Marcum got into an argument with a teacher over his “Protect Your Rights” NRA shirt at Logan Middle School in April. He was arrested for disturbing the education process and for obstructing an officer — the latter, according to court documents obtained by WOWK, because Marcum refused to stop talking, thus hindering the arresting officer from doing his job.
After Marcum was suspended from school, he returned to class wearing the exact same shirt, as did other students in a show of solidarity.
“Every aspect of this is just totally wrong,” Marcum’s father, Allen Lardieri told WOWK. ”He has no background of anything criminal, up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.”
The family’s attorney, Ben White, said there no mention in the arresting officer’s petition of Marcum making any threats or acting violently.
“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” White said.
White is seeking to have the charges against Marcum dismissed. The teen is due back in court on July 11.
LONDON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring that's on display in the Kremlin, but says he's ready to buy him another ring as a gift.
Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel last Thursday.
"I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said, as quoted by the Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.
But the Post story quoted Kraft as saying at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala that he had an "emotional tie to the ring" and wanted it back, but the White House intervened and said it would be in the interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift.
Putin arrived in London on Sunday to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, was asked about the Post story.
The city expects to owe the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about $2 million because of money spent on activities that were ineligible for federal Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funding. That, says City Manager Mike O'Brien, is what an initial draft audit shows. The final report is expected by mid-July.
The news comes several months after HUD findings that five nonprofits, including four Community Development Corporations (CDC), had spent some of the grant money allocated to it by the city over a three-year period for purposes that did not qualify under federal guidelines. The agencies in question were the Main South CDC, Oak Hill CDC, Worcester Common Ground Inc. (WCG), Worcester East Side CDC and Worcester Community Housing Resources Inc. (WCHR). The questionable spending occurred in fiscal 2010, 2011 and 2012, more commonly referred to as years 35, 36 and 37. Before the draft audit, officials had estimated the city could owe as much as $3.8 million.
In a memo to city councilors, O'Brien points out the city has already taken several steps to change its management of CDBG programs and to ensure local organizations comply with HUD regulations.
"Please note that ineligible does not mean misappropriated, but that the funded activity did not demonstrate with appropriate documentation that a HUD national objective was accomplished within the contract year and therefore must be repaid," O'Brien says.