House again rejects move to form select committee on chaplain controversy

WASHINGTON — Whatever bipartisan support Democrats had for probing the circumstances that led Speaker Paul D. Ryan to call for the House chaplain’s resignation appears to be gone now that Patrick J. Conroy has been reinstated to his post.

The House on Tuesday approved a motion to table a privileged resolution offered by Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of New York to form a select committee to look into the chaplain controversy. The motion was adopted 223-182.

The House had previously rejected a similar resolution offered by Crowley on April 27 before Conroy had requested to rescind his resignation and Ryan accepted. Earlier in the day, Conroy was sworn in to his position at the beginning of the day’s session.

Two Republicans, Reps. Tom Reed of New York and Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania, joined Democrats on the initial vote in April. Reed voted with Republicans Tuesday. Meehan is no longer a member of Congress; the April 27 chaplain vote was his last before he resigned later that day.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., did vote on Tuesday with the Democrats against the motion to kill Crowley’s resolution.

The only Republican who might have also supported Crowley’s resolution, Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, was not present for Tuesday’s vote or the one in April.

Jones said in an interview Friday that he would’ve backed Crowley’s initial resolution and suggested he might still support a select committee. Tuesday is primary day in North Carolina.

—CQ-Roll Call

After hitting alligator on I-95, mother and 2 kids killed in fiery wreck, coroner says

A mother and her young children were killed after crashing into an alligator on a South Carolina stretch of interstate, according to the coroner’s office.

Amber Stanley, 24, her 4-year-old son Jack, and her 2-year-old daughter Autumn all died in the wreck, according to Sean D. Fogle, the Chief Deputy Coroner with the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.

Stanley and her children all died of thermal injuries due to the vehicle fire, Fogle reported. They were from Callahan, Fla., a town located northwest of Jacksonville, according to the coroner.

The incident occurred when the vehicle Stanley was driving struck an alligator that was crossing I-95, Fogle said.

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. Monday on a northbound lane of I-95, near mile marker 86, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Stanley’s 2011 Kia Soul went off the left side of the road and into the median, where it hit a tree and caught fire, Jones said.

—The State (Columbia, S.C.)

Connecticut teacher charged in ‘fight club’ case pleads not guilty

NORWICH, Conn. — Ryan Fish, the 23-year-old substitute teacher at Montville High School charged April 12 with orchestrating fights between students in his math classroom, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Fish requested a jury trial in his brief appearance in Superior Court. His case was continued to June 20.

Neither Fish nor his lawyer, Paul Chinigo, would comment.

Fish was fired on Oct. 10, 2017, after cellphone videos surfaced that showed him facilitating fights among some students. Three Montville administrators are facing charges of failing to report suspected child abuse.

—The Hartford Courant

Peru’s ex-President Humala given 30 more days to leave house

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s judiciary on Tuesday postponed an order to former President Ollanta Humala and his wife to leave their house in Lima, giving them 30 days more to do so.

Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, who were released from pretrial detention on April 30, are suspected of having acquired the house with illicit money.

The court order was postponed after their lawyer filed an objection against it.

Humala and Heredia were released after the Constitutional Court revoked a pretrial detention order. The couple had been in jail since July.

Humala is suspected of laundering 3 million dollars given to him by the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for his 2011 presidential campaign.

He subsequently served as president until 2016.

Heredia is suspected of involvement in the money laundering scheme.

Odebrecht has admitted to giving bribes worth nearly $800 million in 12 countries, 10 of them in Latin America.