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  • Toddler, 3, makes life-saving 911 call after mother collapses

    first_imgKTRK(CLEVELAND, Texas) — Most toddlers are learning how to write or count. Thankfully, one Texas 3-year-old learned how to call 911.Dorothy Craig, of Cleveland, Texas, may very well have saved her mother’s life — or her siblings’ lives — on Wednesday when she collapsed and fell unconscious on the floor, according to Houston ABC station KTRK.That’s when Dorothy, not even old enough to go to school, sprang into action. The youngster picked up a phone and immediately called 911.In audio released of the 911 call, the dispatcher who picked up the phone is heard answering, “Liberty County 911.” Dorothy responded, “Mommy.”However, the little girl was unable to provide more information as the diligent dispatcher stuck with it to try to get more information from the girl.Eventually, when asked where her mother was, Dorothy was able to say “on the floor.”The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was able to track the cellphone to find out generally where the call was coming from and found Dorothy’s mother, Miranda, after going door-to-door for a half hour.“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s such a smart little girl and she’s so charismatic,” Miranda said.Dorothy has two younger siblings, 2-year-old and 5 months old, who were also in the house unattended with their mother unconscious.Miranda suffers from narcolepsy, which causes people to suddenly fall asleep and can include hallucinations, loss of muscle control and muscle paralysis. She was treated by paramedics who responded to her home.Dorothy isn’t a one-hit wonder though. Miranda said she’s called 911 for her mother before.“When she was really little, I taught her how to call 911,” Miranda said. “And she’s done it for me twice now, and she’s my little … she’s my little hero.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained ‘duplicitous relationship’ with political operative

    first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal prosecutors believe that Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was recently arrested and charged with acting as a foreign agent, maintained a “duplicitous relationship” with an American political operative for the purposes of gaining access to U.S. political organizations.Identified in court filings only as “U.S. Person 1,” a 56-year-old political operative, private messages exchanged between them and surveillance conducted by federal law enforcement paint a picture of this person as someone Butina, 29, could rely on. Butina lived, at times, with U.S. Person 1. She asked U.S. Person 1 for help with her homework. As she prepared to move out of her apartment, U.S. Person 1 helped her arrange to rent a U-Haul and purchase moving boxes.But U.S. Person 1 appears to have done much more than help a expatriate graduate student adjust to life in the United States. He also, prosecutors say, “worked with Butina to arrange introduction to U.S. persons having influence in American politics,” including high-ranking members of the NRA and organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast, “for the purposes of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.”Based on the prosecutors’ description, “U.S. Person 1” is believed to be Paul Erickson, a longtime GOP operative who is known to have had close ties to Butina. It is unclear whether he is cooperating with authorities in the case against Butina or whether he is under investigation himself, but he could be in serious trouble.“He’s got real exposure here,” one federal prosecutor told ABC News. “If he knew that he was helping [Butina], he may himself have a foreign agent problem.”ABC News’ attempts to reach Erickson have been unsuccessful. Butina, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday, and her attorney, Robert Driscoll, called the charges against her “overblown.”But the descriptions of the person believed to be Erikson’s alleged activities in the court filings have made him a fascinating character in an already twisted tale.Erickson, 56, has a long and tangled record in Republican politics. In the 1980s, after graduating from Yale, Erickson served as Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. Erickson then wrote a comedy sketch called “Fritzbusters” in 1984, which parodied Democratic presidential candidate Walter “Fritz” Mondale, the New York Times reported at the time.After earning his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, Erickson embarked on a series of unconventional professional endeavors, including co-executive producing an anti-communism film starring Dolph Lundgren with Jack Abramoff called “Red Scorpion.” The Rapid City Journal, a South Dakota newspaper, has reported that Erickson then travelled to Nicaragua in 1990 to “observe U.S.-backed Contra rebels putting down their arms after Soviet-supported President Daniel Ortega agreed to abide by the results of a popular election.”Erickson found his way back to Republican politics in the U.S. in 1992, joining conservative icon Pat Buchannan’s presidential campaign as a national political director. In the mid-1990s, Erickson and Abramoff joined forces again, opening up a lobbying firm whose clientele included Zairean strongman dictator Mobutu, the Washington Post reported at the time.“I’ve enjoyed 33 years of wildly diverse business ventures all around the world in industries ranging from hotels to housing to entertainment to energy,” Erickson told the Rapid City Journal.In 2007, Erickson was sued for $190,000 by conservative activist Brent Bozell, who claimed in the lawsuit that Erickson had failed to repay an investment, court documents showed. Bozell won a breach of contract judgment in 2008, though it’s unclear whether Erickson ever completed the payment.According to the affidavit attached to the indictment, Butina first made contact with U.S. Person 1 around 2013. Within two years, Butina and U.S. Person 1 appear to have hatched a plan to improve U.S.-Russia relations through an unnamed gun-rights organization that had what Butina described as a “central place and influence” in an unnamed political party as “the largest sponsor of the elections to the US congress, as well as a sponsor of The CPAC conference and other events.”Shortly after, U.S. Person 1 emailed Butina a list of potential media, business and political contacts, writing that “you could NOT do better than the list I just emailed you … YOU HAVE ALREADY MET ALL OF THE AMERICANS necessary to introduce you to EVERYONE on that list … I and your friends in America can’t make it any easier for you than that.”By 2016, Butina had set her sights on a bigger target. She emailed U.S. Person 1 in September, saying “we only have 2 month [sic] left before the US elections and it’s the time for building an advisors team on Russia for a new president.”A month later, U.S. Person 1 emailed an an unnamed acquaintance touting his involvement in “securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin” and leaders of an unnamed political party through an unnamed gun rights organization.Following Donald Trump’s election, Butina appears to have used U.S. Person 1 to get as close to the president as she had ever been. U.S. Person 1 arranged for Butina and a Russian delegation to attend the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast the following February, where President Trump was the keynote speaker.U.S. Person 1 even helped Butina book a hotel, advising her to place $3,500 on “one of your Russian charge cards” to pay the deposit “to be safe.”By then, Butina appears to have become a fixture in Erickson’s life. Butina attended events in South Dakota, where Erickson lived. Erickson established a mysterious South Dakota-based company with Butina called Bridges LLC. Neighbors at the South Dakota apartment complex where Erickson lived remember Butina. One of them, Elaine Ahlemeier, says the couple seemed nice and she suspected nothing.What few people appeared to know, and what prosecutors now allege, was that despite appearances, Butina “appear[ed] to treat that relationship as simply a necessary aspect of her activities.”“On at least one occasion,” prosecutors claim, “Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization. Further, in papers sized by the FBI, Butina complained about living with U.S. Person 1 and expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with U.S. Person 1.”Agents moved to arrest her this week, prosecutors say, because they feared she might attempt to flee: Her lease was ending, she had wired money to an account in Russia, and she appeared to be packing up her belongings.Butina’s attorney says that’s not true. She was preparing, he said in court on Wednesday, to move to South Dakota – with her boyfriend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • ‘You just don’t think,’ state trooper says after rescuing unconscious man from burning car

    first_imgNew Jersey State Police(NEW YORK) — New Jersey State Troopers dragged an unconscious man from a car on the side of a highway moments before it was consumed by fire.In video released by the New Jersey State Police on Thursday, State Troopers Thomas O’Connor and Christopher Warwick can be seen yelling at the man to get out of his Ford Fusion before realizing he was unconscious on State Highway 42 in Camden County, New Jersey, just east of Philadelphia.Police responded to the call at around 11:23 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.When they arrived on the scene, they found the unconscious man pressing on the gas pedal of the car and smoke coming out of the front wheel well, State Police said in a statement on their Facebook page.“Moments after their arrival, the front end of the vehicle became engulfed in flames,” the statement said.O’Connor told ABC News that he and his colleagues had been trained for these kinds of situations. He said that in that moment, they did not have time to think about anything else but saving the man’s life.“You just don’t think,” he said. “You just go in and you’re focused on trying to save somebody’s life.”Although the man was trapped in the car, O’Connor said that he and Warwick were eventually able to get his legs loose from underneath the steering wheel and pull him out of the driver’s side window.Even though the ordeal only lasted a few minutes, O’Connor said it felt like much longer.“I guess at that current moment, it feels like you’ve been there for an hour. But in reality, it’s pretty quick,” he said.The troopers dragged the man to safety where he regained consciousness, according to the statement. He did not suffer any injuries.The two troopers happened to be in the area when the call about the burning car came in, they said.Warwick said that there was a sense of pride in helping the man, but that fellow troopers would have done the same thing.The video speaks for itself, Warwick said, adding, “I think it was a quick reaction. Fortunately, it had a positive outcome.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • NYPD accused of ‘shackling’ pregnant woman in labor, lawsuit claims

    first_imgtzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pregnant woman who says she was forced to wear handcuffs on her wrists and ankles during labor is now suing the New York City Police Department.“Against the vehement protests of medical staff, the NYPD refused to remove the shackles, compelling Ms. Doe to labor in excruciating pain and forcing doctors to examine Ms. Doe with her feet and hands bound,” the lawsuit states, referencing the woman who is referred to only by a pseudonym.“Moments before Ms. Doe delivered her daughter, a growing chorus of outraged doctors convinced the NYPD to briefly remove her shackles. At 6:14 a.m., Jane Doe gave birth to her daughter. Shortly after she gave birth, NYPD officers again shackled her, ignoring the doctors’ continued pleas. Ms. Doe struggled to feed her new baby with one arm,” the lawsuit states.The woman heard doctors at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx “express concern” both that the baby was “in some distress” during the delivery, and that she “experienced heavy bleeding” after the delivery, the suit states.The City of New York along with the NYPD, five directly named officers and other anonymous officers are all listed as the defendants in the suit. The NYPD declined to comment to ABC News, citing ongoing litigation. The suit seeks damages for a violation of her civil rights and calls for the police force to change their policies to ensure a similar situation doesn’t happen again.Jane Doe had been arrested in connection with a family dispute with her ex-partner that happened five months before her Feb. 7, arrest, which was just two days before her due date, according to the lawsuit.“There was no urgent need to arrest Plaintiff that day by any stretch of the imagination,” the suit states.The practice of “shackling” pregnant women is roundly condemned, including by the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association.Correctional groups, including the Correctional Association of New York, call it a “barbaric — and illegal” practice. The state banned the use of shackles on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery in 2009.The lawsuit argues that Jane Doe “never struggled, resisted, or acted in any way that would even remotely support the use of restraints.”“Ms. Doe was terrified for herself and for her baby. She feared that she would deliver the baby alone in a cell at the 47th Precinct without medical help. She feared that after she gave birth, the NYPD would take her baby away,” the lawsuit states.“She desperately wanted her partner and her own doctor to be present for the birth, at her chosen hospital, consistent with her birth plan. But she remained compliant, urging herself to stay calm for the safety of her baby. These events are seared in Ms. Doe’s memory; she experiences nightmares and relives the trauma over and over,” the suit states.The lawsuit also notes how this was not the only case in recent years where the city was sued because a pregnant woman was shackled while in custody. That suit was settled in May 2017, less than a year before the alleged incident at the heart of this new lawsuit occurred.Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said that it shows multiple failures on the part of the NYPD.“This raises the problem of not just the police department failing to respect the rights of women, but failing to have in place the systems that any well-run organization would have to learn from their mistakes. Why wouldn’t they fix the problem that they paid to resolve around the same time?” Lieberman said.“I think the fact that anybody at any level of the NYPD would think that shackling a pregnant woman as she’s about to go into labor and throughout — in 2018 — is stunning, and a sad reflection on the state of affairs in the NYPD,” Lieberman said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Pregnant woman fatally stabbed in New York City apartment building

