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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:24 PM
LANSING, Mich. — One after another, gymnasts and other victims stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children.
Nassar, who is the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty to molesting girls with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
Victims, often referred to as survivors in the court room, described experiencing “searing pain” during the assaults and having feelings of shame and embarrassment. They said it had changed their life trajectories — affecting relationships, causing them to be distrustful and leading to depression, suicidal thoughts, anger and anxiety about whether they should have spoken up sooner.
Prosecutors are seeking at least 40 years in prison for Nassar, who has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman have said they, too, were victims.
Raisman said Monday she would not attend the sentencing, but later changed her mind.
“I will not be attending the sentencing because it is too traumatic for me,” Raisman tweeted. “My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together.”
CNN reported that Raisman read her victim impact letter in court Friday in front of Nassar.
“I didn't think I would be here today. I was scared and nervous. It wasn't until I started watching the impact statements from the other brave survivors that I realized I, too, needed to be here,” Raisman said, according to BuzzFeed News. “Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over so long a period of time, are now a force and you are nothing?”
Raisman praised fellow survivors and called on USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry to take responsibility for the organization, which Raisman said was “rotting from the inside.”
“A word of advice: Continuing to issue statements of empty promises thinking that will pacify us will no longer work,” Raisman said.
Nassar admitted in November that he digitally penetrated 10 girls, mostly under the guise of treatment, between 1998 and 2015. As part of plea deals in two adjacent Michigan counties, he said his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:18 AM
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia family is mourning the death of a 2-year-old boy after he was shot and killed by his 4-year-old brother.
Tyson Aponte was shot in the chest when his brother picked up what he thought was a toy. In reality it was a loaded gun, WTVR reported.
The children’s mother was home when the shooting happened Tuesday morning.
Tyson was taken to the University of Virginia Health System where he died, WCAV reported.
“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” Major Donald Lowe told WTVR. “At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”
Police are investigating.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — A man wanted following a fatal crash involving a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has been captured.
Authorities had been looking for 22-year-old Dakota Kape Whitt after Trooper Samuel N. Bullard, 24, of Wilkes County, died late Monday in a crash along Interstate 77 in Yadkin County during a chase.
The @NCSHP & @NCPublicSafety today mourns the loss of three-year veteran Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard Monday night following an on-duty patrol vehicle collision on I-77 in Yadkin County. https://t.co/73ntfmGVT6 pic.twitter.com/RPpaFg86TI— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) May 22, 2018
WGHP-TV reports that during the chase, one trooper noticed he did not see a second patrol car behind him. When his attempt at contacting the other trooper failed, he turned around and found the patrol car engulfed in flames.
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.”
It happened around 11:30 p.m. on I-77 southbound near NC-67. The area is about 70 miles north of Charlotte and due west of Winston-Salem.
Chris Knox with the NCSHP said Bullard was a three-year veteran assigned to Surry County.
Troopers said the incident started with a license check. A black BMW did not stop and troopers went after it. Trooper Bullard was involved in a collision at Mile Marker 80.
Whitt was taken into custody without incident around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He's charged with murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license.
The @NCSHP seeks the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a black BMW passenger vehicle that traveled through a checkpoint and was involved in Monday night’s pursuit in Surry County https://t.co/4UVLO62J9W pic.twitter.com/pltzKVkHFW— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) May 23, 2018
Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A tip could have gone either way, but an Uber driver really lucked out.
Instead of just walking away with the cash, he bought more tickets.
At the end of six weeks of rolling over his winnings, he bought one with a huge payout --$140,000, KVDR reported.
He claimed his money this Thursday, but he’s not keeping it all for himself.
He’s giving his parents a large chunk, though it wasn’t specified just how much, for helping him with money a few times.
He’s also going to put some of the money back into his car to trick it out, as he plans to keep driving for Uber, KVDR reported.
And it wasn’t a chance meeting. The winner said the man who gave him the first ticket had been in his car before, but hasn’t been since the first lottery win.
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
IRON STATION, N.C. — A North Carolina man is OK after his small aircraft hit a tree and burst into flames Wednesday.
Timothy Kneiss’ Mosquito XE mini-helicopter was hovering above private property in a Lincoln County neighborhood when the tail rotor hit a tree, causing the aircraft to catch fire, federal investigators said.
Kneiss and his wife won $100,000 on a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket last fall, according to The Gaston Gazette.
Neighbors told WSOC that Kneiss just bought the helicopter a few weeks ago and struggled with it while practicing in his front yard, only getting it a few feet off the ground.
“I knew it was going to go down,” neighbor John Aubery said. “You don’t see somebody bouncing a helicopter around the yard and think, ‘Oh, this guy is going to make it.’ ... If I had a helicopter, I wouldn’t fly it into a tree, myself, but he chose to and I respect his rights for his property.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.