Twin Tornado Touch down in Northeast Nebraska and Devastaes Town of Pilger & Stanton (Update: Two Killed Including 5 Year Old Child)

WOW … HEAVEN HELP THEM.

Massive tornadoes hit Pilger, Nebraska.

The National Weather Service said the two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other. Emergency crews and residents spent the evening sifting through demolished homes and businesses in the community of about 350, roughly 100 miles northwest of Omaha. At least 19 people were injured.

“More than half of the town is gone – absolutely gone,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said. “The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.”

PICS of the devastation from The Weather Channel

UPDATE I: At least two people died and 16 were critically injured.

Rescuers found several critically injured people near Pilger’s Main Street, including a 5-year-old who died after being taken to the hospital. Another fatality was confirmed in Cuming County about four miles east of Pilger, he added in a statement. Further details were not immediately available.

Faith Regional Health Services said it had 16 people in critical condition. Three of the injured were taken to Providence Hospital in Wayne. Two were treated and released for lacerations while the third remained under observation in stable condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Sandy Bartling.

“This is a significant storm, and one that I have never seen the likes of, ever. Really,” said Greg Postel, a severe weather specialist for The Weather Channel.

UPDATE II:  Severe Weather Forecast: Tornadoes, High Winds, Hail to Continue Pounding the Plains, Midwest.

Legendary Radio Icon of ‘American Top 40′ & ‘Casey’s Top 40′ Fame Casey Kasem Dies at Age 82 … “Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Keep Reaching for the Stars”

AMERICAN RADIO ICON CASEY KASEM DEAD AT THE AGE OF 82 …

Casey Kasem, the man who entertained radio listeners for decades as the host of his weekly countdown shows such as “American Top 40″ and “Casey’s Top 40,” and let us not forget the voice of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, died early Sunday morning. Long before the days of internet music downloads and CD’s there was Casey Kasem counting down the hits, doing long distance dedications and telling us at the end of each broadcast to “”Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars”. The announcement of Kasem’s death came from his children. Kasem died Sunday surrounded by family and friends of Lewy body disease, a common form of progressive dementia.

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 (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014)

“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” Kasem’s children — Kerri, Mike and Julie — wrote in a statement released by Kasem’s representative, Danny Deraney.

“Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”

Casey Kasem had been suffering from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s.

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Casey Kasem was the voice of so many cartoon characters, the most famous being Shaggy Rogers of Scooby-Doo fame. Buts he was also the the voice of Mark from ‘Battle of the Planets’, Robin, the Boy Wonder from ‘The Super Friends‘, Jana of the Jungle, Hong Kong Phooey and Josie and the Pussy Cats in Outer Space.

AP Obit:

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Kasem was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans – both on political issues involving the Mideast and on arts and media issues.

“Arab-Americans are coming out of the closet,” Kasem told The Associated Press in 1990. “They are more outspoken now than ever before. People are beginning to realize who they really are, that they are not the people who yell and scream on their nightly newscast.”

Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit’s Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.

In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Michigan., home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.

“It didn’t sound like a deejay; it wasn’t hip. So we decided I’d be `Casey at the Mike’ – and I have been since,” Kasem said.

America’s Top 10 June 21, 1981 Casey Kasem Stars On 45 # 1

45 records … remember those America!

Sadly at the end of his life. Casey Kasem had been the subject of a bitter court battle involving three of his children by a previous marriage and his wife, Jean. Casey is obviously in a better place where he can truly “reach for the stars”.

