Airline passenger attacks flight attendant, injures six police officers: Authorities

Essex County Correctional Facility(NEW YORK) — A flight attendant and several police officers were injured when a passenger reportedly became disruptive on a New Jersey-bound flight, authorities revealed over the weekend.

Matthew Dingley, 28, allegedly attacked an attendant on a CommutAir flight from Washington, D.C., to Newark Thursday night and charged at responding police officers when the plane landed, authorities said Sunday.

CommutAir flight 4965, operating as United Express, landed “without incident” at Newark Liberty International Airport at about 9 p.m. and was met by law enforcement on the tarmac, according to CommutAir.

The airline declined to offer any details about the alleged encounter between Dingley and the flight attendant, but it confirmed that the flight did have trouble with a “disruptive passenger.”
 
“Our primary concern is always to ensure the safety of all customers and crew and we are cooperating with authorities,” CommutAir told ABC News on Sunday. “We express our gratitude for the quick reaction of our passengers, crew and police officers who responded during this incident.”

United Express, which is a regional branch of United Airlines, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Officials told Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that Dingley rushed at six Port Authority police officers when the plane came to a stop on the tarmac and the plane’s door opened, causing them to fall down the plane’s exit stairs.

The officers were treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the altercation, according to WJLA. One of the six suffered four broken ribs, the outlet said.

The officers and the attendant had each been released as of Sunday evening. Police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Dingley was charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and interfering with transportation, court records showed. It’s unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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Officer’s body cam captures near-death experience being hit by train

Polk County Police Department(CEDARTOWN, Ga.) — Video captured what could have easily been a Georgia police officer’s last moments as he was hit by a moving train.

Polk County Police Department officer Andy Anderson miraculously survived being struck by a train last week in a terrifying close call that was documented by his 3D body-worn camera, authorities said.

Anderson was chasing a suspected robber who fled into a wooded area surrounding the train tracks in Polk County, located about an hour west of Atlanta. Authorities said he was so focused on catching the suspect that he didn’t step far enough away from the tracks — or see the oncoming train.

The Polk County Police Department shared video captured by the officer’s body cam, documenting the moment of impact. The train, blowing its horn, appeared to be just a few feet away from Anderson as he continued to chase down the suspect.

Seconds later, the video showed the officer being knocked into the woods from the train’s force. He landed in bushes beside the tracks and could be heard moaning for help for several minutes.

Thankfully, his injuries were not critical and he was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Polk County Police Department Chief Kenny Dodd said Anderson suffered numerous broken bones, but he was in good spirits overall.

The department also shared an image of the officer giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed before his release.

The burglary suspect, identified by local news outlets as 18-year-old Jayden Moats, was still on the run as of Sunday evening.

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Man hailed as hero for saving three men from overturned car in icy pond

FotoDuets/iStock(OMAHA, Neb.) — A Nebraska man is being hailed as a hero after jumping into action to save the lives of three men whose car landed upside down in an icy pond and they couldn’t get out.

Terry Ingram was out taking pictures of eagles in Bellevue, Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon when he witnessed a white sedan lose control while crossing railroad tracks, strike a fire hydrant and then land upside down in the ice-cold pond, according to ABC News’ Omaha affiliate station KETV.

“The car just came right in front of me,” said Ingram. “They hit the fire hydrant and I don’t think they even touched the ground … they were already airborne.”

Ingram then heard the men screaming for help and he immediately jumped into action.

“I panicked when I heard the guy’s voice. ‘Get me out, it’s filling full of water,'” Ingram told KETV. “Once I pulled the door open, the water started going in, and he was coming out. Just seeing those bodies there, I thought they were gone.”

Ingram dove into the freezing water and managed to pull one of the car doors open.

“Once I pulled the door open, the water started going in and he was coming out,” said Ingram, according to ABC News’ Fresno station KFSN-TV.

Ingram was able to pull the three men out of the overturned and submerged vehicle and helped to drag them to shore.

Two of the men were taken to Nebraska Medicine with non-life-threatening injuries but Ingram said he was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Ingram told KETV that he will always look back at the pictures he took that day and be thankful that his timing was right and that he was there to save the lives of the three men. He also hopes to meet up with the men he saved to see how they’re doing after their traumatic experience.

“God puts people [in] places for a reason,” he said.

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Police officer and mother of two killed while helping elderly woman cross the street

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department(VALLEY VILLAGE, Calif.) — An off-duty sheriff’s detective was struck and killed by a car while she was in the middle of helping an elderly woman cross the street who had fallen in the middle of the road.

Amber Joy Leist, a 41-year-old mother of two sons aged 17 and 20 and a 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, had stopped her car in Valley Village, California, on Sunday at around 11 a.m. when she saw an elderly woman fall while she was crossing the street.

Leist parked her car near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue to help the fallen woman but was struck by an oncoming vehicle when she attempted to return to her car.

Leist was immediately taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“Today the LA County Sheriff’s Department is grieving,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in a statement on Twitter. “We are shocked and stunned by the sudden loss of a family member … She was an outstanding detective who lead by example.”

Leist had a colorful and varied 12-year career including working as a north county corrections officer, a deputy in Lancaster as well as a school resource officer. Leist had spent the last five years with the West Hollywood station where she had been promoted to detective.

Police are investigating the circumstances around the accident but the driver involved in Leist’s death stopped at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

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Man allegedly pistol-whips girlfriend repeatedly when she refuses crime spree

suratoho/iStock(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A North Carolina man is on the run after repeatedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend when she refused to go along with his plan to break into and burglarize a house.

Alexander Wayne Gillett, 26, of Greensboro, North Carolina, allegedly wanted to break into and burglarize a home after he saw the owner post images of valuable items on the premises on Facebook on Friday morning, according to ABC News’ Raleigh station WTVD-TV.

Gillett then requested help from his girlfriend, who remains unnamed, but she refused to partake in the crime.

It was after she declined that Gillett allegedly got angry and hit her with a gun several times leaving her with injuries to her face, head and arm. He also allegedly submerged her phone in water rendering it unusable.

Gillett fled on foot after the beating and his girlfriend went to a nearby home to request help from the police who arrived shortly after.

Gillett was last seen on Saturday in Guilford County but the deputy who spotted him was unable to apprehend the suspect.

The suspect was wearing a black beanie, a gray hooded jacket, gray pants and camouflage boots. Gillett is 6-feet tall and has short dark hair in the back and a longer fringe in the front.

Officials say that Gillett is “armed and dangerous” and that anybody with information on his whereabouts should contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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Driver dies after deadly confrontation on Florida roadway

kali9/iStock(WINTER HAVEN, Fla.) — A confrontation between two motorists turned deadly in central Florida over the weekend when one shot the other, authorities said.

The incident unfolded Saturday night on a road in the city of Winter Haven, about 50 miles east of Tampa, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shooting.

The occupants of an SUV told authorities that they were driving behind a pickup truck when the vehicle came to a sudden stop, forcing them to stop suddenly. The driver of the pickup truck got out and approached the SUV, cursing at them for following too closely and saying that he should kill them. He then went back to his vehicle, turned around and began walking back toward the SUV, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver of the SUV told authorities that he feared the other driver was coming to kill him, so he grabbed a gun from the glove compartment, pointed it out his window and fired at the man. A female passenger in the SUV called 911, according to the sheriff’s office.

Witnesses told authorities that they heard three gunshots. One witness said he heard a man yell, “I don’t want to kill you!” and a woman yell, “Don’t kill him! Don’t kill him!”

The driver of the pickup truck, a Winter Haven resident, was shot in the lower abdomen at around 9:30 p.m. local time. The man was taken to Winter Haven Hospital where he died soon after, according to the sheriff’s office.

The two occupants of the SUV remained at the scene for authorities to arrive. Detectives are seeking further evidence to corroborate their statements as the investigation continues, the sheriff’s office said.

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Police search for missing girl who ‘willingly’ left home with unknown person

Dearborn Police Department(DEARBORN, Mich.) — Authorities in Michigan are searching for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen Saturday leaving her home with an unknown person.

Video shows Reem Alsaidi getting into someone’s white or grey sedan which pulled up in front of her residence in Dearborn, Michigan, on Saturday at around 5:15 a.m. local time. Detectives believe the teenager appears to “willingly” leave her home and enter the car, according to a press release from the Dearborn Police Department.

Alsaidi is described as an Arab-American girl with long dark hair and brown eyes. She is 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds, police said.

It was unknown what clothing Alsaidi might be wearing, but police say she was last seen with a backpack.

Anyone with information on Alsaidi’s whereabouts or the case is asked to contact the Dearborn Police Department at 313-943-2241.

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New storms on the way for the West

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Weekend storms brought 700 damaging storm reports, including 19 reported tornadoes from Texas to Virginia.

People across the country are still cleaning up from this storm while several new storms are already slamming the West. Ten states in the West are under multiple alerts Monday morning.

A western storm has already been hitting Seattle hard overnight with snow which has caused accidents, spinouts and power outages.

This storm is not the end, however, and there is more on the way for the rest of the week.

Yet another storm will move into the West on Wednesday bringing more heavy snow and heavy rain.

By Wednesday night, the storm will reach the San Francisco Bay area with heavy rain and it is expected to hit Los Angeles by Thursday afternoon.

Heavy rain is also expected for coastal Oregon and the California coast, especially in the middle to the end of the week.

Dozens of record highs were smashed across the East Coast this past weekend from Florida to Maine.

Several cities hit all-time January record highs, where Boston reached 74 degrees and Naples, Florida, hit near 90 degrees.

The heat is over for the Northeast and temperatures are closer to normal Monday morning but parts of the Southeast remain very warm for this time of the year with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

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Man arrested after eight wounded in stabbing spree in Colorado Springs, police say

Chalabala/iStock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A man was arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people in and around downtown Colorado Springs early Monday morning, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the area of 8th Street and Limit Street for a reported stabbing around 1:30 a.m. local time. They found two victims with injuries there and then found several more nearby in the America the Beautiful Park, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The officers spread out across the city to search for the suspect, who was reported to have fled to the area of Tejon Street and Boulder Street where he had allegedly stabbed several more people. Upon arriving there a short time later, the officers found the suspect who was being held down by some of his victims. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was subsequently taken into custody, according to police.

Eight victims were taken to local hospitals with stab wounds. police said. Their conditions were unknown.

The attacks appeared to be random, and there was no known relationship between the suspect and the victims, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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