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Kenosha “Man Who Shot First” in Rittenhouse Trial In Jail Holding with Wife for Six Felonies Including Armed Robbery, Burglary

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Joshua and Kelly Ziminski gained notoriety when they were captured often on video rioting during the Kenosha Riots on August 25, 2020. The day was made infamous by the murder trial of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse.

Joshua fired a pistol just before Rittenhouse fired his gun, shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum in self-defense. The couple have now finally faced charges for their crime spree together. Kenosha County Eye reports the duo is being held for:

Both Joshua and Kelly

Felony Armed Robbery
Felony Armed Burglary
Felony False Imprisonment
Felony Intimidation of Victim
Felony ID Theft
Misdemeanor Battery


Josh Only

Felony Bail-Jumping

Kelly Only

Probation Hold

Kelly pleaded guilty to Obstructing an Officer and Failure to Comply with Emergency Management Order of Local Government, both misdemeanors. Joshua is currently out on bond for Arson (Felony), Disorderly Conduct / Use of a Dangerous Weapon (Misdemeanor), and Obstructing an officer for his role in the rioting and lighting a trailer on fire.

The Kenosha County Eye details the background of the criminal couple:

Progressive Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley waited over 5 months to charge Ziminski, only after community push-back. Even still, many thought Ziminski was charged too softly. Ziminski was initially held on a low, $1,000 cash bond, but Judge Schroeder raised it to $13,000 on January 31st. Ziminski was scheduled to go to trial this day, but was accused of intimidating a witness in the case, Kenosha freelance photographer Nathan Debruin. Progressive Prosecutor Zeke Wiedenfeld of Walworth County declined to charge Ziminski. Ziminski was able to post bond and was free until Monday evening when he was booked into the Kenosha County Jail for an alleged

Lieutenant John DeMario with the Kenosha Police Detective Bureau confirmed with KCE the charges that are being referred to the DA’s office. Demario said he cannot divulge specifics because the case is still considered an open investigation. Both Ziminskis are expected to be in court tomorrow at 1:00pm for their initial appearances. At this time we will obtain the charging document that will give details about the couple’s alleged crimes. KCE will be there.

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Military was prepared to deploy to Gaza to rescue U.S. hostages

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The Washington Post released an in-depth report on the intelligence support the United States has provided Israel during its war with Hamas. The assistance has not only helped to find and rescue hostages, but the Post writes it has “also raised concerns about the use of sensitive information.”

The United States provided some of the intelligence used to locate and eventually rescue four Israeli hostages last week, The Post has reported. The information, which included overhead imagery, appears to have been secondary to what Israel collected on its own ahead of the operation, which resulted in the deaths of more than 270 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials, making it one of the deadliest single events in the eight-month-old war.

Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, stressed that U.S. forces did not participate in the mission to rescue the four hostages. “There were no U.S. forces, no U.S. boots on the ground involved in this operation. We did not participate militarily in this operation,” Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He noted that “we have generally provided support to the [Israel Defense Forces] so that we can try to get all of the hostages home, including the American hostages who are still being held.”

One critical piece of information from The Post involves a “canceled” U.S. mission to rescue eight Americans:

In October, JSOC forces in the region were prepared to deploy in Gaza to rescue U.S. citizens that Hamas was holding, said current and former U.S. officials familiar with planning for what would have been an exceptionally dangerous mission.

“If we managed to unilaterally get information that we could act on, and we thought we could actually get U.S. people out alive, we could act, but there was genuinely very little information specifically about U.S. hostages,” one official said.

However, the intelligence-sharing relationship between the United States and Israel is not without scrutiny and concern. The Post reports:

In interviews, Israeli officials said they were grateful for the U.S. assistance, which in some cases has given the Israelis unique capabilities they lacked before Hamas’s surprise cross-border attacks. But they also were defensive about their own spying prowess, insisting that the United States was, for the most part, not giving them anything they couldn’t obtain themselves. That position can be hard to square with the obvious failures of the Israeli intelligence apparatus to detect and respond to the warning signs of Hamas’s planning.

The U.S.-Israel partnership is, at times, tense. Some U.S. officials have been frustrated by Israel’s demand for more intelligence, which they said is insatiable and occasionally relies on flawed assumptions that the United States might be holding back some information.

In a briefing with reporters at the White House last month, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington “has provided an intense range of assets and capabilities and expertise.” Responding to a May 11 Washington Post report, Sullivan said that the intelligence is “not tied or conditioned on anything else. It is not limited. We are not holding anything back. We are providing every asset, every tool, every capability,” Sullivan said.

Other officials, including lawmakers on Capitol Hill, worry that intelligence the United States provides could be making its way into the repositories of data that Israeli military forces use to conduct airstrikes or other military operations, and that Washington has no effective means of monitoring how Israel uses the U.S. information.

The Biden administration has forbidden Israel from using any U.S.-supplied intelligence to target regular Hamas fighters in military operations. The intelligence is only to be used for locating the hostages, eight of whom have U.S. citizenship, as well as the top leadership of Hamas — including Yehiya Sinwar, the alleged architect of the Oct. 7 attacks, and Mohammed Deif, the commander of Hamas’s military wing. The State Department in 2015 designated both men as terrorists. Three of the eight U.S. hostages have been confirmed dead, and their bodies are still being held in Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

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