STOCKTON (CBS13) – A Stockton resident was shot Thursday night after finding his car was broken into.
At 11:18 p.m. Thursday, Stockton police received a call reporting that a man had been shot at his home in the 1500 block of Maniago Drive. They say he came home to find that his vehicle’s door was left open.
He noticed two people in the yard next door who shot at the man, hitting him. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he’s listed in stable condition.
The identity of the suspects is unknown.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – More than 200 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard will be coming home soon from a nine-month deployment to Egypt.
And for a few soldiers, they’ll have a new best friend waiting for them.
Dogs that the soldiers rescued and befriended overseas arrived at MSP International Airport Monday night.
Family, friends and one soldier who already returned home were there to pick up the animals.
In Egypt, they found the dogs whimpering under their building, and since they couldn’t keep dogs on base they worked with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to take care of them for five months and get them to the U.S.
John Goebel was at the airport picking up his friends’ dog, and expects his dog to arrive home next month.
“They were laying in the streets, laying in the dirt,” Goebel said. “Here a dog is supposed to have a home. And I felt bad because this is an animal to them and to us it’s a companion and we love to have them around. So that’s why we decided to take care of these five puppies and make sure that they got healthy and whatnot.”
Candes Stiever’s son is deployed with this group of soldiers. She drove up from Winona and picked up his dog Monday evening.
“I think it means a lot to him. I mean kept him company while he was there,” Stiever said. “I am happy. I’ll be even happier to see my son.”
The soldiers from the Mankato-based 135th Infantry Regiment spent the better part of the last year on the Sinai Peninsula, observing and reporting on the 1979 peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt.
They recently handed over command and are in Texas, in the process of returning to civilian life.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey family is on a mission – raising money to make sure kids and families with special needs have a special place to play.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, Connor Minelli of Toms River just turned 6. But instead of getting presents for his birthday, he asked his friends to give money to his buddy, Gavin Kane.
“So I could play with him, and all Toms River kids could come to Field of Dreams and play,” said Connor, a kindergartner.
Gavin’s parents, Christian and Mary Kane, are on a mission to raise enough money to build a complex to help children and adults with special needs in Monmouth and Ocean counties – the Toms River Field of Dreams.
Gavin was in a major car accident at just 19 months old and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“We were hit by a beer truck, and basically, that was taken away from him,” Christian Kane said.
Gavin’s home is completely outfitted to meet his needs, but there is no place for him to go and socialize with his friends.
“He has friends that are special needs. He has friends that are typical children. It’s going to be a great place for all of them to get together and open everybody’s eyes,” Mary Kane said.
Toms River Township donated the land behind the police station for the inclusive playground. The vision is a baseball field, basketball courts, miniature golf, a walking path and more – all with rubberized wood flooring for wheelchair accessibility.
Danielle Dapuzzo and her wheelchair-bound daughter, Serafina, know how great a need there is for such spaces.
“There is no other option,” Dapuzzo said.
It will also be place for parents.
“I want a place where I can sit and talk to other caregivers that know exactly what I’m going through,” Mary Kane said.
The Kane family hopes to raise $200,000 by the end of the summer. The Pine Belt Arena was donated as a space to host the event.
“If we can get someone to come in and donate their time for a day, we will probably be able to raise about $100,000 to $150,000,” Christian Kane said.
The project is expected to cost $1.5 million to build. For information on how you can help, click here.
READING (CBS) – A man at a Memorial Day cookout in Reading used a baseball bat to rescue a woman from a burning car.
The woman, Laura McCaffrey, was driving with her niece down Route 129 in Reading when police say she apparently had a seizure and lost consciousness.
Her car completely knocked down one utility pole and crashed into a second pole. The crash broke her windshield and her car caught on fire.
The Reading car on fire. (Photo credit: Samantha Fuschetti)
Cookout attender Samantha Fuschetti said the cookout had just gotten started when the crash happened.
“We were just settling-in getting ready to cook and we heard a loud bang. It sounded like a shot. One of my friends, Brandon, ran to she scene,” Fuschetti said.
When Brandon Finnen arrived at the crash site, he discovered that the car was already on fire and noticed that the driver was unresponsive.
