Land Disputes Shake Rock Town, Little Webbo

first_imgMaryland County Superintendent, Madam Betsy T. Kouh –Toe, has confirmed the occurence of land disputes between residents of Rock Town and Little Webbo in Maryland County. It is a situation that is brewing tension especially during this farming season, Madam Toe said.Supt. Toe told the Daily Observer in Harper City on Tuesday, June 7 that the renewed tension began over a parcel of farmland, which residents of both the towns are claiming ownership of.She said one of the claimants had earlier brushed the area, but shortly after that, another opposing group also laid claim to the same land and set fire to it.“The two parties representing each of the rival towns are claiming ownership for being the first to have engaged the farmland,” Supt. Toe said.She said the latest tension is not as grave as it was a few years ago where life was lost. She said the county administration has found a way to calm the situation and bring it to its final settlement.According to Supt Toe, a similar land dispute erupted recently in the Senoken Community around Pleebo, a commercial hub of the county, where two neighboring towns were claiming the same parcel of land that falls in their boundary.She said the County Administration has meanwhile ‘peacefully’ resolved the situation.Despite government’s intervention, the Daily Observer has obtained credible information that the situation is far from over even though residents of the area have long lived together.Also, this newspaper established that Rock Town was the first to settle in the area before the coming of Little Webbo, whose inhabitants were reportedly allowed by Rock Town residents to cohabitate with them in peace based on good neighborliness.Nevertheless, due to present population growth, citizens of Rock Town have reportedly become uneasy of Little Webbo’s continued presence as well as their cultivating on what Rock Town considers as their ancestral land.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecution lays out Spector murder case in opening statement

first_imgAn actress shot to death at Phil Spector’s hilltop castle was the last of several women victimized by the legendary music producer in a decades-long series of alcohol-fueled confrontations, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday as they began hearing the murder case. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson’s opening statement made it clear the case against Spector in the death of Lana Clarkson will rely heavily on the testimony of other women dating to the 1970s. Jackson outlined what he called a pattern of behavior in which Spector would become exceedingly drunk, take a woman to one of his residences, refuse to let her leave and then threaten her with a gun when she refused to stay. He said Spector is someone “who, when he’s confronted with the right circumstances, when he’s confronted with the right situations, turns sinister and deadly.” “The evidence is going to paint a picture of a man who on February 3, 2003, put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson’s mouth – inside her mouth – and shot her to death,” Jackson told the nine-man, three-woman jury. The prosecutor showed a photograph of Clarkson slumped in a chair, her face covered with blood. Spector listened glumly during the televised proceeding as the prosecution laid out the murder case against him. His attorneys were to present their opening remarks later. Spector, 67, whose “Wall of Sound” transformed rock `n’ roll in the 1960s, lives in a rambling castle-like mansion in suburban Alhambra. It was there that he took Clarkson, who wound up dead in the foyer with a gunshot through her mouth. Jackson told the jury that Spector had gone out on the town for an evening with female friends and had many drinks at a series of restaurants before arriving at the House of Blues, where he met Clarkson, 40, who was working in the club’s elite Foundation Room. She had a role in the Roger Corman 1980s cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Spector, wearing a taupe suit with a long coat and purple shirt, appeared particularly downcast when a 911 call from his chauffeur was played. It showed that the operator could not figure out who the person was who had reportedly killed someone, mispronouncing his name several times. The prosecutor highlighted Spector’s faded glory by noting that Clarkson did not recognize Spector, tried to keep him out of the Foundation Room and may have at first thought he was a woman. “Phil Spector recited the mantra of the rich and famous: `Do you know who I am? I’m Phil Spector,”‘ Jackson said. But it was not until a supervisor told Clarkson to “treat him like gold” that she knew he was a celebrity, he said. When the bar closed, Spector had to persuade her to come home with him for one drink, he said. The prosecutor presented video surveillance footage from a House of Blues camera that showed Clarkson leaving with Spector. “She was found dead two hours and 55 minutes later,” he said. A chauffeur who drove the pair to Spector’s mansion has told of hearing a gunshot and seeing Spector emerge from the house holding a gun and declaring, “I think I killed somebody.” Spector later said he believed the shooting was an “accidental suicide” by Clarkson. “Lana Clarkson was the last of a long line of women victimized by Phillip Spector over the years,” the prosecutor said. He described four women he said the jury will hear from, including a personal manager for Joan Rivers, a professional photographer of rock stars, a personal assistant who worked for Spector and a woman Spector dated. It took about eight months for authorities to charge Spector with murder. They are proceeding on a theory of “implied malice,” alleging he did not intend to kill Clarkson but caused her death by reckless behavior and taking an extreme risk. If convicted of second-degree murder, he could face 15 years to life in prison.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img