Sexual abuse of teen alleged during trial of former priest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – A succession of grown men testified Tuesday that ex-priest Michael Wempe trapped them in a web of sexual molestation that began in their childhoods and continues to shadow their lives today. Pointing across the courtroom where the former Roman Catholic clergyman was seated at the counsel table, on trial for molestation, prosecutor Todd Hicks asked a witness identified only as Jay F. how he knew Wempe. “From a nightmare,” said the 39-year-old man. At one point, staring at Wempe, he said bitingly: “This guy is so sick.” He graphically outlined a pattern of molestation that involved fondling, masturbation and oral copulation that began when he was 13 and also ensnared two of his brothers. He said he felt “trapped and confused” during the two years that Wempe abused him. “As a Catholic, you’re taught the priest is the closest thing to God, someone you should respect,” he said. “Then you’re caught in this abuse and you don’t know what to do…. You think it will go away.” Jay F. said he never mentioned his ordeal to anyone until 10 years ago when he blurted it out in a confessional. But the priest who heard his confession did nothing, he said. He said he decided to come forward when he heard about the nationwide priest scandal and wishes now he had spoken up sooner because, “I could have saved other kids.” Another victim, identified as John C. testified he has had trouble remembering everything that happened to him because he was so young. He said he was molested between the ages of 5 and 7. “I started remembering things…,” he said. “It’s like trying to complete a puzzle and suddenly you have a box of pieces you didn’t know you had. I’m trying to get my life in order and my interest is in finding out what these pieces were.” The 27-year-old man, who works in San Francisco, also said: “These things are dictating most of my behavior to this point.” After his involvement with the priest, John C. said, he became an incorrigible student who was suspended and eventually expelled from high school. He said he kept a picture of the Unabomber in his high school locker and made bomb threats. Eventually, he said, he was arrested and wound up living in a group home. John C. said he is one of many of Wempe’s victims who have filed suit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but is less interested in the money than punishment for those involved. “If I could wail on the church wall for a couple of days, that would be better,” he said. Of his testimony, he said, “I don’t believe in confession in church. Hopefully this will help me get on.” Wempe’s attorney, Leonard Levine, who gently cross-examined the witnesses and voiced no objections to any of the prosecutor’s questions, has admitted that his client molested 13 boys in the 1970s and ’80s. But he maintains that Wempe is not guilty of molesting another boy in the 1990s, the case for which he is on trial. That young man was to testify later in the week.last_img read more

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Cost of LAPD headquarters taking a $37 million jump

first_imgThe price tag for the new LAPD headquarters downtown has spiked $37 million to $340 million due to higher material and land costs, according to a report going to a City Council committee today. Officials blamed skyrocketing concrete and steel prices and a competitive builders’ market for pushing up the cost of the facility, which is slated to be built on the site of the former Caltrans building at Second and Spring streets. “It’s just the construction costs went out of control,” said Yvette Sanchez-Owens, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s facilities management division. “It was unforeseeable. We’ve done everything to keep the scope the same.” The 500,000-square-foot building will replace landmark Parker Center on Los Angeles Street and will include headquarters for personnel, a vehicle maintenance garage and two parking facilities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The original $303 million project budget increased by more than $47 million, but some of those costs will be absorbed by reducing the parking from 1,200 to 1,150 spaces, cutting costs and drawing down contingency funds. However the council still will be asked to approve a $37 million increase, bringing the total cost to $340 million. The increase will boost the annual debt payment $28.2 million to $30.3 million for 30 years, paid from the city’s general fund. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 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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Judge siding with inmates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County faces tens of millions of dollars in damages for bedding thousands of prisoners on mattresses on concrete floors after a federal judge tentatively ruled Monday the practice violates the Constitution and is symptomatic of serious problems in the riot-torn jail system. U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson said the practice pointed toward an “endemic problem” in “dysfunctional” facilities where overcrowding is commonplace. “There is something inherently wrong with what is happening at the institution when it reaches a level where so many (inmates) sleep on the floor,” Pregerson said from the bench. “Aren’t they sleeping on the floor because there isn’t enough money to expand the facility? Isn’t that what it’s all about?” Pregerson gave lawyers for the county, and Stephen Yagman – representing the class of floor-sleeper inmates he estimated at up to 300,000 – time to make additional arguments before a final ruling. Roger Granbo, assistant county counsel, declined comment, pointing out the case “is still pending.” “We’ll deal with it when it becomes final.” Floor sleeping was ended last September as some additional facilities were opened to provide more bunks, in addition to letting some inmates convicted of misdemeanors out early, said Marc Klugman, Chief of the Correctional Services Division. The class-action lawsuit – which Yagman said could reach damages of $100 million if the ruling becomes final and more members of the class make claims – comes as the county’s troubled jail system has faced a series of recent riots, mainly between black and Latino inmates. Sheriff Lee Baca has announced he’s looking for $300 million from the county to reopen the Sybil Brand women’s jail, hire more deputies, and to make other changes in the system to stem the violence. Baca did not return calls for comment on the judge’s tentative ruling. Klugman said “the system was hard hit” by a string of bad budget years that forced facilities to close, contributing to the overcrowding and floor sleeping. An injunction against overcrowding in the jails, indicated by floor sleeping, has been in place for nearly three decades, and recently was redrawn to prohibit repeat floor sleeping of inmates – but has never been challenged in court. Ramona Ripston, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, applauded the tentative ruling. “There shouldn’t be any floor sleepers,” she said. Yagman said he took the class-action case after inmates who had gotten out of jail complained of their treatment, and that the names of about 24,000 inmates were collected between May 29 and Sept. 29. In court, he said the issue is one of “human dignity,” and how floor sleeping is a “degradation of people that deprives them of their dignity,” in violation of due process under the 14th Amendment. “There has been a pattern of deliberate indifference; they throw up their hands and say, ‘We can’t fix it,’” Yagman said. “They can’t do that; they have to be responsible.” Yagman said the county could resolve much of the problem and save “a fortune” by moving convicted inmates headed for state prison more quickly. Klugman denied there are transfer delays, saying state-bound inmates usually are moved within a couple of weeks, and no more than about six weeks. He said the jails’ population is about 18,500. He also said the jails are clean, with no vermin, and that inmates received sheets and blankets. “It’s not unlike sleeping on the floor at home. We’ve all done that … like when we have company.” David D. Lawrence, an outside counsel for the county, urged the judge to reconsider, arguing that “overcrowding by itself isn’t unconstitutional,” and that there must be corresponding findings that factors like poor health or unsafe conditions also exist. “It’s not an issue of numbers; this is the largest jail (system) in the country,” said Lawrence, with the firm Franscell, Strickland, Roberts & Lawrence. “It doesn’t follow that because there’s a lot of them (floor sleepers), there’s a single constitutional violation. I don’t think the court can look at it that way.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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DDTV – DONEGALTV TAKES TO THE SKIES WITH LATEST SHOW

first_imgComing up on tonight’s DonegalTV show at 9:30pm on Sky266 Freesat157 we catch up with Irish county singing sensation Lee Matthews as he celebrates his first year in showbusiness.We hear about a new awareness campaign Fighting Fit for Ewings, while Minister for Transport launches the new Aer Lingus Regional service between Donegal and Dublin in Donegal Airport. And on top of al that Letterkenny people gather to discuss plans to set up the Cathedral Quarter.We will bring you the full video of this evening’s programme on Donegal Daily tonight.   Teh Doenagl TV show wil also be broadcast in America on teh 14th Feb at 1pm ET on Today’s Ireland on MHz Worldview DDTV – DONEGALTV TAKES TO THE SKIES WITH LATEST SHOW was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA!

first_imgLes O’Donnell and Denis Ferry on there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonWe’re not quite sure what to make of it either!Is it a car or is it a boat?Les O’Donnell and Denis Ferry will tell you it’s both. The two lads took their amphibious Landcover for its main voyage on Gartan Lake yesterday and guess what – it worked.The lads turned heads in all sort of directions as they took to the lake in their James Bond-style machine.The good news is that it didn’t sink and now the lads are thinking of putting it into mass production.They just wanted to float the idea past a few people first. Les O’Donnell gives Denis Ferry out of the lake after there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonTHE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA! was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGartan LakeLandroverlast_img read more

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FEATURE: HSE UNVEILS AMAZING WOODWORK OF NEURO-REHAB GROUP

first_imgOne of the lovely woodwork pieces made by the group.The Donegal Community Neuro-rehab woodwork group was set up to promote health and wellbeing through meaningful activity.It is a rehabilitation group for client’s with acquired brain injuries. There is a famous rehabilitation quote which states “Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energised by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health” (Mary Reilly, 1961).Certain skills can be more easily assessed and developed using woodwork activities, for example, a wide range of cognitive, perceptual, and physical skills are required to complete a woodwork project. The project can be adapted and the tools used can be varied to develop these range of skills. Woodwork is an activity that interests the clients. The process of engagement and the end-products created inspire motivation, confidence and self-efficacy.The group consists of six clients, one to two woodwork facilitators, one Acquired Brain Injury support worker and one Occupational Therapist.The group meets once a week for two and half hours. They spend thirty minutes at the start and end of the session planning their projects, discussing any issues, brainstorming solutions and generating ideas for the future development of the club. The group creates various projects out of wood, from garden benches to fruit bowls and pens.When asked to state what the woodwork group meant to them the clients made the following comments * “It gets me active. If you don’t keep active, you will fall into bad health. Its good to have a focus in the day”* “it gets me out of the house and doing something that I enjoy. I like working on projects that interest me”* “It gives me an opportunity to think of project ideas and how to go about making them, and the tools and assistance and work space to make them”* “The group has helped improve my motivation levels in general. It has inspired me to take on extra projects at home which I have been doing”* “It has helped me to stay focused on a project for nearly two hours” * “It has helped me to deal with and understand my memory difficulties”Check out the various items available as advertised on their facebook page “Donegal Woodwork Club”. All of these can be made to order. All proceeds are used to invest in more materials and tools. FEATURE: HSE UNVEILS AMAZING WOODWORK OF NEURO-REHAB GROUP was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEneuro-rehabwoodworklast_img read more

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CORA’S COFFEE KOUTURE COULD BE OUR CUP OF TEA!

first_imgCora’s ‘Coffee Queen’ dress.A Letterkenny girl’s love of coffee has seen her reach the last stages of a top fashion competition.Cora Bond, from Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, has made it through to the Bank of Ireland Regional Final of Junk Kouture 2016 which will take place in The Millennium Forum, Derry with her design ‘Coffee Queen.’Cora designed and created a fabulous dress made from used coffee pods. You can vote for Cora’s dress once a day on the BOI student Facebook page.Here is the link : http://junkkouture2016.ourcontest.io/SgzDpg/km6gc?w=44990180&e=119549598CORA’S COFFEE KOUTURE COULD BE OUR CUP OF TEA! was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Coffee QueenCora BonddonegalJunk Kouturelast_img read more

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DUKE SPECIAL TO PLAY FREE GIG AT VOODOO VENUE ‘ROOTS FESTIVAL’

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Voodoo Venue is going back to its roots this weekend – and are hosting a music festival to celebrate TEN incredible years in business! DUKE SPECIAL will play a FREE gig at the House Wine Bar and Taproom and doors open for that at 11pm. The full line-up for the weekend is outlined below:Thursday May 5th:Vintage – Fr. Ted’s Fr Eoin McLove stand up comedian at 9.30pm admission €5.Voodoo Lounge is Sean Thomas Gallagher followed by Skinny Jimmy & Jammy DodgersFriday May 6th:House Wine Bar & Taproom – DUKES SPECIAL FREE GIG TO SAY THANK YOU – doors at 11pmVoodoo Club Presents – The Return of Ritual  with DJ Tony Watters, Junior Russell & Fono One admission €5, Doors at 11.30pmVoodoo Lounge – Hot Fuss followed by Kevin lennonVintage – Loaded presents Fifty shades of Funk. Doors 11.30pm admission €5Saturday May 8th: Voodoo Lounge – Gorilla Radio followed by PKVoodoo Club – Club classics with the best of Saturday Night DJ’sVintage with Daithi RamseySunday May 8th:Voodoo LoungeVoodoo Jam Club 3-6pm- €1000 in prizesHonky Tonk Heroes 6-8pmRack House Pilfer 10.30 to 12.30pmGreenroom Presents:IN THEIR THOUSANDS supported by The ClannsTommy CallaghanThe PoxmenALL PROCEEDS GOING TO SWELL 2016DUKE SPECIAL TO PLAY FREE GIG AT VOODOO VENUE ‘ROOTS FESTIVAL’ was last modified: May 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10 yearsDuke SpecialfestivalFREE gigrootsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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SCOIL CHOLMCILLE BOYS LOOK DAPPER ON FIRST COMMUNION DAY

first_imgTHEY dress to impress at Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny.And the boys’ school pupils certainly looked the part for their First Communion at the weekend.They are pictured with their teachers and Fr Eamon McLaughlin at St Eunan’s Cathedral after the Mass. Send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com SCOIL CHOLMCILLE BOYS LOOK DAPPER ON FIRST COMMUNION DAY was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Scoil Cholmcille Letterkennylast_img read more

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LIFFORD POACHER SPARED ANOTHER ‘TORRID’ TIME IN JAIL

first_imgA young Lifford man whose brother perished on the same stretch of water on which he was arrested has been spared being sent back to jail for fisheries offences.Mark Colhoun was caught by fisheries officers with a gill net and other items along the River Foyle on April 5th last.Colhoun and another man were observed throwing a hook with a chord into the water several times before pulling out a gill net. There was nothing in the net but as the men left they were approached by observing officers.A stand-off ensued between Colhoun of 41 Beechwood, Lifford who had told his accomplice not to open the boot of the Ford Mondeo they were in.When the boot was opened, the fisheries officers found various illegal fishing equipment.The court heard that Colhoun then squared up to officers and threatened them forcing one officer to take cover in his car.Solicitor for Colhoun, Frank Dorrian, said his client had served a prison sentence in Castlerea Prison along with another brother for fisheries offences.He said his time there had been torrid and that he hated every second of it.Mr Dorrian also revealed it had been a very difficult time for him personally as his brother had died tragically and his mother had also passed away suddenly.Judge Paul Kelly said if Colhoun had not been fishing illegally then he woul dnot have come before the courts.Judge Kelly said fisheries officers had a right to do their job without being assaulted and abused.However he said he accepted Mr Dorrian’s claims that Colhoun had a torrid time in prison and did not want to go back.He sentenced him to a total of one year on jail but suspended the sentence for two years and also fined him €500.LIFFORD POACHER SPARED ANOTHER ‘TORRID’ TIME IN JAIL was last modified: December 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fisheries officersLiffordMarl Colhounpoachinglast_img read more

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