Police bodycam footage shows fatal shooting of Hannah Williams in Anaheim

first_imgMIguel Marin/EyeEm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A call from a 17-year old southern California girl’s father after she was fatally shot by police served as a heartbreaking postscript to bodycam video showing the teen’s final moments, during which she was shot after appearing to aim a gun at a responding officer.Fullerton police released the bodycam footage of the shooting of high school senior Hannah Williams on Friday, and other new details about the incident, which occurred about a mile from the girl’s home.“In an effort to be transparent with the community that we serve, the Fullerton Police Department is releasing its second Critical Incident Community Briefing, which will provide details to the community about the incident, as we know them today,” according to a Fullerton Police statement. This includes Body Worn Camera (BWC) video footage from the incident itself, still photos, radio traffic, and a 9-1-1 call for service,”“Please keep in mind this is an initial review, and our understanding of this incident could possibly change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed, and reviewed,” the statement said. “While body worn cameras are an excellent investigative tool, they do not always show what the officers may have seen, and vice versa, the officers don’t always see and experience what the body camera footage shows.”Just after 7 p.m. on July 5, Flynn attempted what was initially a traffic stop in Anaheim in Orange County, after a black rental SUV sped by with Williams at the wheel, according to a videotaped statement by Fullerton Police Lt. Jon Radus introducing the footage.The driver of the black SUV seemed to intentionally drive into the police car, before an attempting a U-turn into oncoming traffic, Radus said.The video shows Williams being apprehended by police and getting out of the SUV and appearing to point a gun at the officers. Police later recovered a BB gun designed to look like a Beretta 92 FS handgun at the scene next to Williams, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.In the scenes that follow, Williams is seen laying on the ground crying for help and moaning and repeating, “I can’t breathe.” Asked where she was hit, she responds, “my chest.”Police, including an Los Angeles Police Department officer are also seen attending to the injured girl, discussing cutting off her shirt and applying seals to her chest and tying a tourniquet to her injured leg. Later she is heard coughing as police note that she is “going to gag.”Fullerton Police also released the 911 call placed by Benson Williams, Hannah’s father, who, not knowing about the shooting, phoned to report her as missing about 90 minutes after the incident occurred. The girl’s father told the dispatcher that she had driven off with the rental car and was on antidepressants.Asked if he was concerned she may want to harm herself, he replied, “I am.”Asked if Hannah had ever mentioned hurting herself, Williams answered, “No ma’am…But like I said, she is on medication right now” and said “it’s just you know out of the blue.. she’s never done this.”Asked if she was “white, black, Asian or Hispanic,” Williams responded, “white.”Before Fullerton Police released the video publicly Police Chief Robert Dunn and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer met with the Williams’ family to offer them the chance to view the video before it was released publicly, the police statement said.As a press conference on Friday, S. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who’s been assisting Williams’ family, told reporters he viewed the video on behalf of the Williams’ family, who did not want to watch it.The Williams’ family spoke with the district attorney and wants a full and through investigation into Hannah’s shooting, Merritt said. He added that the family hoped that law enforcement would come up with better procedures in Hannah’s name and memory.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Why Rust Belt real estate development is gearing up

first_imgConstruction in Pittsburgh, USA (Credit: iStock)A massive chemical processing plant under construction along the Ohio River is fueling renewed real estate development in the Rust Belt region.Royal Dutch Shell’s new 386-acre plant to produce a widely-used plastic called polyethylene will be the first major factory to open in the area since 1992, according to the New York Times.The factory is located just 30 miles from Pittsburgh and is slated to eventually create about 600 full-time jobs. Meanwhile, a peak of about 6,000 construction workers will work on building the factory until its completion in the early 2020s.As a result, housing construction is revving up. One local real estate company’s chairman, Charles Betters, called Shell’s plant “the best thing to happen in our region in 40-plus years.”ADVERTISEMENTBetters claims his company, C.J. Betters Enterprises, is building 200 residential units and a big hotel project as a consequence of the factory.The cost of Shell’s plant is estimated to be up to $10 billion, which reportedly makes the factory among the largest industrial projects ever constructed along the Ohio River. The state gave Shell a $1.6 billion package in reduced taxes for a 25-year period.The project is also drawing other major companies interested in polyethylene production to the area, which is concerning environmentalists.“Industry calls it a game changer. We see it as game over,” said Dustin White of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to the Times. [NYT] – Mike Seemuth This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Vermont state budget grows by 4.1 percent

first_imgby Hilary Niles vtdigger.org(link is external) The fiscal year 2015 state budget reflects a sluggish economic recovery and several pressing budgetary concerns, lawmakers say. The $5.5 billion price tag is about 4.1 percent more than the current year(link is external), which ends June 30. Governor Peter Shumlin’s recommended budget included $14 million from a tax that would have been levied on every health insurance claim; lawmakers rejected that proposal and trimmed new taxes on a handful of products and services to $5.79 million.Legislators scaled back Shumlin’s proposed 2 percent increase in(link is external) reimbursement rates for health care providers who accept Medicaid payments. House budget writers instead proposed a 0.75 percent uptick. The Senate tried to restore the 2 percent rate increase; the House and Senate budget conferees settled on 1.6 percent, effective Jan. 1.Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin proposed a $5.6 billion dollar budget to the joint assembly of the House and Senate in January. Photo by Roger CrowleyThe Medicaid reimbursement issue came as no surprise. Lawmakers increased reimbursement rates by 3 percent(link is external) in fiscal year 2014, and they knew Shumlin wanted to continue the gradual increase in compensation for services that are reimbursed at lower rates than the cost of care. The gap in Medicaid payments contributes to the cost shift and rising insurance prices. Vermonters who buy private health insurance pay the difference in higher premiums.This year the budget addresses funding for retired teachers’ health care. State Treasurer Beth Pearce proposed a plan to pay for the roughly $28 million in annual health care costs. For years, most of the money has been borrowed from the teachers’ retirement fund, which has undermined the stability of the pension plan.Pearce assembled stakeholders in the fall of 2013 to develop a funding solution. They came up with a combination of General Fund appropriations, employee contributions, school district fees ($1,072 annually for each new teacher hire), federal grant allocations and a one-time, low-interest, $28 million General Fund “loan.”The plan is not loved by municipalities and school boards, who say they should not have to shoulder the burden for a benefit they never negotiated. But few lawmakers balked at the impact of the proposal on local property taxes. They were more concerned about $485 million in interest payments that come due in 2024 than they were about incremental increases in the local property tax burden.The plan was approved, including a $28 million interfund loan from the General Fund cash pool. The loan is expected to be paid back by 2023.To help speed along the repayment schedule, lawmakers rejiggered the budget “waterfall” provisions that dictate where end-of-year surplus revenues should flow. Under the new plan, half of all General Fund surpluses will pay down the loan.The other half will be split evenly between Rainy Day Reserves and the Education Fund. The rainy day fund also will be built up by General Fund revenues from a new legacy insurance license,(link is external) created in February.A newly unionized group of home health care providers negotiated a roughly 2.5 percent raise from the state, at a cost of about $2.2 million just a few weeks before the session ended.(link is external) The eleventh-hour contract negotiation took lawmakers by surprise and the tax and budget-writing committees had to go back to the drawing board to find more funds, though Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said legislators should have known the payout was coming.Other budget decisions had more to do with policy goals — especially economic development and health care reforms.economic developmentThe $5 million Vermont Enterprise Investment Fund that Shumlin announced in April originally counted on surplus funds. But April revenues (announced in May) fell far short of expectations and administration officials scrambled to find a way to backstop the new business incentive tool. Revenues from personal income were down $19 million in April; an unexpected estate tax windfall for about the same amount helped to soften the blow.Budget writers appropriated $5 million for the Vermont Enterprise Fund from the estate tax windfall; any excess estate money will go to the Higher Education Trust Fund.The fund gives Shumlin the discretion to provide $4.5 million in cash incentives to a large business located in Vermont that is threatening to leave or close up shop. The fund also includes $500,000 for entrepreneurial lending through the Vermont Economic Development Authority.Other economic development line items include:• $1.5 million for working lands investments;• $50,000 for a new domestic export program to help Vermont businesses sell their products across state lines;• 6 percent increases in funding for regional development and for regional and municipal mapping;• $50,000 additional funding for the Vermont Employee Ownership Center.(link is external)EducationIn an effort to support sound decision-making about education, legislators this spring devoted $3.5 million from a supplemental property tax relief fund to pay for wide-ranging educational data initiatives.Students in Windy Kelley’s fifth grade classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier work on computers. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerLawmakers and Agency of Education officials say up-front spending on better data and analysis will help schools improve outcomes and evaluate the cost and effectiveness of education programs.The budget also:• Fully pays for the Education Fund transfer, which includes a $7 million increase.• Instead of growing the General Fund transfer to the Education Fund by just the cost of inflation, a new formula allows additional transfer increases that are based on the sustainable growth of General Fund revenues, which is far from guaranteed in the current fiscal year.• The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation also got a funding increase — 1 percent starting in January, bringing its total appropriation to about $19.5 million. The Vermont State Colleges also will see a 1 percent funding increase over fiscal year 2014.• Some assistance and pilot programs for low-income students(link is external) also made it into the budget bill at the last minute.Health and human servicesHuman services comprises by far the largest portion of the state budget: $3.6 billion all-told. Most of that is covered by nearly $1.3 billion in federal funds and another $1.27 billion in Medicaid Global Commitment Funds. The rest is paid for by a combination of general funds, state health care resources and other smaller sources.Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, chair of the House Committee on Human Services. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerNext year’s human services budget falls somewhere between Shumlin’s draft and the House’s counterproposal, which would have lowered human services spending by $23 million. It’s about $165 million more than FY14 — a 4.7 percent increase.Included are:• $1.2 million in substance abuse and mental health funding for Reach Up clients;• Child care eligibility updates, plus additional funding for Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) to rate the quality of child care centers;• Funding for Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, slated to open in late summer or early fall.More policy-oriented provisions also were written into the budget:• A new legislative Health Care Reform Oversight Committee is created to monitor the economic and financial aspects of pending health care reforms.• Substance abuse programs have a new incentive for documenting their success by establishing performance measures. If they can link program success to savings in other areas — for example, clients avoiding emergency room visits by getting clean — then those savings can be transferred to the substance abuse programs to support expanded services.Other initiatives didn’t get traction this session:• A proposal to transfer ADAP to DVHA took some lawmakers and administration officials by surprise. It was dialed back to merely studying the potential for a move in the future.• Lawmakers hope more sophisticated data collection in the future will help agencies better integrate weatherization and home heating fuel subsidies for low-income households.Affordable housing• Vermont’s rental subsidy program is doubled to $1 million;• $900,000 is allocated for temporary emergency housing;• Emergency Solutions grants for shelters are boosted by $300,000;• Family supportive housing gets $200,000;• The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board sees an 8.1 percent funding increase from the property transfer tax.Other budget provisions• The Transportation Budget will hit a record high $686 million in fiscal year 2015. Most of the transportation infrastructure improvements are federally funded.• The Vermont Center for Geographic Information, a nonprofit corporation, will become part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.VERY TOP PHOTO: State senators sit in comfortable seats as they listen to the governor’s budget speech in January in the House chamber. From left, Senators Kitchel, Benning, Pollina, Cummings, Lyons, Snelling, Zuckerman, Ashe, and Baruth. Senator Doyle is just behind the podium. Vermont Business Magazine photo.last_img read more

VFCU collects over 6,000 lbs of food for local food shelf

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Saturday, November 19, Vermont Federal Credit Union was the presenting sponsor of the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Vermont Federal joined radio stations 99.9 The Buzz and 106.7 WIZN at Costco in Colchester, from 10 AM to 4 PM, to support the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive. Credit Union staff spent the day collecting non-perishable food items as well as cash donations, to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Volunteers provided suggested items to donate and those who contributed received reusable Vermont Federal tote bags as a thank you.VFCU photo of Jean Giard helping out.This year’s food drive raised 4,096 pounds of food and $736.60 in cash, equating to 2,209.80 additional pounds of food for a total of 6,305.8 pounds donated.“The annual Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive is critical for our organization as we work to make sure that all of our neighbors have the opportunity to share a full Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones,” said Kelly Saunders, Development Director at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Saunders added, “We are so grateful for the support of the event sponsors, volunteers and community members whose generosity has made this event such a success.”The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, the Food Shelf serves approximately 11,000 people every year. You can learn more about the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by visiting www.feedingchittenden.org(link is external).Vermont Federal is a $469 million-plus financial institution, with six locations currently serving over 36,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin, Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to providing support to the communities it serves and to make a decided difference in the lives of its members and other Vermonters.  For more information about Vermont Federal Credit Union, call (888) 252-0202, visitwww.vermontfederal.org(link is external), or find us on Facebook(link is external).Source: Burlington, VT – Vermont Federal Credit Union 11.30.2016,Yeslast_img read more

Capitol Update: Stogsdill says bill to stagger Senate terms would improve accountability

first_imgEach legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, Rep. Linda Gallagher and Sen. Jim Denning are scheduled to send updates this week. Here’s Rep. Stogsdill’s filing:The first two weeks of the 2018 session of the Kansas House of Representatives has been very slow on the floor of the House with little activity, no bills to discuss or vote on and mostly quick adjournments. This is not particularly unusual as this is the time of the year that the committees are meeting and most of the activity is happening in those committee meetings, in informal discussions between legislators and in discussions with individual constituents and constituent groups. Activity on the floor of the House should pick up this week.Some topics that we will be considering as early as this week include school finance, the school finance formula, political transparency, Medicaid expansion, tax policy, due process for all teachers and public employees, statewide water usage, judicial salaries, prison construction, criminal justice reform, child protection services, infrastructure needs, voter rights and programs aimed at encouraging economic development. As you can see we have plenty to do and I will keep you up to date as issues make their way to the floor of the House. This is definitely going to be an interesting and very important session heading into the statewide elections this fall.I want to bring you up to date on a bill (HCR 5017) that I have submitted aimed at changing the Kansas Constitution. This change to the Constitution would require that half of the Senate be elected to four year terms every TWO years instead of the entire Senate being elected to four year terms every FOUR years. Kansas is one of only nine states that elect all of its Senators to four year terms all at once.In a year when we are looking to address the long overdue issue of political transparency we must combine that with ways to make the legislature more accountable to their constituents. My bill addresses the accountability issue and this change will have a very positive and profound impact on the political process in Topeka.By requiring that half the Senate stand for election every two years it will do three things.Create more accountability. Under this election process the electorate will be able to have a referendum on how the Senate is doing every two years instead of every four. Just like the House if the Senate has not been doing its job the voters have a means of correcting that situation every TWO years.Encourage moderation. Since half the Senate would be up for election every two years those up for election are going to be much more inclined to support the moderate positions favored by most Kansans. That shift toward more moderate views should increase their willingness to work with the House whose members are all up for election by the voters every TWO years.Create continuity. Under the current electoral process the Senate is much more susceptible to be taken over by extremists in a single election. Under the staggered plan it would be much harder for extremists to take over the Senate as only half the seats would be up for election at any one time. This also allows for more continuity in that at least half of the Senate would have experienced members.This plan is getting a lot of discussion in Topeka and the response to this idea has been extremely positive. This bill is currently in the House Elections Committee. If you support this idea or any other idea going through the Legislature I encourage you to let your Representative, your Senator and the leadership in the House and the Senate know your opinion. You can always find information about your Senator, your Representative, those in leadership positions and a wealth of other information about the Legislature at kslegislature.org.I will continue to keep you informed on the myriad of issues we have coming up as they progress through the system. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for me please don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] , on Facebook at Rep. Jerry Stogsdill for Kansas, at 785-296-7692 or at [email protected]last_img read more

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Chesterton Humberts appoints head of investment

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Health Minister advises citizens to adopt new lifestyles

first_img Share 5 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Health Minister advises citizens to adopt new lifestyles by: – April 9, 2013 Share Health Minister Julius Timothy (file photo)Dominicans have been called upon to adopt new lifestyle practices to prevent the development of hypertension. According to statistics, more than twice as many females (96) died from hypertension in comparison to men (43) in 2011. Health Minister Julius Timothy in his address in observance on World Health Day on April 7th highlighted some health practices which have proven to help reduce the risk of developing Hypertension.“Limiting the amount of salt in daily meals and snacks, eating a balanced diet, regular physical activity at least 3 times a week for about 45 minutes each time, maintaining a healthy body weight for your height, using alcohol in moderation and avoiding smoking,” Mr Timothy disclosed. These measures he said should also be practiced by individuals who have already been diagnosed with Hypertension, since they will assist with maintaining blood pressure within normal limits.According to Mr. Timothy, the improvement in health is not solely the responsibility of the Ministry of Health but it is also a partnership between the individual, family, and the community. “Therefore the adoption of health promoting habits where we live, work, eat, play, learn or pray can prevent the development of high blood pressure which is among the main causes of death in Dominica,” he said. From 2007 to 2011 cerebrovascular disease which includes strokes was the number one cause of all deaths in Dominica and Hypertension is the most common cause of this group of diseases.The Health Minister also called all government sectors and all of civil society including the church, the private sector and industry, academia, the media and voluntary organizations, to play a vital role and get involved in preventing Chronic Non Communicable Diseases such as High Blood Pressure. Throughout the month of April, the Ministry of Health will place emphasis on the risk factors associated with high blood pressure with a view to appealing to the public to adopt lifestyle practices. These practices will not only manage the condition but will prevent its development and promote the quality of our lives. The goal of World Health Day 2013 celebrated under the theme ‘Hypertension’ is to assist individuals to reduce the more common complications of Hypertension; namely strokes and heart attacks. Hypertension, commonly known as High Blood Pressure, is a health condition, which affects millions of people annually, but which in most cases remains “silent” since it does not always present with symptoms. This means that many persons who are Hypertensive may not even know that they have the condition. Given that this condition may remain unknown, too many of those affected, it may go undiagnosed and untreated for a long period of time. This leaves the affected individuals at risk of developing complications. The complications of Hypertension are many and include strokes, kidney disease, blindness and heart conditions to include heart attacks. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more