ACCUSED NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE SHOOTER CHARGED WITH TERRORISM
WELLINGTON: New Zealand police filed a terrorism charge on Tuesday, against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.
Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was already facing murder and attempted murder charges from the March 15th shootings which was described as terrorism by the New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
Tarrant has been charged with an additional count of murder, bringing the total number of murder charges against him to 51.
The new charge comes with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment upon conviction and will be a test case for New Zealand’s terrorism laws.
According to Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, Tarrant has been ordered to undergo mental health assessments that would determine whether he is required to enter a plea from his next court hearing in June 14th.
TORNADOES ON THE PLAINS NOT AS BAD AS FEARED BUT THREAT REMAINS
OKLAHOMA CITY: An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain was not particularly dangerous twisters that forecasters had feared.
The National Weather Service had warned that the violent storm on Monday evening could bring perilous weather to a large swath of western Texas, most of Oklahoma and southern Kansas.
The National Weather Service, however, has reduced the severe threat of violent storms on late Monday, to a small area of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas until 5 a.m. CDT Tuesday morning.
As expected, early Monday evening has witnessed more than a dozen sightings of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri, damaging the roof top and destroying the high school’s agriculture barn.
Based on the report from The Storm Prediction Center website, main severe thunderstorm threat on Tuesday will be over Missouri and northern Arkansas and this has prompted measures from the public to prepare for the worst.