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Holli McPherson, right, and other volunteers help fill sandbags inside a Grand Rapids City maintenance garage on Market Street in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, April 19, 2013. She and other WMEAC volunteers were planning to take part in the annual Grand River clean-up but instead helped with flood control. Volunteers plan to work through the weekend in Grand Rapids to fill sandbags as part of an effort to hold off West Michigan floodwaters. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

Floodwaters rising after storms deluge heartland


Associated Press

— Flood fighters from small Mississippi River hamlets to the suburbs of Chicago staged a feverish battle Friday to hold back raging rivers, after days of torrential rains soaked much of the Midwest.

Mississippi River communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are expected to see significant flooding – some near-record levels – by the weekend, a sharp contrast to just two months ago when the river was approaching record lows. Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana had flooding, too. All told, dozens of Midwestern rivers were well over their banks after rains that began Wednesday dumped up to 6 inches of new water on already saturated soil.

In Quincy, Ill., the normally slow to swell Mississippi River rose nearly 10 feet in 36 hours, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said. One bridge in the town about 120 miles north of St. Louis was closed Friday, leaving one open.

“That’s pretty amazing,” Fuchs said of the fast-rising river. “It’s just been skyrocketing.”

Smaller rivers in Illinois seemed to be causing the worst of the flooding. In suburban Chicago, which got up to 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period ending Thursday, record levels of water were moving through the Des Plaines River past heavily populated western suburbs and into the Illinois River to the south.

As many as 1,500 residents of the northern Illinois city of Marseilles were evacuated Thursday night when fears of a levee breach were heightened as seven barges broke free from a towing vessel and came to rest against a dam on the Illinois River.

And in the central Illinois town of London Mills, the swollen Spoon River topped a levee, forcing about half of the 500 residents to evacuate. Police Chief Scott Keithley said some homes were half under water, and abandoned cars were sent floating in the torrent of water.

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Hundreds fill sandbags as besieged Grand Rapids area prepares for flooding to worsen

(Gallery by Sally Finneran | sfinnera@mlive.com)

By Zane McMillin | zmcmilli@mlive.com
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on April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM, updated April 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Volunteers turn out to fill sandbags Volunteers turn out in force to fill sand bags Sunday, April 20, 2013 in Grand Rapids Mich.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Patty Moyer offloaded a freshly packed sandbag onto a pallet Sunday and stood up panting, sweating under a heavy coat and headband as she worked with roughly 300 volunteers in Grand Rapids.Summoned by city leaders working to minimize impacts of a downtown under siege by a Grand River swelling past its brim, Moyer had been at work for hours with a dozen members of the Forest Hills Crew Team.

The Grand River is expected to crest at multiple locations throughout Greater Grand Rapids on Sunday, particularly downtown and in Comstock Park, where high water forced residents to flee their waterlogged homes in droves.

Photos: Hundreds fill sandbags in downtown Grand Rapids

Such dire predictions prompted city leaders to ask for help filling tens of thousands of sandbags for residents and businesses.

“We were kind of torn because there’s flooding in Ada and Lowell and Grand Rapids,” Moyer said after schlepping a sandbag to a pallet. “One of our (team) board members … heard that we could come down and fill bags, so we jumped on it as quickly as we could.”

At the Grand Rapids Public Works building, 201 Market Ave. SW, the crew team worked amidst what city leaders estimated was 300 volunteers out since 8 a.m. to fill sandbags that will be used to shore up flooded areas along the river. The work will continue all day.

It was the highest turnout so far after three days spent packing 40,000 sandbags that have been dispersed to problem spots throughout the city, including riverside structures downtown such as the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Old Town Riverfront Building ‘holding up pretty well’ against Grand River flood waters


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After days of surging, Grand River finally crests in Grand Rapids, Comstock Park

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By Zane McMillin | zmcmilli@mlive.com
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on April 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM, updated April 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After days spent surging to historic levels, the Grand River finally crested Sunday night in downtown Grand Rapids and Comstock Park.

Measurements from the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids show the river peaked at 21.85 feet downtown around 10 p.m., breaking the record of 19.64 feet set in 1985.

In Comstock Park, the river crested at 17.8 feet around the same time, eking past the 65-year-old record of 17.75 feet set in 1948.

The new benchmarks are the culmination of days of waiting for the swollen waterway to hit its peak after a prolonged period of torrential rainfall last week.

Forecasters had expected the bloated river to peak downtown and in Comstock Park around 2 a.m. Monday, but the figures show it is not expected to rise further.


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Indiana Blast Investigation Focuses on Natural Gas

PHOTO: This aerial photo shows the two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion, Nov. 11, 2012.

Deadly Explosion in Indianapolis Neighborhood


The search for what caused a massive, deadly explosion that rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood turned to natural gas Monday, with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a problem furnace could be to blame.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to check gas main and other lines serving the neighborhood where two people were killed and seven injured in the weekend blast. Local gas supplier Citizens Energy said it also was checking gas lines and a meter at the home that exploded.

But officials cautioned that it was too soon to rule out other causes, saying only that they do not believe a meth lab was to blame for the explosion that obliterated two homes and severely damaged dozens of others.

“It’s too early to speculate that this might have been caused by a gas leak,” Citizens Energy spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said at an afternoon news briefing.

The owner of one of the homes that was destroyed said there was a problem with the furnace in the last few weeks.

John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville told The Associated Press that he received a text message within the last week and a half from his daughter, who complained that the furnace in the home where she lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend had broken. The malfunction had forced them to stay in a hotel, the girl said.

PHOTO: This aerial photo shows the two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion, Nov. 11, 2012.
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When Shirley asked if the furnace had been fixed, his daughter said yes. He said he wasn’t aware of any additional problems until he heard from his daughter again Sunday morning.

“I get a text from my daughter saying ‘Dad, our home is gone.’ Then I called my ex-wife and she said what happened,” he said.

His ex-wife, Monserrate Shirley, declined to comment Monday.

Scott Davis, president and principal engineer of GexCon US, an explosion investigation firm, questioned whether a furnace could cause the type of damage seen in the neighborhood. Furnaces have multiple safety triggers that prevent them from releasing that much natural gas.

“For a furnace to allow that much gas through, you’d have to defeat many of the safety features,” he said.

Investigators said it could be some time before they determine a cause for the blast that sparked a massive fire, blew out windows, collapsed ceilings and shook homes up to three miles away.

“It’s a methodical investigation. You have to move one step at a time,” said Gary Coons, the city’s homeland security director.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said investigators will treat the area as a crime scene until they rule out foul play….


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40 Indicted in Meth Ring Run From Indiana Prisons

Ken Kusmer
Indianapolis – A prison inmate coordinated a methamphetamine ring that involved at least two Indiana prisons using cellphones and drugs smuggled in by guards, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday that charges 40 people in connection to the scheme.

At least three inmates are among those charged, including the alleged ringleader, Oscar Perez, who’s serving time for murder and attempted murder. At least 17 people appeared in court Wednesday in Indianapolis after about 300 FBI agents fanned out across the state and made arrests.

Prosecutors said the defendants were flight risks, and the judge ordered them to remain in custody.

The activity, which also included heroin trafficking, occurred at the Westville Correction Facility in northern Indiana and the Wabash Valley Correction Facility in southwestern Indiana, according to the indictment.

Court documents allege that one corrections officer, Jon Dobbins, was found “in possession” of nearly 21 grams of a mixture and substance containing meth, and had a cellphone that he was going to “clandestinely bring” into the prison and leave with an inmate.

Dobbins didn’t have a listed phone number in Indiana, according to phone records. The indictment refers to multiple prison guards being involved.

The Indiana Department of Correction issued a statement saying it has been cooperating with the FBI since the investigation began and that that department uncovered the evidence that identified and led to the state criminal charges against Dobbins.

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Incredible video shows rampaging naked man escape three police officers with ninja moves while he is continuously tasered 

By Laura Pullman

Daily Mail Online

A rampaging naked man used ‘ninja-style’ moves to repeatedly escape being pinned down by three police officers – even after they tasered him.

Incredible footage shows the man storming down busy Indianapolis streets lashing out at anyone who approaches him before the officers catch up with him.

He throws a punch at one policeman before another officer fires the man with a taser gun. The suspect crumbles to the ground, seemingly defeated, but the fight is only just beginning.

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asdfRampage: One man, thought to be on drugs, went on a naked rampage through the streets of Indianapolis this week
asdfChase: At least three police officers, as well as members of the public, tried to detain the man as he stormed around the streets lashing out if anyone came near him

The man, who appears to be under the influence of drugs, is dragged up by the officers who are desperately trying to detain him.

He immediately starts struggling with them and an officer continuously tasers him as he screams out.

Now attracting a crowd of amazed onlookers, the man once again escapes using a ninja-style kick and starts running down the road.

asdfTasered: Police manage to pin the suspect down after he was hit with a taser gun but he wasn’t down for long….
asdf….as he escaped with a bizarre ninja-like flip and ran down the street

The onlooker capturing it all on camera cannot believe what he is witnessing and narrates: ‘This guy is like a ninja! Holy crap!

‘No way! That guy’s strong, he’s got to be on something.’

The video, which was uploaded by Taylor Jennings, shows the crowd quickly pursuing the naked man.

With the help of a member of the public the police are eventually able to take the man to the ground and handcuff him.

He continues to scuffle with the officers and throw his legs around as police tell the gathered crowd to back away.

It is not yet clear whether the man was on drugs and what charges he could face.

Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa’s Ashes On Floor

Published on Jun 25, 2012 by

Indianapolis Man Furious Over Treatment At Florida Airport Checkpoint


The TSA was so concerned that the cremated ashes of a man’s
grandfather might pose a threat, an agent opened the container and
stirred the ashes with her finger.

In doing so, she spilled some of the contents on the floor of the
airport and LAUGHED as the man scrambled to scoop up the ash and
bone fragments.

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