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Texas church shooting: Scenes from home of gunman Devin Patrick Kelley

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

The home of Devin P. Kelley, the alleged shooter in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, in New Braunfels on Monday November 6, 2017.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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The home of Devin P. Kelley, the alleged shooter in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, in New Braunfels on Monday November 6, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man identified as the shooter in the Texas church massacre, lived outside of New Braunfels, a San Antonio suburb, in his parents’ home in a rural ranching area, according to numerous reports. 

>> See aerial video of the home here

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The family home on FM 2722 is midway between New Braunfels and Canyon Lake in the rolling limestone hills of the southeastern edge of the Texas Hill Country. A driveway into the property is blocked by a ranch gate. Since Sunday, Comal County deputies have secured the drive.

>> Devin Patrick Kelley: What we know about Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooter

A Comal County Sheriff deputy guards the entrance to the home of Devin P. Kelley, the alleged shooter in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, in New Braunfels on Monday November 6, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

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The Kelleys’ 3,711-square-foot home sits on 28 acres, according to Comal County tax records. Twenty-six of those acres are designated as native pasture land and receive an agricultural exemption from property taxes, leaving an appraised taxable value of $487,220 for property owners Michael and Rebecca Kelley.

>> Texas church shooting: Pastor’s daughter, mother of 3 among victims of shooting

Aerial video of the property photographed by the Austin American-Statesman’s Jay Janner on Monday shows a sprawling ranch home with multiple outbuildings and a pool.

>> 8members of single family among 26 killed in Texas church massacre

The home of Devin P. Kelley, the alleged shooter in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, in New Braunfels on Monday November 6, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

>> Texas church shooting: How to help Sutherland Springs victims, families

Statesman reporter Omar Gallaga spoke Sunday night to a neighbor who lives across the street. Elton Oetken said that he often heard gunshots from the property but had no idea what was being shot or why. Here is that interview:

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>> On Statesman.com: Complete coverage of the Texas church shooting

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Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:31 AM

The morning after memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were delivered to Congress – and then immediately leaked to the news media – President Donald Trump blasted both Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, denying that he had done anything wrong, and defending a top aide who had been caught up in the probe.

“So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book,” the President thundered on Twitter from his Florida retreat in Mar-a-Lago, delivering a new nickname to the former FBI chief, and defending his former National Security Adviser, who has already plead guilty to lying to investigators about his post-election contacts with the Russian Ambassador.

Early Friday morning, Mr. Trump again denied that he, his aides, or his campaign played any role in coordinating activities with Russia during the 2016 campaign, though the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller , as Republicans in Congress joined in arguing that the Comey memos only helped the President’s cause.

Here is some of what the President found in the memos – as well as the reaction of GOP supporters in the Congress:

1. Trump again makes clear he did nothing wrong. The sun wasn’t even up yet at Mar-a-Lago, and President Trump was out with a familiar refrain on Twitter, saying there was “NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.” Various press reports this week had said that aides had scheduled the President to be at his Florida retreat all week, ostensibly to be away from some of the furor over the new book by the former FBI Director. Mr. Trump has called Comey a ‘slimeball’ and more – and one might think there will be more Twitter daggers aimed at Comey after today.

2. Trump defends ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. One subject which gets a lot of attention in the Comey memos is how the President – and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – paid special attention to the investigation into Flynn, who had been a close campaign aide and adviser to Mr. Trump. Priebus specifically asked Comey in a meeting if there was a FISA warrant on Flynn – Comey did not answer. And Comey also detailed how he felt the President had asked him to go easy on Flynn, who has already plead guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

3. Republicans say memos prove Trump’s innocence. As the full Comey memos leaked to the press, GOP lawmakers were quickly ready with their own read on what the memos proved, and what they did not. “Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated,” said Reps. Goodlatte, Gowdy and Nunes, three key GOP lawmakers in the House. “The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened,” as they wrote that the memos would actually help the President in any criminal proceeding.

4. GOP calls for Comey to be prosecuted over memo leaks. Some of the information in the memos is redacted and noted as classified, which was seized upon immediately by GOP lawmakers, who argue that Comey should be charged with a crime. It immediately brought back comparisons to Hillary Clinton, and how details in her emails were seen as classified after the fact. “Intentionally leaking classified information is a big no no,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Here is an example of one Comey memo that was considered classified – from his dinner meeting with the President in January 2017. But when you go through the details, what was redacted had to do with a subject that was not leaked, that being the President’s anger with Flynn over a call by a foreign leader soon after the inaugural. It has been reported that the phone call was from Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

5. Conservative media quickly echoes GOP, Trump. The release of Comey’s book, and his subsequent book tour, have been a unique thing to watch from the sidelines, as supporters of the President have spent the week taking shots at the former FBI Director, trying to poke holes in his story, accusing him of double standards, and questioning whether he was trying to set up the President. Look for that to continue in the weeks and months ahead.

6. In Congress, GOP lawmakers brush off Comey details. Echoing the President, Republicans delved into the details of what Comey wrote and found little to worry about, and more to bolster their argument that the President did no wrong. “If anything, this impugns the judgment of Director Comey,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who had joined in demanding the release of the memos by the Justice Department. “There’s nothing in here even approaching ‘obstruction of justice,'” Meadows wrote on Twitter.

7. GOP zeroes in on Comey line that he doesn’t leak. As both parties cherry-picked items from the Comey memos to buttress their arguments for and against the Russia investigation, there was a juicy one for Republicans, when Comey said he told the President that he was not a leaker. “I said I don’t do sneaky things,” Comey wrote about their late January 2017 dinner. “I don’t leak. I don’t do weasel moves.” Obviously, after Comey was fired in May, he did leak portions of these memos, through a friend of his, who gave them to the New York Times. This tweet is from a Republican who is on the House Intelligence Committee.

8. Leaks, leaks and more leaks. Republicans also raised questions about the initial briefing of the President at Trump Tower by Comey and other top intelligence officials. At that time, Comey first warned the President about the existence of the Steele Dossier, and also said the FBI was keeping a very tight lid on the details, because CNN and other news organizations were waiting to run stories about it. “I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Comey recounts himself telling the President-Elect. But the details did soon leak when the dossier was published by BuzzFeed news ( though the President’s private lawyer, Michael Cohen, has now dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit related to that publication).

9. Reportedly, Mueller did not object to release of memos. While the Justice Department had resisted Republican demands for the release of the Comey memos, immediate news reports on Thursday night indicated that the Special Counsel’s office did not see a reason to prevent the material from going public. As with most things in Washington, the memos seemed to leak instantly. But it also prompted speculation that the GOP may have hoped that the feds would resist, and not release the memos, sparking a fight with Republicans in Congress.

10. Release of Comey memos also generate other headlines. While the President and GOP lawmakers focused on items in the Comey memos which they say showed Mr. Trump committed no obstruction of justice, the memos also did something Republicans probably didn’t want – and that was to focus attention on some of the more salacious items in the Steele Dossier. Comey’s memos have repeated references to the President denying involvement with hookers, and even a quote from Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the quality of Russia prostitutes.

 

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Waffle House is selling beer for first time ever

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Waffle House Sells Beer for First Time

It's as much a part of Georgia as a peach, a peanut or even Coke. It's Waffle House.

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The first Waffle House opened in Avondale Estates in 1955, the company is headquartered in Norcross and there are about 400 Waffle House restaurants in the state. Some highway exits even have two Waffle Houses.

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But there was a first for Waffle House on Monday night. The second location at SunTrust Park opened. And when it did, it became the first Waffle House to sell beer.

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That's right, in addition to some hashbrowns, patrons can order up a cold adult beverage.

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That's actually all the restaurant sells; hashbrowns and drinks. There's the cheesesteak melt hashbrown bowl, grilled chicken melt hashbrown bowl, a regular order of hashbrowns along with water, sodas and beer.

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Miller Light and Coors Light are the beers the Waffle House offers. There is another Waffle House location in SunTrust Park that features a larger menu.

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Wash that next order of smothered and covered hashbrowns down with a frosty brew on an upcoming trip to see the Atlanta Braves play.

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Family returning from Disney desperate to find lost teddy bear along I-77

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

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A family from New York driving home from a trip to Disney World is desperate to find their little girl's teddy bear, and think it may have been lost in the Charlotte area.

The family was driving along Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on April 13 when they think the stuffed animal fell out the window.

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The girl’s mother, Amy Earley, said in a Facebook post that the bear means the world to her. That post has been shared hundreds of times and has dozens of comments.

Earley said her 3-year-old daughter has never gone a day without the bear and is completely heartbroken.

The family went on a Disney vacation in Orlando, and in photographs from the trip, the little girl is seen holding the bear everywhere the family went.

The family stopped in Rock Hill on the way home and stayed at a Comfort Suites. They think the bear may have fallen out the window of their car on I-77 northbound, between the hotel and exit 30 in Davidson.

Earley is pleading for help and has offered a $500 reward.

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What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:06 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:06 AM

Five Fast Facts: Marijuana

You may not realize it, but Friday is a holiday, of sorts.
On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t.

If you are not familiar with the term “420” as it is used in the marijuana culture, here’s a look at its origins and its meaning.

1. The term “420” was first associated with marijuana use in 1971.

2. It was the time of day when a group of California high school students who called themselves the “Waldos” decided to meet to hunt for a rumored abandoned stash of cannabis. The students would meet at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur on the grounds of San Rafael High School to go to search for the crop. If one of the Waldos called for a “4:20 Louis” it meant that everyone was to meet at the statue to search for the marijuana.

3. Eventually, “4:20 Louis” became just “4:20,” and the number was recognized not as a call to hunt for the abandoned cannabis, but as a code word for smoking pot.

4. The members of the band the Grateful Dead moved to the San Rafael area from San Francisco in 1970. They had connections to some of the parents of the Waldos, and eventually picked up the phrase and began using it.

5. The term spread past San Rafael with the help of the Grateful Dead and after a story about the Waldos appeared in “High Times.” Another story in the magazine suggested that 4:20 was an “accepted” hour to use cannabis.

6. April 20 is observed around the country and around the world as a time to gather together to smoke pot. In places where it is illegal to sell it, it is often given away on that day.

7. Some believe that the number 420 refers to the anniversary of the deaths of Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. It does not. Neither died on April 20.

8. It is not a police code for someone smoking marijuana, either.

9. Snapchat may allow users to display a 420 graphic on Friday.

10. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream and Sour Patch Kids candy were the top two requested “munchies” delivered by goPuff in 2016. The on-demand delivery company saw an 80 percent increase in orders for food such as chips, cookies, candy and beef jerky on April 20, 2016, according to company officials.
 

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