William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested Friday in Wilkes County, North Carolina on one count of possession of stolen property. (Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. )
OAN Newsroom UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020
Two people are arrested and charged in connection with the disappearance of a Tennessee toddler. William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested in North Carolina Friday after police issued an Amber Alert with a description of their vehicle. They have been charged with possession of stolen property and remain in custody.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believed the pair would have relevant information regarding 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell who hasn’t been seen since December, but was only reported missing this week.
Authorities said Evelyn’s parents are aiding in the investigation. However, her mother has given some inaccurate information.
“Well, the reason I didn’t report it or anything is because I knew the person who had her and I didn’t want them to run away with her and as soon as I thought anything was going on they just kind of vanished,” stated mother Megan Boswell.
Despite claiming to know who has her daughter, Boswell said she cannot “name names.”
The reward for any information leading to the toddler’s return has reached $33,000. Evelyn’s’ whereabouts remain unknown.
Joshua Vallow, at left, and Tylee Ryan, right, have been missing since September, 2019. (Photos/Handout/Rexburg Police Department)
OAN Newsroom UPDATED 11:57 AM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020
As authorities continue to piece together what happened to two missing Idaho children, officers in Hawaii have taken their mother into custody.
47-year-old Lori Vallow was detained by Kauai Police Thursday on an arrest warrant from Madison County, Idaho, which was issued after she failed to comply with a court order to produce her missing kids from nearly a month ago.
17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua Vallow were last seen in Rexburg, Idaho in September. According to Kauai Police, there is no evidence suggesting the children are now on the island.
After the news of Vallow’s arrest, a private investigator, who has been following the case since the fall, is hopeful the world will get some answers.
“I would think it would have to have some effect of putting some pressure on Lori to come up with some explanation if the kids are safe, if they’re in a place that’s safe,” said investigator Rich Robertson. “Then all she has to do is say where they are.”
Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell, who was not arrested, refused to cooperate with authorities back in Idaho. They told police Joshua was visiting a family friend in Arizona, which officers later found was untrue. Vallow and Daybell reportedly told some people that Tylee had died even before her disappearance, which was also proven to be false.
Just weeks before Vallow’s arrest, authorities came across an abandoned storage unit containing personal items believed to belong to the missing kids. Authorities are also looking at the connection between the couple’s involvement in a doomsday cult and three suspicious deaths.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kay and Larry Woodcock speak to members of the media at the Rexburg Standard Journal Newspaper in Rexburg, Idaho. The Woodcocks are offering $20,000 for information that leads to the recovery of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan, who were last seen in September 2019. Their mother, Lori Vallow, also known as Lori Daybell, 47, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Hawaii on a warrant issued by Madison County, Idaho, and was being held on $5-million bail. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)
Joshua’s grandparents were overjoyed by the news of Vallow’s arrest and have urged her to speak up.
“You better start talking now, maybe you can stave off a year or two off your sentence you’re about to have when you go to court,” said grandmother Kay Woodcock.
Among the charges against Vallow are two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children as well as obstructing police officers. Vallow is being held on a $5 million bond and will have the opportunity to waive or fight extradition to Idaho at her pending court hearing.
If found guilty, she could face up to 14 years in prison for each count of desertion. The whereabouts of Tylee and Joshua are still unknown.
OAN Newsroom UPDATED 2:35 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020
Maryland police said they have a suspect in custody, who is believed to have shot two police detectives. The incident began on Wednesday, when officers responded to reports of a death at a local residence in Anne Arundel County.
Officers quickly ruled the death was a homicide and reported that the victim’s car was missing.
“We got called to a house where an adult male was found deceased, weren’t quite sure what happened to him,” explained Police Sergeant Jacklyn Davis. “Detectives went out and ruled that a homicide.”
Later in the day, the two detectives discovered the vehicle with the suspect inside and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The gunman then opened fire on the officers, injuring one of them.
The other officer was shot while chasing the suspect down. Both officers were taken to a local hospital, where they remain in serious but stable condition.
“He opened fire on our detectives, striking one right there. That detective broke off of the pursuit to get medical attention. Second detective continued to follow our suspect, chased him into the Stoney Beach community right behind you here, where another exchange of gunfire happened.” – Jacklyn Davis, Anne Arundel County Police
Authorities launched a manhunt following the shooting. Several local schools remained closed through Thursday while the manhunt continued. They are expected to reopen on Friday.
Anne Arundel Police thanked community members in a Twitter post and added they do not believe there is any further threat to the community.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
Photo of Rodrigo Ortega via Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)
OAN Newsroom UPDATED 2:12 PM PT — Saturday, January 25, 2020
An Alabama man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl, who was found safe after she went missing this week. On Thursday, police announced charges against 24-year-old Rodrigo Ortega, which included second-degree rape and enticing a child.
Ortega reportedly met the teen online and told her he was 19. Video surveillance showed she willingly got into his car. She has been returned home, but police said they will need to further interview the teen to confirm details of the case.
Photo of Amberly Flores via Pelham Police Department.
The local police chief said he is happy they were able to bring the teen home. He also emphasized parents should be aware of their young children on social media.
“At that critical age of 13, a lot of bad things can happen, we all know that. You can meet people on social media that aren’t who they say they are, aren’t the age that they are, or that they pretend to be. My message is: Know your children, know their whereabouts and, especially, know who they’re hanging out with.”
– Chief Pat Cheatwood, Pelham Police Department
Ortega, who is also on an ICE contingent hold, is being held in custody.
House Democrats move to draft articles of impeachment; reaction and analysis from Fox News contributors Richard Fowler and Rachel Campos-Duffy.
The GOP chairmen of the Senate committees that would be involved in an impeachment trial are seeking records and interviews related to allegations that a Democratic National Committee consultant solicited derogatory information about the Trump campaign from Ukrainian embassy officials ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
In a news release Friday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said they are looking to obtain records and transcribed staff interviews with two individuals reportedly involved in an effort by Ukrainian embassy officials to “undermine” the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.
“To believe that the mainstream media will investigate all things Russia or Ukraine is to hope against hope,” Graham said in a statement Friday. “The hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails was done by the Russians and no one else. Whether there’s a connection between Democratic operatives and Ukrainian officials during the 2016 election has yet to be determined.”
He added: “It will only be found by looking. We intend to look.”
The requests from Grassley, Graham and Johnson come as House Democrats are entering what may be the final phase of their impeachment inquiry ahead of introducing articles of impeachment for a vote. Should the House approve impeachment articles and trigger a trial in the Senate, Republicans plan to turn the tables on Democrats, by looking more closely at issues that House Democrats glossed over during their hearings.
Friday’s requests are a continuation of an inquiry that Grassley launched in 2017 when he was chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Grassley, at the time, was questioning the actions of then-DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa, which he said seemed to show that she was “simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S. voting population but U.S. government officials.”
Chalupa has denied the accusations: “For the record: I have never worked for a foreign government. I have never been to Ukraine. I was not an opposition researcher. In 2008, I knew Manafort worked for Putin’s interests in Ukraine. I reported my concerns about him to the NSC in 2014 & sounded the alarm bells in 2016,” Chalupa tweeted last month.
In addition to the interview and records requests, Johnson, Grassley and Graham are requesting “staff-led transcribed interviews” with Chalupa, and Andrii Telizhenko, a political officer within the Ukrainian embassy at the time. Telizhenko reportedly was ordered to assist in an off-the-books investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, which included then-Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort’s prior business dealings in the region.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Friday blasted the latest GOP efforts, saying it "undermines our democracy."
“Putin and his intelligence services disinformation campaign team in Moscow couldn't have cooked up a more useful tool for spreading conjured and baseless conspiracy theories than the one Chairmen Graham, Grassley and Johnson announced today," Schumer said in a statement.
Last month, Johnson and Grassley also requested information from the National Archives and Records Administration regarding meetings that took place in 2016 involving Obama administration officials, Ukrainian government representatives, and Democratic National Committee officials. They also requested Justice Department records related to the FBI’s interactions with Chalupa.
The Republicans emphasized Friday that their interest in Ukraine does not mean they deny Russia's meddling in 2016.
“The senators’ inquiries are unrelated to an uncorroborated theory that Ukraine was also behind the hack of the DNC servers,” the statement from the senators said. “U.S. intelligence officials and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found that Russia was responsible for the DNC hack.”
The three senators have also recently requested information related to potential conflicts of interest and political influence by Ukraine, including the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, which employed former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, on the board. At the time, the elder Biden was running U.S.-Ukraine relations and policy for the Obama administration.
And Graham, last month, alone, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting the release of any documents related to contacts between Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and to a meeting between son Hunter Biden’s business partner and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
This pertains to questions surrounding the elder Biden’s role in pressing for the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been investigating the founder of Burisma. Biden denies any wrongdoing, but Republicans have pressed for details throughout the impeachment process, in a bid to show that even though President Trump’s pressure campaign on Kiev triggered the impeachment inquiry, his concern was legitimate.
At the center of the impeachment inquiry, which began in September, is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Kiev. That call prompted the whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community inspector general, and in turn, the impeachment inquiry in the House. Trump challenged the accuracy of the complaint, though the transcript released by the White House did support the core allegations that he pressed for politically related investigations.
The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and witnesses have claimed shows a "quid pro quo" arrangement. Trump denies any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Trump challenged House Democrats this week to impeach him "fast" so that he can have a "fair trial" in the Senate. He also threatened to seek testimony from the Bidens, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, D-Calif., then dramatically called for the House to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment.
"The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power," Pelosi said.
But despite his threats, the president does not, alone, have the power to call witnesses to testify in those proceedings. In the Senate trial, three separate parties have input to how it will play out: Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House.
A senior Senate Republican aide told Fox News last month that once they receive articles of impeachment, they will begin working on two resolutions — one that governs the timeline of the trial, and the other that sets up witnesses for closed-door depositions, as well as which witnesses will be required to testify on the stand.
The aide suggested that Republican senators – like Graham, Johnson, and Grassley – could be attempting to help “shape” the witness list and the trial in their recent attempts to obtain documents and information from the administration and companies related to Hunter Biden.