WJBD - National News

WJBD Radio



Marisa Debboli(STURBRIDGE, Mass.) -- A University of Connecticut student says "no one was prepared" for when their senior trip came to an abrupt end Saturday, as their bus became engulfed in flames on the side of a Massachusetts road.

The fire erupted this afternoon in Sturbridge, about 60 miles west of Boston, the Massachusetts State Police in Charlton said.

The full bus was carrying about 40 students, according to police, and no injuries were reported.

Student Ashley Vollmer said the group was heading to Boston for a senior cruise when, about 15 or 20 minutes into the ride, she saw smoke on the bus.

Vollmer said the bus driver pulled over briefly, but then the ride continued.

She said they heard a loud bang and the driver pulled over again.

There was a lot of smoke as they were exiting, Vollmer said, and as soon as they were all off, the bus caught fire.


"It was insane," Vollmer said. "No one was prepared."

"It was very scary," she added.



The fire was extinguished around 3:30 p.m., police said, and crews have left the scene.

According to Vollmer, their bus driver got on a different bus and continued towards Boston, leaving the students on the side of the road. UConn buses have picked up the students to take them back to school, she added.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sergii Sokurenko/iStock/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) -- Dozens of calls poured into 911 dispatchers in northeast Ohio on Friday after drivers on an interstate highway saw a minivan with four puppies strapped to the roof.

The family was transporting the 3-month old mixed breed pups from Ohio to Pennsylvania when police in Akron, Ohio caught up to them along Interstate 76, ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV reports.

The traffic stop was captured on dashcam video, which shows the cage on top of the van was partially covered with a tarp. Akron Police Sgt. Kris Beitzel said the puppies seemed disoriented when officers arrived at the scene.

“They weren't acting like puppies,” Beitzel told WEWS-TV. “I mean they were traumatized from having probably been on the roof of that car for probably at least an hour.”

Beitzel told the television station the driver was not charged, but educated on the proper transportation of animals.

“The important thing is the puppies are safe, that he was educated today and that he will never do that again,” she said.

The dogs will now be turned over to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, WEWS-TV reports.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thinkstock Images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JENNINGS, Mo.) -- A suburban St. Louis man was killed after he charged at police officers while wielding a knife, and the shooting was captured on an officer's body camera.

A woman called police late Friday and said her son, Thaddeus McCarroll, was armed with a knife and had locked her out of her house in Jennings, Missouri, the St. Louis County Police Department said Saturday.

Police said they could see McCarroll, 23, through the window, armed with a Samurai sword and several knives.

The woman told police her son "was talking about going on a 'journey' and a 'mission' and mentioned a "black revolution,'" according to police.

About an hour after officers arrived, McCarroll walked out of the house with a knife in one hand and a bible in the other, police said.

The ensuing encounter was captured on an officer's body camera as police continuously asked McCarroll to drop the knife.


"Why are you carrying a knife?" an officer asked McCarroll. "Your mom is worried about you."

An officer then told McCarroll they were "not here to harm you" after McCarroll replied.

"We need to know that you're going to be okay, starting right now," an officer said.

When McCarroll - with the knife still in his hand - walked toward the officers, one fired a "less lethal round" in an attempt to disarm him, police said. The round hit McCarroll, who then "immediately charged the officers at a full run with the knife still in hand," police said.

Two officers shot McCarroll several times, police said. The sound of the gunshots was captured by the body camera, along with an officer calling for CPR and a medic.

McCarroll died outside the home.

"A family lost a loved one tonight and that is tragic," St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said during a news conference Saturday.

"My officers took every precaution to safely resolve this situation, starting with over an hour long attempt at negotiations with the subject," Belmar continued. "The officers resorted to less lethal force to try and bring the incident to a safe conclusion with no loss of life, but this individual made the decision to refuse these attempts, and charge at officers with a deadly weapon."

An internal department is investigating the shooting. St. Louis County police said the officers involved were placed on administrative leave.

Attempts to reach the family of McCarroll have been unsuccessful.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

KABC-TV(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.) -- The family of a Colorado man missing for nearly two weeks believes a concussion he suffered may have led to his disappearance.

Oliver Pareece Jones, a father of five from Colorado, was last seen at a Walmart in Rancho Cucamonga, California on April 5. Jones' family told ABC News station KABC-TV that he was hospitalized with a concussion days before his disappearance after being attacked outside a nightclub in Los Angeles.

"We're thinking that his concussion really affected his ability to reason or be able to do anything," said his brother Jared Jones.

On his way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Jones, 37, stopped in Rancho Cucamonda and purchased some items at a local Walmart, police said.

Paul Huebl, a private investigator hired by Hones' family, told KABC-TV many of the items he bought were found in the possession of a transient after Jones' disappearance.

"It doesn't make sense because it's kind of expensive stuff: a cell phone, a radio, some other things," he said.

The family hasn't heard from Jones since and claims he ordinarily calls his daughters every day.

"If there's a little bit of hope, we're going to hold onto that," his brother told KABC-TV.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A new museum opens its single door this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, as two comedians-turned-figure skating fans unveil their crowdsourced project to the world.

Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins, friends who live together in Williamsburg, gave ABC News a tour of The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, or as it used to be called, their hallway.

The pair became fascinated by the now decades-old feud between the former figure skaters after watching ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary The Price of Gold, which detailed the attack on Kerrigan before the 1994 Olympics.

The original plan was to blow up a series of pictures of big moments in the athletes’ careers, so Olen and Harkins launched a Kickstarter campaign but were overwhelmed with the response online, finding far more fellow fans than they expected.

With donated fan art projects including a diorama and cross stitches, as well as more than $2,000 in donations, the pair collected enough artifacts to fill their wall space.

Because it is still the apartment where they live, Olen and Harkins will be scheduling the viewings directly with interested parties.

ESPN and ABC News are owned by The Walt Disney Co.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Welcome to Our New Website

Same WJBD but with more content than ever before. We will have more features up and running in no time.

Follow Us At


This Site logo