Militants stormed the Defense Ministry in the heart of Yemen's capital Thursday, killing 52 people, including at least seven foreigners, in a suicide car bombing and assault by gunmen. The brazen,...Full Story >
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In less than 24 hours, police arrested Columbus residents in two separate parts of town for not taking care of their dogs and both men spent the Thanksgiving holiday in jail. A rescued Great Dane appearsFull Story >
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Friday, December 6 2013 12:34 AM EST2013-12-06 05:34:32 GMT
Mandela called apartheid a "human tragedy" and spent 27 years in prison for speaking against the practice that was still in place nearly three decades after legal integration in the U.S.Full Story >
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Friday, December 6 2013 12:09 AM EST2013-12-06 05:09:07 GMT
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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -
Details of a terror plot targeting Fort Stewart, Savannah, military leaders and President Barack Obama is still sinking in.
Information about a militia group calling themselves FEAR, Forever Enduring Always Ready, made up of at least five Fort Stewart soldiers and others, came out in court Monday morning.
Pvt. Michael Burnett testified as part of a plea deal about the deaths of Michael Rourk, 19, who left the Army three days before his murder, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Liberty High School junior Tiffany York.
Burnett said Roark and York were casualties of the terror group's plans and knew too much once Roark left the Army and the group.
York's mother, Brenda Thomas, has remained silent since her daughter's brutal murder last December. WTOC spoke with her exclusively Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas said she no idea her daughter was in any kind of danger and feared telling her story because she didn't want to compromise the case against her daughter's accused killers.
Now, she's afraid there may be more members of FEAR out there.
"I can't believe it. You know you think there are bad people outside our country who want to hurt us, but not people here who are supposed to be protecting our country," Thomas told WTOC.
Fighting back tears is all Thomas can do nine months after her daughter was murdered and left in the woods of Long County.
"Four soldiers, who I don't call soldiers anymore. I call them individuals - cold blooded killers," Thomas said. "They took my daughter away from me."
Tiffany was still in high school, but left home against her family's wishes just a few weeks before the murders to live with Roark, a soldier at Fort Stewart.
"I thought he was a nice guy," Thomas told WTOC of Roark. "I just wanted her to be happy and Michael made her happy."
On Dec. 5, 2011, Liberty County sheriff's deputies called Thomas in for questioning. She had not heard from Tiffany.
"It seemed so unreal, like, this isn't really happening to us," she said.
Three days later, authorities confirmed York and Roark had been murdered. Four soldiers were later arrested for the crime.
"It blew me away that soldiers who are supposed to protect our country and protect us would do something like this," Thomas said. "I didn't understand. I still don't understand."
That first week, Thomas started to learn about the terror group Roark was trying to get away from and their terrorist plots.
"How are these guys planning on assassinating the president of the United States? Generals? Command units at Fort Stewart? I don't understand," she said. "Never would I think she was hanging out with people who were so dangerous and planning such dangerous things."
"Did Tiffany ever reach out to you and say, 'Mom, I think I am caught up in something I am not supposed to be,'" WTOC asked.
"No, never. I don't think she had a clue," Thomas said. "She was a smart girl. She wouldn't be around that if she knew she was in danger."
The reality and scope of the danger hit home Monday when Thomas went to court and heard the testimony and details of her daughter's death.
Details came from Burnett, who admitted to being a part of FEAR. He said the group was led by fellow 3rd ID soldier Isaac Aguigui. Burnett called him the leader and mastermind who ordered the execution style murders York and Roark.
Burnett said Aguigui considered them "loose ends" after Roark left the Army, and tried to leave the group.
"I know my daughter was shot in the head. But then he said the shooter went to check if she had a pulse and he shot her again," Thomas said. "And he stood up there and said, if he could have stopped this, he would have, and he didn't. He didn't say anything. He went home. They all went home."
The pain won't go away. Neither does the fear.
Thomas said information she received from the Liberty County District Attorney's Office and the military about Aguigui has her worried and wondering if authorities got everyone involved.
"I believe it is larger than just four or five. It's bigger. I think there is more. There is more to the story," she said.
She added that Aguigui is another Charles Manson. "I do think he would have been able to act out these heinous crimes. I believe that," she said.
Thomas said military officials admitted to her and the district attorney's office they were worried about Aguigui and what he may be up to, but rather than discharge him, they kept him under watch.
Fort Stewart officials did not confirm that but do believe they have the majority of the FEAR group's members in custody.
The FBI released a statement to WTOC regarding the FEAR terror group.
"The FBI is not in a position to clarify or comment on this matter due to pending criminal prosecution by the State of Georgia," said Stephen Emmett from FBI's Atlanta office in a statement.
Aguigui and two others are expected in Liberty County Court on Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >
Thursday, December 5 2013 6:59 PM EST2013-12-05 23:59:17 GMT
Dash cam video obtained by FOX19 shows the interaction between law enforcement officers and Brown County inmate Zachary Goldson less than an hour before he died. His death has now been ruled a homicideFull Story >
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Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
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Thursday, December 5 2013 9:51 PM EST2013-12-06 02:51:49 GMT
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Thursday, December 5 2013 11:14 PM EST2013-12-06 04:14:47 GMT
Larry Bush has lived in Silver Grove, a small town in Northern Kentucky, for nearly a decade. Before that, Bush's mom lived in the same house there for 30 years. But Bush says many of the 1,100 SilverFull Story >
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Thursday, December 5 2013 4:25 PM EST2013-12-05 21:25:01 GMT
Over the course of a five month investigation, police have arrested 22 individuals in relation to gun violence and drug trafficking in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati Police worked with law enforcement partnersFull Story >
Over the course of a five month investigation, police have arrested 22 individuals in relation to gun violence and drug trafficking in Over-the-Rhine.Full Story >
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:42 AM EST2013-12-05 09:42:14 GMT
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Thursday, December 5 2013 7:26 PM EST2013-12-06 00:26:30 GMT
A Grant County band director has been indicted on three sex charges. Kenneth "David" Owens, 34, was arrested on September 12 after rumors surfaced of an inappropriate relationship with a former studentFull Story >
A Grant County band director has been indicted on three sex charges.Full Story >
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Two months to the day after Dennis Mathis buried his 32-year old son DJ, he sifts through pictures, pointing out his favorites to FOX19's Amy Wagner. "Here's one he was always so proud of, he was 16 andFull Story >
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