A shooting at a residential home near Houston Thanksgiving night left two people dead and two others wounded, authorities said. An adult injured in the shooting is in critical condition.
Houston police are continuing to investigate the scene at the 1500 block of Baggett Lane, in Spring Branch, where four people, including three adults and one teenager, were shot. The two surviving victims were transported to the hospital, Fox Houston reported.
HPD Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu said during a briefing Thursday that the family had just finished eating a Thanksgiving meal together when the ex-husband of the deceased came in through the backdoor and opened fire on the family.
“The families were celebrating, they just finished eating. The suspect, who is known to be the ex-husband of the deceased female, came into the back door and just started firing at the people inside the house,” Cantu said.
“There were four other people inside the house. As soon as they heard the shooting, they ran to the rooms for safety,” Cantu said. The suspect unloaded multiple rounds and reloaded the firearm at least once during the rampage, the chief said.
The suspect fled the scene.
Police received a call of a shooting in progress at 9:18 p.m., and officers arrived at the scene five minutes later to find four people shot in the house.
An adult male and an adult female were declared deceased at the scene. A 15-year-old victim is in stable condition, while the surviving adult male is in critical condition.
Police said they are not sure of the relationship among the victims at this time as the family invited non-family friends to the gathering.
“This is a very sad situation. It’s Thanksgiving. People are supposed to celebrate with their families,” Cantu said. She added: “We are praying for the families.”
The shooting was called a “domestic-related incident.”
A motive for the shooting was not immediately known. The suspected ex-husband has not been identified.
Family and friends in a small Illinois town are mourning the loss of two grandparents who perished in a plane crash while traveling for Thanksgiving. Joseph and Patty Kreher, of Freeburg, Illinois, died when their small, twin-engine Piper PA-30 aircraft crashed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at around 11:15 a.m. The couple had taken off from the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, made a stop in London, Kentucky, and then crashed near an airport in Winston-Salem, KSDK-TV reported. Authorities with the National Safety Transportation Board are investigating the cause of the crash. Air Safety Investigator Pete Wentz told the local news station the pilot had communicated to the airport radio tower that there was a problem before the plane went down. “The pilot communicated saying he needed to circle the airport for a second attempt and during the circling maneuver, the airplane lost control and impacted the ground,” Wetnz said. While the investigation is ongoing, the town of Freeburg is mourning the loss of their neighbors. “It’s just going to be hard for everyone that knew Joe and Patty,” Freeburg Mayor Seth Speiser told KSDK. The couple was well-known and liked among the town of 4,500. “I knew Joe and Patty, they had a machine shop off of 159, very well-liked people in the area,” Speiser said. The Krehers owned a machine shop business called General Machine, which provided heavy equipment repair and other machining needs to the Metro East and Southern Illinois region, as well as the Greater St. Louis area. “They had an unbelievable business out there,” Speiser told KSDK, “I feel sorry for all the families that work there too. Because it was a mom-and-pop shop and now mom and pop are no longer there.” A family member that spoke to FOX8 in Winston-Salem said the Krehers were flying into town from St. Louis to visit their son and grandchildren for Thanksgiving. The family member said the couple had made the trip from St. Louis to North Carlina several times before without incident. Joseph Kreher is listed as a flight instructor with the National Association of Flight Instructors.
A college student who disappeared during a weekend hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was found dead.
New Hampshire Fish and Game said the body of Emily Sotelo, of Westford, Mass., was located around 11 a.m. on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia.
Sotelo intended to complete a solo hike and was reportedly dropped off by her mom before dawn on morning at a campground near Franconia Notch.
Her mom contacted NHFG after she did not return by late afternoon.
More than a dozen search and rescue teams comprised of Fish and Game officers and volunteers spent the following days searching for Sotelo using aircraft and scent-tracking dogs.
Tracks and items belonging to the missing woman were found at the headquarters of Lafayette Brook afternoon. By that evening, authorities said crews were working on recovery instead of a rescue mission.
When her body was located, an Army National Guard helicopter helped move her to the Cannon Mountain ski area.
Sotelo was working toward a goal of hiking New Hampshire’s 48 peaks above 4,000 feet before her 20th birthday, according to the Associated Press. She would have turned 20 on Wednesday, the day her body was found.
Fish and Game officials said the search was difficult as rescuers faced high winds, cold temperatures, and blowing snow. Sotelo was reportedly unprepared for the conditions as she went out for her hike in a light jacket, hiking sneakers, and exercise pants over long underwear.
“Weather conditions by Sunday evening were single digit temperatures, 40 to 60 mile per hour winds, blowing snow, and she has not dressed accordingly for those temperatures,” Fish and Game Maj. David Walsh said, according to the AP. “Those are extreme conditions, and then she ended up off the trail.”
Though Sotelo was described as an experienced hiker by her family, they said she did not have much experience with hiking during the winter.
Walsh said her death should serve as “a warning to all hikers,” stressing the importance of preparing for the unexpected.
“Know the weather conditions, dress for the weather conditions, have extra clothes, have extra food, water, a headlamp, a map, and compass,” Walsh said.
Sotelo was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee studying biochemistry and chemical biology. She had recently transferred to the Nashville school from the College of William & Mary
Whenever Venetia Stevenson walked into a room, every man would turn his head and gawk, including Elvis Presley.
The actress and model, who was once labeled “the most photogenic girl in the world,” died in September at age 84. Tab Hunter’s longtime partner Allan Glaser confirmed to Fox News Digital that he’s producing a film about Hunter’s life in which Stevenson is prominently featured.
Her sister Caroline Stevenson spoke to Fox News Digital about how her “idol” captivated some of Hollywood’s sought-after leading men, including the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
“Elvis Presley was one of the most polite, wonderful, genuine kind men she’s ever met,” said Caroline. “Of course, me being a teenager, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, is Venetia going to marry Elvis?’”
Stevenson, the daughter of “General Hospital” star Anna Lee and “Mary Poppins” director Robert Stevenson, became romantically linked to the singer in the late ‘50s. She visited him in Memphis, Tennessee, and the pair were photographed attending a screening of Presley’s 1957 film “Loving You.”
“He couldn’t have been nicer,” said Caroline. “She did go and stay with him. I know they stayed in separate bedrooms because she made it very clear that’s how she wanted it. He respected that. And she thought he was just wonderful. But nothing ever evolved beyond that. Can’t imagine why. I mean, we were all doing flip-flops whenever he walked into a room.”
“I remember he was so down-to-earth,” she continued. “He came to this little restaurant and ordered a hamburger. The waitress was just swooning. And here he is saying, ‘This food is delicious. But you’ve got to make this lettuce smaller. You’ve gotta chop it up. Chop this lettuce up, or it just falls off the hamburger.’ Meanwhile, the waitress is just fainting almost on the floor.”
Joanna Venetia Invicta Stevenson was born in 1938. It was around this time her father signed a contract with producer David O. Selznick, and the family traveled from London to Hollywood. At 14, Stevenson was scouted by photographer Peter Gowland on a beach in Malibu, California. Her photos soon appeared in numerous magazines, including Esquire.
In 1956, Stevenson was signed by RKO Radio Pictures. She and Bond girl Ursula Andress even took tap-dancing lessons together. She then signed a contract with Warner Bros. Then, Popular Photography magazine named her “the most photogenic girl in the world” out of 4,000 contestants in its 1957 issue. She accepted the award on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“I remember I was in Grand Central Station [in New York City] and I looked at the magazine stand,” Caroline recalled. “One time, I counted 46 magazine covers with my sister. She’s a chameleon. She could be Marilyn Monroe. She could be Ingrid Bergman. She could be whoever the photographer wanted her to be.
“She just had this incredible ability to make herself look completely different in each photo. Some people thought she was a little distant or reclusive. The truth is, I felt Venetia was always a little shy. And I guess some people mistook that for coldness. She had a great sense of humor. I never knew her to speak unkindly about anyone.”
As a movie star, Stevenson dated “all kinds of people,” Caroline shared. She acted as a confidant for Hunter, a Hollywood heartthrob who was closeted at the time, and “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins. Hunter was allegedly one of Perkins’ first lovers, Entertainment Weekly reported. In the 2015 documentary “Tab Hunter Confidential,” Stevenson said she served as “a beard” when she was photographed around town with the two actors.
“I remember I got to stay at her apartment one time,” Caroline recalled. “She would get a lot of phone calls, and I was able to mimic her voice. I would have about seven- to 10-minute conversations with all sorts of people who wanted to be with her. I remember there was this man who was in charge of Warner Bros. at the time, and he really wanted to date Venetia. I just had this wonderful conversation with him, mostly yes and no, but quite a lot of nos.”
Stevenson said “I do” to “West Side Story” actor Russ Tamblyn on Valentine’s Day 1956. However, the relationship was short-lived, and the pair called it quits in 1957. It was at “The Ed Sullivan Show” where she met Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. They were married from 1962-70.
Stevenson and Everly had three children, including actress Erin Everly. Erin married Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in 1990. According to reports, it was Erin who inspired the band’s hit song, “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” Their marriage was annulled in 1991.
