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Tennessee 5-year-old's family pleads for missing Summer Wells' safe return: 'Her daddy and her mama love her'

Tennessee 5-year-old's family pleads for missing Summer Wells' safe return: 'Her daddy and her mama love her'

Summer Wells, a 5-year-old Tennessee girl who vanished from her family’s home in Rogersville in June, has now been gone for more than five weeks, and investigators have expressed frustration after looking into roughly 1,000 tips without any solid leads.Summer’s parents, Don Wells Jr. and Candus Bly, have both said they believe the girl was taken from their 11-acre property along rural Benn Hill Road.The case has left family members across multiple states heartbroken and concerned.SUMMER WELLS MISSING 1 MONTH TODAY; FATHER BLASTS ‘NEGATIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA’ FOR HAMPERING SEARCHPamela Wells, the ex-wife of Summer’s father and the mother of her two half-siblings, Don Wells III and Margie Ward, told Fox News Thursday that her side of the family is praying for the girl’s safe return.

(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation )”She’s my ex-husband’s daughter, and she is very loved by me and all of her family,” she said.She said the missing 5-year-old calls her “grandma,” even though that’s not quite their relationship, and that her half-brother and sister miss her too.”Summer is loved by both of them, and they want their little sister to come home,” she said of her children, who are both in their 30s. “To whoever has her, I hope they have the sense enough to bring her back because her daddy and her mama love her.”
Summer Wells was last seen at her Rogersville home on June 15.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)With the investigation stalled and no leads or persons of interest, Don Wells told WJHL-TV in mid-July that speculation and finger-pointing on social media regarding the parents’ roles in the case was tormenting his family and “not helping find Summer.” “He’s really upset about it because everybody’s saying things that ain’t true,” Pamela Wells said. “That was his little girl…That was his baby, and he thought the world [of her].”Summer was last seen on June 15, after Bly said she brought the girl inside from gardening and left her with her three brothers. Within minutes, the brothers had lost track of her – and a massive search effort in the area turned up no results.The parents have not responded to multiple calls from Fox News.

(TBI NEWSROOM)Summer is about 3 feet tall and weighs around 40 pounds. At the time she went missing, she was wearing gray pants, a pink shirt and may have been barefoot. Her blonde hair is believed to be shorter than it appears in most of the pictures of her that authorities have circulated to help the search.MISSING TENNESSEE GIRL SUMMER WELLS’ PARENTS BOTH HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDSInvestigators say the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have yet to be determined – but they said they were looking into “all possibilities.”Investigators have been looking for a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1990s Toyota, which may have been in the area of Ben Hill Road on June 15 and 16. It had full-sized ladder racks and white buckets in the bed.Neighbors and other area residents and businesses are being asked to check their home security and trail cameras for any evidence that may help locate Summer.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEarlier this week, the nonprofit group EquuSearch Midwest said it was sending a search crew of its own to assist local authorities this weekend.

Ryan Bane’s attorney responds to USVI police claim they ‘lost track’ of missing Sarm Heslop’s boyfriend

Ryan Bane’s attorney responds to USVI police claim they ‘lost track’ of missing Sarm Heslop’s boyfriend

The attorney for Ryan Bane, the American boyfriend of the missing British woman Sarm Heslop, who vanished from the U.S. Virgin Islands in March, is pushing back against police who said they’ve “lost track” of the whereabouts of his client, who has not been accused of wrongdoing.”I can state that I personally advised law enforcement of Mr. Bane’s movements while in the Territory and about his departure from the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the attorney, David Cattie told Fox News Thursday. “I further advised law enforcement that if Mr. Bane’s presence is legally required in the Territory, he will return upon such a demand.”Bane, 44, has not been charged with any crime in connection with Heslop’s disappearance, but police recently described him as a “person of interest” in statements to the media.
Sarm Heslop was last seen leaving St. John’s 420 to Center bar around 10 p.m. on March 7 (VIPD)

University of Alabama in Huntsville sued for allegedly violating state's 'Campus Free Speech Act'

University of Alabama in Huntsville sued for allegedly violating state's 'Campus Free Speech Act'

Young Americans for Liberty, the nation’s leading youth libertarian organization, announced a free speech lawsuit against the University of Alabama in Huntsville Thursday aiming to strike down a policy that requires students to obtain speaking permits three days in advance of campus events.The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the school’s YAL chapter in the suit, is alleging that the policy violates Alabama’s Campus Free Speech Act.”Alabama law is clear: Students don’t need a permit from college officials to speak on campus, but that’s exactly what the University of Alabama in Huntsville is doing — violating the law and shutting down speech on campus,” ADF counsel Michael Ross, who specializes in academic freedom, said in a statement. “Public universities are the very places that should be encouraging free speech, not stifling it with burdensome and illegal rules.”WHY ALABAMA FANS ARE DONE WITH MILO’S SWEET TEAThe state law explicitly prohibits prior permission requirements for campus speech. And the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment to prohibit “prior restraint” on speech as well.
“Aerial View of the University of Alabama, Huntsville campus.”
(iStock)A university spokeswoman said the school could not comment on the specifics of the pending litigation.”The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, the University of Alabama System, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville are steadfastly committed to the freedom of speech and expression for all campus community members,” she said. “Our policies were implemented to preserve this important constitutional right.”On its website, the school’s policies for outdoor areas and use of facilities state that UAH aims to protect free speech within reason.”UAH supports the right to free expression on campus by University affiliates, through rallies, speeches, petitions, vigils, and distribution of materials, among others, provided such an Event complies with this policy and does not disrupt normal University activities, infringe upon the rights of others, or otherwise infringe on UAH’s significant interests,” a portion its policy reads.For planned outdoor events, campus groups are asked to seek a reservation between 10 and three days in advance. Requests to reserve space within campus facilities require applications even earlier – between 30 and 14 days prior.And the policy requires written requests for the use of sound amplification and public address systems, which the school will consider “on a case-by-case basis.””Students cannot thrive when college administrators are actively stifling the First Amendment,” YAF chief of staff Sean Themea said in a statement. “The three-day approval period is nothing more than a way to silence anyone trying to express a new opinion on campus. To this end, YAL looks forward to teaming up, once again, with ADF to bring free speech to the University of Alabama in Huntsville.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe school policy requests that protests over controversial guest speakers be civil and warns that people attempting to interfere with one are subject to removal from the premises.”The ideas of different members of a campus community will often and quite naturally conflict, but it is not the proper role of UAH to shield or attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive,” the policy continues.The school’s policy also defines “special guidelines for spontaneous activities of expression” – public speech in response to breaking news or current events. They are confined to 16 locations on the 432-acre campus.

Miami-Dade apartment roof partially collapses weeks after Surfside condo tragedy

Miami-Dade apartment roof partially collapses weeks after Surfside condo tragedy

A chunk of rooftop crumbled off of a Northwest Miami-Dade apartment building in Florida on Thursday, four weeks to the day after a deadly high rise collapse in nearby Surfside.The Surfside collapse prompted emergency safety audits of all buildings over 40 years old and five or more stories tall – including a North Miami Beach complex that was shut down and evacuated following an inspector’s report on its structural integrity.
Firefighters on the roof of a Northwest Miami-Dade apartment building roof collapse Thursday.
(WSVN)AIR QUALITY AROUND SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE SITE BEING MONITORED FOR SAFETY OF WORK CREWSThe damage occurred at a building erected in 1972, but it is only three stories tall, property records show.Aerial images broadcast by FOX affiliate WSVN show a large span of roofing tumbled off the side of the brick and concrete building.
Officers and residents outside the Miami-Dade apartment building where part of the roof broke off and collapsed Thursday afternoon.
(WSVN)The roofing broke apart around 4:15 p.m., according to the station. First responders were on the scene, and details about the extent of the damage and injuries were not immediately available.The Surfside death toll had risen to at least 97 as of Wednesday evening, four weeks after the Champlain Towers South apartment building partially collapsed in the early morning hours of June 24. Many of the victims were believed to be sleeping at the time.At least one, the model Cassie Stratton, was on the phone with her husband when she said something was wrong and the line went silent.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis is a developing story. Check back with Fox News for updates.

Summer Wells missing 1 month today; father blasts 'negativity on social media' for hampering search

Summer Wells missing 1 month today; father blasts 'negativity on social media' for hampering search

Summer Wells, the 5-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared from her family’s rural home, has now been missing for a month.Investigators say they’ve received about 980 tips but made no progress in the search for the blonde, blue-eyed girl.Summer’s mother, Candus Bly, told local media last month that she’d come inside from the garden with her daughter and left her with her brothers in their Rogersville home for about two minutes on June 15.
Summer Wells was last seen at her home in Rogersville, Tenn., on June 15.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation )When she returned, she said Summer was gone and that the boys told her their sister had gone down to the basement. But Bly said she couldn’t find her there – or anywhere else. A statewide Amber Alert was issued the next day.”I’m just scared that somebody’s hurting her, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Bly told the Johnson City-based WJHL-TV in her first televised interview two weeks after the disappearance. “It smothers me.”Summer is about 3 feet tall and weighs around 40 pounds. At the time she went missing, she was wearing gray pants, a pink shirt and may have been barefoot. Her blonde hair is believed to be shorter than it appears in most of the pictures of her that authorities have circulated to help the search.TENNESSEE MISSING GIRL SUMMER WELLS’ DAD OPENS UP TO LOCAL NEWSPAPERInvestigators say the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have yet to be determined – but they said they were looking into “all possibilities.”Summer’s parents both have criminal records in other states, and speculation and rumors have swirled on social media, especially in Facebook groups dedicated to discussing missing person cases.
Tennessee search and rescue teams aren’t giving up in the hunt for Summer Wells.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)In a statement to local media, Summer’s father, Don Wells, addressed some of the rumors Thursday.”The negativity on social media, the attacks on my family, and the misinformation being circulated is not helping to find Summer,” he said in a statement to WJHL. “People on social media are only adding to the pain the family is going through. It’s affecting my other children, who are already hurting.”The parents have not responded to numerous Fox News requests for comment.Despite an outpouring of support from the local community, investigators say they’ve received no credible tips. The case remains active and ongoing.
Summer has close-cropped, blonde hair and blue eyes. She’s about 3 feet tall and weighs roughly 40 pounds.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)Investigators are still looking for a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1990s Toyota, which may have been in the area of Ben Hill Road on June 15 and 16. It had full-sized ladder racks and white buckets in the bed.Neighbors and other area residents and businesses are being asked to check their home security and trail cameras for any evidence that may help locate Summer.Authorities have not publicly announced any person of interest or suspect in the case, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge Shelly Smitherman said that’s been “frustrating” for law enforcement in a video shared to Twitter Tuesday.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Typically on an Amber Alert…within a couple of days we have a tip or lead or have an idea if they’ve been abducted, if they maybe left into the woods,” she said. “Somebody saw something that leads up hopefully to get an answer to where the child went or if they were taken. We’re going to have some tip or lead. And that is the frustrating part for law enforcement in this case and the public.”

Texas Dems fled the state in dramatic move to stall GOP election bills, but why to Washington, DC?

Texas Dems fled the state in dramatic move to stall GOP election bills, but why to Washington, DC?

What’s a few thousand bucks between Democrats?Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers from Texas have skipped out on a special legislative session in order to break a quorum and stall Republican efforts to fast track new election integrity bills, which critics on the left claim amount to voter suppression.Simply crossing state lines into Oklahoma or Louisiana would have cost less in travel and lodgings – compared to what the lawmakers are expected to be spending in the nation’s capital between Monday and Aug. 7. But in Washington, D.C., they have a chance to put pressure on the House and Senate to enact the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.TEXAS DEMS STILL PICKING UP $221 PER DIEM WHILE IN DCThere are 3-star Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Washington, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. Fox News reviewed pricing at the hotels in each city.
Democratic Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave from Dallas, center, together with fellow Texas legislators, speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tennessee missing girl Summer Wells’ dad tells local newspaper he doesn’t expect to see her alive

Tennessee missing girl Summer Wells’ dad tells local newspaper he doesn’t expect to see her alive

Tennessee investigators have received roughly 1,000 tips in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Summer Wells from her Rogersville home last month.But the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Tuesday that none of the leads has produced any results.Summer’s dad, Don Wells, told the Kingsport Times-News Monday that he doesn’t expect to see his daughter alive.”We’ve had several people sneaking around there, but we’ve had them sneaking around at night,” Wells told the paper, speaking of his 11-acre property on Ben Hill Road. “We’ve never had somebody up there at 5:30 in the afternoon that we know of. They didn’t come up the driveway. They came up a dog trail from the woods. The [police K-9] dog that they used, that’s where the scent took them. Down through the woods, not the driveway. At Ben Hill Road is where the dog’s scent ended.”
Summer is about 3 feet tall and weighs around 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing gray pants, a pink shirt and may have been barefoot. She has close-cropped blonde hair, shorter than in this picture, and blue eyes.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)Investigators are still looking for a red pickup truck, possible a late 1990s Toyota, that may have been in the area where Summer went missing on June 15. It had full-sized ladder racks and white buckets in the bed.Summer’s disappearance also prompted county leaders to look at how they can improve their preparedness in case something like this happens in the future.MISSING TENNESSEE GIRL SUMMER WELLS’ PARENTS BOTH HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDSLawmakers are also pushing back against reports that the massive but fruitless search and rescue placed a “burden” on the sheriff’s office or budget reserves. That’s a misconception, according to Hawkins County Commissioner Jason Roach.”I wouldn’t support ending a search with credible leads, if we had them, because of a financial shortfall,” he told Fox News Tuesday night. “But that’s not part of that conversation at all.”He said the county habitually overestimates its expenditures and underestimates tax revenue every year, giving it flexibility to shift funds in emergency situations, like the little girl’s disappearance.Summer is about 3 feet tall and weighs around 40 pounds. She was last seen wearing gray pants, a pink shirt and may have been barefoot. She has close-cropped blonde hair and blue eyes.Neighbors and other area residents and businesses are being asked to check their home security and trail cameras for any evidence that may help locate Summer.Investigators say the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have yet to be determined – but they said they were looking into “all possibilities.”
Tennessee search and rescue teams aren’t giving up in the hunt for Summer Wells after the 5-year-old disappeared a month ago.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)Her parents, Don Wells and Candus Bly, told local media they believe that she was lured out of their rural home and taken.Wells and Bly have not responded to Fox News’ attempts to reach them for comment.Both have criminal records in other states, and they’ve reportedly taken and passed lie detector tests in connection with Summer’s disappearance.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAuthorities have not publicly announced any person of interest or suspect in the case, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge Shelly Smitherman said that’s been “frustrating” for law enforcement in a video shared to Twitter Tuesday.”Typically on an AMBER Alert…within a couple of days we have a tip or lead or have an idea if they’ve been abducted, if they maybe left into the woods,” she said. “Somebody saw something that leads up hopefully to get an answer to where the child went or if they were taken. We’re going to have some tip or lead. And that is the frustrating part for law enforcement in this case and the public.”

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