    first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Police are searching for a suspect in the death of a pregnant New York woman who was stabbed multiple times in her apartment building.Jennifer Irigoyen, a 35-year-old real estate agent, was attacked in the entryway of her apartment in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the New York Police Department.Responding officers said they found Irigoyen, five months pregnant with her second child, in the building’s vestibule with multiple stab wounds to her neck and torso. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.The unborn child didn’t survive.Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and searching for the woman’s boyfriend for questioning, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV. The investigation is ongoing.“I was shocked. I was really shocked,” the apartment building’s super, Lisa Ramos, told WABC.“She was a sweetheart. A very nice girl,” she added. “I didn’t have no worries with her — paid her rent on time and she was a very good person.”Ramos described Irigoyen as a caring person who taught Zumba classes and loved to dance. Irigoyen’s 8-year-old is now staying with the child’s grandmother, WABC reported.A Gofundme campaign to help Irigoyen’s family cover her funeral expenses had raised about $3,000 as of early Tuesday morning. The family says she was a victim of domestic violence, according to the campaign page.“Domestic violence seized Jenny’s life too soon and in such a tragic way. As her family members, we cannot fathom the fear and anguish that she must have felt during her final moments,” the family wrote. “She did not deserve this. She deserved to be happy. She deserved to be loved. She deserved to raise her son. We want to see justice served and hope that Jenny’s passing influences others to speak up, leave, report, and diminish domestic abuse from their own lives.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Oakland news crew robbed, security guard shot while covering teachers’ strike

    first_imgboonyoo/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — A television news crew was robbed at gunpoint and their armed security guard was shot on Sunday as they covered a teachers’ strike in Oakland, California, police said.The Bay Area news crew, from local CBS station KPIX 5, told responding officers just before 5 p.m. local time that a vehicle pulled up and two individuals got out, demanding their camera and equipment. Gunfire was exchanged between the security guard and one of the suspects. The suspects got back in their car and fled the scene with the crew’s equipment, according to the Oakland Police Department. The security guard was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, police said. Later that evening, officers briefly pursued the suspect vehicle in a high-speed chase and detained its driver after the car crashed. Several other individuals have been detained in connection with the armed robbery and shooting, and some of the stolen equipment has been recovered, police said. Officers are also investigating a man who walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds on Sunday evening shortly after the robbery and shooting to determine if the incident is connected, police said. The investigation is ongoing. The news station, KPIX 5, said its reporter Joe Vazquez and photographer John Anglin were conducting interviews outside a public library for the ongoing teachers’ strike when they were approached by the armed suspects. “John quickly backed away from the camera and tripod and took cover inside the live truck, warning me to stay down,” Vazquez wrote in a Facebook post Sunday night. “Gunshots rang out. Then more gunshots. Our guard believes he may have wounded the robber, but we are still working to confirm that. They got away with our camera and tripod. John and I are shaken up, but are otherwise fine.” “The security guard is going to be OK,” Vazquez later added to his Facebook post. “Talked to him tonight, and he is in good spirits surrounded by family and friends. I thanked him profusely for protecting us.” Thousands of public school teachers in Oakland went on strike Thursday after two years of negotiations failed to secure them a new contract that would provide better wages, more resources and smaller class sizes. The teachers’ strike — the first in Oakland in 23 years — is poised to enter its third day Monday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • R. Kelly’s attorney says ‘all the women are lying’ after pop star surrenders to police to face 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving minors

    first_imgPhoto by Scott Legato/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Singer R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday night after being charged earlier in the day with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, according to the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office.Three of the four victims were younger than 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to prosecutors.At a post-surrender press conference, the pop star’s attorney Steve Greenberg dismissed the new charges and called the accusers liars.Asked whether he thought all the women were making up their allegations, Greenberg said he does.“I think all the women are lying, yes,” he told reporters late Friday night. “This has become, ‘Hey, R Kelly — I can say R Kelly did something’ — boom. There was a press conference yesterday, ‘Oh, these two girls were assaulted by R Kelly!’ And the lawyer stood there with a picture of LL Cool J!”Greenberg went on to claim that Cook County, Illinois, State Attorney Kim Foxx indicted the singer in response to public pressure.