Local Spider-Man brightening peoples’ day | News

SPRING HILL, TN (WSMV) –  If you live near Columbia, Spring Hill or even Franklin, be on the look-out for Spider-Man. The do-gooder keeps showing up to find a way to make some young person’s day.

For most of us the daily scrolling through Facebook produces the same old things. But when Stephen Strickerhausen kept seeing the pictures of Spiderman in his neighborhood he needed to find out more.

“I said this kid is pretty cool,” Strickerhausen said.

The cool kid he discovered is 18-year-old Isaiah Brooks, who bought a Spider-Man suit, stood on street corners, visited kids, and brightened the day for strangers.

“I actually did just that, I went to Children’s Hospital after that and it was clear to me that kids loved it,” Brooks said. “They were all shocked like wow, Spider-Man.”

The adults here admit they were not so caring to others at this age.

“I was not doing stuff like this when I was 18,” one onlooker said.

Stephen so impressed by it all, made a call.

“I reached out to his mom to see if there was anything he needed, she said he could use a tune-up on his car,” Brooks said.

Maury County started fundraising. Within two weeks, they raised more than $20,000 for the car. Spider-Man now rolls thru town in red, turning heads in style.

“This is the right kid to receive something like that.”

Brooks said he still can’t believe it.

“I think it’s awesome, I want to thank everyone,” Brooks said. “I never would have thought people would be s kind and actually would buy me a brand-new car.”

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Accused In Wilton Manors Hit-&-Run That Killed 2 Children, Sean Greer Causes Court Disturbance – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The man charged in a deadly hit and run crash in Wilton Manors that struck six children, killing two, made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Sean Charles Greer, 27, faces a number of charges including tampering with evidence, failing to stop in an accident involving death, failing to stop in an accident involving serious injury, failing to remain at an accident involving death, failing to remain at an accident involving serious injury, driving with a suspended license that caused a death or serious injury, and probation violation.

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Greer’s license was suspended in 2016.

During his court appearance, he was given a “no bond hold” because of two probation violations. He caused a bit of a disturbance, knocked over a podium, and was led away by deputies.

“We seem to have lost him for a moment,” Judge Joseph Murphy said during the video hearing.

A bailiff can be heard saying, “Your honor he stepped away. He didn’t want to come back before the judge.”

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Using a bumper left behind after the crash and a partial VIN, investigators said they found Greer’s damaged 2009 Honda Accord Parked at his girlfriend’s home around the corner from the crash scene.

Greer told her not to tell the police who the car belonged to if they asked, according to his arrest report.

Detectives said during questioning Greer confessed to his involvement.

“If he had done the right thing and just stopped and rendered aid, he perhaps would have been in violation of his probation. He certainly would have been in violation of driving without a drivers license, but he wouldn’t be facing the more serious charge here that involves leaving the scene of an accident where someone is injured or where someone has died,” explained David Weinsten, a partner at Jones Walker LLP and a former state and federal prosecutor. He offered his insight to CBS 4.

“That’s the most serious charge pending against him right now, and one for which he faces up to 30 years in jail, and for each of the individuals who have died, a four year minimum mandatory sentence,” he continued. “That’s not to say those are the only charges that will be filed. After police complete their investigation, they will, perhaps, add a vehicular homicide charge to this matter.”

Witnesses described a horrible scene that unfolded on Monday afternoon when a driver attempted to speed around a county bus near the 2400 block NW 9 Avenue.

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“I don’t know if he couldn’t control the car, but he drove straight into those kids,” recounted Broward Transit driver Selvin Arjun.

He had stopped the bus and dropped off two people.

As the bus pulled out to continue southbound the Honda approached the bus from behind. The driver failed to allow the bus to merge and passed it.

The Honda then veered right and drove off the road and onto the sidewalk, striking the children. It then fled the area.

Rhome Orismo saw it happen.

“I stood right up as soon as I witnessed the crash, witnessed the impact,” he said. “It’s still eating away at me now that someone would do something like that and not stop, not try to render aid to those children.”

Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, died at the scene. Draya Fleming, Laziyah Stokes, Johnathan Carter, and Audre Fleming were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. Two children remain in critical condition, one in fair condition, and one was released.

“A lady was out here hollering and screaming at my car, and I came out and thought something was wrong,” said neighbor Freddie Pinckney. “She was saying that was her baby that got killed in the accident.”

One person who lives in the area said speed has long been a problem on that road.

“It’s a busy highway. What do we to do to prevent this from happening to any more of the kids?” she said.

She said her Christmas wishes have turned to condolences, as she remembered the last thing she said to one of the little girls.

“I had said ‘Merry Christmas and have a safe New Year.’ And look. In a wink, anything can happen.”

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Wilton Manors Crisis Response Team will be available on Thursday, December 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hagen Park. They’re making themselves available to community members who may have witnessed this horrible accident or rendered aid.

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Friend of 6-year-old killed by school bus in Festus working to improve bus safety | St. Louis News Headlines

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) — It’s been a week since 6-year-old Damon Rice was hit and killed by a school bus near Festus in Jefferson County.

On December 21, Damon was getting off the school bus. He crossed the street in front of the bus, and was then hit by the bus. State troopers are still investigating the incident while family, friends and an entire community are in mourning.  For the first time since the accident, we’re hearing from Damon’s father and 7-year-old best friend, Levi Johnson. 

The Festus community came together Wednesday night to remember a young boy killed in a tragic school bus accident.

“I don’t know another little boy that was loved by so many, and it didn’t take 10 minutes and you just fell in love with him,” Joseph Rice said. 

Rice, Damon’s father, said that’s how everyone described his son. Rice said he lit up every room he walked into and made friends with anyone. 

“I got to put him on a school bus every morning, every morning. It was the same routine. We’d sit in the car and talk, have a conversation about what he’s gonna do for the day, tell him I love him, he’d tell me he loves me, and he’d go and get on the school bus,” Rice explained. 

The morning of December 21 was the last time Rice shared that special memory with his son. It’s those moments that are now lost for the Rice family and one of Damon’s closest friends. 

“Whenever we moved in on that road, he was just right across the sidewalk,” Levi Johnson said. 

Johnson met Damon Rice when they were just 2-years-old. They were neighbors and inseparable ever since. 

“We played stuff like tag and hide and seek. We mostly played hide and seek ’cause he definitely loved that,” Johnson said. 

Johnson said this week has been a nightmare for him. However, the 7-year-old is turning grief into something far bigger than anyone could imagine. Johnson wants to create better laws when it comes to school bus safety. 

“That was the most amazing day of my life, other than my children being born, was that boy coming out and saying, ‘Hey look, I think there needs to be a law’,” Rice said. 

Johnson said he wants a law to be passed that requires school buses to have cameras on the front and the back. Right now in Missouri, that’s not required. 

“Whenever that stop sign goes out there will be a screen, and then you can see the front and back of the bus,” Johnson explained. 

Four days ago, Johnson and his mother created a Change.org petition for this new law. It already has thousands of signatures. Johnson said he’s doing this so it doesn’t happen to any other kid.

“I just really want them to know how great of a person he was,” Johnson said. 

While Johnson and the Rice family fight to protect kids in the future, they’re also keeping Damon’s memory alive. 

“It’s the worst thing in the world that for my son to make such an impact, he had to move on. Cause he would’ve made the same impact without that,” Rice said. 

To sign Johnson’s petition, click here. To help out the Rice family during this time, click here

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Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Declares ‘Hospital Disaster,’ Shifts To Crisis Protocols – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health on Friday declared a hospital disaster at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, citing a recent explosion in COVID-19 patients.

The health system said it’s shifting to crisis standards of care protocols at the Bel Air hospital to keep up with the demand for care after the hospital saw COVID-19 cases increase by 733% over the past four weeks.

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“This is a critical response to a dynamic situation, is not a decision we made lightly and is one that was made after exhausting all other avenues to address issues that are challenging our operations,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fermin Barrueto said.

The extraordinary measure comes as the health system has seen infections at UCMC and UM Harford Memorial in Havre de Grace rise by 458% in the past month.

“We have seen an unprecedented surge in our COVID volume,” Dr. Barrueto told WJZ.

Once Maryland reached 1,500 COVID-19 patients Thursday, hospitals statewide were directed to launch their pandemic plans, which involve maximizing bed space to make room for a potential surge of patients.

Implementing crisis protocols is intended to help the hospital managing a surge of patients. The shift might include adjusting surgical schedules to prioritize those most in need, pivoting staff and simplifying documentation.

“It allows us to continue to stretch our staff,” Barrueto said. “It allows us to use unconventional staff to be able to support our nurses. It also helps us set expectations for the community that it is not business as usual.”

As of Friday, there were 74 COVID-19 patients between the two hospitals, which Barrueto said are also dealing with staffing shortages.

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“We have a very weary staff after battling this bug for two years,” he said. “On top of that, we’re asking them to do more or give longer hours, to work on the holidays and weekends. It has been a challenge and it has been a marathon.”

Other hospitals are struggling, too. In Baltimore, health leaders said this week that hospitals are nearing capacity and hospitalizations are up 185% over the past month.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday he expects the number of hospitalizations to surpass the 2,000-mark soon.

“While we do expect that to peak in mid to late January, that is typically around when we also have the peak of the flu season, causing additional strain on our healthcare system,” the governor said.

Lyle Sheldon, the president and chief executive officer for UM Upper Chesapeake Health, said the health system is doing everything in its power to support its workforce in light of the toll they’ve taken during the pandemic.

“Our team members at UM Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) are similarly impacted and stretched to near-crisis levels. We are monitoring that situation very carefully to take the same action if appropriate,” Sheldon said.

Dr. David Marcozzi, professor of medicine for the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UMMS COVID-19 incident commander, said all UMMS hospitals are working to scale back the number of surgeries they’re performing by 20%.

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“While UM UCH may be the first in Maryland to formally implement [Crisis Standards of Care protocols], they will not be the last,” Dr. Marcozzi said.

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