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Drug use led to jailing of Dustin Diamond for parole violation

Wisconsin Department of Corrections records show former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond violated his probation last month by using a painkiller without permission.

Diamond was arrested on May 25 and placed in jail in Ozaukee County for what corrections officials described as a probation violation. Records the agency released Friday show that Diamond took a urine test in his probation agent’s office that day and it came back positive for oxycodone. The actor told his agent he took a pill for a toothache.

The 39-year-old actor was convicted in Wisconsin last year on charges stemming from a 2014 Port Washington bar room brawl. Diamond faced a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and two misdemeanors — carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. The jury found him innocent of the felony charge, which could have carried a sentence of up to 11 years.

In January, Diamond began serving a four-month sentence. He was released in April.

Diamond’s case draw attention from the tabloids and internet gossip sites.

During his trial, Diamond told the jury that he didn’t intentionally stab a man, as prosecutors alleged.

According to Diamond’s testimony, he and his girlfriend Amanda Schutz created a stir when they went to a bar in Port Washington on Christmas Day. Some people wanted to shake his hand and pose for photos. But other bar patrons badgered him and Schutz.

“I felt like we were being set up for antagonistic purposes,” said Diamond.

Defense attorneys said no one saw Diamond stab the man and video footage of the altercation is murky.

Diamond said the brawl started after Schutz got in a fight with another female bar patron. Bethany Ward said Shutz started the conflict but acknowledged punching her in the face. Diamond said he got involved to protect Schutz when he saw her nose “pouring blood.” Diamond said he took out his pocketknife to deter the group from hurting her more.

“I figured it would take the fight out of the people,” he said.

Diamond said he yelled out that he wanted Ward and others to let his girlfriend go, and he scuffled with a man before Schutz was released and both of them left the bar.

The man who was stabbed, 25-year-old Casey Smet, testified that he didn’t know he’d been stabbed until he left the bar and was talking to police.

Diamond said he thought Smet hurt himself when he grabbed at Diamond.

“Casey didn’t even know he was injured, so how would I?” Diamond told the jury.

Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol argued that Diamond lied about what happened and that the actor had scripted his testimony.

Gerol showed body-camera footage of Diamond’s testimony to a Port Washington police officer the night of the fight. In the video Diamond first said he might have struck Smet with a pen. In a video of testimony later that night, Diamond said he had a knife at the bar, but hadn’t used it to stab anyone.

Defense attorneys said no one saw Diamond stab the man, and video footage of the altercation was murky.

 

 

Trump visit ignites town where Latino was killed in hate crime

By all accounts, tensions between Latino newcomers and whites have eased in the nearly eight years since a vicious hate-crime stabbing left an Ecuadorean immigrant dead.

Enter Donald Trump.

Trump’s appearance at a GOP fundraiser on Thursday just blocks from the site of the attack has ignited protests from Latinos, who fear the billionaire’s tough talk against immigrants could open old wounds and undo the progress that’s been made in the Long Island community.

“If he comes, there might be a toxic environment again. Maybe something bad happens,” 23-year-old Jocelyn Fajardo, who was born in New York City to Ecuadorean parents, said before the event. “Trump puts U.S. people against us, Latinos. He divides people.”

Joselo Lucero, whose brother was killed in the 2008 attack, says Patchogue is the wrong place for Trump to visit. “My community has suffered so much discrimination.”

So far, there’s been no comment on the controversy from Trump, who caused a firestorm on the first day of his campaign when he labeled illegal immigrants from Mexico as rapists and criminals, and he has repeatedly promised to build a massive wall along the border.

“I feel like that’s the only thing he talks about,” said businessman Angel Zhicay, 50, who is from Ecuador.

Thursday’s gala to raise funds for Republican candidates across eastern Long Island was held in a nightclub about 200 yards from the intersection where 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero was confronted by a gang of teens who admitted they regularly targeted Hispanic immigrants. They called the altercations “beaner hopping.”

Lucero was walking with a friend when the teens began yelling ethnic slurs and approached them. Lucero hit Jeffrey Conroy, then 17, in the head with a belt. Conroy lost his temper, took out a folding knife and fatally plunged it into Lucero’s chest.

Conroy was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The six others pleaded guilty to lesser crimes.

At the time of Lucero’s slaying, police acknowledged there had been a tense atmosphere in the town of nearly 12,000, including attacks on immigrant day laborers, but they say tensions have noticeably subsided. Last month, the top prize in the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade went to a group of Ecuadorean step dancers.

“As much as one might hear that hateful echo in Trump’s words today, it does not negate his right to speak,” Long Island newspaper Newsday said in an editorial Wednesday. “More important, his trip is a chance for Patchogue to tell the story of its progress.”

Activists held protests leading up to and during Trump’s appearance. About 100 people gathered outside the event holding signs decrying Trump and shouting. Several hundred also attended a vigil for Lucero held about an hour before Trump took the stage. This week at the site of the slaying, a sign reads: “Hate is not welcome in Patchogue. Make America Love Again.”

Trump made no mention Lucero or the protesters during his 20-minute speech Thursday evening. Speaking about his plan to build a build a massive wall along the border, Trump told his supporters: “I have great relationships with Mexico and Hispanic people.”

John Jay LaValle, chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Committee, said Thursday’s event was scheduled more than two months ago and he invited every Republican candidate. He said Trump, who was recently endorsed by the county GOP, accepted only last week.

“While we offer the greatest empathy possible to the family of Marcelo Lucero,” LaValle said, “we can’t help but to be suspicious of the motives of those leading the charge to connect that vicious hate crime with Mr. Trump’s commitment to enforcement of immigration laws that have gone largely ignored by both parties for 30 years.”

Felix Diaz, 47, an emigrant from El Salvador who owns his own landscaping business, said he hopes Trump cancels.

“He talks about separating families,”  Diaz said of Trump. “I have two kids who are here undocumented, but I am not speaking for them only. I am speaking for the whole Latino community. Even if someone would pay me to go, I would never go and listen to him.”

 

NYC man allegedly killed older man for blowing kisses at him

A 22-year-old New York City man was arrested and faces a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of a 69-year-old man. Authorities are investigating the slaying as a hate crime.

Steven Torres of the Bronx is accused of fatally stabbing Edward Orozco with an 8-inch knife under the elevated train in Queens at about 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 16. Orozco was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

New York Daily news reported that Torres allegedly stabbed Orozco because the man was blowing kisses at him. The paper also reported that there was a fight or “fracas” involving the two men.

Torres was taken into custody shortly after the incident, which occurred in the early afternoon, with witnesses nearby, who pursued Torres.

This is the third reported anti-LGBT homicide in New York City in 2013, following the deaths of Mark Carson in May and Islan Nettles in August, according to the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The NYAVP also reported that Torres faces a charge in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of a second man on Sept. 12. In that incident, the NYAVP said Torres allegedly believed the 47-year-old man was making sexual advances toward him.

Jamaican police urged to fully investigate mob killling of transgender teen

A New York-based human rights group has called for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager.

Dwayne Jones was found dead on July 22 near the northern city of Montego Bay after being attacked by a crowd of people while attending a dance party. Authorities said the 16-year-old was stabbed multiple times and shot once.

In a statement on Aug. 1, Human Rights Watch said Jamaican authorities need to send an “unequivocal message that there will be zero tolerance for violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

Justice Minister Mark Golding has recently condemned the slaying, saying police “must spare no effort” in finding the killers.

Activists say Jamaican gays, particularly those in poor communities, suffer frequent discrimination.

An anti-sodomy law outlaws consensual same-sex sex on the island and advocates for gays argue that the colonial-era statute fuels homophobia. A gay rights activist is trying to challenge the constitutionality of the nearly 150-year-old law in a Jamaican court.

Last year, a local gay rights group the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays, received 36 reports from adult gay males saying they were the victims of mob violence due to their sexual orientation.

Milwaukee man charged with stabbing older male lover 13 times in Shorewood’s first homicide in 20 years

UPDATED STORY

A Milwaukee man is being held on $5 million bond for allegedly stabbing to death a Shorewood man with whom he had an intimate relationship. It was the first homicide recorded in the leafy Milwaukee suburb in 20 years.

Homer D. Washington, who lives at Apt. 4, 9307 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon in the death of Clarence Charles, 57. Washington, 21, also has been charged with taking and driving Charles’ vehicle without consent.

The stabbing occurred in Charles’ apartment at 4460 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood. Responding to a missing person’s report filed by Charles’ mother and sister, two Shorewood police officers entered the apartment on the night of July 16 and found Charles’ body lying on the bedroom floor. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Charles had been stabbed 13 times, including six times in the abdomen, six in the throat and one in the neck.

A witness placed Washington at Charles’ apartment about noon on July 15, according to a criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Derric Hudson told police that he observed Charles making a pizza for Washington and the two were arguing.

But Washington told police the argument began after Hudson left, when Charles accused him of having an affair with Hudson. Later, when Charles and Washington attempted to engage in intimacy, Washington was not responsive, which angered Charles further, Washington told police.

According to Washington’s statement to police, Charles went to the kitchen to get the pizza and returned to the bedroom with a knife while Washington was getting dressed. Charles punched him in the back of the head, setting off a struggle between the two for the knife, Washington said. In the course of the struggle, Charles stabbed himself in the neck and told Washington, “Your life is over,” Washington said.

Washington acknowledged that he choked and stabbed Charles to stop him from screaming. After becoming frightened by the sound of a neighbor outside the apartment, Washington said he fled through a window and drove away in Charles’ 2002 Chevy Blazer, which he later sold for $250.

Washington also took Charles’ cellphone, which he smashed and left on the street. He did not notify police or call for help for Charles, who bled to death, according to the autopsy report.

Washington, if convicted, faces a possible sentence of life in prison. He was charged twice earlier this year with violating restraining orders for harassment that were filed by his grandmother. He was charged last November with battery and disorderly conduct, but prosecutors dismissed those charges after the victim proved unreliable.

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center issued a statement saying that violence between intimate partners is on the rise in the LGBT community.

“The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Mr. Charles,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, relationship experiences of LGBTQ people, as it relates to domestic violence and intimate partner violence (IVP) victims, have long been ignored.  A new report conducted by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has found an increase in IPV-related crimes within the LGBTQ communities.”

Coincidentally, the last homicide in Shorewood occurred 20 years ago in the same building, two floors above where Charles lived. The previous crime also involved an apparently gay man, said Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski.

Banaszynski said he was a detective with the Shorewood Police Department at the time. The victim in that case, 65-year-old Harold Miller, worked for the Village Pub, which was owned by a member of Banaszynski’s family.

Lee M. Williams, 37, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the killing. But he was convicted of the lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter after claiming that Miller made unwanted sexual advances toward him while the two were drinking in Miller’s apartment.

Banaszynski said he was “shocked” by the verdict and believed that bias had prevented justice from being served.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly identified Charles as attempting to engage in intimacy with Hudson rather than Washington. The mix-up in names has been corrected.

Witnesses help case in transgender slaying

Witnesses assisted the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in arresting Gary Montgomery for the Feb. 2 fatal stabbing of a transgender woman Deoni Jones.

Montgomery faces a second-degree murder charge.

The complaint against Montgomery, 55, who faces a preliminary hearing on Feb. 23, alleges that while armed with a knife, he attempted to kill or cause serious injury to Jones.

The report states that a police officer who heard screaming found Jones on the ground, with a knife still in her head. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was placed on life support but died early Feb. 3.

Police began searching for witnesses and eventually found five to help their case – two witnesses who witnessed the attack, one who saw the defendant and Jones at the bus stop where she was stabbed and two others who identified Montgomery in a video surveillance tape released to the public.

The first two witnesses were waiting for a traffic light to change near the bus stop. One witness told police that he saw a man strike Jones, who collapsed to the sidewalk, and grabbed at her purse.

Both witnesses went to aid Jones, and one attempted to pursue her attacker, who dropped the purse as he fled. They provided descriptions of the man, including a statement that he had big eyes, suggesting that he was under the influence of something.

A third witness told police that he saw Jones and a man, later identified as Montgomery, at the bus stop. That witness also described the man, including that he had big eyes.

A surveillance video first shows Jones and a man at the bus stop, then the arrival of witness No. 3, who soon after left. Then, on the tape, Jones walks away from the bench, with a man following. When Jones returns, the man follows. They sit on opposite ends of the bench for about eight minutes. Then the man stands, faces Jones and strikes her in the head.

After the video was released to the public, the fourth witness called police and identified the man in the tape, the “person of interest,” as Gary Montgomery.

A fifth witness who saw the tape also led police to Montgomery, who has been arrested multiple times in recent years.

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Homeless men say anti-gay slurs made before attack

For the second time in less than a month, Colorado Springs police are investigating an assault in which the victims say anti-gay slurs were made.

Two homeless men told police that two men made anti-gay slurs before stabbing them. The incident follows one in which at least one person reported he was beaten because the assailants believed he was gay.

Police are investigating the attack that occurred July 3 outside a restaurant.

Police Sgt. Steve Noblitt said the stabbings aren’t being investigated as a hate crime. He says the motive could be the growing friction between transients squatting in vacant homes and area residents.

Two Colorado Springs men were arrested in the attack. The homeless men were treated for their injuries.

– from AP

Two charged in Chicago Lakeview stabbing

Demetrius Moore, 26, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery and felony drug possession in connection with a July 16 stabbing in Chicago’s heavily gay Lakeview neighborhood.

Israel D. Johnson, 23, was charged with misdemeanor battery over the same incident.

The two suspects are alleged to have attacked a 24-year-old man who was walking in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue, near the Berlin nightclub, around 3:30 a.m. The victim suffered a stab wound to the back and was taken in good condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Chicago police also made an arrest in connection with a videotaped stabbing that occurred in the gay entertainment strip along North Halsted Avenue over the July 4 weekend.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said analysis of the video resulted in an anonymous tip from someone who saw it on YouTube. That led law enforcement to 24-year-old Darren Hayes, of Hammond, Ind., who was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and ordered held in lieu of $700,000 bond.

Published reports indicate an anti-gay slur led to the confrontation.

Police said they’re still looking for several other people who can be seen on the video punching and kicking 26-year-old Rubin Robinson in the 3400 block of North Halsted Street on July 3. Robinson was treated at an area hospital and released a few days later.

Ongoing assaults in Boystown have led to the creation of the Facebook group “Take Back Boystown” and the creation of a citizen patrol group called Boystown Dog Walkers Community Awareness Program.

There have been three stabbings in the area in less than a month.

– from WiG and AP sources

Police report another stabbing in Chicago gayborhood

Chicago police are investigating an overnight stabbing in the city’s heavily gay Lakeview neighborhood.

The stabbing was the area’s third in less than a month. One of the previous crimes attacks, which was videotaped by a witness, seemed to be motivated by anti-gay hatred.

The most recent incident involved a 24-year-old victim who was stabbed in the back after two men approached him from behind at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to police. The location was near the El stop and the open mix bar Berlin.

A witness said a fight took place between the victim and the attackers. The victim was in good condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital, according to several reports.

Chicago police have made an arrest in connection with the videotaped stabbing, which occurred in the gay entertainment strip along North Halsted Avenue over the July 4 weekend.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said analysis the video resulted in an anonymous tip from someone who saw it on YouTube. That led law enforcement to 24-year-old Darren Hayes, of Hammond, Ind., who was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and ordered held in lieu of $700,000 bond.

Published reports indicate an anti-gay slur led the confrontation.

Police said they’re still looking for several other people who can be seen on the video punching and kicking 26-year-old Rubin Robinson on the 3400 block of North Halsted Street on July 3. Robinson was treated at an area hospital and released a few days later.

Ongoing assaults in Boystown have led to the creation of the Facebook group “Take Back Boystown” and the creation of a citizen patrol group called Boystown Dog Walkers Community Awareness Program.

A July 2 gathering in the 7-Eleven parking lot at Halsted Street and Roscoe, where there was a stabbing on June 18, tried to bring police and residents together to address the problem. But the event was interrupted with confrontations by protesters charging Halsted Street business owners and residents with racism.

Police make arrest in most recent Chicago Boystown stabbing

Chicago police have made an arrest in connection with a high-profile stabbing in the city’s Boystown neighborhood over the July 4 weekend.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said analysis of a video shot by a witness resulted in an anonymous tip from someone who saw the video on YouTube. That led them to 24-year-old Darren Hayes, of Hammond, Ind., who was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and ordered held in lieu of $700,000 bond.

Published reports indicate an anti-gay slur led the confrontation.

Police said they’re still looking for several other people who can be seen on the video punching and kicking 26-year-old Rubin Robinson on the 3400 block of North Halsted Street on July 3. Robinson was treated at an area hospital and released a few days later.

Ongoing assaults in Boystown have led to the creation of the Facebook group “Take Back Boystown” and the creation of a citizen patrol group called Boystown Dog Walkers Community Awareness Program.

A July 2 gathering in the 7-Eleven parking lot at Halsted Street and Roscoe, where there was a stabbing on June 18, tried to bring police and residents together to address the problem. But the event was interrupted with confrontations by protesters charging Halsted Street business owners and residents with racism.