Channel 44 News: ‘Flag Guy’ Not Dead, Weighs In On National Anthem ControversySEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Rumors swirling on social media claiming the man known as Billy, the ‘Flag Guy’, died, but that certainly is not the case. Billy is alive and well.Tuesday, he was at his usual spot on Riverside waving the American Flag.Billy Stewart laughed off the rumors he died saying he likes to think he’s still got a few more years left.But, he weighed in on a more serious topic concerning an item near and dear to him, the American flag.“I really don’t think they should put a lot of issues, social issues, political issues into football games,” said Billy. “Let them play football, cheer for the winners, cheer for the loser. If you gotta protest or something about an issue in society do it after the game or before the game but don’t do it during the game.”Billy wishes people on both sides of the political spectrum could get together and realize deep down most of us are the same people, fighting for what we believe is right.That’s what he says makes American so special and what the flag symbolizes; the right to voice our different opinions.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The lead defendant in the federal racketeering case against the Vineland Boys street gang was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Rafael “Sneaky” Yepiz of Reseda, a leader of the Sun Valley-based gang, was sentenced during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Yepiz was convicted in October of 21 charges, including violating the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, drug trafficking and money laundering. He was the last to be sentenced among the nine Vineland Boys members or associates brought to trial so far in the law-enforcement probe aimed at squashing the street gang. Authorities said the gang terrorized parts of Burbank, North Hollywood and Palmdale for more than a decade. Prosecutors said the Vineland Boys trafficked in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Indiana and the East Coast. The group also is linked to four homicides, including the slaying of rookie Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka, who was killed in a shootout with alleged Vineland Boys member David Garcia, who is awaiting trial on murder charges. Meanwhile, trial for defendants Jose Ledesma, Raul Robledo and Javier Covarrubius, who face the death penalty in a 2003 witness-slaying case, is slated to begin in June. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!