Rock Hill, SC Judge Grants Mercy to Career Shoplifter Arrested On Christmas Night

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Just what she needed, another break from the justice system.

Via Rock Hill Herald

The city of Rock Hill Municipal Court had just one bond hearing on Friday. Just a single case to be heard from a Christmas Day arrest.

A Walmart employee went to work Christmas night at the Dave Lyle Boulevard store and left in a police cruiser, charged with felony breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Shaska Bernetta Dye, 24 and pregnant, allegedly stole three iPads worth $1,700. Rock Hill arrest warrants say Dye was caught on store video.

Dye and another employee arrested earlier in the week are accused of taking the tablets Sunday from a secure cage in the back of the store and pretending to ring them up at a register before strolling to the parking lot, according to the arrest warrant.

It is unclear what happened to the stolen iPads, including whether they were gifts on Christmas Day that brought joy to someone who had no idea the tablets were as hot as a fire.[…]

The accusation against Dye is serious. Court records and court testimony show that Dye has two previous shoplifting convictions, from 2008 and 2012.

Because of the previous convictions, Rock Hill police leveled a property crimes enhancement charge. That means the case won’t be sent to magistrate court, where jail time is a month or less for a conviction on a misdemeanor. It means the possibility of worse.

Long knew all this as he spoke to Dye on Friday.

“I know you,” Long told Dye as the hearing began. “You have seen this old man walk at Walmart almost every morning, haven’t you?”

“I seen you too – I checked you out one time,” Dye told Long.

Long looked through Dye’s conviction records.

“You have been arrested again, for the same thing,” Long said.

Dye tried to explain, but Long cut her off, saying her case would be heard in a higher criminal court.

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Mourners Gather To Remember Another Officer Today, Officer Charles Kondek, Shot And Run Over By Career Criminal

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Via NBC:

The Florida police officer fatally shot by a fugitive while on duty was mourned by family, friends and fellow officers at an emotional funeral service Saturday. The community in Tarpon Springs, just west of Tampa, lined the sidewalks as the procession for Officer Charles Kondek traveled from Idlewild Baptist Church to Grace Memorial Cemetery.

One of Kondek’s six children spoke lovingly of her father, a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs police force. “My mom lost her best friend and the love of her life,” his daughter said, according to NBC affiliate WFLA. “We love you daddy and we will always have you in our hearts.”

Kondek, 45, was killed while responding to a complaint about noise coming from the car of fugitive Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., who police say admitted to shooting the officer and then fleeing the scene because he didn’t want to go back to prison. He also ran over Kondek’s body with his car, authorities said. Parilla, 23, who was wanted on a parole violation, was charged Monday with first-degree murder and denied bail.

Kondek’s colleagues remembered him for being helpful and supportive of his fellow officers. “He was good-natured, loved to joke around, a lot of laughter,” Tarpon Springs Sgt. Michael Trill said through tears, WFLA reported. While the funeral took place, Officer Kondek’s car was parked outside of the church, tied in a large black ribbon and with his badge number — 285 — displayed prominently on the front.

Gang Robs Pope’s Retreat On Christmas Day, Assault Mother Superior While Nuns At Prayer

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Evil running rampant.

Via Daily Mail:

A gang staged a Christmas Day robbery at a convent that the Pope uses as his summer retreat, assaulting the Mother Superior during their rampage.

Three men made off with €5,000 (£4,000) after the raid at Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles from Rome.

The gang broke through a window at 12.30am as the nuns of the Pius XII institute were at prayers as part of their Christmas vigil.

The raiders made for the Mother Superior’s office, and began to search it for cash.

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School Bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts At Basketball Tournament

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Are the schools there to play basketball or to make a political statement from a false narrative?

Via WISTV

A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words “I Can’t Breathe” during warmups.

The athletic director for Mendocino High School was informed by his counterpart at Fort Bragg High School this week that neither the boys nor girls teams would be allowed to participate in the three-day tournament hosted by Fort Bragg High starting Monday, Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse said.

The boys were reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirts inspired by the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after an officer put him in a chokehold. Too few girl players accepted the condition for the team to field a tournament squad, he said.

Brian Triplett, the athletic director at Fort Bragg High, did not return a call and email seeking comment. Principal Rebecca Walker issued a written statement Friday saying school administrators respected the Mendocino teams “for paying attention to what is going on in the world around them” and that the T-shirts were being prohibited as a security precaution.[…]

Professional basketball players such as LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warmups this month without repercussions from the NBA. After Kobe Bryant and other Laker player wore them before a game and on the bench on Dec. 9, coach Byron Scott said he viewed it as a matter of “freedom of choice and freedom of speech.”

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LA Bound Flight Diverted After Passenger Creates Disturbance, Mentioning #Ferguson

In ways big and small, the Ferguson insanity seeps in.

Via NBC:

A passenger’s loud singing and references to Ferguson, Missouri, was behind Thursday’s diversion of a Los Angeles-bound jet, officials said in their report of the incident.

Delta Flight 81, traveling from Atlanta to Los Angeles, made the unscheduled stop at Albuquerque International Sunport just after 6 p.m. Thursday so that a first-class passenger could be removed from the plane, in what a passenger said was described as a “security issue.”

An incident report shows that issue was a 27-year-old Wichita man’s singing aloud to music playing from his headphones, which bothered other passengers. When he was asked by another passenger and later a flight attendant to stop, the passenger “made references to the recent Ferguson Missouri incident” and “also stated he was being harassed because he was black,” according to an incident report released by airport police. The upset and crying passenger went to the restroom several times “and it became a concern to the flight crew” and prompted the diversion, aviation police said in their report.

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Ferguson Protester Who “Advocated For Peace” Charged With Setting Fire At Berkeley QT

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Joshua Williams is the one in the red All American Hoodie. Update to a previous story.

Via STL Dispatch

One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store earlier this week.

St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday.

Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents.

Police say Williams entered the QuikTrip shortly after looters shattered its glass doors during protests of the death of Antonio Martin, 18, who a police officer had shot earlier at the Mobil on the Run store across the street. Surveillance footage from the Mobil store shows Martin point what police say is a gun at a Berkeley officer before the officer fatally shoots him. […]

Williams has been arrested at least twice during Ferguson-related protests for unlawful assembly as well as refusal to disperse.

Police say Williams used lighter fluid to set fires inside and outside the QuikTrip. He was charged with arson in the first degree, a felony. He is also charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor stealing for allegedly taking a lighter, gum and money from the store.

Williams has been quoted as an advocate for peaceful protests.

An MSNBC profile of Williams in September quoted him as saying, “We have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not, they’re going to just want us to act up so they can pull out their toys on us again.”

Later, he continued: “I learned that we have to stand up and that you can’t get nowhere with violence but you can always move people without it.”

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Joe Biden To Ramos Family: “Our Hearts Ache For You”

More pics and story here.

Pic Of The Day: Justin Ramos Wears His Father’s Police Jacket At Funeral

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Religious Freedom Bill Coming To Indiana

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We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. The LGBT community could gain credibility if they pressed their “civil rights” on the Religion of Peace.

Via Indy Star

A battle is shaping up in the Indiana legislature over a proposal that supporters say will protect people with strong religious beliefs, but that opponents say would legalize discrimination against gays and others.

The legislation has been widely expected ever since a federal judge struck down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban in June. That ruling, which the U.S. Supreme Court later let stand, caused angst among social conservatives who feared business owners who oppose gay marriage for religious reasons might be forced to provide services for same-sex weddings.

The bill’s author, Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, said Friday that he intends to shore up gaps in Indiana’s “religious liberty framework.”

“The focus has been on same-sex marriage because that’s the hot topic right now, but it goes far beyond that,” he said. “It’s important to have some religious freedom and protection.”[…]

The bill is modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which was passed under President Bill Clinton to protect religious minorities. It played a key role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June. Justices ruled that the arts-and-craft chain store and other closely held corporations can hold religious objections that allowed them to opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The federal law, however, does not apply to state and local governments.

Now, amid a spate of recent federal court decisions legalizing gay marriage, religious conservatives are lobbying for similar religious freedom legislation at statehouses across the country. At least 19 states have passed some form of the law, and proposals have recently been introduced in several additional states, including Michigan and Georgia.

State Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, said the Indiana bill will create a problem where there isn’t one and will just distract legislators from focusing on important topics, such as schools and wages.

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NBC Story On Meaning Of Christmas Leaves Out Jesus

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They keep trying…

Via Newsbusters:

NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.”
Substitute anchor Tamron Hall offered this introduction: “Finally, on this special night, a question: What does Christmas mean to you? Maybe it’s the presents, the lights, the music, or getting together with family. We put the question to people around the country and discovered once against that Christmas means something a little different to everyone.” Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included no one uttering the name “Jesus.” No one defined Christmas as about Christ, NBC? (Earlier, Ron Mott did find time for a corporate plug: “Christmas, of course, is a holiday for gathering, and that’s exactly what thousands upon thousands of people are doing around our iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza.”)

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Miami, FL: Christmas Shootings Add To Trend Of Drive-Bys

Warm up for the seven days of Kwanzaa.

Via Miami Herald

A pair of shootings that injured four people and took the life of another marred Christmas Day in Coconut Grove and Overtown.

In the first incident, police said they received a call about two adult males shot Thursday afternoon near Grand Avenue and U.S. 1. A friend transported one of the victims to the hospital. When police arrived, they found a second man at a home in 3800 block of Charles Terrace.

Both men are expected to survive.

It’s the second incident that adds to a troubling trend this year of drive-by shootings in Miami and Miami-Dade County’s north end. Though major crimes are down overall in most cities around the nation, including Miami, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest there’s been an uptick in in drive-by shootings claiming multiple victims.

nd most of them seem to have a common theme: A shooter pulls up to a crowded scene in a car, steps out and unleashes a torrent of bullets from a semi-automatic weapon into a group of people. Often, with little or no regard for the innocents surrounding the intended target.

The majority of the shootings remain unsolved.

Asked on Friday whether there has been a significant increase in mass drive-by shootings, Miami Police Det. Rene Pimentel said it was a statistical question he couldn’t answer without investigating, but added “it seems that way, for sure.”

In the past two weeks, 17 people have been shot in drive-by shootings. Only one person has died. A teen with a bullet wound to his head survived.

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Godspeed Officer Ramos…

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Good speeches from Biden, Cuomo and Bratton, very conscious and kind to the family.

Via NY Post:

From across the continent, they came to Queens to pay their respects to a hero in blue, brutally gunned down with his partner for no reason other than he wore an NYPD badge.

Clad in dress blues and white gloves in the bright light of a sunny, cool Saturday morning, 23,000 police officers from San Diego to Canada, and every corner of New York, gathered at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale to pay their final respects to Officer Rafael Ramos.

Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were shot dead last Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a madman bent on avenging the chokehold death[ed.-didn’t die from a chokehold, but from a heart attack in which compression played a factor] of Eric Garner in police custody. Brinsley blasted four shots point-blank at the officers as they sat in a patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton eulogized the fallen officer, a man beloved as a doting dad and devout Christian.

“When an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of an entire nation,” Biden said.

Outside the church, the sea of blue stood five rows deep, filling the streets several blocks in every direction — the largest gathering ever for an NYPD funeral, officials said.

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California Gears Up For Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Aliens

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Out of the shadows and documented.

Via KTVU

While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver’s license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.

Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should be able to get licensed without trouble but they want anyone who previously obtained a driver’s license under a false name or someone else’s Social Security number to speak first with a lawyer, fearing a new application could trigger a fraud investigation.

The same applies to immigrants with a prior deportation order or criminal record because federal immigration officials and law enforcement can access Department of Motor Vehicles data during an investigation.

The advice isn’t meant to frighten immigrants from seeking licenses that are meant to make their lives easier — especially because many already risk getting ticketed or having their car impounded simply by driving to work or taking their children to school.

“For the vast majority of people, getting a license is a good decision,” said Alison Kamhi, staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “At the same time, I think it is important people are aware there is some risk.”

The nation’s most populous state is preparing to start issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally in a bid to make the roads safer and ease fears for more than a million people to get behind the wheel. California’s program eclipses the scope and scale of those approved in nine other states, including Nevada, Colorado and Illinois.[…]

California expects 1.4 million people to apply for the licenses — which include a distinct marking from those issued to U.S. citizens and residents — over the next three years. Officials say they don’t know if there will be an initial surge, but the number of people making license appointments more than doubled to 379,000 during the first two weeks immigrants were allowed to sign up.

Immigrant advocates said they don’t foresee major problems with the rollout of the program because the state has had more than a year to prepare and an ample budget — $141 million spanning three years.

In Nevada, about 90 percent of immigrants failed the required written test during the first few weeks a driver authorization card was offered this year because they were not prepared. In Colorado, the state had no startup funding to issue licenses this year and couldn’t keep pace with demand, leading to monthslong waits.

Jonathan Blazer, advocacy and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, said he expects California to license as many immigrants in the country illegally as the nine other states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico combined.

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Even On The Day The NYPD Buries One Of Its Own, #BlackLivesMatter Still Won’t Go Away

How about #BlackLivesGiveItARest

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Argentina’s Moonbat President Fractures Her Ankle

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Probably slipped and fell on all that money she’s not paying us.

Via Associated Press:

The Argentine president’s doctors say Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle.

Doctors Marcelo Ballesteros and Daniel Fernandez said in a statement they signed Friday that they have recommended that the ankle be immobilized. The doctors did not say what kind of blow caused the fracture.

The 61-year-old leader has been sidelined with various ailments in recent months. In November, Fernandez was hospitalized for several days for inflammation of the colon. She was obliged to suspend her presidential activities for 48 hours in October due to a sore throat.

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“The Interview” Is A Digital Capitalism Success Story: Raking In Millions In First Few Days

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Via Variety:

Sony’s comedy “The Interview” has become the bestseller on a pair of Google streaming sites — Google Play and YouTube Movies.

The controversial Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy is listed as the top download as of late Christmas night, ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Maze Runner.”

The studio began streaming “The Interview” on Wednesday through the sites along with Microsoft’s Xbox Video and its own dedicated site, www.seetheinterview.com, for $5.99 or $14.99 for an HD version. None of the sites disclosed sales numbers.

Variety reported Wednesday that Netflix was in talks with Sony to stream the film to its subscribers. Apple and Amazon.com, the leaders in online movie sales and rentals, have not joined signed deals with Sony.

Sony’s PlayStation Video store said Wednesday that it would make the movie available in the U.S. “at a date to be determined shortly” but the site was hit by hackers on Christmas.

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Bill De Blasio 2 Hours Late To Wake For Murdered Police Officer Ramos

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Following Obama’s record of being punctual

Via Breitbart.com:

On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion.

Ramos, 40, and partner Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death on December 20 as they sat in their patrol car. Both were murdered by a 28-year-old named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley who claimed he was avenging the death of a man who died after police used a choke hold on him as he resisted arrest in July.

Also in attendance were contingents from dozens of Police departments from as far away as Ohio, Georgia, and Maine—all of whom came to show support for the fallen officer, his family, and their fellow police officers in the NYPD.

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Three-Card Monte Scam Artists Return To NYC Midtown

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Warren Wilhelm, AKA Bill de Blasio, bringing jobs back to NYC.

Via NY Post

Is this Christmas 2014 — or 1974?

A stark reminder of New York City’s bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday , as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue.

An army of the shady gamblers — offering both crooked card and shell games — set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie.

“My husband is pissed!” fumed one woman, just moments after her spouse dropped $500 to a team of scammers on 56th Street off Fifth Avenue near Henri Bendel on Thursday.

Her husband, who lost several $100 wagers as part of a shell game, huffed, “It’s a waste of time!” before storming away.

He was too sheepish to demand his money back from the dealers, whose associates stood watch over their box-top game boards.[…]

Most losers walked away with their heads bowed and not even a lump of coal for their stocking.

One visitor from Washington, DC, was philosophical about losing.

“That was an interesting one,” he said, gesturing to his teenage son. “I taught him something.”

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Liberal Harpy Amanda Marcotte Bemoans NYPD, Calls Them An Occupying Force

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Just for clarification Amanda wants THIS kind of occupation:

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Not this kind:

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Funeral For Officer Ramos Attracts Thousands, “Sea Of Blue”

Estimates are over twenty thousand were in attendance.