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  • 12/29/16--04:44: 'Crack King' Clemency

  • Once known as the "crack king" of Oakland, Darryl Reed officially became a free man Wednesday night after he and 110 others were granted clemency by President Barack Obama in August.

    Reed had been living under home confinment until Wednesday. In his first Bay Area interview since being in prison for 26 years, he spoke with NBC Bay Area on a wide range of subjects.

    First, he wanted it known that his street name, Lil' D, is behind him. Then, after briefly acknowledging his past, he talked about the future.

    "I don’t care what the district attorneys try to tell the public. Don’t nobody deserve to do 30 to 40 years for selling no drugs," said Reed, who served 26 years of a 35-year sentence for manufacturing, possessing and selling crack cocaine. "I’m going to take the negative about my journey and turn it into a positive."

    With his limited freedom so far, Reed seems to be doing just that, donating toys to kids in Oakland this Christmas.

    Twenty-eight years ago, he was a very different man. In the late 1980s, Reed became one of the most powerful drug dealers in the Bay Area, at 20 years old.

    Today, he wants to make a difference.

    "The things that I went through that got me where I'm at now are giving me the tools to take my life story and share it with the world," he said.

    The Obama White House said Reed and the 110 others whose sentences were commuted with him were sentenced under outdated laws to unduly long prison terms. Inmates applying for a reduced sentence must be nonviolent. 

    "We must remember that these are individuals -- sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents -- who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance," White House Counsel Neil Eggleston wrote at the time

    Former prosecutor Rus Giuntini contends that Reed’s early release was inappropriate, saying the president’s decision to cut Reed's sentence short was like commuting a sentence for Al Capone.

    Reed said he doesn’t care what Giuntini thinks, and that he spent nearly 30 years behind bars "for a drug charge."

    "First offender," Reed said. "So for him to question the decision the chief of us makes, it sounds like it’s something personal with him."



    Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

    Darryl Reed, who officially became a free man Wednesday after serving 26 years in prison for dealing drugs, cuts a cake. (Dec. 28, 2016)Darryl Reed, who officially became a free man Wednesday after serving 26 years in prison for dealing drugs, cuts a cake. (Dec. 28, 2016)

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    "Star Wars" fans gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, to honor the late Carrie Fisher with a lightsaber vigil. A crowd of people lifted their lightsabers in salute as a band played and children battled Stormtroopers.

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    A Queen Anne's County sheriff's deputy was shot and critically wounded while escorting a woman back into a home to pick up clothing following a domestic incident at a home early Thursday morning, authorities said.

    An armed suspect was also shot in the incident, and has died, authorities said.

    The incident began Wednesday evening when the sheriff's office responded to a domestic disturbance on Edmore Road in Chestertown, Maryland, shortly after 9:30 p.m.

    The woman involved in the incident later went to the sheriff's headquarters, and deputies escorted the woman back to the home shortly after midnight to get clothing.

    A man inside the home was armed with a shotgun and fired at Deputy First Class Warren Scott Hogan, the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office said.

    Hogan returned fire, and both he and the suspect were shot.

    Hogan was flown to Shock Trauma, where he underwent surgery. He is in critical condition, the sheriff's office said.

    "Your prayers, posts and messages are appreciated," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook.

    The suspect's identity has not yet been released.

    The Maryland State Police homicide unit is investigating the case.

    Authorities will release more information later Thursday morning, they said.



    Photo Credit: Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office

    Dfc. Warren Scott Hogan was critically wounded in a shooting at a Chestertown, Maryland, home Wednesday, December 28, 2016, authorities said.Dfc. Warren Scott Hogan was critically wounded in a shooting at a Chestertown, Maryland, home Wednesday, December 28, 2016, authorities said.

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    The man charged with killing D.C. yoga instructor Tricia McCauley claimed to police that he had sex with her and she then killed herself inside her own car, documents filed in D.C. court say. 

    Prosecutors say Duane Adrian Johnson sexually assaulted McCauley and strangled her. 

    Johnson gave police grim details of what he claims occurred after McCauley went missing on Christmas Day, according to court documents. He made his first court appearance on the murder charge Wednesday. 

    McCauley went missing Sunday, on Christmas Day. She was found dead early Tuesday inside her white Scion IQ after Johnson was seen with the car and then police found the car keys in his pocket. 

    Johnson, who also has been known as Adrian Duane Johnson, was charged with murder Tuesday after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined McCauley died after she was strangled and suffered blunt force trauma.

    Police believe McCauley and Johnson were strangers.

    Johnson, 26, said little and was blank-faced in court. Prosecutor David Misler spoke in open court about McCauley's ordeal.

    "She was violently sexually assaulted," Misler said.

    When Johnson's lawyer requested bail for the murder suspect, a friend of McCauley's screamed and cried.

    "No! He's an animal! He stole my friend!" Greg Upwall shouted.

    Court marshals escorted him out of the courtroom and later allowed him to return.

    McCauley lived in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. and was an accomplished actress who also worked as a yoga instructor and as a licensed nutritionist.

    "She basically embodied the teachings of yoga, which start with ahimsa, which is nonviolence and acts of love," her friend Jasmine Chehrazi said.

    'She Is in There'
    Police found McCauley's body early Tuesday after they received a tip reporting a sighting of the 46-year-old woman's car around 21st and P streets NW, near Dupont Circle. The caller said he had seen photos police had distributed of the car and the suspect. 

    Moments later and several blocks to the southwest, police saw the white car parked outside a CVS store, on the 2200 block of M Street NW. Officers went inside the store and found Johnson.

    Right away, he asked the officers if he could have a lawyer, the court documents say.

    He said he had sex with the owner of the car and that she then hung herself inside the vehicle. Later, he asked police, "If someone is suicidal and gives you all their stuff, is that illegal?"

    Officers asked Johnson if he knew where the owner of the car was and he said, "She is in there" and motioned his head toward the car.

    Police got the car keys from him and opened the car.

    There, they found McCauley's body on the rear floor board, concealed by several items. Her body was cold to the touch, and her legs were tied together with a seat belt, the documents say.

    Johnson was arrested and found with several of McCauley's credit cards in his coat pocket.

    Medical examiners found that McCauley had sexually related injuries, as well as wounds consistent with having been strangled.

    Speaking with detectives at the D.C. police department's Homicide Branch, Johnson claimed he met McCauley on or about Christmas Day. He claimed she offered to give him a ride in his car and then offered to have sex with him. She then killed herself, he claimed, according to the court documents.

    He then drove her car throughout D.C. for hours and made purchases using her credit cards. He said he then picked up a prostitute.

    When police asked Johnson why he drove with McCauley's body in the car, he claimed he thought she was sleeping and might awake.

    The murder suspect claimed that prior to McCauley's death, she told him he could have all her belongings, including her credit cards, money and car, the documents say.

    Missing Ankle Bracelet
    Johnson was arrested six previous times in 2016. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and wear a GPS ankle bracelet after he was charged with theft from two businesses on Dec. 17. But police said Wednesday he was not wearing the monitor when he was arrested Tuesday.

    Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham spoke on Wednesday about the case.

    "Most of the time, the system does work. In this particular case, if anyone could have predicted this type of behavior -- I don't think you could," he said.

    Johnson's stepfather, Russell Dixon, told The Washington Post that Johnson had been living on the streets and suffered from mental problems. Dixon suggested the courts had been too lenient on his stepson.

    “The court system let him go. That’s not the help he needs,” he told the Post. “He should have been held.”

    Dixon told the paper he never saw signs of violence in the murder suspect.

    No one answered a knock at the family's door Wednesday morning.

    Johnson's mental health was not discussed in court Wednesday. He was held without bail and is due in court Jan. 13.



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    Courtroom sketch of Adrian Duane Johnson on Dec. 28, 2016Courtroom sketch of Adrian Duane Johnson on Dec. 28, 2016

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air if they are found to be corrupt, claiming he had done it before and had no qualms about doing it again, NBC News reported.

    The former prosecutor said he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out of a helicopter.

    "If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again"? Duterte said during a speech to victims of a typhoon on Tuesday.

    Duterte's latest threat comes just a few weeks after he admitted killing people during his 22 years as a mayor of Davao City, sometimes riding a motorcycle looking for "encounters to kill."



    Photo Credit: Wu Hong-Pool/Getty Images

    File Photo — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte makes a speech during the Philippines - China Trade and Investment Fourm at the Great Hall of the People on October 20, 2016 in Beijing, China.File Photo — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte makes a speech during the Philippines - China Trade and Investment Fourm at the Great Hall of the People on October 20, 2016 in Beijing, China.

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    President-elect Donald Trump, asked Wednesday about possible sanctions against Russia in the wake of alleged cyber-attacks during the presidential campaign, replied, "I think we ought to get on with our lives." 

    "I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly, the whole you know age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on," Trump told reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, NBC News reported. 

    "We have speed we have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure you have the security that you need," Trump said. He added that he has not spoken with senators who have called for sanctions. 

    The comments come as the U.S. is said to be preparing to take retaliatory steps against Russia after political institutions were hacked during the presidential campaign. Those steps could include sanctions.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

    President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

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    A live video feed is poised over the nest of two Florida bald eagles who are waiting for eggs to hatch. 

    American bald eagles Harriet and her mate M15 have been taking turns incubating the eggs since they were laid in late November in their Fort Myers-area nest, NBC affiliate WFLA reported.  

    An area real estate company provides a live look at the nest with its "southwest Florida eagle cam." 

    Dick Pritchett Real Estate has provided the live video stream of the nest for four years, according to WFLA's report. 



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    File Photo — In this photo taken April 11, 2016, a bald eagle is seen before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis.File Photo — In this photo taken April 11, 2016, a bald eagle is seen before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis.

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    Photos show inside the now abandoned Edgewater Hospital and Medical Center, where Hillary Clinton and John Wayne Gacy were born.

    Photo Credit: Mike Kinsch

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    The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund says there were 135 law enforcement officer deaths in 2016.

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    A fire chief in Maine braved the icy waters of a river to recover mail police believe was stolen from mailboxes in the area and dumped out on ice on the river.

    The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that an officer found a large amount of mail over the side of the West Main Street bridge in Monroe.

    Fire Chief Kenneth Clements went into the water below to recover the three large bags of mail found on the ice, deputies said in a Facebook post. Mail from a neighboring county was found as well.

    According to NBC affiliate WCSH, 19-year-old Randy Elwell of Swanville and his juvenile partner were arrested in connection with the stolen mail.

    It is not known when they will appear in court.



    Photo Credit: Waldo County Sheriff’s Office

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    On Tuesday, 55-year-old Sara Kelly Keenan received something in the mail she's been waiting for her entire life: an accurate birth certificate, NBC News reported. 

    Keenan was born intersex, with male genes, female genitalia and mixed internal reproductive organs. In September, she made headlines when a judge allowed her to become the first California resident—and second U.S. citizen—to change her gender to "non-binary."

    Now, Keenan, who uses female pronouns, is making history again. Hers is believed to be the first birth certificate ever issued in the United States that reads "intersex" in the gender field, instead of "male" or "female."

    Keenan was unaware of her anatomy for most of her adult life, because her parents and doctors agreed to keep it secret when she was born in New York City. Now, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued Keenan's new birth certificate.



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    The Winsteads did everything together through their 63-year marriage, like watching the late-night news at 9:30, their daughter told the "Today" show.

    And until last month, Delores, 83, and Trent, 88 were remarkably self-sufficient, Sheryl Winstead said. Then Trent fell, and had to be hospitalized.

    "I just don’t know how I could live without him," Winstead recalled her mother saying, just a day before Dolores slumped over in her chair by Trent's bedside. 

    The staff in their Nashville hospital moved their beds next to each other, where they spent their final hours together — after Trent learned his wife was dying, "his heart began to fail," Winstead said.



    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Winstead

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    Federal officials are shutting down a Russian-owned compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid sweeping U.S. sanctions in response to election-related hacking.

    A State Department official confirmed to News4 that one of two Russian compounds the U.S. will shut down is in Centreville, Maryland.

    Video shot from Chopper4 Thursday afternoon shows a flurry of activity and multiple unmarked cars on the perimeter of the sprawling waterfront property.

    Officials appeared to set up an antenna, plus lights at each entrance. A man in what appeared to be a law enforcement boat appeared to watch the property by water.  

    White House officials said the facility is recreational but also used for intelligence activities.

    Intelligence officials told NBC News the property was used for work to monitor the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and another NSA building on Kent Island.

    President Barack Obama gave Russia until Friday at noon to leave the 45-acre property, which the Soviet government bought in 1972.

    The second compound U.S. officials ordered Russia to vacate is in Long Island, New York.

    Obama said Thursday that his administration is kicking out of the country 35 Russian diplomats working as intelligence operatives.

    "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," he said in a statement. He added: "Such activities have consequences."

    These 35 people work in the Russian Embassy in D.C. and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, the State Department said. They are being declared "persona non grata" and will be given 72 hours to leave the country.

    Trump released this statement Thursday evening: "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders on the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

    Russian officials have denied the Obama administration's accusation that the Russian government -- including President Vladimir Putin himself -- worked to influence the U.S. presidential election.

    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's goal was to help Donald Trump win — an assessment Trump has dismissed as ridiculous.

    The president-elect was asked on Wednesday about possible sanctions against Russia.

    "I think we ought to get on with our lives," he said. 

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more details on this developing story.



    Photo Credit: NBC Washington

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    Kids between 10 and 15 who spend as little as one hour a day chatting on social networks are overall less content, NBC News reported, citing a recent report by published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

    "Spending one hour a day chatting on social networks reduces the probability of being completely satisfied with life overall by approximately 14 percentage points," the authors concluded in "Social Media Use and Children's Wellbeing."

    The research, which was conducted from 2010 through 2014 and surveyed British households, was partially an effort to "contribute to wider debates about the socioeconomic consequences of the internet and digital technologies."

    The study cited some theories for why children's well-being might decrease, including cyberbullying, an increase in social comparisons and a decrease in real-life, face-to-face activities.



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    This year was particularly deadly for police officers in the United States, with 21 deadly ambush shootings marking the highest number in more than two decades, according to a law enforcement advocacy group that tracks fatal shootings of officers. 

    Those shootings, including the five officers gunned down in Dallas in July, are a 163 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's annual fatalities report, released Thursday. Overall, 64 officers were fatally shot in the year, a more than 50 percent increase year over year.

    Police shootings were a major issue in the U.S. in 2016, both when officers were targeted and when they shot suspects who appeared not to be a danger.

    In fact, the ambush in downtown Dallas took place in the midst of a peaceful protest against officer-involved shootings across the nation, with gunman Micah Xavier Johnson leaving seven other officers wounded along with two civilians before police tracked him down and killed him.

    Less than two weeks later, three officers were killed in an ambush in Baton Rouge.

    "You'd have to go back almost to the 1970s to see a similar experience in American policing," where officers were regularly being targeted, NBC News analyst and former New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC.

    President Barack Obama held a closed-door meeting with police, activist and civic leaders in the wake of the Dallas shooting to try and hash out a way to improve police-community relations, but emerged saying America is "not even close" to where it needs to be to resolve those issues.

    Police shootings were a major issue in the presidential campaign as well, with eventual-President-elect Donald Trump touting himself as the "law and order candidate" and winning the endorsement of the national police union, the Fraternal Order of Police.

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund report said there were 135 total officer fatalities in 2016, including automobile crashes and other causes, the most since 2011 but below the average for the decade between 2006 and 2015.

    Texas had the most officer fatalities, at 17, followed by California, Louisiana and Georgia.

    "As we begin the new year, let us all resolve to respect, honor, and remember those who have served us so well and sacrificed so much in the name of public safety," memorial fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said in a statement.

    The organization inscribes the names of officers killed in the line of duty on a monument in Washington, D.C. There are nearly 21,000 names on it already.



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    Law enforcement agents pay respects during a viewing before the funeral service for Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens at Prestonwood Baptist Church on July 13, 2016, in Plano, Texas. Ahrens was one of five Dallas police officers shot and killed by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. (Photo by Stewart  F. House/Getty Images)Law enforcement agents pay respects during a viewing before the funeral service for Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens at Prestonwood Baptist Church on July 13, 2016, in Plano, Texas. Ahrens was one of five Dallas police officers shot and killed by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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    President-elect Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to "move on" rather than retaliate against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election as the Obama administration imposed new sanctions against the Kremlin's intelligence services and their top officials.

    "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump said in a statement. "Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

    On Wednesday, Trump suggested that the U.S. and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow's computer hacking of Democratic Party officials, saying, "We ought to get on with our lives."

    The White House expelled 35 Russian intelligence diplomats from the U.S., imposed sanctions on nine Russian individuals and entities in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election and harassment of U.S. diplomats by Russian personnel and police.

    Obama's move to punish the Russian government puts Trump in a tough position of having to decided whether or not to undermine retaliatory sanctions or abandon his calls for better relations with Moscow. U.S. officials acknowledged that Trump could use his executive authorities to reverse the sanctions.

    Trump's refusal to accept the assessment of the intelligence community also puts him at odds with congressional leaders, who appear to be unified in the conclusion that Russia's government was responsible for hacking its way into tipping the election in favor of the GOP candidate.

    Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said the sanctions are a "small price" to pay for interfering with U.S. elections, adding that they'll lead efforts in Congress to impose stronger penalties.

    But the president-elect has held firm to his skepticism of the intel apparatus he's about to inherit.

    Trump has long had a cozy relationship with Putin, going out of his way to praise him during the campaign and resisting joining the chorus of criticism over Russia’s alleged involvement in the elections. He has said the idea that Russia tried to help him win was “ridiculous.”

    “I think it’s just another excuse,” Trump said in December. “I don’t believe it. No, I don’t believe it at all.”

    The president-elect has also belittled the intelligence agencies that he will assume command over on Jan. 20, insinuating in a tweet that they couldn't be trusted.

    “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

    Trump said in July that he would consider lifting previously imposed sanctions against Russia, including those against Russian state banks and corporations following its 2014 invasion of Ukraine. While the U.S. has thus far refused to recognize the legitimacy of Russian referendums in Crimea, Trump has hinted in the past that he may be prepared to do so.


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