News and Headlines. 11/15/2018

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Scot Peterson, Parkland deputy who didn’t enter school during shooting, doesn’t show for investigative panel

Scot Peterson, the disgraced Broward County sheriff’s deputy who did not confront Nikolas Cruz as he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February, declined on Thursday to testify before a public safety commission investigating the massacre.

Peterson, 55, would’ve been asked why he didn’t enter the Parkland, Florida school building where 17 people were killed in one of the largest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

Doc: 2 boys killed in NJ outbreak were in ‘irreversible shock’ when they arrived at hospital

A New Jersey doctor who manages the pediatric emergency room where two severely ill boys from the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation were taken is claiming that the children were allegedly too sick to save when they arrived.

They are among the 10 children who have died in an adenovirus outbreak at the facility that has also sickened more than 20 others.

Parents of the victims have questioned if more could have been done to prevent their child’s death or stop the spread of the virus.

Indiana woman pleads not guilty in students’ bus stop deaths

Alivia Stahl, center, and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle.

FILE – This undated family file photo provided by Elgin Ingle shows Alivia Stahl, center, and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle. The three children were struck and killed Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, by a pickup truck(Elgin Ingle via AP, File)

Shepherd was driving a pickup truck before dawn Oct. 30 when she struck four children who were crossing a two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.

Shepherd told authorities she didn’t realize that she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights. Court documents show Shepherd told police she saw the lights but didn’t recognize the vehicle as a school bus until the children were right in front of her.

Connecticut hotel owner with ‘sex dungeon’ arrested after attempting to buy girl, officials say

Simon Hessler, 46,

Simon Hessler, 46, was arrested and faces several charges after allegedly trying to buy a 12-year-old girl for “limitless sex” and “slave training.” (Connecticut State Police)

A Connecticut hotel owner who had a “sex dungeon” hidden at his business was arrested after he attempted to buy a preteen girl for “slave training” and “limitless sex” for two days, police said.

Simon Hessler was arrested Tuesday after investigators set up a sting to nab the 46-year-old man during a child prostitution and human trafficking investigation. Hessler was caught attempting to purchase a 12-year-old girl for two days in exchange for $500, the Hartford Courant reported.

The preteen girl, however, was a “very petite narcotics officer from East Hartford.”

Girl at center of Rhoden family murders reported safe, as suspect waives extradition to Ohio


The child at the center of an apparent custody dispute that led to the execution-style slayings of eight members of an Ohio family is safe, a family member said Wednesday as the patriarch of the four arrested in the killings appeared in court.

Leonard Manley, whose daughter and grandchildren were among the victims of the April 2016 massacre, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Sophia Wagner, 4, was safe in neighboring Scioto County.

The 4-year-old girl is the daughter of Edward “Jake” Wagner, one of four people arrested in connection with the slayings, and Hanna Rhoden, one of the victims. The two shared custody of their daughter, who a toddler at the time of the killing. Sophia has been with her father the past few years but was with child protective services when he was arrested.

California wildfires attract looters, thieves to evacuated areas where homes are easy targets


Shayne Tinnel Jr, Jason Burns, Tracey Sizer, Michael Salisbury, and Teddy King (Pictured left to right) have been arrested this week for crimes in the mandatory evacuation zone for the Camp Fire in Northern California, according to officials. (Butte County Sheriff’s Office)

While authorities continue the grim task of combing through the charred remains of a Northern California city devastated by a deadly wildfire, officials announced Wednesday that at least six people have been arrested while attempting to take advantage of the vacant homes and vehicles in the evacuation zone.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that two arrests were made Monday and four more came Tuesday in three locations — Chico, Paradise and Butte Creek Canyon — all under mandatory evacuation due to the raging Camp Fire.

Trump to visit California on Saturday amid deadly blaze

President Donald Trump will head to California on Saturday to visit the site of one of the worst outbreaks of wildfires in recent history that has already claimed the lives of at least 59 people.

An additional 130 people are still believed to be missing. Officials are still not sure what was the direct cause of the fires — which are raging in Butte County, north of Sacramento, and in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties — and firefighters have not yet contained 50 percent of the blaze.

2 Navy SEALs, 2 Marines charged in Green Beret’s murder

34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar

A military medical examiner ruled ‘homicide by asphyxiation’ killed 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar while on a secret assignment in Mali; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.

NORFOLK, Va. – Two U.S. Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the 2017 death of an Army Green Beret while they were stationed in the African country of Mali.

The Navy said in a statement Thursday that the unidentified service members face charges that include murder, hazing and obstruction of justice. Army Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar died June 4, 2017, in Bamako, Mali.

Authorities say in charging documents that the service members broke into Melgar’s bedroom while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and put him into a choke hold that strangled him.

Veteran with no family has hundreds show up for funeral in Tennessee

Leo Stokley, 69,

Hundreds came to pay their respects for Leo Stokley, 69, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.. Stokley was a Marine Corps veteran who died and had no family members to attend his funeral. (WTVF via NNS)

Leo Stokley, 69, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. died on Nov. 4 at a nursing home in Ashland City, according to his obituary posted by the Boyd Funeral Home.

Stokley was born on June 5, 1949 in Greenville, S.C. and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing a tour of duty in Vietnam. The veteran was set to be buried with military honors on Nov. 9 at the at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Pegram when staff members at the Cheatham County Veterans Service Office learned he was an “unclaimed” veteran”

“When we found out that he was considered an unclaimed veteran, which means he has no family, we wanted to make sure that he got claimed,” Bob Counter told The Tennessean.

Man on trial for killing girlfriend’s abusive Missouri mom

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Defense attorneys for a Wisconsin man on trial in the 2015 death of his online girlfriend’s mother don’t deny that he killed the Missouri woman.

Greene County jurors are being asked to decide whether Godejohn committed first-degree murder or a lesser crime in the trial that began Tuesday. First-degree murder in Missouri carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It’s the latest twist in a bizarre case that was the subject of the 2017 HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest.” Gypsy Blanchard, now 27, is already serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree murder in her mom’s death.

Inmate confesses to 90 deaths; investigators corroborate 30

 Samuel Little.

This undated photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office shows Samuel Little.

A man convicted of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said 78-year-old Samuel Little was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman. Investigations are ongoing, but Little has provided details in more than 90 deaths dating to about 1970, Bland said.



A complaint obtained by NBC Philadelphia claims that the couple, Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure, created a GoFundMe for Johnny Bobbitt Jr. as part of an elaborate story the team concocted to deceive donors. The couple made national headlines for raising more than $400,000 for Bobbitt.

What started out as a feel-good story in October 2017 involving a selfless homeless man giving up his last $20 to a woman whose car ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia turned into a year-long legal battle between the couple and Bobbitt over who got custody of the money.

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.

By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling. It’s a different technology than today’s controversial “genetically modified” foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer.


Dashcam video shows moment illegal immigrant suspect opens fire on Arkansas police officer

Luis Cobos-Cenobio

Luis Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the incident happened Sunday, after County Corporal Brett Thompson tried to initiate a traffic stop around 12:43 p.m. in Tontitown, located just outside Fayetteville.

The driver, 29-year-old Luis Cobos-Cenobio, didn’t stop and the officer reportedly initiated a brief chase. After eventually pulling over, Cobos-Cenobio got out of his vehicle and began shooting at Thompson, officials said.

About a dozen members of migrant caravan arrested for trying to illegally cross US border, source says


More than 2,000 members of the caravan. Several hundred began arriving in Tijuana on Tuesday. (Fox News)

TIJUANA – More than a dozen members of the migrant caravan were arrested Wednesday night along U.S.-Tijuana border, a border patrol source in the San Diego sector told Fox News.

A small group was arrested near the beach in an area called Playas de Tijuana. A large group was arrested in the mountains east of Otay Mesa, a San Diego community that straddles the Mexican border, the source said. All were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally, the source said.

Separately, a fight broke out Wednesday night in Tijuana between local Mexicans and Hondurans arriving in the caravan. The migrants complained that the locals were yelling: “Go home. We don’t want you here!” Members of the caravan complained to reporters that local police made no attempt to break up the fight.

22 Buses with 900 Caravan Migrants Nears U.S. Border


A video posted online captures the caravan traveling along Mexican federal highway 15, through Esperanza, just north of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. A smaller caravan reportedly passed through Tuesday night with an additional 400 in transit.

This segment of the migrant caravan is part of the 7,000 to 10,000 Central Americans who crossed into Mexico approximately one month ago. Roughly 6,531 migrants crossed the state of Queretaro over the weekend, according to the local government.

More than 650 illegal immigrants crossing southern border detained in Arizona over two days


“Yuma is seeing a huge spike and it’s a concern because they don’t have the facilities to process the cases,” she said, adding a majority of the people detained are released to local charities or even at bus stations because federal facilities are overwhelmed. “Most people apprehended and released are not staying in the area … they go join the illegal immigrant population.”

According to CBP statistics, 60,745 people were apprehended or were deemed inadmissible while attempting to enter the U.S. illegally via the southern border in October, the first month of the fiscal year 2019 – compared to the 34,871 in the same month in fiscal year 2018.

A total of 521,090 people were apprehended at the southern border in fiscal year 2018 – up 125 percent from 451,514 in fiscal year 2017. Just in Yuma, more than 26,000 people were apprehended in fiscal year 2018.




Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California asked a Trump immigration nominee if he sees parallels between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the KKK during a hearing meeting on Thursday.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was considering the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to be assistant Homeland Security secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Harris began her questioning by asking Vitiello about a tweet he sent in 2015 from a personal account where he suggested a new name for the Democratic Party should be “liberalcratic party or the NeoKlanist party.”

He repudiated the tweet, acknowledging the Klan’s history of race-based domestic terrorism. Harris then asked if she saw any parallel with the work of ICE.

Banned from Facebook? New pro-Trump social network offers alternative

President Trump gives two thumbs up

President Trump gives two thumbs up to supporters at a rally earlier this year. (AP)

President Trump’s supporters now have an alternative to Facebook after several users have complained about having posts blocked or accounts deleted entirely.

Addison Riddleberger, the founder of the new platform, told Fox News he’s still in the dark about why Facebook disabled his account 24 hours before the midterm elections, shutting down his pages “Standing for Americans,” “Freedom Catalog,” and “Patriotic Folks.”

And now “Trump Town” has opened its virtual doors to anyone wary of getting blocked on other social media platforms.

Arizona man says he was assaulted while wearing MAGA hat

Jonathan Sparks

Jonathan Sparks is now recovering from surgery after spending 20 hours in the hospital. He said he had a lot of time to think about the assault.

Jonathan Sparks told KVOA he was walking through downtown Tucson the Saturday before Election Day to encourage people to vote for Republicans. He wore the red hat that was made popular during President Trump’s presidential campaign and held a pro-GOP sign. He said he felt somebody from behind grab him by his hat and hair.

“The assailant had jumped onto my ankle from behind and so I, not knowing my ankle was broken into four pieces, I turned around to grab and take the hat back. My hands latched onto the hat,” Sparks told KVOA.

Bystanders and police officers were able to pull the two apart. Tucson police said it arrested Daniel Zaroes Brito, 42, on robbery charges — but additional charges could be filed.

Man wearing MAGA hat assaulted while walking downtown Tucson

Jonathan Sparks is passionate about his political beliefs, but he said those beliefs were attacked while he was walking around Tucson.

Bette Midler slammed for vulgar caption of old Melania Trump modeling photo

Bette Midler Melania Trump.

Social media users ripped Bette Midler for posting an old modeling photo of Melania Trump. (Reuters)

Bette Midler, who last month called women the “most disrespected creatures on earth,” is now in hot water for showing disrespect to First Lady Melania Trump.

On Thursday, the 72-year-old actress-singer posted a picture on Twitter of Melania posing in a cockpit for a GQ photo shoot, and included a vulgar, insulting caption.

Seattle city council candidate ends campaign after family allegedly targeted with ‘vile racist attacks’

Christopher Rufo ended his candidacy for Seattle city council

Christopher Rufo ended his candidacy for Seattle city council after he said his wife and children were the target of “vile racist attacks.” (Photo courtesy of campaign)

Christopher Rufo, who was challenging City Councilman Mike O’Brien, said his family has been the subject of “vile racist attacks.” His 8-year-old son has been the target of such attacks on social media, and “activists” have attempted to get his wife fired from her job at Microsoft, Rufo claimed.

