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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. — The wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen made her first appearance Tuesday in a California court, one day after FBI agents arrested her on a pair of charges related to the deadly attack.
Noor Zahi Salman, 30, is expected back in court Wednesday for her arraignment. She was apprehended at her parents' home in Dublin, California, where she was living with her 6-year-old son.
Noor salman will make another appearance in court tomorrow #wftv. Deciding on lawyer— Shannon Butler (@SButlerWFTV) January 17, 2017
Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group during a standoff last June at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He fatally shot 49 people and injured dozens more.
Federal prosecutors allege that Salman knew about Mateen's radicalization and attempted to help him get "material support" for the Islamic State group. She faces charges of aiding and abetting the attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.
She said little in court on Tuesday.
Noor salman said very little in court only answered judges questions. She will invoke her 5th and 6th amendment rights. #wftv— Shannon Butler (@SButlerWFTV) January 17, 2017
However, her uncle, Al Salman, spoke with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Oakland after her appearance. He denied that she had any connection to Mateen's attack and said she was instead focused on her son.
"She had no idea what that crazy guy (was) doing," he said. "She's innocent (and a) simple person. She would not hurt a fly."
He claimed that Noor Salman was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Mateen and that she was afraid to leave the relationship because of her child, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"If she (knew) what that crazy guy would do, she wouldn't be here," he said. "She would take her son and run away from him."
Federal prosecutors said in a news release that Noor Salman attempted to help Mateen get resources for the Islamic State group starting no later than the end of April 2016, about a month before the deadly shooting at Pulse. Prosecutors claim that she lied to FBI agents and Fort Pierce police before the attack.
"(Salman) did knowingly engage in misleading conduct ... with the intent to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to federal law enforcement officers and judges of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense," authorities wrote in an indictment.
If convicted, Noor Salman could face life in prison. She is being held without bond ahead of Wednesday's hearing.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 PM
SNOHOMISH, Wash. — A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the child was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish, Washington, deputies said.
Crews responded after reports of a person under a lawnmower.
Deputies said the was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:29 PM
— “The Cosby Show” reruns are gone from Atlanta-based Bounce TV following guilty verdicts returned today by a Pennsylvania jury.
“Effective immediately, Bounce is removing ‘The Cosby Show’ from our schedule,” the network said in a statement to media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.
Bounce had yanked them before Cosby’s 2017 trial, amid mounting allegations, but had returned them to its lineup.
In a 2016 statement the network said:
“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series (in December 2016). While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”
Here’s the announcement Bounce posted at the time.
That’s all over now. The network does still show “Cosby” spinoff “A Different World” on its roster.
Jurors in Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges on Thursday returned guilty verdicts. Cosby, 80, was allowed to leave the courthouse on $1 million bond and faces sentencing at a time yet to be announced. He faces up to 10 years on each of the three counts of which he was convicted.
Cosby has faced mounting accusations from multiple women; this trial involved victim Andrea Constand, who was a Temple University employee she said Cosby assaulted her at his home in 2004. Media outlets generally don’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Constand and other Cosby accusers have come forward to share their stories and did not request anonymity.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
— A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
— A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun.
At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun.
The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.
After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire.
The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said.
She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before.