FSJ’s Joseph Laboucan now Charged with another Murder

first_imgA Fort St. John man already serving a life sentence for his part in the 2005 rape and murder of an Edmonton teen has now been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a prostitute.Joseph Laboucan, 23, who is currently serving a life sentence at the federal penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask., is charged in the death of 33-year-old Ellie May Meyer, whose body was discovered in May 2005 by a farmer tilling a field just east of Edmonton.Laboucan, originally from Fort St. John, B.C., is being returned to Alberta to face the murder charge and is scheduled to appear in Strathcona County provincial court Monday.- Advertisement -Police are releasing few details, but say they spent more than three years investigating the case before charges were laid this week.Laboucan was among several people convicted in the slaying of 13-year Nina Courtepatte, who was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in April 2005 on a darkened golf course outside of Edmonton.last_img read more

Hodgson rubbishes claims Sturridge was forced to train against his will

first_img England striker Daniel Sturridge England manager Roy Hodgson has rubbished claims Daniel Sturridge was forced to train against his will while on international duty last month.The Three Lions chief bowed to the request of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and left Sturridge out of the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, even though the striker could play against West Brom on Saturday, according to his club boss.Sturridge has been sidelined for a month due to a controversial injury he suffered during training with the national side in September.Around 36 hours after playing 89 minutes of England’s 1-0 win over Norway, Sturridge pulled up with a thigh strain at St George’s Park.Rodgers was unhappy that the striker was taking part in a full training session so soon after a match, and claimed the injury was entirely ”preventable”.Reports suggested the Liverpool manager also claimed Sturridge had asked to undertake a light session – in line with his individual training programme at the Merseyside club – rather than a full one, but Hodgson denies that was the case.”I don’t remember that. That’s dangerous that one,” the England manager said. ”I don’t remember that at all. I don’t have any memory of Daniel telling me that he didn’t want to train.”He was quite keen to take part in that training session because he was such an important part of it. He was more than happy to come in and help us.”It had been argued that Hodgson is setting a potentially dangerous precedent by omitting Sturridge from his squad when the player could turn out for Liverpool.But the England manager insists there is very little chance of the player being fit for duty on Saturday, or over the course of the next two weeks.He said: ”What’s the precedent here? He is not fit. How do you select a player that’s not fit? ‘Let’s wait and see (if he plays against West Brom). ‘All injuries are preventable. This was unfortunate.”Rodgers insists on giving his ”fast” players two days to recover from matches.Hodgson has no plans to implement the same system with England though.”I’ve never been asked to give 48 hours’ (rest) to a player,” Hodgson added.”We did quite a lot of two-day recoveries during our time in Brazil and we realised that we were just killing ourselves in terms of the training time we have available.”For me that is unacceptable as we need to work with the players.”Hodgson spoke to Rodgers on Thursday morning and the England manager was keen to insist he is not in dispute with the Liverpool boss, who has four players in the full squad even without Sturridge.”There isn’t a club-country conflict on this,” Hodgson added.”I’m perfectly happy with the situation. Rodgers seems to be happy with the situation.”There was a hint of an underlying tension on Thursday when Hodgson was asked whether he would consider resting Sturridge’s team-mate Raheem Sterling, as Rodgers had suggested he could do for the upcoming double-header.“I need to win games, just as he does. I need my best players,” Hodgson said.“He [Sterling] has played quite a lot but there must be six or seven who have played as many minutes.“I do not expect managers to tell me whether players should be selected, no more than I would dream of telling them who to pick.” 1last_img read more

Virjee’s defense sets tone for Peninsula

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe win was the second for Peninsula (9-5, 1-1) in less than a week over Redondo (8-7, 0-1). Peninsula defeated Redondo, 9-6, in last week’s South Bay Tournament. David Skophammer led Peninsula with four goals while Nick Shariat added three goals. With Virjee holding Vint scoreless, Alan Rupp and Robby Horn picked up scoring responsibilities for Redondo with two goals each. “(Peninsula) forced us to shoot from the outside for most of the game,” Redondo coach Mark Rubke said. “It was a great defensive effort.” In a nonleague match … From staff reports Cameron Virjee’s stellar defense helped the Peninsula boys water polo team to a 10-7 Bay League victory over visiting Redondo on Thursday. Virjee marked the high-scoring Ryan Vint and held him scoreless. “(Ryan) is a great player, but we weren’t going to let one player beat us,” Peninsula coach Albert Garcia said. “Virjee did a great job against him.” Chadwick 10, Whittier 9: Tai McDermott scored six goals while Steve Sinclair added six saves to lead visiting Chadwick (7-5). Girls volleyball Lauren Costa had 32 assists for host Mary Star in a 28-26, 25-13, 22-25, 25-19 Camino Real League victory over Serra. Ashley Eppler added 12 kills and six aces for Mary Star (10-6, 1-1). Seini Tukutau led Serra (8-3, 1-1) with 22 kills, three digs and two aces. In the Marine League … Carson 3, Narbonne 2: Kristiana Tuaniga had 26 kills, 10 digs and four blocks as visiting Carson won, 25-20, 20-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-8. Stefanie Mahaley had 13 kills, 10 digs for Carson (6-1, 4-1). Narbonne fell to 3-3, 3-2. Gardena 3, Washington 0: Naomi Lima had 10 aces in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 victory for host Gardena (2-4, 1-3). San Pedro 3, King-Drew 0: Shannon Miller had 10 kills and four aces to lead San Pedro to a 25-6, 25-18, 25-18 sweep. Marissa Bubica had 20 assists and seven aces for host San Pedro (5-1, 5-0). In the Pioneer League … North Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Ashleigh Gideon had eight kills and 12 digs as North swept at home, 25-5, 25-8, 25-16. Alex Garcia had seven kills and three blocks for North (13-3, 2-0). El Segundo 3, Centennial 0: Amanda Eden served for 11 straight points as host El Segundo (2-5, 1-1) rolled, 25-8, 25-6, 25-6. In the Del Rey League … Kelly Omatsu had 16 kills and 19 digs in a 25-18, 22-25, 25-10, 25-20 win for host Bishop Montgomery (13-6, 2-0). Sarah Prather recorded 12 kills and 19 digs. Kristina Cruz had 47 assists and 13 digs. Girls tennis Banning singles player Cristina Alvarado clinched a 4-3 Marine League win over San Pedro with an 8-1 victory. Kasey Tate, Ronnie Bunn and Stephanie Flores all won in singles for San Pedro (2-2, 2-2). Banning is (4-1, 3-1). Also in the Marine League … Carson 6, Narbonne 1: Theresa Macias and Marilyn Nguyen won, 8-0, in doubles to lead Carson (7-1, 4-0). Eleonor Fernandez won her singles set, 8-0, for Carson. In the Pioneer League … El Segundo 14, Torrance 4: Hazuki Onaga swept her three singles sets without losing a game for host El Segundo (6-3, 1-1). El Segundo’s doubles team of Elisa Buckner and Jamie Burkhard and singles player Amy Romeo also swept. Torrance is 0-2 in league. South Torrance 10, North Torrance 8: Jessica Ly and Maggie Chiodo swept their three doubles sets, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 to lead host South (5-7, 2-0). Bea Palileo won her three singles sets, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5, for North (6-4, 1-1). In the Bay League … Palos Verdes 17, West Torrance 1: Tiffany Jue swept her singles sets at love for visiting Palos Verdes (7-2, 2-0). West is 0-3 in league. In the Del Ray League … Bishop Montgomery 17, La Salle 1: Danielle Butler swept all three of her singles sets at love for host Bishop Montgomery (5-1, 4-0). JC women’s soccer Jamie Tribble and Stephanie Hall each scored two goals to lead host El Camino to a 7-0 nonleague victory over Imperial Valley. Samantha Domenick had three saves for El Camino (11-2-1, 2-0). Boys cross country Pablo Rosales’ 17-minute, 52-second first-place finish at the 3.1-mile Peck Park course helped San Pedro (4-0, 2-0) take first with 15 points at a three-way Marine League meet. Carson and Gardena both had 50 points. In another Marine League meet … Narbonne 15, Banning 50, Washington 50: Robert Gomez took first place at 17 minutes, 23 seconds to lead Narbonne. Girls cross country Maggie Tortoledo completed the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 39 seconds to take first overall and help San Pedro to a first-place finish at a three-way Marine League meet at Peck Park. San Pedro finished with 15 points and Gardena and Carson each finished with 50. In other Marine League meets … Narbonne 15, Banning 50, Washington 50: Cindy Padilla took first place at 22 minutes, 24 seconds for Narbonne.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Body discovered in charred home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It’s really sad because none of us (know who he was). He was pretty much a loner. He kept to himself and had no visitors,” neighbor Cary Lunog said. “He’d go to the library. I’d see him at the library or at the local market.” Neighbors said he spoke a foreign language, perhaps Russian. “He was a kind of isolated type of individual,” neighbor Ray Harp said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, and the death was being investigated by Los Angeles County homicide detectives. “Because of the fatality, sheriff’s homicide investigators are investigating. But that’s routine,” Hurd said. LAKE LOS ANGELES – Firefighters responding to an early morning house fire Monday found the body of a man inside a bedroom. The blaze broke out in the single-story home at 1:41 a.m. in the 40900 block of 173rd Street East. The house was destroyed. “(Firefighters) initiated the fire attack, and while doing that, discovered one fatality,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Jason Hurd said. “He was the only person inside the structure.” Neighbors said the man who lived in the house was in his 50s and had lived there for at least 10 years. They described him as a loner who told them to call him Gino. Fire units responding to the blaze found the house fully involved in flames. Firefighters found the body on a bed, Hurd said. Fire crews had the fire knocked down in about 12 minutes, Hurd said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

EFL admits it cannot tackle owners as they defend stance on Leyton Orient

first_imgThe English Football League has defended its treatment of Leyton Orient supporters but admitted it has little power to intervene at clubs in crisis once their owners are in position.Orient have been in free-fall ever since Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti bought the east London club from Barry Hearn in 2014 and their relegation to the National League was sealed on April 22.Matters came to a head during last Saturday’s final home game against Colchester when Orient fans invaded the pitch. Their protest was peaceful but it caused a near two-hour delay, with the final eight minutes of the match played out behind closed doors.On Monday, the league granted Blackpool’s request to suspend ticket sales to visiting Orient fans for this Saturday’s season finale, only to announce a day later that Orient would get a reduced allocation of 1,000 tickets.These decisions – and the league’s failure to deal with Becchetti, who has been through nine managers and repeatedly failed to pay tax bills and wages on time – have provoked widespread criticism and forced the EFL to issue an 800-word justification of its stance.The statement starts by claiming the league has “received a combination of criticism and support” for making sure the Orient-Colchester game was completed.Before explaining the rationale for this decision, which was based on rules brought in following a protest by Blackpool fans that caused the abandonment of a Championship fixture against Huddersfield in 2015, the EFL made a frank admission of its own impotency to challenge club owners unless rules are broken.“We would like to reiterate that the EFL recognises that supporters of clubs have the right to protest if they are unhappy and very much understand the frustration of Leyton Orient fans in particular at this difficult time,” the EFL statement said.“As we have stated, unless our rules are broken, our powers to intervene are limited once owners are in position.”The statement then sets out the league’s duty as a “competition organiser” and says it is “imperative” that all clubs play 46 games of 90 minutes.“While acknowledging the right of fans to protest, we cannot support this if those actions ‘cross the white line’ and affect the sporting outcome,” it said.“The pitch invasion at the Matchroom Stadium was peaceful in its nature but led to the referee needing to take the players off the field. We cannot sit back and allow this to happen and have the credibility of our competition, which is envied the world over, questioned.”Acknowledging the fact those last eight minutes were an uncontested kick-about, the EFL said it does not regret its “difficult decision” but is disappointed that the decision had to be taken.Moving on to Blackpool’s request to suspend ticket sales, the EFL claimed there were “significant concerns” about a repeat of last weekend’s disruption but once the security arrangements at Bloomfield Road were reviewed it was agreed sales could proceed. 1 Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Leicester complete £12m signing of Sevilla captain Vicente Iborra

first_imgLeicester have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra from Sevilla.The 29-year-old has penned a four-year contract with the Foxes, and joins for an undisclosed fee – reported to be around £12million.He becomes the Foxes’ second major signing of the summer, following Harry Maguire’s £17m move to the King Power Stadium.Iborra captained Sevilla for the last two years and played twice against Leicester when the Foxes knocked the Spanish side out of the Champions League last season. The 29-year-old told the club’s website: “I’m very happy to be here with Leicester City and I’m looking forward to experiencing the Premier League with my new team-mates next season.“Everything about this club seems good and it’s been great to meet my new team-mates. I’ve already spoken with them about the city and the club so I can’t wait to get started.”The defensive midfielder won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and played 169 times for the club after joining from Levante in 2013. He follows Harry Maguire to the King Power Stadium after the defender joined from from Hull last month and will link up with his new team-mates ahead of a pre-season training camp in Austria next week.Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Vicente has joined us. He’s player with such a good pedigree from his time in Spain with Sevilla and he adds some really strong competition to our squad.” 1 New Leicester City signing Vicente Iborra last_img read more

Grace Brethren takes charge

first_img Grace Brethren (4-2, 2-0) started the season with losses to 2004 Division XI finalists Oak Park and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. “We put those two games in because we wanted a test and it would make all of the other games seem easier,” senior team captain and tight end Steve Gourley said. “As you can see, we’re going easy now since we played the powerhouses.” CERRITOS – Grace Brethren of Simi Valley didn’t start the season like a Southern Section Division XI contender, but the Lancers are serving notice now. Grace Brethren dominated host Valley Christian of Cerritos 31-0 in an Olympic League game for its fourth victory in a row on Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Junior Matt Cull rushed for 182 yards in 25 carries and touchdowns of 17 and 53 yards. Travis Chupp threw for a touchdown at quarterback and made two receptions at receiver after switching positions with Kevin Ramay in the second half. Grace Brethren has won its past four games by an average of 27.8 points. The victory over Valley Christian (5-1, 1-1) left Grace Brethren as the league’s only undefeated team. “We were extremely excited for this because this was the league championship,” Gourley said. “(Valley Christian) is the biggest team in our league and we were ready to handle them.” Grace Brethren limited Valley Christian to six yards offense through three quarters and did not surrender a first down until 8:38 left, with the majority of its starters taken out on defense. Grace Brethren jumped to a 21-0 halftime lead with two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the second quarter. center_img After taking a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard run by Gourley on its first possession, Grace Brethren increased its lead to 14-0 on a 35-yard pass from Travis Chupp to Chris McCabe with 4:10 left in the first half. Grace Brethren recovered a fumble on the kickoff and capitalized on a 17-yard touchdown run by Cull to culminate a 37-yard drive. The Lancers went up 28-0 after Cull scored on a 58-yard run after breaking three tackles late in the third quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cheney names replacements for Libby

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney, moving swiftly to replace an indicted aide, named attorney David Addington as his chief of staff and John Hannah as his national security adviser on Monday. Some Republicans suggested that President Bush should overhaul his own White House staff and bring in fresh advisers. Both jobs that Cheney filled had been handled by one person: I. Lewis Libby, who resigned Friday when he was indicted on perjury and other charges in a 22-month investigation of the unmasking of an undercover CIA officer. Libby faces his first court appearance Thursday before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. Addington has been Cheney’s counsel and Hannah has been his deputy national security adviser. White House press secretary Scott McClellan played down the idea of major changes on Bush’s staff, saying there had been no discussion of that beyond the usual vacancies that occur. McClellan also brushed off Democrats’ calls for Bush to apologize for the actions by administration officials in revealing the name of the CIA officer, Valerie Plame, and for presidential adviser Karl Rove to resign. McClellan said he did not want to make any statements that jeopardized Libby’s right to a fair and impartial trial. He was repeatedly asked to acknowledge that he was wrong in 2003 when he denied that Rove or Libby were involved in disclosing the identity of Plame. He said he would not comment during the ongoing legal proceedings. The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid, said Sunday that Rove should resign because of his role in exposing an undercover CIA officer. Rove has not been charged, but he continues to be investigated in the CIA leaks case. Reid said he was disappointed that Bush and Cheney responded to the indictment by praising Libby – known around Washington as “Scooter” – and suggested they should apologize for the leak that revealed Plame’s identity. “First of all, the vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he’s done,” Reid said. “Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is. “There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House,” Reid, D-Nev., told ABC’s “This Week.” Democrats appearing on Sunday talk shows portrayed Libby’s indictment as one of many serious problems surrounding the White House and one of several allegations raising questions about Republican ethics. Republicans repeatedly said the charges have been made against only one individual and that Libby should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Public opinion appears to be running against Bush. Almost half the public, 46 percent, say the level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has fallen with Bush as president, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll. That’s three times the number who say ethics and honesty have risen during that time. Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi said Bush should be on the lookout for “new blood, new energy, qualified staff, new people in administration.” He said poor advice may have even contributed to the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. A grand jury charged Libby on Friday with five felonies alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. Libby was not charged with the crime that the grand jury was created to investigate – specifically, who leaked the name of Plame to reporters in 2003. Libby and Rove were named by reporters brought before the grand jury, but it was unclear whether they knew that she was a covert agent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Which Raiders are to blame for each of Derek Carr’s 5 interceptions?

first_imgALAMEDA — Derek Carr sits tied with four others with a NFL-high five interceptions through three games.Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, Denver’s Case Keenum, Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and the Jets’ Sam Darnold also have five, but each of those teams have at least one win.Carr threw three picks against the Rams in Week 1, something he didn’t do in any game last season despite throwing 13 interceptions compared to six in 2016. After a historically accurate day against the Broncos, Carr regressed …last_img read more

Best Qualified Candidate Expelled Over Views on Evolution, Design

first_imgFor daring to question evolution, an astronomer who was the best qualified candidate to become director of a new observatory lost out.  “No one denies that astronomer Martin Gaskell was the leading candidate for the founding director of a new observatory at the University of Kentucky in 2007 – until his writings on evolution came to light,” a report on Courier-Journal reported.  Martin Gaskell is suing the University, claiming that his views on evolution, religion and intelligent design cost him the position.    “UK, in a legal brief, acknowledged that concerns over Gaskell’s views on evolution played a role in the decision to chose another candidate,” the article said.  The strategy seems now to paint him in a bad light: “But it argued that this was a valid scientific concern, and that there were other factors, including a poor review from a previous supervisor and UK faculty views that he was a poor listener.”    Gaskell’s lawsuit, however, claims that “UK officials repeatedly referred to his religion in their discussions and e-mails” as the real reason.  One astronomy professor, for instance, “feared embarrassing headlines about Kentucky’s flagship university hiring a ‘creationist’ in a state already home to the controversial Creation Museum.”  Three biology professors and a geology professor also hammered that theme, that hiring Gaskell would be a “disaster” and an embarrassment to the university, even though Gaskell disagrees with the young-earth position of the Creation Museum.  Some of his views, which resemble those of old-earth astronomer Hugh Ross, are published on his personal webpage.    Gaskell’s academic opponents worried about his denial of evolution, and his support for intelligent design.  “UK biologists said in their e-mails that evidence for evolution was so overwhelming that Gaskell had no scientific basis to raise questions about it.”  They also pointed to the Dover case to argue that intelligent design is not science, though that regional ruling did not apply to the state of Kentucky.  Since concern over his views on evolution and intelligent design appears to constitute the bulk of their objections over his hiring, their concerns about Gaskell’s social skills appears to be a distraction, a red herring expressed after the lawsuit was filed.  According to the article, “a federal judge says Gaskell has a right to a jury trial over his allegation that he lost the job because he is a Christian and ‘potentially evangelical.’”  The case is being represented by the American Center for Law and Justice.    Gaskell’s academic page is posted on the University of Texas website.  He is also a classical composer in his spare time, when not doing astrophysics.The pattern is the same everywhere.  If you have watched Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled, you’ve seen how the Darwin funDOmentalists (Darwin-Only) refuse to debate the evidence, but instead retreat to character assassination, association, glittering generalities, fear-mongering, and sidestepping and subversion to keep out anyone who dares to defy the Darwin Party Line.    It’s going on in the case of the American Freedom Alliance right now, where the California Museum of Science broke a contract rather than allow two pro-I.D. groups access to the facilities, lest it tarnish their pure-Darwin image.  Evolution News broke the story about how internal emails showed that despite their public statements, the real issue was preventing intelligent design from getting any publicity by the museum.    In this story, Gaskell lost a prestigious job even thought he was the best qualified, because of worry that he could be “potentially evangelical” – an unlawful prior restraint on free speech.  Would the opposite situation have concerned his colleagues, if a staunch atheist were to be judged “potentially evangelical” about his theological position?  (Of course not; such a candidate would probably be honored by academia and the media.)     Even the “potential” exposure was enough to expel this man, without any evidence he had actually tried to influence anyone at the university or observatory about his views.  This can only mean one thing: the Darwin Party, whose hardcore stance on secular evolution represents a small fraction of American opinion, is running scared.  The DODOs cannot afford to give a platform to anyone who might potentially expose to the public the existence of alternative views other than 100% materialism.  They will destroy careers to keep ideological purity in their ranks.    This tactic cannot work forever, because it is self-refuting; it violates academia’s own ostensible commitment to the Enlightenment ideals of reason and tolerance (and, ironically, it also fights Darwinian fitness itself – by imposing goal-directed behavior against whatever unguided “mutation” supposedly led to the accidental emergence of religion/creationism in early man’s rise from the apes, that was somehow preserved by natural selection; see 10/26/2008 and 05/27/2008).    If Darwinists’ beliefs are so fragile that they worry exposure to alternative viewpoints is intolerable, then their beliefs are not worth believing.  And if they think that the public must be protected from such exposure, they disparage the intelligence of their fellow Homo sapiens.   No scientist should fear openness about the evidence.  Bring it on.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more