Historic wildfires continued to rage across millions of acres of the West Coast Wednesday — wiping out critical populations of endangered species as more than 34 people were reported dead, authorities said.
Forecasters predicted that rain in Oregon and Washington state starting Thursday will help firefighters battle blazes that have displaced thousands and forced much of the region to breath hazardous air, according to CNN.
California, however, is expected to “remain dry and ripe for wildfires” — offering little hope of quelling the fires anytime soon, Cal Fire said.
Red flag warnings — which caution of extreme fire danger — were still in place from northern California into Southern Oregon, where air quality conditions were improving Wednesday.
Meanwhile, smoke from the infernos had wafted as far as Europe with the dense haze spreading to parts of the UK.
“The fact that these fires are emitting so much pollution into the atmosphere that we can still see thick smoke over [5,000 miles] away reflects just how devastating they have been in their magnitude and duration,” said Mark Parrington of the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
Firefighters have been battling wildfires, which have scorched nearly 5 million acres, in the West for weeks.
Child found safe in NYC after Amber Alert sent over her abduction
A 7-year-old girl who was abducted in Pennsylvania — allegedly by her body-armor-clad estranged father — has been found safe in New York City, an NYPD spokesman said.
An Amber Alert had been issued Friday evening saying the girl, Giselle Torres, had been abducted at around 2:18 p.m. Friday in Elkins Park, and was believed to be heading to New York City with the dad.
Juan Pablo Torres, 41, Giselle’s biological father, who does not have custody of the child, wound up taking her to the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood, Queens, an NYPD spokesman said.
The Ambert Alert initially warned that Giselle was in imminent danger.
Woman arrested for injuring 2-year-old in road rage incident
Massachusetts police arrested a woman they said threw a cup of iced coffee at a sleeping 2-year-old boy in a road rage incident.
Emma Silva, 20, of Marstons Mill, Mass., was charged with assaulting a child with a dangerous weapon and negligent operation of a vehicle.
Barnstable police said the boy’s mother reported the road rage incident, which happened Wednesday afternoon on Cape Cod.
They said she told police “another woman operating a white Jeep Liberty was ‘riding her bumper’ and ‘laying on her horn’ while yelling at her.”
She said the suspect “threw a cup of iced coffee into her vehicle, striking her sleeping 2-year-old son in the face while he was seated in the rear of her car in his child safety seat,” police said.
The cup bloodied the boy’s face and nose, according to police.
Police said a short time later an officer made contact with Silva and she agreed to come to the police station. She was arrested after the boy’s mother identified her.
Silva was arraigned in Barnstable District Court Thursday morning, and released on $540 bail and is due back in court on Nov. 4.
AG Letitia James recommends NYPD no longer conduct traffic stops
The New York State Attorney General will not be filing charges against an NYPD sergeant for a 2019 police-involved shooting death but did recommend cops no longer arrest people during traffic stops if they have certain open warrants, an AG report released Friday states.
The report, completed by AG Letitia James’ Special Investigations and Prosecution Units, analyzed the death of Allan Feliz, 31, who was shot by Sgt. Jonathan Rivera during an October 2019 traffic stop in the Bronx.
Feliz had been pulled over for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt but instead of handing over his own ID when cops asked, he gave his brother’s license. The sibling had three open warrants for littering, spitting and disorderly conduct, which are all violations and not crimes.
Feliz was asked to step out of the car, but he soon got back into the vehicle and attempted to drive away, sending Rivera jumping into the vehicle from the passenger side.
Feliz refused to surrender to police and continued to try to drive the car away, eventually leading Rivera to discharge his weapon when he thought his partner had been run over, the report states.
The AG found no reason to charge Rivera but did say car stops such as the one with Feliz shouldn’t be performed by officers because “the vast majority of traffic stops — including this one — do not involve criminal conduct, yet the involvement of police in such situations can result in violent interactions.”
“The report also highlighted studies demonstrating disparities in the use of force during traffic stops against Black and Latino men. The untimely death of Mr. Feliz further underscores the need for this change,” the report continues.
If the NYPD does decide to continue conducting traffic enforcement stops, the AG said officers should not arrest motorists who have low-level warrants, such as a failure to appear on a summons or bench warrants for violations like littering.
“The OAG believes that such a policy properly balances the risks to the community and the public interest in avoiding unnecessary arrests during car stops. In addition, the OAG encourages state lawmakers to consider whether this issue might also be more fully addressed through legislation,” the report states.
“It is highly unlikely that the incident involving Mr. Feliz – whose warrants (Sammy Feliz warrants) were for the violations/offenses of spitting, littering, and disorderly conduct – would have escalated in the manner it did in the absence of this automatic arrest policy.”
However, following a search of Feliz’s car after his death, police found over nine grams of cocaine and 1.3 grams of methamphetamines in tablet form and determined he was on parole for a previous federal offense, the report states.
“Because Mr. Feliz was under federal parole supervision at the time of the incident, possession of these controlled substances would likely have violated the conditions of his release and, if convicted for possession of one or more felonies, subjected him to a mandatory New York State prison sentence.”
James called Feliz’s death a “tragedy” and said her office is “gravely concerned” by the actions of Rivera and the other responding officers.
- Stephen A. Smith begs Seahawks to beat Cowboys to shut fans up
- “Every story” about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has “at its core” been “a lie”
- Tom Thibodeau wants to build Knicks using Pat Riley’s Heat model
- Yankees’ Aaron Boone unloads more F-bombs after an ejection
- Tom Thibodeau sees potential in Knicks guards Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr.
- Federal judge delivers a blow to AG Barr in the battle against former FBI deputy director McCabe
- ‘Warzone’ Season 6: Release date, start time, subway explainer for ‘Call of Duty’ update
- Watch Amazon’s entire new hardware event right here
- Child found safe in NYC after Amber Alert sent over her abduction
- Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets ‘like a Game 7’
Entertainment6 days ago
Danish TV show ‘Ultra Strips Down’ records kids eyeing naked adults
Sports News1 day ago
US Olympian Chloe Dygert crashes over guardrail in cycling accident
Sports News3 weeks ago
Fantasy Football Auction Draft strategy: Tips, advice for spending your 2020 player budget wisely
Sports News3 weeks ago
NBA 2K21 Cover Star Damian Lillard Reveals His Issues With the Game
Sports News4 days ago
Fantasy Football Buy-Low, Sell-High Stock Watch: Leonard Fournette, Stefon Diggs among movers heading into Week 3
Tech4 days ago
iOS 14 basics: how to add widgets to your iPhone’s home screen
Sports News3 weeks ago
NBA playoff bracket 2020: Updated standings, seeds & results from each round
Sports News2 weeks ago
NFL Analyst Takes a Cheeky Dig on Browns Stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield