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Woman missing for more than 36 hours after car crash found alive in woods

An Alabama woman who was missing for more than 36 hours after crashing her car into a wooded area was found alive Sunday following a massive search by multiple agencies.

Lisa Michelle Holman, 45, of Chelsea, went missing following a crash overnight Friday in a heavily wooded area of Shelby County near Pelham. CBS 42 in Birmingham reported that Holman’s car went down a 20-foot embankment before stopping. 

Pelham police officials reported that when Holman’s vehicle was spotted early Saturday morning, she was nowhere to be found. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and hundreds of volunteers spread out over the rough terrain.

The search was fruitless throughout the cold, rainy day Saturday, despite efforts that included searching by air with a drone provided by a local rotary club, Vestavia Hills Fire Department officials said. Central Alabama was under a flood watch throughout the day as storms moved through the area. 

The search crews suspended their efforts overnight but started fresh Sunday morning. Holman was found around 8:30 a.m.

Amy Miller, who described herself to the CBS affiliate as Holman’s best friend, told the station that Holman described what happened after the crash.

“She thinks she lost consciousness after the crash, and then she got her purse and shoes and placed them outside the car (and) climbed out through the back,” Miller said. “Once she got out the car, she knelt down to find her purse and searched around and couldn’t find it; it was so dark. Once that happened, she continued to look for her purse and the car was gone.”

Holman told her friend that she found a rock overhang and used it for shelter until search crews found her Sunday morning, the news station reported. 

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Holman’s family said in a statement that she suffered only a few broken bones and other minor injuries in the ordeal. A cameraman from Birmingham’s WBRC captured the moment she was brought out of the woods and loaded onto an ambulance to be taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Holman appeared wet and cold, but otherwise healthy. 

The family said that her rescue was “definitely an answered prayer.”

“Her ability to withstand these injuries, the weather conditions, and the length of time in the woods is a testament to her resiliency,” read the statement, which was released through police officials. 

The family also thanked the emergency responders and multitude of volunteers who helped search for Holman and, ultimately, brought her home alive. 

“We are grateful to be part of a close-knit community that never hesitated when their assistance was needed,” the statement read

One volunteer, Brian Nethery, shared a photo of a young man named Ryan who was walking from the scene barefoot. Nethery wrote on Facebook that the young man walked that way through the woods because he gave his coat, socks and shoes to Holman to help warm her up after she was found. 

Nethery wrote on Facebook that the photo echoed the hearts of all the people who volunteered to find Holman. 

“Hundreds of people selflessly and without hesitation put their lives on hold for one, but to us, that one was our daughter, our mom, our wife and our friend,” Nethery wrote. 

Pelham Police Chief Larry Palmer also issued a statement thanking all involved in the rescue, calling the operation a “true community effort.”

“We are thankful to serve a community where help and support is offered at a moment’s notice,” Palmer said. “We are so happy this situation had a good ending.”

Man shot 11 times, killed while checking flat tires

Atlanta police are searching for the person who shot a father 11 times, killing the man in front of his girlfriend as he checked two flat tires over the weekend.

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Justin Edwards, 34, of Decatur, was shot late Saturday as he and his girlfriend headed home after dinner, according to WSBTV.

When officers got to the scene in the 600 block of Memorial Drive in southeast Atlanta about 11:20 p.m., they found Edwards with multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot, Officer Lisa Bender said. His girlfriend was not injured.

Edwards was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Witnesses told police Edwards pulled into the parking lot to check on his rear tires, which were both flat, Bender said.

“While checking on the tires,” Bender said, “an unknown suspect approached and shot the victim.”

The shooter ran east on Memorial Drive after the shooting.

It is unclear what caused the shooting.

Edwards’ father, a DeKalb County activist who has fought to curb gun violence for years, believes his son was set up, he told WSBTV

"No doubt in my mind somebody slashed his tires," Joe Edwards said. "I don't know why somebody would want to do that, but we gonna find out."

Edwards, a logistics manager at Lockheed Martin, leaves behind a 4-year-old son, his brother told WSBTV.

Man found dead in home was there for years, police say

A Virginia man found dead in his home following a welfare check had been dead for years before his body was found, police officials said. 

Officers found the unidentified Newport News man’s body on Saturday after a neighbor checking on the man noticed a foul odor coming from inside the home, WTKR in Norfolk reported. The neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news station that the man’s family called him Thursday from California asking him to check on him.

“The nephew called me,” the man told WTKR. “I told him I couldn’t go on Friday because I was going out of town, but I can do it on Saturday.”

After smelling the odor and getting no answer to repeated knocks on the door, the neighbor called police.

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Investigators believe that the homeowner, who was in his late 60s, had been dead for multiple years. The neighbor told the news station he last saw the man about two years ago.

“He was very secluded. He didn’t want to be bothered with a bunch of people,” the neighbor said

Other neighbors told WTVR in Richmond that, when they had not seen the man in several years, they assumed he had gone into a retirement home or moved in with family.

No foul play was suspected in the man’s death. 

Man, girlfriend, mother accused of beating 73-year-old neighbor with baseball bat

A Union County, North Carolina, man, his mother and his girlfriend are in jail, accused of beating their elderly neighbor with a baseball bat over the weekend.

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Police said Eddie Lowery, 30; his mother, Patricia Benton, 49; and Lowery’s girlfriend, Elisha Hicks, 34, assaulted 73-year-old Willie Adams on Saturday night at his home on Bigham Road near Waxhaw.

The beating was so violent that Adams remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities said Benton and Lowery lived a few doors down from Adams, and that Lowery was known to visit Adams often.

Detectives believe Lowery, Benton and Hicks wanted to rob Adams, and the trio went to his home Saturday night and attacked him with a baseball bat when he opened the door.

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Adams was hit repeatedly with the bat before being robbed of his wallet, police said. The three are also accused of breaking the window of Adams’ vehicle and stealing cash from inside.

Adams was found by his cousin around noon the next day and was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

“He wasn’t looking too good, and I called out his name, and he couldn’t talk,” cousin Bobby Bradley said after discovering Adams.

Lowery, Benton and Hicks were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree burglary, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and larceny.

“Our detectives worked together to quickly identify the people responsible for this senseless crime," Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “I am very proud of the work they did. We also need to keep Mr. Adams and his family in our prayers.”

UPDATE: Sex offender convicted of molesting 4-year-old re-elected fire chief of small town resigns

UPDATE 2/12 3:22 p.m. EST: Roger Gilbert Jr. has resigned after it came to light that Gilbert was a registered sex offender, The Associated Press reported

The Corry Journal reported Gilbert quit the department a day after the story was published.

ORIGINAL POST: A man convicted of a felony sex crime against a 4-year-old girl has been elected to his second term as chief of a Pennsylvania town's volunteer fire department, The Corry Journal reports.

Roger Gilbert Jr. of Spartansburg was convicted in 2001 of "involuntary deviate sexual intercourse" for forcing a 4-year-old girl to perform oral sex, according to the Journal. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Gilbert, 43, joined Spartansburg's volunteer fire department in 2010 and is not paid for his job as chief. He said he has "changed his life for the better" since his conviction.

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But the victim's mother isn't buying it.

"As fire chief, this man interacts with children,” she told the Journal. “If you were in an accident, would you want this man working on your child?"

Spartansburg Mayor Ann Louise Wagner said she and members of the fire department have known about Gilbert's status as a registered sex offender. She added that she supports their decision to re-elect him as chief.

"I don't know why she won't drop this," Wagner said of the victim's mother.

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2 officers killed, suspect in custody after shooting in Ohio

Two police officers were shot and killed after answering a 911 hangup call in Ohio Saturday afternoon.

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Florida man pulls gun on neighbor in fence dispute, police say

A Florida man landed himself in jail after allegedly pointing a gun at his neighbor in a dispute over a property line between houses.

