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    The Associated Press Federal prosecutors accused a former investment manager in connection with a scheme to defraud a North Carolina life insurance company once recognized as a cornerstone of what was known as “Black Wall Street” out of more than $34 million. Bradley Reifler, 61, of Milbrook, New York, was charged with wire fraud and perjury, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. According to the indictment, Reifler was an investment advisor for more than $34 million in assets belonging to NC Mutual Life Insurance Co., which was developed in Durham, North Carolina, in 1898 to serve a Black community which couldn't get service from more established companies. Rather than investing the money, the indictment said Reifler put it into self-dealing investments and otherwise diverted funds for his personal and business use. The indictment also said that after a 2016 audit of the trust assets raised concerns...
    ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The board of directors of Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million in funding to support a variety of efforts in four North Carolina counties. A news release from the foundation says the board approved four projects on Thursday for workforce training, agriculture, and economic development in Mitchell, Rutherford, Wake, and Halifax counties through the Open Grants Program. Awards do not exceed $200,000, the news release said, and they will go to community colleges in Mitchell and Rutherford counties, and to N.C, State University and the Enfield Economic Development and Revitalization Commission. The board also approved two initiatives totaling $1.4 million for N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill. The money will help N.C. State establish the Agricultural Institute, a two-year program that trains students for work in the agriculture industry. UNC-Chapel Hill will put its money toward scholarships, consulting services and other costs to...
              U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Fairfax doctor Felicia Donald to seven years in prison for operating a “pill mill” at For Women OB/GYN Associates and NOVA Addiction Center. According to a Department of Justice press release, from April 2016 to April 2020 Donald distributed over $1.2 million worth of oxycodone and other controlled substances. Donald pled guilty on May 4, 2020. “Donald admitted that she prescribed opioids to addicts and/or drug dealers who had traveled from out-of-state or long distances to her practice,” the press release states. Donald also provided drugs to people with pending drug charges, people who had failed drug screening tests, and to people she knew would sell the drugs. Charges filed in May alleged that at least five other people helped distribute the drugs. According to The Associated Press, two workers in her office pled guilty and...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A computer hacker serving 20 years for giving the Islamic State group the personal data of more than 1,300 U.S. government and military personnel has been granted compassionate release because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be placed in ICE custody for prompt deportation, a federal judge ordered Thursday. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria signed the order reducing the sentence of Ardit Ferizi to time served. Brinkema also ordered the Bureau of Prisons to immediately place Ferizi in a 14-day quarantine to ensure he's not infected with the coronavirus. At the end of the quarantine, Ferizi will be released into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement so he can be deported to Kosovo, the judge ordered. Ferizi, 24, will remain on supervised release for 10 years as imposed when he was sentenced in September 2016, Brinkema wrote. In a handwritten motion from...
    The New York Police Department uncovered a year-long drug trafficking ring in Manhattan that led to the arrest of 14 men. The men were charged with “participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine,” according to a press release shared Thursday by the Department of Justice. The cocaine trafficking ring was located near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 120th Street and 123rd Street, in Harlem, the press release stated. NYPD, feds arrest 14 alleged drug dealers in Harlem trafficking ring https://t.co/184hGpxHbK pic.twitter.com/rqZ7ftUl9l — New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) December 3, 2020 “As alleged in the Indictment, the defendants were responsible for selling large amounts of crack cocaine in Manhattan,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release. “Thanks to the extraordinary work of our partners at NYPD and HSI, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.” (RELATED: CBP Seized Nearly $4 Million Of...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer from Meridian, Mississippi, has pleaded guilty to extortion after prosecutors said he requested and received a cash payment in exchange for not ticketing a driver during a traffic stop in April. Royric “Roy” Benamon, 27, entered the guilty plea Wednesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III in Jackson. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi announced the plea in a joint news release Thursday. Benamon pulled over a driver at night in Lauderdale County and solicited the cash payment, the release said. He resigned from the Meridian Police Department after the incident was publicly disclosed. “There is almost no greater threat to our society than when public servants, especially law enforcement, betray the trust of the people and abuse their authority for their own personal gain," U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in the...
    Two anarchist women were arrested and charged with committing terrorist attacks against a railway carrier on the BNSF Railway tracks in Washington, according to a press release from the Department of Justice in the Western District of Washington. OCTOBER 13, 2019 – Shunting of PKP Intercity carriages at Katowice railway station. Station and train featured in image not related to this story. By Martyn Jandula. Shutterstock. The BNSF police observed video surveillance of two people kneeling on the tracks on Saturday, according to the press release. The police arrested Samantha Frances Brooks, 27, and Ellen Brennan Reiche, 23, for trespassing and placing a shunt on the tracks, the press release states. (RELATED: ‘The Terrorist Risk Is Everywhere’ — Macron Calls For Stricter European Borders After Recent Attacks) A shunt disrupts safety features, according to the press release. It has wire and magnets that are stretched between the tracks and disrupts...
    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A train carrying motor vehicles, polyvinyl and acetone derailed early Wednesday in Jones County, blocking roads and railroad traffic, a Jones County Fire Council spokesperson said. The Hattiesburg American reports that no one was injured. Public information officer Dana Bumgardner told the newspaper that cleanup likely will take two to three days. Jones County Fire Council officials urge residents to use extreme caution as multiple agencies work to clear the area. Bumgardner said everyone should avoid the area until cleanup is complete. Several roads are blocked in the the area. A Norfolk Southern news release said the derailment will affect rail traffic between Meridian and New Orleans. ”(Norfolk Southern) is in the process of assessing the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available,” the release said. “Customers with traffic moving through this area should anticipate a delay of 24 to 48 hours.” Copyright 2020...
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday released the name of a man shot and killed in Springfield last week, the city's 18th homicide of the year. Justin Rivera, 28, was one of two people shot at about 8:30 p.m. Friday in the city's Forest Park neighborhood, according to a statement from the office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. Police were alerted by ShotSpotter, the city's automated gunfire detection system. Rivera was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle, where he later died, authorities said. The other man was also taken to the hospital, but has not been cooperating with investigators, police said. The shooting was one of five in a four-day span in the city that left one person dead and five others hurt, Masslive.com reported. Rivera's death was the 18th homicide of the year in Springfield and the second in November. There were 20 homicides in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota budget officials will release a fresh forecast Tuesday showing how bad a hit state finances have taken from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz last week said the projections would be “materially better” that a forecast last spring of a $4.7 billion shortfall for the two-year budget that takes effect next summer. On Monday, he said he hopes the new forecast will accelerate preparations for a special session that he wants to call as soon as possible to approve new aid for businesses and workers affected by his recent tightening of restrictions, which has hit the hospitality industry especially hard. “I'm very optimistic," Walz said. "A lot of talks happened over the weekend amongst legislators. The legislative bodies are working, they're working on competing plans, which is good. Take the best ideas from all people, put that into a plan, move that forward." The discussions continued...
    NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of the Rhode Island woman who died in a kayaking accident last week. Vickie Medeiros, 61, of Cumberland, died at the hospital on Friday after her kayak overturned in rough waters at the mouth of the Narrow River in Narragansett, the state Department of Environmental Management said in a statement. Her companion, Regina Treweek, 56, of Cumberland, was treated for hypothermia and released. The women launched their kayaks at about 8:15 a.m. and made their way downriver. Once they got into the surf zone, they tried turning around and paddling back upriver, the agency said. Treweek, who was ahead, turned around and saw that Medeiros’s kayak had overturned. The accident remains under investigation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, transportation
    Associated Press ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy drowned while swimming with his grandfather in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The man and two children went into the water near Ormond Beach about 1 p.m. Saturday, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said in a news release. A beachgoer heard the child's grandmother standing on the beach yelling for help and called Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Authorities pulled the unresponsive boy from the water and began CPR, a news release said. The child was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the release said. The grandfather and a 16-year-old girl were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. A third grandchild, who is 11-year-old, was on the beach at the time. The grandmother was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Five finalists have been chosen in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System's search for a new chancellor for Louisiana Delta Community College. On Wednesday each finalist will participate in separate online public forums with the northeast Louisiana school's students, faculty, staff, and community members. Finalists for the job are Mordecai Ian Brownlee, the Vice President for Student Success at St. Philip’s College; Randy Esters, president of North Arkansas College; Scott Rule, president of West Georgia Technical College; Wendi S. Palermo, executive director of nursing and healthcare initiatives for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; and Heather Spillers Poole, the executive vice chancellor of student services at Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The nationwide search began in August, according to a system news release that includes biographical information on each candidate. “This is a strong group, and they represent the best leaders in Louisiana...
    NEWARK, Del (AP) — Police in Delaware are releasing the names of the two people who died after a crash earlier this week that involved four vehicles on the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Newark. The Delaware State Police said Saturday that Lorenzo Deer, 29, of North East, Maryland and Erin Sheets, 25, of Delmar, Delaware were killed as a result of the Wednesday evening accident. Police said a man traveling north lost control of his vehicle, hit a concrete barrier and came to a stop in the left lane. Deer pulled over on the shoulder to check on the driver but was struck by a vehicle that veered to avoid hitting the disabled car. He landed on the interstate’s left southbound lane, where another vehicle hit him. At the same time, the vehicle that initially struck Deer continued to travel out of control until it hit...
    Former Republican California Rep. David Valadao has won California 21st Congressional District over Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox, the eleventh House seat to flip to the GOP in the 2020 general election, the Associated Press reported. Valadao, who lost the seat Cox in 2018 by 862 votes, is the third Republican to flip a Democratic seat representing California this year, the AP reported. (RELATED: Californians Vote Down Proposition That Would Reinstate Affirmative Action) The race was called Friday with Valadao receiving 50.5% of votes to Cox’s 49.5% according to The New York Times reported. Valadao declared victory in a Wednesday press release. “I’m once again overwhelmed by the Central Valley’s support and faith in me,” Valadao said in the press release. “I commend TJ Cox for running a strong campaign and thank him for his service in Congress,” Valadao said. JUST IN: Republican David Valadao flips US House seat in California’s 21st...
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says the Oxford / Astrogeneca vaccine needs “more than a press release” to evaluate test results. Speaking at the WHO news conference on Friday, its director of immunizations, Dr. Katherine O’Brien, said: “It’s a press release we saw. “Actually the next most important step is to evaluate the data rather than a news release.”Image: Oxford / AstroGeneca released a press release on MondayThere was the Oxford / Astrogeneca vaccine Revealed on Monday Should be effective up to 90% when given half dose, followed by a complete one. Dr. O’Brien added: “A news release can only say a certain amount – first. “Secondly, it really needs to be reviewed based on the data that can come in during the review and the data that is being asked. “It simply came to our notice then. “I think we can emphasize that there is definitely something interesting to...
    The World Health Organization said its immunology team has yet to receive crucial information from the company about its coronavirus vaccine trial results. WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals needs access to full clinical trial results for the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and researchers at the University of Oxford. Dr. Katherine O'Brien, director of the Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals department said at the Friday media briefing that "what we have seen is a press release.” "And what is really the next most important step is that the data needs to be evaluated based on more than a press release,” O’Brien added. AstraZeneca and Oxford announced Monday that the vaccine candidate had an average 70% effectiveness based on evidence that one dosage amount was roughly 90% effective and another was 62% effective. Healthcare News Coronavirus World Health Organization
    Authorities are searching for a Nebraska inmate who did not return Thursday to the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln as scheduled from his work assignment. Brandon Imes, 33, was serving a one-year sentence on charges from Gage County that include possession of a controlled substance, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. He had a tentative release date of Dec. 14. The Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that his electronic monitoring device was disabled. The Community Corrections Center-Lincoln is one of the state’s two community custody facilities where nmates are allowed to participate in work opportunities, attend school and religious services without direct supervision. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Nebraska, Associated Press
    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas Matthew Gurkins, 34, on Monday, is followed by three years of supervised release. No hometown was given for Gurkins, and officials didn't say where the incidents occurred. Court documents said Gurkins drove to the family’s home, yelled racial slurs at them and told them they didn’t belong in the home. According to the documents, Gurkins threatened to shoot the mother and four children and any other Black people who entered the property. He then threatened the family with a metal rod, prosecutors said. The family moved out a few days later. The defendant made similar threats toward...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say led an operation that trafficked drugs through North Carolina has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The Raleigh-based federal prosecutors' office said in a news release that 40-year-old Bernave Millan-Rascon of Mexico received the sentence Monday on charges including drug conspiracy charges and possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine. Prosecutors say in a news release that Millan-Rascon was one of two leaders of an international trafficking organization in Mexico that shipped drugs into the U.S. “Millan-Rascon directed the shipment of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine from Mexico into Texas, and then into other parts of the United States,” the news release said. Authorities said that he was heard by law enforcement agents on a wiretap directing the shipments of large amounts of cocaine into North Carolina. A defense attorney for Millan-Rascon didn't respond to...
              Members of the Republican National Committee are warning Georgians about what they describe as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff’s out-of-state fundraising and Raphael Warnock’s questionable past. This, according to a press release that RNC members posted on their website this week. Ossoff and Warnock want to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate against Ossoff and Warnock, respectively. The RNC press release accused Ossoff of wanting to repeal U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, do away with the U.S. Senate filibuster, and dismantle the Second Amendment. The same press release also said Warnock has verbally attacked law enforcement and supports the former, and now-deceased, Cuban President Fidel Castro. Campaign staff for both Ossoff and Warnock did not return The Georgia Star...
    An A-10 pilot said he was surprised when he discovered he would be receiving the Flying Cross Award during an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation. Maj. Brett DeVries of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron received the Flying Cross on Nov.6 for conducting a safe emergency landing of an A-10 Thunderbolt, according to an Air Force press release. The landing was believed to be a first in the aircraft’s history where both the landing gear and canopy weren’t used, according to a 2017 Air Force news release. (RELATED: Air Force Pilot Awarded Flying Cross For Emergency Landing Without Wheels Or Canopy) “You know, honestly, I was surprised I guess, because I wasn’t aware that it was all going on. My commanders were kind of working on it behind the scenes, unbeknownst to me,” DeVries told the DCNF. DeVries told the DCNF that he heard the award was...
    Getty Police crime scene tape Police officers are investigating a possible homicide after a woman’s body was found by a jogger in a park in Pasadena, California. “Preliminarily, foul play is suspected as the victim was found with visible physical injuries” indicating her death was probably not an accident or a suicide, the Pasadena Police Department said in a press release. The body was found in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena by a jogger on Tuesday morning at around 7:50 a.m., the press release stated. The woman, who has not yet been identified, is believed to be between 35 and 45 years old and either white or Hispanic. The woman’s body was brought to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy, police said. The Pasadena Police Department is seeking the public’s help with this case. Anyone with information about it is asked to call the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday that he has offered to reduce the sentence of a Black man who is serving life in prison in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old girl. Myon Burrell was 16 when he was accused of killing Tyesha Edwards, who was hit by a stray bullet on Nov. 22, 2002, while doing homework at her dining room table in Minneapolis. Burrell was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. He received another 15 years — to be served upon his release on parole — for his conviction in the attempted murder of Timothy Oliver, who was near the house where Tyesha was killed. Burrell’s case made national headlines earlier this year after a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press exposed major flaws in the police probe and prosecution, raising questions as to whether...
    A Virginia school board voted unanimously Monday to rename the high school where the events of the movie “Remember the Titans” took place due the namesake’s racial views. The Alexandria City School Board voted to change the names of T.C. Williams High School and an elementary school, according to a press release from the school district. T.C. Williams High School’s name has been the subject of debate for years, but “this summer’s civil unrest brought the matter to the forefront once more,” according to the press release. After hearing from the community, the superintendent will submit recommendations for the new names to the School Board in April. “This is a historic moment. Thanks to the methodical and strategic process we undertook with The Identity Project, our community is more aware than ever before of why combating inequities is so fundamental to ensuring change,” School Board Chair Cindy Anderson said on...
    DELHI, La. (AP) — A 64-year-old home nurse died saving her 71-year-old paraplegic patient from a fire, Louisiana's state fire marshal said Wednesday. The homeowner told investigators Gwendolyn Theus tried several times to wheel her bed out of her room and was trying to push her out of a window Monday evening when smoke overpowered the nurse, a news release said. Firefighters pulled both women from the bedroom and administered CPR to them. The statement said the older woman was airlifted from her home in Delhi to a burn unit in Mississippi and is expected to recover. “Ms. Theus’ valiant efforts to put her patient’s life before her own are both admirable and heartbreaking,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said. “Our prayers are with her loved ones and with the surviving victim for her recovery and loss of her dedicated nurse and friend.” Extensive damage has kept investigators from...
    Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited a man on death row in her latest push for criminal justice reform. Kardashian visited with Julius Jones, a man convicted of first-degree murder back in 1999, Monday, according to a press release from Justice For Julius. Julius was arrested at the age of 19 and sentenced to death after being convicted of shooting and killing a white businessman. Julius has maintained his innocence and claimed he wasn’t at the scene of the crime. .@KimKardashian visited Julius Jones on death row in McAlester today before meeting with his family at Tabernacle Baptist Church in OKC. Read more here https://t.co/DJdtVlmBM9 #JusticeforJulius pic.twitter.com/hduPdiOyxp — Alex Weintz (@AlexWeintz) November 24, 2020 Kardashian became interested in Julius’ case after watching the ABC documentary “The Last Defense,” according to the press release. (RELATED: Kim Kardashian Working To Free Rapper C-Murder From Life In Prison) Kardashian met with Julius...
    DENTON, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Denton Mayor Chris Watts has been diagnosed with COVID-19 city officials said Tuesday, November 24 in a press release. Watts said he is currently receiving medical care and that he began a self-quarantine after being notified of a potential exposure. “I ask everyone in our community to continue to treat this virus seriously and take all necessary precautions over the Thanksgiving holiday to protect your loved ones and help stem the spread of this virus,” said Watts in the press release. Watts tested positive for COVID-19 over a week ago. “Mayor Watts’ performance of his official duties is expected to be limited as he continues to receive care and recuperate from the illness,” officials said in the press release. “On behalf of the City Council, City staff, and entire Denton community, we wish Mayor Watts good health and a speedy recovery.” Officials said they plan not...
    LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former deputy jailer in eastern Kentucky has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for violating the civil rights of an inmate. Derek Steven Clark, 25, “aided and commanded” the assault of an inmate by another inmate, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky said Friday in a news release. Clark, who worked at the Rockcastle County Detention Center, was sentenced last week and convicted in July. According to testimony at his trial, Clark and others placed an inmate into a restraint and another inmate assaulted him. Clark then falsified a report about the incident, saying the victim spit at deputy jailers, prosecutors said. Clark will be on federal probation for two years after his release from prison. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Kentucky, Associated Press
    BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a woman was arrested and charged with striking another woman with a baseball bat at a Walmart. The Burlington Police Department said in a news release Sunday that officers were called last Wednesday afternoon to the store in response to reports of assault. The news release said officers located the woman who had been struck with the bat and had non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses told WFMY-TV that the woman who was struck was left bloody and appeared to have been attacked without provocation as she was walking. Other shoppers and employees came to the woman's aid. The police news release said the victim and suspect didn't appear to know each other and the motive for the attack is unclear. The suspect, 31-year-old Candice Coles, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and was being held at...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be awarded the International Emmy Founder’s Award for his coronavirus daily briefings, a Friday press release said. Cuomo will get the award  “in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” an International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences press release said. Cuomo will receive the award during the live awards show Monday morning. “The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,”  International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner said, according to the press briefing. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back,” Paisner continued, according to the press...
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be awarded the International Emmy Founder’s Award for his coronavirus daily briefings, a Friday press release said. Cuomo will get the award  “in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” an International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences press release said. Cuomo will receive the award during the live awards show Monday morning. “The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,”  International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner said, according to the press briefing. (RELATED: ‘That’s The Law!’: Gov. Cuomo Shouts Down Reporter For Asking About New York Schools) “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back,” Paisner...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fundraising campaign has been launched in an effort to raise enough money to renovate and reopen a museum at Muhammad Ali's childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky. The nonprofit Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum is trying to raise $5.8 million that would be used to build a welcome center and for “improving the grounds, creating community programs as well as an endowment,” WDRB-TV reported, citing a news release. Museum officials hope to raise $1 million by the end of February and reopen the tribute to the life of the former heavyweight boxing champion next fall, the release said. The museum opened in May 2016, but closed the following year due to financial troubles. Ali moved into the home with his family when he was 5 and lived there for 15 years. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
              Governor Ralph Northam signed Virginia’s new biennial budget, according to a Wednesday press release. The budget is the product of a recent months-long Special Session held by the General Assembly and features key provisions for homeowners, children, and businesses. “This budget gives us the tools we need to contend with the challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic,” Northam said in a press release. The budget provides $100 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) meant to help utility customers facing financial hardship, according to the press release. “The budget also puts in place a moratorium on utility disconnections, including water and electricity, which will remain in effect until the Governor determines that the economic and public health conditions have improved such that the prohibition does not need to be in place or until at least 60 days after the declared state of emergency...
    Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced Wednesday that Phil the groundhog will make his live annual Prognostication from Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2021. To mitigate the risks of transmitting COVID-19, there will not be any in-person attendance or guests in the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, a press release from the group states. A Marmot in a Hole Looking Curiously. Bahadir Yeniceri. Shutterstock. Instead, the Club’s Inner Circle’s Special Committee that monitors COVID-19 is “developing numerous live internet, website and virtual events and interactions that will take the place of the traditional in person events,” the press release states. More information can be found at www.groundhog.org. (RELATED: Jeep’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Commercial Featuring Bill Murray Is The Top-Rated 2020 Super Bowl Commercial) “We want to assure Phil’s fans that even though the 2021 celebration will look different, the Inner Circle is excited to develop numerous virtual events and new opportunities to...
