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911 Dispatcher Helps Save Woman Locked in Trunk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 911 dispatcher for Johnston County, North Carolina, recently helped save a woman who was locked in the trunk of a moving car, according to officials.

The 29-year-old woman called 911 around 4 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2017, saying she had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who forced her into a trunk, Jason Barbour, director of the Johnston County Emergency 911 Communications Center, said.

Barbour told ABC News Tuesday that the shift supervisor at the time, Tim Medlin, responded to the call.

“She was crying and very upset, so it was hard to understand her at first, but [Medlin] finally heard her say she was locked in a trunk of a car,” Barbour explained. “The call then dropped, and his multiple attempts to call her back were unsuccessful.”

Medlin “refused to give up” and used the office’s emergency cellphone in an attempt to reach the woman, according to Barbour.

“It was this flip phone, and [Medlin] texted the woman on that phone since he couldn’t reach her by calling,” Barbour said. “Fortunately, she started texting back and told us that she needed help and that she believed she was in a red Mustang headed towards Fayetteville.”

Medlin was then able to get the woman’s location with the help of a cellphone provider. Police responded and stopped the car in the city of Fayetteville, Barbour said.

“And lo and behold, the woman was in the trunk of the car,” Barbour said. He added that if it wasn’t for Medlin’s quick thinking, the woman may not have been found on time.

“He really stood by our motto, ‘Failure is not an option,'” Barbour said.

Lt. Todd Joyce, a public information officer for the Fayetteville Police Department, told ABC News Tuesday that the woman in the trunk was found unharmed. He added that her boyfriend, 32-year-old Nicholas Mattevi, was arrested around 5 a.m. and charged with false imprisonment, a misdemeanor.

Mattevi has since been released from jail, according to Joyce. He said it was not immediately clear if Mattevi had obtained a lawyer or entered a plea.

ABC News could not reach Mattevi for comment.

The Cumberland County District Court did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for information.

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Man Takes Jet Ski Through Flooded California Streets

Mark Gomez(FULLERTON, Calif.) — A man jet skied through flooded streets in Fullerton, California, this weekend.

The jet skier, Mark Gomez, is a professional stuntman and performed the surreal feat in two takes.

California is recovering from a wave of winter storms that have pummeled the state with rain.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued two emergency proclamations late last night to help secure funding for communities to deal with flooding, mudslides and erosion from the heavy rain.

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Virginia Mom Disappears with Two Young Children After Blind Date

iStock/Thinkstock(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — Virginia police issued a missing and endangered alert for a young mother and her two children who disappeared after she had been out on a blind date, according to her family.

Police issued the alert for Monica Bogart Lamping, 29, after she stopped responding to her family’s texts and calls and her home was destroyed by a mysterious fire, according to officials.

Lamping’s mother, Sheila Bogart, told ABC affiliate WVEC that she hadn’t spoken to her daughter since Friday. Two days later, she said she received a phone call from the Virginia Beach Fire Department saying her daughter’s home had been destroyed in a fire, WVEC reported.

The fire department said the blaze was caused by a space heater, killing Lamping’s two pets, according to the report. No one was home at the time of the incident.

Missing and Endangered alert issued for Va. Beach mom and her children https://t.co/koxp1cXxhj pic.twitter.com/vMsgeE9PeV

— 13News Now (@13NewsNow) January 24, 2017

Lamping reportedly went on a blind date on the night before the fire, according to her son’s stepmother, Moira Lamping.

“Her best friend Ann did watch the kids last night for her to go on a date, with somebody named Chad,” Lamping told WVEC. “She picked the kids back up around 5:30 last night. … She said something about car trouble and Chad could fix it.”

Virginia Beach Police say the mom was last known to be driving in a 2002 green Jeep Cherokee with the Virginia tag number XPU-6357. They are urging anyone with information on the family to call the department’s missing person detective at (757) 385-4101 or the Virginia Beach Police Emergency Communications at (757) 385-5000.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ‘Doing Great’ After Fainting During Speech

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed while giving the State of the State speech in his state on Monday night.

Dayton, 69, had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the state capitol in Saint Paul when the incident occurred.

The governor was apparently able to get up on his own, but was escorted out of the room with assistance.

Dayton’s son Eric tweeted after the incident: “I’m with my dad now and he’s doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern.”

I’m with my dad now and he’s doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern.

— Eric Dayton (@ericdayton) January 24, 2017

The governor’s chief of staff, Jaime Tincher, said later in a statement that Dayton “briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol and returned home.”

Tincher added that EMTs performed a routine check on the governor, but he was now “spending time with his son and grandson.”

Dayton is still scheduled to present his 2017 budget Tuesday morning, the chief of staff said.

“Governor Dayton and his entire staff thank the people of Minnesota for their outpouring of support and concern,” Tincher said in the statement.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Collapses During State of the State Address

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, collapsed while giving the State of the State speech there Monday night.

Dayton had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the state capital when the incident occurred.

Further details were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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Florida Officers Surprise Pint-Size Fan at Police-Themed Birthday Party

Clearwater Police Department(SAFETY HARBOR, Fla.) — A 4-year-old boy who loves his local police department got a big surprise Sunday when four uniformed officers crashed his birthday party.

Brody Barnaky was greeted by Sgt. Tom Rodgers, Officer Justin Murray, Officer Scott Penna and Officer Tomislav Marjanovic and was even given a police flag as a gift.

“When they came walking, in [Brody] ran up and jumped into one of the officer’s arms,” mom Tiffany Barnaky of Safety Harbor, Florida, told ABC News. “They were the nicest men. They were so good with the kids. They took them out to the cars, hugged [Brody], they compared muscles, they were absolutely the sweetest officers. The fact that they all wanted to come and do that was just amazing.”

Since last year, Brody has admired police officers, Barnaky, 35, said.

“Every time we are in contact with a police officer, he asks for my phone and pulls up the pictures of Halloween to show them that he was an officer,” she said. “I asked him what kind of party he wanted and he said, ‘A police officer party at a bowling alley.'”

Two weeks before the celebration, Barnaky contacted the Clearwater Police Department to invite an officer to the party at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater for cake.

“He [the PIO] said, as long as the world behaves itself, someone would come by,” Barnaky said. “Four officers were able to come by. We were completely blown away.”

Rodgers told ABC News that he was happy to carve out some time to meet Brody, who was wearing an “Officer Brody” T-shirt.

“Once he saw us, his face just lit up,” Rodgers told ABC News. “It was the cutest thing … he ran up, I grabbed him, picked him up and he had no hesitation at all.”

Rodgers and his squadmates showed Brody the police cars and even let him speak over the PA system.

Barnaky said she couldn’t be more grateful for the kindness shown to her son.

“I think that’s why he’s fallen in love with them,” she said. “The importance of their job to protect the community is what we’re showing him. That’s why he wants to be a police officer.”

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Bodycam Catches Officer Rescuing Driver from Car on Fire

ABC(SPOKANE, Wash.) — An officer’s frantic efforts to free a driver from her car as it erupted into flames was caught on bodycam footage released by police in Spokane, Washington.

Around 9:40 p.m. on Friday, a motorist called 911 saying that she was trapped in her vehicle, which had caught fire, according to police. She was told to break the windows, but said she wasn’t able to shatter the glass.

Before fire crews arrived, Officer Tim Schwering arrived on the scene and used his baton to break a hole in the car’s driver-side window, police said. When he couldn’t unlock the door, Schwering removed the driver’s side glass so the driver could escape the vehicle.

Kimberly Novak, who identified herself as the driver in the video, told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington, that she was headed to the store for ice cream when her car hit slush on the road and died.

“I honestly believed that I may not make it out of there,” Novak told KXLY-TV. “I thought I was going to die there and so panic was definitely setting in.”

“I mean I tried all the doors and tried to open them myself and then kicking as hard as I could,” she said. “The flames were shooting up. I realized it’s happening that fast, that it was going to get me fast too.”

Police said a neighbor, who saw the car on fire, helped in pulling Novak through the driver’s side window to safety.

Schwering was treated at a hospital for smoke-inhalation symptoms and then released, according to police. The neighbor was also treated for minor cuts from the window glass, according to police.

“Once fire crews arrived on scene, they found the engine compartment fully involved with fire, fire venting to both wheel wells,” police said. “The grille shell and bumper had melted away and were effectively burning puddles beneath vehicle. It’s unclear at this time what the cause of the car fire was.”

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Child Believed Missing After Devastating Tornadoes in South

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 2-year-old child is believed to be among the missing after a series of deadly tornadoes wreaked havoc in parts of the South this weekend, according to authorities.

More than a dozen people died over the weekend from the devastating twisters and many more lost homes in the destruction.

