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  • A South Florida City Council candidate used Facebook posts to compare two teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Adolf Hitler, communists and actors, the Sun-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Ximena Hommel is running for a seat on the Plantation City Council. Although her social media posts have been deleted, Hommel has posted links and memes about David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who gained national attention after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at the Parkland high school Feb. 14. A Feb. 21 post included a link to a story about Hogg reading “it’s all theater,” and suggested he was rehearsing scripted lines. A March 25 post included side-by-side photos of Hogg with his right arm raised, next to a saluting Hitler. On the same day, Hommel posted a photo showing Hogg and Gonzalez wearing Russian-style hats with the caption, “Give us your guns, comrades,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. Hommel, a former police officer in Plantation, told the newspaper she had no regrets about the posts and will not apologize for reposting links and memes. “I shared it and I made it public,” Hommel told the Sun-Sentinel. “I posted it from other pages because I don’t believe (Hogg and Gonzalez) represent the victims of the school. Go talk to the real victims. “I don’t like they are portraying themselves as the victims ’cause they’re not.”
  • A former volunteer firefighter in Wagoner County is accused of sexually abusing a child under 12 years old. Court records show Chad Renner was charged this week with one count of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old. Tulsa World reports the sexual abuse allegedly happened multiple times. The victim told his mother, who then informed investigators. Renner has denied the allegations against him.  As of Friday, he hadn’t been booked into jail.   KRMG will follow the case as it moves through the court system.  
  • KRMG has previously told you about the Gathering Place banning firearms. Gerry Bender, Tulsa’s Litigation Division manager, recently told the Tulsa World police won't arrest people who violate the park's gun policy. This is reportedly because of concerns such an action would be legally challenged. Under state law, firearms are allowed to be carried on property designated by a governmental authority as a park, recreational area or fairgrounds. “TPD has had a presence at the Gathering Place since its opening and will continue to do so in order for the citizens of Tulsa to enjoy the park in a safe environment,” a Tulsa police statement reads.  “We maintain the legal authority to enforce all ordinances and State laws applicable to private spaces open to the public.” Do you believe people should be allowed to have firearms at the Gathering Place?  Let us know in the comments.  
  • We have updated information regarding a 37-year-old Tulsa dentist who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder in the death of Lincoln Lewis. Oklahoma County court records show Bert Franklin was sentenced on Friday to life in prison. Franklin had been accused of fracturing the skull of the toddler inside his Oklahoma City home back in July of 2016. He was in a relationship with Lincoln’s mother at the time. Records read Franklin was also found guilty of soliciting the help of fellow jail inmates to kill his ex so she couldn’t testify against him.  He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.  
  • A 41-year-old man was taken into custody this week in Oklahoma City after allegedly making threats against the Oklahoman. Investigators report the threats arrived on Monday over voicemail. Robert Brewer is accused of threatening to kill by use of explosive. Newsok.com reports Brewer is also accused of threatening the office of Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong back in September. A motive for the threats hasn’t been released.   This isn’t the first time Brewer has had issues with the law.  He’s already been put on probation for a stalking charge back in 2013.
  • KRMG has previously told you about the Gathering Place banning firearms. Gerry Bender, Tulsa’s Litigation Division manager, recently told the Tulsa World police won't arrest people who violate the park's gun policy. This is reportedly because of concerns such an action would be legally challenged. Under state law, firearms are allowed to be carried on property designated by a governmental authority as a park, recreational area or fairgrounds. “TPD has had a presence at the Gathering Place since its opening and will continue to do so in order for the citizens of Tulsa to enjoy the park in a safe environment,” a Tulsa police statement reads.  “We maintain the legal authority to enforce all ordinances and State laws applicable to private spaces open to the public.” Do you believe people should be allowed to have firearms at the Gathering Place?  Let us know in the comments.  
  • You can put away your umbrella in the Tulsa area today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says we have a beautiful fall day ahead of us. “Fog should be clearing out,” Hodges said.  “We should have plenty of sun.  We are looking at highs probably in the lower 70’s.” The normal high for Tulsa this time of year is in the mid-70’s.   If you have outdoor plans Saturday night, bring a heavy coat.  The low will be close to 37 degrees.
  • This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions. The move by President Nixon came during an ongoing legal dispute over the release of the Watergate tapes – recordings made in the Oval Office by a secret taping system that the President had installed – which ultimately contained evidence that forced Nixon from office. Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted all the tapes for his investigation, but even with the backing of a federal court order, President Nixon refused to turn them over, instead offering summaries, an offer that Cox refused to accept. “I’m not looking for a confrontation,” Cox told an October 20, 1973 news conference at the National Press. “I’m certainly not out to get the President of the United States.” Several hours later, Nixon ordered that Cox be fired. The President first asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and quickly resigned. The same request the went to Deputy Attorney General Williams Ruckleshaus. Like Richardson, Ruckleshaus also refused and quit. Finally, the firing of Cox was carried out by Solicitor General Robert Bork. It’s a scenario that some have focused on, wondering if President Donald Trump might try to end the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. In an op-ed in August of 2018, Ruckleshaus drew parallels between Watergate and the current battle over the Russia investigation. “President Trump is acting with a desperation I’ve seen only once before in Washington,” Ruckleshaus wrote. “45 years ago when President Richard M. Nixon ordered the firing of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.” “Nixon was fixated on ending the Watergate investigation, just as Trump wants to shut down the Mueller investigation,” Ruckleshaus added. It took until late July of 1974 for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally order Nixon to turn over the tapes – in a unanimous 8-0 ruling. Nixon resigned soon after, on August 8, 1974.
  • Federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest on Friday of a man who allegedly threatened to murder and assault a pair of U.S. Senators for their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as police say the suspect placed a series of threatening telephone calls in which the man threatened to shoot the Senators if they supported the Kavanaugh nomination. In court documents unsealed on Friday, a special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police detailed a number of voice mails left by the suspect, identified as Ronald DeRisi of Smithtown, on Long Island in New York. The expletive-filled messages came during the final stages of debate on the Kavanaugh nomination, some as Kavanaugh testified for a second time before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the same day as a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct back when they were in high school. “The male caller, who did not identify himself on the recording, stated in relevant part, that he had a “present” for Senator-1, specifically: “It’s a nine millimeter,” court documents stated. “He’s a dead man! Nine millimeter, side of the f—ing head!” police quoted the phone threats. More voice mails were allegedly left by DeRisi after Kavanaugh had been confirmed by the Senate, as he called a second Senator’s office and left threatening messages. “I’m gonna get you,” police quoted the message. “Don’t you know that guy’s a sex offender?” At one point, the suspect allegedly read off the home address of the second Senator; it was not immediately clear from the court documents what two Senators had been targeted by the phone calls. Court documents show that DeRisi pled guilty in 2015 to making threatening phone calls, and that police compared the telphone evidence from the two cases.