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    The Loudoun County School District - which has been plagued by scandal after scandal over critical race theory-inspired 'equity' lessons and transgender issues - is now at the center of fresh wave of controversy after schools prevented pupils from going into their classrooms if they were not wearing a facemask on Monday. Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin had signed an executive action within hours of him taking office on January that aimed to let parents opt out of school mask mandates. The order was supposed to take effect on Monday but confusion has swirled over the implications since then. His instructions were either interpreted differently by some districts or plainly ignored with schools continuing to keep pre-existing mask mandates in place for students.  Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order within hours of entering office rescinding mask mandates for schools from Monday, but it appears the policy has been met with confusion Republican J.P. Freire, Director of Communications on the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means tweeted that children were being 'punished' and kept outside classrooms or...
    When Prince George’s County, Maryland, Public Schools leaders suddenly announced that the week leading up to winter break, and the two weeks after, would feature virtual learning, they acknowledge it wasn’t a popular decision. But schools CEO Monica Goldson said the only thing school leaders could do with so many outbreaks spreading around the county was wait it out. More Education News More Prince George’s County News “We stopped the spread of COVID,” Goldson said at an event in Capitol Heights a week after kids returned to the classroom. Last week, kids were also sent home with antigen rapid tests, with instructions to parents to administer those tests Sunday, ahead of the return to class on Monday morning. Goldson said that was a success, too, with no tech issues reported. “Today was the first day where students and parents were back in schools after utilizing” their tests, noted Goldson. “We had over 85,000 tests uploaded into our database and just a few students who tested positive. So as far as I’m concerned, that’s positive, because I never want those...
    It was a grim weekend for police and law enforcement officers, as at least five died or were wounded in four separate incidents across the country, according to officials.  The bloodshed began in New York City on Friday, and continued on Monday morning in Washington, D.C. and Texas, according to officials.  One officer was killed and another was gravely injured in New York City, while another was shot in D.C.  And a fourth officer, a corporal, was fatally wounded during a traffic stop in the Houston area – not far from where a fifth person, a sheriff’s sergeant, was struck by a hit-and-run driver during an off-duty motorcycle escort hours later, according to authorities.  After the first of two police deaths reported in Texas's Harris County over the weekend, Constable Ted Heap told reporters: "We have got to put an end to this." The investigation continues for each of the incidents below. FRIDAY New York Police Department officers Jason Rivera, 22, and 27-year-old Wilbert Mora were among the three cops responding to a report of a domestic violence incident in Harlem, New...
    A school isn't just a building. It's a home: A a place for children to foster self-confidence, learn social skills and explore their strengths. Many factors go into what makes a great school, and Niche.com has crunched that data to compile its annual list of the best K-12 public and private schools in America (click here for more on methodology). The website further breaks down the rankings into states and counties. Below are the 10 best schools in Howard County. 1. Marriotts Ridge High School 2. River Hill High School 3. Glenelg County School, Ellicott City 4. Centennial High School 5. Mount Hebron High School 6. Atholton High School 7. Glenelg High School 8. Howard High School 9. Clarksville Elementary School 10. Waverly Elementary School "One thing that sets Niche's rankings apart is we consider the entire student experience, including what students do after high school, and the college search process — specifically college entrance exams — were greatly impacted during the last year," Niche says. "As a result of this change, we have updated our methodology to de-emphasize...
    A school isn't just a building. It's a home: A a place for children to foster self-confidence, learn social skills and explore their strengths. Many factors go into what makes a great school, and Niche.com has crunched that data to compile its annual list of the best K-12 public and private schools in America (click here for more on methodology). The website further breaks down the rankings into states and counties. Below are the 10 best schools in Baltimore County. 1. The Park School of Baltimore 2. McDonough School, Owings Mills 3. St. Timothy’s, Stevenson 4. St. Paul’s, Broolandville 5. Garrison Forest, Owings Mills 6. Oldfields School, Sparks Glencoe 7. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Baltimore 8. Eastern Tech 9. Loyola Blakefield, Towson 10. Dulaney High School "One thing that sets Niche's rankings apart is we consider the entire student experience, including what students do after high school, and the college search process — specifically college entrance exams — were greatly impacted during the last year," Niche says. "As a result of this change, we have updated our methodology...
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Marshall Fire was the most destructive in Colorado history, and now firefighters with Adams County Fire Rescue are describing what their experience was like on the front lines. (credit: CBS) “It was just the most surreal, and humbling experience I’ve ever dealt with and probably ever will,” said Tyler Ottersberg, with station 11. “It was like Armageddon. There were cars that were abandoned in the middle of the road, just completely burned over, and you’re just doing your best.” Accelerated by high wings, the fire blew through Boulder county leaving hundreds of homes destroyed in its wake in just hours. Ottersberg witnessed a lot of it unfold. He said the fire was moving quickly, jumping from home to home. “You’re seeing foundations and that’s it,” Ottersberg said. “There are no more houses left.” The department recently published a podcast, in which firefighters describe their experiences on that day. Firefighter Brian Melzer is featured in it. At the time of the fire, Melzer had only been on the job for about a month. (credit: CBS) “I...
    Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Deputy Charles Galloway was killed in a shooting. Corporal Charles Galloway was a deputy with the Harris County Constable Precinct 5 deputy killed in a shooting during a traffic stop in Houston on January 23, 2022. Galloway was shot multiple times, the constable’s office said. The 47-year-old Texas native had been a deputy for 12 years, officials said. The suspect has not been arrested or publicly identified. The shooting happened about 12:45 a.m. in the 9100 block of Beechnut Street in southwest Houston, the constable’s office said. Galloway was trying to stop a vehicle when the driver exited and began shooting at Galloway’s patrol car. Galloway was struck several times and died at the scene. Constable Ted Heap said in a statement, “Corporal Galloway did not have an opportunity to defend himself in this brutal attack. We cannot have people like this on our streets. I do not want to raise my family, my grandchildren, in a county where this type of crime is running rampant. … Corporal...
    Westmont fundraiser Westmont High School’s Theatre Arts Department is hosting a collection event Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the high school, 4805 Westmont Ave. Acceptable items for the Goodwill truck include toys, books, clothes, shoes and boots, accessories, jewelry, home decor and small household appliances. E-waste will also be collected at no cost to the donor, including computer, audio and stereo equipment; video game systems and parts; VCRs, DVD and CD players, cameras, telephones and cell phones. All proceeds will support Westmont’s Theatre Arts Department. For more information, visit www.WestmontTheatre.com. New poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verse and other related topics. He has written four books—“Tarman,” “Muted Whispers,” “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff”—and released three music albums: “One,” “Bloodlines” and “Skin vol.1.” Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, who appointed him to the...
    Blood drive Local Rotary clubs, including San Jose Silicon Valley’s, are collaborating with the American Red Cross’s “Give Blood Drive.” To set up an appointment to donate, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org or download the blood donor app at https://www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html. Campbell named poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verse and other related topics. He has written four books—“Tarman,” “Muted Whispers,” “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff”—and released three music albums: “One,” “Bloodlines” and “Skin vol.1.” Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, who appointed him to the honorary position following a call for applications and a two-step review process organized by the county, Silicon Valley Creates, and the Santa Clara County Library District. He is the county’s seventh poet laureate. “I am standing on the shoulders of those who have held the post in the past, so I...
    Earthquake prep Town officials are urging residents to make sure they’re prepared in the event of a natural disaster as part of the nationwide “Resolve to be Ready” campaign. In particular, the town advises residents to download the MyShake app, a tool developed by UC Berkeley to give early warnings for potential earthquakes. Preschool open house The Los Gatos Parent Nursery School, a nonprofit preschool run by a parent cooperative, is hosting an open house for prospective parents Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The school, which is part of Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation, accepts children ages 2-5. The open house will be at the campus, located at 15 Lyndon Ave. Teachers and current families will be on site to answer questions, and children are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required. New poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops...
    Blood drive Local Rotary clubs, including Saratoga’s, are collaborating with the American Red Cross’s “Give Blood Drive.” To set up an appointment to donate, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org or download the blood donor app at https://www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html. New poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verse and other related topics. He has written four books—“Tarman,” “Muted Whispers,” “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff”—and released three music albums: “One,” “Bloodlines” and “Skin vol.1.” Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, who appointed him to the honorary position following a call for applications and a two-step review process organized by the county, Silicon Valley Creates, and the Santa Clara County Library District. He is the county’s seventh poet laureate. Among the programs Campbell is planning is “In Our Words,” for local youth to write poems that capture the impact the last...
    Players set 54th season The Sunnyvale Community Players have announced the company’s 54th season of musical theater, opening with “Working” in September. The season continues in October with “Songs for a New World” and closing with “Next to Normal” in April 2023. The Players’ junior production of “Beauty and the Beast” is set for February 2023. This season’s junior production, “Legally Blonde the Musical,” is running Feb. 18-March 6. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.sunnyvaleplayers.org The company is also looking for folks interested in producing a show, helping with set construction and designing, and other creative and technical staff positions. For more information, email info@sunnyvaleplayers.org. New poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verse and other related topics. He has written four books—“Tarman,” “Muted Whispers,” “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff”—and released three music albums: “One,” “Bloodlines” and...
    While Santa Clara County has touted its ban of leaded aviation fuel as an environmental achievement, pilots and flight instructors say the action was too hasty and did little to improve the health of airport neighbors. Some even suggested the ban is nothing more than a ploy to accelerate the possible ouster of San Jose’s Reid-Hillview County Airport. “It’s just their way to slowly close down the airport,” said Chris Leipelt, a student at San Jose State University’s aviation program, which operates out of Reid-Hillview. “I don’t know if they’re trying to make it more inconvenient. Maybe it’s just a polite way of kicking them out.” Since prohibiting the sale of leaded aviation gas at Reid-Hillview and San Martin airports on Jan. 1, the county is allowing only unleaded fuel to be pumped at both. The special fuel, known as UL 94, first became available in August and can be used in about 80% of the airplanes at Reid-Hillview, according to Trade Winds Aviation flight school owner Walt Gyger. Those airplanes are mostly the smaller, lower performance ones used for...
    Boyd and Mohone On Thursday, January 20, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office, and the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, executed two residential search warrants related to separate investigations pertaining to the Sexual Exploitation of Children. The investigations began after the GBI CEACC Unit received numerous independent and unrelated cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those cybertips involved the possession and/or distribution of explicit child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography, which resolved to Newton County, GA. As a result of the search warrant executions, the following individuals were arrested: Taylor Boyd, age 17, of Covington, GA, was charged with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography) Rondriko Mohone, age 39, of Newborn, GA, was charged with four counts of Sexual...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from Jan. 22, 9 p.m. to Jan. 23, 6 a.m. CST for La Salle County, IL, Kane County, IL, Grundy County, IL, Kendall County, IL, McHenry County, IL, and De Kalb County, IL. There’s a Winter Storm Watch from Jan. 22, 9 p.m. to Jan. 23, 3 p.m. CST for Lake County, IN, and Porter County, IN. READ MORE: Cook County Reopens Third Vaccination Site In A Week In Effort To Get More Residents VaccinatedTemps in the high 20s most of the day. Scattered snow showers over the next few days, with a period of light accumulation tonight. (Credit: CBS 2) (Credit: CBS 2) Today: Scattered snow showers. Less than 1” accumulation. High 27. Tonight: READ MORE: ISP Responds To Shooting On Interstate 290, 1 Person InjuredSnow likely. 1” to 3” accumulation. Low 15 Tomorrow: Morning snow showers clearing to sunshine. High 22. (Credit: CBS 2) A drier but colder forecast next week with a few nights back in the single digits. MORE NEWS:...
    As Peggy Huang drove through the hills of Yorba Linda, she passed ranch-style homes with backyard stables. White picket fences lined equestrian trails snaking through the Orange County city, whose motto is the “Land of Gracious Living.” Farther uphill, newer houses were closer together but still featured the open space most suburban residents desire, with trails, parks and churches nearby. Huang, a city councilwoman, wants Yorba Linda to stay this way. Along with officials in many other O.C. cities, she is fighting a state mandate to build new homes — more than 183,000 countywide over the next seven years. The requirement, called the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, dates back more than five decades, with new goals set for each city every eight years. “I’m not a NIMBY,” Huang said, using an acronym for “not in my backyard.” “I just think it’s important for people to understand that one size fits all doesn’t work, and that’s the very policy Sacramento is pushing on us.” Yorba Linda City Councilwoman Peggy Huang stands in front of three- and...
    WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ) — Robert A. “Bobby” Jones, a firefighter and paramedic with the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company, died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19 while on the job, the company said. Jones contracted the virus in December “2hile performing his duties serving the citizens of Carroll County and died on Jan. 20, according to the fire company. READ MORE: With Cockburn Out, No. 17 Illinois Falls 81-65 To MarylandAccording a post from the company on Facebook, Jones started working as a firefighter in 1978, when he joined the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: A Cold End To The Workweek, With A Winter Weather Advisory In Place For The Lower Eastern ShoreJones spent three decades with the Baltimore County Fire Department, retiring as a lieutenant in 2012. While working for the Reese company in Westminster, Jones served as a paramedic, firefighter, engineer, and shift supervisor. MORE NEWS: Members Of Safe Streets Plan To Honor DaShawn McGrier On SaturdayMembers of the fire company, along with firefighters and paramedics from other jurisdictions, on Friday morning helped transport Jones’...
    KCBS-TV reported that Newsom also complained that those responsible for the package thefts "are arrested as ... individuals, as though they are not connected to the whole — and we need to change that.” He said 280 suspected thieves have been arrested so far, the station added. More from KCBS: From October 2020 to October 2021 rail theft has exponentially increased by 356%, according to Union Pacific. In a letter addressed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the company blamed what it called a “spiraling crisis” on the no cash bail policy put forth by the District Attorney’s office and said many of the arrested suspects return the next day. “It’s not just arrest and walk away,” Newsom said, according to KCBS. “You got to do the work and present the case and see folks prosecuted — not condoning this behavior. There is nothing acceptable about this behavior.” The station said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol have been charged with...
    While COVID-19 numbers fueled by the omicron variant in Los Angeles County are still discouraging, statewide numbers are providing some hope as it appears they are on the decline.The California Department of Public Health's COVID Assessment Tool estimates that the state's transmission rate has dropped below 1.0. As of Thursday, the transmission rate was 0.77, which indicates each person with COVID in the state is spreading the virus to less than one person on average.Southern California, one of the five state-defined regions in the tool, has an estimated effective transmission rate of 0.75. The San Joaquin Valley region, however, is estimated at 0.99.Meanwhile, the state's case rate is also falling. Thursday number's show California averaging 104,000 cases a day. That's a 13% decrease from the previous week. The seven-day positivity rate also dropped.L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says the county isn't quite on the downslope, but she's hopeful the area is plateauing. A clearer idea of transmission and case numbers should form after data from the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend becomes available.This comes as a new...
    LANCASTER (CBSLA) — Authorities are looking for a gunman who shot a driver in Lancaster, then chased him down at a gas station to shoot at him again in the head. (credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) READ MORE: Meat Loaf, Entertainer Known For 'I'd Do Anything For Love,' Countless Other Hits, Dies At 74The shooting happened on Dec. 3 at about 3:10 a.m. when Jason Castillo was shot by another driver as he drove near Challenger Way and Avenue K in Lancaster. The wounded Castillo was able to drive to a Shell gas station and call 911, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities say Castillo was laying on the ground, still on the phone with a 911 operator, when the gunman drove around, walked up to the wounded man, and shot him again – point blank in the head. Castillo was taken to a hospital in critical condition. READ MORE: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With CancerThe City of Lancaster announced Thursday it would add $10,000 to the reward already offered...
                 Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Laurie Cardoza-Moore from Proclaiming Justice to the Nations in studio to discuss her mission and the ongoing fight against Wit and Wisdom curriculum in Williamson County, Tennessee public schools. Leahy: For the very first time with The Tennessee Star Report, Laurie Cardoza-Moore. She is the president and founder and executive director of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Good morning again, Laurie Cardoza-Moore. Moore: Good morning, Michael. Leahy: Tell our listeners about Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. What is this group and what is your mission? Moore: Yes. So we’ve been around really since six months after 9/11 when we introduced a resolution in Tennessee. We were the second state in the country to introduce a resolution to support the state of Israel and her war on terror because we had just been attacked. And we officially became incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005. But...
                 Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton to the newsmaker line to explain top priorities, the redistricitng of Tennessee in contrast with what many other states have done to Republicans through the same channels. Leahy: We are joined now by the Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives Cam Sexton. Good morning Speaker Sexton. Sexton: Good morning. How are you today? Leahy: We are delighted that our technology has worked! Yeah! (Laughs) Sexton: Insane. Leahy: Good thing the Tennessee General Assembly is in session today. Where are the big elements on the agenda that you see? Sexton: Yes, today we’re going to move the redistribution bill to the House floor for Monday night. I think the Senate takes it up today. That’s the biggest thing that’s before us right now. Other than that, I think there’s a lot of educational things, education funding. I think we’re also...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eighteen people were picked to hear the federal case against three former Minneapolis officers who are charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights during the May 2020 arrest that led to the Black man’s death. Twelve jurors will deliberate and six are alternates. Most of the jurors appear to be white; two appear to be of Asian descent. The jury includes people from the Minneapolis metro area, as well as suburbs and far southern Minnesota. Here are some details: JUROR 3 A man from Hennepin County who is a project captain at an architectural firm. Married with no kids. Has a master’s degree in architecture. Member of the American Home Brewers Association who said he likes to drink beer when he is not fixing up house. JUROR 6 A man who has lived in Hennepin County for 40-some years. He works retail; his wife works in a grocery store. They have five kids. Has a degree in teaching French and education. Active in Minnesota Indonesia Society. JUROR 11 Man who lives in southeastern Minnesota’s...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two California counties violated the Constitution's right to keep and bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.Officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties had separately won lower court decisions saying gun stores were not exempt from broader shutdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus early in the pandemic.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both lower court rulings.The Second Amendment "means nothing if the government can prohibit all persons from acquiring any firearm or ammunition," Judge Lawrence VanDyke wrote. "But that's what happened in this case."Because buyers can obtain guns only by personally going to gun stores in California, Ventura County's 48-day closure of gun shops, ammunition shops and firing ranges "wholly prevented law-abiding citizens in the County from realizing their right to keep and bear arms," he wrote.This, he noted, while bike shops were among those allowed to remain open as essential businesses. The panel adopted the same reasoning in...
    Bristol County, Mass. – K-9 dogs are well known for their ability to detect oncoming seizures, explosive particles, narcotics, and other contraband, but it appears working dogs can learn yet another trick.  "Huntah" and "Duke," 14-month-old Labrador Retrievers, work weekly across 15 school facilities in Bristol County, Massachusetts, searching and sniffing for the odor that COVID-19 leaves behind. Bristol County’s Sheriff’s Office is the first in the nation to deploy the COVID-sniffing K-9s in the region. "It's giving the community a feeling of a little more security and know that at least if my child is going to school or my husband's working in an area, they’re not going to bring home COVID because law enforcement is proactively looking to sanitize where those things might pop up," Thomas M. Hodgson, Sheriff of Bristol County, Massachusetts, tells Fox News. FLORIDA K-9S HONORED WITH PURPLE HEARTS AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY K-9 "Huntah" sits to signal his K-9 Handler Paul Douglas that he detected the scent of COVID near a locker.  Dr. Kenneth Furton, founder of the...
    (CBS DETROIT)- Tragedy once again strikes the Wayne County Sheriff’s office as they lose another to COVID-19, making this the 5th staff member to die from the illness. Known for using his angelic voice to sing the National Anthem during graduations for the Wayne County Sheriff’s department. A ceremony in December of 2021, would be the last for Corporal Ernest Robinson. “Shortly after that I got word that he was suffering from the COVID virus and he was in the hospital and then just last week he passed away,” said Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington. Leaving behind 4 children and a heartbroken Sheriff’s department Washington says. Unfortunately, Robinson a 26-year veteran who worked in the County’s jail downtown, was not the first in the department to die from the virus. “We’ve had about 5 deaths due to COVID since March of 2020,” Washington said. Including the departments own Sheriff, Benny Napoleon who died from COVID in December of 2020. Washington says this is a lot on the organization that’s why it’s important for the department to continue implementing COVID safety measures. “Everyone...
    A SHOOTING in Orange County stops allegedly armed fraudster at Walmart. Deputies in Orange County have not yet updated the public on the health status of the shot suspect. 2According to the Orange County Sheriff's department, police officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at approximately 9.40pm, on January 19, 2022. Was there a shooting at the Walmart in Foothill Ranch? According to the Orange County Sheriff's department, police officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at approximately 9.40pm, on January 19, 2022. In the call, officers were informed that several people were trying to return items they had not even purchased at Walmart. Witnesses at the scene revealed that one of the suspects who was trying to make these fraudulent transactions refused to heed the commands of the officers, and immediately produced a weapon. Most read in NewsLET IT SNOW Track winter storm Jasper as Arctic blast dumps MORE snow on East CoastBACK FOR MORE What to know about the voting rights billJOE TIME Trump slams 'softball questions' at White House as Biden's rating tanksLOCKDOWN FEARS Shelter-in-place...
    Left-wing billionaire and Democrat donor George Soros has turned his attention in recent years to local races for prosecutor, using his money to elect “progressives” who push “criminal justice reform” and support the Black Lives Matter movement. The rise of these Soros-backed prosecutors has coincided with a massive surge in murder and crime in many Democrat-run cities, including many where these prosecutors have implemented radical policies toward policing and incarceration. Most recently, for example, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has faced criticism for his radical reforms in the year since he took office, while murders soared. “The city last year experienced 397 murders, up 11.8 percent from the 355 the previous year, and a 53.9 percent increase from the 258 in the pre-pandemic year of 2019,” Los Angeles magazine noted. These murders included the shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, a black philanthropist and the wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant, who was killed during a robbery in her home. Gascón blamed the “system” for her death. More recently, a young woman, Brianna Kupfer, was stabbed to death in broad...
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Some Marin County residents are expressing concern, saying they've been hearing loud booms at night and don't believe them to be from fireworks."There have been really loud explosions!" Cristina Peralta said.Peralta lives with her boyfriend in the Marin County area of San Geronimo Valley.RELATED: Walnut Creek man arrested after explosion, found with $2,500 worth of fireworks, police sayThe sheriff's office confirms the explosions and says there have been at least six of them in the last month."I heard one and it rattled the walls of our house. I felt it in my body, my chest, it was so low it sounded like it was coming from underground," says Peralta.The Marin County Sheriff's Office says one of the most recent booms came last Sunday around 10 p.m. A deputy who was nearby found evidence that someone had lit some type of unknown device that damaged a large tree in the area.EXCLUSIVE: SF restaurant owner unsure of future in city after business rocked by explosionEMBED More News Videos Dramatic surveillance video shows the moments a San Francisco...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Erika Santish PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An Allegheny County family wants help from the FBI in getting justice for their loved one. READ MORE: Valentine's On Ice Returns To Schenley ParkPeter Spencer was shot and killed near Carls Road in Rockland Township last month. His family is demanding more be done to find out who killed him. Family members said they’ve been left in the dark throughout this investigation and have not gotten any answers or updates from the police. They say Spencer was shot nine times and four people were detained the night of his death. But the family said no arrests have been made. READ MORE: Man Recently Released From Federal Prison Charged With Attacking Ex In JeannetteThey say drugs, alcohol and firearms were found at the scene where the shooting happened. The family’s attorney, Paul Jubas, said Spencer was dropped off by his fiance at a campsite in Venango County, where he went to enjoy the outdoors with a friend. Others involved in the case have not been identified, the attorney said. Family members...
    By Cheri Mossburg | CNN Divers from the Fresno County, California, Sheriff’s Office embarked on a “dangerous dive operation” this week and recovered the body of Missy Hernandez, who was last seen more than a month ago, authorities announced Tuesday. The recovery came just days after Hernandez’s boyfriend, Ramon Jimenez, was charged with murder. Hernandez’s body was recovered Sunday from the California Aqueduct, Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a news conference. Her body was discovered weighed down beneath the surface, said Mims, who did not provide additional details. The delicate dive operation took about three hours, as divers searched in the cold waters. Each diver could only go beneath the surface for about 30 minutes at a time and could not touch the bottom of the aqueduct as the disruption of silt on the bottom obscured visibility, Mims explained. Jimenez, 41, was charged last week in connection with Hernandez’s death. Authorities said Thursday that he was being held in the Fresno County Jail on charges of murder and domestic violence. He was already in custody since he had been...
    Austin (CNN)Douglas Frank, an Ohio math teacher, affixed his Texas flag print bow tie, led a booming rendition of the National Anthem and then walked a crowd through an absurd mathematical equation that he claimed proves the 2020 election was stolen."Just about every county in the country was hacked," Frank told the dozens of Texans huddled in a ballroom at a local country club on Sunday. When he finished speaking more than 90 minutes later, they gave him a standing ovation.This is how the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen grows even bigger. More than a year later, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. But Frank is still winning audiences with lawmakers, election officials and voters across the country.Currently on leave from his teaching position, Frank has traveled to Texas and dozens of other states, claiming he uncovered an algorithm proving the 2020 election was stolen nationwide, even as his conclusions have been debunked by mathematicians and election experts."At the core of how our democracy works is that we have to trust election...
    (CNN)Divers from the Fresno County, California, Sheriff's Office embarked on a "dangerous dive operation" this week and recovered the body of Missy Hernandez, who was last seen more than a month ago, authorities announced Tuesday. The recovery came just days after Hernandez's boyfriend, Ramon Jimenez, was charged with murder. Hernandez's body was recovered Sunday from the California Aqueduct, Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a news conference. Her body was discovered weighed down beneath the surface, said Mims, who did not provide additional details.The delicate dive operation took about three hours, as divers searched in the cold waters. Each diver could only go beneath the surface for about 30 minutes at a time and could not touch the bottom of the aqueduct as the disruption of silt on the bottom obscured visibility, Mims explained.Read MoreJimenez, 41, was charged last week in connection with Hernandez's death. Authorities said Thursday that he was being held in the Fresno County Jail on charges of murder and domestic violence. He was already in custody since he had been arrested on December 8 -- one day...
    A female cop has died from a bullet wound to the head following an argument with her boyfriend in Texas, police said.  Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Amanda Crowder, 33, of Houston, a mother of two, died in the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center after a shooting on Monday.  She and her boyfriend reportedly left the Kung Fu Saloon on Washington Avenue around 12.45am on Monday, then got into an argument and Crowder was shot. It is unclear if her service weapon was used, where exactly she was when the shooting occurred and who fired the shot.  Her boyfriend, whose identity has not been released and who is said to be a Houston firefighter, drove to Fire Station 6, also on Washington Avenue, for emergency help after hearing 'hearing a gunshot' and then saw 'the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head,' the Houston Police Department, who is investigating the incident, said in a press release.  Scroll down for video  Harris County Police Deputy Amanda Crowder, 33, of Houston, Texas, a mother of two, has died in the hospital...
    As white settlers made their way west, so did the word “squaw.” Eventually, it took root in nearly 100 California place names, possibly more — Squaw Creek, Squaw Peak, Squaw Hollow, Squaw Flat. For a historic ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and was once known as Squaw Valley, the reckoning came last year. Visitors are now greeted by signs welcoming them to Palisades Tahoe. In another Squaw Valley — a landscape of rolling hills about halfway between Fresno and Kings Canyon National Park — the debate over whether to adopt a new name has pitted Native American activists against a white county supervisor. At the heart of the battle is what “squaw” means and who decides whether it’s offensive. Roman Rain Tree, a member of the Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, is leading a campaign to change the name of the land where his ancestors lived for generations from Squaw Valley to Nuum Valley. Nuum means “the people” in the Western Mono language. Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, who moved to the area from...
    (CNN)The death of an LGBTQ advocate and brother of a former Miami mayor is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said, after his body was discovered in a Florida landfill.Jorge Diaz-Johnston, a plaintiff in a historic same-sex marriage lawsuit against Miami-Dade County in 2014, was found dead at a Jackson County landfill on January 8, the Tallahassee Police Department said.The body had been in trash collected from an Okaloosa County landfill that morning and transported to Jackson County by a garbage transportation company, according to a statement released by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.The 54-year-old was last seen January 3 in Tallahassee, police said. Diaz-Johnston and his husband Don Johnston were one of six couples who filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County in 2014 challenging Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. A Miami-Dade circuit judge ruled in the couples' favor in 2015. Read More"There are just no words for the loss of my beloved husband Jorge Isaias Diaz-Johnston," Johnston wrote on social media Wednesday. "He touched so many people with his kind and generous heart."Manny Diaz, chair of the Florida Democratic...
    Prince George’s County, Maryland, parent Patrick Paschall said he and other parents were dancing on the neighborhood street corner upon learning that students would resume in-person learning this week. Virtual learning, Paschall said, has been difficult. His wife’s job requires her to go into the office most of the time, leaving Paschall to watch his kindergartner and second-grader. He finds himself juggling meetings and other requests with making sure his kids have the resources they need to participate in virtual classes. It’s often a daunting task because his second-grader has lunch at 10 a.m. and recess immediately after, and the kindergartner has lunch at 11 a.m., followed by recess. “It’s a juggle, and it’s a struggle,” Paschall, who is also running for a state delegate seat, said. “My kids were really frustrated a lot of the time because their technology didn’t work, or they couldn’t find the pieces that they need, or they took a longer break than they realized they were supposed to.” Still, Paschall and other parents have said the circumstances were better than the alternative: sending students...
    THE bodies of two women were found along the same stretch of highway just four days apart. Investigators say the deaths are “suspicious.” The deaths of Amber Dillon. 33. and Alyssa Mae Sawdey, 22, are being investigated by the sheriff’s offices in the counties they were found.  4Amber Dillon, 33, was found on January 7 near Highway 101 in a remote areaCredit: provided by her mother 4Alyssa Mae Sawdey, 22, was found on January 11 near an area of warehousesCredit: provided by a family friend However, it’s not believed the deaths are connected. Dillon’s body was found on January 7 after someone stopped a California Highway Patrol officer to report a body found near Highway 101. The body was found “in a remote area off the highway in a field,” according to Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. Dillon’s name was released on January 11. Sawdey was found after a driver reported “an unresponsive person lying near the roadway” to 911 on January 11. She was found near Parducci Road and Christy Lane, an area of warehouses. Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies said...
    Two former members of the Montgomery County school board say the interim superintendent, Monifa McKnight, should be appointed to lead the state’s largest school system for the next four years “effective immediately.” In a letter to the current Montgomery County Board of Education, Michael Durso, who served on the school board from 2009 to 2018, and Jeanette Dixon, who served from 2016 to 2020, urged the current board of education to hire McKnight, saying she is “the right person for this time.” Durso and Dixon wrote that McKnight and the current school board members have been under “excessive scrutiny and criticism” over COVID-19 protocols and changes to school operations. On Jan. 9, McKnight issued a public apology to the school community, stating that while the system dealt with bus driver and substitute teacher shortages, they should have done a better job sharing information about those challenges. “I apologize for any stress this caused our staff, students, and community members,” McKnight said. The two former board members, who also served as school principals, wrote that McKnight “knows and loves” the school...
    NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. (KDKA) — Westmoreland County residents woke up to snow-covered roads Monday morning, but things got better by lunchtime. Still, with swirling, brutal winds, PennDOT officials urged drivers in the area to be mindful of blowing snow drifts around the roadways there. READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Winter Storm Blankets Pittsburgh Region With Heavy SnowfallRoute 30 in North Huntingdon was a slushy mess by midday, an upgrade from the blanket of snow that covered it hours earlier. A KDKA-TV news crew saw several snow plows clearing local roads, not to mention neighbors helping neighbors dig out, and some families enjoying the snow with their children and pets. READ MORE: PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Storm System Moves Into Pittsburgh AreaOne man said he and his family were supposed to fly to Florida on Monday morning, but instead they were bundled up with coats and hats in Latrobe. And Lance Wingard, from Jeannette, said his family had no plans to stay inside. “We will do it all,” he said. “Tubing, snow angels, hot chocolate. The whole shebang.” MORE NEWS: Mayor...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A fast-moving winter storm brought a mix of snow, sleet, and rain across the Tri-State on Sunday night and Monday.Below are snow totals reported to the National Weather Service by trained observers:...CONNECTICUT......FAIRFIELD COUNTY...NEW FAIRFIELD 5.0 IN 0230 AM 01/17 TRAINED SPOTTERSHELTON 3.0 IN 0120 AM 01/17 TRAINED SPOTTERRIDGEFIELD 2.0 IN 0630 AM 01/17 COCORAHSWESTON 1.5 IN 1235 AM 01/17 TRAINED SPOTTERMONROE 1.5 IN 0600 AM 01/17 COCORAHSNORWALK 1.1 IN 0700 AM 01/17 COCORAHSBRIDGEPORT AIRPORT 1.0 IN 0100 AM 01/17 OFFICIAL NWS OBS...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...SEYMOUR 2.8 IN 0200 AM 01/17 TRAINED SPOTTER...NEW JERSEY......BERGEN COUNTY...FRANKLIN LAKES 4.6 IN 1230 AM 01/17 TRAINED SPOTTERMAHWAH 4.1 IN 1200 AM 01/17 PUBLICWESTWOOD 2.2 IN 1140 PM 01/16 TRAINED SPOTTERRIDGEWOOD 1.4 IN 1035 PM 01/16 PUBLICEAST RUTHERFORD 1.4 IN 1050 PM 01/16 TRAINED SPOTTER...ESSEX COUNTY...LIVINGSTON 2.5 IN 1100 PM 01/16 PUBLICWEST ORANGE 2.0 IN 1030 PM 01/16 PUBLICNEWARK AIRPORT 1.0 IN 0100 AM 01/17 OFFICIAL NWS OBS...HUDSON COUNTY...HARRISON 1.0 IN 1005 PM 01/16 CO-OP OBSERVERJERSEY CITY 0.6 IN 0900 PM 01/16 PUBLIC...PASSAIC COUNTY...HAWTHORNE 1.4 IN 0700 AM 01/17 COCORAHS...UNION COUNTY...CRANFORD 1.4 IN...
    Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik is doubled down on the notion, people should mock the unvaccinated who have died from the coronavirus. Hiltzik explained in a Saturday appearance on CNN that even though it is culturally proper to mourn the dead and remember the good they did while living, it is not "entirely appropriate" when it comes to those who died of COVID-19. "So many of them have actually promoted reckless, dangerous policies and… they took innocent people along with them," he said. "Every one of these deaths is a teachable moment and, unfortunately, we haven’t been learning from the lesson that we should be hearing from them." SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE OP-ED CALLS FOR NATIONAL GUARD TO KEEP UNVACCINATED PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES Hiltzik released a column last week titled, "Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary" where he addressed the death of Kelly Ernby, a deputy district attorney in Orange County, California, who reportedly died of complications from the coronavirus last week after opposing vaccine mandates. The columnist specifically explored how mockery "is not...
    New poet laureate San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County poet laureate Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” through Poetry Center San Jose. He also conducts lectures and workshops in creative writing, spiritual verse and other related topics. He has written four books—“Tarman,” “Muted Whispers,” “Tunnel Vision” and “Stuff”—and released three music albums: “One,” “Bloodlines” and “Skin vol.1.” Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, who appointed him to the honorary position following a call for applications and a two-step review process organized by the county, Silicon Valley Creates and the Santa Clara County Library District. He is the county’s seventh poet laureate. “I am standing on the shoulders of those who have held the post in the past, so I am both honored and humbled to be chosen,” Campbell said in a statement. Among the programs Campbell is planning is “In Our Words,” for local youth to write poems that capture the impact the last two years have had on...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The snow tonight is expected to have a major impact on the roadways today. WEATHER LINKS Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: 5-10 Inches Of Snow Expected In Our Area; Snowfall Starts This AfternoonSo Allegheny County and surrounding areas are pulling out all of their tools to keep people safe. PennDOT has already begun the work — they’ve been pre-treating the roads in the district since the weekend started. They say they’ll have 65 trucks in Allegheny County once the snow starts — along with the county’s 30 trucks helping to salt and clear roads. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Looking For Suspect In Overnight Shooting In LawrencevilleBeaver County says they’ll have 36 trucks out on roadways — Lawrence County says they’ll have 23 trucks to take care of the snow there — and in Butler County, Cranberry Township says their trucks will have 16 routes covering 135 miles. But even with that many trucks going to work, the main concern is the rate...
    The eruption of an underwater volcano Saturday in a remote corner of the South Pacific touched off a powerful tsunami that roared across a large swath of the globe, putting millions of people from New Zealand to Canada on alert and forcing the closure of beaches and harbors in California and along the rest of the West Coast. There were no immediate reports of deaths, serious injuries or widespread property damage. The hardest-hit area of California appeared to be Santa Cruz Harbor, where the tsunami waves rushed in at high tide, flooding a parking lot and streets. “The boats are still sitting pretty good,” said boat owner Scott Sommers, who watched from a railroad bridge over the harbor Saturday morning as the surge buffeted the vessels. Fears of a Pacific Rim disaster began Friday around 8 p.m., when the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in waters about 40 miles from Tonga’s capital. The plume of ash and smoke flared 12 miles in the air, bursting on satellite feeds like a mushroom cloud and gripping the attention of meteorologists...
    LOUISVILLE, Colo. (CBS4)- The Boulder County community is still trying to pick up the pieces after the historic Marshall fire. Plenty of people are still in need of housing, clothes, and food. Some of those Boulder County residents who had their lives turned upside down, had a chance Saturday morning to pick up some essentials free of charge. (credit: CBS) Adam Deal the Associate Director of Operations for Community Food Share describes some of what they were giving away. “We got some great milk, cheese, hummus, peanut butter, Kind Bars, we have pet food we have some Skin beauty products… all types of great things.” Community Food Share, a food bank serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties, is held a free pop-up grocery distribution Saturday at Clinica Family Health in Louisville to support those impacted by the Marshall fire in addition to other families in need. (credit: CBS) If the lines of cars that showed up are any indication, they were providing a much-needed service as families find themselves suddenly picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. “A lot of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Officials with the county health department expressed concern that the percentage of COVID patients in intensive care units is now higher than  it was during the Delta surge. Jan. 14, 2022 (CBSLA) READ MORE: Baby On Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Refiles Dismissed LawsuitCOVID infections have been wreaking havoc on schools, hospitals and the workforce. On Friday, LA County Health said that hospitalizations are rising sharply, with an average of 629 more people with COVID-19 being admitted every day. “…all [COVID patients] require resource-intensive precautions, including isolation rooms, cohorted staff and PPE, and this does continue to represent a substantial strain on the the healthcare system, particularly in light of the staffing that are happening at all of our hospitals,” Director of LA County Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, said. RELATED: Los Angeles County Hospitalizations Eclipse 4,000 For Second Straight Day As Omicron Continues To Fuel Surge Of Cases In the meantime, emergency rooms are still overwhelmed. LA County said many hospitals are asking ambulances to divert elsewhere. Jan. 14, 2022 READ MORE: Two Tourists Robbed During...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- The ABC7 News I-Team report from Thursday night about more than $10 million of brand new PPE left out soaking in the rain is getting major reaction across the country, and action from officials in San Mateo County.It was more than 20,000 square feet of boxes containing personal protective equipment.This is your federal tax dollars -- hospital gowns, face shields, goggles, and much more outside at the San Mateo County Event Center since last September.PREVIOUS REPORT: More than $10M worth of masks, protective gear left in the rain outside Bay Area event center"It has to be investigated," Congresswoman Jackie Speier said.Congresswoman Speier, who represents San Francisco and Peninsula, came to San Mateo to talk transportation, but we asked about the major PPE mistake we uncovered.She called it troubling, but said to remember the county has been a leader in drive-through testing, vaccinations and boosters."We need to keep in mind that San Mateo County has really been at the forefront, and we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country and that's good...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota state lawmaker apologized Friday for driving under the influence last weekend. State Rep. Tou Xiong (DFL-Maplewood) issued a statement saying that last Saturday he made a “terrible mistake.” READ MORE: St. Cloud Police: Man Arrested For Multiple Outstanding Warrants“After departing a community gathering, I was pulled over by law enforcement for driving under the influence. My actions are inexcusable and I sincerely apologize. I have a lot of work to do in the coming days, weeks, and months to earn back the trust of my constituents and people I’ve let down, and that will be my focus going forward.” READ MORE: Illegal Bushmeat Confiscated From Travelers At MSP AirportXiong is second elected official in the Twin Cities to apologize for driving under the influence in recent weeks. Last month, Hennepin County Sheriff pleaded guilty to DWI after a drunk driving crash in central Minnesota in a county-own vehicle. MORE NEWS: Devon Manley Pleads Guilty To Murdering Rival's Girlfriend In Drive-By ShootingA number of Hennepin County commissioners and other public officials...