Despite having a life of glitz and glamour, Stevenson quit acting after marrying Everly.
“She would not mind me saying this, but my sister Venetia was not a good actress,” Caroline chuckled. “She would be the first to tell you that. She didn’t like acting. But she was under contract and when you are, it doesn’t matter whether you like acting or not. That’s just what you do. She got out as soon as her contract was done. And she was happy to get out at the time. The [studio] had its stable of celebrities. And there was so much more she wanted to do.”
Stevenson went on to serve as a script reader for Burt Reynolds’ production company. She also became a vice president at the production company Cinema Group and a manager who represented director Renny Harlan.
“I’ve never really known anything but Hollywood,” Stevenson once said. “I don’t think I could relate to a physician or an accountant. What would we talk about? I guess, when I really stop and think about it, I have lived a very narrow existence because movies are all I know.”
Fighting back tears, Caroline said it was difficult watching her sister battle Parkinson’s disease shortly before her death.
“I pray for her all the time that she’s really found happiness because she had Parkinson’s in the end,” said Caroline. “And I know how hard it was for her having been so beautiful. Parkinson’s is so cruel to your body, your everything. I wish I could have given her more comfort. I still feel her loss very much.”
Stevenson’s brother, actor Jeffrey Byron, confirmed to Fox News Digital that the star died at a health care center in Atlanta.
“My sister was resilient in this industry,” he said. “She took life as it came to her. And when things maybe didn’t go quite her way, she was able to turn it around and find new adventures and succeed in those adventures.”
“She had an amazing life,” added Caroline. “I really idolized her. With everything that she accomplished, I’m just so happy that she was my sister.”
Stevenson is survived by Byron, Caroline and her daughter Erin, as well as another daughter, Stacy; a son, Edan; a brother, Steve; and four grandchildren.
Three people are critically injured after a rowhome exploded in the afternoon in a Baltimore neighborhood, officials say. The blast happened at a home in the 1100 block of Bayard Street in the Pigtown neighborhood in Baltimore shortly after 2 p.m. The Baltimore Fire Department said the collapse caused a gas line to rupture sparking a massive fire. When firefighters arrived, they found three people trapped beneath rubble from the collapse and explosion. According to the fire department, a 70-year-old man was trying to help two 16 and 48-year-old women who were inside the house at the time of the collapse. All three victims were immediately transported to the hospital for treatment. Baltimore Fire said that all three victims were “considered critical,” but have not released an update on their condition. “The fire is now under control. BGE is on scene digging in the street to gain access to gas lines. An excavator has been requested and en route to assist,” Councilwoman Phylicia Porter said. “At the present time, possibly three families may need to be relocated. Housing and Red Cross are on scene assisting those families.” Baltimore Gas and Electric said in a statement that it completed upgrades in October to the gas main that services the site of the explosion. A house next to the one that collapsed may have structural damage.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A shooter opened fire in a Walmart in Virginia late Tuesday, leaving six people dead, police said, in the second high-profile mass killing in a handful of days. The assailant is also dead. The store in Chesapeake is now safe and will likely be closed for several days during the investigation, Officer Leo Kosinski said in the early hours of the morning The shooting came three days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Earlier in the year, the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman police say was targeting Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso and killed 22 people. Earlier, Kosinski said he couldn’t say how the gunman died but that he didn’t believe police fired shots. The shooting had apparently stopped when police arrived at the store in Chesapeake, which is Virginia’s second-largest city and lies next to the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text message that five patients from the Walmart were being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.
Walmart tweeted that it was “shocked at this tragic event.” U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said in a tweet that he was “sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.” State Sen. Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district.”
An area in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is having its name changed due to being “offensive,” officials said Members of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted unanimously 19-0 earlier this month in favor of a request to change the name of Indian Garden, a popular stop for hikers along the park’s Bright Angel Trail, to Havasupai Gardens, the National Park Service said. The Havasupai Tribe passed Resolution 29-21 to provide NPS with a formal request for the name change. The area was originally called Ha’a Gyoh. The Havasupai people were forced from Ha’a Gyoh by NPS policies, with the last member of the tribe being forcibly removed in 1928. “The eviction of Havasupai residents from Ha’a Gyoh coupled with the offensive name, Indian Garden, has had detrimental and lasting impacts on the Havasupai families that lived there and their descendants,” said Chairman Thomas Siyuja Sr. “Every year, approximately 100,000 people visit the area while hiking the Bright Angel Trail, largely unaware of this history. The renaming of this sacred place to Havasupai Gardens will finally right that wrong. The Havasupai Tribe and NPS are currently planning a rededication ceremony in early Spring 2023. “I hope this historic action will help other Tribes take similar steps and reclaim lands back by changing place names for historic and cultural preservation purposes,” said Carletta Tilousi, a member of the Havasupai Tribe and former Council member. The name change will be updated on signage, websites and other parks materials.
A Texas gas station clerk was arrested after opening fire on a man who broke a jar of salsa amid a verbal altercation, according to authorities Deputies with Constable Mark Herman’s Office responded to a disturbance call in Atascocita, Texas. When they arrived, deputies identified Breanna Miranda as the suspect. An investigation into the case revealed what happened leading up to the shooting. Miranda told a man he was not allowed in the store. This prompted a verbal altercation, and the man then broke a jar of salsa inside the store before walking outside. She proceeded to follow the man outside, grabbed a handgun from her vehicle and returned to the store. Miranda then walked back outside and confronted the man again before shooting at him twice. She was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the Harris County Jail. Her bond was set at $20,000
A shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia at night left multiple people dead and several others injured, according to the Chesapeake Police Dept. A police spokesperson said Chesapeake police responded to an “active shooter” call at the store located along Battlefield Blvd. at approximately 10:12 p.m. When officers arrived, they coordinated with a tactical team to enter the store, where they found multiple bodies, said Chesapeake police spokesman MPO Leo Kosinski. The shooting happened inside the store, but police have not yet provided information concerning the number of those affected by the shooting. He said the number of fatalities was “less than 10, right now.” Over 35 to 40 minutes later, officers found multiple dead people and rescued other victims in the store, he added. One body was found at the entrance of the store, Kosinski said at a briefing. “It’s sad. We’re a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday,” Kosinski added. Police also believe the lone shooter is dead. The spokesperson did not specify if the shooter was an employee of the store. The City of Chesapeake confirmed “multiple fatalities” but said many details are pending the police investigation. “We’re only a few hours into the response, so we don’t have all the answers yet. Chesapeake Police continue their investigation into the active shooter event at Walmart on Sam’s Circle. We do know there are multiple fatalities plus injuries and the shooter is confirmed dead,” a tweet read. Walmart, Inc. also said it was “shocked” by the “tragic event” and that it was cooperating with law enforcement efforts. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, urged residents not to travel near the area of the shooting. Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I’ll be monitoring developments closely,” Warner tweeted. He added: “In the meantime, I urge all those in the community to listen to guidance from local law enforcement and stay away from the scene.”
Virginia state Sen. Louise Lucas, who serves as the President Pro tempore, echoed Warner’s sentiments in a statement calling for an end to gun violence.
Photos and videos of the scene show about 40 emergency vehicles in the parking lot. Other photos show dozens of people standing just outside the store, beyond an area police have tapped off. Police are urging people to avoid the area as they continue to sweep through the store and conduct their investigation. Members of the public who know someone who works at the store or who may have been affected are being instructed to go to the Chesapeake Conference Center. The Virginia shooting comes a mere three days after a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado left five dead and 17 wounded.
A helicopter pilot and a meteorologist who worked for a North Carolina television station died when a news helicopter crashed along an interstate highway in the Charlotte area, according to authorities and the station.
Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag were identified as the people killed in the crash in a statement by WBTV. The crash snarled traffic along Interstate 77 in the Charlotte area after its southbound lanes were closed by investigators, but no vehicles on the ground were involved.
Two people were on board the Robinson R44 helicopter, which crashed around 12:20 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Mecklenburg County EMS Agency said the two were pronounced dead at the scene.
The station paid tribute to Myers and Tayag both in a written statement and on the air. WBTV broadcasters who had been reporting on the crash identified their colleagues through cracked voices on air about three hours following the deadly crash.
“We are working to comfort their families in this difficult time. We appreciate the outpouring of support for our staff and your continued prayers for their families,” the station said in a statement.
Police said that no vehicles on the ground were involved in the crash. Preliminary witness accounts indicate that the pilot made some “diversionary” maneuvers and “tried to avoid injuring anyone else” and “probably saved some lives,” Johnny Jennings, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, told reporters.
“And if that is truly the case, then that pilot is a hero in my eyes to make sure that the safety and security of those that were driving were not in jeopardy,” Jennings said.
The chief added: “We’re looking at going into the holiday season where we’re supposed to be spending time with our loved ones. And tragically, there are two people involved in this crash that will not be going home and will not be spending the holidays with their family.”
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation into the crash along with the FAA.