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FDNY paramedic, 9/11 responder fatally stabbed in the line of duty in Queens: ‘Heartbreaking and enraging’


New York City is mourning the tragic death of a longtime FDNY paramedic who was fatally stabbed while on duty in a Queens neighborhood afternoon.
Emergency Medical Service Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was on shift at EMS Station 49 in Astoria when she was stabbed multiple times in a “barbaric and completely unprovoked” attack near 20th Avenue and Steinway Street, FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said in a joint news conference Thursday.
Suspect Peter Zisopoulos, 34, is in custody and has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Zisopoulos is expected to be arraigned later Friday in Queens, sources tell Fox News.
The deadly attack happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. while she was walking to get food. She was in uniform and clearly identified as an EMS member.
This deadly, senseless, broad daylight attack on a uniformed EMT member is a direct assault on our society,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. “It is the latest consequence of the violence that we relentlessly fight in our city.”
The 24-year FDNY veteran was taken to Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital in critical condition where she later died.
Sewell said this level of violence cannot be tolerated in New York and it “has to, and will be, stopped.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city has lost one of its heroes who provided a service to NYC residents for over two decades.
Every day they do their job in a manner in which many of us don’t realize how dangerous it is,” Adams said. “She was working for this city. She paid the ultimate sacrifice because of it.”
Kavanagh added that EMS members solely help and save other people’s lives, and to be fatally attacked while working to help others is “heartbreaking and enraging” in ways she cannot describe
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig announced a 34-year-old man was arrested in the killing
Essig said one of two people who witnessed the stabbing chased the suspect into his third-floor apartment nearby, where he barricaded himself. He was eventually talked out of his apartment by the Hostage Negotiating Team and Emergency Service Unit and taken into custody.
Mayor Adams said the suspect “will be held accountable for his actions.”
FDNY shared emotional photos Thursday night on Facebook of the lieutenant’s dignified transfer from the hospital.

Candace Cameron Bure says she and husband still love each other ‘physically’ and ‘spiritually’ after 26 years


Candace Cameron Bure is celebrating more than 26 years of a happy marriage!
The actress told Mayim Bialik on the “Celebrity Jeopardy!” host’s “Breakdown” podcast this week that she and her husband, former hockey player Valeri Bure, make time for each other and still “love each other physically, spiritually” and “mentally.”
She added that laughter is a turn on for her with her husband and they are both happier when they’ve had sex.
“Laughter is one of my love languages,” she said after the “Big Bang Theory” star asked about where she finds intimacy in her marriage. “I grew up with comedians on the show [‘Full House’]. I’ve been around laughter my whole life. My dad’s a very funny man. Like, I love it. So, I need to have laughter in my life and that does come with a playfulness with my husband so when he can make me laugh – like, it’s the best.”
She said her husband tends to be a bit more “reserved” and “serious about life” than she is, possibly because of his upbringing in Russia, but there’s nothing that attracts her more to him than when he makes her laugh.
“Sex obviously is important,” she said, adding that she hates how “sex within marriage gets such a bad rap.” She acknowledged in some marriages sex can become stale, but she believes “sex is a gift from God to be within the constraints of marriage and that it is to be celebrated and a huge part of marriage
She said sex is a “blessing of being married and committed to someone” and that tired jokes about longer marriages being sexless aren’t accurate in her case.
“I’m not trying to talk about my sex life,” she stipulated, “but I do think it is important to share what a healthy sex life within marriage can be just in saying like that that’s important.”
The Hallmark movie actress said, “It’s an important part of the relationship that we make time for one another, that we still love each other both physically, you know, spiritually, mentally, all of the things. It all comes hand in hand.”
Bure and her husband were married in 1996 after “Full House” ended its eight-season run. The couple share three children: Natasha, 24, and Lev, 22, and Maksim, 20.

Tua Tagovailoa rushed to hospital on stretcher with significant head and neck trauma


The Miami Dolphins signal caller was sacked in the second quarter and his fingers suddenly started to contract, a typical symptom of head trauma.

the Dolphins third-year QB, had to leave the game on a stretcher, after displaying clear physical

responses to significant head and neck trauma
the Dolphins third-year QB, had to leave the game on a stretcher, after displaying clear physical responses to significant head and neck trauma.
Tua was sacked in the second quarter, and his hands began to contract.

The medical teams on site knew immediately what they were dealing with, and called in a stretcher to take the Dolphins QB away.

Tua was taken immediately rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which is around 5 miles away from Paycor Stadium.

Coincidentally, this is the same hospital that took care of Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier back when he suffered a career ending injury in 2017. Shazier took to Twitter to wish Tua a speedy recovery

The Miami Dolphins confirmed via their social media accounts that Tua has “full movement of his extremities” and that he is conscious.

Tennessee woman Eliza Fletcher died from gunshot to the head: autopsy


A Tennessee woman kidnapped during an early-morning run and later found murdered died from a gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy report released.

Eliza Fletcher, 34, had a gunshot wound to the back of her head, blunt-force injuries to a leg and jaw fractures, according to an autopsy completed by the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis.
The kindergarten teacher was jogging on the University of Memphis campus Sept. 2 when she was forced into a vehicle after a struggle.
Her body was found Sept. 5 behind a home following a days-long search.

The suspect in the killing, identified as Cleotha Henderson, has been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the case.

The 38-year-old felon had previous convictions for kidnapping, rape and aggravated assault when he was released from prison in 2020 after serving 20 years of a 24-year sentence, court records show

Alito on SCOTUS critics: ‘Questioning our integrity crosses an important line’


Justice Samuel Alito says criticism of the Supreme Court is going too far.
“It goes without saying that everyone is free to express disagreement with our decisions and to criticize our reasoning as they see fit,” Alito, who penned the decision reversing Roe v. Wade last term, told The Wall Street Journal. “But saying or implying that the court is becoming an illegitimate institution or questioning our integrity crosses an important line,” he said.
It is rare for a justice to issue such a statement when asked for comment about an ongoing controversy, but continues a year in which justices have spoken openly about the court’s public stature since overturning Roe and issuing other controversial opinions earlier this year.
Justice Elena Kagan in several appearances did talk about the court’s legitimacy, and Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to push back on her comments without mentioning her by name during a talk earlier this month.
In a series of appearances, Kagan – without directly addressing the blockbuster cases last term – spoke about how courts can damage its legitimacy.
“I think judges create legitimacy problems for themselves – undermine their legitimacy – when they don’t act so much like courts and when they don’t do things that are recognizably law,” she said in New York earlier this month.
And when they instead stray into places where it looks like they are an extension of the political process or where they are imposing their own personal preferences,” she added
Kagan cautioned that she was talking in general terms, and not pointing to any one decision or series of decisions. But she reiterated that, in general, judges should abide by precedent – echoing sentiments the liberal justices made in a fiery joint dissent after the court reversed Roe last term, a landmark opinion that had been on the books for almost 50 years.
Roberts had a different view of the court’s legitimacy.
In a speech in Colorado, he said that while all of the court’s opinions are open to criticism, he pointedly noted that “simply because people disagree with opinions is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court.”
Roberts said that it’s the court’s job to interpret the Constitution – a task that should not be left to the political branches or driven by public opinion.
Alito’s comments to the Journal came before Wednesday’s closed-door conference session among the nine justices as they prepare for the new term to officially begin
The justices will also come together on morning – along with President Joe Biden – for the investiture of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Floods trap many in Florida as Ian heads to South Carolina


PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark.

Hours after weakening to a tropical depression while crossing the Florida peninsula, Ian regained hurricane strength evening after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center predicted it would make landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane.

The devastation inflicted on Florida began to come into focus a day after Ian struck as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. The storm flooded homes on both the state’s coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utility customers.

At least one man was confirmed dead in Florida, while two other people were reported killed in Cuba after the hurricane struck the island.

Aerial photos from the Fort Myers area, a few miles west of where Ian struck land, showed homes ripped from their slabs and deposited among shredded wreckage. Businesses near the beach were completely razed, leaving just twisted debris. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside damaged boats, and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood.

“We’ve never seen storm surge of this magnitude,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference. “The amount of water that’s been rising, and will likely continue to rise today even as the storm is passing, is basically a 500-year flooding event.”

After leaving Florida as a tropical storm and entering the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral, Ian spun up into a hurricane again with winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The hurricane center predicted it would continue to strengthen before hitting South Carolina on Friday, but still remain a Category 1 storm.

A hurricane warning was issued for the South Carolina coast and extended to Cape Fear on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. With tropical-storm force winds reaching 415 miles (667 kilometers) from its center, Ian was forecast to shove storm surge of 5 feet (1.5 meters) into coastal areas in Georgia and the Carolinas. Rainfall of up to 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) threatened flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.

Florida Sheriffs in southwest Florida said 911 centers were inundated by thousands of stranded callers, some with life-threatening emergencies. The U.S. Coast Guard began rescue efforts hours before daybreak on barrier islands near where Ian struck, DeSantis said. More than 800 members of federal urban search-and-rescue teams were also in the area.

In the Orlando area, Orange County firefighters used boats to reach people in a flooded neighborhood. A photo the department posted on Twitter showed one firefighter carrying someone in his arms through knee-deep water. At an area nursing home, patients were carried on stretchers across floodwaters to a waiting bus.

Among those rescued was Joseph Agboona. “We were happy to get out,” he said after grabbing two bags of possessions when water rose to the windows in his Orlando home. “It was very, very bad.”

In Fort Myers, Valerie Bartley’s family spent desperate hours holding a dining room table against their patio door, fearing the storm raging outside “was tearing our house apart.”

“I was terrified,” Bartley said. “What we heard was the shingles and debris from everything in the neighborhood hitting our house.”

The storm ripped away patio screens and snapped a palm tree in the yard, Bartley said, but left the roof intact and her family unharmed.

In Fort Myers, some people left shelters to return home Thursday afternoon. Long lines formed at gas stations and a Home Depot opened, letting in a few customers at a time.

Frank Pino was near the back of the line, with about 100 people in front of him.

“I hope they leave something,” Pino said, “because I need almost everything.”

Authorities confirmed at least one Florida death — a 72-year-old man in Deltona who fell into a canal while using a hose to drain his pool in the heavy rain, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Two other storm deaths were reported in Cuba.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said his office was scrambling to respond to thousands of 911 calls in the Fort Myers area, but many roads and bridges were impassable.

“We still cannot access many of the people that are in need,” Marceno told ABC’s “Good Morning America.

Emergency crews sawed through toppled trees to reach stranded people. Many in the hardest-hit areas were unable to call for help because of electrical and cellular outages.

Christine Bomlitz was unable to reach her mother by phone after the storm made landfall south of Englewood, where the 84-year-old woman lives in a retirement community. Bomlitz said her mother was supposed to evacuate but wasn’t picked up, so the anxious daughter from Las Vegas posted a plea for help on social media.

Some Good Samaritans came to her aid, one of them wading in chest-deep floodwaters to perform a welfare check. Relieved that her mother had weathered the storm, Bomlitz was working to arrange a boat rescue.

 “I’m thankful for this stranger, a total stranger,” Bomlitz said.

A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people live. It was unknown how many heeded orders to evacuate, but Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Patrick Fuller expressed cautious optimism.

No deaths or injuries have been confirmed in the county, and flyovers of barrier islands show “the integrity of the homes is far better than we anticipated,” Fuller said.

South of Sanibel Island, the historic beachfront pier in Naples was destroyed, with even the pilings underneath torn out. “Right now, there is no pier,” said Penny Taylor, a Collier County commissioner.

In Port Charlotte, a hospital’s emergency room flooded and fierce winds ripped away part of the roof, sending water gushing into the intensive care unit. The sickest patients — some on ventilators — were crowded into the middle two floors as the staff prepared for storm victims to arrive, said Dr. Birgit Bodine of HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital.

Ian struck Florida as a monstrous Category 4 storm, with 150 mph (241 kph) winds that tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the U.S.

While scientists generally avoid blaming climate change for specific storms without detailed analysis, Ian’s watery destruction fits what scientists have predicted for a warmer world: stronger and wetter hurricanes, though not necessarily more of them.

“This business about very, very heavy rain is something we’ve expected to see because of climate change,” said MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel. “We’ll see more storms like Ian.”

Tropical Storm Ian: First confirmed death is 72-year-old Florida man who was draining pool during storm


A 72-year-old man in Deltona, Florida, died overnight after going outside during Hurricane Ian to drain his pool, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man is the first confirmed death related to Ian, now a tropical storm.
The man, whose name has not been released, “was using a hose to drain the pool down a hill and into a 30-foot-wide canal, where a steep decline into the water was extremely soft and slippery due to the heavy rain,” according to an initial investigation.

“The Sheriff’s Office sends its sincere condolences to the victim’s family,” officials said in a press release.

People trapped, 2.5M without power as Ian drenches Florida


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian carved a path of destruction across Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroying a historic waterfront pier and knocking out power to 2.5 million people as it dumped rain over a huge area.

Catastrophic flooding was threatened around the state as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States crossed the peninsula. Ian’s tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 415 miles (665 km), drenching much of Florida and the southeastern Atlantic coast.

“It crushed us,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said roads and bridges remained impassable, stranding thousands in the county where Ian made landfall just north of Fort Myers. “We still cannot access many of the people that are in need.”

Authorities confirmed at least one storm death in Florida — a 72-year-old man in Deltona who fell into a canal while using a hose to drain his pool in the heavy rain, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Two people died in Cuba after Ian struck there.

Marceno said that while he lacked any details, he believed the death toll would be “in the hundreds.” Gov. Ron DeSantis later said that toll was not confirmed and was likely an estimate based on 911 calls.

President Joe Biden formally issued a disaster declaration Thursday, and Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the agency is supporting search and rescue efforts. The U.S. Coast Guard also began rescues on southwest Florida’s barrier islands early Thursday, as soon as winds died down, DeSantis said.

“The Coast Guard had people who were in their attics and got saved off their rooftops,” DeSantis said. “We’ve never seen storm surge of this magnitude … The amount of water that’s been rising, and will likely continue to rise today even as the storm is passing, is basically a 500-year flooding event.”

A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people normally live. How many heeded mandatory evacuation orders before the storm surge washed over the island wasn’t known.

South of Sanibel, towering waves destroyed the historic beachfront pier in Naples, tearing out even the pilings underneath. “Right now, there is no pier,” said Penny Taylor, a commissioner in Collier County, which includes Naples.

Emergency crews sawed through toppled trees to reach flooded homes, but with no electricity and virtually no cell service, it was impossible for many people to call for help when the surge filled their living rooms.

“Portable towers are on the way for cell service. Chances are your loved ones do not have ability to contact you,” said the sheriff’s office in Collier County, which includes Naples. “We can tell you as daylight reveals the aftermath, it’s going to be a hard day.”

In Fort Myers, Valerie Bartley was terrified as her family spent desperate hours holding a dining room table against their patio door as debris slammed into their house.

“We just assumed that it was tearing our house apart,” she said. As the storm raged outside, she said her 4-year-old daughter grabbed her hand and said: “I’m scared too, but it’s going to be OK.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday near Cayo Costa, a barrier island just west of heavily populated Fort Myers, as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph (241 kph) winds, tying it for the fifth-strongest hurricane, when measured by wind speed, ever to strike the U.S.

Ian’s center came ashore more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Tampa and St. Petersburg, sparing them their first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921. Water drained from Tampa Bay as it approached, then returned with a surge.

The National Hurricane Center said Ian was expected to regain near-hurricane strength after emerging over Atlantic waters near the Kennedy Space Center, with South Carolina in its sights for a second U.S. landfall.

Meanwhile, a stretch of the state remained under as much as 10 feet of water Thursday morning, with destructive waves “ongoing along the southwest Florida coastline from Englewood to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor,” the center said.

In Port Charlotte, a hospital’s emergency room flooded and fierce winds ripped away part of the roof, sending water gushing down into the intensive care unit. The sickest patients — some on ventilators — were crowded into the middle two floors as the staff prepared for storm victims to arrive, said Dr. Birgit Bodine of HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the Florida Turnpike in the Orlando area due to significant flooding and said the main artery in the middle of the state will remain closed until water subsides.

Calls from people trapped in flooded homes or from worried relatives flooded 911 lines. Pleas were also posted on social media sites, some with video showing debris-covered water sloshing toward the eaves of their homes.

Brittany Hailer, a journalist in Pittsburgh, contacted rescuers about her mother in North Fort Myers, whose home was swamped by 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water.

 “We don’t know when the water’s going to go down. We don’t know how they’re going to leave, their cars are totaled,” Hailer said. “Her only way out is on a boat.”

Another boat, carrying Cuban migrants, sank in stormy weather east of Key West.

The U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search and rescue mission for 23 people and managed to find three survivors about two miles (three kilometers) south of the Florida Keys, officials said. Four other Cubans swam to Stock Island, just east of Key West, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Air crews continued to search for possibly 20 remaining migrants.

The storm previously killed two people in Cuba, and brought down the country’s electrical grid.

More than 2.5 million Florida homes and businesses were left without electricity, according to the PowerOutage.us site. Most of the homes and businesses in 12 counties were without power.

Sheriff Bull Prummell of Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers, announced a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. “for life-saving purposes,” saying violators may face second-degree misdemeanor charges.

“I am enacting this curfew as a means of protecting the people and property of Charlotte County,” Prummell said.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 40 miles (70 km) east of Orlando and 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Cape Canaveral, carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and moving toward the cape at 8 mph (13 kmh), the center said.

Up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain forecast for parts of Northeast Florida, coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. As much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) could fall in southern Virginia as the storm moves inland over the Carolinas, and the center said landslides were possible in the southern Appalachian mountains.

The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia all preemptively declared states of emergency.

4 innocent bystanders, including 2 teens, shot inside Queens park


Four innocent bystanders, including two teenagers, were shot at a Queens park as they were caught in the crossfire of two feuding gunmen on night, police sources said.
The victims were near the handball court inside of the London Planetree Playground when the shooters opened fire at each other at about 6:20 p.m., sources said.
But the hail of bullets struck four unintended targets. The youngest victims, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were shot in the left leg and lower back respectively, sources said.
The teens were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, the sources said.
A 20-year-old man was shot twice in the right leg and once in the left leg and transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. And a 32-year-old man was shot once in the left ankle, according to the sources. He was also taken to Jamaica Hospital.
All four victims are expected to make full recoveries, police sources said
One of the suspects is believed to have fled in a black Mercedes Benz SUV, according to the sources.
Police recovered multiple shell casings at the scene.

Debbie Collier murder: Unfired round found near scene of Georgia woman’s unsolved slaying


Georgia detectives on Tuesday collected an unfired round near where a K-9 discovered the nude and partially burned remains of Debbie Collier earlier this month.

Investigators told Fox News Digital it could be unrelated — the area is part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest where she was found, but there were no clear signs that Collier had been shot.

However, authorities suggested it could still be a clue that leads them closer to solving Collier’s gruesome death.

Fox News Digital discovered the unfired round about 20 to 30 yards uphill from the crime scene, in a public area, and immediately alerted investigators. Detectives from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office arrived around 15 minutes later and placed it into a small evidence bag.

“That’s an important piece of evidence, and that’s something [one or more suspects] could’ve dropped on the way out the door,” Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade homicide detective with more than 30 years on the job, told Fox News Digital.

He said investigators would likely be looking into the possibility that someone forced Collier downhill at gunpoint but used something else to kill her.

“It’s not a recreational hunting round that you would find normally in that area,” he added. “That’s unusual. A hunter’s not using a .223 round, plus…it’s bow season.”

Collier, 59, vanished on Sept. 10, according to authorities. Minutes after she was last seen alive at a Family Dollar store in Clayton, 90 minutes from her home in Athens, her daughter Amanda Bearden received a $2,385 Venmo payment and a cryptic message. It read: “They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flowerpot by the door.”

The following day, SiriusXM contacted the local sheriff’s office to report a missing person’s vehicle in the vicinity. They determined it was Collier’s rented Chrysler Pacifica and after a search of the area discovered her naked body with “charring” on her abdomen and grasping at a tree at the bottom of an embankment, according to authorities.

Down the path, at the root of a burned out fallen tree, were remnants of a fire and items that Collier purchased before she went missing on Sept. 10.

Burned paper towels, melted bits of blue tarp and a small plastic buckle, possibly from her red tote bag, were scattered beneath the roots, which bore clear burn marks.

Another branch across from the tree also had charred bark and dead leaves.

Also visible was what looked like a possible charred fragment of her Georgia Bulldogs jersey, which she wore on surveillance video taken at a Family Dollar store about 15 minutes away.

Investigators quickly deemed the manner of her death a homicide but have not yet revealed what caused it. They said last week that they had no reason to believe it was a kidnapping or suicide.

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said Collier’s death happened between when she left the Family Dollar store at 3:09 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 12:45 p.m. the next day.

However, after more than two weeks, they have not publicly named a suspect or person of interest.

Also, Andrew Giegerich, the live-in boyfriend of Collier’s daughter Bearden, told Fox News Digital that the couple had no involvement in the slaying and was living in fear, sleeping behind barricaded doors.

“We sleep with stuff in front of our front door and our back door because we didn’t have anything to do with this,” he said. “We’re a little scared ourselves.”

the sheriff’s office announced it would be holding a public briefing on the investigation at 9 a.m..

Anyone with information on Collier’s case is asked to contact Habersham County Sheriff’s investigators Cale Garrison or George Cason at 706-839-0559 or 706-839-0560, respectively.

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