The Phoenix Fire Department has been slapped with a $95,000 fine in the death of a Phoenix firefighter in May. Three reports released Tuesday by the City of Phoenix and the Industrial Commission of Arizona detail the events of the May 18 accident that took the life of 23-year-old Brad Harper, who was killed while fighting a mulch fire near 39th Avenue and Miami Street. The commission levied a $70,000 fine against the fire department, saying Harper “was killed when he was struck by and caught between two fire fighting vehicles while one of the vehicles was backing up without the use of a spotter. Harper was trapped between the engine and a door of his rescue ambulance. The report stated there was a lack of situational awareness.” A review board also concluded Harper was likely focused on other tasks and didn’t notice the approaching engine. The commission hit the fire department with an additional $25,000 penalty, saying Harper was killed in the line of duty as a result of willful (regulatory) violation.” Officials agreed with a previous Phoenix police report, saying no criminal or civil charges would be filed.
A sheriff’s deputy mistakenly thought he saw a teen carrying an assault rifle on a California street this week and shot him dead, authorities said. It turned out the 13-year-old boy was carrying two fake guns, a replica AK-47 and a fake pistol, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office said. The Tuesday shooting is being investigated, the sheriff’s office said. School officials in the northern California city of Santa Rosa identified the teen as Andy Lopez Cruz. Two Sonoma County deputies spotted the boy holding what appeared to be an assault rifle Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office said. They pulled over “but maintained cover behind their open passenger door,” the press release said. They yelled at the teen to put the weapon down. He had his back to them and began turning around toward the officers, the statement said. “One of the deputies described that as the subject was turning toward him the barrel of the assault rifle was rising up and turning in his direction. The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner, and the safety of the community members in the area,” the statement said.
One person is believed to be dead after part of a train derailed Thursday morning in Sanford, Fla., CNN affiliate WKMG reported, citing authorities. The train derailed near a yard where trains are maintained around 6:45 a.m., WKMG reported. Aerial video showed four open-top freight cars lying on their sides just off the track, with other cars still upright. The overturned cars spilled what appeared to be gravel that they were carrying, and workers were using excavators to dig around and remove gravel beside one of the cars, the video showed.
The family of a teen found dead in a rolled-up wrestling mat went to court Tuesday to demand a coroner’s inquest into his death, arguing that conflicting autopsy reports require a second look by authorities. Chevene King, a lawyer for the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, said he expected an inquest would find Johnson “was the victim of foul play,” not the accident that authorities in his south Georgia hometown have ruled. The Johnson family has asked Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson for an inquest before, in March. In May, after investigators closed the case, Watson had indicated he would be willing to hold one—but refused to discuss the issue in a recent interview with CNN, and there was no immediate response from Watson to Tuesday’s filing. King said he expects a judge to hear the request by Oct.30. Kenneth Johnson told reporters that he expects a difficult fight, but added, “Kendrick was my son. It can’t be no harder than that.”
Terrified passengers called loved ones to say goodbye as their powerless airplane coasted toward an emergency landing on a highway in Hawaii, a man on board said afterward. The passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to Hawaii News Now about the frightening flight, which ended with no injuries to the eight passengers and two pilots on board the small island-hopper commercial plane. The trouble began about 13 minutes into the flight Monday night from Maui to Hawaii’s Big Island, the passenger said; there was a loud bang and then a loss of power. The pilots turned the crippled single-engine Cessna, operated by Mokulele Airlines, around and headed back toward Maui. As the plane coasted in the dark, they braced for the worst, the passenger said. “I think we’re gonna crash!” and “I love you” were some of the phrases he heard. All aboard were shaken but safe. National Transportation Safety Board investigators inspected the plane, which was moved to an empty lot near Wailea, as they try to determine why its engine failed.
Two people were rescued, when their sailboat became stranded on a lateral dam in the Mississippi River. Rescue crews began searching for the sailboat after being called to the area near the Captain’s Table restaurant, 4801 River Drive in Moline. Fog and snowfall reduced visibility on the water so severely that rescuers had the stranded boaters fire a flare to help crews locate them. The limited visibility is also blamed for the sailboat becoming stuck on the lateral dam. “The snow just kept coming down, and then we lost all visibility. We couldn’t see anything. It was just completely white. We had no idea where the channel was,” said one of the men rescued from the stranded boat. The two people aboard the sailboat were reportedly cold but not injured. They said they are from Topeka, Kan., and were working to sail south to the Gulf of Mexico.
A teacher at an Indiana high school was fired and is accused of taking students to a strip club and allowing them to drink at his home. Travis Lechien, 31, is a chemistry teacher at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake. According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Lake County prosecutors, some students at the school have visited Lechien at his home and “on four or five separate occasions, Mr. Lechien allowed” the students to drink beer and smoke from a hookah belonging to Lechien. The affidavit also states that Lechien took students to a strip club to celebrate one of the student’s 18th birthdays. Lechien has been a teacher at the school for nine years. He is facing three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is due in court next month.
The 24th piece in Banksy’s monthlong street art residency in New York City is in the Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, on the garage door of Larry Flint’s infamous strip joint: The Hustler Club. The famously anonymous British graffiti artist stenciled a man holding a bouquet of flowers. “Waiting in vain … at the door of the club,” reads the text accompanying photos of the stencil posted on Banksy’s website. Every day this month, Banksy has been unveiling new works of art around New York. The works are then announced on his website and posted to Instagram. Many of the surprise exhibits follow his signature street-art style: stencils spray-painted on streets, walls of buildings and under bridges.
Compiled By Juliana Norwood. CNN News Wire contributed to this report.