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One Dead, One Critical after Shooting in Macon County


Macon County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and a woman in critical condition.

Sheriff Andre Brunson told Alabama News Network the shooting happened late Saturday night or early morning in the Brownsville community.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping in the investigation.

Brunson would release no other details about the case.

Yazmin Zammit Stevens, Malta’s First-Ever Female Olympic Weightlifter,


Yazmin Zammit Stevens has become the first-ever Maltese female weightlifter to hit the Olympic stage after finishing third in a group stage of the 64kg category.

Zammit Stevens finished third out of four participants in Category B earlier this morning, lifting 84kg in the snatch and 105kg in the clean and jerk. 

In doing so, Zammit Stevens set a new national record in the clean and jerk.

Despite the impressive performance, Australia’s Kiana Rose Elliot and Nicaragua’s Sema Nancy Ludrick Rivas beat Zammit Stevens in Group B. She did, however, finish above Tunisia’s Chaima Rahmouni who failed to finish.

This was the second time that Malta has competed in weightlifting but Zammit Steven’s participation put her in the Maltese history books as being the first Maltese female weightlifter to compete in the games.

She will not be the only Maltese Olympian competing today with swimmer Andrew Chetcuti taking part in the 100-metre heats at 12pm local time.

Despite the impressive performance, Australia’s Kiana Rose Elliot and Nicaragua’s Sema Nancy Ludrick Rivas beat Zammit Stevens in Group B. She did, however, finish above Tunisia’s Chaima Rahmouni who failed to finish.

This was the second time that Malta has competed in weightlifting but Zammit Steven’s participation put her in the Maltese history books as being the first Maltese female weightlifter to compete in the games.

She will not be the only Maltese Olympian competing today with swimmer Andrew Chetcuti taking part in the 100-metre heats at 12pm local time.

FDOT working to make travel times shorter around St. Johns Town Center


A busy Southside intersection is getting a facelift.

The Department of Transportation says it will make travel times shorter around the St. Johns Town Center.

If you’ve driven around Southside Boulevard and Gate Parkway in Jacksonville’s Southside, congestion can be high at times between the Town Center, several businesses and many neighborhoods in the area.

“It’s a very popular corridor,” said Hampton Ray, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation. “By adding an additional intersection point, it actually reduces the conflict points for the actual intersection. That means it makes it safer for people as they drive through. It will also optimize the timing on the intersection, so basically getting more people through the intersection more efficiently and safer.”

The project is expected to start in September and will last for a year, ending in later 2022.

It has a price tag of $7.4 million.

“It’s one of our first displaced left-hand turns in our region so we definitely want people to be aware of the changes, definitely not making quick decisions on the roadway, always try to be predictable, pay attention to those signs,” Ray said.

This project is complex and FDOT will notify drivers before traffic shifts happen related to this project.

Georgia 15-year-old collapses, dies after football practice


MACON, Ga. (AP) — A 15-year-old high school football player died after collapsing at the first day of practice in middle Georgia.

Bibb County school district officials say Joshua Ivory, a student at Southwest High School in Macon, went into distress Monday, prompting coaches to call an ambulance.

Monday was the first day of practice for teams statewide. Rules call for a five-day period for players to get used to heat and physical exertion while practicing in shorts and helmets. is the first day that players are allowed to practice in pads.

According to the National Weather Service, Macon reached a high of 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius) on Monday before 4 p.m. The practice started at 6 p.m., according to The Telegraph of Macon.

Ivory died in a hospital emergency room, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said. No cause of death has been announced and an autopsy is planned.

Bibb County schools Athletic Director Barney Hester told The Telegraph that Southwest High head coach Joe Dupree saw what was happening and followed state rules.

“We called 911, the fire truck was here in five to six minutes,” Hester told the newspaper. “It was handled in a timely manner. … Joe Dupree and his staff did a really remarkable job when we realized we had a student in distress.”

“The loss of one of our students in Bibb County is huge,” Hester said. “We are all grieving. We have a young man that unfortunately is not going to be with us anymore and we have to deal with that.”

The district canceled practices Tuesday and are reviewing how practices are conducted.

“Joshua was a wonderful young man full of promise and zeal. He had an infectious smile and a very kind heart. He enjoyed sports and spending time with his family,” Southwest principal A. Bernard Young said in a statement Tuesday. “Joshua’s personality made it easy for him to make a great impression and huge impact on his teammates, coaches, and the entire Southwest family.”

Young said district counselors would be available to students and employees. Hester said the district will honor Ivory.

The Georgia High School Association said it is gathering information.

Red Lake Nation officer shot and killed


RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Red Lake Nation police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty at morning, authorities said.

The FBI’s Minneapolis office said the officer with was shot while police were responding to a call at a home on the reservation, KMSP-TV and WCCO-TV reported. Authorities later apprehended the shooter, the FBI said.

Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki has ordered all flags lowered to half-staff throughout the week, according to a tribal council social media post. Seki also shut down non-essential programs on Tuesday “out of respect and honor” to the fallen officer, the post said.

The tribe and FBI spokesman Kevin Smith of Minnesota did not immediately return phone messages to The Associated Press.

The Red Lake Reservation is located in northwest Minnesota, about 160 miles from the Canadian border. It covers about 1,260 square miles and is home to about half of the tribe’s 14,000 members.

The four communities on the reservation are Little Rock, Ponemah, Red Lake and Redby.

Driver killed, passenger hurt in train, truck crash


CHARLOTTE , N.C. (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a crash with a North Carolina light rail train when the truck drove around the crossing arms and into the train’s path on Monday night, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers called to a report of a crash in Charlotte found a Toyota Tundra and a blue line train damaged from the collision, police said. The driver of the truck, identified as 27-year-old Baltazar Tiquiram Us, was pronounced dead on the scene and his passenger was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. None of the four light rail passengers was injured.

The preliminary investigation found that the southbound train was passing East Hebron Street when the truck went around the crossing arms and into the train’s path, causing the collision, police said. The train operator sounded the horn while approaching the crossing, and the crossing arms’ warning lights were operational and flashing. It’s suspected that the pickup driver was impaired and toxicology results are pending, police said.

1 found dead after house explosion that injured 5 others


TYRONE, Pa. (AP) — One person was found dead after a house explosion in central Pennsylvania that reportedly injured five other people, authorities said.
Emergency dispatchers in Blair County said the blast in Tyrone was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Monday and flames spread to two other houses.
Deputy coroner Samantha Kimberling said in a news release late night that human remains were discovered in one of the structures. An autopsy is slated to determine the cause of death.
WTAJ-TV said five people were reported to have been transported to hospitals. Dispatchers said the injured were taken to Altoona Hospital and Tyrone Hospital. The extent of injuries wasn’t immediately available.
AMED Authority director Gary Watters said Peoples Natural Gas had responded earlier to reports of a gas odor and was at the home and had called for additional resources to help just before the explosion, the station reported.
Some nearby residences remained on evacuation status Tuesday morning. PNG spokesman Barry Kukovich said the company had multiple crews in the area trying to determine what happened and if any danger remained.
“We heard a loud, loud noise, a loud crash,” neighbor Kenneth Parks told KDKA-TV. “And we both looked down the street and this house had collapsed into itself. It was kind of startling.”

Women killed as gunfire erupts at vigil for shooting victim


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A woman attending a vigil for a man killed in a northern New Jersey shooting was fatally shot herself when someone opened fire on the crowd early Tuesday, authorities said.
The shooting in Jersey City occurred shortly before 1 a.m., according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Felicia Stewart, a 30-year-old city resident, was hit in the back and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the gunfire or if more than one shooter was involved, but no other injuries were reported. No arrests have been made.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said Stewart was attending a vigil for Raquan Bass, 26, who was fatally shot late Saturday morning at the site where the gathering was being held. A motive for that shooting remains under investigation.

2 die in small plane crash in Alaska state park


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane reported overdue Monday was found crashed, with the two people on board dead, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Austin McDaniel, a troopers spokesperson for the troopers, said there were two adults on board. He said the plane left from Anchorage, but he did not have immediate details on the purpose of the flight or when it took off. He said by email that the wreckage was found in Chugach State Park.
The troopers, in an online log, said authorities were notified around 8 p.m. Monday of an overdue aircraft that had taken off from an Anchorage airport. The statement said the aircraft was believed to have gone up the Knik River Valley toward Knik Glacier and Lake George before heading toward Chugach State Park.
A good Samaritan found the wreckage around 10:45 p.m and was able to land nearby. Recovery efforts were expected to start Tuesday, the troopers statement said.

Woman killed, 2 cops hurt in Chicago-area drive-thru clash


DOLTON, Ill. (AP) — Two suburban Chicago police officers were seriously injured and a woman died after one of the officers shot her as she drove away from a restaurant following a disturbance and crashed into a nearby business, police said.

Police in Dolton were called to a restaurant at about 1 a.m. by employees who said a female driver with a gun was angry that the restaurant’s drive-thru was closed, village spokesman Sean Howard said

When officers arrived, Howard said the woman and a male passenger were asked to get out of the car. The passenger complied, but the woman began driving away while one officer was reaching inside the car to get the keys, Howard said.

The other officer fired his weapon three times, striking the woman, whose car ran him over while the other officer was dragged by the vehicle, which crashed into a nearby bike shop, Howard said.

The woman died at the scene and the two officers were hospitalized in serious condition. Howard said the condition of one of the officers has improved.

Additional details of the incident, including the woman’s name, were not immediately available.

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