Quantcast
WJBD - National News

WJBD Radio

Images

 

iStock/Thinkstock(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) -- Six New Jersey football players involved in a hazing scandal are now on probation.

The Sayreville War Memorial High School made headlines when it was revealed the football team was partaking in dangerous hazing that involved sexual assualt.

On Monday, six of the seven teenagers who were charged for the hazing were placed on probation, but will not have to register as sex offenders.

According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the Middlesex Prosecutor's Office detailed many of the sexual assault attacks as well as abuse against 14-year-old and 15-year-old teammates.

The six football players will be required to do 50 hours of community service.

The seventh teen is still awaiting trial, with no date set.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court has ruled against a clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Kim Davis, a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky, hasn't been giving out marriage licenses to same sex couples since the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage a constitutional right in July. Davis said she wasn't able to do so because of her religious beliefs.

A federal district judge ruled she could not deny gay couples the licenses because of her religion, and an appeals court confirmed the decision. The Supreme Court ruled against Davis on Monday, denying her request for a stay as she looks into an appeal.

What does this mean for Davis if she doesn't start issuing licenses Tuesday?

Davis is being sued by various same sex couples who were denied licenses. The couples can ask that she be held in contempt of court.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Monday turned out to be extra special for Chicago, Illinois, student Valerie Hererra, who had the opportunity to sing before Pope Francis.

Hererra, 17, a senior at Cristo Bey Jesuit High School, joined Americans chosen from all over the U.S. in a virtual audience with the pope via satellite. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News' anchor David Muir.

Pope Francis spoke on Monday with three groups, including students from Cristo Rey on the southwest side of Chicago.

When it was her time to speak, Hererra told the pontiff that she'd struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white spots on the face and body, since she was 4 and that she'd endured bullying for years.

The eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, Hererra said she was very active in her church and joined her church choir. Thanks to singing and the support of her family, she told Pope Francis, through tears, that she'd finally learned to be more comfortable with herself.

Then she got a surprise request from the pontiff.

"May I ask for you to sing a song for me?" he said. "Be courageous."

After a pause and encouragement from the audience, Hererra performed, singing "Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria)."

Afterward, Pope Francis thanked her.

Hererra will be the first member of her family to attend college. She plans to become a pharmacist.

The virtual audience event will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.


ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

Copyright à © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Courtesy Randolph-Macon College(ASHLAND, Va.) -- Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.

The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.

The four-some discovered they'd all picked the same school after their parents, Scott and Deann Jones, asked them each to make a list of their top schools, without showing each other their picks.

"It was definitely funny," Rachel Jones told ABC News of the moment. "We aren’t exactly alike so we didn’t expect to all go to the same school but now that I think about it, I think we all could tell."

"We all loved it when we came here and we had so many good things to say about it," she said of Randolph-Macon. "I could tell, at least, that we all really enjoyed it."

The siblings, from Chestertown, Maryland, are members of the college’s 473-member Class of 2019.

Move-in day for the quadruplets earlier this month involved the family mini-van, a 10-foot U-Haul truck, suitcases and sports gear and over 100 boxes, each closed with a different-colored duct tape for each sibling.

The siblings all moved into the same co-ed residence hall, with two of them, Hannah and Lexi, rooming together. Rachel is their suite-mate while Jake lives down the hall.

"It’s really nice to be with all of them and it made it a lot easier," Rachel said. "We’ve been all hanging out. It's nice to have them here and to meet who they get close with."

The siblings started classes Monday and though they each chose the college, the four are going their separate ways when it comes to majors.

Jake is studying communications, while Rachel is pursuing psychology, Hannah is going pre-med to become a physical therapist and Lexi is majoring in English.

Back home, the quadruplets' parents are adjusting to life without the hustle and noise of four teenagers, while their younger sister, 12-year-old Olivia, is adjusting to having her own bedroom all to herself.

"She loves it," Rachel said of her younger sister's not-too-difficult adjustment. "She was super excited."

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court Monday, adding that they found 15 shell-casings at the scene.

Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.

Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.

Goforth, 47, died at the gas station. Prosecutors said Monday Goforth was found face-down in a pool of blood.

An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.

A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.

Miles, who appeared disoriented in court Monday, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys.

The motive and origin of the gun have not been determined, Anderson said after court.

Anderson said she never expected to be at a crime scene Friday night, "looking at an officer dead on the ground."

"Houston is a very special place," Anderson said, where law enforcement is "treasured and valued."

The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday.

"Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."

Miles has a previous criminal history, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.

Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News.

"He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him."

"I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.

Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

"I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."


ABC Latest News | Latest News Videos

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.





Welcome to Our New Website

Same WJBD but with more content than ever before. We will have more features up and running in no time.


Follow Us At

 
 

This Site logo