first_imgA 21-year-old man was charged with voyeurism Nov. 21 for allegedly pointing his cell phone camera at a student in a Zahm House bathroom stall, according to court documents obtained by The Observer. The man was previously enrolled at the University and has been identified as Benjamine Wears.On Sept. 22, around 3 p.m., a student told Zahm rector Robert Francis that while using a first floor restroom in Zahm, he saw the person in the stall next to him holding a cell phone near his ankles with the camera application open. According to the probable cause affidavit, the cell phone was “pointed into [the student’s] stall under the divider between the two stalls” and the student could see the camera application and images on the screen.Thinking a friend was trying to prank him, the student yelled “what the [expletive]” but the person did not leave the stall. The student waited until the occupant left the stall and eventually saw a man with black shoes and a green backpack with a plastic bottle exit and “bolt” out of the bathroom without washing his hands, court documents said.The student chased after the man but didn’t catch him, and later that day reported the incident to the Zahm rector, according to court documents. A police report was filed that afternoon.The next weekend, the student saw the suspect, “who identified himself eventually as Benjamine Wears by both name and by ND ID card,” according to the probable cause affidavit. Police on Oct. 4 interviewed Wears, who said several times he had not been at Zahm.When asked why he tried to swipe into Zahm in August, even though his card wasn’t able to open the door, Wears said he was testing to see if his ID really wouldn’t work on the dormitories, court documents said. When asked about a similar incident that happened in the Hesburgh Library, Wears said he was not responsible for the incident.After executing a search warrant for Wears’ phone and searching it, the Notre Dame Police Department did not find any videos of the inside of the bathrooms. However, the location data of the phone was consistent with Zahm House around the time of the incident, according to the court documents, and the phone’s data shows the camera application was open at a time consistent with the student’s description of events.According to the probable cause affidavit, the location data for Wears’ phone was consistent with the library around the time of the other incident, and the location data shows he left the library a few minutes after the time of the incident.Data from Wears’ phone allegedly shows he had visited websites where men were unknowingly recorded in bathrooms, according to court documents. However, there is no evidence he ever uploaded any videos to the sites.Wears faces one charge of voyeurism and had his initial hearing on Dec. 3., Jessica McBrier, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office spokesperson, said. Wears’ attorney, Michael Tuszynski, did not return a request for comment by the time of publication.University spokesperson Dennis Brown provided a statement on the alleged incident on behalf of Notre Dame.“The student is not enrolled at the University, and local authorities are addressing the matter,” Brown said.Tags: Hesburgh Library, NDPD, voyeurism, Zahmlast_img read more

first_imgKendra Vollmer raced to both her Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod career first feature win and the Allstar Performance Idaho State championship this season. (Photo by Tom Macht, IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Kendra Vollmer made good on her pre-season goal of winning an All-Star Performance State championship.As a result, she’ll add a plaque to the collection of awards in the home office that doubles as a trophy display room.Vollmer topped Idaho State standings for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. She also picked up her career first win in the class on Aug. 19, six days before her 18th birthday, at hometown Idaho Falls Raceway.“Winning the state championship was really the goal for the year,” Vollmer said. “Getting my first feature win was exciting and helped pay more bills but winning the state championship was the big thing.”Her father Kenny raced a Northern SportMod, earning state titles in 2011 and 2015, while uncle Jacob Vollmer was the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod king in Idaho in 2010.“My dad liked this class a lot and was the one who got me started in it,” said Vollmer, who ran a go-kart on dirt for six years before moving to the sanctioned class. “I like the way a SportMod handles. I raced a modified a couple times last year and there’s definitely a difference.”While maintenance is similar, she notes that SportMods are less expensive to fix than a Modified. Vollmer, a freshman studying mechanical engineering at Idaho State University, is just the second female driver to win a Northern SportMod state crown and plans to stay in the division in the near future.Her father, his racing friends and Kendra’s boyfriend Kaleb Kenney are on her pit crew.Sponsors are Vollmer Well Drilling and Super T Transport, both of Idaho Falls; Rock Bottom Sports Bar and Falls Grill & Chill, both of American Falls; High Desert Walkers of Aberdeen; and Moz Studios of Pocatello.last_img read more

first_imgGhana midfielder Andre Ayew says it is unfair to turn down qualified Africans from taking up the head coaching roles of their respective national teams.The 25-year-old, who this week, picked the Marc-Viviene Foe award for the best African player in the French league this season, has admonished authorities to focus on the technical qualities of the African trainer.Most often, these local coaches are denied the opportunities based on the perception of not having the ability or charisma to manage egos and quality at the highest level.“I find it very unfair to be told that local coaches do not have the stature to lead their national teams,” the Ghana deputy captain said.“If they have coached the youth teams or clubs in the countries and they were good, why not give them a chance to lead the national team? The results are there.”It shouldn’t be about the colour but what matters is the knowledge of football the coach can provide.” Ayew admits that immediate past Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah who guided the Black Stars to qualify for their third World Cup at Brazil 2014 but has since been replaced with Avram Grant, made a significant impact on the team during his tenure.”The coach we [Ghana] had impacted a lot on us,” the outgoing Marseille player said.“There are others who could make other national teams as well. Over time, we [Africa] will begin to understand that we have local coaches who are good too and can bring the team to triumph.”last_img read more