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Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tennis player Venus Williams has responded through her lawyer to reports that she was involved in a car crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, that led to a fatality.
The crash happened June 9, according to police, but it took three weeks for the news to emerge on TMZ Sports, which first reported the story.
A Palm Beach Gardens police report found Williams to be at fault for “violating” the right of way.
The Associated Press reported that Williams told police she entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but traffic forced her to stop while blocking a lane. She did not see Barson’s car when crossing into the lane.
Esther Linda Barson, 68, who told police she had a green light, T-boned Williams’ vehicle. Her husband, Jerome Barson, was in the passenger seat. He suffered head injuries and was rushed to the hospital, where he died on June 22, 13 days after the crash.
Linda Barson, who suffered broken bones and other injuries, told police she slowed for a red light but proceeded when the light turned green.
“The driver of V2 (Barson) advised she proceeded thru the intersection when V1 (Williams) cut across in front of V2, and V2 was unable to avoid crashing into V1,” the police report obtained by the Palm Beach Post said.
A witness told police that after the light changed to green, Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia crossed the lanes in front of Barson’s 2016 Hyundai Accent.
Linda Barson’s attorney, Michael Steinger, did not have an immediate comment.
Police say there was no evidence Williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or that she had been distracted by an electronic device. The police report said Williams has not been cited or charged.
F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., Williams’ attorney, issued the following statement:
“Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”
The Barson family referred questions to attorney Michael Steinger, whose firm did not immediately respond.
According to court records, the family already may be planning a lawsuit. In a petition filed Tuesday on on behalf of Barson’s estate, the only asset listed for Barson is “the expectation of recovery in an action for wrongful death.” It did not list an amount.
Williams was cited in 2013 for driving with a suspended license and paid a $163 fine, Palm Beach County court records show. In 2011, she was cited for failure to provide proof of insurance. She paid a $139 fine.
Barson’s wife has been cited for speeding in Palm Beach County three times between 2004 and 2013, according to court records.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:14 PM
— The friendships forged in college don’t always last.
But it turns out that the one Dayton realtor Shannon Jackson and Omarosa Manigault-Newman formed in a Central State University communications class 26 years ago was made out of super strong stuff.
“We connected on so many different levels,” said Manigault-Newman, a reality TV star and former assistant and a director of communications in the President Donald Trump administration. “She’s has had my back through good times and bad times and through rough patches.”
Manigault Newman, who is often referred to as just Omarosa, will have Jackson’s back today as Jackson and Kurt Jackson — her husband of 8 years and an agent for 25 years — open their HER Realtors office at 1024 W. Third St. in Dayton’s historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.
There will be a 12:30 p.m. flyover in Xenia today at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport led by Allan B. Taylor, Jackson’s brother, to recognize the neighborhood’s aviation heritage.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the new office.
Jackson said she chose the neighborhood partly because it is central located, as her business serves all of the Miami Valley.
She said she also is happy to contribute to Wright-Dunbar revitalization. The building also contains the City of Dayton’s Innerwest Priority Board office.
“I want to see the westside grow and develop, and I want to be a part of it,” Jackson said.
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The office will have about 10 to 15 agents, Jackson said.
Manigault-Newman now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and married Pastor John Allen Newman, the senior pastor of The Sanctuary at Mount Calvary, last year.
An ordained minister herself, Manigault-Newman works with her husband. The Youngstown native studied at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton and the Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce.
She said she and Jackson both share a deep connection to their mothers and keep faith as the center of everything they do.
“Our marriages are based on hope, faith and love,” she said. “This move into her new physical space is a move so she can help the community more. So people can experience the greatest thing you can as an American and that is to be a homeowner.”
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:24 PM
— Police in Florida have arrested a man in connection to the death of rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach on Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested in connection to the death of 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion.
In just more than 48 hours, #BSO homicide detectives arrested Dedrick Devonshay Williams for the murder of Jahseh Onfroy, also known as XXXTentacion. Williams (dob 3/23/96) was taken into custody shortly before 7p.m. in Pompano. More details will be released later today. pic.twitter.com/OkP2usoqNH— Gina Carter (@bso_gina) June 21, 2018
Broward County Jail records show Williams was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, among other charges. He was being held Thursday without bond at the Broward County Jail, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The newspaper reported that deputies pulled over Williams around 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pompano Beach. He was wanted on a warrant for driving with an invalid Florida license and a suspended ID, according to the Post. Broward County Jail records show Williams is on a felony probation.
Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in Onfroy’s deaeth, deputies said in an arrest warrant obtained by the Post.
Onfroy was shot Monday outside a motorcycle dealership. Deputies said he was leaving RIVA Motorsports when he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. At least one of them opened fire, hitting the rapper.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:58 AM
NEW YORK — “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson has confirmed his whirlwind engagement to singer Ariana Grande.
The 24-year-old appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday and said he’s gotten support from other men on the street.
“You know you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show,” Fallon joked.
“But I did, though,” Davidson said. “I feel like I won a contest. It’s so sick. It’s so (expletive) lit. It’s so lit, it’s so funny when you’re walking down the street, dudes are walking by and (tipping their hat).
“Some guy came up to me and said, ‘Yo man, you like gave me hope.’ I didn’t know I was that ugly.”
Getting more serious, Davidson admitted he was lucky to be with Grande.
“I’m a lucky (expletive),” he said. “I’m forever known as her plus-one.”
Davidson appeared to confirm the engagement before his “Tonight Show” appearance in the form of an Instagram post. In the photo, Davidson hold Grande in his lap and her reported $93,000 engagement ring is on display.
The couple seems to be moving fast. According to TMZ, they purchased a $16 million apartment in New York. Refinery29 reported that, over the weekend, Grande made a post on her Instagram story that seemed to indicate that the couple moved in together.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:37 PM
— She didn’t wear combat boots — and maybe that made all the difference.
Amelia Robinson chatted with actress Sherri Saum for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast.
The world knows Saum best for her role as Lena Adams Foster on the groundbreaking TV show “The Fosters,” but many in these parts know her best as the daughter of former “Dayton Daily News” copy editor Lois Saum of Kettering.
Amelia and Sherri chat about Sherri’s upbringing in Kettering and how her fashion magazines weren’t exactly safe at Fairmont High School.
They also dished about the Fosters (and what Sherri is doing now), the parking situation in Dayton and the general hotness of Sherri’s husband, Kamar de los Reyes of “One Life to Live” fame.
Amelia’s grandma Nellie, a major “One Live to Live fan,” would be proud.
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