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    A mass grave described as 'one of the most important findings' of Nazi war crimes in Poland in the Second World War has been uncovered in a site known as Death Valley. The discovery, on the outskirts of the northern town of Chojnice, has revealed 'a ton of human bones and remains taken from three burial pits.' Filled with the remains of about 500 people, the horrific find is said to be linked to the horrific 'Pomeranian Crime' that took place in Poland's Pomerania province. The exact number of people murdered is unknown, but it is believed Adolf Hitler's men killed up to 35,000 people in the region at the start of the war in 1939. Also discovered in the grave were treasured possessions belonging to those who died, including a wedding ring, earrings and a battered watch. Fountain pens, cigarette cases, glasses, cufflinks and even the remains of what were believed to be pocket Bibles were also among the artefacts found, the researchers said. And, in a horrendous indication of the crimes which took place, nearly 250 bullet shells...
    Cremated remains, wedding rings and bullets have been uncovered by a team of archaeologists searching for evidence of a Nazi war crime in Poland's 'Death Valley'.   In the opening months of WW2, Nazi soldiers executed 30-35,000 Polish civilians in the Pomeranian province, soon after occupying the country.  The site of these killings gained the local name 'Death Valley,' and before the end of the war in 1945 Nazis returned to exhume and burn the victims to hide their crimes.  Despite efforts to hide the atrocious actions, abundant evidence of the massacres have been uncovered by experts from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. To gather the proof of what happened, the team of experts examined archives, worked with locals, and carried out archaeological investigations in the area. Archaeologists working in 'Death Valley,' one of at least 400 locations these massacres took place, uncovered a mass grave and hundreds of artefacts such as victims' possessions including wedding rings, as well as bullets.  Gateway to the Cemetery of the Victims of Nazi Crimes in Chojnice. Cremated remains, wedding rings and bullets...
    A Maryland fire department captain died after he fell through the floor and into the basement of a burning home engulfed by flames believed to have been caused by a lightning strike. As he was trapped in the burning home on Wednesday, Joshua Laird, 46, of the Green Valley Fire Station in Frederick County, radioed to his colleagues, asking them to ‘tell my family I love them.’ The news of Laird’s death was first reported by WJLA-TV. Laird, a 21-year veteran of the station, responded to a report of a fire at a home in the 9500 block of Ball Road in Ijamsville, a town that lies about 45 miles west of Baltimore. Joshua Laird, 46, of the Green Valley Fire Station in Frederick County, Maryland, died after responding to a fire in Ijamsville, a town about 45 miles west of Baltimore Laird, a 21-year veteran of the station, responded to a report of a fire at a home in the 9500 block of Ball Road in Ijamsville, a town that lies about 45 miles west of Baltimore...
    COLFAX (CBS13) — Authorities have identified the man whose body was found with both feet tied together in a Placer County canal last week. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the man’s body was found at around 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 by Pacific Gas and Electric Workers along Peaceful Valley Road. READ MORE: Federal Wildland Firefighters Could Get $20K Raise From Infrastructure Bill Deputies said, though his feet were tied together, the man’s hands were free. He was also partially clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma. READ MORE: Gov. Newsom To Mandate Vaccines Or Regular COVID Testing For California Teachers It appears the body was in the canal for about a week, investigators said, ruling out the person as possibly being a victim of the River Fire that burned nearby. On Wednesday, the coroner’s office identified the man as 30-year-old Grass Valley resident James Pascual Rodriguez. While the coroner determined Rodriguez died of trauma, no further details about his death have been released. MORE NEWS: Dixie Fire Pushes Past 500K Acres; More Than 550 Homes Destroyed...
    RESEDA (CBSLA) — A suspect was in custody Friday on suspicion of murder stemming from the death of a prominent banking executive inside her Reseda home. Anthony Duwayne Turner, 52, was arrested Friday around 3:35 p.m. near the 8800 block of Airlane Avenue. READ MORE: USC To Sell Beer, Wine At Coliseum Home Games For First Time Since 2004 Around 7 a.m. on Friday, West Valley Patrol officers responded to a death investigation near the 19300 block of Covello Street after 48-year-old Michelle Avan’s family members became concerned when they could not contact her. A family member made the discovery and notified police and paramedics. READ MORE: LAPD, LAFD Announce Additional COVID-19 Deaths, Cases Within Departments Upon arrival, officers located Avan inside the residence, unresponsive. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and she was pronounced dead. Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives were investigating. The exact cause was not immediately known however, Avan appeared to have suffered trauma to her face. Avan was a senior vice president with Bank of America, working to recruit women and under-represented employees globally. She was profiled...
    More On: death valley ‘Very experienced’ climber plunges off Death Valley rockslide in fatal fall Death Valley temperature hits shocking high in possible world record California’s Death Valley expected to hit hottest temperature ever recorded Tourist dies in scorching Death Valley A 68-year-old hiker was found dead in California’s Death Valley as temperatures in the national park reached a scorching 118 degrees, authorities said. A helicopter crew spotted Douglas Branham’s body on Wednesday — two miles from the closest road in the desert valley, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. It wasn’t clear how or when Branham died, but authorities believe he set out on a planned 12-mile hike Sunday or Monday, when the humidity hit an oppressive 91 percent and highs were a thermometer-shattering 118. The hiker was in town from Washington state with a plan to trek across salt flats, but he missed a flight home on Tuesday, the release stated. His belongings were found to still be in his hotel room the next day, according to the statement. Park rangers found his car...
