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    Alexandria, Virginia’s fire department named its deputy chiefs of administration and operations Wednesday. Chief Corey Smedley appointed Francis Doyle Jr. as deputy fire chief of administration; Paul Ruwe was appointed deputy fire chief of operations. Doyle’s appointment is effective Feb. 14; Ruwe’s, Feb. 28. “The Alexandria Fire Department is currently working toward accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence,” Smedley said in a statement. “Doyle’s and Ruwe’s extensive backgrounds and knowledge in various aspects of fire and emergency services will support our organization’s journey as we continue to improve our workforce and the services we provide to the community.”
    Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Central Jersey home, authorities said. The fire broke out at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at 4 Sarah Court, according to Marlboro Township police. The fire was contained to the home's garage, and is suspected to be electrical in origin, police said. All of the family members were safely out of the residence when police arrived. Multiple fire departments responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. There were no reported injuries from any of the first responders. Along with officers from the Marlboro Township Police Department, responding agencies included the Marlboro Fire Department, Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company, Morganville Fire Department, Marlboro Fire Bureau, Marlboro First Aid Squad, Morganville First Aid Squad, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Gordons Corner Fire Company and Adelphia Fire Company.
    The director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County has been placed on administrative leave after reports emerged that he allegedly sent an email about employee vaccination rates. Raul Pino, who was appointed as the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County in May 2019, sent an email on Jan. 4 to Orange County Department of Health staff in which he detailed employee COVID-19 vaccination rates, according to WFTV. In the email, Pino wrote "I have a hard time understanding how we can be in public health and not practice it…"  Additionally, Pino shared statistics about the number of staff members who had received their first, second and booster doses of the vaccine. NBC journalist Marc Caputo, who posted the entire email on Twitter, added that sources told him Pino was put on administrative leave after he accessed the private data of employees, which was considered a potential violation of confidentiality.  According to Pino's email, only 77 of 568 employees had been fully vaccinated and boosted. Another 219 had received two shots, The Orlando Sentinel reported. "I am sorry but in the absence...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced he was nominating prominent Democratic fundraiser Jane Hartley to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, a plum overseas posting that comes with the 35-bedroom Winfield House set in 12 acres in the middle of London. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman ambassador to Britain in 45 years.  Hartley, 71, served as ambassador to France during the Obama presidency and was  a major donor to Barack Obama.  But Biden struggled to fill the job, which is of great diplomatic importance given the long, close ties between the United States and the United Kingdom.  At least two candidates turned down the ambassadorship to the Court of St. James, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN reported. The president last year also had considered the-now late former secretary of state Colin Powell - there has never been a black U.S. ambassador to Britain and the historic nature of the pick would have come after Meghan Markle married into the British royal family.  The White House had also approached career Foreign Service...
    A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly making a series of phone calls threatening violence at an area school. The incident took place on Monday, Jan. 10, when the New York State Police along with other police agencies, responded to the SS Seward Institute High School in Orange County in the village of Florida. According to Trooper Steven Nevel, the school had received a series of phone calls suggesting there was a threat of violence at the school. The Florida Union Free School District implemented its lockdown and eventually evacuation procedures, Nevel said. All students were safely accounted for and removed from the building. Law enforcement arrived and searched the building and it was determined that the threat was not credible, Nevel said. A follow-up investigation led to the arrest of a juvenile who was charged with falsely reporting an incident. Agencies that assisted state police included:  Village of Florida Police Department Warwick Police Department Orange County Sheriff’s Office Village of Chester Police Department Town of Chester Police Department Woodbury Police Department
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Department of Health is updating its recommendations for how city schools should handle COVID, including strict masking guidelines and no longer suggesting pauses to in-person learning. On Wednesday, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole and the department will send a letter to Philadelphia School District leaders with the new recommendations. One of the most notable changes is the department not recommending pauses to in-person learning. READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Suffers Minor Injuries After Struck By Vehicle In West Nottingham Township, State Police Say“Given the current widespread community transmission currently occurring at this time, we will no longer use case numbers to determine when to pause in-person learning,” Dr. Cheryl Bettigole wrote. “Instead, schools will continue in-person learning unless staff absences due to COVID-19 isolation or quarantine require a temporary pause.” READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Officials Join With Area Hospital Leadership To Discuss COVID SurgeOther suggestions include: Emphasizing N95, KN95, or KF49 masks due to single cloth masks “no longer considered to be effective enough”; “Schools that can implement all recommended layers of mitigation can switch...
    The military personnel at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, did not properly track the Afghan evacuees staying on the base after their arrival, according to a new report from the Department of Defense inspector general. The inspector general, which released the report earlier this month following a site visit in late September, roughly a month into its mission of housing the evacuees, found that the base “did not have controls in place to ensure accountability of the 3,755 Afghan evacuees under their supervision.” The military presence on the base did not conduct additional accountability checks on evacuees after their initial documentation was completed after their arrival, even though other installations supporting Operation Allies Welcome did. DEFENSE WATCHDOG WARNED AFGHAN AIR FORCE WOULD COLLAPSE WITHOUT US ASSISTANCE IN JANUARY 2021 Fort Lee conducted daily checks and issued badges with unique identifiers that evacuees were required to wear while officers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst gave evacuees wristbands with a four-digit identification number. At Quantico, personnel relied on Afghan leaders on the base to inform them of a missing person as well as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told a gathering of America’s mayors on Wednesday that the Biden administration’s coronavirus relief bill was like a vaccine preventing catastrophic economic damage that could have returned the nation to the financial woes seen at the beginning of the pandemic. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan “acted like a vaccine for the American economy, protecting our recovery from the possibility of new variants,” Yellen said at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 90th winter meeting in downtown Washington. “The protection wasn’t complete, but it was very strong,” Yellen said. “It prevented communities from suffering the most severe economic effects of omicron and delta.” The mayors’ conference, headed by Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, is focused on American Rescue Plan resources for cities, equitable pandemic recovery, the reduction of gun violence and homelessness and combating climate change, among other issues. Yellen spoke about the Treasury Department’s implementation of the American Rescue Plan’s $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which has provided direct fiscal assistance to states and local jurisdictions during the...
    A Central Jersey EMT who admitted secretly recording people in rescue squad bathrooms for years was sentenced to three months in county jail, authorities said Tuesday. Douglas B. Gimson, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree invasion of privacy on Sept. 17, 2020 and faces 90 days in county jail and three years of probation, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée Robeson said. Gimson, formerly a member of both the Flemington-Raritan and Lambertville-New Hope rescue squads, recorded people in the restrooms of the squads' facilities in Lambertville from November 2016 through May 2017, and in Flemington from November 2019 until March 2020, DailyVoice.com reported. In addition to jail time and probation, Gimson, of Hampton Borough, was also sentenced to 20 days in the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP), must forfeit his EMT license, and is forbidden from working as a healthcare professional, Robeson said. Gimson will also undergo a psychosexual evaluation and is not allowed to have contact with the victims. Assisting agencies include the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, Flemington Borough Police Department, and Lambertville City Police Department.
    A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge related to a scheme to unlawfully sell firearms in Connecticut.  Quinn Mooring, of New Haven, pleaded guilty on Thursday, Jan. 13, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Leonard Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. In March, ATF Task Force officers found out that Mooring was receiving firearms from a source in South Carolina and selling the firearms in Connecticut, the US Attorney's Office reported. In April, investigators made a controlled purchase of a 9mm Glock handgun and a drum magazine from Mooring and a co-conspirator in New Haven for $1,500, Boyle said.  Boyle said the firearm was one of five handguns that were purchased by an individual at a pawn shop in South Carolina a month before the transaction. Mooring was previously convicted of charges of robbery, unlawful restraint and failure to appear, the US Attorney's Office said.  He was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on June 14, Boyle said. Mooring is reportedly released on $50,000 bond pending sentencing. Boyle said the case...
    About 40 firefighters with the the short-staffed Santa Clara County Fire Department have submitted requests to be exempted from a new booster mandate, putting their bosses and union representatives in a quandary. Like many other sectors across the region, including hospitals and schools, the fire department is struggling to field a full workforce amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant that has sent COVID-19 cases surging again. The department says it’s running at only 90% in part because of the  pandemic — and the last two training academies were smaller than usual due to COVID protocols set by the county. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to figure out how we’re gonna move through this,” said Adam Cosner, president of IAFF Local 1165, which represents almost 300 of the department’s firefighters, battalion chiefs, deputy fire marshals and a small group of office administrators. “Our position as the union is to follow the best practices and recommendations of our local health officials,” he added. “But this is such a difficult decision. We understand we have a responsibility to the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia health officials will hold a COVID-19 response update. The press conference is expected to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed on CBSN Philly. What: The City of Philadelphia will hold a virtual briefing to provide an update on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic Who: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole When: Wednesday, Jan. 19 Time: 10 a.m. Where: In the player above or on your streaming device through CBSN Philly Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates.
    A health official in Florida who led the pandemic response in the central part of the state is now facing an investigation amid allegations that he encouraged his co-workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19; a move that would be in violation of Florida state law. Raul Pino, director of the Department of Health in Orange County, Fla. is at the center of the state agency's investigation “to determine if any laws were broken in this case," according to an email released by the Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern. If the allegations are proven to be true, Pino may have violated a new law implemented by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Last fall, DeSantis' measure prohibited "government agencies from implementing vaccine mandates and restricts private businesses from having vaccine requirements unless they allow workers to opt-out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear." In his statement, Redfern went on to reiterate the agency's commitment to upholding DeSantis' recently-implemented law. “The Department...
    (CNN)I'm a coffee person, but if you prefer starting your mornings with orange juice, I have some sour news. OJ prices are surging because the orange crop this year is set to be the smallest in more than 75 years. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Voting rightsVoting rights are the focus on Capitol Hill this week as Senate Democrats seek to advance legislation that would impact voting procedures nationwide ahead of the midterm elections. Several Republican-controlled states have enacted new restrictions on such things as mail-in voting and early voting in the name of election security -- measures Democrats fear may affect turnout, especially in battleground states. In response, Democrats are considering measures to counter such restrictions, including making Election Day a federal holiday and setting minimum national standards for voting by mail. Prospects are slim, however, as Democrats do not have the votes to break a Republican filibuster and...
    TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.Dado Ruvic | Reuters BEIJING — TikTok owner ByteDance has disbanded its investment department, a company spokesperson told CNBC on Wednesday. Following an assessment at the beginning of the year, ByteDance decided to "strengthen the focus of the business, reduce investments with low connection (to the main business) and disperse employees from the strategic investment department to various lines of business," the spokesperson said in a Chinese-language statement translated by CNBC. The move "strengthens the coordination between strategic research and the business," the company said. The news comes as ByteDance is undergoing restructuring since its founder Zhang Yiming stepped down as chairman in the fall. ByteDance is the world's largest start-up valued at $140 billion, according to CB Insights.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his Russian counterpart in Switzerland this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, the State Department said. Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will move on to Berlin to meet with allies, and on Friday will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva. The hastily arranged trip aims to show U.S. support for Ukraine and impress on Russia the need for de-escalation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki underscored the urgency. “We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine. And what Secretary Blinken is going to go do is highlight very clearly there is a diplomatic path forward,” she said Tuesday. Psaki said Russian President Vladimir Putin created the crisis by massing 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders and it is up to him and the Russians to decide whether to invade and then “suffer severe economic consequences.” The U.S. has not concluded...
                 Wesley Somers, aged 26, of Hendersonville was supposed to be sentenced today in federal court for his role in the Nashville courthouse fire but the sentencing has been delayed for a second time. Somers was originally supposed to be sentenced on December 1st, 2021 and it had been postponed to January 18th, 2022. The Clerk’s Office of the Middle District of Tennessee told The Tennessee Star that Mr. Somers’ counsel made a motion to postpone, yet again. The new sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 22nd at 1pm. Wesley Somers was the first person arrested in connection with the May 30, 2020 Nashville Courthouse fire and, after the case was moved to federal jurisdiction, will be the second to receive a sentence. Mr. Somers previously pled guilty to the federal charge of Malicious Destruction of Property Using Fire or Explosives. Previous reporting said on May 31, 2020 Metro Nashville Police Department announced that Wesley Somers, aged 26, of Hendersonville, had been arrested “on charges of felony arson, vandalism, & disorderly conduct for setting fire to Nashville’s Historic Courthouse”. Somers...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Nearly four dozen San Jose Police officers have been sidelined by COVID-19 — an outbreak severe enough for the department to consider shifting detectives and others to patrol city streets part time. “We don’t want to burn out our patrol people,” says Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Christian Camarillo. READ MORE: CHP Arrests Fencing Suspect, Recover Stolen Merchandise From Louis Vuitton Smash-And-GrabThe outbreak is hitting a police department that’s been chronically understaffed for years. The current city budget includes money for a total of 1,150 police officers. But vacancies have been tough to fill and the current roster of sworn officers is just over a thousand. The San Jose Police Officers’ Association says far fewer, under 500, are assigned to patrolling the city each day. READ MORE: Enrollment Up At Hayward Trucking School As Driver Shortage Fuels Better Pay“We assign to our patrol division somewhere in the neighborhood of 450. That’s 450 officers for a million people seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” says SJPOA President Sean Pritchard. The POA is critical of the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Nearly four dozen San Jose Police officers have been sidelined by COVID-19 — an outbreak severe enough for the department to consider shifting detectives and others to patrol city streets part time. “We don’t want to burn out our patrol people,” says Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Christian Camarillo. READ MORE: CHP Arrests Fencing Suspect, Recover Stolen Merchandise From Louis Vuitton Smash-And-GrabThe outbreak is hitting a police department that’s been chronically understaffed for years. The current city budget includes money for a total of 1,150 police officers. But vacancies have been tough to fill and the current roster of sworn officers is just over a thousand. The San Jose Police Officers’ Association says far fewer, under 500, are assigned to patrolling the city each day. READ MORE: Enrollment Up At Hayward Trucking School As Driver Shortage Fuels Better Pay“We assign to our patrol division somewhere in the neighborhood of 450. That’s 450 officers for a million people seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” says SJPOA President Sean Pritchard. The POA is critical of the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) – Cristel Tullock, a longtime veteran of the Adult Probation Department in the San Francisco Superior Court system, became the first black woman to serve as chief of the department, court officials announced Tuesday. Tullock, whose term began Tuesday, has been with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department for more than two decades, first beginning her career as a deputy probation officer and eventually working her way up to become a psychotherapist and then a coordinator overseeing reentry of sexually violent predators, court officials said. READ MORE: COVID: Testing In Contra Costa County Nearly Double Pandemic Peak During Omicron SurgePrior to her appointment, Tullock previously served as acting chief deputy of the department. Tullock will replace former chief Karen Fletcher, who retired back in September after more than six years of service. Tullock is the first black female adult probation chief in the city’s history. READ MORE: Palo Alto Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect at Stanford Shopping Center Cristel Tullock, the new chief of adult probation for the San Francisco Superior Court. (LinkedIn) “Under...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A health official who has helped lead central Florida’s response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law. The state health agency is conducting an inquiry into Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, “to determine if any laws were broken in this case,” Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern said in an email. A measure Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last fall prohibits government agencies from implementing vaccine mandates and restricts private businesses from having vaccine requirements unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear. “The Department is committed to upholding all laws, including the ban on vaccine mandates for government employees and will take appropriate action once additional information is known,” Redfern said in the email. He didn’t offer further details. Orlando’s WFTV reports that Pino...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiFormer aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India Black Lives Matter activists sue over crackdown outside LA mayor's home Senate panel advances Garcetti nomination for ambassador to India MORE (D) has nominated a woman to become the city’s first female chief of the fire department.  Garcetti nominated Chief Deputy and Fire Marhshall Kristin Crowley to fill the position, according to a post from the mayor's office shared to Twitter on Tuesday.  “Today, L.A. makes history. @CD6Nury and I are honored to announce Chief Deputy and Fire Marshall Kristin Crowley as the next Chief of the @LAFD,” Garcetti’s office said.    “If confirmed, Chief Deputy Crowley will be the first woman to lead the department and she will lead with courage and distinction.”  Crowley, a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said that keeping the department fundamentally ready is her number one priority, according to The Associated Press. Crowley's nomination comes amid a series challenges for the department including the increasingly intense weather in California, allegations of bullying...
    (CNN)The US Department of Education has distributed all $122 billion in school Covid-19 relief funding from the American Rescue Plan to states, the Biden administration announced Tuesday -- a major milestone as school districts nationwide continue to grapple with Omicron's surge.The Biden administration last March announced the allocation of more than $122 billion for schools from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, with two-thirds of those funds -- totaling $81 billion -- "made available to states immediately." The remaining federal dollars were contingent on the approval of a state plan detailing how the funds would be used, the Education Department noted at the time.RELATED: As schools battle Omicron, billions of federal relief dollars remain unspentWith the final state education agency's plan approved recently, the department said Tuesday it has now distributed all $122 billion of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.Education Secretary Miguel Cardona described the announcement as "an important milestone." Read More"I am proud that, with the approval...
    SAN JOSE — Nearly 50 San Jose police patrol officers have COVID infections, prompting the police department to ask officers from other divisions to fill in for them, with the police chief warning a mandatory department-wide redeployment could follow if the situation doesn’t improve. Police officers were informed of the fill-in plan late Saturday night by Chief Anthony Mata in an email obtained by this news organization, outlining how patrols will have to be bolstered by voluntary overtime shifts at least through Sunday. The police department on Tuesday disclosed that 52 officers are currently sidelined by COVID-19, for which omicron has become the dominant variant with three-fold infectiousness compared to previous incarnations, though it has produced less severe illness. Of those infected officers, 45 are assigned to patrol. That has left the department hustling to meet its minimum patrol staffing level of 525 officers, which already accounts for nearly half of SJPD’s sworn staff. In his weekend email, Mata emphasized how the department is “quickly approaching a critical point” and that officer safety is at risk “if we are unable...
    THE body of the Kim Kardashian lookalike Missy Hernandez was recovered over the weekend from the California aqueduct as her boyfriend was arrested for murder. Hernandez, 30, was last seen on the night of December 7, when she left an art show in Fresno with her boyfriend Ramon Jimenez, 41. 5Missy Hernandez's body was recovered by authorities on January 16, after a month-long searchCredit: Fresno County Sheriff Department 5Authorities discovered Hernandez's body in the California aqueductCredit: Fresno County Sheriff Department 5Police arrested her boyfriend Ramon Jimenez, 41, in connection with her deathCredit: Fresno County Sheriff Department Investigators say Hernandez's body was pulled from the California aqueduct near Siskiyou and Dorris Avenues in Huron on Sunday. Officials said the discovery brought "a sense of closure" as the 30-year-old's body was found beneath the water. Friends alerted authorities of Hernandez's disappearance on December 8 after they failed to hear from her. Cops described the lack of contact from Hernandez as "unusual" as she was a regular on the local art scene and known for setting up a pop-up stall to sell crystals and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise in Pennsylvania, though not as sharply as previous weeks. The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday was 3.8 percent higher than last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Hospitals Nearing Capacity As COVID-19 Continues To SurgeThe Health Department said data from Jan. 1-4 shows that unvaccinated people or those not fully vaccinated accounted for 78 percent of cases, 85 of hospitalizations and 84. “The odds are clearly stacked in favor of people who are vaccinated,” Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter said. “We also know that vaccine boosters provide a greater level of protection from severe illness and death. That’s why we strongly recommend everyone 12 and older to get a booster dose now.” The Allegheny County Health Department also released its weekly COVID-19 data on Tuesday. It reported 22,326 from Jan. 9-15 and 38 more deaths.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she’s surprised the wording remains on the department’s website even as the Biden administration pledges to embark on a broader strategy to stave off crashes through better road design, auto safety features and other measures. Auto safety advocates have been calling on the department for years to stop using the statistic, including requests by Homendy in recent months as well as a letter from auto safety groups to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last month. They call the figure an unacceptable “excuse” for surging crashes. In a section touting the safety potential of automated vehicles, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website states “94% of serious crashes are due to human error.” “That has to change,” Homendy said of NHTSA’s...
    Two kayakers whose vessels overturned and were being swept away by the current were rescued by a Fairfield County police marine unit. The incident took place around 12:40 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, in the Town of Fairfield. The Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a kayaker on the Long Island Sound requesting assistance after he and his friend’s kayaks overturned and were swept away by the current.  According to Sgt. Michael Stahl, of the Fairfield Police, the caller reported they were in the water, wearing dry suits and life jackets and they were both hanging onto a channel marker just outside the South Benson Marina.  The kayaker reported to dispatchers that they were not in distress but needed assistance getting back to shore. The Fairfield Police Marine Unit responded and located the kayakers who were taken onboard the Fairfield Police vessel and were turned over to AMR Ambulance for evaluation, Stahl said. One was treated and transported for exposure after water had penetrated his drysuit. The second subject refused medical attention. The Fairfield Fire Department also responded...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 22-year Los Angles Fire Department veteran was nominated Tuesday to become the first woman to lead the department. Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley would become the first female fire chief for the nation’s second-largest city if the nomination by Mayor Eric Garcetti is confirmed by the City Council. Council President Nury Martinez joined the mayor in announcing the selection at a news conference. “This is a moment for so many little girls across our city … for many of them who think you can’t be what you can’t see,” Martinez said. “And today the picture changes.” Crowley, who currently holds the jobs of acting administrative operations chief deputy and fire marshal, said that keeping the department operationally ready would be her number one priority. Her nomination came as the fire department deals with issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to claims that its female employees face bullying and harassment. “We will focus on firefighter safety, physical health and overall emotional well-being,” Crowley said. “As the fire chief I vow to create and support...
    Rapper Jay Z’s social justice organization slammed the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday for failing to investigate “​​vast claims of corruption, coercion, rape, and murder committed” by Kansas City’s police department. “This is more than just a cry for help from middle America,” Team Roc’s letter, which was written with the Midwest Innocence Project, began. “The police and eyewitness reports of criminal behavior perpetrated by members of the Kansas City, Kansas, police department over the past several decades, are staggering. They detail graphic accounts of rape, murder, sex trafficking, and corruption so rampant and so blatant, it would be shocking if even a single allegation were true. “And yet your department refuses to act,” the letter read. Team Roc urged the DOJ to protect the civil rights of vulnerable communities of color in Kansas by investigating the department. In the organization’s second official request to Associate Attorney General Venita Gupta, Team Roc claimed that the DOJ had forgotten its duties to the public. Jay’s organization alleged that racism has been at the root of many issues with the police...
    A newborn baby boy was found dead inside a duffel bag covered in snow on Saturday after he was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse. Firefighters at the North Orleans Street firehouse in the North East Side, where temperatures plunged to 25F, went outside to shovel snow around 5am on January 15. They found a duffel bag with the baby boy's dead body inside beneath the snow that had fallen throughout the night.  The Chicago Police Department said on Monday they have launched an investigation into the incident but no suspects have been identified yet.  Firehouses are safe havens, designated places for mothers to safely and  anonymously surrender their babies, but they are required by law to notify staff to ensure the infants are not left on their own.  'You must turn the baby over to a staff member,'spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department Larry Langford told DailyMail.com.     'If the baby was placed there alive, that baby froze to death,' Dawn Geras, of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, told CBS. 'It's Chicago. It gets cold at night. You can't leave a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was seriously wounded in a shootout with a University of Chicago Police officer late Tuesday morning in Hyde Park, a few blocks north of campus. A university spokesman said, around 11:40 a.m., a UCPD officer on patrol spotted a man with a handgun near the corner of 53rd Street and Woodlawn Avenue, near the Kimbark Plaza Shopping Center. READ MORE: Frontier Airlines To Expand Service To Midway International Airport In AprilWhen the officer pulled over to investigate, the gunman fired shots, and the officer returned fire, striking the gunman, police said. READ MORE: Cook County Opening 3 Mass Vaccination Sites This WeekA Chicago Fire Department spokesperson said the man, who was in his 20s, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in serious to critical condition. No other injuries were reported. MORE NEWS: Major Airlines Warn Of ‘Catastrophic Disruption’ To Travel And Shipping From 5G Debut Set For Wednesday By Verizon And AT&TThe UCPD officer who shot the gunman will be placed on mandatory administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation by the...
    Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that every state education agency (SEA) received approval of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan before the end of December 2021. As a result, the Department has distributed all $122 billion of ARP ESSER funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. From U.S. Dept of Ed: These funds are critical to helping states and local districts safely keep schools open for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, including responding to recent challenges arising from the Omicron variant. As of last week, with the help of ARP funds, about 96% of K-12 public schools were open for full-time, in-person instruction. The Department recently issued a new resource to state and local leaders stressing the importance of full-time, safe, in-person learning and how federal funds can be used to achieve that goal. Additionally, last week, the Administration announced the availability of millions of new tests each month to help schools safely remain open and implement screening testing...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Tuesday accusing the Justice Department of “downplaying” a hostage incident at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday. In a nearly 11-hour standoff, a gunman took four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, near Forth Worth. Authorities identified Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national, as the gunman and said he was killed after the hostages escaped. British authorities announced that two teenagers are in custody in connection with the incident. President Joe Biden condemned the attack, calling it an act of terror. A YEAR LATER, WHERE 10 HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH TRUMP STAND POLITICALLY In a Tuesday statement, McCarthy questioned the administration's initial handling of the investigation and the unanswered questions that remain regarding this weekend's attack at a Colleyville synagogue. “Over the past 48 hours, President Biden’s Justice Department has gone from denying the clear and religious, anti-Semitic implications of this attack to now backtracking to what we all already knew to be true,” McCarthy said. McCarthy...
    CHICAGO -- A person was wounded in a shoot-out with University of Chicago police late Tuesday morning in Hyde Park, according to the Chicago Fire Department.Paramedics picked up a gunshot victim around 11:40 a.m. near Hyde Park Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.The person was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, he said. His condition was not immediately available.A spokesman for University of Chicago police did not have details.This is a developing story, please check back for details. Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2022.)
    CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Christine Elow has been sworn in as the Cambridge Police Department’s commissioner, making her the first woman to hold the position in the department’s more than 160-year history. The Cambridge native Elow was sworn in Monday in a ceremony that was private because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city announced in a statement. She had been acting police commissioner in the state’s fourth-largest city since August when she took over for Branville Bard Jr. Elow, a Navy veteran, has been with the department since 1995. The department was founded in 1859. Christine Elow has been sworn in as the Cambridge Police Department’s commissioner (Photo Via Cambridge Police) “My entire career has been dedicated to serving the Cambridge community,” she said in a statement. “I grew up in Cambridge and love working in this city. Now, I look forward to building off what we have started since I was named acting Police Commissioner and am truly honored to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the department.” Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui welcomed the appointment. “She is an exemplary role model...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety and Government Operations Committee is set to hold a hearing on Jan. 26 to discuss the 515-page investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal. The report examines weaknesses in the Baltimore Police Department that allowed the unit to operate unchecked, especially leadership that turned a blind eye to top performing officers who brought in high numbers of arrests and seizures. READ MORE: Howard County Officials Announce $1,800 Bonuses For County's EducatorsEight officers in the Gun Trace Task Force were convicted of racketeering, armed robbery, selling drugs, falsifying overtime and planting evidence on suspects they arrested. A total of 13 defendants were charged in the scandal. Councilman Mark Conway (District 4), chair of the committee, said it is important for council members to hear from Michael Bromwich, the former inspector general of the Justice Department who lead the investigation, and Baltimore Police Department brass. “The report lays out a number of issues, and failures, that enabled the GTTF’s shocking actions to occur without accountability for years. Its findings are difficult...
    Officers with the Huntington Park Police Department shot and killed a man they said was armed with a knife early Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the 6500 block of Marbrisa Avenue around 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is handling the investigation. There was no fire at the scene, but responders were “confronted by a male adult who stated he had a weapon on him, possibly a handgun,” Schrader said. The Fire Department called Huntington Park Police. When officers arrived, the man — described only as being “possibly in his 30s” — brandished a knife, Schrader said. The man ignored repeated commands to drop the knife, sheriff’s officials said, and "[a] less lethal [method] was deployed with little to no effect on the man.” Neither sheriff’s nor police officials would confirm what less-lethal tactic was deployed. The man then ran toward Gage Avenue, where a witness who was not identified said he was acting erratically and carrying a knife, KNBC-TV reported. Officers again...
    A top Interior Department lawyer likely violated a federal ethics law by taking part in matters involving her former employer and clients, two watchdog groups charge in a fresh complaint filed with the department's inspector general. The complaint filed Tuesday alleges that Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland's senior counselor, Elizabeth Klein, failed to disclose to ethics officials in full the scope of her work as deputy director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, a position she held for almost the entirety of the Trump administration. The center, funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, placed lawyers in the offices of Democratic state attorneys general that helped file over 130 regulatory and legal challenges against Trump-era federal environmental policies. Ethics officials advised Klein in June to abstain for one year from any matters involving the states of Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, New York, and Maryland after following her disclosure in a January 2021 email that she struck agreements with the attorneys general of those states as part of her work with the center. But records obtained by watchdog groups Energy...
    A Hudson Valley fire department removed a vehicle from a frozen lake after a crash. The incident took place in Putnam County around 11:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, when the Mahopac Falls Dive Team was requested to South Lake Boulevard for reports of a vehicle submerged in the lake, the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department said. Upon arrival, Captain Jason Stasiak, found a vehicle submerged approximately 25 feet from shore in 10 feet of ice-cold water.  One member of the Mahopac Falls Dive Team entered the water to search the vehicle which was unoccupied, the department said. After searching the vehicle, the diver hooked up the car for the tow company to remove the vehicle. No word yet on what happened to the driver of the vehicle. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
    A man is wanted for multiple charges on multiple warrants according to a release by police in central Pennsylvania. The East Earl Township Police Department is searching for Zachary Robert Gilbaugh, 38, who is wanted for Stalking, Criminal Trespass, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and numerous other offenses, according to police. These charges stem from an incident on Dec. 17, 2021, according to the release. Gilbaugh's last known address in Honey Brook, police say Anyone with information on Gilbaugh's whereabouts is asked to contact the East Earl Township Police Department at 717-355-5302.
    New York (CNN Business)Kohl's can't catch a break from Wall Street.For the second time in as many months and third time in a year, an activist investor is putting pressure on the department store chain to make changes or sell the company.Activist hedge fund Macellum Advisors, which owns about 5% of Kohl's (KSS) stock, said in a letter Tuesday that Kohl's board of directors and leadership team spent last year "materially mismanaging the business and failing to implement necessary" improvements.Macellum said it planned to nominate a slate of new board members unless Kohl's decides to work with the firm. If Kohl's board won't make changes, the company should explore a sale, the activists said. Sick to my stomach: Dollar Tree fanatics protest new $1.25 pricesShares of Kohl's rose around 6% early Tuesday on the news.Read MoreKohl's did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This is not the first time Macellum has targeted the department store company. Last year, the fund joined with a group of activists to push Kohl's to pursue a new strategy and revamp its board....
    A TEENAGE girl mysteriously disappeared after traveling to San Diego to “sleep on the beach”, reports say. Authorities are searching for Serena Stevens, 19, after she was reported missing by her sister on January 17. 3Serena Stevens, 19, was reported missing on Monday by her sisterCredit: San Diego Police Department 3She traveled to San Diego from New York on January 12Credit: San Diego Police Department San Diego cops say that she arrived on the West Coast on January 12 and reportedly told her sister that she was heading to the beach to sleep. It’s believed that Serena traveled to the city from New York on the same day. Family members said they spoke to the 19-year-old the following day, according to NBC7. Officers say that Serena has shared images and videos of the Ocean Beach coastline on her social media accounts. Ocean Beach is located around seven miles from downtown San Diego. Family members have issued pleas online as they try to pinpoint Serena's whereabouts. Most read in The US SunPOOR GIRL Khloe Kardashian slammed for posting 'extremely filtered' photo...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ROSTRAVER (KDKA) — A large truck stuck on a highway divider closed down part of Interstate 70 in both directions on Tuesday morning. The crash happened at Exit 42 in Westmoreland County. North Belle Vernon and Rostraver firefighters are on the scene. (Photo: Rostraver Central Fire Department/Facebook) The highway divider is crushed and the truck came to rest on top of it. One set of tires is hanging over it, to the other side of the road. The truck also started leaking fluids. Firefighters were attempting to control the leak, Rostraver Central Fire Department said. (Photo: Rostraver Central Fire Department/Facebook) (Photo: Rostraver Central Fire Department/Facebook) However, no injuries have been reported. Traffic is backed up in the area and firefighters reported a second crash at Exit 42A West due to the backups. There is no timetable on how long the road will be closed.
    The Biden administration is being sued for refusing to submit internal documents that could show it violated a law barring the federal government from sending money to the Palestinian government until it stops its so-called “pay-for-slay” scheme paying terrorists and their families, The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday. Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a watchdog group comprised of former government officials, has charged the State Department of violating its Freedom of Information Act it its refusal to turn over documents relating to the administration’s decision to resume U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. Former president Donald Trump stopped the payments over the PA’s support of terrorists and Congress passed the Taylor Force Act during his tenure. According to Palestinian government’s current policy, terrorists who are serving out sentences in Israeli jails receive stipends in accordance with the severity of their crime – the more Israelis they murdered, the more money they receive. According to the lawsuit, a copy of which was exclusively obtained by the Beacon, the State Department did not answer PPT’s FOIA request for more than 240 days, well beyond the permitted statutory...
    Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people whose vehicle was found in a Central Jersey pond. Tuesday at approximately 5:35 A.M., authorities responded to the area of Stelton Road and Lakeview Avenue where officers located a vehicle floating in New Market Pond. Inside the vehicle, authorities located two individuals who were pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and have yet to be identified, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department. The investigation is active and continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Naccarato of the Piscataway Police Department at (732) 562-1100 or Detective Paul Kelley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3330.
    After Republicans in several states forged documents claiming Donald Trump had won their states and submitted the documents to the federal government, the attorney general of a second state has made a referral to federal prosecutors. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel was the first to do so last week, but late Friday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said he had done the same. “Election laws are the foundation of our democracy and must be respected,” Balderas, a Democrat, said in a statement. “While review under state law is ongoing, we have referred this matter to the appropriate federal law-enforcement authorities and will provide any assistance they deem necessary.” The New Mexico Republicans who created alternate paperwork awarding the state’s electors to Trump—who lost by 11 percentage points, nearly 100,000 votes—fudged a little, claiming that their move was made “on the understanding that it might later be determined that we are the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of New Mexico.” Republicans in Pennsylvania used similar language in their fake “Trump...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Fire Department may soon have its first female fire chief.Kristin Crowley, who currently serves as LAFD's Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal, has been nominated to lead the department after Mayor Eric Garcetti along with City Council President Nury Martinez on Tuesday announced LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas' plans to retire.If confirmed, Crowley would be the first female to ever lead LAFD."We're living through an unprecedented moment that has called on our fire department not just to protect us - but to lead us in the fight to overcome public safety challenges we've never faced before," said Garcetti in a statement released to Eyewitness News on Tuesday. "Throughout her distinguished career, Kristin Crowley has proven her brilliance, determination and bravery on the job again and again. She's also shown this city her heart, with her tireless commitment to helping student's access life-changing educational opportunities. There is no one better equipped to lead the LAFD at this moment than Kristin. She's ready to make history, and I'm proud to...
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The unwarranted death of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center emergency room nurse Sandra Shells has made waves across the Southland, as residents call for a change in public safety measures amidst rising crime rates. A small memorial for Sandra Shells at the Metro bus stop where she was attacked on Thursday. (Photo Credit: KCAL9 News) READ MORE: Rams Fans Flood The Stands For First Ever Playoff Game At SoFi StadiumShe was approached by an unhoused man on Thursday morning, who slapped her without cause. She fell to the ground, hitting her head. Shells was rushed to the same hospital that she had worked at for nearly 40 years, and after surgery she succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. Now, Angelenos are calling for change from public transportation officials. Christopher Richie, who rides the Metro on a daily basis, told CBS reporters that for him, enough is enough. “Somebody lost their life just going to work, I’m getting off work, we’re all going to work, getting off work, that’s what this place is for – go...