• Black patient hooked to IV arrested after going on a walk outside of hospital

    first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — An African American man recovering from pneumonia says he was arrested after a white security guard and police officers racially profiled him when he went for a walk on his doctor’s orders outside a northern Illinois hospital while attached to an IV machine and wearing a hospital gown.Shaquille Dukes, 24, said that what at first appeared to be a misunderstanding escalated into an unnecessary confrontation with police and prompted his arrest and the arrests two men with him.“As they began to take me to the car, I told them … I never left the hospital property. And that’s when he [a police officer] turned and said, ‘Well you’re off hospital property now,’” Dukes told ABC News.The incident unfolded just before 5 p.m. on June 9 outside Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital, and was caught on cellphone video that went viral after Dukes posted it on his Facebook page.Freeport Police officials released police body camera footage of the episode, which the city’s police chief said shows his officers “handled it in the best way they could … given the situation that they had in front of them.”In a police report of the incident, the hospital security guard told officers that after he questioned Dukes about why he was leaving the hospital attached to an IV, Dukes and the two men with him “got in my face” and began cursing at him. The security guard told police he felt “extremely threatened,” according to the report.Dukes said that the only time he left the hospital property was when the security guard called him over to his vehicle parked in the street outside the hospital.He said that after attempting to explain that his doctor was aware he had gone outside for a walk — after spending several days at the hospital — the security guard responded, “Well I don’t care what they told you. As far as I’m concerned, this is hospital equipment and you’re attempting to steal it.”In the cellphone video Dukes posted online, the security guard is heard telling police officers, “He’s stealing hospital property, basically, by leaving. I don’t care if he was coming back, that’s stealing.”Dukes and his two companions, Marqwandrick Morrison and Credale Miles, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.“Our investigation revealed that at no time did any doctor or nurse give that patient or any patient permission to leave the hospital while still hooked to an IV machine,” Freeport police officials said in a statement to ABC News.Dukes said he has filed a complaint with the city.“It was determined that he was likely not trying to steal any of the property. But the charges were supported for disorderly conduct with their actions toward the security guard,” Freeport Police Chief Todd Barkalow told ABC News.FHN Memorial Hospital told ABC News that patient privacy laws prevented them from commenting on what they said was now a police matter.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Man caught in failed ISIS-inspired attack on DC charged with supporting terrorists

    first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A Maryland man who allegedly pledged himself to ISIS and planned to run over pedestrians in the nation’s capital was stopped before he could carry out the attack and has been charged with attempting to support a terrorist organization.Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland, claimed to be inspired by ISIS when he stole a U-Haul van in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 26 before driving it to Maryland the next day with the intent of using it as a weapon to hit pedestrians on sidewalks at the newly developed National Harbor complex on the Potomac River near Washington. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against him on Wednesday. According to the detention memo from April 8, Henry harbored “hatred” for those not practicing the Muslim faith and had been inspired by the 2016 truck attack in Nice, France.“The defendant, allegedly inspired by ISIS and its violent ideology, stole a vehicle as part of his plan to kill and injure innocent pedestrians. The National Security Division, working with our partners, remains committed to identifying and holding accountable those who would commit terrorist attacks on our soil,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice statement announcing the indictment.The government alleges that after stealing the van, Henry drove to Dulles International Airport at 5 a.m. on March 27, parked the vehicle before entering the terminal, and then tried for two hours to find a possible way through security to harm “disbelievers” in a way designed for maximum publicity. But after failing to find a way to penetrate the airport’s security perimeter, he drove the U-Haul to the National Harbor later that morning.The stolen U-Haul was found by law enforcement on March 28 parked at the National Harbor for the alleged planned attack. Police said they reviewed security camera footage of the area that showed Henry parking and exiting the vehicle.Henry was subsequently arrested by Prince George’s County Police before any attack could be attempted.“All across the country, each and every day, the top priority of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) is to protect the American public by disrupting potential violent actors. Maryland JTTF, working in tandem with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC), is dedicated to identifying and bringing to justice those individuals who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations, engage in violent extremism, and threaten our national security,” said FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone.Henry now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for attempting to provide material support for ISIS and an additional 10 years for interstate transport of a stolen vehicle, according to the Department of Justice.“Law enforcement is working tirelessly to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks, whether they come from within or outside the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “We will continue to use every lawful tool at our disposal to find and prosecute those who want to do this country harm.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Hurricane Dorian shutters airports across Florida, Bahamas

    first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — As Southeast cities prepare for Hurricane Dorian to arrive, numerous airports have announced closures. The dangerous storm is pummeling the Bahamas and slowly headed for the Southeast region of the U.S.Over 3,000 flights have been canceled within the U.S. from Monday to Tuesday. Orlando International Airport saw the most cancellations, with over 1,000. Here are the airports closed as of Tuesday morning: Florida — Orlando International Airport (MCO) — Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (CRG) — Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) — Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) — Witham Field (SUA) — Orlando Sanford Int’l (SFB) — Daytona Beach Intl (DAB) — Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Int’l Airport (FLL)(set to re-open Tuesday at 12 p.m.) — Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) — Melbourne Int’l Airport (MLB) — Palm Beach Int’l Airport (PBI) (working to restore operations Tuesday) — Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP) — Vero Beach Rgnl (VRB) Bahamas — Marsh Harbour (MHH) — South Bimini (BIM) — North Eleuthera (ELH) — Grand Bahama Int’l(FPO)Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

  • 2019 was Alaska’s hottest year on record, above average temps for most of US

    first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Alaska had its warmest year on record in 2019 with average temperatures 6.2°F above the long-term average and most parts of the country saw above-average temperatures, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The average temperature in most of the United States was 0.7°F above the 20th Century average in 2019. Precipitation was almost 5 inches above average, the second wettest year on record.Georgia and North Carolina also saw the states’ high temperatures on record last year and states in the West, South, Southeast, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast experienced above-average temperatures. Temperatures in the northern plains and South Dakota were slightly below average.Many locations across Hawaii also experienced a near-record to record warm year in 2019, partly influenced by warm ocean temperatures.Temperatures were the coolest since 2014, a change from the previous five years that market the warmest in recorded history.The average global surface temperature has risen more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s, according to U.S. government data, which is largely driven by releases of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by human activities like energy production and transportation.Warmer temperatures can disrupt weather patterns, amplify the threat from events like wildfires and flooding, among other changes.Precipitation was almost 5 inches above average in most of the United States in 2019, the second wettest year on record.There were 14 disaster events costing more than $1 billion in the U.S. in 2019, including tropical storms Dorian and Imelda, wildfire damage and the combined flooding from the Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. The number of $1 billion inland flooding events has increased over the last decade. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Five children removed from family home after allegedly being locked in cages

    first_imgLee County Sheriff’s Office(SMITHS STATION, Ala.) — Five children have been removed from their home after it was discovered that their mother and grandparents had allegedly kept them locked in cages for an undetermined amount of time.Alabama authorities were first alerted to a possible child abuse situation on Jan. 13 in Smiths Station, a city of about 20,000 people located in eastern Alabama’s Lee County.According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, investigators conducted a welfare check at the home and made contact with four children aged 3, 4, 10, and 11 years old. Investigators also discovered two cages made of wood with hasps and locks on them.“[The] investigation revealed evidence that the children had been locked in the cages on multiple occasions,” said the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in a statement on social media.A fifth child who is 8 months old was also discovered to live at the home but was not present at the time of the police investigation.As a result of the investigation, all five of the children were removed from the home and the mother along with two of the children’s grandparents were arrested.Kylla Michelle Mann, 30, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than 6 years of age and two counts of reckless endangerment. She is being held on a $122,000 bond.Pamela Deloris Bond, 66, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than 6 years of age and two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of tampering with evidence. She is being held on a $123,000 bond.James H. Bond, 69, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than 6 years of age and two counts of reckless endangerment. He is being held on a $122,000 bond.Anybody with any further information or evidence is being asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • St. Louis County to ban domestic violence offenders from carrying concealed guns

    first_imgRdlamkin/iStock(ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo.) — People with domestic violence convictions and orders of protection against them will soon be banned from carrying concealed guns in St. Louis County, Missouri, according to a vote this week from the county council that was sharply split along party and gender lines.The four women on the council who are all Democrats, voted yes at Tuesday’s meeting, while the three men on the council, who are all Republicans, voted no.Councilman Tim Fitch said at the meeting that the bill would “take a federal felony charge and make it an ordinance violation,” or essentially a “ticket.”“While it may look good on a campaign brochure,” Fitch said, “it’s going the opposite direction.”In response to Fitch, Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway conceded that passing this bill would make an ordinance that wouldn’t have the same penalties as a federal crime.But Dunaway stressed, “the problem is, these particular federal crimes do not get prosecuted,” because federal prosecutors are “too busy with much bigger issues.”“If we can hand this law over to the county government, it’s more likely to be prosecuted,” Dunaway said.“We’d like to do a whole lot more to protect people from gun violence,” Dunaway said. “Even though this doesn’t go far enough, I think it’s the first step in the right direction.”Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray argued that the ordinance furthers the federal law because “it sends a message to our prosecutors.”But Councilman Ernie Trakas said he believes the bill “encroaches” on the 2nd Amendment, telling the council at Tuesday’s meeting, “this bill overreaches, is not well thought out, and I believe it violates state law.”Councilman Mark Harder voted no, and at the meeting called the bill “flawed.”“If we’re going to tackle domestic violence in St Louis County — and we should — this does not go near far enough to act as a deterrent to domestic violence,” Harder said.Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, chair of the county council, introduced the bill.“Like probably a lot of other states, Missouri’s got some pretty tight restrictions” on how local government regulates guns, Clancy told ABC News on Thursday. She calls this bill the best steps to address gun violence and domestic violence at the local level.“I wish the bill could go further, but it can’t at this time until we change some state laws,” she said.Clancy said St. Louis County Executive Sam Page is expected to sign the law in the next few weeks.She said it was co-sponsored by the other women on the county council and that the process included involvement from the county executive and domestic violence advocates.Clancy said Kansas City’s city council has already passed a similar bill and lawmakers with the city of St. Louis are working though a similar bill of their own. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • 15-year-old girl shot at Massachusetts mall; 2 in custody

    first_imgcarlballou /iStockBy Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News(BRAINTREE, Ma) — A 15-year-old girl was injured in a shooting at the South Shore Plaza mall in Braintree, Massachusetts, officials said.Braintree police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries, and two male suspects were taken into custody in relation to the shooting, which took place at about 4:45 p.m.After initially saying they were responding to an “active shooter,” the Braintree Police Department said it now believes it was a targeted shooting.Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted Braintree police in the response to the scene.The Braintree Police Department said via Twitter that the stores were put under lockdown. In a follow-up tweet, the agency said the suspect or suspects were “believed to have fled the mall on foot” and urged neighbors to shelter in place and report suspicious activity.The shelter-in-place orders were lifted after the two suspects were taken into custody.A witness inside the mall described the chaos to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, saying he heard “six gunshots.”“Everything was acting normal, day to day, I was on the upstairs location near Sears, as I was walking toward Sears, I was on the second level I saw people start going to the railing, looking down to the first floor and then we just heard six gunshots one after another, then it went silent,” he said. “I didn’t see any shooter or anything like that. And then it all became chaos, the mall, everybody trying to find an exit.”Braintree is located about 25 minutes south of downtown Boston.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • New York City’s highest-ranking uniformed police officer is retiring: Source

    first_imgamphotora/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York City’s highest-ranking uniformed police officer, Terence Monahan, who memorably took a knee with George Floyd protesters in Washington Square Park, is retiring, a source familiar with the decision told ABC News.An announcement is expected as soon as Thursday afternoon from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.Monahan’s retirement as NYPD chief of department is expected to prompt another shakeup of top officials, including the elevation of Rodney Harrison from chief of detectives to chief of department.Monahan joined the NYPD in 1982 and was named chief of department in January 2018.He spearheaded the department’s neighborhood coordination officer program, but recently came under fire in a report by New York Attorney General Letitia James over his treatment of protesters last summer.At one point, though, he took a knee to indicate the NYPD’s solidarity with demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Arkansas’ near-total abortion ban certain to face legal showdown

    first_imgdlewis33/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Arkansas’ latest move to restrict abortion access for its residents will likely head to court as proponents and opponents of a new law debate over the future of reproductive rights in the state.Both sides of the issue contend that the legal battle could have larger implications for the rest of the country.Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed SB 6, which passed in the state legislature and prohibits abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. Cases involving rapes and incest are not considered exceptions under the law, a move that Hutchinson said in a statement he did not agree with.The governor, nonetheless, advocated for the bill, which also charges anyone who performs a non-approved abortion with a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison.Hutchinson acknowledged the bill was made to challenge Roe v. Wade.“SB6 is in contradiction of binding precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law,” Hutchinson said in a statement following the bill’s signing.Several reproductive rights advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, the Guttmacher Institute and NARAL Pro-Choice America, immediately condemned the bill and noted that the state has spent the last couple of years chipping away access to safe abortions.Without any open clinics in the state, the average one-way driving distance to an abortion clinic for Arkansas women would be 128 miles, according to research from the Guttmacher Institute.Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, said in a statement that her organization will see the governor in court.“This extreme abortion ban is cruel and unconstitutional, and it will have accomplished nothing but cause stress for patients while ignoring the pressing challenges Arkansans face,” she said in a statement.The law is slated to go into effect at the end of August, but it is likely to be the first of many state laws that are aimed at curtailing abortion access.There were 384 anti-abortion provisions introduced in 43 states in January and February, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, and several states have pressed on with their legislative packages.The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill this week that would ban abortions due to a Down syndrome diagnosis and would impose a criminal felony on the provider. A bill approved by Arizona state leaders would ban abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy and charge those who perform such procedures with a felony.The governors of both states have said they will sign the bills.A federal judge has put a hold on a bill that would also restrict abortions in South Carolina after Planned Parenthood sued the state.The bill, which passed in February, requires doctors to perform ultrasounds to check for a heartbeat in the fetus, which can typically be detected about six weeks after conception. If one is detected, the abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or the mother’s life is in danger.Elizabeth Nash, the Guttmacher Institute’s associate director of state issues, said in a statement that there will likely be more challenges to Roe v. Wade from the state level and urged Congress to take up the issue soon.“Now is the time for Congress to protect against these attacks by creating a federal statutory right to access abortion without medically unnecessary restrictions through the Women’s Health Protection Act,” she said in a statement.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Sex bias ruling goes in favour of employers

    first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Relief for employers and the tribunal service came last week when a House ofLords ruling cancelled out an estimated 3,000 claims for sex discrimination.The cases have all been adjourned pending the final outcome of the long-runningSeymour-Smith and Perez case. This tested the two-year service period required to qualify for protectionfrom unfair dismissal.The claimants argued that the cut-off point, since reduced to one year,represented indirect sexual discrimination against women because men work forlonger periods.But in a final judgement the Lords ruled that the statistics did notconvincingly bear this out, and that it is justifiable for the Government tohave a service requirement so as to encourage recruitment. Sex bias ruling goes in favour of employersOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more