Video captures moment 4-year-old girl falls out the back of moving van

first_img Related Ryan Ciampoli(HARRISON, Ark.) — Harrowing dash cam video captures the moment a 4-year-old girl fell out of the back of a moving church bus on a state highway in Arkansas.The footage depicts the small child swinging out from the back door of a church bus on Highway 65 in Harrison, Arkansas, before falling off onto the street as the van briskly drives away.“I saw it happening and it blew my mind, it’s like I wasn’t even seeing what I was seeing,” Ryan Ciampoli, a volunteer firefighter who witnessed the girl’s fall and called for help, told local ABC News affiliate KHBS-TV of Fort Smith, Arkansas.“Obviously, you want to leave her laying there, you know, if she’s not in danger, but we’re in the middle of a state highway so I couldn’t leave her just laying there,” Ciampoli added.Ciampoli said that at first the girl was unconscious, but eventually the “shock kicked in” and she started crying and calling for her mother.The family of the young girl in the video declined ABC News’ request for comment at this time, but told KHBS-TV that she broke her jaw in the fall and was hospitalized. She is expected to make a full recovery.Tim Hampton, a pastor at the Christian Life Center Church, told ABC News that the church would not be using the bus again.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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NBA legend Jerry West leaving Golden State Warriors to join Los Angeles Clippers

first_imgScott Clarke / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West will leave his role as an adviser to the Golden State Warriors and a join Western Conference rival, ESPN reports.The former Los Angeles Lakers great intends to take on a comparable job with the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN says West knew on Monday night — when the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to earn their second championship in three years — that he would be leaving the team.Still, he said, it was “one of the saddest nights of my life.”“I knew I was going to be leaving. I didn’t know what I was going to be leaving to,” he told ESPN. “Was this the end of me being productive? Every person is different in terms of their lives and how people age. I don’t feel old; I feel really competitive.”Sports Illustrated first reported that West would leave the Warriors to join the Clippers.West has worked with Golden State for about six years. He told ESPN that he will be “forever grateful they gave me an opportunity to be involved.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Kentucky police chase crosses state line, ends in Indiana field

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A police chase saw officers pursue a suspect across two states.Louisville Metropolitan Police in Kentucky say officers tried to stop a robbery suspect just before 5 p.m. Thursday.The driver, identified by police as Robert G. Ellis II, allegedly sped off and led police on a 30-minute chase into southern Indiana.The suspect was finally cornered by police after a cruiser rammed his pick-up truck as it cut across an open field.LMPD and Indiana State Police were involved in the chase.The suspect is currently in the custody of Indiana authorities and has been charged with fleeing and resisting law enforcement.Any charges he may face in Kentucky have not yet been released. It was not clear if the suspect had a lawyer.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Woman’s purse lost in lake found by boy while fishing 25 years later

first_img Related ABC News(ANDERSON, S.C.) — At first, 11-year-old Brodie Brooks was disappointed when he didn’t reel in the huge fish he thought he’d nabbed on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.“I felt like it was a big fish because it was bobbing my rod up and down and I’d just gotten an Ugly Stik so I was scared I was gonna break my rod. I was scared the line was going to snap,” young Brodie told ABC News.But then he realized he’d caught something even better: a woman’s purse.“I told him, ‘You ain’t got no fish, you got a treasure,” Ben Myers, Brodie’s distant relative who was fishing with him, recalled of the unusual find on July 3. “I’ve been fishing on this lake all my life and that’s the first time I saw something be caught like this on a rod and reel.”The purse belongs to April Bolt, who told ABC News it’s been missing for 25 years after she left it on her boat in the nearby marina during a family cookout in 1992.“I couldn’t believe it. I was lost for words,” Bolt, 49, said. “You never think you’d see it again. I knew somebody must’ve just gotten the cash out and threw it in the lake.”Once the fishing buddies got the muddied purse onshore, Meyers began looking through the contents and quickly realized, “I know this woman,” he said. “She’s a friend of the family. I went to school with her nephew, but I hadn’t seen her in 10 years.“It was pretty wild,” he added. “You fish up a purse for one, then you actually know whose it was. It was crazy.”Myers, 39, called Bolt’s nephew who passed along the good news.“It meant the world to me,” said Bolt. “My son is 26 now, but he was 15 months then and I had all his photos that were professionally taken in my wallet. Back then you didn’t have your cellphone with the pictures. They have water damage but you can make him out.”The purse had been zipped up so most of its contents — baby photos, lipstick, old credit cards to stores that no longer exist, Clemson University-themed checks and of course, her 1990s hair teasing comb — were still intact, despite lurking around the 29-foot-deep lake for 25 years.“I remember being upset because my favorite lipstick was in there and the color was discontinued,” she said with a laugh. “I also had this comb with a pick on the end of it. My daughter is a hairdresser and when she saw it, she was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Five ‘terrorists’ dead in Spain police shootout after attacks that killed 14, injured 100

first_imgJosep Lago/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — Five alleged terrorists were killed in a shootout with police in Spain’s Catalonia region early Friday following deadly attacks there that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100 others, according to Spanish authorities.Among the victims who died is an American citizen, the U.S. Department of State confirmed Friday.Spanish officials announced Friday evening that they have identified the nationalities of seven more victims from the attacks. In the Barcelona attack, one Italian victim, one Portuguese victim, and four Spaniards — one with dual Argentinian citizenship — were killed. In Cambrils, one Spaniard was killed, Catalan Emergency Services said.All five of the people who were killed in Cambrils overnight have been identified, police said, but they would not confirmed if the alleged driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack was among those killed in Cambrils.Catalan police said the alleged terrorists, who wore fake suicide vests and were armed with knives, were killed in the coastal town of Cambrils early Friday after striking pedestrians and police there with an Audi A3. Four people, including a police officer, were injured in the vehicle-ramming attack and one civilian, a woman, was killed, according to Catalonia’s emergency services.Another 13 people were killed in Barcelona on Thursday when a white van mowed down a crowd of pedestrians along the city’s famous La Rambla boulevard, a popular tourist destination that was packed with people at the time. At least 100 others were injured, according to police.Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero said at a press conference Friday that investigators still have not conclusively identified the driver, who was at large after fleeing on foot. But one of the five alleged terrorists killed in Cambrils could potentially be the driver in Barcelona, Trapero added.Catalan police released a notice on Friday saying they are searching for four individuals in connection to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The wanted individuals were identified as 24-year-old Moroccan citizen Mohamed Hychami; 22-year-old Moroccan Younes Abouyaaqoub; 18-year-old Moroccan Said Aalla; and 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir, who was born in Spain but is a Moroccan citizen.Catalan police believe the incident in Cambrils is related to Thursday’s vehicle attack in Barcelona as well as Wednesday’s huge explosion at a house in Alcanar, where a terror cell allegedly planned their attacks.The blast, which killed one person, injured others and caused part of the house to collapse, was initially dismissed by authorities as a gas explosion. Now, after the deadly incidents in Barcelona and Cambrils, police are looking again at the Alcanar explosion.“We work on the hypothesis that the terrorists killed in Cambrils would be related to the events in Barcelona and Alcanar,” Catalan police said.The terror cell appears to be composed of about a dozen young men, a number of whom are of Spanish and Moroccan descent, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. The cell members would include the five men killed in Cambrils, the four others who were detained and potentially those killed in the house explosion, the officials said.The FBI is sending a team of agents to Spain following the confirmed death of an American citizen.Catalonia Interior Minister Joaquin Forn said at a press conference Thursday night that authorities are still working to identify those who died in the Barcelona attack, and the number of dead and injured could rise.Forn declared three days of national mourning and said a moment of silence will be held on Friday at Barcelona’s Catalonia Square where the deadly attack unfolded.Those injured and killed in the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks represented at least 34 different nationalities, according to a preliminary assessment by Catalan police.Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said at a press conference Friday that four Australians were injured. Meanwhile, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders said one Belgian national was killed.U.S. citizen Jared Tucker was among the 13 people killed in Thursday’s vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona, the family confirmed.A spokesperson for Tucker’s family said in a statement Friday, “At present Jared’s wife Heidi is not issuing a statement and will issue a formal statement tomorrow. For now, she asks that the community and media hold their family up in prayer and asks for the privacy during this difficult time.”Earlier Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the Department of State had “received word and confirmed the death of one American citizen in the terrorist attack in Spain.” U.S. officials are “still confirming the injuries and deaths of others,” he added.“Hate is not an American value,” Tillerson told reporters.Tillerson didn’t specify which attack the U.S. citizen was killed. However, a State Department official told ABC News the American was killed in Barcelona. The official also confirmed that that another American citizen was injured.“The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona continues to work with local authorities to identify and provide assistance to U.S. citizens affected by the terrorist attacks in Las Ramblas and Cambril. At this time, we can confirm that one U.S. citizen was killed,” the official said in a statement Friday. “We also can confirm that another U.S. citizen sustained a minor injury. Spanish authorities report that there are still several casualties who are not yet identified. Out of respect for the families’ privacy in their time of grief, we have no further comment.”Catalan police have said there is no proof that the van driver in Barcelona was armed, but they described the incident as a terror attack that attempted to kill as many people as possible.In a separate incident Thursday, police said a driver attempting to get past a Barcelona checkpoint struck an officer and another individual. One person died and the officer suffered a broken leg.The man driving the car died of a knife wound. There is still no evidence that this incident is connected to the attack on La Rambla boulevard, police said.Spanish authorities told ABC News the white van used in the Barcelona attack was rented in the name of 28-year-old Driss Oukabir, who was taken into custody within hours of the incident. However, Oukabir claimed his license was stolen.Multiple Spanish law enforcement sources told ABC News that Driss has since been released, and the investigation is now focused on his younger brother as the possible driver.ISIS claimed responsibility for the vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona through its Amaq News Agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, describing the attack in Barcelona as “jihadist terrorism.”Those responsible for the rampage will be brought to justice, he said, stressing that the response to the terrorism must be global.Rajoy said Barcelona residents are suffering “the same pain and the same uncertainty” as their neighbors in Madrid, Paris, Nice, Brussels and London, referencing other European cities that have also been subject to deadly terror attacks.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Attorneys for former FBI agent, daughter convicted of murder allege juror misconduct

first_img Related Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(LEXINGTON, N.C.) — Attorneys for former FBI agent Tom Martens and his 33-year-old daughter, Molly Martens Corbett, who were found guilty of second-degree murder last week, are attempting to have the convictions set aside because of alleged juror misconduct, according to documents obtained by ABC News.A jury of nine women and three men delivered the verdict after less than four hours of deliberation, concluding that the father and daughter intentionally and unlawfully killed Corbett’s husband, 39-year-old Irishman Jason Corbett, beating him to death with a child’s baseball bat and a paving stone at the Corbett home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in August 2015.The pair claimed self-defense and defense of others in Corbett’s death. During the three-and-a-half-week trial, Tom Martens took the witness stand, telling jurors he was staying at his daughter’s home when he was woken up by noises upstairs. Martens testified that he found his son-in-law, Jason Corbett, with his hands around his daughter’s neck, threatening to kill her.Defense attorneys now claim in a motion, filed Wednesday in a Davidson County court, that “voluntary press interviews,” including one with ABC News Correspondent Linzie Janis, a post-verdict press conference by the jury foreman and “social media posts” of certain jurors reveal misconduct.The motion alleges that the press interviews and social media posts show that the jurors were discussing the case among themselves both “prior to closing arguments and during deliberations, both inside and outside the courthouse,” despite explicitly and repeatedly being instructed not to do so by the judge.The motion states that the jury foreman, Tom Aamland, made a statement during a press conference after the trial that he and his fellow jurors had “private conversations” that indicated how jurors were leaning in their decision ahead of the jury deliberation period.Defense attorneys Walter C. Holton and David Freedman also allege that Aamland and one of the other jurors met in a parked vehicle for 10 to 15 minutes during deliberations. The attorneys are asking for a hearing to explore the content of that and all other “private conversations.”The motion filed on behalf of Martens and Molly Martens Corbett accused the jury of forming opinions about Corbett’s character and mental health despite the fact that she never took the stand, allegedly violating her Sixth Amendment right to trial by a fair and impartial jury. The motion quotes juror Nancy Perez in her interview with Janis for ABC News’ 20/20 in which she said, “I think Molly is a person that has not been ever held accountable for any actions whatsoever. I think Molly was Daddy’s princess, just like every girl in Daddy’s eyes. I feel like Molly was very manipulative.”The motion also describes what one of the jurors told 20/20 they believed happened the night of the murder. “Molly was the aggressor, striking her husband first with the paving stone while he was asleep in bed,” the motion states. The defense attorneys call that belief a direct contradiction to the court’s finding that there was no evidence of Molly Corbett’s being the aggressor.The state has 10 days to respond to the motion. Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank tells ABC News, “We do not believe the motion, under our law, has any merit. We are preparing a response to be filed next week.”Molly Martens Corbett and Tom Martens were each sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Maria ‘potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century’: Governor

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As residents of Puerto Rico brace for Hurricane Maria — which slammed into the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm Monday night — Puerto Rico’s governor is calling the storm “the biggest and potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century.”Maria, which has left at least one dead in the Caribbean, is expected to move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today and is forecast to “remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane” as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.Maria could bring life-threatening flooding and mudslides, as well as a 6- to 9-foot storm surge, to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.The storm — which is expected to bring life-threatening winds, storm surge and flooding — will be violent, the governor of Puerto Rico warned today. The governor advised residents to be prepared to hunker down for 72 to 90 hours.It’s been just two weeks since Hurricane Irma, which killed at least 39 people in the Caribbean and demolished homes, tore through Puerto Rico, and now Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello is saying Maria is “potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit” the U.S. territory in a century.A Category 4 storm hasn’t hit Puerto Rico directly since 1932. Rossello said up to 25 inches of rain could fall in some areas and he urged anyone in a flood-prone, mudslide-prone or coastal area to leave. Over 300 people are already at shelters as of this afternoon, the governor said.Rossello said a lot of infrastructure will likely be lost and he said communications will be affected.While Puerto Rico residents appeared to go about their days with little urgency Monday, many seem to be on edge today as the storm nears.In the capital of San Juan, most businesses are closed or closing early today and the San Juan Airport is closing this evening. As Maria hit the Caribbean island of Dominica Monday night, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit published a series of dire Facebook posts, calling the 160 mph winds “merciless.”“We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out … we pray for its end!” Skerrit wrote.Maria was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall on Dominica; before Monday the strongest hurricane to hit Dominica was Hurricane David, a Category 4 in 1979.Guadeloupe and Martinique, which both neighbor Dominica in the Caribbean, were also battered with Maria’s powerful winds and rain Monday night.The prefecture of Guadeloupe said at least one person died and at least two are missing there. Officials said 80,000 are without power on Guadeloupe and some flooding was reported, but few homes are damaged.Dominica was “shut down” as the storm approached, said Anil Etienne, a spokesman for Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management. Etienne told ABC News officials were worried about flooding in low-lying areas and opened about 146 shelters.The prime minister of Dominica wrote on Facebook late Monday night, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding,” before announcing, “I have been rescued.”Skerrit gave an update this morning, writing on Facebook, “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”“The winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with,” he continued. “The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.”After hitting Puerto Rico, the storm will begin to turn north and is expected to come near the Dominican Republic Wednesday afternoon, potentially with winds over 100 mph.Maria is forecast to then continue north, avoiding the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Florida, before ending up out to sea. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Reese Witherspoon says director assaulted her at the age of 16

first_imgFrazer Harrison/Getty Images for ELLE(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Reese Witherspoon has shared her own story of assault in Hollywood, saying Monday night that she was a victim of abuse when she was 16 years old.Speaking at an ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, the Oscar-winning actress said the events of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal over the past few days have reminded her about her own experiences.“[Those experiences] have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having,” Witherspoon says in a video posted by USA Today.Witherspoon, now 41, says a director “assaulted me when I was 16 years old.” She also said the incident as a teen wasn’t an “isolated” one.She also expressed her “guilt” for not speaking up earlier or “taking action,” mixed with the “anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment.”Dozens of women who have spoken out and continue to speak out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.  A spokesperson for the movie executive has said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”A social media campaign also began this week, with women and men posting the hashtag #metoo to highlight and empower victims of sexual assault. As of Tuesday morning, it had been retweeted more than a million times. Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first to share the call for a “Me too” hashtag, writing, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Bregman, Astros win wild World Series Game 5

first_imgJamie Squire/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — A five hour, 17 minute affair gave baseball one of the most exciting games of the postseason yet. Game 5 of the World Series began on Sunday night and spilled into Monday morning, and saw the Astros win in dramatic fashion 13-12 over the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a 3-2 series lead.The talk heading into the game was the potential pitchers duel between Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel and Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. That storyline was erased fairly quickly, as Keuchel was chased after just 3.2 innings, giving up four runs that put his team in a 4-0 hole early.Kershaw also began to unravel in the fourth inning, giving up four runs to tie the score at four all. A Cody Bellinger home run in the fifth put L.A. back in front 7-4, but Kershaw put two men on in the bottom of the inning and was taken out for Kenta Maeda, who served up a three run home run to the Astros’ Jose Altuve, tying the game once again.Bellinger delivered a big hit once again for L.A. in the seventh, an RBI triple to put his team ahead 8-7, but the Astros responded with four of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a three run lead.Each team scored a run in the eighth, making it 12-9 Dodgers, but the Astros bullpen couldn’t close the door in the ninth. Yasiel Puig’s two-run home run and Chris Taylor’s RBI single tied the game at 12 and sent Game 5 to extra innings.In the end Alex Bregman was the hero for Houston with an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth, sealing the victory for the hometown team.The game set many records, as it was the highest scoring extra-innings game in World Series history and the first with three three-run home runs. It also marks the first time in the World Series that four different players age 23 or younger hit a home run. Bellinger joins Bregman, L.A.’s Corey Seager and Houston’s Carlos Correa, who all hit homers in previous games.The Astros can clinch the first World Series in team history on Tuesday in Game 6 in L.A.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Tom Brady Named MVP in Biggest Comeback Super Bowl Win in History

first_img Related Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was named Most Valuable Player for Super Bowl LI after the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit en route to a stunning 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.This is the fourth Super Bowl MVP title for Brady.Super Bowl 51 was historic on many fronts: it was the biggest come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl history, the first overtime in Super Bowl history and a record fifth Super Bowl win for Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.An emotional Brady broke down on the field after running back James White ran two yards for a touchdown, cementing the Patriots’ thrilling comeback.The Atlanta Falcons dominated the first half of the game, going into halftime with a 21-3 lead. But 25 unanswered points by the Patriots pushed the teams into overtime, and the rest is history.Brady embraced his family as the Vince Lombardi trophy was presented to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who called this win the “sweetest” of all.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell congratulated Brady on the field and the pair shook hands. Goodell suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2016 season for his role in the Deflategate controversy.This championship game was also the Patriots’ ninth trip to the Super Bowl, the most in the NFL. Commentator Terry Bradshaw declared Belichick as the “greatest” coach in NFL history and Brady the “greatest” quarterback in NFL history.Brady’s children joined him on stage as he celebrated the win.“We’re bringing this sucker home” to Boston, Brady said of the Lombardi trophy.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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