School bus driver admits to molesting young girl

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAuthorities in Gainsville, Florida have arrested a 27-year-old bus driver who reportedly forced a child under the age of 12 to perform oral sex on him. John Albert Martin was arrested Friday sometime after the child described the incident to police.Martin admitted to report stating that he hadn’t had sex in three years and just “wasn’t thinking” when he forced the child to perform the action on him.Martin was taken to the Alachua County Jail where he remains on a $300,000 bond.County officials reported that the 27-year-old began working for the school district in March but did not give a timeline as to when the incident occurred.It was also reported that has been released from is position and will not be allowed to return.last_img read more

Council bickers over tribute

January 3, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe council has unanimously decided to rename the Carson Community Center after Millender-McDonald, who got her start in politics as a Carson councilwoman. But the council cannot seem to agree on whether to have a separate memorial service or to have the service coincide with the unveiling of the community center’s new name. It is not clear why a committee would be necessary to organize the memorial service in the first place. Councilman Mike Gipson suggested that the task could be completed quickly and efficiently by city staff members. If a committee is needed, it is not clear why its members would have to be appointed by Dear, who has run into opposition repeatedly over his committee appointments in the last six months. Most notably, Dear got into hot water when he tried to appoint a committee to organize the city’s annual Unity Day celebration. The festival had been handled in the past by perennial volunteers, many of whom were angered to discover that Dear had left them off the list. For several weeks, Dear battled the perception that he was trying to wrest control of the event away from his political opponents. Ultimately, he dropped the effort and left the job to the volunteers. For now, the effort to recognize the congresswoman is on hold. The council refused to ratify Dear’s appointments – some of whom had been previously rejected for commission spots – and he declined to amend them to include his council opponents. “I think it’s known as `limbo,”‘ Dear said. “It’s kind of silly. I can’t tell who they like and who they don’t like. I’m not going to waste my time trying to keep up with who they get along with and who they don’t get along with.” The issue will come up again at the next council meeting. Davis-Holmes said the bickering would not get in the way of the ultimate goal. “We’re going to move forward with it,” she said. “We’re not going to let politics stop us from having a memorial celebration.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON: City leaderswant to hold memorial for Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald but can’t agree on details. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER The city of Carson has yet to hold a memorial service for Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who died five months ago, and efforts to put on a ceremony have become bogged down in petty political squabbling. The latest delay came this week, when Mayor Jim Dear and the rest of the City Council were unable to agree on a slate of committee members to organize the memorial celebration. “I guess they were kind of tired and not in a good mood,” Dear said afterward. “For them to delay it does not bode well for the image of the city of Carson.” The council majority was offended because Dear tried to appoint himself and his ally, Councilman Harold Williams, to the committee while excluding his political opponents. “I am just shocked that my name was not called,” Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes said. “The congresswoman represented all ethnic groups and all backgrounds. The committee he put together does not include representation from the entire city.” In honoring Millender-McDonald, Carson is lagging badly behind Congress, which – though no less divided than the Carson City Council – was able to organize a memorial service within three weeks of her death. last_img