JBS Plants to Reopen Wednesday After Cyberattack; Firefighter Killed a Colleague, Burned his Home, and Killed Himself; Angel Heidi Klum, 48, Answers Age Gap Question about her 31-year-old Husband; Man Found Dead was Running a Drug Lab; Uber Driver was Killed by Robbers
JBS Meat Processing Plants to Reopen Wednesday After Cyberattack Shutdown
JBS USA is the American branch of Brazil-based JBS SA, the world’s largest meat producer. After discovering an “organized cybersecurity attack” that impacted its computer systems in North America and Australia, the company shut down nine of its beef plants. The White House said a criminal group responsible for the ransomware attack is likely backed by Russia.
JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira confirmed on Tuesday that he expects that most of the meat-processing facilities will be operational within Wednesday, following a cyberattack that forced the world’s largest meat producer to halt the operations of all of its U.S. beef plants.
“We have cybersecurity plans in place to address these types of issues, and we are successfully executing those plans,” Nogueira said in a statement. “Given the progress our I.T. professionals and plant teams have made in the last 24 hours, the vast majority of our beef, pork, poultry, and prepared foods plants will be operational tomorrow.”
JBS added that on Tuesday, it was able to dispatch products from nearly all of its facilities to supply customers despite the interruption to its operations. The company’s pork plants remained open.
The company received significant support from the governments of the US, Canada, and Australia as part of collective efforts to protect and maintain the food supply chain. JBS supplies about one-quarter of beef in these regions.
“I want to personally thank the White House, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Australian and Canadian governments for their assistance over the last two days,” Nogueira added.
JBS’s U.S. operations interruption raised the alarm about a possible meat shortage in the coming days. The White House, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, and JBS USA are working closely to “mitigate any potential supply or price issues.”
“As part of that effort, USDA has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation, encouraging them to accommodate additional capacity where possible and to stress the importance of keeping supply moving,” the USDA said. “USDA has also been in contact with several food, agriculture, and retail organizations to underscore the importance of maintaining close communication and working together to ensure a stable, plentiful food supply.”
Firefighter Killed a Colleague at Station, Burned his Home, and Killed Himself
A firefighter, who remains unidentified, opened fire at the station, killed a colleague, and wounded the Station Captain at Los Angeles County Fire Department in Agua Dulce at around 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday. After the gunman opened fire at his workplace, he went to set his own home ablaze and killed himself with a gunshot, in California’s second deadly workplace shooting in a week.
According to the authorities, the gunman is a firefighter specialist and engineer. He was off-duty when he drove the 10 miles from his home in Acton, Los Angeles, to his workplace at Los Angeles County Fire Station 81. The authorities added that there was no known disciplinary action against the gunman.
The victim, who was fatally shot several times in the upper torso, is a 44-year-old fire specialist who drives a fire truck. He has three daughters and had been with the department for more than 20 years, Osby said.
The wounded 54-year-old fire captain was airlifted to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia. He was shot in the upper body, had undergone surgery, and is in critical but stable condition at a hospital.
The gunman then returned to his home, barricaded himself, and the authorities later found the property engulfed in flames. The gunman was found dead in an empty pool from what seemed to be a self-inflicted gunshot.
The home burned for hours, and helicopters fought the blaze because it was unsafe to send firefighters in. A bomb squad and the SWAT team were also called in to assess the situation before firefighters were allowed to use hoses on the burned property.
During a 3 p.m. news conference, Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, “It is with a heavy heart that I stand here and say that one of our firefighter specialists succumbed to his injuries.” He said the shooting, “was some of the worst news that I’ve heard in my career.”
Janice Hahn, County Supervisor, said firefighters risk their lives daily.
“Between emergency calls, the fire station must have felt like their safe haven,” she said. “Unfortunately, that sense of safety has now been shattered.”
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Heidi Klum, 48, Answers Age Gap Question about her 31-year-old Husband
Heidi Klum, the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent and co-host of the Amazon show Making the Cut. She is also married to musician Tom Kaulitz. Heidi, 48, was introduced to Tom, 31, guitarist of the German rock band Tokio Hotel, while hosting Germany’s Next Top Model.
The two instantly connected after learning that they shared a lot in common. Both Tom and Heidi had been married before. They also were both born in Germany.
“He’s German, so it’s been fun and easy for Heidi,” the source told Us Weekly. ‘Tom is a breath of fresh air for her. They fell into an easy rhythm really quickly.”
The couple reportedly “made their relationship official” around early 2018.
After about eight months of dating, Heidi announced on social media that she and Tom were engaged. Tom sought a special blessing from Heidi’s kids — daughters Leni, 17, and Lou, 11, and sons Henry, 15 and Johan, 14 (Leni’s biological father is Italian businessman Flavio Briatore; Seal adopted her. Henry, Johan, and Lou are her kids with Seal).
On February 22, 2019, Heidi and Tom got married. Vogue reported that the couple organized a second ceremony on the Christina O, a yacht belonging to Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s second husband, Aristotle Onassis, in Capri, Italy, on August 3, 2019.
Throughout their relationship, Heidi has had to field questions about their 17-year age gap. But as Heidi has made perfectly clear, outsider opinions don’t matter to her or Tom, as they’re happy to be together no matter what anyone else says.
“Lots of people are questioning that and asking about it,” Heidi told InStyle back in 2018. “That’s really the only time when age seems to be shoved in my face, and I have to give an answer for it.”
She continued: “I don’t really think about it that much otherwise. You have to just live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think because worrying is only going to give you more wrinkles.”
Uber Driver was Killed by Juvenile Robbers While Picking up a Fare in Cicero
An Uber driver, Joe Schelstraete, 38, was shot while picking up a fare in Cicero on Monday at around 7:30 p.m. He was put on life support but eventually succumbed to his injuries and died. The Police have a juvenile suspect in custody for the shooting, but they have yet to release his age. The other three suspects remain at large.
Tuesday night, Cicero Police Chief Jerry Shlada shared a message to the other three individuals.
“You’ve affected so many lives with tremendous pain,” he said in calling for the assailants to come forward.
The Police have obtained a Ring doorbell video that captures four males with hoods up approaching a blue Ford four-door car. One male gets in the back. Inside, a struggle with the driver ensued. One of the assailants then opened fire, striking Schelstraete in the head. All four males quickly fled the scene southbound after the shooting.
Schelstraete was severely injured during an attempted robbery. His family is left with shattered emotions, describing him as a kind man who worked two jobs to support his children. He was taken to Loyola Hospital in critical condition.
Kim Bova, the victim’s aunt, says she remembers him by the smile on his face and the love in his heart.
“He just was quick to give you a hug, smiling and so happy to see you,” she said. “He was always asking how you were doing and what was new in your life.” She says the Hobart-native worked hard to support his three kids, a son, and two daughters.
“He was doing the Uber job as a part-time supplement to his full-time job at the steel mill,” Bova said.
The family and doctors have arranged for the victim’s organ donation after taking off life support.
Police are investigating a separate carjacking at the exact location and are looking into whether the same group of individuals was responsible for that incident.
Man Found Dead in Chicago High Rise was Running a Drug Lab
According to the Police, Ted Hilk, the man who was found dead inside a downtown high rise, allegedly ran a ‘Clandestine’ Drug Lab. Hilk, described as a genius, was a Kansas native who scored a perfect 36 on his ACT before attending MIT. He mostly kept to himself, according to his neighbors.
When Hilk’s body was discovered back in March, the FBI and the bomb squad were called into the Streeterville apartment building. That case has now taken some new turns. Hilk’s parents said he struggled with life during the pandemic, and the warning signs dated many months back.
The first warning signs inside Hilk’s apartment were flagged last October. Window washers spotted multiple propane tanks inside his seventh-floor unit. They notified management, and Hilk removed them.
Police said that building managers asked his neighbors for access to their balconies to do a well-being check on Hilk in the weeks that followed.
One neighbor heard: “loud banging typically in the middle of the night” and “heard arguing on multiple occasions seemingly between a male and a female.”
Another told investigators that “when he did see Hilk, he would be wearing an industrial-type face mask and what appeared to be heavy rubber gloves, but that he “did not think much of this at the time because of the current pandemic.”
On March 23, after his parents hadn’t heard from him in a month, emergency crews entered his apartment at the family’s request.
The 30-year-old was found dead in his bedroom amid pills and pill bottles in advanced decomposition. Also inside were “several pressure cookers, chemicals, lab equipment, metal drums…pill bottles…chemical bottles…”
Police said it was “possibly part of a clandestine lab used for producing illegal narcotics.”
Hilk’s parents told authorities he was “suffering anxiety lately due to COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has declared Hilk’s manner of death an accident.
The cause of death: an overdose of lidocaine. That’s most commonly used as a numbing medication. The Medical Examiner said there were no signs of struggle or trauma.