September 21

Wilshere: Cigarette was a mistake

first_img England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will not talk to Wilshere about the smoking incident and has also backed the player to star for his country if he is selected for the crucial World Cup qualifying double-header against Poland and Montenegro in the next week. “I trust Arsene to deal with that situation,” he said. “He will make it clear, I’m sure, to Jack what his responsibilities are. I’ve had no problems of that nature with Jack, so I don’t need to involve myself in it. “Jack’s an Arsenal player who also plays for England. If Arsene thinks it’s also good for me to have a word with Jack I’ll be more than happy to do so but, as far as I’m concerned, it’s Arsenal’s responsibility. “I believe in him, I think he’s a very good player, and I’m hoping that he’ll turn up on Monday fully fit to play and then it’ll be up to me to decide whether I want to put him in the starting line-up.” Press Association The 21-year-old was photographed smoking outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Napoli, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger later criticising the England international. Despite the incident Wilshere was recalled to Wenger’s starting line-up for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, scoring the equalising goal which took Arsenal back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted he made a mistake by smoking a cigarette but has insisted he will never be drawn in to it again in future. Wilshere’s 63rd-minute strike was his first league goal in almost three years and he feels he vindicated Wenger’s faith in his ability after a week in which he was asked to explain his actions to the Frenchman. “Players make mistakes,” he told Arsenal Player. “I am not a smoker. I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him and we sorted it out. “He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last (cigarette).” Wenger had said ahead of the weekend’s meeting at the Hawthorns that he “disagreed completely” with Wilshere’s behaviour but was pleased with how the player answered his critics. “He is an honest guy and when he is wrong he knows it,” Wenger said of his midfielder. “I think today the players don’t get away with anything. We got away with it a bit more but they know that’s the rules of the modern game. “They have to deal with it and I think he learns very quickly. What is more interesting for him and for Arsenal is that he shows the right response on the pitch.” last_img read more

September 20

Memphis Man Arrested in West Palm Beach for Sex Trafficking

first_imgA Memphis man was arrested in West Palm Beach early Saturday for alleged human trafficking.Last Friday, detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to the LaQuinta Hotel on Okeechobee Blvd. in regard to a human trafficking complaint.Upon arrival, detectives discovered that an 18-year-old woman was being held against her will.They determined soon afterward that the suspect, 30-year-old Derrion Kirby, had traveled through several states with at least two female victims, arranging sexual encounters and then taking all the money.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeKirby would allegedly threaten violence and withhold the victims’ documents as a means of controlling them.Derrion Kirby was ultimately charged with two counts of sex trafficking, as well as two counts of deriving proceeds of prostitution.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday, and was scheduled to make his first appearance in front of a Palm Beach County judge on Sunday morning.last_img read more

August 14

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

first_imgBarbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher for several years. After marriage, she became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president, a Sunday School teacher, and was also the church pianist for nearly 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husband Chuck Riggs of the home; three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; and two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.last_img read more