Day: November 11, 2020

Girl, 17, killed in Pompano hotel room was shot in face as gunman fired at random

Twin sisters Alissa and Aliza Cabrera-Espaillat had just celebrated their 17th birthdays on Oct. 30, and five days later Alissa was dead in a hail of shots fired at random — now, two people are facing murder charges in her death.

According to the arrest reports, 19-year-old Deangelo Cincord fired several bullets through the closed-curtained window of Room 123, striking Alissa Cabrera-Espaillat in the face and shoulder. The teen was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The family had been living in the Travelodge at 1201 N.W. 31st Ave. for about a week, said Jasmine Colon, Alissa’s older sister.

“Because of the pandemic, my stepfather had lost his job and couldn’t pay the rent,” she said. “Then a week later, this lady comes to the room and the shooting starts.”

Cincord, who was arrested Nov. 4, told police that he fired several shots through the window of Room 123 after co-accused Jayla Leondrea Patton, 23, argued with Colon’s stepfather, Armando Gonzales, in the doorway.

The family was in bed and the curtains were drawn shut, when Gonzales told detectives he heard a loud knock at the door at about 2 a.m. that night, and when he looked through the peephole he saw a hand blocking his view.

Gonzales opened the door a crack and Patton was standing there demanding to see her ex-boyfriend “Bill” who she accused of “disrespecting her grandmother earlier that night,” the report stated.

The family knew “Bill” but he was not staying with them at the hotel, according to the arrest report.

Gonzales told Patton there was no one named Bill in the room and he pushed Patton back to close the door. Seconds later, several gunshots shattered the glass window of the hotel room and Gonzales saw his stepdaughter fall to the floor, detectives said.

“She had her whole life ahead of her,” Colon said. “There were so many goals that she had and they were all ripped away from her because of two selfish people.”

Colon said the family is struggling with the senseless tragedy.

“There’s so much pain going on right now,” Colon said. “Her [twin] sister doesn’t know how to cope, her fiancé doesn’t know how to cope, I don’t know how to cope, [our] mother, stepfather… we just don’t know.”

Surveillance video obtained by the sheriff’s office appeared to show how the crime unfolded.

Patton and an armed, bare-chested man with a T-shirt wrapped around his face — later identified as Cincord — were seen on video walking toward the Travelodge. Video also shows Patton talking with Gonzales in the doorway and Cincord farther down the walkway. Patton is seen glancing at Cincord and making hand gestures.

When Patton tries to enter the room, Gonzales pushes her back and she slips and falls. When she gets up, video shows Cincord stepping forward and firing his weapon.

Cincord told detectives Patton wanted him to “pistol whip” her ex-boyfriend once she lured him out of the hotel room,

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Army Corps of Engineers extends America the Beautiful Military Recreation Pass benefits to veterans and Gold Star families

Army Corps of Engineers extends America the Beautiful Military Recreation Pass benefits to veterans and Gold Star families

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will expand eligibility for benefits under the America the Beautiful Military Annual Recreation Pass.

Beginning Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, all U.S. military veterans and Gold Star family members will be eligible to enter USACE-managed recreation areas free of charge where a day use recreation fee applies. This benefit does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Some facilities and activities on federal recreation lands are managed by private concessionaires whose services would not be covered by this benefit.

To receive benefits, veterans must demonstrate proof of their status by presenting a valid veteran identification card. Gold Star Family members are asked to visit the following website, https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm, where documentation of Gold Star status can be obtained and printed. This documentation can then be presented to gain free access to USACE-managed recreation areas that charge a fee. This temporary expansion of benefits is in effect until rescinded or amended.

“Today, I directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement the Interagency Pass Program at USACE-managed recreation areas to include veterans and Gold Star Families. As a component of the Department of Defense, we fully support the decision to expand free access under the Pass in this manner to support our military families so they can enjoy the many benefits of USACE recreation areas,” said The Honorable R. D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

The America the Beautiful Military Annual Pass began in 2012 as a way to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s active duty military, Reserve and National Guard members, and their dependents by granting them free entrance to federal recreational lands. For more information on the Military Pass, please visit https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes.

USACE is a leading federal provider of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lakes and river projects located in 43 states. To find the USACE recreation site near you, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

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Amid pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem requiring reservations to view elaborate indoor Christmas decorations

Following in the footsteps of other Lehigh Valley Christmas attractions, including Christkindlmarkt and the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Winter Light Spectactular, the elaborately decorated Hotel Bethlehem is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.



a view of a city at night: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. All guests will be required to have a reservation in order to enter the hotel and view the elaborate decorations in the lobby, dining rooms and other areas.


