OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators say a woman’s obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.
The U.S. Marshals Service says 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident Thursday at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym.
The agency says investigators tracked him down after an obituary for his mother in Houston listed a son named Stephen Chavez, the same alias Paris used while living and working in the Houston area.
Fingerprints confirmed his identity.
Paris escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in October 1981. He escaped after serving about 19 months of a nine-year sentence for drug possession and distribution.
He was also featured on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ “Most Wanted” list.
Valparaiso University awarded 141 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 27th Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening.
Presidential Academic Honors are awarded to student-athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher after at least two semesters at Valpo.
Grace Rogers (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury), a member of the women’s soccer team, was presented with the annual Laurel Award, honoring the graduating senior student-athlete who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. Rogers is on pace to graduate from Valpo in four years with a perfect 4.0 GPA as an actuarial science and business analytics double major.
Rogers was joined by three individuals who earned the Finishing at the Top honor this year, awarded to student-athletes who are seniors academically with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher: Allison Baylor (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), an exercise science major on the women’s track and field team; Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), an exercise science and psychology major on the volleyball team; and Kim Heiny (Burnettsville, Ind./Twin Lakes), a finance major on the women’s cross country and track and field teams. 11 sophomores and juniors were named Outstanding Student-Athletes as well, awarded to current non-senior student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or better.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.
A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said from the White House that it was a “disgrace” that the FBI “broke into” his lawyer’s office. He called Mueller’s investigation “an attack on our country,” prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department’s special counsel.
The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.
The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team, which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice. And the law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it.
Ryan did not elaborate on the documents taken from Cohen’s office but said he has cooperated with investigators, including meeting last fall with lawmakers looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Cohen has more recently attracted attention for his acknowledgment that he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.
Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment appears to be a violation of campaign finance laws, and multiple Washington-based groups have filed complaints with the FEC, urging it to investigate.
Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time last week, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money. The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair.
A Valparaiso man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident Monday on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County.
Richard McNamara III, 48 of Valparaiso, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet van involved in the crash.
Police said the two-vehicle crash occurred around 9:17 a.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes near the 71 mile marker.
Preliminary investigation by police showed McNamara’s white 2009 Chevrolet van collided with the rear of a teal and white 2005 Peterbilt semitrailer being driven by Jose Navar, 42, of Berkely, Illinois. Police said the investigation and witness accounts show Navar had been stopped on the right berm with his hazard lights flashing when he began to speed up to merge back into the right lane of eastbound traffic. Police said for an unknown reason McNamara’s Chevrolet did not change lanes or slow before crashing into the back of the semi-trailer.
Eastbound traffic was stopped about 25 minutes for reconstruction and cleanup from this crash. McNamara was pronounced deceased at the scene by the St. Joseph County coroner’s office.
The Indiana State Police were assisted by the South Bend Fire Department, Warren Township Fire Department and the St. Joseph County coroner’s office.
Source of a Smile:
An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest.
The Post-Standard reports the Depew Police Department wrote Friday in a humorous Facebook post that it had arrested the season. Police said any more snow winter produces would be held against it in court.
The department also called for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to turn himself in for predicting six more weeks of winter. Police joke that they’re willing to look past winter’s “most recent transgressions” if it works with the department.
New York has experienced wintry weather this month and high winds that caused power outages.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has “abandoned its responsibility to provide basic needs” to inmates at a privately run prison that is excessively violent and fails to provide proper medical care, an attorney for the prisoners said Monday.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state over conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which is home to 1,200 inmates, the majority of whom have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections “receives report after report and does nothing. That is the definition of deliberate indifference,” plaintiffs’ attorney Erin Monju said in closing arguments.
Warden Frank Shaw testified during the five-week trial that the prison follows protocol and the facility is no worse than any other. Attorneys for the government defended the facility, including its use of solitary confinement.
“Coloring books and timeout isn’t going to work for criminals,” defense attorney William Siler said.
The prison is operated under a contract with the Utah-based Management and Training Corporation. Attorneys for the government said the groups suing Mississippi had an agenda and wanted to litigate private prisons out of business.
“We need to get out of their (MTC’s) way and let them run their prison,” Siler said.
Privately run prisons can be a political hot potato. Lawmakers often tout their lowered costs and better performance than state-run facilities but opponents point to understaffing, health care cuts and a lack of transparency.