May 06 2014
A 13-year-old Gypsum boy is suspected of killing his father and trying to conceal the slaying.
The boy was arrested Monday after a tip from the father's employer led deputies to check on the family. The teenager answered the door and told them his 50-year-old father was dead in the home.
It's not clear how long he had been dead.
The Eagle County Sheriff's Office says the boy was being investigated for graffiti before the slaying.
Spokeswoman Jessie Mosher says the father didn't show up for a meeting with deputies Wednesday to discuss the investigation. The father's employer said the son called in to report his father sick several days in a row. He grew suspicious and reported the situation Monda.
The father's name hasn't been released yet.
May 06 2014
Saudi Arabia reportedly uncovered an Al Qaeda militant group that was plotting to assassinate officials and attack government and foreign targets.
According to Reuters, the group has links to "extremist elements" in Syria and Yemen, and is comprised of 62 members, including 59 Saudi militants, a Pakistani and a Palestinian.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said a probe into social media postings, "led security forces after months of hard work to pinpoint suspicious activities that unveiled a terrorist organization through which the elements of Al Qaeda in Yemen were communicating with their counterpart elements in Syria in coordination with a number of misguided (people) at home in various provinces of the kingdom."
He said during their investigation and subsequent arrests, they discovered a workshop for making advanced electronic circuits used in the detonation of bombs, communication surveillance tools and equipment for forging official documents.
According to Al-Turki, those arrested had coordinated with members of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Syria and had started drawing plans for smuggling weapons and preparing attacks -- including against Saudi clerics and senior government officials.
Al-Turki said 35 of the detained Saudis have already been released from detention and await trial on security-related charges.
Saudi Arabia has been concerned about radicalization because the Syrian civil war has caused a surge in online militancy, Reuters reported.
The White House said Tuesday the U.S. is preparing to send a team to Nigeria to help the government search for nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted more than three weeks ago by Islamic militants.
The team would likely include military personnel, law enforcement personnel and others with experience in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiation and victims' assistance, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
"Time is of the essence," he said, stressing that the kidnappings happened 22 days ago. "Appropriate action must be taken to locate and to free these young women before they are trafficked or killed."
Carney said that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke earlier Tuesday with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who "welcomed" the secretary's offer to send a team to discuss assistance.
It's unclear whether the team of military and law enforcement personnel has yet gotten the green light.
Carney urged the Nigerian government to ensure that it is using all available resources to ensure the safe return of the girls.
President Obama and Kerry are scheduled to discuss the issue at a White House meeting Tuesday afternoon.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry and Jonathan discussed the "interdisciplinary team" on their phone call on Tuesday.
"It would include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations as well as officials with expertise in other areas that may be helpful to the Nigerian government in its response," she said.
The development comes as Boko Haram, the group of militants responsible for last month's mass kidnapping, seized eight more girls on Monday.
An Australian passenger mistook the cockpit door for the toilet, triggering Friday's hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, police said.
Matt Lockley told Bali police after his arrest that he banged on what he thought was the toilet door for a last-minute bathroom break before the Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed.
The door was actually the cockpit door and the pilot, Neil Thomas Cooper, responded by alerting Indonesian traffic controllers of a possible hijacking. Crew members then seized Lockley and handcuffed him.
A spokeswoman for Virgin Australia said Lockley was not handcuffed on board, but was directed by the crew back to a seat in the rear of the plane.
"The flight was about to land and (Lockley) was sleeping. The flight attendant woke him up and he went to the toilet. At the time, he thought the cockpit door was the toilet door," Heri Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman, told Reuters.
Virgin Australia said the 137 passengers and seven crew on board were never in any danger during the flight.
"We can confirm there was a disruptive passenger on board and the pilot notified authorities in advance of landing, as per standard operating procedures," said Virgin spokeswoman Jacqui Abbott.
After taking blood samples from Lockley, police said the Australian had taken several painkillers, including four Panadol and two Voltaren pills. Police initially had said Lockley was drunk.
Lockley, who was travelling to visit his Indonesian wife, was shown on local television shortly after the flight surrounded by armed security and a mob of reporters at the airport. Copies of his identification cards were also shown to the media.
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SARASOTA , Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man who was accused of dumping hot sauce on his girlfriend’s puppy because he got annoyed at its yelping was sentenced to a year in county jail.
Ephrian Myles was given his sentence, which also includes 18 months of probation, after he entered a no contest plea on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty.
Circuit Judge Donna Berlin also sentenced Myles to complete an anger management course and ruled that he can no longer keep a pet or live at a house with an animal.
The 47-year-old, who always denied dousing the dog in sauce, had prior convictions, so his sentence could have been far worse.
After the alleged incident, the 3-month-old dachshund-chihuahua mix suffered seizure-like symptoms and had trouble breathing.
The dog was treated for its injuries and adopted by new owners.
“It was a good resolution,” Assistant State Attorney Dan Yuter told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “There were some problems with the case. There wasn't an eye witness, no direct evidence. I'm just glad the dog was OK and the guy went to jail.”
May 02 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- A Florida senator introduced an amendment to state Senate Bill 296 on Tuesday that would change the title from "An act related to carrying a concealed weapon or firearm" to "An act relating to the zombie apocalypse."
The bill, which would eliminate criminal prosecution for carrying concealed firearms during a mandatory evacuation, was first introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes last fall.
Despite the seemingly humorous nature of the name change, Sen. Dwight Bullard wasn’t joking when he filed for the name change.
"For me, as laughable as the amendment might seem, it's equally laughable that people who haven't gone through the proper training, the background check, the license to carry -- we're saying because of a hurricane or flooding or sinkhole, these individuals have gone from gun owners to concealed carry permit holders," Bullard told the Huffington Post.
"I'd argue a crisis is probably the last instance in which you want someone who is not a concealed permit holder to carry a weapon."
When he introduced the bill, Brandes said that emergency evacuees would “have enough to worry about without having to cross-check themselves to be certain they’re in technical compliance with concealed weapon transport laws."
May 02 2014
Malaysian authorities on Thursday released a report on the investigation into the disappearance of Flight 370, which revealed that air traffic controllers did not realize that the plane was missing until 17 minutes after it vanished from radar.
The release of the report came as Malaysia Airlines told relatives of passengers who were aboard MH370 to move back home and wait for news on the search for the missing plane.
Since the Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8, the airline has been putting the relatives up in hotels, where they've been briefed on the search. But the airline said in a statement Thursday that it would close its family assistance centers around the world by May 7, and that the families should receive search updates from "the comfort of their own homes."
The airline said that it would establish family support centers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and that it would keep in close touch with the relatives through phone calls and meetings.
Malaysia Airlines also said it would soon make advanced compensation payments to the relatives.
The plane went off Malaysian radar at 1:21 a.m. on March 8, but Vietnamese air traffic controllers only queried about it at 1:38 a.m., according to the report, which was sent last month to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The report, which was dated April 9 and posted on the Facebook page of Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, also noted that authorities waited four hours after receiving the last contact from the plane before starting a search-and-rescue operation.
That report showed that Malaysia Airlines at one point thought the plane may have entered Cambodian airspace. The airline said in the report that "MH370 was able to exchange signals with the flight and flying in Cambodian ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
May 02 2014
Delores Dennison never went to her high school prom.
Times were tough. Money was scarce -- just enough for the necessities.
But if she had gone to the prom, Delores might have imagined wearing a lovely dress and promenading through a sea of balloons and dancing with a handsome young man on a crisp April evening. She might have imagined the band playing the Frank Sinatra song, “How I love the kisses of Delores.”
But the days of promenades have long passed for Delores, now 89-years-old. Youth and vigor have given way to heart trouble and a stroke. And the handsome young man who became the love of her life – the man who used to sing to her that Frank Sinatra song, passed away many years ago.
A few months back, Delores received a telephone call from her great-grandson. Austin is 19-years-old, a senior at Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio. And he had a very important question for his “Granny DD.”
“I asked her if she would be my prom date,” Austin told me. “How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?”
Now, Austin Dennison is the kind of fellow who looks like he just stepped out of central casting. He’s the sort of kid a dad hopes his daughter would marry.
He’s an Eagle Scout who plays for the school’s football, baseball and basketball teams. He plays in the school band and faithfully attends church. He’s the kind of youngster who says “yes sir” and “yes ma’am.” He’s the kind of young man who respects his elders.
Still, the proposal took Delores by surprise. It’s not every day your great-grandson asks you out to prom.
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The University of Alabama confirmed Thursday that a 21-year-old member of its swim team, John Servati of Tupelo, Miss., was killed Monday night when storms swept through the city.
Tuscaloosa city spokeswoman Deidre Stalnaker said Servati, a dean's list student, was taking shelter in the basement of a house off campus when a retaining wall collapsed.
Anna Rae Gwarjanksi, a senior swimmer at the school, tweeted that Servati died a hero and held up a "concrete wall long enough for his girlfriend to get out from under it before it collapsed again on him."
Phillip Deaton, the captain of the school's swim team, told The Tuscaloosa News that "John was a hero every day, just constantly doing great things, so the fact that he did that doesn't surprise me at all."
He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stalnaker said the accident happened at a home on 22nd Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when the city was under a tornado warning.
Servati competed in three events at the Southeastern Conference championships last year. He was a dean’s list student and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brian Corbett says the student is one of three weather-related deaths in Alabama. The others were in Limestone County.
A Pennsylvania groom almost had to cancel his wedding after experiencing a serious health problem prior to the ceremony -- and it wasn’t cold feet.
Robert Adams of North Huntingdon was preparing to go get married to fiancée Mary Pizzuto when he suffered what he thought was an anxiety attack.
As it turns out, it was something much more serious.
"I thought it was anxiety and the next thing I knew, I was having a medical problem," the 68-year-old told WTAE. "I was all dressed up in my suit and tie, which is a rarity, to get married. But it didn't work out that way."
Adams was brought to the Forbes Hospital emergency room to be treated for a heart attack and Pizzuto came along.
“The EMTs said I had to go to the hospital. I originally said, ‘Nope.' I wanted to go ahead with the ceremony first, but I asked Rev. (John) Gropp to come along, and he said that was no problem because it was on his way home to Duquesne,” Adams told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I love her. I wanted to go ahead with it.”
Gropp performed the ceremony in the ER while Pizzuto (now Mrs. Adams) clutched a bridal bouquet made of rubber gloves, drink straws, cardboard and blue paper.
“I reminded the pastor we weren't there for last rites, but marriage vows,” Adams said. “I always like to have a little fun.”