“I’ve learned that our problem here in Seattle is much deeper than the city council’s policies—we have created a culture of intolerance that is deeply destructive to the common good,” Rufo, a documentary filmmaker who has worked for Netflix and PBS, said.

Report: Florida Democrats Urged Voters to Submit Absentee Ballots After Election Day Using Altered Forms

That attempt to add Democratic votes, which critics say is possible election fraud, was reported Thursday morning by Ana Ceballos of the Naples Daily News, who notes the scheme has already been reported to federal prosecutors.

Ceballos reported:

A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.

Ocasio-Cortez says people keep mistaking her for a Capitol Hill intern


The 29-year-old liberal firebrand complained on Twitter Wednesday that during her first week on Capitol Hill, she has wrongly been given directions to events for spouses and interns instead of those for lawmakers themselves.

“People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress,” she tweeted.

In a tweet Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez grumbled over the reaction to her protest.

Nancy Pelosi thanks Al Sharpton for ‘saving America’

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, praised Rev. Al Sharpton and thanked him for “saving America” by helping Democrats win back the majority. CRTV host, Michelle Malkin reacts on ‘Fox & Friends’.

Judicial Watch: Federal Court Ordered Hillary Clinton to Answer Additional Email Questions Under Oath

(Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that within 30 days Hillary Clinton must answer under oath two additional questions about her controversial email system.

“A federal court ordered Hillary Clinton to answer more questions about her illicit email system – which is good news,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“It is shameful that Judicial Watch attorneys must continue to battle the State and Justice Departments, which still defend Hillary Clinton, for basic answers to our questions about Clinton’s email misconduct.”

Facebook says criticism over how it handled Russia interference is ‘unfair’

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and the company’s board of directors took issue on Thursday with a report suggesting the social-media giant deliberately played down the impact of Russian interference on the platform.

On a call with reporters, Zuckerberg repeated his admission that Facebook had been slow to spot Russian activity and recognize its significance, but he said that any allegation the company was uninterested in the truth “is simply untrue.”

An article in the New York Times on Wednesday said top executives at Facebook overlooked warning signs and at times sought to conceal the scope of the problem from lawmakers and the public.

Farage Celebrates Wave of Resignations from May Govt: ‘It Seems She Won’t Survive the Week’


“At last! Gosh, it’s taken them a hell of a long time, I mean they should’ve got rid of her a year ago, really,” exclaimed the veteran campaigner in an interview with Channel 5, evidently relieved.

“It was perfectly obvious after her speech in Florence that she did not genuinely want to leave the European Union — that’s the speech where she started talking about opting back into part of the EU,” he recalled.

World News:

Trump administration slaps sanctions on Saudis over Khashoggi’s death

The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it called “serious human rights abuse,” freezing any U.S. assets and barring American citizens from engaging in business with them.

The announcement named royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and said he led the team that flew into Istanbul just hours before Khashoggi entered the consulate there for paperwork relating to his planned marriage. Al-Qahtani was fired from his post in late October.

Palestinian police chief suspended for being ‘mechanic boy’ while helping Israeli soldiers change flat tire


A Palestinian police chief in the West Bank was suspended Thursday for helping change a tire for some stranded motorists — who happened to be Israeli soldiers.

Photos on social media showed Hebron district police chief Col. Ahmad Abu al-Rub stopping next to a jeep driven by a group of Israeli soldiers when he saw them struggling to change a flat.

One Arabic tweet sharing the photo was captioned: “In a humiliating precedent, Colonel Ahmed Abu al-Rub, head of the Hebron city Police, works as a ‘mechanic boy’ and repairs a military jeep to the occupation forces.”

Argentina detains 12 in bomb attacks ahead of G20

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine officials said Thursday they have arrested 12 presumed anarchists in connection with two homemade bomb attacks two weeks before world leaders gather in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit.

One bomb exploded Wednesday night near the mausoleum of a police chief assassinated by anarchists on Nov. 14, 1909. A woman suspected of involvement was injured and hospitalized in a coma, authorities said.


Tucker: Left doesn’t want you to believe your own eyes

The liberal media says caravan is all hype and your concern is unwarranted; reaction from former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright.