20 Year Old, University of Illinois Student Vicente Mundo Missing Since 1/25/15 in Champaign, IL

20 year old Vicente Mundo has been missing since Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Champaign , Illinois. Vicente Mundo, a junior at the University of Illinois, was last seen on campus, near the corner of Third and Chalmers at about 7:15 pm. on January 25. His roommate told Mundo’s family that Vicente left their off-campus apartment to meet someone near his car around 6:45 pm Cell phone records show he made his last call around 7:12 pm Sunday.

Mundo lives in the 300 block of East Chalmers Street, Champaign. He is described as a Hispanic man with black hair and brown eyes, 6-feet-tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He drives a silver Acura TL with Illinois license plate number 2557BD.

Vicente Mundo

Missing: Vicente Mundo

Vicente Mundo is 6 feet tall and 140 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and of Hispanic descent. He was last seen wearing a navy down coat with a Blackhawks baseball hat.

Mundo was last seen 7:15 p.m. Sunday when he left an apartment on the U of I campus and went to his car — a 2006 silver Acura TL with a special edition Bears license plate 2557. Then, he never returned.

His sister tells WGN he went to meet someone there — another student maybe — but they don’t know why. Also missing is the college junior’s wallet, iPad, phone, and Acura. His sister says his grades are good and she isn’t aware of any problems in his life.

UPDATE I: University of Illinois police on Friday announced that his family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his return.

“We figure that money is a good incentive for anything, so we thought maybe that would make people want to tell us anything,” his sister said.

Mundo’s wallet and phone also are missing, along with his car, a 2006 Acura TL with a special edition Bears license plate No., 2557, according to campus police. Mundo’s sister said the car has tinted windows, black tires and black rims.

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mundo’s phone pinged a cellphone tower near Mahomet, Ill., a town of 7,700 people about 11 miles from Champaign. After that, his cellphone appears to have gone dead, his sister said. The family does not yet have information about which towers the phone may have pinged before Tuesday.

There has been no activity on Mundo’s bank account, according to his sister, which makes her suspect he did not disappear voluntarily.

“There’s no money withdrawn, there’s no stopping for coffee, there’s nothing; like he disappeared from the face of the earth,” she said. “If someone wants to go missing, that’s fine, but they’re going to withdraw money.”

Anyone with information should contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216 or the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545.

Posted January 30, 2015 by
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Vanderbilt University Rape Case: Cory Batey & Brandon Vandenburg Found Guilty of 16 Felonies, Including Aggravated Rape

TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO …

Former Vanderbilt University football players, 21 year old Brandon Vandenburg and 20 year old Cory Batey have been found guilty of 16 felonies, including several for aggravated rape in the sexual assault of a female student in a Vanderbilt dorm in June 2013. It took the jury just three hours to return guilty on all charges for both Batey and Vandenburg.  Both individuals were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  The trial took 12 days, but the jury deliberations took just a little more than 3 hours. The jury had their minds made up when lawyers were giving closing arguments. Their sentencing is scheduled for March 6, 2015.

These two idiots have ruined their lives with their poor and deviant decisions. They had the opportunity to attend Vanderbilt University, one of the best colleges in America and pissed it all away. Actions have consequences.

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Look how the two convicted rapists have been polished up by their attorneys for court

 Two former Vanderbilt football players were convicted on Tuesday of raping a fellow student in 2013 after a jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing its verdict against the two former players, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Mr. Batey was stoic, staring ahead, and Mr. Vandenburg shook his head no, appearing stunned as the verdict was read. His father had an outburst and abruptly left the courtroom.

The victim, who was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced.

Both men were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They face decades in prison at their sentencing, scheduled for March 6.

 Vanderbilt rape suspects

Vanderbilt rape victim releases statement:

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult process. I’m thankful that the criminal justice system will hold the defendants responsible for their violent crimes. The hard work of the law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victims’ advocates who dedicated so many months of their lives to this case has made justice possible.

I want to especially thank detective Jason Mayo, Sgt. Mike Shreeve, Detective Chad Gish, Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman, Assistant District Attorneys Jan Norman and Roger Moore and victims’ advocates Wanda Swan, Lt. Rochelle Barrios and Teresa Shearon. You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you.

“I am also hopeful that the publicity this case has received will lead to a discussion of how we can end sexual violence on college campuses. Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame.”

Two other players, Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks, were also accused in the rape. Both have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Dartmouth College Cheating Scandal … 64 Students, Including Many Varsity Athletes, Charged with Honor Code Violations Following Widespread Cheating Allegations in a Sports Ethics Class

CAN YOU SAY IRONY … DARTMOUTH COLLEGE CHEATING SCANDAL IN SPORTS ETHICS CLASS.

You just cant make this stuff up … 64 students at Dartmouth College, including many varsity athletes, have been charged with “Honor Code” violations following a widespread cheating scandal. The course in question that is at the forefront of the cheating scandal, hold it … hold it …. hold it … Sports ethics. UM, REALLY? How bad is it when you have a cheating scandal in a course created at an Ivy League school intended to help student-athletes, who sometimes had trouble with the coursework at Dartmouth. In other words, the course was intended to inflate scholarship athletes grades point averages. Is is a kin to cheating at basket weaving 101. Maybe the professors will give the cheaters an “A” for effort in cheating ingenuity?

Kind of reminds me of the “business ethics” question from the movie ‘Billy Madison’.

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 Dartmouth College has charged 64 students, many of them varsity athletes, with honor code violations following allegations of widespread cheating in a sports ethics class.

Department of Religion Chairman Randall Balmer, who in November accused some of his students of misrepresenting their class attendance, said that “with a few exceptions, most of the students were suspended for a term.”

The college’s head of judicial affairs, Leigh Remy, declined to comment, though spokeswoman Diana Lawrence confirmed the number of students facing possible sanctions.

Lawrence said that the college would not make detailed comments on the judicial proceedings until the appeals process ends in mid-January.

According to Balmer, in late October, students who failed to attend class passed off handheld devices known as “clickers” to classmates. Those students then used the gadgets to answer questions on the absent students’ behalf to make it appear as though they were present in class, Balmer said.

Though Balmer said that 43 students — less than the total number of students facing sanctions — handed off their clickers to their peers, some others confessed to him that they had helped their friends cheat.

The course in question was originally intended to help student-athletes, who sometimes had trouble with the coursework at Dartmouth, Balmer said. After a popular first run last year, the fall term’s class swelled to more than 280 students, and attendance and cheating became a problem.

Posted January 12, 2015 by
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Missing College Student Shane Montgomery’s Body Found in Schuylkill River … Parents: “Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home.”(Update: Death Ruled Accidental)

According to the family of Shane Montgomery, the body of a missing college student was found today in the Schuylkill River.  The police say a call came in around noon that a body was found behind the Brewery Pub at Main Street and Shurs Lane. The body was discovered by the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit and transported to the medical examiner’s office.  Although the body is that of a white male and the family is saying that the body is that of Shane, police have not officially confirmed that. The 21 year old West Chester University student Shane Montgomery went missing on 11/27/14 in Manayunk, PA after  a night out with friends at a bar.

Shane Montgomery

The body of a missing college student was found today in the Schuylkill River, according to his family.

Police have not confirmed that the body is Shane Montgomery, 21, who has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day. Philadelphia police said only that a body was found this afternoon in the river in the city’s Manayunk section.

Shane Montgomery’s family: We found and brought Shane home:

Six persistent volunteer divers went back into the dark, frigid waters of the Schuylkill River on Saturday, looking again for some trace of missing college student Shane Montgomery.

This time, they were successful. They found his body in 36-degree waters 3-4 feet deep, at 12:09 p.m., not far from the Manayunk pub where he was partying the night of Thanksgiving Eve.

Family members were despondent as they stood on the banks of the river when the tragic discovery was made.

Facebook – Help find Shane Montgomery:

Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home. We want to thank the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, Philadelphia Marine Unit, Northwest Detectives, the Philadelphia Police Department, Saint John the Baptist, Mike Rose and the Brew Pub and their employees. We want to thank everyone for their support, prayers, and love and ask that they continue to pray for our family at this trying time. At this time we ask that you please respect our privacy. We need time to mourn together as a family.

UPDATE I: Medical examiner rules death of Shane Montgomery was accidental.

The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office has ruled Shane Montgomery’s death accidental, his uncle said Sunday.

The body of the 21-year-old West Chester University student was found by a volunteer dive team during a search of the Schuylkill River Saturday. His family had watched the recovery effort from the riverbank.

Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery’s uncle, said his nephew’s body had been released by the medical examiner’s office and that the family is planning funeral arrangements.

Auburn University Football Player Jakell Mitchell Shot & Killed at an Off-Campus Apartment Complex (Update: Markale Hart Arrested)

18 year old was a freshman football player Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed at an off-campus apartment complex overnight. Auburn police responded Tiger Lodge apartment complex at 12:25 am Sunday morning where Mitchell suffered a fatal injury. Mitchell was a redshirt freshman on 2014 out of Opelika High and looked to contend for a starting spot at H-Back and tight end in 2015. Jakell Mitchell died shortly after arriving at the emergency room from multiple gun shot wounds. The incident is being treated as a homicide.

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Jakell Mitchell, Auburn University

Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning at an apartment complex near the Auburn University campus.

The Auburn Police Department is investigating and developing leads as it searches for a suspect.

Mitchell was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Lee County Coroner’s Office. He died shortly after arriving at the emergency room. The death is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed in Montgomery.

The Auburn Police and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences were still working the scene in a parking lot inside the Tiger Lodge apartment complex as of 6 a.m.

The shooting occurred at the same apartment complex Desmonte Leonard killed three men, including former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, at a party in the summer of 2012. Desmonte Leonard was convicted of capital murder, attempted murder and assault in October and will be sentenced Jan. 7.

UPDATE I: 22 year old Markale Hart arrested in  fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell.

More black on black crime as Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Eric Holder remain as quite as a church mouse.

 Police say they’ve arrested a 22-year-old man in the fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell.

Auburn Police Capt. Will Matthews issued an agency statement Sunday afternoon that said Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill, Alabama, has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder. Police add Hart’s being held at a county jail in the state.

SI: Ohio State’s Win over Michigan State Proves the Buckeyes Are Here to Stay … Stay Where, In the Big Ten, the Biggest Joke Power 5 Conference Today?

I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON WHY I CANCELED MY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SUBSCRIPTION YEARS AGO … ENOUGH OF THE BS THAT OHIO ST IS GREAT.

Even is the Buckeyes win out, sorry, they are not one of the top four teams in college football … NOT EVEN CLOSE. If the committee actually even considers them, then the new format is a greater joke than the BCS. Let me first preface this by saying I miss the old days when Ohio St and Michigan used to be relevant and played some of the best games ever. However, we are along way from that and the Buckeyes being in the same sentence as one of the best college football teams in America.

With all due respect the the Ohio St. Buckeyes and no due respect to the blathering at SI, let’s just call OSU and the Big Ten this year and the past couple of years for what it has been, a total and complete joke.Sorry, but one win against an over-ranked team from your own bad conference does not a Final 4 playoff team make. Sports Illustrated, get over yourself, remember when you used to be relevant? Enough of this statement win nonsense, that goes for you too ESPN. Why don’t you put up one of your famous polls to see what America thinks as to if Ohio State is a Final 4 worthy playoff team. hmm? Who have you played, just Michigan State? This some how makes you one of the 4 best teams in the country, really? Prior to the victory over the Spartans, who was you best win against, Maryland? Exactly who on the schedule below even warrants Ohio State to be in the Top 10, let alone any talk of being apart of the NCAA College football Final 4?  What team(s) in their out of conference games against Navy, VA Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati screams Final 4 worthy?

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Sorry, if a college football team decides to play no one and is a part of a weak, weak conference … NO, THEY SHOULD GET NO CONSIDERATION TO BE CALLED ONE OF THE 4 BEST TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

First there is Navy who has a current 4-5 record, then there is Kent State out of the MAC who is 1-8. Let us not forget the un-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats out of that football power, the American Athletic Conference, at 5-3. Last but not least there is the 4-5 Virginia Tech Hokies, 1-4 in the ACC,  who the Buckeyes lost to. You lost to them at home and no whining about the QB situation. Then wins against Maryland, Rutgers, Penn St. and Illinois. Even former Ohio State Buckeye and ESPN’ analyst Chris Carter would say, C’mon man, REALLY?

