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Longtime adviser to Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom accused of trying to suffocate 4-year-old with pillow, shoving woman into glass doors

A longtime adviser and friend to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom was arrested and jailed after he was accused of trying to suffocate a 4-year-old with a pillow and shoving a woman into glass doors, Politico reported.

What are the details?

Nathan Ballard, 51 — a prominent California Democratic strategist — was booked Oct. 18 on two felony charges of domestic violence and willful cruelty to a child with possible injury and death, the outlet said, citing Napa County Sheriff’s Office documents.

Napa County authorities filed the charges Thursday, KGO-TV reported.

Ballard served as Newsom’s spokesperson when he was San Francisco’s mayor, Politico said, adding that Ballard also was a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, the Getty family, the Golden State Warriors, the Super Bowl, and for the presidential campaigns of former Sen. John Kerry and Gen. Wesley Clark. Ballard also is a former San Francisco deputy city attorney, KGO said.

And until Oct. 19 — the day after the alleged incident — Ballard sat on the board of The Representation Project, a nonprofit founded by Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, to advance women’s rights, Politico said.

“I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes,” Ballard told the outlet in a text message. “I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

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Sources say the events occurred at the swanky Carneros Resort and Spa where, according to victim statements, Ballard reportedly “had consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana.”

The adult victim told authorities that Ballard “charged her and pushed her with both hands into the glass doors,” causing her to fall and hit the back of her head on the door. Ballard also stumbled and fell onto the ground, bleeding, according to documents on file with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department.

Then Ballard “attempted to suffocate the child victim with the pillow,” the adult victim told the police. “Ballard grabbed the pillow from the bed, placed it onto the child victim and laid on top of the pillow, placing his weight on the child victim who was under the pillow,” according to the report.

The adult victim said “she was able to remove the child victim from the room,” and locked herself and another child in a separate room away from Ballard.

She reported the alleged attack to police the next morning, and when officers arrived, Ballard had gone, according to the report. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Ballard’s arrest and, on Oct. 20, he was arrested and transported to the county jail, authorities said.

Ballard paid his set bail of $75,000 and was released later on Oct. 20, KGO reported, citing sheriff’s department documents.

Nathan BallardImage source: Napa County Sheriff’s Office

What did Ballard’s lawyer say?

Anthony Brass, Ballard’s lawyer, said in a statement to the station that he’s “confident” that his client “will be fully acquitted of these charges after the District Attorney’s Office has a chance to review the facts and learn all sides of the story. Nate is a well-respected professional and a member of the bar with a spotless ethical record. He has no criminal history.”

Brass told KGO that “after nearly eight years of continuous sobriety, Nate resumed drinking in April, after his father died. He is now clean and sober again, and he is currently in a residential recovery program to deal with his drinking problem in a responsible, comprehensive manner. He is a good father, he has his children’s best interests at heart, and he wants to resolve this matter privately, quickly, and fairly for their sake.”

Politico reported that Brass on Thursday said Ballard’s former wife “would testify under oath that he has never been violent toward her, their minor son, nor their minor daughter” — but the outlet added that hours later Brass said he had to retract that statement.

Newsom’s spokespeople have not responded to questions about Ballard’s arrest, the outlet reported.

Politico also said Ballard — a father of four young children — was profiled in a
November 2019 story in Better magazine as one of “the Bay Area’s most successful dads” and that he called his home in Kentfield “a special place for my wife Mara and me.”

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Will Biden Listen to the Science?

This article was originally published by Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden has not been officially declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but that has not stopped him from forming a coronavirus task force. The task force is composed of supporters of increased government control.

One idea Biden and his task force are considering is a four to six weeks nationwide lockdown. However, supporting a nationwide lockdown would violate Biden’s campaign pledge to “listen to the science.” The evidence regarding lockdowns is so overwhelming that even the World Health Organization (WHO) has been forced to admit the truth: lockdowns do more harm than good.

Lockdowns result in more instances of depression, suicide, domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. Lockdowns also cause people to not go to hospitals or doctors’ offices, leading to people dying because they failed to obtain medical assistance in a timely manner.

Biden also is working with governors, mayors, and other state and local officials to create a de facto national mask mandate. Biden has also declared he will mandate mask-wearing in all federal buildings and for people traveling interstate. A mask mandate for interstate travel could mean you will be required to wear a mask on airplanes, trains, and even when driving in your own car if you cross state lines.

Yet again, Biden is ignoring the science. In this case, the science has demonstrated that most masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of a virus. Medical science also shows that wearing a mask for extended periods of time can cause health problems. For example, mask-wearing interferes with proper breathing. Long-term mask-wearing may also cause serious dental problems. Ironically, major victims of mask mandates include low-wage workers Biden and his fellow progressives claim to care so much about. Many of these workers are required to wear masks on the job.

Biden has also proposed raising an army of “culturally competent” contact tracers. According to the University of California, San Francisco, which is helping train that California’s contact tracers, contract tracers “….ask questions related to topics that can be sensitive, including health, work, living arrangements, and food resources” in order to identify someone who should be quarantined. These contract tracers could also be able to enforce masks or other mandates — including a potential vaccine mandate — by helping ensure that those who refuse to comply are indefinitely quarantined.

Biden is not the only politician pushing authoritarian “solutions” to coronavirus. The government of Washington, DC is considering authorizing vaccinating of children without parental consent. This ignores the science that some people will have a negative reaction even to a generally safe vaccine, so individuals should make their own decision in consultation with their physician. This is especially important these days, as we are dealing with a vaccine that is being rushed into production for political reasons and that even the manufacturers admit will have serious side effects.

Lockdowns, masks, and other authoritarian measures do little or nothing to promote health. Instead, they erode freedom and create their own health problems. Those who know the truth must make Joe Biden and other authoritarians listen to the true science. While those more at risk — such as the elderly and people with certain health problems — could be encouraged to take extra precautions, all Americans sh

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Sexual assault criminal complaint against Jacob Blake emerges in its entirety — and it is horrific

Details of a a highly disturbing criminal complaint against Jacob Blake have emerged.

A Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot Blake in the back at least seven times on Sunday following a call for a domestic dispute. His father told the Chicago Sun-Times that Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

Blake’s shooting only added fuel to the already out-of-control fire lit by the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others involved in instances of apparent police brutality.

What are the details?

Blake’s ex-girlfriend, identified in the criminal complaint as “LNB,” says Blake sexually assaulted her in May.

The criminal complaint states that Blake unlawfully entered her home in the early hours of the morning on May 3. The woman said she awoke from her sleep to find Blake standing in her room, looming over her.

Blake, the 29-year-old father of the woman’s three children, reportedly demanded she return his possessions.

“I want my s***,” Blake reportedly told the woman, and proceeded to assault her according to the complaint.

“As LNB lay there, on her back, the defendant, suddenly and without warning, reached his hand between her legs, penetrated her vaginally with a finger, pulled it out and sniffed it, and said, ‘Smells like you’ve been with other men,'” the at-times graphic complaint reads.

Following the assault, Blake reportedly stole her vehicle and left the premises.

In the complaint, the woman reports that Blake is unemployed and without a vehicle of his own. Over the eight-year period that the two spent together, Blake reportedly sexually assaulted her at least twice per year during drunken episodes.

Caused ‘pain and humiliation’

The officer who took the woman’s statement said she had a “very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her.”

The woman said that Blake’s assault “caused her pain and humiliation and was done without her consent.”

Blake’s ex-girlfriend told authorities that she was able to maintain her composure despite the incident, and attempted to follow Blake. When she realized her keys and her vehicle were missing and immediately phoned 911 to report the incident.

Authorities charged Blake in July with felony third-degree sexual assault, misdemeanor trespassing, and disorderly conduct connected to domestic abuse.

Allegedly armed with a knife during latest dispute

Fast-forward to August, Blake’s ex-girlfriend — purportedly the same one from the criminal complaint — reportedly phoned police and reported the latest domestic incident, which purportedly took place because he showed up at her home and had taken her keys.

The Kenosha Police Department has not, at the time of this reporting, released any further details or background on the incident, which was captured on video by a bystander’s cell phone.

The bystander, Raysean White, said that Blake showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home where two women had been arguing. He allegedly told one of his sons, who was at the residence, to get into his vehicle, and then walked into a home.

White said he briefly left the scene, but when he returned, he saw Blake wrestling with police officers and began recording the incident once more.

At one point, another witness said that officers were attempting to take Blake into custody, and were punching him and tasing him while he was on the ground. Blake, however, can be seen wrestling out of the officers’ grip and begins walking to his vehicle’s front driver’s side door. Officers follow him, guns drawn, and as Blake reaches into the vehicle, at least one Kenosha officer shoots Blake in the back at close range.

Several of Blake’s children were reportedly inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

The witness also said he overheard officers saying that Blake had a knife.

On Friday, Kenosha cops said that Blake was, indeed, armed with a knife at the time of the shooting.

Blake also reportedly placed one cop in a headlock despite being tased twice while resisting arrest.

Despite threat of lethal force, Blake ‘continued to ignore the officers’ commands’

Brendan Matthews, the attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, said on Friday that all officers involved in the incident were placed on leave pending an investigation.

“Based on the inability to gain compliance and control after using verbal, physical and less-lethal means, the officers drew their firearms [on Blake],” Matthews said in a statement.

Matthews added, “Mr. Blake continued to ignore the officers’ commands, even with the threat of lethal force now present.”


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Mother fatally shot in home while daughter, 10, takes online Zoom elementary school class — and teacher sees the girl’s reaction

A Florida mother was fatally shot Tuesday morning while her 10-year-old daughter took an online Zoom elementary school class — and the girl’s teacher could hear the incident unfolding and see the girl reacting to it.

What are the details?

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Donald L. Williams, 27, shot ex-girlfriend Maribel Morales-Rosado, 32, multiple times in front of several children in an Indiantown home, Treasure Coast Palm reported.

Snyder said investigators believe there was an argument between Williams and Morales-Rosado, the mother of the 10-year-old girl, NBC News reported, adding that Williams and Rosado-Morales previously dated.

“He went in and confronted her with something to do with a video,” the sheriff said, according the network. “And then later we learned there was a conversation about Facebook. He said she actually started to smile at him, and he became enraged and shot her.”

Snyder believes most of the children in the home witnessed the shooting, NBC News said. Four of them are Rosado-Morales’ children, and two cousins were there, too, the network said. None of the children — who range in age from 10 to 17 — were injured, and none are related to Williams, the outlet added.

What about the Zoom classroom session?

The 10-year-old girl was taking an online Zoom class at the time of the shooting, Snyder said during his news conference. It was the first day of class for Warfield Elementary School, TC Palm reported.

“The teacher’s online — I’ve never done a Zoom with children, so I’m picturing there’s other children on — and the teacher can see the children,” Snyder said, according to NBC News. “The teacher said she heard a commotion, heard profanity, realized there was some type of domestic altercation [and] could see the child that’s online. The teacher said she mutes her button so nobody has to hear it, and then she sees the 10-year-old put her hands up to her ears.”

The sheriff added that “almost immediately after the child put her hands up to her ears, the computer screen went blank. We know the computer was hit with a projectile,” NBC News said.

What happened next?

Morales-Rosado was taken to a Fort Pierce hospital but died, TC Palm reported.

Snyder said investigators believe that after the shooting Williams got on a bicycle, went to a nearby laundromat, and then boarded a community bus and asked if the driver would take him to Stuart, the paper added.

“She said this is a local bus, and he said, ‘Well, no, I need to go to Stuart,'” the sheriff continued, according to TC Palm. “He had a bag in his hand. She got suspicious, did the right thing, exited the bus, called 911.”

Snyder said the sheriff’s department SWAT team was in western Martin County for training and took Williams into custody, the paper reported.

The sheriff said a gun was found in a bag on the bus, and Williams “made a full confession,” NBC News reported. Williams is suspected to have used a handgun stolen in a 2015 Sewall’s Point vehicle burglary, TC Palm said.

Snyder said Williams will be arrested on charges including first-degree murder, armed burglary, and armed home invasion, the paper reported.

The sheriff said Williams and Morales-Rosado had been separated for more than a year, TC Palm reported, and that Williams lives a couple of streets away from Morales-Rosado.

Snyder also said Morales-Rosado recently was released from jail in connection with a domestic battery case in which Williams was the victim, the paper said.

What did the school district have to say?

A Martin County School District spokesperson told NBC News that “our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and children who were witnesses to this heartbreaking and senseless tragedy.”

Grief counselors will be available for students and staff who need them, the network added.

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