Heartbroken Family Files Complaint After a Cop Shot Their Cat, Threw It in Dumpster

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Stow, OH — The Stow police department is currently investigating a complaint made against their department this week after one of their officers shot a family’s cat and then tossed it in the dumpster.

“It’s not a complaint on the officer, but a complaint on procedure,” Police Chief Jeff Film told the Stow Sentry on Thursday.

“I want to say I am totally responsible,” Lynn Maganja, the owner of the 12-year-old cat named Marley, said. Maganja was out of town when her cat was shot. She admits that her son accidentally let the cat out of their home but questions the officer’s response.

While Maganja takes responsibility for her cat getting out and then getting injured when it was struck by a car, she questions the officer’s decision to shoot the cat and then throw it in the dumpster.

“This is all sort of heartbreaking to my family and I just think people need to be aware of it,” said Maganja.

Pam Busch, an area animal-rights advocate, said Thursday that she submitted the handwritten complaint the day before. She said she believes that Marley should have been taken to a veterinarian to determine his condition and whether he should be euthanized, according to the Sentry.

“Even if it’s bleeding, we don’t know the severity of the injuries. We’re not professionals,” said Busch.

What’s more, both Busch and Maganja also question the cop’s decision to toss the family cat in the trash after he shot it.

“I don’t think an animal should be thrown into trash like a piece of trash because they are not, no more than you would do it to a human,” said Busch.

As the Sentry reports, Maganja said after her son told her Marley had gotten out, she went on Facebook and happened to see a photo someone posted of Marley, still alive at the time, in a cardboard box. Realizing the cat looked like Marley, she called the police and spoke to the officer, who confirmed that he had shot the cat.

“I was in shock,” said Maganja.

The cat was apparently alive enough for someone to pick him up, put him in a box and post a picture to Facebook to see if anyone had lost a cat. However, the officer disagreed.

According to the police department’s policy and procedures manual, in a chapter concerning “use of force,” officers can use lethal force on an animal for several reasons, including “To relieve the animal of undue suffering after determining means of care would be ineffective or are unavailable,” the Sentry noted.

“It’s not that often that we have dispatched domestic animals, but it does happen and it’s unfortunate,” said Film. “The animal was suffering gravely, the determination was to end its suffering.”

Surprisingly, TFTP has reported on officers shooting cats before. In December 2014, we reported on Officer Barry Accorti, who shot five kittens in front of terrified children.

Shortly after Accorti killed the kittens, another officer, with the Gorham Police Department in Maine shot a cat because he thought it was rabid. It was not. Lt. Christopher Sanborn opened fire on a cat after he called in back up mistakenly thinking that the feline was a danger. Luckily, the cat survived the bullet holes and made a recovery.

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Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear of US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism

An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fear—more than anything else—is their own government. In fact, according to the survey, no other fear even comes close to the percentage of Americans who worry about their corrupt government officials.

The survey was conducted by Chapman University and it serves to back up the point that while Americans claim to live in the Land of the Free, deep down, they realize they are living in a corrupt oligarchy.

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017) provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In May of 2017, a random sample of 1,207 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, like last year, corruption of government officials came top in 2017, with 74.5 percent of U.S. adults saying it makes them “afraid” or “very afraid.”

Infographic: Americans' Top Fears Of 2017 | StatistaInfographic: Americans' Top Fears Of 2017 | Statista
Despite the constant fear mongering from the mainstream media and government on boogeymen terrorists plotting to steal our freedom, the public, according to this survey, is not buying it. In fact, the threat of terrorism isn’t even in the top 20 fears. Terrorism comes in at twenty-two—below credit card fraud and identity theft.

While this survey is certainly promising, in the idea that people are waking up to government corruption, it is also a telling sign of America’s ability to hold two entirely contradictory ideas as self-evident.

This ability, or perhaps better defined as “disability,” to hold two opposing ideas, such as the spreading of freedom through war, as being logically sound, is called cognitive dissonance. When one is in a state of dissonance, they may sometimes feel “disequilibrium”: frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, etc.

In order for cognitive dissonance to work, society must remain just ignorant enough to support and to believe the lies fed to them from the establishment as reality; even though this reality is a complete contradiction.

Once we step back and observe society with this in mind, the reason for this contradictory mental state becomes quite obvious. It is much easier to remain delusional and in a state of suspended disbelief than it is to deal with the opposing ideas held inside one’s head. How can one chant “USA is number 1!” while at the same time fearing the rulers of that USA?

Coming to terms with the fact that you can actually be killed by the very entity who claims to protect you from those who wish to do you harm, is a difficult realization.

Fortunately, there are those of us who have ‘woken up’ to our contradictory existence. This is not to say that we are smarter than others, only that we can recognize our own ignorance and through this self-reflection, seek to lessen that ignorance through entertaining ideas that may make us uncomfortable.

If this survey shows us anything, it is that Americans would do well to entertain the uncomfortable idea that this country they hold so high up on a pedestal has actually long been on a path to become the dystopian nightmare written about in books like 1984.

Americans would do well to remember the words by John Basil Barnhill in 1914 when he said,

“Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”

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Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides' Legal Fees In Russian Probe

Donald Trump is offering at least $430,000 of his own funds to help defray the legal costs of aides amid federal probes into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump pledged the funds after news surfaced that the Republican National Committee has paid approximately the same amount in legal fees for Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., Axios and The Washington Post reported.

Trump’s money won’t likely be used to reimburse the committee, the Post reported. Money will “defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides,” sources told Axios.

Few details are yet known about Trump’s move, such as which staffers’ costs may be covered. None of the money will be used to pay legal costs for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after less than a month in his post. He is refusing to accept any funds from Trump or the RNC, sources told Axios. The New Yorker reported last month that two of Flynn’s siblings had launched a legal defense fund for him.

In March, Flynn’s lawyer said he would testify before federal investigators in exchange for immunity, and that he “has a story to tell.” 

Trump’s payment plan raises ethical questions. For one, an aide who accepted the money would be in a difficult position if he or she had pertinent information to share with a federal investigator about Trump or his son.

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell questioned Trump’s motives.

“Maybe he feels guilty that his associates and aides are now having to bear the burdens of these bills,” she told MSNBC. “Whether or not it’s his motivation, this would be a very effective way to keep them in line and keep them in hock to him.”

She added: ’If he doesn’t want people who know where the bodies are buried — if there’s bodies — to flip on him and disclose that information … offering to pay legal bills is an effective way to keep pulling the strings.”

Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, also underscored in a tweet the complicated conflicts such payments could trigger.

It’s unclear if the president will begin paying his own legal fees and those of his son, or will continue relying on funds from the RNC.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Declares Era of “National Rejuvenation”

Chinese president Xi Jinping declared an era of national rejuvenation in a speech that garnered 1.5 billion virtual claps on a virtual applause app released in conjunction with the Communist Party congress.

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Mother, son and daughter all arrested in connection to multiple robberies on Long Island

A woman and her two children have been arrested in Long Island in connection to seven armed robberies, all of which took place over the last month.

Deborah Salvatore, 55, and her children, Rick Mascia, 25, and 31-year-old Lauren Mascia, are accused of robbing a number local establishments: Two Family Dollar locations, two Dunkin Donuts, one Dollar Tree and the same Carvel twice.

The most recent robbery was at a Dunkin Donuts on Oct. 21, and it initially didn’t go as planned: Rick entered alone and said he wanted to buy a donut, but the cashier replied, “We’re about to close, so you can have the doughnuts for free,” recounted another employee to the New York Post.

Rick allegedly responded, “No, I want you to charge me.” Then, after the employee opened the cash register, he allegedly brandished a knife and demanded all the money.

His mother was waiting in the car outside.

Police arrived before the two could even flee the scene, the 17-year-old employee said. Although she was absent from the Dunkin Donuts heist, Lauren was arrested along with her mother and brother after cops began investigating. All three are are waiting arraignment in Central Islip court.

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New Tax Proposal Could Affect 401K Plans for Millions of Americans

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the proposal being considered would reduce the amount a worker could contribute tax-free to just $2,400 a year.

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Hikers’ Families Say Deaths Motivated By ‘Compassion’

The families of a young couple found dead in an embrace believe they died in a murder-suicide motivated by compassion. 

Joseph Orbeso, 22, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, missing for three months, were discovered in a remote canyon last week in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, their bodies interlocked in an embrace. Investigators from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department have characterized the deaths as a “murder-suicide.” But they have told relatives the deaths were a “sympathetic murder-suicide,” according to family members.

Detectives believe Orbeso fatally shot Nguyen before turning the gun on himself. A handgun found at the scene was registered to Orbeso, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Though police are continuing to investigate, they believe the Orange County couple may have been lost and desperate in the 800,000-acre park. They were out of water, and were rationing food.

Nguyen may also have been injured in a fall down the canyon; her head was wrapped with a piece of clothing, Nguyen’s uncle, Son Nguyen, told the Desert Sun.

“They found a tree to provide some shade,” he said. The couple was found under the tree; Orbeso’s shirt had been placed over Nguyen’s legs.

Nguyen said that investigators told the family that they believe, “based on the circumstances and the positioning of the body, this was a sympathetic murder-suicide.”

Nguyen added: “Her parents … and myself are united, believing in the detectives’ accounts of this being a sympathetic murder-suicide. We hold no grudges against Joseph or the Orbeso family. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Orbeso family, and that they will remain in our prayers..”

A friend of Orbeso, Austin Young, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram: “I think he brought a gun out there to protect Rachel. I think they got lost and were suffering in the 100-degree heat. They had a choice of a slow and painful death or a quick death.”

The pair was reported missing by a bed and breakfast operator July 28 after they left for a hike in the desert in high temperatures and failed to return. They were on the trip to celebrate Nguyen’s birthday. Their bodies were found a week ago by a rescue crew that included Orbeso’s father, Gilbert Orbeso.

“They were side by side lying next to each other and their arms were around each other,” Gilbert Orbeso told KMIR-TV. Orbeso’s mother, Corina Mallari, said she believes the deaths were motivated by “love.”

“I want Joseph to be remembered as a kind, caring and thoughtful person,” Gilbert Orbeso told the San Jose Mercury News. “The way he was found beside Rachel holding her as they were seeking shade under the brush says everything you need to know about him as a man and as a human being.”

The bodies were found along the park’s Maze Trail, a moderate hike. But the desert park is demanding and rugged. The Joshua Tree website warns hikers to have ample water and to avoid exertion in high temperatures. There’s almost no cell phone service in the park.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Re: Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Daesh to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The United States is concerned that Iran, a Shi’ite regional power, will take advantage of gains against IS in Iraq and Syria to expand the influence it gained after the US invasion in 2003, something Sunni Arab rivals such as Riyadh also oppose.

Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,

Tillerson said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis heeded a call to arms in 2014 after Daesh seized a third of the country’s territory, forming the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which receive funding and training from Tehran and have been declared part of the Iraqi security apparatus.

A senior US official said Tillerson had been referring to the PMF and the Quds Force, the foreign paramilitary and espionage arm of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif berated Tillerson’s remarks as influenced by Iran’s oil-rich regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Read: US House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

“Exactly what country is it that Iraqis who rose up to defend their homes against ISIS (Daesh) return to?,” Zarif said in a tweet. “Shameful US FP (foreign policy), dictated by petrodollars.”

Iraq’s military, armed by the United States but supported by the PMF, ejected the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim militant group from Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq this year. Several thousand US troops are still in the country, mostly for training but also to carry out raids against Daesh.

The campaign to uproot the militants left whole cities in ruins and has hit Iraq’s economy.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir in Manama, Bahrain on 30 July 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

A new joint ministerial-level body between Iraq and Saudi Arabia convened its inaugural meeting earlier on Sunday to coordinate their fight against Daesh and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group.

Jubeir emphasized historic ties between the two neighbours, which share a border, vast oil resources and many of the same tribes.

“The natural tendency of the two countries and people is to be very close to each other as they have been for centuries. It was interrupted for a number of decades. We’re trying now to make up for lost ground,” he said.

The rare senior meeting, signalling a thaw between states that have been at loggerheads for decades, was also attended by Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Read More: US-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria – SDF

Tillerson said the council would contribute to reforms to build Iraq’s private sector and encourage foreign investment.

“This will be critical to winning the peace that has been earned through the hard-fought military gains,” he said.

State media said the council had expressed satisfaction with global oil markets’ recovery as a result of a deal with other countries to boost prices by limiting production.

The council also agreed to reopen a Saudi Basic Industries Corp office in Iraq and grant Saudi agriculture company SALIC an investment licence.

A second meeting will be held in Baghdad but no date was mentioned.

Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid al-Qusaibi told Reuters his country seeks to boost exports and is eyeing investment opportunities in Iraq’s agricultural and petrochemical sectors, among others.

He said backing from the highest levels of both governments would produce “quick results on the ground”.

“Let’s not cry over spilt milk. Whatever happened in the past has happened. The good news is we are all here toward building a prosperous and beneficial future for both countries,” he said in a telephone interview.

Tillerson and Jubeir also discussed Washington’s hawkish new policy towards Iran, including a possible withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and new sanctions on the IRGC.

Both our countries believe those who conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, any of their entities, European companies or other companies around the world really do so at great risk,

Tillerson said.

Relations between Riyadh and Baghdad were cut for 25 years, before recent rapprochement, after former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, is wooing Baghdad now in an effort to halt the growing regional influence of Iran.

Arriving in Doha later on Sunday for the next leg of a multi-country trip, Tillerson told a news conference that there was little chance of a swift breakthrough to resolve a blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.

The kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed trade and travel curbs on Doha in June for alleged support of terrorism and friendship with Iran – charges Qatar denies.

“There is not a strong indication that the parties are ready to talk yet,” Tillerson said.

The secretary of state’s six-day trip will also take him to Pakistan, India and Switzerland.



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Re: Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Daesh to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The United States is concerned that Iran, a Shi’ite regional power, will take advantage of gains against IS in Iraq and Syria to expand the influence it gained after the US invasion in 2003, something Sunni Arab rivals such as Riyadh also oppose.

Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,

Tillerson said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis heeded a call to arms in 2014 after Daesh seized a third of the country’s territory, forming the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which receive funding and training from Tehran and have been declared part of the Iraqi security apparatus.

A senior US official said Tillerson had been referring to the PMF and the Quds Force, the foreign paramilitary and espionage arm of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif berated Tillerson’s remarks as influenced by Iran’s oil-rich regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Read: US House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

“Exactly what country is it that Iraqis who rose up to defend their homes against ISIS (Daesh) return to?,” Zarif said in a tweet. “Shameful US FP (foreign policy), dictated by petrodollars.”

Iraq’s military, armed by the United States but supported by the PMF, ejected the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim militant group from Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq this year. Several thousand US troops are still in the country, mostly for training but also to carry out raids against Daesh.

The campaign to uproot the militants left whole cities in ruins and has hit Iraq’s economy.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir in Manama, Bahrain on 30 July 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

A new joint ministerial-level body between Iraq and Saudi Arabia convened its inaugural meeting earlier on Sunday to coordinate their fight against Daesh and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group.

Jubeir emphasized historic ties between the two neighbours, which share a border, vast oil resources and many of the same tribes.

“The natural tendency of the two countries and people is to be very close to each other as they have been for centuries. It was interrupted for a number of decades. We’re trying now to make up for lost ground,” he said.

The rare senior meeting, signalling a thaw between states that have been at loggerheads for decades, was also attended by Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Read More: US-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria – SDF

Tillerson said the council would contribute to reforms to build Iraq’s private sector and encourage foreign investment.

“This will be critical to winning the peace that has been earned through the hard-fought military gains,” he said.

State media said the council had expressed satisfaction with global oil markets’ recovery as a result of a deal with other countries to boost prices by limiting production.

The council also agreed to reopen a Saudi Basic Industries Corp office in Iraq and grant Saudi agriculture company SALIC an investment licence.

A second meeting will be held in Baghdad but no date was mentioned.

Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid al-Qusaibi told Reuters his country seeks to boost exports and is eyeing investment opportunities in Iraq’s agricultural and petrochemical sectors, among others.

He said backing from the highest levels of both governments would produce “quick results on the ground”.

“Let’s not cry over spilt milk. Whatever happened in the past has happened. The good news is we are all here toward building a prosperous and beneficial future for both countries,” he said in a telephone interview.

Tillerson and Jubeir also discussed Washington’s hawkish new policy towards Iran, including a possible withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and new sanctions on the IRGC.

Both our countries believe those who conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, any of their entities, European companies or other companies around the world really do so at great risk,

Tillerson said.

Relations between Riyadh and Baghdad were cut for 25 years, before recent rapprochement, after former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, is wooing Baghdad now in an effort to halt the growing regional influence of Iran.

Arriving in Doha later on Sunday for the next leg of a multi-country trip, Tillerson told a news conference that there was little chance of a swift breakthrough to resolve a blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.

The kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed trade and travel curbs on Doha in June for alleged support of terrorism and friendship with Iran – charges Qatar denies.

“There is not a strong indication that the parties are ready to talk yet,” Tillerson said.

The secretary of state’s six-day trip will also take him to Pakistan, India and Switzerland.



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Re: Calls to set up safe zone for Christians in Iraq

Researchers at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies have called for a “safe zone” to be set up for Christians in Iraq, Arab48 has reported.

Speaking at a conference on Christian Arabs in the Greater Arab Mashreq, Yahya Al-Kubaisi said that the number of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq, in particular the Christians, have become the subject of a political dispute.

In 1957 there were 206,000 Christians in Iraq, compared to 256,000 in 1977.

Based on this growth rate, the researcher said, the number of Christians in 2003, when the US invasion took place, should have been higher than 600,000.

Read more: Murder of Coptic priest latest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority

These numbers, he said, prove it’s implausible that hundreds of thousands of Christian Iraqis are leaving and that these numbers have been exaggerated by governments and global aid agencies across the world, suggesting they had a vested interest in doing so.

Researcher Said Salloum called for setting up a “safe zone” for Christians in Iraq based on the deteriorating security situation; though this idea has caused controversy among Iraqi political groups and Christians in the past it is becoming more popular.

Recently, Daesh has heightened the threat of physical violence against Christian communities in Nineveh, a city just outside Mosul.



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