Alexey Dozmorov/iStock(CLEAR CREEK, W.Va.) — Police issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for one of the four people who allegedly broke into a West Virginia mine to steal copper, according to court documents. Three of those who entered the mine got lost and were rescued after almost a week underground.Authorities are looking to arrest Eddie Williams, 43, on charges of breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and giving false information to law enforcement officers, according to a criminal complaint.Williams initially told police that he entered the abandoned Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, about 30 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia, to search for three friends who were trapped, the complaint said.He later recanted, though, telling police that he went inside with Cody Beverly, 21; Kayla Williams, 25; and Erica Treadway, 31, on Dec. 8, “to see if they left anything behind, copper, or anything.”Eddie Williams said the pairs separated “to have sex” with he and Treadway going in one direction and Beverly and Kayla Williams going in another.“Eddie said that the pairs had split up to have sex with each other,” according to the criminal complaint. “Interviews with Kayla, Cody and Erica at a later date did say that they had separated to have sex.”Eddie Williams managed to escape on Dec. 10, and reported the others missing. They were pulled out of the mine three days later after a large-scale rescue operation.While the rescue efforts were underway, Kayla Williams’ father, Randy Williams, told ABC News, “The reason they’re in there is to get copper.”“It’s worth money,” he said. “A couple years ago it was up to almost $4 a pound. You could go into a mine and make $1,000 a day.”It’s unclear if the others will face charges. Eddie Williams said the group “had entered the mine before to try and make money,” according to the complaint.Beverly and Kayla Williams spoke with reporters outside of Charleston General Hospital, where they were taken for an evaluation after being rescued. Although they didn’t offer details on why they entered the underground mine, they said the experience had taught them the biggest lesson of their lives.“This is a life-changing experience for me,” Beverly told ABC News. “This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned in my life.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The California police officer whose killing has sparked a massive and ongoing manhunt left behind a wife and 5-month-old son.Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, a native of Fiji who dedicated his life to law enforcement, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday.The gunman fled after shooting Singh just before 1 a.m., according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.Singh had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011, the sheriff’s office said. He previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, according to a statement from California Gov. Jerry Brown.Singh’s slaying was the first line-of-duty officer death in the history of the Newman Police, an agency of 12 members.“This is a man that I saw every day he worked,” an emotional Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said of Singh at a Thursday news conference. “This is a man that I relieved on Christmas Day so he could go home and spend some time with his family and his newborn child.”“He will never see his son walk,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, whose agency is leading the investigation. “He doesn’t get to hold that little boy, hug his wife.”Richardson said Singh was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and riding his jet ski.He said Singh was also a K-9 handler whose drug-sniffing dog, Sam, was with him when he was killed.“When I pulled Sam out of the car, Sam was wearing a Mrs. Claus outfit that he [Singh] put on her because it’s just the kind of guy he was. It’s just the little things like that he did just to bring smiles to people’s faces,” Richardson said.He said one of the last photos Singh posed for was of him standing in front of an American flag and next to a Christmas tree outside the Newman police station.“He was truly just a human being and an American patriot,” said Christianson.“He truly loved what he did,” added Richardson. “You’ve never seen a man smile more than him.”Authorities are pleading with the public to help them catch the suspect in Singh’s killing, who remains at large.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
MattGush/iStoc(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A woman gave birth hours after she survived a fiery, multi-car crash in Florida that killed seven people, according to her church.Five children and two adults were killed in the massive collision Thursday on Interstate 75 in Alachua County near Gainesville, the Florida Highway Patrol said.The children who died were among nine children in a van full of churchgoers from the United Pentecostal Church in Marksville, Louisiana, headed to Disney World, said Kevin Cox, Louisiana District Superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church.Besides the nine children, there were three adults in the van, including a pregnant woman. She delivered her baby Thursday night, Cox said in a statement Friday.She was “pretty ‘banged up’” but “the baby is going to be okay,” Cox said, quoting a pastor who was with the woman in the hospital.One of the five children who died was the granddaughter of a pastor, the church said.Besides the five children, two men driving two semi-trucks involved in the crash also died, the highway patrol said.Six to eight people were injured, officials said.The four surviving children were all injured but are believed to recover, according to Cox.The crash unfolded when a semi-truck was heading north and collided with a northbound passenger car, the highway patrol said.After that collision, both cars went through the guardrail, into the center median and then into the southbound lanes, the highway patrol said.Heading southbound at the time was a passenger van and another semi-truck. When the semi-truck crossed into the southbound lanes, it crashed with the van and the southbound semi-truck, officials said.The van flipped over and some people were ejected, the highway patrol said.Fifty gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the crash, Alachua County Fire Rescue said, and both semi-trucks caught fire.Mandi Lamonda was driving north when she “noticed some white smoke on the south side of 75.”“Then all of a sudden I heard a big boom,” she told ABC News, “and then tons of black smoke.”Cox in his statement urged people to “pray for the healing of those physical injuries. And, perhaps even more so, pray for that church family that has been so massively affected by this tragedy.”It is unclear if investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will head to the scene of the crash. Most employees there are furloughed as a result of the partial government shutdown.Officials with Florida Highway Patrol told ABC News it has shared information about the crash with the NTSB, but no federal investigators have been involved in the probe.Before the shutdown, NTSB officials told ABC News that existing investigations would be put on hold and new investigations would not be launched until the shutdown ended. However, if an accident occurred with a significant amount of casualties and presented a substantial danger to the traveling public if not responded to immediately, an investigation may be launched.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A pair of bumbling burglars were arrested after apparently butt-dialing 911 while fleeing the scene of a burglary at a Best Buy near Houston early Saturday.The men are alleged to have knocked off a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, at about 3 a.m. While responding to an alarm at the store, dispatch received a 911 call in the area, Houston police said. But instead of a caller, they heard only background noise.Authorities said they pinged the cellphone, which was coming from a car traveling toward Houston from the suburban electronics store, and took off in pursuit.“[He] somehow butt-dialed 911, they put it all together, officers were already en route to the alarm call when they got the other 911 call,” a communications officer for the Houston Police Department told Houston ABC station KTRK.The suspects led police on a chase that reached speeds of 120 mph, authorities said.The suspects bailed out of their truck in northeast Houston, but two of the three men were captured, police said. The third remains at large.Authorities found stolen laptops and other electronics from Best Buy in the suspects’ truck.The same Best Buy in Sugar Land was the scene of a $200,000 robbery in March 2015.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Fedorovekb/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The Department of Justice announced Monday the arrest of a former U.S. Army infantryman who is accused of plotting a “mass casualty” terrorist attack at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach, California over the weekend.Agents arrested the suspect, Mark Steven Domingo of Reseda, California, on Friday evening after an undercover source for the FBI sent the suspect what he believed was a live bomb that he could use to carry out his attack.“This investigation successfully disrupted a very real threat posed by a trained combat soldier who repeatedly stated he wanted to cause the maximum number of casualties,” U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said in a statement.A 30-page affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against Domingo alleges that his planning to construct a bomb dates back to early March.Domingo “expressed support for violent jihad,” the affidavit alleges, and he had expressed intentions to target Jews, churches and police officers in revenge for attacks against Muslims. Domingo specifically cited the March attack against Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, posting online, “there mustbe retribution.”“Still mad…even more so…since I watched the vid,” he said according to court documents.The documents also indicated that Domingo said he kept an AK-47 in his bed, in light of the attack.Following those postings, an FBI informant contacted Domingo online and later met with him in person, where he further detailed his planning of potential attacks. He asked the FBI agent “to find a person to construct an IED that he said could cause 50 casualties,” according to the indictment.According to court documents, Domingo purchased 3-inch nails to use as shrapnel in the improvised explosive device that he intended to make.“Domingo said he specifically bought three inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the compliant says.The indictment cited Domingo saying the United States needs “another vegas,” in reference to the October 2017 mass shooting where 58 people were killed by a lone gunman at a country music festival.Domingo also, according to the affidavit expressed support for the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“This is why I like- I like al-Baghdadi, yeah cuz he took the direct stance…victory or martyrdom,” he said.Domingo also pointed out various police cars, churches and a National Guard Armory that were possible target locations, the indictment says.In discussing the possible fallout from his planned attack, Domingo cited the Boston Marathon bombings and said that he hoped his attack would parallel the chaos that gripped the city in the days after.“Remeber the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston bombers, it stirred up a hornets nest…I we do this, LA is going to be locked down,” he said.If convicted on charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, Domingo could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mitshu/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — Two teachers in El Paso, Texas, who put out a call for people to send postcards to their students after a mass shooting at a local Walmart, have been inundated with more than 1,000 cards and counting. “It has been a very humbling experience to receive such an outpouring of love and kindness from everyone,” Teresa Garrett, a fourth-grade teacher at Tom Lea Elementary School, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “We’re just so blessed and overwhelmed and happy with the response,” said Elvira Flores, a fourth-grade teacher at Hillside Elementary School. “The students’ reactions are priceless.” Flores, an El Paso teacher for the past 20 years, decided to post a request on Facebook for cards for her students after feeling “sad and in disbelief” herself after a gunman opened fire at the Walmart on Aug. 3, killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others. The gunman allegedly targeted the Walmart in El Paso, which sits near the U.S. border with Mexico, because it is frequented by Mexicans who come there to shop, according to police.“The following day was going to be our first day of school and I thought, I don’t know [my students] yet but I know they need to hear this message, as opposed to the message of the man who came to our city,” she said. “We heard his message. I wanted them to hear the voices of other people who love them.”Flores posted the request in a closed teachers’ group on Facebook. Garrett had meanwhile also been trying to think of ways to help the El Paso community. She said that when she saw Flores’ post, she asked that her name and school address be included too. “We are teachers in El Paso. We would like to know if anyone is interested in sending us postcards to help our students know there is plenty of good in the world,” the post read. “As teachers, we may only be able to say so much. We think concrete messages of support would help us calm some fears. Any thoughts?” The post was quickly shared more than 1,000 times, according to Garrett. “On Monday we took the addresses out and asked everyone to message us for the address and by Tuesday we took it down as we were overwhelmed by the response,” she said. “After we breathed and discussed it, we decided to go forward with the project.”The teachers then began telling their students about what strangers were sending them, which included not just postcards but t-shirts, books, school supplies and even a football signed by the Notre Dame football team. “One card had a fire truck on it and a student was so excited because he wants to be a fireman and he started asking all these questions about becoming one,” Flores said. “Another girl whose dad was actually there [at the shooting[, she just smiled at her card.” Garrett is having her students deliver the items to other classrooms and said they “loved doing this act of kindness and paying it forward.”Because of the overwhelming response to their request, Flores and Garrett plan to distribute the gifts and postcards they’ve received to other schools in the district of around 57,000 students. “We are a family,” Garrett said. “To be honest, El Paso is a family. We may be large but as our Texas Pledge says, ‘We are one and indivisible.’” The support for students in El Paso in the form of postcards and gifts is indicative of the support the community has felt as a whole, according to Melissa Martinez, a spokesperson for the El Paso Independent School District. “I think people have just really opened up their hearts, whether they are here locally or from afar,” she said. “What the teachers experienced is really just indicative of what the community has experienced, an outpouring love and support.”Flores said she wants the people sending postcards and gifts to El Paso students to know that “their message is being heard.” “I know that we won’t be able to respond to all of them but it’s made a huge difference for our community,” she said. “I honestly believe there’s so much more good out there [than bad].”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC NewsHurricane Dorian makes landfall over North Carolina, hundreds may be trapped on Ocracoke Island(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian made landfall along Cape Hatteras, N.C., Friday as those on the state’s low-lying islands battled ferocious rain and braced for flash flooding and dangerous storm surge.Hundreds may be trapped on Ocracoke Island where the deadly storm “is raging” and “waters are rising quickly,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday.The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office called the flooding on Ocracoke Island “catastrophic.”Leslie Lanier, who lives on Ocracoke Island, said some residents had to climb into their attics to escape the water.Lanier is OK but “nervous and worried,” she told ABC Raleigh station WTVD.