Murder charges dropped against 5 teens after 14-year-old killed during burglary attempt in Illinois

first_imgiStock(CHICAGO) — Felony murder charges have been dropped against five Chicago teenagers after a 14-year-old who was with them during a burglary attempt was shot and killed by a homeowner, prosecutors announced.The teens were initially charged with murder after the youngest member of their group died after they allegedly tried to break into a car in front of a home in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, about 47 miles north of Chicago, on Aug. 13, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.When the 75-year-old homeowner went outside to confront the teens, he told deputies that two of the people in the group “quickly approached him,” one of whom was “holding something in his hand,” prompting him to fire his gun at least three times.A 14-year-old boy was struck by gunfire and was pronounced dead after the group fled the scene and dropped him off near a Gurnee Police officer who was tending to an unrelated traffic stop about three miles away.Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said in a statement on Thursday that his office decided to drop the murder charges after reviewing the evidence, consulting with the teens’ defense attorneys and considering the wishes of the victim’s family.However, each of the offenders “will be held responsible and face appropriate sentences,” Nerheim said.The sole 18-year-old in the group, Diamond Davis, will be formally charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. She is expected to waive her preliminary hearing during her bond hearing on Thursday afternoon and plead guilty to the charges next week, Nerheim said.A public defender for Davis declined to provide a comment to ABC News on the case.The four other offenders, who are all 16 and 17 years old, will be tried in juvenile court, but Nerheim could not provide the details of their charges “due to strict laws governing juvenile courtroom proceedings.”The homeowner was in bed around 1:15 a.m. when he saw headlights moving up his “exceptionally long driveway,” which sits on a remote property, Nerheim said. He told authorities that as he was getting ready to go outside, he noticed the SUV turn around to face the street before several people inside got out and approached his home.The man then armed himself with his gun, which he owned legally, and fired it out of fear for his and his wife’s safety, striking the 14-year-old, Nerheim said.After the teens fled the scene, they led authorities on a high-speed chase back to Chicago and only stopped the car once they ran out of gas, Nerheim said.They then fled on foot but were later caught, telling detectives that they didn’t stop the vehicle because “they didn’t want to go back to jail,” Nerheim said.A 10-inch long hunting knife and a cell phone with pinned GPS coordinates of other homes near Old Mill Creek were later found on the homeowner’s driveway, Nerheim said.The “sole purpose” of the teens’ trip from Chicago to Old Mill Creek “was to commit several vehicle burglaries,” Nerheim said.“The dilemma I have faced for the last five weeks surrounding the Old Mill Creek case has been balancing justice, the safety of our community, and recognizing the ages of the offenders involved,” Nerheim said.Although Nerheim initially charged the teens with felony murder, which “does fit the crime committed,” he decided to exercise “discretion in this situation,” as he hopes the teens “will learn from this tragedy,” and “take this opportunity to be rehabilitated,” due to their young ages, he said.“It is time for these offenders to understand the seriousness of their actions and face the consequences,” Nerheim said in the statement. “If they choose to continue to follow the troubled path they are currently on, it will end in only one of two ways — either with another tragic funeral or with more involvement with the criminal justice system.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The Wiz Live! Team Introduces a New, Free-Willed Dorothy

first_imgWhen NBC’s The Wiz Live! airs on December 3, viewers will meet a brand new Dorothy for a brand new day. The Kansas girl is no longer a victim of chance; she’s doing the Nae Nae; she even has a new song with her Ozian friends.Tony winner Harvey Fierstein has revamped the musical’s book to tell a story apt for 2015, but his work extends past modernizing the dialogue. “There are certain questions I’ve always had,” he explained at a recent press event. “What is her journey? Is she just a victim? I made her in charge of her own life.”In Fierstein’s new script, Dorothy—originally from Omaha—lives with her aunt (played by Stephanie Mills, The Wiz’s original Dorothy) after her parents died. She misses Nebraska, but learns on her journey through Oz that home is where you love and are loved. There is purpose behind her actions that lead to that discovery.“It’s very modern. It’s a girl trying to find out and where she belongs in 2015,” newcomer Shanice Williams, who takes on the seminal role for the telecast, explained. The 19-year-old had her own moment of questioning where home was just before booking this gig: “I went to school in Los Angeles and was like, ‘I do not belong here.’ I came [to New York] and auditioned for this the day after I got off the plane.”With new autonomy comes some new moves. “We have every fun street dance that’s out there,” choreographer Fatima Robinson said. “We’re Hitting the Quan, we’re hitting the Nae Nae.” Arranger Stephen Oremus and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. were tasked with creating a new sound for said steps. “We have a hybrid of all the different musical styles that feels modern, but also honors the score,” said Oremus. Skeptical? Williams assured us it’s done “in the classiest way. It’s not gonna be ratchet!”Oremus and Mason Jr. also collaborated with Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley—NBC’s Tin Man and Scarecrow, respectively—to introduce a new song roughly halfway through the presentation. The number, titled “We Got It,” features Dorothy rallying her newfound companions as they set out to kill the wicked witch Evillene.Ne-Yo and Mason Jr., both Grammy winners for R&B (as performer and producer, respectively), understood the challenge of adapting to a new medium. “There’s a difference between that style of writing [for radio] and writing for theater. The storytelling element has to be kicked up,” explained Ne-Yo.Mason Jr. still has hit-making on his mind, though he’s careful not to compromise the number’s context: “It’s telling a great story. A song like this would be a bit of a long-shot at radio, but it’s the kind of thing that could stand out.”For director Kenny Leon, this is an opportunity to expand a theatergoing audience to millions of spectators in just one night. Whether they are coming in as fans of the original musical, the 1978 film or the new all-star cast, he wants to make this an experience specific to today, and that’s just what he hopes these changes do.“I tried to honor [book writer] William Brown, [Broadway director] Geoffrey Holder and [composer] Charlie Smalls, but I’m also trying to address it for now,” Leon said. When they turn the TV off at 11 o’clock, I want people to talk about what it meant to their lives.”All of these alterations were made especially for the telecast, but with the intention to incorporate them in a forthcoming Broadway revival, slated for the 2016-17 season. “We’re thinking in terms of the proscenium,” producer Neil Meron said, looking ahead. “‘Oh, this would work on Broadway. Will these costumes work? The choreography? Harvey’s script?’ All of that has a dual purpose.”There may be pressure—and some big silver shoes to fill—but Williams has undoubtedly found a new home on the stage and screen. And a new family as well: “She asked me if she could call me Uncle Kenny,” Leon said. “I said yes.”And what does the original Dorothy have to say about her latest successor? “I had to find a way and make it mine; now she’s finding her way,” said Mills. “She’s delicious as Dorothy. She’s a star. Her Yellow Brick Road is going to be gold.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Dutch monarchs interested in assisting in Lake Toba tourism development, minister says

first_imgThey also visited Siambat Dalan hamlet — a traditional Batak village — where the Dutch royals were welcomed with the gondang batak traditional dance and clothed in ulos, a type of traditional fabric that is the pride of North Sumatra, by the local cultural head.In the village, the king and queen also entered hundreds-years-old wooden traditional houses that are still used by the locals, and witnessed the process of manual ulos weaving. They also enjoyed the traditional Batak tor-tor dance and engaged with local cultural figures as well as residents.From Siambat, the Dutch monarchs visited the DEL Technology Institute in Balige and later took a speedboat to visit Ecovillage Silima Lombu at Onan Runggu, Samosir Island.Read also: North Sumatra gears up to welcome Dutch royals at Lake Toba Samosir regent Rapidin Simbolon welcomed the king and queen by presenting them with ulos clothes and a traditional lute.“We hope that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are happy to visit Samosir, although we could only give ulos and a lute. These are sincere gifts from the Samosir citizens,” Rapidin said, adding that he hoped the royals’ visit could help attract more European tourists to visit the area.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi concurred with Rapidin, saying that the province was honored with the Dutch monarchs’ visit to Lake Toba.“With the Dutch king and queen’s visit, we hope Lake Toba will become more known to the world as a tourist destination,” Edy said, “We hope more foreign tourists are attracted and will pay a visit to Lake Toba, which subsequently will boost the local economy.” (gis)Topics : Dutch King Willem-Alexander has expressed interest in assisting in the development of Lake Toba in North Sumatra, which is among the Indonesian government’s top five destinations prioritized to boost tourism, a minister has said.The king and Queen Maxima visited the world’s largest volcanic lake and the surrounding area on Thursday as part of their itinerary during the four-day state visit to Indonesia.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the royal couple were very pleased to visit Lake Toba and that they had indicated an interest in helping Indonesia to develop the tourist magnet. “We will speak about the details with [Dutch] ministers. In general, the king and queen are amazed by the beauty of Lake Toba,” Wishnutama told journalists after accompanying the Dutch royals in visiting Lake Toba and its surroundings on Thursday.The minister went on to say that his office was ready to collaborate with its Dutch counterpart in various aspects, including for joint promotion to lure more tourist visits from the Netherlands, as he believed that the Dutch monarchs’ visit would have a positive impact on North Sumatra’s tourism.Read also: Indonesia, Netherlands sign US$1b worth of deals during Dutch king visitThe king and queen started their journey on Thursday by briefly visiting Singgolom Hill at Lintong Ni Huta village in Tampahan district, Toba regency, during which they took photos with Lake Toba in the background.last_img read more

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MLAX : Syracuse uses invert offense to counter opposing defensive schemes

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Syracuse’s most effective option right now against opposing defenses isn’t to beat them but to give them headaches. Stump them, and force them to make fast decisions.Searching for a way to jumpstart his offense, SU head coach John Desko began employing an inverted offensive scheme, something that has always been in the playbook but has become an effective option to counter an inconsistent attack. It puts a fourth attack on the field instead of a midfielder to play behind the cage. Defenses then have to figure out whether they should keep a close defender or long-stick or short-stick midfielder on him. They also have to determine whether to fall into a zone and force outside shots or continue to play man-to-man.In between the time they make that decision, the No. 18 Orange’s (7-7, 3-3 Big East) shooters look to benefit. It’s a strategy that’s worked this season since Desko started using it regularly.‘The defense, it keeps them on their toes,’ Maltz said. ‘It’s tough. That’s one thing that’s definitely working for us. It’s messing up opposing defenses a little bit and we’re going to try to keep taking advantage of it.’Syracuse’s offense still looks unbalanced too often. The Orange failed to score for close to 40 minutes at Notre Dame on Saturday, putting itself in a hole too deep to climb out of and eventually falling 8-6. While Syracuse occasionally breaks through defenses with ease – evidenced by its 19-6 blowout over Rutgers – it still struggles to carry that efficiency from game to game and certainly for long stretches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen SU lost to Georgetown on April 21, it entered the game coming off a two-game winning streak in which it scored a total of 32 goals. The Orange hasn’t scored in double digits since defeating Hobart 13-12 on April 17. Tommy Palasek, who leads the team with 19 goals, said the offense has generated chances, but it’s struggled to capitalize at times.‘We have the right schemes. We have the right players. Coach has given us the right scouting reports on them,’ Palasek said. ‘So, I think we’ve just got to go into the game and execute and play at a higher level on offense and do the right things.’That includes throwing in the inverted offense when needed, and typically, it has worked. Either Kevin Rice, Collin Donahue or Billy Ward has become the fourth attack to take the spot behind the goal. Maltz said when the offense is working properly, the attack playing at the back of the offensive box will beat the defender 95 percent of the time.Syracuse is limping into the most critical time of its season. The Orange’s poor first-half showing against the Fighting Irish turned to a strong second half, but by then, it was too late. Now it faces a Villanova team that is stocked with quality shooters who make up an aggressive offense.Before going to Notre Dame, Desko said it was time for his offense to play a full 60-minute game and take advantage of the holes the defense leaves.‘We’re going to have to make the most of our opportunities,’ Desko said. ‘If we can get transition opportunities, we’ve got to take them, and we’ve got to take good shots.’If there’s any consolation when the offense starts faltering, Desko can at least call on a fourth attack to add some pressure to the opposing defense and to put a fire under the offense.It might not be ideal for the Orange to still be searching for answers to score consistently at the conclusion of the regular season, but it’s heading to Villanova for the Big East tournament as an enigma.In a way, though, that’s what SU wants. If defenses can’t decide on how to stop the Orange’s scorers, the team will be able to exploit the defense for scoring opportunities.At least, that’s what Syracuse is hoping.Said Maltz: ‘We’re just trying to change a couple things up, and it’s really working for us.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Greenfield goes for glory at Senior Women’s Stroke Play

first_img Aileen Greenfield is hoping to knock off the post-lockdown rust and enjoy another successful week at the English Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship.Tomorrow, Greenfield will begin the defence of her title as 86 of the country’s top senior women compete for glory at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.Greenfield experienced the best moment of her golfing career in this event at St Enodoc last year and can’t wait to catch up with old friends and be involved in some long-awaited competitive action.Greenfield – a member at Pyecome Golf Club in Sussex – admitted: “I’m really looking forward to competing again.“I played in the Spanish Senior Women’s Open back in March at El Saler near Valencia and then, of course, we got home just at the point when the country was put into lockdown.“It’s been great being back on the course recently, but it’s hard to know where your game is at.“I’ve played in a few club competitions and I’m hitting the ball ok, but the courses are so dry and bumpy right now it can be hard to judge your shots.“But this is a competition I enjoy – I’ve been runner up a couple of time and lost in a play-off before winning last year.”Greenfield’s 2019 victory was one that she enjoyed – eventually!Only when her approach to the 18th hole was safely on the green did she enquire about her position on the leaderboard – and when given the comfort of a few shots cushion promptly made a birdie to finish on a high.“It would be lovely to go and do it again, but that’s the bonus. Really, we’re all just grateful to be back out playing again,” she added.“Last year was a real highlight. I didn’t know for sure where I was on the leaderboard as I had been avoiding it all day. Only after I put it on the green on 18 did I ask the state of play.“It was a nice feeling finding out after my approach was safely on the green.“It was such a special moment and I have to say that the reaction back at my golf club was lovely.“We enjoyed a party with friends and golf club members and they have put up a photograph to mark my achievement which was lovely.”This year’s event will see 54-holes of stroke play golf on the Green Course at Frilford Heath decide the winner of the title.After 36 holes, there will be a cut with the top 45 and ties progressing to the final round where the player with the lowest three round total will be crowned champion.In a separate handicap competition, the winner will be the player who records the lowest nett score over 36 holes.Photography: Leaderboard 10 Aug 2020 Greenfield goes for glory at Senior Women’s Stroke Play last_img read more

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