WABC-TV(MOUNT OLIVE, N.J.) — A child and a teacher were killed when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck and slammed off a New Jersey highway on Thursday morning, the governor said.Photos of the chaotic scene show the school bus on its side in the median of Route 80 near Mount Olive Township, which is about 50 miles west of New York City.The students — fifth-graders at East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey — were on the way to a field trip at the time of the collision, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference from the middle school.Seven adults, including the driver, and 38 students were on board the bus, Murphy said, and 43 people of those 45 were injured and hospitalized.Some patients are in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Murphy said. “Our hearts are broken by today’s tragedy,” he tweeted.Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum called the accident “horrific” in an interview with ABC New York station WABC-TV.New Jersey state troopers used cadaver dogs to search for victims who may have been ejected, WABC-TV reported.Multiple ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Twitter/@SCEMD(HORRY, S.C.) — Florence flooding is far from over. Ten days after the deadly hurricane hit, rivers are continuing to crest and some South Carolina residents are preparing to evacuate.In Horry County, South Carolina, flooding is expected to reach or exceed levels from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Horry County police said Monday. The Waccamaw River in Horry County crested at a record level of 20.22 feet this weekend, more than 2 feet higher than during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and more than 3 feet higher than it did two years ago for Matthew. Horry County officials anticipate about 21,000 people could be displaced by the flooding, county spokeswoman Kelly Moore told ABC News Sunday.Evacuations aren’t mandatory but shelters are available for those who choose to leave, according to police. “Our officers are out across the county, checking roadways for flooding and educating communities that may be at risk,” the Horry County Police Department said Monday. “If you feel that you may be in danger, do not wait too late to evacuate. But, if you do, we’ll do our best to rescue you, even when it means putting our own lives at risk.” Flooding is also threatening Georgetown County, South Carolina.Roads may be impassable in Horry and Georgetown counties this week, with over 150 roads already closed across the state, South Carolina Emergency Management Division said Monday. Additional law enforcement resources have been sent to both counties, the emergency management division said.“Be prepared to leave your home if told to do so by local public safety officials, but you do not need to wait to be told to evacuate if you feel unsafe,” the emergency management division said Monday.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted Saturday, “Every asset in the state is being directed towards this region as they are bracing for and experiencing historic flooding.” At least 43 people, including several young children, have died from Florence, which brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to North and South Carolina when it hit Sept. 14.“We have never seen one like this,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said last week. “This one has been epic, it has been disastrous and it has been widespread.”President Donald Trump visited the devastated region last week, calling Florence “one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country.”As the states look toward recovery, Trump pledged that the federal government will “do whatever we have to do to make this perfect.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago police are looking to charge two suspects seen threatening to shoot and kill officers in multiple videos posted to social media.Police advocate group Chicago Code BLUE recently posted three videos to social media showing two men flashing guns and using threatening language when referring to a Chicago police officer driving in the car next to them while a woman sits in the passenger seat.Investigators say they know the identities of the men and are looking to file charges and bring them into custody.In one three-minute video, a man flashes the camera toward the marked police SUV, saying “I’m gonna kill him.”At one point, the man reveals a firearm on his waist band after saying several more times that he’s going to kill the officer.The threats continued in the two additional videos posted by the Facebook group. The videos have been viewed about 1.4 million times.“If they look like they are going to do anything to me, I’m going to start shooting,” the man says.In a press conference Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters the department immediately became aware of the videos and warned officers to be vigilant, adding that “tracking social media posts is largely what we do now.”“It’s very important for all of us standing here to track social media, because that’s how a lot of things get started,” Johnson said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Miller County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — Police charged a jail nurse in Missouri with murder after she allegedly poisoned her husband and tried to cover it up by setting their home on fire — all in a bid to marry an inmate.Amy Murray was arrested on Thursday in connection with the December death of her husband, Joshua Murray, who she allegedly set on fire and poisoned with antifreeze, according to a probable cause statement.She allegedly set the couple’s bedroom on fire and left with her 11-year-old son and dogs to go to McDonald’s, according to the statement. As an alibi, Murray said she found the house on fire when she returned and the smoke was too heavy for her to go inside, according to a probable cause statement.Police said the fire was set intentionally and autopsy results indicated that Joshua Murray died before the fire began, according to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire said they didn’t believe the suspect’s story.“It looked suspicious. The sheriff’s office detectives came in with the fire marshal’s office department and started investigating it and continued from their,” Gregoire told Columbia ABC affiliate KMIZ-TV. “Basically what held up is we were waiting for the autopsy report.”After investigating the incident, police discovered that Amy Murray, a nurse at a correctional center in Jefferson City, Missouri, had an intimate relationship with an inmate, who she planned to marry, according to recorded phone conversations.“During the phone calls, Amy Murray talks about not wanting to be around her husband, Joshua Murray, and was wanting a divorce from him,” the probable cause statement. “Amy Murray talks about wanting Joshua Murray to come home from Nebraska and she is tired of being around him.”She also mentioned that the two could now get married because her husband was dead, the statement said.The Miller County Sheriff’s Office charged Amy Murray with first-degree murder, second-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and armed criminal action. She was released on a $750,000 bond from the Miller County Adult Detention Center in Tuscumbia, Missouri. She’s scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 13.Her attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved
bmcent1/iStock(ROCKFORD, Ill.) — A manhunt for a suspect in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy Thursday at a hotel in Rockford, Ill., led to a wild high-speed police chase on an interstate — with the fleeing fugitive reportedly pointing a gun out his window at officers, according to police and media reports.The shooting occurred at 9:15 a.m. local time as the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force was attempting to arrest suspect Floyd E. Brown, 39, at an Extended Stay America hotel, Rockford Police Lt. Andre Brass said a news briefing outside the hotel.“They attempted to arrest the suspect in one of the rooms. They were fired upon by the suspect,” Brass said.He said one of the members of the task force was hit.“His status right now is unknown,” he added.Authorities initially said Brown was 45 years old, and that the victim was a U.S. Marshal.Brass said Brown, who is from the Springfield area, fled the room and was the subject of a massive manhunt involving officers from at least seven law enforcement agencies.“The suspect is at large right now,” Brass said. “Of course, Mr. Brown is considered armed and dangerous.”He said Brown is believed to be driving a silver or light-blue Mercury Grand Marquis with either the Illinois license plate BF13112 or a temporary plate of 4850256.Brown’s car was spotted headed south on Interstate 55 and police were chasing him toward Lincoln, WLS-TV reported. The chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour and the driver was pointing a gun outside his vehicle window at police pursuing him, WLS-TV reported.The car reportedly spun off the road and into a ditch near Lincoln, some 160 miles from Rockford, according to WLS-TV. It was not immediately clear if Brown was injured or under arrest.Brown was wanted for an armed robbery and several burglaries that occurred in December in Bloomington, WLS-TV reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
LPETTET/iStock(NEW YORK) — A $414 million prize could ease the pain of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.That’s the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the largest Powerball jackpot of 2019 so far, and the 16th largest Powerball jackpot on record.Should the winner choose to cash out the prize, that would come out to $247.9 million. The odds of winning? One in 292.2 million.Whoever the winner is, the lucky ticket-holder will have 180 days to claim the jackpot.But, sometimes it takes months for someone to come forward and claim the prize. That’s what happened earlier this week when the sole winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from October 2018 claimed the prize.The person, from South Carolina, chose to remain anonymous and took the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. The winner took so long to come forward, residents in the industrial town where the ticket was sold assumed he or she was dead.The payout was the largest to a single winner in United States history, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Family Photo(WALTERBORO, S.C.) — Parents in a South Carolina community say they are irate by the lack of information being shared by school board members after the death of Raniya Wright, a fifth-grader who was gravely injured during a classroom fight with another student.Raniya, 10, died Wednesday morning after she was involved in what authorities called a physical altercation with another girl Monday at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, according to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities did not release the names of the students because they were younger than 17, but on Wednesday, the Colleton County School District identified the student as Raniya.The Colleton County school board held an emergency meeting Thursday about Monday’s incident. Board member Tim Mabry said specific details from the discussion could not be shared because of the investigation and student-privacy laws.Furious parents who’d waited two hours outside the private meeting told ABC News that they needed answers.“It’s ridiculous,” Shawnya Sanders said. “It’s awful because they’re telling us don’t speculate and don’t start rumors but they’re not telling us anything. … It makes no sense.”In its news release Wednesday, the district said Raniya was a wonderful student who loved to write, play basketball and spend time with her friends.A staff member at the elementary school called 911 on Monday to report that a student had collapsed, an incident report released by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said.When first responders arrived, the student was at the nurse’s station unconscious but breathing, the report said. She was taken to a medical center and later airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina Childrens’ Health in Charleston, according to the Colleton County School District.In a statement on its website, the district said that after the “fight” occurred in Raniya’s classroom, “school administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school.”The family said that she’d been unresponsive and in critical condition since the incident, according to ABC News affiliate WCIV-TV. Raniya’s mother, Ashley Wright, shared her grief Wednesday in a public Facebook post, saying, “My baby girl has (gained) her wings.”The family was planning her funeral Thursday.On Thursday, a GoFundMe page for Raniya’s family had raised more than $45,000 in two days.William Bowman, a school board member, told WCIV-TV on Wednesday that the devastating incident had hit the community like a “hurricane.”“We’re gonna have to look into situations, look at the situation, and see if there (are) any avenues that we can take in order to make our schools even safer,” he said. “We’re gonna continue to push, you know, to get funds to apply different safety measures or needed safety measures.”No weapons were involved, said Shalane Lowes, a police information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.The district said students, staff and family members were getting guidance and counseling services.“She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher,” the district said of Raniya. “She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and the entire school community.”The other student involved in the altercation was suspended from school “until the investigation is complete,” the school district said. “Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. We are deeply saddened. … Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with this family in the difficult days ahead,” the district said in a news release. “The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this matter is investigated.”Lowes said police were still investigating the incident and that an autopsy for the victim was scheduled for Friday morning.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Chmiel/iStock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A Fort Carson soldier, missing since Monday night, has been found alive and in good condition after a 24-hour search, the Army announced on Wednesday.The soldier, whose name has not been released, was last seen on foot around 9:45 p.m. local time on Monday at the Army post’s land navigation site near Pueblo West, while participating in the Expert Field Medical Badge competition, according to Fort Carson spokesperson Lt. Col. Christina Kretchman.Search-and-rescue teams on the ground scoured the area where the soldier was last seen, while helicopters searched from above.The soldier was located on the west side of the installation on Wednesday morning by a passing motorist on U.S. Highway 115 and then ground transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital, according to the Fort Carson release.“The Soldiers of our brigade are tremendously relieved that our Soldier has been recovered safely,” Col. Dave Zinn, commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said in statement. “The Soldier has displayed physical and mental toughness as a Soldier and persevered through a challenging situation. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the Soldiers of Fort Carson, along with the Colorado Springs community, for their diligent work while searching for and bringing our Soldier home.”Last July, two Army ROTC cadets were rescued after spending a night missing from a land navigation exercise in Hawaii, according to Honolulu’s Star Advertiser.A few weeks earlier, in June, an Alabama Army Reserve soldier was found dead in a wooded area of Camp Blanding in Florida, after he went missing during a similar exercise. Spc. Calyn McLemore’s body was found two days after the training course began. Officials said that extreme heat and tough conditions could have been a factor in his disappearance and death, according to the Alabama Media Group.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — A mother and son were killed when a tree fell on their home during a tornado in Ruston, Louisiana, on Thursday, state officials said.The son was 14 years old and a high school freshman, said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. In Ruston, about 70 miles east of Shreveport, “the damage is extensive,” the governor said at a news conference Thursday. “From the air, if anything, it is more remarkable than it is from the ground.” “Our prayers are with the people of Ruston today,” Edwards tweeted.The governor said he declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Tornadoes and severe storms slammed Texas and Louisiana overnight and at least four tornadoes have been confirmed in the area.Tornado watches remain in effect from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, Thursday evening. Winds up to 70 mph and flash flooding are also possible.=By 7 p.m. Thursday, the severe storms will move out of Louisiana and Mississippi and into the Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola area,The storm will then move east on Friday, bringing heavy rain to the Carolinas and the Northeast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
YinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) — 2020 White House hopefuls opposed to new state abortion bans joined protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday as other abortion rights supporters converged on state capitols, town squares and courthouses nationwide seeking to counter bills sweeping across state legislatures.Among the 2020 candidates who joined the political battle at the court were Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.“I don’t think anyone thought we were going to have this debate again but we are right in the middle of this debate because these guys think they’re going to take women’s health care backward and are we going to let them,” Klobuchar shouted into a bullhorn as protesters shouted “No!” in response.“The legislators in Alabama will not have the last word,” Booker said when it was his turn to speak. “Those legislators in Georgia will not have the last word. And just as it was in the Civil Rights Movement, a governor from Alabama will not have the last word on our rights.Ryan, who was once anti-abortion but flipped his stance as he’s moved further left over the years, recalled his change of heart on the issue.“I met women for the first time in my life that had an abortion,” he began. “I met women who had to deal with very difficult, complicated circumstances in their pregnancies. And overtime, because of the courage of the women who came into my office and who wanted to help craft legislation, I changed my position. And I came to realize that it is stories of the women, it is the courage of these women, especially in the last couple of weeks, who have stood up bravely and told their stories and told your stories.”Gillibrand took direct aim at President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who, she said, “has emboldened state legislatures across the country to do the unthinkable — to do an all-out attack on women’s reproductive freedom — to not just overturn Roe v. Wade but literally turn back the clock decades — decades — on women’s basic civil rights.”“This is the beginning of a long march,” Gillibrand said. “This is the beginning of President Trump’s war on women. If he wants this war, he will have this war and he will lose.”Moulton echoed those sentiments when he spoke, asserting, “Women still are under assault for the basic right to choose and that is wrong… We’re here today because of Brett Kavanaugh. That is why we’re here. Let’s get him out.”But Buttigieg, who did not appear on stage, reinforced his support for reproductive rights during an interview with ABC News at the protest.“I’m here to stand with the majority of Americans who believe in women’s reproductive freedom,” he said. “Look I’m a Democrat who lives and governs in Indiana so I understand that people come at this issue differently. Some of my supporters view it differently than I do but most Americans believe that these decisions ought to be left to the woman who is faced with these sometimes unthinkable medical situations.”“When you see the roll back of rights that is happening from Alabama, to Missouri, and I’m sure there’s more where that came from, it’s a reminder of how important it’s been that for as long as I’ve been alive, the Roe vs. Wade framework established here at the Supreme Court has protected that autonomy and those rights,” he added.Although he did not stand at the podium during the protest, Sanders told ABC News that he believes the best way to push back against the controversial laws is to “educate, organize and bring millions of people together to demand that women in this country on the right to control their own body. That’s what this issue is.”Abortion-rights advocates sought to “fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women,” according to the #StopTheBans website. The slew of protests were triggered by GOP-led efforts to pass restrictive anti-abortion measures aimed at fomenting a larger battle over Roe v. Wade in the nation’s highest court.Several states are seeking to mount legal challenges to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Those states, include including Missouri, which on Friday passed the most recent ban — state lawmakers charged ahead with an eight-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest or survivors of human trafficking. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the restrictive bill into law in the coming days.Missouri followed a wave of conservative states passing restrictive abortion bans, including Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia. Lawmakers in those states approved “heartbeat” bills, which ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.Alabama’s ban, signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey last week, imposes the harshest limitations of any state in the country — a near-full ban on the procedure, not providing for any window of a pregnancy when abortion is legal.“Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access,” states the event’s website, which hosted by groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, All* Above All Action Fund, the ACLU and the Women’s March. “This is Trump’s anti-choice movement … and it’s terrifying, particularly for women of color and low-income women who are most affected by these bans. … Politicians shouldn’t be making decisions best left to women, their families and their doctors.”Amid the toutrage from abortion-rights groups, many among the field of 2020 Democratic hopefuls vying for the White House immediately condemned the anti-abortion efforts last week.“Access to safe, legal abortion is a constitutional RIGHT. Full stop,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said on Twitter.“The Alabama legislature is ignoring science, criminalizing abortion, and punishing women,” Buttigieg tweeted. “Instead, the government’s role should be to make sure all women have access to comprehensive affordable care, and that includes safe and legal abortion.”Despite not being in Washington for the rally, former Vice President Joe Biden released a Twitter video condemning the new laws restricting abortion access in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri.“It’s wrong, it’s pernicious, and we have to stop it,” he said. “It’s important that we know and everybody else knows what these guys are about, what they’re trying to do and a woman actually signed one of these piece of legislation. It’s wrong it must be stopped. This is a choice under Roe between a woman and her doctor, and it lays out the circumstances. We must protect that right.”On Tuesday, as he stood across the street from Capitol Hill, Buttigieg struck a more optimistic tone about his ability to bridge the divide over this issue, signaling his willingness to work across the aisle.“There are a lot of pro-choice Republicans, and even people who maybe view themselves as more conservative, who are pretty shocked by for example, the law passed in Alabama…reasonable Republicans are as shocked by some of these extremist actions as Democrats who have been concerned about protecting choice all along. And it’s one more opportunity to build on the American majority that we have for progressive causes, ranging from women’s reproductive rights to raising wages in this country.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.