“South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced his constituents at a tense town hall Sunday afternoon following the fatal shooting one week ago of Eric Logan, an African American man, by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, a white police officer.”
Buckle up Buttigieg…there’s too many demorat candidates in the 2020 race. The media has gotta stir up the pot now to help narrow it down for their “preferred” candidate.
“You really don’t have time to think in these situations, it happened in a flash,” Phillips said. “(They) showed my pharmacist a note saying ‘This is a pharmacy robbery.”
Phillips said CVS told him and the pharmacist that they violated store policy by “initiating a physical confrontation.” But Phillips claims he was merely acting in defense after seeing the suspect push the pharmacist.
“I was defending myself, defending my pharmacist,” Phillips told Fox 59. “If we get attacked, we are not even allowed to defend ourselves.”
Surveillance footage from the incident shows Phillips and the pharmacist wrestling the suspect to the floor as the suspect is trying to run out the door.
Following the incident, police arrested Maupin a block away from the store and charged him with robbery, resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice, theft and battery. He was not armed.
Phillips believes if he hadn’t prevented Maupin from getting drugs, something worse could have happened.
“When you have a half-second to think about it, you don’t think about policy, you think about friend’s life, and who this guy might endanger if he had gotten drugs?” Phillips told WISH-TV.
CVS released the following statement: “The safety and well-being of our customers and employees is always our highest priority. We have stringent security policies and procedures in place to prohibit actions by employees that would jeopardize their safety and the safety of others. The actions of two employees at our Greenfield store during a recent attempted robbery violated those policies and procedures by initiating a physical confrontation, which led to our decision to separate them from the company.”
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From Indy Star:
UPDATE: The driver accused of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe was an undocumented immigrant who used a fake name and has been deported twice in the past.
Indiana State Police detectives have determined the driver was 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala. He gave police the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales after the early Sunday crash that killed Jackson and Monroe. Officials said he had been deported in 2007 and in 2009.
Original story: Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were both killed early Sunday after being struck by a suspected drunken driver along Interstate 70.
According to the Indiana State Police, the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday along the westbound lanes of I-70, just west of Holt Road.
Police said Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both.
“Edwin was an amazing young man that filed our lives with joy and pride,” his family said in a statement to 11alive.com. “He was kind, thoughtful, humble, passionate about football and loved his family. We ask that all who were blessed to have crossed his path remember him and his amazing smile.”
Read the rest of the story here.
Imagine the quality of care this nurse might give white women and their sons.
From Fox News: A controversial tweet allegedly posted Friday by a nurse at one of the largest hospital systems in the nation has sparked an internal investigation.
The tweet came from an account named “Night Nurse,” linked to Indiana University Health employee Taiyesha Baker, FOX59 reported. “Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves b___,” the tweet read. An IU Health spokesman confirmed to FOX59 that Baker is a registered nurse, but declined to reveal the hospital where she is currently employed.
“IU Health is aware of several troubling posts on social media which appear to be from a recently hired IU Health employee,” the hospital said in a statement. “Our HR department continues to investigate the situation and the authenticity of the posts. During the investigation, that employee (who does not work at Riley Hospital for Children) will have no access to patient care.”
Baker claimed to work in pediatrics in previously deleted tweets.
According to public records obtained by FOX59, Baker was most recently issued a nursing license on Oct. 30 (I found itonline).
The Twitter account behind the controversial messages, @tai_fieri, was originally deleted after the post sparked a firestorm, but now appears to have been created by a different user who is posting new tweets, the IndyStar reported.
From Fox News: A federal judge on Thursday blocked until at least next month hotly debated Texas rules mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains that were set to go into effect within days.
The ruling by Austin-based U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks(appointed by George H.W. Bush) begins the latest legal battle for a state whose tough anti-abortion laws were largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. The Center for Reproductive Rights and other national advocacy groups sued to prevent Texas from requiring hospitals and clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages rather than disposing of them in a sanitary landfill, as they often currently do with such remains and other biological medical waste.
The rules had been set to take effect Monday. The lawsuit argues that the rules serve no medical purpose and are meant to shame women who seek abortions and make it harder for doctors to provide them.
