Sunday Reads First Part: News updates

2318187780_9ed7e996d2Good Morning

Well, today is Mother’s Day and before I get to the fun stuff we have some big things going on.  In fact, in this first post I will focus on some major breaking news and other updates that happened overnight.

There is quite a turn of events out in California…Brother arrested in fatal stabbing of Valley Springs girl

Leila Fowler found stabbed to death April 27

The 12-year-old brother of a Valley Springs girl found stabbed to death in her home last month was arrested Saturday.

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said at a news conference that Leila Fowler’s brother was taken into custody just after 5 p.m. Saturday. He will be charged with homicide, Kuntz said.

Several classmates of the 12-year-old boy, and parents of those classmates, told KCRA 3 that the boy’s name is Isaiah Fowler. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department would not confirm the boy’s identity.

The classmates said Isaiah Fowler was at his sister’s vigil that took place just days after the girl’s death.

Valley Springs residents who knew the family said Saturday after the arrest was announced that they are shocked by the news and that Leila Fowler and her brother were close.

This was a horrifying crime, with a very intense search for the murderer.

Investigators did a door-to-door sweep of homes, storage sheds and horse stables scattered across the oak-studded hills foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Divers also searched two nearby reservoirs in search of clues.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized several knives from the home Leila shared with her father, stepmother and siblings to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds. A neighbor who told detectives she saw a man flee the Fowler home later recanted the story and was discredited by police.

Leila’s brother was taken into custody at 5:10 p.m. Saturday and police hastily called a news conference to announce the arrest.

“Citizens of Calaveras County, you can sleep a little better tonight,” Kuntz said.

Authorities spent over 2,000 hours on the investigation “to provide Leila Fowler’s family answers to her death,” the sheriff said.

The brother said he found his sister dead and reported it to the police saying he saw a tall man with long gray hair leaving his house.

This is one story I am sure we will learn more of as the day progresses. Can you imagine, what a hellish Mother’s day for this woman. One daughter murdered at the hands of her son.

Well we had another one, this time in Texas 5-Year-Old Shot In Head By Another Child

A five-year-old boy in Denton, Texas was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head by his eight-year-old friend Saturday morning. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the police said the two boys were alone in the bedroom when the older child found a .22 caliber rifle, pointed it at the other boy, and shot him.

Police said they are investigating the incident as an accident. The family of the victim said two adults, one teenager, and two other children were in the home with the two boys when the incident occurred at about 11:30 AM.

Fortunately, this time the little boy is in critical condition…hopefully he will pull through.

**Update: Police say New Jersey hostage standoff resolved; 3 children safely removed from Trenton home – The Washington Post

Updated: Sunday, May 12, 6:49 AM

A standoff with an armed man who took multiple hostages inside a Trenton home has ended, and three children are safe, police said early Sunday.

Word of the confrontation’s conclusion came a short while after the standoff, which had had prompted the evacuation of nearby homes, entered its third day.

“The Trenton hostage situation is resolved, the three children are safe, and the area is secure,” state police Sgt. Adam Grossman told The Associated Press, delivering a joint statement also from Trenton police and county prosecutors.

Grossman said the standoff ended at 3:45 a.m. Sunday but refused to reveal any more details, including how it ended, what became of the gunman, any information about the children, and if there were any other hostages.

Grossman said more details will be released at a news conference later Sunday morning.

As of the writing of this post, 1am EST, Standoff with armed gunman holding hostages enters 3rd day; authorities seeking ‘peaceful end’

Updated: Sunday, May 12, 12:30 AM
TRENTON, N.J. — A standoff with an armed man who police said took multiple hostages extended to a third day early Sunday as authorities worked to negotiate his surrender and his captives’ release.The man, whose identity has not been released, remained holed-up in a two-story red brick house in South Trenton, authorities said. The standoff began Friday afternoon.


But family members of a woman they said was among the hostages grew angry as the standoff continued. Late Saturday afternoon, some of them went under police tape and briefly confronted officers about the situation.“Do something! Do something!” screamed a man who said he was the woman’s nephew. “Make something happen!”

The gunman has already killed a woman and one child. Some news reports say it is his girlfriend, some say it is his wife, and then…some reports say the woman is still alive.

In world news, Sharif stages comeback in landmark Pakistan election:

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and on Sunday was heading for a third term as Pakistan’s prime minister.The polls were a landmark, marking the first time one elected government was to replace another in a country vulnerable to military takeovers.But Saturday’s vote failed to realize the hopes of many that dynastic politics would end after years of misrule and corruption in the strategic U.S. ally.Sharif, 63, a wealthy steel magnate from the pivotal Punjab province, held off a challenge from former cricket star Imran Khan who had hoped to break decades of dominance by Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by the Bhutto family.

Khan’s Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) put up a strong fight and he is likely to remain a force in politics.

“Nawaz’s victory says two things about Pakistan: one, the people of Pakistan prefer the comfort of status quo over the uncertainty of revolutions; and two, all roads to the center go through Punjab, and in Punjab, people are right-leaning and conservative,” said senior journalist Nusrat Javeed.

“Still, for a party that only really arrived on the political scene in a serious way two years ago, PTI’s performance was remarkable, to say the least.”

And in Egypt, according to Reuters: Egypt says thwarts suicide attack on foreign embassy

Egyptian security forces have thwarted a plan by an al Qaeda-linked cell to carry out a suicide attack on a foreign embassy, capturing three militants, the interior minister said on Saturday.

Mohamed Ibrahim said the men, who he accused of having links to militants in the Middle East and Pakistan, were found in possession of 10 kg (22 lb) of aluminum nitrate, which is used to make bombs.

He declined to say which embassy had been targeted.

“The Interior Ministry was able to direct a qualitative blow to a terrorist cell that was planning suicide operations against vital, important and foreign facilities in the country,” he said in a televised news conference.

That will take care of the first part of today’s reads, the second part…the fun part will come up in a few hours. See y’all soon.


15 Comments on “Sunday Reads First Part: News updates”

  1. Of course CNN is the first to scope up the interview with the Castro brothers.

    Hunted and haunted, Castro’s brothers say they didn’t know –

  2. There is another strange story for you, this one is in my home state of Georgia: Family demands answers in teen’s mysterious death –

    Bearing the loss of a child is unimaginable to most.

    What’s even more unimaginable for the Johnsons of Valdosta, Georgia, is how their 17-year-old son died: by suffocating after falling headfirst into a rolled-up gym mat at his high school on January 11.

    “It felt unreal. You know I sent my child to school for an education and he did go to school one way and came back dead,” his mother, Jacquelyn Johnson said.

    How could Kendrick Johnson, a three-sport athlete, fall into an upright mat while reaching for his shoe and not get out, as investigators said? It was an accident, police said, as there were no bruises on the body and no signs of foul play.

    But the bizarre circumstances didn’t sit right with the family, even though they’re not sure what happened to their son.

    Give that a read and then check this out:

    Coroner Finds Fault in Teen Death Investigation | Tallahassee News | WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

    Family wants answers in LHS student’s death » Local News » Valdosta Daily Times

  3. The Mother’s day post will be up later on, see you then.

  4. Delphyne says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Skydancers! Have a wonderful day today!

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and grandmas!

  6. RalphB says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all!!!

  7. RalphB says:

    TPM: Lawyer: Texas Paramedic ‘Had No Involvement Whatsoever’ In Plant Explosion

    Bryce Reed, a West, Texas, paramedic charged on Friday with possession of a destructive device, “had no involvement whatsoever” in last month’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, according to a written statement issued by his lawyer on Saturday.

    His lawyer says he’s innocent.

  8. NW Luna says:

    Human influence on the Earth’s atmosphere touched what climate scientists called a dire milestone Friday as concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide nudged up to a level unseen in 3 million to 5 million years, long before modern humans.

    A monitoring station in Hawaii recorded carbon-dioxide concentrations of 400 parts per million Friday, substantially higher than the 316 parts per million recorded when the station made its first measurements in 1958. The monitor, high atop the Mauna Loa volcano, offers the longest-running record of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured directly from the air. Carbon dioxide is a primary greenhouse gas, efficient at trapping heat from the sun. The colorless gas is released from power plants and vehicles as they burn coal, oil and gas.

    “[The] increase is not a surprise to scientists,” said Pieter Tans, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “The evidence is conclusive that the strong growth of global [carbon-dioxide] emissions from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is driving the acceleration.”

  9. NW Luna says:

    The hypocrisy is just incredible:

    A third nominee, Penny Pritzker — a wealthy hotel heiress and a top Obama fundraiser — has run into resistance since Obama put her name forward this month to be the next commerce secretary. Republicans are promising to scrutinize her family’s financial dealings, including the family’s use of offshore accounts to reduce taxes.