All $400K raised for Good Samaritan homeless veteran is gone, attorney says

first_imgABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The attorney representing a homeless veteran at the center of a battle over a $400,000 fundraiser in his name says all of the money raised is now gone.Christopher Fallon, who is representing 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran Johnny Bobbitt, told reporters that he found out the money was gone during a conference call Tuesday morning with attorneys for Kate McClure, 28, and Mark D’Amico, 39, the couple who set out to help Bobbitt last year, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.McClure created a GoFundMe account to thank Bobbitt for his kindness after he used his last $20 to buy her gas when she broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, sharing his story to prompt more than 14,000 people to donate to the fund.On Aug. 30, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paula Dow ordered the couple to return the remainder of the funds to Bobbitt’s attorneys after Bobbitt requested a temporary restraining order that would bar the couple from spending any more of it.At the time, the amount left was in dispute. Fallon estimated during Thursday’s hearing that more than $250,000 should be left, but during an appearance on “Today” on Aug. 27, McClure and D’Amico told Megyn Kelly that about $150,000 was left.The couple used a portion of the money to buy a 1999 Ford Ranger and a trailer for Bobbitt — both of which they placed in their names, according to a lawsuit filed against the couple.Bobbitt is “completely devastated” that “there is no money left,” Fallon said, according to NJ.com.“Where the money went, I have no idea,” Fallon said.GoFundMe announced Tuesday that it was working to ensure that Bobbitt “receives all of the funds raised on his behalf.”The company is assisting law enforcement in the investigating into the funds and has placed $20,000 in a bank account created by Bobbitt’s attorneys to “provide assistance during the investigation.”“It’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected,” GoFundMe said in a statement.Ernest Badway, the attorney representing the couple, told ABC News that they have no comment. ABC News could not immediately reach Fallon for comment.Bobbitt’s attorneys filed a lawsuit against the couple last week, claiming that the couple was committing fraud by spending the money on themselves.During Thursday’s hearing, Badway said he and the couple were preparing accounting to “show where the money went.”Bobbitt, who is back on the street, alleged in an interview with WPVI-TV last week that McClure and D’Amico used thousands of dollars to go on lavish trips, shopping sprees and gambling.Since creating the GoFundMe account on Nov. 10, McClure, an administrative assistant in New Jersey, has posted online footage that included spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, taking helicopter rides through the Grand Canyon, and multiple trips to New York City, including front row tickets to “The Book of Mormon,” WPVI-TV reported.“Please don’t rush to judgment,” Badway said in court Aug. 30, adding that McClure and D’Amico had received death threats. “When you see it, the numbers that we’re talking about are not that far off.”Bobbitt said he hesitated to retain an attorney at first because he did not want to “seem ungrateful.”“I wish it didn’t come to this,” Bobbitt WPVI-TV. “I hate that it came to this.”The couple missed the Friday afternoon deadline to transfer the money, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.A hearing in New Jersey Superior Court is expected to take place Wednesday, according to WPVI-TV.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos may have suffered ‘serious physical assault’

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department (HARTFORD, Conn.) — Missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos was the suspected victim of a “serious physical assault” at the home of her estranged husband, according to arrest warrants obtained Monday.Clothing and sponges soaked with Jennifer Dulos’ blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where the documents said surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be her husband, Fotis Dulos, disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents.At one point the man believed to be Fotis Dulos was seen putting an item into a storm drain grate, the arrest warrants said.The new evidence comes over one week into the search for Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five from New Canaan, who was last seen on May 24, according to police.Fotis Dulos, 51, of Farmington, and his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested on Saturday, charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution, according to authorities.More charges are likely, prosecutors said Monday.Troconis and Fotis Dulos were shackled as they made their first court appearances Monday.They were held on $500,000 bond.Fotis Dulos is not expected to post bond, his attorney said; Troconis’ lawyer said she would.Troconis was ordered to have no contact with Dulos or the victim’s family.Their next court date is June 11.Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance came amid a contentious custody dispute between the former couple.In 2017, Jennifer Dulos filed for an emergency order for full custody of the children, which was denied, court documents show. Jennifer Dulos and Fotis Dulos had temporary shared custody of the children until the end of the divorce proceedings.Jennifer Dulos alleged that Fotis Dulos exhibited intensifying “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior,” stating that she was afraid for her safety as well as the physical safety and emotional well-being of their children.The mother alleged that Fotis Dulos threatened to kidnap their children on May 30, 2017, if she did not agree to his terms in the divorce settlement and that he had bought a gun that year.In Fotis Dulos’ amended reply to the motion, he claims that he legally bought the gun in 2017 for home security. He denied exhibiting “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and/or controlling behavior” and stated that he never threatened to kidnap the children.It is unclear where the Dulos’ five children are now, but a statement from family spokeswoman Carrie Luft on Friday said they are “safe and well-cared for.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Germany’s Schulz and Merkel neck and neck in poll

first_imgGermany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is on par with the conservative Christian-Democrat (CDU) in a new poll, after a another survey put it ahead for the first time in ten years.A survey from the Emnid Institute showed the SPD, which picked former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its candidate for chancellor in the September 24 vote, would win 32 percent of the vote if elections were held today.This is the same as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, according to the results published today in Der Spiegel. A DeutschlandTrend poll published by broadcaster ARD on Friday, also found 32 percent supported SPD, but this was 1 percentage point ahead of the CDU.Most respondents in the Emnid poll also do not expect Schulz to replace Merkel in the autumn: 50 percent doubt he can do it, while 36 percent are convinced.In addition, the poll found 57 percent consider Schulz’s claim to work particularly for “hard-working people” to be “unbelievable,” while 36 percent thought it was “credible.” Also On POLITICO In campaign debut, Martin Schulz leans left By Florian Eder By the numbers Angela Merkel stares down 10-year curse By Paul Dallison and Sanya Khetani-Shah Waiting time for German asylum requests increasing By Cynthia Kroetlast_img read more

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Stream Moby’s Latest Album “Innocents”

first_imgMoby‘s newest album Innocents is able to be streamed online today. It can be heard on NPR as well as Google Play. The album is heavy on the collaborations including several from different realms of music.His eleventh record to date follows 2011′s Destroyed and features a host of guests, including The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, Cold Specks, Inyang Bassey, and Skylar Grey. This is also his first LP with Mark Stent, as well as an outside producer in general.“I spend most of my time alone in my studio, so for Innocents it seemed like a really nice idea to involve other people in the making of the record,” said Moby. “Working with all of these collaborators has helped me to make a record that I’m very proud of, and working this way also gave me some semblance of a social life.”Moby w/ Wayne Coyne “The Perfect Life”:last_img read more

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Man, 56, shot to death at PA washateria

first_img Next UpThe man was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont but died. His name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon pending notification of next of kin.The washateria is open 24 hours a day and does not have gaming machines.The PAPD Crime Scene Unit was called and processed the scene. The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating.This marks the 13th homicide of the year in the city. A 56-year-old man is dead after a shooting at an all-night washateria early Wednesday.Police were dispatched at 1:47 a.m. to the washateria, 2925 25th St., which is near Memorial Boulevard and behind El Paisano Family Food store.When police arrived, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the torso, according to a press release from the Port Arthur Police Department.center_img Persons with information on this or any other crime are asked to call PAPD at 983-8600 or Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at 833-TIPS (8477). You won’t be asked your name and may be eligible for a cash reward. You may also make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by downloading the P3Tips app on your smartphone.last_img read more

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Interbike 2008 – DT Swiss

first_imgDT Swiss was showing off lots of lightweight goodies, like this carbon-rim mountain bike wheelset, weighing in at only 1250g w/o skewers.  Sure, they carry a street price of at least $2,600 per set (that’s the lowest online price I found, MSRP is higher), but can you really put a price on winning races?  They ship ready for CenterLock discs and include a 6-bolt adapter.  At the moment, it looks like they’re only available in standard 9mm QR, but hopefully they have a 15mm version in the works.(EDITOR’S UPDATE: Both the road and MTB Wheels in this post use Ceramic Bearings)They’ve also got their 2009 EXC fork, a full carbon lower, single crown 6″ travel (150mm) bad boy  that weighs only 3.67 lbs.  That’s a lot of travel for a little weight.  Pics and deets after the break… They also showed off their 2009 RRC 1250 carbon road wheels (below), weighing in at 1250g for the set with a moderate “V” aero shape. The last of the new stuff was a new color (below) for their popular 240 hubs…white.  White is the new color for everyone…don’t manufacturers know winter’s coming and white is a summer color?  Anyway, they look trick and will match any number of white bits from other manufacturers, so you can totally pimp your bike out.  Here’s hoping this isn’t like the purple ano trend from the ’90s!textcenter_img The EXC is DT Swiss’ longest travel XC fork, intended for Enduro/AM style riding.  It keeps light with air springs, hollow carbon arch, carbon legs and magnesium dropouts, but remains stiff with 32mm sliders.  It features DT’s Launch Control button, which keeps the fork down upon compression (preventing rebound unless you really hit something) to aid in climbing.  Street price looks to be about $1,000-ish.last_img read more

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2013 Cannondale Synapse Endurance Race Bike Unveiled

first_imgEndurance road bikes are popping up everywhere, with models for the weekend gravel grinder to bikes like this, aimed at pro-race level performance for folks that want to go fast regardless of where the road may take them. In other words, they want you to be able to pack more adventure into your ride time.With that in mind, overall comfort had to play well alongside efficiency and power transfer. The outcome of their R&D are new SAVE Plus stays, which take the flattened profile of yore and give a twist. Literally. Cannondale says the slightly longer fiber length gained from the twist make for a slightly more compliant ride.The SAVE Plus fork uses designed in flex from the shape of the legs and by limiting the steerer’s taper to 1-1/4″ at the bottom. Setback dropouts also factor into the “micro suspension” efforts. At the opposite end of things, FSA co-developed a new 25.4mm seatpost diameter standard, and the post clamp is recessed into the frame. The narrower profile and additional post extension provides a claimed 113% more deflection at the saddle, further taking the edge of bumps.The show stopper, though, is the split seat tube, which has to do with stiffness rather than compliance. To get the race-level power transfer, they widened their bottom brackets to 73mm, a first for Hollowgram cranksets (word is it’ll still work with older cranksets by removing the 5mm spacer). This provided real estate for a massive seat tube, but their engineers found that a tube that big at the lighter weight they wanted could buckle under load. So, the split tube design solved the problem and didn’t require any additional mass.Claimed frame weight is under 1,000 grams. There’ll be 11 different frame sizes including three women’s models, with two different fork rakes depending on frame size. No hydraulic or disc brake models yet, but look for high end builds with both Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and the new SRAM Red 22 when they hit US dealers this summer.Big thanks to Peloton Magazine for sharing their pics and info with us. Click on over there for more details and an upcoming ride report from the launch! 2013 Cannondale Synapse endurance road bike. Photo: Ben @ Peloton MagazineWe spied this a while back in flashy team green, and now it’s official: The new Synapse is a road endurance race machine. And in typical Cannondale fashion, there’s plenty of new tech and dimensions to ooh and aah over.Actually, it’s more like evolved tech. The stays use a modified version of their SAVE micro suspension, getting a twisted seatstay that winds up a bit during compression to act like a spring, and borrowing BallisTec fibers to keep the frame strong even with the built in deflection. A few of their “standards” have changed, with a new 73mm wide SiSL2 crankset spindle and a narrower 25.4mm diameter SAVE seat post.Oh, and then there’s the split seat tube design…last_img read more

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War Paint to Close Earlier Than Expected

first_img Christine Ebersole Patti LuPone Related Shows War Paint View Commentscenter_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 5, 2017 War Paint, the new musical starring two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, will play its final Broadway performance earlier than planned. The show will now end its run on November 5 at the Nederlander Theatre to allow LuPone to have necessary and immediate hip-replacement surgery. War Paint, which had initially announced an end date of December 30, began previews on March 7 and officially opened on April 6. By closing, War Paint will have played 33 previews and 236 regular performances.”It is with great sadness that I must leave War Paint to undergo hip-replacement surgery. For several months I have been performing in a great deal of pain. My producers David Stone and Marc Platt have provided an incredible team who, through physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture, have enabled me to continue on stage,” said LuPone. “But the pain has now become too intense and I have no other choice but to leave Christine, John, Doug and this wonderfully supportive company of actors, who I’ve had the great privilege to work with for over a year. I will miss them more than I can express.””We had all hoped—no one more than Patti—that we would be able to continue until our scheduled final performance on December 30,” said Stone and Platt. “We all know Patti is strong, and she has proven to have even more strength than we imagined. At this point, however, she needs to have hip-replacement surgery sooner rather than later. Therefore, we have to move up our final performance to November 5. On behalf of Christine and the entire company and crew, we wish her a speedy recovery.”Featuring a score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, a book by Doug Wright and directed by Michael Greif, War Paint follows the rivalry between cosmetics trailblazers Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole) and Helena Rubinstein (LuPone), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th century.In addition to Ebersole and LuPone, the cast of War Paint includes John Dossett as Tommy Lewis, Douglas Sills as Harry Fleming, Erik Liberman as Charles Revson, Broadway.com vlogger Steffanie Leigh as Dorian Leigh, with Mary Ernster, David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Barbara Marineau, Stephanie Jae Park, Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Patti Cohenour, Tom Galantich, Angel Reda, Donna Migliaccio, Jennifer Rias and Tally Sessions.The musical is inspired by Lindy Woodhead’s book of the same name and Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman’s documentary film The Powder & the Glory. War Paint received four 2017 Tony Award nominations, for Ebersole and LuPone’s performances as well as David Korins’ scenic design and Catherine Zuber’s costume design.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

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Body found in Merriam house during demolition identified as Overland Park man

first_imgThe body found Friday at a house being demolished in Merriam has been identified at a 79-year-old Overland Park man.Merriam police said the body was that of Donald Kimbley. “The house had been vacant for a long time,” said Capt. Troy Duvanel. Construction crews demolishing the house found the body after it was being torn down and debris was being loaded for removal.Police said identification was found and confirmed. “We investigate them all like homicides until we prove they are not,” Capt. Duvanel said. Police do not believe the case a homicide.Kimbley owned a house in Overland Park.last_img read more

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Westwood police, Overland Park bomb squad called to remove military shell from home on Rainbow Blvd.

first_imgThe Overland Park bomb squad was called to Westwood Friday morning. Photo via Westwood policeWestwood police this morning were called to a house in the 4900 block of Rainbow Blvd. regarding an older military grade shell.Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran said the 37mm shell had apparently been in the family for years, but they did not know the origin. Police did not believe the shell to be armed but could not be certain so they called in the Overland Park Police Bomb Squad.The bomb squad inspected the shell by x-ray and did not believe it to be active. Since they could not be certain, they removed the shell in a protective container. They will meet with military representatives to dispose of it properly.Police did not evacuate anyone and the homeowner was cooperative with the removal.last_img read more

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