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No Bleacher Report, Ohio State is not playoff worthy. The only thing the Buckeyes are worthy of is winning the Big Ten title, for what that is worth. Forget the euphoria that Ohio State actually won their first game against a top 10 opponent since 2006, which just further exemplifies how down their program has been, but yet inflated by ridiculous past poll ranking by playing nothing but cupcakes. So now Ohio State has beat Michigan St, just curious, who have the Spartans played, the Oregon Ducks? Who they wound up losing to 46-27. It must have been those wins against Jacksonville St, Eastern Michigan and Wyoming that warranted that #8 ranking. I guess everyone ignored that #61 SOS of the Spartans. Oh, and by the way, Ohio St. is #53.

This was supposed to be a statement game for the Big Ten’s  best team, and it was. It just turns out that that team is Ohio State, not Michigan State. The Buckeyes grabbed the Spartans’ statement, read it aloud on national television, and now you can get ready for a whole lot of Urban Meyer and Ohio State — not just this season but next, too.

No. 14 Ohio State beat No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, and afterward the Buckeyes let the media in on a little secret: They knew this would happen. They didn’t “know” in the way that young athletes sometimes assume they will win, no matter who they play. They really knew they would beat Michigan State. They knew how and why.

Because Meyer is such a good coach, and the Big Ten is so weak, the Buckeyes have been able to win while they build. The Big Ten helped them look better than they were the last two years. And if the Buckeyes played in a better league, they probably would have been beaten two or three times already this season.

A better league would have knocked the Buckeyes out of this year’s national-title race before they could grow up. But they play in the Big Ten. They only lost once, to lowly Virginia Tech when Barrett was still finding his footing. And now it’s November, and are there really four teams that are better than this one right now? Are you sure?

YES, I AM 100% SURE. Sorry, if Ohio St. played in the SEC WEST they would be the 5th best team behind Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn. Wait, let me correct myself, they would be 6th as they are not better than LSU either. And Urban Meyer knows it. What would Ohio St do if they had to play 5 top 10 teams in the course of a season, not one? The Buckeyes would not know what hit them if they ever had to play LSU at night under the lights in Death Valley. How does SI, ESPN or Bleacher Report think this great Buckeye team would fare if they had to play in consecutive weeks, LSU, Mississippi St, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Georgia … HMM?

So it was asked above by some dim-witted homers, “are there really four teams that are better than this one right now?” Let’s answer their question with the teams that are. The following are teams that are all better than the over-rated Buckeyes, who either/or have a much stronger strength of schedule, play better teams on a more consistent basis, have a stronger out of conference schedule and play in much stronger overall conferences:

  1. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Florida State
  5. TCU Horn Frogs
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. Baylor Bears
  8. Arizona State Sun Devils
  9. Ole Miss Rebels
  10. Georgia Bulldogs

Let’s get real folks, the Buckeyes won one game. No more, no less. That makes them the best of a bad conference, not one of the top 4 teams in college football. If the NCAA playoff committee actually reward such a garbage resume when other teams actually play in competitive conferences and g by record only, we might as well just scrap it all and go back to only the Bowl Games and their conference affiliations. Even the late great Buckeye coach Woody Hayes would grab you by the neck  and punch you or kick you if you ever considered the 2014 Buckeyes a top four team.

Posted November 9, 2014 by
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18 Year Old College of St Rose Student Connor W. Trapatsos Missing Since 10/15/14 in Albany, NY (Update: Body Found Along the Hudson River near Albany)

Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18 year old, first year student at the College of St Rose has been missing since October 15, 2014 in Albany, New York. Law enforcement officials were told Friday that Connor W. Trapatsos was last seen by his roommate on Wednesday morning. Campus surveillance cameras confirm that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 15. A search of the residence hall has be conducted on multiple occasions campus security officers and the Albany Police Department. Police believe Connor Trapatsos may be walking west on Route 5 or Route 20 towards Rochester. The missing freshman’s family lives in Fairport, Monroe County. A New York State Missing College Student Notification has been released to police and hospitals, and email and roadside messaging was activated to notify drivers and the public, according to the release. The college has also handed out printed notices to local businesses and residents.

At this time, Police do not suspect foul play and his roommate tells local media that Trapatsos had been very withdrawn in recent weeks.

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Missing: Connor W. Trapatsos

Trapatsos, 17, is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slight build, according to a news release issued by the school. Counselors there have been made available for students or employees seeking emotional support.

The school provided an update on Saturday, adding that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, which was confirmed by campus surveillance cameras. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back. He was wearing blue shorts and blue Nike running shows and carrying a dark-colored backpack.

SAINT ROSE REPORTS MISSING STUDENT.

The College of Saint Rose has reported to law enforcement officials that Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18-year-old first-year student from Fairport, Monroe County, New York, is missing.

Connor, who resides in Brubacher Hall, was last seen by his roommate this past Wednesday morning. The College was informed this afternoon. The residence hall has been searched thoroughly three times by Saint Rose Security officers and the University at Albany Police Department.

UPDATE I: More than two weeks have passed with no word from missing College of Saint Rose student Connor Trapatsos.

The investigation is now focusing on information from the public, said Aran Mull, deputy chief of the University at Albany Police Department.

“He had money, appears to be in good health and appears to be moving with some purpose, but we don’t know what that is,” Mull said.

The first-year student whose nickname is “Trapper” left Brubacher Hall alone carrying a dark-colored backpack.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back, blue shorts and blue Nike running shoes.

Information from Trapatsos’ computer showed he had been looking up bus routes, police said.

He was seen getting change for and taking a bus out of Crossgates Commons on the morning of Oct. 15. He got off the bus in Glenmont before heading to the Selkirk area, Mull said.

Anyone with information regarding Trapatsos’ whereabouts is asked to call the University at Albany Police at (518) 442-3130 or Saint Rose Security at (518) 454-5187.

UPDATE II: Body found near Albany ID’d as missing Fairport teen, Connor W. Trapatsos.

New York State University Police at Albany confirmed on Thursday that the body found along the Hudson River near Albany is that of missing Fairport teenager Connor Trapatsos.

State Police said that the body was found on the river’s west bank Wednesday afternoon by CSX railroad employees working on a bridge near the Thruway in the town of Coeymans, just south of Albany. The medical examiner confirmed the identification.

SICK … Convicted Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Gives Graduation Speech via VIDEO at Goddard College in Vermont

What the hell ever happened to the Green mountain state of Vermont, Ethan Allen would be disgusted.

On Sunday, convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a graduation speech to students at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont by video.  Unbelievable. Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting death and murder of Philedapphia police officer  Daniel Faulkner. It is actually the second time Abu-Jamal has spoken at graduation, but what would you expect from a liberal arts college in the People’s Republic of Vermont where this cop killer received a degree.

Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Daniel Faulkner, called choosing Abu-Jamal “despicable” and “not appropriate.” The police in Philadelphia held a silent vigil for 25 minutes Sunday to protest Mumia’s speech. As stated by Chief Inspector Anthony Boyle, “We need to demonstrate how ludicrous this is.” Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) urged the Vermont college on Thursday to revoke its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker. Michael O’Neil, the president of the Vermont Troopers’ Association also asked Goodard College to rescind Abu-Jamal invitation.

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VIDEO – Fox News

On Sunday, Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees Sunday from Goddard College in Plainfield.

He told the graduates to “think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better.”

Abu-Jamal said Goddard reawakened his love of learning and — in his mind — allowed him to leave death row and travel the world.

The decision to allow Abu-Jamal to speak angered police and others in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Abu-Jamal was initially sentenced to death in the killing of Officer Daniel Faulkner but re-sentenced to life in 2012.

VIDEO – Oct. 5, 2014 Goddard College Commencement Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Get ready for the LIBERAL double standard to allow a cop killer to speak at a commencement ceremony and call it freedom of speech. In a statement posted on the school’s website, Interim President Bob Kenny said that by selecting Abu-Jamal the students are showing “their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that.” REALLY? So this liberal college president celebrates the First Amendment of Freedom of Speech when it serves his radical liberal views, but has an issue with that same First Amendment when it comes to freedom of the Press as the college closed the graduation to the media after claiming it was open. Goddard College also claimed they wanted to protect the student’s privacy. Wat a bunch of gutless cowards, so brave in saying they want a cop killer as their commencement speaker, but don’t want the public to know who they are. And you wonder where gutless, double standard liberals are spawn from.

The ceremony was originally planned for 4 p.m. and media was told it was open to the public.

However, two days ago, college leaders changed the time to 1 p.m. without notifying the media.

They cited security reasons, saying they received threats this past week.

They also wanted to protect the student’s privacy.

Four Memebers of North Central Texas College Softball Team Killed in Bus-Tractor Trailer Truck Crash

Just absolutely terrible, one second you are a college student with your whole life ahead of you, the next second, it is all over.

Four members of the North Central Texas College woman’s softball team were killed Friday night and several injured when their team bus was struck by a tractor-trailer truck that crossed the center median on Interstate 35 about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City, OK.  . The college bus/van was carrying 15 female students and one male coach, who was the driver. The fatal crash occurred at 9 pm Friday night, three of the girls dies at the scene and one later passed away at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The team was heading home from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany,OK. The four members of the NCTC softball team that dies have been identified as 20 year old Brooke Deckard, 20 year old Jaiden Pelton, 19 year old Meagan Richardson and 18 year old Katelynn Woodlee.

Our hearts and prayers go out to their family, friends and the North Texas College student body.

Four members of a girl’s softball team for North Central Texas College in Gainesville were killed after a tractor-trailer crossed the center median and hit the team’s van Friday night in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Three of the victims died at the scene and a fourth died a short time later at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The four victims have been identified by NCTC Chief of Police James Fitch as 20-year-old Brooke Deckard of Blue Ridge, Texas; 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton of Telephone, Texas; 19-year-old Meagan Richardson of Wylie, Texas; and 18-year-old Katelynn Woodleeof Dodd City, Texas.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said the Highway Patrol’s investigation should take several weeks including toxicology tests.

“Right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide,” Hampton said, adding that both drivers will undergo standard toxicology tests. Hampton said details of the crash were still not known but “something happened to cause (the semi-tractor driver) to depart the roadway and impact the other vehicle.”

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 North Central Texas College Press Conference

18 Year Old North Dakota State University Student Thomas “Tom” Gregory Bearson Missing Since 9/20/14 in Fargo, ND

18 year old “Tom” Gregory Bearson has been missing since Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fargo, ND. Bearson is a freshman at North Dakota State University. Thomas Bearson was last seen leaving a party at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of 14th Street North.  His cellphone does not appear to be working,

Description of Tom  Bearson:

  • 6 feet, 1 inch tall
  • 155 pounds
  • blond hair and blue eyes
  •  last seen wearing a baseball hat, a blue Sartell High School track and field shirt and khaki pants

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Missing NDSU student – Thomas Gregory Bearson

Bearson, an 18-year-old NDSU freshman, last known contact was at 3:40 a.m. Saturday morning, according to police. His cellphone is currently not working.

Lt. Joel Vettel from the Fargo Police Department says police were contacted when Bearson did not show up for a scheduled visit back home in Sartell. University police searched for Bearson in his dormitory room but did not locate him.

Vettel said police canvassed the 800 block area of 14th Street North, the last known place where Bearson was seen.

Bearson was last seen wearing a baseball hat and a blue Sartell track and field shirt along with Khaki pants. Tom is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

UPDATE I: Police search for missing NDSU student from Sartell.

A fellow student told The Forum earlier Monday he saw Bearson shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, hours after the missing student tweeted that he was lost and needed a ride.

The last tweet from Bearson’s Twitter account was sent at 1:23 a.m. Saturday and reads, “dude it’s jake come pick us up.” It also reads, “We are so lost and we are going to die. Just get somebody.”

In an interview Monday, the recipient of the tweet, Cody Mead, also an NDSU student, said Bearson and “Jake” found a ride to Mead’s house in north Fargo after that tweet.

“Jake” refers to Mead’s roommate, Jake Wenzel, who went to high school with Bearson, Mead said. Mead met Bearson for the first time that night.

Early on Sept. 12, Bearson was arrested for driving under the influence and minor in possession. An officer pulled him over for driving west in an eastbound lane a few blocks from Reed Hall, according to court papers.

A breath test found that Bearson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. He failed one field sobriety test, and because of his poor balance at the time, two others were not given for safety reasons, court papers said.

 UPDATE II: On Monday, police expanded the search to the neighborhood where he was seen leaving a party around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Bearson tweeted he was lost and needed a ride.

NDSU says his cell phone appears to not be working anymore.

Fargo police, using canines, are searching the neighborhoods around campus. Firefighters will also search the Red River for any signs of the nursing student.

If you have seen Thomas Bearson or have any information regarding the missing NDSU freshman, please call NDSU police at 701-231-8998 or text 701-526-6006.

Posted September 23, 2014 by
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