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Prosecutors to seek death penalty for accused cop killer in Ohio

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for Wade Edward Winn, 23,(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

During the ensuing 11-hour standoff, which Winn broadcast to his social media followers via Instagram Live, he allegedly unleashed a “barrage” of gunfire, killing 20-year veteran Clermont County Deputy Bill Brewer and injuring 22-year veteran Lt. Nick DeRose. Brewer is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son, police said.

Winn appeared in court shackled on Monday with visible wounds to his face as his defense team argued he did not “fully appreciate exactly what happened or how it happened” over the weekend.

Judge drops 2 charges against decorated Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher

Special Operations Chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher
Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher is a decorated Navy SEAL, but he is now being accused of committing war crimes. (Courtesy Sean Gallagher)

Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher will no longer face trial for allegedly performing a re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse of the teenage militant or for operating a drone over it, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Despite the legal win, Gallagher is still facing the two more serious charges — premeditated murder and aggravated assault.

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur dressed corpses up for series of morbid photographs, prosecutors reveal

McArthur has pleaded guilty to killing eight men in the Toronto area.

Bruce McArthur, arrested in early 2018, pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder after sexually assaulting, killing and dismembering men he met in Toronto’s Gay Village district over seven years.

Their bodies, prosecutors say, were then hidden in large planters at a home that McArthur used for his landscaping business. A sentence is expected to be announced this week and McArthur could face life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years or more.

Postal worker killed in one of two interstate shootings in Chicago

Police who responded to the scene initially believed it to be a single-vehicle crash before finding Clayton-Shelton with an apparent gunshot wound.

The Postal Service said in a statement it was “deeply saddened on hearing of this tragedy” and offered its prayers to Clayton-Shelton’s family.

The shooting occurred about six hours after a 38-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting a few miles away on I-57 near Calumet Park. Police said 15- and 12-year-old boys were also shot and wounded in that incident. Both are in stable condition.

Indiana man faces prison time for not telling sexual partners he’s HIV positive — again

Travis Spoor. 39, could face prison time again for malicious mischief. (Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department)

He seems to be a repeat offender.

In October 2016, Spoor was charged with two counts of malicious mischief in Marshall County. He was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison and then 18 months home detention, which he is currently still serving, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Then, in July 2017, Spoor was again charged with malicious mischief — but this time in Allen County. He was sentenced to “one year in prison with 54 days of credit after entering a plea agreement,” the newspaper reported.

Texas man died after vape pen explosion severed major artery, caused ‘penetrating trauma,’ medical examiner says

William Brown died two days after the Jan. 27 explosion, which sent shrapnel into his neck and skull.

Brown’s death comes months after a man in Florida died from similar circumstances when his vape pen exploded and sent fragments into his skull.

Tallmadge D’Elia died in May from the incident and suffered burns on 80 percent of his body. The 38-year-old’s death was the first e-cigarette fatality in the U.S.

Houston mayoral candidate says he was robbed, gun misfired as he chased thief from home

Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee
Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee

Tony Buzbee said he woke up on Monday to discover somebody outside his Houston home trying to take a scooter, FOX26 reported.

He said he believed the unknown party had entered his property through a side gate and then got inside his residence via the garage. He said he grabbed a gun and went to confront the suspect.

This is not the first time Buzbee has had some trouble with his artwork. In 2017, authorities said an intoxicated Dallas woman who was on a first date with Buzbee caused at least $300,000 in damage to his art collection, including two Andy Warhol paintings.

Police officer justified in fatal mall shooting of ‘EJ’ Bradford: Alabama AG

April Pipkins holds a photograph of her deceased son, Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., during an interview in Birmingham, Ala.

“After an extensive investigation and review, the Attorney General has determined Officer 1 did not commit a crime under Alabama law when he shot and killed EJ Bradford and thus the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct preclude presentation of this case to a grand jury,” Marshall’s report states.

“The facts of this case demonstrate that Officer 1 reasonably exercised his official powers, duties, or functions when he shot” Bradford, according to the report.

Florida deputies arrest man wearing ‘Father of the Year’ shirt in Clay County

A man wanted for child sex crimes in another state was recently arrested in Clay County, Florida, according to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

With the help of the United States Marshal Service and tips from the community, Clarence Sheese is in jail, deputies said.

