Alex Salmond in STV ‘cash-for-programmes’ row

Alex Salmond in STV ‘cash-for-programmes’ row

Alex Salmond has become embroiled in new controversy over allegations he used
taxpayers’ money to buy favourable coverage on STV.

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Correspondence between the First Minister
and the network’s chief executive show STV suggested examining ways of
providing “television exposure for the benefit of the (Scottish)
government”.
STV caused
consternation last year by replacing a series of ITV network shows, such
as The Bill, Midsomer Murders and Doc Martin.
Instead their slots have been filled by repeats, cheaper imported shows
and Scottish-themed programming, some of which were sponsored by the
Scottish Executive.
Scotland’s
largest commercial broadcaster has also decided to launch a new
hour-long ‘Scottish Six’ news programme, in line with Mr Salmond’s
policy of doing away with London-based news shows at six o’clock.
STV and Scottish ministers branded the allegations “baseless and
inaccurate” but the Tories called on the industry’s regulator to launch
an investigation.
Ted Brocklebank,
Scottish Tory media and culture spokesman, called for an investigation,
adding: “Serious questions arise from the letters between the SNP and
STV. They can’t simply be swept under the carpet.

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“Mr Salmond’s attempts to manipulate the media for his own ends are
well known but if he has been using taxpayers’ money to buy favour and
influence then that would be a serious breach of power.”
A
Sunday newspaper obtained correspondence between the First Minister and
Rob Woodward, STV’s chief executive, following a seven-month attempt by
civil servants to suppress the information.
The letters show the
two men had an “interesting and productive dialogue” at a meeting at
STV’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow in January last year.

Topics discussed included STV’s aspirations “to increase the amount of
Scottish content” as well as the broadcaster’s commitment to a ‘Scottish
Six’.
They also show the channel, which posted a 55 per cent
drop in pre-tax profits on Thursday, sought to “forge a closer
partnership” between ministers and its commercial sales team.
In
a letter to Mr Salmond dated January 9, Mr Woodward also offers to
“explore how we can incorporate our innovative thinking around
television exposure for the benefit of the (Scottish) government.”

Three of the new series were sponsored by SNP ministers, including Made
in Scotland, examining Scottish icons, and Scotland Revealed, featuring
the country’s landmarks.
The third, titled the Greatest Scot,
was a five-night special shown in the week before St Andrew’s Day when
viewers were asked to vote for their favourite Scot.
But a
spokesman for the First Minister pointed out two of the five shows were
presented by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, and
Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader.
Branding
the allegations “total and absolute nonsense”, he said: “This is no
different to the sponsorship arrangements we have with television and
newspapers across Scotland to promote good health and education
messages.
“The content of STV’s schedule and the material
broadcast are obviously matters for STV itself, and there is simply no
issue here.”
An STV spokesman said: “These allegations are baseless and inaccurate and do not represent the facts.

“As a public service broadcaster, STV is impartial and maintains a
close engagement with all political parties and their elected
representatives at both Westminster and Holyrood.”

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DRUGGED N RAPED THE COSBY WAY

Beth Ferrier

Bill Cosby: Why is there a time limit on bringing sexual assault cases to US courts?

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Beth Ferrier, who alleges she was assaulted by Bill
Cosby, successfully campaigned to change sexual assault laws in Colorado

More than 50 women
allege they have been sexually assaulted by the comedian Bill Cosby, but
only one woman will face him in criminal court. Campaigners say laws
which set deadlines on when these crimes can be reported deny survivors
justice.

It started when he was just eight. A man, well known to his family, began grooming him.
Fifty years later, Kevin Sweeney is finally able to talk about the sexual abuse to which he was subjected.
“It quickly escalated to inappropriate touching, and eventually rape,” explains Mr Sweeney.
It
continued until Mr Sweeney was 13 years old. His abuser threatened to
harm his siblings and parents if he told anyone, so he stayed silent.
Now a school teacher, married with children, Mr Sweeney lived with his secret for decades.
In his early forties, after learning his abuser had died, he worked up the courage to tell his wife.
“It took about 8 months of therapy before I could say the word rape,” explains Mr Sweeney.

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Kevin Sweeney campaigned to change sexual assault laws in Ohio

By
then, it was too late to seek justice – even if his attacker had been
alive, he could not have pressed charges, thanks to the statute of
limitations on such crimes in his home state.
Statutes of limitation set deadlines on when someone can file a criminal complaint.
In
murder cases there is no time frame, but for many other crimes, the
clock starts ticking after an alleged offence occurs. When it comes to
allegations of rape and sexual assault, states have different laws. The
window of opportunity can vary from a few years, to a few decades. In
sixteen states there is no limit.
Campaigners say this law has
impeded many of those who are accusing Bill Cosby from seeking justice.
Proponents say it’s necessary to keep the justice system fair.
Fifty-eight
women have come forward claiming Mr Cosby sexually assaulted them –
allegations spanning from the 1960s to the late 2000s.

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Bill Cosby is due to face trial in June 2017

But only one of these women has brought charges against Mr Cosby.
“For
most of these accusations, it was simply too late for a prosecutor to
even consider them,” Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing more than 30
of the women, recently wrote,
Mr Cosby is due to go on trial in
June next year, accused by Andrea Constand of drugging and abusing her
in Pennsylvania in January 2004. He denies the allegations and all the
others.
Ms Constand first went to the police in 2005, but prosecutors initially said there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges.
Last
year the case was reopened, after new evidence emerged. Ms Constand
filed her case a few days before the statute of limitations – which is
14 years in Pennsylvania – was about to expire.
But other women who accuse Mr Cosby of sexual assault say they feel cheated.
Lise-Lotte
Lubin says she passed out after Mr Cosby gave her two alcoholic drinks
and petted her hair at a hotel in Nevada in 1989. She believes she was
drugged by the comedian.

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Lise-Lotte Lubin alleges she was assaulted by Cosby in 1989

She tried to file a police complaint at the start of
2015, after other women came forward with stories very similar to her
own. Because the four year statute of limitations in Nevada had passed,
it was too late.
Testifying before a judiciary committee in March
of that year, she said, “I now understand that the law prevents the
victim in my circumstances from seeking justice.”
In May 2015, a
new law was passed giving survivors up to 20 years to report an alleged
sexual crime. Ms Lubin, who was one of the leaders of the campaign for
change, said the new law would provide survivors of sexual assault “much
needed time” to come forward.
In June this year, Beth Ferrier
and Heidi Thomas, who both allege Mr Cosby assaulted them in the 1980s,
celebrated as politicians in Colorado doubled the statute of limitations
there from 10 to 20 years.
Mr Sweeney also successfully fought to change the statute of limitations in his current home state, Ohio.
In
June 2015, the state increased the time sexual assault survivors have
to file a complaint, from 20 to 25 years. He hopes the limitation will
be removed completely one day.
“Imagine that your wife or your
daughter or your sister or mother had had this experience, and that you
did everything you could as their parent or spouse to get them to a
point where they were strong enough to testify but then found out you
couldn’t because time was up.
“What would you say to them then?”

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The cover of New York magazine featured 35 of the
women who have came forward with accusations against Bill Cosby

The fight to change statute of limitation laws
across the US has been met with resistance. The Catholic Church has
lobbied against proposals to change child sexual assault laws in several
states.
Many legal experts argue these laws exist to protect defendants.
Joe
Patrice, a former lawyer who edits the legal news publication Above the
Law, believes there needs to be a cut-off point so a defendant isn’t at
the mercy of prosecution indefinitely.

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Lawyer Gloria Alldred represents some of Mr Cosby’s alleged victims, and has fought to change the law

Keeping a case within a set period avoids a scenario
where memories fade and it becomes one person’s word against another’s,
he argues. Mr Patrice is also concerned that in sexual assault cases
where DNA is crucial, evidence could get corrupted over time.
But
it can take decades for DNA evidence to come back in the first place. In
a number of states, including Ohio, rape kits lie untested for decades.

Amy Roberts had to wait nine years for her rape kit to come back.
Two decades ago, a man broke into her college apartment and raped her at knifepoint.
“I
thought he was going to kill me,” she said. “After I left, I went to
the hospital and got a rape kit done, and I reported it to the police
and basically that’s where it stayed for a while.”

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Child sexual abuse survivors have been campaigning for change, for decades

Ms Robert’s attacker still hasn’t been caught. Like Mr Sweeney, she also testified before the state Senate in Ohio.
As part of the new changes introduced, victims now have an additional five years to file a case after DNA is found.
“Rape is such a traumatic crime. It’s almost 20 years and I still feel like it’s affected my core.
“The idea that there’s an arbitrary timeline that a person can no longer be held accountable makes no sense.”
The publicity the Cosby case has thrown onto these issues could bring about even more change.
In
California, a state where some of Mr Cosby’s accusers live, a bill
called SB 813 was recently passed to end the statute of limitations for
rape, child sex abuse, and other sex crimes.
Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign the bill into law.

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Connie Leyva (in blue) helped spearhead a law to end
the statute of limitations for rape in California. It’s now up to the
Governor to decide whether to sign it.

The author of the bill, State Senator Connie Leyva, says the high burden of proof still stands in these cases.
“SB 813 simply ensures that the door does not slam in the face of victims,” she says.
And for Mr Sweeney, it’s important that door always stays open.

“One of the dangers of statutes of limitations is that it’s assuming a
victim’s healing process is linear and logical. But it’s not.
“It’s more like a wave pattern. I feel strong today, but tomorrow I don

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MISSING

Worried family of teenage boy who disappeared on his bike ride to
grammar school receive a letter from him – as police warn he may have
changed his appearance

  • Star pupil Arthur Heeler-Frood was last seen on Tuesday morning
  • His family has revealed they received a letter from him after he vanished 
  • The headteacher at his school described Arthur as a ‘bright, popular and sociable boy’
  • His disappearance is out of character, and he never skips school 
A
15-year-old boy who vanished on his morning bike ride to grammar school
has written to his frantic parents, say police investigating his
disappearance.
Officers
have released an urgent appeal to help find Arthur Heeler-Frood, a
pupil at one of the country’s top state schools in east Devon.
The
teenager was last seen at 7.30am on Tuesday, when he set off on his
bike from his home, seven miles from Colyton Grammar School.
Arthur Heeler-Frood, 15, has been missing since Tuesday, and police are concerned about his welfare

Arthur Heeler-Frood, 15, has been missing since Tuesday, and police are concerned about his welfare
His bike was later found, and his parents subsequently received a letter from Arthur. 
Officers are becoming increasingly worried about him, and say his disappearance is out of character. 
He has recently received ‘outstanding’ GCSE grades and had started his A levels the previous day.
His sister Hester wrote on Facebook today that Arthur had run away, and may have changed his appearance.
She
posted: ‘We know that he has changed into CASUAL CLOTHES, perhaps
wearing BLUE JEANS, BLACK TRAINERS and a TWO-TONE JACKET. He may have
cropped his hair and carry a SMALL BLACK RUCKSACK.
Arthur wrote to his family, and his sister said he has run away. He has not been seen since he left his home on Tuesday, on the second day of his school term

Arthur wrote to his family, and his
sister said he has run away. He has not been seen since he left his home
on Tuesday, on the second day of his school term
Arthur's sister Hester posted an emotional appeal on Facebook calling for information about his whereabouts

Arthur’s sister Hester posted an emotional appeal on Facebook calling for information about his whereabouts
‘We have received a letter and now know that he has run away. His whereabouts are unknown.’ 
Headteacher Tim Harris said: ‘We can confirm we are helping the police in the search for Arthur.
‘He
is a bright, popular and sociable boy who has just got outstanding GCSE
results this summer and has just started his A-levels.
‘We urge Arthur to make contact with his family to let them know he is safe and well.’
Arthur's anxious sister said his bike has been recovered in Axminster, but it is still missing

Arthur’s anxious sister said his bike has been recovered in Axminster, but it is still missing
He was wearing his school uniform when he vanished, but blue jeans and a black hoody were missing from his bedroom.
He was thought to be wearing an Element jacket. 
Hester,
Arthur’s sister, wrote on Faceboook: ‘It is now clear that Arthur
intended to leave and his bike has been recovered in Axminster.
Missing: Star student Arthur has been missing since Tuesday

Missing: Star student Arthur has been missing since Tuesday
‘His whereabouts are still unknown.’
She
said: ‘We thought that Arthur had intended to cycle to school as it is
not unusual for him to go on long cycle rides as he enjoys sport and
exercise.
‘However he never arrived at school.
‘Evidence suggests that he intended to leave and this seems out of character for Arthur as he has never skipped school before.’
She added: ‘He comes from a stable family background and he is mature for his age.
‘However we, his family and the police would like to emphasise his vulnerability as a 15-year-old.’
Police said Arthur, from Membury, near Axminster, Devon, is white, 5ft 4in tall, with a slight build and short light brown hair.
When he was last seen he was wearing his school uniform and carrying a black rucksack.
Arthur’s family have also taken to social media in a bid to help find him, and revealed they have received a letter from him.
Anna Drew revealed on Facebook: ‘His parents received a letter from him today.
‘Obviously he is only 15 and in a vulnerable position so please continue to share and get in touch if you have any news.’  

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AND ANOTHER NONCE PERSON AT A BOARDING SCHOOL

Languages teacher at notorious private boarding school becomes the
third member of its staff to be jailed for sexually abusing boys

  • Gerard Singer, 69, was jailed for 21 years at Ipswich Crown Court
  • Offences
    took place at St George’s School, based in Wicklewood, Norfolk, and
    later in Great Finborough, Suffolk, between 1979 and 1981
  • Victims at time were all boys below the age of 13, some as young as nine 
  • Headmaster Derek Slade was jailed in 2010 for sexually abusing 12 boys
Teacher Gerard Singer, 69, was jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of 27 sexual abuse offences which took place at the now defunct St George's School

Teacher Gerard Singer, 69, was jailed
for 21 years after being found guilty of 27 sexual abuse offences which
took place at the now defunct St George’s School
A
teacher who sexually abused young boys at a notorious private boarding
school has become the third member of its staff to be jailed.
Languages
teacher Gerard Singer, 69, was jailed for 21 years after being found
guilty of 27 sexual abuse charges at Ipswich Crown Court today.
The
offences, which relate to eight vulnerable victims, took place between
1979 and 1981 at the now defunct St George’s School located initially at
Wicklewood, Norfolk and then in Great Finborough, Suffolk.
His victims at the time were all boys below the age of 13, with some as young as nine.
Suffolk
Police began an investigation in 2009 after ex-pupils came forward and
said they had been abused during their time at the school.
Headmaster Derek Slade was jailed for 21 years in 2010 for sexually abusing 12 boys.
Maths
teacher Alan Brigden, who now suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was
jailed for five years in 2012 after admitting 14 sex crimes against two
boys.  
Singer,
from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, was extradited from France in December
2015 before he was charged and put on trial in June this year.
He
committed 16 counts of indecent assault, two count of gross indecency
with a boy under 14, three counts of buggery, five counts of incitement
to commit gross indecency and one count of assault with intent to commit
buggery.
Speaking
after the sentencing of Singer, one victim said: ‘Teachers including Mr
Singer tainted my childhood which has affected my life over the past 35
years.
‘Mr Singer’s selfish and self-indulgent actions have made me question everything in the years since he abused my trust.
Singer was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today. The offences, which relate to eight vulnerable victims, took place between 1979 and 1981

Singer was sentenced at Ipswich Crown
Court today. The offences, which relate to eight vulnerable victims,
took place between 1979 and 1981
‘Only
now after 35 years since this abuse happened to me do I feel the weight
lifted from my shoulders and able to move on with my life without
having to look over my shoulder or be judged over something that was out
of my control.’ 
Another of Singer’s victims spoke of how the school failed him on every level.
He
said: ‘The regime was intimidating, frightening and cruel. This made me
particularly vulnerable to any act of kindness shown to me by an adult.
‘Gerard
Singer took advantage of this and systematically showered me with
gifts, and kindness in order to win my trust. Today it is called
grooming.
‘As
a result of this he interfered with me sexually. I was one of the lucky
ones. I found a way to extract myself from the difficult situation I
found myself in.
‘As
I’ve got older I have revisited my St Georges days and spent time
reflecting on what occurred there. I blamed my parents for a long time.
This led to me having a very tenuous relationship with both my mother
and father.
‘I
have repaired the relationship with my mother but unfortunately my Dad
passed away before I was able to do the same with him.’
Detective
Constable, Karen Crowther said: ‘This trial has brought to a close one
of the longest child sex abuse investigations carried out by Suffolk
Police.
‘I would personally like to thank all those that gave evidence in this matter for their patience and the trust they put in us. 
‘I
hope that now these matters have been dealt with it will help them to
deal with the awful events that took place at St George’s school.
‘They
should feel very proud that they have helped to bring to justice a man
who has been a sexual predator and a risk to young boys for more than
three decades.’
Another
teacher Alan Williams, 59, killed himself after being arrested on
suspicion of sex assaults at St George’s, when it was at Great
Finborough.  

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DEAD BEAT DAD AND MUM

Wasted: Horrifying photos of parents passed out by
school bus after overdosing in their car with four-year-old boy in the
backseat reveal the terrible toll of the opioid epidemic sweeping
America 

  • Rhonda Pasek and James Acord were pulled over in East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Pasek’s four-year-old son can be seen in backseat of Ford Explorer 
  • Officer pulled over Acord after he was seen driving erratically Thursday 
  • Acord allegedly tried to drive away, but the officer took his car keys away
  • Pasek’s son was released into custody of children’s services 
  • The pair of them have both subsequently been charged 
  • Acord, 47, has a history of arrests in West Virginia, including on DUI charges
  • Pasek, 50, was arrested for drug possession in 2011  
A
police department in Ohio has shared on Facebook disturbing photos of a
man and woman passed out in a car with a toddler in the backseat after
the pair had allegedly overdosed on heroin.
The unsettling images appeared on the City of East Liverpool’s social media page on Thursday. 
Officials
say they decided to make the photos public to raise awareness of the
heroin epidemic in the state, and also to try and deter people from
using drugs while having children in their care.
Addiction
to opioids such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl and codeine in the US has
reached the proportions of a full-blown epidemic in recent years.
In
Ohio, which has been among the states hardest hit by the overdose
epidemic, there were 3,000 unintentional drug overdoses last year, at an
average of eight per day. 
‘We
are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that
we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees
what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,’ it says in the caption
accompanying the photos.
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Shamed: Police in East Liverpool, Ohio, shared on Facebook this shocking image showing Rhonda Pasek and James Acord passed out in their car with the woman's child in the backseat after a suspected heroin overdose 

Shamed: Police in East Liverpool,
Ohio, shared on Facebook this shocking image showing Rhonda Pasek and
James Acord passed out in their car with the woman’s child in the
backseat after a suspected heroin overdose 
Officials say they decided to make the photos of the unconscious man and woman public to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic in the state 

Officials say they decided to make the
photos of the unconscious man and woman public to raise awareness of
the heroin epidemic in the state 

‘The
poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not
just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until
it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are
prepared to deal with that.’
An
East Liverpool police officer was driving along St Clair Avenue at
around 3.11pm Thursday when he spotted a dark Ford Explorer with West
Virginia plates that was driving erratically before screeching to a stop
near a school bus that was dropping off children, according to an
arrest report that was also shared on Facebook.
When
the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed that the driver,
identified as 47-year-old James Acord, appeared intoxicated, with his
head bobbing back and forth and his speech almost unintelligible.
Acord
told the officer that he was driving 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek to a
hospital. The woman was slumped over in the front passenger seat.
According
to police, Acord then made an attempt to drive away, but at that moment
the officer reached into the car and pulled the keys out of the
ignition.
James Acord, 47, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children
Pasek was charged with endangering children, public intoxication and not wearing a seatbelt
Couple
arrested: James Acord, 47 (left), was charged with operating a vehicle
while intoxicated, endangering children. Rhonda Pasek, 50 (right), was
charged with endangering children, public intoxication and not wearing a
seatbelt

OPIOID OVERDOSES IN US REACH EPIDEMIC LEVELS FORCING FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERMENTS TO TAKE ACTION 

Addiction
to opioids such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl and codeine in the US has
reached the proportions of a full-blown epidemic in recent years, with
states like Ohio reporting a dramatic spike in drug-related deaths. 
Prescription
opioid painkillers can have effects similar to heroin, and research
suggests that abuse of these drugs may open the door to heroin
addiction.
For
decades, heroin was considered the drug of choice of low-income youths
living in inner-city neighborhoods because it was readily available and
cheap. Now, it is affecting suburban middle-class white adults.
A
study published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 found that the dramatic
shift in demographics is likely linked to the increasing availability of
and demand for prescription opioids.
Nearly
half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three other recent
studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use
heroin. Some individuals reported taking up heroin because it is cheaper
and easier to obtain than prescription opioids.
A
record 47,055 people died from drug overdoses in the US in 2014,
according to the latest figures from the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. The number was up 7 per cent from 2013, spurred by large
increases in heroin and opioid painkiller deaths. 
In
Ohio, which has been among the states hardest hit by the overdose
epidemic, there were 3,000 unintentional drug overdoses last year, at an
average of eight per day, according to information from the American
Society of Addiction Medicine.
Over
one-third of those accidental deaths were caused by the powerful opioid
fentanyl, which more than doubled from the previous year and increased
from just 75 in 2012.
Ohio
Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor this week called on the state House of
Representatives to pass a package of reforms aimed at curbing the opioid
abuse, which passed in the state Senate.
One
provision increases access to the drug naloxone, known by the brand
name Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose within
minutes.
Paramedics
working in the state last year administered nearly 19,800 doses of
naloxone, which can be sold by pharmacists without a prescription under
changes made in 2015. 
Last
month, the Obama administration announced that it will spend $17million
to help law enforcement agencies deal with the increase in heroin and
opioid abuse.
The
administration said the spending will support an array of projects to
disrupt drug trafficking, increase the use of the drug naloxone to
reverse overdoses and train medical providers on safe prescribing
practices.
Congress
has approved legislation aimed at curbing heroin and opioid drugs.
Obama signed the bill into law in July, but the president said he was
deeply disappointed about funding levels.  
That is when the officer noticed Pasek’s 4-year-old in the backseat.
Paramedics
who were summoned to the scene administered Narcan – a drug used to
counteract the effects of a heroin overdose – to Pasek and Acord, who by
that point had passed out as well. The couple were then taken to East
Liverpool City Hospital to be evaluated.
Acord was later charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children, and slowing or stopping in a road. 
He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for each of the first two charges, according to The Weirton Daily Times. The last count of impeding traffic was dropped.
Jailed: Pasek, pictured in this Facebook photo from 2012, has pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $150,000 bond

Jailed: Pasek, pictured in this Facebook photo from 2012, has pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $150,000 bond
Acord’s punishment also includes a three-year license suspension and a $475 fine, reported the station WTOV.  
Pasek
was charged with endangering children, public intoxication and not
wearing a seatbelt. She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on
$150,000 bond pending her next court appearance scheduled for September
15. 
Her young son has been placed in the custody of Columbiana County Children’s Services.
The
City of Weirton, West Virginia, also shared the images of the couple on
its Facebook page and revealed additional information about their
background. 
According
to the post, Acord has a history with substance abuse and run-ins with
the law in West Virginia. His history includes multiple arrests on DUI
charges, most recently in March of this year. 
Public
records indicate that Acord’s laundry-list rap sheet includes a slew of
arrests dating back to at least 1990 in Florida, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, West Virginia and Ohio on charges ranging from drinking in
public to robbery.    
Pasek
also has a history of arrests and substance abuse, including a drug
possession charge in 2011. Court records in Pennsylvania include past
charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. 

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    ANIMALS

    PICTURED: Couple arrested after their eight-month-old baby boy ‘dies from multiple injuries’ 

    • Man, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of murder following baby’s death
    • Eight-month-old was taken to hospital with multiple injuries on Tuesday
    • Woman arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child
    • Crime scene investigators are at the property today looking for evidence 
    A couple have been arrested in connection with the death of their eight-month-old baby boy.
    The
    baby was taken to hospital with multiple injuries after police were
    called to an address in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, at around 9.30am
    on Tuesday. He died two days later, police confirmed.  
    A man, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder and causing or allowing the death of a child. 
    A
    24-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of causing or
    allowing the death of a child. They both remain in custody. 
    The
    two have now been identified as father and mother Craig Dawick
    and Chantelle Flynn. The couple, who have lived in the area for several
    years, have five children. 
    Craig Dawick, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder and causing

    The couple were arrested by police in connection with the death

    Craig
    Dawick (left and right), 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder and
    causing or allowing the death of a child; Chantelle Flynn (right), 24
    who have been arrested by police
    Craig Dawick and Chantelle Flynn pictured together

    Chantelle Flynn was mother of the baby who died

    Shocked
    locals spoke about how medical teams and police officers suddenly
    arrived at the property; the young couple (pictured) have lived in the
    area for several years
    Greater
    Manchester Police were called to the property in the Spotland area of
    Rochdale after the ambulance service reported concern for the welfare of
    a child. 
    A
    message posted on Facebook by family friend Andrea Dewhurst on behalf
    of Chantelle’s sister, Rachelle Flynn, said: ‘The family are absolutely
    heartbroken and this has come as a shock to the whole family, especially
    finding out on Facebook.’ 
    Shocked locals spoke about how medical teams and police officers suddenly arrived at the property on Tuesday. 
    Floral
    tributes left at the scene included a poem and messages such as: ‘So
    very sad, rest in peace little man’ and ‘Sleep peacefully baby, you’re
    with the angels now’. 
    Steve Linton, a 50-year-old taxi driver, has lived on nearby Preston Street for six years.
    He said: ‘When
    I left for work on Tuesday there was a PCSO standing on the corner and
    that’s when I realised it must have been something serious.
    ‘People
    around here are stunned. I’m a parent and it’s scary to think that this
    has happened on our street. Most people around here are decent and keep
    themselves to themselves.’  
    One
    lady, who lives in Preston Street but asked not to be named, said: ‘It
    scares you when you’ve got kids of your own that something so shocking
    can happen on your doorstep.
    ‘I
    think the overall feeling in the area is one of sadness. I just think
    of when my kids were that age and how vulnerable they were. ‘
    Police in Rooley Moor Road where a baby was found with multiple injuries on Tuesday morning and later died in hospital yesterday

    Police in Rooley Moor Road where a baby was found with multiple injuries on Tuesday morning and later died in hospital yesterday
    A forensic officer arrives at the Rochdale property this morning to carry out tests 

    A forensic officer arrives at the Rochdale property this morning to carry out tests 

    Detectives have
    arrested a man on suspicion of murder and causing or allowing the death
    of a child; a woman was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the
    death of a child
    Police were called to the scene after paramedics were concerned for the child's welfare 

    Police were called to the scene after paramedics were concerned for the child’s welfare 
    Detective
    Chief Inspector, Jamie Daniels from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
    ‘This is a deeply distressing investigation involving a small child. 
    ‘Our
    thoughts at this time are with the family, friends and all others
    within the local community who may be affected by this incident.
    ‘If anyone has any information that may assist the investig

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    Judge attacks ‘City culture’ of drink and drugs as he jails for six
    years ‘arrogant’ stockbroker rapist who claimed his victim only cried
    because he was so well endowed 

    • Daniel Green, 26, attacked the victim after the late night drinking last year 
    • The stockbroker did not stop raping the woman until she started crying 
    • Judge jailed Green for six years and blasted a culture of drink and drugs
    • He was previously jailed for carrying class A drugs and dishonesty 
    A
    judge attacked the ‘excessive drinking and casual drugs culture of the
    City’ whilst sentencing a stockbroker for raping a woman under a desk
    after a late night party.
    Daniel Green, 26, attacked the woman as she slept after they met on a boozy night out in London.  
    Jailing
    the cocaine obsessed trader today for six years, Judge Michael Wood
    slammed his arrogance during the course of the trial.
    He
    said while he would not be punished for ‘what seems to be a City
    culture of excessive drinking and casual use of drugs’ he described the
    assault as a ‘persistent’ and ‘impersonal’ attack. 
    He
    said: ‘Having been out drinking and all of you taking cocaine, in the
    early hours of the morning you were wandering around the office, you had
    been told to go home and did not, and were behaving in a strange
    fashion.’
    Jailed: Daniel Green was sentenced to six years for raping a woman after a late night party in the City fuelled by drink and drugs

    Jailed: Daniel Green was sentenced to
    six years for raping a woman after a late night party in the City
    fuelled by drink and drugs
    ‘It
    may you were coming down from the cocaine you were taking. But I don’t
    accept you were waiting for the first train home, as the first Central
    line train leaves at 5.35am and you were still in the office well after
    6am.’   
    Earlier
    in the trial the court heard the City worker had raped her before
    saying ‘Oh f***, she’s crying’ before finally letting the woman go. 
    During
    his ‘arrogant’ defence Green, from Walthamstow, had claimed the sex was
    consensual and she only cried because of his ‘large penis’ – even
    offering to demonstrate to the court how well endowed he was. 
    His
    victim had been out with a friend drinking in the City in May last
    year when they met Green and his work colleagues from business software
    firm StratX.
    The court heard the woman was unable to speak after the attack which ‘blights’ her life.
    Green claimed the only reason the woman cried was because of the size of his penis
    Green claimed the only reason the woman cried was because of the size of his penis
    Passing
    sentence, Judge Wood said described the attack as ‘persistent’ and his
    comment – ‘oh f*** she’s crying’ – as ‘totally impersonal’. 
    As he was jailed, Green, whose Facebook features smirking selfies of him posing with brandy and cigars, showed no emotion.
    Speaking
    after the case, Detective Inspector Anne Medlycott from the City of
    London Police said: ‘This was a predatory attack on a vulnerable young
    woman, who will have to live with what has happened to her for the rest
    of her life.
    ‘Green
    has shown no remorse for his actions, putting the victim through the
    trauma of a trial, and we hope this verdict will bring some comfort to
    the brave survivor of this life-changing crime.
    ‘We praise her courage in reporting it to us and we encourage other victims to do the same.’   
    This photograph of an EDL rally was posted on Green's Twitter social media account 

    This photograph of an EDL rally was posted on Green’s Twitter social media account 
    The
    group had been drinking in a Pitcher & Piano bar, before heading
    back to StratX’s offices, in Abchurch Lane, near Monument tube station,
    for an after hours drinking session.
    At
    the office, they drank champagne and listed to music, until the victim
    realised she was tired and had taken enough drugs and alcohol, the Old
    Bailey was told. 
    As she did not have enough money for a taxi, she curled up under a desk to wait for the first morning train back home.
    Green
    then entered the office and raped her on the floor. He stopped when she
    started crying and quickly dressed and left the building.  
    The jury took six hours to dismiss Green’s claims and found him guilty of rape.  
    The convicted rapist claimed his victim only cried because his penis 'was too big'

    Green, who claimed it was consensual sex, has photos of himself smoking cigars and drinking on social media
    Green
    suggested she had accused him of rape as she did not like stockbrokers,
    or because she was coming down from cocaine and felt ‘weird.’
    He has social media accounts filled with images of him partying and smoking Cuban cigars.

    JUDGE BLASTS CITY CULTURE OF ‘EXCESSIVE DRINKING AND CASUAL DRUGS’

    Judge
    Wood said Green would not be punished for ‘what seems to be a City
    cultural of excessive drinking and casual use of drugs when you go out
    socialising’.
    But
    he told him: ‘Having been out drinking and all of you taking cocaine,
    in the early hours of the morning you were wandering around the office,
    you had been told to go home and did not, and were behaving in a strange
    fashion.
    ‘It
    may you were coming down from the cocaine you were taking. But I don’t
    accept you were waiting for the first train home, as the first Central
    line train leaves at 5.35am and you were still in the office well after
    6am.’
    He
    said the attack was ‘persistent’ and his comment – oh f*** she’s
    crying’ – when he saw tears rolling down her face, was ‘totally
    impersonal’.
    The judge added: ‘You displayed a certain degree of arrogance when you gave your evidence.’
    The
    woman, who knew Green and his friends socially, said she and one of her
    group then went to a club with around five employees from the
    stockbroking firm.
    She
    drank three glasses of red wine and a gin and tonic, as well as taking
    three pinches of cocaine and a line of the Class A drug during the
    night.
    ‘It was just your normal evening, we were having a good time being out on a Friday night,’ she told jurors.
    ‘There
    were various points on the dance floor where Daniel was dancing around
    me and I just remember kind of moving away and being with my friend
    because it was our night out.’
    The victim
    said she and her friend were suspicious Green and his colleague fancied
    them, but asked if she reciprocated in any way, she said: ‘100 percent,
    no.’ 
    Green said: ‘She was touching me, she unbuttoned my shirt and she was touching me, also we were still kissing. 
    ‘I’m kissing her neck, she’s putting her arm around me and at which point I tried to penetrate her with my penis.
    ‘At
    which stage she rolled back, and at that point I saw a tear on her face
    so I jumped back and I said ‘Oh f***. Are you’re crying?’.
    ‘I thought my penis was hurting her.’
    When asked how large his penis was he claimed it was 10 inches long and four inches in circumference.
    Daniel Green, 26, attacked the victim after the late night drinking in May last year (pictured outside court today)

    Green claimed the sex was consensual, and that he thought she was crying because his 'large penis' had hurt her

    Green’s
    victim had been out with a friend drinking in the City of London when
    they met Green and his work colleagues from StratX (Green pictured
    outside court today, left, and at a previous appearance, right)
    The woman  was raped after she went to an office block in Abchurch Lane in the City

    The woman was raped after she went to an office block in Abchurch Lane in the City
    He asked an usher to demonstrate to the jury how long it was, but was stopped by the judge.   
    Green appeared in the dock wearing a navy blue suit, light blue checked shirt and blue tie with gelled slicked-back hair. 

    ‘ATTACK BLIGHTS MY LIFE’: VICTIM REACTS TO GREEN’S SIX YEAR PRISON SENTENCE 

    Green
    made no reaction as Mr Forster, prosecuting, read out a statement from
    his victim in which she described the devastating effect on her life and
    her difficulties in moving on.
    She
    said: ‘The incident has been extremely traumatic for me. It has been
    very hard to come to terms with what happened and the effect this has
    had on a number of aspects of my personal life as well as my
    professional life.
    ‘Despite
    the incident being a year ago, it feels very fresh in my mind and I
    still remember everything and how I felt in the ordeal.
    ‘I
    desperately want to forget about what happened, but I’m not able to and
    fear this is something which will continue to blight my life. [The]
    event… has left me numb and immediately afterwards I was barely about
    to talk.’
    Timothy
    Forster, prosecuting, said: ‘At some point – it appears to be well into
    the following morning, we are now into Saturday morning – somebody in
    the StratX group suggested to the group as a whole they go back to the
    offices and carry on the party, drinking and listening to music.’
    Eight people including the victim, her friend and Green ended up back at the offices, jurors were told.
    But by 4am, just the victim, her friend, Green and another man were left.
    While they were there, they drank a bottle of champagne, occasionally popping downstairs to smoke outside.
    Mr
    Forster said: ‘What was going on upstairs was good natured, and people
    were just drinking and listening to music and having a good time there.’
    After a few hours, the victim became tired, so ‘she crawled under a desk and fell asleep’, the court heard.
    Mr
    Forster added: ‘And she did that also because she didn’t have enough
    money to pay for a cab home, so decided to sleep it out and wait for the
    first train in the morning.
    ‘That’s where she said she fell asleep, and she appears to be asleep for some considerable time.’
    Some two hours later around 6am, Green entered the office.
    Mr
    Forster told the court: ‘She was lying under the desk in the gloom of
    the office fast asleep, and suddenly she feels somebody pulling at her
    lower clothing.
    Green, 26, was convicted of the rape at the Old Bailey in London earlier today

    Green, 26, was convicted of the rape at the Old Bailey in London earlier today
    ‘She can see its Mr Green because there’s enough light to do that.
    ‘And he pulls off her trousers and her knickers.
    ‘As she realises what he is doing, she starts saying to him, ‘no’, and she repeats that, but he carries on.

    ‘NO REMORSE’: RAPIST GREEN CARRIED OUT A ‘PREDATORY ATTACK’

    Detective
    Inspector Anne Medlycott from the City of London Police said: ‘This was
    a predatory attack on a vulnerable young woman, who will have to live
    with what has happened to her for the rest of her life.
    ‘Green
    has shown no remorse for his actions, putting the victim through the
    trauma of a trial, and we hope this verdict will bring some comfort to
    the brave survivor of this life-changing crime.
    ‘We praise her courage in reporting it to us and we encourage other victims to do the same.’
    ‘All the time, she is saying no. It is only, it appears when she actually bursts into tears that he stops.
    ‘He then got up and left her in the room quietly sobbing in the gloom of the office.’
    Mr
    Forster told jurors Green raped his victim because he was ‘jealous’,
    ‘frustrated and humiliated’ in front of his new work colleagues after a
    friend became close with one of her group.
    Green left the building, and the victim called another friend on her mobile, who contacted the police.
    Police arrived at the scene, and the victim told them what had happened and Green was arrested later that day at his home. 
    He was later told traces of the victim’s DNA had been found on his boxer shorts.  
    Green will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely

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