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TN Man Threatens to Kill US Officials
WATE News Friday September 16, 2016

WATE:

"A Murfreesboro man was arrested by FBI agents Friday morning on charges of threatening to murder a United States official.

Keahiokahouna Stewart, 36, also faces charges for transmitting in interstate commerce, a communication containing a threat.

According to a criminal complaint, Stewart sent threatening emails and posted threatening videos to Instagram accounts he created between August and September of this year.

The complaint says Stewart indicates he will fly from Nashville to Honolulu on Nov. 1 with the intent of shooting people at the courthouse.

His alleged targets were U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, who represents the State of Hawaii, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the 2nd District for the State of Hawaii.

A press release says the complaint notes Stewart sent a series of “grievances” to various federal officials and departments, including Sen. Hirono and Gabbard, asking about his own social security number.

“Stewart falsely believed that his SSN had been duplicated and issued to a fellow soldier he met while stationed at Camp Stanley in Korea in 2002,” says U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

“In subsequent correspondence to the Social Security Administration and Department of Defense, Stewart demands he be awarded 100 percent disability and $50 billion,” Rivera continues.

Stewart is accused of then visiting Sen. Hirono’s office in Washington DC in May 2015, which resulted in the Capitol Police being called.

Stewart allegedly continued to post comments about the issue and display himself with firearms thereafter on both Facebook and Instagram.

“In an Instagram video posted by Stewart on September 8, 2016, he states that he is flying to Honolulu on November 1, 2016, and will be traveling with an AR-15 and two handguns. Stewart further states that he has already shipped a silencer for one of the handguns and that it is stored in a garage in Waianae, Hawaii,” the press release notes.

Stewart had, in fact, purchased an airline ticket for that trip, investigators learned. This case is being investigated by the FBI and the United States Capitol Police."

(Story Courtesy WATE)

 


Former State Trooper Convicted of Solicitation of Statutory Rape
Samantha Thursday September 15, 2016

A former THP Trooper has been convicted with one charge of solicitation of statutory rape. Authorities began investigating 45 year old David Rorer on June 3rd of this year, when they received reports that Rorer had made inappropriate statements to an underage girl, attempting to get her to have sexual relations with him. The charge was handed down Tuesday. Rorer was booked into the Carroll County jail on a $1000 bond, and has lost his employment with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

 


Memphis Fire Survivor Pronounced Brain-Dead
Samantha/WATE Thursday September 15, 2016

The young boy who survived Monday’s deadly Memphis house fire has been declared brain-dead. Cameron’s father did confirm that the 8 year-old is now on life support. This fire also killed the boy’s six siblings and three adults. The father stated that they are planning on donating Cameron’s organs, in the hopes of helping another child and saving another family from the pain they are experiencing. Since the blaze broke out on Monday, officials have stated that an electrical malfunction with a power cord hooked up to an A/C unit is what caused the fire.

 


Bristol Battle Bulbs
Alan Spector Wednesday September 14, 2016

If you went to the Battle at Bristol, you might have gotten a t-shirt or a hat to remember the weekend. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce is offering a new way to do that. The historic State Street sign in Bristol was glowing orange and red during the game last weekend. That's because the traditional bulbs were changed out for Tennessee and Virginia Tech colored bulbs. Now that the game is over, Local 8 News reports the Bristol Chamber of Commerce is selling those bulbs. UT fans can buy an orange one for $10. The bulbs can be ordered online at http://www.bristolchamber.com/store/commemorative-light-bulb.

 


No. 1 With a Bullet
Alan Spector Wednesday September 14, 2016

Tennessee is number-one in the nation in a category that you wouldn't want to brag about. The Safe Tennessee Project says the state led the country in the number of accidental shooting deaths in 2014. The Project says there were 105 fatalities, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were only 19 accidental shooting deaths the year before. The big increase spanned all age groups.

 

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