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Your Daley Gator We’re-Fucking-Doomed Story O’ The Day

Boston Police Commissioner Visits Largest Mosque In New England, Declares “We’re All Muslims Deep Down” – Weasel Zippers

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Anyone else not getting the urge to self-detonate?

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Local antiwar military veterans gathered outside New England’s largest mosque Saturday to show support for Muslims amid growing anti-Muslim sentiments that some believe have been stoked by the inflammatory tone of the presidential race.

The rally at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury was organized by the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace and drew about 200 people.

“When you listen to what’s going on in presidential politics there is a lot of misinformation and some people are really misrepresenting what this religion is,” said Bob Funke, a US Army veteran and coordinator for the local veterans group. “They’re using it as a wedge issue and they’re scaring people. It’s the politics of fear.”

Members of the mosque said they were touched by the support.

“Some of the veterans know Muslims and they saw them as good people,” said Tina Serir Abdallah, 38, of Everett. “There’s 1.7 [billion] Muslims worldwide and the majority of us live in peace.”

Supporters of Veterans for Peace carried white and black flags featuring the group’s logo, a white dove set against a combat helmet, and displayed signs reading “Muslims are not our enemy.”

Speakers included leaders from veterans’ groups and Islamic organizations as well as Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, who was last to address the crowd.

“We’re all Muslims deep down,” Evans said. “We all yearn for peace.”

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Lakeland Home Invasion Suspect Shot, Killed By Homeowner – WTVT

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A man was shot and killed when deputies say he unlawfully entered a home and fired at two people inside.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said it happened at a home on Chestnut Hills Drive around 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Chevez Antwann Fiason, 24, was shot and killed by the homeowner during the incident. No one else was injured in the incident.

Fiason was said to have a violent arrest history and was released from state prison in March 2015.

“Forcing your way into an occupied residence is a bold and foolish decision – if you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.

The incident in under investigation, but no arrests had been made.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

HPD Officer Wounds Teen Suspect After Attempted Ambush In Montrose Area – KHOU

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A group of suspects targeted the wrong person to ambush after one of them was shot by a Houston police officer they were following on the way home late Thursday.

According to the Houston Police Department, it started at 11:30 p.m. when the 34-year veteran officer was heading home in his personal vehicle from a second job and noticed he was being followed as he drove down Woodhead Street in the Montrose area.

The officer turned onto Indiana Street to see if the car would keep going, but it didn’t. The suspect vehicle stopped and one male got out with a gun in hand. The suspect started toward the officer, who happened to still be in uniform.

The officer got out of his car and repeatedly identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect ignored the command and pointed his gun at the officer.

“At that point in time, a rear passenger got out and began running toward the sergeant as he went under street light he had arm extended and was shooting pistol directly at the sergeant,” Kese Smith, with HPD, said.

The 15-year-old suspect was shot in the buttocks.

The suspect ran back to the car where three other suspects were waiting, and the car fled the scene.

About 10 minutes later, HPD got a call about a wounded male on the ground at Cushing and Webster. HPD responded and spotted the suspect vehicle that was part of the officer-involved shooting and was able to take three suspects, ages 16, 17 and 18, into custody.

The fourth suspect was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

The HPD sergeant says he was just doing his job and glad this didn’t happen to one of his neighbors.

People in this neighborhood say he is a hero who has gone above and beyond to protect this community, and they feel his actions send a strong message to criminals to not come back.

“He is the type that would stand up and turn the tables on everything,” one concerned neighbor said.

“Hopefully this will keep a few people out that shouldn’t be here,” Mindy Billon, neighbor, said.

Neighbors say this area of Montrose has recently seen a surge break-ins and people being followed home at random.

They say the sergeant who stood up for himself has been standing up for this neighborhood for years.

“He is not just a neighborhood, he has personally taken control of the neighborhood,” a concerned neighbor said. “On many occasions when he has come home at night he has helped us by stopping car break-ins, house break-ins.”

The suspect who was shot in the buttocks is being treated at the hospital, but is expected to be OK.

The three others have been booked into jail police say they’re still not sure if these would-be-robbers wanted to rob the sergeant, steal his car or both.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Muslim Terrorist Gets A$$ Kicked In Jail For Trying To Spread Islam – Gateway Pundit

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In 2015, twin brothers, Ashton Larmond and Carlos Larmond, were arraigned on various special terrorism-related charges pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada.

While in prison Islamist Carlos Larmond tried to spread radical Islam to the other prisoners.

It didn’t turn out so well.

They beat his ass.

Via Bare Naked Islam:

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Global News reported on the beating.

The incident occurred March 3 at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Video of the incident, played in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday, shows two men viciously attack Larmond with a flurry of punches and kicks while surrounded by other inmates. At one point in the video one of the men appears to drop an object on Larmond before he is able to get to his feet and is escorted out by correctional officers.

Terrence Wilson, 24, was sentenced on Thursday to 60 days in jail for assault causing bodily harm related in the attack.
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Paolo Giancaterino, the lawyer representing Wilson, told Global News Larmond had tried to convert his client to Islam on several occasions and threatened to kill him when he resisted.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Mississippi Trooper Voids Speeding Ticket After Driver Hands Him Something He Was ‘So Touched By’ That He ‘Almost Teared Up There’ – The Blaze

A Mississippi State Highway Patrol officer says he “almost teared up there” after a driver he pulled over for speeding handed him a wooden prayer bracelet.

Mike Powers said he was hurrying to get to his work appointment when “the largest officer I’ve ever seen” pulled him over for going 25 mph over the speed limit, WLOX-TV reported.

That officer, trooper Jason Ales, was writing Powers a $200 ticket when Powers said he just had to speak up.

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“I just said ‘How are you doing in light of all the senseless killing around the country?’” Powers asked the officer. “‘Are you okay? Are the officers in Mississippi okay?’”

His question caught Ales off guard.

But that wasn’t all that caught the officer by surprise.

Powers then handed Ales a wooden prayer bracelet showing the faces of Jesus and of saints.

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“I was so touched by it, I almost teared up there,” Ales said.

Ales went to hang up the wooden momento in his patrol car, and voided the driver’s ticket.

“It’s ahead of me and watching over me and my patrol car at all times,” Ales said of the gift.

But for Powers, it was just one more thing he could do to remind the trooper that his service doesn’t go unrecognized.

“This man doesn’t know if he’s going to make it home at night. He doesn’t know the type of evil he’s going to be confronted with,” Powers said.

As for the $200 his act of kindness saved him, Powers said he will donate that amount to a children’s home in northern Mississippi. What’s more, the officer and Powers are reportedly looking at starting a charity of their own.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Man Robbed Five Times in Six Years Finally Has Enough And Buys A Gun… Here’s What Happened When He Encountered Latest Intruder – The Blaze

After five burglaries in six years, a retired Maine lobsterman bought a gun to defend himself and ended up shooting an intruder hours later.

Sixty-seven-year-old Harvey Lembo tells the Portland Press Herald he bought a 1941 revolver Monday.

“I’m tired of it so I went and bought a gun,” Lembo told WGME-TV.

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Just past midnight Tuesday, he says he was awakened and saw a big shadow. Lembo says he climbed into his wheelchair and found an intruder near where he kept his pills.

Lembo says he ordered the man to stay where he was while he called police.

“I told him to sit on the coffee table, or I’d blow his brains out,” Lembo said.

But that’s when man bolted toward the front door and Lembo shot him in the shoulder.

“If he’d have sat there, nothing would have happened. But he wanted to leave and I’d had enough of it, I’d had enough,” Lembo told WGME-TV.

Forty-five-year-old Christopher Wildhaber was charged with burglary and violating probation and was ordered held without bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

Woman, 80, Trampled To Death In Venezuelan Supermarket Stampede – London Telegraph

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An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday.

The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said Maria Aguirre died and another 75 people were injured – including five security officials – in chaotic scenes when National Guard troops sought to control a 5,000-strong crowd with teargas.

“Due to the shortage of food… the desperation is enormous,” local opposition politician Andres Camejo said, according to the coalition’s website. It published a photo of an elderly woman’s body lying inert on a concrete floor.

Camejo said thieves had also attacked the crowd, members of which were seeking to buy cheap food on offer at an outlet of the state’s Mercal supermarket chain in Barinas state.

There was no confirmation of the incident by authorities.

El Universal newspaper reported that Aguirre was knocked to the ground during jostling in the crowd, while the pro-opposition El Nacional said she was crushed in a stampede.

Another person was killed and dozens detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela’s southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana earlier this month.

President Nicolas Maduro accuses opponents of deliberately stirring up trouble, exaggerating incidents, and sabotaging the economy to try and bring down his socialist government.

Critics, though, say incidents of unrest are symptoms of the increasing hardships Venezuela’s 29 million people are facing due to a failed state-led economic model. Low oil prices are exacerbating economic tensions in the OPEC nation.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day (Video)

Raw Video Captures Moment Police Take Down Suspect Wielding Bat, Knife With Beanbag Round To The Head, Fired From 12-Gauge Shotgun – The Blaze

Police in Lubbock, Texas, responded to a report of a man attacking a Walmart employee and found suspect welding a bat and knife outside. Raw dashcam footage captured the moment officers took down the suspect using “less-lethal” munitions, or more specifically, a beanbag round fired from a 12-gauge shotgun.

“Listen to me, put the knife down! Put the damn knife down! Put it down! Just throw it,” an officer is heard saying in the video.

Moments later, a beanbag round fired by one of the cops hits the suspect, identified as Martin Salazar Hernandez, directly in the head. He went to the ground and officers were able to arrest him.

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Lubbock Police Department Assistant Chief Greg Stevens said Hernandez was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition.

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The Avalanche-Journal quoted Stevens as saying, “I’m not going to make any determination as to whether this incident is justified or not. It is an ongoing investigation.”

“But very early, we’re going to put the videos out from the police cars to make sure that we’re ahead of it and that you understand that we are conducting the investigation and from what we can see from the preliminary inquiry, the officers followed policy,” he added.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

New York Lawyer Charged With Fraud Demands Trial By Combat – Oddity Central

In a real-life story that seems taken out of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, a New York lawyer accused of fraud is actually asking for a trial by combat to settle a legal dispute.

Richard Luthmann says his bizarre request may sound ludicrous to most people, but it certainly isn’t against the law. He pointed out that the right to Trial by Combat was technically never outlawed in the state of New York, or anywhere else in America. “The common law of Britain was in effect in New York in 1776,” he told reporters “And the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution recognises the penumbra of those rights. It’s still on the books.” Historically, trial by combat was indeed a little-used but accepted aspect of English common law.

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Luthmann, 35, feels that his request for a combat trial is fair, given that the legal dispute itself is silly and “baseless”. It started in 2013, when Luthmann represented the losing side in a lawsuit between two investment firms. His client, David Parker, was supposed to pay $550,000 to the opposition, but he disappeared without a trace. So the opponents decided to sue him instead, alleging the lawyer helped his client hide his assets in order to avoid payment.

After spending the past two years filing motions and countermotions against the other lawyer, Luthmann was at his wits’ end. “This is not a lawsuit anymore; this is an absurdity,” he told the New York Post. “So I will give them absurdity in kind.” That’s when he decided to make use of a loophole in the law and challenge them to a medieval-style duel to settle the matter.

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In his brief, Luthmann asks “that the court permit the undersigned (Luthmann) to dispatch plaintiffs to the Divine Providence of the Maker for Him to exact His divine judgment once the undersigned has released the souls of the plaintiffs and their counsel from their corporeal bodies, personally and or by way of a champion.” Alternatively, he’s willing to settle for just having the case dismissed.

It sounds like a joke, but Luthmann is actually pretty serious about testing the power of the Ninth Amendment. “The judge may look askance at it, but I’m prepared to take it to the highest level,” he said. “I’d love to have a court determine whether we have those rights under the Constitution. This is a matter of honor.”

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It’s highly unlikely that the judge will accept Luthmann’s request, but in any case, he’s prepared to go to combat dressed as Game of Thrones character Robert Baratheon. His weapon of choice – a warhammer.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Richard Chusid, feels differently about the issue. “It should be clear that we do not find the brief amusing and, we believe, neither will the court, both from a legal and ethical perspective,” he said.

You have to admit, seeing two lawyers fighting for their lives medieval style would be fun to watch.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Awesome Video Shows What Happens When An Armed Robber Shoves Aside A Guy Who Happens To Be A Former Marinre – Right Scoop

An idiot thug tried to rob a gas station early one morning and pushed aside a man who was in his way. Unfortunately for his dumb ass, the guy turned out to be a firefighter and a former marine. It did not go well for the robber.

Watch below:

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“This guy walks in and gets up to me and, you know, and puts his hand on me and kind of moves me out of the way,” he said. “So I kind of step back and realize that he’s not paying attention to me; he just wanted me out of the way so he moves me and goes up to the cash register.”

Gaskey is seen in the video moving back, his hands in the air, apparently mistaking the man, identified by police as Dylan John Bearden, for an impatient customer. “Initially, I was just shocked that someone would be putting their hands on me,” Gaskey said.

“I glance over and realize he’s got a black hood or mask over his face, so immediately it’s obvious what his intentions are,” he continued.

Police say Bearden demanded money from the clerk as he pulled a weapon.

Gaskey described what happened at that point. “So he moves me and goes up to the cash register, to the cashier, and pulls out a fixed blade knife and tells her, ‘This is gonna be quick and easy,’ you know, something about ‘Give me the money.’”

That’s when the guy who’d been shoved aside sprang into action.

“I have the element of surprise at this moment while he’s talking to her, so I jumped on his back and went for the control of the knife, grabbed his arm and flipped him over to maintain control of the weapon and get him on the ground,” Gaskey said. “I wrestled the knife away from him and I just subdued him and maintained control of his body until the police arrived a few minutes later.”

Security video shows Gaskey reacting and leaping forward, pulling Bearden to the ground, taking the knife from him, and holding him until police arrive.

“Once I got him on the ground, it was pretty quick. It wasn’t a long fight; it wasn’t incredibly rough. I controlled his arm on the way to the ground, I got on top of him, and once I was wrestled the knife away from him and moved it away from his reach, I was able to put pressure on his shoulder, control him, and stop him from struggling. Once he stopped struggling, it became rather civil,” Gaskey said.

The suspect was outmatched, to say the least.

“I controlled him, I controlled his arms, and I told him, ‘We’re not gonna move til the cops get here. And if you move or you do anything I don’t like, that’s gonna be a problem for me and we’ll go from there,’” he said.

Bearden, apparently, heeded the advice.

“Once I had control of him, he didn’t fight anymore. I kept my pressure on his wrists, I kept my weight on his back, and we basically just sat there until the cops,” Gaskey said.

Dumbass was arrested once the cops arrived.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

Pentagon Accidentally Shipped Live Anthrax To Canada And Australia In Addition To The U.S. – The Verge

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Two defense officials today confirmed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples of anthrax to 28 government and private facilities across the US and army base in South Korea, the Pentagon also shipped the deadly spores to three laboratories in Canada. Investigations into anthrax shipments spurred by the recent discovery of the spores have shown that the US military also sent live samples to Australia in 2008, meaning that suspected live anthrax has now been sent by the Pentagon into three countries, 12 US states, and the District of Columbia.

The anthrax, which was sent from an Army lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, was supposed to have been rendered inactive by Department of Defense scientists before being shipped for research purposes. A senior Defense Department official told USA Today that so far, no-one has been confirmed as infected by the still-alive samples, but BBC News reports that at least four US civilians and 22 military personnel from South Korea’s Osan air base are receiving preventative treatment.

In an email sent on Friday and obtained by USA Today, Daniel Sosin, deputy director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, suggested that the Dugway Proving Grounds base’s methods of killing anthrax spores was not entirely effective. “We have concern that the inactivation procedures, when followed properly, are inadequate to kill all spores,” Sosin said, but noted that “the US government is developing an approach to securing such possible samples from misuse.”

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Suspect Dead After Man With Concealed Carry Permit Intervenes In Alleged Carjacking – Conservative Infidel

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A man with a concealed carry permit fatally shot a man in a Maceys parking lot after intervening in a carjacking in Orem Saturday morning, and so far police say the man will not face charges as it appears the shooting was justified.

The incident started at the Summit Ridge Apartment Complex in the area of 1700 S. 400 East when police were called to a fight at about 10:45 a.m. Five people, three women and two men, fled the scene in a vehicle.

FOX 13 News’ Robert Boyd reports a resident of an apartment was nearly hit at some point as the suspects drove through a grassy area during their escape.

“I could have been hit, I was standing right here and they came up and the officer just followed pursuit,” Witness Rae Eddy said.

Police said the suspects’ vehicle stopped in the area of 1010 South and 400 East after they hit a curb. Surveillance footage shows the five people exiting the vehicle. A 26-year-old male suspect stole a pickup truck from a home in that area and the other four left the area on foot.

Two of the females that fled on foot were apprehended and taken in for questioning regarding the incident. The suspect who fled in the truck drove to Maceys, 800 N. State Street.

While at the grocery store, police say, the suspect abandoned the truck and went to steal another vehicle in the parking lot.

“Subject gets out of the truck, goes over and pulls the lady out of the silver Mercedes, starts to get in the car, she’s screaming for help,” said Captain Ned Jackson of the Orem Police Department.

The suspect attempted to carjack the woman in a Mercedes at about 11:18 a.m., and that’s when a shopper, so far only identified as a 31-year-old male, confronted the suspect.

“Our citizen goes up at gun point, has him get out of the car, the guy gets out of the car,” Jackson said. “The suspect lunged and tried to get the gun from him, so at that point he’s trying to protect himself and shoots the gentleman.”

Police said the shopper, who had a concealed carry permit, was threatened and fired his weapon.

The suspect, who police have not yet identified, suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to Utah Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police say the man had several felony warrants. Officers are actively searching for the other two suspects involved in the original incident.

Officials with the Orem Police Department said the man who fired the gun is not facing charges at this point because it appears his use of deadly force was justified.

Clark Aposhian is on the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, which is a group that advocates for the right of Utahns to “keep and bear their private arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, the state, and all other lawful purposes,” and he shared his perspective on the legality of the shopper’s actions.

“If someone is trying to break into your vehicle, especially while you are in it, that’s considered a forcible felony under Utah law and under that code section it says you can use any force necessary to stop the person who is in the commission of that forcible felony,” he said.

None of the names of the people involved in this case will be released until the autopsy is complete, which is scheduled to take place on Monday. FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Trio Of Armed Thugs Tied Up Man And His Wife, Then Momentarily Left Them Unattended. When They Returned, There Was A Surprise Waiting – The Blaze

A man and his wife were reportedly attacked and tied up by a trio of home intruders who forced their way into the couple’s Lakewood, Washington, home on Tuesday. The horrifying incident left one of the intruders dead and the others running for their lives, according to police.

The 66-year-old wife was reportedly in the bath when three men knocked on the door. When the husband, 62, answered the door, he quickly realized he didn’t know them and tried to close the door. Unfortunately, the men – armed with a gun and knife – overpowered him and entered the home.

The thugs beat the man severely, leaving him needing stitches, and cut his wife’s hand, according to court documents obtained by the News Tribune. The men then allegedly tied up the couple and searched the house for valuable items to steal. At one point, they momentarily left the house – and it turned out to be a huge mistake.

During the brief time that the men were outside, the husband was apparently able to free himself, untie his wife and relocate to their bedroom. They locked the door and the man retrieved his firearm from a lock box and aimed it at the door.

When the suspects returned and busted through the door, the husband opened fire. Police believe the man fatally hit one of the robbers. Police later identified the deceased suspect as 19-year-old Taijon Voorhees. All three of the men ran out of the house in fear.

Police later arrested Duprea Wilson, 19, in connection to the robbery, which he reportedly told others had “gone wrong.” The suspects may have broke into the wrong house looking for drugs and money, according to investigators.

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Wilson was later charged with 12 felonies, including first-degree manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping and assault.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

2nd Amendment Success Story: Armed Citizen Kills Serial Bank Robber, Another Arrested – Universal Free Press

The duo behind a rash of Phoenix bank robberies is out of business, with one now dead and the other under arrest, thanks to the efforts of an armed local businessman.

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On Wednesday, the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union was targeted by Lyndell Cherry, age 29 and Vincent Jones, age 21, who entered at around 2 p.m. and demanded money. The two had left the keys in the ignition and the engine of their getaway vehicle running, a mistake which proved to be their undoing.

While the robbery was taking place, one credit union employee was able to call Sean Quaid, who owns a business next door to the credit union and told him what was happening. Quaid grabbed his gun and ran outside. After determining which was the likely vehicle of the perpetrators, Quaid removed the keys from the ignition.

When attempting their getaway, Cherry and Jones ran outside to their car and found they had no keys. They went back inside to see if they might have dropped them somewhere along the way, even going as far as searching a woman’s purse inside to see if she might have picked them up.

With time running out, the robbers ran back outside and accosted a couple in a Chevy pickup, with Jones pointing his gun and demanding their vehicle. At that point, Quaid stepped in, ordering the felonious pair to stop. It was then that Cherry reportedly spun around and aimed his gun at Quaid, who fired first, striking Cherry.

Jones jumped into the truck and drove off, crashing into several cars in the shopping center along the way as he made his way out into traffic. He reportedly ran a red light and collided with a minivan, which caused both vehicles to crash into an adjacent brick wall. Jones then bailed out of the stolen truck but was apprehended by police soon afterwards.

Fortunately no one was injured in the melee, other than the fatally shot Cherry. Unsurprisingly, Jones is reported to have still lived with his mother prior to taking up residence at his new home, at the Arizona taxpayer’s expense.

In addition to the multiple charges associated with this robbery, Jones admitted to police that the pair had also committed other robberies previously. He will not only face those charges, but he is also looking at six counts of kidnapping, one of aggravated assault, and one of first-degree murder for the death of Cherry.

It was not a good day for Cherry or Jones. It was a good day however for the Second Amendment, the people of Arizona and Sean Quaid, a hero who stood up and took action, and possibly saved innocent lives in the process.

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*VIDEO* Your Daley Gator Good-Guy-Kills-Bad-Guys Story O’ The Day


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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Homeowner Shoots 2 Intruders, Kills 1 – WJW

After being beaten and pistol whipped in his own home, a 24-year-old man managed to get to his personal weapon and shoot two robbery suspects.

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According to the Cleveland Division of Police, the homeowner encountered the men when he returned to his Rudyard Road home.

They allegedly attempted to rob him in the driveway then took him inside where they beat and pistol whipped him.

It happened Tuesday around 2:20 a.m.

One intruder was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was arrested a few blocks away and was being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the knee.

The homeowner has a concealed carry permit. Police said the suspects were males in their 20s.

The incident remained under investigation.

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Your Daley Gator Governmental Abuse Of Power Story O’ The Day

Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million By Feds Over Drawstrings – Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a “message” by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to “report immediately” to the federal government that they were selling children’s clothing with drawstrings.

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Ross Stores, Inc. settled with the agency in June, agreeing to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty after they “knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it sold or held for sale, about 23,000 children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings at the neck or waist.”

The company said it settled to avoid costly litigation and denies violating a guideline to report children’s clothing with drawstrings to the CPSC, which the commission contends is hazardous. According to the commission, drawstrings have been responsible for 26 deaths.

Children’s garments with drawstrings are not banned, but retailers can face substantial fines for not reporting the apparel to the agency.

The fine was the largest the commission has handed down in recent years for violating the policy, on top of the millions the agency has collected from big-name retailers for failing to notify the government that it had garments with drawstrings in children’s sizes in stock.

A host of major retail stores have been hit with the violation, totaling at least $9,650,000 since August 2008. That includes Burlington Coat Factory, which paid a $1.5 million fine last year, Macy’s ($750,000), Bon-Ton ($450,000), Kohl’s ($425,000), and Nordstrom ($60,000).

The penalties are based on a 1997 voluntary guideline from the agency that recommends that children’s clothing sized 2T to 12 be made with no neck or waist drawstrings.

Additionally, a 2006 letter from the “Commission’s Director of the Office of Compliance” urges retailers to comply with the guideline, though it is not mandatory. However, retailers are required to report to the CPSC if they are selling children’s garments with drawstrings.

A final 2011 rule designated clothing sized 2T to 16 with drawstrings as a “substantial product hazard.”

“A manufacturer who fails to report a substantial product hazard to the commission is subject to civil penalties,” the rule stated.

Customs and Border Protection even has the authority to stop “potentially hazardous shipments of children’s outerwear with drawstrings from entering the United States,” due to the regulation. The CPSC also can issue recalls for garments that violate the policy.

When asked about the number of children fatalities associated with drawstrings, the CPSC alerted the Washington Free Beacon to a May 2012 blog post entitled, “Drawstrings Not Allowed.

“CPSC has received 26 reports of children who have died when drawstrings in their clothes got tangled on playground slides, school bus doors and other objects,” the agency said, though it does not specify when these deaths were reported.

“Waist and bottom drawstrings that were caught in cars and buses resulted in dragging incidents,” they said in the article.

Other requests for comment by the Free Beacon regarding the policy were not returned.

Under the rule, Ross was cited by the commission for selling 12 styles of clothing with drawstrings to children, including a Puma training jacket, a “Hot Chocolate Athletic set jacket with waist drawstrings,” and a “fur hood fleece with waist drawstring.”

The garments were procured or sold between January 2009 and February 2012. Ross said it processed 57 million units of children’s apparel alone in 2011.

Since the store did not immediately report that it had the drawstring garments in its inventory – which totaled 23,000 items – they were hit with a $3.9 million fine. The penalty comes to $169.56 per item.

In the settlement, Ross denied the charges that they “failed to timely report” the sales of the clothing and said they merely wanted to avoid a costly court battle.

“Ross enters into the agreement to settle this matter without the expense of litigation,” the document stated.

According to the settlement, the company “informed the commission that there have been no reported incidents or injuries associated with the garments” they sold.

Ross also said they did not notify the government because they believed the agency was aware of the “alleged defect,” since the CPSC itself had already issued a recall of the drawstring items.

CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum, who was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 9, 2009, said high fines serve as a deterrent to prevent retailers from selling children’s clothing with drawstrings in the first place.

“It is my hope and expectation that the message we are sending with the substantial fine and the compliance requirements in this agreement will increase the likelihood that Ross – and other firms – will not only make the right decision next time they are confronted with whether to report a safety issue but also – and more importantly for consumer safety – will take all necessary steps to ensure they produce and market only compliant products, thus obviating the need for any reporting at all,” she said in a statement following the settlement on June 21.

“During my tenure as chairman of the CPSC, my colleague commissioner Robert S. Adler and I have written together and separately regarding the need for civil penalties to truly serve the policy objectives of deterring violations and promoting compliance with the law, particularly in light of the increased penalty amounts Congress authorized in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” Tenenbaum said.

“This settlement reflects the goals and importance of our enhanced authorities, and I commend the CPSC staff for this result.”

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Bethel Park Music Store Owner Shoots Intruder – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The owner of a Bethel Park music store shot and killed an intruder who had attacked the owner’s wife inside their store late this morning.

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Bethel Park police Chief John Mackey said Alfred Armen, owner of Armen’s House of Music at 5920 Library Road, jumped to his wife’s defense as she was being clubbed by a man who, just minutes earlier, had entered the store to browse.

The man stayed in the store for two or three minutes, went outside to his car, and came back in with some type of wooden club, Chief Mackey said.

He attacked Sylvia Armen, clubbing her on the head, and Mr. Armen came to her defense, the chief said.

The man then attacked him with the club, and Mr. Armen pulled a revolver and shot him dead, Chief Mackey said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives were assisting Bethel Park police with the investigation.

Chief Mackey said the Armens were being treated at UPMC Mercy Hospital for injuries they received in the attack.

The chief said robbery appeared not to be the motive in the attacks. He said he didn’t know whether the Armens knew the man, described only as white and in his early 30s.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office removed the body from the store about 4 p.m.

The store sells instruments and offers music lessons, according to its Facebook page.

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