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Melissa Carone hits back at Dominion voting for threatening her with defamation suit

Rudy Giuliani’s witness Melissa Carone (pictured together) slammed Dominion Voting Systems for threatening her with a defamation suit over election fraud claims

Rudy Giuliani’s star witness Melissa Carone has slammed Dominion Voting Systems for threatening her with a defamation lawsuit over her election fraud claims. 

Carone, of Michigan, said in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit: ‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are,’ Carone said. ‘Sorry, excuse my language, but they are not telling me what to do.’ 

Her response came just days after attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems sent a scathing cease and desist letter rebuking Carone, the former contractor who grew to infamy after she claimed the company helped President-elect Joe Biden rig the election. 

The letter was one of many sent to allies of President Donald Trump and those who have insisted on claiming that the company ‘rigged or improperly influenced’ the 2020 presidential election. 

Dominion, the company that supplied the hardware and software for voting machines in the election, slammed the ‘smear campaign’ and Carone’s claims as ‘outlandish’.

‘You gained international infamy earlier this month as Rudy Giuliani’s so-called ‘star witness’ who could supposedly corroborate outlandish accusations that Dominion has somehow rigged or otherwise improperly influenced the outcome of the November 2020 US presidential election,’ attorneys Thomas Clare and Megan Meier said in the letter, obtained by Law & Crime. 

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Carone (pictured), of Michigan, said in an interview Tuesday night : 'I don't know who the hell they think they are. Sorry, excuse my language, but they are not telling me what to do'

Carone (pictured), of Michigan, said in an interview Tuesday night : ‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are. Sorry, excuse my language, but they are not telling me what to do’

Carone, of Michigan, said in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit: ‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are,’ Carone said. ‘Sorry, excuse my language, but they are not telling me what to do.’ ‘Without a shred of corroborating evidence, you have claimed that you witnessed several different versions of voter fraud—ranging from one story involving a van, to other accusations that votes were counted multiple times. You published these statements even though you knew all along that your attacks on Dominion have no basis in reality.’

Earlier this month, Dominion sent letters to Sidney Powell and various media entities, ‘demanding retraction of their myriad false and conspiratorial claims about Dominion’.

‘We write to you now because you have positioned yourself as a prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign by pretending to have some sort of “insider’s knowledge” regarding Dominion’s business activities, when in reality you were hired through a staffing agency for one day to clean glass on machines and complete other menial tasks,’ the letter to Carone continued.

But Carone disputed the claim that she was hired as a glass cleaner, saying: ‘My job description was in IT support. 

Just days ago, Dominion Voting Systems sent a cease and desist letter to Carone, calling her claims that they helped rig the election 'outlandish'

Just days ago, Dominion Voting Systems sent a cease and desist letter to Carone, calling her claims that they helped rig the election ‘outlandish’

Dominion, the company that supplied the hardware and software for voting machines in the election, slammed the 'smear campaign'

Dominion, the company that supplied the hardware and software for voting machines in the election, slammed the ‘smear campaign’

‘I don’t know what they mean when they say cleaning glass. I never cleaned glass.’

In the letter, Dominion demands that Carone ‘cease and desist making defamatory claims’ about the company and she keep ‘all documents relating to Dominion and your smear campaign against the company’.

Carone’s cease and desist letter states that ‘litigation regarding these issues is imminent’.

Dominion is demanding Carone preserve all communications between Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Jenna Ellis, Giuliani and ‘any other member of the Trump campaign’.

Carone has also been instructed to keep records of ‘every’ person who has ‘compensated’ the self-proclaimed whistleblower, or ‘any entity’ related to her, for ‘making public statements’ about Dominion. 

‘No, I’ll be saving them,’ Carone told Fox 2. ‘I’ll be saving them on my personal computer and if I feel like deleting them I’ll delete them, but they’re not going to see any of my private conversations – I’ll tell you that.’

‘Or any personal conversations I’ve had with the Trump campaign, anybody, they’re not seeing it,’ she added.