“To those who target Clay County citizens, for those who flee here to avoid capture of crime and to those who harbor such criminals, we will come get you,” CCSO stated.

Springs child rape suspect arrested years after first tip, served jail time for similar crimes

11 News uncovered the suspect in the case, Joseph Davis, served prison time in the 70s and 80s for sex crimes against children.

This wasn’t the first time authorities were alerted about the alleged criminal activity. About nine years ago, there were claims Davis had raped a different child, according to arrest papers obtained by 11 News. That case is still open. In May of 2018, inappropriate pictures of kids were reportedly seen on the suspect’s Instagram account.

11 News reporter Jessica Leicht asked police spokesperson Lt. Howard Black if this suspect fell through the cracks all these years. He said he was looking into it.

After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son

Decades after the unidentified bodies of a woman and a 10-year-old boy were found in separate states beside a Southern interstate highway, investigators now say they were a mother and son and the boy’s father has confessed to killing them.

The case was cracked thanks to an online DNA database, help from international police and a consultant whose work led to an arrest in the Golden State Killer investigation, authorities in North Carolina and South Carolina said Tuesday.


Mexican police in riot gear line up at US border

A Mexican border town on the Rio Grande sees the arrival 2,000 Central American migrants; Griff Jenkins reports from the scene at Piedras Negras

Rep. Doug Collins: These 3 immigration loopholes are incentivizing people to break our laws. Let’s close them

The most urgent problems with American border policy are also some of the simplest to correct — even the Trump and Obama administrations share common ground here.

Three loopholes in the law are currently incentivizing people to break our laws, and endanger men, women and children in the process. Lawmakers in the House have introduced the Fix the Immigration Loopholes Act to right these wrongs.

Illustrating the demand for humanitarian response at the southern border, NBC News recently documented “the hidden toll of migration to the U.S. through Mexico.” Almost 4,000 migrants have died or disappeared on the journey over the last four years, says the report.

Mayor of Mexico border city dubbed ‘Tijuana Trump’ blasts caravan migrants, calls them ‘bums’ and ‘pot smokers’

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum wears “Make Tijuana Great Again” hat. (Twitter)

Recently, a human rights coalition called on Gastelum to apologize for his attacks on the migrants. Gastelum essentially responded that they should not hold their breath.

“No, no, I’m not going to apologize,” he said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune “Better that those who are against Tijuana apologize to us.”

“Tijuana is a migrant town,” he told the newspaper. “We’re barely 129 years old. My mom was a migrant. My grandparents were migrants. So, we are not afraid of migration. What we do not want is bad behavior.”


Roli Lopez-Sanchez, of Plano, Texas, was found guilty by a jury this week, according to a statement by the Collin County prosecutors. He won’t be eligible for parole.

Medical workers notified authorities in February 2018 after a pregnant 11-year-old came to their office and said Lopez-Sanchez had raped her, the Dallas Morning News reported.


A Lyft driver was arrested early Sunday morning after asking to use one of his riders’ bathrooms and then sexually assaulting her, according to a release from Madison police.

*Ahmed came to this country from Somalia, through one of the many Refugee Resettlement services being funded by the American taxpayers.


Democrats Seek to Work Around the Electoral College

Democrats have long sought to get around the Electoral College, which prevents the United States from political domination at the hands of major population centers, which are controlled by Democrats in so-called blue states.

Instead of amending the Constitution, a very tall order, NPV wants states to ignore their own voters and enter into an interstate compact that would hand the presidency to whomever gets the greatest number of popular votes nationally.

New California Gov. Newsom makes early gun crackdown push

While Newsom’s ascension to governor’s mansion has gun control activists excited about the possibility of passing stricter regulations, gun rights groups have widely panned Newsom’s proposals and accuse the new governor of pandering to his base.

“Gavin Newsom has demonstrated he has little to no understanding of firearms and firearms policy,” Craig DeLuz, a spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition, told the Los Angeles Times. “For him this is a PR issue, meaning he will probably sign whatever is put in front of him. He wants to run for president.”

Mueller deputy briefed on anti-Trump dossier research months before 2016 election: testimony

It’s not clear from the transcript exactly what information was shared and the timing.

In his transcribed interview, Ohr seemed careful not to rule out the likelihood the Russia information went further. As for the substance, Ohr said Steele had provided him with information related to Russia’s attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Weissmann is now a lead prosecutor on Mueller’s team handling the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. At the time in 2016, he was chief of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

Virginia lieutenant governor’s accuser retains law firm that represented Kavanaugh accuser

A source close to the legal team for Fairfax’s accuser confirmed Tuesday that she has hired Katz, Marshall and Banks, a law firm that lists sexual harassment law as one of its areas of expertise.

The source said the woman is consulting with her legal team about next steps and that her team will have more to say later Tuesday.

Cory Booker schooled by Kavanaugh replacement pick after question on ‘LGBTQ law clerks’

The question was part of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s bid to explore her views on LGBTQ rights, given her past writings – but there was a problem: Rao currently isn’t a judge, and doesn’t have law clerks.

“To be honest I don’t know the sexual orientation of my staff,” Rao responded. “I take people as they come, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. I treat people as individuals.”

Ex-KKK leader David Duke backs Tulsi Gabbard for president

Duke previously endorsed Gabbard for secretary of state after Trump won the election in 2016. Gabbard, in response, called Duke “pure evil” and pointed out that she has Polynesian heritage.

“Dad couldn’t use ‘whites only’ water fountain,” she said. “No thanks. Ur white nationalism is pure evil.” 

World News:

Thieves use sewage pipes, tunnels to break into bank vault full of jewels in Antwerp’s diamond district

People pass a jewelry store in the diamond quarter in Antwerp, Belgium (file photo); Police in Antwerp are looking for clues in a robbery in the Belgian city’s famous diamond district. ((AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File))

The authorities were initially left baffled upon arrival to the BNP Paribas bank on Sunday in response to the security alarm going off, with the vault doors secured and no signs of criminal activity.

They only grasped the seriousness of the heist after entering the vault and seeing some 30 empty deposit boxes, a hole in the floor, and a tunnel to the sewage system.

Hitler’s drawings, watercolors go on sale in Germany; draws interest from Iranian, Chinese buyers

“Many of the buyers come from Arab countries and Iran where anti-Semitism is high, and that may motivate purchases,” said Stefan Koldehoff, cultural editor for German public radio.

Koldehoff said the Chinese are also gobbling up Hitler drawings, perhaps because they have a fascination with him. In Germany, it is legal to sell Hitler paintings provided they do not contain Nazi symbols.

Irish top model, mother of 4 reportedly found dead hours after cryptic Facebook post

News of her shocking death came hours after she wrote online: “Why is it ok for a man to call a girl a fat ugly c–t?????? Seriously new level of pushing someone to the edge.”

Police have decided to not treat her death as suspicious but will be investigating anyone who was in contact with MacDonnell before the tragedy.

“It is not believed that anyone else is involved with the death but anyone who has had recent contact with the deceased will be asked to provide statements to the gardai [the state police force of the Irish Republic],” a source told the Irish Mirror.


Ingraham: ‘Double Standard’ in Media Coverage of Allegations Against VA Dem Compared to Kavanaugh

“If you are looking for yet another stark example of media hypocrisy, look no further than The Washington Post,” she said, pointing out the paper did not publish accusations against the lieutenant governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax.

Former Ronald Reagan adviser Jeffrey Lord said on The Ingraham Angle that the Post’s political double-standard has been ongoing for quite some time.

“There’s the sin of commission, in which they will go after somebody like Brett Kavanaugh, and then there’s the sin of omission, in which they will not go [after] the appropriate liberal,” he said. “They do it all the time.”

Ed Buck Funded Councilmembers Mostly Silent About Potential Homicides Of Democratic Mega-Donor

Apart from a short piece in black activist outlet Blavity almost nothing has been written in the last seven days about the Ed Buck case.

A Google news search for the past week brings back a couple of stories from January 29th and 30th at Blavity and WEHOville which covers news in the West Hollywood region.

It’s interesting to note of the dozen or so news releases in the past seven day period, most of them only mention the Ed Buck case tangentially while referencing the alleged hate crime perpetrated against Empire actor Jussie Smollett.