News Headlines 11/22/21

FIVE KILLED, 40 INJURED AFTER SUV PLOWS THROUGH WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS PARADE: At least five people were killed and more than 40 injured yesterday (November 21st) when an SUV plowed through barricades and sped through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Among those hit by the SUV was a group of young dancers and a “Dancing Grannies” club. Police Chief Dan Thompson said a “person of interest” was in custody, but gave no details about the person or about a possible motivate. A police officer fired his gun to try to stop the vehicle, but Thompson said he didn’t know of the driver was hit. No bystanders were injured by the gunfire. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul tweeted, “What took place in Waukesha today is sickening, and I have every confidence that those responsible will be brought to justice.” The parade, which is held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, was returning after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. 

TWO OF 17 KIDNAPPED MISSIONARIES FREED IN HAITI: Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said yesterday (November 21st) that two of 17 members of its missionary group who were kidnapped in Haiti more than a month ago had been freed. The church organization, which said the two are “in good spirits,” said they couldn’t give information about why they were released. The 17  people, five of whom were children and 16 American with one Canadian, were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16th, along with their Haitian driver. Authorities have said the gang was demanding $1 million per person, and that the leader was threatening to kill the hostages if the demands weren’t met. The FBI, which is helping Haitian authorities recover the captives, declined to comment.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY IN ARBERY MURDER TRIAL: Closing arguments are scheduled for today (November 22nd) in the Georgia murder trial of three white men charged in the killing of a Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who they saw running in their neighborhood. Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael grabbed guns and began chasing Arbery in their pickup truck, and were joined by a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who followed in his pickup and recorded Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery as the cornered man threw punches and grabbed for McMichael’s shotgun. McMichael claimed self-defense during testimony last week. The men claim they suspected Arbery had burglarized a house under construction, however there’s no evidence he committed any crimes. 

ABOUT 80 PEOPLE RANSACK NORDSTROM NEAR SAN FRANCISCO: Some 80 people ransacked a Nordstrom’s department store in Walnut Creek, California, Saturday night (November 20th), stealing merchandise and assaulting two employees before escaping in a large number of cars that were waiting outside that they’d arrived in. Some of those involved in the San Francisco Bay-area incident, which police called “clearly a planned event,” were wearing ski masks and carrying crowbars. Most got away, with just three people arrested. Police said in a statement Sunday that they are reviewing surveillance footage to try to identify other suspects.