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This Day in History: Feb. 10

On this day, Feb. 10 …

1949:  Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opens at Broadway’s Morosco Theater in New York City with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman.

Also on this day:

  • 1840: Britain’s Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
  • 1863: P.T. Barnum stages the wedding of General Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren – both little persons – in New York City.
  • 1936: Nazi Germany’s Reichstag passes a law investing the Gestapo secret police with absolute authority, exempt from any legal review.
  • 1959: A major tornado tears through the St. Louis area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.
  • 1962: The Soviet Union exchanges captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States
  • 1967: The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, is ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopt it.
  • 1968: U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, wins America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, in the ladies’ singles event.
  • 1992: Mike Tyson is convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson would serve three years in prison.)
  • 1992: “Roots” author Alex Haley dies in Seattle at age 70.
  • 2004: The White House, trying to end doubts about President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era military service, releases documents it says proves he met his requirements in the Texas Air National Guard. 
  • 2004: John Kerry wins the Virginia and Tennessee Democratic primaries.
  • 2005: Arthur Miller dies in Roxbury, Conn., at age 89.
  • 2009: The Senate approves President Barack Obama’s giant economic stimulus measure.
  • 2009: U.S. and Russian communication satellites collide in the first-ever crash of its kind in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds.
  • 2014: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black dies at age 85 at her home near San Francisco.
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Florida man accused of driving van into Trump-supporters’ tent reportedly smiles while entering court

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The 27-year-old Florida man who police say drove a van into a tent that housed supporters for President Trump reportedly arrived in court on Sunday smiling and nodding to the cameras before he was seated, a report said.

Action News Jax reported that Gregory Timm, according to witnesses, ran over chairs and tables the day before at the Kernan Village shopping center.  Witnesses told the station that he recorded the scene moments after the incident, made an obscene gesture and sped off.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said via social media that 27-year-old Gregory William Loel Timm has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, one count of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. The Republican party of Duval County said it had set up the tent on Saturday in order to register voters.

The county GOP said via Twitter that six volunteers for President Donald Trump’s campaign “were intentionally targeted while registering voters.”

Local media said there were no injuries.

“Kind of out of the blue, a man approached us in a van, was waving at us, kind of a friendly demeanor, thought he was coming up to talk to us, instead he accelerated his vehicle and plowed right into our tent, our tables,” volunteer Mark Alfieri told television station WJAX.

In a tweet, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, “These unprovoked, senseless attacks on @realDonaldTrump’s supporters need to end.”

President Donald Trump retweeted that message and added, “Be careful tough guys who you play with!”

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Timm faces two counts of aggravated assault on a victim over the age of 65, one count of criminal mischief and one count of driving while his license is suspended, the newspaper reported. Sunday, his bond was set at $507,500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Air Force suicides last year surged to highest levels in 30 years

Suicides in the U.S. Air Force surged in 2019 to the highest levels in at least three decades, despite years of effort by all military services to counter a problem that parallels the U.S. civilian population, The Associated Press reported citing unpublished preliminary data.

The figures showed the Air Force had 84 suicides among active-duty members last year – up from 60 the year before. The jump followed five years of relative stability, with the service’s yearly totals fluctuating between 60 and 64.

Official figures aren’t set to be published until later this year.

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Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to a report. (AP, File)

Air Force officials said they knew of no higher number in recent years. Data and studies previously published by the Pentagon and Air Force showed that 64 suicides in 2015 had been the highest total for the Air Force in this century. A 2009 Air Force study showed suicides between 1990 and 2004 averaged 42 a year, never exceeding 62.

“Suicide is a difficult national problem without easily identifiable solutions that has the full attention of leadership,” Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said.

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Suicide risk factors are often thought to include stress related to deployment to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 pointed to other factors. Among them: bipolar disorder, being male and engaging in heavy or binge drinking.

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The Air Force’s preliminary data came amid all services struggling with higher suicides since about 2005-2006, which coincided with a cycle of exceptionally stressful deployments to Iraq for the Army and Marine Corps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida sees confusion a year after allowing convicted felons to vote

More than a year after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million people with felony convictions, widespread confusion surrounds its implementation.

A law aimed at carrying out the amendment has sparked legal battles that remain unresolved, the state has provided little guidance to local elections officials, and some counties are filling the void with inconsistent remedies. Many people with felony records say they aren’t sure how to meet requirements they face and fear running afoul of the law by registering to vote.

Amid the uncertainty, a Feb. 18 deadline is approaching to register to vote in the March 17 presidential primary in Florida, a critical swing state known for close elections.

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Leonel Frage, 60, who hasn’t been able to vote in over 15 years, holding a paper restoring his right to vote during a special court hearing in Miami-Dade County in November 2019. (AFP via Getty Images, File)

“It is a confusing, Byzantine morass,” said Myrna Pérez, director of the Voting Rights and Elections Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, which sued the state over the issue.

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Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office and GOP Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment. Republican state Rep. James Grant, who sponsored the law aimed at implementing the amendment, said, “We’re going to continue to do everything we can within our purview to get it right.”

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The 2018 amendment, which was approved by nearly 65 percent of Florida voters, ended the state’s permanent disenfranchisement of felons. The measure restored voting rights to those who completed their prison terms as well as parole or probation, except people with murder or felony sexual-assault convictions.

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Naval Academy midshipman who died during physical readiness test is identified

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The U.S. Navy revealed the identity of a midshipman who died during a fitness test at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday.

“U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class (sophomore) Duke Carrillo, 21, of Flower Mound, Texas, died while taking the semi-annual physical readiness test, Feb. 8. Carrillo collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the PRT; initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts. He was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 12:23 p.m. Circumstances surrounding the cause of his death are under review,” the academy wrote in a message posted to Facebook.

Carrillo was a quantitative economics major who had earned a 4.0 last semester.

He had served as a Naval Academy Summer Seminar squad leader this past summer and had aspirations of being a naval aviator.

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He was a member of the 24th Company, an avid intramural athlete, and a member of the Naval Academy’s Flight Training Squadron, VT-NA.

“Duke was an active member of 24th company; he was able to have a special and close relationship with each of his classmates and company mates,” said 24th Company Officer Lt. Sara Lewis in a statement in the academy post. “I am honestly able to say he was friends with everyone and uplifted those around him. Due to his calm and loving personality, he will be especially missed in 24th company.”

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Academy officials said grief counseling would be available to anyone affected.

Carrillo was survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, and his brothers Dylan and Jake, both of them Naval Academy midshipmen.

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Naval Academy midshipman who died during physical readiness test is identified

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The U.S. Navy revealed the identity of a midshipman who died during a fitness test at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday.

“U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class (sophomore) Duke Carrillo, 21, of Flower Mound, Texas, died while taking the semi-annual physical readiness test, Feb. 8. Carrillo collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the PRT; initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts. He was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 12:23 p.m. Circumstances surrounding the cause of his death are under review,” the academy wrote in a message posted to Facebook.

Carrillo was a quantitative economics major who had earned a 4.0 last semester.

He had served as a Naval Academy Summer Seminar squad leader this past summer and had aspirations of being a naval aviator.

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He was a member of the 24th Company, an avid intramural athlete, and a member of the Naval Academy’s Flight Training Squadron, VT-NA.

“Duke was an active member of 24th company; he was able to have a special and close relationship with each of his classmates and company mates,” said 24th Company Officer Lt. Sara Lewis in a statement in the academy post. “I am honestly able to say he was friends with everyone and uplifted those around him. Due to his calm and loving personality, he will be especially missed in 24th company.”

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Academy officials said grief counseling would be available to anyone affected.

Carrillo was survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, and his brothers Dylan and Jake, both of them Naval Academy midshipmen.

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Utah ATM robbery botched despite use of stolen ‘heavy equipment’ to smash machine, police say

A group of thieves in Utah failed to make off with an ATM early Saturday despite smashing the money machine to pieces with stolen “heavy equipment,” investigators said.

The botched robbery unfolded at a Wells Fargo Bank just after 4 a.m. in Hurricane, a city in southwestern Utah, police said in a news release.

The suspects triggered several thousand dollars in damage in their attempt to rip out the ATM using a stolen truck, a trailer and heavy equipment, cops said. They did not elaborate on what the “heavy equipment” exactly was.

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The ATM and bank building sustained thousands of dollars in damages, police said. (Hurricane City Police Department)

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Pictures from the scene showed pieces of the ATM at the bank’s drive-thru service strewn around the area along with panels from the overhang above.

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The robbers used a truck, a trailer, and unspecified heavy equipment in an unsuccessful bid to steal an ATM machine, police said. (Hurricane City Police Department)

Unable to remove the machine, the suspects sped away and crashed the truck a short distance from the bank, police said. Despite efforts from officers and K-9s to search the area, they did not immediately find any suspects.

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Detectives were following several leads as part of the ongoing investigation, according to the department.

Meanwhile, all the stolen property was recovered at the crash site and returned to its respective owners.

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Man carrying knife arrested outside White House after threat

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A man carrying a knife was arrested outside the White House after he told a U.S. Secret Service officer that he was there to kill the president, police said.

Roger Hedgpeth, 25, was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of making threats to do bodily harm, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

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Hedgpeth approached a Secret Service officer who was patrolling outside the White House and said he was there to “assassinate” President Donald Trump and “I have a knife to do it with,” according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.

Police found a 3 1/2-inch knife in a sheath on his left hip, and Hedgpeth also had an empty pistol holster on his right hip, authorities said.

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Hedgpeth was taken into custody and brought to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, police said. Officers also impounded his vehicle.

A telephone number listed for Hedgpeth in public records rang unanswered on Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear where he lives or whether he had an lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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Gunman who targeted NYPD officers in 2 ‘premeditated’ attacks has violent past, previous shootout with cops

The gunman who targeted New York City police officers in back-to-back shootings over the weekend, wounding two, has a history of violence that includes a prior gun battle against cops and an attempted murder conviction from nearly two decades ago, investigators said.

The still-unnamed suspect, who police believe carried out two “assassination attempts” on officers in the Bronx less than 12 hours apart, had been paroled in 2017 after an attempted murder conviction in 2002, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Sunday at a news conference.

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In 2002, the suspected gunman had shot a man and then carjacked a woman as he fled, Shea said. His bid to escape came to an end when he crashed the car and traded gunfire with New York City police officers.

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Police believe the suspected gunman is the same man who carried out a similar attack Saturday evening against two uniformed police officers in their patrol van. (New York City Police Department)

Since his parole more than two years ago, he has one recorded arrest for which he was already scheduled to appear in court, the commissioner said.

The suspected gunman was quickly taken into custody inside the headquarters of the 41st Precinct in the Bronx on Sunday morning after unloading his 9mm handgun on officers, police said. Only after running out of bullets did the gunman lay down on the ground and surrender.

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“This is not a crime gone bad,” Shea said. “This is not a liquor store robbery interrupted that a tragedy erupts from. This is a premeditated assassination attempt.”

A police lieutenant was wounded in his upper left arm. He returned fire but did not hit the suspect. The lieutenant was expected to be released from the hospital later Sunday.

Investigators were confident the man in custody had carried out a similar assault Saturday evening on two uniformed police officers sitting in a patrol van, Shea said. One officer was wounded when a bullet grazed his chin and neck. Neither officer returned fire. The wounded officer was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

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The suspect had a lengthy and violent criminal record, including an attempted murder conviction. (New York City Police Department)

Police are conducting tests on the suspect’s weapon that was recovered at the precinct to determine whether it was used in both targeted attacks, police said.

The twin attacks have spurred responses from police officials and President Trump who called on New York’s Democratic leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, to work with law enforcement to end the hatred and violence directed at cops.

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“I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s ‘Finest’ are,” Trump tweeted. “Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!”

“It is a double miracle that we are not preparing for two funerals right now,” New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement.

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New York City police officers work the scene of a police-involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday in the Bronx. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Both Cuomo and de Blasio condemned the shootings. Cuomo said the attacks left him “horrified” while de Blasio told New Yorkers these were clear attempts “to assassinate” police officers.

“There is too much hatred out there, too much hatred in general and too much hatred directed at our officers,” de Blasio said at a news conference.

The attacks come amid rising tensions between the city’s 34,000-member force and the administration of de Blasio, who has implemented several measures that critics say are hostile to police.

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De Blasio oversaw a continued dramatic decrease of the stop and frisk policy, which gave beat cops wide latitude to detain and search people for weapons, made the Big Apple a sanctuary city and has slated the Rikers Island jail for closure. In addition, new criminal justice reforms passed by state lawmakers effectively end cash bail for a wide variety of criminal suspects.

Fox News’ Greg Wilson contributed to this report.

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Bronx attacks on NYPD likely to further inflame tensions between cops, de Blasio’s City Hall

One man’s apparent war on a Bronx NYPD precinct is likely to further inflame tensions between the nation’s largest police union and City Hall, which together with state leaders has enacted policies critics say put officers and the citizens they protect in increasing danger.

The latest incident came Sunday morning, when a man walked into the 41st Precinct station house and opened fire, injuring a lieutenant. That shooting came some 12 hours after the same gunman ambushed two officers from the same precinct as they sat in a marked patrol van.

“Praying for yet ANOTHER police officer shot in the Bronx this AM, after last night’s assassination attempt,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) tweeted Sunday from its official handle, accompanied by the hashtag #EnoughIsEnough.

A lieutenant was shot in the arm on Sunday, while Saturday night’s incident left an officer with graze wounds to the chin and neck. Both were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was in custody Sunday.

“By the grace of God, we are here talking about an officer that will be going home,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said after the initial attack, adding that a bullet had nearly hit the officer’s carotid artery. “Let me be very clear: this was an assassination attempt of two New York City police officers.”

Sources told Fox News the suspect has an extensive record and was paroled in 2017 after serving 15 years for a Bronx carjacking that led to a shootout with police.

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The shocking attacks come amid rising tensions between the city’s 34,000-member force and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has implemented several measures that critics say are hostile to police. De Blasio oversaw a continued dramatic decrease of the stop and frisk policy, which gave beat cops wide latitude to detain and search people for weapons, made the Big Apple a sanctuary city and has slated the Rikers Island jail for closure. In addition, new criminal justice reforms passed by state lawmakers effectively end cash bail for a wide variety of criminal suspects.

Statistics show that while murder and rape dropped last month by approximately 20 percent over January of 2019, other crimes are rising dramatically. Robberies rose 39 percent, shootings 29 percent and car theft a disturbing 72 percent.

“The double-digit increases in shootings, robberies, burglary, and thefts aren’t the product of any single law or policy,” Patrick Lynch, PBA president said. “They are the result of failed leadership and a political culture that denigrates and devalues the work police officers do.”

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In addition to the statistics, several high-profile crimes have brought the effects of state and local policies into sharp relief. The federal Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) condemned mayor for his sanctuary city policy after a 92-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Queens last month. The suspect, Reeaz Khan, 27, was an illegal immigrant who local officials shielded from ICE when the federal agency sought to deport him.

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“It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapon charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder,” ICE New York field-office Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations Thomas Decker said.

A suspected serial bank robber, who was freed without bail last month only to be rearrested after robbing another lender days later, reportedly expressed incredulity at the reform law, which eliminated bail for many non-violent crimes.

“I can’t believe they let me out,” Gerod Woodberry reportedly said. “What were they thinking?”

Last week, Shea blamed the law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year, for the spike in crime.

“We saw a pretty big increase from the people who were let out of Rikers,” Shea said at a news conference last week. “We have seen instances of people getting arrested post-Jan. 1, and getting rearrested. We have a challenge here, but we will get past this challenge.”

De Blasio, who has clashed bitterly with fellow liberal Democrat Cuomo over other matters, blamed Albany for the bail issue.

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“We saw things emanating from this law months ago,” de Blasio said. “We’ve raised concerns, we’re in dialogue with Albany about those concerns. This police department has handled things thrown at them, they always have.”

But if de Blasio is expressing support for the police, the union representing them is not likely to be having it. Last year, when as a presidential candidate, de Blasio boasted of driving down crime by improving the relationship between police and the community, the PBA reacted with a stinging rebuke on Twitter.

“History repeats itself,” read the tweet. “@BilldeBlasio said he wants to bring cops and community together. Ask any cop on the street what impact his divisive rhetoric has had #DemDebate.”

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