Five more witnesses testify for state in trial of Portsmouth man

first_img Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussions LocalNews Five more witnesses testify for state in trial of Portsmouth man by: – July 4, 2012 Share Five more witnesses have been called to give evidence on behalf of the state in the manslaughter trial of Charlesworth Christopher junior of Portsmouth.Stebin Valentine has been charged with this offence which occurred about 1am on August 30th, 2009, outside of Christopher’s home in Lagoon, Portsmouth.On Monday, the state through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gene Pestaina, called four witnesses to testify.Among them were; Dr. Carl Monroe who examined Christopher’s body, Ashton Joseph, one of Christopher’s cousin who witnessed the incident, Faustin Alexis; Christopher’s cousin and neighbor who assisted in transporting him to the Portsmouth hospital.During Tuesday’s sitting, the deposition of Dr. Maria Garcia Penerio, who was the government pathologist at the time of the incident in 2009, was read by attorney at law Michael Bruney.Bruney presided over the preliminary investigation in 2011 as a temporary magistrate, when Dr Penerio gave her post mortem report.According to that report, it was Dr Penerio’s opinion that Charlesworth Christopher junior died of “severe brain damage as a result of a bullet wound at close range”.Randy Phillip, who is also Christopher’s cousin, testified that after returning home from a party somewhere in Buck with the defendant and some other friends, he was called by Christopher who was sitting outside his house with two ladies; Francine Sango and Kadisha Peter.He went over to Christopher, they had a conversation and he left with Francine Sango.Moments after they left, he heard an explosion and Kadisha screaming his name, so he ran back to inquire what was wrong and met his cousin lying on his back on the road.Phillip said he immediately called the Portsmouth police station after he observed what appeared to be blood running down his cousin’s forehead and saw Valentine “leaving the scene running through some hedges at the back of the house”.He admitted under cross examination that he was angry at Valentine for what happened to his cousin because he “figured Stebin had a gun which he should not have and Junior was killed by a gun Stebin should not have had”.Meanwhile, Kadisha Peter, who said she was Christopher’s friend and witnessed the incident, sobbed openly in Court and had to be given a few minutes to “pull herself together”.She told the court that she was standing about twelve feet behind Valentine and Christopher who were having a conversation, but she could not hear what they were speaking about.However, she heard Christopher ask, “What is that”, then turned in their direction, saw a flash and heard what appeared to be a gunshot.Peters continued that she saw Christopher move his body back and he started “going down slowly to the left side”.She then screamed at Christopher to get up but he didn’t, so she asked Ashton Joseph who was standing much closer to Christopher than she was, to assist him until she could make her way over to him.Peters said she continued screaming his name but he never answered he just lifted his head a bit. When she noticed that Valentine who was still sitting on the stool, had what appeared to be a gun in his hand, she called out to Randy Phillip because he was in “the backyard”.She said Valentine then got up from the stool with the gun in his hand so she ran into the yard where she “passed out” and later woke up at the Portsmouth hospital.Valentine, who arrived in court forty-five minutes late on Tuesday, was warned by Justice Stephenson Brooks at the end of the trial, to ensure that he is punctual for the balance of the trial.He was warned that if he failed to attend court an arrest warrant could be issued for his arrest or he could be remanded at the state’s prison.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Ripley County Photography Show presented at the Central House in Napoleon

first_imgRack card Photo Show-red, blackNapoleon, In. — The works of more than 15 Ripley County photographers will be on display March 1-10 at the Central House in Napoleon. The Photography Show, Focus on Ripley County Photographers, begins with a Photographers Reception Friday, March 1, from 5-9pm with most of the photographers on hand, as well as refreshments, at 3684 W. Napoleon Main Street.A variety of photographs will be on display, from landscapes to portraits to creative interpretations of our world. Participating photographers are: Anjali Fong of Versailles, Bill Riley of Milan, Jim Waldo of Versailles, Rich Fowler of Batesville, Mary Bultman of Osgood, Jared Rogers of Versailles, Melissa Hendrix of Batesville, Kea Foreman of Friendship, Sandy Zeigler of Batesville, Kirsten Carlson of Versailles, Katherine Taul of Holton, Nancy Metz of Batesville, Davied Engelking of Sunman, Lacey Engelking of Sunman, Amy Smith of Batesville, Tammy Shook of Napoleon, and Dakota Engelking of Sunman.In addition to the Photographers Reception, the show is open Saturday, March 2, 11-7; Sunday, March 3 1-4pm; Monday through Friday, March 4-8, 5-7pm; Saturday, March 9, 11-7; and the final day will be Sunday, March 10, 1-4pm. There is no charge for coming to the Photography Show, however, a donation for the Central House is always welcome. Some photographers will have their photographs for sale during the show, to be picked up after the show concludes March 10.“Information was sent out across the county in January inviting people to participate,” noted Victor Sarringhaus, who is helping to coordinate the event with Katherine Taul, “and we are thrilled with the interest shown.”The event is being sponsored by the Central House, and Carl and Katherine Taul. “We’re excited to help bring Focus on Ripley County Photographers to the public and appreciate the Central House board allowing us to use their venue,” added Katherine. More information is available by calling Katherine Taul at 812-756-2800 or Victor Sarringhaus at 812-621-7826.last_img read more

