Officials identify man killed during Puyallup traffic stop


The Pierce County medical examiner on Thursday identified the man killed Sunday in Puyallup after being pulled over by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

The Pierce County medical examiner on Thursday identified the man killed Sunday in Puyallup after being pulled over by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

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A 22-year-old man fatally shot Sunday in Puyallup during a traffic stop initiated by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been identified.

The Pierce County medical examiner identified him as Moses Portillo, according to a news release from the Pierce County Force Investigation Team. Portillo was a rear passenger in a vehicle with two others who were pulled over at about 10 p.m. near 13400 Canyon Road East.

The deputy that pulled them over told South Sound 911 dispatch that a person in the vehicle had a firearm, and one minute later, the deputy advised that shots had been fired, according to PCFIT’s news release.

The Pierce County deputy involved in the traffic stop and shooting was placed on administrative leave, but that deputy has not yet been identified, and the language of the independent investigation team’s news release does not make it clear who fired gunshots.

Life-saving measures were started for Portillo, according to the release, but he died on the scene.

PCFIT was called to investigate, and a member of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office investigative staff responded to assist in the investigation.

This story was originally published January 20, 2022 3:42 PM.

Peter Talbot covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. In college, he worked as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.





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As winter storm looms, officials warn of hazardous travel and predict widespread power outages | Local News


By 4:30 p.m. Sunday, residents in the Triad and other areas of central North Carolina “are not going to be able to go anywhere,” Petro said. “Trees will break. Power outages will happen.”

Freezing rain and sleet will be prolonged Sunday in the Triad, resulting in toppled trees and fallen power lines, Petro said. Residents should be prepared for those scenarios, he said.

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“All hazards are on the table for this event,” Petro said.

The weather service upgraded its alert Saturday for Sunday’s storm to a winter storm warning for the Triad and Northwest North Carolina.

The warning will be in effect from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday for Forsyth, Guilford, Davidson and Davie counties, the weather service said.

The warning will be in effect from 1 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday for Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, Stokes, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, the weather service said.

Gov. Roy Cooper and state officials urged residents to complete their preparations Saturday for Sunday’s storm.

“Regardless of where you live, pay close attention to your local weather forecast to get prepared and to know whether it’s too dangerous to go out,” Cooper said. “Today, make sure you have groceries, medications and other essentials like water, batteries and pet food that you’ll need for the next few days.



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Novak Djokovic’s Australian travel entry form questioned by officials


Authorities are looking into whether ​the tennis star’s form was innacurate.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic may have won Monday’s court battle to appeal his visa cancellation, but his tussle with the Australian government doesn’t appear to be over just yet.

Australian authorities are looking into whether ​Djokovic lied on his Travel Declaration Form, and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is weighing whether to use discretionary powers to revoke the Serb’s visa, days before the defending champion is set to play in the Australian Open which begins on Jan. 17.

Every traveler needs to submit the document before entering the country. They must declare whether they have travelled or intend to travel in the 14 days before arrival.

Djokovic declared that he had not travelled in the two weeks before his arrival, according to documents submitted to the court.

He flew to Australia from Spain via Dubai on Jan. 4, meaning that he would have had to stay in Spain for 14 days ahead of his arrival on Jan. 5.

But at least one post online appeared to suggest he was in Serbia over Christmas. On Dec. 25, Serbian handball player Petar Djordjic posted a photo on instagram alongside Djokovic, with the caption: “ONE AND ONLY!!!!! Thank you for the picture and for the nice wishes.”

The travel declaration discrepancy seems to be a main point of investigation for Hawke, the immigration minister, who is “thoroughly” considering whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa under a section of Australia’s Migration Act.

In a statement to ABC News, the Australian Border Force said it would not comment on operational matters, adding that, “Providing false or misleading information or documentation to the Commonwealth can lead to visa cancellation and/or attract penalties, including under criminal law.”

Djokovic, the world’s top tennis star, was denied entry when he landed last Wednesday, Jan. 6. The 34-year-old had applied for a medical exemption to Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. But officials questioned whether he meet the requirements for that exemption.

He was placed into immigration detention in the Park Hotel in inner Melbourne until Monday, when a judge ruled he could stay in the country.



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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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Lawmakers Urge Federal Officials to Implement Vaccine, Negative Test Requirement for Domestic Air Travel | National News


A handful of Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked federal officials to implement more stringent travel requirements – urging them to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for air travel or a testing requirement amid the rapidly spreading omicron variant.

“Air travel has essentially returned to pre-pandemic levels but COVID-19, particularly the omicron variant, continues to pose a major public health threat,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wrote in a tweet Monday. “We’re urging the CDC and FAA to start requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test for all domestic flights.”

In a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson, the four lawmakers – Feinstein along with Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia and Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York – cited the existing infrastructure for international flights as evidence that airlines have shown their ability to implement vaccine and testing requirements.

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And this isn’t the first request from Democratic lawmakers to institute stricter travel restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Last month, 36 members of Congress in a letter urged President Joe Biden to implement a vaccine-or-test mandate for air travel.

“This is a necessary and long overdue step toward ensuring all Americans feel safe and confident while traveling and reduce the chances of yet another devastating winter surge,” the letter reads.

The development comes as the omicron variant threatens to become dominant in the U.S. and beyond, sparking renewed concern and triggering debate over whether more coronavirus restrictions should be imposed.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday when asked about implementing vaccination or testing requirements for domestic travel stopped well short of endorsing such a measure, instead reiterating that “masking is something we know is effective and works.”

Biden is set to address the nation Tuesday on continuing efforts to combat the omicron variant and the pandemic at large.





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Coronavirus digest: German health officials urge new travel curbs | News | DW


Health ministers of Germany’s federal states on Saturday called for tougher measures for entry into the country to slow down the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“Making entry safer helps to prevent the omicron variant from spreading so quickly,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the German dpa news agency after a meeting with state ministers to discuss the pandemic situation.

Germany has recorded 6,764,188 confirmed coronavirus cases and108,053 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health authority.

The new rules are to apply to entry from virus variant-hit countries, including the UK, where the omicron variant has sparked a surge in infections.

“The spread of omicron in the UK is very evident … We have to prevent the spread for as long as possible and slow it down as much as possible,” the ministers said in a statement.

Travelers from the age of 6 who have been in a virus variant region at any time in the last 10 days would be required to present a negative PCR test prior to departure.

A rapid antigen test will no longer be adequate. The measure would also apply to travelers in transit at a German airport.

The UK, which has reported record coronavirus infections for the past three days, is currently categorized in Germany as a high-risk area. Only unvaccinated travelers from the UK must provide a test and quarantine for at least five days.

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The Netherlands will go into a tough lockdown from Sunday morning to mitigate a feared COVID-19 surge due to the Omicron coronavirus variant, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a press conference on Saturday.

Rutte said the move was “unavoidable because of the fifth wave caused by the omicron variant that is bearing down on us.”

He did not immediately outline the terms of the new lockdown but said it it will build on a partial lockdown already in place that requires bars, restaurants and other public gathering places such as cinemas and theaters to close at 5 p.m.

Earlier warnings of a lockdown prompted residents to flock to shops to buy Christmas gifts. 

Local broadcasters NOS and RTL reported that the lockdown would start early on Sunday morning and last until January 14. 

On Saturday the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) reported 14,616 new infections in 24 hours.

Italy’s national health institute (ISS) has said the country’s north and south is seeing “a strong acceleration” of the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. 

The ISS reported that its network of regional laboratories had so far reported 84 omicron cases.

Thirty-three of the cases were found in the northern region of Lombardy and a further 20 in the southern region of Campania.

Portugal has announced that tens of thousands of children under the age of 12 were set to receive their first jab against COVID-19 this weekend.

With around 87% of its 10 million population fully vaccinated, Portugal has one of the world’s highest rates of vaccination against COVID-19. The country is now facing a rise in infections, in part due to the omicron variant.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to send 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa.

“We are aware of the global injustice in accessing the COVID-19 vaccine and Africa’s unjust treatment,” Erdogan told dozens of leaders and ministers at the Turkey-Africa summit. 

“It is disgraceful for humanity that only 6% of Africa’s population has been vaccinated.”

Turkey is developing its homegrown Turkovac vaccine, which is in the process of receiving emergency use approval. Following authorization, it will be shared with Africa, Erdogan said.

It was not immediately clear whether Turkey would first send doses of the internationally approved vaccines it was currently using, such as BioNTech-Pfizer.

Africa

Egypt has said it had detected its first three cases of the coronavirus Omicron variant.

Three Egyptians tested positive on their return from overseas, the health ministry said without specifying where they had traveled from.

One of them had mild symptoms and the other two had none, it added.

From December 1, Egypt barred officials and students not vaccinated against the coronavirus from government offices and universities unless they present a negative PCR test.

Asia

Beijing is urging residents not to take unnecessary trips outside the city in early 2022, a major holiday season in China, to limit COVID-19 risks while the Winter Olympics Games are being held.

Beijing is keen “to ensure zero local infection, the successful hosting of the Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Paralympic Games, and that the public have joyful, peaceful and tranquil holidays,” authorities said in a statement.

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Local officials give tips to residents as part of Winter Weather Preparedness Week


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Dec. 5-11 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week for North Carolina. The National Weather Service is joining forces with local officials in an effort to improve the nation’s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather during the winter weather season.

9OYS spoke with Eric Heden, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Morehead City. He said their predictions are forecasting a mild winter for the state.

“The prediction is to be a milder winter. It’s about a 52% chance we will have an above-normal season upcoming, and only a 15% chance we will have temperatures below normal,” Heden said.

Where’s winter? NOAA outlook shows warm weather coming up

Heden says there are three main things you can do to prepare yourself for the colder weather.

Number one is making sure you have a good heating source, “make sure your furnace is running OK, your heat pump is working OK. Not having air conditioning in the summer stinks, it’s uncomfortable. Not having heat during the winter could be life-threatening,” Heden said.

Tip number two is stocking up enough supplies, food, water and medicine to last for three days if power happens to go out or the weather is too bad to travel for supplies.

Number three, “the best thing to do is have a well-maintained vehicle. You want good tread on your tires, and you want this even with the heavy rain we get in our area.” Stock up your vehicle with extra gloves and hats, phone chargers, a scraper, and an emergency kit. Also, make sure all fluids are fresh, and your windshield wipers are in good condition.Heden says always, “check the forecast, check your phone, check with local media, the national weather service” when traveling this winter season, especially if you’re traveling to western parts of the state or further North.

Each day of the week covers a different topic on winter preps.





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Health officials give advice about holiday travel and the Omicron variant


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The country continues to see more cases of the Omicron variant, while there still haven’t been any detected in Alabama, state health officials say it’s only a matter of time before we see our first official case of the variant.

With families gearing up for the holiday season, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the variant.

Wes Stubblefield, with the Alabama Department of Public Health, says we should keep that in mind during the holidays.

“Making sure that when they visit family members out of town or have family members from out of town that they’re looking out for those symptoms of illness, protecting those that are most vulnerable,” Stubblefield said, adding that many health officials would agree, “Above all, being vaccinated, right now there is no evidence that the new variant will not be like Delta and the vaccine will not be effective.”

Starting Monday, the White House is requiring all travelers entering the United States to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, within one day of boarding their flight.

“The concern with this new variant is that there have been mutations noticed in the virus that might make it able to evade our immune system regardless if you’ve had the vaccine or natural infection and or make it more transmissible from one person to another,” Stubblefield said.

Of course, canceling travel plans isn’t always easy, but if you do plan to travel this holiday season, there are several things Stubblefield says you should keep in mind.

“If you feel sick, don’t travel, make sure you’re up to date on your vaccine, whatever that means to you, whether it’s the first dose or booster, make sure that you keep your hands clean, that you avoid large groups in small spaces. Do all the things that we’ve talked about before, masks are so important.”

Stubblefield says none of these things work just by themselves, they work together, he recommends masking up, social distancing and being vaccinated.



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State officials keeping a close eye on Thanksgiving weekend travel


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – As travelers spend time with their friends and family, State Highway Patrol and Charleston International Airport officials say they are preparing now before people head home for the holiday’s.

“We’re sometimes the first and last impression anyone has in Charleston, and we take that very seriously, “says Elliott Summey, CEO and Executive Director of the Charleston International Airport.

“We’re gonna be out and about to get people off the roadway that need to be off the roads,” says Lance Corporal Trooper Nick Pye, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

So far this year, there has been more than 900 fatalities on the roadways here in South Carolina. Trooper Pye says one of the leading causes to their fatality numbers is drinking and driving, especially around the holiday’s.

“It’s just something that is avoidable. Someone that is making a bad decision, not doing what they’re supposed to do and ultimately it’s costing them their life or someone else’s,” says Trooper Pye.

With thousands of people flying in and out of the airport, officials say they have found new ways to prepare for crowds and traffic.

“We have law enforcement officers out in the intersections working traffic, curb attendance and we have opened our new parking garage,” says Summey.

Trooper Pye encourages travelers to think twice before hitting the roads or skies, so you can make it to your destination safely.

“If you go out and you make a bad decision, your flirting with either ending up in jail and not being with your family, or ultimately losing your life,” says Trooper Pye.

State Highway Patrol says if you are planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver set up or order an Uber or Lyft.



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Officials offer tips for a safe Thanksgiving | Connecticut News


(WFSB) – Millions of drivers will be hitting the road tomorrow morning.

Officials are working to help drivers stay safe this weekend, as car thefts are on the rise in the state.

The next two days are huge for traveling and shopping, and with car thefts on the rise police are sending out tips to keep you safe.

Like when you’re parked in a parking lot, always making sure you have your keys out and ready to go and if you’re shopping at night, they say try to park under a light.

Another big tip this weekend is to have patience on the road because they will be crowded.

The 2020 holidays looked a little different for everyone, and now that we’re getting back to normal, that means holiday traffic is back.

AAA is predicting 48 million people will hit the roads this Thanksgiving. That’s up 13% from last year.

They estimate 2 million drivers in New England alone.

Jordan Udi of Hartford said, “normally we’d go up to Massachusetts, but we decided we don’t want to travel this year.”

Luckily for Udi, his family will be coming to him.

“My brother and his wife are going to be traveling to us and my grandmothers going to be coming from Massachusetts,” said Udi.

The same goes for the Wade family in Hartford.

Alversia Wade said, “my dad lives near New Jersey and my brothers coming up Springfield. So, we’re all just going to be at my house just having fun, cooking up a feast.”

While some will stay home prepared their Thanksgiving meals, others will be heading to the bars tonight.

“I expect the bars to be full,” said Jordan.

Sometimes called Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving, bars tend to fill up the night before Thanksgiving with people home for the holiday.

“We’re going to be preparing doing all the prep but there is a bar right there so maybe we’ll sneak out. But that’s only if we get all the cakes baked,” said Wade.

In an effort to stop drinking and driving. The Connecticut Department of Transportation is encouraging those who drink this holiday season to use a ride service.

They created a $10 discount code for Uber, it’s SAVETHENIGHTCT.

It’s available until January 14th.

If you plan to do any holiday shopping this weekend, police are asking people to stay vigilant.

East Hartford Police sent out these tips:

  • never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or children inside.
  • do not leave valuables on the seat.
  • park as close as you can to your destination.

East Hartford Police also say if you feel uncomfortable or you see anyone looking suspicious, ask mall or store security to escort you to your car.





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