911 tape and Bryan Nispel testimony highlights Day 2 trial of Provencio assault trial

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County jurors heard the 911 tape and the testimony of Bryan Nispel, one of the alleged victims of the April 22, 2015 brawl in Sumner County during day two of the Sylvester Provencio jury trial.Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is facing charges of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. His counterpart Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell has already pled guilty.The second day of the trial was highlighted by a 10-minute audio of the 911 tape of Nispel who called from his Dodge Ram pickup during a melee involving Provencio; Reedy; Nispel, 55; and Gregory Schneider, 53, of Caldwell.Jurors also heard the testimony of Austin Townsend, who had been with Provencio and Reedy before the brawl, but left and returned four miles to his home in Caldwell on foot once the fight started taking place.Caldwell physician Jim Blunk and Sumner County 911 Director Marcie Bristor also were called to the witness stand in a full day of testimony at the Sumner County District Court.Nispel was the first witness called to the stand by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, who was involved in the melee that night over a year ago.Nispel described a normal day preceding the event in which he was in Caldwell to pick up tomatoes, watch some of a track meet and eventually to Joe B’s tavern where he met of with Schneider to play some cards. He said he had three beers and a bag of chips at the 3.2 establishment.Both Nispel and Schneider left around midnight and proceeded east into rural Caldwell where they lived. Nispel said he noticed a truck that appeared to be stuck in the mud on the south side of U.S. 81. He had a cell phone and drove past them. He called Schneider, who was driving behind him, telling him to stop and see if anyone needed some help.Schneider was driving his wife’s pink Cadillac at the time because his pickup had a flat tire. Nispel said he called a friend who had a chain, and he drove to the next block, made a U-turn and came back. When he got there he rolled down the window and heard Schneider say “that’s a prick way to act for two people trying to help you.”He said at first it appeared as if Provencio and Reedy were fighting and then Provencio had turned to him and started cussing and screaming at him. He said then Provencio charged him where the two exchanged blows. The first hit knocked him in the pickup but he was able to get in a good blow after the second hit, before Provencio hit him a third time. The two ended up wrestling in the mud in the east ditch on the opposite side of the white Toyota pickup that was stuck.Nispel said it was very dark and he could not tell the whereabouts of Schneider but heard him ask if he was all right. Nispel decided he would get back to his truck which was still running and call 911. It was at this point he said on his way back to the truck he was hit in the back twice.He was eventually able to get to the truck and turned it around only to see that Reedy and Provencio were kicking Schneider on the ground, who appeared to be unconscious. Nispel said he used his pickup to knock them into the ditch so they would stop kicking Schneider. He said the two boys fled and got into Schneider’s pink Cadillac and left the scene.Nispel said he got out and saw that Schneider was unresponsive with blood gushing, his head swelling and his eyes rolling in the back of his head. He said he had been a paramedic earlier in his life and had seen victims die who had looked better than Schneider looked at that moment.It was then that Ed Baker and Becky Gonzalez arrived. Nispel said Baker was cooperative but Gonzalez started screaming at him about this being a “little deal and he shouldn’t call the police.” Nispel told Baker to get her away from him. Nispel said he loaded Schneider in the pickup and took him to Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell where emergency personnel were standing by.———Earlier in the day, Blunk testified that Schneider had scalp lacerations, one inch laceration on the nose, lots of bruising, fracturing of his 11th and 12th ribs, arm abrasions, lower abrasions on knees, contusion of the kidneys, problems with vertigo and severe concussions during his three-day hospital stay.  He said Schneider suffered from vertigo and had a severe issue with standing up, and vomited frequently from the concussion. When asked if any of these injuries were life threatening he said the injury to the brain was very serious and could have been fatal.Blunk said he walked with a shuffle for a long time due to balance issues. He suffered from five blunt forces. During cross examination, when asked were any of these blunt forces caused by him getting run over by Nispel’s vehicle, Blunk said it was not.last_img read more

Despite low positive test numbers in region, Cerro Gordo County public health director doesn’t want people to get complacent

first_imgMASON CITY — Despite the north-central region of the state having the lowest level of any of the six regions on the state’s COVID-19 assessment scale, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health director Brian Hanft says residents should not get complacent about taking precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.He says,  “I think our numbers are low because we haven’t been complacent. I believe it’s because our population has adhered to following the guidelines, and because of that we’ve been successful. I don’t want people to feel like it’s now time to relax again. This is an all-day, everyday effort, and it’s going to remain as an ongoing effort for the near future, and by that I’m meaning many months to come.”Hanft says a number of things can be pinpointed to why there’s only been one lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County reported in the last ten days.  “The public’s adherence to social distancing guidelines by remaining at home as much as possible. Business closures, as economically painful as they are,   and it’s always difficult for me to even say that because I understand the impact, but I believe that they have had a substantial help in controlling the spread. School closures. which goes back a few weeks, but without a doubt have been a major move to control the spread. And then public messaging and the promotion of flattening the curve  I believe has been effective.”Hanft says with more testing taking place through Governor Reynolds’ “Test Iowa” initiative, the public should anticipate the number of positive cases to rise.  “That’s been kind of our point all along from the get-go. When we first announced cases, even in the United States, testing availability has been a struggle, and that’s certainly been the case here in Iowa. As we conduct additional cases, we’re likely to find those people who are asymptomatic, which is part of the problem with this virus, is that people can walk around asymptomatically and not know that they’re spreading the virus. As we ramp up our testing initiatives and our efforts with the availability of those tests, we will see additional cases.”As of this morning, the north-central based Region 2 was at a four on the regional assessment scale. Northeast Iowa, where further restrictions were put in place late last week by Governor Reynolds, is still at the scale’s worst level of 10. The southeast and south-central regions of Iowa are at a nine. Southwestern Iowa is at six, while northwest Iowa is at five.last_img read more

Olympia Resident and Former Addict Shares how Spirituality Improves Self-Esteem in…

first_imgFacebook130Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Bohlsen Group for Kay ChristyAs someone who has been clean for more than 30 years, Kay Christy is familiar with how addiction can erode an individual’s self-esteem. During her recovery process, she witnessed firsthand how important it is for people to develop self-confidence to overcome various obstacles in life.Helping individuals, especially those recovering from substance abuse, increase their self- esteem is exactly what Christy, a life coach, addresses in her book, “Gifts from Guidance.” In her book, she shares various affirmations and prayers tailored to help others improve their lives.Olympia author and recovered addict Kay Christy explores increasing self-esteem through spirituality in her new book.“Spirituality can sync the heart and mind to help people every day,” Christy said. “Prayers are universal in their message of love that bridges religion and spirituality with the human need for peace.”Christy is currently working to partner with various women’s substance abuse treatment centers in Oregon and Washington to teach those in recovery how improving their spirituality can aid in the process of becoming clean.“From my personal experience, I know that positive thought and prayer can be used to live a more fulfilling life,” Christy said. “I want to help individuals see the benefit of implementing spirituality into their daily life.”For more information, visit www.giftsfromguidance.com.Gifts from Guidance by Kay ChristyISBN: 978-1-4525-8998-5Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and BalboaAbout the authorKay Christy is a life coach who has been in recovery for more than 30 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in behavioral science from City University of Seattle. She resides in Olympia.last_img read more

Lamar Names Aqua Franklin Head Women’s Basketball Coach

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – Aqua Franklin has been named Lamar University head women’s basketball coach announced Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Montagne Center. Franklin becomes the 14th head coach in program history. Prior to returning to the KU sidelines for the 2015-16 season, Franklin spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State. She helped lay the foundation for what has become one of the premier programs in women’s collegiate basketball. In 2014-15, Mississippi State posted a 27-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in SEC play, setting school records for wins in both categories. The Bulldogs also advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament that season. Due to her efforts on the recruiting trail, the Bulldogs brought in a class that was ranked among the nation’s top-20 in 2013. Franklin comes to LU with 10 years of coaching experience which includes the previous four seasons serving as the associate head coach at Kansas. Her résumé also includes one year as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin before making stops at Mississippi State and her first stint at Kansas. “I am honored and proud to be named the next women’s basketball coach at Lamar University,” said Franklin. “One of my dreams has been to be a head coach in my home state. My Texas background and connections make Lamar the perfect place for me. My staff and I will be committed to our student-athletes in engaging and empowering them to be the best version of themselves on and off the court. We will compete at the highest level and continue the winning tradition as a championship level program. This is a special opportunity and I am thankful for Dr. Kenneth Evans, Marco Born and the rest of the administration for their trust and support.” During her time with the Jayhawks, Franklin has mentored four KU guards to all-league accolades, including Christalah Lyons each of the past two seasons. During the 2016-17 season, Franklin mentored guard Jessica Washington to new heights on the hardwood. Washington became the first Jayhawk to garner Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors after averaging a league-best 19.3 points per game in Big 12 play.center_img During her first stint with the Jayhawks, Franklin helped KU to one of its best seasons, which was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Franklin coached Angel Goodrich to a banner season as she led KU with 23.3 points per game and set the KU school record with 250 assists. Goodrich was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Associated Press (AP) and was one of four finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award. “I’m extremely excited to be naming Aqua Franklin as our next head coach,” said Born. “As we began the process of looking for our new head coach, there was one name that kept rising to the top. Aqua has put together a very distinguished career and is viewed as one of the up and coming talents in coaching. It goes without saying that she came highly recommended. She also has great recruiting ties within the state of Texas, and already has a strong knowledge of the Southland Conference.” Franklin comes to Beaumont with strong ties to the Southland Conference having spent the 2010-11 season at Stephen F. Austin. During her time in Nacogdoches, she helped Tammara Marion become one of the top guards in school history. Marion ended her career as the 25th player to score 1,000 points and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. Franklin’s coaching career began at her alma mater where she served as a graduate assistant. Her time on the A&M sideline came following a professional playing career in WNBA. Selected as the 38th overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2008 draft, Franklin lead the Monarchs to the opening round of the WNBA playoffs. She spent the following season with the Seattle Storm.last_img read more

