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    After four people were hit, and three killed, by lightning in D.C.’s Lafayette Square, the National Weather Service is out with a warning: The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is indoors. “If you’re outside under a tree, under grandstands, under a gazebo or pavilion … None of that does anything for protecting yourself from the lightning threat that’s out there,” said Chris Strong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told WTOP. “When thunder roars, head indoors.” Strong said to seek shelter in an enclosed building with walls and a ceiling, or in a vehicle with a hardtop and the windows rolled up. The D.C. police said the four were hit by lightning near a cluster of trees. Strong said there isn’t a set distance that would keep one safe from a tree that gets struck by lightning. “You can be near a tree; you can be not near a tree,” he said. “People get struck on the roof, struck at the beach, struck on the golf course, struck in open fields, struck in a forest, with other...
    Two elderly people hospitalized on Thursday after being critically injured by a lightening strike while sight seeing at Lafayette Square near the White House, have died.  Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were visiting DC from Wisconsin when lightening struck them near a tree along with two others, according to The Washington Post.  The other two haven't been identified.  Officers of the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police, which have a regular presence in the square, went to the assistance of the victims immediately Officers of the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police went to assist the victims immediately, according to VIto Maggiolo, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson.  Maggiolo said it was likely that the four people caught in the incident tried to seek shelter under the nearby tree when the storm passed along just before 7 p.m. The Fire and EMS spokesperson noted that trees are not the ideal shelter during thunderstorms. 'Trees are not safe places,' Maggiolo said. 'Anybody that goes to seek shelter under a tree, that's a very dangerous place to be.'...
    NEWCASTLE (CBS13) – Two teenagers were killed when the Mini Cooper they were in crashed into a tree, then caught fire in Placer County late Thursday night. California Highway Patrol says, a little after 11 p.m., a vehicle that was heading westbound along Highway 193 lost control near Dutch Court and crashed off the road. READ MORE: 22-Year-Old Pennsylvania Woman Identified As Person Found Dead Inside Modesto Hotel RoomThe car then struck a tree on the north shoulder of the road. It then caught fire. READ MORE: 2 People Taken To Hospital For Smoke Inhalation After Rancho Cordova House FireAn 18-year-old male from Lincoln was driving the car, CHP says, while a 16-year-old male from Loomis was a passenger. Both suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators believe speed was a factor in the car losing control. MORE NEWS: Raiders Legend Bo Jackson Revealed As Anonymous Donor Who Paid For Uvalde FuneralsThe names of the two teens killed have not been released at this point.
    Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that seriously injured a man near a Long Island intersection. It happened around 10:05 a.m. Saturday, July 2 in Huntington. The man was driving a 1996 Dodge pickup truck northbound on Park Avenue when his vehicle crossed over the southbound lane, left the roadway and struck a tree, Suffolk County Police said. Constantine Nektaredes, age 67, of East Northport, was airlifted via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The pickup truck was impounded for a safety check.  Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the SCPD Second Squad at 631-854-8252. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An Atwater man was killed after a truck slammed into a tree near Auburn Monday night. The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. on Auburn Folsom Road, near the Lees Lane intersection. (credit: Auburn Police Department) Officers say a pickup truck was heading southbound when, for an unknown reason, the driver veered to the right and went off the roadway. The truck then crashed into a tree and a fence. Medics pronounced the driver dead at the scene. His name has not been released, but officers have identified him as a 31-year-old Atwater resident. Auburn is located roughly 40 miles northeast of Sacramento.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At least one person was killed Monday night after a truck slammed into a tree near Auburn. The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. on Auburn Folsom Road, near the Lees Lane intersection. READ MORE: California Cement Industry Working To Pave The Way Toward A Cleaner Future (credit: Auburn Police Department) READ MORE: Police Searching For 2 Suspects Following Chase In West SacramentoBoth lanes of Auburn Folsom Road were closed as crews worked the scene. An image posted on social media by Auburn police showed what appeared to be a utility truck on the side of the road, under a tree. Auburn is located roughly 40 miles northeast of Sacramento. MORE NEWS: Cell Phone Video Shows Amazon Driver Held Down After Alleged Attempted RapeThis is a developing story. Check back fore more.
    A 17-year-old was killed and another person seriously injured over the weekend in an apparent car-to-car shooting in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, police said. Shots were reported around 3:30 p.m. Saturday near La Cienega and Obama boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victims were sitting in a light-colored sedan when someone in a dark-colored SUV approached the vehicle and began shooting, police said. A 17-year-old sitting in the front passenger seat was killed, and the 23-year-old driver of the sedan was taken to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the LAPD. California 3 ‘sovereign citizens’ arrested near Joshua Tree after explosives found, deputies say Three people are arrested near Joshua Tree after ‘improvised military-grade device’ and other explosives are found in their possession, authorities say. Six people were in the sedan when it was shot at in the parking lot of a Target store, the Associated Press reported. Four passengers in the back seat, including two 4-year-olds, were not hurt, according to the AP. “We’re not aware of any type of disputes...
    Three people, self-described as “sovereign citizens,” were arrested Saturday near Joshua Tree National Park after officials found multiple explosives in their vehicle and at their residence, authorities said. Deputies with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department found them illegally in possession of an “improvised military-grade explosive device” as well as other explosives, ammunition and firearms, according to a news release from the department. Deputies pulled over the two men, Jeffery Russell, 46, and David Russell, 50, in a white Ford Taurus at about 10 a.m. Saturday on Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley on allegations of vehicle code violations, the release said. Both men claimed to be sovereign citizens, people who are typically antigovernment and consider themselves exempt from U.S. laws, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The nonprofit tracks such extremist movements and has linked some violent incidents to the sovereign citizens movement. Climate & Environment Wildlife commissioners deadlock on granting threatened species status to Joshua trees Unable to move forward on the matter, state commissioners voted unanimously to reopen discussion at its meeting in November. ...
    Report – This unique discovery in France will allow you to get to know the Upper Middle Ages well. Special Envoy to Villanov-D’Ornan The wood is permanently moistened. Under the 5 meter high tent, the temperature rises and the air is rarely breathed. Buried underground for nearly thirteen centuries and protected from weather variations, this ship was at risk of early heat wave. “If the tree dries up, it will rotLaurent Grimpert, head of the INRAP (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) and excavation site, summarizes. The team’s archaeologist usually went near the ruins and watered the tree with a hose. “There is a certain contradiction, Laurent Grimbert mentions. We cannot work without water, but in order to work and inspect the ruins we must destroy it and create a dry environment. Read moreOn the site, the renaissance of Etang de Thau, weakened by climate Excavations resumed last April at Villeneuve-d’Ornan (Girondே), a few kilometers from Bordeaux. Decay was discovered in 2013, during a normal diagnosis – before any development work, the law recommends This article is...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A large crowd turned out Saturday to see a new landmark in Minneapolis — a giant pencil near Lake of the Isles. John Higgins, a homeowner on East Lake of the Isles Parkway, commissioned an artist to turn his damaged bur oak tree into a 20-feet-tall No. 2 pencil. The work is called the “Loti Tree.” READ MORE: Flooded St. Louis Park Residents Left Frustrated After Second Water Main Break In Two Weeks“We thought let’s do something basic, simple that we can execute, but something that’s classic,” Higgins told WCCO last month. The tree was severely damaged during a 2017 thunderstorm. Higgins described losing the oak tree like losing a friend. However, with some encouragement from the community, he decided to turn the stump into a work of art. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Two Holes-In-One, With Same Golf Ball: The Historic Night At Minneapolis Golf ClubDavid Reese, an artisanal pencil sharpener, was among those who gathered to see the finished work on Saturday. “One of the reasons I like dealing...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- People strolling through downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon were shocked to find a man hiding in a tree holding a meat cleaver.It happened at around 3 p.m. near 7th and Flower streets when police began receiving calls of a man climbing a tree near a business.According to police, the man - described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s - was wielding a meat cleaver and was chopping down branches and reportedly scared people passing by.After nearly four hours, the man finally climbed down and was taken into custody.Police told Eyewitness News he was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and an overdose check.The man reportedly did not pose a threat to anyone, according to police.
    A car crashed into a tree along the Garden State Parkway after a collision with another car, authorities said. The crash occurred at 12:46 p.m. Monday, May 23 on the parkway northbound at milepost 75.9 in Lacey Township, a New Jersey State Police spokesman said.  Two vehicles were involved in a collision in near the service area and one vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree, he said. EMS evaluated the occupants of the vehicles but they all refused further medical treatment, according to State Police.
