Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor
Nathaniel Hendren, the police officer accused of fatally shooting his co-worker, made his second court appearance last week where his bond was increased.
Hendren’s bond doubled, increasing from $50,000 to $100,000 Thursday. Should Hendren post his bond, he would be under house arrest and required to turn in any weapons or passport in his possession.
This also marks the first time Hendren appeared in person. Hendren’s first court appearance was through video Jan. 29. Also in attendance were the family and husband of the slain officer, Katlyn Alix.
John Hayden, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department chief, will be commenting on the shooting at a press conference Thursday at 2 p.m. This will be Hayden’s first comment on the incident since it occurred Jan. 24.
Jan. 25, Hendren was charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in regards to Alix’s death. He has also been suspended from the police department.
According to police, Hendren and his partner were on-duty and Alix was off-duty when the shooting occurred. The three were at Hendren’s apartment when Hendren and Alix decided to play a game of Russian Roulette. Alix was shot in the chest and later died at the hospital.
St. Louis and the rest of the Midwest region were bombarded by dangerously low temperatures last week, resulting in school closures, traffic incidents and nearly a dozen weather-related deaths.
During the course of the extreme cold front, 11 deaths have been reported. According to CNN, some of the fatalities included a University of Iowa student who was found unresponsive on campus due to weather-related conditions, multiple deaths due to road conditions and at least three people being found frozen to death outside their homes.
The Midwest portion of the U.S. bared the brunt of the extreme winter freeze on Thursday. Due to the cold temperatures, roads, schools and state offices experienced closures in many parts of the area. Some states even suspended mail and train services.
According to CNN, the temperatures reached their lowest point with more than 224 million people (about 80% of the country) experiencing temperatures below freezing. Additionally, almost 10% of the U.S. reached temperatures colder than 20 degrees below zero.
Friday morning, CNN reported that about 216 million people (over 75 percent of the continental U.S.) saw temperatures below freezing and about 84 million people (over 20 percent of the continental U.S.) experienced temperatures below zero.
Following the extreme cold across the U.S., temperatures are expected to increase quickly. Chicago, which reached a low of below 25 degrees, is expected to see temperatures reaching the low 50s Monday, an increase of 75 degrees. Atlanta, whose temperatures dropped to the 20s had expected temperatures in the low 60s Sunday.
According to the United Human Rights Office, at least 40 Venezuelans have died as a result of protests occurring over the power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and self-appointed interim president Juan Guaido. It is worth noting that Maduro’s government has not released any official figures in regards to the death toll.
The United Nations Civil Rights Council has reported various statistics regarding the unrest in Venezuela. Tuesday, they reported that 850 people have been detained since Guaido declared himself president Jan. 23. They also stated that Jan. 23 marked the highest number of Venezuelan detentions in 20 years with 696 people being detained.
Nations such as the U.S. and Canada have recognized Guaido’s presidency while nations such as China and Russia remain in support of Maduro.
The U.S. recently announced they would be placing sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company. Maduro has since accused the U.S. of orchestrating a coup against him.