Marion Barry dead at age 78.
Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, DC has passed away at the age of 78. Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m. He had been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday following a brief stay. There was no cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments. Barry was married four times and is survived by one son, Marion Christopher Barry.
Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, then re-elected in 1982 and 1986. However, Barry was probably most famous when he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted on one count of drug possession and sentenced to six months in prison. Unbelievably, after getting out of prison, Barry was elected to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994. It probably spoke more to the disarray of DC than anything else.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.
Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.
But he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison.
Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career was far from over. In 1992, he made it back to city government, winning a council seat representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. That victory helped propel him to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994.
UPDATE I: Barack Obama paid tribute to the late mayor:
President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city.
34 Year Old Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely Missing Since 11/14/14 in Patrick County, VA (Update: Remanins Found of Missing Dawn Vessell Gravely … Anthony “Skeet” Joyce Arrested)
34 year old Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely has been missing since Friday, November 14, 2014 in Patrick County, Virginia. Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely of South Mayo Drive, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith has said Gravely did not get in touch with friends on Saturday as usual, and Patrick authorities were contacted shortly before midnight Saturday to do a well-being check. When the police arriving at her home, Gravely was not there; however, her vehicle was.
Missing: Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, of South Mayo Drive, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.
Gravely is described as being 5’4” tall and weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Smith said that clothing and possible vehicle descriptions are unknown.
Gravely did not make contact with friends as she usually does on Saturday, prompting authorities to be contacted just before midnight Saturday to check Gravely’s well-being, according to the release.
As investigators continued to search Monday for a Patrick County woman last heard from Friday night, a friend said the disappearance is out of character for the mother of two.
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, of South Mayo Drive, last was heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, authorities have said.
Catrina Harris, whose son is friends with one of Gravely’s two children, indicated that it isn’t like Gravely to disappear without word.
UPDATE II: 45 searchers continue to look for missing woman.
Law enforcement officers from several agencies scoured primary and secondary roads Tuesday for evidence that might lead to a missing Patrick County woman.
“Officers from multiple agencies are working in teams, doing foot searches along the roadway and side roads near the victim’s home on South Mayo Drive,” Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said Tuesday.
They are searching for information on the location of Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, who has not been heard from since shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, authorities have said.
About 45 officers from multiple agencies covered an estimated 100 miles of road in Patrick and Henry counties Tuesday during the foot searches. Smith said nearly all his deputies were taking part.
Smith said the foot searches done Tuesday stretched into Henry County (an estimated 20 to 30 miles from Gravely’s home), where they focused on areas Patrick authorities identified. He declined to elaborate on why those areas were chosen.
A reward is being offered for information on Gravely’s location. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Smith at 276-692-7012 or the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 276-694-3161.
Patrick and Henry County deputies have found the remains of missing Patrick County mother Shelly Gravely.
Gravely was found at around 12:30 Saturday morning in Henry County, just north of the North Carolina state line.
Investigators have arrested Anthony “Skeet” Joyce in connection to her disappearance. He was arrested just before midnight in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Joyce is being held in the Guilford County jail as a fugitive from justice. Patrick County investigators have obtained warrants for abduction and robbery.
Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon who had contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone, West Africa and was flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment has died. 44 year old Dr. Salia was a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S. resident who was living in Sierra Leone and working at a hospital. He had been diagnosed with Ebola last week, sadly it was not caught soon enough to save him. Sadly, Dr. Salia passed away from advanced stages of Ebola. According to Nebraska Medicine spokesman Taylor Wilson, Martin Salia died at around 5 a.m. ET Monday. Salia leaves behind a wife and two children who live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland.
Dr. Martin Salia … Rest in Peace
Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.
Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.
Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”
Dr. Martin Salia, 44, had been described repeatedly by health workers as being much sicker than the Ebola patients previously brought to the U.S. for treatment.
“Dr. Salia was suffering from advanced symptoms of Ebola when he arrived at the hospital Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure,” the Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement. “He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and multiple medications to support his organ systems in an effort to help his body fight the disease. He also received a dose of convalescent plasma and ZMapp therapy was initiated on Saturday.”
The hospital had been treating Salia in its biocontainment unit that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall.
Charles “Chase” Merritt Charged With 4 Counts of Murder in the Deaths of McStay Family (Joseph, Summer & Their Two Children Gianni and Joseph) (VIDEO)
ARREST FINALLY MADE IN THE MCSTAY MURDERS …
57 year old Charles “Chase” Merritt was arrested Wednesday, November 5th in Chatsworth, California and charged in the murders of the McStay family. Merrit was charged with 4 counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small children, 4 year old Gianni and 3 year old Joseph. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s. According to the LA Times, Merritt had a prior criminal history. He appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday, there was no bail was set. According to Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, the cause of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma” and that the murders took place inside the McSaty residence in Fall Brook.
The McStay family went missing on February 2, 2010. Their remains were discovered by motorcyclist in a shallow grave between Quarry Road near Highway 15 in the Mojave desert outside Victorville, CA in November 2013.
Charles “Chase” Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a news conference.
Merritt, 57, was arrested Wednesday without incident in Chatsworth, California, Detective Chris Fisher said.
Police say they believe the family died of “blunt force trauma” inside their home north of San Diego, but they declined to discuss specifics of the deaths or a motive.
Merritt, who was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s, appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday. No bail was set.
Detectives Arrest Charles Ray Merritt in Connection with the McStay Family Murders
For more information, read updates, others opinions and analysis, and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons and Crime Forum: McStay Family of 4 missing in So California-Missing since 2/04/10.
Sad, sad news to report …
Robert Cooke, the father of missing Rachel Cooke, has passed away after battling a long-term illness. Robert Cooke died Wednesday in Austin, Texas, he was only 59. His daughter Rachel Cooke went missing in January 2002, near her Georgetown home when she went out for a jog near her parents’ home but never returned. Mr. Cooke never stopped looking for his beloved daughter Rachel. Robert kept a fathers promise to his daughter until the end. On a personal note, I met Robert Cooke when searching for Natalee Holloway in Aruba and in fact we were roommates. We spent many nights talking and he told me about his daughters disappearance and I could hear in his words his love, dedication and desire to never give up the fight to find Rachel. What a nice, nice man. I will never forget our talks, sharing your personal insights of a father and giving me an understanding of what real strengths and dedication truly is. God bless you Robert Cooke, and may the peace of the Lord be with you.
Robert Cooke became very active in missing persons’ causes. He held women’s self-defense classes all over Central Texas, and Cooke helped search for many missing people.
“On the day Rachel disappeared, Robert [Cooke] made a promise to her that he would never stop looking for her, and he kept that promise,” according to his obituary.
On January 10, 2002, 19-year-old Rachel Cooke was visiting her family while on break from college.
She was running in the Northlake subdivision, northwest of Georgetown, and last seen between 11 and 11:30 in the morning, along Neches Trail, just 200 yards away from her parents’ home.
Her father, Robert, passed away at 7 a.m. after fighting an illness for several months.
“The fact that Robert was not able to die knowing what happened to Rachel is very upsetting to us,” said Elaine.
Hettenhausen says the family is waiting for the right tip they knows is out there.
Funeral arrangements are below:
Visitation – Friday, November 7, from 4-7pm at Cook-Walden Capital Parks, 14501 N. IH 35, Pflugerville, TX
Services – Saturday, November 8 @1pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Drive, Georgetown
Robert has asked that those who attend wear blue or red because they are “bright colors.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Robert with a donation to a missing person organization. These are dear to his heart: The CUE Center for Missing Person, PO Box 12714, Wilmington, NC, 28405 – Project Jason, PO Box 59054, Renton, WA or texasequusearch.org.
There is still a $50,000 reward for reliable information leading to the return or location of Rachel Cooke or to the identity of any person involved in her disappearance. If you have any information, please call Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867, or visit wilcocrimetips.org.
Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, Suspected of Killing Two California Sheriff’s Deputies is an Illegal Alien Previosly Deported Back to Mexico Twice
Illegal aliens, doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do … Twice deported illegal Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte suspected of killing two Sheriff’s Deputies … CLOSE THE DAMN BORDER!!!
Two California Sheriff’s deputies were killed on Friday by an illegal alien, who had been deported twice from the United States and pulled over by law enforcement at least 10 times. Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, a convicted drug dealer and his wife were arrested and are in custody. The 34 year old Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte has been charged with murder, attempted murder and carjacking. His wife was also charged with attempted murder and carjacking. UNREAL, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte was convicted on a drug charge in 1997 and sent back to Mexico. He was picked up in 2001 and deported again. When is this country going to take illegal immigration and its borders seriously?
Pic – KTVU: Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Danny Oliver (left) and Placer County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr.
The law enforcement heroes who were killed were Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, a 15 year veteran of the police force and a husband and father of two daughters. Also murdered was Placer County Deputy Michael David Davis Jr., 42, an 18 year veteran with a wife and four children.God bless their souls. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends of Danny Oliver and Michael David Davis Jr. and their fellow police officers.
The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff’s deputies Friday, killing two, was deported twice and has a criminal record, federal officials said late Saturday.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said that the fingerprints of the suspected shooter match those of a man named Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. Monroy-Bracamonte was initially deported to Mexico in 1997 after being convicted of drug possession in Arizona. Four years later, he was arrested and deported again for an unspecified offense.
“The fingerprints were the basis for our request for an immigration detainer,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told The Associated Press. The detainer requests that local authorities transfer him to federal custody after his case is adjudicated so ICE can purse his deportation, Kice said.
The suspect initially identified himself as Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City. He is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. The suspect’s wife, Janelle Marquez-Monroy, was also arrested Friday and charged with carjacking and attempted murder.
Hmm, Uber-Lib Bill Maher has a lucid moment and spoke the truth on something other than ISIS and radical Islam …
During HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the always liberal opinionated comedian stated in regards to the Ferguson, Missouri shooting that Michael Brown was not acting like a “Gentle Giant”. He was acting like a thug. Of course Maher also had to call police officer Darren Wilson a “plain murderer,” even though it would appear that from information leaked from the grand jury states otherwise.
Calling Michael Brown a thug, does that make Maher a racist?
BILL MAHER: You know what else I find disturbing is that everybody in America just sides with their own people and doesn’t look at the facts. The cops, I saw on the news a couple of weeks ago, were wearing bracelets or something that said, “I am Darren Wilson.” Why do you want to throw your lot in with this plain murderer?
And Michael Brown’s people. I’m sorry, but Michael Brown’s people say he is a gentle giant. Well, we saw of when he was in that 7-11. No, he wasn’t a gentle giant. He was committing a robbery and he pushed that guy. He was acting like a thug, not a gentle giant. He certainly didn’t deserve to be shot for it.
EXIT COMMENT: Enough of calling Michael Brown an armed armed teenager. If he was going for the police officer’s gun as many accounts have stated, that does not make him unarmed and certainly not a gentle giant. Every year police officers are killed with their own guns. I wonder if the Ferguson, Mo story would have been covered differently if the officer’s name had been Nicola Cotton?
Evidence Supports Police Officer Darren Wilson’s Account of Shooting in Ferguson, MO in Shooting of Michael Brown … Eric Holder Only Concerned About Info Leaks, Not the Truth
So what happens if Police officer Darin Wilson is not found guilty or even indicted? Will Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson apologize?
The WAPO reports that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, then later Wilson shot Brown dead as the teenager confronted the police officer. Hmm, that is a much different story than was originally told and the MSM misreporting. The evidence is starting to point to officer Wilson did nothing wrong. According to the WAPO, 7 or 8 African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety. A note to the folks in Ferguson, there is a difference between justice and vengeance.
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.
Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.
Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which casts Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.
The grand jury is expected to complete its deliberations next month over whether Wilson broke the law in confronting Brown, and the pending decision appears to be prompting the unofficial release of information about the case and what the jurors have been told.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests that the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest.
However, Benjamin L. Crump, an attorney for the Brown family, stated that any facts that support police officer Darren Wilson’s will never be accepted as the truth by Brown’s supporters or family. Far be it that the facts get in the way of a riot in Ferguson, MO.
Benjamin L. Crump, an attorney for the Brown family, said Brown’s family and supporters will not be convinced by the autopsy report or eyewitness statements that back Wilson’s account of the incident.
The family has not believed anything the police or this medical examiner has said,” Crump said. “They have their witnesses. We have seven witnesses that we know about that say the opposite.”
Terrorism in Ottawa, Canada: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Shot to Death at his Post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier … Update: Gunman Killed, ID’d as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau
Terrorism hits Canada …
24 year old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot to death at at the National War Memorial at his post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Quebec. Following the murder, the gunman fled into Parliament building where it was reported that 30 to 40 shots were fired, watch the video below. According to accounts, the gunman, radicalized Muslim, was later shot dead inside the Parliament building by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers and RCMP. CBC News has confirmed the dead shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982.
What a shock, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a recent Muslim convert.
VIDEO – CBC (Shots fired inside Parliament)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an evening address that Canada would not be intimidated by Wednesday’s “brutal and violent attack” in Ottawa, in which an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian Forces member at the National War Memorial before being shot dead in Parliament’s Centre Block.
The slain soldier is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton.
Moments after Cirillo was shot at his post by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, MPs and other witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots fired inside the main Parliament building.
It was confirmed later that the gunman was shot dead inside the building, felled by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms and RCMP, according to MPs’ accounts.
CBC News has confirmed the dead shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. CBC News has learned that Zehaf-Bibeau has a criminal record in Quebec dating back 10 years on some drug-related charges. Court documents from that time show that he lived at an address in Montreal.
A Parliament Hill security guard was wounded in the chaotic attack Wednesday just before 10 a.m. in the nation’s capital that police believe involved more than one assailant.
Cirillo, of Hamilton, was one of two Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada reservists standing guard in front of the monument when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning. The shooter was killed inside the Parliament buildings after firing at least 20 shots.
Social media accounts and online photos paint a picture of Cirillo as a loving father to his young son, animal lover and fitness buff. Pictures depict him smiling, cuddling a dog, working out at the gym, and playing guitar.
Cirillo was part of a large family and attended Sherwood Secondary School.
17 Year Old Cassidy Charette Killed & 22 Injured During Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, ME
TRAGEDY DURING HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE …
A mechanical failure is being blamed for the fatal crash that killed a teenager and injured many others during a haunted hayride in Mechanic Falls, Maine. 17 year old Cassidy Charette was killed and 22 other were injured Saturday night during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, west of Lewiston, Maine. The accident took place when a hay wagon being pulled by a Jeep lost control and careened down a hill, where it struck a tree and overturned.
The Saturday night crash claimed the life of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland, Maine, according to the Maine Sate Fire Marshal’s office.
They say that two others were seriously injured. The operator, 54-year-old David Brown of South Paris is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center. A 16-year-old, Connor Garland of Belgrade, was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Authorities say all 23 people on board were injured. The Fire Marshal says injuries include broken legs, arms, shoulders, and backs.
Many of those injured were treated and released Sunday, but some remain hospitalized.
A teenage girl was killed and 22 others were injured in a hayride crash in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Saturday night.
At about 11 p.m., the Harvest Hill Farms/Pumpkin Land Facebook group posted:
“Emergency crews are on site and Life Flight was called in to transport those needing urgent care. The accident occurred at the Gauntlet Haunted Night ride, a separate venue from Pumpkin Land, our daytime Family Fall venue. However Pumpkin Land will be closed Sunday while authorities investigate the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured.”