Former Lummi Nation tribal chairman Tim Ballew II, among seven finalists for a vacant seat on the Whatcom County Council, addressed the council and answered questions Tuesday, Jan. 16. The council later appointed Ballew to fill the remainder of the term for the at-large seat. Video courtesy of Whatcom County Council.
Mike Austin posted video on YouTube of a meteor sailing through the sky during part of his commute Tuesday night, Jan. 16. He wrote that he "didn't hear any loud sounds" during his drive on I-75 northbound between Troy and Bloomfield Hills in Detroit. NWS Detroit later tweeted that it could confirm that "the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor." USGS then confirmed that the meteor caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.
Students and teachers at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, school that had gone without electricity for 112 days since Hurricane Maria struck the island was able to share a special moment on January 11 when the lights finally came back on. Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo posted video to its Facebook page of students and teachers running around with joy when the electricity started to work again. The video showed a glimpse into classrooms where young students could be seen jumping up and down as they celebrated.
William Ralph Smith of Whatcom County is resentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Smith originally was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury after he fatally stabbed another man to death in 2015.
Dramatic video shows a Dekalb County (Georgia) Fire Rescue Department captain catching a child dropped from a ladder during an apartment fire near Atlanta. Two different firefighters caught children dropped to them during the fire.