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A North Carolina man already charged with the killing of two transgender women in Charlotte has now been accused of an additional murder in Union County. The Union County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that convicted felon Joel Brewer, 34, of Marshville, has been charged with the fatal shooting of Joshua Tramaine Allen, 33, whose body was found near Wingate on Feb. 9. Union County Chief Deputy Tony Underwood told the Observer on Wednesday that surveillance video from a Marshville convenience store showed Brewer and Allen together on the night of Jan. 23, when Allen disappeared.
She later described firing the single shot that police found in Walker's head as he sat dead behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry. The shot came from Walker's gun, police say. So, there's little debate Lyles shot the 25-year-old Walker.
When they forced their way inside, they found a hellish scene, with body parts belonging to the murderer's mother packed into food containers inside the fridge and in other areas of the house. Some police officers were reportedly physically sick when hearing Sánchez Gómez relate that he had killed his mother by strangling her during a dispute, sometime between January and February, before cutting up her body with a saw and kitchen knives. The idea was to make her body disappear,” he said, admitting that he “occasionally” ate parts of her body, while storing others and throwing some out with the rubbish inside plastic bags.
A Springfield, Ohio man wounded in a shooting called 911 for help, but was run over by a police officer as he lay bleeding in the street Sunday night. Eric Cole, 42, was flown from the scene to a hospital where he died after midnight Monday, according to police. The Ohio State Patrol is investigating the incident, and Cole's cause of death is pending results of an autopsy “This was an accident,” Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said during a /news conference Wednesday, flanked by city leaders.
Russian authorities are investigating a possible new Covid variant amid a sudden spike in cases. On Wednesday the country reported 13,397 new cases - around half of which were in the capital, Moscow - and 396 deaths. The more transmissible Delta variant - now detected in 74 countries and behind India's devastating second wave of Covid - has been identified in Russia but there are also fears that a new Moscow variant might be behind the recent spike in cases.
If you are in bear country, you need to lock your car doors & keep it clean of all attractants,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Northeast Region said. Bears break into cars often. Officials said there was a case of beer in the backseat of the car when the bear broke in.
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone following his private discussions with Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Kyung-mi (not her real name) was mocked online, sneered at by social media bullies and interrogated for hours by police and prosecutors after accusing her K-pop star boyfriend of filming her while they were having sex. She was the victim of a digital sex crime but she told the BBC that "no one was there to listen". "I was in school, young and very lonely.
The headline-grabbing news out of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville this week was an unexpected defeat for the far right. On Tuesday, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States elected as its next leader Ed Litton, an Alabama pastor known for his work on racial reconciliation and the favored candidate of younger and nonwhite Southern Baptists (of whom there are many more than you might think). Generally considered the underdog, Litton narrowly beat Mike Stone, a Georgia pastor championed by the hard-right wing of the SBC, those members who worry — in the phrasing of popular author Beth Moore, who left the SBC in March — that their convention has come under sway of "woke feminist liberals."
A majority of Americans support requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to school, a recent poll found. A Gallup survey released June 11 found that 61% of Americans polled support requiring college students to be vaccinated, 56% support requiring high school students and 51% support requiring middle school students to get a COVID-19 shot. The poll was conducted May 18-23 based on a sample size of more than 3,500 Americans.
The Kootenai Humane Society took in 66 dogs Monday from a hoarding situation in Kellogg where rescuers found 85 dogs and nine cats. Debbie Jeffrey, KHS executive director, shook her head in disbelief as she took a brief break Tuesday from helping with the new arrivals. Kellogg Police Sgt. Paul Twidt said the dogs were discovered Monday when the landlord of the home at 418 W. Mullan Ave., along with Kellogg Animal Control Officer Sheri Morgan, went to the property to do a walk-through following multiple notices to the tenant.
As part of Gov. Ron DeSantis' continued effort to hamper local governments' ability to impose pandemic-related infractions, the state's clemency board on Wednesday pardoned any lingering financial penalties including those against a Broward County gym owner who at one point faced potential jail time. “This action is necessary so we can recover, have a good transition to our normal operations, and also, just a recognition that a lot of this stuff was way, way overboard,” DeSantis said at the start of the meeting. The measure was backed by the governor and the clemency board's two other elected Republicans, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
A routine traffic stop for expired tags took a strange turn in South Carolina when deputies discovered the driver's scaly passenger — a 2.5-foot-long alligator, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. It happened Tuesday on SC Highway 402 near Moncks Corner, according to the release, and the motorist escaped by jumping from the vehicle and running. Investigators say the driver, who remains at large, has been identified as 48-year-old Tracy Lee Crane of Moncks Corner, a Berkeley County town about 35 miles north of Charleston.
The Columbia City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that supports the launch of a guaranteed income pilot program in the capital city. Through the initiative, 100 fathers in Columbia will get $500 per month for a period of one year. The program, shepherded by third-term Mayor Steve Benjamin, is called the Columbia Life Improvement Monetary Benefit (CLIMB) and is being funded privately through grant funds from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
Honolulu police officer Geoffrey H.L. Thom has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap. Police have refused to release body camera footage of the shooting. Thom had claimed Sykap rammed him with his vehicle, but Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said the unreleased body camera footage didn't show that.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he'd allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber.
A cellist, who played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, has been left without a British passport after it was cancelled by the Home Office when he tried to apply for a second one. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC's Young Musician award in 2016, had applied for a second passport to assist with visa applications and international work permits. Seeking help, please @pritipatel @OliverDowden @ukhomeoffice I applied for additional British passport to assist with visas and work permit applications, instead received in date original back, cancelled, 10th June.
Republicans are pushing to cut the size and scope of Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure plan. A new poll released Wednesday indicated the Biden plans are drawing 67% support among voters. A bipartisan framework is likely to constrain its focus to physical infrastructure.
A dramatic scene unfolded in an Ohio courtroom on Tuesday after a judge dismissed murder charges against the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Judge Joan Synenberg of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said the evidence for the charges was “insufficient” and would not support a conviction in the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas. Suddenly, a figure flashed across video of the court proceedings, and someone offscreen shouts “you've got to be f***ing kidding me”.
Gavin Grimm, the transgender student at the center of a yearslong legal struggle over school bathrooms, is now in his 20s. While Grimm has moved on from the school – and a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking his dispute was resolved – his case is back at the Supreme Court, along with the underlying question of whether public schools may ban transgender students from using a restroom that reflects their gender identity. Grimm's lawsuit drew a barrage of headlines five years ago when the Supreme Court initially agreed to hear it, and it returns at a time when conservative states are enacting laws to restrict transgender athletes, bar discussion of gender identity in classrooms without parental consent, and make it harder to change the sex assigned on a birth certificate.
Liz Cheney rebuked Paul Gosar for saying that the Capitol Police "executed" Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt, one of the Jan. 6 rioters, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer. "It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day," Cheney said.
Residents on the Taiwanese islet of Matsu said they saw an armada of Chinese sand dredgers plying the coast. A Taiwanese politician called the use of sand dredgers a "gray zone" tactic meant to intimidate. A record number of aerial incursions by Chinese planes were also made into Taiwan's air space on Tuesday.
Cold case investigators in Washington State used a genealogy database to identify a suspect wanted for a 2003 kidnapping and rape, and now believe the man could be connected to an unsolved kidnapping and murder that has vexed authorities for more than a decade. Paul James Bieker, 50, was arrested Tuesday for the 2003 attack, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Brad Johansson said, adding that detectives are now probing whether Bieker might also be responsible for the 2009 disappearance and killing of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum. “We obviously have our eyebrows raised because of the similarities,” Johansson told The Daily Beast.
The husband of Ashli Babbit, the woman who was fatally shot during the Capitol riot, has called for officials to name the officer who fired at the 35-year-old. Her husband, Aaron Babbit, said there was a “deafening silence” from the Metropolitan Police Department after it did not name the officer responsible, in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday. Somebody in DC knows,” said Mr Babbitt.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”