The109: TCU, area schools share similar policies for handling suspicious people

first_imgFacebook Previous articleThird medical school dean candidate focused on clinic experiences, diverse curriculumNext articleNew security measures at home athletic events Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students ReddIt + posts Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ ReddIt Twitter The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Linkedin Facebookcenter_img Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Linkedin Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ printAfter a series of incidents involving a mentally ill man near TCU’s campus, the university sent out a campus wide crime alerts – one of its strategies for handling suspicious people around campus.A TCU crime alert stated that Daniel Staley was detained in the 2800 block of McCart Avenue, Dec. 24 after he texted a hotline and wrote that he wanted to dismember a random woman. He was released after a psychological evaluation on Jan. 6.Staley was later arrested Jan. 9 for burglary at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.TCU police detective Robert Rangel said university police sent out the crime alert because Staley was in the TCU area when he made the threats.Rangel said if Staley had been seen on campus, TCU Police would have responded and potentially put the area on lockdown until Staley was in custody. However, it’s unlikely that this type of situation would result in a lockdown, Rangel said.“Every situation is subjective,” Rangel said. “It would have to be an immediate and active threat.”TCU police shut down part of University Drive for precautionary measures last year after a suspicious package was found for precautionary measures.The Fort Worth school district has similar policies for training for incidents, said Clint Bond, a spokesperson for the district. There are also security measures in place to keep students safe from intruders.Bond said all 83 elementary schools have a buzzer system that controls entry into campus buildings. Visitors can only be buzzed in after their driver’s licenses are scanned against the sex offender registry. Security is alerted if people are found to be on the list.Bond said the district is working on implementing this system into its other campuses.He talked about some of the emergency situations that occurred in high schools last month.Arlington Heights High School responded to an off campus shooting that occurred at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant Dec. 3. The principal was informed of the situation and put the building on lockdown to make sure the suspect couldn’t take refuge at the school.The following week, a 16-year-old O.D. Wyatt High School student was stabbed by another student, WFAA reported. Bond said adults in the room handled the event “in seconds” and the school did not go on lockdown.Bond said FWISD’s security procedures are evaluated after every incident. Neither of the two high school emergencies called for a change in protocols.He also said the school district has universal training to help keep children safe called “Know The Plan.” According to the FWISD website, this training is for emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.According to “Know The Plan,” prevention involves reporting suspicious activity when sighted. Preparedness is about knowing what to do in situations like natural disasters. Responses include lockdown, building evacuation, reverse evacuation, and shelter-in-place procedures, and recovery uses Student Support Services to help students feel safe again.“We use every opportunity to teach our kids about stranger danger,” Bond said. Twitter Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Shane Battis A Fort Worth police car sits in front of McLean Middle School after a reported stabbing. The student later recanted his story, saying he was playing before class and tore his shirt. The student made up the incident so that he would not get into trouble. ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

Avoid the Area of the Rose Bowl for the Next Several Hours Due to a Traffic Accident

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One week deadline for €40 million plan

first_imgNewsOne week deadline for €40 million planBy Bernie English – September 1, 2016 1439 Linkedin Advertisement [email protected] million planfeaturedKirkland InvestmentsLimerick CityRiverside Previous articleElectric Picnic: A world of pure imagination for Limerick artists this weekendNext articlePerformance art and Alice Maher talk at Pery Square Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter . New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience THE COMPANY behind a new €40 million riverside development in Limerick city centre has just over a week to lodge a formal planning application.It has been confirmed that legal notices have been published for the development but no actual planning application had been lodged at time of going to press. However, a formal application for planning permission is expected to be made to Limerick City and County Council within the week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The application is for a 15 storey high building that will house 45 luxury apartments, 15,000 square feet of office space, restaurants and underground car-parking at Bishop’s Quay, Lower Ceceil Street and Henry Street.Included in the proposal are a change of use of 104 Henry Street, one of the finest townhouses to be built in Limerick in the 1700’s and known as the Bishop’s Palace; the demolition of the former ESB showroom and offices and the construction of a public plaza.Other changes are set to provide communal and private open spaces to include a roof garden and gym pavilion for the residential part of the development and a landscaped courtyard at podium level, linking the new residential block with 104 Henry Street.The developers are Kirkland Investments and the architects on the project are Healy Partners.Anyone who wants to make an application or orbjection to the plan has five weeks after planning is submitted to do so.The developer has stated that if there are no objections, it’s hoped to be on-site by January which will bring 100 plus construction jobs to the city.The proposal has been welcomed in many quarters, with city businesses and elected representatives predicting that a high-quality development will attract investment and increase footfall and spending with businesses.Limerick Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan said that the plans show that “the future of Limerick city is very bright and it is focusing on the river and the potential of the city.“It is a site ripe for development so this is really positive news,” she added.Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) described the plans as “very exciting..the ESB site is in a very derelict state. A building like this will rejuvenate the area.Members of Limerick City and County Council have long been calling for development in the city to turn its face back on the river as one of the greatest assets which Limerick boasts.The level of quality office space which would be made available at significantly lower rents than Dublin could attract major employers.  [email protected] Print Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignity No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

When Hope Survives

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago When Hope Survives Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Rebuilding Affordable Housing a Year After Hurricane Michael Next: Industry Applauds Nomination of Brian Montgomery for HUD’s Deputy Secretary Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / When Hope Survives The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2019-10-07 Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 7, 2019 1,111 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Hello Solutions, Founder and CEO Leisha Delgado told DS News, was founded on a simple premise: to give boutique default services law firms a financially viable option to get more sales while not compromising on their innate abilities to provide personalized attention to clients.“I realized that there was a gap, especially in today’s market, where defaults are down,” said Delgado, who spent the better part of her initial career in mortgage selling to servicers and default law firms. “It didn’t make financial sense, especially for smaller default firms, to have a full-time experienced sales representative in a low-volume market like the one we’re facing today.”As a result, many of these smaller firms either relied on their attorneys to do sales or they hired a less-experienced sales representative. “Hello Solutions was born out of that need for a fractionalized sales executive,” Delgado said.She onboarded her first client in November 2017. By June 2018, Delgado had not only added two more firms to her growing business—she had already achieved her yearly goals. She was now thinking of doubling her targets and creating a strategy to achieve them by the end of the year.Life, however, threw her a curveball.Life Is What Happens When You’re Busy Making Plans“My first symptom appeared in February. I went to the doctor and got the tests done. Everything came back fine, so I assumed there was nothing to worry about,” Delgado said. “In June, I received a call from my surgical oncologist inquiring if I was still experiencing those symptoms. When I said that they had not worsened, but were not better either, she suggested I come in for an MRI.”The MRI was followed by a biopsy, and the bad news came soon thereafter—a positive diagnosis for breast cancer.Delgado remembers the day she got her diagnosis. She’d flown out to California from Florida a couple of days ahead for a conference and received the call within 15 minutes of stepping into her room.“I was on the other side of the country, away from everybody I knew,” Delgado said. Her first calls were to her family. The next calls were to her clients.“I had onboarded my latest client in June 2018, barely a month before I received my diagnosis,” Delgado recalled. “When I made those calls to my clients, I thought it was totally fair if some of them bowed out and said that they would like to put the contract on hold.”She was in for a pleasant surprise. “None of them did,” Delgado said. “That made me realize that these people shared my value for doing the right thing.”However, a long and arduous road to recovery lay ahead. Through it all, Delgado said, she was determined not to let her company suffer. Her first hurdle was coming to terms with the fact that what was initially thought to be a stage 0 cancer was in fact more serious.“I initially thought, ‘That’s doable. I’ll work less for a month and then I’ll bounce right back.’ But during the surgery, the doctors realized that I was actually stage 3.”. Even though this was a shock, she remained positive, not only throughout her treatment process but also at work.“By that point, I thought, ‘let’s just do this. I’ll beat this,’” she said.It helped that Delgado had worked hard until her diagnosis to set up a healthy sales pipeline and had built her strategy around what she was going to take up and what she wouldn’t until her health improved.“I opted to put foundational sales—such as building websites, social media presences, etc.—on hold until after the treatment. I decided to only focus on the firms I had and to see through everything I had already begun work on, but not to seek any new leads,” she said.The Road to RecoveryIt’s been a little more than a year after that fateful July evening. Today, Delgado is in remission. She’s completed her surgeries and her chemo, as well as radiation. Her infusions will end in September,  and after that, she will start with one medication for a year.Over this past year of tribulations, Delgado says that she’s not only developed her sense of humor but has also learned that she’s capable of handling much more than she thought was possible.“The most important thing I’ve learned is that we have a choice. When I was going through the worst of it all, I could have buried myself in my room. I could have not worked. I could have felt sorry for myself. But I didn’t,” she said. “Cancer had taken so much from me; those were the things I couldn’t control. I decided I wouldn’t allow it to take away the things that I could control—my happiness and my work.”Giving BackDelgado told DS News she now plans to begin working on a charity to support patients like her get resources she found helpful during her treatment processes. However, organizing charity fundraisers isn’t unfamiliar territory for Delgado.She founded the Puerto Rico Project HOPE after she realized that her efforts to help aid the hurricane-impacted island could reach a much wider audience if she partnered with others.“I was worried after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico,” she said. “I had family there, and I knew \there was a lot of confusion and that aid wasn’t reaching the people on the island.”Delgado said she asked her extended circle of friends and colleagues to create a “virtual hope box” containing useful items such as batteries, solar-powered cell phone chargers, solar-powered lanterns, food, first aid, and other necessities.The idea was that each person participating in this campaign would be the captain of their fundraising for the number of hope boxes they wished to send to the families. Delgado would then take those supplies to the island and deliver them personally to the families who needed them.Under her new charity initiative, these hope boxes will now be distributed cancer patients, although the contents will be different. “You would be surprised at the amount of information you don’t get,” Delgado said. “Before my surgery, for example, I just researched and Googled and thought of things that would be helpful. About 90% of the things that I purchased were super helpful.”Delgado said that when she brought the items she found to her surgical oncologist, the doctor had never seen most of it before. She offered the example of a “shower shirt,” a garment designed to allow a patient to enjoy the comfort of a shower, even if they need to protect their torso from getting wet. “That’s such a big deal for someone who’s gone through a mastectomy because otherwise you have to shower with towels, and doing that for a month is awful.”Delgado said that she plans to call these new iterations of her hope chests “battle boxes.” In the first phase, Delgado plans to give items for breast cancer patients who undergo surgery. Each box will cost approximately $500. Going forward, she plans to introduce these boxes for patients undergoing chemo as well as those with special needs such as pregnant women. She plans to raise around $5,000 per month in the first phase to get all those patients battle boxes before they go into surgery. The box will also contain easily digestible information about their diagnosis and the next steps.“I just want to make it a better, easier, less painful experience for those going through this in the future,” she said.last_img read more