On a person note, the death of Casey Kasem does feel like of personal loss of my childhood days. I can remember tuning in weekly for American Top 40 and listing to the countdown of the top songs of record sales and air play. If you couldn’t listen to it live, you would tape it on a cassette or dare I say 8-track tape. For the youth of today who only know of iPods, you might want to Google 8-tracks :-) .  For a generation of kids, in days gone past, we made sure we were near a radio for Casey Kasem and his countdown. You will be missed Casey and thank you so much for everything you did and the enjoyment you gave to so many. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Waffle House Employee Quintavius Martin Shoots and Kills Customer Adrian Mosley in South Fulton County, Georgia

Looks like the customer isn’t always right …

A Waffle House cook. 25-year-old Quintavius Martin, shot and killed a customer, 33-year-old Adrian Mosley, after an argument Friday morning at a Waff;e House in South Fulton County, Georgia. The police were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 AM. According to a witness, “Three people came in and they were being unruly.”  They were asked to leave, one female did; however, the two guys hung around and one of them got into it with the cook and the security guard. According to accounts, one of the customers threatened Martin saying, “he’s from this side of town and you can take it outside because I’m going to fire you up.”  Quintavius Martin has been charged with murder.

One might say that the Waffle House cook was defending himself and this was justifiable homicide.

Police say a Waffle House cook shot and killed a customer after an argument Friday morning.

Officers said they were called to the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Shirley Drive just after 4:30 a.m.

“Three people came in and they were being unruly,” said witness Ontray Haley. “The female that was with them they asked her to leave so she left, but the two guys hung around and one of them got into it with the cook and the security guard. Next this I know shots rang out and it was a chaotic scene. Everybody was running and ducking.”

Fulton County police detectives said the customer, identified as 33-year-old Adrian Mosley, may have thrown water into 25-year-old Quintavius Martin’s face before Martin, the Waffle House cook, pulled a gun.

“The guy was threatening the cook saying he’s from this side of town and (Martin) said you can take it outside because I’m going to fire you up, which I guess he meant he wanted to shoot him or whatever,” Haley said. “I didn’t know the cook had a weapon on him because I thought the security guard shot him.”

UPDATE I: Accused Waffle House shooter waives first court appearance.

Quintavius Martin, the Waffle House employee charged with shooting and killing a customer during an argument Friday morning, waived his first court appearance Saturday, said Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan.

Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said Martin, 25, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. He is being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.

O.J. Simpson: 20 Years Since the Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman… After Midnight on the Morning of June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were Found Murdered Outside her Home in Los Angeles, CA

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The two were found brutally murdered outside of her home in Los Angeles, CA.

Long after the so-called “not guilty” verdict of O J Simpson in the horrific murders of  Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman so many questions still remain.  There was a mountain of evidence, including DNA, that should have made this a slam dunk case. However, in what was probably the greatest example ever of jury nullification, a jury acquitted OJ Simpson in the double murders. Of course, common sense and rational people knew then and know now much different. The murder trial of O.J Simpson was dubbed, The Trial of the Century. But sadly, instead of the trial being about finding justice for Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, for their brutal and savage murders, the Defense ‘Dream Team’ sought to make the trial about race and pulled the race card out from the bottom of the deck. The trial divided America. The verdict was a travesty of justice and for all those involved in that travesty, and applauded that travesty … God help you.

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Remember Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murdered 6/12/94

To many, particularly in minority communities,  the trial of Orenthal James Simpson became not so much a determination of his guilt or innocence of murder in the first degree, beyond a reasonable doubt, but whether or not a black man could find justice in a legal system designed by and largely administered by whites. To others, many of whom were white, the key question was whether a mostly minority jury would convict a black celebrity regardless of the weight of evidence against him.

Ron Goldman’s father: Son’s death is ‘like yesterday’

AP PHOTOS: Memorable images from OJ Simpson case.

NBC News Today:

“It’s like yesterday,” said Fred Goldman on TODAY Wednesday. His son, Ron Goldman, was murdered along with Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. “The loss is exactly the same. Nothing has changed.”

Years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders, questions remain about what happened 20 years ago this month and how an apparently strong case with “a mountain of DNA evidence” failed result in a conviction.

Shortly after midnight on the morning of June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found murdered outside her home in Los Angeles. Evidence on the scene led police to suspect O.J. Simpson of the murders, and Simpson’s lawyers arranged for him to turn himself in on the morning of June 17.

