KINLOCH, MO (KTVI) – Our Fox 2 cameras were the only ones there as the newly-elected Kinloch mayor was greeted by police for her first day on the job.
Betty McCray was not only prevented from entering city hall, she was also told she’d been impeached before she got a chance to start.
McCray ran for mayor in the April 7 election and won.
“I won. The people spoke,” McCray said. “I was sworn in by the St. Louis County. Today I take office. I want them out, I want the keys.”
After the election results were certified earlier this week by the St. Louis County Board of Elections, Kinloch’s outgoing administration refused to allow the city clerk to give McCray the oath of office, claiming voter fraud.
“Today is the first day that that the city hall door has been unlocked. They keep it locked,” McCray said. “You got to beat and you got to bang (to get in). They have an officer police sitting right at the door.”
On Thursday, McCray was ready to start on the job, but was met with strong resistance. Fox 2 was there with McCray when she showed up at city hall, where she was greeted by more than 20 Kinloch police officers.
One officer attempted to prevent himself from being filmed by pushing a camera away. No one was being allowed inside city hall, including the elected mayor.
Kinloch city attorney James Robinson informed McCray she had been impeached. However, the city refused to tell the new mayor the articles of impeachment.
“You have been served with articles of impeachment that were put in the mail,” said attorney James Robinson.
Mayor McCray said she will file an injunction with St. Louis County courts and return to Kinloch City Hall Friday and try to enter the building again.
Update: A lawyer for Kinloch says he misspoke after this story aired. He says the new mayor is not impeached, she is suspended. They realized there is a process that the city must go through before they can impeach her. He says the mayor has been served with articles of impeachment on Thursday. Newly-elected mayor Mayor Betty McCray says she never got them. Kinloch cannot hold an impeachment hearing until 30 days after the papers are served.
A 19-year-old female illegal beaner was critically injured after falling 25 feet from a canyon ledge in a restricted area of Starved Rock State Park on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
“She was in a lot of pain," said Illinois Conservation police Sgt. Hank Frazier. He said she is listed in critical condition at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
The woman was climbing off the marked trail in a restricted area of Wildcat Canyon with two other friends at 12:34 p.m. when she accidentally fell off slick sandstone, Frazier said. The park is in LaSalle County about an hour and a half southwest of Chicago.
“They climbed up the side of the canyon, and when she got up on a ledge she slipped and fell down the canyon walls," Frazier said. “That sandstone can be just like ice, especially when it’s wet and humid."
Several other hikers called 911. When emergency crews got to the victim, 25 feet below, she was packed up in a backboard and carried across the river in a boat to reach a waiting helicopter, which then airlifted her to Rockford, Frazier said.
Utica Fire Chief Edward Rogers earlier said the victim was “conscious and alert" at the scene.
The woman, who was wearing street clothes, had been with a larger group when she and the two companions, a 19-year-old man from Aurora, and an 18-year-old Naperville woman, went off by themselves to climb.
The victim's companions were issued misdemeanor citations for unlawful entry into a restricted area, Frazier said.
“The signs are in place for a reason,’’ Frazier said. "It’s very dangerous."
A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial.
Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory in World War II next month, an emotionally charged holiday the Kremlin has been using for propaganda purposes.
The sentencing in the Novorossiysk district court of a 19-year-old woman to 15 days in jail and two women in their 20s to 10 days comes after prosecutors launched a probe into a video showing a group of women twerking next to the memorial on the Black Sea.
South African crime and violence have taken an even more bizarre twist as a pregnant young woman, Leandi Venter, was hijacked in her car a week ago, assaulted and tortured, with pictures of the battered girl sent to her father from her own cellphone to extract money from him.
Her mother, Olga Bosman Schoeman, a classical musician and accomplished harpist, posted the following heart-wrenching account on her Facebook page in the form of a warning to women and girls that they might be attacked in their own cars at traffic lights in broad daylight.
Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News’ “20/20.”
“People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life -- it is part of me,” Jenner, 65, said. “That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”
In hours of interviews with Sawyer in New York and California, Jenner detailed his internal struggles with being transgender, which he said he has wrestled with since childhood.
During the interview, Jenner referred to himself using male pronouns and ABC News has chosen to follow his lead, though he also referred to himself as “Bruce” and “her.”
“I look at it this way—Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer,” Jenner said.
“My brain is much more female than it is male,” he added. “It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is thanking four Swedish law enforcement officers who broke up a fight on the subway.
Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg and Eric Jansberger were headed to see a Broadway performance of "Les Miserables" on Wednesday when a brawl broke out between two men on a crowded train.
Police say the four held one of the brawlers until New York Police Department officers responded and took him to a hospital. The Swedish officers went on their way. But witnesses captured the scene on video.
Bratton said Friday that he's grateful the Swedes stepped in and broke up the fight.
The four men were treated to a tour of NYPD headquarters Thursday and were getting a ride on a police boat Friday.
Two illegal beaners who approached a police officer stopped at a red light on the West Side and shot at him as he drove away, have been charged with using a weapon to commit aggravated assault on a police officer, according to police.
The shooting took place about 10:55 p.m. Thursday when Gustavo VillaGomez, 27, and Kevin Martinez, 20, attacked the off-duty officer in the 2600 block of West Division Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to a police news release.
Martinez and VillaGomez approached the passenger side of the officer’s vehicle and began “yelling gang slogans” at him, according to the release. The officer identified himself as a police officer and began to drive away, according to the release.
A gunman opened fire at three people who were attending a party Friday night on the Far South Side, leaving one woman dead and two others injured.
Witnesses say the shooter had been kicked out of the party, became angry and returned with a gun and opened fire.
The three were at the party about 11 p.m. in the 9300 block of South LaSalle, police said. The gunman opened fire both inside and outside the party, striking all three victims.
Nicole Towns, 19, was shot in the side and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Towns was the mother of a 3-year-old and had just started a new job on Monday, family members told CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross.
As hundreds of journalists, politicians and celebrities hobnobbed Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner — which has been dubbed “Nerd Prom” — looting and rioting broke out just 40 miles down the road in Baltimore.
Demonstrators gathered near Baltimore’s city hall early Saturday to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after being arrested by police on April 12.
Gray suffered a severe spinal injury after being arrested following a foot pursuit. Gray’s family, Baltimore citizens and civil rights activists have cited the case as yet another unjustified police-involved death. Baltimore’s police commissioner admitted on Friday that Gray did not receive proper medical care following his arrest. (RELATED: The 8 Most Astonishing Details Behind Freddie Gray’s Inexplicable Death)
A 21-year-old Chicago man from Ukraine died Friday night from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Highland Park, according to Highland Park police authorities.
At about 7 p.m. Friday, Nazar Petriv, 21, of the 4000 block of North Kedvale Avenue, appeared to have been traveling westbound on a motorcycle on Walker Avenue in Highland Park when he collided with a passenger car headed north on Fort Sheridan Avenue, said Highland Park Police Chief Paul Shafer, who said the investigation is ongoing.
People at the scene attempted to revive Petriv, who was critically injured, before emergency responders arrived at the scene, Shafer said.
"We responded pretty quickly," Shafer said Saturday morning. "Everyone was trying to help."
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years, The Associated Press reported. Rescue teams have reached the area and are searching for survivors.
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing hundreds of people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.
At least 1,180 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, including 181 in the capital, Kathmandu alone, according to the police. Another 34 were killed in India, 10 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.
Pushpa Das, a laborer, ran from the house when the first quake struck but could not escape a collapsing wall that injured his arm.
Sheriff David Morgan posted a video message this week expressing his politically incorrect opinions on "black culture." The 30-year law enforcement veteran started by denouncing the term “African-American” as "divisive," before arguing that the embrace of “thug culture” was destroying the community and calling for a renewed focus on teaching "character and integrity."
“First off, let me take issue with the title of ‘African-American,’” he began. “We’re Americans.”
After arguing the term created a false division, he said that he believed that most of the racial issues in Escambia County, Florida, were “perceived,” listing examples of the American culture embracing African-Americans, including the election of President Obama. He stated, “The statistics are that, if we’re such a racist nation, why do we currently have an African-American president?”
There are a few people and groups who have tried to catalogue the names of those white victims of black violence, but rarely do these individuals grasp the futility of their endeavor.
The Knoxville Horror or Wichita Massacre did happen, but in the narrative powering Black-Run America (BRA), they never occurred. Brittany Watts was never murdered in Atlanta by a black male enraged by his learning of white privilege in college courses... Nathan Trapuzzano didn't exist either.
Investigations have been launched at two universities over accusations that fraternity members taunted wounded war heroes, urinated on an American flag, and spit on a wounded veteran and his service dog in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The April 17 incident, involving Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University, has infuriated residents of Panama City.
“They were being treated like the Vietnam veterans were treated,” said Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat.
The local charity provides an annual all-expense-paid vacation for more than a 100 combat-wounded warriors and their spouses or caregivers. All of the expenses are covered by Panama City Beach residents and businesses.
Inside the protest
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, Eric Sheppard explained to onlookers why he and other protesters walked on the American Flag.
"That U.S. flag represents white supremacy racism which is plaguing the entire earth, so when we step on that flag we are stepping on racism, white supremacy. We are stepping on the things that were erected alongside our genocide and our holocaust," he said.
"I am a terrorist toward lies. I'm a terrorist toward liars. I'm a terrorist toward those that are wicked, so yes, I am a terrorist toward white people," Sheppard also said.
It took Vickie Itami about 70 years to receive her college degree. Not because she took her time, but because of a World War II shame.
She was weeks from graduating from UCLA when an estimated 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast, deemed possible security threats, were ordered to leave their homes, then jailed in barren, dusty inland camps that were really prisons.
In 2010, UCLA bestowed honorary degrees to Mrs. Itami and other surviving former internees. It was a touching ceremony but bittersweet, said her son, Richard Itami, who attended with his mother. The honorees were all around 90. Some “were falling asleep,” he said. “They were old.”
The corner of 108th Street and Homan Avenue was the place to be Friday afternoon in Chicago's Mount Greenwood community.
As a crowd estimated at about 1,000 by Ald. Matt O'Shea, 19th Ward, watched and cheered as 12-year-old Emily Beazley tugged once, twice, three times on a string attached to thick white paper covering a street sign.
"You can do it, you can do it," the crowd chanted.
But the paper wouldn't budge.
Her father, Ed, a Chicago police detective, came to the rescue. With a mighty yank, he unveiled what everyone came to see — a brown-and-white sign bearing the words "Honorary Emily Beazley Avenue" for the block of Homan Avenue on which the family resides.
On the last morning of the last day Dontrell Stephens could still walk, the 20-year-old was bicycling across Haverhill Road, talking to a friend on a cellphone.
A truck slowed as he rode against traffic.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy Adams Lin was watching schoolchildren waiting for a bus.
Later, he would say he followed Stephens to give him a traffic ticket for not bicycling properly. But he also would acknowledge he was suspicious of Stephens, whom he had not seen in the neighborhood before that morning, according to court records.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found in a pond Friday afternoon.
The man later was identified by the Lake County coroner's office as Attilio (Archie) Dominic Esposito, 47, of the 1400 block of Schaller Lane, Dyer.
David Bohlin, of Dyer, and his wife, Sonia, went to the pond at the end of Clark Road to go fishing when they noticed a stump-like object sticking out of the water about 10 feet from the bank, Bohlin said. His wife said she thought it could be a body.
Bohlin said he still wasn't convinced it was a body because the color was red and white, but then they saw the man's arm stuck in some branches near a beaver dam.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Third Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo, Jr. is making it clear that those who don't show up for jury duty are being selfish.
"It is not acceptable to ignore a jury summons," said Judge Colombo. "The right to a trial by jury is so important that in the United States Constitution it appears in two places-- the body of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
And it's in the State of Michigan Constitution, too.
In 2014, more than 86,800 jurors were summoned. Of those, more than 42,000 took the call to duty seriously.
And we've learned this morning, more than 44,500 did not show up. That's more than half. CLICK FOR MORE
Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz was livid after he witnessed assistant chief of police Anita Najiy disrespecting the American flag as she refused to put her hand over her heart during the pledge of allegiance.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named the head of the Chicago Transit Authority to be his new chief of staff.
Emanuel said Friday morning that Forrest Claypool will replace Lisa Schrader, who is leaving after two years. The mayor's office said Claypool's replacement at the CTA would be named in coming weeks. Claypool will take the job after Emanuel is inaugurated for his second term. The mayor won re-election earlier this month.
A 19-year-old colored boy found dead in the Des Plaines River late last week has been identified.
The body authorities pulled from the river Saturday, April 18, was identified as Lonnie R. Jones, of Joliet, according to the Will County coroner's office.
Jones was found in the river in the 700 block of Railroad Street in Joliet and pronounced dead there at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to the coroner's office.
Jones was reported missing to police April 13, coroner's office spokesman Patrick O'Neil said in a statement. Officials were able to positively identify Jones from dental records Tuesday.
An autopsy conducted Sunday determined the preliminary cause of death to be drowning, and officials said the final cause of death will be decided once toxicology and police reports have been completed.
DAILYKENN.com -- Ignoring the 420,749 black-on-black homicides from 1976 to 2014, a mob of black people took advantage of live television coverage to shout profanities and threats in protest of the death of a black male in police custody.
Tragically, black Americans fail to realize they are being exploited by the media.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (Dept. of Justice), 52.2 percent of homicides were committed by blacks, nearly all by black males ages 18 to 49 and nearly all (97 percent) of the victims were black.
Black lives only matter to the media when they can be exploited to compel gullible black people to act out in frustration, a Marxist ploy called "agitation" encouraged in Saul D. Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. CLICK FOR MORE