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Drug dealer who sold laced heroin that killed Marine veteran charged with murder
An Orange City, California man is facing a murder charge after deputies say he sold a batch of fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a Seminole County man more than a year ago.
Austin Smiley, 40, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of murder by controlled substance. He's being held in the Seminole County Jail.
On Jan. 13, 2018, deputies responded to an apartment on Summit Ridge Place, near Longwood, where one of Jon Wiggins' friends said he woke up to find Wiggins unconscious and another friend dragging him to the shower to revive him.
Wiggins, a 41-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was pronounced dead.
The friend told investigators Wiggins had snorted several lines of heroin the previous night, prompting the friend to tell him to stop because he was taking too much. Authorities searched Wiggins' phone and found a text message from a man named "Austin" asking, "How'd you like that dog food?" according to court documents.
The text came at 3:56 a.m. — 14 minutes before Wiggins' friend called 911.
After using "several investigative databases," authorities say they tied Smiley to the text message and determined he lived in an Altamonte Springs home that had been known as a drug house.
Deputies said they pulled over a car carrying Smiley later that day and he admitted selling Wiggins $45 worth of heroin. He also said the reference to "dog food" in the text message meant heroin.
Authorities waited for the results of Wiggins' autopsy — which showed he died of a fentanyl overdose — before arresting Smiley on a murder charge.
He was arrested in Volusia County before being booked in the Seminole County Jail. He's being held without bond.
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Investigation clears former Naval War College president, who offered free hugs and games of Twister, of misconduct
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.
Harley, in one of a series of interviews with the The Journal, called the findings "deeply gratifying." He said many of the most sensational allegations -- "offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister in his office" -- reflected a misunderstanding of his sense of humor, which he describes as "quirky," but which he says was intended to ease tensions in what can be a stressful environment.
The allegations, reported last year by the Associated Press, prompted a national controversy that led to Harley leaving the college presidency after almost three years in office.
The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
What's cooler than a single missile? How about a missile with a high-powered machine gun attached?
That's exactly what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on, according to budget documents — and it wants $13 million to make it a reality.