California man climbs inside farm equipment, gets trapped for 2 days

A California man was rescued Tuesday after getting stuck inside farm equipment at a vineyard for two days, according to authorities.

The unidentified man was found after the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa received a complaint earlier in the morning of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the city, about 60 miles north of San Francisco.

A deputy responded and located the vehicle, which was parked in a location that “made no sense,” the sheriff’s office said. A hat was also found resting on a nearby piece of farm equipment.

Local firefighters responded to the scene and extricated the man from the vineyard fan shaft. When questioned as to why he was there in the first place, the man claimed he liked to take photos of the engines of old farm equipment, authorities said.

However, the sheriff’s office didn’t appear to buy his explanation.

 

“After a thorough investigation which revealed the farm equipment wasn’t antique and the man had far more methamphetamine than camera equipment, the motivation to climb into the fan shaft remains a total mystery,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office will be recommending charges of trespassing and drug possession, as well as violations of an outstanding probation case and a pending case – for which the suspect was currently out of custody on pre-trial release.

At least four people were killed in a tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park

At least four people were killed in a tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than a dozen people were thrown out of a tour bus that crashed and rolled on a remote Utah highway in 2019, killing four Chinese tourists and highlighting a lack of safety standards for bus roofs and windows, U.S. investigators said Thursday.

The bus crashed after the driver drifted off the road and “overcorrected” as he steered back into the lane near Bryce Canyon National Park, the National Transportation Safety Board found in its final report on the crash.

All 30 people on board were hurt in some way, a grim toll made worse by the roof caving in during the crash and the inconsistent seatbelt use by the passengers, the report found. Ten people on the bus weren’t wearing seatbelts, and some of the belted passengers wore the restraints loosely, making them less effective.

Investigators found no problems with intoxication, distraction, excessive speed, lack of sleep or the driver’s experience. A previous report found the bus had problems starting earlier in the day, but further examination found no mechanical issues or other malfunctions.

The driver had told investigators the road felt “slippery,” and it was newly paved at the time, but tests showed normal friction.

Instead, the report cited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s failure to develop and issue standards for bus roof strength and window glazing to prevent people from being thrown out of buses during a crash. That agency did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

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Salt Lake City School Board member arrested in child porn case

Salt Lake City School Board member arrested in child porn case

WEST JORDAN — A member of the Salt Lake City School District’s Board of Education has been arrested and accused of possessing child pornography.

Joel-Lehi Organista, 29, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

By Thursday afternoon, several hours after first hearing the news, Salt Lake City School Board President Melissa Ford and Vice President Nate Salazar sent a formal letter to Organista asking for his immediate resignation.

“We condemn the crime of which Mr. Organista has been accused,” Ford said reading a brief prepared statement while sitting next to other board members and the district superintendent. “He has been asked to resign effective immediately.”

Organista will not be allowed on any Salt Lake school district property or attend any school sponsored events, she said.

Although the district acknowledged that Organista is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court, they also noted that he appears to have admitted to some of the allegations in police documents. And what he has allegedly admitted to is “100% indefensible,” Ford said.

A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his dad and sister who were stranded in a river

A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his dad and sister who were stranded in a river

A 7-year-old boy in Florida is being hailed a hero after he swam ashore to get help when his sister and dad got swept away by a current.

Steven Poust told CNN affiliate WJXT that he anchored his boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, to let his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, swim, on Friday.
All of a sudden, Abigail, who usually hangs out at the back of the boat, had to let go because the current was so strong, Chase said.
The 7-year-old decided to also let go in order to try to keep her from drifting, but then he was stuck.
Poust jumped in to try and help them, and told Chase to swim to shore while he tried to reach his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket.
“I told them I loved him because I wasn’t sure what’s going to happen,” Poust said. “I tried to stick with both of them. I wore myself out. She drifted away from me.”
It took Chase an hour to get to shore. He told WJXT that he floated on his back and doggie paddled so he wouldn’t get worn out. When he reached land he ran to the nearest house for help.
Meanwhile, his dad and sister drifted about a mile and a half to two miles away from the boat’s location, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD).
JFRD reached the boat but had to call in other agencies to expand the search, spokesperson Eric Prosswimmer said in a news conference.
If it wasn’t for the help of his colleagues the outcome could have been different, Prosswimmer said.
“We had every resource we could have possibly had coming quickly and we’re happy to say all three have been recovered, and all three are doing well,” he said. “We couldn’t ask for a better outcome.”
Miami-Dade cops looking for gunmen, getaway vehicle after mass shooting at rap concert

Miami-Dade cops looking for gunmen, getaway vehicle after mass shooting at rap concert

Three gunmen in ski masks and hoodies ambushed a crowd leaving a rap album release concert at a club in Northwest Miami-Dade early Sunday morning, unleashing a barrage of gunfire that killed two and injured 20 others in what police said was the worst mass shooting in the county in recent memory.

Three of those injured are in critical condition, according to police.

The shooting started shortly after midnight, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said, when three shooters armed with handguns and semi-automatic rifles emerged from a white Nissan Pathfinder and fired dozens of bullets “indiscriminately” into a crowd gathered for a rap concert outside the El Mula Banquet Hall near the Country Club of Miami. Ramirez told the Miami Herald that the shooters sat patiently in the vehicle waiting for the target — or targets — to leave the club before exiting the SUV and taking aim.

Some unidentified people in the crowd shot back at the suspects, Ramirez said.

The aftermath was so chaotic — with paramedics, friends and family members driving victims to various hospitals in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties — that police on Sunday afternoon were still trying to identify everyone who was shot. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took eight of the injured to Miami-Dade and Broward hospitals, said Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Angel Rodriguez. He said at least 12 other victims went to various hospitals on their own.

The two people killed in the shooting were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators had not identified any victims, suspects or motives in the shooting by mid-Sunday afternoon. But Ramirez said during an early-morning press conference outside the Country Club Shopping Center, where the shooting took place, that the latest attack was “definitely not random.”

“This type of gun violence has to stop,” Ramirez said, asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward, and promoting on Twitter a Miami businessman’s offer to give $100,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest. “Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted.”

READ MORE: There’s a plan coming to stem gunfire in Miami-Dade County. What can government do?

Police going through the scene Sunday morning found dozens of bullet casings. They scoured social media and planned to staff any other parties around town with off-duty cops.

The two people killed in the shooting were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators had not identified any victims, suspects or motives in the shooting by mid-Sunday afternoon. But Ramirez said during an early-morning press conference outside the Country Club Shopping Center, where the shooting took place, that the latest attack was “definitely not random.”

“This type of gun violence has to stop,” Ramirez said, asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward, and promoting on Twitter a Miami businessman’s offer to give $100,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest. “Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted.”

READ MORE: There’s a plan coming to stem gunfire in Miami-Dade County. What can government do?

Police going through the scene Sunday morning found dozens of bullet casings. They scoured social media and planned to staff any other parties around town with off-duty cops.

As technicians continued to document the massive crime scene, the hunt was on for the three masked attackers — believed to be men — and the white Nissan Pathfinder they used to ambush the crowd and escape. Investigators also began poring over social-media accounts and surveillance videos, trying to determine whether the rappers or their associates — or other attendees who went to the club — had been targeted as part of an ongoing feud.

The Miami Herald has obtained video of what is believed to be the white Nissan Pathfinder involved in Sunday’s mass shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade. In the video, the SUV is seen moving slowly through the parking lot before the shooting occurred. 

Meanwhile, family and friends of the victims waited outside of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, at one point holding hands in a prayer circle as they awaited news of their loved ones.

“We believe this is a targeted act of gun violence,” said Ramirez, whose department has dealt with an uptick in gun violence in recent months. “This is a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act.”

The venue where the shooting occurred, El Mula Banquet Hall, located in the Country Club Shopping Center in an unincorporated area north of the State Road 826 big curve, has been on the radar of police for some time.

El Mula, which used to be called Magic Mushroom, had been rented out for the evening, according to police. The venue, located at 7630 NW 186th Street, was hosting a Memorial Day Weekend album release party on Saturday night featuring live performances from local rappers, including ABMG Spitta, according to several event fliers posted on Instagram. The flyer incorrectly listed Hialeah as the city where the event was taking place.

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Event poster for the Memorial Day Weekend album release show at El Mula Banquet Hall on Saturday night. Police said two people were killed and up to 25 people were injured during the rap concert on May 29, 2021. SCREENSHOT TAKEN FROM EL MULA’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Ramirez said one of the victims shot in the ankle was a rapper, although he couldn’t confirm if it was the same rapper advertised on the flier.

The owner of El Mula is listed as Joseph Medlin, 28, of Hollywood, who also runs a daycare in Dania Beach. His Instagram had been live on Saturday morning, but was later taken down. He did not return multiple calls and messages seeking comment on Saturday.

El Mula’s Instagram account, which had been publicly accessible most of Sunday, was abruptly changed to private. And another event planned for Sunday night at El Mula was canceled because the banquet hall is still an active crime scene.

A promoter whose cell number is included on El Mula’s Instagram page declined to answer any questions from a reporter. “I have nothing to do with that club,” he said on Sunday morning. “I don’t know what happened last night.”

READ MORE: ‘The Profit’ host Marcus Lemonis offering $100,000 for help in rap concert shooting

Ignacio Alvarez, a retired Miami-Dade police major who worked the district where Sunday morning’s shooting occurred until 2016 and now runs a Miami law firm, said he’s quite familiar with the club where the shooting happened. He said the space has been rented out for years for parties and several times police were called to break up fights.

“They never gave police a heads up when they were having large parties,” he said. “There were lots of fights. At least back then, they weren’t hiring off-duty officers. At the very minimum, they should have had off-duty or told police about the event.”

Miami-Dade police confirmed to the Herald they had no off-duty officers working at the venue on Saturday night.

Lindon Donoso, who was not home when the shots rang out at El Mula, said his 21-year-old son was at their home nearby across Miami Gardens Drive. Donoso said his son took cover with his 16-year-old sister.

“He got scared. He was playing the PlayStation and he heard the shots and he ran to the room to my daughter and told her to go on the floor,” Donoso told a Herald reporter. “It’s weird that something like that happened. It’s always quiet around here.”

The venue posted a statement on Instagram about the shooting Sunday afternoon apologizing to the families of the victims.

“Unfortunately some things we can’t control but we pray for better days,” the statement read.

‘HOODIES AND SKI MASKS’

By 6 a.m. Sunday, a few people remained outside the entrance of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, eager to hear updates. People approached by the Herald did not want to talk about what happened, or were too emotional to give interviews.

Later on Sunday morning, a woman told reporters outside the plaza that her son and nephew were among the people shot and injured overnight. Angelica Green, of Miramar, said the two 24-year-olds had just arrived at the event and were not yet inside when three men in “hoodies and ski masks” started shooting at the crowd.

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Mother, whose son and nephew were shot, speaks to media

Angelia Green, whose son was shot and and is stable condition speaks to the media at the scene of Sunday’s early morning shooting that left 2 dead and 25 wounded. Green’s nephew was shot four times. 

Green said her son was shot once in the abdomen and underwent surgery at Ryder Trauma Center. He is in stable condition, she said. Green’s nephew was shot one time in the abdomen and three times in the leg, she said. She was told that her nephew’s wounds “were pretty massive,” but that he also seems to be in stable condition.

A friend of Green’s son drove him and three others to Palmetto Hospital before they were transferred to Ryder Trauma Center, Green said. Shortly after being shot, Green’s son called her and her husband “frantic,” she said, telling them he felt burning pain.

“The worst phone call of my life,” Green said. “He was telling us, if something happens to him, that he loves us. We said, ‘We love you, too, but you’re gonna survive this.’”

Chad Harris, whose 19-year-old daughter was also shot, told WSVN-7 in an interview outside Ryder Trauma Center that he was still waiting to hear back from doctors on her condition.

“Words can’t explain how I feel right now, man,” said Harris. “She’s in surgery right now. We’re just praying.”

Sunday evening, Clayton Dillard and his family waited outside the El Mula Banquet Hall hoping for news about a loved one they feared was among the two fatalities.

“I know he’s there,” Dillard told the Associated Press, “but they won’t let me come claim him.”

A BLOODY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN MIAMI-DADE

Around 10 a.m. Sunday, a helicopter hovered above the scene and police tape blocked off the entrance to the Country Club Shopping Center. Police continued to place yellow markers on the ground and take photographs outside El Mula Banquet Hall. A body shrouded with a white tarp, red sneakers sticking out from under the covering, was still lying at the scene around 11 a.m.

A Miami-Dade police officer told the Herald all of the stores in the shopping center — including day cares, a restaurant, a nail salon and a bakery — were closed until further notice. The officer said one restaurant owner was briefly allowed inside to turn off their stove.

This is at least the second major shooting in the Miami area over the Memorial Day weekend. Late Friday into Saturday, one person was killed and six others wounded outside of a building in a drive-by shooting in the Wynwood area of Miami. Dozens of shell casings from at least two separate caliber weapons littered the street.

There was also a brazen shooting and car chase early Thursday evening near Casino Miami Jai-Alai in which three people were injured. One of them was an innocent bystander who was shot during the carnage, along with two people in one of the cars.

“It is very difficult to stop a small amount of individuals who want to go out there and commit murder, and it takes all of us to stop this,” Ramirez said. “We really have to put the work in this summer to keep our children and community safe.”

Police told the Herald they are looking into the possibility of Saturday night’s mass shooting being connected to the two other attacks in Miami the past few days — though Ramirez said detectives don’t yet have a reason to believe the incidents are connected.

