Slain Hattiesburg Police Officers Are Memorialized
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. The man accused of killing two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers during a weekend traffic stop was addicted to drugs and possibly heard voices in his head, his mother told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.Mary Smith, the mother of brothers Marvin and Calvin Banks, who are both charged in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers on Saturday night, speaks to reporters outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday, May 11, 2015.Suppressing tears and wearing black bands over their badges, police officers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Monday remembered two slain colleagues as young men who worked as if they’d landed their dream jobs. — By the time a single bagpiper marched to the front of Hattiesburg Hall on Monday afternoon, scores of law enforcement officers from across Mississippi had lined the room’s walls in a local convention center.
Mary Smith said she tried again and again to get her son Marvin Banks, 29, who lived with her, to go to Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services for all the marijuana, “spice” and pills he took. “The drugs had him,” Smith said of her son, who was unemployed. — Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm.
Older brother Marvin, 29, is charged with two counts of capital murder and his younger brother Curtis, 26, is charged with two counts of being an accessory to murder after the fact. One of them, 34-year-old married father of two Benjamin Deen, was a K-9 officer who loved busting drug dealers and won an “Officer of the Year” award in 2012 for saving a family from a burning building, fellow cops said at a Monday afternoon memorial service. Mary Smith told The Associated Press that her son smoked synthetic marijuana known as “spice” daily and had been hearing voices ever since he was attacked and hit in the head with a pipe several years ago.
Phil Bryant, a former sheriff’s deputy. “They made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people of this city — some they did not and would never know — because it was their job. — The man who called 911 to report he was involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman appears to be the same person involved in a road rage incident with the former neighborhood watch volunteer last year. Dwayne Higgason, pastor of a nondenominational church here and a volunteer chaplain for the Hattiesburg Police Department, suggested that police officers were sometimes being criticized the way soldiers were during the Vietnam War. “I believe the average person in America loves and supports police officers,” Mr.
Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. I believe it’s time for us to be vocal and say, ‘Thank you.’ ” The memorial service came two days after the two officers were shot to death during a traffic stop, dealing Hattiesburg a type of civic trauma it had not felt since 1984, the last time a member of the city’s police force was killed in the line of duty.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. But in a sign of the considerable strains, the Kremlin said Putin’s attendance had yet to be confirmed and the Russian Foreign Ministry previewed the talks by blaming Washington for the breakdown in relations. “The Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations, proclaimed a course of isolating Russia on the international arena and demanded that those states that traditionally follow the lead of Washington support its confrontational steps,” it said in a statement. She said she was resting before work when she got a call Saturday night that two officers had been shot and that Marvin, who is known by “Big Boy,” was involved. In their initial court appearance Monday, Forrest County Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton denied bond to Marvin Banks, who was convicted of a felony in 2010 for possession of a stolen gun.
Nevertheless, both sides stressed the importance of trying to work through some of the rancor that buried President Barack Obama’s first-term effort to “reset” ties with Moscow. However, both Banks brothers were on bond for 2013 drug charges at the time of their arrest, and Polk-Payton revoked those bonds, meaning Curtis Banks is also likely to remain in jail.
Officer Jason Jarvis, who went through the police academy with Tate in 2014, was also emotional, but drew laughs from the audience as he recalled how “anybody who knows Tate as a cop knows he loves the police siren more than anyone in the police department.” “Any time you hear him on the radio for a stop, you’d hear the siren,” Jarvis said, recalling that during training, after a supervisor warned the recruits not to hit the siren during a practice stop, Tate hit the siren anyway, willing to take the punishment. She said after Curtis’ arrest, he complained to her that officers had kicked him repeatedly, stripped him of his clothes and were holding him in cold cell. She has not talked to Marvin since his arrest. “The way police here in Hattiesburg harass young black men, you could tell something was going to happen, but I never thought it would be my sons,” she said. A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.
A lot is still unknown about the value of these tests, but many doctors think they are a big advance that could make personalized medicine possible for far more people. They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment is working, and adjust it as the cancer evolves.
A fourth suspect, Cornelius Clark, 28, was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with one count of rendering criminal assistance, and his bond was set at $75,000, according to the clerk’s office. WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate.
She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush raises money for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t ask for the cash himself. Born out of two Supreme Court decisions in 2010, they are governed by rules some see as a game of winks and nods, enforced by an agency bedeviled by partisan gridlock. BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The two sides will return on Wednesday to give closing arguments, after which the federal jury will decide whether the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be put to death or receive life in prison. Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun whose story was told in the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking” starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, met with Tsarnaev five times since March at the request of the defense. Prejean, who smiled at Tsarnaev several times during her testimony, said she could hear “pain” in his voice when he said he regretted what happened to the victims in the 2013 attack, which left three people dead and more than 260 wounded, including 17 who lost limbs.
NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself “The Deflator.” A league-authorized investigation by attorney Ted Wells found that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. Brady will miss the season’s showcase kickoff game on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh, then Week 2 at Buffalo, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas. The latest airstrikes followed the release by the Shiite rebels of video and photos of the purported wreck of a Moroccan F-16 that they claim to have shot down over the northern province of Saada near the Saudi border. An online news site with close ties to Morocco’s royal palace and security and intelligence services said the aircraft was one of two that flew from a base in the United Arab Emirates on a reconnaissance mission over the Yemeni side of the border with Saudi Arabia.
The French-language site, Le360, said rebel anti-aircraft batteries stationed on mountains opened fire on the two aircraft as they flew at low altitude. “The Moroccan fighter jets maneuvered, gained altitude, attempted to escape the danger, but it was too late.
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