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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: STUDENTS SHOT IN KENTUCKY…NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

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“It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly”

Secret Service director explains to Congress how a fence-jumper was able to make it into the White House

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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: STUDENTS SHOT IN KENTUCKY…NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

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Police in Louisville, Kentucky have confirmed that one student suffered non life-threatening injuries in a shooting at Fern Creek High School – and police were searching for the shooter. Amid a heavy police presence, including a Louisville Emergency Command Center, authorities said parents had been been notified. WHAS-TV reported that some parents were told a student was shot inside the school. Students were being ushered to a nearby park or ball field. Video showed an ambulance leaving the scene and students exiting with hands on their heads. Meantime, police with heavy weapons and helmets could be seen searching nearby wooded areas. Jefferson County Public Schools officials said they could not immediately confirm what happened but promised updates.

At the scene, the mother of a female senior student said just after lunch, students ran down stairs screaming that shots fired, according to The Courier-Journal. They ran into classroom to hide. Her daughter was still inside waiting to be evacuated. St. Gabriel the Archangel Elementary School, a Catholic school located in the area, brought children inside from recess and activities upon hearing of the shooting, said Cecelia Price, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Louisville. But dismissal was planned as usual. “There are some parents who are police officers assisting with dismissal that will take place at the normal time at 2:40 pm,” she said.

A 15-year-old student pulled a gun from his waistband during an argument with another teen in front of a North Carolina high school and shot the 17-year-old student, police said. The alleged gunman, Jalen Russell, then dropped the gun and turned himself in to the principal after shooting Bernard Miller in a courtyard of Albemarle High School around 7:40 a.m. Miller is reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot twice in the leg. Russell, who has not been identified by police, faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in juvenile court, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Halliburton called the shooting an isolated incident that appeared to be spontaneous following a heated argument, not a planned act. Albemarle is about 40 miles east of Charlotte. Russell, 15, was a student last year at West Montgomery High School in nearby Mt. Gilead when he stabbed a fellow football player during a fight on campus, the Montgomery Herald reported. School had not yet started for the day. Both kids attended Albemarle High School. Students were evacuated and school was cancelled for the day.

WDRB-TV contributed to this report. Photo from COURIER-JOURNAL.

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: BODY OF MISSING REALTOR FOUND…SUSPECT CHARGED

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Arron Lewis, the suspect in the slaying of Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter, emerged from a courthouse Tuesday and told reporters that he pleaded not guilty at the request of his lawyer but wanted to plead guilty because he “just wants this to be over with,” according to CNN affiliate KARK. Carter’s body was found in a shallow grave near Cabot, about 20 miles northeast of central Little Rock. Lewis will be charged with capital murder in connection with her death, the sheriff’s office said.  The 33-year-old was arrested by authorities Monday. “Lewis admitted … to kidnapping Beverly Carter, but would not divulge her whereabouts,” the sheriff’s office said. After he was booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility, investigators said they obtained information that led them to the property where the grave was located.

Lewis gave peculiar statements to reporters during his perp walk Monday night. As police led Lewis, in shackles and dark prison scrubs, to a police car, reporters asked him if he killed Carter. Twice, he says that he didn’t, according to video from CNN affiliates KTHV and KARK. “I had a co-defendant. I haven’t seen her for two days. Now, they’re showing pictures of this. I haven’t seen her,” he said. Asked to explain, Lewis repeats that he “had” a co-defendant and provides a man’s name, saying he’s in the military. Questioned about his and the co-defendant’s relationship, he said, “He’s got texts back and forth to me and him, and then they wanted my phone.” “Why Beverly?” a reporter asked. “She was a rich broker,” Lewis responded.

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Asked if he had anything to say to Carter’s family, he twice said, “Sorry.” As officers placed Lewis in the backseat of a squad car, a reporter asks again, “Why Beverly?” “Because she was just a woman who worked alone, a rich broker,” he said. As the car door is closed, Lewis was asked one more time if he killed Carter, and again, he replied, “No.” Carter vanished last week when she went to show a home in the small community of Scott. The family released a statement thanking those who had joined in the search for Carter. The statement also seemed to blame Lewis for her disappearance. “We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to know the magnitude of her greatness,” the statement said. “We draw some comfort in knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all.”

Police haven’t said how they linked Lewis to Carter or how they tracked him down, but they say Lewis left a hospital Sunday without notifying police while he was a person of interest in her disappearance. Lewis, who was on parole, was in a traffic accident Sunday, and police arrived to find his automobile on top of a concrete culvert, according to an accident report from the sheriff’s office. Lewis told police that a vehicle, which he couldn’t describe, had run him off the road. But a witness told police that he was behind Lewis before the accident, and “Lewis was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash,” the report says. Another witness told police that “the Lewis vehicle was going ‘so fast’ prior to the curve and she further stated that she observed the Lewis vehicle ‘fishtail’ around the curve, going into the ditch,” according to the report.

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Paramedics took Lewis to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A deputy followed the ambulance to the hospital to issue Lewis a citation for careless driving as well as not wearing his seat belt, because there was evidence Lewis hit the windshield during the crash, the report says. At that time, Lewis was a person of interest in the Carter investigation, but he was not under arrest, Lt. Carl Minden said. “While at the hospital and undergoing tests, Mr. Lewis left the hospital. He was not under the guard of law enforcement at that time due to not having any criminal charges at that point,” the lieutenant said in a statement. The warrant charging him with kidnapping was issued later Sunday, he said. The mysterious disappearance of the 49-year-old resonated among fellow real estate agents, who posted their fears on a Facebook page set up for sharing information about her case.

Carter’s last phone call to her husband came Thursday afternoon, telling him the address where she would be. When hours went by with no further word from her, Carl Carter says he “knew something was wrong.” Before calling authorities, Carl Carter went to the address of the home Beverly Carter was showing and saw her brown Cadillac parked there, the sheriff’s office said. Noticing the property was open, the husband entered and searched for his wife without success, according to the Sheriff’s Office. There was activity on Carter’s cell phone after she disappeared, Minden said. Later he explained to HLN’s Nancy Grace that activity included text messages, but he declined to elaborate on the nature of the texts.

According to her employer’s website, Beverly Carter was married for 34 years and has four grandchildren. “I feel like I’m in a fog, or a horrible nightmare from which I can’t awaken,” Beverly Carter’s son, also named Carl, wrote on a Facebook post before his mother’s body was found. A Facebook page set up about Carter’s disappearance was followed by more than 28,000 people as of Monday afternoon. Police say Lewis’ Monday arrest isn’t his first run-in with police. In addition to any charges he may face in Carter’s disappearance and death, he has a criminal history in northwest Arkansas that includes felony theft of property, obstruction of government operations, failure to appear and unlawful removal of a theft device, Minden said in a statement. He’s also faced charges from the Kansas City police and the Utah Department of Corrections, he said.

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: SECRET SERVICE ANSWERING TO CONGRESS AFTER WHITE HOUSE BREACH

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The Secret Service is getting an ass-chewing today on Capitol Hill after it was learned that the man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds — often through the alarm boxes posted around the property — they must immediately lock the front door. After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses. Gonzalez was tackled by a counter-assault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.

Secret Service officials had earlier said he was quickly detained at the main entry. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said the office is not commenting during the ongoing investigation of the incident. Breaches of the White House fence have become more common, but most jumpers are tackled by Secret Service officers guarding the complex before they get even a third of the way across the lawn. Gonzalez is the first person known to have jumped the fence and made it inside the executive mansion. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has said the breach was “unacceptable” to her, and on Friday she briefed President Obama on her plans to shore up security. Pierson is expected to face tough questions about the Gonzalez incident Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing is likely to cover a number of security lapses by the agency, including new revelations published over the weekend by The Washington Post about the failure to identify and properly investigate a 2011 shooting attack on the White House.

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The more detailed account of this month’s security breach comes from people who provided information about the incident to The Post and whistleblowers who contacted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the oversight panel’s subcommittee on national security. Chaffetz said he plans to ask Pierson how an alarm meant to alert officers to intruders could be silenced or turned down. The congressman said two people inside the agency told him that boxes were silenced because the White House usher staff, whose office is near the front door, complained that they were noisy. A Secret Service official told The Post that the usher’s office was concerned the boxes were frequently malfunctioning and unnecessarily sounding off.

The alarm boxes, which officers call “crash boxes,” are key pieces of the agency’s first-alert system, according to former agents and officials. If officers spot an intruder, they are trained to hit the large red button on the nearest box — sending an alert to every post on the complex about the location of an incursion and piping sound from that location to other boxes around the property. “If true, the fact that crash boxes were muted to avoid being ‘disruptive’ is not due to a lack of resources or an insufficient number of checkpoints or barriers,” Chaffetz said. He called the incident a “failure of leadership” by the Secret Service. “The agency needs a solution that goes deeper than more fences and more people,” Chaffetz said. “It must examine what message is being sent to the men and women who protect the president when their leader sacrifices security to appease superficial concerns of White House ushers.”

The new revelations follow accounts provided to The Washington Post last week detailing how Gonzalez’s ability to enter the White House reflected a failure of multiple levels of security at the compound. The agency relies on these successive layers as a fail-safe for protecting the president and the White House complex. In this incident, a plainclothes surveillance team was on duty that night outside the fence, meant to spot jumpers and give early warning before they made it over. But that team did not notice Gonzalez. There was an officer in a guard booth on the North Lawn. When that officer could not reach Gonzalez, there was supposed to be an attack dog, a specialized SWAT team and a guard at the front door — all at the ready. The dog was not released, a decision now under review. Some people familiar with the incident say the handler probably felt he could not release the dog, because so many officers were in pursuit of Gonzalez and the dog may have attacked them instead. Since the incident, the Secret Service has added an additional layer of temporary fencing while the agency reviews its procedures.

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday that she takes “full responsibility” for several high-profile security failures at the White House in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly. I take full responsibility; what happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again,” Pierson said in her opening remarks to the committee, which addressed a security breach on Sept. 19.  A 42-year-old Texas man, Omar J. Gonzalez, was able to scale the White House fenceand enter the front doors of the building, which were apparently unlocked. On Monday, CBS News reported that Gonzalez ran through the main entrance and all the way into the East Room before he was apprehended, contrary to initial reports from the Secret Service that he was caught just inside the North Portico doors.

Pierson said Tuesday that Gonzalez was arrested “on the state floor” of the White House. Immediately afterward, she ordered security enhancements around the White House grounds and began conducting a full review of the incident at the request of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. She said she is committed to a “complete and thorough investigation of the facts” around the security breach, a review of the policies, procedures and protocols that govern the security of the White House complex and a coordinated effort to make any adjustments necessary for the president’s security. Pierson also addressed the larger string of failures the Secret Service has seen in recent years. “I recognize that these events did not occur in a vacuum. The Secret Service has had its share of challenges in recent years – some during my tenure and some before – of which this is the most recent. I intend over the coming months to redouble my efforts, not only in response to this incident, but in general to bring the Secret Service to a level of performance that lives up to the vital mission we perform, the important individuals we protect, and the American people we serve,” she said.

Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. R-Calif., said in his opening statement that he wants to probe “whether the culture at the Secret Service and declining morale have impacted operational security.” “We will be asking tough questions today,” he promised. “Whether deficient procedures, insufficient training, personnel shortages, or low morale contributed to the incident, this can never happen again. We simply cannot allow it.” “This is a serious and troubling breakdown of security. The Secret Service’s core missions it to protect not just the president, but the 18 acres that the White House sits on,” said CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate, a former official in the Bush administration, on “CBS This Morning.” “This is a very serious moment for the Secret Service, a crisis of confidence, if you will.” Additionally, the the Washington Post reported Sunday that it took Secret Service agents four days to realize a man had fired bullets that struck the White House in 2011. “I don’t see people being held accountable and I don’t see changes that make the security situation better, so part of [the hearing] is to discuss the perimeter at the White House but I think the problems are much deeper seated than that,” committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News over the weekend. “There are other incidents that we might talk about but we’re also going to reach back during her tenure to review what has happened and not happened.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: U.S. AND AFGHANISTAN SIGN SECURITY DEAL THAT KEEPS 10,000 TROOPS IN COUNTRY

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Afghanistan and the US have signed a long-delayed agreement to allow international forces to stay in the country beyond 2014. In a low-key ceremony at the presidential palace, the Afghan national security adviser and the US ambassador signed the bilateral security agreement in the presence of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. Hamid Karzai, Ghani’s predecessor, refused to sign the pact for more than a year, frustrating international partners who would have had to begin withdrawing material and personnel soon without it. The deal also ensures aid will continue to come from Nato countries. “Our army needs help from [the] United States and NATO. Not only on the security side but also financially,” says Abbas Noyan, a Ghani spokesman. “Many have been waiting for a positive sign from the Afghan government of their desire for an international presence in the country,” says NATO’s spokesman in Afghanistan, Christopher Chambers. “It also sends a very strong message to the Afghan people about our concrete commitment to continuing our support.”

Under the terms of the agreement, signed by national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and US ambassador James Cunningham, about 12,000 foreign troops are expected to stay to train and assist Afghan security forces after the US-led combat mission formally ends at the end of 2014. Although a significant reduction from the 41,000 Nato troops currently in the country, this international commitment to counter-insurgency is vital, said Mohammad Isaqzadeh, a political analyst in Kabul. “It is the single most important agreement for the sustenance of the Afghan security forces,” he said. “It guarantees the survival of the Afghan forces.” In fact, the thinning international presence is already being felt. Insurgents have spent the summer testing the resilience of the government’s army and police, unleashing some of the worst violence since the war began. Taking advantage of a lengthy election crisis, and buoyed by fighters escaping bombing campaigns in Pakistan, Taliban have gained ground in crucial areas.

In Sangin, a district of Helmand province that British soldiers helped protect for more than a decade, more than 200 government forces lost their lives over the summer. In the north of the country, where a large contingency of German troops is based, militants are squeezing the city of Kunduz. Last week, at least 60 people were killed when Taliban attacked a district in Ghazni province, 93 miles (150km) southwest of Kabul, burning down houses and decapitating civilians. At the recent NATO summit in Newport, Wales, the alliance committed $4.1bn (£2.5bn) in annual security support to Afghanistan. However, with the annual bill running at $5.5bn (£3.4bn), Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong army and police force is underfinanced and its personnel may soon have to be cut by a third. The signing of Tuesday’s deal not only bolsters the security forces. It is also an early boost to the new government. When he was inaugurated on Monday, Ghani swore in his election opponent Abdullah Abdullah as the government chief executive in a newly hatched arrangement brokered by the US and fiercely derided by the Taliban. With its first win in the bag, Ghani and Abdullah demonstrated resolve, says Isaqzadeh. “And it will demoralize the Taliban because it shows that the US supports the political agreement,” he added.