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies said that on Feb. 3, Saheil Namdar, 62, got into a heated argument with his neighbor about a fence he erected behind his home in a gated community in an unincorporated area of Boynton Beach. The neighbor told Namdar that his fence was on her property line, and she wanted it removed, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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The neighbor told deputies that she obtained a copy of a land survey from the city showing that Namdar’s fence was on her property, but Namdar refused to take it down, the Palm Beach Post reported.

When the neighbor used a lawn chair to stand on and look over Namdar’s fence to show him the land survey, he allegedly pointed a long black gun at her and said, “If you touch my fence I’m going to shoot you and burn your house,” the arrest report states.

A witness told deputies that Namdar was heard yelling at the neighbor and threatening to shoot her. Deputies arrested Namdar on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Namdar remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

Officials: Woman arrested for OUI after overdosing, crashing into police cruiser

A Massachusetts woman was arrested for OUI drug charges after police say she crashed into a parked cruiser while overdosing on heroin.

Worcester Police said two officers were responding to a call Friday afternoon when someone told them a cruiser had been hit.

The officers saw a vehicle smashed head-on into the driver's door of ones of the police cruisers, Boston25News reported.

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Police say they saw a young female driver slumped over in the driver's seat as they approached the car. When they realized she was unresponsive, an officer had to smash in a back window to get into her car.

Several hypodermic needles were found inside the vehicle, and officers said it appeared the driver was suffering from a heroin overdose. Several doses of Narcan were administered to revive the driver, police said.

The driver, 24-year-old Melissa Cain, was brought to a local hospital for observation, Boston25News reported.

She has been charged with operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.

New Orleans PD probes 34-year-old disappearance of toddler after fatal house fire 

Police in New Orleans have opened an investigation into the 1984 disappearance of a 3-year-old girl who vanished in the immediate aftermath of a house fire that killed two of her brothers. 

Investigators opened a missing person case on Remona Brown this week, nearly 34 years after she disappeared. Investigators released a photo of the girl at age 3, along with a composite photo aged to show what Remona might look like today at age 37, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported

An official missing person report has been filed by one of Remona’s sisters, Simona Brown, the newspaper said. No missing person report was filed on the girl at the time of the fire and her disappearance. 

The new search comes eight months after a three-part investigative series by WWL-TV in New Orleans, which looked at the initial probe into the little girl’s whereabouts. 

The news station reported that Remona was one of 10 siblings sleeping in their Algiers home early on the morning of March 6, 1984, which was Mardi Gras that year in the Crescent City. Two of Remona’s sisters and her mother, Johnnie Mae Brown, recently recalled the fire that killed Aubrey Brown Jr., 4, and Kevin Brown, 2. 

“I didn’t hear nothing. I didn’t smell nothing. When I raised up, I saw the fire,” Pam Nickerson, who was 14 when her sister vanished, told WWL-TV

Several of the children were asleep in the dining room, near a furnace, while Aubrey and Kevin slept on a couch in the living room, the family said. Remona and her eldest brother, Joseph Brown, slept separately in two bedrooms of the three-bedroom house. 

Johnnie Mae Brown told the news station that she and her husband were able to jump to safety through their bedroom window after Nickerson alerted the family to the flames. The couple was also able to help Joseph climb out of the window of the boys’ bedroom.

Nickerson helped the children in the dining room escape the fast-moving blaze, but neither she nor her parents could get to the boys sleeping in the living room. Nickerson and another sister, Simona Brown, who was 6 at the time of the fire, fought back tears as they remembered hearing their baby brothers screaming for help.

“All you could hear was, ‘Mom! Dad! Help me, please,’” Simona recalled, according to WWL-TV

Firefighters later found the boys’ burned bodies huddled together, Aubrey holding onto Kevin as though he was trying to protect him from the flames, the news station reported

Investigators found a third set of bones the afternoon of the fire that they initially believed to be Remona’s. They learned the next day, however, that the bones were those of an animal.

“Immediate orders were to return to the scene and bring all the resources I had available to me,” retired New Orleans police Capt. Harry Mendoza, an arson investigator who worked the fire, told WWL-TV. “To do excavation of the scene to determine where that child’s body was.”

