(Benton, KY) – The mother of a 15-year-old Kentucky girl says her daughter called her after being shot Tuesday. Bailey Holt died after a gunman opened fire on the Marshall County High School grounds.WKRN-TV reports Bailey’s mother, Secret Holt, described her daughter as a “perfect angel.” Holt says all she could hear in the background were “voices and chaos.” Bailey never said a word to her mother.Holt says her family is in significant pain but feels for the family of the suspected shooter, as well. Holt says if the teen shooter needed a friend, her daughter would have been someone to talk to. The suspect is believed to be Gabe Parker, the 15-year old son of local journalist Mary Garrison Minyard. Authorities say he will likely be tried in adult court. A probable cause hearing was held Thursday for the defendant who is accused of killing Bailey and Preston Cope; and injuring more than twenty others on Tuesday. The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice will determine the location where the teen will be held.
(Kabul) – The death toll continues to rise after a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Authorities say nearly 100 people are dead and around 160 are injured.
Police in Kabul said the explosion occurred near the entrance to the government’s former Interior Ministry building at the end of a popular thoroughfare for shopping. The attacker was driving an ambulance, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.
A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry says the ambulance was stopped at a checkpoint but got through it. By the time authorities caught up with the vehicle, it was too late. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility.
(GRETNA, La.) – The man who killed NFL running back Joe McKnight in a December 2016 road-rage confrontation was found guilty of manslaughter Friday by a jury in suburban New Orleans. Ronald Gasser, 56, had been charged with second-degree murder,which carries a life sentence. Manslaughter carries a sentence of anywhere from zero to 40 years. State District Judge Ellen Kovach set a March 15 sentencing date.Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick said in a news release that justice was served.His assistants who tried the case told reporters they respect the verdict and added that the McKnight family was pleased with it.
Defense attorney Matthew Goetz said he would appeal. ”We’re obviously disappointed with the verdict,” he told The New Orleans Advocate as he left the courthouse.Jurors began deliberations Friday afternoon in the case. Defense attorneys had claimed Gasser feared for his life when he fired from his driver’s seat at McKnight, who was standing at his open passenger-side window.
Police said the death had followed a 5-mile (8-kilometer) rolling confrontation that began with dangerously aggressive driving on a New Orleans bridge and ended with McKnight being shot as he stood outside Gasser’s car at a suburban intersection.Prosecutors didn’t deny that McKnight drove dangerously before he was killed. ”We do not dispute that he was driving like a jerk,”Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute told jurors in closing arguments, alluding to witness testimony that McKnight weaved in and out of traffic, cutting Gasser and others off, at high speed.
But Shute said Gasser escalated the danger, taking McKnight’s driving as a challenge. ”Mr. Gasser thought that Mr. McKnight had thrown the gauntlet down,” Shute told jurors, later adding, ”He followed him off the exit. That was not his exit.”Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open, passenger side window of Gasser’s car before he was shot. But he said physical evidence proved Gasser lied during extensive police questioning when he claimed McKnight lunged at him.
(Clayton County, GA) – Authorities are still looking for a third suspect involved in a car theft that took place at a gas station in Clayton County. Authorities say, a woman left her car running while she went into a Quick Trip to pay for her gas.
With freezing temperatures and icy conditions, she didn’t want to take her 4-year old (Arya) and 1-month old (Ava) daughters inside. When she came out, her car and her children were gone.According to reports, while inside, a silver Honda full of people pulled up. Someone jumped out, got inside her car and took off. The suspect shockingly put the children out on the street in the cold. It was 22-degrees that day.
Georgia State Police Chief Joe Spillane found the 4-year-old girl walking down the shoulder of the roadway near I-285 and Riverdale Road. The 1-month-old was later found in her car seat along South Fulton Parkway.
Policed arrested 17-year old Khyree Swift and an unidentified 16-year old after the victims sister used the ‘Find my iPhone’ app to track down an iPad stolen with the vehicle. The stolen iPad was pinged to the home address of Swift on Pegg Road. Police also said they traced a phone call made from a stolen iPhone to that same address on Pegg Road.
The stolen SUV was ditched about 2 miles away from Swift’s house. The 16-year old claims that he along with Swift and another man were planning to steal the car, but Major Craig Hammer says neither one is admitting to being in the stolen vehicle. Furthermore swift says he was just trying to buy the electronics from the 16-year old.
They are charged with by theft by taking motor vehicle, kidnapping, cruelty to children, and theft by receiving stolen property. Swift made his first appearance Friday. He was denied bond. It is unclear if the juvenile appeared in court.
Police are still looking for that third suspect.
(SL) – Hundreds of thousands of women across the country are marking the start of President Trump’s second year with protests. Demonstrators assembled yesterday at major landmarks in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and New York.
In Los Angeles, an estimated 600-thousand people turned out to protest Trump’s policies. The crowd included celebrities, politicians and activists. Organizers said around 300-thousand people attended the rally in Chicago.
Many marchers wore pink hats while others held up signs expressing their discontent with the current administration.
The events also mark the anniversary of the massive women’s march in DC that sparked a movement across the globe. Demonstrators kept with tradition of the first women’s march by protesting a variety of issues including LBGTQ rights and immigration policies.
(Kabul) – Several people are reported dead after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Afghan officials say special forces have killed at all three of the attackers. Initial reports said there were four attackers.
At least five other people were killed and six wounded. Witnesses say the attackers got into the hotel through a kitchen and were shooting at guests.
The attack comes after the U.S. State Department issued a security alert for hotels in Kabul. There’s been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
(SL) – The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and Power series star and Erica Ash, who appears on Survivor’s Remorse and stars in the upcoming BET legal drama series In Contempt, will serve as this year’s hosts. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018.
2018 Honorees announced today: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.
Performers at the event will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the Baptist, Arrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. Bozeman, Donald Lawrence, Major, We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.
Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.
About this year’s honorees and awards:
· GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, songwriter, hip-hop artist, Jermaine Dupri will receive The Music Innovation Award. Dupri has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Anthony Hamilton and Alicia Keys. He founded So So Def Recordings in 1993 which launched the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge and many others.
· Founder of Sundial Brands and Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis will be recognized with The Entrepreneur Award. Driven by his passion for entrepreneurship and sustained by a vision to fill unmet consumer needs, Dennis founded SheaMoisture in 1991 which has grown into one of the world’s most recognized beauty brands. Just this month, it was announced that Dennis’s Essence Ventures, LLC will acquire Essence Communications, Inc. which includes Essence Magazine.
· Activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, will receive The Impact Award. In 2009, Mallory became the youngest Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN). She gained recognition as one of four co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, which saw participation from five million people worldwide. Her role in the March landed her on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers List and Fortune’s 2017 List of the World’s Greatest Leaders.
(Sunrise, FL) – New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer’s family and saying he would rape the officer’s wife. A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph in a 45 mph zone.
After he was stopped, police say he made the threats and then boasted about how much money he has. Jail records show Anderson faces nine charges, including threatening harm to a public servant, resisting arrest and traffic violations. The records don’t list an
attorney for Anderson.
”This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comments,” the Jets said in a statement. The NFL is also aware of the situation and league spokesman Brian McCarthy said ”we will be looking into this matter.”
This is the latest legal trouble for Anderson, who was arrested in May and charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after sparring with officials who asked him to leave a Miami music festival. Anderson’s next scheduled court date for that incident is
on March 19.
(Foxborough, MASS) – Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.
Brady said a bit contentiously only ”We’ll see” when asked whether he would play in Sunday’s conference title game against Jacksonville.
The quarterback wore red gloves and responded to several other questions about how much he practiced or how he sustained the injury by saying ”I’m not talking about that.”
Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday after being a limited participant in practice Friday. He was also limited on Wednesday. He sat out practice Thursday, but wore a glove on his injured hand during the stretching period open to reporters. He usually only
wears a glove on his non-throwing hand.
(SL) – Tom Petty’s death is being ruled as an accidental drug overdose. Petty died at the age of 66 last October. A Facebook post from Petty’s family shows that he was taking a variety of medications for a fractured hip, knee problems, and emphysema.
The Petty family says they take comfort in the fact that Petty died painlessly and was “beautifully exhausted” after doing what he loved the most, playing with the Heartbreakers.