Judge describes drug issues as worrying

first_imgTwitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsJudge describes drug issues as worryingBy admin – April 20, 2009 409 Previous articleViewers voted Celia most stylish woman on TVNext articleExperience the ancient art of Threading admin Print Linkedincenter_img Email A LIMERICK District Court Judge has described as “worrying” the increase in instances where members of the public attempt to pass drugs to prisoners while in custody in Limerick Prison. Judge Tom O’Donnell’s comments came as a 27-year-old woman appeared before a sitting of Limerick District Court charged with bringing a controlled substance into Limerick Prison contrary to Sec 15(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The county Limerick woman appeared before Judge O’Donnell where the court was told that the accused allegedly attempted to pass 55 tablets to a prisoner during a visit.The arresting officer, Garda Colleran, told the court of prison officers apprehending the woman as she attempted to orally pass the tablets to a prisoner.Defence solicitor, Sarah Ryan, addressed the court following hearing details of the incident and noted that the drug in question was prescribed to the woman for pain relief following a very bad car accident in which she suffered injuries to her back.Judge O’Donnell noted that these types of offences are on the increase and worryingly, many go undetected and are very serious.“I must congratulate and praise the work of the prison officers and the gardai in this incident as these types of crimes are on a very serious rise.“I’ve noted at least three or four of these in the early parts of this year and its something that could get out of hand very easily.“I must also say that the doctor in question would be very disappointed to know that a patient of theirs would be obtaining tablets, pain killers in this instance, and keeping them to pass on to others.“These are disturbing times for such crimes but I do take into account the early plea and the co-operation offered by the accused. I also note the seriousness of the mitigating factors for the defendant”.Marking the facts of the case proven, Judge O’Donnell issued that a probation report be submitted to the court and subsequent to that, issued bail terms of 100 euro to the accused.The court will hear the findings of the report on June 11. WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

A Chill Briefing On The Events That Transpired At Tractorbear, The Disco Biscuits Tribute

first_imgTractorbear is an effort by four lifelong friends from New York City to replicate a bit of the magic and mystery that defined The Disco Biscuits in the band’s infancy, long before they had a namesake festival, sold out Red Rocks, built apps, or jammed with members of the Grateful Dead. This doesn’t mean their setlists are stuck in 1999 (far from it in fact — they busted out the Biscuits’ latest number ‘The Champions” as an encore the first gig they got after the Biscuits debuted it). Rather, Tractorbear inhabits the same sheerly experimental space that once characterized the Disco Biscuits, completely uninhibited by the expectations of an arena-sized audience and beholden only to their desire to put something completely original out there on stage during each performance.In classic Biscuits fashion, Tractorbear was booked to close down the night at The Hall At MP following performances by Uncle Ebeneezer and The Allmost Brothers’ Band, as well as a separate gig for the more electronically-inclined new side-project of Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein with the members of Break Science — Breaking Biscuits — over at Brooklyn Bowl. Hitting the stage a bit after 12:30, the band was obviously expected to deliver a dance party. Before the group got started, however, they brought Corey Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer on stage and performed a one-off cover of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in memory of Chris Cornell, whose suicide at the end of the week broke the hearts of a lot of kids whose formative years were in the early aughts. The lyrics certainly took on a new heaviness in the light of his passing.Beginning now in earnest, the band led off with a calm and patient “Shelby Rose.” Some fans were still filtering in through the MP’s glass doors, and as a warm summer breeze wafted its way through the club, some couples began to glide to the dance floor hand-in-hand while other friends exchanged bear hugs in the middle of a welcoming and grinning audience. The song is one of naive, giddy affection, and the band delivers it as such. With lyrics that border on treacle over a soundscape of devilishly insistent building frenzy, it felt like both a celebration of a pristine springy day and a subtle nod to the potentialities of a long warm night. This more sinister vein was explored as the jam morphed into a ripping and rolling “Tempest,” a song that is more of one pure, drawn-out peak than anything else, with a grimy and insatiable energy to its synths from Steven Lasker that got the crowd jumping. The segment ended with the frenzied chaotic conclusion of “Shelby Rose,” delivered with aplomb from guitarist James Dellisanti and a roar from a crowd that was now invigorated and brimming with friends.Up next, Tractorbear switched into a full-throated delivery of some of the most high-energy songs in the Biscuits’ catalog. First up was a roaring “Munchkin Invasion,” whose complex and fascinating jam was anchored by the stellar percussive talents of Jason Cohen, who managed to keep the band on the same page through a song that really seems to have two speeds: fast and reckless abandon. From deep within a jungle-y jam, the band found its way out on the tips of Paulie Katz’s bass-slapping fingers, who guided them into an all-out dance party in the form of “Rock Candy.” A perfect song to end a set on, the band walked off the stage after the last “Now we both got two” exclamation and into an adoring audience.The second set began sometime around two a.m., but far from seeming enervated, the audience looked its most full and enthusiastic. Starting out softly again, the band eased its way into a jam characterized by Delissanti and Lasker’s teasing of Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue.” The absurdity of it drew some laughs, but the band’s chops certainly weren’t lacking as they started to stretch it out. The freeform jam eventually resolved itself into the end of “Confrontation,” a triumphant bit of music that signaled the beginning of an inverted version of the song. Though it started with the band attacking the beat, by its conclusion, “Confrontation” had proven to be one of the more fully realized jam vehicles of the night, showing off the sort of playfulness that a judgement-free stage presence can foster.Up next was a brief detour through the most unexplored nether regions of The Disco Biscuits’ ample song selection: “Chilled Briefly,” a song that — to this correspondent’s knowledge — has only ever been played once before, at Camp Bisco 7. Up next was a standalone “Mulberry’s Dream,” whose reggae vibes, carefree lyricism, and impish joyfulness make it a summer night’s absolute essence. The last segment of the night saw the band leave it all out on the stage for their fans who had managed to stick it out until the wee hours. Starting with a rocking “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,” the band accelerated into a vertiginous “Cyclone,” a song that still maintained the driving, gritty, techno flavor that characterized it when it was first debuted by JM2 (a supergroup/side project of the Biscuits from more than a decade ago). To close the set, they wove their way out into the end of “Digital Buddha,” showing off their more orchestral, classical flavor and wowing any jam-band fans that might have been unfamiliar with the sheer complexity of some of the Biscuits’ compositions.After a “World Is Spinning” encore, fans headed out into the morning hours with beaming eyes to the sky and hearts full of wonder. Here was a band performing the songs of their idols, re-cast by their own hands and with their own tweaks on them. Up next for Tractorbear will be a show on June 17th at American Beauty in midtown, where they’ll debut a full set of their own originals, as well as perform another set of Biscuity goodness. We’ll see you there![Cover photo via Tractorbear’s Facebook page]Setlist: Tractorbear | The Hall at MP | New York, NY | 5/19/2017Set One: Like a Stone*. Shelby Rose > Tempest > Shelby Rose, Munchkin Invasion (unf) > Rock CandySet Two: Jam** > Confrontation (><) > Chilled Briefly, Mulberry’s Dream, MEMPHIS (unf) > Cyclone > Digital Buddha (end only)Encore: World is Spinning* = Audioslave cover. Featuring Corey Corey J. Feldman of Uncle Ebeneezer.** – With “I’m Blue” teaseslast_img read more

Robinson, Blais unveil plans for student government

first_imgCorey Robinson said in some ways, his two roles on campus — student body president and a student assistant to the football team — can be similar. Both allow him to help others reach their goals.“Here at Notre Dame, we have world changers,” Robinson said. “And we’re just trying to put them in the best position to be successful.”Photo courtesy of Becca Blais After a summer of brainstorming and organizing, student government is ready for the new school year, Robinson said. He and student body vice president Becca Blais have plans to roll out a number of new initiatives this semester. And they’ve got big ideas for big events.For the upcoming presidential election, for example, student government will host a campus-wide debate over policy points, with representatives from the College Republicans and College Democrats, followed by a mock election.“We hope to have a big turnout because it’s going to be what everyone’s talking about,” Blais said.The group plans to continue to build upon and improve some of the main points from their campaign platform last winter. That’s why they’re here, Robinson said.“It’s the reason we ran and the reason all of our cabinet’s here — to serve the student body,” he said.InnovationThe administration hopes to help student entrepreneurs build and execute their ideas, Robinson said, with the help of two main initiatives: the Student Venture Incubation Program and a Shark Tank-style innovation competition scheduled for Oct. 10.“At Notre Dame, we’re so centrally focused on service and this idea of making a difference in your community, creating social good wherever you are,” Robinson said. “And entrepreneurship has often been pitched as making money.”But student government hopes to pitch it as a way for students to use their ideas to make a difference in others’ lives.“I think we will have a huge take up,” Robinson said. “Because that’s what Notre Dame students are all about.”The incubation program, led by senior Cornelius McGrath, aims to give student entrepreneurs access to financial resources, material resources and mentors. The project will start this semester, with a group of 18 to 22 students identified by McGrath and his staff who will work to develop their student-run businesses over the course of the term.Similarly, student government plans to promote innovation by asking students with ideas to promote social good in their communities — local or far away — to enter them in the upcoming competition.Robinson, a San Antonio native, said a student could propose a financial literacy course — an example he thinks would create a tangible improvement in his hometown. The student with the winning idea will work with the University to create an online course of sorts to be accessed by people from the target area.“MIT, USC, Northwestern, Chicago — they all push innovation,” Robinson said. “We’re going to do the same, but the Notre Dame way.”SafetyThe administration launched SafeBouND, a version of the free campus transportation service, in an email to students Tuesday. Robinson said they decided to rebrand the program, formerly known as O’SNAP, to reinforce the mission of the service: safety.“A lot of people didn’t understand what O’SNAP was for,” he said. “We’re trying to help students understand the whole point — that this is a safety shuttle service for students trying to walk back to their dorms on campus.”Students can call or use the SafeBouND app to request assistance during the service’s new hours, adjusted around parietals. According to the email sent to the student body, golf carts will only be used Sunday-Wednesday, and walking escorts will be available Thursday-Saturday.Robinson said Student Government is also working to bring a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to campus for the spring semester, though they had initially tried to have something ready for the fall.“There’s been some unexpected push back, for multiple reasons,” he said. “The problem with the rape kits is you need to have a lot of experience before you administer it.”“You get one shot,” Blais added.Student government will implement two new measures aimed at improving safety and community on campus: a sexual assault survivor support group and a faculty ambassador program, which will allow professors to volunteer as sexual assault reporting resources.The survivor group is the first of it’s kind, Blais said, and was organized by senior Grace Watkins, University policy liaison.Robinson said faculty members participating in the ambassador program will be non-confidential reporting resources, who likely undergo some sort of training.“A lot of people don’t feel comfortable talking to administrators about sexual assault,” he said. “We want to continue to be able to break down those doors and barriers, and I think this is a great first step.”InclusionFor the first time, student government is planning Race Relations Week, a four-day series aimed to create conversation about race and its role on campus.The week — which will run Oct. 24 through Oct. 27 — will examine race in relation to psychology, the presidential election, sexual assault and opportunity. Events will feature a number of speakers and discussions with the ultimate goal of garnering interest and reflection on issues surrounding race.“Race relations and the campus climate surrounding them haven’t ever been examined like this,” Robinson said.Student government also planned a tailgate for the Nevada game targeting freshmen who may not have a number of tailgates to jump back and forth between.“We wanted to provide a safe, no pressure, fun tailgate that the entire student body would have access to,” Blais said. “So we came up with this.”The event will take place on the quad between DeBartolo Hall and Eck Hall of Law on Sept. 10.In the spirit of involving students, Robinson said he and Blais have an “open door policy.”“Come in any time you want,” he said.Student government has also launched an Instagram account and Snapchat for people to follow along with their plans and events. They plan to release a monthly newsletter, highlighting different departments and initiatives.“We’re excited that everyone’s back — because over the summer, campus was kind of lonely,” Robinson said. “And I’m excited to wake up every morning to do this.”Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Student governmentlast_img read more

Weather advisory: A trough system is affecting the island

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Weather advisory: A trough system is affecting the island by: – August 9, 2011center_img Share Share Photo credit: amild-us.blogspot.comWeather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, Issued: 6:00 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 is as followsAn upper level trough together with moisture transported northwards by the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone) will continue to result in unstable conditions across the island chain during the next 24 hours. As a result, some periods of cloudiness, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms can be expected across the islands during the next 24hours.Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise the necessary precautions.A tropical wave is located near 58W and south of 17N and is moving westward near 15 to 20 knots. A 1012mb low is located along this wave axis. Convective activity associated with this wave is expected to reach the islands by late today bringing continued showers and possible isolated thunderstorms across the island.We will continue to monitor the progress of this wave as it moves westwards.Tropical cyclone formation is not expected in the Tropical Atlantic ocean during the next 48 hours.Dominica Meterological Servicelast_img read more

NFL star Ezekiel Ansah enstooled Abrahene of Akuapem Traditional council

first_imgGhanaian born American football star Ezekiel Nana Ansah has pledged to build a sports academy for the people of Akuapem in the Eastern Region.He made this pledge prior to his enstoolment as the Abrahene of Akuapem traditional council at an elaborate ceremony at Akuapem over the weekend.In accordance to tradition, his enstoolment which was supervised by the Okuapehene Oseadeeyo Kwesi Akuffo II began with a brief initiation of Ezekiel Ansah into the Akuapem traditional family which was done by the chief linquist of Aboasa, Okyeame Gyan Kwadade.After the initiation the stoutly built Rasta haired footballer was then presented to the paramount chief Oseadeeyo Kwesi Akuffo II who gave him the stool name Abrahene(Chief sports advisor) Nana Ansah.Speaking to the media afterwards he pledged to use his new position to develop sports in the community.“I see this as an opportunity to reconnect with my history and heritage to give back to the community where I came from,” he stated.He pledged to mobilise his efforts and those of others both locally and international to make Akropong Akuapem the hotbed of sports in the Eastern Region. “The are a lot of sporting talents in Akropong-Akuapem and I intend to harness them all to the benefit of the people and Ghana as a country,” he noted.He expressed gratitude to the people of Akropong and Oseadeeyo Kwesi Akuffo II for the honour done him and vowed never to disappoint themlast_img read more

TNT team up ‘good practice’ for Gilas guards Romeo, Castro

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters San Miguel nears 4th straight All-Filipino title, squeaks past Magnolia Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “It’s going to be a good practice for us,” said Terrence in Filipino on Tuesday after his first training session with the KaTropa.For Romeo, the trad  which sent him from GlobalPort with Yousef Taha in exchange for Mo Tautuaa and future picks gives him a better chance of forging deadly combo with Castro, not just for TNT but also for the national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It will be easy for us to have that chemistry alongside each other because we’ll be together from our practices. We won’t have much adjustment, too, when we’re in Gilas because it’s almost the same system we’re running, it’s still dribble-drive,” said the three-time Scoring Champion.The Castro-Romeo duo was one of the biggest stories coming off from the deal and the TNT management  couldn’t help but dreaming of the days when the team was spearheaded by Castro and Jimmy Alapag. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery But before the two hit the court together, the 26-year-old guard is challenging himself to get back to his old form in preparation for the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I’m still out-of-shape, so I’m hoping that I get my conditioning back by opening day,” he said with the KaTropa opening their second conference schedule against the Batang Pier on April 22.“I need to be fast in picking up the system because my goal here is to help the others and lessen the load for everyone,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Romeo attends his first practice as a part of TNT. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonTerrence Romeo is a man of his word, and he never forgets his promise to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.And as things would have it, his partnership with Jayson Castro came three months early with his arrival to TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Contest: Tell Us About Your Road to the Cloud and Win a MacBook Air

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Contests ReadWrite Sponsors 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A first step towards creating a virtualized infrastructure often comes at a point when the customer starts experiencing performance issues. Servers start failing as application loads increase. When these issues start occurring, what are the first steps to take into consideration? How should a virtualized infrastructure be deployed? How are these pre-production environments developed? What are the most effective ways to deploy a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution?We are hoping the contest will get people talking about the basic principles that they believe form the elemental foundations of a stack built for the cloud. We will pick our winners through the prism of this conversation. Each month I will co-judge the contest with a recognized individual in the cloud computing world. In this first contest, I am happy to announce that my co-judge is George Reese. George is the founder of enStratus, a cloud infrastructure technology solutions company with customers that include Korea Telecom.Judges will be responsible for following the conversation threads and adding to the discussion.Our criteria for choosing the winners is as follows:Depth of understandingFactual examples to back up assertionsHow the conversation developsAccuracyStrength of argumentConcise writingOriginalityThe contest will run every 30 days, starting on the first of the month. Winners will also be announced on the first of the month. A Disqus account is required to participate. Please take a few moments to read the full list of rules before participating.We look forward to the conversation! Today we’re thrilled to announce the Road to the Cloud Contest. Thanks to our sponsors, we’re giving out a MacBook Air every month though the end of the year to those in our community with the most well-thought-out views about the road to adopting cloud computing.It’s our first contest on ReadWriteCloud so it’s pretty exciting for us. RWCloud has been around now for more than a year. And it has been a great ride as we’ve come to know the mosaic that this massive cloud computing ecosystem represents.But still it seems at times that the basics get overlooked too often. We can get caught up in the newest services and overlook the essentials that are fundamental to adopting cloud computing. Add vendor noise and the result is plenty of confusion for the ordinary customer.The road to cloud computing is a multi-step process. Companies don’t just start a new network in the cloud. They go through a long process that is different for every organization. Customers need to understand this process to know what they should be looking for when embarking on their way.And so for our first topic, we’d like your thoughts about the critical issues to consider when starting on that journey. Tell us about your road to the cloud and what you have learned.Please consider this topic and comment accordingly: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Quick Tip: How To Find Black Flash Frames in Premiere Pro CC 2015

first_imgHere’s a Premiere Pro tip on how to perform a quick quality control check of your final edit for unintended gaps.Just before you’re about to export your final sequence to send to your client, you should quickly run through this quick tip to ensure that there are no hidden gaps (or black ‘flash frames’) in your edit.More often than not, it’s pretty easy to tell where a gap in your sequence is because you’ll see an obvious break in the yellow line at the top of the timeline. But if you look at the image above, you’ll notice that (at this zoom level) you can’t tell there is a one frame black gap in the edit to the left of the playhead.But when we zoom in, it becomes pretty obvious that there is, in fact, a gap in the edit. But it’s unlikely that you’re going to shuttle through your timeline zoomed in as close as you can to hunt down single frame gaps, especially in a long complex edit. Thankfully you don’t have to, because of the ‘Go To Gap’ feature within Premiere Pro.To find gaps of any length in your sequence, click on Sequence > Go to Gap > Next in Sequence to find the first gap forward of the playhead. As you can see in the image above, you can also use the keyboard shortcuts SHIFT+G for Next in Sequence and ALT+G for Previous in Sequence.Once Premiere Pro has found the last gap in your sequence, choosing Next in Sequence then does nothing. This is also the case once Premiere founds the first gap, so choosing Previous in Sequence then does nothing. How easy was that?Hopefully this Premiere Pro tip will help you out in the future. Here’s a few more from PremiumBeat!How to Batch Export Clips in Premiere ProPremiere Pro Tip: Make Clip Replacements and Revisions Faster Than Ever!Create Quick and Easy Vignettes in Premiere ProGot any other Premiere Pro tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

500 Volunteers Trained to Search for and Rescue Missing Children

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is reporting that 500 volunteers were trained last year to assist in search and rescue operations when a child is reported missing. Between 2009 and 2016, a total of 15,524 children were reported missing. This represents an average of 1,941 children going missing each year, with 78 per cent being girls and 22 per cent, boys. Mr. Green, who was addressing the Ananda Alert National Missing Children’s Forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (May 25), said the Government is committed to protecting the nation’s youth, and urged all well-thinking Jamaicans to do their part. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is reporting that 500 volunteers were trained last year to assist in search and rescue operations when a child is reported missing.The volunteers, from communities across the island, also received instruction in first aid techniques.“Not only do we want to know that when a child has gone missing that the reports go out to all our media houses, we want to know that we have volunteers across the length and breadth of Jamaica, who will go out and start the process of searching to bring back our children,” Mr. Green said.The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) published the first Search and Rescue Protocol in 2014, and conducted 10 training sessions through the Caribbean Search Centre of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for over 150 volunteers in St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Thomas, Westmoreland and St. Catherine.Mr. Green, who was addressing the Ananda Alert National Missing Children’s Forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (May 25), said the Government is committed to protecting the nation’s youth, and urged all well-thinking Jamaicans to do their part.He noted that significant reforms have been undertaken in terms of how the State responds to missing children.This includes updating the reporting timeline to allow for a missing-person report to be made before 24 hours have passed.“Once you reasonably suspect that a child has gone missing, you can make that report to the police, to the OCR and we will start working on it immediately,” the State Minister pointed out.In addition, a partnership has been forged with Facebook to broadcast Ananda Alerts to users of the social media site in Jamaica.This is expected to broaden the search for missing children. These alerts will include photographs and other pertinent information about the child.In the meantime, the Minister urged parents to do more to ensure that their children feel safe and protected.“A lot of children leave home because of what they term as maltreatment and neglect,” he pointed out.He said the Ananda Alert Secretariat has undertaken an internal study to determine the profile of children who go missing and the main reasons they give. He said it is the intention of the Secretariat to undertake a broader survey.Between 2009 and 2016, a total of 15,524 children were reported missing. This represents an average of 1,941 children going missing each year, with 78 per cent being girls and 22 per cent, boys.Last year, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported some 1,725 children missing, a decline of 11 per cent over the previous year.The State Minister pointed out that 90 per cent of missing children return home. “I do not take comfort in the fact that we have a 90 per cent return rate because it does mean that there are 10 per cent that remain unaccounted for,” he said.last_img read more

Closing arguments in Jahi Turner trial leave many unanswered questions

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 Closing arguments in Jahi Turner trial leave many unanswered questions KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 2-year-old boy was injured and died in San Diego 16 years ago while his stepfather did nothing to get him care, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but a defense attorney told a jury that there were still many unanswered questions in the case.In her closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said that Jahi Turner died on the second day he was being watched by Tieray Jones, either by inflicted injury or as the result of an accident. Jones got rid of the child’s body and fabricated a story that Jahi was kidnapped from a park about a mile from their Golden Hill apartment, the prosecutor alleged.Jones, 39, was watching Jahi while his wife and the child’s mother, Tameka Jones, was out to sea with the Navy. The defendant had no money and was frustrated with Jahi wetting the bed, Rooney said.In 2002, Jones told police that Jahi disappeared the afternoon of April 25 when Jones went to buy a drink from a vending machine. On the witness stand, the defendant admitted that he actually lost Jahi two hours earlier.“You make up a story like this to get away with murder,” Rooney told the jury. “The word of an admitted liar, that is all you have.”The prosecutor said the tot was never seen after April 22. Two days later, neighbors saw the defendant carrying three full large trash bags toward a Dumpster, Rooney said, telling jurors that Jahi “was thrown away like a piece of trash.”The child’s body was never found.Jones told his wife that Jahi fell off the bed and hit his head. The defendant wrote in a journal that Jahi was “lethargic” and was “not really moving” two days before he reported him missing.“I don’t want him (Jahi) hating me for something I can’t control,” the defendant wrote.Deputy Public Defender Courtney Cutter told the jury that police focused on Jones ever since he called 911 to report his stepson missing.“Mr. Jones has always, always been their guy,” Cutter said of law enforcement.Cutter said Jones may not have been the “best guy,” but wasn’t a man who would “watch his stepson die and throw him away in the garbage.”“He’s an imperfect father but not a reluctant one,” Cutter said.Jones was flawed, but wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, his attorney told the jury.“If he (Jones) killed him for wetting the bed, why is he writing about it the next day?” Cutter said in his closing argument.Jones was arrested in April 2016 in North Carolina and brought back to San Diego to face charges of second-degree murder and child abuse. Judge Joan Weber dismissed the child abuse count following the prosecution’s case.Jury deliberations were to begin Wednesday. March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more