Peninsula man is latest Bay Area resident arrested in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach – Red Bluff Daily News


SAN FRANCISCO — A fifth Bay Area resident has been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, court records show.

Kenneth Armstrong III, 52, of Pescadero, was charged with four federal offenses, including trespassing, two counts of disorderly conduct, and picketing in a Capitol. He faces up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the most serious charge.

Armstrong was identified by an anonymous tipster who contacted the FBI days after the Capitol riot. He was visited by FBI agents in March 2021 at his business in Half Moon Bay, freely admitted attending the Jan. 6 demonstration, and sent agents of a video he took of himself walking through the Capitol building, according to the criminal complaint.

Armstrong was arrested Thursday and spent a day at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. At his first court appearance Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim released him on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Federal prosecutors did not seek detention, nor ask that Armstrong be ordered not to possess guns.

His case is awaiting transfer for prosecution in Washington D.C., court records show. While on pretrial release, Armstrong must not travel to Washington D.C. unless for court, and cannot travel outside the United States without approval from pretrial services.

Armstrong’s attorney, federal public defender David Rizk, said in court Friday more restrictive conditions aren’t necessary because it’s a misdemeanor case and Armstrong was “completely forthcoming with the FBI.” He said he will likely handle Armstrong’s defense because the public defender’s office in Washington D.C. is “overwhelmed” with cases.

The FBI used surveillance pictures, as well as conversations from Armstrong’s Facebook account, to confirm his identity. In one Facebook post, Armstrong noted that “Capitol Police were very nice and helpful,” but also notes they were firing rubber bullets at the first people to enter the Capitol.

In another conversation, Armstrong said he stayed inside for a short time, took pictures and video and “sang the Star Spangled Banner.” Another user, responding to Armstrong, lamented that he or she was “friends with a traitor, a fascist, a liar, and a thug,” and says they’re unfriending him, according to a screenshot included in the complaint.

Armstrong is now the fifth Bay Area man the be charged in the riots, including one who remains a fugitive and is believed to have fled the country. A Gilroy woman, Mariposa Castro, has pleaded guilty to trespassing and is awaiting sentence, and a Sonoma resident, Daniel Shaw, was charged last month, though he was identified almost immediately after the Capitol breach, according to court records.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a “self-described Proud Boy” and San Francisco resident named Daniel Goodwyn was also charged, and that Evan Neumann, of Mill Valley, is believed to have fled to Belarus to avoid criminal charges.

An Arcata resident, Brent John Holdridge, was arrested and charged with similar offenses last month, after the FBI identified him from surveillance inside the Capitol, court records show.



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Prep Roundup: Royals fall short against Eagles – The Daily Reporter


CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Class 2A 10th-ranked Eastern Hancock boys basketball team dropped a tough game, 57-48, at home Saturday against 2A Heritage Christian.

The visiting Eagles (5-6) grabbed an early 18-12 lead and later led 35-26 by halftime to hand the Royals their second loss in three games. Eastern Hancock was coming off a 74-49 road win over Mid-Eastern Conference foe Randolph Southern on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The Royals (8-3, 3-1 MEC) resume conference play on Friday at 2A No. 4 Monroe Central to kick off a back-to-back MEC weekend with a home game on Saturday night against rival Shenandoah (6-4, 2-1 MEC). Both games tip at 7:30 p.m.

In their loss to Heritage Christian, the Royals were paced by senior Landon O’Neal’s team-high 21 points on 6 of 13 shooting.

Silas Spaulding finished with 12 points, including four 3-pointers, but the Royals shot 31 percent from the field as a team and were 11 of 31 from 3-point range. O’Neal converted 5 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc and added two rebounds.

Cole Rainbolt had three points and a team-best seven rebounds, followed by Edric Miller’s five boards and five points. Silas Spaulding and Jacob Spaulding each finished with three assists. Miller had a pair.

Marauders win third straight

The Class 4A No. 17 Mt. Vernon boys basketball team collected its third consecutive victory by defeating host 4A Avon, 78-54, on Friday night.

The Marauders (9-2) flipped a 17-14 first-quarter deficit into a 35-23 halftime lead that they never relinquished following a 21 and 22 point third and fourth quarter, respectively.

The Marauders shot 56 percent from the field in the game and were powered by a team-high 18 points by Amhad Jarrard and 17 from Cooper Galli.

Avery Williams Jr. and Armon Jarrard each provided nine points, Razhaun Wells had eight and Darren Smith added seven. Gavin Sullivan chipped in five.

Mt. Vernon went 6 of 13 from 3-point range with three going to Galli, who shot 6 of 8 from the field with two of his team’s 18 free throws. The Marauders were 18-for-21 from the foul line.

Eli Bridenthal had three assists and a team-best nine rebounds, while Armon Jarrard, Galli and Smith each hauled in five boards apiece. Wells and Williams finished with three. Amhad Jarrard also dished out three assists.

The Marauders travel to 4A Lawrence Central tonight before hosting 3A Hamilton Heights on Friday night. Both games tip at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Royals drop second straight

The Class 2A No. 11 Eastern Hancock girls basketball team dropped its second straight, losing to visiting Class A Waldron, 55-44, on Saturday.

The Royals (13-4, 6-1 MEC) hadn’t lost more than one game in a row this season until now and had won nine consecutive contests from Nov. 16 through Dec. 21.

They travel to New Palestine tonight for a county showdown at 7:30 p.m. before hosting MEC foe Daleville on Thursday night.

Against Waldron, the Royals led 10-8 after the first quarter, but they fell behind 23-14 by halftime. They clawed back with a 32-point second half, but the Mohawks held on by posting 30 points of their own to maintain the advantage.

Sammie Bolding was the lone Royal to reach double digits with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Grace Stapleton had nine points, while Caroline Stapleton had five and Brooklyn Willis, Makenzie O’Neal and Emma Bolding each had four.

The Royals were 5 of 23 from 3-point range and converted 17 of 29 free throws.

Ruby White, who had three points, pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Grace Stapleton posted six rebounds, three assists and two steals. O’Neal had six rebounds and three steals.

Emma and Sammie Bolding each had five rebounds. Caroline Stapleton had two steals.

Gymnastics

Dragons win season opener

The New Palestine gymnastics team won its season opener Thursday, tallying 97.2 points to beat host Shelbyville (87.15) and Lutheran (33.525).

Kennedy Garrett won the floor exercise with a score of 8.825. Addy Kendall was second (8.525). J.J. Fee was fifth (8.3).

Kendall also posted an individual-event victory for the Dragons, winning the uneven bars (8.2). Garrett was fourth (7.625) and Alyse Rickey fifth (7.15).

Fee was second on balance beam (8.2) and Garrett third (8.125). On vault, Chaira Polo and Maliyah Ringham tied for third (8.1), while Garrett tied for fourth (8.075).

Garrett was third in the all-around (32.65).

The Dragons return to action Saturday at the Valparaiso Invitational.



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Officials warn against unnecessary travel as freezing rain continues over region – The Daily Gazette


CAPITAL REGION – Freezing rain continued across the Capital Region Sunday morning as officials warned against unnecessary travel.

The freezing rain, with pockets of sleet, was to continue through the morning, the National Weather Service said.

Untreated roads and walkways will be slick, the service said.

The  service forecasted freezing rain throughout the region, with the most over Saratoga and Fulton counties, as well as northern Montgomery and eastern Schenectady counties.

“Freezing rain is far more dangerous than snow, as ice can form on pavement,” the service wrote in a flier.

Those out should also watch for falling branches and powerlines and use extreme caution if travel is needed.

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PHOTOS: Treacherous travel conditions, school closings amid heavy snowfall – Bowling Green Daily News



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Diet tip: Getting through the holidays | Kingman Daily Miner


Hi this is Eunice with Diet Center.

In my last two tips we discussed 5 different points to help get through the holidays and help prevent unwanted weight gain. Here are three more things to think about.

Candy

What if someone gives you a box of chocolate as a gift? Think about the damage those empty calories can do. A small piece of chocolate may contain 150 calories! This would mean a 2 ½ pound box of chocolates could provide as much as 5000 calories! Can we exercise enough to work off those calories? A 155-pound individual would have to walk over 10 hours, run over 7 hours, or bike over 5 hours!

Candy can lead to weight gain, and any amount of candy crowds out nutritious food. If you have candy, do so in moderation. Try to exercise that same day to help burn extra calories. An even better option is to encourage your family, or friends to give an alternative gift. There are many nonfood items that can make you feel better than a piece of candy. For example, a favorite CD, a basket of soothing bath products, a certificate for a massage, flowers, or new outfit.

Alcohol

Along with resisting the temptation of holiday treats, there is also the temptation of celebrating with alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are not calorie free. Alcohol yields 7 calories per gram. An alcoholic beverage can provide twice as many calories per ounce as carbohydrates and fats. A 12-ounce can of beer has about 150 calories; a 4-ounce glass of wine provides about 90 calories. A glass of spiked eggnog about 300 calories. While on a weight loss program, you shouldn’t consume alcohol; it interferes with the metabolism of nutrients and stimulates your appetite. Alcohol does not provide nutrients.

If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one serving. Try alternating alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic ones. The best thing you can do for your weight is to not consume alcohol. Enjoy diet sodas, sugar-free hot cocoas, and drink water.

Exercise

It’s easy to fall off exercise routines. Hectic schedules and travel make it easy to skip exercise. Do you ever wonder how fast your fitness level drops when you stop exercising?

Not working out for 2 weeks will cause a slight decrease in fitness. The more fit you are, the less your fitness will decrease. If you don’t work out for 5 weeks, your fitness level will decrease by about half. The best thing you can do to maintain is fit in at least 2 aerobic workouts and 1 strength training session per week. Try not to go more than 2 weeks without getting back into your routine.

Thank you for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week.

Please call Diet Center today if you’re not reaching your weight loss goals. Let us help you change your diet and change your life! Please call 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. in Kingman.





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No. 4 UCLA hopes to shake off travel scare and welcome back Cody Riley – Daily News


If you’re wondering how much better the fourth-ranked UCLA men’s basketball team is with Cody Riley in the lineup, just ask coach Mick Cronin.

“Until we have Cody back to full speed, it’s an opportunity for others to grow and get better,” Cronin said last week. “We’re 10 points or more better with (Cody). That’s just a fact.”

Riley has been out all year with a left knee injury. Cronin said it was possible for Riley to return against Marquette on Saturday night, but he didn’t. The Bruins didn’t need his services anyway as they beat the Golden Eagles 67-56 in Milwaukee in a game in which the margin got as wide as 23 points in the first half.

The performance was impressive considering the team’s travel plans were diverted due to the plane’s cracked windshield, which resulted in an unscheduled landing Friday night in Denver.

Now UCLA is back home to host Alabama State at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion.

“We’re like the Blues Brothers now, we’re on a mission from God,” Cronin said Tuesday morning.

UCLA (8-1) shouldn’t have a problem with Alabama State (1-9), which is finishing a West Coast trip that started with a 79-62 loss at Pepperdine on Saturday.

The return of Riley seems imminent now that he’s back in practice every day. While he’s been away, other aspects of the team have improved.

“That’s always the silver lining, when you have to play without someone that you rely on,” Cronin said. “It forces you to find other ways to be effective, and then when you bring that guy back, you add. You don’t go back and change. Hopefully, that’s the case for us.”

UCLA has four players averaging in double figures: Johnny Juzang (16.6 points per game), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (14.8), Jules Bernard (13.0) and Tyger Campbell (12.6).

Juzang (4.9), Jaquez (6.6) and Bernard (4.3) are among the team’s top rebounders, along with center Myles Johnson, who brings in a team-best 6.9 per game. Even with a four-guard offense, the Bruins are outrebounding teams by an average of 9.6 per game.

“The thing that’s been the most consistent for us is our rebounding,” Cronin said. “We’re almost plus-10 on the glass and we only play one big guy. And played without Cody (Riley). We rebound at four (positions), which has really helped us.”

Alabama State is being outrebounded by 4.6 per game. Look for that to be a major advantage for the Bruins.

THREE PAC-12 TEAMS IN TOP 10

It was a good day for the Pac-12 on Monday, when the AP Top 25 poll was released and revealed three men’s basketball teams were in the top 10: UCLA at No. 4, Arizona at No. 8 and USC at No. 10.



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Israel to update list of banned travel destinations daily amid Omicron fears


Coalition party leaders agreed to update the list of countries Israelis are barred from traveling to every 24 hours, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announced Saturday, as the Health Ministry confirmed another 20 cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

The move could reduce international travel by making it increasingly difficult to plan trips in advance.

“In the coming days additional countries will be added to the list of red countries in accordance with the Health Ministry’s definitions,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The statement also said Bennett would seek to advance a plan limiting entry to malls to Israelis whose “Green Card” immunization passes have expired. Those eligible for the pass must have received a booster shot, been administered the initial two doses or recovered from COVID-19 in the previous half-year.

According to Channel 12 news, Green Pass holders will be given a bracelet upon entering a mall and will be allowed in all stores, while anyone without a Green Pass would only be allowed to enter shops deemed essential.

The network described the proposal as a legal workaround that will allow the unvaccinated from enter essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and said Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has given his legal backing.

People walk in a mall in the northern town of Rosh Pina on March 2, 2021. (Michael Giladi/FLASH90)

Also Saturday, Bennett and senior health officials discussed COVID-19 vaccines with the heads of Israel’s leading health maintenance organizations (HMOs), with a statement from his office saying inoculation rates “are insufficient at this stage.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said Bennett called on the HMOs to use “all the tools at their disposal… to meet the vaccination targets.” The statement did not specify what the targets were.

“Our national strategy at this stage is twofold: First, to delay as much as possible the infiltration of the Omicron variant to Israel, and the second is to raise the vaccination level among Israeli citizens,” the statement quoted Bennett as saying.

He offered a fresh defense of the measures the government has imposed to prevent the spread of Omicron, which include tightened travel restrictions and tougher quarantine rules. Bennett also appeared to push back against criticism after reports said he proposed banning the unvaccinated from leaving Israel and ordering them into lockdown, but was opposed by health officials.

“The reason the situation is good in Israel is because we acted with speed and determination. They call this exaggeration? I call this responsibility,” he said. “The more we protect Israel from Omicron entering our borders, the more we can keep the economy open and allow the continuation of day-to-day life.”

He added that the government was “determined” to battle Omicron without imposing a lockdown.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, December 5, 2021. (Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via AP)

His comments came as newly verified Omicron cases brought the number of confirmed infections from the variant in Israel to 55.

According to the Health Ministry, 36 Omicron cases were among people returning from South Africa, England, France, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Hungary, Italy and Namibia. It said 11 people were infected after exposure to travelers coming from South Africa and England, while eight cases were the result of community spread.

The ministry said 42 people infected with Omicron were “protected,” which it defines as those who received a booster shot, or who received their first two vaccine doses or recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. The other 13 cases were listed as “unprotected.”

The ministry also said it was waiting on the test results of another 51 cases in which there was a “high suspicion” they were Omicron.

In a first, the Health Ministry announced someone was hospitalized in serious condition from Omicron — an unvaccinated man. The ministry said he was one of 40 people with Omicron experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. No details were given on the vaccination status of the other symptomatic cases.

A health worker readies doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children, at a Clallit vaccination center in Jerusalem on November 28, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

On Friday, Hebrew University researchers advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic called for increased enforcement of Green Pass rules and mask-wearing, in a report asserting that Israel’s fifth wave of COVID-19 has begun.

The latest Health Ministry figures showed 568 infections were confirmed Friday, with 0.68 percent of tests coming back positive. The number of serious cases ticked back above 100, days after dropping below that mark for the first time in four months.

The death toll remained at 8,210, with no new fatalities since Monday.


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Rapid COVID testing site opens at LAX International Terminal – Daily News


One day after confirming the county’s first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, a rapid-testing site opened at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Dec. 3, offering free — but voluntary — COVID tests for arriving international passengers.

The COVID testing at the Tom Bradley International Terminal is being offered strictly on a voluntary basis, since there is no federal requirement for inbound passengers to be tested.

“The federal government is highly recommending that people get tested,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday. “We will have our health workers out there, as well, talking to people, making sure they understand the importance of testing. We are using a rapid antigen test there, so people will be able to get their results before they leave the airport.”

She added that anyone who tests negative will be given a take-home test kit so they can test themselves again three to five days later.

Health officials are making a renewed call for people to get tested for COVID if they develop any symptoms, and also to do so if they traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday either overseas or to states with high rates of virus transmission.

“As we enter winter and face the Omicron variant, using what we have learned over the past two years will make a big difference for friends and families preparing to gather for the holidays and those most at-risk,” Ferrer said in a statement Friday. “We are grateful to our partners for the encouraging trends, as at least 80% of people experiencing homelessness have received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and appreciate the continued efforts to improve coverage.”

The county Department of Public Health on Friday reported another drop in the rate of infections among the homeless, with only 44 new cases for the week ending Nov. 14, compared to 63 the week of Oct. 11.

The new LAX testing facility was opened Friday amid growing concerns about the Omicron variant, which has led to a startling rise in infections in South Africa. Just hours after announcing plans for the airport testing facility Thursday, the county confirmed the first local case of the Omicron variant, which was designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization last week, and by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

The variant was first detected in South Africa, and it has now spread to dozens of other countries, and multiple. U.S. states. The first U.S. case was confirmed Wednesday in San Francisco.

The local Omicron patient confirmed late Thursday afternoon is a Los Angeles County resident who returned to the area Nov. 22 after traveling to South Africa via London. The infection was deemed to be “most likely travel related.” The unidentified patient is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and has symptoms that are improving, health officials said. The person’s close contacts have all tested negative for the virus.

It is still unclear if the Omicron variant is more highly transmissible than other forms of the virus, or if it causes more severe illness or can evade the protection offered by current vaccines. But its rapid spread in South Africa has raised alarms, particularly ahead of the winter holiday season and accompanying travel and gatherings.

The county on Friday reported another 17 deaths due to COVID-19, raising the overall death toll to 27,225.

Another 1,942 cases were reported, giving the county a pandemic total of 1,532,430. The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 1% as of Friday.



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