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    An off-duty New Jersey police officer who was arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide was under the influence of alcohol and using his cell phone when he fatally struck nurse Damian Dymka (pictured) An off-duty New Jersey police officer who was arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide was under the influence of alcohol and using his cell phone when he fatally struck a pedestrian who was allegedly dressed in a werewolf costume, an affidavit revealed. Newark officer Louis Santiago, 25, faces charges of driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, and more in the November 1 death of Damian Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse.  His lawyer, Patrick Toscano, confirmed the cop had been drinking alcohol at a local bar when he struck Dymka. He claims Santiago had not drank to a level of intoxication or impairment. The attorney instead argues that the incident was an accident, alleging Dymka was dressed in a werewolf Halloween costume and walking on a darkened stretch of the Garden State Parkway, making him hard to see.  'This was a horrible, horrible accident,' Toscano told NewJersey.com on...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A North Korean defector who escaped from prison in northeast China has been recaptured by authorities, after more than 40 days on the run in the biting winter cold.The 39-year-old, identified by Chinese authorities as Zhu Xianjian, was just two years short of completing his sentence, when he staged an escape that went viral, state media reported.Court documents detail that Zhu was a North Korean coal miner who swam across a river to a Chinese village in Tumen city, Jilin province in 2013. He was arrested later that year, and in 2014 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegal border crossing, larceny and robbery, to be followed by his deportation, according to a court judgment. Zhu, whose sentence was twice reduced owing to good behavior, broke free from prison in the city of Jilin on October 18. His dramatic escape, which was caught on video and included using a rope to damage an electric fence and jumping off a high prison wall, has led to speculation online that Zhu was a former member of the North...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is reeling over their beloved dog, Ruby, who was killed when someone fired six shots into their car as their pet was in the backseat. The Friday after Thanksgiving, they were driving back home to Chicago. It all started on the Bishop Ford Freeway at 115th Street, but ended at the emergency vet, where the couple was forced to say goodbye to Ruby. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Wound-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In RoselandNow Illinois State Police are asking for your help tracking down the shooter. Loving, energetic and loyal; not even 3 years old; brown-eyed, rescued border collie mix, Ruby, was more than a dog to her people, Joan Levergood and Doug Johnson. “She was a family member,” Joan said. A family that celebrates Thanksgiving together; so Ruby was along for the ride to and from Michigan for their celebrations. Ruby snuggled between them after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day; the last picture they have together. “She was a good, good pup,” Joan said. A memory, that only makes looking...
    A Newark police officer, a passenger and the cop's mother have all been arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide where the cop left the victim's dead body in his car. Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord. He had a passenger with him, 25-year-old Albert Guzman of Newark.  While traveling northbound near exit 151, Santiago drifted off to the right shoulder and struck a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka. According to prosecutors in Essex County, after hitting Dymka, neither Santiago nor Guzman called 911 or offered help.  They apparently returned to the scene 'multiple times' before finally loading Dymka into the Honda and taking him away. Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord The victim was 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka Santiago then took the body to his home in nearby Bloomfield. Santiago, Guzman and Santiago's mother Annette all discussed what to do before Santiago returned to...
    A Newark, New Jersey police officer was charged with vehicular homicide and desecrating human remains on Wednesday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Officer Louis Santiago, 25, was off-duty and driving northbound on the Garden State Parkway around 3 a.m. on November 1st. He was allegedly driving on the shoulder of the road when he hit 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka, killing him. Santiago and his passenger, Albert Guzman, reportedly left the scene but returned multiple times. Authorities said neither Santiago nor Guzman called 9-1-1 or attempted to give aid to the victim. Eventually, they put Dymka’s body in the car. “Santiago then took the body to his home in Bloomfield where he, his mother and Guzman allegedly discussed what to do with the body,” said the prosecutor’s office. The body was later returned to the scene. Santiago’s father, who is a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, called the police and said his son had been in an accident. When police arrived, Dymka’s body was placed in the back seat of the Santiago’s vehicle. Here’s how news reports...
    A five-year-old New Hampshire boy who was found dead a month after he went missing had fentanyl in his system and was the victim of violence and neglect, prosecutors said.  Elijah Lewis's remains were discovered in a Massachusetts state park on October 23, a week after his mother, Danielle Denise Dauphinais, 35, and her boyfriend Joseph Stapf, 30, were arrested in New York City in connection with the boy's disappearance.  Texts revealed last month by The Boston Globe showed Dauphinais allegedly complaining about Elijah to a childhood friend in June and calling him 'the next Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer.' Dauphinais, who lived in Merrimack, N.H., with the boy, reportedly told her friend that she couldn't 'trust him anymore' as a result of Elijah urinating over his bedding and clothes and playing with his own feces.  She also wrote to her friend: 'I want him gone. I can't handle it anymore,' according to the Globe.  Elijah Lewis, 5, death was ruled a homicide  after an autopsy by the chief medical examiner in Massachusetts The search for 5-year-old Elijah Lewis led investigators...
    Evan Neumann of Mill Valley, California, who fled to Belarus in order to escape criminal charges for his part in the attempted insurrection on Jan 6, 2021, has given an exclusive interview to Russia’s state media outlet RT. In his previous appearance, which was on Belarusian state TV, Neuman inferred that Russia was his preferred destination, and Belarus simply happened to be closer. Now this man—on the run from the American justice system—seems to be courting refuge from President Putin. Neumann is wanted in the United States on six criminal charges related to the Capitol riot, including two felonies for assaulting an officer and participating in civil disorder. The U.S. fugitive’s comments to the notorious state media outlet seem like an attempt to ingratiate himself to the Kremlin and perhaps to land in Moscow at some point in the future. He provided RT with a tasty sound bite that is sure to play well in Russian propaganda circuits: “I don’t understand why Russia is our enemy today.” During his earlier interview with Belarusian TV, Neumann condemned the U.S. sanctions against...
    A Texas Democrat has jumped parties and joined the Republicans after becoming infuriated with his party's policies on defunding the police and the current 'chaos' on the southern border.  Ryan Guillen, a Texas State Representative for House District 31, made the announcement in a press conference on Monday. He won't cross the aisle immediately but will instead seek reelection in the same  south Texas seat. Guillen blames his switch from the Democrats as being as a result of the party moving further to the left meaning the party's values no long align with his own citing the 'Defund the police' movement and crisis on the border as the catalysts for his sudden departure.    Rep. Ryan Guillen says he is switching parties after Republicans made inroads in South Texas and redistricting made his district much more favorable to the GOP 'This has been the worst kept secret at the Capitol. Everyone has known that Ryan Guillen is really a Republican who is attached to the wrong label. Ryan: we're glad you finally came out of the closet,' Governor Abbott said 'Friends,...
    Beto O'Rourke announced Monday that he is running for Texas governor against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for his third term. 'I'm running for governor,' O'Rourke tweeted along with a two minute and fifteen second video. 'Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us,' he continued. It's likely the Democratic candidate, who was unsuccessful in his Senate run against Republican Ted Cruz in 2018, will run on some hot button issues in the Lone Star State, like stricter gun laws, expanding voting rights and abortion access and implementing vaccine mandates. Abbott responded to the announcement with a simple and direct message: 'Bring it.' Beto O'Rourke announced Monday he is running for governor in 2022 in Texas – after a failed 2018 senator run against Ted Cruz In a two-minute video posted to Twitter, O'Rourke said he is running to make sure elected leaders listen to Texans  Abbott,...
    Although the 20th Century had more than its share of human rights abuses — from communism in the Soviet Union, Maoist China and Cambodia to a long list of far-right fascist dictatorships in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa — it was also a century in which liberal democracy prevailed in many places that once had authoritarian rule. But during the 21st Century, far-right authoritarianism has been on the rise in many places that were democratic in the past, from Turkey to post-communist Hungary to the Philippines. Journalist Anne Applebaum takes an in-depth look at this trend in a disturbing essay recently published by The Atlantic. Applebaum is not optimistic in her article. The journalist warns that authoritarians are winning in many countries, including Belarus — and she offers extensive analysis of Belarus' strongman president, Alexander Lukashenko. Applebaum, stresses, however, that the model of far-right authoritarianism one sees with Lukashenko differs from the fascist model of the 20th Century in that many of 2021's despots and tyrants pretend to favor voting rights in their countries when in reality, they don't....
    Appalachian State’s uniform announcement video for the game against South Alabama was pure America. The Mountaineers will take the field against the Jaguars this Saturday, and the team’s uniform announcement video is all about how great the USA is as a country. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) It honored first responders, police and the military. Give it a watch below. It’ll put a smile on your face. “They wear their uniforms so we can wear ours.”#GoApp #BeatSouthAL #HeroesDay pic.twitter.com/6mmajD7wRw — App State Football (@AppState_FB) November 11, 2021 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again for everyone who needs to hear it more than once. There’s not a single sport in America that honors this country and is more proud of the USA than college football. It’s not even close. Not a single sport does a better job of honoring our beautiful and great country than college football. Here come the Black Knights‼️#GoArmy | #LastoftheHard pic.twitter.com/ETMGx9rsue — Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) September 11, 2021 On the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, damn near every...
    (CNN)Voters will decide Tuesday on key ballot measures related to issues including policing, election reform and some proposals authored in response to Covid-19 restrictions. While there are typically fewer ballot questions in an off-election year, there are 24 statewide ballot measures for consideration in six states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Voters in some major cities, in addition to choosing their next mayor, will also have the opportunity to weigh in on an important issue that has been heavily debated in their communities. Ballot questions influenced by Covid-19 restrictions Texas -- Proposition 3 Read MoreWritten in response to Covid-19 restrictions, Texans will consider a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the state or a political subdivision, such as an elected official, from "prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations." At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, a majority of states including Texas issued stay-at-home orders to minimize non-essential gatherings and slow the spread of the virus. While a small handful of states limited in-person church services, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deemed religious worship an...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Both the Department of Correction and the Massachusetts State Police, sources say, have ramped up discipline for members who have not met the vaccine mandate deadline, and dozens are now off the job. At state prisons, sources say, retired correction officers are working inside with inmates taking shifts of officers who are suspended. The National Guard was also called up to help with security. The I-Team has learned 61 correction officers are now suspended for not getting the COVID-19 shot. At the State Police, sources say, for the first time on Thursday, a sergeant and three troopers who missed the deadline were disciplined and relieved of duty. Three are with the K-9 Unit and had their dogs taken away. Several others have either retired or resigned. The state police did not respond to I-Team’s emails. The Department of Correction did not respond to requests for comment on the number of retired members who are now working, nor would it tell WBZ how many officers received waivers from the vaccine requirement.
    Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Public Safety, said that the agency has seen an increase in "lateral trooper applications" over the past year, and Betsey Holley, a spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said that of the state's 1,064 positions for correctional officers, all but 95 have either been filled or offered to applicants. “If you read some of the posts that are on our Facebook page, there have been people that have responded to (a recruitment) Facebook post saying, 'Oh, do you mandate vaccines?' It's just interesting that that's the way people are thinking. But yes, we'll welcome their applications if they want to apply," she said by phone Thursday. McDaniel added, “The Alaska State Troopers are not running any targeted advertising addressing COVID-19 or the vaccine mandates occurring across the nation at the local, state and federal level. We would encourage any qualified applicant looking for an exciting career in law enforcement to consider a career with the Alaska State Troopers."
    EXCLUSIVE: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign to pump $150 million into Maryland’s law enforcement agencies and to victims of violent crime is front and center as the term-limited governor heads into his final year in office. But Hogan, who’s raised his national profile in recent years and whom some political pundits see as a possible 2024 GOP White House hopeful, is not confining his push to refund the police just to his home state. Hogan headlined a fundraiser on Friday night in Fairfax County, Virginia, for Jason Miyares, that state’s GOP nominee for attorney general. HOGAN, IN FOX NEWS OPINION PIECE, CALLS FOR ‘INCREASING FUNDING FOR POLICE, NOT DEFUNDING THEM’ "In today’s environment, when far too often our police officers are unfairly criticized and don’t get the appreciation or the respect that they deserve, these men and women need to know that they have the support of their leaders," Hogan said in his address, which was shared first with Fox News. "With Jason Miyares as attorney general, Virginia's law enforcement will know he has their backs and the people of the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City police said they are still looking for leads in several cases of violence from over the weekend. The weekend violence started Friday night. Seven people were shot in the 3100 block of W. North Avenue. The victims included two teenage girls, ages 15 and 17, a 19-year-old young woman, a 26-year-old woman, a 26-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 19-year-old young man who is in critical condition. READ MORE: Orioles Center Fielder Cedric Mullins Is A Silver Slugger Award FinalistMonday, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said police found a vehicle they were looking for, but no suspects have been arrested in the cases. “The ask is that if anyone knows something heard something, saw something or know someone else who knows, heard or saw something, please get in touch with us right away,” said Harrison. “Or do it anonymously through Crime Stoppers.” Less than 24 hours after the shooting on North Avenue, a student was shot on Morgan State University’s campus as that community wrapped up their homecoming celebrations. The victim is an 18-year-old student...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they relocate to the Sunshine State to work, as cops across the U.S. continue to leave their posts in droves over COVID vaccine mandates. 'We're actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff's departments,' the governor told Fox News on Sunday. 'In the next legislative session, I'm going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida,' he told the network's Sunday Morning Futures program. Then, addressing officers in cities like New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, DeSantis said: 'If you're not being treated well, we'll treat you better here.'   Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they relocate to the Sunshine State to work, as cops across the US continue to leave their posts in droves over COVID vaccine mandates The governor further explained his reasoning behind the prospective legislation during a news...
                      by Barton Cockey M.D.  The FBI will investigate threats and intimidation against school board members, administrators, teachers, and staff, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Oct. 4. In so doing, Garland claimed federal jurisdiction over local law enforcement, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. This power grab by the AG supposedly came as a response to a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), a leftist advocacy group with vast influence over the nation’s school boards. To gain some insight into how this ukase or edict is playing out, I attended a school board meeting in the charming village of Greenwich (“It’s Greeen-wich, not Gren-itch”) in northern New York state. About 35 parents and taxpayers showed up at the auditorium. A sign on the door announced that masks were required, and a cheerful, elderly security guard offered disposables to those who entered uncovered. The board was masked to the eyeballs, but most of the attendees allowed their face diapers to slip down. The citizens who asked questions of the board were...
    Minnesota DFL (Democratic Party) Gov. Tim Walz declared earlier this week that he is running for reelection. He should worry. There is a serious chance he could lose. Minnesota Democrats could also get routed in the 2022 elections. The unfortunate part for Walz is that he may not be able to do anything to save his campaign. The factors that will determine his fate may largely be sealed and beyond his control. Walz is in a terrible place 13 months away from the 2022 elections. Recent polls place his approval rating at below 50% — never a place that an incumbent wants to be. But it only gets worse. Walz is in a purely defense mode — also a place an incumbent never wants to be. A few months ago, he could say that his pandemic policies were working and that the state economy was thriving. No more. Minnesota is seventh in the country among states with new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are up to near peak levels. Labor force participation rates are at levels as low as during the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff GREENSBURG (KDKA) — State troopers were out along school bus routes Wednesday morning for Operation Safe Stop. READ MORE: Allegheny Health Network Unveils Plans For New Medical Center In North FayetteIt is an initiative for School Bus Safety Week, making sure drivers follow the rules of the route concerning school buses. That includes stopping around a bus when its stop sign is extended and its lights are flashing. READ MORE: Fayette County Man Charged With Producing Child PornographyKDKA’s crew rode along with one bus driver, setting out on her route in Greensburg. She said she sees a lot of people not following the laws. “People don’t want to be behind us or wait for us. In a hurry would be the issue,” said Lynn Booher, a driver for DMJ Transportation. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Breathes New Life Into Harrisburg Gun Laws ChallengeThe only time drivers can pass a stopped bus is if they’re in the opposing direction and the lanes are separated by a barrier — like a grassy median or concrete...
    A Pennsylvania Field Hockey Coach is wanted by police after he disappeared during an investigation into allegations of sexually abusing a child. William Francis Gaudette III, 77,of South Hoernerstown Road in Hummelstown, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl on “numerous occasions” in 2020 and 2021, according to Pennsylvania state police. An arrest warrant was issued by state police after a report of child abuse was file by the Dauphin County Child and Youth Services. Gaudette was a field hockey coach in central Pennsylvania for multiple teams, including with the East Coast Field Hockey Club, where he worked for several years. The girl’s age was not released and it is not clear if she was on one of the teams he coached. He has been charged with the following according to his court docket: F1 Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older F2 Aggravated Indecent Assault - Complainant Less Than 16 M2 Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Years Age F1 Unlawful Contact With Minor - Sexual Offenses F3 Corruption Of Minors - Defendant Age 18...
    A LOUISIANA State trooper was shot dead by an "armed and dangerous" gunman who is now on the run after killing a woman and hurting three others. Suspect Matthew Mira allegedly shot at another state trooper in East Baton Rouge, before fleeing in a stolen vehicle first and then on foot. 2Suspect Matthew Mira allegedly shot at another state trooper in East Baton RougeCredit: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office 2Mira allegedly fled the scene in a stolen vehicle first and then on footCredit: Louisiana State Police The trooper was found dead in his car Saturday evening near the scene of a double sooting in Prairieville, as reported by The Advocate. Authorities linked Mira to that double shooting as well as another. Mira allegedly shot two neighbors in French Settlement around midnight before stealing a truck and driving to Prairieville where he shot two family members. One died and the other is in critical condition. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best...
    Australia’s response to COVID-19 in recent months has faced scrutiny for its draconian restrictions on everyday life and aggressive law enforcement measures. But the country’s pandemic policies have been depicted by many American liberals and corporate media outlets as a “model” to emulate. The government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, imposed strict lockdowns in August in response to rising cases of the delta variant. The state issued a stay-at-home order, permitting people to leave their houses only for essential shopping, medical care, and work.
    Police said they are still investigating the incident and looking into allegations about the second intruder, though they acknowledged his whereabouts are currently unknown. Nevertheless, police insisted that the community is no longer under an active threat. Police: Suspect dies in attempted home invasion in Gahanna www.youtube.com Ohio is a "stand your ground" state. In April, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation into law expanding state residents' right to self-defense. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the new law rescinded "the legal requirement that people try to retreat from a situation before using deadly force." WBNS added that the law "expands the so-called 'stand your ground' right from an individual's house and car to any place, 'if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has a right to be.'" In essence, it offers much-needed protection to those who are caught in life-threatening situations anywhere they are legally permitted to be. read more
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Rain showers return for the weekend. Temperatures are expected to cool a bit, but perhaps not as Fall-like as first advertised. Tonight, Increasing clouds. Isolated shower by morning with a low of 63 degrees. READ MORE: Illinois State Police Trooper Shot And Critically Wounded On Dan Ryan Expressway    READ MORE: Illinois State Police To Saturate Patrols In Wake Of Chicago Area Expressway Shootings; Data Show Very Few Arrests Are Made In Such CasesTomorrow, scattered showers. Isolated rumble of thunder with a high 80 degrees.   Scattered showers through Monday, with a smaller lingering chance on Tuesday. Temps in the 70s next week. MORE NEWS: One Killed, Two Wounded In Shootout In North Austin, Three In Custody 
    Members of the heavily armed 'Rise of the Moors' militia were purportedly caught on video talking about positioning a 'sniper' at the front of their van when they were surrounded by Massachusetts State Police during a July standoff. Three of the 11 suspects arrested on state weapons charges on July 3 appeared in Woburn Superior Court for their arraignments. The hearing was repeatedly interrupted by outbursts from the defendants, one of whom argued that Massachusetts authorities have no jurisdiction over him. 'I am not a US citizen,' Aaron Jimenez, 27, from The Bronx, New York, shouted, as Boston Herald reported. Jimenez and his fellow members of the Rise of the Moors group believe they're independent from federal and state governments because they are descendants of an ancient sovereign Moroccan nation. Three members of the Rise of the Moors group appeared in Massachusetts court on Tuesday to be arraigned on weapons charges. Pictured: other defendants from the group attend a dangerousness hearing on July 9 A prosecutor read a transcript of a body camera recording, on which one militia member told...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland State Police expressed their condolences following the passing of one of their own, Trooper First Class Alec Elijah Cohen. According to officials, Cohen, 29, was found unresponsive at his home on Sept. 17. He was taken to Sinai Hospital and was admitted to the ICU in critical condition. He died on Saturday morning to a medical-related illness. READ MORE: Three Men Convicted Of Federal Charges In Connection With A Series Of Home Burglaries Committed In Maryland & Georgia There are no further details available at this time. Cohen’s body was taken to the Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. READ MORE: Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Berlin In a statement released by Maryland State Police: “This is a significant loss for the Maryland State Police family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Trooper First Class Cohen’s family and loved ones. TFC Cohen will always be remembered for his extraordinary commitment, selfless service and unwavering dedication to the citizens of this state as a Maryland State...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff INDIANA COUNTY (KDKA) — A woman is in jail and facing charges in the shooting death of her boyfriend on Friday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. READ MORE: Man, 54, Dies After House Fire In Cheswick This comes after Pennsylvania State troopers launched an investigation. State Police accuse 28-year-old Matraca Lynn Vrana of firing a shot from a rifle, which reportedly hit the 27-year-old victim in the head. READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris, Former Pres. George W. Bush share their reflections at ceremony for Flight 93 in Shanksville The victim did not survive his injury. Police say that they received a report of the alleged shooting incident around 8 p.m. on Friday, and by the time they arrived, medics had transported the victim to a local medical center. Vrana has been charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and felony counts of Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault, and Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Structure. MORE NEWS: Public Safety Agencies In South Hills Put Together Vehicle Display In Recognition Of 9/11...
    By Sameea Kamal | CalMatters Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. That holds true for politicians, including the candidates in California’s Sept. 14 recall election and Gov. Gavin Newsom. Campaigning during a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic and deadly, unprecedented wildfires, their approaches to the state’s problems can vary. But the facts behind some of those issues don’t change. We look at some of the claims being made on the campaign trail and how they match up with reality: COVID-19 masks Larry Elder: In press conferences and interviews, he has said that young people are less likely to contract COVID-19, and that even if they do, their symptoms are likely to be mild: “The idea that we’re requiring children to wear masks, to me, is against science.” Kevin Kiley: In an Aug. 25 debate, said that the harms of masks to a child’s development “far outweigh any benefits, and those benefits aren’t even very clearly established.” The facts: Earlier in the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was a lower...
    On at least a dozen cases over the past decade, Louisiana State Police troopers or their bosses ignored or concealed evidence of beatings, deflected blame and impeded efforts to root out misconduct.  That's according to a review of internal investigative records and newly obtained videos found by the Associated Press.  The videos range from a white state trooper slamming a black man against a police cruiser while he was handcuffed and throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him; to a white trooper hitting a black man at a traffic stop 18 times with a flashlight, breaking his jaw and ribs; and a white trooper coldcocking a Hispanic drug trafficking suspect as he stood calmly by a highway, an unprovoked attack. A recently retired supervisor who oversaw a particularly violent clique of troopers told internal investigators this year that it was his 'common practice' to rubber-stamp officers' use-of-force reports without reviewing body-camera video.  On at least a dozen cases over the past decade, Louisiana State Police troopers or their bosses ignored or concealed evidence of beatings, deflected blame...
    In a strange twist in a mysterious murder case, the prominent South Carolina attorney whose wife and son were fatally shot in June reported he was also shot over the weekend — and then said he was quitting his job and going into a rehabilitation program. Alex Murdaugh called 911 Saturday and said he had been shot on a road in Hampton County, South Carolina, according to a statement from the state police. He was taken to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, where he was treated for a “superficial gunshot wound to the head,” and no arrests had been made, the statement said. Jim Griffin, one of Murdaugh’s attorneys, told local reporters that Murdaugh was changing a tire when he was shot, possibly by someone in a passing car. On Monday, Murdaugh, 53, released a statement through another attorney saying he had resigned from his law firm and would enter a rehabilitation facility for an undisclosed program of treatment. “The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot...
    The family of Connecticut State Police Sgt. Brian Mohl, who died in the line of duty after his vehicle was swept away in floodwaters from Storm Ida, has released a statement. Connecticut State Police reported that Mohl died on Thursday, Sept. 2, after his vehicle was swept away while patrolling in Litchfield County. Read more - CT State Trooper Dies After Being Swept Away By Floodwaters During Height Of Storm "We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," the statement from his family reads. "The loss we have suffered is immeasurable. Brian was an incredible person. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and friend and to say he will be missed is just not enough.   Mohl served in the department for more than 26 years, a role his family said that he loved. "Even though Brian was committed to his work he always found a way to put his family life first. He never lost sight of that. If he wasn’t at work, he was spending time with us," his family said. "Brian’s love for...
    REVERE (CBS) – A Revere man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning a dog at a beach and leaving him “to the mercy of the next high tide,” according to State Police. After an investigation that included reviewing surveillance video from the area, 27-year-old Elias Pacheco-Osario was arrested. READ MORE: 10 Trash Trucks Damaged In Norton Fire On Sunday, August 29 at about 12:15 p.m., the 50-pound pit bull mix named “Killer” was found chained to a steel rod along the shoreline on Short Beach in Revere. The dog was found with a thick metal chain around his neck with a heavy rock attached to it, preventing him from escaping. READ MORE: Milton Academy Hockey Player Jake Thibeault Seriously Injured During Tournament Pit bull rescued from a Revere beach and MSP Trooper Carlo Mastromattei (Image credit Mass State Police) State Police said during certain parts of the day, this portion of the beach is completely submerged when the tide rises. “The dog was at risk of drowning in a couple of hours if he hadn’t...
    Minnesota State Patrol Major Joseph Dwyer testified recently that he and a 'vast majority of the agency' deleted their communications following the widespread protests last summer A Minnesota State Patrol officer has admitted in a recent court hearing that he and many of his fellow officers deleted text message exchanges immediately following the widespread protests against police brutality last summer. During a hearing to determine whether the State Patrol and Minneapolis police officers used excessive force against journalists in an effort to silence them, State Patrol Major Joseph Dwyer said he and a 'vast majority of the agency' deleted their communications after the riots. He claimed they thought they were following routine procedures in doing so, according to a transcript published to the federal court docket Friday night. But attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, representing a group of journalists who were attacked by police officers in the protests, claim the file destruction was a concerted effort that 'makes it nearly impossible to track the State Patrol's behavior. 'The purge was neither accidental, automated nor routine,' the attorneys...
    MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A special Make-A-Wish was granted for two 6-year-olds fighting different illnesses Tuesday as they got sworn into the New Jersey State Police Department, cruising with cops from across our area. A police motorcade enters the Make-A-Wish New Jersey castle, followed by an aviation flyover for a special ceremony swearing in two new troopers. READ MORE: Flu Season, COVID-19 Could Create Potential Twindemic, But It Doesnt Have To Happen That Way It’s a wish granted for 6-year-olds Samaree Johnson and Dalton Swain with the help of New Jersey State Police Col. Patrick Callahan. “There’s 179 recruits at the academy in Sea Girt. They have a ways to go, but we put you two at the head of the class,” Callahan told the kids. These two strong little boys are battling different illnesses. Samaree has blood disorder, sickle cell. “Samaree doesn’t have a spleen or a gall bladder, and he has acute chest syndrome where he has crisis in his lungs,” said Dejanae Tart Davis, Samaree’s mom. “They said he wasn’t gonna live long, but my baby...
    A Tesla Model 3 driving on 'autopilot' smacked into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on Saturday morning, narrowly missing the driver of the cruiser who had stopped in order to help a disabled vehicle. The incident is the 12th such smash involving a Tesla on autopilot mode and an emergency vehicle in the US since January 2018. All the cars which have been struck had their lights flashing, or had deployed an emergency flare, illuminated warning sign or cones, raising questions about whether they may have confused the Tesla's sensors. Saturday's smash happened after when the 28-year-old trooper, who has not been named, stopped shortly after 5 am on August 28 on I-4 near downtown Orlando while responding to a broken down car.  He put his emergency lights and was walking over to a disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser's left side, according to a copy of the police report seen by DailyMail.com.  The Tesla also hit the broken down car, a 2012 Mercedes Benz GLK 350, according to the report. All three cars were badly-damaged by the force...
    By The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — Clashes erupted in Athens Sunday evening between the police and some participants in a protest rally against COVID-19 vaccinations. Police estimated the participants in the rally in central Syntagma Square at between 7,000 and 8,000. As the last of the speeches denouncing government plans to make vaccinations for health workers and students mandatory were finishing, some youths attacked police standing before the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, next to the Greek Parliament with bottles, firecrackers and some firebombs. Police used tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse protesters, who shouted obscenities at the police and against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city to the north, more than 10,000 opponents of vaccinations gathered and dispersed peacefully, police said. While over 5.7 million people in Greece’s population of 10.7 million have been fully vaccinated, there has been a recent resurgence of cases and hospitalizations, almost entirely fueled by the delta variant and mainly affecting the unvaccinated. While the number of people on ventilators, at 334, is less than...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– It’s been two years since the encounter between Aurora police and Elijah McClain set a series of events in motion that would put the 23-year-old in the hospital, on life support before his passing. McClain was stopped Aug. 24, 2019 after a 911 call regarding a suspicious person. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) What investigations have found is that Aurora police had no legal basis to stop, frisk or use a now banned chokehold on McClain. Police body cameras recorded the incident. READ MORE: Get Ready For Denver Day of Rock Which Features 25 Bands, COVID Precautions “Get us some more units- we are fighting him,” could be heard shouted by one officer on the recording. McClain was confronted while walking home just north of Colfax on Billings after someone called 911 to report a man who appeared sketchy. He had been to the store to buy tea. McClain was also injected with the sedative Ketamine. Investigations criticized the amount given and have led to a new state law with stricter requirements on such use. McClain’s mother, who...
    Police in Salt Lake City, Utah, say DNA technology helped identify skeletal remains found in 1979 as belonging to a local mother who vanished 42 years ago. Sandra Matott, 37, was reported missing July 18, 1979, by her husband Warren Matott, who said she was last seen at a Salt Lake City bar eight days prior. Police said when they attempted to follow up with her husband, they were unable to reach him. About a month later, on Aug. 19, 1979, a homicide investigation was launched after hunters found skeletal remains in Millard County, about 175 miles outside Salt Lake City. Investigators found a ring and watch at the scene, which were both later determined to belong to the missing woman. It took decades of sleuthing to connect the cases, but ultimately DNA samples provided by the missing woman's daughters helped bring closure to the decades-long mystery. 'No matter how much time passes, the detectives of the Salt Lake City Police Department will never let up in their quest to solve every case and to get answers for loved ones,'...
    5 police officers in Florida died from COVID-19 in one week. Jose Maria Hernandez / EyeEm Five south Florida police officers died from COVID-19 over the course of one week. COVID-19 is the leading cause of law enforcement deaths this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Over 75 doctors staged a walk-out Monday in south Florida to protest COVID-19 patients overwhelming the healthcare system. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Five police officers in South Florida died from COVID-19 within one week of each other, as the Delta variant continues to tear through the state and severely strain its hospital system.  According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for law enforcement in 2021. At least 103 police officers have died this year from complications caused by the disease, according to...
    One officer was accused by a supervisor of snoozing in his squad car while on duty. Another had multiple drunken run-ins with police, including after bar fights. A third repeatedly sent lewd photos to a female officer. All of them were fired or forced out. And all of them are back working in law enforcement in Wisconsin. Nearly 200 law enforcement officers currently employed in the state were fired from previous jobs in law enforcement, resigned in lieu of termination or quit before completion of an internal investigation, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Justice obtained through an open records request. And more than 1,000 Wisconsin officers have been fired or resigned before termination since 2017, when the state DOJ started tracking that statistic. Some of the most serious offenses include Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Janelle Gericke, who in January was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Streicher ran a red light in his police SUV and hit a vehicle, killing a man and injuring a woman. He...
    Two Connecticut girls have been arrested after one allegedly stabbed the other on a bike trail. The incident took place around 7:30 p.m. in Windham County when Connecticut State Police responded to a report of a stabbing located on Hilltop Drive in the town of Windham. Responding troopers located the victim, a 12-year-old girl who sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.  An investigation revealed the incident stemmed from an ongoing conflict between the juvenile victim and the accused, a 13-year-old girl, state police said. The accused juvenile was located, detained without incident, and a knife was recovered at the scene.   As a result of the investigation, both girls were issued juvenile summonses.   The victim was charged with breach of peace, and the accused was charged with breach of peace and assault.  Both girls were released to their respective guardians.
    President Joe Biden's pick for a top job at the Environmental Protection Agency has been branded an 'extremist' for supporting the 'defund the police' movement on Chinese state-run TV last year. Carlton Waterhouse has been tapped for the role as assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, and is awaiting confirmation in the U.S. Senate, the New York Post reported. Last June, Waterhouse appeared on China Global Television Network to discuss the 'defund the police' movement after the murder of George Floyd - in a clip that has been resurfaced by the conservative think tank American Accountability Foundation. His comments have since been slammed by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday. 'Carlton Waterhouse is a political activist who supports fringe environmental and racist policies,' Cotton said. 'Arkansans and all Americans deserve a fair administrator of law – not an extremist who would weaponize the EPA to serve his wacky version of 'social justice.' Carlton Waterhouse, President Joe Biden's pick for a top job at the Environmental Protection Agency, has...
    President Biden’s controversial nominee to hold a leadership position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) touted the "defund the police" movement during an appearance on Chinese state television last year. Carlton Waterhouse, Biden's pick to serve as deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, appeared on China Global Television Network (CGTN), a Chinese state-run media network, in June 2020 as the George Floyd protests continued across the country. BIDEN'S CONTROVERSIAL EPA NOMINEE EXPECTED TO FACE SENATE QUESTIONS ON CIVIL RIGHTS, REPARATIONS COMMENTS "So the idea of defunding the police generally means we should reallocate the funds that are used for policing toward the actual services that are needed by communities," Waterhouse, a law professor at Howard University, told the network. "There are places where we see that they don’t have robust police forces and they seem to be able to live their lives in a way that is acceptable and comfortable for them," he continued. "In all honesty, if you think about all of our major police forces, we have spent all of our money on a...
                      by John C. Eastman and Stephen Balch  The COVID pandemic has witnessed the exercise of state “police powers” on a scale and scope unprecedented in America’s peacetime history. Out of fear of contagion, massive amounts of private property in the form of shops, restaurants, bars, and other businesses were peremptorily seized and shuttered. The rights of landlords to collect rents and evict tenants were suspended. The ability of people to cross from one state to another was hobbled by regulations, quarantines, and delays. And most of this was accomplished by governors and mayors acting by decree, with only the most tenuous of statutory authorizations. Initially implemented for what was to have been a brief period of medical unreadiness, the restrictions and impositions were extended month after month in the name of protecting Americans from a threat the specific magnitude of which was never clearly defined. Although some raised concerns about the legality of and need for these coercions, most Americans obediently submitted to them. The purpose here is not to...
    Democrats seem awfully fond of private and federal police forces for a party that has championed movements to “defund the police.”
    More On: india Vlogger pushes to cancel the word ‘curry’ because of colonial origins Elephants in India enjoy fruit feast ahead of own world day Four men — including priest — charged in gang-rape and murder of girl, 9: report India’s bronze-winning boxer honored with new road in rural village NEW DELHI — A large landslide struck a bus and several other vehicles traveling on a highway in the mountains of northern India on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and trapping dozens of others, officials said. Television images showed boulders and rocks rolling down the hillside before crashing into vehicles on the highway in Himachal Pradesh state. Fourteen people were rescued, said Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for a paramilitary force involved in the search. A bus, a truck and two cars were smashed in the landslide in Kinnaur district, police said. The number of passengers in the bus wasn’t immediately known. Eight bodies were found in a sports utility vehicle, a police statement said. Police said they found the bodies of a driver and another person in...
    The last of our Olympic expedition returned, which was one of the most numerous in Tokyo thanks mainly to our massive classification in team sports, but with a very discreet 22nd place in the medal table, 11th European. You know: the medal table is ordered by gold and then silver and bronze are tied off. Counting raw medals, which were 17 in total, we would be a little higher, but it is not to show off either. Alejandro Blanco gives our sport a 10 after these results, because he does so from the proportion of investment-attention of the State and result, and from that point of view it is difficult to argue. That 22nd is not our place in the world. Much higher, specifically in the tenth position, Italy shines, with 40 medals, its record. Italy is a country with which we can compare ourselves: they are of our same meat, same climate, similar level, similar customs. They beat us in population, 60-46, but from there to this 40-17 in medals … Italy it has achieved this by applying the...
    By The Associated Press DENVER — Denver’s top public safety leader says he is prepared to discipline police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who don’t follow the mandate that all city employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, The Denver Post reports Saturday. A public health order issued by the city health department Monday requires all city employees to receive their second vaccine dose by Sept. 15. It’s unclear how many of the Denver’s police officers or emergency responders have been vaccinated as the city does not keep track. However, the Denver Police Protective Association conducted its own poll. About half of the department’s officers responded to the survey, and out of that 57% said they were unvaccinated. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — US now averaging 100,000 new confirmed virus cases a day — Once-gloomy scientist says future UK lockdowns unlikely — Vaccination form for federal workers adds penalties for lies — American survivors of COVID-19 speak out for vaccines, masks ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SANTA FE, N.M. —...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The City of Pittsburgh is working more with state officials to address the recent issues on the South Side. READ MORE: Report: Former Mylan Plant In Morgantown Could Be Saved City and state leaders met on Thursday to begin the work on those problems. State Liquor Control Enforcement is planning to crack down on alcohol offenses, making sure businesses with liquor licenses are complying with state laws. READ MORE: Fox Chapel Cardiologist Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Health Care Fraud There is also a strong possibility that Pennsylvania State Police troopers will be seen on the South Side. “The state police have indicated that they’re going to have a greater presence there for us over the course of the next several weeks and maybe months to keep an eye on some of the other activities that are taking place outside of the establishments or immediately adjacent to the establishments,” said State Senator Jay Costa. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Park Rangers Help Free Geese That Became Entangled In...