fatal-crash-01Prosecutors have filed charges against 16-year-old Jaylynn Rigio of Johnstown, New Jersey in connection with a  June vehicle crash that left three passengers dead. Rigio now faces three Jennilee counts of vehicular homicide, all of which are third-degree felonies, along with a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated vehicular assault and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

According to the complaint filed with the Licking County Juvenile Court, Rigio was driving 20 or more miles per hour over the spee limit on Hardscrabble Road on June 26 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The impact killed passengers Michael T. Hoskinson, 17, Linzie Bell, 15, and Cheyenne Spurgeon, 15 instantly.

A toxicology report found “marijuana metabolites” in Rigio’s system at the time of the crash. Later, however, prosecutor Ken Oswald said the concentration of marijuana was too low to merit an official charge, which is why the Licking Country district attorney did not seek a driving under the influence charge.

Jaylynn Rigio was reportedly driving his grandmother’s car at the time of the incident. After picking up four friends, Rigio began speeding down Hardscrabble Road when the car flipped and struck a tree, tearing the vehicle in half. The Highway State Patrol estimate the car was traveling at roughly 80 miles per hour. The impact killed three of the vehicle’s four occupants, with driver Jaylynn Rigio and passenger Aston Cody, 16, survived. Cody was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and has since recovered from his injuries.

The vehicle was split in half as a result of (the) speed with which it collided with the tree,” wrote the complaint. “Based upon conversations with two reputable toxicologists, it is not scientifically acceptable to take the results found here and conclude Mr. Rigio was ‘under the influence’ at the time of the crash.”

If convicted, Rigio faces a maximum sentence in the Department of Youth Services correctional facility until his 21st birthday, at which point he would be released. According to prosecutor Ken Oswalt, the current charges are not enough to bind over to an adult court; therefore, Rigio will be tried as a juvenile.

On a related note. Ohio state law currently prohibits 16-year-old drivers from driving with two or more passengers without a parent present. Rigio was allegedly driving with four passengers at the time of the incident. Prosecutors are not charging him with this crime, however.

lgo_ncaa_miami_hurricanesUniversity of Miami backup quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. According to public jail records, Olsen was charged with DUI and taken to a Miami-Dade correctional facility at 4:11 a.m. Monday morning. Records also indicate Olsen had a stolen driver’s license in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Kevin Olsen is the brother of the Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen. Kevin has done well in the backup QB position, but college sports analysts believe these recent charges could significantly hinder his growth. Olsen was suspended for the season opener after failing a drug test, which subsequently led to Brad Kaaya taking the role as QB. Kaaya has led the Miami Hurricanes to a 2-1 record thus far in the 2014 season.

The Miami Hurricanes have suspended Kevin Olsen indefinitely from games, practices and all associated team activities following this incident. It’s unknown at this time if Olsen will appeal the team’s decision.

We still don’t know the complete details regarding this incident, but Miami University coach Al Golden shared his thoughts on Olsen. Golden says that Olsen has made “a lot of progress” over the summer, and that he’s grown as a log as a person.

Kevin has made a lot of progress this summer,” said UM coach Al Golden. “He really has. He grew a lot as a person, so I’m anxious to see that [Tuesday]. That’s what I want to see, just how much he’s grown. Just being in meetings, I can hear him. He’s more vocal, he’s more confident, understands the system a lot better and has had a lot of opportunities to grow since the spring. It should be about two weeks prior to the first game.

Is he going to be a factor in this race in the next five weeks? I honestly don’t know, and it’s not worth speculating on. Let’s see what Dr. [Lee] Kaplan and his staff say, and we’ll stay on track,” he added.

With a failed drug test, DUI and possession of a stolen driver’s license now looming over Olsen, this may be the end of the line for his football career. Neither Olsen nor his attorney have commented on these allegations.

This isn’t the first time the young backup quarterback has experienced a run-in with the law. In 2013, Olsen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after failing to report an automobile accident.

1234Justin Ross Harris of Atlanta,  Georgia, was indicted earlier this month on charges of murder after he allegedly left in 22-month-old son Cooper in a car while he went to work.

Harris reportedly told investigators that he forget to drop off his son at daycare before going to work on June 18. Harris took Cooper to a Chick-fil-a for breakfast and proceeded to drive to his nearby place of employment. Getting breakfast at Chick-fil-a was a normal part of Harris’ routine, but he typically drove Ross to the daycare center afterwards. On June 18, Harris did not drop his son off at daycare, and instead proceeded to go to work, leaving Ross trapped in the sweltering-hot car for approximately seven hours. When Harris went back to his car after getting off work, he discovered Cooper was deceased.

An autopsy of 22-month-old Cooper revealed that he died of extreme heat (hyperthermia), and that he was in rigor mortis when he was removed from the vehicle.

Harris is now being charged with eight counts related to the hot-car death of his son Cooper. Prosecutors claim Harris was leading a double life, engaging in “sexting” and other inappropriate acts. According to prosecutors, Harris frequently sent and received explicit texts and nude images to various girls while he was at work. One of the girls was allegedly 17 at the time of the incident, so Harris may face additional charges in connection with this incident.

It was always an accident and when the time comes and we work through the state’s maze of theories at trial, it’s still going to be a terrible, gut-wrenching accident,” said Harris’ defense attorney in a statement to the press.

One of the most critical pieces of evidence in this case, however, is search history data taken from Harris’ computer. Prosecutors say Harris performed searches related to “hot car deaths” before the incident occurred. While this isn’t concrete evidence that merits a conviction, it’s certainly one more tool that prosecutors can use to convince a jury that Harris deliberately planned the deadly incident involving his 22-month-old son.

Prosecutors also note that Harris’ wife may face charges.

I am surprised that the district attorney is still contemplating, after almost three months of reviewing the evidence, whether or not to charge my client, if that is who he was referring to in his press conference,” Mr. Zimmerman said in an email.

steak-knife-chef-5157955-hCelebrity chef Todd English was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

According to police reports, the famous chef was arrested on a county road while driving through Long Island, New York. The Southampton Police Department said an officer observed English’s car swerving and drifting into the oncoming lane, at which point the officer turned on his sirens and proceeded to pull over English. According to Page Six, English refused to take a breathalyzer at the guidance of his lawyer.

Details regarding the alleged DUI incident remain sketchy. Neither the police nor English’s attorney have released an exact count-by-count playbook of the incident. We know that English was arrested and charged with DUI late Sunday night (or early Monday morning, however you look at it), and sources say he refused a breathalyzer. The remaining details remain unknown, however, so we’re left to speculate as to how this play out in the court of law.

The alleged DUI incident occurred at approximately 3:30 AM on Sunday night.

English’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., stresses that his client was not intoxicated at the time of the incident, and he and his client look forward to “addressing this matter in a court of law.”

We adamantly deny the allegations levied against Mr. English and look forward to addressing this matter in a court of law,” said English’ defense attorney in a statement to the public regarding the allegations of a DUI.

English is a world-renown chef who’s appeared on a number of different cooking shows, including Iron Chef USA, Food Trip with Todd English, and Cooking Under Fire. English also owns over a dozen restaurants, some of which include Beso, Kingfish, Bonfire, Todd English, BlueZoo, Da Campo Osteria, Todd English P.U.B., Fig’s at The Macys at the Gardens Mall, Plaza Food Hall, Figs at 29 Fair, Tuscany, and the Ember Room. English was even listed in Forbe’s top 100 celebrities list.

Up until now, English has kept a relatively low profile — when compared to other celebrities at least. In 2009, his fiance was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting him with a metal watch. The incident resulted in serious but not life-threatening cuts which required stitches. A year later, the judge closed the case on the condition that English’s fiance complete an anger management course.

English posted a $1,500 bail soon after his arrest at Southampton Town Justice Court.

teacher-books-apple-13935071-lAn English teacher at North Dakota’s West Fargo High School is facing five felony counts of Corruption or Solicitation of a Minor related to an alleged incident involving a 17-year-old student.

According to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, West Fargo teacher Aaron Knodel allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a former female student, once at his residence, and another inside his car. The alleged incident occurred five years ago, although charges are just now being made.

Knodel was named “Teacher of The Year” for the entire state of North Dakota last September, which is pretty impressive considering there are over 8,000 teachers throughout the state.

We were informed today that a complaint had been filed today in Cass County District Court against Aaron Knodel,” said West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Flowers. During a later press conference, Dr. Flowers went on to say that he recommends Knodel be placed on suspension without pay until the case is decided.

But Knodel’s attorney Robert Hoy fired back at the allegations, saying his client is a “husband, father and highly regarded high school teacher.” Hoy also stresses the fact that the allegations against his client involve alleged incidents from five years ago.

I don’t know why such allegations would arise now, but the passage of time makes it much more difficult for Aaron to defend himself,” said Robert Hoy, Knodel’s defense attorney. “So, until we can have an opportunity to present this case to a jury, I ask that prospective jurors keep an open mind and reserve judgment, despite the salacious allegations that have been made.”

Aaron Knodel is a husband, father and highly regarded high school teacher,” Hoy said. “He has been a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of students. As you can imagine, being charged with a crime is a devastating experience, which will impact him and his family forever.”

In addition to teaching English at the West Fargo High School, Knodel also coaches for the debate team and speech class. According to a press release, Knodel served as the lead negotiator for the West Fargo Education Association. He’s a highly esteemed teacher who many people view as one of the county’s leading educators. Perhaps this is why news of Knodel’s charges have created so much controversy and commotion in the otherwise quaint town of West Fargo, North Dakota.