“I saw the car on fire and the lady was unconscious in the driver’s seat. Her niece came around and tried to open the door. I told the niece to back up and I tried to start breaking the window with my fist,” Finnen said.
That was when a friend handed Finnen the bat he used to smash through the window.
Man shows off baseball bat he used to smash car window and save woman from burning vehicle in Reading pic.twitter.com/dPx3tnN2EN
— David Robichaud (@RobiWBZ) May 29, 2017
“I unlocked the door and opened the door. The flames got bigger at first and I backed up. Then I thought about how I would feel if I couldn’t get her out. So I just reached in, unbuckled the seat belt, and used all my might to pull her out as strong as I could,” Finnen said.
Witnesses say the driver’s side was completely engulfed in flames after he pulled out the woman.
The damaged car involved in the Reading utility pole crash. (Photo credit: WBZ-TV)
Although Finnen doesn’t think he’s a hero, his friends say he is.
One of the friends, P. J. Fuschetti, even believes Brandon saved the woman’s life.
“I definitely think she would have passed away, you know. Something bad could have happened. Yeah, he saved her life, definitely,” Fuschetti said.
The crash left 1,300 customers without power for a couple of hours. Authorities say power has been completely restored.
McCaffrey and her niece were taken to the hospital and police say that their injuries are “non-life threatening.”
The names of the crash victims haven’t been released.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Rapper Wiz Khalifa was just one of the headliners in the Bay Area’s first ever floating Hip-Hop festival.
The event was billed the First Annual Ship Show Music Festival.
Concertgoers came to dance to their favorite Hip-Hop jams and check out the beautiful San Francisco skyline aboard the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier and permanently docked museum in Alameda.
“It’s pretty cool it’s memorable because you never go to a concert on a ship, you never see that,” said concertgoer Jenya Fedirko of Pleasanton.
Spekdrum Entertainment chose this location for reason.
“A lot of the young people need to be exposed to why we fought in World War II and the history of this ship and the history of them picking up the space capsules and really know that Alameda was a naval base and the history behind it,” says President of Spekdrum Entertainment Trevor Simpson.
More than 3,000 people attended Day One of the festival – each one walked through part of the ship’s museum to get to the deck.
“As I was walking up, I was like wow, there’s a lot of history here and I’m glad that this brought me out here so I know that this exists,” said Nicolas Tovar of San Jose.
The festival wraps up Sunday and will feature more old school hip-hop artists including Wyclef, DMX and all 9 members of the Wu Tang Clan.
By Joel Hillan
MEAD, Colo. (CBS4) – Carlee Crisler woke up Saturday morning excited to graduate, but also a little sad her big brother wasn’t going to be there — or so she thought.
U.S. Army Private 1st Class Christopher Crisler got back from Afghanistan two weeks ago and although his sister knew he was in the country, she didn’t know he was going to be there for her graduation.
“My sister has always been there for me no matter what, so I wanted to be there for her,” said Crisler.
Carlee and Christopher Crisler (credit: CBS)
Carlee and Christopher Crisler (credit: CBS)
Their mother had been planning the surprise for three months. They hid Christopher in the choir room of Mead High School out of sight of the graduating class and his little sister.
When the time came, Christopher was there to surprise his sister.
“I love you,” she said.
“I love you too,” he replied.
The audience rose in a standing ovation to thank him for his service and celebrate the reunion.
PROSPER (CBSDFW.COM) – After experiencing personal tragedy and the thrill of victory just days apart, the Forney High School softball team’s roller coaster efforts to win a state championship fell short Saturday when they lost the regional finals to The Colony.
Despite the outcome both teams have learned powerful lessons about overcoming adversity.
As they have for the last several games, Forney fans packed the bleachers wearing shirts that pay tribute to #6 Emily Galiano. The freshman outfielder died last week in a car accident after a team dinner.
Across the stands The Colony’s fans wore tributes of their own in the form of pink ribbons honoring head coach Deana Coleman.
“From the beginning of the year I was worried that they were going to be distracted ’cause of what’s going on with me,” Coleman said.