    Millions of children missed routine vaccinations this year amid the coronavirus, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) press release. The BCBSA projected around 9 million vaccination doses for measles, mumps & rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus & acellular pertussis (DTaP) and polio, could be missed by the end of 2020, according to the data. Forty percent of “parents and guardians” cited coronavirus as the reason their children didn’t get vaccinated. “The U.S. is on the precipice of a severe immunization crisis among children,” Dr. Vincent Nelson, chief medical officer at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said, according to the press release. Millions of children have missed routine vaccinations during the pandemic, insurance data shows https://t.co/sKSGt49q17 pic.twitter.com/nrdreg0lmj — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 18, 2020 “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly interrupted adherence to vaccination schedules, and the possibility that preventable diseases, like polio, could become a...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order that would allow more than 1,000 inmates to be eligible for early release in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order issued Tuesday would assess the eligibility for release based on age and how close the prisoner is to finishing their sentence, The Washington Post reported. Medical conditions, special needs and pregnancy would also be taken into account, but Sonia Kumar, attorney with the state’s American Civil Liberties Union, said she was disappointed Hogan’s order does not prioritize “those vulnerable for medical reasons.” The order also allows corrections officials to move quickly on decisions about parole and home detentions, and grant release to inmates who were already scheduled to be released within 120 days of the order. Sex offenders and others convicted of violent crimes are not eligible for early release. As of...
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky woman was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of a friend during an argument, a Tennessee prosecutor said. Harley Berry, 20, of Elizabethtown, was being held in the Shelby County Women's Jail East, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said in a news release Wednesday. Investigators said Berry was with friends on May 30 at a rented house in Memphis when she got into an argument with Elijah McQueary, 22. The news release said witnesses reported that Berry stabbed McQueary several times with a kitchen knife. He was taken to a hospital and died. Investigators say Berry called McQueary's mother and told her what happened, Weirich's release said. Berry was arrested in Elizabethtown and returned to Memphis. Jail records did not indicate whether McQueary is represented by a lawyer who could comment on her behalf. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press....
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina agency is joining a historically black college to help communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic address food insecurity needs. Gov, Roy Cooper’s office said in a news release this week that the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with Livingstone College in Salisbury to execute a community-based program to provide critical resources to vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. The news release said communities will have access to $5 million in grants to help provide the resources. “This pandemic, although unprecedented, creates a unique opportunity to form unlikely partnerships to address food insecurity in the state of North Carolina,” said Livingstone president Jimmy R. Jenkins in the release. A U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey shows 48% of North Carolina households reported only somewhat or no confidence they can afford food...
    Notre Dame University Nijinsky Dix Nijinsky Dix, a Chicago PhD student and employee of the University of Notre Dame, was charged with murder after she shot and killed her ex-boyfriend, Terry Hickman, in Washington, D.C., according to court documents and a police press release. A press release from the Metropolitan Police Department states that on November 14, officers responded to a residence on the 1000 block of 4th Street, Southwest, at around 5:26 p.m. following reports of gunshots. The press release states that responding officers found the male victim, identified as Terry Hickman, 44, who had suffered gunshot wounds. “DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life.” The press release also states that officers arrested Nijinsky Latassia Dix, 37, and charged her with second-degree murder while armed. The charge has since been changed to first-degree...
    Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech concluded Phase 3 of their coronavirus vaccine trial and will ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization “within days.” Pfizer and BioNTech said the final analysis of the trial showed the vaccine was 95% effective in preventing new infections, according to a press release Wednesday. The companies initially announced their vaccine was over 90% effective on Nov. 9. “The study results mark an important step in this historic eight-month journey to bring forward a vaccine capable of helping to end this devastating pandemic,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO. “We continue to move at the speed of science to compile all the data collected thus far and share with regulators around the world.” “With hundreds of thousands of people around the globe infected every day, we urgently need to get a safe and effective vaccine to the world,” he continued....
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A civilian review board that oversees the Providence Police Department has fired its executive director for unilaterally releasing videos that show a police sergeant allegedly assaulting a suspect. The Providence External Review Authority voted 6-3 Monday night to fire Jose Batista, the full-time executive director who was hired by the volunteer board last year to investigate and mediate complaints of police misconduct made by the public. Batista released the videos last week after the panel voted not to make them public. Batista, a Democratic state representative-elect for Providence, acknowledged last week he was jeopardizing his job in going against the board’s wishes. “The surprise to me is not that I got fired, but that I was able to last as long as I did,” Batista told WPRI-TV. He said he has faced “fierce opposition” from the start from some board members about his police oversight philosophy....
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman is died after she and a man were shot in a northeastern Kansas City neighborhood, police said. Officers were called to Independence and Indiana avenues around 11:15 p.m. Monday for reports of a shooting, Kansas City police said in a news release. Arriving officers found both victims down on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds. The woman died at the scene. The man was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover. Police have not released their names. Detectives had no information on who the shooter might be, police said in the news release. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood looking for witnesses, and crime scene investigators collected evidence at the scene. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Missouri, Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Packaging manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast is expanding a production facility in West Virginia, officials said. The plant is located in Beaver in Raleigh County. Klockner Pentaplant will add thermoforming capabilities for the North American sustainable food tray market, Gov. Jim Justice's office said in a news release. The investment includes several million dollars in economic development to the area and will create 21 full-time jobs, the release said. The Beaver facility was opened in 2000. The company was founded in Germany in 1965 and has operations in 18 countries, employing more than 5,900 people. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia, Associated Press
    An armed man was fatally shot during a confrontation with South Florida deputies Monday morning, officials said. The shooting occurred along a Dania Beach road after a traffic stop, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office news release. Deputies attempted to stop a silver Lexus for a possible stolen tag, and the driver hopped out and ran away, the sheriff’s office said. The news release said deputies were chasing the man on foot when the shooting occurred. Deputies began CPR, and rescue workers pronounced the man dead at the scene. A gun was recovered near the body, officials said. The sheriff's office didn't immediately release details about how many deputies fired their weapons. Officials didn't release the names or races of the deputies or the man who was shot. State law enforcement officials will investigate the shooting. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials in southwest Virginia on Monday announced plans for a large indoor fish-farming operation that they said would be among the largest private capital investment projects in the economically distressed region's history. Pure Salmon will construct an aquaculture facility on the boundary of Tazewell and Russell counties that is expected to employ more than 200 people and process up to 20,000 tons (18,000 metric tons) of salmon a year, according to a news release. The company will invest about $228 million in the equipment and facility, which the news release said would be the “world's largest vertically integrated indoor aquaculture facility.” The project purchased land this summer and applied for land-disturbing permits this fall. Site preparation will begin “in earnest” this winter, and the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2023, the news release said. State Del....
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Maryland man has been accused of breaking through the roof of a Delaware gas station in order to steal cigarettes and other items. The man, Daniel Jeffries, was arrested shortly after troopers responding to an alarm at BP Gas Station in Wilmington saw him grabbing cigarette boxes by the cashier’s desk, Delaware State Police said in a news release. Troopers said they saw a broken ceiling tile on the floor near Jeffries before they took him into custody. Authorities also found a large hole on the ceiling of another area of the gas station. The release said Jeffries had climbed through the roof and fell onto the floor below. Troopers said Jeffries had cigarettes, lottery tickets and lighters on him upon his arrest. He was charged with felony burglary as well as two other charges, and booked into jail on a $7,000 bond. It was...
    By STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County deputies fatally shot a Black man early Sunday morning after he allegedly pointed a revolver in their direction, authorities said. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a news release. He is believed to be between 40 and 45 years old. The shooting occurred around 1:50 a.m. in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles. Detectives are looking for witnesses and surveillance video that may have captured the incident. Deputies at the South Los Angeles Station received a call early Sunday reporting that a man was standing in the middle of the street holding a gun, the release stated. When they arrived, they saw the man pointing the gun at a vehicle and ordered him to drop the weapon. Authorities allege that the man turned...
