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Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters

Three Atlanta police officers rescued a wheelchair-bound woman from rising water on Tuesday.

"I wouldn't call us heroes. We were just doing our duty,” officer Travis Gray told Channel 2 Action News.

Body-camera video showed the high water the officers had to wade through to get to the Buckhead home.

It was around 4-feet deep and rising from a nearby raging creek after heavy downpours moved through the area.

Neighbors told the three officers that a woman in a wheelchair needed help.

"That's what we get called to do and we respond and do it,” Gray said.

Before the officers could get to the woman, they had to shut off the power.

Once inside, they realized the challenge facing them.

"She was just trapped by the water,” officer Abraham Arias said. “Time was against us.”

"I can't really say (it was) stressful, because we're mainly just thinking about her, trying to get her out,” officer Elton Alexander said.

They quickly wrapped the woman in life vests but they knew they couldn't carry her out easily because the water was too deep.

"Lifting her up was not an option,” Arias said.

Thinking fast, the officers called in a floatation device from the Sandy Springs Fire Department.

As they moved her from the wheelchair and carried her to safety, she got her first look at what was happening outside.

"She was surprised that there was so much water around her home,” Arias said.

Once on dry land, the officers say they realized this could have ended much worse.

"At the end of the day, she's our main concern,” Alexander said.

Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say

A woman from Parker County, Texas, who previously claimed the deaths of her two young children in a hot car in May as an accident, admitted that she left them in the vehicle to teach them “a lesson,” police said.

Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told “several variations of the events” during police interviews, and later said she broke the car window to make it look like an accident according to WFAA.

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What really happened on May 26, police said, is that Randolph’s 2-year-old daughter refused to get out of the car. The mother responded by shutting the door to teach her “a lesson,” assuming “she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready.”

Randolph proceeded to go inside the house where she smoked marijuana then fell asleep for two or three hours.

Randolph initially told authorities she was folding laundry and watching TV and realized within an hour that her kids were “gone.” She said they took off. She found them in the car, where they had locked themselves inside. She broke the car window in an attempt to save them, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.

Randolph is being held without bail.

2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

Many people may associate The Waffle House or Big Chicken with Atlanta. But there’s a new landmark in town thanks to rapper 2 Chainz.

Earlier this month, the artist hosted a listening party to promote his latest project “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.”

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For the event, he purchased a home, painting it pink and writing the word “Trap” on the front to mimic his album’s cover art.

While the event ended more than a week ago, the house is still decorated. There’s no word on whether it will be used for future gatherings, but locals have been stopping to pose in front of what has now been deemed as the #PinkTrapHouse.

There’s even an entire Instagram page for it. Take a look at some of the posts below. 

Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo

A Florida man had a close call with a gator after he strayed from a path to take a better picture of the amphibian. 

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The man left other hikers on the boardwalk of La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville and encroached on a mother alligator’s space as she was sunbathing, according to Ben Boukari Jr., who posted the video on Facebook

“Guy is way too close,” Boukari wrote on Facebook.

As the man reached into his backpack, the gator lunged at him and chomped on his tripod. The reptile continued to inch closer to the man as he stumbled into the bushes. 

Think the man learned his lesson? Just watch the video. He clearly didn’t. 

The man went back to grab his stuff and within seconds the gator was on the shore ready to attack.

Woman arrested in Florida after infant body parts found in North Carolina

A woman was arrested in Jacksonville in connection with body parts of two infants found under a house in North Carolina.Bridgette Smith, 41, was arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville on a fugitive warrant. Police found her at the Hawkins Motel in Baldwin.Smith was arrested and charged with failure to report a death after police found body parts of two infants under a house in Smithfield, North Carolina, in April 2016.

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The body parts were found wrapped in towels in two separate bags under the home, according to court documents.

A resident found the bags when he was running a cable under the home.Warrants revealed Smith may have been pregnant 10 times, but reportedly covered up her pregnancies when people asked about them.Other than being arrested in Duval County, it's unclear what other connection Smith has to Northeast Florida. Smith has waived extradition and will voluntarily return to North Carolina accompanied by agents from that state. 

Unmanned boat crashes full-speed onto Florida beach

A man is under arrest for allegedly stealing a 32-foot boat that later crashed ashore onto Daytona Beach with no one on board Saturday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. 

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Officials have not identified the man, but said he stole the boat from a marina in Daytona Beach and is the only suspect.

Coast Guard officials began searching after the boat when it ran ashore near the Silver Beach entrance of Daytona Beach around 10:30 a.m., beach safety officials said.

The boat was traveling full speed when it came ashore, investigators said. Beach safety officers had to board the boat and turn off the engine. 

"It's very bizarre," said Deanie Davis, a beachgoer. "I've walked this beach too many times and I've never seen a boat float up." 

No one was injured when the boat ran aground, beach safety officials said.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Daytona Beach Fire Department and beach safety officials are investigating the boat crash.

"There's not a whole lot of talk about what's going on so our curiosity is definitely there," said Bruns Powers, beachgoer. 

Woman used knife, tongs to perform dog's surgery at home, police say

A woman in Iowa was arrested last week on animal neglect charges after she allegedly performed surgery on her dog at home.

Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, attempted to remove an obstruction from her dog by using a paring knife and tongs, police told KCCI.

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The dog did not survive the procedure.

McMenamin told police that she performed the procedure because she couldn't afford to pay for the surgery to be done by a veterinarian, KCCI reported. She also claimed to have been raised on a farm and to have experience in castrating pigs, police said.

Teens selling water on National Mall handcuffed by police

U.S. Park Police are facing criticism for handcuffing three teenagers who were selling water Thursday on the National Mall.

Officials said police were just doing their job, as the teenagers were vending in a prohibited area, WUSA9 reported.

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Bystander Tim Krepp took a photo of the incident, and told WUSA9 that he thought the officers went too far in handcuffing the teenagers. The image quickly went viral on social media.

The teens were given a verbal warning and released to their guardians, WUSA9 reported. 

Watch: Small plane crashes into unoccupied day care in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building.

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One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital.

The survivor’s condition has not been released.

See the things people in Arizona claim are melting due to extreme heat

People in Arizona are used to triple-digit temperatures in the summer, but an extreme heat wave gripping the Southwest this week had temperatures rising to 120 degrees.

At that extreme temperature, strange things begin to happen.

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Arizona residents have been posting photos on social media of objects that they say have melted due to the extreme heat. It's important to note that none of these photos have been independently verified. The melted mailbox photo prompted KSAZ to ask an expert if it was possible for extreme heat to do that kind of damage. The engineering expert said that while it was unlikely that the plastic post completely melted, the heat could have weakened it, causing it to fall over, KSAZ reported.

As for the photos of melting street signs, KPNX verified via a transportation official that the damage to the sign was age-related, not specifically heat-related. And the photo of the melted trash bin? That was posted on Reddit in 2016, and many doubted its veracity then.

One thing is for certain: The heat in Arizona is no joke. Flights were grounded temporarily this week at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix due to the extreme temperatures. Phoenix emergency rooms have seen an increase in burn cases, most contact burns from bare skin touching pavement or a hot car's interior, azcentral reported. Pet owners are urged to take precautions as an increase in heat-related emergencies has been reported at Arizona animal hospitals.

Police: Woman arrested in prostitution sting left toddler alone at home

An Arizona woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution Wednesday admitted to leaving her 18-month-old toddler at home alone, police said.

Alexis Buchanan, 25, was arrested in an undercover sting operation Wednesday afternoon, investigators said. Upon her arrest, she told officers that her daughter was home alone.

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Police performed a welfare check and found the toddler in a bedroom on the second floor of the town home, which contained dog waste and small objects that could be choking hazards, KPHO reported. The girl was wearing a heavily soiled diaper and had dried food on her face, officers said. 

The child was taken into protective custody, KPHO reported.

In addition to the prostitution charge, Buchanan faces a child abuse charge, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

In a lighthearted contest often won by small dogs, this year's winner is a big surprise.

Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog for 2017.

The dog, described as gassy but gentle, spent much of its time on stage plopped on its side. 

The annual event took place Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

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Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was almost blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

Martha beat out 13 other contestants vying for the ugliest dog crown, including Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix, who came in second, and Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, who came in third.

A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo won the 2016 competition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Police: Florida father flashing gun in front of child on Facebook Live arrested

The man seen on Facebook Live posing with a gun and what appears to be drugs in front of his child is now in jail, police said.

Jakeeco Milton, 25, was arrested Thursday for violation of probation.

ActionNewsJax first showed the Facebook Live video of Milton posing with a gun in front of his child on Wednesday.

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Milton is behind bars after police say he violated his probation. It comes after he posted a Facebook Live video, in which he is seen with a gun and possibly drugs in front of his child.

Family members told ActionNewsJax they are happy Milton is locked up. Court records show he has felony convictions for resisting an officer and battery in a detention facility. He and the child’s mother have four children together and one on the way. Family members said the couple and the kids bounce around from motel to motel.

Both the State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident. 

Woman shaken after flying piece of wood on highway smashes windshield

Images shared on social media show how a Massachusetts woman narrowly escaped injury on the highway.

Victoria Gaucher told Boston 25 that she was driving down a highway in Taunton this week when a piece of wood flew off the truck in front of her and smashed into her car windshield.

