• ( A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.
  • 2016 set all kinds of records for disasters and costs and earthquakes and floods.
  • The world today is seeing a large number of large crisis: chemical bombings, suicide bombings, tornadoes and more.
  • Leaders and nations are increasing the heat of their rhetoric and actions. Does this signal impending conflict?
  • Threats, graffiti, vandalism are marking a new wave of increased Antisemitism. around the US and the world
  • Are the US and world governments intercepting your electronic communications?
  • Terrorist act of arson forces tens of thousands of Israelis to be evacuated from wildfires.
  • Ukrainians are suffering as new Pro-Russian separatists fight government troops.
  • Chicago now accounts for half of the entire country's homicides, and the year isn't over, yet.
  • Multiple victims in North Park Elementary shooting, in San Bernardino, CA, are being reported by local authorities as a murder-suicide.
  • Steve Stephens shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr. in a shooting Easter Sunday. Stephens broadcast the shooting on Facebook Live.
  • Money and partisanship is driving the explosion of fake news websites. The sites are blamed for fostering doubt and explosive reactions.
  • Fentanyl is a synthetic, lab-created opioid, used by medical professionals with great care and success, is killing people at alarming rates when used recreationally.
  • Five dead, multiple injured and the airport is in chaos.
  • The Flint (MI) water crisis continues as more officials are arrested, and Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced the end of his committee's investigation as both the MI and federal EPA are blamed.
  • SInce the recent recession income inequality has grown greatly. Some see a crisis, but the odd thing polls show is that many don't.
  • CIA cyber tools were exposed publicly by Wikileaks. The CIA knew.  Tech companies scramble.
  • Some American's, during this post presidential election period, are showing an increasingly darker side of their beliefs.
  • With the change in national politics, immigration issues are causing greater divides.
  • ( Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.
  • Scientists are documenting what appears to be the sixth mass extinction event on Earth.
  • After injuring pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, a man stabbed and shot a police officer outside England's Parliament. The man was shot and killed.
  • Student debt load is becoming a larger problem as it stalls their ability to purchase large ticket items after they graduate.
  • Riggenbach announced the searches at multiple properties, 304 S. Adams St. in Middle Point, 7266 Middle Point Wetzel Road, a field at the intersection of Slane and Galvin Roads, and a field and partial woods at the intersection of Church and Middle Point Wetzel Roads, all were wrapping up on Friday.

    Sheriff Riggenbach also said the search warrants that were executed are related to the missing person investigation being conducted by the Van Wert City Police Department, involving Kori Glossett.

  • As ISIS is defeated in Mosul, Iraq they are leaving the local children shattered and dead.
  • The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its search of 304 S. Adams St. in Middle Point Thursday after executing search warrants Wednesday morning at that residence and several rural areas of the county. Meanwhile, new information received by the independent indicates a link between the owner of that residence and a missing Van Wert man.
    A Van Wert County sheriff's deputy walks along the porch of 304 S. Adams St. in Middle Point. Deputies served a search warrant at the house and other sites on Wednesday in support of a Van Wert Police Department investigation. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

    A Van Wert County sheriff’s deputy walks along the porch of 304 S. Adams St. in Middle Point on Wednesday. Deputies served a search warrant at the house and other sites that day in support of a Van Wert Police Department investigation. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

    The South Adams Street residence is owned by Dale Gear, as is a pond and a farm property on Middle Point-Wetzel Road that was searched on Wednesday.

    The sheriff said Wednesday that the search warrants were issued to support an investigation begun by the Van Wert Police Department.

    That city police investigation is most likely one centering on the disappearance of Kori Glossett, 25, who was reported missing by his father on July 21. Information given to theindependent indicates there is a link between Gear and Glossett, who reportedly knew each other, and may have been in a relationship prior to Glossett’s disappearance.

  • Iran and North Korean diplomacy seen to be at risk. Russia is backing away from treaties. New US President want to change US nuclear direction, policies.
  • Cincinnati's eastside Cameo nightclub was the scene of an early SUnday morning shooting that injured 14.
  • Car and knife used in attack. Attacker shot dead. 10 persons hospitalized, and all expected to survive.
  • Spotting fake news will help you avoid being part of the problem.
  • Despite world attention, the citizens of Aleppo, Syria face a continuing series of crisis.
  • (RT.Com) The aircraft carrier ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ will be accompanied by a number of smaller vessels and it is not yet clear if it will move through the North Sea and English Channel or pass Britain via the west of Ireland.

    The fleet is currently reported to be carrying out a three-day exercise which began on October 15.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he had detected increasing U.S. hostility towards Moscow and complained about what he said was a series of aggressive U.S. steps that threatened Russia's national security.

    In an interview with Russian state TV likely to worsen already poor relations with Washington, Lavrov made it clear he blamed the Obama administration for what he described as a sharp deterioration in U.S.-Russia ties.

    "We have witnessed a fundamental change of circumstances when it comes to the aggressive Russophobia that now lies at the heart of U.S. policy towards Russia," Lavrov told Russian state TV's First Channel.

  • Emboldened President Putin, Russia Seen as Growing Global Threat
  • ( More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.

    More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

  • With more than 5,500 killed and more than 1 attack per day worldwide, 2016 was the deadliest year for suicide bombers.
  • The political landscape has opened up a flood of new hate groups across the United States.
  • Hidden in plain sight, commercial trucks are becoming a hard to stop weapon of war for ISIS.
  • People who want to simply make others lives miserable online are finally being dealt with by social media tech companies.
  • (Japan Times) – South Korea and the U.S. said Sunday that the latest missile launch by North Korea ended in a failure after the projectile reportedly exploded soon after liftoff.

    The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the military believes the North unsuccessfully attempted to fire a mid-range Musudan missile. It said the failed launch was made near an airport in the North’s North Pyongan province.

  • (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters.

    The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious transport dock - fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles, neither of which hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


  • ( NEW DELHI – As Indians wake Monday to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, New Delhi's worst season for air pollution begins — with dire consequences.
  • The Red Cross and others are asking the British government for more funds to ease crisis.
  • UPDATE: Hodgkinson, 66, from in Belleville, Illinois has died of injuries.
  • Van Wert City Police is conducting an investigation in Middle Point on Wednesday.

  • Modern slavery is alive and well, and is still experienced in the U.S. Children and forced labor workers are the largest suffers.
  • War, terrorism, the general economic downturn and prejudice is resulting in significant cultural and historic sites being vandalized and destroyed all over the world.
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