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11 people shot, 3 dead, and two officers injured in Fordyce grocery store shooting;

Authorities confirmed a mass shooting at a Fordyce grocery store left three people dead and several more injured.

During the afternoon news conference, authorities stated that 11 civilians were shot, three of whom were killed, in the shooting. They also noted that two officers were injured during the incident and the suspect was shot before being taken into custody.

Several agencies including the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police Department are on the scene near the Mad Butcher located on West 4th Street in Dallas County.

The Fordyce Mad Butcher is located in Dallas County near a Dollar General, Family Dollar, and a Tractor Supply Co.

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Fordyce, Arkansas shooting leaves 3 dead, several wounded

A shooter opened fire at a Fordyce, Arkansas, grocery store in a mass shooting that left three people dead and several others wounded, including two law enforcement officers, according to police.

In a statement released, Arkansas State police said the shooting happened at the Mad Butcher grocery store, but it’s still unclear whether it happened inside the store or in the parking lot.

Police gave an update Friday afternoon stating that 8 people were wounded and some of those who were shot were facing life-threatening conditions.

They said the suspect was currently in custody with non-life-threatening conditions. No further details were released.

Officials said another update is anticipated Friday evening.

Video posted on social media showed at least one person lying in the parking lot, and in another video, multiple gunshots could be heard.

A report from the Southeast Arkansas Times said a man entered the grocery store with a gun, prompting a “shootout” between the suspect and law enforcement. A police officer was hurt but is expected to be OK; the suspect was critically injured, police said.

Fordyce is a city of about 3,200 people located 65 miles south of Little Rock.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued the following statement:

“I am thankful to law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic action to save lives,” Sanders posted on the social media platform X. “My prayers are with the victims and all those impacted by this.”

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Lake Wales man shot, killed over dispute between high school classmates: PCSO

A Lake Wales man was shot and killed after he and at least three others confronted a man he went to high school with on the night, according to authorities.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Vincent Thomas, 21, drove to a home on Northside Drive in Lake Wales at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday with at least three other people.

Thomas got out of his car with a handgun and confronted a 20-year-old man outside of the home, allegedly threatening to shoot him. According to PCSO, Thomas and the man went to Lake Wales High together, knew each other, and had a disagreement with each other.

According to officials, during the argument, the resident confronted by Thomas got a rifle and shot at Thomas several times, striking him at least twice. The shooter remained on the scene and is cooperating with detectives.

Thomas’ friends drove him to Advent Health Lake Wales Hospital where he died from his injuries. Two of those friends were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and providing false information to law enforcement during a felony investigation.

According to PCSO, Thomas has prior arrests for battery on law enforcement, threats against a LEO, failure to appear, resisting arrest, and driving while license suspended or revoked. He was on felony probation at the time of the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Teen ‘thought she was going to die’ stuck upside down after Oregon theme park ride malfunctions

Oregon amusement park guests were left hanging upside down when a ride malfunctioned . Portland Fire and Rescue announced that they were called to the scene of Oaks Park after the “AtmosFEAR” ride, a spinning pendulum-style ride, malfunctioned on the evening. The ride malfunction came on the park’s first day of opening for the summer. Officials said that approximately 30 people were stuck upside-down until help arrived. Park engineers, alongside fire officials, worked together to “manually lower” the topsy-turvy ride, the department said. A spokesperson for the Fire Bureau said the riders were being evacuated and medically evaluated. “The ride has been manually lowered, and all riders are now being evacuated and medically evaluated,” officials said. Fire officials said earlier they did not believe anyone was seriously injured. The cause of the malfunction is unknown at this time. Oaks Park officials did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Oak’s Park is Oregon’s oldest existing amusement park and is just 3.5 miles from downtown Portland. The small park first opened two days before the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition on May 30, 1905, and is one of the country’s oldest continually operating amusement parks in the country.

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Mysterious Las Vegas monolith appears in desert

A “mysterious monolith” has appeared in a desert north of Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says the shiny, reflective structure – similar to one found in Utah years ago – was spotted by its search and rescue unit near Gass Peak over the weekend.

“We see a lot of weird things when people go hiking like not being prepared for the weather, not bringing enough water… but check this out!” police wrote on X alongside an image of the monolith.

The discovery comes months after a hiker in Wales captured a video of a mysterious “UFO”-like monolith on top of a hillside along the country’s border with England. 

Craig Muir recorded footage showing the shiny object in March while hiking Hay Bluff near Hay-on-Wye, according to Storyful. 

“I come up here most days and I’ve never seen this before,” Muir says in the video, adding that it “almost looks like a UFO.” 

Similar monoliths also have been found in Belgium, Romania and the Isle of Wight – an island in the English Channel. 

In November 2020, one of the monoliths, estimated at between 10 feet and 12 feet high, was found by Utah state wildlife employees who were counting sheep from a helicopter. 

Bret Hutchings, the helicopter pilot, said it was “about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” according to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV.  

Authorities said at the time that the mysterious object was installed in the ground in a remote area with “no obvious indication” of who might have put it there, according to a press release from the Utah Department of Public Safety. 

Then a week later, another monolith was discovered in Atascadero, California, which is north of Los Angeles. 

It’s unclear who is behind the placement of the monoliths. A New Mexico artist collective claimed responsibility years ago.

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Deadliest Catch star Nick Mavar dead at 59

“Deadliest Catch” star Nick Mavar has died. The former deckhand was 59.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Police Chief Elbie of the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department in Alaska said they have “confirmed the passing of Nick Mavar Jr. On June 13th 2024.”

The statement continued, “The Bristol Bay police department received a call for a medical emergency at a boatyard in Naknek. Medics responded and transported Nick Mavar Jr. to Camai medical center where they attempted life-saving measures.”

