Don’t let things go to hell in a handbasket

Some folks may take this as an excuse to explain away the bad things that Edward Snowden did; but nothing could be further from the truth.  I don’t condone how Mr. Snowden went about his business.  With that said, I do wish to offer a plausible explanation on why Mr. Snowden may have felt he had to do what he did.

Since 2012, my business partner and I have been fighting the bureaucracy that is called the federal government.  The reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole our intellectual property, provided it to a preferred vendor and then blacklisted our little company; driving us out of business.  After writing to our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to report the crime, writing to the Small Business Administration, the Inspector General’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and even the President of the United States absolutely nothing happened.  No one bothered to even respond.  No one was held accountable.  Heck, we even called the whistleblower’s hot line and we were hung up on.  We wrote to the director of the Office of Government Ethics only to be told that he wasn’t really responsible for ethics just making sure that forms get filled out.

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UPDATE: Bomb Squad Gives an All Clear

Multiple Rochester police vehicles are surrounding a car in the parking lot of Home Federal Bank in Crossroads Center.

Around noon, police pulled over a car.  According to police, someone reported a suspicious person naked inside the car.  Police say the driver fled when officers arrived.  The plate was ran, and came back with an alert tied to bomb threats previously made at MSP airport.


11 charged with murder, racketeering in alleged Indianapolis-based drug trafficking ring

INDIANAPOLIS — Eleven people face murder and racketeering charges alleging that they are members of a large and violent Indianapolis-based drug trafficking ring.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday that Richard Grundy III, his wife, father and eight associates have been charged in the alleged ring that trafficked in marijuana.

Grundy is accused of acting as the head of a group called the “Grundy organization” that Curry says is suspected in connection with at least six murders and four nonfatal shootings since 2012.


11-year-old charged with murdering 8-year-old after argument about puppies

An argument between two children over puppies turned tragic Saturday when an 11-year-old boy killed his 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun, according to authorities in Jefferson County, Tenn.

The 11-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the girl’s death, Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told The Washington Post. Authorities aren’t releasing the names of either child, but Latasha Dyer told ABC affiliate WATE that her daughter, McKayla, was killed.


Grand jury indicts gun store owner for fatal shooting in parking lot

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a man accused of shooting two men — one of them fatally — earlier this summer.

It happened July 8 in the parking lot of a gun store on Valley Station Road, near Dixie Highway.

William Albright, the owner of the gun store, is charged with murder and assault in the first degree.

“I cant even imagine how that man could do what he did and not feel bad,” said the victim’s mother, Stephanie Pearson.


The Latest: Blaze’s financial damage yet to be determined

California officials say a wildfire burning in Lake County caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage but a final figure is still being determined.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, says the fire destroyed 1,900 structures, including 1,238 homes.

The blaze has charred 118 square miles and was 80 percent contained Wednesday.

Ghilarducci says the blaze left 3,000 people homeless.


UPDATE: Man kills another in Caroline, kills himself on I-95 on Tuesday; I-95 now open

A 36-year-old Spotsylvania man shot and killed another man in a Caroline County motel room before fleeing the scene and shooting himself on Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County on Tuesday morning, according to the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, identified as Todd T. Houck of Spotsylvania, also abducted a woman from the motel room. She was in the car when he killed himself, but was uninjured.



‘Heroic’ Alabama church pastor, members wrestled gun from accused shooter

The pastor and members of the congregation that wrestled a gun away from a man police say opened fired in an Alabama church are being praised as heroes.

James Junior Minter, 26, is being held without bond in the shooting of his girlfriend, his infant son and the church pastor, Earl Carswell, who tried to intervene Sunday morning, according to Selma police Lt. Curtis Muhannad.