None of the cameras picked up a group of four white men that matched Bernstein’s descriptions, the reports said. “Althea Bernstein and her family appreciate the detailed investigative efforts by all involved this case,” the statement said. “Althea’s injuries are healing and the support of our community has been invaluable in that regard. We continue to maintain our family privacy and will not be granting interviews at this time.” FBI Joins Investigation after WI EMT is Attacked, BurnedProtecting EMS Personnel from AssaultPennsylvania EMTs, Paramedics Push for Stricter Assault Prosecutions But footage does show her in Middleton, a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Madison, just before 1 a.m. GPS data from her phone corroborates that as her location, the reports said. “She stated, “˜I know what happened to me,’” Harris wrote. Harris told Bernstein’s attorney, Andrea Sumpter, during a meeting Tuesday that no one planned to file any charges against Bernstein, saying there’s no evidence she colluded with anyone to make a false report and there was no evidence she was involved in any of the destruction during the protest. She drove away, put out the flames, and was treated for burns at a hospital, she said. Detectives were unable to find any surveillance video that shows the alleged attack taking place, but they did find footage indicating the woman wasn’t in the city at the time she says she was attacked, according to investigative reports. An arson dog found no trace of a lighter or other incendiary device in her car and investigators found the car wasn’t damaged. Tests did reveal a substance consistent with lighter fluid on her shirt, however, and her medical records indicate she was treated for burns hours after the attack allegedly happened. MADISON, Wis. (AP) – There’s not enough evidence to prove that a group of white men set a young biracial woman on fire during a chaotic night of protests in Wisconsin’s capital city this summer, federal prosecutors said Friday. When confronted by Detective Justine Harris in August, Bernstein said she didn’t understand why there wasn’t any evidence of the attack. She said she was worried about what might happen when the reports were made public, saying she had been threatened on social media and that investigators were treating her like a suspect. Photo/Madison Police The alleged assault came during a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the Capitol and an attack on a state senator. A group of up to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man after he shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. The statement said investigators conducted extensive interviews as well as an exhaustive review of traffic and surveillance cameras as well as digital and forensic evidence, and couldn’t establish that the attack occurred. According to investigative documents, Bernstein told the responding officer she is Hispanic and Black. Madison police on Friday released more than 150 pages of reports detailing the investigation. Traffic and surveillance camera footage shows Bernstein’s vehicle stopped only once and that no one was around the car. The footage also shows that her window was closed throughout and that she was traveling in the right lane, not the left as she told investigators. Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she was attacked by four white men while driving through a protest in downtown Madison around 1 a.m. on June 24. Bernstein said she was stopped at a red light when she heard someone yell a racial slur and one of the men sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open window and threw a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire. Bernstein’s family issued a three-sentence statement through the Madison Police Department saying they appreciate investigators’ work. Someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence prompted Gov. Tony Evers to activate the National Guard to protect state properties. Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl issued his own statement, saying detectives were unable to “locate evidence consistent with what was reported.” Harris told Sumpter that Bernstein had clearly suffered injuries to her face and that detectives were interested in whether someone else had hurt her in a different way than she had alleged. Related Sumpter said she had no alternative information from Bernstein or her family about how she was burned and “acknowledged that there can be many reasons why a victim might not want to be forthcoming about who caused injuries,” Harris wrote. A team of federal, state and local investigators probed the allegations as a possible hate crime. On Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Madison issued a statement saying the investigation was closed without charges filed. Sumpter didn’t immediately respond to messages Friday.
UK: The first nine of 101 diesel and electric multiple-units being supplied to Northern by CAF entered passenger service on July 1.‘Over the course of the rest of this year, the new trains will be introduced into towns and cities right across the north, marking a genuine transformation of local rail services’, said Richard Allan, Deputy Managing Director of Arriva Rail North. ‘We expect a big increase in customer satisfaction, and what we really hope is that the new trains will attract new customers to rail.’ CAF is supplying 25 two-car and 33 three-car Class 195 DMUs, together with 31 three-car and 12 four-car EMUs of Class 331. The operator has initially deployed seven DMUs on services between Manchester Airport and Liverpool, Windermere and Barrow-in-Furness, and two EMUs between Leeds and Doncaster.The air-conditioned units have free wi-fi, at-seat power sockets and real-time passenger information displays, as well as spaces for wheelchairs and bicycles. They are intended to enable the withdrawal by the end of this year of ageing Class 142 and 144 Pacer DMUs that are not compliant with PRM TSI accessibility requirements.The CAF units have been funded by Eversholt Rail, and the leasing company’s Client Relations Director Steve Timothy said their entry into service marked ‘the culmination of a lot of hard work over three years’ by the three companies and regional stakeholders.Admitting that ‘Northern has faced unprecedented challenges during the past two years, particularly the unacceptable disruption following the May 2018 timetable change’, Arriva Rail North told Railway Gazette that the franchisee ‘remains committed to delivering the transformational plan for customers, and we are working hard to improve performance and reliability for our customers. We are investing heavily in new and refurbished trains, have introduced more than 2 000 extra services each week and hundreds more people have been employed to help customers. These improvements are delivering significant benefits but are still a work in progress.’Read more about Northern’s new CAF trainsets in the July 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, available to subscribers in our digital archive.
The Academy hooker is named among the replacements, as England face Grand Slam champions Ireland at CRAI Club – Santa Fe, before taking on Italy on June 8th and Oceania champions Australia on June 12th.This year’s Championship will see a World Rugby trial, with all 28 squad members available to be used as one of the eight permitted replacements on matchday.“The key element is that we are playing the side that won the U20 Six Nations, so we know it is going to be a big challenge and we have got to be right at the top of our game,” said Bates.”We have to be accurate, we have to be patient and understand that if we don’t play to the best of our ability then this will be a very tough game and even if we do, we realise it will still be tight.“The players are in really good shape, having now spent a fair amount of time with each other they have gelled extremely well and look to be a tight group and we hope that will translate to a good performance on Tuesday.“A big factor for us is going to be the experience of our pack, a lot have played in the Premiership already, they have played a lot at U20 level and also in this tournament so they are battle hardened. Having said that we are not going to play a game dominated by our pack because we have some very exciting and talented backs but we recognise up front will be an area where we can exert some pressure.“Fraser is another seasoned campaigner, having also played in this tournament last year and he’s played some senior Premiership rugby as well so has developed well as a player over the past six months.”He is extremely level headed, has an astute rugby brain and is well respected by the other players so he is an obvious choice for us to be captain and along with the rest of our leadership group we expect them to contribute at key times and in key moments.” England U20s v Ireland: 15. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 14. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), 13. Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints) – captain, 12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), 11. Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby), 10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 9. Ollie Fox (Bath Rugby); 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), 2. Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), 3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 6. Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Tom Willis (Wasps) Replacements: 16. Alfie Barbeary (Wasps) – Bloxham School, 17. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 18. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 19. Will Capon (Bristol Bears), 20. James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs), 21. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 22. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), 23. Josh Basham (Newcastle Falcons), 24. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), 25. Luke James (Sale Sharks), 26. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 27. Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), 28. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons).England U20 fixtures 4 June: England U20s v Ireland U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. 8 June: England U20s v Italy U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. 12 June: England U20s v Australia U20s (KO 7.30pm BST), live on World Rugby platforms. Knockout stages on Monday, 17 June and finals day on Saturday, 22 June, live on ITV.