Hurricane Florence Claims Two Lives, Montgomery County Police Make Arrest in Serial Rapes

Hurricane Florence Claims Two Lives

(Wilmington, N.C.) –A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home – the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence.  The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. No other information was given. The hurricane came ashore early Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds. Forecasters have been predicting catastrophic flash flooding. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way.

 Germantown Man Arrested In Connection With Rapes

(Montgomery County, MD) — Montgomery County police say they’ve arrested a man in connection with a series of rapes between 2007 and 2011 in the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas. Marlon Michael Alexander of Germantown was arrested yesterday after his DNA was traced to several crime scenes. Police say Alexander allegedly broke into the women’s homes before sexually assaulting them. At least two victims were elderly women. He faces several first-degree rape and burglary charges.

White House: Manafort Plea Deal Unrelated To Trump Or Campaign

(Washington, DC) — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Paul Manafort’s guilty pleas have nothing to do with President Trump or his 2016 campaign. In a statement today, she also called it totally unrelated. Manafort agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors today. Trump’s former campaign chief pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The charges are linked to money laundering, tax evasion and attempted witness tampering. The pleas allow Manafort to avoid a second criminal trial in DC next week.

Washington Host Colts Sunday

(Landover, MD) — The Burgundy and Gold play their home opener Sunday against the Colts. Washington will be seeking a 2-and-0 start after a 24-6 victory over the Cardinals in Week One at Arizona. Indianapolis is 0-and-1 after losing its opener to Cincinnati.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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