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Osama Bin Laden Killed by U.S. Forces

May 2, 2011

Cheers were heard around the world and none louder than here in America when President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden in his address to the nation Sunday evening.

Word spread fast through the numerous social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter as America anxiously awaited confirmation from the White House.

Bin Laden was the founder and leader of the terrorist group Al-Qaida that was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon almost 10 years ago resulting in the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives.

President Obama proudly stated “And on nights like this one we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al-Qaida’s terror, justice has been done.”

Obama was said to have been given a possible lead from on the whereabouts of Bin Laden last August but it wasn’t until last week after numerous meetings with his National Security Team the President determined that “we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice.”

The attack was launched early Sunday morning where it was reported that a small team of special operation forces conducted the raid in a large compound located in the rural city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Bin Laden was said to have been shot in the head during a firefight between U.S. forces and members of al-Qaida including one of his sons who had not yet been named.

His death, Obama said, “marks the most significant achievement to date in our nations effort to defeat al-Qaida.”

His body was immediately taken into U.S. custody for identification purposes and has since been disposed of at sea in agreement with Islamic tradition which requires the body be “laid to rest” within 24 hours of death.

People massed in front of the White House and New York City’s “Ground Zero” into the early hours of morning celebrating the end of the world’s most notorious manhunt.

Radford was no different. Even with finals starting tomorrow, hundreds of students happily took a celebratory break from studying to share with their friends and classmates such a victorious moment in American history.

Fireworks were lit and flags were waived as students chanted “USA! USA!”

There were even jokes of exams being cancelled in lieu of the news.

More details are sure to surface tomorrow throughout the media and although this is a time of long-awaited closure for America, the country is urged to be cautious as the recent events could increase security threats.


Police Releases

April 27, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011 3:45pm

Bond Revoked For Man Charged In Hit and Run

After reportedly purchasing alcohol at least four times at a Virginia Beach ABC store on the date of his release from custody, Mark Richard Tietjen’s bond was revoked at the request of the Commonwealth.

Tietjen, 37, has quite a driving record including multiple DUI’s, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and speeding.

Tietjen’s was granted a $25,000 secured bond on March 17, 2011 by Judge A. Bonwill Shockley after Tietjen appealed Judge Randall Blows decision to deny him bond on March 2, 2011. Judge Shockley ordered Tietjen to remain alcohol/drug free and refrain from driving.

He is currently being charged with Hit and Run-Personal Injury involving an 11-year old girl. The incident occurred on February 9, 2011.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2011.


Monday, April 4, 2011 4:15pm

Jury Recommends 48-years Behind Bars For Double Shooting

After a six day jury trial Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney Harvey L. Bryant stated that 32-year old Isidro Loredo Amaya was found guilty of First Degree Murder, two counts of Use of a Firearm and Aggravated Malicious Wounding in the shooting that occurred late last year.

Based upon the evidence provided by the Commonwealth the events leading up to the death of Florentino Martinez-Melendez on December 26, 2010 are as follows:

At a trailer located on the 1100 block of Virginia Beach Blvd. several people were gathered including Isidro Amaya and Jorge Loredo. The group was playing a card game when a fight broke out amongst them– Amayas brother being involved in the dispute urged Amaya and Jorge to “go get the gun.” Amaya returned home to retrieve the weapon and upon returning to the trailer fired four shots; three at Florentino Martinez-Melendez and once at Modesto Martinez-Melendez. Florentino died at the scene.

The Virginia Beach Police arrested both Amaya and Loredo on the 1800 block of the Virginia Beach Blvd after they tried to flee the scene. The firearm used to shoot both victims was found in the vehicle.

After hearing the case in its entirety the just recommended 48 years of imprisonment.

Amaya will be formally sentenced on July 18 of this year by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien.

Amaya is said the serve his sentence and be deported.

On August 9 of 2010 a jury found Loredo guilty of voluntary manslaughter and unlawful wounding.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011 3:05pm

Man Confesses to Attacking Woman on Oceanfront

40-year-old Stephen James Franklin of Chesapeake, Virginia pleaded guilty to charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Unlawful Wounding in the Commission of a Felony.

Franklin confessed to attacking a young woman walking along the beach near the Resort Hotel and Conference Center off of Shore Drive. The incident happened around 2a.m. on August 21, 2010.

The woman was cut on the left side of her throat with a sharp object and tackled before a nearby resident heard her screams and came to her aid causing Franklin to flee.

Franklin was later arrested and confessed to the attack.

His sentencing will take place on August 16, 2011.


Friday, April 8, 2011 11:00am

Black Bear Sighted in Virginia Beach Oceanfront Area

At approximately 10:50pm on Thursday, April 7 the Virginia Beach Police received a 911 call reporting a bear-sighting on Mediterranean Avenue near 9th Street.

The bear was last seen near Cooke Elementary at the intersection of Baltic Avenue and 13th Street around 2a.m.

Officers have not yet located to bear.

This incident follows a series of bear-sightings in the past 48 hours including the areas of London Bridge and the Pine Ridge subdivision.

Residents are urged to call 911 if they see a bear and to keep a safe distance away. Do not attempt to feed, approach or attract the animal.


Monday, April 18, 2011 8:30am

Free Self-Defense Workshop

The Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation are teaming up to host a free self-defense workshop called “The Best-Defense.”

This class is specifically targeting those ages 12 and up. Participants will learn about crime prevention, personal safety tips, how to escape dangerous situations and increase awareness of the environment.

Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, preferably loose and no jewelry. A guardian must be present for those under the age of 16.

Instructors of the Virginia Beach Police Department will be supervising the event.

Registration is required by May 7, 2011. The class will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1-4pm at Bayside Recreation Center.

For more information on “The Best Defense” contact MPO Let Krieger in the Crime Prevention Unit at (757) 385 1324.

Participants can register online at for class #101284

or by calling any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

Judge Samuel G. Wilson

April 25, 2011
On October 20, 2008 Human Resources Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation Karl Larson was involved in a “verbal altercation” with his supervisor. Larson claims to have been professionally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the confrontation. He left work for several weeks and in mid-November stated that he would only return to work if he was promised to not have immediate contact with Elliot, the man that he claims “verbally assaulted him, putting him in apprehension for his safety.” VDOT refused to grant his request for special accommodation and Larson was later terminated. He is now taking legal action in order to be compinsated for the lack of action taken on the part of VDOT. According to the ADA it requires thats it’s employers make “reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an . . . employee.” But in the case of Larson and according to Judge Wilson, there is no “disbility” to prove and therefore the defedents motion to dismiss the case was granted.
Augusta County inmate William Couch was seeking legal action against defendent John Jabe, the Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) for violating his rights by enforcing a grooming policy. The policy does not allow long hair and beards unless its for a medical reason such as a condition that aggrevated by shaving. Although the VDOC policy doesnt allow certain long hair and beards because it promotes gang identification and contraband items can be concealed effortlessly it doesnt however exercise forcible cutting or shaving. If an inmate fails to comply with the grooming policy they are transferred to another housing unit. Couch is a Sunni Muslim and claims that under the Free Exercise Clause, that the defendent is in clear violation of his religious beliefs. RLUIPA provides that “[n]o government shall impose a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person residing in or confined to an institution . . . even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” One would think that Couch, who is currently serving consecutive life sentences for multiple counts of rape, robbery and statutory burglary has a decent case. But because growing a beard even if its only the requested amount of 1/8 inch poses a security threat its overruled. Judge Wilson granted the defendants motion for summary judgement on the plaintiffs claims.

RU Faculty Senate Meeting 4/14

April 14, 2011

I am currently sitting in on a Faculty Senate meeting at RU in the Heth Hall Room 014. There are a total of 37 in attendence including the director and provost who are running the meeting. First few minutes include the discussion of “old business,” basically a quick review of what was covered in the last faculty senate meeting. Members represent different departments of the university. Accoring to Kay Jordan, the meeting had a record number of topics on today’s agenda. The main reason I wanted to attend todays meeting will be item number five on the agenda list. This topic is about the pay and benefits of Adjunct instructors. There has not been a raise in pay for those instructors in Radford’s recent history. Most faculty agree that these “professors-in-training” put in as many hours if not more of preparation and in-classroom teaching. Unfortunately there was an extention passed after unimous vote to discuss the items not presented in this meeting in the next session. Meet adjourned at 4:48pm.

For Never Was a Performance of More Woe: A Review of Romeo and Juliet

April 8, 2011

I’ve never been much on critiquing however after attending the play of Romeo and Juliet on Thursday evening I felt inclined write my first review.

Poll Time

April 6, 2011

Frank Ovaitt Talks to Students About the ‘So What’ Factor

April 4, 2011

It’s Communication Week at Radford University and students are encouraged if not required to attend at least one of the scheduled events throughout the week.

Students, mostly communication majors, packed into the McGuffey auditorium on Thursday to hear Mr. Frank Ovaitt, speak about the “So What” factor in Corporate Communications.

Director of the School of Communications, Dr. Hazelton introduced Frank Ovaitt as his friend and joked how they discussed theory and research in Miami over mojitos for a period of six or seven years. He praised Mr. Ovaitt for having a “long and distinguished career in public relations.”

Ovaitt began by engaging the audience in a series of questions such as how many students were in Public Relations or another concentration of Communications and of those how many were seniors and what jobs if any did they have lined up.

“The ‘So What’ factor has certainly been around for as long as I’ve been in Public Relations and today I would argue that it is higher than ever.”

Ovaitt listed four reasons as to why the stakes are so much higher.

First is the increase in channels for communicating. He emphasized that even though new forms of media are being introduced constantly the traditional forms will not be lost but instead “always be a part of the mix.”

An example he gave was Gutenberg’s moveable type which was the start of print media. Ovaitt pointed out that before Gutenberg’s there were an estimated 30,000 hand-written books in Europe. After Gutenberg’s invention the total number of printed books sixty years later had reached 20 million and by the 16th century were around two-hundred million.

Ovaitt made a very important point “The radio did not end print journalism, television did not end radio and the telephone did not end face-to-face communication,” which further proved his theory.

The second reason was justifying or measuring success of a company or business with inaccurate and unreliable equations such as AVE or add/value equivalency.

Third was described as not spending enough time focusing on the valued stakeholders and what they want the organization to do and say or who they will listen to.

He said “Many organizations put a lot of information out there for employees through the company internet, newsletters, emails, posters etc. but the question is who is it that these employees actually listen to when you put all of this out.” Its important to understand and figure out what the stakeholders want to hear, what’s important to them and who they will trust.

And finally the fourth reason as to why the ‘So What’ factor is higher than ever according to Ovaitt was that planning research is what drives value into the organization however its often overlooked and replaced with measurement. Ovaitt stated, “It’s all about show me the metrics except I’ve got to tell you that’s the wrong place to start; it’s the planning research that really shows us what it is were suppose to be measuring.”

Ovaitt really hit home with his speech when he told the audience to prove the value of what you do so that you’ll never be at a loss when asked the question “So What.”