Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he hopes the demolition will eliminate a potentially dangerous threat to workers and possibly open an estimated third of the remaining pile to search and rescue teams.
With the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa looming, officials and rescue crews were increasingly concerned about the safety of those searching the rubble and the potential the rest of the structure would collapse.
Background: The demolition came after part of the building fell early in the morning on June 24, collapsing approximately 55 of the building’s 136 units. Crews immediately began digging through up to 16 feet of concrete and have confirmed at least 24 people were killed, including children. There are 121 people who remain unaccounted for.
The structure was demolished around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday using a method Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called “energetic felling,” describing it as a process that “uses small, strategically placed explosives and relies on gravity to bring the building down in place.”
Search efforts at the partially collapsed building were paused Saturday around 4 p.m. so engineers could secure the site and prepare for the demolition.
“As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” Levine Cava said Sunday night.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A mother and daughter were shot to death Sunday morning at a west Houston apartment complex, and the man believed to be responsible was wounded by officers, according to Houston police.
It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Tri Oaks Lane near the Katy Freeway feeder road.
Officers were responding to a call about an assault in progress when they saw a woman arrive and knock on the apartment door, according to Houston assistant police chief Yasar Bashir. She was shot point-blank when the door opened before the gunman began firing at police, Bashir said.
Officers returned fire, striking the man multiple times before he retreated inside the apartment where he remained for some time before voluntarily giving up.
He was taken into custody and transported to Ben Taub Hospital where he was stable.
The woman died at the scene.
SWAT officers found the body of another shooting victim during a sweep of the apartment, according to Bashir.
The victim inside the home, described as a woman in her 30s, was the accused shooter’s live-in girlfriend, Bashir said. The woman who was shot outside, believed to be in her 60s, was the woman’s mother, Bashir said.
It wasn’t immediately clear when the woman found inside the apartment was shot.
No officers were hurt during the incident, but their police cruiser was damaged by the gunfire.
Initial reports that the incident was a home invasion call were inaccurate, police said.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An investigation is underway after a mother and her 16-year-old daughter were found shot to death at an apartment complex in southeast Houston on Saturday afternoon, according to police.
Officers with the Houston Police Department along with officials with the Houston Fire Department said they were dispatched to the complex located in the 7500 block of Drouet Street around 2:15 p.m. after a call regarding a shooting.
When police arrived, they were met by a relative of the victims who said they went to the apartment after one of the women didn’t show up for a birthday party they were scheduled to attend, HPD Homicide Division’s Sgt. Cullen Duncan said.
The family member told officers they were able to enter the apartment through an unlocked door before finding the mother and daughter both dead in a bedroom from gunshot wounds.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just before 3 a.m. Thursday, a SWAT standoff involving two robbery suspects at an apartment in north Austin ended. Both men were taken into custody without injury.
SWAT and Austin Police Department officers responded to the 7100 block of Grand Canyon Drive, which is just north of U.S. Highway 290 and east of Interstate 35. Police asked people to avoid the area, and stay indoors if close to the location.
Officers said the initial call came in at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The two suspects were wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Both spent hours inside an apartment unit and did not respond to commands from officers to come out peacefully, APD said. Nearby apartment units were evacuated.
APD said both suspects were considered armed and dangerous.
APD did not know if the suspects lived in the building or broke into the apartment unit. They believed the suspects were the only ones inside.
Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The parents of a 3-year-old who was shot at an apartment complex in Houston have filed a lawsuit against the building, as their daughter continues to recover in the hospital a month after the incident occurred.Helena Lane was struck in the head by a stray bullet on April 26, while she was strapped in a car seat in the back of her mother, Martha Lebby’s car.
Frederick Lane, Helena’s father, and Lebby are both deaf, but they still sat alongside their attorney Friday afternoon as they announced their plans to sue The Palms Apartments on Cypress Station Drive.”We’re deaf, we didn’t hear any of the gunshots,” Lane stated.
Lane had just stepped out of her car to drop trash in the dumpster at their apartment complex. Her 5- and 3-year-old daughters were still in the car when the shooting unfolded.
“I dropped off the trash and I looked back and all I could see was just red everywhere. I didn’t know what happened. I just ran to get my husband, I was screaming for help,” stated Lane.
In the lawsuit, the family makes a premises liability claim, citing a failure on the behalf of the apartment complex to protect them and notify them of the known risks considered the ongoing crime.
“This particular apartment complex, based on our investigation, has high degree of violent crime that has been happening there,” said Muhammed Azziz, the family’s attorney.Based on reports obtained from police, the lawsuit notes that in the last three years there has been nearly 2,500 calls to police, 134 incidents reported, 41 assaults and 85 reports of gunfire.
The apartment complex had no comment Friday about the lawsuit, but said it is making sure the property is safe.
Helena remains hospitalized and faces a tough road to recovery.
Watson’s arrest affidavit shows police responded to a report of a “terroristic threat” regarding Cox and Watson a week before the alleged murder. Cox reportedly told police she had only met Watson three days before and gone on two dates with him.
Then, in the early morning hours of March 31, police say Watson showed up at her apartment with a gun.
Cox reportedly texted Watson that she wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want him to come over, but Watson did anyway. Then police say she heard a knock at her door. Cox asked Watson if he was there, and he replied, “Open the door,” the affidavit said.
Cox called him via FaceTime: when Watson reportedly said he had a gun and he was going to shoot the door open if she didn’t open it. A roommate then called police, and Cox continued talking to Watson to calm him down, the affidavit said.
Police say Cox received text messages from people identifying themselves as family members of Watson’s four days after that incident on March 25. One of them, from someone identified as Watson’s father, said Watson was “very suicidal” and wanted to talk to her about what happened.
She didn’t reply.
She received another text from the same number nearly 24 hours later asking her to meet at another apartment complex, and she never replied, the affidavit said.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force found Watson sleeping in his car in a Round Rock parking lot, the affidavit said. Authorities report this was the same vehicle recorded on surveillance footage leaving the scene March 31 within a few minutes after the first call to 9-1-1.
Detectives say they found 9mm handgun ammunition in Watson’s car when they searched it April 1. Police also found a pry bar. Detectives say there were pry bar marks on the door frame of Cox’s apartment.
An autopsy determined Cox’s death was homicide by gunshot wounds. Watson now faces a first-degree felony murder charge.
He’s scheduled to appear in court on June 10, according to records.
KXAN contacted Watson’s attorney for a statement, and once we receive it, we will update this story.
Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
The call reporting shots fired came in at 6:50 p.m. Six minutes later, officers arrived on scene and found one “younger-aged male” with gunshot wounds, APD said.
An Austin Independent School District police officer who was at a nearby school heard the shots and also responded. That officer helped perform life-saving measures on the victim until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived, but the young man was ultimately pronounced dead on scene.
Officers later said the victim was a “very young male” but did not give an exact age. Police believe the shooting happened in an outdoor stairwell.
Right now, officers have one person detained who is being questioned. Additionally, they’re still working to nail down a suspect description.
“They thought that had one thing, and then it turned into another. Like I said, it’s too fresh, too new, they’ve got to put the pieces together first,” said APD Senior Patrol Officer Demitri Hobbs.
APD is expected to be on scene for a couple more hours. Officers are canvassing the area for witnesses and also looking into video surveillance at the apartment complex. There is no threat to the public, officers said.
They ask anyone who has details about the shooting or video recordings to call 911.
TAYLOR Ward has given her fans a glimpse of her new £2million pad she bought with her footballer boyfriend Riyad Mahrez.
The 23-year-old – who is the daughter of millionaire Real Housewives of Chelsea star Dawn – is still in the midst of renovating their new abode but is keeping her social media followers up-to-date with their progress.
Excited about their first home together, Taylor set up an Instagram account dedicated to the renovation and recently revealed an update on her walk-in wardrobe as well as new master bathroom.
In another pic, she revealed how their master bedroom was coming together and showcased a freestanding unit in the middle, which will home a TV.
Taylor has posted a plethora of shots of their spacious hallway that boasts off-white walls and decadent marble floors.
As well as showing her new apartment’s progress, the Northern beauty has shared several shots from the rented city centre penthouse she shares with her Manchester City star beau.
Her current abode features floor-to-ceiling windows which fills the modern space with natural light.
She has elevated the flat with structured grey chairs and a navy blue velvet couch while chic prints line the walls.
Last month, we revealed that the footballer was buying a £2 million pad with Taylor just a year after they began dating and are have employed Dawn’s high-end interior design firm Arista to do the place up.
Dawn made a fortune from property developing in Manchester and Cheshire and lives in a £15 million mansion with ex-Premier League player husband Ashley.
A pal told us: “It seems like a big step so soon into their relationship but if you ignore the price tag it is just a case of two people in love buying a place together.
“Dawn and Ashley are very pleased for them, and Dawn is overseeing the renovations herself to make sure the new flat is totally amazing in every way.”
The £200,000-a-week dad-of-two and Taylor had started dating last year after he split with wife Rita.
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And in the summer, he went to the South of France with Taylor and her parents.
Social media clips show Riyad lunching with Taylor and her folks at a Cannes beach restaurant before partying at a club.
The pair moved in together before Christmas and now have taken their relationship to the next level by getting a pad in the exclusive apartment block.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Harris County deputies are investigating the shooting death of a woman at an apartment complex.
The sheriff’s office posted on Twitter saying investigators responded to the complex at 17111 Hafer Road late Tuesday evening.
To our community members near North Fwy & 1960: @HCSOTexas units are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex located at 17111 Hafer Rd. Preliminary info: an adult female suffered gunshot wounds and has been pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators are en route to pic.twitter.com/AEpkhKHw0y
Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Residents of the Hendrix Apartments on 9815 Copper Creek Drive are being asked to stay inside their homes and lock the doors on Tuesday afternoon after reports of a barricaded person in the area.
Williamson County reports local law enforcement has enacted a shelter in place notice at 10:18 a.m. for the vicinity. The reason for the notice hasn’t yet been reported.
Residents should stay inside until given further notice. Community members should also avoid the area as Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Austin Police Department respond.
KXAN will update this with more information as it becomes available.