Facing potentially decades in prison, R. Kelly 'hopeful' despite jail beating, COVID-19 lockdown
CHICAGO — Beleaguered singer R. Kelly is to go to trial on federal racketeering charges in New York in just four months, but already he’s feeling the squeeze.Facing the potential of decades in prison, Kelly is back on lockdown at Chicago’s federal jail because of a new COVID-19 outbreak. His repeated attempts to win release on bond pending trial have been denied. And he still suffers headaches and pain from a recent beating at the hands of a fellow inmate, his lawyers say.“Mentally, he’s probably in as bad of shape as I’ve seen him,” Kelly’s lead attorney, Steven Greenberg, said last week. “Hi...
'Sheriff, hurry up please.' Disabled man battles intruder as cops wait down the street
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — He had just stepped from the shower and was settling in for the night when he caught a glimpse of a figure outside his window.Seventy-year-old Bill Norkunas, a childhood polio survivor, headed over to the light and flicked it on hoping to scare away whoever was there. Instead, the light was a beacon drawing a young man to his front door, a door made of glass.And then for the next 15 minutes, Norkunas stood there, barefoot and unclothed, with his crutches, on one side of the glass pane trying to steady a gun in his trembling hand while the stranger stood on the other sid...
Chicago pilot plan for emergency mental health responses does not include police
CHICAGO — City officials said have revised their plans for a new citywide response on emergency mental health calls to include nonpolice responder teams, an idea pushed hard for several months by activists and community leaders.The plan for the so-called mobile crisis teams of clinicians and paramedics — without police — will now be part of a $1.7 million alternate response pilot to launch next year under the newly approved city of Chicago budget, city officials told the Tribune.Activists, however, expressed immediate skepticism about how well thought out the plan is, and how committed officia...
Cuban police quell protest and detain young artists and academics on hunger strike
MIAMI — While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday night, in Havana Cuban police forcefully ended a hunger strike by young artists, academics, journalists and activists protesting government repression.The protesters are members of the Movimiento San Isidro, a loose collective advocating for freedom of expression on the communist island. Several of them, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, started a hunger strike last week to protest the imprisonment of rapper Daniel Solis, who was accused of contempt and sentenced to eight months.On Thursday night, police and what app...
Suddenly, this small South Carolina town has no police. Why do critics, officers blame the mayor?
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Situated in the southeast of Lexington County near where Interstate 77 ends at Interstate 26, the town of Pine Ridge has a small police department protecting its population of 2,000 people. At most, the town would normally have three full-time officers on staff, supplemented by part-time officers.But Pine Ridge has been without a functioning police department since Oct. 13, when Lt. Vincent Silano, the town’s interim police chief and only serving full-time officer, resigned after only five months on the job. Silano is the fourth chief to step down in the last three years, and ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Minneapolis police restrict use of 'no-knock' search and arrest warrants
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers will face restrictions on entering a person’s home unannounced under a new policy banning most “no-knock” search warrants, the latest attempt by city leaders to reform police practices in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.The change would, for the first time, establish clear expectations for MPD officers prior to crossing the threshold of a home, limiting the controversial procedure that Louisville police used during the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor last March.Mayor Jacob Frey called the move “overdue.”“This is really about proactive policymaking,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Reports detail domestic incident allegedly involving former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
CHICAGO — On the night Chicago police responded to a domestic incident at the home of former Superintendent Eddie Johnson last month, his wife told officers Johnson had set some of her clothing on fire and had been physical with her in the past, according to police reports obtained by the Chicago Tribune.The reports, released Tuesday through a public records request, provide a more detailed narrative of the incident than what was initially released by the Chicago Police Department.The names of the victim and offender were redacted in the reports. But sources have told the Tribune that Johnson ...
State confirms wider investigation into Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s top law enforcement agency confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony over a wider range of issues than it acknowledged six months ago.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in May that it was conducting a “preliminary investigation” into allegations that Tony lied on an affidavit to become sheriff.Now, in a court document filed Tuesday, an FDLE inspector reveals that the investigation also involves “other undisclosed matters that will remain confidential.”Inspector Keith Riddick did not elaborate in his affidavit, e...
Ghislaine Maxwell complains that NYC jail staff shine flashlight in her cell every 15 minutes
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, in quarantine in a Brooklyn federal jail due to coronavirus exposure, has endured a flashlight shined in her cell every 15 minutes while she sleeps, according to her defense attorney.The new details from Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim came in response to the government’s claim the British socialite was still able to prepare a defense while in quarantine for at least 14 days at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of grooming victims of Jeffrey Epstein in the mid-1990s.“The government highlights what Ms. Maxwell is permitte...
New York Daily News
St. Louis County detectives shaken by death of 5-year-old blind boy raise money for funeral
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Jamarion Delancy was blind, developmentally disabled and needed braces to walk. Last week, the 5-year-old boy was beaten to death while his mother was away giving birth to her third child.Detectives were so shaken by the crime that they’ve taken the unusual step to raise money for his funeral.The St. Louis County Police Association has organized a fundraiser for the family of Jamarion Delancy. The mother’s boyfriend is charged in the death and jailed in lieu of a quarter-million dollar bond.Jamarion had special needs, was blind and had limited mobility requiring him to ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch