Fatal Car Crash Kills Relatives of Pope Francis

A fatal car crash left one relative of Pope Francis in critical condition while killing three other relatives. The car crash happened Tuesday on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with his wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck, said Highway Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri. The crash killed the wife and children, one 2 years old and the other 8 months. The small car smashed and crumpled beneath the cargo truck.

Emanuel Bergoglio, the 38-year-old son of a brother of Pope Francis, was hospitalized. He suffered extensive injuries and his condition was not considered stable, said Ignacio Bruno, an assistant director of the hospital in the town of Villa Maria.

The man’s 36-year-old wife, Valeria Carmona, and two children, Jose and Antonio, died before reaching the hospital, Bruno said. Apparently the family was returning to Buenos Aires following a holiday weekend when the accident occurred between the cities of Rosario and Cordoba. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said “the pope was informed about the tragic accident. He is deeply pained.” He added the pope asks “all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer.”

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(Michigan) Detroit Police Chief Says Detroit Is Not The Next Ferguson

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said on Monday that Detroit has better police-community relations than Ferguson, Missouri and that comparisons shouldn’t be made between instances tensions here and widespread unrest there. Craig made the comments during a press conference outside a vandalized building on the city’s west side, where five graffiti writers were chased and arrested last week.

A crowd of residents gathered and cheered police as they announced charges against the suspected vandals. “You have community members standing here with the police today,” said Craig, pointing to the crowd. “This is the Detroit Police Department and community relationship. We have community police officers… I’m not going to let the media take this thing and spin it to suggest we’re on the brink of civil unrest.”

This whole conversation started because of Missouri’s governor calling the National Guard on Monday for assistance dealing with the protests from Michael Brown. Craig says “That tells me that there’s been no relationship with the community,” He goes on to say “The underlying issues, there’s no relationship between the police department and that community.”

Detroit police last week faced tension on the city’s east side after a passenger in a car was shot while the driver allegedly tried to run over an officer. Both men in the vehicle were suspects in an alleged illegal gun transaction. A crowd gathered after the non-fatal shooting, some yelling at police, and one man crossed caution tape that surrounded the scene and was pepper-sprayed. Additional police units had to be called to calm the situation. But Craig said the majority of the crowd was supportive of police action in the neighborhood.

The Detroit Coalition against Police Brutality on Monday called for a judge to reject a proposed end to federal oversight of the Detroit Police Department.”As we look at the potential for citizen-police confrontation, this is no time to back away from Federal oversight,” said the group’s spokesman Ron Scott. Craig said he’s repeatedly invited Scott to meet with him and present specific grievances and that an invitation stands for him to join an external advisory committee.

Craig added to his speech saying “Detroit is not the next Ferguson”.

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(Michigan) Man Spreads Ex’s Nude Photo On Facebook, Says Lawyer Gave Him OK To Do So

A Bay City man persistently harassed his ex-girlfriend via the Internet, posting nude photos of her on Facebook in an attempt to drive her to commit suicide. The afternoon of Thursday, July 31, a woman visited the Bay City police station and spoke with an officer regarding her 34-year-old ex, Chad A. Monroe, harassing her. The woman said she had his phone number blocked, but he kept calling and sending her text messages and messages on Facebook, court records show.

The woman told police that Monroe had told her he would make her life miserable until she killed herself. He also posted nude photos of her on Facebook and labeled her a whore, she said. Facebook removed the photos, but she tells police that people had saved them. The woman said Monroe threatened to keep posting the photos until he gets some of his property back from her, court records show.

The woman had filed a personal protection order against Monroe on July 22, but she told police it hadn’t been served to him yet. In response, court records show Monroe sent her a Facebook message saying the PPO wouldn’t work as it was just a piece of paper. The woman’s mother accompanied her to the station and gave police a similar account, saying Monroe was also messaging her nude photos of her daughter and saying he’d destroy her daughter until she commits suicide.

Police told Monroe to stop contacting his ex, but he said there was nothing they could do to him without the PPO having been served. “I know about the PPO, but it’s all bull(expletive) and you won’t find me to serve me,” Monroe told the police. “I talked with my lawyer and he said I can put naked pictures of her on the Internet and I am going to keep doing it until she gives me my (expletive) back. There’s nothing you can do about it. I am staying up in Pinconning with my crazy aunt and she will shoot anyone who comes onto her property.”

The prosecution disagreed with the advice Monroe’s lawyer reportedly gave him about the legality of posting nude photos of his ex, as they issued a warrant for him on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Monroe did not name his lawyer in his conversation with police.

The next day, Monroe was arraigned in Bay County District Court on single counts of stalking, a one-year misdemeanor, and unlawful posting of a message on the Internet, a two-year felony. Court documents pertaining to the case contain dozens of pages of copied text and Facebook messages sent by Monroe. Monroe’s bond was set at $35,000 cash-surety and he is to have no contact whatsoever with his ex. He is to appear for a preliminary examination before District Judge Dawn A. Klida the morning of August 26th.

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(St.Louis) National Guard Called To St.Louis Suburbs

Today Missouri’s governor ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb due to protests over the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown. The governor ordered the National Guard after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets.

Governor Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests continue over the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails. “These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes,” Nixon said in a statement.

“Based on the conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of response,” said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is command in Ferguson. At least two people were wounded in shootings by civilians, he said. Sunday’s clashes in Ferguson happened three hours before the curfew imposed by Nixon. Officers in riot gear ordered all protesters to disperse, but around 100 stood about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley of tear gas.

The latest confrontations came on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown, and as a preliminary private autopsy reported by The New York Times found Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

The extraordinary circumstances surrounding Brown’s death and a request by his family prompted the Justice Department’s decision to conduct a third autopsy, agency spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. The examination was to take place as soon as possible, Fallon said.

The protests have been going on since Brown’s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Nixon to put the state highway patrol in charge of security.

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Flooding, How To Handle and Prevent It

Here are some tips and things to be aware of when it comes to flooding

Insurance Claims:

After a flood, you may be dealing with many problems with your home, including loss of valuables and damage to your property. Here are some steps to follow that will help you get your insurance claim process moving in the right direction:

1. Contact your insurance company claims hotline or your agent to report your claim. Make sure you have your policy number and any other relevant information readily available.
2. Take steps to protect your property and prevent further loss. One way to stop more damage is to find out where the water is coming in at before you proceed with clean up.
3. Document your losses by taking pictures or videos of the damaged items. Be sure to keep the items until the insurance company instructs you.
4. If your coverage is issued through the National Flood Insurance Program you should contactwww.floodsmart.gov for further information.

Adjusters:

Once you file a claim with your insurance company, they will assign an adjuster to evaluate your loss. Insurance companies hire their own adjusters, and they will evaluate your claim on behalf of the insurance company in accordance with your policy language. Public adjusters offer their services for a fee to policyholders and others who want help with getting their claims paid by the insurance company. If you decide to hire a public adjuster, you should keep the following in mind:

1. Public adjusters cannot charge you more than 10% of the settlement amount paid by the insurance company.
2. All public adjusters must be licensed through DIFS and must use a contract approved by DIFS.
3. You are not required to hire your own adjuster. If you do decide to hire a public adjuster, make sure they are properly licensed through DIFS’ License Locator.

Scams:

During disasters, scam artists will try to charge you more for your problem then they legally are supposed to. If you are approached by an individual claiming they can provide you with assistance, you should be cautious. Scam artists have been known to:

1. Charge a large fee, and then disappear without ever handling your claim.
2. Refer your repair to a dishonest contractor, and you may receive unfit repairs in return. You should always verify the licenses of your repair contractor.
3. File false and inflated claims against your policy.
4. Use their position to access your Social Security number and other personal data for scams involving identity theft.
5. Appear on the scene claiming that they can help you qualify for financial relief for a “processing fee.”
6. Disguise themselves as safety inspectors or utility repairmen.

Garbage Scrappers:

Something else you want to keep an eye out for is people going through your belongings while you are trying to clean up. Some communities are starting to enforce rules prohibiting the pickup of garbage during flood clean up. Hazel Park and Royal Oak are just two of the cities that say once trash hits the curb, it belongs to the city, and any violators will be subject to fines and may even be arrested. Here are some tips on how to keep scrappers off your property:

1. Items that you plan on saving, keep close to your home. Either up against the front of your house or even in your backyard.
2. Any belongings you do plan to toss do it the night before garbage day or the day of, this way scrappers will not have a chance to see the items you are getting rid of.
3. If you have a problem with people picking through your belongings, call your local police as soon as possible to make sure they get the violator to stop.

