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Ventura youth killed by hit and run

Ventura County Star reported Jonathan Hernandez, freshman football player at Buena High, was killed Feb. 19 in a hit and run accident in east Ventura.

Hernandez family pastor said Hernandez left his house around midnight on his bicycle. His family had just celebrated his deceased sister’s birthday and Hernandez needed to clear his head.

According to police authorities, Hernandez was struck two times by two separate cars who failed to stop.

Although Hernandez’s mother identified the body, Deputy Medical Examiner Zeb Dunn is awaiting dental records to confirm the identity of the body.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with funeral costs at


Two men shoot 6-year-old bystander

CNN reported on a 6-year-old boy who was shot in Pinewood near Miami by two unknown black males who exited a car and started firing, according to Miami-Dade Police Department.

According to WPLG King Carter was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later passed.

Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez told CNN the young boy was not a target, but an innocent bystander.

Police and Carter’s family are hoping to retrieve information from the “anti-snitch” culture, CNN said.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is offering $20,000 as a reward for anyone who may have information leading to the arrest of the shooters.


Cyclone Winston kills six people in Fiji

CNN reported that six people were killed in a storm in Fiji according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Feb. 20 and was the most powerful storm ever recorded for the Southern Hemisphere with winds reaching 184 mph, according to Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Fiji Times said Prime Minster Frank Bainimarama declared a state of emergency that will be in effect for 30 days as well as a nationwide curfew.

CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said Winston will keep its strength until it gets to cooler waters. If Winston occurred in the Atlantic, it would have been considered a Category 5 Hurricane.


Black water in the spinach capital of the world

Water is black in Crystal City Texas which is known as the “Spinach Capital of the World” according to CNN.

A resident told KSAT the residences were not warned about the black sludge that looked similar to oil.

CNN reported the city believed this problem occurred when the city’s elevated water tank was drained for the first time in decades. Built up sediments entered the water from the bottom of the tank.

According to the newest water Superintendent, Carlos Ramirez, who has barely been working for a year, the previous operator neglected to clean the tank for 20-25 years.

Ramirez said the water is safe to drink since tests came back in acceptable ranges.


Uber driver kills eight people and injures two

According to CNN, an Uber driver was arrested for killing six people and injuring two in a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo Michigan.

Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting said Jason Brian Dalton shot at people in an apartment complex, a Kia dealership and a Cracker Barrel parking lot.

Dalton’s semiautomatic handgun was seized by police who ended the six hour rampage.

CNN released a statement by Joe Sullivan, Uber’s chief security officer, that Dalton passed a background check in order to be a driver-partner with Uber.

CNN said the motive of Dalton was unknown according to Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley.

Neighbors of Dalton told CNN this seemed to be out of character for him, although they did know he liked guns.

Megan Blackburn
Staff Writer
Published February 24th, 2016