Category Archives: Around The Country

Roger Stone Guilty On All Counts

(Washington, DC-AP) – A federal jury says President Trump’s confidante Roger Stone is guilty on all seven counts. Stone was brought to trial as part of the Mueller investigation for his attempts to learn what information WikiLeaks had on hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 election.

Stone was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. The jury deliberated for less than two days.

The 67-year-old Stone could face up to 50 years in prison. Stone’s attorneys had argued that he was not intentionally dishonest.

They also claimed the case against their client was politically motivated. Stone has been a longtime friend and adviser to Donald Trump since well before he decided to run for president in 2016.

Another School Shooting Leaves Several Injured, Two Dead, Suspect Survived Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

(Santa Clarita, CA) – Two students are dead after a school shooting at Saugus High School in Southern California. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said deputies found six victims on the quad when they arrived at the Santa Clarita school. They transported the six to local hospitals and later determined that one of them was the suspect. Detective Kent Wegener said the school’s surveillance video system showed the suspect shoot himself in the head. The victims killed are a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. It was the suspect’s birthday today. He turned 16.

The calls of a shooting came in at 7:38 this morning. Officers were on the scene two minutes later. A search began immediately for the suspect and continued for hours and extended to a home on the other side of a hill across from the school. They searched the suspect’s home to ensure there were no other victims.

Detective Kent Wegener said they reviewed video that shows the suspect shooting himself in the head in the quad area of Saugus High School and is in grave condition.  Wegner said they identified the shooter from witness testimony as well as video at the school.

Previous reports indicated he was dead, but police say he’s now being treated a nearby hospital. He is reportedly in grave condition. The teen allegedly used a handgun to shoot his classmates. The other victims are described as two girls, ages 15 and 14, and a second 14-year-old boy. There was a seventh person injured, but it was not a shooting injury.

The shooting took place this morning and officers arrived at the scene two minutes after the first call came in. The suspect turned 16 today. He’s described as an Asian male who was dressed in all black.

Record Cold Predicted Next Week in Central and Eastern U.S.

(AP) – An Arctic cold snap heading to the U.S. is expected to break records across two-thirds of the country. Temperatures are expected to nosedive next week, as a cold front rolls across the central and eastern U.S.

The Arctic blast will begin Sunday in the northern Plains and upper Midwest, and then spread into the southern Plains and Ohio Valley on Monday, reaching the East Coast and Deep South by Tuesday.

Forecasters say Monday could be the coldest Labor Day on record in cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis, and that record cold will stretch into the Ohio Valley and Northeast by Tuesday.

High temperatures in the 30s are predicted as far south as Alabama by Tuesday. Forecasters say 170 record-cold temperatures are possible across the country by Wednesday.

O.J. Simpson Taking The Cosmopolitan To Court

(Las Vegas, NV (AP) – O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino, alleging unnamed employees defamed him by telling celebrity news site TMZ he was ordered off the property in 2017 for being drunk, disruptive and unruly.
The former football star denies in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that he was belligerent, broke glass or damaged property.

The Cosmopolitan declined to comment. TMZ is not a defendant in the case.
The complaint acknowledges Simpson got a notice banning him from the property after he spent several hours at a steakhouse and a lounge.
The 72-year-old Simpson is on parole from prison and living in Las Vegas.
He served nine years for armed robbery and assault after a bid to retrieve personal memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel in 2007.

Airbnb Bans Party Houses After Halloween Shooting That Killed 5 People

(Orinda, CA) – Airbnb is banning party houses after five people were killed in a shooting at a Halloween party inside a rental home in northern California. That home was listed on Airbnb. More than 100 people attended the party in Orinda, which is about 20 miles east of San Francisco.

The fifth victim died Friday. The person renting the house told the owner she was holding a reunion for about a dozen people.

Police are still searching for the shooter. Airbnb said on Twitter that starting immediately is was banning party houses and redoubling efforts to combat unauthorized parties.

All Evacuations Lifted In California’s Maria Fire

(Ventura, CA-AP) — All evacuation orders are being lifted in California’s Maria Fire. That fire is now 30 percent contained after burning about 10-thousand acres.

The weather conditions helped firefighters as winds died down and there was low relative humidity. Only two structures have been destroyed in the Ventura County fire. About 11-thousand residents were told to flee their homes before being allowed to return Saturday afternoon.

 

Not Guilty Plea To ‘Recorded’ Fraternity Rape

(West Lafayette, IN-AP) – A college student from Jackson, New Jersey is pleading not guilty to an accusation of rape, despite having recorded an encounter on his cellphone.

The alleged incident took place in Indiana between 18-year-old Sigma Tau Gamma pledge Richard Chan and his female accuser. Police say that Chan, a Purdue University student, was intoxicated on October 19th when he followed the woman into a bathroom at an off-campus fraternity party and committed the act.

He’s been suspended from the university and banned from campus, and his fraternity has been suspended as well. His trial is set for January.

Arrest In Guyger Trial Witness Murder

(Dallas, TX) — Three suspects are being identified in connection with the killing of a man who testified against a former Dallas cop. Police say Jacquerious and Michael Mitchell and Thaddeous Green were involved in last Friday’s death of Joshua Brown.

Deputy Chief Avery Moore says Jacquerious Mitchell is in custody in the hospital while the other suspects are believed to be in Louisiana. He says, Jacquerious claims that is was  drug deal gone bad and that when he arrived Brown told him to get back in the car and shot him in the chest. He alleges that two more shots were heard after that implying that Brown was hit.

Joshua-Brown Officials say a big stash of marijuana was found inside Joshua Brown’s apartment after he was shot to death last Friday.

Joshua Brown was a witness during Amber Guyger’s murder trial last month. Guyger was given ten years in prison for killing Botham Jean  inside his apartment last year.

Brown was scheduled to testify in a civil suit against the Dallas Police Department this week.

Police say Brown’s death had noting to do with the Guyger trial and criticized community activists for passing along rumors suggesting otherwise.

Botham Jean’s Neighbor, A Key Witness, Shot To Death

(Dallas, TX-AP) – A key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial is dead after being shot Friday night. The Dallas Morning News reports Joshua Brown was a neighbor of Botham Jean and Guyger.

He lived across the hall from Jean and testified about the night he was killed by Guyger. Police were flagged down at a different apartment complex than where Brown lived around 10:30 Friday night.

He had multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses said they saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot. There is no description of the suspect.

Former Dallas police officer Guyger was convicted last week for murdering Jean and sentenced to ten years in jail. She claimed she thought he was an intruder inside her apartment when she shot and killed him. She was actually in his apartment.

Woman Somehow Subverts Security, Boards Flight In Orlando

(Orlando, FL-AP) – A woman without a ticket somehow made it past security and got on a Delta flight in Florida. Another passenger on the flight out of Orlando expressed her dismay to a flight attendant yesterday after she found a woman in her seat who wouldn’t get up.

Several flight attendants and the pilot couldn’t get her to move, so police were called. When authorities removed her, the officers and TSA agents discovered she didn’t have a ticket to begin with.

The woman’s actions and the security breach are both under investigation.