ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a woman’s death in what authorities called a domestic dispute on a cruise ship off the coast of Alaska (all times local):
A federal judge has appointed a public defender for a Utah man charged with murder in the death of his wife aboard an Alaska cruise ship.
Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, appeared to be crying at times before the start of the hearing and near the start, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McCoy began speaking.
He dabbed at his eyes and nose with tissues.
Manzanares participated via teleconference in his first court appearance from Juneau. He is being held in connection with the Tuesday death of 39-year-old Kristy Manzanares.
Kenneth Manzanares was wearing an orange jumpsuit during the proceedings. He had his ankles shackled and was wearing slip-on shoes.
McCoy appointed assistant federal defender Jamie McGrady, who was not at the hearing. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The employer of a Utah woman who was killed in what authorities called a domestic dispute aboard an Alaska cruise ship says she was a dedicated and loving mother who put her children ahead of her career in real estate.
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty says Kristy Manzanares was a trusted adviser and valued sales associate in the St. George, Utah, office.
Her husband, Kenneth Manzanares, has been charged with murder in the death Tuesday aboard the Emerald Princess.
The FBI investigated the death because it occurred in U.S. waters.
Kenneth Manzanares was expected to make his first court appearance later Thursday. He doesn’t have any criminal record in Utah, according to online state records.
U.S. prosecutors say a Utah man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife aboard an Alaska cruise.
Acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder said Thursday that Kenneth Manzanares was charged after his wife, Kristy, was found dead with a severe head wound in their cabin aboard the Princess Cruises ship.
An FBI criminal complaint says Kenneth Manzanares told an acquaintance who later walked into the blood-splattered room that he killed his wife because she wouldn’t stop laughing at him.
Manzanares is scheduled to appear in federal court by videoconference from Juneau later Thursday.
Utah court records show that he has no criminal history.
Authorities say a Utah man killed his wife aboard a cruise ship and told an acquaintance who later walked into the blood-splattered cabin that he did it because she wouldn’t stop laughing at him.
A criminal complaint by an FBI special agent says Kenneth Manzanares was found in the couple’s room on the Emerald Princess on Tuesday night with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin.
The FBI says the woman, identified only as K.M., had a severe head wound. Manzanares has been arrested.
Court documents say a man entered the cabin and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood. Records say Manzanares grabbed his wife’s body and dragged her to the balcony before the witness stopped him.
The FBI is investigating because the death occurred in U.S. waters.
Federal authorities plan to announce charges in what has been described as a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship in U.S. waters off Alaska that led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman. The FBI said a suspect is in custody.
Princess Cruises says the woman died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, which was on a weeklong trip that left Sunday from Seattle. The ship docked in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday morning.
Few details about the case were released as investigators went about their work. Passengers were kept aboard the ship for much of the day Wednesday.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced that it would hold a news conference with representatives of the FBI and Coast Guard Thursday in Anchorage to announce the filing of federal charges in the case.
Bohrer reported from Juneau, Alaska.
Southaven, MS — Police responding to a call of domestic violence this week allegedly went to the wrong home and killed an innocent husband.
Ismael Lopez and his wife were the only ones home when Ismael heard his dogs barking, so he took a look outside to see what was going on. Through a translator, Mrs. Lopez said that Ismael looked out the window and saw police cars.
“They started pounding on the door and as far as she knows when he opened the door, they started shooting. She didn’t see it, but she is just repeating as much as she knows,” says Rami Desantiago, a family friend.
“My sister told me it was the police that killed him. I can’t believe it. He was a really good person,” says family friend Juan Castillo.
“She said when he got up, she heard the footsteps all the way up to the door, she heard the doorknob turn, and then after the doorknob turned it was just gunshots from there.”
According to police, however, they say Lopez pointed a gun at them and when they told him to drop it, they opened fire.
The spray of bullets left the Lopez house full of holes and their family dog was hit too. Ismael died on the scene from bullet wounds sustained by the police.
Castillo said Lopez was a native of Veracruz, Mexico, who had lived in the U.S. for many years and formerly worked for the city of Bartlett and more recently operated a small mechanic’s shop across the street from his home, according to Commercial Appeal. He said Lopez was a father figure to him and mentored him when he was a troubled teenager.
Castillo also noted the bullet holes that appear to be fired through a closed door. “If you’re shooting through a door in that manner, you don’t know who’s behind that door,” he said.
As WREG reports, Lopez’s family says police told them they were at the house following up on a call from Tate County, where a woman told officers she had been beaten and the person responsible was at the address on Surrey.
Whether or not Lopez had a firearm makes no difference in the outcome of the case as police, according to District Attorney John Champion, could have been at the wrong house.
Champion noted that Lopez had no warrants for his arrest and that “He was not wanted for anything at all.”
As the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times, entirely innocent people are often shot or killed by police at the wrong home. The innocent home owner comes to the door with a gun to see who the intruders are and bang, they are met with a hail of gunfire from cops who failed to check their GPS before assaulting completely innocent people.
However, according to the family friend, Mrs. Lopez saw no such gun.
“She ran out. She saw him laying on the floor. She ran out and she saw him laying on the floor with his hands empty. She didn’t see any kind of a gun or anything,” says Desantiago. “She just wants to know why. She wants to seek justice. She doesn’t understand why they come and killed him.”
While there has been no official statement from police admitting they went to the wrong house, Lopez did not make the call and Tate County authorities said the woman who did make the call says she was choked by her boyfriend at a gas station, and he lived in Southaven. The Lopez’s were married.
Sadly, as it seems, none of the officers involved in this case will likely be charged as TFTP reported earlier this year, cops can go to the wrong house, kill the innocent homeowner and face no charges.
A disturbing precedent was set in March in a federal appeals court which ruled in favor of police who knocked on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves, and then repeatedly shot the innocent homeowner until he died.
The homeowner, 26-year-old Andrew Scott had committed no crime when officers came to his home that night on July 15, 2012.
“Government officials insist that there is nothing unlawful, unreasonable or threatening about the prospect of armed police dressed in SWAT gear knocking on doors in the middle of night and ‘asking’ homeowners to engage in warrantless ‘knock-and-talk’ sessions,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “However, as Andrew Scott learned, there’s always a price to pay for saying no to such heavy-handed requests by police. If the courts continue to sanction such aggressive, excessive, coercive ‘knock-and-shoot’ tactics, it will give police further incentive to terrorize and kill American citizens without fear of repercussion.”
In the land of the free, those who claim they have sworn to protect you, can come to your house and kill you, and face no consequences. This is why police in America kill more citizens than anywhere in the rest of the world. This is why people protest. This is why people are angry.
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Because even TreeHuggers have to be financially savvy.
Often I feel baffled by how much money my generation spends. I see it everywhere I go — young families in their early thirties, just like me and my husband, establishing mind-boggling lifestyles that include new mansions, swanky cars, expensive vacations, designer clothes, and yards full of toys.
While I’m happy that these wonderful folks feel so affluent and financially confident, I struggle to understand it. I don’t think most young people can afford the things they buy; but because the cost of money is dirt cheap and has been for nine years, Canadians take this as a cue to take on record levels of consumer and real estate debt.
This makes me sad because many people seem to think that retirement will take care of itself, or that the Canada Pension Plan will provide them with the income they need in their golden years. Financial independence (as in, living debt-free and not having to work if we don’t want to) is a top priority for me and my husband – and I wish it were for many other young people, too.
When I first met my husband, he was 25 years old and told me he planned to retire by 40. Initially I found it amusing, but I’ve grown to respect him for that goal. Almost a decade and several kids later, retirement has been bumped to closer to 50, but we’ve managed to develop a pretty solid financial philosophy that I want to share here. We are tremendously fortunate to have good jobs, but with that comes a responsibility not to squander it on a lifestyle that’s more excessive than we require.
We strive to live on one salary and save the other. Not only does this allow us to put money away in the bank, but it creates security in the worst-case scenario that one of us becomes unemployed. We won’t be totally screwed.
We know what our monthly cash flow is and understand where our money goes. We used to record every single receipt, but now we put most expenses on a rewards credit card (which we pay off fully every month) where purchases can be easily tracked.
My husband has delved into the world of investing and realized that the “big bad market” is nothing to be scared of, especially if you have a diverse portfolio. We know where our investments are and what they’re costing us in fees, and we steer clear of costly mutual funds.
We do not rely on his pension because it might not be there when the time comes. Our approach is to ignore the pension, save as if it didn’t exist, and then enjoy the extra income, should it appear someday.
We have invested in real estate, although it’s only one aspect of our investment portfolio because the market is highly volatile in Ontario right now. A local rental gives us a small yet positive monthly cash flow. Our primary residence, however, is not viewed as an investment or a retirement strategy because, as the old adage goes, you can’t eat a house. As an illiquid asset, it’s entirely reliant on a fluctuating market, which is too unstable to count on as we approach retirement.
