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RizzNews: Former Police Sergeant Busted for Stealing Ground Beef, Driver Charged with Murder After Plowing Into Time Square Crowd, Adult Brawl at High-School Graduation AND MORE!

Police officer resigns after allegedly shoplifting by stuffing meat in his pants

via KMOV

A St. John police sergeant is off of the force after police arrested him for shoplifting hamburger meat at a Des Peres grocery store.

On April 21, Des Peres police say Sgt. Matthew Barthelmass walked up to the meat counter at the Dierbergs on Manchester Road. The security guard followed him, and saw him walk to the cooking supply aisle and “conceal the product inside of his waistband. He had a larger Cardinals pullover on and could not see a bulge,” read the report.

The report goes on to say Barthelmass paid for items inside of his cart, but not the meat in his pants.

He was confronted by the security guard when he was leaving.

“I asked the subject to remove the meat from his pants. He explained to me that he was a police officer for St. John Police Department,” said the report.

St. John Police Chief J.R. Morris says Barthelmass has been with the department for 10 years.

News 4 interviewed Barthelmass in 2015 after he saved a man from a burning house.

“He’s obviously pretty upset, law enforcement is his career, he’s been a police officer for the last 15 years, it’s all he knows,” said his attorney Travis Noble.

In the report, Barthelmass allegedly begged the security guard not to call police saying “he will lose his job and this is his life.”

Noble says he is still reviewing the allegation.

The police report says the hamburger meat was over $30 which meant Dierbergs Loss Prevention had to report it. The security guard said there was a photo of Barthelmass from a shoplifting incident in March.

Right now, he faces a municipal violation for shoplifting. He does not have any previous criminal charges or warrants.

“Once we get all the information we will see if it was a misunderstanding or what the circumstances are,” said his attorney. “He’s hoping this doesn’t ruin his career.

Driver charged with murder after plowing into Times Square crowd

via Washington Post

The driver who rammed into a crowded Times Square on Thursday, killing a woman and injuring 22 others, has been charged with 2o counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the New York Police Department.

Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old suspect, was taken into custody after he allegedly mounted the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, plowing through pedestrians at high speeds, creating a chaotic and terrifying scene amid the afternoon lunch rush at one of the busiest intersections in the world.

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Mich., was the sole person killed in the crash, according to the police. She had been visiting Times Square with her sister, who was injured during the episode.

Preliminary tests show Rojas, a U.S. citizen and resident of the Bronx, was under the influence of the mood-altering drug PCP, law enforcement sources told the New York Times and CNN. Rojas was previously arrested for drunken driving in 2015 and 2008, police said. Rojas remained in custody Thursday night.

Rojas is a Navy veteran who was discharged in 2014 as a result of a special court-martial, the Associated Press reported. He enlisted in 2011, served as an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice, and was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. The circumstances surrounding the court-martial were not immediately available.

Witnesses at the crash said the wounded were “laying on the sidewalks” and others were “screaming and running,” as The Washington Post reported. Those in the area were told to shelter in place while emergency crews swarmed the scene.

Immediately after the crash, Rojas reportedly tried to flee on foot. A bouncer at Planet Hollywood tackled him to the ground, the Associated Press reported. The bouncer, Ken Bradix, has worked at Planet Hollywood for 17 years and was walking toward the restaurant when he saw the car careening down the sidewalk and the driver subsequently running away from the scene.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials said there is no indication the crash was related to terrorism.

“It’s a tough day for New York City, but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm, will be resilient,” de Blasio said in a news conference.

Relatives, friends and community members in Portage, Mich., mourned the loss of Elsman, the 18-year-old killed in the crash.

“We’re all kind of a mess,” Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, from which Elsman graduated last year, told the Detroit Free Press.

Elsman was a kind, compassionate student known around the school for selling muffins she baked in a cooking class, Alburtus said.

“Alyssa was a wonderful young lady,” he said. “When you first got to know her, you would perceive that she was shy or quiet. The more you got to know her, the more you would realize she was funny, and thoughtful, and compassionate to other people.”

According to her Facebook page, Elsman was working as a carhop at a Sonic Drive-In. She also had a boyfriend.

“She was sweet and really laid back,” Stacey Vogl, the mother of Elsman’s boyfriend, Trevor West, told the New York Daily News. “She was the one person that brought my son joy.”

Relatives told the New York Daily News she was studying at a community college near her home outside of Kalamazoo. She was visiting New York City with her mother and sister and they were scheduled to return to Michigan later Thursday.

Before the crash, her 13-year-old sister posted a video on Instagram showing a view of bustling Times Square.

“The Elsmans are a very close-knit family and that will be huge in a situation like this,” Elsman’s aunt Shelly Dusek told CBS New York.

After she heard the news, Dusek posted a message on Facebook.

“My niece,” Dusek said. “I’m heartbroken.”

Hazelwood School District rescinds punishment for students who walked out

via KMOV

The Hazelwood School District has rescinded punishments for students who walked out in protest Monday.

"We're really ecstatic," said sophomore Ishmaiah Moore.

Around 200 Hazelwood West High School students walked out in support of teachers who were involved with contract negotiations with the district. Some students were suspended while others were told they could’t participate in the graduation ceremony.

Administrators are now saying that the students may have been “manipulated” into walking out. 

"That sits terribly with me," said Diane Livingston of the teachers union.

"There has been no encouraging."

Parents and students also expressed concern about to handle future protests over teacher cuts and other issues.

"Students have so many different topics, we don't feel they're giving us a platform to voice it to them," said Moore.

Adults Brawl at High-School Graduation Over Saved Seats

via Chicago Tribune

Graduation caps weren't the only things flying at one high school commencement in Tennessee after some adults in the audience started throwing punches.

Videos posted to social media show a fight between adults breaking out as Arlington High School graduates marched into a Memphis church to the tune of "Pomp & Circumstance" Tuesday. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the melee may have been brought on by a dispute over saving seats.

Arlington Community Schools superintendent says in a statement "it was unfortunate that a couple of adults in the audience exhibited the behavior they did prior to the ceremony beginning and thus has caused a distraction from the celebration of our students' accomplishments."

A video shows one woman being handcuffed, but it's unclear if anyone was arrested.

For the 1st Time, Women in Their Thirties Are Having the Most Babies

via Slate

For decades, American women have gradually pushed back the age at which they choose to become parents. Now, for the first time, women in their 30s are having more children than those in their 20s, according to preliminary 2016 data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

The CDC data shows that the birth rate among women aged 30 to 34 last year just barely surpassed that of women aged 25 to 29, the demographic with the highest birth rate for more than three decades. While women in the early thirties bracket had about 103 births per 100,000 people, the rate for women in their late twenties was 102 per 100,000. On average, the CDC data suggests, women are having their first child at roughly age 28.


That means that first-time mothers are older, broadly speaking, than they were as recently as 2014, when the CDC put the average age of first birth at 26.3. The change is due in large part to a continuing decline in the teen birth rate. Though the CDC has not yet released a full report for 2016, it found a 42 percent drop in the rate of first-time births among teens between 2000 and 2014. But the growing number of first-time parents over 30 are also shifting the CDC’s statistics. In some sectors of American life—especially among more affluent and highly educated women—social norms around age and motherhood have changed with remarkable speed. As one woman who works in media recently wrote about getting pregnant at 27: “The reaction to my pregnancy was neatly split along demographic lines. When I told people over the age of 40 that I was pregnant, they were delighted. People under the age of 40, however, were horrified.”

In many ways, this attitude, and the milestone marked by the new CDC data, represents a gain for women. As Rebecca Traister wrote in her 2016 book All the Single Ladies, the social permission to delay marriage and childbirth—as well the as the biological ability to do so, first through the use of reliable birth control, now with the help of the booming fertility industry—has given women the freedom to define themselves through means other than motherhood. As recently as 1970, the mean age of first birth was just 21, giving most women precious little time to pursue education, adventure, and professional achievement.

However, the rise of older parenthood is also a response to a workplace paradigm that levies penalties on mothers. The U.S. is the only wealthy nation in the world without a federal paid parental leave policy, and childcare in this country is exorbitantly expensive and frighteningly under-regulated. Together, these factors push many women to put off pregnancy in the name of professional success or financial stability.

In her 2012 book Ready: Why Women are Embracing the New Later Motherhood, University of Houston professor Elizabeth Gregory analyzed census data from 2000 and found that delaying motherhood measurably increased women’s earnings. Comparing full-time professional women, all of whom had advanced degrees and were between the ages of 40 and 45, she found that those who’d become parents at 35 were making an average of $50,000 a year more than those who’d had their first child at 20. Even women who’d given birth for the first time at age 30 were making, on average, $16,000 less each year than women who had delayed parenthood by an additional five years. Gregory posited that women who’d become mothers in their mid-to-late 30s had had time to accrue a “shadow benefits system”: clout, expertise, and perhaps bargaining power or flexibility that helped to replace the official benefits that most American workplaces lack.

Older parenthood is not an unalloyed good. In most cases, fertility begins to decline in a woman’s thirties. For those who cross this threshold without realizing it, turning to fertility drugs or technology such as IVF can be miserably difficult and ruinously expensive. And as many people wait longer to have families, family size is slowly shrinking. Currently, the U.S. birthrate still exceeds the replacement rate; falling below it might be desirable from an environmental perspective but disadvantageous from an economic and social one, as conservative pundits love to point out.

For many women, waiting to have children is both an emancipatory and a practical choice. But only good policy will free women to shape their families as they see fit—and even, in some cases, to start them younger.

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