Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mother of 'affluenza' teen also on the run, investigators say

Investigators in Texas confirmed Monday they're searching for the teenager who apparently fled after violating probation for a deadly drunken-driving wreck, as well as his mother.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson says Tonya Couch fled with her son, 18-year-old Ethan Couch. The teenager was sentenced to probation in 2013 for killing four people in the crash after his defense lawyers claimed he suffered from "affluenza," saying his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility.

The U.S. Marshals Office confirmed it was also looking for a black pickup truck Tonya Couch owned. They asked anybody who'd seen the 2011 Harley Davidson edition Ford F-150 to contact authorities. The truck had "crease-like damage" to the passenger-side rear panel, according to the sheriff.
Authorities say they've received hundreds of leads, but Anderson described it as a "double-edged sword" because those tips can lead law enforcement down dead ends.
Investigators say they want to speak with the teen after a video was posted online of a party he appears to have attended. If it is determined that he was drinking, the probation violation could send him to prison for up to 10 years.
Authorities have issued a $5,000 reward for information leading to Ethan Couch's apprehension.
Tarrant County district attorney's office spokesman Sam Jordan said Monday that a relative of Tonya Couch filed a missing person report over the weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump: Bill Clinton, Obama in ISIS video - not me By Tom LoBianco, CNN Updated 9:10 AM ET, Tue December 22, 2015

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump fired back at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, saying she might have gotten the idea he was in an ISIS recruiting video because her husband reportedly appears in one.
"It is ironic. I didn't know about that. That's probably where she came up with the idea of videos, you know she knew her husband was on it and I think Obama is also," Trump said Tuesday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" when asked about Bill Clinton's alleged appearance in a video.
    The conservative website RedState linked to what it said is an ISIS recruiting videothat uses Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and other prominent leaders, including Sen. John McCain. But Trump is not in that video.
    There is no evidence that Trump appears in any of the terror group's recruiting videos, according to CNN's Reality Check Team.
    Trump asked Clinton Monday to apologize for her comment during the Democratic debate on Saturday night, but she her campaign refused, saying, "Hell no." Trump repeated his demand for an apology on Tuesday, but added that he doubted one would be forthcoming from Clinton.
    The two front-runners have increasingly been turning their attention away from their opponents in their respective primaries and toward each other, foreshadowing a possible general election showdown.
    Trump knocked Clinton with a vulgar Yiddish-ism for a man's penis during a rally in Michigan on Monday night, saying she got "schlonged" in 2008 when she lost to Obama. Trump was not asked Tuesday morning about his choice of words.

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    I Walked Alone

    I walked alone on
    A Winter evening
    Frost flew within
    My ear

    The times lost
    Times gained
    Process seemed
    So queer

    The past stays lost
    For found
    Always plays
    Wandering useless
    And strong
    And long are
    Resting days

    So I turned and looked
    Up into the sky
    Letting  the snow touch
    My face

    Another hour gone
    Into the vault
    Pleasure inside
    Another place

    Monday, December 7, 2015

    Today's Haiku

    Break upon breeze
    Lone glider
    Far from home


    Wild Boar in Germany Adopted by Herd of Cattle

    A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its "boaring" life — leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.
    Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed "Banana," has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.
    Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle — "He's fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating."
    Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he's not worried that the boar's life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.
    He says that "this pig has a special status."

    Marijuana Warehouse Found Near Police Dog Training Center: Cops Location, location, location.

     23 hours ago

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    VIENNA (AP) — Vienna police say they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog center.
    Police say one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf district on Friday morning. Officers then saw a man taking a hose into the warehouse and searched the premises, finding 734 cannabis plants.
    They said in a statement Saturday they also found 32 sacks stuffed with deep-frozen marijuana and a bag full of dried marijuana at the 27-year-old suspect's apartment.
    Police say the man is denying wrongdoing. Spokesman Roman Hahslinger told the Austria Press Agency the suspect comes from outside Vienna and might not have known that a police facility was nearby.

    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    Today's Haiku

    Southern blues
    Haiku mood
    Florida wakes

    #Checkitout #3 lines #poetry

    Traffic slowed by wreck in Titusville


    Traffic slowed by wreck in Titusville

    Breaking news
    Both lanes of northbound U.S. 1 have been shut down in Titusville after a traffic incident at Riveredge Drive.
    Traffic is being diverted off the thoroughfare to State Road 405 around the scene of the incident.
    Police and fire units are working the scene between State Road 50 and State Road 405 and traffic is backing up as it approaches the cloverleaf at SR 405.
    According to Brevard County Fire-Rescue, one victim was classified a trauma alert, and five others received less-serious injuries. At least one victim had to be extricated from the wreckage.