Its fraud and incompetence, plain and simple.

Feds Paid $1 Billion in Social Security Benefits to Individuals Without a SSN
Errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
February 22, 2017 5:00 am

The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN), according to a new audit.

The agency’s inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.

The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file.

Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”

“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.

The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.

The inspector general said the errors occurred because the agency did not keep paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits on behalf of another and did not update its system if their status was terminated.

Only six percent of representative payees had SSNs that were properly recorded, based on the audit’s sample of 100 beneficiaries.

Government benefits are also going to illegal aliens through the representative payee system. 17 percent of representative payees in the sample did not have an SSN recorded because they were undocumented noncitizens, the inspector general said.

Illegal aliens without SSNs are allowed to receive benefits from the government when acting as representatives for their minor children.

In response to the audit, the SSA said it switched to a new Electronic Representative Payee System last year, and transferring representative payee information “may have resulted in applications showing as terminated or not selected.”

The government defended the issuance of benefits to noncitizens and persons without an SSN.

“Representative payees play a significant role in many beneficiaries’ lives,” the SSA said. “We have approximately 5.7 million representative payees managing annual benefits for approximately 8 million beneficiaries. When appointing representative payees, we adhere to guidance in the Social Security Act (the Act).”

“Specific to this audit, the Act permits us to appoint, in certain circumstances, an undocumented alien, or applicant who resides outside the United States without a Social Security number (SSN) to serve as payee,” the agency said. “Specifically, the Act states we should verify a person’s SSN (or employer identification number) in our investigation of the payee applicant. However, the Act does not state that the applicant must have an SSN to serve as a payee.”

The “absence of an SSN is not a criterion preventing an individual from serving as payee,” the agency added.

Sadly, either way the taxpayers are on the hook for these morons….the cleanup, the LEO presence, and the aggravation.

Stenehjem: ‘Very likely’ North Dakota will sue feds for cleanup costs
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BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it’s “very likely” the state will sue the federal government to recoup cleanup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on federal land.

Stenehjem’s comments on Wednesday, Feb. 22, came hours before an evacuation order issued by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum takes effect for people occupying Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Cannonball River in southern Morton County. State officials have said a cleanup is needed to prevent debris from washing into the river during spring flooding.

Stenehjem said the state’s consideration of legal action is partly based on prior experience with the state’s “constant plea” for federal law enforcement support during the months-long protests.

“The federal government is very good at making all kinds of promises they never follow through with,” he said from his office. “The state of North Dakota is not going to spend a nickel on cleaning this up.”

Stenehjem said there will likely be “environmental issues” in the months or years after the initial cleanup.

“Bringing that land back to original condition is going to be an additional expense,” he said. “They are going to have to bear that cost too.”

As for the law enforcement costs the state has taken on, Stenehjem said it’s possible those would also be included in any legal action. He said those costs were brought on by the Corps’ decision to allow protesters on its land without a permit.

“Our ability to recoup that is a little less certain than the requirement that they clean it up at their expense,” he said. “But if there’s a way that we can do that, we certainly will.”

The estimated state and local costs for the law enforcement response to the protests have totaled almost $33 million since August, the North Dakota Joint Information Center reported earlier this month. Stenehjem indicated the cleanup costs are yet to be determined.

The North Dakota National Guard has incurred nearly $9 million in costs — including personnel, equipment, meals and lodging — for protest response since Aug. 10.

Public schools? Good enough for thee, not for me. More hypocrisy of the left with Al Franken leading the pack.

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These Senators Opposed Vouchers Backer Betsy DeVos But Send Their Kids To Fancypants Private Schools

ERIC OWENS
Education Editor
9:12 AM 02/21/2017

At least seven of the 46 Senate Democrats who voted against Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s newly-minted education secretary, currently send or once sent their own children or grandchildren to expensive private schools.

DeVos, a long-time school choice advocate from Michigan, was the architect of Detroit’s school charter system and formerly led the Alliance for School Choice advocacy group. She headed the American Federation for Children — which backs school choice for poor and underprivileged families — when Trump nominated her.

As The Daily Caller noted when DeVos was nominated, Trump has called school choice “the civil rights issue of our time,” especially for African-American children, who are unequally stuck in some of America’s worst public schools.

