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    Police in Oklahoma are investigating after a fatal triple shooting Saturday afternoon in Jenks. Investigators told KOKI-TV that a man and his two sons are dead after what they believe is a case of murder-suicide. Police said the children’s mother was at work at the time. The shooting happened in the Country Woods neighborhood near West 106th Street South and South Madison Street South. Officers responded to a call around 12:50 p.m. regarding a domestic incident at the home. Police said others living in the home called 911. No one else in the home was injured.
  • Taylor Hawkins was in the right place at the right time when she was able to record a bear jumping on a car near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. In a video provided to KFSN, Hawkins used her phone to capture a bear crossing in front of her vehicle and climbing on top of the car ahead. Moments later, the bear seemed to be frightened and ran off the side of the road from where it had come. No one was hurt in the encounter. According to the National Park Service, black bears forage for food in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The park service says that when human food becomes available, they will peer into a car for food. The park service has a human-bear management program to mitigate human-bear interactions. Read more about the program here.
  • On the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School the Newtown High School football team overshadowed the event by winning the state championship for the first time in over 26 years. With a last-minute touchdown pass, the Newtown Nighthawks beat Darien in the Class LL state championship 13-7. The title was the first for Newtown since 1992. Ben Pinto, whose brother Jack was among those killed in the shooting seven years ago, played linebacker for Newtown. “The whole town showed out on this special night,” senior Jared Dunn told The Hartford Courant. “We knew we had to bring it home for our town.” Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at the elementary school Dec. 14, 2012. According to Connecticut Against Gun Violence, which helped to organize vigils held in the state Saturday, more than 700,000 Americans have been killed or injured in acts of gun violence since the Sandy Hook shooting. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned Saturday during a specially called meeting in the Jackson County, Georgia, town. The City Council accepted her resignation effective 1 p.m. Sunday. The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned, saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month. Both follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Kenerly because of his race. According to interviews and subsequent court testimony, Kenerly held back the resume of the only black finalist for the job. She later told a council member she did so because “the city isn’t ready for this.” Before his resignation, Cleveland defended the mayor’s conduct. “I understood where she was coming from,” he said. “I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we’re not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road.” Members of both the Jackson County Republican and Democratic parties called for both officials to leave office. When it became clear that neither Cleveland nor Kenerly would resign, residents organized a recall campaign to force them from office. Earlier this month, that campaign cleared its final legal hurdle when the Jackson County Board of Elections called a recall election for Jan. 14, 2020. Kenerly has not commented on her future plans but had appealed the recall campaign to the Georgia Supreme Court. The court declined to hear her petition. Another resignation was on the agenda for discussion Saturday: Dale Hall, the city’s current city administrator. However, the council voted to remove Hall instead of accepting his resignation. This article was written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • The runner who allegedly smacked a TV reporter’s backside during a Savannah road race has been charged, according to multiple news outlets. WSAV-TV anchor Alex Bozarjian, who was slapped on the behind while covering the annual Bridge Run last Saturday, filed a sexual battery police report after the incident, which was shown on live TV. Thomas Callaway was arrested Friday and charged with sexual battery, according to WSAV, Bozarjian’s employer. Callaway turned himself in at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and was released on a $1,300 bond, according to WSAV. A clip of the incident that was posted to Twitter had been viewed close to 12 million times by Saturday afternoon. Bozarjian said the person who smacked her “hurt me, both physically and emotionally.” Online sleuths identified Callaway, according to the New York Post, thanks to his race number shown in other photos. Callaway’s lawyer, Joseph Turner, called him a “loving husband and father who is very active in his community” and local church, insisting he was “working with those involved to correct the situation,” according to the New York newspaper. “While we regret the situation, Mr. Callaway did not act with any criminal intentions,” Turner said in a statement. Bozarjian appeared Tuesday on CBS’ “This Morning” and confirmed Callaway “did try to make contact” with her. “He separates himself from the runners, and he kind of winds up. And he hit me hard,” she said. The Savannah Sports Council banned the accused runner from participating in future events.
  • A well-known Pittsburgh attorney has been arrested and charged with smuggling synthetic marijuana, or K2, into the Allegheny County Jail, police said. Paul Gettleman was released Friday on bond. Court documents said investigators started taking notice of Gettleman after he carried a green folder through the wrong entrance and left after less than two minutes with a client. Investigators said he charged up to $1,000 to deliver the drugs to clients. WPXI legal analyst and defense attorney Phil DiLucente said charges like those Gettleman faces are “an uphill battle.' “It could be devastating to not only a legal career, but also your liberty,' he said. 'This is a very, very serious set of allegations brought by a grand jury that involved numerous amounts of manpower and victims that were involved.' Gettleman is expected to appear in court later this month for a preliminary hearing.
  • Authorities have arrested a Vermont man after he shot himself in the leg last month during a visit to a Denny’s in New Hampshire, police in Lebanon said Friday in a news release.Officers first encountered Michael Bushey, 21, in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, while responding to a report of a man who had accidentally discharged a firearm in the Denny's on Plainfield Road in Lebanon.Responding authorities said they found Bushey, who is from Bethel, Vermont, with minor injuries around 4 a.m. after he shot himself in the leg. Although police said others were nearby during the incident, no other injuries were reported. Authorities said they recovered a black .45 caliber pistol from the scene.After a subsequent investigation, which included a review of Denny's surveillance footage, a warrant for Bushey's arrest was issued Dec. 12. He was arrested that day on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm, a class B felony.Police said Bushey has since been released on his own recognizance. He’s expected to appear in Grafton County Superior Court on Dec. 30.
  • Cobb County police were on the scene of a shooting reported Saturday afternoon at Cumberland Mall, authorities said. The shooting was the result of a verbal altercation that occurred between two people in the mall’s food court, said Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Sarah O’Hara. In a tweet, police called the shooting an “isolated incident.” “Yes, shots were fired. But not randomly,” police wrote. “Updated information indicates (the) involved parties know one another.” A video posted to Twitter appears to show shoppers scrambling for cover in the food court as gunshots ring out. “It was pure pandemonium,” shopper Adrian Matthews told WSB-TV at the scene. “People started running and knocked over pretty much the entire store. Candles, glass — It was crazy.” Matthews told the news station shoppers took cover in a storage room at the back of Bath and Body Works until the shooting was over and they were allowed to leave. The gunman fled the scene after the shooting, and officers are still searching for him. One gunshot victim was rushed to the hospital, but the person's condition is unknown.
  • What do you get a guy who has everything? If you’re Cardi B and your husband is Offset, you gift him a refrigerator filled with cash. The Migos star celebrated his 28th birthday Saturday. His fellow rapper wife decided to give him something practical. “You got every card, you got every jewelry ... you got everything!” Cardi says in Dec. 14 Instagram footage. “What else can I give somebody that got everything? A fridge!” Or so he thought. A member of the couple’s entourage opened the built-in fridge revealing that the Vogue cover girl stocked it with cash. As Offset beamed from ear to ear, Cardi, who said she didn’t know what else to give him, told her husband, “That’s $500,000.” But with a ton of cash comes a big caveat. “Don’t expect no Christmas gift from me,” she added. “Only for the kids!” Those kids include three children Offset has from past relationships. It also includes their daughter, Kulture. The 17-month-old recently accompanied her mom on the cover of U.S. Vogue. With the spread, Cardi made history as the first female rapper to grace the magazine’s cover.
  • Federal prosecutors say that two men in Las Vegas have plead guilty to running one of the nation's biggest illegal TV and movie streaming services. They say 36 year old Darryl Polo and 40 year old Luis Villarino, who ran the site iStreamItAll, told the Justice Department that their service provided over 100,000 television episodes and movies to all of its subscribers all without consent from the copyright owners. That equals more than Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime put together.  They reportedly got their content from pirate and 'torrent' web sites, stored them, and then distributed them to servers in Canada for all their subscribers. Polo says he made more than $1 million running the site.  Prosecutors also say the two used their programming skills to run another similar operation called Jetflicks, which also used automated software to find, download, and distribute the content to servers in the U.S. and Canada.  Polo and Villarino face charges of money laundering and copyright infringement. They are due to be sentenced in a Virginia federal court in March.

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  • Police in Oklahoma are investigating after a fatal triple shooting Saturday afternoon in Jenks. Investigators told KOKI-TV that a man and his two sons are dead after what they believe is a case of murder-suicide. Police said the children’s mother was at work at the time. The shooting happened in the Country Woods neighborhood near West 106th Street South and South Madison Street South. Officers responded to a call around 12:50 p.m. regarding a domestic incident at the home. Police said others living in the home called 911. No one else in the home was injured.
  • Federal prosecutors say that two men in Las Vegas have plead guilty to running one of the nation's biggest illegal TV and movie streaming services. They say 36 year old Darryl Polo and 40 year old Luis Villarino, who ran the site iStreamItAll, told the Justice Department that their service provided over 100,000 television episodes and movies to all of its subscribers all without consent from the copyright owners. That equals more than Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime put together.  They reportedly got their content from pirate and 'torrent' web sites, stored them, and then distributed them to servers in Canada for all their subscribers. Polo says he made more than $1 million running the site.  Prosecutors also say the two used their programming skills to run another similar operation called Jetflicks, which also used automated software to find, download, and distribute the content to servers in the U.S. and Canada.  Polo and Villarino face charges of money laundering and copyright infringement. They are due to be sentenced in a Virginia federal court in March.
  • A controversial plan has been unanimously approved by the Central Florida Expressway Authority to extend Osceola Parkway. The nine mile extension would connect State Road 417 to new developments with a portion cutting through Split Oak Forest, which houses a variety of endangered species. This would impact 160 out of the 1,700 acre forest, which is home to state protected animals such as sand-hill cranes, gopher tortoises, and even wild turkeys.  However, if the route through the forest would not have been chosen, an alternate route would affect nearly 20 homes just south of Split Oak in the Narcoossee area. Expressway leaders say the toll road is needed to accommodate the next 50 years worth of projected population growth in the area.  Some approvals are still needed at the state level before it goes into effect, but the plan is on its way to commissioners in Orange and Osceola counties for their approval as well.
  • A Virginia mother is wanted on abduction charges after authorities say she took her four children on vacation six months ago and never brought them home. The woman alleges she is saving the children from sex trafficking by their father and grandfather. Along with four misdemeanor abduction charges, Melody Bannister, 34, of Stafford, is charged with felony violation of a court order and filing a false police report, a news release from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said. A warrant was issued for her arrest Aug. 23, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Her children are identified as Genevieve Bannister, 13; Janelle Bannister, 12; Vivienne Bannister, 11; and Peter Bannister, 7. Genevieve is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 110 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, according to the NCMEC. Janelle is described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 115 pounds. Like her older sister, she has brown hair and hazel eyes. Vivienne is listed as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 95 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Peter is described as 4 feet, 1 inch tall and 90 pounds. He also brown hair and blue eyes. Bannister is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 110 pounds. Like her two youngest children, she has brown hair and blue eyes. The children and their mother were last known to be traveling in a blue-green 2002 Honda Odyssey with Virginia license plate number VBH7123, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Detective James Wright said during a segment about the case on “Live PD” on A&E. Finding Bannister and the children has become more urgent after “recent developments in the investigation have led investigators to believe the children may now be in danger,” the Sheriff’s Office’s statement said. Wright, who is lead investigator on the case, said on “Live PD” that authorities believe the missing family might be in danger due to the “clandestine nature” of the religious organization they belong to. “We’re concerned about the welfare because they are unable to take care of themselves. They don’t have any means to take care of them. Melody doesn’t have means to take care of them,” Wright told host Tom Morris Jr. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Amanda Vicinanzo said investigators believe Bannister has had help along the way from members of a religious group of which she is purportedly a member, according to the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. The newspaper reported that the family’s pets, a white Great Pyrenees dog and white ragdoll cat, were left at one of the stops Bannister has made since leaving Virginia. “After months on the road, we had to say goodbye to our beloved pets: Our giant, bounding bundle of puppy-faced joy and our fluffy cat, whose soothing whirr often assuaged our soreness of heart,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “It is a comfort to know they are in good, loving hands, since they can no longer be in ours.” “Live PD” pointed out that Bannister has written about her religion previously, describing it as a “cult.” According to a blog she began in 2016 called Lady Adelaide’s Realm, Bannister grew up in a Quiverfull household. Followers of the Quiverfull movement believe that the men with the most children will earn the most favor from God. They shun all forms of contraception, believing that it is only God who “opens and closes the womb,” follower Kelly Swanson told NPR in 2009. The movement advocates stringent gender roles, and women are not allowed to question their husbands’ authority. They cannot work outside the home, wear pants or cut their hair. According to some of Bannister’s friends -- and a second blog the missing woman appears to have written since going on the run with her children -- the danger toward the children lies not with their mother, but in their father’s home. Bannister’s blog devoted to the allegations is subtitled “American Outlaws: The Plight of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Living Underground.” Her most recent blog post on Lady Adelaide’s Realm, dated June 28, names six men, including her father-in-law, as her children’s alleged abusers. The men are not being named because they have not been charged with a crime. ‘Will justice triumph over lawlessness this Christmas?’ A Change.org petition begging for help from Virginia and Alabama officials claims that the children’s father “conspired with (Bannister’s) father-in-law to perpetuate some of the most horrifying sexual and physical abuse imaginable upon her children.” “When local law enforcement failed to protect these children, ordering them back to live with their abuser, Melody chose to live on the wrong side of the law. What else could a truly desperate mother do?” the petition reads. Bannister has accused her husband of “deliver(ing) the children up for torture to the barn of his father.” She has accused her father-in-law of not only sexually abusing the children, but of offering them up for abuse by his friends. “The children have spoken of being given strange substances in the barn that made the world swim before their eyes and caused the taunting faces of their abusers to converge together in a dizzying blur,” Bannister wrote. She wrote on the blog that her only crimes were “believing (her) children when they disclosed a lifetime of ongoing abuse” and “reporting (it) to the Stafford, Virginia, police.” Stafford County officials said that an investigation into the allegations brought to them by Bannister in June found no evidence of abuse against the children. “A joint investigation with Stafford County law enforcement and Child Protective Services determined the allegations were unfounded,” according to the statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “Shortly after the conclusion of the investigation, Bannister left Virginia with the children on a planned vacation and never returned.” Bannister wrote on her blog that she and the children left town for a vacation June 14, the day after she reported the abuse, in part out of fear of reprisal from the accused. She said she called the Sheriff’s Office detective, Wright, a few days later to check up on the investigation. “We spoke briefly once, when he told me that he had interviewed my husband and would soon interview my father-in-law,” Bannister wrote. “After that, he stopped answering my phone calls.” She wrote that Wright and a CPS caseworker chalked the sex abuse claims up to children’s “vivid imaginations.” She described fleeing Virginia with the “rancid hot breath of child predators” on her back. “We left home with barely a week’s worth of summer clothes and are practically penniless, living off the kindness of friends who, one by one, have taken us under their wings,” Bannister wrote. She said her husband drained their joint bank account and cancelled her credit cards when she did not bring the children back to Virginia. Read Bannister’s entire, five-part blog here. Warning: It includes graphic details of alleged child sex abuse. Stafford County’s Juvenile, Domestic and Relations Court granted sole custody of the children to their father the following month, Stafford County authorities said. Their father, identified in court records as William Joseph Bannister, filed for divorce last month. “(Melody) Bannister refused to return the children and subsequently petitioned the courts in Alabama requesting custody be issued to her there,” a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. “The courts in Alabama heard the case and also ordered Bannister to return her children to their father back in Virginia. “Bannister absconded from the state of Alabama with her four children and has not been seen since.” Bannister and the children were last seen Aug. 20 in Moulton, a small city in northwest Alabama. “We set up residence in Alabama and made it our new home, where we obtained a protective order against the man formerly known as Daddy,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “This was swiftly snatched away when the judge deferred to the Virginia ruling, which ordered me to return the children to him.” Bannister wrote that a family court hearing was held in Virginia without her presence Aug. 19, with a judge ruling in her husband’s favor. She claimed she was never served with a summons for the hearing. She and the children vanished from Alabama the next day. US marshals issue alert Aside from Alabama, potential sightings of the family have been reported in Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas. The U.S. Marshals Service and the NCMEC have been involved in the case over the past few months, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Marshals Service issued an alert this week seeking help from the public in finding Bannister and the missing children. A friend of Bannister, Julie Lampkins, shared a story on Facebook about the missing family, saying it was “with a heavy heart” that she shared the link about the mother’s alleged abduction of her children. “We all have questions, but no answers,” Lampkins wrote. “Help the authorities find her and her (four) kids.” Meanwhile, Bannister is appealing for help on the state and federal levels, according to the Change.org petition. It quoted additional portions of Bannister’s blog. “The mental health and credibility of my children and me have been assessed and verified by two of the most prestigious forensic psychiatrists in the country: Dr. Michael Stone and Dr. Carole Lieberman,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “Naturally, the abusers did not take kindly to such a development and are seeking to have the reports stricken from the record. ‘Eliminate all threats’ seems to be their motto. Hence our position of living underground.” Followers on her blog wrote this week that they believed her and her children. “Many people believe you and are praying and sharing the news and asking God to vindicate and protect. Praying that true justice will be served,” Carrie Brownell wrote. A friend, identified as Lana, told Bannister she was praying for her, as well as sharing her story and contacting a list of law enforcement officers listed on the blog on Bannister’s behalf. Another friend named Rachael offered similar well wishes. “Oh Melody…my heart is so broken for you and your sweet kids,” the woman wrote. “I will be keeping you in my prayers and doing what I can. Locally.” A third friend named Petra Carden wrote that Bannister and her children have a place in her home “any time, day or night, no questions asked” if Bannister has to return to Virginia. Others who read her story offered her help in other locations throughout the country, including Alabama, where she and the children were last seen. Many people who believe Bannister’s allegations of abuse urged caution in reporting the family’s whereabouts. “If the news articles released regarding Melody Bannister’s children being in danger is all people know, they will report them when they see them and put them back in danger,” one woman wrote on Twitter. A cult? Bannister’s Facebook profile lists her as manager of a website called Recovering Daughters. The description of the site on its corresponding Facebook page states it is about “healing from Vision Forum, authoritarianism and the Quiverfull Movement.” The Recovering Daughters website is no longer available because the domain has recently expired. Vision Forum was a Texas-based ministry that promoted a patriarchal lifestyle, in which the husband rules the family, and home-schooling its children. The ministry was shut down by its board in 2013 after leader Doug Phillips admitted to an extramarital affair, the Huffington Post reported. Phillips has been a friend of and influence on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” focused on their beliefs against birth control and that large families are a gift from God, the news site said. The Duggars, who lost their show after their eldest son, Josh Duggar, was publicly accused of sexually molesting multiple young girls, including some of his sisters, have also been associated with the Quiverfull movement, though the Huffington Post reported in 2015 that the couple does not formally consider themselves members of the movement. The Quiverfull movement gets its name from a Bible passage: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Hännah Ettinger, a young woman raised in the movement who had left that world behind, told Cosmopolitan in 2015 that her first big break from the religion came when her father told her she “didn’t have the spiritual discernment” to choose her own boyfriend, a man she met at her Christian college. “Later, I got utterly fed up with the churches I’d grown up in because I kept finding out that they’d protected child abusers, rapists, and men who’d beaten their wives, all in the name of redemption stories, ‘biblical’ male headship and complementarian theology,” Ettinger told the magazine. Vyckie Garrison, another former Quiverfull member, told Vice in 2016 that, with no central leader, the movement isn’t a cult, per se. It’s more of a mindset “in which each family becomes a cult unto itself with Daddy enshrined as the supreme patriarch,” Vice reported. Garrison founded a website called No Longer Quivering, which is designed to help other women in her situation escape the movement. In April 2015, the American Atheists Convention named her its 2014 Atheist of the Year. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bannister and her children is asked to call the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, the U.S. Marshals Service at 877-WANTED2 or the NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST.
  • Some new detours and lane closures are scheduled for our Seminole County commuters. Construction begins at 8:30 PM Friday night and will last until 6:30 Monday morning. As FDOT widens the few miles of 17-92 near Seminole state college from four to six lanes, thru traffic won't be affected. However, Northbound drivers will have to take an early detour if they need to turn left at Ronald Reagan Blvd.  Southbound drivers wishing to turn left into Parks Lincoln of Longwood are asked to make a U-turn farther down the road. Additionally, Westbound drivers on Ronald Reagan Blvd turning left on Southbound 17-92 will not have a detour, but are asked to follow channeling devices to keep traffic flowing smoothly during construction: FDOT reminds drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving, as safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear arguments on an effort by President Donald Trump to prevent Congress and investigators in New York from using subpoenas to access his tax, banking, and other financial records, items which the President has fought to keep from being released. Lower courts had ordered Mazar's, the President's accounting firm, and two major banks, Deutche Bank and Capital One, to turn over financial records - those orders will stay on hold until the cases are resolved before the High Court. Attorneys for the President have lost at every level in state and federal court in all three cases, making the argument that Congress does not need Mr. Trump's financial information for any legitimate legislative purpose, casting it as a fishing expedition. The subpoenas were not to sent to the President - but rather to Mazar's, Deutche Bank, and Capital One - making the case somewhat different than a simple subpoena to Mr. Trump. 'Having considered the weighty interests at stake in this case, we conclude that the subpoena issued by the Committee to Mazars is valid and enforceable,' a three judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals wrote earlier this year in the Mazars case.  'We affirm the district court’s judgment in favor of the Oversight Committee and against the Trump Plaintiffs,' the judges added. With the arguments in March of 2020, that timing would suggest that a final decision could be one of the biggest cases to be decided in the 2019-2020 term - possibly being saved for late June, when the Court ends its work before a summer break. That would put the results squarely into the midst of the 2020 campaign for the White House. As for why the U.S. Supreme Court intervened, a number of legal experts said the Justices could have done that as a favor to President Trump - not necessarily indicating that Mr. Trump is going to prevail. 'These cases involve the President and his tax returns, and they may have felt no choice but to take the cases and decide them on the merits given their political importance,' said Aswin Phatak, a lawyer with the Constitutional Accountability Center.