Versailles, In. — Greensburg resident Richard Campos, 41, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a drunk driving crash that killed Hubert Brown, 65, of Harrison, Ohio.Court documents say Campos had a blood alcohol level of .289 when he struck the rear of a tractor Brown was driving on State Road 350 near Delaware. Investigators say Campos at over 80-miles-per-hour when the collision occurred.At the sentencing hearing, Ripley County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker argued that there were numerous factors that warranted a maximum sentence of 32 years. He argued Campos’ significant criminal history, including convictions for two prior OWI’s, amongst many other felony and misdemeanor convictions, the egregious nature of this crime with such a high rate of speed and alcohol level, the age of the victim, and Campos’ history of probation violations should result in the maximum sentence. Campos’ defense counsel, John Kellerman, argued that Campos’ remorse for his actions and his plea of guilty should be taken into consideration. After hearing the evidence and argument of the parties, the Court agreed with the State’s argument, also citing the substantial impact this crime had on the victim’s family, and sentenced Campos to 12 years on the OWI Causing Death and an additional 18 years on the Habitual Offender Enhancement for an aggregate sentence of 30 years.Shane Tucker said, “While no sentence will ever bring Mr. Brown back to his family, I believe justice was served in this case. The Defendant’s senseless and selfish decisions led to the death of a husband, father, and friend and that should warrant an aggravated sentence.” Tucker also wanted to complement the Indiana State Police for their thorough and complete investigation.For at least 20 years Brown served as the Whitewater Township trustee.
After starting the entire season last fall, it seemed generally accepted that Joel Stave would retain his starting quarterback position next season for the Wisconsin football team. Although that might be the logical expectation, that’s not to say that Stave’s job is anywhere near safe. Among those gunning for the starting job is redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy.McEvoy is one of four quarterbacks seeing decent time so far this spring besides Stave, early enrollee DJ Gillins and junior Bart Houston.Although the four quarterbacks may be showcasing their quarterbacking abilities during spring practice, they are also demonstrating their leadership abilities in controlling the offense and commanding the huddle as senior offensive lineman Rob Havenstein explained.“They all know how to get the offense running. It does start with the quarterback. It is his huddle. I like to chime in there every now and then but at the end of the day what he says goes. If I say something, he might kind of brush it off. But if he says something, the whole offense has got to do something,” Havenstein said.The three other quarterbacks have had fairly direct paths to Wisconsin, but McEvoy has taken the route much less traveled. He started his journey off at South Carolina in 2011 and after spending his freshman season and the subsequent spring with the Gamecocks, he elected to transfer to Arizona Western Community College. McEvoy spent a season at Arizona Western and then last spring decided to transfer again to come to Wisconsin after getting recruited by then-new head coach Gary Andersen.After being unable to make it to Wisconsin until the summer, McEvoy was hampered in his ability to become acclimated to the program before jumping headfirst into the quarterback competition during fall camp.“In the summer, it’s a new school transferring in. Obviously, anyone has that kind of [nervous] feeling, but I wouldn’t blame it on that. I didn’t feel that uncomfortable when I was here when I first got here at all. That’s why I came here. It’s an easy group of guys to get along with,” McEvoy said.When Stave earned the starting spot in fall camp last season, McEvoy continued to practice at quarterback during the beginning weeks of the season. Then misfortune struck when McEvoy injured his wrist, adding another obstacle to his path. Unable to take snaps, McEvoy got bumped to wide receiver and saw time in the first game of the season against Massachusetts at wide out.After the results came back from the x-ray on his wrist, McEvoy underwent surgery to repair it and ended up sitting out for several weeks waiting to heal. In the meantime though, McEvoy path again turned as he was asked if we wanted to try safety. After obliging, just weeks later he found himself playing safety at Ohio Stadium against the Buckeyes, certainly not where anyone expected to see him when he originally committed.McEvoy finished the season off at safety, but the whole time knew that come this spring he would be back in the mix for the quarterback job.In just under a year since Wisconsin, those around McEvoy, including Havenstein, have seen some major growth, which should benefit him in the quarterback race.“He’s got a lot more confidence back there calling the play like he means it like he’s been doing it 15 years calling that same play,” he said.