Among the hardest hit was Tennessee, where officials believe hundreds of buildings have been damaged or destroyed as fires burned in Sevier County, just outside Knoxville. The county is home to the popular tourist destinations of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
As co-editor of AltRight.com and president of The National Policy Institute, white supremacist Richard Spencer has risen to become one of the highest profile white nationalists in America. >> Read more trending news Spencer, who was born in 1978 in Boston, made headlines shortly after the 2016 election when a meeting of the National Policy Institute went viral. In a video clip of the gathering, attendees could be seen giving Nazi salutes as Spencer cheered, “Hail Trump! Hail our people!” >> Related: Restaurant apologizes for hosting alt-right conference Here are some things to know about the alt-right leader: 1. Spencer is a white separatist who believes in creating an Aryan homeland. He told Salon.com in 2013 that white people “need to start thinking about a new ethno-state that we would want to be a part of.” He told The Atlantic in June 2017 that the goal of creating a white “ethno-state” is a long-term project and will come about “through a slow process of awakening ethnic pride and instituting government policies that reflect a new white race consciousness.” His National Policy Institute describes itself as “dedicated to the heritage, identity and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world.” 2. Spencer is known as one of the most successful young white nationalist leaders in America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy group. The organization described Spencer as a leading “academic racist” who “takes a quasi-intellectual approach to white separatism. “ 3. Spencer doesn’t see himself as a white supremacist but instead calls himself an “identitarian.” In a 2015 interview with Vice magazine, Spencer said that, “He prefers the terms ‘alternative right’ and ‘identitarianist’ over ‘racist’ or ‘white supremacist.’” 'Identity is the most important question to answer,” Spencer told Vice. “Who are we racially? Who are we historically? Who are we in terms of our experience? Who are we in terms of our community?' 4. Spencer is credited with coining the term “alternative right” or “alt right.” The term appeared in a 2008 article for the far-right Taki’s magazine, according to the Anti-Defamation League. “At the time, Spencer was using ‘alternative right’ to refer to people on the right who distinguished themselves from traditional conservatives by opposing, among other things, egalitarianism, multiculturalism and open immigration,” according to the group. 5. Spencer was banned from 27 European countries. He was jailed in Hungary and subsequently deported in 2014 after he attempted to organize the National Police Institute Conference for white nationalists, according reports from The Daily Beast and The Telegraph. In a statement issued at the time by Hungary’s Ministry of Interior, officials said the National Police Institute was made up of “proponents of racist ideologies, and the expression of their opinions is contrary to the fundamental law.”
A New Orleans man was arrested Tuesday morning after he called 911 to report that he had killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God made him do it.” Mark Hambrick, 45, was taken into custody outside his home in the Bywater neighborhood. New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters during a morning news conference at the scene that Hambrick was waiting for officers when they responded to his call. Hambrick told dispatchers in the call, which came in around 7 a.m., that he had stabbed his daughter and then, “to put the child out of its misery,” suffocated her, Harrison said during the news conference, recorded and shared by NOLA.com. He gave them a description of himself and the toddler and told them where he and the child would be when officers arrived. Officers who responded to the scene handcuffed Hambrick and went into the house, where they found the child lying dead on a bed. She had multiple stab wounds. Harrison said an autopsy will determine if the baby was also suffocated. The knife used in the slaying was found near the girl’s body. Dispatchers who questioned Hambrick asked why he killed the baby, Harrison said. “He gave us some details, but simply put, he told us over the phone that God made him do it,” the police superintendent said. Investigators are looking at the man’s background to determine if mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse may have played a part in the slaying. When asked about it on the phone, Hambrick denied having a history of mental illness. Hambrick’s wife, the mother of the child, was at work when the slaying took place, Harrison said. The woman, who the superintendent said “has now lost a baby and now has lost a husband,” has been in touch with detectives. “This is certainly a gruesome scene. It’s extremely tragic,” Harrison said. >> Read more trending news The toddler’s death is the second time a father has been accused of killing his small child in Louisiana since the weekend. Fabian Miguel Smith, 33, of Zachary, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of his 11-month-old son, Jericho Smith, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Zachary police Chief David McDavid said during a Sunday news conference that the baby suffered stab wounds to his forehead and had signs of blunt force trauma to the back of his head. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark confirmed during the infant’s autopsy that he also suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the Advocate reported. Smith is accused of locking the baby’s older siblings, ages 9 and 5, out of the house as he killed the boy. When the children went back in the house, they found their brother unresponsive. The children ran for help at a neighbor’s home. When the neighbor went to check on Jericho, he found the infant lying on the floor in a pool of blood, McDavid said. Smith reportedly told the neighbor, “Call 911, I done messed up.” Jericho’s mother, Iesha Tolbert, told reporters on Monday that her son was a happy baby who seldom cried. His favorite word was “Dada,” Tolbert said. Tolbert, who was working when her son died, said she is trying to wrap her mind around what happened. When she received word that Jericho was dead, she said she assumed he had died in an accident. She never imagined that Smith would have killed their son. “The hardest part is knowing it was his own dad that took his life,” Tolbert told reporters, according to the Advocate. “Not only did I lose my baby, I also lost my husband at the same time.” Court records showed that Smith does not have a record of violent crime, the Advocate reported. Tolbert’s mother, Theresa Tolbert, told reporters that he was never violent. “He was a loving parent, a great provider,” Theresa Tolbert said of her son-in-law.
A New Orleans man who told police he killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God told him to do it” stabbed the girl multiple times in the heart then held her as she cried for hours before suffocating her, authorities said. Mark Hambrick, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, Orleans Parish jail records show. He is being held without bond. NOLA.com reported that Hambrick, who called 911 early Tuesday morning to report that he’d killed his daughter, told investigators that he stabbed the girl four times in the heart with a serrated kitchen knife. He waited for her to “bleed out,” holding the crying baby in his arms for nearly five hours, court documents said. Finally, he suffocated her. New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a Tuesday news conference that Hambrick told 911 dispatchers he suffocated the girl to “put the child out of its misery.” A warrant for Hambrick stated that he told police “God told him to” kill his daughter so “the State of Louisiana can kill him so he can be resurrected,” NOLA.com reported. The Advocate in Baton Rouge reported that Hambrick’s daughter, who police have not named publicly, was identified on social media as Amina. Hambrick’s wife, Amina’s mother, was working in Baton Rouge at the time of the slaying. Monika Gerhart-Hambrick is on the staff of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. Broome said in a statement Tuesday that she stood behind Gerhart-Hambrick during this “unimaginable” situation. “This is a horrible tragedy,” Broome said, according to NOLA.com. “No parent should ever have to lose a child, especially in such a violent way. We are here for Monika and her family for whatever they need.” Neighbors in Hambrick’s Bywater neighborhood were stunned by Tuesday’s slaying, and by the allegations against Hambrick, who worked as an internal audit analyst at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. One neighbor described the family to NOLA.com as “sweet people.” Other neighbors said that the baby had recently learned to walk and was talkative, often heard babbling as her parents took her for walks in her stroller. Hambrick’s own Facebook page has a number of photos that appear to show a happy family. Hambrick seemed like a normal dad, neighbors told New Orleans’ WVUE television station. “They interacted with each other well,” one neighbor said. “There was no body language that would indicate that something like this would happen.” Harrison said Tuesday that investigators were looking into Hambrick’s background to determine if mental illness or drugs or alcohol played a part in the homicide. Despite his explanation of why he killed his daughter, Hambrick told detectives that he knew what he did was wrong, according to NOLA.com. >> Read more trending news Hambrick called 911 around 7 a.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers what he had done. Harrison said in a news conference, recorded and shared by NOLA.com, that Hambrirck gave dispatchers a description of himself and of his daughter, and told them where he and the child would be when officers arrived. Officers who responded to the scene found Hambrick sitting on his porch, as he said he’d be. They handcuffed Hambrick and went into the house, where they found the child lying dead on a bed. She had multiple stab wounds. Harrison said an autopsy will determine if the baby was also suffocated. The knife used in the slaying was found near the girl’s body. Dispatchers who questioned Hambrick asked why he killed the baby, Harrison said. “He gave us some details, but simply put, he told us over the phone that God made him do it,” the police superintendent said Tuesday.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is asking the you for information on a suspected thief. The Sheriff’s Office says she is accused of stealing 2 70-inch TVs with 2 children at a Walmart. Deputies say the incidents happened on two separate occasions. The sheriff’s office says she left in a dark blue truck. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office says if you recognize the woman in the photos you can call Detective Rose at 904-548-9175. You can also remain anonymous and report any tips to the First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477 or online at fccrimestoppers.com.
Florida’s flagship public university braced Thursday for a speech and rally by a white nationalist that was expected to bring thousands of protesters – and, some feared, violent demonstrations -- to its campus. >> Read more trending news Richard Spencer is due to speak from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, about 2 miles from the center of the University of Florida campus.