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Luckily, she wasn’t hit and no one was injured. The long piece of wood wedged itself into the top of her windshield.

Gaucher said she’s glad her son wasn’t with her. She said the white truck didn’t stop after the wood flew off it.

Gaucher said she needed help getting the wood board removed from her car. 

Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

An 8-month old baby from Arkansas in need of a liver transplant is being helped by a T-shirt manufacturer who is raising money to help cover expenses.

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Amelia Fowler was diagnosed with biliary atresia four days after her birth, KTHV reported.

Doctors told Amelia’s parents, Jack and Mary Lu Fowler, that a liver transplant  was the child’s best shot at living a normal life, KTHV reported.

Paul Ritchie, who owns Rock City Outfitters, heard about Amelia and wanted to help.

“I actually had a niece named Amelia who went through something very similar,” RItchie told KTHV. “We just wanted to help out any way we can.”

Ritchie designed a T-shirt to raise money for Amelia. He only expected to print about 100 shirts, but has received more than 600 requests for them, KTHV reported.

“It’s amazing to know that the support we have already received that someone wanted to reach out and make this shirt for us,” Mary Lu Fowler told KTHV. “It’s something we would have never really asked for, or tried to do ourselves, but the fact they want to do this for us and for Amelia, and well, the response has been overwhelming.”

Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

A Wisconsin boy suffered second-degree burns on a slide in a park, WISN reported.

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The family of Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, of West Allis, said the slide “exploded” after spontaneously bubbling.

“I was about to get off and it just started to happen and it came up shaking,” Storniolo said. “I never saw any cracks on it or no holes. But I don’t know what happened.”

West Allis Mayor Dan Devine said city officials contacted the slide’s manufacturer, Landscape Structures, and removed the slide from the park, WISN reported.

“I have never seen -- and I don’t know of anybody who has seen -- anything like that before,” Devine said.

A Landscape Structures spokesman told WISN that company officials were aware of the incident and were investigating.

London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

Thousands of residents in a north London housing complex were evacuated from their apartments Friday night after fire checks revealed the buildings were unsafe, Reuters reported.

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The checks were done in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14.

Residents, along with their children and pets were removed from five tower blocks and headed to a local sports center to sleep on air beds, Reuters reported.

“I know it’s difficult but Grenfell changes everything,” Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, said in the statement. “I don’t believe we can take any risks with our residents’ safety.”

The London Fire Brigade said it had found a number of fire safety issues at the Chalcots Estate in Camden and advised residents to leave the building until they were resolved, Reuters reported.

Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station.

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D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester Evening News reported.

However, Barlow lost his medals at the service station near Walsall during his return to his home in Stockport on June 8.

Barlow released images of the lost medals -- the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal -- through the Blind Veterans UK charity.

Grant tweeted his support, including a contact number and said that anonymity would be guaranteed, the Evening News reported.

Barlow said the incident was “very distressing.”

“These medals are worth very little to sell but to me they are priceless,” he told the Evening News. “I had intended to pass all of my medals on to my grandson, which makes it even more upsetting.”

Barlow turns 96 on Sunday and said the medals’ return would be a great birthday gift, Fox News reported.

'Flower man' steals the show at Wisconsin wedding

Traditional weddings usually include a flower girl and a ring bearer. But nuptials last week in Wisconsin included a flower man -- and he did his job so well, he nearly stole the attention from the bride.

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Andria Farthing got married in Madison on June 17. For her flower girl, she chose her 28-year-old cousin, Patrick Casey. The two relatives were close as children and once served as flower girl and ring bearer at a  1994 wedding, the Huffington Post reported.

When Farthing chose members of the wedding party, she chose Casey to toss the flower petals. And Casey did not disappoint, using the same flower basket his cousin used at that wedding 23 years ago. Casey then walked down the aisle at the outdoor ceremony and then stopped to pull petals out of his pocket, which he scattered gracefully amid laughter.

“A good marriage includes a lot of laughing,” Casey told the Huffington Post. “So what’s wrong with a bit of fun at your wedding with someone you both love and who loves you both?

“I think there was some skepticism, but after, many people complimented me on being funny while not crossing the line.”

2 arrested in 30-person brawl after N.Y. high school graduation

A high school graduation ceremony in upstate New York ended with a brawl that injured one police officer and led to the arrest of two teenagers, the Albany Times Union reported.

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The brawl outside Watervliet High School in suburban Albany on Thursday night required four police agencies to respond before it was under control, police said.

Police arrested 18-year-old Damion M. Walker and an unidentified teen boy, the Times Union reported. Both are charged with misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration.

Watervliet Police Chief Mark Spain told the Times Union that authorities "have no idea" what sparked the fight,  which involved more than 30 people brawling in the parking lot.

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