“I think he’s got a great understanding of the playbook, the checks and what not. He’s really commanded it so far and kind of getting little details, ins and outs, the niches of the offense and I think it’s helping him out tremendously. He can walk up, make protection checks, get us in the right spot to be able to get him the better throw and if they’re bringing pressure, if we can pick it up, our guys on the outside, Tanner has the ability to get there on time and on point. That creates big plays.”After playing safety most of last season, McEvoy hasn’t had much time to practice with the quarterbacks and didn’t really get a chance to practice with them until the end of the season. But simply being around the Badger program for almost a year now has allowed McEvoy the opportunity to become increasingly familiar with the subtleties of the program and, more importantly, the play book.The confidence Havenstein discussed plays off being around the program for a longer period of time and has contributed into how McEvoy has performed so far this spring, according to offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.“When he came to us in June last year everything was new going into the whole program for the first time. He started back at quarterback during the bowl preparation period. He was much more relaxed and comfortable in what he was doing and it’s paying off for all of us right now,” Ludwig said.Plenty of time still stands between now and the start of next season, but having the opportunity to participate in spring practice this season gives McEvoy a head start he didn’t have the luxury of this time last year.That factors, coupled with having a year under his belt with Wisconsin, should give the quarterback heralded for his dual threat potential coming into the program last year a quality shot at the starting position come next fall. Only time will tell what the future holds and what path his football career will take next.“All four guys are putting their best foot forward and that’s only going to make us better as a team. One guy steps up and makes a big throw, the rest of them want to step up and make a bigger throw or two bigger throws. It’s really going to help us out in the end,” Havenstein said.
Coach of Ghana’s Under-23 male football team Malik Jabir has expressed confidence that his side will qualify for the 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo Brazzaville ahead of the Mozambicans.The Meteors will host the Southern African side in a decisive final round qualifying match for the quadrennial multiple sports showpiece on Sunday at the Tamale stadium.The Meteors, who won the 2011 edition of the AAG, are hoping to overturn the 0-1 loss they suffered in Maputo in the first leg three weeks ago.Jabir said the addition of new faces will put the team in good stead to overpower their Mozambican opposition.“We quite understand that the encounter is a winner takes all clash as well as automatic ticket to the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville so we’re not leaving any stone unturned to ensure we secure a place for the games. “If the Mozambicans could beat us at their home we can as well beat them here and qualify. “The Mozambicans were defensive throughout the duration of the clash in Maputo over here in Ghana the pattern will change as they’re most likely open up aimed at clinching a victory.“I think that will give us the opportunity to pull the killer punch to secure the crucial win as well as ticket for the All Africa Games.“It’s going to be a difficult match but I know for certain that we’ll triumph at the end of the day,” said the former Black Stars Player.A two nil score line in Tamale will be adequate to hand the Meteors the ticket to the football event of the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville later in the year.– Follow Tony on Twitter: @tonybebli
State Roundup: Calif. Lawmakers Push For Health Plan For Immigrants In U.S. Illegally This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Texas, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.Los Angeles Times: Boston Bombing Amputees Face Tough, Costly RecoveryFor many of the injured, even those who have health insurance, the process may also be costly. Health insurance plans often restrict coverage for therapy and prosthetics. But a decade of wars has helped fuel breakthroughs that could help many Boston victims — including those with amputated limbs — live full, active lives (Levey, 4/21).Sacramento Bee: Some California Leaders Want Low-Cost Health Care For Undocumented Immigrants About a million of California’s poorest undocumented immigrants would have access to basic low-cost health care under a plan being pushed at the Capitol. President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul excludes undocumented immigrants, but some California leaders want to fill that gap by offering a safety net of primary and preventive care that does not consider immigration status. The county-run program would give undocumented immigrants – and legal residents who can’t afford health insurance but don’t qualify for Medi-Cal – the ongoing opportunity to see a doctor, get tested and receive treatment before minor health problems become severe (Sanders, 4/19). The Associated Press: Bill Allows Refusal Of Health Care On Moral BasisFor 35 years, Michigan law has protected health care providers who refuse to perform an abortion on moral or religious grounds. … Legislation that could be voted on as early as this week in the Republican-led Legislature would extend the same legal protections for any medical service such as providing contraception or medical marijuana, or taking someone off life support. Employers and health insurers — not just medical providers — also could opt out of paying for services as a matter of conscience (Eggert, 4/21).The Texas Tribune/New York Times: Optometrists Seek Negotiating Power With InsurersA group of Texas optometrists is lobbying the State Legislature for more power to negotiate contracts with health insurance companies, and the measure they are supporting could hit consumers’ wallets, some business advocates say (Aaronson, 4/20).The New York Times: California Tries To Regain Fuller Control Of PrisonsIn 1995, a federal court appointed a special master to carry out reforms in mental health care [at California’s prison system], which it found inadequate at the time and in violation of the Constitution. The court ruled this month that the federal overseer was necessary to remedy continuing constitutional violations behind problems like the high suicide rate. The state is arguing that mental health care meets or exceeds constitutional standards. It is spending $400 million a year on mental health care in its prisons, and a dozen new facilities valued at a total of $1.2 billion have been built in the past three years or are under construction (Onishi, 4/20).The Washington Post: Chartered Could Owe D.C. Health Providers $85 MillionThe city’s doctors, clinics and hospitals could be owed a combined $85 million from the soon-to-be-defunct D.C. Chartered Health Plan, and it remains unclear how the once-dominant city health contractor will be able to pay the vast majority of those claims. … The $85 million figure, which is about double previous estimates of Chartered’s potential liabilities to providers, represents about $60 million in Medicaid claims that have been incurred but have yet to be paid. An additional $25 million could be owed to providers due to litigation — likely related to a pending battle between Chartered and the MedStar hospital chain (DeBonis, 4/19).The Washington Post: Problems At Pa. Abortion Clinic Point To Lack Of Facilities OversightThere was no shortage of red flags about what was allegedly going on in the three-story brick building on a bustling stretch of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. A routine inspection of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic had turned up problems as early as 1989, according to official reports. … The case has captivated and repulsed a nation where back-alley abortion clinics have become a rarity since 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion. The catalogue of horrors delineated by prosecutors has raised questions about whether there is adequate inspection and regulation of the 1,800 facilities nationwide that provide abortions (Dennis and Somashekhar, 4/20).Boston Globe: New Spaulding Hospital Is Rehab RethoughtDavid Estrada, paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident 18 years ago, remembers well his miserable three months in a rehabilitation hospital room he shared with three other patients. That experience inspired him to help others with disabilities, which is why Estrada stopped short as he rolled his wheelchair through the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown during its construction last winter. He’d heard there was a panoramic water view from the hospital’s third-floor gymnasium, but he was not seeing it. The sills blocked the view of anyone in a wheelchair. … Estrada’s observation prompted the lowering of the sills. Price tag for the redo: $300,000 (Lazar, 4/22).Modern Healthcare: HCA To Grow Presence In Behavioral Health, Official SaysHCA, the Nashville-based hospital giant, is building its presence in the behavioral health space at a time when the field is poised to grow. The publicly traded company has been a “re-start-up” in the sector since late 2009, said Terry Bridges, president of behavioral health care services, who spoke at an Avondale Partners’ behavioral health conference this week in Nashville. Bridges joined HCA that year from Psychiatric Solutions, where he was co-chief operating officer. Universal Health Solutions bought Psychiatric Solutions in 2010, and Bridges’ arrival at HCA was seen as sign that it planned to boost its own mental health services (Kutscher, 4/19).California Healthline: Attorney: Decision Overdue In Suit Challenging Medi-Cal Disabled CutsA federal judge is “about to decide” a case with large ramifications for the developmentally disabled community. William McLaughlin, an attorney representing The Arc of California, a national disabled-rights group, said a final ruling from U.S. District Court judge Morrison England is coming “any time now.” In a Jan. 24 hearing, McLaughlin argued for a preliminary injunction to halt the rate reductions. He contends a decision is overdue (Gorn, 4/19).