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Man drowns trying to save 3 boys from rip current

A man jumped into the Outer Banks in an attempt to save three boys caught in a rip current and was himself pulled out to sea on Thursday. 

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Kenny Ray Gooch, 32, of Powells Point, tried to save his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son,  who was swimming near the Kitty Hawk pier with two teens, when they were pulled 75 yards out by a rip current, WTKR reported.

Gooch rushed in to help but was pulled out to sea and disappeared. 

Bystanders rescued the 12-year-old. The 19- and 14-year-old made it back to shore on their own, according to WTKR

Gooch was later found by water rescuers who brought him to shore but were unable to revive him, according to WTKR. 

Gooch is the eighth victim of the Outer Banks surf this year. Two years ago nine people died. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

1 dead, 1 injured in Nevada church shooting, officials say

A man fatally shot one person and injured another at a Nevada church during service Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

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One person is dead. The other victim was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told KOLO. The identities have not been released. 

The suspected gunman, John Kelley O’Connor, 48, walked into Fallon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1 p.m., started firing, then left and walked home. He is in custody, Tedford told KOLO

“Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred,” Tedford told KOLO.

The shooting happened in front of about 50 other parishioners, KOLO reported.

“It’s really too early to understand the motive,” Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman told KOLO. 

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) shared his condolences on Twitter

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

3 children found with malnourished disabled man; parents arrested

Police arrested the mother and stepfather of three unsupervised children and a disabled adult who appeared to be malnourished after officers found them in a southwest Atlanta residence.

Officers arrived to the house on Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., police spokesman John Chafee said in a statement.

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The people who called police had moved out of the house about three weeks ago, Chafee said.

“They returned to the home today to retrieve some of their property when they located the children and 21-year-old in the home,” Chafee said

This family apparently had moved into the home after the people who called police moved out, police said.

The mother and stepfather returned to the scene and were taken into custody and charged with violating state law on protection of disabled adults and elder persons.

The children appeared to be in good health, police said. Their ages were not released. 

Chafee said it is his understanding that the woman is the mother to the disabled man and the three children.

“The children have been placed in the care of a family member, and (the division of family and children services) is following up with them,” Chafee said.

The disabled man, who is 21, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

No identities were released, and police are still investigating.

Scammers using photo of former councilman to catfish women

By most accounts, Alex Wan is a good-looking guy

In fact, he might be so good-looking that dozens of men around the world want to be him — or at least have his face. 

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Images of the former Atlanta City Councilman and current executive director of Horizons Atlanta are popping up all over social media on the pages of men claiming to be him. 

Like Kim Chan Sun. And Wilson B. Larry. And Kim Lee Alex. And the South Korean doctor. Or the Atlanta heart surgeon. 

All, Wan said, appear to be using his image to attract Asian women. 

“It is just awkward,” Wan said. “The fact that I am a gay man and they are using my picture to go get women.” 

Many of the casual photos of Wan — at least the ones where he has not been Photoshopped performing surgery — were taken at Pride parades. 

Wan’s image, in a sense, is being used to “catfish” people. 

In the era of online dating and virtual courting, the term “catfishing” rose out of the 2010 documentary and subsequent MTV series “Catfish.” 

It is used to describe when a person posts a fake social media profile — particularly photos — to make social and romantic connections. 

In February, the Better Business Bureau reported that more than a million Americans have been victims of “romance scams,” and over the last three years, more than $1 billion has been scammed from lonely Americans and Canadians looking for love on the other side of a screen.

But why Wan? 

“I guess it is something about my image that they think will attract women,” Wan said. 

Wan isn’t clear how many people are using his image, or whether one person is using it multiple times on different profiles. Wan said his image has shown up on Facebook and WhatsApp.

“It started earlier this year. I had a woman reach out and say, ‘Someone is using your image.’ I thought it was a one-off, but it seems to have increased recently,” Wan said. “I had a friend in Chicago who got hit on by a guy using my face. She reported it.”

Another woman, Connie Lu, who lives in Taiwan, got a strange wedding proposal from a “Kim Lee.” 

Lu told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she got a simple friend request on Facebook that quickly turned into conversations about relocating to open a gas station in Taiwan. After the proposal — she said no — she did an image reverse search and discovered that “Kim Lee” wore the face of Alex Wan. 

Lu then reached out to Wan. 

“I felt confused and my friend reminded me about scammer news,” said Lu, 42. “So I thought that Alex must know this. In Taiwan, there are many TV news reports about this. Alex is a public person. I hope Alex didn’t get hurt or humiliated.” 

Wan attempted to take matters into his own hands this week, reporting a persistent “Lee Kim” whose Facebook profile lists him as a cardiologist at West Point who is from Kyoto, Japan, but lives in Atlanta.

Wan reported the man to Facebook and sent him a message.

Wan: I have reported you to Facebook officials for impersonating me. 

Lee Kim: You are the fake Alex, i have also reported you to the Facebook officials for impersonating me, i will find you When i catch you, you are going to pay for all the damages you have cause around the world. 

Lee Kim subsequently took down his page.

Wan posted his troubles on his Facebook page, where he has gotten hundreds of responses. Most have been good-natured. But there has also been a sprinkling of women who claim to have been duped by some of the fakes. 

One woman said she has lost money to one of them. 

Wan said he does not know whether his image has been used on any other sites. And he said he hasn’t suffered any financial or identity theft issues as a result of his visage being compromised. Still ...

“It does feel very invasive and I get even more inflamed when I hear that he is posing as me to bait women out of their money,” Wan said. “I get angry.” 

Woman impaled by unattended beach umbrella, police say

A 46-year-old woman was impaled by an unattended beach umbrella Sunday afternoon, police said. 

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The Pennsylvania woman, who has not been identified, was pierced in the chest at 3:11 p.m. by an unattended rental umbrella that had not been returned, Ocean City Beach Patrol Cpt. Butch Arbin told WMDT

Responders secured the errant umbrella with the help of other people on the beach. Rescuers were able to cut the wooden pole, but some of it remained underneath the woman’s skin, according to WMDT

The woman was airlifted to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to WMDT. Doctors there will determine the best way to remove the remaining portion of the umbrella.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches at Cape Canaveral 

SpaceX lit up the night sky over the Space Coast this weekend with the launch of the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite around 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

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The space launch company said Saturday that its Falcon 9 rocket was vertical on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Telstar 19 Vantage is described as a “state-of-the-art, high throughput satellite optimized to serve growing markets in the Americas,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO.

Telstar 19 Vantage will help improve mobile communication signals from Latin America to Northern Canada.

Following the launch, SpaceX will also attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on its droneship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” in the Atlantic Ocean.

Baby bald eagle dies less than week after first flight

Flyer, the baby bald eagle who took her first flight Tuesday, has died.

Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle Watchers, confirmed that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.

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She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area, but she was too low and was struck by the delivery truck.

A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers witnessed the accident. 

Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.

According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic and planes.

Flyer had a wingspan of 6 feet and hatched in April, said Weller.

Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to a federal eagle repository, as required by federal law, Weller said.

Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.

Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her. 

Bald eagles were absent from Dayton for 70 years until a pair appeared near Eastwood Metro Park in 2008.

Gunman in Trader Joe’s hostage situation arrested, held on $2M bail, victim identified

One woman is dead and a suspect in custody after dozens of people were held hostage Saturday during a standoff at a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s supermarket.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 3:40 p.m. EDT July 22: The victim of a gunman who shot his grandmother and took dozens of people hostage at a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s has been identified by police.

The Associated Press reported that, according to Los Angeles police spokesman Drake Madison, Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was being held Sunday morning on $2 million bail.

A woman, identified as Trader Joe’s employee Melyda Corado, 27, was shot and killed when Atkins ran into the Trader Joes’s Saturday.

The AP reported that the victim’s brother, Albert Corado, confirmed the news on Twitter.

“I’m sad to say she didn’t make it. My baby sister. My world,” the tweet read. “I appreciate the retweets and the love. Please respect my family’s privacy as we are still coming to terms with this.”

Update 9:06 a.m. EDT July 22: The Associated Press reported that police are working to determine why a man shot his grandmother and wounded another woman before crashing a car into a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s, holding dozens of people hostage.

According to police, the suspect, who has not been identified, shot his grandmother seven times and wounded a woman he forced into his car. Another woman was shot and killed when he ran into the Trader Joe’s.

Police Chief Michel Moore told The AP it was not clear if the woman who was killed outside the store died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman when he exchanged fire with police.

Six people, ages 12 to 81, are in the hospital, according to fire officials. None were shot and all were in fair condition.

Update 6:05 a.m. EDT July 22: Trader Joe’s has released a statement about Saturday’s deadly standoff in Los Angeles.

“Our hearts are broken over what happened today,” read the statement obtained by KNBC. “This has been an incredible trauma, and our thoughts are with our Crew Members and customers. Our focus is on doing whatever we can to support them at this time. We appreciate everything Los Angeles law enforcement did to ensure an end to this ordeal.”

Original report: A man crashed a car and ran into a Los Angeles grocery store Sunday afternoon and took hostages during a standoff with police, authorities said. 

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The man was taken into custody after a tense standoff with police. 

A hostage was killed during the incident, the Associated Press reported. 

The incident started with the shooting of an older and younger woman in a residential area around 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police officer Mike Lopez told CNN. The Associated Press reported that the younger woman suffered a graze wound.

The shooter then fled in a Toyota Camry and crashed at a Trader Joe’s, before running into the store.

"We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake. An active tac-alert has been declared to ensure all resources necessary will be available. Please continue to stay clear of the area," Los Angeles police tweeted.

A 20-year-old woman was taken to a hospital and is in fair condition, CNN reported

Video shows police carrying shields and ushering out a man who has his hands raised. A person who appears to be injured was carried off, and other people could be seen climbing out of the store down a rope ladder. 

President Donald Trump and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have tweeted about the standoff. Trump’s tweet has since been removed.

Some Ritz products recalled for potential salmonella presence

Some Ritz products are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.

Mondelez Global LLC announced the voluntary recall in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday.

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The affected products are some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. According to a news release, the products contain whey powder as an ingredient, and the whey powder supplier has recalled the ingredient due to potential salmonella.

Related: Bread, Swiss Rolls sold at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B recalled for potential salmonella presence 

Salmonella infection can lead to death for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The specific products under recall are below. Images and UPC numbers of specific products are at the Mondelez International website.

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, 3 ounces, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1 ounce, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 12 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 30 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/3/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1.5 ounce, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 3 ounce Go Packs, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/12/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 20 pack, best when used by dates 2/1/19 through 2/4/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 40 pack, best when used by dates 1/31/19 through 2/5/19.

Customers with the impacted products should discard the products. There have been no illnesses reported to the company related to the recalled products.

No other Mondelez Global LLC products are in the recall. For more information, customers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171 24 hours a day.

Singer Michelle Williams updates fans after reports she checked into mental health facility

Michelle Williams posted a quick update for fans Friday after a report emerged that she checked herself into a mental health facility for depression.

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Entertainment Tonight reported that the former Destiny’s Child singer tweeted, “Progress not Perfection!” along with a screenshot from her Instagram story that read, “I feel the (heart emoji)! I just wanted to let you guys know I’m better (praying hands emoji)!”

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Williams checked into a mental health facility. Although Williams has not explicitly confirmed the website’s report, she made a post on social media about seeking help when needed that same day.

Related: Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” Williams wrote. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.”

After her post, Williams was met with support from friends and fellow musicians, including Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, and sister, Solange Knowles. Missy Elliot also expressed support, tweeting, “I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone. Please No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u.”

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