FONTANA – Police officers shot and killed a 35-year-old Beaumont man in an exchange of gunfire Saturday after he tried to flee in a stolen car.
Mark Smith was killed at 7:22 a.m. when the car pursuit ended at Cherry Avenue and Merrill Avenue and shots were fired, according to a police news release and Deputy David McCarthy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s division.
Police were investigating a grand theft auto call at Arrow Boulevard and Sierra Avenue when a person was reported driving a stolen vehicle and brandishing a handgun.
When officers found the vehicle and tried to stop the suspect, the suspect tried to escape in the car.
McCarthy said he had no further information about the incident.
San Bernardino County fire dispatch supervisor Tim Franke said he had heard Cherry Avenue was shut down for a period of time Saturday because of the investigation.
Arden Wiltshire, spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said her department’s homicide team was conducting the investigation.
“That’s usually standard procedure,” she said. She said Fontana is responsible for releasing information about the shooting.
A message left for spokesman Sgt. Jeff Decker on Saturday was not returned. A Fontana police dispatcher said no one else in the department was authorized to speak about the shooting.
Marie Osmond’s teenaged son, Michael Blosil, has killed himself by leaping to his death around 9 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles, reports Entertainment Tonight, which quotes Marie’s brother, Donny Osmond, as saying, “Please pray for my sister and her family.”
According to ET, Michael left a note explaining he intended to end his life after a lengthy battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in.
In 2007, Michael, then 16, entered a rehab facility. His mother said at the time, “My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues. As his mother, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
The White House has appointed a Washington insider to replace Desiree Rogers, Obama’s social secretary who stepped down on Friday in the wake of an embarrassing security lapse late last year.
Julianna Smoot, who will be responsible for organizing social functions at the president’s residence, is currently chief of staff to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
“Julianna shares our commitment to creating an inclusive, dynamic and culturally vibrant White House, and Michelle and I are pleased to have her join our team,” Obama said in a statement on Saturday.
Smoot served as finance director of Obama’s election campaign and formerly worked for four senators.
Smoot’s predecessor, Rogers, was part of a group of Chicagoans who came to Washington with Obama. But she came under fire for a security lapse that allowed party crashers into a state dinner last year.
The White House denied on Friday that Rogers had been forced out. Rogers told an interviewer that now was “a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.”
Her departure will be among the first from high-profile administration posts since Obama took office in January 2009.
Coleman, who is 41, suffers from a congenital kidney disease and requires frequent dialysis, which he has said he prefers not to discuss. “The Insider” says it won’t release footage of the incident, E! Online reports.
Coleman had appeared before on an “Insider” panel that aired Feb. 17, angrily defending himself against questions regarding his relationship with his wife and allegations of domestic violence. In that expletive-peppered appearance, Coleman stormed off the set.
He was scheduled for a meet-and-greet and to perform stand-up comedy Saturday night at the Temple Music Hall in Canandaigua, N.Y. A phone call to the venue was not immediately returned.
Is nature out of control? MSNBC Proves How Incredibly Stupid They Are
Is it just me or is this the dumbest headline you have ever seen? Nature out of control? Has nature ever been “in control” in the first place? The article from MSNBC never asks this pressing question.
Its the same thing with the global warming myth. Can you imagine a time when mankind has become so egocentric that we believe that we can control nature?
So here is MSNBC doing what all news agencies do to keep the sheeple watching their crappy network. Trying to scare the masses into believing that somehow humans are responsible for all these earthquakes.
Now that the global warming issue is being debunked, I can already see the next big socialist cause. Global Earthquakes. Somehow a correlation will be made to scientifically prove that man is responsible for earthquakes.
I got it. Its because our automobiles are putting extraneous forces on the earth’s crust, thus causing the planet to to be pulled in a million different directions at once, creating the earthquakes we are having today. That’s the ticket . . .
Chile is on a hotspot of sorts for earthquake activity. And so the 8.8-magnitude temblor that shook the region overnight was not a surprise, historically speaking. Nor was it outside the realm of normal, scientists say, even though it comes on the heels of other major earthquakes.
One scientist, however, says that relative to the time period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Earth has been more active over the past 15 years or so.
The Chilean earthquake, and the tsunami it spawned, originated on a hot spot known as a subduction zone, where one plate of Earth’s crust dives under another. It’s part of the active “Ring of Fire,” a zone of major crustal plate clashes that surround the Pacific Ocean.
“This particular subduction zone has produced very damaging earthquakes throughout its history,” said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
The largest quake ever recorded, magnitude 9.5, occurred along the same fault zone in May 1960.
Even so, magnitude-8 earthquakes occur globally, on average, just once a year. Since magnitudes are given on a logarithmic scale, an 8.8-magnitude is much more intense than a magnitude 8, and so this event would be even rarer, said J. Ramón Arrowsmith, a geologist at Arizona State University.
Is Earth shaking more?
The Ryukyu Islands of Japan were hit with a 7.0-magnitude quake on Friday night. News of that tremor, the Haiti quake and now Chile may make it seem as if Earth is becoming ever more active. But in the grand scheme of things, geologists say this is just Mother Nature as usual.
“From our human perspective with our relatively short and incomplete memories and better and better communications around the world, we hear about more earthquakes and it seems like they are more frequent,” Arrowsmith said. “But this is probably not any indication of a global change in earthquake rate of significance.”
Coupled with better communication, as the human population skyrockets and we move into more hazardous regions, we’re going to hear more about the events that do occur, Arrowsmith added.
Thousands rattle the Earth daily — but only a few cause utter devastation.
However, “relative to the 20-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid 1990s, the Earth has been more active over the past 15 or so years,” said Stephen S. Gao, a geophysicist at Missouri University of Science and Technology. “We still do not know the reason for this yet. Could simply be the natural temporal variation of the stress field in the earth’s lithosphere.” (The lithosphere is the outer solid part of the Earth.)
While the Chilean earthquake wasn’t directly related to Japan’s 7.0-magnitude temblor, the two have some factors in common.
For one, any seismic waves that made their way from Japan to the Chilean coast could play a slight role in ground-shaking.
“It is too far away for any direct triggering, and those distances also make the seismic waves as they would pass by from the Haiti or Japan events pretty small because of attenuation,” Arrowsmith told LiveScience. (Attenuation is the decrease in energy with distance.) “Nevertheless, if the Chilean fault surface were close to failure, those small waves could push it even closer.”
In addition, both regions reside within the Ring of Fire, which is a zone surrounding the Pacific Ocean where the Pacific tectonic plate and other plates dive beneath other slabs of Earth. About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur along this arc. (The next most seismic region, where just 5 to 6 percent of temblors occur, is the Alpide belt, which extends from the Mediterranean region eastward.)
Colliding plates The Chilean earthquake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. These rocky slabs are converging at a rate of 3 inches (80 mm) per year, according to the USGS. This huge jolt happened as the Nazca plate moved down and landward below the South American plate. This is called a subduction zone when one plate subducts beneath another.
(Over time, the overriding South American Plate gets lifted up, creating the towering Andes Mountains.)
The plate movement explains why coastal Chile has such a history of powerful earthquakes . Since 1973, 13 temblors of magnitude 7.0 or greater have occurred there, according to the USGS.