An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.Full Story >
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So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'. Sometime in the future, I will reveal all the members ofFull Story >
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:48:39 GMT
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG. The young men from Troop 1 in Florence, along with members of the local American Legion, lined the entranceFull Story >
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG.Full Story >
HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -
Details of a terror plot targeting Fort Stewart, Savannah, military leaders and President Barack Obama is still sinking in.
Information about a militia group calling themselves FEAR, Forever Enduring Always Ready, made up of at least five Fort Stewart soldiers and others, came out in court Monday morning.
Pvt. Michael Burnett testified as part of a plea deal about the deaths of Michael Rourk, 19, who left the Army three days before his murder, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Liberty High School junior Tiffany York.
Burnett said Roark and York were casualties of the terror group's plans and knew too much once Roark left the Army and the group.
York's mother, Brenda Thomas, has remained silent since her daughter's brutal murder last December. WTOC spoke with her exclusively Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas said she no idea her daughter was in any kind of danger and feared telling her story because she didn't want to compromise the case against her daughter's accused killers.
Now, she's afraid there may be more members of FEAR out there.
"I can't believe it. You know you think there are bad people outside our country who want to hurt us, but not people here who are supposed to be protecting our country," Thomas told WTOC.
Fighting back tears is all Thomas can do nine months after her daughter was murdered and left in the woods of Long County.
"Four soldiers, who I don't call soldiers anymore. I call them individuals - cold blooded killers," Thomas said. "They took my daughter away from me."
Tiffany was still in high school, but left home against her family's wishes just a few weeks before the murders to live with Roark, a soldier at Fort Stewart.
"I thought he was a nice guy," Thomas told WTOC of Roark. "I just wanted her to be happy and Michael made her happy."
On Dec. 5, 2011, Liberty County sheriff's deputies called Thomas in for questioning. She had not heard from Tiffany.
"It seemed so unreal, like, this isn't really happening to us," she said.
Three days later, authorities confirmed York and Roark had been murdered. Four soldiers were later arrested for the crime.
"It blew me away that soldiers who are supposed to protect our country and protect us would do something like this," Thomas said. "I didn't understand. I still don't understand."
That first week, Thomas started to learn about the terror group Roark was trying to get away from and their terrorist plots.
"How are these guys planning on assassinating the president of the United States? Generals? Command units at Fort Stewart? I don't understand," she said. "Never would I think she was hanging out with people who were so dangerous and planning such dangerous things."
"Did Tiffany ever reach out to you and say, 'Mom, I think I am caught up in something I am not supposed to be,'" WTOC asked.
"No, never. I don't think she had a clue," Thomas said. "She was a smart girl. She wouldn't be around that if she knew she was in danger."
The reality and scope of the danger hit home Monday when Thomas went to court and heard the testimony and details of her daughter's death.
Details came from Burnett, who admitted to being a part of FEAR. He said the group was led by fellow 3rd ID soldier Isaac Aguigui. Burnett called him the leader and mastermind who ordered the execution style murders York and Roark.
Burnett said Aguigui considered them "loose ends" after Roark left the Army, and tried to leave the group.
"I know my daughter was shot in the head. But then he said the shooter went to check if she had a pulse and he shot her again," Thomas said. "And he stood up there and said, if he could have stopped this, he would have, and he didn't. He didn't say anything. He went home. They all went home."
The pain won't go away. Neither does the fear.
Thomas said information she received from the Liberty County District Attorney's Office and the military about Aguigui has her worried and wondering if authorities got everyone involved.
"I believe it is larger than just four or five. It's bigger. I think there is more. There is more to the story," she said.
She added that Aguigui is another Charles Manson. "I do think he would have been able to act out these heinous crimes. I believe that," she said.
Thomas said military officials admitted to her and the district attorney's office they were worried about Aguigui and what he may be up to, but rather than discharge him, they kept him under watch.
Fort Stewart officials did not confirm that but do believe they have the majority of the FEAR group's members in custody.
The FBI released a statement to WTOC regarding the FEAR terror group.
"The FBI is not in a position to clarify or comment on this matter due to pending criminal prosecution by the State of Georgia," said Stephen Emmett from FBI's Atlanta office in a statement.
Aguigui and two others are expected in Liberty County Court on Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >