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    When I was 16, I had saved enough money to buy my first car. One day as I waited to pick up a friend from work, I heard a tap on my window. I looked to my left and saw the barrel of a gun. The man opened my door and tried to force me into the passenger seat, but in the struggle that followed I broke free and escaped. I was fortunate that the violence of that event didn’t shape me. Instead it was the police officers who rushed to the scene who forever altered the trajectory of my life. They showed me the power of kindness, and they made a terrified girl feel safe. Above all, they showed me the power law enforcement has to positively impact the lives of those we encounter and set me down the path to where I am today. On Jan. 2 I was sworn in as San Mateo County Sheriff. I am the first woman to hold the office, and I and Alameda County’s Yesenia Sanchez are the first two Latina sheriffs...
    A giant storm system billowing across the South on Thursday killed at least six people in central Alabama, where a savage tornado ripped roofs off homes and uprooted trees in historic Selma. In Autauga County, Alabama, 41 miles northeast of Selma, at least six fatalities were confirmed and an estimated 40 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado that cut a 20-mile path across two rural communities, said Ernie Baggett, the county's emergency management director. Several mobile homes were launched into the air and at least 12 people were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals by emergency responders, Baggett told The Associated Press. He said crews were focused Thursday night on cutting through downed trees to look for people who may need help. 'It really did a good bit of damage. This is the worst that I've seen here in this county,' Baggett said. In Georgia meanwhile, severe winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of people and one passenger died when a tree fell on a vehicle in Jackson during the storm, Butts County Coroner Lacey...
    At least six people were killed Thursday after tornadoes swept through Alabama. At least 12 others were severely injured, Ernie Baggett, Autauga County emergency management director told the Associated Press. The tornadoes hurled mobile homes into the air, some of which were inhabited at the time they were hit. “It seems to have been a couple of different houses where people were at home,” Baggett said. STRONG STORM AND TORNADOES LEAVE DEBRIS STREWN ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST IN ITS WAKE Rescue crews cut through downed tree branches to rescue some of those injured, the emergency management director added. A Selma firefighter walks back the the truck after putting out a fire that started from a tornado that passed through downtown Selma, Ala., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Butch Dill/AP "We have a lot of downed power lines," Baggett said. "There is a lot of danger on the streets. It really did a good bit of damage. This is the worst that I’ve seen here in this county." The downed power lines...
    The US power grid was physically attacked 107 times in the first eight months of 2022, more than in any other year in the last decade. The damage, caused mainly by gunfire, triggered power outages affecting tens of thousands of Americans. Now, security experts are warning that the likelihood of a more significant attack is higher than ever - one that could see domestic terrorists cause a blackout spanning weeks and affecting entire swathes of the country. Security experts are warning that the likelihood of a more significant attack is higher than ever - one that could see domestic terrorists cause a blackout spanning weeks and affecting entire swathes of the country 'If you have a physical attack that damages equipment, it can take weeks, months or years to replace that equipment,' says Michael Mabee, a former U.S. Army command sergeant major and an expert in power infrastructure vulnerabilities, told Newseek.  'If enough of these transformers were destroyed in a physical attack, we would have a long-term, wide-scale blackout, and the deaths would be in the tens of thousands, hundreds...
    More rain methodically migrated toward the Bay Area early Wednesday with winds that brought an advisory to the entire region. Yet in relative comparison to recent days, the National Weather Service said the region was in for a day of moderate weather and not the full-out battering that has whipped the area over the past two days. “We’re going to see steady light-to-moderate rain, with some of the hardest amounts coming in the North Bay, especially in those coastal mountain areas,” NWS meteorologist Jeff Lorber said. “You might see an inch to an inch-and-a-half in that part of the area, and maybe up to two-plus inches in the higher elevations. It should be lighter closer to the central and south part of the region.” A wind advisory for the entire Bay Area and areas of the central coast, including Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties was set to go into effect at 7 a.m. and will be in place until 7 p.m., according to the weather service. Winds are expected to blow about 15-25 mph in the inland and...
    Powerful winds whipped the Bay Area on Tuesday morning, a preview of sorts for what the National Weather Service said will be another day of dangerous weather around the region. Wind gusts exceeded 70 mph overnight in Los Gatos and the San Francisco International Airport recorded a gust of 69 mph. The weather service said they had seen lightning strikes and that even funnel clouds or tornadoes might be seen as the storm migrates toward the Sierra. Those winds are expected to calm somewhat Tuesday, but they will remain noticeable. “Definitely the strongest winds that we’ll have were with that line of thunderstorms overnight,” NWS meteorologist Dalton Behringer said. “So you may still see some gusty winds with scattered thunderstorms through the day today but nothing widespread like we saw (Tuesday) morning.” Nearly 100,000 people lost power in the region overnight. Follow below and refresh this page for live updates: Forecast for airport travel Airports were optimistic that the weather would have only minimal impact on traveling. The San Francisco International Airport was listing four cancellations into, out of, or...
    Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass was the first to act, last month declaring the homelessness crisis a citywide state of emergency, one as calamitous as any earthquake or hurricane. Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson asked his staff to draft a similar declaration hours after he was sworn in. It’s now the county’s turn. The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a motion Tuesday from Supervisors Lindsey Horvath and Kathryn Barger declaring a countywide state of emergency on homelessness, aiming to dramatically speed up the time it takes to provide services to the tens of thousands of people sleeping on the streets. Horvath, who was elected in November and sworn in last month, called the declaration overdue. She said in an interview Sunday that she believed a poor partnership between the city and county was partly to blame for the past inaction. With new leaders at the helm, the two oft-bickering jurisdictions — each with massive roles to play in getting people off the streets — have pledged to press “reset” on their fractured relationship. Horvath...
    SACRAMENTO —  More than 300,000 customers lost power in Northern California as the latest powerful winter storm pushed through, elevating flooding danger and bringing intense winds that downed trees. Wind gusts topped 60 mph in some parts of the Sacramento region, according to the National Weather Service, causing a massive loss of power. Utility officials have been working to restore power but said it will take time. The NWS urged residents to be cautious and secure items because the intense winds will continue into the evening. “Widespread power outages, downed trees and difficult driving conditions will be possible,” it said. Forecasters warned of a “relentless parade of cyclones” barreling out of the Pacific toward California, which was expected to intensify the risk of flooding in some parts of the state this week. The first of five approaching atmospheric rivers — a stream of storms that will continue until about Jan. 19 — arrived this weekend. Heavy rain and mountain snow began late Friday night in Northern California and spread to Central California on Saturday, with some parts of the state...
    A Northampton County man using a generator after a power outage died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning on Christmas Day. Joel. S. Kotulka, 71, was found unresponsive at his home on the 300 block of Old Allentown Road in Bushkill Township around 7:50 p.m., Coroner Zachary R. Lysek said Thursday. Kotulka was found in the garage, where a running generator was being used. He was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hecktown Oaks Campus and pronounced dead just after 9:10 p.m., Lysek said. Kotulka had apparently been using the generator to power multiple appliances in his home after losing electricity as a result of the storm on Friday, Dec. 23. His cause of death is Carbon Monoxide toxicity, and the manner of death was ruled accidental, the coroner added. No further details were released.
    Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed newly elected Maury County Commissioner Aaron Miller in studio to discuss why he decided to run for county commission and his battle against grooming with the Maury County Library. Leahy: In studio, Maury County Commissioner Aaron Miller. Aaron, so tell us a little bit about your decision to run for county commission after having lived in Maury County for two years. Miller: I knew that was something that I wanted to do coming out of the military. As I said before, in the military, because of the Hatch Act and several other things, you’re not allowed to be political in a lot of ways, and you’re especially not allowed to run for office. I knew that’s something that I wanted to do upfront. And then moving to Maury County, moving to Columbia, seeing the community, and all of the values that we hold down there, I knew that I...
    A powerful storm that battered California with widespread flooding and heavy snowfall is now heading east into the Central United States. The storm pummeled northern California over the weekend, stalling traffic and prompting water rescues and evacuation orders - and 15 million people are now under winter weather alerts. At least three people have died from the treacherous conditions, including one person found dead inside a completely submerged car Saturday in Sacramento County and a 72-year-old man who died after being struck by a fallen tree at a Santa Cruz park. Another was rescued from a submerged vehicle along with two others, but was stuck in the heavy floods and later died of hypothermia at a local hospital.  Wilton, California was completely flooded after a levee broke nearby following a devastating storm over the weekend Cars were left submerged on major highways across Sacramento County Near the Nevada border, heavy snowfall stalled trucks and forced officials to close off roadways And as of Monday, more than 50,000 Californians remained without power — down from a high of 300,000 on Saturday....
    At least 27 people have died in Erie County, New York, as a result of a massive winter storm which blasted much of the United States in recent days, county officials said Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 49. The updated number of deaths in Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo, comes as parts of western New York remain buried by up to 43 inches of snow, leaving vehicles stuck and power out for thousands over the Christmas holiday, just one month after the region was slammed with a historic snowstorm. “This is a horrible situation,” Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said in a news conference, noting officials expect between 8 and 12 more inches of snow to fall between Monday morning and 1 p.m. Tuesday. “This is not helpful as we’re trying to recover and clear off streets and get into areas that still have not” been plowed, he said. Poloncarz tweeted Monday afternoon:” Very sadly, the (county Health Department) Medical Examiner has confirmed another 2 deaths from the Blizzard. Total deaths are now 27. Of...
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON and JAKE BLEIBERG BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of people hunkered down against a deep freeze Sunday to ride out the winter storm that has killed at least 34 people across the United States and is expected to claim more lives after trapping some residents inside houses with heaping snow drifts and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. The scope of the storm has been nearly unprecedented, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. About 60% of the U.S. population faced some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, and temperatures plummeted drastically below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Travelers’ weather woes are likely to continue, with hundreds of flight cancellations already and more expected after a bomb cyclone — when atmospheric pressure drops very quickly in a strong storm — developed near the Great Lakes, stirring up blizzard conditions, including heavy winds and snow. Some 1,707 domestic and international flights were canceled...
