An Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital already under fire for excessive wait times, festering black mold and kitchen cockroaches faces a new shame the bodies of dead patients left unclaimed in the morgue for up to two months without proper burial, whistleblower documents allege.
The whistleblower, whose identity is not being revealed for fear of retaliation, complained last month to the VA's inspector general about the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital's handling of veterans' remains in cases where families have not come forward to claim the body. The complaint singled out Christopher Wirtjes, chief of Patient Administrative Services, saying "The Chief of PAS has the funds available, yet has no sense of urgency to lay the veteran to rest." read more
A man who allegedly killed two people and kidnapped a third one over the weekend in the Dallas area was living in the United States illegally under a false name and had been deported three times to Mexico in the last two decades, immigration officials said on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old man is suspected of killing a motorist in Dallas and a man at a gas station in nearby Cedar Hill. He allegedly also kidnapped a landscape worker in Austin.
Dallas County jail officials discovered the suspect initially identified as Silvestre Franco-Luviano was actually Juan Navarro Rios. However, a sheriff's spokesperson later said he used at least eight aliases.
A New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning, causing injuries to 100 people and claiming the life of one person. Photos from the scene show a roof collapse and debris scattered where the Pascack Valley Line train collided with the building. A female passenger from Hackensack said, "It went through the station and the (station) roof caved in. I fell down, picked up my stuff and was able to get out."
DEVELOPING: Police are responding to reports of a possible shooting at a South Carolina elementary school.
Law enforcement officials were called to Townville Elementary School in Townville, S.C., Wednesday afternoon over an "emergency situation," though district officials have not provided any additional information, according to Fox Carolina.
The Greenville News reported that two children were injured and a man was found dead near the school.
An Ohio police officer is being praised for an act of kindness that went beyond the call of duty.
Sgt. David Robison of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was working early Sunday when he pulled over a speeding vehicle on its way from Indiana to Detroit.
Inside the car was Mark Ross, who had just learned that his 15-year-old sister had been killed in a car accident. The driver, an acquaintance of Ross, had a suspended license. And Ross had an outstanding petty warrant in Wayne County, Mich.
After getting pulled over, Ross said he thought he was going to jail due to the warrant.
"I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap," Ross said. "I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle.