Adrian Peterson’s Son Murdered

Most times in professional sports when you see a player’s name in the headlines for something other than the game they play – it is bad news of the player’s own making.

This brutal tragedy, isn’t.

I don’t know how Peterson is dealing with this, or how anyone in the same situation could, but I think it is fair to say everyone’s heart goes out to him and his family in this tragedy.

Adrian Peterson’s Son Dies After Allegedly Being Assaulted

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world.

Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson’s son.

Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support, Wollman said.

Wollman said he’ll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week. Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child’s death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.

Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice Friday, and prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm the boy was his son. However, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the connection to the AP on condition of anonymity because Peterson had requested privacy.

Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he’ll play Sunday against Carolina.

He smiled politely and spoke softly while taking questions at his locker.
“I’ll be ready to roll, focused,” Peterson said. “I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt.”

Peterson is second in the NFL with 421 yards rushing and first in the league with five touchdowns. He came back from reconstructive knee surgery to rush for 2,097 yards and win the league MVP award last season.

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” Peterson said. “It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me. … Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”

Later Friday, after news of the boy’s death spread, Peterson thanked his family, fans and even fans of other NFL teams for their support.

Joseph Patterson, the accused has a history of domestic abuse and battery charges. Patterson was indicted in June 2012 on several counts of simple assault involving an ex-girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, according to the Argus Leader. Patterson was later charged for violating a no-contact order. He was sentenced to one year in jail for both cases but that time was suspended on the condition he attend domestic violence counseling.The victim in that case said in a request for a protection order that Patterson had spanked her 3-year-old so hard for misbehaving in church that he needed ice for welts on his buttocks, according to the Argus Leader.

He tweeted: “The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players.”

Dozens of current and former professional athletes wished Peterson well on Twitter, expressing support, offering prayers and voicing disgust about the alleged abuse.

“Sick for my friend. Strong guy but this one will bring the strongest down,” tweeted NBA star LeBron James.

The Panthers, this week’s opponent, were sympathetic.

“It’s absolutely terrible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, and hopefully things work out,” coach Ron Rivera said.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he thought Peterson practiced as well as he could Friday considering the circumstance.

“He seems like he was into it, engaged in what he had to get done,” Frazier said. “Obviously, tough. He’s human. But he was into it mentally, best as he could be.”

Fellow running back Toby Gerhart said: “It’s hard for any man to admit that he’s hurting or he needs help or anything like that. For us to be around him and tell him we’ve got his back, if there’s anything he needs that we’re there for him, I think that goes a long way.”

Where’s the Russians When You need Them?

A few months ago, some Somali Pirates captured by a Russian warship were repudiated to have been “encouraged” to “Walk the Plank”…

Couldn’t we get a contract with the Russian Navy for “Pirate disposal”?

US Military: Americans on Hijacked Yacht Killed

The U.S. military says pirates have shot and killed four Americans aboard a hijacked yacht off the coast of Somalia.

U.S. Vice Admiral Mark Fox told reporters that U.S. naval forces were trying to negotiate the hostages’ release Tuesday when, without any warning, pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. warship.

Fox said the grenade missed, but sailors then heard gunfire aboard the yacht, the SV Quest.

U.S. Special Forces boarded the hijacked vessel and discovered all four hostages had been shot by the pirates.  Despite immediate medical care, the four Americans died of their wounds.

Fox said the boarding party seized control of the yacht, killing two pirates and detaining 15 others.  Two other pirates were found dead on board.

Pirates hijacked the yacht on Friday and had been steering it toward the Somali coast, with four U.S. Navy warships trailing and observing the vessel.

This is believed to be the first time U.S. citizens have been killed by the pirate gangs operating off the Somali coast.

Media reports have identified the four Americans killed as yacht owners Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, California, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, Washington.

Former High Ranking Republican Gets the Hoffa Treatment!

Wow… Makes you wonder what this guy was ‘fessing up to! And to who?

Body of former Pentagon official found in landfill

Delaware authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the recent discovery of the body of a former Pentagon official in a landfill, according to a statement released Monday by the Newark, Delaware, Police Department.

The Delaware medical examiner’s office has ruled the death of 66-year-old John P. Wheeler a homicide.

Wheeler was discovered at Wilmington’s Cherry Island Landfill on December 31.

Wheeler, who lived in New Castle, worked under three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He served as a special assistant to the Air Force secretary from 2005 to 2008.

Among other things, he also served as head of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and was the first chairman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

A staff officer in Vietnam, Wheeler was a graduate of West Point, as well as Harvard Business School and Yale Law School.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance” in the case, Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall told CNN. “We don’t know where the crime scene occurred. The body was dumped within our jurisdiction.” Newark is about 12 miles southwest of Wilmington.

Farrall noted that Wheeler’s body was seen jutting out of a garbage truck at the landfill by a spotter whose job it is to ensure that hazardous material is not dumped there.

Police believe Wheeler’s body was most likely picked up by the truck at one of the first of ten specially designated dumpster pick-up spots before heading to the landfill.

Farrall said police do not know when Wheeler was last seen. He noted that Wheeler had been scheduled to take a train from Washington to Wilmington near the time of the death, though he dismissed reports that Wheeler had actually been seen on a train.

 

First South Africa – Now Mississippi… White Supremacist Murdered – Black Suspect

Against the backdrop of the murder of South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche – a black man in Mississippi has been charged with the murder of a homegrown American white supremacist. No motive for the murder of Richard Barrett has been released. The murder of Terreblanche was over his refusal to pay his farm workers money he owed them. While Terreblanche’s murder is rocking South Africa…

This one is a (sad) blip in America.

Black man suspected in death of white supremacist

PEARL, Mississippi (AP) — A white supremacist lawyer found dead in his house had been stabbed, beaten and his body set afire, authorities said Friday.

A neighbor has been charged with murder in the case.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said lawyer Richard Barrett’s body was found Thursday morning after residents reported smoke coming from his house in a rural area outside Jackson, Mississippi.

Pennington said Vincent McGee, 22, has been charged with murder. Additional charges could be forthcoming, Pennington said, including arson.

The sheriff said McGee had not yet hired a lawyer and the suspect’s mother had no comment when she went to the jail where her son was being held.

Charles Evers, brother of murdered Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers had this to say – Continue reading

A Sad Goodbye to A Great Educator And Local Hero

This is one of those that just makes you want to sit down and cry.

Young teacher who grew up here in the region and was making a big difference…

Successful, beloved D.C. principal found fatally shot at his Montgomery home

Until Brian Betts mysteriously failed to appear at work Thursday morning, this is what his many admirers knew about him: He was the energetic new principal of a long-troubled urban school and, within a D.C. school system desperate for heroes, a superstar.

But by the end of that day, a group of worried colleagues had found him shot dead in his Silver Spring home, and the upbeat narrative of Betts’s two decades of work had become a tragic tale.

The celebrated educator is now at the improbable center of a murder mystery. His blue Nissan Xterra is missing, as is some property in his home. But there was no sign of forced entry into his two-story brick colonial, and it was not ransacked. A source close to the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said police theorize that Betts was killed by somebody he let in.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said, “It’s still possible this was a random killing, but right now we don’t think so.” Continue reading

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