Chainsaw-wielding nun helps clean up South Florida community

The habit to help your community can be a hard one to break, especially if you are a nun.

Miami-Dade police shared video of Sister Margaret Ann cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.

The chainsaw-toting sister is seen cutting into a tree that fell during the storm.

The sister works at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall.

Irma made landfall over the weekend with winds clocking in at 130 mph and damage across the state is quite extensive.

The police tweet ends by thanking everyone in the community for “working together to get through this! We are #MiamiDadeStrong.”

🎥 of Sister Margaret Ann in action. Thank you to all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this! We are #MiamiDadeStrong pic.twitter.com/5tG6nzk7Ye

— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 12, 2017

We are #OneCommunity in @MiamiDadeCounty! Thank you Sister Margaret Ann of @ACCHS_Bulldogs for pitching in as we recover from #Irma 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KSqdHFHJuv

— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 12, 2017

 

 

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Chick-fil-A is giving away one free breakfast item through September

If you have the Chick-fil-A app and a Chick-fil-A One account, you can get a free breakfast item through September 30.

According to the fine print, you must order your free breakfast item using the mobile app or by scanning the “My Card” QR phone provided through the app.

You can redeem the offer for a chicken biscuit, egg white grill or hash brown scramble bowl. No purchase is necessary, however, you will be charged for anything aside from the free item.

The offer is valid only one time per app user. 

Get more information here.

Find the nearest location here.

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Less than one foot of water keeping 350+ alligators from escaping Texas park

With more than 350 American alligators living outside of the largest park and sanctuary in Southeast Texas, “Gator Country” is at risk of losing all of its gators to flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.

“We’re less than a foot from (water) going over the fences,” Gary Saurage, owner of Gator Country, told a CNN affiliate station in Beaumont, Texas.

“All of these are certified, high fences, but when it won’t quit, it won’t quit. We’ve worked around the clock and I don’t know what else to do. We’re truly tired. Everybody’s at the end of it, man. We don’t know what to do,” Saurage said.

350 gators at Gator Country in Jefferson County could swim right over the fence & escape with flood waters continuing to rise. RE-109MO pic.twitter.com/z7SZSS5IGd

— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) August 28, 2017

The park, located 90 miles east of Houston in Beaumont, Texas, has received more than 17 inches of rain in the past couple of days.

However, if Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump heavy rain in southeast Texas, Saurage’s life work of rescuing gators for more than 10 years could be washed away in a matter of days.

“I’ve never seen (the water) stay anywhere near this before. The staying power of this storm is just unbelievable,” Saurage told the CNN affiliate station.  

According to the park’s website, Gator Country is known for rescuing alligators from “people’s backyards, ponds, swimming pools” and gators that are stranded after severe weather.

Despite the park’s crocodiles, venomous snakes and other dangerous creatures being put away at high enough ground not to be a risk of escaping, Saurage told the CNN affiliate the alligators in the fenced areas could come over the fences if the water gets high enough.

According to the CNN affiliate, the park’s buildings and the newly added gift shop have received more than a foot of water inside.

More than 50 water rescues have been conducted in the Jefferson County area since midnight, according to the CNN affiliate.

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Are you a Slurpee fan? “Bring Your Own Cup Day” is coming up

Grab a gallon jug, a pitcher, a bucket or whatever you’ve got. Friday and Saturday you can “Bring Your Own Cup” to 7-Eleven and fill it with a Slurpee.Slurpee lovers can use their own receptacles on Friday and Saturday and pay $1.50 n…

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FWC investigates viral video of shark being dragged behind boat

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a video that has gone viral on social media that shows of group of men dragging a shark behind a boat.

Sport fisherman Mark Quartiano, also known as “Mark the Shark,” re-posted the video on his Instagram page saying, “For once I may have to agree with Peta. #Whodoesthiss*** #sowrong #notcool.”

The cameraman pans over at one point and shows three men aboard the boat, laughing as the shark is being dragged in the water.

“The FWC has been alerted to a video circulating on multiple social media sites showing a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water dragging a shark behind the vessel,” FWC Law Enforcement Division spokesman Rob Klepper said in an email. “The FWC takes this very seriously and is currently investigating this incident. We are also attempting to identify the individuals in the video and where it took place.”

It’s unclear whether the shark was dead or alive while it was being dragged.

Klepper said it’s too early in the investigation to determine whether any “violations took place in this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or email Tip@MyFWC.com. Individuals can remain anonymous.
 

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9 dead after nearly 40 people found trapped inside semi-truck trailer in San Antonio

The death toll in a “horrific” human trafficking case in San Antonio has climbed to nine, federal officials announced Sunday afternoon.

Eight people were initially found dead and another 31 people were taken to area hospitals after they were found trapped in the trailer of an 18-wheeler in a Wal-Mart parking lot early Sunday morning.

One of the 31 taken to an area hospital has died, officials said.

Federal and local are investigating, but in the meantime, here’s what we know:

A Wal-Mart employee alerted police

A Wal-Mart employee called San Antonio police around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a disoriented man approached him asking for water. The Wal-Mart is located at 8358 Interstate 35 South on the city’s southwest side.

8 were found dead at the scene, another other 30 were hospitalized — 1 more has died at the hospital

The cause of death is believed to be from a combination of heat exposure and asphyxiation. First-responders found the 30 survivors “hot to the touch” and showing signs of heat stroke and dehydration.

Seventeen people were taken to area hospitals on Priority 1 status: life threatening injury/illness. Thirteen others were taken on Priority 2 status: not immediately life-threatening.

2 of the 30 taken to area hospitals are school-aged children

Police said those two are believed to be about 15 years old. The others are in their 20s and 30s. Investigators have yet to determine their country of origin or destination.

‘Human trafficking crime’

Police have the driver of the 18-wheeler in custody. The driver is facing state and federal charges.

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Surveillance footage could lead to more arrests

“Checking the video from the store, we found a number of vehicles that came in and picked up a lot of the folks that were in that trailer (who) survived the trip,” McManus said.

Federal investigators are involved

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security officials have also been called in to investigate

Watch early morning briefing from SAPD Chief William McManus and SAFD Chief Charles Hood:

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