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Rainham church break-in: Thieves smash stained glass windows

The vicar said he discovered the thieves smashed one of the church's stained glass windows earlier.


Truth is, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act changes nothing for protesters and their hopes

Celebrations began almost immediately as word spread that United States President Donald Trump had signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. In a rare display of bipartisanship, US Congress voted for the legislation with near unanimous support. Hundreds gathered in Hong Kong’s Chater Garden, waving American flags to thank the US government for its support.Now that Trump has signed the legislation, protesters might wonder what comes next? Unfortunately, the answer is nothing. At least…


Turkey thieves strike at Broadclyst Community Farm

A trail of blood and feathers was left from the turkey pen to a nearby lay-by.


Horden shooting: Three arrests after man ‘seriously injured’

The victim was badly hurt in the shooting, which has led to police arresting a man and two women.


Titans Keys to the Game for Oakland Raiders

The Tennessee Titans are getting hot at the right time; winners of three in a row and five of their last six. They’ll face the Oakland Raiders at 3:25 on WHNT News 19. Mike Keith gives us the Titans Keys to the Game.

"The Raiders are 5-1 at home this season. Oakland has always been a tough place to play. One thing that would help the Titans is to take the air out of Raider Nation. Ryan Tannehill could be a huge help with that. He's a veteran, he's poised and he's playing well. A big game from Tannehill especially when it comes to decision-making can make the difference. Key number two, more good run defense. The Colts rushed for just 82 yards last Sunday, and the Raiders have a great rookie running back in Josh Jacobs. The Titans need another outstanding game and run defense from members of their front seven. Finally, the Titans might have a big advantage when it comes to special teams. The return game may be the best area of opportunity. If Tennessee can run back a kick to score or even set up a score, it might help them to get back from Oakland at 8-5."


River Calder to be searched for missing 81-year-old Dewsbury man

Colin Vasey was last seen on CCTV in the centre of Dewsbury in the early hours of 17 November.


River Calder to be searched for missing 81-year-old Dewsbury man

Colin Vasey was last seen on CCTV in the centre of Dewsbury in the early hours of 17 November.


Californians aren’t getting the mental health care they’re legally guaranteed. Why not?

State Sen. Jim Beall is angry. Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health … Click to Continue »


Detective Bureau

MEDIA CONTACT: 401-764-5605 Major Timothy G. Sanzi, Detective Commander

On December 7, 2019, members of the Detective Bureau, with the assistance of the Cranston Police Department, the Providence Police Department, and the Attorney General's Office arrested Anthony T. McKinney, age 28, of 485...


Hope Valley Barracks

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:05 AM, Troopers arrested Joseph Mulcahey, age 30, of 825 Main Street, Apt. #M209, Hopkinton, Rhode Island, on a Kent County Superior Court bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the charge of Shoplifting originating out of the North Kingstown...


Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Dec. 2 – 8

The Sunday Denver Post features the first part of a project investigative reporter David Migoya has been tackling for eight months: The inner workings of Colorado’s metropolitan districts and the role they play in keeping taxes high.

If you live in a metro district – basically a subdivision – created in the past 30 years, chances are this story affects you.

We’re calling the series “Metro Districts: Debt and Democracy” because we’ve focused on how a small group of people – the developer and/or builder and a few close associates – create debt, raise taxes and approve fees that homeowners shoulder perhaps indefinitely. Homeowners, meanwhile, have a hard time knowing what kind of taxes they face or how to get a say in running the district that governs them.

The system allows developers to take risks by building infrastructure for homes that never sell, knowing other homeowners in the district will bear the cost.

The payoff for investors can be handsome, and it’s all perfectly legal. It is also how nearly all new construction is financed. Additional installments of the project are scheduled for Monday and next Sunday.

Migoya, a 20-year veteran of The Denver Post, began working on the project after hearing from residents and some builders about their concerns regarding rising property taxes.

Like most investigative pieces, the work was not glamorous. Migoya reviewed nearly 10,000 pages of documents, including tax records, corporate filings with the Colorado secretary of state’s office, financial filings a district makes with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Electronic Municipal Market Access of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

— Lee Ann Colacioppo, editor

Have a question about this series? Submit it here, and reporter David Migoya could answer it in a future story.

Colorado metro districts and developers create billions in debt, leaving homeowners with soaring tax bills

Construction continues on a street in ...
Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Construction continues on a street in October in the Thompson River Ranch community in Johnstown.

RELATED: Read more from the first week of this Denver Post investigation. More stories will be available next week.


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Five of The Denver Post’s best stories this week

Get ready, Colorado: The 2020 Democratic presidential primary will be in your face soon

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shakes the ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shakes the hands of supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in September in Civic Center.

In just two short months, the 2020 election primary ballots will be mailed to all registered voters. That’s only a week after the Iowa caucuses and a day before New Hampshire. Those ballots will be due back on “Super Tuesday,” March 3. Take a look at the role Colorado plays in the presidential primary in this story from politics reporter Jon Murray.


Colorado Springs Navy veteran one of last survivors of USS Arizona

Pearl Harbor survivor Donald G. Stratton, ...
Denver Post file

Pearl Harbor survivor Donald G. Stratton is pictured at age 89 in this 2011 Denver Post file photo. Stratton, now 97, lives in Colorado Springs and is one of three living survivors of the USS Arizona.

Yesterday marked the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Colorado Springs native Donald Stratton is one of the last three survivors of the USS Arizona. Stratton was saved by a fellow serviceman but received burns over 65% of his body. Read more of his story from Sam Tabachnik.


Colorado lawmakers focus on obstruction as impeachment vote looms


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U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, left, and Joe Neguse

Two U.S. representatives from Colorado sit on the House Judiciary Committee, where hearings are now underway in the Trump impeachment inquiry. Democrat Joe Neguse and Republican Ken Buck are taking part in those hearings, and Denver Post politics reporter Justin Wingerter is in Washington to report on their participation.


Struggling for air: How performers not used to Denver’s elevation train to put on a mile-high show

Derrick Davis, who plays The Phantom ...
Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post

Derrick Davis, who plays the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” puts on the mask with the help of makeup supervisor Rudy Guerrero last month before a performance at the Buell Theater.

Extra cardio and a backstage oxygen tanks are some ways that national performers make it through shows in the Mile High City. Health reporter Jessica Seaman writes about what it takes to perform at altitude.


In a nod to biology, some Denver-area school districts look to later start times for middle, high school students

Students arrive at Creighton Middle School, ...
RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Students arrive at Creighton Middle School in Lakewood in October.

A recent study from National Jewish Health in Denver showed that Cherry Creek students got more sleep after the district started elementary classes earlier and pushed high school start times back. Other school districts in the metro area are looking into making changes too. Read more from Meg Wingerter.


More of our best stories

+ Denver City Council to consider $1.3 million purchase of halfway house from private prison company

+ Colorado lawmakers seek to require Holocaust, genocide education in public schools

+ Denver’s charter and traditional schools producing similar test results in recent years

+ Elevated level of benzene detected at Greeley school near oil and gas operation

+ About one in four mental-health ER visits in Colorado are by children, new data shows

+ Continuing coverage: 16-year-old STEM School shooting suspect to be tried as an adult, judge rules

+ Colorado Springs officers who killed De’Von Bailey did not see gun before they shot fleeing teen, transcripts show

+ Police radios blocked from the public in southeast metro area

+ Colorado homes near oil wells face lower values, new study finds

+ Metro Denver homeowners aren’t in a selling mood as new listings plunge

+ A Colorado Springs company that uses advanced technology in restaurant ordering finds the work an ideal fit for workers on the autism spectrum

+ RTD will open search for an interim GM to external candidates as current chief leaves

+ Fee for plastic and paper bags passes first test in Denver

+ Denver businesses soon will be able to move forward in creating outdoor drinking areas. Here’s how they will work.

+ Denver City Council unanimously approves $5 million AXS ticketing contract

 


Photo of the week


Ed Gazvoda, owner of Sustainable Funeral, is pictured in his workspace last month in Arvada. He uses a process called alkaline hydrolosis, in which a body is broken down using potassium hydroxide and water. When finished, all that’s left are some bones, implants and fluid. Families have the option of saving bones as mementos and spreading the rest the remains over the Earth. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

 


Lincoln Woods Barracks

At 10:09 PM, Troopers arrested Jordana A. Rosao, age 28, of 460 Pine Street, Providence, Rhode Island for an Affidavit Arrest Warrant out of the Lincoln Woods Barracks for 1). Reckless Driving 2).Obstructing a Police Officer and 3). Operating with a Suspended License Third Offense. This arrest was


Wickford Barracks

**MEDIA CONTACT-Major Christopher J. Dicomitis 1-401-764-5603**

At 9:36 AM, Troopers arrested Wendy Mapel, age 43, of 438 Wauregan Road, Danielson, Connecticut, for: 1.) Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs-1st Offense/ B.A.C. Unknown; 2.) Refusal to Submit to a...


One of the last survivors of the USS Arizona was interred on the sunken warship

(CNN) — A World War II veteran who was the second-to-last man to escape the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was interred on the ship’s wreckage on Saturday.

Lauren Bruner, one of 334 crew members to survive the December 7, 1941 attack, died on September 10, just months before his 99th birthday.

Loved ones gathered at sunset at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. Family and friends handed Bruner’s ashes over to divers who placed the urn inside the well of the barbette on gun turret No. 4. A barbette is an armored structure protecting a gun turret on a warship.

The ceremony included a rifle salute, flag presentation and plaque presentation in honor of the veteran. A barbette is an armored structure protecting a gun turret on a warship.

The memorial can only be reached by boat as was built above the submerged hull of the sunken battleship. The hull is a tomb for more than 900 sailors who remain within and serves as an artificial reef providing habitat for marine life.

Only the remains of USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the sunken battleship. Pearl Harbor survivors can have their ashes scattered over the harbor.

Bruner was on the sky control deck when the ship was struck by several bombs, igniting explosions which killed 1,177 Arizona crew members. He was one of a handful of sailors on deck to survive the catastrophic explosion when a bomb struck the Arizona’s forward magazine.

After the explosion, he swam across 70 feet of burning water to reach the repair ship USS Vestal. Bruner suffered burns on nearly 80 percent of his body and was wounded by Japanese gunfire.

He recovered from his wounds and returned to sea, serving aboard the destroyer USS Coghlan in eight more battles against the Japanese, according to the Navy. He finished the war as a fire control chief on Coghlan, steaming into Nagasaki harbor only days after the atomic bomb explosion.

Bruner is the 44th and last USS Arizona survivor to be interred, according to Emily Pruett, a spokeswoman for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

“The wrecks of only two vessels remain in the harbor — the Arizona and USS Utah — so survivors of those ships are the only ones who have the option to be laid to rest this way,” Pruett told CNN.

The rest of the ships which were struck that day were either repaired or scrapped, she said.

The last three living survivors of the USS Arizona plan to be laid to rest with their families.


One country, two protests – two consequences?

Could protests force authorities to change their minds? Yes or no, depending on different considerations under different circumstances.Over the past week, when Hongkongers saw authorities in the city of Huazhou, in neighbouring Guangdong province, quickly quell massive protests by making significant concessions, some couldn’t help asking why Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wouldn’t do something similar here, though the two cities’ situations cannot be compared directly.Trouble broke…


Manchester derby racist abuse claim: Man arrested

A man is arrested after United players said they were targeted in their match against Manchester City.


‘My greatest fear is that he’ll be forgotten’: Losing a spouse at a young age

Losing your partner when you're young can bring a host of challenges. Many feel isolated and alone.


Weapons Violation

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Investigators haven’t found links between Pensacola gunman and terror groups, sources say

(CNN) — Investigators have found no apparent ties between the Saudi Arabian military officer who killed three people at a US Navy base in Florida on Friday and terrorist groups, according to a senior administration official and a law enforcement source.

There have been some concerning statements and online materials discovered, but the investigation is still young, the administration official said.

Late Saturday, the Navy identified the three students in the aviation school that were killed:

• Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, Enterprise, Alabama

• Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, St. Petersburg, Florida

• Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Investigators gathering evidence from the mass shooting in which the shooter was killed by gunfire, and eight people were hurt are looking in several countries for answers into the shooter’s motive and influences.

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, has not deemed the attack an act of terrorism, but that decision remains the subject of internal deliberations among agents in Florida and at FBI headquarters in Washington, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The source said numerous personnel and resources from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, criminal division, evidence response team, and FBI agents posted to Saudi Arabia continue to work jointly on the investigation.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a defense forum on Saturday said, “No, I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time. I think we need to let the investigators of the FBI do its work and tell us, get us the facts and we’ll work out from there.”

The gunman was vetted before his entry into a pilot training program and just after the shooting, and nothing of concern came up, sources told CNN.

The vetting is done against databases including known or suspected terrorists.

Killer was a second lieutenant

The shooter has been identified by the FBI as Mohammed Alshamrani. A bureau spokesperson said he was a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian air force. He was a student naval flight officer.

Alshamrani started his training in Pensacola in August 2017 as part of a three-year program. He was taking classes in basic aviation, initial pilot training and English, according to a spokesperson for the assistant to the defense secretary.

In a report citing tweets attributed to Alshamrani, the US-based SITE intelligence group says Alshamrani quoted Osama bin Laden in a “will” posted to Twitter.

Additionally, SITE reported that postings show a hatred toward Americans for what he perceived as a pro-Israel stance.

CNN has not confirmed the Twitter account that SITE attributes to Alshamrani was his. Twitter told CNN the account referenced in the report was suspended but did not confirm it belonged to Alshamrani or the reason for the suspension.

According to a New York Times report, Alshamrani watched mass shooting videos at a dinner party the night before his attack. The newspaper says the information comes from a source briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.

Alshamrani and a small group of Saudi nationals visited New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday, a law enforcement source told CNN. Alshamrani visited several museums and Rockefeller Center, where the tree lighting was taking place.

The source says the Saudi nationals that accompanied Alshamrani are being interviewed by law enforcement and are being cooperative. Authorities do not know the reason for their visit.

The New York Times first reported the details of the shooter’s visit to New York City.

A number of Saudi nationals were detained after the shooting in which eight other people were injured at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, a US official said Saturday. The US official did not provide information about the status of the Saudis who were questioned.

President Donald Trump said it is not known whether one person or a “number of people” were responsible.

“We will get to the bottom” of what happened, he said Saturday.

Shooting victim called a hero

Watson was praised by his family as a hero.

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,” Adam Watson wrote about his brother on Facebook. “He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WDHN, Mayor Bill Cooper said, “The Enterprise community suffered a tremendous blow Friday upon hearing of the death of one of our own, Joshua Watson … I am proud of him for his service and dedication to his country.”

Shooter’s uncle: ‘Nothing suspicious’

Saad bin Hantim Alshamrani, an uncle of the shooting suspect, told CNN from Saudi Arabia that his nephew had done “nothing suspicious” before moving to the United States.

He said his nephew was 21 and “likable and mannered towards his family and the community.” He added that his nephew “has his religion, his prayer, his honesty and commitments” and that he was a “likable kid, smart, he was exceptionally smart.”

The elder Alshamrani said his country needs to “get to the truth” and that if his nephew was guilty, then he will be “accountable before God.”

Foreign students have long trained at the base

Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website. Many families also live there, said retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, CNN military and diplomatic analyst, who was once stationed there.

Foreign students from “partner nations” have trained at the base to learn naval aviation for years, Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, told reporters.

“There’s always been international students training here because it’s a good place to train, it’s good quality training,” he said. He estimated that there were a couple hundred foreign students at the base.

At a news conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned the connection to the Saudi Air Force and said that he had spoken to Trump about it.

“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil,” he said.

“Obviously,” DeSantis added, “the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims.”

Saudi King Salman expressed “deep sadness and sorrow” in the call, state-run SPA news reported. The king told the President that he ordered Saudi services to cooperate with the investigation, according to SPA.

Trump said on Twitter he has spoken with the King of Saudi Arabia about the shooting.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” the president said.

Asked whether the shooting would affect the US-Saudi military-to-military relationship, Esper said, “I don’t see this undermining the deeper relationship we’ve had with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for decades.”

Two deputies were wounded in confrontation

Authorities first received a call about an active shooter at NAS Pensacola around 6:51 a.m. Friday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told reporters. The shooting occurred in a classroom building, Kinsella said.

The shooter used a handgun and was killed after two deputies exchanged gunfire with him. The deputies who confronted the shooter also suffered gunshot wounds — one in the arm and one in the knee. Both are expected to survive.

The shooting came two days after an active duty US sailor, Seaman Gabriel Romero, killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Investigators have not announced a motive for the Wednesday shooting.


Heather Knight column: England women ‘can’t wait to start new era’

England women's captain Heather Knight on secret Santas, life-size gingerbread houses and the challenges of playing in Malaysia.


