Armed robber sentenced to eight years

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook NewsLocal NewsArmed robber sentenced to eight yearsBy admin – May 24, 2011 1350 Twitter Linkedin Emailcenter_img A COUNTY Tipperary man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after Judge Carroll Moran described what was a “horrendous experience” for the Morrissey family in 2007 when 25-year-old Declan Whyte was one of five men that held them at gunpoint demanding money at their home. Declan Whyte with an address at Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary, was one of five armed and masked men who broke into the home of local businessman Seamus Morrissey in Galbally, Co Limerick four years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The gang, including Declan Whyte, held Seamus Morrissey and his wife, Siobhan, with their two young daughters at gunpoint in their house until Siobhan handed over €14,000 from the safe. Whyte, the only one of the five to appear before the courts, had pleaded not guilty at the trial despite admitting his involvement when questioned by gardai at the time of the incident.Prior to sentencing, Siobhan Morrissey described September 19, 2007, the day that was “the worst day of their lives” and something that would leave a mark on the rest of their lives. Judge Carroll Moran said this was an horrendous experience for the victims and in his view the appropriate sentence was 10 years.However, he discounted the last two years on the basis that Whyte was not the main leader of the gang and that he had been influenced by another person.An eight year sentence was imposed and Judge Carroll Moran granted leave to appeal. Print Advertisement Previous articleLove Gourmet week hits LimerickNext articleLimerick murder trial collapses as jury discharged adminlast_img read more

North Carolina woman forced to be sex slave, tortured in front of her children

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(PINEVILLE, N.C.) — A North Carolina woman was held as a sex slave and repeatedly beaten and tortured in front of her two children.The woman — who remains unnamed — was allegedly held against her will at two separate hotels in Pineville, North Carolina where police say “she was forced into sexual acts with random men,” according to a statement from the Pineville Police Department. The suspects, Thomas Antoine Miller and Shakeeta Lasha Adams, then allegedly physically and mentally punished the woman if she did not meet certain financial quotas.“The punishments range from verbal abuse, to beatings with a belt, being held under water/ice bath in a bathtub while being strangled, and burned/branded with a hot wire coat hanger. This violence was done in front of her two children and they were beaten as well with a belt at times,” read the police statement.The Pineville Police opened up an “extensive criminal investigation” over a three-week period into human trafficking through interviews, undercover surveillance and search warrants at area hotels when the victim came forward during the investigation asking for help for her and her two children.Miller and Adams were arrested for their involvement in the case. Miller, 26, was charged with human trafficking of an adult victim, sexual servitude of an adult victim, assault by strangulation, assault on a child under 12, assault on a female and communicating threats, according to the Charlotte Observer. Adams, 25, was charged with simple assault and is free on bail pending trial.Police are still concerned that other victims of Miller and Adams could still be out there.“We want those victims to come forward to us. We also want them to know that there is help out there for them,” the police statement said.“Our victim in this case and her children had a long road of physical and mental recovery ahead of them. Our victim has been very brave in coming forward and we hope that if there are more victims out there, then they too will be inspired to come forward,” the statement continued. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lawyers in the Legislature

first_img April 30, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature Jan Pudlow Senior Editor What’s a Harvard educated lawyer doing in the Florida Legislature?Sponsoring complicated legislation, such as the probate law rewrite (SB 1824); the Uniform Commercial Code rewrite (SB 2716); the Florida Trust Code rewrite (SB 1170); and another complex lengthy bill creating the Florida Land Trust Act (SB 1956).“The legal stuff is falling to me,” says Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. “I’d like to believe it’s because I have clout in the Senate. But really, it’s because the former go-to lawyer-senators are all running for higher office.”The Senate is where Aronberg loves to be, but never expected to be, elected in 2002 at the tender age of 31.After working as a White House fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations in 2000-01, Aronberg learned how government worked from the inside and wanted to run for a Florida House seat.While working as an assistant attorney general in the Economic Crimes Division in Ft. Lauderdale, his boss, Attorney General Bob Butterworth, told him: “No, you should run for the Senate.”Aronberg’s initial reaction was a 31-year-old can’t get elected straight to the Senate in the first try. It was brand-new District 27 stretching from the liberal Democrats of Palm Beach County across the state through rural counties over to Republican-dominated Ft. Myers, containing voters who are 39 percent Democrats, 38 percent Republicans, and the rest independent.Three months before the election, Aronberg made the decision to switch to run for the Senate seat, reaping 81 percent of the vote.“General Butterworth, as usual, was right,” Aronberg said. “I was so thankful.”The Senate, he says, enjoys “a culture of bipartisanship. Democrats and Republicans work together to provide common sense solutions. Ninety-two percent of votes are unanimous. The other 8 percent of issues are partisan disputes. The issues get worked out in advance. In the Senate, they judge you on your ideas, not on your party.”In the Senate chambers, they sit together, and Democrats are not relegated to the back rows as they are in the House.That’s not to say Aronberg isn’t working hard for the Democratic Party. As chair of Florida Mainstream Democrats, his mission is to rebuild Democratic infrastructure in rural counties that are majority Democrat but vote Republican, such as Glades, Suwannee, and Baker counties.“We are trying to reunite the Democratic Party. I really want to help the party return to vibrancy, to be competitive again, and field candidates who can win. I think it will lead to results in this year’s election in November for governor, and down the line. We are supporting centrist candidates,” Aronberg said.“Everybody benefits from a two-party system. The legislature has not had a real two-party system. You need a vibrant minority to check the excesses of the majority.”And it’s good to have lawyers in the legislature who pull out statute books, read case law, and check the constitutionality of proposed legislation.“What brought this to life for me was during the Terri Schiavo debate,” Aronberg recalls. “The lack of attorneys in the legislature led to the passage of an unconstitutional, unconscionable law in 2003 for the government to get involved in a family matter. We passed that, and I was appalled by that.. . . I remember the sponsor of the bill that passed in 2003 said the governor has the right to require the feeding tube be put back in. My question was: Who checks the power of the governor? And the response was: the governor. It was a clear violation of the separation of powers.”Aronberg’s experience as an assistant attorney general sparked his two niches in the Senate: consumer protection issues and criminal justice issues. Among the eight committees he serves on are Commerce and Consumer Services, Justice Appropriations, and Judiciary. He is vice chair of the Communications and Public Utilities Committee.His proudest moment at the legislature, he said, was passing the Choice Point bill last year, which requires all companies who collect data to inform consumers when their data has been stolen. And, on April 20, with a unanimous vote, he ushered the Slam Spam bill through the Senate (committee substitute for SB80), which would criminalize the worst kinds of e-mail spam.Last year, he received the Florida Legal Services Equal Access to Justice Award, for amendments during the Medicaid debate that gave people access to prescription drugs.Aronberg says his public service spirit started with his grandfather, who was the mayor of Ashland, Kentucky. It skipped a generation and landed with full-force passion in Aronberg, who loves his job as a lawyer at Greenspoon Marder in West Palm Beach, doing a mix of local government law and general consumer law, as well as his job as a senator.“If you love people, and I do, and love public service, it’s a very noble and rewarding profession,” Aronberg says. “Politics is the art of compromise. It’s about rules and relationships, knowing the rules of the game and loving relationships.”And when you are the senator of District 27, it means loving to spend time in your car. On his official senator Web page, he lists his recreations as “golf, exercise, guitar, and driving back and forth on State Road 80.” Lawyers in the Legislaturelast_img read more

3-Ex NYPD Cops from Long Island Charged With Bribery

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three former New York City police officers from Long Island were implicated in an alleged scheme to rush gun permit licenses in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.Paul Dean, a 44-year-old former lieutenant of the NYPD’s Licensing Division from Wantagh, and 47-year-old Robert Espinal, an ex-officer from Seaford, were each charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery. David Villanueva, a 43-year-old Valley Stream resident and former sergeant, who was arrested last summer for his role in the alleged scheme, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and making false statements. Villanueva also helped grease gun permit applications reviewed by the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Section investigators, authorities said.“Corruption at the License Division also spawned a cottage industry of parasitic profiteers, alleged bribers masquerading as so-called expediters,” said Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “The critically important police function of issuing and controlling gun licenses was one they were willing to pervert for personal profit. When police officers violate their oath in this way, they not only betray the public they have sworn to protect, but their fellow officers who do their jobs the right way.”Prosecutors said the LI trio, a former NYPD detective from Queens, an ex-Brooklyn prosecutor and a gun permit license expeditor orchestrated a scheme to have the NYPD License Division speed up the approval of gun licenses in exchange for bribes of cash, paid vacations, food, liquor, guns and prostitutes between 2013 and last year.Dean, Espinal, Villanueva and a fourth officer from the city received bribes for clients of three gun permit expeditors, one of whom was a former NYPD detective, authorities said. In exchange, the accused officers didn’t do the required level of investigation into the applicants by, for example, not conducting interviews with them. Some of those who got gun permits in the alleged scheme had been convicted of violent crimes involving weapons and had histories of domestic violence, according to investigators.Dean and Espinal retired in 2015 to become better paid as gun permit expeditors themselves, relying on their contacts in their old unit to get special treatment for their clients, prosecutors said. They also tried to pressure other gun expeditors to share their clients or they would use their clout in the unit to slow their approvals, authorities said.In a separate alleged scheme, prosecutors said Villanueva received free dinners, sports memorabilia and an $8,000 watch for helping a former Brooklyn prosecutor shorten his clients’ 40-day waiting periods to as little as one day and shorten permit suspension periods, prosecutors said.The ex-prosecutor also had Villanueva send gun license renewal applications to the Nassau police Pistol Section on NYPD stationery, knowing that would shorten the review time for the ex-prosecutor’s clients, authorities said. In exchange, Villanueva was paid in cash and sports tickets by the ex-prosecutor, authorities said.The suspects face up to 10 years in prison.last_img read more

SUNY Broome starts Student Emergency Fund for expenses outside of college tuition

first_imgStudents will be able to apply for up to $500 in emergency funds. That money can be spent on food, rent, childcare, transportation, technology for distance learning, and other general personal expenses. In response to many students struggling, the Student Emergency Fund is working to help students a little differently. “Not only to support our students and their families, but ensure that they can continue with their education, and complete, finish, graduate, and get a job,” said Williams. (WBNG) — SUNY Broome officials say they’re trying to help students in a time when many have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. However, students are facing more costs than just tuition fees. Williams says most SUNY Broome students work, with many students having families to support at home. “Many of our students qualify for full federal or state financial aid. However, that pays for tuition, it pays for fees,” said Broome Community College Foundation Executive Director Cathy Williams. center_img With 87 percent of students having documented financial need, sometimes making the choice between school and personal expenses isn’t an easy one. The BCC Foundation is currently working to raise the funds for students. The SUNY Impact Foundation is also stepping up to help, promising to match every dollar donated to the fund, up to $50,000. Both foundations say they have a simple goal in mind during these tough times. Williams says more information on how students can apply will be coming soon. If you would like to learn more about the Student Emergency Fund and donate, you can head to this link. “If you have to make decisions about, ‘Am I going to feed my family,’ or, ‘Am I going to stay enrolled in college,'” said Williams. “For many, the answer is simply, ‘I can’t do both.'”last_img read more

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