‘Where in the world could this child be?’: Investigators scour park for 6th day in search for little Maddox Ritch

first_imgWSOC(GASTONIA, N.C.) — Thursday marks day six of the desperate search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch, who mysteriously vanished in broad daylight in a North Carolina park Saturday.As investigators continue to scour the area, former FBI agent Brad Garrett says he is left wondering, “Where in the world could this child be?”“The biggest concern with any child of tender age being gone for days is their ability to survive,” Garrett, now an ABC News contributor, said Thursday. “Is anybody taking care of him? Has somebody harmed him? Or is he alone in the woods someplace?“How do you sort of disappear off the face of the earth at that point if you’re a 6-year-old child?” Maddox, who has autism and does not talk, was at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia with his father, Ian Ritch, and another adult when he started sprinting roughly 25 to 30 feet ahead of his father, Ritch told reporters.“I feel guilt for letting him get so far ahead of me,” Ritch told reporters.The boy has diabetes and neuropathy in his feet that can make it difficult for him to run, his father said.“As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking,” Ritch said. Ritch notified a park employee, who called 911, and state and federal authorities soon descending on the scene.Investigators have checked dumpsters, scoured the grounds with police dogs, searched the park’s lake using sonar and divers and scanned the area with helicopters and drones.Authorities have also recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and are playing those messages in the woods in the hopes that their voices will persuade him to come out if he’s there. Authorities are pleading with anyone who was at the park that day to come forward, and Garrett said any witness can be key to piecing together the timeline of what happened that day at the park.Garrett also suggested that authorities analyze surveillance video from the park parking lot and nearby intersections.Another concern is foul play.  “It’s certainly logical as time goes on that somebody has grabbed him. That could be a stranger, I suppose that could be somebody that Maddox knows,” Garrett said.Investigators may also check for any sex offenders living in or around Gastonia to see where they were when Maddox disappeared and whether they themselves are now missing, Garrett said. “Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living,” the little boy’s mother, Carrie Ritch, told reporters Tuesday.“If you were at the park Saturday and saw Maddox … please, urgently, please call the tip line,” she said through tears. “I want my baby back in my arms.”Anyone who was at the park Saturday is asked to call 704-869-1075. A $10,000 reward is being offered. “We have spoken to many people who were there but we want to make sure we talk to them all,” Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said. “No piece of information is too small. Something you may think is insignificant could be helpful to our case.”Maddox has blond hair and blue eyes, weighs 45 pounds and is 4 feet tall, police said. He was wearing black shorts, closed-toe sandals and an orange T-shirt that reads “I am the Man” at the time he went missing, according to police.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Holiday nightmare: How to avoid deadly Christmas tree fires

first_imgkajakiki/iStock(NEW YORK) — Christmas trees can be deadly.That’s the urgent advisory from consumer safety experts who warn that it only takes a small ignition source to set a festive home ablaze.A tree without enough water is essentially flammable kindling, fueling what can become a devastating catastrophe.Several people die from tree fires each year, according to newly-released data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which looked at rates between 2013 and 2015.Most holiday lights won’t get hot enough to set a tree on fire. But frayed wires and broken bulbs can spark a flame. Outdoor holiday lights have been known to cause shrub fires and should only be purchased from certified manufacturers, the CPSC says.Watering a tree regularly can keep a small fire from spreading. In a demonstration by the CPSC Thursday, a dry tree quickly became engulfed in flames while the watered tree barely caught fire under the same conditions.“Even after Christmas, keep it well watered until you drag it to the curb,” acting CPSC Chairwoman Anne Marie Buerkle told ABC News.In addition to watering, the CPSC offers these tips to help avoid a holiday tragedy:1) Check lights for broken or cracked sockets.2) Don’t put candles on unstable surfaces like couches or pillows.3) Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.4) Keep the tree away from any heat source.Thousands of people injure themselves every year while decorating for the holidays, according to the CPSC.“All of these injuries are preventable,” Buerkle said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘I like killing people’: Man accused of killing 3 allegedly said he ‘wants to be a serial killer’