“All three could be connected,” said Ignacio Alvarez, a retired Miami-Dade police major who worked the district where Sunday morning’s shooting occurred until 2016. “Was it retaliatory? They probably don’t have the answer yet.”

About a 20 minute drive east, there was yet another shooting overnight Saturday at the King of Diamonds Miami strip club. Ramirez said the shooting came after some sort of argument, and there was no reason at the moment to believe the incident was related to any other.

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Friends and family of some of the 20 to 25 injured in the Sunday mass shooting gathered together to pray outside the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Devoun Cetoute MIAMI HERALD

READ MORE: Editorial: Sickening drive-by shootings in Miami-Dade are not inevitable. We all have a role in stopping them

The brazen attack in the unincorporated corner northwest pocket of Miami-Dade early Sunday morning was also the largest mass shooting in memory in the county.

Seven years ago, nine people were shot and two killed when two men pulled up to an apartment complex across the street from Liberty Square, got out of a dark SUV and opened fire with semi-automatic rifles on a group of people who were gathered in the courtyard on a Saturday night.

Also, in 2009, two teenagers were killed and seven others injured when gunmen with assault rifles opened fire on a group of people playing dominoes.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava tweeted Sunday that she is working closely with public safety officials to “bring criminals to justice” and “fight violence at the root with strategies aimed at prevention & intervention.”

“We must create alternate pathways for at-risk youth and we must build safer, more prosperous neighborhoods to stem the tide of violence,” Levine Cava tweeted. “Enough is enough — no more innocent lives lost.”

Levine Cava also announced she would be hosting a press conference on Monday at 10 a.m. to address the string of shootings of the weekend.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a tweet his administration was praying for the recovery of the people wounded and mourned the loss of the two victims.

“We are working with local authorities to bring justice to the perpetrators. Justice needs to be swift & severe!” DeSantis added.

POLICE SEEK HELP

Police do not yet have a description of the three people who shot into the crowd. Anyone with information on the shooting or shooters is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

The overnight shooting garnered widespread attention and outrage on social media, including from businessman and reality show star Marcus Lemonis, who grew up in Miami and said on Twitter he was contributing $100,000 to the police reward for information that would help arrest suspects.

Sunday evening, Ramirez tweeted that the Miami branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed another $25,000 to the reward.

Miami Herald staff writers Colleen Wright and Alex Harris contributed to this story.

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Two Utah residents walk away from airplane crash in Bear Lake County, Idaho

PARIS, Idaho — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash that occurred in Bear Lake County this weekend.

The Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports around 1 p.m. Saturday a private single-engine aircraft lost power and attempted to land at the Bear Lake County Airport, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The aircraft crashed just east of the runway. The pilot, Todd Eldredge, 58 and passenger, Heidi Eldredge, 59, of Draper, Utah were able to walk away from the crash with some help.

EastIdahoNews.com reports the two were taken to Bear Lake Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their current condition is unknown.

The sheriff’s office has not released where the plane came from, but they were en route to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Yellowstone bear charges at woman who approached with phone, park launches investigation to find her

Yellowstone bear charges at woman who approached with phone, park launches investigation to find her

The National Park Service has opened an investigation into a woman who was caught on video approaching a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park to take a photograph earlier this month.

In the video posted online, the unidentified woman is seen near the park’s Roaring Mountain parking lot approaching a female bear with two cubs moments before the animal rushes toward her.

The woman, who appeared to calmly walk away after the incident, seemed to disregard a park rule prohibiting visitors from getting within 100 yards of bears.

U.S. Park Rangers of Yellowstone National Park are investigating an incident of a woman approaching wildlife at Roaring Mountain.

On May 10, 2021 at approximately 4:45 PM, an unidentified woman approached a female grizzly bear and her two cubs at the north end of the Roaring Mountain parking lot. The female grizzly charged the woman who turned and walked away from the bears.

The unidentified woman is described as white, mid 30’s, brown hair, and wearing black clothing. If you were around Roaring Mountain on May 10, 2021 at 4:45PM, or you have information that could help, please contact NPS Investigative Services Branch at:

Call or Text: 888-653-0009
Online: www.nps.gov/ISB
Email: nps_isb@nps.gov

You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know.

Darcie Addington, a park visitor who filmed the May 10 incident from her car, told USA Today the woman was warned not to get near the animal.

“It was terrifying,” she told the newspaper.

Park rangers are looking for the woman, who was described as White in her mid30s with brown hair and wearing all black clothing. The agency warns visitors to never feed bears, while noting that all of Yellowstone is bear habitat.

The park averages one bear attack annually. In 2011 and 2015, three people were killed by bears inside Yellowstone, the park reports.