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another pedestrian death accident handled in a shady way. Identity driver kept secret for 2 months

Placer CEO name kept secret until AFTER it was determined he wasn't at fault.


After weeks of speculation, a Northern California county official confirmed that he was the driver of the vehicle that killed an 18-year-old high school student in March.

Todd Leopold, Placer County’s county executive officer, confessed in a news release May 13 that he was responsible for the car crash that killed 18-year-old Anthony Williams on March 19.

KCRA reported that the crash took place in Rocklin on Lonetree Boulevard and Adams Drive, adjacent to the Blue Oaks Town Center mall. Williams, a student and basketball player at Inderkum High, was walking on the road when he was struck by Leopold. Police said at the time that the driver was cooperating with the investigation, the news station said.

"My words and emotions cannot adequately express my profound grief and sadness," Leopold said in a press release. "I am heartbroken for the loss of this young man and extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Williams’ family, friends, and all of those impacted by this tragic accident."

But in the weeks after Williams’ death, KXTV reports, his family and friends — as well as an activist group — have been critical of the police’s investigation, frustrated in particular about the nearly 2-month duration of their investigation and their failure to identify Leopold after the incident.



Placer County CEO who killed teen has history of speeding, was once arrested on DUI charge

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article261543332.html#storylink=cpy

Six years before his vehicle struck and killed Inderkum High School student Anthony Williams, Placer County CEO Todd Leopold spent a night in a Colorado jail after he was arrested for speeding through a ski town while impaired by alcohol, police and court records show. Leopold’s June 2015 drunken driving charge was ultimately dropped as part of a guilty plea for the speeding infraction for going 35 in a 25 mph zone.

The Colorado speeding ticket was among at least four that Leopold — Placer County’s top non-elected official — has received over the years, according to records The Sacramento Bee reviewed through a series of public records requests. Rocklin police have said the driver who killed Williams was not at fault.

Still, Leopold’s driving history is likely to renew outrage among those demanding answers about what happened March 19 when Leopold’s vehicle killed the 18-year-old high school senior.

In the two months since the crash, Rocklin police have released only sparse details. They’ve never disclosed what make and model of vehicle was involved, whether impairment or distraction were a factor or how fast Leopold was traveling — all relatively basic details investigators often release after fatal wrecks.

Rocklin police Capt. Scott Horrillo declined to comment Tuesday. An autopsy report The Bee obtained Tuesday shows that Williams was walking “within the lane of traffic” when he was hit. He had a small amount of THC, the intoxicant one ingests when using marijuana, in his system. The report does not elaborate on what preceded the crash.

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article261543332.html#storylink=cpy

DeSantis doles out millions to mostly rural areasbut fails to mention it mostly comes from Uncle Sam


DeSantis doles out millions but fails to mention it mostly comes from Uncle Sam

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been on a spending spree for months, taking credit for millions of dollars in federal stimulus money he’s handing out to mostly rural Republican counties while at the same time bashing President Biden’s big government spending.


“I think it’s hypocritical,” said Ben Wilcox, research director for Tallahassee-based government watchdog group Integrity Florida. “He’s taking credit for something that’s not really his to claim credit for.”

One political strategist said it’s part of a plan to shore up DeSantis’ base and win bigger this time compared with his razor-thin 33,000-vote victory in the 2018 governor’s race, thus boosting his profile for a possible run for the presidency in 2024.



DeSantis has repeatedly called the federal stimulus money “Washington at its worst” and blames it for the nation’s high inflation rate.

“We’re proud we didn’t do like Washington and spent money like a drunken sailor when all of a sudden you end up with all these problems,” he said at a recent event in Trenton where he doled out federally funded grants.

DeSantis never mentions the largesse he is sharing comes from Washington. Instead, he attributes the money to Florida’s strong economy as he hands out oversized checks at campaign-style events, calling himself “DeSantis Claus” on at least one occasion.


‘Borderline campaign events’
The appearances, almost always in DeSantis-friendly territory, “are borderline campaign events,” Wilcox said.

He often spends the first 15 or 20 minutes delivering a stump speech sharing his views on inflation, gas prices, the culture wars, COVID lock downs, Elon Musk’s proposed acquisition of Twitter and China. Those topics seem geared more toward a national audience than a local one, Stipanovich said.

Despite being billed as press conferences, he seldom takes questions from reporters who attend.

An old refrigerator becomes a vital gathering spot after mass shooting in Buffalo

In the fall of 2020, somebody placed an old refrigerator at Jefferson Avenue and Welker Street in Buffalo, N.Y., and plugged it into an outlet in an adjacent building. https://www.facebook.com/buffalocommunityfridge

It became a small source of pandemic relief for families in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. Volunteers did their best to keep it stocked with donated groceries. Anybody who needed food was free to raid the fridge, or the cupboard set up beside it.

Now, in the wake of Saturday’s shooting massacre in Buffalo, the fridge has never been more important to the community.

It sits just half a mile or so from the Tops Friendly Markets store where an 18-year-old gunman motivated by anti-Black hatred killed 10 people and wounded three.

Amid their grief, the residents of Masten Park are also faced with a very practical concern now that the store is closed: It was the only place for blocks to buy groceries.

“Do you have soap?” a woman — one of dozens of people still waiting in line as the sun began to set Tuesday — shouted to the volunteers who had been showing up all day at the fridge to hand out food. “Do you have dog food?”


Queer camp counselor was told not to come back. So they opened their own camp.

