web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > fnc/us (Page 83)

Nursing assistant caught on video raping disabled care-home resident: prosecutors

A Seattle nursing assistant was arrested earlier this month for allegedly repeatedly raping a 50-year-old disabled woman in his care at an assisted living facility, according to reports.

Nshimiyiana O. Hamzat, 29, was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape and indecent liberties after he was caught by a hidden camera placed in the room by the victim’s family, Seattle’s KIRO-TV reported.

JONBENÉT RAMSEY’S FORMER PHOTOGRAPHER INDICTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

The family reported the assaults to police and installed the camera after the victim told them she was being abused by Hamzat.

Westlake Legal Group stethoscope Nursing assistant caught on video raping disabled care-home resident: prosecutors fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 5d04a69f-5080-5a81-8439-be313e659640

“The camera captured the defendant sexually assaulting her twice a day, on two different days. The videos did not capture the totality of the sexual abuse the victim suffered at the hands of the defendant,” prosecutors wrote in charging documents, according to KIRO.

Hamzat denied any wrongdoing and even after he was shown an alleged rape on video he claimed he was doing patient care.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He was booked into the King County Jail on July 3. His bail is set at $200,000, KIRO reported.

Westlake Legal Group stethoscope Nursing assistant caught on video raping disabled care-home resident: prosecutors fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 5d04a69f-5080-5a81-8439-be313e659640   Westlake Legal Group stethoscope Nursing assistant caught on video raping disabled care-home resident: prosecutors fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 5d04a69f-5080-5a81-8439-be313e659640

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Teen who died had pointed fake gun at police, officer’s bodycam footage suggests

Police in Southern California released body camera footage after a 17-year-old driver was killed during a freeway traffic stop this week.

The teen’s vehicle had sped past Fullerton police Cpl. Scott Flynn, who attempted a traffic stop on an Anaheim freeway July 5, authorities say in the video. The driver then allegedly slammed into the officer’s patrol vehicle on purpose and made an abrupt U-turn facing the wrong way, Fullerton police public information officer Lt. Jon Radus said. Flynn requested backup.

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPUTY SAVES CHOKING 12-DAY-OLD INFANT AFTER STOPPING SPEEDING VEHICLE

The teen then exited her car and aimed what the officer perceived to be a firearm. It was later determined to be an exact replica of a Beretta 92 FS handgun.

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

In the footage, the teen is heard pleading for help after Flynn shoots her in the chest. Flynn and a Good Samaritan hurry to help the girl while other officers arrive to help.

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“Please keep in mind this is an initial review, and our understanding of this incident could possibly change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed,” Fullerton Police Chief Bob Dunn said of the footage.

Westlake Legal Group fullerton-body-cam Teen who died had pointed fake gun at police, officer's bodycam footage suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 3190492d-d88b-5ad2-9a40-4a7c64c1ec51

Still of the incident from officer’s body camera (Fullerton Police )

The teen’s father called Anaheim police about 90 minutes after the incident to say she had taken the family’s rental car and may have wanted to harm herself.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Dunn allowed the teen’s family to view the footage before it was made public Friday. He said the investigation is ongoing.

Westlake Legal Group fullerton-body-cam Teen who died had pointed fake gun at police, officer's bodycam footage suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 3190492d-d88b-5ad2-9a40-4a7c64c1ec51   Westlake Legal Group fullerton-body-cam Teen who died had pointed fake gun at police, officer's bodycam footage suggests fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 3190492d-d88b-5ad2-9a40-4a7c64c1ec51

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Tropical Storm Barry: Hurricane strength likely when storm hits land; Mississippi River surge downgraded

Westlake Legal Group NolaFlooding3 Tropical Storm Barry: Hurricane strength likely when storm hits land; Mississippi River surge downgraded fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/louisiana fox-news/us/disasters fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-orleans fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 53b5ceb6-8b21-5c9e-92f3-63a2905cbf1f

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to reach hurricane strength before it makes landfall early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 2 a.m. ET Saturday, the storm was moving west-northwest at 3 miles per hour as it approached Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph, the weather service reported. The storm was about 70 miles south of Morgan City, La.

Meanwhile, forecasters were downgrading a predicted rise for the Mississippi River.  They said Friday night that the river would rise about 2 feet lower than originally expected and most likely will not break over its levees.

The NWS said the river will likely rise as high as 17.1 feet by Monday in New Orleans. The levees protecting the city range from about 20 to 25 feet high. Forecasters had earlier thought the river would crest Saturday at about 19 feet in New Orleans.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY PROMPTS STORM SURGE, FLOOD WARNINGS: WHY IS NEW ORLEANS AT AN INCREASED RISK?

Barry’s torrential rains are expected to test New Orleans’ post-Katrina flood defenses. The storm is forecast to dump 10 to 20 inches of rain on New Orleans through Sunday. Residents have not been advised to evacuate. Instead, officials said to stay indoors, have about three days’ worth of supply, and make sure neighborhood flood drains remain unblocked to allow water flow.

Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans in 2005, and was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths in Louisiana and other states, by some estimates.

In Katrina’s aftermath, the Army Corps of Engineers began a multibillion-dollar hurricane-protection system that isn’t complete. The work included repairs and improvements to some 350 miles of levees and more than 70 pump stations that are used to remove floodwaters.

President Trump has already declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, authorizing federal disaster relief efforts. And about 10,000 people in Plaquemines Parish on Louisiana’s low-lying southeastern tip were ordered evacuated on Thursday.

New Orleans is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of its low elevation. Only about half the city is above sea level — a drop from what once was 100 percent, according to the Atlantic, which cited human activity as a primary reason for the drop.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that the storm’s impact, coupled with the already-high Mississippi River –which has been swelled by heavy rain and snowmelt upriver this spring — could be a dangerous combination.

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group NolaFlooding3 Tropical Storm Barry: Hurricane strength likely when storm hits land; Mississippi River surge downgraded fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/louisiana fox-news/us/disasters fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-orleans fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 53b5ceb6-8b21-5c9e-92f3-63a2905cbf1f   Westlake Legal Group NolaFlooding3 Tropical Storm Barry: Hurricane strength likely when storm hits land; Mississippi River surge downgraded fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/louisiana fox-news/us/disasters fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-orleans fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 53b5ceb6-8b21-5c9e-92f3-63a2905cbf1f

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

JonBenét Ramsey’s former photographer indicted on child porn charges

A former photographer of slain 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey has been indicted in Oregon on child pornography charges following a year-long investigation.

Randall DeWitt Simons, 66, was arrested July 2 in Springfield, Ore., according to reports.

The grand jury indictment charges Simons with 15 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse.

JONBENET RAMSEY DOC WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD WITH LEADS ON NOTORIOUS COLD CASE, SAYS INVESTIGATOR

Westlake Legal Group simons JonBenét Ramsey’s former photographer indicted on child porn charges fox-news/us/us-regions/west/oregon fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc f49d7e55-0e12-50c7-b1f5-c69facfe27f3 Brie Stimson article

Randall DeWitt Simons (Lane County Jail)

Simons had photographed Ramsey professionally a few months before her unsolved murder in 1996. The suspect had been using a restaurant’s WiFi system to download explicit images, the Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., reported.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group jb JonBenét Ramsey’s former photographer indicted on child porn charges fox-news/us/us-regions/west/oregon fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc f49d7e55-0e12-50c7-b1f5-c69facfe27f3 Brie Stimson article

JonBenét Ramsey’s 1996 murder remains unsolved. 

On the morning of Dec. 26, 1996, Ramsey’s mother Patsy Ramsey called police and reported her daughter was missing and that she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 in cash. Hours later, father John Ramsey discovered the body of the former “Little Miss Colorado” in a basement room. The child had been hit on the head and strangled with a crude garrote. She also showed signs of sexual assault.

No one has been arrested in connection with the case. Patsy Ramsey died from ovarian cancer at age 49 in 2006.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this story.

Westlake Legal Group simons JonBenét Ramsey’s former photographer indicted on child porn charges fox-news/us/us-regions/west/oregon fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc f49d7e55-0e12-50c7-b1f5-c69facfe27f3 Brie Stimson article   Westlake Legal Group simons JonBenét Ramsey’s former photographer indicted on child porn charges fox-news/us/us-regions/west/oregon fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc f49d7e55-0e12-50c7-b1f5-c69facfe27f3 Brie Stimson article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

SHOCKING VIDEO: Murder victim’s sons jump handcuffed, convicted killer in courtroom brawl

Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-iStock SHOCKING VIDEO: Murder victim's sons jump handcuffed, convicted killer in courtroom brawl fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/ohio fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 3b46060c-e69a-5822-8821-d887ef60a971

The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of killing an Ohio woman erupted in chaos Thursday when the victim’s two sons attacked the handcuffed defendant inside the courtroom.

Dale Williams, 62, was to be sentenced for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Pledger Stewart, in Youngstown, Ohio.

But moments before Pledger Stewart’s daughter was to give her victim impact statement in court, the two sons both ran toward Williams, breaking past officers who tried to intervene. Court cameras captured the entire brawl on video.

OHIO POLICE OFFICER RESCUES CHILD FROM BURNING HOME IN DRAMATIC VIDEO

The men tackled Williams — who was handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit — and punched him several times before officers restored order. A stun gun was used on one of the sons to get him to stop fighting.

“He killed my mother, man,” the son said as deputies handcuffed him. “That was my mama! She took care of me, bro, when nobody else did.”

Williams pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Pledger Stewart in 2017. Investigators said Williams admitted to waiting for Pledger Stewart for more than 45 minutes for her to drive by him on her way to work so he could cut her off and shoot her, Youngstown’s WKBN-TV reported.

Both sons were arrested and will be held in jail under contempt of court for 30 days, Youngstown’s WFMJ-TV reported. Williams’ sentencing hearing will be rescheduled due to the disruption.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Extra officers were assigned in the courtroom that day because officers anticipated “some tensions with this sentencing hearing,” Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene told WKBN.

“From everything I can see, the officers acted appropriately. In fact, did a pretty good job, in my opinion,” he said.

Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-iStock SHOCKING VIDEO: Murder victim's sons jump handcuffed, convicted killer in courtroom brawl fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/ohio fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 3b46060c-e69a-5822-8821-d887ef60a971   Westlake Legal Group crime-scene-iStock SHOCKING VIDEO: Murder victim's sons jump handcuffed, convicted killer in courtroom brawl fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/ohio fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 3b46060c-e69a-5822-8821-d887ef60a971

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Property searched after suspect linked to Washington mom’s 2009 disappearance

Investigators on Friday finished searching the western Washington state property of a suspect being held in connection with a 10-year-old cold case.

The suspect, identified as Eric Lee Roberts, was recently arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the 2009 disappearance of Nancy Moyer, a mother who worked for the state Department of Ecology south of Seattle, according to People magazine.

Roberts reportedly confessed to the killing this week then recanted. He was being held on $1.5 million bail.

The suspect is a former co-worker and neighbor of Moyer, Seattle’s Q13 Fox reported.

TEXAS AUTHORITIES CRACK 35-YEAR-OLD COLD CASE WITH HELP OF POPULAR TV SHOW

Evidence found at Roberts’ property is being sent to the Washington State Patrol crime lab for identification, the Thurston County sheriff told Q13.

Westlake Legal Group nancy-moyer Property searched after suspect linked to Washington mom's 2009 disappearance fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 85c4b864-46b4-51d1-acea-ed4304360b73

Roberts called 911 this week to admit her murdered Moyer, whose body was never found. He said he was “tired of holding it inside,” People reported.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He allegedly told a detective that he accidentally strangled Moyer with a scarf during “rough sex.” He later said “he did not know why he said that he had killed,” her and denied they had a sexual relationship, according to charging documents, Q13 reported.

Westlake Legal Group nancy-moyer Property searched after suspect linked to Washington mom's 2009 disappearance fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 85c4b864-46b4-51d1-acea-ed4304360b73   Westlake Legal Group nancy-moyer Property searched after suspect linked to Washington mom's 2009 disappearance fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/crime/cold-case fox news fnc/us fnc Brie Stimson article 85c4b864-46b4-51d1-acea-ed4304360b73

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6058627988001_6058641732001-vs Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize 'Blue Lives Matter' flag fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace bd77dcad-6dde-5f91-92c0-eb52b07dea84 article

Authorities in Colorado restored an American flag to its place Friday evening after protesters demonstrating outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility pulled down the star-spangled banner and flew the flag of Mexico in its place.

The protesters also removed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, honoring law enforcement, spray-painted it with the words “Abolish ICE,” then raised the flag upside-down, on a pole next to the Mexican flag, according to local media.

BUCK SEXTON: DEMS’ OBJECTION TO PLANNED ICE RAIDS A STEP TOWARD ‘MASS NULLIFICATION OF IMMIGRATION LAW’

Hundreds of protesters had gathered in Aurora, Colo., outside the federal facility that holds illegal immigrants, to protest ICE raids scheduled to begin Sunday in Denver and other major U.S. cities, FOX 31 Denver reported.

Aurora police Chief Nick Metz said the majority of protesters remained peaceful and some even thanked officers for their evening efforts.

The protest, part of a network of #LightsForLiberty events, also dubbed the “March to Close Concentration Camps,” called for detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to be closed and for all immigrants being held in those locations to be granted entry to the U.S., according to the event’s Facebook page.

Beginning Sunday, ICE agents will reportedly work to round up thousands of illegal immigrants across the U.S.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

President Trump delayed the operation by two weeks to allow Dems to propose a bipartisan solution to the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Speaking to Fox News during his visit to the border Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said the upcoming ICE raids will not be done at random and will be focused on “removing those deported by courts.”

Besides Denver, the raids were expected to take place in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Raids scheduled for New Orleans may be delayed due to Tropical Storm Barry, KCNC reported. Other #LightsForLiberty protests took place across the U.S. Friday, including in San Ysidro, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and New York City.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6058627988001_6058641732001-vs Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize 'Blue Lives Matter' flag fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace bd77dcad-6dde-5f91-92c0-eb52b07dea84 article   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6058627988001_6058641732001-vs Anti-ICE protesters pull down American flag, raise Mexico flag, vandalize 'Blue Lives Matter' flag fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/police-and-law-enforcement fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace bd77dcad-6dde-5f91-92c0-eb52b07dea84 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Detroit man charged with first-degree murder, other felonies in LGBTQ killing

Westlake Legal Group Demetris-Nelson-1 Detroit man charged with first-degree murder, other felonies in LGBTQ killing Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/detroit fox news fnc/us fnc article 51541636-6e31-5dbb-8ebe-f8e6dd6350e7

A 26-year-old man was charged with numerous felonies, including first-degree murder and four firearm counts, for allegedly assaulting two gay men in Detroit, one of whom died.

Authorities suspect Demetris Nelson used the gay dating app Grindr to target 31-year-old Brian Anderson and 26-year-old Malcolm Drake focusing on them because of their sexual orientation.

DALLAS MAN ARRESTED IN MURDERS OF 3, INCLUDING TRANSGENDER WOMAN

During an attempted robbery on July 6, officials allege, Nelson shot and killed Anderson and critically wounded Drake. Detroit Police investigated the shooting for two days before arresting Nelson, who was arraigned on Friday.

“The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”

The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP) through a program that allows the prosecutor’s office to team up with law enforcement to tackle serious crimes against the LGBTQ community.

