May 27th thru June 2nd in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Saturday, June 1st, 2019>Rumford man to serve 3 years in drunken-driving crash that killed best friend
Ethyn Buotte was driving drunk and under the influence of drugs when his car hit a tree May 31, 2018, in Weld – resulting in the death of a Dixfield man.
Ethyn Buotte, right, is comforted by his attorney, Jeffrey Wilson on Friday morning in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington as Buotte reacts to Justice Robert Muller reading the obituary of Griffyn Smith, who was killed in a crash exactly a year ago in a car Buotte was driving. Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham
FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice sentenced a Rumford man Friday to serve three years of a 10-year sentence for driving drunk and under the influence of drugs when his car crashed in Weld on May 31, 2018, and a Dixfield man was killed.
Upon his release from prison, Ethyn Eric Buotte, 19, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday in Franklin County Superior Court, will serve four years probation in connection to the death of his best friend and neighbor, 19-year-old Griffyn Smith.
Smith was well liked and was a four-time state champion wrestler when he attended Dirigo High School in Dixfield. He earned an associate’s degree at college as a precision machinist and had planned to enter the U.S. Navy. He had studied precision machining in college and graduated with an associates degree.
Buotte’s guilty plea was part of a partially negotiated agreement with the sentence being 10 years with the suspended portion of it capped at three years, Deputy District Attorney James Andrews said.
Ethyn Buotte enters Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington Friday morning for his sentencing. Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham
The state dismissed a charge of operating under the influence resulting in death.
Andrews read a summary of the facts before Buotte was sentenced.
If the case went to trial, the court would have heard from several witnesses including a front-seat passenger Alysa St. Cyr, police and experts.
According to Andrews, Buotte was 18 and driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla at 71 mph in a 35 mph zone when he lost control of the car at about 11:30 p.m. on the West Side Road in Weld. Smith was a passenger in the back seat of the car. The car started to spin, rolled over several times. The car hit a tree and the roof imploded and came down on Smith. The car continued to spin and Smith was ejected. The cause of Smith’s death was blunt force trauma, Andrews said.
Evidence shows that Buotte had been drinking alcohol and there was a presence of marijuana and had snorted an opioid painkiller — hydrocodone and had taken a prescription medicine in his system.
According to St. Cyr, Buotte moved the car in an attempt to leave the scene. She called 911, according to Andrews. Buotte moved Smith’s body and tried to resuscitate him. Buotte also burned some evidence — a pair of pants to before first responders arrived, St. Cyr told police. He had a blood-alcohol level 0.138% about two hours after the crash, Andrews said.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Wilson said Buotte disagrees with some of the state’s evidence, including that he attempted to leave the scene and burned evidence. Wilson had motions to suppress evidence filed with the court but Buotte told him not to go through with them because he wants to take responsibility for his actions, Wilson said. He withdrew those motions.
There were lots of tears in the courtroom from both side, even after the sentencing was over.
This was a fatal crash that resulted in layer after layer of reckless conduct, Andrews said. Buotte also had two contacts with police within two months of the crash, one of those resulted in a conviction on a misdemeanor charge of terrorizing, he said.
Andrews argued for Buotte to serve three years while Wilson argued for nine months and a day. The latter means it would be a sentence to the Department of Corrections and would allow Buotte could continue to better himself.
Ethyn Buotte, right, listens as his attorney, Jeffrey Wilson addresses Justice Robert Muller in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington Friday morning. Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham
“Ethyn has the rest of his life to live and my son has none,” Smith’s mother Cheryl Smith said. She said her family has been very compassionate with Buotte.
“It is only fair he get the full amount,” Smith said, meaning the plea agreement’s three-year cap.
Other family members also asked for him to serve the three years.
Cindy Smith Prakash and Allison Smith Daley, Griffyn’s aunts, both addressed the court. Prakash read from a prepared statement. She told the court her nephew was killed by Buotte’s intentional, selfish and senseless actions. In a cruel twist of fate, it was on his parents wedding anniversary, she said. The car Buotte was driving was unsafe and had two spare donut tires on it, she said.
“I can’t imagine the terror that Griffyn experienced,” Prakash said, right before his death. “Griffyn actually cared about you, Ethyn, when others didn’t,” she said.
When she started to cry harder, Daley took over reading the statement.
In part, she said, “A bright shining light of a young man is now gone.”
A case worker for Buotte said for the past six to nine months he has not only worked hard to better himself, he has set some goals with one of them being to speak youth to help them not make the mistakes he made.
Buotte has started to take control of his life, Wilson said, and even went back and finished high school. Buotte was just 18 at the time, barely an adult, and is very remorseful of what happened. Buotte wanted the Smiths kept informed of what was going on in the case. Buotte requested a day be added to the nine months so that he would serve his sentence in the Department of Corrections facility and not a county jail.
Buotte spoke directly to Errin and Cheryl Smith, Griffyn’s parents, and apologized more than once to the family, and he recognized that was not enough. He thinks of Griffyn constantly and wishes he could undo that night. He also apologized to his family and the community.
“I will never be able to make this right,” he said.”I want to reach out to young adults to keep them from doing the same things I did.”
Once Buotte was sentenced and before he was taken into custody, he spoke to the family personally. It ended with a handshake from Smith’s father and a hug from Smith’s mother.
Cheryl Smith went over and hugged Buotte’s family members.
Friday, May 31st, 2019Meghan 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. https://bit.ly/2XkB3C5
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.
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.
Thursday, May 30th, 2019Users of illegal ‘magical mushrooms’ could get a pass in Oakland
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.
Wednesday, May 29TH, 2019Noah 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.
In the two amber-bathed selfies, Noah was dressed in a super-short white crop top with an arm covering her bust.
She went minimalist with the outfit, which also included a pair of crimson panties.
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In her second photo, the aspiring singer turned to showcase her pert derriere.
Her raven tresses were styled straight and cascaded down her back.
the early hours of Monday morning, Noah shared a video to her Instagram stories of a late Sunday/early Monday In-N-Out escapade.
The video showed the singer lighting up what appeared to be a small joint and taking a puff on it, before passing it to the In-N-Out attendant who was taking her order, who then also took a drag.
Noah wrote, 'Blocking her face so she don't get fired but love u homieeee' over the video, though the flaming heart design failed to cover the employee as she moved away.
Noah was in the driver's seat, though the video she posted had been flipped.
She was presumably in California, where marijuana is legal to purchase and consume for people over 21. Individuals aged 18 to 20 are only allowed to consume the substance with a medical marijuana card, and are required to have a parent or guardian purchase it.
The legal penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana are the same as for alcohol.
Later on Sunday night/Monday morning, she shared a photo of a Supreme tray adorned with Bart Simpson, as well as a blunt and what looked like a pile of marijuana.
The Punches singer posted some late-night thoughts around the same time, layered over a barely distinguishable extreme close-up of her face.
'My music is my world and finally for the first time since Make Me Cry i feel excited for what the world is going to hear. i finally feel like I'm the artist IM MEANT TO BE and WANT TO BE not the artist i was told to be for awhile,' she wrote.
'About 10 months off and it was much needed to wiple the slate clean. i accomplished so much for this new chapter and also took the time to get mentally healthy. .. every day is getting better. i am so excited for this year.. TRULY,' she concluded.
On Monday, Noah posted a picture of herself lounging on a white couch in red sweats and a white bandeau with singer Lucky Daye to plug his upcoming album.
She also documented her relaxed Memorial Day hanging out around the pool.
The occasional actress switched over to a plain white crop top with gray sweat pants and a white Adidas baseball cap.
Noah shared part of her afternoon playlist, which included her father's She's Not Cryin' Anymore, from his debut album Some Gave All, which featured a Memorial Day-themed title track.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019San 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.