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Massive explosion in Clinton Township industrial area, injuries reported

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.  — Clinton Township police asked everyone to avoid the area near 15 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway because of an industrial explosion and fire Monday evening.

Authorities reported injuries to pedestrians and at least one firefighter. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

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Officials have not yet confirmed what caused the explosion but urged people to stay inside. They said “debris is being projected into the air and coming down as far as a mile away from the explosion.”

Sterling Heights police Monday night said their 911 lines were down due to the explosion. For police assistance, people were urged to call the department’s front desk at 586-446-2801.

Loud sounds and huge plumes of smoke could be seen and heard from miles away.

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“At first, I thought it was the next door neighbor doing something … crazy outside. And the wife is like ‘no, I just checked Facebook, there’s explosions going on.’ And I followed the plume of smoke and the shaking car, and here I am. And these are the baby explosions going off. There was much bigger ones going off earlier,” said one witness.

“You could feel the concussions from the explosions in the car,” he added.

Another witness described what they experienced Monday evening: “At the time when it first started off, I was actually inside the house… when I had a chance to get to the front, we all ran outside. We saw the sky was really orange. So at that point, we kept hearing consistent booming, booming noises.”

“There was fire everywhere, fire in the street, fire behind the building… it was really, really crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added.

Another witness said, “I thought it was thunder… I actually checked my weather app to see if it was supposed to storm or rain tonight and it wasn’t, and that’s when I heard about it.”

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Big Fire Guts Yakima Apartment Building

Firefighters in Yakima battled a fire in the Buckingham Apartments at 211 South Naches Avenue reported at about 5:35 am Monday.

According to Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham 50 to 60 residents were forced out of the building and are now being helped by the American Red Cross. Markham says when firefighters first arrived residents were outside with flames coming from the third floor windows.

No photo description available.

Markham says as they battled the flames firefighters walked through the building to look for residents but everyone was able to escape the fire.
He says he believes two residents were taken to Multicare Yakima Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation but no serious injuries have been reported.Officials from the Yakima office of the American Red Cross have been working with residents who were forced out of their homes.
A press release from the office says
The Red Cross has received multiple calls from both responding agencies and impacted residents of an apartment building at 211 Naches Ave. The officials are helping the residents who need a place to stay.
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1 man dead, 4 sheriff’s deputies injured after shooting, chase outside Santa Rosa

Four deputies were injured, one critically, in a shootout and chase early Monday morning with a suspect in Santa Rosa that ended with the suspect crashing and dying at the scene.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened at about 12:10 a.m. in the area of Stony Point Road and Todd Road in unincorporated West Santa Rosa. Deputies had responded to a report of a person brandishing a rifle.

When deputies arrived they found the suspect who led them on a pursuit, during which the suspect stopped, fired shots at the deputies, and drove away again, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies returned fire and the suspect crashed the vehicle he was driving.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said. Four deputies were hurt, one who was shot in the leg and another who suffered a head injury and was hospitalized in critical condition. Two other deputies suffered injuries to their hands.

The Sheriff’s Office said it has invoked the critical incident protocol and the Santa Rosa Police Department was taking over the investigation. The office said officers’ body-worn camera footage will be released in accordance with state law.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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Brit Turner, drummer for country-rock outfit Blackberry Smoke, died on Sunday (March 3), according to a social media post from the band. He was 57 years old.

In fall of 2022, Turner was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is a fast-growing form of brain cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. He underwent surgery to fight the cancer that November, just months after suffering a serious heart attack at home that summer.

There is currently no cure for glioblastoma, though treatments can slow the growth of the cancer and help relieve symptoms such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, seizures and blurred or double vision.

Turner co-founded Blackberry Smoke in Atlanta, Ga. in 2000, and in their statement announcing his death, the band described him as their “True North” and the “compass” that guided and will continued to guide their musical direction.

“It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform everyone that our brother Brit Turner has moved on from this life,” the statement reads. “If you had the privilege of knowing Brit on any level, you know he was the most caring, empathetic, driven and endearing person one could ever hope to meet.

“…We ask for prayers for his family and band brothers,” the statement goes on to say. “More information on arrangements will be forthcoming. Thank you to everyone who has supported and been there for Brit and his family during this fight.”

Who Was Brit Turner?

Born in Michigan and raised in Smyrna, Ga., Turner’s first musical love was hard rock and heavy metal, according to Rolling Stone. He and his bassist brother Richard Turner formed a thrash metal band in 1988, but eventually they moved back toward a Southern rock, country-informed sound.

The two brothers ultimately formed Blackberry Smoke with singer and guitarist Charlie Starr and guitarist Paul Jackson. Brandon Still would join the band on keyboards not long after.In 2018, two more members — Benji Shanks on guitar and Preston Holcomb on percussion — joined the lineup.

In 2015, Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses album became the first from a small, independent band to ever reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard Country Albums chart without the support of a major record label.

In addition to his musical family, Turner is survived by his wife Shannon and a daughter named Lana. Lana herself is a cancer survivor: At age three, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Since then, she has recovered from her illness. The experience inspired Turner and Blackberry Smoke to raise money to fight various elements of pediatric cancer, fundraising for organizations such as the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck, legendary guitarist and giant in the world of rock, was lost to music on Jan.10. Beck was 78.
Beck was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in late 2022. The illness progressed rapidly and he passed a couple weeks later.
Beck was instrumental in advancing rock music from the early days. He was one of the members of groundbreaking band The Yardbirds, along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
He also worked with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood in his own band, the Jeff Beck Group. He eventually went on to release 14 studio albums.
In later years, he contributed to other musicians records, including Ozzy Osbourne. He also formed a friendship with Johnny Depp, who was apparently in the room when he died.
Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of The Yardbirds and also as a solo artist.

David Crosby

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician David Crosby died at the age of 81. Founding member of the Byrds, he is synonymous with the legendary group Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young.) His death was reported Jan. 19.
Memorable for their performance at Woodstock, their hits included “Wooden Ships,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and “Southern Cross.”
A statement issued about Crosby’s death read, “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music. Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched.”
Crosby was plagued by various health issues in his later adulthood. He suffered through addiction, diabetes, obesity, and liver problems through points in his life. He received a liver transplant in 1994, controversial due to his addiction issues.
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4 dead in reported gang shooting in King City: KCPD

Multiple people were killed in a suspected gang shooting in King City, Sunday evening.

According to King City police, at least four people were killed in the shooting on N 2nd Street, near the intersection of Lynn Street. Currently, police believe that seven people were shot in total.

The victims were only identified as being a woman and three men. All of the people killed were adults, police noted. Three people were taken to Natividad.

According to Police Chief James Hunt, the shooting happened after three people wearing dark clothing and masks got out of a vehicle in front of a home and opened fire. Police are looking for a silver Kia in connection to the shooting.

It is believed that a birthday party was taking place at the home. The shooting happened around 6 p.m.

King City Police added in a social media post that the suspects are considered armed and dangerous. The suspects have not yet been identified.

Multiple agencies have responded to the incident.

In a post on Facebook, Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez who represents King City said the following, “As we await details on tonight’s events in King City please send prayers and healing energy to our community. May the victims find strength and healing, may our first responders remain safe, and may we all help restore peace to our neighborhoods and communities.”

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Voice actor Mark Dodson has died at the age of 64 after suffering a “massive heart attack” while sleeping.

Mark, who voiced characters in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, died while in Evansville, Indiana, to attend Horror Con, his heartbroken daughter Ciara has confirmed. The actor sadly died in his sleep before he was able to make it to the convention.

Ciara said her dad loved to make appearances at fan conventions and said he “never ceased making me proud”. Ciara said Mark’s legacy will continue to live on through both her and his grandchildren.

Mark, who also voiced the little creatures in Gremlins, had flown to Indiana for the fan event, which is set to take place this weekend. The actor checked into his hotel room, which is where he suffered a “massive heart attack” while sleeping, according to TMZ.

Mark’s first big break in Hollywood came in 1983 when he was cast as the voice of Salacious Crumb in Return of the Jedi, a character which was well-known for his high-pitched voice. A year later, he was cast as the voice of Mogwai in Gremlins.

He returned to the Gremlins universe in 1990 to star in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. He also worked on the 1985 horror film Day of the Dead, before appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

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As well as his work in film, Mark also voiced characters in video games, radio and TV commercials. His representative told TMZ Mark added “his unique voice and sound to each character and script he touched.”

The Peter Mayhew Foundation, which was set up in memory of the iconic actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series, shared a loving message for Mark on social media. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we learn of the passing of Mark Dodson. Mark was genuine and funny and the characters he brought to life will always be as iconic as he was kind. Thank you for everything Mark, you are missed,” they wrote.

Fans have also been paying tribute to Mark, with one person posting on X: “He was a regular at conventions and toy shows and will be missed.” Another fan simply wrote: “Damn,” adding a crying emoji.

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The circumstances surrounding Carter Gay’s death

LOUISVILLE, Georgia — An east Georgia community is mourning the loss of a high school player who passed away Thursday evening in what was described as a “tragic accident.”

Thomas Jefferson Academy, a high school located about 45 miles southwest of Augusta, posted about the loss of junior Carter Gay, who was one of its students.

The circumstances surrounding Gay’s death were not immediately released.

“Carter was a true gentleman who was kind and respectful to all and embraced life to the fullest.  He was a great outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and listening to country music with his friends,” the school said in a post on social media.

Gay was also a member of the shotgun team, according to Thomas Jefferson Academy.

“His presence will be greatly missed, and his spirit will remain in us all,” the school said online.

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Cause of death: Thomas Kingston Has Died at Age 45, Buckingham Palace Announces

Thomas Kingston has passed away at age 45, Buckingham Palace just announced.

In a statement on behalf of Lady Gabriella Kingston, Martin and Jill Kingston, Joanna Connolly, and Emma Murray, the Palace shared, “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother. Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.”

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Kingston was found in Gloucestershire on Sunday evening, and emergency services were called to the scene, where he was pronounced dead. An inquest will be held, but there are no suspicious circumstances, T&C understands. It is also understood that Prince William’s absence from King Constantine’s memorial service today was unconnected to the news of Kingston’s passing; Prince and Princess of Michael were in attendance at the service.

According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, “The King and The Queen have been informed of Thomas’s death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family. In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family.” At this point, details of the funeral will not be shared.

Kingston is the son-in-law of Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent, having married Lady Gabriella Windsor in a royal wedding in 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Lady Gabriella, his parents Martin and Jill Kingston, and his sisters, Joanna Connolly and Emma Murray.

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One dead in officer-involved shooting, York County Sheriff said

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The York County Sherriff’s Office said one person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in York County on Sunday morning.

Alexander Love Highway between Lincoln Road and Highway 321 was closed for an investigation of an officer involved shooting. The road reopened around 8 a.m.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said no deputies were physically hurt.

York County said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called to investigate, which is the policy.

Because the shooting happened close to the City of York, the local police department is assisting the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

This is a developing story. WCNC Charlotte will update this story when more information becomes available.