Calls for review of expenses paid to Deputy McGinley and Senator O’Domhnaill

first_img Calls for review of expenses paid to Deputy McGinley and Senator O’Domhnaill WhatsApp By News Highland – June 10, 2010 Pinterest Google+ Google+ 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme There have been calls for any excess  Dail travel expenses paid to Deputy Dinny McGinley and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill to be returned to the exchequer if it is found they were over paid.Both Deputy McGinley and Senator O’Domhnaill claim expenses to and from Dublin via Sligo, each claim that they do so so as to attend constituency offices in Donegal Town and Ballybofey respectively.It is thought that an investigation may now be launched into both cases following reports that a complaint is due to be lodged with the Dail expenses watch dog.Senator Doherty, who travels to Dublin through the north, says any over payment to either Donegal representatives should be paid back.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/pear1pm.mp3[/podcast] Newsx Adverts Previous articleBruckless man jailed for 18-months for sex offences against teenNext articleCarlton Drive community outraged at playpark pipe-bomb News Highland Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Final Hearing, Involving Consideration Of Pleadings, Submissions Of Respective Parties, Not Possible Via Virtual Hearing, Observes Madras HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesFinal Hearing, Involving Consideration Of Pleadings, Submissions Of Respective Parties, Not Possible Via Virtual Hearing, Observes Madras HC [Read Order] Mehal Jain28 May 2020 11:35 PMShare This – xWhere the respective pleadings and submissions of the parties were to be considered, the Madras High Court on Wednesday remarked that “such final hearing cannot be done by way of Video-Conferencing mode”. The Single Bench was considering a string of writ petitions challenging both a Government Order and the consequential works in the tender notification of the Highways and Minor…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhere the respective pleadings and submissions of the parties were to be considered, the Madras High Court on Wednesday remarked that “such final hearing cannot be done by way of Video-Conferencing mode”. The Single Bench was considering a string of writ petitions challenging both a Government Order and the consequential works in the tender notification of the Highways and Minor Ports Department of the state of Tamil Nadu. Noting that the counter affidavit and the rejoinder are filed and, therefore, this matter needs to be heard finally, the Court was of the view that “To consider the respective pleadings and submissions of the respective parties, this Court is of the view that such final hearing cannot be done by way of Video-Conferencing mode”. “This Court is of the view that the matter needs to be heard in open Court”, said the Single Judge, adjourning the matter. Noting that the last date for submitting the tender is fixed on Friday and opening of technical bid is scheduled for Monday and, therefore, unless some interim protection is given, third party interest would be created which would complicate the hearing of the matter further, the Single Judge ordered that while the respondents are free to open the technical bid, they shall not proceed any further with the process of the tender until further orders from this Court. On Tuesday, the BCI has addressed a letter to the Chief Justice of India, urging that physical, face-to-face hearings resume from June 1. “”We cannot even imagine of trial court work being done in/through virtual courts proceedings. Can we think of recording of evidence in virtual courts? Exhibiting documents, confronting witnesses with documents, watching the demeanour of witnesses and, above all, ensuring that the witness is deposing without any pressure, coercion or undue influence, are some salient features of traditional court which would be impossible to achieve in virtual courts”, it was stressed.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘Rogue waste collectors’ could be cause of illegal dumping in Donegal

first_img Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 5, 2019 Facebook WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twittercenter_img Google+ It’s been claimed that unregulated waste disposal services could be leading to vast illegal dumping in Donegal.It’s understood that there are some services advertised locally online which only provide a telephone number, leading to suspicions that they are ‘rogue services’.Cllr Adrian Glackin says it’s possible that the waste being collected is not being disposed of correctly, leading to incidents of illegal dumping and fly tipping in the county.He says Donegal County Council must carry out a thorough investigation as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/aidyfgfhgfhgfhgfwaste.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleFurther calls to prioritise North Inishowen with adequate ambulance coverNext articleNo people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH for a second day News Highland ‘Rogue waste collectors’ could be cause of illegal dumping in Donegal Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

County seeks volunteers to aid when disaster strikes

first_img Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Thieves take $20K in equipment from stadium Troy University police believe someone with internal access to the stadium is behind the theft of more than $20,000 in… read more Skip Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories When disasters strike, it is up to the local community to take care of the immediate needs of such as event. Communities must be prepared to do so.An organizational meeting of the Pike County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster took place at noon Monday at the American Legion Post 70 building in Troy.Lawrence Bowden, Pike County EMA board member, said Pike County VOAD is the state counterpart to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.“The mission of the Pike County VOAD is humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations that may be active in all phases of disaster,” Bowden said. “Its mission is to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort. This is done through cooperation in the four phases of disaster – preparation, response, recovery and mitigation.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 26, 2011 Sponsored Content Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson County seeks volunteers to aid when disaster strikes Bowden said that Pike County VOAR is not a competing or exclusionary organization.“Pike County VOAD is intended to be a network for organizations active in disaster,” he said. “Each Pike County VOAD member organization will maintain its own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other Pike County VOAD member organizations, churches, and local, state or federal authorities.”Pike County VOAD will accomplish its mission through cooperation with member organizations, coordinating the implementation of services among members, communicating information about member organizations and the public and through dedication in working together to achieve specific goals and to undertake specific projects.”Robert Thomas, operations division, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, told those in attendance that volunteers are essential to the response efforts during any disaster. “When disaster strikes, people on the local level are the first to respond,” he said. “Until a disaster, most people would probably say, ‘EMA who?’ So, it’s those people who are a part of the community that they would look to first for help. When the EMA comes in, we don’t aren’t there to tell people how to do their business. We are there to bring resources together to assist those whose lives have been affected.”Thomas said for a VOAD organization to be effective, it must have strong member organizations with volunteers who are committed to the cause.For more information or to become a volunteer with Pike County VOAD, contact Bowden at 334-735-3898.last_img read more

Fatal shootings at US military bases highlight unexpected and growing threat — insiders with access badges

first_imgbaona/iStock(NEW YORK) — Shooting rampages at military installations in Florida and Hawaii that left five people dead in three days have put a spotlight on a growing U.S. security threat — insiders with access passes to government facilities, according to experts.The carnage at Naval Air Station Pensacola and at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard near Honolulu are just the latest examples of the unexpected challenges military brass face in protecting armed services personnel.Experts also say they illustrate the evolution of attacks on military installations.“Barriers and fences are not going to stop an attack by a disaffected, mentally unwell, violence-prone individual who has access to the base,” said John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and the former counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security.The investigations into both the Pensacola and Pearl Harbor attacks are ongoing and officials have not commented on motives for the lethal episodes unleashed by two suspected active shooters in uniform.Near back-to-back shootings at basesLast Wednesday, 22-year-old active-duty sailor G. Romero, armed with two service pistols, allegedly opened fire on three civilian Department of Defense workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, killing two and wounding one before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Romero served on the USS Columbia, a submarine stationed at Pearl Harbor.Then on Friday, Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a Saudi national and second lieutenant in his country’s air force, who was in the United States for flight training, opened fire in a classroom at the Pensacola, Florida base, killing three U.S. Naval airmen with a handgun authorities say he purchased legally. Alshamrani was shot to death by responding deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.Other military base shootings in 2019The Pearl Harbor and Pensacola incidents marked the third and fourth shootings at stateside U.S. military bases this year.On Jan. 1, a 20-year-old Marine was killed at the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C., when a fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnson, now facing a murder charge, allegedly pulled a pistol and shot him in the head, officials said. It is unclear if Johnson entered a plea.On April 5, a female sailor was shot and wounded at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, allegedly by Airman Apprentice Christopher Ruffier, 26, who was killed by base security officers, officials said. The shooting stemmed from a domestic violence dispute, officials said.Cohen said the shootings, specifically those in Hawaii and Pensacola, have posed the military new challenges on how to protect personnel from people authorized to be on military bases.‘Porn Stash’ complaintCohen said that the thinking was once to “set up fences and walls because you’re worried about an attack coming from outside.”“Now you’ve got to worry about the person sitting in the cubical next to you,” Cohen added. “And that changes the security dynamic within an organization that makes it much more difficult to protect everybody…”“The only real way to do it is for people to be keying off behavioral characteristics of individuals and then when they see concerning behavior to take action on it,” he said.In the Pensacola shooting, FBI agents are trying to determine if anyone helped Alshamrani plan the deadly rampage. He arrived in the United States for training in August 2017 and initially spent time studying English at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before transferring to Advanced Strike Fighter Training in Pensacola, according to his military records.Investigators are probing a report that Alshamrani viewed mass-shooting videos in the presence of some friends in the days leading up to the attack, two people briefed on the probe told ABC News.Investigators have also looked into an incident that occurred in April in which an instructor at the Pensacola base mocked Alshamrani’s appearance in front of about 10 other students by referring to him as “Porn Stash” in an apparent reference to the suspect’s mustache, two officials briefed on the probe told ABC News. The incident was first reported by The New York Times, who cited a complaint the suspect filed in which he claimed he was “infuriated” by the comment. “As far as our investigation, we are investigating this as an act of terrorism,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told ABC News on Monday. “And at the moment the investigation is very fluid and active and ongoing. So I probably shouldn’t be commenting on the latest state of play in terms of factual development.”Red flags missed at Fort HoodDonald J. Mihalek, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent and an ABC News contributor, said the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, which left 13 people dead and 30 injured, prompted military officials to reassess security at bases. The shooting, the deadliest mass shooting at an American military base, was committed by Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, who in hindsight investigators learned was radicalized and had corresponded with Anwar al-Awlaki, the al Qaeda preacher killed in a CIA drone strike in Yemen in September 2011.Hasan was convicted and received a death sentence. He remains on federal death row.“You always hear in the aftermath of these active-shooter investigations, whether it’s on a military base or any other place, that people always say, ‘Oh, well so-and-so did this or they acted just like this.’ You rarely, rarely hear, ‘Oh, I had no idea,’” Mihalek said. “There’s always either a behavior or a social media thing these days, or they say something or there’s a grievance that is known to people, that propels them to perform these acts.”National Insider Threat Awareness MonthBoth Mihalek and Cohen said the military has concentrated on detecting red flags in an attempt to thwart attacks.In September, the Department of Defense released a report encouraging military personnel on how to “keep the workplace safe” as part of an employee awareness campaign that coincided with the National Insider Threat Awareness Month.“Insider threats are posed by employees or anyone else who has been granted trusted access to DOD information systems, installations, or facilities who commit a harmful act, intentional or not,” the report reads. “The department’s counter-insider threat program aims to teach analysts in the various DOD component hubs to recognize concerning behaviors and potential threats.”“What we are trying to do is tell people if you hear that, if you see that, if you sense that, pay attention to that. To prevent damage and avert casualties, we need the workforce’s help,” Dr. Brad Millick, director of the DOD’s counter-insider threat program, wrote in the report.The report advises military personnel to be aware of warning signs like threatening statements or signs of disgruntlement from colleagues.The Army has also been exploring smart technology, including using autonomous vehicles to patrol bases and artificial intelligence to analyze data of a military installation’s facilities, according to an article posted in May on the Army’s website.“The homeland is no longer a sanctuary,” Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for strategic integration, said in the article. “We’ve been treating our military installations as if they were sanctuary cities for a very long time, immune from the effects of the adversary. That is no longer the appropriate assumption.”Mihalek said that in most military base shootings committed by insiders “there’s a stressor, or preemptive factor that pushes people to act out.”“And one of the stressors that have been identified both by the Secret Service and the FBI for all these active shooters, or insider situations, is personal slights, personal grievances,” Mihalek said.“But the problem is, these days a lot of folks don’t want to take those questions to the next step and go, ‘Well, Joe’s not acting right. Let’s talk to Joe and figure out what’s going on here or let’s see what Joe is doing because we don’t like what we’re seeing here,’” Mihalek said. “Even ’till this day with all these incidents, you still have these organizations — schools, businesses, the military — very politically correct, they’re very hesitant to go to that next step.”Such standoff attitudes can allow red flags to go undetected from authorities.Despite lessons learned by the military from the Hasan rampage, another mass shooting occurred at Fort Hood in 2014, carried out by Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, who killed three people and injured 12 before taking his own life. The Army concluded in 2015 that there were “no clear warning signs” in his military and personnel records that would have indicated Lopez would act violently.While in the weeks and months before the shootings, Lopez was experiencing financial stress and dealing with the emotional blow of the deaths of his mother and grandfather, the Army’s report determined it “cannot reasonably conclude that any single event or stressor, in isolation, was the cause of the shooting.”In 2013, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis went on a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in the District of Columbia, killing 12 people. Investigators said Alexis, who was killed in a gunfight with police, was employed by Hewlett-Packard as an IT subcontractor for the Navy and gained access to the Navy Yard building where the massacre occurred by using a valid pass.Following the massacre, investigators learned that Alexis had exhibited numerous red flags, including several arrests for disorderly conduct, and had complained to friends of hearing voices and “vibrations sent to his body” by a “microwave machine,” sources told ABC News following the mass shooting. But none of the warning signs were apparently passed on to Navy officials.“So the challenge for law enforcement authorities broadly has been to better understand the behavioral characteristics of individuals who may be preparing to conduct an attack and take steps prior to an attack to prevent it from occurring,” Cohen said. “And as with law enforcement broadly, the military has had to start considering these types of techniques as well, and that means applying those same strategies to active duty military and others who may have access to a military installation.”External threats remain a major concernBut even as military officials turned to looking into ferreting out people in their ranks exhibiting troubling behavior, a fatal shooting at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia proved external threats remain a major concern.On March 24, 2014, truck driver Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, 35, who did not have access to the Norfolk base, was able to drive his rig onto the sprawling compound and walk aboard the USS Mahan, which was docked there, authorities said. Once aboard the destroyer, Savage was confronted by an armed petty officer, but he managed to wrest the gun away from her and fatally shoot Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo, who attempted to intervene, officials said. Savage was killed by Navy security officers aboard the vessel, officials said.In the wake of the Norfolk shooting, an investigation by the Navy found numerous lapses in security that led to disciplinary action being taken against six people, including the commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk and three civilian police officers the Navy had outsourced to guard the gate Savage drove through. The investigation found that one of the civilian police officers failed to check if Savage had an access pass to the base and waved him through the gate thinking he was going to make a U-turn and exit the installation, and then waiting nine minutes without alerting anyone before going to look for Savage.“There was a time when security at U.S. military bases was completely done by the military. A lot of that has been … outsourced if you will not just to private security companies at the gates but also with first responders coming from the local community,” said Michael “Mick” Mulroy, a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense and an ABC News contributor.Mulroy — co-founders of Lobo Institute, which provides consulting and teaching on current and future military conflicts — said the outsourcing of military base security has been prompted, in part, by military budget cuts.When it comes to insider threats, Cohen said the military may have more flexibility to look for warning signs in military personnel than regular law enforcement would have with civilians due to privacy laws.“If you’re in the military and I think that you’re in a mental health crisis and I have concern that that crisis could lead to you engaging in violent behavior, I have a lot more ability to direct you into certain types of support services as opposed to you being just a member of the general public,” Cohen said. “In some respects, the military may be better suited in employing threat assessment and threat management strategies as a way to prevent attacks.”“But like the rest of society, we have not adapted our approach to preventing mass casualty attacks to fully take into account how the threat has evolved,” he added. 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Dixie State Sports Roundup: 2/15

first_img Written by February 16, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Sports Roundup: 2/15 Tags: Dixie athletics Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballST. GEORGE, Utah-On a night whereon three seniors were honored for No. 15 Dixie State men’s basketball, the brightest of them all preserved a key victory for the Traiblazers Saturday evening.Star guard Jack Pagenkopf amassed a career-high 27 points on 11-20 from the field as Dixie State came back to defeat Fort Lewis 73-69 at Burns Arena in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.Pagenkopf added 4 assists, giving him 151 assists on the season, a new program record.Hunter Schofield stepped up with 19 points and 6 rebounds on 9-15 from the field for the 21-4 (16-3 in RMAC play) Trailblazers, who shot 62.1 percent from the field in the 2nd half, outscoring the Skyhawks 46-35 in the stanza.Riley Farris had 21 points in the loss for the Skyhawks, who fell to 13-12 and 7-12 in RMAC play.Dixie State returns to action Friday at Regis followed by a Saturday tilt at Colorado Christian.BaseballST. GEORGE, Utah-Griffen Herrera had an insurance RBI single in the 7th Inning and Joseph Kim put the game away with a 2-run homer in the 8th Inning as the Azusa Pacific Cougars got past Dixie State 11-8 Saturday at Bruce Hurst Field in non-conference baseball action.The 5-7 Cougars overcame a 5-0 deficit in the 2nd Inning with home runs from Nick Estrella and Tido Robles to pull to within 5-4 in the top of the 5th Inning.Will Stroud’s 5th Inning RBI single pulled Azusa Pacific to a 5-5 tie before the Trailblazers responded with right fielder Lane Pritchard scoring on a balk and Tyler Hollow’s RBI double making it a 7-5 Dixie State lead headed to the 6th Inning.From there on out, Kim and Herrera’s heroics lifted the Cougars to victory. The loss was the Trailblazers’ second in a row after starting the season 9-0.Dixie State is next in action Saturday at 6:00 pm at Bruce Hurst Field against Concordia (Ore.). The Trailblazers will host the Cavaliers for a three-game series, including a Sunday doubleheader.last_img read more