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  • Woman charged with murder in Oklahoma home invasion left one burglar for dead: police

    Woman charged with murder in Oklahoma home invasion left one burglar for dead: police

    (BROKEN ARROW, Okla.) — Elizabeth Rodriguez, the woman who allegedly drove three teenage boys to a home in Oklahoma where they were shot to death after attempting a home invasion robbery, told investigators that she left one of the burglars for dead, according to police. The Wagoner County Sheriff’s office arrested Rodriguez on three first-degree murder and three first-degree burglary warrants and jailed her without bond after she told them that she had information about a shooting that took place at a home in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa. Rodriguez waived her right to an attorney in speaking with […]

  • Multiple fatalities in Texas church bus crash, police say

    Multiple fatalities in Texas church bus crash, police say

    (CONCAN, Texas) – At least 12 people were killed and three were injured Wednesday in a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas, officials said. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the bus was carrying congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas at the time the accident occurred. The bus, which was carrying 14 people, was returning to New Braunfels from a Baptist encampment neat Lakey, Texas, where members were attending a Bible study, according to the church. Police said the driver was the sole occupant of the truck. […]

  • Fossils millions of years old swiped from Death Valley National Park

    Fossils millions of years old swiped from Death Valley National Park

    (DEATH VALLEY, Valif.) — Death Valley National Park, with its hot, forbidding desert climate and barren terrain seems like an unlikely target for robbers. But, apparently they found some of the park’s historic riches hard to leave behind. Ancient fossil footprints were removed from part of Death Valley’s park territory, which covers more than 3 million acres in California and Nevada, according to a statement published by the National Park Service (NPS). NPS said they believe the missing fossils were formed about three to five million years ago by the tracks of mammals and birds near what used to be […]

  • Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued from a single Arkansas home are up for adoption

    Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued from a single Arkansas home are up for adoption

    (FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) — Nearly 50 dachshunds are now available for adoption after two animal rescue groups in Florida helped to save them from a single home in Arkansas. The dachshunds came from a “hoarding situation,” said Terri Bondi, founder of Save Underdogs in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Bondi described the dogs’ previous owner as an “older gentleman” in Arkansas who didn’t know what he was getting into when he welcomed three to four pups into his home without spaying or neutering them. That was five years ago. The Crawford County man began asking for help when his canine […]

  • Fire survivor teaches children fire-safety tools that saved his family

    Fire survivor teaches children fire-safety tools that saved his family

    (ATLANTA) — Ralph Heard Jr. knows the importance of teaching fire safety in schools. He was just 9 years old when, in February 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia, his home’s furnace exploded, blowing out windows. With burns over 75 percent of his body, he ran through his home, helping to get his mother and younger siblings outside to safety. Heard credited his family’s survival that night with the techniques he learned through financial services company The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal Program, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. In 1978, a representative of the program had come to Peyton Forrest […]

  • Woman in custody after 'criminal' incident near Capitol; police say 'no nexus to terrorism'

    Woman in custody after 'criminal' incident near Capitol; police say 'no nexus to terrorism'

    (WASHINGTON) — U.S. Capitol Police have apprehended a female driver after she nearly hit several officers and struck another vehicle near the U.S. Capitol, police said Wednesday morning. At 9:22 a.m., Capitol police officers observed an “erratic and aggressive driver” in the vicinity of 100 Independence Ave, according to Eva Malecki, the communications director for the United States Capitol Police, who briefed reporters at Bartholdi Park. As the officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver pulled a U-turn and fled the scene, apparently striking another vehicle and nearly hitting officers. A brief pursuit ensued until the female suspect was […]

  • Alleged getaway driver 'instructed' slain teen burglary suspects to rob home: court documents

    Alleged getaway driver 'instructed' slain teen burglary suspects to rob home: court documents

    (TULSA, Okla.) — The alleged getaway driver now facing possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of three teen burglary suspects outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday allegedly “instructed” the trio to rob the house, according to a probable cause affidavit. On Tuesday, police with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office identified the alleged driver as 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez. Authorities also released the names and ages of the slain teens: Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfern, 17; and Jaycob Woodriff, 16. Authorities said that around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Zach Peters, the son of the homeowner, called 911 to report that people had […]