Brown said he returned a phone call from a probation officer regarding Schaffer’s sentencing and answered questions. It is not known what he said because the pre-sentencing report remains sealed. Schaffer, 53, received 13 months in federal prison Feb. 12 after pleading guilty in 2005 to a charge of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The term fell short of the 21 months recommended by prosecutors. Schaffer showed remorse during sentencing, but a comment by U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter – who said Brown’s statement about Schaffer brought “balance” to his decision – struck a nerve. According to transcript excerpts from the sentencing, Walter said Brown “provided a glowing recommendation” for Schaffer that gave the “balance that we need to approach the sentencing” in an emotional case related to the slaying of Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka. The rookie officer was killed in a 2003 shootout with suspected Vineland Boys members. Another officer, Gregory Campbell, was wounded and partially paralyzed. “I had his blood on my hands and on my uniform,” Detective Chris Canales, who saw Pavelka at the scene of the shooting, told airport commissioners. “And unfortunately, Mr. Brown, now you do.” Brown, who was appointed in November 2001 to represent the city on the commission, was unavailable for comment Friday. Responding to criticism during Tuesday’s commission meeting, he said he was being tried without hard evidence. “All I’ve heard today were opinions of what I said,” he said. “Anyone who thinks I would deliberately tarnish the reputation of the police association has another think coming.” Brown served 41 years with Burbank police and was president of the police union. He knew Schaffer, a Glendale businessman who served on the Glendale Water and Power Commission, for at least five years, and had ties with former Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, Schaffer’s then-girlfriend. Murphy, who was caught with cocaine, guns and ammunition at her home during the 2005 Vineland Boys probe, resigned from office and pleaded guilty to drug and child-endangerment charges. “I ask myself how a five- to seven-year social relationship can overcome 40 years of blood, sweat and tears as a Burbank police officer,” Lt. Pat Lynch of the Burbank Police Officers Association told airport commissioners. “(It’s) a slap in the face to every active Burbank police officer.” But Bob Yousefian, a Glendale city councilman and airport commissioner, said any judgment against Brown is premature without knowing what he actually said. “Don has been a very straight guy, a straight shooter,” he said. “He has always had the interest of Burbank in mind. Still, Burbank Councilwoman Marsha Ramos insisted that Brown step down. “I have lost all confidence in Mr. Brown’s ability to give good judgment,” she said. “I understand the issue of free speech. But we’re held in a position of public responsibility.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Bob Hope Airport Commissioner Don Brown spoke in support of a friend charged in the federal Vineland Boys street gang probe, a gesture that now could cost him his job. Police and city leaders this week called for the ouster of the retired Burbank police lieutenant because his comments to a probation officer may have helped secure a reduced sentence for Scott Schaffer, a former public figure convicted of trading guns for cocaine with members of the Sun Valley-based gang. “The very thought that a retired Burbank police officer would even consider asking for leniency for a man convicted of providing guns for the Vineland Boys is appalling and showed a serious lack of judgment and common sense,” Detective Ron Cervanka told airport commissioners during a meeting this week. The City Council will consider March 6 whether to begin Brown’s dismissal proceedings.
