HIV-positive teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill 10-year-old student he allegedly molested

Deonte Taylor, 36, was accused of molesting a student back in 2015. (St Louis County Jail / St Louis County Jail)

A St. Louis teacher who was awaiting trial on accusations he molested a student was hit with another charge after he allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill the boy, officials said.

Back in 2015, Deonte Taylor, 36, was accused of exposing himself to a 7-year-old student and putting his penis in the student’s mouth when he worked as a teacher’s assistant at Lusher Elementary, the attorney’s office said. Charges were not filed and he went on to secure other jobs; however, the case was reopened three years later and he was arrested in November 2018.

At the time of his arrest, he was working for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Following his arrest and the molestation allegations, police said Taylor was still being paid.

As Taylor was awaiting trial on the molestation charges, he and his accomplice, his boyfriend Michael Johnson, allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill the child and his family.

Taylor now faces both conspiracy to commit murder charges and witness tampering charges, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Monday. He was already facing three counts of first-degree sodomy.

In a court appearance last week, Taylor and Johnson pleaded not guilty. Johnson faces two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of witness tampering.

Cops also learned that Taylor was HIV positive when he allegedly molested the boy, now 10. An additional charge of knowingly exposing someone to HIV was added.

The school district said Taylor was hired “in the same manner as all teaching candidates who apply to FFSD. His application was reviewed and references related to his teaching position in the Jennings School District were contacted. Taylor underwent state mandated criminal and sex abuse registry background checks. The District was not aware of the prior criminal acts as other agencies that were part of that investigation did not enter information into any searchable database.”

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The Man Having an Affair with Ilhan Omar Received $230K from Her Campaign

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign has paid Tim Mynett’s E. Street group around $230,000 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, Internet advertising and travel expenses since 2018, records showed. The 37-year-old congresswoman was spotted back in March with Mynett at a California restaurant.

The affair, was discovered when the wife of a prominent Washington political consultant filed for divorce, claiming her husband made a “devastating and shocking” revelation that he was having an affair with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Beth Mynett, 55, submitted divorce papers in Washington, D.C., Superior Court on Tuesday, saying her husband, Tim Mynett, 38, informed her earlier this year that he was having an affair with Omar.

Click below to review all payments from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign to E. Street Group.

Southern California deputy lied about being shot by sniper in sheriff’s office parking lot: Authorities

lancaster-3-ht-ps-190822_hpEmbed_16x9_992Police search for the gunman after a sheriff’s deputy was shot heading to his car in a parking lot in Lancaster, Calif., Aug. 21, 2019.

 

The California sheriff’s deputy who launched an expensive, citywide manhunt for the sniper who shot him in his own station’s parking lot made up the entire incident, police said late Saturday.

Angel Reinosa, who is still a trainee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station, said he had been shot in the shoulder of his bulletproof vest while making his way to his car Wednesday. He announced over his radio in dramatic fashion he had been shot by someone in the apartment building next to the parking lot.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately mobilized a large-scale operation to look for the suspect, even flying in a helicopter with a police sniper patrolling the skies.

It was all fake, L.A. County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said at a press conference.

The 21-year-old Reinosa met with sheriff’s department investigators on Saturday and confessed.

“Reinosa admitted he was not shot at as he previously claimed,” Wegener said. “He also told investigators he had caused the holes in his uniform by cutting it. There was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder.”

Wegener said the deputy did not provide a reason for making the false claim.

“Much of his statement was self-serving, didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” the captain said.

lancaster-1-ht-ps-190822_hpMain_4x3_992Police on the scene where a sheriff’s deputy was shot heading to his car in a parking lot in Lancaster, Calif., Aug. 21, 2019.

 

The district attorney’s office will be responsible for determining any charges against Reinosa, but Wagner said they “could start with false report of an emergency.”

Reinosa will also be fired from the department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said. Limon said the department was “incredibly disappointed” and that a criminal investigation has been launched.

“There were several things that were curious,” Wegener said. “There was no ballistic evidence in the parking lot at all. No bullet was recovered. … There were many things that didn’t add up.”

Authorities also reviewed surveillance footage and spoke to witnesses, which did not corroborate Reinosa’s story.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris held an emotional press conference the day of the shooting in which he said, “The only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on.”

 

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Guns Prevent Thousands of Crimes Every Day, Research Shows

How many lives are actually saved by gun ownership?

It never fails. A split-second after a mass shooting occurs, grandstanders and ideologues issue statements demanding new gun controls—even if the laws already on the books failed or the laws they want would have made no difference. Case in point: the tragic incidents in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, in early August 2019.

The message is clear: Guns cause violence. Tax them, take them, ban them, regulate them. Do something, maybe anything! Such knee-jerk, emotional responses are dangerous, writes Charles W. Cooke in National Review, “for when a nation sets up a direct pipeline between its emotions and its laws, it does not keep its liberty for long.”

Liberty isn’t the only thing likely to be lost when gun laws are passed to appease emotions over reason, evidence, logic, and rights. Lives will most assuredly be lost, too. Lots of them.

This raises a point amplified in another context almost two centuries ago by Frederic Bastiat in his famous essay with a title that sums it up, “That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen.”

How many lives are actually saved by gun ownership? This is a supremely important question that the grandstanders and ideologues usually—and conveniently—ignore. It’s a matter that came immediately to my mind when I learned of an incident here in my own town of Newnan, Georgia, a few days ago. The headline in the Newnan Times-Herald read, “Man Hospitalized After Being Shot Outside Bar.”

A little after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 17, police arrived at Fat Boys Bar & Grill to respond to a shooting. A customer had threatened other patrons, prompting the establishment’s security to forcibly remove him. Enraged at being kicked out, he declared he was going to get a gun “and shoot the place up.”

This very angry (and possibly intoxicated) man then busted the window out of a friend’s car in the parking lot, grabbed a .40 caliber handgun from inside the car, and began firing in the air. In the meantime, Ben McCoy, a man who witnessed all of this from inside his own vehicle, happened to have his rifle with him. Before he could use it, he was shot four times by the man wielding the .40 caliber handgun, who then fled into the woods.

Fortunately, despite being hit in the chest, stomach, left arm and right thigh, McCoy is recuperating, and the assailant was quickly apprehended. No one was killed, but the situation would likely have been tragically different if Ben McCoy and his rifle hadn’t distracted the gunman.

Of course, in this particular incident it’s most unfortunate that an innocent man was shot. Don’t lose sight of the fact that his very presence, with a rifle, still prevented what could have been a bloodbath that might have even killed him too. What’s far more common is innocent gun owners using or brandishing a weapon and saving lives without any injuries at all except sometimes for the assailant. I chose this example because it was local and I wanted to express appreciation to Mr. McCoy.

I checked online and found some fascinating numbers. A good website with footnotes and references to authoritative sources is GunFacts.info. There I learned the following:

  • Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, or 6,849 every day. Most often, the gun is never fired, and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.
  • Every year, 400,000 life-threatening violent crimes are prevented using firearms.
  • 60 percent of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed. Forty percent of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed. 
  • Felons report that they avoid entering houses where people are at home because they fear being shot.
  • Fewer than 1 percent of firearms are used in the commission of a crime.

If you doubt the objectivity of the site above, it’s worth pointing out that the Center for Disease Control, in a report ordered by President Obama in 2012 following the Sandy Hook Massacre, estimated that the number of crimes prevented by guns could be even higher—as many as 3 million annually, or some 8,200 every day.

Another excellent source of information on this topic (and many more current issues) is the Gun Control page at JustFacts.org. (Full disclosure: I serve on the board of directors of JustFacts because I believe in the organization’s objectiveness, accuracy, and integrity.)

In “Defensive Gun Use is More Than Shooting Bad Guys,” James Agresti, founder and president of JustFacts, provided overwhelming evidence from multiple sources showing that defensive gun use is more common and effective than anti-gun fanatics like The New York Timessuggest or will admit. Agresti says that “people who use a gun for defense rarely harm (much less kill) criminals. This is because criminals often back off when they discover their targets are armed.”

John Lott, author of the book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, another outstanding source for info on this subject. He writes:

By 66 percent to 32 percent, economists and criminologists answer that gun-free zones are “more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them.” A 60 percent to 40 percent margin thinks that guns in the home do not increase suicides. And a 62 percent to 35 percent spread says that guns are used in self-defense to stop crime more often than in the commission of crime.

This may explain why even The New York Times hasn’t yet put a billboard up by its offices that screams, “This is a Gun-Free Zone. There are No Guns Here.”

If we can just confiscate the estimated 350 million guns in the country, you might ask, then won’t we eliminate the offensive use of firearms, so we won’t need any of those many defensive uses? Good luck with that. Is there any reason to believe that such a war on guns would be any more successful than the government’s war on drugs? Even a fifth-grader could tell you that it would be largely the innocent who would be disarmed. Criminals would have no problem keeping their guns or getting replacements on a thriving black market.

So that leaves me with gratitude for the Ben McCoys of the world, the law-abiding gun owners who are every bit as important as the cops—and likely even more so—in the effort to keep the innocent safe and sound.

‘The heart was eaten’: Man accused of killing and eating girlfriend faces life in prison

mugshot_1566512738925_7610621_ver1.0_1280_720Joseph Oberhansley is facing life in prison without parole. (Clark County Sheriff’s office)

– As the murder trial for Joseph Oberhansley, 38, began on Wednesday, prosecutors went into grisly details recounting the stalking, rape and murder of Oberhansley’s girlfriend just before Oberhansley allegedly cut open her chest and ate her heart and brain.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, in September 2014, Joseph Oberhansley, 38, left the dismembered body of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, in a bathtub in her Jeffersonville home with multiple stab wounds and blunt-force injuries just days after she broke up with him and changed her locks.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull told jurors Wednesday during opening statements that “Joseph Oberhansley butchered Tammy Blanton like you wouldn’t kill a livestock animal.”

Mull showed the jury a videotaped interview in which Oberhansley told police that Blanton “really wasn’t all that scared, surprisingly,” as if she knew she was about to die.

Carmichael is facing life in prison without parole. Prosecutors agreed to not seek the death penalty so long as Oberhandley’s attorneys don’t use insanity as a defense.

However, while the defense was not allowed to present evidence pertaining to Oberhansley’s sanity, his defense attorneys argued whether or not someone who “eats the brain and heart of his ex-girlfriend is thinking right.”

“Her chest had been cut open. The heart was removed. The heart was eaten,” said Oberhansley’s defense attorney Bart Betteau.

On Thursday, Clark County Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael declared a mistrial after a witness called by prosecutors on the first day of testimony brought up the defendant’s past drug use and time in prison.

Carmichael said that information could have prejudiced the jury.

According to the Journal, the witness was a close friend of Blanton said that Blanton had told her in a previous conversation that drugs motivated him to commit the gruesome acts.

“A simple admonishment to disregard (the comments) would be insufficient and certainly would not clear the prejudices created by the witness’ testimony,” said Carmichael.

The jury had been selected in Hamilton County, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Jeffersonville, which is a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky.

A new court date set for Sept. 3. A new jury will need to be selected.

 

 

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Catcallers shot by irate boyfriend at Greenspoint gas station, police say

Houston Police Department officers respond to a shooting at a gas staion and restaurants combination at Imperial Valley Drive and North Sam Houston Parkway on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Houston.

A man who spotted two other men catcalling his girlfriend pulled a gun and opened fire outside a north Houston gas station Wednesday morning, police say.

The woman was standing outside the Chevron station at Imperial Valley Drive and North Sam Houston Beltway when two men started to whistle at and catcall her around 11 a.m., according to Houston police officers on scene. A man believed to be the woman’s boyfriend saw the two men and started to argue with them, police said.

At some point, the boyfriend pulled out a gun from his car and opened fire, striking both men in their legs, officers said. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where they are expected to survive.

The shooter and the woman fled in a black Dodge Charger, police said.

Cruz Unloads on NYT After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned to Push Trump-Racism Narrative

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) unloaded on the New York Times after leaked meeting transcript allegedly shows editors discussing plans to tie President Donald Trumpto racism.

Late last week, Slate published the transcript of a recorded meeting allegedly held by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet where he addressed the staff about their political coverage.

Baquet acknowledged that the New York Times took the Mueller investigation from a story about “whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Now that the Mueller report came up empty relating to a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, Baquet told his staff that they needed to take their coverage in another direction, this time focusing on Trump and racial issues in the United States.

He claimed that race “is going to be a huge part of the American story” and added that he hoped their 1619 Project — a series of reports looking at the impact of slavery in the U.S. — would “teach [New York Times] readers to think a little bit more like that.”

Cruz was outraged that the New York Times was planning to tie their coverage of Trump to race before they even know what will happen. He took to Twitter to call the outlet out.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

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The New York Times Decides ‘Trump’s Racism’ Is The New Hotness After Russia Collusion Narrative Fails https://www.redstate.com/slee/2019/08/18/new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails&utm_content=0&utm_campaign=PostPromoterPro 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

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Cruz even called out the Times for their recent scandal where they changed a headline, allegedly folding to pressure from anti-Trump critics, as IJR previously reported.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

It’s also deeply cynical—at a time when racial tensions are raw, for the NYT to be deliberately stoking the fires of racial tension & hatred. Ironically, their approach is the obverse of their original headline (before they succumbed to the mob): “NYT Urges Racism Vs Unity.” https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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CNBC reporter John Harwood noted that the exact quote by Baquet wasn’t “racism, racism, racism,” in an attempt to discredit Cruz’s rant. The senator called out Harwood and encouraged him to read the transcript to verify Cruz’s summary.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

John Harwood

@JohnJHarwood

no, that’s not what the editor said https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

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Cruz highlighted that the editorial team noted several times that the 1619 Project was designed to change the mindset of readers.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

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Additionally, Cruz highlighted that Banquet specifically tied the racial narrative to future Trump coverage, especially surrounding immigration.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Now, will Harwood engage w/ the transcript, actual facts? More to the point, WILL THE NYT (AND THE MSM) COVER THIS SHAMEFUL, OPENLY MANIPULATIVE “TOWN HALL” AS AN ACTUAL NEWS STORY & report on the facts? Or will they just say “these are not the droids you’re looking for”? 6/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409951898972160 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

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Cruz’s thread on the New York Times caught the attention of many, including President Trump, who tweeted his support for the senator’s outrage.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Thank you @TedCruz, I couldn’t agree more! https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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This is not the first time the Times has been criticized by Republicans. President Trump has gone out of his way to deem the outlet the “failing New York Times” and has claimed they have “zero credibility,” though subscriptions to the Times are reportedly at a record high.