(Sunrise, FL) – New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer’s family and saying he would rape the officer’s wife. A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph in a 45 mph zone.
After he was stopped, police say he made the threats and then boasted about how much money he has. Jail records show Anderson faces nine charges, including threatening harm to a public servant, resisting arrest and traffic violations. The records don’t list an
attorney for Anderson.
”This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comments,” the Jets said in a statement. The NFL is also aware of the situation and league spokesman Brian McCarthy said ”we will be looking into this matter.”
This is the latest legal trouble for Anderson, who was arrested in May and charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after sparring with officials who asked him to leave a Miami music festival. Anderson’s next scheduled court date for that incident is
on March 19.
(Riverside, CA) – Bail is set at 12 million dollars for each of the California parents accused of chaining their 13 kids to furniture in deplorable conditions. David and Louise Turpin both pleaded not guilty in a court hearing in Riverside east of Los Angeles.
They face a mountain of charges, including torture and abuse. After the hearing, one of the public defenders assigned to the case emphasized their clients are innocent until proven guilty. The attorney said it’s a serious and challenging case, and added that he can’t comment on their mental state.
Reportedly, the children were found living in filth including their own feces and urine and were only allowed to bath twice a year. Some of them were chained and had been for months.
Other claims include:
- The children were accustomed to frequent beatings, including strangulation
- They were only allowed one shower a year
- The children would stay awake all night until going to sleep at four or five in the morning and slept during the day
- They were not allowed to play with any toys but many were found inside the house in their original packaging
- If the children washed their hands above the wrist they were subjected to punishments, allegedly accused of “playing with water”
- The Turpin parents allowed their children to eat only one meal a day but the parents would sometimes buy food, like pumpkin pies, and place it where the children could see it but not eat it
- They have never seen a dentist and haven’t visited a doctor in over four years
- The children lack basic knowledge of life, and did not know who a police officer was
The two-year-old was of normal weight but the other children were severely malnourished, authorities said.
The 12-year-old weighed as much as a seven-year-old and the 29-year-old weighed only 82 lbs (37kg). The father has been charged with one count of a lewd act against a child under the age of 14. If convicted they face 94-years to life in prison.
(Las Vegas, NV) – O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.
The 70-year-old former football hero, acquitted murder defendant and armed robbery inmate has not filed paperwork with parole officials to move to a different state, attorney Malcolm LaVergne said.”Mr. Simpson has no immediate plans to return to Florida,”LaVergne told The Associated Press. ”He’s very much enjoying his time here in Vegas. It’s January, he gets to play golf every day.”A Nevada state parole and probation officer handling Simpson’s case did not immediately respond to messages, and Florida prisons spokeswoman Ashley Cook said her agency has not received documents from Simpson seeking interstate custody.
Simpson has been spotted in public in and around Las Vegas several times during the more than three months he has been living in a friend’s five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles (kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip.He drew a crowd of selfie-seekers Jan. 7 at a Las Vegas bar and pizza shop during an NFL playoff game featuring one of his former teams, the Buffalo Bills.An outing in November to a steakhouse and a lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort is in dispute, after officials ordered Simpson off the Las Vegas Strip property and prohibited him from returning.
LaVergne denies claims that Simpson was intoxicated or disruptive,and alleges in a Dec. 29 letter to hotel officials that the incident was a malicious and racially prejudiced effort to embarrass Simpson and jeopardize his parole status.The Cosmopolitan has not responded, company spokeswoman Samantha Grimes said Thursday.Simpson has earned almost eight months of good time credit since his release from prison, bumping up his expected release from parole to Jan. 18, 2022, from the original Sept. 29, 2022.
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(SL) – One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of disgraced former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar described the sexual abuse Nassar inflicted on her as a child and warned him that ”little girls don’t stay little forever.”
Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 women and girls who will be allowed to speak or will have their statements read by others during the four-day hearing in Lansing, Michigan. ”I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar,” Stephens said to the 54-year-old Nassar, who bowed his head with his eyes closed as she and others spoke.
She said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home. Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey committed suicide in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.
In related news, the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team says it will not punish gymnast McKayla Maroney for talking about alleged sexual abuse. USA Gymnastics said Tuesday it will not pursue any money from Maroney if she speaks publicly about alleged abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney signed a nondisclosure agreement in December 2016 agreeing to stay quiet about the abuse as part of a one-point-25-million-dollar settlement with USA Gymnastics.