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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hotel Bethlehem is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. All guests will be required to have a reservation in order to enter the hotel and view the elaborate decorations in the lobby, dining rooms and other areas.

The 437 Main St. hotel, which earned the No. 2 spot on USA Today’s 10Best 2020 Readers Choice Awards list for “Best Historic Hotel.” is expected to be completely decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving this year to accommodate guests coming in early for the Christmas season, according to a news release.

Management felt it was necessary to kick off the holiday season early like ArtsQuest and the Downtown Bethlehem Association have done with their outdoor Christmas markets.

The hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is professionally decorated by designers Gary Berger and Robert Averill, who have decorated the hotel lobby, restaurants, grand ballroom, meeting spaces, and exterior of the hotel for the past 15 years.

This year will be no different for them, except they must start early and move at “super-elf” speed to finish the enormous task by mid-November, according to the release.

Together, the pair designs the elaborate displays that highlight the hotel’s ornate architecture, while working with the hotel’s engineering staff to organize their set-up.

“We have always sought to make Christmas at the hotel a truly magical experience for visitors to Bethlehem,” Bruice Haines, managing partner of Hotel Bethlehem, said in the release. “This year will be more challenging to manage this annual experience.”

Due to the pandemic, the hotel will require all guests to have a reservation before entering the hotel in order to “help the staff and the management team manage the crowds” during the hotel’s busiest season, according to the release.

In past years, the hotel would have opened its doors to thousands of guests per day to view their decorations, dine with them or enjoy cocktails in their grand lobby. Unfortunately, that will not be the case in 2020.

If locals or guests visiting Bethlehem wish to view the striking decorations throughout the hotel, they must make a reservation in advance on EventBrite for a self-guided tour. Tours are limited and early reservations are strongly encouraged.

“The primary purpose for reservations this year is to ensure the safety of our staff and hotel guests,” Dennis Costello, Hotel Bethlehem’s general manager, said in the release. “This means taking a proactive role to better control the flow of visitors in our lobby and throughout the hotel. It is not our intention to preclude from experiencing our decorations but this action is a necessary one this Christmas season.”

Hotel guests are also encouraged to make dining reservations in

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Arrest made in Houston sergeant hotel parking lot killing

Houston police arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a Houston police sergeant who left behind four children, officials said Tuesday.

Police have identified the suspect as 24-year-old Robert Soliz. He was detained without incident on Interstate 10 in West Houston, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo posted on Twitter.

No other information on the arrest was immediately released, but Acevedo promised more details later in the day.

Court records cited by Eyewitness News say Soliz was arrested earlier this year for unlawfully carrying a weapon and was out on bond. They also say that Soliz was accused in 2017 of threatening his girlfriend with murder. 

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Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, was shot and killed while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. The 25-year veteran of the Houston force staggered into the office of a small motel bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. He collapsed and died about 1:30 p.m. Monday, and a manhunt ensued.

In a tweet shortly after Rios’ murder, Houston Police Officer’s Union President Joe Gamaldi asked that the sergeant and his surviving family members be kept in prayers.

“We will not stop until we find the monster/monsters responsible,” Gamaldi tweeted.

No motive was immediately disclosed, but Acevedo tweeted: “We can all breathe a sigh of relief.”

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Rios was the fourth Houston police officer killed in the line of duty in the past 12 months, Acevedo said.

Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran of the department, was shot and killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a domestic violence call. He had been preparing to retire this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Scotland travel to Serbia longing to end 22 years of hurt

Scotland have the chance to qualify for a first major tournament in 22 years when they travel to Serbia for a Euro 2020 playoff final on Thursday.

Not since the World Cup in 1998 when the Tartan Army descended on France have Scottish fans had the chance to see their nation on the biggest stage.

“I’ve never experienced Scotland qualifying for a tournament so every single campaign that comes around I dream of that feeling when it’s finally clinched,” said Laura Brannan a self-confessed “proud but tortured” member of the Tartan Army. “It would mean everything to get over the line and be invited to the party for once.”

A huge hurdle remains in Belgrade against a Serbia side ranked 15 places above Scotland in the FIFA rankings and boasting a side containing the likes of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ajax’s Dusan Tadic.

However, an eight-game unbeaten run over the past year has restored hope among Scotland fans that a talented squad, filled with proven Premier League performers such as Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, can end the long wait.

“That dream is always there when you start out a campaign, you think this is going to be the one,” said Scotland manager Steve Clarke.

Clarke’s often dour demeanour in public belies a spirit of belief he has harnessed since taking charge after the wreckage of a 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan in March 2019.

“Maybe before we were looking after ourselves,” said Ryan Fraser, who will miss Thursday’s clash through injury, after scoring the winner against the Czech Republic in the Nations League last month.

“Now we’ve got that morale and togetherness that if someone makes a mistake you bail them out because they will bail you out next time.

“There’s no cliques or little groups. Everyone is smiling again and everyone wants to come away and play for Scotland.”

‘Just our luck’

There have been brief moments to saviour amid Scotland’s largely torturous two decades of failure.

Famous victories home and away against France were still not enough to reach Euro 2008 with world champions Italy also in a devilishly difficult group.

England and the Netherlands were also beaten in playoffs for Euro 2000 and 2004 but Scotland were defeated over two legs.

Yet embarrassing defeats were more common. Twice in Tbilisi to Georgia, in Macedonia and the debacle of Kazakhstan, plus draws in Moldova and the Faroe Islands.

Of UEFA’s 55 nations, only 19 have failed to reach a major tournament since Scotland last did.

“There is a whole generation who have just never experienced a major tournament and what it’s like,” said Anthony Joseph, Sky Sports journalist and member of the Portlethen Tartan Army.

The carrot for qualification is even greater as Scotland would host two of their three group games at Hampden should they reach Euro 2020 and the tournament proceed as planned in 12 countries across the continent.

Yet, there is also regret that

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Rich The Kid Denies Trashing Swanky New York Hotel Rooms

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Atlanta rap star Rich the Kid and his entourage were asked to leave the Roxy Hotel in the Tribeca section of New York City.

According to reports, he and his crew destroyed the rooms and were “belligerent” towards the hotel’s staff.

The “Bankroll” chart-topper believes that this is nothing but systemic bigotry, claiming he has been “stereotyped.”

According to the New York Post, Rich the Kid asserted, “The narrative being painted of me is completely false. My working staff and me frequently stay at the Roxy Hotel in New York for business.”

He continued, “We have never had any complaints from the hotel or otherwise of any kind.”
“Alternatively, we have built a rapport with key staff and management at the hotel, who can confirm that we have never had any issues at the hotel.”

“To the extent, you have received any information that there were issues with the hotel, the only explanation I can give is that my staff and me were unfairly stereotyped,” The Republic Records artist said, “and failed to receive the level of service and respect warranted for the loyalty we have shown the hotel and the money spent here.”

The team took their collective over to the NoMad Hotel, a boutique hotel that is comparable in swank and style to the Roxy.

Reports say that the NoMad hotel kicked Rich the Kid and them out of that establishment also.

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CT’s Coronavirus Travel Advisory List: 2 More States Added

CONNECTICUT — Maine and New Hampshire were added to Connecticut’s coronavirus travel advisory list Tuesday. That brought the number of restricted states and territories to 46, according to the latest report from the state Department of Public Health. No areas were taken off the list.

Nonessential travel among New York, New Jersey and Connecticut remains discouraged but not formally restricted.

States or territories are added to the advisory list if they have a daily positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 cases per 100,000 residents or a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a seven-day rolling average. Travelers who fail to complete a travel health form face a civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation.

Workers traveling from affected states to Connecticut and vice versa who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in certain health care professions, and any state, local and federal officials and employees, are exempt from the quarantine requirement, provided such travel is work-related. Those essential workers must still complete the travel health form, however.

While there currently are no Connecticut-imposed restrictions on international travel, the federal government continues to provide international travel recommendations for anyone living inside the United States. For guidance on international travel, see the “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations” published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As of Tuesday, the following 46 locations were included in Connecticut’s travel advisory:

  1. Alabama

  2. Alaska

  3. Arizona

  4. Arkansas

  5. California

  6. Colorado

  7. Delaware

  8. Florida

  9. Georgia

  10. Guam

  11. Idaho

  12. Illinois

  13. Indiana

  14. Iowa

  15. Kansas

  16. Kentucky

  17. Louisiana

  18. Maine

  19. Maryland

  20. Massachusetts

  21. Michigan

  22. Minnesota

  23. Mississippi

  24. Missouri

  25. Montana

  26. Nebraska

  27. Nevada

  28. New Hampshire

  29. New Mexico

  30. North Carolina

  31. North Dakota

  32. Ohio

  33. Oklahoma

  34. Oregon

  35. Pennsylvania

  36. Puerto Rico

  37. South Carolina

  38. South Dakota

  39. Tennessee

  40. Texas

  41. Utah

  42. Virginia

  43. Washington

  44. West Virginia

  45. Wisconsin

  46. Wyoming

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Army Corps of Engineers supports temporarily expanding Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass to include 5th grade students

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will temporarily expand the Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass to include 5th grade students for the 2020-2021 academic year. This change will ensure that 5th grade students who may not have been able to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to do so during the current academic year through Aug. 31, 2021.

Fifth grade students (including home-schooled and free-choice learners) can visit the National Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm to obtain and print a paper voucher. Students should present the paper voucher at federal locations that charge a per-person entrance fee, a standard amenity fee, or day use recreation fee. The voucher admits the student, as well as traveling companions who are occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle or the student and three persons (16 and older) where per person fees are charged. Electronic versions of paper vouchers will not be accepted. The paper voucher cannot be exchanged for the physical Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass. The voucher does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Facilities and activities on federal recreation lands managed by private concessionaires are also not covered by the voucher.

“Today, I directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement the Interagency Pass Program at USACE-managed recreation areas to provide free access to 5th graders. We fully support the decision to expand free access in this manner to ensure that the intent of the Every Kid Outdoors program is met. USACE participation will provide an opportunity for 5th graders to take advantage of the program when they may not have been able to enjoy the use of USACE recreation areas as a result of the pandemic,” said The Honorable R. D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

A primary goal of the Every Kid Outdoors program is to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors, and to inspire children to become future stewards of our nation’s natural and historic treasures. For more information, please visit https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm.

USACE is a leading federal provider of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lakes and river projects located in 43 states. To find the USACE recreation site near you, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

 

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Prince Charles and Camilla to Travel to Germany to Commemorate the Annual National Day of Mourning

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Earlier this year the Prince of Wales made the first royal visit outside of the UK since the coronavirus pandemic began when he traveled to Kuwait to offer condolences following the death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. And now Charles and Camilla are making a joint overseas visit at the request of the British government to pay their respects on Germany’s national day of mourning.

Clarence House has announced that the heir to the throne and his wife will travel to Berlin on Sunday, November 15, to attend the Central Remembrance Ceremony at the German parliament following an invitation from President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It is the first time that a member of the British royal family has attended the ceremony and Prince Charles will deliver a speech. Beforehand, the couple will pay their respects at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Neue Wache, the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Dictatorship.

“The National Day of Mourning will this year focus on the German-British friendship, which has grown in the 75 years since the end of the Second World War. The event pays tribute to the Allied commitment to the liberation from Nazi occupation and to the reconstruction, re-democratisation and subsequent reunification of Germany. It remembers all victims of war and tyranny,” Clarence House said in a statement.

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The trip follows the royal family’s appearance en masse at at the Remembrance Sunday service in central London. The annual event was scaled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic but 10 royals attended in person to pay their respects to the war dead alongside a small number of veterans and representatives from government and the military.

Prince Charles has visited Germany more than 30 times both publicly and privately, with his first visit taking place in 1962 and his most recent in 2019 with Camilla.

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Minority Recreation Leadership Academy

BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) – A Georgia Southern graduate started a new organization within the Bryan County Parks and Recreation Department to help promote minorities to the program.



a sign on a pole: A Georgia Southern graduate started a new organization within the Bryan County Parks and Recreation Department to help promote minorities to the program.


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A Georgia Southern graduate started a new organization within the Bryan County Parks and Recreation Department to help promote minorities to the program.

From mentoring opportunities to professional development, Bryan County’s Parks and Rec director says the Minority Recreation Leadership Academy he started is designed to provide opportunities for people to network with professionals across the country.

For Samose Mays, it all started out as just a thought soon after he became director. He says he noticed that there was a lack of minority representation within the department when it came to director positions.

Mays says the leadership academy will provide everything from scholarly research, educational sessions, opportunities for awards and so much more.

He says ultimately, he wants people to see that minorities can be diverse in the parks and rec department and he wants to highlight individuals who can bring that vision to light.

“Bryan County is actually very diverse, I mean we have a diverse community. We have a diverse staff here and it was so important because I felt like we need to see more minorities in positions of leadership in Parks and Rec. We have the representation of minorities in Parks and Rec, but just not the rec directors, so I said I want to take this opportunity that I have to show people that it’s a possibility that it can be done. So that’s why the organization was so important here in Bryan County, because they have a diverse staff and I want to use its diversity as a platform for the organization,” Mays said.

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