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Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 5:58 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Texas, told KRIS-TV Monday that he will reimburse taxpayers following a Politico report that he settled a 2014 sexual harassment lawsuit with $84,000 from the federal government.
“Even though I was completely exonerated by [the Office of Congressional Ethics], and the settlement agreement has been paid, I’m doing my best and am going to hand a check over this week to probably Speaker Ryan or somebody and say ‘look, here’s the amount of my settlement, give it back to the taxpayers,’” Farenthold said in the interview.
“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this, and I want to be able to talk about it and fix the system without people saying Blake, you benefited from the system, you don’t have a right to talk about it or fix it.”
Farenthold used a Congressional Office of Compliance account to pay former staffer Lauren Greene, according to the Friday Politico report. NBC News subsequently confirmed the report.
In the lawsuit, Greene presented “allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment,” according to Politico.
Greene had alleged that a male employee told her that their boss said he had sexual fantasies about her. She also claimed that Farenthold once told her he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years,” according to the report.
Greene also claimed she was fired after complaining about those comments.
The revived conversation around Greene’s lawsuit comes after numerous accounts from men and women throughout the country and across industries of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful and high-profile men.
Farenthold’s colleague, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan and the longest serving member of the House, is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. In the Senate, embattled lawmaker Al Franken of Minnesota is having the fight of his political life after several women have claimed he touched them inappropriately.
In Texas, The Daily Beast and The Texas Tribune last month detailed claims of sexual harassment and assault by male lawmakers and others over the years at the statehouse. The reports mostly relied on anonymous sources.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
ASHLAND, Mass. — A 15-year-old and his friend drugged, strangled and stabbed his mother to death at a home in Maine, according to court documents.
Kimberly Mironovas, 47, was found stabbed and strangled to death at her home in Litchfield, Maine, early on Sunday morning.
Police say the woman, originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, was killed by her son and his 15-year-old friend.
A third teenager, a 13-year-old friend, allegedly helped plan the murder.
ASHLAND: 47y/o Kimberly Mironovas’ body was found in her Litchfield home. She lived in the Ashland area. Her 15y/o son is accused of murder,&2other teens were taken into custody.Police:teens tried to crush pills in her drink.Her son allegedly stabbed his mother in her sleep. pic.twitter.com/Ef8IuBwT5J— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) April 24, 2018
According to prosecutors, the 13-year-old came up with a plan to kill Mironovas by crushing prescription pills and mixing them into a glass of wine, but court documents show the boys' attempt to secretly mix in the pills failed.
Mironovas’ son and his friend entered her bedroom wearing gloves and armed with a knife early Sunday morning, according to prosecutors.
Mironovas was found shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and police say she had been strangled and stabbed in the neck.
All three boys were arraigned at a juvenile court in Maine on Monday.
The 15-year-old suspects were charged with one count each of murder, and all three were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder.
Mironovas and her son had moved to Maine from their home in Ashland, Massachusetts, where former neighbors told Boston 25 News they hope her son gets help.
"She was a quiet person," said Jim, a former neighbor. "I think her son was troubled a little bit, she had him in a special school."
Mironovas moved from Ashland to Maine about a year ago to attend cosmetology school.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:47 AM
— A Springfield man is facing charges in connection with a Sunday night incident during which he is accused of grabbing a wheel of a car from the passenger seat and almost causing an accident with a baby in the car.
Jasean Fleming, 18, is charged with child endangering, domestic abuse and obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty during an appearance on Monday, and his bond was set at $3,500.
Police began their investigation when they were flagged down by two women standing on a sidewalk in front of a home on the 800 block of East Street, according to a police affidavit filed with the charges.
“Officers exited the vehicle to see what was going on when the defendant, later identified as Jasen L. Fleming, exited the vehicle and took off on foot southbound behind the residence,” the affidavit says.
Officers gave chase and eventually caught up with him, the affidavit says. The officers returned to the women, the affidavit says, and were told that the three had been in the same car along with a baby.
They said the driver and Fleming got into an argument during which he demanded she pull the car over, but she refused.
“(The driver) advised at this time Mr. Fleming began to grab the wheel as she was driving, causing her to lose control of the vehicle while still in motion,” the report says.
The driver was able to pull the car safely to the curb, the report says.
A witness who was in the car said Fleming also grabbed the driver by her throat during the argument, the affidavit says.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
URBANA TWP. — One person is in custody and a deputy was injured after a police standoff that occurred in Champaign County Sunday evening.
Officials were called to a residence near the 100 block of East Dallas Road for a complaint around 6 p.m. When deputies arrived, a man, unrelated to the complaint call, ran, prompting officials to chase after him.
A struggle with one of the deputies occurred after they caught up with the suspect. The deputy was hit in the forehead, reportedly with handcuffs, causing injury, officials said.
With the officer down, the suspect ran inside a house on East Dallas Road with handcuffs on, barricading himself.
Police were in a standoff outside the house for over two hours, using a bullhorn urging to get the man to come outside. He eventually was brought out of the residence in handcuffs.
The deputy was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.
There were more than 20 cruisers and fire vehicles at the scene, blocking the road at U.S. 68.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:51 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @8:44 p.m.: The man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred outside Rick’s Jazz Club has been identified.
James A. Davison, 24, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on two preliminary counts of murder Monday afternoon.
He is due in court Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.
Davison has a third charge, a misdemeanor for failure to appear and is due in court Wednesday.
UPDATE @ 6:23 p.m. (April 23): A 24-year-old male has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the weekend shooting at a Dayton jazz club.
The man was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Dovetree Boulevard in Moraine, a Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed Monday afternoon.
He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on one count of murder, according to Sgt. Mike Godsey.
Dayton Police Detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office will meet to present the case and discuss formal charges, Godsey said.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
According to some Web directories, the business where the shooting occurred is listed as Rick Jazz Lab.
Godsey said the public, the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service helped make the arrest possible.
We’ll update this report as we learn more.
FIRST REPORT (April 21):
Two people killed in a shooting outside a Dayton nightclub early Saturday have been identified.
Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The shooting happened outside Rick’s Jazz Club located in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue around 3:40 a.m.
The victims were a couple and had just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said at a vigil held Sunday evening.
The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, said Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.
Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)