    More than 13,800 images were submitted from photographers all around the world. Agora Agora, a free photography app, recently held its #Animals2020 contest. Photographers were encouraged to share shots of the "wide and precious variety of animal life surrounding us," according to a press release sent to Insider. More than 13,800 images were submitted from photographers all around the world, including Australia, Indonesia, and Iceland. A photographer named Martin won this year's contest — and took home the $1,000 prize — with a colorful photo of an iguana in Indonesia. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Agora, a free photography app, aimed to show that "all living beings are on Earth for a reason" with its latest contest. The company began its #Animals2020 competition in late August, encouraging photographers to share pictures that show the "wide and precious variety of animal life surrounding us," according...
              Federal officials have sentenced a Nashville man with a lengthy criminal history spanning two decades to 17 years in federal prison. That man Timothy Lamont Page, 50, pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. This, according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Department of Justice published on their website this week. “In April 2019, officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department – Madison Crime Suppression Unit, executed a search warrant at Page’s apartment, following months of surveillance based on complaints of illegal drug activity.  During the search, officers found crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin packaged for sale, along with digital scales and over $4,000 cash.  A loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun was also found in Page’s vehicle.  A federal grand jury...
              State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) has filed legislation for 2021 that, if enacted into law, would scale back the power of Tennessee’s six independent metropolitan health departments during their response to a county-wide health emergency. This, according to an emailed press release that Zachary sent out this week. House Bill 7 dials back the autonomy of the state’s six independent health departments in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan Counties. These six counties currently have boards comprised of unelected members with their own authority to issue health directives independently from the state, the press release said. Under House Bill 7, any county health director, health officer and board of health would move to an advisory role, while elected county mayors would have the final authority to establish and implement policies in response to a county-wide health emergency. “Elected representatives in the legislative and...
    New Mexico will begin a two-week lockdown Monday to mitigate the spread of coronavirus as cases continue to rise, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday. “New Mexico is at the breaking point,” Grisham said on Twitter Friday. “We face a life-or-death situation, & we must & will act to preserve the lives of New Mexicans. On Monday New Mexico will hit reset, re-enacting the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions to slow the spread & save lives.” (RELATED: New Mexico Governor Criticized For Purchasing Jewelry During Stay-At-Home Order) New Mexico is at the breaking point. We face a life-or-death situation, & we must & will act to preserve the lives of New Mexicans. On Monday New Mexico will hit reset, re-enacting the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions to slow the spread & save lives. pic.twitter.com/XvcHCK3hU3 — Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) November 13, 2020 Under...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced substantial new statewide restrictions on gatherings and certain businesses in an effort to slow rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The Democratic governor’s office said in a news release that the state’s gathering cap will be reduced from 250 to 25, the state’s mask requirement will be applied to younger children, and alcohol sales will be prohibited at dining and drinking establishments after 10 p.m. Those and other new restrictions will take effect Sunday at midnight. “COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Northam, who is a physician, said in the release. The gathering ban will apply to events such...
    An A-10 pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for safely landing an aircraft without a canopy or landing gear, according to a Thursday Air Force press release. Maj. Brett DeVries of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron was presented the award on Nov.6 for safely landing an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an emergency situation in 2017, according to the press release. It was believed to be the aircraft’s first landing without the use of landing gear or a canopy in its history, according to an Air Force 2017 news release. “The Distinguished Flying Cross is America’s oldest military aviation decoration,” Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett said, according to the press release. “Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement that is, ‘entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine,’ today, Maj. DeVries, you will join the ranks of some other American heroes,” Barrett continued, according to the press release. No...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three agencies that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence are receiving $1.4 million from Kentucky's portion of federal coronavirus relief funds, officials said. The advocacy programs assist people affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said in a news release. Gov. Andy Beshear said the funds will provide relief for the programs that have been financially affected through their response to the coronavirus. The agencies are the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky. Funding will be used for expenses that resulted from the pandemic, including personal protective equipment and expenses to improve telecommunication services to clients, the release said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Kentucky, Associated Press
              A 60-year-old Virginia resident Eric Schneider pled guilty on Friday to conspiracy to violate the Procurement Integrity Act and to obstruction of justice, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. “Schneider admitted to giving gifts to multiple officials at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to influence the award of contracts worth over $19.2 million to [Communications Resource, Inc. (CRI)] and another company he controlled,” the press release states. “Schneider admitted to giving USDA officials Corvette wheels, concert tickets, PGA tour tickets, meals, alcohol, strip clubs, parking, concierge medical services, prescription drugs, and other cash tips.” According to the press release, Schneider is the former Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of CRI. The DOJ press release states: “Schneider further admitted that, as part of the conspiracy, he drafted or instructed employees to draft procurement documents in such a way as...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An alcoholic beverage company plans a new $400 million dollar brewery and production facility in South Carolina, according to a news release from Gov. Henry McMaster's office. Mark Anthony Brewing's project in Richland County will create 300 jobs, the release said. The facility will be in the Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia. White Claw Hard Seltzer and Mike’s Hard Lemonade are among the products it will produce. Construction is to start “almost immediately” on the more than 1 million square-foot (92,903-square meter) facility, which is expected to be fully operational by summer. The project will benefit from the state’s job development credits program. And Richland County will receive more than $6 million in grants for infrastructure work and property acquisition, according to the release. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South Carolina, Associated Press
    While the LNV has made the decision to continue its championships despite the closed session imposed by the confinement, all the clubs except that of Nice requested by press release the pause of the Men’s League A. There is something special about French volleyball. While the National Volleyball League (LNV) announced at the beginning of November that all the clubs expressed themselves unanimously in favor of maintaining the activity of the League A and League B men’s championships as well as the championship League A female, this front unit begins to crumble. Indeed, a press release from most of the men’s clubs, including that of Tours, qualifies as “tendentious” the affirmative position of the LNV, who assured that “the decision to continue was taken unanimously”. In this press release, thirteen of the fourteen clubs taking part in the Men’s League A championship confirm have...
              A federal jury has convicted Javaid Perwaiz, a gynecologist accused of defrauding insurance companies by performing unnecessary procedures including hysterectomies and early induced labor, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. On Monday, the jury convicted the Chesapeake doctor on 52 counts related to the scheme. “Perwaiz billed private and governmental insurers millions of dollars for irreversible hysterectomies and other surgeries and procedures that were not medically necessary for his patients,” the press release states. “In many instances, Perwaiz would falsely tell his patients that they needed the surgeries to avoid cancer in order to induce them to agree to the surgeries.” Perwaiz practiced in the Hampton Roads area since the 1980s, but the charges relate to activity from 2010-2019. A June 2020 indictment alleged that Perwaiz would report falsified symptoms to insurance companies to justify the procedures he charged for....
    European Union regulators filed antitrust charges against Amazon Tuesday for allegedly using its internal, non-public data to gain an unfair advantage over merchants who sell products on the company’s marketplace. The European Union’s (EU) Executive Commission filed the charges Tuesday, which represent the culmination of an investigation into Amazon opened in July 2019, according to a press release. In addition to the antitrust charges, the commission announced it will begin a second investigation into Amazon’s implementation of rules that may artificially favor its own products. “Both investigations into Amazon’s business practices focus on competition concerns that are crucial in today’s platform economy where more and more businesses depend on dominant platforms, and where more and more consumers use these platforms’ services,” EU Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. “It is the role of competition law enforcement to keep these markets open and to ensure undistorted competition,”...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is offering children’s storytime weekly during the month of November. Garden officials said each session features a different nature-themed book designed to stimulate young minds and foster an appreciation for the outdoors. Families are welcome to bring a blanket and sit during the reading. The stories take place beginning at 10 a.m. and are recommended for children ages five and under, the press release said. Space, however, is limited. Also in November, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens will host Family Flashlight Night on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Guests can experience the garden at night and explore it by both moonlight and flashlight. Families can find their way through a light maze and enjoy hands-on activities and tours, the press release said. A cash bar and food, including do-it-yourself s’mores kits, are also available for purchase. General admission ranges from $12-$15. Visitors are encouraged...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man died in an overnight shooting at a Kansas City night club, police there said. The shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m. Monday at the Rendezvous Lounge along Blue Ridge Boulevard in the south part of the city, police said in a news release. Officers who arrived on the scene found a man with gunshot wounds, the release said. The man was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not immediately release the victim’s name, and no arrests had been announced. The death marked Kansas City’s 166th homicide of the year, according to data kept by The Kansas City Star. That compared with 129 homicides by the same time last year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, crime, Missouri, police
    Sony wants a bigger piece of the drone market. Today, the Japanese giant unveiled a project called Airpeak, which will “support the creativity of video creators to the fullest extent possible,” according to a cryptic press release. That makes it sound like Sony wants to take on consumer-focused drone makers such as DJI, Parrot and Skydio. Which makes a lot of sense, given Sony’s expertise in the compact and full-frame mirrorless camera markets. If you’re a vlogger or independent filmmaker that already uses Sony gear, you might be tempted by a drone with similar technology. If nothing else, it would make it easier to color correct and combine footage. In the press release, though, Sony notes how drones have led to “workflow efficiency and energy savings in the industrial sector.” It adds: “Sony has assigned the ‘Airpeak’ brand to reflect its aspiration to contribute to the further evolvement and the...
    ASHLAND, Kan. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has been fatally shot while at a friend's house in rural southwest Kansas, authorities say. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the Clark County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about the shooting around 3 p.m. Friday and rushed to the home in Ashland. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her name wasn't immediately released. The release said four other juveniles were at the home when the shooting occurred. The release provided no other details about what happened and said the investigation is ongoing. Ashland is about 140 miles (225.31 kilometers) west of Wichita. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Kansas, Associated Press
              State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) wants to add Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution. Kelsey this week filed a Senate Joint Resolution for the 112th General Assembly to consider to add the Right to Work law to the constitution for its second required passage by the legislature. This, before officials send it to voters on the ballot. This, according to a press release that Tennessee General Assembly Republicans emailed this week. “In June 2020, Senate Joint Resolution 648, sponsored by Kelsey, overwhelmingly passed the state legislature, which was the first step in enshrining the law to the Tennessee Constitution,” according to the press release. “Now, the resolution will be required to pass by a two-thirds majority in the 2021or 2022 legislation session in order to appear on the ballot for a statewide referendum in November 2022. The amendment would become part of the state...
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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland's request to put an early end to his probation period, stemming from his second set of criminal convictions for hiding his consulting roles in political campaigns. Rowland, who was released from prison in May 2018, asked that his three-year period of supervised release be cut short so he could more fully devote himself to his job with a prison ministry. He said he was barred in some states from escorting donors and volunteers into prisons because of his release status. U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven said in a ruling Thursday that Rowland has been successful in raising money for Prison Fellowship despite the supervised release, and he hasn't shown the probationary period jeopardizes his job. She also noted it was Rowland's second release from prison. “Given that this is Defendant’s second...
    A self-proclaimed ‘women and finance’ expert was sentenced to two years on Thursday for defrauding a sorority group, according to a Justice Department press release. Florida woman Cheryl Broussard was contracted to supervise 100,000 of the group’s funds in 2015, according to the press release. Broussard used the sorority’s funds for “personal expenses” while sending fake periodic financial reports. (RELATED: Armed Federal Agents Can Be Sent To Examine Ballot-Counting Locations, Justice Department Tells Prosecutors) Broussard confessed to fabricating a termination penalty and did not refund the sorority, the release said. “Judge Stivers also ordered the defendant to pay $106,000 in restitution and $106,000 in forfeiture.  Broussard pleaded guilty on Aug. 14, 2019, to one count of wire fraud,” the press release said. “Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney James Douglas Overbey for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Assistant Director in Charge...
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The body of a woman was found by Virginia Beach firefighters on Thursday as they searched an apartment building following reports of a possible fire, authorities said. A news release from the Virginia Beach Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched to a possible fire at around 2:47 a.m. at the Runaway Bay Apartments in the Thalia section of the city. The news release said firefighters investigated smoke on the second and third floors with no signs of fire, but a search of the building led to the discovery of the 55-year-old woman’s body inside her second-floor apartment. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the smoke as well as the woman's death. The woman’s name hasn’t been released. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Virginia, Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An elderly North Carolina prison inmate with pre-existing conditions and a positive COVID-19 test has died, officials said. A news release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety on Wednesday said the 80-year-old unidentified inmate died at the Central Prison hospital on Tuesday. According to the news release, the inmate tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14 and was in the hospital when his condition worsened. Officials didn’t specify what the pre-existing conditions were, and cited confidentiality of offender records and the family's right to privacy in not identifying him. The department reports the death was the third at the prison related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 21st in the state prison system. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: North Carolina, Associated Press
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A California man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for using altered debit cards to steal money from ATMs in Louisiana, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said in a news release. Dennis Busch, 40, of of Costa Mesa, California, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Shreveport, Van Hook's release said. Busch was ordered to pay more than $63,000 in restitution. The release says Busch admitted in July that he altered and re-encoded Capital One debit cards and used them along with account holders’ personal identification numbers he had obtained. Prosecutors said the illegal withdrawals took place in 2018 and 2019. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, crime, Louisiana, California
    Pet Valu is closing all of its U.S. stores starting Thursday, Nov. 5. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, in a press release owners said the economic impact of COVID-19 has forced their decision to close 358 stores across the U.S. There are dozens of Pet Valu retailers located in Connecticut. Pet Valu Canada will not be affected by the changes, owners said in a press release. The 600 Canda stores and online retail will continue on. Pet Valu said that all sales will be final starting on Nov. 5 - no refunds or exchanges. People are being encouraged to spend any accumulated loyalty perks or gift cards by Dec. 13. Pet Valu is a specialty pet shop featuring food, toys, care, and maintenance supplies as well as grooming services in some locations. 
    Temple University recently announced that it will spend $1 million on a new “anti-racism” initiative that includes educational programming and the hiring of additional black faculty members. The funding will go, in part, to the establishment of a permanent “anti-racism” center at the university. According to a report by the College Fix, Temple University will spend $1 million on a wide-ranging diversity initiative that will create a permanent “anti-racism” education center. As part of the initiative, the university plans to hire several new faculty members to the university’s Department of Africology and African American Studies. The university explicitly acknowledged in a press release that the anti-racism initiative was designed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.  “The university’s efforts are a response to the Black Lives Matter protests and renewed awareness of racial and social inequality in the U.S,” the press release reads. Valerie Harrison, Temple’s senior advisor for equity,...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced Monday the distribution of over $458 million in grants to combat violent crime, according to a press release. The funds are being distributed “to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to fight and prevent violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States,” according to the press release. More than $369 million was distributed towards “local, state and tribal governments” for combatting violent crime. Additionally, over $10 million is being given to 24 jurisdictions towards combatting “youth gang activity” and $7.3 million for research on lowering and keeping violent crime from occurring. “One of the fundamental missions of government is to protect its citizens and safeguard the rule of law,” Attorney General William P. Barr said, according to the press release. RI Department of Corrections and RI Dept. of Attorney General among the recipients...
    HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday released the name of a man found shot in his crashed car in Holyoke last week. Police and firefighters responding to reports of a two-car crash early Friday afternoon found one of the drivers trapped and unresponsive in his vehicle, according to a statement from the office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. Once the victim was extricated from the car it was discovered he was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was pronounced dead, according to the statement. He was identified as Robert James, 52, of Agawam. The death is being described as a homicide and remains under investigation by city police and the district attorney's murder unit. No additional information was released. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated...
              U.S. Department of Justice officials announced Monday that they will grant more than $2 million to fight and prevent crime in Memphis and Shelby County. This, according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on their website Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States, the press release said. “The funding announced today continues the Trump Administration’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety. In the two years before President Trump took office, America had experienced a precipitous rise in crime, particularly in serious violent crime,” the press release said. “The President elevated community safety to the top of his domestic agenda and crime rates have fallen...
    The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced Monday the distribution of over $458 million in grants to combat violent crime, according to a press release. The funds are being distributed “to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to fight and prevent violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States,” according to the press release. More than $369 million was distributed towards “local, state and tribal governments” for combatting violent crime. Additionally, over $10 million is being given to 24 jurisdictions towards combatting “youth gang activity” and $7.3 million for research on lowering and keeping violent crime from occurring. (RELATED: DOJ Sending Personnel To Multiple Battleground States To Ensure Compliance With Voting Laws) “One of the fundamental missions of government is to protect its citizens and safeguard the rule of law,” Attorney General William P. Barr said, according to the press release. RI Department of Corrections and RI...
              Various physicians in Memphis will pay more than $340,000 for allegedly overcharging the taxpayer-funded Medicare. This, according to a press release that U.S. Department of Justice officials posted on their website this week. “Doctor Shoaib Qureshi, Doctor Imran Mirza, Memphis Primary Care Specialists, Lunceford Family Health Center, and Getwell Family Medicine agreed to pay $341,690 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly charging Medicare for services rendered by nurse practitioners at the higher reimbursement rate for physician services,” according to the press release. Qureshi and Mirza are family medicine physicians who practice in and around Memphis. Qureshi owns and operates Memphis Primary Care Specialists and Lunceford Family Health Center. Mirza owns and operates Getwell Family Medicine, the press release said. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said in the press release that false Medicare...
              Federal officials in Memphis have sentenced a man, already a felon, to prison for possessing a firearm, possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This, according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on their website this week. Officials sentenced that man, Demetrius Lay, 41, to 120 months in federal prison, the press release said. “According to information presented in court, on July 24, 2018, officers with the Memphis Police Department performed a traffic stop on Faxon Street. The driver, Demetrius Lay, pulled into the driveway of a residence near that location. When officers approached, Lay fled the vehicle and threw a rifle over a fence and into an adjacent yard,” the press release said. “Officers recovered the rifle, and...
              Federal officials in Memphis this week sentenced an illegal alien to 60 months in federal prison for one count of possessing a firearm as an illegal alien and one count of illegally re-entering the United States. This, according to a press release that staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on their website. That man, Argel Hernandez-Escobar, 33, last resided in Memphis, the press release said. “According to the information presented in court, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m., Memphis Police officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who said her son had been accidentally shot by the son’s father (later identified as Mr. Hernandez-Escobar) at their residence in Memphis, Tennessee,” the press release said. “Responding officers found Hernandez-Escobar on the front porch with a gunshot wound to his leg. Officers also...
    Facebook/Bethany Nesbitt Bethany Nesbitt pictured on her Facebook page in September 2019. Bethany Nesbitt is the Grace College freshman who was found dead in her residence hall on campus in Winona Lake, Indiana, on October 30. Nesbitt was identified as the deceased person in a statement from the school. She was found unresponsive around 10 a.m. Nesbitt’s cause of death has not been made public. The press conference read in part, “The Grace College family is deeply grieved by Bethany’s death. Our current focus is on providing care and counsel to her family, friends and classmates. Grace’s Counseling Center staff will be available for students at the prayer meeting and following. We ask everyone to join us in prayer for the Nesbitt family and friends.” As a result of Nesbitt’s death, Grace College canceled all school activities. A campus-wide prayer meeting was held for students at the Manahan...
    A yellow cab driver was arrested for allegedly assaulting two woman- including one inside his taxi after giving her alcohol - this month in New York City. Muhammad Wasim. 36, was arrested by the  NYPD's Manhattan Special Victims Unit on Tuesday for a sexual abuse pattern that occurred in the 6th and 10th precincts, per a press release.  The first reported victim, an unidentified 28-year-old woman, encountered Wasim at 1.30am on October 11 when she hailed a yellow taxi in Greenwich Village. The woman intended to go home, but Wasim allegedly drove her in a different direction and offered her alcohol.   Taxi driver Muhammad Wasim (left and right) was arrested by the NYPD's Special Victims Unit this week after allegedly sexually assaulting two women RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Donald Trump cancels plan to party with his supporters at his hotel on election... Bodycam...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pharmacy owner has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing a prescription drug without a license. Jeremy Delk owns Tailor Made Compounding LLC in Nicholasville, a compounding pharmacy, according to a release from Eastern District U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr. The release said the firm distributed unapproved drugs from October 2018 through April. The drugs included substances that mimic the effects of testosterone and anabolic steroids, but are not approved by the government for distribution. The company agreed to forfeit $1.7 million, which totals its 2019 sales of the drugs. Duncan said when pharmacies “evade the FDA requirements, they are placing their own interests above those of the patients they are supposed to be serving. Delk, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully engaging in wholesale distribution of an unlicensed prescription drug. Delk is scheduled to be sentenced on February 24. He...
    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Tamarack is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The West Virginia Parkways Authority, which manages the popular Beckley tourist attraction, announced the closure on Thursday. Tamarack will undergo a deep cleaning and will reopen when it is safe to do so, according to a news release. The reopening date has not yet been determined. “Closing for a short period of time while we follow the proper sanitization procedures at Tamarack is the best thing for the safety and well-being of all West Virginians and all travelers on the West Virginia Turnpike,” said Jeff Miller, Director of the Parkways Authority. The Authority will continue to follow all state and federal guidelines around the new coronavirus, according to the news release. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia, Associated Press
              Members of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development have released a new report that they say highlights jobs in high demand across Tennessee. Those jobs include occupations in finance and technology, automotive, distribution and logistics, and other target industry clusters. This, according to a press release that TNECD officials published on their website this week. The Labor and Education Alignment Program (LEAP) describes occupations that TNECD officials said “are strategically important to the growth of the state economy and to TNECD’s expansion and recruitment efforts.” In addition, the report also lists STEM occupations with high employer demand. “This year’s report also addresses potential new trends that could emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and includes a new section highlighting where in-demand positions intersect with high levels of unemployment claims in 2020, as reported by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development,” according to the press release. “For each region of Tennessee,...
    Savannah Rychcik October 29, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is promising Americans he has no plans to shut down the nation again amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were compared to Europe. Germany is doing so well. France is doing so well. Everyone’s doing so well. No, they’re not doing well, and you take a look at what’s going on, and we want the best for them,” Trump said during a rally in Florida Thursday. He added: “We’re on their team. We want to work with them and everything else, but they’re not doing well. They’re spiking up big. They’re shutting down, they’re locking down. I disagree with that because we’re never going to lock down again. We locked down, we understood the disease and now we’re open for business and that’s what it is.” Check out his comments below: PRESIDENT TRUMP: "Were never going to...
    By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press The pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last year told authorities he had drug problem, regularly used heroin and cocaine but believed he was not impaired at the time of the crash. The admission by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was included in a trove of documents released Wednesday by federal investigators related to the the June 21, 2019, crash in Randolph. The National Transportation Safety Board also announced that it will hold a hearing Dec. 1 to discuss probable cause, findings, and any safety recommendations from its investigation. Zhukovskyy told Massachusetts State Police after his arrest he was using three or four bags of heroin a day and had used both heroin and cocaine the morning of the crash. He acknowledged that he could feel the effects of the cocaine after his last delivery but that he was “fine...
    Savannah Rychcik October 28, 2020 0 Comments The White House is attempting to clarify a press release issued by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) claiming President Donald Trump has ended the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Fox News interview, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah argued Trump does not believe the pandemic has come to an end. “No, absolutely not. I think that was poorly worded. The intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus. But, what I would say is this, because of the president’s leadership we are rounding the corner on the virus,” Farah said. She claimed the Trump administration is “rushing therapeutics,” they have Remdesivir on the market along with “monoclonal antibodies” and steroids, and there is “massive” testing and the “ability to isolate cases.” “We are in the best position to date to treat the...
    Amanda Marcotte October 28, 2020 5:00PM (UTC) Donald Trump's stalwart belief that he can make the coronavirus pandemic disappear through the magic of bullshit has permeated all levels of his administration. Even so, it was a bit of a shock to see the White House Office of Science and Technology put out a press release on Tuesday giving credit to Trump for "ending the COVID-19 pandemic." Meanwhile, in the real world, hospitalizations are up 46% from a month ago. A reported 983 people died of the disease on the same day the White House crowed about "ending" the pandemic. On Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, the U.S. will pass 8.8 million cases and 227,000 deaths. : It remains unclear how this language about "ending" the pandemic even got into an official White House press release, since the report it's announcing doesn't say anything the end of this disaster, even though...
    A press release claiming that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE ended the coronavirus pandemic was "poorly worded," and Trump does not believe the pandemic is over, a White House spokeswoman said Wednesday. "The intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus," White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said during a Fox News interview.  "Cases are still rising and we need the American public to remain vigilant. This is the top priority of the president, defeating this virus and rebuilding our economy," Farah said. Farah was attempting to clarify a press release sent Tuesday from the White House science office, which listed "ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC" in bold capital letters as...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man accused of stealing a running vehicle with a baby inside has been arrested in Virginia. Officers found the abandoned vehicle about 10 minutes after it was stolen in Richmond early Monday morning, the city’s police department said in a news release. The child was unharmed. Police arrested Stefon R. Dunkley in connection with the incident after a brief foot chase Monday evening, the release said. It was not clear if Dunkley had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Virginia, Associated Press
    A United States Postal Service employee has been charged for destroying mail, including absentee ballots, which he allegedly threw in a dumpster, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced on Monday. The 30-year-old man, identified as DeShawn Bojgere of Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with the delay or destruction of mail, which is a federal crime. Sometime between October 5 and October 15, Bojgere allegedly threw a "large quantity" of mail in a construction dumpster, including about 111 general election absentee ballots from the Jefferson County Clerk's Office that were being mailed for voters to fill out, according to the press release.  There were also about 69 mixed class pieces of flat rate mail, 320 second class pieces of mail, and two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida. The mail in the dumpster was from a single route for one scheduled delivery day. Get Breaking News Delivered to...
    Harvard University announced the creation of a committee Monday “to articulate general principles” for removing the names of “historical figures” from campus, according to a statement from the school president. Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow’s said the committee should evaluate “the individual’s failings and flaws but also the individual’s positive contributions to the University and to society” when determining whether the name of a “historical figures” should be removed from “Harvard buildings, spaces, professorships, programs, or other named objects,” according to a press release. (RELATED: Court Considers Whether Harvard Discriminates During Its Admissions Process) BREAKING: President Bacow announced the formation of a Committee to Articulate Principles on Renaming that will guide the renaming of “campus buildings, spaces, programs, professorships, and more in view of their association with historical figures.” https://t.co/WDLIV1IHGt — Harvard Magazine (@HarvardMagazine) October 26, 2020 “Increasingly, members of our community are raising questions about the propriety of...
    MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man accused of threatening troopers with a wooden and metal baseball bat while they were responding to a call has been arrested. The incident happened Sunday night when the troopers arrived at a home in Millsboro for a call about a disorderly subject, Delaware State Police said in a news release. That’s where they found Theodore A. Guajardo. Authorities said he was intoxicated and refused to leave the home when asked by the resident. It is not clear if Guajardo was visiting the home. The release said Guajardo, 48, eventually approached the troopers with the bat and began swinging “recklessly.” A stun gun was used on him after he failed to obey commands to put down the bat, authorities said. He was then taken into custody after a brief struggle, the release said. Troopers were not injured during the incident. Guajardo has been charged...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker was charged with tossing dozens of absentee ballots and other mail that was found in a dumpster in Kentucky, the U.S. attorney's office said. DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, was charged with delay or destruction of mail, a news release from U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman's office said in a news releaseMonday. The mail included approximately 111 general election absentee ballots that were being mailed form the Jefferson County clerk's office to voters, as well as 69 mixed class pieces of mail, 320 second-class pieces of mail and two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida, the release said. Bojgere told Postal Service special agents that he was responsible for discarding the mail, prosecutors said. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. It was not known whether he is represented by...
              Tennessee Department of Health officials this week announced the state’s infrastructure plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are available. TDH, coordinating with other state and local agencies, submitted an initial draft of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Tennessee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month. This, according to a press release that TDH officials published on their website. The press release said TDH officials have developed a preliminary structure for allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines: • State officials will distribute 5 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines equitably among all 95 counties. • State officials will reserve 10 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 to use in targeted areas with high vulnerability to illness and death from the virus. • All 95 of Tennessee’s counties will distribute 85 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines based on their populations. “TDH modeled this approach to allocation and...
              A federal court in Memphis this week pronounced that an already-convicted felon, who is a bounty hunter, was guilty of possessing a firearm. Per federal law, convicted felons may not have firearms. This, according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on their website. U.S. attorneys announced the news about that man, Jeremy Fields, 35, this week. This was the second post-COVID-19 federal trial Memphis has held, the press release said. “According to information presented in court, on March 28, 2019, U.S. Probation and Parole Officers conducted a home inspection at the residence of Jeremy Fields, a convicted felon, who was on supervised release for possessing a firearm and body armor in conjunction with his duties as a bounty hunter. During the search, officers observed suspicious items in the home that led...
              U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant this week announced $398,864 in Department of Justice grant funding awarded to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office to hire special prosecutors to try federal firearms cases originating in Memphis. This according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on their website this week. The award supports violence reduction efforts as part of Operation LeGend and other Department-led initiatives in cities across the country. An additional $500,000 is available to support a Real Time Crime Center in Memphis that will provide police with rapid intelligence and instant information to help identify emerging crime patterns, the press release said. “Keeping its citizens safe is the primary responsibility of government,” said Attorney General William P. Barr in the press release. “Cities plagued by violent crime need the resources to...
    Antonio Brown will likely play in the NFL in 2020 after reportedly agreeing to the framework of a contract with the Buccaneers on Friday. The wide receiver is suspended through Week 8 because of allegations he attacked a delivery truck driver. He faces separate sexual assault accusations and has long been a controversial locker room figure for his squabbles with teammates and coaches. Brown’s bizarre stint with the Raiders last year involved a hot air balloon, frostbitten feet, cryptic social media videos and zero games played. His time with the Patriots didn’t go much better — he played one game before being released amid a sexual misconduct claim. So NFL fans aren’t sure Brown will last long in Tampa Bay. News of his potential signing was met with ridicule on social media, as well as fantasy football commentary and hope from select Buccaneers fans that the high-risk move would pay off. MORE:...