Mr Zuma was caged for 15-months following an investigation into rampant corruption during his time as president. He was jailed on Tuesday, June 29 for contempt of court for failing to appear at a hearing in February of the inquiry into his activities. But he refused to go to prison and called on his armed supporters to protect him from being thrown behind bars, sparking chaos across parts of South Africa and forcing the government to take drastic action and send in the army.
Speaking to France 24, Sam Bradpiece said: “This announcement from the South African defence forces that they would be deploying in Gauteng province and Pretoria as well as KwaZulu Natal, Jacob Puma’s homeland.
“Is certainly a major announcement.
“You have to remember that before Mr Zuma’s imprisonment his supporters had warned of unrest should Mr Zuma go to prison.”
Mr Bradpiece went on to explain how there have been “six people killed so far” adding how “more than 200-people” have been arrested by the police.
He was forced to quit and hand over power to current President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 as pressure mounted over allegations and inquiries that he helped plunder South Africa’s fortunes.
The Zondo commission, which is examining the allegations, uncovered how Mr Zuma allowed the Indian-born billionare brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta to steal state resources and gain influence over government policy.
The brothers fled to Dubai after Zuma was kicked out – all deny any wrongdoing.
Mr Zuma also faces a separate court case involving a $ 2bn arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president which he denies involvement in.
Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest in case of man killed in Marq-E parking lot.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A shocking connection was revealed in the murder of a 37-year-old man who was killed in front of his family on Easter Sunday at a west Houston entertainment complex.
A shell casing found in the parking lot and surveillance video from the Marq-E Entertainment Center played a role in helping investigators, but it was the suspect’s own son shooting himself four days later that ultimately led to his arrest.
On April 4, Miguel Vasquez was leaving the Dave and Buster’s at the entertainment center with his 10-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed. His daughter wasn’t harmed during the attack.
Nicholas Thomas, 23, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting.
Prosecutors say Thomas may have targeted Vasquez for the watch he was wearing.
Thomas is seen on surveillance video approaching Vasquez, putting him in a chokehold, demanding his watch and shooting him, prosecutors say.
Just four days after the Dave and Buster’s shooting, prosecutors say Thomas’ 3-year-old son got a hold of the same gun he used and shot himself.
Police were able to tie the bullet in that case to a shell casing located at the Dave and Buster’s deadly shooting.
Prosecutors say it wasn’t just that. They say surveillance video also tied Thomas to the scene.
“The vehicle that was seen in the surveillance video matched the vehicle that was registered to the defendant’s girlfriend’s mother, who stated that the girlfriend was the primary driver, and then found that this defendant was actually a primary driver as well,” officials read in court Wednesday.
Thomas’ attorney asked for his bond to be set at $ 30,000, but prosecutors didn’t want any bond at all.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl at a south Austin Walmart Southpark Meadows in May, according to an Austin Police Department release.
Police say Seth Davidson Hilliker, 49, was arrested on Thursday, June 3 by members of APD’s Child Abuse Unit and the department’s Tac-Intel Unit. Police previously said the man “forcibly touched the child in a sexual manner” at the Walmart in Southpark Meadows on May 15 and then took off.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s sex offender database, Hilliker is a registered sex offender, stemming from a 2008 case.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence, you can seek support from APD Victim Services by calling (512) 974-5037.
APD says sexual abuse cases involving a stranger attack are uncommon and those that involve a child being targeted are extremely rare. Additionally, APD thanks the community for helping make this arrest.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call the APD Child Abuse tip line at (512) 974-6880, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD.
KXAN is working to find attorney information for Hilliker.
Author: KXAN Staff
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A 29-year-old man was arrested on sexual assault of a child charges after Cedar Park officers led him to the victim’s home using her Snapchat account.
The Cedar Park Police Department said Jorge F. Dela Cruz Rodriguez was arrested and taken to Travis County Jail on a $ 300,000 bond. He’s charged with online solicitation of a minor with intent to meet, a second-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
KXAN has reached out to Rodriguez’s attorney. We will update this story if we hear back.
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On May 6, a mother reported her daughter had been sexually assaulted by a man. Detectives found the victim and man began talking on Omegle, a chatroom website, then started using the social media app Snapchat to communicate.
Data gathered from Snapchat showed the victim and man began talking in October 2020. Messages were “sexual in nature” and included nude photos, videos and “discussions of the sexual acts the two had engaged in,” according to police.
Detectives went undercover and used the victim’s Snapchat over the course of a few days to lure the suspect to the victim’s home.
On May 19, the suspect came to the victim’s home where he was arrested without incident, police said.
Keeping your kids safe online
Cedar Park police strongly urge parents to talk with their kids about social media safety and avoiding strangers online. They say teach them not to reveal too much personal information online and how to identify red flags.
Some tips for parents include:
Educate yourself: Find out what kind of apps and sites your child is interested in. Read app reviews, age limits and fine print.
Make accounts: If you don’t have an account on the social media site your child wants to use, get one. Teach yourself the ins and outs of the site. Make sure you know what they can and cannot do, and decide what they should and shouldn’t do.
Teach them about posting: Deleting a post does not mean it’s permanently gone. All their online posts, comments, likes and shares are a part of their digital footprint. Posting inappropriate content could impact their online reputation. It could potentially hurt them when they get older.
Importance of privacy: Many social media sites request names, dates of birth, school names and hometown. Teach your children how much personal information is too much information online.
Cedar Park police also gave tips on how parents can regularly monitor their children’s social media accounts:
Most apps have an age requirement. Enforce it.
Check the privacy setting on apps regularly. Companies often update their privacy policies. Make sure you read the fine print.
Consider using a trusted security suite with parental controls on your child’s device. Enable all safety features that prevent children from accidently being exposed to inappropriate content online.
Make sure you change the settings on their devices to ask your permission before installing an app.
Learn slang. Kids have a language of their own when it comes to communicating online.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline to get help and resources. That number is 1 (800) 656-4673.
Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
For nearly 50 years, the murder of Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when she was stabbed to death and her body was discovered in a cornfield, baffled investigators in a Chicago suburb.
Detectives came and went, chasing leads and a list of potential suspects that never quite panned out.
But then a breakthrough in the unsolved case came last week, when the police in Naperville, Ill., announced that they had arrested a Minnesota man in the 1972 killing.
The man, Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, who lived within a mile of Julie’s home at the time that she was abducted, was taken into custody last Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, the authorities said.
The police said that genetic genealogy had connected Mr. Whelpley, a retired welder who was 27 at the time, to the crime. They would not elaborate on the specific dynamics of what led investigators to him, saying that they did not want to compromise their case against Mr. Whelpley, who is being held on $ 10 million bond.
“This was never a cold case for our police department,” Robert Marshall, the Naperville police chief, said during a news conference on Friday. “We were all conscious of Julie’s murder, looking for the killer.”
It was not immediately clear if Mr. Whelpley, of Mounds View, Minn., had a lawyer. The authorities were waiting to extradite him to Illinois.
The breakthrough, like more than 40 other arrests in long-unsolved cases, is once again being attributed to the science of genetic genealogy. The most notable such case led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 13 murders and nearly 50 rapes that terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s.
Genetic genealogy typically involves crosschecking DNA evidence with ancestry records, including those on popular ancestry database websites. Chief Marshall said that several private labs and companies had helped with the investigation, which spanned the careers of a number of detectives.
“This brutal crime haunted our community for many, many, many years,” he said.
On July 7, 1972, Julie borrowed her brother’s bike to go to a baseball game and never returned home, the authorities said. She was reported missing the next day, and her body was found in a cornfield in Naperville, which is about 30 miles west of Chicago.
Julie’s parents have died, but other family members, some of whom attended the news conference on Friday, thanked investigators in a statement that was read by Chief Marshall.
“As you might assume, it has been a long journey for our family,” the statement said. “We are forever grateful to all those who have worked on this case throughout the many years.”
James W. Glasgow, the state’s attorney for Will County, said that Julie’s case was the last of three murders of girls in the Naperville area in the 1970s that investigators were able to solve.
“So we have lived these crimes,” Mr. Glasgow said. “They’ve been over our shoulder our entire careers.”
Although there was speculation that the man convicted in the other two murders had also killed Julie, investigators did not believe that was the case, he said.
“These guys never rested,” he said of the investigators, “never put the file to the side.”
National Insurance scams have sadly become rife throughout the COVID-19 crisis, however, there will be some who have not yet experienced this. Scammers are stepping up their efforts to attack Britons, and it is important to be on guard against their tricks. The latest scam involves a phone call which people have reported receiving in recent hours and days.
If failing to do so, the caller says criminal proceedings will be started against an individual, and they could be forced to repay thousands in fraudulent transactions.
As individuals are dealing with their National Insurance number, the caller may also ask a person to confirm this detail, as well as name, date of birth and address.
This is a simple way for the fraudster to harvest personal and sensitive information from the unsuspecting call recipient.
It could go on to be used to try to gain access to accounts, or steal a person’s identity.
It is important to note none of the information on this scam call is true, and so Britons should always put the phone down before they can be exploited.
People should never hand over any sensitive information, particularly as official Government organisations would never ask for a person to do so.
It may also be able to offer individuals advice about how to continue to protect themselves.
Several individuals issued stark warnings about the National Insurance scam call via social media.
One person wrote: “I had it last week. Almost answered as it had a local code as the number.”
Another said: “All the ones I’ve had have come from numbers with the first eight digits the same as mine, oddly enough.”
A third individual penned: “Got yet another scam voicemail pretending to be NCA who were going to suspend my National Insurance number. These are annoying to me, but for someone who is vulnerable it could lead to ID theft. Always hang up, never press one.”
A fourth person warned: “Ignore them – it’s a scam! Your NI number doesn’t expire until you die.”
And one person who had sadly been victimised, warned others to stay alert.
They said: “This happened to me, and they ended up taking £100 from my account! They are so very bold.
FAIRFIELD TWP., New Jersey — New Jersey State Police announced on Tuesday that a woman who was being hospitalized for injuries sustained in a mass shooting over the weekend has been declared clinically dead.Braylin Holmes, 19, of Millville, was one of the 14 people shot on Sunday at a house party on Commerce Street in Fairfield Township Sunday night.
Holmes had just returned home for the summer from college in Virginia. She was studying to be a social worker.
Authorities say Holmes was declared clinically deceased on Monday night, but she’s being kept on life support for organ donation purposes. Holmes is the third victim to die in the shooting.
Also on Tuesday, state police announced a second arrest in this case. Darrell Dawkins, 30, of Bridgeton was charged with numerous weapons offenses. Police say it does not appear he was the gunman.
On Monday, Kevin Dawkins, 36, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with the shooting.
Investigators have also not revealed whether the men were related.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Bridgeton police officers found Dawkins armed with a handgun near the Maplewood Garden Apartments on Sunday morning. Dawkins was allegedly found lying down beside a tree with the handgun clutched in his right hand. He was arrested without incident.
Authorities say Dawkins was in possession of the same handgun while at the party, and that witnesses identified him as holding and discharging the weapon at the property, the document says.
However, it’s unclear if bullets from Dawkin’s weapon struck anyone at the party.
The two other victims killed in the shooting have been identified as Kevin Elliott, 30, and Asia Hester, 25.
Investigators say someone emerged from the woods and started firing. Neighbors said they heard popping noises that sounded like fireworks.
“We started seeing cops flying down the road, state troopers coming down this way, helicopters in the air and I’m like, ‘This is nuts, man,'” recalled Joeron Pierce, who lives nearby.
Chopper video showed the aftermath on Sunday morning. A tent that appeared to have been knocked over was on the ground. Debris was scattered around the yard.On Monday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal called the shooting a targeted attack. The motive for the shooting is still being investigated. Multiple firearms and shell casings were recovered from the scene, Grewal said. He added that the state will be working with federal partners to determine where the guns originated from and whether they can be linked to other recent acts of violence in the area.
“This was a birthday party. A birthday party is supposed to be a joyous event, not a target for those hellbent on inflicting harm on a community,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.
Tiffany Kowalchick worked with Hester at the Jefferson Health in Washington Township.
“She would selflessly travel all the way from Bridgeton to Washington Township to work with the sick and elderly… She would clean and bath them as if they were her own family. Asia truly had a heart of gold,” said Kowalchick in a statement to Action News.
Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said it is estimated that several hundred people were at the party.
Webb-McRae said the wounded victims ranged in age from 19 to 35, included both men and women, and all were Cumberland County residents.
John Fuqua, of the Life Worth Living organization, said his nephew’s friend was among those who were shot.
“He was running for his life. He got on the ground, he had to crawl,” Fuqua said. “It wasn’t a shooting gallery, it wasn’t a hunting expedition, it was a party and a few bad apples chose to turn it into something else.”
Rev. Michael Keene of the Trinity AME Church heard the gunfire. The church that sits right across the street from the shooting scene. “I just started hearing at first what I thought was fireworks, it was really gunshots, and I heard nine in rapid succession,” said Rev. Keene.Community leaders said the gathering was a 90s-themed birthday party and was attended mostly by young people.
“We have a lot of challenges in this community and we’ve had a lot of tragedies,” said Melissa Helmbrecht of the HopeLoft Community Center.
Helmbrecht said the partygoers were excited about the warm weather and opportunity to get together.
“I’m just worried for our friends, our family, our employees. Over the coming days we’re going to have a lot of pieces to put back together,” she said.
“If you’re going to a party, why do you need to take a gun?” asked Keene. “If you’re there to have a good time, why do you need a gun with you? That means you’re expecting trouble to me.”
Fuqua said it will take the efforts of the entire community to help.
“This ain’t a sit back on the sideline and watch activity, this is about boots on the ground. You’ve got to get on the floor, you’ve got to get your knees a little bit dirty if we want to clean up our community,” Fuqua said.
Any attendees with information are asked to contact New Jersey State Police at 856-451-0101 or submit a tip to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Ofice at njccpo.org/tips
Patients with refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) receiving “hyperinvasive” rather than standard care had better overall outcomes, researchers in the randomized Prague OHCA trial conclude.
The primary endpoint, survival at 180 days with a favorable neurologic outcome, defined as a cerebral performance category (CPC) score of 1 or 2, was numerically higher with the hyperinvasive strategy vs standard care, but this difference did not reach statistical significance (32% vs 22%, P = .09).
Although the primary efficacy endpoint was not met overall, it was attained in the subgroup of patients who received CPR for 45 minutes or longer, leading to early stopping of the trial, Jan Bělohlávek, MD, PhD, reported, in a Late-Breaking Clinical Trials session at the virtual American College of Cardiology 2021 Scientific Session.
Dr Jan Bělohlávekk
“This study, the largest randomized controlled trial that has been conducted to address this question, shows that the hyperinvasive approach is a feasible and effective treatment strategy in refractory OHCA,” Bělohlávek, professor of medicine at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, concluded.
“We know that we do not harm patients by implementing a hyperinvasive approach and we probably improve outcome of those who are truly refractory,” he elaborated to theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology in an email. “And the results are also well in line with the results of the recently published ARREST trial,” that appeared last year in The Lancet.
Moreover, this was “a very hard primary endpoint (180 days favorable survival),” even though the study was designed 10 years ago, Bělohlávek noted, adding that “many similar studies use just 30 days.”
Despite not reaching a significant difference in the primary endpoint, based on secondary endpoints and subgroups (patients resuscitated over 45 minutes and crossovers), the trial’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board deemed it unethical to continue randomization, he reported, and the trial was stopped after randomly assigning 256 of a planned 570 patients.
It is important to put these findings into context, Bělohlávek emphasized. “In our study, over 98% of patients had bystander CPR, over 75% had telephone-assisted CPR, and the whole protocol enrolled only 6% from all cardiac arrest cases attended. ”
Patients in the standard care group received guideline-recommended continued advanced cardiovascular support (ACLS), including manual CPR, defibrillation, medical therapy, and transport to hospital if return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) was attained.
Patients in the hyperinvasive care group, on the other hand, were placed on a mechanical chest compression device and immediately transported to the cardiac center cath lab where they were placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to receive extracorporeal CPR (ECPR) if their heartbeat had not been restarted en route.
Panelist Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, congratulated the researchers on this “critically important trial on resuscitation.”
“While the primary outcome at 6 months did not quite reach statistical significance, there’s clearly a very important trend,” said Indik, a professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
High Rate of Bystander CPR
Importantly, the study also showed that “highly effective prehospital care, a high percentage of bystander CPR, dispatch center-directed CPR, and close cooperation with an experienced cardiac arrest center” contribute to better outcomes after OHCA, Bělohlávek stressed.
The 99% bystander CPR was “absolutely phenomenal,” Indik commented. This was the rate in the study, Bělohlávek noted, “but our average bystander CPR percentage in Prague is over 80% for all cardiac arrests,” which is very high.
However, “this approach has to be done by an extremely experienced center,” he stressed. “I would like to point out that we had a so-called simulation phase before we started the trial,” he said, where EMS personnel and others received training in the new protocol.
Based on historical data available when the study design was study design was published in 2012, the researchers expected that only 10% of patients being resuscitated for 45 minutes or more would survive. However, among patients receiving this lengthy CPR, 22% of patients in the standard arm survived.
This shows that the “hyperinvasive protocol training actually improved outcomes in the standard arm, and I consider this the most beneficial byproduct of the study,” Bělohlávek stated.
The training was designed to maximize speed and efficiency from witnessed cardiac arrest to arrival at the hospital, he clarified in a press briefing.
“We had to train the teams from EMS for intensive resuscitation, meaning high-quality cardiac massage,” he said. In the hyperinvasive protocol, the coordinator receives a text message from the dispatch center when telephone-assisted CPR is stopped. “This alert and the communication between the EMS teams on the scene, the hospital, and the dispatch center is very important,” Bělohlávek emphasized.
Asked whether prehospital intra-arrest cooling was part of the hyperinvasive procedure, as described in the protocol paper, he said that in the hyperinvasive care group, they used the RhinoChill device to provide intranasal cooling for patients en route to the hospital, but the device was not available after 2016, so this intra-arrest cooling was only performed on the first 35 or 40 patients in that group.
Indik asked if venoarterial ECMO, which is associated with potential bleeding (vascular access ischemia), “balanced, of course by potential benefit on survival,” could have contributed to worse outcomes.
Bělohlávek said that they expected more bleeding in the hyperinvasive care group than in the standard care group, which they did see (31% vs 15%, P = .014).
However, the patients being resuscitated for 46 to 58 minutes were a “really very desperate population,” he noted. Many patients in the standard care group were declared dead on the scene, whereas all patients in the hyperinvasive group except one were admitted to the hospital.
The researchers enrolled eligible adults who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Prague between March 1, 2013 and October 25, 2020.
From 4345 cases of OHCA, 264 patients (6%) had witnessed OHCA which was from cardiac causes, and they had survived at the scene, but they had no return of spontaneous circulation. Of these, 256 patients with consent were randomly assigned to receive hyperinvasive care (n = 124) or standard care (n = 132).
Patient and OHCA characteristics were similar in both groups. On average, patients were 58 years old and 83% were men. Two thirds of the cardiac arrests occurred in a public place (36%) or at home (34%). The cardiac arrest was caused by acute coronary syndrome in half of the patients, and 60% of the patients had ventricular fibrillation.
The rates of bystander CPR and telephone-assisted CPR were very high, (99% and 79%, respectively). The average time from collapse to randomization was 25 minutes, and a third of the patients had intermittent ROSC.
On average, CPR was given for a longer time in the hyperinvasive care group than in the standard care group (58 minutes vs 46 minutes, respectively, P = .037), and more patients in the hyperinvasive care group received CPR lasting 45 minutes or longer (73% vs 55%, P = .01).
In secondary outcomes, more patients in the hyperinvasive group than in the standard care group had 30-day neurologic recovery (31% vs 18%, P = .02), but there was no significant between-group difference in percentage of patients with 30-day cardiac recovery.
Strikingly, in the subgroup of patients who received CPR for 45 minutes or longer, more patients in the hyperinvasive group had 6-month survival with favorable neurologic outcomes (20 patients vs 6 patients, P = .018). Notably, 4 of those 6 patients in the standard care group had crossed over from the hyperinvasive group.
Although the study protocol allowed between-group crossover, this was low; 11 patients (8.3%) crossed over from standard care to hyperinvasive care, and 9 patients (7.2%) were switched to hyperinvasive care from standard care when hyperinvasive care was deemed likely to be futile.
The study was funded by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Bělohlávek and Indik have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2021 Annual Scientific Session: Session 410-10. Presented May 17, 2021.
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is accused in a string of north Austin food truck robberies that happened earlier this year, starting in January 2021.
Joshua Terrell Moore, 29, is charged with aggravated robbery in four of the seven robberies Austin police are investigating. He also faces one count of a stolen firearm, according to the Austin Police Department.
Because of the similar manner of each crime, officers determined the robberies were carried out by the same suspect or suspects.
Moore also fit the description of the suspect given by the victims. KXAN has reached out to his attorney and is waiting to hear back.
APD continues to investigate the other three robberies and conduct interviews. All seven of the robberies happened at the same three food trucks that are within one to two miles of each other, Google Maps shows.
Tacos Dos Hermanos, 8807 North Lamar Boulevard: robbed three times
La Chilinguita, 408 East Rundberg Lane: robbed three times
Raul’s Taqueria, 601 East Rundberg Lane: robbed once
Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin