CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Over the last month, U.S. Capitol riot defendant Matthew Wood had mounted a particularly vigorous defense. In a series of rapid-fire court filings, the 25-year-old Greensboro-area man, who is charged with six crimes tied to the violence of Jan. 6, 2021, had asked a judge to: — Move his trial moved out of Washington, arguing that he could not get a fair hearing from a D.C. jury; — Suppress some comments he made to the FBI as well as the information agents scraped from his cell phone; — Throw out all or some of the charges. On Friday, however, Wood dramatically changed course. ...
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One day after a Texas jury determined Alex Jones must pay two Sandy Hook parents $4.1 in compensatory damages, the same jury ruled in must also pay $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Jones was sued for defamation by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, who was murdered in the 2012 fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut which Jones falsely claimed was a hoax.
Heslin and Lewis were awarded a total of $49.3 million.
Elizabeth Williamson, the author the book Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth, attempted to put the verdict in context.
"Remember this is the first of three trials for damages against Jones," Williamson wrote.
"Two more are scheduled for next month-— one in Texas, and one brought by the families of eight victims in Connecticut, where laws governing damages favor plaintiffs more than in Texas," she reminded. "And Connecticut is where the shooting occurred."
\u201cBREAKING: Jury awards parents of #SandyHook victim Jesse Lewis $45.2 Million in punitive damages. That's added to the over $4 million in compensatory damages. WATCH: \n#AlexJones\u201d— Cathy Russon (@Cathy Russon) 1659736300
Actress Anne Heche is expected to survive after reportedly being involved in a series of car crashes in Los Angeles on Friday.
"Witnesses tell TMZ, she was driving a blue Mini Cooper and crashed into the garage of an apartment complex," TMZ reported. "Residents of the apartment complex tried getting Anne out of the vehicle but she put the car in reverse and then sped off. A short time later, she crashed into a nearby home, igniting a fire. The fire was significant and engulfed the house."
Video from a Fox LA helicopter appears to show firefighters pushing a stretcher towards an ambulance. Shortly before they reached their destination, the person on the stretcher throws off the white sheet and flails their arms just before the stretcher entered the ambulance.
TMZ also obtained an image of Heche taken through the passenger side window.
"Look closely at the photo of Anne inside the car (above) ... there's a bottle with a red cap in the cupholder next to the gearshift, and it looks like a bottle of alcohol," TMZ reported. "We do no know the extent of her injuries or burns. We're told she's currently in the hospital intubated but expected to live."
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On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that a man in Washington State used a fake $100 bill to steal money from an 11-year-old kid selling lemonade.
Police are looking for the thief, who has not yet been apprehended.
"The boy, Jeremy, was selling lemonade in Everett, Washington over the summer as a way to make a little extra dough," reported Emily Hernandez. "Police said he used his allowance money to give the man, who hasn’t yet been caught, his $85 change but when Jeremy took the bill to a gas station, he was told it was fake. Luckily, a kind neighbor set up a GoFundMe for Jeremy raising more than $2,200 in less than a day."
According to the GoFundMe page, Jeremy "has dreams of owning his own vending machine business in the future." Proceeds to the fund above what was needed to cover his losses will be used "to possibly expand his enterprise."
"Cops are appealing for help to locate the suspect, who was apparently having such a bad day he felt the need to scam a child," noted the report.
"If you are unable to donate ... please see the Everett Police Departments [sic] Facebook page for info on trying to catch the person that was low enough to do this," the fund concluded.