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Homeowner discovers intruder hiding in his closet. Intruder gets combative — so homeowner fights back with his gun.

There are a few things wrong with this picture.

For starters, you have an alleged burglar hiding in an Arkansas homeowner’s closet, having gained entry to the residence after possibly bunking in the backyard camper without permission.

Image source: KHBS-TV video screenshot

And then after the homeowner discovers the intruder hiding his closet, the intruder actually becomes combative with the homeowner and ignores — or completely forgets — one commonsense rule: Don’t assume even for a second that those you target as crime “victims” aren’t armed at least as well, if not better, than you are.

What happened?

Had the intruder heeded that simple rule when his jig was up around 10 a.m. Thursday and instead begged the homeowner for mercy, he may have escaped pain.

But instead he got a big dose of it.

“He opened the door of the closet, and he actually saw this person looking at him in the closet,” Van Buren Police Sgt. Jonathan Wear told KHBS-TV of the homeowner’s actions. “He confronted the man that was in his home. That man became combative, and then at that point he ended up having to fire shots at him.”

Sgt. Jonathan WearImage source: KHBS-TV video screenshot

Wear told the station the suspected burglar was shot in the leg.

And when police arrived at the residence on Blueberry Hill Street, the homeowner was holding the intruder at gunpoint and told cops he didn’t know him, KHBS said.

The homeowner thought that perhaps the intruder was staying in his backyard camper, the station noted.

What happened next?

Police told KHBS the suspect, who is from Gentry, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries — and when he’s released, police said he’ll be arrested and most likely will face burglary charges.

“He actually had the homeowner’s wallet and a pair of his shorts,” Wear added to the station, “and so we think he was actually in the house trying to steal things from the homeowner.”

Law enforcement officials also will try to determine if the suspect has ties to any other burglaries in the area, KHBS reported.

What will happen to the homeowner?

KHBS said the case will be turned over the the local prosecutor for review, but so far the homeowner isn’t facing any charges.


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Arkansas EEOC Federal lawsuit Federal watchdog Intelwars Kroger Lbgtq agenda Rainbow heart Religious discrimination claim

Two Kroger workers fired after refusing to wear LGBTQ apron. Now federal watchdog is suing chain for religious discrimination.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Kroger on behalf of two women who said the store fired them after they refused to wear aprons that included an LGBTQ symbol, ABC News reported.

What are the details?

The lawsuit claims ex-workers Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd said the company implemented a policy in April 2019 that required employees to wear an apron that included a rainbow heart, which they say endorses LGBTQ values, the network said.

The women claimed wearing the symbol would violate their religious beliefs, and that they even tried to offer alternatives, ABC News said, citing the lawsuit.

Lawson, who was 72 at the time, said she offered to wear the apron with her name tag covering the emblem, but the Conway, Arkansas, store allegedly refused, the network said.

“I am requesting a reasonable accommodation of this dress code with regard to my religious belief,” she wrote in a letter requesting religious accommodations, ABC News said, citing the lawsuit. “I am simply asking to wear my name badge over the heart logo.”

Rickerd, who was 57 at the time, said she offered to wear a different apron without the emblem and sent a letter explaining why she felt she couldn’t comply with the policy, the network reported.

“I have a sincerely held religious belief that I cannot wear a symbol that promotes or endorses something that is in violation of my religious faith,” she wrote in the letter, ABC News said, citing the lawsuit. “I respect others who have a different opinion and am happy to work alongside others who desire to wear the symbol. I am happy to buy another apron to ensure there is no financial hardship on Kroger.”

How did Kroger allegedly respond to the women’s requests?

Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket chain, allegedly denied both requests and retaliated against the women by disciplining and ultimately firing them, the network reported, citing the lawsuit.

ABC News said Teresa Dickerson, a Kroger communication representative, declined the network’s request for comment and cited a standard against speaking publicly on pending litigation.

Anything else?

The network — citing the lawsuit — added that Kroger didn’t fire other employees who declined to wear the new apron or covered the heart emblem without requesting religious accommodations.

The EEOC — which is in charge of enforcing anti-workplace discrimination laws — filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Monday, ABC News said. The federal watchdog’s suit alleges conduct that violates the Title VII, a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, the network said.

“Companies have an obligation under Title VII to consider requests for religious accommodations, and it is illegal to terminate employees for requesting an accommodation for their religious beliefs,” Delner-Franklin Thomas, district director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, said in a statement Tuesday, according to ABC News.

The suit seeks back pay and other compensatory damages as well as an injunction against future discrimination, the network said.

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At least 33 dead after dozens of tornadoes ravage Southern states

At least 33 people were killed after dozens of destructive tornadoes ripped through several Southern states starting Easter Sunday and into Monday, adding further pain amid America’s ongoing coronavirus crisis.

What are the details?

NBC News reported that a wave of severe weather including deadly tornadoes swept across parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas, leaving at least 33 dead in its wake and more than 1 million people without power. There were 41 tornadoes reported in the South over a 24-hour period starting Sunday.

According to Fox News, “over 1 million homes and businesses” were destroyed by the storms, forcing some people into shelters despite social distancing guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

The Daily Mail noted that “officials in Alabama and Mississippi lifted lockdown orders to open shelters but warned residents to wear masks and gloves and to practice social distancing.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health sent out a joint release with the National Weather Service’s Birmingham division last month, acknowledging to the public that “the decision to seek shelter in a community storm shelter is certainly made more difficult by the consideration for COVID-19.”

“Your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado,” the memo read. “If a warning is issued for your area, you are more likely to be affected by the tornado than the virus.”


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Arkansas Coronavirus quarantine doctor family Home Intelwars Son Tornado viral photo

Photo goes viral of doctor giving high-five to toddler son through window to protect him from COVID-19. Days later, tornado destroys their home.

Last Wednesday, Alyssa Burks shared a photo on her Facebook page of her husband Jared — a doctor in residency at a hospital — giving a high-five to their 1-year-old son Zeke through a glass door at their home in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Jared Burks was quarantining himself from his family to protect them from the coronavirus since he’s in such close proximity to those who might be infected.

“Look who we finally got to see today! Not going to pretend that I didn’t bawl like a baby when he left to go back to work. We miss him, but we are doing what we have to do,” Alyssa Burks wrote in her post. “Count your blessings. That’s what’s getting us through this!”

She added to KATV-TV that her husband’s rotation “has him all over the hospital, including the ER, and he just felt like it would be responsible for us to quarantine from each other.”

In fact, the station said Burks has been away from his family for more than two weeks — and that through that glass door he saw his son crawl for the first time.

“As soon as he saw his dad he just raced to the door,” Alyssa Burks added to KATV. “He got up on the glass because I think he wanted him to hold him, so it was sad, it was cute, but it was really heartbreaking because it’s hard.”

But things have gotten much harder for the young family.

‘Oh God, I don’t want to die’

On Saturday, a tornado ripped through the area and destroyed the Burks’ home, KATV reported in a follow-up story.

Jared Burks was inside alone when his wife called from her parents’ residence to warn him about the tornado, the station said.

“I was a little scared,” he told KATV later. “I was thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t want to die.'”

Burks added to the station that he actually saw the tornado coming toward his house.

“I was like, ‘Oh it’s probably time for me to get to the closet.’ So by the time I got in the closet it was about 30 seconds, and I just started hearing glass breaking, the walls started shaking, my ears started popping, and the house if felt like it lifted up and fell back down.”

Image source: KATV-TV video screenshot

Afterward, he emerged from the closet to find his home in rubble, KATV said.

Image source: KATV-TV video screenshot

The couple later surveyed the damage as a station camera rolled, and Alyssa Burks pointed to a spot where their son’s crib once stood.

“Thank God he wasn’t here,” she said.

KATV noted a balloon from Zeke’s first birthday survived the tornado:

Image source: KATV-TV video screenshot

The couple also found a pair of Zeke’s shoes:

Image source: KATV-TV video screenshot

“We’ll get through it,” Jared Burks told the station. “Just going to take it one day at a time.”

Image source: KATV-TV video screenshot

A GoFundMe page was set up by a friend of the Burks family, KATV said. As of Monday morning, the pledged money is above $82,000 — far exceeding the $2,500 initial goal.

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Alabama Arkansas Intelwars Joe Biden North Carolina Oklahoma South Super Tuesday Tennessee Virginia

Joe Biden sweeps most of the South as Super Tuesday numbers continue to roll in

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden took a commanding early lead on Super Tuesday, nearly sweeping the South as numerous outlets named him the victor in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Texas remains in play, with early results showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the favorite.

What are the details?

As of this writing, RealClearPolitics showed Biden winning with 53% in Virginia with 100% of precincts reporting, 39% in North Carolina with 61% reporting, 41% in Tennessee with 32% reporting, 62% in Alabama with 47% reporting, 35% in Arkansas with 41% reporting, and 38% in Oklahoma with 93% reporting.

In each of those states, Sen. Sanders came in second place, leaving questions over how much longer the campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will last in the race.

In Texas, the race was too close to call as of 10:30 p.m. EST, with Sanders in the lead with 28% to Biden’s 24.6% at 25% of precincts reporting.

Biden’s delegate count at the time was 312 to Sanders’s 210. That leaves Texas as a major state to watch, with 228 delegates at play.

Anything else?

Biden was also the projected winner in Minnesota on Tuesday night, one of the states (along with Oklahoma) that Sanders won in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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