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Funeral to be held for boy with autism found in creek after dayslong search

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By LL

iStock/Thinkstock(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A 6-year-old boy whose body was found in a North Carolina creek after a dayslong search is being laid to rest.

The funeral for Maddox Ritch is slated for Friday in his hometown of Gastonia, according to ABC station WTVD.

Maddox, who had autism and was nonverbal, disappeared while on a trip to Rankin Lake Park with his father and another adult on Sept. 22, prompting a massive search.

A body was found partially submerged in a creek about a mile from the park on Sept. 27, and authorities confirmed that it was Maddox on Oct. 1.

Maddox’s father, Ian Ritch, had said his son started sprinting roughly 25 to 30 feet ahead of him before running out of sight.

“As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking,” he said last week.

After Maddox disappeared, a park employee called 911, sparking a wide search by local, state and federal investigators. They scoured the area with police dogs, searched dumpsters, waded through the park’s lake using sonar and divers, and scanned the area with helicopters and drones, police said.

Authorities also recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and played those messages in the woods in the hopes that their voices might persuade him to come out if he was there.

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Manhunt intensifies for Tennessee double murder suspect as potential sighting reported

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By KT

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A double murder suspect who is on the run after a string of violent crimes in Tennessee may have been spotted overnight, authorities said.

As the search intensifies for Kirby Gene Wallace in a rural area of Tennessee north of Nashville, a homeowner called 911 early Wednesday to report that he had heard his dogs barking and saw a man trying to get into his porch, authorities said Wednesday.

The man, who appeared to be carrying a gun, then fled into the woods, authorities said.

Investigators are trying to confirm if Wallace, 53, was the man trying to enter the porch, authorities said.

Another 911 call also came in overnight reporting possible suspicious activity, and since then authorities have deployed more resources and established a second search perimeter, they said.

Anyone with relatives or friends in the area is asked to reach out to them and make sure they are OK, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Nilan said Wednesday.

Wallace is suspected of killing a 63-year-old woman after she and her husband came home from church on Sept. 23, Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray said, according to The Tennessean newspaper. The couple was bound and their house was set on fire, Gray said, according to the newspaper. The husband survived.

Wallace is also suspected of shooting and killing a man and stealing his truck on Monday in Montgomery County, The Tennessean reported.

Days earlier, a woman in her 80s was returning home from church when Wallace allegedly stopped her at her car and forced her into her home at knife-point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.

Inside the home Wallace allegedly showed the woman a loaded rifle, threatened her and took apart her phone to keep her from calling for help, the sheriff’s office said. Wallace allegedly tied her to her bed before fleeing in her car, officials said.

As the manhunt continues, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to stay inside, keep their doors and windows locked and report any suspicious activity.

Authorities on Tuesday said they can’t rule out if Wallace is getting outside help and vowed to find him “one way or another.”

A $7,500 reward is available for information leading to his capture, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

Wallace is described as having gray hair, hazel eyes and possible facial hair. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds, authorities said.

Wallace is wanted on charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated arson and especially aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911.

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Increasing tropical moisture will bring the chance for locally heavy rainfall to most of South Central Texas, but especially the Coastal Plains.

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Threats & Impacts:

Rainfall:

Less than 2 inches west of Highway 281, 1-3 inches for the I35 corridor, and 2-4 inches for the Coastal Plains. Isolated locations could receive 5-7 inches (mainly in the Coastal Plains).

Timing and Overview:

While there is a 20% chance for tropical cyclone development, significant strengthening of the tropical disturbance is not expected. This disturbance will bring a chance of decent rainfall to the area beginning in the eastern half today and spreading to most of South-Central Texas Monday-Wednesday. While significant flooding is not expected due to dry antecedent conditions and breaks in activity, minor flooding is possible in areas that pick up the isolated higher totals. The disturbance is expected to exit the region by Wednesday, but if it strengthens/slows down, the rainfall total forecast could increase slightly.

Confidence:

Moderate

Additional Information Resources:

NWS Austin / San Antonio Webpage: http://www.weather.gov/sanantonio
Report Flooding to us on Twitter using: @NWSSanAntonio and #ewxspotter
Sign up to be Rainfall Observer: http://cocorahs.org/Application.aspx
AHPS River Forecasts: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ewx

Sincerely,
Nick Hampshire
NWS Austin / San Antonio
Weather Forecast Office
2090 Airport Road
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Shooting at Nashville mall leaves 1 victim critically injured; suspect in custody

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By Brittany Martinez

Nashville Fire Dept(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — At least one person has been hospitalized after a shooting at Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall, according to officials.

The male victim was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in critical condition, the Nashville Fire Department wrote on Twitter.

The suspected shooter is in custody, according to the Nashville Police Department. The shooting appears to have started as a dispute, police said.

Investigators are sweeping the mall as a precaution, police said. The ATF also responded to the scene.

No other gunshot victims were reported, according to fire department.

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Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired by the World Meteorological Organization

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April 12, 2018 – Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate are storm names that don’t bear repeating.

Due to the extensive damage caused in the United States and the Caribbean last year, the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired these names. Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive – otherwise, names are reused by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on a six-year cycle.

The committee also selected the replacement names for Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate with Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively that will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names.

Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names (five) for one season.

Summary of the newly retired storms

Hurricane Harvey became a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale before making landfall along the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25. The storm then stalled, with its center remaining over or near the Texas coast for four days, dropping historic rainfall amounts, of up to five feet, causing catastrophic flooding in parts of southeastern Texas. Harvey is the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history (after inflation), behind only Katrina in 2005. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number in that state since 1919.

Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on Sept. 5. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. Irma made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys on Sept. 10 and struck southwestern Florida as a category 3 the same day. Irma caused 44 direct deaths as a result of its strong winds, heavy rain and high surf. In the U.S., seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida. Hundreds more were injured preparing for the storm, during it or in its aftermath.

Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on Sept. 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane. It also inflicted serious damage on some of the other islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea. Maria is the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history, behind Harvey and Katrina. Maria caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths.

Hurricane Nate crossed northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras as a tropical storm, then made landfall on the northern Gulf Coast as a category 1 hurricane. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region. An additional fatality in Panama was due to a “shipwreck,” bringing the death toll directly associated with Nate to 45. An additional nine people were missing in the region.

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center is a member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, and is responsible for issuing tropical cyclone forecasts and warnings for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins.

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