Sir’mone McCaulla, Army Reserves Soldier & Post Office Stab Suspect Dead, Cops Say He Likely Committed Suicide

Sir’mone McCaulla, 28, an Army Reserves soldier has been identified as the man who fatally stabbed, Christopher Gutierrez, a young father outside the main post office in New York City, appears to have committed suicide. His body was reportedly found in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Philadephia, slumped in a tub with a plastic bag over his head. According to the NY Daily News, sources have said that a cable box was found on his chest, which suggests he electrocuted himself.

The NYPD said a Philadelphia police officer recognized McCaulla, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital at at about 6:27 p.m., from their time together in the military. His family seems to think he was not the person who was photographed walking away from the body of Christopher Gutierrez on Sunday. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said three people also called the Crime Stoppers hotline to identify McCaulla, who was stationed in Kuwait at one point.

McCaulla allegedly plunged a knife into Gutierrez’s chest after a seemingly minor altercation outside the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Ave. in Manhattan on Sunday. Kelly said the two men bumped shoulders and walked past each other, but kept exchanging words, then stopped and squared off. Gutierrez, 20, took off his jacket and assumed a fighting stance, Kelly said. McCaulla then strode toward him, brandishing a knife at his side. “As they get closer, the perpetrator lunges – four quick strokes or jabs – into the victim,” Kelly said. Gutierrez, the father of a 1-year-old boy, collapsed on the post office steps. McCaulla, who lived with his mom, had three arrests on his rap sheet, including busts for burglary and robbery.

He had posted a video on his MySpace page in which he counts several thousand dollars worth of hundred-dollar bills, bragging to the camera about his wealth. “This is some people’s bank accounts and this is what I use for sneaker money,” he says on the video. “I’m addicted to it.” Source: NY Daily News

It’s a shame Christopher Gutierrez had to lose his life and if McCaulla is the killer, he took the easy way out by ending his life. This has left two families left grappling for answers and for peace. It seems that some of our young men are turning to a life of crime and violence rather than being productive members of society. Christopher Gutierrez, like Derrion Albert, was trying to do the right thing with his life and some hard-core thug ended his life too. There is a breakdown in the family structure of perpetrators such as this young man. While I understand the motivation behind President Obama’s decision to go to Copenhagen to lobby for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be awarded to Chicago from a financial perspective, we have far more pressing issues in this country to address. There is something seriously wrong in the inner cities across this country and it speaks to more than a breakdown in the homes.

Photo credit: Sir’mone McCaulla, NY Daily News

12 Year-Old Pregnant Girl Keara Hess and Sister Sierra, 11, Missing After Stepfather, Mathew Hess, Leaves Note Saying He’s Taking Them to School

SISTERS FOUND SAFE IN TENNESSEE!!!

The search has intensified for Sierra Hess, 11, and her sister Keara, 12, who is nine months pregnant, and have been missing since Thursday. According to the Charlotte Observer, Iredell Sheriff’s Office Lt. Julie Gibson said the sheriff’s office is under order to turn the girls over to the Department of Social Services when they are found. She also added that, “DSS was involved with the family before we were,” Gibson said. She didn’t know all the details, but at least part of the reason was Keara’s “medical needs.”

According to media reports, the girls are believed to be with their adoptive father, Matthew Hess, who left a note for the girl s’ mother, saying he was taking them to school that day. The girls go to Lakeshore Middle School in Mooresville and are in sixth and seventh grades.

Besides the fact that it is a shame that a 12-year old child is pregnant, one has to wonder what the adoptive father’s motivation for running off is? In any case, I am sure the facts will be revealed once they are found, and we hope, safe.

UPDATE#1: According to media reports, investigators think Matthew Hess may be driving a brown or tan 1993 Ford Explorer with North Carolina license plate YTE-8014. The back right passenger window is broken out and is covered with Plexiglass, which is duct-taped in place.

Anyone who sees Hess or the girls should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100.

Samoan Islands Struck by 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake, Tsunami Flattens at Least One Village

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck in the Samoan Islands region Tuesday. A tsunami warning was issued for a wide area of the southern Pacific after the earthquake struck at about 6:50 a.m. local time. The center said that a 1.6-meter wave was observed in Pago Pago in America Samoa and a 0.7-meter wave in Apia, Samoa. There have been 14 known fatalities in the wake of the earthquake that sent terrified residents fleeing for higher ground as a tsunami swept ashore, flattening at least one village.

The U.S. Geologoical Survey said earthquake struck about 200 kilometers south-southwest of Apia, Samoa, and 180 km east-northeast of Hihifo, Tonga, at a depth of 35 km. Based on all available data, the tsunami warning center said a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake and it could be “destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter.”

Andrew Kelly, Off-Duty NYPD Officer, Arrested & Charged with Manslaughter, DWI for Death of Vionique Valnord, Officer Michael Downs, Fled Scene of Accident

NY Police Officer Andrew Kelly was charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence in the death of Vionique Valnord, 32, as she hailed a cab in Old Mill Basin, Brooklyn, at 12:41 a.m. Sunday. What is equally reprehensible is the fact that it took authorities more than seven hours to draw blood from Kelly, who struck the preacher’s daughter while driving back to a bar for more alcohol. According to the NY Daily News, the time lag was partly the fault of a doctor who thought the officer’s consent was necessary before he could draw the blood. That is problematic because it can have an adverse effect on the prosecutor’s ability to convict this man.

Kelly and one of his three passengers, Officer Michael Downs, worked overtime at the Yankees-Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx and then drove back to Brooklyn. Kelly told cops he went to one bar, where he drank an unspecified amount. He then went to another, where he downed six to eight beers, police and other sources said. Sources said one of the bars was the Third & Seventh in Marine Park, where last night plainclothes officers were seen examining security footage.

Kelly refused to take a Breathalyzer test and, while reeking of booze and slurring his speech, told responding officers there was no way they were going to draw his blood. “I’m not going to let that happen,” he said, one source briefed on the incident said. “You’re going to have to tie me down.” Kelly’s obstinance, the source said, caused the first delay, and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office was not notified until 1:54 a.m.

The next three hours went as planned, the source said, with investigators doing the required interviews. Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Joseph Gubbay granted the warrant about 5:30a.m., after prosecutors called him at home, the Office of Court Administration said. When Kelly, 30, arrived at Kings County Hospital at 5:52 a.m., he refused to consent to give blood. A doctor there mistakenly believed consent was necessary and would not draw blood, two sources said. After a flurry of phone calls involving Internal Affairs and prosecutors, Kelly’s blood was taken about 8 a.m. – seven hours and 20 minutes after the accident. Source: NY Daily News

What happened to this woman was a disgrace and what is also troubling is the fact that it took seven hours and 20 minutes to draw his blood. He should be dismissed immediately from the police force. His friend Michael Downs, a four-year veteran from Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct should also be terminated for leaving the scene of an accident. He claims a responding officer told him to leave the scene. If that’s true, that officer should face departmental charges. This reeks of a cover-up on the part of the officers who were at the scene of the crime. These men are scum, as far as I am concerned. As the woman lay dying in the street, these men did not stop to help her, instead they fled. According to the NY Daily News, she was bleeding from her aorta and suffered multiple fractures.

UPDATE#1:  Why am I not surprised that the blood alcohol test found no booze in the system of an accused drunken cop charged with mowing down a preacher’s daughter. We’ll see how this case will be prosecuted and what the verdict will be. It is quite clear that the delay in doing the blood tests favored this officer. That’s a shame.

Photo credits: Officer Kelly, Iudici for News & Vionique Valnord, Gabel for News

Keith Knight’s "K Chronicles" Cartoon Depicting Black Man Hanging from Noose, Sparks Controversy at School

“The K Chronicles” Keith Knight (Salon.com)

A cartoon from “The K Chronicles” has caused quite a bit of controversy on the campus of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, after it was published in last Friday’s edition of the school’s student-run newspaper, “The Rocket.” In fact, many are screaming racism, but what I found amazing is that they are focusing on one small portion of the cartoon — a drawing of a black man hanging from a noose saying,”You’re doing this because I’m black, aren’t you?” while white characters accuse him of playing the race card.” According to media reports, the cartoon even led some students to go the Student Union with nooses around their necks. Newsflash to all the protesters — the cartoon’s author, Keith Knight, is an African American who was making a political satire comment on the state of race relations in this country.

There seems to be a separate issue in the cries of racism from some of the students. According to WYTV, some students said they have been hurt by recurring racism at Slippery Rock. That’s a separate issue and should be treated as such, but to tie it to this cartoon is just preposterous. The campus NAACP chapter and the Black Action Society were only too eager to jump on the bandwagon over the cartoon controversy, instead of addressing the allegations of racism on the college campus. They have reportedly scheduled a meeting with earlier this week with “The Rocket” staff and a march and protest are planned for Thursday. I am actually very surprised that it wasn’t picked up by the mainstream media. You will recall that the fallout that ensued in the NY Post “gorilla” cartoon. Do you find the cartoon offensive?

UPDATE#1: I spoke with Josh Rizzo, editor-in-chief of “The Rocket,” who was very candid and forthcoming in his comments. He met with some members of the NAACP and the Black Action Society and said he has a better understanding of why the students thought the cartoon was offensive. He said he would be more sensitive to African American students. He said we are not at the stage yet where printing such a cartoon would not spark controversy. He also added that the general consensus of the students was that the frame was offensive, despite the fact that the cartoonist is black. He closed by saying things in the past have run so deep, that any discussions on such matters will lead to outrage.

NAACP Says Poster Depicting Obama as the Joker Hanging Outside Club Velvet Bar is Racist

The NAACP says a large poster hanging outside the Club Velvet bar in Richmond, VA, depicting President Barack Obama in makeup similar to the “Joker” from Batman movies, has gone too far and is racist. The bar’s owner, Sam Moore, said it is simply an expression of free speech and he is protesting “big government.” The NAACP is encouraging people in Richmond to boycott the bar. This is just downright ridiculous. Wasn’t President George W. Bush also portrayed as the Joker?

“It’s racist,” said King Salim Khalfani, president of the NAACP Richmond chapter in an interview with Eyewitness News 9. “The President can’t say it but we can and we’ve had enough.” Sorry, but I could think of at least 10 projects and causes the NAACP could champion instead of screaming racism over really inane things.

First Daughters of Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero are Secret Goths


The Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his wife posed with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the G-20 Summit. Good Lord, they were invaded by Goths, in a pre-Halloween photo op. Okay, I won’t talk about the prime minister’s daughters, but all I can bring myself to say is DANG, couldn’t someone see to it that they dressed a little more tasteful.

Thanks to the State Department, Prime Minister Zapatero’s daughters, Alba, 13, and Laura, 16, managed to embarrass their parents with that look. For some odd reason they were included in the photograph. They are usually concealed from the press for their privacy, but that reason is questionable, given their outfits.

Four Teens Charged with First Degree Murder for the Beating Death of Chicago Honors Student Derrion Albert, 16,


Four teenagers, Silvonus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16; Eugene Bailey, 18, and Eugene Riley, 18, have been ordered held without bail for the vicious beating death of honors student Derrion Albert, 16. They have been charged with first degree murder and will be charged as adults. The four thugs allegedly kicked and punched Albert, who was an innocent bystander in a fight between two groups of students near Fenger High School, which is located on the South Side of Chicago. According to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jodi Peterson, the assault was caught on video tape and was not gang-related, but apparently arose from a disagreement between students who live in Altgeld Gardens and an area known as “Ville.” Sorry, but this was a brutal attack on an innocent bystander and these scumbags need to be severely punished for this barbaric attack.

Derrion Albert Beaten by Three Teenagers (Family Photo-Sun Times)

Earlier Thursday morning, the fight between the two factions led to a shooting outside the school, Peterson said. That led to a brawl near the school after classes finished shortly before 3 p.m., Peterson said.

Derrion had been standing near the fighting at 343 W. 111th Street when Carson and an unknown offender from the “Ville” approached him, Peterson said. Carson struck Derrion in the head with a long wooden railroad tie and the unknown offender punched him in the face, knocking Derrion unconscious, Peterson said. When Derrion gained consciousness, he moved a few feet away from the mob and tried getting up. But he was attacked again.

Eugene Riley (left) and Silvonus Shannon (Chicago Police)

Soon, a group of five from the Altgeld Gardens faction descended upon Derrion. He was struck again with a railroad tied wielded by Riley as Shannon stomped on his head repeatedly, Peterson said. The video, shot by a witness, allegedly shows all three striking, punching and stomping Derrion in the head. Source: Chicago Sun Times

This is one victim too many who has suffered at the hands of a bunch of thugs terrorizing their communities. This young man was a honors student. That says a lot about his character and his ambition. This one of the most heinous crimes I have ever seen in recent times. It is a shame that black-on-black crime continues to be an enormous and troubling problem in many inner cities across the country. It seems that many of the young black men in the inner cities are filled with such rage and have a propensity to violence. It is a sad commentary when police officers have to patrol inner city schools. This is a travesty and these four young thugs should never see the outside of any prison walls again.

Sorry, but instead of President Obama making a such a rousing pitch for Chicago to win the 2016 Summer Olympics and his decision to personally get involved by sending Michelle Obama to Copenhagen to join the city’s delegation, it would have been much smarter to address the crimes being committed in the Windy City. Sorry, but they don’t deserve the Olympics on that basis alone, in much the same way as South Africa doesn’t deserve the World Cup for obvious reasons. According to CNN, the White House confirmed Monday that President Obama will fly on Thursday to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. It will be the first time that an American president has lobbied the IOC in this manner. Mr. President, are you oblivious to the crime wave in your city?

UPDATE#1:  Tamaray Shannon, Silvonus Shannon’s mother, said there was a lot of tension at the school last week. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, she said her son had been chased out of school and stalked between classes by teens from the Ville. Ms. Shannon, according to media reports, has not viewed the tape, but readily states that she doesn’t believe her son would have stomped on Albert’s head. Here’s the usual line we get from the families of the thugs: “Silvonus is not a bad kid,” said Shannon, 40. “He was protecting himself. Silvonus is not what they are making him out to be.” Okay Ms. Shannon, your son can’t be such a good person if he’s being charged with murder. 

SHOCK: Facebook Poll Asks "Should Obama Be Killed?"

According to Huffington Post,  a poll was posted on Facebook asking users to vote “should Obama be killed?” The responses include: “yes,” “maybe,” “if he cuts my health care,” and “no.” For all those people who think that there isn’t a genuine concern for the president’s welfare, here is further proof that the racial climate in this country is sliding down a very slippery and treacherous slope. The Secret Service is investigating this matter.

See a screen shot of the poll below:


As you can see, over 731 people have taken the poll, which has since been removed from Facebook.