” Last year, Stacie Starr was named by “Live With Kelly and Michael” as the Top Teacher in the United States. She shocked the northeastern Ohio community where she teaches this week when she announced at a forum to address standardized testing that she is resigning because of Common Core and standardized tests. The nationally recognized teacher hopes to start an after school tutoring and mentoring program to help at risk trends.
“ I can’t do it anymore, not in this ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’ atmosphere,” she said. “I don’t think anyone understands that in this environment if your child cannot quickly grasp material, study like a robot and pass all of these tests, they will not survive.” “
” A man was pulled over by a police officer in Jackson Township, Ohio for speeding 15 miles per hour over the limit. The driver informed the officer that he has a concealed handgun license and was armed. The police officer complimented the driver for being a responsible citizen and protecting himself by using his Second Amendment rights.
“ I was speeding 15 over the limit. I advised him I was carrying and he was nice enough to give me a warning and then compliment me for carrying… nice cop!” “
” Last week police in Cleveland shot and killed12-year-old Tamir Rice, claiming the boy tried to pull a (fake) gun out of his pants when ordered to put his hands up. The interaction was instigated by a 911 caller who said he saw someone with what was a “probably fake” gun.
Now surveillance video appears to contradict police claims, as it shows the police officer shooting Rice immediately after getting out of a moving patrol car.
There could be more than 300 million (real) guns in America, and an infinitesimally small proportion are used to commit crimes. Politically expedient fearmongering over guns, however, can lead to frivolous 911 calls that, in combination with trigger-happy yet largely immune cops, can be fatal. “
The man told police he was at the park near Cudell Recreation Center and could see “a guy with a pistol” on the swing set pulling the weapon from his pants and “scaring the s–t out of everyone.”
” There’s a guy with a pistol, and it’s probably fake,” he said quickly, “but he’s pointing it everybody.”
When police arrived, a group of people were sitting around a table under a gazebo next to the rec center’s parking lot. A rookie officer in the car saw the pistol sitting on the table, and watched the boy grab it and put it in his waistband, Jeff Follmer said.
The officer got out of the car and told the boy to raise his hands. Instead, police said, the boy reached into his waistband and grabbed the pistol.
The officer fired two shots, at least one of which hit the boy in the stomach.
The boy was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center in serious condition, though his condition was not immediately known Saturday night. “
” A mother and her 13-year-old son were at the corner store in their neighborhood when police say two men approached them and opened fire, shooting her son in both feet. That’s when the mom pulled out her licensed gun and shot back.
The mom, who doesn’t want to be identified, said she immediately recognized one of the suspects Kevin Hayden, when he walked up to Wilson Market Sunday. She says Hayden and his friends have been harassing her for years, after breaking into her home. “
” The Canton Police Department has released surveillance video and 911 calls connected to Monday night’s deadly robbery attempt at a Marathon gas station. Two of the suspects were killed, but one is still on the run.
The video, which shows three men walking into the 9th Street SW gas station, was released at an 11 a.m. news conference.
Police say two of the suspects, identified as Antonio Garcia, 23, and Ronnie Lawson, 21, were shot and killed by a clerk at the location.
The shooting followed an attempted robbery and a scuffle with the clerk.
The clerk was shot in the hip and leg during the melee. His injuries are non-life-threatening. The gas station manager says the clerk is recovering well in the hospital.”
” The Greene County special grand jury called to examine the case of the police shooting of John Crawford III did not return an indictment in the case. The jury was in session for two days, heard the testimonies of 18 witnesses and heard and saw hours of audio and video evidence relating to the shooting of Crawford in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart.
“ They decided that the police officers, and the police officer in particular that fired the shots, was justified in doing what he did,” special prosecuting attorney Mark Piepmeier said. Piepmeier presented the evidence to the grand jury while it was seated.
The official report returned by the grand jury stated that no indictment was found in the investigation of Sean Williams, one of the officers involved in the shooting. The grand jury considered the charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide and returned no indictment in the case.
Seven or more of the nine grand jurors would have had to have been convinced that there was probable cause that a crime had occurred in relation to the incident for an indictment to have been returned. The actual vote tally of the grand jury is kept secret.”
” An influx of illegal and unaccompanied immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in U.S. border towns is causing the federal government to look elsewhere around the country to house them. But many Americans oppose the placement of illegal immigrants in their communities.”
” The National Matches were first held in 1903, moved to Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1907 and continue to take place every summer at Camp Perry. The National Matches have become a huge, national shooting sports festival with well over 6,000 annual participants. School students and competition event shooters range from beginners to many of the world’s best. Please note the changes for the 2014 National Match Schedule posted athttp://www.thecmp.org/nm/2014nmcalendar.pdf.”
” The National Matches include Small Arms Firing Schools that are mandated by law and a series of CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches and CMP Games Events as well as several National Rifle Association national championships that are held in connection with the National Matches. The CMP fulfills its responsibility to conduct the National Matches through a working partnership that includes the Ohio National Guard and the NRA.”
” A 33-year-old Millvale man is wanted on on suspicion of starting a fight that led to a brawl during a punch-and-cookies reception after a kindergarten graduation Monday, prompting an elementary school to be placed on lockdown.
Raymond Walker is charged with assault and inducing panic in the 11:30 a.m. disturbance at Mt. Healthy North Elementary School, 2170 Struble Road in Springfield Township, court records show.”
” Walker is accused of starting a fight with another man, Dominique Garrett, and injuring him, according to police.
The dispute sparked a brawl involving up to 20 others after the 150 kindergartners graduated and were snacking on punch and cookies in the school cafeteria.
” The assault did induce panic during the assembly, causing several in attendance to be pushed,” Springfield Township police wrote in a sworn statement filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court. “The school was placed on lockdown and then eventually evacuated.”
” The Dayton Bomb Squad removed an old artillery shell found in the garage of a home Tuesday afternoon and detonated it.
Residents at a home in the 100 block of East Beechwood Avenue found the ordnance and called police, Dayton police Lt. Eric Henderson said. The bomb squad was dispatched not long after that.
The house belonged to a family member and the residents said they hadn’t ventured into the garage for many years, Henderson said. The shell, estimated to be 12 inches long, apparently had been in the garage all this time until it was discovered at about 4:30 p.m.”
” Miranda Lynn Fugate aka “Shovel Girl” unexpectedly became famous today after a YouTube video called “Girl Gets Hit In The Head With Shovel During Fight” went viral on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
While, what happened in the video featuring two white teenage girls fist fighting might make those watching wince (kicking and hair pulling and sucker punches, oh my), the girl who got hit by the shovel doesn’t seem to be too upset. In fact, on Twitter at least, she’s laughing off the shovel slam to the cranium.
In a Twitter admission of her identity, the girl who got hit in the head with a shovel, yes, she was the girl and that she was doing alright.
” I’M THE GIRL that got hit in the head with the shovel lol … ya’ll made me famous for getting hurt LMAO” — @fugate_miranda
In addition, the girl, who’s now been dubbed “shovel girl” online shared, she has a real name and a Facebook page and she’d prefer to be known by those.
My Facebook name is Miranda Lynn!! Yes I got hit with a shovel. No my name’s not shovel girl” — @fugate_miranda “
” Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, Ohio is rightfully confused after being arrested for bringing a weapon into school. The “weapon” was a pocket knife that he had in his EMT medical vest . . . that was locked into the truck of his car. That’s right, in the latest example of the insane application of zero tolerance rules, the school officials called police after searching the trunk of a locked car to find a pocket knife used by a senior in his work as a EMT. He was then fed into a legal system that refused to show discretion in his prosecution. Notably, prosecutor Harold Specht ran for office based on a pledge that he would maintain a “hardline, zero tolerance policy” as a prosecutor. It was the perfect storm for Wiser: zero tolerance administrators handing a student over to a zero tolerance prosecutor. But it gets worse . . .”
” There were more mad scientists than normal at COSI Columbus Saturday morning.
Eight high schools – including six from Ohio – sent their Rube Goldberg teams to complete a simple task: Zip a zipper. But in Rube Goldberg fashion, their goal was to include as many extra steps as possible to make the zipper move.
“A Rube Goldberg machine is a series of different machines doing a very simple job but in a very complex way,” said Reno Sith, one of the West High School competitors. Goldberg was an early 20th century cartoonist known for drawing elaborate, complicated machines that resulted in everyday tasks being finished in a comical way.
The regional competition was won by Columbia Central High School in Brooklyn, Michigan. Columbus’ Centennial High School placed second. Other area high schools included Metro, Beechcroft, Reynoldsburg’s eStem Academy, and West. “
Continued … LOL … The Rube Goldberg way of taking a simple task and making as difficult as possible reminds us present day government … think about it . The difference being that Rube Goldberg inspired creations are funny were disfunctional government is not .
” Support is mounting for a lawsuit that challenges New Jersey’s tight restrictions on handgun ownership and its high standard of “justifiable need” for carrying a weapon outside the home.
Nineteen states as well as the powerful National Rifle Association have joined the case’s plaintiff John Drake, who in his lawsuit claims he was denied a permit following a thwarted robbery attempt on his Sussex County business.
Drake lost his appeal before a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year and now a growing number of states, led by Wyoming, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, claiming New Jersey was wrong when it determined that the business owner failed to prove “justifiable need” to carry a gun under state statute.
Drake’s suit also claims that his right to bear arms under the Second Amendment has been violated.”
” A Columbus principal suspended a student for three days last week after the child pointed a “lookalike firearm” at another student in class and pretended to shoot.
The boy’s age? 10. The “level 2 lookalike firearm” cited in his suspension letter? His finger.
“ I was just playing around,” said Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in a far northern section of the district. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
Other kids have been caught playing pretend gun games on the playground at Devonshire and weren’t suspended, Nathan said.
Devonshire Principal Patricia Price has warned students about pretend gun play numerous times this year, and everyone should know the rules by now, district spokesman Jeff Warner said.”
” A family’s dog was fatally shot Sunday by police officers after they were called to the home because a moving truck was blocking traffic.
Brittnay Bergman and Dustin Ramsey just moved into the house on South Wayne Ave. They said when officers came to their door, their three to four-year-old Boxer, Delilah, ran out of the house.”
” She jumped off the porch, growled at him. Put herself in the corner of our fence and greenhouse,” Ramsey said. Ramsey said that’s when the officer grabbed his weapon. “Shot at the dog nine times. She got nipped once with the first shot.
Then the second shot dropped her,” Ramsey said. “He [officer] said that he felt like his life was in jeopardy and that he was coming from a high stressful situation,” Bergman said. Now, their other dog is left without its friend and so is Brittnay’s son.”
(Klonda)” Richey, 57, was found naked on the sidewalk in front of her home on Friday morning, fatally mauled by two mixed-breed neighborhood dogs. When police officers arrived, they discovered that Richey’s coat had been torn off, and they were forced to kill the two male dogs who charged them.”
” Richey’s next-door neighbors, Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, were taken into custody on Friday and are being held on a charge of reckless homicide, pending the filing of formal charges. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Saturday no results of the autopsy will be released until Monday.”
” We wrote earlier about the guy who told the story of being pulled out of a theater in the middle of a movie for wearing Google Glass (turned off), which he wears all the time, because he got prescription lenses installed on the device and uses it as his regular pair of glasses. As we noted, there were some oddities in the original story, including references to the FBI and “The Movie Association,” neither of which made sense. Since then, as we noted in our updated post, AMC confirmed that a customer had been detained, and since then the MPAA as well as Homeland Security have weighed in, confirming the basic story. This is insane on multiple levels, which we’ll get to in a moment. But first, the quotes. “
Finally, Homeland Security’s ICE division:
On Jan. 18, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and local authorities briefly interviewed a man suspected of using an electronic recording device to record a film at an AMC theater in Columbus. The man, who voluntarily answered questions, confirmed to authorities that the suspected recording device was also a pair of prescription eye glasses in which the recording function had been inactive. No further action was taken.
Okay, now onto the point. As we said in the initial post, this certainly fit with the MPAA’s insane “guidelines” to theaters and their “zero tolerance” policies towards anyone possibly recording anything. However, the involvement of ICE is particularly insane. We’ve been particularly critical of ICE and the group’s over-aggressive campaign to seize websites based entirely on Hollywood’s say so. “
What exactly does wearing Google Glass have to do with homeland security ? Just more cronyism … A perfect example of the well connected (Hollywood) using the power of the State to intimidate it’s “foes” . This is a fruit of an all-powerful government .