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    A Texas girl has been found safe after she was kidnapped while walking with her mother in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighborhood, police said early Sunday. Here are the latest updates: Update 4:47 a.m. EDT May 19: A suspect is in police custody after Salem Sabatka, 8, was found safe at a Fort Worth hotel. According to Fort Worth police, police responded to the WoodSpring Suites in Forest Hill after two local church members saw information about the girl’s kidnapping on social media and spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the hotel parking lot. Officers entered the room and found Sabatka, who appeared to be in good condition. She was taken to a nearby hospital. The suspect, a 51-year-old black man who is not related to Sabatka, is in police custody and faces a “potential charge of aggravated kidnapping,” Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters early Sunday. The suspect’s name has not been released. Calzada praised the community members who helped find Sabatka. “We had citizens that went out of their way and help not just the Police Department but a family put some great closure to what we have going on right now,” he said, later adding: “These guys are our heroes.” >> Watch the news conference here Original report: A Texas girl is missing after police said she was kidnapped while walking with her mother in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood. >> See a photo of the girl here According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Salem Sabatka, 8, was walking with her mother along Sixth Avenue near West Lowden Street about 6:40 p.m. Saturday when a black man in a gray car grabbed the girl and pulled her into his vehicle, Fort Worth police said. >> Read more trending news  'Once he did that, the mother actually went after her child, as any mother would be expected to do,' Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters Saturday night. 'The mother was literally thrown from the vehicle ... and immediately started running to people to call the police.' Police also shared footage of the incident captured by a neighbor's doorbell camera. >> Click here to watch Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Sabatka on Saturday night. She is white with brown hair, blue eyes, pierced ears and freckles under her eyes. She weighs 56 pounds and stands 4 feet, 5 inches tall. Officials said she was last seen wearing a teal 'Centennial' shirt with periwinkle and seafoam green leggings. >> See a photo of the shirt here Calzada described the suspect as a bald, light-skinned black male around 40 years old. He has a 'skinny build' and was last seen wearing a navy jacket and gray shirt, according to the Amber Alert. The man was driving a four-door, dark gray sedan with alloy wheels and a paper tag, officials said. >> See an image of the vehicle here If you have information about the case, call Fort Worth police at 817-392-4222. Read more here.
  • Deputies responded to a deadly shooting Saturday in north Mississippi. >> Watch the news report here Investigators said the shooting happened late Saturday morning at the Circle Z on Highway 51 and Highway 315 in Panola County. One person was shot and killed at the scene, according to Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. The victim has been identified as Robert Leon Robertson, 24. He was a National Guardsman who just returned home from a tour in Afghanistan in March, Panola County investigators said. >> Read more trending news  Deputies have a suspect in custody, and investigators told WHBQ that he is Mark Burton from Como, Mississippi. Deputies told WHBQ that multiple shots were fired on the scene, but it's not clear how many times Roberson was struck. Roberson's body is being transported to the crime lab in Pearl, Mississippi, for an autopsy, authorities said. – Visit Fox13Memphis.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • Country music star Travis Tritt was “really shaken” after witnessing a head-on fatal crash on Highway 22 in South Carolina early Saturday morning.  Tritt and his crew were leaving Myrtle Beach when the accident happened. “Thank God we are all okay,” he wrote. “I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m really shaken up by what I witnessed. God bless those who died.” >> See the tweet here Tritt, who lives in Hiram, Georgia, said he was told the accident was caused by a wrong-way driver who “was obviously driving drunk or impaired.”  He said his tour bus was sideswiped and sustained minor damage “as we tried to avoid the crash site in front of us.” >> Read more trending news  According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash occurred about 3 a.m. Saturday when a Jeep driving the wrong way on Highway 22 westbound struck a Dodge pickup truck, the Greenville News reported. The Jeep's driver and a truck passenger died in the wreck, authorities said. The truck's driver was treated at a nearby hospital. >> See the tweet here “I beg everyone to please, please, please drive sober,” Tritt tweeted. “Know when to admit that you are too impaired to drive.” Tritt and The Cadillac Three were scheduled to perform Saturday night at Anderson Music Hall in Hiawassee, Georgia. Read more here. – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • A South Texas church begins a new chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveils a new sanctuary a year and half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Worshippers, elected leaders and relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs are expected to gather at the new sanctuary for a dedication ceremony on Sunday. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will also attend the opening and deliver remarks at the new facility. The new worship center and memorial room honoring the victims was made possible through millions of dollars of donations and other worldwide support. The facility features enhanced security elements, along with a church bell tower and another additional prayer space. A gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church on Nov. 5, 2017 . Authorities put the official toll death at 26 because one of the victims was pregnant. Rod Green, the grounds steward of the church, said the new facility has security cameras and there is now a 'response team' made up of designated worshippers. 'I mean it's a big beautiful building, it's a new house of worship for God and there's been a hell of a price paid, 26 deaths for it,' Green said. It comes as places of worship around the world face targeted attacks by extremists, including a shooting at a California synagogue in April that left one worshipper dead and injured three others. Kevin Smith, the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said the center is working with houses of worship nationwide to help them take proper steps to secure their facilities and prepare for potential threats. 'We want to make sure during this heightened awareness we're going to do take what was meant for harm and make it good by providing the tools that help and empowering the rest of the churches across the nation to be ready,' Smith said.
  • A dog’s leg was injured Thursday by a fox trap, one of many placed within a city park. Some of the traps held live bait including ducks, WDIV reported. >> Read more trending news  “I started hearing this screaming that I’ve never heard in my whole life,” dog owner Jamie Sherman, told WDIV. “Every bit of strength I had, and the adrenaline rush, I pried the trap off his leg.” Once the dog, a shepherd mix named Spirit, was freed, Sherman saw more traps along the fence line within the perimeter of Beach Road Park. Spirit is recovering after being taken to a veterinarian. A neighbor who lives near a dog park had the traps placed after noticing foxes in the area. The man, who was not identified, told WDIV he was within his rights to put out the traps. The traps have been removed. The Department of Natural Resources, Troy police and Oakland Animal Control are investigating.
  • A massive brawl between students and adults broke out inside Brunswick High School. >> Read more trending news  Cellphone video from inside the cafeteria at Brunswick High shows girls repeatedly punching each other. Action News Jax blurred the video to protect the identify of the students because of their age. In the video, screaming and yelling can be heard, along with a girl crying after she fell and landed on her back.  The Glynn County Schools police chief said it started between two girls on Facebook the night before. The dispute was over a boy. The next day, police said, the girls continued the fight at school. Investigators said one of the girls opened a side door to the cafeteria and let two people who are not students inside.  Police said they arrested 10 students. They also arrested Abreyanna Scott, 19, and Reyneldon Harris, 20. Officers said there could be more arrests.  Police told Action News Jax they are looking at long-term security and will be making some changes this summer so people who don’t belong in the school can’t get in. No serious injuries were reported. 
  • Pittsburgh Public Safety and the Fish and Boat Commission captured an alligator at the Southside Riverfront Park on Saturday. >> Read more trending news  Police said a family that was fishing along the Monongahela River saw the alligator around 1:15 p.m. and called 911. Police said the alligator tried to hide from officers under a tree. Eventually, officers dug and created an opening, capturing the alligator with their hands. Animal Control officers were prepared to take the alligator to the Humane Animal Rescue in the East End, but they then received a report of a goat on Baum Boulevard. Officers responded and found out it was someone visiting Pittsburgh who brought their pet pygmy goat from Forest Hills. Once the goat was secured, officers then took the alligator to Humane Animal Rescue. Police said the alligator was likely a pet that was released into the wild. The alligator is about three feet long and weighs around 10 pounds. The alligator was not injured and appeared to be healthy, police said. It will stay at the animal rescue until a shelter or refuge is found to relocate the alligator.
  • Gov. Brian Kemp blamed an “out of control” Democratic Party for a stalled Hurricane Michael relief bill Saturday and mocked efforts to boycott the state by “C-list celebrities” angry about Georgia’s new anti-abortion law. >> Read more trending news  Speaking at the Georgia Republican convention, Kemp nodded to the growing fallout from Hollywood celebrities and some production firms who have called for boycotts of Georgia after he signed the “heartbeat” law that seeks to ban most abortions.  “I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,” he said. “We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.” Kemp added: “We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.” (Among those who signed the letter to boycott Georgia: Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Mia Farrow, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Zoe Kravitz, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Bradley Whitford, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba and Don Cheadle.) He also hearkened back to his controversial TV spots featuring him pointing a shotgun toward his daughter’s suitor, and another showing him threatening to “round up illegals” in his pickup truck if Congress didn’t take action.  Kemp said his administration will ensure “our guns are not up for grabs here” and said he would press Congress to provide aid for farmers devastated by the October hurricane “even if I have to get in my pickup truck and drive to D.C. and get it myself – and yes, I just said that.”  Deep partisan mistrust has stalled the long-promised natural disaster relief bill, even with no stated opposition to delivering federal aid to storm victims. An increasingly bitter fight over funding for Puerto Rico could keep a bipartisan deal out of reach. Without mentioning her name, the Republican also alluded to his rival Stacey Abrams, who ended her campaign for governor 10 days after the election without conceding the race. “We fought every liberal activist in the country – and we won,” Kemp said. “And I’ll say it again for the folks in the back of the room: We won. But make no mistake, we cannot rest on our laurels. We have to double down and do it again.” Abrams’ top aide, Lauren Groh-Wargo, took aim at Kemp’s remarks about the film industry, saying it shows he “literally does not care if the film industry leaves Georgia.” “The only way to stop these men is to permanently take away their power,” she said.  Kemp, meanwhile, also railed against an “agenda-driven media” that criticize his policies and the “talking heads and the Twitter trolls” who want to obstruct his initiatives.  “I still believe our best days are ahead in this great state,” he said. “Folks, this is a battleground state in 2020. And it’s time to hunker down and fight. The left is angry, they’re radical and they’re ridiculous.”
  • A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg said Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home. There were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death. Eubanks was shot in the hand and knee in the Columbine attack that killed 12 classmates and a teacher, including Eubanks' best friend. He became addicted to drugs after taking prescription pain medication while recovering from his injuries. He later worked at an addiction treatment center and travelled the U.S. telling his story . Eubanks' family says in a statement that he 'lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face,' KMGH-TV reports. The family added: 'We thank the recovery community for its support. As you can imagine, we are beyond shocked and saddened and request that our privacy is respected at this time.
  • War of Will won the Preakness Stakes under a sunny sky and atop a dry track Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. >> Read more trending news  The stakes were not as high as Kentucky Derby winner Country House was dropped from the race days after his victory because of a cough. It’s the first time since 1996 the Kentucky Derby winner has not run the Preakness Stakes. Everfast finished second and Owendale took third. The Associated Press contributed to this report.