Allentown car bomb that killed two men and a child ruled a murder-suicide

first_imgWPVI-TV(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania man who died on Saturday night in a car explosion with his 2-year-old son and his friend planned the explosion in a premeditated murder-suicide plot, officials announced Thursday.Earlier this week, authorities had confirmed that the child, Jonathan Schmoyer, his father Jacob Schmoyer, 27, and friend David Hallman, 66, all from Allentown, were killed in the blast.On Thursday, officials showed new photos of the wreckage that indicated where the bomb was placed and identified Schomoyer as the killer.“It is the collective assessment of the entire investigative team that this was an intentional act, a murder-suicide, an intentional act by Jacob Schmoyer,” Special Agent Don Robinson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm (ATF) said at a press conference Thursday.Schmoyer sent a series of letters to his family and the Allentown Police Department indicating his intentions to commit suicide and identifying whom he planned to kill in the blast, authorities said, but the letters weren’t received until Wednesday and Thursday of this week.Investigators discovered an improvised explosive device inside the car, Robinson said. Schmoyer’s body was found in the driver’s seat, Hallman’s in the passenger’s seat, and Schmoyer’s son in a car seat in the back, behind the driver’s seat.“He was very unhappy with his life,” Robinson said. “[He] described himself in some negative terms, admitted to a number of criminal acts from petty theft to burglary to other criminal acts that he had committed along the way — and indicated that he was not going to stick around.”“Unfortunately, in these letters, he intended to take Mr. Hallman and his son with him.”Robinson said that officials still do not know why Schmoyer targeted Hallman.“We’ve also determined that there is no further risk to the public. We are confident Schmoyer acted alone. He’s not involved in any groups.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arizona Bush Fire doubles in size as California wildfires break out

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Evacuations are still in place as the Bush Fire rages in Arizona, where it has almost doubled in size since Wednesday morning. Arizona’s Bush Fire, which is the largest in the country, is now 104,379 acres and only 5% contained. New evacuations have been issued for the Mangum Fire in northern Arizona, which has grown to 56,780 acres and is only 3% contained. The nearby Big Horn Fire, where evacuations are still in place, has burned at least 23,892 acres and is 40% contained. Over the next few days, the windy conditions should subside as a huge ridge of high pressure moves into the area. There are still red flag warnings in Colorado and California, where winds will still be gusty Thursday.Gusty winds and dry conditions helped to explode several fires in central California. Several brush fires broke out Wednesday in northern California around Sacramento, including the Nelson Fire, where three homes were destroyed and two were damaged. Also near Sacramento, evacuations are in place due to the Walker Fire, which has grown to 1,100 acres and is only 35% contained. It has destroyed two structures and threatened 50.The good news is that this high pressure will relax the winds, but the bad news is that it will bring more dry air and heat to the area. The dry air will make fighting these ongoing fires more difficult for firefighters as we get into the weekend.Moving east, up to 10 inches of rain fell in Virginia in the last three days, causing significant flash flooding, washed out roads and a couple of water rescues. This slow-moving area of low pressure will continue to meander in the Mid-Atlantic over the next few days bringing a chance for more rain and thunderstorms. Over the next few days, localized areas could see more than 3 inches of rain, which could cause additional flooding.In the Midwest, a storm system is moving into the regions that could bring severe storms from Minnesota to Kansas, where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest treat. This is the same storm system that brought up to 16 inches of snow to the Rockies in the last two days. This storm system will slow down in the Midwest, and will continue to bring showers and thunderstorms to the area for a few days, some of the rain could be heavy, where more than 4 inches of rain is possible.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Harris: New coach models arriving here very soon

first_imgHarris Auto has announced that the first 12m Higer integral coach will arrive at its Dublin base in July and that a battery-electric 33/35-seat midicoach from the Chinese manufacturer with a promised range of 300km is also imminent.Both developments come as Harris, which has a sales and support presence in the UK, says it is “stepping up operations” in its coach and bus division.Its work with Anadolu Isuzu on the AOS-branded Visigo rear-engined midicoach (pictured) is also about to bear fruit. The first production models arrive in Ireland this month. They will be to touring specification with 33 or 37 seats and include models with a rear floor-level toilet.“A number of operators have shown strong interest and deliveries of the first vehicles will be announced shortly,” says Sales Manager Chris Haughton.A further newcomer will be an Iveco Daily-based midicoach called the Crusader. Built in Turkey, the Crusader will seat 33 and have what Harris describes as “a highly-specified interior.”Harris is also working to advance the specification of the Higer Super 9 rear-engined midicoach, which shares a driveline of the Cummins ISB6.7 engine and ZF EcoLife gearbox with the Visigo.last_img read more

FAQ for NASCAR’s 2017 race format enhancements

first_imgAnd the winner?The race winner receives five bonus points toward the postseason (this is up from three last year under the new enhancements), plus postseason eligibility. If a driver leads at the end of both Stage 1 and Stage 2, and then wins the race, then he or she would receive seven bonus points to carry into the postseason. What about Stage 2?At the conclusion of Stage 1, there is a caution period for drivers to come down pit road (innovative strategies will be crucial under these enhancements.) Stage 2 will then begin with a drop of the green flag for the restart. Its length is approximately 25-30 percent of the event’s total length — it is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length — with the ending marked via a stage checkered flag (the stage can end under caution, if necessary). RELATED: Full coverage of announcement | Official NASCAR press release Will bonus points still carry over to Miami?No. Miami is the exception. All four drivers competing for the championship will start with the same amount of points. There will be no bonus points for this race for those final four drivers. First to the line wins the title. NASCAR’s race enhancements announced Monday detailed how and why races will be run in stages in 2017. Below are answers to some of the potential questions. Who benefits most?Drivers who are running first through 10th at the conclusion of Stage 1 will receive stage bonus points, starting with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, down to one point for 10th place. Additionally, the driver who finishes Stage 1 first will receive one playoff point to carry into the postseason, should that driver qualify. Those can add up quickly over the course of a season. What is Stage 1?The green flag begins the race, and therefore Stage 1. Its length is approximately 25-30 percent of the event’s total length — it is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length — with the ending marked via a stage checkered flag (the stage can end under caution, if necessary). What about Stage 2 bonus points?Same as Stage 1: Drivers who are running first through 10th at the conclusion of Stage 2 will receive stage bonus points, starting with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, down to one point for 10th place. Additionally, the driver who finishes Stage 2 first will receive one playoff point to carry into the postseason. There no longer will be a bonus point for leading a lap, or a bonus point for leading the most laps. What about the final stage?Following another caution period, which gives fans another natural break in the action, the final stage begins with another green flag drop and restart. Drivers then race for the event win … and the five bonus points that come with it. In this enhanced format, when is a race official?At the conclusion of Stage 2. Editor’s note: Stage 1 for the Daytona 500 will end on Lap 60, Stage 2 will end on Lap 120 and Stage 3/race conclusion is slated to end on Lap 200.center_img How many stages are in a race?Three — Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. Stage 1 and Stage 2 will reward drivers who are leading, or in the top 10, at the conclusion of each stage. The Final Stage will determine the race winner. So if a driver has 70 playoff points heading into the postseason, and then wins the playoff opener (five-point bonus), he or she would advance to the next round and carry 75 additional points — or more, depending on his or her results over the next two races in the round. How are points distributed?The final stage produces the race results, so the end of the final stage is the end of the race. Whoever crosses the start/finish line first at the checkered flag is the race winner. Race points are then awarded to the entire field based on finishing order. The winner receives 40 points. Second place receives 35 points, third place receives 34 points, fourth place receives 33 points … down to one point for drivers who finish 36th-40th. The maximum points a driver can earn in a race is 60 (40 for the race win plus 20 points for winning both stages). First place in regular season points earns a driver 15 playoff bonus points in addition to the points earned with race or stage wins; second place earns 10 playoff points; third place, 8; fourth place, 7; fifth place, 6; sixth place, 5; seventh place, 4; eighth place, 3; ninth place, 2; 10th place, 1. Any more bonus points for points standings at the end of the regular season?Yes. In addition to the regular-season champion, drivers who finish in the top 10 of the regular season all receive some measure of playoff points to take into the postseason. Here’s the breakdown: How does the postseason work?Once the postseason begins, points will be reset to 2,000 for the opening round, with each driver’s accrued bonus points tacked onto that total. Four drivers still will be eliminated in each round of the postseason, setting up a final four in Miami for all three national series. What is the tweak for playoff points?Playoff points earned for race wins or for leading at the end of Stage 1 or Stage 2 now will carry over round-by-round if a driver continues advancing. It’s not just for the first round any more. Additionally, drivers can build off and add to those bonus points. For which series were these enhancements designed?The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will all use this enhanced format. By rewarding hard racing through the duration of the season, will there be an official regular-season champion?Yes, there formally will be a regular-season champion. That driver will earn 15 additional playoff points to carry into the postseason. Does winning a race in the postseason still automatically qualify that driver for the next round, regardless of points?Yes. Winning trumps all.last_img read more

The 1963 March on Washington Told 50 Ways – Interactive

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFifty years ago, some 250,000 people — young and old, rich and poor, black and white — marched to the Lincoln Memorial in a show of support for the burgeoning civil rights movement.Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” riveted the crowd. But others, like Hollywood actor Burt Lancaster and folk singer Bob Dylan, also had something to say on that day.The Canadian Broadcast Network put together an interactive page on which you can see videos and descriptions describing the March’s effect on 50 different types of people. (SEE the cool exhibit at CBC News)Thanks to volunteer Autumn Marie C. for submitting the link!(Cropped) Graphic mashup by CBCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Two indicted for transporting stolen property

first_img If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison. BEAUMONT — Two Houston men have been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.Lynric Doniel Strambler, 40, and Curtic DeMaine White, 43, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy. Vidor Police and the FBI are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice is prosecuting.center_img According to information presented in court, Strambler and White are alleged to have burglarized Best Buy in Mobile, Ala., and D’Iberville, Miss., on July 31.Strambler and White were arrested in Vidor while transporting approximately 20 stolen iPhones from Mississippi to Texas, police said.last_img read more

Audra McDonald on Her ‘Diva’ Beauty & the Beast Role & More

first_img Audra McDonald is in Disney World, which sounds like the best thing ever. The six-time Tony winner brought her daughters Zoe and baby Sally down to the happiest place on Earth—and Sally fangirled out about Donald Duck. She stopped by The View on March 8 to discuss her “diva” role as Garderobe in Beauty and the Beast — as fans saw in the first clip of her in the film (finally!). McDonald is perfect in the role. Contrary to popular belief, however, perfection does not follow her wherever she goes. At the ceremony for her Medal of Honor, someone (who has just become’s Most Wanted) skipped her name on the list. Luckily, President Obama cleared up the flub. Take a look at the interview below! View Comments Audra McDonald(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)last_img read more

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda & Christopher Jackson Spit Rhymes on the Spot to Promote Freestyle Love Supreme

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2020 Freestyle Love Supreme Part improv comedy show, part rhyme-dropping experience, Freestyle Love Supreme is a night at the theater unlike any other. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, the production is playing at Broadway’s Booth Theatre through January 5, 2020. Miranda and original FLS member Christopher Jackson stopped by The Today Show on October 1 to talk about the show. “We started doing this in the basement of the Drama Book Shop,” Miranda said of its humble beginnings. Now, the Broadway incarnation features six talented performers; though Miranda and Jackson are not a part of the nightly cast, that doesn’t mean they won’t drop in from time to time to perform. Miranda took the stage just last night. This morning, he and Jackson were up bright and early to tackle a rhyme stemmed from the word “conjugate.” Watch what went down below, and be sure to see Freestyle Love Supreme for yourself! Related Shows Star Files Christopher Jackson Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Sullivan & Christopher Jackson View Comments Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Motorcycle rider able to walk away from Roeland Park crash that blocked 47th Street

first_imgThe accident blocked 47th Street at noon Friday.A motorcycle rider was able to walk away from an accident at 47th Street and Mohawk shortly before noon today.Roeland Park police were investigating the accident that occurred in the south lane of 47th. Traffic was blocked on 47th Street to complete the investigation.The motorcycle was eastbound on 47th Street and attempting a left turn into KCK when it was apparently struck from behind by a pickup truck. Witnesses said the rider was airborne over the bike after the impact. He was treated at the scene and was able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries.Officers from Roeland Park, Westwood and KCK were on the scene.last_img read more

Social Distancing Volunteering Sought At The Tub

first_imgThe Tub News:Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (the Tub) in Central Park Square is sprucing up and making improvements and could use some volunteers.Beginning today, the Tub is hosting “Social Distancing Volunteering at the Tub”, limited to five members at each work session.This week volunteers will sand and stain tables.Upcoming projects include landscaping and staining the back fence.To volunteer, email [email protected]last_img