A husband and wife who set up a “sex room” in their southeastern Minnesota home were given widely varying sentences for their roles in the sexual assaults of the woman’s daughter over many months starting when the girl was 15. Michael L. Germain, 43, of Goodhue, was sentenced Friday in Goodhue County District Court to a 13¾-year prison term after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Dismissed were 12 other related felony counts and a gross-misdemeanor charge. Germain will serve about 9¼ years in prison and the balance on supervised release, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He also must register with the state as a predatory offender. Heather L. Germain, 50, was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony child endangerment and gross-misdemeanor drug possession. She was given credit for six days already spent in jail and has no more time to serve in custody. She also was placed on five years’ probation and in … [Read more...] about Southern Minnesota swinger couple sentenced in ‘sex room’ assault case
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1 of 42 View 42 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, poses for photographs at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. By Sara Israelsen-Hartley | March 6, 2019 at 10:00 pm MST Here she comes, striding down the marble halls of the Utah state Capitol. Everyone here knows her — the woman with the glittering gold eagle pin on her lapel, fluffy hair and manicured nails, painted baby pink on this gray February morning. One of the most recognizable power brokers on the Hill, she and her team commandeer a row of tables in the cafeteria each morning, setting up mission control to protect the two things they say matter most: the Constitution and the family. She is Gayle Ruzicka, president of Utah Eagle Forum, one of the most powerful people in Utah politics to never hold elected office. She’s been called the puppet master, a behind-the-scenes mobilizer of hundreds of … [Read more...] about The power broker: Can conservative icon Gayle Ruzicka stay relevant in today’s Republican party?
Saturday December 29, 2018 05:32 PM Top 10 stories of 2018 Spotted lanternfly shows no sign of going away.Former Mayor Vaughn Spencer convicted.Opioid crisis deepens.Rainfall pushes Berks into record books.National spotlight falls on Berks County Residential Center.Medical marijuana becomes available in Berks.Catholic priest report includes local parishes.Midterm election draws big turnout.Verdict is split in murder cold case.Infant's body found in plastic container. Written by Reading Eagle 1. Spotted lanternfly shows no sign of going away. You swat them, stomp them, squish them, but they never seem to go away. The spotted lanternfly, the Asian sap-sucking insect that has invaded Berks and 12 other southeastern Pennsylvania counties, returned with a vengeance in 2018. Discovered in District Township in 2014, the bug's first sighting in the U.S., the spotted lanternfly hatched last spring from the eggs that adults laid on trees, sheds, grills and other outdoor … [Read more...] about Reading Eagle’s Top Stories of 2018
Anybody with strong opinions about a candidate could have their letter under the noses of every reader in the paper’s 26,000 square-mile circulation. That all changed this year. In May, opinions page editor Chuck Frederick announced to his readers that from now on, anyone who wanted to submit a political endorsement for publication would have to pay for it. The price is $15 for the first 125 words or so, and $10 for each additional 25 words. The Tribune is far from alone. Frederick’s newsroom was pretty much the last hold-out in Forum Communications’ armada of newspapers -- among them the Grand Forks Herald, the Hastings Star Gazette, and the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Frederick’s not going to lie: He was dragging his feet on this one. “The initial blush is that everyone deserves to have their opinion in the paper,” he says. And for the most part, everyone still can. Letters about recent articles or goings-on about town are still totally free. But … [Read more...] about Newspapers are now making their readers pay to publish some letters to the editor
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