    A hang glider is scratched up but otherwise okay after an unplanned landing in a wooded area of the Capital District. Emergency crews were alerted shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, of a hang glider who was down in an area off Carrick Road in East Berne, in Albany County, according to the New York State Police. Troopers, along with New York State Parks Police and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene and located the man a short time later. Investigators determined that he had been hang gliding with a group nearby when he lost control shortly after leaving the launch pad. He intentionally grounded the glider and landed in some trees, suffering minor scratches along the way, police said. Nobody else was injured.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Blown over semis, tornado advisories, hail-covered highways, thunderstorms and snow: Tuesday was certainly a wild weather day. Strong winds led to quite the scene down near Faribault where nine semis were blown over on Interstate 35, bringing traffic to a complete stop early Tuesday afternoon. (credit: MnDOT) Similar scenes were playing out all across Faribault Tuesday. Intense wind ripped off roof shingles, tipped power poles and uprooted trees. Many Faribault residents feel they escaped the storm with minimal damage. By Wednesday afternoon, roughly 40 homes remained without power. Despite several downed power lines and trees, no one was injured during the storm. “Everything just hit the fan,” said Jan Sinna, who lives southwest of the city. “No warning, no warning at all.” Sinna was in her home watching television when a 100-year-old maple tree and a two-story windmill came crashing down within feet of her home. “Just sitting that close to the window, it could have all come through,” she said. “I could have been killed. Somebody watched over me.” Throughout the city, several trees did land...
    A San Fernando man was found dead near the 5 Freeway after his car went down an embankment, struck a tree and caught fire, authorities said Sunday. California Highway Patrol officers responded at around 2 a.m. to a collision that occurred on the east side of the northbound 5 Freeway, south of Valencia Boulevard, according to the agency’s report on the incident. They found that the car, a 2004 Toyota Avalon, had rolled over several times before hitting the tree. “As a result of this crash, the Toyota became fully engulfed in flames, causing fatal injuries” to the driver, according to the CHP report. No one else was in the car. The man’s name was not immediately released, pending notification of his next of kin. The CHP is still investigating the collision and seeking information from the public. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Officer J. Torres at (661) 600-1600.
    A driver was killed Sunday afternoon when a car went off Highway 17 near Scotts Valley, the California Highway Patrol said. The accident occurred around 12:50 p.m. on northbound 17 just before the El Rancho exit. Witnesses told the CHP that the BMW, traveling about 65 mph, went off the roadway, striking two road signs and a tree. It came to rest in a ditch between the highway and El Rancho Drive. Both northbound lanes were open by 3:20 p.m. Related Articles Motorcycle crash kills one person near Castro Valley Suspect arrested in hit-and-run death of Oakland woman riding electric scooter After beloved cyclist dies in Santa Clara County, volunteer and cycling group plant tree in honor of her life Oakland: Woman killed in suspected hit-and-run collision San Jose: Truck driver dies after veering off roadway and crashing into tree
    ORANGEVALE (CBS13) — Curiosity is endangering a group of bald eagles near Lake Natoma, conservationists say. Getting the perfect shot while preserving the future of the bald eagle. It’s a careful balance that has prompted a response from wildlife enthusiasts who have swooped in to help the protected species. READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Shot In Front Of Marconi Avenue Business“This was just a couple days ago,” said Mark Spicer as he showed us some of the images he has captured over the years. Spicer’s passion for photographing eagles has reached new heights. “These eagles have captured my attention more than anything else,” he said. He shot many photos of two nesting bald eagles along a hiking trail near Lake Natoma since they began building their nest there six years ago. The two eagles – which mate for life – have had 11 hatchings and 10 successful fledges from the tree. “It’s fun and it’s meaningful. There’s things that’s really happening here that are really special,” said Spicer. READ MORE: Woman Found Dead After Fire Inside Sacramento Motel 6And...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) — Curiosity is endangering a group of bald eagles near Lake Natoma. Conservationists say too many people are approaching their nest, with the tree where they’ve seen 11 hatchlings becoming a popular spot for those interested in the big birds. READ MORE: District: No Enough Room For Unvaccinated Sac City Unified Students In Independent StudyWildlife enthusiasts are now working to protect the species. READ MORE: Witnesses Saw Two Men Get Into Altercation Before Shooting At Arden Arcade Planet FitnessThe group is working on a plan to try and keep people off the property and leave the birds undisturbed. “Our research has shown that the tree is the most important thing to them, because to them it means success,” said Kathy Kayner with Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma. MORE NEWS: Missing Person’s Remains Found In Plumas CountyThe group has put up signs and set up a viewing area further away. They are hoping it serves as a reminder as to how sensitive this nesting period is – especially now, since the eagles just...
    EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A skier who triggered an avalanche near Vail on Saturday escaped injury by grabbing onto a tree as the slide swept into a gulch and other “high-consequence terrain,” the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported Monday. The slide occurred northeast of Vail about one mile into the Pitkin Creek drainage from a trailhead near Interstate 70. (credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center) The unidentified skier (also identified in a separate CAIC report as a ‘rider’) launched from near ridge-top of a steep slope between 11,600 and 11,800 feet elevation, per the CAIC’s field report. “They (sic) made a few turns before the avalanche broke above them and were able to reach a tree island,” the report stated. “The skier held onto a tree as the avalanche washed downslope through high-consequence terrain.” (credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center) The incident was witnessed by other people on the opposite side of the drainage. They said the avalanche slid all the way to the valley floor.   (credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center) Saturday’s slide is relatively unique in that it happened on...
    A San Diego man was found dead Monday at a rock-climbing area in Joshua Tree National Park. He was identified by the Riverside County coroner’s office as Michael Spitz, a 35-year-old teacher at a school in Solana Beach. The body was at the base of the Sentinel, a 200-foot-tall granite pyramid off the Hidden Valley loop trail, a park news release said. The coroner’s report said it is believed that Spitz suffered his fatal injury around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, about 16 hours before he was found dead. A post on the Facebook site of Santa Fe Christian Schools, where Spitz taught Spanish, said he was a “multi-sport adventure athlete,” passionate about surfing, rock-climbing and skydiving. The Sentinel has about 20 intermediate and advanced climbing routes, most of them unbolted, meaning the climber must insert hardware into cracks to secure the rope. Related Articles Woman ID’d as fatality in six-vehicle crash near Rio Vista Officials ID diver reported missing at Huntington Beach oil platform and found dead Crews work to right train cars that derailed...
    (CNN)It's a "near certainty" that a Philadelphia duplex fire that claimed 12 lives was started by a lighter igniting a Christmas tree on the second floor of the building, city Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said Tuesday. Theil said that one of their sources of information, in combination with an exhaustive investigation, was a 5-year-old child who survived the fire. "We believe with certainty, so 99 to 100% confidence, that the first item ignited in this blaze was a Christmas tree," Thiel said. 3 sisters and 9 children identified as victims of the Philadelphia row house fire, family says"We believe with near certainty, based on the evidence, that the ignition source for that tree was a lighter that was located nearby."While he said the child was a witness and gave a version of events, they cannot say definitively who started the fire. Investigators found that the child was the only person on the second floor where the tree and lighter were found when the blaze started, Thiel added."So we are left with the words of that 5-year-old child, that traumatized 5-year-old...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Investigators are “near certain” a Christmas tree ignited by a lighter found nearby originated a tragic fire in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood last week. Twelve people, including eight children, were killed in the blaze that ripped through two Philadelphia Housing Authority units in the morning of Jan. 5. Philadelphia Fire Chief Adam Thiel says the lit Christmas tree has been determined the initial ignition source after “exhausting investigation of the scene” and based on the testimony of a 5-year-old child. READ MORE: 'Miracle Landing': 4 People, Including Infant, Survive Medical Helicopter Crash In Drexel Hill, Officials Tell CBS3 An extensive search of the scene led investigators with the ATF and Fire Marshal to rule out any other ignition sources. The Christmas tree was located in the second-floor unit and Thiel says the 5-year-old was the only surviving person rescued from the second-floor. “The words of a 5-year-old child who is essentially one of two survivors of this tragedy and really the sole survivor, the only one who was located, based on our interviews, the only person who...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Child playing with lighter near Christmas tree may have sparked duplex fire that killed 12, Philadelphia officials say. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a day after a fatal fire left at least a dozen people dead, and there is still an active scene in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood. Investigators with the DA’s office tell Eyewitness News that they believe a child may have been playing with a lighter near a Christmas tree in one of the units and the tree caught fire. These details were revealed in an application for a search warrant to go inside the unit where the fire began. For now, the investigation is being led by the fire marshal’s office but includes support from multiple local and federal agencies. READ MORE: Amid Growing COVID-19 Cases, Frustration Growing Over Testing, Treatment Shortages: 'We Don't Have Access At All'Due to the magnitude of this fatal fire, the fire marshal’s office requested additional resources. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives called on its national response team to join the investigation. The ATF’s national response team has state-of-the-art equipment operated by personnel that specializes in fire origin. Also involved in this joint investigation into the converted apartment...
    The row-home fire that left 13 people, including 8 children, dead Wednesday in Philadelphia might have been started by a child who was playing with a lighter near a Christmas tree, officials have stated, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.  The information about the potential catalyst of the deadly fire was included in a search warrant application filed in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, per the Inquirer. Written in the warrant was “information that a child age 5 or under was playing with a lighter and lit the tree on fire,” Chesley Lightsey, chief of Homicide for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told the outlet.  According to Inquirer's sources, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity, the child lived in the row home and was seen to flee from the blaze as it spread through the three-story complex.  The child also allegedly told first responders on the scene that the tree was on fire, according to the Inquirer's sources, who additionally told the outlet that the child has been interviewed by local authorities since the fire.  Children under the age of 10 are not eligible to be charged with...
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Police are searching for two people who burned a part of Key West’s famous Southernmost Point buoy early New Year’s Day after setting a fire near the landmark tourism icon. News outlets report two males lit a Christmas tree on fire in front of the buoy around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and the flames charred sections of the colorful, 4-ton cement monument that reads “90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.” Archival webcam images of the buoy from a marketing company shows two people lighting the tree on fire near the marker, with the flames leaving a large black burn mark on the monument. The webcam showed tourists gathering near the damaged buoy for pictures later Saturday. The red, yellow, black and white marker resembles a giant marine navigational buoy. It proclaims that Key West is 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Havana. Artists were forced to restore the monument after it was damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — We are learning more about a deadly Christmas morning house fire in Quakertown. Authorities say the fire started in the home’s living room, near the Christmas tree. The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. on Essex Court. READ MORE: 1-Year-Old Child Reunited With Family After Being In Backseat During Carjacking In PhiladelphiaForty-one-year-old Eric King and his two young sons — Liam and Patrick — were killed. READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Girl, 2 Brothers Killed In Fiery Crash When Car Slams Into Atlantic City Expressway Toll BoothThe mother and a third son are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. MORE NEWS: Demand For COVID-19 Tests In Full Swing In Philadelphia Following Christmas WeekendA GoFundMe page set up by a family friend raised more than $600,000.
    Traffic on an East Bay highway near Oakland turned into a mess early Thursday when more than one tree fell down and blocked every lane. The trees tumbled onto northbound Highway 13 near the Redwood Road exit. Northbound vehicles were forced to stop in their tracks, and the CHP said some motorists were turning around. By 9 a.m., cars were being diverted off the highway. The CHP issued a Sig Alert for severe traffic at 7:39 a.m., about 25 minutes after the first reports that a tree had fallen. Later reports confirmed by the CHP indicated that there may have been more than one tree that fell, and that the trees were more than 100 feet in length. There was no estimate for when the northbound direction of the highway would be back open. Please check back for updates. Related Articles Big rig plunges off Highway 24 exit in Lafayette but driver is OK CHP increasing enforcement for Christmas weekend One dead in multi-car crash on Interstate 880 in Newark Chains on the...
    GANG members reportedly killed a man and left his body parts hanging on a Christmas tree in warning after he was selling drugs for a rival gang in a town near the Mexico border. Three men and a woman were arrested in Juarez, Texas, on Monday for the brutal killing of the unidentified man. 1Misael G.Q., 33, Brisa Lizbeth G.R., 22, Emanuel C.P., 28, and Edwin G.B., 32 were arrested on MondayCredit: Juarez PD The victim, a man in his 20s, was dismembered with most of his remains left on the sidewalk in plastic bags under a miniature Christmas tree. Other parts of his body were placed on the tree in the style of ornaments. The four people arrested are known members of a criminal gang that the police did not name. The suspects arrested were identified as Misael G.Q., 33, Brisa Lizbeth G.R., 22, Emanuel C.P., 28, and Edwin G.B., 32. They have previously been arrested for drug offenses, migrant smuggling, and assault. The group was found carrying bloody knives and a machete...
    NIAGRA FALLS, New York (WABC) -- First responders are on the scene after a vehicle was spotted in the Niagara River, close to the brink of the falls, on Wednesday afternoon, WKBW reports.At least one person has been pulled from the vehicle.WKBW said officials told them the car was about 75 to 100 yards from the falls.It is not yet clear if any other people are inside the car.This is breaking news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.ALSO READ | Fox News Christmas tree set on fire in Midtown ManhattanEMBED More News Videos Dramatic video shows the 50 foot tree on Sixth Avenue going up in flames. Toni Yates reports the suspect in custody is a 49-year-old homeless man. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Submit a News Tip
    LOS ANGELES -- A large tree fell in a parking lot near the Greek Theatre on Wednesday night, injuring one person and damaging about 30 empty cars, fire officials said.The estimated 40- to 50-foot tree fell shortly after 8 p.m. near the Griffith Park amphitheater. A 35-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening leg injury, according to a Fire Department tweet.There was no immediate word on what caused the tree to fall.DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
    The remains of a United Airlines executive who went missing more than a year ago after he was last seen going for a jog near his suburban Chicago home were found hanging by a belt from an uprooted tree in a nature preserve, according to officials. Authorities have confirmed that human remains found are those of Jacob Cefolia, 50. Contractors found the remains of Cefolia, of Elmhurst, Illinois, on Friday afternoon in an area of heavy brush and vegetation at the 2500-acre Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve near Darien.  It was the same location where Cefolia's Range Rover Sport was found after he went missing on August 8, 2020.  A forensic odonatologist examined dental records and positively identified the remains as belonging to Cefolia, according to the corner.  Jacob Cefolia, 50, of Elmhurst, Illinois, went missing in August 2020 after going for a job in a nature preserve in suburban Chicago Contractors found the remains of Cefolia, of Elmhurst, Illinois, on Friday afternoon in an area of heavy brush and vegetation at the 2500-acre Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve near Darien. It...
    THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Upwards of 10,000 sequoia trees weakened by wildfires, drought, disease or age must be removed in California, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees. The hazard trees could potentially fall onto people and cars on the section of State Route 180 known as Generals Highway, or they could create barriers for emergency and fire response, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks said Friday. The highway is closed due to the KNP Complex blaze, which was 60% contained after burning 138 square miles (357 square kilometers) of forest, and will remain blocked off to visitors after the fire is out while crews remove the trees. Cooler weather has helped slow the flames and the area was expected to see rain starting Sunday. The highway connects Giant Forest, home to the General Sherman Tree, which is considered the world’s largest by volume, and Grant Grove, home to the General Grant Tree, the second-largest tree in the world. The trees along the highway include...
    A driver was left in critical condition after striking a tree near an intersection on Long Island. The Nassau County Police Department said the crash happened in Elmont at about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10. A 20-year-old man was driving a silver four-door passenger vehicle west on Dutch Broadway when the vehicle struck a tree near the intersection of Meacham Avenue, NCPD said.  The driver, and a 20-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The passenger sustained minor injuries, and the driver was seriously injured, police said.  The investigation into the crash is ongoing.  Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    The California wildfires that have been charring the state have caused two giant sequoias to collapse near the famed General Sherman Tree - and may have killed hundreds more across the Sierra Nevada. The lightning-induced KNP Complex fire that began on September 9 has burned into 15 giant sequoia groves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, the head of resource management and science Christy Brigham told Bloomberg Green. Two groves were torched by the high-intensity fire, which sent 100-foot flames up the tree trunks and had the ability to burn the canopies of the giant sequoias, which stand at an average of 300 feet tall. Brigham warned that the trees, which could measure up to 20 feet in diameter and have lifespans in the thousands of years, could go up 'like a horrible Roman candle'.  South of the KNP Complex, the 152-acre Windy Fire has burned at least 74 sequoias, according to wildfire botanist Garrett Dickman.  He counted 29 sequoias in one grove that were 'just incinerated'.  'There were four of those that had burned so hot that they'd fallen...
    LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – After a few days of napping and eating fruit in Littleton, Colorado Parks and Wildlife relocated a bear back to the wilderness. Officers first responded to the area near C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road on Sept. 29. (credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife) They say the bear was seen napping in a tree near some apple and peach trees. On Saturday night, officers removed the sow from the area near Coal Mine Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. They believe she is between 10 and 15 years old. (credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife) They add she’s in good health, weighing at around 200 lbs. CPW recommends tree owners to remove ripe fruit to avoid situations like this. https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15909806/2021/10/littleton-bear-relocated-cpw-ne.mp4 According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, during late summer and early fall, bears need 20,000 calories a day to gain enough fat to survive the winter without eating or drinking.
    A "MIGRANT with no feet" was reportedly found hanging from a tree near the Mexico border as cops probe potential homicide. Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Sheriff Benny Martinez told Breitbart they received calls on Thursday regarding a migrant hanging by the neck from a tree in Brooks County, Texas. 1Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents reportedly found a 'migrant with no feet' hanging from a tree in Brooks County, Texas, on Thursday “We have never seen anything like this in our county,” Sheriff Martinez told the outlet. “We regularly find deceased migrants in this county, but never anything like this. This is what our deputies and the Border Patrol agents have to deal with here.” The sheriff said the circumstances surrounding the migrant’s death were unknown. “We aren’t sure if the migrant was hanged or if he did this to himself,” the sheriff said. “We will have to wait on a full autopsy to figure out what really happened.” More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun...
    HERCULES (CBS SF) — California Highway Patrol (CHP) warned commuters Thursday afternoon that a tree fire on westbound I-80 near Hercules created traffic delays. CHP first reported the severe traffic alert around 2:42 p.m., noting that the tree fire was west of Willow Ave in Hercules, blocking the right and center lanes of westbound I-80. #Hercules Eastbound I-80 before Willow Ave., theres a tree fire near the freeway. Fire crews on scene. ???? @CaltransD4 #KCBSTraffic pic.twitter.com/s31HxRShdl — KCBS Radio – The Traffic Leader (@KCBSAMFMTraffic) September 30, 2021 “Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area,” CHP noted in their alert. “There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.” This story will be updated.
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Firefighters in Roseville stopped the flames from a tree trimming truck that caught fire from spreading to homes nearby. Scene of the fire in Roseville. (Credit: Roseville Fire Department) Roseville Fire says, just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, crews responded to a neighborhood after a tree trimming truck started going up in flames. With the truck’s boom extended and near a home, firefighters had to work quickly to stop the flames from jumping. READ MORE: New Hotel Opening In Sacramento Building That Briefly Held Title Of Tallest Skyscraper West Of The MississippiCrews were able to contain the fire to just the truck, Roseville Fire says. READ MORE: Student-Run Bank At Cordova High Aims To Improve Teens' Financial LiteracyNo injuries were reported. MORE NEWS: Government Shutdown Latest: What Happens If Federal Agencies Close?Exactly what started the fire is unclear at this point.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There is growing concern over the number of empty store shelves coast to coast -- in part because of a backup of cargo ships that are unable to dock due to a lack of workers.And with the holiday season fast approaching, some worry the problem could impact holiday gifts as store shelves start to collect dust.The major malfunction is shipping. Vessels that move raw materials and finished products around the world are right now, according to Business Insider, not moving.About two dozen cargo ships and tankers could be seen Tuesday night anchored outside New York's busiest ports waiting to unload.A similar bottleneck is choking the West Coast with more than 60 ships unable to dock. Why? We're told there are not enough workers thanks to the pandemic.And even when the containers are taken off the vessels, there are not enough truck drivers to bring them to the stores."If you want something under the Christmas tree, the proverbial tree, you might want to start shopping now because it's going to take some time to get it delivered,"...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY (BCN) — A teen driver was hospitalized with major injuries after veering off State Route 84 and crashing into a tree early Sunday near San Gregorio in San Mateo County, authorities said. The solo-vehicle crash happened about 1:30 a.m. as the 17-year-old was driving a black 2001 GMC 2500 truck along the route, also known as San Gregorio Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. READ MORE: Homeless Man Found Dead with Gunshot Wounds Near Creek Trail The truck went off the road and hit a tree, and the driver managed to get out of the truck. No one else was in the vehicle, the CHP said. Emergency crews took the teen to a hospital. READ MORE: Repairs Finish Early on Ramp Between I-80 and Highway 101 Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the collision, which is still under investigation, the CHP said. MORE NEWS: Two Men Fatally Shot Near Laurel District in Oakland; Homicide Detectives Search For Suspects, Motive © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All...
    YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. -- Investigators have ramped up their search for a 30-year-old New Jersey woman who was last seen three months ago in Yucca Valley.Lauren "El" Cho was last seen on June 28, walking away from the home where she had been staying with her former partner.Air and ground searches have been conducted since Cho's disappearance, but so far there's been no sign of her.Cho is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt and jean shorts."We're hoping that will jog somebody's memory and provide more information for our investigators," said Gloria Huerta, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department."Missing person" flyers have been posted in and around Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's dispatch center at (760) 956-5001 or Detective Ables at (760) 366-4175.MORE NEWS: Driveway vigil held for Gabby Petito, funeral details releasedEMBED More News Videos Residents across Bayport-Blue Point held a vigil for Gabby Petito Friday evening ----------*...
    Police received two reports of a man masturbating in a wooded Montclair area since Sunday. The man was spotted near Carey's Woods near Llewellyn Road on Sunday, and again on Monday behind a tree, Montclair Police Sgt. Terence Turner said. When the suspect on Monday saw the woman look at him, he hid behind a tree and she lost sight of him. The resident returned home and contacted the police.  Patrol canvassed the woods and the surrounding area but were unable to locate anybody.  The man was described as approximately 30-35 years old, 5’11” tall, wearing a royal blue short sleeve crew T-shirt and blue jeans.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steven Mateo at (973) 509-4721.
    A 26-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in the region. It happened around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 in Worcester County, according to Massachusetts State Police. Andrew St. Denis, of Stow, Massachusetts, was driving a 2009 Honda Accord and lost control of the car, driving into the infield on the Exit 26B ramp from Route 290 West, striking a tree, authorities said. He was determined to be dead at the scene, police said. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.  State Police reported that troopers were assisted at the scene by the following agencies: MassDOT Shrewsbury Fire Worcester EMS  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Cleanup continues after storms pounded the Chicago area on Tuesday, bringing torrential rain, fierce winds, and lightning; knocking down trees and utility poles, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses. The storms first hit the far north and northwest suburbs, then the southwest suburbs in Will County. READ MORE: Lake Central High School Locked Down Over Active Shooter Call; No Injuries, No Shots Fired Hit especially hard were the Will County communities of Channahon and Minooka, where trees and power lines were ripped down in many spots. The National Weather Service sent experts to Will County on Wednesday to determine whether a tornado touched down during the storm, after reports of a possible tornado north of Channahon and near Minooka. CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei spent Wednesday morning in Channahon, speaking with some very tired homeowners who have a lot to do now. Tuesday’s storm completely uprooted a massive tree in one front yard. The homeowners said they’re just happy everyone is okay. Cleanup efforts were still underway Wednesday morning in Channahon, after heavy winds and...
    ROGERS PARK — For decades, a massive locust tree at Loyola Beach provided shade to parkgoers, including chess players squaring off under its canopy. The tree has died, but it is being reborn as a 16-foot-tall sculpture. The Chicago Tree Project, a joint effort from the Park District and Chicago Sculpture International, turns diseased and damaged trees into public art. Artist and sculptor Plamen Yordanov is using a chainsaw to reconfigure the Loyola tree into a stack of geometric shapes. Work started last week and will likely be complete in early September, making it the 46th tree transformed into a sculpture under the seven-year-old initiative. “It involves different angles,” Yordanov said of the sculpture. “I wanted to take a different look and approach from what’s accepted [when thinking of a tree], like a straight column.” Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club ChicagoA dead tree that Plamen Yordanov and Julia Fogis are turning into a sculpture near Loyola Beach on Aug. 18, 2021.Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club ChicagoCuts and drawings are made on a dead tree that Plamen...
    PIKESVILLE Md. (WJZ) — A downed tree has closed multiple lanes on the outer Beltway near Pikesville Tuesday morning. The CHART traffic camera shows the tree blocking at least three lanes. It is unclear if the obstruction struck any vehicles or caused any collisions.
    AN 18-year-old boy died and four other teens were rushed to hospital after a car crashed into a tree on Friday night. The lad suffered catastrophic injuries when a red Citroen C3 veered off the road in the North York Moors near Scarborough. 1A boy, 18, has died after the car crashed into the tree near ScarboroughCredit: Google Five teens were inside the vehicle when it crashed into the tree - and the three boys and two girls were all injured and rushed to hospital. Police confirmed on Monday that one of the boys had died after the crash at 11.30pm on August 13. Another teen still remains in hospital where they are being treated for their serious injuries. A boy was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving, drug driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail. The 18-year-old boy passed away on Sunday after succumbing to his injuries. A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Our thoughts are with his loved ones. Most read in The US SunUNDER PRESSURE Trevor...
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