16-year-old arrested for making shooting threat at Florida school

first_imgiStock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida high school student was arrested Thursday after saying he would shoot up his school — marking the latest scare just weeks after back-to-back mass shooting at a Texas Walmart and downtown Dayton, Ohio.The St. Petersburg Police Department announced that the 16-year-old, whose name was not publicly released, is facing a felony charge of making a false report of a bomb or firearm to conduct bodily harm.The threat was allegedly made during a class at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County. Each school site in that county has either a school resource officer or an armed school security officer on site, according to a letter from the county’s school superintendent on the county’s website.The police department reported the arrest on their Facebook page, using it as a plea to urge the public to continue to report any incidents or threats they see.“The St. Petersburg Police Department takes all school threats very seriously for the safety of our students. Threatening comments/posts will always be investigated,” they wrote in the Facebook post, along with the hashtag #seesomethingsaysomething.This is the latest arrest in connection to a threat of a shooting.More than a dozen people were arrested in the three weeks after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, according to various news reports.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carrier Strike Group 3 changes command

first_img April 25, 2016 Share this article Carrier Strike Group 3 changes command View post tag: Carrier Strike Group 3 Authoritiescenter_img The Sailors of U.S. Carrier Strike Group 3 bid farewell to their leader during a change of command ceremony on April 22nd.Rear Adm. Ron Boxall was relieved by Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock as commander, CSG3 during a ceremony on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in front of distinguished visitors, guests and crew.Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, the ceremony’s guest speaker and presiding officer, presented Boxall with the Legion of Merit.“The highest levels of our uniformed and civilian leadership depend on this strike group to be ready to successfully accomplish any mission it is asked to,” said Tyson. “There should be no doubt that this strike group plays a critical role in our nation’s defense and in our collective regional security. During some very challenging times, we are extremely fortunate that this team has been led by Ron Boxall.”Boxall, who will report to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) for his next assignment, thanked the crew for their hard work during his tour, and expressed every confidence in Hitchcock taking over.“The most rewarding aspect of this tour has been the opportunity to take the strike group from the maintenance and training phase to a fully integrated and deployed fighting force,” said Boxall. “From an operational standpoint, having command of ships and aircraft in a carrier strike group is as good as it gets at this level. Seeing us conduct relevant operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific has been more fulfilling than I could have ever hoped for.”During Boxall’s time in command, CSG3 has traveled nearly 70,000 nautical miles. Under his leadership, the strike group has successfully executed full-spectrum missions in both 3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet. Some of these exercises included: Oceania Maritime Security Initiative supporting U.S. and Pacific Island Nations (PIN) fisheries laws in the Western Pacific, Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise, Balikatan 2016, Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo 2016, and numerous bilateral engagements with the Republic of Korea Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.Boxall led the departure of the Great Green Fleet, the first carrier strike group to deploy using a blend of advanced biofuel and marine diesel, along with other energy saving initiatives. Working up to deployment, he oversaw the completion of the fleet response training plan which included flight deck certification, tailored ship’s training availability, composite training unit exercise, joint task force exercise, and sustainment exercise. Since deploying, air assets under his charge have generated over 10,708 fixed-wing aircraft sorties, 9,924 aircraft traps and accumulated over 21,931 flight hours.Hitchcock has previously served as executive officer of John C. Stennis and commanded “The Swordsmen” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).Image: US Navy View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Carrier Strike Group 3 changes command last_img read more

Veterans Assist Lawmakers In Filling Care Packages For Homeless Veterans

first_imgBy Lacey WattTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – More than 7,000 items ranging from food to body care products covered tables at the Statehouse Monday and put in care packages to be distributed to homeless veterans across Indiana.Lawmakers in the Indiana House lawmakers launched a partnership with the American Legion Department of Indiana in the 2020 legislative session to help veterans in need of basic supplies, as simple as soup and crackers or toilet paper and body wash. They noted that homelessness among veterans has increased 6% since 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.House lawmakers and more than 30 members of the Indiana Legion put together about 250 hygiene kits and 250 emergency food kits.House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, places items into care packages at an event for homeless veterans hosted with the American Legion Department of Indiana. Photo by Lacey Watt, TheStatehouseFile.comVeteran Ron Patterson of the American Legion in Muncie said it’s a blessing to be able to put together with care packages and demonstrates Hoosier hospitality. Patterson is a former Army paratrooper.Patterson said it is mind-boggling for him to realize how many calls he would receive from veterans asking for help.“It’s simple things as a $100 electric bill they can’t pay, so they’ll have to go without heat, to someone can’t buy formula for their children,” Patterson said. “To see all this food and products going out like this, it’s really inspiring that state representatives are here and decided to do this.”House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, walked alongside the tables that were lined with a variety of food and personal care, picking items to go into the care package. Along the way, members of the American Legion assisted in packing the boxes.For each of the last 10 years,  lawmakers have selected a charitable group to work with women suffering from abuse to building houses for Habitat for Humanity.On a legislative level, Bosma said there are several bills that aim to support veterans, including House Bill 1398, which will help veterans offset the cost of education.“With the growth of homeless veterans, a spike in Indiana, with so many people that are serving, we decided veterans be our focal point,” Bosma said. “The American Legion of Indiana is a critical, critical outreach to those gentlemen and ladies. To walk through and hear some of their personal service stories is wonderful as well.”House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, worked alongside his Republican colleague preparing packages.“While often Democrats and Republicans debate on some issues on the House floor, we certainly agree to do everything we can when it comes to our Hoosier veterans and helping them out,” GiaQuinta said.Veteran Tommy Goul from American Legion Post 437 from Selma, Indiana said he loves being a part of outreach events that provide services to veterans in need. Goul said that even if a Hoosier isn’t a part of the American Legion they can still help.“As a state, and non-veterans, if they just realize the sacrifices that these people went through and gave,” Goul said.In addition to the event hosted Monday, legislators created #HelpHoosierHeroes to raise awareness about homeless veterans, and the resources that may be available.“We appreciate [the Statehouse] for letting us come here to do this,” Goul said. “Don’t forget us.”FOOTNOTE: Lacey Watt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Veterans Assist Lawmakers In Filling Care Packages For Homeless Veteranslast_img read more