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‘This is absurd’: Hundreds of National Guard members banished to Senate parking garage, soldiers say — 1/22/2021

By Alex Horton — Washington Post
Jan. 22, 2021 at 9:50 a.m. CST

At least hundreds of National Guard members were forced out of a U.S. Capitol cafeteria resting area and into a parking garage nearby, putting them in close quarters with moving cars, exhaust fumes and troops potentially infected with the coronavirus, two soldiers told The Washington Post.

The abrupt transfer came Thursday afternoon with no explanation, the soldiers said. Images of National Guard members sleeping on concrete Thursday evening sparked outrage and an apparent reversal later in the night, as lawmakers said the service members would be moved back to the Capitol.

The soldiers said they were not given a reason for the initial transfer. Defense officials said Capitol police moved the Guard members off the grounds as foot traffic from lawmakers and other officials increased in the area. That was contradicted by Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who said in a statement Friday that “police did not instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities.”

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President Biden orders masks on planes and testing, quarantines for international travelers — 1/21/2021

Airlines have banned more than 900 passengers for refusing to wear masks, but pilot and flight attendant unions have long wanted federal action.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday mandating face masks for passengers during interstate airplane, train and bus travel and in airports, hoping to strengthen airline rules already in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among passengers.

The mask mandate came among a slew of executive actions in the first days of the new administration, which also included a testing and quarantine requirement for individuals flying into the United States from a foreign country.

The orders give broad authority to regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation, to enforce the actions. But the orders don’t outline actual penalties or details about the travel restrictions.


From the Harrison Country Sheriff’s Office — 1/18/2021

On January 17th, 2021, at approximately 11:55 pm, Harrison County Dispatch was notified that the Caddo Parrish Sheriff’s Office was pursuing a stolen vehicle on Interstate 20. The pursuit had just crossed into Texas. Harrison County Deputies, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, quickly responded to the area of I-20, attempting to locate the stolen vehicle.

“A Harrison County Deputy located the stolen vehicle and began pursuing the stolen vehicle on I-20. A DPS Trooper successfully deployed spikes on the stolen vehicle, which disabled it, subsequently terminating the pursuit. Once the stolen vehicle came to a stop on I-20, at the 603-mile marker, the suspect refused to comply with commands. The incident developed into a standoff which temporarily shut down the Interstate” said authorities.

A distraction device was deployed after a brief standoff, which assisted in the suspect being arrested.

The suspect was identified as Wesley Pearson, 35, of Shreveport. Pearson was transported to the Harrison County Jail, and charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle, Failure to Identify Fugitive from Justice, Resisting Arrest. It was also discovered that Minden, Louisiana, also had an active Aggravated Robbery warrant for Pearson.

Sheriff Fletcher stated, “ I am thankful the suspect was apprehended safely, and no Deputies, Officers, or Citizens were injured during this dangerous situation. Thank you to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Hallsville Police Department for their assistance in this potentially violent situation.”


Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Investigation/Pursuit — 1/16/2021
Location- Elysian Fields area

On January 12th, 2021, Harrison County Deputies completed multiple theft reports in the areas of Elysian Fields and Karnack. Harrison County Investigators were able to identify that the suspects involved in the thefts, utilized a stolen vehicle that was reported to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, on January 8th, 2021. Information regarding the theft investigation was sent out to surrounding agencies.

On January 16th, 2021, Harrison County Dispatch received information that an attempted burglary had just been committed in Panola County on Old Town Road just inside Panola County, involving the same description of the suspect vehicle involved on January 12th. Harrison County Deputies quickly responded to the Elysian Fields area, where they located the suspect vehicle, a Mitsubishi sedan, parked on the side of FM 31 and Old Town Road intersection. The stolen vehicle was still running and had multiple firearms located inside, believed to be stolen.

Information was quickly relayed to other Deputies including a Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden who responded to the area. The Game Warden located a suspicious vehicle, on Old Town Road near Mt. Prospect Church. The Game Warden attempted to initiate a traffic stop, which led to a vehicle pursuit. The pursued vehicle crashed in the 4300 block of Old Town Road, and all the occupants fled on foot. A brief search of the area was conducted with the assistance of the Marshall Police Department, and Panola County Sheriff’s Office, a female was located and arrested. The female was identified as Coreyia Wilbert, 19yoa of Marshall, and arrested for an
outstanding warrant.

Currently, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is working with surrounding agencies to complete this investigation and secure arrest warrants for the remaining suspects. Currently the arrest warrants will be for Larry Pierce and Eddie “Tommy” Hill, both of Marshall (photos are attached), for engaging in organized criminal activity. Sheriff Fletcher stated “this is a prime example of how effective communication is crucial to productive law enforcement within our East Texas community. Thank you to Panola County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall Police Department, and Texas Parks and Wildlife for always assisting when needed.”

If you have any information regarding this investigation or the location of these individuals please contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office or if you would like to remain anonymous you can call Harrison/Marshall Crimestoppers at 903-935-9969


National Rifle Association says it has filed for bankruptcy as part of restructuring — 1/15/2021

(Reuters) – The National Rifle Association on Friday filed petitions with a U.S. bankruptcy court seeking protection from creditors by restructuring, the gun rights advocacy group announced.

The NRA filed the Chapter 11 petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, it said in a news release.

The NRA said it would restructure as a Texas nonprofit to exit what it said was a “a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York” state, where it is currently registered.

The influential group said in a statement there would be no immediate changes to its operations or workforce, and that it “will continue with the forward advancement of the enterprise – confronting anti-Second Amendment activities, promoting firearm safety and training, and advancing public programs across the United States.”


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