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EDM Friday Briefing: Judge Orders UCF Student's Deportation, Arkansas Sues Opioid Manufacturers


Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 30, 2018: A judge has ordered a Florida student's deportation amid F-1 Visa violations and sudden appearance changes; a suspect posing as a police officer that shot and killed an off-duty Kentucky police officer is dead in Tennessee; one person is dead and four injured after they were struck by a vehicle in San Francisco; a Connecticut high school went on lockdown Wednesday following a staff member's threat of going on a killing rampage; a man opened fire in a Washington, DC area restaurant after a bill dispute; a data breach of Under Armour's MyFitnessPal app results in 150 million users' information being compromised; a migrant worker bus in Thailand burst into flames and killed 20 people; and Arkansas becomes at least the 17th state to sue opioid manufacturers amid the current national epidemic.

1. An international student attending the University of Central Florida, Wenliang Sun, 26, was ordered by a judge to be deported after abruptly changing his appearance, calling his high-powered weapon a sniper rifle and failing to attend classes. The failure to attend classes violated his F-1 visa, which normally leads to warnings. However, his deportation was fast-tracked, due to a series of red flags which included his sudden change in appearance, unusual statements to a school counselor, buying an expensive vehicle with cash, and his frequent playing with and looking at his weapons. Authorities noted that the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater gunman also made sudden changes to his appearance before he went on his killing spree. Police believe that the deportation of Sun may have saved many lives.

2. Law enforcement officials in Tennessee have stated that the suspect who posed as a police officer in Kentucky and killed a local officer is now dead. Authorities state that James Decoursey, 34, who was on the run after stealing a pickup truck, posed as a police officer and pulled over an off-duty police officer, Phillip Meacham, 38, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He fatally shot the law enforcement officer, then fled. Decoursey was considered armed and dangerous and was killed in Clarksville, Tennessee on Thursday night.

3. One person in San Francisco is dead, and another is in critical condition after a driver plowed his vehicle into five people on Wednesday before fleeing the scene. Police declined to discuss the cause of the incident. However, the driver may have plowed into the five people after some type of altercation. The driver was later arrested and the vehicle seized, and the other three individuals injured during the incident remain hospitalized in serious or fair condition.

4. A school in Connecticut went on lockdown Wednesday, after school employee Carl Lemon, 63, allegedly threatened to go on a killing rampage and kill every white man. The incident sent police to the Harding High School in Bridgeport just after noon, where the principal said that Lemon made threatening comments to a teacher. Police also found an anonymous note in the principal's mailbox that stated concerns about Lemon, indicating that "Lemon watched radical stuff during class and talked frequently about shooting whites."

5. A man opened fire at the Cadillac Ranch Restaurant in the National Harbor area of Oxon Hill, Maryland on Thursday after a reported dispute regarding his bill. Montana Artis, 21, and Tony Smith, 19, were being removed from the restaurant by security guards when Artis drew his weapon and began firing, hitting both security guards. The couple fled, but were later found by authorities at a hotel with a gun in their possession were arrested. Artis is reportedly the son of  a member of the Prince George's County, Maryland Sheriff's Office, the county where the incident occurred.

6. On Thursday, Under Armour, Inc. announced that data from 150 million people using the MyFitnessPal diet and fitness app was compromised in February in what was one of the largest hacks in history. Data stolen in the hack includes account user names, scrambled passwords and email addresses used for the popular application. The hackers did not get payment card data, drivers license numbers or Social Security numbers, but company officials have urged users to change their passwords as quickly as possible.

7. A double-decker migrant worker bus carrying workers who were allegedly from Myanmar to factories in industrial zones in Bangkok, Thailand, caught fire and killed 20 people early Friday morning. The fire started in the middle of the bus and spread rapidly, allowing people in the front to escape but trapping others in the back. A total of 27 people managed to escape the fire, with at least one person suffering severe burns.

8. Arkansas is now at least the 17th state to sue manufacturers of prescription opioids amid the rampant nationwide addiction to the painkillers. The suit was filed against three major manufacturers: Purdue Pharma, LP; Johnson & Johnson; and Endo International PLC, for engaging in misleading marketing practices that downplayed the risks involved with the painkillers. As the makers of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma denied the allegations in a statement, saying they were "troubled and concerned over the current epidemic sweeping the nation."

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.