“Mr. Mavar was later pronounced deceased and next of kin has been notified,” the statement continued. The Bristol Bay Borough Police Department noted that they are still waiting to speak to witnesses that were present.

There aren’t any details available at this time about the nature of the medical emergency Mavar suffered from in Alaska.

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Fani Willis notches legal win in Trump case after months of setbacks

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis caught a break this week after a Georgia judge decided that a court order pausing litigation in the electioneering case against former President Trump would not prevent him from letting some parts of the case move forward.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said he plans to continue working on some pretrial motions while the Georgia Court of Appeals reviews his decision on the motion to disqualify Wills, Fox 5 reported.

The appeals court on Oct. 4 will hear Trump and several co-defendants’ appeal to have Willis disqualified over her “improper” affair with Special Counsel Nathan Wade. The appeals court paused all pending litigation in their case in the meantime — a setback for Willis, who had hoped to try Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, before the election in November.

However, McAfee’s decision to continue pretrial motions for the defendants not involved in the appeal is a win for Willis, who has been embroiled in scandal, leading to two separate Georgia legislature investigations into misuse of federal funds and probes by federal lawmakers over the same issue.

Those six defendants are John Eastman, Ray Smith III, Shawn Still, Stephen Lee, Trevian Kutti and Misty Hampton.

McAfee noted Tuesday that Hampton had filed a motion seeking a discretionary stay of proceedings, arguing that the eventual appellate ruling might disqualify the district attorney, Fox 5 reported.

In his ruling, McAfee points out that even if Willis is disqualified, the indictment with several statutory and constitutional challenges must still be resolved, and he does not believe that a complete stay is the most efficient course — leading him to deny Hampton’s motion, the outlet reported.

Trump and his co-defendants were indicted in August after a nearly three-year investigation on charges of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The indictment included 13 charges against Trump, as well as charges against 18 of his allies. Four defendants charged have already accepted plea deals. Six of the original charges have been dismissed, including three against Trump.

In February, Michael Roman, a GOP operative and co-defendant in the case, dropped bombshell accusations that Willis had an “improper” affair with Wade, whom she hired to help prosecute the case in November 2021.

Other co-defendants made similar allegations that she had financially benefited from her relationship with him by taking lavish vacations together.

Both Wade and Willis denied they were in a romantic relationship prior to his hiring and said they would split the costs of their shared travels. Willis said she reimbursed Wade for her share of the trips in cash.

After evidentiary hearings held in February, Judge McAfee ordered that Wade had to be removed in order to keep Willis from disqualification in the Trump election interference case in Georgia. Wade later resigned from the case.

When the defense in March submitted a joint motion for a Certificate of Immediate Review, McAfee said that his Order on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Disqualify the Fulton County District Attorney issued March 15 “is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had” and allowed the defendants to ask the Georgia appeals court for an opportunity to appeal, which the court granted last month.

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Multiple deputies injured in gunfight with suspect in northwest Illinois town

Authorities in a northwest Illinois community confirmed that three Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a shooting in Dixon.

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home in the Lost Lake gated community for reports of a shooting.

Authorities said an individual threatened suicide and homicide and an emergency response team was activated.

Hostage negotiations began, and 50 phone calls were then made with no answer.

Officials said they were unable to contact the person, and due to the lack of communication, they decided to enter the home.

Immediately upon entering, deputies were fired on.

In total, three deputies were shot and taken to a local hospital for treatment. They are all said to be in good condition, according to police.

Police said the suspect was also shot and was in good condition.

The Illinois State Police are handling the investigation moving forward.

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Transgender high school runner in Washington wins state title in girls 400-meter dash

Veronica Garcia, a transgender high school runner in Washington, competed in the girls 400-meter dash Saturday.

Garcia won the event and became the Washington girls 400-meter dash state champion.

Garcia ran the race in 55.75 seconds, which was one second better than the second-place finisher’s time of 56.75, according to the Pacific Northwest Track and Field Officials’ track scoreboard.

The second- and third-place winners in the race appeared to participate in the post-race podium ceremony.

According to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association policy, every athlete will compete in programs “consistent with their gender identity or the gender most consistently expressed.

Medical or legal requirements were not listed. However, if questions about eligibility arise, a student does have the right to appeal, according to WIAA’s policy. Legislation for transgender girls participating in girls and women’s sports has been introduced in the state but has not passed. 

In 2021, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study saying transgender women maintain an advantage over biological women even after a year of hormone therapy treatment.

For the Olympic level, the elite level, I’d say probably two years is more realistic than one year,” Dr. Timothy Roberts, director of the adolescent medicine training program at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, told NBC News at the time. “At one year, the trans women, on average, still have an advantage over the cis women.

Earlier this month, five middle school girls in West Virginia were barred from competing in a track and field event after protesting and refusing to participate in an event due to a transgender athlete’s inclusion in the meet.

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Fani Willis Appeals Dismissal of Charges Against Trump

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss some of the charges against former President Donald Trump and others in the Georgia election interference case.

Willis filed a notice of appeal regarding the dismissal of six of the counts back in March.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee had written in an order that six of the counts in the indictment must be quashed, including three against Trump. But the order leaves intact other charges, and the judge wrote that prosecutors could seek a new indictment on the charges he dismissed, according to The Associated Press.

One of the dismissed counts regarded the phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021. Trump had allegedly told the secretary to “find 11,780 votes,” the Washington Examiner said.

Willis’ action came after the appeals court already agreed to take up Trump and his co-defendants’ appeal over their efforts to disqualify Willis from the case, ABC News reported.

Trump and 18 others pleaded not guilty last August to all charges in an indictment for alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, the news outlet reported. Four of the defendants have accepted plea deals in exchange for agreeing to testify against other defendants.