first_imgBoyle chucked a fire grate through the window of the houseA MAN with 165 previous convictions who caused €3,500 to a house has been given another chance by a judge.Brendan Boyle, who is 50, is already serving a prison sentence in Castlerea. He is due for release this October. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Boyle trashed a house he was renting in Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny on the afternoon of Sunday, October 1, last year, just days after being told by his landlord to quit the premises.He threw a fire grate through a front window and then began to demolish kitchen cabinets.  The front door had been taken off its hinges.Gardaí arrived after a neighbour reported the disturbance.The court was told the father of four had struggled with alcohol addiction through his life and all or most of his previous convictions were drink-related.He is an expert carpenter and had been using his time in prison to make model toys from wood. The court he wanted to start a new life when he is released from prison in October.Judge John O’Hagan said what he was going to do with Boyle was “a little bit unusual”.Addressing the defendant, who faced criminal damage charges, the judge told him: “I am going to give you a chance.”He ordered that Boyle should be released from his current sentence as planned in October and ordered him to do 150 hours of community service upon is release.Boyle said: “Thank you judge, thank you.”MAN WITH 165 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS ‘GIVEN A CHANCE’ OVER €3,500 HOUSE DAMAGE was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan Boylecriminal damageletterkennylast_img read more

Big win no matter how you slice it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Dons (3-1) won the game in the first overtime period on Brandon Johnson’s 2-yard TD run and Hilton Dawson’s 2-point conversion after a Poly penalty. Poly scored a touchdown of its own in OT on a 40-yard pass from Gabriel Thomas to Terrence Austin. But Ellis Anderson was stopped in the backfield on the Jackrabbits’ 2-point try, and Dominguez’s celebration ensued. “That was a no-brainer,” Donerson said of going for two points after Poly (2-2) was called for encroachment as the Dons lined up for a 1-point try. “At the 1 ½-yard line, we had to go for it.” Donerson said the Dons’ victory over Ayala in the 1996 CIF Division II title game was the biggest in program history. “That was the game,” he said. But Friday’s was pretty special, too. Dominguez High coach Willie Donerson claimed Friday night’s overtime victory over Poly wasn’t the biggest in the school’s history. “Not close,” the Dons’ longtime mentor said. It was, however, the biggest victory any of his current players have ever been part of. “This is the biggest game of my life,” senior quarterback Marvin Johnson said of Dominguez’s 39-37 thriller over the Jackrabbits at Veterans Stadium. “To be able to beat Poly … it’s the biggest game of my life. I’m speechless.” center_img “We knew we had the kids to play with (Poly),” Donerson said. Poly forced OT when Anderson scored on a 6-yard run with just 1:42 left in the game. Poly began that drive with 2:58 remaining at its own 33. Anderson had runs of 13 and 3 yards and Thomas connected with Austin for a 37-yard pass to set up Anderson’s TD. Dominguez trailed 24-21 at halftime but took advantage of four second-half Poly turnovers to take the lead. Marvin Johnson found Elijah Wesson for a 13-yard touchdown with 5:09 left in the third for a 28-24 lead and Juan Soto’s 35-yard field goal rebounded off the left upright and through to give the Dons a 31-24 edge. “Too many turnovers,” said Poly coach Raul Lara. “You can’t turn the ball over that many times. We had many opportunities to win this game.” Marvin Johnson ran for two TDs and threw to Wesson for two more. He also had an interception off Poly starting quarterback Millicent Olawale in the third. Poly’s loss was its first to an area team since a Moore League setback against Jordan in 1994. David Felton can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fatah enters talks with break-aways

first_img Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called the resolution unacceptable and accused the U.S. government of having a different standard for the Palestinian election than for the recent Iraqi election. “I haven’t heard any American official speak about those who have guns and those who don’t have guns in Iraq even though there are more guns in Iraq than in the whole region (here),” Erekat said. Hamas said the United States and Israel should stay out of internal Palestinian politics. “We consider the latest positions in the U.S. and in Israel against Hamas part of a systematic campaign against the Palestinian people’s choice. Such statements aim to block the way to Hamas’ participation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. Hamas has gained popularity through its welfare work and attacks against Israel. Its electoral success also reflects a growing view among Palestinians that Fatah is riddled with corruption and incapable of bringing law and order to the Palestinian streets. Also Saturday, an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed a militant as he returned from firing homemade rockets into Israel, according to Palestinian security officials and militant leaders. Three people were wounded in the blast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Barghouti routinely meets with political allies and family members in prison. The Fatah infighting already has given a lift to Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction and has carried out scores of deadly attacks over the past decade. The Islamic group won sweeping victories in key West Bank municipalities during local elections Thursday, the final electoral test before the Jan. 25 parliamentary vote. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Saturday that Abbas should bar Hamas from the election. “A victory for Hamas would turn the territories into Hamastan and (create) a situation in which none of us want to be,” Shalom told Israel Radio. “Today is the time to make the tough decision, the strategic decision, to dismantle the terror infrastructure and go to elections with the intent of afterward going to peace with Israel.” The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday warning the Palestinian Authority that it risks losing U.S. financial aid and other support if it lets Hamas participate in the election. The United States includes Hamas on its list of terror organizations. JERUSALEM – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party held urgent talks Saturday with a breakaway faction of young activists in hopes of reuniting the party and boosting its chances of defeating Hamas in January parliamentary elections. The faction split from Fatah on Wednesday and formed the Future movement after Abbas, ignoring the results of party primaries dominated by the young guard, announced a parliamentary slate filled with corruption-tainted old-timers. Abbas sent an envoy to Future’s leader, Marwan Barghouti, to request that the sides merge their party slates and officials from both groups met Saturday to try to work out a deal, Fatah and Future officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive negotiations. A resolution to the rift was not expected for several days because any agreement would have to be approved by Barghouti, who is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in attacks that killed four Israelis and a Greek monk. Palestinian parties have until the end of December to present their final election lists. last_img read more