In The News @ 4:30 PM

Gyrocopter Pilot Charged And Released

The Florida mailman who flew a gyrocopter onto a lawn at the U.S. Capitol is facing charges.  Doug Hughes made his first court appearance this afternoon since yesterday’s stunt and was charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national defense airspace.  Hughes could serve four years behind bars if convicted.  He’s been released from police custody but will have another court hearing next month.

Report: WH Fence To Get New Steel Spikes

The White House fence is getting some security upgrades.  WRC-TV reports the National Park Service is expected to approve new steel spikes for the top of the fence.  There are also proposals to raise the height of the fence to ten feet — or to add a second fence inside the current one.  The upgrades would come after an Army veteran hopped the fence last September and entered the White House before being caught.

More Questions Raised About Oklahoma Volunteer Deputy

It appears the Oklahoma reserve deputy who shot and killed a suspect should not have been carrying a weapon.  The “Tulsa World” reports supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify records so 73-year-old Robert Bates could be certified without the necessary training.  Bates told investigators he thought he was using a Taser when he fatally shot a drug suspect.

DC Marks Emancipation Day

It’s Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.  The annual parade took place downtown earlier.  Emancipation Day commemorates the day in 1862 when President Lincoln issued an order freeing all slaves living in Washington.  The order came eight months before Lincoln delivered his Emancipation Proclamation.


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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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