iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The commander and the senior enlisted officer of a SEAL Team currently deployed to Africa are being investigated for allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, officials said.Both senior leaders have been sent back to the United States while the allegations are investigated.“A commanding officer and command master chief assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit have been relieved of their duties overseas due to alleged misconduct,” said Lt. Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.“Naval Special Warfare and NCIS have initiated investigations as appropriate,” said Maxwell.Two defense officials said one of the team leaders is being investigated for the alleged inappropriate touching of a female service member during the deployment. Both team leaders are being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, said officials.Both of the senior leaders were sent home by Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, said a third defense official. Hicks suspended the commanding officer’s overseas assignment as the head of SOC Forward East Africa, said the official.While “pulled from deployment” both senior leaders have not been relieved of their duties as the commanding officer and command master chief of their SEAL Team. While stateside they will remain in those positions as the allegations are investigated.SEAL Team units deployed to East Africa typically operate in Djibouti, where the United States has a base, and in Somalia, where they assist in an advisory capacity with the Somali military.The Navy has eight SEAL team units, four odd numbered units stationed in Coronado, California and four even-numbered units stationed at Little Creek, Va.A ninth SEAL Team is more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, though its official name is Special Warfare Development Group DEVGRU. That elite Special Missions unit best known for its role in the Osama bin Laden raid. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
JJ Grey & Mofro have announced an extensive 2019 winter tour, which will take the band coast to coast during January, February, and March of next year. The upcoming tour will see multiple-night runs in Texas, California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northeast.The tour begins Wednesday, January 16th, with a stop at Pensacola, FL’s Vinyl Music Hall, before the band heads west for a three-night Texas run, January 17th through 19th. JJ Grey & Mofro will then make stops in Scottsdale, AZ; Anaheim, CA; Crystal Bay, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Napa, CA, January 22nd through 26th, before moving up through the Pacific Northwest. JJ Grey and company play three nights in Oregon on January 30th, 31st, and February 1st, before playing a final West Coast show at Seattle, WA’s Neptune Theatre on February 2nd.The band will then head through Colorado, with stops at Telluride’s Club Red, Beaver Creek’s Vilar PAC, Frisco’s 10 Mile Music Hall, Boulder’s Boulder Theater, and Fort Collin’s Washington’s, February 5th through 9th, before making their way to the East Coast.JJ Grey & Mofro start their East Coast leg with a stop at Raleigh, NC’s Lincoln Theatre, February 27th before making stops at Millvale, PA’s Mr. Smalls; Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre; Hartford, CT’s Infinity Hall; Derry, NH’s Tupelo Music Hall; Harrisburg, PA’s Whitaker Center; Philadelphia, PA’s Union Transfer; and Richmond, VA’s The National from February 28th to March 9th before closing their expansive tour with a stop at Greenville, NC’s State Theatre.Tickets for JJ Grey & Mofo’s 2019 winter shows go on sale on Friday, October 19th or Saturday, October 20th. For more details on upcoming shows or ticketing information, head to the band’s website.JJ Grey & Mofro 2019 Winter Tour:1.16 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL1.17 – House of Blues – Houston, TX1.18 – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX1.19 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX1.22 – Scottsdale CPA – Scottsdale, AZ1.23 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA1.24 – Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV1.25 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA1.26 – Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA1.30 – McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR1.31 – Midtown Ballroom – Bend, OR2.01 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR2.02 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA2.05 – Club Red – Telluride, CO2.06 – Vilar PAC – Beaver Creek, CO2.07 – 10 Mile Music Hall – Frisco, CO2.08 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO2.09 – Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO2.27 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC2.28 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA3.01 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY3.02 – Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT3.03 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH3.06 – Whitaker Center – Harrisburg, PA3.08 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA3.09 – The National – Richmond, VA3.10 – The State Theatre – Greenville, NCView All Tour Dates
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, had 3.1 million, good enough for 18th but off 2 percent from last year. Worldwide, amusement park attendance increased 2.2 percent to 253 million visitors in 2005. Most major parks don’t release their attendance figures, but the Amusement Business numbers are considered the most reliable estimates in the industry. Six Flags Inc., which invested $135 million in new rides and attractions around the nation for the 2005 season, was rewarded with a 5.7 percent increase across the chain, according to Amusement Business. The opening of a water park at its Six Flags Great America park in Gurnee, Ill., helped boost attendance by 24 percent. Magic Mountain opened its new Batman Stunt Show feature and will follow up in the spring with the new thrill ride Tatsu. Six Flags California ranked 22nd. Attendance rose 5 percent in 2005 at Six Flags California’s two Valencia theme parks, together among the top 25 theme parks in the nation. An estimated 176 million visitors – 2.8 million locally at Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor – visited North America’s most popular parks, according to an annual survey released this week by the trade publication Amusement Business and the research firm Economics Research Associates. Attendance at the nation’s 50 most popular amusement parks rose 4.2 percent overall this year, powered by strong investments in new rides, the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and a hurricane season that bypassed the theme park capital of Orlando, Fla. Attendance was off at two Ohio facilities in the publication’s list of the top 25 best-attended North American amusement parks. Paramount’s Kings Island in southwest Ohio had 3.3 million visitors in 2005 to place 16th, but was down 5.1 percent overall. The Cedar Fair parks saw attendance rise 1.6 percent. But its California-based Knott’s Berry Farm park declined 3 percent, mainly because of a rainy first quarter, and its flagship Cedar Point park in Ohio declined despite the introduction of the maXair ride. Cedar Point planned to lower admission prices by $5 a ticket, a counterintuitive move in an industry that annually raises its prices. The goal is to have more people go through the turnstiles in a market that has struggled economically with layoffs in the automotive industry, said Brian Witherow, a Cedar Fair vice president. The Sandusky-based park’s three biggest markets are Detroit, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio. “Clearly, we can’t control things like gas prices and unemployment rates in our core market … but one thing we can control is the admission price,” Witherow said. Neither a rainy spring in California nor a parade of destructive hurricanes in the southeast slowed down growth in the $10 billion industry, which had strong momentum from last year, the first year attendance had increased since the 2001 terrorist attacks hobbled the U.S. tourism and travel industry. Those parks that acquired new rides in 2005 saw their investments pay off while those parks that had an off-year in their capital investment cycle, for the most part, experienced attendance dips, said James Zoltak, editor of Amusement Business. Universal’s two parks in Orlando, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures, each saw declines of 8.5 percent, while attendance at Universal Studios Hollywood dipped 6 percent. All three parks came off strong attendance increases in 2004 and the parks in 2005 didn’t introduce an excitement-generating thrill ride comparable to 2004’s Revenge of the Mummy ride. Tom Schroder, a Universal spokesman, said 2004’s high-flying attendance figures were a tough act to follow. “The bar was raised so incredibly high for us by spectacular attendance in 2004, combined with a very competitive environment to higher gas prices,” Schroder said. “2005 was just slightly less great than 2004.” Amusement Business also said a worldwide marketing juggernaut highlighting the 50th anniversary of Disneyland at Disney’s parks around the world may also have siphoned off some attendance at the Universal parks. The Walt Disney Co.’s four parks in Florida and two parks in California benefited from the celebration with new rides, stage shows and parades. The Florida parks had attendance increases of between 5 percent and 6.5 percent, while Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, respectively, saw growth of 8.5 percent and 3.6 percent. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, with 16.1 million visitors, and Disneyland in California, with 14.5 million visitors, were not only the two most visited parks in North America in 2005, but they were the best-attended parks in the world. In North America, the remaining top five spots were filled out with Disney’s other Florida parks: Epcot, Disney- MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom. Disney parks in the United States, Japan and France took up the top eight spots in attendance worldwide. “We think that certainly the 50th anniversary of Disneyland has resonated with consumers, not just here in California but really all over the world,” said Lisa Haines, vice president of strategic communications at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Anheuser Busch-owned parks saw sharp increases at locations with new thrill rides. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay added the Sheikra ride this year and saw an attendance boost of 5.1 percent, while Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., added the DarKastle thrill ride and had an 8.3 percent jump. Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Parks unit had a chainwide increase of 2.2 percent. A list of the 25 best-attended amusement parks in 2005 The top 25 best-attended North American amusement parks in 2005, their attendance and the percentage change from last year. 1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., 16.1 million, up 6.5 percent 2. Disneyland in Anaheim, 14.5 million, up 8.5 percent 3. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 9.9 million, up 5.5 percent 4. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.6 million, up 5 percent 5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.2 million, up 5 percent 6. Universal Studios in Orlando, 6.1 million, down 8.5 percent 7. Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, 5.8 million, up 3.6 percent 8. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 5.76 million, down 8.5 percent 9. SeaWorld Orlando, 5.6 million, up 0.2 percent 10. Universal Studios Hollywood, 4.7 million, down 6 percent 11. Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 4.5 million, up 2.3 percent 12. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Fla., 4.3 million, up 5.1 percent 13. SeaWorld San Diego, 4.1 million, up 2.5 percent 14. Paramount Canada’s Wonderland in Maple, Ontario, 3.6 million, up 7 percent 15. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, 3.47 million, up 3 percent 16. Paramount’s Kings Island in Kings Island, Ohio, 3.3 million, down 5.1 percent 17. Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, N.J., 3.1 million, up 1 percent 18. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, 3.1 million, down 2 percent 19. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif., 3 million, flat 20. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., 2.9 million, up 6 percent 21. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., 2.8 million, up 24 percent 22. Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain in Valencia, 2.8 million, up 5 percent 23. Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., 2.7 million, flat 24. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., 2.6 million, up 8.3 percent 25. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 2.3 million, up 7.3 percent Source: Amusement Business and Economics Research Associates 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!