Sunday blog: Talking college weekend, high school classifications, Pelini and more

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Sept. 29…1. College weekend… Sorry for the lateness of this column. My wife and I just got home from TCU in Fort Worth after visiting our oldest son on parents weekend.Despite dodging Texas drivers — the worst, most despicable group of low-lifers to ever get behind steering wheels —  we had a great time. The Super Target Store was doing brisk business as groups of three: Mom, kid and Dad usually in that walking order behind a shopping cart — stocked up on the essentials of bottled water, laundry detergent and packaged junk food that will stay in a freshman’s dorm room by about the time parents get home from the big weekend. Taking your kid, especially your oldest, to college gives you a forgotten perspective on your own college life. As adults we remember the fun times, the hard classes, and just living the college life. What we seem to forget is just how scary of an experience it is to be a freshman and leaving home for the first time. It’s a feeling you don’t really remember until you are sending your own loved one away. Then it all comes back to you.Is there ever a time you will experience such a sudden dramatic change in your life from being a high school student to a college freshman? Yes marriage, becoming a parent, starting a career, and watching your kids grow up are all big time daunting changes in your life. But, really, are these changes as dramatic as that first year away from home? I’m not sure anything is. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Br Ba fan · 358 weeks ago I’m gonna miss Breaking Bad….was hooked from it’s beginning. It was sad to see it go but they did the finale right; tying up all the loose ends. There was cheering at certain points in the hour & 15 minutes….especially when a certain show-favorite made his get-away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down E Bodge · 358 weeks ago Hey Tracy, watch what you say about the Ft. Worth drivers…they are much better than the ones in DALLAS…..A transplanted Kansan now living in Texas on the best side–the Ft .Worth side. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 358 weeks ago The Crusader mascot on horseback – you dont have to reveal his name. He took his helmet off. Lol. Good job, deputy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 4. Breaking Bad finale…Tonight’s the finale of Breaking Bad – a television show that the world is officially going to stop and watch. My son said everyone is going to be watching – except for me. I’ll be watching the New England vs. Atlanta football game.Well, at least, I’m more hip than my wife. She didn’t even know the show existed.Last week, if you remember, I was worried about losing my grip on pop culture after I legitimately thought “We’re the Millers” was a PG family movie.But I’m proud to say, that is not the case. I have not only started using Twitter, I finally started watching Duck Dynasty for the first time this month. I also can do a pretty mean twerk — except it makes my back sore. 5. Shout out of the week…My shout out goes to the guy in the Crusader uniform on the horse who ushered in the Crusader football team this Friday before the Collegiate game. I’m not sure I’m supposed to reveal his name, so I won’t. I’ll try to get more information about it, but Steve Sturgis has an excellent video of it on Facebook.center_img 2. Classifications…The nerd in me is always fascinated with how Kansas divides the schools up into classifications based on enrollment figures. See story here http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-to-be-class-4a-div-1-andale-in-class-4a-dii-collegiate-in-class-3a/.I’m always intrigued by how some schools grow and others dwindle. When I first moved to Wellington, the Crusaders were on the cusp between Class 5A and 4A. Now 20 years later we are right in the middle of Class 4A and will now be teetering between the new Class 4A Div. 1 and Div. 2.Here are a few things that intrigued me about this year’s classifications.•They keep talking about making a third high school in Andover, yet Andover Central fell from Class 5A to 4A this year. Is this a sign that growth east of Wichita is slowing?•Belle Plaine was playing Wellington in Class 4A just six years ago. Now I noticed that Belle Plaine has 136 students and is significantly smaller than Conway Springs, which has never been in Class 4A, with 164 students. What is up with that?•When I moved here, South Haven and Argonia were the only schools playing eight-man football in Sumner County. Now there are four schools playing eight-man and three of those are now playing in the smallest division. Even with Argonia combining with Attica, those schools remained in division 2.•And here’s how things are going in western Kansas. Hays, Kans. – the big wig western Kansas town with Fort Hays University is now in the same Class 4A classification as Wellington. We might be losing population. But we aren’t losing population at a rate like western Kansas. 3. Bo Pelini…I know I’m more than a week late on the Let’s-have-a-cow-because-Nebraska-head-coach-Bo-Pelini-called-Cornhusker-fans-*@#$ing-idiots-two-years-ago-while-being-secretly-taped controversy (see story here). Still I’ll weigh in nevertheless.I have always hoped for the worst for Pelini. As the Nebraska defensive coordinator more than 10 years ago, he introduced himself to K-State fans by running over and screaming at head coach Bill Snyder after the Cats supposedly ran up the score on the Huskers. His sideline antics since becoming the head Cornhusker coach hasn’t made me change his mind. He appears to be a bully.But I’m going to side with Pelini on the audio tape controversy. First of all, who the heck is the person so vindictive that he/she would hold onto an audio tape of Pelini on an off-the-record rant for two years before releasing it to some Internet hack? Really, why are we are talking about a hissy fit thrown in 2011? Why is that news… now?Also, why shouldn’t big-time football coaches be allowed to say inappropriate things like the rest of us? I know Nebraska fans are supposedly the nicest people in the world. But I’ve been around a bunch of them during a football game, and I think the “*@#%ing idiots” comment is a pretty accurate description.last_img read more

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U.S. Now Has the Most COVID-19 Cases; Numbers Increase Locally

first_imgThe United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.According to a running count by the Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the U.S. is 82,404 as of Thursday evening. That’s just ahead of the 81,782 cases in China and 80,589 in Italy.Italy has the most confirmed deaths of any country with 8,215. To date, 1,178 people have died in the U.S.President Trump said Thursday that he plans to travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that will be used to relieve the pressure on New York hospitals dealing with the influx of coronavirus patients.The President told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday. Trump added in a White House press conference that he will “kiss it goodbye” and that the ship is “loaded up to the top” with medical supplies.The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York increased to 3,800 this week, including close to 900 in intensive care, with the projected peak of the outbreak still weeks away.Closer to home, Florida has 2,355 confirmed cases and 28 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, and another 23,741 negative tests, with 1,443 more pending. Miami-Dade County has the most cases in the state, at 616. Broward is second with 504 cases and three deaths, and Palm Beach County is third, with 169 confirmed cases and three deaths.last_img read more

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LONGSHOT HOME RUN KITTEN RELISHES WET CONDITIONS AND WINS $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER TALAMO; HOFMANS TRAINEE OFF AT 14-1 & COVERS MILE ON ‘WET FAST’ MAIN TRACK IN 1:35.30

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2016)–Shifted from turf to dirt late in the afternoon due to unexpectedly heavy rains, Friday’s $100,000 American Stakes went to 14-1 longshot Home Run Kitten, who rallied to take the lead in the shadow of the wire and prevailed by a half length under Joe Talamo. Trained by David Hofmans and owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten covered one mile on Santa Anita’s “wet fast” main track in 1:35.30.With three late scratches, the American was reduced to a field of six three year olds and up. Breaking from the far outside, Home Run Kitten, who was adding blinkers, was away alertly and sat a comfortable fourth into the Club House turn. Heading to the three furlong pole, he was set down by Talamo and rallied wide-out to just overhaul Little Curlin in the final thirty yards.In just his second-ever try on dirt and first on an off surface, Home Run Kitten was off at 14-1 and paid $30.40, $10.20 and $3.60.“The track feels good,” said Talamo. “It feels great when you win. It’s easy to run on, it’s pretty versatile and you can kind of do what you want out there…This horse has so much confidence. He works so well in the mornings and Dave always keeps him fresh, so I just tried to be a good pilot today.”Originally scheduled to run in last Saturday’s Grade III San Francisco Mile (turf) at Golden Gate Fields, Home Run Kitten, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, picked up his fifth win from 18 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $402,645.“He had a slight temperature the day we were supposed to ship him and with this race coming up, we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Hofmans. “We thought we’d give him a shot in here even if it came off the dirt…His last two or three races were so uncharacteristic and I was totally lost. I had no (explanation) whatsoever.“I even gave him…a few months off, turned him out because we campaigned him so hard and he came back super and stronger, but just ran like hell…I came into this race like ‘Who’s going to show up today?’ Let’s hope he’s back on track because he’s a nice horse, a real nice horse.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Little Curlin rallied boldly around the far turn, took over from Si Sage turning for home and finished second, a half length in front of favored Twentytwentyvision. Off at 10 -1, Little Curlin paid $6.80 and $3.40.Last approaching the quarter pole, Twentytwentyvision rallied widest of all and was finishing fast under Rafael Bejarano, but had to settle for third money, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Si Sage. Off at 6-5, Twentytwentyvision paid $2.40 to show.Ohio, the 3-2 second choice in the wagering, stumbled at the break and ended up last under Brice Blanc.Fractions on the race were 23.08, 46.20, 1:10.35 and 1:22.68.Earlier in the day, jockey Santiago Gonzalez, who was seriously injured on March 20 and who returned to the saddle yesterday, got his first winner since being injured when he pointed Prince Valiant (8-5) to victory in the third race for Jack Carava. Gonzalez followed up with his second win in race five, when he guided trainer Mark Glatt’s Big Tire from last to first at odds of 10-1.Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at 7:15 a.m. First live race post time is at 12 noon. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:34 p.m. PDT.last_img read more

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Kig’s double takes PNG U17 to OFC final

first_imgThe late goal at extra time was scored by Robertlynn Kig who also scored PNG’s first goal.PNG was the first to score when Kig floated home a free kick into the top corner of the goal and found the net four minutes into the game.New Caledonia struggled to escape PNG’s defensive half but couldn’t get past the strong backline as they attempted to score on several occasions.Our girls pushed through the first half to hold a 1-0 lead over New Caledonia at halftime.New Caledonia almost equalised off a corner four minutes into the second half but the header was saved by PNG goalkeeper Faith Kasiray.New Caledonia took the chance after being awarded a penalty 84 minutes into the game to equalise the score 1-1 slotted into the net by Jackie Pahoa.The pressure was on as both teams needed to score to win. At fulltime, the score was locked at 1-1, which forced the game into extra time.PNG took out victory after Robertlynn Kig blasted home the free kick off the crossbar and PNG took the lead 2-1 at three minutes into extra time.PNG will take on New Zealand in the grand final this Saturday following the Kiwi’s win over Fiji 11-0 in the first match today.The winner will have direct qualification to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at Jordan from 30 September to 21 October.last_img read more

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Security guard charged for causing death by dangerous driving

first_imgLand of Canaan accidentThe West Coast Demerara (WCD) resident who drove recklessly on Sunday last, causing the death 47-year-old Garfield McPherson, was on Tuesday remanded to prison.Twenty-eight-year-old Delon Dublin of Lot 70 Anna Catherina, WCD, denied that on May 6, 2018 at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he drove motorcar PRR 6380 dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of McPherson.On the day of the accident, Dublin was transporting two passengers; Diana McGarrell and McPherson to Georgetown.The defendant was reportedly proceeding at a fast rate in the northern direction when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a nearby trench.He, along with the two injured persons, were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where McPherson succumbed to his injuries.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objections to bail being granted. However, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan whom he appeared before remanded Dublin to prison. The case will continue on May 21.last_img read more

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Forged import licence lands man in court

first_imgA forty-seven-year-old man found himself before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, slapped with two counts of forgery.Mohamed Abid Haniff denied both of the charges.It is alleged that on March 26, 2018, at Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud a customs officer at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), he forged an import licence, in favour of Dhanram Satrohan, a person trading as Ghanhi’s Sales and Investment, purporting to show that the same was issued by the Business Ministry.It was also alleged that on the same day, at Camp Street, Georgetown with intent to defraud, Mohamed Haniff forged an import licence, purporting to show that same was issued by the Business Ministry.Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objection to bail being granted but asked that conditions be attached. Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 and the matter will continue on July 13.last_img read more

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Gas prices jump in Fort St. John

first_imgBy Dwight FordIt looks like the gas pump honeymoon may be over for local area motorists. – Advertisement -Prior to opening this morning, at least three local filling stations, the Petro-can and Esso outlets on 100th street and FasGas on 108th street had posted prices for a regular liter, at a 109.9 cents.That represents an increase of 8.7 cents and brings to an end nearly half a year of local prices near a dollar a liter.It also comes on the heels of nearly a two cent drop in the national average price in the past week.The weekly monitor of Calgary based MJ Ervin and Associates shows it fell 1.07 cents a liter to a 105.00.Advertisement According to www.bcgasprices.com the new posted price in Fort St. John is also above the provincial average, even though it is up to a 108.3 cents and is nearly 12 cents a liter higher than it was this time last year.last_img read more

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Williams finally gets opportunity

first_imgLakers coach Phil Jackson credited Williams with playing a “very fine floor game” and added he would continue turning to Williams and Aaron McKie – the only two Lakers older than 30 – ahead of young guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic. “We’re investing things in our younger players because we realize they have great potential,” Jackson said, “but in the process we know we take a little bit of an experience hit because of it, and right now is a time we need experience.” It was an opportunity for which Williams waited all season. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract last summer with the Lakers after spending two seasons out of the NBA, the first with a Russian team and the second with FC Barcelona. But Williams also was suffering from a stress fracture in his pelvis that limited his floor time during training camp. The Lakers settled into a rotation without him while Williams had to make his first priority recovering from the injury. He said Saturday he is pain free and added he has a new respect for players across the NBA suffering from injuries. EL SEGUNDO – Shammond Williams now admits he sometimes questioned his decision to leave a starting job on a team that advanced to the Euroleague Final Four last season for a spot on the bench with the Lakers. “I can’t lie to you,” Williams said. “I felt like being one of the elite players in Europe and coming here, I was like the only one that wasn’t playing. Everybody’s playing, and all these guys’ teams I beat and with probably less talent than they had.” Williams had played in only 11 of the Lakers’ first 55 games this season before everything changed in Friday’s victory over Boston. Williams was the first guard off the bench and finished with six points, four assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes. center_img “Being hurt, you can play with,” Williams said. “Being injured, you can’t.” Jackson, meanwhile, admitted Farmar and Vujacic were disappointed, although he was able to find first-half minutes for both players Friday. “They feel like they’re getting bypassed, and they haven’t really done anything wrong, except we’re losing,” Jackson said. “When that happens, sometimes you have to make changes. If I could make changes with big guys, I’d probably do that, too.” Smush Parker sprained his left ankle and couldn’t practice Saturday. He is probable for this afternoon’s game but joins a long list of Lakers suffering from ankle injuries. Jackson said neither Luke Walton nor Kwame Brown would make the two-game trip, and Brown’s ankle was feeling better than Walton’s. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Without a trace: SoNy ‘sponsors’ disappear

first_img“It was going to be difficult for us because the requirements of hosting AFC are expensive. We had already used up our own funds to facilitate the first four games of the season with the hope that the sponsors would deposit money,” SoNy chairman Gabriel Otiende told Capital Sport.The company was supposed to pay the club 28,400 USD (Sh2.9mn) a month for the next one year, with the first payment expected on August 15. From then, they were supposed to be depositing money to the club’s account on the 30th of every month.But since the inking of the deal in Awendo, not even a cent has fallen into SoNy’s account.“At first they had told us that there was a problem on their end with the accountant and promised to pay the money at the end of the month. (August 30). When that time came, they had their stories again until they stopped responding communication and disappeared. We have not heard from them since then,” Otiende further added.Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves being unveiled by club owner Elly Kalekwa alongside a representative from Living 3D. PHOTO/Sofapaka/TwitterQuantdragon is said to be a sister company to Sofapaka’s second sponsor Living 3D and interestingly, sources intimate that the latter have also disappeared on Batoto ba Mungu without dropping a coin into their coffers.According to a deal signed by the club and Living 3D, they were supposed to source for five foreign players and a foreign coach and cater for all their needs from salaries and housing, and would profit a certain percentage in case of a future sale.“They have disappeared on the club and are not even responding to calls or emails. They have not even deposited any money to the club as promised,” a source close to Sofapaka told Capital Sports.The disappearance of Living 3D now consequently puts head coach Divaldo Alves’s future at the club at risk alongside the five Ugandans they signed, including keeper Isma Watenga and forward Peter Lwassa who have emerged as strong starters in the team.Living 3D was supposed to complement the financial injection by betting form Betika and help the club get back to its financial feet after years of struggling.But, while Sofapaka have a bounce back plan in Betika, Sony are without a fall back and according to Otiende, if no one comes up to help them, they might be forced to disband the team.“The company (SoNy Sugar) is not doing well currently and it will be difficult to get help from them. We have knocked on a few doors here and there and I am hopeful that in the next two weeks, we can get something. We will not lose hope,” Otiende noted.Happier days. Sony Sugar players celebrate after scoring during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Sony Sugar/TwitterSoNy’s next game is an away trip to Nairobi against Tusker FC and the fact that they couldn’t honor a match at home makes the possibility of them travelling away even tougher.“At the moment, the most important thing for us is feeding the players and making sure they are okay. At least the company has provided housing so they don’t worry about rent or water and electricity. If we can’t pay them, the least we can do is ensure they eat,” the club chair further added.Head coach James Nandwa has admitted that it has been tough getting the team going amidst the financial difficulties but just like his chairman is hopeful that a solution will be found.“Things are tougher now because the league doesn’t have a sponsor. It was a bit manageable when SuperSport were there because at least we were assured of some grant monthly that would help us here and there. But now, there is nothing coming in from KPL. If the government doesn’t step in and help clubs, then I am afraid we will face a very tough season,” Otiende further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sony Sugar players line up before a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Sony Sugar/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – On August 7, 2019, cash-strapped SoNy Sugar signed what they thought would be a fortune-changing sponsorship deal with Hong Kong based company Quantdragon, but just two months down the line, the so-called sponsors have disappeared without a trace.So dire is the financial situation at the South Nyanza based team that they failed to honor their home game against AFC Leopards over the weekend, handing Ingwe three free points.last_img read more

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O.C. Sheriff Carona indicted on U.S. corruption charges

first_imgSANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, once a rising star in California politics, was indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and cash in exchange for political favors. A sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the 52-year-old lawman once dubbed “America’s Sheriff” with seven counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged were Carona’s wife of 27 years, Deborah, and attorney Debra Victoria Hoffman, identified in court papers as his “longtime mistress.” If convicted of all counts, Carona, a graduate of Charter Oak High School in Covina, could face a maximum sentence of 95 years in prison, plus thousands of dollars in fines. He was expected to surrender to authorities today at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. The sheriff’s criminal attorney, H. Dean Steward, said before the indictment was unsealed that he was not aware of any charges against his client. He did not immediately return an e-mail requesting comment after the charges were made public. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two former assistant sheriffs, Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, previously pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Jaramillo, who is currently serving a 12-month term on state charges, cooperated with federal investigators to bring the case against Carona, his attorney said. According to prosecutors, all five conspired to get Carona elected in 1998 so he could then use his position to enrich himself and his cohorts. In all, Carona and other conspirators are accused of accepting of more than $350,000 in cash, gifts, loans and other compensation, authorities said. The scheme began when Haidl solicited donations to Carona’s election campaign and then reimbursed donors to hide the money trail, prosecutors said. After Carona was elected, Haidl, a wealthy businessman, paid for a Lake Tahoe vacation for Carona and Jaramillo and their spouses, officials said. He also gave Carona a boat and boat trailer valued at more than $5,000 in 2001 and the personal use of Haidl’s yacht and private plane, the indictment claims. Additionally, Haidl made monthly $1,000 payments to Carona for “full access to sheriff’s department resources” and a “get out of jail free card” for friends and family members, authorities said. Haidl also appointed Carona and Jaramillo to the board of directors of a company owned by Haidl’s uncle and gave a $110,000 loan to Carona’s girlfriend and Jaramillo to help rescue their floundering law firm. In return, the indictment alleges, Carona appointed Haidl to the position of assistant sheriff for reserves in 1999 and made Haidl’s family, friends and business associates reserve deputies. When Haidl’s teenage son, Gregory, was arrested in connection with a 2002 gang rape, Carona allegedly asked Jaramillo to lobby the county district attorney to charge the teen as a juvenile instead of as an adult. And when Gregory Haidl was arrested for a drug charge a year later, he received “preferential treatment” from the Sheriff’s Department with Carona’s consent, the indictment said. Carona also appointed his wife to the Orange County Fair Board of Directors and Hoffman, his mistress, to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the California Council on Criminal Justice, both of which he chaired. Beyond that, Carona allegedly accepted gifts from a number of unnamed Orange County businessmen, including ringside tickets to an Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad boxing match in Las Vegas; Mont Blanc pens; and luxury box seats to see the Angels in the World Series playoffs. His wife allegedly accepted designer suits and a Cartier watch valued at about $15,000. Carona, his wife and Hoffman all face counts of conspiracy in the 29-page indictment. Carona and Hoffman face four counts of mail fraud depriving the public of the right of honest services of a public official. Carona also is charged with two counts of witness tampering and Hoffman faces three counts of bankruptcy fraud. Haidl has since pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense. Jaramillo has pleaded guilty to federal charges of honest services mail fraud and tax fraud. The indictment is a serious blow to Carona, who first came to the nation’s attention during an investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion. CNN’s Larry King called him “America’s Sheriff,” a nickname that appears on Carona’s official biography. He quickly became a rising star in state Republican politics, had been mentioned as a possible candidate for lieutenant governor and even met with then-White House political strategist Karl Rove to discuss his career. Yet Carona’s star fell almost as quickly. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2005 that he had issued badges and concealed-weapons permits to campaign contributors without proper training or background checks. In August, Carona agreed to a settlement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and paid a $15,000 fine after he incorrectly billed his campaign committee for thousands of dollars in non-itemized expenses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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