Maroney filed a lawsuit last month claiming USA Gymnastics tried to prevent her from publicly accusing Nassar of sexual abuse in order to allow him to leave quietly. Nassar is being sentenced this week on seven counts of sexual assault, and could get life in prison.
(Gretna, LA) – The trial in a road-rage shooting that left former NFL football player Joe McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb.
Ronald Gasser, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 2016, shooting of the local high school football star.McKnight, 28, was a running back, considered a top recruit when he came out of John Curtis Christian School. He played college ball at Southern California before three seasons with the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Police said the confrontation took place as the men were traveling over a Mississippi River bridge in New Orleans and on roads in neighboring Jefferson Parish.
Jury selection was set to begin in the courtroom of state District Judge Ellen Kovach. Gasser’s attorneys have cast McKnight as the aggressor and are expected to argue Gasser shot in self-defense.
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(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested Sunday morning for driving under the influence, according to multiple reports.He was released later in the morning, according to ESPN and others,citing King County court records.
On Monday, Lane tweeted, “Why ppl judge you by what they hear but not what they know !!”
Lane has spent his six-season career with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the 2012 sixth round out of FCS school Northwestern State in Louisiana. He has started 21 of his 70 career games,including six this season.Lane has two years left on a four-year contract, but the rest of the $12 million he is owed is not guaranteed.
(SL) – Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to come out and say she was sexually abused by imprisoned former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter that she is one of”many survivors” to be abused by Nassar, who also worked at Michigan State. Biles joins fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney to come out against Nassar.
The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a week long sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in a #metoo post. “I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued. “For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.”
USA Gymnastics and Michigan University are accused of giving Nassar unfettered access to vulnerable girls and women, ignoring signs or complaints of sexual misconduct, and trying to silence victims.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement. Nassar is facing a sentencing hearing today.
He’s already serving 60 years for child pornography and assault.
(Wichita, KS) – A California man is being charged with manslaughter in connection with a fake phone call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas.Tyler Barris is accused of making a call to a Wichita police dispatcher claiming he shot his father and was holding hostages in a local home.When police responded to the false call, a man named Andy Finch opened the door and was shot and killed by police. Bariss was in Los Angeles when he allegedly made the call over a dispute over an online video game. It’s believed to be the first known case of a death in a “swatting” incident.
(Dallas, TX) – The adopted father of a North Texas girl who was found dead in a culvert is now under indictment in connection with her death. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson told reporters Friday that Wesley Mathews is accused of killing three-year-old Sherin Mathews last October because she wouldn’t drink her milk.
Mathews originally told police that the 3-year old that was adopted from an Indian orphanage disappeared after he sent her to stand by a tree across an alley. The girl’s mother is under indictment on child abandonment charges.Mathews initially said his daughter disappeared after he sent her outside as punishment for not drinking milk around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7. But after her body was found, he told police she choked to death and that he removed her body from the family’s home in Richardson, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Dallas.
Authorities haven’t said what they believe happened to the girl, and court documents only allege that Mathews caused his daughter’s death using a deadly weapon “by a manner and means unknown to the grand jury.”
(SL) – Former U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding now says she knew her ex-husband was involved in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. In an interview that aired last night on ABC, Harding said shortly after the 1994 U.S. figure skating championships, which she won, she figured out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and the others had likely been behind the attack.
She said she’d overhead Gillooly and a friend talking before the championships about taking someone out so Harding would be sure to make the Olympic team.
Gillooly and three other men were convicted and imprisoned for the attack that injured Kerrigan’s knee and kept her out of the championships. Kerrigan recovered and both she and Harding made the U.S. Winter Olympics team that year. Kerrigan won a Silver Medal at the Games.
A movie based on the attack is receiving decent reviews with Margot Robbie receiving a handful of awards for her portrayal of Harding. ‘I Tonya is a darkly comic biopic that highlights her horrendous relationship with her mother. People Magazine reports, Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden did not mince her words when she spoke about Olympian daughter in new interview.
“She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore,” Golden told ABC’s Amy Robach during the two-hour special “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story” that aired Thursday night.
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