Fort Worth officer released from hospital after shooting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Mayor Betsy Price voiced her support for the injured officers on Facebook.“We are so proud of Fort Worth Police Department Officer’s sacrificial service to our community,” she wrote. “When you see police officers and first responders, be sure to thank them, give them a handshake and let them know just how thankful we are to them and their families.”According to a press release, officers were investigating a shooting in Wharton Drive when they were shot that night.Resident Vincent Fleece called to report that his father, Carl Fleece, had committed suicide in their house. He said his brother, Martin, was in the room when shots rang out and walked into a shed in the backyard after the incident.Five officers found Fleece with gunshot wounds in his head and a pistol lying nearby.Serrano and Azucena then approached the locked shed where Martin was. The press release wrote that the officers were concerned for his safety and forced the shed door open after identifying themselves as police.Martin fired a .45 caliber handgun which hit Serrano three times and Azucena once. Serrano and Sgt. Steve Fineman fired back, according to the press release.Officer Cliff Snodderly, who was in the house, assisted by firing his weapon at the shed and pulling Serrano away from the scene to treat him with a TacMed bag before an ambulance arrived to transport him to John Peter Smith Hospital.Soon afterwards, Azucena noticed that he had also been shot as he had a hole in his ballistic vest. He was then transported to the same hospital.Officers set up a perimeter around the house and tried to get Martin to surrender peacefully. SWAT officers launched gas canisters into the shed and tore down the shed wall with an armored vehicle.Martin was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a .45 caliber handgun and had not been hit by any of the officer’s rounds.“We are thankful these officers are alive and credit the ballistic vests that they were wearing for giving them a chance at survival,” the press release wrote. Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Linkedincenter_img Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Shane Battis ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Previous articleDean of admission moves on from universityNext articleVolleyball opens up Big 12 play with victory over Texas Tech Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ + posts printOfficer Xavier Serrano, one of the two Fort Worth police officers shot while responding to a 911 call Friday night, was released from John Peter Smith Hospital Wednesday morning.Serrano had surgery for bullet wounds in his left arm, left hand and left torso according to Public Relations Officer Daniel Segura,The other injured officer, Ray Azucena, was released early Saturday morning with “a large bruise and swelling” in his chest.Fort Worth Police Department posted a video of Serrano’s release on its Facebook page. Facebooklast_img read more

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Another interior ministry initiative to protect journalists

first_imgNews October 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another interior ministry initiative to protect journalists December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails the Iraqi interior ministry’s creation of a hotline for journalists in danger just a few weeks after it set up a special police unit to investigate murders of journalists. Created jointly with the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq (JFO), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation, the hotline may have already saved lives. Two journalists in the southern city of Basra eluded threats by calling the number and getting the security forces to intervene. The war in Iraq has been the deadliest armed conflict for the media since the Second World War, with at least 222 journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003.“Protecting journalists is one of the challenges of building a democratic Iraq,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This security initiative by the interior ministry and local partners indicates that the authorities are beginning to realise the need to put an end to the impunity enjoyed until now by those who have committed acts of violence against hundreds of journalists in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders urged the Iraqi authorities in May 2007 to create a Task Force for crimes of violence against journalists along the lines of a special force set up for this purpose in the Philippines. In the course of several meetings with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the press freedom organisation has repeatedly called for measures to combat impunity.According to the Iraqi interior ministry, some 50 police investigations are currently under way into murders, kidnappings and physical attacks in which journalists were the victims. The police have meanwhile announced the arrest of a suspected Al-Qaeda member of Saudi nationality who is believed to have participated in the murder of four employees of the privately-owned Al-Sharqiya TV station on 13 September in the northern city of Mosul. The police are still looking for his accomplices.By calling the hotline, which is manned by the JFO, Al-Hurra TV correspondent Saad Qusay, obtained around-the-clock police protection at his home in Basra after being threatened by an armed group, one of whose members was identified and arrested. The authorities subsequently advised him to leave the country temporarily as an additional safety measure.After intruders broke into the Basra home of Al-Sumariya TV correspondent Hashem Al-Ibi and threatened him in connection with his journalistic activities, he called the hotline and the police succeeded in identifying and arresting them.As well as the hotline, the partnership between the interior ministry and JFO also envisages measures to facilitate journalists’ movements about the country, including the loan of helmets and bullet-proof vests to journalists visiting war zones.Journalistic Freedoms Observatory hotline in Iraq:+96417186706+9647901514862With support from American Express, Reporters Without Borders has been operating a “Press SOS” hotline in France for the past 15 years. The number can be called 24 hours a day in French or English, reversing the charges if necessary, in order to report the arrest, deportation or disappearance of a journalist to Reporters Without Borders. Not only journalists but also their families, news media and journalistic organisations are invited to use the hotline.Press SOS +33147777414The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq won the Reporters Without Borders-Fondation de France annual prize in the Press Freedom Defender category in 2007 for its vital work in gathering and reporting information about violence against journalists in Iraq. The same year, JFO joined the Reporters Without Borders network.On the same subject:16.09.2008 – “We won’t let armed groups do as they please,” interior minister tells Reporters Without Borders 31.05.2007 – Call for special task force to tackle violence against press after four journalists killed in past five days Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomes the joint creation by the Iraqi interior ministry and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory of a hotline for journalists in danger. “Protecting journalists is one of the challenges of building a democratic Iraq,” the organisation says. News News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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The final days of our 30 Days of Christmas…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And now we are down to the nitty gritty days of Christmas shopping. There are only two days left of last minute Christmas shopping.We are linking all of the “30 days of Christmas stories” written this past month. Some of these stories are a bit dated based on Black Friday sales, but this will still give you a guideline on what’s available for sale in Sumner County.Don’t forget to shop local. Your local businesses depend on you to keep the community alive.Wynne WellnessThe DoreBrian Ast InstallationMill Street LumberWellington Wal-MartCountryside Trading PostWellington Hometown Sales & LeaseManila LiquorCountryside MotorsPea Pod Consignment GalleryWellington Fitness CenterBarbara Jon’sKanOkla TechnologyWellington RegentOak Tree Inn/Penny’s DinerThe Gold CornerCobb’s LiquorFederal Tire & ServiceStalcup RealtorWellington Golf ClubErickson and Gill Dentistrylast_img read more

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Kenyans win gold as injured Cheptegei walks to finish line

first_img29Leonard LANGATKEN30:07 26Stanley Kipkoech KEBENEIUSA30:04 13Patrick TIERNANAUS29:18 ****#IaafKampala2017 Tweets 27Birhanu BALEWBRN30:04 30Joshua Kiprui CHEPTEGEIUGA30:08 5Aron KIFLEERI28:49 17Stephen KIPROTICHUGA29:28 14Onesphore NZIKWINKUNDABDI29:21 19Afewerki BERHANEERI29:35 1Geoffrey Kipsang KAMWORORKEN28:24 12Leonard Patrick KOMONKEN29:16 16Abdallah Kibet MANDEUGA29:25 20Leonard Essau KORIRUSA29:36 22Gabriel Gerald GEAYTAN29:48 10Bonsa DIDAETH29:10 15Nicholas Mboroto KOSIMBEIKEN29:23 7Vincent Kipsang RONOKEN29:00 6Muktar EDRISETH28:57 25Jean-Marie Vianney NIYOMUKIZABDI30:02 Cheptegei set a blistering pace, but fell out in the last lapKenya’s Kamworor successfully defended his senior men’s World Cross Country Championship title on Sunday, a first back-to-back senior men’s winner since 2006.Joshua Cheptegei set a blistering pace after two laps to destroy the field, but in the final lap suddenly slowed down, and walked to the finish line in 30th position apparently injured. Cheptegei’s desperate efforts to finish the race eventually paid off as Uganda takes team bronze by just 3 points.It would have been Uganda’s second gold medal of the day, and ever, in  the World Cross Country championships. Uganda came third on the medals table, with one gold and two bronze for the junior women and senior men.Timothy Toroitich was the best placed Ugandan at 9th position in the senior men’s race.Winner Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworo said, ” I was confident of retaining my title. When the Ugandan broke away I kept my cool and ran my race. I knew he would get tired. His pace was so high and it would have been amazing if he had maintained to the end.”Stephen Kiprotich, part of team Uganda, came 17th. ” I feel sorry for Joshua (Cheptegei) because he was in great shape coming into the race. It is sad he didn’t win. He made a terrible mistake of breaking away so early. He should have waited at least until the last 2km. POSBIBATHLETEMARKDETAIL 21Shadrack KIPCHIRCHIRUSA29:44 28Mogos SHUMAYERI30:07 8Ibrahim JEILANETH29:07 24Aweke AYALEWBRN30:01 11Samuel Kiprono CHELANGAUSA29:13 3Abadi HADISETH28:43 2Leonard Kiplimo BARSOTONKEN28:36 9Timothy TOROITICHUGA29:10 4Jemal YIMERETH28:47 18Getaneh MOLLAETH29:34 23Goitom KIFLEERI29:56 Morocco hosted twice in 1975 and 1998, South Africa in 1996 and Kenya in 2007. The competition was changed from an annual to a biennial event in 2011.Kampala also marks the first time that senior women will race the distance of 10 kilometres.There are many reasons why the Ugandans are confident. Three of them are Joshua Cheptegei, Stephen Kiprotich and Timothy Toroitich.Kiprotich congratulates Cheptegei after the Uganda Cross Country championships. PHOTO KAMPALAIAAF MEDIAKiprotichStephen Kiprotich may be better known for his marathon exploits, but the distance running star has cross country in his blood.“I am very happy for the world to come to my country. This race is very important to me.”“In Uganda we have a very strong tradition in cross country running,” Kiprotich told the IAAF. “It has always been a key for any athlete preparing for track season. I have been competing in cross country from the start of my running career since I have been in school and it’s very easy to find good places to train for cross country in Uganda.”Kiprotich has in the last five years shown the Kenyans and Ethiopians can be beaten at their own game. This he did in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic and 2013 world champions, all preceded by a sixth place showing at the 2011 World Cross championships in Spain.At Uganda’s trials for this year’s event, he showed he can still match the change of pace from the marathon to the cross country, by finishing 5th.Toroitich. IAAF PHOTOToroitichAll the stars, fresh from IAAF Cross Country Permit series November 2016 to February 2017, will travel to Kampala with a familiar name to look out for – Timothy Toroitich.Before breaking off the circuit in November to prepare for Kampala 2017, Toroitich had swept to victory in the second leg race of the 2016-17 IAAF Cross Country Permit series.Two weeks earlier, Toroitich finished second in the opening race of the winter’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series behind Bahrain’s Aweke Ayalew.Toroitich finished fifth in the world cross country championships in 2013, and was eighth in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.Cheptegei on the medals podium as national anthem is played at the Uganda trialsJoshua CheptegeiJoshua Cheptegei destroyed a strong field to win the senior men’s gold at the National Cross Country Championships in Kampala in January to show he will be the man to watch on Sunday.Defending champion Phillip Kipyeko set the early pace at the Kampala trials, but when Cheptegei took charge in the second of five laps at Kololo, the battle for everyone else remained for second place.Cheptegei is the 2014 world U20 10,000m champion and 2015 African junior cross-country gold medalist.The 20-year-old doubled at last year’s Olympic Games, finishing an impressive sixth in the 10,000m and eighth in the 5000m on his debut, and will clearly be favourite to dethrone the Kenyans and Ethiopians.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 RACE PREVIEWKiprotich trains at Kololo yesterday. PHOTO KCCAMEDIAStephen Kiprotich is confident. He knows better than many what it takes to win gold, and in team Uganda he has seen a lot in training to show that glory beckons.“Going by what I saw in training, I believe our time for gold has finally come,” Kiprotich said, adding that “the course is perfect. It’s a bit demanding… but very good for me.”Standing in Uganda’s way at another IAAF World Cross Country Championships are the mighty Kenyans and Ethiopians.A Kenyan or Ethiopian has won the top men’s individual title in 24 of the last 30 years.The two nations’ record in the team event is even more intimidating – won all from 1986 to 2015. The story is increasingly similar in the women and junior events, with the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominating the past decade.The story, according to Kiprotich will change at 2pm today  when Uganda hosts the 42nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.Uganda has come close to taking the individual men’s gold once before through Moses Kipsiro in 2009 and will not get a better chance to take charge than this year at their own Kololo Independence Grounds on March 26.“We have a selected a very strong team. We we want to challenge the dominant sides…we will give them a run for their money,” promised Uganda athletics chief Domenic Otucet.The world cross country championship is considered one of the most difficult races to win, even more difficult than the Olympic Games, due to the tough course terrains.Uganda becomes only the fourth African country to host the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event in its 44th year history.last_img read more

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Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for Confed Cup semi-final berths

first_img– ‘Brave’ –Like he did before the Mexico game, Hudson called on the Kiwis to be “brave” against the European champions.This will be the first senior meeting between Portugal, ranked eighth in the world, and New Zealand, who are 95th — sandwiched between Guatemala and Madagascar.The Kiwis, appearing at the Confederations Cup for the fourth time, are still hunting their first win in the tournament after just one draw and 10 defeats.They gave the Mexicans a scare in Sochi with Leeds striker Chris Wood giving New Zealand a shock first-half lead.It was their first goal in 555 minutes of Confederations Cup football, but Mexico’s Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta struck in the second half as the Kiwis faded.“We took a great side all the way against Mexico and we can do that against Portugal,” said Wood.“If we play like we did the other night, I have all the confidence in the world.”Russia need to beat Mexico in Kazan to avoid their prospects hinging on a Portugal loss, while a point would be enough for the Mexicans to advance.After the draw with Portugal, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes against New Zealand, a plan that initially backfired before his side recovered after the break.Star striker Javier Hernandez, left out against New Zealand, is expected to start while Osorio must replace the injured Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno in defence.“We are extremely confident,” said Osorio.“For us it was very important to get three points against New Zealand and now against the hosts we feel that we have a great chance.”Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he will decide his starting line-up after training with an electric atmosphere expected for the national team’s first game at the Kazan Arena. Ronaldo likely to be restedSochi, Russia | AFP |  Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week’s Confederations Cup semi-finals.Ronaldo brushed off allegations of tax evasion in Spain with man-of-the-match performances in the 2-2 draw with Mexico and 1-0 victory over hosts Russia, when he scored the winner.Fernando Santos is expected to rotate his squad, leaving out the likes of Ronaldo against the already-eliminated Kiwis.New AC Milan signing Andre Silva should lead Portugal’s attack in Saint Petersburg, where Portugal will be the heavy favourites.“We have to manage the players and there will be rotation based on how the players are feeling, but it’s easy when you have a group you trust,” said Santos.“I’m not going to say whether Ronaldo will play or not, because I don’t want our opponents to know.“New Zealand gave Mexico a few problems and we will have to be on our toes,” he added. The All Whites lost 2-1 to Mexico on Wednesday despite having led at half-time.Santos said left-back Raphael Guerreiro is ruled out with a bruised foot, and not a fractured leg, as was first thought after Wednesday’s narrow win over Russia.“He told us he could have a small fracture, fortunately it is not as serious an injury, but he won’t play tomorrow,” said Santos.Things remain tight in Group A before Saturday’s final round.Mexico are top, level with Portugal on four points but ahead by virtue of having scored one more goal, and face Russia, who are just a point behind in third.New Zealand will have to settle for the chance to play the role of spoiler after losing both their games so far.The Kiwis will breathe a slight sigh of relief if Ronaldo is rested, with the Real Madrid star netting 15 times in his last nine matches for club and country.“Even if you take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have world-class players like (Ricardo) Quaresma and Nani, we have a game plan and we won’t be overawed,” said coach Anthony Hudson.“The Portuguese probably don’t want to be playing New Zealand right now.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Guardiola says Man City aren’t new Invincibles

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Sunday’s game against Arsenal is set to be the first time Alexis Sanchez faces City since a £60 million ($78.4 million, 67.5 million euros) move to the Etihad Stadium fell through at the end of August.Guardiola refused to be drawn on the prospect of resurrecting that deal, either in January or at the end of the season, when the Chile international’s contract runs out.“The transfer window is closed, so it’s not time to talk about that,” Guardiola said.“I have respect for Arsenal and especially for my own players. In the period that the transfer window is open, I leave other people to talk about that.“You know my opinion on the players I have. On Alexis, you know my opinion, but he’s an Arsenal player so it’s not correct to talk about that, especially before we play them.”Guardiola believes City should be wary not just of Sanchez, but also of Mesut Ozil, another point in a three-pronged attack that also features Alexandre Lacazette.Ozil, like Sanchez, is out of contract next year, but has faced criticism for a lack of goals and assists this season.“I don’t have doubts about him, first in terms of quality,” said Guardiola, who came up against Ozil during his time as Barcelona coach.“I enjoy him and have suffered from him at Real Madrid and here. He gets criticised when the team loses. He is a big target when they lose. But I admire him.“Maybe his body language doesn’t help him too much, but sometimes that confuses the opinion of the critics.“I don’t have doubts about his quality. It’s good for the Premier League to have players of this talent, but hopefully on Sunday he can play a bad, bad, bad game.” Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Pep Guardiola has promised Arsene Wenger that Manchester City have no chance of emulating his Arsenal team’s 2003/04 record of completing a Premier League season unbeaten.Arsenal were dubbed the ‘Invincibles’ after becoming only the second team — after Preston North End in 1888/89 — to go through an English top-flight campaign without losing a game.City are unbeaten after 10 games of the league season, but Wenger has suggested it will be difficult for them to match his side’s achievement and City boss Guardiola agrees with the Arsenal manager.“I would like to say to Arsene that this record belongs to him. We are not going to break it,” Guardiola said on Friday ahead of his side’s home game with Arsenal on Sunday.“He has to be calm. He has to be sure that is not going to happen. It was an exceptional team.“To stay unbeaten in the Premier League is something fantastic. He has to know that we don’t want to break this record, but we want to play well and beat them on Sunday.”City have not lost any of their 16 competitive games this season, winning 14 of them and beating Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties after a draw in the League Cup.They sit five points clear at the top of the table, but Guardiola played down Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s suggestion that City are on course for the title.“We are five points ahead of Manchester United,” he told reporters at City’s Manchester training base.“How many games are left? Twenty-eight. How many points? Eighty-four. We are five in front. It is nothing.“If you say that until next May we are going to play like we have in the last two months, I’d say: ‘Wow, we have a good chance to win the Premier League’. But who is going to assure me we will not get injuries?“Even for the best teams in the world it’s hard to maintain what we have done over the last two months.”– Ozil admiration –last_img read more

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Research network backbone complete

first_imgThe Tertiary Education Network has acquired international bandwidth from Seacom, which can now be distributed via the SANReN national backbone network. Seacom is a 1.28 terabyte-per-second, 17 000 km-long submarine fibre-optic cable system linking southern and East Africa to global networks via India and Europe. The backbone for the South African National Research Network (SANReN), a network which aims to eventually connect all of the country’s higher education and research institutions, has been completed ahead of schedule. It would give the global research community access to facilities such as the Southern African Large Telescope and the Karoo Array Telescope, and allow South Africa to participate in international projects with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, among others, he said. The CSIR’s Meraka Institute is responsible for the implementation of the Department of Science and Technology’s cyber-infrastructure initiative which, in addition to SANReN, comprises the Centre for High Performance Computing and the proposed Very Large Datasets data-storage initiative. Important milestone 17 December 2009 “For the first time, South African researchers will have world-class networking enabling them to collaborate nationally and with their international peers. This positions South Africa internationally as a player in global science efforts,” she said in a statement earlier this month. According to Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, the completion of the national backbone network is an important milestone, as it will greatly reduce the cost of bandwidth for all research and higher education institutions in the country. The national backbone now interconnects the metropolitan areas of Tshwane (Pretoria), Johannesburg, Mangaung (Bloemfontein), Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) and eThekwini (Durban) on a 10 gigabits-per-second fibre-optic ring network.center_img Reciprocal participation The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) contracted Telkom for the installation of the national backbone network in July 2009, and the first phase of the research network will see the country’s top 50 education and research institutions connected. “It also makes it possible to harness South Africa’s full research and development capacity to address national priority issues, including health, food security and understanding and mitigating the effect of climate change.” Science and Technology department director-general Phil Mjwara said the broadband connectivity provided by the research network would allow for reciprocal participation between South Africa and international research institutions. According to Pandor, bandwidth abundance resulting from the networking of universities will shape the growth and development of a new generation of students, whose knowledge and skills will contribute to the goal of creating an inclusive information society, enabling socio-economic benefits through information and communications technology and broadband specifically. “This milestone will further demonstrate South Africa’s readiness to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, for which the country is currently bidding.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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How Montrealborn yoga teacher planned to start a new life in BC

first_imgHALIFAX – Wearing a dress and a wide smile at a trendy Halifax bar, Kristin Johnston was excited about starting a new chapter in her life.The Montreal-born yoga instructor shared drinks with friends and joked about ways she could break up with her boyfriend Nicholas Butcher, a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job.Johnston, 32, had just shut down her yoga studio and wanted to leave her life in Halifax behind, eager to move across the country to be closer to her sister in Tofino, B.C.Johnston had just returned from a reinvigorating trip to Costa Rica.“She looked beautiful,” Lisa Abramowicz, 34, said of her childhood friend. “Very happy. Very bubbly.”Hours later, Johnston’s lifeless body was found on a blood-soaked bed at her home near the ocean on Halifax’s outskirts.Butcher, who turned 36 on Friday, is charged with second-degree murder in her death, with evidence so far revealing much about Johnston’s plans for a fresh start. The Crown will continue calling evidence Monday as the trial enters its third week.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality. Despite her passion and hard work, though, Johnston’s business failed in 2016.Having just closed the studio, Johnston decided to take a trip to Florida in early March 2016 to see family, and then to Costa Rica to meet her best friend, Jennifer Hazard.Hazard said Johnston looked “exhausted” when she arrived.They talked about her relationship with Butcher, and how she wasn’t happy and wanted to end it. She told her friend she didn’t “believe in that kind of love anymore.”By the end of the trip, Johnston’s mood had changed.“She was ready for a new chapter and so excited to move to Tofino and start a new life,” Hazard, 32, testified at the trial.Back at home, Johnston was faced with reality. She agonized over how to break-up with Butcher, seeking advice from several friends.She told Hazard in a Facebook message that she felt “trapped” in the city she had moved to five years earlier.“I need to end things with Nick,” she wrote. “Doing what I can not to be home.”The 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury has heard that Butcher recently started living with Johnston at the house she owned in Purcells Cove, because he needed a place to stay after losing the lease on his own apartment.Days after returning from her trip, Johnston decided to have drinks at Halifax’s Lion and Bright bar. She told friends she didn’t want to see Butcher that night.The physically fit woman with brown hair donned a dress, tights, and short dark boots with heels.“She was really excited, really happy,” Matthew Whiston, who was with her at the bar that night, testified. “She said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship, that she didn’t love him the way he loves her.”Later in the evening, Johnston and Abramowicz went to their friend Michael Belyea’s apartment nearby.The three were listening to a Johnny Cash record and sharing a drink when suddenly Belyea heard footsteps coming up the stairs to his upper-level flat.Belyea said Johnston was surprised to see her boyfriend, and was completely unaware of how he knew where she was. She had just acquired Belyea’s address a few hours earlier.The pair talked outside the flat, and then Johnston came back inside alone. She said she had ended it with Butcher.Belyea said Johnston then said she was tired and was going to sleep over, and went into the bedroom. He said goodbye to Abramowicz and followed Johnston. He closed the door behind him, and heard Abramowicz leave soon after.Belyea — who said he had previously been intimate with Johnston when they first met in 2009 — said he laid on the bed with Johnston and they started kissing.Then, he heard footsteps coming from the kitchen. He assumed Abramowicz had forgotten something, but then he felt a push on his shoulder. It was Butcher.“He said to her something like ‘What are you doing’ or ‘Why are you doing this’,” said Belyea, a 41-year-old carpenter and musician. “I remember her saying, ‘This is where I want to be’.”Belyea decided to give them space and went for a walk. When he returned. Johnston and Butcher were not there.About three hours later, Johnston was found dead at her home in Purcells Cove.Police had gone to the scene after Butcher, breathing heavily and sobbing, called 911 and told them he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He told them he had cut off his hand.“I need help,” Butcher said on the call, played for the jury last week. “I’m bleeding to death.”Police officers have testified that a blood-caked Butcher emerged from Johnston’s home that morning shirtless and wearing pyjama pants, and was missing his right hand.Inside, investigators found Johnston’s body in the master bedroom on a blood-soaked bed, next to a steak knife.They testified that a mitre saw and an amputated hand were found nearby on the floor of the bedroom.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings. He wears a navy suit and glasses each day of the trial, with his hair closed cropped.He has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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