    A hiker from Washington state was found dead in Death Valley National Park in California, an area known for having some of the world’s highest recorded temperatures, park authorities said Thursday. Douglas Branham, 68, was found dead around two miles from the closest road in Death Valley National Park, according to a joint statement from the park and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Family members said he had planned a 12-mile round trip hike through the salt flats located in the California park. Family members called his hotel Wednesday morning after Branham missed his Tuesday flight home to Tukwila, Washington, the statement said. The hotel discovered his belongings were still in his room and National Park Service rangers found his vehicle at a nearby parking lot. Branham’s body was discovered by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew Wednesday afternoon. The helicopter had to land and unload equipment before returning with a park ranger to recover the body, the statement continued. Temperatures in Death Valley at the time, and during much of the week, reached triple-digits. “Helicopter rotors struggle to...
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK  — A hiker from Washington state has been found dead in Death Valley National Park, where temperatures can be among the hottest on Earth, authorities said Thursday. Douglas Branham, 68, of Tukwila, had planned a 12-mile (19-kilometer) round trip through the salt flats of the California park but missed a flight home on Tuesday. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew discovered his body Wednesday about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the closest road, according to a joint statement from the park and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. “Helicopter rotors struggle to create enough lift in hot air, and temperatures were about 115 degrees Fahrenheit at the time,” the statement said. The helicopter had to land and unload equipment to reduce weight before returning with a park ranger to recover the body, officials said. Related Articles Five children, adult injured in Antioch highway crash CHP: Teen dead after driver fleeing police crashes on Highway 101 Officials: Little hope remains for 5 missing in Germany blast One dead, 4 missing...
    A hiker from Washington state has been found dead in Death Valley National Park, where temperatures can be among the hottest on Earth, authorities said Thursday. Douglas Branham, 68, of Tukwila, had planned a 12-mile round trip through the salt flats of the California park but missed a flight home on Tuesday. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew discovered his body Wednesday about 2 miles from the closest road, according to a joint statement from the park and the Inyo County Sheriff's Office.   "Helicopter rotors struggle to create enough lift in hot air, and temperatures were about 115 degrees Fahrenheit at the time," the statement said. Joint press release with Death Valley National Park Hiker fatality in Death Valley DEATH VALLEY, CA – A California...Posted by Inyo County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 29, 2021 The helicopter had to land and unload equipment to reduce weight before returning with a park ranger to recover the body, officials said. Branham probably began his hike on Sunday or Monday, when temperatures hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit with 91% humidity, the statement said....
    “The World’s Toughest Footrace”, the Badwater 135 mile ultramarathon, looks to be even more difficult this year due to the extreme temperatures out west. How extreme?  130 degrees air temp, 180 degrees asphalt temperature, extreme. Saturday, Chattooga resident Shane Tucker and his crew will head out west in the quest of conquering “the world’s toughest footrace”. Tucker’s crew consists of Lance and Kendra Stallings, Guy Chambless, and Brannon Espy of Advance Rehab. Advance Rehab is furnishing many supplies for the race. The crew will all be living in a rented mini-van for 48 hours supplying Tucker with ice, food, water and other supplies along the entire 135 mile. The crew will take turns running with Tucker as pacers for the last 90ish miles of the race. The race begins Monday in Death Valley National Park. 100 of the best athletes in the world will descend to Badwater to begin the 135 ultra-marathon ascending to Whitney Portal while climbing a total of 14,600. The race will be in Death...
    DIAMOND SPRINGS (CBS13) — Authorities say a death investigation is the reason for a heavy law enforcement presence in a Diamond Springs neighborhood Wednesday morning. The scene is along Fowler Lane. READ MORE: Child In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Driver In Roseville According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, they are investigating a death in the area. READ MORE: New 60-Acre Wildfire Burning Near Where The 2018 Camp Fire Started No other details about the death, including if it is suspicious, has been released at this time. Fowler Lane is closed between Panther Lane and Short Road. Drivers are used to use North Circle Drive to Canyon Valley Road to get to Pleasant Valley Road or Highway 49. MORE NEWS: Small NorCal Town Ravaged By Wildfire For 2nd Time In Less Than A Year Updates to follow.
    TEMPERATURES in Death Valley hit 130F on Saturday as Americans across the West Coast were scorched by the blistering heat which triggered devastating wildfires. The Californian desert region saw its hottest day since 1913 as National Weather Service confirmed the reading. 5Homes across the West Coast were hit by blistering temperatures, triggering devastating wildfiresCredit: AP 5The West Coast has been under a heat dome for several weeksCredit: AP On Sunday, a thermometer outside the Furnace Creek Visitors Center read 134F. One ranger measured the sidewalk temperature near the tourist attraction at 178F. Richard Rader, from Scottsdale, Arizona said: “I just came up here to see how hot it gets.” Tourists left their cars to take pictures with the famous thermometer that is located outside the visitors center. The searing heat comes as firefighters struggled to contain a wildfire that has hit North California. Several homes and cars were destroyed in Doyle as the fire, which came out of the hills, was pushed by heavy winds. And crews were scrambled across the West Coast as the Oregon Bootleg blaze...
    California’s Death Valley reached 130 degrees on Friday, amid a historic heat wave that is impacting the Pacific Northwest and stretching into parts of the Southwest.   The blistering temperature in the desert valley along the California-Nevada border was reported by the National Weather Service’s Las Vegas office, which predicted that the heat could reach as high as 132 degrees on Saturday.  DEATH VALLEY UPDATE ️High temp at Death Valley today = 130F.⚠️ If this says anything about how hot SAT-SUN will be, HEED THESE WARNINGS. Do not put yourself, nor first responders in danger this weekend!This observed high temp is considered preliminary & not yet validated. https://t.co/BwovUm42PE— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) July 10, 2021 While the highest observed temperature in Death Valley was recorded as 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, scientists have disputed this reading, meaning Friday’s temperature could be one of the highest ever measured on Earth, according to The Washington Post.  As of noon local time Saturday, the temperature in Death Valley had already reached 123 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.  As of 12pm...
    David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.If you live on the West Coast, chances are you’ve experienced the record-breaking heat wave that has recently enveloped huge swaths of the region. The scorching temperatures—130 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley, California; 116 degrees in Portland, Oregon—are among the highest ever recorded, making this summer not only a deadly threat to unhoused people and others without access to proper cooling, but a reminder of the ongoing damage and disruption that climate change already has—and will yet—bring. Earlier this week, an international team of 27 climate scientists determined that climate change was the integral factor behind the supercharged heat wave. “Although it was a rare event, it would have been virtually impossible without climate change,” Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, a Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute researcher who helped conduct the study, told the New York Times. Across the Pacific Northwest, more than 200 all-time heat records were matched or broken. There were ~175 all-time record highs set in nrn CA,...
    An Air Force test pilot died Monday in a solo vehicle crash in Death Valley, according to Edwards Air Force Base officials. Major Aaron Frey, 42, of Evergreen, Colo., was westbound on Highway 190 near Towne Pass around 7:50 p.m. when his Toyota Tundra pickup veered onto the shoulder, then skidded across the roadway and overturned, said a report from the Bishop office of the California Highway Patrol. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. Another motorist who came across the wreckage drove three miles to Panamint Springs Resort to call 911 because of the poor cell phone coverage in the area. Death Valley National Park rangers and a CHP officer responded to the scene and found Frey had sustained fatal injuries. The CHP report said he was not wearing a seatbelt. A news release from Edwards said that Frey, a reserve airman, was assigned to the 370th Flight Test Squadron and served as an F-16 test pilot instructor and an F-13 test pilot. Before joining the reserve a year ago, he spent 16 years in the Marine Corps....
    A Hudson Valley mother has been indicted for manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide following the death of her 1-year-old son died after becoming stuck between a bed and a wall. Rockland County resident Marie Dorleus, age 36, of Spring Valley, was indicted on Monday, June 28 for the death which took place on Saturday, June 19, while the toddler was left home alone with two other children ranging in age from one to 6-years-old for several hours, said Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh. Earlier Story: Mother Charged With Manslaughter After 1-Year-Old Dies In Hudson Valley Conditions within the family’s apartment ultimately led to the death of her one-year-old son, Walsh said. Dorleus was also indicted for three counts of Endangering the welfare of a child. “There is no greater loss than that of a child," Walsh said. "I thank the investigators and officers who are part of this case; cases involving harm to children are among the most difficult cases members of law enforcement are called upon to investigate.”   The investigation involved the Spring Valley Police Department, Rockland County...
    An investigation is being launched following the death of an 11-year-old Hudson Valley girl in the hands of New York State Police during an incident her father is reportedly calling unnecessary. Tristan Goods, who lives in Queens and Long Island, was driving with his wife and two daughters on I-87 in December last year when he was pulled over by New York State Police Trooper Christopher Baldner in Ulster County for allegedly speeding. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Goods spoke out about the incident, which led to the death of his child. It is alleged that after confronting Goods for allegedly speeding, Baldner returned to his police cruiser before returning and pepper-spraying him and his family, including the two children. After being pepper-sprayed, fearing for his family’s safety, Goods told the Daily News that he instinctively drove away, which led to the fatal incident. According to the report, Baldner pursued Goods, rammed into the back of the family’s car with the cruiser twice, at which point their SUV hit a guardrail, flipped, ejecting Goods’ 11-year-old...
    The southwest US is finally facing falling temperatures after a record heatwave sparked wildfires in Arizona and sent Death Valley soaring to 129F. Dangerously high temperatures that have ravaged Western states including California, Nevada and Arizona this week are expected to continue into Sunday, before starting to decline going into the new week. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Phoenix forecast that cooler temperatures will begin Monday with lower desert highs near 110 degrees.  However, the relief will be short-lived as temperatures are expected to climb once again from the middle of the week, spelling another blow to Americans who have baked in the extreme heat.  The southwest has been hammered by one of the most extreme heatwaves in US history, caused by high-pressure ridge, or dome, over the region. Experts described the situation as 'apocalyptic' with Californians and Texans urged to limit their use of power amid fears of blackouts, Arizona residents forced to evacuate a 70 square kilometer wildfire and five states - California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and parts of Colorado - placed under excessive heat warnings.  ...
    A blistering heat wave lingering over the western U.S. has smashed record temperatures in multiple states, increasing wildfire danger and worsening historic and life-threatening drought.  Triple-digit highs were felt in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada as well as in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation on Thursday over concerns regarding energy grid capacity.  CALIFORNIA GOV. NEWSOM DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AMID EXTREME HEAT To the south of Sacramento, the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC) announced that California's Death Valley had reached a scorching 128 degrees Fahrenheit. The desert valley has long been the record-holder for the highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth – 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in 1913, though that figure is reportedly contested  – and just last year the agency reported a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley, which the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said at the time would be the third-hottest temperature ever recorded if verified after a months-long analysis. In Nevada, the NWS and forecaster AccuWeather said Friday high temperatures in Las Vegas would peak at a toasty...
    Family and friends are mourning the death of a Hudson Valley man killed in a mass shooting in Austin, Texas over the weekend. Douglas John Kantor, age 25, a native of Airmont in Rockland County, was waiting outside a bar to get in when shots were fired and he was struck in the abdomen and later died. Austin Police said the 14 people were shot during the incident that took place around 1:24 a.m., Saturday, June 12, in the downtown area of Austin. His family says his death was "senseless," as he was getting ready to marry his high school sweetheart and had landed a dream job with the Ford Company in Detroit, Michigan. Local officials including Rockland County Executive Ed Day agreed: "I was incredibly saddened to hear of the senseless shooting death of Rockland native Doug Kantor in Austin, Texas, this weekend," said Day. "I offer my sincere condolences to his friends and family here in Rockland and elsewhere in our nation.  "There is no greater tragedy than seeing a young and promising life taken from us...
    GOOGLE Earth fanatics are convinced they've spotted a giant UFO "surrounded by tanks" in Death Valley. Images of the mysterious site in Lone Pine Unified School District in California appear to show an abandoned boat alongside a 340-foot teardrop-shaped crater. 2The 'spooky' 340-foot teardrop-shaped crater in Death ValleyCredit: Google Earth Baffled by their discovery, Twitter user CryptoSpawn claimed it could be a "landing indentation from a large craft". And a plane wreckage appears to be just under nine miles away from the site, prompting CryptoSpawn to ask: "Did someone get too close and get shot down?" They also point out that there appears to be a number of military tanks scattered around the central feature, as well as a bulldozer. "There are several tanks that appear to be guarding the area," the Twitter user wrote. They added: "More weird stuff in the area. Looks like the skeleton of a plane and maybe some wreckage." Other users described the strange scenes as "spooky" and a "portal to hell". 2A crashed plane appears to be just nine miles from the site of...
    A Rockland County native has died during a mass shooting in Austin, Texas that left 13 people injured. Douglas John Kantor, 25, an Airmont native, was waiting outside a bar to get in when shots were fired and he was struck in the abdomen and later died.  Austin Police said the 14 people were shot during the incident that took place around 1:24 a.m., Saturday, June 12, in the downtown area of Austin. Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a news conference that investigators believed the shooting took place as a dispute between two parties escalated.  Police say one juvenile suspect is in custody. Another suspect is still at large. Most of the victims, two of who are in critical condition, were innocent bystanders, police added.  Nick Kantor, of Suffern, said on Monday, June 14, it was too painful to talk about his brother's "suffering" and death.  The family said in a statement to the press that John Kantor had moved to Michigan, completing a bachelor’s and master's degree in computer engineering at Michigan State.  Kantor, who was...
    DEATH Valley is no longer the hottest place on Earth, according to scientists who have found two more scorching spots. The desert valley in Eastern California has long held the record and could produce blistering temperatures of 56.7 degrees Celsius (or 134.1 degrees Fahrenheit). 3Research suggests Iran's Lut Desert is now the hottest place on EarthCredit: Getty However, research suggests Iran's Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut) and North America's Sonoran Desert are even more extreme when it comes to heat. A study about the deserts has been published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It explains how high-resolution satellite data from the past 20 years can prove the two regions sometimes reach around 80.8°C (177.4°F). Of the two deserts, the Lut Desert holds the crown for the world's highest land surface temperature. 3The mountains in the Lut Desert help to trap the scorching hot airCredit: Getty This is based on data collected between 2002 and 2019. The desert's black rocks areas tend to get the hottest and its mountains help to trap the heat in. It's so hot that life...
    More On: surreal estate Inside the $12M London spy mansion that helped end WWII Wild Florida home goes viral on TikTok for creepy reasons Inside the sexy hotels of TikTok: Heart-shaped Jacuzzis, sandwich beds TikToker finds creepy crawl spaces and tunnels in rental home A 19th-century fairy tale-style Victorian mansion in the Hudson River Valley has hit the market for $3.9 million. The Upper Nyack estate, built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, is a cacophony of turrets, color, stained glass windows and multiple balconies jutting out at different angles — all overlooking the Hudson River.  The estate was once owned by the economist Alvin Johnson, who co-founded The New School in 1918 and became its first director in 1922. Johnson — known for creating the “university in exile” program, which helped 200 scholars flee Nazi persecution — bought the property in 1919. He and his wife home schooled their seven kids here, where Johnson lived until his death in 1971.  In his autobiography, “Pioneer’s Progress,” he wrote in a poetic, rambling style that reflected the architecture and...
    The ground search for a man who hasn’t been seen for more than a week was suspended Wednesday as temperatures in Death Valley exceeded 100 degrees, Inyo County sheriff’s officials said. Robert Alan Wildoner. (Family photo via Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)  Bob Wildoner, 76, of Apple Valley, is being sought in the area of Saline Valley Warm Springs. He reportedly went there on May 4 to retrieve a pickup truck that had broken down during an outing a month before, on Easter weekend, said a missing-person alert from the sheriff’s office. That truck was found at a primitive campsite, with Wildoner’s keys and phone inside it. An aerial search involving several agencies continued on Wednesday but the heat was deemed too dangerous for a ground search, the sheriff’s office said. Wildoner is described as 5-foot-6, 160 pounds, bald, with a close-cropped white beard. Saline Valley Warm Springs is in a remote area of the national park, with the 55-mile drive from Big Pine taking close to three hours because of the rugged road. Related Articles Tristyn Bailey: Missing...
    The family of an Arizona congressional staffer who died while camping in Death Valley National Park in California have revealed that his SUV had gotten stranded with two flat tires, and his wife suffered a severe injury to her foot during the ill-fated trip last week.  Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, were found on Friday on a steep ledge near Willow Creek, California, but Lofgren did not survive.  Henkel was rescued and flown to Lemoore Naval Air Station for treatment. Her brother, Chris Henkel, wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign that his sister required surgery.  Alexander Lofgren, 32 (left), an Army veteran working on the staff of Congressman Raul Grijalva in Arizona, died last week trying to cross a canyon in California's Death Valley National Park with his wife, Emily Henkel (right) The Sheriff's Office posted a picture of the their white 2018 Subaru Forester with Yakima roof rack and several dogs near what is believed to be Tucson. The vehicle became stranded after getting two flat tires   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK  — An Arizona tourist died and his girlfriend was rescued Friday after their vehicle got two flat tires and they went missing in Death Valley National Park in California. In this undated image released by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office shows campers Alexander Lofgren, 32, top, and Emily Henkel, 27. An Arizona tourist died and his wife was rescued Friday, April 9, 2021 after they went missing in Death Valley National Park. Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, were found on a steep ledge near Willow Creek in the California desert park but Lofgren was dead, according to a statement from the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office.(Inyo County Sheriff’s Office via AP)  Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, were found on a steep ledge near Willow Creek in the desert park, but Lofgren was dead, according to a statement from the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office. Henkel was flown to Lemoore Naval Air Station for treatment, and there was no immediate word on her condition. The Tucson residents, described as experienced campers, failed to return Sunday...
    (CNN)An Arizona congressional aide was found dead in a remote area of Death Valley, just days after being reported missing during a camping trip with his girlfriend, officials said.Alexander Lofgren, 32, and 27-year old Emily Henkel, both from Tuscon, were located on a steep ledge Thursday via aerial reconnaissance, the Inyo County Sheriff's office said in a series of press releases."A hoist operation was attempted, but due to the extreme location the two team members who rappelled down were unable to reach Lofgren and Henkel," the sheriff's office said.When rescuers were able to reach the couple on Friday, they found Lofgren dead. Henkel was alive and flown out for medical treatment."This has been a tremendously difficult operation in a very unforgiving geographic area of Inyo County, I sincerely hope for healing and recovery for all involved," Inyo County Sheriff Jeff Hollowell said.Read MoreLofgren and Henkel were reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from their camping trip on their due date of April 4. Both Lofgren and Henkel were described as experienced campers, the sheriff's office said.A note...
    More On: missing persons Missing pregnant woman found dead, boyfriend’s car set ablaze Mother of two vanishes on Miami trip where boyfriend was set to propose Missing mom’s husband allegedly wanted to order hit on her lover Missing woman gave ominous ‘if anything happens to me…’ warning days before she vanished An Arizona congressional aide was found dead and his wife rescued after the pair went missing on a camping trip to Death Valley National Park in California, officials said. Alexander Lofgren, a 32-year-old an aide to Arizona Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, and his wife, Emily Henkel, 27, became stranded when their Subaru got two flat tires in the park in the Mojave Desert, according to the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office. When the couple hadn’t returned from their camping trip Tuesday, they were reported missing. Authorities searched along Lofgren’s back-country itinerary route in addition to tourist attractions and hotels. Park staffers found the couple’s missing Subaru on Wednesday along with a note that read, “Two flat tires, headed to Mormon Point, have three days’ worth of water.” The note was...
    A visitor walks on the Badwater Basin salt flats on August 18, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images A congressional staffer who was reported missing after going on a campus trip died, authorities said.  Authorities searched for Alexander Lofgren and his girlfriend for days at Dead Valley National Park.  Lofgren, 32, was a caseworker for Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Arizona congressional aide — who was reported missing after going on a camping trip in Death Valley National Park in California  — was pronounced dead, according to authorities and reports.  Alexander Lofgren, 32, and his girlfriend Emily Henkel,27,  of Arizona were first reported missing on Tuesday, April 6, according to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. The couple was expected to return from their trip on April 4.  On Wednesday, officials searched for the couple near the park, and attractions along the Death Valley Highway 190. They also used "Lofgren's backcountry itinerary" for guidance during the search, the press release said.  After a days-long...
    An aide to Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) was found dead on Friday after he and his girlfriend went missing in Death Valley National Park in California. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted to Facebook that 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren and his girlfriend 27-year-old Emily Henkel were located via aerial reconnaissance on a “remote and steep ledge” in the Willow Creek Area of the park.  -Final Press Release- INYO COUNTY, CA, APRIL 9, 2021, 3:30pm- At approximately 11:40am today Inyo County Search and... Posted by Inyo County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 8, 2021Authorities said that Lofgren is deceased, but Henkel was located alive and was flown out for medical treatment. The cause of Lofgren’s death, as well as Henkel’s condition, are both unclear. Lofgren was a case worker in Grijalva’s district office. According to The Arizona Republic, he was hired in 2019 as part of the congressman’s Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. “The passion he dedicated to his work each day touched countless lives. No matter the situation, Alex met those he helped with a smiling face, a...
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (AP) — An Arizona tourist died and his wife was rescued Friday after their vehicle got two flat tires and they went missing in Death Valley National Park in California. Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, were found on a steep ledge near Willow Creek in the desert park but Lofgren was dead, according to a statement from the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office. Henkel was flown to Lemoore Naval Air Station for treatment and there was no immediate word on her condition. Undated photo shows campers Alexander Lofgren and Emily Henkel. The couple was found in the Death Valley but Lofgren was dead, according to a statement from the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office The Tucson residents, described as experienced campers, failed to return Sunday from a camping trip and were reported missing Tuesday. Authorities searched hotels and major tourist attractions along a highway and checked Lofgren’s back-country itinerary. On Wednesday, park staff found the couple’s missing Subaru. According to the sheriff’s office, a note in the car stated: “Two flat tires, headed to Mormon Point,...
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An Arizona tourist died and his wife was rescued Friday after their vehicle got two flat tires and they went missing in Death Valley National Park in California. Alexander Lofgren, 32, and Emily Henkel, 27, were found on a steep ledge near Willow Creek in the desert park, but Lofgren was dead, according to a statement from the Inyo Creek Sheriff’s Office. Henkel was flown to Lemoore Naval Air Station for treatment, and there was no immediate word on her condition. The Tucson residents, described as experienced campers, failed to return Sunday from a camping trip and were reported missing Tuesday. Authorities searched hotels and major tourist attractions along a highway and checked Lofgren’s back-country itinerary. On Wednesday, park staff found the couple’s missing Subaru. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a note in the car stated: “Two flat tires, headed to Mormon Point, have three days’ worth of water.” That proved to be “a crucial tip in directing search efforts,” the Sheriff’s Office said. On Thursday, the couple was spotted from the...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Two teen boys charged with manslaughter in the beating death of a classmate at a middle school in Moreno Valley back in 2019 will not serve jail time. An undated photograph of 13-year-old Diego, a student at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, Calif., who was brutally assaulted at school on Sept. 17, 2019. He died from his injuries about a week later, on Sept. 24.  A Riverside County Superior Court judge Thursday ordered that the two teens serve 150 hours of community service and “also participate in various programs specifically tailored toward their rehabilitative needs,” Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson John Hall told CBSLA in an email. According to the Press-Enterprise newspaper, both teens pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault charges last November. On Sept. 17, 2019, cell phone video captured two boys punching the victim, 13-year-old Diego Stoltz, at Landmark Middle School. The video showed Diego being punched in the face by a boy in a black t-shirt outside the school’s main building. As he stumbles, he appears to be hit from the...
    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- Two teenagers who admitted to charges of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal assault of a classmate have been sentenced to probation and released to the custody of their parents.The 14-year-old defendants must also serve 150 hours of community service, undergo therapy and enroll in a character-building program, a judge ruled Friday.The victim, 13-year old Diego Stolz, was beaten to death at Moreno Valley middle school back in 2019.A bystander's cellphone video shows Stolz being punched and then falling and hitting his head on a pillar in the schoolyard.The identities of his attackers have not been made public because they are minors.DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.
    New York : Butterfly Valley, in Mugla on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Photo: Chris McGrath / . A Turk is accused of throwing his pregnant wife off a cliff after taking selfies with her on a vacation trip in 2018. The Sun reported this week that Hakan Aysal, 40, was arrested for the murder of his wife, Semra Aysal, 32, and their baby during a trip to Butterfly Valley in Mugla, Turkey, in June of that year. The woman who fell from 1,000 feet was killed instantly. The suspect’s alleged intention was to collect life insurance money from the woman who was seven months pregnant. After the death, Aysal quickly tried to collect the insurance policy worth $ 40,000 Turkish liras, equivalent to $ 57,000 dollars. Prosecutors in the case allege that Semra’s death was not an accident, but was planned. The prosecution maintains that the only reason the man stayed with his wife at the top of the cliff for three hours was to make sure that no one was around before throwing...
    State Police continue to investigate the 1992 death of an infant in the Hudson Valley. On Monday, Feb. 10, 1992, State Police in Middletown were advised of found human infant remains, off of South Plank Road, near the Slate Hill Orchard, in the town of Wawayanda in Orange County. The Troop F Forensic Investigative Unit and Troop F K-9 units responded and found the area where the baby was abandoned. Near the site, law enforcement found several plastic bags and a pillowcase used to dispose of the body. The pillowcase the baby was disposed of in.New York State PoliceThe investigation revealed the infant female was approximately 7-10 days old at the time of death, state police said. The investigation revealed that “Baby Jane Doe” was abandoned in late October, early November of 1991. If alive today, “Baby Jane Doe” would be 29 years old. State Police are asking anyone with information regarding “Baby Jane Doe” to contact Investigator Vincent Castro, SP Middletown, or Investigator Brad Natalizio, Troop F Major Crimes, at 845-344-5300.
    ARMIE Hammer is not a suspect in a Wonder Valley death investigation despite new online rumors claiming he worked at a construction site located near where human remains were found.  Armie, 34, has been accused of rape and cannibalism fantasies, having “slaves” and more in a series of disturbing messages exposed by Instagram account House of Effie.  13Armie Hammer is not a suspect in a death investigationCredit: Getty Images On January 31, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Homicide Division responded when human remains were found in San Bernardino County’s Wonder Valley, close to where Armie worked at a construction site. The Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office exclusively confirmed to The Sun: “Armie Hammer’s name hasn’t come up as a suspect at all. We have no plans to investigate him.  “We have not identified the remains.” Celebrity Instagram account Deux Moi shared submissions that a shocking story about Armie would be published soon.  13Armie allegedly worked near where human remains were foundCredit: Getty Images - Getty 13Celebrity Instagram accounts have been teasing a 'really bad' Armie story...
    An experienced canyoneer died after falling 95 feet in Death Valley National Park last Saturday in what officials described as a freak accident. Justin Ibershoff, 38, of Los Angeles, was descending on a challenging route in Deimos Canyon with six friends when he apparently stepped on a rock that shifted. That triggered a rockslide that swept Ibershoff past two fellow canyoneers and over the edge of a steep slope, said Abby Wines, management assistant at Death Valley National Park. Wines, a canyoneer herself, knew Ibershoff from his frequent trips to the area. She said he was known for being cautious. In fact, just before falling, he had warned his companions to tread carefully because the rocks appeared loose, said Wines, who spoke to people who witnessed the accident. The rocks in the area had apparently become precariously balanced without anyone’s knowledge. “It was just a death trap waiting for the next person that would step in the wrong spot,” Wines said. Many in the group had been to the canyon before and knew the terrain well,...
    An experienced rock climber fell off a 95-foot cliff to his death at Death Valley National Park in California.   Justin Ibershoff, 38, was descending Deimos Canyon on Saturday when he stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide, according to the National Park Service.   The rockslide then pushed Ibershoff past two of his climbing companions and over the edge of a dry fall.  His body was recovered on Sunday by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.   Justin Ibershoff, 38, (pictured) fell off a 95-foot cliff to his death at Death Valley National Park Ibershoff was descending Deimos Canyon (pictured) on Saturday when he apparently stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide, according to the National Park Service Officials advised climbers to avoid the upper section of Deimos County because the rock slide left it unstable.   The six friends who were out climbing with Ibershoff had used an emergency beacon to alert authorities immediately after he fell, but by the time they found him he was already dead.   Ibershoff, who lived...
    More On: rock climbing Defying gravity: Rock climber becomes first woman to conquer fearsome Austrian route Meet the first woman to free-climb El Capitan in one day Look ma, no ropes! 70-year-old defies odds – and gravity – to make it down mountain ‘Let’s go!’: Barefoot man climbs 474-foot skyscraper An experienced climber in California plunged to his death during a rockslide while descending a canyon, authorities said. Justin Ibershoff, 38, of Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday in Death Valley, according to Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Ibershoff and six pals — who were all “very experienced” canyoneers — were descending Deimos Canyon when he stepped on a rock that moved,  prompting a rockslide, authorities said. He was swept past two pals and over a 95-foot-tall dry fall, officials said. Rescuers managed to reach Ibershoff a few hours later via hospital, but he was dead, authorities said. His body was pulled from the canyon the next day by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, officials said. “Conditions in that area of the canyon...
    (CNN)A man canyoneering in Death Valley National Park has died after falling off a cliff, according to the National Park Service (NPS).Justin Ibershoff, 38, from Los Angeles, died on Saturday as he was descending a technical route in Deimos Canyon with six friends, the NPS said in a news release.All the party members were experienced canyoneers and had descended into this canyon several times.Ibershoff was descending a steep, rocky slope when he stepped on a loose boulder that triggered a rockslide. He was swept past two of his friends and over the edge of a 95-foot cliff, the release said.The friends called for assistance and after a few hours, a crew from the Navy's VX-31 helicopter were able to reach Ibershoff and establish he had passed away. His body was recovered the following day, according to the NPS.Read MoreThe park service warns canyoneers that conditions in that area remain unstable and all are advised to avoid the upper section of Deimos Canyon.
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — An experienced climber who was descending a canyon in Death Valley plunged to his death over the weekend when he was caught in a rockslide, authorities said. Justin Ibershoff, 38, of Los Angeles, died at the scene in the California desert park Saturday, according to a statement from the park and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Ibershoff and six friends, all “very experienced” canyoneers, were descending Deimos Canyon using a steep technical route when he apparently stepped on a rock that moved, triggering a slide that swept him past two companions and over a 95-foot-tall dry fall, the statement said. Rescuers were summoned and a crew from a Navy helicopter managed to reach Ibershoff a few hours after the accident but he was dead, the statement said. His body was recovered the next day by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, authorities said. The area of Deimos Canyon where Ibershoff fell is still considered unstable and canyoneers were advised to avoid the upper section, authorities said. Related Articles Sonoma...
    An experienced climber who was descending a canyon in Death Valley plunged to his death over the weekend when he was caught in a rockslide, authorities said. Justin Ibershoff, 38, of Los Angeles, died at the scene in the California desert park Saturday, according to a statement from the park and the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. Ibershoff and six friends, all "very experienced" canyoneers, were descending Deimos Canyon using a steep technical route when he apparently stepped on a rock that moved, triggering a slide that swept him past two companions and over a 95-foot-tall dry fall, the statement said. California Highway Patrol's H-82 helicopter approaching the accident site in Deimos Canyon. National Park Service Rescuers were summoned and a crew from a Navy helicopter managed to reach Ibershoff a few hours after the accident but he was dead, the statement said. His body was recovered the next day by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, authorities said. The area of Deimos Canyon where Ibershoff fell is still considered unstable and canyoneers were advised...
    Bennie M. Johnson wasn’t in the movies or politics, but he certainly was famous. Johnson, also known as the Bucket Man, recently died. As the Bucket Man Johnson was well-known in the area for his percussive performances on a white, plastic contractor’s bucket he’d carry around. Some people knew Johnson as “Motown Man” or “Motown Benne.” Johnson was a talented musician playing jazz, classic rock and Motown with a bucket and kazoo. He’d often dress the part of a rockstar wearing a shimmery scarf like a cape and wearing brightly-colored Mardi Gras beads. He’d play on the streets, but people would also book him for gigs. “You may have seen him around Amherst singing with his bucket entertaining people, he said he would od it to lif people’s spirit,” Johnson’s obituary said. “A legend is gone.” Johnson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spent his teens in Brooklyn and moved to Massachusetts with his wife Margarita Feliciano in 1983. Johnson started the “Pay to Be Poor” food bank program and advocated for public transportation access in Florence Heights. He also...
    A 63-year-old San Francisco man was found dead last month in a thermal pool at Death Valley National Park, it was reported last week. In a news release Friday, the park service and the Inyo County sheriff’s office said the body of Donald Vanneman III was found on Dec. 20 at the park’s Saline Valley Warm Springs campground. The death was called accidental. The campground, like all in the national park, had been closed because of the regional stay-at-home order, but a park volunteer had noticed a vehicle at the site that day. Later, two park visitors discovered the body in the Palm Springs source pool. Bathing is not allowed in the source pool. The campground has soaking tubs but those have been drained and closed because of COVID restrictions. The Saline Valley Warm Springs campground is in a remote area at the park’s north end — a 55-mile drive, most of it on a narrow dirt road, from the town of Big Pine.
    MURDER detectives are hunting up to three killers today after a schoolboy was stabbed to death in a field. The 13-year-old boy was reportedly knifed in the back of the neck and left for dead in a commuter village near Reading, Berks, yesterday afternoon. 7Police at the scene in Emmer Green earlier this eveningCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 7An ambulance at the scene of the 'serious incident'Credit: � 2021 Peter Manning 7Cops said they are investigating after a 'serious incident'Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 7Forensic detectives at the sceneCredit: � 2021 Peter Manning The young boy died at the scene in Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green. No arrests have been made. Thames Valley police said "two or three" attackers fled after the murder between 3pm and 4.30 pm. Superintendent Kevin Brown, head of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: "This is a tragic and shocking incident which has resulted in the death of a young boy. "We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but we believe that the victim was attacked by two or...
    A patient allegedly beat another coronavirus patient to death with an oxygen tank last week inside Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California. “The victim, an 82-year-old Latino man, was being treated for a COVID-19 infection in a two-person room with suspect Jesse Martinez,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The incident occurred December 17 around 9:45 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release detailing the events: The suspect became upset when the victim started to pray. He then struck the victim with an oxygen tank. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on December 18, 2020 at approximately 10:20 a.m. The victim and suspect did not know each other. The suspect, 37 year-old Jesse Martinez, was arrested and charged with murder, a hate crime enhancement and elder abuse. His bail is set at $1,000,000. He is set to appear in Antelope Valley Court December 28, 2020. The investigation is ongoing and no further information was available at the time of the news release. Hospital administrators declined to comment because of the investigation’s active status, the Antelope...
    A skateboarding company that advertises its products as the Ferrari of electric skateboards is in trouble over promotional videos partially shot in Death Valley National Park, according to court records filed by federal prosecutors in Sacramento. Prosecutors charged Evolve Skateboards USA, the company’s LLC, and four alleged creators of the videos with federal offenses that include use of skateboards in prohibited areas, damaging a mineral resource or cave formation, operating an unmanned aircraft, and commercial filming without a permit, court records show. The company did not respond to requests for comment on the charges made through its website. The charges, all misdemeanors, carry a maximum of six months in jail and fines totaling $15,000, court records show. The criminal complaint says that the 2019 promotional videos were filmed in an area of Death Valley that have special protections intended to preserve boron-bearing materials in the Furnace Creek formation. Another video, shot along California Highway 190, was interrupted when a ranger told the group they couldn’t film in the area, the complaint says. Another charge relates to the use of a...
    JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Monday released video and shared details regarding the death of a 33-year-old convicted felon who died while handcuffed in a Jurupa Valley grocery store, where he spent hours erratically coming and going while under the influence of drugs."This is in the interest of transparency," Bianco said during a media briefing at sheriff's headquarters in downtown Riverside. "It is a sad and tragic event for all of us. My condolences go out to the family."Ernie Teddy Serrano of Jurupa Valley died on Dec. 15 after a struggle with patrol deputies at a store on Crestmore Road.Authorities say Serrano tried to grab a security guard's gun during the incident at a grocery store. They allege he fought with the guard and then with deputies who were trying to detain him, but Serrano refused to comply with the deputies' commands.According to Bianco, an initial autopsy indicated Serrano had methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs in his system.Bianco said encounters with Serrano began on the evening of Dec. 14, when the suspect's family called...
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