World War II vet gets second COVID-19 vaccine


BRIAN: IT IS TIME NOW FOR TONIGHT’S A OR STORY OR VIDEO FROM THE DAY THAT STANDS OUT. DANIELLE: A WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN WE PROFILED LAST YEAR IS NOW FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS. 99-YEAR-OLD BOB KELSALL WAS ABLE TO GET VACCINATED AT THE LEBANON V.A. BRIAN: WE PROFILED BOB LAST YEAR AS HE WALKED LAPS AROUND HIS DRIVEWAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE PANDEMIC. BOB SAYS HE NEEDED TO GET VACCINATED SO HE COULD

World War II veteran who raised money for pandemic relief gets second COVID-19 vaccine shot

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A Susquehanna Valley World War II veteran who raised money for pandemic relief is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.Bob Kelsall, 99, was able to get the shots at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.WGAL profiled Kelsall last year as he walked laps around his driveway to raise money for people affected by the pandemic.Kelsall said he needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine so he could stay healthy and walk more laps this spring.

A Susquehanna Valley World War II veteran who raised money for pandemic relief is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Bob Kelsall, 99, was able to get the shots at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

WGAL profiled Kelsall last year as he walked laps around his driveway to raise money for people affected by the pandemic.

Kelsall said he needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine so he could stay healthy and walk more laps this spring.



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Up to $100,000 worth of birds stolen


DAVIE (CBSMiami) – A Davie bird store owner is devastated after a thief stole 150 birds from his business.

“It’s like someone ripped the heart out of my chest,” said Charlie Hong, who owns the Birdhouse on Stirling Road.

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The thief stole the birds after cutting through the roof and slid through the ceiling into the store sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Hong believes the burglar will sell them on the black market.

Some are rare birds that can fetch up to $3,000. Hong estimates he is out between $75,000 and $100,000.

“I love them. They are like my kids,” Hong said choking back tears.

Surveillance from the restaurant next door shows a pair of feet leaving through the back of the store with a cage.

You can’t see a face but you see the bird napper staying in the shadows along a fence and carrying cages to a car.

Besides selling birds, Hong does bird sitting and cares for them.

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Shira Sipper said Hong was nursing her parrot Cash back to health. Miraculously, her bird was not stolen. Hong said Cash hid from the thief.

On Thursday, Sipper came by the store to see her beloved parrot.

“People don’t realize how smart birds are and what happened to them is awful,” she said.

At his store Thursday, Hong’s phone was ringing nonstop.

Hong said he’s been overwhelmed with support from the community, including the Facebook group Bird Nerds of South Florida.

Bird lovers are watching flea markets and scouring the internet looking for the stolen birds.

Hong hopes the thief knows how to care for the birds so they don’t die.

“Even if they don’t come back hopefully they will feed them,” he said.

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Anyone with information on the birds is urged to call the Davie Police Department or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.



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Washing machine explodes inside woman's home


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — A washing machine exploded in a Fayetteville woman’s home, damaging her laundry room. Weeks later, she said the company that sold her the washing machine has not made it right.

“The amount of force that happened during the explosion projected it out from the wall,” said Stacey Gillis after seeing her washing machine in a state of disarray. “The door blew open, the cover of the door blew off and landed on the floor.”

Gillis describing the aftermath of her LG front-loading washing machine that came apart while she says she was just washing a queen mattress cover as she’s done several times before without a problem.

After hearing a loud boom coming from her laundry room, she went in to see what happened and said she couldn’t believe the state of her washing machine.

“The pedestal shelf blew out, and as you can see it projected so far off the wall, it’s come out and it definitely cracked some tiles and some grout. You can see where the gasket basically ripped apart from the drum, and inside here you can see through this side where basically the amount of force ripped from it, just apart the actual frame from the cover itself,” Gillis said.

WATCH: Gillis shows damage to her washer right after the explosion

Gillis called LG right away to report what happened and a technician from LG was sent out the next day.

“He said it’s probably not repairable,” she said she was told.

She provided LG with the original invoice on her 2012 front-loading washing machine, along with other documents requested.

“It’s been nearly two weeks, we still have the tangled-up washing machine because we haven’t heard anything from LG,” Gillis said. “I was very upset, disheartened and almost confused — why they had acknowledged this was a product liability, why weren’t they following up?”

Gillis got in touch with Troubleshooter Diane Wilson who got in touch with LG and a spokesperson provided this statement: “While LG does not disclose specific details of a customer’s case out of respect for privacy, we can confirm that our customer service team has been working with Mrs. Gillis right from the start to assist. Although the claim is still being investigated to determine the cause and impact, LG is committed to our customers and is working in good faith to assist Mrs. Gillis with related damage and replacement needs. LG home appliances are enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans every day, and they are recognized by industry experts for their performance and reliability. It’s worth noting that this model does not have any safety recalls and that we’ll be working diligently with experts to assess the cause as consumer safety is always our top priority.”

Gillis is still working with LG on a resolution and while she waits, she told Wilson, “Globally, millions of people use their appliances on a daily basis, without regards to their safety. I was fortunate; I occurred property damage. I’m concerned that the next time this occurs, it will be more than damage to floors and walls but physical harm. I can repair my property; a person cannot be replaced.”

This isn’t the first time our I-Team Troubleshooter investigated washing machines coming apart during mid-wash. In 2015, we were the first to investigate this happening with Samsung washing machines. That investigation resulted in a national recall of nearly 3 million Samsung top loaders.

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Cat lost for weeks finds his way back home


SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A cat on Long Island’s North Fork managed to find its way home after being lost for weeks during February’s snow storms.

After almost three weeks of searching, John and Carol Forestieri, of Southold, were fearful.

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“It was futile, at least at that point. Ice storms, snow storms, rain, cold, bitter,” John said.

Buddy, their cat of 10 years, had gone in for minor surgery Feb. 8, and when John was placing the cage back in the car…

“The door was slightly open and he just pushed through and — gone,” John said.

John and Carol raced into the woods after Buddy.

“Snow up to, you know, crazy. He was crying the whole time and he was disappearing, and eventually his cries faded out from distance,” John said.

It is three miles by car from the animal hospital to the Forestieris’ home. It’s assumed Buddy took shortcuts, trekking over a busy highway, sheltering and scrounging for food.

“I think he’s pretty savvy, and I have a theory that he followed the deer tracks,” John said.

Buddy’s veterinarian explains cats have a homing instinct, perceiving direction by relying on magnetic fields along the earth’s north and south poles, much like a compass.

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“More cats than dogs, they just have an instinct and they know how to get home,” said Dr. Robert Pisciotta, of North Fork Animal Hospital. “We were all thrilled Buddy made it home. We were all rooting for him.”

“I still don’t quite believe it ’cause I didn’t expect it, and I get choked up every time I see him,” John said.

Even though cats possess a seemingly miraculous homing instinct, that doesn’t mean all lost cats will find their way home. Vets say consider having your pet microchipped.

Buddy may not need one. Weeks later, he was scratching at the back door at 4 a.m.

“At first I thought I was dreaming ’cause I had been dreaming about him. I knew it was him without even seeing him, it was the same scratch and he did give a cry,” John said.

It was a joyful awakening.

“It was a tearful moment. It was emotional and personal,” John said.

Buddy brought love back home.

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Buddy did lose several pounds, but his owners say he has been rewarded with his favorite canned cat food for dinner every night since.



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Raccoon trapped after biting 2 women


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Trappers have caught a raccoon after it went on the attack in Fort Lauderdale’s Shady Banks neighborhood, sending two women to the hospital.

7News cameras captured the caged animal, its mouth still covered in blood.

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the raccoon targeted the victims in two separate incidents, Friday morning.

One of the victims said the animal surprised her while she was outside doing yardwork.

“I was clipping, raking leaves here … He came through the bushes, growling and angry and just grabbed and didn’t let go,” she said.

The resident said she tried to defend herself with the gardening tool in her hand.

“Luckily, I had the clippers in my hand, and I hit him very hard,” she said. “Otherwise, I would not have gotten rid of him. He was so determined.”

FLFR Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said the furry trespasser was not ready to give up.

“The raccoon was so crazy that, as the lady retreated back into the house to call for help, the raccoon actually followed her all the way to the door and even pawed at the door trying to get in,” he said.

Gollan said this was the second call they received. Both attacks unfolded under similar circumstances.

“This morning we received a call one street over for a lady who had been bitten by a raccon,” he said. “She was out in her yard doing normal maintenance around the yard when the raccoon came up and attacked her.”

This woman suffered injuries to her feet and legs.

“It immediately came to out attention that this could be a rabid raccoon in the area,” said Gollan.

FLFR crews called Florida Fish and Wildlife to retrieve the raccoon that was still under the deck of the second victim’s home.

Trappers tried to lure it out with food and a trap, but the animal stayed put.

Trappers moved in with a net, and after several attempts were able to trap the raccoon.

7News cameras captured the moment a trapper scooped up the growling and snarling intruder.

FWC is taking the animal to get tested for rabies.

“We just want the neighbors in that area to be careful,” said Gollan. “When a situation like this occurs, and we have a raccoon or an incident with a rabid animal, there is the possibility that there are others in the area.”

Officials advised residents who spot another raccoon to check whether the animal is foaming at the mouth and whether it appears to be disoriented and confused. Those could be signs it could have rabies.

The raccoon in Friday’s attacks will have to be put down in order to take a brain tissue sample to determine whether it has rabies. If the sample comes back positive, FWC will issue a rabies alert to area residents.

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Elderly couple finds love during the pandemic



Joy Morrow-Nulton and John Shults are proof that love has no limits.

“I’m looking forward to getting married to my wonderful woman,” says John Shults.

