Kristin Smart case: New search warrant served at home of suspect’s father

first_imgSan Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s OfficeBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.) — A new search warrant has been served in the 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart.The warrant was executed at the Arroyo Grande, California, home of Ruben Flores, the father of the “prime suspect” in Smart’s disappearance, Paul Flores, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday.Authorities have been authorized to use cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar in the search, which they said could take one to two days to complete, officials said.Smart, a 19-year-old freshman at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo disappeared in the early hours of May 25, 1996, after a party near school.Paul Flores was Smart’s classmate and one of the last people to see her.Smart’s family said in a statement Monday: “We are encouraged by the news of today’s search of Ruben Flores’ property. We appreciate the vigilance and professionalism of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and his department and our family looks forward to learning more in the hours and days ahead.”Ruben Flores’ home has been blocked off with sheriff’s office tape.The search warrant has been sealed, and the sheriff’s department declined to comment further.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jacqueline Theodore very hopeful for Appeal matter tomorrow.

first_img Share Mrs. Jacqueline Theodore The Court of Appeal commenced its sitting this morning at the Parliament building in Roseau. Mrs. Jacqueline Theodore who was awarded compensation of $3.5 million by the Compensation Board for damage to her property nearly fourteen years ago must wait until tomorrow for her matter to be heard.“I was awarded over $3.5 million with interest and cost before the Compensation Board which included three members; Mr. Lewis Hunte the Chairperson, Mr. Steve Isidore representing the government and Mr. Severin Mckenzie representing me. The government’s estimate was for $289,000.00”However, Mrs. Theodore expressed confidence that she will win this ongoing dispute with the government regarding compensation for damaged land, fruits and trees. “Based on their arguments I cannot see them winning this case they would have to come with strong evidence that is working good in their favour. We are pretty much hopeful and I am confident that we will win. I respect the decision of the court and so far the court has not failed me.”She further expressed her disatisfaction for the length of time the matter has been prolonged for as it has taken almost 14 years for the matter to be finalized and that the government contested the amount she was awarded.Click here to listen to Mrs. Theodore: Dominica Vibes News will update you on the court’s decision as soon as it becomes available.Dominica Vibes News 30 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Jacqueline Theodore very hopeful for Appeal matter tomorrow. by: – April 11, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Adding Yu Darvish, bullpen help improves Dodgers’ World Series odds

first_imgThe Dodgers have been good before, quite frequently actually.But they haven’t been good enough. Like the Dodger dogs served up to three million customers a year, the World Series drought keeps getting older every year and leaves its own bad taste.And that’s why they kind of had to do this.The Dodgers’ comfortable standing atop the National League provided them with a unique perspective at Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. They were able to look beyond the mundane concerns of other teams scratching and clawing to win their division – or a woebegone wild card – and peer into October. While others traded away bits of the future to patch holes in the present, the Dodgers are strong enough that their additions of right-handed starter Yu Darvish and left-handed relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani are aimed at avoiding the potholes of their recent postseason past.As successful as their deep group of starters has been during the regular season, a playoff rotation including Brandon McCarthy, Kenta Maeda or Hyun-Jin Ryu would not give them their best chance in October. Without Darvish, the Dodgers would have been justifiably tempted again to ask Clayton Kershaw to attempt another superhero turn. For all his efforts, that hasn’t worked in past postseasons and becomes less tenable with each twinge and tweak of his back. They didn’t have to do this.The best team in baseball already boasts the best pitching staff in baseball – the lowest ERA, WHIP and batting average against in the majors. Without any changes, these Dodgers would have gone into the postseason as a championship favorite.Despite what you might have heard (or read) – or feared in the darkest corner of your thoughts – the Dodgers’ once-in-a-generation domination of the National League this summer is not necessarily a once-in-a-generation opportunity like it might be in another city. In fact, the Dodgers will likely be among the most viable championship contenders again next season and the season after that. And the season after that.“We’re not in a competitive cycle,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said Monday. “We want to be good every year.” Kershaw has already begun a throwing program and the initial agita created by his most recent back injury has subsided. But Darvish’s acquisition makes it more likely the Dodgers won’t have to pile the entire franchise on that balky back again this fall.Zaidi denied the latest iteration of Kershaw’s back issues propelled the Dodgers’ trade talks with the Texas Rangers. But he did acknowledge the prospect of strengthening the rotation so starting Kershaw on three days’ rest this October will be less of a need.“Having four (front-line starters) is certainly better than having three,” Zaidi said with a chuckle, lining Darvish up with Kershaw, Alex Wood and Rich Hill. “The more you can share the load across your pitching staff the better chance each guy has of being at his best, which is obviously what you want at that time of year.”Darvish hasn’t been at his best recently. Over his past eight starts, he has a 5.81 ERA amid reports of pitch tipping.“We’ve obviously been watching him very closely,” Zaidi said, sidestepping questions about pitch tipping. “As I mentioned, these conversations have been ongoing for awhile. The quality of the stuff has been there. The velocity, the breaking ball. His health has been good. So we’re not concerned about it at all.”Zaidi even raised the possibility that Darvish will get a bump in effectiveness from going to the DH-free land of the National League.“Particularly coming to a new league with all the different pitches and looks he can give hitters, I think there’s going to be an adjustment period on the part of the National League and I think that will really be an advantage for him,” he said.Similarly, Watson and Cingrani allow the Dodgers to avoid asking too much of the right-handers in their bullpen. Instead of asking Brandon Morrow or Pedro Baez or Josh Fields to match up against right- and left-handed hitters alike in October, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts can now deploy Watson against, say, Bryce Harper (0 for 6) or Cingrani against Anthony Rizzo (4 for 19). Daniel Murphy is probably still a problem.That the Dodgers’ front office did all this without surrendering their three most prized prospects – outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitchers Walker Buehler and Yadier Alvarez – is a triumph.That does not mean it was done without cost. You will probably hear the names of the five players the Dodgers surrendered to the Rangers and Pirates again. But the Dodgers’ front office has done a good job of dividing its prospect stash into those who are expendable and those who are not.Willie Calhoun might hit .300 with 20-plus home runs in Texas some day soon. But his defensive limitations made it obvious he would never be able to do that in a Dodgers uniform. A.J. Alexy has a big arm and might figure out how to use it. But the Dodgers’ fecund farm system has a lot of those.The postseason might still be a crapshoot. But the Dodgers have done everything they could to load the dice.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more