LAS VEGAS SHOOTING – The gunman, Stephen Paddock’s mother once described him as a “bad boy.”
Paddock’s mother described his son as a bad boy during a conversation with a neighbour, Jorge Juertes.
Juertes lived next door to Paddock’s mother when she resided in Dallas, Texas, and said he met the man once.
Speaking about Paddock in an interview with the Star-Telegram, Juertes said the man used to visit his mother occasionally but never interacted with the other residents.
Juertes said, “He wasn’t very sociable. She [his mother] said he’s a bad boy.”
Another neighbour to Paddock’s mother, Maria Alameida, said he bought the house in Dallas for his mother in 2004 before his brother Eric moved her to Florida some time later.
According to Star-Telegram, Paddock himself worked in Texas until some time in 2010, and owned a pilot’s licence while there.
He rented a hangar at the local airport and kept a plane there, paying his rent on time. His flying permit shows he wore glasses for short-sightedness.
He also obtained an Alaska hunting and fishing license while living in Texas.
At the time of the massacre, Paddock was living in Mesquite, Nevada, a short distance from Las Vegas.
He had bought a $369,000 home in a retirement community with the proceeds of a real estate business worth around $2million.
In the days before his attack, he was holed up in a suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel, located on The Strip.
He used 10 suitcases to transport 23 weapons to the room, including multiple rifles, two of which were adapted to allow them to essentially fire on full automatic mode.
After setting up the weapons, including two mounted with scopes and on tripods, he smashed the windows of his suite with a hammer, then opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival below.
Pretty high school teacher accused of having sex with students, narrates her ordeal during and after trial
Former high school teacher in Maine found not guilty of having sex with a student said she wants to write a book to share her story with others.
The 30-year-old former Kennebunk High School teacher, Jill Lamontagne was first accused of sex charges with a student in 2017. She was acquitted of all charges in July after a four-day trial.
“I’ve filled multiple notebooks over the past year,” she told the Journal Tribune. “A book is a goal.”
Lamontagne resigned after teaching health at the school for almost five years in September 2017 when a student came forward with sexual allegations.
The student, now 19, was 17 at the time Lamontagne began helping him with schoolwork to graduate. She has been working at a diner since she resigned in September 2017. Lamontagne was shocked when she learned about the allegations.
She knew people who are innocent are sometimes convicted for crimes they did not commit, and had to prepare herself for that possibility, despite not being able to sleep or eat and taking to her living room couch for a month.
The student testified that he and Lamontagne’s relationship changed toward the end of the school year in 2017 when his graduation was nearing, and claimed they engaged in a sexual relationship in a closet at her portable classroom and at her home.
A former colleague and daycare provider each testified that Lamontagne was with them during the two separate incidents where the teen claimed to engage in sexual relations with his former teacher.
“I think the weak part of the puzzle was my administration and superintendent,” Lamontagne said to the Journal Tribune, placing blame on school officials. “The superintendent and principal assisted the police in building a case against me.”
Although she was acquitted of all 14 charges against her, Lamontagne’s life will never go back to the way it used to be.
“I don’t get my job back, (attorney) fees back, the old version of me back,” she told the newspaper. “I don’t get rid of the trauma. I’m innocent, that’s it.”
Teachers were discouraged from texting and calling students, but Lamontagne says it was not official policy until earlier this year. “It became more evident that math was not the only thing he was struggling with,” Lamontagne said to the Journal Tribune.
The student testified he tried to take his life on June 9 when he was supposed to be attending a graduation assembly for seniors. After the trial, Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Hawes released a letter commenting on Lamontagne’s violation of the school’s policy.
“Although Ms. Lamontagne was acquitted of the criminal charges, I think it is important to acknowledge that the evidence that was presented during the trial demonstrated a troubling failure by one of our teachers to comply with the standards we expect of all of our employees,” Hawes said in her letter.
Lamontagne said the the texts and phone calls were all solely for her efforts toward helping the student.
She was in communication with the school’s guidance counselor and sought advice on how to help him emotionally because she knew he was struggling. The student was not referred to the social worker at the school, however, because the two did not get along according to Lamontagne.
Although she has not ruled out teaching, Lamontagne, who studied nursing before she was a teacher, is exploring careers in the medical field. Holistic health or counseling are two possibilities she considers. She told sources she wouldn’t do anything different today, despite all that happened.
Robber arrested while romancing female victim after stealing from her
A suspected thief was yesterday arrested and beaten mercilessly after he made an attempt to romance his victim just after robbing her in Delta state.
It was gathered that the suspect allegedly gained access into a lady’s house with the intention to steal along Yoruba road extension in Sapele area.
Thief arrested while romancing female victim after robbing her
According to the female victim, she felt someone romancing her leg in her sleep as she opened her eyes to see a stranger in her room. She raised an alarm and shouted before neighbours gave the suspect a hot pursuit.
“I was not aware of when he was robbing me because I was deep asleep but was awoken when I realised something was rubbing on my legs. I opened my eyes, only to see a stranger in my room”
It was revealed that the suspect later identified as Julius – was beaten mercilessly by the mob to the extent he pooed on himself.
The lady disclosed that she’s sick and took some drugs that’s why she slept off and didn’t noticed when the suspect entered her house.
The stolen phone was later recovered.
29-year-old teacher defiles Down syndrome teenager in Lagos
The police in Lagos state have arrested a 29-year-old class teacher, Wasiu Kabiru, for allegedly defiling a 17-year-old teenager at the Down Syndrome Foundation, Surulere, where he was a student.
Narrating what had transpired, the victim said
“One day, I was inside the toilet when Brother Kabiru came to meet me and he used his eyes to tell me to keep quiet. He removed his shirt and trousers and also removed my clothes and did it inside the school and the second one was in the male hostel.”
Kabiru was recently arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on two counts of defilement.
The charges against him read
“That you, Wasiu Kabiru, between June and August 2018, being a class teacher at Down Syndrome Foundation on Adegoke Street, Masha Road, Surulere, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the victim, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 216 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State Nigeria 2015.”
Kabiru pleaded not guilty to the charge. The court adjourned the case till October 22nd and ordered he be remanded in police custody.
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