1 CA Burning: Officials Find More Bodies In Paradise
Investigators are updating the death toll from NoCal’s Camp Fire to 48. Six more bodies were found yesterday in the mountain town of Paradise. As you’ll recall, that’s the town that was completely decimated by what’s become the deadliest wildfire in California's history. At last check, more than 87-hundred buildings have been destroyed and 76-hundred of those are single-family homes. The blaze has charred 130-thousand acres and is only 35 percent contained. Officials are asking residents to stay away while they make sure all hot spots have been dealt with. Officials say that in all, there are 52-thousand people who have been evacuated and some are staying in nearly 14-hundred shelters. Adding to the distress? Six people have been arrested for looting and other crimes. There were also two fatalities in SoCal’s Woolsey Fire, bringing the total number of dead from wildfires in the past week to 50. Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire burning across Ventura and Los Angeles counties has charred more than 96-thousand acres and destroyed 435 structures. And while it was 40-percent contained at last check, there were also flare-ups yesterday afternoon. Thousands of residents have been allowed back home, but Malibu and other areas remain under mandatory evacuations.
2 Serious Staff Shake Up Coming To The White House?
President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly may soon exit the White House after reportedly clashing with the First Lady and other officials. According to reports, Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Nick Ayers is among those being considered for the role. But the ball isn’t expected to stop rolling there. As Kelly has also been a strong advocate of DHS Kristjen Nielsen – of whom Trump has been publicly critical – word is she may also be on the way out of the White House. But that’s STILL not all. In an unprecedented move, First Lady Melania Trump has taken the step of calling for a top White House aide to be fired. In a statement released by her office, Mrs. Trump says Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel "no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House." Word is that Ricardel and the First Lady clashed during Mrs. Trump's recent trip to Africa. Ricardel is a top aide to National Security Adviser John Bolton.
3 Ohio Family Charged With Aggravated Murder For Brutal 2016 Killings
Was it something of a modern day Hatfield and McCoys? Not exactly, but the brutal 2016 execution of a whole family – has now seen another family arrested for the crime. Even the grandmas. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the members of the Wagner family are charged with aggravated murder for the execution-style killings of eight members of the Rhoden family back in 2016. The suspects, which include a husband, wife and their two adult sons, face the death penalty for the crime. DeWine says the Wagner family spent months meticulously planning the crimes, studying the victims' habits and routines, as well as the layout of their homes. He didn't elaborate on the motive, but suggested the custody of a young child left alive at the scene played a role.Those arrested include 47-year-old George "Billy" Wagner III, his 48-year-old wife Angela Wagner, their 27-year-old son, George Wagner IV, and 26-year-old son Edward "Jake" Wagner. They’ve all been charged with the murders. But also in custody are Angela's 65-year-old mother, Rita Newcomb, and Billy's 76-year-old mother, Fredericka Wagner. Those women are each facing obstruction of justice and perjury charges for allegedly misleading investigators. To review, the Rhoden family – seven adults and one teen – were shot and killed in 2016, a brutal crime that came to be known as the "Pike County Massacre." The victims, who were systematically executed at four separate locations. They were 20-year-old Hannah Gilley, 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 37-year-old Dana Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden, 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden, and 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden.