9-year-old meets MLB player after sending him encouraging letter: ‘Don’t give up. We’re rooting for you’

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has found an unexpected motivator in the form of a young baseball lover and die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

“I love baseball,” Henry Frasca, 9, of Massachusetts, told Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne in a video that was posted on the Orioles broadcast Twitter page and Major League Baseball Twitter page. “It’s my life.”

When Henry noticed in April that Davis was 0 for 54 in hits — the longest slump in Major League Baseball history — he wrote him a letter.

“When someone’s hurting, I didn’t like it,” he told Thorne. “So, I decided to try to help him out.”

In the letter, Henry told Davis, in part: “There are two things I want you to know. First, the way you play baseball has nothing to do with how good a person you are. Also, you are incredible. You play in the MLB. You’ve done it for a long time and everyone goes through a slump. Don’t give up. We’re rooting for you. Sincerely, Henry Frasca.”

That same day in April, Davis broke the infamous record with three hits including two doubles. Davis told Thorne that he’d held onto the letter the entire season, carrying it in his Bible.

“It definitely caught me off-guard. But, it meant enough to me for me to carry it around the rest of the day. It was pretty cool. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little choked up,” he said.

On Saturday, the two finally met when the Orioles played the Red Sox in a three-game series at Fenway Park in Boston.

The two were able to chat and hang out in the locker room and dugout before Henry took to the field to help catch the balls during practice. He was even seen on video throwing balls to fans. Before the two parted, Henry thanked Davis for the best “day of my life.”

“People don’t really realize how they impact us,” Davis said. “At that moment in time, going through what I was going through, to get a letter that was that encouraging — and from a 9-year-old — it was pretty special.”

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

Area 51 is bracing for humans: Officials fear ‘Alienstock’ could cause county in Nevada to ‘go broke’

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iStock(LINCOLN COUNTY, Nev.) — With or without aliens, those living near Area 51 are bracing for another worldly onslaught next month.

The highly-classified, remote portion of Edwards Air Force Base is on guard for tens of thousands of extraterrestrial fans to arrive in September. But the surrounding area, which has to host the event, is so afraid that “Alienstock” will overwhelm its resources that it has already prepared to preemptively declare a state of emergency.

“It all falls back on the county and we don’t have the resources to handle it,” Lincoln County Commissioner Varlin Higbee told ABC News, explaining that the county needs help from the state of Nevada to handle such numbers. “We’re paying up front. The county could go broke if we don’t get help from the state.”

“We’re going to declare an emergency so we can get ahead of it,” Higbee said. “So we don’t get in the middle of the emergency and you don’t have your medical evacuation team, the sheriff is going to have to deputize a lot more law enforcement.”

Lincoln County plans to submit the application a week or two before the event, Higbee said.

Anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 people are expected to descend upon Lincoln County — whose population is only 5,000 — from Sept. 20 to 22, for “Alienstock,” Higbee said. The event originated from a Facebook post from Matty Roberts, 20, who created “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.”

Within days, one million users responded that they were interested in going to “see them aliens.”

While he started it as a joke, the overwhelming interest had prompted Roberts to turn it into an actual music festival, according to the festival’s website.

On July 30, Roberts, and another organizer, Brock Daily, met with Connie West, the owner of The Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada, “so we can fix this monster he created that is beneficial to the people and my community,” West told ABC News.

The Little A’Le’Inn is the venue for “Alienstock,” and West said she is expecting 800 to 1,000 people on her property. She has 10 hotel rooms which were fully booked within two days of the Facebook event’s posting which can accommodate four to eight people each. She also has acres reserved for camping and parking.

Roberts is accepting donations to cover event costs like security, porta-potties, personnel and stages.

Still, the time frame is tight to pull off a mass event of such scale in such a remote area. Rachel, Nevada, at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, had a population of 54.

“The whole thing from the get-go, is gone wrong,” Higbee said. “I’ve talked to different promoters, including where they do Burning Man. The first Burning Man they started planning a year and a half in advance. We’ve had two months.”