“We are saddened and outraged by this despicable crime. This case is just the most recent example of how members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community are too often targets of violence,” Alanna Maguire from the Fair Michigan Project, told Fox 2.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group Demetris-Nelson-1 Detroit man charged with first-degree murder, other felonies in LGBTQ killing Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/detroit fox news fnc/us fnc article 51541636-6e31-5dbb-8ebe-f8e6dd6350e7   Westlake Legal Group Demetris-Nelson-1 Detroit man charged with first-degree murder, other felonies in LGBTQ killing Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/detroit fox news fnc/us fnc article 51541636-6e31-5dbb-8ebe-f8e6dd6350e7

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Tropical Storm Barry: 3 hurricane myths debunked

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6040318928001_6040327758001-vs Tropical Storm Barry: 3 hurricane myths debunked Madeline Farber fox-news/weather fox-news/us/disasters/hurricanes-typhoons fox news fnc/us fnc e88a9c87-efec-5194-b390-976099e3ca86 article

Tropical Storm Barry is heading toward the Louisiana coast, likely bringing with it torrential rain and flooding.

Ahead of its landfall, the storm — which is forecast to be a hurricane when its center reaches the coast — has prompted Brock Long, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, to address and debunk three of the biggest myths about hurricanes.

Read on for a look at the common misconceptions.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY PROMPTS STORM SURGE, FLOOD WARNINGS: WHY IS NEW ORLEANS AT AN INCREASED RISK? 

Taping windows will help protect your home

False.

While Long encourages homeowners to protect windows and doors from being penetrated or damaged “at all costs,” he noted that “taping windows [does] no good.”

If the windows were to break during the storm, the tape over the glass could create bigger — potentially more dangerous — shards of glass to form.

Rather, Long recommends using plywood or hurricane shutters to protect the home. Even better, cutting plywood and drilling holes ahead of time is “the smart and prudent thing to do,” he added, as this decreases the chance of competing with others who are out purchasing the necessary supplies shortly before the storm is predicted to make landfall.

The biggest danger during a hurricane is the wind 

Not so fast, says Long.

Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, or a “1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed,” per the National Hurricane Center, which also noted this scale estimates potential property damage.

Though strong winds can have a significant impact, “wind is responsible for much of the structural damage caused by hurricanes,” according to The Weather Channel — storm surges and rainfall-induced flooding are also major — and potentially deadly — hazards.

“This is the biggest myth. Because hurricane intensity is classified by wind, people think that’s the most dangerous hazard,” said Long.

A storm surge is the “abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm,” according to the National Ocean Service. It’s measured by how high the water reaches from the normal astronomical tide.

Storm surges accounted for about half (49 percent) of deaths from Atlantic tropical hurricanes from 1963 to 2012, per a 2014 study by the National Hurricane Center. Even more of the deaths  — 90 percent — “occurred in water-related incidents, most by drowning,” the study found. Deaths by “non-tornadic” winds account between 5 and 10 percent of the fatalities.

Drowning, specifically, accounted for the majority of deaths during Hurricane Katrina — among the deadliest in U.S. history —  in 2005, according to a 2008 study

It’s OK to wait to heed an evacuation order 

Heeding evacuations orders sooner rather than later is the best plan of action.

“Heed warnings early; those who delay are going to be waiting along with the majority of others,” Long urged.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

Even better, “don’t necessarily wait for the order — if you can indicate one is coming, heed it early. In some cases, you don’t have to evacuate very far,” he added. “The goal with evacuations is to get out of areas that are vulnerable to flooding and into a facility that can withstand the wind.”

You can read more about what to do during an evacuation here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6040318928001_6040327758001-vs Tropical Storm Barry: 3 hurricane myths debunked Madeline Farber fox-news/weather fox-news/us/disasters/hurricanes-typhoons fox news fnc/us fnc e88a9c87-efec-5194-b390-976099e3ca86 article   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6040318928001_6040327758001-vs Tropical Storm Barry: 3 hurricane myths debunked Madeline Farber fox-news/weather fox-news/us/disasters/hurricanes-typhoons fox news fnc/us fnc e88a9c87-efec-5194-b390-976099e3ca86 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims

An employee who reportedly worked at Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded Caribbean island claims the wealthy financier – who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls – kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

The revelation comes as Little St. James Island in St. Thomas is going under the microscope in the wake of Epstein’s recent arrest. The 66-year-old was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands – and the employee, speaking to Bloomberg, suggested that a steel safe inside his office there may have stored more than just cash.

Outside of rare visits by housekeepers, no one – the employee claimed – was allowed to enter the room where that steel safe was said to be located.

Epstein started transforming Little St. James Island after he bought it more than two decades ago — clearing the native vegetation, ringing the property with towering palm trees and planting two massive U.S. flags on either end.

Westlake Legal Group little-st-james-1 Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims Greg Norman fox news fnc/us fnc article 1f702b09-3186-5cb0-ac4a-67be5dfc5400

A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP)

LABOR SECRETARY ACOSTA ANNOUNCES HE WILL STEP DOWN AMID CRITICISM OVER EPSTEIN PLEA DEAL

He also built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures, including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers there, the Associated Press reports, told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls, whose gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season.

The employee that spoke to Bloomberg said when Epstein would visit the property, he would walk around shirtless in shorts and flip-flops, and had a rule that he should never catch sight of the staff that maintained the place.

Sometimes, the employee added, women would sunbathe topless or in the nude around a pool near the island’s main residence.

Many people who worked for Epstein on the island told The Associated Press this week that they had signed long non-disclosure agreements, and refused to talk. One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats, including a large ferry in which he transported up to 200 workers from St. Thomas to his island every day for construction work.

Westlake Legal Group little-st-james-3 Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims Greg Norman fox news fnc/us fnc article 1f702b09-3186-5cb0-ac4a-67be5dfc5400

An aerial view of Little St. James Island and its buildings. (AP)

EPSTEIN WANTS OUT OF JAIL BEFORE TRIAL

The man said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man recalled, adding that Epstein paid well and would give away older machinery and surplus including lumber to his employees.

Government documents and ledgers show Little St. James Island was once known as Mingo Cay. In April 1998, a company called L.S.J. LLC bought it for $7.95 million. Additional documents showed that Epstein is the sole member of L.S.J., with his signature reminiscent of an infinity loop.

Epstein later bought neighboring Great St. James Island, which once was popular with locals and tourists for its main attraction, Christmas Cove, a place where you could hang out and order pizza and have it delivered via boat.

“He wasn’t well received,” recalled Spencer Consolvo, a St. Thomas native who runs a tourist shop near a large marina. “People think he’s too rich to be policed properly.”

Westlake Legal Group little-st-james-2 Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims Greg Norman fox news fnc/us fnc article 1f702b09-3186-5cb0-ac4a-67be5dfc5400

Locals recalled seeing Jeffery Epstein’s black helicopter flying back and forth from the international airport in St. Thomas to his helipad on Little St. James Island, where he built a cream-colored mansion with a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island that some say is a music room fitted with acoustic walls.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

According to public records obtained by the AP, the island was once worth $3 million and owned by a woman who died in a chalet in Switzerland. The island had been divided into parcels and given to three people and was later sold to Epstein.

Federal authorities consider the smaller of the two islands to be Epstein’s primary residence in the United States, a place where at least one alleged victim said in a court affidavit that she participated in an orgy, as well as had sex with Epstein and other people. She said she saw former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the island, but that she never saw him having sex with anyone. A Clinton spokesman has issued a statement saying he never visited there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group little-st-james-1 Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims Greg Norman fox news fnc/us fnc article 1f702b09-3186-5cb0-ac4a-67be5dfc5400   Westlake Legal Group little-st-james-1 Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims Greg Norman fox news fnc/us fnc article 1f702b09-3186-5cb0-ac4a-67be5dfc5400

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com