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COVID-19: Quarantined Fredericton couple happy to be back in Canada, but eager for N.B. return

"If you haven't gone through this, it's too hard to explain. It's been a very emotional, frustrating situation. Scary."


New California coastal state park planned for 2022 opening

The first new state park campground on the California coast in 30 years is expected to feature ocean frontage on Monterey Bay when it opens in 2022. Fort Ord Dunes … Click to Continue »


Quebec allocating $5M to redecorate residential, long-term care centres

Blais said she would like to grant decision-making power to people who are in the residences -- who often feel a great loss of autonomy.


St. Albans Barracks/Criminal DLS, Violation of Conditions of Release(3 Counts)

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A100936 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Charlotte Hartman                              STATION: St. Albans                      CONTACT#: 802-524-5993   DATE/TIME: 02/23/2020 at 1547 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Rt 15/AOT Town garage, Cambridge VT


Calgary museum marks 111th anniversary of powered flight in Canada

In honour of National Aviation Day and the 111th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, Calgarians headed to the Hangar Flight Museum to celebrate on Sunday.


Man drives Jeep off 6-story roof of Los Angeles-area garage

A man drove his Jeep off the the sixth floor of a Los Angeles-area parking garage early Sunday and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said. When … Click to Continue »


Wet’suwet’en protests have become ‘intertwined’ with other issues, Bennett says

Her comments come two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's press conference on Friday. He said some protesters in support of the blockades weren't there because of a commitment to reconciliation.


Zamboni driver who played backup goalie for Hurricanes heading to North Carolina for game

"I got off the ice (Saturday) and I think I had 160 text messages," David Ayres said.


Those who test positive for coronavirus at Travis AFB told they must go. But where?

Coronavirus patients can’t stay at Travis Air Force Base, the federal government has announced. But so far there’s nowhere else for them to go. On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for … Click to Continue »


Senator Richard Shelby says Trump administration will not send Coronavirus victims from cruise ship to Alabama

Coronavirus victims from the Diamond Princess cruise ship will not be brought to Alabama, according to Senator Richard Shelby.

Senator Shelby tweeted at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday that he had a conversation with President Donald Trump where President Trump assured Shelby his administration would not send any victims of the Coronavirus from the Princess Diamond cruise ship to Alabama.

Senator Shelby thanked President Trump for “working to ensure the safety of all Alabamians.”

Sunday morning, Governor Kay Ivey also issued a statement saying patients who have tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus will NOT be taken to a FEMA Facility in Anniston.

On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston would be used as a place for some of the American passengers from the cruise ship in Japan.


Daring helicopter rescue saves woman after 80-foot plunge into CA canyon, video shows

A woman hiking with her husband Thursday plunged 80 feet into a Big Sur, California, canyon, becoming lodged beneath a fallen redwood tree, California Highway Patrol rescuers say. The accident … Click to Continue »


Electric vehicle options grow, but automakers still unclear if Canadians will buy them

Analysts say that government policies are crucial to actually push companies to sell those models, since automakers otherwise don't have enough incentive to move away from internal combustion engine vehicles.


Once convicted of manslaughter, ex-gang member now licensed as Ontario lawyer

"When I was nine, I was an altar server; when I was 14, I was a straight-A student; when I was 19, I was facing first-degree murder," Rohan George said. "When I'm 34, I'm being called to the bar. Life isn't linear."


Suspect arrested in connection with fatal overnight stabbing in Denver

A 36-year-old man is being held on suspicion of fatally stabbing another man in Denver Saturday night.

Dominic Valdez is being held for investigation of second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing, according to a statement from Denver police.

The incident happened around p.m. in the 2100 block of South Xavier Street, according to police. Valdez is suspected of stabbing the man, who has not been identified, during a “disturbance that escalated.”

The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Police spokesman Jay Casillas said the suspect and victim were not strangers.

“They were known to each other,” he said.

He was not immediately able to provide additional details.


Man on DUI probation arrested after crashing in Winters, killing passenger, police say

A man on probation for DUI offenses was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a crash in Winters that left one … Click to Continue »


20B100908/DUI/VSP Westminster

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B100908 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Trooper Max Trenosky                            STATION:  VSP-Westminster                    CONTACT#: 802-254-2382   DATE/TIME: 02-23-20, 1010 am INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 5 Weathersfield, VT, Running Bear Campground


Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction

The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C.


Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction

The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C.


Clovis man missing near Shaver Lake has been found alive, sheriff’s office announces

Fresno County rescuers have found a Clovis man who went missing near Shaver Lake earlier in the week. Cody King had been missing since Wednesday after his car got stuck … Click to Continue »


Man drives Jeep off roof of Los Angeles-area parking garage

A man was hospitalized after driving his Jeep off the the sixth floor of a Los Angeles-area parking garage early Sunday. Officers responding shortly after midnight found the destroyed vehicle … Click to Continue »


Scituate Barracks

Media inquiries may be directed to 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov

At 9:00AM, Troopers arrested Brian Silva, age 30, of 2 Melrose Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, under the 24-Hour Domestic Rule for Domestic Simple Assault. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop following a look out by...


Some parts of Quebec shaken by light earthquake Saturday night

Parts of Quebec were shaken by a light earthquake Saturday evening, according to Earthquakes Canada.


Wet’suwet’en protests: Violent ends to past confrontations haunt Trudeau’s government

Even as he called Friday for police to enforce injunctions and bring down the barricades, Trudeau stressed the need for a peaceful resolution and worried about the potential for another Oka.


Ontario education minister posts tweet linking radical protester to teachers

The province's education minister is being questioned over a post he shared on social media linking a radical protester to rallying teachers.


Milton school named after L’Arche International founder considers name change

At least one Ontario Catholic school is considering a name change after an internal report by a French-based charity concluded that its Canadian founder Jean Vanier had multiple "manipulative sexual relationships."


Bernie Sanders’ Nevada win forces Democrats to reckon with potential impact of his nomination

WASHINGTON – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' decisive win in the Nevada caucuses Saturday is forcing the Democratic Party to reckon with the strong possibility that a democratic socialist who views himself as fighting equally against the Democratic and Republican establishments will be the nominee."No campaign has a grassroots movement like we do, which is another reason why we’re going to win this election," Sanders said after he ran away with the caucuses.His [...]


Couple in 70s lost on hike survives for a week on water from puddle, CA rescuers say

After getting lost on a Valentine’s Day hike on the California coast, a couple in their 70s survived by drinking water from a puddle, CNN reports. Carol Kiparsky, 77, lost … Click to Continue »


Confusion sparks between Indigenous affairs ministers and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief Woos told the media he hasn't heard from Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller since Friday's press conference.


Man approached by group of men shot as he ran: Regina police

Police say the victim ran away as gunshots were fired. One of the rounds hit him, causing a non-life-threatening injury.


Large fire at Tolly Cobbold brewery site

Drivers were warned to avoid the area around the former Tolly Cobbold premises.


ST. ALBANS BARRACKS/DRIVING LICENSE SUSPENDED CRIMINAL

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE       CASE#: 20A200863 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Eric Patno                        STATION: VSP - St. Albans         CONTACT#: 802-524-5993   DATE/TIME: 02/23/20 0940 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Grand Avenue Swanton, VT VIOLATION: Criminal DLS   ACCUSED: Michael Blow


Some Wheat Ridge residents asked to “shelter in place” after shooting

A man was shot in the hand in Wheat Ridge Sunday morning, and police asked neighbors to “shelter in place” because officers believe the suspect in the shooting  barricaded himself inside a home.

Residents near the 3900 block of Quay Street were asked to stay inside at 9:51 a.m. after Wheat Ridge police responded to a shooting in that block at 9:21 a.m. and found a man shot in the hand. He was hospitalized, according to police.

The suspect in the shooting barricaded himself inside a home near 39th Avenue and Quay Street, police spokeswoman Sara Spaulding said.

A SWAT team was dispatched to the house while officers on scene tried to talk the suspect into coming out and surrendering, Spaulding said.

“Our officers get trained in this kind of situation, but SWAT has special protective gear, equipment, training, negotiators, and their specialized equipment allows them to make entry into a home if they need to do that,” Spaulding said. “But the first steps are always to work on de-escalating the situation and trying to talk the suspect into coming out.”

The cause and motive of the initial shooting was not immediately clear, Spaulding said. She added that police asked residents to stay inside as a precaution, rather than because of any direct threat made by the suspect.

“Anytime we have gunfire we want to keep people safe and air on the side of caution,” she said.

The situation was ongoing as of 11:30 a.m.

 


Woman hospitalized following Regina house fire

Fire crews rescued a woman from the house. She was taken to hospital with what are described as serious but non-life threatening injuries.


Buttigieg campaign alleges irregularities in Nevada caucuses vote

(CNN) — Pete Buttigieg‘s campaign sent a letter to the Nevada State Democratic Party on Sunday, alleging that there are “material irregularities pertaining to the process of integrating early votes into the in-person precinct caucus results” and asking the party to take three concrete steps to address the purported issues.

The letter asked the state party to “release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct​,” “correct any outstanding second alignment errors identified by presidential campaigns, including ours” and “explain anomalies in the data.”

Aides for the Nevada State Democratic Party did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Currently our data shows that this is a razor thin margin for second place in Nevada,” said Hari Sevugan, Buttigieg’s deputy campaign manager, about the letter. “And due to irregularities and a number of unresolved questions we have raised with the Nevada Democratic Party, it’s unclear what the final results will be.”


SUV flies off 6-story parking garage, lands on McDonald’s across street, CA cops say

An SUV landed on a McDonald’s restaurant early Sunday in Santa Monica, California, after flying across the street from the top of a six-story parking garage, KCAL reports. The Jeep … Click to Continue »


Man arrested in Bridgeport stabbing

Police were called to the 1,00th block of Park Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, after a caller reported a fight, and said one of the people may have been stabbed.


CU Boulder campus renovations approved by CU regents

The University of Colorado Boulder will see a number of new construction projects get underway after the system’s Board of Regents approved a slate of funding this month.

CU Boulder’s Engineering Center will receive $32 million in renovations to install “modern, high-performance research laboratories and office space” for computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering departments, according to the university.

The renovations are taking place in the building’s north wing and north tower and will also make space for student support services and the college’s Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center.

Other renovations will include a building at 1135 Broadway St., which will house the new Renee Crown Wellness Institute.

Regents also approved giving a 1,399-square-foot strip of land on the east edge of 30th Street to Boulder city officials for transportation improvements, including two bike/pedestrian underpasses.


Wet’suwet’en protests: Blockades remain as hereditary chiefs return to B.C.

The traditional chiefs visited supporters in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Kahnawake, south of Montreal, this week, saying their conditions for talks remain the same.


Governor Kay Ivey says Anniston is “back-up plan” for housing Wuhan Coronavirus patients

Sunday morning, Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement saying patients who have tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus will NOT be taken to a FEMA Facility in Anniston.

Gov. Ivey said the Anniston facility is only a “back-up plan.”

Her full statement is below:

Late Friday night, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) informed me about their proposal to transport Americans who have tested positive with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Diamond Princess cruise ship to a FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston. Sensing the urgency, I quickly informed the offices of Senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones and Congressman Mike Rogers, as well as Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

On Saturday, it appears that a press release from HHS was inadvertently, and perhaps prematurely, sent notifying the State of Alabama that these individuals were scheduled to begin transporting to Alabama as early as Wednesday. 

Obviously concerned, there were a number of conversations between HHS, the White House, my staff and me, as well as two rounds of conference calls including the senior staff of the Congressional Delegation to try to clarify HHS’ intent and reasoning for selecting Alabama. On one of the calls, they informed us that the CDP in Anniston is only being considered as a “back-up” plan, in case they run out of alternative locations. They assured us on both calls that no decision had been made to send anyone to Anniston.

I made it abundantly clear that while the State of Alabama wants to work closely with the Trump Administration to assist fellow Americans who may have tested positive for the Coronavirus, there were some grave concerns about why the site in Anniston was chosen and how, logistically, this would play out in the event this back-up site were to be eventually activated.  

First and foremost, my priority is to protect the people of Alabama. While locating these folks in Alabama is currently a backup plan, this is a serious issue and we need to be fully aware of the facts regarding the potential of housing them in Anniston.

I am grateful to Senator Shelby and his team for coordinating today’s effort to send officials from HHS to Alabama to provide further clarity to this situation. I also appreciate Congressman Rogers for speaking with the President and informing him of the concern of the people of Alabama. Through these coordinated efforts, we will begin a process that will be transparent, and hopefully find a solution of which we are united and comfortable with.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

You can find more information on the proposal here.


ST. ALBANS BARRACKS/DRIVING LICENSE SUSPENDED CRIMINAL

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE       CASE#: 20A200860 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Eric Patno                        STATION: VSP - St. Albans         CONTACT#: 802-524-5993   DATE/TIME: 02/23/20 0852 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 78 Swanton, VT VIOLATION: Criminal DLS   ACCUSED: Jeffrey Castonguay


Man leaps from ambulance, is killed on California highway

A 23-year-old man jumped out of the back of a moving ambulance and was struck by a car and killed on an interstate near San Diego, authorities said. The man, … Click to Continue »


First trains stop at Worcestershire Parkway station

About 50 people waited at the platform to see the first services pull in.


Lachute man killed in pedestrian collision on Route 158

A 36-year-old man from Lachute, believed to have been walking on the side of the road in the Laurentians, was struck Saturday night. 


Six Nations 2020: England beat Ireland to keep title hopes alive

England end Ireland's Grand Slam hopes as they rediscover some of their World Cup form to reignite their own title hopes.


Daredevil flat-Earth booster dies in homemade rocket crash, California officials say

Daredevil and flat-Earth promoter “Mad” Mike Hughes died Saturday when his homemade rocket crashed near Barstow, California, NBC News reports. A steam-powered rocket, which Hughes had hoped would reach an … Click to Continue »


Father of STEM school shooting victim says he received call from President Trump

The father of Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old who died while defending his classmates during the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May, said he received a phone call from President Donald Trump Friday.

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RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

John Castillo, father of Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in a shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch, leaves Douglas County District Court on Feb. 7, 2020 in Castle Rock. Defendant Alec McKinney, whose birth name is Maya, is Douglas County District Court for arraignment.

John Castillo recounted the call in a Facebook post Saturday morning. He said he and Maria Castillo had just gotten back from visiting their son’s grave when he received a phone call from a woman who asked if the president could talk with him.

“President Trump gets on the phone and the president offered his condolences for our loss of Kendrick,” John Castillo wrote on Facebook.

President Trump also invited the Castillos to visit Washington, D.C. and NASA, he said.

“This was totally unexpected,” John Castillo said in the post.

The call came a day after President Trump visited Colorado Springs for a rally. Castillo said he and Maria Castillo were given VIP tickets to that rally, which attracted about 20,000 people.

“I couldn’t believe the amount of people in attendance,” John Castillo said.


Saturday night garage fire causes $25,000 in damages

Fire officials say the fire started in a car inside a detached garage.


Darnall shooting: Men held on suspicion of attempted murder

Police have described the shooting, at Shirland Place in the Darnall area, as a "targeted attack".


Railroad blockades ‘setting back reconciliation 20 years,’ warns B.C. MLA Ellis Ross

Ellis Ross says he is "very concerned" about the risk of violence against Indigenous people.


Boys, 13, charged with murder in California library fire

Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library. Police said the boys were arrested after … Click to Continue »


One shot in the head overnight in Bridgeport

Police found a “trail of blood” leading to a local business, where they determined the owner had taken the wounded victim to the hospital, said Appleby.


Homicide: 6000 Block of 13rd Street, Northwest

Sunday, February 23, 2020

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 22, 2020, inside of a residential building, in the 6000 block of 13th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 5:02 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the 6000 block of 13th Street, Northwest, for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located two juvenile males, and an adult female, inside of a residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) responded to the scene and found that one of the juvenile males displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The second juvenile male and adult female were transported to an area hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the second juvenile male was pronounced dead. The adult female was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Investigation at the scene revealed that the offense occurred inside of the residential building.

 

The decedents have been identified as 17 year-old Wilfredo Torres and 16 year-old Jaime Zelaya, both of Northwest, 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 each 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.


Man Utd choose older mascots to highlight loneliness

The team were greeted by elderly fans instead of children before their game with Watford.


Denver weather: Winter storm brings heaviest snow south, west of metro area

It’s snowing again.

After a couple of warm February days, about an inch of snow is expected in Denver Sunday, with heavier accumulation to the south of the city and lighter accumulation to the north, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder.

The winter storm moving across southern Colorado Sunday could drop between three and eight inches of snow on areas south of Interstate 70, from Park County through the southern foothills and into the Palmer Divide.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for areas west and south of Denver, including the southern Front Range foothills, the Castle Rock area and extending south to the state line. Roads are expected to be slippery.

Denver and areas north of Interstate 70 will see significantly less snow, according to the weather service, with periods of light snow throughout the day expected to accumulate less than two inches. Far northern Colorado will see little if any snowfall.

The storm is expected to move east and out of the region by Sunday night, with snow ending by the early evening, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will top out at 40 degrees Sunday and Monday, with overnight lows in the high teens and low 20s.

Monday will bring the possibility of light to moderate snow in the high country, with a slight chance of snow on the plains Monday and cold weather throughout the week.


Suspect on the run after hours-long crime spree in Colorado Springs, police say

Two shootings, a carjacking, a stolen vehicle and a man shooting at cars in Colorado Springs on Saturday are all believed to be connected and Colorado Springs police have identified one suspect in the incidents, according to a police statement.

The hours-long string of violence began around 10 a.m. when a male victim was shot in the 3700 block of Westmeadow Drive, according to the statement. That victim, whose identity has not been released, was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening.

Just after the shooting on Westmeadow Drive, a carjacking was reported nearby in the 3700 block of Penny Point. The victim reported that a man stole the victim’s car, a black Dodge Journey with the Colorado plate 237-WKQ, according to police.

Later, at 3:41 p.m., police responded to a second shooting in the 200 block of South Wahsatch Avenue and again found a male victim who was suffering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.

Shortly after that shooting, police received reports that a man was shooting at cars near South Wahsatch Avenue and East Costilla Street, and that the shooter then stole a green Buick LeSabre with a Colorado plate of 350-UOM.

That vehicle was last seen headed east on East Costilla Street.

“Based on the independent investigations conducted by the responding detectives and officers, there is evidence to support that all of the aforementioned investigations are related,” Sgt. Jason Newton said in a statement.

Police have identified one suspect, a black man with a lighter complexion, believed to be in his mid-20s, between 5’8’’ and 6’ tall, between 180 and 200 pounds, according to police, who released photos of the man and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the various incidents or on the suspect is asked to call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000, or to report an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7876 or 1-800-222-8477.


Man killed after tandem float accident in New Orleans

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A man was hit and killed by a parade float Saturday night in New Orleans.
It happened during the Endymion parade - part of the city's Mardi Gras celebration.
Witnesses say the man was struck by a tandem float, trapped between two sections, and crushed underneath.

"This is a tandem float that is involved, and again a second fatality of this season, so I do have my concerns," said New Orleans Police Commander Shaun Ferguson. "And I think we have to do our due diligence in making sure this is a safe carnival for everyone.

It's the second float-related death this week, following a woman who was hit and died on Wednesday night.


Vigil held for missing toddler from Tennessee

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The search continues for a missing 15-month-old girl from Sullivan County, Tennessee.
TBI officials say Evelyn Boswell has been missing since December, but she was only reported missing last Tuesday.

William McCloud and Angela Boswell, Evelyn's 42-year-old grandmother, were arrested Friday after they were found in a gray BMW that officials in Tennessee were searching for in connection with the AMBER alert.

Both McCloud and Boswell face charges of possession of stolen property.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy says after interviews with Boswell's mother, a lot of her information appears to be inaccurate - not matching video surveillance or eyewitness testimony.

A group of mothers in Virginia held a candlelight vigil Saturday to pray for her safe return.
They say they hope the event will raise awareness to aid in the process of getting her home and the missing 15-month-old reminds them of their own children.

Many are shocked and saddened that Evelyn Boswell was not reported missing much sooner.


4 injured in homeless encampment fire near DVP

Emergency crews received numerous calls around 5:45 a.m. from drivers who reported a large area on fire near the southern end of the Don Valley Parkway.


Boy, 3, crushed in Exeter supermarket car park

The boy was taken to hospital "conscious and breathing" after the crash at Morrisons in Exeter.


Russian spy case had its documents lost, destroyed: Canada’s information watchdog

Jeffrey Delisle, a troubled junior naval officer, had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to passing classified western intelligence to Russia in exchange for cash on a regular basis for more than four years.


Fort Carson soldier suspected in Fountain shooting arrested in Texas

A soldier stationed at Fort Carson is suspected of shooting another man in Fountain Saturday and then escaping with a 17-year-old girl, according to the Fountain Police Department.

The soldier was arrested Sunday in Texas, according to the Fountain Police Department.

Stephen Cruz Sandoval, 21,  was taken into custody in Borger, Texas, without incident and will be charged with attempted second-degree murder and related charges, according to a police statement.

The girl he was with, 17-year-old Keloe Roxie-Malia Tata, was recovered unharmed, according to police.

The shooting was reported at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at 7055 Alegre Circle, according to Fountain police. The victim, an adult man, was shot multiple times and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released, and police did not elaborate on how Sandoval came to be the primary suspect in the shooting or his connection to Keloe.

Police searched overnight for Sandoval and Keloe, who were believed to be traveling in a 2015 blue Hyundai Genesis with a Colorado license plate of ACV-I84, before authorities located them in Texas, about a six-hour drive from Fountain.

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting call Fountain police at 719-390-5555. Anonymous tips can be called into the Crime Stoppers tipline at 719-634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.


Swarm of 40,000 bees attacks police, firefighters in California, officials say

A swarm of 40,000 “very aggressive” bees attacked police and firefighters Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of a street in Pasadena, California, CNN reports. A police officer and two firefighters … Click to Continue »


Rep. Bradley Byrne says he’s running for U.S. Senate because it’s time to move on

Representative Bradley Byrne wants to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held right now by Democrat Doug Jones.

He’s part of a crowded field for the Mar. 3 primary.

Byrne is already in Congress, but he said it’s time to move on.

“I don’t thnk you should hold these seats forever. I think you should hold the seat for a certain time and then turn it over to somebody else, because new blood is good.”

You can watch our full interview with Rep. Byrne below:

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Premiership leaders Exeter score eight tries to thrash Northampton

Exeter dominate Northampton with an eight-try performance in a 57-7 Premiership win at Sandy Park.


Trapped, desperate, and pregnant: expectant mothers among Hongkongers stranded in epicentre of deadly coronavirus with no help in sight

A 77-year-old man has become the first Hongkonger to die in mainland China from the coronavirus, the Hong Kong government said on Sunday, as thousands of the city’s residents remain stranded in the epicentre of the deadly epidemic.

The Wuhan resident’s death came as Hong Kong’s two largest mainland-friendly political parties said they had received hundreds of requests for help from pregnant women, families with infants, and chronically ill patients trapped in Hubei province, and in desperate…


Women’s Six Nations: England beat Ireland 27-0 to extend unbeaten run

England's charge to a second successive Grand Slam continues with an emphatic win over Ireland in Doncaster.


Tommy Tuberville talks about why he chose to run for U.S. Senate

On Mar. 3, Alabama voters will take part in a statewide election.

Among the things to be considered – the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

Tommy Tuberville, formerly the head football coach at Auburn and other programs, is one of the candidates and he said he’s running to make tough decisions.

“I’ve seen the direction this country is going in for the last 10 or 15 years for the worse and we are in trouble. “We’ve got to make some critical decisions about this country. I want to go and make the tough decisions in Washington for the state and this country. So again, if we don’t get off this path that we’re going of low moral values and things that affect our economy, we’re not going to make it.”

You can watch our full interview with Tuberville below:

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Annual International Peace Pow Wow takes places at Enmax Centre, in Lethbridge, Alta.

The International Peace Pow Wow hosted by the Blackfoot Canadian cultural society took place over the weekend at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alta. 


South Africa edge England in tense finish in World Cup opener

England suffer a tense six-wicket defeat against South Africa as their Women's T20 World Cup campaign begins with a narrow loss in Perth.


Hucknall residents trapped by floods for third weekend

Residents are blaming a faulty flood alleviation scheme for their continuing misery.


Men injured as shotgun fired at car in Coventry

The vehicle was stopped at traffic lights when the shot was fired, police say.


Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Feb. 17-23

Voting for the presidential primary is well underway in Colorado, as evidenced by the six Democratic candidates and one sitting president who have come here over an eight-day stretch. The Denver Post has covered every visit, bringing you a flavor of the candidates’ stump speeches and voters’ impressions.

But selecting a presidential nominee is about more than their on-stage manner and a few talking points. It’s also about how their views align with voters’ — something that can be difficult to track with a field that once topped 20.

That’s why reporter Jon Murray dug into policy papers and records to compile the positions of the eight remaining Democratic candidates and Republican President Donald Trump in three areas of particular interest to Coloradans: the environment and public lands, immigration, and guns.

We hope this information is helpful as you cast your ballot, which must be turned in by March 3.

— Cindi Andrews, Denver Post politics editor

Presidential primary: Where the remaining Democrats stand on the environment, gun control and immigration

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John Locher, The Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidates stand on stage before a debate last week in Las Vegas.

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He was once sentenced to 98 years behind bars. Now Rene Lima-Marin is forging a new path

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Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Rene Lima-Marin heads to his job as a glazier Thursday at a construction site near the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The shape-shifting nature of Rene Lima-Marin’s life is unlike any other in the United States: sent to prison for 98 years for armed robbery. Mistakenly released decades early because of a clerical error. Married with two sons during the six years he was free before the courts figured out the mistake. Sent back to prison. Pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper, and shipped to an immigration detention center. Read more from Sam Tabachnik.


Denver school connects students to World War II veterans before stories are lost

World War II veteran Herman Moll, ...
Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

World War II veteran Herman Moll shows his purple heart to Handi Ali, 18, of South High School on Tuesday.

Four veterans and one civilian visited history classes at South High School last week to discuss World War II with students, Meg Wingerter reports.

Sam Wineburg, a professor of education at Stanford University, said there’s an urgency to record the stories of people who lived through World War II and the Shoah (a Hebrew term some Jews prefer for the Holocaust).

“So much of history instruction is deathly boring, but if you get a person, it reconstitutes the human element,” he said. “Story is sort of an endangered species in history classes.”


Colorado still has a transportation funding crisis; can Republicans and Democrats agree on a solution?


President’s Day ski traffic backed up on a February day on the on ramp to I-70 eastbound at U.S. 40 in Empire. President’s Day historically sees the most I-70 ski traffic, MLK weekend comes in at a close second. (Denver Post file)

In the event that no legislative solution is reached this year — a very real possibility — it may be up to voters to decide in November, one way or another, whether this growing state, with its increasing traffic and limited transit network, will finally have a sustainable source of revenue for transportation. Read more from Alex Burness.


Front Range industrial revolution: Big warehouse projects sprouting across Denver and beyond

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Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver Post

Crews move inventory inside Building 5 at the 76 Commerce Center, where Great Plains Moving and Storage relocated from central Denver. Hyde Development partnered with M.A. Mortenson Co. to build the nearly 2 million-square-foot industrial park along I-76 in Brighton.

The numbers indicate that the industrial real estate market isn’t just growing in the Denver area; it’s on an extended winning streak. There has been positive leasing activity for industrial space for 18 straight years, said Todd Witty, a vice president with real estate services firm CBRE. Read more from Joe Rubino.

RELATED: With $53 million at its back, this Golden-based self-driving-truck company aims to conquer the “yards”


How did that blue bear get there? Everything you ever wanted to know about Denver’s public art

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Light snow covers the big blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center.

Every city has roads made of asphalt and buildings made of brick. What sets each place apart is art, the giant sculptures and massive murals that are unique to urban zones and define their personality. Denver Public Art Manager Michael Chavez explains how Denver grows and maintains its massive art collection.


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Ian Desmond of the Rockies signs autographs during spring training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Click here to view more photos of the Rockies at spring training.


Denver school connects students to WWII veterans before stories are lost

One question always comes up when World War II veterans visit Denver’s South High School: Was the United States right to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

The veterans almost always say yes, and the students have more questions: What would have happened if President Harry Truman had made a different decision, and how many people would have died?

Historians are still debating the same questions, with different views of how long Japan might have resisted an invasion and whether the bombs were the decisive factor in ending the war. But at South High, the goal wasn’t necessarily finding a definitive answer, but helping students to understand how people thought in a different historical era.

Herman Moll, who saw combat in the Navy after he joined as an 18-year-old in 1943, was on a cruiser sailing for Japan at the time the bombs fell. He expected a protracted invasion, and more lives lost on a ship where more than 200 sailors already had been killed.

“But for the atomic bomb, he might not be here,” Moll said of the student asking the question.

The bomb was just one of the topics covered when four veterans and one civilian visited history classes earlier this week for a panel discussion. Students also wanted to know what it was like living during the Great Depression, where the panelists were when the war ended and what good times there were in the midst of what’s believed to be humanity’s deadliest war.

From top left, Korean War veteran ...
Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

From top left, Korean War veteran Al Binford, and World War II veterans Herman Moll and Earl Lammers share their stories and experience with South High School students during a Living History Presentation at South High School in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Israa Alazzawi, a 10th grader, said she learned a bit about military history, but she was most interested in what life was like when the speakers were young. She got a bit of that when Irene Haberman, a 1943 graduate of South High, talked about how her mother reused fabric from flour sacks to make dresses during the Depression, and when Earl Lammers, who loaded bombs onto aircraft in Italy during WWII, talked about using the Montgomery Ward catalog as toilet paper in the outhouse on his family’s farm.

“I really want to know how they lived, how they studied,” she said.

It could be one of the last times students get to ask those questions. Chuck Montera, who helped organize a group of residents at Clermont Park Retirement Community to speak, said it all depends on whether they can find at least four people who are interested in sharing their experiences and are in good enough health to visit the school. Nine of the 20 people who have participated in the panels since they started in 2013 have died, he said.

The gradual loss of memory as the years pass was driven home last weekend when Donald Stratton, one of the last three surviving service members aboard the USS Arizona during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, died at his Colorado Springs home. He was 97.

“The human element”

Sam Wineburg, a professor of education at Stanford University, said there’s an urgency to record the stories of people who lived through World War II and the Shoah (a Hebrew term some Jews prefer for the Holocaust). Video recordings can’t replicate the full drama of hearing people tell their stories firsthand, but they still impart far more emotion than texts, he said.

Wineburg said people are fundamentally attracted to personal stories in a way they aren’t to simple recitations of facts. There’s a reason book sales about a historical period will increase after the release of a hit movie set during a particular era, he said.

“So much of history instruction is deathly boring, but if you get a person, it reconstitutes the human element,” he said. “Story is sort of an endangered species in history classes.”

Kate Jones, who teaches history at South High, said she tries to make the past more real for students by having them do a simulation in which they imagine living through the Great Depression, and by having a class debate about the atomic bombs. But the annual living history panel offers a different way to access the past.

“It helps them to think about how history is real, and impacted real people,” she said.

Jones said that when no one can come in person, she plans to play clips from previous years. She also expects to take students to see South High’s “wall of heroes,” which posts information about former students who served in the military.

“Nothing’s ever going to be the same as having those living experiences,” she said.

Lora Vogt, curator of education at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, said that while people can seem more distant as their historical era slips further into the past, that’s no guarantee modern students won’t care about them: the number of kids interested in ancient Egypt proves that. The important thing is whether it’s taught in an engaging way, like when they have students compare the trenches shown in movies to real photos so they can judge how accurate the sets are, she said.

“The distance isn’t the only determining factor,” she said.

In addition to getting interested, personal stories can help students learn about the limits of individual recollections, Wineburg said. Memories aren’t photographs — they evolve as people retell stories over the years, even to themselves. Also, hearing from people who had very different experiences at the same time — for example, black veterans and white veterans — can help them understand how perspective shapes a story, he said.

“We take who we are into any experience, and people experience it differently,” he said.

World War II veteran Herman Moll, ...
Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

World War II veteran Herman Moll, right, shows his purple heart to Handi Ali, 18, of South High School during a Living History Presentation at South High School in Denver on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020.

“It’s our turn”

That point was driven home when someone asked the panelists at South High what they were doing and how they felt when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

Haberman was listening to the radio after having Sunday dinner with her future husband’s family, and they all sat shocked. Moll found a book with a map of the Pacific, noticed Japan’s land area and assumed the war would be over before he was old enough to join. And Al Binford, the “whippersnapper” of the group who served in the Korean War, said he just wanted to know who won the football game he’d been listening to, which had been interrupted for the breaking news.

Even as they told their stories, some of the veterans said there were a few things they couldn’t quite convey to people too young to have been there. Moll said he was pleased with the students’ questions, but it was difficult to impress on them how the war changed every person’s life, even if they didn’t fight. Factory workers, for example, went from making cars to making tanks and knew they were important to the war effort, he said.

Binford said it’s also difficult to explain his generation’s mentality to young people who’ve never experienced a war that touched everyone. About 0.4% of all Americans are current members of the military, which is far lower than during the WWII era.

“We knew people, fathers, uncles, cousins, who went in World War II,” he said. “Now six years later, another war comes along, and we said, ‘It’s our turn.’ “


He was once sentenced to 98 years behind bars. Now Rene Lima-Marin is forging a new path

Rubik’s cubes are everywhere in Rene Lima-Marin’s life.

The six-sided puzzles sit in his car. In his kitchen. On the couch in his Aurora home.

Lima-Marin, 42, whose odyssey in and out of the criminal justice system garnered national attention, can rearrange the cube in just a minute.

“He loves to use his mind,” Jasmine Lima-Marin, Rene’s wife, said. “He’s super smart. Anything challenging, and he’s gonna try it and master it until he has it down. That’s how he is with everything.”

Rene Lima-Marin on his way into ...
Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Rene Lima-Marin on his way into work as a glazier Thursday at a construction site near the Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The shape-shifting nature of Lima-Marin’s life is unlike any other in the United States: Sent to prison for 98 years for armed robbery and then was mistakenly release decades early because of a clerical error. Married and had two sons during the six years he was free before the courts figure out the mistake. Sent back to prisonPardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper, and then shipped to an immigration detention center.

It’s been nearly two years since he walked as a free man out of Aurora’s ICE detention facility after winning his case in immigration court, and Lima-Marin is unscrambling his life, the patterns of family, work and undying faith aligning neatly on every side.

“The stuff that seems like it’s difficult, really isn’t difficult,” Lima-Marin said. “It’s just about learning the formula — once you learn the formula, anything can be simple.”

Jasmine with her family husband Rene ...
Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Jasmine with her family husband Rene Lima-Marin, Josiah ‘JoJo’ and Justus in their home after he is set free on March 26, 2018 from an Aurora ICE detention facility after winning his case before the board of immigration appeals.

Return to normalcy

When he reunited with his wife and children for a second time on March 26, 2018, Lima-Marin and his family once again had to figure out what “normal life” really means.

His two boys, now 13 and 9, had grown, and Jasmine Lima-Marin was used to handling both parental duties in addition to a job and a role as her husband’s permanent legal advocate. After five years without Rene Lima-Marin, she became the do-it-all mother.

“You almost have to relearn everything,” Jasmine Lima-Marin said. “How to co-exist with your husband again.”

It took a year to restore their family’s rhythm.

Jobs for former felons aren’t easy to come by. But Rene Lima-Marin’s work ethic was not forgotten by his former employer, a glazing business that installs windows.

Doug Gleaton was in charge of Lima-Marin’s apprenticeship program when he was released from prison the first time. He was stunned when the Cuba native didn’t show up to class one day in 2014.

“I told the contractors, ‘Let me know when he’s out and we’ll put him right back to work,'” Gleaton said.

On a frigid Thursday morning, the sky a bold Colorado blue, Lima-Marin took a break next to his team’s latest construction project: a series of metal bars and foundation pieces that will become a new research facility on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

“I used to be afraid of heights when I first started,” Lima-Marin said, looking up at the massive structure underneath his blue hardhat.

Faith and a focus on the future

Rene Lima-Marin on his way into ...
Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Rene Lima-Marin on his way into work as a glazier Thursday at a construction site near the Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Lima-Marin’s hands don’t often rest — and neither does his mouth.

He considered himself a Christian as a child, but by his own admission did not follow the gospel.

“I said I believed in God and Jesus and all those things, but I did not follow, nor did I live the lifestyle whatsoever,” he said. “So I wasn’t really a Christian; I just called myself a Christian because it was the traditional thing to do.”

Prison changed that. When he got out, Lima-Marin started ministering, attending Bible study and Sunday worship.

“I certainly saw he was passionate and enthusiastic,” Lewis Brown Sr., a retired pastor at the New Beginnings Cathedral of Worship in Aurora, said. “He’s very sincere about his Christian faith and he certainly utilized his time incarcerated to read and to really grow in his faith.”

Faith tethers Lima-Marin to the present, keeps his eyes on the future. He doesn’t play the what-if game and tries not to question why he got a break and his friend Michael Clifton did not.


Photo courtesy of 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rene Lima-Marin and Michael Clifton in an image from security video. The prosecutor had dissected the robberies into a litany of discrete actions, including kidnapping, because they moved employees from one room to another. That approach produced a sentencing structure boosted by the crime-of-violence enhancer toward a total of 98 years.

Clifton was with Lima-Marin in 1998 when they robbed a pair of video stores. He received the same 98-year sentence, but his clerical error was fixed by the courts after he appealed his conviction. Clifton remains in prison, his latest appeal denied a year ago.

“One-thousand percent he should be out,” Lima-Marin said. He is in touch with Clifton’s family, ready to show up to any hearing, sign any petition, share any Facebook post or participate in any fundraiser.

The father of two, the husband, the glazier with his whole life ahead of him easily could be in the neighboring cell.

“I try and walk forward,” Lima-Marin said, his breath visible in the icy morning air. “When you look behind you, you might run into stuff. I’m not trying to do that, because you’ll never get where you want to go.”

 

Forging a new life

A future once confined to the Colorado Department of Corrections is flush with possibilities.

Lima-Marin speaks excitedly about learning how to flip houses for extra cash, his interest piqued while watching the DIY Network in prison. He signed up for a course next month to learn from professionals.

He also maintained a host of hobbies he picked up in prison, where the circumstances necessitated finding activities to fill the long days. Lima-Marin plays basketball at the gym, schooling kids half his age with a smooth jumper. He coaches his 13-year-old’s team. If he hadn’t gone to prison, Lima-Marin said, he might have been involved with the sport in some fashion.

The man especially loves chess, driven by the same strategic thinking that led him to own scores of Rubik’s cubes.

“You have to think ahead of time,” he said, boasting of several chess championships he won in prison. “Not just one or two moves, you have to think five moves ahead for you and your opponent.”

Count crocheting and braille as other skills Lima-Marin picked up in prison. Sitting at a coffee shop across the street from the Anschutz Medical Campus, he pulled up a picture on his phone of the Broncos blanket he’s finishing.

“Before, when I was a kid, all of this stuff I’m talking about would have been gibberish,” Lima-Marin said. “‘Look at this fool, he’s tripping. Crocheting? Braille? This dude’s an idiot.’ That’s what my younger self would have been saying.”

Lima-Marin says he’s been honest with his two boys, Justus and Josiah, about the mistakes he made as a youth. They’re old enough to know right from wrong — they know their father stole, that he brandished a gun. But that’s not him anymore.

“I don’t try to hide that from them,” he said, “simply because I want them to be able to learn from it.”


Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Rene Lima-Marin on his way into work as a glazier Thursday at a construction site near the Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Presidential primary: Where do the remaining Democrats stand on the environment?

Colorado is a state that prizes the outdoors and prioritizes environmental concerns. But it’s also a state with a petroleum industry that employs 90,000 people and allows extensive fracking activity along the Front Range.

That makes the state both a receptive audience for the 2020 Democratic presidential field’s appeals to tackle climate change — and, depending where candidates visit, a skeptical one.

Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager and self-funding billionaire candidate, has made climate change a key focus of his visits to the Front Range. And U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren used an Aurora visit last spring to release her plan for protecting public lands, a key concern in a state where a third of property is federally managed.

Trump has pursued policies viewed as friendly to businesses and industries that pollute. He portrays his moves — particularly in regard to the coal industry — as motivated by the need to protect jobs and rural economies.

The president withdrew the United States from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement, which has been ratified by 187 countries. President Barack Obama had committed the United States to a set of carbon-reduction goals and other targets by signing an executive order, which Trump reversed after taking office in 2017.

The Trump administration also has expanded access for oil and gas drilling on public lands and reversed a moratorium on federal-land coal mining that was issued in 2016 by Obama. And it is finalizing plans to reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah.


Evan Vucci, The Associated Press

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

The Democrats seeking this year’s nomination largely agree on the goal of turning back most of Trump’s actions, which also have included rewriting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, loosening methane limits and relaxing vehicle emission standards.

Ahead of Colorado’s March 3 primary — mail-ballot voting started in mid-February — here is a look at where the candidates are staking their positions.

The eight remaining major candidates for the Democratic nomination share many common goals and critiques of President Donald Trump’s environmental positions, but there are distinctions. Still in the race are former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Steyer and Warren.

Paris Agreement and Green New Deal

Two environmental goals unite nearly all of the current candidates.

  • All candidates have said they support the United States re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement. Most have suggested that the United States’ plan — as set out by Obama — should include more stringent benchmarks and goals for emission reductions.
  • All candidates have either co-sponsored or supported the Green New Deal proposed by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. It centers on goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, converting all electricity generation to renewable sources, and ensuring clean air and water as basic human rights. To aid in the transition, the plan calls for supporting the growth of a robust renewable energy industry providing new jobs and training for workers in areas that depend on the development of fossil fuel resources.

Fossil fuel leases for public lands

  • All of the candidates have said they support a ban on new leases for oil and gas drilling on public lands.

Fracking ban

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of oil and gas extraction used by producers in Colorado, and it has proved controversial in some communities.

  • Gabbard, Sanders, Steyer and Warren all support a federal ban on fracking activity, though not all advocate an immediate halt. Buttigieg has said he would support a ban on new fracking permits.
  • Biden, Bloomberg and Klobuchar don’t support a fracking ban but want new regulations and limits, to varying degrees, to protect safety and the environment.

    A large fracking operation becomes a ...
    Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file

    A large fracking operation becomes a new part of the horizon in Loveland, with Mount Meeker and Longs Peak in the background, in this photo from December 2017.

Reducing carbon emissions

Climate activists long have advocated for a tax on carbon as a key way to reduce demand for pollution-causing fossil fuels and speed up the transition to renewable sources. But the idea sparks controversy among some, in part because it would increase costs disproportionately for lower-income families, and some now favor other strategies. Most candidates are at least open to a carbon tax, though some prefer to call it a “price” on carbon.

  • Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Steyer support some version of a carbon tax, with differing plans for use of the revenue. Some would issue rebates to reduce the financial impact on families. Steyer also has supported cap-and-trade proposals, which generally would set emission limits on polluters through permits but allow those that reduce emissions to sell unused permits to other polluters.
  • Warren says she is open to the idea of a carbon tax but wants more discussion.
  • Gabbard cites the impact on low-income people, while Sanders, a former carbon tax supporter, has focused on the Green New Deal’s goals, portraying them as a more robust strategy.

Nuclear power production

Most candidates see a role for nuclear power — which generates about 20% of electricity in the United States — in their clean energy plans, since nuclear plants don’t directly emit carbon dioxide. But even supporters differ on whether new plants should be permitted, given their high costs and the environmental impact of nuclear waste. Fewer than 100 reactors are in operation in the U.S.

  • Biden’s plans call for more research on nuclear power as well as investment in “small modular nuclear reactors” that cost less than traditional plants, drawing on advancements in nuclear power to provide cleaner, safer energy.
  • Buttigieg, Bloomberg, Klobuchar and Steyer would allow existing plants to operate while focusing on development of renewable energy.
  • Gabbard, Sanders and Warren favor a faster shift to renewable energy by phasing out existing plants. Sanders says he would do that by placing a moratorium on license renewals for plants.

Sources: Candidate websites, Denver Post research and The Washington Post.


Filling out that presidential ballot? Here’s a quick look at candidates and key California issues

As California Democrats weigh their options in the presidential race ahead of the state’s March 3 primary, many are looking for a candidate they believe is likeliest to beat President … Click to Continue »


Lincoln Woods Barracks

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 1:08 PM, Troopers arrested Tobias Moses, age 39, of 87 Barstow Street, Providence, Rhode Island for Violation of a No Contact Order – First Offense. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Manton Avenue in the City of Providence. The subject was...


Passenger, 71, dies as van stops in front of bus in St Helens

The bus passenger suffered a head injury and later died in hospital, police say.


Wickford Barracks

At 10:05 PM, Troopers of the Traffic Safety Unit and Wickford Barracks arrested Derek Oliveira, age 29, of 55 Brown Street, East Providence, Rhode Island for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and or Drugs – Second Offense - BAC Unknown. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle...


Hope Valley Barracks

No arrests to report


Trash Pandas majority owner optimistic parking lot will be finished on time

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MADISON, Ala. - In less than two months, thousands of fans will be in Madison for opening day for the Rocket City Trash Pandas, but a wet January and February has held up contractors hired to pave the parking lot next to the stadium.

Majority owner Ralph Nelson says the diamond is ready, and the University of Alabama Huntsville baseball team will be the first ones to play on the field on March 20.
Nelson says he expects the 2,400 space parking lot will be finished by opening day on April 15.

"We have no concerns whatsoever about parking," he said. "Especially once we get to opening day. It's just a matter of getting this main parking lot completely, 100 percent finished.

Nelson says the new team store will open around March 7.


Alabama animal abuse bill draws criticism from animal rights groups

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An animal abuse bill moving through the Alabama House is drawing criticism from animal rights groups.

The bill would give the Department of Agriculture and Industries jurisdiction over the regulation of working animals and animal enterprises.

Animal rights groups are saying the bill is unnecessary.

As written, the bill would bring criminal charges against false complaints of animal cruelty. Animal rights activists say the bill would strip them of power and funding.

"I'd like to think that there was the best of intentions when writing it," said Steven Tears with the Montgomery Humane Society. "I'm just not sure what they are, I'm not even sure what it was meant to accomplish."

"I'm obviously curious about what's in this bill, I believe it moves a lot of jurisdiction to the department of agriculture," Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh added.

Marsh said the bill will be put on hold in the Senate, until the language and intent can be worked out.


A miniature service horse finally flew on a plane after months of training. It could be the last time

(CNN) — First-time flyers are typically nervous, anxious or downright excited. Not Fred. After months of training, the miniature service horse’s first flight was a breeze.

Freckle Butt Fred, as he’s formally known, flew last week for the very first time as a service animal for his owner Ronica Froese of Croton, Michigan. The dual-certified horse is certified as both a service and therapy animal, and thereby permitted on board.

But the flight could also be his last.

Fred, just 18 months old, is one of a few service horses in the US that could soon be banned from flying. Last month, the Department of Transportation unveiled a proposal that would restrict service animals to dogs only. While the department is considering expanding the proposal to allow miniature horses, concerns remain that they are less agile in the confined spaces of an aircraft.

To that, Fred would say neigh. His person, Ronica Froese, had him covered.

With his small body that measures just 26 inches in height and 115 pounds, Fred stood calmly in the leg space of his first-class seat as he and Froese traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Dallas, and then to the final destination of Ontario, California on February 7. Last Thursday, they took that exact route back.

Sure, the two bulkhead seats in first class might have cost Froese more than $2,000, but she said it was worth it as it provided her and Fred with some comfort.

“Fred was the definition of a perfect service animal in flight,” Froese told CNN. “Everyone loved him. Pilots, co-pilots, flight attendants, TSA, airport staff and all the passengers were kind. Lots of passengers were so amazed how well he behaved.”

Plus, they practiced.

Froese knew that takeoff would be the most difficult time on the plane, so she prepared Fred by loading him into her Ford truck and practiced mock takeoffs. Loud airplane noises were played through her speakers to make it seem real.

She guessed security would be a hassle, too. So, Froese took Fred to the courthouse to practice going through a metal detector.

All the training proved beneficial.

There was one obstacle — a flight attendant was allergic to horses. But the teal garment Fred was wearing — it’s called a “sleazy” — prevented an allergic reaction from happening.

Wait, why a horse?

Froese suffers from Crohn’s disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, according to the Chrohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

“When I’m in a severe flare, the way I describe it is Freddy Krueger taking his nails and ripping them through my intestines,” Froese said.

“When I’m really sick, I struggle to walk, I struggle to fix things up, I can’t bend over. Fred is fully directed retrieval trained… So if I drop something, Fred will pick it up and hand it to me. If I need him to go grab me something, I can point at an object. He can go get my shoes for me,” she added.

While most of the reaction on the airplane was positive, Froese said she did receive some judgmental looks.

“I have an invisible autoimmune disease,” Froese said. “Not all disabilities can be seen and we all deserve the same respect as the blind whose disability can be seen.”

Even if Fred isn’t allowed to fly anymore, Froese said she will continue to bring him to children’s hospitals, nursing homes and veterans’ homes to help bring smiles and comfort to those in need.

She might just have to drive to get there.


Another Round Of Soaking Rain Monday

Here we go again with another round of rain. Showers will already be in progress by daybreak, and we will see waves of showers through the day.

There could be a rumble of thunder or two, but we won’t have the ingredients in place for severe weather. 

Rain may be a little bit heavy at times. I don’t expect this to cause any flash flooding, but it could cause some minor flooding of low lying areas. Rainfall totals approach 1 inch across the area, with some spots seeing closer to 2 inches.

We start to dry out on Tuesday, but more rain and cold air move in later this week. We talk about whether or not that will bring a winter weather chance over on the forecast discussion. 

– Alex Puckett

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Authorities searching for escaped Talladega County inmate

ALPINE, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections said an inmate escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center Saturday night.

According to ADOC, Daniel Miner was not found in his bed during a count of inmates at the facility.

Miner is 5′ 6,” tall, weighs 192 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing state prison whites.

Miner is serving a life sentence for a 1994 murder in Marshall County.


M6 closed in both directions at Walsall after lorry crash

Highways England said it had to shut the road for a "complex" clean-up of the lorries and their contents.


Cheltenham lido ‘too warm’ for ice swimming championships

The water must be colder than 5C for official ice swimming records to be set.


Beijing’s new envoy wants more direct contact with Hongkongers, but that poses some challenges

Can a beautifully written open letter really signal a softening of Beijing’s approach towards Hong Kong?

Those who think so in the case of Beijing’s new envoy to the city may be jumping too easily to such a hasty conclusion – a different style does not necessarily mean a different policy.

Last week, Luo Huining, the new director of Beijing’s liaison office, sent out a letter online to members of the city’s pro-establishment camp. What made it special was that instead of keeping it…


‘There’s a fella across the pond who might want a tickle’ – Fury says Joshua bout will ‘complete’ career

Tyson Fury says his career would be "completed" if he faces Anthony Joshua after becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion with a stunning win over Deontay Wilder.


Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s low-income families struggling to afford masks and disinfectant, new study claims

Nearly 70 per cent of low-income families in Hong Kong cannot afford to buy masks or disinfectant, and are experiencing increased levels of stress over the coronavirus epidemic, a human rights advocacy group has claimed.The Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) released the findings of its latest survey on Sunday, as they backed calls for a HK$10,000 cash handout for all residents ahead of Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po’s budget on Wednesday.A HK$990 million special allowance package…


Harry Dunn crash: Family urge government to block Julian Assange extradition

The family's demand comes after the US refused to extradite the suspect involved in Mr Dunn's death.


Shaftsbury Barracks // DUI

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS INCIDENT   CASE#: 20B300631 TROOPER RANK/FULL Name: Trooper Shawn Sommers STATION: VSP - Shaftsbury                   CONTACT#: (802) 442-5421   DATE/TIME: February 23, 2020 at approximately 0133 hours LOCATION:  VT Route 7A, Arlington, Vermont VIOLATION: DUI / 23 VSA 1201 ACCUSED: Lauren M. Bow AGE: 23


‘Living legend’ Fury shines bright – but did he lick Wilder’s blood? How social media reacted

Tyson Fury powered up the Las Vegas lights with a brutal display of boxing - this is how social media and the boxing world reacted.


New Haven Barracks/ Directed Patrol

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B500504 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Troopers Gurwicz, Hein, and Hauter                       STATION: New Haven                     CONTACT#: (802) 388-4919 DATE/TIME: 02/22/20, 2300 hours - 02/23/20, 0100 hours INCIDENT LOCATION:


New Haven Barracks/ DLS-C

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B500505 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Sean Hauter                               STATION: New Haven                     CONTACT#: (802) 388-4919 DATE/TIME: 02/23/20, 0055 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT


Rutland Barrcks//DUI

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE: CASE#: 20B400769 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nathaniel Nevison                                   STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#:(802)773-9101   DATE/TIME: 02/23/2020 at approximately 0128  INCIDENT LOCATION:  Route 4 in the Town of Killington, Vermont.


Coronavirus: cross-border driver among two more Hongkongers to test positive for disease, taking potential total in city to 72

Two Hong Kong men, one of whom had been driving across the border to Shenzhen, have tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially bringing the number of confirmed cases in the city to 72.The 35-year-old man, who last returned from the mainland on February 7 was the second case where the Health Authority was able to detect the deadly virus based on saliva samples.Last week, the authority broadened the scope of its surveillance, and collected deep throat saliva samples from anyone with fever…


Paul Chan’s budget should ease the pain of the coronavirus crisis in Hong Kong, but not much more

The 2020-21 budget that Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-Po is due to unveil on Wednesday will be a real test of his mettle. He will also have to be vigilant in the aftermath.

It is always a challenge for the money man to justify prudence in the management of public finances when everyone can see we have substantial fiscal reserves. This time will be particularly tough as Hong Kong is now suffering a real crisis. This is the proverbial “rainy day”, for which accumulation of the reserves over…


Finance chief issues Hong Kong budget warning over ‘finite’ resources as lawmakers call for cash handout

Hong Kong’s finance minister said not all wishes would be granted in his upcoming budget, as Beijing loyalists maintained calls for a universal cash handout amid increased unemployment rates and the coronavirus epidemic.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said he had finalised the government’s latest budget plan, which is to be delivered in the Legislative Council next Wednesday.“The government’s resources are finite, it is impossible for this budget to completely satisfy demands from everyone,…


Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg appeals to political middle at Aurora town hall

Hours after preliminary results rolled in from the Nevada caucuses, Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg took the stage at the Crowne Plaza Denver Convention Center seeking to maintain his momentum.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, cast himself as a middle-of-the-road alternative to the frontrunner, far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders. He also took aim at President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during his brief but enthusiastic address.

Early predictions showed Sanders, of Vermont, winning the Nevada caucuses by a wide margin, trailed by former Vice President Joe Biden and then Buttigieg.

“I would say it was a pretty good day for us in Nevada,” Buttigieg said.

A top three finish in Nevada combined with second-place in New Hampshire and a top finish in Iowa alongside Sanders shows that the campaign remains a strong contender, Buttigieg told the crowd of an estimated 8,500.

But he cautioned that soon Sanders could assume an insurmountable lead.

“I’m here to make the case for a politics that invites everyone in instead of saying ‘It’s my way or the highway,’” Buttigieg said.

Colorado Rep. Jeni Arndt introduced the 38-year-old political upshot. Earlier in the day, Arndt formally endorsed Buttigieg’s campaign alongside former Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan and Wheat Ridge City Council member Rachel Hultin.

Before she could properly pronounce his last name, Arndt said she and her family understood that Buttigieg talks “plain sense” and represents the right values for the state.

“The movement is real, it’s now, it’s right here, it’s Colorado and let’s go for Pete,” Arndt said.

Immediately, Buttigieg threw himself into the political middle, listing issues he said a majority of Americans already support: An economy that works for people rather than corporations, supporting organized labor, eliminating the amount of uninsured and expanding health care to touch on mental health and substance abuse issues, among other things.

In addition the majority of Americans want a president who doesn’t raise their blood pressure when they turn on the television and they want a secretary of education who actually believes in public education, Buttigieg said.

“That’s the opportunity, that’s the urgency,” he said.

Buttigieg said he wants to redefine how a successful economy is measured.

“I believe the stock market and the economy are not the same thing,” he said. “I’m happy for it to be going up, but it’s not the same thing.”

Instead, he’d measure success by the income growth of the majority of citizens, push for a higher minimum wage and take actions to reduce salary disparities.

He also advocated for full immigration reform, allowing immigrants to apply for extra visas for those willing to stay in rural communities and help them grow and succeed.

“If we care about family values then this has to be a country that seeks to unify and reunify families and never, ever separate them,” Buttigieg said.

The excitable crowd absorbed Buttigieg’s remarks, cheering for more. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold joined him on the stage for a brief question and answer session.

Chants of “Love is love” erupted in the room after a 9-year-old boy called the openly-gay Buttigieg courageous and asked for help in coming out as gay.

The boy was whisked on stage where Buttigieg told him he was already courageous and gave him a few pieces of advice.

“You’ll never know who’s taking their lead from you. Who’s watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver because you have been brave,” Buttigieg told the boy. “Even if I can’t promise it will always be easy, I can promise you that I’m going to be rooting for you and I think there’s a whole bunch of people here who are going to be rooting for you too.”

Cane in hand, ball cap on her head, Cindy Slick walked into the venue with her friend Jody Veeder. The pair met at a Buttigieg watch party and quickly bonded over a mutual appreciation for the candidate’s demeanor and stances.

“He’s smart, articulate and he’s passionate about us,” Slick said. “You can tell he cares about our country and wants to bring kindness back to America.”

Vedder agreed and noted that she appreciates Buttigieg’s penchant for unity rather than relying on fringe views.

Plus he’s young, said Slick, nodding her head and shaking the few Buttigieg pins in her hat.

“Someone is going to have to realize how old Bernie is,” Slick said.

For Karl Matthys, Buttigieg’s veteran status is the draw. Matthys, who said he is also a veteran, drove from his home in Colorado Springs for the event.

“We’ve had war hawks in the office, but I can’t remember the last time we had a veteran,” Matthys said.

Some might say details are lacking from Buttigieg’s stance on the issues, but Slick said the specifics are posted on his website and it’s the duty of voters to do their research.

“Just because he’s not shoving them down our throats does not mean he doesn’t have a stance,” Slick said.

As caucus results funneled in from Nevada, Slick and others said they were unconcerned. Nobody thought Buttigieg could make it this far anyway and he’s finished strong in the first three states, they said.

Each agreed they’ll support the Democratic nominee, but hold out hope that Buttigieg takes the top spot.

Jeannette Prentice said she drove three hours from her home in “Trump country,” Wray, Colorado, to hear Buttigieg speak. Positivity, in a political mud throwing contest, is what drew her attention.

“He does not lower himself to their levels,” Prentice said.

Buttigieg is the sixth presidential candidate to visit Colorado this week. It’s his second trip to Colorado this year. He’ll be followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who will visit Denver Sunday.

Biden, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sanders are the other Democratic hopefuls who hosted events in state. President Donald Trump also held a rally Thursday in Colorado Springs where he was joined on stage by Vice President Mike Pence and the state’s at-risk Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, among others.


Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder in world title fight in Las Vegas

Tyson Fury wins the WBC world heavyweight title after producing a sensational performance against Deontay Wilder.


Williston Barracks/ DLS & VOCR

  VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE          CASE#: 20A100921 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Bradley Miller                            STATION: Williston                     CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 2/22/2020 0215 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 89S, Exit 14, South Burlington, VT


One killed, two injured in Cullman wreck

CULLMAN, Ala. – One person is dead and two others are in the hospital after a wreck in Cullman on Saturday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Joey Duncan with the Cullman Police Department, a van and an SUV collided at the intersection of Golf Course Road and 24th Street SW.

Sgt. Duncan said the driver of the van died at the scene.

The van’s passenger was flown to UAB hospital, according to police.

Police said the passenger of the SUV was taken to the Cullman Regional Medical Center. The driver of the SUV was okay.

Cullman Police said the crash is under investigation.

Authorities have not yet released the identities of the people involved in the crash.


Derby/DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A500730 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Mikkola                             STATION: Derby                     CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 02/22/2020 @ 1922 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 100, Troy, VT VIOLATION: DUI   ACCUSED: Melvin Booth


‘Time of my life’: Zamboni driver David Ayres describes playing as backup goalie for Hurricanes

“One of the guys said to me ‘Just have fun, we don't care if you let 10 goals in,’” Ayres said. “That settled me right down and it was great.”


St. Johnsbury Barracks / DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401028 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Duncan                            STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks                    CONTACT#: 802-748-3111   DATE/TIME: 02/22/2020 @ 2136 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Brook Rd. Corinth, VT VIOLATION: Driving Under the


Huntsville hosts 6th annual Mardi Gras parade

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville hosted its 6th annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.

The parade, which benefits Blount Hospitality House, featured a new route through downtown.

A bead zone made sure everyone who wanted some temporary jewelry could get some.

Volunteers from all over the area came to make this year's parade special.

"This is our very first time coming to the Mardi Gras parade in Huntsville. We're out here volunteering, and we had an amazing time. We saw all the different floats and all of the different performers. It was great, tons of fun," said parade volunteer Zahria Tucker.

The parade was capped off with a dog parade, where dogs and their owners dressed up and held signs all to celebrate Carnival.


Group of Native Americans wants housing developers to stop construction on possible ancient burial site

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  To passersby, the lot just outside of Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary just looks like another construction site. But one group of Native Americans spent their Saturday performing spiritual rituals on the land.

"That's where they did all their hunting and fishing, out through here,” explained Arturo Adrian. "They probably, pretty sure, had villages out through here. But most of them stayed up in the mountains so they could see over."

Adrian, who is known as “Spiritual Leader,” in his Apache Tribe said he has reason to believe this is an ancient Native American burial site.

According to our news partners at AL.com, an archaeologist from Redstone Arsenal informed the land developers and the City of Huntsville about finding signs of ancient life in the area last summer.

Several people from different tribes showed their support by blessing the land. One member of the Cherokee Tribe encouraged people to imagine someone was building a housing development on top of a cemetery where their loved ones were buried.

"If there's remains out here, their burial is being desecrated,” said Foy Southard. “By blessing the ground, and doing what we did today, we're trying to put back some peace for those remains."

And Adrian said until there's a clearer picture, the bulldozing and digging has to come to a halt.

"In the meantime please stop. Until we figure out what is here and what's not,” he said. “I hate to see this go on.”

The group says it will continue to make its opinions known on the issue.

There are Alabama laws that prevent construction on burial sites, but Adrian said he would like someone at the state level to focus on better enforcing those laws.


Balanced, explosive Alabama defeats Mississippi 103-78

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — John Petty Jr. scored 21 points, Jaden Shackelford had 18, and Kira Lewis Jr. added 17 to lead Alabama to a 103-78 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.

Alabama (15-12, 7-7 SEC) continues to boast one of the best-producing offenses in the country, going 37 of 66 from the field, hitting 13 3-pointers and besting the Rebels 25-15 in assists. Alex Reese chipped in 12 points, and the Tide bench scored 31.

Ole Miss (13-14, 4-10 SEC) jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but Alabama dominated the rest of the first period and led 45-31 by halftime. Thirteen of the Rebels’ 21 turnovers were in the first half.

The two teams traded technical fouls on successive possessions early in the second half and Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis was ejected. At one point the Rebels hit six consecutive field goals and still never pulled closer than 11 points.

Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 28 points but fouled out with just under 9 minutes left in the game. Devontae Shuler had 21 points and Blake Hinson added 11 points.

Ole Miss was 6 of 19 from beyond the arc and 26 of 48 from the floor.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: The Tide move the ball well and can draw offense from so many places; they may be a difficult matchup for teams down the stretch.

Mississippi: Despite another heroic effort from Tyree, the Rebels drop their third straight and would need to win the SEC Tournament to go dancing.

UP NEXT

Alabama will travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State on Tuesday night, while Ole Miss heads to Auburn.

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For more AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25


Rutland Barracks/ DUI

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE   CASE#: 20B400754                                                         TROOPER: Kevin Nutt STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101   DATE/TIME: February 22nd, 2020 at 0137 hours LOCATION: Mendon, VT VIOLATION: DUI    ACCUSED: Alic Case AGE: 25 CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:


NEW HAVEN BARRACKS / DUI #1

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20B500500                                       RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Christopher Hein STATION: New Haven Barracks                                CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: February 22, 2020, at approximately 1745 STREET: Lake Champlain TOWN:


Coronavirus: 100 Hongkongers still stuck in Japan after third airlift for Diamond Princess cruise passengers

About 100 Hongkongers were still stranded in Japan on Sunday even as a third chartered flight returned more residents from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.The Cathay Pacific flight repatriating five locals and most of the government staff overseeing the evacuation arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 6.10am.Their temperatures were taken inside the aircraft before they were allowed to disembark. The evacuees were then taken straight to the Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan…


Alabama football greats meet fans in the 256

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry, and Tua Tagovailoa are just a few of the great names to come through the Alabama football program and those are just a few of the former Crimson Tide players that were in Huntsville this weekend.

Seven former Tide players were in the 256 at Parkway Place Mall on Saturday meeting Alabama fans and the mall was packed with crimson and white.

Tua Tagovailoa, Anfernee Jennings, Henry Ruggs III and Shyheim Carter from this year's most recent class were signing autographs and meeting the Tide faithful; they were joined by former Alabama running backs Trent Richardson, Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.

The players say they never get tired of meeting their fans, and it means the world to them to have so much support.

"It's amazing to me it's one of those types of things when you visit these fans this is another side of us that these fans don't get to see," former Tide running back Trent Richardson said. "We want to have interaction with the fans too and we wanna get to meet the fans we don't wanna just be football players we actually wanna meet them and just to see this turn out it gives us a lot of hope and lets us know that we did a lot of great things and it just lets us know our Bama nation is behind us."


Zamboni driver fills in as emergency backup goalie in Hurricanes’ win over Leafs

He got a some warmup shots from his new teammates before getting thrown into the fray.


WILLISTON BARRACKS/ CRASH: DUI #1 and DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20A100929                                           RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Barone STATION: Williston                                           CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: February 22, 2020 at 5:19 pm STREET: Route 2 near the intersection of Bolton


Teen turned entrepreneur: Alberta students create innovative eco-friendly products

"It's pretty incredible. Honestly, they blow me out of the water every single year."


ReadyFest in Madison prepares people for the unexpected

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MADISON, Ala. -  Are you prepared for a natural disaster, a health scare, or even financial troubles?

A group in Madison is working to make sure its citizens are prepared for any unexpected event that may come their way.

"It's a completely free event that includes the resources from all over our community," said Rebecca Brown, ReadyFest organizer.

From survival kits to radio communication, the ReadyFest has everything you need to be weather prepared.

The goal is that everyone in the family knows what to do in a disaster situation, but the event has many resources that go beyond just being weather prepared.

"Those kinds of things happen frequently, but we wanted to look at the broader things. How can you prepare if you lose a job? How can you prepare to strengthen your family so that when things happen, the relationships are there to help you get through things," said Brown.

Frantic situations can happen at any time. Paula Nichols is a volunteer helping children at the ReadyFest learn what to do in emergency situations. She recalls a time when her daughter had a scary moment.

"My little daughter, she got lost in her mind at a shopping center. Really, I had my eyes on her, but we were in a tall isle, and she couldn't see me," said Nichols.

But Nichols said having a plan can keep things from escalating,

"If they are separated for a long amount of time, then it gives them a plan as to what to do. Who are they going to look for? You know, look for a mom, look for a police officer," said Nichols.

Everyone at ReadyFest leaves a little more prepared for whatever life may throw at them.

The event is put on by the City of Madison.


Saskatoon Wet’suwet’en solidarity, pro-pipeline demonstrators delay train

Demonstrators confronted each other across rail tracks in Saskatoon. Police kept them separated.


RCMP ‘temporarily’ close office on Wet’suwet’en land, chiefs says more talks next week

A spokesperson said police finished relocating the base of its operations from the Community Industry Safety Office to its detachment in nearby Houston, B.C., mid-day Friday.


Four Madison County inmates hospitalized after suspected overdoses

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Four male inmates at the Madison County Jail were hospitalized on Saturday afternoon after suspected overdoses of an unknown substance.

According to Don Webster with HEMSI, HEMSI responded to the call at 5:32 p.m. on Saturday.

Webster said the men were taken to Huntsville Hospital. According to Webster, two men were taken in serious condition and the two others were in non-life threatening conditions.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed criminal investigators are at the scene. The sheriff’s office said they will provide more information as the investigation continues.


Edmonton restaurant supports senior making handbags for children’s education in Turkey

Eighty-seven-year old Semsi Develioglu started making bags roughly 20 years ago, while also working as a social worker.


‘Gopher bomb’ may have started 7-acre brush fire in suburb

A bomb used to get rid of gophers may have started a brush fire in a Northern California suburb, authorities told the East Bay Times. The fire that started about … Click to Continue »


“Sometimes it still haunts us”: Exonerated men speak about racial injustice to hundreds in Denver

Hundreds of people rose in unison Saturday afternoon inside a ballroom in the Colorado Convention Center when the stars of the day were announced over the microphone.

Three men who spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit took to the stage to rousing applause. It was a stark departure from their entrances to courthouses in New York City 30 years ago, when these three — then just 14 and 15 years old — were taunted with vicious signs and vile threats. A nation watched them with contempt.

Three members of the Central Park Five — now called the Exonerated Five — captivated the audience Saturday in downtown Denver, speaking passionately of a childhood robbed, a livelihood interrupted and how the American criminal justice system failed them on every level.

Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam took turns discussing how their lives changed forever in April 1989, when they were arrested for raping and brutally assaulting a 28-year-old white woman while she was jogging in New York City’s Central Park.

They were just kids who loved hip-hop, skateboarding and basketball. All of a sudden, they were in prison.

“Being 14, we were just trying to scratch the surface of life,” Richardson said. “We all got robbed of that potential.”

Their story became a cautionary tale of rushes to judgement by the public, police and prosecutors and the unreliability of confessions made by juveniles. Richardson, Santana and Salaam each spent seven years in prison, put away partly by confessions they made to police, which they claim they were pressured into.

In 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist, confessed to the crime. Twelve years later, the Central Park Five were awarded a $41 million settlement, although the city of New York denied any wrongdoing. Their story has been revived for a new generation with Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series “When They See Us,” and the case looms over the recent stabbing death of a Barnard College freshman in a New York park, in which middle school children of color are the primary suspects.

Fardows Sadiq, 18, of Denver, right, ...
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Fardows Sadiq, 18, of Denver, right, is listening the panel discussion of three of the Exonerated Central Park Five Raymond Santana Jr., Yusef Salaam and Kevin Richardson at Colorado Convention Center on Saturday. Feb. 22, 2020. The Central Park Five were five teenagers of color who were arrested and convicted of raping and assaulting a young woman in New York’s central park in 1989.13 years later, their convictions were vacated based on DNA evidence.

“It’s been over 30 years,” Richardson said. “And sometimes it still haunts us.”

The men talked about how little they understood about the criminal justice system at that age.

“We had no idea what was going on,” Santana said. “Not even knowing who Miranda was.”

The exonerated speakers spoke about how the criminal justice system continues to go after people of color.

“Once again we’ll be able to call it the criminal justice system,” Salaam said. “But right now it’s the criminal system of injustice.”

Even after they got out of prison, life didn’t get much better: the 7 p.m. curfew, being forced to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender meetings, the challenges getting a job with a felony on their record, and a rape conviction at that.

“There was never no transitional programs,” Santana said. “No halfway house. Nobody sat us down to say, ‘Here’s how you be productive.'”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who moderated the event, said it’s important for Denverites to hear the stories of these men so the system can get better at identifying bias.

“There have been segments of our community absolutely devastated by the heavy-handed approach to law enforcement by, frankly, what many of us consider to be the second phase of Jim Crow,” Hancock told The Denver Post. “I intentionally wanted to make sure that law enforcement was here today and that our judges were here, our district attorneys are here, because I want them to hear and see the pain, the concern of a community that wants to see reforms come forward and to make sure that justice is justice.”

After telling their stories, Santana, Richardson and Salaam offered words of encouragement for young people of color.

“When you are no longer seen as a productive member of society, if the world is telling you you are not worth nothing, remember: The truth is, you’re worth everything,” Salaam said.


Coronavirus spurs Singapore and Hong Kong Christians to see crisis as test of faith and unity

As the novel coronavirus spreads in Asia, health authorities zeroing in on community infections have found a surprising commonality – many of the cases are springing from Christian churches.

In Singapore, a third of the 89 reported coronavirus infections are linked to two churches; in South Korea, more than 200 of the 556 cases are linked to one church. No infection clusters in Hong Kong churches have been identified.

Globally, Covid-19 has now spread to 25 countries, with more than 78,000…


Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead





LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.

While Sanders scored a strong victory, a cluster of candidates was fighting for a distant second place — and any momentum that may come with it heading into next-up South Carolina and then Super Tuesday on March 3. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren were trailing far behind Sanders.

The 78-year-old Vermont senator successfully rallied his fiercely loyal base and tapped into support from Nevada’s large Latino community as the Democratic contest moved for the first time into a state with a significant minority population.

In a show of confidence, Sanders left Nevada early to rally supporters in Texas, which offers one of the biggest delegate troves in just 10 days on Super Tuesday. The progressive senator told cheering supporters in El Paso that Trump is “a pathological liar running a corrupt administration.”

“When we come together there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” Sanders declared.

The win built on Sanders’ win earlier this month in the New Hampshire primary. He essentially tied for first place in the Iowa caucuses with Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has sought to position himself as an ideological counter to Sanders’ unabashed progressive politics, but was fighting for a distant second place in Nevada.

The victory, while encouraging for Sanders supporters, only deepens concern among establishment-minded Democratic leaders who fear that the self-described democratic socialist is too extreme to defeat Trump. Sanders for decades has been calling for transformative policies to address inequities in politics and the economy, none bigger than his signature “Medicare for All” health care plan that would replace the private insurance system with a government-run universal system.

Despite establishment anxiety, moderates are struggling to unify behind a single candidate, and the vote on Saturday was again split between several candidates.

Those included Massachusetts Sen. Warren, who desperately needed a spark to revive her stalled bid; billionaire Tom Steyer, who spent more than $12 million on Nevada television, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who hoped to prove her strong New Hampshire finish was no fluke.

Biden claimed success — but not victory — as he addressed cheering supporters in Las Vegas.

“Now we’re going on to South Carolina to win and we’re going to take this thing back,” he declared.

And without naming names, he took a swipe at Sanders and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who wasn’t on the Nevada ballot but has emerged as a threat to Biden in contests that begin next month.

After the chaos of Iowa’s caucuses, there were concerns about Nevada’s similar setup. But no major problems were in sight.

At noon, under sunny skies, dozens of uniformed housekeepers and casino workers cast ballots in the Bellagio, one of seven casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip among 200 locations statewide that hosted caucuses. Nevada is the third contest on a 2020 election calendar marked by chaos and uncertainty after the opening votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, overwhelmingly white, rural states.

The first presidential contest in the West tested the candidates’ strength with black and Latino voters for the first time in 2020. Nevada’s population aligns more with the U.S. as a whole, compared with Iowa and New Hampshire: 29% Latino, 10% black and 9% Asian American and Pacific Islander.

The Nevada verdict represents the third in a primary season that will span all 50 states and several U.S. territories, ending only at the party’s national convention in July. But with two more rounds of voting scheduled over the next 10 days — including Super Tuesday’s massive delegate haul — the party may identify a consensus candidate long before the convention.

Sanders and his allies were increasingly confident about his strength in the race. In Nevada, he has strong support from Latinos and rank-and-file union workers who have warmed to his calls to transform the nation’s economy and political system to help the working class.

There was skepticism about Buttigieg’s ability to win over a more diverse set of voters after strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. Biden, who struggled in those early states, looked to Nevada’s voters of color to prove he still had a viable path to the nomination.

Warren and Klobuchar were hoping to benefit from outside money from newly created super PACs.

Klobuchar, campaigning in her home state of Minnesota Saturday night, claimed Nevada success no matter what. “As usual I think we have exceeded expectations.”

New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who dominated the political conversation this week after a poor debate-stage debut, wasn’t on the ballot. He’s betting everything on a series of delegate-rich states that begin voting next month.

Trump weighed in on social media, continuing his weeks-long push to sow discord between Sanders and his Democratic rivals.

“Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!”

The stakes were high for Nevada Democrats to avoid a repeat of the chaos in Iowa, and it appeared Saturday’s caucuses were largely successful.

Unlike state primaries and the November election, which are run by government officials, caucuses are overseen by state parties.

Nevada Democrats sought to minimize problems by creating multiple redundancies in their reporting system, relying on results called in by phone, a paper worksheet filled out by caucus organizers, a photo of that worksheet sent in by text message and electronic results captured with a Google form.

In addition, it appeared Nevada Democrats were able to successfully navigate a complicated process for adding early voting to the caucus process. Nearly 75,000 people cast early ballots over a four-day period, and the party was able to process those in time for Saturday so they could be integrated into the in-person vot.

At the Bellagio caucus site, 41-year-old Christian Nielsen, a scuba diver for the Cirque du Soleil show “O,” said he backed Sanders because he believes the country needs a “major change in the White House.”

“We need somebody in the White House who has been on the right side of history for their entire career, somebody who stands with the working class, and will make things more fair for everybody,” Nielsen said.

The Democrats’ 2020 nomination fight shifted beyond Nevada even before the final results were known.

Only Biden, Buttigieg and Steyer were still in the state when news of Sanders’ victory was announced.

Sanders and Klobuchar spent the night in Super Tuesday states. And Warren, who began Saturday in Las Vegas, was to finish the day in Washington state, which hosts its election on March 10 but has already begun offering early voting.

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Peoples and Jaffe reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta, Ken Ritter and Nicholas Riccardi in Nevada and Brian Slodysko in Washington contributed to this report.


Former DSU officer receives 15 months in bribery case

David C. Weiss, U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, announced Feb. 21 that Crystal Martin, former associate registrar at Delaware State University, was sentenced to 15 months’ incarceration today by the Hon. Richard G. Andrews, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware.According to court documents and statements made in open court, between 2013 and 2017, Martin accepted bribes from codefendant Stephen Williams in order to change the registration status of [...]


Sharpton, Delaware pastors to host Black History Month dinner, celebration

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Christopher Bullock will host a free dinner for Delaware residents in honor of Black History Month, emceed by local Pastor Dale Dennis II of Hoyt Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bower St., Wilmington.The pastors will be leading a discussion on the lack of diversity on Delaware’s courts and its adverse effects on all of the state’s residents. The [...]


Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County (Photo)

On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at approximately 6:30 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 82.  

Preliminary investigation reveals that a gold Buick Regal, operated by Myranda Schultz (20) of Astoria, had stopped at the Knappa intersection to proceed across Hwy 30 onto Hillcrest Loop.  Schultz pulled into the path of an eastbound black Ford Mustang, operated by Cameron Rowles (72) of Warrenton, and was struck on the passenger side.

Enrique Sutphin (24) of Astoria was a passenger in the Regal and sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Schultz and Rowles sustained minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted Knappa Fire Department, Medix, and ODOT


Spring trout stocking, March 7 season opening at downstate ponds

The Delaware Department of Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced Feb. 21 that Delaware’s spring 2020 downstate freshwater trout season will begin at 7 a.m., March 7, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout.Both Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond near Greenwood in Sussex County will be stocked and open on that date for trout fishing, provided that pond ice conditions do not prevent stocking or [...]


Coronavirus outbreak leaves Hong Kong funeral homes facing coffin shortage

Funeral parlours in Hong Kong and people who have lost loved ones have become additional victims of the coronavirus outbreak.The city has been facing a shortage of coffins since factories in Guangdong province were ordered to close until February 10 to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus, which causes the disease Covid-19.Kwok Hoi-pong, chairman of the Funeral Business Association in Hong Kong, told the Post the temporary ban had also covered the process of putting finished…


Beebe Healthcare to host job fair at Dover Downs March 16

Beebe Healthcare will host a clinical healthcare professionals job fair from 3 to 6 p.m. March 16 in the Kent/Mezzanine Room at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway.Interested candidates are asked to RSVP for the event by calling 645-3336 or emailing employment@beebehealthcare.org. Bring copies of resume to the job fair.Beebe Healthcare is hiring clinical nurses/RNs with two years of nursing experience. Openings include cardiac telemetry; intensive [...]


Regina protesters tell Andrew Scheer to check his privilege in latest Wet’suwet’en rally

For the third consecutive week, supporters of Wet’suwet’en Nation have rallied in Regina to show their support to the hereditary chiefs


Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigating east Birmingham homicide

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead in east Birmingham.

On Friday, February 21, Jefferson County deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 1200 block of Birchwood Street around 8:35 p.m. Deputies arrived and found 19-year-old Avonte Damall Washington dead on the scene, officials report.

Witnesses identified the suspect and informed deputies that he and Washington knew each other. Witnesses also informed deputies that the suspect was hit by gunfire as he fled from the home.

Birmingham police officers were able to locate the suspect on a road nearby. He was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injury.

Jefferson County Detectives are investigating this crime. At this time, the sheriff’s office has not released the name of the suspect in this case. Check back for more details as CBS 42 continues to keep you updated.


Edmontonians gather at city hall to honour Flight 752 crash victims with condolence book

"This is the testimony of what Canada is," said Reza Akbari, the president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton.


Coastal GasLink told to consult further with Wet’suwet’en by B.C. environmental office

At issue is a report that B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office said required more information and comments directly from Wet'suwet'en peoples.


Euro 2021: England Women to open tournament at Old Trafford

England women will open the 2021 European Championship on home soil at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium on 7 July.


Brixton Hill police pursuit hit-and-run death: Man charged

Quincy Anyiam, 26, is accused of causing the death of Anisha Vidal-Garner in Brixton Hill.


Sheringham Viking Festival ‘warrior’ finds faith in Norse gods

Viking re-enactor Richard Mehmed says he found faith with Norse gods while "wielding a six-foot axe".


Hackett’s cafe chain in Oxfordshire made decade of pay errors

Forty-one people who worked for Hackett's cafes in Oxfordshire complain about wage discrepancies.


West Suffolk Hospital: Doctors criticise ‘breakdown of trust’

Staff were asked for fingerprints after an anonymous letter was sent to a grieving husband.


The ‘ironmums’ (and ‘irongrans’) taking on endurance feats

Three so-called "ironmums" explain the appeal of taking on one of sport's most gruelling challenges.


Roosters beat St Helens to record fifth World Club title

National Rugby League side Sydney Roosters claim a record fifth World Club Challenge title by beating St Helens.


Auburn rallies past Vols; fan tossed for derogatory comment








AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers had an ugly performance for 25 minutes and an unfortunate incident involving a fan.

The final result was prettier for the 13th-ranked Tigers, who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Tennessee 73-66 on Saturday behind Samir Doughty’s 22 points.

“We’ll celebrate this one,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “Having lost two in a row, I kind of felt like our backs were against the wall.”

The comeback wasn’t the only hot topic after the game.

A student was ejected from the game after directing a derogatory comment toward Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and will face a disciplinary hearing, an Auburn official said. The fan was heard on TV calling out, “Go back to Uruguay! This is America!”

Pearl said he appreciated the way Auburn administrators handled it and stressed that “one person doesn’t speak at all for the Auburn family.”

“That’s not who we are at all,” Pearl said. “This is an amazing campus with incredible students. We are diverse and we are welcoming. I’ve got nothing but respect for Santiago and his game.”

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes didn’t know about the incident when asked about it at his postgame news conference, with a media relations official cutting off a reporter’s question. Barnes addressed it after being told of the situation in the team’s locker room.

“From what I’ve heard, once they found out about it, they took care of it,” Barnes said. “I’m glad they did. I haven’t given any thought to it but our administration told me that Auburn did what needed to be done. And that’s good by me.”

Auburn stopped a two-game skid. Led by Doughty’s hot streak, the Tigers (23-4, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) scored 18 consecutive points to spark the comeback against the Volunteers (15-12, 7-7).

Jordan Bowden scored a career-high 28 points and six assists and made 3 of 4 3-pointers for the Vols. Vescovi, who was not made available to reporters, had 10 points.

The Vols rode a 13-2 run capped by Bowden’s jumper to a 54-37 lead with 14:31 left. Then Auburn scored the next 18 points, including 10 by Doughty, to go ahead 55-54.

Devan Cambridge’s 3-pointer with 1:38 left gave Auburn a 67-64 lead. The teams traded baskets after that before the Tigers forced a turnover.

McCormick and Doughty each hit two free throws in the final 23 seconds and Auburn scored the game’s final six points.

Doughty scored 14 points in the second half and no other Auburn player reached double digits for the game. It was the Tigers’ third straight game without star freshman Isaac Okoro (pulled right hamstring), and they lost the first two by double digits on the road.

Bowden had 17 points in the first half and was perfect from the field and free-throw line before halftime. He had been 7 of 35 from 3-point range (20%) over the last seven games.

It was a rematch of the SEC Tournament championship game, which Auburn won last season 84-64 on its way to the Final Four.

This time Pearl had a fiery halftime message to his players, though Doughty declined to share the particulars.

“I can’t share anything he said,” the guard said. “He got on us, and we reacted but I can’t really share what he said. But it got us motivated.

“He kicked everybody out of the locker room but the players. When it gets like that, we know how serious he is.”

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee flirted with its third win over a ranked opponent this season. The Vols committed 24 turnovers, including six during Auburn’s big run, a recurring issue lately.

“It’s like the same old record playing,” Barnes said. “Some of them were just … ridiculous turnovers where you watch your team and it’s like, ‘What are they not seeing out there?’”

Auburn pushed its home winning streak to 18 games after falling 85-73 at Missouri and 65-55 at Georgia. The Tigers have won four straight against Tennessee for only the second time (1997-99). They had 18 steals.

UP NEXT

Tennessee visits Arkansas on Wednesday night.

Auburn hosts Mississippi on Tuesday night.

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Sheridan and Hopkins Win Big Ten Titles

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IOWA CITY, IOWA – Northwestern women's swimming and diving finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships with 907.5 points after competition concluded Saturday night. This is the highest point total for Northwestern in the conference tournament in program history, with the next closest being 628 in 1993. Saturday's results also mark the best place finish for the Wildcats since the team placed fourth in 2002.


State trooper cleared in fatal shooting of Nevada truck driver in Avon

A state trooper was justified in the shooting death of a 58-year-old Nevada man who brandished a gun after being stopped by authorities in December near Avon, the 5th Judicial District ruled.

Trooper Joel Juenke’s decision to shoot Alvern Walker was “justifiable self-defense and a justifiable self-defense of others,” Heidi S. McCollum, assistant district attorney, said in a decision letter.

About 8:15 p.m. Dec. 5, the State Patrol stopped a U-Haul truck in a Walgreens parking lot in Avon. Walker, a passenger in the truck, began verbally confronting the trooper, spewing nonsensical language, the DA said in the letter.

After the trooper called for backup, Walker pulled out a handgun and placed it under his chin with the barrel pointing up, the district attorney said. Officers gave Walker more than 50 commands to drop the weapon, as the man waved it around his head, walking near the Walgreen entrance.

An Avon police officer attempted to use nonlethal force by shooting Walker with a beanbag round designed to disarm him. At the same time, another officer used a Taser.

Thinking the shot he heard may have come from Walker, Juenke fired, hitting the armed man, the decision letter said. Walker was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The assistant district attorney noted that there were communication issues during the tense negotiation brought on by the fact that multiple agencies — the State Patrol, Avon police and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office — were attempting to coordinate with different dispatch centers.

“Basically, the sequence of events was rapidly evolving, and the dangerousness of the situation was fast-unfolding, to such a degree that responding agencies were unable to most effectively coordinate their communications because doing so would leave them and others vulnerable to the danger presented by Mr. Walker,” McCollum wrote.

Authorities found that Walker had struggled with drug use, possible mental health issues and difficulties transitioning back into society. Walker had been on parole in Nevada stemming from a 1983 murder conviction. He had tested positive in a recent drug test and recently had been admitted to a hospital because of a “meth binge,” the district attorney’s office said.

“In the hours preceding the incident, Mr. Walker was also displaying odd behavior and experiencing psychosis due to drug use and/or mental illness,” McCollum wrote.

The driver of the truck told police that Walker said, “They’re going to shoot me. They’re going to shoot me. I’m gonna kill them,” according to the decision letter.



Northwestern Falls to No. 7 Syracuse

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Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern fell to No. 7 Syracuse after a hard-fought and action-packed 60 minutes Saturday night at Ryan Fieldhouse.


Four ‘Cats Collect Medals to Open Conference Championships

Fencing at Ryan Fieldhouse

The Northwestern women's fencing team opened up the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, hosted by Ohio State University, with individual competition on Saturday.


Halifax Grade 12 student engaging newcomer children through the game of tennis

Armbrae Academy student Niket Sampalli is sharing his passion for tennis with newcomer children to make them feel more at home in the community.


Demonstrators descend on downtown Toronto for Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest

The protest came one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades on railroads "must now come down."


Bridgeport cop suffers minor injuries in crash

Bridgeport police say the officer was on her way to help another officer with a call when a driver went through a stop sign and crashed into her.


Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs arrive in Kahnawake for historic meeting

The hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en having been touring Mohawk communities in eastern Canada where rail blockades have been set up.


Shaftsbury Barracks/ Domestic Assault

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B300604 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Colin Shepley                              STATION: Shaftsbury Barracks                      CONTACT#: 802-442-5421   DATE/TIME: 02/22/2020 at 1134 hours. INCIDENT LOCATION: Strohmaier Road Pownal, Vermont


Colorado man charged in Oregon truck stop stabbing sent to state hospital

ONTARIO, Ore. — A Colorado man charged in what Oregon prosecutors say was a hate crime stabbing has been found unfit for trial and will be sent to the Oregon State Hospital before his legal case can move forward.

The Argus-Observer in Ontario reports Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Lung Hung ordered Wednesday that Nolan Strauss be transported to the hospital for treatment.

Strauss, a 26-year-old long-haul semi truck driver from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been charged with several felonies including attempted murder, assault and bias crime. The Ontario Police Department said Strauss had been in the area a couple of days when he allegedly stabbed a black man at an Arby’s Restaurant at an eastern Oregon truck stop on Dec. 21. Police said there is no indication the two men knew each other or interacted before the sudden attack.

Police say the victim, Ronnell Hughes, 48, tried to fend off the attack but sustained multiple stab wounds to his neck before truck stop employees were able to restrain the attacker.

Strauss has not yet entered a plea, and was unable to be reached for comment.


Colorado Springs students lift car car to free girl who was run over

COLORADO SPRINGS — Students at a Colorado Springs high school lifted a car off the ground to free a girl who had been run over and trapped in the school parking lot.

KKTV reports several students rushed to help after the girl was run over by a car driven by a student at Rampart High School earlier this month.

Joined by a school resource officer and security guard, the students lifted the car, allowing a resource officer to drag the girl out from under the vehicle.

She was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries and released on Monday.


Dollard-des-Ormeaux family comes home to find bullet hole in their home

A DDO family called 911 on Friday night following the discovery of a bullet hole in their home on Brahms Street, near the corner of Mozart Avenue.


St Johnsbury / DLS

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401019 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Sean Brennan                             STATION: St Johnsbury                  CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 2/22/20 1045 INCIDENT LOCATION: I91 mile marker 120 Barnet, VT VIOLATION: DLS   ACCUSED: Michael


34 professors pen letter criticizing U of R’s lack of engagement with Indigenous voices

The faculty call for a culture that doesn't pit academic freedom against the inclusion of Indigenous people and perspectives.


Pedestrian in critical condition after Thornton hit-and-run

Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian early Saturday in Thornton.

The suspect struck the pedestrian, who is in critical condition, about 2:07 a.m. near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and East 115th Avenue, police said.

Police identified the suspect’s vehicle as a white GMC SUV with front-end damage; the letter M is missing from the GMC emblem.

Anyone with information has been asked to call Thornton police.


St. Albans Barracks//DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                 Driving License Suspended   CASE#: 20A200850                         TROOPER: LaMere STATION: St. Albans            CONTACT#: (802) 524-5993   DATE/TIME: 02/22/2020 1055 hours


VAR: Frank Lampard questions the technology after more controversy in the Premier League

VAR caused controversy in the Premier League on Saturday, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard saying there is 'another huge question mark' over the technology.


Morgan County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspected armed robbers

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two males who they say robbed a Dollar General at gunpoint.

The sheriff’s office responded to a robbery call at the Dollar General on East Upper River Road in Somerville around 8:40 Thursday evening.

Authorities say two males went into the store that night. They say one male forced employees into a room at gunpoint while the other stood at the doorway as the lookout.

The sheriff’s office say they stole cash and items in the store.

If you recognize either individual or have any information about the identity of them, please contact investigators through Morgan County 911 at 256.350.4613


Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs continue tour of Mohawk communities in Quebec

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast, though others in the community support the pipeline.


Okanagan students fundraising for impoverished Guatemalan families

So far, the three students have raised almost $14,000 for the Project Somos Children’s Village.


Brierley Hill stabbing: Two more arrests after cannabis robbery deaths

Two men are held at Holyhead Port in Wales after Khuzaimah Douglas and Waseem Ramzan were killed.


‘Deep wounds’: Respected Canadian Catholic figure sexually abused women, report finds

A report from L'Arche International found Jean Vanier engaged in "manipulative sexual relationships'' over a period from 1970 to 2005, usually with a "psychological hold'' over the alleged victims. Vanier died last year at age 90.


AZDPS troopers investigating a fatal collision involving a passenger van carrying high school and college students

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
Department Report Number: 
I20010851
Preliminary Information: 

On Friday, February 21, 2020, at approximately 10:00PM, a one-vehicle, rollover collision with three fatalities occurred on US 70, at milepost 327, west of Pima. An Eastern Arizona College (EAC) passenger van was traveling eastbound when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, left the roadway and subsequently rolled. The van, being operated buy an adult male, was carrying seven local high school students and one EAC student.

Three of the high school students were ejected and all succumbed to their injuries. The driver and five other students received non-life threating injuries. The cause of the collision is still being investigated. At this time, impairment does not appear to be a factor in the collision.        

EAC has been working diligently with AZDPS investigators and questions related to the students and their school travel should be directed to Mr. Kris McBride, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Eastern Arizona College, Kris.mcbride@eac.edu.

Incident Location: 
District: 
09 - Sierra Vista

Anniston FEMA Center to be used as part of Coronavirus quarantine

ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Saturday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston will be used as a place for some of the American passengers from the cruise ship in Japan.

The full statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services follows:

HHS is taking precautions to protect the health of all Americans from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To that end, HHS and FEMA agreed to use a federal facility, the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, as a place for some of the American passengers from the Diamond Princess to stay. These are passengers whom the federal government evacuated back to the U.S. from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The passengers who will stay at the Center tested positive for COVID-19, although at this time they either do not have symptoms or have mild flu-like symptoms. Any of the evacuees who become seriously ill will be transported to pre-identified hospitals for medical care. Under the HHS-FEMA agreement, the Center for Domestic Preparedness will provide the housing, and HHS will provide basic medical care and all other support services for these returning passengers. Passengers will stay in a separate area from the Center’s training participants and will remain at the Center until they are medically cleared.

The Center has unique facilities and routinely offers week-long, hands-on training for large groups of professionals from federal, state and local emergency management agencies, hospitals, public health agencies, and law enforcement agencies on disaster response.


30 firefighters called in to battle church shed fire in Middlesex County

London fire crews arrived to the area of Woodhull Road and Westminster Drive to find a shed attached to the Harvesters Baptist Church ablaze.


Late Rally Lifts Wildcats to 11-6 Win at Mary Nutter

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No. 25 Northwestern capped off its Saturday doubleheader at the Mary Nutter Classic with a convincing 11-6 victory over Long Beach State after the Wildcats scored seven runs over the game's final two innings.


Leicester 0-1 Man City: Gabriel Jesus’ late strike earns win at King Power

Substitute Gabriel Jesus scores an 80th-minute winner as Manchester City extend their advantage over Leicester to seven points in the battle for second spot in the Premier League.


Manitoba Metis Federation opposes Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests, rail blockades

The Manitoba Metis Federation have condemned the ongoing rail blockades and protests in solidarity with select Wet'suwet'en Nation hereditary chiefs.  


Ducks Edge Wildcats, 6-3, on Saturday Morning

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF. – No. 25 Northwestern dropped the first of two games on Saturday morning at the Mary Nutter Classic in a narrow, 6-3 setback to No. 15 Oregon.


EFL: West Bromwich Albion & Leeds United open gap while Stevenage’s misery goes on

The club with more managers than wins this season and Rotherham fans' good gesture - five stories from Saturday's EFL games.


A rare rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time in 50 years

(CNN) — A hiker in Florida found and took pictures of a rare rainbow snake, a species that experts say hasn’t been seen in the area for more than 50 years.

Tracey Cauthen spotted the colorful, 4-foot-long snake while hiking in the Ocala National Forest, 47 miles north of Orlando, the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute wrote on Facebook.

The Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed to the institute that this sighting was their first record of the species in Marion County since 1969.

The museum said rainbow snakes are nonvenomous and harmless.

“Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits,” according to the institute.

Biologists speculate that the snake, also nicknamed the “eel moccasin,” slithered its way into the forest after a recent change in water levels in the Rodman Reservoir.

The average adult Rainbow snake is around 3 feet 6 inches long with the record set at 5 feet 6 inches, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Via Rail and Exo announce re-opening of train lines starting Monday

A spokesperson for Exo told Global News train service will resume on Monday at 5:45 a.m., 'unless there is another event beyond our control.'


Canadian cruise ship passenger tests negative for COVID-19 in Cornwall, Ont.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the person is part of a group of 129 Canadians and their families who landed on Canadian soil Friday morning after spending weeks confined to cabins aboard the Diamond Princess ship.


Madison County Sheriff’s Office looking for 2 suspected of theft

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying the individuals captured by surveillance photos.

According to the sheriff’s office, two people went into the CVS on Highway 53 on February 15th around 8:00 a.m. and took over $900 worth of merchandise without paying.

Anyone with information concerning these individuals can contact Inv. Steve Finley at sfinley@madisoncountyal.gov or by calling 256-533-8847


Saskatoon police shoot, kill dogs attacking man

A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being attacked by two dogs, say officials.


Huntsville-area parents indicted in starvation death of 3-year-old boy

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The parents of a 3-year-old boy who starved to death have been indicted on charges and they could face up to life in prison.

Al.com reports that Frederick Anthony Frink and Ashley Elizabeth Catron could face up to life in prison if convicted of the Class A felony charges.

Hendrix Frink died this past summer after he was found unresponsive at his family’s home in Huntsville. Emergency responders were called to the family’s home on Maple Ridge Boulevard on July 23, 2019.

Hendrix Frink was declared dead after being taken to Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. His 4-year-old brother was treated and survived.

It was reported that Hendrix weighed only 13 pounds while his 4-year-old brother weighed just 15 pounds.

The autopsy determined that Hendrix had died of starvation.

According to indictments formally charging their parents with two counts each of aggravated child abuse, both Hendrix and his 4-year-old brother were both “extremely malnourished.”

According to Al.com, trial dates are not yet set for the parents. Al.com says that Fred Frink is out of jail on $100,000 bail and that Catron remains in the Madison County jail.


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No. 18 Northwestern’s Late Flurry Sinks Wisconsin on Road

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No. 18 Northwestern held serve in their pursuit of a Big Ten title Saturday, downing Wisconsin 82-66 on the road the Kohl Center.


Wildcats Drop Game Two Against Gamecocks

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Northwestern dropped the second game of the series against South Carolina 12-3 on Saturday afternoon.


Fort Saskatchewan designer who appeared in New York Fashion Week also employs workers in Nigeria

A Fort Saskatchewan designer is finding the balance between style and social responsibility. 


Birmingham bus inspectors attacked while on duty

Three men remain in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault.


Nova Scotia man dies in snowmobile crash in South Tetagouche, N.B.

Police say the rider, who was wearing a helmet, failed to negotiate a turn on the trail and collided with a tree.


University of Guelph admits ‘toxic environment’ was fostered within athletics program

The University of Guelph says a small number of coaches have been removed after updating its coaches code of conduct in 2018.


Denver weather: Sunny Saturday, snow Sunday

Sunshine and warm temperatures on Saturday are expected to give way to snow on Sunday.

Saturday’s high is expected to be around 57 with partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

On Saturday night temperatures will drop to around 30 degrees and rain/snow are possible in the Denver area, NWS says. Then there’s an 80 percent chance of snow on Sunday, when the high will be around 38.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued along and east of the I-25 corridor south of Denver. That area should expect 1-6 inches of snow, especially along the Palmer Divide, according to the NWS.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for wide swaths of the I-70 corridor west of Denver and in the southwest corner of the state. This includes the foothills west and south of Denver. These areas should expect to see 4-10 inches of snow.

The snow will continue through the early part of next week and winds are expected to pick up on Monday and Tuesday.


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2 people arrested and charged in connection with the disappearance of 15-month-old from Tennessee

(CNN) — Two people were arrested and charged in connection with an AMBER alert for 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, who was last seen two months ago.

William McCloud and Angela Boswell were found traveling in a gray 2007 BMW that Tennessee authorities were on the lookout for earlier Friday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said during the day they believed the occupants of the car would have information about the toddler’s whereabouts.

The pair, both Tennessee residents, were charged with possession of stolen property, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina said in a news release.

It is unclear if there is any representation for McCloud and Boswell at this time.

Evelyn is still missing.

She was last seen December 26. It’s unclear why it took so long for the child to be reported missing, police said.

In a Friday news conference, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said that while Evelyn’s mother is cooperating with law enforcement, she has given conflicting stories.

Evelyn’s mother lives in Sullivan County and her father is an active duty military member and is stationed in Louisiana, Sullivan said. Her mother has sole custody, he said.

Evelyn was reported missing to the Tennessee Department of Children Services by her grandfather, who said he hadn’t seen her in months, the sheriff added.

“We’re conducting the investigation and obviously we’re talking to as many people as we’ve come in contact with that knew about the child,” Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Andy Seabolt told CNN affiliate WCYB earlier this week. “We want to know why the child was not reported missing earlier.”

The young girl has blonde hair and blue eyes, police said, and was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit, pink shoes and a pink bow.

“If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Evelyn, please contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330 or the TBI at 1-800-TBIFIND,” a news release from TBI reads.


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You can avoid the increase by paying for bags 24 hours before the flight.

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$11,000 in rewards for leads to whooping crane killers in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and other donors are offering $11,000 in rewards for information about whoever shot and killed endangered two whooping cranes about a year apart.

There’s a $5,000 reward for information about whoever killed one in Jefferson Davis Parish in November, and another $6,000 for tips leading to arrest and conviction in a November 2018 killing.

A 1 1/2-year-old crane’s body was found Nov. 15 in a rice and crawfish field in the town of Elton in Jefferson Davis Parish, Adam Einck, spokesman for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ enforcement division, said Friday. A necropsy determined that it had been shot and killed a day or two earlier. It had been released in December 2018.

Einck said there’s also still a $6,000 reward out for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot a whooping crane between Crowley and Rayne in Acadia Parish in November 2018. That area is about 28 miles (46 kilometers) southwest of Elton.

State, federal and private groups have been working since 2011 to create a self-sustaining Louisiana flock of the 5-foot-tall (1.5-meter-tall) birds. A total of 158 cranes have been released in southwest Louisiana, and an estimated 75 — including three chicks hatched in the wild — are alive.

It isn’t easy being free. Another 295 captive-bred birds have been released since 2001 in the flock originally taught to migrate by having ultralight aircraft lead them from Wisconsin to Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Bill Brooks of Jacksonville, Florida, said in an email Friday. That flock, called the Eastern migratory flock, currently is estimated at 86, including 12 wild-born birds.

Whooping cranes are North America’s tallest birds, with black-tipped wings that span nearly 7 feet (2.1 meters). Overhunting and habitat loss cut their numbers to 21 in the 1940s, about 15 of them in a flock that migrates between southeastern Texas and Calgary, Canada.

That flock — the only self-sustaining one — now numbers about 500. The 24th Whooping Crane Festival is taking place this weekend at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

There are another 160 whooping cranes in captivity.

A total of 43 whooping cranes have been shot in the United States and Canada since the U.S. government declared the species endangered in 1957, said Lizzie Condon, whooping crane outreach coordinator for the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

She said 12 have been shot in nine incidents in Louisiana, more than in any other state or territory. Texas is second, with eight cranes shot in seven incidents — including one in Beaumont, which killed two cranes from Louisiana’s flock. Five cranes have been shot in Indiana and three each in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, Condon said in an email.

The reward for information about the young crane’s death is made up of contributions from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Operation Game Thief, the Whooping Crane Conservation Association and the International Crane Foundation.


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SEATTLE (AP) — Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.

The company’s announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can’t board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn’t like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them.

In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public — such as company offices or any areas a person needs a ticket to access.

Greyhound said it would provide its drivers and bus station employees updated training regarding the new policy, and that it would place stickers on all its buses clearly stating that it does not consent to the searches.

“Our primary concern is the safety of our customers and team members, and we are confident these changes will lead to an improved experience for all parties involved,” the statement said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Greyhound has faced pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights activists and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to stop allowing sweeps on buses within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of an international border or coastline. In many cases, the buses being checked were not crossing or even approaching an international boundary.

Critics say the practice is intimidating and discriminatory and has become more common under President Donald Trump. Border Patrol arrests videotaped by other passengers have sparked criticism, and Greyhound faces a lawsuit in California alleging that it violated consumer protection laws by facilitating raids.

“We are pleased to see Greyhound clearly communicate that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment on its buses,” Andrea Flores, deputy director of policy for the ACLU’s Equality Division, said in an email. “By protecting its customers and employees, Greyhound is sending a message that it prioritizes the communities it serves.”

Ferguson said in an email his office will follow up with Greyhound to ensure compliance.

“Today’s announcement from Greyhound confirms what should have been obvious to the company since I contacted them a year ago – it has both the power and the responsibility to stand up for its customers, who suffered for far too long from Greyhound’s indifference to CBP’s suspicionless bus raids and harassment,” he said.

The Border Patrol has insisted that it does not profile passengers based on their appearance, but instead asks all passengers whether they are citizens or in the country legally. The agency says the bus checks are an important way to ferret out human trafficking, narcotics and illegal immigration.

Some other bus companies, including Jefferson Lines, which operates in 14 states, and MTRWestern, which operates in the Pacific Northwest, have already taken similar steps to those announced by Greyhound. Flores said the ACLU would continue to push others to follow suit.

The memo obtained by the AP was dated Jan. 28, addressed to all chief patrol agents and signed by then-Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost just before she retired. It confirms the legal position that Greyhound’s critics have taken: that the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment prevents agents from boarding buses and questioning passengers without a warrant or the consent of the company.

“When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states. An agent’s actions while on the bus “would not cause a reasonable person to believe that he or she is unable to terminate the encounter with the agent.”

Greyhound previously argued that case law, including a 1973 Supreme Court ruling, did not extend the Fourth Amendment’s protections to commercial carriers.


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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – According to Huntsville Utilities, there is a power outage in the Owens Cross Roads area from Sutton Rd south to Hobbs Island Rd and from top of Green Mountain east to Old Gurley Pike.

The outage map shows that 1,300 people are impacted.

HU says service will be restored as quickly as safely possible.

The cause of the outage is unknown at this time, according to HU.


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BUFORD, Ga. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — Police in Georgia say a rifle-toting suspect involved in a hit-and-run crash and a subsequent carjacking allegedly fired at pursuing officers before the vehicle he was in plunged into a Georgia lake and sank.

Authorities say the man’s body was later recovered from Lake Lanier, in a region northeast of the greater Atlanta area.

Police said officers began searching for the man after a hit-and-run crash Friday afternoon involving a stolen car and a carjacking.

Police said the man fired on officers and that officers returned fire as the car sank into the lake with the suspect inside.

The man’s identity was not immediately released.


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Colorado K-12 education news in brief: New preschools opening, education bills advance, and more

New preschools opening

Echinacea Montessori, a teacher-run preschool, will open March 2 in a former coffee shop at 300 Elati St. The Montessori method gives children more freedom to choose their activities than in traditional classrooms.

The school will have 25 slots for students ages 30 months to 6 years. Full tuition is $1,350 per month, with a $250 materials fee each year, but lower-income families can apply for reduced tuition.

Another preschool, Primrose School at Candelas, recently opened at 9179 Kendrick St. in Arvada. The school can accommodate up to 212 students from ages to 6 weeks to 5 years. The curriculum incorporates music, movement and basic Spanish, as well as early literacy and math skills.

Education bills move forward

The following education-related bills passed their initial committees in the Colorado General Assembly:

  • House Bill 1275 would offer in-state tuition at community colleges to all veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces, as well as their spouses and children up to age 22. Spouses and children of deceased service members also would be eligible. The bill passed the House education committee and is headed to the full House for consideration.
  • House Bill 1007 would create a working group to study ways to increase diversity in the teaching workforce, which is largely composed of white women. The bill passed the House and is headed to the Senate.
  • House Bill 1005 would require Safe2Tell, the state’s program for reporting threats to student safety, to route calls to a crisis operator who can assist students in severe distress and send people who aren’t in immediate danger to a dispatcher. It passed the House education committee and will go to the appropriations committee.
  • House Bill 1110 would create a program for grants of up to $500 for college students who experience financial emergencies. It passed the education committee and will go to appropriations.
  • Senate Bill 001 would establish a “train the trainer” program to teach school staff about students’ mental health needs. It passed the Senate education committee and is headed to the appropriations committee.

Prescription drug information session planned

Boulder Valley School District will hold an information session for parents about prescription drug misuse on Tuesday.

The session will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Monarch High School. It will cover how to talk to kids about prescription drugs and how to support a child who is trying to quit drugs. For more information, email shelly.mahon@penbv.org.

State board closes online elementary

The Colorado State Board of Education directed Douglas County School District to close HOPE Online Elementary School at the end of the current school year.

The elementary school has had a low rating in the state’s ranking system for nine years because of test scores that were among the lowest in the state. HOPE’s middle and high school programs will be allowed to continue operating. HOPE operates 11 “learning centers” in eight school districts, where students do online lessons under adult supervision.

The board approved improvement plans for Denver Public Schools’ Lincoln and Manual high schools. Both schools will partner with the University of Virginia on improvement plans, but still will be managed by the district.


Businessmen being sued in DIA bid-rigging case worked with the FBI in San Francisco bribery probe, according to report

A recently revived lawsuit claiming that bribery and bid-rigging were behind a Detriot-area company winning a major concession contract at Denver International Airport alleges the FBI investigated the bidding process.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story identifying Samir Mashni and Noureddine “Dean” Hachem, two of the top executives at Romulus, Mich.-based Midfield Concession Enterprises, as FBI informants that worked with federal investigators to build a fraud case against San Francisco’s now-former director of public works Mohammed Nuru and a San Francisco restaurant owner Nick Bovis.

DIA Brewing Co., a company affiliated with the Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Co. and the Cherry Cricket restaurant, brought the DIA bid-rigging suit in 2018. An amended version of the complaint names a group of 11 people and businesses as defendants, among them Romulus, Mich.-based Midfield Concession Enterprises Inc., Mashni, the company’s general counsel, and Hachem, its chief operating officer.

In the complaint, which was recently remanded to Denver District Court after the Colorado Court of Appeals overruled its dismissal, DIA Brewing says Midfield and its co-defendants worked with then-DIA chief revenue officer Bhavesh Patel in 2015 and 2016 to fix the bidding process that awarded a contract to operate four restaurant locations inside the airport for 10 years. Patel’s efforts, including allegedly shredding scorecards ranking the bidders, ensured Midfield subsidiary MCE-DIA won the contract. In return, two companies connected to Patel were given a stake in MCE-DIA, the suit claims.

“The existence of this conspiratorial scheme might never have come to light except for the involvement of the FBI,” the suit says, claiming that a retired agent was alerted to “irregularities” in the bidding process from a contact at DIA. The retired agent passed along information to the agency’s Denver office resulting in a criminal investigation that began in April 2016, the suit claims.

Mashni and Hachem began cooperating with the FBI “under the threat of a pending federal investigation,” the Chronicle story says. They two men recorded phone conversations and in-person meetings they had with Bovis and Nuru starting in January 2018. The biggest alleged conspiracy the investigation uncovered involved plans to bribe an airport commissioner $5,000 to secure a lease for a Bovis restaurant at San Francisco International Airport, according to the Chronicle’s reporting.

“It’s unclear why Mashni and Hachem are being investigated,” the story says.

Special Agent Amy Meyer with the FBI’s Denver office, said agency policy prohibits confirming or denying the existence of an investigation in most cases.

Midfield operates a Roasting Plant Coffee location in the San Francisco airport, according to the Chronicle. Midfield opened a Roasting Plant Coffee shop near the RTD train platform at DIA as part of its concession contract there. It also operates two Smashburger restuarants and the Tom’s Urban Kitchen & Brewery brewpub housed in the airport’s Westin hotel.

Neither the San Francisco coffee shop nor any of the four DIA businesses show up on the Midfield website, which lists dozens of other businesses in seven other U.S. airports.

Messages left for Hachem at Midfield’s office and for the attorney representing Midfield in the Denver lawsuit were not returned Friday. An email seeking comment sent through the company’s website also received no reply.

Bhavesh Patel and another former DIA employee, Mukesh “Mookie” Patel (no relation), were dropped from the list of defendants when the DIA suit was amended. The city and DIA are not defendants in that complaint.

“We are aware of the San Francisco Chronicle article and, at this time, that information does not have an impact on (MCE-DIA’s) contract,” airport spokeswoman Emily Williams said.

Midfield’s 10-year deal with DIA runs through 2026. The company is required to pay the airport a minimum of $1.96 million per year to operate the four locations.


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Colorado at the center of national debate over controlling health care costs

One of the biggest fights of the Colorado legislature this year is about to start, with the introduction of a highly anticipated bill to create a statewide health insurance option coming as soon as next week.

The bill is a key piece of Colorado Democratic lawmakers’ agenda to tackle rising hospital costs, an issue that state governments and presidential candidates alike have been trying to address. Colorado Republicans are pursuing counterproposals they say would reduce health care costs with less emphasis on hospitals’ portion.

Colorado has become a national battleground in the health care fight, particularly since Gov. Jared Polis and lawmakers began pursuing a state insurance option. A “dark money” campaign has aired more than $800,000 worth of ads and sent mailers to voters criticizing Democrats’ efforts.

Sponsors are confident they have the votes to pass a bill in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, but they have made significant changes to the initial recommendations in an attempt to garner more support across the aisle. They’re not proposing a pure public option but rather a statewide health insurance option that would be run by private insurance. Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, said the sponsors are also willing to consider amendments as the bill moves through the statehouse.

Americans spend more on health care than people in most developed countries and often for less care, according to a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study.

The nonpartisan group National Academy for State Health Policy is working with at least 17 states, including Colorado, to address health system and hospital costs through legislation.

“It’s individuals … it’s businesses, it’s every part of the state,” said Colorado Democratic House Speaker KC Becker. “Everyone is feeling the crunch from health care costs that are growing significantly faster than insurance.”

A health access survey published by the Colorado Health Institute in December found that more than 18% of Coloradans struggled to pay medical bills, which the nonprofit said was back up to levels before the Affordable Care Act. More than 30% of Coloradans had received a surprise medical bill in 2019, according to the same survey.

“The number one thing we hear from Coloradans is that we need to do something about health care costs,” said Conor Cahill, Gov. Jared Polis’ spokesman. “People simply cannot afford their care.”

Joshua Ewing, associate vice president of legislative affairs at the Colorado Hospital Association, however, said the lawmakers’ proposals aimed at hospitals “lack vision.” Hospitals, he said, account only for a third of health care spending.

“It ignores a huge portion of the conversation,” Ewing said.

Democrats have also introduced legislation over the past couple of years to address pharmaceutical costs and drug transparency, Becker, D-Boulder, noted.

Colorado became the second state to pursue the creation of a public health insurance option after passing House Bill 1004 in 2019, according to the Colorado Health Institute. Only Washington state has tried a similar model, but proponents say Colorado’s would go beyond what Washington has proposed.

It doesn’t go as far as the proposal by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who proposed a Medicare for All option — a single-payer health system — though opponents say it will inevitably turn into that.

The upcoming bill follows a 2019 vote by the legislature to direct the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop a plan for a public option. Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, used the recommendations as a starting point for a plan they now call “The Colorado Option.” It would address hospital costs, pharmaceutical reimbursements and insurance premiums. Sponsors expect about 10% of Coloradans will use it.

One of the largest points of contention in the proposal for hospitals has been the Medicaid reimbursement rates set by the plan. Opponents of public option in Colorado feared it would restrict some hospital profits — particularly rural hospitals — to a point where they would have to shut down.

But Roberts and Donovan said they come from rural Colorado and their bill won’t hurt rural hospitals.

“The average Colorado hospital can cover all their costs,” Roberts said.

As more people gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, costs were expected to go down, Becker said.

“Instead what we’ve seen are hospital prices and hospital profit margins actually soar,” Becker said.

Large for-profit hospitals merged, decreasing competition and increasing capital costs for hospitals, she said. She points to data that show hospital costs are among the largest drivers of increasing health care costs.

A new state report released last month found that Colorado hospitals are making billions of dollars in profits — the second highest in the country. And their prices — the fifth highest in the country — are being passed down to consumers, according to the report.

The Colorado Hospital Association countered the report’s findings, saying hospitals are forced to cover gaps from Medicare payments and uninsured patients. But Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera said at a news conference that the legislature provided a solution to fund those gaps with a hospital provider fee, and instead, hospitals pocketed the money and continued to shift costs to the consumer.

A Colorado health market report released in 2019 found that hospital spending was the fastest growing category of expenses in 2014, accounting for 40.2% of health spending that year.

“Average hospital profitability in Colorado has steadily increased and is higher than any of the other five states (Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Texas) for which I have comparable current data,” Allan Baumgarten, a Minnesota-based analyst and consultant, said in an email.

The Colorado Hospital Association opposed the recommendations for the public option and is working with Sen. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, on a bill that addresses the total cost of care, which the group says will save consumers at least as much as a public option. It would set benchmarks for costs across the health care system, following other states’ models.

“From my perspective, any time you’re looking at solutions, you need to look at the shared responsibility of the health care system,” Ewing said.


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Explore The South: Behind the Scenes of Lowe Mill

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment is the largest art facility of its kind in the south. There are some interesting parts of Lowe Mill that maybe you didn't see the first time you visited.

There's plenty of 'Instagram' worthy photo's to be taken at Lowe mill Arts and Entertainment, but we've all seen those before. It's the hundreds of artists and businesses based there that help create that magic.

“Everybody's open to letting people try whatever it is
they can dream up," said Matt Butler, Architect at 2b Studio Design.

Lowe Mill was first a textile mill, then a cotton
warehouse, and a shoe factory, until Jim Hudson’s vision turned it into the
heart of the art scene in Huntsville.

'Part of the draw for artists to come and work here is it goes back to the idea the Jim Hudson had when he brought the building,  he wanted to turn this into a place where artists could be artists and in doing that, the rent is low, everything is all-inclusive, and it gives an artist a place to go to work without the worry of how the heck am I going to pay rent,” he said.

'Amongst other creatives, Matt butler has run his architecture
business out of the old building for years now.

But if you look close enough you will find quirks that
others miss. Like the wood floors, the eyelets embedded in the floor, and the
old elevators.

Watch the video above for this week’s segment of Explore
The South.

Have a suggestion of where we should go on our next adventure?
Send us an email at news.department@whnt.com


Texas girl wakes up to find ‘gentle, gigantic’ raccoon in bed with her

RICHARDSON, Texas – A raccoon slipped past two sleeping dogs and into the bunk bed of a 10-year-old Texas girl Wednesday night.

The girl’s mother managed to take a photo of the masked intruder, sitting on one of her pillows. According to KXAS, the girl told her mother that the raccoon was friendly, and even allowed her to pet it.

“This was a calm, gentle, gigantic raccoon that just up and decided to spend the night indoors,” the child’s mother, Sibyl, told the news outlet.

Sybil said she thinks the raccoon stealthily entered through the dog door.

The family returned the raccoon without incident to the less cushy confines of the front yard.


Boy leaves puppy at shelter with heartbreaking note describing father’s abuse

MICHOACAN, Mexico – A 12-year-old boy left his puppy outside a shelter with a stuffed animal and a touching note: He wanted to spare him the wrath of his abusive father.

The boy, who identified himself as Andrés, left the pit bull puppy at a shelter in the Mexican state of Michoacán on February 13. A dog rescue group shared his story on its Facebook page.

“My name is Andrés and I am 12 years old. My mom and I decided to leave my dog in your hands, hiding it from my dad because he is thinking about selling him. But he mistreats and kicks him. One day he kicked him so hard that he hurt his tail. I hope you can help and take care of him,” he wrote in the letter.


The pit bull is under the care of Refugio Xollin, a dog rescue group in the Mexican state of Michoacan, where he will be adopted once he recovers. (Credit: Refugio Xollin)

“I left him a stuffed animal so he won’t forget me.”

As soon as the group shared the boy’s story, it received more than 300 requests to adopt Rene. The requests came from all over the country.

The group was quick to remind people it has 120 other dogs that need a welcoming family too.

“If everyone opened their heart and their home like this little dog, they would have adopted all our dogs from the shelter,” the rescuers said in a Facebook post.

As far as Rene, the group took the injured puppy to the doctors and dewormed him. He’s on his way to a healthy recovery.


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Community lifts up single mom with cancer

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Super Channel is suing retailers, customers over TV boxes and pirate content

The premium content network is suing four of Canada's large tech retailers, as well as their customers, saying devices like Android TV boxes serve primarily to steal paid programming.


Singapore ‘idiot’s guide’ to coronavirus crisis control: don’t do it like Hong Kong

If you haven’t yet heard that leaked audio clip of Singaporean Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s recent rant against “idiots” panic buying masks and stripping store shelves of daily essentials such as rice, noodles and toilet paper, I cannot recommend it enough.It’s an appeal to common sense and a lament for the lack of it, as well as a contemptuous rebuke to mass hysteria, mob mentality and selfish, irrational behaviour triggered by the coronavirus crisis. And it’s all delivered in…


Westminster Barracks / DUI and Possession of Cocaine

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE CASE#: 20B100896 TROOPER: Trooper Eric Acevedo                            STATION:  Westminster barracks                     CONTACT#: (802) 722-4600   DATE/TIME: February 22nd, 2020 at 0129 hours.                   INCIDENT LOCATION: Guilford, VT                                   VIOLATION:


Westminster Barracks – Saturation Patrol

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE SATURATION PATROL   During the evening hours of February 21st, 2020, Troopers from the Westminster Barracks Night Shift conducted a saturation patrol throughout Windham and Windsor County.  The purpose of the patrol was to detect and identify aggressive and speeding drivers, enforce motor vehicle laws,


Coronavirus: Hongkonger returned from Diamond Princess cruise ship tests positive

A man under quarantine in Hong Kong after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, according to medical sources.The 68-year-old was being quarantined on Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, and tested positive after being sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the sources said.He was among 208 passengers who returned from Tokyo after being on the boat, all of whom were taken to the estate after their return.The development came after…


Simon Warr: BBC broadcaster and former teacher dies aged 65

The former teacher campaigned for the rights of the wrongly accused after he was cleared of sex abuse.


St Johnsbury/ Arrest

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401005 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jason Haley                            STATION: VSP ST Johnsbury                     CONTACT#: 802-748-3111   DATE/TIME: 02/21/20 1654 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Main St, ST Johnsbury VIOLATION: Domestic Assault,


Storm Dennis: Care home staff carried through floods by tractor

One worker at Hampton House had been turning up in a kayak, its manager said.


Wildcats Travel to SIUE For Regular Season Finale

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Northwestern will travel south this weekend to tackle its final dual before the Big Ten Championships. The Wildcats will stop in Edwardsville, Illinois for a Sunday showdown against SIU-Edwardsville.


12-hour ordeal, but glad to be home: Hongkongers on second airlift recall evacuation from Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

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**UPDATE** NEW HAVEN BARRACKS / BURGLARY / GRAND LARCENY**

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B500449 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Christopher Hein                              STATION: New Haven Barracks                       CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: February 16, 2020, at approximately 0400 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: West Addison


Premier League quiz: Stats behind the race for the Champions League places

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Royalton Barracks/DUI Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#:  20B200653                                                    RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Max Fabian STATION:  Royalton Barracks                                   CONTACT#:  802 234 9933   DATE/TIME: 02/21/2020 at 2125 hrs STREET: Route 12 TOWN: Bethel LANDMARK


Update: Three Arrested After Pursuit In American Falls

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1

Pocatello, Idaho 83204

(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 02/22/2020 1:08 a.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

**Update**

The correct spelling for the female driver is Shanea Deppe.

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On Friday, February 21, 2020, at 2:49 p.m., Idaho State Police attempted to stop a 2006 Buick Lucerne, after the occupants in the vehicle had been involved in an earlier pursuit with Fort Hall Police Department. The Buick, driven by Shanea Deppe, 28, of Pocatello, failed to stop and a traffic pursuit was initiated westbound on I86 at mile marker 36, near American Falls.

Deppe was pursued by Idaho State Police, Power County Sheriff's Office, and American Falls Police Department in and around American Falls. The pursuit was discontinued by all law enforcement agencies for safety concerns to the public.

The vehicle was later located, having been abandoned, in the area of a canal road near Lakeview Road and Freedom Lane, east of American Falls. Deppe and passengers, Marcus Yupe, 41, of Pocatello, and David Preacher, 33, of Idaho Falls, were are taken into custody without further incident.

Deppe was charged with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, and resisting and obstructing officers. Yupe was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants and charged with resisting and obstructing officers. Preacher was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and also charged with resisting and obstructing officers.

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WILLISTON BARRACKS / DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A100920 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Quealy                               STATION: Williston                      CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 02-22-2020 @ 0100 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: I-89 Northbound, Mile Marker 91, Colchester VIOLATION:


Residential Burglary

500 Block of W Dayton St
Victim came home and was in his residence when the suspect entered through an unlocked door. Victim heard the suspect flee from the residence and & #8230;


Coronavirus: Hongkongers among close contacts of infected allowed to leave cruise ship for Japanese quarantine facilities

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Forgot to register? Don’t worry, you can still vote in the March primary

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Naked Fresno man chases after girls walking to school. He got a hold of one of them

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Westminster Barracks/ DLS

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:20B100889 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Austin Soule                            STATION: Westminster                    CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 2/21/20 at approximately 7:31 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 11 in the town of Springfield, Vermont


Rutland Barracks // DLS

CASE#: 20B400718 TROOPER RANK/FULL NAME: Trooper Zach Shaughnessy STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101   DATE/TIME: February 20, 2020/1011 hours LOCATION: Rutland VIOLATION: Criminal DLS   ACCUSED: Christopher Dodge AGE: 31 CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fair Haven, VT   SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On February 20, 2020, at approximately 1011 hours, Troopers from the


Three Arrested After Pursuit In American Falls

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1

Pocatello, Idaho 83204

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For Immediate Release: 02/21/2020 9:03 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, February 21, 2020, at 2:49 p.m., Idaho State Police attempted to stop a 2006 Buick Lucerne, after the occupants in the vehicle had been involved in an earlier pursuit with Fort Hall Police Department. The Buick, driven by Shanea Depee, 28, of Pocatello, failed to stop and a traffic pursuit was initiated westbound on I86 at mile marker 36, near American Falls.

Depee was pursued by Idaho State Police, Power County Sheriff's Office, and American Falls Police Department in and around American Falls. The pursuit was discontinued by all law enforcement agencies for safety concerns to the public.

The vehicle was later located, having been abandoned, in the area of a canal road near Lakeview Road and Freedom Lane, east of American Falls. Depee and passengers, Marcus Yupe, 41, of Pocatello, and David Preacher, 33, of Idaho Falls, were are taken into custody without further incident.

Depee was charged with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, and resisting and obstructing officers. Yupe was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants and charged with resisting and obstructing officers. Preacher was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and also charged with resisting and obstructing officers.

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Scottsboro residents demand change after crash at “dangerous” railroad crossing

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - One serious crash and several near-crashes at a railroad crossing have Scottsboro residents concerned about what they call a "death trap." The railroad crossing is near the corner of West Mary Hunter Avenue and North Cedar Hill Drive.

“I will never cross that track again because it’s torment to
me,” said Martha Ellison.

Ellison told WHNT News 19 she had an incredibly close call
with a train one afternoon after picking up her 11-year-old granddaughter from
school.

“Every night all the time constantly all I can see is lights in my face. I can hardly sleep for seeing those lights in my face,” said Ellison.

Ellison said the train conductor never blew the horn during
her near-crash.

While WHNT News crews were at the intersection, two trains
went by. The conductor did blow the horn each time.

However, Amin said that is not usually the case. A video she shared with WHNT News 19 shows her traumatizing encounter. It shows her speeding off the tracks to safety, narrowly missing a collision.

Khalil Amin’s nephew wasn’t so lucky on Valentine’s Day 2020.

“On that particular night of the accident, I did not hear the train blow, I hear the noise, but I didn’t hear blow,” said Amin. Amin’s nephew, Danny, is hospitalized with serious injuries.

Amin can see the railroad crossing from his barber shop.

“How many people are going to get hurt or killed at that
crossing before they do something about it,” Amin asked.

The stop sign at West Mary Hunter Avenue and North Cedar Hill Drive is about 20 feet away from the railroad crossing. The view of the tracks is obstructed by a large building to the west of the intersection.

Drivers told WHNT News 19 once they go through the stop
sign, they sometimes do not stop again at the tracks to check for a train since
there are no signals.

“That Unclaimed Baggage, easy access to the store. More
people cross here than at the Broad Street crossing, they got lights and arms
that go down, which you can see down the tracks both ways very clear but here
you can only see one way. Why didn’t they put some lights down here,” said Amin.

He said he believes there is no signal because it is a mostly
African American neighborhood.

He, Ellison, and several others who spoke with WHNT News 19,
are calling for change.

“I think they should put some lights or something there to
warn people that trains are coming,” said Amin.

Ellison said after her experience she called Norfolk Southern and demanded they reprimand the conductor who did not blow the horn. She also called the city. She said they called her back and said they were going to look into it.

Norfolk Southern released this statement to WHNT News 19:

The Federal Highway Administration defines railroad crossing signals as highway control devices, which are designed to be traffic control devices for motorists. In Alabama, the department of transportation (ALDOT) decides when and where to install active warning devices at railroad crossings. Railroads cannot install crossing signals on their own.

Each state develops a priority list for grade crossing improvements based on factors such as the volume of train and motor vehicle traffic, train speed, and accident history at the crossing. Federal funds pay about 90 percent of the cost of a signal installation, while the city or county pays the other 10 percent. One installed, crossings are maintained by Norfolk Southern.

At Norfolk Southern, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our number one priority. Norfolk Southern advises motorists and pedestrians to stay alert around railroad tracks, and never try to beat a train at a crossing.

Rachel McDonnell Bradshaw, Norfolk Southern Corporation Manager Media Relations

In response, Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) North Region Public Information Officer Seth Burkett told WHNT News 19:

The state is not responsible for signing railroad crossings on county roads or city streets. For the local governments that are responsible for these crossings to make significant improvements on their own, the improvements could be cost-prohibitive in many cases. So ALDOT administers the state’s apportioned federal funds to improve railroad crossings in a 90/10 split with local governments. This program upgrades about 30 crossings each year, statewide. The cost is about $300K-$350K per crossing for those crossings where we add active devices (gates, lights and bells). Replacement/addition of passive devices such as signs and striping are also included in these projects.

We can’t discuss prioritization of individual rail crossings within the program. Various information, including traffic counts, number of trains, accident history, and sight distances are taken into account.

Seth Burkett, Alabama Department of Transportation North Region Public Information Officer


Coronavirus: Hongkongers flock to barbecue pits at reservoir for fresh air and fun as city grinds to a halt, but how safe is this?

At the scenic Plover Cove Reservoir in Tai Po, crowds of Hongkongers, from children to the elderly, gather around barbecue pits, at restaurants and along cycling tracks. To the unfamiliar, it would seem like any normal weekend, except that the city remains in the grip of the deadly coronavirus epidemic.Many visitors arrive in groups, without masks, as a long line of cars are parked illegally along a two-lane road in the area.The flurry of activity, on a Friday no least – because school and work…


Family speaking out after Limestone County prisoner’s terminal cancer diagnosis

ODENVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — A man diagnosed with terminal cancer may die much sooner than expected because he is incarcerated at Limestone Correctional Facility.

Justin Faircloth was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that has spread to his liver. He received his diagnosis just over a year ago. CBS 42 Reporter Malique Rankin spoke with Justin Fairfield over the phone from the prison. He said doctors gave him one to five years to live.

Faircloth was on probation for burglary, theft of property, and possession of a controlled substance. When his probation was revoked, he was no longer able to get cancer treatments. That was in December. Faircloth said it has been over a month since he last spoke with his oncologist.

“They say the medical team here does not work as fast as the medical team on the street. That they can’t just look at one person and attend to their needs. They have to attend to everyone’s needs,” Faircloth said.

His wife, Amber Faircloth, has been doing everything she can to get state officials’ attention. She has written letters to the judge presiding over her husband’s case, the Department of Corrections, the Office of Parole and Probation, and the Governor’s Office.

“Basically that judge gave him a death sentence because if he doesn’t get treatments, he’s going to die,” Amber Faircloth said.

Justin Faircloth’s doctors gave him between one and five years to live, with chemotherapy treatments. However, he will be in prison for the next 11 years. Amber and Justin are holding out hope that Justin will be released, or at least give the medical attention he needs. But the couple knows, this is a fight against the clock.

“Stage 4 colon cancer is a terminal illness. It’s not going to go anywhere. It’s going to be there,” he said.

Amber said she has applied for medical furlough, but those applications can take months or years. On Friday, she confirmed that her last request for a medical furlough had been denied that day.

Attempts to reach Alabama Department of Corrections for comment about about their policy on medical treatment of inmates were not successful Thursday.

Amber has created a petition to raise awareness of what is happening to her husband. To view the petition, click here.

This story has been updated to reflect that Faircloth’s request for a medical furlough was denied Feb. 21.


Wet winter stalls stadium parking construction

MADISON, Ala. – A sunny Friday was a welcomed sight at Toyota Field — the home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas. The recent rain-soaked winter has been tough on contractors.

Workers are using days like today to catch up trying
to finish the parking lot in time.

“We got our certificate of occupancy on Thursday, so
this would be my first day over here without a hard hat and yellow vest on,”
Ballcorps CEO Ralph Nelson said.

This weekend will be a lot to unpack for Nelson.  

“Our staff is very excited about leaving our very
cramped, temporary office on Madison Boulevard,” Nelson said.

The team staff will move into their new offices on Saturday.
Next door, brand new merchandise is being unpacked at the soon to open team
store, less than two months until opening day at Toyota Field.

“It’s amazing to me when we have a dry day, how much
they can get done in one day,” Nelson said.

While Nelson says contractors have been able to use
the last few months to finish much of the interior work, he says the recent wet
January and February have not been kind to contractors.

Especially the team tasked with pouring the new
parking lot.

“It’s a cliché, but they have to work between
raindrops,” Nelson said.

Every sunny day means another chance for workers to
lay the base for the parking lot that’ll hold 2,400 cars and trucks.

“The parking lot’s really the last piece of the puzzle,”
Nelson said.

A puzzle that Nelson expects to be finished as they welcome fans on April 15th.

Nelson says they expect to open the new team store
around March 7th. That same day, they’re also planning to host a ‘sit in your
seat’ party, for the nearly 2,000 season ticket holders.


Thousands raised during Jackson County Strong benefit concert

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala.- Nearly $15,000 was raised at the Jackson County Strong benefit concert Friday night.

Three gospel music groups and one comedian showcased their
talents on the stage at Collins Elementary School.

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the families who lost loved ones in the deadly fire at Jackson County Park on January 27.

Eight people from three families died in the fire.

The flames from one boat attached to Dock B quickly spread
to the dock and 34 other boats.

“We know what they’re going through is a bad time, their situation and their lives, and what this can do is help them get through this until everything is taken care of with their final expenses,” said concert organizer and New Ground Ministries member Robbie Maxwell.

Through VIP and general admission tickets, the concert raised $14,902. The goal was $5,000.


Mama pup’s turn to be the baby

Bliss is available for adoption at the Brandywine Valley SPCA


Russellville Police looking for burglar who stole thousands of pills from pharmacy

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. — Thousands of pills are on the street after a pharmacy burglary in Russellville.

Russellville Police said around 3 a.m. Thursday, the person
shown in the surveillance video broke in through the drive-thru window of the Hometown
Pharmacy on Gandy Street.

Police say they responded after the alarm went off but not
before the suspect got away with around 2,000 pills of Percocet and Phenergan.

Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers at (256) 386-8685. Tips are anonymous and a cash reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.


Huntsville police investigate shooting in downtown

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police are investigating a shooting on Dallas Avenue in downtown.

HEMSI emergency crews transported a man to Huntsville Hospital Trauma Services with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

We have a crew at the scene working to gather more information.


Could the coronavirus crisis sink the cruise industry?

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Better safe than sorry: that’s the thinking behind the irrational behaviour of hoarding in Hong Kong amid coronavirus outbreak

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Personal information of nearly 360,000 Quebec teachers exposed in data breach

The government has said that concerned individuals will be sent letters shortly.


Murder suspect loses ruling in fight against extradition to Colorado

The Nevada Supreme Court on Friday denied a motion by a murder suspect fighting extradition to Colorado, reaffirming the court’s earlier decision warranting extradition.

Alex Christopher Ewing, a Nevada prison inmate, is a suspect in fatal attacks from January 1984 that terrorized Front Range residents.


Alex Christopher Ewing

On Friday the Nevada Supreme Court denied Ewing’s motion to stay, pending his petition to the U.S. Supreme Court fighting his extradition to Colorado.

The state of Nevada on Feb. 3 filed opposition to Ewing’s motion, claiming in part that it was nothing more than a “deliberate delay to the conclusion of these proceedings … to face the pending charges.”

Ewing is wanted in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties to face multiple murder charges after a cold case DNA match identified him as a suspect in July 2018. He also faces sexual assault and robbery charges in Colorado as part of the cases against him.

In arguing for the stay, Ewing, through his attorney, claimed in court documents: “Any such physical transfer … would cause … irreparable harm by exposing him to death-penalty litigation effected by an extradition that he asserts would be in violation of the Constitution.”

Ewing has been incarcerated at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City since 1985 on a 40-year sentence for an attempted-murder conviction.

The Nevada Supreme Court in November ruled Ewing’s extradition to Colorado as warranted. Friday’s ruling reaffirms the November ruling.

“Having considered the parties’ arguments, we conclude that staying remittitur is not warranted,” the court ruled. “Appellant (Ewing) has not demonstrated a reasonable probability of succeeding on the petition or good cause for the stay.”

The Arapahoe and Jefferson district attorneys did not comment Friday on the most recent development.


Santa Barbara jail workers held for inmate sex assaults

Two Santa Barbara County jail workers were arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting inmates, authorities said. Salvador Vargas, 34, of Santa Maria was arrested at his home on a … Click to Continue »


SILVER ALERT-Russell Nelson-Scottsdale PD

Alert Status: 
Active
Preliminary Information of Missing Subject: 
Russell Nelson, 77 years of age, white male, 6'0", 220 lbs, Grey hair, blue eyes, unknown clothing, last seen on foot in the are of the 2300 block of North 57th Place in Scottsdale, AZ. Mr. Nelson suffers from Dementia.
Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Scottsdale Police Department
Date Subject Went Missing: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:00pm
Point of Contact (Name): 
Det. Heinzelman
Last known location: 
2300 block of North 57th Place
Scottsdale, AZ

United States

Missing Subject's Full Name: 
Russell Nelson
Point of Contact (Number): 
(480) 312-5000
Missing Subject: 
Release Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
DOB: 
Sunday, March 8, 1942
Gender: 
Male
Height: 
6'0"
Weight: 
220 lbs
Hair Color: 
Grey
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White

WESTMINSTER BARRACKS / Criminal DLS

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:20B100887 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nicholas J Cervero                           STATION:  Westminster           CONTACT#: (802)442-5421   DATE/TIME: 02/21/2020  -  1903 Hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Vermont Route 9, Brattleboro, Vermont.    VIOLATION:


Arrests Made in an Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed (Gun) Offense: 2100 Block of Queens Chapel Road, Northeast

Friday, February 21, 2020

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced two arrests have been made in reference to an Assault With Intent to Kill while Armed (Gun) offense that occurred on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, in the 2200 block of Queens Chapel Road, Northeast.

 

At approximately 2:13 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location after hearing the sounds of gunshots.  Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.   DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

 

On Friday, February 21, 2020, pursuant to DC Superior Court arrest warrants, 22 year-old Kameron Collins, of no fixed address, and 26 year-old Ryan Phillip, of Upper Marlboro, MD., were arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.  They were both charged with Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed.


Pedestrian hit by car, killed in Lakewood

A pedestrian was killed Thursday night in Lakewood when he was hit by a car, police said.

The victim, Eric Cosby, 52, died at the scene near the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West 23rd Avenue, according to a news release.

The collision happened about 7:45 p.m. Thursday and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said. No charges against the driver are expected.

 


Pedestrian hit by car, killed in Lakewood

A pedestrian was killed Thursday night in Lakewood when he was hit by a car, police said.

The victim, Eric Cosby, 52, died at the scene near the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West 23rd Avenue, according to a news release.

The collision happened about 7:45 p.m. Thursday and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said. No charges against the driver are expected.

 


Stockton police employee arrested on suspicion of driving drunk to work

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Sharpe Field a major part of Tuskegee Airmen history

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuskegee Airmen are among the most famous fighter pilots in the world.

Their journey started through a program called the civilian pilot training program. From there, the group of black pilots later became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. A lot of the training for the airman took place at what’s called Sharpe Field, which at the time was called Tuskegee Army Airfield.

“That’s where they would go for the more advanced and transition flying,” Tuskegee National Forest Ranger Frank Toland said.

Toland said that at the time, Sharpe Field was a full-scale military base with four hangers, four runways, barracks, and a post office.

Sharpe Field is now boarded up and owned by a lumber company, according to the National Park Service.

Toland said the P-51 Mustang was one of the most famous planes the Tuskegee Airman used.

“Once they got the P-51 Mustang flew many missions as a bomber escort into deep into German territory,” he said.

From the planes, uniforms and a glimpse inside of a segregated military, the legacy is alive inside the Tuskegee Airmen Museum.

Earlier this month during the State of the Union address, 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee was promoted to brigadier general by President Donald Trump.

Gov. Kay Ivey plans to make March 7 “Tuskegee Airmen Day.”


Man charged in Madison County beheading facing 2021 trial date, other high profile cases in flux

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- We are seeing movement in three high profile cases in North Alabama. The defendants include a double murder suspect, a Huntsville police officer and the 10-term sheriff in Limestone County.

Yoni Aguilar was in court Friday for a status conference that was aimed at figuring out a trial date.

Aguilar and Israel Palomino are charged with killing Oralia Mendoza and beheading her 13-year-old daughter, Mariah Lopez in June 2018.

Attorneys in the case agreed February 2021 could work for a trial date.

There is a delay in the case of Huntsville Police Officer William Darby, who was charged with murder in August 2018 for the on-duty shooting of Jeffery Parker at Parker's home, in April 2018.

Darby was set to go on trial Monday, but his lawyers had asked for a continuance in January citing schedule conflicts.

Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate officially granted the continuance on Friday. The judge said the case will be set on a future, so far unspecified, docket.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is due in court Monday, two weeks before his trial on theft and ethics charges is due to begin.

But Blakely's trial date is also now in doubt after his lawyers requested a continuance.

Blakely's trial is set to begin March 9 and nearly 500 would-be jurors have been summoned. Blakely was indicted in August 2019. He remains in office handling his sheriff's duties while under indictment.


Lululemon closes nearly all stores in China due to coronavirus

Most of the Vancouver-based company's 38 stores in China have been closed since Feb. 3 in accordance with Chinese guidance. Some are now operating on a reduced schedule, while the company's online business continues to operate.


Planned meeting between feds, Wet’suwet’en now delayed due to Trudeau’s comments: chief

Chief Na'Moks says a meeting set for Monday has been delayed after the prime minister said it's up to Indigenous leaders and police to take down the rail blockades.


Jail aims to stop illegal contraband at the door with new technology

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. -  In the past, people who were arrested and brought to the Morgan County Jail were strip-searched for contraband. But the new machine is doing away with most of the intrusiveness.

According to Sgt. Britt Parker with the Morgan County Jail, it allows for a more thorough approach.

 “They come in and we're able to do a full-body scan and scan for drugs, it helps us aid and finding that stuff that we will initially feel during a pat-down search,” he said.

The full-body scanner was recently installed in the Morgan County booking area it can see deeper than the naked eye. And according to corrections officers, some inmates are already running scared.

According to jail staff, a woman was recently arrested, patted
down and scanned. In her scan, they found a small knife in a pocket in her bra.

On the x-ray image, concealed metal objects appear darker. The
technology can depict cavities in a person’s body, and it will also show
capsules floating through a person’s digestive tract if that’s how they’re
trying to smuggle them.

“Even today, a municipality arrested someone that they had drugs hidden on them,” Parker added. “The whole time they were with him, they're saying, ‘No, I don't have anything.’ Officers explained to me that basically when he got here, he saw this machine and he knew he was going to be caught. He gave it up and told him where it was at.”

WHNT News 19’s Dallas Parker took a ride through the scanner. She hid her phone, keys, and jewelry under her jacket, all things that would be considered contraband in jail.

In seven seconds the scanner revealed everything that was hidden.

“Once it's done, we'll get an image like these two images right
here, we'll be able to depict any kind of offices that have like the cell
phone, watch keys and different things like that,” Parker explained as he
referenced to computer monitors.

But inmates aren’t the only people who will face the new
technology. Each day three corrections officers on each shift are selected, at
random, to be scanned for illegal contraband.

The sheriff wants to make sure everyone who enters the jail is
being held accountable.

An inmate can only go through the scanner 125 times a year. Morgan County jailers said the highest amount of arrests per person, per year, is around 50.

The jail also has a new conveyor belt scanner, similar to what is used in county courthouses. Staff said the scanners will be used for attorneys, spiritual leaders, and others who have one-on-one visits with inmates.

A portable metal detector was purchased as well. Corrections
officers said it will be randomly placed throughout the jail to ensure the
safety of inmates and corrections officers.


Arrests Made in Multiple Robbery Offenses

Friday, February 21, 2020

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced several arrests in recent robbery cases in Washington, DC.

 

First District:

 

  • On Friday, February 14, 2020, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Friday, February 14, 2020, in the 900 block of 5th Street, Northwest. CCN: 20-027-623
    • At approximately 5:30 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect snatched the victim’s property then fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

 

  • On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, a 17 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, a 14 year-old juvenile male and a 16 year-old juvenile male, both of Northeast, DC, were arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Monday, February 17, 2020, in the 700 block of K Street, Northwest. CCN: 20-029-421
    • At approximately 10:02 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects snatched the victim’s property then fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended by responding officers.

 

  • On Thursday, February 20, 2020, 23 year-old Diangelo Matthew Ross, of Fort Washington, MD, and 23 year-old Maceo Kelly, of Northwest, DC, were arrested for an Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery offense that occurred on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in the 700 block of 5th Street, Northwest. CCN: 20-030-650
    • At approximately 9:07 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects assaulted the victim and attempted to take the victim’s property. The suspects fled the scene without obtaining any property. The suspects were apprehended by responding officers.

 

Second District:

 

  • On Saturday, February 15, 2020, 28 year-old Matthew Wallerstedt, of Rockville, MD, was arrested for an Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery offense that occurred on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in the 1700 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. CCN: 20-028-313
    • At approximately 9:47 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect assaulted the victim, and then attempted to grab the victim’s property. The suspect failed to obtain the property. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

 

  • On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 44 year-old Darnell Adams, of no fixed address, was arrested for an Armed Robbery of an Establishment offense that occurred on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. CCN: 19-203-684
    • At approximately 1:04 am, the suspect entered an establishment at the listed location. The suspect assaulted a store employee then brandished a stick and demanded property. The suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

Fifth District:

 

  • On Saturday, February 15, 2020, 31 year-old Aquino Corazon Boyd, of No Fixed Address, was arrested for Robbery (Force and Violence) and Resisting Arrest offenses that occurred on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in the 1800 block of Benning Road, Northeast. CCN: 20-028-251
    • At approximately 7:37 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect assaulted the victims and took the victim’s property. The suspect then fled the scene.

 

Sixth District:

 

  • On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, a 15 year-old juvenile female, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for an Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery offense that occurred on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in the 2600 block of Minnesota Avenue, Southeast. CCN: 20-030-552
    • At approximately 7:00 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to take the victim’s property. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended by responding officers.

 

Seventh District:

 

  • On Thursday, February 20, 2020, a 14 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Friday, February 7, 2020, in the 3500 block of 6th Street, Southeast. CCN: 20-023-396
    • At approximately 7:02 pm, the suspect approached the victims at the listed location. The suspects assaulted the victims and took their property. The suspects then fled the scene. This case remains under investigation.

 

As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to use the Safe Exchange Zones when conducting in-person transactions using online applications such as Craigslist and Offer Up. For more information, please visit: http://mpdc.dc.gov/release/mpd-exchange-zone-locations-reminder


How to be prepared for when an earthquake hits

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Unlike hurricanes and tornados, earthquakes strike without warning. So FEMA says the time to plan is now.

“When it’s happening, that’s not the time to think about ‘oh I really need this,’” Linda Mastandrea with FEMA said.

Mastandrea urges everyone to make a supply kit ahead of time with water, food, phone chargers, and flashlights. For those with special needs, it’s important to remember medicine, food or tools you may need in the aftermath of a quake.

“If I’m a wheelchair user, maybe I need a portable air compressor to make sure I keep air in my tires, or spare tires, or tubes,” she said.

And what about your pets?

“You need to be thinking about food and water for them and how do I keep them safe, how do I keep them calm,” Mastandrea said.

Plan, practice and prepare. FEMA says those three words will help you if you are experiencing an earthquake. Along with drop, cover and hold on.

“Find the heaviest piece of furniture like a big sturdy desk or workbench like my dad used to have and get underneath that and hang on,” she said.

And communication is key.

“You may have somebody at work, somebody in school, somebody at home so you need to know how to get a hold of each other,” Mastandrea said.

FEMA says practicing these simple preps could help save a life.

“Don’t think, ‘it can’t happen to me,’ because it can happen to anyone of us at any time.”


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Volunteers needed for Florence Citywide Clean-up Day

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FLORENCE, Ala. — When floodwaters begin to recede, you may notice something left behind—trash.

Each year the City of Florence takes the initiative in getting it cleaned up with the Citywide Clean-up Day. “This event brings people together, the community together, and it’s just a great opportunity to kind of restore that sense of pride in the beautiful Tennessee River that we have here in Florence,” said Ruby Alcala, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Florence Recycling Department.

This year’s clean-up day is Saturday, March 7 and volunteers
are always appreciated. All the equipment is provided like bags, grabbers,
gloves, and vests. Volunteers also have the option of using blue plastic bags
for recyclable materials. “We have very responsible residents here in Florence,
you could say, and they do, they recycle, they always want to know how to
recycle right, and that’s part of our education outreach program that we have
here,” said Alcala.

The main focus will be at McFarland Park which had
significant flooding but volunteers are able to clean any area of the city they
choose.

Last year around 480 volunteers participated. This year,
Acala said the recycling department is hoping for at least 500.

The University of North Alabama is sponsoring the clean-up
day and to add to the fun, they’ve planned a scavenger hunt for different
pieces of litter.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Florence-Lauderdale Colosseum at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. If you’d like to register to volunteer, click here or email Recycle@FlorenceAL.org


Volunteers needed for Florence Citywide Clean-up Day

Data pix.

FLORENCE, Ala. — When floodwaters begin to recede, you may notice something left behind—trash.

Each year the City of Florence takes the initiative in getting it cleaned up with the Citywide Clean-up Day. “This event brings people together, the community together, and it’s just a great opportunity to kind of restore that sense of pride in the beautiful Tennessee River that we have here in Florence,” said Ruby Alcala, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Florence Recycling Department.

This year’s clean-up day is Saturday, March 7 and volunteers
are always appreciated. All the equipment is provided like bags, grabbers,
gloves, and vests. Volunteers also have the option of using blue plastic bags
for recyclable materials. “We have very responsible residents here in Florence,
you could say, and they do, they recycle, they always want to know how to
recycle right, and that’s part of our education outreach program that we have
here,” said Alcala.

The main focus will be at McFarland Park which had
significant flooding but volunteers are able to clean any area of the city they
choose.

Last year around 480 volunteers participated. This year,
Acala said the recycling department is hoping for at least 500.

The University of North Alabama is sponsoring the clean-up
day and to add to the fun, they’ve planned a scavenger hunt for different
pieces of litter.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Florence-Lauderdale Colosseum at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. If you’d like to register to volunteer, click here or email Recycle@FlorenceAL.org


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A Brooklyn man has been convicted of stealing more than $700,000 from an Estes Park woman in a lottery scam.

Leonard Luton, 43, a Jamaican national, was convicted last week one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and eight counts of aiding and abetting mail fraud after a four-day trial in U.S. District Court in Denver, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The victim, a senior citizen, was convinced by Luton and a co-conspirator that she had won a $2.8 million lottery prize and a Mercedes Benz, prosecutors said. To collect the winnings, the victim was instructed to pay thousands of dollars in fees. In 2018, the victim mailed multiple packages with cash and cashier’s checks to addresses of Luton’s friends. The victim also purchased six iPhones and mailed them as part of the scheme.

The co-conspirator was not named in the news release.

Luton made two trips to the victim’s Estes Park home to pick up packages of cash. In October of 2018, a Luton co-conspirator went to the victim’s home at 1:30 a.m. and identified himself as an FBI agent, flashing a fake badge, and leaving with a package stuffed with $65,000 cash. On a second trip, Luton was arrested at the victim’s home when he showed up to “pick up more cash,” the release said. Luton was in possession of an iPhone purchased by the victim when he was arrested.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to fighting elder fraud,” U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn said in the news release.  “Lottery scams are just one way that scammers prey on vulnerable victims. Together with our law enforcement partners, we are working to protect the elderly and bring scammers to justice.”

Financial records from the victim and Luton established Luton’s involvement in the $700,000 scheme, the release said. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 12. The case was investigated by the FBI, Estes Park police and the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.

 


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