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What to know about Rex Heuermann, the Gilgo Beach murders suspect

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Authorities have apprehended a suspect in connection with a series of long-unsolved slayings of women on Long Island, New York.

The suspect, Rex Heuermann, 59, resides in Massapequa Park, a peaceful community near the beach highway where human remains were initially discovered over a decade ago. The arrest has sent shockwaves through the quiet neighborhood, as neighbors knew Heuermann as a well-dressed architect who commuted to Manhattan for work. The revelation that he could potentially be involved in the string of killings that have perplexed investigators and gained national attention has left residents astonished.

Heuermann was taken into custody in midtown Manhattan on Thursday evening and subsequently transported to Suffolk County. He faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of three women. He is also a suspect in the disappearance and death of a fourth woman, but investigations into that case are ongoing. During a bail application, it was revealed that authorities used cellphone evidence and DNA from a pizza crust to build their case against Heuermann. He was remanded without bail following a court hearing.

What police say

At a news conference, local prosecutors and police praised the collaborative efforts of a multiagency task force, which was formed last year, for identifying Heuermann as the primary suspect. They emphasized the significance of fresh perspectives and the resilience of investigators in the case. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison described Heuermann as a “demon who walks among us.”

In response to the charges, Heuermann’s attorney, Michael J. Brown, expressed that the evidence against his client is primarily circumstantial. Brown stated that Heuermann has denied any involvement in the crimes and added that he was distraught about the accusations.

The discovery of human remains near Gilgo Beach in 2010 had plagued investigators for years, leading to the revelation of multiple victims, many of whom were sex workers. While authorities do not believe all the deaths are connected, court documents indicate that Heuermann is implicated in four slayings, where the victims were found in similar positions and bound with belts or tape. Furthermore, three of the victims’ bodies were wrapped in burlap material.

Officials have cordoned off Heuermann’s residence in Massapequa Park, with hazmat-suited individuals seen entering the modest single-story house. Investigators are conducting searches at the property and at Heuermann’s office in midtown Manhattan. According to neighbors, interactions with Heuermann and his family were typically brief, as they tended to keep to themselves.

Heuermann’s professional work is linked to his Massapequa Park home, as he operates RH Consultants & Associates. He obtained his architecture license in 1996, and state records indicate no enforcement actions against him. His clientele includes Catholic Charities, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, and major tenants at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In a YouTube interview conducted at his Manhattan office in early 2022, Heuermann described himself as an architectural consultant and troubleshooter. He discussed the intricacies of his profession and educating clients and city entities about local architectural codes. When asked about the qualities necessary for his job, he mentioned the importance of tolerance and understanding clients’ lack of knowledge regarding his responsibilities and the steps required to accomplish tasks.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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