September 24, 2020
Greensburg, In. — Republican H. Wayne Shake has entered the race for sheriff in Decatur County.Shake attended North Decatur High School, studied criminology at Vincennes University, criminal justice at Indiana State University and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1988. He has served as town marshal in Westport, with the Greensburg Police Department and with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.The Republican field for sheriff now consists of Shake, Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, former Greensburg police chief Bill Meyerrose and former Decatur County sheriff’s detective Rick Underhill. Primary Election Day is in May of 2018.
September 17, 2020
On Thursday, USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative hosted Gene Simmons at the University Club as a guest speaker for 60 students currently in the program.Path to success · Former KISS star Gene Simmons speaks to Neighborhood Academic Initiative participants at the University Club on Thursday evening about his own experiences facing adversity as an immigrant. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanOthers in attendance included Pavel Krapivin, vice president of Warner Bros. and former student of the USC Math, Science and Technology High School, and Kim Thomas-Barrio, executive director of NAI.NAI is a college access and success program with neighborhood students in grades six through 12 in conjunction with the university.“[This program] allows the academic rigor students need and the support families need for first generation college-goers from underrepresented minority groups,” Thomas-Barrios said.Since its first graduating class in 1997, NAI has graduated more than 700 students. Forty percent of those graduates attended USC with a full four-and-a-half year scholarship package, not including loans.“All of this is in a neighborhood where about 50 percent of the students who attend neighborhood high schools drop out before graduating from high school,” Thomas-Barrios said.Thomas-Barrios said the decision to have Gene Simmons speak to a group of NAI students was an easy one for her and colleagues, who knew that students could relate well to Simmons, who immigrated to the United States from Israel with his mother when he was only 9 years old.“I am you; you are me,” Simmons said. “I wasn’t born here … when I first came to the United States of America, I heard the words, ‘What are you, stupid? Can’t you speak English?’”Simmons, like many of the students at the USC magnet schools, did not speak English as a first language. Simmons encouraged every student to do what he did: work as hard as possible each and every day, rather than giving up in the face of adversity.“When you take a look at the most powerful people in the world, they’re not the prettiest, they’re not the tallest … they may not be the smartest. They worked the hardest,” Simmons said.Pavel Krapivin, a colleague of Simmons’ and a former student of Thomas-Barrios’, was also able to relate to the current students of NAI as an immigrant who did not speak English as his first language, but taught it to himself by reading science textbooks.Krapivin, who attended USC after high school, has stayed close to NAI and his former professor and principal. His success story is one of the many inspirations current NAI students have.“When the school opened, I wanted to come here to learn, and I am very happy to come back here because all of you are going to do great things and once you do, you’ll want to give back,” Krapivin told the students. “It feels good to come back and to do things for other people.”Simmons, known for his role in the rock band KISS, encouraged students to ignore unsupportive people and to always believe that they are extraordinary.“Anybody that makes you feel bad, get rid of them — get them out of your life,” Simmons said. “You don’t have time for them, because they’re just vampires — they’re going to suck the life out of you.”One of the things Simmons emphasized to the students was that nobody was stopping them from succeeding except themselves.“All the information in the world, finally, for the first time in history, is available to you and to the richest and the most powerful, for free. … There’s nothing preventing you from scaling the heights — nothing — except you. All the opportunity you’ve got here, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”
August 12, 2020
Delray Beach police are currently investigating the death of a man who was found fatally shot in an apartment complex.The discovery was made at the Linton Ridge apartment complex in the 2200 block of Linton Ridge Circle on Sunday.Authorities say neighbors became concerned when they had not seen the victim in a few days and they began to smell an unusual odor coming from the apartment.When authorities arrived to the apartment, they found the 29-year-old man dead of an apparent bullet wound.Investigators have not released the identity of the victim, however, they asking for anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS.
August 12, 2020
The dog was named after comedian Conan O’Brien. President Trump tweeted her picture saying she had done a “great job.” Conan was slightly wounded and now recovering.Baghdadi has been buried at sea with religious rites under Islamic custom. A special military dog named, “Conan” is being hailed as a hero. The female dog was injured when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up in a dead-end tunnel taking out three of his children as well. Newsweek is naming the Belgian Malinois that rode with the U.S. Army Special Forces in Syria to take down an ISIS leader Sunday night. President Trump gave credit to courageous K-9 on Monday.
August 12, 2020
Authorities in Sonora, Mexico are reporting that three women and six children were slaughtered Monday when their vehicle was ambushed by members of the Mexican cartel.According to the report, the dual US- Mexican citizens were traveling between Sonora and Chihuahua towards the US border in three vehicles when they were attacked.While authorities continue to investigate the incident, family member Lafe Langford Jr. shared details of the incident on his Facebook page:In the post, Langford identified the victims as María Rohnita Miller and her children 10-year-old Krystal Bellaine, 12-year-old Howard Jacob, and six-month-old twins Titus Alvin Miller and Tiana Gricel Miller.Langford stated that the vehicle in the post, which is believed to be Miller’s was struck with so many bullets that the car exploded.43-year-old Dawna Ray Langford and two of her nine children were also identified as victims of the attack.Another victim was identified as 31-year-old Christina Marie Langford who was traveling with one of her children. According to relatives, the baby identified as Faith Marie Johnson was found alive after see was thrown to the ground during the ambush.Several children were said to have survived the attack and are in the process of being brought to the U.S. border for medical treatment.Langford also reported that the family has had previous run-ins with cartel members but that the women and children were not the intended targets.Read more here.
August 12, 2020
Officials with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have charged a 14-year-old Lauderhill girl with making false bomb threats that resulted in the evacuations of two schools in Lauderdale Lakes.First, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School administrators contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office about 9 a.m. Thursday, after receiving a bomb threat by phone.According to investigators, nearby Oriole Elementary School received a similar call about 20 minutes later.Both schools were evacuated as deputies checked the campuses for explosives, but found nothing, officials said.Detectives identified the caller as a student at Boyd Anderson High School. During questioning, the teenager confirmed that she called both schools and made the false bomb threats.She was arrested Thursday evening and was then taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. She was charged with two counts of making a false bomb threat and was released to her parent, records indicate.The investigation is still active. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Versteeg at (954) 321-4200 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-8477, or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.
August 12, 2020
Nikolas Cruz, the confessed Parkland shooter, was caught on video attacking a Broward Sheriff’s deputy behind bars.WSVN got the exclusive video of Cruz who has now been in prison for nearly two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.The video was recorded on Nov. 13, 2018, and it shows Cruz walking in slow circles before attacking a BSO Sergeant sitting at a table.The video had no audio, but according to records, Sgt. Raymond Beltran “requested that Cruz not drag his sandals on the ground while walking around.”The fight between Cruz and Beltran went on for almost a full minute before he settled down.Beltran was reassigned, according to reports.