Hurricane Florence Lashes Carolina Coast; Girl Stabbed To Death At School; Trump Doubts 3,000 People Died in Puerto Rico; Pregnant Mother Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver; Update on Dallas Cop Who Shot Man In His Own Home; Five Killed In Bakersfield Shooting Spree; ICSD Announces 2019 Winter Deaflympics in Italy
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Hurricane Florence Lashes Carolina Coast
Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm with winds at 105 mph. As of early afternoon today, the outer bands has already started to hit North Carolina with 30 to 60 mph winds and heavy rain.
Weather reports say although it is a weaker storm, it is still dangerous because the bands are wider, with powerful winds of at least 75 mph extending 80 miles from the eye and winds of at least 40 mph extending for up to 200 miles.
Hurricane Florence’s eye is expected to hit near Wilmington tomorrow morning, then move slowly down the coast for 24 hours before moving west through Charleston.
It is expected to bring a dangerous storm surge of about 10 feet that will cause flooding, with even more water from the heavy rains.
Those of you in the path of the storm — please follow all evacuation orders, stay safe, and be prepared for long periods of time without electricity or running water.
If you live in the NC/SC area, you can email me at email@example.com or on Facebook pictures or video of what you observe. Please stay safe.
Girl Stabbed To Death At School
Yesterday morning in Warren, Michigan, a high school student stabbed another student to death in a classroom.
A 17-year old girl, not yet identified, stabbed a 16-year old girl, Danyna Gibson with a steak knife that she brought from home.
This happened at 8:30 am in economics class. About 20 to 30 other students were in the classroom.
Students said they heard screaming, “She’s gonna kill me!”
The teacher rushed to stop the attacker.
Another staff member at the school did CPR, but Danyna died from her wounds at a hospital a hour later.
The girl has confessed to the crime and is cooperating with investigators.
Police believe that the stabbing was because the girl thought her boyfriend was cheating on her with Danyna.
Classmates of the two students say it is a very odd situation. Both students were said to be straight-A students.
They knew each other and had no history of trouble. They might have been friends before. They were both seniors at the school.
The high school said they had multiple layers of security but did not have metal detectors.
The school announced that they will be closed today but students and parents could come in for support and assistance from counselors, psychologists and social workers.
Trump Doubts 3,000 People Died in Puerto Rico
President Trump said it was not true that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria — he blamed it on Democrats who tried to make him look bad.
Trump said when he visited the island after the hurricane, they had 6 to 18 deaths but that a long time later, people reported large numbers.
The president is responding to a study by the George Washington University, paid for by the Puerto Rican government, that concluded that about 3,000 died as a result of the hurricane because of the devastation it caused.
The power was out for several months, affecting basic services and medical care. The study compared death rates in the time period after the hurricane against previous years and saw a significant increase.
Trump said the counts were exaggerated, that if someone died of old age, they’d be added to the list.
Yesterday Trump said his administration did a very successful job in Puerto Rico.
San Juan Mayor Cruz said if Trump thinks the death of 3,000 people is a success, God help us all.
Puerto Rico Governor Rossello said now is not the time for judgment, they need federal assistance to complete unfinished work on emergency housing and debris removal.
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) said he disagreed with Trump. He said he has been to Puerto Rico 7 times and saw the devastation firsthand, that he will continue to help PR.
FEMA said they spent $5 billion for Hurricane Maria response and recovery, that it was the largest and longest single response in the agency’s history.
Yesterday there were reports and pictures of hundreds of thousands of water bottles left on an airplane runway — they were supposed to go to survivors of the hurricane.
FEMA said it was excess water bottles that were not needed. But the PR government said FEMA failed to bring the water to survivors.
Pregnant Mother Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver
On Sunday evening in Southern California, a pregnant woman driving home was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver.
The mother, Krystil Kincaid (29) was 8 months pregnant with her fourth child. She was driving her minivan and was talking with her husband on the phone when a BMW from the opposite direction swerved into her lane and hit her van head on.
The driver of the BMW is 28-year-old Marcos Forestal, a champion boxer from Cuba.
Officers arrived at the scene and found Krystil trapped in the van, which was on fire. Her legs had become pinned under the dashboard. She was flown by helicopter to a nearby medical center.
Krystil’s husband of 12 years, Zach, said he heard her scream before the impact, and then he could hear her as police and firefighters used the jaws of life to pull her from the wreckage.
Krystil and her fetus were declared dead on Tuesday.
Officers also found Forestal at the scene, walking around near the wreckage.
Forestal live streamed the crash as medical responders were arriving.
Forestal said in livestream, “Look what happened to me. A car came out in front of me, look what happened to my car.”
Forestal showed signs of alcohol intoxication and was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and causing a collision.
But after Kincaid and her fetus died, the arrest charge was upgraded to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Forestal was treated for minor injuries before being put in jail. He was held on $75,000 bail. He said he is not guilty.
Update on Dallas Cop Who Shot Man In His Own Home
Here’s an update on the Dallas police officer who shot and killed a man in his own apartment last week.
The officer, Amber Guyger, 30, is being charged with manslaughter for the death of Botham Shem Jean. But there are still many questions and concerns about the case.
Here’s what happened: Amber had just finished working 15 hours and was still in uniform when she got to her apartment complex. It was around 10 at night.
Amber said she went to Botham’s apartment because she thought it was her own apartment. The building’s exterior hallways look alike, and Amber’s apartment is directly below Botham’s.
Both apartments have the same floor plan. A police report says that Amber lives on the third floor but parked on the fourth floor of the parking garage that night.
Amber said she thought her apartment was being robbed, because the door was slightly open, the lights were off, and someone was inside.
She said she gave verbal commands to the person inside, but the person did not respond. She fired her gun twice. Botham was hit in the torso once.
Amber did not realize her mistake, being in the wrong apartment, until after she called 911. Botham was rushed to the hospital but passed away.
The shooting happened on Thursday, but Amber was not arrested until Saturday.
A lawyer for Botham’s family says witnesses reported details that contradict Amber’s account of what happened.
Two witnesses reported that they heard Amber knocking on the door before the shooting saying “let me in.”
After the gunshots, they heard a man’s voice saying, “Oh my god, why did you do that?”
Some people thought the two had a previous relationship, but Botham’s family said he did not know her, did not have a relationship.
The Dallas Police Chief called on the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation into what happened.
A grand jury will make the final decision if Amber will be charged with murder, a more serious charge.
Botham’s funeral is today.
Five Killed In Bakersfield Shooting Spree
Last night, in Bakersfield, California, a man shot at 5 people then killed himself.
At around 5:20 p.m., the shooter, Javier Cazarez (54), arrived at the trucking business with his wife. Javier had a .50 caliber handgun with him.
He had an argument with a man at the business and shot and killed him. He then turned the gun to his wife and shot and killed her.
Another person showed up, then ran away. The shooter chased the person and shot and killed him.
The shooter then ran to a nearby home, where he shot and killed two more people.
That is a total of 5 people killed.
He then hijacked a vehicle with a woman and child inside — the woman and child were able to escape safely.
The shooter drove to a nearby highway, but pulled over when he saw a deputy. When the deputy confronted him, the shooter turned the gun on himself and killed himself.
The whole thing happened within 15 minutes. Police said Javier was going through a divorce.
It’s not clear how all the victims are connected to one other or why they were shot.
Investigators are questioning 30 witnesses in this case.
ICSD Announces 2019 Winter Deaflympics in Italy
The ICSD Deaflympics’s newly-appointed President Rebecca Adam announced the 2019 Winter Deaflympics will be in Valtellina, Italy from December 12 to December 21.
ICSD Deaflympics posted a video of them meeting with representatives from the FSSI Federation Sport Sordi Italia and the Organising Committee for the 2019 Winter Games. They signed an hosting agreement.
President Adam said their work will begin tomorrow to organize a successful Deaflympics.
This gives countries, athletes, and fans about 15 months to get ready for a trip to Italy.
Valtellina is about 80 miles north of Milan. It is in a mountainous area near the border with Switzerland.
That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light.