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Carlisle buried baby case: What both sides are saying

Published: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

Carlisle teen mom bonds out of jail, attorney says she did not kill baby

Brooke Skylar Richardson, the Carlisle teen charged with aggravated murder and other felonies for allegedly killing her newborn baby and burning the child’s body posted 10 percent of her $50,000 bond Monday and is out of Warren County Jail.

Richardson, 18, was arraigned Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

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Here’s what Richardson’s attorney and the Warren County prosecutor have told us about the case:

FROM THE DEFENSE

Charlie M. Rittgers talking about Richardson case

  • Defense attorney Charlie M. Rittgers entered a not guilty plea Monday on Richardson’s behalf. Richardson, who graduated from Carlisle High School in May, is accused of giving birth to a baby just days after her prom, killing it, burning the body and burying it in the backyard of her home on Eagle Ridge Drive.

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  • Rittgers was clear Monday: “I can tell you Brooke Skylar Richardson did not kill her baby,” he said.
  • He said the defense has filed motions for a bill of particulars of the indicted charges and evidence in the case.
  • Rittgers said he anticipates the defense will have its own experts examine the remains of the infant.
  • Richardson’s family attended Monday’s short hearing but left without comment.

FROM THE PROSECUTOR

  • Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said that two days after the Carlisle High School prom, sometime between May 6 and May 7, Richardson gave birth to the newborn and caused the child’s death. She reportedly burned the infant and then buried it in her backyard, Fornshell said.

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  • According to Fornshell, everything occurred over a period of a few hours after the baby was born. He said the baby was born at about 38 weeks to 40 weeks — full term. Carlisle police were notified July 14 by Richardson’s OB-GYN’s office about a possible stillborn baby, Fornshell said.
  • Fornshell would not say how long the baby was alive before it was killed. “We may never know the medical cause of the baby’s death,” he said.

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  • Fornshell declined to say what the sex of the baby was.
  • “The matter is under investigation currently. It is an open and active investigation so I am not going to make any comments on what someone else may have done, what they knew, when the knew it,” Fornshell said.

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‘Robust’ police presence at Mason schools after 2 threats

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO
A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO

A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said.

In a notice posted on Mason Schools’ website — and sent to school parents in the Warren County district — Mason officials said the district worked with Mason Police in their investigation of a threat posted in a restroom of the school.

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And a Mason Middle School student is under investigation for his threat made on a school bus, said officials.

The student allegedly stood up on the bus today (Thursday) and said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday, according to communications from the district.

“We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety — and an absence will be counted as excused,” an email to parents from the district said.

“We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community,” said officials.

Mason High School is the largest in Ohio and the school system’s enrollment is the biggest in Warren County.

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McDonald’s phasing out plastic straws at UK locations

Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 10:28 PM

File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Mario Tama/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is phasing out the use of plastic straws at its 1,300 locations in the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.

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Straws will only be available upon request, and restaurants also will start using paper straws in May. 

"Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter. If you come into McDonald's going forward, you'll be asked if you want a straw,” chief executive Paul Pomroy told Sky News. “The other thing we're looking to do is to move to recycled paper on the straws and biodegradable paper straws and that test, I'm really proud to say, will start next month."

Almost all the restaurant’s packaging is recyclable. 

"We've been on a journey over the past 10 years with recycling, from taking out foam and polystyrene to where we are now -- with Big Mac 'clam' boxes that are made with recycled board,” Pomroy said. “The only thing left for us to move forward on are the lids that go on to our cups. Those are complicated, but we're working with our suppliers to find a solution to that. We're really close, so we hope within the next year to be able to have a lid that's recyclable and serves the same purpose -- for hot and cold drinks.”

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McDonald's will implement touch-screen order kiosks

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.
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Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

It’s going to be easier to order a Happy Meal or a Big Mac.

McDonald's is installing touch-screen order kiosks at more than 3,800 restaurants nationwide, WXYZ reported.

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The machines will allow customers to order from the menu, and then use a credit or debit card to pay for the meal.

McDonald's is also bringing back table service. After you order, have a seat at a table and a server will bring you your meal, WXYZ reported.

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McDonald’s premieres new fresh beef Quarter Pounder 

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.
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McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.(McDonald's)

If your Quarter Pounder tastes different starting today or takes longer to be prepared, there’s a reason for that.

Atlanta is one of the eight places in the country where McDonald’s has rolled out its overhauled burger.

According to a Tuesday news release, the chain said that burger will be made with beef that isn’t frozen and the patties won’t be cooked before you order them.

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The restaurant announced a move toward fresher meat in March 2017. To make the change viable, refrigeration equipment had to be added to stores.

“All McDonald’s fresh beef quarter-pound burgers use 100 percent beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives,” the release said.

McDonald's has switched to cooked-to-order fresh beef in its quarter-pound burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.(McDonald's)

“Over the past two years, we have been listening to our customers and evolving our business to build a better McDonald’s,” McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said in the release. “We are proud to bring our customers a hotter and juicier quarter-pound burger at the speed and convenience they expect from us.”

The national roll out includes 3,500 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Miami, Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Salt Lake City.

These changes also apply to the fast-food chain’s Signature Crafted Recipe selections.

The release said the switch is expected to come to the rest of the contiguous United States by early May.

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