Harrowing new details about murder of pregnant Chicago teen revealed as suspects appear in court

first_imgiStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(CHICAGO) — Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, with the murder. At the news conference, they detailed what they say happened in excruciating detail.They allege that Clarisa Figueroa posted an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook page called “Help a Mother Out,” which they described as a group that offers access to baby items for “families in need,” and that Ochoa-Lopez responded to the post and arranged to meet Figueroa at her Chicago-area home.Desiree Figueroa is alleged to have distracted Ochoa-Lopez with a photo album of Clarisa Figueroa’s dead adult son so that Clarisa Figueroa could strangle the teen with a cable.At one point, Ochoa-Lopez was able to slip her fingers between her neck and the cable, keeping herself from being strangled, and, according to Murphy, this prompted the elder Figueroa to yell at her daughter, “you’re not doing your f—— job!”“Defendant Desiree then stepped up and began to peel the victim’s fingers from the cable one by one,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told reporters.Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa have been charged with murder, while Clarisa Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime. All three appeared in Cook County Court Friday and were denied release on bail.Julie Contreras, the spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s family, said that the family is asking for “justice for Marlen.”“Today is a sad day. Today is a day of anguish that this family is living through. A nightmare, a horror film,” Contreras told reporters at court.Murphy said that following Ochoa-Lopez’s murder, Clarisa Figueroa brought the baby to a nearby hospital, where it was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Clarisa Figueroa then allegedly formed a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for the baby, who she was passing off as her own.Bobak shared a link to the fundraiser on his Facebook page, Murphy said.When police arrived at Figueroa’s house on May 14 to execute a search warrant, police reportedly saw Bobak cleaning a rug with bleach.Police later found Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trash can on the property. Investigators believe the murder took place on April 23.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hawks’ owner Levenson to sell interest in team

first_imgIn this April 26, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Less than one month after the Clippers’ sale ended Donald Sterling’s ugly downfall, another NBA team is on the market following a racially charged disclosure from its owner.Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, thanks in part to an inflammatory email he wrote two years ago.Levenson said he wrote the email in an attempt “to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.” Instead, he offered his divisive comments, including his theory that Hawks Black fans kept White fans away.Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in 2012 as “inappropriate and offensive.” In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban Whites.He says he later realized the email made it seem White fans were more important. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA.“I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true,” Levenson said in the statement. “That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate email to the NBA.“After much long and difficult contemplation, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the team, the Atlanta community, and the NBA to sell my controlling interest in the Hawks franchise.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday the league will work with the Hawks’ ownership group and CEO Steve Koonin, who now will oversee all team operations.Silver said the league’s independent investigation “regarding the circumstances of Mr. Levenson’s comments” in the email was ongoing when he was told Saturday night of Levenson’s plan to sell his share of the team.Silver said he supported Levenson’s decision.“As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association,” Silver said. “He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family — fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners — for having diverted attention away from our game.“I commend Mr. Levenson for self-reporting to the league office, for being fully cooperative with the league and its independent investigator, and for putting the best interests of the Hawks, the Atlanta community, and the NBA first.”Sterling was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after a recording surfaced in April of the owner scolding his girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games. Steve Ballmer officially became the team’s new owner on Aug. 12.In the email sent in August 2012, Levenson said “southern whites” were uncomfortable at games.“My theory is that the Black crowd scared away the Whites and there are simply not enough affluent Black fans to build a significant season ticket base,” Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.“Please don’t get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern Whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority.”Levenson said Hawks crowds were 70 percent Black, the team’s cheerleaders were Black and hip-hop music was played.“Then I start looking around at other arenas,” Levenson said. “It is completely different.”According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta’s population was 54 percent Black and 38.4-percent White in 2010. For metro Atlanta, the ratio is 55.4 percent White and 32.4 percent Black.Levenson said he often heard fans say the area around Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta is dangerous.“This was just racist garbage,” Levenson said. “When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many Blacks at the games.”Though he said he disagreed with the conclusion, he said he told team executives to add White cheerleaders and music “familiar to a 40-year-old White guy.”Added Levenson in the email: “I have even (complained) that the kiss cam is too Black.”Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the comments in Levenson’s email were “reprehensible and offensive.”“The statements do not represent the city of Atlanta’s history of diversity and inclusion, and we will be clear and deliberate in denouncing and repudiating them,” Reed said. “I applaud the NBA’s efforts to enforce a no-tolerance policy of discrimination. As a city, we will continue to stand behind the Atlanta Hawks organization as they work to find new ownership that reflects the values and ideals of a city that is too busy to hate.”The Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement encouraging Silver “to continue vetting all owners.”“The announcement by Bruce Levenson is welcomed and appropriate by those of us in the civil rights community, that raised the issue of Donald Sterling’s need to be removed, and that other owners must be held accountable,” Sharpton said.Though the NBA investigation of the email was ongoing, Levenson apparently concluded he couldn’t continue in his ownership role.“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be,” Levenson said in Sunday’s statement. “I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense. We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”This is not Levenson’s first effort to sell the team. In 2011, the Hawks’ ownership group, headed by Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr., made an unsuccessful attempt to sell to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.The group acquired the Hawks and the NHL Thrashers from Time Warner in 2004. The Thrashers were sold and moved to Winnipeg in 2011.last_img read more

Ferdinand recalls triumph as QPR aim to shock Man Utd

first_imgThe Sun and Daily Mirror both pick up on comments by Anton Ferdinand, who was part of the West Ham team that avoided the drop by winning at Manchester United in 2007.Ferdinand’s QPR side are massive underdogs ahead of their Easter Sunday trip to Old Trafford, but the defender believes that they too can cause an upset.He said: “One of the highlights of my career was going there with West Ham and beating them to stay in the Premier League.“It was fantastic. We defended for our lives – not many people keep a clean sheet there, let alone win the game. Results like that show it can be done.“When it comes to a relegation battle, it is not about form, it’s about mentality. As long as we keep it tight at the back, there’s no reason why we can’t unlock their defence at the other end.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Junior Springboks to face England for world title

first_img17 June 2014 South Africa will face England for the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday after a tough 32-25 win over the hosts, New Zealand, in the semi-finals on Sunday. The English thrashed Ireland 42-15 in their semi-final. The Junior Springboks’ victory was their second over New Zealand in the tournament, and, as had been the case in their first clash, they had to come from behind to defeat the Baby Blacks. Dawie Theron’s charges had dominated the first showdown up front and it became clear from the start that the Kiwis were intent on moving the big South African pack around the field to avoid a forward-dominated battle. It worked for a while.Opening try New Zealand went ahead early with a try to hooker Hame Faiva, although there was more than a hint of a forward pass when he received the ball. South African skipper Handre Pollard, however, brought his team back into the contest by intercepting a pass and racing through to score next to the uprights. After a controversial yellow card was handed to Baby Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen, the New Zealanders extended their lead and went into the break 15-10 ahead. South Africa’s forwards, though, began to take charge in the second half and with that control came three more tries as the Junior Springboks ran in four tries to three to clinch the win and a place in the final. With the scores level at 25-25, the victory was clinched just two minutes from time when hooker Corniel Els was driven over the Kiwis’ tryline from a lineout. Pollard, who became the all-time leading points’ scorer in the Junior World Cup history, added an excellent conversion from wide on the left to put the seal on a hard-fought win.‘Like a proper test match’ “It was like a proper test match out there,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said after the game. “It was full of tension, drama and excitement and I’m immensely proud of the boys. “We kept our composure and I knew we were always in the game despite going behind at halftime and twice again in the second half. He added: “Credit must go the players. They showed huge fighting spirit and great composure to close out the game like that. Their composure can be attributed to what we do in training. During our sessions we keep the intensity high and always put them under pressure, because that is what you have to do to win games such as these.‘Handre Pollard was outstanding’ Theron also praised Pollard, saying: “Handre Pollard was outstanding with his leadership and he led by example with his play. His intercept try in the first half was no fluke. That was the result of pressure.” IRB Junior Player of the Year The South Africa skipper, who first played in the IRB Junior World Championships as a schoolboy, was on Tuesday named as one of the four finalists for the IRB Junior Player of the Year, along with England’s Nathan Earle, Ireland’s Garry Ringrose and Tevita Li of New Zealand. The public may vote on the shortlist on IRB Junior World Championships on Facebook. The results of the public poll will be considered, along with the original votes, when finalising the winner. “We started too slow, but that was due to the pressure from them,” Pollard said of his team’s victory over New Zealand. “We clawed our way back after they made all the play for most of the first half, and at five points behind at halftime I knew we could do it if we could manage to do a bit more with the ball.”last_img read more

Policy paralysis in West Bengal’s higher education system: Governor

first_imgIn a fresh salvo at the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has said there is a “policy paralysis” in the State’s higher education system, and that he is not consulted in the affairs of universities despite being the chancellor.Mr. Dhankhar also said that a “black hole” exists in the West Bengal’s higher education Ministry in terms of communication with him. The Governor said he was “pained” at not being consulted over the recent appointment of the vice-chancellor of Sanskrit College and University in the city.“In the ministry of higher education, there is a black hole in terms of communication with the chancellor. There is a policy paralysis and I am worried about it. I am doing everything under the sun to see that the education scenario in the universities improves,” Mr. Dhankhar told PTI in an interview.Mr. Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with the State government on a number of issues since assuming charge in July.last_img read more

Giants Rehire Spagnuolo For Defense

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are bringing back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.Spagnuolo was hired Jan. 15, returning to the team he helped win the 2007 NFL championship. New York also hired Tim Walton as secondary/cornerbacks coach.The 55-year-old Spagnuolo, a 34-year coaching veteran who had a failed stint as head coach of the Rams, was a defensive assistant in Baltimore the past two seasons. He replaces Perry Fewell on coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.“This is both new and familiar at the same time,” Spagnuolo said. “I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again. I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin. Tom is the highest character guy I know.“The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”They did before.Hired by the Giants on Jan. 22, 2007 after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Spagnuolo’s first unit at the Meadowlands led the NFL with 53 sacks. The Giants went on the road to win three playoff games, then stunned the unbeaten Patriots in the Super Bowl, allowing an average of 16.3 points per game in that postseason.“That really was a special time,” Spagnuolo said.In 2008, the Giants’ defense allowed 294 points, 57 fewer than the previous season. That helped Spagnuolo get the head coaching job in St. Louis, where he went 10-28.In 2012, he joined the Saints as defensive coordinator, but that was the year of the bounty scandal, with coach Sean Payton suspended.After that season, Spagnuolo went to the Ravens. Now he is back with the Giants.“Steve has so much enthusiasm in front of the room,” Coughlin said. “His defense has changed since he was last here. He worked in Baltimore with John Harbaugh and Dean Pees, and they are outstanding defensive coaches. He has studied defenses. Steve visited colleges and talked to college coaches, including Urban Meyer to learn how to defend the spread offenses that have become so popular.”Walton, 43, will replace Peter Giunta. Walton was the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2013. He is entering his 20th season in coaching.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Modi and Naidu trade barbs at Andhra rallies, protest in Delhi today

first_imgAmid protests by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), left parties and the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi blew the poll bugle in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.The political temperature soared in the state which is scheduled to go for elections along with the Lok Sabha polls this year. Addressing a rally in Guntur, PM Modi launched a blistering attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who was until last year, was an important ally of the BJP-led NDA government.Referring to Naidu’s previous comment on him being senior in politics, PM Modi said: “Yes, you are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other.”The PM claimed that in the past 55 months, his government has established at least 10 central institutes likes IIT, IIM and AIIMS in the state, and also provided adequate funds which the Naidu government has misused.”He [Naidu] says I am bad on wealth creation. Yes, I am as I don’t create wealth for myself like you wanted to create in Amravati and Polavaram projects. He is against me as I stopped him doing irregularities as a Chowkidar of this country,” said PM Modi.The PM also took a dig at the TDP chief’s minister son Nara Lokesh saying that Chandrababu Naidu instead of making Andhra Pradesh a ‘Sunrise State’ busy insuring his ‘Son’ rise.Taking exception to the prime minister addressing him as father of Lokesh, Naidu launched a counter-offensive by dragging PM Modi’s wife into the row. Naidu said “I am being personal because you [Modi] attacked me personally. The PM brought triple talaq but he can’t answer questions on those subjects in his personal life.”advertisementResponding to PM Modi targeting his son Nara Lokesh, Naidu said: “I am proud of being Lokesh dad, Devansh’s grandfather and Bhuvaneswari’s husband and always promote family values, whereas Modi has no family and is unable to appreciate those aspects.”The chief minister also continued his outburst at the prime minister, accusing him of ruining the country and all the systems.Naidu, who had earlier welcomed demonetisation when it was announced on November 8, 2016, now called it a mad Tughlaq act.They scrapped Rs 1000 currency note but brought in Rs 2000 note. How will corruption end, he asked.The TDP had quit the NDA in March last year protesting against the injustice done to the state post-bifurcation.NAIDU PROTEST TODAYNaidu will stage a protest against the Centre in Delhi on Monday. The chief minister, along with ministers, MLAs, MLCs and TDP MPs, will stage Deeksha at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital seeking special category status to the state and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.The TDP chief will observe fast from 8 am today and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.Several leaders of different political parties including the Congress, AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah are likely to attend the protest and express their solidarity with Naidu.As PM Modi failed to mention about the long pending demand of Andhra People on according special category status to AP and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances during his visit to Guntur today, people expressed their ire against the Modi government.Thousands of people thronged the main roads of Vijayawada and Guntur from the airport and staged protests sporting black dresses and empty black pots. People were also seen waving placards of Modi go back.READ | Modi a mistake, go back Modi: Posters, hashtags go viral ahead of PM’s Andhra visitALSO READ | Chandrababu Naidu to spend Rs 60 lakh on hotels for TDP supporters during Delhi protestWATCH | Modi’s Mission South: Can BJP breach the southern frontier?last_img read more

22 days agoLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17

first_imgLeicester defender Ben Chilwell: Why I rejected Liverpool at 17by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Ben Chilwell admits turning down Liverpool as a teenager.And the England international insists he has no regrets.”I was 17 at the time. My agent looked at it all by talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation,” Chilwell told Sky Sports.”At that time I was breaking through the U21 team at Leicester, so I was just focused on getting in there and moving on to the first team here.”I certainly have no regrets. Looking back at how the past four, five years have gone with eight starts for England, I am very pleased.”Leicester was the right place for me at the time and the older players have helped me a lot. The staff has kept me to the ground, so I certainly have no regrets.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Imperial Oil going ahead with construction of 26B Aspen oilsands project

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.last_img read more

Out of 1400 heinous cases Delhi Police cracked 1212 in 104 days

first_imgNew Delhi: In 104 days, the National Capital has witnessed more than 1,400 heinous cases including rape, murder, dacoity. The Delhi Police said that they have solved as many as 1,212 cases during the period.Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner reviewed the overall situation of cases in 15 districts. The police data till April 14 revealed that around 286 heinous cases were not solved. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”As many as 167 heinous cases were reported in North East Delhi. The district solved 139 cases,” said police sources. The Outer Delhi witnessed 142 cases in which 106 were cracked whereas 133 heinous crime reported from South Delhi. The district solved 120 cases. As many as 117 heinous cases took place in Shahdara district whereas 82 cases were worked out. In North West Delhi, 114 cases reported whereas 94 were solved. The South East Delhi witnessed 113 crime, the district cracked 89 cases. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further claimed that in newly-formed Outer North district, around 108 cases took places. As many as 87 cases were solved. In Dwarka, 100 heinous crimes took place whereas 81 were solved. In West Delhi, 98 heinous cases reported in which 86 per cent of cases solved. As many as 99 cases reported from East Delhi. The district solved 79 cases. In South West Delhi, as many as 72 cases reported and 61 were solved. In Central Delhi~ 66 heinous cases, North Delhi~60 and New Delhi~15 cases were reported. “The Central Delhi solved 58 cases, North district cracked 50 and New Delhi worked out 12 cases,” sources further added. According to Delhi Police, the critical criminogenic factors in Delhi area socioeconomic disparities and high influx of migrant population, proximity in the location of colonies of the affluent and the underprivileged, urban anonymity encouraging deviant behaviour, loosening of social structures and family control. Demographic complexities, impulsive anger and rage, extended hinterland in the NCR region and porous borders offering easy means of ingress/escape to criminal elements from across the borders. Police further added that to curb crime picket, checking and patrolling with strategic deployment decided by senior formations with the element of surprise and after careful selection of crime-prone hot-spots. Ensuring higher visibility of police on the streets is another factor to curb crime in the city. According to police, the social churning is quite evident in the crime scenes of the capital. The Delhi Police has been closely monitoring the ever-changing modus operandi being adopted by criminals and adapting itself to meet these new challenges head-on.last_img read more