(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants landed him with a criminal conviction.
Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.
In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.
(SL) – It’s as if you can feel her pain through her words. A mother of three in Beckley, Wva is mourning the death of middle son while trying to stay strong for her youngest and balanced for her oldest.
And what has happened, no mother should ever have to go through. According to her FB page, this heartbreaking reality for Shannon Wilson started with a phone call while she was in church. It was then that one can assume she was notified that something horrible had occurred.
Growing up in Beckley, the country roads and quiet communities are a welcomed haven to well….. country life. Four wheeling down the mountain, scooter ride around the park, walks around the neighborhood or a cruise around the block. So the thought of two young boys riding a dirt bike isn’t out of the norm. But Sunday, December 11th would be anything but that.
It’s incredibly sad. Looking at her posts, she’s a hardworking, good mom who spoils her kids and does anything she can for them as shown through a cute post about her oldest son Ke’ron, who doesn’t eat the school’s lunch so she would take him Captain D’s on his break.
Or the last minute birthday party she pulled off for Anthony just a week before this tragedy would take place.
Life is unpredictable. Each day is different but when something of this magnitude happens, it truly rocks you to the core. Seeing the sacrifices this woman was making to ensure her kids kept those beautiful smiles on their faces, it’s clear she’s their hero and it hurts to imagine what she must feel.
One day she’s pulling an all-nighter to make sure her youngest has the birthday party of his dreams and 8 days later she’s by his side in a hospital while he fights for his life and bearing the pain of losing her middle child at the same time.
According to Shannon, her two youngest boys 10-year old Steven Powell and 8-year old Anthony Wilson were on a dirt bike making a short trip to ‘grams’ house on Plumley Street when the unthinkable happened on Patch Street.
If you know Beckley, the two streets intersect which is even more heartbreaking, because they were so close to their destination when they were hit by a car. The driver, a 21-year old woman, has not been identified and reportedly will not be charged.
Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian said Steven died at the hospital following the collision. Anthony remains hospitalized in Morgantown, WV.
The accident has ripped a whole in the heart of Beckley and Stratton Elementary where the two were students. Teachers described them both as warm, kind, respectful and smart children who lit up a room with their smiles and personalities.
Shannon’s grief is hard to read. In one post, she asked, “Why me?”
In another she talked about how she loves her boys more than life itself and wished she could trade places with them.
As she put it, so she could watch down on her kids from Heaven because she’s lived her life and without them, she can’t go on.
Wilson has been giving regular updates on Anthony’s condition, but hasn’t commented since the 18th after the WVU Basketball team visited the little one. She laid her 10-year old to rest on Tuesday, December 2oth.
It’s clear how this story is affecting not only Beckley, but surrounding communities. At a vigil for ‘Ant’, a very diverse group of people including a few police officers prayed and in a touching sentiment released balloons to the sky in memory of little Steven and in prayer for little Anthony.
Shannon has expressed her gratitude and credited her supporters for keeping her going.
Hoping she’s okay. Can’t imagine what she’s going through. Pray that God eases her pain and heals little Anthony completely. Heartbreaking tragedy this time of the year. Dear Lord, keep them covered.
(Delano, CA) – He was supposed to go down in the NFL Hall of Fame. With all the makings and talent of a superstar athlete, Lawrence Phllips had one problem that he talked about in 1995 after facing charges for assaulting his girlfriend in Nebraska. “Being able to walkl away from my instincts,” he said candidly. Poignant words from a man whose instincts encircled corruptive behavior, anger and violence.
* In 2006, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for a 2005 incident in which he drove his car into teenagers on a playground following a dispute in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 10 years in 2008.
*In 2009 He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in jail for assaulting a girlfriend in 2005.
* In 2015, he was suspected of killing his cellmate Damion Soward. He was charged with that crime in September 2015. Blood was found in the cell and on Phillips’ clothes.
Reportedly, Phillips was convinced that he would received the death penality for the alleged murder of Soward, so he committed suicide.
Dan Chamberlain, an attorney for Juanita Phillips, told USA Today that her son’s brain will be donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Program.
“She wanted an explanation about what happened, and I told her, ‘Look, the only way you can really explain it is by examining his brain,’” Chamberlain said, via USA Today. “I told her, ‘You owe it to your son, you owe it to every other NFL, college and pee wee and high school and middle school player that played football.’”
Researchers will study the impacts of traumatic brain injuries and CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes.
(CNN) – Instead of starting college a 19-year Houston man will be buried after accidentally killed himself Tuesday while taking selfies with a gun.
CNN reports the gun blast hit Deleon Alonso Smith in the throat. The teenager had two young children and was supposed to start attending college Wednesday. Smith’s sister said, “It’s just crazy how somebody could be here one minute. And in seconds, they gone.” She also said it wasn’t a suicide attempt.
Family members were shocked.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” Eric Douglas, the victim’s uncle said.
“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable,” Smith’s grandmother Alma Douglas told the station. “Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and then to hear this kind of news.”
Investigator’s told CNN affiliate KPRC that Smith’s cousin was in another room at the time the gun went off.
The cousin told police they found the gun earlier in the day. They’re investigating.
Death by selfie? It’s been happening a lot lately.Russian police release brochured after spate of fatal accidents showing how some selfies could cut your life short.
(AJC) – A longtime Atlanta Braves season ticket-holder was seen passionately rooting against a Yankees slugger when he toppled over the upper-level railing at Turner Field on Saturday night, falling to his death on the concrete at least 40 feet below.
Murrey’s death was also the 24th fatal fall at a baseball park since 1969, according to Robert Gorman, co-author of a book titled “Death at the Ballpark.” Atlanta has had the most.
And while alcohol often contributes to falls at baseball parks, and suicides account for some, there’s one main reason Gorman cited for why people fall watching America’s pastime: the size of the stadiums.
“It’s because the stadiums are so big, you have a longer way to fall,” Gorman said.
More than 49,000 people were at the Braves’ Saturday night game, but many were unaware of the commotion that happened behind home plate. Others saw an image they can’t forget: the 60-year-old Murrey falling head first, somehow avoiding landing on anyone else as he hit the concrete below.
“It was surreal,” said Donnie Marley of Fayetteville, N.C. “It was like, ‘Did I just see that happen?’”
It was the top of the seventh inning, and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had been announced as the next batter. Rodriguez, 40, returned to baseball this year after a 2014 suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, and Braves fans weren’t very welcoming.
Murrey was among those booing, and he had stood up from his second-row seat in the 400 level when he lost his balance, witnesses said. He passed through those in the front row as he toppled over the railing, landing in section 202.