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‘They have ruined everything’: Devastated couple caught in TUI holiday disaster

Newlyweds Daniella and Benjamin Bushell from Nottinghamshire have been left devastated after a mistake made by TUI “ruined their honeymoon”. The mix-up meant the couple could not go on their planned honeymoon.

The couple were initially meant to get married in May, but moved the special day to July specifically because of the holiday.

The newlyweds were therefore understandably upset and angry to hear that their long-awaited trip had been cancelled yet again.

Benjamin Bushell told Nottinghamshire Live: “When we went into the airport it was basically empty – no-one was there.

“So we thought ‘this is weird’.

“We had to speak to another airline as TUI wasn’t there and we explained the situation to us.

“They told us there was no flights going to Greece.

“Then the woman checked the system and told us the flight had already been cancelled.”

Benjamin added that they “didn’t get an email, a call, or anything telling us”.

He said: “We were expecting back in June to get something like a phone call explaining what amber status meant so we could decide what to do.

“We were more than happy to move it.”

Daniella added: “If they’d have cancelled it and let us know last week, we could have planned something else.

“But there is nowhere we can go, everywhere is completely booked.

“We now have 10 days sat at home.”

The couple said that they will not be flying with TUI again, but they don’t blame the staff at the airline’s Eastwood branch at all.

“I don’t want people to think we are angry just because we couldn’t go on holiday, it’s because they didn’t give us any opportunity to make any other plans,” Danielle said.

She added: “They [the company] have ruined everything for us.

“And TUI head office didn’t seem interested in us missing everything.

“We don’t go on holiday every year because we can’t afford it, so this was our treat and now it’s going to be four years since having a holiday.

“We had saved up for it.”

A TUI spokesperson said the airline has apologised to the couple. They added: “We’re very sorry we didn’t advise Mr and Mrs Bushell about the cancellation of their holiday.

“This should not have happened and we understand how upsetting their experience must have been.

“We’re in touch with the couple and hope they will accept our gesture of goodwill along with our sincere apologies.”

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Ohio man’s rescue of mother and son, 10, at North Carolina beach caught on drone footage

An 18-year-old Ohio man was being praised for saving a mother and her 10-year-old son at a North Carolina beach over the Fourth of July weekend – in a rescue that was caught on video. 

Travis Shrout of Stow, near Cleveland, said he had swum out pretty far at Topsail Beach where his family was vacationing on July 3 when he noticed the woman and her son struggling in the water, FOX 8 of Cleveland reported. 

Shrout’s family had gotten out of the water but family friend Thad Unkefer wanted to test his drone’s tracking features, so Shrout decided to get back in, he told the station. 

Unkefer posted the video on YouTube after the rescue. 

“I thought I heard ‘Help!’ but it was such a weird situation. I said, ‘Are you alright?’ and she said, ‘No,'” Shrout told the Akron Beacon Journal about spotting the mother and her son. “I immediately started swimming out to her.” 

He told FOX 8 when he first started talking to the mother her son was right next to her but “by the time I got to her, he was sucked out probably 15 feet. It’s just crazy how fast that current was moving.”

He said his YMCA lifeguard training kicked in and he gave the mother the bodyboard he had been using while he went to get her son. No lifeguards were on the beach at the time, he said. 

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“I just started swimming as fast as I could out to the 10-year-old boy,” he told FOX 8. “He was going up and down in the water. He had probably gone down about four or five times.” 

Shrout told the boy to lean back while he got underneath and held up the boy’s body. Shrout quickly brought the boy back to his mother and the bodyboard. 

“There was a couple of waves that came over our heads and I didn’t know how many more of those waves were gonna come,” he told FOX 8. “They completely submerged all of us. So, that was kind of scary.”

At one point, he told them they should just hold onto the bodyboard and float because they didn’t seem to be getting much closer to shore. “We’re not in any immediate danger anymore. You know, we can get in,” Shrout said he told the pair. 

When they got closer to shore another man, Andrew Leonard, brought out a second bodyboard and helped pull them in, the Beacon Journal reported. 

“I was exhausted that last couple of meters in that push,” Shrout told FOX 8. “I don’t think I would have been able to bring them out without that.” 

He said he had already been swimming for one to two hours before the rescue.

“I was watching him, and I stood up to tell him to come in because he was getting too far out and I couldn’t figure out why he was swimming out so far,” his mother, Gretia Grayson Shrout, who was watching the scene from the shore, said. “Then I saw the splashing and we realized what was going on. Your instinct as a mom is to jump in and help your kid, but I know I’m not a strong enough swimmer to do that. I just had to watch. It was a completely helpless feeling.” 

 She told the Beacon Journal the rescued mother immediately gave Shrout a hug when they were on the shore. “She was crying and she said, ‘God put Travis there to save us because we were dying.’” 

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Shrout is expected to receive a proclamation from the Stow, Ohio, city council at the end of the month. 

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Record-breaking fish caught in North Carolina: ‘Looked like a whale in the back of the boat’

This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a biologist’s number in your phone.

A fisherman in North Carolina reeled in a massive 127-lb catfish during a recent trip. While actually catching the fish was hard, actually getting weighed on a certified scale by an official was almost as difficult.

Rocky Baker spoke with Fox News about catching the fish, which is in the process of being certified as a new state record.

Rocky Baker spoke with Fox News about catching the fish, which is in the process of being certified as a new state record.
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Rocky Baker spoke with Fox News about catching the fish, which is in the process of being certified as a new state record. According to Baker, a state biologist certified the weight and measurements and the paperwork is in the mail.

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Baker caught the fish while out on a trip on the Roanoke River with his buddy, Justin Clifton. According to Baker, if Clifton hadn’t been there, he never would’ve been able to get the record-breaking catfish into the boat.

The fish took the bait just after 9:30 pm on Saturday. Baker said he knew the fish was big, but it wasn’t until he got it into the boat that he realized it might be something special. According to him, it looked like a whale in the back of the boat.

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While a scale on the boat measured the fish weighing between 130 to 140 pounds, Baker took the fish to a nearby store, E-Z Bait and Tackle, which had a certified scale. 

Unfortunately, they didn’t arrive until about 1:30 a.m. The state biologist wasn’t able to make it to the store to certify the weight until 5:30 a.m.

Baker explained that he and Clifton spent the hours keeping the fish alive and as comfortable as it could be. While the official was slightly less than what Baker originally thought, it was still big enough to set a new state record.

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As for the fish, Baker released it back into the river after everything was finalized. The last he saw the fish, it was swimming back down to the bottom of the water.

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A Place in the Sun's Danni Menzies left mortified by awkward altercation caught on camera

A Place in the Sun‘s Danni Menzies was horrified when she was contacted by a Channel 4 viewer about a potential joke assault that was caught on camera. In the episode, the film crew were down in Menorca, Spain, with the hopes of finding couple Darrell and Jo their dream holiday home with a budget of £300,000.

The instalment was a rerun and one eagle-eyed fan spotted something quite unique going on.

Taking to Twitter, they reached out to the presenter to share their concerns after two people were caught off-guard.

“Pretty sure we just witnessed someone getting a right good kick up the bum here ⁦@aplaceinthesun⁩ ⁦@DanniMenzies,” the viewer penned.

Danni was mortified by what she witnessed, replying: “Oh my gaddddddd!!!

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“Is that in today’s show?!!!!!!”

But others found the altercation hilarious, with one asking: “Are they the people that are meant to be buying,” alongside a stream of laughing faces.

“Looks that way,” a second giggled.

While a third joked: “Yes! Just after house number 4!!!”

Elsewhere in the episode, Danni was left stunned when she discovered how Darrell and Jo first met while delving into the backstory of the loved up couple’s relationship.

“We’ve been together eight years,” Jo answered, prompting the presenter to probe further: “Eight years, how did you meet?”

“Darrell was actually my boss,” Jo replied, prompting a stunned reaction from the Channel 4 host.

“Was he?!” an open-mouthed Danni asked before the pair delved deeper into the beginnings of their romance.

“Was it love at first sight?” she quizzed, to which Jo said: “I was actually quite scared of Darrell when I first met him.”

Again shocked at her retort, a gobsmacked Danni questioned: “How can you be scared of Darrell?!”

“He had this huge laugh and you could hear him as soon as he came into the building,” Jo laughed.

“On the ground floor (you could hear) this booming laugh and booming voice, and I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness!’

“But I soon got to know him and it was fine,” as Danni joked: “He’s not very scary now!”

In the end, Jo and Darrell secured the apartment shown at the beginning of the search for £20,000 under the asking price.

A Place in the Sun continues weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4.

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Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger caught on camera biting Paul Pogba in France vs Germany match

Antonio Rudiger appeared to sensationally bite Paul Pogba towards the end of the first half of Germany’s Euro 2020 opener with France and the Manchester United midfielder was furious that the officials did not check the incident. The German defender was goal side and touch tight to his opposite number, as he tried to prevent his movement.

But in bizarre scenes, replays showed that Rudiger appeared to in fact bite Pogba on the back.

The reaction from the France maestro was immediate, as he screamed in shock.

He then ran to the linesman to see if he saw the incident but the officials were not willing to take a second look.

Pogba did not take no for an answer though, which would suggest he felt there was clear intent behind the actions of Rudiger.

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Hard man Roy Keane was keen to stick by his reputation.

“I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” he said.

“Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.”

UEFA will be expected to assess the incident after the match to decide whether Rudiger could face punishment.

Interestingly, just three days ago Rudiger admitted he was not scared of using the dark arts against the opposition and his comments may not do his case any favours when protesting his innocence.

“Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” he said.

“Just be disgusting, not always act nice, nice, nice, nice or playfully nice, nice, nice.”

“You have to set your mark against these players.”

It’s not the first time biting has featured at a major tournament in recent times.

Back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez was hit with a four-month ban by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

It was the third time he’d been punished for the same offence.

The Uruguayan striker accepted a seven-match ban during his time with Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakka on the shoulder.

He was later hit with a 10-match ban by the FA for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

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Caught Between Two Countries, a Minnesota Resort Area Still Feels Lockdown Blues

ANGLE INLET, Minn. — On the Northwest Angle, a small patch of Minnesota connected to the rest of the United States only by water, it feels like the coronavirus shutdown never ended.

But the empty cabins, boatless marinas and out-of-work fishing guides are not the result of some lockdown imposed by Minnesota’s governor. Nor do they indicate an acute fear of the virus. (Many residents are already vaccinated, and pretty much nobody wears a mask.) Instead, in the second walleye season of the pandemic, American businesses on the Angle remain largely cut off from their American customers because of a geographical quirk, a foreign government and a gravel road through Manitoba.

“It starts to feel very oppressive,” said Lisa Goulet, who along with her husband, Jason, owns Angle Outpost Resort, where there were no customers early last week. “I don’t know if I want to live like this. I don’t know if it’s really worth it.”

Getting to the Angle, which has about 100 full-time residents and an economy consisting of little other than tourism, has always required some extra effort. There is only one road in, and driving there from the Minnesota mainland requires a 41-mile detour through rural Canada. Those wanting to avoid the border crossing have to charter a seaplane or take a boat across the olive-colored waves on the Lake of the Woods, which can be dangerous in a small fishing vessel and cost at least $ 150 round trip in a professionally piloted one. An ice road that offered a two-month respite from the border headaches has long since melted.

Over the decades, the small, family-owned resorts on the Angle cultivated loyal followings of American visitors who tolerated the chore of clearing customs in Canada, and then again in the United States, so they could enjoy world-class fishing, pine-scented forests and a level of solitude offered by few other places in the Lower 48.

But that solitude, more evident than ever, is no longer such an asset.

Canada’s continued Covid prohibition on American leisure travelers — even those whose final destination is in the United States — has crippled Angle businesses, upended family traditions and eroded decades of cross-border good will in ways that seem likely to reverberate long after the pandemic. As pleas from Minnesota’s congressional delegation for a tourism exemption on the Angle go unheeded, resort owners and fishing guides are seeking part-time jobs, canceling another summer of bookings and, in some cases, rethinking their relationship with a foreign country they can see from their docks.

“I didn’t think Canada would ever take this position,” said Paul Colson, whose family has since 1945 owned Jake’s Northwest Angle, where boat slips are empty this spring and cabins unrented. “You know, it’s not defendable. Doesn’t make sense. Doesn’t follow any science.”

The Northwest Angle, which owes its existence to treaties negotiated when maps of the region were imprecise, has been the subject of diplomatic tangles before. Canada and Britain tried without success to purchase the area back from the United States in the 1800s. And just a generation ago, a trade dispute known as the “Walleye Wars” broke out over whether guests of American resorts could keep fish caught in Canadian waters, inspiring some talk of secession.

But in a place where both U.S. and Canadian flags can be spotted along the roadside, and where many people have friends and relatives on both sides of the line, this latest dispute feels different. More personal. More painful.

The border, long permeable, has suddenly hardened. The few visitors who still arrive are no longer allowed to fish in Canadian waters, an area many fishermen prefer. And ideas for a compromise — an international travel corridor, perhaps, or a pilot car to escort tourists to the Angle without coming in contact with Canadians — have not yet gained traction. Officials at the U.S. State Department declined to speak specifically about the Angle and would not say whether they had pressed Canada for concessions there.

Every passing day costs the business owners more money. In a region where summer weather is fleeting, and where snow flurries can appear even in late May, there is little time left to save this tourism season.

“This is absolutely urgent: I don’t think that all of them can survive a second summer of no business,” said Representative Michelle Fischbach, a Republican who represents the Angle in Congress and who sent a letter this month to Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, asking for the restrictions to be loosened.

Though Canada relaxed its rules recently to allow full-time Angle residents to travel to mainland Minnesota to shop for groceries and other essentials without producing a negative Covid-19 test, tourists and part-time Angle residents, including those who own cabins but only stay in them during the summer, are still not allowed in.

A senior Canadian diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive and fast-moving issue, said officials in that country were sympathetic to the plight of Angle businesses and expressed optimism that restrictions might be loosened for vaccinated travelers later in the summer. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, said in a statement that she had discussed the Northwest Angle with Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, but Ms. Hillman gave no timeline on when that border might more fully reopen.

“With the Angle, given the small numbers there you’re dealing with, I think there’s some unwillingness to look at making exceptions,” Ms. Klobuchar, a Democrat, said of the Canadians. “And I really think they have to look at this uniquely.”

Now is the time when the Angle usually comes alive. In a typical year, locals say, boat traffic jams would be forming in the marina at Young’s Bay and visitors would be snapping photos next to the brightly painted sign noting the Angle’s status as the northernmost point in the contiguous 48 states.

But there is no wait for a table these days at Jerry’s Bar and Restaurant, the only eatery on the Angle, and no one is lining up to use the phone booths where visitors who cross the border must report their whereabouts to customs agents. Some resorts have not had a customer since ice fishing season.

Throughout the Angle, where black bears and deer graze along dusty roads, residents speak of disrupted lives: Funerals on the mainland missed, jobs lost, travel plans canceled. There is a growing feeling of helplessness, too, a sense that neither country cares enough about their predicament to do much about it.

“We’ve been forgotten; we’ve been abandoned,” said Doug Freitag, a retiree who has been looking after the cabins of neighbors who are not able to visit, and whose wife lost her income as a housekeeper at local resorts. “The U.S. isn’t doing enough to give us our rights as citizens for free passage. The Canadians are treating us like we’re a very unique group of people that they don’t quite know how to deal with.”

When the United States and Canada decided last year to close down the border to traffic deemed nonessential, many Angle residents said they were sympathetic, even supportive. But as the closure stretched from weeks to months, patience grew thin.

“They’re just prolonging the problem, thinking that they’re going to stop Covid,” said Andy Lundbohm, a fishing guide on the Angle for more than 20 years who took on more taxidermy work to make up for lost income. Ms. Klobuchar, Ms. Fischbach and some other American politicians have also pressed for a broader reopening of the border. But many Canadians remain deeply skeptical about allowing more international travel, and officials there have faced domestic pressure to keep restrictions in place.

Some of the tension lies in the two countries’ very different approaches to the pandemic.

In the United States, businesses have reopened, domestic tourism has resumed, vaccines are plentiful and, with case numbers plummeting, fully vaccinated Americans have been advised that they don’t need masks in most settings. In other parts of Minnesota, including other portions of the Lake of the Woods, which has more square miles of water across the two countries than Rhode Island has land, fishing resorts are booming.

But in Canada, which has far fewer total cases per capita than the United States, the recent virus outlook has been less encouraging, and business restrictions have remained in place across much of the country. Manitoba has been identifying new cases at a faster pace than any other state or province, and the vaccination campaign in Canada has moved much more slowly. Though roughly half of both Americans and Canadians have received an initial dose of a vaccine, only about 5 percent of people in Canada are fully vaccinated, compared to about 40 percent of people in the United States.

James Cudmore, a spokesman for Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a statement that the uptick in vaccinations made an eventual loosening of regulations possible, but that “the decision on when and how to reopen the border will be made in Canada, with the best interest of Canadians as our top priority.”

At the Angle Outpost Resort, where geese huddled near the choppy water on a recent afternoon as Ms. Goulet mowed, it was already shaping up to be another rough summer.

Bookings were down, cancellations were still rolling in and uncertainty over when and if the border might reopen made it difficult to reschedule customers. Mr. Goulet was planning another trip to North Dakota, where he has been working in construction to make up some of his lost income from the resort. And at a time when many Americans had returned to a relatively normal routine, the family had grown exhausted with trying to convince Canadian border guards that each trip down to the mainland met that country’s definition of essential.

“We’re in a corral,” Mr. Goulet said. “Or a prison cell.”

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Postman ‘flabbergasted’ by ‘ghostly apparition’ caught on camera

Mark Vernon visited Derby Gaol on Saturday with historian and Most Haunted star, Richard Felix. During his visit, the 55-year-old captured footage which appears to show ball of light glide and circle the room, which he believes was a ghostly “energy ball”. The Royal Mail postman, who has been doing paranormal investigations for 30 years, was amazed by what he saw. He told DerbyshireLive: “It was just incredible when it all took place. I got there about 11am and this happened about 1pm.
“I was changing the battery of my camera and was just making sure it was all working when this entity appeared. I was flabbergasted. 

“It was some kind of energy ball and you could feel the static coming from it, it was like a ball of energy that came into the room. You could feel your hairs on the back of your arms and hands stand on end.

“One of the ladies who was there later told me it made her go woozy as well.”

The footage shows Richard Felix talking to Laura Martin and Lin Hughes (left) of West Midlands Paranormal Investigations about an exhibit at the Gaol, when suddenly a ball of light appears to move across the screen.

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Mr Vernon’s excitement can be heard when he says: “Smile you’re on camera with a ghosty!”

The ball of light then makes its way over one of the ladies before circling past round both of them and towards Richard Felix.

The light is spotted circling around three times before heading upwards and out of view.

“Whether it has anything to do with that I don’t know, but it was quite amazing to see.”

Richard Felix was also amazed by the video and is convinced it the shape was not caused by dust particles. He said: “I was gobsmacked when I saw the footage, to see it so clearly on there as well.

“I was very impressed. Dust particles normally fly by. This kept coming around. It seems to go towards me and stay around me.

“My view on all this is, ghosts are nothing but energy, what form they really take I don’t know, they transform themselves.

“It’s how much is in your own mind or your own perception. We should change the name of ghost to energy, that is what it is, energy force. 

Derby Gaol is famous for its history of imprisonment and death and people can visit for ghost walks, overnight vigils, themed days and private events.

Additional reporting by Nick Reid.

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Search to resume this morning for boy who drowned after being caught in rip current in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) — The search will resume Wednesday morning for a 7-year-old who drowned after being caught up in a rip current in Galveston.Authorities said they were notified around 8:09 p.m. Tuesday that the child had gone missing just off the beach near 37th St. and Seawall Boulevard. He had been at the beach with his family.

