After 6-year-old boy vanishes in park, FBI tapes his parents’ voices and plays recording in area in hopes of finding him

first_imgGastonia Police Department(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A massive search effort is underway in Gastonia, North Carolina, where a 6-year-old boy with autism vanished over the weekend after going to a local park with his father.As the search continues for Maddox Ritch, who was last seen Saturday at Rankin Lake Park, authorities recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and are playing those messages in the woods of the park, in hopes that their voices will persuade him to come out if he’s there, FBI Special Agent Jason Kaplan said Monday.Former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett said that the idea of broadcasting the familiar voices of Maddox’s parents makes perfect sense.Children with special needs “tend to be extremely close to their parents,” Garrett told ABC News. “If you have a kid that can’t really communicate but his parents talk to him every day … I completely understand why they would do it.”Garrett said the FBI likely recorded the phrases Maddox’s parents use with him most often.But as authorities turned to the media for help this week to spread the word of Maddox’s disappearance, the boy’s family did not come forward.At a news conference Monday, authorities said Maddox’s mother and father have asked for privacy, and their names have not been released.Maddox, who is described as nonverbal, was walking near a lake at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when his father and another adult lost sight of him, authorities said.“They were walking around the lake,” Rachel Bagley, a spokeswoman for the city of Gastonia, told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC. “They got around to the back side of the lake. He started running, according to the parents, and when they started running after him, they lost sight of him, and no one has seen him ever since.”When asked Monday if the father is a suspect, authorities said they are looking at all possibilities.The FBI has joined more than two dozen local and state law enforcement agencies in the search for Maddox.On Monday authorities checked dozens of dumpsters and went to businesses near the park asking for surveillance video, while police dogs re-searched areas, Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said.The search area was expanded 2 miles outside of the park Monday and authorities are implementing nighttime and daytime drones, officials said.More than 80 leads have been generated, but the police chief is still asking for help, stressing Monday that anyone who was at the park Saturday should come forward.“We’re going to explore all possibilities, including abduction. But we’re also going to make sure we search every inch of land around here to make sure that he’s not simply lost,” Kaplan said Sunday.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is also assisting in the search, said Maddox may be in need of medical attention, according to a statement on its website.Police said Maddox is 4 feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words “I am the man” and black shorts.Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s special tip line at 704-869-1075.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Canada’s SaskPower utility looking to add 300MW of new wind in Saskatchewan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CKRM:SaskPower wants to expand the provincial power grid by creating more wind power in the future.Minister responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan announced on Thursday they will open a Request for Qualification phase later this month for companies interested in building one or multiple utility-scale power facilities in the province. Joel Cherry, a spokesperson with SaskPower, explained how this phase will allow the Crown corporation to receive and review submissions from interested proponents over the next several months. A limited number of companies will then move to a Request for Proposals phase before they make their final decision.“Once we’ve selected a preferred proponent, we will inform them and award the project, that should be expected sometime late next year,” he said. “Shortly after we’ll break ground, they’ll build the facility, and it’s expected to be in service by the end of 2023.”Saskatchewan has 241 megawatts of wind power capacity from six existing wind power projects. 387 megawatts of wind power projects are currently being added at locations near Herbert, Riverhurst and Assiniboia.The completion of this project will add up to 300 megawatts to the provincial grid once it’s online.Cherry said the facility will help reach their goal of reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. “The most cost-effective and efficient way to do that is through large scale utility projects like this.”More: Sask. government sets sights on building more wind power facilities Canada’s SaskPower utility looking to add 300MW of new wind in Saskatchewanlast_img read more

Medford Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Medford last month.Two men armed with handguns knocked on the door of a Torrey Pine Lane home and when a resident opened the door, the duo pushed their way inside and stole cash at 6:23 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.The victim and her brother were not injured. The suspects fled the scene.No arrests have been made and no description of the suspects was available.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Broome County announces roadwork plans

first_imgBroome County Executive Jason Garnar and Highway Commissioner Sue Brown released a list of planned road projects beginning Monday. Projects include: (WBNG) — Motorists can expect road construction in parts of Broome County this week.center_img The Highway Division will be paving Day Hollow Road thru a contractorThe Highway Division will perform patching on Cloverdale Road and Old Route 17Ditching will be performed on along County Roadways Pierce Creek, Tunnel, Beartown and Tracey Creek roadsThe Highway Division will be working on drainage on West ChenangoBrush & tree cutting will continueThe Highway Division will be striping county and town roadways with paint truckThe mow crew will continue mowing the Right of Way along County Roadway systemlast_img

Unai Emery makes Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha his top Arsenal transfer target

first_imgUnai Emery makes Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha his top Arsenal transfer target Advertisement Emery is expected to be busy during the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty) Emery not taking anything for granted, despite 3-1 lead over ValenciaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:27FullscreenEmery not taking anything for granted, despite 3-1 lead over Valencia is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He’s on a four-year contract, he’s one of our highest-paid players and he’s absolutely adored by the fans and everyone in south-east London,’ Hodgson said.‘As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking forward to working with him not only in the near future, but I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Crystal Palace shirt for many years to come.’Arsenal face Brighton on Sunday as Emery’s side look to keep their slim top-four hopes alive.They then travel to Spain for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final clash with Valencia. The first leg finished 3-1 to the Gunners.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Unai Emery wants Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has made Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha his top target ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.Zaha is considered one of the best players in the Premier League at a club outside of the top-six and has impressed again this season for the Eagles.The Ivory Coast international returned to Selhurst Park in 2015 following a poor spell at Manchester United and is once again being linked with England’s elite clubs.Tottenham and Chelsea have expressed interest in signing Zaha this season but The Sun say Emery is keen to bring the 26-year-old to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery wants to bolster his squad with a number of signings at the end of the season, with the Gunners falling out of the top four over the last month.The Spaniard wants to bring at least two defenders to the Emirates, but is also hopeful of adding some more attacking talent, with Zaha his top target.Palace, who guaranteed their Premier League safety after beating Arsenal last month, are reluctant to lose Zaha but may be tempted to cash in if the right offer is presented.Eagles boss Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, has said that he expects Zaha to be a Palace player for ‘many years to come’. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 May 2019 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link302Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal stars Alexandre Lacazette and William Saliba drop Nicolas Pepe transfer hints on Instagram

first_imgAdvertisement Pepe enjoyed a stellar campaign last season and was chased by a host of clubs (Picture: Getty)A deal appears to be a virtual formality – with Pepe excited to work under Unai Emery – and some of Arsenal’s players are already rolling out the red carpet.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSaliba, who also swapped Ligue 1 for north London this summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne, wasted no time in following his future teammate on Instagram.Meanwhile, Lacazette ‘liked’ a post reporting that Pepe had touched down in London to undergo his medical ahead of completing a move.Image: Alexandre Lacazette liking a post about Nicolas Pepe’s imminent arrival to Arsenal on Instagram. [IG: brfootball via @charles_watts] #afc— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 30, 2019 Saliba will have to wait until next season to play alongside £72m man Pepe (Picture: Getty)Pepe proved to be a better value deal – with Lille happy to accept less money up front and the player demanding less in wages than Zaha – though he will still become the most expensive African player of all time.Speaking about the Pepe rumours earlier this week, Emery said: ‘The club is thinking on how we can improve. There are different players on the table. Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad. We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal stars Alexandre Lacazette and William Saliba drop Nicolas Pepe transfer hints on Instagram Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 12:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares The Lille forward is nearing a £72million move to the Emirates (Picture: Getty)William Saliba appears to be just as excited by Nicolas Pepe’s looming arrival at Arsenal as every other Gooner, following him on Instagram, while Alexandre Lacazette ‘liked’ a post saying the transfer is imminent.The north London club are hoping to confirm the £72million arrival of Pepe in the coming days, with the 24-year-old reportedly having flown to London to undergo a medical and pen personal terms on a five-year contract.Pepe scored 22 goals and laid on 11 assists in a superb campaign last season for Lille, and Arsenal will pay just £20m up front with the rest in installments over the next five years. Likewise, both Granit Xhaka and Emile Smith Rowe liked a post on Instagram earlier this week revealing Pepe’s looming arrival at Arsenal, with the squad clearly happy to see such an in-demand player lured to the Emirates.Arsenal had to beat off significant competition, particularly from Napoli, and Emery will be delighted to have finally landed a new winger, having also chased Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final draw against Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola will come face-to-face again at Wembley next month (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is relishing the chance to take on holders Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup final but admits Arsenal have a ‘tricky’ test in front of them at Wembley. The Spaniard spent three-and-a-half years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant before leaving City for his first senior role in management at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s dismissal back in December.Earlier this month, it was a case of master triumphing over apprentice as Guardiola’s men swept Arsenal aside with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the Premier League. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 2:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link765Shares City are looking to defend their 2019 crown (Picture: Getty)Arteta claims back-to-back victories away to Southampton and Sheffield United in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively have significantly lifted the mood within Arsenal’s squad.‘After winning it always much more positive and happy,’ he added.‘We had a really difficult start in terms of the fixtures, playing four games away from home. It was always going to be a challenge.‘I’m happy to win the last ones and obviously the mood around the camp is much better.’ Advertisement Comment Arsenal will look to win their third match on the bounce when they face Norwich (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s clash with bottom-placed Norwich on Wednesday night will be their first at home since the restart and Arteta is relieved to be back playing at the Emirates. He said: ‘We really want to play at home, that’s where we enjoy [playing] more. ‘But obviously, not having the fans is a tremendous disadvantage. ‘We want to give them happy moments and enjoyment and at the moment we cannot do that just on TV but it’s what we have at the moment.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked whether Arsenal need to beat Norwich to maintain their Champions League hopes, Arteta responded: ‘Every game is going to be a must-win game from now because we have a few teams ahead of us so the margin for error is minimal. ‘At home we have to be very strong if we have any chance of finishing in European places.’Which team will progress through to the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Manchester City0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals his stance over William Saliba playing in French cup finalMORE: Ray Parlour sends warning to Matteo Guendouzi amid Arsenal exit rumours City comfortably beat Arsenal at the Etihad earlier this month (Picture: Getty)Arteta is desperate for an improved performance when the two sides meet again in just over three weeks’ time and knows his team have to start beating the best if they are to begin competing for trophies.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe winners of that semi-final will take on either Chelsea or Manchester United on May 23.‘We [he and Guardiola] have spoken a few times in recent weeks,’ the Arsenal head coach said at his press conference on Tuesday.‘Facing them in the semi-final is tricky but if you want to win the title you have to beat the best teams.‘He’s a person who I have huge respect for. ‘When I want advice, he’s always willing to help.’ Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final draw against Manchester Citylast_img read more

Goalkeeper Howard wants US to avenge Ghana defeat

first_imgUS goalkeeper Tim Howard is preaching vengeance ahead of their opening 2014 World Cup finals match against Ghana.The Everton first choice goalkeeper was between the sticks when Ghana eliminated the Stripes and Stars at the last World CupGhana striker Asamoah Gyan struck in the first half of extra-time to send the Black Stars through to the quarter-finals.Howards says their painful elimination is still fresh on their minds and that should motivate them to beat the four-time African champions in Natal on 16 June.“I think the memory will still be very fresh of the loss in the Round of 16 in 2010. I think that will help us more than it will them.We’re a much stronger team than we were, and they’ll know that going into the game. We’ll look to set that result right.” US have played Ghana twice in a row in the World Cup finals and have lost all by a 2-1 scoreline.last_img read more

Thurston Energy Releases its Program Analysis Report

first_imgThank you for your support of our program! Well, the time has come – we’ve released our program analysis report! We’re very excited to share with you the great work our community has done in saving energy, saving money and reducing carbon emissions here in Thurston County. Highlights include:Over 500 homes and 60 businesses have received energy evaluation services to dateOver 200 energy efficiency projects completed to dateCombined commercial and residential financial savings of over $90,000 annually in energy costsCombined reduced energy usage (580,000 kilowatt hours/yr & 35,000 therms/yr)CO2 reduction of over 560 tons, equal to taking nearly 100 cars off the roadThurston Energy Lenders have provided over $290,000 in energy efficiency loans to the communityBelow is a link to our website, where you can take a look at the program analysis report for yourself: Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Hello Friend of Thurston Energy,center_img Annette M RothMarketing & Outreach ManagerThurston Energy360-528-2112last_img read more

Lovan, Sihota capture BC Juvenile Golf Championships

first_imgSihota, from the Gorge Vale course in Victoria, was 11 shots ahead of Fin Lawlor of North Vancouver.Leo Harper of Burnaby and Matt Hopley of Kelowna finished in a tie for third at 223.Jackson Jacob of Fort Langley finished fifth at 224.Nic Jenner of Castlegar was the top local player, carding an 80 on Day three to finish in a tie for six with Paul Kim of Abbotsford at 225.William Watt of Castlegar was the next top local finisher, tied for 34th with a total score of 248.A.J. Roberts of Castlegar finished in 40th spot at 256 while Xander Bankes of Redstone in Rossland was 46th overall at 264.Brendon Makeiv of Balfour improved on Day three of the 54-hole tournament to complete the event with a 307.Sihota and Ethan Posthumus of Coquitlam won the Best-Ball competition while Zone two took home the Team Award by four shots over Zone 4. Claire Lovan and Jeevan Sihota led from wire to wire to capture the BC Juvenile Golf Girl’s and Boy’s Championships Friday at the Granite Pointe course in Nelson.Lovan carded a four-over-par 73 to finish at 224 to capture the Girl’s Title by eight shots over Karen Zhang of Richmond.Zhang finished round three with a six-over-par 79 to hold on to second spot by two shots over Akari Hayashi of Victoria.Chaewon Baek of Langley and Natasha Kozlowski of Prince George finished fourth and fifth, respectively.Meanwhile, on the Boy’s side of the tournament, Sihota was in a class all his own, finishing the day with a two-over-par 74 for a three-round score of 209.last_img read more