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Billionaire Couple Found Murdered In Their Toronto Home Are Linked To Clinton Foundation’s Relief Efforts

Canadian officials announced on Friday that the billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered in their home in December.
For the past month officials called their deaths a murder-suicide.
The couple was found strangled in their Toronto home.

Haaretz is reporting it was a professional contract killing,

The New York Post reported:

The billionaire husband and wife found hanging side-by-side in their posh Toronto home last month were both murdered, according to a bombshell report citing a team of private investigators on Saturday.

Multiple killers played a role in the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman — contrary to the widely-circulated murder-suicide theory initially leaked by law enforcement, sources told CBC News, citing a parallel probe by a team of investigators hired by the couple’s family.

A real estate agent who was selling the $5.4 million home had discovered pharmaceutical mogul Barry, 75, and Honey, 70, dead on Dec. 15.

Barry Sherman founded Apotex pharmaceutical company.
Apotex supplied generic drugs to Clinton foundation in Haiti and Rwanda.

Apotex also donated medicines and supplies to Clinton Foundation Puerto Rican relief efforts in 2017.

 

via:

thegatewaypundit

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Gov’t Forcing Couple To Tear Down Amazing Treehouse On Their Property—or Else

Holmes Beach, FL — Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen have spent over $150,000 building a beachfront treehouse Anna Maria Island on Florida’s west coast—in their own backyard. But it wasn’t the cost of the treehouse which was so expensive, it was the legal fees they spent trying to keep the city from tearing it down. After years of legal jousting, the couple has appealed their right to keep their treehouse all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). However, on Monday, the state won.

SCOTUS claimed a case of the state forcing a property owner to tear down an expensive building on their own property was simply not worth their time. Tran and Hazen built the two-level structure on their property as a getaway from their main home. The treehouse has windows which allow guests to enjoy a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. But city officials say the couple did not get the proper permit needed to legally construct the structure. Tran and Hazen disagree and explained that they did everything by the book.

They say they asked the City of Holmes Beach if they needed a permit and were told “No.” Construction began in 2011. Shortly thereafter, a so-called “anonymous complaint” led city officials to investigate. That investigation resulted in the city telling the couple they had to take it down because the treehouse was outside of the city’s set-back line and they did not have a proper permit for its construction.

They refused to tear it down and challenged the city in court. Unfortunately, the courts have sided with the city. Tran and Hazen then appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the court was not concerned with property rights and therefore chose not make a ruling.

Tran and Hazen only spent $30,000 on the tree mounted structure. In an interview with CBS News, Tran said, “The Supreme Court is the last court of resort…if it doesn’t work out, we don’t even want to think about it yet…especially when we knew we didn’t do anything wrong.” And in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, she elaborated, “Part of me still believes there’s got to be justice out there and we didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sadly, her hope has run out. They are now going to be forced to continue to pay a $50 per day fine—which has been racking up for weeks—or tear it down. Make no mistake, if this couple refuses to pay the fine, armed agents of the state will come to their home and arrest them.

Tran and Hazen run Angelinos Sea Lodge, a rental property on the coast. They have no children and do not rent out the treehouse but say guests at their lodge enjoy spending time inside the structure, enjoying the views and the breeze. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson apparently couldn’t care less what happens to the couple’s investment. He said their fight to keep their treehouse is “quite honestly a waste of time,” and added, “for some reason these people have this fixation on it.”

For free-thinking freedom lovers, the thought of the city telling property owners that they can’t enhance their own property is an absurdity. Even more ludicrous is the notion property owners ever really own their property. The minute a family stops paying government imposed property taxes, the city takes their property and sells it to someone else, all of which raises the question, “do we really own property or does the government just let us think we do.”

After all, as TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, conforming to city codes and permitting is required by law. Even the act of gardening has been ruled illegal in some parts of the country.

Currently, in almost every state in the union, people have to have a permit to go fishing, build a shed, get married, travel, have a business, work, drive a car, and the list goes on and on. So, who’s really free if every major life decision is left up to someone else?

 

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Cops Destroyed for Shaming Couple Over Selling Shrimp, Forced to Delete Their Facebook Page

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Monroe County, FL — In the land of the free, if you try to raise some extra money by selling a willing customer a product—you can and will be charged and arrested—if you don’t pay the state for permission beforehand. A married couple in Key West just learned the hard way that entrepreneurial spirit—the very fabric of America—will not only be crushed by armed agents of the state, but they will also brag about it on social media.

Last week, the Monroe County Sherrif’s office was so proud that they protected the citizens..ahem..their paychecks, that they took to Facebook to gloat in the fact that they detained and extorted a couple for selling shrimp.

“Couple charged with illegal shrimp sale,” read the start of the post dedicated to publicly shaming a couple for trying to make an honest buck.

According to City-Data.com, when compared to the rest of the country Key West, Fl has 78.6 percent more crime. This higher crime rate makes perfect sense given the fact that the sheriff’s department brags about arresting innocent people who merely forgot or felt it not necessary to pay the state for the privilege to sell another person a 5lb bag of shrimp.

Instead of applying resources to investigating rapes, murders, thefts, burglaries, or assaults—which just so happen to occur hundreds of times a year in the county—police were scouring Facebook to catch a married couple who’d dare sell shrimp without a license.

When reading the department’s post, you’d think the sheriff’s office nabbed themselves a criminal mastermind, hell-bent on fleecing the citizens of Key West. Sadly, however, the only ones hell-bent on fleecing the citizens of Key West are the ones who claim to protect them.

Deputy Seth Hopp saw the Facebook posts offering five pound bags of shrimp for $40. The Facebook accounts belonged to 41 year old Iliecer Noa and his wife, 37 year old Carolina Aviles, both of Key West. Deputy Hopp checked with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to see if either person had the proper license to sell saltwater products. Neither one had any commercial fishing licenses.

Deputy Hopp went to their residence on North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West and confronted them. The couple said they bought a 70 pound bag of shrimp for $80 from a guy riding a bicycle on Stock Island. They made a total of $300 selling the shrimp. They said they had planned to return to Stock Island and buy more so they could keep selling shrimp.

Not surprisingly, the department has since removed their post and, it appears they have deleted their Facebook page all together.

The good news is that the overwhelming majority of the comments on this post called out the sheriff’s office actions for what they were—tyranny.

To be clear, this couple was NOT illegally poaching or otherwise stealing shrimp. They were simply trying to make an extra buck reselling shrimp they had purchased.

You should be ashamed of yourselves. Without government who would harass otherwise nice hard working people. Pirates, that’s all you are. Modern day pirates,” wrote Carey Appling.

How dare they not pay tribute to the king! Our country runs on extortion, and we wonder why more people don’t start small businesses these days… you can’t even trade natural resources without being hassled by the kings guards. Next we need to go after people selling their goods in that unregulated market they call “garage sales.” Everyone knows those are a front for drugs. Same goes for lemonade stands. Those kids are clearly selling meth,” wrote Josiah Loven.

Summing up the reason for so much animosity toward police, Wesley Thomas wrote in a poignant comment,

Oh good, the fish police are here! Please, save us from unlicensed fish sales which threaten our very way of life with their cheap pricing and convenience.

Tell me, how do you people in the MCSO sleep at night knowing that everyone is laughing at you for being a complete joke?

You are exactly the sort of people who would have arrested those who were illegally freeing slaves.

Shame on you.

There you have it. Clearly, the sheriff’s department does not represent the will of the people—at least those willing to call them out on Facebook—yet the extortion continues. In America, everyone deserves the pursuit of life, liberty, and hapiness—as long as you can afford to pay the state for said pursuit—otherwise, you’ll be publicly shamed on social media and arrested. Go USA!

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WATCH: Cop Abuses Power, Smashes Into Elderly Couple While Speeding—Court Blames Couple

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Cookeville, TN – The police officer who crashed his patrol car into an elderly couple’s car while driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit will face no charges and will remain on the job, despite a history of dangerous driving accidents.

The surveillance footage is gruesome, and it shows James Cryer, 69, and his wife Rena, 78, exiting a parking lot and pulling out onto the road in their 2001 Chevy Blazer when a 2015 Dodge Charger races down the street and crashes into the left rear of their car. Mr. Cryer was ejected from the car and left lying in the middle of the street.

The speeding car, which clearly had “POLICE” emblazoned on its side, was an Algood City patrol car driven by Officer Christopher Ferguson, 32. An investigation from the Tennessee Highway Patrol placed the blame on both drivers—claiming that while Ferguson was exceeding the speed limit, Cryer also “failed to yield” to oncoming traffic.

However, Cryer claimed that because Ferguson was driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit, he did not see the patrol car when he pulled out into the street until it was too late.

Even with an investigator claiming that “If the officer had been driving the posted speed limit…the collision would have been avoided,” District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway told WSMV News that he had no regrets about declining to charge the officer.

“Both of them did things they shouldn’t have done, and both of them violated the law,” Dunaway said. “They violated the rules of the road.”

While Ferguson was driving at least 26mph over the speed limit, which may be considered “reckless driving” in some states, Dunaway insisted that “his actions did not meet the definition of reckless driving, and both drivers only committed minor driving offenses that would have amounted to class B misdemeanors.”

In fact, as attorney Patrick Stegall noted, in the state of Tennessee, there is not a set speed that indicates that a driver is being “reckless,” and the charge is instead determined at the discretion of the police officer.

“The crime of reckless driving in Tennessee is found in the Tenn. Code Annotated 55-10-205. It is defined simply when ‘any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.’ The law doesn’t give any specifics, so police have a lot of discretion in determining what exactly is reckless driving. For instance, the law doesn’t say how fast a motorist has to be driving in order for it to be reckless driving. Twenty-five mph over the speed limit would probably be enough, but a driver might just get a speeding ticket for that. It may depend on the weather, the road, surrounding traffic, even the police officer’s mood that day.”

In addition to the fact that Christopher Ferguson’s actions clearly caused the crash and his status as a police officer should be called into question, an investigation from WSMW revealed that this is not the first time Ferguson has caused a driving accident.

Ferguson was disciplined for his involvement in at least five car accidents, according to records from Cookeville Police Department. The scenarios that damaged his patrol car included driving recklessly on black ice, changing lanes improperly, hitting a stop sign and hitting a mailbox.

When Ferguson hit a semi-truck, the department recommended his resignation. He complied and went on to join the Algood Police Department in 2015.

Now, Ferguson is still on the job after his crash with Mr. and Mrs. Cryer, and because he received only a verbal reprimand from the department, there is a good chance that will he continue with the same behavior.

When the accident happened in May, James Cryer was ejected from the vehicle in the middle of the street, and Rena Cryer stayed in the passenger seat of the car as it rolled over on the side of the road. It is a miracle that they both survived.

“I thought, ‘Oh god, please, I don’t want to die right now, I got grandkids, I got to get back home to,’” Rena Cryer told WSMW, recalling her initial reaction to the crash.

Ultimately, Cryer said she believes something needs to happen to hold the officer accountable for his actions. “I want justice done. Whatever it has to be, I think something ought to be done,” she said.

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How one couple adapted their tiny home to welcome a baby

Those who are skeptical about tiny house living often point to the potential challenges of having kids when it comes to living in such a small space. While it’s true that living tiny isn’t for everyone, there are intrepid people who do enjoy it, and yes, there are even those who do it with a child (or two, or three).

Samantha and Robert of Shedsistence are one couple that took the plunge into tiny living a couple of years ago, by designing and constructing their own small dream home. They’ve since welcomed a baby daughter into their modern 204-square-foot abode, and have made some modifications to make their space more baby-friendly.

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The biggest change was obviously making that minimalist sleeping loft safer, with the addition of a sturdy net and DIY safety gate (plus a slim opening for kitty) that permits the same view, without the tumbling-down factor. More privacy and darkness for naptime is afforded with a blackout curtain that can be hung up. A lot of thought went into its design and installation, balancing the desire to keep the space open without sacrificing security.

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In addition, the couple made this awesome DIY baby loft crib that allows for co-sleeping, and it looks like they have now upgraded into something even bigger that functions as a safe space for the little one to play. Downstairs, an extra crib has been added. Those open stairs might be a bit harrowing though when baby starts to walk, but it seems that the couple does have solutions later in mind.

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The young family’s first month together was a restful one, made all the better by both mom and dad being able to really spend time with their daughter in the formative first six months, thanks to the financial freedom (and therefore parental leave) afforded to them by owning and living in a small home.

Most importantly, this new development in the couple’s life has brought not only new joys, but also reflections on the future, especially when people ask them: “What about when your daughter gets older or you have more children? How will you make the tiny house work?” Here’s their thoughtful and honest response, which I think applies to anyone already living in or considering tiny houses:

We are here to openly admit that our tiny house journey is not forever; at least not from a full-time living perspective. With that said, it is one of the best decisions of our lives and has already gifted us so much more in return than any sum of money could provide. It has been an incredibly fulfilling experience that is far from over.

Our tiny house has been and continues to be an incredible tool and experience for this stage in our lives. It has allowed us to own our home outright while refinancing student loan debt to a very aggressive five year repayment plan and simultaneously building a financial safety net that would allow us to live comfortably for a year even if our sources of income completely stopped. Most importantly we have been able to take extended parental leave. [..] None of this was possible for us three years ago but we took intentional steps (including the tiny house) to design the life we wanted.

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And finally, some practical thoughts on what to do once they do cross that bridge of upsizing:

We will utilize the tiny house as long as it works for us and then re-purpose it. The best part about this project is it has the ability to serve our family in a multitude of ways. Should we choose to design and build a small home on a foundation to raise a growing family, the tiny house can serve as a back yard studio, or guesthouse, or AirBnb rental or even be turned into an off grid retreat in the mountains. Its value and positive contribution to our lives will far outlive its use as a full-time residence.

We like that inspiring, non-dogmatic way of looking at life — regardless of the size of one’s home. To see more, visit Shedsistence.

[Via: Tiny House Talk]

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Couple Ordered To Pay Enslaved Nanny $121,000 After 2 Years Of Work

A Texas couple who pleaded guilty to charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to work as their nanny for two years without pay has been ordered to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution, a judge ruled Friday.

Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra, 49, of Katy, were additionally sentenced to seven months in jail, seven months of home confinement and three years’ probation for the abuse, The Associated Press reported.

The victim, who has not been identified, told authorities that the couple recruited her from her home country with an agreement that she’d be paid $100 a month to work for them, according to a 2016 press release by The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

Instead, from September 2013 and October 2015, she said she was forced to work 19.5 hour days for the couple and their five children without pay or breaks. She was additionally subjected to physical and verbal abuse, strictly leftover food as her meals, and was denied a bed and warm showers.

To prevent her from leaving, she said her passport was taken and she was physically threatened. 

A Texas couple has been ordered to pay a Nigerian woman $121,000 in restitution after keeping her as a slave in this home, authorities said. (KDAF)A Texas couple has been ordered to pay a Nigerian woman $121,000 in restitution after keeping her as a slave in this home, authorities said. (KDAF)

A tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center led to the nanny’s liberation in October 2015, during which her paperwork for obtaining a proper U.S. work visa was found containing false information, authorities said.

In 2016, Sandra Nsobundu pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor, while her husband, Chudy Nsobundu, pleaded guilty to visa fraud.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Tourist couple found dead after performing Satanic Suicide Ceremony in Greece



 


A tourist couple have been found dead after performing a satanic suicide ceremony at a Greek guesthouse on New Year’s Eve, officials have revealed.

The bodies of Lilia Botuseva, 23, from Bulgaria, and her 30-year-old German boyfriend were found covered in blood in a rented room in Vlachata, a village on the holiday island of Kefalonia.

Botuseva is said to have sliced herself with a blade before her partner, who has not been named, stabbed himself in the bath.

A satanic pentagram as well as knives and candles were reportedly found at the scene.

Their bodies were found on December 31 by the owner of the guest house, where the pair had been staying since Boxing Day.

Coroner Angeliki Tsiola said the tourists appeared to have killed themselves in a New Year’s Eve satanic ceremony.

She said Botuseva died first after cutting herself before her boyfriend filled a bath full of water and stabbed himself to death.

So the obvious question we at the EUTimes would like to ask is WHY IS SATANISM EVEN LEGAL? Satanism is the opposition of good, its like being evil and proud of it. What the F–K has happened to our world? What went wrong? WHY???

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FLASHBACK: Canadian elderly couple forced to live apart – he dies six weeks after reunited (VIDEOS)

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Update: The Gottschalk’s grand-daughter Ashley Bartyik told Global News that Wolfram has passed away. She says the family was grateful he was able to spend the last few weeks of his life with his wife.

A Surrey, B.C. couple separated into different care homes for the past eight months has now been reunited and is thanking “everyone around the world” for sharing their story.

Global News broke the story of Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk, married for 62 years, after their granddaughter reached out for help.

The Gottschalks have been forced to live separately because they had been placed in different care facilities.

Anita, 81, has been living at The Residence at Morgan Heights, while her husband, Wolfram, 83, has been living at Yale Road Centre.

Wolfram has dementia and has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma, so the family is concerned Anita and Wolfram won’t have much time left together.

The couple’s story went viral on social media, attracting international attention.

Wolfram was eventually put on the waitlist to be moved into Anita’s care home, but the family was left waiting for answers from Fraser Health.

After media got involved, the family met with authorities and has been given a temporary solution to move Wolfram to Rosemary Heights Seniors Village, which is only five minutes away from Anita’s current residence.

The family was told there were 10 other couples in the system waiting to be reunited.

The Gottschalk family released the following statement to Global News:

“Thursday our family joyfully witnessed the reunification of Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk. Wolfram has finally been moved to the same facility as Anita at the residence at Morgan Heights. The reunion saw tears of joy for all involved. They can now be under the same roof for their remaining years, and we couldn’t be more grateful. They would like to thank Fraser Health for this reunion, and also the media for helping to get their story heard. They also wish to thank everyone around the world that liked, shared, or discussed their story. We thank you for your continued prayers and messages we have received. Although they are now reunited, the story isn’t over for other BC couples waiting to be together, and our family will continue to advocate for those families as well.”

With files from Amy Judd

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Hero Cops Kidnap 80-Year-old Couple, Steal Their Christmas Presents, Arrest Them for Having a Plant

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York County, Nebraska – An elderly couple was arrested this week after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust that led to Nebraska Sheriff’s Deputies posing proudly with 60 pounds of cannabis that the couple was transporting across the country to gift to family members as Christmas presents.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara, 70, were travelling from their home in Clearlake Oaks, California, to visit family in Massachusetts and Vermont in their Toyota Tacoma, when they were stopped in Nebraska for driving over the center line and failing to signal, according to a report from the York News-Times.

The deputies who stopped the vehicle claimed that they could “immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana,” and the county’s canine unit “alerted to the presence of a controlled substance and a probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle.”

It is not clear whether the police dog was already on the scene at the time of the traffic stop, or whether the officer called for backup. Lt. Paul Vrbka told the News-Times that after a search was conducted, 60 pounds of cannabis was found in boxes inside the pickup topper of the truck. He claimed that the street value is around $336,000.

They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Vrbka said.

Those Christmas gifts were seized, and Mr. and Mrs. Jiron were arrested on felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. A follow-up report noted that while Patrick Jiron was jailed and has since been released after he posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond, Barbara Jiron was cited, but was not jailed “due to some medical issues.”

Residents in the couple’s home state of California voted to legalize cannabis for recreational use in November 2016. Recreational cannabis sales will become legal in California on Jan. 1, and because of the change in the state’s drug laws, nearly 500,000 people who have been labeled as felons for cannabis-related charges, could have their convictions cleared.

Cannabis is also legal in Massachusetts, and it has been decriminalized in Vermont—the two locations where Mr. and Mrs. Jiron said they were delivering 60 pounds of the plant as Christmas gifts. However, cannabis is still illegal in Nebraska, where the couple was stopped by police. In Nebraska, possession of more than 1 pound of cannabis is considered a Class IV felony, which is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Lt. Vrbka told the News-Times that the couple told the deputies who arrested them that “they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.” 

As The Free Thought Project has reported, police officers in the United States have a history of targeting the elderly for possession of cannabis, even when they obtain it legally. In one case, a man was traveling from California to Texas to visit his granddaughter, who was suffering from a terminal illness. His car was searched during a traffic stop because he admitted that he had a marijuana pipe—however, he obtained it legally with a prescription in California.

In another case, four months after police received a call from a woman who claimed that her identity was stolen, they decided to investigate, and they happened upon a 77-year-old man’s cannabis plants by mistake. Even though he was not harming or threatening anyone with his peaceful possession of the plants, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In the case of Patrick and Barbara Jiron, their Christmas has been ruined, the presents they planned to give to loved ones have been stolen and used for a photo-op, and it remains to be seen how the War on Drugs will impact the rest of their lives.

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