Mason City man’s request for post-conviction relief on sexual abuse charge denied by Iowa Court of Appeals

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man sentenced to life in prison on a sexual abuse charge has lost an appeal of his request for post-conviction relief. 65-year-old Warren Purvis was convicted by a Cerro Gordo County jury in 2013 of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class A felony with a mandatory life in prison term, as well as willful injury and domestic abuse by strangulation after a December 2012 attack on his ex-girlfriend at her home in the 600 block of South Pierce Avenue. Purvis had filed for post-conviction relief, stating that his trial counsel was ineffective. The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed the district court’s decision denying post-conviction relief. The Court of Appeals says Purvis failed to prove that trial counsel did not perform an essential duty or that he suffered constitutional prejudice because counsel did not obtain the services of an expert and that counsel declined to strike a juror who knew the victim.last_img read more

Shinkwin eyes England spot with impressive Hog victory

first_img23 Apr 2012 Shinkwin eyes England spot with impressive Hog victory Hampshire Hog 136 C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 68 68 139 M Young (Brokenhurst Manor) 68 71, J Titlow (Knole Park) 68 71 140 M Wallace (Moor Park) 66 74, G Samuels (Leighton Buzzard) 68 72, J Bartlett (Worthing) 65 75 Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) boosted his chance of a call-up for next month’s international with France with an impressive victory in the Hampshire Hog at a showery and chilly North Hants yesterday. Two rounds of two-under-par 68 earned the 18 year old a three-stroke winning margin over Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Jerome Titlow (Knole Park, Kent). Watched by England selectors, Shinkwin, who opted to miss the previous day’s Selborne Salver – won by England boys’ squad member Matt Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) – said: “This win sets up a lot of opportunities for me. My aim is next year’s Walker Cup so hopefully a full England place is a possibility.” On the eve of jetting out to Spain for a week’s coaching with the rest of the England ‘A’ squad, Shinkwin found himself three strokes off the halfway lead, held by Jack Bartlett (Worthing, Sussex), after his opening 68. But as the weather deteriorated in the afternoon with showers moving in so the scores increased, apart from Shinkwin’s. His second 68, the only sub-par return of the round, left him out of touch for the rest of the field as he signed for four birdies and two bogeys. “I didn’t find the conditions more difficult after lunch,” he added. “The only problem was continually putting on and removing waterproofs. “But I’ve been playing solid all year. This is a superb course but I didn’t hole many putts today but I hit a lot of greens. “It’s great to win this title and to have my name up there with so many famous winners such as Michael Bonallack, Peter McEvoy, Gary Wolstenholme and Justin Rose.” While Shinkwin kept his form in the afternoon, the early leaders lost ground. Bartlett followed up his 65 with 75, while Matt Wallace (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) and Gavin Samuels (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire) added 74s to their opening 66s, all three finishing equal fourth. But Bartlett, winner of the Berkhamsted Trophy three weeks earlier, had to consolation of lifting the Hampshire Salver for the best aggregate over the Selborne Salver and the Hog. He finished tied on 278 with Fitzpatrick but won on countback for his 140 at the Hog against Fitzpatrick’s 145. However, the Yorkshire teenager began the weekend by winning the Selborne Salver at Blackmoor with a 36-hole tally of 133 after a superb opening 63. He finished a shot ahead of ‘A’ squad member Jonathan Bell (Royal Blackheath, Kent) and Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire). Leading final scores Selborne Salver 133 M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 63 70 134 J Bell (Royal Blackheath) 67 67, P Howard (Southport & Ainsdale) 66 68 136 P Tarver Jones (Worthing) 64 72 Hampshire Salver 278 J Bartlett (Worthing) 138, 140; M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 133 145 (Bartlett won on countback)last_img read more

AH Tree Planting Honors Memory of Paul Boyd

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The borough honored the memory of environmentalist-historian Paul Boyd on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the planting of a tree in the Municipal Yacht Harbor.Shade Tree Commission Chairman Louise I. Donoghue presided over the ceremony that drew over 50 residents atthe base of the Colorado Blue Spruce planted at the entrance of the marina. A plaque in Boyd’s honor will installed at a later date.Among those speaking during the ceremony were formerMayor Peter E. Donoghue, borough Historical Society PresidentJoann Dellosso, Richard and Carolyn Campo Marcolus, Boyd’sfriend Victor Zak and Benson Chiles, representing the FrontPorch Club, who presented a check for $500 toward the purchase of the tree.The tree purchase was financed jointly by the Shade Tree Commission and the Front Porch Club, which applied funds from its annual Chilifest to the project.The planting is part of a commission program to honor local residents, past or present, for their efforts on behalf of the community.Boyd, who died earlier this year, was a long-time activist in the Historical Society, helping secure funding to refurbish the society’s museum, the Strauss Mansion, and he was society president at the time of his death.He was a founder and long-time chairman of the borough’s Environmental Commission and played a major role in the establishment of the town’s Lenape Woods Preserve and Monmouth County’s Popomora Park. Boyd also worked to acquire the financing to complete the Bayshore Trail. He also repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to a greener borough by orchestrating Earth Day observations and beach cleanups.Boyd also successfully documented the borough’s historic past, as author of his 2004 the book “Atlantic Highlands: From Lenape Camps to Bayshore Towns.”last_img read more

Bask Magazine features History of Santa Anita

first_imgThe luxurious magazine titled, Bask, recently featured Santa Anita Park saying, “Few places in Southern California lore are as storied as Santa Anita Park, the premier racetrack in Arcadia with as much pedigree as the champion thoroughbreds that have famously run its course–and the Hollywood honchos who marked its heyday.” The article goes on to talk about the history of the park and the legendary moments that occurred here such as turning into an Army training center during World War II.  Here is the cover and the article.Via BaskMagazine.comlast_img read more