The United States Government on Thursday gave visa officers more power to block pregnant women abroad including those from Nigeria from visiting America. Under a new rule, the US Department of State directed visa officers to stop “birth tourism” — trips designed to obtain citizenship for children of pregnant women to the country.
The President Donald Trump’s administration is using the new rule, which takes effect on Friday, to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their child by giving birth.
The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family, a report by The New York Times, said.
Conservatives have long railed against what they call “anchor babies,” born on American soil and used by their parents to bring in other family members.
President Trump has also criticised the constitutional provision that grants citizenship to most babies born on American soil.
It is not clear whether such “birth tourism” is a significant phenomenon or that “anchor babies” do lead to substantial immigration, but many conservatives believe both issues are real and serious.
“Birth tourism poses risks to national security,”
Carl C. Risch, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs at the State Department, wrote in the final rule.
“The birth tourism industry is also rife with criminal activity, including international criminal schemes.”
Consular officers were already unlikely to grant visa to women, who they believe were travelling to the United States solely to give birth. But with the new rule, the White House seems to be signalling to officers abroad that those close to delivering a child would be added to a growing list of immigrants unwelcome in the United States.
Nigeria is number three on birth tourism list in the United States after Russia and China. On Tuesday the US announced plans to impose fresh visa restrictions on countries including Nigeria.
Trump’s administration said the move was necessary to prevent potential acts of terrorism, as countries on the list don’t adequately vet their travelers to America.
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Property firm design manager Georgia Allenby’s next project is creating a new home for herself at one of Hull’s best-known former restaurants.
Famous for its fish dishes, Ceruttis closed its doors last April after 45 years.
Its closure came after brother and sister Tony and Tina Cerutti announced plans to concentrate on their other restaurant in Beverley while expanding an existing external catering business.
The property in Nelson Street was previously used by British Rail in conjunction with the operation of the nearby Humber ferry.
Now Ms Allenby is planning to turn the clock back even further by converting the building into a three-bedroom residential dwelling after buying it. It was originally built in 1813 as a family home.
She has submitted a planning application to Hull City Council seeking permission to change its use from commercial to residential.
In a design and access statement accompanying the application, she said: “The property was originally built for residential use in 1813.
“The reason for me purchasing the property is to convert it back into a three-bedroom house, which I will occupy myself.
“The property is rich in heritage and any original or historic features, which still exist in the interior and exterior, will be kept and preserved.”
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Ms Allenby is the design and marketing manager at Hull-based family firm Allenby Commercial, which has acquired and refurbished a series of high profile properties in the city centre in recent years.
They include Paragon Arcade, Danish Buildings and Bayles House in High Street, the former Europa House office block at the junction of Ferensway and Anlaby Road and the multi-use Works business and leisure complex in Beverley Road.
Ms Allenby is also a director of the Hideout Hotel in North Church Side, another of the company’s recent city centre conversion schemes.
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A man identified as Nelson has been arraigned before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja for stabbing his father, Sunday Oamen, to death with a broken bottle.
Patience Oamen, a hairdresser, on Tuesday told the court how his brother stabbed their father.
The suspect is facing one count of murder contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011, before Justice Hakeem Oshodi.
The Prosecutor, M. T. Adewoye, told the court that Nelson was 33-year-old when he committed the offence on September 18, 2015, at their residence, Block 272, Flat 4, Abesan Estate, Lagos State.
Patience while speaking in the court noted that though Nelson had a good relationship with their father the relationship went sour because their father denied Nelson money on Sunday.
The hairdresser further stated that his brother’s clothes had bloodstain on it on the day of the incident before he ran out of the house.
Patience said, “On the day of the incident, our mother, who sells foodstuffs, was downstairs with me and between noon and 1 p.m., while we were still downstairs, I saw my brother hurriedly coming downstairs with his clothes stained with blood. I called his name but he ran away.”
“The door to the house was locked and I was wondering how he opened the door. I took the keys, opened the door and saw a pool of blood and immediately ran downstairs to call our mother and we both ran upstairs to check on our father and noticed that he had been stabbed.
“He had been stabbed all over his stomach and neck with a broken bottle.”
“We reported the case to the police and three days later, Nelson came to the police station to confess that he stabbed our father to death.”
Patience further stated that Nelson smokes Indian hemp and had once stolen the prepaid meter in the house.
Patience, while being cross-examined by the defence counsel, E. B. Ogogo, reiterated that though she was not in the room when the incident happened, she knew that her brother committed the crime because his clothes were stained with blood.
She added, “I saw him that day but I forgot to put it down in my statement. I was not myself that day because of the shock; that was why I did not remember to write it in my statement.”
“My brother said our father’s spirit was haunting him and that was why he went to the police station to confess.”
Games are a great way for us to relax our mind and ease stress. However, playing the right game when you are bored can go a long way to relief your mind and give you fun. Therefore, I understand that apart from chatting with friends and loved ones some Facebook users do seek interesting games to play. Furthermore, this is why I have crafted the entire best Facebook games list 2020 to help Facebook account holders to enjoy instant games online.
Therefore, if you have not tried playing Facebook instant games before, this is a good chance to do so. However, some Facebook users do not even know where they can find these games. Also, some Facebook account users do not know they can play games on the Facebook platform. Basically, apart from chatting on Facebook, uploading your pictures and videos you can as well look for interesting games to play.
Play Facebook Games with Friends– Facebook Gameroom
Playing games on Facebook is very fun as you can play Facebook games with friends. This really sounds interesting as apart from chatting with friends and making Facebook live videos you can as well play games with your Facebook friends. However, these make it more fun filling as you have the chance to your game scoreline with your friends.
How to Access Facebook Instant Games
Therefore, if you want to access the Facebook instant games platform just go through these steps below.
Another list of features will then dropdown. Here you will see the Games Feature after Friends list. Click on it, it will then take you straight to the game room
All Best Facebook Games List 2020
Here are all the best Facebook Instant games you can play to keep you stress-free and will make you enjoy your day.
Soccer Football League
Fifa 2019 Football
Soccer Penalty 2019
Fifa 2020 Football
Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo Kick n Run.io
Hill Climb Racing
Free Fire Battle Royal
Racing Moto Fast Speed
GTA City Theft GD
Car Racing Top Free Ride
Extreme Moto Winter
Field of Battle
Spiderman Stickman Jump
Moto Extreme Team
Batman vs Superman
Elite Sniper for Pubg 3D
Car Driving Simulator
Puppet Soccer Challenge
My Dream Wedding
Call of Duty Battleground
Pubg Kill enemies 3D
Barbie’s & Ellie’s Doctor Game
Hot Lip Kiss
My New Born Pet Baby
Disney Barbie’s Beach Swimsuit
Disney Barbie’s Crazy weekend
Anna Theme Room Design
Baby in Kitchen
Barbie Fashionista Dress up
Frozen Christmas Hairstyle
Granny SpongeBob Evil
Spin the Bottle
Billiards Club Las Vegas
Five in a Row
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It has been a long time coming, it has even been alluded to in some Sci-Fi series such as Incorporated, where in the near future a corporation runs a country and is also a state in its own right. With Facebook earlier in 2019 officially unveiling plans to launch Libra, its own (along with other corporate partners) digital currency, in 2020, it is almost safe to say that Mark Zuckerberg’s (despite being a public company, Facebook’s share structure and voting rights afford Zuckerberg a lot of control and power) social network is almost a country in its own right.
With approximately 2 billion monthly active users as reported at the end of 2018, even if you had to account for duplicate and fake accounts, it would still measure up as one of the largest populations any country has on the planet.
If you add WhatsApp, considering that the messaging app’s users will also be able to transact using Libra (once, or rather if, it eventually launches), with its reported 1,5 billion active users (although some are already Facebook users), you are looking at a size of a country like one we have never witnessed before.
Welcome to the .
Strong political opposition
It didn’t take long after the official announcement of Libra earlier in the year that three countries, France, England, and Germany, started displaying signs that they were feeling threatened by Facebook & Co.’s newly proposed digital currency. Specifically, France’s Finance Minister stated unequivocally that Libra cannot be a replacement for sovereign currencies.
So far, it has not been an easy ride for Libra since that official announcement earlier in 2019. What looked like a good list of partners has been reduced with several of its (Libra Association) member companies deciding to pull their membership and support for Facebook’s proposed digital currency. It all started with PayPal withdrawing from the Libra Association, this was then followed by Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe and Mercado Pago who all announced that they will no longer be participating nor supporting Libra.
The withdrawals, which ended up leaving Libra without any major global payments companies as members, were politically motivated as the United States Senate sent a letter to the various Libra Association member organizations CEOs urging them “to proceed with caution until Facebook is able to provide real answers to you.”
Despite this strong political opposition to Libra by various countries and regulators, which has also seen Facebook being hauled before the USA’s policy makers to answer questions about the planned digital currency, I still think there is a high probability that not only will Libra launch in 2020, but it has better than average chances of gaining traction.
This is despite those involved in the Libra project at Facebook stating that there is no clear product roadmap nor a s et launch date.
However, important to note that Patrick Ellis, one of the board members of the Libra Association, confirmed to Reuters that Libra would launch during 2020, but couldn’t provide any indication of when or even the initial markets it would be launched in.
Before I elaborate on why I think it will succeed, what will it mean for your money to be controlled and managed by Facebook?
Your money in Facebook’s control
To further understand why some countries, including the USA, have been vocally opposing Libra in public, the letter that The United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services wrote to Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg (COO at Facebook), and David Marcus (CEO of Facebook subsidiary, Calibra), gives us a few hints in my opinion.
Firstly, as compared to say, Bitcoin, it is easier and possible to write to Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Sandberg regarding Libra compared to trying to write to Satoshi Nakamoto. In this case, there are real people and organizations that can be held accountable. Secondly, and as they allude to in the letter, the policy makers feel that Libra is a threat to the US Dollar and the country’s monetary policy, despite it being merely a stablecoin and not a cryptocurrency in the strictest of terms.
There’s also the matter that should Libra ever get into trouble (eg. not be able to guarantee customers withdrawals etc.), the US government in one way or another would need to step in to protect Americans as we’ve seen it do before with some of the country’s large banks (side note: this is exactly what Bitcoin avoids, but alas. A discussion for another day).
However, more importantly for us in Africa is, does Libra offer any of us any value?
Does it help us with anything we are struggling with currently?
Does it make life easier?
To use and transact in Libra, users will have to download and run the official wallet, Calibra (a subsidiary company of Facebook). From what I’ve seen and what has so far led me to say in its current form Libra will struggle to gain traction (unless they address the following two issues) is that to use Calibra one will require a bank account and a government issued ID.
It’s no secret that Africa has a high number of unbanked people mainly as a result of low income and unemployment. As such, it is mind boggling that a product punting financial inclusion would require users to first have a bank account before using it. However, it’s possible that this will change by the time Facebook launches the digital currency and wallet in 2020. If it doesn’t, it could prove to be a stumbling block for gaining traction especially across Africa.
The second issue, which also leads me to explaining why I think Libra will succeed, is around the requirement of government issued ID.
On the surface, in most countries in Africa at least, the requirement for a government issued ID could prove a real stumbling block to adoption. In many African countries, eg. Nigeria, there is no real organized government ID system. Immediately this makes it rather interesting how Facebook is going to verify identity in such cases.
However, Facebook and its Libra partners seem to already have thought of this and have a possible solution in mind. A solution which, once it can be implemented, will make a strong argument that Facebook is now essentially a country.
Facebook’s possible Trojan Horse
Earlier in 2019 when the noise around Libra was at its peak and being frustrated that no African policymakers we commenting on it or providing any clarification on how they view Facebook’s proposed digital currency that is mainly targeted a developing countries, I set out to read the Libra white paper for the third time. Somehow, I found something in the Libra white paper I had missed or wasn’t paying enough attention to previously.
Hidden (in plain sight) deep in the guts of a white paper light on details and heavy on marketing talk about financial inclusion and the world’s 2 billion without adequate financial services are two sentences that seem to be placed nonchalantly atop page 9 of the Libra white paper, yet they could have far reaching impact.
“An additional goal of the [Libra] association is to develop and promote an open identity standard. We believe that decentralized and portable digital identity is a prerequisite to financial inclusion and competition.”
This, the development of an open standard for digital IDs, as mentioned, could mean that Facebook already has a solution for part of this problem. The other part of this solution is that Facebook previously acquired a company that verifies government issued IDs in 2018. These two solutions combined could help onboard and verify people onto Libra and from there start issuing them with verified Facebook IDs.
Considering that Facebook, along with its subsidiary platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, is home to over 2 billion people, could this be the new global ID standard that will surpass and be more trusted than government issued IDs?
Although I could not find any further details on the proposed Libra digital ID and Facebook have also refused to comment when I asked, in my opinion it has a far bigger impact than the proposed currency as, if adopted and rolled out successfully it solves one of the web’s biggest issues, trust. I can already envision how it fits in with some of its other acquisitions, for example, Facebook acquired a face recognition tool that it incorporated into its main Facebook platform that would identify faces in the photos you post automatically and suggest you tag them. This, could possibly be used outside of government issued IDs given the trove of (tagged) photos Facebook already has of billions of people around the world, to verify identity.
This to me is Facebook’s Trojan Horse with Libra a necessary part but of lesser significance than the ability for Facebook to be able to run a platform that can verify and vouch for the identity of billions of people independent from any government.
Managing the flow of money gives you some power. Handling trust and identities gives you control, and essentially, makes you a nation state.
A virtual nation state
As far as why I now think this completes the idea of Facebook becoming a country, it’s simply because of the leverage it will hold over some countries especially across the continent who not only do not have near as accurate data about their citizens like Facebook has, but are struggling to maintain the value and usefulness of their own sovereign currencies (e.g. Zimbabwe).
At the heart of it (Libra) people just want a quicker and cheaper way to transact and send money, and already in Africa, many are used to using mobile money for their daily living.
Apart from having such a huge virtual population, a currency, and possibly its own verifiable IDs for its citizens, Facebook also does not fall under any single country’s jurisdiction. For example, its US-based users are governed by a corporation registered in the USA, its users in the rest of the world are governed by a corporation registered in Ireland, while in China it works under different laws. This not only applies to laws but where it pays taxes too. So, as such, you cannot exactly call it a US company as it is not bound any single country’s laws and to make matters worse (or good if you’re Facebook) it is a virtual entity.
It really, in my view, has officially become the People’s Republic of Facebook (and like its namesake, it’s not a democracy 😊)
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Taevin Lewis car accident: Beloved Taevin Symone Lewis has passed away.
Please say a prayer for her grieving family as you read the tributes below:
2nd day of the year and all I can say is wow smh…our days are really numbered and tomorrow is definitely not promised…
never would I think I would be scrolling fb and see RIP in front of your name…
Taevin Lewis you did a number with this one love…you will definitely be missed beautiful…
I’ll never forget when we both found out we were here in VA together at Hampton…the block parties, sneaking in the dorms and partying with my cousin Ayana and her friends like we had been here…
I’ll cherish all memories…rest peacefully love!!! #AnotherClassmateGoneToSoon
RIP to Taevin Lewis, one of the VERY FEW people that knew to actually outwork me. One of my first friends at HSSU. A Miss Black & Gold Participate BOTH years I had a major involvement in it. You will truly be missed my friend.
I had the chance to tell you you were loved but put it off for tomorrow but tomorrow will never come. You were loved and we will miss you dearly. Rest In Peace Taevin Symone Lewis.
Yesterday I heard some very sad news about one of my former cheermates…Taevin Symone Taevin Lewis you were one of the babies on the squad, I remember how playful and sweet you were….
I cannot believe I’m telling you to Rest in Peace at the age of 27…… #HoustonHigh #CheerSquad #Mustangs #GodCalledYouHome
Normally I don’t do this RIP stuff but this hit home bad…!!! when our lifelong friends hurt..WE HURT!
Quadril Siggers-Abron & Calvin Lewis are like family to us..
The loss of their oldest child Taevin Symone Lewis 😪 this hurts sooo bad! She was such a sweetheart😇, she thrived for the BEST and always kept it moving no matter what!
Y’all keep her family lifted in prayers as they go through this difficult time! 😪😪🙏🏾🙏🏾
May her soul rest in perfect peace.
Taevin Lewis car accident St Louis:
A crash involving parked cars in St. Louis’ Lewis Place neighborhood on New Year’s Day left a driver pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, the vehicle crashed into two parked cars in the 4600 block of Page just before 4 a.m.
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Mr Christopher Osiebo and wife Dorcas with baby Emmanuel (The Nation)
A 58-year-old woman, Mrs Dorcas Osiebo, who stopped menstruating in 2006 without a trace of pregnancy, has been delivered of a baby boy.
Dorcas, who delivered the baby on 13 Dec in Abuja, said that she was confused and excited when her Pastor’s wife, a nurse confirmed her pregnancy.
“She (nurse) looked at my face and said, ‘Mummy, to God be the glory, you are pregnant”. I was very surprised”.
Dorcas got married to Mr Christopher Osiebo, now 64 years old, with both hoping to have a child in their 35-year-old union.
“But early this year (2019), I just felt in my body as if I was pregnant, but I thought how can that be especially when I have not seen my period since 2006,” she said.
“I got married in January 1984, but there was no child at all; people who got married the same year with us have children; even my immediate younger sister has grand-children,” Dorcas said.
She said they sought help from both the traditional and orthodox medical practices but there was no respite.
According to her, she entered menopause in 2006, and her younger sister, who got married after her, is already a grandmother.
“I drank a lot of concoctions (herbal mixtures) in my effort to get pregnant.
“One of the concoctions, I cannot withstand the smell; to drink it; I will block my nose, and close my eyes before I can drink it.
“I did all these to make things better for me but nothing good came out of it,” she said.
“We have gone to many places and hospitals that we cannot even number them all. In 2006, my husband took me for scanning at a hospital in Jos and obstruction was discovered (not fibroid).
“An operation was carried out at the hospital and I came back home but no solution, rather, since the operation was carried out, I didn’t see my period again.
“When I told my husband, he didn’t believe I was pregnant. But I discovered that I no longer like to eat my best foods and my clothes no longer size me,” she explained.
While her period of waiting for a child lasted, she said: “None of my in-laws disturbed me. My late father-in-law did not disturb me, although he once asked why we were just folding our arms and doing nothing about the situation.
“We then told him that we were not folding our arms but trying our best, but that the thing never worked out.
“But I and my husband were worried. My husband is the firstborn of his father and I am the first of mine also.
“We have younger ones who already have good number of children but it is only us that did not have children of our own. Whenever we remembered all these, we were not happy,” she said.
However, Mr Osiebo said after a long period of marriage and prayer without a child he decided to depend on God for a miracle.
“But by the grace of God today, a baby boy has entered this family; that is the cause of my joy. I am very happy, thank God,” said the excited husband.
Joe Melgoza, a newly wed groom was beaten to death at his wedding reception venue in California, United States, over the weekend, hours after exchanging vows with his wife.
Police say two brothers came to the backyard of the venue uninvited, and beat the groom to death with baseball bats.
The 30-year-old was found suffering from a blunt-force trauma to the head in the backyard of a home located across the street from the reception venue in Chino, at around 2.20am on Sunday.
He was rushed to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind his wife of few hours and 11-year-old daughter.
Based on information obtained from witnesses, police identified the suspects in the brutal killing as brothers; Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19.
According to the Chino Police Department, the siblings did not know Melgoza, but lived not far from where his wife’s family lives on the 13200 block of 17th Street, where the wedding reception was being held, according to KTLA5.
The wedding suspects allegedly started a fight with some of the guests at the event, and were asked to leave, which they did. However, they returned shortly after, armed with baseball bats, according to Melgoza’s brother, Andy Velasquez.
Velasquez told NBC Los Angeles that his brother tried to confront the “cowards,” who then pulled him away and killed him.
Two other guests sustained minor injuries in the earlier confrontation with the attackers.
“My brother did not deserve to die like that, he was a good man, he was a solid man,” Velasquez said.
“’My brother was protecting his family. They came and they murdered him.’”
Velasquez said Melgoza was a father figure to him, having taught him how to be a man and raise his own family.
“Joe was a loving son, brother, father, cousin, partner, family member and friend,” the description of a GoFundMe campaign reads.
“He always had a way to make you smile. He was there for you at anytime to give a helping hand. He was taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way.”
Chef Annabel Langbein is the latest target of an online scam, which has used the names and faces of at least half a dozen famous Kiwis.
Foreign scam artists have been exploiting Facebook’s lax policy on adverts for some time, in a bid to rip off New Zealanders.
Langbein said scammers had made fake news articles, which said she was quitting her job because of a new skincare company.
“It’s all fake. The very worst thing is that my followers and supporters are being conned and losing money and I am powerless to stop it,” she said on Instagram.
Facebook does not fact check the adverts it promotes, which has meant peddlers of fake news, conspiracies and scams have been able to reach users on the platform.
But a spokesman said it had removed and blocked pages that featured fake celebrity endorsements from New Zealanders.
“We do not allow these scams on our services and we take swift action to remove them as soon as we become aware. These scammers are well resourced and use sophisticated cloaking technology to mask content,” he said.
Tech companies such as Facebook and Google collect data about their users, including where they live and what their interests are. Companies, scam artists, governments and lobbyists can then pay the tech giants to target anyone in the world.
For more than a year, a group of scammers have been targeting New Zealand celebrities and forging endorsements for adverts such as skincare and bitcoin.
A Facebook spokesman said these scammers worked across the internet, but the company was investing in automated technology to better detect false news and endorsements. He said the company employed more than 35,000 people to work in its security team, which dealt with these issues.
” The damage and cost to our business far outweighs any ad spend or benefit as this kind of misleading content,” he said.
Annabel Langbein is warning her followers that scam artists are faking stories about her.
These scammers often create fake news websites, made to look like legitimate news sites such as the BBC, Stuff and NZ Herald, to publish fake stories about how one of the celebrities is “quitting their job” after discovering the wonders of a get rich quick scheme.
it was launching a reporting tool in New Zealand to combat these “celebrtiy-bait ads”.
The tool was first rolled out in the UK, after television presenter Martin Lewis launched legal action against Facebook when his name was used in a similar scam. He dropped the lawsuit when Facebook promised to dedicate resource to anti-scam initiatives.
Facebook’s director of product management, Rob Leathern, told Stuff last month that the company did take legal action to stop scam artists when their posts were reported.
“It’s kind of a cat and mouse game we’re constantly playing,” he said.
Facebook is asking Kiwis to report click bait advertisements on the platform.
The company has faced mounting pressure to stop the spread of fake news, scams and conspiracies.
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines last month, calling social media companies “a sewer of bigotry and vile conspiracy theories”.
“Zuckerberg said that social media companies should live up to their responsibilities,” he said.
“But he’s totally silent about what should happen when they don’t. By now, it’s pretty clear they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves.”
Facebook, however, has been clear that it would delete scam accounts and block their accounts once it was notified.
“Often, we’ll go beyond rejecting the ad; we’ll remove the ability of the accounts and people behind them to advertise with us in the future,” Leathern said.
Chef Nadia Lim, journalist John Campbell, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, broadcasters Mike Hosking and Hayley Holt have also been featured in similar scams.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder for killing his sister for unfriending him on Facebook.
At around 3:15 p.m on Thanksgiving Day, Anchorage police received two 911 calls that a woman had been shot in a residence on the 200 block of McCarrey Street in East Anchorage, charging documents state.
The first call was from the uncle of the victim and the second came from the grandmother of the shooter, Moses Tony Crowe.
The victim’s uncle told a 911 dispatcher that “he heard a pop” while he was cooking at the home, that his niece had accidentally been shot and that she was “unconscious but breathing,” according to the charging documents. Crowe’s grandmother told police that her grandson had pulled a gun from his pocket and shot the victim, who was identified as Amanda Owen, Crowe’s 23-year-old sister, the documents state.
Police said that when they arrived at the scene, they found Owen, who had been shot in the head. She was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
The woman identified in the charging documents as Crowe and Owen’s grandmother told detectives that the family had met at the home for a Thanksgiving meal, and that Crowe had been up late drinking until early in the morning and had slept till past noon. She told detectives that she was sitting on her bed that afternoon talking with Owen, who was in a chair with her 1-year-old son in her lap.
According to the charges, Crowe came into the bedroom and started talking with Owen, upset that she had unfriended or blocked him on Facebook.
The grandmother told detectives that Crowe pulled something out of his pocket that she wasn’t able to see clearly. At that point, he “manipulated” the object; when giving her account to detectives, the grandmother made “a motion consistent with racking the slide of a semiautomatic pistol,” according to the charges. Crowe then pointed a black pistol at Owen’s head and the gun went off, the grandmother told police.
“I’m gonna go to jail for life,” Crowe said, according to his grandmother’s account. Crowe also said he “didn’t mean it” and asked his grandmother not to call the police as he left the residence with the handgun, according to the charges.
Crowe was later found near the scene with a Glock pistol and taken into custody by SWAT officers, the charges state.
During an interrogation at the police headquarters, Crowe told detectives that he accidentally shot Owen while “twirling the pistol around on his finger when it went off,” according to the charges. He also told detectives that the Glock was used in the shooting.
Crowe repeatedly said that the shooting was accidental even though his grandmother told detectives a different version of events, the charges state.
At an arraignment attended by the family in Anchorage Jail Court, District Court Judge Leslie Dickson set Crowe’s bail at $500,000 cash with third-party supervision and Pretrial Enforcement Division supervision with alcohol testing.
Crowe is currently being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.