The gunman who killed his best friend and his girlfriend – and injured a third – in a shooting at an apartment complex in Colorado has been identified.
Police say Michael Zamora, 30, shot Colorado State University student Savannah McNealy, 22, and Tristan Kemp, 26, before turning the gun on himself early Thursday morning.
While a motive for the 2am shooting in Fort Collins hasn’t been identified, police have called it an ‘ambush’ as the three victims and the gunman were socializing before the killing.”
Pictures of Savannah McNealy are hung up here at the vigil. She is the CSU senior who is one of two victims in yesterday’s homicide pic.twitter.com/AjBymrqOzD
— Tomas Hoppough (@Tomas_Denver7) October 20, 2017
McNealy and Kemp were both shot multiple times while Zamora died after a single gunshot wound to the head…
..McNealy – who had just turned 22 the night of the shooting – was wrapping up a night of birthday celebrations.
McNealy and Zamora were in a relationship since at least May of this year. A love triangle between the two victims and Zamora has not been ruled out yet as a motive.
Zamora was a resident of Fort Collins, but was a staff sergeant based at FE Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, reported ABC Denver.
Tristan Kemp’s uncle, Thomas Perez, told Fox Denver that Zamora served in the Air Force in Afghanistan with Kemp. He added that the two also worked together at the same company in California.”
— BK (@BKactual) October 21, 2017
Vice President Pence is set to mark the anniversary of the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday by visiting the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., the White House announced Sunday.
Pence will meet with some of the survivors before delivering formal remarks about the devastating attack that left 241 U.S. service personnel dead.
He will commemorate what became the deadliest attack against U.S. Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.”
On October 23, 1983, a truck loaded with 2,000 pounds of explosives drove into the Marine compound, triggering a massive explosion in the barracks.
Then-President Ronald Reagan sent the Marines to Beirut in 1982 on a peacekeeping mission during the Lebanese civil war. Four months after the truck bomb attack, the troops withdrew.
The U.S. determined Hezbollah, a terrorist group, carried out the attack with the backing of the Iranian government.
The bombing ultimately led to a landmark Supreme Court case in 2016, in which the nation’s highest court ruled that the families of soldiers who died in the 1983 bombing victims should be allowed to collect nearly $2 billion in restitution from Iran.”
The first time Amy Siegel visited the Department of Veterans Affairs to apply for survivor benefits, her husband had been dead for less than five weeks and she was four months pregnant.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Siegel had survived three deployments to Iraq only to lose his life to a distracted driver 1,000 feet from his parents’ home in Stafford County.
Amy Siegel staggered through grief and court hearings as she prepared to give birth to the daughter she would have to raise alone. But it was a comfort to know her husband’s 18 years of military service would provide a measure of financial security in the form of a tax-free monthly benefit for widows of wartime veterans.
Accompanied by the casualty officer assigned to assist her, she filled out benefits paperwork at the VA’s regional office in Baltimore. A backlog of VA claims meant it could take several months until the pay kicked in, but there was a stopgap: a separate award called the Survivor Benefit Plan that would automatically lower after the VA pay began.
Five months passed. Neither came.
The Army had submitted incorrect paperwork, she said, and it was holding up both payments…
…In April, a letter arrived from the VA. The agency had deposited more than $10,000 dating back to Nicholas Siegel’s death eight months before. That same day, her bank called. The money had gone into someone else’s account.
Over the next several months, she would make more than two dozen phone calls to the VA and to her bank. She would fill out forms, contact her congressman and file a formal complaint with the VA’s inspector general. Her calls would be routed to call centers around the country, so she would rarely, if ever, speak to the same person twice, and they would often give conflicting instructions.”
— Salon (@Salon) October 21, 2017
(CNN) Hip-hop is going hard at President Donald Trump, and Snoop Dogg is the latest rapper to step into the ring.
Snoop Dogg accused the President of neglecting various communities in America, voiced his support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and called on black athletes to form their own football league in the title track of his forthcoming album, “Make America Crip Again.”
“The President said he wants to make America great again. F— that s—, we gonna make America Crip again,” the track begins, referencing the infamous Los Angeles gang. The album cover pictures a blue hat with the words “Make America Crip Again” — a clear dig at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Members of the gang have traditionally worn blue clothing.”
Jaime, I'll put $100,000 into a Puerto Rico Charity if you're balls enough to fight me in the ring. https://t.co/KDhmSfv4CH
— Erik Finman (@erikfinman) October 13, 2017
The CEO of a mobile ad startup has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing his three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter and three other felonies.
Zain Jaffer‘s arrest, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, was confirmed through an “inmate locator” on the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office website on Friday and by the San Mateo County District Attorney, Steve Wagstaffe.
Wagstaffe said 29-year-old Jaffer was charged with two counts of child abuse, against his son and daughter, as well as oral copulation of a person under 14, lewd act upon a child and assault likely to produce great bodily injury. An initial charge of attempted murder was dropped after the district attorney determined there was not enough evidence to support it. (An earlier version of this story said Jaffer faced a charge of attempted murder.)
Jaffer was also charged with misdemeanor battery upon a police officer and emergency personnel. Wagstaffe said police arrested Jaffer at his family’s house in Hillsborough, a tony community some 18 miles south of San Francisco, on October 15 at 4 am. The police were called to the house by Jaffer’s father, Wagstaffe said. When officers arrived at the house, they found Jaffer engaged in the illegal contact with the minors, he added.”
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) October 22, 2017
Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who walked off his base in Afghanistan, is whining that the U.S. treated him worse than the Taliban.
The 31-year-old sergeant told British TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview reported in The Sunday Times of London: “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat.’ ”
That got him less upset than the “administrative duties” the Army assigned him while awaiting trial, he said.
“Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who’s going to sign the paper that sends me away for life,’’ he said.
“We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs.”
During his nearly five years as an unwilling guest of the Taliban, he said, he was kept in a steel cage and tortured.”
Petraeus on WH's claim that it's "inappropriate" to debate a general: "We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us frankly." pic.twitter.com/kt56qkbslV
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 22, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) October 22, 2017
CAIRO — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years.
Two police officials told The Associated Press that the exchange of fire began late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza province, about 84 miles southwest of Cairo. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.
The firefight began when security forces acting on intelligence moved against a militants’ hideout in the area. Backed by armored personnel carriers and led by senior counterterrorism officers, the police contingent drew fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the officials.
The officials said what happened next is not clear, but added that the force likely ran out of ammunition and that the militants captured several policemen and later killed them.
The officials said the police force appeared to have fallen into a carefully planned ambush set up by the militants. The death toll could increase, they added.
Those killed included two police brigadier-generals, a colonel and 10 lieutenant colonels.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, announced a much lower death toll, saying in a statement read over state television that 16 were killed in the shootout. It added that 15 militants were killed or injured, later releasing photos of some of them.
The last time Egypt’s security forces suffered such a heavy loss of life was in July 2015 when militants from the extremist Islamic State group carried out a series of coordinated attacks, including suicide bombings, against army and police positions in the Sinai peninsula, killing at least 50. However, the army said only 17 soldiers and over 100 militants were killed.”
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey corrections officer has been charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 37-year-old Stephen Salamak was arrested at his home in Lodi.
Salamak has been suspended with pay from his job as a corrections officer at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway.
Prosecutors say an undercover officer first made contact with Salamak after he posted on Craigslist that he was looking for women and moms “that are into Cheese Pizza,” a reference to child pornography.
After police executed a search warrant on his email, prosecutors say they found an email with five attachments showing nude images of young girls.”
Wildebeest refuses to let his friend die after a deadly attack from a lion and succeeds Thats what friends are for pic.twitter.com/PFTjsgdLQH
— NO CHILL (@NoChillPosts) October 20, 2017
TIOGA-NICETOWN (WPVI) — The father of two young boys has been charged after police say one of his sons shot the other inside their Tioga-Nicetown home.
Action News has learned the father has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, even though, police said the gun belonged to the children’s uncle.
The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of North 18th Street.
Police said the victim’s 6-year-old brother somehow got ahold of a gun and shot the 3-year-old in the forehead in a second floor bedroom.
Investigators said they believe a 12-year-old brother was also home at the time, but no adults.
The 3-year-old boy was taken to Temple University in critical condition.”
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— Ridiculousness (@Ridiculousness) October 19, 2017
The United States Air Force has been authorized to recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.
An Air Force spokeswoman said, however, that there are currently no plans to recall any retired pilots.
“The Air Force does not currently intend to recall retired pilots to address the pilot shortage,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said. “We appreciate the authorities and flexibility delegated to us.”
By law, only 25 retired pilots can be recalled through voluntary programs to serve in any one military branch. Trump’s executive order temporarily removes this limit by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 as part of efforts “to mitigate the Air Force’s acute shortage of pilots,” according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander Gary Ross.”
A British electrician has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man’s hip in a bar, according to campaigners.
Jamie Harron, from Stirling, Scotland, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on businessman Emad Tabaza’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.
The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time.
His accuser dropped the complaint, but local prosecutors decided to proceed with the case.
After his arrest for public indecency Mr Harron lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail.
Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident.
In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then ‘touched a man [Mr Tabaza] on his hip to avoid impact’.
He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated.
In a statement issued on behalf of the businessman, (a spokesman) said: ‘With a certain distance from the incident and the punishment to be expected for the suspect, our employee decided to withdraw the complaint despite the harassment having been confirmed by several witnesses.
‘However, according to the typical laws for the country, this does not automatically result in the termination of the proceedings as, for example, very likely in England or Germany.’…
…His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE’s cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government.”
Hinds County Sheriff’s investigators said they went to a home on Willow Run Drive in south Jackson Wednesday afternoon after a home invasion.
The victim was a Hinds County Sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
The deputy was taking a shower when he heard his front door crashing in, investigators said.
A naked man was standing at his bathroom door and fled the home after being ordered to the ground, authorities said.”
The deputy ran and threw on some clothes and grabbed his gun and took off after him.
Shortly the deputy was able to catch and arrest the intruder.
“According to deputies on scene the intruder appeared to high on drugs,” Major Pete Luke said.
Investigators said, Ronnie Brown, 29, was taken by AMR to a hospital to be checked out.
The deputy was not hurt and Brown is facing home invasion charges.”