The Martyrs Of Mosul



ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday executed six men in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province for selling cigarettes, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

Smoking or selling cigarettes has been for years banned under the rule of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in areas under the group’s control in Iraq and Syria. Those who violate ISIS regulations are exposed to brutal punishment, mostly public execution.

“The ISIS-led Islamic Police of Hisba arrested six men in Mosul on charges of selling cigarettes. They were then referred to the Sharia Court which ordered their immediate execution on Wednesday on charges of violating the rules imposed by their alleged Caliphate,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

The six men were publicly executed by firing squad in the Bursa square in central Mosul, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

“Hundreds of people witnessed the brutal execution. The victim’s corpses were then moved to the al-Tib al-Adli hospital in Mosul,” the source reported.

Sandra Bland

Daily Mail

Sandra Bland’s independent autopsy completed as family reveal dash cam footage shows the incident that led to her arrest began with disagreement over a cigarette


A lawyer for the family of Sandra Bland has revealed that newly seen dash cam footage shows how the confrontation that led to her arrest began with a disagreement over a cigarette.

Bland was found dead at the Waller County Jail in Texas three days after she was pulled over for a traffic violation and taken into custody for allegedly being ‘uncooperative’, authorities said.

Police said three days later the 28-year-old hanged herself with a plastic bag, an account her family disputed and led them to order an independent autopsy – which was completed on Monday.

Results of the autopsy have not yet been released, according to CBS News.

The Texas Department of Public Safety claimed the state trooper who pulled Bland over on July 10 for failing to signal a lane change was being ‘argumentative and uncooperative’ and allegedly kicking an officer.

Cannon Lambert, the family’s lawyer, said there is no footage from the dash cam that shows Bland hitting an officer.

Lambert told NBC News that the video at first shows the trooper returning to Bland’s car after running her license and insurance with what appears to be a written warning.

He said the trooper can then be heard asking Bland to put out her cigarette, a request to which she responds, ‘Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I’m in my own car?’

‘That seemed to irritate him to the point where he said, “Get out of the car”‘, Lambert said.

Lambert said the trooper is then seen trying to ‘force her out of the car by way of opening the door’ and that Bland attempted to record him on her cell phone until she saw him pull out his Taser.

The attorney said Bland then complied with the trooper and exited the vehicle.

A video recorded by a bystander of Bland’s arrest shows at least one officer holding her to the ground outside by her car.

Bland can be heard on the film saying to one of the officers: ‘You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear.’

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper who pulled Bland over violated traffic stop procedures and the department’s courtesy policy and has since been assigned to administrative duties.

The department also said Friday that the dash cam footage will be released as soon as possible.

Berkeley Balcony Collapse


N Y Times:

Residents here said that apartments were often crammed with students trying to hold down living costs, and that people typically went out to the balcony to smoke.


Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all 21-year-olds from Ireland and Ashley Donohoe, 22, of Rohnert Park, were killed Tuesday when the balcony they were standing on snapped off the fifth floor of a Berkeley apartment building during a birthday party. Thirteen people were tossed 50 feet to the street below. The other seven remain hospitalized.

Lee Pearsall


Man falls to his death ‘while smoking cigarette out of window’ on Christmas Day

A man plunged to his death while smoking a cigarette out of an open window on Christmas Day, it is believed.

Named locally as Lee Pearsall, the 30-year-old builder had been drinking with pals in a local pub in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve but left early to go home. He then leaned out of an upstairs window for a smoke but lost his balance and tumbled to the ground.

It is believed he was discovered by his mother Lynne the following morning and police and the ambulance service were called at about 10.30am.

Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family friend Wendy Collins, whose daughter Kerry-Leigh Wileman was a former girlfriend of Mr Pearsall, said: “It is just an absolute tragedy, shocking at any time of year but even worse at Christmas.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 10.32am on Thursday 25 December by the Ambulance Service to an address on Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough.

“A 30-year-old man had been found outside the address and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances and are preparing a file for the coroner.”

Mrs Collins added to the The Star: “Kerry-Leigh and Lee had stayed really good friends. She couldn’t speak highly enough of him and has been in bits since Christmas Day.”

On Facebook Miss Wileman posted: “Good night to my beautiful friend Lee. Such a shining star in this cruel world.

“A heart of pure gold and the soul of an angel. I couldn’t be more heartbroken with the thought of not seeing you again.”

Unnamed Man

Times of India

TNN | Aug 27, 2014, 12.12AM IST

NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old man was stabbed six times by a stranger after he smoked out a few puffs on his face. The brazen murder took place outside Nangloi metro station in west Delhi on Monday night.

The man was found lying in a pool of blood behind the station by two patrol policemen around 11.30pm who heard him call for help. When the police reached him, he pointed out to a direction saying that he was stabbed by someone. Police nabbed the killer after a chase.

Jahid (26) told police the victim had come out of the Metro station and lit a cigarette near a shop. He took a few puffs in Jahid’s direction. Jahid asked him to stub the cigarette as he did not like the smell, triggering an argument.

During the scuffle, Jahid stabbed the man a few times and fled after he saw police walking towards him. They rushed the injured man to a local hospital where he died during treatment. A case of murder has been registered.

Andy Nowicki

Vet At Center Of Newington No-Smoking Conflict Dies


Andy Nowicki Was 90

April 29, 2014|By CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN, Special to the Courant, The Hartford Courant
NEWINGTON – World War II veteran Andy Nowicki, who was at the center of a conflict over the Newington Housing Authority’s no smoking policy, has died. He was 90.

The housing authority tried last year to evict Nowicki for smoking. After several weeks of controversy, Nowicki’s lawyer, state Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, negotiated a settlement allowing Nowicki and his wife to stay in their home of 20 years. Nowicki, who had trouble walking due to war wounds and old age, agreed to smoke at least 10 feet from his building, in compliance with the authority’s no smoking policy.

An Old Saybrook contractor later donated labor and materials to build a 10-foot long awning so Nowicki had a place to light up in bad weather.

But the happy ending didn’t last. Early this year, the housing authority, which is independent of the town of Newington, said an employee saw Nowicki smoking in his breezeway at least three times in violation of the agreement, and threatened again to evict him and his wife, Leona.

Rather than have his client testify in court, Doyle said, he agreed to have Nowicki and his 90-year-old wife, who has advanced dementia, leave the Cedar Village complex by July 31.

“I didn’t want more stress,” said Doyle, who represented Nowicki at no charge. “I just thought it wasn’t worth it at this point.”

When Nowicki fell ill earlier this month, his relatives were in the midst of a search to find an affordable replacement for his $714-a-month apartment.

Last Friday, Nowicki died after suffering a stroke, his daughter said.

Janet Nowicki denied her father violated the agreement, and said housing authority officials “tormented” her father.

“They just did things to put undue stress on someone who wasn’t healthy, who was elderly,” Janet Nowicki said. “It’s called bullying.”

Doyle said the authority’s actions showed “a lack of common sense and common decency.”

Housing Authority Executive Director Melinda Harvey defended the authority Tuesday, saying Nowicki had been caught smoking in violation of the settlement and therefore had to vacate his apartment.

“He continued to not comply,” Harvey said. “So we contacted Paul [Doyle] and met with him.”

She also expressed regret at Nowicki’s death. “He was part of our community,” she said. “Regardless of what was going on, our community is in mourning.”

Dorris Clinard

WKRN-TV Nashville

Dorris ClinardClarksville police are hoping to generate new leads on a homicide from more than six years ago.

Dorris Clinard, 57, was found stabbed to death near his driveway on July 27, 2007.

Clinard was active in his church, devoted to his wife, Connie, and seemed to have no enemies.

Officer Natalie Hall said around 7 a.m. that morning, a neighbor leaving for work, spotted Clinard lying between two cars in the parking area outside his home on West Park Drive.

He had been stabbed in the chest area.

Officer Hall said there was no indication of a robbery and no one had heard anything. His wife was still asleep.

“That was the whole problem with this case. We didn’t have a whole lot to go on,” Officer Hall said.

She said the neighborhood is normally safe and quiet, even to this day.

“It is a good area to run and jog in the morning or anytime during the day, just because you feel comfortable there,” Officer Hall said.

Officer Hall said around that same time every morning, Clinard would typically step outside to smoke a cigarette before work.

That morning, she said several witnesses possibly saw one or two suspicious men walking in the area, but that never led to any suspects.

Dorris Clinard was a lifelong resident of Clarksville and had worked at Levelle Valley Creamery in La Vergne for 25 years. He had just started a new job at a fiberglass company in Clarksville, My Word is My Bond, four days prior to his murder. He had changed jobs to be closer to home.

One year after his murder, a garden monument at his church, Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian, was dedicated in his honor.

The memorial features the Ten Commandments and Dorris’ favorite Bible verse, John 3:16.

The family sent News 2 this statement this week:

“The Family of Dorris Clinard would like to extend our gratitude to the Clarksville Police Department for their resolve in the investigation of this murder case. We would like to thank News 2 for providing a platform to inform the community that this case continues to be examined and that we are looking for any possible leads. We plead for anyone with any information to contact the Clarksville Police Department. We, as a family, continue to miss him each and every day. Our hope is to find closure and justice at the end of this process.”