Alleged San Diego synagogue shooter had 50 rounds on him when arrested: Prosecutor

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The 19-year-old man who allegedly unleashed a barrage of gunfire on members of a Southern California synagogue was arraigned Tuesday afternoon as prosecutors released new details of the attack, including that the suspect had 50 rounds of ammunition on him when he was arrested.A San Diego County prosecutor said in court that when the suspect, John T. Earnest, was arrested he was wearing a tactical vest containing five ammunition magazines, holding 50 bullets. He also said the entire rampage was caught on video.One day after purchasing an AR-style assault rifle, Earnest, 19, allegedly stormed a Passover service at the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on Saturday, killing a member of the temple and wounding three others, including an 8-year-old girl, according to authorities.He was arraigned Monday on one count of murder with a hate-crime special circumstance and gun allegations, and three counts of attempted murder with hate-crime and gun allegations. He was also arraigned on a charge of arson on a house of worship stemming from a fire he allegedly ignited at the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in the San Diego County town of Escondido on March 24.Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Earnest by his court appointed attorney, Deputy Public Defender John O’Connell.Leonard Trinh, a San Diego County deputy district attorney, said in court that Earnest allegedly fired eight to 10 rounds before his gun malfunctioned.He said synagogue member Lori Kaye, 60, was shot twice in the attack and killed.Earnest, wearing glasses and a blue jail jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the arraignment and only answered “Yes,” when asked if he waived his right to a speedy trial.If convicted of the charges, Earnest faces a sentence of life in prison without parole or death, a prosecutor said. A moratorium on the death penalty in California went into effect last month.The judge ordered Earnest to be held in jail without bail, saying he is “an obvious and extraordinary risk to public safety.”Earnest was ordered to return to court for a hearing on May 30. His preliminary hearing is set for July 8.Earnest’s parents released a statement Monday saying they were “shocked and deeply saddened” by the attack.“To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries,” the parents’ statement reads.Just prior to the synagogue attack, Earnest allegedly posted a threatening letter filled with anti-Semitic and Islamophobic references online and wrote he was planning to livestream an attack, officials said. In the writings, he expressed white supremacist views and claimed responsibility for the mosque fire.Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said they were alerted to the letter by an online tipster five minutes before Earnest burst into the Poway synagogue.“The submission included a link to the post, but did not offer specific information about the post’s author or threat location,” the FBI said in a statement to ABC News. “Although FBI employees immediately took action to determine the post’s author, the shooting occurred before the suspect could be fully identified.”The FBI is conducting an investigation of the synagogue attack and collecting evidence for possible federal hate crime charges against Earnest, officials said.Kaye was a member of the synagogue and was fatally shot in the lobby while her husband and daughter were elsewhere in the building.“I think Lori took the bullet for me and I think she took the bullet for the whole congregation,” Yisroel Goldstein, the rabbi of the synagogue, told ABC News.Goldstein was shot in both hands during the attack. The index finger on his right hand was blown off and doctors managed to save the index finger on his left hand.Also hurt in the rampage were 8-year-old Noya Dahan and her uncle, Almog Peretz, 34. Both suffered shrapnel wounds.“I really don’t feel safe because this is not the first and definitely not the last time this is going to happen,” Dahan told ABC News. “So now I know just to watch out and stuff for dangerous things to happen.”Rabbi Goldstein said the gunman’s assault rifle jammed during the attack and he was chased out of the synagogue by two members of the congregation, Oscar Stewart, 51-year-old military veteran, and an off-duty Border Patrol agent, who fired at the suspect’s car as it drove off.A K-9 officer spotted Earnest fleeing the shooting. Authorities said Earnest, who wore a helmet mounted with a camera that malfunctioned and prevented him from livestreaming the attack, surrendered immediately and was placed under arrest.Trinh said that prior to his arrest, Earnest called 911 and reported that he was armed.Earnest, one of five children in his family who grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in San Diego County, is a pianist and was an honor student at Mt. Carmel High School, where his father is a teacher, according to ABC affiliate 10News. He was also a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Escondido.In their statement, Earnest’s parents said their son was “raised in a family, faith, and community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do.”“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act,” the parents’ statement reads. “To that end, our family is cooperating with investigators … Our hearts will forever go out to the victims and survivors. Our thanks go to the first responders who prevented even greater loss of life and the well-wishers who have supported us. And we pray for peace.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pharmacist pleads guilty to federal charges for intentionally sabotaging COVID vaccines

first_imgGrafton Police DepartmentBy IVAN PEREIERA, SASHA PEZENIK, and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(GRAFTON, Wis.) — A Wisconsin pharmacist pleaded guilty to two federal charges Tuesday and admitted that he tampered with over 500 doses of a coronavirus vaccine, the Department of Justice announced.Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, Wisconsin, faces up to 20 years in person on two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury, the Justice Department said in a statement.Brandenburg admitted to removing 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine from cold storage at Advocate Aurora Health Hospital on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, leaving them out to spoil overnight, according to federal prosecutors. The suspect said he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically, according to the plea agreement.“Tampering with vaccine doses in the midst of a global health crisis calls for a strong response, as reflected by the serious charges the United States has brought today,” acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division said in a statement.Brandenburg’s attorney declined to comment about the deal.“The FDA has ensured that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine meets the agency’s rigorous standards for quality, safety, and efficacy,” FDA Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Catherine A. Hermsen said in a statement.About 57 doses from the tampered vials were distributed to patients, according to federal prosecutors.Brandenburg was arrested on New Year’s Eve. He was released conditionally to his home four days later after Wisconsin prosecutors said they needed more time for test results from Moderna to determine the exact damage the pharmacist caused when he tampered with the 57 vials, each of which contained about 100 doses.Last week, Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said tests were still ongoing, but “the best evidence at this point is that the vaccine remains viable.”Brandenburg’s sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Effects of copper exposure on the metabolism of the mysid Praunus flexuosus

first_imgThe metabolism of a coastal mysid population ŽPraunus flexuosus. from the West Solent South England. has been studied in different seasons winter, spring and summer.. Metabolic responses to copper 0, 5, 25, 75 and 200 mg ly1 copper added. were measured in winter and summer at 24 h, 96 h and 10 days of exposure. The metabolic rates of P. flexuosus in controls were different between seasons. Respiration and ammonia excretion were 2.5 to 6 times lower in winter than in summer. O:N ratios also varied significantly with season from 3.5–5 in summer to8 in winter. Temperature dependency of respiration Q10s1.76. and excretion Q10s1.95. was moderate. Copper effects on metabolism resulted in a decrease of the O:N ratio, from values of 10 to values between 4 and 2. The metabolic responses to copper were stronger in summer than in winter, causing larger changes and being effective at lower concentrations. Alterations of the O:Nratio found in this study were a very sensitive indicator of sublethal and lethal toxicity.last_img read more

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Uni2 Rent acquisition in Nottingham

first_imgEd HendersonStudent lettings and management company Uni2 Rent has expanded with the acquisition of Full House Management, which traded as Nottingham West Lettings.Uni2 Rent, founded in Nottingham by an entrepreneurial student in 2012, has acquired an additional 204 student rooms across 50 properties, expanding the number of student rooms under its management to over 1,200 across the city.The majority of the newly acquired properties are HMOs, located in Lenton – one of Nottingham’s prime student areas.Uni2 Rent successfully onboarded landlords to the company, letting all 204 rooms in just a few months and ensuring an excellent standard of service for its new clients.Uni2 Rent’s Founder and Managing Director, Ed Henderson, said, “This strategic acquisition is a firm statement of how strong the student HMO market is and has allowed us to work with more landlords to further our investment in this sector.“Students remain at the heart of our business and the demand for our high quality rooms and the transparent service we offer, enables us to innovate and grow. The acquisition of Nottingham West Lettings was a natural step for us as we look to further expand our business and presence in Nottingham.”Nottingham West Lettings’ former owner, Stephen Bristow, said, “With Ed’s forward thinking approach and proven track record of acquisition, I’m pleased that Uni2 Rent has taken our business to the next level.“The company has embraced our portfolio, used its expertise to increase landlord rental income and provided a team of specialists in each area of property lettings and management. Ed and the team will continue to guide landlords through the complex regulatory industry and I wish him and the team the very best.”Full House Management Nottingham West Lettings Stephen Bristow Uni2 Rent Ed Henderson student lettings June 30, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Uni2 Rent acquisition in Nottingham previous nextAgencies & PeopleUni2 Rent acquisition in NottinghamThe Negotiator30th June 20200492 Viewslast_img read more

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FORGIVING JOHN HINCKLEY

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganA federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley Jr., the mentally disturbed man who tried to assassinate my father 35 years ago, will be set free in about a week.Many people, including members of my own family, think it’s a terrible injustice that Hinckley, now 61, will be allowed to leave the mental hospital and live permanently with his elderly mother in Virginia.I don’t.Before I explain, I’d like to remind people of what my father said and did in the days following the events of March 30, 1981.When I walked into his hospital room the next day and saw my wounded father, the first thing he said to me, after “Good morning,” was “Michael, if you’re ever going to be shot, don’t be wearing a new suit.”What? I thought to myself.“Well, yesterday I was shot.”“I know, father. I know.”“Well, I was wearing a brand new suit I had just picked up the day before. And I’m telling you, if you’re going to get shot don’t be wearing a new suit.“When I was on the gurney they cut that suit off me and the last time I saw it it was in shreds in the corner of my hospital room. That’s what they do. They cut it off you.”My father was only half done with his story.“That young man who shot me, John Hinckley Jr., I understand his parents are in the oil biz.”“Yes they are, Dad.”“I understand they live in Denver.”“Yes they do, Dad.“Do you think they have any money?”“Dad,” I said, “they are in the oil business and live in Denver. Of course they have money.”My dad looked at me and said, “Well, do you think they’d buy me a new suit?”Humor was my dad’s way of making strangers feel comfortable in his presence. He was the same way with his family.Before my father was well enough to go back to the White House he did something completely serious. He said he had forgiven Hinckley.Not only that, he wanted to go to meet Hinckley face-to-face and tell him that he had forgiven him.Hinckley’s doctors didn’t think that was a good idea because Hinckley was too mentally unstable, so it never happened.But it proves, as I always like to say, that my father didn’t just recite “The Lord’s Prayer,” he lived it.A lot of people can’t forgive Hinckley even today.They were shocked in 1981 when he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and they were angry when they found out he’d become eligible for release some day.Because of Hinckley, the laws were changed. Today if you shoot at the president you stay in prison for life, no matter how crazy you are.Over the years all of us in the families hurt by Hinckley have watched the courts and doctors slowly but surely release him through the mental health system.Hinckley’s not a threat to my family or anyone else’s. But he’s not totally free and never will be.He may not have bars to look through, but he has his own type of jail. People will be watching him all the time. So will the Secret Service.At first I was very upset and angry when Hinckley got off on the insanity defense. How could a person shoot the president of the United States and be allowed to ever have any freedom at all?Fifteen years ago I was still angry. But 15 years later I want to be more like my father and have a forgiving heart, not an angry heart.So at the same time John Hinckley has been set free, maybe I have been too.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” OCTOBER 29, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: If the election for the Knight Township Trustee was held today who would you vote for?Our Publisher is now quieting resting at home and is beginning to show some positive progress. We would also like to thank the many people for the get well cards, phone calls, personal visits and prayers on behalf of Ron.  It looks like his operation was a success and your support is helping him to turn the corner.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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“Girls” Have Lots of Fun in O.C.

first_imgGirls Weekend brings together friends for a weekend of shopping. By Maddy VitaleDede Rothman and two of her close friends stopped to take a break in between shopping on a sunny and mild Saturday in Ocean City on Girls Weekend.Rothman, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Beth Chadwick, of Lancaster, Pa., and Keirsten Kassel, of Carlisle, Pa., have been friends since high school. They do not let life, or miles, get in the way of their excursions to the Jersey Shore.They stay with a friend who has a home in Ocean City and make a long and unforgettable weekend around the featured event. Girls Weekend translates into discounts on boutique-style clothing, jewelry, shoes and more, as well as special offers at eateries.Shops bustle with business.“This is our fourth year coming to it,” Rothman said with a beaming smile. “We stay with a friend and make the weekend of it.”By noon, the trio already had two hours of browsing underway, along with bags of merchandise.“I got a sweater and shoes,” Rothman said.Chadwick picked up a shirt and jewelry that she was excited about, and Kassel got a pair of jeans and jewelry.“We always walk around and shop on Girls Weekend,” Kassel said.Chadwick added that she liked the way Ocean City creates ambience for Girls Weekend.“The store owners have water bottles and snacks they give out. They just really make it special for the customers,” she said.Stephanie Cook, of Woodbine, falls in love with a blouse at Bella U Boutique.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, called Girls Weekend a “huge success.”“This event has become more and more popular and is a favorite among our local guests and out-of-town guests,” Gillian said. “The downtown was crowded with lots of shoppers enjoying the great specials throughout Asbury Avenue and Ocean City.”Stainton’s Gallery of Shops had a steady stream of customers in and out of the building, where shops featured merchandise from jewelry to clothing to food. There was even a book signing.Gina Secrest, of Ocean City, looked at some treats at Two Tin Crows, a souvenir and specialty shop in the gallery.“I think Girls Weekend is amazing,” Secrest said. “I just came back from getting my nails polished and it was busy in there. Everyone is out and about having a good time.”Stephanie Cook, of Woodbine, browsed some sales racks outside Bella U Boutique and ventured inside where brightly hued spring and summer fashions and jewelry greeted customers.Trish Giova, Bella U owner, arranges some jewelry in her store.Cook already had several bags filled with Girls Weekend merchandise, but was excited about doing some more shopping.“I grew up in Ocean City. I love Asbury Avenue. Bella U is fabulous,” Cook said of her favorite shop. “They have great stuff. It is stylish and affordable.”Trish Giova, owner of Bella U, said the day was shaping up to be fantastic.“It is a great weekend,” Giova noted. “It is a kickoff to the season and the weather has been amazing.”While shopping was on the top of the list for the weekend’s priorities, other activities also kept people entertained and amused.In addition to shopping, there were classes, demonstrations and workshops scheduled throughout the downtown. Guests could participate in everything from wellness activities, to crafts, to tastings.Nicole Farina, of Ocean City, and her son, Jack, 2, take a break in a boat at Mark Soifer Park.For Nicole and Nick Farina, the day meant taking their son Jack, 2, to Mark Soifer Park to have fun and socialize and enjoy the warm weather.“What is nice about Girls Weekend is it is the start of seeing more people in town. Ocean City is full of life again,” Nicole Farina said as she scooped up Jack and they sat in a lifeguard boat that decorates the park. “This is part of the reason why we love it so much.”Shoppers perused the avenue. People lined up outside Yianni’s Café to grab a bite to eat. Ta-Dah welcomed guests with balloons inviting them into the store.Sarah Ferrari, of Estell Manor, and her mother, Cheryl Perry, of Ocean City, enjoyed the sunshine and strolled up and down Asbury Avenue before they decided to hit the Ocean City Coffee Company.“They have really good coffee there,” Ferrari said. “Then we are going to Ta-Dah.”Perry put her arm around her daughter and said, “I think Girls Weekend is wonderful. We come to it every year and we love it.”Cheryl Perry, (left) of Ocean City, with her daughter, Sarah Ferrari, of Estell Manor, enjoy Girls Weekend.Gina Secrest, of Ocean City, at right, gets a little help from Two Twin Crows owner, Mary Janasky, with some items at her booth in Stainton’s.last_img read more

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Tasties lands Welsh Tesco deal

first_imgFlintshire firm Tasties has landed a deal to supply Tesco’s 13 stores in North Wales with a new range of sandwiches.The Sandycroft-based sandwich manufacturer has developed a Welsh range including Welsh Lamb and Mint Sauce, Cadog Ploughman’s with Welsh Ale Chutney, and Welsh Rarebit with Sautéed Leeks.The firm said that if the products proved successful in North Wales, it planned to roll out the range in Mid and South Wales and the border stores. It also supplies a range of retail outlets, as well as schools and colleges in North Wales and the north west and its sandwiches are available at airports throughout the UK.Tasties will bolt on its Welsh range of products to its standard range, so that it can offer them to schools and colleges in the north west of England as well as its other Welsh customers, said managing director Richard Brown.“I think this is a great opportunity to get some locally made product into our stores, which our customers are telling us they want more of,” commented Mark Grant, Tesco’s senior buying manager for Wales.“A lot of people talk about food miles and the benefits of local sourcing and our customers want to relate to the shops as local stores. They want to buy products they can recognise from local producers and it’s important that we provide as many Welsh products in our Welsh stores as possible.”Tasties has grown significantly since the firm was bought by the Brown Family in 1992, with production increasing from 800 sandwiches a day to 30,000.last_img read more

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

first_imgThis guidance should be used alongside PHE guidance on infection prevention and control and DHSC guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. This guidance is for anyone who employs people who work in adult social care. It provides a framework for how you should assess and support members of your workforce who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus. It covers: having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk measures you could put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals useful guidance and resourceslast_img

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GroceryAid on the hunt for volunteers

first_imgGroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (NGBF), is searching for volunteers to help with its welfare work.The company is seeking volunteers, who have some spare time on their hands, to help somebody in need.Those who put themselves forward will receive professional training, regular support to fulfil their duties and will be paid expenses.Cathy Mercer, welfare development director said: “We currently have 62 volunteer welfare assessors who work around the UK providing assistance to our beneficiaries. The feedback we receive from our beneficiaries is incredibly heart-warming and shows how much they appreciate the work our volunteers do. We’re extremely grateful for everything they do for us.”Welfare assessors are the ‘front line’ of the charity and without the input, GroceryAid would be unaware of the real needs of the beneficiaries. The recommendations of welfare assessors can often result in beneficiaries receiving basic household items such as fridges, cookers and beds, as well as emergency grants to help with items such as leaking roofs or boiler repairs.Find out more from their website: groceryaid.org.uk.In July, Grocery Aid spent £4.3m on welfare projects, according to its end-of- year financial results.last_img read more

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