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Funnel cloud spotted in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY - A KFDM viewer sent us a picture of a funnel cloud in Jefferson County.

Noe Hernandez took the picture at about noon near the Knights of Columbus Hall on Highway 90 in Jefferson County.

Watch KFDM News for updates on the possibility of rain and the holiday weekend forecast.

Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licenses

Caption: Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same-sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority."

The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.

Hundreds of people outside the courthouse chanted and screamed, "Love won! Love won!"

Kim Davis testified about 20 minutes and was very emotional. She described how she became a Christian and said she is unable to believe anything else.

April Miller, one of the women trying to obtain a license, also testified. She said she voted for Kim Davis in the election and that this was only about getting her license, not about trying to change Davis' beliefs.

In front of the federal courthouse, demonstrators shouted at each other, sang hymns and waved signs, which ranged from the violent — turn to Jesus or burn — to simple statements of support. A small plane flew over the courthouse, carrying a banner that said: "Stand Firm Kim."

Davis stopped issuing licenses to all couples in June after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage. Despite rulings against her, she's turned away couples again and again.

The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to punish Davis with fines but not jail time.

Davis, an Apostolic Christian, said earlier this week she never imagined this day would come.

"I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's word," her statement said.

Her critics mock this moral stand, noting that Davis is on her fourth husband after being divorced three times.

Davis served as her mother's deputy in the clerk's office for 27 years before she was elected as a Democrat to succeed her mother in November. Davis' own son is on the staff.

As an elected official, she can be removed only if the Legislature impeaches her, which is unlikely in a deeply conservative state.

Judge Bunning is the son of Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies who served two terms as Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator. Former Republican President George W. Bush nominated David Bunning for a lifetime position as a federal judge in 2001 when he was just 35 years old, halfway through his dad's first term in the Senate.

But Bunning has been anything but a sure thing for conservative causes. In 2007, he was part of a three-judge panel on a federal appeals court that overturned Michigan's ban on partial-birth abortion. The panel ruled the state's law was too broad and would outlaw other legal forms of abortion.

In 2003, Bunning ordered the Boyd County School District to allow the student club Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on campus.

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Sulphur Police 3 from Houston in investigation of Human Trafficking

SULPHUR – Sulphur Police have arrest three people from Houston on charges sexual exploitation and a juvenile girl for prostitution and resisting arrest at a Holiday Inn.

Captain Mike Molitor of the Sulphur Police Department was dispatched onTuesday at approximately 7:07 am, to Holiday Inn in reference to a female juvenile who needed help. Upon arrival, he learned of individuals who attempted to push the juvenile into prostitution.

Further investigation led officers to the Crossland Studios where contact was made with several subjects. During the investigation, officers learned that three suspects, Keiarra Peterson, Deaundrell Johnson, and the leader of the group, Frederick Gentry, had brought three women, including two juveniles, from Texas for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

After interviewing witnesses, victims, and the suspects, the following arrests were made:

Keiarra Mechae Peterson, Black Female, 23 of Dawnridge Drive, Houston, Texas was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail for Human Trafficking. Peterson’s bond was set at $250,000.00 per Judge David Ritchie.

Deaundrell Antoine Johnson, Black Male, 23 of FawnwayStreet, Houston, Texas was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail for Human Trafficking. Johnson’s bond was set at $250,000.00 per Judge David Ritchie.

Fredrick Brent Gentry, Black Male, 30 of Hickory Lake, Fort Bend, Texas was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail for Human Trafficking, Possession and Distribution of CDS Schedule I (MDMA), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and Use of CDS in the Presence of a Minor. Gentry’s bond was set at $360,000.00 per Judge David Ritchie.

And a white female juvenile was arrested for prostitution and resisting arrest.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL in 'Deflate Gate'

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.

The suspension was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies," Berman wrote in his opinion, noting that an arbitrator's factual findings are generally not open to judicial challenge.

Berman's ruling does not necessarily end the dispute. The league can appeal. Neither side's top lawyer immediately responded to an email seeking comment.

The judge said Brady had no notice he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate football and for not cooperating with an investigation.

"Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance-enhancing drugs," Berman said.

Brady was also denied equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and didn't have a chance to examine one of two lead investigators, the judge said.

The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.

The league brought the scandal to Berman's Manhattan courtroom immediately once Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cell phone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued, said Brady did nothing wrong and asked the judge to nullify the suspension.

While the league investigation found it was "more probable than not" that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at January's 45-7 New England victory over the Indianapolis Colts, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.

Goodell, though, went beyond the initial investigation report, finding in late July as a result of testimony from Brady and others that the quarterback conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league's probe, including by destroying his cell phone.

The commissioner said he concluded Brady "knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards" to ensure balls were deflated.

Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings, citing a lack of proof against Brady and asking how Goodell settled on a four-game suspension instead of other discipline.

He warned the league that he had the authority to overturn its punishment of Brady if he found the NFL acted unfairly by refusing to deliver NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash as a witness even though he worked on the NFL investigation.

Berman had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down their rhetoric. At a hearing Monday attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had "tried quite hard" to reach a deal in morning talks. But the case was left for him to decide.

As they negotiated, the sides attacked each other in court papers.

In one August court filing, the union said the four-game suspension displayed "a clearly biased agenda — not an effort at fairness and consistency," and it criticized Goodell's ruling upholding the suspension as a "smear campaign," a "propaganda piece written for public consumption."

In its papers, the NFL said there was "ample support" in evidence for the commissioner to conclude Brady was involved in efforts by the Patriots equipment personnel to deflate footballs.

Missing boa constrictor found in Beaumont tree
BEAUMONT -- The boa constrictor missing in Beaumont was found this morning in a tree near the owner's house on Central Dr.

Beaumont police arrest felon for aggravated assault with gun

BEAUMONT (BPD) -- Another dangerous, convicted felon in Beaumont’s north end has been apprehended and jailed, thanks to the diligence of Beaumont Police Officers.

At about 7:19am on 09/02/15, Beaumont Police Department’s patrol officers arrived in the 2200 block of Sweetgum Lane, in reference to a disturbance involving a man shooting a handgun.  

As officers began speaking with some of the people involved in the disturbance, it was learned that the person shooting the gun, 36-year-old Beaumont resident Gerald Downs, was wearing small shorts and a yellow shirt, and standing a bit of a distance away from the officers’ current location.  

According to one of the people involved in the disturbance, Downs shot a small silver handgun a few times, before approaching the victim, putting the gun to the victim’s face, and threatening to shoot.  

As officers began searching the area for Downs, they observed him attempting to walk.  

Downs disappeared around the corner of a building for a short time, and then reappeared from around the building, walking back in the direction of Beaumont officers.  

Officers detained Downs and after searching the immediate area around the building Downs discovered the small silver handgun lying on the ground.  Downs was then arrested for Aggravated Assault, and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Breaking News: AP reports Tom Brady beats 'Deflategate'; 4 game suspension nullified
Breaking News: Tom Brady beats NFL in 'Deflategate' court case, judge nullifies league's 4-game suspension.

Man arrested for threatening to "kill all white people" in La Plata Md.

PHOTO: Carlos Anthony Hollins, arrested for threats against La Plata, Md. residents. (Charles County Sheriff's Office)

LA PLATA, Md. (WJLA) — A Maryland man has been arrested for making threats against La Plata residents on social media.

Carlos Anthony Hollins, 20, of Waldorf, Maryland, has been charged with threats of mass violence for allegedly sending a tweet Wednesday afternoon that read:


The Twitter account from which the tweet was sent has since been suspended.

The La Plata Police Department has deployed additional officers to patrol the streets following the threat.

No further details about the incident have been released.

Hollins is being held on $250,000 bond.

Man blinds sheriff's helicopter pilot with hair growth comb laser

By Victoria Price, CBS12 MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) -- A Florida man is accused of blinding a Sheriff's helicopter pilot with his hair growth laser comb.

According to Marion County Sheriff's Office, Pilot Sgt. Darren Bruner and Tactical Flight Officer Sgt. John Rawls were assisting deputies on the ground with a suspicious vehicle investigation.

Sgt. Bruner advised his helicopter had been struck multiple times with a laser, temporarily blinding him and briefly affected his night vision goggles.

Officials said once the pilot regained his vision, Sgt. Rawls assisted in directing him and deputies on the ground to an address where the laser appeared to be coming from.

Deputies then made contact with the alleged suspect, 55-year-old MarkGeoghagan at a residence and questioned him about the incident. Geoghagan said it was not a laser, but his Bosley Laser Comb that he uses on his hair.

Geoghagan told deputies that he was experimenting in his backyard with the comb to see how far the laser went and that he was surprised how far the beam went into the trees.

Deputies did note that there was a yellow warning label on the handle of the comb which says, "Laser Light. Avoid Direct Eye Exposure. Class 3R Laser Product."

Geoghagan was arrested and charged with pointing a laser light at driver or pilot of sheriff's department helicopter/pilot, which is a third-degree felony.

He was booked into the Marion County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Photo courtesy: Marion County Jail 

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