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Beach patrol, along with a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard, searched for the boy Tuesday night, but did not recover his body.

The search will continue at 9:30 a.m. His name has not been released.

With summer fast approaching, more people may be hitting the water.

If you plan to go to the beach, you should be aware of rip currents and what to do if you get caught in one.

Rip currents are a narrow channel of water that flows away from the beach and can quickly carry you out to sea. They’re often underestimated and potentially deadly since they are subtle, but powerful.Instead of trying to swim back against the current, you need to first escape it.

Swim parallel to the beach to break the rip current, then swim back in to shore.

The National Weather Service advises that you check its forecast for local beach conditions before you leave for the beach. When you get there, ask lifeguards about rip currents and other hazards.

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4-year-old at center of Texas Amber Alert found safe; man wanted in boy's abduction caught

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) — A 4-year-old boy from Austin, who was at the center of an Amber Alert on Monday and was believed to be in serious danger, has been reunited with his mother after being found safe in Harris County.Officials found Wyatt Crowley when they located 36-year-old Joshua Crowley, who was wanted in connection with Wyatt’s abduction.

Law enforcement tracked Crowley to the Houston-area where the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, Texas Rangers and deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested him at a Subway restaurant at West Road and I-45 Monday evening.Crowley was wanted for a shooting that happened Sunday in Burton, Texas, which is near Brenham.

Deputies believe his son was in the car with him at the time of the shooting that left one person injured. Wyatt’s mother reported him missing to the Austin Police Department the same day and an Amber Alert was issued listing Wyatt in “grave danger.”

Employees at the Subway said the boy had no shoes on. They thought he and his father were homeless. Crowley seemed on edge. He asked for his sandwich for free shortly before he was arrested.

“They started busting him down,” said Anna Rivera, an employee. “They yelled, ‘Get down! Get down on the ground!’ I helped troopers open the bathroom door so they could get the boy away and they arrested him out here.”

Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak said the boy was back with his mother Monday night. Crowley was taken to the Washington County Jail. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but could face more charges.

Follow this link to view the Amber Alert flyer.

Certain criteria need to be met in order for law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert for a missing child age 17 or younger.

First, there needs to be a reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction occurred. Additionally, the law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

Another criteria is that there is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction that would assist in the recovery of the child, such as a vehicle description or license plate number.As part of the Amber Alert, the child’s name and other critical date elements, including the child abduction flag, are entered into the National Crime Information Center.

The Amber Alert system, used in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, was created in 1996. It stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas, and later murdered.

You can view all active Texas Amber Alerts from the Texas Dept. of Public Safety here.

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Man caught illegally dumping tires is repeat offender, Harris County authorities say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A man known for illegally dumping used tires is accused of doing the same thing again.

Harris County Precinct 1 Deputy Constables’ office said they arrested Darrell Walson Monday, but it’s not his first illegal dumping offense. Watson is said to have a history of illegal dumping convictions dating back to 2009.

According to the deputy constables’ office, Watson appeared in video from cameras in the 5200 block of Mayle Street on March 16. He is also believed to be responsible for the tires that were dumped two days later at the same location, as well as weeks prior in February.

Authorities said the videos show people dumping tires from a U-Haul van onto the sides of the street on three different days. In all, investigators said they discovered 176 used tires from 18-wheelers at Mayle Street.

Watson was recognized in the video “because of (investigators) prior experience with him,” the deputy constables’ office wrote. They report that Watson plead guilty on Feb. 21, 2021 to a charge of illegal dumping.

They add he was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the most recent incidents.

“Mr. Watson clearly has no intent of stopping his illegal activity,” said Constable Alan Rosen. “A judge let him off easy last time with deferred adjudication. Watson has proven he is a repeat offender and that a slap on the wrist won’t stop him from creating these dangerous eyesores in our neighborhoods.”

According to the statement, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted the charge on the case as a state jail felony of commercial dumping.

If convicted, Watson could get 10 years in prison.

The case remains under investigation.

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