BREAKING: Man Who Scaled White House Fence Earlier This Year Killed By Police For Doing This

The same Pennsylvania man who jumped the White House fence in March was shot and killed at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse after attacking one of its guards.

ABC 6 News reports that Curtis Smith, 34, charged right through the entrance security checkpoint at the Chester County Courthouse just before noon. Witness Reiley Aikman recounted that the crazed, knife-wielding man yelled: “I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya.” And shortly thereafter: “I hear ‘POP, POP.’ And it was the sheriff shooting him.”

The assailant died from the gunshot wounds he received. The deputy attacked by Smith was being treated for injuries to his arm and hand. There were no other injuries reported during the incident.

District Attorney Tom Hogan stated: “In Chester County, we have trained intensively to deal with the threat of an attacker in the Justice Center or any other public building. Today, that training paid off. The armed attacker was immediately neutralized by the Sheriff’s Deputies. Law enforcement responded to make sure that all of the citizens, judges, and court staff were safe. This was a model response to a violent incident.”

On March 1 of this year, Smith jumped the White House fence. The Secret Service apprehended and chose not to press charges on the stipulation that he stayed out of trouble.

However, he faced burglary, assault and harassment charges stemming from a domestic assault incident in May. His next court date was scheduled for October.

h/t: Daily Mail

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Watch: Two Thugs Tried To Rob Store Using Machetes – But Had No Idea What The Clerk Had Up His Sleeve

Surveillance footage showed two would-be armed robbers attacking a Pittsburgh, Pa., convenience store clerk, only to leave in a hurry when confronted by an even more intimidating weapon. The two subjects, both identified as teens, entered the store dressed in all black, ninja-style clothing and carrying knives believed to be machetes.

WTAE published the security video Saturday, the day after Perry Market employee Jewad Hayih squared off against the duo. In it, Hayih can be seen brandishing a large sword while chasing one suspect down multiple aisles.

Caught On Cam: Sword Vs. SwordWould-be robbers armed with a sword stormed a Pittsburgh convenience store, but were stopped by a cashier…with an even bigger sword.Read more: http://www.koaa.com/story/29803996/caught-on-cam-sword-vs-sword

Posted by KOAA 5 on Monday, August 17, 2015

“He came here to attack me,” the clerk said. “He took something to protect himself. I only like to make him scared.”

An apparently unarmed patron detained the other suspect as the first took his knife and ran away. Both teens had fled the scene by the time Hayih had returned from the rear of the store with a handgun.

During the struggle, at least one of the suspects grabbed some merchandise in an apparent attempt to defend himself; however, authorities report that nothing was stolen and that no one was injured in the incident.

After watching the footage, several KOAA readers applauded the clerk’s action.

“Fight fire with fire,” one Facebook user wrote. “I love this. Put the dirtbags in their place.”

Another, however, wondered what happened “to the days of cahiers having a 12 gauge under the counter.”

Should employees be allowed to defend themselves? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Police Accuse 75-Yr-Old Marine Of Stolen Valor. There’s Just One Problem…

On Memorial Day, 75-year-old Robert Ford started his day the same way he has for years now. He dressed in full military uniform and regalia and headed out to attend the Harrisburg, Pa., memorial wreath-laying ceremony. Every year, a wreath is laid on the Susquehanna River; and Ford plays Taps on his bugle.

Ford is a fourth-generation veteran. He served in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1964. His father served in World War II, his grandfather served in World War I, and his great-grandfather played the bugle at General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox.

After playing for the ceremony, Ford, still in uniform, decided to stroll through the Arts Fest that takes place in downtown Harrisburg. He was walking when he was approached by a Harrisburg Police detective.

Detective John O’Connor asked if Ford was a Marine and also asked which boot camp he attended. After O’Connor asked those questions, he left. Ford continued walking. He claimed that 15 minutes passed before the officer returned.

When the officer returned, he claimed that he was investigating a case of ‘stolen valor.’ Ford stated that he “felt it was kind of insulting.”

Stolen valor is when a person falsely claims he or she was in the military. It is a federal crime to impersonate anyone who served in any of the branches of military.

Ford stated: “It was humiliating, a nightmare.” He even showed the detective his veterans ID card. The detective promptly dismissed it as a fake.

According to city spokesperson Joyce Davis, “The officer himself did not instigate or incite any accusations,” but “simply responded and attempted to ask a few questions.”

All Ford wanted was an apology, which he still has not received. Ford said: ”I’m here standing up for every veteran, that hopefully it doesn’t happen to them…in my case, they picked the wrong person.”

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BREAKING: This New Report On The Deadly Philadelphia Train Crash Only Deepens The Mystery

Less than three weeks after Amtrak passenger train No. 188 derailed in a tangled mass of twisted metal near Philadelphia — claiming the lives of eight passengers and sending more than two hundred others to the hospital — government investigators have issued a preliminary report on the deadly crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a brief, six-paragraph summary of what’s been learned so far.

The big early finding of the NTSB probe is that there appears to have been no mechanical or equipment malfunctions or failures that contributed to the disaster. “Investigators have examined the train braking systems, signals, and track geometry. Thus far, no anomalies have been noted,” the report states.

The preliminary report notes that the crash on May 12th occurred on a pleasant, 82-degree day with 20 mph westerly winds, clear skies, and good visibility. The NTSB document also acknowledges what has previously been reported — the train was traveling at 106 mph in a zone with a speed limit of about half that. In addition, “The data indicated that the engineer activated the emergency brakes seconds before the derailment.”

Two other points of intense interest are covered in the NTSB report posted online. One concerns the Amtrak engineer’s cell phone records, which the federal investigators say they have obtained and are studying. “Although the records appear to indicate that calls were made, text messages sent, and data used on the day of the accident, investigators have not yet made a determination if there was any phone activity during the time the train was being operated.”

The other key focus of the investigation is whether vandalism may have somehow contributed to the crash, though shooting at the train or the throwing of objects wouldn’t necessarily explain the extremely high rate of speed as it approached the curve where the derailment occurred. The report states:

Damage to locomotive windshields and to at least one passenger car has been reported. The Amtrak 188 locomotive windshield has impact damage, however, it has not been determined if the damage was from a thrown object or as a result of the derailment. The NTSB was assisted by the FBI in evaluating the damage to the locomotive windshield which found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm.

One thing the NTSB report doesn’t mention or reference is the possibility that terrorism was involved in the deadly crash. In an opinion piece for Western Journalism posted the day after the derailment, writer Jerry McGlothin noted the FBI was very quick to rule out any kind of relevant terrorist activity, despite the fact that just eight days earlier purported Muslim jihadists declared they had 71 trained soldiers positioned in 15 U.S. cities and ready to strike:

Ordinarily in plane crashes, it takes the NTSB or the FBI months, if not years, to determine the cause. Yet in the case of the Amtrak derailment, within 12 hours the FBI ruled out any tie to terrorism — never mind the fact that the FBI had not long ago released info on a likely upcoming terrorist attack on the U.S. rails. Surveillance video footage shows bright flashing light coming from the Amtrak train at 9:23 pm and 46 seconds. Yet the FBI sees no ties to terrorism?

In releasing its preliminary report on the Philadelphia Amtrak disaster, the NTSB gave no indication when an update or a final report might be issued.

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Watch: You Could Call It ‘The Revenge Of The IronPigs’ In This Crazy Bacon Vs Broccoli Battle

It wasn’t Muslims complaining about the bacon-themed game-time menu offered by the IronPigs, a minor league baseball team in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. And it also wasn’t Michelle Obama insisting that the goodies sold to fans had to be healthier. It was the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that put pressure on the team to offer more nutritious fare to the folks at Coca-Cola Park.

As the website MILB notes, the Ironpigs decided to go ahead and add a little green to the pork-product food choices that included such fan faves as maple candied bacon on a stick. But they didn’t altogether abandon their proud bacon-rich tradition.

“…the club will begin to offer deep-fried bacon-cheddar broccoli bites filled with broccoli florets, real bacon and sweet onions in crisp potato breading….”

“We believe in bacon and think that as part of a balanced diet it is a tremendous healthy food option,” exclaimed IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. “Ultimately though, our organization is not in the business of dictating to people what they should or shouldn’t eat as that decision should be left to each individual and their family.”

Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Network spoke with Kurt Landes to learn more about the team’s preservation of the IronPigs’ tradition while giving fans a chance to score some veggies at the same time.

By the way, the theme for the IronPigs’ 2015 season is “Bacon, USA” that features a bacon-themed uniform as well as a bacon strip on-field cap. And of course, the Twitter hashtag promotional campaign is built around #SmellTheChange.

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