Phelan and Steele leave United

first_imgManchester United are to part company with coaches Mike Phelan and Eric Steele. Steele was installed as goalkeeping coach in 2008 as replacement for Tony Coton, who was forced to retire due to injury. Moyes said in a statement from the club: “I would like to put on record the club’s thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done. “I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “I’d like to thank Eric and Mick for the enormous contributions they have made to the success of Manchester United in their time here. Their professionalism, ability and diligence have been a credit to them. “They are top class football men and everyone here wishes them well for long and successful careers in the game.” Press Associationcenter_img The decision has been made as part of a shake-up instigated by David Moyes following his arrival from Everton as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. A former United player, Phelan came back to Old Trafford as a youth team coach in 1999, and was promoted to Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom team two years later, replacing Carlos Queiroz as assistant in 2008. last_img read more

Moyes could turn to Fellaini

first_img “Triumphing in Barcelona is what I have been hoping for all my life, it’s been my dream since I was a child,” he said at a press conference. “I am very happy at Barcelona and I haven’t spoken to any other club in the last two years. “I’ve been relaxed about it the whole time, I didn’t have to clarify anything because the only thing I was thinking about was staying at Barca.” After being led to believe Fabregas was interested in returning to the Barclays Premier League, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward suffered a nasty shock on Thursday when the former Arsenal skipper declared he was happy at Barcelona. This prompted an immediate response from United, stating their respect for Fabregas’ position, which did not quite amount to confirmation they were backing off but given the latest development leaves little room for manoeuvre. Manchester United manager David Moyes is expected to step up his interest in Marouane Fellaini following the collapse of Cesc Fabregas’ proposed move to Old Trafford. Instead, Moyes must search for alternatives, knowing he has less than four weeks before the transfer window shuts and only eight days before the Red Devils begin their Premier League title defence at Swansea. Given Moyes has already stated his central midfield resources are below strength, the most obvious course of action would be to push through a deal for Fellaini given his obvious knowledge of the player and a desire from both sides to resume a partnership that proved so successful at Everton. Yet even that may fail to appease supporters growing anxious at the lack of fresh blood so deep into the summer business. United do have until September 2 to conclude any deals, yet alternatives to Fabregas are not immediately obvious. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has been mentioned but the Croat is more in the Michael Carrick mould of a neat passer and skilful ball-player than that of Fabregas, who combines superb ability in possession with a physical presence. Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye is another but he clearly does not have the former Arsenal skipper’s vast experience, and is untested at the highest level. Repeatedly this summer, Moyes has spoken of the difficulty in securing new players quickly due to the upheaval created by Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. Still, it must have come as a nasty surprise to find the problems he encountered trying to attract players at Everton have now resurfaced at a much higher point up the footballing food chain thanks to Fabregas’ cutting comments. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Tipp management happy with what they’re seeing from new players

first_imgTipperary senior hurling management are really pleased with what they’re seeing in terms of new players.The Premier overcame Dublin in a challenge game last weekend, and are set to meet Liam Mellows in Lorrha this Saturday.Selector Declan Fanning says it’s a case of so far so good… Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

Viewing figures for Grand National rise as Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum feat

first_img Share Submit HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon This year’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse has continued to grab the attention of the nation, as viewing figures for the ITV-covered race have increased by 12 per cent. The broadcast, fronted by Ed Chamberlin, is reported to have hit figures of 9.6 million at peak viewing time, which is up from the 8.5 million viewers in 2018. The figures has meant that the average audience has now grown from 5.1 million to 5.4 million.The 2019 figures, while being on the up since 2018, are reported to be lower than the figures listed in 2016 in which peak viewers reached 10 million. ITV was expected by many to deliver a growth in viewers, but the recent figures show that the broadcaster is facing a battle in competing with the Channel 4 coverage for the race, which had drawn in a viewer base of  8.9m, 8.5m and 8.8m respectively.Speaking about the historic race, Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: “The Grand National Festival always provides some wonderful stories, but the last three days have been exceptional, obviously culminating in Tiger Roll’s remarkable follow-up success, a performance that will go down in history. “It was an “I was there” moment which many of us will never forget. Tiger Roll is a new National legend and his name will be rightly be added to the list of the greatest horses our sport has seen.“Following off the back of a memorable Cheltenham Festival, jump racing has shown in the last few weeks why it holds such a special place in British society. This has been reflected in the coverage in today’s papers – racing is back on the front pages of the national press, for the second time in a matter of weeks. “In addition ITV Racing have posted remarkable viewing figures, with an audience of 9.6m tuning in to the race, a reflection of the popularity of the sport and the ITV team’s first class coverage of it.”The race saw Gordan Elliot’s Tiger Roll win for the second time in a row, making headlines around the world as it becomes the first to gain the double since Red Rum’s historic double. Tiger Roll was listed as the overwhelming favourite for the race, having been listed as the shortest-priced winner since Poethlyn (11-4) exactly 100 years ago.The nine-year old’s odds come following his success in the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, despite carrying more weight than 2018. Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Governor Whitmer releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, directs school districts to develop return to school plans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-142, which provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of PreK-12 education in the fall. “Our students, parents, and educators have made incredible sacrifices during our battle with COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “Thanks to our aggressive action against this virus, the teachers who have found creative ways to reach their students, and the heroes on the front lines, I am optimistic that we will return to in-person learning in the fall. The MI SafeSchools Return to School Roadmap will help provide schools with the  guidance they need as they enact strict safety measures to continue protecting educators, students, and their families. I will continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and experts in epidemiology and public health to ensure we get this right, but we also need more flexibility and financial support from the federal government. This crisis has had serious implications on our budget, and we need federal support if we’re going to get this right for our kids.”  “The most important thing we can do as we prepare to reopen school buildings in the fall is closely examine the data and remain vigilant in our steps to fight this virus,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I will continue to work closely with Governor Whitmer and the Return to Learn Advisory Council to ensure we continue to put the health and safety of our students and educators first. We will remain nimble to protect students, educators, and their families.” Executive Order 2020-142 requires school districts to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will protect students and educators across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. The MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap offers guidelines as to the types of safety protocols that will be required or recommended at each phase. In recognition that these protocols will cost money, the Governor also announced that she was allocating $256 million to support the districts in implementing their local plans as part of the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the governor announced yesterday.  The safety protocols detailed in the MI Safe Schools Roadmap includes guidance on  the use of PPE, good hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, screening for symptoms, athletics, and more. The Roadmap also recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on students’ and educators’ metal health, and offers guidance on how schools can address this issue. Governor Whitmer will continue to use the MI Safe Start Plan as the highest-level governing framework for determining if and when it is safe to resume in-person instruction.  “All of us on the Return to Learn Advisory Council share a commitment to marrying science and evidence, and practicality and local needs to ensure the health and safety of our students and educators,” said Tonya Allen, President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation and Chair of the Return to Learn Advisory Council. “We are proud to have a leader in the governor’s office who is committed to working with parents, teachers, and students to make sure we get this right. We will remain vigilant and flexible, helping ensure safety protocols are in place in every Michigan school.” “The governor’s MI Safe Schools Roadmap is a thoughtful, comprehensive plan that puts the health and safety of our students and educators first, balancing this priority with the importance of in-school education,” saidDavid Hecker, President of AFT Michigan. “Our teachers and support staff are eager and ready to implement safety measures in our schools to ensure everyone who steps foot in them is protected from the spread of COVID-19. I applaud the governor’s leadership and unwavering commitment to our students during this time, and look forward to working closely with her as we continue to protect Michiganders from this virus.” On June 3, the governor announced a group of 25 leaders in health care and education to serve on the COVID-19 Return to Learn Advisory Council. The council is chaired by Tonya Allen, and includes public health experts, a pediatrician, educators, school administrators, school board members, community leaders, parents, and students. The Council will continue to work closely with the governor as she continues to put the health and safety of our students and educators first. On June 17, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict safety measures in place. The Advisory Council was created to identify the critical issues that must be addressed, provide valuable input to inform the process of returning to school, and ensure a smooth and safe transition back to school. The Council will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the COVID-19 Task Force on Education, and will continue to develop recommendations regarding the safe, equitable, and efficient K-12 return to school in the Fall.  To view the governor’s MI Safe Schools Roadmap, click here. To view Executive Order 2020-142, click the link below: EO 2020-142.pdfAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gov. Whitmer signs bill extending the expiration of driver’s licenses, state ID cards, vehicle registrations to Sept. 30 Next Local health center staff promote injury prevention with drive up eventlast_img read more

UPDATE — Winnebago supervisor Stensrud says he “just blew it” by allegedly being intoxicated at meeting

first_imgFOREST CITY — Winnebago County Supervisor Mike Stensrud says he made a mistake by allegedly showing up intoxicated to a Board of Supervisors meeting this week.A Forest City police officer was dispatched to the Winnebago County Courthouse shortly after the conclusion of Tuesday morning’s meeting of the supervisors for a male that was possibly intoxicated. A criminal complaint says the officer spoke to Stensrud, and a breath sample that Stensrud agreed to provide to the officer showed that his blood alcohol level was .09.The complaint says the officer also examined a cup that Stensrud had and said the cup smelled of an alcoholic beverage. A video of the meeting, which you can view below, shows Stensrud drinking from a large plastic cup with a straw in it. The complaint also says the officer took a pistol out of Stensrud’s right pocket.The Associated Press reports that Stensrud says he sought treatment for drinking in January and was sober until Tuesday but “just blew it”.Stensrud has been charged with public intoxication and carrying a firearm while under the influence and is scheduled to appear in court on June 24th.Stensrud, who played football at Iowa State University before going pro, was in the NFL for a decade before retiring in 1989.last_img read more

PL race for Europe hots up after Man City win Carabao Cup meaning SEVEN in hunt

first_imgMANCHESTER CITY’S Carabao Cup victory ensured the race for European football hots up in the Premier League – with seven in the hunt.Uefa rules mean the top four in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League and there are three Europa League spots up for grabs.2 Manchester City won the Carabao Cup once again, opening up another Europa League spot from the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsThose three are originally planned for the team that finishes fifth in the Prem, the League Cup winners and the FA Cup champs.But with City winning their sixth domestic title out of seven and almost certain to finish within the top five, that opens up sixth for a Europa League spot.Should one of those top six also win the FA Cup, therefore, seventh would be good enough for a European place.However, add into the mix the fact that – as things stand – Manchester City are banned from Uefa competition for the next two seasons, and that would open up EIGHTH place for the Europa League play-offs.City deny any wrongdoing despite being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and have launched their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If they are unsuccessful, though, and finish inside the top four, the team that finishes fifth would automatically qualify for the Champions League.As things stand, with the City ban upheld and the FA Cup winners yet to be decided, Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United would be the four English representatives at Europe’s top table in 2020/21.Chelsea are fourth on 45 points, three clear of Manchester United in fifth.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe Red Devils are level on points with Wolves in sixth – who would qualify for the Europa League – and two clear of Tottenham and Sheffield United on 40.Spurs’ goal difference is three better than the Blades’ which would mean they get into the Europa League and leave Chris Wilder relying on his side or one of the other top seven winning the FA Cup.Burnley are ninth on 38, with Arsenal and Everton level on 37 and still in the running with European aspirations – Arsenal.Latest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsArsenal, Manchester City, Sheffield United and relegation-threatened Aston Villa have 11 games to play due to the Carabao Cup final at the weekend – the rest have ten.However, even if they do not finish inside the top five, Wolves and United could get into the Champions League via the backdoor route.The Europa League winners are granted a free pass into the Champions League for the following season, regardless of their league position, and both Wolves and United will fancy their chances of going the distance.2 There are still plenty of teams that will have European qualification aspirations for next seasonMan City kitman Brandon Ashton celebrates in traditional style after Carabao Cup winlast_img read more