Kayleigh McEnany Lands Brand New Political Commentary Gig

Kayleigh McEnany Lands Brand New Political Commentary Gig

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany will officially join Fox News as a contributor.

During a segment on “Outnumbered,” host Harris Faulkner announced that McEnany would be joining the network.

Faulkner did not specify what McEnany’s role will be at the company.

“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Kayleigh McEnany to the Fox family,” Faulkner said. “We will be seeing much more of her.”


McEnany also discussed her relationship with Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“I wish her all the best. I left her a note saying that much, we’ve met previously, one time, and she was very kind,” McEnany said. “So were some of her colleagues in the press shop and I left her a note, I wish her the best.”

McEnany explained the difference in the way the mainstream media treats Psaki compared to its handling of the Trump administration.

“I’ll never forget watching one of the early press briefings where she was asked about Antifa riots and I believe she said that she hadn’t spoken to the president about that. They let her move on, whereas if I would have been asked that about violence on the other side of the aisle… that wouldn’t have been an answer that flew, nor should it have,” McEnany said, adding that some reporters in the briefing room acted like “political operatives.”

“I think the standards are different but the American people are so smart, so wise, they see the difference.”

McEnany and Faulker then discussed President Trump’s weekend address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

During his CPAC speech on Sunday, Trump announced the names of Republicans that he plans to target and go after in the near future.

“I will be actively working to elect strong, tough, and smart Republican leaders,” Trump claimed.

“The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey,” Trump stated.

“And in the house, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, that’s another beauty, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao, and of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney, how about that?” he added.

“The good news is in her state, she’s been censured, and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen,” Trump added.

Trump also said he is not going to create a new political party, despite reports that he was considering doing so, saying that there was no need to because “we have the Republican Party.”

“We will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is to win,” Trump said.

“We’re not starting new parties. You know, they kept saying, ‘He’s going to start a brand new party.’ We have the Republican Party; it’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party. That was fake news,” he added.

Donald Trump’s First Endorsements are Coming in – And One is Proving to Be Very Controversial

Donald Trump’s First Endorsements are Coming in – And One is Proving to Be Very Controversial

Fresh off a CPAC speech that rocked the house and a promise that his work was far from being over, we are seeing a new political endorsement under Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.

On Thursday, Donald Trump had endorsed Kansas Senator Jerry Moran.

“Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran for reelection in 2022, early backing that makes it unlikely the two-term Republican will face a serious challenge in the GOP primary,” the AP reported.

Interestingly, we also now know an endorsement Donald Trump didn’t make: Former state GOP chair Jane Timken for Ohio’s 2022 U.S. Senate race.

But the controversial endorsement that Donald Trump did make today: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Although Scott is a strong conservative, many Trump supporters seemed unhappy about the endorsement.

Robert Barnes believes the decision is a poor one due to his advisers.
Personally, I believe Tim Scott is a solid conservative and an excellent spokesperson for the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s rationale for making the endorsement is the same reason he didn’t form a third party: Only a unified party can defeat the dangerous Democratic Party.

Weigh in with your own thoughts below.

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The suicide of the ex-USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert who faced abuse charges was an 'escape from justice,' former gymnast says

The suicide of the ex-USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert who faced abuse charges was an 'escape from justice,' former gymnast says

The death of John Geddert, the US Olympic team coach who was charged with 24 felonies in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts, was an "escape from justice," said Sarah Klein, one of the many athletes who reacted to the news on Thursday.

"He tortured and abused little girls, myself included, for more than 30 years and was able to cheat justice," said Klein, who had identified herself as the first to be abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Geddert, who took his own life Thursday after news of the charges, was the former owner of Michigan's famed Twistars Gymnastics Club. It was one of the places Nassar had admitted to sexually abusing young female athletes. Twistars has since been sold and renamed.
    Klein also blamed officials at the top gymnastics organizations for "enabling" Geddert.
    "Geddert was a narcissistic abuser. His suicide is an admission of guilt that the entire world can now see. Also guilty are his enablers including the top officials at USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee who promoted him, enabled him and allowed him to coach Team USA," Klein said.
    Other gymnasts were equally troubled.
    Rachael Denhollander, the former gymnast who first made Nassar's abuse public in a September 2016 story in the Indy Star tweeted, "Geddert's choice today was his, and his alone. What each survivor did was put an end to the abuse and save others."
    She added in a tweet: "Thinking of the survivors out there. Wish there was more I could say to ease the pain & suffering."
    "The bravery of Geddert's many victims will stand for all time in stark contrast to his cowardice. As a survivor and a mother of two young girls, my only comfort is in the knowledge that I can rest my head on the pillow every night knowing that John Geddert will never terrorize and abuse another child," Klein said.
    She also called Gebbert "an intimidating coach" who made it difficult to speak up.
    "My abuse by Larry Nassar began at the age of 8 while I was training at John Geddert's elite gymnastics gym. The abuse continued throughout my time training at Geddert's gym, more than 10 years. Geddert was an intimidating coach and maintained a culture of fear that made it impossible for young girls to approach him and report Nassar's abuse," she said.
    Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in 2018, after more than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over decades.
    USA Gymnastics, for its part, said that it had hoped the criminal charges would lead to justice through the legal process.
    "With the news of his death by suicide, we share the feelings of shock, and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community as they grapple with the complex emotions of today's events," the statement said.
      Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Geddert's death "a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved."
      Geddert was facing 14 counts of human trafficking-forced labor resulting in injury, six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor, and one count each of continuing criminal enterprise, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation.
      Biden Nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield Confirmed To Be The Next United Nations Ambassador

      Biden Nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield Confirmed To Be The Next United Nations Ambassador

      The Republican Party is never going to be like the Democrat Party in its uniform opposition to the opposing party and they proved it again.

      Many of them joined with Democrats on Tuesday to confirm the Senate nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the United Nations ambassador for the administration of President Joe Biden, The New York Times reported.

      Thomas-Greenfield was confirmed by a vote of 78-20.

      When President Biden announced her nomination Thomas-Greenfield responded by saying, “America is back – Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back.”

      The nomination was held up by Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who had fears that Thomas-Greenfield would not be tough on China.

      “I intend to vote against this nominee. I have been growing increasingly concerned over the last two weeks by what appears to be a concerted, coordinated pivot towards China by the new Biden administration. We’ve been seeing nominee after nominee embracing China more closely. We’ve seen multiple nominees refuse to answer whether they would keep Huawei or other listed companies on the Entities List. One after the other, the nominees are all refusing to answer that,” the Texas senator said in a statement on February 4.

      “With Ms. Thomas Greenfield, her speech at the Confucius Institute, I think, raises very serious concerns. As the members of this committee know, Confucius Institutes are controlled and paid for by the communist government of China. They engage in rampant espionage and propaganda—paid for by China. There are multiple members of this committee, Republicans and Democrats with whom I’ve worked to shut down Confucius Institutes across this country.

      “The speech she gave does not have one single critical word about China. By the way, she didn’t give a speech about historically black colleges and universities. She was talking about China to the Confucius Institute. She knew who she was talking to. And the text of the speech, I don’t believe it would have read differently if the Confucius Institute had written it. Because the text of the speech, not only does she not call out China’s genocide, not only does she not call out the murder, the torture, the lies, not only does she not call out the debt traps and captivity that China is using in Africa and throughout the developing world—but she praises China’s Belt and Road Initiative. 

      This committee has worked together. The BUILD Act, which this committee moved forward, was designed to combat the Belt and Road Initiative. Her speech praises the Belt and Road Initiative and says that America needs to follow China’s example,” Sen. Cruz said.

      “I would also note that her speech was not a one-off. I put out a whole series of remarks that Ms. Thomas-Greenfield has made over the decades, repeatedly apologizing for China, saying we’re not competing with China, which she said multiple times. And at other times she says that she viewed her role as, ‘to ensure that they [African leaders] have the capacity to strike and negotiate better deals with the Chinese.’

      “China, I believe, poses the single greatest geopolitical threat to the United States over the next century. We need a U.N. ambassador who will stand up to China, to China’s pervasive influence at the United Nations. And given her record, I have no confidence that this nominee would do so.

      “I would encourage folks, read the speech for yourself and ask yourself this: would you be proud to see the representative for the United States of America giving that speech at the United Nations? I don’t think the answer is yes. And I think confirming this nominee is a mistake,” he said.
      Hassan Whiteside 'a possible target' for Lakers as a DeMarcus Cousins reunion is unlikely

      Hassan Whiteside 'a possible target' for Lakers as a DeMarcus Cousins reunion is unlikely

      The Los Angeles Lakers cleared a roster spot Monday night when they decided to waive guard Quinn Cook, and with Anthony Davis still out due to injury, the immediate speculation was that they would look to add a big man to help deal with his absence. The most prominent available big man is DeMarcus Cousins, who spent part of last season on the Laker roster, and reports had already linked the two sides for a possible reunion.

      But according to Brad Turner and Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, Cousins returning to the Lakers is unlikely at this point. They are reporting that the Lakers are not going to immediately fill Cook's spot, which makes sense. The Lakers are pressed up against the hard cap, and the longer they wait to fill their two vacant roster spots, the cheaper the pro-rated minimum contracts they offer free agents will be. That will allow them to keep a few extra dollars under the hard cap line in case they need to make a slightly unbalanced trade at the deadline.

      A possible target, according to Turner and Woike, is Sacramento Kings big man Hassan Whiteside. The Kings have fallen to No. 11 in the Western Conference and Whiteside is playing only 14.6 minutes per game, his lowest total since becoming a starter during the 2014-15 season. What he would offer the Lakers at the moment is sorely needed size. They do not currently have a seven-footer on the roster, and with Davis out, the Lakers have struggled to defend the rim. Whiteside does not defend the perimeter well at all, but routinely racks up some of the highest block totals in basketball. Whiteside would likely struggle to earn minutes in the postseason when Davis will likely slide back over to the center for the bulk of his minutes. However, he could help fill a regular-season void.

      The Lakers waived the flexibility of Cook above all else. It was a sign that Rob Pelinka believes this roster needs to be upgraded. What form it takes remains to be seen, but if it does indeed plan to take its time, as this report suggests, it indicates that virtually anything could be on the table for the Lakers.
      She falsely accused a stranger of trying to abduct her child

      She falsely accused a stranger of trying to abduct her child

      The woman claimed she used a gun to stop an Egyptian man from kidnapping her daughter in a shopping mall. But the story fell apart amid inconsistencies in her story.

      A West Virginia mother whose story about foiling a brazen kidnapping attempt unraveled under questioning has been criminally charged and jailed.

      Barboursville Police Detective Greg Lucas tells The Associated Press on Friday that Santana Renee Adams has been charged with falsely reporting an emergency incident, a misdemeanor.

      He says Adams turned herself in about 2 p.m. and was jailed after a magistrate judge set bail at $20,000. Lucas said she didn't have an attorney yet.

      The charge caps a sensational tale that had Adams using a gun to stop an Egyptian man from kidnapping her daughter in a West Virginia shopping mall. But the story fell apart amid inconsistencies in her story.

      On Thursday, authorities announced they were dropping charges against the man, Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, a 54-year-old engineer from Alexandria, Egypt, who was in the area for work. He cried as he greeted family members upon his release from jail.

      Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan and attorney Michelle Protzman speak during a news conference Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Barboursville Police Department in Barboursville, W.Va.

      Adams initially told police Zayan grabbed her 5-year-old daughter by the hair inside a clothing store and tried to pull her away but stopped when she produced a gun, authorities said. A criminal complaint went into further detail, describing a frightening scene where a Middle Eastern man dragged the girl by the hair as she dropped to the floor.

      But the story started falling apart when no witnesses could be found and mall surveillance video didn't match the woman's original statement.

      "There's quite a bit that doesn't line up," Lucas told the AP.

      She later told investigators she may have overreacted and misinterpreted the man's intentions. Police said he may have simply been patting the girl on the head.

      "Unfortunately, as false accusations are becoming more prevalent in today's social media driven society, we are losing our grasp on 'presumed innocent until proven guilty,' and Mr. Zayan has been tried around the world by the court of public opinion," Zayan's public defender attorney, Michelle Protzman, said in a statement Thursday to The Associated Press.

      Couple Who Made Racist Threats At Black Child's Birthday Sentenced To Combined 19 Years In Prison

      Couple Who Made Racist Threats At Black Child's Birthday Sentenced To Combined 19 Years In Prison

      Jose "Joe" Torres and Kayla Norton were sentenced for making terrorist threats, aggravated assault, and breaking Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

      A judge has sentenced a Georgia couple to a combined 19 years in prison after they made terroristic threats against African-Americans, including at a child’s birthday party.

      CNN reported that on Feb. 27, 2017, 26-year-old Jose “Joe” Torres received a sentence of 20 years (13 in prison) for three counts of aggravated assault, one count of terroristic threats, and one count of breaking Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

      His girlfriend, Kayla Norton, then 25, received a sentence of 15 years (six in prison) for one count of terroristic threats and one count of breaking the Street Gang Act. Judge William McClain called their actions a hate crime.

      The incident came on July 25, 2015, less than one month after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine Black churchgoers in South Carolina. Torres and Norton were involved with a group called Respect the Flag. Members rode around the Atlanta suburbs in a large convoy while displaying Confederate flags and yelling racial slurs.

      Eventually, “the convoy of trucks passed by the victim’s residence where the victims were grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while hosting a child’s birthday party featuring a bouncy castle, snow-cone machines, and a DJ,” the Douglas County District Attorney said.

      Torres and Norton both cried openly in court as they received their sentences for charges such as assault and making terroristic threats.

      Convoy participants got out of their trucks and confronted the victims on foot with weapons including a knife, a tire iron, and shotguns. According to the statement, this is when Torres “threatened to kill the party goers while repeatedly using derogatory racial slurs against them.”

      “Torres, who had retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle, pointed his shotgun at the group of African-American party-goers and stated he was going to kill them while his co-defendants stated that ‘the little ones can get one too,’ referring to the young children at the party,” said the statement.

      Norton yelled similar threats at the victims as well.

      At this point, party guests began to flee the scene and call 911. When police arrived, they found a shotgun in Torres’ vehicle matching the description given in the 911 call. Later, police investigated Norton and Torres’ online activities as well.

      Jose “Joe” Torres and Kayla Norton during sentencing.

      “Law enforcement was able to locate numerous posts and messages [on Facebook] indicating that members of the group were white supremacists who discussed attending KKK rallies, joining Skinheads Nation, and making numerous derogatory remarks about African Americans as a whole,” the District Attorney said — despite the pair’s professions of innocence in court.

      Once the pair was tried, convicted, and sentenced, the District Attorney was careful to point out that the sentences did not have to do with displaying the Confederate flag but are instead directly linked to the racist harassment and threats of violence the group directed at a child’s birthday party.

      “Many people tried to make the case about simply flying the Confederate Battle Flag,” Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in the statement. “This case was about a group of people riding around our community, drinking alcohol, harassing and intimidating our citizens because of the color of their skin.”

      During sentencing, both Torres and Norton cried in court while Norton tearfully said, “I want you all to know that is not me. That is not me, that is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words to you. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry.”

      Hyesha Bryant, a mother who was at the party with her kids, used her testimony to speak directly to Norton, saying, “What you said affected my life. It affected my children’s lives.”

      However, Bryant concluded her statement with incredible grace, saying, “I forgive you, I forgive all of you.”

      Melissa Alford, the grandmother who hosted the 2015 birthday party, told HLN, “I think Judge McClain did what he had to do” at the sentencing. “I know justice was served.”

      While Alford also expressed forgiveness toward Torres and Norton for their acts of racist terrorism, she too noted the impact the incident had on all the people present, especially the young children. She went on to say that two years later, the kids who were at the party are still confused and scared.

      She went on to mention that one of her grandchildren is white. “How am I supposed to explain the difference between white and black when she doesn’t see that. How are the other kids supposed to explain?”

      Aside from Torres and Norton, 10 men and five women belonging to the “Respect the Flag” group were indicted for the incident, including Tommy Summers who was sentenced to four years and Lacey Henderson who was sentenced to two years. The other members of the group were sentenced for misdemeanors or put into diversion programs.

      Meanwhile, Norton and Torres are banished from Douglas County for life.
      Florida Woman Caught Making A Bomb Using Supplies From The Local Walmart — While She Was Still Inside

      Florida Woman Caught Making A Bomb Using Supplies From The Local Walmart — While She Was Still Inside

      "This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal."

      Last weekend, a security guard at a Walmart store in Tampa, Florida was canvassing the outlet when he noticed something suspicious: a woman with a child had been walking around aimlessly for an hour opening up unpaid items. Among the items she collected were denatured alcohol, nails, and a mason jar.

      When she tried to test out a wick, the guard realized what the suspicious woman was up to: she was trying to build a bomb, right there inside the store.

      Florida’s WFLA is reporting that 37-year-old Emily Stallard was indeed collecting materials for a makeshift bomb with her son in tow and that the alarmed security guard quickly reported the woman to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

      A Florida woman was arrested after trying to make a bomb inside a Walmart.

      The security guard also notified an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer who was in the store at the time. Together, the two men stopped Stallard before she lit a wick that would presumably have detonated her DIY device. When sheriff deputies arrived on the scene, the security officer and FWC officer had successfully detained her.

      In a statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, officials said that the assortment of items Stallard also included projectile items and matches.

      “This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Had it not been for an alert off-duty law enforcement officer and a watchful security staff at Walmart, she may have followed through with her plans to cause an explosion inside the store.”

      He added: “I am proud of the quick response by the officer and security personnel who stepped in and the thorough job performed by my deputies to investigate this matter and make an arrest.”

      Emily Stallard was arrested and charged on multiple accounts after her bomb plot.

      After the possibly lethal incident was diffused, Stallard was arrested, though she managed to spit at the deputies while they were loading her into the police car. Following the incident, a Walmart representative said in a statement put out by the company: “We take the safety and security of our customers and associates seriously. We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are assisting them as they investigate the matter.”

      Stallard has been charged with firebombing, attempted arson of a structure, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse, and battery on a law enforcement officer. She remains behind bars with bail set at $8,500.

      The incident no doubt has the retail chain’s employees and customers on edge after the deadly shooting inside of a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, in August 2019. Twenty-two people were killed in the El Paso shooting while two dozen more were injured.

      The ad hoc bombmaking attempt serves as a jarring reminder of just how unpredictable these kinds of attacks can be — even in the most mundane of places.

      Crosses with names of victims placed near the Walmart center where a mass shooting took place in August 2019.

      According to the US’ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a total of 1,288 bomb threats were reported in 2017. The same report indicated “education, office/business, residential, and assembly” as the top four targeted venues of bomb threats with restaurants and courthouses making up half of the assembly targeted venues that year.

      Just last week there were at least three separate bomb threats reported in courthouses in Wisconsin, Washington, and Pennsylvania. One of the cases involved a man who called in a bomb threat at the Lewis County courthouse in Washington state to impede court proceedings in a case he was involved in. The man has since been arrested and jailed with a $500,000 bail bond.

      The unpredictability and randomness involved in these types of attacks can be disheartening, but the best way to combat possible bomb attacks is to stay vigilant.

      “I can’t stress enough: if you see something, say something,” Sheriff Chronister said. “You don’t have to tackle a bad guy to be a hero. One phone call to law enforcement when you spot something or someone suspicious can ultimately save lives.”
      Woman Fakes Her Own Kidnapping — And Blames The Abduction On A Black Man

      Woman Fakes Her Own Kidnapping — And Blames The Abduction On A Black Man

      Hannah Potts claimed she wanted to feel abducted to gain inspiration for a manuscript after her fake kidnapping spurred an FBI investigation.

      When Hannah Potts published a Facebook live video claiming she had been kidnapped by a Black man in a maroon vehicle, her family went into a tailspin. After two harrowing days of uncertainty and the FBI joining her search, Potts was found in her friend’s basement — admitting she made it all up.

      The 23-year-old writer told Indiana police that her abduction had been a hoax, aimed to serve as inspiration for a manuscript she was writing. According to The Courier Press, her friend Maria Hopper agreed to house her for the duration, and Hopper’s boyfriend Joshua Thomas was also in on the plot.

      The video posted on July 24 caused the terrified Potts family to distribute an endless amount of flyers, while 4,500 people joined a Facebook page created to raise awareness of the supposed kidnapping. While the investigation was short-lived and ended with her discovery on July 26, Potts has since drawn scorn — and criminal charges.

      “She is dead to me,” wrote sister Brittany Schonaman.

      “I hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My family feel extremely embarrassed and hurt by her actions, and the fact she tried pinning this on a person of color. I pray no black man with a maroon colored car was targeted due to her blatant lie.”

      While the downright irresponsible scenario unfolded publicly on July 24, Potts and Hopper had been planning the stunt all week. Police uncovered a slew of text messages between the two throughout their investigation, in which the pair discussed destroying their cell phones and SIM cards.

      For the Potts family, however, all bets were off — and there was no telling what would happen next. Potts had claimed in her video that she was outdoors taking pictures of animals when a Black man calling her “baby girl” suddenly emerged and stuffed her into the trunk of his car.

      Potts described her area of confinement as nothing more than a room with four walls and a light, before pleading with viewers to alert the authorities. Unbeknownst to every Black man in Indiana, they had just become a suspect in kidnapping a 23-year-old white woman.

      “With a broken heart,” wrote sister Lauren Potts on Facebook, “I never thought I would ever be posting something like this. I need help Facebook friends. Please share this post. Share this photo. Please help us.”

      The flyers subsequently distributed provided contact information for both Lauren Potts and the Princeton, Indiana Police Department. The missing woman’s last known whereabouts and outfit were described, with a smiling photo of Potts plastered above.

      The family created a Facebook page to spread awareness more efficiently, and local authorities welcomed the invaluable help of the FBI. It had not even been a day since Potts disappeared — but 4,500 social media users seemed eager to help and a federal intelligence agency joined the hunt.

      Unfortunately for Potts, the rapid rise in attention led to massive fallout on July 26. According to The Princeton Daily Clarion, Gibson County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Roger Ballard and his men visited Hopper’s home — and found Potts in an enclosed space in the basement.

      Hopper initially claimed Potts wasn’t there but agreed to let police search her home. When Ballard noted a stairway leading from the kitchen to the basement, Hopper said there wasn’t anything down there — but complied in letting the men take a peek.

      A piece of plywood blocking off a suspicious basement area tipped Ballard off. Though Hopper claimed it was merely “an area that was just full of spiders,” police rather quickly found Potts hiding inside.

      Hannah Potts, Maria Hopper, and Joshua Thomas each face one count of false informing.

      “After being ordered to show herself, Hannah Potts then uncovered herself from the back corner of the area,” said Ballard. “Hannah Potts was wearing a fully functioning handcuff on her right wrist, and also had fully functioning shackles binding her ankles.”

      In a remarkable turn of events, Potts told the police that she wasn’t being held against and her will — and wanted to stay in the basement. The police nonetheless urged her to be interviewed at the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, where the truth finally emerged.

      Friends and family were unspeakably distressed, while Hannah Potts was merely hanging out at her friend’s house.

      “She wanted to have this experience for research purposes in a manuscript that she was writing,” said Ballard.

      Potts admitted that she had rehearsed her Facebook live post for a week — and assured Hopper that it would go viral. She also confessed that Hopper and her boyfriend organized her basement dwelling and drove her there in Hopper’s car, before handing her phone to Hopper to break it — and cutting the SIM card to pieces.

      Ultimately, Potts not only fabricated an irresponsible lie that grew to untold proportions — but potentially endangered the lives of innocent Black men living and working in the area. Her family has since grown harshly distrustful, and publicly so — as Potts, Hopper, and Thomas await sentencing.

      Potts claimed in her video that a Black man calling her “baby girl” stuffed her in the trunk of his car.

      “Ms. Potts’ actions are criminal in nature,” said Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren. “She had many people in her family and community worried sick over her personal health and safety. Further, she risked involving innocent individuals by giving a false description of the alleged abductor.”

      “Finally, the number of hours spent by multiple law enforcement agencies in this time of limited resources is simply not recoverable. This callous disregard for others simply will not be tolerated.”

      All three involved in the reckless hoax now face one count of false informing, with a continuance granted to each defendant during an August court hearing. Potts and Hopper will face trial on Oct. 8, 2020, with Thomas set to appear on Sept. 28.
      Mitchelle Blair Tortured Her Children – Then Hid Their Bodies In A Freezer For Years

      Mitchelle Blair Tortured Her Children – Then Hid Their Bodies In A Freezer For Years

      Mitchelle Blair presented herself as a loving mother of four to the outside world, but behind the walls of her Detroit apartment brutally tortured and killed, her two surviving children told agents for the Wayne County Juvenile Court during an interview.

      It was supposed to be a simple eviction. But as authorities scoured Mitchelle Blair's house, what they found ended up sending shockwaves through Detroit.

      In 2015, 35-year-old Mitchelle Blair was living on the east side of Detroit with her four children when she was evicted for not paying rent. Relatives say she was unable to keep a job and would always call them for money, but those calls stopped when they refused to help and advised her to get a job and go back to school.

      A Shocking Discovery

      Blair apparently disregarded their advice because, on the morning of March 24, 2015, she was served an eviction notice. But she wasn’t there. That’s when a crew from the 36th District Court went inside and began removing furniture from the home.

      What they removed next wasn’t furniture. And it would send shockwaves through the community.

      Inside a white deep freezer located in the living room of the home, was the frozen body of a teenage girl wrapped in a large plastic bag. When police arrived, they made yet another discovery: the body of a boy right underneath her.

      A neighbour didn’t waste any time disclosing Mitchelle Blair’s whereabouts. Police found her at another neighbour’s house with her two children, aged eight and 17, but her other children, Stephen Berry, nine, and Stoni Blair, 13, were missing.

      After some brief questioning, Mitchelle Blair was arrested for murder. When police took her away, they said she proclaimed, “I’m sorry.”

      Meanwhile, authorities took the bodies to a morgue to thaw for three days so an autopsy could be performed. The children were identified as Blair’s kids Stephen Berry and Stoni Blair. The medical examiner ruled their deaths homicides and determined that they had been in the freezer for at least a couple of years.

      Guilty: Blair, 36, said it was no accident that she killed her 13-year-old daughter Stoni Blair and nine-year-old son Stephen Berry.

      The Murders Of Stoni Blair And Stephen Berry

      Mitchelle Blair confessed to the murders at the Wayne County Circuit Court. She told Judge Dana Hathaway that she killed her “demons” after finding out they were raping her youngest son – a claim that has never been substantiated.

      Blair said she returned home one day in August 2012 to find her son simulating sexual activity using dolls. It was then Blair asked him, “Why are you doing that? Did anybody ever do this to you?”

      When he told her that his brother Stephen had, she went upstairs to confront him. Blair said he confessed, and that’s when she began punching and kicking him before placing a garbage bag over his head until he lost consciousness.

      Blair stated that she repeatedly poured scalding hot water on his genitals, causing his skin to peel off. She later made Stephen drink Windex and wrapped a belt around her son’s neck, lifted him up, and asked, “Do you like how this feels, choked with a belt?” Blair said he lost consciousness again.

      After two weeks of torture, Stephen succumbed to his injuries on August 30, 2012. Blair put his body in her deep freezer.

      Nine months after murdering Stephen, Blair said she found out that Stoni was also raping her youngest son. That’s when she began starving Stoni and brutally beating her until she died in May 2013. She was going to turn herself in to the police, she said, but when her youngest son told her that he didn’t want her to go, she made other arrangements. Blair put Stoni’s body in a plastic bag and stuffed her in the deep freezer on top of Stephen, and continued living in the home as if nothing were amiss.

      Stephen and Stoni were in the deep freezer for almost three years, and no one looked for them. They had absentee fathers and Blair had previously taken them out of school. She told school officials that she was going to teach them at home. When neighbours asked about the children’s whereabouts, she always had an excuse.

      Mitchelle Blair Shows No Remorse

      Blair told the judge that she did “not feel any remorse over her actions. They had no remorse for what they did to my son. There was no other option. There’s no excuse for rape… I would kill them again.”

      Prosecutor Carin Goldfarb stated that they found no evidence of rape

      Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Joseph terminated Mitchelle Blair’s parental rights of the surviving children. Child Protective Services saw to it that the children were put up for adoption.

      Mitchelle Blair pleaded guilty in June 2015 to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder and is now serving a life sentence at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan without the possibility of parole.

      Starved and dehydrated' boy found dead in bin 'after stepmom poisoned water’

      Starved and dehydrated' boy found dead in bin 'after stepmom poisoned water’

      A "SEVERELY malnourished and dehydrated" boy was found dead in a storage bin, it was revealed this week - as his stepmother was accused of poisoning his water.

      Roman Lopez, 11, was found in a storage bin in his family’s basement, after he had gone missing in January 2020, the Placerville Police Department said on Thursday.

      Roman was starved and dehydrated, and had no obvious trauma, according to an autopsy.

      His stepmom Lindsey Piper, 38, and father Jordan Piper, 36, were arrested and charged with child abuse and torture, according to a press release from the department.

      Lindsay Piper is accused of poisoning Roman's drinking water, according to an arrest warrant.

      She faces an additional charge of poisoning, while Jordan Piper has an added charge of failure to provide for a child.

      Roman Lopez, 11, was found in a storage bin in his family’s basement.

      Jordan Piper had complained last year that deputies did not respond to his call to look for his son until two hours later.

      “And the only reason we got it is because I physically pulled two deputies over in their department car … so I kept pushing, I kept pushing,” the father said, according to Crime Online.

      The father also said that law enforcement officials found Roman 15 hours after he vanished.

      “We have no idea what happened, where they found him, what the autopsy report said, if that’s even done, any suspects, nothing,” Jordan Piper said.

      “We have nothing. I’ve called repeatedly, all day long, every day.”

      At the time, Placerville police Sgt John Meuser said the boy’s death was being probed as “suspicious” and did not comment further.

      According to the release on Thursday, police investigators were not able to find Roman in an initial search but discovered his body after a second attempt in the home on Coloma Street in Placerville, California.

      The investigation entailed working with child abuse and medical experts, analyzing forensic evidence, seizing electronic devices and looking at data.

      Multiple law enforcement agencies were consulted because the Pipers had moved from Placerville to Calaveras County after Roman died.

      Roman was living with the Pipers and seven other children.

      The Placerville Police Department thanked “Roman’s loved ones, who never lost confidence” in them and answered all questions.

      “Our hearts will forever be with them all,” the release stated.

      “We understand this case brings many questions and emotions within our community, but our commitment to conduct a thorough investigation has never stopped.”
      A Man Just Willed His $2.4 Million Fortune To The French Village That Saved Him From Nazis

      A Man Just Willed His $2.4 Million Fortune To The French Village That Saved Him From Nazis

      Man wills fortune to town that saved him from the Nazis, archaeologists unearth golden-tongued Egyptian mummy, and historic Indigenous fort in Alaska reappears after 200 years.

      An Austrian Jew has left his fortune to a French village that hid his family from Nazi persecution, reported the BBC.

      When he died in December last year, Eric Schwam, who was 90-years-old, bequeathed a substantial sum to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon — a small town of about 2,500 people in the south of France.

      While the exact amount has not been disclosed, the town's mayor told AFP that it was "a large amount."

      His mayoral predecessor has suggested that the inheritance could total around two million euros ($2.4 million), according to France 3.

      Identification papers that once belonged to Eric Schwam.

      Schwam arrived in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in 1943 with his parents and grandmother, according to the BBC.

      His family had fled their home in Vienna to escape Nazis persecution, the BBC said.

      For an unknown period of time, they were held in France's Camp de Rivesaltes internment camp. The family somehow escaped and fled to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, according to The Daily Telegraph.

      Upon arrival in the French village, the Schwam family was hidden in a school for the duration of the war. This was to avoid being sent to a death camp by the Vichy regime — the French fascist government that collaborated with the Nazis.

      The family stayed in the school building until 1950, the BBC reported.

      Schwam's sizeable donation will go towards funding scholarships and youth initiatives in the village, the mayor told The Telegraph.

      Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is believed to have taken in around 2,500 Jews and protected them from genocidal persecution during World War II, according to The Guardian.

      The village was later honored by Israel's Yad Vashem museum as the "Righteous among the Nations" — an award given to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews.

      In 2004, former French President Jacques Chirac officially recognized the heroism of the town.

      To this day, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon continues the practice of sheltering refugees. Migrants from Rwanda, Kosovo, and Chechnya have sought refuge in the remote village.
      California inmate has now beaten to death 2 child molesters with a cane while in prison

      California inmate has now beaten to death 2 child molesters with a cane while in prison

      A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesters with another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent.

      In a letter to the Bay Area News Group, Jonathan Watson, 41, said he clubbed both men in the head on Jan. 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the small central California city of Corcoran.

      The first attack occurred after Watson became enraged that one of the offenders was watching a children's television show, the East Bay Times reported Thursday.

      Prisoner David Bobb, 48, died that day. Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, died three days later at a hospital. Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

      Days before the attack, Watson said his security classification was changed and he was transferred from a single-person cell to a lower-security dormitory pod at the Central Valley facility. Watson called the switch a "careless" mistake and said heleft "quite a paper trail" protesting it.

      Watson, who is serving a life sentence for a 2009 murder conviction, wrote that six days after he arrived at the prison, a child molester moved into the pod. Watson believed the man began taunting other inmates by watching children's television programming.

      "I could not sleep having not done what every instinct told me I should've done right then and there, so I packed all of my things because I knew one way or another the situation would be resolved the following day," he wrote.

      Two hours before the attacks the next day, Watson told a prison counselor that he urgently needed to be transferred back to higher-level security "before I really (expletive) one of these dudes up," but the counselor "scoffed and dismissed" him, the letter says.

      Watson said he returned to his housing pod.

      "I was mulling it all over when along came Molester #1 and he put his TV right on PBS Kids again," he wrote, according to the newspaper chain. "But this time, someone else said something to the effect of 'Is this guy really going to watch this right in front of us?' and I recall saying, 'I got this.' And I picked up the cane and went to work on him."

      Watson said he then left the housing pod to find a guard and turn himself in, but on the way, he saw "a known child trafficker, and I figured I'd just do everybody a favor," Watson wrote. "In for a penny, in for a pound."

      Watson said he then told a guard, who didn't believe him "until he looked around the corner and saw the mess I'd left in the dorm area," Watson wrote.

      Dana Simas, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, wrote in an email that the agency can't comment on an active investigation.

      Watson is in segregated housing while he is under investigation for the killings. He hasn't been charged yet.

      It's the second time this year that claims have been made that decisions by California corrections officials led to a homicide. The family of Rodney DeLong filed a federal lawsuit last month alleging officials at High Desert State Prison were wrong to place DeLong in a cell with an Aryan Brotherhood member already accused of killing another inmate. The suit says DeLong was listed in prison records as an "enemy" of the Aryan Brotherhood and was stabbed to death within a half-hour of being placed in the cell.

      Watson's letter came in response to a request from the newspaper for a telephone interview, but Watson said he is only allowed to communicate in writing.

      "Being a lifer, I'm in a unique position where I sometimes have access to these people and I have so little to lose," Watson wrote. "And trust me, we get it, these people are every parents' worst nightmare."