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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Husband, Stepdaughter Charged In Jacquelyn Smith's Killing Waive Extradition - A man and his daughter await extradition from Texas to Maryland after police said their story about panhandlers killing Jacquelyn Smith was completely made up.

Keith Smith, 52, of Aberdeen, and his daughter, Valeria Smith, 28, of Baltimore, were arraigned Monday morning in Cameron County, Texas, Magistrate Court.
Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Sunday that Keith Smith and Valeria Smith were arrested Sunday morning in Harlingen, Texas, near the Mexico border.

"During the course of our investigation, we have developed evidence that Mr. Smith was leaving Maryland, so we made appropriate national notifications, and the Texas State Police arrested him this morning (Sunday)," Harrison said.
Keith Smith and Valeria Smith are being held without bail, and the next step will be an extradition hearing. They waived extradition Monday and could be returned to Maryland within the next few days.

Baltimore police said homicide detectives will be in Texas by Tuesday to try to interview Keith Smith and Valeria Smith and to return them to Baltimore.

Cameron County, Texas, District Attorney Luis V. Saenz released a statement, saying, "Today, I assisted in an extradition in the 404th District Court for Keith Smith and Valeria Smith. The Smiths, who are stepfather and stepdaughter, were arrested by Texas DPS Troopers yesterday on a warrant out of Maryland for First Degree Murder and booked at the Carrizales Detention Center. Today, they waived extradition before Judge Louis Sorola. Maryland authorities now have 10 days to transport them. The high-profile case is generating national interest because the Smiths are accused of fabricating an elaborate story in which the victim, who is the wife/mother of the defendants, was killed by a panhandler. Maryland authorities now have reason to believe they are the main suspects in the murder."

Source WBAL

Argentine Model, Natacha Jaitt, Allegedly Murdered for Exposing Pedophile Ring - Last year, an entertainment personality from Argentina named Natacha Jaitt made explosive allegations against dozens of high-profile celebrities throughout her home country, while implicating their involvement in an underage prostitution ring. During that time, she indicated that she feared for her life, writing on Twitter that people would look to silence her for speaking out against the country's rich and famous.

"WARNING: I am not going to commit suicide," Jaitt wrote in a tweet from April of 2018, while emphasizing that "I am not going to take too much cocaine and drown in a bath, or shoot myself. So if this happens, it wasn't me. Save this Tweet."

Sure enough, last month Jaitt was found dead at a "private events facility" north of Buenos Aires, prompting conspiracy theories that she was killed for exposing the evil secret of the alleged child prostitution ring. Meanwhile, her lawyer believes that she was murdered for not only her previous revelations, but for more damaging information she was ready to reveal in the days ahead. "I do not believe that it was because of previous accusations she made," her lawyer said in a statement, "I believe it is because she wanted to reveal something else, something new."

Additionally, the lawyer is urging the investigators to focus on Jaitt's producer and friend, Raúl Velaztiqui, who's reportedly already been arrested for giving alleged "false testimony" to police about the circumstances surrounding Jaitt's death.

Jaitt was a well-known media personality who previously worked as a model, actress, escort, and TV and radio host, who her friends maintain was no longer using drugs after a history of drug abuse. She is survived by her two children and her brother, while news of her death will likely shed more light on the supposed corruption and abuse that she looked to expose.


Kylie Jenner Reportedly Becomes the Youngest Billionaire Ever - Following months of contentious debates over whether or not Kylie Jenner should be considered "self-made," what's now been confirmed is that she's officially the world's youngest billionaire no matter how you want to call it. Forbes just released their annual list of the world's richest people for 2019, and sure enough, Kylie hit the milestone of one billion that was predicted earlier last year.

Interestingly enough, Forbes has apparently doubled-down on the claim that Kylie is, in fact, a "self-made" billionaire after all, while noting that the last self-made billionaire was Mark Zuckerberg, who through Facebook reached the milestone at the age of 23.

Kylie, however, has reportedly earned her billion dollar net worth through her makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics, and in doing so she's become the youngest billionaire ever at the age of 21. "I didn’t expect anything," Kylie told Forbes upon hearing the news, "I did not foresee the future. But (the recognition) feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back."

Meanwhile, whether the idea of Kylie being self-made will still be left up to interpretation, what can't be dismissed is the power and influence of the Kardashian family.

Source: TMZ

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Oprah Winfrey to host ‘After Neverland’ Special with Michael Jackson Accusers - Oprah Winfrey is set to host a Q&A with Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that will air on HBO and OWN after the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which details allegations of sexual abuse by the late pop superstar.

“Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland” will air at 10 p.m. March 4 immediately following the second installment of the four-hour documentary directed by Dan Reed. The doc and Robson and Safechuck’s claims have been vigorously denied by members of Jackson’s family.

Reed will join Robson and Safechuck in the Q&A to be recorded Thursday in front of an audience of sexual abuse survivors and those whose lives have been impacted by abuse. The first half of “Leaving Neverland,” which made waves at the Sundance Film Festival last month, debuts March 3 on HBO.

Winfrey’s discussion with the trio will also be made available as part of her “Oprah SuperSoul Conversations” podcast.

Robson and Safechuck maintain they were molested by Jackson after he befriended them at the ages of seven and 10, respectively. The two previously testified in support of Jackson as he battled other molestation accusations. But now the pair are recounting their experiences in graphic detail.

Members of Jackson’s family have sought to block HBO from airing the documentary. And they are on a media blitz this week to deny the litany of allegations in the documentary and question Robson and Safechuck’s credibility given their shifting statements. Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol.

“The facts are public record. I mean what he testified under oath are all the different things that he said,” Marlon Jackson, an older brother of Michael, told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday.

Source Page Six

Several Firefighters Hurt Battling Baltimore Fire - Baltimore City fire officials said six firefighters were injured Wednesday morning in an east Baltimore townhome fire.

Officials said they were called at 8:10 a.m. for the 2-alarm fire in the 400 block of N. Glover Street. Five firefighters sustained burns and one firefighter sustained second-degree burns, officials said. All injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said the injured firefighters may have been taken to Hopkins Bayview for treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source WBAL

Michael Cohen Turned up Trump Accusations Amid GOP Criticism - Shaking off criticism from House Republicans, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer declared under oath Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time and embraced the news when told that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Michael Cohen also testified that Trump is a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat."

Cohen, called to testify by Democrats over the objections of Republicans, suggested that Trump also implicitly told him to lie about a Moscow real estate project. Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the project, which he says Trump knew about as Cohen was negotiating with Russia during the 2016 election campaign.

The hearing was producing the most damning depiction to date of Trump's campaign and business operations from a onetime member of his inner circle. It was the latest step in Cohen's evolution from legal fixer for the president — he once boasted he'd "take a bullet" for Trump — to a foe who has implicated him in federal campaign finance violations.

"I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty, of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him," Cohen said. "I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is."

Democrats asked Cohen about details of his accusations against Trump, while Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee focused on assailing him and his credibility.

Accused at length by one GOP lawmaker of being a pathological liar, Cohen responded, "Sir, are you referring to me or the president?"

A "racist," a "con man," and a "cheat" — those are just a few of the accusations Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime attorney, leveled against his old boss during his highly anticipated public appearance before Congress on Wednesday.

Cohen delivered a damning account of the president's business and campaign practices just hours after Trump opened the second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. Cohen is being grilled by members of the House Oversight Committee. Republicans, including Trump, have argued Cohen is an opportunistic liar whose word cannot be trusted.
Source WBAL

Chicago Will Elect 1st Black Woman As Mayor This Spring - A former federal prosecutor and a county board leader will face each other in a runoff to become Chicago’s first black female mayor after leading a large field Tuesday that included a member of the Daley family that has dominated the city’s politics for much of the last six decades.

Political outsider Lori Lightfoot, who was a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters among 14 candidates, but neither received more than the 50 percent needed to avoid an April 2 runoff. The winner will succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel did not seek re-election.

Source Huff Post

Michael Cohen Testimony live before the House Oversight Committee - President Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen is testifying before lawmakers on Capitol Hill as Washington prepares for the final report from the special counsel's nearly two-year investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. 

According to his prepared remarks, provided to CBS by a congressional source, Cohen is expected to tell the committee, "He [Trump] racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat." He'll testify about hush money payments and the Trump Tower Moscow project, and he has provided documents to back up his unflattering statements about his former boss.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mother, Son Dead After One-Car Crash; Daughter Critically Injured - A mother and her 9-year-old son were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Woodlawn Thursday night, Baltimore County police said. The woman's 5-year-old daughter was critically injured.

Police say Tanja Tanesha Shields, 28, of the 5500 block of Wesley Avenue in west Baltimore was driving her 2017 Nissan Altima headed west on Gwynn Oak Avenue, approaching Park Drive around 11:05 p.m. when she lost control of her car. It went over a raised median and across the eastbound lanes, where it struck a tree and caught fire. Witnesses were able to extract all three occupants, police said.

Shields and her son, Khalil M. Wyche, were pronounced dead at area hospitals. Her daughter remains in critical condition.

Police say none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and none of the children were in car seats. Police continue to investigate other factors that led to the crash.

Source WBAL

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mother Upset After Son Kicked Out of Class Over Pledge of Allegiance - An 11-year-old Polk County student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and after explaining his reasons, he was kicked out of class and eventually arrested for being disruptive and disobeying commands to calm down and leave the classroom.

He was also suspended for three days.

The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said her son is in gifted classes and has been bullied at the school in the past.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

The incident started when a substitute teacher asked the student to stand up for the pledge.

The student reportedly told the substitute teacher the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.

In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." She said he then said, "they brought me here."

She said she replied by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

She wrote, "Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him."

Dhakira Talbot said the teacher was wrong.

"She was wrong. She was way out of place," Talbot said. "If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should've resolved that in a way different manner than she did," Talbot said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the school resource officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist and was disruptive. They said he threatened to get the school resource officer and principal fired and to beat the teacher.

The student, who was with his mother when she was interviewed, told Spectrum Bay News 9 he didn’t threaten to beat the teacher.

Talbot is working with the Poor and Minority Justice Association to get some help with the matter.

"I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot said.

A spokeswoman with the school district said students aren't required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, but the substitute teacher wasn't aware of this. The spokeswoman said the substitute teacher will no longer be able to work at any of the district's schools and the district is still looking into the matter.