Monday, May 13, 29013
ICE WAVE HITS MINNESOTA
There's some AMAZING video you're going to want to check out today when you get a second. 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed giant sheets of ICE ashore at a northern Minnesota lake, and right up to people's doorsteps. It's called an Ice Wave and it's amazing to watch. The ice from Lake Mille Lacs (MILL LAX) piled as high as 30 feet high, up to the rooftops of houses and buildings. You can see the video HERE
WOMEN RESCUED IN OHIO BEG FOR PRIVACY
The three Ohio women freed from their captor after ten years are asking just to be left alone. They want privacy as they continue to heal and reconnect with their families. Attorneys for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight say they can't do any interviews anyway because of pending criminal prosecution against 52 year old Ariel Castro. He's charged with rape and kidnapping.
GRANDMOTHER TRIED TO ALERT DCS BEFORE BABY DIED: RECORDS DON'T NOTE IT
An East Tennessee grandmother said she tried in vain to get the Department of Children’s Services to intervene when she feared her newborn grandson was living in an unsafe environment.
DCS already had opened an investigation in March 2012 after the baby was born with symptoms of drug withdrawal. He also was born prematurely with a severe birth defect: the infant’s intestines were outside his body, but he underwent surgery before going home. By June, he was dead at just 9 weeks old.
The grandmother’s call for help is not noted in DCS records.
“I just said I was worried because of the situation that (my grandchildren) were living in,” said the grandmother in an interview with The Tennessean on Saturday.
“They called back two weeks later for an update and the thing was, they hadn’t had quote, ‘time to follow up on it.’ And then before you know it, (my grandson) passed away.” It is unknown what steps, if any, DCS took to protect the baby and his two older siblings between his birth and when he died June 2, 2012.
Details about the death of the infant boy, identified only as “Case # 9” in DCS records, emerged over the weekend after the release Friday afternoon of 1,600 pages of internal DCS documents chronicling the 2012 deaths and serious injuries of 42 children who had some interaction with the state’s child welfare agency.
The limited and redacted documents were released after a protracted legal battle between DCS and a coalition of media groups led by The Tennessean.
Records show the baby’s mother said she awoke to find him not breathing, could not find her phone and drove him to two separate homes before finding someone to call 911.
The mother later told investigators she and her boyfriend had snorted a “roxy” — the street name of the powerful narcotic Roxicodone — and used marijuana before putting the baby to sleep in bed with them. She said they later moved the baby to his bassinet.
An autopsy report obtained by The Tennessean is inconclusive, noting the boy died of “sudden unexplained infant death” that may have been the result of co-sleeping.
This was not the first time DCS had interactions with the family.
DCS records show that the agency had contact with the family before the baby was born and had investigated a report of “drug-exposed children” involving the baby’s two older siblings in January 2012. A caseworker noted: “no services needed.”
His grandmother is still angry, believing DCS should have done more.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MAN IN PERCY PRIEST LAKE
A 55 year-old man has apparently drowned in Percy Priest Lake. Witnesses say the Hermitage man jumped off a pontoon into the water Saturday evening and never came back up.
FIFTH AVENUE NORTH NOW A TWO-WAY STREET
Next time you go downtown, remember that Fifth Avenue North is now a 2 way street. So far, it's just from Broadway to James Robertson. Plans to convert Fifth Avenue South from Broadway to Lafayette to two-way are still in the works. But for now is still one-way.
TEENS WHO TEXT AND DRIVE ENGAGE IN OTHER RISKY BEHAVIORS
Everybody thinks THEIR teenager is 'the good one' and doesn't text and drive. But a new Centers for Disease Control study finds half of them admit they do; they just don't tell you about it. And they found that the teens who text and drive are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors behind the wheel, including drinking and driving, riding with someone who's been drinking or failing to wear a seatbelt. (The study can be found in the journal "Pediatrics.")
NASHVILLE IHOP EMPLOYEE RUNS OVER CUSTOMER
A visit to the Antioch IHOP turned tragic yesterday. A customer is in critical condition after leaving the restaurant, being confronted, chased and attacked by an employee, over whether he paid his bill. Police say 30 year-old parolee Kenneth Hale, Jr. is charged with attempted criminal homicide after knocking out restaurant customer Henry Fletcher Jr. then running over him twice with his own car. Fletcher is hospitalized in critical condition. Hale was arrested.