“I had a discussion with the state’s attorney’s office earlier this week [and] we were supposed to meet next week and have a discussion about what they had,” he said. “I was gonna be allowed to address what they had, then they just decided to indict him today for whatever reason. I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure.”His lawyer also claimed one of the unnamed women in the indictment is the same person in a 2003 child pornography case where the singer was eventually found not guilty in June 2008.“One of the cases seems to be a rehash he was acquitted for. Double jeopardy should apply to everyone,” Greenberg said.The pop artist remained silent as reporters shouted questions at him when he arrived at a Chicago police station.Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is also facing investigations from at least three different federal law enforcement agencies including at least one examining his alleged relationships with underage girls and whether they were trafficked, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.Kelly, who is “shell shocked,” according to his attorney, is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday in Chicago, according to the Associated Press. Kelly’s attorney said on Twitter that he would be turning himself in on Friday night.The investigations, by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the IRS, have opened in the six weeks since Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries about the decades’ worth of misconduct allegations against the singer.The agencies all declined to comment citing policies of not confirming or denying the existence of investigations.HSI is looking at potential crimes involving sex trafficking and child exploitation. The existence of the investigations was first reported by The New Yorker.On Thursday, two more women came forward to say Kelly preyed on them. They appeared in New York with their attorney, Gloria Allred, who said Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington planned to speak with federal prosecutors. Allred confirmed in an interview Friday with New York ABC station WABC that her clients had spoken to investigators. A grand jury has also been convened in New York to look into allegations against Kelly.“Yesterday, I indicated that my two clients who held a press conference here in New York would be speaking to law enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and they did in fact have that interview,” Allred told WABC.Michael Avenatti, who is representing two alleged victims of Kelly, said he turned over a graphic tape to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in which the singer is allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.“Earlier this month we uncovered and recovered a video tape of over 40 minutes in length,” Avenatti said at a press conference Friday. “We promptly brought it to the attention of Ms. Foxx and others in her office. This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl. The tape was shot in the late ’90s, approximately 1999, [and] it depicts two separate scenes shot on two separate days within Mr. Kelly’s residence at the time.“Repeatedly on the video both the victim and Mr. Kelly refer to the victim’s age as being 14,” Avenatti said. “That occurs in excess of 10 separate times on the video, both the victim and Mr. Kelly can be heard referencing her age.”Kelly’s lawyer said he hadn’t seen the video, but quickly dismissed the allegation.“Unfortunately, the state’s attorney now succumbed to public pressure, to pressure from grandstanders like Michael Avenatti,” Greenberg said.Kelly’s attorney has previously said his client never intentionally had sex with an underage girl, nor mistreated anyone or held anyone against her will. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • River flooding continues in Midwest with more rain heading toward region

    first_imgABC News(KANSAS CITY, Missouri) — The Missouri River and Mississippi River continue to wreak havoc on parts of the Plains and Midwest as record river flooding continues to pose a threat to communities.Parts of the Missouri River near St. Joseph, Missouri; Atchison, Kansas; Leavenworth, Kansas; and Parkville, Missouri, are seeing river flooding currently at — or expected to rise to — moderate and major flood stage. The Missouri River is receding below notable flood stage in Omaha. However, the Missouri River is expected to flood downstream near Plattsmouth, Nebraska, through next week. The flooding will continue to cause stress on levees along the Missouri River.There is also river flooding on the Mississippi River along the borders of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The river will likely remain high through the weekend.In Minnesota and Wisconsin, gradual snow melt will cause rising river levels into next week. Flooding could occur due to ice jams as well.Rainfall is expected to move into this area on Saturday, with a storm developing and moving across the Plains. Locally, a half inch or more of rain is possible in this region through this weekend.The rain should not have a major influence on area rivers, but there is potential for some local exacerbation of ongoing river flooding.The storm entering the Plains was responsible for three reported tornadoes on Friday in parts of Texas and Colorado and hail over 2 inches in diameter across parts of Texas.The storm will move fairly quickly and not strengthen tremendously, therefore impacts should be marginal across the Plains this weekend. Some rain will move across Plains into Sunday morning. A few strong thunderstorms will move across Oklahoma and Arkansas, however, the threat should remain marginal, with gusty winds and some hail being the concern.Northeast feels chill on Saturday, spring on SundayA coastal storm that brought rain and some coastal flooding to the Interstate 95 corridor is moving out of the area Saturday morning.Parts of the interior Northeast, especially in the higher elevations west of Albany, New York, reported nearly 4 inches of snow on Friday. Overnight, there were reports of over 10 inches across the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.Northeast feels chill on Saturday, spring on SundayA coastal storm that brought rain and some coastal flooding to the Interstate 95 corridor is moving out of the area Saturday morning.Parts of the interior Northeast, especially in the higher elevations west of Albany, New York, reported nearly 4 inches of snow on Friday. Overnight, there were reports of over 10 inches across the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.A couple of snow showers will be in the region Saturday, along with gusty winds at time approaching 45 mph. It will feel quite cold in the Northeast for late March with wind chills in the 20s and teens for a large part of the region.Relief will come as early as Saturday afternoon, with Sunday temperatures much more seasonable. Temperatures will rise into the 50s, and evens some 60s, across the I-95 corridor.Another March chill will arrive on the East Coast early next week.Weak storms impacting West CoastA storm is arriving Saturday in the western U.S. and bringing some heavy rain to parts of California and some mountain snow to parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Locally, up to 1 foot of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this weekend.Another storm will arrive in the region on Sunday night and early Monday with heavy rain mainly concentrated in Northern California.A more-potent storm will arrive in the middle of the upcoming week that could have significant impacts across parts of the region.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Missing Louisiana girl Domeanna Spell has been found, older man arrested

    first_imgFBI(Pagosa Springs, Colo.) — A 15-year-old Louisiana girl who went missing for over a week with an older man was found Friday, police said, and the suspect was taken into custody.Domeanna Spell, of Port Barre, was last seen getting off the school bus on March 28 around 7 a.m. by Port Barre High School and was believed to be on the run with an older man in a 2003 silver Honda Civic, police said.The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Corey Shane Disotel.On Friday, Disotel and Spell were located in 1,165 miles away from her school, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the FBI said.Disotel was taken in to custody and Spell was deemed safe, said Port Barre Police Chief Deon Bordeaux.“This was a joint effort with our agency, the FBI, US marshals, state police, St. Landry Parish sheriff’s office and many other agencies and organizations, working tirelessly and fervently,” said Bordeaux. “We are so thankful that the hard work paid off and the end result was this girl was found safe.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • University student dies after plunging 100 feet off cliff in Ozark National Forest

    first_imgBriar Cliff University(SIOUX CITY, Iowa) — A 20-year-old university student was killed after falling off a cliff in the Ozark National Forest, officials said.Andrea Norton, a junior at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, was visiting the Arkansas forest Saturday as part of a class activity, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The group was walking near a cliff called Hawksbill Crag when Norton, attempting to move from one area of the Crag to another, lost her footing and fell approximately 100 feet, according to authorities.She did not survive the fall.Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said police were called at about 9:33 a.m. and worked to recover her body.Wheeler said the area is known to be dangerous and “one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one.”“This is the second callout to the area this year that involved a serious fall, and the season is just beginning,” Wheeler said.In a Facebook post Saturday night, the university called Norton “a passionate environmental science major, exemplary student and dedicated athlete. She lived BCU’s values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went.”Norton, who was from Hot Springs, South Dakota, was on the university’s volleyball team, which took to Twitter to express their condolences for their lost teammate.Wheeler said he’s in contact with Norton’s family.“I told them there are a lot of people in Arkansas praying for them,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more