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12-28-2019 | 4:05 PM | EAST FARMINGDALE,NY— A pilot escaped serious injury after his Mooney M-20J Fixed Wing Single Engine plane crashed in a wooded area in Farmingdale, New York. On December 28, 2019 at 4:05 p.m., multiple emergency responders including East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to the reported aircraft crash right off the Southern State Parkway.

The plane took off from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach and was approaching the runway at Republic Airport in Farmingdale when it lost power. According To Flight Radars the plane was 22 minutes into the flight when it crashed about a mile from the runway at Republic Airport.

Agencies from multiple fire departments across Suffolk & Nassau Counties responded to the crash site. Due to the nature of the crash and proximity to the airport an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Crash truck from Republic Airport responded to the scene. Fire officials say the pilot was able to self evacuate the plane after the crash and only suffered minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will take the lead on the investigation.

11-24-2019 | 3:34 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal vehicle crash in the South Division. 

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at approximately 3:34 p.m., South and Independence Division officers responded to the 5700 block of Providence Road in reference to a single motor-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Upon their arrival, officers located a 2008 Nissan Altima that was being driven by Eileen Redmond Miller.  They also located a pedestrian in the roadway unconscious. Rhonda Michelle Cook, 52 had been struck by the Nissan.  

Paramedics arrived and began CPR and other life-saving measures. The victim was transported to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. Eileen Miller and her passenger did not sustain any injuries in this crash.  The Major Crash Unit responded to conduct the investigation.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Rhonda Cook was crossing Providence Road near Old Providence Road when she was struck by the Nissan Altima. The Nissan had been traveling southbound on Providence Road in the left straight lane at the time of the crash. Neither speed or impairment are contributing factors for the Nissan in this crash.  A crosswalk was not being used by Rhonda Cook when she was struck.  No charges have been filed against Eileen Miller at this time.

11-03-2019 | 3:22 PM | PINEVILLE,NC— On Sunday November 3, 2019 at 3:22 p.m., Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) & Pineville Fire Department responded to an equestrian accident at 12300 Downs Road in Pineville, North Carolina. A 911 call reported a person was riding a horse at My Farm Camps Experience when they knocked off the horse.

Sources say after the fall, the victim was then reportedly knocked unconscious after being kicked by the animal. The accident happened in a remote trail on the property. Due to the rough terrain on the trail and distance to the victim paramedics and firefighters were unable to access the incident with emergency vehicles.

Firefighters had to use a heavy duty “Stokes” Rescue basket to extract the victim. Firefighters had to carry the victim from the trail to the main horse farm property. Paramedics transported the injured victim to Atrium Health CMC Trauma Center with what are being considered non-life threatening injuries.

According to My Farm Camps Experience website the 21 acre property is home to birthday parties, summer camps, and Horseback and Trail Riding Lessons for adults and kids.

10-20-2019 | 5:03 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— Four shootings in a 48 hour period, two of them deadly, have brought Charlotte’s Homicide rate for 2019 to 88. Data shows that this year has been the deadliest year since 1995. Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Central Division Officers responded to a call for a shooting at 5:03 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, when officers located a male with a gunshot wound outside of the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a verbal altercation between the victim and a group of patrons inside the restaurant occurred prior to the shooting. CMPD confirms the altercation spilled out into the parking lot where shots were fired. Ronnie Lamont Franklin, 33, was fatally shot in the parking lot. The suspects fled in a newer model Nissan Rogue on West Boulevard towards Interstate 77 away from the Charlotte. Following the shooting, an all too familiar site unfolded as crime tape covered the restaurant parking lot.

Crime Scene technicians were photographing an area where the victim was pronounced dead by Mecklenburg County EMS paramedics. Detectives with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are interviewing witness and reviewing surveillance video from inside the fast-food establishment. “There’s not a number we’re okay with, less is always better. Unless we have a year where there is zero homicides, we’re not going to be satisfied with our work,” said CMPD Maj. Ryan Butler.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this most recent homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

10-17-2019 | 12:00 AM | LONG ISLAND,NY A major coastal storm slammed the Long Island coast late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The storm also known as a “Bomb Cyclone” caused major damage across the entire coastal New York peninsula. A building in Amityvllle, New York on County Line Road was no match for the power winds.

The building at 235 County Line Road which was scheduled for demolition crumbled to the street below after winds of over 60 miles per hour hammered the area. Amityville Police Department confirmed the collapse at the building also took down utility poles and scattered bricks and debris across the road.

This monster storm caused thousands of residents to lose power as tress came down on power lines. Suffolk County Police responded to over a dozen calls for downed trees and wires including an incident on Baylis Avenue in Melville. Two trees came down making Baylis Avenue completely impassable for motorists.

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