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Man Rapes A 14-Year-Old To Only Serve 180 Days In Prison

July 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 12: Remnants of crime scene tape lay on the ground near the spot where 16-year-old Pierre Loury was shot yesterday by a Chicago police officer on April 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Police have said Loury took off running when the vehicle he was in was pulled over by police because it matched the description of a vehicle used in an earlier drive-by shooting. The chase, according to police, ended with an “armed confrontation”. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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How does a grown man get 180 days in prison for rapping a mentally disabled 14-year-old girl?

Darmalo R. Crawford will serve 180 days in prison for the assault of his victim

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, 19-year-old Damarlo R. Crawford walked his young victim home after school in September 2016. When they get to the house he asked her if she’d ever been kissed by someone.

As he kissed her, Darmarlo began to take her clothes off and raped her.

Darmalo R. Crawford was familiar with the girl and her family as he’s done chores for them in the past. According to the police report he offered to wash the family’s car before rapping the girl.

In his sentencing last week, the Hennepin County District Court, Judge Lisa Janzen credited Darmalo for the 82 days he’s spent in jail since he was arrested. A prison sentence of 4 years was suspended. Crawford plead guilty third-degree sexual assault.

Along with his sentence, Judge Janzen ordered that Crawford to be registered as a sex offender and to enroll in a program to help him. He is to give a DNA sample to police and have no contact with minors other than those he is related to.

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Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

July 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

(Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.

Three of the injured remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night, authorities said at a late-night news conference.

“The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said Republican Gov. John Kasich.

The man who was killed was one of several people who were thrown when the ride malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said earlier.

Dramatic video captured by a bystander shows the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off, throwing riders to the ground.

A company providing rides at the fair this year describes the Fire Ball as an “aggressive thrill” ride.
On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become “one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway.” The company description of the ride says it swings riders 40 feet (12 meters) above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.

The company did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

“All of the rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure they are set up the way the manufacturer intended,” said Director of Agriculture David Daniels, adding that the Fire Ball passed its inspections.

“We started out today with 11 rides that did not open because the inspection work was not done on them,” said

Daniels. Four rides will not be operating because they do not …read more

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Roxbury residents weigh in on housing barriers

July 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

To receive HUD funds, the city must prepare an Assessment of Fair Housing report outlining plans for overcoming barriers to opportunity and housing choice and for promoting inclusive, integrated communities. A meeting in the Dudley library branch sought resident feedback to inform the plan. …read more

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More Black Women Are Killed In U.S. Than Any Other Race, Says CDC

July 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

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An eye-opening report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) suggests that Black women have the highest homicide rates of any other women in the United States.

Looking at data from 18 states that included 10,018 female homicides committed between the years 2003 and 2014, CDC researchers found that Black women are killed at a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people, indigenous women at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000; and other races (white, Latina and Asian) were between 1 and 2 per 100,000.

They also found that more than half are at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands. Latinas had the highest rates of deaths due to domestic violence with 61 percent, while DV-related deaths among Black women were 51.3 percent.

The new report also found the following:

  • 57.7 percent of Black women died of a gunshot wound
  • 98 percent of the homicidal partners, regardless of race or method used to kill, were men
  • Overall 15 percent of women ages 18–44 years were either pregnant or recently had a baby, but Black women had the highest rate with 18.6 percent
  • Black women were more likely to be killed by an acquaintance with 29.0 percent compared to 14.9 percent of white women

Bustle points out that these findings shouldn’t be all that surprising given what past data has shown.

CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 22 percent of Black women and 26.9 percent of American Indian or Alaska Native women have been raped at some point in their life. Also our reported rates of rape, stalking, and/or physical violence is 30 to 50 percent higher than Latinas whites and Asian/Pacific Islander women.

But regardless of race the CDC stresses that intimate partner violence [IPV] is a public health …read more

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5-Year-Old Drowns At Georgia Day Camp

July 26, 2017 bcic_admin 0

5-year-old Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III, drowned at Cochran Mill Nature Center in a waterfall on July 24, 2017 near Atlanta, Georgia. Kamau was attending Camp Cricket with 13 other children as part of a summer camp. On that day the children took a trip to the center to have lunch, hike and play in the water fall. The only problem, Kamau didn’t know how to swim.

Kamau was gone for almost an hour before camp workers noticed that he was missing from the group.

Family and lawyer of 5-year-old Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch who drowned at day camp speaking now. Streaming live here:

— Joe Henke (@JoeHenke) July 24, 2017

A missing child report was filed and the Chattahoochee Hills Police and Fire department, as well as surrounding jurisdictions, responded and began searching.

Officers talked with the camp director, counselors and others that responded to get a better understanding of what happened to Kamau. In addition to talking with camp members, police also talked with the family.

Speaking out after the tragedy Kamau’s mother wants other people to know that, “What happened to my son shouldn’t happen to anyone…No one should ever feel as broken as I feel right now.”

The day camp has been ordered to close after the death of Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III.

(Source: Channel 11 Atlanta News)

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City poised to sell off Roxbury land

July 26, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Local residents had a chance recently to browse maps showing eight vacant Roxbury land parcels owned by the Boston Planning and Development Authority and give feedback on possible development of the sites. The displays were set up in the community room on the top floor of the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building July 17, and Roxbury community members took a look and voiced some thoughts at a BPDA-hosted public meeting. …read more

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