Chasing history! – Portmore hunting RSPL record

first_imgNever in the history of Jamaica’s football has a promoted team rose from the lower league to the summit of top-flight football in successive seasons.However, former winners Portmore United are hoping to rewrite the record book as they prepare to take on Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, starting tomorrow, and coach Jeffrey Hewitt said it would be “special” to accomplish such a feat.Portmore were relegated from the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season, but after battling their way back to local football’s premier competition last year, no one expected the season the St Catherine side has delivered.They topped the preliminary standings on points to take the $1-million prize and Hewitt said winning the play-offs would be the added bonus.”Definitely, it would be something special (to come straight up and win the league), but our objective is not really based on that. Our intention is to make sure we are champions of the league, but that (coming up and winning) would definitely add to it,” he said.Hewitt said that prior to the start of the season, they were confident of doing well on their return, however, as the team performed above expectations, he said their objectives also changed.EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED”We surpassed it (expectation) and our objectives changed along the way. Coming into the season, we played some practise games against Premier League teams and, based on what we saw, we knew, for a fact, we were going to finish high up the table, but as the season progressed, we realised we could push further and we kept pushing and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we will be on top.”We have been putting in a lot of work, and it’s definitely about the backroom staff. We have been working very hard with this team and credit must go to (technical) director (Andre) Waugh who set the programme. He knows what he’s about and what he wants and the guys have fallen in line and as it is we are getting there,” he continued.To achieve this dream, Portmore must first get by arch-rivals Humble Lion in their two-leg semi-final and Hewitt claim things are looking good for them as they head into tomorrow’s first-leg clash at Effortville.”Finishing on top of the league ahead of Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay is a good feeling. We are really proud of what we have achieves so far and our ambition is to go all the way. The job is not yet done, we just have to keep on working, as our focus is on getting through these two semi-final games and try to advance to the final.last_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgLATEST STORIES In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. 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Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.”last_img read more

4 homeless after D’Andrade Street home goes up in flames

first_imgA senior employee attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and her three children are now forced to make alternative living arrangements after a fire of unknown origin swept through their D’Andrade Street, Kitty home on Sunday.At the time of the fire, Ruth Lee claimed that no one was at home, but residentsThe house after the fire on Sundayclaimed otherwise. They reportedly told media operatives that the woman’s daughter and two other persons were in the house when they observed smoke emanating from the upper flat of the building. They quickly rushed to safety.By the time residents rushed to the scene, the interior of the building was already engulfed, but the residents’ quick response meant they managed to save several nearby houses.Three fire tenders from the Central Fire Station responded to the report, with the firefighters without hesitation going into firefighting mode. After some time, the fire was contained to one location. Fire officials have launched an investigation into the blaze.last_img read more

UN says Canada’s plan to rescue Wood Buffalo National Park not enough

first_imgBut it has been deteriorating for decades. In 2014, the Mikisew Cree asked UNESCO to examine the park to see if it still merited designation as a World Heritage Site.The UNESCO report prompted Ottawa to commission a 561-page study that concluded 15 out of 17 measures of ecological health were declining. The effects, everything from low water flows to curtailed Indigenous use, stem largely from changes to area rivers caused by climate change, dams in British Columbia and industry in Alberta.Canada proposed solutions such as artificially induced spring floods and other water flows. Ottawa also promised more careful environmental reviews of nearby development and better consultation with Indigenous people.Since that report, Alberta has created a series of wildland areas around most of the park as a buffer zone.Advertisement “The action plan includes over 140 actions to increase protection of ecosystems,” Parks Canada said.The UN draft decision praises those measures, including the controversial Bill C-69 on environmental assessments.But UNESCO points out Canada failed to answer concerns about B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam. It also says ongoing oilsands development upstream from the park is of “serious concern.”The report notes Teck Frontier’s oilsands mine would move development closer to the park. It also wants an assessment of the failure risks posed by oilsands tailings ponds.Parks Canada has committed more than $27.5 million over five years to support the federal plan. UNESCO says that’s not enough.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – The status of Canada’s largest park as a World Heritage Site remains wobbly after a United Nations body expressed grave doubts about a federal plan to rescue it.“Considerably more effort will be needed to reverse the negative trends at a time when climate change combined with upstream industrial developments and resource extraction are intensifying,” says a draft decision on Wood Buffalo National Park from UNESCO, which manages the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites.Further deterioration, it says, “could eventually lead to the inscription of the property on the list of World Heritage in Danger.”- Advertisement -In an email, Parks Canada said it “recognizes the outstanding universal value of Canada’s 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is committed to their ongoing protection.”Wood Buffalo, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas and is the breeding ground for millions of migratory birds from four continental flyways.With almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways, it is the world’s only breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes and home to the world’s largest herd of free-ranging wood buffalo. First Nations depend on the area.Advertisement “More funding will likely be needed given the size of the property and the complexity of the issues,” it says.Kecia Kerr of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the UNESCO decision is serious business.“It’s a serious tone and it’s a warning,” she said. “It’s definitely not a real passing grade.”Arresting the park’s decline will take strong measures, she said.“The continuation of adding a small impact here, a small impact there, (has) already overwhelmed the park. It will require some tough decisions and actually saying no to some projects.”Advertisement There are 33 countries with properties on the list of sites in danger. The United Kingdom and the United States each have one site on the list, but almost all are from Africa, South America and the Middle East.Parks Canada said it does not expect to join that list.“While acknowledging that there is more work to be done, the draft decision affirms the (government’s) commitment to the ongoing protection and management of Canada’s largest national park and World Heritage Site.”UNESCO is to take its final vote on the draft decision on Canada’s response at its next meetings starting at the end of the month.last_img read more

Lamela turns focus back to Tottenham after strong Argentina showing

first_img1 Erik Lamela in action for Argentina Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite enjoying a successful start to the season.The Argentina international has been revitalised since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino this summer, racking up four assists in all competitions already.Lamela also found the back of the net in his country’s 4-2 win over Germany last week, capping off a strong start to the season.However, the 22-year-old has admitted he is not getting ahead of himself after impressing for club and country.“I’m happy because it was my first goal for Argentina and even happier because we won the game”, Lamela told the Tottenham’s official site.  “It’s one goal, it was special, but it’s just one goal and I will keep my feet on the ground.“To win 4-2 against Germany, the world champions, is a special result. It was great to be part of it.”last_img read more

‘Diego Costa needed this goal for his confidence’ – Jose Mourinho praises striker after Chelsea’s victory over Norwich

first_imgChelsea ended their barren Premier League run after sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa scored the winning goal for the reigning English champions, netting his first for the club in seven games.The Brazil-born striker, like many of his team-mates, has come in for heavy criticism over his poor form and attitude this season, with the forward looking a shadow of the player that proved a nightmare to defenders upon his arrival in England’s top flight last summer.Following the win, Jose Mourinho admitted that Costa has not been at his best, but spoke of his delight at the 27-year-old ending his goalless spell.“I think the crowd loves him, that’s not the point, but the reality is that in the last minute of the first half he missed a chance with an open goal,” said the Blues boss.“He’s not scoring goals, but he’s working very well.“He’s a happy guy, he’s a positive guy, so we are all delighted that he scored the winning goal for us.”Mourinho also voiced how important the goal was for Costa’s confidence, stating that the former Atletico Madrid man needed to get his name on the scoresheet.“It’s a goal that we need as a team, for the points, and as a striker Diego also needs for his confidence.”last_img read more