Missing girl found safe; teacher arrested
NASHVILLE — A 15-year-old Tennessee girl was rescued near a cabin in a remote part of northern California on Thursday, more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt, authorities said.
Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins surrendered to sheriff’s deputies without incident in Cecilville, California, hours after they had set up surveillance on his vehicle, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. The girl was apparently healthy and unharmed, and authorities said their main concern was her emotional and mental state.
Cummins faces state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor as well as a federal charge of taking a minor across state lines to have sex. If convicted of the federal charge, he would face at least 10 years in prison, acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said.
2 police officers shot responding to robbery
SEATTLE — Two Seattle police officers were shot and injured Thursday while responding to a robbery at a convenience store.
One suspect was dead, authorities said, and another was being questioned.
A 42-year-old female officer was listed in satisfactory condition after her ballistics vest stopped a bullet headed for her chest, authorities said.
A 30-year-old male officer, initially listed as critical with life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chin and ribcage, was upgraded to serious but stable condition.
Firefighter falls dies after falling 5 stories
NEW YORK — A New York City firefighter died Thursday after falling five stories while battling a fire in Queens, officials said.
William Tolley, 42, was on the roof of the apartment building during a fire that started in a second floor apartment just before 2:30 p.m. when he fell, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
Tolley was rushed to a hospital where he died. Three other people suffered minor injuries before the blaze was brought under control in less than an hour.
Gunman kills 2 utility workers, then himself
ST. LOUIS — A gunman opened fire on two utility workers in a residential St. Louis neighborhood Thursday, killing both of them before fatally shooting himself.
The shooting happened around 11:15 a.m. on the western edge of the city. Police say the gunman walked up to the two workers for Laclede Gas Co. and began shooting, then turned the gun on himself.