Trump vows to ‘destroy’ North Korea during U.N. speech

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

VIDEO: President Trump Speaks To U.N. General Assembly On North Korea

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to “destroy North Korea” in a tweet on Tuesday, hours after he made the statement in his first speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly and an international audience.

“Now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump said. “…. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

The president repeated a taunt he threw at North Korea president Kim Jong Un over the weekend, calling him “rocket man.”

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for him and his regime,” Trump said of Kim.

While strong statements condemning countries for aggressive action are not new, it is unusual for a sitting leader to promise to destroy a nation.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have escalated since Trump came into office. A series of tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea prompted Trump last month to promise “fire and fury” like the world had never seen if the tests continued, or if a threatened strike near Guam took place.

Soon after the U.N. speech, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the statement in a tweet comparing what Trump said to something President Barack Obama said while in office.

Obama was not advocating a military strike against North Korea but was saying the United States was capable of destroying the country. His statement, "We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals, but aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, [South] Korea,” came after a missile test by North Korea.

Trump also condemned actions by Iran and said that the Middle East country is a “rouge nation.” 

He said the deal with Iran to curb the country’s nuclear weapons program was “an embarrassment” to the United States.

“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said.


Police investigate man’s claim wife died during trip to Graceland

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

Man Claims Wife Died During Trip to Graceland, Police Trying to Find Her Body

Roberta Snider and her husband left their Ohio home to visit Graceland, but she never returned. 

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Her husband, Philip Snider, told police Roberta Snider, 69, died of natural causes in a hotel parking lot across the street from Elvis Presley’s estate the day they arrived, and then she was taken by an ambulance to a hospital.

However there is no record of her body in Tennessee, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

“At first blush, what happened seemed reasonable,” Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea told the Akron Beacon Journal

Now investigators are tasked with retracing their 725-mile route to find answers. 

“I think (Philip’s) recollection may be suspect,” Dordea said. “It’s a traumatic time for him, a lot of emotional pain. I’m not ready to clearly support any kind of thesis on this now. We have to painstakingly, methodically sift through the evidence.”

Philip Snider, 72, and Roberta Snider, known as Bobby, told their children they were going to the Memphis attraction one last time before she died. They left Jan. 4 and arrived two days later to the parking lot of a Days Inn hotel where Bobby had a medical emergency and died, Philip Snider said. 

He found an ambulance parked nearby and rescue workers told Philip they were taking his wife to a Memphis hospital. 

Philip did not know the name of the ambulance company or the hospital. He stayed the night then returned to Ohio. 

Authorities have searched their condo and investigators are tracking down surveillance video that could have captured footage of the couple during their drive, according to the Canton Repository.

“Whether this is a crime or not, we want to find Mrs. Snider and get her back to family so she can be laid to rest in proper manner,” Dordea said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man dumped body of wife who never returned from Graceland trip, investigators say

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

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The story of an Ohio woman who allegedly died during a trip to Graceland has taken another surprising twist.

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Phillip Snider, the husband at the center of the investigation, told investigators in Benton County, Tennessee that he dumped his wife’s body in the Tennessee River, according to WBBJ.

Phillip and his wife, Roberta, left their Ohio home to visit Graceland, but she never came home. He told police his wife was in poor health and this was supposed to be their last trip.

Phillip Snider originally told police his wife died of natural causes in a hotel parking lot across from Graceland. He said they found an ambulance nearby and emergency workers told him they were taking her to a hospital.

However, there is no record of her body in Tennessee, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Phillip didn’t know the name of the ambulance company or the hospital. As he returned home to Ohio, his story was brought into question.

Investigators in both Tennessee and Ohio have been trying to piece together the mystery.
In an interview with WBBJ, Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher revealed a conversation between Phillip Snider and investigators.

“He says he put her body in plastic and disposed of her body over this bridge,” Christopher told the Jackson-based TV station.

The sheriff said Phillip claims his wife had cancer and died “somewhere in Kentucky.” He allegedly continued to Memphis, stayed the night and dumped her body in the Tennessee River on the way home.

Roberta Snider’s body has not been recovered.

Investigators said Phillip could face charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

2018 SAG Awards: Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM

2018 SAG Awards Biggest Winners

Hollywood stars honored television and cinematic performances at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday. 

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Missing hiker found after calling for help before phone died

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Crews help a hiker on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after he disappeared overnight in Canton, Georgia.
Crews help a hiker on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after he disappeared overnight in Canton, Georgia.(

Authorities found a missing hiker alive early Monday after an overnight search in a Cherokee County park, Canton police said.

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Officers said Brendan Dowling, 41, of Kennesaw, was walking on the trails behind Boling Park in Canton when he called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and said he was lost on Rampley Trail. He told authorities that his cellphone battery was dying, and it died during the call, police spokesman Pacer Cordry said.

Officers launched a search for Dowling and found his vehicle in Boling Park a short time later. At that point, Canton police as well as Cherokee fire and sheriff’s officials launched a wider search using ATVs and a police helicopter.

Dowling was found on a wooded trail about 4:30 a.m. wearing a T-shirt and shorts, Cordry said. He was evaluated by search and rescue personnel and later reunited with family.

"He's an avid runner according to his family, so he's used to running in the woods and trails like this, but obviously he got turned around tonight," Cordry said.

Authorities are still not sure how he got lost.

“We’re still waiting on those details,” Cordry said. “I believe he just entered into the trail and it got dark really quick on him. It’s easy to get turned around in these wooded areas out here.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.