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FBI helping investigate killing of Black man in Ashland hotel parking lot

Federal authorities are involved in the investigation of the shooting death of a Black man last month in the parking lot of an Ashland hotel, police said Thursday.

The FBI is working with Ashland police to assess whether Robert Keegan violated any federal laws in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Aidan Ellison, according to the Ashland Police Department. Keegan, 47, has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Ashland police on Thursday said the deadly encounter hasn’t been substantiated as a bias crime but that it’s “important to examine all aspects of this case and determine whether a bias crime has been committed.”

A probable cause affidavit says Keegan was awakened Nov. 23 by loud music coming from the parking lot of the Stratford Inn, where he was staying. Keegan asked Ellison to turn down the music, according to the affidavit, and Ellison refused.

Keegan got dressed, “collected his gun” and complained to a clerk about Ellison playing music in the lot, the court document says.

The clerk went to the lot to talk with Ellison. And while the clerk was talking with him, Keegan came to the lot and confronted Ellison, according to the affidavit. The two men began to argue.

Keegan claimed Ellison hit him in the face with a fist several times, according to the affidavit. Keegan said he backed up, racked a round and shot Ellison in the chest because he feared for his safety, the document says.

An autopsy, however, showed no injuries to Ellison’s hands that indicated he punched Keegan, according to the affidavit. Keegan had no visible face injuries.

The shooting drew condemnation from southern Oregon’s Black community.

“The murder of Aidan Ellison is another example of Southern Oregon’s racist history with and current practice of white supremacy,” wrote Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition in a statement. “Aidan was murdered because he was a young Black person who made a white man uncomfortable and refused to submit to that man’s personally-perceived authority – not because he was listening to music too loudly.”

Ellison pleaded guilty Nov. 27, to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm and recklessly endangering another person.

Keegan is being held in custody without bail until his next court date on Feb. 22, officials have said.

— Jim Ryan

[email protected]; 503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

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Man found dead hanging from rope on Atlantic City hotel balcony

A 59-year-old man was found dead Monday hanging from a rope tied to an upper floor balcony of an Atlantic City hotel, city police said.

Investigators said the man was from Plainsboro, Middlesex County, but provided no additional information on his identity. He was found shortly before 5:30 a.m. at the 32-floor Club Wyndham Skyline Tower after a 911 call from a passerby.

Officers were escorted to a hotel room and discovered a rope tied around the balcony railing. The city fire department helped pull the body back to the balcony, police said.

City police Lieutenant Kevin Fair said Monday there was “no belief of criminal activity” related to the incident. He said an investigation is continuing into a cause of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or text anonymously to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD.

The hotel is located a block from the Atlantic City Boardwalk and features balconies with ocean and city views, according to a brochure.

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Talent man pleads not guilty in killing of Black teenager in Ashland hotel parking lot

A Talent man pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge stemming from the shooting death of a Black teenager Nov. 23 in the parking lot of an Ashland hotel, the Jackson County District Attorney’s office said.

Robert Keegan, 47, pleaded not guilty to four criminal counts at his arraignment, including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, reckless endangering and unlawful possession of a weapon. Keegan is being held in custody without bail until his next court date Feb. 22, 2021, officials said.

Keegan is accused of shooting 19-year-old Aidan Ellison in the chest and killing him in the parking lot of the hotel where they were both staying as guests.

Ashland and Phoenix police responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of Stratford Inn at around 4:20 a.m. When officers arrived, they found Ellison dead with a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Keegan, who was still at the scene, was arrested and taken to Jackson County Jail, officials said.

According to Ashland police, Keegan and Ellison, who did not know each other, were arguing when Keegan took a gun out of his coat and fired a single shot at Ellison’s chest. Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said in a since-deleted statement on Facebook that the pair were arguing about Ellison playing loud music in the parking lot. O’Meara later posted a clarification to his statement on Ashland Police’s Facebook page Thursday.

“The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions, 100%. It is completely immaterial what led up to it,” O’Meara wrote. “Yes, there was an argument over music, no, this did not happen because of loud music, it happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it, 100% on him, not the poor young man that was murdered.”

The shooting drew condemnation from Southern Oregon’s Black community, which raised concerns about the area’s culture and history of white supremacy.

“The murder of Aidan Ellison is another example of Southern Oregon’s racist history with and current practice of white supremacy,” wrote Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition in a statement. “Aidan was murdered because he was a young Black person who made a white man uncomfortable and refused to submit to that man’s personally-perceived authority – not because he was listening to music too loudly.”

SOBLACC has planned a meeting for Dec. 7, inviting Black people living in Southern Oregon to come together and discuss priorities for their community.

A candlelit vigil to remember Ellison was held at the Stratford Inn parking lot Thursday night. According to KOBI-TV in Medford, Southern Oregon activists are planning a rally Dec. 2 at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Gun control advocacy group Oregon Moms Demand Action released a statement Saturday highlighting a 2020 statistic showing Black Oregonians are dying of gun homicide at five times the rate of white Oregonians.

“We’re horrified,” said Amie Wexler, a volunteer with gun control advocacy group Oregon Moms Demand Action, said in a statement Saturday.

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Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Rysheen Dala Williams faces several charges



TOMORROW, WITH SOME CHANGES ON SUNDAY. I WILL GET YOU CAUGHT UP ON THE LATEST ON THAT, COMING UP. GEOFF: WELL, BREAKING OVERNIGHT, WE ARE FOLLOWING TWO DEADLY CRASHES, WITH DRIVERS FACING DUI CHARGES. HANNAH: ONE OF THOSE HAPPENED IN ANDERSON COUNTY, WHERE A TEENAGE DRIVER IS ACTUALLY CHARGED. TROOPERS SAY 18-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN FOWLER WAS DRIVING ON LAKE ROAD, NEAR RILEY ROAD, WHEN HE WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND HIT A FENCE AND A TREE. GEOFF: THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER 8:00 THURSDAY NIGHT. FOWLER WAS NOT HURT. THE FRONT-SEAT PASSENGER HAD TO BE MECHANICALLY REMOVED FROM THE TRUCK AND DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. TROOPERS SAY THAT THE PASSENGER WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. ONE OF THE TWO OTHER TEENAGE PASSENGERS WAS HURT. HANNAH: IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY, A DRIVER IS FACING DUI CHARGES, AFTER A DEADLY CRASH INVOLVING THREE VEHICLES. GEOFF: IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT, JUST AFTER 9:00, ON PARRIS BRIDGE ROAD, NEAR DAVIS ROAD. THAT IS JUST OFF I-85, ABOUT THREE MILES WEST OF BOILING SPRINGS. HANNAH: TROOPERS SAY 43-YEAR-OLD JAMELLS FLOYD HIT A 2007 HONDA HEAD-ON, REBOUNDED, AND THEN HIT A 2001 HONDA TRAVELING THE SAME DIRECTION. THE DRIVER OF THE 2007 HONDA DIED AT THE SCENE, AND A PASSENGER WENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. THE 2001 HONDA DRIVER WAS NOT HURT. FLOYD IS CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI WITH DEATH. GEOFF: CHANGING GEARS NOW, AND RIGHT NOW, SEVERAL SHOPPERS ARE ALREADY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. HANNAH: THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE BEST BUY IN GREENVILLE. QUITE A FEW CARS IN THE PARKING LOT BUT NOT NEARLY AS MANY AS YEARS PASSED. SOME STORES CHOSE TO OPEN, WITH CORONAVIRUS PERCUSSIONS. OTHERS CHOSE NOT TO OPEN THEIR BUILDINGS AT ALL, OFFERING THEIR DEALS SOLELY ONLINE. THIS POST-THANKSGIVING SHOPPING TRADITION STARTED BACK IN THE 1980’S, WHEN RETAILERS STARTED SLASHING PRICES FOR ONE DAY TO GET MORE SALES. NOW, IN ACCOUNTING TERMS, BEING IN THE BLACK MEANS YOU ARE ACTUALLY MAKING A PROFIT. GEOFF: THE CITY OF GREENVILLE IS OFFERING FREE PARKING AT ALL OF ITS CITY PARKING FACILITIES TODAY. A REMINDER, THE RICHARDSON STREET GARAGE AND THE WEST WASHINGTON STREET DECK ARE ALWAYS FREE ON THE WEEKENDS. HANNAH: WELL, BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, AND THE INFLUX OF SHIPPING HOLIDAY GIFTS, THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE RECOMMENDS YO MAIL YOUR PRESENTS EARLY. THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 IS EXPECTED TO BE THE PEAK SHIPPING SEASON. IF YOU ARE SENDING FIRST CLASS MAIL, THEY RECOMMEND MAILING BY DECEMBER 18. AFTER THAT, IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU USE PRIORITY MAIL TO MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGES ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. GEOFF: THANKSGIVING HAD A DIFFERENT TONE THIS YEAR, WITH LIMITED GATHERINGS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. MORE THAN 90,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL, A NEW RECORD FOR THE COUNTRY. THERE HAVE BEEN NEARLY 12.9 MILLION CASES IN THE

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Man shot outside Roanoke Rapids hotel, suspect on the run, police say

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) – Roanoke Rapids police are looking for a convicted felon in connection with a shooting that occurred in a hotel parking lot Friday morning, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the Baymont Inn and Suites at approximately 5:04 a.m. in reference to a person being shot.

Once on the scene, officers found the victim lying between two vehicles with what was believed to be a gunshot wound to his upper thing, police said.

Officers at the scene were told of a potential suspect vehicle description and gave it to other units working in the area, according to the release. Master Officer J. Spragins located the suspect vehicle near a home in the 100-block of Hamilton Street. A man ran from Spragins when he got to the home, police said.

The man that ran from the home has not been located at this time. Police said a suspect has been identified in the shooting – Tayvon Moody, 29, of Roanoke Rapids.

Moody now has outstanding warrants for his arrest on charges of assault inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The shooting remains under investigation and authorities said more charges could be coming.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his injury.

If you have any information in regards to this shooting or the whereabouts of Tayvon Moody, contact Detective D. Moore at 252-533-2810 or contact Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

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Man arrested for Renton arson at COVID-19 hotel for homeless

RENTON — A man staying at a hotel in Renton for people experiencing homelessness with COVID-19 was arrested after a hotel room caught fire, police said.

Renton firefighters responded to fire in a sixth floor room inside the Red Lion Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, KOMO-TV reported.

Firefighters said a sprinkler controlled the fire and it was contained to the room. No injuries were reported. The building was evacuated and six rooms were damaged by water or smoke. People staying in those rooms were moved to different rooms at the hotel, according to authorities.

Since April, firefighters and medics have been called to the hotel 277 times.

The hotel’s use as a temporary shelter has caused a dispute between city and King County officials.

County officials have said the arrangement at the Red Lion Hotel has slowed the spread of the coronavirus. The city says it has led to an increase in crime in the area.

City officials are on track to consider legislation that would set a six-month move-out date at the Red Lion, where nearly 250 people have been living since April.

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Man arrested for arson at Renton hotel sheltering 200 homeless people

The Red Lion Hotel was turned into a homeless shelter shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently housing around 200 homeless people.

RENTON, Wash. — A 46-year-old man staying at a hotel-turned-homeless shelter in Renton was arrested after allegedly setting his hotel room on fire.

Renton firefighters and police responded to the fire in a sixth-floor room inside the Red Lion Hotel around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The hotel was turned into a homeless shelter shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently housing around 200 homeless people.

The Renton Police Department said a witness pointed out a man to officers outside the hotel and said he was the one who started the fire. Police said the man was detained for questioning.

Investigators learned the 46-year-old suspect had lived at the hotel for about three weeks and became upset with staff members. Police said the man told hotel staff he was “going to burn this place down.”

Police said the suspect locked himself in his hotel room on the sixth floor and hotel staff called a locksmith for help. As the locksmith and hotel staff approached the room, they encountered thick smoke on the sixth floor and found the suspect standing in the doorway of his room, police said.

The locksmith tried to enter the room with a fire extinguisher but was held back by the smoke and heat.

Police said the suspect eventually walked out of his room and went outside where he was arrested.

Firefighters said a sprinkler controlled the fire. The fire started on a couch and was contained to the room, according to the preliminary arson investigation.

Six rooms were damaged by water or smoke, and police said there was “extensive” smoke and fire damage to the fifth and sixth floors. People staying in the damaged rooms were relocated to different rooms at the hotel.

No injuries were reported.

A fire official told police the fire put multiple lives in danger. The suspect was booked into the King County Regional Justice Center for investigation of first-degree arson.

RELATED: Renton considers vacating Red Lion Hotel sheltering 200 homeless people

Renton city leaders have been considering a plan that would force the homeless people staying at the Red Lion Hotel to move elsewhere.

The city council is mulling a six-month plan to vacate the hotel. This comes amid disagreements between officials and leaders at the Red Lion Hotel over the hotel’s operation and the number of homeless occupants.

Chip Vincent, the administrator for Renton’s Community & Economic Development department, said there have been several concerns brought to the city by leaders and residents about the recent influx of homeless tenants and how it could affect the city in the future. There have been several ordinances proposed to head off any possible issues.

So far, King County and the city of Renton haven’t been able to agree on terms regarding the space. As a result, King County was issued a violation, which it

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Man arrested for arson after fire set in Renton hotel housing homeless people

A homeless man was arrested for arson after a couch was set afire in a room at the Red Lion Hotel in Renton Wednesday morning, according to the Renton Police Department. Since April, the hotel has provided shelter to more than 200 people in an effort to thin out crowded shelters and protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

Renton firefighter crews responded to the fire on the sixth floor and said a sprinkler system helped to contain the flames. The building was evacuated, and no injuries were reported, according to The Associated Press.

Six rooms were damaged by water or smoke. People staying in those rooms were moved to different rooms at the hotel.

According to a Thursday statement by the Police Department, the suspect, a 46-year-old man who had lived at the hotel for three weeks, became upset with staff members. He told staff, “I’m going to burn this place down,” according to a statement by police. A preliminary arson investigation indicated that the fire started on a couch. 

The Renton hotel has primarily housed people who were previously staying at the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s Morrison Hotel shelter in Seattle. Many of those served by this shelter have disabilities, serious mental illness or substance use disorders, according to previous reporting by The Seattle Times. 

King County is currently paying for the hotel, along with three other hotels in the region, to house those who are homeless. The county spends close to $2 million per month for use of the hotels, according to Sherry Hamilton, spokesperson for the King County Department of Community and Human Services. 

Early into the county’s use of the Red Lion Hotel, Renton city officials started pushing back. In May, Renton leaders publicly asked King County to move people living at the hotel out by July, citing a large increase in 911 calls. 

According to earlier reporting by The Seattle Times, Renton police Chief Ed VanValey told the King County Council in early May that there had been a 79% increase in calls from the hotel’s location — sometimes nine to 12 calls in a single day. Renton Regional Fire Authority Chief Rick Marshall told the council the fire department fielded 30 calls in April, whereas over the same period last year it fielded one.  

This week, Renton city officials rushed forward legislation that would set a six-month move-out date at the Red Lion. Renton City Council could vote the legislation into law as early as next week, when it comes up for a first reading.

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Man killed, woman wounded in shooting at hotel; suspect at large


Police say suspect Earl C. Jefferson II remains at large

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MANSFIELD – A 48-year-old man was fatally wounded and a 29-year-old woman was undergoing surgery after being shot multiple times early this morning at a Mansfield hotel, according to police.

Mansfield Police said the suspect, identified as Earl C. Jefferson II, 43, confronted the two victims at the Motel 6 at 555 N. Trimble Road at approximately 1:39 a.m. and then shot them multiple times. 

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the female was taken to a local hospital and rushed into surgery, police said.

The shooting was domestic-related, according to Capt. Shari Robertson, public information officer for the Mansfield Police Department

The names of the victims were not yet released pending notification of family.

Jefferson fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, possibly in a black four-door vehicle, and remained at large as of 9 a.m., police said in a news release.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, and police urge anyone who comes into contact with Jefferson to not approach him, and to call 911 or the local police immediately. 

A felony warrant for murder has been issued for Jefferson as law-enforcement officers continue to search for the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Mark Perry of the Major Crimes Division at 419-755-9730 or Mansfield police at 419-755-9724.

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Queensland police officers forced to isolate after contact with Covid-infected man at hotel | Queensland

Almost a dozen Queensland police officers have been forced into Covid-19 isolation after they came into close contact with an infected man in hotel quarantine.

The incident happened at the Rydges Hotel in South Brisbane on Sunday when police were called to check on a 41-year-old-man’s welfare, police say.

The man was later tested for the virus and returned a positive result, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

All 11 officers are in either home isolation or hotel quarantine and have tested negative for the virus.

The officers were wearing personal protective equipment when they interacted with the man.

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Thursday. There are currently 14 active cases in the state.

Meanwhile, Tasmania will keep its border closed to South Australia in the short term amid new coronavirus cases linked to an Adelaide cluster.

The outbreak grew to 31 on Thursday after a high school student and man in his 40s tested positive.

The Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, said border restrictions would remain in place for SA arrivals, but an update would be provided in coming days.

“As it stands, the medium-risk arrangements will remain in place,” he said.

The state’s public health director, Mark Veitch, said it was important to take a cautious approach to avoid “flip-flopping” on quarantine requirements.

Gutwein confirmed a “mercy flight” to repatriate Australians stranded overseas would touch down on the island state on 6 December.

The charter plane from Delhi is part of Tasmania’s pledge to host 450 returning international travellers across three flights.

They will be tested before leaving India and must have a negative test before being allowed out of two weeks isolation in Hobart.

Gutwein said police would manage and supervise hotel quarantine, and private security would only be used to monitor doors and exits.

Tasmania will also welcome 150 workers from Timor Leste in early December to help out with fruit picking.

They will be required to quarantine for a fortnight before beginning work.

About 6,000 Tasmanians have signed up for the summer work, about two times the usual figure.

Tasmania will drop border restrictions with Victoria on Friday for the first time in eight months, meaning it will be open to all states and territories bar SA.

Victoria is one day away from a significant milestone in the fight against Covid-19 – the official elimination of the virus from the community. But another unexpected wastewater find in Geelong’s north has prompted a testing push.

The state reached 27 days without a new case on Thursday, having posted no positive results from 12,862 tests.

Health authorities say 28 days with no new cases means the virus has been eliminated from the community, given that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.

The last Covid-19 patient in a Victorian hospital was discharged on Monday, leaving the state without an active case.

Despite this, more virus fragments have been found as part of its wastewater surveillance testing program.

The fragments were found in a sample from a treatment plant

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