Former Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed earlier this morning by his son, Austin "Gus" Deeds. The younger Deeds then fatally shot himself at the family home. Senator Deeds is still in the intensive care unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
"The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," Governor Bob McDonnell said in a public statement. "Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family."
The incident occurred around 7:00 a.m. this morning, and police quickly responded to the home, where they found Senator Deeds in critical condition and a second person dead at the scene. Only later did they release the news that it was Senator Deeds' son who had died. more >>
Respected Kentucky pastor of Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill, Scott Gilliam, shocked neighbors in his community last Friday when police arrested and charged him with being a kingpin in what investigators have billed the largest pill trafficking ring in that state's history.
Like chemistry teacher Walter White, the fictional lead character in AMC's cult classic series "Breaking Bad" whose alter ego was a ruthless and infamous methamphetamine producer, cops say they caught Gilliam, 42, in an investigation they aptly called: "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."
"[He] pastored a church while he was engaging in a major drug trafficking organization [which] is pretty heinous," the lead detective of the state's FADE drug task force, who could not be identified for security reasons, told WCHS-TV. more >>
Convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled to die via lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 20; he famously shot Larry Flynt, leaving him paralyzed for life. Now, in a new interview, Franklin states that he felt he was "at war" with other races, which is what led to the shootings. Flynt, meanwhile, is working with the ACLU to stop the execution.
"I felt like I was at war," Franklin told CNN. "The survival of the white race was at stake. I consider it my mission, my three-year mission. Same length of time Jesus was on his mission, from the time he was 30 to 33. I figured once I started doing it and showed them how, other white supremacists would do the same thing."
From 1977 to 1980, Franklin targeted interracial couples, African Americans, and Jews for assassination. According to some reports, Franklin killed approximately 22 people but was only convicted of the murder of Gerald Gordon, whom he shot outside a synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri. more >>
A nurse and child protective services worker from Union County, N.C., were jailed Saturday night under a combined bond of more than $1 million after their 11-year-old foster son was accidentally discovered cuffed to the porch of their house with a dead chicken tied around his neck.
The couple, Dorian Lee Harper, 57, an emergency room nurse at CMC-Union in Monroe and Wanda Sue Larson, 57, Union County DSS supervisor, who are parents to four adopted children, are both charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and animal cruelty, according to WCNC.com.
Based on her job as a DSS supervisor, Larson was also charged additionally with failure to uphold her duty as a public official. Although she wasn't at home when the boy was discovered, she was described as "complicit" in the mistreatment of the children, according to the report. more >>
Just hours after community leaders held a prayer rally to end gun violence in Pomona, Calif., a beloved youth pastor, on his way home from a church party, was brutally gunned down in a car early Monday morning.
According to police in an ABC report, four people in a vehicle flagged down a Pomona police officer at about 12:42 a.m. near Third and Thomas Streets and reported that they were shot at in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Mayfair Street.
One of the passengers in the car, Daniel Diaz, 33, of West Covina, a youth pastor at the 500-member New Beginning Church in Baldwin Park where his parents are lead pastors, was shot during the attack. more >>
WASHINGTON – More Christians were killed in Northern Nigeria last year than in the rest of the world combined, according to the head of a human rights organization.
Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign, told The Christian Post on Thursday that an estimated 1,200 Christians were killed for their faith in Northern Nigeria.
"We documented 1,200 Nigerian Christians in the North of Nigeria who were killed, some by Boko Haram, some by Fulani herdsmen. These two types of attacks are persistent within several of the Northern Nigerian states," said Buwalda, who participated on a panel on Christian persecution in Nigeria. more >>