CHESHIRE – A Doolittle Elementary School visual arts teacher is on administrative leave after being accused of assaulting several police officers in Simsbury. Police said they responded Nov. 30 to a report of a possibly intoxicated person sitting in a vehicle outside The Riverview, a banquet facility, and encountered the teacher, 40-year-old Byron Pierce. Pierce’s arrest photo appears to show bruises and a cut above his left eye. He was charged with three counts of assault of an officer, interfering and breach of peace. Police reported minor “non-life threatening “ injuries, but no details about what occurred. “We were notified earlier today that he was involved in a police incident last weekend in another town,” Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Solan said in a letter sent to parents Thursday. There was no answer at a phone number listed for Pierce on Friday. An attorney who had represented him, James Pickett of Rocky Hill, did not respond to a message … [Read more...] about Updated: Middlebury man, a Cheshire teacher, arrested in Simsbury had prior scrapes with law enforcement; placed on administrative leave
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For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized. By JANET REITMANNOV. 3, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations center in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. Jesus Christ, he thought, studying the footage in which crowds of angry men, who had gathered to attend or protest the Unite the Right rally, set upon one another with sticks and flagpole spears and flame throwers and God knows what else. A black man held an aerosol can, igniting the spray, and in retaliation, a white man picked … [Read more...] about U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
SARASOTA, Fla — A candidate running for Florida House District 73 apologized Monday for claiming that she'd finished her college degree, after the university she attended reported that the diploma displayed in photos on her social media pages appeared to be "inaccurate." Melissa Howard claimed she completed marketing degree Miami University of Ohio said they had no such degree that year Howard plans to remain in primary race After an online reporting site challenged her academic record, Florida House candidate Melissa Howard posted a photo on Facebook, posing with her mother and what appeared to be a framed diploma from Miami (Ohio) University. The university, however, subsequently wrote that the diploma could not be genuine. Following that rebuttal, Howard posted this message on her Facebook page: Earlier on Monday, Donna Hayes, former chair of the Manatee County Republican Party, added her voice to the calls for Howard to drop out of the race for District 73. "The worst thing … [Read more...] about Florida House candidate apologizes for lying about completing degree
Daniel Bice Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 2:30 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt likes to tout his education credentials in his bid to win a full term. Schmidt will tell crowds that he has bachelor's and master's degrees and recently was awarded a doctorate. And he has even begun work on yet another doctorate. "Dr. Richard Schmidt," proclaim his yard signs for the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. "Milwaukee County sheriff." But his is not your traditional academic record. Schmidt got his first two degrees from an unaccredited, Christian fundamentalist college, with a checkered recent history, in which men earn degrees in Bible and theology while programs "specifically for ladies" include "marriage and motherhood" and "missionary wife." So, literally, it's a college where people can get an MRS degree. Then Schmidt — who replaced controversial Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. when he abruptly … [Read more...] about Bice: Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt touts degrees from unaccredited and defunct colleges
DICKINSON – Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, state Senator Kelly Michael Armstrong, quietly pleaded guilty in June to texting while driving in Stark County, according to North Dakota Court records. The traffic citation came 17 years after Armstrong was convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia.A records search of Armstrong’s criminal history revealed a 2001 administrative appeal – Kelly Michael Armstrong vs. David Sprynczynatyk, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation – where Armstrong attempted to appeal a decision made by the North Dakota Department of Transportation to suspend his driver’s license for 91 days. Case number 08-01-C-02124 is an administrative appeal that is typically relative to a companion DUI case. In this instance, the North Dakota Department of Transportation suspended Armstrong’s driving privileges for 91 days in light of a driving under the influence conviction in Virginia. In a civil filing … [Read more...] about GOP Congressional candidate instrumental in tougher DUI laws, convicted of DUI in 2001