Home » Archives by category » National

LAPD makes 50 arrests in skid row drug investigation

LAPD makes 50 arrests in skid row drug investigation

The Los Angeles Police Department on Friday announced that it has made 50 arrests with 16 additional arrests pending after its two-year investigation into narcotics sold on the city’s notorious skid row in downtown L.A.The investigation focused mostly on drug sales to the area’s large and vulnerable homeless population — particularly dealers who prey on homeless individuals after they receive public assistance payments at the beginning of each month.
Clients bring old needles to exchange for new needles at the front door of the Center for Harm Reduction in Skid Row in September of 2021. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images).

Michigan school shooting: How unusual to charge parents?

Michigan school shooting: How unusual to charge parents?

Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say.That’s what makes the case against Ethan Crumbley’s parents uncommon, following the fatal shooting of four students at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Jennifer and James Crumbley ignored opportunities to intervene, just a few hours before the bloodshed.They’re charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Ethan, 15, is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
James (left) and Jennifer Crumbley, during the arraignment of their son, Ethan Crumbley, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, on December 1, 2021. (District Court via AP)

New Orleans: Push to rename Lee boulevard after Toussaint

New Orleans: Push to rename Lee boulevard after Toussaint

A New Orleans city council member is pushing to change a street currently named after Confederate Gen. Robert EBy Associated PressDecember 4, 2021, 6:38 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW ORLEANS — A member of the New Orleans city council is pushing to change a street currently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and replace it with one the city’s most famous musicians, Allen Toussaint, who died in 2015.Councilmember Jared C. Brossett introduced an ordinance to rename the street that goes through the northern part of the city near Lake Pontchartrain after Toussaint. Toussaint was a songwriter, producer, pianist and performer whose decades-long career helped make such hits as “Working in the Coal Mine,” and ″Southern Nights.”“The City of New Orleans should prioritize celebrating our culture bearers, our diversity, and everything that makes our City special, not those who worked to tear us apart and represent a horrible history of racism that we are still dealing with today,” said Brossett in a news release announcing the effort. “Allen Toussaint is a New Orleans native and world-renowned musician. He represents the very best of our city.”Brossett sent a letter to the city’s planning commission, which now has 60 days to hold a public hearing and then present a report before the matter goes to the full council, according to the press release.Like other cities and towns around the country and especially the South, residents and officials in New Orleans have worked to remove old vestiges of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow era when Black residents were forced to endure racial segregation. The city has removed a number of prominent monuments honoring Confederate figures including a statue of Lee that stood in a prominent traffic circle. Lee, a leading Confederate general, surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865.A committee appointed in 2020 was tasked with identifying streets, parks and places in the city memorializing white supremacy and recommending new names for them. One of the 37 places the report identified was Robert E. Lee Boulevard, which the authors recommended renaming in honor of Toussaint.“Toussaint was a beloved and internationally-acclaimed New Orleans songwriter, producer and musician who was instrumental in shaping the sound of modern New Orleans music,” the report read.

Michigan school shooting: Crumbley lawyer says gun was locked up, accuses prosecutor of creating media circus

Michigan school shooting: Crumbley lawyer says gun was locked up, accuses prosecutor of creating media circus

Attorneys Mariell Lehman and Shannon Smith, representing the parents of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, said Saturday the gun that the 15 year old allegedly used was “locked” before Tuesday’s tragedy.James Crumbley, 45, purchased the weapon recovered following the shooting – a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol – at a local firearms store on Nov. 26, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said earlier this week, adding that Ethan Crumbley had access to the gun at home before he allegedly brought it to Oakland High School.”That gun was actually locked, so when the prosecution is stating that this child had free access to a gun, that is…absolutely not true,” Lehman said Saturday morning during the couple’s arraignment.
Crumbley arraignment on Dec. 4, 2021. (Oakland County District Court)

Maryland homeowner accidentally burns house down in effort to fight snake infestation

Maryland homeowner accidentally burns house down in effort to fight snake infestation

A Maryland homeowner accidentally burned down a house in November while attempting to use smoke to get rid of a snake infestation. Pete Pringer, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service’s public information officer, and other first responders were at the property Thursday to investigate.
 
(Pete Pringer/Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service)WILDFIRES TORCHED UP TO A FIFTH OF ALL GIANT SEQUOIA TREES”The homeowner was using smoke to manage a snake infestation. It is believed that the heat source was too close to the combustible that caused the fire in the walls and ceiling area, unbeknownst to the homeowner at the time,” Pringer said in Friday’s recorded voice note of the incident.The fire began in the basement. By the time firefighters extinguished the flames at the large single-family home, an estimated $1 million in damage had been done. 
 
(Pete Pringer/Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPringer said an investigation into the fire continues, adding no injuries were reported. 

Waukesha parade aftermath: community comes together through fundraisers, signs and blue lights

Waukesha parade aftermath: community comes together through fundraisers, signs and blue lights

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Nearly two weeks after the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade tragedy, small businesses along the parade route are coming together to show strength for the community by hosting fundraisers, hanging ‘Waukesha Strong’ signs and burning blue lights.”As bad of a tragedy as it was, everyone’s really come together,” Jasmine Hale, an employee at Chef Pam’s Kitchen, told Fox News.On Nov. 21, Darrell Brooks Jr. drove his SUV through barricades and into the parade crowd, allegedly killing six people and leaving dozens injured. Brooks has been charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and is being held on a $5 million cash bail. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE TRAGEDY VICTIM, 52, TO BE LAID TO REST MONDAY”‘Waukesha Strong’ is on like every sign for every restaurant,” Easy Aqua owner Dominic Martino told Fox News. “Everyone burning the blue lights and stuff like that — everywhere you go for the past few days now, it’s just blue,” Martino told Fox News.Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly explained on a livestream on the city’s Facebook page that the blue lights are being lit “to show unity and stand with those injured.” Posters in town say, “Unite with a blue light.”
Waukesha Strong signs hang throughout the community.
(Fox News Digital)”Blue lights were an idea by somebody in the city to have everyone in Waukesha put blue lights on at a certain time, last Sunday, but also to keep the blue lights on throughout the community,” Joan Skimmons, River’s End Gallery owner and one of the blue light bulb distributors, explained.”We’ve had people coming in all the time … people looking for the blue lights. They all want to participate.””Seeing everyone do that, it does mean a lot,” Martino added.Skimmons told Fox News she lights hers because “we want to remember. We never want to forget this,”
One of many small businesses with blue lights lit in Waukesha.
(Fox News Digital)WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTACK: JACKSON SPARKS, 8, REMEMBERED AS ‘SWEET, TALENTED BOY’Waukesha’s local businesses have also held multiple fundraisers since the tragedy. Chef Pam’s Kitchen recently hosted a lobster benefit dinner, raising thousands for the Christmas parade victims.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “It feels healing for me because myself and another chef that works here … we both were at the parade and we responded,” owner Pam Dennis, a retired Navy nurse, told Fox News. Dennis said they “responded wherever we could help” the night of the attack.She credited community volunteers who have come to her kitchen “from all walks of life just wanting to pitch in. Everyone wants to be united.”

Michigan prosecutor highlights texts from school shooting suspect's parents sent to son before tragedy

Michigan prosecutor highlights texts from school shooting suspect's parents sent to son before tragedy

Oakland County, Michigan, prosecutor Karen McDonald on Saturday highlighted text messages and a social media post from James and Jennifer Crumbley to their son, suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, during their arraignment hearing.McDonald said during the hearing that the “likelihood of conviction is strong” for the parents, who pleaded not guilty Saturday to four counts each of involuntary manslaughter after their son was accused of shooting and killing four students and injuring seven others on Tuesday.”Mr. Crumbley purchased this weapon for his son, and…on [Nov. 27], Mrs. Crumbley…went to the shooting range with her son, posted on social media that it was a mother-son day, and that she…bought a gun for her baby for Christmas. It’s also clear from the facts that he had total access to this weapon and that it was for him,” McDonald said.
Crumbley arraignment on Dec. 4, 2021.
(Oakland County District Court)Defendants’ attorneys disputed the claim that Ethan Crumbley, 15, had “free” access to the weapon, saying the gun was “locked” before he apparently accessed it and took the weapon to school.On Nov. 29, the Crumbleys “were aware” that their son “was searching ammunition on his phone at school,” McDonald said. The prosecutor previously said during a Friday press conference that an Oxford High School teacher noticed Ethan Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone during class. A teacher also noticed disturbing drawings that the 15 year old created in school.MICHIGAN SHOOTING SUSPECT PARENTS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES: LIVE UPDATES”Instead of reacting to that as a concerned parent and worried about safety, Mrs. Crumbley texted, ‘L.O.L, just I’m not mad. Just next time, don’t get caught,'” McDonald said Saturday.On Tuesday, when Ethan Crumbley went to school with the 9 m.m. Sig Sauer pistol that James Crumbley allegedly purchased from a local firearms store on Black Friday, Nov. 26, James and Jennifer Crumbley “were called to the school about their son’s drawing, which clearly depicted threats and acts of violence,” according to McDonald.
Ethan Robert Crumbley and his parents Jennifer Crumbley and James Crumbley are pictured at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Michigan. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERS)

Page 1 of 262123Next ›Last »