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Florida man asking for help to get back his stolen firefighter training gear

A Jacksonville man said all of his firefighter training gear was inside his car when it was stolen for the second time in just a few months.

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Anel Muratovic wants to join the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He is just a few months away from finishing a firefighter training program at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine.

“So close, so close. I finished my EMT last year. That was the easy part,” he said. “Fire academy, not so easy. It’s really difficult, very strenuous physically.”

He said he wanted to spend time with family on Friday, so he spent the night at his mother’s home at Azalea Ridge Apartments.

When he walked outside at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, he said, his red Volvo was missing.

“My fire uniform from fire academy is in there,” he said. “The coat, helmet, trousers, the boots, the Nomex hood.”

Muratovic said he rented the gear for $850 and will have to pay thousands to get a new set.

“I can’t do anything without that uniform. Can’t go into any fires,” he said. “This upcoming Saturday, we have a wild burn, it’s a wild land burn, and I won’t be able to participate in that and it’s mandatory.”

He said the car was recovered nearby a few days after it was stolen from the same apartment complex in January.

He showed Action News Jax the key to the car and said he’s not sure how the thieves got inside.

He said he doesn’t care about getting the car back this time. He just needs the gear.

“Let them throw it out the window for all I care, as long as I get the uniform back,” he said. “If anybody leaves a big red bag somewhere, it says, 'turnout gear' on it.”

Muratovic said he hopes someone finds the bag or recognizes the South of the Border, sugar skull and JAX stickers on the back of the car before his training on Saturday.

Action News Jax contacted the apartment complex manager to find out if there’s surveillance video of the theft.

The manager said he’s still reviewing the footage.

Melania Trump poses with Bushes, Clintons and Obamas at Barbara Bush funeral

The current first lady posed for a picture with former first ladies and past presidents Saturday at Barbara Bush’s funeral.

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First Lady Melania Trump is seen in the image, taken by photographer Paul Morse, with the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas.

Trump, who attended the funeral without her husband, is seen standing alongside Michelle Obama.

“It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” she said in a statement. “My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.”

Washington state man, 73, stuck in car for 12 hours after crash

Washington State troopers and firefighters rescued a 73-year-old man who spent about 12 hours stuck in his car after driving off the road near Tiger Mountain, police said Saturday.

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Eastside Fire officials said the man was in the car overnight, and that when crews arrived, he appeared to be OK. However, he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. 

Trooper Rick Johnson confirmed that the driver may have fallen asleep before driving off the road. The car was found down an embankment but not far off the road, police said.

White Sox pitcher in critical condition after suffering brain hemorrhage

Chicago White Sox officials said reliever Danny Farquhar remained in critical condition Sunday after suffering a brain hemorrhage during Friday night’s game, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria said he has kept his players advised of Farquhar’s condition but did not go into too much detail out of respect for the pitcher’s family.

“We made sure they knew that he’s still in critical condition but stable and that the best thing for us to do would be to give them space,” Renteria told the Tribune. “Let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s OK to go ahead and reach out and go see him.”

Farquhar, 31, is at Rush University Medical Center. He passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Houston Astros, ESPN reported. He regained consciousness and was taken to a hospital.

The White Sox said Saturday that additional testing revealed the brain hemorrhage was caused by a ruptured aneurysm, ESPN reported.

“Besides him being a great teammate and part of this brotherhood, I have to be respectful of his family,” pitcher Carson Fulmer told the Tribune. “He’s a brother, he’s one of our teammates and we’re all here for him and his family.”

Renteria said Saturday that Farquhar "had a strong heartbeat, a good pulse and was breathing well'' when he left the stadium, ESPN reported."Nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens," White Sox pitcher James Shields said. “When one of your brothers goes down, it's not very fun to watch. He's such a resilient human being. We are praying for him. We hope everything goes well.

"He's got a long way to go and he's fighting. One thing we know in this clubhouse is Farky is a fighter."

Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?

Travis Reinking is a 29-year-old man police are seeking in Sunday morning’s shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

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Police issued a murder warrant for Reinking late Sunday morning.

Little information has been released by authorities about Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois. 

Police said Reinking sat in his truck in the Waffle House parking lot for about four minutes before getting out of the vehicle and killing two people outside the restaurant around 3:25 a.m. He went inside the Waffle House and continued to shoot, killing a third person. 

A fourth person died after being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, police said.

This is the second shooting to occur in the Antioch area in less than a year. In September, one person was killed and seven others were injured when a gunman opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. The church is located less than two miles from the Antioch Waffle House.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said at least seven people were taken to a hospital for treatment after Sunday’s shooting. Two people suffered minor injuries and were released from Southern Hills Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. Police also identified Reinking after the pickup truck he allegedly drove to the restaurant in was registered to him.

Aaron said police retrieved an Illinois driver’s license that identified Reinking. 

He added that Reinking was known to law enforcement in Illinois and in the federal system.

Morton is a town of 16,000 people in central Illinois, located several miles southeast of Peoria.

Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 

Oklahoma police are investigating a murder-suicide in Tulsa after a 44-year-old man reportedly shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself.

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Officers said the investigation began around 11 p.m. Saturday when officers were called to investigate a missing person.

The woman's husband reportedly told police that she had disappeared.

Police said someone called them after seeing Facebook posts from another man depicting violent acts against the woman, leading them to the east Tulsa home.

Officers said that when they arrived at the scene, they heard a commotion, but were unable to go inside until they obtained a warrant.

Inside, they found the woman and the man who had allegedly posted violent acts against her dead in what police described as a murder-suicide.

They have not identified the man or the woman involved.

Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported.

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Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, the newspaper reported.

The restaurant on Bell Road in Antioch was crowded when Shaw and his friends arrived at 2:30 a.m., so they decided to go to the one on Murfreesboro Pike, which was two miles away, the Tennessean reported.

They arrived at the second Waffle House at 3:20 a.m., shortly before the shooting began.

According to his Facebook page, Shaw is a wire technician for AT&T.  At a news conference Sunday afternoon, he said that he was born and raised in Nashville and has a 4-year-old daughter.

He’s a vegan and studied online to be an electrician technician at Brightwood College. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and attended Hunters Lane Comp High School In Nashville. 

“I think I’m a pretty cool guy,” he told reporters.

Shaw began receiving messages on social media, lauding him for his quick action.

“You are my hero!” Jackie Thames posted on Facebook. “You are so brave and your daughter has just another reason to be proud! Thank you for saving lives sir! The world is a better place with you in it ♡”

“Thank you for your act of bravery,” Kelly Tate posted. “You are an angel to those whose lives you saved. God bless you!”

Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported.

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Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House.

James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House with a friend when the gunman opened fire, The Tennessean reported. He said he saw a chance to tackle the shooter and does not feel like a hero.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that, it feels selfish,” Shaw said. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

“If I didn't put my life at risk, then I'm probably not here," Shaw said later Sunday at a news conference.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the shooter was rushed by the restaurant patron, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle over a counter, the Tennessean reported.

“When he heard the gunshots (Shaw) ran back to restroom area,” Aaron said. “He watched the gunman.

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“He reported that he saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Aaron said. “So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away (and) tossed it over the counter.”

“I figured if I was gonna die, he was gonna have to work for it,” Shaw said.

The suspect fled on foot and was nude after removing his coat, police said.

Shaw said a bullet grazed him, so he jumped toward the bathroom.

"I remember I was like ‘Dang, I’m basically in a barrel,’ ” Shaw Jr. told the Tennessean. “There is no place for me to go.”

Shaw said what happened Sunday morning has yet to sink in.

“I don’t know if it has hit me yet as far as witnessing other people dying,” Shaw Jr. said. “Its kind of, it shouldn’t have happened. When I was in (the) ambulance to (the) hospital I kept thinking that ‘I’m going to wake up and it’s not going to be real.’ It is something out of a movie.

“I’m OK, though, but I hate that it happened.”

Shaw said he did not have any special training.

“I don’t have any special combat training, although I do fight to put my 4-year-old daughter to bed every night,” he deadpanned.

Chuck Cordero, a Waffle House employee who was off-duty at the time but pulled up to the restaurant while the shooting was in progress, said the patron “really saved some people.”

"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant," Cordero told the Tennessean.

A man, believed to be Reinking, was last seen in woods near the Waffle House, police said. He was wearing black pants and no shirt.

California man stabbed to death while dining with daughter on lap

A California man eating at a steakhouse with his daughter on his lap was stabbed to death Wednesday when a homeless man allegedly walked up and attacked him, CNN reported.

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Anthony Mele Jr. 35, died Thursday, but his 5-year-old daughter was not hurt, the Ventura Police Department said.

Mele was dining at the Aloha Steakhouse, a beachside restaurant in Ventura, CNN reported. He was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery but was removed from life support Thursday, police said.

Jamal Jackson, 49, was arrested shortly after the attack and was charged with premeditated first-degree murder, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. Jackson was arrested after a group of people chased him to the beach, CNN reported. If convicted, he faces up to 55 years in prison.

Several hours before the attack, 911 dispatchers received a call to report Jackson for disruptive behavior on a beachfront location in Ventura, police said. After monitoring him on camera for 20 minutes, Jackson walked out of the camera’s view and police determined Jackson was not a threat, police said in a statement.

Mele’s father said his son was kissing his daughter when he was attacked.

“We need to feel free to walk upon the streets, to go out to dinner and not be assaulted, stabbed, killed,” Anthony Mele Sr. told VC Star

GoFundMe page for the family has raised more than $76,000.

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