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A beloved Roman Catholic priest was found dead Wednesday in his church’s rectory, spurring police to launch a murder investigation and those he touched to try to make sense of his sudden passing.
Eureka, California, Police Chief Andy Mills said officers — responding to a call from staff at St. Bernard Church — first came across the victim around 9 a.m. Wednesday. He did not elaborate on how the death occurred, adding Wednesday night that there were no suspects.
Mayor Frank Jager identified the victim as the Rev. Eric Freed, whom he called a personal friend and a “tremendous person in this community” since his arrival three years ago. The St. Bernard Parish website featured a cross and the words, “Rest in Peace,” above Freed’s name.
“He was a really, genuinely warm individual,” said professor Stephen Cunha, the chairman of Humboldt University’s religious studies department where Freed taught for more than 10 years. “… Kind is the word that comes to mind, sensitive.”
Noting that students at the state university loved Freed — who was also deeply involved in that school’s Catholic student group, the Newman Center — Cunha added: “This was not some stuffy clergyman. He was very much someone that you could sit down and speak with…
Local and state authorities remained at St. Bernard Church — one of two in the coastal Northern California city situated 275 miles north of San Francisco where he was the sole pastor — late Wednesday processing the crime scene and following up on tips, Mills said.
Those efforts include looking for Freed’s vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Altima. The police chief said that authorities had no solid leads.
Just a few days ago, the priest sent a note to his parishioners thanking them for their support and prayers and wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
“I cannot tell you how proud and honored I am to be your pastor,” Freed wrote in a letter posted on the parish website. “Our parish is alive, joyful and full of faith, hope and charity that define us as Catholic Christians.”
While he was relatively new to St. Bernard, Freed had already made an impact there and elsewhere around Eureka — including with the city’s Japanese-American community, as Freed lived in Japan for many years — Jager told reporters.
“This is an absolutely tremendous loss not only for the St. Bernard’s Parish, but for our community generally,” the mayor said. “For those of us who believe in prayer, this is the time for that.”
His ties to Humbodt State went back even longer. A guest lecturer, Freed wrote a book about the first atomic bomb and also taught about the New Testament, connecting with Christians and non-Christians alike.
“He was very well respected, very well liked and had a tremendous working knowledge as well as academic knowledge,” Cunha said. “… To think that he passed in this way: It’s just layers of grief and shock.”
Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on a progressive agenda that he said would narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor in the nation’s largest city, was sworn in Wednesday as New York’s 109th mayor.
On a chilly first day of 2014, former President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office at a ceremony outside City Hall using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Clinton’s wife, Hillary, a former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate, also attended.
De Blasio took the oath with his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the couple’s children, Chiara and Dante, at his side. His November electoral victory ended a long losing streak for Democrats that began when former Mayor David Dinkins, de Blasio’s former boss, lost to Republican Rudy Giuliani in 1993.
In his inaugural speech, de Blasio touched on the key themes of a campaign that portrayed itself as the progressive alternative to the long reign of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose policies de Blasio said favored the rich. He repeatedly used the Dickensian phrase “tale of two cities.”
“When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it,” he said Wednesday. “And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as one city. We know this won’t be easy. It will require all that we can muster.”
(Wayne County, OH) – An indictment has been formally handed up in Wayne County to 24-year old Jerrod Metsker.
The Smithville man is accused of killing 9-year old Reann Murphy who vanished while playing near her Smithville trailor home last Saturday.
The girl’s body was found in a trash dumpster about five hours after she went missing. Metsker is charged with aggravated murder and kidnaping among other counts.
He remains jailed on 1-million dollars bond. Metsker could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.
In this horrifying video, we see the Porsche driven by Paul Walker’s friend and business partner burning.
Walker’s publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death, but said she could not elaborate beyond statements posted on Walker’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Walker was a passenger in a friend’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and both were attending a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide, in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.
The website for the charity said the Saturday event was intended to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.
The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.
Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
“I don’t know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.
Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said
Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
A medical center employee was killed and four other people were injured in a stabbing at a surgical facility in eastern Texas Tuesday morning, officials said.
Police said they took a suspect into custody shortly after the stabbing, which happened at about 7 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, about 120 miles east of Dallas.
The names of the suspects and the victims weren’t released, and Longview police declined to talk about a motive.
The injured survivors are an employee and three visitors, said Steve Altmiller, CEO and president of the Good Shepherd health system. One was in critical condition and the other three were in good condition Tuesday morning, he said.
Police said they weren’t searching for anyone else. Further details about the attack weren’t immediately released.
Altmiller said the health system would update reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
The surgical facility is across the street from the Good Shepherd Medical Center, which describes itself as a full service, 425-bed acute-care center.
Two U.S. military aircraft flew into China’s newly claimed and challenged air defense zone over the East China Sea, a U.S. official said, an action that could inflame tensions between the world powers.
The large U.S. Air Force B-52 planes — which were not armed because they were on a training mission — set off Monday from Guam and returned there without incident. The mission lasted for several hours, and the aircraft were in China’s newly declared air zone for about an hour, according to the U.S. official.
The planes’ pilots did not identify themselves upon entering the disputed airspace, as China would have wanted, according to the official.
The official declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The flights came two days after China unilaterally announced the creation of a so-called “Air Defense Identification Zone” over several islands it and Japan have both claimed. The two countries have been sharply at odds over those isles, which are believed to be near large reserves of natural resources.
Washington responded negatively to what Secretary of State John Kerry characterized as an “escalatory action (that) will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident.” And the U.S. government has rallied around its ally Japan, where thousands of its troops are stationed as part of a security treaty.
And specifically regarding China’s new air defense zone, the United States has said it won’t recognize it — nor China’s call that aircraft entering it identify themselves and file flight plans.
Beijing, though, has dismissed the American position as unjustified and urged Washington to butt out of the territorial dispute.
Chinese defense ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun on Sunday called such criticism “completely unreasonable,” “irresponsible” and “inappropriate,” telling the United States to stop taking sides and not send more “wrong signals” that could lead to a “risky move by Japan.”
And China’s foreign ministry lodged a formal complaint with U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke asking Washington “to correct its mistakes immediately.”
Long-running dispute over islands
The disagreement centers around what’s known as the Senkaku Islands by Japan and the Diaoyu Islands by China, which are close to strategically important shipping lanes and surrounded by waters full of rich marine life.
China says its claim to these islands extends back hundreds of years. Japan, on the other hand, says it saw no trace of Chinese control of the islands in an 1885 survey, so formally recognized them as Japanese sovereign territory in 1895. Japan then sold the islands in 1932 to descendants of the original settlers.
The dispute intensified in the second half of 2012.
Why China’s new air zone incensed Japan, U.S.
Protests erupted in China after Japan announced it had bought several of the disputed islands from private Japanese owners. The deal was struck in part to prevent the islands from being bought by the controversial Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, who had called for donations for a public fund to buy them.
This sale outraged China’s government, and groups of its citizens who protested violently in several Chinese cities, calling for boycotts of Japanese products and urging the government to give the islands back.
In December 2012, the dispute escalated further when Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen near the islands. That situation has recurred repeatedly since, and China’s latest announcement makes it likely it will keep happening.
At sea, Chinese ships have frequently entered contested waters despite warnings from the Japanese Coast Guard.
Today, the Browns added Alex Tanney to their active roster from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, according to NBCSports.com and other media outlets.
Tanney sent out the following tweet Tuesday morning: “Thankful for everything the Jones family and Dallas staff has done for me. Great organization. New chapter starts in Cleveland today. #Browns.”
Tanney did play in the preseason – completing 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Tanney played college football at Division III Monmouth (Illinois). He was undrafted out of college. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Dallas Cowboys.
Tanney is best known for being a “trick-shot” artist at quarterback after a popular YouTube video.
The Browns needed to sign a back-up quarterback after Jason Campbell suffered a concussion during last Sunday’s game against the Steelers. He is undergoing evaluations for his head injury as required by NFL protocol and is expected to miss this week’s game against Jacksonvlle.
Coach Rob Chudzinksi indicated in his Monday news conference that Brandon Weeden will probably get the start.
Mexican authorities have found 42 bodies buried in mass graves in western Mexico this month, the Attorney General’s Office said Monday.
Many of the bodies had bullet wounds and showed signs of torture, according to federal authorities at the crime scene.
The bodies have not yet been identified.
The 22 graves, in the town of La Barca in the state of Jalisco, were discovered as part of an investigation into the disappearance of two federal agents.
“We started the investigation when two police officers disappeared,” said Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.
“We found that those responsible for the disappearances of these police officers were municipal police, practically all of them municipal police officers.
“We detained them, and from that investigation we found a place where the federal agents might have been buried,” he added.
According to the attorney general, the federal officers were not among the bodies found in the mass graves. An investigation is ongoing.
Drug cartels, including the Knights Templar and Jalisco New Generation, operate in the region and are battling for control.