Deputies: Local Man Offered Underage Girl Money, Candy for Sex

first_imgA 24-year-old Palm Beach County man is facing sexual battery charges, after authorities say he forced a child to perform sex acts on him.Deputies say Pedro Juan Francisco, of Lake Worth Beach, offered a girl candy and money in exchange for sex at the victim’s grandmother’s house. The girl, who is now 10, told investigators it happened two years ago.According to the arrest report, Francisco forced the girl into the lewd acts even as she resisted.The victim’s sister told investigators she walked in on at least one of the acts and reported it to her grandmother.It is unknown whether Francisco has an attorney at this time.last_img read more

Employee at PBC Walgreens Tests Positive for COVID-19

first_imgWalgreens champions the health and wellbeing of every community in America, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our team members and customers. Walgreens was recently notified that a team member who works in our store located at 12001 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee, FL has a confirmed case of COVID-19. When notified of a confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 case, we take actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, public health officials and other credible sources while following federal, state and local health advisories. Our clinical and safety teams work closely with our field and store leadership to respond accordingly, which may include identifying and contacting individuals who may be at risk in order to self-quarantine or self-monitor their health, as well as cleaning and disinfecting the location or impacted areas of the store. Cleanings may require temporarily closing a store, at which time customers may visit a nearby store location for their prescription needs.We are actively reviewing our policies and procedures as guidelines evolve, and will continue to adjust our safety protocols accordingly to promote the safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers. An employee at a Walgreens located near Loxahatchee Groves has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a written statement released by the company on Wednesday.Walgreens said the employee works at a store located at 12001 Southern Blvd.The pharmacy chain said when they are notified of a confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 case, they “take actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, public health officials and other credible sources while following federal, state and local health advisories.”Walgreens added that their clinical and safety teams work with stores to respond accordingly. That process could include identifying and contacting individuals who may be at risk.Cleanings may require the temporarily closing of stores if an employee at the location tests positive for the virus, said Walgreens.Below is the full statement from Walgreens:last_img read more

2 charges dropped against woman who breached security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago

first_imgProsecutors have dropped 2 out of the 4 charges against 30-year-old Hannah Roemhild, the woman who is accused  of leading law enforcement on a wild chase through two barricades in earlier this year at Mar-a-Lago.Roemhild was arrested Jan. 31 after dancing on her vehicle, acting erratically then driving through the security checkpoints that were set up along South Ocean Boulevard ahead of a weekend visit by President Donald Trump.Court documents show charges of fleeing from police and resisting an officer without violence were dropped this week.Roemhild, who is from Connecticut and is an opera singer, still faces two felony counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.Her  next hearing date scheduled for July 23.last_img read more

White House lock down lifted after protesters surrounded complex

first_imgThe initial decision to lock down the White House grounds was made by the U.S. Secret Service, according to tweets by NBC News reporter Peter Alexander. On Friday the White House was placed on lock down for about an hour after protesters surrounded the gates. The White House protest was one of many taking place nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd was killed on Monday while in police custody.last_img

Former UT women’s hoops great Mary Ostrowski dies

first_imgIn this 1980s photo provided by the University of Tennessee, Tennessee women’s basketball player Mary Ostrowski poses for a photo in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A relative says former Tennessee women’s basketball star Mary Ostrowski has died. She was 51.Ostrowski’s sister, Beth Hundman, says Ostrowski died Friday night in Bristol, Va. Hundman says her sister was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2007, and she died from complications from the illness.While at Tennessee, Ostrowski helped the Lady Vols advance to NCAA Final Fours in 1981, 1982 and 1984. She was an SEC All-Tournament Team member and an All-SEC selection in 1982 and 1984.In a photo, date not known, provided by the University of Tennessee, Tennessee’s Mary Ostrowski shoots in a college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee)Ostrowski ranks fifth in rebounds and 10th in points at Tennessee. She was inducted into the Lady Vols Hall of Fame in 2006.A message expressing condolences was posted on former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s Twitter account.“Thinking of Mary O today. Love and prayers for her family. Once a Lady Vol, always a Lady Vol,” the message said.Ostrowski, a 6-foot-2 forward, also was a member of the United States team from 1981 to 1983. She earned a gold medal at the 1983 World University Games.As a standout at Parkersburg Catholic High School in West Virginia, Ostrowski was the first female winner and a three-time recipient of the Russell A. Thom Award, which is presented to West Virginia’s top basketball player.Ostrowski had been staying at her sister’s home in Bristol, where she received hospice care, Hundman said. Hundman described her sister as compassionate, humble person who didn’t call attention to her basketball success.“One of the things people keep saying is what a kind and gentle soul she was,” Hundman said. “That is so true.Hundman said a memorial “celebration” has been scheduled for next Saturday at the Knights of Columbus in Parkersburg, W. Va.Former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt chats with “Pat XO” directors (and twin sisters) Nancy Stern Winters, right, and Lisa Lax before a screening of the film Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. Produced by Robin Roberts, the documentary about about Summitt aired on ESPN on July 9. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)last_img read more

McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers

first_imgFormer boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sits in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout as he waits to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Hitting was supposed to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ weakness coming into the season yet they lead the major leagues in home runs through the first 16 games of the season.Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.The Pirates have hit 23 homers despite allowing first baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Marlon Byrd to leave as free agents last winter. What encouraged manager Clint Hurdle the most was that three of the four homers on Thursday night were of the multi-run variety.“It’s good to know you can strike quickly but we need to hit a few more with men on base like we did tonight rather than just solos,” Hurdle said.Of course, the Pirates would have more multi-run homers if they could improve upon a .304 on-base percentage.“That has been priority No. 1 since the first day of spring training,” Hurdle said. “We need to raise the on-base percentage.”Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh’s nine-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Alvarez’s sixth of the year.Hurdle wanted Harrison to bunt Jordy Mercer up to second base after he led off the inning with a single. However, Harrison failed to sacrifice then made it up for it.“That’s why baseball is a crazy game,” Harrison said. “One second, I didn’t the job done and then the next second I put us ahead with a home run.“I don’t hit a lot of home runs but I do know if you hit the ball down the left field line (at PNC Park) that you have a chance,” he said. “I knew I hit it hard.”Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) is greeted as he crosses home plate by teammate Starling Marte (6) after hitting a two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)McCutchen, last year’s NL MVP, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in his 57th at-bat.Gaby Sanchez also connected while Alvarez, Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer each had two of the Pirates’ 12 hits.Edinson Volquez (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win with the Pirates, scattering eight hits.“It’s a great feeling to get that first W for the Pittsburgh Pirates,” Volquez said. “That’s why they brought me here, to win games, so I feel like I did my job this time.”Jonathan Lucroy and Scooter Gennett had two hits each for Milwaukee, which had won its first six road games. The Brewers have lost three of four since a nine-game winning streak.Wooten relieved starter Yovani Gallardo to start the seventh. Harrison connected when he was pinch-hitting for Volquez, who signed a one-year, $5-milion contract with the Pirates in December as a free agent.Gallardo allowed two runs and three in six innings with four walks and six strikeouts. However, Wooten allowed three runs while getting only one out and rookie left-hander Wei-Chung Wang was hammered for six runs in 2-3 of an inning as the Brewers bullpen’s ERA rose from a major league-best 1.33 to 3.16.After Harrison’s homer put the Pirates ahead 4-2, McCutchen made it a three-run lead with a fielder’s choice grounder.“That’s by far the most disappointed I’ve been in myself in professional baseball at any level,” Wooten said. “I don’t have the words to describe it. It’s embarrassing.”NOTES: Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay was placed on the paternity list after his wife gave birth to a boy on Thursday morning in Milwaukee and INF-OF Elian Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. … Pirates OF Jose Tabata, who had a pinch-hit RIB double in the eighth, passed all concussion protocols Thursday morning, a day after leaving a game in Cincinnati in the fourth inning when he ran into the scoreboard while making a catch. .. Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (2-1, 3.05) is scheduled to pitch Friday night against Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.32).last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Pittsburgh Steelers are restoring order

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers fans hold a giant Terrible Towel in the stands before the NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)The entire city of Pittsburgh just had Thanksgiving early. We feasted in fine fashion.The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 43-23. It wasn’t that the Steelers won that is noteworthy. It was the way that the Steelers won. The Steelers beat Baltimore like they were in a third world country.Alexis Sara CobbOn a night when the Steelers retired “Mean” Joe Greene’s No. 75, the Steelers played good old-fashioned Steelers football. They played smash-mouth, intimidating, and blisteringly furious football. The game was vintage. I didn’t know that when we turned back the clocks an hour, we would be turning back time. Vintage Brilliance.Quick recap. The first quarter started and the Ravens were imposing their will on the Steelers and the Steelers offense was not in rhythm. The second quarter started and Ben got sacked three times on three consecutive plays. It wasn’t pretty. And then the Steelers defense started playing like they had good sense. They forced a fumble and an interception. James Harrison led the defense with two sacks, four brutalizing hits on Flacco and protected the house long enough for the offense to awaken. He was brilliant.Finally, the offense got in rhythm. Scratch that. Our running game was nonexistent. But Ben Roethlisberger shook off those hard jolting hits and played like he was teaching a clinic on how to be Hall of Fame quarterback. After the second quarter the game was never in doubt.For the second week in a row, Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns. This time to five different targets. Now that takes superior skill. Every receiver was chomping at the bit trying to be the next player to get in the end zone. It was gloriously fun to see him make history.“I don’t think any of us are surprised by anything he does,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Roethlisberger. “We have been looking at it for some time.”The 12 touchdown passes over the last two games broke the mark of 11 set by Tom Flores for Oakland in the AFL in 1963 and matched by New England’s Tom Brady in 2007. Congrats, Ben. I’m sure this has nothing to do with the fact that your contract year is next year. Nothing at all. Just you playing some beautiful football. Excellent work.Meanwhile, the Raven’s quarterback, Joe Flacco got hit so many times that he wasn’t even looking downfield anymore. He was just curling up trying to protect himself from the rushes, sacks, and hurries. Flacco was sacked four times, threw an interception, hit numerously and felt pressure all night. It was not a night to remember for him. Instead, it is one that he will happily try to forget.I was watching Flacco get hit like I was a fat kid in a free candy line. It was delectable. That was how Pittsburgh Steelers are supposed to play football. The Ravens’ defense was angry and trying to fight. It was cute. Grown men acting like children because their pride was hurt.When the Steeler lost to Cleveland Browns earlier, they were last in their division and sitting at 3-3. Currently, the Steelers are second in their division and are 6-3. They are ahead of Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. Order is being restored.Next week, the Steelers play the New York Jets (1-8). Now that’s going to be some fine dining.(Source for this story was AP)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: or (724) 561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

Our Community Credit Union To Sponsor Fan Appreciation Night At Grays…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayFan Appreciation Night at Grays Harbor Raceway has become one of the enjoyable events around for race fans.  For a period of time the track will be shut down and all the competitors on hand that day will be brought out on the track.  From there fans can get up close to their favorite drivers and receive hero cards to get signed or pose for pictures.GHR is proud to announce that this event will return to the 2013 and will take place this Saturday June 1st.  And coming back to sponsor this night from last year are the fine folks from Our Community Credit Union.  All five classes will be on hand for which includes the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.“We love fan appreciation night, it gives us the opportunity to celebrate with the community,” commented Daris Devaney, Vice President of Marketing at Our Community Credit Union, “It’s also a family night for the OCCU employees, we provide their tickets so they can relax with their families and enjoy a fun evening.  We appreciate being able to help sponsor Fan Appreciation night, it’s such a popular family event and we want OCCU to be a part of the fan’s experience.”Last year Jay Cole led the entire distance in the 360 Sprint to pick up his one and only feature victory of the season.  Jared Peterson showed his dominance in the USAC Ford Focus Midgets that night and performed a clean sweep on the competition.  Scott Miller would earn the Modified feature victory after a late race restart to win for the second week in a row in the same fashion.  In the Street Stocks Jason Tole led early then lost the lead and got it back late in the race to win his fourth straight main event.  And Brian Norton would become the third different Hornet feature winner in three nights of racing.Saturday night’s admission is Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.Don’t forget that the $650.00 to win Cut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100 has been rescheduled for the following Saturday on June 8th. Also on hand will be the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds with an enhanced purse of $750.00 to win and $200.00 to start courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars. The other class in competition will be the Hornet division.Our Community Credit Union started its history in late 1941 as Simpson Employees Credit Union and since 2006 has been known by its current name. At Our Community Credit Union you will find better service, greater convenience, and more affordable choices suited to your needs at their six branch locations in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, and Montesano. To find more about the advantages about being a member visit your local branch today or visit for more information.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Cars. For more information visit or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Photo courtesy Aaron Reedlast_img read more

Public, Private Partners Explore Craft Brewing and Distillery Center at Former…

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilA commitment to explore redevelopment of the historic Tumwater Brewery site and facilities north of Custer Way, through creation of a Craft Brewing and Distilling Center was formalized this week.  The parties to this commitment have agreed to consider opportunities for public/private partnerships to redevelop the site and create the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center to benefit the industry and the local, regional, and state economies. Initial partners include the City of Tumwater, George Heidgerken (property owner of former brewery parcels north of Custer Way), Port of Olympia, South Puget Sound Community College, Thurston Economic Development Council, Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Washington State University Extension, and the Washington State University School of Food Science. Although partnership efforts are currently focused on the “historic” north side of the brewery properties, the project has potential for expansion.The Craft Brewing and Distilling Center concept framed within this commitment facilitates numerous uses and partners to expand these two rapidly growing industries, drawing investment, fostering innovation, creating jobs and attracting tourism. The center would have a regional focus to facilitate craft brewing and distilling activities, extend industry research, education, workforce training, and public information.  Such a facility could serve as an incubator for small brewers and distillers and provide public amenities such as a museum, river walk, trail connections and preservation of the iconic and historic brewhouse, to name a few.The City of Tumwater has been defined by the presence of the Olympia Brewery site for over a century.  The site is located in the heart of Tumwater, adjacent to the Deschutes River, with signature visibility from the I-5 corridor. The brewery closed in 2003. Redevelopment of this site would contribute to regional employment, revitalization of the local and regional economy, and reinvigorate a site that has lasting historical, cultural, and community value.The Brewing and Distilling Center partnership evolved from efforts between the City of Tumwater and the private property owner (north of Custer Way) to facilitate redevelopment. The State Department of Ecology has provided an Integrated Planning Grant in the amount of $200,000.00 to perform an environmental assessment and a market feasibility study, currently underway.A recently awarded planning grant from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) provides for a study of public/private partnership opportunities which will further refine viability of the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center concept for this site.The letter signed by the partners this week represents a commitment to continue to work together in a manner consistent with their respective roles, missions, and available resources of the public and private partners to develop a proposal for a viable Craft Brewing and Distilling Center. The environmental assessments and market studies are expected to be complete this fall. Facebook315Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Structure Fire at Black Lake Elementary School

first_imgSubmitted by Scott LaVielle for Tumwater Fire DepartmentAssisted by mutual aid units from East Olympia Fire District 6, Griffin Fire District 13, McLane/Black Lake Fire District and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, Tumwater Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at Black Lake Elementary School, 6345 Black Lake Belmore Road SW.  The call came in at 11:58 a.m. with the first unit arriving at 12:04 p.m.Upon arrival, the school was evacuated.  Upon initial investigation, crews found a small amount of smoke emanating from the SE corner room of the school in the roof area.  The room contained a kitchen with a stove, microwave and small hood and duct system.  Upon entry, fire personnel found a small amount of fire burning on the top of the stove and cupboard area just above the stove.  The fire was extinguished and confined to this area.  Crews confirmed there was no fire extension, and quickly worked to ventilate the building of residual smoke.The cause of the fire was determined to be someone turning on the left rear burner which ignited combustibles left on the stove.  The fire progressed to an adjacent microwave oven which ignited cupboards above the area of origin.  Damage is estimated to be approximately $60,000.00.  Two school staff were treated for smoke inhalation and released at the scene.  There were no other injuries to school personnel or firefighters. Facebook180Tweet0Pin0last_img read more