An Alaska dentist who extracted a patient’s tooth while riding on a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for that stunt and other wheel-y bad crimes.
Seth Lookhart was sentenced Monday in Anchorage Superior Court on dozens of charges that stemmed from his scooting antics to Medicaid fraud and removing a patient’s teeth without their permission, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
He was convicted back in January on charges of reckless endangerment, illegally practicing dentistry and medical assistance fraud.
“In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response — you darn near killed some people,” Judge Michael Wolverton said in handing down the sentence.
The court heard testimony at his trial from patient Veronica Wilhelm, who was sedated when he was recorded performing her tooth extraction on a hoverboard in July 2016.
In the cellphone video, Lookhart could be seen riding away from the procedure with his hands triumphantly in the air.
He allegedly texted a video of the stunt to at least eight people, joking that it was a “new standard of care,” NBC News reported.
Lookhart — who had his dental license suspended in 2017 — was also ordered by the judge not to practice medicine during his 10-year probation once he’s released from prison, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Nancy Pelosi still doesn’t think Biden should debate Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing by her statement that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump.
Speaking to CBS’ “This Morning” Friday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the comments when asked if she still stood by her assertion in August that the former vice president should not take part in any of the three scheduled presidential debates.
“I do, not that I don’t think he’ll be excellent, I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth,” the California Democrat said, adding that she believes the commander-in-chief also lacks “fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.”
“Why bother?” Pelosi asked. “He doesn’t tell the truth.”
In August, the House Speaker told reporters during a press briefing, “I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi volunteered at the end of a press briefing.
She continued that she did not want anyone to “legitimize a conversation with [Trump]” because he lacked “any association with truth.”
Asked during her interview Friday about her longtime feud with the president, Pelosi argued that their differences were, in one way, helpful to her.
“Well, I don’t care what he says about me. Every knock from him is a boost for me. If he wants to help me raise money, he can keep knocking me,” she said, adding, “I’m speaking the truth. Our Constitution is at the mercy of people who have no allegiance to the Constitution of the United States.”
For his part, Biden has said he is not taking Pelosi’s advice on this issue.
After Pelosi’s comments circulated in August, the 2020 Democrat said that while he did intend to debate Trump, “very competent people” had urged him not to do so without a fact-checker on stage.
“I’ve been recommended to me by a number of very competent people who know their way around, including leading Republicans, that I shouldn’t debate Trump unless there’s a fact-checker on the ground … saying ‘That’s true,’ ‘That’s not true.’ But look, I think everybody knows this man has a somewhat pathological tendency not to tell the truth,” he told MSNBC at the time.
The former vice president continued that “as long as the Commission [on Presidential Debates] continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I’m going to debate him.”
Attica Scott arrested during Louisville Breonna Taylor protests
The Kentucky lawmaker who co-authored “Breonna’s Law” has been charged with felony rioting after being arrested alongside her daughter at Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville.
Democratic Rep. Attica Scott, 48, and her daughter Ashanti were among 24 arrested Thursday night after a stand-off between police and protesters seeking shelter in a downtown church, according to WFPL News.
The First Unitarian Church had opened its doors as a safe haven to protesters who would otherwise be arrested for breaking a 9 p.m. police curfew.
“Is that Attica Scott?” shocked onlookers had called out as the handcuffed lawmaker was led into the back of a police van.
“We love you!” others cried out, according to video from one of the station’s reporters.
The protesters had smashed windows and started fires across downtown Lousiville, including trashing a public library, police said. The force did not go into detail the exact accusations against the representative.
But Scott and her daughter were both charged with first-degree rioting — a felony — as well as failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanors, court records show.
“The allegations are outrageous on their face,” Ted Shouse, the lawyer for Shameka Parrish-Wright, a prominent local activist arrested alongside the representative, told the Courier-Journal.
Scott — whose Breonna’s Law aims to end no-knock warrants like the one used the night Taylor was shot dead in March — has also been a prominent presence in protests about the black EMT’s death.
“If you arrest the loudest voices fighting racial injustice in Louisville, we have to believe you want to silence the fight against racial injustice,” State Rep. Josie Raymond tweeted Thursday night.
Raymond also noted how Scott — the only black female representative in the Kentucky Capitol — was facing a class D felony, the same as fired cop Brett Hankison charged with for “wantonly” firing his gun during Taylor’s fatal arrest.
“One fired his gun into Breonna Taylor’s home. One protested her killing. One was out in 30 minutes. One will be kept at least overnight,” Rep. Raymond tweeted.
The arrests came during the second night of violent upheaval in Lousiville following the decision not to charge any of the cops involved in Taylor’s shooting for her death. Hankison’s charge was for hitting walls, not the EMT whose death has been a rallying call during national protests.
Scott’s arraignment has been scheduled for Oct. 6, records show.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, wife test positive for COVID-19
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, have tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office said Friday.
The Democratic governor and first lady received nasal swab tests Thursday afternoon after learning a staff member who works in their living quarters became infected with the virus, his office said.
Northam is currently asymptomatic, while his wife is experiencing mild symptoms, the office said.
The governor will continue his work remotely as the couple follows state health guidelines and quarantines for the next 10 days, Northam said.
Meanwhile, the governor’s executive mansion and offices will be closed Friday to undergo a deep cleaning.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said in a statement.
“The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”
Northam’s career was nearly derailed last year when a photo emerged from his 1984 yearbook page of a person dressed like a Ku Klux Klansman standing next to a person in blackface.
He initially admitted he was the one wearing blackface, but later backtracked, claiming it wasn’t him. However, he copped to once putting on blackface for a Michael Jackson costume.
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