Deputy killed While Pursuing Orlando Suspect
It’s been a tragic day for law enforcement in Orlando, Florida. A police officer, Debra Clayton, was shot and killed near a Wal-Mart early today. As police set out in search of the suspect, a sheriff’s deputy was killed in a motorcycle crash. A massive manhunt continues for the suspect in the shooting, Markeith Loyd. Police Chief John Mina says Loyd also is wanted in the slaying of a pregnant woman.
Accused Airport Shooter Appears In Court
Esteban Santiago has made a court appearance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida — answering questions from a magistrate judge in a clear voice before being ordered back behind bars.
Santiago is facing charges in the fatal shooting of five people in Fort Lauderdale’s airport on Friday. He told the judge today that he understands the charges, which could carry the death penalty. More than a dozen officers kept watch outside the courthouse. Santiago has been in custody since the Friday afternoon shooting.
Rockville Woman Harassed For BLM Banner
A Rockville woman says she’s been harassed for displaying a “Black Lives Matter” banner. The 30-year-old woman says she hung the banner from the front of her Azalea Drive home until her condo association asked her to take it down on Friday. She told police the next day, someone threw eggs at her vehicle, wrapped the car in toilet paper, and left a threatening note on the windshield. Rockville City Police say they are investigating the case as a hate crime.
Bone-Chilling Cold In The DC Area
The DC area is starting off the week on a numbingly cold note. Temperatures barely touched the mid-20s yesterday, and it’ll be more of the same today with wind chills in the teens. Because of the frigid temperatures, schools in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland are calling today off. Public schools in Spotsylvania County, King George County, Saint Mary’s County and Calvert County are closed today.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.