Doctors diagnosed Coach Coleman with breast cancer shortly before the softball season began. Since then the team has seen her struggle.
“I don’t ever expect you to quit. That’s why when people are like, ‘I cannot believe you just had chemo, and you’re out there throwing up,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t expect my kids to ever quit. How could I ever quit?’ And they’re like, ‘ah, good point,'” Coleman said.
Despite the hardship Coleman says it can’t compare to the impact of Galiano’s death on Forney’s young players.
“I couldn’t imagine what those girls went through, they’re in my prayers,” Coleman said.
On this day, it was The Colony that ended the game with the most runs, but Forney’s head coach gathered his team to remind them that getting this far was an achievement worthy of champions.
“I just wanted them to know, they’re going to leave Forney being one of the best teams that ever walked through here. To get to the regional finals, I mean that’s a special thing,” Forney coach Pat Eitel said.
While Forney’s players may have left the field disappointed, fans like Galiano’s middle school coach, Laurie Cook surrounded them with pride for what they’ll take away from the season.
“They learned to stand together, have each other’s back, and that’s what’s important. You know athletic sports is life lessons, and that’s what… that’s what it’s all about,” Cook said.
“It doesn’t matter that the season ends here, our prayers are with them,” Coleman said.
While the season ends for the Forney team, the tributes to Emily Galiano do not. The Texas Rangers will host a Forney High School Softball Team Night on June 21. The girls team will be recognized on the field before the game and a portion of ticket sales will go to the “Play for Em Foundation.”
HAYWARD (KPIX 5) — A Hayward teen is being hailed a hero after he rescued his little brother from their burning house Friday night.
The boy is now recovering in the ICU at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital in Oakland, but his father says although he was hurt, he’s alive thanks to his big brother.
The morning after the fire tore through the home on Cherry Way, neighbors were still reliving the harrowing moments. Neighbor Paul Stanfield says he ran into the burning home as smoke was pouring through the windows.
“We seen the lady and she was hollering for help,” says Stanfield. “So the other guy, Himy, he kicked the door in and we went in and saw one person laying on the couch. There was a lot of smoke in there.”
Stanfield says he was able to get that person to safety.
While that was happening, another neighbor says he saw the 18-year-old in the window of the second floor and was confused as to why he wasn’t jumping out. He quickly realized the boy was trying to save his 13-year-old brother.
“Inside the window sill was his younger brother and he was trying to pull him out,” says Dave Erling. “At that point, the neighbor grabbed the ladder — kind of a team effort to pull it out. And the brother jumped on the ladder and pulled him out from the window, and everybody helped them slide down the rest of the rungs of the ladder.”
The fire started around 8:45 p.m., according to Alameda County’s Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting. It began in a living area on the first floor, gutting the room and damaging it heavily from smoke. The home is now uninhabitable.
Saturday, the boys’ father didn’t want to share the extent of his son’s injuries. Fortunately, no one else was hurt in the blaze.
“Good effort by the brother there. He wouldn’t let go of that windowsill for nothing,” says Erling. “He was up there the whole time, wouldn’t let go until he got his brother out.”
According to the Battalion Chief, the family is staying with relatives for the time being. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Nearly 50 members of a notorious South Side street gang have been charged with drug and weapons trafficking, following a more than two-year, federal and local law enforcement investigation.
At least 45 members of the Two-Six street gang, which authorities said has been terrorizing Chicago neighborhoods and the suburbs for decades, were arrested on both federal and state charges involving drug and gun distribution and possession.
A total of 21 of the gang members face federal charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, officials said at a news conference on Friday. The remaining members face state weapons and drug trafficking charges.
Those facing federal weapons possession charges could face up to 10 years in jail.
The investigation, called Operation Bunny Trap, was launched in November of 2014.
Authorities said they have confiscated a total of 118 firearms, including about 15 assault rifles. The drugs involved included cocaine, crack and methamphetamine.
Officials with ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Chicago Police all assisted in the probe.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said most of the criminal activity occurred in the eighth, ninth and 10th police districts on the South and Southwest Side.
Authorities would not say whether those arrested were high-ranking members of the gang.