SACRAMENTO – California Faculty Association members voted overwhelmingly to accept the tentative contract agreement with the California State University. CFA members voted on all 23 campuses last week with 97 percent of members voting in favor of the contract. The CSU trustees will put the contract to a vote at their May 15-16 meeting. “We are happy to ratify this contract and hope that the CSU administration will do the same,” said outgoing CFA President John Travis, a Humboldt political science professor who led the negotiations. “Through intense negotiations, faculty activism and finally strike preparations, the CSU faculty have won a contract that provides fair salaries, retirement security, proper grievance procedures and much more.” The agreement was reached after 23 months of contentious negotiations, during which the 23,000 faculty members of the CSU nearly went on strike for the first time. The terms of the new contract guarantee a nearly 21 percent pay raise over four years for all faculty, with some members eligible for pay hikes exceeding 31 percent. The total pay package would cost the CSU system more than $400 million over four years, university officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tickets can also be purchased to the 2015 World Under 17 Hockey Tournament at the Encana Events Centre booth.All the details are here. Energetic City is a part of Moose FM. The Moose FM Block Party presented by the Pomeroy Hotel is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015!Moose FM will be closing three blocks in downtown Fort St. John with street performers, a family dance that night and more.The main focus of the event will be the MNP stage and the City of Fort St. John stage, that will feature local talent and street performers from all over Canada.- Advertisement -On top of the street performers, the Spectra Energy Kids Zone is back with fun for just the kids. There will be lots of inflatable toys from Evangel Chapel, a petting zoo, face painting and more.In the LP Peace Valley OSB Market Place, this area of 100 street will feature local artists and small businesses showcasing what they do best. There will also be displays from the Fort St. John Museum, the EnCana Events Centre and more.Once the day is over, 101 avenue will stay closed in front of Dairy Queen for a special family dance, put on by Evangel Chapel. Evangel will also hold a community church service outside on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at 10 a.m.Advertisement
0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (R) looks on during training session in Skopje on August 7, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 25- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope to cap a successful week, on and off the field, by making it three wins in as many games when Leicester visit Old Trafford on Saturday.United have won their opening two league games, each by 4-0 scorelines, at home to West Ham and at Swansea, while Mourinho has been boosted by seeing key squad members return from long-term injuries. As if that wasn’t encouraging enough for Mourinho, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejoined on a one-year contract and should be available before the end of the year after recovering from knee surgery.Defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are also regaining fitness, along with winger Ashley Young.Shaw and Young, who both came through an under-23 fixture this week, could find themselves on the bench against Leicester.With Ibrahimovic still months away from a return to first-team action, Mourinho will be hoping Romelu Lukaku, the man signed to replace the 28 goals scored by the Swede last season, can continue in his current form.The Belgian international scored three goals in his first two league games – four in three games, including his goal in the European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.And Ibrahimovic believes that, despite losing club captain Wayne Rooney this summer, United’s attacking corps is far stronger thanks to the development of Marcus Rashford and the arrival of Lukaku.“Yeah, I’m happy he came. I think the team is much stronger this season, although we lost Rooney, a legend,” said Ibrahimovic on ESPN FC.“Signing Lukaku makes us even stronger because he has different qualities from me as a striker and from Rashford as a striker. He is a powerful guy and he brings extra qualities in a game.”– United on top –Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku (C) shouts during the UEFA Super Cup football match on August 8, 2017The addition of Lukaku – plus, presumably, his own pending return to the United fold – has convinced Ibrahimovic that Mourinho’s side can win the Premier League title this season.“In the Premier League there are many rivals, which are the top six let’s say, they will give a hard time for everybody,” he said.“Like last season Chelsea was the best team, they won. You’ll still have Chelsea, you have Liverpool, I think Everton are not to be underestimated because they have a great coach and they are investing a lot to win.“And obviously you have Arsenal, Manchester City. So I think it will look like last year but this year the Red Devils will be on top.”Leicester head for Old Trafford hoping defender Harry Maguire recovers from a knee injury in time to continue his impressive start to life with the club.The close-season signing from Hull has performed well enough in his two Foxes appearances so far to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.But he missed training on Thursday with an injury that could force him out of the United game and England’s meetings with Malta and Slovakia.Leicester City’s manager Craig Shakespeare (L) instructs defender Danny Simpson before their English Premier League match against Liverpool, at King Power Stadium in Leicester, on February 27, 2017Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare believes the centre-back could be an England captain of the future.“I don’t see any reason why he can’t,” said Shakespeare.“He’s very level-headed. It’s something that’s come along fairly quickly. But he’ll take it in his stride. He will take to it like a duck to water.“He has impressed everyone with ability as well as his character. We are delighted for him, he can be really pleased with his overall performance since he has been here.“It’s vitally important you bring the right characters in. He is aware of what he needs to do. I am really pleased with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It’s fair to say Chelsea flop Fernando Torres has struggled to change his reputation in a disappointing start to a two-year loan stint at AC Milan.After a promising first few games, netting his first (and only) goal in his second appearance (it took him 14 to get off the mark for the Blues) it’s all gone downhill as he has failed to stamp down a starting spot.Check out the footage above to see how the much-maligned Spaniard has fared in Serie A so far…
A Donegal-based Garda has gone on trial charged with sexually assaulting and harassing two female colleagues.The Garda, who is married and in his 30s, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.A number of senior Gardai including Donegal’s Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn were in court for the start of the trial. The court heard harrowing evidence from one of the two female Gardai allegedly assaulted between November 2010 and May 2011.The Garda faces a total of seven charges of sexual assault and two of harassment.Only one of the women gave evidence in the trial which is expected to last up to three days.She broke down in tears as she revealed she had been sexually assaulted three times by the officer – once in a patrol car and twice in the Garda station in which all three worked.She described how on one occasion he grabbed her arms while she was sitting in a swivel chair and pushed her down a corridor before sexually assaulting her.On another occasion he came up behind her and pressed himself against her.The female Garda said she felt his penis rub up against her as he was erect.She said another member walked in shortly after this incident but did not report the matter as she was afraid her colleague would think she was having an affair with the accused.The woman said that all other male colleagues at the station treated the female members with respect.If anything ever got out of hand, the senior officer would remind them that there were “ladies present.”The Garda said she was forced to attend her GP and told her of what was happening at work.Because of the nature of her shiftwork and because of the alleged harassment and sexual assaults she had suffered, she said she was not sleeping.She also said the accused constantly made reference to their size and told them not to be eating so much or they wouldn’t “get a man.”“There wasn’t a day that went by that he did not touch me or make some kind of comment,” she said.She added that even the sight of him made her skin crawl and she even vomited before work at the thought of having to see and work with himThe female Garda stressed: “All of his verbal and physical contact was unwanted and I never let him believe anything other than that.”The accused, dressed in a suit and tie, sat down the back of the court alongside his wife.Judge John O’Hagan also instructed that no filming or photography of the accused should take place or anything reported that would identify the two female Gardai involved.The trial before a jury of ten men and two women continues tomorrow with evidence expected to be heard from the other female Gardai who claims she was also sexually assaulted and harassed.GARDA GOES ON TRIAL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF COLLEAGUES IN GARDA STATION was last modified: October 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaharassmentLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assault
Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL)DCL Carpentry – DCL Carpentry course with John Henderson and it will start on Wednesday 5th November for six weeks in the Dunkineely Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm. There are only two places available. This course will be part-funded by the ETB and requires a maximum of 10 people to run. Cost €30 for the 6 sessions per person. Call the DCL office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922. DCL Interior Design – DCL Interior Design course with Sile Kelly and it will start on Wednesday 5th November for six weeks in the Dunkineely Community Ltd offices from 7pm to 9pm.This course is full but you are welcome to put your name on the waiting list in case anyone drops out.This course will be part-funded by the ETB and requires a maximum of 10 people to run.Cost €30 for the 6 sessions per person. Call the DCL office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922. Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Talks and Discussion led by Fr. James Sweeney, Thursdays 6th, 13th and 20th November 2014. Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Venue: Dunkineely Community Ltd Offices/The Manse Dunkineely. All welcome.If you are interested please sign up by Monday 3rd November at the DCL office 074 9737678 or 087 3421922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Please note the talks/discussions would not be suitable for anyone who experienced a suicide in the past year as the subject would be too raw for them.Irish Heart Foundation 5k walk – A big thank you to all who took part in the walk at Bruckless on Sunday 28th September.To all who helped in any way, the steward’s, the drivers, those who baked & helped with refreshments and whose who gave kind donations. Collection amounted to €1550. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD LAUNCH SIX-WEEK CARPENTRY COURSE was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LocalDunkineely Community LTDFeaturesnewsNotices
Doubles – GoldRound 1Clark/MacGeoch (Drake) def. McCormick/Rayl (Notre Dame), 7-5Round 2Clark/MacGeoch (Drake) def. Horneffer/Conklin (Dartmouth), 6-2Round 3O’Hoisin/Krill (Wisconsin) def. Clark/MacGeoch (Drake), 7-5 Maroon – DoublesRound 1Philips/Powell (Drake) def. Anderson/San Andres, 6-2Round 2Spanjaard/Tuff (DePaul) def. Philips/Hall (Drake), 7-6 (4)Round 3Huynh/Castelino (Denver) def. Philips/Hall, 6-4 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Drake University men’s tennis team collected eight total wins in the first two day of the Gopher Invitational at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center. Competition resumes Sunday, Nov. 4, for the final day of the three-day event.Calum MacGeoch (Edinburgh, Scotland) collected three of those wins as he navigated the Gold singles bracket undefeated so far. He opened play with a 6-4, 6-3 win followed by a 6-4, 6-4 victory. In his final match Saturday, he prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. MacGeoch also paired with Ben Clark (Comberton, England) in the Gold doubles bracket to collect 7-5 and 6-2 wins before falling, 7-5.In Maroon singles action, Bayo Philips picked up a pair of wins with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win and a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Maroon – SinglesRound 1Philips (Drake) def. Anderson (Marquette), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4San Andes (Marquette) def. Powell (Drake), 6-4, 6-1Round 2Spanjaard (DePaul) def. Philips (Drake), 6-4, 6-4Tuff (DePaul) def. Hall (Drake), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0Round 3Philips (Drake) dec. Huynh (Denver), 6-4, 6-4Castelino (Denver) def. Hall (Drake), 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7) Singles – GoldRound 1McCormick (Notre Dame) def. Clark (Drake), 6-4, 7-5MacGeoch (Drake) def. Rayl (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-3Round 2 Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Clark (Drake), 6-4, 6-2MacGeoch (Drake) def. Conklin (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-4Round 3O’Hoisin (Wisconsin) def. Clark (Drake), 6-4, 7-5MacGeoch (Drake) def. Krill (Wisconsin), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Print Friendly Version
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Sinn Fein to use Saturday’s water charge protest in Letterkenny to come out against the payment of the charges.He urged Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD to use the opportunity to end Sinn Fein’s “mixed messages on the water charges and come out in favour of a boycott of the charges.”He said, “Knowing Padraig he is very capable of being his own man. While others in the leadership of Sinn Fein have effectively refused to fight the water charges by declaring they will pay them, Padraig has a chance to show leadership when he addresses the crowd on Saturday. “I believe a great many Sinn Fein voters will join the march and are overwhelmingly supporting the boycott. To build the most effective boycott, we need the clear support of all those who are against the charges. I am calling on Padraig to come to our side on Saturday, show leadership and back the boycott campaign.”He added that the momentum is now with the non-payment campaign.“The government are in panic mode and are looking to offer concessions and sweetners to save their skins. But this has only come about through shock at the depth of opposition and the strength of feeling against their charges. It shows that if we stand together we can force them to back down. With massive protests on Saturday and a defiant message that we will not pay, we can demoralise the government and Irish Water further. If we continue to stand together, we can win.” SINN FEIN SHOULD USE SATURDAY’S PROTEST TO JOIN ANTI-WATER CHARGE CAMPAIGN – COUNTY COUNCILLOR was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CampaignletterkennySinn Feinwater charges
The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland are seeking public submission ahead of an open evening for people in the North West next week.The independent Commission have invited members of the public, local community groups and interested stakeholders with views on the future of policing to attend the open evening will take place in Letterkenny Public Services Centre on Neil T Blaney Road next Thursday 11th of January between 6pm and 8pm.The open evening is an opportunity for members of the public to drop in and meet with Commission members in an informal setting to discuss the future of policing. The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established by Government in May 2017 to develop a blueprint for policing in Ireland into the future. The Commission is tasked with undertaking an independent, comprehensive examination of all aspects of policing in Ireland, including all functions currently carried out by An Garda Síochána, as well as the full range of oversight bodies.The Chairperson of the Commission, Kathleen O’Toole said: “I’m delighted that the Commission will be in Donegal as part of our nationwide meet and greet programme on our important work. Consultation is central to informing the Commission’s work and we are eager to hear the views of the people across the county, in Letterkenny and beyond. As we work towards a blueprint for policing in Ireland it is essential that we hear directly from the very communities that a police service seeks to serve and protect.Through these public meetings and our call for submissions, the Commission wants to stimulate a genuine national conversation on the future of policing in Ireland – so we would encourage everyone with an interest in the issue to come to our open evening in Letterkenny, and send us their views and opinions. All of these perspectives will help to inform our work.”Members of the public are invited to make submissions online at policereform.ie before the deadline of January 31st 2018. Public’s views sought on the future of policing ahead of Donegal meeting was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland