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Florida safety patrol road ranger dives in pond, breaks window to save distressed motorist
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Florida safety patrol road ranger dives in pond, breaks window to save distressed motorist

Florida Safety Patrol Road Ranger Dives in Pond, Breaks Window to Save Driver

Florida safety patrol road ranger dives in pond, breaks window to save distressed motorist

One man is glad to be alive after he thought he was going to die when his car went into a retention pond Thursday morning. 

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The incident happened around 10 a.m. when the man lost control of his vehicle in the area of State Road 417 and Narcoossee Road near Lake Nona, Florida. 

The driver, Alex Morales, said that when he realized he was out of control at about 75 mph, he tried to overcorrect and ended up going into the water. 

Officials said a road ranger noticed the car in the pond while on patrol. He then jumped into the pond and broke a window with a tool to save Morales.

Both Morales and the ranger are said to be doing fine. 

The Orlando Fire Department said it will likely recognize the rescuer for his actions once more information becomes known. 

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  • A Florida woman faced a judge Wednesday in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy. >> Watch the news report here On Tuesday night, the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Mariah Butler of Orlando on charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and neglect of a child. >> On WFTV.com: Boy, 4, dies after being found in SUV parked outside school Investigators said Logan Starling, the son of Butler's boyfriend, was left inside a hot SUV in the parking lot of the Elite Preparatory Academy in October 2018. Detectives said four other children got out of the SUV and went into the school at about 8:20 a.m., but Starling didn’t exit the car.  Court documents show Butler, who worked at the school, was asked during the day where her stepson, Logan, was. The documents also stated that it wasn't until she was asked again at the end of the day that she realized the child was still in the car. >> On WFTV.com: Stepmother of boy who died in hot SUV quits job after receiving death threats Authorities said Butler found Starling in the third row of the SUV, leaning against the window with his eyes closed.  The school's director carried Starling to a nearby fire station, authorities said. Starling was then taken to a hospital, where his body temperature was recorded at 108 degrees. For perspective, doctors say a fever above 104 degrees can cause brain damage. The investigation also showed the inside temperature of the car was 121 degrees when the boy was removed. Investigators believe he was in the car for six hours.  Butler claimed she remembered Starling getting out of the SUV and that she locked the doors when they were walking into the school. >> Read more trending news  Documents said Butler believed Starling got into the SUV later, but she wasn’t sure how. She said during an interview that Starling suffered from autism and was known for wandering around. But arrest documents show Starling’s teacher disputed that claim, and video showed the child never left the SUV. 'You were arrested pursuant to a probable cause capias, where probable cause was previously found for the offense of aggravated manslaughter of a child and neglect of a child,” the judge said in court. Butler was ordered to remain in the Orange County Jail on $15,000 bail. Logan's family believes the bond was set too low. Butler was later able to bond out of jail Wednesday evening. 'Six months of no punishment for Mariah seemed like six years,' said Logan's great grandfather Roy Werner. 'But six months of Logan being gone seems like six days.
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  • Residents in Los Angeles could be forgiven for calling the cops after witnessing a giant fireball in the sky. But there's no need to panic. In an effort to quell fears over Wednesday night's incident, the LAPD tweeted out a video along with the caption, 'A meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it's not an alien invasion...just a film shoot.' Perhaps the police just wanted to reassure newcomers to the city, adding, 'This is Tinseltown after all,' to their message.  APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE.
  • The Cowboys giant defensive captain, Tyrone Crawford, is reminiscent of a modern-day Hulk in a newly released video from Panama City Beach, Florida. The 6’4”, 280 lb NFL player was taped fighting off multiple bouncers as he causes a ruckus in the middle of a spring break crowd at the Coyote Ugly Saloon. Though there is no word about what caused the fight, it certainly escalated as Crawford, at one point, fights off four different security guards to punch one in the face. Surprisingly, Crawford was not arrested. Neither the Cowboys nor the NFL have yet commented on the brawl.
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  • Apart from a few GOP voices in the U.S. House and Senate, most Republican lawmakers in Congress had little to say in recent days about President Donald Trump's continuing attacks on the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as the President used a speech in Ohio on Wednesday to launch an extended series of jabs as the former POW. 'I have to be honest - I've never liked him much,' Mr. Trump said at a speech at a tank production plant in Lima, Ohio. With Congress on break this week, many Republicans stayed away from the tide of remarks by the President, as only a handful of GOP officials stood up to tell Mr. Trump to back off, and leave the dead U.S. Senator alone. 'It’s deplorable what he said,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said of President Trump in a Wednesday radio interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting.  “That’s what I called it from the floor of the Senate seven months ago. It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out,' said Isakson, who has been one of McCain's few public defenders in the GOP to push back directly at Mr. Trump. 'John McCain is an American hero and I am thankful for his life of service and legacy to our country and Arizona,' said Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who now holds his seat in Congress - though McSally did not directly mention the President in her statement. But Rep. Peter King R-NY, and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) were outliers, as some supporters said the President was needlessly picking a fight - with a dead man - which he will never win. 'President 0. Dead Man 1,' wrote conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson. 'Let's be a little less coo-coo,' said Anthony Scaramucci on CNN Thursday morning, who served in the White House for a very short period of time in 2017, but remains a strong supporter of the President. Here's the President's full remarks about McCain from the Wednesday event: In a late night email sent to reporters on Wednesday, the McCain Institute pushed back - without mentioning the President by name - as the group defended the late GOP Senator, and one time Republican nominee for President in 2008. 'John McCain was held for 5 years in a Vietnamese prison and brutally tortured,' the group wrote, offering a laundry list of supportive items from his resume in the military and in Congress. 'John McCain always called on America to stand up for its values of freedom and democracy,' the group added, as even in death, McCain was still embroiled in battles with President Trump.