Carone's cease and desist letter states that 'litigation regarding these issues is imminent'

 Carone’s cease and desist letter states that ‘litigation regarding these issues is imminent’

 

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One person is killed two more suffer life-threatening injuries Christmas Eve shooting in Charlotte

One person is killed and two more suffer life-threatening injuries in Christmas Eve shooting in Charlotte

  • One person died and two others were injured in a shooting in east Charlotte
  • One person was confirmed dead at the scene while two others were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries 
  • Another three people had injuries that were non-life threatening
  • No identities have so far been released and police have not said what led to the shooting or confirmed if any arrests have been made

One person has been killed and five others injured in a shooting in east Charlotte late on Christmas Eve. 

The shooting happened around 11pm with one of the victims pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s not clear how many were people were shot in the incident but a medic confirmed that two people were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries while three others were also treated for less severe injuries.   

One person died and two others were injured in a shooting in east Charlotte. Pictured, the street where the shooting happened 

Charlotte police tweeted that a shooting had taken place late on Christmas Eve

Charlotte police tweeted that a shooting had taken place late on Christmas Eve

Detectives have not yet named the person who was killed and no details about the suspect has been released, nor have any arrests been made.  

Any person with information about this shooting is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly with a homicide detective. Witnesses can also call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600.

No identities have so far been released and police have not said what led to the shooting or confirmed if any arrests have been made

No identities have so far been released and police have not said what led to the shooting or confirmed if any arrests have been made

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Boy, 15, stabbed to death in Newham and 17-year-old in life-threatening condition in seperate attack

Boy, 15, is stabbed to death and a 17-year-old left in a life-threatening condition after being knifed and covered with acid in a second incident during night of violence in London

  • The 15-year-old boy was found with fatal stab wounds in Newham, East London
  • He was pronounced dead after being treated by paramedics at the scene
  • Officers were called just before 7pm on Friday following reports of the stabbing
  • Earlier, boy, 17, was stabbed and covered with acid in Hounslow, West London 

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a teenager who was stabbed in east London, police have said. 

Officers were called just before 7pm on Friday following reports of a stabbing in Woodman Street, Newham, East London. 

Police and members of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and found a boy, believed to be aged 15, suffering injuries.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly before the attack, a 17-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after also being knifed and then covered with acid, in Hounslow, West London.   

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a teenager who was stabbed in east London , police have said. Officers were called just before 7pm on Friday following reports of a stabbing in Woodman Street (pictured), Newham, East London

Police and members of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and found a boy, believed to be aged 15, suffering injuries

Police and members of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and found a boy, believed to be aged 15, suffering injuries

The 15-year-old was found with fatal injuries in Woodman Street.

Police said his next of kin have been informed and no arrests have been made. 

They asked anyone with any information to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 6330/11Dec. 

A section 60 order – allowing police to stop and search anyone without needing reasonable grounds – is in place in the area, police added.  

In the earlier attack, police were called to Whitton Road in Hounslow at around 6.15pm.   

Shortly before the attack, a 17-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after also being knifed and then covered with acid, in Hounslow, West London

A video circulating on social media showed an injured teenager wearing just a pair of boxer shorts being helped off the ground before being led into an ambulance by paramedics

Shortly before the attack, a 17-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after also being knifed and then covered with acid, in Hounslow, West London. A video circulating on social media showed an injured teenager wearing just a pair of boxer shorts being helped off the ground before being led into an ambulance by paramedics

In the earlier attack, police were called to Whitton Road in Hounslow at around 6.15pm

In the earlier attack, police were called to Whitton Road in Hounslow at around 6.15pm

Police and London Ambulance Service paramedics attended and found the 17-year-old with stab wounds and injuries caused by a ‘corrosive substance’.   

He was taken to a west London hospital. His injuries are believed to be life threatening.

A video circulating on social media showed an injured teenager wearing just a pair of boxer shorts being helped off the ground before being led into an ambulance by paramedics. 

He appeared to be clutching a white length of tissue to his face.  

So far there have been no arrests but an investigation is underway. 

Several roads in the vicinity will remain closed while officers conduct enquiries, police said. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 101, quoting CAD 6005/11NOV. 

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Cop shoots at 79-year-old doctor 15 times as he drives around on forklift ‘in a threatening manner’ 


Doctor, 79, is wounded by cops who fired 15 shots at him after he drove a forklift ‘in a threatening manner’ before asking officers to kill him

  • Seo Myong Yang, 79, was seen driving around erratically in a forklift
  • Bodycam video shows him deliberately attempting to drive into a police car
  • A deputy ended up firing at him at least 15 times wounding him in the leg
  • As the episode came to an end, Yang, a doctor, asked police to kill him 
  • Yang is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer to which he had pleaded not guilty and is in jail on $125,000 bail

A doctor was shot by police after driving erratically around in a forklift before asking cops to kill him in California.

The extraordinary confrontation was all caught on bodycam by cops in the central California town of Denair.

The man, later identified as 79-year-old Doctor Seo Myong Yang, is seen driving around in the forklift as officers from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department demand he stop.

Officers then fired 15 shots at the vehicle. 

Incredibly Yang survived with just a shot to the leg during the confrontation.  

He now faces assault charges in Stanislaus Superior Court.

Seo Myong Yang, 79, was seen driving around erratically in a forklift

Bodycam video shows him deliberately attempting to drive into a police car

Bodycam video shows him deliberately attempting to drive into a police car

A deputy ended up firing at him at least 15 times wounding him in the leg

A deputy ended up firing at him at least 15 times wounding him in the leg

The unsettling episode began after police received reports of Yang allegedly blocking the road and yelling profanities, refusing to allow other cars to pass by.

Police went to the scene but Yang refused to speak with them, however his wife said that she would seek mental health counseling for him later in the week.

But just over half an hour later deputies were back on the scene as Yang appeared to become even more erratic.

He crashed the forklift through a fence and towards a deputy leading to the officer firing his weapon.

As the episode came to an end, Yang, a doctor, asked police to kill him

As the episode came to an end, Yang, a doctor, asked police to kill him

Yang is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer to which he had pleaded not guilty and is in jail on $125,000 bail

Yang is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer to which he had pleaded not guilty and is in jail on $125,000 bail

Yang can be heard crying out in pain seemingly unable to climb out of the small vehicle. 

At one point he even asked deputies to kill him. 

‘Deputies tried to engage him in conversation and negotiation, but he refused to cooperate or comply with instructions they were giving,’ Sgt. Luke Schwartz said.

 ‘They even utilized a tactical retreat as a means of avoiding further violent altercation.

‘Yang drove at a citizen and deputies with reckless disregard,’ Schwartz said. 

Yang is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer, to which he had pleaded not guilty.

Police can be seen attending to Yang after an officer had shot at him some 15 times

Police can be seen attending to Yang after an officer had shot at him some 15 times 

Bodycam footage shows Yang's wounds which saw him receive a bullet in the leg

Bodycam footage shows Yang’s wounds which saw him receive a bullet in the leg 

Several patrol cars were on scene rapidly as the situation appeared to escalate

Several patrol cars were on scene rapidly as the situation appeared to escalate 

He remains in Stanislaus County Jail on $125,000 bail. 

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is to now determine whether the shooting was justified.

The deputies involved in the shooting are Jonathan Buck, a four-year veteran of the department and Michael Wilson, who has been with the department for about three years. Wilson was the deputy that fired the shots, Schwartz said. 

Although it is not clear what led to Yang’s outburst, it has been revealed that Yang is a both a doctor and qualified surgeon with a valid license that expires next October.





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‘Anti-police protester ‘with half a beard and Afro is arrested for threatening New Hampshire cops


Hairy situation! ‘Anti-police protester,’ 33, with half a beard and Afro is arrested for threatening New Hampshire cops

  • Joseph Castro Del Rio, 33, was jailed on Friday on charges of criminal threatening and resisting arrest 
  • He is accused of kicking toward two officers protecting a state trooper clearing a homeless encampment in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Castro Del Rio then fled but was arrested after a brief struggle with cops  
  • In late October, Castro Del Rio was arrested during ‘Blue Lives Don’t Matter’ protest outside Falls River Police Department in Massachusetts   

A Massachusetts man with a history of anti-police activism has been arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly threatening two officers who were clearing a homeless encampment. 

Joseph Castro Del Rio, 33, was jailed on Friday on charges of criminal threatening and resisting arrest. His booking photo depicts the suspect sporting half a beard and mustache, paired with and a towering Afro hairstyle.   

According to a statement from the Manchester Police Department, the incident began unfolding at around 2pm when officers responded to the Hillsborough Superior Court-North at 300 Chestnut Street, where the New Hampshire State Police were in the process of moving homeless people from the courthouse grounds. 

Hairy situation: Joseph Castro Del Rio, 33, was jailed on charges of criminal threatening and resisting arrest for allegedly kicking his foot toward two New Hampshire cops

A State Trooper was attempting to arrest someone and a large crowd was forming around him.

Manchester police officers blocked the crowd from getting any closer to the Trooper, and that is when Castro Del Rio approached them and allegedly tried to intervene. 

‘Del Rio was screaming into a microphone and lifted his right foot and kicked toward an officer in an aggressive manner,’ police stated. ‘He did the same to another officer.’

When officers told him he was under arrest, Castro Del Rio ran down the street and was cornered by other Manchester cops. 

Following a brief struggle, Castro Del Rio was taken into custody.

Not his first rodeo: On October 18, Castro Del Rio was arrested during a 'Blue Lives Don't Matter' protest outside the Falls River Police Department in Massachusetts

Not his first rodeo: On October 18, Castro Del Rio was arrested during a ‘Blue Lives Don’t Matter’ protest outside the Falls River Police Department in Massachusetts

The incident comes a month after Castro Del Rio was arrested at a ‘Blue Lives Don’t Matter’ anti-police protest in Falls River, Massachusetts, after allegedly striking a police officer with a megaphone and damaging a cruiser, reported WBSM. 

The 33-year-old Massachussetts resident was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest stemming from the October 18 incident.

According to published reports, the violence erupted during dueling rallies that pitted supporters of President Donald Trump and the police against Black Lives Matter demonstrators outside the Falls River Police Department.  



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Three jailed for threatening Irish teacher’s family at knife point in Bur Dubai villa


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Dubai: A gang of three expatriates was sentenced to three years in jail for breaking into a Dubai villa for robbery, before threatening the family with a knife and some bars.

A 58-year-old Irish teacher said on record that in August 2020, she was in the kitchen at her villa in Bur Dubai when a gang of three men raided the house and threatened her family at knife point.

The three Pakistani defendants will be deported after serving their jail term. They have been fined Dh1,300 each.

“A masked man stood in front of me. I was shocked and fell to the ground when I saw him carrying a knife. He asked for money and I told him not to harm me,” said the Irish victim in records. She then went outside the kitchen and opened her bag to hand over the money when her two daughters came from the second floor after hearing the commotion.

“I gave them [the robbers] a vase full of coins and they fled the house. They warned us not to call the police, but my daughter alerted Dubai Police,” she added. The 17-year-old Irish daughter of the woman testified that she had heard her mother yell while she was having her breakfast in the living room. She then went to the kitchen to check, when she saw a second masked man holding a bar.

“I asked him not to hurt me. He held my hand when my sister came from upstairs. She gave him Dh400 and my mother gave them the vase containing coins,” said the student on record.

Dubai Police arrived at the villa and saw the mother and her daughters crying.

After investigation, the three Pakistani defendants were traced and arrested in Sharjah. The first defendant admitted to planning the robbery with the other defendants. They bought masks and entered the villa through the main door and threatened the mother and her daughters. One of them threatened the mother with a knife while the other two restrained the sisters.

A fourth defendant, who was the villa’s gardener, is still at large.



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Social media influencer in court for threatening to publish Dubai doctor’s private pictures


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Dubai: An Emirati social media influencer has been accused of threatening his countrywoman of publishing her private pictures on SnapChat if she didn’t wire him Dh10,000.
Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Tuesday that the 33-year-old defendant called the Emirati doctor in August 2020 and told her to book a hotel room for him in Dubai and pay the charges for that along with another Dh10,000. But the woman refused to do so.

He then threatened to publish the woman’s private pictures on social media.

“He said he would publish the pictures on SnapChat. I was surprised with his threats as I didn’t send him any picture, but he told me that he had hacked my account and obtained the pictures,” said the 36-year-old victim on record.

The nature of the relationship between the two was not mentioned in official records.

The next day, the defendant called her again, saying that he would be coming to Dubai from Abu Dhabi and asked her to step out of her house in Al Barsha to meet him, but she refused again.

“I was speaking to him when I heard a big noise outside the house, even as he told me to step out. I called Dubai Police when he started knocking on the door of the villa.”

The defendant left the house before the police patrol arrived. Once police reached the villa, they checked the surveillance cameras, which showed the defendant hitting the main gate of the villa with his car and getting out of the vehicle to knock on the door.

“Because of the incident, I left the house with my children and stayed in a hotel. My children refused to return to the house as they were scared when they woke up from sleep due to the noise at the gate,” added the victim.

Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the defendant with threatening the victim.

The next hearing is scheduled for November 10.



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Colorado man has rare life-threatening allergic reaction to COLD AIR


Colorado man, 34, suffers extremely rare life-threatening allergic reaction to COLD AIR after stepping out of the shower

  • A man in Colorado suffered an allergic reaction to the cold after a hot shower
  • He was taken to the ER, where he suffered from anaphylactic shock 
  • Treatment with epinephrine and anti-inflammation medication calmed it
  • He was released from the hospital in stable condition, despite the rare reaction

A man in Colorado nearly died after suffering an extremely rare allergic reaction to the cold air after a shower.

The 34-year-old man was found collapsed on the floor after he emerged from a hot shower. It’s not clear exactly when the incident occured.

He was taken to the emergency room as he went into anaphylactic shock, suffering from hives, a shortness of breath, and low blood pressure, according to a report published by The Journal of Emergency Medicine last week.

He previously lived in Micronesia, known for its warm and tropical climate. The adjustment to the cold weather of Colorado likely brought on some of his problems. 

A 34-year-old Colorado man went into anaphylactic shock after exiting a hot shower

He suffered from cold urticaria, an allergic reaction to cold temperatures that is very rare

He suffered from cold urticaria, an allergic reaction to cold temperatures that is very rare

The man was treated with two doses of epinephrine, an epinephrine drip, and medication to help him treat his inflammation.

Doctors were forced to perform a test where they put an ice cube on the man’s skin for five minutes to see if it would cause a reaction – it immediately caused him to break out in hives at the contact area.

The unidentified man was prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector, an antihistamine, and the advice that he should avoid exposure to cold water.

He was discharged from the hospital in stable condition.

Live Science reports instances of cold urticaria, as its sometimes known, are extremely rare.

One study in Europe showed that there was a prevalence of about 0.05 percent in the population.

In addition to cold air, cold food and cold drinks can also bring on the condition, which can either be acquired through genetics or a weakening of the immune system.

COLD ANAPHYLAXIS

While extremely rare, cold anaphylaxis can be a severe hypersensitivity reaction that is occasionally life-threatening.

It’s unclear how people develop cold anaphylaxis, but it is generally inherited or acquired due to a condition of the immune system. It can also be idiopathic, meaning it comes spontaneously with no known cause.

Treatment for cold anaphylaxis consists of a regiment of antihistamines, epinephrine (adrenaline often used for allergic reactions), and supportive care.

Prevention of cold anaphylaxis involves avoiding triggers. For some, that might be a shift from hot temperatures (like a shower) to cold air. For others, that may also involve avoidance of cold water, food, and beverages.

Source: The Journal of Emergency Medicine 



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BBC sends elderly ‘threatening’ licence fee letters warning of fine


The BBC has been accused of ‘terrifying’ the elderly with ‘threatening’ licence fee letters warning viewers of a £1,000 fine if they do not pay the £157.50-a-year cost.

Social media users complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients they could face prosecution.

The letter reads: ‘Our records show your property has no TV licence. I visited today, to find out why.

‘You have not replied to our letters. So my visit today was the next stage of the official investigation into why your address doesn’t have a TV licence.’ 

The letter, emblazoned with red capital letters, reads: ‘Our records show your property has no TV licence. I visited today, to find out why’, before warning viewers of a £1,000 fine

The outside of the letter, reading 'please do not ignore' in red capital letters, in a picture posted to social media by engineer Britney, 28, from Glasgow

The outside of the letter, reading ‘please do not ignore’ in red capital letters, in a picture posted to social media by engineer Britney, 28, from Glasgow

It then goes on to detail the potential fines and prosecution the recipient could face.

Among those to complain was engineer ‘Britney Beers’, 28, who shared a picture of the letter on Twitter yesterday.

Britney, from Glasgow, owns a TV but says she does not watch BBC shows.

She uploaded her letter to social media and wrote: ‘Absolutely f***ing wild how threatening the TV licence letters are.’ 

Another Twitter user also posted: ‘My parents (88 years!) have just received your threatening letter demanding they set up a direct debit to pay their licence fee.

‘They are now highly stressed as they don’t know how to do this! I do hope you are proud of the stress you are causing our parents.’

A third added: ‘My elderly mother with dementia received her licence letter this morning. Petrified and in tears, worried sick about the fee. I am so not.’

A fourth person complained: They did this to my 64-year-old father, I had a pile of threatening BBC licence letters six inches high, nothing happened but it worried my father’.

And another added: ‘Thanks for sending a really threatening letter for cancelling my direct debit, even though my licence is paid for and valid until April 2021.

Social media users, above, complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients could face prosecution

Social media users, above, complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients could face prosecution

‘There’s thousands of people losing their jobs at the moment.’

Speaking today, Britney said: ‘I don’t like answering the door to people I don’t know or not expecting if I’m in on my own. The man knocked and then posted that through the door. It’s also intimidating. 

‘I was surprised at how threatening it is, I didn’t expect them to be as demanding as that and since the recent change making pensioners pay for it, it would scare them. It’s so threatening.’

If enquiry officers suspect that BBC or iPlayer programmes are being watched without a licence fee, they may pay a visit to your home.

They cannot enter the premises, but may apply for a search warrant in order to do so.

On Sunday, it was revealed that the company responsible for collecting the licence fee made an embarrassing mistake that allowed hundreds of elderly people to pay a weekly direct debit. 

Capita (offices pictured) allowed hundreds to sign up for a weekly direct debit, before having to scrap system so anyone over 75 not paying won't have their licence cancelled (file photo)

Capita (offices pictured) allowed hundreds to sign up for a weekly direct debit, before having to scrap system so anyone over 75 not paying won’t have their licence cancelled (file photo)

Capita allowed hundreds of over 75s to sign up for this service, only for them to realise you cannot have weekly direct debits because of their automatic cancellation system.

The system had to be scrapped so anyone over the age of 75 who isn’t paying will not have their licence cancelled.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘These letters have no connection to changes made to free licences for over 75s, they have not been sent to any older customers and TV Licensing will not be making visits to them while these changes are rolled out.

‘For people not in this group, we make no apology for reminding them they must pay the licence fee.’

A spokeswoman for TV Licensing said: ‘The majority of people pay their TV licence on a regular basis, however, there will always be some who need to be reminded.

‘Where no response is received to repeated letters, it is important to let households know the consequences of evasion.

‘Letters sent become progressively stronger in tone, depending on whether people respond to enquiries or not. TV Licensing does its best not to trouble genuine non-viewers, but we have a duty to enforce the law.’ 



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Kansas man, 59, is arrested for ‘threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple’


A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over the city’s current mask mandate.

The Wichita Police Department charged Meredith Dowty, 59, with criminal threat on Friday after they ‘were alerted to threatening statements directed toward’ Whipple.  

He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 6.05pm with no bond amount listed, per booking documents. 

According to The Kansas City Star, Whipple became aware of the threats after a detective contacted him and read a series of text messages sent from Dowty to another city official. 

The messages requested Whipple’s home address and gave graphic detail about the potential danger. 

Authorities said a man from Wichita, Kansas, threatened to kidnap and kill Mayor Brandon Whipple over the city’s mask mandate 

‘He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny,’ Whipple told The Kansas City Star.

The reason for the alleged scheme, Whipple said, was ‘masks and tyranny.’  

‘It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates and he said something about not being able to see his mother because of COVID restrictions on elderly homes,’ he added.

In July, Whipple implemented a mask mandate that required coverings be worn by individuals in most public places to curb COVID-19 spread.

But it was unpopular with a portion of Wichita residents, including 120 people who attended a September council meeting and spoke for seven hours against the mask mandate.

Whipple (left), pictured with his wife Chelsea (right), spearheaded the city's mask mandate this summer as cases skyrocketed

Whipple (left), pictured with his wife Chelsea (right), spearheaded the city’s mask mandate this summer as cases skyrocketed 

Residents who spoke out mostly said they felt the mandate was impeding on their religious and constitutional rights.

Regardless, city officials voted to extend the mask mandate through October 21 or until health conditions improve.  

Whipple told The Kansas City Star that he believed Dowty’s threats were valid and that security presence has increased around his home. 

‘This wasn’t just some guy popping off on social media,’ he told the publication.

‘He contacted someone that knows where I live that apparently he thought would give him my address.’

The alleged threats against Whipple echoed those made against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by militiamen last week.

The 13 men involved are right-wing extremists who plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in Michigan. They wanted to put her on trial for ‘treason’ in a safe house in Wisconsin, but had their plot foiled by the FBI.   

The group’s anger sparked over the state’s mask mandates and COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (pictured) was the subject of a botched kidnapping scheme last week

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (pictured) was the subject of a botched kidnapping scheme last week 

On Twitter, Whipple released a statement that called for unity. 

‘Violence is never a way to settle disagreements. We’re always stronger together as a City even when times are at their toughest,’ wrote Whipple.

‘Tensions maybe high, but we will get through this together as Wichitans. 

‘Chelsea, the boys, & I appreciate the kind thoughts & prayers. We also would like to thank the brave men & women of the Wichita Police who protect not just us, but our entire community. Thank you for the fast response in this matter & for all you do.’

Mayor Whipple shared a statemnt on Twitter regarding the alleged threats and Dowty's arrest on Friday

Mayor Whipple shared a statemnt on Twitter regarding the alleged threats and Dowty’s arrest on Friday

Whipple: 'Chelsea, the boys, & I appreciate the kind thoughts & prayers. We also would like to thank the brave men & women of the Wichita Police who protect not just us, but our entire community'

Whipple: ‘Chelsea, the boys, & I appreciate the kind thoughts & prayers. We also would like to thank the brave men & women of the Wichita Police who protect not just us, but our entire community’

According to The Kansas City Star, Dowty is a well-known musician in Wichita who performed under the stage name ‘Cathead.’ He plays the harmonica and guitar.

Dowty is reportedly a retired Wichita firefighter who was honored by the Wichita City Council for helping save a police officer shot on duty.

He was also a first responder during the 1998 DeBruce Grain Elevator explosion in the city, which killed seven people and injured 10 more.    

The investigation is ongoing, and it will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office  



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