White Plains in the News: Bonistall Murder Trial, MoveOn.org Protest, DA May Press Charges Against Assistance Police Chief

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  • According to The Journal News, James E. Cooke Jr. told a judge Thursday that he no longer wanted to be in court to watch his trail, after the judge ruled that he could no longer act as his own attorney. The 41-year-old is accused of raping and murdering White Plains resident Lindsey Bonistall, while she was a sophmore at the University of Delaware. Click here to read the whole story.
  • The local chapter of MoveOn.org held a demonstration in front of Thursday asking that President Barack Obama to fire Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Ed DeMarco and hire a new director to oversea Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help struggling homeowers. Check out the story and pictures in The Daily White Plains here
  • Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. wants murder charges brought in the death of his father who was shot by White Plains police in his S. Lexington Avenue apartment in November, The Journal News reports. The family of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine, say police shouted racial slurs at Chamberlain before he was shot. Civil rights lawyer Randolph McLaughlin said that a stun gun video shows Chamberlain standing with his hands at his side after police broke down the door, and that an officer ordered that the video be turned off before Chamberlain was shot. Police said that Chamberlain attacked officers with a hatchet and knife. Read the full story in The Journal News here.
  • The Daily White Plains reports that the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office could possibly file charges against White Plains Assistant Police Chief Anne Fitzsimmons who is accused of throwing a chair at an officer and injuring him. Read that story here
  • Students from White Plains Middle School and the Shanghai East Experimental School in China learned from each other and shared each other cultures this week when the Shanghai students visited the , according to The Daily White Plains. The school principals also exchanged gifts: a “love crystal” made by Shanghai students from butterfly wings and a school flad and a crystal clock with a specially made bag filled with chocolates. Get the full story in The Daily White Plains here.

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