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Atlanta Special Agent in Charge dies of complications from role at World Trade Center

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge, David LeValley, died Saturday morning of complications from his role as a first responder at the World Trade Center. 

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WSB-TV confirmed the information Saturday morning with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

LeValley served as the special agent in charge of the Atlanta Division since November 2016. He previously served as the SAC of the Criminal and Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office.

LeValley became a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division.

He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to contaminants. LeValley died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

"LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta Division and the Atlanta community," the FBI said in a statement to WSB-TV "We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice."

Amazon’s  first fulfillment center in Oklahoma expected to create 1,500 jobs

Amazon announced Saturday that it will open its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019.

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The 600,000 square-foot facility will be located in Oklahoma and will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs, according to a news release from the company:

“We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.”

The facility will be responsible for packing and shipping small items to customers.

Those interested in learning about working at an Amazon fulfillment center may visit AmazonDelivers.jobs.

12-year-old's foot possibly bitten by shark in Florida

A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by something, possibly a shark, while bathing on Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday afternoon, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. 

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The Gainesville boy was standing in waist-deep water around 2 p.m. at a beach when something bit him on the foot, “presumably a shark,” officials said. 

The boy’s injury was minor, officials said, but he was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. 

Beach safety officials said the beaches were crowded. 

RV crashes into building; 3 people hurt

An RV crashed into two cars and a building in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, injuring three people.

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At around 1 p.m., the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure while driving down Greentree Road, according to the city's Department of Public Safety. The driver lost control and the RV, and hit at least two cars on the road before slamming into the unoccupied building.

Photos: RV crashes into building, 3 people hurt [WPXI]

"Heard this horn, we were like, 'What?' And then boom, smash, crash," said Mike Westgard, whose car was one of those struck.

Bystanders and emergency responders helped pull the male driver and a female from the RV; the city did not identify them or give their ages.

"Heard some yelling. There was leaking gas, and we just scrambled getting the doors opened, make sure they get out safely," said John Westgard, Mike's son.

The pair in the RV were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in serious condition but have since been upgraded to stable.

"(The RV driver) was flying through the air," said Lorree Bell, who saw the crash. "He was sideways, ready to tip over. I didn't think he was going to make it. I thought he was going to flip."

A driver of one of the vehicles struck by the RV was taken to AGH in stable condition.

Rescuers also saved a dog and a caged cat from the wrecked RV. Both animals were unhurt.

No charges have been filed.

Video allegedly shows jailer use Taser on inmate strapped to chair

Surveillance video obtained by WSB-TV allegedly shows a jailer in Polk County, Georgia, Tasing an inmate who was strapped to a chair.

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The inmate, Brandon Coffman, allegedly received burn scars from the incident, which took place in July 2016, according to WSB-TV. 

Once the Polk County sheriff saw the video later that year, he fired supervisor Harry Dallas Battle, the man allegedly seen Tasing Coffman, and asked the GBI to investigate, WSB-TV reported.

The GBI charged Battle with two felonies, which a grand jury declined to indict, the news station reported.

Coffman has filed a civil suit against Battle, according to WSB-TV.

“Torture. This is absolutely torture,” Coffman’s attorney Harry Daniels told the news station. “There’s no way around it. It’s torture.”

Jack Browning, the District Attorney for Polk County, said he plans to re-present the criminal case to another grand jury in July.

Battle would not comment on the situation, the news station said.

Researchers use robots to grow mini-kidneys to help cure disease

Researchers at the University of Washington are growing organs that may someday safe your life.

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Benjamin Freedman is a scientist—but he may not be if it weren’t for his uncle.

“The thing that really got me into it was my uncle had kidney disease at the time and I was thinking we’ve got to use these stem cell technologies to find a better therapy for people with this disease,” Freedman told us from inside his lab at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

For the last decade Freedman has been researching kidney disease and in 2015 he had a breakthrough. Using microscopic stem cells and with help from robots he grows thousands of kidneys every day.

The robots insert a compound into stem cell samples—38 at one time. The trays containing the cells mixed with the compound are then put inside an incubator that’s kept at 98 degrees.

It takes three weeks to develop a mini-organ, and they’re so small you can only see them under a microscope that magnifies the images by roughly 1,000.

“If we zoom in each one of these wells contains several of these mini kidney organoids, these small structures,” researcher Nelly Cruz explained, showing us the images on a computer.

So what do Freedman and his team do with them? The answer is twofold.

“We’re using these little mini organs for clinical trials in a dish to try to figure out what drugs can cure different kidney diseases,” he told us.

The other application may be even more impressive: The wait for a kidney transplant is long and arduous and even those lucky enough to receive a compatible one will eventually reject it.

“It’s not like if you get a kidney transfer they last forever, you have to get another after 10 or 15 years. Because your body rejects it no matter what you do,” Freedman explained.

But this technology is essentially growing a kidney just like the one you have, a clone—only healthy.

“Our bodies will be very happy with our own cells; they will just reject cells from other people,” said Freedman.

They've done some implanting in animals but haven’t had positive results.

"Not so far,” Freedman said, yet that’s not so far off either.

"If we do well I think we could potentially start trials in humans in about 10 years."

That's about the time his uncle will need a new kidney; he waited five years for his first and that was five years ago.

"Oh, if this works it will change for him and many others. There are so many people in need of these transplants," Freedman said.

Hormel recalls more than 220,000 pounds of Spam

Hormel has recalled 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products sold throughout the United States and Guam after metal objects were found in them by consumers. 

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The recalled Spam and “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” were made from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 and include “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall affects 12-oz. cans of “Spam Classic” shipped throughout the United States with a best by date February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889; and 12-oz. cans of “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” shipped to Guam with a best by date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108.

There were reports of minor oral injuries to consumers who ate the tainted product. The inspection service did not get any other reports of injuries.

The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Hormel consumer response can be contacted at 800-523-4635.

Florida woman passes note saying boyfriend holding her captive, deputies say

Volusia County deputies arrested a man after his live-in girlfriend passed a note to staff at a DeLand animal hospital saying he was threatening her, according to an arrest report. 

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Jeremy Floyd, 39, is accused of beating his 28-year-old girlfriend and threatening her at gunpoint for two days, deputies said. 

According to deputies, Floyd beat his girlfriend Wednesday, causing her to stay in bed all day Thursday with a head injury. 

On Friday afternoon, his girlfriend was able to persuade him to let her bring her dog to DeLand Animal Hospital—but he insisted on accompanying her with a loaded handgun, deputies said. 

Once at the veterinary hospital, the woman slipped a note to the staff there that said, “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know.”

A staff member called law enforcement and a DeLand police officer detained Floyd, a convicted felon, and took his gun.

The Sheriff’s Office then took over the investigation because the incident happened in Volusia County.

Angie Pye, CEO of Volusia County's Beacon Center, said the woman's quick thinking may have saved her life.

"If they had alerted him in some way, this might not have been as peaceful, you know, somebody may have gotten hurt," Pye said. 

Florida man found with 36 roosters arrested for breeding, training them to fight, police say

Dixie Ruzzo said her quiet county road was anything but, with dozens of roosters next door.

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“In the morning, and then in the afternoon, at night. That's all you heard,” she said

The commotion prompted suspicion. 

“I said, ‘I think they're having cock fights over there,’” Ruzzo said.

After a two-month investigation, deputies arrested Jose Urueta-Guillen for allegedly breeding and training roosters how to fight.

Animal Services rescued 36 roosters. The animals had to be separated into separate pens so they wouldn’t kill each other. 

“I think that's terrible. That's not what that rooster was for,” Ruzzo said. 

Urueta-Guillen is now facing numerous animal abuse charges.

Some of the roosters had serious injuries, but Animal Services said staff will nurse them back to health.

Ceiling of historic church built in 1700s collapses

The interior ceiling of a historic church collapsed Friday afternoon. 

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The Rev. Adam Randazzo at the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Ipswich told Boston 25 News that late Friday afternoon, the interior ceiling collapsed and fell into the interior of the church.

"My heart sunk and I was just praying nobody was in here," Randazzo said. "The entire ceiling let go and is sitting on all the pews and shook the foundation."

Randazzo said at the same time Thursday, the church would have been filled with people, but luckily, no one was inside when the incident happened Friday.

The church was built in the late 1700s and is the oldest church in Ipswich.

Randazzo said the church recently invested in a brand new piano and miraculously, that was the only spot inside where the ceiling did not collapse. 

The Ipswich building inspector has ordered that no one enter the church, which means there will not be any services for awhile.

"We're gonna worship God ... no matter where we go, we're not just in a building," Randazzo said. 

Thanks to other members of the faith community, the church will still be hosting it's Sunday service. The Episcopal church, just a few doors down from Living Faith United Methodist Church, offered their space for this congregation's Sunday service.

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