Four Memebers of North Central Texas College Softball Team Killed in Bus-Tractor Trailer Truck Crash

Just absolutely terrible, one second you are a college student with your whole life ahead of you, the next second, it is all over.

Four members of the North Central Texas College woman’s softball team were killed Friday night and several injured when their team bus was struck by a tractor-trailer truck that crossed the center median on Interstate 35 about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City, OK.  . The college bus/van was carrying 15 female students and one male coach, who was the driver. The fatal crash occurred at 9 pm Friday night, three of the girls dies at the scene and one later passed away at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The team was heading home from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany,OK. The four members of the NCTC softball team that dies have been identified as 20 year old Brooke Deckard, 20 year old Jaiden Pelton, 19 year old Meagan Richardson and 18 year old Katelynn Woodlee.

Our hearts and prayers go out to their family, friends and the North Texas College student body.

Four members of a girl’s softball team for North Central Texas College in Gainesville were killed after a tractor-trailer crossed the center median and hit the team’s van Friday night in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Three of the victims died at the scene and a fourth died a short time later at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The four victims have been identified by NCTC Chief of Police James Fitch as 20-year-old Brooke Deckard of Blue Ridge, Texas; 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton of Telephone, Texas; 19-year-old Meagan Richardson of Wylie, Texas; and 18-year-old Katelynn Woodleeof Dodd City, Texas.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said the Highway Patrol’s investigation should take several weeks including toxicology tests.

“Right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide,” Hampton said, adding that both drivers will undergo standard toxicology tests. Hampton said details of the crash were still not known but “something happened to cause (the semi-tractor driver) to depart the roadway and impact the other vehicle.”

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18 Year Old North Dakota State University Student Thomas “Tom” Gregory Bearson Missing Since 9/20/14 in Fargo, ND

18 year old “Tom” Gregory Bearson has been missing since Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fargo, ND. Bearson is a freshman at North Dakota State University. Thomas Bearson was last seen leaving a party at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of 14th Street North.  His cellphone does not appear to be working,

Description of Tom  Bearson:

  • 6 feet, 1 inch tall
  • 155 pounds
  • blond hair and blue eyes
  •  last seen wearing a baseball hat, a blue Sartell High School track and field shirt and khaki pants

Thomas Bearson_Photo_NDSU

Missing NDSU student – Thomas Gregory Bearson

Bearson, an 18-year-old NDSU freshman, last known contact was at 3:40 a.m. Saturday morning, according to police. His cellphone is currently not working.

Lt. Joel Vettel from the Fargo Police Department says police were contacted when Bearson did not show up for a scheduled visit back home in Sartell. University police searched for Bearson in his dormitory room but did not locate him.

Vettel said police canvassed the 800 block area of 14th Street North, the last known place where Bearson was seen.

Bearson was last seen wearing a baseball hat and a blue Sartell track and field shirt along with Khaki pants. Tom is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

UPDATE I: Police search for missing NDSU student from Sartell.

A fellow student told The Forum earlier Monday he saw Bearson shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, hours after the missing student tweeted that he was lost and needed a ride.

The last tweet from Bearson’s Twitter account was sent at 1:23 a.m. Saturday and reads, “dude it’s jake come pick us up.” It also reads, “We are so lost and we are going to die. Just get somebody.”

In an interview Monday, the recipient of the tweet, Cody Mead, also an NDSU student, said Bearson and “Jake” found a ride to Mead’s house in north Fargo after that tweet.

“Jake” refers to Mead’s roommate, Jake Wenzel, who went to high school with Bearson, Mead said. Mead met Bearson for the first time that night.

Early on Sept. 12, Bearson was arrested for driving under the influence and minor in possession. An officer pulled him over for driving west in an eastbound lane a few blocks from Reed Hall, according to court papers.

A breath test found that Bearson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. He failed one field sobriety test, and because of his poor balance at the time, two others were not given for safety reasons, court papers said.

 UPDATE II: On Monday, police expanded the search to the neighborhood where he was seen leaving a party around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Bearson tweeted he was lost and needed a ride.

NDSU says his cell phone appears to not be working anymore.

Fargo police, using canines, are searching the neighborhoods around campus. Firefighters will also search the Red River for any signs of the nursing student.

If you have seen Thomas Bearson or have any information regarding the missing NDSU freshman, please call NDSU police at 701-231-8998 or text 701-526-6006.

Posted September 23, 2014 by
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Arrest Warrant Issued for Jesse L. Matthew for Traffic Violation, Person of Interest in Case of Missing Hannah Graham

An arrest warrant has been issued for  Jesse L. “JL” Matthew, the person of interest in the disappearance of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. The arrest warrant is not for his connection with the case of missing Hannah Graham, but instead  for a traffic violation for reckless driving. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Sunday that Virginia State Police have issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. Police Chief  Longo went on the say, “I believe Jesse Matthew was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth because it’s been a week and we can’t find her. I’ve made no mistake about it. We want to talk to Jesse Matthew. We want to talk to him. We want to talk to him about his interaction with this sweet, young girl we can’t find.” 18 year old Hannah Elizabeth Graham has been missing since September 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jesse 'LJ' Matthew_POI

Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew, POI

An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, but he is not being sought for anything to do with the case.

Charlottesville, Va., police said today they are looking for Jesse L. Matthew, 32, on two counts of reckless driving, because he sped away from the police station Saturday after showing up there and asking for a lawyer.

Police say Matthew was seen driving at a high rate of speed, before he evaded capture by authorities monitoring his whereabouts.

Matthew is still a “person with whom we would like to talk to about the whereabouts of Hannah Graham,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

Charlottesville Police ID the Person of Interest in the Case of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew

The Charlottesville police have identified the POI in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew. The authorities had only previously described the person of interest as black male, 32-year-old, 6′ 2″ tall with dreadlocks dressed in all white. 18 year old Hannah Graham has been missing since 9/13/14.

Hannah Elizabeth Graham

Charlottesville police have identified the person of interest in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham as Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew. In a press conference on Friday, police revealed they had identified a person of interest in the case, but they did not release his name at that time.   Police call him a person of interest, they have not referred to him as a suspect nor is he charged with any crime related to the Hannah Graham case.  Police say they have had contact with him but formal questioning has not taken place.

The Daily Mail: Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew has been reviewed as the man who was being sought in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham in Virginia

Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew has confirmed he met the 18-year old in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and bought her drinks, but says she never got in his car. She went her way and he went his. Hmm, sounds an awful lot like he just left her on the beach, doesn’t it?

Jesse 'LJ' Matthew_POI

Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew

Police are executing a search warrant at a Charlottesville apartment complex in connection with the Hannah Graham disappearance.(Photo: Surae Chinn, WUSA)EXCLUSIVE: ‘Person of interest’ in hunt for missing Hannah Graham is a nursing assistant who admits he bought her drinks but claims he did NOT drive off with her in his car

  • Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew has been reviewed as the man who was being sought in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham in Virginia
  • Matthew is a nursing assistant at UVA Hospital
  • Police converged on his building just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, to execute a search warrant
  • Close friends identify Matthew as the man in the footage but remain skeptical he could have been behind the disappearance
  • Police have said they’ve contacted the ‘person of interest’ but have no probable cause to arrest him
  • Graham, a British-born sophomore raised in Virginia, was last seen on September 1

For more updates, read others comments and opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Person forum: Hannah Elizabeth Graham.

UNBELIEVABLE … College Students at George Mason University Sign Petition in Support of ISIS (VIDEO)

Just when you thought American college kids could not get any more ignorant … They’re parents must be so proud.

Who would be dumb enough to sign a petition in support of ISIS … From MRC TV, courtesy of CNS News comes the following VIDEO that just makes one shake their head in disbelief. Student after clueless student walked up to the individual with the petition to support ISIS and they signed it. Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph was able to get 11 people to sign the petition. The only saving grace were two guys, one wearing a hockey jersey who stated, “you should be ashamed to even live in this country” and the other wearing tan shorts and shades who went on a tirade regarding the ignorant individuals that would sign such a petition. KUDOS to both of you.

Maybe one of the most head scratching exchange was when the petitioner said, “war is not the answer”. The response from the backpack wearing student, “No it’s not”. Then he says, “beadings are not the answer either” The petitioner quickly and sarcastically responds, “It depends on what the question is.” Then amazingly the student replies, “yeah, that’s true”.

I can only assume that the college students who were willing to sign my petition calling on President Obama to support the terror group, were ignorant to the group’s existence.

God, I hope so!

Over the period of about an hour, I stood on the campus of George Mason University in Northern Virginia and asked passing students to sign my petition.  The petition was adorned with the ISIS flag above the unambiguous headline, “SUPPORT ISIS.”

18 Year Old University of Virginia Student Hannah Elizabeth Graham Missing Since 9/13/14 in Charlottesville, VA (VIDEO)

18 year old coed Hannah Elizabeth Graham has been missing since September 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hannah Elizabeth Graham. a student at the University of Virginia, was last seen by friends at Camden Plaza about 11:50 p.m. Friday, according to Facebook posts.  Her last contact with friends via text message at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday  saying  she was lost walking home from a party near 14th and Wertland.  She texted a friend after leaving a party, “I’m lost, come find me.”

Hannah Elizabeth Graham

Police say that Hannah Elizabeth Graham last had contact with friends via text message at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. She was last seen Friday night/Saturday morning between midnight and 1 a.m.

On Sunday, friends and family realized they hadn’t seen or had contact with Graham, and a call was placed to the Emergency Communications Center to report her missing. The Charlottesville Police Department then notified the UVa Police Department of the report.

UVa has set up a website with information on the case along with a letter from the Chief of Police, Michael Gibson. On the page, Graham is described as 5’11″ with a skinny build, blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs.

VIDEO – ABC7 WJLA

Missing UVa student’s last text said she was lost.

Police released photos taken from a surveillance camera three hours before Graham went missing. The images show her dressed in black slacks and a gold and black, bare-midriff top with mesh cutouts, the same outfit she is believed to have worn at the time she went missing.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said state police have been in close contact with city investigators but are not currently involved in the investigation.

“We are in communication and we’re assisting where we can,” Geller said.

The search for Graham is hitting social media as well as the streets.

Pleas from Graham’s friends are being shared on hundreds of Facebook pages and friends on Twitter have reported that she told friends she was headed to a party before she disappeared.

Hannah Elizabeth Graham_surveillance video

New photos released of missing UVa. student Hannah Elizabeth Graham

UPDATE I: Police Search for Missing UVA Student.

There are numerous surveillance cameras in the search area and police have collected a number of videos, including one of Graham leaving her apartment complex.

Graham is described as approximately 5’11″ tall with a skinny build, with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cutouts.

Charlottesville police started looking for Graham Sunday when she was reported missing.  “Detectives are out speaking with any person who had communication with her. Detectives are searching her phone records, bank accounts, computer, to see if there is any indication of where she might be,” said Captain Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department.

On Sunday searchers used a bloodhound to try to track a scent but it turned up nothing. Searchers will likely bring in another bloodhound Tuesday.

Monday, the Virginia State Police joined the search.

UPDATE II: FBI now involved in search for missing University of Virginia student.

Hannah Elizabeth Graham, the missing University of Virginia student who has not been heard from since Saturday, was spotted on surveillance video outside of a bar early Saturday morning, according to the Charlottesville Police Department.

The FBI joined the search for Graham on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office assisted with what they are calling a search and rescue effort.

“Last night we expanded our search about 25 to 30 blocks Right now we are focusing on another five to six block area which is outside of the zone we looked at last night,” said Captain Guy Williams of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.

Hannah Graham

UPDATE III: Search area for Hannah Elizabeth Graham, missing University of Virginia student, expands after police get new lead.

Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.

The shift in the search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham is based on video that police obtained showing Graham walking early Saturday outside of a bar where she was last seen, Charlottesville police Lt. Robbie Roberts said.

The video, which was not released, shifted the search east of the original focus of the investigation, he said.

If anyone has any with information regarding the whereabouts of Hannah Elizabeth Graham, please contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker Denied Entrance by Security Guard to See his Daughter at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI Because His Uniform May Offend Students

READING, WRITING AND RENT-A-COPS …

What is going on in the schools today in this country? Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker was denied entrance  to the high school that his daughter attends by a dim-bulb security guard because he was wearing his military uniform. WHAT!!!  The incident took place at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, Michigan. The security guard told Lt. Colonel Baker, who has served 24 years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’ OFFEND STUDENTS? Are you kidding me … maybe it is the students who would be offended by a military uniform that need to be denied entrance to the school. Whoever the security guard was that did this needs to be fired. Obviously, the rent-a-cop overstepped his bounds and thought he was being all big and bad with an individual who actually commands respect.

When Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker tried to meet his daughter, who was sitting in the counseling office at her high school, the Army officer was denied entrance by school security. When Baker asked why he couldn’t enter the office building, security told him that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’

The incident occurred at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI near Detroit.

Sherwood’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson, was waiting in the car said that Baker was told he would not be allowed on school property unless he changed his attire. The security officer claimed that men and women dressed in uniform were not allowed on the campus.

“They told him some kids might not understand and might be offended. So they gave him a choice, told him he could phone in to the office or go home and change his clothes,” said Ferhadson.

UPDATE I: Rochester schools superintendent apologizes to Army officer turned away from school: ‘It cannot happen again’.

Not only should the school and district apologize, they also should make it a point to bring those in the US military Armed Forces into the school to understand just who makes i possible that they are able to live safe and get an education.

Rochester Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner apologized to the family of a U.S. Army officer who was turned away from a district high school for wearing his uniform.

Shaner, a veteran who served in the U.S. Marines from 1990-94, stressed that this is not the district’s policy. He said the security company is contracted and that school officials have met with the security officers to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“I’ve been on deployment. I understand what people go through and the sacrifices people make. I understand the expectation to be respected for what you’ve done,” Shaner said. “I understand that what has taken place deeply hurts people. We will correct it.”

Shaner said that he has spoken with Baker and his wife to personally apologize and tell them “this is not the behavior we expect.”

Thank you for your service Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker.

GW Students Unaware of 9/11 Anniversary, Or Journalist’s Names Beheaded by ISIS … But Are Able to Name Celebrities Involved in Nude Photo Scandal

SAD, JUST PLAIN SAD … SO MUCH FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION THESE DAYS.

The Young America’s Foundation released a VIDEO on Wednesday, a day before the 13th anniversary of 9-11, where George Washington students were asked whether they were aware of the significance of the date and whether they knew the names of the two American journalists who were recently beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS. Pathetically, for the most part, they had no idea. Oh but fear not for the future America, most all could name the celebrities involved in the recent nude pic hacking scandal.

Other than the two co-eds in the beginning of the VIDEO who seem to have a clue and up on current affairs and know their history, perhaps the best answer of anyone in this VIDEO was when asked by the YAF spokeswoman  Ashley Pratte asked about President Obama’s strategy for dealing with ISIS. One girl responded, ”Does he have one?”

The results of the study:

  • 29 of 30 (97%) students could could name a celebrity involved in the nude hacking scandal.
  • 4 of 30 (13%) could name either of the American journalists, James Foley or Steven Sotloff.
  • 6 in 30 (20%) knew this week was the anniversary of 9-11. What’s even more tragic is not only have these kids forgotten, they may never have known.

Maybe we have finally figured out how to get the youth vote … just have all the candidates in their political ads be in their birthday suits?

Search Continues for Anna M. Smith Missing Since 9/2/14 from the Campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (Update: SBI Joins the Search for Missing Appalachian State student)

18 year old Anna M. Smith, of High Point, NC,  has been missing since Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from the campus of  Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  Initially, it was reported that Anna M. Smith was last seen at her residence hall room on campus around noon, September 2. However, it is now being reported by a university spokeswoman that  Anna M. Smith was last seen near her residence hall between 6 and 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. She has not been seen since. The ASU police department released a statement that they “has found nothing to suggest that Smith’s actions are anything other than voluntary.”

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 Missing – Anna M. Smith

Campus police are searching for a teenager who was last seen in her dorm room on the campus of Appalachian State University earlier this week.

According to campus police, 18-year-old Anna M. Smith, of High Point, was last seen at her residence hall room on campus around noon Tuesday.  She has not been seen since.

Smith has short red hair, blue eyes, is 5-feet 9-inches tall with a slender build, and has nose piercings.

Officials say she has a black and white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collar bone and Latin lettering over her lower left ribs.

Anna M. Smith_missing

UPDATE I: Missing student  Anna M. Smith.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Appalachian State University Police into a report of a missing 18-year-old student has found nothing to suggest that the student’s actions are anything other than voluntary.

Thanks to response from media reports and a campus-wide notification, police have been able to track Anna M. Smith’s whereabouts from late Tuesday, Sept. 2, to late Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Smith of High Point was reported missing Wednesday night, Sept. 3, after she was last seen by individuals in her residence hall at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Since that time, it was reported that Smith used Mountaineer SafeRide Tuesday, Sept. 2, around 10:26 p.m. SafeRide is a university van service that provides transportation around campus for students during the evening hours.

In addition, she was seen near her residence hall on Wednesday, Sept. 3, between 6 and 6:15 p.m. She reportedly was wearing light colored clothing (shorts and a shirt).

UPDATE II: App State Police Search Woods for Missing Anna M. Smith.

UPDATE III: SBI joins search for missing Appalachian State student.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has joined in the search for an Appalachian State University freshman who has been missing for more than a week.

Anna Marie Smith, 18, of High Point, was reported missing by her roommate Sept. 3 and was last seen in her dorm on Sept. 2.

The university said Smith reportedly used school transit last on the night of Sept. 2. In addition, she was seen near her dorm on the evening of Sept. 3. She reportedly was wearing light colored clothing.

A statement posted Thursday on the university’s website said the SBI is collecting forensic evidence from items belonging to Smith.

Anyone seeing Smith or social media posts from her should contact University Police at 828-262-2150.

Posted September 7, 2014 by
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Reading, Writing and Bondage … Democrat Delaware Gov. Jack Markell ‘Inadvertently’ Tweeted Photo Of Woman In Bondage Gear

Soon to become a Southwest Airline ad … Democrat Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, OOPS, WANNA GET AWAY?

Democrat Delaware Governor Jack Markell inadvertently sent out an “inappropriate” photo of a woman in bondage gear yesterday on his Twitter account. The original tweet, seen below, was promoted the Governor’s announcement of a new education initiative for disadvantaged children. So education in Delaware is now Reading, Writing and Bondage?  Hmm, Democrats … How’s that war on woman going? Just curious Mr. Governor, how exactly do you even have this picture in the album, so-to speak? I guess it could have been worse, could have been a nude selfie of Anthony Weiner.

Democrat Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s education initiative for disadvantaged children … Hot For Teacher 2014.

Tweet_Dem Gov Bondage

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s (D) office said Thursday that an “inappropriate” photo of a woman in bondage gear was accidentally sent out from the governor’s Twitter account due to an unfortunate link mix-up.

The original tweet, which promoted the governor’s announcement of a new education initiative, was accompanied by an image of a blonde woman wearing what appeared to be bondage gear and making a peace sign. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before WHYY reporter Shirley Min caught a screen grab:

Markell later tweeted an apology to anyone who was offended by the photo, which was “inadvertently” sent out.

UPDATE I: Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) apologized for sending out a picture of an unidentified woman in bondage gear from his official Twitter account Thursday.

UPDATE II: The Gateway Pundit opines, where oh where is Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her “war on women”?

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