Bruce Windsor, Church Deacon, Soccer Coach, Father Charged with Bank Robbery and Kidnapping

Photo: Deacon Bruce Windsor, Bank Robbery Suspect

Another church leader bites the dust. Bruce Windsor, who is a church deacon, soccer coach, father of four, was facing financial problems as many are in this economic quagmire, but what he is accused of doing is unsettling. He is a suspected bank robber. Yes, Windsor, who owns a real estate company, allegedly walked into Carolina First Bank in Greenville, S.C., with a mask and a handgun.

In court documents filed Friday, police said he forced two bank employees into an office at gunpoint and demanded money. Police arrived minutes later with the suspect still inside, touching off a tense 90-minute standoff before he released the hostages and surrendered.

His actions were “out of character” for a man who has never been in trouble with the law before, friends and relatives said. His tearful sister, defending him as he stood before a judge, said, “He must have just snapped under the pressure.”

In his initial appearance for a bond hearing, Windsor was in an orange jail jumpsuit, shackled and with his hands cuffed. In a quiet voice, he answered “yes, sir” as the judge explained the charges to him: two counts of kidnapping, one count of robbery and two counts of pointing firearms at a person, charges that could carry more than 30 years in prison if convicted.

A police detective told the judge Windsor said he had been experiencing financial problems. But police spokesman Cpl. Jason Rampey told CNN they could not yet say for certain whether money problems were the motive for the alleged robbery. The judge set his bail at just over $1.5 million. Source: CNN

So, has the recession and the mortgage meltdown caused the spike in more robberies? That may very well be. But back to Deacon Windsor. Whatever happened to going to the Bible to find strength in one’s walk. The Bible clearly states that the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. The Word also says that He is a present help in every strife. What about trusting God and having faith that you can overcome any hardship? Once again, Deacon Windsor is a classic case of do as I say and not as I do. How can you minister for Jesus Christ if you are enslaved to money?

I would love to hear what drove him to attempt to rob a bank in the first place. You realize that we will now be subjected to listening to statements about how he is such a good father and a committed church leader, as well as a dedicated soccer coach, a loving husband, a “model-citizen” and just an all-around great guy. That may well be true, but I know that we all have mountains to climb in life. When you are a born again Christian your climb should be based on faith in God and Biblical truths, not based on the flesh and criminal actions. The last thing I expected to hear was that a deacon in the church tried to stick up a bank. Another wolf in sheep’s clothing and another reason why some people are being turned off by organized religion.

Barnes & Noble Apologizes for Monkey Book Displayed Among Books about President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama

Well, another monkey has popped up again. This time it comes to us courtesy of Barnes and Noble bookstore. A spokesman for the company claims a customer placed a book about monkeys in a window where Barack Obama books were on display.

Right and we were born yesterday. They took the easy way out — blamed it on a customer. Wait, I wonder just how long that book was on display before the employees realized that it didn’t belong there? That’s a sick joke, if someone thought it was funny.

Here’s the apology:

Barnes & Noble would like to publicly apologize for what happened in our Coral Gables, Florida store. We believe that a customer played a cruel joke and placed an inappropriate title in the front window of our store, where we were featuring books written by or about President Obama. We want to assure our customers that the book placed by someone other than our booksellers was never intended to be included in our display and was removed as soon as we became aware of the situation. We are looking into it and are taking the steps necessary so that it does not happen again. From time to time customers will move titles from one area of the store to another. In this particular case, we do not condone whatever message may have been intended with the placement of this title in our Presidential display. It certainly was not part of our merchandising and we regret that we didn’t see the placement of this title immediately. Mary Ellen Keating, Spokesperson Barnes & Noble, Inc. Source: Black Power

Hat tip to my regular reader Mz. Diva for pointing this out to me!

Ethiopian Refugee, Saad Hussein, Arrested for Allegedly Targeting President Barack Obama With HIV-Infected Blood

There are some really sick people out there and this latest case is no exception. Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee, has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them. A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said that it’s only the second time ever that HIV-infected blood has been sent with malicious intent through the U.S. mail system.

In the weeks leading up to Obama’s inauguration, Hussein sent an envelope addressed to “Barack Obama” to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. The envelope contained a series of unusual items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park. Court documents said Hussein, who takes drugs to treat a mental illness, later told FBI agents he is “very sick with HIV” and cut his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter.

Hazmat teams were called in after the envelope was opened, and offices of the Illinois Department on Aging and the Department of Revenue were locked down for nearly two hours, locking 300 staffers in their offices, court documents said.

Hussein, with his brother acting as an interpreter, told FBI agents he was actually “an admirer” of Obama and was “seeking help from the government,” according to court documents. He also told them he was hoping to obtain tickets to the inaugural ceremonies in Washington, the documents said. Source: CNN

But Hussein wasn’t finished. He allegedly placed two more letters in the mail one addressed to “Emanuel,” an apparent reference to Obama’s current chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The two letters contained what appeared to be dried blood, the court documents said.

Hussein, who has never held a job in the three years he’s been in the United States, was arrested last month. An affidavit filed at the time accused Hussein of “knowingly” mailing letters “containing HIV-infected blood, with the intent to kill or injure another,” in violation of federal law.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV is spread only through sexual contact with an infected person, through sharing needles with an infected person, or through blood transfusions of infected blood. That’s all good, but the guy is trouble and they ought deport him back to Ethiopia. He’s not worth the headache and the expense of incarceration. Saad Hussein is a liability. He is certainly no asset to the United States with such a pattern of criminal behavior. Sorry, but back to Africa for this man.

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Damone Brown, Reno Bighorns Player, Charged with Felony in Drug-Related Case

Another athlete has been caught up in a lot of trouble and to make matters worst, a FBI agent was shot during a roundup of drug suspects at a house in Buffalo, N.Y. as part of an investigation that also resulted in the arrest Thursday of a member of the NBA Developmental League’s Reno Bighorns, Damone Brown.

Brown was arrested in Reno Thursday morning and was scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court later Thursday on a felony count of money laundering. Yep, he can kiss any professional career goodbye. He is accused of leasing a safe deposit box at a Buffalo bank for an alleged drug kingpin to store his drug proceeds in. Authorities seized $170,000 from the box before he was arrested. They have him nailed, literally. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Guerra said he does not know whether Brown benefited financially from the arrangement. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

I don’t know who this guy is, but from what I have read, he played at Syracuse, is averaging nearly 16 points a game this season for the affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks. Brown was the Bighorns’ first pick in the D-League’s expansion draft in September. The Philadelphia 76ers selected him in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft. He also has played in the NBA with New Jersey, Toronto, Washington and Indiana. Another brother with potential sidelined by bad habits.

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput Says Some Catholics Treating President Obama with "Spirit of Adulation Bordering on Servility"

I find it amazing that the Roman Catholic Church suddenly has criticized President Barack Obama on so many levels, while they said very little about President George W. Bush during his eight-year tenure. The latest “godly” person who has taken offense to President Obama’s popularity is Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. He told a Canadian audience earlier this week that some Catholics are treating President Obama “spirit of adulation bordering on servility.”
“In democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs,” he said. Wow. This is amazing coming from the same group that reappointed a Nazi denier back into their fold.

Chaput also warned that an overly deferential attitude toward Obama makes the political situation “very hard for Catholics in the United States.” Guess why he was in Canada? To promote his book “Render Unto Caesar,” which discusses how Catholics should bring their faith into public life. It speaks volumes that 54 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, who is pro-choice, which has irked many in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archibishop should listen to his own words and acknowledge that President Obama, like Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were charismatic leaders. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. “President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change,” the Catholic News Agency quoted Chaput as saying.

“Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion,” he said. So, I am guessing that the Catholic Church has stood for all those things and have pushed programs in their own churches to strengthen the very things the Archbishop is complaining about. Wasn’t this the same group of people, who rather than calling the authorities on those priests molesting innocent children, they moved them around from parish to parish? Archbishop Chaput, don’t hate the messenger because he is popular, focus on cleaning up the ills dogging the Roman Catholic Church. As the Bible says, pick the speck out of your own eye before you pick it out of another’s.

White House Watermelon Email From California Mayor Dean Grose Sparks Outrage

Here we go again, another politician being racist. Dean Grose, mayor of Los Alamitos, Ca., is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent out that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.” How ignorant and racist.

Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is black, said she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose’s personal account on Sunday and wants a public apology.

Grose said that he sent the e-mail to Price and added that he didn’t mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons. Hello, where has he been? I am sure he is not a kid who probably wouldn’t know about the negative stereotype, but a grown man? Liar. Grose said he sent an apology e-mail to Price and her boss and also left her a voicemail apology.

I never heard of Los Alamitos until I read this story. It is a 2¼-square-mile Orange County city of around 12,000 people. The mayor is elected by fellow members of the five-seat City Council. All the haters out there, your president is an African American. Grin and bear it!

Actor Morgan Freeman Being Sued by Demaris Meyer, the Woman in the Car with Him in Car Accident

I am a big fan of Morgan Freeman and I was very disappointed to learn that he may have been stepping out on his wife with Demaris Meyer, her one-time friend. Well, it seems like Ms. Meyer is seeing dollar signs everywhere because she has sued the actor. Yup, my late grandmother always said if you lay down with dogs you will get up with fleas. Yeah, Morgan did just that.

As you recall, Demaris Meyer was the woman riding in the car with the actor in the wee hours of the morning when he crashed. She is telling the press that he had been drinking a lot that night. Naturally that begs the question of why did she get in the car with him knowing that he had been drinking and what could possibly have happened. Geez, why didn’t she offer to drive the actor? She’s suing Morgan for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability for short-term memory loss and damages. Oh, and short-term memory loss. Yeah, the same short-term memory loss she had when she forgot Morgan Freeman was married.

She said that she isn’t his mistress, but what was she doing in the car with a married man in the wee hours of the morning, if something funny wasn’t about to jump off. Meyer told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that when she met him that night at dinner, she saw that “throughout the course of dinner and afterward drinks were consumed by Freeman.”

She said that she later met up with him at a friend’s home, where he “had at least one more drink.” She says it was only after being offered a place to stay — at his home, or rather, the guest house — that she got in the car with him. Haven’t we heard that tired story before? Please, the woman doesn’t deserve one penny. To echo the words of Kanye West — she ain’t nothing but a gold digger and a wannabe homewrecker!

Cops: South Dade Dad, Pablo Josue Amador, 54, Fatally Shoots Wife, Maria Amador, Two Daughters and Himself, Son Escapes

Here we go again. Another man killing his entire family, except his oldest son who managed to get away. Pablo Josue Amador, who has been described as a gifted musician and once sang tenor with the Greater Miami Opera chorus, shot and killed his wife and two daughters this morning as his 16-year-old son escaped their South Miami-Dade home.

Amador then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide that stunned a neighborhood filled with many of his current and former students. Police received a 911 call just before 6 a.m. of shots fired at the home in the 16000 block of Southwest 98th Court. When officers arrived, they found four bodies inside, according to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a police spokesman. ”The preliminary investigation revealed the male, the father of the family, shot his two daughters, killed his wife and then himself,” Zabaleta said.

Zabaleta said Amador’s daughters were 13 and 14. Police did not say where their bodies were found. The couple’s teenage son was able to escape unharmed from the house and called police from a cordless phone as he ran away, Zabaleta said. Investigators were still speaking with him and were trying to reach other family members of the deceased. A victim witness counselor with the department’s homicide bureau was also helping the teenager.

Pablo Amador, 54, gave piano lessons to students of all ages at the home, according to a post on Amador writes that he was a musical director, arranger and vocalist for Los Galileos, a six-member ensemble that had performed in dozens of churches around South Florida since 2001. He also says he sang tenor with the Greater Miami Opera chorus, now the Florida Grand Opera, and sang at Kendall United Methodist Church. Amador’s wife, Maria J. Amador, 47, worked as director of education for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis center at the University of Miami. Source: The Miami Herald.

I hate to say it, but there will be more of these murder-suicides as the economic nightmare continues. I don’t know what was the straw that broken the camel’s back in this case and pushed Mr. Amador to do something so drastic and heinous, but one has to wonder why this had to happen. His motivations were selfish and to leave his teenage son to live through such trauma is unconscionable and unfair. He’s a punk for taking the easy way out. Sorry, no sympathies here.

Money Managers Paul Greenwood, Stephen Walsh of WG Trading Company Charged with Criminal Fraud

Another one bites the dust….. According to Reuters, Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh, two money managers at WG Trading Company have been charged with criminal fraud for allegedly misappropriating investor funds and making false representations.

Both men were managing general partners of WG Trading, which has main offices in Greenwich. They were charged with conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. According to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the alleged scheme began in 1996 and ran through this month.

I hate to say it, but there will be more arrests in financial circles as more crimes are uncovered. The recession, though hard on everyone, is a blessing in disguise. At least the scumbags are now being ferreted out into the open. This is another example of how the Securities and Exchange Commission isn’t as tough as it should be. Too many financial improprieties have flown under the radar on their watch. I don’t blame President Barack Obama, it is time to clean house!

Sandra Renia Joseph Accused of Murdering Son, 11-Year-Old Samuel Utomeh, With Her Suzuki SUV

What could possess a mother to take the life of her child is beyond me. Well, Sandra Renia Joseph of Louisiana is accused of doing just that. She has been arrested and charged with the murder of her son, Samuel Utomeh, who was 11-years-old. This precious baby did not deserve what his mother did to him. This case will shock even the toughest cop who has to investigate this horrific crime. You might ask how this child was murdered. She used her SUV to do it and to make matters worst, this woman was a member of law enforcement. She was a cop.
The incident occurred Saturday morning. At around 9:15am on February 21, a call came into the Saint Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. A woman said she was walking along a rural road when she noticed a silver Suzuki SUV with extensive front damage. She said the driver told her to contact the police because she had just run over her son.

When the authorities arrived at the scene, they say the driver said the same thing to them – that she had run over her son. They also allege she directed them to his body. The victim was found next to a barn near the road. Samuel Utomeh was 11-years-old. According to the police, there were multiple points of impact that caused severe blunt force trauma to the child. His mother, Sandra Renia Joseph, was charged with first-degree murder. The 49-year-old is being held without bond. Source: CNN

This is a tragedy of untold proportions. This woman deserves the death penalty. She needs to be rammed with a Mack truck instead of a SUV. I don’t care what demons she may have been confronting. I call on the people of her community, to call for her to be fired from her job or suspended without pay. She was a police officer from 1985 to 1990 and now works at the Louisiana Department of Social Services. Right, imagine her trying to help another kid who is the victim of abuse. Nobody, absolutely no-one deserves to die like this and perhaps, worst of all, at the hands of a parent. That is simply reprehensible.