12 PEOPLE SHOT AT MOTHER'S DAY PARADE IN NEW ORLEANS
Police in New Orleans are looking for three gunmen who shot 19 people, including two children during a Mother's Day parade yesterday afternoon. Police chief Ronal Serpas, Nashville's former police chief, says his officers saw three men running away after the shooting, and are looking for the men.
NASHVILLE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MUSICIAN LOADING ZONES
If you've ever parked in those loading zones in front of businesses in downtown Nashville, just to run in right quickly and do, whatever, tonight's Nashville Traffic and Parking Committee meeting will be talking about the problem you're causing. Musicians say the loading zones are often full, so they can't unload their gear and do their jobs. Metro is trying to figure out what to do about the problem, including possibly expanding the loading zone area.
INVASIVE FISH BEING HUNTED IN CENTRAL PARK
There's a creature that looks like something out of a horror movie, making its way across the United States. The invasive northern Snakehead fish has now made its way to New York's Central Park. It has rows of teeth, it eats frogs and crayfish and can breathe air and live for days out of water. It's native to China, Russia and Korea, and is upsetting the eco-system here... so fishermen at the Central Park lake are being told, starting this week, if they catch one... do not throw it back. They're supposed to call wildlife officials so they can dispose of it.
GET MOVING TO REDUCE CANCER RISK
Being even a little more physically active can help lower your risk of cancer. Studies suggest that simply getting up every few hours and moving around can help. Oncologists at the Cleveland Clinic say if you have a desk job, try building IN reasons to get up and move. Like using a small cup for your coffee or water, so you'll have to get up and refill it often, and, at the house, making it a habit to get up and move a little when the commercials come on TV. Doctors say, whatever you choose, just moving some can lower your cancer risk.
According to Dr. Keith Block, medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, a healthy balance between stretching (yoga); upper body strength training (resistant bands) and aerobic activity (walking) will reward cancer patients in many ways.
Dr. Block has found that, “breast cancer patients in stage 1, 2 or 3 disease that walk 3 to 5 hours per week will cut mortality in half. And, in colon cancer patients, walking 6 to 9 hours per week will cut mortality by 61 percent and recurrence risk by more than half.”
CHICK-FIL-A WILL CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS
Managers of the Chick-fil-A on Mallory Lane say they're going to close down the restaurant for much of next month, for an extensive renovation and expansion. They say they just need to be able to serve more food, because that location is one of the top 3% of performers in the country.
LOHAN TAKEN OFF ADDERALL, WANTS OUT OF REHAB
Lindsay Lohan is at the Betty Ford center for substance abuse treatment... but now she says she wants out, because doctors at Betty Ford have taken away her highly-addictive Adderall. They say she doesn't need it for the ADHD she claims she has, but now Lohan reportedly says she wants to be moved to a drug rehab place that'll let her have her drug. If she does leave, for any reason, she faces jail time. The photo of her in court in March (on this page) just looks sad. She appears haggard, with unwashed hair and a dazed expression on her face, as if she's not clear-headed.
SNL'S SETH MEYERS TAKES OVER JIMMY FALLON SPOT ON LATE NIGHT
Seth Meyers will be the next host of NBC’s “Late Night,” the network announced on Sunday.
Mr. Meyers, the longtime head writer on “Saturday Night Live” and host of its “Weekend Update” segment, will succeed Jimmy Fallon, who is moving up one hour to take over NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
KIEFER SUTHERLAND'S "TOUCH" CANCELLED, "24" COMING BACK?
After canceling his series "Touch," FOX is looking at trying to bring back Kiefer Sutherland for another season of "24."
77 YEAR-OLD NORTH DAKOTA MOM RAISED 69 KIDS
Few mothers got more cards, flowers and phone calls this Sunday than Joyce Dumont. The 77 year old woman raised 69 kids over the course of her lifetime, six through childbirth, five stepchildren, 11 who were adopted, several dozen foster children and a few who simply moved in when they had no better place to go.