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9-year-old calls 911 after babysitter, girlfriend overdose

An Ohio child called 911 after her babysitter and the sitter’s girlfriend overdosed on drugs Sunday afternoon, according to a Dayton Police incident report.

The 9-year-old girl reported she was in an apartment with her two younger siblings, and 

her mother was on her way home, but it would take about an hour for her to reach them. 

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Officers and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene.

“We were greeted at the door by two small children with tears running down their faces,” wrote the reporting police officer in the incident report. 

Police and medics located two unresponsive women when they arrived. One was halfway in the living room near the children. The other was in an area near the kitchen and bathroom. 

The women were identified as Leslie Harbarger, 45, and Angela Benda, 47. Both overdose victims were revived with Narcan.

Benda and Harbarger were transported to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. 

“It should be noted that fire crews used every dose of Narcan they were carrying and I had to give two doses of my issued Narcan,” the reporting officer wrote. 

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According to police, Benda reported she ingested one heroin cap. Harbarger denied taking heroin, but said was known to abuse her prescription medication. 

Montgomery County Children Services was notified about the incident. 

A summons was issued for the two women in lieu of an arrest.

Researchers discover ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’

Researchers have discovered evidence of the most diverse collection of dinosaurs, including some of the largest dinosaur footprints ever recorded, in an area dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park.”

Paleontologists from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences and James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences spent more than 400 hours investigating 140-million year old rock formations in a 15.5 mile area of the Dampier Peninsula to learn that at least 21 different types of dinosaurs once roamed the land.

"This is the most diverse dinosaur track fauna ever recorded," lead researcher Dr. Steve Salisbury told CNN. "If we went back in time 130 million years ago, we would've seen all these different dinosaurs walking over this coastline. It must've been quite a sight."

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Researchers found what is considered the biggest dinosaur footprint in the world. It is from a sauropod and measures 5 feet 9 inches, according to CNN.

They traced thousands of tracks around Walmadany during the study. Researchers found five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at least six types of tracks from herbivorous sauropods, four types of tracks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of tracks from armored dinosaurs, including tracks from the first known stegosaurus on Australia.

“It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period,” Salisbury said in a news release. “It’s such a magical place—Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting.”

Man tells bystanders to watch, lights himself on fire outside Walmart, police say

A man outside a Colorado Walmart yelled for bystanders to watch him Sunday before igniting gasoline he had poured over himself and the car he was in, according to multiple reports.

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The man, who appeared to be in his 60s, sustained second- and third-degree burns before bystanders were able to put out the flames, Lafayette police Cmdr. Brian Rosipajla and police dispatchers told the Daily Camera.

The man stopped a car outside the entrance to the Walmart at 745 U.S. Highway 287 in Lafayette around 5:20 p.m. Sunday, police said. He shouted for the attention of passers-by and told them to videotape him before he doused himself and the car in gas and lit himself on fire, the Daily Camera reported.

He was engulfed in flames by the time he got out of the car, spread his arms and told bystanders not to extinguish the fire, according to KDVR.

Bystanders ignored him and put out the fire covering him, although they were unable to stop the car fire, police said.

Rosipajla told the Daily Camera the man’s injuries were critical. No other people were injured.

Officer killed after stun gun fails to subdue fleeing suspect, police say

A 22-year-old police officer died in Oklahoma on Monday morning after he and a man exchanged gunfire when the man ran during a traffic stop Sunday night, Tecumseh police said.

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The officer, identified as 22-year-old Justin Terney, died of his injuries. The suspected gunman remained hospitalized Monday morning.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Terney was shot multiple times after stopping a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benson Park Road and Gordon Cooper Drive.

Kidney said Terney was working with dispatchers to verify information given by one of the vehicle’s passengers, a man, after becoming suspicious that he might have been giving Terney false information. As dispatchers were telling Terney that it appeared the man had an active warrant for his arrest, the man ran from the stopped vehicle and toward nearby woods, Kidney said.

Terney fired a stun gun at the man.

“The (stun gun) doesn’t have any effect on (the suspect) and he continues running through a wooded area, over a fence,” Kidney said. “About 25 yards inside that fence area, the officer and the suspect both exchanged gunfire.”

Authorities took both the suspect, whose identity was not immediately known, and Terney to a hospital, where Terney underwent surgery for hours overnight.

Kidney confirmed that Terney, who had been shot about three times, died Monday morning. The suspected gunman remained in intensive care with four gunshot wounds, according to KFOR.

Terney joined Tecumseh’s police force about a year ago.

“My department’s not doing good,” Kidney said Monday morning, adding that in the 22 years he has been with the department and the 38 years the chief has been with the department, this is the first officer-involved shooting for Tecumseh police.

“We haven’t had to live through this yet,” he said. “We need everybody to rally around and support us.”

Porsche to give employees 9,111-euro bonus

In tribute to its iconic sports car and to celebrate an unmatched year of sales, Porsche is giving each of its 21,000 employees, from janitors to assembly workers, up to a 9,111 euro bonus. 

The payout, which could be up to about $9,825, will be adjusted based on amount of hours worked and service time by the employee, the company said in a news release.

Porsche said 2016 was its most lucrative in its 86-year history. It increased vehicle production to 237,778 with revenue up to $24.2 billion.

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“This was thanks to our employees, who enabled us to expand our attractive model range to include an array of new and exciting sports cars, such as the 911 Turbo and 911 R, the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman as well as the Panamera,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG, said in a news release. “The expertise and passion of our staff forms the basis of a successful future for Porsche.”

The bonus was negotiated by the company’s Works Council, which are created to allow employees to be part key decision making processes, according to the European Trade Union Institute.

"In the end, no one in our large VW family received anywhere near as large a bonus as our employees at Porsche," Uwe Hück, chair of Porsche's Group Works Council, said in the news release. "We had to walk a very fine line during the negotiations. The result was this extraordinary and one-off, but completely justified, bonus."

Police: Gunman shoots 6, including 2 children, in Florida

Six people were shot early Monday in a Florida neighborhood, the Sanford Police Department said.

The shooting was reported shortly before 6:30 a.m. at a home on Hays Drive in Sanford, police said.

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Investigators said a gunman went to the home of someone he knows and shot two adults, an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy.

One adult died. The other adult and the two children were taken to a hospital in critical condition, investigators said.

Detectives said the gunman then fled the home and randomly shot two bystanders in the roadway, critically wounding them both.

An officer who was in the area was able to subdue the gunman, who was arrested, police said.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victims or the suspected gunman.

Investigators said the initial shooting appeared to be domestic in nature.

No other details were given.

Check back at WFTV.com for updates.

Dozens of dogs rescued from South Korea meat trade; arrive safe in Pittsburgh

After a 7,000-mile journey, dozens of dogs rescued from the South Korea meat trade are now safe in Pittsburgh.The animals landed at JFK International in New York and were picked up by the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team.

While eating dog is on the decline in South Korea, about 30 million are slaughtered in Asia every year.

"These dogs were in the worst deplorable conditions you can imagine and, today, they have hope. Today, they're going from danger to safety in Pittsburgh,” Jonathan Plesset, of PAART, said. 

Most of the dogs will go to South Hills Pet Rescue to be checked out, then they’ll be put up for adoption.

PAART, a not-for-profit organization that provides air and ground rescue for at-risk dogs, cats and other animals. Its mission is transporting animals from danger to safety to provide them with a second chance.

Virgin America to be no more following Alaska Airlines merger

Being named the Best Airline in North America isn’t enough to save the brand name of Virgin Airlines.

Alaska Airlines, which bought Virgin last year, has announced that it will fly both companies under the Alaska Airlines name by 2019, CNN Money reported.

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Alaska, which is based in Seattle, bought Richard Branson’s airline to break into the California market, making Alaska the country’s fifth-largest airline, CNN Money reported.

“While the Virgin America name is beloved to many, we concluded that to be successful on the West Coast we had to do so under one name - for consistency and efficiency, and to allow us to continue to deliver low fares,” Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing, Sangita Woerner, said in the company’s Wednesday news release.

Alaska Airlines said in last week’s announcement that it will keep the options that made Virgin America a household name, like its free in-flight entertainment, mood lighting and boarding music.

In 2018, some Alaska Airlines aircraft will be retrofitted with the same mood lighting and new seats and amenities, the company said. Free in-flight entertainment will also be coming to the airline’s existing Boeing fleet as a permanent feature.

Library of Congress to host Gloria Gaynor disco party

Historical texts and a disco ball?  They’re two items that you wouldn’t think to put together, but The Library of Congress will be the site of a disco in a few weeks.

Gloria Gaynor, whose disco hit “I Will Survive” was added to the National Recording Registry last year, will headline the library’s “Bibliodiscotheque,” The Washington Post reported.

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The “Bibliodiscotheque” will feature lectures, films and events that will culminate with a disco party in the Great Hall in the Jefferson Building on May 6.

All of the events are free but tickets are needed. They will be available starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

For more information, including a schedule of events, click here.

Want a tiny house for next to nothing?

If you’re interested in a tiny home and have a tiny budget, this might be a giant opportunity for you.

A bankruptcy auction in Alabama has more than two dozen dwellings in various states of completion up for grabs.

The lots are up for bid online through April 4. Other items are available as well, including assorted tools and building materials, along with refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryer units and other appliances (presumably, they’re the size that would fit a tiny home, but check the catalogue listing for specifics).

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Now of course there are lots of caveats. The lots are sold as-is with no warranty and no guarantee. The homes, as noted, are in “various states of completion,” mean some are 70 to 85 percent done and some are basically just-started framework.

The just-started homes are going for next to nothing – as little as $425 for a framed-up model to $4,100 for one that’s much further along.

If you enter a bid, that’s a legally binding action. No retracting bids once they’re made. You can pay with cash, a wire transfer or certified check – that’s it – and payment must be made by April 7. You need to come get your new castle after April 11.

It is happening at the now-bankrupt Lil’ Lodges of Alabama in Bear Creek.

All details are here on the Pearce & Associates web site.

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