Despite four exhaustive searches by firefighters and police officers and additional searches by the Browns, Remona’s body was never found. 

In Mendoza’s supplemental report on the fire, one of the only pieces of the investigative file to survive Hurricane Katrina, the detective wrote that he consulted with a funeral home director to determine if the girl’s body could have been completely incinerated. What he learned was that it would take flames between 1,800 degrees and 2,800 degrees more than two hours to incinerate an adult body. 

Even then, recognizable bone fragments would remain. 

Mendoza and other fire experts contacted recently by WWL-TV agreed. 

“It’s really inconceivable to think that, in a house fire, all that existed of a human being, even a child between the ages of 3 and 4, would be completely consumed by that fire,” said Brant Thompson, deputy fire marshal for the State of Louisiana. 

In addition, firefighters who worked the scene had the blaze under control within 30 minutes of arrival. 

And Simona Brown offered a bombshell claim, one she has given since just days after the fire. She told WWL-TV that she remembers seeing her little sister outside after the survivors escaped the blaze. 

“My little sister Remona, she was with us. She was with us. And this car pulled up,” Simona said. “A bronze-looking old Cadillac just pulled up. An old black man and an old white lady offering to help us out. They’ll watch her for us. I was, like, ‘OK, cool.’ So when (Remona) got in, that was it. Gone.”

Family and neighbors said they do not remember an interracial couple living in the neighborhood in 1984. During Mardi Gras season, however, thousands of visitors pour into New Orleans to participate in the revelry. 

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Simona is the only one of the seven remaining siblings who claims to have seen Remona after the fire. She told the news station that, in her grief over her two brothers who were killed, she never told police about what she saw. 

The children’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Nickerson, said that, although she never saw Remona again, she believes that the little girl called her a few days after the fire. 

“It’s been so long, but I know. I have a sharp mind,” Dorothy Nickerson said

The grandmother, now 90 years old, said the child on the other end of the line used the name Al, which was Remona’s nickname. Nickerson said as she tried to get the girl to tell her where she was, the phone went dead.

It sounded like someone took the receiver from the girl and hung it up, she said. 

“She didn’t know my phone number,” Nickerson told the news station. “Somebody must have dialed it for her.”

The family believes that person may have obtained Nickerson’s phone number from the newspaper, which published the number three days after the fire so those who wished to help the family could reach them. 

Dorothy Nickerson said she told her daughter about the phone call, but neither woman told police about it. Johnnie Mae Brown said her mind “just wasn’t right or something,” and she admitted seeking psychiatric help in the aftermath of her sons’ deaths and her daughter’s disappearance. 

Mendoza said he was never told about Simona Brown’s claim that she saw her sister being abducted, or about Nickerson’s mysterious phone call, WWL-TV reported. He said if he had been notified, he would have investigated the allegations. 

“I can assure you, I would’ve pursued it. From a professional perspective. From a human perspective,” Mendoza said

Mendoza’s report on the fire indicates that, after a week of officials trying to find Remona, the investigator visited her family and told her parents they could file a missing person report. It was never done. 

Now 66, Johnnie Mae Brown is fighting cancer that she recently learned has spread in her body. She prays for closure before her death.

“If I could just see her before, oh God,” Brown told WWL-TV. “Before God call on me, oh well, that would be so wonderful.”

Not everyone pleased with a McDonald's attempt to deter homeless people

In an attempt to drive homeless people and criminals away, a McDonald's owner in New Mexico may be driving customers away as well.

A rash of criminal activity and loitering around a McDonald's and Circle K combination in Albuquerque prompted the owner of the store to install speakers which emit a high-pitched sound, KRQE reported.

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The city's environmental health department has received multiple complaints from citizens, and is conducting tests on the frequency and decibel levels to see if any city ordinances have been violated, KRQE reported.

McDonald's released a statement to KRQE, saying it was working with the Albuquerque Police Department to ensure crime deterrent measures were being implemented lawfully.

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