Two people, a male and female (father and daughter), were found dead inside their mobile home in Southwest Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday afternoon. When the Lousiville P.D. arrived at the scene (5500 block of Lazy Acres Court), they found the victims laying on the floor with apparent gun shot wounds. Although further invastigation has not been carried out and the victims’ names have not been released, the gun shot wounds are believed to have been self-inflicted, meaning that the case is not considered to be a homicide, but is treated as a suicide. According to the victims’ neighbors, they were experiencing severe depression after the recent passing of a family member (the male victim’s wife).
Chicago police are investigating a quadruple homicide that occurred in the suburb of South Fairfield, at the 4700 block apartment complex on the corner of 47th Street and Fairfax. The four victims (3 males and 1 pregnant female, ages unknown) were found shot dead inside a white sedan. The homicide is said to be gang-related, as the three men are believed to have been members of the notorious “Satan’s Disciples” who have engaged in a recent bloody turf war with the “Latin Kings” in the city’s south side. The shooting marked Chicago’s total homicides to approximately five hundred (500) this year.
Saturday, September 16th
An earthquake struck the island of Oahu and was felt by most residents of Honolulu (especially in the Waimanalo, Kaneohe and Kailua areas), at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Saturday night. The earthquake, which measured at about 4.2 on the Richter scale, was centered about 20 miles northeast of the Kaneohe Marine Corps base, at an oceanic depth of about 8 miles. The shacking was spontaneous, and no injuries or deaths were reported or major damages on the island, although there have been rising fears of a tsunami effect. As of now, the situation seems to be under control, with the Tsunami Warning Center on the island monitoring the latest oceanic activity after the earthquake.
A Georgia Tech. University student was fatally shot by campus police, in the late hours of Sunday, September 17th after a knife confrontation with officers, according to the Georgia Bureau of Invastigation. At approximately 11:03 pm on Sunday night, Scout Schultz (21), was reported holding a knife outside a dormitory building in the downtown Atlanta campus of the University. When the police arrived at the scene they saw a frantic Schultz walking toward them with a knife in one hand and a cell-phone in the other. The officers opened fire on the student killing him instantly after they ordered him to stand down repeatedly and he disobayed. Schultz, a fourth-year computer science major at Georgia Tech., was the president of the “Georgia Tech. Pride Alliance”. He identified as non-binary and intersex, and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” instead of “he” and “she”. A vigil is planned to take part on Monday in honor of Scout Schultz, by fellow friends and University students. The motive behind actions has not yet been revealed.
Los Angeles, California
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards took place in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night. The show, which was hosted by “The Late Show’s” television host Stephen Colbert, was aired by CBS channel and featured many surprising awards and nominations of the latest TV series that stood out (based on multiple different ratings) during the 2016-2017 season. “The Handmaid’s Tail” won the award for most outstanding drama series, “Veep” for most outstanding comedy series, while actor Sterling K. Brown won the award for best lead actor in a drama series for his Randall Pearson impersonation in the hit-series “This Is Us”, and Elizabeth Moss for her lead acting role in “The Handmaid’s Tail”. Other winners at the awards included: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”, best lead actor in a comedy series), Julia-Louise Dreyfus (“Veep”, best lead actress in a comedy series), “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (best variety talk series), “The Voice” (outstanding reality-competition program), Reed Morano ( “The Handmaid’s Tail”, outstanding director for drama series), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”, outstanding director for comedy series); “while comedy writer Lena Waithe, became the first African-American woman to win an award for her contribution to the successful comedy series “Master of None”, alongside co-writer Aziz Ansari.
Monday, September 18th
U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Augusta, Maine is considering “boycotting” the Republican plan of repealing the “Affordable Care Act” (also known as the Graham-Cassidy bill), as she believes it will bring massive health cuts to her home state. Although considered to be a more moderate approach to past repeal proposals, and supported by the vast majority of the Republican Senate, Collins believes that if the bill passes, that in turn would ensure that by 2027 at least $1 billion of governmental funding will be cut from Maine’s health coverage system. In other words, many people with pre-existing conditions could potentially lose their healthcare coverage. The plan is set to be voted on by the end of the month (September 30th).
A 15 year-old-boy was shot dead by Haymarket police officers on Monday morning outside his Virginia home at the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln. Haymarket P.D. responded to a distress call claiming the victim was strapped with a bomb and threatening his mother at knife-point. As soon as the first responders arrived at the scene, the victim exited his home holding a crowbar and started threatening police officers. Despite attempts by the police to convince the victim to put down his weapon (which he had previously used to assault other family members inside the home), he aggressively moved toward them. Officers opened fired at approximately 10:45 a.m. leaving the victim, (whose name has not yet been revealed) dead on site.
New York, New York
United States President Donald H. Trump, addressed the international community on Tuesday, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. In a rather defiant and aggressive speech, he tackled issues concerning mainly homeland security. In his speech, amongst others, he mentioned that he “would totally destroy North Korea”, if it attempted anything against American citizens or kept threatening to strike American soil, humorously referring to North Korea’s President, Kim Jong Un as the “rocket man”. He also made a reference to the Iranian nuclear deal, calling it an “international embarrassment”. This speech follows a rather unsettling confrontation between North Korea and Japan this past week, when a North Korean ballistic missile was purposefully flown over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, sparking international uncertainty and instability in international affairs.
Wednesday, September 20th
California Attorney General, Xavier Beccera, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Trump Administration and its imminent plan of constructing a border wall in Southern California. The lawsuit aims at prohibiting the Trump administration from constructing wall prototypes in San Diego and Calexico. In his speech, Beccera stated that:
“The Trump administration has once again ignored laws it doesn’t like in order
to resuscitate a campaign talking point to build a wall on our southern border”.
The Administration is believed to have waived multiple environmental reviews involving a three-mile stretch of border in Calexico. In response to Beccera’s remarks, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claimed that it is an obligation of the United States government to build a wall along the California-Mexico border, a project highlighted by the Trump Administration during its pre-electoral campaign of 2016. Contracts have already been awarded to construction companies, in order for the plan to be implemented as soon as possible. The lawsuit is one of many carried out by the Presidential Administration since the beginning of Trump’s presidential term in the White House.
Paul Leighton of Seaham, U.K., an international sex offender and child abuser, is behind a September 2016 child rape case involving another sex offender and his underage victim from Bedford County, Tennessee. Latest news from Nashville reveals that both the offender and the victim were targeted by Leighton back in 2016, who set up a sextortion plot involving young children in multiple countries (U.S.A., Canada and Australia). He would manage to secure pictures of sexual content from them (he himself initially posing as an underage child), and then blackmail them, by threatening to reveal their pictures if they did not harass and sexually abuse other children as well. The victims were to then report back to Leighton, by reporting their crimes and sending him the evidence. According to International Police, Leighton had more than forty fake social media accounts. The number of his victims worldwide are believed to exceed one hundred. The British authorities, in cooperation with the Bedford and Nashville police departments, managed to arrest Leighton, who pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault on a child under 13, causing or inciting grooming, making and distributing indecent photographs, blackmail, assault on a child under 13 and possession of a class B drug.
Nikos Mizas, Editor