Suspect charged with impersonating missing Ohio boy ordered to remain in jail

first_imgHamilton County Sheriff(CINCINNATI) — A convicted felon who impersonated an Ohio boy missing since 2011 was ordered Tuesday to remain in jail until his case is resolved.Brian Michael Rini, 23, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, where Magistrate Karen Litkovitz said she was concerned that the suspect was a flight risk based on his lengthy criminal record, lack of permanent residence and his mental health history, according to ABC affiliate station WCPO-TV in Cincinatti.A preliminary hearing for Rini is scheduled for April 19.Authorities said that Rini led law enforcement officials in three states on a wild goose chase on April 3 when he was found wandering around the streets of Newport, Kentucky, and then telling police he was Timmothy Pitzen — the Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared when he was 6 years old in 2011 and would be 14 years old now. Rini allegedly told police he had escaped from two kidnappers, both white males with “body-builder’ type builds, who had been holding him at a motel in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville.Detectives from the Cincinnati Police Department and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Chicago probed the claims made by Rini, who refused to submit his fingerprints but gave investigators a DNA sample that showed he was an imposter, according to a criminal complaint.“It’s devastating,” Timmothy’s aunt, Kara Jacobs, told reporters after authorities revealed the imposter’s true identity. “It’s like reliving the day all over again,” she said. “Timmothy’s father is devastated once again.”Timmothy was last seen in 2011 being checked out of his Aurora school by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, police said. The search for him and his mother spanned the region before his mother was found dead by suicide in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois.Fry-Pitzen left a note saying Timmothy was safe with people who were caring for him, but would never be found, police said.After he was confronted with the DNA test results that confirmed he was not Timmothy, Rini confessed to his alleged lie and said he learned about the boy from a report on the case that aired on ABC’s “20/20,” according to the criminal complaint.“He stated that he wanted to get away from his own family,” Cincinnati Police Detective Mary Braun, who is also a member of an FBI Task Force on missing and abused children, wrote in the criminal complaint. “When questioned further, Rini stated that he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s…”According to the criminal complaint, Rini, who has a long criminal record, was released from an Ohio prison on March 7. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials said Rini served an 18-month sentence for burglary and vandalism.On two previous occasions, Rini falsely “portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim,” according to the complaint.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Late dinner, early Daytona 500 champion’s breakfast but no tattoos for Denny Hamlin

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Denny Hamlin was still grinning Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway, 12 hours after hoisting his second Daytona 500 trophy in Victory Lane. He met with the media, signed special pieces of speedway memorabilia and received the traditional Daytona 500 winner’s leather jacket during the annual champion’s breakfast.There was a distinctively different vibe from last February, when 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon was sharing stories of his victory tattoo and an all-night party.Truth be told, Dillon’s rowdy celebration was more similar to Hamlin’s first Daytona 500 win in 2016, but this time around Hamlin has two young daughters, is nursing a cold and feeling all kinds of sentimental having won the sport’s biggest race only weeks after his close friend and Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs passed away.Instead of burning the midnight oil, Hamlin joined his team owner – J.D.’s father Joe Gibbs – at a nearby Steak ‘n Shake for a more wholesome and fitting nod to his late friend. It’s a team tradition that took on significant meaning this year.RELATED: Inside JGR’s Steak ‘n Shake tradition in Daytona Beach“We were running the streets,” Gibbs said jokingly of the celebration.“Actually, this tradition started with our very first win [Dale Jarrett, 1993], we got lost in Daytona 500 winner’s circle, wound up grabbing the trophy, didn’t know you go to the media center, pulled out on the road from the track and went north and J.D. and (his other son) Coy said, ‘Hey dad, we’re starved,’ so I said ‘Steak ‘n Shake.’“So we spent 30 minutes in the parking lot with fans and it was awesome. So a tradition started. Last night we did the same. We wound up with our whole group and a bunch of fans too.’’As for any victory tattoos?Torey Fox | NASCAR Digital MediaAgain, Gibbs, Hamlin, and his winning crew chief Chris Gabehart laughed out loud.“I got one,’’ Gibbs joked about the tattoo.“Not me,’’ said Hamlin, who did however, receive congratulatory calls from NBA legends Michael Jordan on Sunday night and Charles Barkley on Monday morning.While both Gibbs and Hamlin were able to smile about the celebration and trophies Monday morning, they both remained insistent, however, the best part of the victory was the opportunity to remember and honor J.D. Gibbs, who battled a degenerative neurological disease.Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota carried J.D.’s name and there was a moment of remembrance during Lap 11 of the Daytona 500.The outcome – the victory and the happiness it produced – was a fantastic way to remember Gibbs, who was a positive, always-smiling presence in the NASCAR garage for years as a driver and then executive on the JGR team.Winning was the expectation and Gibbs’ style of leadership certainly seemed to have worked the magic. The smiles, high fives and team celebrations this week are reminders of the J.D. Gibbs’ spirit that elevated the organization for years.MORE: Denny Hamlin wins 61st annual Daytona 500 | Complete results“The whole thing was just a special memory for me, and it’s one I’ll never forget, and it was the most important night of my occupational life,’’ Joe Gibbs said Sunday after the victory lane celebration.It’s not only a sentimental accomplishment for the team, but also a strong signal of Hamlin’s competitiveness to come in 2019. The win assures him a position in the Playoffs this fall.First though, Hamlin heads out Monday night on the Daytona 500 victory tour. On Tuesday, he will appear on FS1’s “First Things First,” Live! With Kelly and Ryan, Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take,’ and also at the New York Stock Exchange. He will make appearances on both The Weather Channel and CNN in Atlanta later in the week.“There’s been a lot of one-time winners of big races, but certainly if you win a couple that’s a skill thing and if you put yourself in that position, certainly it’s validating for sure,’’ Hamlin said.PHOTOS: Best scenes from all-time great Daytona 500last_img read more

Zazes, Flurps and the Moral World of Kids

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: Here’s a question. There are two groups, Zazes and Flurps. A Zaz hits somebody. Who do you think it was, another Zaz or a Flurp?It’s depressing, but you have to admit that it’s more likely that the Zaz hit the Flurp. That’s an understandable reaction for an experienced, world-weary reader of The Wall Street Journal. But here’s something even more depressing—4-year-olds give the same answer.In my last column, I talked about some disturbing new research showing that preschoolers are already unconsciously biased against other racial groups. Where does this bias come from?Marjorie Rhodes at New York University argues that children are “intuitive sociologists” trying to make sense of the social world. We already know that very young children make up theories about everyday physics, psychology and biology. Dr. Rhodes thinks that they have theories about social groups, too.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

DLP to host ‘gigantic’ family event for Father’s Day

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics DLP to host ‘gigantic’ family event for Father’s Day by: Dominica Vibes News – June 12, 2017 The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will host a family get together in honour of Father’s Day on Sunday 18 June at the Botanic Gardens in Roseau. Prime Minister and DLP leader Roosevelt Skerrit, who announced the event, said it was organized because Father’s Day is a “little tag along” while Mother’s Day is the “big occasion” and the DLP does not believe that this is right or fair. “Accordingly, this Father’s Day…the Dominica Labour Party will be hosting a gigantic family outing in honour of our fathers in Dominica,” he said during a DLP rally in Portsmouth on 7 may 2017. “I want every father in this crowd and following via the internet to make plans in Roseau on June [18]. I will be there and I want all the fathers of Dominica to join me in the gardens on June 18,” he said. Mr. Skerrit invited mothers to come along with the children so that they can celebrate with the fathers as it will be a family affair. The DLP leader said there will be “bouncing castle, donkey cart ride, dominoes, rounders, lime and spoon, snow cone, ice cream, candy frost, lucky dips, games of chance, everything that we did on such occasions yesteryear we shall seek to recreate on this special day on June 18.” Share Tweetcenter_img Share 613 Views   6 comments Sharelast_img read more

LaFollette Library extends food drive

first_imgThe LaFollette Public Library is extending its late fees in exchange for canned food program through December.It was project that started last year and one that Nancy Green, LaFollette librarian, brought back this year.Library patrons can have a dollar’s worth of fines forgiven with the donation of an item of nonperishable food.  If less than $1 is owed, one item or can of food, will erase the fine.“Last year, around $50 was collected in “fines” but several people just brought food by the library to help with the project,” Green said,.  “We got a ton of food,” she said.For more information call the library at 423.562.5154.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/10/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Handcuffs, drama; Five red cards for 12, including Neymar; …

first_imgParis: The second consecutive defeat to defending champions Paris Saint-Germain in the French League One battle, which was full of drama and maneuverability. The fight, which saw five red cards and twelve yellow cards, including superstar Neymar, ended with the opening of a new chapter of shame as a direct example of indiscipline.This time it was Marzza who defeated PSG. PSG won by a single unanswered goal. The embarrassing match took place at PSG’s home ground.Marseille scored in the 31st minute through Florian Touvin. Dimitri Payet scored the only goal of the game. He also lost to PSG Lens in the last match.From the start of the match, it was a handshake. The referee had to issue five red cards after the players lost control in the final minutes of the match. PSG’s Kursawa, Neymar and Paredes were shown red cards, while Marce’s Amavi and Benedetto were shown red cards.last_img read more