The principal of a northeastern Nigerian school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.More >>
Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist...More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:22:46 GMT
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City...More >>
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:17:55 GMT
One lane of Highway 80 east near Pike Road is blocked due to an overturned log truck. State troopers say the accident is near Averitt Express and there are injuries. Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. AllMore >>
One lane of Highway 80 east near Pike Road is blocked due to an overturned log truck.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:13:49 GMT
The secretary of the Marbury Middle School athletic booster club was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into the possible theft of club funds, according to the Autauga County sheriff. Sheriff HerbieMore >>
The secretary of the Marbury Middle School athletic booster club was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into the possible theft of club funds, according to the Autauga County sheriff.More >>
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A young man is clinging to life, after setting himself on fire in Richmond. His roommates say the man, in his 20's, is a VCU student. The tragic incident happened Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the 1,800 block of West Grace Street, in the Fan.
At last check, police reported the young man was unconscious in a coma. He has life-threatening injuries to his upper body. The man's roommates, also VCU students, described him as "disturbed." They said he snapped, with gasoline and a lighter.
Police and fire trucks rushed to a frantic 9-1-1 call for help. The man's roommates say he walked out of his bedroom, holding a knife. They tell us he had a container of gasoline, a cigar and threatened to light himself on fire. When officers arrived, they saw the student was drenched.
"They saw what they believed to be some type of flammable liquid. He had a lighter in his hand. They went to grab him," said Lt. Tim Wyatt, with Richmond Police.
However, the young man acted quickly, doing the unthinkable.
"In a matter of seconds, he was backing away, setting himself on fire," continued Wyatt.
Police say the officers rushed outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher from their patrol car. This is what they used to put out the flames, which engulfed the man.
"We saw the gentleman in the home being carried out on a stretcher," said neighbor Annie Rhatigan. She saw the student being rushed to the hospital with severe burns.
"His clothing looked singed…It's amazing they were able to act so quickly," added Rhatigan.
Three officers were treated for smoke inhalation, a situation that could have been much worse. The fire could have spread rapidly, engulfing other victims inside the home, including police. The officers treated on scene are expected to be okay.
"It's incredible nobody else was hurt," commented Rhatigan.
Police say no charges are expected. The incident remains under investigation.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:00:28 GMT
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline out of fear that a group of trespassers urinated in it. Five people were seen at Mount Tabor Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday.More >>
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline after a teenager urinated in the reservoir. More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:43:50 GMT
Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.More >>
Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning. More >>