The San Luis Obispo sheriff said that he plans to announce ’major developments’ in the 25-year-old disappearance of a California college student after the ’prime suspect’ was arrested on Tuesday. 44-year-old Paul Flores was the last person seen with Kristin Smart before she vanished in 1996. His father was arrested as an accessory at his Arroyo Grande home.
A murder trial has commenced for a man who has been accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother and setting a fire that killed his own infant son. The selection of the jury began in St. Louis Circuit Court in the trial of 32-year-old Eric Lawson, who faces the death penalty if convicted. This is the second time that Lawson’s case has come to trial.
Two girls, aged 13 and 15, have been charged with felony murder and armed carjacking in the killing an Uber Eats driver of Pakistani origin in Washington, DC. Police said the girls used a Taser on Mohammad Anwar, 66, while carjacking him. The assault led to an accident that killed Anwar. Authorities said the younger girl is from the southeast section of DC and the 15-year-old from Fort Washington.
Residents in Florida were in for a surprise after they noticed a meteor blazing through the darkness Monday night. However, the fireball disappeared from sight in a matter of seconds. While meteors are common, less than five percent make it to the ground, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported. Residents took to social media to share photos and videos of the incident.
State officials in New York said that the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine will be paused after federal health officials raised concerns about a possible link to blood clots. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that people with appointments for the J&J shot at state facilities will instead be offered Pfizer jabs. NYC will also provide Pfizer’s immunization as well as Moderna’s as a replacement.
The White House said the US is still on track to meet its Covid-19 vaccination target despite Johnson & Johnson struggling with production. In a media briefing, Andy Slavitt, adviser to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response team, said J&J is expected to deliver 24 million doses in April. He said, ’There is plenty of supply to continue to vaccinate Americans at 3 million per day, and then some.’
David Henderson, a rights lawyer, said Officer Kimberly Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright, can’t be charged with a crime under Minnesota law. Talking to CNBC, Henderson, ’I think the officer should have been fired immediately because there are points of no return with regard to making mistakes on your job,’ adding, ’I don’t think you can charge this officer with a crime under Minnesota law.’
Kim Akers, a 50-year-old Alaska woman, said was infected with Covid-19 a second time after she had been inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Talking to Fox News, Akers said she was making her story public not to show that vaccines are ineffective, but quite the opposite. She urged the public to get vaccinated because she thinks without it, we are not going to see an end’ of the pandemic.
A shootout at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee between a student and policemen left the student dead and an officer injured. Police said when officers responded to reports of a ’possibly armed’ male suspect in the school, they located the armed student in a bathroom. When they ordered him to come out, the student fired at the officers and was killed in return fire.
Tim Gannon, police chief of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota said the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright appeared to be an ’accidental discharge’ by a cop who drew her gun instead of her Taser. Gannon showed a video footage an officer trying to handcuff Wright next to the car, before he breaks free and gets back inside the car. A second then officer yells, ’Taser, Taser, Taser,’ before firing one shot.
The production of the film ’Emancipation’, being produced by director Antoine Fuqua and actor Will Smith, is being moved out of Georgia due to the state’s newly enacted voting laws. The film was scheduled to begin filming in June, and is based on the true story of an enslaved man named Peter (played by Smith), who escaped from a Louisiana plantation and joined the Union Army.
The latest US government data showed that the number of unaccompanied children in Customs and Border Protection custody has come down from a peak of 5,767 on March 28 to 3,130 on Sunday – a drop of 45%. This is seen as a result of President Joe Biden’s administration efforts to accommodate the minors within facilities managed by HHS rather than DHS.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building was reportedly set on fire by protesters in Portland, Oregon. Police and protesters faced off outside the building near the Willamette River waterfront. Pepper balls were used by federal agents in an attempt to disperse the crowd. There were no immediate reports of arrests having been made.
Brooklyn Center’s Mayor Mike Elliot has fired Curt Boganey, the city manager, after an officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, with gun instead of Taser. Boganey and Elliot both appeared at a news conference over the shooting. At that time, only Boganey had the power to fire police officers. Later in the afternoon, the city council voted to give Elliot control of the police.
Ryan Wentz, a left-wing podcaster said he was ’shaken’ after two police officers came to his California apartment last week and accused him of threatening Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. Wentz said the cops in plainclothes came to his door after he posted a video of some vague remarks made by Ocasio-Cortez on Israel and Palestine and ’lightly’ criticized her as ’incredibly underwhelming.’
Authorities erected a fence outside a restaurant in California that has repeatedly flouted COVID health orders. The fencing was put up Saturday outside of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank after a court ordered the establishment’s electricity be shut off. The eatery has racked up nearly $50,000 in fines since the start of the pandemic for violating health orders.
For an 11th day, the murder trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd resumed with a testimony from George’s younger brother. Philonise broke down just as he took the witness stand. A cardiologist who had reviewed Floyd’s autopsy was the first person on the stand on Monday. The cardiologist said that Floyd did not die from a drug overdose or a heart attack as was being claimed.
Dr Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist retained by the prosecution as a heart expert in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death, testified in the court that there was ’absolutely no evidence’ that Floyd had a negative heart condition. Undercutting defense’s argument that Floyd died of a heart condition, Rich said everything indicated that Floyd had an ’exceptionally strong heart.’
The federal government reportedly refused to send extra vaccines to Michigan, which is suffering from an intense outbreak of COVID-19. The government said that the vaccines will not arrive fast enough to fight the surge, and federal officials suggested that the state should instead ’close things down’ again. The CDC also agreed that shifting vaccine supply from other places is not a solution.
A Virginia town announced late Sunday that one of the two officers accused of pepper-spraying a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has been fired. The town of Windsor announced the statement hours after the Virginia governor announced an investigation into the December 2020 incident. Meanwhile, the army medic, Lt. Caron Nazario, has filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages.