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OSO MUDSLIDE CONTINUING COVERAGE

(Oso, WA)  This is unedited video of Washington State Police Chief John Batiste speaking with media members regarding the Oso mudslide.

The interview was recorded on March 26.

The location is the roadblock at SR 530 and Oso Loop Road.

Here are some time codes for topics that are addressed:

2:03  Trooper Oliphant (one of the first responders), helped rescue young child

3:59 Batiste’s initial reaction to the mudslide.  His flight with Governor over mudslide

4:36 Reminds Batiste of Mount St. Helens (which he responded to as a young Trooper)

5:12 Discussing this mudslide with spouse

6:02 First responders are working hard, taking risks, still hoping to make rescues.

6:37  Batiste is asked about clearing the road.  Debris field.

7:00  Says Department of Transportation is making plans for relocating debris

7:25  What’s next regarding the highway?  Alternative route(s)?

7:50 “A huge undertaking” (regarding removing debris)

 

 

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One on one with the Governor

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE MUDSLIDE NEAR OSO, WA

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Update:  About 7 hours after this post was published, the Associated Press published an insightful story online regarding the dramatic changes in the numbers of people reported missing in the mudslide near Oso. A link to that story is provided here for additional reading: 18, 108, 176? How many missing from landslide? / Associated Press, March 25, 11am PST

(Oso, WA) Up to 176 people reported missing.

A Federal Emergency Declaration signed by President Barack Obama.

Yes, the unimaginable scope of the mudslide near Oso continued to sink-in on Monday.

And as it did so, Washington Governor Jay Inslee returned to survey the area and meet with locals.

Shortly after 4:30pm, Inslee arrived at the SR 530 roadblock located about three miles west of the mudslide.

Inslee walked directly towards Washington State Patrol Troopers positioned at the roadblock, then shook their hands.

He gestured a “thumbs up.”

And he paused to place a pin on one young Trooper’s uniform.

Beyond90Seconds.com approached the governor and asked if  he would answer a quick question.

He obliged (then answered more than one).

The governor was first asked for his impressions on what he was seeing on Monday.

“Well, we’ve got a full-blown search and rescue effort that’s ongoing right now,” Inslee began.  “We’re getting some additional federal assets in, an incident management team. A National Guard search and extraction team will be coming in. So, we’re bringing in some additional troops to replace some of the exhausted people here. And it’s a full-blown rescue effort.  The families of Washington deserve that. Our hearts are with them. We want to get all the resources we can.  And we are.”

Monday had begun with news that the official number of missing people had climbed from 18 to 108 (later that evening, the number of people reported missing increased to 176).

Monday afternoon, Beyond90Seconds.com asked Inslee, “Why the delay? How do we go from 18 to 108?”

“People in the search and rescue effort really need to answer those questions.  I think that they wanted to be conservative to try to match all of the information coming in from so many ways, but we really want to focus on the rescue right now,” Inslee said.

The interview with the governor was streamed live using an iPhone. The video appears below (please see video Live Stream #10: Oso mudslide. The interview begins at 1:54. Also, the moment Inslee placed a pin on the Trooper can be viewed at 1:38). 

In the final live report (please see Live Stream #11: Oso mudslide), Beyond90Seconds.com reported that cadaver dogs are being utilized at the mudslide. That information did not come from official channels.

At a news conference early Monday evening in Arlington, Beyond90Seconds.com asked for confirmation that cadaver dogs were at the mudslide.

Fire Chief Travis Hots (Snohomish County Districts 21 & 22) replied that “search dogs” are at the scene.

Monday’s live reports from the roadblock also addressed the increasing media presence (to include mentions of international coverage), activities observed in that area, and the weather.

The pictures in this story include images of KING-TV’s (NBC) weatherman Jeff Renner standing-by moments before his live report regarding a forecast for significant rainfall in the days ahead.

The photos of the helicopters passing overhead were taken at the roadblock.

