At Least 9 Dead and Others Missing After a Massive Fire Rips Through Buiding During Party in Oakland, CA

9 DEAD AS FIRE RIPS THRU PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA

At least nine people died as a fire raged through a warehouse in Oakland, California’s Fruitvale neighborhood where a party was underway late Friday night. It is also being reported that there are another 25 people who are missing and unaccounted for. The fire started about 11:30 p.m. Friday at 1305 31st Ave. It tore through the building during an event featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour.

In what may be the deadliest structure fire in Oakland’s history, at least nine people died in a blaze that broke out late Friday at an electronic music party at a Fruitvale district live-work space, officials said.

The fire tore through the two-story building in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an event featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour.

Most of the nine dead were found on the second floor, and another 25 people are unaccounted for, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed said.

Firefighters said it appeared that no smoke detectors were activated during the fire and there was no sprinkler system in the  structure, the chief said.

“We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don’t know the potential number of other victims,” Deloach-Reed said. No firefighters were reported injured while battling the blaze.

The blaze is already being called one of the deadliest single-structure fires in Oakland’s history, if not the deadliest.

UPDATE I: Sheriff says officials prepared to deal with up to 40 deaths in Oakland, California nightclub fire.

Wild Fires Burn in Sevier County, Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Near Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, TN

Wild fires burn in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate Pigeon Forge, TN and it is being reported that there are currently 30 structures on fire in Gatlinburg as residents and guests evacuate the city.  Some schools systems will be closed Tuesday, including Greene, McMinn and Sevier county schools. Cocke County schools run two hours late. Thankfully on Monday there was heavy pouring rain in the area. Gatlinburg fire officials said winds reached up to 80 mph with winds sustained at 30-40 mph about 10-12 hours. The winds coupled with the 500-acre wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Inferno forces evacuations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge:

A Sevier County fire has destroyed 75-100 homes Cobbly Nob area of Gatlinburg.

There are no reports of fatalities or major injuries as of 7:30 a.m. Monday.

About 1,300 people are in shelters throughout Sevier County.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park have closed all facilities in the park on Tuesday due to extensive fire activity and downed trees. GSMNP headquarters do not have power or phone services.

5 a.m. Tuesday UPDATE: Authorities rescued 29 backcountry hikers from wildfires in Sevier County, according to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash.

Cash said there were not any major injuries or fatalities as of 5 a.m. Tuesday. There is one report of an evacuee suffering a burn injury.

“I’ve been in federal service for 25 years, and I’ve fought fires on the West Coast and the East Coast and been with the Forest Service as well,” Cash said. “Nothing that we’ve experienced in the 24 hours has prepared for what we’ve experienced here in the last 24 hours. (It’s) been just unbelievable what we’ve experienced here.”

Cash called the wildfires “unprecedented.”

Cash said Gatlinburg fire officials said winds reached up to 80 mph. Winds sustained at 30-40 mph about 10-12 hours. The winds coupled with the 500-acre wildfire in Gatlinburg, according to Cash.

Amazing Video, you can feel the heat

UPDATE I: The Great Smoky Mountains burn.

The Great Smoky Mountains burn: Terrified guests are TRAPPED inside a burning Hilton hotel as huge wildfire engulfs Tennessee resort and threatens Dollywood, while thousands evacuate and escaping cars burst into flames driving through fire

  • Dollywood has been evacuated and tourists are fleeing the area as wildfires rip through Eastern Tennessee
  • Gatlinburg Fire Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of the town as high winds fanned the fire
  • Terrifying video shot from the Gatlinburg Park Vista Hilton Hotel shows flames just outside the windows
  • Witnesses report that dozens of people are still trapped inside the hotel which is surrounded by flames
  • Hotel guest Logan Baker said that the 16-story building began filling with smoke as fire came up
  • Firefighters have told them to stay put ‘as it’s just too dangerous to evacuate’ due to 80mph winds
  • At least 30 buildings have been set ablaze by the wildfire which also came near the edge of Dollywood
  • Residents also report cars bursting into flames on the road, and cabins exploding as they catch alight
  • Voluntary evacuations began Monday afternoon but by 6pm, a mandatory order had been issued

San Antonio, TX Police Detective Benjamin Marconi Ambushed & Fatally Shot While He Was Sitting in his Patrol Car, Writing Out a Ticket

BLUE LIVES MATTER!!!

San Antonio police detective Benjamin Marconi was fatally shot in his vehicle while writing a ticket. The 50 year old, 20-year veteran Marconi was sitting in his patrol car when a black vehicle pulled up behind him and the driver got out, walked up to the detective’s window and shot him in the head. The suspect reached into the window and shot Marconi a second time. Police said Marconi was pronounced dead at San Antonio Military Medical Center around 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday.

This nonsense has got to stop. Why shouldn’t this be deemed a hate crime?

Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, RIP

SA police Detective Benjamin Marconi

A Texas detective was shot and killed while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning. Later Sunday, two other officers were wounded in incidents in Florida and Missouri.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the slain officer as 20-year veteran Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50. He said the suspect has not yet been apprehended, and a motive is not known.

McManus said Marconi had pulled over a car for a traffic violation outside Public Safety Headquarters in downtown. While Marconi was inside his squad car writing a ticket, a black vehicle pulled up behind him and the driver got out, walked up to the detective’s window and shot him in the head, McManus said. Then the suspect reached into the window and shot Marconi a second time, he said.

UPDATE I: Police release description of suspect and vehicle.

san antonio suspect car

“This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated. I ask for the community’s thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues and SAPD searches for the suspect,” she said.

McManus said the suspect is a black male around 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall in height, wearing a gray sweatshirt and black baggy pants. The suspect also has a beard, KENS reported.

San Antonio police released an image of the vehicle that was seen leaving the scene, as well as a person of interest who they said may have information in the shooting.

Crime Stoppers in San Antonio is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest of the suspect.

UPDATE II: Four police officers shot in US cities.

How did we get to a point in the United States where such a thing could happen. There was a time in this country where randomly shooting a police officer would be considered unheard of, and it was not all that long ago.

One policeman was shot dead and three others shot and wounded in four US cities on Sunday, coinciding with an epidemic of racially-tinged gun violence involving law enforcement.

Police were shot in San Antonio, Texas, Sanibel, Florida, and in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Gladstone, local police departments said.

There was no known connection between the shootings.

In San Antonio, authorities were hunting for a suspect who fatally shot 20-year service veteran Detective Benjamin Marconi twice in the head after being pulled over in traffic in front of police department headquarters.

A police officer in Sanibel, on the picturesque island of the same name off the Florida coast, was shot and wounded during a “routine” traffic stop, officials said.

The suspect, who has been arrested, drove by and shot the officer after he had stopped another driver, Sanibel Police Chief Bill Tomlinson was quoted as saying.

In St. Louis, a suspect shot a police sergeant through his rolled up window as he sat in a marked police car in slow traffic.

In western Missouri, another police officer was shot in Gladstone but was expected to live, the Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police said on Twitter. The condition of the suspect was unknown.

Police & Child Protective Services Investigating VIDEO Showing Mother Berating Son & Kicking Him Out of House for Trump Vote at School

SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ON THE LEFT … GET A GRIP FOLKS!!!

Fort Bend County’s sheriff officer has summed up a video of a mother harshly kicking her son out of the house because he voted for Trump at school as “absolutely disgusting.” The mother actually posted this on line on Facebook abusing and kicking her 8 year old child out of the house. WHAT?!? Seriously folks, get a grip. Are you really this frigging crazy, because acting like this is no joking matter. Who does this to a child? This is beyond words.

“Since you voted for Donald Trump, you can get you s*** and get out,” says the mother at the beginning of the video. When the boy starts to cry, she just says “uh-uh, the suitcase is packed by the door,” and hands him a sign that said “my mom kicked me out because I voted for Donald Trump.”

Houston area mother in deep trouble after this act of insanity and abuse:

Fort Bend County’s sheriff officer has summed up a video of a mother harshly kicking her son out of the house because he voted for Trump at school as “absolutely disgusting.”

Sheriff Troy Nehls said he was shocked by the video and has ensured that the child is now safe. Detectives has visited the child Friday night to make sure he was safe, Nehls said.

In the video, you could hear the mother shouting at the boy.

“Ah, ah. And your suitcase is packed by the door. Been packed since this morning.”

It’s a video that some people may find tough to watch.

The mother posted the video to her Facebook page, which got shared nearly 200,000 times.

It eventually made its way to Child Protective Services, Fort Bend Independent School District and the Sheriff’s Office.

The mother in the video has claimed to detectives that it was a joke since posting the video on Facebook, deputies said. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said it is taking the matter seriously.

Mother Punishes Son For Supporting Donald Trump In Mock Election At School – truly disturbing

UPDATE I: Now Mother looking to save her bacon says it was all a joke.

Really, a a joke? You think that 8 year old boy thought this was a joke by the tears he was crying and the fear in his voicce? If they let this mother get away with this BS, they will have done us all a disservice.

Detectives say the woman told them she was just trying to make a joke. Detectives say as disturbing as the video is, there is no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.

One detective said he met with the family and the boy appears to be in good shape. The detective also said the mother has apologized for the video.

FBI Director Clears Hillary Clinton Again in For her Obvious Crimes & Mishandling Top Secret Docs on Private Email Server

I GUESS DEMOCRATS WILL GO BACK TO CALLING FBI DIRECTOR A PATRIOT AND PRINCIPLED, MAN OF REASONTHE FIX HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN.

FBI Director James Comey has once again let Hillary Clinton off the hook for her criminal handling of top secret information in the use of her private email and server. Unbelievably, Comey has let Hillary off the hook again.  So the nearly all docs on Weiner’s laptop were duplicates of emails FBI had already seen or were personal. Um, that still does not explain why there were emails on a computer used by Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger. Sadly, the FBI director never had any intention of ever really instigating or indicting Hillary.

What difference does it make if I operated in a criminal manner, did you really think a Democrat administration was going to indict me?

Hillary Clinton3

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn’t changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey wrote in the new letter to congressional committee chairmen.

Comey dropped a bombshell on the presidential race last month when he sent a letter to Congress saying the FBI had discovered emails in a separate investigation that could be connected to the now-closed probe of whether Clinton mishandled classified information. The move infuriated Democrats and emboldened Republican nominee Donald Trump.

It’s impossible to know before results are tallied what impact Comey’s actions — first raising a vaguely worded red flag 11 days out, and then lowering it two days from the election — will have on the contest. But the news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race’s closing days, helping Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.

Trump assailed the FBI’s handling of the matter, though he did not directly address Comey’s announcement at a rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
“You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days. You can’t do it, folks,” Trump said, adding, “Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it, and now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”

What is obvious from Comey’s decision is that we have a corrupt, corrupt government. As Right Wing News opines, “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had some tough words for the FBI Director James Comey, claiming he has “caved” to political pressure due to another dismissal of Hillary Clinton, two days away from the election.

Comey proclaimed Sunday afternoon that the bureau would not be pursuing the conclusion in regards to their criminal probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. In July, Comey declared that he would not suggest charges against Clinton — despite acknowledging that the private server held classified information.

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