first_imgPolk County Sheriffs Office(POLK COUNTY, Fla.) — A man accused of slaying three people across two states allegedly told a victim who survived he wanted to be a serial killer.“I like killing people,” Stanley Mossburg alleged told the victim, according to authorities.Mossburg, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing two people in Winter Haven, Fla., and one person in Greeneville, Tenn.He allegedly told a surviving victim that the “two victims in Winter Haven were (numbers) seven and eight but his goal was to kill 11,” Sheriff Grady Judd, the sheriff in Polk County, Fla., said at a news conference on Tuesday.“We have not found two through six nor do we know if they exist at all,” Judd said.In Florida, Mossburg faces charges including two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts armed burglary with assault.He has also been charged with first-degree murder in Tennessee.Mossburg is due to make his first court appearance in Florida on Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he was represented by a lawyer.On Monday night, authorities zeroed in on a home where they believed Mossburg was hiding, authorities said. All night SWAT teams tried to get Mossburg to surrender, but he allegedly fired at the deputies, authorities said.Early Tuesday, deputies went into the garage and found Mossburg hiding and took him into custody, authorities said.It was the Winter Haven crimes that led to the alleged killer’s capture, Judd said.A Winter Haven man called 911 on Monday about 6 p.m. and said someone had killed his two roommates and held him captive for more than 12 hours, according to the sheriff’s office.The victim said when he got home from work Sunday night, his female roommate was tied up and alive, and his male roommate was already slain inside the home, according to the sheriff’s office.The victim said he was tied up as the suspect, identified as Mossburg, stayed in the home all night, filling up bags with the victims’ items, authorities said.During the night, Mossburg allegedly “slashed and murdered” the female victim and told the surviving victim he “did it quick” because “she was cooperative,” Judd said.Mossburg allegedly poured bleach on the victims and started cleaning the home, Judd said.Mossburg at one point allegedly told the surviving victim he “wants to be a serial killer.”“I like killing people,” he allegedly said, calling the Winter Haven victims numbers “seven and eight,” Judd said.After noon on Monday, Mossburg left the home and allegedly told the surviving victim he’d “be back for the bodies,” and warned the victim not to call police or he’d kill him, Judd said.About six hours later, the victim ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911, Judd said.Earlier this month, Mossburg allegedly attacked and killed a man at a laundromat in Tennessee before fleeing to his native South Carolina, Judd said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The exploitation of Antarctic minerals

first_imgExploitation of minerals either from continental shelves or land areas free of ice has yet to take place in the Antarctic. The paper considers pressures, commercial, strategic, and possible depletion of resources elsewhere that might encourage moves towards exploitation. A brief review is given of technical developments that will be required to allow minerals operators to establish themselves in the hostile Antarctic environment. Finally, the issues that arise in the control of mineral exploitation in a region not subject to conventional national authority are noticed and the necessary conditions for the supervision of such activity, and the protection of the Antarctic environment are outlined.last_img read more

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Computing the volume response of the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet to warming scenarios to 2200

first_imgThe contribution to sea level to 2200 from the grounded, mainland Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet (APIS) wascalculated using an ice sheet model initialized with a new technique computing ice fluxes based on observedsurface velocities, altimetry and surface mass balance, and computing volume response using a linearised method.Volume change estimates of the APIS resulting from surface mass balance anomalies calculated by the regionalmodel RACMO2, forced by A1B and E1 scenarios of the global models ECHAM5 and HadCM3, predicted netnegative sea level contributions between –0.5 and –12 mm sea-level equivalent (SLE) by 2200. Increased glacierflow due to ice thickening returned �15% of the increased accumulation to the sea by 2100 and �30% by 2200.The likely change in volume of the APIS by 2200 in response to imposed 10 and 20 km retreats of the groundinglineat individual large outlet glaciers in Palmer Land, southern AP, ranged between 0.5 and 3.5 mm SLE perdrainage basin. Ensemble calculations of APIS volume change resulting from imposed grounding-line retreat dueto ice-shelf break up scenarios applied to all twenty of the largest drainage basins in Palmer Land (covering �40%of the total area of APIS) resulted in net sea level contributions of 7-16 mm SLE by 2100, and 10-25 mm SLE by2200. Inclusion of basins in the northern peninsula and realistic simulation of grounding-line movement for APoutlet glaciers will improve future projections.last_img read more

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Soothills Bakery undergoes renovation for 2013

first_imgFamily business Soothills Bakery has seen its best year of trading, following a major refurbishment.The Hampshire craft bakery retail business’ two shops in Fareham and at Locks Heath Shopping Village have been redesigned and rebranded by specialist Dollar Rae.Tony Jenkins, master baker and owner of Soothills, said: “We are a small family business and an investment in shop refits is quite a big thing for us.“Our two shops were looking tired and needed doing.  Plus, we were starting to feel the pressure of quite a lot of competition from the likes of Costa Coffee, Starbucks and, to a lesser extent, Greggs.”The redevelopment included improvements to the layout, functionality, product display and presentation, lighting, and the queueing system. Since the transformation of the Fareham shop, East Street, Soothills has recorded its best-ever year’s trading.A spokesperson for the business said: “Everything is moving far more quickly and it’s definitely busier. It’s word of mouth bringing in new people.”She added: “Everything was looking particularly tired, so it was in need of doing.”Employing a total of 45 staff, including 10 skilled bakers, both shops are managed by Tony’s daughter Angela Moyse. The traditional bakery is famed for the high standard and extensive range of product it offers, especially its Cornish pasties, Danish pastries, and lardy cakes.Jenkins commented: “The design and image of your shop is very important, together with your product and its presentation, and the experience that’s created for the customers – is it a place they like to be?”last_img read more

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WMAW: “We knew we had something special, but we had very fierce competition”

first_imgMorrisons says its triumph in the hotly contested In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year category at last year’s Baking Industry Awards ‘means the world’ to the business“We are absolutely ecstatic,” declared Morrisons’ in-store bakery category manager Andy Clegg (pictured above) when the retailer claimed the title of In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) last year.“It’s a fitting award for all the hard work of all our store managers, bakers and packers throughout the company,” he said, adding the supermarket would be “shouting about the win from the rooftops”.And indeed it has – the winner’s logo has been displayed in every Morrisons store nationwide, as well as on lorries and in television adverts.“It was all the more special because we honestly didn’t expect the win,” says Andy Clarke, buying manager for in-store bakery at Morrisons, 10 months after the retailer’s victory. “We knew we had something really special, but it’s a tough category and we had very fierce competition – we were all nervous!”Morrisons also won the award in 2013, and the retailer was aware it would be difficult to win the category twice.“But we knew we had upped our game,” adds Clarke.The win was “the high point of a thoroughly enjoyable evening”, he recalls fondly. “It’s so useful to get the chance to talk to colleagues, suppliers, and people across the industry that you wouldn’t normally come into contact with.”Winning a coveted Baking Industry Award gives a business something to shout about, Clarke points out. “Especially for the smaller bakery operations, it’s the chance to showcase the things you’re really brilliant at, and put them on a massive stage for everyone to see,” he says, adding that winning a BIA puts suppliers on Morrisons’ radar.“From our point of view it’s a golden opportunity – these bakers, suppliers and manufacturers are untapped resources of the highest calibre, and other supermarkets are missing a trick if they’re not looking at all the finalists, because we certainly do.”“That’s why it’s so important to enter,” he adds. “That exposure is money-can’t-buy stuff.”“In the past, supermarkets haven’t looked so much at the smaller guys, but now provenance and locality are so highly valued that we would be foolish to overlook anyone. Any small baker that has a quality product really needs to get involved – this could be the making of you, your product, your business. It has certainly made a huge difference to us.”Sponsor’s comment“Zeelandia has sponsored the In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year category for the past five years and, each year, the quality of the entrants increases, making the judges’ task more difficult than ever,” says Zeelandia national sales manager Richard Hazeldine.“It was not an easy choice, as all the entrants were very passionate about baking, and this was evident from the people interviewed – from the category directors to the bakers themselves. All the stores visited had high-quality products on display, and the staff were extremely knowledgeable.“Morrisons was a very worthy winner and the judges noted, in particular, the excellent finishing of the cakes in the cake shop.”last_img read more

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Gearan appointed director of Institute of Politics

first_imgMark D. Gearan has been appointed director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Gearan will begin work at the IOP in March.“At Harvard we believe in the power of public service to transform our societies for the better,” said Drew Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “We are excited that Mark, a distinguished leader who has dedicated most of his impressive career to public service, will now bring his remarkable skills and passion to the IOP.”“The IOP exposes students to the practical world of politics and public service in order to inspire and help the students enter that world later in their lives,” said Douglas Elmendorf, HKS Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy. “Our students will benefit greatly from Mark’s deep knowledge of both public service and higher education.”“I am honored to serve as the next director of the Institute of Politics.  The mission to inspire and prepare Harvard students to become leaders in politics and public service could not be more important.  As an undergraduate I benefited greatly from the IOP, and I look forward to continuing its rich legacy for today’s students with vibrant programs, speakers, and ideas from academia and practice,” Gearan said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Facebook Launches Video Messenger Rooms

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayJAMESTOWN – There’s a new way to be in touch with friends while still social distancing.Facebook is introducing messenger rooms. This feature allows users to build a virtual room where free video calls can be made for up to 50-people.The calls are joinable and have no time limit. Invitations can be sent to people even if they don’t have a Facebook account.last_img read more

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Traffic Chase, Foot Pursuit Leads To Arrest

first_imgPOLAND — A traffic chase turned into a foot pursuit for Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies with K-9 Link apprehending a Jamestown man.Deputies attempted to stop Thomas Kimbrough Sr., 50, for an observed traffic violation at 11:32 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Falconer.Deputies said the suspect fled the scene and the vehicle chase ended when Kimbrough crashed into a tree on Quaint Road.Deputies said he then fled on foot into the woods. K-9 Officer Link, while trailing Kimbrough, founds 19 grams of fentanyl, 15 grams of cocaine, 29 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and a large amount of money.Link found Kimbrough in dense bushes.Kimbrough was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawful fleeing police, several traffic violations and parole violation on an original charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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