Wisconsin: Chicago Woman Rescued After Falling Through Ice

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 29, 2021

MANITOWOC, WI — A woman from Chicago was rescued on Monday after she fell through the ice on a lake in northern Wisconsin.

The 31-year-old woman was chasing after her dogs, who had run out onto the ice on Pigeon Lake, just south of Manitowoc about midday when she and her dogs broke through the ice.

In an attempt to save her, a 32-year-old New Holstein man used a kayak to paddle out to render aid before first responders arrived, but he fell though the ice.  Luckily, both the Good Samaritan and woman were able to get back onto solid ice before first responders arrived.  Both were taken to an area hospital.

According to the woman’s family, all dogs made it back to shore.

Disgraced Former Governor Of New York Not To Face Criminal Charges

By Clara Thompson and Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

December 29, 2021

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah stated on Tuesday that former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will not face criminal charges criminally following a “thorough” investigation into claims of inappropriate sexual behavior leveled against him by two women.

According to Rocah’s office, Westchester detectives focused on charges made by a state trooper who served on Cuomo’s protection detail, as well as another female who met Cuomo at an event during his term as governor.  Both alleged victims claim Cuomo kissed them without permission.

“Our inquiry discovered compelling evidence that the alleged behavior in both cases indicated above did occur.  However, in both cases, my office found that, while the claims and witnesses were believable, and the conduct was troubling, we could not seek criminal charges owing to the statutory requirements of New York’s criminal statutes.” Rocah said in a statement.

Multiple investigations of Cuomo’s activities are still ongoing as a result of claims discovered by investigators, including one by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Justice Department.

According to the New York Attorney General’s office, the first victim told investigators that while she, as a state trooper, was protecting the governor at his Westchester County residence, Cuomo allegedly asked her if he could kiss her.

The second victim told investigators that Cuomo allegedly grabbed her arm, pulled her toward him, and kissed her on the cheek without her permission at a White Plains High School function.

The announcement by Rocah comes after acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said last week that her office will not pursue criminal charges in connection with an alleged incident in 2019 at Long Island’s Belmont Racetrack.

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Woman Who Slapped Man On Flight Charged With Assault

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 28, 2021

ATLANTA – Patricia “Patty Breton” Cornwall was charged with assault on Monday after a violent mid-flight altercation that went viral on social media.

The scuffle that erupted on a Delta flight from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta last Thursday was recounted in a federal criminal complaint filed in Georgia.

Cornwall, according to the complaint, was attempting to return to her seat from the toilet when she requested a flight attendant with a beverage cart blocking the aisle for assistance in locating her seat.  Cornwall was instructed by the flight attendant to locate a vacant seat until the beverage service was completed.

According to the court documents, Cornwall yelled “What am I Rosa Parks?”, which caught the attention of the male victim.

According to the affidavit, the man, who thought Cornwall’s statements were out of line, informed her that she “. . . isn’t black . . . this isn’t Alabama, and this isn’t a bus.”

Cornwall and the man got into a heated argument that ended with Cornwall slapping the man in the face with enough force to leave visible injuries.

Cornwall was apprehended by police at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and then taken into custody by the FBI.  At her arraignment, Cornwall posted a $20,000 bond.

According to her IMDB page, Cornwall performed in meager television parts under the stage name Patty Breton.  She appeared in an episode of Baywatch in 1987 and on Married… with Children in 1989.  Most recently, she has been working as a real estate agent.

Photo: Walton County Sheriff’s Office

New York Times Ordered To Return Project Veritas Memos

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

December 28, 2021

NEW YORK – The New York Times was ordered to return documents belonging to activist group Project Veritas by the New York Supreme Court.

On Friday, Justice Charles Wood of the New York Westchester County Supreme Court ordered the return of any physical copies of legal memos prepared by one of Project Veritas’s lawyers and to destroy electronic copies.

Project Veritas relies heavily on secret recordings to expose corrupt politicians and media bias.   Project Veritas, led by James O’Keefe, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for its alleged role in the theft of a diary belonging to Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley.

The New York Times claimed in an article that information obtained from legal memos reveal how Project Veritas sought to “gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.”

According to Wood’s ruling, the Project Veritas legal memos were private legal documents that should be kept private “Steadfast fidelity to, and vigilance in protecting First Amendment freedoms cannot be permitted to abrogate the fundamental protections of attorney-client privilege or the basic right to privacy,” Wood wrote in the ruling.

Publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, declared that he would appeal the ruling.  Sulzberger claims the information was obtained legally in the ordinary course of reporting.

Unabomber Transferred To Prison Medical Facility

By The Chicago Times Staff

December 24, 2021

DENVER – The U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced Thursday that Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, 79, was moved to the Federal Medical Center Butner medical center in eastern North Carolina.

Kaczynski, aka The Unabomber, is serving a life sentence without parole following his 1996 arrest and plea of guilty to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and injured 23 others across the United States between 1978 and 1995.

The FMC Butner, in North Carolina’s Granville County offers medical services for prisoners including oncology, surgery, neurodiagnostic and dialysis. It opened an advanced care unit and a hospice unit in 2010.

Manchin Claims He Can’t Support Biden’s Democrat $2 Trillion Bill

By Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times

December 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Senator Joe Manchin told Fox News Sunday that he could not support Biden’s $2 trillion social and environment bill.

According to Manchin “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.”

Biden’s bill claims to provide billions of dollars in child tax credit, free preschool and childcare aid.  The bill also claims to include $500 billion in tax breaks and spending to curb carbon emissions, limits on prescription drug prices, government housing, and job training.  Biden proposes paying for the bill via higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations.  However, critics have argued that high taxes on corporations will be passed on to the consumer, which would be a de facto tax on the poor and middle class.

According to Manchin, his opposition to the $2 trillion bill is over growing concerns about inflation and federal debt.  Manchin wrote in a statement that progressive-socialist Democrats are trying to “. . . dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face.

Bernard P. Lawson, National Political Reporter/Columnist for The Chicago Times.  Views and comments expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the official position of The Chicago Times.