Officer Resigns After Jail Guard Incident
Washington City Council accepted the resignation of a city police officer who was involved in a heated incident at the Washington County Jail in May. Council agreed to accept the resignation of Officer Joseph Moore, saying that he tendered his resignation to pursue other interests. Moore was the officer shown on a surveillance video handcuffing Jail Captain Wendy Harris after she declined to accept a prisoner because she said he had a pre-existing medical condition and needed to be examined by a doctor and cleared before he could be admitted to the jail. Moore then handcuffed Harris and said he would file charges against her. No charges were ever filed, but Moore was placed on administrative duty last month. Harris, meanwhile, has indicated that she plans to file a lawsuit against Moore, the City of Washington and the city police department.
No Quorum Threatens Key Charleroi Project
Due to a lack of a quorum, Charleroi’s regular council meeting was cancelled, leaving council members in attendance upset that over 10 agenda items were left unresolved. According to Charleroi Councilwoman Jody Cheplic, one of the items not addressed could cost the borough nearly $1 million. According to Borough of Charleroi Council, the most important agenda item not addressed was the approval of a signed agreement with PennDot, granting council $968,000 in regard to Charleroi’s storm water project. According to Charleroi Councilman Larry Celaschi, other important agenda items could not be addressed such as, appointing two members to the regional police board, and nominating a council member to president. Those positions were left vacant following Charleroi’s agenda meeting on July 5 th. In addition, Charleroi could not approve the Oil and Gas lease with EQT Production Company and the instillation of handicap parking spacing. According to council members, a special meeting is needed to resolve the items not addressed last night.
"Cyber Intrusion" Reported In State Records Office
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania officials have revealed they had to shut down the state's online system for birth and death records for about a week after someone with apparent inside knowledge made unauthorized changes. State officials told The Associated Press on Friday the changes were "cosmetic modifications" but the intrusion triggered an extensive cyber investigation. They say the investigation found no breach of data. They say no records were found to have been viewed, altered, created or deleted. The Department of Health's computer system for vital records was offline from June 20 until June 26. The state says law enforcement is involved in the continuing investigation. Officials have not provided any more detail on the modifications they say were made.
University Removing Papa John's Name From Stadium
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Louisville is removing the Papa John's name from its football stadium. The school is taking action after the pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, reportedly complained that Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using a racial slur. University President Neeli Bendapudi announced change for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Friday, as the pizza chain said it is removing Schnatter's image from its marketing. Also being renamed is John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the university's business college. Schnatter has resigned from the university's board of trustees.
Trump Tweets, Golfs During Scotland Stay
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - President Donald Trump is tweeting about golf, blaming his predecessor for election hacking and hate-watching CNN, two days before a high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump is spending the weekend at his seaside Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.Aides had said he'd be busy preparing for Monday's summit in Helsinki, but Trump spent the first part of Saturday tweeting.
Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for failing to stop a dozen Russian military intelligence officers from hacking into emails belonging to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. He also continued to criticize CNN. Trump mocked network president Jeff Zucker as "Little Jeff Z" following a spat with a CNN correspondent at a news conference Friday in Britain.
DOJ Indicts 12 Russian Officers
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the Mueller investigation. That includes four former Trump campaign and White House aides and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway American public opinion in the 2016 election.
Trump Back In Scotland Ahead Of Putin Talks
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - President Donald Trump is back in Scotland, where he's spending the weekend preparing for his high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin - and likely playing some golf. The last time Trump traveled to Scotland was in 2016, when he created a media maelstrom as he held a roving press conference and cheered the Brexit vote. This visit is likely to be less dramatic, as he spends the weekend out of the spotlight. Trump has long professed a special connection to Scotland, the land of his mother's birth. He owns two championship-level golf resorts in the country, including the seaside Turnberry. But ever since he ventured into Scotland a dozen years ago, Trump has been losing money and waging battles against longtime residents, wind farms and local politicians.
Sanctions On North Korea Not Helping TB Epidemic
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Despite a growing mood of detente on the Korean Peninsula, ongoing sanctions are keeping lifesaving medicines and supplies from tens of thousands of North Korean tuberculosis patients. U.S.-backed sanctions and the fear of angering Washington by even unintentionally violating them have squeezed humanitarian aid to North Korea severely, aggravating one of the world's most stubborn tuberculosis hotspots. In one case, the chief of North Korea's National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory hasn't been able to replace cartridges on a U.S.-made machine that can complete a TB test in just two hours, instead of two months.
In another, a Geneva-based international aid organization called the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ended all of its North Korea-related grants.
Anger Over Shooting Of Black Man in Georgia Continues
KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) - The arrest and firing of a white Georgia police officer charged with fatally shooting a fleeing black man has done little to dispel the anger of the victim's friends and family. About 25 people joined a recent protest outside city hall in Kingsland to call for upgraded charges in the June 20 shooting of Tony Green. Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. Relatives of Green say he should be charged with murder. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Presley was following Green's vehicle when Green got out and ran on foot. Investigators say they had a "brief physical altercation" before Green fled again and Presley shot him. Presley has a court hearing scheduled Tuesday. His attorney, Adrienne Browning, did not return calls seeking comment.