J-Lo + A-Rod: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are engaged

Entertainment News  J-Lo + A-Rod: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are engaged https://linewsradio.com/j-lo-a-rod-jennifer-lopez-and-alex-rodriguez-are-engaged/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Kevin Mazur/AMA2018(HOLLYWOOD) — Will the fourth time be the charm?  Jennifer Lopez is engaged to her boyfriend, former MLB superstar Alex Rodridguez.

A-Rod revealed the big news on Instagram on Saturday, posting a photo of the couple holding hands; hers is sporting a massive diamond ring. “She said yes,” he wrote in the caption.  Jennifer posted the same photo, captioning it with a string of heart emojis.

Jennifer’s manager Benny Medina also confirmed the news to People, saying, “They are on vacation and got engaged today.”  An insider says the two are currently in the Bahamas.

The couple celebrated their two-year anniversary on February 3.  On that day, J-Lo wrote to A-Rod, “You make me feel like a teenager starting out all over again… Every time I think I have you pegged, you surprise me in the most wonderful ways, reminding me how blessed I am to have found you now in this moment at this time.”

This will be Jennifer’s fourth marriage; she was previously wed briefly to waiter Ojani Noa, and then to dancer Cris Judd.  She was also engaged to Ben Affleck, but they never married. 

In 2007, she married fellow singer Marc Anthony; they split in 2012, and their divorce was final in 2014.  They have 10-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

Rodriguez was previously married to Cynthia Scurtis; they divorced in 2008. They share two daughters: 10-year-old Ella and 14-year-old Natasha.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

A Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing at JFK: FAA

WORLD NEWS A Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing at JFK: FAA  https://linewsradio.com/a-turkish-airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing-at-jfk-faa/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

Nicolas Economou/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Turkish Airlines flight has landed safely at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after 29 passengers were injured when the plane encountered severe turblence 45 minutes before landing, officials said.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Aviation Administration said the flight originated in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Turkish Airlines Flight 1, Boeing 777, landed safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 5:35 p.m. after declaring an emergency and reporting that several passengers were injured when the aircraft encountered turbulence,” the FAA said in a statement. 

Ten passengers were taken to a hospital, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman. One flight attended had a possible broken leg and others suffered bumps, bruises and cuts.

Coleman said most of the passengers were treated inside an airport terminal.

There were 329 people on board, including 21 crew members.

No other airport operations were affected, according to the spokesman.

The FDNY EMS is working with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the scene, according to a tweet by the fire department.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

Patriots’ Robert Kraft builds legal dream team for sex case; can they save him?

U.S. NEWS Patriots' Robert Kraft builds legal dream team for sex case; can they save him? https://linewsradio.com/patriots-robert-kraft-builds-legal-dream-team-for-sex-case-can-they-save-him/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) — Patriots owner Robert Kraft is bringing a squad of assassins to a fist fight.

Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions in January and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff.

The powerful New England Patriots team owner has pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial, before a judge — while assembling a powerhouse legal dream team of high-profile Florida criminal defense attorneys.

He is facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, though prosecutors often offer first-time offenders a chance to pay a fine and perform community service, while not admitting fault.

‘A higher standard’

But there may be a more costly reckoning for Kraft looming beyond the courtroom, where the punishment could be far more severe.

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Godell has punished Kraft’s Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals in 2007. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 Deflategate investigation.

Even without pleading guilty, league policy states that Kraft could still subject to league penalties, according to ESPN.

“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.”

Given the stakes, Kraft is assembling a powerhouse legal team to go at the state’s case.

The situation Kraft and scores of other south Florida men found themselves in last month is one result of the evolving use by law enforcement of surveillance tactics originally reserved for terrorism investigations.

The USA Patriot Act signed in 2001 for the first time authorized the use of so-called ‘sneak-and-peak’ warrants, which allow U.S. law enforcement officials to covertly enter a private premises without the owner’s knowledge or permission, and in the case of the Florida investigation, record video evidence over weeks.

While the justification for such an arguably invasive investigative technique is hard to make for a misdemeanor-level prostitution case, but the fact that the probe was a large-scale, months-long operation aimed at human-trafficking, not prostitution, the warrants may hold.

‘Sneak-and-peak warrants’

Late last month, Kraft recruited defense attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck, who was a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

Burck is a Yale Law School graduate who served in the George W. Bush White House and clerked for retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He later as a prosecutor with Southern District of New York between 2003 and 2005.

Burck has also represented former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former White House counsel, Don McGahn.

Spiro, a Boston-bred Harvard Law School graduate has represented pop stars Mick Jagger and Jay-Z, as well as a raft of top athletes.

After then-Atlanta Hawk Sefolosha was arrested in New York for resisting arrest, Spiro wrangled a $4 million to settle out of the city. An alleged nightclub assault resulted in community service for Spiro client Matt Barnes, the former NBA player. When retired New York Knick Charles Oakley was ejected from a Knicks game and arrested after a courtside dispute, he hired Spiro.

Spiro, a former Manhattan prosecutor, was also part of the defense team that represented New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in a murder trial. Hernandez was found guilty and later committed suicide in prison.

Another attorney on the team is Jeffrey Goldberger, the criminal defense attorney who helped politically-connected Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein reach a non-prosecution deal in 2008 with the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office to end a federal investigation into sex abuse involving at least 40 teenage girls.

Epstein ultimately pleaded guilty to state charges and spent 13 months in a county prison with work release privileges, registered as a sex offender and paid settlements to the victims. Last month, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into that plea deal.

None of Kraft’s three current defense attorneys immediately responded to calls for comment from ABC News.

But even with Kraft’s legal dream team, he may have a better chance accepting a deal than going to trial, according to top Florida criminal defense attorneys with experience representing high-profile clients.

While Kraft’s lawyers are likely to challenge the validity of the warrants that allowed police to surreptitiously enter the spa and install video recording equipment inside the massage patron’s private massage rooms, the law enforcement goal was far broader that misdemeanor arrests of patrons.

“The sneak and peak warrants — if [they were] just for a misdemeanor, that’s not really what they’re normally used for,” said attorney Mark O’Mara, who won George Zimmerman’s full acquittal on murder and manslaughter charges in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

“But [authorities] have a much more justified position in that they were investigating human trafficking,” O’Mara told ABC News. “Nobody, no appellate judge, is going to throw out a sneak-and-peak warrant when prosecutors say ‘these women were slaves.’ So with that as the foundation, you realize that it’s probably going to survive a warrant attack” by defense attorneys.

‘Turn it around’

Another top south Florida defense attorney agreed.

“If you have a reasonable suspicion or probable cause that sex trafficking is going on, you want to be able to establish that,” said Mark NeJames, who represented Tiger Woods aft. “You’d typically have a very reluctant perpetrator — in the form of the massage therapist, and you’d need to establish that the act was occurring, and that they were being held against their will. The collateral damage is those who are enabling this, and that’s where Kraft apparently comes into the picture.”

NeJame said that optics play little to no role in criminal defense strategies.

“Some people think it’s a sign of guilt to bring in top level lawyers, but the truth is anything but,” said Florida defense attorney Mark NeJame, who represented golfer Tiger Woods after he crashed his 2009 Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree while leaving his mansion in Isleworth, Florida. “You are entitled to the best defense possible and if you can afford to bring on a team like this, why would you not bring on the best team possible to look at every legal aspect of the case.

O’Mara, who has counseled thousands of clients charged with crimes on whether or not to take a case to trial, said he thinks that the best outcome that Kraft can hope for – particularly in the eyes of his fellow NFL owners — is to take a plea and try and turn the incident around.

“Look, you’re 77,” O’Mara said, speaking hypothetically. “What you did was stupid, but you didn’t realize who these women are, and now that you do, you have a great opportunity to turn it around, to turn it into something positive and open the Robert Kraft Center for Trafficked Women. And then nobody’s gonna care about your silly misdemeanor.”

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

U.S. Marine Lieutenant from Camp Pendleton is missing after a 10-day ski trip

U.S. NEWS U.S. Marine Lieutenant from Camp Pendleton is missing after a 10-day ski trip https://linewsradio.com/u-s-marine-lieutenant-from-camp-pendleton-is-missing-after-a-10-day-ski-trip/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

1st Marine Division/Facebook(INDEPENDENCE, Calif.) —  A search-and-rescue team found the car belonging to a Marine, who did not come back from a scheduled back country ski trip in the central California mountains, according to the Inyo County Sheriff.

First Lieutenant Matthew Kraft had a planned itinerary to take the Kearsarge Pass trail on Feb. 24 and was scheduled to end his trip on Mar. 4 or Mar. 5 near Bridgeport, California, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Kraft’s father didn’t hear from his son, who is based in Camp Pendleton, on March 4 and contacted the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of our Marines, 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, has been reported missing to local law enforcement after missing his return date from a recreational skiing and hiking trip on the Sierra High Route.” the division wrote on its Facebook page.

After days of searching the trails, Kraft’s vehicle was located by Inyo Search and Rescue on Friday night near Lower Grays Meadows, that’s located near Independence, California, according to a press release issued on Saturday by the county’s sheriff.

The rescue team deployed a snowcat “to rope-tow search and rescue team members on skis up to the Onion Valley parking area” ahead of another winter storm this this weekend, according to the press release.

The search expanded with the Inyo County and Fresno County Sheriff’s Offices. A multitude of assisting agencies includes the California Highway Patrol, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the Marines Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Fresno County Sheriff which providing aerial support, and the Air National Guard.

Authorities are also looking for help from the public, asking anyone with information regarding Kraft’s case to call Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383, option 4; Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549, option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-8400.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

Powerball jackpot climbs to $414 million Saturday night

U.S. NEWS Powerball jackpot climbs to $414 million Saturday night https://linewsradio.com/powerball-jackpot-climbs-to-414-million-saturday-night/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

LPETTET/iStock(NEW YORK) — A $414 million prize could ease the pain of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.

That’s the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the largest Powerball jackpot of 2019 so far, and the 16th largest Powerball jackpot on record.

Should the winner choose to cash out the prize, that would come out to $247.9 million. The odds of winning? One in 292.2 million.

Whoever the winner is, the lucky ticket-holder will have 180 days to claim the jackpot.

But, sometimes it takes months for someone to come forward and claim the prize. That’s what happened earlier this week when the sole winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from October 2018 claimed the prize.

The person, from South Carolina, chose to remain anonymous and took the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. The winner took so long to come forward, residents in the industrial town where the ticket was sold assumed he or she was dead.

The payout was the largest to a single winner in United States history, officials said.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

2 tornadoes touch down in Arkansas and Louisana, as severe storms continue to sweep across country

U.S. NEWS 2 tornadoes touch down in Arkansas and Louisana, as severe storms continue to sweep across country https://linewsradio.com/2-tornadoes-touch-down-in-arkansas-and-louisana-as-severe-storms-continue-to-sweep-across-country/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma) —

A week after tornadoes killed 23 people in Alabama, two twisters touched down in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana Saturday, as severe weather continues to sweep across the country.

One twister hit Prairie Country, Arkansas, while another struck Hosston in Caddo Parrish. Strong wind gusts caused across the entire state of Arkansas — with some reaching 60 mph in some areas.

A few homes in nearby Keo, Arkansas, were damaged by the tornado.

Only minor injuries were reported at this time.

A tornado watch was still in effect Saturday afternoon in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, however.

Storms had already produced wind gusts approaching 80 mph in western Texas early Saturday morning with at least 23 reports of damage.

New winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of the Northeast as well.

Heavy snow will move through the Dakotas during the morning hours on Saturday and will reach into Minnesota and Iowa during the day. Snowfall rates will reach 1 to 2 per hour locally, with gusty winds.

Additionally, severe weather will quickly intensify and organize Saturday morning through parts of the South with rather robust cells forming mainly in Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Strong damaging winds, hail and a possible tornado are all possible.

However, as the front moves into parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky during the day, there is a possibility for tornadoes during the middle of the day and early afternoon. If tornadoes develop, some could be strong. The threat is highest in the enhanced risk region from western Alabama to southern Illinois.

Meanwhile, heavy snow will spread farther into the Upper Midwest Saturday night, including parts of Wisconsin. heavy rain will develop from Chicago to Cincinnati as the storm slides east. The severe weather threat in the South will diminish substantially during the Saturday evening hours.

On Sunday morning, precipitation will be moving toward the Northeast. It could initially start out as a burst of snow before sunrise with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour from Minnesota to New England.

Warmer air should quickly move in and change the snow to rain across much of Northeast. Accumulations should remain pretty limited from New York to Boston. However, there could be a couple of spots inland from Hartford, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, to Albany, New York, that have a decent chance of picking up 2 to 4 inches of snow. In some of the more rural and elevated parts of New England 6 inches could quickly accumulate Sunday. Meanwhile, snowfall totals in parts of Minnesota could exceed a foot of snow locally.

The storm is also pulling up warmer air from the tropics into parts of the southern U.S. Temperatures will briefly be at least 10 degrees above average ahead of the cold front Saturday in the South and then locally 10 to 20 degrees above average in parts of the Southeast on Sunday.

The brutal cold air does not make a strong return in the wake of this storm in the coming week. Another fairly potent storm, with another severe weather threat, looks to develop for the middle of the week and will likely bring a similar temperature set up to much of the central and eastern U.S.

All of this a sign that the atmosphere in the Northern Hemisphere is responding to more direct sunlight as we head toward the official start of spring.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

Whoopi Goldberg announces near-death battle with pneumonia, sepsis: What you should know

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(CHICAGO) — Whoopi Goldberg announced on Friday that she had been absent from co-hosting “The View” because she had been dealing with pneumonia and sepsis, saying that the two illnesses nearly killed her.

“I am here. I am up and moving around. Not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead,” Goldberg, who last appeared on “The View” on Feb. 5, said in a message recorded for the show. “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news: I didn’t.”

Pneumonia and sepsis are two illnesses that can get pretty serious. Here’s what you should know about them.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that ranges in severity.

In the United States, pneumonia is the most common cause of hospital admission aside from women delivering children. In 2013, pneumonia was responsible for 960,000 hospital stays and nearly 60,000 deaths that year. The illness is now the eighth leading cause of death.

The severity of the lung infection depends on what’s causing it and who is affected by it. Pneumonia can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, fungi or viruses, which enter the lungs from the air we breathe. A single organism can account for as many as 10 percent of cases, the most common being a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Influenza, also known simply as the flu, has the potential to cause pneumonia, too.

A weaker immune system raises the risk of getting a serious case of pneumonia. At-risk groups are considered to those who are young, such as children, the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems.

Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, shortness of breath and cough. Doctors who suspect their patients have pneumonia will often order blood tests and a chest X-ray to look for other signs of infection. However, not all pneumonias require hospitalization. Mild pneumonias can be treated in as little as five days with antibiotics.

Doctors may ask patients to stay in the hospital for closer monitoring in cases where pneumonia doesn’t improve or where it began as severe.

Survival from pneumonia has improved significantly over time. But death rates still range from as low as 3 percent in those who are treated outside of the hospital to 50 percent in those who require care in a hospital’s intensive care unit. For some people with pneumonia, recovery can take up to six to eight weeks.

Complications from pneumonia can make it a much more serious problem.

There are several complications that can make pneumonia a bigger problem. Pleural effusion, which is sometimes called “water in the lungs,” occurs when fluid accumulates just outside the area of the lung where the infection is located. The fluid can sometimes turn into pus, too. If it doesn’t improve on its own or with antibiotics, the fluid may have to be drained with a needle in a bedside procedure called thoracentesis.

Severe pneumonia and pleural effusions may block the transfer of oxygen from the air we breathe into our blood. When respiratory failure like this develops, doctors will likely have to intubate the patient, which requires placing a breathing tube down their throat and connecting it to a breathing machine. This allows doctors to control the patient’s breathing.

Sepsis is severe complication of pneumonia that worsens a patient’s outlook.

Sepsis is preceded by a condition known as bacteremia, which occurs when the organisms that cause pneumonia spread into the blood. People who develop bacteremia should go to a hospital immediately to receive intravenous antibiotics. If the bacteremia worsens to the point where vital signs are affected — blood pressure drops, heart rate goes up, breathing rate increases, fevers rise and blood oxygen levels drop — then they’re considered to have sepsis.

It’s worth noting that sepsis can develop from any kind of infection, not just pneumonia. However, pneumonia is the leading cause of sepsis. It’s a big deal because sepsis is more likely to lead to a worse outcome; mortality rates from sepsis can be as high as 15 percent.

There are steps you can take to prevent pneumonia.

Because the elderly are especially vulnerable to pneumonia, it’s recommended that everyone receive pneumonia vaccinations at the age of 65. There are two types of pneumonia vaccines — Pneumovax and Prevnar. Each contains bits of different strains of bacteria that cause pneumonia, allowing the body to develop antibodies and therefore immunity to fend off any future infection. Studies show that 69 percent of elderly people who are eligible to receive the vaccine don’t. Other at-risk groups should get vaccinated even earlier, including smokers, diabetics, alcoholics and people with compromised immune systems.

Other preventive measures people could take include receiving an annual flu vaccine and quitting smoking.

In high-risk people, pneumonia can develop into something serious and potentially fatal. But more commonly, it is easily treatable and patients’ outlooks are good. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date with your pneumonia vaccinations if you are part of an at-risk group or over the age of 65.

Dr. Leila Haghighat is an internal medicine resident at Yale New Haven Hospital and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.


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R. Kelly released from jail after arrest for outstanding child support payments

U.S. NEWS R. Kelly released from jail after arrest for outstanding child support payments https://linewsradio.com/r-kelly-released-from-jail-after-arrest-for-outstanding-child-support-payments/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

WLS(CHICAGO) — Defiant R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail for the second time in as many weeks on Saturday after paying off the $161,000 in child support he owed his ex-wife.

Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail just after noon local time and quickly got into a waiting van as his lawyer prepared to talk to reporters.

Kelly had been jailed again since Wednesday after failing to make outstanding child support payments dating back eight months for his three children.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was previously jailed on Feb. 22 after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse and held on $1 million bond.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defendants must typically pay 10 percent of the bond to be released from custody, but Kelly’s lawyer had said during the bond hearing the singer’s finances were “a mess.” He spent the weekend in jail, until a friend, Valencia Love, paid the $100,000 on Feb. 25 and he was released.

Just prior to being taken into custody on Wednesday, the 52-year old singer taped an operatic interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, in which he yelled and cried, calling the allegations against him “not fair.”

Kelly told King his ex-wife was lying when she said he abused her, asking, “How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?”

He also brought up his previous sexual assault case, which ended in his acquittal in 2008.

“It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case,” the singer said in a clip released by the network.

Kelly also told King he had “zero” relationship with his three children but said that they love him.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

Roads near UK’s Parliament reopened after vehicle deemed ‘non-suspicious’: Met Police

WORLD NEWS Roads near UK's Parliament reopened after vehicle deemed 'non-suspicious': Met Police  https://linewsradio.com/roads-near-uks-parliament-reopened-after-vehicle-deemed-non-suspicious-met-police/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

ABC News(LONDON) — London’s Metropolitan Police have reopened roads near the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament after an investigation concluded that a vehicle thought to be suspicious earlier on Saturday morning was not suspicious after all, according to authorities.

“The incident in Victoria Embankment has now concluded. The vehicle has been deemed non-suspicious. All roads will now be reopened,” Met Police tweeted on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, police had investigated reports of a vehicle near the top of Victoria Embankment, near Westminster.

“Police are on scene at Victoria Embankment following reports of a suspicious vehicle. Road closures are in place. Updates to follow,” the Met police tweeted earlier in the day.

However, the incident was quickly investigated, then cleared.

Earlier on Saturday, police had investigated reports of a vehicle near the top of Victoria Embankment, near Westminster.

“Police are on scene at Victoria Embankment following reports of a suspicious vehicle. Road closures are in place. Updates to follow,” the Met police tweeted earlier in the day.

However, the incident was quickly investigated, then cleared.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019

Funeral to be held for Jassy Correia, the young mom whose body was found after being kidnapped from a Boston nightclub

U.S. NEWS Funeral to be held for Jassy Correia, the young mom whose body was found after being kidnapped from a Boston nightclub https://linewsradio.com/funeral-to-be-held-for-jassy-correia-the-young-mom-whose-body-was-found-after-being-kidnapped-from-a-boston-nightclub/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

WCVB(BOSTON) — The family of a 23-year-old woman who was kidnapped after celebrating her birthday at a Boston nightclub will hold a funeral for the young mother Saturday morning.

Jassy Correia, who had a 2-year-old daughter, was kidnapped last weekend after leaving Venu Nightclub, after celebrating her birthday with friends, police said.

Relatives held a wake for Correia Friday night at St. Peter’s Church in Dorchester, according to the Archdiocese of Boston. A private burial will follow Saturday’s funeral, which will also be held at St. Peter’s Church.

Federal prosecutors charged Rhode Island resident Louis Coleman III with Correia’s kidnapping and killing after police in Delaware arrested Coleman; Correia’s body was found in the trunk of his car.

Coleman, 32, was charged with federal interstate kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a mandatory life sentence. He could also face the death penalty.

The Boston City Council is planning to hold a public hearing on nightclub safety in the wake of Correia’s death to discuss what Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George says are ways to “hold ourselves, our men and our nighttime venues accountable.”

However, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins told reporters on Friday that Correia “was right where every woman has every right to be — celebrating her birthday on a night out with friends.”

“Let’s not fall into a discussion about whether we should walk home alone or how many people we should call when we’re leaving the club,” Rollins said. “If anything, let’s remind the men in our lives that violence against women isn’t a women’s issue — it’s a problem that men take responsibility for in their lives.”

The cause of Correia’s death appears to have been blunt force trauma and strangulation, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters. There’s no indication that she was sexually assaulted, Lelling added.

“It appears she put up a struggle,” he said.

Prosecutors say Coleman did not know Correia.

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Posted On 09 Mar 2019
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