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers unsuccessfully vowed to defeat DeVos and pressured Democratic senators to vote against her. The two powerful teachers unions have donated lavishly to Democratic campaign war chests.
Here are seven Democratic senators who voted against DeVos yet send — or sent — their own progeny to fancypants private schools:

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Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat representing Minnesota who was once an unfunny comedian with bit parts on “Saturday Night Live,” has two children who attend The Dalton School in New York City — 1,018 miles from Minneapolis and 226 miles from Washington, D.C.

The cost of a single year of tuition for students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Dalton is $44,640. This amount, which represents slightly more than the average household income in the state of Alabama, is “among the lowest of our peer schools,” the posh Upper East Side school trumpets. On Friday, lunch at Dalton scrumptiously featured sustainable green tea salmon, anasazi bean salad, fresh organic papaya yogurt and a pasta bar with both marinara sauce and puttanesca sauce.

Dalton is most famous because its administration called off this year’s ice-skating party after a large group of parents refused to send their children to the Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park for political reasons.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, has a granddaughter who rubs shoulders with the children of movie stars at the trendy Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Tuition at Harvard-Westlake costs $35,900 each year. There’s also a $2,000 fee for new students.

Harvard-Westlake offers a bevy of amazing opportunities for students including study-abroad programs in Spain, France, China, Italy and India. There’s also the Mountain School, “an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat representing Rhode Island and himself a private boarding school product, has two children. His daughter attended the Wheeler School, a coed day school in Providence where a single year of tuition for sixth grade through 12th grade currently costs $35,215.

Sixth graders at Wheeler spend a segment of the school year romping around at a 120-acre farm owned by the school. The “unique, place-based experience” includes “vigorous scientific leaf studies” and “examinations of poetry, art, and mathematical models deepened through the context of” the school-owned farm.

Whitehouse, who has owned stock in a for-profit charter school company, also sent his son to a St. George’s School, a private boarding school in a gorgeous hamlet on the seaside.

Annual tuition at St. George’s is currently $39,900. Boarding students pay $58,000.

St. George’s offers a special program which allows students to sail around the world for several week on a 69-foot sailboat “traveling in a grand loop from Rhode Island across to the Azores and Spain, through the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece, back to the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat representing New York and herself an alumna of the tony Emma Willard School, sends her two school-age children to Capitol Hill Day School, according to The Washington Post. Tuition at the private, progressive bastion currently runs $30,300.00 per year for sixth through eighth grades, $28,700.00 per year for first through fifth grades and $28,000.00 per year for preschoolers.

Instruction in French and Spanish begins in preschool at Capitol Hill Day School. Also, performing arts is a big deal. There are “operas based on children’s books,” for example, and the sixth graders put on a musical theater production.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut, sent one of his four children to Brunswick School, a private, all-boys day school in Greenwich, according to the Connecticut Post. A year of high school tuition at Brunswick currently costs $40,450. Tuition for preschoolers costs $30,930 per year.

On Tuesday, grade school kids at Brunswick will enjoy a delicious lunch of barbecue antibiotic-free chicken sandwiches on Texas rolls.

Blumenthal sent another one of his kids to Greenwich Academy, an all-girls day school where high school tuition currently runs $41,890. A single year of prekindergarten at the private institution costs $37,470.

Tuesday’s lunch at Greenwich Academy includes potato leek soup, baked macaroni and cheese and braised red cabbage.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat representing New Hampshire, has two children. Her daughter attended Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the most notable fancypants private schools in the United States. Hassan’s husband, Thomas, was the principal of Phillips Exeter at the time. The cost for a year of tuition and fees at Phillips Exeter is currently $37,875. Boarding students pay $48,550.

The lunch menu at Phillips Exeter features “authentic recipes from around the world” and “more than 5,000 recipes in regular rotation.” Dinner selections for boarders include “grilled steak tips, fettuccine alfredo, palak paneer or quinoa with nuts.” Also, all dining staffers — “from chefs to dishwashers” receive “training in food allergens.”
Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat representing Pennsylvania, sent his daughters to Scranton Preparatory School, a private Jesuit school where a year of tuition costs $13,400. Casey is also an alumnus of Scranton Prep.

Every classroom at Scranton Prep offers cutting-edge technology and contains “the very latest in interactive instructional technology.” There’s also a very impressive 34,000-square-foot building dedicated to the arts and sciences which features “state-of-the-art science classrooms and laboratories as well as a magnificent theater that seats 875 people.”

Very special thanks to Allison Thibault for providing in-depth research.

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A news flash for those that have been living in a cave. Between the welfare giveaways, the passivity of the citizens, and market for their poison, why wouldn’t dope dealers flock to Duluth?

Homicide rates increasing in cities associated with Twin Port drug dealers

By Barbara Reyelts
Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Updated: Feb 21, 2017 12:56 PM CST
DULUTH, MN –
As Duluth continues to battle a recent increase in shootings, and drug-related crime, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows two of the cities, that authorities say send a significant number of drug dealers to the Twin Ports, made the list of the nation’s fastest growing rates of murder.

The newspaper found Chicago and Milwaukee, along with Baltimore and Memphis, have seen homicide rates approaching, or exceeding, the records set 25 years ago during a plague of gangs and crack.

Murders in Chicago last year reached their highest level since 1996 with 27.8 murders for every 100,000 residents.

So far this year Chicago has seen 330 shootings with 17 victims killed.

There were 145 murders in Milwaukee last year.

So far this year, Milwaukee has seen 17 homicides compared with nine at this point last year.

As in Duluth, experts in these communities say its likely the drug market is the most significant catalyst for this escalation in violence.

The war on the police continues and thankfully, there are citizens willing to help.

Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild Was About To Be Killed, Then Two Citizen Heroes Stopped It

BY COWGIRL ON FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild was saved by two citizen heroes.

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Trooper Garry Guild Saved By Heroes

Berrien County, MI – Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild was in a fight for his life Monday morning when two hero citizens in two separate vehicles stopped to help him.

According to MichiganLive, the incident began about 8:43 AM on a U.S. 31 bypass near Matthew Road in Berrien Township when Michigan State Trooper Guild attempted to stop a speeding motorcycle. The 21-year-old unlicensed driver acted as if he were going to stop, then accelerated and fled.

He re-entered the freeway and was pursued by Trooper Garry Guild for three miles. The rider lost control on an exit ramp and wrecked. He quickly got to his feet and charged toward Trooper Guild.
As Trooper Garry Guild was wrestling with the driver, attempting to take him into custody, another vehicle stopped nearby. But the vehicle didn’t bring help for the Trooper. The driver was the 19-year-old suspect’s brother, who got out of that vehicle and began attacking the Trooper.

The suspect’s brother began choking Trooper Garry Guild while the suspect began punching him repeatedly in the face.

As Trooper Guild began to black out from the suspect’s brother’s choke hold, two brave citizens in separate vehicles stopped to help the Trooper. A 50-year-old man from Plainwell, who was not identified further, and a Berrien Springs citizen, Jerry Burnham, ran to the Trooper’s aid.

Lt. Melinda Logan of the Michigan State Police said “if not for passersby, I don’t know what would have happened.” She said that “watching the (Guild’s dash camera) video, cars kept driving by. It took pretty special people to put themselves at risk.”

Trooper Garry Guild was able to handcuff the first suspect, the motorcycle driver, while the two citizens subdued his brother.

The first suspect was placed into Trooper Guild’s vehicle, where he was able to unlock the patrol car’s door and escape. State Police vehicles do not automatically have cages and their back doors do not automatically lock. He was quickly re-captured.

Lt. Logan said that both suspects continued to fight even when subdued and in handcuffs. They didn’t stop fighting and resisting arrest until other Troopers and Officers arrived as back-up.

Both suspects were finally placed under control by Trooper Garry Guild, the two brave citizens, the Buchanan Police Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pokagon Tribal Police.

It is not known yet if either suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Both suspects were not injured. They are currently at the Berrien County Jail but police say their names will not be released until they are arraigned.

Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild received minor injuries but was treated and released from a local hospital. He is a 21-year veteran of the agency. The Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and have discovered that the motorcycle was stolen and may be linked to several near-by burglaries.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild, and our gratitude to the two brave, hero citizens, who risked their lives to help him. And we hope that this incident is a wake-up call for MSP and other agencies (yeah, there are quite a few) who don’t have a secure place in their vehicles for prisoners.

Will he be held to a “higher standard” if convicted?

U professor arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, stalking

FEBRUARY 20, 2017 — 9:15PM

A longtime University of Minnesota law professor was arrested last week after being accused by a former girlfriend of sexual misconduct and stalking, according to records.

U officials confirmed that the 54-year-old professor, who hasn’t been charged, was hired by the university in August 2006 and has taught since then at the Law School.

The Star Tribune generally doesn’t name suspects who haven’t been charged with a crime.

It was unclear what led authorities to the professor or what the charges were related to.

The man’s lawyer on Monday denied the allegations against his client, saying that they resulted from a relationship turned bitter, without elaborating.

“This is an attempt by the complainant to extort money from him,” the attorney, Barry Edwards, said by phone. He declined further comment.

A spokesman for the school said administrators were aware of the arrest but hadn’t made a decision on how to proceed.

“We have not yet had an opportunity to discuss the matter or his status with him,” the spokesman said in a brief statement issued Monday.

The U.S. Marshals Service around midday Friday arrested the professor, who has tenure at the school, and later booked him into the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, stalking and false imprisonment, according to online jail records.

He remained in custody on Monday evening, with an expected bail hearing on Tuesday.

Another sweet plea deal..in St. Louis County! Haven’t we all been told public officials should be held to a higher standard?

Former state trooper from Hibbing pleads guilty to sex charges

By Tom Olsen on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:23 p.m.

A former Minnesota state trooper on the Iron Range has pleaded guilty to charges that he inappropriately touched two women during a bonfire gathering in July 2015.

Todd Allan Lindstrom, 46, of Hibbing, entered into a plea agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office on Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing.

He entered Norgaard pleas to a felony count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and gross misdemeanor count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A Norgaard plea can be invoked when a defendant accepts guilt but is unable to remember circumstances of the crime due to intoxication or amnesia.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Lindstrom would receive a stay of adjudication, allowing the convictions to stay off his record if he successfully completes four years of probation. St. Louis County prosecutor Gary Bjorklund said conditions of probation will be determined at sentencing.

Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson scheduled that hearing for March 30. Lindstrom remains free on his own recognizance.

Defense attorney Fred Bruno of Minneapolis said the agreement gives Lindstrom the opportunity to accept responsibility while also allowing him to keep the conviction off his record by successfully completing probation.

“It gives you the certainty of a dismissal, which would be the same result as going to trial and having a not guilty verdict,” Bruno told the News Tribune. “It’s a way of getting everything dismissed without any risk of conviction. It’s a good compromise.”

Bruno said that Lindstrom voluntarily resigned from his position, where he was placed on leave after the charges were filed in August 2015. Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol confirmed that his last day of employment was Dec. 20.

According to the charges:

The two women reported the incidents to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office on July 26, 2015, a day after they attended a backyard bonfire at Lindstrom’s residence. The women and other witnesses said Lindstrom had been intoxicated during the gathering.

One of the women said Lindstrom reached up under her shorts while he was walking her to her car to leave at about 2 a.m. She said she “batted his hand away and told him to stop,” but he tried to grab her hand.

When they reached the car, she said, he pushed her up against the vehicle and was trying to force her to rub her hands on his body. Investigators noted bruises on the woman’s wrist and bicep.

After the woman was inside the car, she alleged, Lindstrom leaned inside the window and was trying to rub her thighs while she kept hitting his hands away.

A second woman reported that she had gone to sleep in a tent in Lindstrom’s yard at about 1 a.m. About 90 minutes later, Lindstrom entered the tent, laid on top of her and started kissing her, she said.

The woman alleged that Lindstrom attempted to put his hand down her pants and up her shirt and was rubbing her thigh. She said she was able to slide out from underneath Lindstrom when he attempted to unzip her jeans, and he eventually left the tent. The woman told authorities that Lindstrom said “he had expected more from her.”

Better late then never, I guess. I’m sure he thought his name would save his corrupt ass. The arrogance of self identified important people never ceases to amaze me. Will they be prosecuted? You or I sure would be…

After ethics breaches, two top execs resign from U.S. Bank Stadium panel
His resignation comes amid legislative pressure.

By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune FEBRUARY 16, 2017 — 3:02PM

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Ted Mondale and Michele Kelm-Helgen responded after Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles delivered a scathing report to the House and Senate State Government Finance committee on Feb. 7.

 

The two highest profile public officials on the U.S. Bank Stadium oversight committee lost their jobs Thursday amid public and legislative pressure after revelations that they used two luxury suites to host friends and family at games and concerts.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation early in the day, saying the decision was her own. By early afternoon, executive director Ted Mondale resigned too.

“I feel good about my work, but it is time to move on,” Mondale said in a brief statement. “I have given the Governor my resignation, and appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of this amazing project.”

Their ousters came as state legislators appeared eager to overhaul the MSFA amid questions about lax management and oversight by the politically connected pair.

House Government Finance Chair Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, was pushing for their removal and reconfiguration of the board. “I don’t know why you would want to continue with an operation where there’s a culture of not doing things right,” she said.

Combined the two made nearly $300,000 in public salary and have been in charge of overseeing construction of the $1.1 billion building. The building opened Aug. 3, but has remained controversial because of the $498 million public subsidy to build it.

Anderson said the suite misuse was just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of questionable management of the stadium. She said she’s receiving calls and e-mails about problems with MSFA oversight continue to flood her office. She wouldn’t detail tips before investigating them but did say the board had illegally given Kelm-Helgen and Mondale authority to enter contracts above $200,000 without board approval. The action was taken in a public meeting, but Anderson said the board had no authority to convey that power.

MSFA spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway issued a written response saying the allegations are “untrue, inaccurate, and must be based on a misunderstanding.”

The statement said Anderson had falsely claimed the MSFA wasn’t aware of changes made by Mondale and Kelm-Helgen. The votes are on the board’s website and board members were briefed on all actions between monthly meetings, Hathaway wrote.

In her resignation statement, Kelm-Helgen said “it is apparent that I have become the focus of the legislation that is being considered. Therefore, I believe it is in the public interest to remove myself from this discussion. I want to be clear that this is my decision, and my decision alone.”

Mondale and Kelm-Helgen have face a maelstrom of criticism and scrutiny since the Star Tribune reported in November that the two and other commissioners had used two 18-person luxury suites at the stadium to host many friends and family for Minnesota Vikings games and concerts. Although the two said the state-owned suites were needed to market the building, legislative auditor James Nobles’ investigation revealed they were used mostly for entertainment by MSFA staff.

Nobles’ 100-page report faulted Kelm-Helgen and Mondale’s leadership of the MSFA, saying they had violated a core ethical principle by using public office for personal gain, by handing out free tickets, VIP parking, food and drink to friends and allies.

The now-former chair, a former aide to Dayton, was nowhere near contrite in her resignation letter. She accused legislators of overzealously going after her and requiring the new stadium’s operations be conducted at a higher level.

“It is clear to me that the Legislature wants to make changes in the governance structure of the stadium authority that go beyond the recommendations included in the legislative auditor’s report. Their proposal also fails to hold all publicly-owned and operated sports venues to the same set of standards,” she wrote.

Anderson’s bill would overhaul the structure of the MSFA and eliminate the paid position formerly held by Kelm-Helgen. The bill also would slash the pay for the executive director, the position formerly held by Mondale.

The bill received a 17-1 bipartisan endorsement from a House panel Tuesday, a signal that DFLers were ready for change.

Anderson stopped short of calling for Mondale’s ouster, but said the entire board needed to go given that no one questioned the practice of using the suites for friends and family. Under her bill, the next executive director would answer directly to the board and come with experience managing a major venue.

Currently, Dayton appointed three of the five members of the board, including Kelm-Helgen. The Minneapolis mayor appointed the other two.

Dissent on the board was not tolerated. Two board members who publicly and privately questioned Kelm-Helgen’s role either resigned or were not reappointed to the board.

Former Board Member Duane Benson stepped off the board in the summer of 2015, publicly criticizing Kelm-Helgen’s management and her treatment of him.

Board Member John Griffith, who expressed support for Benson at the time and subsequently raised questions, was not reappointed by Dayton when his term ended in December. Griffith said he wanted to stay but Dayton told him he had seen reports of “friction” on the board.

Mondale did not respond to requests for comment.

Board Members Tony Sertich, Barbara Butts Williams and Bill McCarthy were reliable allies of Kelm-Helgen and Mondale. When they attended meetings, they rarely asked questions. All three were frequent users of the suites.

Dayton appointed Sertich to replace Benson. McCarthy was reappointed by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to another two-year term in late December. Butts Williams also is a Hodges appointee.
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Real tough guys. First, they torture a turtle, then gang up on a Veteran trying to save the turtle. They should hold the trial at a local VFW with combat veterans in the jury.

Disabled Navy veteran beaten after defending turtle
Published February 16, 2017 FoxNews.com

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Two men and a teenager in Florida are behind bars after they attacked a disabled Navy veteran who was trying to protect a turtle that they were torturing, according to police and the vet’s family.

 

Gary Blough said he came upon the group in Daytona Beach as they were taking the turtle and slamming it down as hard as they could on its shell. He asked them to leave the animal alone and then tried to help the turtle back into the water.

“While I had my head turned, two of them started hitting me in the back of the head and punching me,” Blough told Fox 35. “Next thing I know we’re in a scuffle and I’m fighting three of them at the same time defending myself.”

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He said the group began to punch and kick him, leaving him with a severely swollen eye and a bump on the back of his head.

After other people came to see the commotion, the suspects reportedly took off, but police later caught up with them nearby, charging all three with aggravated battery and animal cruelty.

“One of its legs was up here,” said Blough to Fox 35, pointing toward some bushes next to an apartment building. “When he got slapped . . . it shot stuff outside. So, I don’t doubt the turtle died.”

Police identified the two adult suspects as Ryan Ponder, 23, and Johnnie Beveritt, 18. The third suspect was a 16-year-old boy.

Authorities told Fox 35 that when another officer went to check on the turtle later, it was gone; they believe the turtle died and sank into the water.

Blough’s wife was horrified by what she saw.

“My husband, who is disabled, tried to save a poor animal’s life and he gets beaten up,” said Jennifer Blough.

Ponder and Beveritt reportedly were held on $15,000 bond at the Volusia County Jail. The teen is being held at a juvenile detention facility.

Click for more from Fox 35.

Stupidity should cause head pain.

Here are the demands of DC’s ‘Day Without Immigrants’ protesters

Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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A sign is tapped to the door of Toki Underground announcing it will be closed on Thursday in order to support its staff that are participating in the “Day Without Immigrants” boycott against President Trumps immigration policies. (Getty Images/Samuel Corum)

As workers strike and restaurants shutter Thursday in support of immigrants, organizers of Washington, D.C.’s “Day Without Immigrants” protest are demanding much more than an end to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Stores and restaurants nationwide remained closed Thursday or sold only limited food and products to show support for immigrants and showcase how migrants are integral in the U.S. economy and everyday life.

And in the nation’s capital, strikers — which are “predominantly immigrant,” according to organizers — plan to march to the White House around noon following a morning gathering of food, music and information about immigrant rights.

A Facebook event page for the District protest included a litany of demands from those protesting — and it’s not just about Trump’s immigration policies or temporary travel ban.

The demands include:

The removal of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from Washington, D.C.;
Local governments must make up for financial losses from federal funds stripped from so-called “sanctuary cities”;
The immediate passage and funding of the Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015, which would increase the standards of language access of education and government series for all non-English proficient D.C. residents, according to Councilmember David Grosso at the time;
The removal of the undocumented mark from D.C. driver’s licenses;
Affirmation that Washington, D.C. will not support the creation of a Muslim registry or surveillance; and
Cease “unchecked police violence committed against immigrants, including black people and all people of color.”
The protest demands also include protection for those who participate in Thursday’s event from termination from their jobs.

Protesters also rallied against Trump’s promise to crackdown on illegal immigration — including the promise of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a temporary immigration ban from several Muslim-majority countries and the stripping of federal funds from sanctuary cities.

A spokesperson for the conservative research nonprofit America Rising Squared said Thursday that the full list of demands show that the protests aren’t so much about supporting immigrants as it is supporting illegal immigration.

“This absurd list of demands makes clear that the so-called ‘Day Without Immigrants’ is actually a far-left pro-illegal immigration effort — not standing up for workers,” Nathan Brand said in a statement.

More than 750 Facebook users RSVP’d that they would attend the event, and more than 1,200 said they were interested in the event.

Some D.C. schools closed Thursday due to the protest.