Cecily Aguilar is seen in this undated booking photo. – (Bell County Sheriff’s Office)By CHRISTINA CARREGA and MIKE REPPLIER, ABC News(BELL COUNTY, Texas) — A married Texas woman who allegedly assisted her lover with dismembering the body of missing Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen will remain in federal custody.Cecily Ann Aguilar is described by military officials as the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier and the girlfriend of Specialist Aaron David Robinson — the suspected killer of Vanessa Guillen who later died by suicide.Aguilar, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for one charge of conspiracy to tamper with documents or proceedings and two charges of tampering with documents or proceedings.Defense attorney Lewis Berray Gainor entered not guilty pleas on Aguilar’s behalf during her bail hearing Tuesday afternoon.“She clearly and unequivocally denies the allegations. She had nothing to do with the murder of Vanessa Guillen,” said Gainor.However, advocates for Guillen say the charges should be upgraded.“Our Soldier was not given any options, we need to be Vanessa’s voice for justice … The appropriate charges should be murder, she needs to be charged with the maximum sentence as allowed by the law,” said the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Herencia Council No. 4297 in a statement.LULAC held a peaceful protest outside the federal courthouse in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday morning denouncing Aguilar’s bond hearing.“We need to demand the maximum sentence with denial of bond, no less,” said LULAC, adding, “The female perpetrator’s admission to be an accomplice of this horrendous crime committed, she needs to be subject to the same degree of punishment as the male principal perpetrator.”Guillen, 20, was last seen at work on the grounds of the base on April 22 and was reported missing by her captain.Guillen’s family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam, said the missing soldier was the victim of sexual harassment by her superior but that she did not report the allegations out of fear of retaliation.Army officials have launched an internal review of the command climate and culture at Fort Hood. After months of saying Guillen’s allegations were unfounded, officials said on July 10 that they found evidence that Guillen was harassed, but that it was not sexual harassment and it did not involve her alleged killer, Robinson.Investigators with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) honed in on Robinson as a suspect after Guillen’s phone records showed that he was the last person she was in contact with, according to court documents.Robinson, 20, told police that he was with Aguilar the day Guillen went missing, court documents say.After investigators conducted two interviews with Aguilar, she allegedly admitted to assisting Robinson with using a “hatchet or machete type knife” to dismember Guillen’s body and bury pieces of it in three separate holes alongside the Leon River, according to court documents.Aguilar told investigators that after they left the river she deleted the Google accounts connected to herself and Robinson, U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier said at Aguilar’s bail hearing Tuesday.When police took Aguilar into custody, she allegedly made phone calls from Bell County Jail in which she asked the person she called to delete her Facebook account “because the CID was monitoring it” and also told the person that she had $5,000 to get out of the country, Frazier said.“That’s not what I said,” responded Aguilar, who appeared at the hearing remotely from a holding cell, wearing a large orange face mask that matched her dyed orange hair.Gainor argued that Aguilar is not a risk to flee the country and that she has the support of her husband, who “has not left her side.”“She wants to fight these charges to clear her name,” Gainor added as Aguilar nodded in agreement.However Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Mansake denied bond for Aguilar because of her phone conversations where she expressed a desire to leave the country. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
A coach hire company has picked up an award for its work with apprentices.Lucketts Travel Group, based in Fareham, was recognised by City College Southampton for its commitment to training apprentices in its engineering department, ensuring vital skills are not lost to the region and the automotive industry.Workshop Controller Darren Fuller picked up the Employer Recognition Award for his work with the college to ensure the apprentices had the right training and support to complete the courses.He says: “It was a lovely ceremony for all the apprentices and a great way for them to see their hard work recognised. I was very pleased Lucketts could be part of it, and came away with a trophy and certificate for the work we’ve done.”The company is looking to recruit more apprentices next spring ahead of a new training placement starting in the summer.Mark Jordan, Group Engineering Director, says: “Apprentices grow up and learn their trade at the same time, which means they can see more of what goes on. We tend to start them at 16. They’re fantastic – willing to learn, capable – they’re brilliant.”
