SAN ANTONIO DRIVER HAD LEGAL ISSUES IN COLORADO
A long-haul truck driver arrested for driving a tractor-trailer so hot and so crammed with immigrants that 10 people died had his license to drive commercial trucks rescinded three months earlier. Florida disqualified James Matthew Bradley Jr.’s commercial driving privileges April 12 after he failed to provide the state with a medical card.
In 1997, Bradley pleaded guilty in a felony domestic violence case in Colorado and was sentenced to two years of probation, said Rich Orman, chief deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District. His wife said he “took a handgun, pulled the hammer back thus ‘cocking’ it, pointed it at her and told her he was going to kill her,” the affidavit says.
In 1998 he was arrested in Ohio and extradited to Colorado for violating probation. Bradley was arrested and returned to Colorado in 2003. He was sentenced to three years in a halfway house, but he left the facility and never returned. In 2005 he was sentenced to one year in a Colorado prison, Orman said.
Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over shrine.
Thousands of Palestinian Muslims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem’s most contested holy site Tuesday, heeding a call by clergy to not enter the shrine despite Israel’s seeming capitulation when it removed metal detectors it installed there a week earlier. Muslim leaders said they would call off the protests only after they made sure Israel had restored the situation to what it was before the latest crisis.
Coast Guard says paddlers can use Potomac near Trump golf course.
WASHINGTON» Kayakers, paddleboarders and other active groups can use the Potomac River near a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump, the commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The Coast Guard has been closing a 2-mile section of the river when Trump is at his golf course, prompting protests from boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts. As long as river enthusiasts stay on the Maryland side of the river, they can continue to use canoes, kayaks and other watercraft, Adm. Paul Zukunft said Tuesday.
Chainsaw attack suspect arrested.
The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer’s office in Switzerland that left five people wounded was caught on Tuesday after more than a day on the run, police said.
Franz Wrousis was arrested in Thalwil, about 28 miles from the scene of Monday morning’s attack in Schaffhausen, police said.
EPA chief taps taxpayer dollars for weekend flights home.
Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer expense.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s expense reports from March, April and May were released after a Freedom of Information request by the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit watchdog.
Records show Pruitt traveled home at least 10 times, typically leaving Washington on Fridays and returning on Mondays. Pruitt was either in Oklahoma or on trips that included stops there for nearly half the days encompassed in the threemonth period, costing more than $15,000.
Pruitt flew to Colorado Springs in May to give a speech to the Heritage Foundation before buying his own ticket to Tulsa for the weekend and returning to Washington. On that trip, EPA paid $2,690 in commercial airfare. The Heritage Foundation, a free-market think tank that receives funding from groups tied to the fossil-fuel industry, paid for Pruitt’s hotel room in Colorado Springs.
Trump cranks up heat on Sessions.
WASHINGTON» President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as “very weak” and refusing to say whether he’ll fire the nation’s top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.
All through a day of anything-butsubtle tweets and statements, Trump rued his decision to choose Sessions for his Cabinet and left the former senator’s future prospects dangling.