Anthony Joshua: A new, exciting, silkier boxer in victory over Andy Ruiz

Anthony Joshua shows off his skill as Andy Ruiz Jr admits partying had an effect on him since shock win.


Six arrests after stabbings outside Southport hotel

Two people were stabbed and three hurt in a fight in Southport town centre, police say.


Hong Kong poised to award city’s own patents, catch up with rest of the world in honouring innovation and creativity

Hong Kong will start evaluating and awarding patents to local and foreign inventors from this month, catching up with the rest of the world in supporting innovation and creativity at a time when new technologies are driving economic growth.The government is hoping its Original Grant Patent (OGP) system will help plug the gap in the intellectual property ecosystem and create a new economic pillar in a city that relies heavily on traditional finance and real estate sectors for growth.Inventors…


Cocaine wrapped as Christmas gifts seized at Hong Kong airport, two men due in court

Two men accused of trafficking cocaine wrapped up as Christmas presents into Hong Kong are due in court on Monday.Customs said they seized HK$30 million (US$3.8 million) worth of the addictive stimulant from the luggage of two men, who were arrested after arriving at the city’s international airport on Friday.The arrests came after police seized 75kg of cocaine over 10 days from a drug gang in the north of the city. Those drugs had a street value of more than HK$90 million.Police seize 75kg of…


Avanti starts running West Coast Main Line after Virgin franchise ends

The last Virgin train left Euston on Saturday evening, ending Britain's longest-running rail franchise.


Middlesex Barracks – DUI Crash

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A305933 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Benjamin Goodwin                             STATION: Middlesex                     CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 12/07/2019 at 11:52 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: (Vt Rt 12A in Roxbury) VIOLATION: DUI #4 and DLS  


Tens of thousands at Hong Kong protest on eve of six-month anniversary of anti-government unrest

A huge turnout is expected at a major march in Hong Kong on Sunday, a day before the city marks six months since a mass protest on June 9 raised the curtain for this year's anti-government unrest.

Police said just hours before the march they had arrested 11 people and seized a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, as well as other weapons they feared could be used during the afternoon demonstration between Causeway Bay and Central.

The government and police have repeatedly called for a peaceful assembly…


12-07-19 Suspect charged in Puna murder investigation (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: 961-2252
Report no.: 19-095458

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged the suspect in the Puna murder investigation that left a 75-year-old Mountain View man dead.

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 8:30 p.m. this evening (December 7), detectives charged 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee with second-degree murder.

Lee’s charges stem from an incident on Wednesday evening (December 4) at approximately 7:18 p.m., when Puna patrol officers responded to the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna for a report of a missing elderly male. A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from his residence.

On Friday morning (December 6) an autopsy was performed and determined that Honda died as a result of multiple injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Lee is being held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (December 9) in Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident or who may have come into contact with Lee since Wednesday (December 4) to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.


NEW HAVEN BARRACKS / MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH / DUI #1

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19B503464                                                           RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Christopher Hein STATION: New Haven Barracks                                  CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: December 7, 2019, at approximately, 2200 hours VIOLATION


What Beethoven can teach Hong Kong protesters: tragedy is the flipside of heroism

In 2017, I published a book titled Beethoven and Freedom. The manuscript was completed during the “umbrella movement”. The dedication page reads: “As I write these words, I am conscious of the freedom I have because I can no longer take it for granted. The Umbrella Movement and its political backlash has flushed out the demons from the crevices of this gleaming metropolis. Freedom is on trial, and its ideals distorted as a clash of wills in a zero-sum game where any victory is destined to fail…


Huntsville lights display features around 25,000 lights and Santa walking around inside the house

Check out this Christmas lights display!

The Holland family makes a huge display every year at their home on Woodmont Avenue in Huntsville. They use around 25,000 lights, displays, and show Santa in the window of the house walking in the room. They also try to help the Food Bank of North Alabama by requesting canned or non-perishable items be donated.

There are many people who go all out to decorate their homes, and we want you to tell us where you’ve seen the best lights.

If you have missed any of the displays this season or want to see the displays from years past,  you can check them out here.


Silver Alert

Alert Status: 
Active
Preliminary Information of Missing Subject: 
The Cochise County Sheriff's Office (Arizona) is looking Clarence Edgar Fletcher, age 73. He is a white male, approximately 6' 0 tall, and 230 pounds. He has brown balding hair, and brown eyes. Clarence was last seen on December 1st, 2019, leaving Las Vegas Nevada to head home in Huachuca City, Arizona. He was driving a primer gray in color, 1989 Dodge Pickup Truck, displaying an Arizona License Plate of, 3D90637.
Clarence has a serious medical condition which needs close monitoring, and he has failed to show at scheduled medical appointments since his disappearance.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Cochise County Sheriff's Office
Date Subject Went Missing: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Last known location: 
Las Vegas, NV

United States

Point of Contact (Name): 
B.W. Berry #0321
Point of Contact (Number): 
(520) 803-3555
Missing Subject's Full Name: 
Clarence Edgar Fletcher
Vehicle State/License Plate : 
AZ/3D90637
Missing Subject: 
Release Date: 
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Vehicle Make & Model: 
Dodge Pickup
DOB: 
Saturday, October 26, 1946
Vehicle Color: 
Gray
Gender: 
Male
Vehicle Year: 
1989
Height: 
6'0
Weight: 
230 lbs
Hair Color: 
brown/balding
Eye Color: 
brown
Race: 
White

Redstone Federal Credit Union starts 4th annual ‘Letters to Santa’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Redstone Federal Credit Union (RFCU) started its fourth year of 'Letters to Santa' with a party for the kids of the Boys and Girls Club on Friday night.

For every letter put in mailboxes at any branch, or emailed in online, it will donate one dollar to the Boys and Girls Club of Madison County and Rutherford County in Tennessee.

RFCU donated about $14,000 dollars last year.

"We're always about people helping people. And this is another way we can help the community. And it's one of the ways we can have fun about it. And during the spirit of Christmas, everyone always gets in the holiday mood by giving," said Joe Newberry, President-CEO for RFCU.

You can send your letters to the North Pole until Christmas Eve.


World War II veteran remembers Pearl Harbor 78 years ago

MADISON, Ala. -- 78 years ago, a surprise raid on a major United States Navy base near Honolulu killed more than 2400 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II. "December 7, 1941... a date which will live in infamy," said President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Members of the community, including other veterans, spent the anniversary morning at the Memory Garden in Madison paying respects and giving honor to those who spent their life fighting for our freedom.

Each year, the Madison American Legion Post 229 places around 550 wreaths on the graves of veterans. On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, they honored a 100-year-old veteran. "We had a ceremony with one of our World War II veterans who served in the Pacific and was on ship and rolled into Pearl Harbor the day after the attack," says Larry Vannoy, Post 229 commander. "That was Sherwin Callander."

Callander remembers the very day. "We were coming back from Wake Island and the Japanese aircraft carrier passed us," he says. "They didn't want to spoil the surprise so they let us go."

The next day, Callander says he pulled into Pearl Harbor. "The worst mess I've ever seen in my life," says Callander. "There was still some bodies in the water. I had to help get them out." Callander says because of that day, he volunteered for amphibious training and made the invasions of North Africa, Italy, and D-Day at Normandy on Utah Beach.

Lester Barnard attended the event and is also a veteran. He says since having been a veteran and knowing what it's like, he encourages people to pause and honor those who have served. "I'd like to say that these young men coming up... they're our future and we owe them," says Barnard.

Callander's biggest piece of advice: For people to learn history -- so we aren't doomed to repeat it: "That they remember Pearl Harbor from now on and never, never let it happen again."

On January 4, Madison American Legion Post 229 will be taking down Christmas wreaths from veterans' graves and they are inviting the community to join.


Singapore pilot, 99, remembers wartime Hong Kong and being a Flying Tiger

It has been almost eight decades since Hong Kong fell into the hands of Japanese forces during World War II, but war veteran Ho Weng Toh can still remember the fear that plagued the city.One particular memory that stands out for the 99-year-old was seeing Kai Tak Airport – Hong Kong’s international gateway from 1925 to 1998 – go up in flames in front of him.“From the balcony, I had a clear view of the Kai Tak Airport … The airport had always been a pleasant sight for me. That day, it was not,”…


Hong Kong police seize weapons including a handgun ahead of mass protest

Hong Kong police have arrested 11 people and seized weapons including a firearm during citywide raids, which officers believed would be used to “create chaos” at a major anti-government march on Sunday afternoon.The haul included a Glock semi-automatic pistol along with five magazines, three of which were loaded, and a total of 105 bullets, the force said at a televised press conference.It is the first time a gun has been seized during six months of protests.Detectives suggested the weapons,…


Clouds roll in Sunday, more rain and cold air this week

Although a few clouds will drift over the Tennessee Valley for the first half of the afternoon, enough sunshine will be in place to warm temperatures into the upper 50s through lunchtime.

However, don’t put away the umbrellas and winter coats just yet!

Widespread cloud cover will drape across the region Sunday afternoon, and a few light showers will pass through as well. These showers will isolated and produce light rain, but keep the umbrella handy if you have any outdoor activities planned.

More widespread showers and a few rumbles of thunder are possible Monday morning through afternoon, but the heaviest rain will arrive Monday evening ahead of a slow-moving cold front.

The cold front will move very slowly Monday night, and at times it may stall, producing more rain through Tuesday afternoon and evening. The cold front should finally move out of the region Wednesday.

Total rainfall from Sunday’s sprinkles to Monday’s showers and Tuesday’s steadier rain looks to come in around 0.5″ on the low end to around 1.5″ on the higher end: the majority gets something in the middle of that range.

The strong cold front: Several days ago, this looked like a major blast of frigid air for Alabama.  Now, it looks cold, but it may not be quite as cold as some of the more historic cold waves we’ve had in the past decade of Decembers.  This front moves in Tuesday morning taking temperatures from around 60°F before sunrise to near 40°F in the afternoon.  A stiff northwest wind makes it feel like the low-30s in the afternoon.

We’ll get a freeze Wednesday morning, and it does look cold all day: highs only hit the low-40s (higher elevations in the upper 30s).  Even as the air moderates a little next week, it doesn’t get ‘warm’ again for quite a while.


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Police remember fallen HPD Officer Bill Clardy as ‘dedicated officer’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Fallen officer Billy Clardy III was a decorated member of the Huntsville Police Department, but his experience ranged far beyond the city limits.

“He was an Iraq war veteran. Over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Giving back to many communities in Tennessee, Limestone County, and the city of Huntsville,” said Captain Jeffery Rice with the Huntsville Police Department.

Those who worked with him closely said he was a dedicated officer.

“In 2018 he was selected to work in the STAC unit because of his knowledge, his performance on the street and because everything he did for the Huntsville Police Department since 2005 was in North Huntsville. He knew North Huntsville,” said Chief Mark McMurray of the Huntsville Police Department.

“Billy and I go all the way to when we were 8-years-old playing football at the YMCA on Blue Spring Road. Billy is a North Huntsville resident, loved the community. As for working together, we worked together at the north precinct. He was the community relations officer,” said Captain Jeffery Rice with the Huntsville Police Department.

Chief McMurray said many people in the community knew and respected him. Not just because of his badge, but because of his kind heart.

“Billy knew all the homeless in Huntsville, he knew where every homeless camp was. He knew the phone numbers of every person who had one in the homeless camps. And he took a great deal of care and love dealing with our homeless,” said Chief McMurray.
Chief McMurray said when officers walk out of their homes each day, they know the job they have to do and the risks they face.

McMurray added through the challenges, officers have to remain optimistic and focused, but unfortunately, sometimes things like this happen.

Leaving not just a family, but an entire police force and community brokenhearted.

But one police captain said it’s important for the community to remember officers are just like them.

“We’re human just like everybody else, we cry, we laugh, we have families just like everybody else does,” said Captain JesHenry Malone with the Huntsville Police Department.


US Army Space and Missile Defense has new commander

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense has a new man in charge: Major Gen.  Daniel L. Karbler.

Prior to taking on the role as commander, Karbler served as special assistant to the commanding general, U.S. Army Material Command.

Karbler brings more than 30 years of leadership and technical experience to the job. He was apart of the Air Defense Artillery, joint command and staff assignments, and test and evaluation.

Karbler is succeeding Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson, who has been in command of the organization since January 2017. Dickinson will be taking on a new post as the first deputy commander for the newly activated U. S. Space Command. Karbler said this is the third time he has taken Dickinson's place.

Though this is Karbler's first time being assigned to Redstone Arsenal, he said he is no stranger to the base.

"A couple jobs ago I was the army testing evaluation commander for the Redstone test center, it was one of my supporting units, so I got down to Redstone quite a bit," said Karbler.

Karbler said as he adjusts to his new position one of his first goals is to get to know the Space and Missile Defense Command team and understand their roles.

"So really my goals are to get around to meet the command see the SMDC team, your global command, learn what everybody does, meet the soldiers and the civilians on the team, so then I can become a better commander," explained Karbler.

He also said he wants to become part of the Huntsville community. Karbler and his family have already been living in Huntsville for a couple months. He said he and his family have been welcomed with open arms by the Huntsville community.

"We have been here a couple months. My son is a high school senior at Huntsville High School,  go panthers!" he said.

Karbler's son was on this year's Huntsville High School cross country team. He is proud because they won the state championship.

The new commander said he believes modernization is an important part of his role in protecting the nation

Karbler said," Modernization falls right in line with readiness so as we advance programs, whether it's on the space side or the missile defense side, those have got to be in line so that the soldiers can use it again to contribute to our overall readiness."

He also feels he is prepared to take on this critical position.

"I think that the army has prepared me with the experiences of testing evaluation... I spent some time in the army G8 on the budget side and the programming side so all of those coming together gives me pretty good experience," he said. "I know we will have to address those strengths and then I know that we have to provide support to our warfighters so that our soldiers can shoot, move and communicate in a complex battlefield of today and tomorrow."

Another important part of his job will be addressing threats and making sure his team is ready for anything.

"Whether it's space, cyber or Hypersonics or even things like AI that are coming online. We have to make sure that all of those capabilities are integrated so that we best are able to address the threat," he said.

The general also said he has experience in testing that will be valuable because he understands the importance of testing and going through failures.

"Sometimes we fail at tests and that, you know when you fail a test,  the immediate reaction is 'oh they failed a test', but we learn so much when we're going through testing whether it's a failure or a success," said Karbler.

Another area of expertise for the general is cybersecurity.

"I will always have an eye out for how well we are doing in terms of testing against the different capabilities that are out there and the threats that are out there that include cyber threats," he said.

He said he is looking forward to his new position.

"It's really an honor to have the privilege to command the SMDC team and we're really excited at the opportunity to again be team Redstone as well as the Huntsville community," Karbler said.


Final weekend of 2019 season for Albertville Christmas tree farm

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Several people braved the rain Friday to pick out a living tree from Frazier Farms in Albertville.

There are hundreds of trees of several varieties at the farm.

Brooke Taylor and her family made their first visit to the farm on Friday.

“We just thought it would be a good experience to come out and cut down a tree instead of buying a fake one every year,” said Taylor. “It was a good experience for our family and picking out a tree together and having family time.”

Farm owner Susan Frazier said they limit their sales to 300 each year.

“We have to give them a chance to grow and get bigger,” said Frazier. “There’s so many people with taller ceilings now.”

Frazier said after her husband’s mother died in 2010, her husband planted the trees to give to preoccupy himself. They have been selling trees since 2013.

Frazier told WHNT News 19 that the drought this year caused some of the trees to not fill out completely, but she expects them to be just right for next year.

She and her husband are also expanding for the future. They planted 2,400 new trees this past spring.

“Arizona Cyprus and Leland Cyprus and Thujas. A lot of our customers like the Thujas. They have a little bit stronger limbs and they smell like fruit loops,” laughed Frazier.

With the growth of the local business, comes a local economic boost to area gas stations, the co-op, and more money on the pockets of local employees.

Frazier Farms gives families the full Christmas experience with candy canes, holiday music, decorations, and plenty of Christmas trees.

“Just wanted to bring families together. It was kind of a ministry and it still is. It’s fun. It gets us in the spirit. Probably they bless us more than we do them,” said Frazier.

The experience on Friday is something the Taylor family said they’ll never forget.

Click here for more information about Frazier Farms.


Florence Recycle Center upgrading equipment with grant from ADEM

FLORENCE, Ala. – Employees at the Florence Recycle Center are hard at work, separating and sorting thousands of materials for future use.

Efficiency is key, and recycling manager David Koonce said that thanks to a new ADEM grant, that’s only going to get better.

“We apply for grants every March based on needs that we have here,” said Koonce. “They review grants from all over the state. They approved part of ours for $118,000 to buy a new baler, a compactor trailer, and some recycle carts.”

The recycle center serves the city of Florence and Lauderdale County Schools. The school system will be using the compactor trailer to make delivering materials to the center easier.

The new baler will be replacing one primarily used for baling paper products. Space at the center is limited but Koonce said the new baler will increase efficiency, packing even more materials into a single bale.

Asked about the grant, Koonce said, “These grants are certainly very vital to what we do here and really helped us advance and be better at what we do.”

It’s all for the purpose of keeping Florence beautiful today, for a cleaner tomorrow.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 395 – Umatilla County (Photo)

On Friday, December 6, 2019 at approximately 10:03 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash on Hwy 395 at the intersection of E Punkin Center Rd.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that a gold, 2009 Toyota Camry, operated by Michelle Dawn Fry (45) of Umatilla,  was traveling northbound on Hwy 395 and failed to stop at a red light and collided with a black 2006 KIA Spectra, operated by Elidio Salas De La Paz (77) of Hermiston, which was traveling southbound on Hwy 395 making a left hand turn onto E Punkin Center Rd. 

Salas De La Paz and his wife/passenger Alicia Salas (75) were both transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston.  Alicia Salas was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Fry was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charges of Manslaughter, DUII, Assault, and reckless driving.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Umatilla County Fire District #1, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and Hermiston Police Department.


Kiffin becomes coach at Ole Miss, steps down at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Lane Kiffin is back in the SEC, taking over at Ole Miss.

Kiffin and the Rebels made the announcement Saturday after Florida Atlantic defeated UAB in the Conference USA championship game, the Owls’ second league title in his three seasons. It had been college football’s worst-kept secret since Friday, and the schools ended all doubt Saturday afternoon by conceding that the deal has been made.

“I am truly honored and humbled to join the Ole Miss family, and recognize this as a special opportunity to lead Rebel Football into the future,” said Kiffin, who will be introduced in Oxford, Mississippi on Monday.

If there was any doubt when Saturday began, it went away once a short video clip of his son’s reaction to the news went public. ESPN’s SEC Network tweeted out a clip of Kiffin’s son Knox being told that he was getting on a jet Monday — because his father has a new job.

“Your dad is the new head coach of Ole Miss,” a woman on the tape says to the boy.

“Let’s go!” Knox Kiffin responds, before chanting “S-E-C! S-E-C!”

Indeed, the SEC is going to be Kiffin’s playground once again. And Lane Kiffin — who wanted the attention Saturday in his news conference to be on FAU’s win — conceded that he had watched the clip of his son about 25 times.

“That was awesome to see his reaction,” Kiffin said. “That’s just special. For those of you who have children, to see your child react like that, it’s pretty neat.”

He then paused and smiled.

“But I blame his mom for putting that out there,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin went 26-13 in his three seasons at Florida Atlantic and is 61-34 in parts of eight seasons as a college head coach at Tennessee, USC and FAU.

Kiffin takes over an Ole Miss program that hasn’t produced a winning season since going 10-3 in 2015 and winning the Sugar Bowl, capping a string of four straight bowl appearances. The Rebels went 4-8 this season.

Kiffin replaces Matt Luke, an Ole Miss alum who was fired Sunday after going 15-21 in three seasons.

“We’ve got to find a head coach who can walk into a room, and absolutely take over that room and galvanize people, bring them back,” Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter said earlier in the week. “I think people want to support, they want to come back, they want to come to Ole Miss football games, but we just lost some of that luster.’’

Enter Kiffin.

It was always assumed that bigger schools would come calling for Kiffin again. He made about $3 million in salary over his time at FAU, and now will likely command more than that annually from the Rebels.

His tenure with FAU will likely be remembered as exactly what Kiffin needed. FAU won a bunch of games — more in his three seasons than they did in the previous seven combined — and did so without any hint of major scandal.

There was some controversy; Kiffin brought in Kendal Briles as his first offensive coordinator, after Briles was on his father Art Briles’ staff at Baylor when that program was rocked by a sexual assault scandal. There was some newsmaking; Kiffin brought in players from the Netflix documentary “Last Chance U.” He offered scholarships to kids who are still several years from college. And there, of course, was Twitter, where Kiffin’s dry sense of humor could make news as soon as he touched the send button.

He acknowledged he was too young to handle the job when the Oakland Raiders made him a head coach at 31, or when he got hired at Tennessee at 32, or when he got hired at USC at 34.

He’s 44 now. He’s apparently learned to live in the public eye, or at least how to deal with constant scrutiny. And now he’s back in the SEC — three years after his stint as Alabama’s offensive coordinator ended and he wound up starting anew at FAU.

Kiffin said the FAU players changed him.

“They’ve done a great job and they’ve helped me,” Kiffin said. “They’ve kind of taught me. I was used to all players thinking they were going to the NFL and your job is to get the players drafted the highest that you can. This place changed me to realize, I’ve got a bigger calling than that. My calling is to really help these kids develop.”

The next chapter is at Ole Miss, where Kiffin has some history.

In 2009, his lone season at Tennessee, the Volunteers went to Oxford and lost 42-17. Alabama was 1-2 against the Rebels in Kiffin’s three seasons as offensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide, losing in 2014 and 2015 before winning in 2016.

The NCAA forced Ole Miss to vacate 33 wins over a six-year period — including those two wins over Alabama. Kiffin tweeted that Alabama coach Nick Saban’s record should then be changed as well, noting that if those two outcomes no longer count “we only lost once together.”

The reason why Ole Miss had to vacate those wins because the NCAA found the school committed numerous recruiting violations — including some by Kiffin’s brother, former Rebels defensive line coach Chris Kiffin. Chris Kiffin was coaching for his brother at FAU when the ruling came out and is now with the San Francisco 49ers.

The news of those sanctions broke the day before FAU hosted the 2017 C-USA title game. The news that Kiffin was in position to leave for Owls for Ole Miss, somewhat ironically, broke the day before FAU hosted this year’s C-USA title game.

He’s left some jobs on bad terms. Not this time. He left FAU as a champion.

“You don’t win two conference championships because you hire a head coach,” Kiffin said. “You have to have a lot of things in place and a lot of people helping. That’s what happened here.”

That’s what Ole Miss hopes can happen again.

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AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee contributed to this report.

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Burrow completes Heisman coronation, LSU routs Georgia 37-10

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Burrow finished off his likely Heisman Trophy coronation with another dazzling performance and No. 1 LSU locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time, dominating No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

The Tigers, going for their first national title since 2007 season, will either return to Atlanta or head west to suburban Phoenix for a semifinal game on Dec. 28. Their bowl site and opponent will be announced on Sunday, but they surely made a persuasive case to be the top overall seed in the four-team field.

Burrow was all over the stat sheet for LSU (13-0, No. 2 CFP). He threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. He was the Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 41 yards on 11 carries, often leaving the Bulldogs grasping at air as he twirled this way and that. He even caught a pass on a ball that was batted down at the line and wound up his arms, taking off for a 16-yard gain.

The Heisman-worthy moment came late in the third quarter. With Georgia (11-2, No 4 CFP) bringing the heat, Burrow spun to his left to get away from lineman Travon Walker, whirled back to his right to send Walker sprawling to the turf, then delivered a pass on the run while sprinting toward the LSU sideline with another defender in hot pursuit.

Justin Jefferson hauled in the throw just beyond midfield and took off down to the Bulldogs 9 for a 71-yard play. Three plays later, Burrow delivered his third TD pass of the game, hooking up with Terrace Marshall Jr., on a 4-yard touchdown pass that essentially finished off the Bulldogs.

Burrow wasn’t done. Derek Stingley’s second pick of Jake Fromm turned the ball back over to the prolific LSU offense at the 13, and Burrow wasted no time finding Justin Jefferson for an 8-yard TD that sent many in the predominantly Georgia crowd heading for the exits at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

LSU left no doubt it is the king of the mighty SEC, completing its run through a gauntlet of the league’s top teams. The Tigers had already knocked off Alabama, Florida and Auburn. Now, they can add the Bulldogs to the list, ensuring the SEC will only get one team in the national playoff.

LSU came into the game as the second-highest scoring team in the country behind Ohio State. They figured to have a tougher time against Georgia’s stellar defense, ranked No. 2 in points allowed. but Burrow kept the Bulldogs on their heels the entire game.

It was by far the most points Georgia has given up their season. Until Saturday, they held every opponent under 20 except South Carolina, which stunned the Bulldogs in double overtime nearly two months ago.

There was no such drama in this one.

Just total domination by the Tigers.

Marshall hauled in a pair of touchdown passes, also gathering a 7-yard scoring play that propelled LSU to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Ja’Marr Chase capped a 75-yard drive on the Tigers’ opening possession with a 23-yard touchdown catch.

It was a painful loss — literally — for the Bulldogs, who were making their third straight appearance in the SEC title game. Two players were carted off the field with apparently major injuries. Another player wobbled off with a concussion after being leveled on a kickoff that was penalized for targeting. Fromm twisted an ankle and had to go to the medical tent to get taped up, though he was able to finish the game.

Not that it mattered.

Fromm , who guided Georgia to the cusp of the national title two years ago as a freshman, had a forgettable performance in what has been the worst season of his college career.

He was 20 of 42 for 225 yards, including a pair of interceptions, and didn’t get much help from his teammates. Tyler Simmons dropped a deep ball on the very first possession, and Matt Landers couldn’t hang on to a throw in the end zone when Georgia still had a glimmer of hope.

Further compounding Georgia’s miserable showing: Star kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, the leading scorer in school history, missed a pair of field goal attempts .

Georgia finally reached the end zone with just under 12 minutes remaining on Fromm’s 2-yard TD pass to George Pickens.

THE TAKEAWAY

LSU: The Tigers could certainly take pride in putting up 481 yards on a defense of Georgia’s caliber, but the most encouraging aspect of this game was another strong performance from LSU’s defense. Maligned much of the season, they followed up a 50-7 rout of Texas A&M in the regular-season finale with another championship-worthy showing against the Bulldogs, who were held to 286 yards.

Georgia: Jake Fromm came into the season projected as a high NFL draft pick who would likely go pro after his junior season. Now, it’s not a reach to say he might be better off returning for his senior season to try to boost his stock. He has now failed to complete even half his passes in five straight games.

UP NEXT

LSU: Makes its first appearance in the College Football Playoff, which began in 2014. The Tigers last played for a national title during the 2011 season, when they went 12-0 in the regular season, captured the SEC title with a blowout of Georgia, but were blanked 21-0 by Alabama in the BCS championship game.

Georgia: Appears likely to make its second straight appearance in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor, loser of the Big 12 championship game.

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Man accused of killing Huntsville officer previously charged with assaulting police

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The man accused of murdering Huntsville STAC agent Billy Clardy III has a lengthy criminal history including charges of assaulting an officer and police impersonation.

LaJeromeny Brown, 41, was arrested Friday night after authorities said he shot and killed Clardy during a drug bust. He is currently in the Madison County Jail on a capital murder charge.

STAC agents had set up a drug buy at a house on Levert Street on Friday. When officers arrived, Brown immediately shot Clardy, hitting him outside his bulletproof vest, police said. Other officers on a perimeter captured Brown after a short foot chase.

Clardy was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition, and died Friday night, according to Hunstville Police Chief Mark McMurray.

Huntsville Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Johnson said Friday Brown was “well-known to the department.”

According to court records, Brown was most recently accused of aggravated assault of a police officer in Hamilton County, Tennessee from an incident in December 2018.

Brown was also charged with several felonies related to the incident, including felony evading arrest and reckless endangerment.

Records show the case was sent to a grand jury in October 2019.

According to our CBS affiliate in Chattanooga WDEF, Brown was also arrested in Chattanooga in October 2018 and faced several charges, including aggravated kidnapping and criminal impersonation of a police officer.

Officials said Brown was involved in a home invasion robbery in August 2018 and at least five other home invasions at the time could have been related. Federal documents show he was on federal probation at the time of the incident.

His supervised probation was related to a 2013 arrest on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and/or five kilograms or more of cocaine in federal court.  Records show Brown served 41 months in federal prison on those charges before his July 2018 release.

It’s not clear how long he’d been out of jail before Friday’s deadly shooting or why authorities allowed his release from jail.

WDEF reports that Brown, along with 31 others, were called “32 of Chattanooga’s most dangerous criminals” by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke back in 2013.

A capital murder charge carries one of two sentences, life in prison without parole or the death penalty.


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12-07-19 Man wanted in Puna murder investigation located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: 961-2252
Report no.: 19-095458

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested the individual wanted for questioning in the murder investigation that left a 75-year-old Mountain View man dead.

At 9:42 a.m. Saturday (December 7), Puna patrol officers arrested 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was observed by Special Duty police officers, walking on Pahoa Village Road in Pahoa during the annual Pahoa Christmas Parade. Upon officers attempting to apprehend Lee, a short foot pursuit ensued; however, Lee was subsequently arrested without further incident. 

Lee’s arrest stems from an incident on Wednesday evening (December 4) at approximately 7:18 p.m., when Puna patrol officers responded to the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna for a report of a missing elderly male. A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from his residence.

On Friday morning (December 6) an autopsy was performed and determined that Honda’s manner of death was homicide. He was subsequently identified through fingerprints.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.


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NM State Police Investigate a Homicide in Tucumcari

Tucumcari, NM-On December 6, 2019, at approximately 9:13 p.m., New Mexico State Police and the Tucumcari Police Department officers responded to a shooting incident located at 2402 S. 1st Street, the local Pizza Hut restaurant in Tucumcari, NM. When officers arrived, they located two male subjects outside within close proximity to the restaurant (one deceased and the other critically wounded).

New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were called to investigate the shooting. State Police agents learned through investigation Jimmy Chavez was confronted by a twenty-three-year-old male of Tucumcari inside the Pizza Hut and a verbal argument ensued. As both individuals exited the restaurant the twenty-three-year-old brandished a firearm and fired it towards Mr. Chavez, striking him. Mr. Chavez was later pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. As officers arrived at the establishment, the twenty-three-year-old male shot himself in the head and was transported to the local hospital. He was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, TX for treatment.

The name of the twenty-three-year-old male will not be released at this time, no charges have been filed yet. This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with no further information available. New Mexico State Police Crime Scene assisted with the investigation. When more details become available that information will be released.


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NM State Police Investigate a Homicide in Tucumcari

Tucumcari, NM-On December 6, 2019, at approximately 9:13 p.m., New Mexico State Police and the Tucumcari Police Department officers responded to a shooting incident located at 2402 S. 1st Street, the local Pizza Hut restaurant in Tucumcari, NM. When officers arrived, they located two male subjects outside within close proximity to the restaurant (one deceased and the other critically wounded).

New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were called to investigate the shooting. State Police agents learned through investigation Jimmy Chavez was confronted by a twenty-three-year-old male of Tucumcari inside the Pizza Hut and a verbal argument ensued. As both individuals exited the restaurant the twenty-three-year-old brandished a firearm and fired it towards Mr. Chavez, striking him. Mr. Chavez was later pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. As officers arrived at the establishment, the twenty-three-year-old male shot himself in the head and was transported to the local hospital. He was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, TX for treatment.

The name of the twenty-three-year-old male will not be released at this time, no charges have been filed yet. This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with no further information available. New Mexico State Police Crime Scene assisted with the investigation. When more details become available that information will be released.


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Delaware nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the Delaware Community Foundation’s Specific Interest Grants, awarded from funds created at the DCF by donors for very specific purposes.Starting Dec. 9, grant applications will be accepted for programs to support Delawareans in need of long-term health care; small grants for arts in Wilmington; fulfillment of terminally ill children’s wishes; and animals and animal welfare.An independent committee, formed of [...]


Coons, bipartisan colleagues demand Ed Dept. investigation into loan forgiveness

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter Dec. 5 to the U.S. Department of Education urging the department’s acting inspector general, Sandra Bruce, to investigate the federal student loan discharge process for Americans with total and permanent disabilities.The members’ letter comes after an alarming report from National Public Radio, aired earlier in the week, that found hundreds of thousands of Americans with qualifying [...]


Coons, State Chamber of Commerce to host Taste of Delaware

Sen. Chris Coons and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce will bring food and drink from the First State to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the Ninth Annual Taste of Delaware, set for 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C."This event is a celebration of the talented and passionate restauranteurs, chefs, bakers, distillers, and brewers who make Delaware truly unique," said Coons. "As the honorary host for the Ninth [...]


Department of Natural Resources to extend Clean Transportation Incentive Program

In response to Delawareans’ growing demand for cleaner fuel and electric vehicles, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy announced Dec. 5 that Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program will continue to offer rebates to drivers and businesses statewide toward the purchase or lease of electric and alternative fuel vehicles and charging stations through Dec. 31, 2020."Reducing [...]


Carper rebukes Congress over PFAS provisions in National Defense Authorization Act

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, slammed congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle Dec. 5 for their jettisoning of bipartisan, widely agreed-upon provisions in the nation’s defense authorization bill that would have taken key steps to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination in communities throughout America, including hundreds of communities in or near military bases."Despite a voice vote in [...]


On CNN, Coons talks impeachment inquiry, possible Senate trial

Sen. Chris Coons joined CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Dec. 5 to discuss the impeachment inquiry and possible Senate trial."I think a full-blown defense that says this is a hoax and that there is absolutely nothing to it will be difficult for them to sustain," said Coons. "When you're guilty, the last thing you want is a long trial with lots of witnesses because inevitably your defense falls apart.""I think it is ridiculous that [Republican Senators] are suggesting [...]


Carper accepts award with Delaware leaders, students at Jobs for America’s Graduates

Sen. Tom Carper joined Delaware leaders Dec. 5 at the Jobs for America’s Graduates 2019 Luncheon & National Leadership Awards ceremony.Carper and state leaders, including state Senator and President of Jobs for Delaware Graduates Nicole Poore, accepted the "First State of JAG Award" on behalf of the many Delaware leaders and students who have contributed to the program’s success."Every year, this event renews my confidence in our country when I get the [...]


Pensioner in £193,000 inheritance battle after sort code error

A 74-year-old had his share of an inheritance withheld after providing the wrong sort code number.


Man City 1-2 Man Utd: Derby win evidence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘cultural reboot’

Manchester City win could prove a turning point in Manchester United's 'cultural reboot' under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, writes Simon Stone.


Moisson Montreal on a mission to feed 20,000 families

Many affiliated organizations close during the holiday season but the food bank wants to make sure no stomach is left empty going into the new year.


Lights, camera, action: Families in need receive free portraits in Lethbridge

Help Portrait Day in Lethbridge offers free professional photos to families in need this holiday season.


Shaftsbury Barracks // DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS INCIDENT                                                                                                     CASE#: 19B304106 TROOPER RANK/FULL NAME: Trooper Shawn Sommers                                                                          STATION: Shaftsbury                      CONTACT#: (802) 442-5421


Denver’s earliest sunsets of the year are this week. Here’s why.

The 2019 winter solstice is on Dec. 21, which might lead you to think that Denver’s earliest sunset would fall on the same day.

But Denver’s earliest sunsets of the year actually fall this week. The sun will set at 4:35 p.m. every day through Dec. 10, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) official solar calculator.

The reason why this week is home to the earliest sunsets of the year is due to the solar noon, or the exact time of the sun’s highest point in the sky. The solar noon gets later in the day in December, despite the days themselves shortening until the winter solstice on the Dec. 21. The later solar noon time is due to the earth’s rotation, which adjusts the time of the solar noon later and later this time of the year.

The earliest solar noon takes place the day after the clocks are turned back. The combination of the early solar noon and the shorter days intersects in early December. Latitude plays a role in this as well. So, the further south you go in the Northern Hemisphere, the earlier the earliest sunset of the year. For example, Miami, Florida’s earliest sunset of the year actually falls in late November, while Anchorage’s earliest sunset is just two days before the solstice on the Dec. 21.

It also means that the latest sunrise of the year takes place in early January. In Denver, the latest sunrises of the year (7:21 a.m.) will take place during the first few days of January.

Denver’s shortest day of 2019 falls on the solstice (Dec. 21), with only nine hours and 22 minutes of apparent sunlight. The sun will rise at 7:17 a.m. that morning and set at 4:39 p.m.

But Denver’s earliest sunsets of the year are this week, and they’ll get later every day until June 25, when the sun will set at 8:32 p.m.


Taste and tradition unites Saskatchewan mead lovers

Bushwakker started making the mead in the early 1990s. Over 400 pounds of specially selected Lumsden Valley honey is used in every batch along with 80 pounds of blackberries.


Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim heavyweight world titles

Anthony Joshua wins his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.


Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim heavyweight world titles

Anthony Joshua wins his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.


NM State Police Arrest Santa Fe Murder Suspect

Bernalillo County – On December 7, 2019 at approximately 9:27 a.m., the New Mexico State Police received an attempt to locate a male homicide suspect identified as James R. Garcia (26) of Santa Fe, NM. Garcia was wanted by the Santa Fe Police Department for murder. Garcia was believed to be in the Albuquerque area traveling in a red Dodge Stratus displaying New Mexico license plate ANSP62.

A New Mexico State Police officer located a vehicle matching the description parked on Forrest Road 333 near Tramway Boulevard in Albuquerque. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mercadey Jalessa Rose Montoya (27) of Santa Fe, NM.

When Officers conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop on the vehicle, Montoya drove the car in reverse in an attempt to evade officers. As Officers gave verbal commands for Montoya to stop the vehicle, they observed Garcia inside the vehicle attempting to hide under blankets. Montoya put the vehicle in drive and sped off nearly striking an officer, and a pursuit was initiated.

During the pursuit, a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) was utilized to bring the vehicle to a stop. Both Mercdey Jalessa Rose Montoya and James Garcia were taken into custody without further incident. One State Police officer sustained minor injuries in the incident. The officer was treated and released on scene by Emergency Medical Personnel. Montoya and Garcia were both uninjured. Both were charged with the following:

  • Arrest Warrant for Open Count of Murder and Tampering with Evidence
  • Arrest Warrant for Probation Violation

  • Aggravated Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Resisting, Evading or Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • Arrest Warrant for Probation Violation

New Mexico State Police is currently working with Santa Fe Police Department. For details on the homicide investigation please contact Santa Fe Police Department. James Garcia and Marcadey Jaless Rose Montoya will both be transported and booked into the Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center. No further details are available about this incident.


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NM State Police Arrest Santa Fe Murder Suspect

Bernalillo County – On December 7, 2019 at approximately 9:27 a.m., the New Mexico State Police received an attempt to locate a male homicide suspect identified as James R. Garcia (26) of Santa Fe, NM. Garcia was wanted by the Santa Fe Police Department for murder. Garcia was believed to be in the Albuquerque area traveling in a red Dodge Stratus displaying New Mexico license plate ANSP62.

A New Mexico State Police officer located a vehicle matching the description parked on Forrest Road 333 near Tramway Boulevard in Albuquerque. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mercadey Jalessa Rose Montoya (27) of Santa Fe, NM.

When Officers conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop on the vehicle, Montoya drove the car in reverse in an attempt to evade officers. As Officers gave verbal commands for Montoya to stop the vehicle, they observed Garcia inside the vehicle attempting to hide under blankets. Montoya put the vehicle in drive and sped off nearly striking an officer, and a pursuit was initiated.

During the pursuit, a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) was utilized to bring the vehicle to a stop. Both Mercdey Jalessa Rose Montoya and James Garcia were taken into custody without further incident. One State Police officer sustained minor injuries in the incident. The officer was treated and released on scene by Emergency Medical Personnel. Montoya and Garcia were both uninjured. Both were charged with the following:

  • Arrest Warrant for Open Count of Murder and Tampering with Evidence
  • Arrest Warrant for Probation Violation

  • Aggravated Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Resisting, Evading or Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • Arrest Warrant for Probation Violation

New Mexico State Police is currently working with Santa Fe Police Department. For details on the homicide investigation please contact Santa Fe Police Department. James Garcia and Marcadey Jaless Rose Montoya will both be transported and booked into the Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center. No further details are available about this incident.


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Manchester City: ‘Not realistic’ to think of catching Liverpool – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it is "not realistic" to think of catching Liverpool in the Premier League title race even if they have a "duty to continue".


Walmart.ca pulls Christmas sweater featuring Santa with cocaine

Other sweaters included an upside-down snowman with its carrot nose and ornamental balls imitating male genitalia and another showing Santa roasting his "chestnuts" over a holiday ornamented fireplace.


Fire crews investigating 2 separate blazes overnight in Saskatoon

Firefighters responded to two separate calls overnight. One was a house fire, while the other was in a garage.


Arrest Made in a Homicide and Assault with Intent to Kill Offenses: 1700 Block of Capitol Avenue, Northeast

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide announce an arrest has been made a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in the 1700 block of Capitol Avenue, Northeast.

approximately 5:14 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from gunshot and stab wounds. Officers also located two adult females, inside of a residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the adult male and one of the female victims to an area hospital for treatment. The second adult female victim showed no signs consistent with life and remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The detectives’ investigation at the scene indicated that the offenses occurred inside of a residence.

The decedent has been identified as 38 year-old Alayna Dawnielle Howard, of Northeast, DC.

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, 48 year-old Vaughn Alexander Kosh, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed and Assault with Intent to Kill.


Ron Saunders: Former Aston Villa manager dies aged 87

Former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders dies at the age of 87, the club announces.


Ron Saunders: Former Aston Villa manager dies aged 87

Former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders dies at the age of 87, the club announces.


Calgary climate activist sets up camp in Ottawa seeking meeting with PM

Ann Cognito said she's been trying to make an appointment with the prime minister's office since February and claims no one has ever responded to her.


Alabama doesn’t appeal injunction blocking abortion ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s near-total abortion ban will remain blocked by a federal judge as a lawsuit over the ban plays out in court.

Alabama did not appeal the court injunction that blocked the state’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect last month, according to the attorney general’s office. The state has previously acknowledged the ban is likely unenforceable unless the U.S. Supreme Court makes a major shift on abortion rights.

The preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson temporarily stopped the ban from taking effect Nov. 15 while he hears a lawsuit challenging the ban as unconstitutional. The 2019 law would make performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has said the state’s objective is to get the case to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to get justices to reconsider rulings such as Roe v. Wade and Pennsylvania v. Casey. Roe legalized abortion nationwide. Casey affirmed abortion rights, but said that the states could enact limited restrictions.

Mike Lewis, a spokesman for the attorney general, confirmed the state is not appealing the temporary injunction.

“It will take time to develop a record in support of our arguments that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and should be overruled. We hope to have a chance to build that record before any appeal. And for that reason, we have not appealed the preliminary injunction,” Lewis said.

The appeal deadline was Nov. 29, according to Randall Marshall, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama.

Alabama has acknowledged in court filings that its attempted abortion ban conflicts with current U.S. Supreme Court rulings that say abortion is legal. State lawyers wrote in a filing this summer that current precedent “regrettably requires” a judge to block enforcement.


Denver native wins $100,000 in college tuition at halftime football toss

With two heavyweights battling for the chance to be crowned Big 12 champions Saturday, it was one young Denver native who came out on top.

Jazlyn Rodriguez Hernandez wins $100,000 at ...
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Jazlyn Rodriguez Hernandez wins $100,000 at Big 12 Championship thanks to Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.

And she didn’t play a down.

Jazlyn Rodriguez, a student at Texas Christian University, took home the grand prize of $100,000 in tuition as the winner of the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway. The contest involved students from across the country competing to throw the most footballs through a giant soda can during halftime of the conference championship.

Rodriguez was one of 20 finalists chosen based on video submissions explaining how the tuition dollars would better their lives. In the video, she described growing up in a low-income family, the first in her family to attend a four-year university.

Upon winning, Rodriguez, clad in a maroon Dr Pepper jersey, cupped her hand in front of her mouth, eyes appearing to water as took in the magnitude of her accomplishment. Later, she posed with a giant check and a wide smile. “One hundred thousand dollars in tuition,” the  check read.


Huntsville city leaders issue statements on fallen HPD officer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray announced Saturday at 12 p.m. that STAC agent Billy Clardy III was killed in the line of duty Friday.

Officer Clardy died from gunshot wounds he suffered during a drug investigation. He has previously served as a Community Resource Officer within the Huntsville Police Department and played a key role in HPD’s Anti-Crime team.

Mayor Tommy Battle and Huntsville City Council members offered the following statements regarding the loss of Officer Clardy:

With the loss of Officer Clardy, all of us lost a little bit of life yesterday. Clardy was the first officer I rode with after being elected Mayor, and I’ll never forget his spirit, his selfless dedication to this City and his true talent as an officer. Officer Clardy was an exemplary Community Resource Officer with a special emphasis of taking care of the homeless. In addition to being a member of the STAC team, Officer Clardy was a key member of HPD’s Anti-Crime team. He was a great example of the heart and soul of being a police officer. We stand united as a City, as a State and as a Nation in support of the Huntsville Police Department and the Clardy family. – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

We stand in solidarity with the Huntsville Police Department and the Clardy family. Every day the citizens of Huntsville reap the benefit of our incredible and professional police force. I implore everyone to not take for granted law enforcement’s lives, sacrifice or commitment to their community. I had the honor of meeting Officer Clardy when he was a Community Resource Officer. He went beyond the badge to get to know his community and served with the greatest professionalism and dedication. The City of Huntsville has lost a true hero. – Council President Devyn Keith

Just this week at our City Council meeting, we recognized and welcomed over 20 new police officers joining the Huntsville Police Department family. Family is what I think of when tragedies like this happen. My son-in-law is a police officer, and since I heard the news, I can’t stop imagining what Officer Clardy’s mother and family must be experiencing right now. Officer Clardy and his loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. The City of Huntsville and the Council will honor that sacrifice in every way we can. – Council Member Jennie Robinson

We are eternally grateful to Officer Clardy for his dedication to the Huntsville Police Department, the City of Huntsville and the fight for good above evil to keep our neighborhoods safe. I echo what my colleague Devyn Keith said – if you see an officer, give them a hug. Look them in the eye. Get to know them. They work on our behalf day in and day out and deserve our respect. My thoughts are with Officer Clardy’s family and with the Huntsville Police Department, the most professional and compassionate PD in the nation. – Council Member Frances Akridge

The City lost a hero last night. To say being a police officer is tough job is an understatement. It’s a job for heroes. Each time the men and women of law enforcement put on their shoes and tighten their laces, there’s always a chance they won’t come home. How do you even begin to show appropriate gratitude for that level of sacrifice? The Huntsville City Council will do everything we can for the officer’s family and for the HPD family to get through this as a united community. – Council Member Bill Kling

The Huntsville Police Department lost a friend and a brother last night. There are few words that can adequately capture the devastation of this loss, so let me just say this: we are unified in lifting up the Clardy family and our entire police department in this dark time. The Huntsville Police Department serves each of us every day. Now it’s our turn to serve them which can be as simple as thanking the next police officer you see or lending a prayer to our HPD family as they navigate such an unthinkable loss. – Council Member Will Culver

State and local officials, and law enforcement agencies also sent condolences to Huntsville Police as they mourn the loss of a fellow officer.


Displaced Gosford tenants call for better communication after massive fire that killed one, injured others

Displaced residents rallied outside the apartment complex Saturday, calling on Ronkay Property Management to offer up better communication and answers to questions weighing them down.


Massachusetts State Police Seek to Charge Truck Driver Whose Cargo Struck Dennis Bridge

The Massachusetts State Police will seek to charge the driver of the tractor trailer whose cargo struck the top of the Old Bass River Bridge overpass on Route 6 westbound in Dennis last night. The driver, a 41-year-old Brockton man, will be summonsed to appear in Orleans District Court on charges operating to endanger, operating…


1 dead, 2 hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure: Laval police

Police say the case was not criminal and was transferred to the Quebec coroner to investigate.


RE: Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification Interstate 91 Northbound MM 66

*UPDATE Interstate 91 north (MM66) has been re-opened to one lane of travel as AOT crews continue to repair bridge damaged in last nights Tractor Trailer Crash.   From: Martin, Daniel V via DPS.VSPMedia Sent: Saturday, December 7, 2019 11:06 AM To: DPS - VSP Media Subject: Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification


Moeen Ali: England ‘don’t know’ when all-rounder will be back

England chief selector Ed Smith says he "doesn't know" if or when Moeen Ali will return to the national side.


Homicide: 2500 Block of Sheridan Road, Southeast

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Friday, December 6, 2019, in the 2500 block of Sheridan Road, Southeast.

At approximately 7:26 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 30 year-old Taboris Johnson, of Southeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.


California man arrested for thousand of harassing calls

A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of making more than 10,000 harassing phone calls to government offices, including some that included death threats against those answering the … Click to Continue »


St. Albans / Motor Vehicle Crash

    STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#:  19A205866                          RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Boudreau STATION: St. Albans CONTACT#: 8025829855   DATE/TIME: 12/7/2019 at 1251 hours TOWN: Georgia INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: I-89 MB MM 105 WEATHER: Snow ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet   VEHICLE #1


Kaillie Humphries wins debut race with U.S. bobsled team

Saturday was Humphries' first major international race since she won the bronze for Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.


Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dent City’s title hopes

Manchester United dent neighbours Manchester City's Premier League title hopes with a superb counter-attacking victory in the Manchester derby.


San Francisco officer, suspect injured in assault, shooting

A San Francisco police officer and a burglary suspect were hospitalized Saturday with unspecified injuries following an assault that escalated into a shooting, police said. Two officers confronted a man … Click to Continue »


MIDDLESEX BARRACKS/CRIMINAL DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE CASE# 19A305916 TROOPER: Jacob Fox                                   STATION: VSP-Middlesex                     CONTACT#:802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 12/07/19 0802 hours LOCATION: North Main St, Barre City, VT VIOLATION: Driving Criminally Suspended   ACCUSED:


Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Scunthorpe: Rovers investigate report of racist abuse

Forest Green Rovers are investigating an allegation of racist abuse directed towards Scunthorpe player Jordan Clark.


Huntsville Police arrest man, say he killed veteran officer Friday night

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police have arrested a man and say he killed an officer Friday night.

LaJeromeny Brown was arrested Friday night, according to authorities.

During a news conference, police said Brown was involved in a pursuit with the STAC team.

HPD spokesman Lt. Michael Johnson said STAC team members were attempting to pull a vehicle over on Lavert Street when multiple occupants bailed out of the car and ran away. While chasing Brown in a nearby wooded area, he pulled out a gun and fired at officers, hitting Billy Clardy III outside of his bulletproof vest.

Clardy was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition, but died later Friday night, according to Hunstville Police Chief Mark McMurray.

Johnson said Friday Brown was “well-known to the department.”

According to Johnson, Brown faces charges of capital murder.


Huntsville Police identify 14-year veteran officer killed Friday night

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police have identified the 14-year veteran officer killed during a STAC team pursuit Friday night.

During a news conference Saturday, police said Billy Clardy III was the officer who was shot and killed.

Friday night, HPD spokesman Lt. Michael Johnson said Clardy III was part of a STAC team pulling over a vehicle on Levert Street when the occupants bailed and ran away. During the foot pursuit, Johnson said a man shot Clardy III in an area outside of his bulletproof vest.

He was taken to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition and HPD Chief Mark McMurray said he died later Friday night.

Johnson confirmed the man had been arrested Friday night, was “well-known to the department,” but his name was not released.

Clardy III was part of a group of officers who hung ornaments on the Fallen Officers’ Tree during the Tinsel Trial lighting ceremony on Nov. 29.

Viewers told WHNT News 19 Clardy III and his family hung an ornament in honor of Clardy III’s father, Billy Clardy, Jr., during the ceremony. He’s memorialized at the Huntsville Fallen Officer Memorial.

Clardy, Jr. was killed in a car crash at U.S. 72 and Old Gurley Road in May 1978 while on the way to meet another officer. Clardy, Jr. was 26 and had been with HPD for three years.

Huntsville Police established an annual award for community policing in memory of Clardy, Jr.

Clardy, Jr. is also part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Madison County Fraternal Order of Police Fallen Officer Memorial.

Clardy III is survived by his wife, five children, two brothers, and his mother.


19-year-old dies after car crash in Vaudreuil-Dorion: SQ police

Sûreté du Québec police say the victim was a resident of Hudson, Que. who was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.


Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool: Premier League leaders open up 11-point gap

Liverpool move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable win at Bournemouth.


Armed robbery suspect shot and killed by police in Federal Heights after leading officers on car, foot chase

A man suspected of committing several armed robberies in Federal Heights was shot and killed by police Friday night after leading authorities on a chase, Westminster police said in a news release.

Police located the suspect at a 7-Eleven on 92nd Avenue and Pecos Street after receiving reports of a man robbing several auto parts stores in the area using a knife. After police attempted to stop the man as he left the convenience store, he fled in his car, crashing into two other vehicles, police said.

Two people involved in the crash were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, police said in the news release.

The man then ran from the crash, leading officers on a chase as he jumped a fence into the back lot of a tire store, police said.

Officers heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the fenced area, according to police. The suspect was then confronted by officers as he tried to climb over a fence into a neighboring condominium complex.

An officer used a Taser on the suspect, before four officers — two from Westminster, one from Thornton and one from Federal Heights — opened fire on the man, killing him.

Police said the man was armed with a handgun, but authorities did not know if he fired at officers at any point during the confrontation.

The Federal Heights officer was wearing a body camera, but the three other officers involved in the shooting were not, police said.

The 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigation Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The incident marks the 65th time this year a member of the public has been injured or killed by police, and the first in Federal Heights.



Son scores stunner as Spurs thrash Burnley

Son Heung-min scores one of the goals of the Premier League season as Tottenham return to winning ways under Jose Mourinho by thrashing Burnley.


No one injured in West End house fire, says Winnipeg fire service

The occupants of a West End multi-family home are safe after their building caught fire Friday night at 6:40 p.m.


Structure fire in Waterville, N.S. forces tenants to evacuate

'One apartment was totally destroyed and there was damage to a second apartment,' said the deputy chief of the Waterville fire department.


RCMP investigating discovery of human remains near Prince Albert

Saskatchewan RCMP said the remains were found on Wednesday afternoon.


Firefighter dies after falling off five-story condo at Copper Mountain


Summit Fire & EMS

Ken Jones

A Summit County firefighter died Saturday morning after falling from a five-story condominium while fighting a fire at Copper Mountain.

Ken Jones, 46, had climbed to the roof in search of access to the fire just before 2 a.m., Summit Fire and EMS said in a news release.

Jones, a 20-year veteran of the fire department, was known for his “quiet demeanor and can-do attitude,” Summit Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Berino said in a statement. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

“He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Berino said in the statement. “He’s been a valued member of our family for many years.”

It’s the first death in the department’s history.

The cause of the fall, as well as the fire, will be investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — typical procedure involving a firefighter line-of-duty death, Summit Fire said. No foul play is suspected.

 


Advocates for First Nations children, families critical of federal welfare changes

The federal government has said the overhaul of Indigenous child welfare will reduce the number of kids in care by affirming the inherent rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.


FBI investigating tweets purportedly from suspect in NAS Pensacola shooting that killed 3

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Barely two hours before a Saudi aviation student went on a deadly shooting spree at Naval Air Station Pensacola, tweets purportedly written by the suspect railed against the United States for its support of Israel and for stationing troops at bases in Saudi Arabia.The FBI is working to confirm that tweets came from the Saudi military trainee.The tweets were posted at 4:39 a.m. CT Friday with a profile photo resembling an overhead shot of NAS [...]


Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification Interstate 91 Northbound MM 66

News Release / Traffic Notification   Interstate 91 North remains closed from Exit 9 in Hartland due to a Tractor Trailer crash last night. The Tractor Trailer crashed in the area of Mile Marker 66 North on a bridge. The bridge sustained extensive damage to the guardrails on both sides. AOT Worked through the night in the freezing temperatures and have repaired one side. AOT continues to


Denver weather: Spring-like temps with snow on the way for the mountains

Denverites can expect partly sunny skies and highs approaching 60 degrees Saturday, while the mountains prepare for a touch of snow later in the weekend.

Highs in Denver are forecasted to reach 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Early morning fog will persist in the Fort Collins and Greeley area, before giving way to partly cloudy skies.

Forecasters say a storm could hit the northern Colorado mountains on Sunday, with 2 to 5 inches expected from Vail to Steamboat Springs. The snow will not make much impact in metro Denver, NWS said.


2 children seriously injured in multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 401 in Toronto

Ontario Provincial Police responded to a three-vehicle crash around 10 p.m. in the westbound express lanes of the highway, near Warden Avenue.


Commercial ocean crabbing further delayed in Oregon

State shellfish managers say the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be further delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crab … Click to Continue »


Derby Barracks / Single vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19A504797                        RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Pohlman STATION: Derby              CONTACT#: 334-8881   DATE/TIME: 12/07/2019 STREET: I-91 N TOWN: Derby LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: N/A INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM 174 WEATHER: Clear ROAD CONDITIONS: Light


Rutland Barracks/ DUI

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Photos with furry friends and Santa at Bridge Street Saturday afternoon

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Do you still need to get Christmas photos with your furry friends and Santa Claus?

Bridge Street Town Center has you covered.

From noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Cook’s Pest Control and the Great Huntsville Humane Society are teaming up to give pet owners a great backdrop for photos – the Bridge Street Christmas Tree.

The groups are asking pet owners to bring their own camera and a suggested donation of $10 to the Humane Society.


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How sheriff’s deputies responded to the NAS Pensacola shooting

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Two Escambia County sheriff's deputies are credited with neutralizing a gunman who killed three people and wounded at least eight more at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning. A spokesman for NAS Pensacola said that the Navy and local law enforcement have a partnership in place to do joint active shooter response drills and to assist each other during major incidents. "We responded, and the Sheriff's [...]


How sheriff’s deputies responded to the NAS Pensacola shooting

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Two Escambia County sheriff's deputies are credited with neutralizing a gunman who killed three people and wounded at least eight more at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning. A spokesman for NAS Pensacola said that the Navy and local law enforcement have a partnership in place to do joint active shooter response drills and to assist each other during major incidents. "We responded, and the Sheriff's [...]


DJ Nights are back at Skating in the Park

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  Skating in the Park is back in Big Spring Park. On Friday nights through Jan. 3, the Huntsville Museum of Art will host 'DJ Nights.'

DJ Billy Brasfield will be on the microphone for all of the DJ Nights while you skate around the rink at Big Spring Park, and will play popular tunes.

DJ Nights will run from 7pm-10pm on Dec. 13, Dec. 27, and Jan. 3.

Admission is $15 for ages 10 and up, $10 for ages 9 and below, and if you bring your own ice skates, you get $5 off admission.

Danny Owen, from Huntsville Museum of Art, says the event is for all ages throughout the holiday season. They especially want to give high school-aged students something fun to do while they are on break.


Heads of influential American business group in Hong Kong denied entry to Macau after opposition to extradition bill

The heads of an influential American business group in Hong Kong were denied entry to Macau and detained for several hours on Saturday, before being sent back with no reason given.According to a statement issued on Saturday night by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham), its chairman Robert Grieves and president Tara Joseph were separately prevented from entering the former Portuguese colony as they travelled to the annual AmCham Macau Ball.“Both Robert and Tara were given no…


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Rochdale car crash kills pedestrian, 87

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From jewelry to chocolate, these Christmas gifts make a difference

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Pro-Beijing supporters want Hong Kong district council elections recount and claim vote was ‘unfair and not transparent’

More than a 1,000 pro-Beijing supporters held a rally in Wan Chai on Saturday demanding the government recount votes cast in the district council elections, in which the pro-establishment camp suffered a humiliating loss.Some of the participants, waving miniature national flags, vented their anger at the media, and shoved reporters covering the rally at the Harbour Road Garden.Police said there were 1,500 people attending the rally at its peak, while organisers did not give any estimate on the…


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New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang tells top Beijing officials that ‘hard and soft’ tactics will be used to thwart protest crisis

Hong Kong’s new police commissioner told top Beijing officials on Saturday that his force would handle the ongoing anti-government protests with both “hard and soft” tactics – being tough on violence but flexible on minor offences.Chris Tang Ping-keung made the remarks after he and his deputy met Zhang Xiaoming, the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council. Tang was on the second day of his first official visit to Beijing since taking office last month.Tang…


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South Western Railway strike: Engineering adds to weekend woe

RMT union members are taking 27 days of strike action on South Western Railway.


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Denver city council to consider $1.3 million purchase of halfway house from private prison company

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In this April 15, 2017, file photo, vehicles are parked outside the entrance to the GEO Group’s immigrant detention facility in Aurora.

Denver City council members will start to deliberate next week whether to spend $1.3 million to purchase one of the halfway house facilities from the private corrections company that is expected to close next week.

The imminent closure of Tooley Hall will be the end of the city’s community corrections contracts with GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies in the U.S. The potential purchase of the facility is the latest move by city officials trying to plot a way forward after city council voted in August to abruptly end contracts with the two private prison companies that owned and operated six facilities that serve as an alternative to prison.

Since then, city staff and an advisory committee have worked to untangle what Greg Mauro, director of Denver Community Corrections, called “a spiderweb of issues” before the contracts end. The contract with GEO Group will expire Dec. 31 and the contracts for the four halfway houses operated by CoreCivic end June 30. The committee and city staff are tasked with finding or creating new programs in a relatively short period of time while navigating strict city zoning regulations and avoiding the creation of any backlogs in jails or prisons.

“Right now we’re up against a ticking clock,” Mauro said in an interview Friday.

City council’s finance and governance committee will consider the real estate purchase at a meeting Tuesday, though the full council eventually will vote on the decision. But even if the city council approves the Tooley Hall purchase, it remains unclear who will run the programming there. Either way, the building would need refurbishing before it can be used again, and Mauro said the facility wouldn’t be operational until August at the earliest.

Under the ownership of GEO Group, 73 men lived at the facility, where they participated in training and counseling. All the residents will be released on parole or transferred to other Denver community corrections locations before the closure next week.

Members of the advisory committee tasked with making recommendations on how the city should proceed seemed to agree at a meeting Thursday night that programming at Tooley Hall should be dedicated to female residents if it were purchased. The city lost its sole woman-only halfway house earlier this year when GEO Group’s Williams Street facility closed.

The city will have to focus on how to transition from the four facilities operated by CoreCivic, another major private prison company. City council agreed in August to extend contracts with the company until June, but the facilities will stop taking new clients as early as January.

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In this Aug. 6, 2019 file photo, a resident takes part in a class at CoreCivic Fox community corrections center in Denver.

 

Mauro presented three plans for the committee to consider when deciding how to move forward with the remaining four facilities:

  • Allow the contracts to expire in June and have no replacement until new service providers are found. This option would create backlog in the jails and prisons and make it difficult for judges to sentence people to community corrections instead of prison.
  • Extend contracts with CoreCivic through June 2022 while the city makes plans for next steps.
  • Extend contracts with CoreCivic through June 2022, but reduce funding by about 25% or more as the city works to replace beds or send residents to other programs, like intensive supervised parole.

Even in the best case scenario — if the city buys Tooley Hall and more people can be diverted to non-residential programs — the city will need to find or create at least 249 community corrections beds to make up for the loss of the private facilities, according to a Denver Community Corrections analysis.

“We’re going to have to think about giving more time for this divestment process,” said Hassan Latif, executive director of the Second Chance Center and co-chair of the committee.

Some advisory board members expressed hesitancy to move to extend the contracts for two more years.

“Are these the only three?” asked Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca.

“These are the only three that I have,” Mauro said.

If the city does not extend the contracts, wait lists for community corrections placements in Denver will grow and more people will sit in prison and jails, Mauro said.

The people currently in the programs will either have to be released on parole or, in a worst case scenario, sent back to prison. Mauro said there is no space in adjacent counties for more male community corrections participants, so Denver cannot transfer people out.

“It’s hard,” Mauro said. “I don’t even know how best to describe it other than a monumental task.”


Then there were three: Colorado Springs Navy veteran one of last survivors of USS Arizona

The numbers continue to dwindle.

After 98-year-old Lauren Bruner‘s September death, only three people who were on the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, remain alive.

Colorado Springs native Donald Stratton is one of them.

On Saturday, the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, he will watch a live stream of Bruner’s ashes being interred on the sunken remains of the Arizona.

With fewer and fewer people available to tell firsthand stories of the day that changed the course of world history, World War II veterans and their families worry that their tales will be lost to time.

“Once these stories are gone,” said Stratton’s son, Randy, “we’ll never get them back.”

The Pearl Harbor attack killed 2,400 Americans and injured 1,200 more. President Franklin Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy,” asking Congress the next day to approve a declaration of war against Japan, and sparking America’s entrance into the deadliest conflict in world history.

On Tuesday, Stratton, 97, was honored with an exhibit at the Colorado Springs Airport, a display complete with a piece of the Arizona donated by the U.S. Navy.

And to think: He very nearly died at age 19.

Stratton was burned on 65% of his body that day, spared only by the heroics of a fellow serviceman, Joe George, who threw him a rope as the burning Arizona was sinking. Stratton spent a year in a hospital recovering, then re-enlisted in the Navy later in the war.

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Randy Stratton, whose 97-year-old father Don Stratton is one of three remaining survivors of the bombing and sinking of the USS Arizona (BB-39), visited the historical exhibit dedicated to his father and the USS Arizona at the Colorado Springs Airport on Dec. 3, 2019.

He wrote a book about his inspirational story and even has an action figure of his likeness, but his availability to tell his story also has its limits after recent health issues. Randy Stratton and his daughter, Nikki, took Donald’s place Tuesday at the airport ceremony and spoke for him in advance of the anniversary.

“To have displays like at the airport is one of the major things that can help tell this story,” Randy Stratton said.

It’s a story that he and others worry is being overlooked by younger generations. In September, the last chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association held its final meeting in La Mesa, Calif. At its peak, the survivors association had 18,000 members, but its numbers dwindled to less than 300.

“I think they’ve lost complete touch,” Stratton said of younger generations. “I don’t think schools teach Pearl Harbor anymore.”

The generation gap became apparent to Randy Stratton when he heard a local student, and ROTC member, admit he didn’t know about Pearl Harbor.

Glen Stenson, a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific, said decades later he thinks constantly about the Pearl Harbor attack. He enlisted soon after three boys from his hometown of Holyoke were killed on the Arizona.


Left: Randy Stratton keeps a small piece of the USS Arizona on him at all times. All of the family members of Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton, including his son Randy, wear them. Right: Nikki Stratton, grand-daughter of Donald Stratton, lays a hand of a photograph she made of her grand father at the USS Arizona Memorial. On her wrist is a small piece of the Arizona. (Photos by Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

Young people remember the horrors of Sept. 11, Stenson said, but don’t know much about Pearl Harbor. When asked what can be done to remedy the lack of knowledge, the veteran paused.

“We need to take a hard look at what the basics are,” Stenson said. “We need to get back to the basics of education and then worry about the fancy things.”

The responsibility to pass along the memories falls on parents as well as schools, said Tom Bock, former national commander of the American Legion. The Vietnam veteran has a tough time finding WWII survivors these days, with many of them in nursing homes and senior centers. When Bock does encounter a vet from the “Greatest Generation,” he makes sure to sidle up to them at a dinner or meeting and listen to their stories.

“As they always say, if you forget history you’re doomed to repeat it,” he said.


Colorado’s Democratic lawmakers focus on obstruction as impeachment vote looms

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, nearly six hours into Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, was granted five minutes to question a panel of law professors, he chose an unusual target: Jonathan Turley, invited by Republicans and largely ignored that day by Democrats.

“Am I correct that no president in the history of the republic, before President Trump, ever issued a general order instructing executive branch officials not to testify in an impeachment inquiry?” asked Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat.

Turley’s response was muddled, but Neguse’s point was clear. He, like many House Democrats, believes President Donald Trump has obstructed Congress. As they begin crafting articles of impeachment — Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructed them to do so Thursday — it appears increasingly likely that obstruction of Congress will be included among those articles.

“Joe Neguse talked about it: Denying your staff the right to come over and testify when they’ve been subpoenaed, and to stall and stonewall information, I think is obstruction of Congress,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, said in an interview with The Denver Post on Friday.

On Oct. 8, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House Democrats on behalf of the president, vowing to block any participation by the executive branch in the impeachment inquiry. Participating in an inquiry the White House considers unconstitutional “would inflict lasting institutional harm” on the executive branch and the separation of powers, Cipollone told Congress.

“There is a pattern and practice of this administration — a stated policy of this administration — of complete non-cooperation with the inquiry, which is one of the many unprecedented things about all of this,” Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat, said in an interview. “The president of the United States is saying that they’re not going to respond to lawful congressional subpoenas.”

Crow and Perlmutter have been reluctant to support the impeachment process, voting against impeachment in July, but both agree it’s time to draft articles of impeachment now. Neither sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which will write the articles, and both say they will wait to see them before deciding how to vote. Coloradans on the committee are Neguse and Rep. Ken Buck.

“It will be interesting to see what they do with the articles of impeachment,” Buck, a Windsor Republican and chair of the Colorado Republican Party, said in an interview Thursday.

“I think what they were talking about with obstruction was the president’s unwillingness to allow witnesses to testify in front of the Intelligence Committee and produce documents for both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. If that’s obstruction, then you could charge a criminal defendant with obstruction when he asserts attorney-client privilege, or some other privilege, and I don’t think that’s obstruction.”

Republicans, along with Turley, have argued that Democrats should fight a weeks- or months-long court battle and convince a judge — or the Supreme Court — that Trump administration officials must testify. Only then, if Trump does not comply with a court order, do Democrats have a case for obstruction of Congress, they argue.

“They’re not willing to let a few weeks or months go by — because a court would expedite this — and let a judge make a final determination, and then a guy would have to testify,” Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, said in a radio interview Thursday. “They’re just saying, ‘Oh, that’s obstruction’ … and they move on to the next charge.”

House Democrats have fought legal battles over their subpoenas, recently winning a ruling against former White House counsel Don McGahn in federal court that could require him to testify. And the Supreme Court will hear a case over Trump’s financial records, which were subpoenaed.

Obstruction charges, including obstruction of Congress, are defined by Congress. While there is a rarely invoked criminal offense called obstruction of Congress, impeachment articles need not follow that same definition, says Alan Chen, a professor of law at the University of Denver.

“There are all sorts of ways that you could interfere with a congressional investigation that wouldn’t involve a court order,” he said, disagreeing with House Republicans. “You could tamper with a witness. You could threaten a witness. You could do all sorts of things that have nothing to do with defiance of a subpoena, and I think those would pretty clearly fall under what people have defined as obstruction of Congress in the past.”

During the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday at which Neguse questioned Turley about obstruction of Congress, three law professors who are experts on impeachment testified there is sufficient evidence to charge Trump with the impeachable offense of obstruction of Congress.

“The third article of impeachment approved by the House Judiciary Committee against President Nixon charged him with misconduct because he had failed to comply with four legislative subpoenas,” said Michael Gerhardt, a University of North Carolina professor. “There is far more than four that this president (Trump) has failed to comply with and he has ordered the executive branch, as well, not to cooperate with Congress. Those … suggest obstruction of Congress.”

On Monday, the Judiciary Committee will hear evidence of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing as it drafts an unknown number of impeachment articles. Those articles will then be amended and marked up by the committee before being voted on and, if passed, sent to the full House. A committee vote could occur as early as next week and impeachment could occur as soon as the week after that.

“I think a lot of things are impeachable offenses,” Perlmutter said. “Hush money to the strippers; forcing people to stay at (Trump’s) hotels and resorts and profiting off the position of president, which the Constitution prohibits; obstructing and intimidating witnesses; obstructing Congress and refusing to allow people to appear for depositions or to turn over documents. Those are all, in my opinion, impeachable offenses.”

Buck, the Colorado Republican on the Judiciary Committee, says he hasn’t seen grounds for any articles of impeachment, including obstruction of Congress.

“The president can assert executive privilege as to certain witnesses,” he said. “Congress can go to court and can ask a court to find that a witness should testify as to certain matters. If that happens and then the president still instructs the witness not to testify or for documents to not be turned over, then I think there’s obstruction.”


Colorado K-12 education in brief: Apprentices get college credit, child care bills put forward and more

Online university, tech college partner on apprenticeships

CSU Global, an online degree program, is partnering with Emily Griffith Technical College and the Independent Electrical Contractors to make it easier for students to earn a bachelor’s degree after an apprenticeship.

Students who complete an electrical apprenticeship can use that for up to 53 credits, which is about 44% of the 120 credits required for most bachelor’s degrees at CSU Global. Students who completed an apprenticeship through those partners in the last 10 years also are eligible for up 10% off the cost of tuition.

Previously, apprenticeships could only be counted as credits if the student was pursuing a degree in the same field as the apprenticeship. Now, they can get credits toward any degree.

Interim committee proposes early childhood bills

The Early Childhood and School Readiness interim legislative committee, which met over the summer, voted to advance four bills in the Colorado General Assembly’s upcoming session. The bills would:

  • Create scholarship, grant and apprenticeship programs for people who want to work in early childhood education.
  • Launch a public awareness campaign and a series of workshops about child development.
  • Expand access to a quality improvement fund for child care settings.
  • Increase access to mental health consultations for young children.

High schools get growth award

Three Denver-area high schools received the Colorado Department of Education’s award for the highest levels of student growth on tests over time, compared to other schools of the same size.

Winners were DSST Green Valley Ranch High in Denver Public Schools and Boulder Valley School District’s Fairview High and Broomfield High.

Four schools in other parts of the state also received the awards.

Grant to fund STEM programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office made a roughly $395,000 grant for STEM educational programs to the Fremont County Economic Development Corporation.

The grant will assist high schools with offering concurrent enrollment programs, so students can earn credits toward an associate’s degree. The schools will connect with Pueblo Community College and other organizations that offer classes in science, math, engineering and technology.


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Detective Bureau

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On December 6, 2019, members of the Financial Crimes Unit arrested Erick Adorno, age 38, of 42 Covington Drive, Warwick for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses over $1,500. The...


The extent of Hong Kong’s crisis: let the numbers do the talking

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All aboard the North Star Limited for Friday and Saturday night departures

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The North Alabama Railroad Museum is bringing back the North Star Limited!

The popular event is a night ride, with snacks and special treats for all guests.

Children aboard are encouraged to wear their pajamas, too.

Santa will be visiting each child and their families one-on-one. Children can give the big man their wish list and all the good boys and girls will get presents!

A new VIP experience will also debut for the 2019 season – a 1949 Southern Railway Pullman Sleeper Coach will be joining the train. The coach has 3 private suites, which hold six people (maximum of four adults) and nine roomettes, which hold two people. The suites are geared towards families, while the roomettes are geared toward couples.

All guests in the coach will get a special treat and commemorative mug.

In addition, a gift shop will be detached from the train and open for customers with some new items.

The trips last 45 minutes, with departures on Dec. 7, 13, 14, and 20 at 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are sold out for all 2019 rides.


‘We are working well’: Negotiators seek to strike deal as CUSMA talks continue

The United States, Mexico and Canada agreed last year to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


Fearing isolation, she kept quiet through years of abuse. She’s done being silent

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Not your usual day out for a tourist in Hong Kong: curious visitors join walking tours to see protests

Many tourists may have Victoria Peak, Ocean Park or Lantau Island on their Hong Kong itineraries, but in a sign of the times, one tour company has added something new: protest tours.Hong Kong Free Tour, which takes visitors to see “the real Hong Kong”, including its poorer districts, has seen an opportunity at a time when anti-government unrest has hit the tourism industry hard.“Both locals and international travellers are welcome to join,” reads the online description for the new tours. …


Rebuke for overseas experts who called for changes at Hong Kong’s police watchdog

The head of Hong Kong’s police watchdog has rebuked a group of overseas experts who called for the body to be given more power to investigate officers’ conduct during six months of anti-government unrest.Anthony Neoh, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), said the five-member panel, which his body appointed, had overstepped its function and might lack an understanding of the city.The experts group, led by Denis O’Connor, the former British chief inspector of constabulary…


A family is putting up 22 angels on a Christmas display for the El Paso Walmart shooting victims

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(CNN) — Twenty-two families will spend the holidays without their loved ones after the El Paso Walmart shooting, but one family’s light display is reminding everyone that the city is “El Paso Strong.”

Tony Olguin decorated his house in El Paso with 22 angels to honor the 22 victims of the August shooting at a Walmart. There are 22 Christmas trees on display. 22 red bows. 22 candy canes.

“We kept thinking about how there will be 22 families who won’t have their loved ones together,” Olguin told CNN on Friday. “We felt we wanted to do something to show our respect to honor the victims of the shooting here at Walmart.”

His family wanted to do something to honor the victims. Olguin had previously worked at the Cielo Vista Walmart, so it hits him close to home. He is a manager for Walmart, and he was transferred to a different store before the shooting.

“The associates, the managers, I knew them all,” he said.

For the past 10 years, Olguin and his family have had a large holiday lights display. Every year it has grown bigger and bigger. They knew they wanted to do something different this year.

He started by spelling out “El Paso Strong” on the side of the house with Christmas lights. His family also made an “El Paso Strong” sign to light up in the yard. Then they added the angels, candy canes and trees to symbolize the victims.

Decorating began in October and just finished up this week.

“This year, we decided the whole night display was in memory of the victims and for the families who lost a loved one,” Olguin said. “We did a lot of decorations that were for that purpose.”

When people come by the house, Olguin said they thank him for honoring the victims.

“They come by and say they really enjoy it,” he said. “It’s a nice gesture that we just wanted to do for the community.”


Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho praised for his patriotism as Beijing university awards him honorary doctorate

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Meager Rainfall Yesterday; More Rain On The Way.

While it was often cloudy and gloomy, not much rain fell across the Tennessee Valley yesterday.

 

Rain totals didn’t get higher than 1/4 inch yesterday across north Alabama. That’s compared to much of central Alabama getting between 1/4-1/2 inch. We’ll stay dry Saturday and relatively warm, but more rain chances are on the way.

We’ll have another chance at fairly light and scattered rain Sunday and Monday, but our best chance of substantial rainfall will come Monday night into Tuesday.

After that rain, things turn colder across the Tennessee Valley. Check out our latest forecast for the details. 

 

Meteorologist Alex Puckett

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General Election 2019: First-time voters on what matters

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Weapons Violation

4300 Britta Pky
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Buyers stay on sidelines at K. Summit as Hong Kong’s first home sale since November 24 district polls has a lacklustre start

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Press Release

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A504794 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Amy Leclair                             STATION: Derby State Police                     CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 12/6/19 INCIDENT LOCATION: Jay Peak Resort VIOLATION: Unlawful Trespass and Simple


Hummers ‘grand marshal’ fighting for tradition

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Hong Kong protesters have cost government billions in tax dollars after trashing Legislative Council building in July

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Exauce Ngimbi: Man charged with Hackney stabbing murder

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Hong Kong Airlines: government allows stricken carrier to continue flying after cash found to plug finances

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Rutland Barracks / Criminal DLS / DUI / Arrest on Warrants

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Hong Kong budget deficit ‘unavoidable’ for two years, finance chief Paul Chan says

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Shaftsbury Barracks/MV Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19B304101                                            RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper T. Sandberg STATION: Shaftsbury                      CONTACT#: (802)442-5421   DATE/TIME: 12-07-2019/Approximately 00:05 hours STREET: Kelley Stand Road TOWN: Sunderland LANDMARK AND/


Westminster Barracks / Crash

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Officer-involved shooting, traffic crash in Westminster near 92nd and Federal

An officer-involved shooting happened on Friday night in Westminster, police said.

The shooting happened in the area of West 92nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard. A traffic crash in the area, at about 9 p.m., is related to the incident.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

 


Hong Kong schools fall victim to cyberattack, raising fears for private data of pupils

Hackers have broken into a government system used by most of Hong Kong’s schools, raising fears for the personal data of pupils, parents and staff.Eight schools operating a web-based administrative network that stores highly sensitive information were breached, with three of them reporting data leaks, the Education Bureau said on Friday night. Police are investigating.A bureau spokesman said it had sent specialist personnel into schools to examine IT systems, provide support and strengthen…


Grissom’s Burrell signs volleyball scholarship with Union University

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Lauren Burrell's dreams became a reality on Friday as the Grissom Volleyball star signed her national letter of intent with Union University. Not only has she excelled on the court, but in the classroom as well, and continuing her playing career with the Bulldogs was an easy choice.

"It's very exciting that I get to continue my career both academically and volleyball is just the icing on the cake really," said Burrell. "I'm going to a school that's very faith based so that's very important for me too to grow spiritually also."

Union University is located in Jackson, Tennessee and is a part of the Gulf South Conference along with the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


12-06-19 Puna man wanted for questioning in murder investigation (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: 961-2252
Report no.: 19-095458

[See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com]

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted individual for questioning in a murder investigation.

Police are looking for 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee of Puna. He is described as being 5-feet-11-inches, 150 pounds with grayish-brown hair and brown eyes. The public is advised against approaching Lee, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

On Wednesday evening (December 4), at approximately 7:18 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna for a report of a missing elderly male. A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from the residence.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. Anyone who may have information about this incident or the location of Lee is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.

 


12-06-19 Puna man wanted for questioning in murder investigation (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: 961-2252
Report no.: 19-095458

[See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com]

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted individual for questioning in a murder investigation.

Police are looking for 55-year-old Michael Cecil Lee of Puna. He is described as being 5-feet-11-inches, 150 pounds with grayish-brown hair and brown eyes. The public is advised against approaching Lee, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

On Wednesday evening (December 4), at approximately 7:18 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna for a report of a missing elderly male. A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from the residence.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. Anyone who may have information about this incident or the location of Lee is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.

 


Oldest graduating woman crosses stage in Alabama A&M history

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Most undergraduates cross the stage one time on their big day, but an 80-year-old woman stepped onto the stage twice for one degree. She made history at Alabama A&M's fall 2019 commencement ceremony in Huntsville today.

Every graduate knows the feeling of dressing for graduation day.

"I can't even express that feeling," said Birmingham resident Donzella Washington, "to know that I've come this far."

Washington broke barriers and graduated magna cum laude in her class.

"One of our undergrads is an 80-year-old," said Her AAMU assistant registrar for operations Debra Green. "Her name is Miss Donzella Washington  and -- oh my god -- we are so excited to have her."

Donzella is the oldest undergraduate to cross the stage at Alabama A&M. Her daughter, Kimberley, and family friend, Mia Malloy, was there to support Donzella.  "I wish my father could be here," said Kimberley, to see her mother accept the presidential medallion--the first time she crossed the stage before the big moment. The school awarded it to her as a surprise gift.

"In 2010 my mom died," said Donzella, "so that really put a damper on my studies, and then in 2011, my husband passed away. And he was so supportive of everything I did. He would not have dinner until I came home."

Donzella had the experience of a social worker. She used to foster children for over 30 years.

"When I stuttered, it really affected my self-confidence," said Donzella. She no longer stutters, but that and siblings delayed her education. "Two of them always let me know that I was the dumb one, so I really grew up feeling I was really dumb."

But time and love erased the negativity. "We cannot let what others say about us, be us," said Donzella.

"You know I love you," said Kimberley to her mother.

"I really wanna inspire young people and adults who feel like their age has been a barrier," said Donzella.

It's the kind of feeling she can't express.

What's next for Donzella Washington? Crossing the stage two times wasn't enough. She wants to continue working with children and perhaps pursue a master's degree.


Over $240K raised for charity during 770 CHQR’s annual Pledge Day radiothon

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PG&E makes deal to pay California wildfire victims. What it means for utility’s future

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Kelowna vigil held to remember victims of Montreal École Polytechnique massacre

“We want people to know that this issue isn’t going away," said vigil organizer Micki Materi.


Spike in demand for security guards built like bouncers, to protect Hong Kong’s protest-prone sites

Hong Kong needs more security guards, and demand has shot up for sturdily built men with the physique of nightclub bouncers.Muscular men are commanding a premium, earning as much as HK$2,000 (US$255) a day to be assigned to locations at risk of violence by anti-government protesters. The normal daily rate is HK$700 to HK$800.The security sector has emerged as one of the few winners in Hong Kong despite the economic downturn, after nearly six months of anti-government protests have resulted in…


Police capture 3rd escaped Nashville teen after pursuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Another of the four escaped Nashville teens has been captured, according to police.

Morris Marsh, 17, was arrested in the 300 block of Harding Place in Nashville after a vehicle pursuit.

Marsh is suspected of killing Charles Easley, 19, on Lemont Drive in April.

As it stands, Brandon Caruthers is the last escaped teen at large.

According to police, 16-year-old Decorrius Wright and 15-year-old Calvin Howse were arrested Tuesday night by the Juvenile Crime Task Force outside of the Robin Hood Condo complex on Forrest Park Drive.


12-06-19 Orchid Isle Estates body identified, investigation classified as murder (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: 961-2252
Report no.: 19-095458

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found dead on Wednesday (December 4) in the Orchid Isle Estates subdivision in Puna. He is identified as 75-year-old Shingo Honda.

On Wednesday evening (December 4), at approximately 7:18 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the subdivision for a report of a missing elderly male. A short time later, officers located the male’s deceased body several hundred yards from the residence.

On Friday morning (December 6) an autopsy was performed and Honda was subsequently identified through fingerprints.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation. It has been classified as a murder.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.

 


Man harasses government offices with 10,000 calls — and death threats, feds say

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Call of the Wilde: Canadiens’ vital signs still kicking with 2-1 win over New York Rangers

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Suspect Sought in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun): 2200 Block of Savannah Street, Southeast

Friday, December 6, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Seventh District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Friday, December 6, 2019, in the 2200 block of Savannah Street, Southeast.

 

At approximately 11:16 am, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video:

https://youtu.be/ahkODWEQFgg

Anyone who can identify this individual or has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Suspect Sought in an Armed Robbery of an Establishment (Gun) Offense: 4300 Block of Wheeler Road, Southeast

Friday, December 6, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Seventh District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to an Armed Robbery of an Establishment (Gun) offense that occurred on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road, Southeast.

 

At approximately 1:49 pm, the suspect entered an establishment at the listed location. The suspect brandished a handgun and took property. The suspect then fled the scene.

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/b1SBWWr8gTE

 

Anyone who can identify this individual, or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime, including armed robbery, committed in the District of Columbia.


U.S., Mexico deal with ‘last issues’ in CUSMA deal, facing new steel demand

Mexico approved the USMCA this year, but U.S. ratification has been held up by Democratic lawmakers, who have voiced concerns over the enforcement of labour and environmental provisions.


3.0 quake rattles SoCal coastl; no injuries, damage reported

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State and local officials send condolences in wake of Huntsville Police officer killed in the line of duty

State and local officials are sending condolences to Huntsville Police as they mourn the loss of a fellow officer.

Governor Ivey issued a statement on social media that read:

“I am grieved to hear of the Huntsville Police Officer killed in the line of duty and extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to his family for their unimaginable loss. It has been an exceptionally tough year for our law enforcement community and this will be felt across our state. I will also be praying for strength for the Huntsville Police as they grieve the loss of their fellow officer, as well as for their continued protection as they keep us safe. May the Lord’s peace that passes all understanding be with the family and everyone who loved this dedicated officer.”

 

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released a statement:

“Our City is broken hearted tonight,” Battle said. “All of Huntsville mourns along with the Huntsville Police Department and the family and friends of our fallen officer. We owe a continual and deep debt of gratitude to the men and women in law enforcement who protect our community every day. Let it never be taken for granted the sacrifice that officers make to keep us safe.

We stand side by side with our police department and in the days, weeks and months ahead – have no doubt – we will use the full extent of the law to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6 issued a statement that read in part:

“The Huntsville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6 Executive Board and membership will have our fallen police officer brother and his family in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the entire Huntsville Police Department and Madison County law enforcement community. The FOP will stand ready for whatever the department, coworkers, family, and friends ask of us in assistance.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt’s statement:

“I’m very sorry to hear of the death of this officer.  We can never show enough gratitude for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.  May God bless this family and all of our law enforcement officers.” – Congressman Robert Aderholt

U.S. Attorney Jay Town released a statement:

“All of Alabama is heartbroken again as another Alabama peace officer is gunned down in the line of duty.  The Huntsville Police Department investigator, whose name will be released tomorrow, will always be remembered as a good man and a fine officer. Those of us who knew him admired his dedication and professionalism.  We must now direct our prayers to his grieving family and pull together in full support of the Huntsville Police Department and law enforcement everywhere who lost another brother of the badge tonight. I am beyond grief.”

 


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$7 million settlements for 2 teens killed while rescuing dog

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On call status for the Office of Media Relations

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University of Alberta deans stand with Ukrainian community: ‘The Holodomor is a fact’

The University of Alberta, as well as two deans, have issued statements about the Holodomor after a sessional instructor called it a myth on his personal Facebook page. 


Hockey coach misconduct allegations spark countrywide discussions around ‘hockey culture’

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Denver Public Schools investigating alleged hazing at South High School

Denver Public Schools’ legal department is investigating a report of hazing at South High School, but few details are available.

DPS spokesman Will Jones said the incident allegedly happened during the 2018-2019 school year, but was reported recently. He couldn’t confirm the nature of the alleged hazing or if the students involved still attend the school.

DPS’ safety department forwarded the allegations to Denver Police Department, which is the procedure for cases that the district is required by law to report, like possible child abuse, or for other incidents that could be a crime, department Chief Michael Eaton said. Police then notified the district that it wouldn’t be pursuing the investigation further, which could mean either it determined a crime wasn’t committed, or that the alleged victim wasn’t interested in pressing charges, he said.

The district’s legal department is heading the investigation, which could involve the safety department or an outside investigator, Eaton said.

The district’s safety department can’t recommend criminal charges, but it can determine if school rules were broken, Jones said.

Students found to have engaged in hazing can be recommended for expulsion, though it isn’t mandatory, according to DPS’ discipline matrix.


Denver Public Schools investigating alleged hazing at South High School

Denver Public Schools’ legal department is investigating a report of hazing at South High School, but few details are available.

DPS spokesman Will Jones said the incident allegedly happened during the 2018-2019 school year, but was reported recently. He couldn’t confirm the nature of the alleged hazing or if the students involved still attend the school.

DPS’ safety department forwarded the allegations to Denver Police Department, which is the procedure for cases that the district is required by law to report, like possible child abuse, or for other incidents that could be a crime, department Chief Michael Eaton said. Police then notified the district that it wouldn’t be pursuing the investigation further, which could mean either it determined a crime wasn’t committed, or that the alleged victim wasn’t interested in pressing charges, he said.

The district’s legal department is heading the investigation, which could involve the safety department or an outside investigator, Eaton said.

The district’s safety department can’t recommend criminal charges, but it can determine if school rules were broken, Jones said.

Students found to have engaged in hazing can be recommended for expulsion, though it isn’t mandatory, according to DPS’ discipline matrix.


Back to back! Fyffe Football wins second straight state title

AUBURN, Ala. – Once the Red Devils got the lead, they never looked back, and that has been the story all season long. Fyffe went on to beat Reeltown 56-7 to win its second straight Class 2A State Title, finishing the 2019 campaign with a 15-0 record.

Fyffe quarterback Zach Pyron was named Class 2A Championship Game MVP.

We will bring you highlights and post-game reaction from Fyffe’s victory in the Class 2A State Title Game tonight at 10 p.m. on WHNT News 19.


Regina Christmas Wish List connects people in need with generous strangers

People interested in buying a holiday gift for someone in need can read their story, and pledge to donate, through the online Regina Christmas Wish List.


University of Lethbridge marks anniversary of Montreal massacre with peaceful tribute

The University of Lethbridge held a peaceful tribute to honour the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women.


Saskatoon company rolls out furnace rebate program

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General election 2019: Could Bishop Auckland Hospital’s A&E reopen?

The candidates for the County Durham constituency respond to voters' questions about the hospital.


General election 2019, Your Questions Answered: What happens if a candidate dies?

Following the passing of an East Midlands election hopeful, what are the rules governing the death of a candidate?


Leeds Clean Air Zone: 30 taxi drivers get green loans

Taxi drivers in Leeds say a system set up to help them buy greener vehicles has been a "cock-up".


The Sheffield couple harking back to wartime Britain

Dean Turner and Lynda Easton believe the 1940s was a more community-focused time to live.


Nottingham students brew beer using out-of-date bread

Using unwanted loaves cuts down on food waste with all profits going to tackle child poverty, the students hope.


The dogs’ home dachshunds named after Santa’s reindeer

More than 1,000 people have applied to give a pup a new home.


Election 2019: ‘Luton’s knife problem puts lives at stake’

"The biggest thing we need from our politicians... is bringing people together."


Hard times for Hong Kong’s tourism workers as protests keep visitors away – ‘I am in despair’

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California congressman Duncan Hunter to quit after holidays

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See the broken hook PG&E says caused the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California

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Crews respond to wreck at intersection of Madison Blvd and Slaughter Rd

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Crews responded to a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Madison Boulevard and Slaughter Road Friday night.

Huntsville Police, Huntsville Fire and HEMSI responded to the wreck.

Our crew on the scene said one of the vehicles flipped.

No word yet on injuries.


Sask. government won’t give extra money for consumption site policing: minister

The Saskatchewan government “funds areas that are of mutual provincial priority and not strictly a local concern,” according to Christine Tell.


RMC lights up Kingston to pay tribute to Montreal massacre victims

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Scugog’s Bakersville Gingerbread Village getting ready for visitors

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Water agency pays $14 million to settle case after 2 California teens killed in canal

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Locked out employees of Co-op Refinery concerned about safety of community

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Polytechnique tragedy: struggle for equality continues for female students at John Abbott

"This isn't just something that happened 30 years ago. This could happen at any time."


Darlings Island residents celebrate opening of flood-mitigating road

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Man found dead in alley died of asphyxiation; police searching for suspect

Police continue searching for a suspect in the Nov. 2 death of a 34-year-old man found in an alley in north Denver.

Yves Gakuba, who had moved to Denver from Rwanda, died by asphyxiation and the death is a homicide, Denver’s Office of the Medical Examiner said in a Friday news release.

Gakuba was found in alley in the 800 block of North Mariposa Street, police said. He was last seen leaving a neighborhood bar around 2:15 a.m. with a white male who was about six-feet tall and thin build, police said in a news release. The suspect, who police did not name, was driving an older red or maroon sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.


Nearly half of Britons would let Hongkongers with British passports live in UK, survey finds

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Williston Barracks // DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A105835 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Mike Kamerling                            STATION:  Williston                   CONTACT#: (802) 878-71111   DATE/TIME: 12/06/2019 @ 0107 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Browns Trace Road, Jericho VIOLATION: Operating Under


Williston Barracks // DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A105835 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Mike Kamerling                            STATION:  Williston                   CONTACT#: (802) 878-71111   DATE/TIME: 12/06/2019 @ 0107 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Browns Trace Road, Jericho VIOLATION: Operating Under


Man killed near Colfax Avenue in October died of asphyxiation, coroner says

A 25-year-old man found dead Oct. 3 near Colfax Avenue and St. Paul Street died of asphyxiation, Denver’s coroner said in a news release.

Police have released little information on the circumstances of Andres Panuco-Herrera’s death, other than it was being investigated as a homicide.

Police previously asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

 

 


Police officer involved in shooting on Levert Street near Oakwood Avenue

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Authorities are investigating a shooting that involved a Huntsville police officer on Levert Street in Huntsville.

Emergency crews took a person to Huntsville Hospital for treatment.

At this time, there is no word on how many people are injured.


Manchester derby: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man Utd remain ‘bigger club’

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‘Macclesfield players had no choice but to strike’

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Derby Barracks / Theft

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19A504778 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Paul Pennoyer                             STATION: Derby                       CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 12/06/19 / 0826 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Heermanville Road, Coventry   VICTIM: Coventry Fire


Derby Barracks / Theft

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19A504778 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Paul Pennoyer                             STATION: Derby                       CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 12/06/19 / 0826 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Heermanville Road, Coventry   VICTIM: Coventry Fire


What’s on Canada Post’s wish list over the holidays?

With harsh Saskatchewan winters, Canada Post is asking homeowners to keep pathways and stairs clear of ice and snow to make deliveries safe for everyone.


Champions Cup: Bath 17-34 Clermont Auvergne

Clermont Auvergne come from behind to go top of Pool Three and extend Bath's European Champions Cup misery.


Halifax Explosion survivor laid to rest on 102nd anniversary of the blast

Cecilia Coolen was laid to rest on the 102nd anniversary of the Halifax explosion. She was just 10-days old when the blast killed both her parents.


Mentone welcome sign vandalized, reward offered

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Vandals sprayed graffiti on the rock welcome sign in Mentone.

The city is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the prosecution of whoever is responsible for the vandalism.

If you have any information about who is behind this, call (256)634-4444, or (256)634-0704. All of the calls will be kept confidential

 


Millwall 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban scores brace before Lions rescue point

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5 people found dead after house fire northwest of Edmonton

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Out with the old, in with the new… Commission President

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M25 closed as crane overturns on both carriageways

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European Challenge Cup: Edinburgh 31-20 Wasps

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Shop With a Cop – An Annual Tradition of Shopping with a “Buddy”

This year marks the 18th annual “Shop with a Cop” program in Baltimore County. One hundred officers and 102 children from the 10 precincts will start out at 7:30 a.m. on December 7 to celebrate this special day.

At approximately 8 a.m., the officers and children will arrive at the Walmart store in Cockeysville. As they arrive, they will be greeted by members of the Optimist Clubs. Seasonal music will be performed by Dulaney High School students.

The children and their officer “buddies” will do their holiday shopping with money provided by the Optimist Clubs of Baltimore County. Each child will receive $100 to spend as he or she chooses. Usually, the children buy presents for family and friends.

After shopping, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt will meet the children and the officers when they arrive at the Outback restaurant in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for breakfast. (Outback provides the breakfast.)

This special Baltimore County Police Department tradition is the largest event of its kind in the state.

Officers eagerly anticipate Shop with a Cop each year and the joy that it brings to children in the community.


KFC is selling a chicken-scented holiday fire log again

Ahhhh yes, the chill of winter has descended upon us once again. And that means the time has come to slip on your fluffiest socks, snuggle up next to a crackling fire, and bask in the smoky scent of….chicken?

In a partnership with artificial fire log company Enviro-Log, Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering what’s sure to be the hottest commodity of the season — a hunk of flammable, chicken-scented bliss otherwise known as the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog.

You don’t even have to go flying out of the front door to get your hands on the bizarre, flaming mass. It’s exclusively sold on Walmart.com for a slick $18.99.

You will need to really assess your priorities to decide whether that’s too much to pay for a log that will fill your house with a distinct poultry smell.

Last year, KFC said, the creation sold out in just three hours. So, of course, they could not resist giving the people what they obviously want for a second year in a row.

“Since selling out last year, we have received weekly calls from hopeful fans wanting to get their hands on the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog,” said Ross McRoy, president and founder of Enviro-Log.

KFC suggests you pop that sucker in your online shopping cart, cash in on Walmart.com’s free two-day shipping, and then hit up kfc.com to order a $20 Fill Up to be delivered straight to your door. You may never have to leave the house this winter with this succulent duo!

What is a $20 Fill Up, you might ask? It’s a whole spread equipped with 8 pieces of KFC’s Original Chicken Extra Crispy or Kentucky Grilled Chicken, a large cole slaw, four biscuits and two large heaps of mashed potatoes and gravy to keep you warm.

Don’t have a fireplace to burn the log in?

Consider these options:

  • Slam it on top of a pile of holiday shopping catalogs for the ultimate paperweight
  • A door-stop that doubles as an air diffuser once the chicken scent starts to leak into the air
  • A permanent art installation in your home entryway
  • The quintessential KFC collectors item
  • A perfect holiday gag gift

 


KFC is selling a chicken-scented holiday fire log again

Ahhhh yes, the chill of winter has descended upon us once again. And that means the time has come to slip on your fluffiest socks, snuggle up next to a crackling fire, and bask in the smoky scent of….chicken?

In a partnership with artificial fire log company Enviro-Log, Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering what’s sure to be the hottest commodity of the season — a hunk of flammable, chicken-scented bliss otherwise known as the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog.

You don’t even have to go flying out of the front door to get your hands on the bizarre, flaming mass. It’s exclusively sold on Walmart.com for a slick $18.99.

You will need to really assess your priorities to decide whether that’s too much to pay for a log that will fill your house with a distinct poultry smell.

Last year, KFC said, the creation sold out in just three hours. So, of course, they could not resist giving the people what they obviously want for a second year in a row.

“Since selling out last year, we have received weekly calls from hopeful fans wanting to get their hands on the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog,” said Ross McRoy, president and founder of Enviro-Log.

KFC suggests you pop that sucker in your online shopping cart, cash in on Walmart.com’s free two-day shipping, and then hit up kfc.com to order a $20 Fill Up to be delivered straight to your door. You may never have to leave the house this winter with this succulent duo!

What is a $20 Fill Up, you might ask? It’s a whole spread equipped with 8 pieces of KFC’s Original Chicken Extra Crispy or Kentucky Grilled Chicken, a large cole slaw, four biscuits and two large heaps of mashed potatoes and gravy to keep you warm.

Don’t have a fireplace to burn the log in?

Consider these options:

  • Slam it on top of a pile of holiday shopping catalogs for the ultimate paperweight
  • A door-stop that doubles as an air diffuser once the chicken scent starts to leak into the air
  • A permanent art installation in your home entryway
  • The quintessential KFC collectors item
  • A perfect holiday gag gift

 


Dozens of polar bears swarm Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears have crowded a village in Russia’s far east in search for food, forcing public events to be canceled and humans to shelter inside.

About 60 polar bears descended on Ryrkaypiy in Russia’s remote Chukotka region, Tatyana Minenko, the head of the village’s “bear patrol” told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

The polar bears are eating the carcasses of walruses that have remained on the village’s shores since the fall, the Russian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Thursday in a statement.

“Almost all of the bears are thin,” said Minenko in the WWF statement. “Among them are both adults and young animals; there are females with cubs of different ages,” she said.

Ryrkaypiy has a population of about 500 residents, according to state news agency TASS. It is situated near the shore of the Arctic Ocean and faces Wrangel Island, known to be a “maternity house” for polar bears, TASS said.

Higher than usual temperatures are causing ice to melt, which is affecting the bears’ hunting habits, according to the WWF.

“If the ice was strong enough, the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares,” said Mikhail Stishov, coordinator of WWF-Russia projects for the conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

“Similar situations are becoming the norm,” he said. “We need to adapt to this so that neither people nor bears suffer.”

Bear patrols stepped up

Volunteers and residents have started patrolling the area around the village, including schools and kindergartens, to avoid encounters with the unexpected guests, WWF said. All public events have been canceled and children are being transported to school in buses.

“The psychological situation in (Ryrkaypiy) is complicated, women worry, because their children walk to school,” Anatoly Kochnev, a scientist at Russia’s Institute of Biological Problems of the North, told state news agency TASS.

Fewer than five years ago, it would have been unusual to see a group of more than three to five polar bears near the village, Kochnev said.

“We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in three to five years,” Kochnev said. “If walruses abandon the cape or if their population reduces, polar bears would not stop to be there — but they will be hungry.”

The polar bears have usually remained calm when they come close to people, Kochnev said. The last time a bear killed a human in Ryrkaypiy was in 2011, according to TASS.

The news of the bear invasion comes in the same week that a video was shared on social media of a polar bear in Chukotka with graffiti spray-painted on its back.

It’s not known why the animal was painted, but Kochnev said earlier it was probably the work of “pranksters.”


Dozens of polar bears swarm Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears have crowded a village in Russia’s far east in search for food, forcing public events to be canceled and humans to shelter inside.

About 60 polar bears descended on Ryrkaypiy in Russia’s remote Chukotka region, Tatyana Minenko, the head of the village’s “bear patrol” told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

The polar bears are eating the carcasses of walruses that have remained on the village’s shores since the fall, the Russian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Thursday in a statement.

“Almost all of the bears are thin,” said Minenko in the WWF statement. “Among them are both adults and young animals; there are females with cubs of different ages,” she said.

Ryrkaypiy has a population of about 500 residents, according to state news agency TASS. It is situated near the shore of the Arctic Ocean and faces Wrangel Island, known to be a “maternity house” for polar bears, TASS said.

Higher than usual temperatures are causing ice to melt, which is affecting the bears’ hunting habits, according to the WWF.

“If the ice was strong enough, the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares,” said Mikhail Stishov, coordinator of WWF-Russia projects for the conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

“Similar situations are becoming the norm,” he said. “We need to adapt to this so that neither people nor bears suffer.”

Bear patrols stepped up

Volunteers and residents have started patrolling the area around the village, including schools and kindergartens, to avoid encounters with the unexpected guests, WWF said. All public events have been canceled and children are being transported to school in buses.

“The psychological situation in (Ryrkaypiy) is complicated, women worry, because their children walk to school,” Anatoly Kochnev, a scientist at Russia’s Institute of Biological Problems of the North, told state news agency TASS.

Fewer than five years ago, it would have been unusual to see a group of more than three to five polar bears near the village, Kochnev said.

“We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in three to five years,” Kochnev said. “If walruses abandon the cape or if their population reduces, polar bears would not stop to be there — but they will be hungry.”

The polar bears have usually remained calm when they come close to people, Kochnev said. The last time a bear killed a human in Ryrkaypiy was in 2011, according to TASS.

The news of the bear invasion comes in the same week that a video was shared on social media of a polar bear in Chukotka with graffiti spray-painted on its back.

It’s not known why the animal was painted, but Kochnev said earlier it was probably the work of “pranksters.”


Montreal police arrest man who allegedly glorified École Polytechnique shooter in blog posts

Police say that under a pseudonym, Rochefort published several blog posts that defended the École Polytechnique killer Marc Lépine, who took the lives of 14 young women in the 1989 massacre.


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Toddler in law enforcement custody after found wandering alone

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are searching for the parents or guardians of a small child that was found wandering alone in Limestone County.

The child is of toddler age and was found in the area of East Limestone Road, but may have walked from farther away.

We are working to get a description of the child.


Toddler in law enforcement custody after found wandering alone

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are searching for the parents or guardians of a small child that was found wandering alone in Limestone County.

The child is of toddler age and was found in the area of East Limestone Road, but may have walked from farther away.

We are working to get a description of the child.


Donald Trump won’t send a White House lawyer to the next impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON – Continuing its refusal to cooperate with impeachment investigators, the White House said Friday it will not be sending a lawyer or any other official to a House Judiciary Committee hearing next week – or likely ever."House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade," White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said in a curt one-page letter to Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.The White House has [...]


New Brunswickers remember Montreal Massacre

“Thirty years ago today, Canada was shook with news of a violent massacre that took place in a room very similar to this one,” Norah Siddall told an audience at UNB.


Hong Kong tensions trigger meetings with Canadian school principals, after anonymous pro-communist letter warns pupil of ‘consequences’

Disputes between pupils over the unrest in Hong Kong have triggered meetings with principals, parents and students of 10 schools in the Vancouver satellite of Richmond, the most ethnically Chinese city in Canada.The meetings between principals and staff of the Richmond School District came after two recent incidents, both at Richmond Secondary School.One is believed to have involved a fight between pupils, a description of which was shared on social media, while the other related to an…


European Short Course Championships: Freya Anderson wins gold

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Albertans won’t be able to buy cannabis edibles until mid-January: AGLC

Cannabis licence holders must provide 60 days notice to Health Canada of their intent to sell the new product.


Giant, inflatable Ralphie goes on display outside ‘A Christmas Story’ house in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Christmas is just around the corner - and Ralphie wants you to know it!

Saturday night a 20-foot-tall gigantic Ralphie was on display in front of the A Christmas Story House.

It's from the classic scene from "A Christmas Story" when Ralphie was forced to put on his bunny pajamas that came from Aunt Clare.

The giant Ralphie was made by Inflatable Images out of Brunswick, Ohio.

Inflatable Images also debuted a 20-foot-tall leg lamp inflatable leg lamp this year.  The iconic leg lamp was also featured in the classic 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story, a portion of which was filmed in Cleveland.

The leg lamp's official debut will be at the finish line of the A Christmas Story Run 5K/10K on December 7.

The race beings at 9 a.m. and starts in the center of Cleveland. The 10K runs to the  A Christmas Story House & Museum and back to the original starting point at Public Square. The 5K runners will run to the house.

Registration for the run is still open and costs $55 per person.

Participants will receive a themed A Christmas Story Run long sleeved t-shirt, a unique race bib, a collector’s edition A Christmas Story Run finisher medal, and free admission to A Christmas Story House & Museum, which can be used anytime between the first packet pickup through December 31.

For more on the run, click here. 

After its debut at the race, the inflatable leg lamp will be installed on the side lawn of the A Christmas Story House & Museum. You can view the inflatable leg lamp outside the museum beginning on December 9.


Florida UPS employee killed after robbery suspects hijacked truck was covering route for driver, brother says

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (CNN) – UPS employee Frank Ordonez was killed Thursday after armed robbery suspects hijacked the UPS truck he was driving and led police on a chase that ended in a fatal shootout in Broward County, Florida, his brother said.

Ordonez, a 27-year-old father of two young girls, was “outgoing and happy,” his brother, Roy Ordonez, told CNN. “You never knew when he was sad.”

Frank Ordonez liked to fish and to play basketball and video games, his brother said. But “most of all,” he said, “what Frank really liked to do is spend time with his daughters,” ages 3 and 6 years old.

When the hijacking unfolded, Ordonez was covering the route for a driver who had called out, his brother said.

Ordonez “was just going to work to provide for his two little girls,” his brother wrote on a GoFundMe page in which he also criticized the police response. The page was set up to help educate Ordonez’s daughters, cover funeral costs and pay for a lawyer, Roy Ordonez said. It had raised more than $20,000 in just a few hours.

Four people were killed during Thursday’s incident, including Frank Ordonez, the two robbery suspects and a bystander at the end of the chase, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said.

The chase began after two suspects tried to rob a Regent Jewelers shop in Coral Gables, city Police Chief Edward Hudak Jr. said. One woman was injured in the robbery.

The suspects stole the UPS truck Ordonez was driving, took him hostage and sped away, Coral Gables police said. Dozens of police officers and vehicles appeared to pursue the truck as it sped through traffic, live aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSVN showed.

The chase came to a tragic end when the UPS truck met stopped traffic at an intersection. Police exited their vehicles and approached the truck with their weapons drawn, using bystanders’ vehicles as cover.

The driver of the truck left the steering wheel. Seconds later, at 5:35 p.m., gunshots rang out. It’s unclear whether the first shots came from inside the truck or from police. Whether the UPS driver or the slain bystander was hit by police fire is part of the investigation, the FBI’s Piro said.

UPS issued a statement Thursday saying it was “deeply saddened” to learn of its employee’s death. “We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other victims involved in this incident.”


Alberta Branded gift shop closing as part of provincial cut backs

Alberta Branded gift shop in the Edmonton's Federal Building is closing down as the provincial government makes cuts.


Package thieves hold 3 UPS drivers at gunpoint in 2 days, California cops say

Three UPS truck drivers were robbed at gunpoint while making deliveries in Northern California over the course of just two days this week, according to authorities in San Jose. Two … Click to Continue »


Package thieves hold 3 UPS drivers at gunpoint in 2 days, California cops say

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Applying for a Firefighter Position

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Man arrested after alleged threat to shoot day care center

A man was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening to shoot at a West Sacramento day care center, authorities said. No one was hurt. Officers responded to reports that a man … Click to Continue »


Man arrested after alleged threat to shoot day care center

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Madison County Sheriff’s Office looking at new uniforms

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is considering a change in uniform.

The sheriff’s office posted images of a prototype uniform on Facebook Friday afternoon and said people may see the uniforms in the future during a testing phase.

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Uniform changes should be made by next spring, according to the sheriff’s office.


Recession fears are real in California and nation in 2020, key economic report says

California’s uncertain economy is perhaps a little stronger than many think heading into 2020, but a recession may well be looming ahead, key economists say in a new report. Authors … Click to Continue »


Recession fears are real in California and nation in 2020, key economic report says

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Trial date set for former astronaut charged with reckless murder

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. – The trial date has been set for a former Space Shuttle commander charged with killing two girls in a 2016 wreck.

James Halsell Jr.’s trial has been set for Feb. 3 in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.

Halsell is charged with reckless murder in the car crash deaths of two girls, 11-year-old Niomi James and 13-year-old Jayla Parler, on U.S. 82 in Tuscaloosa County in June 2016. Authorities said he was driving under the influence at the time.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin Monday, but it was moved after Halsell’s attorneys notified the court they had a number of pretrial motions they expected to file that could push the date back.

 


As prices rise, Montreal area home sales up 13 per cent in November

The association says there were 4,084 sales in the Montreal metropolitan area.


Gun control isn’t stopping Californians from owning firearms, new study says

California may have some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws, from bans on assault rifle sales to mandatory background checks for ammunition sales, but that isn’t stopping Golden … Click to Continue »


Gun control isn’t stopping Californians from owning firearms, new study says

California may have some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws, from bans on assault rifle sales to mandatory background checks for ammunition sales, but that isn’t stopping Golden … Click to Continue »


Charges filed against man accused of shooting Fort Lupton officer in the face

A 19-year-old accused of shooting a Fort Lupton police officer in the face faces six charges, including attempted first-degree murder, according to a 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release.

Matthew Cotter is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree assault on a peace officer and one count of first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault.

Cotter is accused of shooting Sgt. Christopher Pelton from behind a fence at a residence on the 200 block of Ponderosa Place in Fort Lupton, according to an arrest affidavit from the Greeley Police Department.

“I shot, he dropped; they shot, I dropped,” Cotter said, according to the affidavit.

Cotter had driven to the home of his ex-girlfriend, and someone inside called 911 after he texted his ex-girlfriend to say, “It was too late,” according to the affidavit. Cotter had suicidal thoughts since the couple’s split in August, according to the affidavit.

After shooting Pelton in an alleged ambush, Cotter tried to flee before being shot. He and Pelton were airlifted to a hospital.

Pelton is in stable but critical condition, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police said in a Facebook post Friday. A GoFundMe  account has raised $10,800 to help the Cotter’s wife and three children while he recovers.

Cotter is still being treated for his injuries so he has not been booked into Weld County Jail and a court date has not been set, the news release said.



Mexicans fleeing violence form new encampment on border

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Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate rises amid major national job losses

Saskatchewan's unemployment rate grew from 5.1 to 5.8 per cent, while Canada shed over 71,000 jobs. However, more people looking for work is the main driver in local unemployment.


Rutland Barracks / MV Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19B405500                           RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Charles Gardner STATION: Rutland                            CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101   DATE/TIME: On December 6, 2019, at approximately 1156 hours STREET: VT Route 103 TOWN: Shrewsbury, Vermont


City of Regina survey finds only 28% of residents recycled the right material

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Natural gas power plant ready for operation in Swift Current, Sask.

The Chinook Power Station in Swift Current, Sask. is complete and ready to operate.