Shira Berkowitz loved being a counselor at an overnight summer camp in Minnesota. In 2007, Berkowitz, then 22, was primed to become the program director for ninth-graders, but then a message arrived: Please don’t come back to camp.

Staff at the camp, which Berkowitz requested not be named, “would say inappropriate things about my sexuality, and question whether it was right that I would be in the same cabin of same-sex kids,” said Berkowitz, who identifies as queer.

Parents also voiced concern about Berkowitz’s gender identity and sexuality, and Berkowitz believes the controversy led the camp to ask them not to return the following summer.

While the incident was profoundly upsetting, Berkowitz, having grown up attending and appreciating Jewish summer camps, decided to give camp another go.

They went on to work at another Jewish overnight program in Rocky Mount, Mo. Berkowitz described the camp as “a very accepting place to be, but it was also very isolating to be one of the only queer people at camp.”

So, along with a few others, Berkowitz has created a nondenominational camp that directly caters to LGBTQ campers and staff.


Suspect's life was collapsing before Laguna Woods church shooting

Between Orellana’s account and a declaration that Chou wrote as he tried to stave off eviction, a picture emerges of an embittered man whose world was collapsing around him. His critically ill wife had left him; he was unable to pay his rent, which was twice his monthly income; and he struggled to find work as a 68-year-old casino security guard.

For nine years, Chou and his wife, Crystal Juei-Hong Lee, owned the building they lived in, one of about a dozen shabby stucco four-plexes that line a cul-de-sac about a mile west of the Las Vegas Strip. They lived in a unit on the ground floor, Orellana said.

He described Chou as a considerate landlord: He never raised the rent in the five years that Orellana and his family lived there, and when the COVID-19 pandemic swept into Las Vegas, Chou often asked if they needed a break with the rent. He tended a small garden on the side of the building, and he’d regularly bring fruit, vegetables and cookies for Orellana’s family.

But he was “verbally aggressive” toward his wife, Orellana said, and he’d hear Chou yelling through the walls. By the time she left for Taiwan, diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, “you could tell she was just tired of him.” With her gone, “he took it pretty hard,” Orellana said.

Orange County Sheriff’s officials said Chou’s wife is living in Taiwan. Records of their separation weren’t immediately available.


Chou’s family apparently was among many forcibly removed from mainland China to Taiwan sometime after 1948, Spitzer said.


claimed to have served in US marine, Marines can find no record of it.

sold building in 2021 and remained as tenant. new owner was in eviction procedings on him.

two sand digging deaths this week. Utah and NJ

Mechanics Are Sharing Photos Of Unfortunate Stuff They've Seen At Work

This car that came in with an opossum chillin' under the hood.

Customer states rear end impact. Requests that we don’t total the vehicle and that it is repaired to like new condition for 1500 or less.....

2017 Maserati owner refused to buy new rear tyres and insists on driving it away


middle schoolers use art project letters to spell out slur


The Martin County School District says a photo showing a group of six students holding up a letter to spell out a racial slur in front of a school is authentic.

"Complete shock," said district spokeswoman Jennifer DeShazo, on Tuesday afternoon.

A parent of a student at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Palm City first reported the photo to the school district.

Caption: School district to determine what to do with students behind racist photo, Denise Sawyer reports, May 17, 2022. (WPEC)
The photo is of six middle school students posing with large, colorful letters spelling out the N-word. Screenshots of the post began circulating within hours on Facebook.

DeShazo said the students involved could face the highest level of punishment possible under the student code of conduct, a punishment that could extend into next year.

"We don't tolerate this," said DeShazo.

The district said the photo came from an annual art project involving 3D letters from the names of students. In this incident, the students rearranged the letters to spell out the racially insensitive word.


NY correction officer suspended for 'vile' post on Buffalo mass shooting

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told News 4 it is seeking the termination of Gregory C. Foster II, who has just under 25 years of experience with the department.

“The comments made by this correction officer are despicable, stand in violation of multiple Department rules and will not be tolerated. This vile posting does not represent the morals and values of the thousands of staff members in the Department,” it said in a statement.

“The individual responsible has been suspended without pay and DOCCS will be seeking termination. The Department has engaged the Civil Rights Task Force, which we are members of, for potential criminal prosecution. The Department has also launched an internal investigation to identify and discipline any staff who may have engaged with the posting.”


"The image from Foster's Facebook page ... features an exterior picture of a Tops store and text making a crass reference to the aftermath of the shooting. Above the post, the caption reads 'Too soon? This should weed out some FB friends,' followed by a laughing emoji."

Foster's post was captioned, "Clean up on aisle 3, no wait 4, also on 7, 9, 12, and 13."


Wyoming gop senator booed for sex identity remarks at graduation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis apologized Monday after getting booed and heckled for remarks she made on sexual identity during a University of Wyoming graduation speech.

A first-term Republican from deep-red Wyoming, Lummis said in Saturday's speech in Laramie that human rights are derived from God but that government seeks to redefine many of them.

"Even fundamental, scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days," Lummis said.

She paused and smiled while many in the crowd responded with boos and heckling.

“And I challenge those of you,” she continued. But she didn't complete that thought, saying: “I'm not making a comment on the fact that there are people who transition between sexes.”

Lummis is a former congresswoman, state treasurer and University of Wyoming graduate who's been prominent in Wyoming politics for decades. Until now, at least, she has been less outspoken than many Republicans who've made a major issue of gender and sex identity.

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