Robert Thirsk High School closes due to frozen pipes

Students at Robert Thirsk High School in the city’s northwest were sent home Tuesday afternoon after a problem with frozen water lines.

Officials with the Calgary Board of Education said they will send out a notice to all parents by 6 a.m. Wednesday to confirm whether the school can re-open or not.

While most students were sent home by lunch hour, kids in the school’s adapted learning program and paced learning programs were able to continue working at the Crowfoot Public Library adjacent to the school.

CBE officials said the decision was made to close the school at 11:45 a.m. “to ensure the well-being of students,” explaining that frozen water lines reduced water supplies and restricted access to washrooms.

The school also has limited heat.

“We are currently monitoring this situation closely and working with the City of Calgary and our own staff with respect to repair timelines,” said CBE spokeswoman Megan Geyer.

“We will inform parents as soon as we have more information. We will communicate by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to inform parents if the school will be open or closed.”

Tuesday’s closure was not the first time Robert Thirsk High School has faced problems with plumbing.

In the months after the school’s opening in the fall of 2013, CBE officials admitted they faced a number of mechanical, electrical and plumbing problems at the site, including flooding on the third floor.

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High school coach charged with unlawful sex activity with teen

PROVO — A high school soccer coach has been charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage girl.

Treavor Lawrence Ott, 31, of Salt Lake City, was charged Feb. 2 in 4th District Court with five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16-year-old, a third-degree felony.

Ott was the head coach for the Summit Academy High School girls soccer team and assistant coach for the Bingham High School boys soccer team. He resigned from his position shortly after his arrest, according to the Summit Academy.

Ott met a teen girl on social media. Their communication was “of a sexual nature” and they exchanged pictures with each other, according to charging documents.

According to a newly unsealed search warrant, Ott picked up the girl on two occasions — once from her house and another time Ott picked up the girl at her high school.

She communicated with Ott using the app Whisper, the charges state.

“After their first sexual encounter, the victim blocked Ott to cease communication. Ott later reinitiated contact with the victim via Instagram and arranged a second sexual encounter,” according to the charges.

The girl later reported to Springville police what allegedly happened. He was arrested Jan. 29.

In a prepared statement, Summit Academy said the school does not believe any of its students were victims of Ott.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for March 8.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


Man files false rape report after he’s turned away at bar, cops say say

He was charged with filing a false report and creating public alarm.

HOBOKEN – A man who was turned away at the door of a popular bar Sunday morning called police to report a rape inside the bathroom.

But authorities say the call made by 21-year-old Robert Castaldi was unfounded and the Glen Rock man was charged with filing a false report and creating public alarm.

Castaldi and a friend were not allowed back inside 1Rupublik on Washington Street because they were both intoxicated, Hoboken police said in a statement. The 21-year-old then called police from outside the bar and said he witnessed a woman being sexually assaulted in the bathroom, authorities said.

Officers arrived and questioned Castaldi, who gave them conflicting answers. Police determined no sexual assault had taken place and dialed the phone number to the person who reported the alleged crime, at which time Castaldi’s cellphone began ringing, authorities said.

Another of his friends said the 21-year-old was not inside the bar when he reported the sexual assault.

Castaldi was placed under arrest, police said.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News