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON and JAKE BLEIBERG BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of people hunkered down against a deep freeze Sunday to ride out the winter storm that has killed at least 30 people across the United States and is expected to claim more lives after trapping some residents inside houses with heaping snow drifts and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. The scope of the storm has been nearly unprecedented, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. About 60% of the U.S. population faced some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, and temperatures plummeted drastically below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Travelers’ weather woes are likely to continue, with hundreds of flight cancellations already and more expected after a bomb cyclone — when atmospheric pressure drops very quickly in a strong storm — developed near the Great Lakes, stirring up blizzard conditions, including heavy winds and snow. Some 1,707 domestic and international flights were canceled...
    This article originally appeared on Inside Climate News, a nonprofit, independent news organization that covers climate, energy and the environment. It is republished with permission. Sign up for their newsletter here. CENTER CITY, Minnesota—It sounded absurd, the idea of spending a large sum of money to install solar panels in a Minnesota farm field that is covered in snow for much of the year. But Ed Eichten’s family had gotten used to his wild ideas that turned out to work, like raising bison to sell or turning a small cheese-making business into a retail operation. His solar purchase 10 years ago was similarly the start of something big. Neighbors and clean energy companies began to see opportunities that led to Chisago County, Minnesota, becoming a hub for solar power development, with dozens of projects including the largest one in the state, North Star Solar. As solar expands across the country, some people try to block development, claiming the panels are ugly, and will harm property values and human health. Chisago County—where solar has been around long enough that the ramifications...
    By Nouran Salahieh, John Miller and Holly Yan | CNN A growing number of reported threats to power infrastructure are under investigation following attacks on substations in the South and on the West Coast as electricity becomes a more critical need in winter. Even before the gun assaults Saturday in Moore County, North Carolina, wiped out power for days to thousands, at least five electricity substations in Oregon and Washington had been attacked in November, according to energy companies. While no motive or suspect behind the North Carolina attacks has been identified, investigators are zeroing in on two possible threads centered on extremist behavior: writings by extremists on online forums encouraging attacks on critical infrastructure and a series of recent disruptions of LGBTQ+ events across the nation by domestic extremists, law enforcement sources told CNN. Though investigators have no evidence connecting the Moore County outage to a drag event that began there around when the lights went out, the timing and context of armed confrontations around similar LBGTQ+ events across the country are being considered, the sources told CNN. The...
    The FBI and sheriff's deputies now have 'active warrants' out over a power station gun attack that left 45,000 without power. Moore County Sheriff's Office are looking to find a suspect or suspects in connection to Saturday's attack - which left 45,000 people in North Carolina without power. The FBI has secured an order to obtain cell phone records in a bid to identify people who were near the two substations which were attacked, reports WRAL.  Both the bureau and sheriff's office said: 'This is an absolute, complete joint investigation.'  Power stations in a number of US states have been threatened or targeted for attacks in recent weeks, prompting American law enforcement to warn citizens about a need to secure the power grid Duke Energy workers repair a crippled electrical substation that they said was hit by gunfire after the Moore County Sheriff said that vandalism caused a mass power outage A Duke Energy employee works to repair the damage at the Moore County substation in North Carolina  No identities for possible suspects have been given, and no motives have...
    At least five attacks at electricity substations in the Pacific Northwest have been reported in recent weeks to the FBI. The incidents come to light via a federal memo following a deliberate attack last week in Moore County, North Carolina, that left tens of thousands of people without power for days as seasonal temperatures fall. In Washington state and Oregon, spokespeople for several energy companies - Puget Sound Energy, the Cowlitz County Public Utilities District and Bonneville Power Administration - confirmed the attacks occurred in November. A federal law enforcement memo revealed that the Pacific Northwest substations have described attacks using 'handtools, arson, firearms, and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure.' 'In recent attacks, criminal actors bypassed security fences by cutting the fence links, lighting nearby fires, shooting equipment from a distance or throwing objects over the fence and on to equipment,' read the memo.  Power stations in a number of US states have been threatened or targeted for attacks in recent weeks, prompting American law enforcement to warn citizens about a...
    Substations in Washington and Oregon have reported attacks similar to the one last weekend in North Carolina, which involved armed individuals and left tens of thousands without power amid freezing temperatures, and left one person dead.  A federal memo obtained by News Nation, warned: 'Power stations in Oregon and Washington have reported physical attacks on substations using handtools, arson, firearms, and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure'. The aim of attackers, it said, was 'to cause widespread power failures with the potential impact of social disruption and violent anti-government criminal activity'. The memo added: 'In recent attacks, criminal actors bypassed security fences by cutting the fence links, lighting nearby fires, shooting equipment from a distance or throwing objects over the fence and on to equipment.'  It is unclear how many facilities in both states were attacked, if locals were left without power, if there was a political motive for the attacks, and if anyone has been arrested.   A Duke Energy employee works to repair the damage at the Moore County substation Law enforcement...
    In the 76 seconds it took to recite an oath of office, Lindsey Horvath was transformed into one of the most powerful players in California politics. In fact, few positions in American municipal politics confer as much sweep as the one Horvath assumed Monday. That’s what it means to become a Los Angeles County supervisor. At 40 years old, Horvath will be the youngest woman ever to step into the role. The former West Hollywood council member will represent the 3rd District, a massive 431-square mile swath of Los Angeles County that includes parts of the San Fernando Valley. She goes from representing one of the smallest cities in the county — a population of about 35,000 spread over just 1.9 square miles — to a district representing nearly 2 million people. That’s a jurisdiction with an economy larger than Argentina’s, a constituency larger than Austria’s and a budget larger than some U.S. states’. Sheila Kuehl speaks at the swearing-in of Supervisor-Elect Lindsey Horvath as the new Los Angeles County Supervisor for District 3.(Jason Armond /...
    By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM (Associated Press/Report for America) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy said it expects to restore power ahead of schedule to thousands of homes in a central North Carolina county that have been without electricity for several days after an attack on the electric grid. Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks said the company expects to have power back Wednesday just before midnight in Moore County. The company had previously estimated it would be restored Thursday morning. About 35,000 Duke energy customers were still without power Tuesday, down from more than 45,000 at the height of the outage Saturday. The outages began shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday night after one or more people drove up to two substations, breached the gates and opened fire on them, authorities have said. Police have not released a motive or said what kind of firearm was used. Sam Stephenson, a power delivery specialist for Duke Energy, said the company has been able to implement “rolling power-ups” in the northern part of the county, giving some customers power in 2- to 3-hour waves. North...
    North Carolina Governor/Twitter Governor Roy Cooper with a Duke Energy worker in Moore County, North Carolina. Tens of thousands of people are without electricity after two power transmission substations were damaged by gunfire in an intentional attack in Moore County, North Carolina, on Saturday, December 3, 2022, officials say. The outages affected 40,000 customers and are expected to last until at least Thursday, December 8, 2022, according to Duke Energy. Duke Energy said that almost all of its Moore County customers were without power at the height of the incident Saturday night. According to officials, more than 7,000 customers had their power back by Monday afternoon. The incident remains under investigation by local, state and federal authorities, including the FBI. No arrests have been made and authorities said no one has claimed responsibility for the incident. The power substations were “targeted,” officials said at press conferences on Sunday and Monday. The “extensive damage” was discovered Saturday night, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said. Moore County is home to about 100,000 people and 11 municipalities, including the...
    The governor of North Carolina said Monday afternoon that armed attacks on two electrical substations that left tens of thousands without power were the result of criminal misdeeds and law enforcement is currently working to bring those responsible to justice. Moore County, South Carolina, suffered major power outages over the weekend, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency as temperatures dipped close to freezing. The outage was caused when a number of individuals vandalized and shot at the county's power equipment, causing significant damage to two substations. More than 35,000 North Carolinians remain without power as emergency teams scramble to restore service to all impacted. The attack and subsequent outage occurred as a locally protested drag show commenced on Saturday evening. Though law enforcement has not yet identified the attackers' motive, they are exploring the possibility that the ongoing outage could be tied to the drag show. On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper confirmed the outages were caused by an attack that poses 'a new level of threat' and that the FBI had joined the investigation. 'What happened here Saturday...
    By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people braced Monday for days without electricity in a North Carolina county where authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent. Across Moore County, many businesses and restaurants displayed “Closed” signs in windows and had empty parking lots at a time of year when they are normally full of tourists and holiday shoppers. Others handed out free food or coffee, or were able to open by conducting transactions in cash. The county, located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of the state capital of Raleigh, announced schools would be closed Tuesday for a second day. Duke Energy has restored power to roughly 9,000 customers after a peak of about 45,000 customers were without electricity in the county of about 100,000 inhabitants. Jeff Brooks, a Duke spokesman, said recovery will be gradual, noting “a pretty sophisticated repair with some fairly large equipment” will continue into Thursday. Gov. Roy Cooper said state and federal investigators “are leaving no stone unturned in this...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation into a targeted attack against two North Carolina power transmission substations that left tens of thousands without power. The attack occurred on Saturday night when an unknown assailant or assailants opened fire on two power substations in Moore County, causing a blackout that left over 40,000 residents without power, according to Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields, the Pilot reported. The damage from the attack is estimated to be in the millions, and the majority of those affected will remain without power until later in the week. Fields told reporters that the perpetrator will be brought to justice but admitted that they had no clue as to a possible motive or whether the attacker was part of a larger group or not. They have also not announced if they have a suspect. The FBI has stepped in to assist, according to CNN. “The person, or persons, who did this knew exactly what they were doing,” Fields said at a Sunday news conference, though he admitted, “We don’t have a clue...
    By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people braced for days without electricity in a North Carolina county where authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent. Across Moore County southwest of Raleigh on Monday, businesses handed out free food or coffee and businesses without internet conducted transactions in cash. One local economic official described the area known for its golf courses and local pottery as “eerily quiet” at a time of year when businesses are normally full of tourists and holiday shoppers. County schools were closed. Traffic lights were out throughout the county. Drivers treated intersections as four-way stops, which caused some traffic in places such as downtown Carthage. A consistent hum of honks could be heard as people signaled to each other when they should go at each nonfunctional traffic light. Many local businesses and restaurants displayed “Closed” signs in the windows and had empty parking lots. Kalai and Christine Balutski of Pinebluff sat under a heater Monday morning drinking warm beverages at the Red’s...
    A 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly curfew has been put into effect. The Triad Business Journal noted that the curfew will remain in effect until power is restored. Schools have also been closed in the county. With temperatures at times almost down to freezing, county officials announced on Sunday that the Moore County Sports Complex in Carthage had been turned into a shelter.An intentional attackThe Moore County Sheriffs Office issued a statement, saying that the "mass power outage across the county is being investigated as a criminal occurrence." Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields told reporters on Sunday that while a motivation had not yet been found, it was clear that someone had pulled up and "opened fire on the substation, the same thing with the other one." The vandals had allegedly breached the gates at both substation sites. Although Fields would not state whether the outages were resultant of domestic terrorism, he underscored how the incident "was a targeted, intentional attack and was not random." "I can promise you, to the perpetrators out there, we will find you," said...
    The FBI has officially joined the investigation into shootings at two North Carolina electric substations that left nearly 40,000 homes without power amid freezing temperatures over the weekend. The federal bureau will work with state and local law enforcement to probe whether people protesting a drag show in Moore County intentionally set off power to every home and business throughout the county, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Authorities have said that the substations serving the entire county were 'intentionally' shot at Saturday night, destroying some critical equipment while a drag show was underway — though Moore County officials have not yet determined a motive for the vandalism. Some 45,000 customers lost power within the first few hours, but electricity has now been restored to some 11,000 customers with 36,000 still reporting they do not have gas or heat as temperatures dipped below freezing Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that monitors outages across the U.S.  Still, officials say the widespread outages may last through Thursday, after already causing several car crashes, multiple reports of break-ins and calls from residents...
    Two power substations in a North Carolina county were damaged by gunfire in what police say is being investigated as a criminal act, causing damage that could take days to repair leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark without electricity. In response to ongoing outages, which began just after 7pm on Saturday night across Moore County, officials announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9pm on Sunday until 5am on Monday.  Also, county schools will be closed Monday. 'An attack like this on critical infrastructure is a serious, intentional crime and I expect state and federal authorities to thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice,' Governor Roy Cooper wrote on Twitter. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said during a Sunday news conference that authorities have not determined a motive behind the vandalism. Fields also said investigators have found no evidence or reason to believe that the Saturday evening attack was tied to a controversial drag show in downtown Southern Pines.  This photos shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore...
    North Carolina investigators were hunting for at least one suspect after two electrical substations were “targeted” in an “intentional, willful, and malicious act” on Saturday evening, with damage so extensive to both facilities that at least 40,000 customers were warned to brace for possible outages until Thursday. Officials speaking at a Sunday afternoon press conference announced a county-wide state of emergency, establishing a 9 p.m. curfew to protect affected residents, who were advised to stay home or seek shelter at a local sports complex. “It’s going to be very, very, very dark,” state Sen. Tom McInnis (R) said, explaining the reason for the curfew. “... It’s going to be chilly tonight.” Calling it “a very serious situation,” Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said that local, state, and federal officials, including FBI agents, were coordinating their response to what he’d previously characterized as a “criminal occurrence,” adding on Sunday that he’d never experienced anything like it in his four decades in law enforcement. “Folks, we’re living in some challenging times,” Fields said. The sheriff confirmed that firearms had been involved...
    A major power outage in North Carolina that left almost 40,000 people in the dark on Saturday night was caused by “intentional vandalism” at numerous substations, police said. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a statement that the blackout that began just after 7 p.m. was “being investigated as a criminal occurrence.” Chief Mike Cameron of the Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Department told the local newspaper, The Pilot, that the substations had been damaged by gunfire. The sheriff did not suggest what the motive might be, but a local conservative activist who organized a protest against a drag show said on Facebook that she was visited by deputies. “I welcomed them to my home. Sorry they wasted their time,” Emily Grace Rainey wrote. “I told them that God works in mysterious ways and is responsible for the outage. I used the opportunity to tell them about the immoral drag show and the blasphemies screamed by its supporters. I told them God is chastising Moore County, thanked them for coming and wished them a good night. Thankful for...
    Authorities are searching for a man who is wanted for stealing a power washer, a cultivator, and two lawn mowers from a Long Island store. A man stole the products, valued at about $1,500, from Home Depot in Selden at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers reported on Thursday, Dec. 1. The store is located at 401 Independence Plaza, authorities said. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.
    A storm with heavy wind gusts moving through the region has left thousands without power in Westchester County.  Around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Con Edison reported 4,122 customers having outages across the county.  Communities with the largest amount of customers left in the dark include Mamaroneck and Harrison (970), Yonkers (727), North Castle (297), and Mount Kisco (189).  Additionally, New York State Electric & Gas reported 5,359 customers left in the dark in its service area, with the most affected municipalities including North Castle, Pound Ridge, Bedford, and Cross River.  Extra line and tree crews were pre-staged in New York to prepare for the cold front and assist with repairs, NYSEG announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29.  The outages are a result of downed trees and powerlines across the county, including in New Castle, where police said multiple roads were affected by the heavy winds.  Roads affected include Route 100, which has a lane closure, according to police.  "Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree...
    A storm with heavy wind gusts moving through the region has left thousands without power in Westchester County.  Around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Con Edison reported 4,122 customers having outages across the county.  Communities with the largest amount of customers left in the dark include Mamaroneck and Harrison (970), Yonkers (727), North Castle (297), and Mount Kisco (189).  Additionally, New York State Electric & Gas reported 5,359 customers left in the dark in its service area, with the most affected municipalities including North Castle, Pound Ridge, Bedford, and Cross River.  Extra line and tree crews were pre-staged in New York to prepare for the cold front and assist with repairs, NYSEG announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29.  The outages are a result of downed trees and powerlines across the county, including in New Castle, where police said multiple roads were affected by the heavy winds.  Roads affected include Route 100, which has a lane closure, according to police.  "Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree...
    Officials have released the harrowing 911 call made by the pilot of a single-engine plane who were left dangling 100ft off the ground for nearly seven hours before miraculously surviving.   The pilot Patrick Merkle of Washington, D.C. and the passenger Jan Williams, both 65, of Louisiana, both suffered serious injuries and hypothermia but were rescued before things got worse.  Merkle was discharged from a local hospital on Monday with Williams expected to be discharged Tuesday.  The call begins with Merkle having to give his location as having 'flown into a tower to the northwest' of a nearby airport. 'Believe it or not the aircraft is pinned in the tower. I don't know how long we're gonna be able to stay here,' he adds before the operator clarifies Merkle is the pilot and asks him to stay on the line.  Merkle then describes both of them of having head injuries 'from being banged around in the cockpit' and says that Williams is awake and breathing. 'Please hurry,' Williams added, noting that it looked like it would take a long time for...
    A plane that crashed into live power lines, causing two to be rescued and power outages to thousands, has been removed from the Montgomery County structure safely, authorities announce. The plane was removed from the structure completely around 3:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28 after the crash nearly 12 hours earlier, according to Montgomery County officials.  The plane was stabilized by a crane, and separated into two pieces and was able to be lowered to the ground.  The pilot and his passenger were suspended in the plane for around 7 hours after it crashed into the live lines in Montgomery Village the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 27. Both occupants were transported to a trauma center, where one still remains. The occupants were able to be removed from the plane after grounding was completed to help ensure the safety for rescuers and the occupants. Montgomery County Public Schools were closed on Monday, Nov. 28 after widespread power outages throughout the area following the collision. 
    A single-engine airplane that departed from Westchester County Airport crashed into a transmission tower in Maryland, causing a massive power outage and taking hours for rescuers to reach the two victims inside the plane. The Mooney M20J, owned by MFC Corporation of Washington, DC, left Westchester County Airport in White Plains, late in the afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 27, and crashed into the wires near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, around 5:40 p.m., said Rick Breitenfeldt of the Federal Aviation Administration. Two people were on board, including the pilot identified as Patrick Merkle, age 66, of Washington, DC, and a passenger Janet Williams, age 66, of Marrero, Louisiana, said the Maryland State Police. State police were dispatched to the location of the plane crash about four miles northwest of the Montgomery County Airpark in the area of Goshen Road and Rothbury Drive. Arriving troopers found the plane suspended in the air, entangled in the transmission tower, and dangling hundreds of feet in the air, the department said. Rescue crews were unable to reach the pilot and passenger until officials...
    The pilot and passenger of the single-engine plane that crashed into power lines in Montgomery County, Maryland, Sunday evening were rescued just after midnight. Montgomery County Fire Department Chief Scott Goldstein said rescue crews were able to secure the plane at 12:16 a.m. Monday following a bonding and grounding process. The pilot and passenger were lowered via a bucket truck by 12:36 a.m. Goldstein said the pilot and passenger were taken to a local trauma center with “serious injuries,” including orthopedic and trauma injuries and hypothermia. WATCH: PLANE CRASHES INTO POWER LINES IN MARYLAND, TRAPPING TWO AND CUTTING POWER TO THOUSANDS “It went very well,” Goldstein told reporters around 1 a.m. “What I do believe is faster than we expected was the ability to remove them from the aircraft themselves. Both people assisted us in their movement from the aircraft to the bucket of those tower units. That made for a much faster removal.” The pilot was identified as Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C., and the passenger was identified as Jan Williams,...
    Twitter Patrick Merkle was named as the pilot of the plane in power lines in Maryland. Patrick Merkle was identified as the pilot of the small plane in Maryland that is trapped in power lines. Dramatic photos emerged of the plan on the power lines, which you can see throughout this article. The plane crash occurred on November 27, 2022, in Montgomery County, Maryland, according to Maryland State Police. Maryland small plane crash into power lines leaves 85k without power, two stranded inside dangling planeTens of thousands of Montgomery County, Maryland, customers were without power after a plane crashed into an electrical tower on Sunday evening. pic.twitter.com/a1ZLG68Mdr — jobadvisor.link (@JobadvisorL) November 28, 2022 Here’s what you need to know:Rescue Efforts Are Underway, Maryland State Police Say Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life “Maryland State Police are on the scene of a single engine plane crash in Montgomery County where rescue efforts are underway,” the Maryland State Police press release says. Maryland State Police identified the pilot as Patrick Merkle, 65, of...
    THERE are two people reportedly stranded in midair inside a small aircraft after it crashed into power lines in Maryland. On Sunday, November 27 before 6.00 pm ET, a plane containing two passengers crashed into power lines in Montgomery County, Maryland, per Fox News. A news release from the Maryland State Police has confirmed the ages and identities of the passengers to be 65-year-old Washington D.C. resident Patrick Merkle and 66-year-old Louisiana resident Jan Williams. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said in a recent press conference that this incident has not only left about 85,000 residents without power, but the passengers are allegedly still stranded inside the aircraft. "At around 5.30 pm a plane came into contact with this high-tension power line fold behind me," Goldstein explained. He continued that the police department has been in contact with Merkle and Williams while they remain inside the aircraft. Read More on Plane CrashesBALLOON BLUNDERS Macy's Thanksgiving Parade's worst accidents including plane near-missPLANE TRAGEDY At least 19 dead after passenger plane crashes in lake whilst trying to land They are...
    A small plane crashed into Maryland powerlines Sunday. "We have confirmed that a private plane came into contact with Pepco’s transmission lines in Montgomery County, resulting in an outage to approximately 85,000 customers," electricity company Pepco tweeted. "We are assessing damage and working closely with Montgomery County fire and emergency services. We are awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service." The company encouraged those affected by outages to report them. WATCH: TWO PLANES COLLIDE MIDAIR DURING WINGS OVER DALLAS AIR SHOW This plane was identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a single-engine Mooney M20J that had traveled from New York. It did not reveal the identities of the pilot and passenger who were trapped in the plane as it became entangled in the power lines. "The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates," a statement from the FAA read. CLICK HERE TO READ...
    Three people were left trapped and “dangling” in open air from their small plane over live power lines Sunday night in Maryland after the aircraft crashed and becoming entangled in the wires. It was unclear how the crash occurred, but Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service Pete Piringer, who was at the scene, said the crash happened around 5.30 p.m., with units arriving on to find a small plane suspended approximately 100 feet in the air. Three people were on board and appeared to be OK, with no injuries reported at the time of the crash. Authorities said they are in contact with the pilot and two passengers—though their identities remain unknown at this time. The occupants were “dangling about 100 feet in the air and everything is still energized at this time,” Piringer warned. “They’re in a very precarious situation given the fact they are dangling about 100 feet up.” Area roads are closed as authorities attempted to come up with a plan to rescue the trapped occupants. Special technical teams were on scene...
    A rescue is underway for a pilot and passenger who became trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in a Maryland neighborhood on Sunday evening, causing widespread power outages. Harrowing video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power tower. Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Pete Piringer tweeted that two people were on board the plane and uninjured. Crews at the scene are working to rescue the individuals at a high-angle rescue, WUSA9 reported. Officials said it could take several hours before they are freed from the plane.  Crews are conducting a high-angle rescue for a pilot and passenger who became trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in Gaithersburg, Maryland Sunday evening Officials responded to the scene of the crash around 5:40 p.m. in the area of Rothbury Drive and Goshen Road in Montgomery County near Gaithersburg, a small city about 24 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.  The FAA released a statement stating that a single-engine Mooney M20J departed...
    A $50,000 Powerball winner was sold in New Jersey. The third-tier prizewinning ticket from the Wednesday, Nov. 23 drawing was bought at the Countryside Food Mart on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road Lawrenceville in Mercer County. The winning numbers were: 01, 02, 31, 39, and 66. The Red Power Ball number was 25. The Power Play was 2X.  The Powerball jackpot rolls to $48 million for the Saturday, Nov. 26, drawing.
