Heisman Trophy Fast Facts

Here’s some background information about college football’s Heisman Trophy. Facts:The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the “most outstanding football player in the United States.”December 9, 2017 – University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is named the 2017 Heisman trophy winner. About the Trophy:The Heisman Memorial Trophy is named in honor of long-time … Continue reading “Heisman Trophy Fast Facts”

Here’s some background information about college football’s Heisman Trophy.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the “most outstanding football player in the United States.”December 9, 2017 – University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is named the 2017 Heisman trophy winner.

    About the Trophy:
    The Heisman Memorial Trophy is named in honor of long-time college football coach John W. Heisman, who was also the athletic director of the New York Downtown Athletic Club.The trophy is 13.5 inches tall, weighs 45 lbs, and is cast in bronze.Read MoreThe model for the trophy was Ed Smith, a player for New York University in 1934.School with the most wins: Notre Dame, with 7 winners, and Ohio State with 7 wins (One player won twice – see below)Voting and Award Process:
    The Heisman Trophy Trust oversees balloting.There are 929 ballots: “Sectional representatives” choose 145 voters, usually sports journalists, in six regions across the country, for 870 ballots. Each former Heisman winner can vote (58) and there is 1 fan vote through a special program.Every year, several Heisman finalists travel to the award ceremony in New York where the winner’s name is revealed. Timeline:
    1935 –
    First award, originally called the DAC Award (New York’s Downtown Athletic Club) goes to running back Jay Berwanger, a senior at the University of Chicago.1936 – The award is renamed in honor of John Heisman.1961 – Ernie Davis, halfback for Syracuse University, is the first African-American to win.1968 – The winner is running back O.J. Simpson, from the University of Southern California.1975 – Archie Griffin becomes the only person to win twice. The running back for Ohio State wins in 1974 and 1975.1997 – Charles Woodson, cornerback for the University of Michigan, is the first defensive player to win.2007 – University of Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow is the first underclassman ever to win. The award usually goes to juniors and seniors.

      September 13, 2010 – 2005 winner Reggie Bush (USC) forfeits his award after an investigation showed he broke NCAA rules by accepting gifts and perks from would-be agents.December 8, 2012 – Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win the trophy.

Former Miss Kentucky charged with sending nude photos of herself to 15-year-old student

A middle school teacher and former Miss Kentucky pageant winner has been arrested and charged with sending nude photographs of herself to a 15-year-old boy, authorities said.

Ramsey Bearse, a 28-year-old teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School outside Charleston, West Virginia, allegedly sent the photos to a former student, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. The boy’s parents found the photos on his phone and told police about them last week. They said their son was a student at Andrew Jackson from 6th to 8th grade and that Bearse was a teacher there during some of that time, according to a criminal complaint.

    In an interview with police, Bearse admitted to sending at least four photos of her topless via Snapchat from about August to October, the complaint states. She is charged with four counts of distributing obscene materials to a minor, a felony.Read MoreThe former beauty queen has been suspended from her teaching position and was released on a $10,000 property bond after her arraignment, the sheriff’s office said.

      Bearse, who competed in pageants under the name Ramsey Carpenter, was named Miss Kentucky in 2014. In this file photo, Miss Kentucky 2014 Ramsey Carpenter attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. She won the preliminary talent competition at the national Miss America pageant in Atlantic City for her fiddle performance, CNN affiliate WTVQ reported at the time. Her platform issue was raising awareness about multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 2010, WTVQ reported.

New Jersey mansion murders spur calls for state to reinstate death penalty

The brutal killings of a New Jersey family at their burning mansion last month has spurred a group of lawmakers to call for the death penalty to be restored in the state.

Paul Caneiro, 51, was charged on Nov. 30 with killing his brother Keith Caneiro, 50; Keith's wife, Jennifer; and their two young children two days before they were to host Thanksgiving at their sleek $1.5 million mansion.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has said the murder motives were “financial in nature," related to businesses the brothers were involved in, adding that the killings were one of the "most brutal" crimes he has seen.

The slayings of the Colts Neck family now have some lawmakers calling for action on legislation to reinstate the death penalty for certain crimes.

Paul Caneiro faces four counts of murder, along with arson and weapons charges, in the deaths of his brother Keith; Keith’s wife, Jennifer; their 11-year-old son, Jesse; and their 8-year-old daughter, Sophia. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP)

New Jersey banned capital punishment in 2007 after a one-year moratorium, becoming the first state to legislatively abolish the death penalty since 1965.  New Jersey's current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is opposed to the death penalty, representatives told the New Jersey Globe.


But Republican State Sen. Steven Oroho said Wednesday the killings showed the need for New Jersey to reinstate the death penalty.

"The horrible truth is that unless killers know the death penalty is on the table, there are monsters out there that will kill," he said in a statement. "In order to keep the public safe, we must reinstate the death penalty."

Paul Caneiro appears in Monmouth County Superior Court for a detention hearing on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Freehold, N.J. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP,)

Oroho co-sponsored a bill with fellow GOP Assemblymen Parker Space and Harold Wirths before the murders, but was unsuccessful with moving it forward. Wirths told the Asbury Park Press that while the bill may face trouble with lawmakers in Trenton, it may have support from voters if it were to ever go on a statewide ballot.

“I’d love for this to be a ballot or referendum question,” he told the paper. “I just can’t imagine the argument on the other end."


The lawmaker, who was acting governor in 2006 and signed the original moratorium on capital punishment, told News 12 New Jersey that even when the state had the death penalty, it had not executed an inmate since 1963.

"When we had it, it was never utilized. Appeals went on forever and they (death row inmates) were in a nursing home or on a ventilator,” said State Sen. Dick Codey.

Keith Caneiro and Jennifer Caneiro, who were found dead at their New Jersey mansion after officials responded to a fire at the home last month. (Facebook)

Prosecutors have said that Caneiro is accused of setting fire to that residence as his wife and two adult daughters slept upstairs. All three safely escaped from the home.

During a court hearing on Nov. 30, Paul Caneiro pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and to arson counts stemming from both fires.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Woman captured on video dropping through ceiling of Colorado jail after being released, ends up back behind bars

A woman who was released from a jail in Colorado last month ended up back behind bars after an apparent escape attempt from the women's bathroom at the facility.

The incident happened on Nov. 21, when Jessica Leger used the women's bathroom in the lobby at the Jefferson County jail after being released from custody.

The 29-year-old allegedly locked herself in the bathroom and yelled "get me out of here," according to an arrest warrant obtained by FOX31.

Deputies attempted to get the door open as the 29-year-old yelled at them to call family members, and overheard Leger saying she was having a psychotic episode, according to the warrant obtained by FOX31.

Surveillance video from the jail shows Leger dropping from the ceiling into the lobby, and then running to a corner of the room as a deputy runs out and apprehends her. Officials said that Leger had removed a paper towel dispenser from the wall above a toilet in the restroom and had crawled into the wall and made her way through to the ceiling.

Jessica Leger can be seen dropping from the ceiling into the lobby of the Jefferson County Jail. (Jefferson County Jail)

Leger was booked on criminal mischief and ended up spending two more nights in jail until she was released on a personal recognizance bond on Nov. 23, FOX31 reported.


Court records obtained by the television station suggest Leger caused $400 in damage to the bathroom. She is due in court on Jan 17.

A spokesperson from the Jefferson County district attorney's office said that it's premature to conclude that Leger was suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident, telling FOX31 that her defense lawyer will be allowed to seek a mental health evaluation to ensure she is competent to face trial.

Jessica Legerold was booked with criminal mischief and ended up spending two more nights in jail after the incident. (Jefferson County Jail)

Andrew Romanoff, the president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, told FOX31 that 55 percent of inmates in state prison and 65 percent of inmates in county jails are thought to have some kind of mental health or substance abuse disorder. While he couldn't comment on the Leger case specifically, he said, in general, the situation statewide "breaks my heart."

"There are too many people in Colorado with mental illness who aren’t getting the care they need, turning our jails and prisons into warehouses for folks with mental illness is the most expensive and least therapeutic decision we could make," he told FOX31. "You shouldn’t have to be charged, you shouldn’t have to be incarcerated in order to get care."

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Migrant man drowns in California canal after illegally crossing US-Mexico border during storm, officials say

A man who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally drowned in a California canal Wednesday during a storm, officials said.

The unidentified migrant and two others from El Salvador were spotted illegally entering the country about two miles west of the Gran Plaza Outlets near Calexico around 9 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release. Border Patrol agents arrested two men after they swam across the All-American Canal.

A third man was struggling to stay afloat in the 80-mile long aqueduct and drowned while heavy rain came down in the area.

“Agents were unable to get assistance to the man before he drowned,” the Border Patrol said. “Agents with the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) quickly arrived on scene and attempted to retrieve the man’s body, but had to call off the operation due to heavy rain and low visibility.”

Border Patrol divers recovered a man’s body after he drowned in the canal while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, officials said. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

Rescuers recovered the man’s body about 10 a.m. Thursday.


The man’s nationality and identity have not been released.

“This incident tragically illustrates how human smuggling organizations place migrants in perilous situations,” Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in the news release. “This man put his trust in human smugglers and it cost him his life."

It’s unclear if the trio were part of the migrant caravan camping out along the border in California. Thousands of people, many from Central America, have traveled through Mexico in recent months in hopes of entering the U.S. illegally or applying for asylum.

In late November, a migrant woman was impaled by a rebar while climbing a portion of fencing to enter the U.S. illegally.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Winter storm slams South with heavy snow, power outages as over 1,000 flights canceled out of Charlotte

A storm system that's bringing heavy snow and freezing rain across a large section of the South is leaving thousands without power Sunday as wintry precipitation blasts the region.

Over 140,000 customers in North Carolina are without power as of 9 a.m. ET Sunday as snow and freezing precipitation continue to fall, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.

The majority of the power outages are in North Carolina, where the highest amounts of snowfall are expected to fall. The National Weather Service said that more than a foot of snow is possible from North Carolina into south-central Virginia.

"Travel will be severely affected across much of these areas, and some power outages are likely," the NWS said in its advisory.

A Duke Energy crew works to restore power in Raleigh, N.C,. as snow continues to fall Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2018. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

North Carolina Emergency Management said that the threat of ice and freezing rain increased Sunday, especially along the Interstate 85 corridor. There is now a "high probability" of widespread power outages.

In the western part of North Carolina, officials told FOX Carolina that some areas had been 14 to 15 inches of snow, creating “treacherous" travel and leaving crews unable to get to some areas.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states and poised to hit particularly hard in portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

A motorist needed help after at least six inches of snow fell across parts of North Carolina on Sunday. (Durham County Sheriff’s Office)

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that residents in some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy fight with the storm.

"We're preparing for days of impact, not hours," Cooper said, urging caution. "This weekend isn't the time to head out to see the winter wonderland. Stay safe where you are. Getting out on dangerous roads could put your life at risk."


Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines would reduce its operations starting Saturday evening and scattered cancellations are expected through Monday morning.

The storm was expected to bring up to a foot of snow in parts of North Carolina and Virginia. (Durham County Sheriff’s Office)

Over 1,000 flights were canceled as of Sunday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

"Travelers are encouraged to frequently check with their air carrier for any cancellations or delays before coming to the airport," the airport said.

Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and staff off roads in impacted areas.

"Roads are slick and driving is not something you want to attempt this morning," the Durham County Sheriff's Office said. "Keep roads clear for plows and emergency vehicles."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Arizona boy, 13, fights off intruder while home alone: police

An Arizona boy punched a home intruder in the face after the man climbed into his apartment and thought he was “having a telepathic conversation” with the 13-year-old, police said.

Andre Marc Sutherland, 27, was arrested after breaking into the Phoenix apartment last Sunday through an unlocked sliding glass door, AZFamily.com reported. The teen told officers he was making pizza in the kitchen around 7 p.m. when he went back to his room and found Sutherland, who was on meth, in his bed and fondling himself.

The teenager punched Sutherland in the face and the two got into a brief scuffle before Sutherland fled the apartment, court documents stated. The boy locked himself in the bathroom and called his father and 911.

"As soon as he said it, I kind of didn't believe it," the boy’s father told AZFamily.com. "He said, 'Oh, there was a break in and he tried to choke me' was all he said. 'I'm locking myself in the bathroom.'"

Sutherland was located shortly after. He told police he broke into the apartment because he was looking for a place to sleep and chose that specific place because he thought it looked “haunted and abandoned,” court documents stated. He began fondling himself to “draw the spirits in.”

Prior to being punched, Sutherland thought he was “having a telepathic conversation” with the teen, according to police.

Sutherland was arrested on charges of burglary, public sexual indecency and aggravated assault.

"I don't think anybody could have done any better than what he's done," the boy's father said. "He reacted perfectly in a situation where you couldn't really tell what way it was going to go."

"He certainly exceeded my expectations. I'm very proud of him," he added.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Oldest wild seabird lays another egg on Midway Atoll

HONOLULU – The world's oldest known wild seabird has laid another egg.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Laysan albatross named Wisdom appeared at her nest site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge last month.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports biologists confirm she laid the egg.

Wisdom and her mate return to the same site on Midway Atoll each year. Laysan albatrosses lay one egg and raise one chick per year.

Biologists believe Wisdom is at least 68 years old.

Biologist Chandler Robbins first identified and banded Wisdom in 1956.

She has returned to Midway almost every year since 2002.

Midway Atoll is home to the world's largest colony of albatross.

The island about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu was the site of a pivotal World War II battle.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

Massachusetts firefighter dies after battling apartment building fire, officials say

A Massachusetts firefighter died Sunday after he and his colleagues were forced to evacuate an apartment building while battling a massive blaze, officials said.

Firefighters were called to the apartment building in Worcester just before 4 a.m. about a fire in a basement. The flames quickly spread throughout the building and "conditions deteriorated rapidly," prompting five firefighters on the second floor of the building to escape the burning structure by using ladders.

Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy, 36, and another firefighter were taken to the hospital. Roy was later pronounced dead.

"Fire crews were heroic in their efforts to rescue their colleagues under extreme conditions. Every person on the fire ground gave 110 percent to try to rescue the firefighters who were in danger," Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said in a news conference.

Roy had been with the fire department for 2 1/2 years prior to his death. He leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter.

The other firefighter who was taken to the hospital is in stable condition, Lavoie said.

It’s unclear how the blaze started and authorities are investigating the deadly incident. The three-story building had six apartments. About a dozen residents were displaced from the fire, the Red Cross said.

Worcester has a history of deadly fires. Last week, the town remembered the 19th anniversary of the fire at Worcester cold Storage and Warehouse Company building that killed six firefighters.

The town also remembered firefighter Jon Davies, who died on Dec. 8, 2011, when the second floor of a burning building collapsed on him.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Kid Rock pays off layaways for 350 families at Nashville Walmart

Nashville Walmart shoppers received an early holiday gift thanks to Kid Rock.

The singer paid off all of the remaining layaway balances at the Dickerson Pike Walmart, the store said, “bringing incredible joy to about 350 families in Nashville.”Rock said he was inspired by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who recently paid off more than $430,00 in layaways at an Atlanta Walmart.

    I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66

    — Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018

    “Great idea!” Rock wrote in a tweet to Perry. “I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!”Celebrities haven’t been alone in spreading acts of kindness this holiday season. Read More

      In recent weeks, anonymous good Samaritans have paid off layaway items in four Walmart stores in different parts of the country — a total of more than $130,000.A Secret Santa appeared in a Walmart in Derby, Vermont last month and paid for the purchases of almost everyone in the store, including the charges on layaway. An anonymous buyer paid for $57,000 in layaway items at a Uniondale, New York, store while another spent $44,000 in a Longmont, Colorado, store and a third shelled out $29,000 at a Walmart in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, a Walmart spokesman confirmed to CNN.