Meghan Markle’s half-brother claims he’s homeless in Oregon because of her fame


‘The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now’

While Meghan Markle looks after her new royal baby in her mansion on the grounds of Windsor Castle, her older half-brother claims he has lost his job and his home.

In a new interview, Thomas Markle Jr. reveals that he has reached the “lowest point” in his life after being evicted from his modest rental home in Grants Pass, Oregon. The 52-year-old, who reportedly has long been estranged from the Duchess of Sussex, said that he, fiancee Darlene Blount, her son and their two dogs are living in a small hotel room.

Remarkably, Markle Jr. blames his sister’s global fame for starting him on the downward spiral that has left him unable to find a new job or lease a new house or apartment in this southern Oregon community.

“And it’s all because my life suddenly got catapulted into the spotlight – through no fault of my own,” Markle Jr. complained to The Sun. “The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now.”

Thomas Markle Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle’s half brother reveals he’s homeless and at the ‘lowest point’ of his life
Thomas Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.
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But from Markle Jr.’s accounts, as well as from news reports, it doesn’t appear that he’s all that blameless for his downward spiral, which includes health problems, work problems, landlord problems and run-ins with the law.

Ever since the Los Angeles-born Meghan became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, Markle Jr. claims he has been forced to live “under a microscope” with no help or support from his famous sibling.

“I’ve gone from being a private person to having everything I’ve ever done in my life out there for everybody,” he added.

The former TV actress and her half-brother share a father, Thomas Markle. Markle Jr. and his sister, Samantha, are children from Thomas Markle’s first marriage.

Meghan is the product of Markle’s second marriage, to Doria Ragland. It’s well known that Meghan and Ragland, a Los Angeles yoga instructor, enjoy a close bond. But it’s also known that Meghan has fraught relations with her father’s side of the family.

For example, Markle Jr. and Samantha Markle used news of Meghan’s engagement to Harry to criticize her for being an ambitious social climber and to claim she turns her back on family and friends if she believes they are of no use to her.

However, Meghan’s fans have called her half-siblings opportunists who are exploiting her fame to grab headlines and possibly lucrative opportunities for themselves.

Prior to her May 2018 wedding, Meghan and her 74-year-old father appeared to be getting along well enough that she asked him to walk her down the aisle. But their relationship famously fell apart when the retired Hollywood lighting designer was caught getting paid to pose for paparazzi photos just before the globally televised wedding.

Markle Sr. soon began to give interviews in which he also criticized his daughter’s new royal life and alleged that she had stopped returning his phone calls or texts.

The May 6 birth of Meghan and Harry’s son, Archie, has done little to heal the Markle family rifts. Indeed, Markle Jr. responded to the baby news by once again criticizing his half-sister.

“I’m hoping that becoming a mother will open up her eyes and shed light on what family means,” Markle Jr., said in an interview. “Maybe she will see the importance of family now — and open up to my dad and let him be part of the baby’s life.”

At that time of this interview, Markle Jr. didn’t mention being homeless. In his new interview with The Sun, Markle Jr. also failed to mention his legal troubles.

It’s possible that his run-ins with police contributed to residents in Grants Pass having an unflattering view of him.

In January 2017, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of holding a gun to his fiancee’s head during a drunken argument, The Sun reported. He subsequently apologized and said he was “seeking help.”

But this past summer, Markle Jr. and Blount got into another fight while under the influence that resulted in Blount giving Thomas a black eye, USA Today reported. Blount was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault.

In November, the couple told the Daily Mail they had quit drinking as part of a deal that would get the assault charges against Blount dropped.

But in early January, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by Oregon State Police, USA Today reported. He was “visibly intoxicated,” failed field sobriety tests and drew a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent.

In his Sun interview, Markle Jr. focused on people and circumstances that he believes have done him wrong. For example, he said he had to leave his job as a glazier because of health problems.

Despite explaining his situation to his landlord, Markle Jr. told The Sun the landlord issued an eviction notice. Markle Jr. and the landlord went to court, but he agreed to vacate the property without an eviction. He also said he left the property in good condition.

But the landlord had a different view of his ex-tenant and gave interviews in which he called Markle Jr. a “lowlife” who owed him back rent and who trashed his property, according to The Sun.

Markle Jr. told The Sun that the landlord’s accusations made it difficult for him to find a new place to live in the area.

“I had a really nice place lined up where I was going to live out in the woods and I was going to do work on the property but I lost that because of all this,” Markle Jr. said.

Living in a small hotel room is taking a huge toll on his relationship with his fiancee, Markle Jr. added.

“It’s very uncomfortable and expensive — we don’t know how we are going to afford it,” he said. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/30/meghan-markles-older-half-brother-claims-hes-homeless-in-oregon-because-of-sisters-fame/

Users of illegal ‘magical mushrooms’ could get a pass in Oakland

The city council will vote June 4 whether to bar police from enforcing cracking down on psychedelic plants

Oakland City Hall is photographed in Oakland Dec. 1, 2015.

OAKLAND — Oakland could become the second city in the nation to allow the use of psilocybin mushrooms — also known as “magic mushrooms” — following in Denver’s footsteps.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider approving a resolution barring police from enforcing laws banning the use of “entheogenic” — or psychoactive — plants, which include psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca and peyote.

The proposed resolution stems from a movement at the state level to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, which suffered a setback when a measure to accomplish that goal didn’t make it to California’s 2018 ballot. Activists are gathering signatures now to put a measure on the Oregon state ballot next year to legalize the medical use of psilocybin.

Three of the four council members who make up Oakland’s public safety committee voted Tuesday to move the resolution to the full council for a vote. Supporters of the effort packed City Hall, and around 60 people — many of them psychiatrists — testified to the benefits of entheogenic plants.

“I’ve seen first-hand how these plants can heal individuals, and I really want to emphasize that these plants can also heal a community,” said Gary Kono, a retired surgeon who co-founded  Decriminalize Nature Oakland, an activist group leading the effort to legalize entheogenic plants in the city.

Council member Noel Gallo, who brought the resolution forward, said in his proposal that allowing the use of entheogenic plants would remove them from their underground status and “empower communities to share knowledge and continue building an above-ground infrastructure around entheogens.”

Oakland, he added in his proposal, “has a unique opportunity to lead by example, and guide the nationwide conversation.”

The resolution would not apply to synthetic drugs such as LSD or Ecstasy.

Larry Norris of Decriminalize Nature Oakland said in an interview that the initiatives in Oregon and Denver prompted the group to push for the resolution. It started discussing the proposal in December and pitched it to Gallo earlier this year.

Several members of Decriminalize Nature Oakland told council members of personal “life-changing” experiences that resulted from using the drugs and of how other cultures have used them for centuries to be closer to nature. Little was said at the meeting of people just using them for recreation.

“Our communities have been using natural plant medicines as they are indigenous to communities of color; they’ve been using them for thousands of years,” said Amber Senter, a local cannabis entrepreneur who is also part of Decriminalize Nature Oakland.

Council member Loren Taylor abstained from the vote Tuesday, saying although he recognizes that the drugs can benefit people in certain settings, he is concerned they also can be used unsafely and hopes to see an education effort warning people of the risks.

“It’s a matter of how we deploy it and make sure it’s not something that becomes a fad with our kids and potentially used in schools,” Taylor said, adding he’s also worried about people driving under the influence of entheogenic plants.

Oakland police officials at Tuesday’s meeting didn’t weigh in on the proposal, but noted there’s been only 19 cases over the past five years in which they confiscated a substance believed to be psilocybin mushrooms.

Several speakers mentioned a study released by Johns Hopkins University last year that suggested psilocybin could be used to treat depression and anxiety and even help people quit smoking, according to the New York Times. Bestselling author and Berkeley resident Michael Pollan’s recent book, “How to Change Your Mind,” makes the case that psychedelic drugs can be effective therapy tools, especially for people trying to recover from drug addiction. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/29/after-denver-legalized-magic-mushrooms-oakland-could-be-next/

Noah Cyrus flashes her pert derriere… before smoking a joint with an In-N-Out employee as she fetches food from drive-thru

She’s the youngest sister of pop superstar Miley Cyrus and the youngest daughter of country music star Billy Ray Cyrus.

And Noah Cyrus was feeling herself on Saturday when she posted two photos featuring red panties that did little to hide her trim figure.

The confident display came a day before the 19-year-old Ponyo voice actress shared a video of herself smoking what appeared to be a joint with an In-N-Out employee. Noah Cyrus shares a blunt outside In-N-Out with the attendantProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:26FullscreenNeed Text

Showing off: Noah Cyrus, 19, was feeling herself on Saturday when she posted two photos featuring red panties that showed off her trim figure

Showing off: Noah Cyrus, 19, was feeling herself on Saturday when she posted two photos featuring red panties that showed off her trim figure 

In the two amber-bathed selfies, Noah was dressed in a super-short white crop top with an arm covering her bust.

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Not hiding much: In the two amber-bathed selfies, Noah was dressed in a super-short white crop top with an arm covering her bust, before she turns to show off her behind

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Seal of approval: On Monday, Noah posted a picture of herself lounging on a cream-colored couch in red sweats and a white bandeau with singer Lucky Daye to plug his upcoming album
Chilling: The occasional actress switched over to a plain white crop top with gray sweat pants and a white Adidas baseball cap while lounging around the pool on Memorial Day
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San Jose crash: Passenger killed, driver suspected of DUI in crash on Highway 101

SAN JOSE — A 21-year-old male passenger was killed early Saturday morning in a suspected drunk-driving crash on southbound Highway 101 at the Hellyer Avenue overcrossing, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The solo-vehicle collision resulted in the arrest of Christopher Carrillo, 20, of San Jose, who was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee. Carrillo suffered injuries in the crash that are not considered life-threatening.

On Saturday at 3:08 a.m., the two men were traveling south on Highway 101 in a 2003 Toyota Corolla and approaching the Hellyer overcrossing when Carrillo lost control of his car, Lee said. The Toyota went off the roadway, up the embankment and crashed into the Hellyer Avenue overcrossing.

The impact of the collision mangled the top of the car, Lee said.

The passenger who died in the crash has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office as Orlando Sanchez, 21, of Castro Valley.

CHP officers in the San Jose area arrested 15 people on suspicion of DUI during the Memorial Day weekend, including Claudia Maldonado, 23, of Pleasanton, who crashed into a power pole on northbound Highway 17 on Sunday morning, Lee said.

The crash on Highway 17 caused lanes to be shut down in both directions near Redwood Estates for about five hours, Lee said.

In another incident, a 38-year-old Santa Clara man suspected of driving under the influence nearly got into a head-on collision with a CHP patrol car early Saturday morning. The man, behind the wheel of Ford F-150, attempted to get onto Highway 101 by taking the Yerba Buena exit ramp, Lee said. As the man was traveling in the wrong direction, a CHP patrol car was exiting 101 at the Yerba Buena ramp.

“Both vehicles swerved and avoided a head-on collision,” Lee said.

The driver, Maung Myo Win, 38, of Santa Clara, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into Santa Clara County jail.

Statewide, the CHP arrested 973 people on suspicion of driving under the influence during the Memorial Day Weekend. There were 21 fatalities on state highways and roads under CHP jurisdiction, including one pedestrian and one motorcyclist. Of the 19 people killed while traveling in automobiles, six were not wearing seat belts, Lee said. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/28/san-jose-crash-passenger-killed-driver-suspected-of-dui-in-crash-on-highway-101/

New charges allege Derry man charged in double fatal was under influence of alcohol, pot

Ryan Kittredge in court
Ryan Kittredge in court for a bail hearing last February.Jason Schreiber/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO

BRENTWOOD — A Derry man with two prior DUI convictions is facing new charges alleging he was drunk and under the influence of marijuana when he drove in the wrong direction on Route 101 in Epping and caused a head-on crash that killed a retired Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife.

Ryan Kittredge, 31, was indicted this month on felony manslaughter and negligent homicide charges that, for the first time, accuse him of being impaired by alcohol and marijuana when he allegedly made a U-turn, drove eastbound in the westbound lane, and struck John and Heidi Johnson shortly before midnight on Jan. 10.

Kittredge has waived formal arraignment in Rockingham County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the two negligent homicide and two manslaughter charges.

He has also pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs/liquor and driving with excess alcohol concentration.

Kittredge, who suffered two fractured vertebrae and a laceration to his knee in the crash, has remained held without bail at the Rockingham County jail after a judge ruled that he posed a threat to public safety.

A bail hearing was slated for Friday, but was rescheduled for June 7.

Authorities have said 58-year-old John Johnson, a retired sergeant from the Townsend, Mass., Police Department, and his wife, Heidi, 57, were traveling westbound in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala when they were hit head-on by Kittredge’s 1998 Dodge 1500 pickup truck.

The indictments allege that Kittredge was headed westbound when he quickly decelerated, turned the vehicle around within the two westbound lanes, and then accelerated in the wrong direction.

A third vehicle also was involved in the collision, but the driver wasn’t seriously hurt.

The Johnsons, who lived in New Ipswich, were heading home after watching their great-niece’s basketball game in Maine earlier in the day, according to State Police.

John Johnson spent nearly 40 years at the Townsend, Mass., Police Department before retiring last July. https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/new-charges-allege-derry-man-charged-in-double-fatal-was/article_a76870b2-0131-52b5-bcf3-70aa2885cd02.html