Boys ages 2 and 4 die after they’re found in river; father taken into custody

first_imgWLS-TV(CHICAGO) — Two brothers — just 2 and 4 years old — are dead after they were found unresponsive in a river, authorities said.The incident unfolded when concerned witnesses called 911 at the Kankakee River by the Illinois and Indiana state line on Tuesday, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr.Witnesses said the boys’ father was in and out of consciousness and “acting strangely,” Martinez said at a news conference Wednesday.The witnesses “felt that he was under the influence of something,” Martinez said, and noticed him “jumping in the water. And the witnesses were confused of where the kids were at and started looking for the kids.”Witnesses found one child floating in the water and the second child under the water and unresponsive, he said.The boys, Evan Patillo, 2, and Levi Patillo, 4, both died, Martinez said.The boys’ mother has been contacted, Martinez said.Their causes of death are under investigation, he added.“It’s a tragedy,” Martinez told reporters. “It hits us hard.”The boys’ father, Eric Patillo, was interviewed at the Lake County Police detective bureau, Martinez said, and was then taken into custody and booked on two probable cause charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.Authorities are awaiting test results that would reveal if Patillo was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, Martinez said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Darkness has tried to swallow us whole’: Mother of Charlottesville victim speaks at sentencing hearing

first_imgAlbemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The mother of the woman who was killed when a protester rammed his car into a crowd of people at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 spoke about how her family has coped in the wake of her death.Heather Heyer was killed by James Alex Fields, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges. Her mother, Susan Bro, was one of several people who gave victim impact statements in court on Monday.“Almost all members of our family have gone into grief therapy as the darkness has tried to swallow us whole,” Bro said in court, according to The Washington Post.“We are survivors but we are much sadder survivors. We are forever scarred by the pain,” she said.Jurors listened to the impact statements from Bro and several others who were injured. They are expected to make their sentencing recommendation on Tuesday.Fields, 21, was found guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding and three counts of malicious wounding in addition to the first-degree murder count. He could face multiple counts of life sentences, based on the guidelines for those charges.Jeanne “Star” Peterson was one of the victims who spoke in court, saying that her life has been “a living nightmare” after the crash, going through five surgeries to repair her shattered right leg.“I saw Heather fly into the air before I was struck,” Peterson said, according to ABC affiliate WVAW-TV. “I will never forget the look in her eyes.”She spoke about how difficult it was to be in the same room as the man whose actions injured her and killed Heyer, her friend.“It’s been really hard to be in the courtroom with him … I watched the people I love testify about the worst day of their lives and he just doesn’t show any emotion,” Peterson said, according to WVAW-TV.“I didn’t realize that I have been carrying this heavy weight and I mean since the car attack really and now I feel so so light,” she said.Another victim who gave an impact statement, going only by the name Lisa Q., explained the painful process of recovering from her various injuries.She said that she has gone through months of physical therapy in the wake of the August 2017 attack and “today I came close to making a fist.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Four Chicago police officers fired over alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

first_img400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) — Four Chicago police officers have been fired over their alleged cover-up of the 2014 murder of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by former officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board voted on Thursday to discharge Sgt. Stephen Franko and officers Janet Modragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes. They have the right to appeal the decision, which went into effect immediately.“The department is bound by the decision of the board,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Thomas Ahern told ABC News in a statement Thursday night. “The affected members have further options they may exercise if they so choose.”The four former officers were accused of making false statements about the shooting, which took place on the night of Oct. 20, 2014. Van Dkye, who fired 16 shots at the 17-year-old McDonald in a span of 15 seconds, was convicted by a jury last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.The Chicago Police Board wrote in its findings and decision that Franko “failed to properly supervise his officers” that night, nearly five years ago. The sergeant reviewed and approved “critical case reports” that contained “several demonstrable and known falsehoods,” according to the board.Meanwhile, Modragon, Sebastian and Viramontes were all present when McDonald was killed. They gave statements that night to a detective and again early the next morning to Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, according to the board.“It was their statements that would be used by the investigators to determine whether the fatal shooting of Mr. McDonald was justified — or whether a crime by their fellow officer had been committed,” the board wrote. “As sworn officers, each understood the importance of their statements to that investigation and understood that their statements must be truthful and complete. Each of the three officers failed in their duty — either by outright lying or by shading the truth.”The Chicago police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, lambasted the board’s ruling, saying it will “no doubt lead to more violence in the city and quite likely more violence against the police.”“These officers served the citizens of this city with courage, integrity, and adherence to the rule of law,” Martin Preib, second vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement. “Too bad you couldn’t do the same.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Role of the polar regions in global change. Fairbanks, Alaska, 11–15 June 1990

first_imgThe International Conference on the Role of the PolarRegions in Global Change was hosted by the GeophysicalInstitute and Center for Global Change and Arctic SystemResearch of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. This was atimely multidisciplinary meeting drawing on almost allaspects of the physical and natural sciences in polar regions.Well over 300 scientists attended and this necessitateddivision of the programme into seven technical sections;titles ranged from “Detection and Monitoring” to“Paleoenvironmental Data’ ’ . There was a series of informalworkshops too, and the meeting closed with an attempt tosummarize the proceedings in a series of panel discussions.last_img

BAE Systems nets three ship overhaul contracts

first_img View post tag: USS Champion Authorities December 27, 2017 BAE Systems nets three ship overhaul contracts BAE Systems’ San Diego and Norfolk Ship Repair units have landed overhaul contracts for three US Navy ships.According to the US defense department, BAE Systems San Diego will be responsible for the overhaul of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) and Avenger-class mine counter measure ship USS Champion.BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair will be repairing and modernizing destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).The contract for the maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Howard is worth $47.8 million. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by May 2019.USS Oscar Austin will be undergoing the same long-term availability under a $41.6 million contract. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $117,186,557. The depot modernization period will take place in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by February 2019.The smallest of three contracts was awarded to BAE Systems for the dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) of San Diego-homeported mine counter measure ship USS Champion. A DSRA includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.Work under the $11.5 million contract will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by August 2018. View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: USS Oscar Austin View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Howard Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems nets three ship overhaul contracts Share this articlelast_img read more

DCS Agrees Reversal Required In CHINS Case Over Pot

first_img“DCS concedes that there was no evidence that Mother’s marijuana use ever harmed B.V. and her visitation supervisor thought Mother did very well at visits and was loving and doting.”The appellate court also added that in light of the overwhelming number of Indiana CHINS cases, “all would be better served if the system focused its time, efforts, and resources on the families who really need them. This one did not.”The case is In re the Matter of B.V., Minor Child, and D.V., Mother v. The Indiana Department of Child Services, 18A-JC-988.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Katie Stancombe for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a child in need of services determination based on the Department of Child Services’ agreement that reversal was required because there was insufficient evidence to prove a mother’s marijuana use ever harmed her minor child.At the time of his birth in Nov. 2017, both B.V. and his mother tested positive for THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. That same month, DCS filed a petition alleging that B.V. was a CHINS after hospital staff reported concerns for mother’s mental health.A family caseworker testified that mother admitted to regularly smoking marijuana during her pregnancy while knowing the effects that marijuana can have on a child, and to smoking marijuana when B.V. was in the home. When case managers and law enforcement arrived at the home for the detention, they detected a strong odor of marijuana inside, and B.V. was placed in a foster home.After several months of improvement and successful visitations in which a supervisor found the mother to be an “a loving doting mom” and that she “took good care of him,” the Decatur Circuit Court placed B.V. with mother as an in-home CHINS. The trial court concluded it felt a CHINS determination was appropriate to make sure that Mother remained drug-free and consistent in her housing and employment.But the appellate court found there was insufficient evidence to support the Decatur Circuit Court’s CHINS determination, and DCS agreed that reversal was required.“(T)there is no evidence that Mother had any difficulty in meeting B.V.’s needs and that there were no findings that B.V. had any unmet needs. It asserts that the trial court’s only concern was that Mother was young and could backslide, which does not satisfy the statutory dictates,” Judge Elaine Brown wrote for the court.last_img read more

Last Year’s WINNER: Baker of the Year 2007

first_img“We were very pleased to be named Baker of the Year last year. It was great to communicate the win to our customers – we published a leaflet highlighting our success, which we handed to the public. Also, when we refurbished our shops, we put ’Baker of the Year’ on the bottom of all our posters. They look great and we are honoured to have won the title.”The industry is very different now from 10 years ago and we’re trying to evolve the business to encourage younger people in. We were up against two very good businesses [Warrens and Dumouchel] on the night, so I wasn’t confident of winning. It’s a real honour to have won.”last_img

Repeated blood meals for mosquitoes can speed development of malaria-causing parasites

first_img Read Full Story An additional feeding on human blood by a mosquito infected with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, can accelerate the development of the parasite and increase the potential for transmission to humans, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study authors said the findings indicate that the potential for malaria transmission is likely higher than previously thought given that female mosquitoes naturally feed multiple times during their lifespans. And if the potential for transmission is higher, that means eliminating the disease in high-burden areas across sub-Saharan Africa could be more difficult than previously estimated, according to the study.“We wanted to capture the fact that, in endemic regions, malaria-transmitting mosquitoes are feeding on blood roughly every 2-3 days,” co-lead author W. Robert Shaw said in a Dec. 31, 2020, press release from PLOS Pathogens, the journal that published the study. Shaw, a research scientist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, added, “Our study shows that this natural behavior strongly promotes the transmission potential of malaria parasites, in previously unappreciated ways.”last_img read more

West End’s From Here to Eternity Cuts Forever Short

first_img View Comments The musical’s ensemble features Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb and Matthew Wesley. The West End stage adaptation of From Here to Eternity, starring Robert Lonsdale and Siubhan Harrison, will now close on March 29—it had previously announced it would shutter on April 26. The musical, featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, began previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on September 30 and opened on October 23, directed by Tamara Harvey. Londoncenter_img Based on James Jones’ 1951 novel and the 1953 Oscar-winning film, From Here to Eternity chronicles the lives of a group of privates on an army base in 1941 Hawaii. In addition to Lonsdale as Private Prewitt and Harrison as club girl Lorene, the cast of the show includes Darius Campbell as Warden, Rebecca Thornhill as Karen and Ryan Sampson as Maggio. The creative team for From Here to Eternity includes design by Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Javier De Frutos, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Mick Potter and orchestrations/musical supervision by David White.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Curtis Holbrook Gets Engaged to Cortney Wolfson & More

first_img Ryan Murphy Gets Real From Glee to The Normal Heart to American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy keeps making TV we just sometimes have to forego theater and stay home for. His latest series, American Crime Story, will play on FX, and according to Vulture, the true-crime anthology’s first season will cover the O.J. Simpson trial. No word yet on Broadway vet or Kardashian cameos. Curtis Holbrook Pops the Question to Cortney Wolfson Curtis Holbrook and Cortney Wolfson are getting married! The adorable couple (left) just posted a picture of the beautiful engagement ring on social media (below). Holbrook is currently in the company of If/Then (and recently played Lucas while Anthony Rapp recovered from injury); his other Great White Way credits include West Side Story, Xanadu and Taboo. Wolfson is starring in Kinky Boots and has also been seen on the Main Stem in The Addams Family and Les Miz. Congratulations from us all here at! View Comments Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s Family Affair Forget about rivalry between these siblings. Andrew Keenan-Bolger has helmed a promo video for his sister Maggie Keenan-Bolger’s The Birds & The Bees: Unabridged. Check it out below and watch out for cameos from Lindsay Mendez, the newly engaged Cortney Wolfson (!), Anika Larsen, Julia Murney and Kristen Wyatt. Maggie co-created the Honest Accomplice Theatre show with Rachel Sullivan and it will play October 8 through October 12 at Speyer Hall, University Settlement.center_img Marie Zamora Will Lead Alain Boublil’s New Show French actress and singer Marie Zamora will star in the previously reported Manhattan Parisienne by Les Miz and Saigon co-creator Alain Boublil. It’s something of a reunion for the pair—Zamora played Cosette in the original Paris production of Les Miz. Directed by Graciela Daniele, the new play will have its world premiere for a limited engagement from December 18 through January 4, 2015 at 59E59 Theaters. The three male actors in the New York production will be announced in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more