“I don’t think rescue crews can get in at this point, but they are ready to go as soon as they possibly can,” Cooper said.The governor urged those in Dare and Hyde Counties to move to the highest point in their homes as the fierce waters rise.At least 379,000 homes and businesses were without power across the Carolinas and Virginia on Friday as a result of the storm, now a Category 1 hurricane.Dorian is expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain in northeast North Carolina through Saturday, with as much as 15 inches of total rainfall in some spots.The combination of downpours and storm surge as high as 7 feet could cause life-threatening flash floods.South Carolina has already seen more than 10 inches of rain since the storm barreled up the coast on Thursday.At least 20 tornadoes were reported in the Carolinas on Thursday. One tornado ripped through Emerald Isle, N.C., upending mobile homes and strewing debris across the roads.Another tornado was reported in Little River, S.C., where one resident told ABC Florence affiliate WPDE that they heard what sounded “like a large airplane or a large train coming through.”By Friday afternoon and evening, Dorian’s gusty winds and heavy rain will move out to sea, but the storm is still set to bring heavy rain and up to 4 feet of storm surge to southern Virginia.Even the Northeast will see impacts from Dorian when the storm grazes the coast with heavy rain Friday night into Saturday morning.A coastal flood advisory was issued for parts of New Jersey, New York and coastal Connecticut, while a tropical storm watch was issued for Cape Cod and eastern Maine.Before approaching the United States, Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 hurricane, making the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, flattening homes, submerging roads and flooding an international airport.Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian left “generational devastation” across the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, which are both in the archipelago’s northern region, east of southern Florida.At least 30 people have died in the Bahamas due to Dorian, but the country’s health minister told a local radio station Thursday that the final death count will be “staggering.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. for Los Angeles and the surrounding area. Santa Ana winds are making it difficult for firefighters to contain the raging wildfires in California. Any new or existing fires are likely to spread and with wind gusts up to 20 mph and relative humidity as low as 3% to 5%.Winds are expected to calm down later this evening, which will reduce the fire risk overnight into Sunday.A Blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday for eastern North Dakota and parts of northwestern Minnesota. Heavy, wet snow is reportedly making it difficult for plows to clear roadways.Up to 2 feet of snow has already fallen across parts of the Northern Plains with new snowfall amounts of 3 to 10 inches expected through Saturday night.In addition to snow, we are expecting wind gusts to 60 mph at times. This will cause blizzard conditions and reduce visibility, making driving dangerous particularly along I-29 and I-94.By Sunday the system begins to weaken but will bring rain to the Upper Great Lakes before winding down Sunday night.Many Americans from the Rockies to the Gulf are waking up to the coldest air of the season Saturday morning. Wind chill values are in the single digits for Yellowstone National Park, the twenties for Chicago and the thirties in parts of Texas.Coastal Flood Alerts are effective through noon Saturday for parts of the Mid Atlantic.As Subtropical Storm Melissa lingers roughly 250 miles SSE of Nantucket Massachusetts, it will bring gusty winds up to 40mph to the Northeast and minor coastal flooding around high tide for the affected communities.Melissa is expected to become a remnant low late Saturday into early Sunday and conditions will improve. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Police have located the person who is wanted in connection to the murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors.Almost a week after the NYPD released three photographs of an apparent young boy wanted in connection to the murder, the person was located, according to a Twitter post by the Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.“We have located this individual. Thank you to everyone who reached out with information. This is an active and ongoing investigation,” Harrison said.Majors was stabbed inside Morningside Park on Dec. 11, near the Columbia University campus, which is located across the street from her school. The 18-year-old from Charlottesville, Virginia, stumbled out of the park and onto a nearby street where a school public safety officer spotted her and called 911, police said. She died soon after at a local hospital.A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder, though authorities do not believe he is the one to have stabbed Majors.A third boy, also 14 years old, was questioned and released. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.