Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines charged with 2 counts of murder in botched raid

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — The former Houston police officer who allegedly lied in order to obtain a search warrant for a city residence has been charged with murder after a raid on that home resulted in the deaths of a couple inside.Gerald Goines was charged Friday with two counts of murder related to the botched narcotics raid that took place at a home in southeast Houston on Jan. 28. His fellow cop, Steven Bryant, was charged with tampering with a government document for allegedly attempting to help Goines cover up the illegally obtained warrant.During the raid, Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle were shot to death by police officers, according to the medical examiner. The couple’s dog was also killed by police.“Under Texas law, if, during the commission of one felony, in this case tampering with a government record, a person commits an act clearly dangerous to human life, execution of a no-knock warrant by an armed squad of police officers into a private residence that causes the death of another, in this case two deaths, it’s first-degree murder,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said at a press conference Friday. “We call that felony murder.”Both men were suspended from the Houston Police Department and later chose to retire.Goines, 54, was the officer who obtained a so-called “no knock” warrant, which allows police to enter a building without signaling their arrival or reason for being there. Ogg said Goines made “numerous false statements” in the affidavit presented to the judge who signed the warrant. Among those were allegedly false claims that a two-week narcotics operation had just concluded at the home, an confidential informant had bought heroin from the address and the seller was armed with a handgun.Four police officers were also shot, including Goines. One of those officers is still in the hospital in serious condition seven months later.Bryant, 45, allegedly lied in supplemental paperwork saying he had assisted Goines in a narcotics operation at the house on day prior to the raid.“Bryant’s claims were false,” Ogg said. “He further fabricated that two days after the raid on the Harding Street residence that he recovered a plastic bag that contained a white napkin and two small packets of a brown powdery substance that he knew, based on his skill and expertise, contained heroin. Bryant claimed that he recognized the drugs as the same drugs allegedly purchased by Goines’ CI the day before, Jan. 27. That was false.”Goines lawyer, Nicole DeBorde, said late Friday her client was innocent of the charges, and they intended to fight them in court.“It is not something we’ve been expecting. And I’m very disappointed the case wasn’t taken to a grand jury so the grand jury can actually vet the facts of this case,” DeBorde told ABC News. “I know the DA referenced the idea this case was still being investigated. It seems to me it would have been the better practice to make sure this was fully investigated and vetted by a grand jury. But we’re prepared to fight this and defend Gerald’s innocence in this matter.”Both Goines and Bryant were booked Friday evening and released on bond. As a condition of his bond, Goines handed in his passport, must not leave Harris County and was fitted with an ankle monitoring bracelet.“The indictments today of former HPD Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant are important developments, but they should be only the beginning of the pursuit of justice in the police killings of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle,” said Michael Patrick Doyle, the lawyer representing the family of Rhogena Nicholas. “The Nicholas family’s search for the truth of what happened to Rhogena also continues. Our independent investigation is focused not only on HPD Narcotics Squad 15, but also about the conduct, pattern and practices of HPD before, during, and after the out-of-control, unjustified execution of Rhogena in her own home.”Doyle said the family still wants Houston Police Capt. Paul Follis and Houston Police Lt. Marsha Todd deposed in relation to the investigation.The police union largely withheld comment on the arrests, but did agree no other officers should be charged.“The HPOU has learned former Officers Steven Bryant and Gerald Goines have been charged criminally for conduct related to the Harding Street narcotics investigation and shooting,” the Houston Police Officers’ Union said in a statement. “Due to the pending criminal charges, it would be inappropriate for the HPOU to provide any additional comments. The HPOU would direct you to the attorneys representing former Officers Bryant and Goines.”“The HPOU is pleased the District Attorney’s office appears to concur with the conclusions reached by the Houston Police Department investigation that no other officers were involved in any criminal activity relating to the execution of the warrant or the shooting.,” the union added.Goines was a 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, while Bryant had worked for the department for 23 years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK pension funds uneasy with enlargement of quantitative easing

first_imgThe Bank of England has cut interest rates by 0.25 basis points and re-launched its quantitative easing (QE) programme in a move set to cause further pain for the underfunded UK pension sector.While markets were widely expecting the UK central bank to cut interest rates to 0.25% after initial data showed the economy slowing in the wake of the decision to leave the European Union, the monetary policy committee’s decision to expand QE by £70bn (€81.9bn) – split between £10bn in corporate bonds and £60bn in Gilts – surprised many.In his letter to UK chancellor Philip Hammond, bank governor Mark Carney argued that the purchase of corporate bonds was required to lower borrowing costs, and that the Gilt purchase, which will see the overall QE programme grow to £435bn, would boost the prices of other assets.Dan Mikulskis, managing director at consultancy Redington, noted the bank’s announcement had seen long-dated Gilt yields decline by 10 basis points, in addition to a longer-term decline of 1% over the last 12 months. “Many pension schemes undertaking actuarial valuations at the June or September quarter ends are likely to show stressed positions – with higher deficits despite reasonable asset growth,” he said.Mikulskis also predicted sponsors would need to increase contributions to address expanding deficits, or the Pensions Regulator would be required to extend funding plans to allow schemes more time to close the gap.His calls for greater leniency were echoed by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.Antony Barker, director of pensions at the Santander UK Group Pension Scheme, also warned about the impact of QE on deficits and questioned whether the asset purchase programme would always translate to banks increasing lending.Discussing the drop in Gilt yields, Barker told IPE: “This potentially feeds through, at least for banks, into bigger IAS 19 deficits, against which capital has to be held, and if capital is being held for pension risk, it can’t be used to support lending.”He added that each £100m used by banks to underpin pension deficits equated to £3bn-4bn of loans they were no longer able to offer.“Hence, £10bn of QE could be very quickly offset, given the collective liabilities of bank pension schemes,” he said. JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) also questioned the overall impact of the QE programme and asked what the renewed purchase of Gilts by the BoE would do to the bond market’s depth.The manager’s head of pension advisory and solutions, Sorca Kelly-Scholte, noted that pension funds’ ability to access Gilts for hedging purposes was important where exposure could not be hedged through derivatives but would be curtailed by the bank’s £60bn purchase.“As UK pension funds become cashflow negative, they will increasingly need physical assets rather than leverage to service those cashflows,” she added.Kelly-Scholte speculated that the decision by the new UK government to abandon former chancellor George Osborne’s 2020 surplus target would potentially allow increased Gilt issuance, although there were no guarantees they would be of the long-dated and inflation-linked nature desired by the pensions industry. Barker also advocated greater Gilt issuance, suggesting they should be issued in place of QE, while the proceeds should be directed towards infrastructure – including new nuclear power capacity for the UK and other projects.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Soar Past Lady Eagles

first_imgWe were victorious tonight at home against Jac-Cen-Del in two, 25-9, 25-19.STL scoring leaders were Alexa Miles with 14/17, 13 pts, 10 aces. Kayla Meyer also contributed 7 points. She was 8/9 with 6 aces.Our last regular season game is this Thursday.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Julie Laudick.last_img

Mary Agnes Stahley

first_imgMary Agnes Stahley, of Oldenburg, was born February 3, 1919, to Benjamin and Barbara Herbert Paul. She was wedded to Vincent Anthony Stahley. Mary Agnes retired from McPhersons in Sunman, and enjoyed volunteering at her church, St. Anthony, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Mary Agnes was also known to enjoy a good bourbon. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Mary Agnes passed away at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg. Mary Agnes is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Melanie Stahley of Oldenburg; her grandchildren, Nicole (Wesley) Wheeldon, Matthew Stahley, and Patrick Stahley; seven great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Helen Rose Nunlist of Oldenburg, Virginia Hammel of Sunman, and Melvin Paul of Oldenburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent Anthony Stahley; a son, Kenneth Fields; and siblings, Jerome Paul, Francis Paul, Robert Paul, Anna Mae Flodder, and Dorothy King. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. A funeral service conducted by Father Shaun Whittington will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery, Morris. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. To sign the online guestbook or leave personal condolences please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Agnes Stahley.last_img read more

GFA to financially support New Edubiase in Confederations Cup

first_imgPremier league side New Edubiase have received financial boost ahead of their maiden appearance at the CAF Confederations cup this Sunday following the Ghana Football Association’s promise to support the club.The Bekwai based club had earlier considered pulling out of the competition after struggling to raise the needed funds for their campaign.JOY Sports can confirm that New Edubiase will need about 65,000 dollars to host Congolese side Diables Noirs in the first leg.According to the spokesperson of the GFA, Ibrahim Saanie Daara the Executive Committee of the Association has agreed to help Edubiase financially.“New Edubiase met the GFA on Tuesday to find out if the FA could help them because they were struggling to put together their team due to financial difficulties,” he told JOY Sports.“The Emergency Committee has agreed to help the team to enable them participate in the competition but the volume of help rest on the committee who will meet on Friday”. Diables Noirs will arrive in Accra on Wednesday afternoon to play New Edubiase United in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round qualifier on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.last_img read more