All posts by Tom Jones

WOMAN HIT, KILLED BY SUBWAY AFTER FAINTING IN BROOKLYN STATION

A woman was hit by a train and killed after she fainted on a train platform in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.

The MTA said the woman was struck at the Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue station at about 10:30 a.m.

Brooklyn-bound 3 trains are running express from Atlantic Avenue to Utica Avenue, and some southbound 4 trains are rerouted. There are delays in both directions, and Brooklyn-bound trains are bypassing Utica Avenue.

Two recent pushing deaths, one in Queens and another in Manhattan, have drawn attention to the dangers underground.

Fifty-five people died last year after they were pushed, fell or jumped onto the tracks, up from 47 in 2011, according to the MTA. On average, about 135 people a year are hit by New York City subways; most survive.

At a City Council hearing last week, Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca said the recent deaths should be “a wake-up call to our transit system.”

MTA officials say they’re working toward testing barriers on platform edges and technology that sounds alarms when someone or something is on the tracks.

The subway workers’ union, meanwhile, is pushing another approach: telling drivers to enter stations as slowly as 10 mph. The trains’ average speed is about 30 mph.

The MTA says slowing the trains would lengthen commutes by about 30 seconds per station, make platforms more crowded and reduce the frequency of arriving trains by about 20 percent unless more trains were added.

Vacca and other council members pushed MTA officials to move faster on evaluating the bigger measures, noting that the agency started gathering information two years ago about the barriers. They have been installed in subway systems from Shanghai and Dubai to Paris.

“Why haven’t we had action?” Vacca asked outside the hearing, adding that he wasn’t sure he favored the idea but wanted the analysis to move faster.

View 2012-2013 NYC deaths in a larger map

more at Woman Hit, Killed by Subway After Fainting in Brooklyn Station: MTA | NBC New York.

2 DEAD IN SHOOTING AT HAZARD COLLEGE, KENTUCKY

Two people were killed and a third person was injured in a shooting in Hazard Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened in a parking lot on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College.

Hazard police said two people have turned themselves in, but their role, if any, in the shooting is still unclear.

Police said the scene is secure, but the campus is still on lockdown.

more at  2 dead in shooting at Hazard college | Kentucky News – WLKY Home.

NEW YORK CITY FERRY CRASH – AT LEAST 50 INJURED, 1 CRITICAL.


View SEASTREAK WALL STREET FERRY CRASH AT LEAST 50 INJURED ONE CR in a larger map

At least 50 people were injured, two critically, after a commuter ferry slammed into a dock Wednesday morning in Lower Manhattan.

The Seastreak Wall Street ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived at South Street around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. One person is in critical condition with head injuries.

Those on board said passengers were waiting to disembark and were hurled on the deck after the impact.

“We were pulling into the dock. The boat hit the dock. We just tumbled on top of each other. I got thrown into everybody else. … People were hysterical,” said Ellen Foran.

Those injured were being treated at the scene. There were no immediate details of the injuries and reports on the number of those injured vary.

The Coast Guard said it will be administering drug and alcohol testing  on captain and crew as soon as the injury count concludes.

A corner of the ferry was ripped open like a tin can.  Fire fighters were seen setting up a temporary staging area on the dock, with stretchers and other medical equipment, and some passengers were being removed from the ferry on stretchers for evaluation.  A passenger, Ellen Foran of Neptune City, N.J., said people tumbled on top of one another, hysterical and crying.

More than 340 passengers and crew members were aboard the ferry from New Jersey, one of many that carry commuters to the island of Manhattan.  Dee Wertz was on shore waiting for the ferry and saw the impact.  “It was coming in a little wobbly,” Wertz said.  “It hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard, like a bomb.”  After the impact, the boat was able to dock normally. Wertz said “passengers raced off once the ramp came down.

I think people just wanted to get the heck off the boat as soon as they could,” she said.

Ferry company officials were at the scene.

Ferries are a fairly common way to commute to work in Manhattan, an island separated from New Jersey and the rest of New York City by several rivers.

MORE AT  Ferrys crew to take drug test after NYC crash injures dozens | Fox News.

 

ADAM LANZA’S FORMER CLASSMATE REVEALS SANDY HOOK GUNMAN HAD ‘ONLINE DEVIL WORSHIPING PAGE’

The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut.

Lanza’s worshiping page had the word ‘Devil’ written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L. Todd told The National Enquirer, something which he said was ‘weird’ and ‘gave him the chills’.

The FBI are trying to piece together his smashed up hard drive to see if his online footprint will reveal any motive for the killing, but they strongly believe he made use of devil-worshiping and suicide sites and boasted of his murder plans on message forums.

Adam Lanza’s childhood barber Bob Skuba revealed today that Nancy Lanza stopped bringing her son in for haircuts a few years ago so he thought he had moved away from the area.

Time was running out: Nancy Lanza was searching for other places to have her son Adam educated and traveled all over the world to find something suitable

He told CNN that Adam would never speak or even look at him any time he came in for a cut, which was every six weeks for years.

‘It’s just weird that I actually touched him. I’d tried to joke with him,’ Skuba said. ‘He wouldn’t even look at me. He would just be looking down at the tiles the whole time.

‘I wish I would have killed him then. Or he should have killed himself a long time ago. He would have saved us all the trouble.

‘I should have slit and stabbed him by accident. It would have been a lot better for those people.’

Cutting Adam Lanza’s hair ‘was a very long half an hour. It was a very uncomfortable situation’, stylist Diane Harty said.

She said that she never heard his voice even once and that Nancy, a divorcee, also hardly spoke – only to tell Adam what to do as he would not listen to anyone else.

more at Adam Lanza’s former classmate reveals Sandy Hook gunman had ‘online devil worshiping page’ | Mail Online.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN LOCKDOWN FOLLOWING REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN AREA

Police in Ridgefield, Conn., are searching for a “suspicious person” in the area after an unconfirmed report of a man carrying a rifle at a train station.

Authorities, including state police and K-9 units, are scouring the Branchville train station for any sign of the man.

Det. Steve Papstein of the Ridgefield Police Department said “We’re still looking in the area,” “We dont know if the person is armed.”

Just before 8 a.m., a woman called police saying she saw a white male, dressed in black, carrying what looked like a weapon over his shoulder at the train station.

Ridgefield is approximately 19 miles from Newtown, where 20 children and six adults were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school. Ridgefield Superintendent Deborah Low said Monday that all schools in the district “have been put into lockdown,” following a report of a suspicious individual at the train station, which is located across the street from a school.

“Due to a report of a possibly suspicious person in the Branchville Train Station area, all schools have been put into lockdown. Branchville Elementary school buses have been diverted to East Ridge Middle School and BES students are in the auditorium,” Low said.

more at  Connecticut school district in lockdown following report of suspicious person in area | Fox News.

GUNMAN DEAD AFTER ALABAMA SHOOTING

Birmingham, AL

A shooting at a hospital in Alabama early Saturday has left one person dead and three injured.

It happened at Saint Vincents Hospital in Birmingham. Police say a man shot two employees and a police officer on the fifth floor around 4 a-m.  A second officer shot and killed the gunman.

The three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

There’s no word on why the suspect opened fire.

more at  Gunman dead after Alabama shooting | wzzm13.com.

27 DEAD, 18 CHILDREN KILLED IN CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING, SANDY HOOK

NEWTOWN, Conn. – A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded and sent frightened pupils into the parking lot. CBS News is reporting that law enforcement officers have confirmed several children have been killed. Reports also say it’s unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school. The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. It wasnt clear how many people were injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information on the extent or nature of their injuries. Brenda Lebinski, whose 8-year-old daughter attends the school, was among the parents who raced to check on their children. “I saw her and it was the happiest moment of my life,” she said. Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was not harmed. “Its alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said. Lisa Terifay, who was holding her two children outside the school, said she was stunned. “I still cant believe its happened in my town,” she said. The superintendents office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Schools in neighbouring towns also were locked down as a precaution. State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond. Photos from the scene showed young students – some crying, others looking visibly frightened – being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each others shoulders. Connecticuts governor was on the scene in Newtown. The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and was receiving updates.

more at Global BC | 27 people killed in Connecticut school shooting, American reports say.

UFOS SPOTTED OVER SAN FRANCISCO, BROOKLYN

The Mayan apocalypse believed by some to be taking place on Dec. 21, 2012, has apparently been preceded by multiple sightings of UFOs hovering over major U.S. cities. In the past week, San Francisco and Brooklyn were both treated to the sight of mysterious illuminated objects floating in the sky.

On Dec. 3, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, an amateur video captured a slow-moving parade of lights overhead. The trio of lights appeared to move in a coordinated fashion, slowing down and then moving again in roughly the same direction and at the same speed.

A similarly choreographed ballet of lights, reported by some as a UFO sighting, danced over the Mission district of San Francisco in the wee hours of Dec. 9. As in the Brooklyn sighting, the lights seemed to hover calmly above the city, then slowly drift away in unison, as seen in this amateur video .ufosoverSanFRan

At least one astronomer was stumped by the San Francisco sighting. “Its not a planet, its not a constellation, its not meteors, it’s not the moon,” Bing Quock, assistant director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, told CBS San Francisco. “It looks to me like it could have been balloons, carrying lights.” [Infographic: Where to Spot UFOs]

more at  UFOs spotted over San Francisco, Brooklyn | Fox News.

 

MAN BRUTALLY SHOT IN HEAD IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN MIDTOWN

A man was fatally shot in the head in broad daylight on West 58th Street and Broadway this afternoon in a shocking act of violence, authorities said.

The incident occurred about a block from Carnegie Hall, in front of the St. Thomas Choir School located at 202 W. 58th St. around 1:50 p.m., the FDNY said.

The victim, Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles, was approached from behind by his killer and shot once in the back of the head, according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. He was pronounced dead at St. Lukes Hospital.

“The victim was walking westbound on West 58th street in front of St. Thomas Choir School when a male black, unknown age, in a dark coat, dark hood and khaki pants began walking westbound behind the victim,” said Browne. “The shooter came up at close range and shot the victim one time in the back of the head.”

The street was crowded with passers-by at the time of the shooting.After the shooting, stunned witnesses ran over to a nearby fire house and said Woodard had been shot in the face, sources said.The firefighters then rushed over to Woodard and tried to aid him, sources said.

The suspect, described as a black male wearing a dark coat, dark hood and khaki pants, hopped into the passenger side of a light-colored Lincoln MKZ sedan, Browne said.

“The shooter got into the passenger front seat of that awaiting vehicle, which had the driver in it and they drove out of the parking space and proceeded eastbound toward Seventh Avenue on West 58th street,” Browne said.

“The gun was a silver semiautomatic pistol and a shell casing was recovered at scene,” Browne added. “Were canvassing for videos and witnesses.

 

 

“The shooter appeared calm and determined to carry out the execution-style shooting, according to cops.”There was no rush,” Browne said. “He just walked up, shot him and walked away.”The NYPD has obtained video of the shooting.

View 2012 NYC deaths in a larger map

View 2012 NYC deaths in a larger map
more  Man brutally shot in head in broad daylight in Midtown – NYPOST.com.

MAN PUSHED TO DEATH ON SUBWAY TRACKS

A 58-year-old subway passenger was killed on Monday after he was pushed onto the tracks of an onrushing train in Manhattan by a man who had been mumbling to himself as he walked along the platform, the police said.

The passenger, identified by the police as Ki-Suck Han of 52nd Avenue in Queens, tried to climb back onto the platform but did not make it; he was struck by a southbound Q train in the 49th Street station. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, the police said.

The assailant fled and remained at large on Monday night, the police said. Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, described the attacker as a black man in his mid-20s in a tan shirt and black pants who was carrying a black jacket and wearing a woolen hat.

On Monday night, two police officials and a priest were seen escorting a woman believed to be the victim’s wife from a Queens apartment to a van. They made no comment to reporters outside.

Courtesy New York Police Department

A still from a surveillance camera video in which the attacker is seen confronting the victim.

more at  Man Pushed to Death on Subway Tracks – NYTimes.com.

NEW STEVE JOBS FILM TO CLOSE OUT SUNDANCE FESTIVAL

A biographical film called jOBS about Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs and starring Ashton Kutcher will close out the popular Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah, according to a schedule of the event posted late Monday. Kutcher, currently the star of the TV show, “Two and a Half Men,” is playing the lead role in the movie, which was directed by Joshua Michael Stern. “The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs life,” according to the film festivals web site. Other subjects of separate biopics at the festival include Jack Kerouac, Richard Cheney, Mariel Hemingway, Jeremy Lin and Anita Hill.

more at New Steve Jobs Film To Close Out Sundance Festival | Fox Business.

KIM KARDASHIAN POSTS PRO-ISRAEL TWEET, GETS SLAMMED OVER IT, THEN DELETES IT

On Friday morning Kim Kardashian sent out a supportive Israel tweet, declaring to her almost 17 million followers that she was “Praying for everyone in Israel.” What she probably wasn’t anticipating was the violent backlash, including death wishes.

“Die in hell,” wrote one,

another called the E! sensation a “bit*h” who “should die there,”while others went even further.

Less brutal detractors said they had “lost all respect for her,” were giving her “the middle finger,” and called her a “disgrace to her people” and outright “disgusting.”

Others told her she should be “praying for Palestine, not Israel.” So she reportedly tried that.

According to Twitchy.com, which archives all tweets even if a user deletes them, five minutes after the initial post, Kardashian attempted to appease her haters with the follow-up tweet: “praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”

However, both tweets soon disappeared from her account and she has returned to discussing other important things – like her two-hour Tracy Anderson workout this morning.

Yet the derision lives on.“Hahaha @KimKardashian deleted her tweets, must have had SERIOUS backlash from her idiotic uninformed tweets,” wrote one, while another called her a “dumb idiot” who “shouldn’t talk about what she doesn’t understand.”A rep for Kardashian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

more at  Kim Kardashian slammed over pro-Israel tweet, deletes it | Fox News.

Expelling Demons Through Mucus and Saliva, Casting Out Demons: at N.Y. Church

Diane Koehler, who has waged a lifelong battle with depression, believes she has seen and personally fought with the devil himself.

“Satan actually came to me and told me if I didn’t take my life he would take my sons,” she said.  “He showed me a gun. He wanted me to take it. I knew if I took the gun that I would be gone.”  She resisted that entreaty, but after her son Timothy committed suicide, her depression deepened.  “At that point, I did see a psychiatrist for medication,” Koehler says.  “I couldn’t tell him anything going on because I knew he wouldn’t understand it.  It’s something I couldn’t talk to anybody about, but the medication didn’t work.”  Koehler says she decided to kill herself — she even set a date. And she would have gone through with it had she not heard Pastor John Goguen speaking about the devil on a local Christian radio station. She then began attending his church.  “The devil doesnt like anybody,” Goguen says.  “In fact, he hates everybody. But his arms are too short to box with God, so he boxes with us, as humans. He knows we are precious to God and to his son, the lord Jesus Christ.”

Pastor Goguen is a conservative evangelical ordained in the Southern Baptist Church. After graduating from the prestigious Dallas Theological Seminary, he went on to open his own church, the Agape Bible Fellowship, in East Aurora, N.Y. It’s a deliverance church, where they say they expel demons through prayer.

The deliverance begins quietly with Pastor Goguen commanding his flock to get rid of their demons — demons that he says enter the body through our breath. The first sign of deliverance is when people begin to yawn incessantly or burp. As the service continues, many start to gag and cough.  “Some of this is painful,” Goguen said. “It’s just that demon having to leave under the authority and the power of the lord Jesus Christ.”  Before long, the room becomes filled with people screaming, moaning and grunting.  Some are writhing on the floor with others holding them down, telling the demons to leave their bodies. This form of deliverance is far from the Catholic Churchs secretive rite of exorcism.  “Jesus did exorcisms publically,” Goguen said.  “He didn’t do it behind closed doors. It was right out in the open. He healed and delivered, delivered from demons, and he healed.”  While it may seem off-putting to an outside observer, Goguen says people have to get over feeling foolish or feeling that his method is “weird.  “When people are willing to repent of sin in the area that the Holy Spirit is working with them on, we find that they get help,” he said.

more at  Casting Out Demons: Expelling Demons Through Mucus, Saliva at N.Y. Church – ABC News.