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Date: Oct 7, 2021

Police have arrested an Anne Arundel County Fire Department civilian employee after he made threats of mass violence to other employees at the department's headquarters.

At approximately 12:00PM officers say they responded to the building for a reported threat of mass violence made by a civilian employee.

Officials say the suspect, Jordan Brent Hartlove, 24, of Denton, Maryland, allegedly made detailed statements to other Fire Department employees threatening to use a gun to harm people.

An arrest warrant was issued for threats of mass violence and the suspect was peacefully taken into custody by an allied agency out of the county, police say.

Read more: Fox 45

Health care workers have shouldered some of the heaviest burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, treating dying patients, consoling grieving families and working long hours in understaffed hospitals. On top of those stressors, nurses and physicians are facing an increase in violent attacks and threats from their patients.

An Idaho doctor reported being threatened after she refused to prescribe a patient ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug that had been used in experimental COVID treatment.

Dr. Ashley Carvalho told KBOI that the patient's family member told her, "I have a lot of ways to get people to do what I want them to do, and they're all sitting in my gun safe at home."

Read more: WFXL (Albany, GA)

The ISIS-K suicide bomber who carried out a terrorist attack at Kabul international airport in late August, killing 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans, had been released from a prison near Kabul just days earlier when the Taliban took control of the area, according to three US officials.

Two US officials, as well as Rep. Ken Calvert, a California Republican who said he had been briefed by national security officials, said the suicide bomber was released from the Parwan prison at Bagram air base. The US controlled the base until it abandoned Bagram in early July. It had turned over the prison to Afghan authorities in 2013.
The revelation underscores the chaos around the final days of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the struggle of the US to control a rapidly deteriorating situation around the airport as it relied on the Taliban to secure the perimeter of the airport.

Read more: CNN

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether Abu Zubaydah, the first Sept. 11 terrorism suspect known to have been tortured by the United States overseas, can be told about his treatment, including where he was held.

The CIA captured Zubaydah in Pakistan 19 years ago, believing he was a high-ranking figure in Al Qaeda — a notion the CIA later concluded was wrong, according to a Senate Intelligence Committee study. His lawyers said he was held at several secret locations overseas, known as black sites, where during interrogations he was repeatedly waterboarded, slapped and slammed into walls, crammed into a small box, and deprived of sleep for days at a time.

In 2006 he was transferred to the custody of the Defense Department and moved to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he remains. To help pursue legal claims against Polish officials who he says were complicit in his detention and treatment at a black site in Poland, he now wants access to two former CIA contractors who devised and helped carry out the U.S. torture program.

Read more: NBC News

Jeffrey Burnham, the Cumberland man charged with killing his brother, sister-in-law and an elderly family friend, allegedly wanted to confront his brother Brian Robinette, a pharmacist, because he believed the government is “poisoning people with COVID vaccines,” according to charging documents filed in the District Court of Maryland for Howard County.

“Brian knows something!” he told his mother, who called police concerned about her son’s mental stability.

Jeffrey Burnham, 46, is currently being held in the the Allegany County Detention Center. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, who was found dead Sept. 29 in a Cumberland home.

Prosecutors charged Burnham with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one handgun charge in the death of his brother and Brian’s wife Kelly.

Read more: WJZ