High school football players facing new sexual assault charges in alleged broom attack

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Md.) — A group of high school football players have been indicted on dozens of new charges in Maryland for allegedly raping four younger teammates in a school locker room.Four Damascus High School sophomores were indicted on multiple assault charges, accused of brutally sodomizing freshman players with a broomstick last month, Montgomery County State Attorney John McCarthy told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Friday.The 15-year-old suspects — identified as Jean Claude “JC” Abedi, Kristian “KJ” Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith and Caleb Thorpe — were each charged with eight counts of sexual assault, attempted assault and conspiracy to commit assault, McCarthy said. Each of the four teens were previously charged with rape, attempted rape and conspiracy to commit rape on Tuesday.Under Maryland law, the teens, who were charged as adults, could face up to life in prison over their alleged involvement.“Some people have used the term ‘hazing’ in relation to this, but this is not hazing,” McCarthy said. “We take this seriously and I’m not looking to send a message to anybody beyond the boys that were the victims in this case and those who committed these crimes that there will be accountability when you engaged in the kind of activities that these boys engaged in.”The Oct. 31 assaults came to light when the father of one of the victims found him sobbing in his room later that night and reported it to the school, according to charging documents. The high school’s principal “reported an assault involving a broom” the next day, according to the document from last week’s charges.“JC Abedi and KJ Lee grabbed [victim B] by the shoulders and threw him on the floor. One of them held his feet down and while he was face down on the ground, his pants were pulled down and he was ‘poked in his buttocks with the wooden broom,’” the document stated.The sophomores allegedly assaulted each freshman individually, according to the documents. At least two of the defendants could be heard laughing during the attack as one of the alleged victims yelled and screamed, according to the prior documents.The suspects allegedly pulled another victim’s hoodie “over the top of his head, punched him in the face, knocked him on his back and stomped on him,” during the assault, the arrest documents stated.One victim told police that “someone in the locker room stated that it would be good to do it to” him as well, before Abedi, Lee and Smith proceeded to hold him “face down on a bench in the locker room and pulled down his uniform practice pants and blue boxer shorts,” according to the documents, which identified the victim as “Victim C.”Victim C stated that “that they ‘stabbed’ his buttocks several times,” according to the documents. He described the broomstick as a wooden handle with a “cut on the tip of it” and said the assault went on for about 10 seconds before Abedi, Lee and Smith proceeded to do the same thing to another member of the Junior Varsity football team.Another student was involved as both a victim and suspect. That student was not identified “because he is a juvenile and is not being charged as an adult,” according to the arrest warrants. The status of his case, or what he is being charged with, are unclear.Authorities are now investigating if similar attacks have occurred in the past. One victim was told the act was a tradition at the school, but investigators have not “sustained or found any confirmed case of this ever happening before.”“We have pledged to the community to look beyond the incidents of Halloween this year, 2018, when this event took place to look back to prior years and we will fully investigate along with Montgomery police whether this has happened before,” McCarthy told GMA. “Is it urban lore or is this reality? We’re trying to find out what the truth of it is and quite candidly as I sit here today, I don’t know the answer to that question.”Authorities executed a search warrant for the locker room and collected a wooden broomstick as evidence, according to the court documents.Defense attorney David Felsen, who is representing Smith, told ABC News that he planned to file a motion to have the case sent back to juvenile court, which McCarthy said was “standard procedure.” Thorpe’s attorney, Shelly Brown, also said her client “should be treated as a child in the justice system.”“Jean-Claude is a young man who is caught up in case that is larger than him,” Abedi’s attorney, Daniel Wright, told ABC News following the rape charge. “Why is the school and the state seeking to fix all of the blame only on children?”Jason Downs, Lee’s attorney, did not respond to a request for comment, but said in court on Tuesday that his client was being painted as much more involved than he actually was.A spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Credit unions, entrepreneurs a ‘perfect fit’

first_imgWith their cooperative business structure, credit unions are perfectly positioned to help entrepreneurs—a population often overlooked by big banks—realize their business dreams.“There’s always that burning desire of U.S. citizens,” says Dana Sumner, co-founder of Development Finance Training and Consulting Inc. and an instructor at CUNA’s Business Lending Certification Institute. “They want to own their own business, and they feel much more confident taking that next step during positive economic times when the economy isn’t suffering like it has been the past couple of years.”As the economy recovered, there has been a greater demand from consumers seeking the financial means to start or expand their businesses. Sumner says there are new opportunities—and challenges—ahead for credit unions when it comes to business lending.Banks traditionally have felt more comfortable dealing with larger businesses, leaving a void for those entrepreneurs who need funding. Due to the cooperative model they operate under, credit unions are a “perfect fit” for lending to entrepreneurs. continue reading » 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Are you hoarding talent?

first_img continue reading » Talent hoarding is prevalent and detrimental. According to a survey, more than 50 percent of managers admitted they keep their team members from growing and advancing—for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, this practice can cause lowered staff morale and engagement, increased turnover, and a lessened ability to do internal recruiting.As my guest on the CUES Podcast Episode 60, Annette Matthies, founder/CEO of Aspen Edge Consulting, explains how to tell if you are hoarding talent. One clue is if team members have been in place for a really long time—and no one is getting new experiences.“It’s a hidden problem and we don’t talk about it,” Matthies says in the show. “We know that what gets measured gets done. It’s something for businesses to start doing looking at” and developing metrics for.Matthies, who wil be a speaker at CUES’ Directors Conference this December in Hawaii, says high potential organizations are two times as likely to prioritize talent movement in their businesses. The benefits of employees moving throughout the organization is better engagement and idea sharing across departments. Importantly, she adds, talent movement helps to develop people and get them ready to be promoted from within—expanding the organization’s hiring pool. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Indonesia receives 58 foreign aid packages for COVID-19 relief: Foreign Minister

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Indonesia had received 58 international aid packages for COVID-19 relief. They came from foreign governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that nine of the aid packages had come from foreign governments, 42 from NGOs and the private sector and seven from international organizations.“The governments of China, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates have sent aid,” Retno said at a virtual press briefing in Jakarta on Thursday. The Foreign Ministry said it would prioritize seven kinds of medical equipment to be accepted, namely personal protective equipment, N95 and surgical masks, rapid testing kits, virus transfer media (Dacron swabs), ventilators, RT-PCR with reagent and thermometers (infrared and thermal).“Amid this pandemic, Indonesia’s diplomacy will continue with two main focuses, namely citizen protection and international cooperation facilitation,” Retno said.Although every country, she added, was busy with their domestic affairs, especially in addressing the spread of COVID-19, the spirit of collaboration remained.“It is the spirit that can help us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Retno said.According to the WHO, the pandemic has spread to 211 territories around the world. As of Wednesday, more than 1.3 million cases have been confirmed with nearly 80,000 deaths.Topics : The seven international organizations that have given aid packages to Indonesia are the World Health Organization, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Fund, and UNICEF.In addition, Indonesia has received 42 assistance packages from NGOs and private enterprises in nine countries, namely China, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, France, Russia, Germany, Japan and Sweden.Read also: Public health and Indonesia’s foreign policy in time of coronavirus“Most of the aid is in the form of masks, rapid testing kits and personal protective equipment,” Retno said.last_img read more

Greensburg mayor praises dog park fundraising efforts

first_imgBaltoGreensburg, In. — Officials from the city of Greensburg say fundraising efforts for the one-day “Dog Park Preview” reached goal a week early and exceeded it by 30 percent. The goal was $2,500, residents were able to raise $3,215.The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match up to $2,500. The matching program is exclusive to communities that are eligible for the CreatINg Stellar Places Program. Greensburg earned eligibility by being named a finalist for the 2017 Stellar Communities program.Mayor Dan Manus reacted to the news of exceeding the goal stating “Residents expressed their opinions about the need for a dog park in the fall of last year and they have responded by donating to this effort.  I’m happy that we can partner in implementing their vision and improve the quality of life for our community in alignment with the Stellar effort.”The preview event will be held at Rebekah Park on Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. A temporary fence, pet play equipment and waste stations will be assembled so residents can see how a permanent dog park operates.Lessons learned from the event will be used to improve a permanent off-leash dog park in Greensburg.Donations will be accepted until August 16 at the Decatur County Parks & Recreation or go online to patronicity.com/project/decatur_county_dog_park#/.last_img read more

AC Milan Striker Apologises For Driving Offence

first_imgAC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has said sorry on Tuesday for being caught driving without a licence through the city.He was stopped by police in a car belonging to teammate Bakaye Traore but denied reports that he told officers that he was Traore.The 17-year-old said: “I want to say sorry to all the fans as well as Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri and this magnificent football club.“I made a grave error and am sorry but I did not say that I was Traore.”The former Caen striker is set to be fined by the Rossoneri for his behaviour.”last_img

UEFA Champions League:Date and time set for semi-final draws

first_imgThe draws for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League will take place on Friday 11 April at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.Both draws will be carried out in one session, beginning at 12.00CET. They will be conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, assisted by UEFA Europa League final ambassador Ciro Ferrara and the ambassador for the UEFA Champions League final, Luís Figo.Proceedings will start with an open draw for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. As with the quarter-finals, no teams are seeded and sides from the same national association may be pitted against each other. The semi-finals are played on a home-and-away basis, with the first legs on Thursday 24 April and the return legs the following Thursday. For administrative purposes, the last step of the draw will define whether the winner of semi-final 1 or the winner of semi-final 2 will be considered the ‘home’ team for the final at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Wednesday 14 May (20.45CET).The same procedure will apply to the draw for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the first legs of which will be held on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 April, with the return matches on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April. The UEFA Champions League final will be staged at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon on Saturday 24 May (19.45 local time/20.45CET).Media representatives wishing to attend the draws are requested to apply via email to [email protected] before 12.00CET on Thursday 10 April, mentioning ‘Club draws’ in the subject line. A live feed from the draw will be available in the media working area which is equipped with Wi-Fi.Both draws will be broadcast live on UEFA.com and on Eurosport. UEFA Youth LeagueOn the same day as the draws, Friday 11 April, the UEFA Youth League semi-finals take place at Nyon’s Colovray Stadium.Semi-final 1: Real Madrid CF v SL Benfica (13.00CET)Semi-final 2: FC Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona (16.30CET)The final will be played on Monday 14 April (16.30CET), also at Colovray.Media wanting to attend these matches should email [email protected] by 12.00CET on 8 April, writing ‘UEFA Youth League’ in the subject header.Non-rights holders are advised they will not be permitted to film during the games. However, they will have access to post-match activities provided they have been granted accreditation. Eurosport will broadcast all games live.last_img read more

Wellington High School bulletin: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014This week’s schedule: Thursday - •JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.Friday –•No school.Saturday - •Varsity Volleyball at Winfield. Guidance Office News: College visits during lunch:Wednesday, September 10 – Bethel College.Monday, September 15- Emporia StateThursday, September 18- Cloud County CCFriday, September 26- Kansas University.Thursday, October 2- Fort Hays CollegeMonday, October 6- Newman UniversityMonday, October 6- Washburn University.Tuesday, October 21 – Kansas State.Follow us on Twitter. *A representative from Tulsa Welding School will be here on Thursday during 7th and 8th Period. Students that are interested may sign up in the counselor’s office. The rep. will be in the Ag Shop. *Just a Reminder: Students playing a fall sport must have their Sports’ Fee paid before the first game. * Classic Movie Club will be showing a movie today after school in room 205. The movie will be “Monty Python’s- The Holy Grail”. Bring a friend and come watch a great movie. Today’s news: *STUCO will meet tomorrow morning at 7:15 in room 107. *Students enrolled in agriculture classes may pay their FFA dues to Mrs. Chase.  Dues are set at $25.00 and need to be paid by Sept. 25. *School Pictures will be on Wednesday, September 3.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments *Auditions for the All school Musical (Seussical) will be held today. Please see Mrs. Kelly to sign up for an audition time. Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken Nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, peaches. *If you need to purchase a new Student ID, please stop by the office. Wednesday’s lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Meat Balls, peas, baby carrots, bread/jelly, apple. *There will be a hunter safety clinic offered again this fall here at WHS on September 13 and 14. You must be present both days.  The clinic is free and there will be a free lunch on Saturday sponsored by the FFA Chapter.  You may register online at safehunters.com. If you have any questions please talk to Mrs. Chase.  The clinic is open to anyone that is 11 years or older.last_img read more

Read the England Golf Annual Review

first_img8 May 2015 Read the England Golf Annual Review The England Golf Annual Review of 2014 – which charts the organisation’s progress over the year – is now available to view or download.The Review reports on the launch of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, and reflects the progress made towards its aim of creating an even brighter future for the game.The plan sets out a vision of England Golf working at the heart of a network of partners and has seven key themes which are all featured in the review:  more players, more members, stronger clubs, winning golfers, outstanding championships, improved image and excellent governance.David Joy, the England Golf Chief Executive, highlights the “great progress” made in 2014 and comments: “2015 is sure to be another busy and exciting year for all of those involved in England Golf. I am confident that by working together we will again make great progress.”Click here to view or download the Annual Review 2014last_img read more