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Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped at Bottom of 40-Foot-Deep Well

Monkey Business Images/iStock/Thinkstock(MCDONOUGH, Ga.) — Firefighters saved the life of an elderly dog after he somehow fell down a 40-foot-deep well in McDonough, Georgia, according to county officials.

The yellow Labrador retriever named Bama was “desperately trying to keep [his] head above water,” when animal control officers found him on Monday afternoon, according to a post on the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department’s Facebook page.

The officers “realized that an extraction of this sort was beyond [their] capabilities,” so they immediately contacted the Henry County Fire Department for help, said a spokesperson for the county’s animal care and control department.

“We affectionately call them the ‘Batman Department’ because they have all the ‘cool toys’ and specialized equipment for situations like this that animal control departments don’t have,” the spokesperson told ABC News.

The fire department’s Technical Rescue Team shortly arrived on the scene and worked for over three hours to rescue Bama, according to Capt. Michael Black, public information officer for the Henry County Fire Department.

The rescue team first pumped oxygen down the 40-foot-deep well before lowering a firefighter to get Bama back up, Black told ABC News today.

“The dog was really friendly, and when he was out, he even seemed like he was going around to thank everyone,” Black said. He added that Bama was determined to be OK and turned over to his owner without further incident.

It appeared that the dog had accidentally fallen into the well, which is located in the backyard of his owner’s neighbors’ house, while “hanging out” there that afternoon, Black said.

Bama’s owner, James House, told ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, that he “didn’t even know” Bama had fallen in the well “until they had already got him” out.

“I know it must have been scary for him,” House said. “I brought him home and hugged him — mud and all.”

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6-Year-Old ‘Fighting for His Life’ After South Carolina Elementary School Shooting, Official Says

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) — A 6-year-old boy is “fighting for his life” after being critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, according to the city’s fire chief who spoke at a news conference on Thursday

Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School, was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire at the school’s outdoor playground during recess on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

A “bullet ripped through little Jacob’s femoral artery,” a major artery located in the thigh, wrote South Carolina Rep. Alan Clemmons on his Facebook page Wednesday. Clemmons noted that Jacob was a nephew of “dear friends” of his.

Jacob “died twice, and was revived, during medical transport and again during surgery,” Clemmons said.

The state representative added in an update today that the “shot that severed Jacob’s femoral artery required immediate chest surgery to staunch the blood flow.”

Jacob remained in critical condition at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital as of Thursday afternoon according to Sandy Dees, Greenville Health System senior media relations coordinator.

“We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital,” Jacob’s parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

During a news conference, Townville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy McAdams asked for prayers for all those involved in Wednesday’s shooting, “especially for little Jacob,” who he said was “still fighting for his life.”

McAdams was one of several first responders who tended to Jacob and his teacher during the shooting. He noted that the teacher told him and other emergency personnel to “take care of Jacob first” and not worry about her.

The fire chief also read a statement prepared by Townville veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, who has been credited as the hero who took down the suspected gunman.

In the statement, Brock said that “the true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy” were the teachers and principal who “put their lives on the line to protect the students.”

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US Tried Twice to Deport Man Killed by Police in California: Officials

El Cajon Police(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Federal officials tried twice to deport Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old man who was shot by police in Southern California on Tuesday. But his native country of Uganda refused to take him back, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Olango’s history with federal immigration authorities came to light in the wake of his being killed Tuesday by an El Cajon police officer after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from his sister saying that he was “not acting like himself.”

The shooting spurred protests Tuesday and Wednesday nights in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego.

Olango arrived in the U.S. in 1991 as a refugee from Uganda, but was ordered to be deported after he was convicted for transporting and selling narcotics, the U.S. immigration agency’s western regional communications director, Virginia Kice, told ABC News in a statement. He was later released from immigration custody in 2003 after multiple requests were to the Ugandan government to obtain travel documents for Olango.

Olango was then placed under an order of supervision, directing him to report to the agency on a regular basis, the immigration agency said. He was placed in immigration custody again in 2009 after serving prison time for a firearms charge conviction in Colorado. ICE tried again to obtain travel documents from Uganda for Olango, but their attempts were again “unsuccessful,” Kice said.

He was released from custody for a second time and reported to the agency as required until February 2015. He has not been in the contact with the agency since then, Kice said.

On Tuesday night, the caller to 911 in El Cajon said Olango was walking in traffic, endangering himself and motorists, according to police.

When police arrived, Olango refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, causing one officer to draw his firearm, police said. At one point, Olango “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pockets, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” police said Tuesday.

The El Cajon Police Department disclosed Wednesday evening that the object Olango pulled from his pants pocket was a vape smoking device.

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Dispatch Calls Reveal NJ Train Crash Horror as It Unfolded

Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Internal police and EMS calls reveal the horror at the scene of Thursday morning’s train crash at Hoboken Terminal in northern New Jersey that killed one woman and seriously injured dozens more.

“We have a train that has gone through the station,” according to one dispatch between New Jersey State Police and Warren County Fire and EMS. “Hoboken Terminal, we will be checking for injuries.”

Officials scrambled for backup after realizing the magnitude of the situation. “All units, Hoboken track number 5,” a dispatcher said.

The New Jersey Transit commuter train carrying 250 people crashed into Hoboken’s historic train station a little after 8:30 a.m., according to authorities.

“We need electricians here as well, at this time we’re not sure if anything is still alive,” a dispatcher said.

“We’ve got multiple walking wounded, we’ve got serious structural damage here in Hoboken Terminal,” according to another dispatch. “I need you to contact rail operations. We need no further trains to Hoboken Terminal. Hold everything at Secaucus.”

Dispatchers went on to say they have “PD, FD, EMS, and ALS responding” to the scene.

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At Least One Dead in Crash of NJ Transit Train

Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — At least one person died and dozens more were injured, some seriously, when a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into Hoboken’s historic train station Thursday morning, authorities said.

One area trauma center, Jersey City Medical Center, is treating 11 people injured in the crash, some of them with critical or serious injuries, hospital officials said. None of the injuries at this point are life-threatening. Another approximately 40 people came to the hospital via a NJ Transit bus and are being evaluated.

Investigators said they aren’t sure at this point why the train came into the station at a high speed.

Some passengers confirmed that the train did not appear to slow down as it pulled into Hoboken Terminal between about 8:32 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

The crash seriously damaged the Hoboken Terminal building itself, leading to an evacuation of the station and to both NJ Transit and PATH, which also runs trains out of the station, to suspend all service there.

“There is heavy structural damage to the terminal, which is why it was evacuated,” said Jennifer Nelson, director of media relations for NJ Transit. “It is not safe to go in there right now.”

Corey Futterman was riding in one of the last cars of the train but was not injured in the crash. He told ABC News that this was “something I’ve never seen before.”

“We had just left Secaucus and that’s where about half or, if not, more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York. We were approaching Hoboken and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever and then all of a sudden everything just crashed and shook,” Futterman said.

Most of those injured appear to have been riding in the first car or were in the station and were struck by debris. Passengers on the second car and further back were able to exit the train. The train’s engineer is among those hospitalized.

Federal investigators are en route, according to Matthew Lehner, spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information.

The train on NJ Transit’s Pascack Valley line started in Spring Valley, New York, at 7:23 a.m. ET with a scheduled arrival time in Hoboken of 8:38 a.m. It struck the terminal building on track 5 at approximately 8:45 a.m, according to NJ Transit.

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Fire Chief Describes How SC Firefighter Took Down Suspected Gunman

iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) — The fire chief of Townville Volunteer Fire Department in Townville, South Carolina, described to ABC News Thursday how a veteran volunteer firefighter heroically took down the suspected teen gunman who opened fire at Townville Elementary School’s playground during recess on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Billy McAdams said he was in his personal vehicle with 30-year veteran firefighter Jamie Brock when they heard the call about shots fired at the school. The chief was especially concerned because he had a son at the school, he said.

After arriving at the scene, the two split up, McAdams told ABC News Thursday. Brock went off to look for the shooter despite being unarmed, while McAdams tended to a seriously wounded child.

Brock was able to tackle the 14-year-old suspected shooter, who was armed with a handgun, McAdams said. Meanwhile, the fire chief said he had been applying a tourniquet to stop the bleeding in the wounded child’s leg.

The suspected teen gunman was taken into custody with incident at the school, officials said at a news conference on Wednesday. A county EMS official noted that Brock wanted to remain humble and quiet.

It was not immediately clear how the suspected teen shooter got into the school on Wednesday, according to officials. They did note, however, that all schools in the district have undergone active shooter training.

Three people were injured in the shooting — including a student shot in the leg, another student shot in the foot and a teacher shot in the shoulder — officials said.

