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At least 9 dead in 4 states as tornadoes and floods wreak havoc in parts of South, Midwest

@SkySPOT97 / Micheal Lavender (DALLAS) — The death toll from tornadoes and storms in parts of the South and Midwest rose to at least 9 by midday Sunday, authorities said. Deaths from the severe weather were reported in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

East Texas was the worst hit, with tornadoes there killing at least four people and leaving a trail of what officials called “extensive damage” in the area. The twisters flattened homes and flipped cars and pickup trucks, according to videos and photos posted to social media.

All four deaths were in the Canton area east of Dallas, authorities said. At least 50 other people in the area were injured, the Canton Fire Department said.

“It is heartbreaking and upsetting,” Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said, noting that the twister tore up an area 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. of the damage.

The fatality toll of four updates an earlier report by authorities that five people had died.

n neighboring Arkansas, at least three people are dead and two missing, authorities said.

A 65-year-old woman, Christina Smith, was killed overnight by a falling tree in DeWitt, Arkansas, according to police.

In the community of Springdale, a 10-year-old girl was swept away by floodwaters and killed.

And in Dead Cove City, the fire chief, Doug Deckar, was checking water lines on a roadway during thunderstorms early Sunday when he was hit by a vehicle and killed, the Arkansas state police reported.

In Madison County, deputies are search for two missing children who may have been in a car swept away by floodwaters.

The car was on a low bridge near Hindsville, Arkansas, when rising waters led the woman driver to flee. Her two children were inside. Authorities said they did not know if the children were able to exit the vehicle before the car was swept along in the flood.

Flash flooding in the state forced evacuations in some areas.

Flash flood emergencies have been declared in the following counties: Woodruff, Prairie, Jackson, Cleburne, Lonoke, Faulkner, and White County, according to the National Weather Service.

Further north, in Missouri, a 72-year-old woman died when the car she was in was swept off by floodwater, according to the the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Her husband tried to rescue her but was unable to, police said. The car was found later in a field.

In Mississippi, one person was reported dead in Durant after a tree fell on a house.

Storms in the state at one point over the weekend left 23,000 people without power, the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management said.

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At least 5 dead, 50 hospitalized after multiple tornadoes slam East Texas

@SkySPOT97 / Micheal Lavender (DALLAS) — At least five people are dead after several tornadoes slammed East Texas Saturday, officials said.

The deaths occurred in the Canton area, located about 50 miles east of Dallas. Canton Fire Department Captain Brian Horton said the number of fatalities “may go up [Sunday] morning … we still may have people unaccounted for.”

Three hospitals that are part of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Heathcare Systems received at least 48 patients, spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley told ABC News. One person is in critical condition, while the others have non-life-threatening injuries.

Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler received two patients, a spokesperson said.

As of 9 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office said it could confirm three tornadoes hit the area: In Canton, Caney City and Eustace.

Van Zandt County judge Don Kirkpatrick said a disaster declaration had been issued for the area, and that teams are in the process of search of recovery.

There is “extensive damage” across the county, including some homes that were destroyed, said county commissioner Virgin Melton, adding that trees and power lines are down in several locations. “There is debris everywhere,” he said.

Videos and photos posted to social media also showed overturned cars and pickup trucks and flattened homes.

Local resident Ernestine Cook told ABC affiliate WFAA that she rushed to a storm center just in time. “It hit so hard, so fast,” she said. “It just kept moving. I’ve never seen anything like it after 22 years of living here.”

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Dozens hospitalized after deadly tornadoes hit Texas

@SkySPOT97 / Micheal Lavender (DALLAS) — Dozens of people have been hospitalized after deadly tornadoes ripped through eastern parts of Texas.

At least five people were killed, the Canton Fire Department said at a press conference Saturday night.

According to the National Weather Service in Forth Worth, there was at least one tornado in Canton, one in Eustace, and one in Caney City. Canton, outside Dallas, saw the most severe damage after a twister went over Interstate 20, apparently hitting dozens of vehicles directly.

The extent of damage was not immediately clear. Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Forth Worth, told ABC News that crews would be sent out Sunday morning to determine the EF scale damage.

Moore said the tornadoes were caused by a chain of storms moving northeast across East Texas, and on into northwestern Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas. The meteorologist warned residents in the state to stay alert.

“If a watch is issued for your area, stay tuned to the weather and if a warning is issued take immediate action to protect yourself and your family,” Moore said.

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Trump’s supporters say he should be given more help, time

ABCNews.com(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — President Donald Trump’ supporters attended a rally with the president in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to celebrate the first 100 days of an administration that they believe is off to a solid start and urge critics to give him more time and help.

One such supporter, Valerie Schaeffer, told ABC News that “all of the executive orders that he’s managed to get signed” were one of the achievements she was happiest with.

She said that she is “disappointed that some of Congress isn’t working with him, but he’s still plugging on and going ahead and I think he’s doing great.”

Another supporter at the rally, who did not share his name, reiterated that sentiment.

“There are fundamental things he couldn’t achieve but let’s face it: the Democrats are determined to just shoot him down at every angle. In the face of all the opposition he has achieved a tremendous amount,” the man said.

Supporter Heather Frampton said that the blame shouldn’t be limited to Democrats.

“The thing I’m not excited about is everything that he’s trying to do where it’s sluggish, it’s sluggish not just by the Democratic party but the Republican party,” Frampton said. “He needs them behind him. United we stand, divided we fall, and if America cannot come together and join in unity we are never going to be making America great again.”

The atmosphere at tonight’s rally was reminiscent of earlier campaign rallies well before Trump won the election, with familiar chants and even some of the same music.

For supporter Brian Flook, Trump needs to be allowed some more time to fulfill more of those campaign promises that he touted both in the leadup to the election and through these first 100 days of his term.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can’t fix the problems in 100. He’s just getting started,” Flook said.

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Dozens hospitalized after several tornadoes hit Texas

@SkySPOT97 / Micheal Lavender (DALLAS) — At least 48 people have been hospitalized after tornadoes ripped through eastern parts of Texas on Saturday night.

One person is listed in critical condition and the other 47 suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a spokesperson for East Texas Medical Center said to ABC News.

According to the National Weather Service in Forth Worth, there was at least one tornado in Canton, one in Eustace, and one in Caney City. Canton, outside Dallas, saw the most severe damage after a twister went over Interstate 20, apparently hitting dozens of vehicles directly.

The extent of damage was not immediately clear. Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Forth Worth, told ABC News that crews would be sent out Sunday morning to determine the EF scale damage.

Moore said the tornadoes were caused by a chain of storms moving northeast across East Texas, and on into northwestern Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas. The meteorologist warned residents in the state to stay alert.

“If a watch is issued for your area, stay tuned to the weather and if a warning is issued take immediate action to protect yourself and your family,” Moore said.

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Ground search called off for escaped inmate convicted in attempted murder of cop

iStock/Thinkstock(JESSUP, Md.) — The ground search for an escaped inmate convicted in the attempted murder of a Delaware cop was called off Saturday, police said.

David M. Watson, 28, escaped Friday morning from a van that had been driven from the Wicomico County Corrections Center to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Maryland, according to Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

The ground search was suspended after police had exhausted “all search efforts in the immediate area,” Howard County police said this afternoon. They are still investigating in an attempt to locate him, the police statement said.

The escape happened on the edges of the hospital grounds Friday around 9:40 a.m. local time, Llewellyn said. When a guard opened the door to the van, Watson pushed the guard down and ran into the woods, Llewellyn said.

Authorities believe Watson somehow got out of his handcuffs and waist chain while in the van.

Llewellyn told ABC News on Saturday that police officers have been “working around the clock” to find Watson since he escaped. Police searched the area around Clifton T. Perkins hospital in Jessup with bloodhounds, K-9 units and helicopters with heat-seeking technology throughout the day Friday, overnight and into Saturday morning, the Howard County PD statement said.

“Investigators are not releasing specific details about the search area or the number of officers for investigative reasons. We also have been conducting investigations in Delaware and Wicomico County, as the suspect has ties to both areas,” she told ABC News.

Llewellyn said there have been no confirmed reports of sightings of Watson, who was sentenced of more than 100 years in Delaware for attempted murder. He reportedly shot at a Delaware police officer’s house.

The Howard County Police Department has released several pictures of Watson, showing him with and without glasses as well as his numerous tattoos, in an effort to help the public identify the fugitive.

Police release photos of escaped prisoner David M. Watson’s tattoos. If you see him, call 911. pic.twitter.com/mQ7NVUPirD

— Howard County Police (@HCPDNews) April 28, 2017

Escaped prisoner David Watson has been known to wear glasses, as in this undated photo. Anyone who spots him should call 911, reward $5,000 pic.twitter.com/4a5UucFjqE

— Howard County Police (@HCPDNews) April 29, 2017

Watson is also facing charges in Wicomico County, Maryland, for multiple counts of attempted murder.

A Maryland judge reportedly found Watson not competent in 2014 to face trial on the attempted murder charges in Wicomico County. He was being transported to the hospital to undergo a regular six-month psychiatric evaluation as a condition set by the judge, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Wicomico County correctional officers had reportedly picked up Watson in Delaware on Thursday.

Police do not know whether Watson has any outside help or whether he has left the area. Authorities lost sight of him as he ran into the woods but they were able to pick up a canine trail, so they know in which direction he was headed, Llewellyn said.

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People’s Climate March draws massive crowd to Washington, D.C. on President Trump’s 100th day in office

Twitter/@AmyPerlmutter(WASHINGTON) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Washington D.C. on Saturday for the People’s Climate March, calling for climate action on President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

More than 150,000 people joined the march in Washington, according to organizers.

Organizers said the crowd size exceeded their expectations. The National Park Service issued the march a permit for 100,000 people, designating a space from 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, down 3rd Street and down Jefferson Avenue to 7th Street.

By 1 p.m., the march had clearly surpassed the space by more than a dozen blocks, organizers said.

“We’re blown away by the numbers,” People’s Climate Movement national coordinator Paul Getsos said in a statement Saturday.

Although the march is anchored in the U.S. capital, there were hundreds of sister marches happening in cities across the country and around the globe, including Geneva, Amsterdam and Lisbon.

The event stems from the historic People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit. The march, organized by the People’s Climate Movement, drew 400,000 people to the streets of New York City, demanding that global leaders act on climate change.

This year’s march coincides with Trump’s 100th day in office, though organizers said it was planned ahead of the U.S. presidential election. The event aims to pressure leaders to act on climate change while creating family-sustaining jobs, investing in front-line and indigenous communities and protecting workers who would be affected by the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy.

“This march grew out of the relationship building among some of the country’s most important progressive organizations and movements,” Getsos said in a statement Saturday. “There was a simple demand– act.

“Today’s actions are not for one day or one week or one year,” Getsos added.

In Washington, marchers gathered at Union Square near the Capitol at 12:30 p.m. ET before marching up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. The marchers plan to then encircle the White House, calling for action.

The crowds will reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to listen to music and speakers from around the country, including an indigenous community leader from the Gulf Coast, an Iraq war veteran, a South Carolina pastor, a Muslim imam, a Las Vegas student and a nurse affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to organizers.

Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice. Join me in standing with them. #ClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/Zrgt090lI6

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) April 29, 2017

Celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, were among those marching in Washington. The actor posted a photo on Twitter after the march with a caption saying, “Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice.”

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People’s Climate March draws massive crowd to Washington, D.C. on President Trump’s 100th day in office

Twitter/@AmyPerlmutter(WASHINGTON) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Washington D.C. on Saturday for the People’s Climate March, calling for climate action on President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

More than 150,000 people joined the march in Washington, according to organizers.

Organizers said the crowd size exceeded their expectations. The National Park Service issued the march a permit for 100,000 people, designating a space from 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, down 3rd Street and down Jefferson Avenue to 7th Street.

By 1 p.m., the march had clearly surpassed the space by more than a dozen blocks, organizers said.

“We’re blown away by the numbers,” People’s Climate Movement national coordinator Paul Getsos said in a statement Saturday.

Although the march is anchored in the U.S. capital, there were hundreds of sister marches happening in cities across the country and around the globe, including Geneva, Amsterdam and Lisbon.

The event stems from the historic People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit. The march, organized by the People’s Climate Movement, drew 400,000 people to the streets of New York City, demanding that global leaders act on climate change.

This year’s march coincides with Trump’s 100th day in office, though organizers said it was planned ahead of the U.S. presidential election. The event aims to pressure leaders to act on climate change while creating family-sustaining jobs, investing in front-line and indigenous communities and protecting workers who would be affected by the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy.

“This march grew out of the relationship building among some of the country’s most important progressive organizations and movements,” Getsos said in a statement Saturday. “There was a simple demand– act.

“Today’s actions are not for one day or one week or one year,” Getsos added.

In Washington, marchers gathered at Union Square near the Capitol at 12:30 p.m. ET before marching up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. The marchers plan to then encircle the White House, calling for action.

The crowds will reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to listen to music and speakers from around the country, including an indigenous community leader from the Gulf Coast, an Iraq war veteran, a South Carolina pastor, a Muslim imam, a Las Vegas student and a nurse affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to organizers.

Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice. Join me in standing with them. #ClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/Zrgt090lI6

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) April 29, 2017

Celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, were among those marching in Washington. The actor posted a photo on Twitter after the march with a caption saying, “Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice.”

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Reward offered in search for escaped inmate convicted in attempted murder of cop

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police in Maryland are now offering a reward in the ongoing search for an escaped inmate convicted in the attempted murder of a Delaware cop.

“The search for escaped prisoner David M. Watson will continue overnight,” the Howard County Police Department wrote on Facebook Friday night. “Anyone with information is urged to call 911. Police are offering a reward up to $5,000.”

David M. Watson, 28, escaped Friday morning from a van that had been driven from the Wicomico County Corrections Center to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Maryland, according to Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

The escape happened on the edges of the hospital grounds around 9:40 a.m. local time, Llewellyn said. When a guard opened the door to the van, Watson pushed the guard down and ran into the woods, Llewellyn said.

Authorities believe Watson somehow got out of his handcuffs and waist chain while in the van.

There has been no sighting of Watson, who is serving a prison sentence of more than 100 years in Delaware for attempted murder, Llewellyn said. He reportedly shot at a Delaware police officer’s house.

The Howard County Police Department has released several pictures of Watson, showing him with and without glasses as well as his numerous tattoos, in an effort to help the public identify the fugitive.

Escaped prisoner David Watson has been known to wear glasses, as in this undated photo. Anyone who spots him should call 911, reward $5,000 pic.twitter.com/4a5UucFjqE

— Howard County Police (@HCPDNews) April 29, 2017

Watson is also facing charges in Wicomico County, Maryland, for multiple counts of attempted murder.

A Maryland judge reportedly found Watson not competent in 2014 to face trial on the attempted murder charges in Wicomico County. He was being transported to the hospital to undergo a regular six-month psychiatric evaluation as a condition set by the judge, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Wicomico County correctional officers had reportedly picked up Watson in Delaware on Thursday.

Police do not know whether Watson has any outside help or whether he has left the area. Authorities lost sight of him as he ran into the woods but they were able to pick up a canine trail, so they know in which direction he was headed, Llewellyn said.

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Texas police officer faked his death and fled to Mexico, say officials

Austin Police Department(NEW YORK) — Police in Texas believe that Coleman Martin, an officer with the Austin Police Department, staged his death and is alive in Mexico, officials said Friday.

The 29-year-old is now facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of “false report,” according to a police department statement.

And to add intrigue to the bizarre story, a woman with whom the married man had a close relationship, is also part of the investigation.

According to Friday’s statement from the Austin Police Department, “evidence was uncovered to lead investigators to believe that the missing officer took means to stage his own death. It is believed at this time he is not deceased and has fled to Mexico.”

When Martin initially went missing, police described him as an officer in “emotional distress,” based on interview with his wife.

According to a police affidavit released Friday, Martin’s wife called police on Tuesday, April 25, and reported that he was suicidal. She told officers that he left their residence around 10 a.m., saying he needed time “clear his head.” Then around 10:15 a.m., she said, he texted her a photo of a handwritten note that said he was going to commit suicide and drown himself in a lake near the Mexican border.

Police discovered that that Martin withdrew $300 from the couple’s joint bank account around 11 a.m. that morning and purchased gas 15 minutes later. He then bought a raft at a sporting goods store in Austin, got $50 cash back then got food at a Wendy’s at 3:50 p.m. A transaction showed that he also purchased rope and concrete clocks from a Home Depot store, according to the affidavit.

Martin and his vehicle were then entered into the state and national computer databases for law enforcement to be on the lookout for him. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Martin was stopped by a trooper near Uvalde, Texas, around 6 p.m. and that he told the trooper he was heading to Mexico for a vacation.

Around 7 a.m. on April 26, law enforcement with the Amistad National Recreation Area reported that Martin’s vehicle was found near the lake, according to the affidavit. A “suicide note,” the same one Martin texted to his wife was found on the seat of his vehicle.

A raft was found on the shore a few miles from where Martin’s vehicle was parked. Police also found remnants of a concrete block and scrapes on the raft that indicated that a block had been pushed over the side. Investigators then searched the lake for Martin’s body.

Investigators soon discovered that Martin had a close relationship with a woman other than his wife. On April 27, they interviewed the woman and she gave evidence that Martin was indeed alive and the entire incident was an attempt to fake his death. In fact, the woman showed investigators an email that Martin sent her after the alleged suicide.

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