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Federal air marshal arrested for taking cell phone photos up women’s skirts (Video)
A federal air marshal was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday for allegedly taking cell phone photographs up women passengers’ skirts. Adam Bartsch, 28, was arrested after another male passenger noticed him taking the inappropriate photos, and wrestled the federal air marshal’s cell phone from his hands, according to ABC News2 on Oct. 17.
Passenger Rey Collazo said he first saw Bartsch, who he did not know was an on-duty air marshal, taking the pictures while boarding the plane.
He described how he reached over and grabbed the cell phone from Bartsch. Collazo said he had to twist the phone out of the marshal’s hand, and after a short struggle he shoved him back and took the phone away from him.
Collazo notified the flight crew, who in turn called authorities, after first calling Bartsch a “disgrace” to men and human being.
Heavy rain from the Nashville metro area eastward has triggered flash flooding. Water running down city streets swamped cars windshield-deep in some low spots and flooded some ground floor apartments. Nashville firefighters waded waist-deep water to lead some residents of Parkwood Villa Apartments, along Ewing Creek, to higher ground. Video shown by WTVF-TV showed other residents sitting on second-story balconies. In the area of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, traffic was stopped by high water on Briley Parkway for a time. The water began receding as the rain moved east, out of the metro area. Estimates of more than 5 inches of rain were common from the center of the city northeastward across the Madison neighborhood. There have been no reports of injury.
Torrential rains shortly before dawn Thursday triggered widespread street flooding across Wichita, authorities said. The National Weather Service reported 1.59 inches of rain fell in about an hour, starting shortly after 4 a.m. “It just came down so fast our drainage systems couldn’t handle it,” said Scott Smith, a meteorologist at the Wichita branch of the weather service. Flooded streets were reported throughout downtown Wichita as well as numerous locations around the city, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. While no water rescues were necessary, several cars became stranded at flooded intersections – including a reported five at 13th and St. Paul in west Wichita alone. Westar Energy reported more than 1,300 customers without power just before 7:30 a.m., most of them small clusters scattered across west Wichita north of Kellogg. Much of south-central and southern Kansas received at least 1 1/2 inches overnight, Smith said, which will only aggravate flooding in the saturated region. Light rain is projected to fall across Wichita and much of the area the rest of the morning, Smith said. A lull will set in until tonight, when another round of heavy rain is expected to move through.
(ST. LOUIS) — Torrential rains continued across the nation’s midsection on Thursday, causing flash flooding that killed a woman, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues.
Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri early Thursday. A woman died near Jane, Mo., in the far southwestern corner of the state when creek water washed over a highway, sweeping away her car.
“Early this morning it just unleashed,” said Greg Sweeten, emergency management director in McDonald County, Mo.
Authorities in the south-central Missouri town of Waynesville continued to search for 23-year-old Jessica D. Lee, whose car was swept up in a flash flood early Tuesday. The body of her 4-year-old son, Elyjah, was found Tuesday, hours after his mother made a distress call from her cell phone.
Flash flood warnings were common in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. And things could get worse: Heavy rain is in the forecast into the weekend.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman died after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding that swept away her car, authorities said Thursday.
McDonald County emergency management director Greg Sweeten said the woman died early Thursday when water from normally dry Brush Creek suddenly overwhelmed Route 90 near the town of Jane, Mo., flooding the road up to 6 feet deep.
The victim’s name has not been released.
National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Albert said parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight. McDonald County in the far southwest corner of the state was inundated with rain that seemingly came all at once.
“Early this morning it just unleashed,” Sweeten said.
Fifteen people camping on an island on the Elk River near Noel had to be rescued. In fact, the county boat rescuing them broke down, and the rescuers themselves had to be saved by a boat from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sweeten said. Two women were rescued from their homes in Powell, Mo.
The town of Hollister also was hard hit, with about 100 buildings damaged when Turkey Creek came up suddenly, said Melissa Duckworth, assistant emergency management director in Taney County. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from homes, mostly mobile homes, in Hollister, which is near Branson. Two of the mobile homes were washed away. Another 50 or so residents were evacuated, and several trucks parked at a strip mall were washed down the creek.
