A teacher at St. Mary’s Bay View Academy, Lee Mogavero, 46, of 9 Paquin Drive in Barrington, was charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault at a pizza restaurant he owns in Cranston. According to the Providence Journal, Special Victims Unit detectives in the Cranston Police Department received two separate complaints Tuesday from two female employees at the restaurant, a current and former student at the school where he teaches. Both alleged that Mogavero “engaged in a pattern of behavior of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching,” over the past few months, according to the police department’s news release. Detectives have contacted administrators at the school to see if there are other victims. Mogavero was arraigned Wednesday in Third District Court in Warwick.
Martin Shkreli, chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, has been called to appear before the Senate about his price-gouging scheme that raised the price of Daraprim, a drug often prescribed to people that are HIV-positive or as an antimalarial, from $13.50 a pill to $750. Concerns were expressed that Turing’s actions had contributed to the rising cost of health care for all Americans by hundreds of millions of dollars, mainly for the elderly. “Some of the recent actions we’ve seen in the pharmaceutical industry—with corporate acquisitions followed by dramatic increases in the prices of pre-existing drugs—have looked like little more than price gouging,” said Claire McCaskill, one of two senators that summoned Shkreli. The initial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9.
Authorities on Wednesday said that Fox Lake, Illinois, Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, died in a suicide after he staged his death in what looked to be a murder. Gliniewicz ran the local Explorers program, which gave youths exposure to policing practices, and had been stealing more than five figures in dollar amounts over the years from the program for personal use including mortgage payments, travel and adult websites, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko. The investigation began on Sept. 1 with hundreds of officers and police dogs searching for nonexistent suspects. Gliniewicz’s funeral was attended by thousands and many viewed his death as a result of growing tensions between police and the communities.
Last Wednesday, British and U.S. officials said they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been brought down by a bomb. Great Britain said it was suspending flights to and from the Sinai Peninsula until further notice. An anonymous U.S. official said the Islamic State claimed to have planted an explosive device on the plane. Though the CIA and other intelligence agencies are still analyzing forensic evidence, analysts do not believe the operation was ordered by Islamic State leaders in Raqqa, Syria. However, they believe that if it was a bomb, it was planned and executed by the Islamic State’s affiliate in the Sinai, which operates independently from other ISIS organizations.
The Mexican Supreme Court began talks about the legalization of marijuana to combat the nation’s strict substance abuse laws. The vote by the court’s criminal chamber suggested that individuals should have the right to grow and sell marijuana for their own personal use. Many Latin American leaders have called for change. And Mexico is now joining the cause with great influence from the United States, which has enacted legalization and less strict marijuana laws around the country over the last few years. Mexico opted not to primarily focus on cartels, but instead on the human rights laws that should allow an individual to engage in activities that do not harm others.