And the images of the outdoor news conference were taken early Monday evening in Arlington.

 

 

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(July 12) Former White House Press Secretary  Tony Snow died from colon cancer earlier today. Snow had previously worked as a political commentator for FOX News.

Excerpt from today’s FOX News Web article:

“I don’t think you ever arrive,” he said. “I think anybody who thinks they’ve arrived or made it, anywhere in the media — they’re nuts.”

Robert Anthony Snow was born June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky., the son of a teacher and nurse. He graduated from Davidson College in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and he taught briefly in Kenya before embarking on his journalism career.

Tony Snow now was 53.

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Bent’s Web site, “New Mexico returns Willow”

Update (July 17): This is a second version of the Strong City video concerning Willow’s return home.  It runs 3:35, just over a minute longer than the earlier version:

Update (June 18): The following video of Willow’s return to the Strong City church property in northeastern New Mexico was posted on youtube today (runs 2:42):


Update: Associated Press updates its story with a correction.
Update: LOR’s Web site has posted video of child’s return to Strong City.
Update: Here is a link to an Associated Press article published in The Las Cruces Sun-News.

(June 17, 10:41am PST) From the Web site of The Lord Our Righteousness church leader Wayne Bent:

At 10:32 A.M. today, Tuesday June 17th, the case for Willow Dawn Travesser was dismissed by the State of New Mexico, and Willow was released out of State custody back to her parents. She is on her way home now, and will come to Strong City for a meal with the family. My fast will end today when I see her face.

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Grand Jury indicts Wayne Bent on 4 counts

(Beyond90Seconds.com broke this story)

(Clayton, New Mexico) Union County District Court Clerk Karen Vieites tells Beyond90Seconds.com that a Grand Jury indicted Wayne Bent (aka Michael Travesser) today on four counts.

“Two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, unclothed. And two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” Vieites told Beyond90Second.com shortly after 5pm.

According to Vieites, the Grand Jury began to hear the State’s case against Wayne Bent at 10am today and finished around 5pm. Vieites said that jurors only recessed for a 30-minute lunch

New Mexico State Police arrested Bent the morning of May 6 at The Lord Our Righteousness Church. The LOR is located in a remote area known as “Strong City” in the northeast corner of the state.

On May 8th, Bent’s son, Jeff Bent, appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live. King’s panel included former LOR member Prudence Welch. During the program, Jeff Bent said his father would not post bond.

Jeff Bent posted his father’s bond the following day, after an ambulance was sent to the jail. A judge had reduced Wayne Bent’s bond from $500,000 to $55,000.

On May 10th, Wayne Bent wrote about his experiences in jail and the charges he faced.

Just yesterday, a new post on the church’s Web site included 22 letters written in defense of Wayne Bent’s character and conduct. According to that post, the church delivered the letters to the District Attorney yesterday and requested that the letters be read to the Grand Jury.

No word yet on whether the letters were presented to the Grand Jury.

The Union County Courthouse is one of several courthouses in New Mexico’s 8th Judicial District.

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Update: Read the Associated Press story here (May 21)

District Attorney Donald Gallegos said he made the decision to pursue indictments — shifting the case to district court — to avoid an open preliminary hearing in magistrate court in which the girls could have been subjected to cross-examination by Bent’s attorney. -Associated Press

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Wayne Bent’s bond posted by son

Ambulance called prior to Bent’s release
Wayne Bent bonds out of jail

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From the Assocated Press:

SANTA FE, N.M. – Authorities say the leader of an apocalyptic sect in northeastern New Mexico has been released from jail after his son posted his bond.

The clerk of the magistrate court in Clayton said a $55,000 bond was posted for Wayne Bent. He was released Friday afternoon.

Bent is accused of sex crimes against young female followers. His sect lives on a compound called Strong City in a remote area near the New Mexico-Colorado line.

At first court appearance on Thursday, his bond was lowered from $500,000.

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