Joined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Green Mountain Power today announced a new initiative called “eHome,” a first in the nation holistic home energy services program. The first home in the program is in Rutland and is called the Energy Home of the Future. This is the first of a 100-home pilot project. It will serve as the model for energy efficiency, weatherization, and the use of innovative new alternative energy technology tools such as high tech thermostats and smart electrical plugs. As part of the program, Green Mountain Power will work with customers to update existing homes to help them use less energy, save money, improve comfort, and reduce fossil fuel use.Secretary Moniz was in Rutland on Friday and toured the Energy Home of the Future as part of his visit. He called the home the “pathway to the future” and lauded GMP and its partners for the important work they are doing to demonstrate the full value of energy efficiency and innovation.”Efficiency and the emphasis on efficiency, including in this house, is really, really the pathway to the future. We cannot solve our energy and climate challenges without efficiency playing a huge role. So that’s what you see being played out here in front of us and I want to thank the Borkowskis,” said Secretary Moniz after touring the Energy Home of the Future.US Energy Secretary Addresses Vermont Energy SummitPrior to the Rutland visit, Secretary Moniz was up Route 7 in Middlebury. There, he spoke at a Vermont Energy Summit as part of a first-hand look at how Vermont is on the cutting edge of transforming its energy systems from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.In remarks at Middlebury College, Moniz focused on the need to reduce the cost of clean energy. Vermont, he added, “really looks unique” in terms of public and private cooperation on energy issues.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) welcomed the energy secretary to the state. The department Moniz heads, the delegation said, is an “indispensable partner in almost all of Vermont’s clean energy success stories,” including the first-in-the-nation statewide smart grid, Montpelier’s district heat project and Rutland County’s path-breaking efforts to improve energy efficiency at homes and businesses. During the 90-minute energy summit, Moniz was joined by the congressional delegation and Goverrnor Peter Shumlin for the wide-ranging discussion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change. The delegation highlighted Vermont’s role in leading the nation in developing advanced energy storage, smart grid integration and resiliency, cold weather heat pumps, efficiency retrofits, clean energy research, and agricultural methane digester technologies.“I believe this small state can lead the nation, which can lead the world. And that is, in fact, what we need to do,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees.“The Third National Climate Assessment shows the fast-evolving impacts of global climate change – effects we have already felt in Vermont,” Leahy said. “The Secretary’s strong comments make it clear that not much time remains for us to get this right. We’ve made a strong case this weekend for the strengths that add up to make the City of Rutland, our dairy farms and Vermont as a whole ideal partners for the Energy Department on a variety of energy solutions.”“The secretary’s visit today demonstrates that Vermont is a model for the nation in our approach to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change,” said Welch. “I applaud his strong leadership on these issues and am confident he will be going back to Washington with some practical Vermont ideas to make progress for the country on these issues.”RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwired – May 16, 2014) – GMP. Senator Sanders office. PHOTO: Secretary Moniz, right, with Governor Shumlin.
by Bruce Lisman Good public policy badly executed is not better than bad public policy executed well. The outcome is often the same for Vermont citizens—bad. And, of course, bad ideas executed badly are a special hell for Vermonters. We’ve just re-elected a government that has made bad ideas, bad management, and bad leadership seem ordinary. No whining here. The people voted to return many of them to office—but protested by withholding support for our Governor and reducing the ruling party’s majorities in the House and Senate.It’s a rebuke and a fair warning to those just elected. The Governor is wrong: we don’t want ‘bold’ leadership; we want competent leadership. We expect them to act as fiduciaries for the public’s money. We want them to take seriously the embedded philosophy of Vermont that would offer a helping hand or a comforting hand to those in need but balanced with those other great Vermont characteristics, frugality and commonsense.My colleague, Tom Pelham has written and spoken often of our government’s unwillingness to restrain their passion to spend money without regard to the state’s constrained resources, its modest economic growth and the obvious uncertainties in the broader economy.The Governor proposed budget increases that averaged 4.8% over the past three years; he and the Legislature reached agreement on budget increases that averaged 4.5%. Of course, those increases far outstripped economic growth and could only be accomplished by using one-time stopgap funds, cost shifts and other budgetary gimmicks. With disappointing tax receipts, the Governor was forced to rescind $20 million of spending and employ yet another $10 million in one-time funds and, 5 years into an economic recovery now faces a more than $100 million deficit. Worse, our government doesn’t have the capacity to invest in the very priorities they’ve outlined. Delusional leadership. Vermonters pay the price.Now, everyone seems to know about the education funding/property tax crisis after thirty-five towns voted down their school budgets in protest, with more protests likely to come next March. We don’t expect our elected leaders to predict the future, but we don’t expect them to create a future crisis, either. That’s exactly what the Governor and the Legislature did in 2011 when they transferred $27 million to the general fund that should have gone to the education fund. It caused the growth rate of property taxes to accelerate, even as they hung more mandates on school budgets. A lack of transparency and short-term thinking gave us long-term problems. The Governor is now proposing consolidation but without data that would support that strategy; and the Speaker of the House has a secret plan. That’s like someone breaking your leg and then offering you a crutch. It’s the people who pay for bad ideas.Vermont Health Connect is a catastrophe of major proportion—its poor execution is already legend; the $100 million spent is astronomical, the loss of credibility is nearly complete. However, those Vermonters who use the system are paying the price – incredible delays, lost information, uncertainty, questionable access to services and medicines, and higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for many.Campaign for Vermont believes that our government has an obligation to tell taxpayers not only where money is spent, but how well it’s spent. Our government can’t do that. Our leaders don’t have critical information when analyzing current challenges, so they make decisions blindly. They can’t manage our government to serve the people.And, the implications of this are significant. Problems cannot be properly analyzed, the costs of the cure cannot be measured, and the benefit value of real solutions for real people cannot be evaluated. I know of no successful enterprise that operates without data to support decision-making, the capacity to execute policy, and the willingness and ability to measure outcomes. Because of such dysfunction, Vermont leaders and managers in our government are handicapped and Vermonters pay for their failures.Bruce Lisman lives in Shelburne and is a co-founder of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity, Inc.
The Masked Singer continues Saturday at 7pm on ITV. FoxThe clues: Fox has never been one to shy away from the spotlight and knew she wanted to perform from a young age. She’s a mum and says parenting can be hard but rewarding.Previous clues: Fox says that clothes have played a big part in her life, she likes being glam and dancing with her girl friends. She said a broken heel led to her big break and she revealed that she’s crafty. Fox was seen tap dancing and made a few references to dancing. She’s always followed her own path and has broken records. There was a US flag shown during the VT and Fox said she was going to blow everyone away. Previous clues include street smart and nosy, can be a bit of a party animal and can be seen slinking around the East End from time-to-time. The additional clue was Fox has been collecting tea pots for 30 years.Our guess: Denise Van Outen. We doubt we’ll be changing our mind on this one. She did a good job of trying to sound American while singing but she didn’t fool us. Who has been unmasked?ButterflyIn episode 1 Butterfly was unmasked and revealed to be former EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer. PharaohIn episode 2 Pharaoh was unmasked and revealed to be ex-Labour MP Alan Johnson. TreeIn episode 4 Tree was unmasked and revealed to be former footballer Teddy Sheringham.DaisyIn episode 5 Daisy was unmasked and revealed to be singer Kelis.DuckIn episode 6 Duck was unmasked and revealed to be Skunk Anansie’s Skin.UnicornIn episode 6 Unicorn was unmasked and revealed to be Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. Queen BeeThe clues: Queen Bee said that having a public profile isn’t easy and she’s struggled with other people’s opinions. She’s tried to change her looks and is confident enough now to let her fans know it’s OK to be different.Previous clues: Queen Bee has always loved using her voice but is naturally shy. She won a contest, which launched her career when she was young, and she felt swept away by the tide and thrown in at the deep end. Queen Bee has been centre stage at some big venues. Queen Bee gets a buzz from looking after other people and using her voice for good. She’s thought of as shy but always stands up for what she believes in and has made a difference. Queen Bee is a law maker and considers herself benevolent. She was also seen beating a drum. Last week she said she started her career young and was a bit of a wildcard.Our guess: Nicola Roberts. We’ve said this since the first episode and we’re in no hurry to change our mind. In the group performance at the beginning it was clearly Nicola. Her tone is so unique that we can spot her a mile off. Octopus<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The clues: Octopus is British and her job has taken her back in time. She speaks Russian, Italian, Spanish, Welsh and Latin.Previous clues: Octopus suggested that she’s a tourist in London and spends time on beaches. She’s not always in her natural habitat but she has her wellies for the beach, in the Dales and the city. Has been known to visit dangerous locations, such as a jungle, and takes ‘serious fishnets’ to do what she’s done. Octopus suggested she was a singer and that she’d signed a £1,000,000 record deal. There was a photo of Jason Donovan visible in her bag and she suggested she may have been on The Apprentice. She also referenced things going ‘swimmingly’. The previous clues were that she was bubbly, happy-go-lucky and always on the go. She would like to be a role model and could possibly be a model. She always likes weight training.Our guess: Katherine Jenkins. Our mind has changed on this every single week but now she’s dropped the American accent we’re sure we heard a little bit of Welsh in there. Charlotte Church has been a guess on the panel most weeks but it doesn’t sound like her to us. Katherine also made a cameo in Emmerdale. The Masked Singer only had five singers left in the competition following last night’s double elimination.Sharon and Kelly Osbourne joined the panel this week replacing Ken Jeong who was absent once again due to other commitments. They brought some life to the panel and we actually liked them more than Donny Osmond last week (and Ken to be honest).They cast their guesses with Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross but did they come close to our guesses? Keep reading to find out who we think the final five are… ChameleonIn episode 3 Chameleon was unmasked and revealed to be The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins. HedgehogThe clues: Hedgehog said that music and singing was important. He comes from a big family that had a band. They played pubs and were like the Von Trapps.Previous clues: Hedgehog never imagined that he’d be a performer. He’s played to a variety of people over the years and