The town also doesn’t have a gas station so it’s advising attendees to fuel up on the way.

“We didn’t ask for this, people,” Higbee said. “People could just stay home and I’d be happy. It wouldn’t bother me a bit.”

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

California teen sues after bodycam footage shows officer punching him

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iStockA California teenager has filed an excessive force lawsuit after body camera footage showed an officer punching the unarmed teen in the head and face several times.

An officer with the Fresno Police Department was captured on body camera punching 17-year-old London Wallace in January while raiding an apartment complex for wanted gang members.

Wallace was initially charged with resisting arrest, but prosecutors eventually dropped the charges. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office declined ABC News’ request for comment, citing its policy against commenting on cases involving minors. Wallace did not have any gang affiliations or criminal history, according to his attorney, Nolan Kane.

Kane said he expects the video to play a key role in the teen’s case against the department.

“It’s a very disappointing situation. You can see London Wallace crying. You can see him bleeding,” Kane told ABC’s Fresno station KFSN-TV on Wednesday. “He’s a high school kid. He likes playing basketball. He’s a nice, calm, timid person. … And you can kind of see that in the video. He’s not used to police contact.”

The lawsuit names the city of Fresno, the police department and Officer Christopher Martinez as defendants.

The department said it expects an internal investigation into the incident within the next 30 days. Martinez said he punched the teen “approximately three times in the face” after Wallace “attempted to push [Martinez] back” and “took a fighting stance,” according to the police report.

Martinez, according to the report, was “in fear that Wallace was going to push [Martinez] and other Officers over the side railing as he was pushing forward.”

“I punched Wallace approximately three times in the face in order to get him off me and to back him up,” Martinez wrote in the report. “Wallace continued to fight and he threw a punch at me, which grazed my left cheek.”

Martinez claims in the police report that Wallace continued to resist while on the ground and he “struck Wallace approximately two more times while he was on the ground and actively resisting.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the officer was placed on modified duty pending the results of the investigation.

“The video that I have reviewed certainly raises concerns and raises questions for me as a police chief,” Dyer told reporters Wednesday. “Those questions will be answered once all the video is reviewed, the interviews are conducted, the evidence is looked at and the investigation is complete.”

“Christopher Martinez attacked, punched and tackled Plaintiff to the ground resulting in serious injuries to Plaintiff, including but not limited to, a broken nose, bleeding and emotional distress,” the suit said. “At no point did Plaintiff pose a threat to Officer Christopher Martinez or any other Fresno Police Department Officer. At no point did Plaintiff disobey any orders from the Fresno Police Department.”

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

Miss Nevada stripped of her crown over her political posts, she says it’s because she supports Trump

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iStock(NEW YORK) — A beauty queen has been stripped of her title over her political posts, both she and the Ms. America Pageant organization said.

However, Katie Williams, the now-former Miss Nevada 2019 and a President Donald Trump supporter, believes if those posts expressed more liberal views there never would have been an issue.

The pageant says that isn’t so and Williams is “distorting the facts.” Ms. America said Williams was disqualified after she ignored the pageant’s “No Politics” rule on social media.

In an eight-minute Facebook video announcing that she was no longer Miss Nevada, Williams said she learned of the pageant’s decision on Aug. 18.

She said that pageant coordinators told her she was “too political.”

“I just don’t understand how you can censor someone with conservative values when I’m not even really saying anything that’s bad,” Williams said.

Prior to her being disqualified, Williams said she had been in contact with Susan Jeskie, the CEO of Ms. America, who told her she needed to create a separate Facebook page because she was posting about politics on one that she was also posting about the crown.

Williams created another Facebook page, but said the pageant still had issues.

In a statement, Ms. America said they asked Williams to keep separate social media accounts.

“One is for politics where she can voice her own opinion as Katie Williams and the other is a new Facebook page for the pageant representing Ms. Nevada State 2019,” according to the statement.

Williams appeared not to follow the requirements and continued to post on her personal page about both politics and the crown.

A recent Facebook post showed Williams counting down until the pageant, with the hashtag “Miss Nevada 2019.” In posts before and after that post, she expressed her political opinions — which include not believing birth control should be a right — and can be seen wearing a Trump 2020 hat in her profile picture.

The pageant shared screenshots of the contract that Williams signed acknowledging and accepting that the Ms. America Pageant was a “No Politics Pageant.” Her signature and initial can be seen in two spots.

Williams and the pageant agreed on the fact that Williams refused to answer multiple calls from the organization leading up to her crown being taken away.

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

Michael Drejka told police shooting victim stepped towards him, contrary to video evidence: Prosecutor

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iStock(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Just hours after gunning down a Florida father in front of his family in a dispute over a handicap parking space, the suspect told detectives he opened fire when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground and took one step toward him, a scenario that appears to go against a security video showing the victim step back when he saw the suspect pull a firearm.

A video of the lengthy interrogation of suspect Michael Drejka by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives was shown to a jury on Thursday, the second day of the 48-year-old suspect’s trial on a manslaughter charge stemming from the 2018 fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida.

“What’s going through my mind is he’s coming after me again. I was thinking he’s going to finish what he started,” Drejka told detectives, according to the interrogation video.

Drejka, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, told detectives that after the victim “blindsided me out of nowhere” and “tackled” him to the ground outside the Circle A store, he drew his Glock pistol from his holster as McGlockton took a step toward him.

“He barely took the second step before I pulled the trigger,” Drejka told detectives George Moffett and Richard Redman, according to the video.

He said that from his position on the ground, he never saw McGlockton’s face or hands before he fired.

“I could see his legs. I know he was a black guy, that’s all,” he told the detectives, according to the video.

He said McGlockton never said a word to him and he didn’t say anything to him before he shot him.

“If he hadn’t twitched, I would have never pulled the trigger,” Drejka had said. “The feet said he was coming toward me and so did the hips.”

Video footage from a security camera in front of the Circle A that captured the July 19, 2018, fatal shooting appears to contradict what Drejka told the detectives.

The security video, which has been played multiple times for the six-member jury, shows Drejka apparently arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, over why she was parked in a handicap space when McGlockton comes out of the store and shoves Drejka to the ground. In a split second, Drejka pulls his gun and fires as McGlockton was stepping away from the man, according to the security video.

During the interrogation, which Drejka submitted to after waiving his Miranda rights to remain silent, Det. Moffett challenged Drejka’s recollection of how the shooting transpired.

“What if I tell you I looked at the video and he took a step back?” Moffett asked Drejka.

Drejka responded, “I’d disagree.”

Drejka initially invoked Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” self-defense law that went into effect in 2005, allowing people to use lethal force if they consider their lives to be in imminent jeopardy. But Drejka and his attorneys have since scrapped that argument in favor of a plain self-defense case.

During the interrogation, which occurred almost 6 hours after the shooting, Drejka explained that he has a “pet peeve” about people parking in handicap spaces despite not being disabled himself. He said that when he saw Jacobs sitting in a car in the handicap space, he examined the front and rear of her car to see if it had a disabled person parking permit.

“I said it’s not very polite to park there when there’s other people that need to use this,” Drejka said he told Jacobs, according to the interrogation video. ‘”She says, “Is it affecting you directly?’ I said, ‘If my mother-in-law rolls in, yes it will.'”

On Wednesday, Jacobs testified that Drejka was yelling and cursing at her for parking in a handicapped spot. She said she was inside the car with her two younger children, an infant and a 3-year-old, and that Drejka “scared” her.

“He was more angry and aggressive. He was yelling and pointing and telling me where I should park,” Jacobs testified. “I just wanted this man to leave me alone, just leave me and my babies alone.”

Moffett, during the interrogation, asked Drejka why he didn’t call law enforcement when he saw Jacobs in the handicap spot, saying, “wouldn’t you think it would be better instead of putting yourself in that type of circumstance that could escalate?”

Drejka responded, “Why bother you with stupid things like that?”

He said by the time law enforcement arrived, the person he complained about would have already left the scene, adding, “They always do.”

“When I just say something to a person about being parked there, I don’t expect it to go where it went,” Drejka told the detectives.

Moffett pressed him, asking if he was concerned about prompting a violent confrontation when he previously complained about people parking in handicap spaces.

Drejka answered, “That’s why I take precautions. I’m a very careful person. I have a [concealed weapon] permit.”

Near the end of the interrogation, Moffett informed Drejka that McGlockton had died.

“Thanks for telling me,” Drejka said.

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

California man accuses Jehovah’s Witnesses of covering up childhood sex abuse

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iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles man filed a lawsuit against the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization, accusing an adult elder of sexually abusing him when he was a child.

In the suit, Kevin Ramirez, 26, claims he was molested by an elder at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in San Dimas, California, for years, starting at the age of 6. The suit names various levels of the organization’s global hierarchy, including its eight-member governing body, as defendants.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, accuses the church of negligence, sexual battery and sexual harassment.

“You are taught to trust these elders with everything,” Ramirez told reporters Tuesday. “They are your mentors, they’re the equivalent to what a priest would be.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization told ABC News that it could not discuss pending litigation but that the organization’s practice is to always follow the law. “Watchtower’s stand on the subject of child abuse is very clear: we despise child abuse in any form,” it said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to anyone who suffered as a result of child sexual abuse.”

“In addition, Watchtower’s practice is to always follow the law, and we support the efforts of elders in congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses to do the same,” it added.

In the complaint, Ramirez alleges one elder used his position in the religious organization to gain the trust of several boys in the congregation and abuse them. He claims he was molested on multiple occasions between 1999 and 2001, when he was just 6 to 8 years old.

“He would fondle, he would touch and vice versa, he would make us touch him,” Ramirez said. “He would tell us that these are that things we need to do or if we don’t do them we won’t make them to what they call paradise.”

The abuse allegedly took place after church events, such as field service, bible study and during a Jehovah’s Witnesses Assembly, the suit said.

Ramirez, who is suing for an unspecified amount in damages, said he told his parents about the abuse in 2001. His family reported the allegations to the church, which allegedly discouraged them from going to the police, according to the lawsuit.

“Those Elders did not make a mandated child abuse report to law enforcement and affirmatively discouraged [Ramirez] and his parents from making such a report,” the lawsuit said.

The suit said the organization “acted with willful and conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others by ignoring warnings and complaints” about alleged sexual abuse involving “unsuspecting minors.”

Ramirez’ attorney, Irwin Zalkin, said the church and the governing board of the Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to protect him and other children.

“They have a pervasive and a severe problem of child sexual abuse within that organization that they’ve been covering up for decades,” Zalkin said Tuesday. “They do have what I refer to as a crisis of silence in the organization, they’re extremely secretive and keep themselves insulated from the outside world.”

Ramirez said he is now atheist and still struggles with trauma related to the abuse.

“Practically every time I drive by a Kingdom Hall I feel disgust because you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. You never know if kids are going through the same thing,” Ramirez said.

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019

Dave Chappelle to host free block party in wake of Dayton mass shootin

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Netflix/Lester Cohen(DAYTON) — Dave Chappelle is giving back to those affected by the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio.

According to the Gem City Shine Facebook event page, Chappelle is set to host the “Gem City Shine” block party and benefit concert in Dayton, Ohio. The event, which will honor the victims of the August 4th mass shooting that left nine people dead and 27 people injured, will also be strictly for Dayton residents.

“This event will honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends,” the Facebook event page said.

The free event will take place on Sunday, August 25 from 4 to 10 p.m. in the city’s Oregon district– the downtown area where the shooting took place.

Although free, tickets are required for admission and will available via Ticketmaster by registering via the website’s Verified Fan program.

Those that attend will receive a commemorative T-shirt in exchange for a $20 minimum donation that will go toward the tragedy fund at the Dayton Foundation.

Chappelle, a native of Ohio, lives with his family in Yellow Springs, a small town 20 miles outside of Dayton.

His fifth Netflix stand-up special, Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, launches on Netflix on August 26.

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Posted On 22 Aug 2019