Police hail store clerk as ‘true hero’ after helping woman escape alleged kidnappers

first_imgABC(STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif.) — Police credited a “quick-thinking” gas station clerk in California for helping a woman escape a group of men who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.Police in Stanislaus County, California, called the clerk, Savannah Pritchett, “a true hero” on Saturday after she helped a panicked customer a few days earlier when the woman said she had convinced her kidnappers to stop so she could use the restroom.Surveillance footage from the scene on Wednesday showed Pritchett sneaking the victim a cellphone to call the police and locking her inside the store’s bathroom — just moments before the alleged kidnappers walked in.Police arrived with their guns drawn shortly after and arrested Anthony Sandoval, 18, and another suspect. It was unclear if Sandoval had obtained an attorney.“Her bravery and quick-thinking saved a woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted,” the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post Saturday night. “The clerk stepped up, locked the doors, hid the woman and called our deputies. … When we work together, we can do great things in our community.”Two of the suspects were taken into custody at the scene and two other suspects were arrested later on, the department said.It referred to Pritchett as a “hero,” but she said she’s anything but a hero.“No, I don’t want to be called a hero, because I would just hope that if anyone came up to you talking about the need help and they’ve been kidnapped, I really hope that they would have helped her too,” Pritchett told “Good Morning America” on Sunday. “The girl told me she tried to get help from two different guys in Fresno and I think in Bakersfield or something and both the guys drove right off from her.”Police said the victim was abducted about 90 miles away in from the store in Fresno on Tuesday and had been sexually assaulted. The suspects appeared to have ties to local gangs and face various charges, including armed robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.They’re scheduled to appear in court within the next few days, police said.Pritchett said she was overjoyed when she heard news that the woman was OK.“I’m very thankful that I got to help that girl and I am very thankful that she’s home safe with her family and now I’m happy that they got those guys off the street,” Pritchett said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Veterans Hired by the FAA Will Now Receive New Paid Sick Leave Benefits under…

first_imgPictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded. Bipartisan FAA Veteran Transition Improvement Act heads to President’s DeskWASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that their bipartisan bill – which aims to expand paid sick leave benefits recently made available by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 to veterans hired by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – is now headed to President Obama’s desk for signature.“I am proud to work across the aisle – but especially when it means expanding healthcare for veterans,” said Larsen, Ranking Member of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “The FAA Veteran Transition Improvement Act will help ensure that no newly hired veteran FAA employee who has sustained an injury due to military service will have to choose between earning a paycheck and receiving healthcare – and that is great news.”“I applaud my colleagues for quickly remedying the injustice veterans working at the FAA were subjected to in terms of choosing between their jobs and their medical appointments. Common-sense solutions do exist and can be achieved when a bipartisan approach is taken. I appreciate Rep. Larsen’s continued partnership in finding solutions to issues affecting our constituents and communities,” said LoBiondo, Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and member of the House Armed Services Committee.The bill, which Larsen and LoBiondo introduced earlier this month, was unanimously approved by the full House last week.The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 makes up to 104 hours of paid sick leave available to most newly hired veteran federal employees with service-connected conditions rated as 30 percent or more disabled for the purposes of attending medical treatment related to these conditions. However, veterans hired by the FAA were ineligible for these new benefits.Larsen and LoBiondo’s bill requires the FAA to prescribe policy and procedures that ensure disabled veterans have access to the new disabled veteran sick leave benefits that their counterparts in other agencies receive. Senators Hirono (D-HI) and Fischer (R-Neb.) sponsored identical legislation in the Senate.Between 2012 and 2016, the FAA hired between 150-350 veterans with a 30 percent or more disability rating each year. Currently, there are more than 650 veterans in Washington state, 245 veterans in New Jersey and 15,500 veterans nationally who work for the FAA.Veterans of Foreign Wars, Federal Managers Association, FAA Managers Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, American Federation of Government Employees, American Legion, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Paralyzed Veterans of America all support this legislation.last_img read more

Lion Air Group to resume domestic flights on Wednesday

first_imgLion Air Group will resume domestic flights on Wednesday with health protocols in place after a temporary flight suspension this month, a company representative has said.The company decided to restart its operations after the COVID-19 task force issued circular letter No. 7/2020 on the requirements for travel during the so-called “new normal” period, as the government looks to gradually relax restrictions and reopen businesses under health protocols.Read also: Lion Air Group cuts salaries, bonuses but says no layoffs in sight Danang reminded passengers to still adhere to health protocols such as using masks before the flight, during the boarding process and until they leave the airport, as well as maintaining physical distancing in the airport. They will also still be required to show their ID upon boarding.Read also: Airlines resume operation in state of loss amid COVID-19“Lion Air will continue to implement health protocols during our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Danang said.In May, the Transportation Ministry suspended a flight operated by Lion Air Group full-service subsidiary Batik Air on the Jakarta-Denpasar, Bali, route as the airline was found to have violated the physical-distancing policy in its operation.The flight in question was more than half full, thus exceeding the maximum capacity allowed by government regulation.Topics : “Member companies of the Lion Air Group are planning to resume domestic flights on June 10, following the issuance of the circular letter. The new regulation has simplified the requirements for passengers to travel,” company spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said on Monday in a press release.According to the new regulation, passengers only need to provide a letter proving the negative result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or COVID-19 rapid test to travel. Rapid test result documents are valid for three days after the test is taken, while PCR tests are valid for seven days.In areas with no testing facilities available, passengers can present health certificates showing they are free from influenza-like symptoms issued by a hospital or community health center (Puskesmas), the letter states.Lion Air Group previously suspended all of its flights on June 5, as many passengers failed to provide the mandatory documents required for boarding, including identity cards, a doctor’s letter declaring them to be free of COVID-19 and an official letter of duty assignment.last_img read more