Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Teacher of 17 years fired after gay marriage

screenshotGLENDORA, CA – A Teacher of 17 years at a Catholic high school in Glendora, Calif., was fired recently after getting married to his gay partner in a San Bernardino civil ceremony.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 45-year-old Ken Bencomo was fired because of his same-sex ceremony.

“The reason given was that the marriage occurred and the school’s position was that it violated church teachings,” said Bencomo’s attorney Patrick McGarrigle.

Bencomo headed up the English department at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, as well as moderated the yearbook and was a dance coach.

St. Lucy's Priory High School  Credit: Change.org

St. Lucy’s Priory High School
Credit: Change.org

Nineteen-year-old Abigail O’Brian, A former student, told the newspaper, “He never talked about his personal life to his students, but it’s something that students and faculty knew.”

According to McGarrigle, “St. Lucy’s has known of Mr. Bencomo’s orientation for years. Administrators had been introduced to his partner in the past, so the suggestion that Ken’s orientation is a surprise or that his lifestyle somehow violated doctrine is at odds with the school’s knowledge and what seemed to be acceptance of him until most recently.”

Bencomo along with his new husband, 32-year-old Christopher Persky were one of the first gay couples waiting to get married on July 1, right after a Supreme Court decision allowed same-sex marriages.

In a statement St Lucy officials said they planned on educating students, “in the tradition of the Catholic faith.” Continuing the statement read, “As a Benedictine school, St. Lucy’s is a community for those who wish to express Christian values in education and develop person and academic excellence.”

A petition has been started at Change.org by a past student, Brittany Littleton, and currently has close to 3,000 signatures and climbing.

The petition said, “On July 1st, the Daily Bulletin ran an article about gay marriage, the front page featured a picture of Ken Bencomo and his longtime partner celebrating their marriage. The outpouring of love and support for the couple was overwhelming. Alumnae, teachers, staff, and friends of St. Lucy’s expressed heartfelt congratulations to Ken, but the school itself responded in a much different manner. After 17 years of service and dedication, Ken Bencomo has been terminated from St. Lucy’s.”

Littleton said, “As a proud alumni of St. Lucy’s, I am disgusted and heartbroken by this act of prejudice. I believe that Mr. Bencomo deserves to keep his job, and that discrimination against teachers based on their sexual orientation must end.” Pleading for help she wrote, “Please join me in speaking up for this adored teacher. Please contact St. Lucy’s Priory high school at (626) 335-3322 or 655 W. Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora CA.”

Does the church have a right to fire someone over gay marriage?


Shots fired at Arden Fair Mall

Sacramento NewsSACRAMENTO, CA – There has been reports of shots fired at the Arden Fair Mall this afternoon.

According to the Sacramento Police Department shots were fired in a parking lot outside the Arden Fair Mall on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries have been reported.

Preliminary investigation revealed that four men were arguing inside the Arden Fair Mall and took the fight outside to the parking lot, between the Macy’s department store and the Goodyear tire shop. One man pulled a gun and started firing.

Two of the men ran back inside the mall and the shooter and his accomplice left the scene in a white four-door Mitsubishi.

Shell casings were found in the parking garage.

The parking garage is shutdown while police investigate, they are also reviewing security camera footage.

The mall is open for business.

Rocklin PD is looking for this woman

Do you know this woman?

Do you know this woman?

ROCKLIN, CA – The Rocklin Police Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying a female suspected of stealing a purse and using stolen credit cards.

On June 18, a purse was stolen from a vehicle parked at Sierra College in Rocklin and the victim’s credit card was used at a local gas station and several other local businesses in and around Rocklin.

Two unknown suspects were seen driving what appears to be a 2010 or newer Toyota 4 Runner with a white colored paper dealer plate, with unknown white writing on the front of the vehicle. rocklinpd3

The female suspect shown in the photographs is wanted by the Rocklin Police Department for Burglary, Identity Theft, and several other charges.

rocklinpd2If anyone has information regarding the identity of the female and or an associated male subject, please call Officer Mike Alway of the Rocklin Police Department at 916-660-7121.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, call CRIME STOPPERS at 800-923-8191 or you can access the CRIME STOPPER web site at www.placercrimestoppers.com

Or text a tip to Tip411 Keyword Rocklin

Tips that lead to the arrest of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward.

Simon Cowell expecting baby with friends wife


According to Us Weekly, the ‘X- Factor’ judge is having a baby with Lauren Silverman who just happens to be his longtime friends wife.

The 36-year-old Silverman is reportedly 10 weeks pregnant with 53-year-old Cowel’s baby. Silverman is married to Cowell’s longtime pal and real estate mogul Andrew Silverman.

Cowell vacationed with the Silverman’s back in 2011 and 2012, and the couple are reported to be in the middle of a divorce. “Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while,” a source told Us.

Cowell has been extremely vocal about his stance on kids in the past.

“God, no. I couldn’t have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I’d go nuts,” he said in 2009. “With kids, you’ve got a routine you can’t escape from. You’ve got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.”

As Cowell has aged his stance on kids has lightened up somewhat.

“I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them,” he told AOL Music. “The problem has always been how much time you need to devote to bringing up kids. I’ve always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I’ve probably missed the opportunity.”

Granite Bay man sentenced to 16 months for fraud

Larry Harmon Credit: CDOJ

Larry Harmon
Credit: CDOJ

SACRAMENTO, CA – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that Granite Bay resident, 48-year-old Larry Harmon, was sentenced Tuesday to 16 months for a scheme to defraud the state Board of Equalization out of more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims for tax returns on defaulted car loans.

The case was referred to the Attorney General’s Special Crimes Unit for investigation after an auditor with the California Board of Equalization (BOE) noticed the suspicious claims. Harmon had submitted thousands of fraudulent requests with BOE that, if successful, would have resulted in losses of more than $4.5 million.

“Defrauding state government is equivalent to stealing taxpayer dollars,” Attorney General Harris said. “I applaud the cooperation between my office and the Board of Equalization to stop this scheme before any losses occurred.”

“Those who cheat and defraud our tax system impose a selfish and unfair tax increase on their fellow Californians,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “It’s only right that they be brought to justice.”

Harmon was arrested in January on 10 felony counts of false claims and forgery. Harmon formerly managed investments for several NBA players, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats.

As owner of Larry Harmon & Associates, Harmon represented financial institutions seeking sales tax refunds from the BOE. A lender is entitled to submit a refund request to BOE when an individual defaults on a car loan and the vehicle is repossessed.

DOJ agents determined that Harmon created fraudulent bank documents and loan papers, along with a shell company called Premier Capital Finance. He submitted these documents to BOE to request refunds for non-existent banks, including Premier Capital Finance. He also fabricated letters from his attorney attesting to the validity of his paperwork.

At the time of the search warrant and arrest, DOJ and BOE agents discovered additional fraudulent documents that indicated he was in the process of creating two additional false claims, each for more than $5 million.

The Board of Equalization and the Attorney General’s Bureau of Investigation routinely combine resources to investigate fraud and tax schemes perpetrated against the State of California as part of a joint effort to combat underground economy crimes.

Anthony Weiner’s mistress tells all

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Sydney Leather
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NEW YORK, NY – Radio talk show host and ‘Americas Got Talent” judge, Howard Stern, invited Anthony Weiner’s mistress and sexting partner to tell all on his syndicated radio program “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday.

Twenty-three-year-old Sydney Leathers appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” to dish on her recent ex-lover, 48-year-old Anthony Weiner, who resigned from congress back in 2011 after he posted a sexually suggestive photo of himself to a woman on Twitter – basically Weiner was texting a photo of his weener to a woman, who was not his wife.

As expected Leathers came out swinging and didn’t pull any punches, placing even more doubt on whether Weiner is even qualified to be mayor of New York City. Yes, he’s currently running for mayor and refuses to withdraw and he’s got the backing of his wife, Huma Abedin.

Leathers told Stern, “I mean as funny as it would be to have a Mayor Carlos Danger, I think he’s a little too busy j–king off to do anything for the city.” Weiner likes to refer to himself as Carlos Danger on social media sites.

The candid and sometimes raunchy exchange with Stern shed some light on just how bad Weiner’s needs are when it comes to sex, sexting, and his ego.

Leather’s asked Stern, “Okay, how are you going to be mayor of New York City if you’re c–ming like five times a day?”

According to Leathers their relation started out via email, and then worked its way to regular phone sex and the occasional naked photos.

“Maybe I thought I was in love with him, in reality I wasn’t, it was just the infatuation, and the whole situation was just really intense,” Leathers admitted.

Leathers’ relationship with Weiner started shortly after the then-Congressman was caught sending lewd pictures of his penis to strangers forcing him from office. During that time, Leathers wrote to him through social media site Facebook, telling him how disappointed she was in his behavior.

Fast forward a year, Weiner pokes Leathers on Facebook to apologized for letting her down, but almost immediately he started flirting with her.

“That was what really got me,” Leathers told Stern, “that he’s supposedly getting help but in reality he’s flirting with me.”

Leathers was flattered by Weiner’s attention, and agreed to send him a self-portrait – in thong underwear. Understanding the risk, Weiner then sent her graphic photos of himself.

“He even told me after he sent the first picture, ‘You know I took this just for you,’” Leathers told Sterns. “It was titled ‘For Syd,’ and then he’s like, ‘If this ends up anywhere, I know you did it.’”

Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers asked, “Do you think he maybe actually thinks this is not cheating?”

“Maybe, but then again maybe not because I don’t think he really gives a sh–, to be honest,” Leathers responded. “I think he’s like, ‘I’m Anthony Weiner, I’m gonna do, I’m Carlos Danger, I’m gonna do whatever I want. Who cares about my wife? She’ll forgive me no matter what.’”

It all started going sour when Weiner wouldn’t let go, pestering her with constant phone calls. “He was just this needy little b—h, basically,” Leathers explained.

“It actually was a turn-off. That’s part of why things started to fizzle out, because he was clingy with me, he would get pissy with me over, you know, guys complimenting me on Facebook, just weird sh– like that. I’m like, ‘You’re married. I’m single,’ you know?”

What caused Leathers to come forward and speak out about Weiner was how he’s been on the campaign trail saying he’s a changed man.

“I think I am a little bit angry with him, just because, you know, he lured me into this situation and then he didn’t want to own up to it. What pissed me off was him on the campaign trail saying ‘Oh, I’ve changed,” and trying act like he has this perfect marriage now and everything’s just peachy … I was like, bullsh–, I’m proof that you have not changed.”

Leathers did confirm that she was in talks with Vivid Entertainment about a possible porn deal.

Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead

Frankie Vargas Facebook

Frankie Vargas
Facebook

MODESTO, CA – A drive-by shooting in Modesto on Tuesday evening leaves one man dead.

According to Modesto police 24-year-old Frankie Vargas was shot and killed  yesterday while in his vehicle.

Vargas had just pulled up to his home in the 2800 block of Campbell Lane and was still in his black, 2006 Dodge Charger when another vehicle drove by firing into Vargas’ vehicle. He was declared dead after being rushed to a local hospital.

Officers were trying to get a description of the vehicle. Officers were going door to door in the neighborhood looking for witnesses and any other information. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with any information about the shooting was asked to call the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Actress Eileen Brennan dead at 80

Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin

Eileen Brennan
in Private Benjamin

BURBANK, CA – Award winning actress Eileen Brennan best known for her role as the drill captain in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” died Sunday at her Burbank home at the age of 80. According to her management company she was battling bladder cancer.

“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her family said in a statement. “She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Goldie Hawn tweeted today: “We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry. Please keep singing darling from on high. Rest”

Brennan was known for her character roles and portrayed mostly cantankerous and sassy women.

Brennan was involved in a horrific accident in 1982 when she was with “Benjamin” co-star Goldie Hawn. Brennan was struck by a car as the pair were exiting a restaurant. She suffered broken bones to her face, an eyeball pulled from its socket and two broken legs.private-benjamin

After years of recovery she ended up addicted to painkillers and entered the Betty Ford Clinic in 1984.

Brennan told People magazine in 1985, “It was my only hope. I had reached the stage where I was taking anything I could get my hands on.”

“Everyone hits bottom their own way,” she told People, “Mine came through my accident, which led to my pill addiction, which led to my birth. I say birth rather than rebirth because I feel born new. I re-established a spiritual connection that is lost when you are taking any kind of drug. Strangely enough I wouldn’t have missed my accident. It just knocks me out to say that, but I mean it.”

In 1990 Brennan successfully battled breast cancer.

Brennan was married to David John Lampson from 1968 to 1974. She is survived by two sons, Patrick Brennan and Sam Lampson.

Some of her roles:

She played a waitress in “The Last Picture Show” (1971)

Wife of Paul Newman’s conman in “The Sting” (1973)

A wisecracking maid in “At Long Last Love” (1975)

Mrs. Peacock in “Clue” (1985)

Television appearances were many including the TV version of “Private Benjamin,” “Taxi,” “thirtysomething,” “ER” and “Mad About You.”

Man who cut woman’s throat arrested

Dan Rigney  Credit: Turlock PD

Dan Rigney
Credit: Turlock PD

TURLOCK, CA – A man was arrested on Monday for slitting a woman’s throat in Turlock.

Yesterday just before 6 p.m. Turlock Police responded to Donnelly Park located at 600 Pedras Road regarding an assault in progress.

When Officers arrived they found 51-year-old Dan Rigney being held on the ground by a group of citizens who intervened in the assault.

Rigney, and a woman who he was in a relationship with, met at the park to exchange property since their relationship had ended. During the exchange things got heated and Rigney pulled out a knife and cut the victims throat, threatening to killer her.

The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

Rigney on the other hand now faces attempted homicide, criminal threats and domestic battery.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Steve Rodrigues at (209)668-5550 ext. #6626

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Children injured as car crashes into day care facility

Sacramento NewsKANSAS CITY, MO – Three children and one adult have been injured at a day care facility in Kansas City, MO today, after a vehicle slammed into the day care facility.

According to Kansas City Police, the incident occurred just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Academy Child Care facility.

The injured children were rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

“We are treating three children with mild to moderate injuries, none that appear life threatening,” Children’s Mercy Hospital spokeswoman Jessica Salazar told USA TODAY.

There were approximately 40 children inside the center when the crash occurred. Early reports had stated that the children were critically injured.

The driver of a silver and black SUV was taken to a hospital but his condition was not available. It appears the SUV collided with a Cadillac, which was shoved into the building.

Aerial footage showed a vehicle outside the building with a large gaping hole in the building.

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