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NFL draft prospect Gareon Conley accused of rape; no charges filed

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NFL draft prospect Gareon Conley accused of rape; no charges filed

Top NFL prospect Gareon Conley has been accused of rape. No charges have been filed. USA TODAY Sports

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Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Gareon Conley (8) against the Clemson Tigers in the the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

NFL draft prospect Gareon Conley has been accused of raping a woman in a Cleveland hotel, though no warrant has been issued and no charges have been filed.

The case is an open investigation within the Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

Conley, a former cornerback at Ohio State University, has been projected to be a potential top-10 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

According to a police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the incident took place early in the morning of April 9 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland.

USA TODAY Sports does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

The report states the woman met Conley while riding an elevator with her friends, and that she left them to join Conley in his room, where he allegedly asked the woman if she wanted to have sex with a couple that was in the bathroom.

According to the report, the woman told Conley “she wanted to watch the couple” with the intention “to try and avoid having sex with Conley all together.”

The report states that the woman and Conley eventually walked into the bathroom before Conley allegedly unbuttoned her pants and pulled them down. The woman alleges that Conley began to have sex with her, and that she told him “no stop, it hurts!”

The report states that Conley finished the sexual act and then kicked the accuser out of the room.

Police later spoke to two witnesses who were in Conley’s room, and one of them claimed that Conley “never touched” the woman and added that she “got mad because she got kicked out of the room.”

Another witness said he was sitting in a chair while Conley and the woman were in the room. That additional witness said Conley and the accuser were “on the bed together, but nothing happened.”

The second witness told police the room was in Conley’s name, but the witness did not know where Conley was at the time of the interview.

According to the report, police attempted to interview the woman at the hospital, where a rape kit was administered, but she declined and “just kept saying she wanted to go home and that her dignity was stripped from her in a matter of minutes.”

Officials from three NFL teams told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday they became aware of the allegations in the past few days and are still trying to gather information. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Conley was expected by many NFL executives to be the second cornerback taken, after college teammate Marshon Lattimore. But an active investigation hanging over his


Good Samaritan loses legs while helping crash victim

USA Today Network Michael Braun, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press 7:00 p.m. ET April 25, 2017

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Good Samaritan loses legs while helping crash victim

Help sought for Good Samaritan who was injured at crash scene. Video by Michael Braun


Danielle Hagmann, 30, of North Fort Myers, Fla., was helping a crash victim April 23, 2017, in Fort Myers when a car crashed into the disabled vehicle, pinning her legs between the vehicle and a guardrail. (Photo: Courtesy of family)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A good Samaritan's efforts to help a motorist who crashed in a storm went horribly wrong Sunday after another vehicle smashed into the damaged car.

Now Danielle Hagmann, 30, who lives across the Caloosahatchee River in North Fort Myers, Fla., is in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital — one leg amputated just above the knee and the other at mid-thigh.

But Hagmann, a freelance licensed massage therapist, is considered an independent contractor at the spa in Estero, Fla., where she works; didn't qualify for health insurance at the small business; and hadn't bought a policy under the Affordable Care Act. She already is facing mountains of medical bills for her care and for potential prosthetics that could help her walk again.

"She could not have driven by that accident," said Hagmann's father, Steven Berkowitz, 64, of Cape Coral, Fla. "That's not in her nature. She does not regret stopping. She said she was meant to stop."

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She saw the original crash unfold, he said.

"If someone is hurt, she is there with a first-aid kit," said her stepmother, Ellie Sheva. "We've always said she had the 'wounded sparrow' syndrome."

“If someone is hurt, she is there with a first-aid kit.”

Ellie Sheva, Cape Coral, Fla.

She and her partner, Lyndsey Johns, have five children younger than 10, including three foster children. Friends and family are pitching in to help with their care while Hagmann is hospitalized.

Hagmann was helping Lauren Richardson of Ontario, Calif., who had been injured when she lost control of her car in a driving rain and hit a guardrail on Interstate 75. Hagmann had placed Richardson in her SUV and was walking over to the woman's wrecked Chrysler Sebring, resting partially in the right lane, when a car hit Richardson's wrecked vehicle and pinned Hagmann's legs against the guardrail.

Richardson was treated and discharged from the hospital. The driver who hit her Sebring was not hurt.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigating the crash and has not determined whether to file charges.

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Berkowitz, who created a  GoFundMe account  to raise money for his daughter's expenses, said she faces months — perhaps years — of therapy, medical care and prosthetic fittings. Hagmann hopes to move from the hospital to a rehabilitation center within two weeks.

A family friend also has established a second GoFundMe account


How to get in shape for beach season

USA Today Network Jerry Carino, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press Published 8:12 p.m. ET April 25, 2017 | Updated 45 minutes ago

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How to get in shape for beach season

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Robert Leaks, owner of Leaks Fitness in Howell. (Photo: Melvin Mui)

Robert Leaks knows the feeling creeping in for a lot of folks as April slips away — the urge to buckle down and get into shape .

Leaks was a three-sport athlete growing up in Howell, N.J., went on to play college football, sustained a serious knee injury, and then ....

“I got out of shape, became obese, starting looking at myself and I was like, ‘I don’t like this,’” Leaks said. “It came into my head: Why not help others, whether they’re athletes trying to get to the next level or the general population trying to get in shape?”

So he earned bachelor’s degree in exercise science and earlier this month, and the precocious age of 23, he opened LEAKS Fitness and Personal Training in his hometown.

The USA TODAY Network asked him: What simple equipment can help people get fit for beach season?

“First off, getting in shape quick is difficult,” Leaks said. “Right now we have two months, so this is a perfect time to start. A lot of people wait until the last minute. You want to start now.”

How to get in shape for beach season

Robert Leaks, owner of Leaks Fitness in Howell.   (Photo: Melvin Mui)

Here are a few starter items:

Medicine balls

It’s an oldie but goodie, something used by kids in elementary school phys ed classes and NFL stars. But they are available in an incredibly wide variety; some are as small as a baseball while others are larger than basketballs and can weigh 50-plus pounds.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine: “People tend to choose a heavier ball than required. The general rule when selecting a medicine ball is that it must be heavy enough to visibly slow the motion, but not so heavy that control, accuracy or range of motion are lessened.”

Properly chosen and used, a medicine ball is a simple tool that enhances power, endurance, flexibility and explosiveness.

“I’m a big explosion guy,” Leaks said. “Throwing them at the wall, throwing them at the floor, using them with sit-ups — you can use a medicine ball with anything. You can get a good workout at home with them too.”

How to get in shape for beach season

With some simple equipment, it's easy to work out at home. The medicine ball remains a timeless tool for fitness.   (Photo: Jason Towlen/File photo)

The right shoes

There are different shoes for various purposes, obviously, but to sum it up: light and tight.

“First of all, your shoes have to be comfortable,” Leaks said.

In general, he said, “they should be light-fitting, light-weight. Make sure you have a little bit of sole in them, a little bit of arch support.”

One tip for those who might work out in cleats: “I know a lot of athletes who buy cleats a half-size smaller


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Fox News hit with more racial discrimination suits


A woman walks past the News Corp. headquarters building displaying posters featuring Fox News Channel personalities including Bill O'Reilly, top center, in New York, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. T (Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP)

Fox News Network is being sued by a dozen black employees, some current and some former, who are charging the company with allowing years of racial discrimination and creating an abusive work environment.

And a thirteenth employee has filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says the workers' attorney Douglas Wigdor.

The latest alleged victims were added to a lawsuit originally filed March 28 in the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. The original plaintiffs, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, alleged they and “other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus” from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller. Another person, Monica Douglas, joined that case when an amended suit was filed April 4.

Among the latest employees in the case are two-time Emmy Award winning and former co-host of Fox and Friends Kelly Wright, who has been at Fox for 15 years. "Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is Black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a 'Jim Crow' – the racist caricature of a Black entertainer," according to the suit.

Fox last week dismissed network star and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and it fired Slater, a defendant in this suit, on Feb. 28. And the suit makes mention of Fox's statement to its employees after the O'Reilly firing that the company wants "to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.”

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But the plaintiffs argue that "sadly, nothing could be further from the truth," their suit charges. "Indeed, the only consistency at Fox is the abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination that was inflicted on minority employees that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment."

In a separate case, Adasa Blanco, who worked in Fox News’s accounts payable department from December 2005 to August 2013, alleges that she had complained about Slater's racially discriminatory actions in 2008. "Fox knowingly harbored and protected a racist employee, Slater, for more than eight years and then feigned ... to the media and public that it terminated her immediately upon learning that she engaged in discriminatory conduct," she alleges.

Wasim Rafik, the former employee who has filed a discrimination charge with the EEOC, was one of several employees who said he complained about Slaterto Fox News' human resources head Denise Collins.

“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox," said Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, the New York attorneys representing the current and former employees. They plans to ask the judge to approve class-action status for the case.

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"We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the Company to

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