(ALABAMA) JUST IN: A shooting on Wednesday resulted in the deaths of a retired sheriff’s deputy who was working as a process server, and of the suspect, according to Fox News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: The retired deputy, who was identified as Madison “Skip” Nicholson, and Wilcox County’s Chief Deputy Trenton Gulley were both met with gunfire when they arrived at a residence in Yellow Bluff around 5 p.m., WSFA-TV of Montgomery, Alabama, reported.

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A pair of officers investigated after a woman called police, fearing her estranged husband might try to kill her, an official said….

The pair of officers went to the location after a woman called police, fearing her estranged husband might try to kill her, Melissa Dove, executive director of the Wilcox County Emergency Management Agency, told the station.

“It’s a tragic incident,” Wilcox County Sheriff Earnest Evans told AL.com. “It’s real dangerous to go on domestic violence cases, as we all know.”

“It’s a tragic incident. It’s real dangerous to go on domestic violence cases, as we all know.”— Wilcox County Sheriff Earnest Evans

Gulley suffered non-life-threatening wounds but Nicholson died after taking multiple gunshots to his chest and one to his neck, WSFA reported.

The woman who had called police was not wounded, the report said.

The suspect was identified as Billy Bizzell. Dove and the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office gave conflicting accounts of how he died, WSFA reported.

Dove said Bizzell was shot and killed by the chief deputy, while the sheriff’s office claimed Bizzell took his own life, according to the station.

In addition to local authorities, personnel from the state Bueau of Investigation and the FBI’s office in Mobile, Alabama, responded to the scene, the report said.

Wilcox is the home county of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who issued a statement following reports of Nicholson’s death.

“Tonight, my home county of Wilcox tragically lost retired Sheriff’s Deputy Madison ‘Skip’ Nicholson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty,” Ivery wrote, according to WSFA. “A chief deputy was also treated for his injuries. We are reminded far too often the grave sacrifice our men and women in blue face each day to protect our communities. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is actively leading the investigation on this tragic situation. My prayers go out to his family and colleagues.”

Nicholson was the third Alabama law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty this year, AL.com reported. The others were Sheffield police Sgt. Nick Risner, who was killed Oct. 2, and Selma police Officer Marquis Moorer, who was killed July 27, the report said.

Yellow Bluff is about 91 miles southwest of Montgomery.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com.

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(ALABAMA, Ga.) Tropical Storm #Claudette Report: At least 13-people have been killed and many injured including 8-children in a multi-vehicle-crash due to effects of the storm #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jun.22: The children who died Saturday were in a van for a youth home for abused or neglected children. The vehicle erupted in flames in the wreck along a wet Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Montgomery. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said vehicles likely hydroplaned.

ALABAMA: TROPICAL STORM #Claudette was regaining strength early Monday and expected to return to tropical storm status as it neared the coast of the Carolinas just days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multi-vehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm.

Claudette hits Gulf Coast with heavy rain, flooding

The crash also claimed the lives of two other people who were in a separate vehicle. Garlock identified them as 29-year-old Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana; both of Marion County, Tennessee.

Multiple people were also injured.

Additionally, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were also killed Saturday when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits, said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. Makayla Ross, a 23-year-old Fort Payne woman, died Saturday after her car ran off the road into a swollen creek, DeKalb County Deputy Coroner Chris Thacker told WHNT-TV.

A search was also underway for one man believed to have fallen into the water during flash flooding in Birmingham, WBRC-TV reported. Crews were using boats to search Pebble Creek.

Early Monday, Claudette had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The depression was located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south-southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moving east-northeast at 20 mph (31 kph), forecasters said.

The depression was forecast to become a tropical storm sometime Monday morning over eastern North Carolina. Claudette is then on track to move into the Atlantic Ocean, then travel near or south of Nova Scotia on Tuesday.

Rainfall totals around 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 centimeters) are forecast for parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. Tornadoes were also possible Monday morning across the coastal Carolinas.

A tropical storm warning was in effect in North Carolina from the Little River Inlet to the town of Duck on the Outer Banks. A tropical storm watch was issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to the Little River Inlet.

The van in Saturday’s crash was carrying children ages 4 to 17 who belonged to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a youth home operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association.

Michael Smith, the youth ranch’s CEO, said the van was heading back to the ranch near Camp Hill, northeast of Montgomery, after a week at the beach in Gulf Shores. Candice Gulley, the ranch director, was the van’s only survivor — pulled from the flames by a bystander.

