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Officer Killed in DE Hostage Situation; Philly Cafeteria Worker Sells Drugs; Comcast Workers Protest
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 02/02/17 9:12 pm | updated: 02/02/17 9:12 pm
A nearly 20-hour hostage situation at a Delaware state prison ended early this morning when authorities used a backhoe to breach the building. One of the remaining hostages, 47-year-old Sgt. Steven Floyd, was found unresponsive and later died at the hospital. The other remaining hostage, a female counselor, was rescued unharmed. Delaware Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Robert Coupe says that other prisoners shielded her from harm. The situation began on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Building C of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, DE. 3 officers and 1 counselor were taken hostage by inmates. Two of those officers were released during the ordeal. Dozens of inmates also came out of the building at various times. Prisoners used "sharp instruments" to take control of the building. Negotiations were conducted over a radio. It ended around 5:05 a.m. on Thursday when Delaware police entered the building. Floyd was a 16-year veteran of the Department of Corrections. He was able to warn other officers that it was a trap. There were around 120 inmates in Building C at the time. They are all being considering suspects in the investigation.

A cafeteria worker at a Philadelphia high school has been arrested for selling drugs to students. 31-year-old Robert Lumpkin is charged with Possession and Possession with the Intent to Deliver. Philadelphia police were shown surveillance footage from George Washington High of Lumpkin selling marijuana to students on school grounds. Narcotics officers began to surveil Lumpkin. After pulling him over for a traffic violation on the 4600 block of Whitaker Avenue they also obtained a search warrant for his home. A total of $280 worth of marijuana was found in his vehicle and home.

Hundreds of Comcast workers in Philadelphia filed out into the streets to protest President Trump's recent executive order on immigration and refugees. The tech employees rallied in front of the cable giant's headquarters in Center City around 2 p.m. before marching to City Hall. The workers say that the tech industry relies on immigrants and foreign workers and the U.S. provides opportunities for those people to come start a new life. There were similar marches from Comcast offices in other parts of the country. It was organized on the internal message board. Employees were not penalized for participating.

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