Sparks scheduled two days of testimony for early next month, then said he expected to rule by Jan. 6 on whether or not the rules can be allowed to stand going forward. Earlier legal challenges blocked similar measures in Louisiana and in Indiana, where they were signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, now Donald Trump’s vice president-elect.
Texas’ proposed rules brought more than 35,000 public comments. The state health department wrote that it “believes the methods allowed by the rules will protect the public by preventing the spread of disease while also preserving the dignity of the unborn in a manner consistent with Texas laws.” The new rules were proposed to the health commission at the behest of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in July, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-abortion laws that would have left Texas with 10 abortion clinics, down from more than 40 in 2012. They require fetal remains, regardless of the state of gestation, to be treated like those of a deceased person by having them buried or cremated. Cremated remains would still have to be buried or scattered.
Republican state lawmakers also have pre-filed bills that would codify similar rules into Texas law. The Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 10. Remains are currently most often disposed of in sanitary landfills, and that cost is included in the price of getting an abortion or otherwise undergoing treatment for a terminated pregnancy.
Critics say cremation, and especially burial, would cost more and force women to have to cover the additional expenses, while funeral home operators also have worried about the added costs interment and cremation. The Texas Catholic Conference, however, has announced that it is readying plans to allow free burial for fetal remains at Catholic cemeteries.
Indiana couple fights charges over rescuing injured baby deer
Fox News: Jeff Counceller says a dying fawn he found on someone’s porch three years ago surely wouldn’t have lived had he and his wife not nursed it back to health on their eastern Indiana farm. The Connersville police officer insists they had no clue that they could be breaking the law.
The couple’s good deed put them at odds with the state Department of Natural Resources, and prosecutors earlier this month charged Jeff and Jennifer Counceller with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Counceller said they plan to fight the charges, even though it might be cheaper and easier to just pay the fine. If their burgeoning legion of online supporters is any indication, public opinion is very much on the couple’s side.
Counceller told The Indianapolis Star that he found the deer in 2010 curled up on a front porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds, so he brought it back to his family’s 17-acre farm to try to save it. The couple named the fawn Dani and kept it in a fenced enclosure.
Jeff Counceller said he and his wife didn’t know it was illegal to keep the deer, and that returning it to the wild when they were told to do so “would have been a death sentence.”
A probable cause affidavit said Jennifer Counceller told a conservation officer that she eventually realized she needed a permit to keep the deer, but didn’t contact officials because she realized they would “put it down.”
Jeff Counceller didn’t immediately respond to a Tuesday phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment. Jennifer Counceller’s voicemail wasn’t accepting new messages.
DNR spokesman Lt. Bill Browne said the agency had received a lot of phone calls and email about the charges, but he declined to comment about the case and instead referred the AP to the agency’s claims in the court documents.
The deer’s story went viral online this week after a sympathetic Indianapolis man, John Waudby, set up a Facebook page to rally support for the Councellers.
“I heard about it early Saturday morning when I got home,” said Waudby, a 41-year-old warehouse worker. “I saw it on the news and was outraged. I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me. They’re not criminals. They were trying to do the right thing,” he added.
The Facebook page, “Drop Charges Against Connersville Police Officer,” had more than 15,000 “likes” by mid-afternoon Tuesday and was growing by about 1,000 an hour. Waudby said he had hoped to reach perhaps 1,000 local people to put pressure on prosecutors to drop the charges, but was receiving responses from as far away as Argentina and Australia. He was also circulating an online petition and by noon, the petition had topped 8,000 signatures. More than 135 people had signed up online to attend the Councellers’ trial on March 7 in Fayette County.
“It’s like a wildfire that you just can’t stop at this point,” Waudby said, adding that he’s only slept for about 10 hours, total, in the three days since launching his online campaign. The Councellers said they had intended to release the deer once it was strong enough to survive on its own. They tried to find it a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take it. According to court records, Jeff Counceller texted a conservation officer and urged DNR not to kill the deer, saying “it’s not the deer’s fault.”
Last summer, the deer vanished on the day that the DNR planned to euthanize it, following the denial of the couple’s request for a rescue permit.
The DNR website includes a section on wildlife rehabilitation that warns people who find wild animals to make sure they are really abandoned and if they are, to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The closest rehabilitators to Connersville are in neighboring Wayne County, according to a list on the website.
“Removing wildlife from the environment is prohibited by state regulations without a proper handling permit,” the DNR website warns, adding that most young animals that appear to be abandoned don’t require help. “Wildlife can carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans, it is best to leave them alone,” the website adds.
Kathleen Hershey, president of Utopia Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation center near Hope in south-central Indiana, said even though the Councellers meant well, it’s bad for a deer to become acclimated to humans because they can become too trusting and easy prey for hunters.
“They have real serious social needs, and you can’t just raise a deer. They have to be in with others of their kind,” she said. “It has to learn how to live in a herd and that’s where its safety is.”
Most of the Facebook posts expressed disbelief that the couple could face charges for what was perceived as a good deed, but some comments weren’t so sympathetic.
One post pointed out that the couple had exposed themselves, their children and their pets to disease carried by deer, and that the local deer population could be infected now that the animal is free.
Although lawyer’s fees would be more expensive than paying the fine, the Councellers said they plan to fight the charge. “Sometimes, it’s not always about the DNR laws,” Jennifer Counceller told the Star. “Sometimes it’s about common sense and what’s right in God’s eyes. And that’s what I’m going to stand for.”
Waudby said he plans to attend the Councellers’ court hearings, “and I’m bringing thousands of people with me.”
If DNR was going to put the deer down and the Councellers couldn’t find anyone to take it, what’s the problem with them keeping it on their farm? Remember the good ol’ days when people were able to help one another (and animals) without big brother trying to control us? Those days are long gone, unfortunately.
What does our government know that it’s not telling us?
The last few days have seen swarms or clusters of earthquakes in Arkansas, ranging from 2.0 to 3.3 in magnitude. Arkansas is one of 8 states that make up the New Madrid Seismic Zone or Fault Line. The other 7 states are Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
In the video below, the state of Missouri’s state geologist Joe Gillman is calling on residents of these 8 states to participate in an earthquake drill — the largest earthquake drill in Central U.S. history, at 10:15 am on April 28, 2011. (H/t LookUpFellowship)
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUj-PmLxHYc&feature=player_embedded] Here are excerpts from Wikipedia on the New Madrid Seismic Zone:
The 150-mile…long fault system, which extends into five states, stretches southward from Cairo, Illinois; through Hayti, Caruthersville and New Madrid in Missouri; through Blytheville into Marked Tree in Arkansas. It also covers a part of West Tennessee, near Reelfoot Lake, extending southeast into Dyersburg. Most of the seismicity is located between 3 and 15 miles…beneath the Earth’s surface.
The zone had four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, with moment magnitudes estimated to be as large as 8.0, all occurring within a three-month period between December 1811 and February 1812…. Based on artifacts found buried by sand blow deposits and from carbon-14 studies, previous large earthquakes like those of 1811-1812 appear to have happened around AD 1450 and around AD 900, as well as approximately AD 300. Evidence has been found for an apparent series of large earthquakes around 2350 BC.
[The earthquakes on February 7, 1812, had magnitudes of 7.4 to 8.6 with their] epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri. New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, Missouri, many houses were severely damaged, and their chimneys were toppled. This shock was definitively attributed to the Reelfoot Fault by Johnston and Schweig. It was uplift along this reverse fault segment, in this event, that created waterfalls on the Mississippi River, disrupted the Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend, created a wave that propagated upstream and caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake. The earthquakes were felt as far away as New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, where ground motion caused church bells to ring….
In a report filed in November 2008, The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States,” further predicting “widespread and catastrophic” damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and particularly Tennessee…. The earthquake is expected to also result in many thousands of fatalities, with more than 4,000 of the fatalities expected in Memphis alone…. The USGS [U.S. Geological Society] recently issued a fact sheet reiterating the estimate of a 10% chance of a New Madrid earthquake of magnitude comparable to those of 1811-1812 within the next 50 years, and a greater chance of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the same time frame.
Below is a video on the New Madrid Fault Line: