KTVX(PARK CITY, Utah) — An 11-year-old boy is thankful to be home after he was snatched while walking from his Utah apartment, thrown into his family’s car and taken for a frightening ride.

Fernando Rubio was walking to his family’s car early Friday morning outside their home in Summit County.

“I was coming out of the house to get my mom’s cell phone, and when I locked the doors, these two guys came up behind me,” he said.

Police say the two men — identified as Anthony Morales, 28, and Gustavo Vazquez-Nava, 19 — asked Fernando for money. He didn’t have any. So the men allegedly took the car and Fernando.

“They took the keys and the two phones and they just put me in the back seat with my head down,” he said.

Fernando’s family soon realized he was gone and called police.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Justin Martinez said the men threatened the boy.

“They told him ‘If you say or do anything stupid, we will kill you,’ so they had threatened him,” Martinez said.

Police later spotted the car and Fernando in Park City, about 75 miles away. The suspects made a break for it, police said, but were taken into custody.

Morales and Vazquez-Nava are charged with kidnapping and assault, among other charges. They have not yet entered a plea.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kevin Swanson was surfing off the coast of Central California Sunday when out of nowhere a 10-feet juvenile shark attacked him, sinking its teeth into Swanson’s right hip and dragging him underwater.

“I was down there for, I don’t know, maybe two to three seconds,” Swanson told ABC News. “He was attached to my leg.”

“I could see him latching on and just holding on,” he said.

As he resurfaced, Swanson, a 50-year-old father of three, began shouting “shark” to warn others on the beach. He then began to rescue himself, paddling to get back to the shore.

“I just started paddling as hard as I possibly could to get to the shore,” Swanson said. “I grabbed my leash and tied it as a tourniquet around my leg.”

When Swanson arrived on shore, he was met by rescue authorities who had been called to the scene by someone on shore. Swanson was then airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Swanson was released from the hospital Monday and is now recovering at home. He credits his surfboard, along with his own ability to stay calm, with saving his life.

“This foam didn’t allow the teeth to go all the way through and keep on cutting through my leg,” Swanson said, holding his surfboard.

The fact that Swanson survived means the lifelong surfer is going to keep on doing what he loves.

“I’ve been doing it since I was 8-years-old and plan on doing it for a long time,” he said.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The defending American League Champions have taken a step to bolster their starting rotation, finalizing a two-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Volquez’ deal will pay him $20 million during the course of his deal and includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.

“I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year,” Volquez told reporters. “We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?”

The 31-year-old Volquez is coming off arguably one of the best seasons of his career. In 32 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA.

“I was really aggressive, attacking the hitter in the strike zone, getting ahead of the count,” Volquez explained. “And I controlled a little more my emotions.”

Volquez will take over the spot recently vacated by free agent James Shields.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets are playing better of late with high-priced players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez coming off the bench, so that’s where they’ll stay for now according to head coach Lionel Hollins.

Williams is making $19.75 million this season but has been used sparingly since returning from injury a few games ago. He played just 17 minutes in the team’s win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Lopez, who is making $15.7 million this season, also has seen his minutes drastically reduced recently. He’s averaged just over 12 minutes per game the past four contests.

According to Hollins, this is a trend that Nets fans may want to get used to seeing.

“Why you keep asking about Deron and Brook? This is the Brooklyn Nets,” Hollins told the New York Daily News. “Yes, they were starters, they’ve been out and if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup now?”

At 14-16, the Nets currently hold the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN.

Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he’ll be able to hit the field again.

The Steelers will be the third team Tate’s suited up for this season.

The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster.

Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason.

The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Pete Czech @PJCzech(NEW YORK) — The moment something that may have been a meteor streaked across the sky was captured on a New Jersey motorist’s dashboard video camera.

Pete Czech posted on Twitter that he took the video around 6:33 p.m. Monday night as he traveled along Route 287 in Morris County.

A mysterious bright light can be seen streaking across the sky in the upper right frame of the video, which was taken with a Garmin Dash Cam.

The American Meteor Society lists 330 reports of possible fireballs lighting up the night sky in the northeast on Dec. 29, stretching from Maine to Maryland.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) — A New Jersey restaurant owner says he’s been the target of hate messages after posting support for the police on his electronic billboard.

The brouhaha began when Tony Rivoli featured the posts “I support the police” and “I can breathe, I obey the law” outside his restaurant Rivoli’s in Toms River.

His second message paraphrases the slogan “I can’t breathe,” which has been used in anti-police brutality protests and was supposedly the last words repeatedly spoken by Staten Island street vendor Eric Garner before he died during an arrest.

Rivoli says that cops in Toms River and some residents have no problem with the billboard but others have allegedly called him a racist and worse.

The restaurant owner maintains that as long as people stay out of trouble with the law, they won’t be hassled by police.

As for the grand jury that cleared an NYPD officer in the apparent chokehold death of Garner, Rivoli argues that the anti-cop demonstrations happen when “people can’t accept the truth.”

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had an MRI on his injured knee that revealed no ligament damage, according to ESPN.

Bell was hurt during the team’s game Sunday night versus the Cincinnati Bengals when Bengals safety Reggie Nelson laid a hit directly on Bell’s right knee.

Despite the positive MRI, ESPN reports if Bell is to play in the team’s playoff game Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens, he will do so through considerable pain.

Bell led the AFC in rushing this season with 1,361 yards. He also caught a Steelers single-season record for running backs 83 passes and scored 11 touchdowns.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Suh received the suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left leg in the fourth quarter of the team’s game last Sunday.

“With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the ground in a defenseless posture, Suh backed up and stepped on Rodgers’ left leg with his right foot,” the NFL said in a statement. “He then stepped on Rodgers’ left leg again, this time with his left foot, applying pressure and unnecessarily pushing off
Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness.”

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks is the person who ultimately suspended Suh.

“You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided.” Hanks said in a note to Suh. “You unnecessarily stepped on your opponent’s unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself.”

Suh will appeal the suspension.

Suh has a track record for getting in trouble. He was suspended in 2011 for two games after stomping on the arm of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. He’s also been fined for hits on quarterbacks Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, Jake Delhomme, and Brandon Weeden.

Suh has played in all 16 games for Detroit this season. During that time, he has 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK)– New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has restructured his contract in order to open up $24 million in cash to spend this offseason, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reports Brady changed the $24 million in “skill” guarantee to only “injury.” This means Brady would get the guaranteed money only if injured.

This change means that Brady could now be released at any time for performance issues, and he wouldn’t be owed any money.

According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Brady actually will get a $1 million annual raise in the three years left on his deal. He will now receive a base salary of $8 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016, and $10 million in 2017.

The Patriots (12-4) are the No.1 seed in the AFC Playoffs this season.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Read More →