January 23, 2021
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80-year-old rescues man from sinking car, years after saving 2 people from a burning home

When Steve Montelongo saw a car sinking in a canal, he jumped into action to save the driver’s life — just like he did nearly 20 years ago, when he rescued two elderly people from their burning home.

On Thursday, the 80-year-old was driving his granddaughter home from a dentist appointment in Modesto, California, when they spotted a car down in a canal. He pulled over, and while there were other people looking down into the water, they weren’t doing anything. Montelongo jumped into the canal, and yanked open the driver’s door, which was unlocked. With water now rushing into the car, he pulled the driver out to safety. The man, who appeared to have a medical episode before the crash, was not injured.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Montelongo told KOVR. “I was just a fella that got put in the right place at the right time.” In

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OC Man Accused Of Burning Up Santa Monica Police Car On May 31

SANTA MONICA, CA — An Irvine man is in federal custody on charges alleging he set fire to a Santa Monica Police Department car during the civil unrest that accompanied widespread protests in late May.

Nathan Wilson, 27, is linked to the May 31 fire that destroyed the unmarked Santa Monica Police car when a witness told law enforcement they had driven Wilson to Santa Monica on that day, and they believed he had set fire to a police car. He has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with malicious damage to property owned by an institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

The FBI and Santa Monica Police had asked the public’s help to locate him in June, offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Social media posts show a man setting fire to the parked police car wearing an

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25-year-old father ID’d as homicide victim found in burning car

A 25-year-old Birmingham man has been identified as the victim found dead inside a burning car early Wednesday.



August Alsina standing on top of a wooden fence: Rodriguez Deonte Jones


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Rodriguez Deonte Jones

Birmingham police identified him as Rodriguez Deonte Jones. Those who knew Jones said he had two children and a third on the way.

West Precinct officers and Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched at 12:48 a.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of McMillon Avenue in the southwest part of the city on a report of a car fire.

Once the flames were extinguished, Jones’ body was found in the passenger’s seat. An autopsy later in the day determined Jones was the victim of a homicide, but authorities have not said how he was killed.

No motive has been established and no arrests have been announced.

Jones is Birmingham’s 94th homicide of 2020. Of those, 14 have been ruled justifiable and another accidental

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