American Cities See Crimes Rise since 2004

Washington D.C. saw its 200th homicide this year, which is the highest threshold for homicide since 2003. A man was shot at a gas station in Southeast Washington just after 10:15 PM. The victim was identified as Dawann Saunders. He was just 30 years old.

Homicide had been falling until 2012 and staggered until 2021, when the homicide rate rose past 2004 levels. However, this trend is not isolated to Washington, D.C.; 29 cities all saw a rise in crime compared with September data from last year, according to Council on Criminal Justice.

FBI reported that killings have increased 30 percent since 2020 across the country. Baltimore for example, saw more than 300 killings for the 7th year, homicides in Philadelphia reached 497 on Monday, which is 13 percent higher than this time last year.

At the moment, reason for the killings is unclear. And as cities are dealing with the shift in priority of seeing crime as a public health emergency rather than police intervention event, it is currently difficult to tell exactly what the correct line of action might be.

D.C. police union attributes the rise in homicides to changes in policing after the 2020 social unrest after the murder of George Floyd. Activists claim that these new policing limitations are preventing police brutality, but critics believe that this limitation is preventing effective crime minimization.

There are also 200 less D.C. officers than last year, as more than half of the 417 members left since June 2020 and did so before being eligible for retirement.

Unfortunately, the rise of gun violence is still concentrated in high-risk groups, and the data continues to confirm this. DC is trying multiple methods such as introducing programs to schools, diverting calls from the police on certain mental health concerns, boosting job trainings for people and investing in housing.

The results seen in DC if improved, could be a model for the rest of the country to follow. Most seem to agree however, that police alone should not be the only ones keeping peace in the city.

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Surfside Condo Victims’ Identities Stolen

After Surfside Condo collapsed on June 24, 2021, the deceased victims’ credit cards have been used at expensive stores by fraudsters; however, the team of thieves behind the fraud was arrested for these crimes. According to News 10, detectives with search warrants found blank checks, birth certificates, photos, and machines to create credit cards, including those with embossed names on them.

“When we executed the search warrant, many things were found,” Surfside police Sgt. Marian Cruz said. “Detectives found large quantities of mail and credit cards, all in the names of the victims. Credit card-making equipment was also located, along with designer shoes and handbags, narcotics and even a firearm.”

Almost 98 people died and many were injured when the condo complex collapsed, one of the suspects, Garcia-Medina said one officer from the Surfside police department when he was arrested, “I am innocent” on the officer’s body camera. However, He was accused of using the one of victim’s credit cards to buy his $130 pair of shoes.

Garcia-Medina’s sister, Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina (30) was arrested along with other two suspects, Kimberly Michelle Johnson (34), Rodney Choute (38) yesterday. The mall surveillance video shows them using stolen credit cards to buy their stuff at the Aventura Mall.

If they are convicted of this crime, they could face 15-30 years in prison, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Investigators and law enforcement are chasing more suspects related to these schemes and are asking for the public’s help.

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The Suspect from NC High School Shooting in Custody

The suspect is now in custody without further incident by the US Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force. An investigation is ongoing regarding the shooting at the Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday. The shooting left 1 student dead, with about 1,500 students in panic; the shooter is also a student of the high school according to the Winston-Salem police Chief, Catrina Thompson.

The wounded student, William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. was taken to a local hospital where he died. After the incident, police blocked roads to the school and the school was put on lockdown for student’s safety. After searching for the suspect for hours, they were able to find and arrest him before the end of the day.

Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement that this was the second shooting in the state this week after a 15-year-old high school student was charged with shooting and wounding a student from Wilmington High School just Monday.

“We must work to ensure the safety of students and educators, quickly apprehends the shooter, and keep guns off school grounds,” Gov.Cooper said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today and in the difficult days to come,” the Winston-Salem Police Department said on its Twitter account. The school has about 1,530 students enrolled for this year.

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Senate Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill by 94-1

Senate. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced, and the Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accompanied the Anti-Asian hate crime bill and the Bill passed with 94-1 on the floor today. The only “no” vote came from Missouri senator Josh Hawley. The bill only needed 60 votes to pass, but both sides of the parties agreed that rising crime against Asians since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic must be rid of.

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues.”

This bill is now on the way to the House floor, led by congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). If it passes the House, it will likely be signed by Pres. Biden. President Biden has encouraged action on preventing hate crimes since the Georgia incident, and the incident in New York City.

Sen. Collins stated, “Crimes motivated by bias against race, national origin, and other characteristics cannot be tolerated.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “Over the past several years, the forces of hate and bigotry seemed to have gained strength too often encouraged by our former president,” at the Senate floor. He also added, “The Senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group [have] no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”

Schumer mentioned the bill’s passage containing two messages: One, the government is in solidarity with the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) communities. Two, these hate crimes will not be tolerated anymore.

Recently, many Asian Americans have been avoiding going outside for fear of attack by someone without any public protections, especially old people.

Currently, anti-Asian hate crimes are rising around the world, and they must be stopped at some point.

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25 Year Cold Case of Kristin Smart Finally Solved

In May of 1996, a college freshman year teen, Kristin Smart (19) disappeared after she attended her school party off-campus. The key suspect, Paul Flores was the last person who had seen Kristin alive. After Kristin went missing, her family filed a civil suit against Paul Flores. Flores has maintained his innocence in the involvement in Kristin’s disappearance, however. However, her family and the detective-in-charge never gave up on Kristin’s case.

The key suspect, Paul Flores (44) was taken into custody with a murder charge on Tuesday morning in San Pedro California, and his father Luben Flores (80) arrested on an accessory charge; San Luis Obispo County sheriff confirmed on Tuesday.

Paul Flores is being held without bail and his father, Luben Flores is being held on a bond of $250,000. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officials served another search warrant at the Arroyo Grande property this morning. Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff held a conference at the California Polytechnic State University where Kristin went to college.

In February, authorities served search warrants on multiple members of the Flores family. Some of the “items” were discovered during searches, investigators said at the time.

In March, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office searched Ruben Flores’s home in Arroyo Grande.

A judge signed the two arrest warrants and two search warrants that were executed today. Parkinson said that the searches may continue into Wednesday, depending on what is found.

Parkinson explained that the cold cases podcast which is Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought renewed interest to the investigation. “He took a local story and expanded it into an international story,” Parkinson told reporters. “Once that message got out, we started getting more information… there are a lot of people that are students here that are not from San Luis Obispo. When they graduate, a lot of them will leave, and so they’re dispersed all over the country. That message gets out to the nation, and those people that used to live here at the time might remember something.”

The Smart family expressed how they felt when their fears of Kristin’s death became a reality, “The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this horrible secret for nearly 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain,” in a long heartbroken statement.

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Hundreds Line the Street to Pay Honor to Fallen Officer Eric Talley in Colorado

Hundreds of people lined up for farewell as slain police officer Eric Talley’s body was moved from the coroner’s office to the funeral home. He had worked to save the citizens from the recent grocery store mass shooting.

Eric Talley (51) was one of 10 people killed at the grocery market in Boulder, CO. He was the first responder to arrive at the King Soopers supermarket and was killed by the gunman.

This death has brought the gun debate to the forefront, as many people are panicking about the range of guns available in the market, which can have a great impact on the number of people hurt by those abusing their guns. Officer Talley leaves his wife and 7 young children behind, aged 5 to 17. He had been a member of the Boulder police force since 2010 and is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1994.

What’s even more notable is that those at the grocery stores were simple, ordinary people; some of them were essential workers performing their duties during this ongoing pandemic.

The hearse stopped by at the Boulder Police Department and headed to the funeral home in Aurora.

On March 24, President Biden praised Officer Talley’s heroism, and VP Harris brought the gun control law to the Senate floor.

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Grocery store shooting kills multiple, including A Police officer in Colorado

The suspect of mass killing, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa(21)

(updated 11:00 AM)

Around 2:30 pm in local time on Monday, a mass-shooting in South-Boulder, Colorado horrified the world. This event left 10 people dead and many injured. A suspect was injured but treated and in police custody.

Less than a week after the Atlanta shooting, Americans are fearing the uncertainty of safety in public space, even grocery stores.

The mass killer was arrested, but we still don’t know the motive. The first responder, a police officer, Eric Talley(51) died at the scene from gunshots being fired. He is survived by a wife and 7 children.

According to the Boulder Police Department, the victims of this massacre are Denny Stong(20), Neven Stanisic(23), Rikki Olds(25), Tralona Bartkowiak (49), Teri Leiker(51), Suzanne Fountain(59) Kevin Mahoney(61), Lynn Murray (62) and Jodi Waters(65).

The suspect is identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa(21). “He was kind of scary to be around,” said Dayton Marvel, who graduated from Arvada West High School in 2018 and was on the wrestling team with Alissa. Alissa once had an outburst and threatened to kill people during an intra-team match, Marvel said.

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GWA Today : 12 high-schoolers of COVID-19 Positive, A man possesses Long gun with unregistered ammunition detained at the VP’s Mansion in DC

Loudoun County, VA – A dozen high school students tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a cheerleading competition in Richmond, VA, according to NBC.

Dr. David Goodfriend, health director for Loudoun County stated the risk increases for young people and parents involved in club sports that aren’t following the social distancing and mask guidelines imposed during in-school activities.

Of course, many students and families are very careful to minimize possible exposures, but when in-school activities are involved, it can be much more difficult to stay vigilant. Loudoun County Public Schools said close contacts were quarantined, and the students who tested positive are staying home until they recover.

Washington, D.C.- A man in possession of a long gun with high-capacity ammunition magazines was arrested outside the vice president’s mansion in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

Secret Service detained Paul Murray (31) from San Antonio, Texas around 12:15 p.m., and charge him for carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Cops in Texas tipped off DC area authorities that a suspicious person was at the Naval Observatory mansion at 3400 block of Massachusetts Avenue.

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17-year-old boy kills 2 people and injures 1 before arrest

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Tuesday night about at about 11:45pm, Kyle Rittenhouse (17), a high school student shot his long gun at protesters, killing 2 people and injuring 1 on the intersection of 63rd street and Sheridan Rd in Kenosha, Illinois.

It was the third night of protest for justice for the police shooting of 29 year old Jacob Blake, as hundreds of people gathered at the scene. Then an armed young man began to shoot.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Facebook shows him with a long gun. He apparently had been in a program for kids who were considering a career in law enforcement.

One of the victim identified was a 26-year-old Anthony Huber.

Kenosha County authorities issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, on Wednesday morning, charging him with first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday morning in Antioch, and he was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

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Women-hating Lawyer Prime Suspect in the NJ Judge Son’s Killing

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On July 19, 2020, a Mr. Den Hollander, a lawyer with a history of filing frivolous (legal term for useless) lawsuits against any “feminist” programs such as women’s studies programs and “ladies’ nights” at local nightclubs showed up at the NJ Judge Esther Salas’ home in North Bruswick, NJ, dressed up in what seemed like FedEx uniform.

There, the Judge’s son, 20-year old Daniel Andrel was shot on the heart, and his father, 63-year old, Mark Andrel (criminal defense lawyer), was shot multiple times. The Judge was was in the basement when the shooting occurred and rushed upstairs.

The son was an only child, about to start junior year at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with hopes of joining the legal profession. Unfortunately, he was killed. Mr. Mark Andrel is alive, but in critical condition.

Den Hollander was found dead near Liberty, NY. It seems to be an apparent suicide; he had told another lawyer taking over a case that challenged the male-only draft for the US military, that Mr. Hollander had terminal cancer.

Den Hollander seems to have had significant issues; he often wrote thousands of pages on hating women, including his 1,700-page self-published book on Judge Esther Salas as being lazy and incompetent.

Mr. Hollander deemed himself a “Men’s Rights” individual, with hateful, abusive, and misogynistic language against “Feminazis.” Most of his online creeds were thousands of pages long.

It certainly does not help Mr. Hollander’s case, that he went through a bitter divorce with a woman from Russia about ten years ago, a moment that he attributes as the moment when he realized the “evilness” of women.

FBI is currently investigating other potential links and leads.

What’s ridiculously appalling, among many other aspects of Mr. Hollander, was that the Judge Salas was the judge that allowed his lawsuit against the Selective Service System, yet he still held a grudge against her for not moving the case along fast enough.

It is a terrible price to pay for one crazed man’s irrational ideology. The fact that Judge Salas’ family will never see justice for the crime done is even more heartbreaking. Condolences to Judge Salas and her family on the loss of their dear son.

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