“Words cannot explain what I saw,” Smith said of the accident site, which he visited Saturday. He had returned from Gulf Shores in a separate van and did not see the crash when it happened.

Gulley remained hospitalized Sunday in Montgomery in serious but stable condition. Two of the dead in the van were Gulley’s children, ages 4 and 16. Four others were ranch residents and two were guests, Smith said.

Garlock said the location of the wreck is “notorious” for hydroplaning, as the northbound highway curves down a hill to a small creek. Traffic on that stretch of I-65 is usually filled with vacationers driving to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches on summer weekends.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was sending 10 investigators to the area Sunday to investigate the crash.

Meanwhile, it seemed to be business as usual along North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday ahead of Claudette’s arrival.

At Stack ’em High in Kill Devil Hills, a restaurant that specializes in pancakes, co-owner Dawn Kiousis said Sunday morning restaurant service was busy.

“You keep your eye on the weather and you prepare as much stuff in advance as you can,” she said. “Just know she’s gonna win. Mother Nature is going to do what she’s going to do, so you just prepare.”

Twelve dead in Alabama as massive storm sweeps southern US sparking tornadoes, floods

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The storm destroyed homes, triggered tornadoes and caused fatal car crashes.

Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the south-eastern US, causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. 

Ten people, including nine children, were killed on Saturday in a 15-vehicle crash about 55 kilometres south of Montgomery on Interstate 65, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock. 

He said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads, with eight children, aged 4 to 17, killed in a van belonging to a youth ranch operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association for abused or neglected children.

A man and a nine-month-old baby died in a separate vehicle. Multiple people were also injured. 

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a three-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits on Saturday.

The deaths occurred as drenching rains pelted northern Alabama and Georgia. As much as 30 centimetres of rain was reported earlier from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Motorists navigate a flooded Gause Boulevard in Slidell, Louisiana
Heavy rain caused flash flooding affecting roads.(AP: Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate)

Flash flood watches were posted on Sunday for northern Georgia, most of South Carolina, the North Carolina coast and parts of south-east Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

The eight girls killed in the van were returning to a youth ranch from a week at the beach in Gulf Shores, youth ranches CEO Michael Smith told The Associated Press.

He said the director of the Tallapoosa County ranch survived the crash and was hospitalised in Montgomery. At least one of the dead was a child of the director.

A ute navigates a flooded Gause Boulevard in Slidell, Louisiana
Storm and flood warnings were issued for parts of southern United States.(AP: Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate)

“This is the worst tragedy I’ve been a part of in my life,” Mr Smith said.

“Words cannot explain what I saw.

“We love these girls like they’re our own children.”

Mr Garlock said the location of the wreck is “notorious” for hydroplaning, as the northbound highway curves down a hill to a small creek.

Traffic on that stretch of road is usually filled with holidaymakers driving to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches on summer weekends.

Mobile home park ‘leveled’, 50 homes damaged or destroyed

A flooded neighborhood is seen after Tropical Storm Claudette passed through
Forecasters believe the storm system could still dump more rain.(AP: Gerald Herbert)

Shortly after the storm made landfall southwest of New Orleans, a suspected tornado spurred by the storm demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.

Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said it “pretty much levelled” a mobile home park, toppled trees onto houses and ripped the roof off of a high school gym.

Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 77 kilometres north of Pensacola, Florida.

“It kind of affected everybody,” Mr Jackson said.

Debris covering the street in East Brewton, Alabama
Destruction was reported in Brewton and East Brewton, Alabama, just north of the Florida border.(AP: Alicia Jossey)

“But with those mobile homes being built so close together it can take a toll on them a lot more than it can on houses that are spread apart.”

Tornadoes were also reported in southwest Georgia.

Damage from the storm was also felt in north Florida, where winds — in some cases reaching 137 kph — caused an 18-wheeler truck to flip on its side.

The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast, inundating streets and homes.

Later, the storm drenched the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.

Forecasters said the system could still dump up to 20 centimetres of rain in some parts of the region.

The centre of Claudette was located about 20 km east-northeast of Atlanta on Sunday morning. It was moving east-northeast at 28 kph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters predicted Claudette would strengthen back to tropical storm status on Monday over eastern North Carolina before heading out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

More than 20 people were rescued on Saturday by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported.

The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help those who were affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.

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@TheJusticeDept Over 250-people charged in Multimillion $ Medicare Fraud @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.18: Almost two and a half hundred people including doctors, nurses, pharmacy owners and patient recruiters are charged over $712 million Medicare fraud, allegedly the biggest criminal healthcare case in the country’s history.

 US authorities charged 243 people for allegedly participating in a $712 million Medicare fraud, the largest criminal healthcare case in US history, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced during a press conference on Thursday.

“This is the largest takedown in the strike force’s eight year history,” Lynch said. “It is the largest criminal health takedown in the history of the Department of Justice and it adds to an already remarkable record of enforcement.”

The US Attorney’s Office said the 243 people charged are spread out in 17 federal districts across the United States.

Lynch noted 46 of the suspects are medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, but also home health care providers, pharmacy owners and patient recruiters.

 They were accused of crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit health care fraud to wire fraud and money laundering, Lynch added.

She explained some of the suspects billed Medicare for equipment they did not provide to patients, for care that was not needed and for services that were not rendered.

In one instance, owners of mental health facilities in Miami, Florida received tens of millions in reimbursements for intensive psychotherapy sessions, while they only moved patients from one location to another, Lynch said.Lynch was joined at the press conference by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Jim Comey, Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson, and other officials.


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‘ NSA Monitor’s Students in School on Social Media ‘

#AceNewsServices – ALABAMA – September 28 – A secret surveillance program has been running in an Alabama high schools after a phone call from the National Security Agency alerted the district to a ‘violent threat’.

School officials claim the system began monitoring students’ social media accounts in Huntsville City Schools 18 months ago, when the NSA tipped them off that a student was making violent threats on Facebook.

' SAFe, or Students Against Fear '

‘ SAFe, or Students Against Fear ‘

The schools began scanning Facebook and other sites for signs of gang activity, watching for photos of guns, photos of gang signs and threats of violence, as part of a program called SAFe, or Students Against Fear.

Internal documents explaining the program were obtained by AL.com, showing four different students – three males and one female – posing on Facebook with handguns. 

None are on school grounds. Some of the students were already in alternative programs for skipping or drinking. Three are listed as expelled and one was referred for counseling.

Huntsville schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski told the news site that there was a ‘foreign connection’, which was why the NSA – a U.S. agency responsible for foreign intelligence – became involved.

He said the student in Huntsville had made the threats while chatting on-line with a group that included an individual in Yemen.

Mr Wardynski, a former U.S. Army colonel appointed as superintendent in Huntsville in 2011, said that about a year and a half ago the NSA called Huntsville and reported a high school student had made a threat on Facebook to injure a teacher.

Al Lankford, the city’s school security officer, told AL.com that he took the NSA phone call and that security officers went to the high school and eventually searched the boy’s car.



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‘ Smuggler Has Turtles Concealed in His Sweat-Pants ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES- September 27 – There are many things one might expect people to smuggle across the American border and into other countries inside of their pants, but dozens of aquatic reptiles?

'Red-eared sliders swim around their enclosure at the Pata Zoo on September 25 in Bangkok, Thailand. Kai Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to take 51 turtles to Windsor ' (Photo: Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

‘Red-eared sliders swim around their enclosure at the Pata Zoo on September 25 in Bangkok, Thailand. Kai Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to take 51 turtles to Windsor ‘
(Photo: Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

That’s exactly what one man was found hiding near Detroit.

Canadian citizen Kai Xu was trying to return to Windsor when he was caught with 51 turtles inside his sweat pants last month, according to recently unsealed court documents, the Detroit Free Pressreports.

The reason for stuffing his pants with this many animals is not clear at this point, but officials investigating the incident believe that he was trying to sell the turtles to markets in Asia, where the reptiles are a popular treat.

There’s now a burgeoning Asian market,” said Gavin Shire of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who helped authorities investigate the incident. He also told the newspaper there is a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

At the same time, the criminal complaint filed in court does not state whether or not Xu tried to clarify why he had more than 50 turtles in his pants.

What authorities do know is that they spotted Xu picking up a package in Detroit that was from Alabama and marked “live fish keep cool.”

The complaint says that after Xu opened the box, he was seen carrying a pair of scissors, tape, and bags to a spot in between two UPS semi-trailers, only to walk back to his car with no bags – instead, there were bulges under his pant legs that could be seen.

As Xu made his way to the border and tried to enter Canada, he was stopped in a search that uncovered eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins in his pants.

Law enforcement officials have levied three charges against Xu: smuggling goods from the United States, trading in specimens illegally, and exporting fish or wildlife illegally.


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Science of Sink Holes: So Are the Builders Causing the Disaster's to Occur by Building Our Homes and Roads in the Wrong Places?

: Santa Fe River: Sinkhole where the river goe...

: Santa Fe River: Sinkhole where the river goes underground for 3 miles, forming a natural land bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sinkholes are they causing the disaster to occur or are the builder’s by sighting our homes and roads in the wrong places, without due regard to how, what and why they occur?

Learn more about sinkholes.USGS Science Feature

The Science of Sinkholes

Picture of a sinkhole in Florida.Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by groundwater circulating through them. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. These collapses can be small, or, as this picture shows, or they can be huge and can occur where a house or road is on top.

The most damage from sinkholes tends to occur in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. The picture to the left shows a sinkhole that quickly opened up in Florida, apparently eating a swimming pool, some roadway, and buildings.

What is a “Sinkhole”?

Picture of a sinkhole that formed below part of a house.A sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage–when it rains, all of the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface. Sinkholes can vary from a few feet to hundreds of acres and from less than 1 to more than 100 feet deep. Some are shaped like shallow bowls or saucers whereas others have vertical walls; some hold water and form natural ponds. Typically, sinkholes form so slowly that little change is noticeable, but they can form suddenly when a collapse occurs. Such a collapse can have a dramatic effect if it occurs in an urban setting.

Areas prone to collapse sinkholes

The map below shows areas of the United States where certain rock types that are susceptible to dissolution in water occur. In these areas the formation of underground cavities can form and catastrophic sinkholes can happen. These rock types are evaporites (salt, gypsum, and anhydrite) and carbonates (limestone and dolomite). Evaporite rocks underlie about 35 to 40 percent of the United States, though in many areas they are buried at great depths.

Map of the United States showing areas where rock that are prone to dissolution and sinkholes are prevalent.

Types of sinkholes

Since Florida is prone to sinkholes, it is a good place to use to discuss some different types of sinkholes and the geologic and hydrologic processes that form them. The processes of dissolution, where surface rock that are soluble to weak acids, are dissolved, and suffosion, where cavities form below the land surface, are responsible for virtually all sinkholes in Florida.

Dissolution sinkholes

Diagram of a sinkhole caused by dissolution of subsurface rock, generally limestone. Dissolution of the limestone or dolomite is most intensive where the water first contacts the rock surface. Aggressive dissolution also occurs where flow is focussed in preexisting openings in the rock, such as along joints, fractures, and bedding planes, and in the zone of water-table fluctuation where groundwater is in contact with the atmosphere.

Cover-subsidence sinkholes

Cover-subsidence sinkholes tend to develop gradually where the covering sediments are permeable and contain sand. In areas where cover material is thicker or sediments contain more clay, cover-subsidence sinkholes are relatively uncommon, are smaller, and may go undetected for long periods.

Cover-collapse sinkholes

Cover-collapse sinkholes may develop abruptly (over a period of hours) and cause catastrophic damages. They occur where the covering sediments contain a significant amount of clay. Over time, surface drainage, erosion, and deposition of sinkhole into a shallower bowl-shaped depression.

Diagram showing cover-collapse types of sinkholes.

Sinkholes can be human-induced

New sinkholes have been correlated to land-use practices, especially from groundwater pumping and from construction and development practices. Sinkholes can also form when natural water-drainage patterns are changed and new water-diversion systems are developed. Some sinkholes form when the land surface is changed, such as when industrial and runoff-storage ponds are created. The substantial weight of the new material can trigger an underground collapse of supporting material, thus causing a sinkhole.

Hydrologic cycle of water from atmosphere to g...

Hydrologic cycle of water from atmosphere to ground in Florida, including the formation of sinkholes, artesian wells, springs, and confluence of salt water from the ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The overburden sediments that cover buried cavities in the aquifer systems are delicately balanced by ground-water fluid pressure. The water below ground is actually helping to keep the surface soil in place. Groundwater pumping for urban water supply and for irrigation can produce new sinkholes In sinkhole-prone areas. If pumping results in a lowering of groundwater levels, then underground structural failure, and thus, sinkholes, can occur.

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Sources and more information

 • Sinkholes, USGS Fact Sheet 2007-3060
• Land Subsidence in the United States, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1182
• Land Subsidence in the United States, USGS Fact Sheet-165-00
• Carbonate-rock aquifers, Aquifer Basics


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