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Thursday
May302013

Teen Allegedly Killed by Kidnapper Seeking to Be a Hero

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BANGOR, Maine) -- A man's bizarre plot to be a hero by kidnapping and then "rescuing" a teenage girl who had rebuffed his advances resulted in her death, according to an indictment charging him with murder.

Kyle Dube, 20, of Bangor, Maine, was arrested for the murder of Nichole Cable, 15, after he lured her from her home while pretending to be one of her Facebook friends promising her marijuana, the indictment states. The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday.

According to police, Dube waited in the nearby woods wearing a ski mask on May 12 as Cable walked to the end of her driveway to meet Bryan Butterfield, a friend of hers who she'd been speaking with online. Dube allegedly jumped from the bushes, duct taped Cable and threw her in his dad's pick-up truck.

When Dube removed Cable from the truck, she was dead, his brother Dustin Dube told police, the indictment claims.

"Kyle intended to kidnap Nichole and hide her … he would later find her and be the hero," Dustin Dube told police, the court document states.

Kyle Dube had set up a phony Facebook profile for Butterfield, a man who Cable knew. Posing as Butterfield, Dube repeatedly requested to meet with Cable. On the night she vanished, Cable sent a text message to a friend saying that she had planned to meet Butterfield.

When interviewed by police the day after Cable disappeared, the real Bryan Butterfield said that he suspected Dube, who he said wanted to have sex with Cable, but had been rebuffed by Cable.

While searching for Cable, investigators logged into her Facebook account and noticed frequent communications between her and the fake Butterfield account. Detectives made an emergency request to Facebook to produce records to identify the owner of the fake account and the IP address linked to an account that belonged to Dube's parents, according to authorities.

Facebook also provided the last four digits of the smart phone used to log into the fake Facebook account, and they matched the last four digits of Dube's phone number, the indictment states.

During an interview with police, Dube stated that he had a relationship with Cable, and had exchanged text messages with her the day she disappeared, but was at work in Bangor when she vanished. He consented to a DNA sample, which later proved to match DNA on a sock found in a wooded area where police were searching for Cable, police said. Cable's DNA was also found on the sock.

On May 20, Sarah Mesinger, Dube's girlfriend, told police that he had detailed to her where he left Cable's body in a clearing, covered with branches and that he had thrown her clothes out of the truck's window, according to court papers.

Police deployed aircraft and dogs in the search for Cable's body, while hundreds of civilian volunteers had spent days searching. Her body was found on the night of May 20.

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Wednesday
Jan092013

Rescued Boy Huddled with His Dogs for Warmth

File Photo - iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SENECA, Mo.) -- A frantic search for a missing six-year-old boy in Seneca, Mo., ended in relief when deputies discovered the boy huddled under a bush with his two dogs for warmth.

As temperatures plunged into the low 20s, Ryle Smith was discovered about a mile from the family house with Baxter, a large Boxer, and Bella, a Labrador mix lying on top of the boy keeping him warm.

“He was wearing no socks or shoes,” Ryle’s mother Holly told ABC News. “His feet were so cold that it was the early stages of frostbite, he hadn’t eaten dinner, he was exhausted and hungry.”

Ms. Smith said that according to paramedics, the dogs were lying on top of the boy; they could tell because his upper extremities were warm.

Ryle disappeared at about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, following his puppy Bella away from the family property while playing outside. His parents called 911. Between 150 and 200 people responded to the alert to assist with the search.

“Complete strangers drove from surrounding cities and showed up at our doorstop,” said Holly Smith. "It was incredible. Most people have told me they have never seen a response like that.”

“We were real concerned about the weather,” Newtown County Sheriff Ken Copeland told ABC News.  “It was calling for sleet and snow later that night so we were really concerned.”

Copeland said responders from the Newtown County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Joplin, Seneca and Redings Mill fire departments, and the Newtown County Rescue and Recovery team, joined in the search, in addition to concerned local citizens.

“Here in Joplin we went through the terrible tornado,” said Copeland.  "To see all these agencies and the community come together… it went really well.”

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Saturday
Dec292012

Dramatic Ice Rescue in California Caught on Tape

Micky Herman(WRIGHTWOOD, Calif.) -- A sledding excursion turned into a rescue operation after a man fell into a frozen lake in Wrightwood, Calif.

The incident was caught on tape as one person after another tried to save the man only to slip on the ice themselves.

A crowd gathered on shore, frantically screaming for help.

After five minutes, nearly a dozen people were in the water while others threw ropes and inner tubes to no avail.

Mickey Herman pulled double duty. You can hear him calling for a rope to help in the rescue efforts all the while capturing the ordeal on camera.

“When the people started going through the ice, it was just total panic. You saw people taking their belts off. It was just total chaos and out of control. We saw that poor guy, the first one to go in, it was obvious he didn’t know how to swim,” he said. “We thought that might be it. We wouldn’t see him again. Fortunately he came back up.”

Nine minutes later, the man who first fell in along with all of his would-be rescuers managed to make it out of the water.

All of them are doing just fine.

 

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Monday
Dec242012

WATCH: Boston Cop Rescues Drowning Woman

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A Boston police officer is being hailed a hero after he jumped into the frigid cold water to rescue a drowning woman.

Cellphone video showed police officer Edward Norton plunging into Fort Point channel Friday afternoon during a torrential downpour to rescue the unidentified woman who’d reportedly fallen in by accident.

Norton, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, says he didn’t think twice about jumping in.

“It just kind of happened.  I saw her there.  Someone had to do it,” Norton told ABC News.  “As I was in the air, I was thinking I don’t know what’s under the water.”

Once in the water, Norton’s bullet-proof vest weighed him down, making the rescue more complicated than he anticipated.  Onlookers did their part by tossing in a life preserver, which helped keep the frantic woman afloat.

“She kept saying stuff like, ‘I can’t hold on.’  So, I told her, ‘Hold on.  Help is coming,’” Norton said.

The officer remained with the woman in the water until firefighters arrived on the scene and pulled them both out of the water to safety.

Both were taken to local hospitals and checked for hypothermia, but were released with a clean bill of health.

As for the people calling Norton a hero, he says, not really because it’s all in a day’s work.

“I feel like I did what I would expect to do for one of my loved ones.  My wife, my daughter, anyone,” Norton said.

While everyone made it out of the water safely with no injuries, there was one casualty so to speak.  Norton says his wedding band slipped off when he hit the water, and hero or not, his wife is none too pleased.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Colorado Cops, Good Samaritans Lift Car to Rescue Mother and Child

Comstock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Colo.) -- A pair of Colorado cops and two Good Samaritans rescued a mother and her 2-year-old daughter by lifting a car off of them following an accident.

Sgt. Jon Kessler, an off-duty police officer who was working security at a Walmart across the street, on-duty Sgt. Matt Brukbacher and several civilians performed the rescue Monday night in Aurora, Colo.

Kipinga Muanza Kalala, 37, was crossing three lanes of traffic with her daughter, Angela, and her 4-year-old twin sons, Jack and Vic, when they were hit by a car driven by Michael Lovato, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The mom and daughter were trapped beneath the Kia Rio car, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Lovato, 52, didn't see the family crossing in time to stop. ABC affiliate KMGH reports there was no crosswalk or pedestrian signal where the Kalala family was crossing.

The two sergeants and two bystanders lifted the nearly 2,500-pound car. Kessler rescued the toddler, while Lovato pulled the mother out from underneath his car, according to the Aurora Police Department statement.

The twin boys were not under the car, said Aurora Police Department spokesman Officer Frank Fania.

Kalala and her three children were taken to the Aurora Medical Center South. The mother is recovering in the intensive care unit, having suffered a head injury as well as several broken bones.

Her daughter, who suffered lacerations, abrasions, and bruises, is still in the hospital. The twin boys were released after being examined, and did not suffer any major injuries.

The Aurora Police Department has asked the Good Samaritans to come forward.

"It should be noted that their contributions to the positive outcome of this potential tragedy cannot be overlooked. Their actions directly impacted the mitigation of a very precarious situation and I would deeply appreciate any acknowledgement of them," said Department spokesman Lt. Chuck DeShazer.

Lovato will not be charged, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov302012

WATCH: Pregnant Georgia Woman Rescued from Mangled Car

Morrow Police Department(MORROW, Ga.) -- A pregnant woman is recovering after quick-thinking firefighters and police worked together to pull her out of her mangled car.

The accident happened Wednesday in Morrow, Ga., 15 miles south of Atlanta, when the woman was driving a silver Toyota on Interstate 75.  Just before the Jonesboro exit, her car flipped over, sending her vehicle flying through the air and over another car also traveling on I-75.  The turbulent ordeal finally ended when her car came to a stop on a set of railroad tracks.

“The car was airborne and literally drove over the other car and continued airborne as it finally rested on the tracks,” said Capt. James Callaway of the Morrow Police Department.  ”In my 18 years with law enforcement, this is one of the strangest motor accidents I think I’ve ever seen.”

Morrow police have identified the pregnant driver as Taneka Grace.  The driver of the other vehicle involved is identified as Melissa Stenson and the passenger, Randolph Vaughn.

Callaway responded to the scene seconds after the emergency call, which was placed by his lieutenant, who witnessed the crash.  When he arrived, Callaway said Grace was incoherent but conscious.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they noticed gas leaking from the undercarriage of Grace’s car as it rested on the train tracks.

“She was visibly in pain and our first intention was to get her out of that car,” said Callaway.  “We contacted the railroad company and told them to stop all railroad traffic in the area.”

As onlookers watched, Callaway and members from the Morrow Fire and Police department worked to free Grace from the car while making sure no one else was in danger.

She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, a trauma center, while Stenson and Vaughn were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Grace remains in serious condition.  Stenson and Vaughn have both been treated and released, according to the Morrow Police Department.

Police investigators met with Grace inside the hospital on Thursday to get a statement from her as they try to figure out what led to the bizarre crash.

“We’re still looking into what caused the crash.  It’s going to be a very hard investigation,” said Callaway.  “We need to determine speed and actual cause.”

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Thursday
Nov012012

WATCH: Videos Show Rooftop Rescues of Storm Victims in NY

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York Police department has posted four videos of a helicopter rescuing people off of rooftops on Staten Island, N.Y., where entire neighborhoods are submerged under flood waters in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Members of the Aviation and Scuba teams saved five adults and one child who were trapped in their houses, according to the NYPD.

In the videos, an officer is lowered onto the rooftops on a line to help the stranded victims into a basket that is then hoisted back up to the helicopter.

In one video, the officer helps a person holding a small child into a basket and in another video the officer helps pull someone out of an opening in the roof of a house.

The Oct. 30 rescues were performed by Helicopter 23, the chopper named after the 23 New York City police officers who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Monday
Oct292012

Superstorm Sandy Ship Rescue Fills Chopper with Cheers

U.S. Coast Guard(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) -- Cheers filled a Coast Guard rescue helicopter Monday each time its crew plucked sailors from the churning sea roiled up by Hurricane Sandy, but one sailor from the stricken tall ship HMS Bounty was in critical condition -- and Coast Guard ships and planes are still searching for one more crew member.

Fourteen people were rescued early Monday morning from the HMS Bounty. A 15th person was pulled from the Atlantic hours later, but was unresponsive. That person, identified as Claudene Christian, was taken to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C.

"She is here. Right now she is in critical condition," hospital spokesman Patrick Detwiler said.

Crews are still looking for Robin Walbridge, 63. The Coast Guard identified Walbridge as the ship's captain.

Christian and Walbridge were washed into the sea when the three-masted replica of the historic ship began taking on water. The crew was abandoning ship during the night when the hurricane flung them into the sea.

The Bounty, 180-foot replica of the ship featured in the film Mutiny on the Bounty, was 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., when the owner called saying she'd lost contact with the crew Sunday night.

A C130 plane spotted the wreckage Monday morning and Coast Guard Lt. Jane Peña co-piloted one of two rescue choppers to the site. One sailor was spotted adrift by himself wearing an insulated suit called a Gumby suit. Pena said he was spotted by the strobe lights attached to the suit.

The C130 crew directed the helicopter to a covered liferaft that had seven survivors aboard. Video of the rescue shows a Coast Guard swimmer being lowered into the water and attaching the sailors to the hoist line and raising them into the helicopter one at a time.

Peña said her rescue team were able to get an additional four survivors on board before they began to run out of fuel and had to head to head back to shore.

A second chopper picked up the remaining sailors.

The survivors were taken to Air Station Elizabeth City on the North Carolina coast.

The Bounty left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. The crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm, according to the director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin. But the ship got caught in Sandy's fury and began taking on water. The cold water survival suits, also called Gumby suits, staved off hypothermia for the shipwrecked sailors.

Initial reports said there were 17 people on the Bounty, but the manifest indicated the ship only had 16 people aboard.

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Monday
Oct152012

Wyoming Kidnap Suspect Arrested; Samaritans Describe Rescue of Girl, 11

Wyoming Criminal Intelligence Analysis Center(CODY, Wyo.) -- A man charged with kidnapping and assaulting 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo., was arrested over the weekend in Montana. Police Monday gave new details on how the victim was able to make her way out of the woods in freezing temperatures at night and find Good Samaritans who brought her to safety.

James Laske, 44, was one of the men who found the girl in the forest while out hunting. "The man upstairs had a big role in this, we were her last hope, her God-send," Laske told ABC News.

Police say Jesse Paul Speer lured the girl into his white Toyota 4-Runner on Oct. 8, saying he needed assistance finding a missing puppy.

Speer, 39, of Manhattan, Mont., some 200 miles from the crime scene, was arrested on Saturday in Bozeman through a joint effort with the Cody Police Department, the FBI and the Park County Sherriff's office. He is being held in Montana, awaiting extradition back to Wyoming on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a firearm. He is being held on $2 million bond.

"This has had quite an impact on our community," said Perry Rockvam, chief of the Cody Police Department. Police were able to link Speer's vehicle to the crime scene though surveillance tapes of local businesses near where the abduction occurred.

According to Rockvam, the girl initially offered to help Speer find his "missing puppy" but became reluctant as she approached the car. He then pulled out a gun and forced her inside, driving her to a nearby church, blindfolding her and binding her hands. Telling her to keep her head down, Rockvam said that Speer beat her in the head with a gun whenever she tried to lift her head.

Police say that he eventually drove her up to Carter Mountain in Cody, assaulted her, and dropped her off in the middle of the forest, putting a cloth bag over her head and telling her to count to 50 before she turned around.

It was a bitterly cold night, only a few degrees above freezing. She was dressed only in leggings, tennis shoes and a thin jacket.

Luckily for her, Laske, of Michigan, and Shane Larsen, of Cody, were out hunting elk that blustery night with their two sons.

"It was cold," Laske recalled. "And we had on gloves and jackets and boots."

As they were driving down the mountain, headed back home, around 8 that evening, they noticed something odd through the trees in that pitch-black forest.

"At first coming up on her, I thought that it was someone exercising. Then we got closer and I said, 'This is a little girl!'" Laske told ABC News.

Their headlights broke through the darkness and Larsen called out to her asking if she needed help. She replied yes and hastily got into the car.

"She could have hidden, just getting in the car was her greatest leap of courage," Laske said.

She hopped in the back with their two sons, both around her age, and Laske said that the relief on her face was palpable. They gave her the phone to call her mother and then phoned the police. None of them knew anything about the abduction or the Amber Alert that police had issued for her.

Laske described her demeanor as flitting between being emotional and distraught while speaking to her mother to light-hearted, even curious as she asked them about their hunting process.

They met up with police and the ambulance down the mountain and left her with authorities. She is back with her family now.

Laske is a serviceman in the Air Force and is stationed in Michigan. But for a man who has been in the military for 26 years and traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, he says that nothing could have prepared him for what he found that night.

"I instantly put my girls in her shoes...couldn't imagine how a human being would do that to a child," he said.

Though he says that he and Larsen were "her God-send" and now says that he considers her a God-daughter, he credits the victim for being her own hero.

"She saved her own life by not giving up...We just had an opportunity to become a part of her life," he said.

Authorities say that additional charges are being filed. Speer was scheduled to appear before a judge Monday.

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Friday
Sep142012

Ohio Man Aids Same Stranger Twice in Eight Years

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a turn of events described as “miraculous,” an Ohio man helped the same stranger twice in the span of eight years, most recently in a potentially deadly situation last weekend.

It was late Saturday night on a country road near Chagrin Falls, about 20 miles east of Cleveland, when Christopher Manacci and his wife were driving home from watching their son’s football game for Case Western Reserve University and noticed a van, towing a boat, moving very slowly.

“I passed him and, for whatever reason, I noticed his front-left tire looked flat,” Manacci told ABC News.  “I dropped my wife off at home and said, 'I’m going to take the guy a can of Fix-a-Flat.'  It’s 11 o’clock at night in a rural setting, so there’s not a lot of places to go.  There are no tire stores, no anything.  When I returned, I pulled behind him about 100 feet away, completely off the road and went up to ask him if he wanted to use the Fix-a-Flat for his tire, which I noticed was shredded.  He and his son were outside the van evaluating the tire.”

Suddenly, a pick-up truck, whose driver turned out to be allegedly drunk, came tearing down the road, smashing into Manacci’s car.

“We didn’t even see this truck until it impacted the car,” Manacci recalled.  “It strikes my vehicle and causes the truck to go up on the left two wheels, airborne, missing this guy and his son by about three feet."

“The guy looks at me and goes, ‘What just happened?’  I just said, ‘Thank God he hit my car.’  Because had he not struck my vehicle, he would have struck this guy and his son head-on at 50 miles per hour,” Manacci said.

That was when a strange situation became even stranger.  Gerald Gronowski, the owner of the van who was returning from a lake fishing trip, asked Manacci what kind of work he did.  When Manacci replied that he is a nurse practitioner at Case Western’s School of Nursing, Gronowski recounted an incident that had taken place eight years earlier.

“He tells me about this story where he was fishing on that same lake,” Manacci said.  “His son at that time was on the dock where you launch the boats and I heard him say, ‘Is anybody here a doctor?’  I was kayaking with my son on the lake.  His son says, ‘My dad’s hurt really bad.’  I say, ‘Let me take a look at him.’  He had three [fishing hooks] hooks deep in the palm of his hand, deep into the tissue of his hand.  Fortunately, I had with me a medical kit to remove this hook out of his hand without causing any more extensive damage."

“He’s telling me this story and I go, ‘Yes, I know that story well.’  He looks at me and says, ‘You do?’  I say, ‘Yeah, it was me.  He says, ‘Oh, my God, it was you!’" Manacci said.

"He thanked me for that last time and says, ‘You know, there’s no doubt, tonight you saved my life.’  I said, ‘I didn’t, but I guess my Lexus did,’” Manacci said.

The remote chances of Manacci helping Gronowski twice in eight years were not lost on the two men.

“To have this perchance meeting a second time when he was in significant danger and for me to play a small role in the outcome, it’s a blessing,” Manacci said.

“I’m a nurse practitioner and in 30 years I’ve done helicopter rescues and jet rescues in every place across the globe, so coming to help people is part of my DNA, I guess,” he said.  “Of all these things, I probably know the least about mechanics, but I do know when somebody’s in trouble and that was the sense I had [Saturday]."

“It’s really quite a miracle if you think about it, a miracle that I was a part of,” he said.  “And it’s a miracle for that [alleged] drunk driver since he does not have to live with the horror of knowing that he killed a family.  No matter how you look at it, it’s really quite amazing.  For me, well, you know, I’m just a small piece of it.”

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