The couple is 94 years young and their birthdays are only 12 days apart. In the midst of a tough winter, their love blossomed and the two recently became engaged.

Even more happy news arrived for the couple on Friday, when Morrow-Nulton and John Shults – “Joy and John” – said “I do” to receiving a vaccine before their happily ever after.

This is their second dose, and now they feel they can finally start planning their wedding.


What You Need To Know

  • The couple’s love flourished during the pandemic and they got engaged
  • State Senator Michelle Hinchey presented them with a certificate honoring their journey
  • For help on making a vaccine appointment, contact your state senator or county office

“It’s going to be at the end of March or beginning of April,” Morrow-Nulton said.

Their families are breathing a sigh of relief.

“We were just saying, like reminiscing, on that it was emotional because we’ve been so careful around them, and just how important it is to get the vaccine and, you know, what it means to everyone surrounding them, as well,” says Emily Loughran, Shults’ granddaughter.

According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 COVID-19 deaths in the country have been 65 or older.

The New York State Department of Health reports that 13.4% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

That’s information Joy and John took seriously, as they sought out their shots.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey presented the couple with a certificate, honoring their journey.

“We have had such a challenging year and to be here for a moment like this is so special and uplifting, you can feel it. You can feel the happiness that people have,” Hinchey said.

Joy and John say they’re happy to begin their life together, worry-free.

“Being able to not be so fearful everywhere we go, although we will be careful,” Morrow-Nulton said.

For help making a vaccine appointment, you can call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829, or contact your state senator or county office.



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DHS mandates state and local spending on domestic terrorism prevention



For the first time, the department designated combating domestic violent extremism as a “National Priority Area” for two of its Federal Emergency Management Agency grant programs. FEMA operates several grant programs to assist state and local governments prevent and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.

These grant recipients will be required to spend at least 7.5% of their grant awards on combating domestic violent extremism, which will amount to $77 million in grant funding across the US, according to DHS.

“Today the most significant terrorist threat facing the nation comes from lone offenders and small groups of individuals who commit acts of violence motivated by domestic extremist ideological beliefs,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

CNN reported last week that the Biden administration planned to lean on FEMA to help state and local authorities combat domestic extremism.
This is one part of the department’s new push to combat domestic terrorism, as officials work to compile a comprehensive threat assessment. The department is also considering expanding training, providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions for threat assessment investigations, and developing strategies to combat the influence of false online narratives, according to an administration official.

The grant announcement came as part of a funding notice for eight state and local preparedness grants worth nearly $1.87 billion.

Additionally, this year’s grant awards will prohibit the purchase of certain equipment such as grenade launchers, bayonets, and weaponized aircraft, DHS said.

Mayorkas also directed additional grant funding to support cybersecurity efforts. Recipients of the FEMA grants will be required to spend at least 7.5 percent of their grant awards on cybersecurity updates.

On Thursday, Mayorkas announced the department will soon start a series of cybersecurity “sprints” that will focus first on combating ransomware, building the cyber workforce and improving industrial control systems.

He called ransomware and “epidemic that is spreading through cyberspace,” adding that criminals and nation state actors have paralyzed cities across the US, during his first major remarks on cybersecurity since taking office at the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition — a national cyber competition for the federal workforce.

The sprints are modeled on actions DHS took in 2015 to improve federal network security, but he did not offer additional details.



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Murkowski to meet with Tanden as confirmation remains on the rocks



Tanden’s confirmation is on the rocks after at least one Democratic and several moderate Republican senators announced their opposition to her appointment because of her past partisan criticisms and sharp social media attacks on lawmakers.

Murkowski is seen as a potential swing vote who could save Tanden’s nomination, but the senator has not indicated how she would vote.

Because the Senate is made up 50-50 of Democrats and Republicans, Tanden needs at least one Republican and the rest of the Democratic senators to vote to confirm her. Vice President Kamala Harris would then act as a tie-breaking vote, which is what gives Democrats control of the Senate.

As it is, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, also have not said how they will vote. Some of Tanden’s criticism was aimed at Sanders.

Two Senate committee votes on Tanden’s nomination were postponed this week. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told reporters Thursday that his panel wouldn’t take up the stalled nomination until after the weekend.

The prospect of Tanden’s nomination was initially thrown into disarray after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he opposed her nomination. He said Tanden’s “overtly partisan statements” against Republican senators and Sanders during his presidential campaigns would “have a toxic and detrimental impact” on the relationship between Congress and the department she is nominated to lead.

Several other moderate Republicans who were seen as potential “yes” votes then said they would not support her, also citing her social media posts.

Tanden apologized and expressed regret over her past tweets during Senate confirmation hearings earlier this month.

The White House has privately begun considering alternative candidates but has publicly reiterated its support for Tanden. White House chief of staff Ron Klain has said that if Tanden is not confirmed, she would be appointed to another position that doesn’t require Senate consideration.

This story has been updated with additional information about Tanden’s nomination.

CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.



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