David Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of harassment, admitting he shoved his former girlfriend at her apartment in 2009. He told the judge he knew his behavior was inappropriate and said he deeply regretted his actions. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning the case will be closed if he stays out of trouble for a year, but he could face jail time if he doesn’t.
During the time the case was working through the criminal justice system, Johnson also underwent therapy. Prosecutors considered it sufficient, and he was not ordered to undergo further therapy.
Woman, grandson killed in house explosion
SUFFIELD | An Ohio woman and her grandson were killed and their bodies thrown from their home in an explosion that was heard miles away, fire officials said.
Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak said Regina Proudfoot, 63, and Robert Croft, 21, were killed when the blast leveled the home at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, leaving nothing but a large crater filled with debris.
Sheriff Doak said the bodies were found next to the home and that debris covered more than 1,000 yards. Several other homes were damaged, including a neighboring house left uninhabitable.
Investigators said the explosion was related to a propane tank in the home, but the cause remains under investigation.
Eastern cougar declared extinct
ALLENTOWN | The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the Eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago.
After a lengthy review, federal officials concluded there are no breeding populations of cougars — also known as pumas, panthers, mountain lions and catamounts — in the Eastern United States. Researchers think the Eastern cougar subspecies probably has been extinct since the 1930s.
Wednesday’s declaration paves the way for the Eastern cougar to be removed from the endangered species list, where it was placed in 1973. The agency’s decision to declare the Eastern cougar extinct does not affect the status of the Florida panther, another endangered wildcat.
10 crewmen pulled from destroyer