Ex-Counselor Faces Sex Charges
Authorities say a former guidance counselor at Ringgold High School has been charged after having sex with a football player who came to her for help. Police said Thursday that 33-year-old Lianne Danko, of Rostraver, was charged with three counts of institutional sex assault.
Her lawyer, David Shrager, says the Ringgold High School counselor is well-liked and respected in the community and will fight the charges.
Police say she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student who was seeing Danko to discuss relationship problems. They say they began exchanging intimate text messages and later met in a parking lot to have sex.
Police say another school counselor reported the relationship after a student showed her screenshots of a text message conversation between Danko and the student. WJPA NEWS spoke with Ringgold Superintendent, Dr. Karen Polkabla, and she says Danko has resigned and she does not believe any of the sexual acts occurred on school property. Th Superintendent has posted a letter to parents regarding the allegations on the school's website. (photo: WPXI-TV)
Murder Suspect In Custody
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say they now have in custody an ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper. 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint was arrested Thursday night in the city. Last Thursday, firefighters responding to a blaze at a mansion in the city found the bodies of 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, ten-year-old son and their housekeeper. The family's two older daughters were away at boarding school at the time.
Trinity Student Honored
The Washington County Commissioners have honored an eighth-grader at Trinity Middle School. Ricky Howard, Lance Corporal with the Young Marines of Washington County, has been saluted for coming to the rescue of a young girl in his neighborhood when she was being attacked by a rabid fox. Commissisoner Larry Maggi said Howard chased the fox and then "secured apprpriate quipment and neutralized it." Both Ricky, who is 13, and the girl have undergone a series of rabies shots. Unit Commander with the Young Marines, Keith Hagan, said Ricky responded the way he was trained to do. (photo: Ricky Howard in his brown Young Marine uniform, at Thursday's meeting of the Washington County Commissioners)
Oil Spill Cleanup Continues
Worries In California
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The operator of a broken oil pipeline that leaked crude into waters off the coast of California says it'll take a while to determine the cause of the spill. Officials at Plains All American Pipeline say crews need to excavate the pipeline, and then it can take weeks or months to determine what went wrong. Tuesday's spill involved an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude. About 21,000 gallons are believed to have made it to the sea. Officials say as of Thursday, more than 9,000 gallons were cleaned up.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California
agriculture expect to get an answer today on their offer to give up a
quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory
cutbacks. Regulators with the state Water Resources Control Board have
promised a decision soon on the proposal. For the first time since a 1977
drought, California regulators are warning of cutbacks for senior water-rights
holders whose claims date back a century or more.