(CNN) — A Missouri woman was killed in the state’s flash flooding Thursday as inclement weather hammers several states in what forecasters predict will be a particularly nasty storm season.
As rescue teams were performing 18 “swift water rescues” in McDonald County, Missouri, Thursday morning, the woman — thought to be in her 60s — was driving over a bridge when she was caught up in “rapidly rising waters,” said Gregg Sweeten, the county’s emergency management director.
Sweeten said he was hopeful the Elk River, which runs through this county on the Arkansas state line, about 80 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, would crest late Thursday night.
South of the capital, Jefferson City, Interstate 44 was shut down because of high water. It’s since been reopened.
Forecasters warn that areas along the Gasconade River could see record water levels, and widespread flooding is expected to continue in Missouri and Kansas into the weekend.
Southern Missouri has witnessed widespread flash flooding as parts of 12 Midwestern and Eastern states experienced some sort of flood watch or warning Thursday.
The officer orders me to pull over and get out of my car, bullies me around, gets the drug sniffing K-9, lies about me having “Illegal Drugs” in the car, searches without consent, and tells me that it is ok to take away my freedom. All while not being detained. All this harassment because my window was not lowered enough to his preference. I broke no laws whatsoever. All of this on a day that we are supposed to be celebrating freedom and liberty. At the end of the encounter, the officer did not want to give me his name when I asked him. After I repeatedly asked him, he finally gave it to me.
Tenn. pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections
UPDATED 11:16 AM EDT Jun 10, 2013
(CNN) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified bacterial and fungal growth in unopened vials of a steroid injection from a Tennessee pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections.
Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tenn., issued a voluntary recall nationwide of all lots of sterile products that the pharmacy compounds on May 28. Products with a use by date on or before Nov. 20, 2013, are subject to the recall.
The steroid in question is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. Samples from two separate batches were found to have microbial growth in them, the FDA said.
“At this point in FDA’s investigation, the sterility of all sterile products produced by Main Street is of significant concern and the products should not be used,” the FDA said.
As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 24 cases of infection from four states — Arkansas, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina. Most of these people developed skin and soft tissue infections after receiving the intramuscular injection of the steroid.
This information is preliminary and will be updated as additional details become available.
June 13, 2013
CDC and FDA have identified the bacteria and fungi cultured from unopened vials of preservative-free MPA from Main Street Family Pharmacy (MSFP) in Newbern, TN. These findings are important reminders that healthcare providers should ensure that all recalled products from MSFP are no longer in use. In addition, complaints from patients exposed to products from MSFP should be taken seriously and should be promptly reported to both FDA MedWatch and the health department.
In addition to the findings above, 4 of the 26 cases meeting the CDC case definition* have had bacteria or fungi detected from wounds: 2 patients had Enterobacter cloacae and Klebsiella pneumoniae, 1 had mixed bacterial culture not otherwise identified, and 1 had fungus highly suggestive of an Aspergillus sp., although further studies are needed for confirmation. Although bacteria and fungi have been isolated from unopened vials of MPA from MSFP, it is not possible to determine which infections are due to this contamination event versus other factors including improper handling and/or administration of medications at the injection facility.
Clinicians are reminded that they should 1) use individual containers of compounded or preservative-free medicine for a single-patient only, and 2) promptly report to MedWatch any infection that might be related to a medication or medical device, even absent a recognized outbreak, as these reports can allow for early detection of a possible contamination event.
Note: The next CDC web update is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.
Firefighter departments from several counties and the Tennessee Division of Forestry continue to battle a massive fire in Pigeon Forge overnight. Sevier County Fire Department confirmed that the fire damaged at least 35 cabins near Black Bear Ridge Resort and Trappers Ridge at this time. Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said his department used lots of resources fighting flames covering 200 to 300 acres. “It’s been rough. It’s been rough as I’ve ever seen it,” said Watson. Weather conditions failed to provide relief for crews struggling to contain the blaze. “You gotta understand, it jumped across a road, several roads, and now it’s racing up a hill,” explained Watson. “Luckily, the humidity, the temperatures dropped. We’re still not under control, but if it was earlier in the day, we’d still be in worse shape.”
