that she had been found.

Gabriella's family had told the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police that they had been camping in a wooded area for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was gone.

On Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours after she disappeared, Gabriella walked to a home between a quarter mile and a half mile away from the command center, said police.

A resident at the home had been contacted by authorities earlier so she knew Gabriella was missing, said police.

This house was out of the zone that had been searched so far, police said.

Gabriella was missing her bottoms and her shoes, but seemed relatively unfazed for a 2-year-old who had been missing in the woods overnight, said police.

Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said.

The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where the girl went missing.

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Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reunited with her mother and taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but first responders say she appears to be in good shape, according to Michigan State Police.

Revisiting the heart-stopping moments before Apollo 11 landed on the moon with the world watching

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo 11 astronauts -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins -- suited up as America waited with bated breath: would the trio be the first Americans to set foot on the moon?

It was a grand, new goal that was first set by President John F. Kennedy.

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth," he said in May 1961.

Astronauts who were preparing for the U.S. first lunar mission followed a complex training program. There were simulations. They walked in their spacesuits. They completed tests in the water.

Americans counted the days -- with so many questions about the mission -- as did NASA. And then it was time.

On July 16, 1969, families across the U.S. gathered in their living rooms -- and hundreds of millions around the world -- watched as the Apollo 11 lifted off into space.

After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered in a lunar orbit. The next day, the lunar module Eagle, with Armstrong and Aldrin inside, separated from the command module where Collins remained.

Hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the moon. But then, there was an alarm.

"12-02. Standby," Mission Control could be heard saying.

Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston housed the engineers and flight directors who worked tirelessly to ensure Apollo 11's mission was a success.

A "12-02" alarm meant that the lunar module's computer was overloaded. If the problem could not be corrected, the landing would need to be aborted.

"Give us a reading on the 12-02 program alarm," Armstrong could be heard saying.

The control room responded with silence.

They would continue with the mission.

Armstrong flew the lunar module manually, evading boulders in their planned landing location. With the fuel running critically low, Apollo flight director Gene Kranz, back in Mission Control, gave a 60-seconds-to-abort warning.

Critical minutes passed and then Armstrong could be heard saying: "The Eagle has landed."

"Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot," Mission Control could be heard responding.

"Thank you," Aldrin said.

Then, there was the sound of applause in Apollo Mission Control in Houston as some wiped away tears.

Armstrong bounded across the moon's surface on July 20, 1969. From the moon, he said those famous words: "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind."

Nineteen minutes later, it was Aldrin’s turn to take his first steps.

"Beautiful view!" he said.

President Richard Nixon spoke to Aldrin and Armstrong while they were in space, telling them: "I just can't tell you how proud we all are."

Yet, back in Apollo Mission Control in Houston, after the cheering and the tears, they knew they had a lot of work still left to do as they guided the men back home.

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Security guard pleads not guilty after pulling gun on Ohio sheriff's deputy in IRS office

iStock(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- A security guard at an IRS office in Toledo, Ohio, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a sheriff's deputy in full uniform who refused orders leave his service weapon in his car.

The security guard, Seth Eklund, 33, entered his plea in Lucus County Common Pleas Court to one count of aggravated menacing stemming from the encounter with Lucas County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Gaston.

The episode unfolded on May 31 when Gaston went to the IRS office in Toledo to ask a question about a letter he received from the agency, he told ABC affiliate station WTVG-TV.

Instead of getting an answer, Gaston got an order from Eklund to leave his gun in his car, Gaston refused.

"There's really no way to know how you're going to act when there's a gun pointed at you and when you think you're going to lose your life," Gaston told WTVG.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and shows Gaston in full uniform and badge with his weapon holstered at his side.

Gaston, who is a defensive tactics instructor, said that when he told Eklund he couldn't take his gun back to his car, he said the security guard pulled his own handgun and aimed it at him.

The security video shows Gaston turning and walking away from Eklund, who followed the deputy pointing a gun at his back. The footage shows Eklund following Gaston to an elevator and blocking the elevator doors from closing.

At one point, according to Gaston and the video, Eklund attempted to place the deputy into custody.

Gaston said he vividly remembered the encounter, saying he was "bracing for a shot in my back."

Eklund could not be reached for comment. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

Toledo police were called to the scene to investigate the disturbance, but the unidentified 911 caller never told a dispatcher that the incident involved a sheriff's deputy in uniform.

Gaston said he attempted to de-escalate the situation because he feared for the safety of people at the office.

"If I'm going to get shot, like I thought I was, it's not fair," Gaston said.

Gaston, who is on medical leave from the sheriff's office and his wife, filed a civil lawsuit against Eklund and the security company he works for; alleging emotional and psychological distress and lost wages.

Asked if he had a message for Eklund, Gaston said, "I would say, 'Clearly your training is lacking and the fact that you went from 0 to 100, lethal force is unacceptable.'"

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