Maryland father allegedly gave son with suicidal thoughts a shotgun: ‘Just do it’

first_imgStelsone/iStock(BALTIMORE) — A Maryland father has been hit with multiple charges after authorities said he physically abused his teenage son and gave the boy, who was having suicidal thoughts, a shotgun.“Just do it,” Anthony Lewis, 46, allegedly said after putting the shotgun into the hands of his 14-year-old son earlier this year, according to court documents obtained by ABC station WMAR in Baltimore.The victim told authorities that on at least three instances, his father beat him with a belt 20 times each, according to WMAR. The teen said his dad strangled him, too.“I saw weird colors in my eyes and it started turning black,” he said of the incident, the station cited the court documents.The alleged incidents happened between Jan. 19 and June 30, according to court documents obtained by the stations. It was not clear on which date the alleged shotgun incident occurred.The victim — who told authorities his father allegedly forced the shotgun into his hands after he admitted to thinking about suicide — was not named by authorities. The child was not injured or wounded in the alleged shotgun incident.A warrant for Lewis’ arrest was issued on Nov. 20. He’s been charged with three felonies and four misdemeanors, including; first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, child abuse in the 2nd degree, assisted suicide by providing means, firearm use and failure to send a child to school.Lewis is being held without bond at the Jennifer Road Detention Center, according to jail records.According to court documents obtained by WMAR, he waived an attorney at his initial appearance on Nov. 21.His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23.If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] – for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Boston Public Schools suspend all in-person learning amid rising COVID-19 positivity rate

first_imgpinkomelet/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(BOSTON) — All in-person learning for Boston Public School students has been suspended after health officials found that the citywide COVID-19 positivity rate jumped significantly in the past week.Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a letter sent on Wednesday to school district employees that all in-person learning activities are to cease starting on Thursday due to an alarming jump in new coronavirus cases citywide.Cassellius’ announcement came just hours after the Boston Public Health Commission released data showing the citywide seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate has jumped from 4.1% to 4.5% to 5.7% in the last three weeks.“We remain committed to providing in-person learning opportunities to our students as soon as it is safe to do so, and will continue to prioritize our students with the highest needs for in-person learning,” Cassellius wrote in the letter obtained by Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.In-person learning will not resume until the citywide COVID-19 positivity rate falls below 5% for two straight weeks, officials said.Despite the positively rate climbing above 4%, school officials had allowed high-needs students to continue in-person leaning until now.About 1,300 high-needs students, which include students with learning disabilities and homeless children, had been attending class as part of a hybrid model, and more students were expected to begin in-person learning this week, officials said.Since the academic year began on Sept. 21, the bulk of Boston’s public school students have been attending school remotely.Last week, a judge rejected a request from the Boston Teachers Union for an injunction to stop teachers from going into school buildings after the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate surpassed 4%.“The BTU supports the decision to switch to all-remote learning in light of the troubling increase in COVID positivity rates announced today,” the union said in a statement. “However, we remain very concerned about the impact on the learning experience of high-needs students. We continue to advocate for a safe and sustainable plan that safely provides the additional services that many of our special education, EL and other students continue to need.”The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases across Massachusetts has been steadily rising for nearly seven straight weeks — jumping by 86% in the last month, officials said.“We have said all along that we will only provide in-person learning for students if the data and public health guidance supports it, and this new data shows that we are trending in the wrong direction,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Wednesday.The problems in Boston and across Massachusetts mirror a trend sweeping the country. New coronavirus cases in the United States saw a major increases over the last week, according to an internal memo by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.The memo said 387,590 new cases were confirmed during the period of Oct. 12 and Oct. 18, which represented a 12.6% increase from the previous seven-day period.The national test-positivity rate decreased to 5.7% from 5.9% in week-to-week comparisons. Roughly 21% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their intensive care unit beds filled, according to HHS.The agency said 44 states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, four jurisdictions are at plateau and eight are going downIn the Northeast, Connecticut and New Jersey, which have had relatively few new cases of coronavirus, both announced increases this week in their respective weekly positivity rates. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday that his state’s weekly positivity rate climbed to 3%, the highest it’s been since June. New Jersey’s positivity rate has climbed to 3.5%.The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut released a joint statement on Tuesday urging “all of our residents to avoid unnecessary or non-essential travel between states at this time.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK workforce happy to take ‘sickies’

first_imgMore than a third of British workers believe it is acceptable to take theodd day off even if they are not genuinely ill, a survey has found. The poll, by absence management firm Crown Computing, reported 35 per centof the 975 respondents said they would be prepared to throw a ‘sickie’, with 63per cent citing a hangover as the top reason for doing so. A fine summer’s day was also a popular excuse (37 per cent), as was wantingto spend more time with a loved one (31 per cent). But, tracking absence, docking pay for absence and conducting back-to-workinterviews were all effective in putting people off. Londoners, on 52 per cent, were the least likely to pull back the covers andgo back to bed if they had a hangover, compared with 73 per cent in Yorkshireand Humberside and the South West. Mike Hawkesford, Crown managing director, said: “Flexible working canhelp motivate staff and reduce the instances where people feel they have totake unauthorised days off. Keeping an eye on absences can help identify trendsand patterns.” UK workforce happy to take ‘sickies’On 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Abundance and distributional patterns of benthic peracarid crustaceans from the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean and Weddell Sea

first_imgClimate change is influencing some environmental variables in the Southern Ocean (SO) and this will have an effect on the marine biodiversity. Peracarid crustaceans are one of the dominant and most species-rich groups of the SO benthos. To date, our knowledge on the influence of environmental variables in shaping abundance and species composition in the SO’s peracarid assemblages is limited, and with regard to ice coverage it is unknown. The aim of our study was to assess the influence of sea ice coverage, chlorophyll-a, and phytoplankton concentrations on abundance, distribution and assemblage structure of peracarids. In addition, the influence of other physical parameters on peracarid abundance was assessed, including depth, temperature, salinity, sediment type, current velocity, oxygen, iron, nitrate, silicate and phosphate. Peracarids were sampled with an epibenthic sledge (EBS) in different areas of the Atlantic sector of the SO and in the Weddell Sea. Sampling areas were characterized by different regimes of ice coverage (the ice free South Orkney Islands, the seasonally ice-covered Filchner Trough and the Eastern Antarctic Peninsula including the Prince Gustav Channel which was formerly covered by a perennial ice shelf). In total 64766 individuals of peracarids were collected and identified to order level including five orders: Amphipoda, Cumacea, Isopoda, Mysidacea, and Tanaidacea. Amphipoda was the most abundant taxon, representing 32% of the overall abundances, followed by Cumacea (31%), Isopoda (29%), Mysidacea (4%), and Tanaidacea (4%). The Filchner Trough had the highest abundance of peracarids, while the South Orkney Islands showed the lowest abundance compared to other areas. Ice coverage was the main environmental driver shaping the abundance pattern and assemblage structure of peracarids and the latter were positively correlated with ice coverage and chlorophyll-a concentration. We propose that the positive correlation between sea ice and peracarid abundances is likely due to phytoplankton blooms triggered by seasonal sea ice melting, which might increase the food availability for benthos. Variations in ice coverage extent and seasonality due to climate change would strongly influence the abundance and assemblage structure of benthic peracarids.last_img read more

BAE Systems Awarded Further USS San Diego Works

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Awarded Further USS San Diego Works View post tag: BAe Systems Authorities View post tag: Navy BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair received a $16,7 million modification to previously awarded contract for USS San Diego (LPD 22) fiscal 2015 selected restricted availability. A select restricted availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.This modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $18,796,615.Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2015.The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”15519″]Image: US Navy BAE Systems Awarded Further USS San Diego Works View post tag: USS San Diego View post tag: News by topic View post tag: LPD 22 View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval March 27, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Hoosiers Win Four Big Ten Championships Titles