Soon after Simpson failed to appear at the allotted time, police issued an all-points bulletin. Early that evening, a bizarre low-speed chase ensued, with up to 20 police cars pursuing Simpson in his white Bronco, driven by his friend Al Cowlings, while media helicopters televised the chase nationwide. The chase ended at Simpson’s house, where he eventually surrendered peacefully.

Simpson’s trial on two counts of murder began in January 1995 and ended with his acquittal more than eight months later.

Most people focus on the cute tag line by the late defense attorney Johnny Cochran when O.J Simpson was asked to put on the bloody gloves, “If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit”.  There is a general rule withing the legal industry that a lawyer is never to ask a question they do not already know the answer to. Assistant DA Darden blew this one.

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However, folks may want to better remember where that bloody golf came from, the gruesome crime scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were stabbed to death. Where Nicole’s head was nearly severed from her body. Take a good look at that bloody glove, doesn’t seem so cute with “if it doesn’t fit” does it? What doesn’t fit is that an obviously guilty individual was set free.  WARNING – DISTURBING AND GRAPHIC PHOTOS: pics here of crime scene.

OJ Simpson_blood evidense_Photo By LAPD_AP

16 months after the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman on June 12, 1994, a jury found there was not enough evidence against O.J. Simpson to convict him. But there was plenty of evidence the jury didn’t see.

  • Nicole’s best friend Kris Jenner said Nicole told her just weeks before the murders, “He’s gonna kill me, and he’s gonna get away with it.”
  • Two other key witnesses told police they saw O.J. Simpson soon after the killings. Jill Shively said, “All of a sudden, a white car comes flying north on Bundy, and I barely miss him. It was O.J. Simpson.” But Shively never testified because she sold her story to the press.
  • Jurors never heard, either, from Skip Junis, who said he saw the former football star and actor at the airport later that night. “He was carrying this little, cheap gym bag, and was pulling things out and dumping ‘em in the trash can,” he said.
  • There was also a suicide note, read by Simpson’s close friend Robert Kardashian. It was never heard in court. Neither did 911 recordings from the police’s famous low-speed chase of the white Bronco on Los Angeles highways.

Murder/Suicide: Two Police Officers and a Third Person Killed by Two Gunmen in Las Vegas on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada (Update: Two Gunman Kill Themselves)(Update: Slain Officers ID’d as Alyn Beck & Igor Soldo)

Two police officers ambushed and gunned down in Las Vegas …

Two gunmen have killed two police officers and a third individual in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday around 11:30 am local time. The two police officers were shot as they ate lunch at a  CiCi’s Pizza shop  at 309 N. Nellis Boulevard. The shooting was described as an ambush as one of the suspects yelled, “This is a revolution”.  The two gunmen then fled to a Wal-Mart across the street, where they shot to death a person near the entrance, then continued inside the store. The two then killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact. No names of the victims or suspects have been released. According to accounts, the two assailants were a man and a woman.

Two police officers and a third person were killed by two gunmen in Las Vegas on Sunday, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer.

The attackers first opened fire and killed the officers at about 11:30 a.m. as they were eating lunch, she said.

Witnesses told police that the gunmen said “this is a revolution.”
Gunmen kill two police officers

The shooters then crossed a street and went to a Walmart where the third person was killed at the store’s entrance, Meltzer said.

The suspects then killed themselves, she said.

UPDATE I: WATCH POLICE NEWS CONFERENCE LIVE AT 8 NEWS NOW

Las Vegas Metro police Sheriff Doug Gillespie was not able to answer many of the media’s questions this afternoon due to the on going investigation into the murder/suicide shooting and police ambush this afternoon. Sheriff Gillespie did provide the names of the two deceased police officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.

The two Metro Police officers killed while they ate lunch Sunday have been identified as Officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, Metro Police said.

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pic: screen grab from 8 News Now video

Rest in peace officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.

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screen grab from 8 News Now video

Gunman Kills Three Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers & Wounds Two Others in Moncton, Canada (Man Hunt for Suspect 24 Year Old Justin Bourque)(Update: Suspect Arrested)(Update: Fallen Heroes ID’d Const. David Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan & Const. Douglas James Larche)

Three  Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have been killed and two other wounded at the hands of a gunman in Moncton, Canada. The gunman is still on the loose as there is currently a massive manhunt for the suspect. New Brunswick RCMP said the police received a call at 7:20 p.m. AT Wednesday about a man wearing camouflage and carrying guns.  One resident,  Joan MacAlpine-Stiles, recalled seeing the gunman when she opened a window and said, “Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him, and I mean he was just through our backyard.”

A man dressed in fatigues and carrying a rifle went on a rampage, killing three police officers and wounding two others.

Police posted to social media a photograph of a man dressed in fatigues, carrying what appeared to be a rifle.

Thursday morning, the shooter was still on the loose.

Residents were asked to keep their doors locked and their outside lights on, as helicopters hovered overhead and the hunt for the gunman continued.

UPDATE I: Suspect is identified as 24 year old Justin Bourque.

The police have warned Canadian residents not to provide police movements on social media so not to put police in more danger in trying to apprehend the suspect, 24 year old Justin Bourque, the individual alleged to have killed three  Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. Police state that  Bourque is “armed and dangerous” and it warned residents to stay indoors away from windows and to lock their doors.

New Brunswick RCMP have confirmed that three officers were shot and killed and two other officers were wounded by a heavily armed gunman Wednesday evening in Moncton.

A police manhunt is still underway for Justin Bourque, 24. The RCMP say Bourque is considered “armed and dangerous.”

Paul Greene, an RCMP spokesman, said Bourque was last seen in the wooded area near the Pinehurst subdivision. Police are asking people to keep their doors locked and leave their outdoor lights on.

RCMP Const. Damien Theriault could not say how many police officers were involved in the manhunt.

UPDATE II: Horror of Moncton shooting captured on social media.

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UPDATE III: Murder Suspect Arrested:

Canadian police Friday arrested the suspected shooter who killed three police officers and wounded two others in a small city in eastern Canada, bringing an end to a 30-hour search that terrorized local residents and captured the attention of the country.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Justin Bourque, a 24-year-old who allegedly killed three RCMP officers and injured two others late Wednesday, was arrested in a wooded residential area in Moncton, New Brunswick, shortly after midnight. It said charges were pending.

UPDATE IV: Dave Ross ID’d as one of the Mounties killed in Moncton shooting.

Const. Dave Ross, a Quebec-born Mountie who had lived in New Brunswick for seven years, has been identified as one of three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B., Wednesday night.

Ross was a married father of a 19-month-old with another baby on the way, his mother-in-law told CBC News.

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Const. Dave Ross, pictured here with his wife on his wedding day

UPDATE V: Hundreds gather at vigil for fallen RCMP officers.

The RCMP has confirmed the identities of the fallen members are.

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From left: Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche appear in photos released by the RCMP.

Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que. Ross, a police dog handler, leaves behind his wife, who is six months pregnant, and their young son. He graduated from the police foundations program at La Cite college in Ottawa and joined the Codiac Regional RCMP in 2007. In a statement, La Cite president Lise Bourgeois described Ross as a “model student” and said the school will keep its flags at half-mast to honour him and the other fallen officers.

Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Gevaudan was posted to the Codiac RCMP detachment in 2008 and worked as a general duty police officer.

Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. Larche was posted to three RCMP detachments since 2002, most recently in Codiac where he worked in highway patrol and as a general duty officer. In 2008 Larche received a Commander’s Commendation for saving the life of an unconscious baby in Moncton.

Daily Commentary – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Ann B. Davis, Best Know as Alice From The Brady Bunch, Dies at Age 88

Daily Commentary – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Download

Ann B. Davis, Alice Nelson of ‘The Brady Bunch’ Fame Dies at 88 … Rest in Peace

The most popular and beloved maid ever has passed away …

Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on ‘The Brady Bunch’ has passed away at age 88.  According to Bexar County, TX  medical examiner’s investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. No cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday. As reported at FOX News, Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. TMZ reports, Davis fell in her bathroom early this morning and hit her head causing grave damage. She suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness.

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Ann B. Davis, who played the lovable housekeeper Alice on “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday morning. She was 88.

Her agent, Robert Malcolm, said that she fell in the bathroom and became comatose. She died at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at a hospital in San Antonio, where she had lived with a minister friend and his wife.

Davis hadn’t worked in several years, Malcolm said, and she had been using a walker. He last spoke with her on her birthday, May 3.

“She was a really nice, a really lovely woman,” Malcolm said.

People Magazine:

Early baby boomers knew her as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz, the man-hungry receptionist on TV’s 1955-59 The Bob Cummings Show. Late baby boomers knew her as Alice Nelson, the eternally optimistic housekeeper on a 1969-74 slice of fantasy Americana called The Brady Bunch.

But no matter the character she played, actress Ann B. Davis, who died Sunday at 88, was unquestionably one thing to all audiences: lovable.

“All of us wish we had an Alice,” Davis told PEOPLE in 1992. “I wish I had an Alice.”

At the time, the actress, who was born (with an identical twin sister, Harriet) on May 3, 1926, in Schenectady, New York, was sharing a home in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, with an Episcopal bishop and his wife. She was dedicated to prayer and Bible study and said she was far more content than she ever had been in Hollywood.

She explained her spiritual self to the magazine with a memory from childhood.

 

Six Climbers Reported Missing on Mt. Rainier; Helicopter Search Begun for 4 Clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International & 2 Guides (Update: Climbers Feared Dead After 3000 ft Fall)

Six climbers have been reported missing on Mt. Rainier in Washington state. The six climbers set out Monday along White River Trail, then reached Thumb Rock on Tuesday, elevation 10,700 feet. The group was last heard from on Wednesday night by satellite phone when they reported they were going to turn around because of bad weather. A helicopter search for the missing climbers is focusing on the northwest shoulder of the mountain at the Liberty Ridge area, near where they were last heard from.

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Six climbers are missing on Mount Rainier, and a helicopter search was launched on Saturday for them, a National Parks spokeswoman said.

The missing group includes four clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International and two guides. They were due to return from the mountain on Friday. When they did not return, the climbing company notified park officials, Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said.

“The last contact with them was at 12,800 feet,” Bauer said.

Mount Rainier, southeast of Seattle, stands at 14,410 feet and attracts thousands of climbers trying to reach its summit every year.

The search for the missing climbers is focusing on the northwest shoulder of the mountain at the Liberty Ridge area, near where they were last heard from, Bauer said. Saturday’s search includes a team of three climbing rangers on the ground and flyovers with a Hughes helicopter. An Army Chinook helicopter is on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

UPDATE I: 6 climbers on Mt. Rainier believed dead after 3,300-foot fall.

All six climbers are believed to be dead after searchers then spotted debris and climbing gear but no signs of life at the site. It is believed that the bodies of all six climbers are there, and it appears they fell about 3,300 feet down the face of a steep rockfall. Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said, “There is no viable chance of survival from such a fall.”

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A group of six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are all believed to be dead after plunging more than 3,000 feet down a steep rockfall at the peak’s upper elevations.

A helicopter search was launched for the missing climbers Saturday morning after they failed to return on time from a scheduled five-day ascent of the mountain.

Officials said searchers found climbing gear and detected pings from the climbers’ emergency beacons at the 9,500-foot level of the mountain. Their last known location before that was at 12,800 feet on Liberty Ridge.

“All indications point toward a fall of 3,300 feet from near the party’s last known location,” said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold. “There is no viable chance of survival from such a fall.”

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