EDM Friday Briefing: London Terror Suspect Identified, Jewish Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested
Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 24, 2017: Israeli police arrest individual suspected in wave of Jewish community center bomb threats, authorities release the names of the four Wisconsin shooting victims, death toll rises in London terror attack as authorities identify the name of the terrorist, Flint, Michigan sets optimistic goal of 2019 for completion of home water line replacement, authorities in Antwerp, Belgium intercept an alleged terrorist in a speeding car, evacuations are lifted for residents impacted by Florida wildfire, two people were killed and dozens injured in a tractor-trailer involved accident in Texas, and a Brazil meat scandal prompts institution of 100 percent re-inspection of meat imports into the United States from the nation.
- Another seriously injured victim of the London terrorist attack died on Thursday night, bringing the total number of deaths at the hands of a terrorist to four. On Wednesday, a 52-year-old man with a criminal record and a homegrown British citizen, identified as Khalid Masood, plowed a rented vehicle into a crowd on the Westminster Bridge, immediately killing two and injuring at least 40 others. He then exited the vehicle and stabbed a constable to death before being shot and killed by police officers.
- In a surprising twist, Israeli police have arrested a 19-year-old man as the prime suspect in connection with the recent wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States. The man's identity has been withheld, however he is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, and reportedly tried to grab one police officer's gun during the arrest but was stopped by another officer. Police said his motive remains unclear but that they strongly believe the man, who they described as a hacker, was responsible for the threats.
- Police have released the names of the four individuals killed during three related shootings in Wausau, Wisconsin on Wednesday. Of the individuals identified, one was an 18-year veteran police officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, two were bank employees, and one was a lawyer. After the shooting rampage that occurred first at the bank, then at the lawyer's office, the suspect hid in an apartment and was later shot by police during a shootout. Police believe the incident was motivated by a domestic incident, although the suspect's wife was not injured.
- Inaccurate city records and money issues are plaguing the replacement of the lead drinking water lines in Flint, Michigan. The city needs to replace at least 20,000 lines across the most impacted neighborhoods, but has only completed about 800. An ambitious goal for replacing the lead pipes with copper ones has been set to include the completion of 6,000 homes per year, across 10 city zones by 2019, likely leaving Flint residents drinking filtered tap water for the foreseeable future.
- Police in Antwerp, Belgium on Wednesday, intercepted a speeding car headed for a busy shopping center after it refused to stop. Police said the driver was intoxicated, had drugs, a pellet-gun, and knives in his possession and might be connected to drug trafficking. The incident occurred on the first anniversary of the deadliest-ever Belgian terrorist attacks that killed 32 people and just one day after the London attack. The man's arrest follows an earlier incident this month that occurred at Belgium's Orly airport where a suspected Islamist extremist took a female soldier hostage. The suspect, who was shot and killed by police, was later confirmed through a post-mortem autopsy to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- A wildfire running rampant in Bryceville, Florida was ignited Wednesday by an illegal trash burn in Nassau County, forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire quickly grew from just five acres to more than 696 and caused evacuations along CR-121, where the Garfield Road Fire started, and CR119, but residents were permitted back into their homes late Thursday afternoon. Officials indicate that the fire is about 75 percent contained and over 100 homes were saved from the intense blaze, although two structures were destroyed, eight others damaged, and 19 outbuildings were damaged or completely destroyed.
- Late Thursday night, two people died and dozens of students were injured when a tractor-trailer veered into oncoming traffic near Talco, Texas, a town about 100 miles northeast of Dallas. The truck hit a school bus carrying a Texas high school boy's track team, causing the bus to roll, injuring students and then struck a car, killing the driver, who was an assistant coach for the girl's track team. The driver of the truck was also killed in the accident.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the establishment of a 100 percent point-of-entry re-inspection of Brazilian beef entering the United States. The 100 percent re-inspection comes after the Agriculture Ministry in Brazil announced its probe into at least 21 meat companies who allegedly bribed at least 33 government inspectors. Inspectors were bribed to permit the export and sale of meat and poultry, even if it was spoiled or tainted.
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