first_imgThe No. 3-ranked Indiana University men’s swimming and diving team won four more conference titles on Friday night at the 2018 Big Ten Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.With the great night, the Hoosiers reclaimed the lead over Michigan by 10 points, 1,090-1,080. Ohio State sits in third place with a score of 870 points. With the four titles on Friday, Indiana has won nine of the 14 events headed in to the fourth and final night on Saturday.For a second time on Friday, Ian Finnerty rewrote the record book in the 100 breaststroke, winning his third-straight Big Ten title with a school record, conference record, pool record and NCAA A cut time of 50.72. The junior’s great mark ranks as the second-fastest time in the event in the nation this year.Right behind him was senior Levi Brock, who placed second in the Championship Final with a personal-best and NCAA A cut time of 51.45. Brock’s career mark is the fourth-best in school history and moves him ahead of 2016 Rio Olympian Cody Miller as the second-best performer in the event in IU history.Senior Sam Apa was 12th overall with a personal-best time of 53.36, while freshman Matthew Jerden won the C Final, touching the wall with a PR of 53.79. Also in the C Final, classmate Jack Kucharczyk was third to finish 19th overall with a personal-best time of 54.40.In the Championship Final of the 100 backstroke, freshman Gabriel Fantoni led four Hoosiers in the race, winning his first individual Big Ten title with a time of 45.79. Fantoni’s win in the event is the first for IU since James Wells in 2013.Sophomore Mohamed Samy won silver, touching the wall with a personal-best time of 45.84. Wilson Beckman was fifth overall with a PR of 46.87, while freshman Jacob Steele rounded out the quartet in sixth place with a personal-best mark of 47.33.Senior Ali Khalafalla made the most of his appearance in the C Final, winning with a personal-best time of 47.33.Indiana recorded a third 1-2 finish on the night in the Championship Final of the 200 freestyle, as Blake Pieroni won his third-straight Big Ten crown in the event. The senior touched first with a Big Ten meet record and pool record time of 1:31.14. Pieroni’s time was also a NCAA A cut that ranks as the second-best time in the country.Mohamed Samy earned his second silver medal of the night, capping an impressive double with a personal-best time of 1:32.56. Samy’s mark is the ninth-best all-time in school history.Vini Lanza continued his remarkable week, winning his fifth Big Ten title in three days, touching first in the 100 butterfly Championship Final with a school record, Big Ten record and NCAA A cut time of 44.79. Lanza is the first Hoosier to break the 45-second mark in IU history and his time is the second-best in the nation.Nikola Miljenic took second in the B Final to place 10th overall with a personal-best time of 46.44, while Bruno Blaskovic was sixth to finish 14th overall with a mark of 46.78. Also in the B Final, Gabriel Fantoni was seventh to finish 15th.Josh Romany posted a PR in the C Final, winning with a time of 47.02. Corey Gambardella was sixth in the C Final to finish 22nd overall with a personal-best mark of 47.45.For a second event on the night, the Hoosiers had four athletes in the Championship Final. This time, IU divers stole the show and posted 105 points for IU in the team standings.After winning the gold medal in the 1-meter dive on Thursday, Michael Hixon took silver in the 3-meter, scoring a 509.95. Hixon’s total is the second-best in IU history. Freshman Andrew Capobianco announced his presence in a star-studded field, winning bronze with a career-best score of 488.40. The rookie’s total is the seventh-best in school history.James Connor was fourth overall with a total of 479.65, while senior Cody Coldren was seventh with a score of 414.95. Connor’s mark is the 10th-best in IU history. Earlier, Clark Carter scored for IU in the C Final, placing 24th with a score of 334.00.In the 200 freestyle relay, the Hoosier team of Ali Khalafalla, Blake Pieroni, Bruno Blaskovic and Nikola Miljenic were just out-touched at the wall by Michigan, earning silver with a NCAA A cut time of 1:16.56. The time is the second-best mark in school history.Freshman Spencer Lehman placed eighth overall in the Championship Final of the 400 IM, touching the wall with a personal-best time of 3:47.12. Lehman’s finish was the best for a Hoosier swimmer in the event since 2015.In the B Final of the 400 IM, Matthew Jerden touched sixth to finish 14th overall with a personal-best time of 3:49.08, while Trey Hubbuch took 16th overall with a mark of 3:51.05.The No. 3-ranked Hoosiers will continue competition at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on Saturday morning with the prelims of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and platform dive. The action gets started at 12:00 p.m. ET at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

St. Ben’s Mardi Gras Event Nets Over $100,000

first_imgThe St. Ben’s event, An Evening At Mardi Gras was held Saturday, February 10th at the downtown DoubleTree ballroom.This event is the primary fundraising vehicle for the PTO for the Parochial parish and school. This year’s event sold 360 tickets for the silent & live auction, dinner & dance and is expected to net a little over $100,000 to help fund the needs of the nearly 400 student school.The event co-chairpersons were Kate Miller and Ashley Hammer, silent auction coordinator Melanie McMinn, ticket/registration coordinator Marla Stratman and Emcees Natalie Hedde and Steve Hammer.It featured a Cajun-themed dinner, 250 silent auction items, a Mexico condo, Florida condo and Hawaii condo for a week, Marlins tickets donated by Don Mattingly, tuition raffle, half pot, heads or tails I-watch winner and the Indianapolis based band, Dave & Rae as entertainment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

International activity

first_imgThe Australian government is keen to attract British bakers to the country to fill its skills shortages.The government has identified bakers, pastry chefs, cooks and chefs as vital to the growth of the Australian economy. These workers are to be given bonus points under Australia’s immigration system, which gives them a better chance of gaining a visa. Applications are also being fast-tracked in order to speed up the process and get workers into the country as soon as possible”.The Australian Visa Bureau, a division of Visa Bureau, an independent UK company specialising in visa and immigration services to Australia, says the country is looking to Britain for “well trained, qualified staff who understand Aussie values and the Aussie way of life”.The government hopes to attract 97,500 skilled immigrants in 2006, approximately 20,000 will be from the UK.According to its website []: “Australia’s natural beauty, warm climate and growing economy make it an ideal place to establish a business, live, work or visit. If you are looking to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis, you can apply to immigrate to Australia, with an Australian visa, through the Australian General Skilled Migration Program. The program aims to meet current skills shortages in Australia by attracting skilled migrants who can make an immediate contribution to the Australian economy.”last_img read more

California man arrested after police uncover 1,200 pounds of pot during traffic stop

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews California man arrested after police uncover 1,200 pounds of pot during traffic stop Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A traffic stop in northwest Indiana took an unexpected turn when state police discovered from than 1,200 pounds of marijuana.A state trooper stopped a van for a moving violation on I-65 near the Lowell exit.A K-9 sniff of the exterior of the vehicle lead officers to search the inside of the van. During that search, troopers discovered dozens of large boxes and garbage bags.Inside the boxes were more than 1,200 individually sealed bags, each weighing about a pound and a half of pot with an estimated street value of up to 8.5 million dollars.The driver, Christopher Colburn, 31, of McKinleyville, California, was placed under arrest. Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 17, 2021 0 250 WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBBB: The Grandparent Scam is back again this springNext articleSouth Bend Mayor James Mueller on pothole patrol Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

News story: Coal Authority publishes Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

first_img respond to our customers’ needs, launching a new report for consultants and conveyancers grow our customer base, diversify our income and make significant progress in saving costs through innovation adapt and respond to major events, including flooding, and significant subsidence events enable a mining reports market, and seen competition develop in line with our business plan It’s been an inspiring year for the Coal Authority as we’ve continued to grow and transform into an organisation that’s increasingly sustainable to enable us to deliver our next 5 year plan.Our next plan is an evolution of the strategy we’ve followed over the last 5 years. It balances a strong focus on core operational delivery to keep people safe and improve environments impacted by the UK’s mining legacy with a continued clear focus on innovation and continuous improvement. This enables us reduce costs to the taxpayer, support and develop our people and ensure we sustain the specialist skills we need to deliver for the future.Over the past year we’ve worked to: develop our mine related services to enable those in government, infrastructure and development sectors to manage risk and cost support the development of ochre, a by-product of our mine water treatment, as a fine art product engage with water industry partners to examine various opportunities for water including co-treatment, supply and drought alleviation We’ve contributed to the delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy by adopting solar power at some of our mine water treatment schemes and by evaluating the clean energy potential stored in our mine workings.We’re proud of the progress we’ve made this last year. We are more relevant now than at any other time in our 24 year history, managing more social, economic and environmental impacts across an even broader range of customers.Discover more about us, our work and our plans for the future.Coal Authority annual report and accounts 2017-18last_img read more

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