Monitored predator may be set entirely free.
Judge warns he’ll release him outright if no community accepts his presence.
By Suzanne Bohan — Sacramento Bee Correspondent
Published 2:15 a.m. PST Monday, February 16, 2004
Even with state officials house-hunting for him, Cary Verse, a four-time convicted violent sexual offender, can’t find a place to call home. Wherever the 33-year-old ex-convict unpacks his bags, he has become virulently unpopular.
He has been rejected by landlords in Contra Costa and Marin counties. The manager of the residential hotel where Verse now lives in Oakland wants his new tenant out, a sentiment backed by Oakland city officials.
“We already lack the resources to monitor those high-risk sex offenders who are rightly placed in Oakland,” said Police Chief Richard Word. “Oakland doesn’t need any more.”
‘Disruptive’ firefighter suspended without pay The Pinellas Park district chief recommends firing the firefighter, who claims religious discrimination.
By ANNE LINDBERG
St. Petersburg Times, published June 25, 2000
PINELLAS PARK — A firefighter who was twice disciplined for sleeping through alarms and has claimed that his co-workers are biased against his religion has been suspended without pay and asked to explain why he should not be fired.
Barac Wimberly, 28, was suspended without pay Thursday after fire officials said his job performance was substandard and had declined after he had been warned many times that he needed to improve. Wimberly earns $29,382 a year.
“I believe termination is the right course of action,” Pinellas Park district chief Art Winquist, who oversees Wimberly’s shift, wrote in a memo Thursday recommending the firing.
“Although he has attended training classes, firefighter Wimberly has worked unsuccessfully for a number of supervisors and has consistently demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to perform up to expectations,” Winquist wrote.
“Additionally, his performance and conduct are becoming increasingly disruptive to the department.”
The Guardian – UK – Thursday January 20, 2000
Reported By Helen Carter
A Jehovah’s Witness died after she refused to have a blood transfusion which would have saved her life, because it was against her religious beliefs.
Beverley Matthews, 33, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was suffering from toxic shock syndrome when she was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with chronic sickness and diarrhoea last November.
She failed to respond to antibiotics and her condition deteriorated rapidly. Hospital consultants told her that she would have a 30% chance of survival if she had a blood transfusion, but she and her family refused. Mrs Matthews died several hours later.