We put our TFSAs (tax-free savings accounts) to good work; the American equivalent is a Roth-IRA. It’s astonishing how many Canadians think that a TFSA is a product or an account for saving for their next vacation. In so doing, its power is squandered. Increasingly, it will replace the RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) as the primary source of retirement income. Maximizing contributions is the first thing we do each year, before considering any fun travel plans or house renovations.
Staying happily married is a key financial strategy for us, as well. We help each other pay down the credit card, top up TFSAs, and put money toward the mortgages. By staying together, there are no alimony payments, no double living expenses. In the words of Ms. Our Next Life, a financial blogger whose writing I enjoy,
“We see our marriage as our most important investment, both as the thing that has allowed us to save like crazy and as the support structure that has allowed us to even consider choosing this alternative life path. Note we say investment (something that needs tending), not asset (something we take for granted).”
We both enjoy spending as much as the next person, but delaying gratification is a central philosophy in our relationship – not to mention my hard-core environmentalist leanings, which help.
The biggest thing is openness and transparency. We share a credit card account, which helps to hold us accountable to each other for purchases.
We drive old cars – a 2002 Acura with 355,000 kilometers (220,000 miles) on it and 2006 Toyota that’s close behind. Both are fully paid off and both run just fine. We lust after newer, sexier cars on a regular basis, but it doesn’t make financial sense – at least, not until that Tesla model 3 finally arrives, at which point the Acura will retire.
We buy second-hand clothes. Almost everything our children wear comes from the thrift store, and most of my clothes, too. My husband buys more things new because he works in a corporate office.
We opted for “less house” than we were eligible for. Sure, the toilets are ancient and the back deck is rotting, but we’ve got plenty of money left in the market to continue making us more money. This feels much safer than having a fancy nest. Almost all our home furnishings are second-hand. (The only exception I can think of right now is one sofa that we bought new six years ago.)
We know exactly what our priorities are and talk about them openly: good food (usually groceries, since we minimize eating out), date nights (hence, a hefty babysitting bill that’s counterbalanced by the fact that most of our friends host gatherings at home – welcome to small town life!), and health (CrossFit membership for me, gym equipment at home for my husband). Travel is important, but it comes in second place to the TFSA and depends on what work needs to be done around the house.
I do not claim to have all the answers, nor would I presume that our approach would work for everyone. People have different priorities and requirements, and live with vastly different financial circumstances. But I do think that Canada and the U.S. face a crisis when it comes to lack of money management skills. Far too many people are afflicted by a fear of investing, a lack of knowledge about how to save and how they are taxed, and a tragic inability to say no to superfluous spending. The more we talk openly about this, the better it will get.
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“Like, I mean, if he was to drown, or was to, I love fire, just like a fire thing where he’s caught in a fire,” Rachael Leahy said in a conversation with the detective that was captured on video and played during her sentencing hearing.
A Harris County sheriff’s deputy and her husband are expected to appear in court Friday, a day after being indicted on charges of murder, accused of intentionally choking a Crosby man outside a Denny’s restaurant.
Deputy Chauna Thompson, 45, and her husband, Terry Thompson, 41, also of Crosby, turned themselves in Thursday night and both made bail of $100,000 each. They could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Typically, suspects charged with felonies in Harris County appear before a state district judge the day after bonding out, to have their bail conditions set. Neither of the accused are yet scheduled on Judge Kelli Johnson’s docket, but law enforcement officials confirmed that both are expected to appear.
Both are accused of the first–degree felony of intentionally causing the death of John Hernandez, with Terry Thompson accused of choking him to death as he held him pinned to the ground. Chauna Thompson was charged as an accomplice.
The indictments, handed down late Thursday, came a day after more than 150 protesters marched across downtown Houston proclaiming “Justice for John Hernandez” and “Brown Lives Matter.”
The march was the culmination of a week of unrest after cell phone video of the incident was released.
Hernandez’s family members praised the charges as they prepared for a visitation and rosary are set for Friday. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Houston.
Terry’s attorney, Scott Courtney, said prosecutors rushed the case without giving the grand jury time to consider all the evidence. Courtney said Terry did not intentionally kill Hernandez.
“I’m extremely disappointed the grand jury chose to indict,” he said. “I don’t believe the evidence shows that.”
Terry maintains Hernandez took the first swing after the two men argued.
“It’s disappointing that citizens can simply march on the courthouse and demand somebody be indicted for murder,” Courtney said.
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