    Some Southern California Edison customers in Riverside County started their Thanksgiving holiday off without power Thursday morning as Southern California Edison took precautions in areas hit by strong Santa Ana winds. The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning signifying the possible threat of wildfires from early Thursday until Friday morning. Forecasters predicted wind gusts up to 55 mph in some spots through Thursday night. In Riverside County, about 1,800 customers — less than 1% — were without power as of midday Thursday. Under consideration for shutoffs as of 12:30 p.m. were another 12,464 customers in Riverside County and 7,584 customers in Los Angeles County, according to the SEC website. Wind speeds and low humidity are major factors in helping SCE determine which areas to consider for precautionary shutoffs. At 11:10 a.m., the Riverside Emergency Management Department tweeted that SCE would probably call a shutoff impacting portions of southwestern Riverside County “within the next four hours.” Customers are to be notified, the company said.   @SCE has informed EMD they are likely to call a Public Safety Power Shutoff...
    Hot Santa Ana winds are expected to return to parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties late Wednesday and blow through the Thanksgiving holiday, bringing dry conditions and powerful gusts that could increase the threat of wildfires as well as spur power outages, weather officials warned Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning — meaning critical fire weather conditions — beginning early Thursday and lasting through 11 a.m. Friday for the mountains and valleys of western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County as well as for the Malibu coastal strip and Ventura coastal plains. “The combination of these gusty winds and very low humidity will very likely lead to at least six to 12 hours of widespread critical fire weather conditions,” the National Weather Service warned. California Southern California serving hot Santa Ana winds for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day is likely to be warm and breezy, with another in a series of Santa Ana winds expected. Wildfire risk will go up too. Because of the extreme winds, Southern California Edison has warned there are...
    About 27,000 electric customers were without power Monday morning in southern Monmouth County. The exact cause of the widespread outage was not immediately known. About one-third of the homes and businesses had their power restored by noon, according to an outage tracker map provided by Jersey Central Power & Light. Almost all of Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights had no power as of 11 a.m. About 40% of Wall Township and 25% of Shrewsbury also were affected. A total of 8,808 customers, or about 3 percent of the homes and businesses in Monmouth County remained without power as of 1 p.m.  The Manasquan School District dismissed all students at noon due to the outrage. Middletown — Monmouth County’s most populous municipality — had more than 3,700 outages Monday morning, accounting for about 14% of its customers. “We are aware of widespread power outage affecting southern Monmouth County,” Sea Girt Police Chief Justin Macko said on Facebook. “Outage is affecting several sub stations in JCPL service area. JCPL is investigating source. At this time the estimated time of restoration...
    A $2,500 grant from the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., will help fund more reading nooks in the community for children and continue the corporation’s support of literacy in Bulloch County. Since 2019, the Georgia Power Foundation has donated $11,300 to Bulloch County’s literacy initiatives. The Foundation’s grants are made possible by the Citizens of Georgia Power, which is the corporation’s employees and retirees, and their contributions to the electric utility’s matching gift program, the Community Legacy Project. The contributions have supported the Bulloch County Schools Book Bus and the Bulloch County Literacy Council’s Bulloch READ initiatives that seek to do the following: Reading: Encourage the creation of Reading nooks. Environment: Encourage a literacy-rich Environment. Access: Increase Access to book and reading resources. Development: Increase early brain Development. The Bulloch County Literacy Council encourages reading nooks in local businesses to boost access to books for children and help improve preschool and early-elementary literacy in Bulloch County. Bulloch Solutions and Franklin Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, two of the Literacy Council’s Bulloch READ program...
    Several suspected members of a South American organized crime ring are facing charges for their alleged roles in a string of burglaries on Long Island. Nassau County Police said two jewelry stores were also hit during the spree in July 2022, one near Atlantic and Ocean avenues in Freeport, and another near Northern Boulevard and Marion Street in Greenvale. During both burglaries, the suspects cut power to the businesses, disabling their surveillance cameras and alarm systems, according to police. They then waited for the back-up batteries to lose power before returning with commercial grade power tools to get inside and break into safes. Investigators said multiple vehicles and cell phones were also used to conduct counter surveillance and avoid being detected by police. In all, the two commercial burglaries resulted in more than $570,000 in losses. Several other burglaries believed to be tied to the suspects were reported in Lawrence between July and October 2022, police said. On Saturday, Nov. 12, Nassau County Police announced that four suspects, believed to be members of the South American Theft Group (SATG),...
    Every time we get an update from election officials it becomes clearer just how badly Sheriff Alex Villanueva underestimated the people of Los Angeles County. People like Helen Jones, a Black woman who grew up over-policed in Watts. It was back in 2009 that her son, John Horton, died in jail, just weeks after his 22nd birthday. Initially, the Sheriff’s Department called it suicide, saying he had hanged himself. But subsequent medical reports turned up signs of severe physical trauma. Jones wanted to pursue criminal charges, but filed a wrongful-death lawsuit instead. The county settled in 2016 for $2 million. “The Sheriff’s Department is, like, really untouchable,” she told me, “and that’s how everybody always feels.” This is what set Jones on a path to activism. And that activism set her on a path to joining the coalition that went after Villanueva and helped put Measure A, which would empower the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to remove an elected sheriff from office, on this month’s ballot. “We really need this to pass because,...