Archive for May 6th, 2010

Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees

May 6, 2010
By George Kiriyama
updated 1 hour, 46 minutes ago

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

“They said we could wear it on any other day,” Daniel Galli said, “but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.”

The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.

“They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended,” Dominic Maciel, Galli’s friend, said.

The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they’re angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, “total nonsense.”

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel’s mom, said. “All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They’re expressing their individuality.”

But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

As for an apology, the boys and their families say, ‘fat chance.’

“I’m not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong,” Galli said. “I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I’m an American and I’m proud to be an American.”

The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district and the school do not see eye-to-eye on the incident and released the following statement:

The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.

The boys will not be suspended and were allowed to return to school Thursday. We spotted one of them when he got to campus — and, yes, he was sporting an American flag T-shirt.


Police: Teen With BB Gun Threatens Students

May 6, 2010
By NewsChannel 36 Staff
updated 7:15 p.m. ET, Thurs., May 6, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old is facing nearly a dozen charges after pointing a BB gun at students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

Police arrested Darryl Berry Thursday afternoon on Pondella Drive, not far from the school, which is located on Bilmark Avenue in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood.

Police say Berry, who is a student at Morgan School, was on the athletic field at MLK Middle Thursday afternoon, waving a BB gun and threatening students.

He is charged with one count of carrying a weapon on school grounds and 10 counts of communicating threats.

In late February, a seventh-grade student at MLK Middle was arrested after pointing at gun at other students and firing shots into the air.

Gastonia Man Accused of Terrorizing Community

May 6, 2010
By MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 E-mail Michelle:
updated 7:15 p.m. ET, Thurs., May 6, 2010

GASTONIA, N.C. — Police say Gary Burch has a death wish and has repeatedly terrorized his Gaston County neighborhood.

Now, officials are pushing to get the 49-year-old to a mental hospital.

“It was an automatic weapon. That’s something that’s serious,” said Michael Jones, who was helping out at the Save Mart on Union Road in Gastonia when, he says, Burch pulled out an assault rifle.

He says Burch tried to hide in his truck, but then took off. Police arrested him later that night, but not before he frightened some of his own neighbors.

“He told them he was a law enforcement officer, and that he was looking for somebody. He said that he was a federal agent,” said Sgt. Jeff Clark.

Clark says investigators know Burch well. They arrested him last week, too.

“He pointed a pistol at the officer as the officer pulled up,” Clark said. “We took him into custody. The officer said, ‘Doing things like that will get you shot.’ And he said, ‘That’s what you were supposed to do.'”

Police call it a death wish and say they first dealt with Burch in early April during a nine-hour standoff at his house. Burch’s ex-wife told a judge he is bipolar and schizophrenic.

“He’s in a movie in his head and nobody knows what’s going on with him,” she told the judge at Burch’s court appearance Thursday.

Police worry that movie may end with some very real consequences.

“I’ve been in law enforcement 26 years and, in my opinion, he’s one of the most dangerous people that are out there,” Clark said.

The district attorney plans to file a motion to send Burch to a mental hospital. He remains in jail under $5 million bond.

2 Charged With Murder in 3-Year-old’s Death

May 6, 2010
By NewsChannel 36 Staff
updated 7:15 p.m. ET, Thurs., May 6, 2010

LANCASTER, S.C. — Two men have been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl in Lancaster County.

Anthony Rodriekus Carter, 28, and Marico Stevens, 29, were charged on Thursday. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Carter was already in jail on unrelated charges and Stevens was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Three-year-old Jaylen Jackson died Monday after she was shot in the head while sitting in Stevens’ car outside a home on Athena Road.

Stevens is Jaylen’s mother’s boyfriend.

Sheriff Barry Faile said witness statements led to the arrests of Carter and Stevens. The sheriff did not release additional details on what may have led to the shooting.

Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty on Assault Charges

May 6, 2010
Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:09 PM
 NORFOLK, Va. — A military jury in Virginia found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on charges of punching a suspected Iraqi terrorist.

The jury deliberated nearly two hours before returning their verdict Thursday in the court-martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, according to Fox News.

The 24-year-old Perrysburg, Ohio, man was tried at Naval Station Norfolk on accusations of assaulting Ahmed Hashim Abed, who is suspected of plotting the 2004 slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

The defense suggested throughout the trial that Abed employed a standard terrorist tactic of feigning injury, perhaps even biting his own lip to spill blood onto his clothing.

The verdict followed four days of pre-trial motions, jury selection and testimony before a Judge Advocate General at the Naval Station Norfolk.

Earlier, another Navy SEAL charged was acquitted in connection with the Abed case, That SEAL, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas, took the stand for the defense Thursday morning.

Huertas said that he and the other two Navy SEALs, McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, visited the detention facility where Abed was being held, but that there was no assault.

Both Huertas and Keefe were found not guilty last month in separate trials in Baghdad.

Read the entire story at Fox News.

Retired Brownsville, PA Chief of Police Passes On at 68

May 6, 2010

 “Jerry” served on the Brownsville Police Force for 32 years where he retired as Chief of Police.

Retired Chief Gerald J. “Jerry” Elliott Sr., age 68, of Brownsville, Pennsylvania died Thursday, April 22, 2010. He was born on November 12, 1941 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He also served as a member of the Brownsville South Side Fire Department for 33 years.

 He also belonged to the following organizations: the Fraternal Order of Police, Brownsville Ambulance, Bridgeport Young Men’s Club, and Over The Hill Gang.

 He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Beverly Ann Ruffcorn Elliott; two brothers, Earl “Bill” Elliott and Jack H. “Zeke” Elliott; and his parents, Earl K. Elliott and Hazel Mae Bennett Elliott.

 Surviving are two sons: Gerald J. Elliott Jr. and his wife Mary Beth and David K. Elliott and his wife Jamie A.; a daughter, Crystal Lee Elliott Coffey and her husband James M.; grandchildren: Brandon Coffey, Erika Coffey, Cameron Coffey, Gabrielle Elliott and David K. Elliott Jr.; his “best friend in the world” Woody Nicholson; and his beloved dog of 12 years, Chi Chi.

 A Memorial Service will be held for “Jerry” on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF BROWNSVILLE at 512 Second Street with the Rev. Paul Sandusky officiating.

 Arrangements are under the direction of the BERNARD M. TOWNSEND FUNERAL HOME, 220 South Main Street, Masontown, PA 15461.