Stop, drop, and KICs

Do y’all remember about two weeks ago when we were talking about Walmart burning down? Well, it seems we have lost another beloved store…Heirloom Bakery. When will the madness get put out? So after you get done hiding all the matches in your house, check out these KICs. This week we have Hurricane Fiona destroying Puerto Rico, new homes in Atlanta, a man arrested for gun violence in Peachtree City, the sentencing of a Nazi sympathizer, and border patrol claiming Republicans are lying to migrants. 

September 19 – Hurricane Fiona already starting the path of destruction in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

After hitting Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona began to hit the Dominican Republic with heavy rains and massive floods, causing a vast power outage early Monday morning. This Category 1 storm impacted Boca de Yuma at 3:30 a.m. with winds of 90 mph.

It has started to move slowly northwest to the Dominican Republic. Hurricane Fiona left 1.4 million people in Puerto Rico without power. The hurricane began on the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon with winds of 75 mph bringing 6 to 24 inches of rain to the island. 

Puerto Rico is expected to receive up to 30 inches of rain, with the Dominican Republic expected to get 12 inches. By Tuesday, it is expected to move to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Both locations have already been put under hurricane and tropical storm watches.

September 20 – Two new high-rise towers to be added to downtown Atlanta

In south downtown Atlanta, there have been very few places for people to live. However, two new residential high-rise towers will add a more lively tune.

The towers will include 600 new apartments, several shops, and restaurants. The buildings will be 18 and 21 stories tall respectively, and both will include rooftop decks and public plazas. The apartments are presumed to be affordable as well, although 20 percent of the apartments there require one to make at least $54,000 a year.

The construction of the buildings will start in a year. The 350 residential units and the four acres of surface parking, assorted shops, and restaurants will provide for a very nice community in downtown Atlanta.

September 21 – Man arrested for gun violation in Peachtree City 

John J. Trum, age 34, was arrested on September 15. Trum was charged with a felony. He was pointing guns at people in their cars while in the middle of a heavy traffic jam west of Highway 54 in Peachtree City. 

Peachtree City Police Department officer Chris Hyatt said that the traffic west of highway 54 was moving slowly. Trum was seen getting out of his car, taking out a gun from his trunk, and pointing it across the lane on the other side. Inside the other car, there was a 50-year-old man with his 8-year-old daughter. 

A Fayette County citizen saw Trum going back into his car and continuing to drive off to Coweta County. The observer recorded the tag number of Trum’s car and sent it to the Peachtree City Police Department. Trum was found at his house in Tyrone and was taken into custody on September 15.

September 22 – Nazi sympathizer to be sentenced this Thursday

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a 32-year-old man from New Jersey, is scheduled to be sentenced this Thursday for partaking in the infamous January 6 capitol riot while dressed as Adolf Hitler. Hale-Cusanelli was an Army reservist when he stormed the Capitol.

Hale-Cusanelli was promptly charged for obstruction of Congress after he failed to convince jurors that he was not aware Congress met at the Capitol. Federal prosecutors are seeking six-and-a-half years in prison, and U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden claimed he was open to increasing his sentence. Federal prosecutors argued that serious prison time is warranted after hearing of Hale-Cusanelli’s “enthusiasm for civil war” and his well-documented history of violent rhetoric.

Prosecutors have found that Hale-Cusanelli subscribed to numerous white supremacist and Nazi ideologies that have driven his enthusiasm for another civil war. On top of this, Hale-Cusanelli was found making false statements on the stand.

September 23 – Border official claims Republican governors are lying to migrants

In El Paso, Texas, the migrant situation is developing. The nation’s top border official blamed Republican governors for drawing more migrants into the country by promising them free bus rides to cities in the northeast.

According to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus, the governors of Texas, Arizona, and Florida, have been fibbing to migrants about the opportunities in these northeastern cities, luring more migrants into the country. A large part of the current migrant population is from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba. These countries are refusing to re-receive their citizens if the U.S. attempts to deport them.

In the last year, the number of Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, and Cubans arriving in the U.S. over the U.S.-Mexico border is up 175 percent. Magnus mentioned that the situation has not reached a chaotic level and that it is important for that to be known to people across the country.