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Evacuations ordered as Hawaii volcano erupts

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate on Thursday because of an erupting volcano, a Hawaii County Civil Defense spokesperson told ABC News.

No injuries have been reported so far and no homes have been destroyed, but a subdivision road and some heavily forested private property have been damaged.

The Kilauea volcano began erupting around 4:45 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Yoakum Police Department unveils new response center

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By By Amber Aldaco | aaldaco@vicad.com

The Yoakum Police Department unveiled its new special operations regional response center Wednesday morning. …read more

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Port Lavaca officials warn public about police impersonator

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By Advocate Staff Report Port Lavaca Police Department dispatchers have received several reports of someone impersonating an officer over the phone. …read more

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Biological mother breaks down at sentencing of woman who stole and raised her child: 'I am your mother, Kamiyah'

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By Brittany Martinez

ABCNews.com(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)– The woman accused of kidnapping a baby just hours after birth appeared in a sentencing hearing Thursday morning.

Gloria Williams kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley in July 1998, hours after her mother, Shanara Mobley, gave birth in Jacksonville, Florida. Williams then took the child to South Carolina where she would raise her under the name Alexis Manigo for the next 18 years.

A DNA test Kamiyah took for investigators in January 2017 confirmed what she had already known for more than a year — she was the same girl who had been taken from that Florida hospital.

Williams pled guilty to first-degree kidnapping and third-degree interference of child custody in February. She faces up to 22 years in prison.

During sentencing, the state called multiple witnesses to the stand, including Kamiyah’s biological parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken.

Mobley testified she was 16 years old when she gave birth to Kamiyah. While in the hospital room, Mobley said a woman came into the room “dressed like a nurse” and sat with her for “hours.” Later, the woman told Mobley her baby needed to get her temperature taken, picked up the child and left the room.

Mobley would discover 18 years later that woman was Williams.

Mobley said Williams “preyed” on her because she was a minor at the time.

During her testimony, Mobley yelled out, “That is my child. I am your mother, Kamiyah. I am your mother.”

Aiken, Kamiyah’s biological father, also testified during sentencing. He was incarcerated at the time of his daughter’s birth.

“The day that [Williams] took Kamiyah she destroyed me and Shanara’s lives,” Aiken said.

“What [Williams] has been pumping through Kamiyah is lies, what I have pumping through Kamiyah is blood,” Aiken said.

The defense called members of Williams’ family to the stand, including her parents and biological children. Many of them asked for the judge to be lenient when sentencing Williams.

Williams’ father, Wilbert Brown, said his daughter was a “lovely child” and “respectful.”

He also had thoughts on his daughter’s possible sentence.

“If you do the crime, then you have to do the time,” he said, “but I hope it isn’t as bad as it might be.”

“She’s a good woman, she made a mistake and I think she deserves a second chance,” Williams’ husband, Wernoskie Conevy Williams, said.

Conevy Williams said he found out about Kamiyah’s true identity shortly before Williams was arrested.

“[Williams] said, ‘I made a mistake,’ and Lexi said, ‘Mom, it’s going to be OK,'” Conevy Williams said. “I said, ‘It’s going to be OK.'”

Williams’ biological son, Antoine Bolden, discussed his relationship with Kamiyah, whom he refers to as Alexis.

“Alexis is one of my best friends,” Antoine said.

He called her “a happy child,” adding that “she is a jack of all trades… She’s like a firecracker. You’d instantly get snatched into that smile.”

Andre Bolden, William’s other biological son, said his mother is a “great, wonderful, beautiful person.”

“Whether you are having a good day or a bad day, her smile will light you up,” Andre said.

During testimony, Kamiyah sat in the back of the courtroom with her lawyer, Justin Bamberg. Gloria Williams is expected to testify Friday as the final defense witness, followed by closing arguments. Sources confirm to ABC News that Kamiyah will not be testifying in the sentencing hearing.

Sentencing will continue Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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Alleged hazing attack by high school football team caught on camera

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By Brittany Martinez

Obtained by ABC News(MOBILE, Ala.) — The parents of a high school freshman are demanding their son’s football coach be fired, saying their son was brutally beaten by members of his own football team in an alleged hazing attack caught on cell phone video.

Fourteen-year-old Rodney Kim Jr. suffered a broken arm, busted lip and bruises on his back in the incident that occurred Friday afternoon at Davidson High School, in Mobile, Alabama, his parents told ABC News. The freshman quarterback required surgery on his broken arm.

“He broke his radial bone in his forearm. His physician was able to realign his radial bone,” his mother Mary Kim told ABC News in an interview. “He’s been complaining of headaches so we took him to the hospital today, because we think he may have a concussion.”

In video obtained by ABC News, a group of students can be seen apparently pummeling, kicking, and jumping on Kim Jr. in an alleged hazing ritual after they learned the freshman had made the Davidson High varsity football team. After practice on Friday, a teammate pushed him into the locker room and onto the ground, where the attack began, according to Kim Jr.

Kim Jr.’s parents say they first learned of the video after it was forwarded to his sister, a senior at the high school. After seeing the video, the victim’s father, Rodney Kim Sr. was enraged.

He told ABC that he first received a phone call from the school’s athletic trainer, informing him that his son had been injured at practice. He said that after further probing, the athletic director told him she believed the teen “may have been hazed” and that “a couple of guys jumped on him.”

Upon arriving at the school, Kim Sr. said, he found his son alone, with his arm wrapped in ice.

Kim Sr. said he brought his injured son to a local hospital, where he said a doctor later called the police to report the assault. Mobile Police arrived at the hospital later that evening, he said.

In a written statement dated May 3, 2018, Mobile Chief of Police Lawrence Battiste wrote, “The Mobile Police Department is aware of the incident that occurred at Davidson High School on April 27, 2018 where a 14-year-old male student was assaulted by several teammates in the locker room after practice. We are actively investigating to determine all individuals responsible for causing the student to sustain a broken arm injury. Today, we received the social media video post of the incident and it is being reviewed. Once the investigation has concluded, we will provide an update on those arrested and the charges.”

The Mobile County School District is cooperating with police and conducting its own investigation, Mobile County School District Superintendent Martha Peek told ABC News in a phone interview.

Peek says all parties are cooperating with the investigation, including the school’s football coach Fred Riley. Mobile County School district has suspended four students.

“It was very clear from the initial investigation that those four student were definitely involved,” Peek said. “They have been suspended. As the investigation goes on, with the police department and the school system, there could be other things that take place. There could be other people involved.”

Kim Jr.’s mother is calling for more arrests.

“Twenty children jumped my son and only four were suspended,” Kim said. “The police detectives told us today they are working on it, but to make more arrests, that’s up to the DA’s office.”

“We have not heard from the school system period. We feel like everyone has turned their backs on us,” she said.

ABC News asked the school district whether they planned to reach out to the victim’s family. Mobile School District Superintendent Martha Peek responded, “We learned of this yesterday and have been working on it. It was our understanding that the student had undergone some surgery. We were trying to be mindful of that and make sure that everything had been taken care of, before any contact was made.”

Shortly after speaking with ABC, the Kim’s say they received a phone call from the school district.

The school district said they plan to find out exactly what happened in that locker room.

“We are trying to check out every detail and we don’t want to leave any stone uncovered,” Peek said. “It’s a bit of a complicated process to get in and get statements from everybody. But we are working on all of those things and are very disappointed that this happened.”

In the meantime, Kim Jr. will have to undergo physical therapy. He is currently recovering at home, suffering from constant pain and mental trauma, his parents said. His doctor is optimistic that he will be able to return to the football field possibly next winter.

“This has to stop before someone else gets injured,” Kim Sr. pleaded. “Thank God my son is here.”

The Kims said, that since the incident, other parents in the community have come forward and shared similar hazing stories involving their children.

“This has been going on year after year,” Kim said of the parents’ allegations. “My son just got the worst treatment.”

The school district said it is investigating those claims and the coach is cooperating.

Coach Riley phoned Kim Jr.’s parents the day after the incident to apologize, but Kim’s parents say it is not enough. They are demanding that he be fired. Kim is also calling for the Davidson High football team to forfeit their upcoming 2018-2019 season.

“If we retaliate, when is it going to stop?” Kim said. “We need to send a strong message that this is not tolerated in America. If the adults are not the ones sending a strong message, then these kids think it’s OK.”

Peek echoed similar thoughts: “When you …read more

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