“We have people who have no home, no food, no warmth, and no hope,” Chris Cohilas, a commissioner in Dougherty County in south Georgia, told the press Monday.

“It is total devastation and destruction,” said Ron Rowe, emergency medical services director in the city of Albany in Dougherty County. “We have multiple neighborhoods that have totally been ‘removed,’ if I can use that word.”

Cohilas said authorities began searching for a 2-year-old child after a mother reported the youngster missing.

The mother “reported her 2-year-old child had been swept away during the tornado,” he said.

The tornadoes wreaked havoc from early Saturday through Sunday in areas from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, parts of Alabama and south Georgia.

He added that an active search-and-rescue effort was underway in the county, led by state and local law enforcement, but that resources were limited, and that the country needed help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We’ve been begging for FEMA’s help,” Cohilas said. “To get caught up in bureaucratic red tape during this time of human suffering is disgraceful. I would ask President Trump take significant steps to remove the bureaucratic red tape and get us some people on the damn ground.”

The president expressed condolences to the people affected by the tornadoes on Sunday.

“I want to start off by telling you I just spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, great state, great people,” Trump said Sunday from the White House. “Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes, and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken.”

Trump added that the tornadoes “were vicious and powerful and strong.”

“So we’ll be helping out the state of Georgia,” Trump added.

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Man, 42, ID’d as Good Samaritan Killed in San Antonio Mall Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Jonathan Murphy, 42, was identified as the Good Samaritan who was shot and killed after intervening during a shooting at a mall in San Antonio, Texas, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office.

Murphy was the only person killed from the Sunday afternoon incident.

The shooting at the Rolling Oaks Mall began as an attempted robbery by two suspects at the mall’s Kay Jewelers Store, the San Antonio Police said.

Murphy tried to intervene and was shot and killed by one of the suspects, police said.

Another citizen then intervened and shot the suspect who shot Murphy, police said.

The second suspect ran through mall, shooting additional victims, police said.

Two other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

The injured suspect, whose name was not released by the police, was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The second suspect, identified by police as 34-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto, who police said fled after the shootings, was later caught and taken into custody.

Both suspects are facing one capital murder charge and two counts of aggravated robbery, police said.

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Victim Speaks Out About Lawyer Convicted of Hypnotizing His Clients

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One victim of an Ohio divorce attorney who was convicted in 2014 of hypnotizing and then molesting his clients spoke out in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America that aired Monday.

“He ruined a lot of peoples’ lives,” the woman, who wished to be identified only by her first name, Melissia, said. “He ruined a lot of self-worth that some of us had. It’s gone.”

Melissia’s interview comes as authorities released under-cover video that captures Michael Fine, 59, as he attempts to hypnotize and take advantage of another female client.

Fine was arrested after local authorities put a hidden camera on an accessory of one of his clients as part of a sting operation, after the client had told police that her clothing was often disheveled after her appointments with Fine, and she was suffering memory loss. In the video, the attorney can be seen putting a woman into a trance without her consent by saying it is just a “breathing exercise.”

“Your entire body is a vessel of pleasure and arousal and excitement and the better it feels the tighter you’ll grip my hand,” Fine says in the footage, and then proceeds to ask the client “when was the last time you made love?”

When his victim snaps out of her trance, Fine acts as if nothing ever happened, saying “OK, so we have some papers to go over,” at which point police burst into the room and arrested Fine. He is now serving a 12-year prison sentence for hypnotizing six female clients, after he pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping. Fine also faces six civil lawsuits.

“Seeing that video made me so so sick. It made me so angry, and panicky-feeling too,” Melissia said. “I couldn’t sleep after I saw the video.”

Melissia said she first hired Fine as an attorney in April 2014, and she said that she paid him $17,000.

Melissia added that Fine would say he wanted to help her “relax.”

“He didn’t call it hypnosis,” Melissia said. “He called it mindfulness.”

Melissia added that the incident has changed her life in many ways.

“I will not be in a room with anybody by myself,” Melissia said. “No shutting doors, I don’t care who you are.”

Attorney Laura Mills, who is representing Melissia in her civil court case against Fine, told GMA that they are suing him “so that he is held accountable.”

“Clearly now he’s in jail, but the actions he committed against Melissia need to be pursued in a civil suit so he can be accountable for expenses,” Mills said.

Mills added however, that their “most important message” is “building awareness.”

“What women need to understand is this can’t happen,” Mills said. “Women who experience that should not be embarrassed or ashamed about coming forward and talking to a counselor.”

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