Tuesday, May 21, 2013

News Briefs: Massive tornado clocked at 311 mph tears up Moore, OK, 24 dead + Woman kills boyfriend while playing with shotgun

311 mph tornado crushes Moore, 51 dead

MOORE, OK — A massive EF-5 tornado with winds clocking in at 311 mph tore up Moore, killing at least 24 people - including seven children.

At least thirty more children have not been accounted for as of 10 am this morning.

Moore is no stranger to massive, long-tracked, extreme tornados.  On May 3, 1999; a tornado with wind speeds of 318 mph - only seven mph higher than this one - slammed the town. Julie Gerstein has a link to how you can help the victims.  Here is the info to the local Red Cross locations:

Aiken Area Chapter:

1314 West Pine Log Rd
Aiken 29803

Central South Carolina Chapter:

2751 Bull St
Columbia 29202

Southeast Georgia Chapter:

41 Park of Commerce Way
Savannah 31405

Bulloch County Chapter:

515 Denmark St
Statesboro 30458

Augusta Chapter

1322 Ellis St
Augusta, Ga. 30901

[KFOR-DT NewsChannel 4]

Severe thunderstorms hit Screven County for second day in a row

SYLVANIA — For the second day in a row, severe thunderstorms struck Screven County, leaving behind more damage and downed trees.

At approximately 7:30 pm, the National Weather Service in Charleston confirmed that trees up to three inches in diameter were knocked down between Sylvania and Hunters by damaging winds in excess of 64 mph.

On Sunday, lightning from a severe thunderstorm struck a tree, causing it to destroy one person's car.

Men who shot woman's dog arrested

NEW ELLENTON — The two men who shot a woman's and another person's dog is now behind bars.

One of the men, a 15-year-old whose name is being withheld from the media, was arrested by the New Ellenton Police Department just before 17:00 yesterday.  The second suspect, Shaquez Wright, was arrested just before sundown.

The 15-year-old was processed at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.  Mr. Wright was sent to NEPD for processing.  He is expected to be jailed at the Aiken County Detention Center later today.

On Saturday evening, the duo walked through a New Ellenton neighborhood randomly shooting at homes, yards and dogs.

At least a couple of families on Sizemore Ave were affected as their dogs were shot.  One was shot twice and both were treated at an emergency veterinary clinic in Aiken for treatment.

A neighbor begged the men to not shoot her dog, but the men shot the dog anyway, according to Sargent Hugh Ray of the NEPD.

The men got off six shots at least. [WRDW]

Woman kills boyfriend with shotgun unaware of safety not being activated

SPARTANBURG — Another Upstate woman is behind bars, charged with capital murder.

Twenty-one year old Erika Sutelman was arrested and charged with murdering her 20-year-old boyfriend.

Police said the shooting happened at the Crown Pointe Apartments on Powell Mill Road about 5:45 pm Monday.

When they arrived, they found the young man dead.  Three other people inside at the time.

Officers said Sutelman admitted to shooting her boyfriend with a shotgun. According to the police report, Sutelman said they were playing around with the gun and she thought the safety was on when she pulled the trigger, but it wasn't.  Police said the man was hit once in the chest. [WYFF-DT News 4]

Man killed in Thomson accident

THOMSON, GA — A 43-year-old Irmo man is dead today after an accident on the Wrens Hy at the Wire Rd intersection.

The Georgia State Patrol believe that James Anthony Lucas Jr., 43, of Irmo, was distracted by some pictures on his phone and failed to stop for a STOP sign at Wire Rd.  He then drove in front of the tractor-trailer and was smashed by the big rig.

"A vehicle traveling west on Wire Rd failed to stop for a stop sign, entered into the intersection was struck by a northbound tractor trailer," said Georgia State Trooper First Class Matt MacDonald.

"I always think about the family, that was somebody's son, possibly somebody's husband, maybe a brother," added the trooper.

MacDonald said, "He may have been reviewing pictures on his camera perhaps." MacDonald continued saying, "It's very likely that he was distracted, whether it was from the camera or from something else.

This is one of the worst wrecks I've worked on." [WFXG Fox 54]

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