16-year-old Ohio boys charged in deadly log tossing incident

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pair of Ohio teenagers have been charged in a deadly log tossing incident that claimed the life of a photography teacher last month.The 16-year-old boys were arrested and charged with reckless homicide in the death of Victoria Shafer, a 44-year-old teacher in southern Ohio who died after being hit by a falling log on Labor Day, police said over the weekend.Shafer, a married mother of four, was on a park photo shoot with five high school seniors on Sept. 2 when the 6-foot log struck and killed her at the scene. The log weighed 74 pounds and investigators said it was nearly impossible for it to have fallen 75 feet without human interference.“Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigators determined early on that the six foot log was pushed or thrown off the cliff,” the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Friday. “Investigators spent countless hours following leads over the course of the past month, most of which were dead ends.”Police arrested the teens last week after receiving a tip from a parent who claimed one of the suspects had confessed to her daughter. The teen allegedly sent the girl, who is a classmate, text messages stating he “did something serious at the park” with another boy, according to the statement.Investigators followed the tip and the suspects eventually confessed to police, the statement said.“Further investigation by ODNR and the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office led them to the two juveniles in custody, who admitted that they were involved in forcing the log over the cliff,” the statement said. “The two juveniles, both from Logan, were initially charged with Reckless Homicide, although this is subject to change as information comes in.”The teens were being held at a juvenile detention center as of Tuesday afternoon. They made their initial appearance in court on Friday when they pleaded not guilty and requested court-appointed council.Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers had offered up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. The victim’s family previously signaled that they would have sympathy for those responsible for Shafer’s death.“They might need counseling. How horrific would that be? It could not have happened naturally. It could not have rolled off,” the victim’s husband, Fritz Schafer, told Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV last month. “No storm or anything. No wind. It could have been an accident. Even so, somebody knows something.”Cathy Muth, Victoria Schafer’s sister, made a similar appeal for information last month and vowed not to seek “vengeance.”“We understand that maybe it was an accident. It was not a malicious act. But just knowing and being able to put that away would be helpful,” Muth told WSYX. “We are not out for vengeance. We just want to know what happened, and we want to prevent it from happening again.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nonprofit creates a new club at USC