Crews evacuated the area, and Watson said there are no injuries at this time. “Everybody that I know of has not been injured,” confirmed Watson. “This is by the luck of God and prayer that we’ve not been able to get that.” Officials said they believe a cabin fire at the Bear Ridge Resort ignited the massive fire at approximately 4:00 p.m. Authorities still don’t know what sparked the fire inside the cabin. Watson said the fire spread quickly, which made for dangerous conditions. “These houses are put close together up there. The first portion of this started out as a house fire. . . it led to several other next to it catching on fire,” Watson said. “Propane tanks have been exploding. It’s been a real dangerous.” Firefighters placed tankers on the scene carrying water to put out the flames. Officials used helicopters to extinguish the fire from a higher altitude as well.
“We’re a long way from home. We’re going to be going into multiple operations for the next couple of days,” said Watson. “We’re not even able to say this fire’s under control. We are not under control.” Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and Pigeon Forge Fire Department are helping with evacuation efforts and keeping people out of the danger zone. Watson said people who live in Pigeon Forge, Waldens Creek, Wears Valley area, and Lost Branch area need to pay attention to the conditions. “What I’ve been telling people, ‘If you see the fire get close to your home call 911,” said Watson. “If you live in those areas right there, you need to be packing up some stuff and be ready to go, so if somebody knocks on your door, you’re ready to get out quickly.” Agencies from all over East Tennessee and churches organized relief efforts throughout Sunday. The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Pigeon Forge Community Center for people displaced by the fire. Red Cross volunteers also staffed an emergency relief vehicle to assist the area.
(Pigeon Forge, TN CNN) Tennessee authorities declared a state of emergency and sent in the National Guard on Monday in an effort to control a fast-moving wildfire near the resort town of Pigeon Forge.
The fire started about 5 p.m. Sunday and quickly spread, charring more than 30 cabins and turning propane tanks into shrapnel.
About 20 fire departments have been fighting the fire, authorities said.
“Propane tanks have been exploding,” Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said Sunday. “It’s been real dangerous.”
Now at 230 acres, the blaze started as a house fire, according to Watson.
“It looks like somebody just went through there and just dropped a bomb on the place,” Shannon McCostlin told affiliate WATE-TV. “I feel bad for them people.”
The area is home to rental cabins with some permanent residences.
National Guard helicopters were flying to the scene Monday morning and will drop water from a nearby lake onto the fire, said Perrin Anderson, a spokesman for Sevier County.
The help is badly needed, Watson said Sunday.
“You gotta understand, it jumped across a road, several roads, and now it’s racing up a hill,” he told CNN affiliate WBIR-TV.
The fire has been partially contained, said Dean Flener, a spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
About 150 people were evacuated Sunday and the American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Pigeon Forge Community Center.
Pigeon Forge, in eastern Tennessee, is best known for singer Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, which was not affected by the fire.
Positioned on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, the area also is popular with outdoors enthusiasts and has a wide variety of other attractions, including music theaters, outlet malls, go-kart tracks and mini-golf courses.
More than 30 cabins torched by Tennessee wildfire
A wildfire, seen here from helicopter, destroyed more than 30 cabins in East Tennessee, March 17, 2013. / WVLT-TV/CBS
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins.
The 145-acre fire was first reported around 5 p.m. EDT Sunday in Sevier County, said Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Smoke was reported to be visible from 25 miles away.
Bryson said early Monday that the fire was contained and not expected to spread.
Fires burn in two Southern states
Some of the cabins were occupied and about 150 to 200 people were evacuated, but no injuries were reported, Bryson said.
After dawn Monday, two Tennessee Air National Guard helicopters took off from nearby McGhee Tyson Airport. A state Forestry Division spokesman said the helicopters would be used to scoop up water from Douglas Lake and drop it on the fire.
Two dozen passengers were evacuated from a U.S. Airways airplane at the Nashville International Airport after a small electrical fire started. The incident on Saturday afternoon involved flight No. 3411 from Philadelphia. Airport communications manager Shannon Sumrall said that a defogging system on the plane’s windshield was manufacturing and is believed to have sparked the fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. U.S. Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said the plane was operated by the airline’s partner, Republic Airlines.
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