Judge: Bergdahl lawyers can't ask if jurors voted for Trump

Jun 22, 2017 5

A U.S. Army judge won’t allow lawyers for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to ask potential military jurors whether they voted for Republican President Donald Trump.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, is allowing the defense to ask prospective panel members other questions about whether they were influenced by negative comments Trump made about Bergdahl. But Nance said Thursday that a written questionnaire couldn’t ask directly how they voted.

Defense attorney Eugene Fidell said he believes the other questions on the survey will help defense attorneys probe for bias. Fidell has argued that Bergdahl can’t get a fair trial because of campaign-trail criticism by Trump.

Bergdahl is scheduled for trial in October on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Tropical Storm Cindy's remnants unleash heavy rains on Gulf Coast

Jun 22, 2017 7

Cindy, the former tropical storm, was downgraded to a tropical depression and is weakening as it moves inland Thursday. The storm has been blamed for at least one death in Alabama.

Heavy rains are expected to fall in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, forecasters have warned.

The National Hurricane Center said a tropical storm warning from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, La., has been discontinued, hours after the storm made landfall.

Cindy was located about 165 miles northwest of Morgan City and is moving to the north at 13 mph. The storm is expected to shift toward the northeast and move into Arkansas early Friday, then into Tennessee.

Forecasters warn that heavy rainfall will spread over the Tennessee and Ohio valleys Thursday. Then into the central Appalachians Friday and Saturday.

Cindy’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph Thursday morning with additional weakening expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.


The storm has been blamed for one death in Fort Morgan, Alabama. A 10-year-old boy from Missouri who was vacationing at Fort Morgan was killed after a log, carried in by a large wave, struck him, according to Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur. The child was not immediately identified.

The storm is being blamed for widespread coastal highway flooding, rough seas and scattered reports of power outages and building damage caused by high winds. There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-live tornadoes spawned by the storm.

Forecasters estimated the storm had dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of rain in various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle as of Wednesday, and more rain is expected.


Downed trees hit and house and cars in two or three residential neighborhoods, according to Jo Soria, Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman.

The White House said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the storm Wednesday by Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey both declared a state of emergency in their state.

In Alabama, streets were flooded and beaches were closed on the barrier island of Dauphin Island.

Casey Stegall, a Fox News reporter, was in Lake Charles, La. on Thursday and reported heavy rains and gusty winds in the area. Stegall said there has been a large amount of flash flooding around the area.

There are “numerous road closures and areas where bayous and waterways are out of their banks,” Stegall said.

There have been no immediate reports of high-water rescues or areas under water, according to Stegall.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Texas, a shrimp trawler that was in danger of sinking had to be rescued. The U.S. Coast Guard saw the crew of the trawler Footprint was about 80 miles southeast of Galveston when the crew radioed that the ship was taking on water faster than onboard pumps could clear it. A helicopter crew lowered and extra pump that enabled the shrimp boat crew to clear enough water to stay afloat. A Coast Guard cutter escorted the vessel to Freeport, Texas.

Fox News’ Casey Stegall and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Texas officer in murder case faces unrelated assault charges

Jun 22, 2017 6

A Texas police officer charged with murder in May in the fatal shooting of a black teenager leaving a party is facing two aggravated assault charges in an unrelated incident.

Court records show a Dallas County grand jury recommended Thursday that former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver be charged with two counts of aggravated assault related to an April traffic accident that happened while he was off-duty. A previous statement from the Dallas Police Department said Oliver had drawn his gun and pointed it at the ground after he was rear-ended.

Dallas officers at the time of the accident in April determined no offense had occurred.

Oliver was fired and charged with murder after the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards while he was a passenger in a car.

Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

Jun 22, 2017 6

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States.

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli says in a criminal complaint that Pickett “did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm” against Trump on Facebook.

The Secret Service was notified of the posts by Pickett’s former co-workers.

A screenshot of one of Pickett’s Facebook posts in the complaint says, “Honestly am I really going to have to kill trump before our fine Government … actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?”

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Public Defender Thomas Gabel was not immediately returned.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

Oklahoma burglary suspect wore underwear on his head

Jun 22, 2017 7

A man broke into an Oklahoma business this week wearing some unconventional headwear, leading police to believe he’s connected to other burglaries.

“He’s wearing a black hoodie and underneath the hoodie, he’s wearing a pair of underwear,” Del City Police Captain, Ted Kebler, said.


The unidentified man broke into a Dollar General in Del City, Okla. and spent about 20 minutes inside before heading to a gas station and stealing cigarettes.

Police say this burglary has something in common with other burglaries in the area: the suspect goes for cigarettes every time, KSWO reported.

“He doesn’t waste any time, he goes straight for the cigarettes and straight out of the store…It helps identify the person that does the things, identify their MO, how they enter into buildings and stuff,” Kebler said.


Police said they had seen the same head attire before in a previous burglary, KOCO reported.

So far, the suspect has stolen several hundred dollars-worth of cigarettes. 

'Pizzagate' shooter to be sentenced: What to know about the Comet Ping Pong conspiracies

Jun 22, 2017 2

The man who walked into Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza shop, armed with an AR-15 assault weapon and a revolver to investigate internet rumors is set to be sentenced today.

Prosecutors have asked that Edgar Maddison Welch be sentenced to 4 1/2 years behind bars; Welch’s lawyer has pushed for a lesser sentence of just 1 1/2 years, according to WJLA-TV.

Here’s a look at what led Welch to travel to the pizzeria armed.

Oct. 30, 2016

A Twitter account purporting to belong to Jewish attorney David Goldberg — which Buzzfeed calls a “white supremacy” account — claimed that emails from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin “point to a pedophile ring” — with Clinton “at the center.”

The Twitter account has been suspended.

As the theories go, Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were allegedly involved with the operations of an international child sex slavery ring. After the publication of hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, the theory expanded to include him.


Theorists purported that Podesta’s emails contained code language known to pedophiles.

Podesta has exchanged some emails with pizzeria owner James Alefantis, who has fundraising ties with Podesta and other Democrats.

The “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory picked up steam on Reddit and other websites, Time reported. It has been widely debunked.

Even still, Alefantis told Fox News that he and his business were the targets of threatening messages — online and over the phone. 

Dec. 4, 2016

Welch walked into Comet Ping Pong armed with a knife, AR-15 assault weapon and a revolver. Welch said that he had driven to the pizzeria from Salisbury, N.C., in order to investigate online conspiracy theories of child sex slaves being held in the restaurant.

Welch fired his gun multiple times when he came upon a locked storage closet.


After finding no children held against their will, Welch surrendered to police. He said “that he had read online that the Comet restaurant was harboring child sex slaves and that he wanted to see for himself if they were there,” according to the arrest affidavit.

“[Welch] stated that he was armed to help rescue them,” it said.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory eventually expanded to claim that Welch, the gunman, was really just a false-flag operation by the Clinton campaign to discredit Donald Trump, the president-elect at the time.

March 24, 2017

Welch pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the Associated Press reported.  

June 2, 2017

In a letter filed with the court, Welch contended that his intent was never to harm anyone at Comet Ping Pong.


He said he “came to D.C. with the intent of helping people I believed were in dire need of assistance, and to bring an end to a corruption that I truly felt was harming innocent lives.”

“It was never my intention to harm or frighten innocent lives, but I realize now just how foolish and reckless my decision was,” Welch wrote.

June 14, 2017

A cell phone video Welch recorded on the way to the Washington, D.C., pizzeria was released. In the video, Welch told his daughters that he loves them as he drove.

“I can’t let you grow up in a world that’s so corrupt by evil without at least standing up for you, for other children just like you,” he said.

Welch added that he wants to protect people who cannot protect themselves.

NYC subway rider slashed after seat dispute

Jun 22, 2017 6

New York City police say a woman was slashed on the knee after a dispute with another passenger over a subway seat.

The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The slashing occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday at the Parkchester station in the Bronx.

The attacker got off the train, and police were looking for her.

It’s not clear what the weapon was.

WCBS radio station says police have received nearly 50 reports of subway riders attacked with blades or other sharp objects so far this year. That compares to 38 for the same period last year.


Information from: WCBS-AM, http://www.wcbs880.com

The Latest: North Korea detainee mourned at Ohio funeral

Jun 22, 2017 6

The Latest on the death of a U.S. college student who was held by North Korea (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Mourners have paid their respects to an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to Ohio in a coma.

About 2,000 people packed into a school for Otto Warmbier’s funeral Thursday in Wyoming, near Cincinnati. They heard stories about his life, rap music he listened to and his habit of shopping for sweaters at thrift stores. A bagpiper played as the casket was carried to a hearse, and mourners lined the street.

Warmbier’s cause of death hasn’t been determined. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after being sentenced to prison in North Korea last year.

He’d been accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.


10 a.m.

Hundreds of mourners are celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to Ohio in a coma.

Otto Warmbier’s brother, sister and friends were scheduled to speak at the funeral Thursday in his hometown of Wyoming, near Cincinnati. A rabbi was officiating at the public service, which was closed to the news media.

A coroner is trying to determine Warmbier’s cause of death. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison in North Korea in March 2016.

He died Monday.

He’d been accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea.


9:35 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to an American college student who was detained there for over a year and died after being returned home to Ohio in a coma.

Ohio’s Republican senator calls Otto Warmbier “an amazing young man” who shouldn’t have been detained. Portman spoke Thursday outside Wyoming High School in Warmbier’s hometown, where hundreds of people lined up early for a public memorial service. It was closed to the news media.

A coroner is trying to determine Warmbier’s cause of death. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison in March 2016.

He’d been accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.


3 a.m.

The life of a 22-year-old college student who died this week after being detained for nearly a year and a half in North Korea will be celebrated in an Ohio hometown still stunned by his loss.

Wyoming officials say the service for Otto Warmbier in the Wyoming High School auditorium will be open to the public Thursday, but not to news media.

The Hamilton County coroner is still trying to determine the cause of Warmbier’s death Monday. The University of Virginia student was accused in January 2015 of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea.

Steve Thomas, his former soccer coach, says he was a key player who had a deep commitment to reaching out to people. He has “an overwhelming sense of loss” about his passing.

Swarm of bees attack sisters, kill family dog

Jun 22, 2017 2

A huge swarm of Africanized bees attacked two North County girls and killed their family dog.

The attack happened Sunday evening in Vista.

Madeline Marko-Martinez, 20, and her 19-year-old step-sister, Quinn Rodgers, returned home with a friend after a trip. As they got out of the car, they noticed bees flying around. All of a sudden, the bees started swarming and attacking the girls.

“I tried to move away but more followed me. I started running. We each had our own swarm around us. Everyone was running and screaming — I’m sure it looked wild,” said Rodgers.


The girls screamed and ran inside the house. They called their parents, who were out of town, but the parents called an exterminator company. When the exterminators arrived, they were amazed by what they found.

“They told us that they were Africanized bees, that they were some of the most aggressive they had ever seen,” Marko-Martinez said.

The hive was on the side of the home underneath the eaves of the roof. The exterminators said it was the biggest bee hive they had ever encountered.

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Daycare arrest: Man pinned 5-year-old for taking Father's Day card, police say

Jun 22, 2017 8

A Derby man is facing criminal charges after police said he pinned a child to the ground and screamed at him at a day care.

On Friday, Shelton police said they charged, Lance Churchill, 33, with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct. Police said the incident occurred at Apple Tree day care located at 117 Long Hill Cross Roads.

“The day care was hosting a Father’s Day party where all the children’s fathers were invited to attend. During the party the children made Father’s Day cards and gave them to their respective fathers. One of the children playfully took Churchill’s card that he received from his son and ran around the room with it,” said police.

Police added “Churchill, who is 6’4 and 270 lbs, responded by chasing the child and picking him up over his head. Once Churchill put the child down he pinned him to the ground and began to scream at him in front of all the other children.”

Day care staff ripped the child away from Churchill and called the police and once they arrived, Churchill wanted the 5-year-boy arrested, according to police.

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