first_imgJames Owens, assistant professor of clinical management communication at USC, began writing The World Is Just A Book Away, but instead of finishing the book, Owens chose to create a non-profit organization of the same name to give kids in Indonesia books and libraries.The World is Just a Book Away was founded by Owens in 2008. Since then, it has built 47 libraries in Indonesia and provided 25,000 children with 45,000 books. Discussion about creating a USC club began at the beginning of the semester.The nonprofit’s mission to give children in Indonesia books was met with enthusiasm from students. Students in response have recently founded a The World Is Just A Book Away Club USC chapter to work with the nonprofit organization.Owens founded the organization after visiting more than 50 countries. Upon seeing the devastated communities, he decided it would be helpful to provide books to children.“I’ve seen children who have access to no books and few resources and I know that books provide a whole world of dreams and adventure and hope to children,” Owens said. “So I thought, let me build a library for kids.”The nonprofit quickly garnered support from USC faculty and alumni, many of whom sit on the organization’s board.“James has an innate ability to mobilize people quickly, and I share his vision in believing that all children, regardless of where they live and what their socioeconomic situation is, should have access to books and education,” said Jonathan Schwartz, a board member for The World Is Just A Book Away and USC alumni.Billy Buffington, a junior majoring in business administration and human performance, and Alex Schaffhausen, a senior majoring in economics and biological sciences, founded the club after learning about the organization in Owens’ class.Schaffhausen said he became involved with the organization because he saw other children were not given the same opportunities he was and wanted to change that.“My parents have always taught me the importance of education … I’ve traveled to third world countries and I realized that a lot of kids don’t have the same opportunities to go to school,” Schaffhausen said. “I want to do my part in helping other children have the same opportunities I have.”The club, which now has 12 members, hopes to have 30 by the end of the year, according to Buffington. Buffington said any USC student can join.To raise money and increase awareness about the club, the group will be holding a 5K run Sunday, April 10. Every dollar donated is the equivalent of one book for the kids in Indonesia.The club spent two months finding sponsors, making signs, sending out emails and meeting with university officials to get the course for the 5K approved.“Most sources I found recommend anywhere from three to six months for preparation,” Buffington said. “Neither Alex nor I had ever run a 5K, let alone organize one, so we pretty much started from scratch. We did a lot of research online and contacted a lot of runners.”The club hopes to build a library in Padang, Indonesia with the money raised from the run. The library, which will be called The World Is Just A Book Away 5K 2011 Library in honor of the event, will be in Padang because the city has been severely ravaged with mudslides and earthquakes over the last few years, according to Buffington.The area is in severe poverty, and Buffington said it is the belief of the organization that education is the key to ending that poverty. Books and libraries are necessary for the children in Indonesia to get an education.Buffington said the most difficult task of putting together the 5K was convincing people to run.“We were unsure how much interest the student body would have,” Buffington said. “Professor James Owens was instrumental in helping us get a large number of participants. Through the goodwill of students and non-students, and a bit of nagging, we now have 115 participants signed up.”The World Is Just A Book Away Club at USC is the first club at a university to work with The World Is Just A Book Away organization.“We have the opportunity to go to a great school and I think it’s a good thing to share our opportunities with others and to benefit and make the world a better place,” Schaffhausen said. “Education is one of the key ingredients for success and I think it’s great that USC students can share their opportunities with others.”Buffington and Schaffhausen both hope the club will spread to other universities.“The long term goal is to eventually have more of these clubs at universities around the state, around the country and that one day having a The World Is Just A Book Away Club is common place at most universities,” Buffington said.Though Buffington and Schaffhausen do not yet know how they will spread the club to other schools, they hope that by reaching out to friends and other advocacy groups, students will want to create a club to benefit The World Is Just A Book Away.last_img read more

Panathinaikos dominates on the road in Milan (video)

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens dominated in the middle two quarters en route to a comfortable 72-86 road win at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday night. The win improved Panathinaikos’s record to 8-5 and a share of fifth place, while Milan lost its sixth consecutive game to fall to 4-9. The hosts led 21-16 after the first quarter, but Panathinaikos scored the first 11 and the last 10 points of the second stanza to go into halftime up 29-40, before extending the lead to 22 at the end of three quarter and cruising to victory. Mike James paced the winners with 19 points. Nick Calathes had 16 points and 6 assists, K.C. Rivers netted 12, while James Feldeine and Ioannis Bourousis had 10 apiece for Panathinaikos, which hit 13 three-point shots on the night. Jamel McLean collected 16 points and 9 rebounds for Milan, and Rakim Sanders finished with 10 in defeat.Miroslav Raduljica was active inside for Milan early on, but Calathes scored 10 points, including a pair of triples, that gave Panathinaikos a 9-12 lead. Milan answered, taking the ball inside and using opportunities in transition. McLean had a powerful dunk, and Ricky Hickman took it the length of the court for a layup and 21-16 lead after 10 minutes. But the visitors opened the second quarter with a 0-11 run, during which Bourousis had a three-point play, and James went coast-to-coast for a big dunk. Milan needed almost five minutes to score its first basket of the second quarter. Hickman and McLean got Milan within a single point, but Panathinaikos scored the last 10 points of the half, including back-to-back threes from Antonis Fotsis and Rivers, and James took it coast-to-coast again for a last-second layup and a 29-40 lead at halftime. Threes from Chris Singleton and Rivers opened a 29-46 advantage in the opening 75 seconds of the third. Milan could not find offensive rhythm as it was all Panathinaikos. James Feledeine hit back-to-back shots from long distance, both assisted by Calathes, who made a runner of his own that helped the visitors break the 20-point barrier, 38-59. A triple from James made it 42-64 going into the fourth quarter, and there was no coming back for the hosts. The lead was as big as 26 points in the last quarter, before Mantas Kalnietis helped lower the margin in the final minutes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more