Legal Briefs for January 28, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

In Ohio, a 19-year-old is charged with raping a pre-teen. Officers arrested Codey Hawks for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy he met while playing video games online. Hawks has been charged with seven counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition. They say the 19-year-old boy admitted to sexual conduct with the boy. Police say they are concerned there may be other victims in Ohio, Michigan, or elsewhere in the country.

In good times and bad takes on a whole new meaning for one Missouri man. This was the scene as William Rivera said I do to his bride Danielle on Valentine’s Day. The problem was he was already married to another woman, Marcella Rivera. Marcella Rivera says, “I thought oh my goodness, this man has lost his mind because he knows that we are still married, but yet he went off and got married to somebody else.” Marcella filed a complaint with the Independence Police Department and Rivera was marched in front of a judge to face bigamy charges. His second wife Danielle maintains their marriage is legal. But instead of divorce, Marcella says after his legal troubles are over she wants to give him another chance. “I know they have a child together, but still my kids were first. They deserve that chance to be with their father and I feel like our marriage needs that chance again.”

A follow up to an earlier legal brief, Victor Barela, paralyzed at the age of two “was” using an electric scooter to get around town, but it kept getting stuck, so Victor’s friends got him a golf cart. That’s when he got a ticket from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for driving on the street. But this week, he got a letter from the county. Matthew Reay, the Bennett Town Administrator, says, “His case was dismissed by the town prosecutor because he was improperly charged.” The Town Administrator says Victor doesn’t have to appear in court “this time.” Reay says, “This is about what the law is and about his safety.” But he will if he’s cited again. Victor’s friend Phillip Dahl says, “So, he still can’t use his golf cart if needed be, he still is restricted to getting around on a little tiny cart for now.”