Golden Krust CEO Commits Suicide

(SL) –  The New York Daily News reports, The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill who once appeared on “Undercover Boss” killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, police sources said.

carib15n-1-copyLowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., sources said.

More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory hours later. Some had tears rolling down their cheeks.

“He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,” said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee. “He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.”

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(Lawrence with wife Lorna)

Pat Russo, who has worked with Hawthorne since the 1990s, was confounded by the news that his fellow businessman had taken his own life.

Memoir tells rags-to-riches story of Caribbean grill 

“It doesn’t make any sense. He had everything to live for,” said Russo, who is the president of Chef’s Choice food company. “He was a brilliant business guy. The perfect American success story.”

Hawthorne’s death sent shock waves from the streets of the Bronx to government offices in Jamaica, where Prime Minister Andrew Holness fired off a tweet offering his condolences.

Some of Hawthorne’s employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his car, a silver Tesla 85D (below), parked oddly outside the factory. The luxury ride was left in the road blocking a lane of traffic.

article-krust2-1202Longtime employee Everald Woods said he loved working under Hawthorne.

“He was a nice boss, a wonderful guy,” said Woods, an employee since 2003. “He’s the kind of guy you want to work for for that long. He takes care of his employees.”

Family friend Wayne Muschamb said Hawthorne was an inspiration to his countrymen in Jamaica. “Look how far he reached. He’s known from here to Jamaica,” Muschamb said. “I’m kind of lost for words, man. This has got me shocked.”

Hawthorne’s rags-to-riches story was set in motion in 1981 when he followed several relatives to the U.S. from Jamaica in search of opportunity.article-krust1-1202He briefly worked as an accountant for the NYPD before deciding to build a business inspired by his father’s bakery back home.

Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license, according to its website. The company produces more than 50 million patties a year that are sold in retail stores.

In 2012, he published a memoir, “The Baker’s Son.”

“It’s a very humbling experience to know that the concept that began in Jamaica with our parents was able to come here,” Hawthorne told the Daily News at the time.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard Proposes To Model Chanel Iman

(SL) –  MSN reports, Sterling Shepard’s New York Giants have suffered a lot of losses this season, but the wide receiver scored a major win this weekend.
Shepard posted a photo on his Instagram account of him proposing to his girlfriend, SI Swimsuit model Chanel Iman, who said yes. In his caption, Shepard used an appropriate metaphor, calling Iman “The catch of my dreams.”
BBG4AhmIman posted the same photo on Instagram and captioned it, “A night full of tears of happiness.

I’m beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with you @sterl_shep3 you are my soulmate, my best friend, my everything! Can’t wait to be your Mrs.”

According to E!, Shepard proposed to Iman on her birthday Friday night, then surprised her by taking her to a spot where her friends and family were gathered.

Shepard, 24, was a second-round pick by the Giants out of Oklahoma last year. He has 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. The two have been dating since at least late last year.

Florida Deputy Shoots Ex-Girlfriend And Then Turns The Gun On Himself

(SL) –  Yuly Solano is lucky to be alive after the 41 year old was stalked by her boyfriend and shot. The woman says she had been dating Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael DeMarco (55) for seven months but had been broken up for a few weeks ago.

4665308E00000578-0-image-a-9_1511359525266Solano says DeMarco was a racist and possessive, two good reasons that probably led to the breakup. Unfortunately, the two live in the same condominium complex so her safety was compromised already.

Solan claims that she had sought protection and begged the Inlet Harbor Condominium Association to put DeMarco on notice, believing him to be mentally unstable, knowing him to be armed and fearing for her own and her 18-year old daughter’s safety.

But representatives of the association neither acted nor reported her fears to the police as legally required.

“Her daughter says, “We were both getting ready to leave the house. I was at home. She was walking the dog so she normally doesn’t take too long, but she was taking longer than usual. When I heard the shots I didn’t really think it could be my mom, but then I heard the sirens and she still wasn’t coming back and I was calling her phone and she wasn’t picking up. That’s when I knew. There was no reason she’d be out so long. And then I went running out.”

The teen saw both her mother and DeMarco on the ground. DeMarco was on duty at the time an was driving an unmarked car. Yuly was shot once in the arm and twice in the chest by the officer. She told authorities that right before shooting her, the officer said, “You treat me worse than a dog.” He then killed himself.

Solano ended up in a coma but is recovering from her injuries. Her attorney says she now has plans to sue her complex. Allegedly she made two reports that she was being ‘terrorized’ by Demarco who vandalized her property and threatened her with violence and nothing was done.

 

 

How Many More Kids Do We Have To Lose? 10-Year Old Ashawnty Davis Commits Suicide After Being Bullied Over Video Shared On Internet

(SL) – The fact that she’s only a baby and had to worry about being bullied is hard to accept. The fact that she’s only 10 and was engaged in her ‘first fight’ is even more gut wrenching. And the fact that social media posting guidelines are so unstructured that anyone can post anything no matter what the content makes me sick to my stomach.

In late October, Ashawnty Davis was involved in a fight after school. The 10-year old 5th grader was a student at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora Colorado and was being bullied. She stood up to the bully and while they fought as most kids and adults do nowadays, someone recorded it and posted the clip to musical.ly. Ashawnty was devastated.

After the video hit the site, the bullying and teasing increased. Her mother Latoshia Harris says the abuse turned her daughter into a different person. Two weeks later, the little girl came home and hanged herself in her closet.

46DC31EE00000578-5135405-image-a-23_1512109797356She spent another two weeks on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado before her parents decided to take her off.

As for the Cherry Creek School District which has jurisdiction over Sunrise, they said:

“We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools. The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning. We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.’

Stricter laws need to be placed on the type of content that can be posted to these types of  sites especially as it relates to children. Studies show social media use may have driven the increase in suicide rates.

According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for teens rose steadily between 2010 and 2015 despite two decades of decline,

 

 

Fletcher Cox Being Sued For Allegedly Seducing Man’s Wife

(SL) – Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox is being sued for allegedly encroaching on another man’s marriage.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Cox has been accused of seducing a North Carolina man’s wife and ruining their marriage, leading to substantial emotional distress. In the state of North Carolina, a person can sue for “alienation of affection” in civil court.
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North Carolina is one of 7 states that allow this type of suit. The plaintiff, Joshua Jeffords, says that his formerly-happy marriage began to fall apart once he learned that the 26-year-old Cox was communicating with his wife via text messages and Snapchat.
Jeffords claims that Cox and his wife (Catherine Cuesta) had sexually-charged conversations — including at least two text messages from Cox allegedly saying he wanted to get the woman pregnant.
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Jeffords also claims that the 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle sent at least one photo of his penis to the married woman.Jeffords’ wife sent messages to Cox calling him “boo” and saying she was “loving everything you have to say” and “I really like you …,” “We’d make some damn beautiful babies” and “I want to get to know you babe.
I know we are compatible sexually …” according to the lawsuit….He says Cox met and seduced his wife when she was on a work trip to Pennsylvania in April. After confronting his wife about the affair, Jeffords says in the lawsuit that his wife visited Pennsylvania multiple times and moved there on Oct. 28 after putting her belongings in a storage unit.
Jeffords reportedly checked himself into a mental health facility to be treated for “substantial emotional distress” after discovering the extramarital activity involving Cox.
He’s seeking at least $50,000 in damages. Cox has yet to respond to the lawsuit.