By On February 23, 2018

Woman arrested after driving into White House barrier was convicted last year of trying to climb fence

Video showed emergency vehicles near the White House on Feb. 23. The Secret Service said an individual driving a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House. (Reuters) February 23 at 7:16 PM Email the author

A Tennessee woman who was convicted last year of trying to climb a White House barrier was arrested again Friday after authorities said she intentionally drove a vehicle into a metal barricade at the executive mansion.

D.C. police identified her as Jessica R. Ford, 35, of La Vergne, Tenn., about 20 miles south of Nashville. She was in custody and charges were pending Friday night, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. at 17th and E streets NW. The U.S. Secret Service said a woman driving a white van or SUV “intentionally drove” into the barrier.

A tourist visiting from New York, Chr istopher Bello, said that it appeared as if the driver “was trying to break through the barrier” and that he thought “she started to hit the gas, and her tires were spinning and smoking.”

The Secret Service said Ford was quickly arrested and no shots were fired. The vehicle’s back window and one side window were shattered; it could not be determined how that occurred or when.

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Authorities said the vehicle did not get past the security post and no one was injured. The Secret Service said in a statement that its officers have “had previous encounters with the female in the vicinity of the White House resulting in numerous arrests for a variety of criminal violations.”

Records filed in D.C. Superior Court show that Ford was arrested three times last year and charged with either unlawful entry or violating a judge’s order to stay away from the White House. She also received psychiatric counseling, the records show. Ford received a 90-day suspended jail sentence in one case, and another charge was dismissed.

The third incident occurred in April. A Secret Service officer questioned her in Lafayette Park, and she told him, according to an arrest affidavit, “I’m going to jump the fence.” She then ran to the fence and tried to c limb it before being arrested. She pleaded guilty to unlawful entry and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, all suspended, and put on a year’s probation.

Ford’s relatives could not be reached Friday. Her attorney in the April case, Winston J. Yallery-Arthur, declined to comment.

The incident prompted police to shut down several streets and plunged the White House into lockdown. Secret Service officers with long guns patrolled the perimeter and cleared Lafayette Park.

Bello, the tourist, had stopped in the District on his way home from a trip to Disney World because his 5-year-old daughter wanted to see the White House. He said they heard the crash as they walked by the security post and then saw the vehicle spinning its wheels.

He said Secret Service officers with long guns burst from a security booth and ordered the driver to stop. “She didn’t stop,” Bello said. At that point, he said, other police officers ordered bystanders to run, and he didn ’t see what happened next.

At first, he said, his daughter “didn’t realize what was going on. But when the Secret Service came out and said, ‘Run, run, run,’ she got scared and started to cry.”

Jenna Johnson, Shira Stein and Lauren Lumpkin contributed to this report.

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UK weather latest: 'Beast from the east' to bring snow and temperatures as low as -8C

A blast of cold air from Siberia is going to hit the UK next week in what could be the coldest end to winter in five years.

Dubbed the “beast from the east”, the weather front brings a risk of “significant” snowfall across Britain â€" including as far south as London â€" and will cause temperatures to plunge below zero from Sunday night.

Some areas are expected to see lows of -8C.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Tuesday morning for the entire eastern half of the UK.

“Showers or longer periods of snow will affect eastern parts of the UK during Tuesday,” the weather service said. “There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

“Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts ma y also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

met-office-graphic.jpgThe Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings up and down the UK from Tuesday (Met Office)

A forecaster joked that spring had been “postponed” due to the chill arriving from the east just before 1 March â€" the first day of the meteorological spring.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said the mercury will drop to as low as -5C in London on Sunday night, while snow is probable in the capital from late on Monday and into Tuesday.

Mr Bowles said: “Somewhere like the Scottish mountains might go lower than that, but that’s actually quite normal in the Scottish mountains, whereas it’s definitely not normal to have -5C in London at the end of February.

“We haven’t h ad temperatures that low in late February since 2013. It’s not unheard of. There are records that are lower than that.”

He added: “But it is quite unusual, particularly as it’s quite late in the season.

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“We refer to 1 March as being the first day of spring and of course 1 March will be right in the middle of this cold spell, so spring will be postponed for a couple of weeks, shall we say.”

During the day on Monday, temperatures of 1C and 2C are expected across much of the country, while Northern Ireland will escape the worst of the cold due to its western position.

Snow is expected mostly in eastern areas and is set to accumulate in some parts.

“With the days feeling a little longer and lighter it can be easy to forget that cold weather can still kill,” said Dr Thomas Waite, of Public Health England’s extreme events team.

“Over-65s, those with conditions like heart and lung diseases and young children are all at particular risk in cold weather as their bodies struggle to cope when temperatures fall.

“So before it gets cold check on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk and make sure they’re heating homes to at least 18C, see if they need any particular help or just someone to talk to and keep an eye on the Met Office’s forecasts and warnings.”

Additional reporting by PA

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Australian politics Turnbull taken to bunker after car hits White House barrier

Australian prime minister says Barnaby Joyce has made the right decision in quitting and reaffirms Liberal-National ties

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Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a joint news conference with Donald Trump at the While House. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and his wife, Lucy, were caught up in a White House lockdown following a media briefing after a woman crashed her car into a security barrier outsi de.

Australian and US reporters in the White House press briefing room were taken to a basement while Secret Service and other authorities investigated the incident on Friday (early Saturday AEDT).

“No shots were fired during the vehicle incident near the White House,” the Secret Service announced on Twitter.

A spokesman for Turnbull said the Australian federal police said the crash had “no impact on the prime minister”.

The crash was also just several hundred metres away from Blair House, the president’s guest house near the White House where Turnbull and his wife are staying.

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US Secret Service Uniform Division police look at a vehicle that reportedly ploughed into a barricade on the edge of the the White House complex. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

“An individual driving a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House,” the Secret Service announced on Twitter.

“The vehicle did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex.

“The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.”

Earlier, before meeting the US president, Donald Trump, at the White House, Turnbull said he was looking forward to working with the new leader of the National party after the resignation of Barnaby Joyce. He thanked Joyce for his service as deputy prime minister.

“This is really a very personal matter for Barnaby. He has to deal, as he said, with some personal issues, he ’s got to deal with a complaint that’s been made about him and as he said he believes he cannot do that from the despatch box,” Turnbull said outside Blair House in Washington DC.

Joyce announced on Friday he would resign as Australia’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals following intense media scrutiny over his relationship with a former staffer, with whom he is expecting a baby in April.

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“I look forward now obviously to working with the new leader of the National party who will be elected on Monday,” Turnbull said.

“Barnaby made his own decision to take leave to reflect on the circumstances and deal with personal matters.

“I think he’s taken the right decision and the judgment he’s made in resigning is the right one for himself and his family and, as I said, we thank him for his service and look forward to working with his successor.

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“I want to thank him for his service as a minister, as deputy prime minister, over our years in government.

“The issues that have been subject of public discussion over the last two weeks have not been issues between the Nationals and Liberals â€" we have a 95-year-old political alliance, the longest in Australian history and it is absolutely enduring and I look forward now, obviously, to working with the new leader of the National party who will be elected on Monday.”

During the joint media briefing, Trump said America’s relationship with Australia was “stronger than ever before”.

Trump and his wife, Me lania, met Turnbull and his wife, Lucy, on the south lawn of the White House on Friday.

They then moved to the Oval Office and the White House media pool noted 15 seconds of silence with no interaction between the Turnbulls or Trumps as reporters watched on.

“The relationship we have with Australia is a terrific relationship and probably stronger now than ever before, maybe because of our relationship, our friendship,” Trump remarked after the awkward silence.

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“We’re working on trade deals, we’re working on military and protection and all of the things that you would think we would be discussing today. A lot of good things will come out of this visit.”

The leaders are expected to discuss tough new sanctions Trump announced against North Korea, trade, security in the Indo-Pacific and infrastructure investment before holding a joint press conference with the Whi te House press corps and Australian journalists.

Trump also said he hoped to follow Australia with its tough “merit-based” immigration policies and announced the US would name a new combat ship the USS Canberra.

“We will hopefully follow in your footsteps,” Trump, talking about immigration policies, said.

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COLD SNAP: Everything you need to know about keeping healthy in Swindon during this week's chill

A COLD snap this week could see more people suffering strokes, heart attacks and pneumonia.

With temperatures set to plunge below zero, health chiefs have urged people to wrap up warm and take care on icy paths.

The Met Office said that the current cold weather would continue into next week, with even colder temperatures predicted over the weekend. Monday and Tuesday could bring snow, the Met Office have said.

James Mapstone, Public Health England's deputy regional director, said: "We know as the weather gets cold we see more people with pneumonia, strokes and heart attacks.

"There are some simple ways to reduce these risks, such as keeping rooms above 18 degrees centigrade and, if you smoke, now is a good time to think about quitting.

"We urge people to remember to check weather f orecasts and plan their day carefully around the weather. Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements. Clear paths outside your house if possible.

“When indoors it is critical that people stay warm, particularly if 65 or over, have long term health conditions or are young children. Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals, and remember that moving about will help keep you warm."

Dr Thomas Waite of Public Health England's extreme events team, added: "It's critical that if you know anyone over 65, with young children or who has heart or lung conditions, that you keep an eye on them and think what help they may need."

Public Health England's top tips for staying healthy over winter include:

  • Look out for vulnerable friends and family
  • Heat your home to at least 18C, especially if you are less mobile, over 65 or have a long-term illness
  • Ensure you have enough medications and food
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast

The Met Office say that colder conditions will spread westwards over the weekend, with snow showers predicted for Monday and Tuesday.

"These cold, wintry conditions are then expected to continue to Wednesday and likely beyond," said chief operational meteorologist Paul Gunderson.

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