Towing Company’s

With many left with their vehicles on the side of roads or on highways, people are calling towing companies left and right. What you may not know, is that some of these companies are over charging you, or scamming you. To protect yourself from inflated towing fees and fraud, make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for, who you’re working with, and what your insurance company will cover. Here are some things to consider:

1. Know what your insurance policy covers. See if you have roadside assistance coverage and what the limits are.
2. If you do need a towing service, don’t deal with a towing operator who arrives on the scene unsolicited.
3. Don’t let a towing operator take your vehicle until you receive a printed price or invoice. The price should list towing fees, daily storage fees (if any), and all other miscellaneous charges.
4. Before letting them take off with your car, make sure you know where your car is being towed to.
5. Make sure the company name on the truck matches the documentation.
6. Don’t give out any personal information.
7. Be wary of giving out too much insurance information. Some bandit tow operators use this information for additional scams, like calling the victim and pretending to be their insurer.
8. If you suspect fraud or if the tow truck driver refuses to leave, call the police immediately.

Moving Forward:

The next time you purchase a house, or you want to make sure your current home will not flood again, there are some steps you can take to make sure your home does not have any flooding issues. Some of the steps you can take include:

1. Look at a flood map of your city, and see if the area your home is located is in a flood zone, which means in an area where flooding is more likely to occur.
2. Stay on top of cleaning your gutters, drains and downspouts and make sure they drain at least 6 inches away from your home.
3. One-way valves on drainage pipes decrease the risk of sewage backing up during a flood.
4. Pump and sump systems, which drain water from below floor level faster than it rises.
5. Make sure there are no cracks or openings in any windows or doors.

(St.Louis) Death Of Michael Brown Brings Protests To The Streets

Today the Ferguson police department in Missouri will identify the officer who shot Michael Brown, whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said he would like to release the name around 9 a.m. ET Friday.

Michael Brown, a teenager living in Ferguson, was shot to death Saturday afternoon. The shooting occurred around noon in the suburb of St. Louis, as Brown and a friend walked down a street. Brown was unarmed when the officer killed him. Witnesses in the area say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. Police have not confirmed that information.

Since the shooting, many cities around the St. Louis area have had protests over Brown’s death. The issue now is that many of these protests that claimed to be peaceful are now turning violent. Some protesters were walking hand in hand with officers, even running to police to give them hugs. Until chaos broke and police were forced to use tear gas in some situations to get the crowds to calm down.

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(Michigan) Man Faces Judge For DUI Car Crash

A Grandville man reconsiders his decision to go before a jury with a charge of drunken driving causing serious injury stemming from a December crash that injured a 59-year-old Ada man. Jeffrey Schurtz pleaded no contest to the charges as a two-time repeat offender moments before his trial was to begin Monday, August 4th, in Kent County Circuit Court.

Police say 39-year-old Schurtz was driving north on Grand River Drive NE around 8 p.m. December 6th when his vehicle crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a southbound vehicle driven by Ronald Vanderboon. Firefighters at the scene of the accident said they needed the highest priority of medical attention and called for Aero Med helicopter to fly to the scene. Schurtz and Vanderboon were both treated for serious injuries.

Schurtz was originally charged with operating under the influence as a four-time felony offender. Earlier this year, Schurtz turned down the Kent County Prosecutor’s offer to plead as charged as a two-time felony offender with minimum sentencing guidelines of 19 to 46 months in prison, but on Monday he accepted the deal. Had he been convicted as fourth-felony offender, Schurtz’s minimum sentencing guidelines could have gone as high as 76 months with a maximum of life in prison, according to court records. While his no contest plea is not an admission of guilt and can offer some protection from civil liability, it is treated the same as a guilty plea when it comes to sentencing. Schurtz is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Dennis Leiber on September 18th. Vanderboon can make a victim impact statement at the time of sentencing.

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Flooded Home, Are You Covered?

After a storm rolls through, you may be left with the burden of a flooded home to clean. If you are in this boat, the first thing you should do is call your insurance company. They will immediately advise you on any standard clean-up procedures, contractors to call, and claim procedures. Make sure to take lots of photos and to document all items that have been damaged or need to be replaced. Before you start buying new stuff, make sure you are familiar with the coverage you have with your insurer. Be sure to keep all receipts for emergency work done, purchases, and repairs.

Based on the insurance policy you have, you may be covered for such an occurrence. Even if you have insurance coverage, the homeowner is responsible for the clean-up, repairs and replacement of lost property. An insurer is more likely to look favorably on homeowners wanting to undertake work on their own to reduce the likelihood of future flooding. Repeat claims with no efforts to reduce future risk may be sufficient for an insurance company to drop that form of coverage in the future.

Flood insurance is available for renters as well as homeowners. You will need flood insurance if you live in a designated flood zone. But also consider buying it if your house could be flooded by melting snow, an overflowing creek or water running down a steep hill. Don’t wait until the evening news announces a flood season warning to buy a policy. There is a 30-day waiting period before federal flood coverage takes effect.

Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowners and renters insurance policies. Flood coverage, however, is available in the form of a separate policy both from the National Flood Insurance Program and from a few private insurers. You can also get replacement cost coverage for the structure of your home, but only actual cash value coverage is available for your possessions. There may also be limits on coverage for furniture and other possessions stored in your basement.

If there is standing water in your home, or if water is actively flowing in, do not attempt to wade through the water until you shut off your electricity to the area and be absolutely sure that there are no open circuits standing in the water. When you’ve checked on the electricity, call a sub-pump installer, basement contractor or foundation contractor. You’ll want to use a bucket or a wet vacuum to suck up as much water as possible. You can also hire a flood cleanup crew to come in and expertly clean and remove damaged items. If you have a lot of electrical items that may have been exposed to water, call an electrician immediately and do not attempt to stand in water while touching any electrical equipment. Any fabric or carpeting will most likely need to be ripped out and replaced. Appliances that have been sitting in water should also be assessed by a repair person before you operate them. Remove any valuable items from the area until the basement is water free.

From the Insurance Information Institute, disasters that are not covered include floods, earthquakes, maintenance damage, and sewer backup.

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(Michigan) Family Gets Justice For Daughter’s Medical Malpractice Case

A settlement was reached on the day trial was set to begin in a lawsuit filed against Spectrum Health over a medical error that led to brain damage in a newborn baby, an attorney says.

Norm Pylman is the attorney for 4 year old Eliza Gort and her parents, Tim and Regina Gort. “No trial. The case has been resolved,” Norm stated, “The terms of that resolution are confidential.” Spectrum Health spokesman Bruce Rossman also said he could not discuss details of the settlement and that the case was “resolved to satisfaction of all parties,” he said.

The couple filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of their daughter Eliza against Spectrum’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in May 2012. Eliza was born on February 26, 2010, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at Spectrum Health. A few hours after Eliza was born, she underwent an exchange transfusion to treat jaundice. Air entered her bloodstream through an intravenous line, causing loss of blood and oxygen to her brain and resulting in a serious brain injury.

Spectrum Health admitted that negligence was involved and that it was responsible for damages. On Monday, August 4th, a jury trial was set to determine the amount of damages owed. However, lawyers from both sides agreed to a settlement by early afternoon. “We are thankful justice has been served,” Pylman said. “We are just thankful for finality for Tim and Gina.”

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(Michigan) Woman Seroiusly Injured On Motorcycle After Colliding With A Dog

A woman was in critical condition after her motorcycle collided with a large dog while riding on Frost Road near the Saginaw-Gratiot county line Sunday evening. When police arrived at the scene they discovered the 57-year-old woman, her Harley Davidson motorcycle and a large dead dog lying in the road

Sgt. Mike Andreotti said the woman was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s of Michigan. A group of motorcyclists that had been riding with the woman were at the scene when deputies first arrived, they told deputies that the dog had run out from a ditch on the side of the road and collided with the woman’s motorcycle Andreotti said. Andreotti described the dog as a “large breed,” and said deputies believe it was a domestic animal that belongs to someone in the area.

Andreotti said the southern Michigan women and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Her condition is still unknown at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

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