Thursday, January 31, 2013

US Air Force Captain Lucas Gruenther

US Air Force Captain Lucas Gruenther, of Twain Harte, California, died on Monday.

He was flying his F16 in training exercises over the Adriatic Sea, when his plane went down, on January 28.

His body was found on January 31.

Gruenther was the chief of flight safety for the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

He had graduated from the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, in 2003.

Senate Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling

The US Senate has vote to extend the debt ceiling.

It passed with a vote of sixty-four to thirty-four, showing the clear dislike of it.

The House vote for it, last Wednesday.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill, either this evening or tomorrow.

Under the bill the debt ceiling is now raised until May 18.

Both the House and Senate are required to come up with budgets by April 15, or the salaries of that body will be stopped, until they can do so.

The Senate has not passed a budget since 2009, despite the House doing so, repeatedly.
However, it could be a struggle to get even that far.

On March 1, the "fiscal cliff" will strike again, if something isn't done by then, and then on March 27, the government will run out of money, with which to stay open.

Bundestag Renews German Mission in Afghanistan

Germany's Bundestag approved a continuation of German troops in Afghanistan, on Thursday.

With a vote of 435 to 111, the mission was extended for thirteen months.

While it did continue their presence, Thursday's vote also lowered the number of German troops, that will be there.

The new vote dropped German numbers down to thirty-three hundred, from the current forty-five hundred.

Missing From Florida: Destinee Fields, 16

Sixteen year old Destinee Fields is missing from Winter Garden, Florida.

She was last seen on Monday.

Concerns are high as she had a liver transplant and requires medications for it.

Destinee is described as five foot two, one hundred and sixteen pounds, with blonde hair, and blue eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a black tank top, blue jeans, a black sweater around her waist, and sandals.

Anyone with information should call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222.

Shooting at Atlanta Middle School

A shooting took place outside Luther J. Price Middle School, in Atlanta, Thursday afternoon.

A fourteen year old was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, with a bullet wound to the neck.

Luckily, his injury was not severe, and he is expected to be released, Thursday night.

A teacher's aide was treated on the scene, for cuts and bruises, received when they were knocked down during the panic.

The shooter, another student, was subdued by an armed off duty police officer, who was working security in the school.

Police arrested the shooter, and are holding him without bail, at this time.

Labrador Retriever Once Again America's Top Breed

The American Kennel Club has released it's list of top dog breeds, in the US.

For the last twenty-two years the top spot has gone to the same breed.

At that rate, it seems Labrador Retrievers may always be on top.

They were followed by German Shepherd's, who kept their number two spot.

Golden Retrievers took the third spot from Beagles, knocking them down to number four.

The rest of the top ten breeds are: Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Boxer, Poodle, Rottweiler, and Dachshund.

Most of them kept their exact same spot, as they had last year.

Icelandic Girl Wins Right to Legally Use Her Birth Name

Blaer Bjarkardottir finally legally has her own name. At fifteen, she has won a court case against the Icelandic government, which makes her name legal.

Her mother named her Blaer, which means "light breeze", but didn't realize it wasn't an accepted name.

Iceland has an extremely specific list of what names are allowed for children. All names must fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules.

The government considered Blaer to masculine for a girl, and so legally listed her as "Girl" on all documents. Reykjavik District Court overturned the government's ruling, but the government could take the case to the Supreme Court.

For Blaer, this was the best day of her life, as she can now finally be herself.

Aspen Looking to Drop Speed Limit to 14

The city of Aspen, Colorado is proposing dropping speed limits.

Concerns about so many people ignoring the posted twenty-five mile per hour limits started the discussion.

At first Mayor Mick Ireland suggested a new limit of eighteen miles per hour, saying the unusual number might grab people's attention.

However, some worried that eighteen wasn't low enough yet.

Eventually, the council members agreed to put it down to fourteen miles per hour.

A vote, on the new limit, is upcoming, but not scheduled yet.

Europol Leads Raid on Human Trafficking Ring

Europol and various police forces throughout Europe made a huge sting on Tuesday.

Twelve hundred police in ten countries made a synchronized attack upon a human trafficking ring.

Electronic equipment, money, weapons, and ammunition were seized in the raids, while an unreleased number of people were freed from their captors.

Authorities say that the gang was responsible for trafficking in thousands of people, in inhumane conditions.

Some had paid for their trip, while others were sold into slavery.

Most of the trafficked people were from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria, and had been seeking to escape the war zones.

Police in Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey were involved.

4 Quebec Best Buys Close Without Notice

Employees in four Quebec Best Buys went to work, on Thursday, to find their stores shut down.

None of them had been given notice that the stores would be shutting down.

The stores are already off the list of locations, on Best Buy's site.

Best Buy Canada Ltd. says that they are closing twelve locations, across the country, but did not have any further comment.

It is not known where the other eight locations will be, nor when they will close.

Justice Deparment Blocking Busch Buyout of Grupo Modelo

Anheuser-Busch InBev had been working out the details in a buyout of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.

In June of 2012, Busch already invested nearly fifteen billion to become part owner of Modelo.

The proposed agreement would've cost them another twenty billion dollars.

Under the agreement, some of the world's most popular beers would've been united under the same company.

Budweiser, made by Busch, is the number one selling US beer and Corona, made by Modelo, is the top selling Mexican beer.

However, things have now hit a snag, known as the US Justice Department.

The Justice Department is suing to block the buyout from happening, under anti trust laws.

They say that it would put too much market power in the control of one company.

Texas Assistant DA Gunned Down in Parking Lot

Kaufman courthouse
An assistant district attorney was gunned down, Thursday morning, in Texas.

Mark Hasse, fifty seven, was shot multiple times by a masked gunman.

He had just exited his car in the parking lot of the Kaufman courthouse.

Police interviewed witnesses and are following leads, as they try to find his killer.

They say that there were one or two suspects, dressed completely in black.

As part of the investigation, they are looking for an "older" silver Ford Taurus.

Sources tell us that he was working on a case investigating members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Body of Phoenix Shooting Suspect Found

Thursday morning, Phoenix police found the body of seventy year old Arthur Douglas Harmon.

Initial cause of death is listed as a single gun shot to the head, and he is believed to have committed suicide.

He was the suspect in Wednesday's office shooting, which left one dead and two wounded.

A city wide man hunt had been going since the shooting.

Harmon had been going through a lawsuit, with the man he killed.

One of the two wounded was the lawyer for the other party, who is not expected to live, while the second wounded was a bystander, who was shot in the hand.

3 Dead in Detroit Pileup

Three people have died after a massive pileup in Detroit.

At least twenty more are injured after dozens of vehicles slammed into each other.

Dozens more vehicles are stuck in the pileup, but not actually involved.

Interstate 75 was facing near white out conditions, when the accidents began.

That side of the interstate is closed indefinitely, while it is cleared of vehicles, and then cleared of debris.

Missing From California: Justin Seiler, 7, and Danielle Lake, 41

Lake, left, Seiler, right
Seven year old Justin Seiler and forty-one year old Danielle Lake are missing from Citrus Heights, California.

They were last seen on Sunday.

No description, beyond the pictures, were released.

Lake drives a silver 2005 Buick Rendezvous, with California license 5PIU154.

Anyone with information should call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

They were reported safe, by Reno, Nevada police.

Missing From California: Katrina Hamilton, 17: Located Safe

Seventeen year old Katrina Hamilton is missing from Laytonvlle, California.

She was last seen on the afternoon of January 12.

Katrina is described as five foot three, one hundred and thirty-two pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Tip Line at 707-234-2100.

The Sheriff's Office reported her safe, on February 2.

Missing From California: Kimberly Monti, 49

Forty-nine year old Kimberly Monti is missing from Bakersfield, California.

She was last seen on Tuesday.

Concerns are high as she disappeared from a mental health treatment facility.

No description, beyond the photo, was released.

Anyone with information should call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

Missing From Illinois: Brooke Hemann, 19

Nineteen year old Brooke Hemann is missing from Carbondale, Illinois.

She was last seen early in the morning of January 25.

Brooke is described as five foot seven, two hundred and thirty-six pounds, with blonde hair, and blue eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a grey jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information should call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.