always looked up to people like Billy Connolly. Hedgehog sings 8 shows a week and can’t believe the places where his career has taken him. Hedgehog enjoys being part of a team and likes being part of an ensemble. A can of hairspray and models of cats were seen along with a Phantom of the Opera mask. He mentioned having a ‘ball’ and bringing the house down. Last week he said he was most active at night and his natural habitat is on stage. He also said he’s a workaholic and he used to die at 8.30pm ever night.Our guess: Michael Ball. This is the one we’re least convinced by but the clues do fit. According to Wikipedia (the source of all truth – of course) his grandmother was protective of the family so that fits with the clues too. MonsterThe clues: Monster has a sense of humour and has done some work in comedy before. He wants to make people smile and make them happy.Previous clues: Monster said he used to be a giant and that he comes from a big family. He was encouraged by a relative who hear him singing in the shower. Monster says he has a big family and grandkids. Always trying to be a bit of a showman who lives in the spotlight. Loved books as a child but can also be a real little monster. Discovered his love for rock and roll while growing up and plays the bass. Inspired by glam rock and likes doing his own thing. Previous clues included that Monster was a big personality with big muscles that has come to the UK. He said he doesn’t want to blow his own trumpet but he’s won many awards. After his performance he revealed that his hero is Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley.Our guess: CeeLo Green. We’re absolutely convinced on this one. All the clues so far seem to fit and that Pussycat Dolls clue last week was a big giveaway.
Tim Tedeschi Tim Tedeschi is a writer for NEOSI and a producer/contributor for the Sports on Tap Podcast. He is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has worked as sports editor of the school newspaper, general manager of the college radio station, and play-by-play and color commentator for NAIA and high school basketball, soccer, and football. Follow him on Twitter @tim_tedeschi. Today, the Indians proved they are serious about being World Series contenders this year with a blockbuster trade for Andrew Miller and a near trade for Jonathan Lucroy. The Tribe is sending top prospect Clint Frazier, lefty Justus Sheffield, and right handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen to the Yankees in exchange for the dominant lefty reliever. Here are my 5 thoughts on the Miller trade and the non-trade for Lucroy:1. The team is fired up.While the trade rumors can sometimes be a distraction for the team, completing a deal for a player of Miller’s caliber sends a strong message that the front office believes in the team. The Tribe was already gaining momentum with a clean sweep of the A’s this weekend, and the trade for Miller can only provide more momentum and excitement in the clubhouse.2. Frazier will probably be a star, but there’s no guarantee.The tough part of a blockbuster trade is giving up prospects that have been growing in the Tribe farm system for years. Frazier has all the makings of an outfield star, and Sheffield has a bright future ahead of him as well. However, top prospects don’t always pan out into the stars they were projected to be (think Matt LaPorta in the C.C. Sabathia trade). It may sting to think of the strong possibility of Frazier blossoming into a star with the Yankees, but the instant reward of Miller on the roster eases that sting.3. Lucroy isn’t the only catcher available.Lucroy using his no trade clause to waive the trade was strange and a bit unexpected. It would’ve been nice to see him in the lineup, but it may be a blessing in disguise for the Tribe. Francisco Mejia has a chance to be a great catcher a few years down the road (although again it’s never a sure thing), and the Indians still can fill their need for a catcher with a few other options. San Diego Padres backstop Derek Norris, former Twins All Star Kurt Suzuki, or the Angels’ Geovany Soto could be cheaper options Cleveland can turn to after being spurned by Lucroy.4. Andrew Miller is a very good pitcher.That’s probably the most obvious fact amidst all the trade news today, but it bears repeating that the Indians just got one of the most premier relievers in the game and have control of his contract through 2018. Miller has a dazzling 1.39 ERA this season and has given up 8 total runs in 44 appearances. And he’s pretty much just as dominant whether he’s facing righties or lefties; right handed batters hit .167 against him while southpaws hit .195. He also has a 0.