97-year-old twins freeze to death after falling outside

Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 8:54 PM

Twins, age 97, freeze to death

BARRINGTON, R.I. - Two 97-year-old twin sisters apparently froze to death Saturday after they fell outside and were stranded overnight just steps from one of their Rhode Island homes.

 Jean Haley, of Barrington, was trying to call for help and fell after noticing her sister, Martha Williams, of East Providence, had fallen also, Barrington Police said.

 The sisters had returned to Haley's home from dinner Friday night with their 89-year-old sister. The younger sister, who lives elsewhere in Barrington and wasn't named by police, left the two sisters at some point before the falls, police said.

 They said Williams was going to her car to leave Haley's home when she fell in the driveway, near the rear of her vehicle. When Haley attempted to re-enter her home to call for help, police said she may have tripped on a rug in the garage and fallen.

 A neighbor found the twin sisters the next morning. They were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence in critical condition, but died a short time later. Temperatures were freezing with a wind chill overnight Friday into Saturday, when much of New England saw some if its coldest temperatures of the winter.

 Police Chief John LaCross called the deaths a "tragic loss." A man who identified himself as a grandson answered the phone at Haley's home Sunday and said the family would be commenting later.

Connecticut to honor aviator it says beat the Wright Brothers to flight

Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 5:58 PM

Following the Wright brothers first flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903, the brothers needed space back home in Dayton to continue work on their flying machine. Huffman Prairie Flying Field fit the bill and became the sight of innovation of the world’s first practical airplane.

BRIDGEPORT - Connecticut officials will gather in Bridgeport to honor an aviator they proclaim beat the Wright brothers by two years in being the first in flight.

A ceremony is scheduled Monday to recognize Gustave Whitehead and the 116th anniversary of what state officials have called the "first manned, controlled flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft."

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A replica of Whitehead's aircraft will be displayed, and political leaders will read proclamations.

Connecticut officials say the German-born Whitehead, who lived in Bridgeport and Fairfield, took off in Fairfield on Aug. 14, 1901, and flew about a half mile at a height of about 50 feet. The Wright brothers' flight was in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Judge in Brock Turner case hires Trump consultant to defend against recall

Published: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 @ 9:38 PM

Brock Turner was convicted of sexual assault in California, and released after spending three months of a six-month sentence.

 A California judge facing a recall effort after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has hired a political consultant who ran President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign.

 Disclosure forms filed Monday show that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky paid $30,000 to Brian Seitchik's Phoenix-based RDP Strategies.

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 Reports with the California secretary of state's office showed Persky has raised $128,000 through the end of June. The recall campaign has taken in $444,000 in that same time.

Neither Seitchik nor Persky responded to requests for comment Wednesday.

 Trump hired Seitchik in July 2016 to direct his campaign in Arizona, a state Trump won 49.5 percent to Hillary Clinton's 45.4 percent.

 The push to recall Persky is led by Stanford University law professor Michelle Dauber, who helped Clinton raise money.

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 Dauber launched the campaign to recall Persky after he sentenced Turner to the short jail term for sexually assaulting a young woman outside a Stanford fraternity house in January 2015. The woman had passed out from too much alcohol and had met Turner only hours before inside the house.

 The sentence led to widespread outrage and complaints that sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, isn't being taken seriously enough by judges. Dauber is also friends with the victim, who grew up with her daughter.

 Persky was following a Santa Clara County Probation Department recommendation when he sentenced Turner, who also must register for life as a sex offender.

 Many California judges and lawyers have contributed to Persky's campaign to retain his seat.

 The campaign to recall Persky has hired a company to collect signatures, to get the issue on the June ballot. The campaign has received contributions from a wide range of sources, including Silicon Valley investors and political activists who support women's causes. Author Jon Krakauer donated $100.

 "It is not surprising that Persky engaged the Trump campaign to defend his terrible record on sexual assault and violence against women," Dauber said. "It's sad and it is time to get Persky off the bench."

MUST SEE: Pilot lands jetliner ‘blind’ after hail shatters windshield

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

A Turkish pilot safely landed a jetiner with 127 people on board after flying through a hail storm that left the windshield shattered and unusable. The hail also damaged the nose of the plane. The pilot used only instruments to land the plane.

A Turkish pilot safely landed a jetiner with 127 people on board after flying through a hail storm that left the windshield shattered and unusable. The hail also damaged the nose of the plane. The pilot used only instruments to land the plane.

Drug trafficking ring busted in Pike Co. ; run by Ohio prisoner

Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

Richard Smith, courtesy of WBNS
WBNS
Richard Smith, courtesy of WBNS(WBNS)

A  narcotics trafficking ring was busted in Piketon, Waverly and other locations in Pike Co.  The operation was led by Richard Smith, an Ohio prisons inmate, according to a report by our news partners, WBNS.

 The drugs included methamphetamine and heroin, believed to contain fentanyl. 

 In 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were found dead, killed execution style  in Piketon.  The  case has not been solved but one of the theories is that the case is drug-related, because large-scale marijuana grow operations were discovered at three of the four murder scenes.

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 Pike Co. Sheriff Charles Reader says the drug trafficking investigation is still active and more charges and arrests expected.

Some of the suspects are involved in or have ties to gangs operating in Ohio, according to the sheriff.

 Authorities recovered nearly 150 grams of heroin believed to contain fentanyl, methamphetamine, $10,000 in cash and over 80 pre-paid credit cards.

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