Rockbridge County Jury Deliberates Fate of 100 Animals Seized from Natural Bridge Zoo

LEXINGTON, Va. – A Rockbridge County jury is now tasked with deciding the fate of 100 zoo animals following a six-day trial at the county’s circuit court. The animals were seized by law enforcement in December from the Natural Bridge Zoo, and the jury must determine whether each animal was cruelly treated or subjected to deprivation of care, leading to a “direct and immediate threat” to their well-being. To prove their case, the county only needs to establish one of these conditions for each animal. Animals that are not proven to have been mistreated beyond … Read more

Contentious Battle for Custody: Virginia’s Natural Bridge Zoo Faces Legal Showdown Over Animal Seizure

LEXINGTON, Virginia – A custody battle over nearly 100 animals seized from the Natural Bridge Zoo two months ago is ongoing in Rockbridge Circuit Court. The zoo, owned by Karl and Debra “Debbie” Mogensen, had its animals seized after allegations of mistreatment and unsafe conditions surfaced. The case reached the circuit level after a judge ruled for the return of some animals to the zoo in January. Now, a jury of seven citizens, along with two alternates, is hearing evidence regarding the welfare of the seized animals and will decide if the zoo can regain … Read more

Deliberations Continue as Seven Witnesses Testify in Natural Bridge Zoo Animal Cruelty Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The jury trial for an animal cruelty case in Rockbridge County, Virginia, is underway, with seven witnesses taking the stand on Tuesday, February 27th. The case, which centers around alleged mistreatment of animals at the Natural Bridge Zoo, has garnered significant attention. Amy Taylor, lead investigator from the office of the attorney general, testified that a tip from PETA prompted the investigation. To ensure impartiality, Taylor recruited a Powhatan County Animal Control Officer who was unfamiliar with the zoo and its employees to conduct an undercover visit. During the trial, Sergeant Christine … Read more

Engineer Files Lawsuit Alleging NJ Transit Ignored Whistleblower Concerns About Safety Hazards on Portal North Bridge

KEARNY, New Jersey – A lawsuit has been filed against NJ Transit by the engineer in charge of the Portal North Bridge project, alleging that the agency ignored his concerns about design defects and safety hazards in the new bridge. Mohammed Nasim, the former chief of construction management at NJ Transit, claims that he repeatedly raised issues regarding track settlement, construction work proximity, and navigation problems in the river. These problems, according to the lawsuit, posed a risk to public safety, potential dangers to passenger trains, and disruptions to the project. Nasim, who previously worked … Read more