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of playoff work. Miller is a special player, and now he is a Cleveland Indian.5. Tribe pitching could be even more dominant in October.Tito Francona said today, “We have guys at the end of the game that are a little bit interchangeable not only in their willingness, but different kinds of skill sets, different actions, different left/right. And we’re going to have a chance to leverage guys, and believe me, we will.” That mixing and matching could be intensified come October and make Tribe pitching even more dangerous.Most teams cut their rotation down to 3 starters in the postseason due to playoff schedules and pitching guys on 3-days rest. That means the Indians could potentially start Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, and Carlos Carrasco and make Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin relievers to make an already loaded bullpen even better. A flamethrower like Salazar could really let loose and throw hard knowing he only has to go 5 – 6 innings. Bauer and Tomlin could work the 6th and 7th innings, and the trio of Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, and Miller can slam the door on opponents. That’s not to mention the job Dan Otero has done this season and getting Tommy Hunter and Jeff Manship back healthy. AL teams already have been saying they don’t want to face the Tribe pitching staff in the playoffs; with Miller the task for opposing offenses grows even tougher. Related TopicsAndrew MillerBen HellerBryan ShawC.C. SabathiaCarlos CarrascoClint FrazierCody AllenCorey KluberDan OteroDanny SalazarDerek NorrisFrancisco MejiaGeovany SotoJ.P. FeyereisenJeff ManshipJonathan LucroyJosh TomlinJustus SheffieldKurt SuzukiMatt LaPortaTommy HunterTrevor Bauer
Souleymane Doukara converted Leeds United’s only shot on target in the 59th minute after the hosts had been booed off at half-time.City responded with clear sights of goal through defenders Alex Pearce, Aden Flint and Luke Ayling, but were unable to draw level as Leeds held on.“I’m disappointed with the scoreline because I think it’s a scoreline we didn’t deserve,” Pemberton told Bristol City Player HD.“They’ve had one chance and scored, but we’ve had several opportunities and not been able to take one. Those are the margins when you’re scrapping at the bottom of the league.“Aden Flint’s chance at the end was unbelievable – I don’t know how he’s missed it. It’s not unlucky, because you make your own luck.“We’ve spoken about staying in games and we’re doing that. We’re looking hard to beat – we’ve only conceded two goals in three games now, but the final ball needs to be better.“I played here for four years, I know what the atmosphere is like and it’s not an easy place to come, but I thought we did okay and certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game.“We could’ve quite easily got something out of it, and we should’ve done. We’ve got 18 cup finals coming up and we’ve got to get some points on the board.”
Benin coach Michel Dussuyer has named a crack side to face Ghana in Sunday’s 2010 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.The Frenchman will have all his key players for the game as France-based duo of Stephane Sessgnon and Maiga Abou as well as prolific forward Razak Omotoyossi were named for the game.The three players who were instrumental in their advance to the second phase of the qualifiers will be augmented at the Baba Yara Stadium by several players from the lower league in France.The coach also named only two home-based players to face the Black Stars in Group D of the qualifiers for the tournament to be held in South Africa.Djokoue Patrice of plays for Requins while Salomon Junior is player of the Benin National University team.The Squirrels are expected to arrive in Arrive on Thursday and will be flown directly to Kumasi where the game will be played. The clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since Ghana beat Benin 4-2 in the finals of the Zenith Four Nation tourney in Accra in November 2007.SquadGoalkeepers: Djidonou Yoann (FC Red Star 93, France), Tardieu Beno=EEt (US Albi, France,)Defenders: Adenon Khaled (Le Mans UC 72, France), Adjamossi Anicet (Racing Ferrol, Spain), Agnide Moustapha (Quimper CFC, France), Chrysostome Damien (FC Metz, France), Glele John (Apep Pitsilia, France), Johnson Reda (Amiens SC, France), Salomon Junior (Benin National University)Midfielders: Ahoueya Jocelyn (FC Sion, Switzerland), Angan Pascal (WAC Casablanca, Morocco), Boco Romuald (Sligo Rovers, Ireland) Djokoue Patrice (Requins), Kobena Nouhoum (AC Djoliba, Mali) Koukou Djiman (Soleil, France), Olou Oscar (FC Rouen, France), Tchomogo Seidah (East Riffa, Bahrain) Attackers: Sessegnon Stephane (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Omotoyossi Razak (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Pote Mickael (Clermont Foot, France), Maiga Abou (US Creteil, France)Source: Ghanasoccernet