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Cop apologizes to firefighter with ‘sorry I tased you’ cake

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MAINEVILLE, Ohio – A police officer in Ohio who accidentally shocked a firefighter with a Taser has made amends with cake.

The Hamilton Township Police Department in Maineville, Ohio, outside Cincinnati, posted the story on its Facebook page on Saturday.

“Ofc. Workman was assisting our FD on an EMS call. When they arrived at the hospital an altercation ensued with the patient in the life squad,” the post read.

The police department said Workman used her Taser to subdue the person but accidentally shocked firefighter Rickey Wagoner.

So, as one does in these situations, the officer gave Wagoner a cake that said, “Sorry I tased you!”

It seemed to have smoothed things over.

Police continue to hunt for man who shot two officers, one civilian at Dallas Home Depot

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(CNN) -- Two Dallas police officers were shot and critically wounded Tuesday, the city's police department said.

A civilian also was wounded, the department said, but that person's condition was not known.

Dallas police are looking for a 29-year-old Hispanic man named Armando Luis Juárez in connection with the shooting at a Home Depot, Chief Reneé Hall told reporters Tuesday night.

The man fled in a white pickup, she said.

The truck is a Ford, possibly F250, police said on Facebook. The back fender has "GX4" on it and the truck bed has a ladder rack and large exhaust pipes rising from the front.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon, she said, when an off-duty officer at the Home Depot called to request backup officers for an arrest.

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Dallas police are looking for a 29-year-old Hispanic man in connection with the shooting of two police officers and a loss prevention officer at a Home Depot, Chief Reneé Hall told reporters Tuesday night.

The chief asked for people to keep the officers, their families and department in their prayers.

"We need you right now, our hearts are very heavy," she said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also tweeted on the shooting: "We are closely monitoring the situation in northeast Dallas and praying for our officers and their families."

No further details were immediately available.

Five Dallas officers were killed and seven others injured in July 2016 when a military veteran who had served in Afghanistan fired on them. The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, was killed after a lengthy standoff with police.

Union representing faculty at WIU getting closer to reaching contract deal

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Macomb, Illinois - The union representing faculty at Western Illinois University has announced it's getting closer to reaching a deal on a new contract.

The union said it made progress during the last meeting with a mediator on April 23. While that meeting was happening, students and staff held a march for mediation at the Macomb Campus.

On April 24, a statement from university officials said they are closer to making a deal that was "subject to finalizing the specific language contained within the new contract."

The statement said that details of the contract will not be disclosed until the final language has been approved by both sides.

 

Related: Union supporters march during WIU contract negotiations 

Walmart customer goes viral after using intercom to ask for help

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — A video of a Kentucky man using Walmart’s intercom system to ask for help has gone viral.

Forrest Hunter posted the video to Facebook on Friday and it already has 39,000 shares and 1.9 million views as of Tuesday afternoon.

The video, captioned “When you get sick of waiting on somebody at Walmart,” shows Hunter in the sporting goods section of the store. He picks up the store telephone and uses the intercom.

“Customer needs assistance in sporting goods please. I’m the customer,” he said.

Hunter told WKYT a Walmart associate came over to help him afterward and was a little embarrassed. He said he didn’t get in any trouble for using the intercom.

Two police officers, one civilian shot at Dallas Home Depot, suspect still at large

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DALLAS, Texas – Two police officers and one civilian were shot at a Home Depot in Texas, according to the Dallas Police Department on April 24.

We can confirm that two @DallasPD officers have been shot and critically wounded. We will provide updates as we get them. Please pray for our officers and their families.

— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) April 24, 2018

A civilian was also shot in this incident. The condition of the civilian is unknown at this time.

— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) April 24, 2018

 

Police say the officers were critically wounded. They are unaware of the civilians condition at this time.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also confirmed that they responded to the shooting.

BREAKING: ATF is responding to the scene of a officer involved shooting at Home Depot in North Dallas, Texas. pic.twitter.com/inpxJQkncd

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) April 24, 2018

 

Police are still actively searching for the suspect in a nearby wooded area, according to ABC News.

On Twitter, the police department asked for prayers for the officers and their families.

Further details were not immediately available.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

 

 

Student struck by a car near North Scott High School

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ELDRIDGE, Iowa – A girl was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car near North Scott High School on April 24.

The accident happened at the end of the school day, around 3:00 P.M.

Superintendent Joe Stutting said the girl taken to the hospital only suffered “bumps and bruises” and that she is expected to be okay.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

This is a developing story. We will update this story as information becomes available.

I-74 Bridge construction ahead of schedule

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BETTENDORF-- Workers secure bolts and tighten supports on the Bettendorf eastbound stretch of the new I-74 bridge. All the while the construction brings out a crowd of unlikely inspectors documenting every step of the way.

"I was over here last week. They put the last beam in. I come over at least once a week," says cyclist Bill Beard.

I-74 Bridge Project Manager Danielle Mulholland documents the changes too.

"It's definitely starting to look like a bridge," says Mulholland.

Workers are perfecting the foundation to make way for the bridge road.

"Yes, so they can start putting the reinforcement steel on top of the girders which will form a mat of steal. We'll pour concrete on top of that. That will be the area folks are able to drive on," says Mulholland.

Work is progressing out in the river too.

"We're finally getting to the point where we're starting to see arch foundations peaking up out of the coffer dams. They're going to pour another one within the next couple of days."

Even with some harsh winter weather months, construction is ahead of schedule.

"What we've seen so far is even on the days they had planned not to work, we still had workers out here continuing to work towards our goal of getting the project complete by 2019 to open westbound. Overall, we're looking very good for schedule," says Mulholland.

And that's good news for this bridge watcher. Beard loves the view, but can hardly wait for the end result.

"I hope I live long enough to ride on it," says Beard.

In a week of awful news, these 3 heroes stepped up

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(CNN) — From Toronto to Tennessee, they emerged as glimmers of light amid an onslaught of devastating news.

The man driving to the gym when an attacker plowed a van into pedestrians at a busy Toronto intersection.

The man sitting with a friend at a Nashville-area Waffle House when a gunman opened fire.

The former Navy fighter pilot praised for her “nerves of steel” during an emergency on a Southwest Airlines flight.

We all need heroes to inspire us. In the past week, these three stepped up:

He came to the aid of a Toronto van attack victim

When a van began striking pedestrians in Toronto’s busy North York section, Diego DeMatos was driving to the gym.

DeMatos was still emotional when he recounted the moment Monday when he saw the fast-moving vehicle strike a man and a woman.

“At first … I just thought it was a hit and run,” he told CNN.

It was more than that. At least 10 people were killed and 14 injured when Alek Minassian, 25, carried out his attack.

As DeMatos continued down the street, he saw four or five more people on the ground. Some were still moving, others not.

Further down, DeMatos said a man was trying to help another wounded pedestrian. The man screamed for help.

DeMatos parked, jumped out of his car and ran to assist.

“I went over to try to perform CPR on him. … He died in our arms,” DeMatos said.

A woman handed them her scarf to cover the dead man until police arrived, he said.

“It was like a scene from a war zone,” DeMatos said. “It was really, really horrible.”

He wrestled a rifle from the Tennessee Waffle House shooter

“I just want to be out there as a regular person,” James Shaw Jr. insists.

But there was nothing regular about how Shaw defused a deadly shooting at a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

He was sitting with a friend at the restaurant counter when a gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket opened fire outside the restaurant, police said.

Glass shattered. A man fell to the ground.

Shaw, 29, slid along the floor to the restroom, his mind set on stopping the shooter. When he heard a pause in the gunfire, he leaped into action.

“I figured if I was going to die,” Shaw later told reporters, “he was going to have to work for it.”

He rushed the man with the rifle. They tussled. The gunman cursed and fought back. Shaw managed to wrest the still-hot rifle from the shooter and tossed it behind the restaurant counter. The gunman ran off.

Shaw suffered a burn on his hand and a graze wound on his elbow.

The gunman killed four people, and it could have been more.

But don’t call Shaw a hero.

“Heroes seem kind of like they’re not touchable,” he said. “If I’m looked at as a regular person, if somebody else is in this situation they have that same thing within them that they can project out also.”

She calmly guided Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to safety

The trouble started 20 minutes after the flight left New York. Passengers said they heard explosions. A plane window shattered after being struck by debris from a ruptured engine. A female passenger was sucked into the hole where the window had been.

But the voice of Tammie Jo Shults exuded calm as she guided Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and its 144 passengers to safety at a Philadelphia airport.

Shults, one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots, spoke calmly and slowly to air traffic control as the plane experienced engine failure more than 30,000 feet in the air.

“We have a part of the aircraft missing,” she said. “Could you have the medical meet us there on the runway as well? We’ve got injured passengers.”

Was her plane on fire?

“No, it’s not on fire,” she replied. “But part of it is missing. They said there’s a hole and that someone went out.”

The plane plunged from an altitude of 31,684 feet to about 10,000 feet in a little more than five minutes, according to data from Flightradar24.com.

But passenger Kristopher Johnson said the pilot soon “regained control” and informed passengers the plane was headed to Philadelphia.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died at a hospital after she was sucked partially out of the broken window. Seven other people had minor injuries.

It could have been much worse.

After the landing, Shults came out of the cabin and hugged everyone, telling them, “You all did a great job. You did a very good job,” passenger Amy Serafini said.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson told CNN affiliate WPVI: “She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card, I’m going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.”

Rock Island preservationists push to save endangered courthouse

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Preservationists will be making a push to save the Rock Island County Courthouse in Springfield on Wednesday, April 25.  That's when the courthouse is likely to be named as one of the state's most endangered buildings.

"The building still has viability," said Linda Anderson, a member of the Rock Island Preservation Society. "It's still sound."

Just across the street from the century-old building, the group is displaying a sign that shows proposed renovations.

"Once it's gone, it's gone," she continued.

Preservationists like Anderson are suggesting that a public-private partnership could save the building during cash-strapped days in the county.

"We think it's such a historic building that it would be a shame to lose it to Rock Island County," she said.

County leaders know all about problems inside the courthouse.  With renovation estimates at some $16-million, it makes a decision on demolition more likely in May.

"I think nobody wants to do this," said Board Member Scott Terry.  "It's one of those things that people recognize, though, as the necessary step, the prudent step we need to take."

But Anderson suggests that a private company could possibly use historic tax credits to finance renovations, then rent it back to the county for offices.

"The building is not a safety hazard at this point," she continued.  "It's not falling down."

But there's no money at all for this in Rock Island County. In addition, funding used to build the new annex isn't eligible for use on courthouse renovations.

"Even if they tear it down, don't waste that space," advised Board Member Don Johnston.  "For $9-10 million, they can build offices for the rest of the county and put it right there."

At this point, Anderson hopes the Springfield event will draw attention to the building with a call for patience.

"As a gateway to the community, I think it's an important building," she concluded.

For more information on the preservation campaign: https://www.facebook.com/Rock-Island-Preservation-Society-RIPS-217315351628737/?ref=br_rs.

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