The suspect, who officials did not identify by name, was described at the news conference as the son of 47-year-old Jeffery Dewitt Osborne, who was found dead in his home on the same day of the shooting.

Authorities said that the suspected teen shooter’s grandparents received a phone call from the teen early afternoon. The shooter was crying and upset, according to the grandparents, who then went to the home of their son, Jeffery Dewitt Osborne. The grandparents found the teen’s father dead and called 911.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Osborne Thursday, according to officials.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked on Wednesday “that everyone across South Carolina join” her and her husband, Michael Haley, “in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today’s tragedy” as “we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened.”

The family of the suspected teen shooter said in a statement Thursday that they “were absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son.”

They added that they were praying for “the two precious children who were wounded” and for “their courageous teacher.”

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Passengers Describe Harrowing Scene at NJ Transit Crash

Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Witnesses described the harrowing scene Thursday morning after a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into a platform at Hoboken Terminal in northern New Jersey, killing at least one person and seriously injuring others.

Officials said at least 100 people were wounded in the crash.

Corey Futterman was riding in one of the last cars of the train but was not injured in the crash. He told ABC News that this was “something I’ve never seen before.”

“We had just left Secaucus and that’s where about half or if not more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York [Penn Station]. We were approaching Hoboken and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever and then all of a sudden everything just crashed and shook,” Futterman said.

There was no indication that something was wrong before the crash, according to Futterman.

“We were just going a little quicker than expected,” he said. “We were not slowing too much.”

Futterman said his train car was not severely damaged in the crash.

“But when you got out, I immediately saw like the roof caved in and the car was on top of the platform and it was wires everywhere and total destruction inside. And chaos,” he told ABC News. “People were freaking out and crying. People’s faces were bloody.”

Another witness, who was identified only as Jamie, described the moment of the crash to ABC News station WABC-TV in New York.

“We’re panicking, because I believe those people in the front were very badly injured. So they started yelling, because they saw the blood,” she said, adding, “[the train] was super packed.”

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At Least One Dead, ‘Multiple Critical Injuries’ in NJ Transit Train Crash

Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — At least one person has died and dozens more have been injured, including “multiple critical injuries” after a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people crashed into Hoboken’s historic train station Thursday morning, authorities said.

The crash seriously damaged the Hoboken Terminal building itself, leading to its evacuation and to both NJ Transit and PATH, which also runs trains out of the station, to suspend all service there.

“There is heavy structural damage to the terminal, which is why it was evacuated,” said Jennifer Nelson, director of media relations for NJ Transit. “It is not safe to go in there right now.”

Most of those injured appear to have been riding in the first car or were in the station and were struck by debris. Passengers on the second car and further back were able to exit the train.

Federal investigators are en route, according to Matthew Lehner, spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration.

Passengers say the train on NJ Transit’s Pascack Valley line started in Spring Valley, New York at 7:23 a.m. with a scheduled arrival time in Hoboken of 8:38 a.m, but was running late.

The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information.

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Dozens Injured When NJ Transit Train Crashes into Station

Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — A NJ Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning, according to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management.

New Jersey emergency’s management system is reporting more than 100 people were injured in the crash, and NJ Transit is reporting multiple passengers are trapped.

Federal investigators are en route, according to Matthew Lehner, spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information.

The crash seriously damaged the Hoboken Terminal building itself, taking out a support beam and causing a partial collapse of the roof that covers the tracks, ABC News local station WABC-TV reported.

Passengers will be evacuated from the terminal as the structural integrity of the roof is tested.

All NJ Transit service will be diverted to Secaucus Junction.

In addition, all PATH service at the Hoboken station is suspended. Passengers are advised to use NJ Transit Light Rail.

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NJ Transit Train Crashes into Hoboken Station, Several Injuries Reported

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — A NJ Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken Station Thursday morning, according to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management.

New Jersey emergency’s management system is reporting more than 100 people were injured in the crash, and NJ Transit is reporting multiple passengers are trapped.

The crash seriously damaged the terminal itself, taking out a support beam in the building and causing a partial collapse of the roof that covers the tracks, ABC News’ WABC-TV reported.

Passengers will be evacuated from the terminal as the structural integrity of the roof is tested.

All NJ Transit service will be diverted to Secaucus Junction.

In addition, all PATH service at the Hoboken station is suspended. Passengers are advised to use NJ Transit Light Rail.

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