News of the Force: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Page 2

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Jan 21, 2018, 5:45:37 PM1/21/18
                                                NEWS OF THE FORCE: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Page 2

US Coast Guard

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The US Coast Guard says five vessels have been stranded by ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. The Coast Guard said it's sent USCGC Biscayne Bay to assist the vessels.
     On the Pungo River in North Carolina, t
he body of a 45-year-old tow boat captain that went missing was recovered yesterday evening, two days after his boat capsized. The US Coast Guard says the Hertford County dive team recovered the body at around 4 p.m., yesterday, approximately 50 feet from where his vessel  sank.
     Response to an ice jam near Ontario on Jan. 11th included the Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley, which was escorting four US-flagged freighters.
     Crews are working to contain an oil spill that has created a sheen spanning five miles of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon, the US Coast Guard said yesterday. The oil contamination was reported coming from a dilapidated pier near the Cannery Pier Hotel. The pier houses the Union Fishermans' Cooperative.
     Three duck hunters have been rushed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., after their boat overturned in Long Island Sound. The US Coast Guard was notified of the boating accident around 10 a.m. yesterday. The hunters fell into the water of Mumford Cove. Two of them died at the hospital, and the third is in critical condition.
     The Coast Guard is searching for man in the water approximately 55 nautical miles southeast of Fort Morgan, Ala. According to a news release, Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at 6:52 a.m., yesterday, from the pleasure craft Motion Granted, a 41-foot Hattaras, that 40-year-old Matthew Willis had gone overboard.
     A Coast Guard cutter will be out of service for the "foreseeable future after suffering a critical engine failure. On Friday, while on the St. Mary's River, USCGC Biscayne Bay suffered a failure of one of its main diesel engines. No one on board the ship was injured.
     And t
he City Council in Crystal River, Fla., tomorrow evening will vote on whether to give staff the go-ahead for negotiations with the Key TrainingCenter to purchase four and a half lots and two hurricane-damaged buildings at 148 N.E. 5th St, the former site of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Crime and police
     Multiple killers played a role in the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman - contrary to the widely-circulated murder-suicide theory initially leaked by law enforcement, sources have said, citing a parallel probe by a team of private investigators hired by the couple's family. The 75-year-old chairman of Apotex and his 70-year-old wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto, Canada, home.
Police in Springfield, Ohio, are investigating a robbery at the Security National Bank's Western Office, at 920 W. Main St. Police say they have a good description of the robber and they are searching the area.
     Friends of a deputy US Marshal slain during a shootout with a wanted suspect are remembering him as a gifted athlete and natural leader. says people in the area of central Pennsylvania where Christopher David Hill grew up are devastated by his fatal shooting early Thursday morning.
     Two people climbed flagpoles outside Union Station in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon and unveiled a banner that read "Don't Trump our communities" in a peaceful demonstration that led to six arrests.
     An Albuquerque, N.M., woman faces up to eight years in prison when sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of assaulting a federal officer. Authorities said 38-year-old Charmaine Peralta bit and repeatedly kicked a US Marshals Service fugitive task force member.
     The Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force teamed up to make the arrest of a man in Laredo for a fatal shooting on that city's north side.
     And "big ticket" federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the US Marshals Service, will see more than 80 percent of their work force, and virtually all field personnel, "excepted" from the government's shutdown.

The parting shots
     President Trump may be having an extramarital affair in the White House, according to the latest bombshell claim from Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff. Wolff said Friday on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher that he was "absolutely sure" of such a tryst, but acknowledged that he lacked "ultimate proof."
     Oscar-winning actress 
Natalie Portman revealed yesterday that she was the object of a rape fantasy at the age of 13 and gave up on numerous roles while suffering through what she called an "environment of sexual terrorism."
     And New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy told a crowd of thousands at a Women's March event in Morristown that she had been sexually assaulted while in college.



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