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Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter’s ex-wives

Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter's ex-wives

Washington (CNN)The ex-wives of Rob Porter, a White House aide who recently resigned over domestic abuse allegations, say they have received letters of apology from Porter’s old boss, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who previously defended his former staffer as a "decent man."

"It was a sincere apology for pain he may have caused us," Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second ex-wife, told CNN.

The Daily Mail first published allegations of physical and mental abuse from his ex-wives, and included a statement from Hatch vigorously defending Porter, saying "it’s incredibly discouraging to see such a vile attack on such a decent man."

At the same time , Hatch’s office blasted out a different statement that said Hatch was "heartbroken" by the allegations. Hatch still described his interactions with Porter as "professional" and "respectful," but said "domestic violence in any form is abhorrent."

In the letter, Willoughby said Hatch "reiterated his explanation as to why his statement changed between the two Daily Mail articles."

Willoughby declined to share the letter, but said Hatch explained that he "was unaware of the nature of the article and was under the impression political enemies were mounting an attack against Rob, which is why he released the first statement […]

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Supreme court suspends Keyser attorney’s license

Supreme court suspends Keyser attorney's license

A Keyser attorney’s law license will be suspended for three years after he took money from a joint trust with a client and failed to render services to a client after being paid a fee, according to a ruling from the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Saying Timothy Sirk breached “one of the fundamental duties of his profession,” justices ordered his license suspended for three years, even though a subcommittee for the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board recommended his license be suspended for one year, according to the decision handed down Thursday.

In addition to the suspension, Sirk will have to complete six hours of continuing legal education in addition to what is required of attorneys in the state, and he will be placed on supervised practice for one year after his license is reinstated.

Sirk was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1983, and he had no disciplinary problems prior to this case.

In August 2013, Sirk was representing a man who was a friend of his for more than 50 years.

The man was the executor of his mother’s estate, and when the man sold his mother’s home, he and Sirk opened a trust account and deposited $30,068 in it.There was […]

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House advances bill to change how magistrates set bond for misdemeanors

House advances bill to change how magistrates set bond for misdemeanors

Lawmakers hope a bill addressing how magistrates set bond in misdemeanor criminal cases will lead to fewer people spending time in jail before they’re convicted of those crimes and maybe a decrease in the state’s jail bills.

Members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee approved their own version of House Bill 4511, which adds language to state law that would more clearly determine when magistrates should set a bond in misdemeanor crimes or when they should release someone from custody on personal recognizance while their legal proceedings are pending in the court system.

The bill was not reported to the House floor Friday, but it is on pace to be up for a vote by the end of next week.

The Committee Substitute for HB 4511 still allows magistrates throughout the state to use their discretion in setting bond for people charged with misdemeanor crimes.

The bill adds language to state law that lists specific circumstances in which magistrates should set a bond instead of releasing a person from custody on personal recognizance while he or she awaits trial.

House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, is the lead sponsor of the bill.One of the goals of the bill is to clarify the understanding […]

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Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment.

In Florida, that wasn’t enough for relatives, authorities or his schools to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

Only five states have laws enabling family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. Supporters of these measures, deemed "red flag laws" or gun-violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides.

Florida, where Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 assault weapon to kill 17 people at his former high school, lacks such a law. He was able to legally own the semi-automatic rifle, even though his mother, classmates and teachers had at times described him as dangerous and threatening, and despite repeated police visits to his home. Never miss a local story.

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Suspect in killing of two Westerville officers goes from hospital to jail

Suspect in killing of two Westerville officers goes from hospital to jail

The man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville police officers on Feb. 10 was transferred to the Franklin County Jail on Sunday afternoon after spending eight days at a local hospital.

Quentin L. Smith, 30, was taken at 4 p.m. Sunday to the downtown jail from the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. Smith suffered gunshot wounds, allegedly during his exchange of gunfire with Westerville police officers at his Cross Wind Drive town house.

Smith is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the killing of Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.

His first appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court will be Tuesday morning. The court is closed Monday for Presidents Day.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has said that when he considers Smith’s case, it could be eligible for the death penalty, because the two Westerville police officers were killed in the line of duty.

Morelli and Joering had gone to the Cross Wind Drive town house on a 911 hangup call and were shot upon entering the residence. Joering died at the scene; Morelli died of his injuries at Wexner Medical Center.Candace Smith, who was hiding in nearby bushes, told a dispatcher that her husband, Quentin, had shot […]

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Police: Man and woman found dead in idling SUV

BURTONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Police in suburban Maryland say a man and woman have been found murdered in a vehicle that was idling in a townhome community.

WJLA-TV reported that the victims were found about 10 p.m. Thursday in Burtonsville, Maryland, which is about 25 miles north of Washington, D.C.

Montgomery County Police said both victims were from Virginia. They were identified as 34-year-old Ashley Susan Dickinson of Alexandria and 29-year-old Joshua Michael Frazier of Woodbridge. A medical examiner determined that they died from multiple gunshot wounds.

They were found in a white sport utility vehicle that’s believed to be an Audi Q5 or Q7. It was backed into a parking spot. But at least one rear tire was over a curb. The headlights were also on.

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___Information from: WJLA-TV, http://www.wjla.com

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Mum begged French Brady and Hindley to reveal details of daughter’s 1990 murder

Mum begged French Brady and Hindley to reveal details of daughter’s 1990 murder

IT was the hardest letter that Pauline Murrell would ever write.

She was asking France’s Myra Hindley for the truth about how her daughter was murdered. PA:Press Association Joanna Parrish was murdered in 1990 in Burgundy in eastern France Twenty years earlier, a fisherman had found the battered and naked body of Pauline’s daughter, British student Jo Parrish, in a river 100 miles south of Paris .

Local investigators were convinced that language student Jo had been lured and then murdered by a depraved husband and wife, dubbed the French Hindley and Brady, who were jailed for life a decade ago.

Just like Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in the Sixties in Manchester, SHE hunted down young victims for HIM to rape and kill.

But French detectives had lost key DNA evidence against Monique Olivier and Michel Fourniret, and without a confession the evil pair could not be brought to justice for Jo’s killing. Getty Jo’s parents, who split up around the time of Jo’s death, feared they would never learn the truth So, in a three-page letter, Pauline pleaded to evil Olivier — a mother with three children of her own — to reveal what happened to Jo in 1990.

Despite her anguish […]

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Coroner identifies 6-year-old girl killed by suspected drunk driver in Fullerton

Coroner identifies 6-year-old girl killed by suspected drunk driver in Fullerton

Neighbors on Sunday, Feb. 18 in the 1400 block of Lombard Drive look toward the home of 6-year-old Grace Aguilar, who was fatally hit by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday. (Photo by Alma Fausto,Orange County Register/SCNG) FULLERTON Neighbors called her Gracie.

Paul Nguyen said that the little girl who was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday, Feb. 17, was a sweet girl and an only child.

“Every morning she’d yell to me ‘Hi Paul’ and I’d say ‘Hi Gracie’,” Nguyen said Sunday morning outside his home on the corner of Gage Avenue and Lombard Drive. Maximino Delgado of Anaheim (Courtesy of Fullerton Police Department) Nguyen, a 25-year-resident of the area, lives across the street from the home where 6-year-old Grace Aguilar lived before she was run down by 52-year-old Maximino Delgado of Anaheim, according to police.

“She always played in her front yard but this one time she ventured out into the neighbor’s yard,” Nguyen said.

He was looking after the girl’s family home and their small dog Bubbles, he said, while Gracie’s parents were staying elsewhere.

The neighborhood on Sunday morning was quiet and the only remnants of the crime scene the night before were orange spray paint marks […]

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Diability Benefits Denied

Diability Benefits Denied

Orange’s Josiah Ramirez won the NCHSAA 3A state wrestling title at 182 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.

Voyager Academy’s Jacari Deal won the NCHSAA 1A state wrestling title at 170 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.

Holly Springs’ Jaxon Maroney won the NCHSAA 4A state wrestling title at 126 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.

Cary’s Kobe Early won the NCHSAA 4A state wrestling title at 106 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.

Northern Durham’s Hai Siu won the NCHSAA 3A state wrestling title at 138 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.

Cardinal Gibbons’ Jalen Brooks won the NCHSAA 4A state wrestling title at 220 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.Rosewood’s Christian Decatur won the NCHSAA 1A state wrestling title at 106 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.Rosewood’s Timothy Decatur won the NCHSAA 1A state wrestling title at 120 pounds on Feb. 17, 2018.The Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs and Leesville Road Pride girls and Broughton Capitals and Millbrook Wildcats boys played in the Cap-7 Conference basketball tournament championships on Feb. 16, 2018.Foran describes the details of her investigation and the evidence she collected from Chad Copley’s yard during her testimony in his murder trial on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, N.C.Chad Copley is charged […]

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Family hosting Nikolas Cruz knew he was odd, but not dangerous: ‘We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know’

Family hosting Nikolas Cruz knew he was odd, but not dangerous: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know'

Kimberly and James Snead, the family that let Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz live in their home, become emotional on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, as they recount the day of the mass shooting. Nikolas Cruz was immature, quirky and depressed when James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home. But he was pleasant and seemed to be growing happier, they said.

How the 19-year-old turned into a killer still baffles them.

“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead told the South Florida Sun Sentinel in an exclusive interview Saturday. “We didn’t see this side of him.”

“Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know,” James Snead said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Cruz still lived with the Sneads on Wednesday when he walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle and killed 17 people — the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook.

The Sneads’ son had asked whether his friend could move into their home last Thanksgiving. Cruz’s mother, who had adopted him, died of pneumonia Nov. 1, leaving him without parents. He stayed briefly with a family friend in the Lantana area but wanted to move on.The Sneads quickly agreed […]

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