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Hong Kong pupils deface TSA exams in extradition bill protest, but are likely to escape punishment

Secondary school pupils in Hong Kong have taken to a citywide examination to vent frustrations over the controversial extradition bill, the Post has learned.Michael Wong Wai-yu, who sits on the executive committee of the Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, said on Tuesday there had been reports of Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) candidates handing in empty or vandalised sheets or writing random answers.“I think pupils may have used this method to vent their…


AL Governor, AG monitoring EPA investigation into 3M’s illegal chemical release into Tennessee River

DECATUR, Ala.- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall tell WHNT News 19 they are monitoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s investigation into an illegal chemical release into the Tennessee River. The EPA confirms it is investigating the chemical release.

“My Office is monitoring the situation and will continue to consult with ADEM and the Attorney General’s Office on this matter,” said Gov. Ivey.

3M disclosed that the company violated Toxic Substance Control Act in a letter to the EPA in April.

The letter, which was sent by an attorney on behalf of 3M, says the plant in Decatur released the chemical FBSA into the Tennessee River. The company also notes that it may have also released a similar chemical, FBSEE, into the river. The discovery of the release was apparently found during a 3M internal investigation. 3M tells the EPA it has stopped manufacturing operations for both chemicals due to concerns of further violating a federal consent order to not release them into the water.

A consent order with the EPA indicates the company is prohibited from releasing the chemicals because the agency is still working to determine if they pose a risk of injury to health or the environment.

3M released a statement about the situation to WHNT News 19.

“3M voluntarily reported to EPA and ADEM releases from our manufacturing processes that did not comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act. We shut down the identified manufacturing operations and are completing internal changes to fully address the issue. 3M takes seriously its environmental compliance obligations and is continuously assessing its performance against such obligations.”

The company also notes that it is developing corrective actions to ensure such releases do not happen again.

We are still working to learn how much or for how long the chemicals were released into the river.

Gov. Ivey told WHNT News 19 in October 2018 that she believes companies accused of polluting the Tennessee River and other waterways in Alabama should be held accountable.

Environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper has expressed concern about how and if regulatory agencies will enforce the law in this matter. Founder David Whiteside said he is furious that regulators did not notify the public that 3M did not obey federal law in its chemical disposal process.

The EPA said that it cannot comment about the chemical release, citing the agency’s ongoing investigation into the situation.


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‘I have heard you loud and clear,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells city in ‘most sincere’ apology

Hong Kong’s embattled leader has offered her “most sincere” public apology over her mishandling of a controversial extradition bill, admitting her shortcomings and promising to learn from mistakes, two days after an estimated 2 million people took to the streets in an overwhelming repudiation of her governance.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday admitted she was facing a difficult three years ahead and promised to redouble her government’s efforts in healing a divided city,…


Michigan community angered after police arrest 12-year-old boy running with a stick

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The residents of a Grand Rapids neighborhood are upset with police after a 12-year-old boy was arrested over the weekend.

The incident happened Friday night in the city’s Baxter neighborhood. Police say officers were in the area responding to a report of a large fight when they saw the boy chasing after someone with a wooden pole.

Police said he didn’t respond to an officer’s commands to stop, eventually leading to the boy being put in handcuffs after he fell.

Grand Rapids police released a statement on the officers' actions on Monday, but the boy, his mother and neighbors say police overreacted to a boy running with a stick.

"I didn't know cops were chasing me at the time because I was too busy chasing my cousin,” said Carreion Baker, who was arrested.

Carreion says he didn’t realize what was happening until he fell and was surrounded by officers.

"That's when they jumped on me and handcuffed me, and then they put me in the car over there,” he told WXMI.

In the commotion, he says he kicked an officer.

Carreion’s mother, Bernice Jones, said police overreacted to the situation.

"My son was playing with one of his cousins, ya know, chasing him down the street like he always do,” Jones said. “They started chasing my son. I'm telling, 'Wait. Hold on. That's his cousin. He's playing.’ Ya know, 'He's only 12.’"

Police said the handcuffs were taken off when Carreion was put in the back of the police cruiser, but neighbor Ted Jauw said the situation shouldn’t have escalated to that point to start with.

"The biggest thing was nobody was de-escalating,” Jauw said.

Jauw voiced his frustrations in a Facebook post that received a lot of attention over the weekend.

On Monday, the department responded with a post of its own defending the officers' actions.

Grand Rapids police declined an interview on the incident.

Police say Carreion is facing charges of resisting and obstructing an officer and disorderly fighting.

For the entire Grand Rapids police statement click here.


Michigan community angered after police arrest 12-year-old boy running with a stick

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The residents of a Grand Rapids neighborhood are upset with police after a 12-year-old boy was arrested over the weekend.

The incident happened Friday night in the city’s Baxter neighborhood. Police say officers were in the area responding to a report of a large fight when they saw the boy chasing after someone with a wooden pole.

Police said he didn’t respond to an officer’s commands to stop, eventually leading to the boy being put in handcuffs after he fell.

Grand Rapids police released a statement on the officers' actions on Monday, but the boy, his mother and neighbors say police overreacted to a boy running with a stick.

"I didn't know cops were chasing me at the time because I was too busy chasing my cousin,” said Carreion Baker, who was arrested.

Carreion says he didn’t realize what was happening until he fell and was surrounded by officers.

"That's when they jumped on me and handcuffed me, and then they put me in the car over there,” he told WXMI.

In the commotion, he says he kicked an officer.

Carreion’s mother, Bernice Jones, said police overreacted to the situation.

"My son was playing with one of his cousins, ya know, chasing him down the street like he always do,” Jones said. “They started chasing my son. I'm telling, 'Wait. Hold on. That's his cousin. He's playing.’ Ya know, 'He's only 12.’"

Police said the handcuffs were taken off when Carreion was put in the back of the police cruiser, but neighbor Ted Jauw said the situation shouldn’t have escalated to that point to start with.

"The biggest thing was nobody was de-escalating,” Jauw said.

Jauw voiced his frustrations in a Facebook post that received a lot of attention over the weekend.

On Monday, the department responded with a post of its own defending the officers' actions.

Grand Rapids police declined an interview on the incident.

Police say Carreion is facing charges of resisting and obstructing an officer and disorderly fighting.

For the entire Grand Rapids police statement click here.


Officials to Discuss Security/Transportation Plans for Encore Casino

Officials to increase awareness about public safety and transportation plans in advance of the resort-casino’s June 23 opening State and local officials will join Encore Boston Harbor representatives to discuss public safety and transportation preparations in advance of the resort-casino’s grand opening on June 23, 2019.  The media advisory will be held on the Encore…


Auburn man gets arrested after traffic stop in Sterling.

On June 16, 2019, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Corey A. Gamlen, 30, of Auburn, New York for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection certificate, failure to stop at a stop sign, improper turn without signal and speeding.


Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to these 5 events at the Colorado Renaissance Festival

Eat, drink and be merry! The 2019 Colorado Renaissance Festival has begun, and it’s bringing ye olde house down.

The festival, which started in 1976, is bringing wacky comedy shows, unique music performances, daring jousts, acrobatics, hypnotics and even big cats to 10 stages around the 30-acre festival grounds, located 30 minutes south of Denver in Larkspur. About 200,000 people visited last year’s festival.

It also boasts enough turkey legs, roasted chicken, stews, desserts, ale and wine for a king. (See the festival’s website for a full menu.)

And for those of you with a little extra coin in your purse, there will be over 200 artisans selling all sorts of cool stuff you didn’t know you needed, like tapestries, leathers, swords, fairy wings, staffs and more. (Here’s the full lineup.)

The festival also features a photo competition, elephant rides, a petting zoo, archery, chess, a dart toss, a climbing wall, a dungeon museum and more.

This roundup of 14th-century fun is being held every weekend starting from June 15 until Aug. 4. Season tickets bought online are $23.50 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Box office tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Tickets bought at King Soopers are the same price as tickets bought online, except for adult tickets which are $22.

If you want to enjoy the best of the Renaissance Festival’s offerings but don’t know where to start, here are the top five things to see at this year’s event, according to marketing director Jim Paradise. The festival’s website has the entire events schedule.

Washing Well Wenches

This all-female troupe was founded over 30 years ago and is part-vaudeville and part-sketch comedy, according to the group’s website. Washing Well Wenches tours at over 30 festivals in the United States and Canada. 

“I think our Washing Well Wenches are no doubt the most fun and creative,” Paradise said. “If you come watch the wenches and don’t laugh, no disrespect, you’re not going to laugh.”

The Washing Well Wenches will perform on the Pirate Ship Stage at 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on festival days.

The CRAIC Show

The CRAIC Show (pronounced like “crack”) is “an intense and wildly entertaining” Celtic band featuring four musicians who interchange instruments throughout their performances, according to the group’s website. “Craic” is a Gaelic word with no exact English translation, but which roughly means “fun.” 

Paradise said the band has become “extremely popular” and draws a large audience every year.

The CRAIC Show will perform on the Globe Stage at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Joust: The Knights of Noble Cause Productions

The Renaissance Festival will feature daily jousting competitions, “featuring the finest in equestrian skills and combat jousting” and proving “that ‘chivalry lives!’ and heroes walk among us,” according to the festival’s website.

You’ll have three chances each day to watch the knights of the (Renaissance Festival) land settle matters of honor with giant, colorful sticks instead of diplomacy: the Tournament of Skill at 11:30 a.m., the Tournament of Arms at 2:30 p.m. and the Trial by Combat at 5:30 p.m., all held in the Joust Arena.

Zilch the Torysteller

The only new act scheduled this year is Zilch the Torystellar, who has been “peaching teople how to leak in a spifferent danguage” for over four decades, according to the festival’s website. He will tell stories like “Loldigocks and the Bee Threars,” “Rindercella,” and “Jomeo and Ruliet.”

Zilch the Torysteller will perform on the Celestial Stage at 11:15 a.m., 12:45, 2:30 and 4 p.m. during festival days. Thot gat? 

The Endangered Cat Show

Lords and ladies, jesters and jousts, horses and … big cats? The Great Cats World Park ⁠is bringing a black panther, Amur leopard, caracal, lynx and even baby lions to the festival’s Endangered Cat Show.

The festival’s website states these animals aren’t trained animal actors, but have a “creative bond” with their human partners, and people can expect to see the cats “up close and personal.”

The privately owned Great Cats World Park facility in Oregon houses more than 50 cats of 17 species, according to its website. The cat show will be held on the Castle Rose Stage at 11:15 a.m., 12:30, 2:15  and 3:45 p.m. during the festival.

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Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to these 5 events at the Colorado Renaissance Festival

Eat, drink and be merry! The 2019 Colorado Renaissance Festival has begun, and it’s bringing ye olde house down.

The festival, which started in 1976, is bringing wacky comedy shows, unique music performances, daring jousts, acrobatics, hypnotics and even big cats to 10 stages around the 30-acre festival grounds, located 30 minutes south of Denver in Larkspur. About 200,000 people visited last year’s festival.

It also boasts enough turkey legs, roasted chicken, stews, desserts, ale and wine for a king. (See the festival’s website for a full menu.)

And for those of you with a little extra coin in your purse, there will be over 200 artisans selling all sorts of cool stuff you didn’t know you needed, like tapestries, leathers, swords, fairy wings, staffs and more. (Here’s the full lineup.)

The festival also features a photo competition, elephant rides, a petting zoo, archery, chess, a dart toss, a climbing wall, a dungeon museum and more.

This roundup of 14th-century fun is being held every weekend starting from June 15 until Aug. 4. Season tickets bought online are $23.50 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Box office tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Tickets bought at King Soopers are the same price as tickets bought online, except for adult tickets which are $22.

If you want to enjoy the best of the Renaissance Festival’s offerings but don’t know where to start, here are the top five things to see at this year’s event, according to marketing director Jim Paradise. The festival’s website has the entire events schedule.

Washing Well Wenches

This all-female troupe was founded over 30 years ago and is part-vaudeville and part-sketch comedy, according to the group’s website. Washing Well Wenches tours at over 30 festivals in the United States and Canada. 

“I think our Washing Well Wenches are no doubt the most fun and creative,” Paradise said. “If you come watch the wenches and don’t laugh, no disrespect, you’re not going to laugh.”

The Washing Well Wenches will perform on the Pirate Ship Stage at 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on festival days.

The CRAIC Show

The CRAIC Show (pronounced like “crack”) is “an intense and wildly entertaining” Celtic band featuring four musicians who interchange instruments throughout their performances, according to the group’s website. “Craic” is a Gaelic word with no exact English translation, but which roughly means “fun.” 

Paradise said the band has become “extremely popular” and draws a large audience every year.

The CRAIC Show will perform on the Globe Stage at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Joust: The Knights of Noble Cause Productions

The Renaissance Festival will feature daily jousting competitions, “featuring the finest in equestrian skills and combat jousting” and proving “that ‘chivalry lives!’ and heroes walk among us,” according to the festival’s website.

You’ll have three chances each day to watch the knights of the (Renaissance Festival) land settle matters of honor with giant, colorful sticks instead of diplomacy: the Tournament of Skill at 11:30 a.m., the Tournament of Arms at 2:30 p.m. and the Trial by Combat at 5:30 p.m., all held in the Joust Arena.

Zilch the Torysteller

The only new act scheduled this year is Zilch the Torystellar, who has been “peaching teople how to leak in a spifferent danguage” for over four decades, according to the festival’s website. He will tell stories like “Loldigocks and the Bee Threars,” “Rindercella,” and “Jomeo and Ruliet.”

Zilch the Torysteller will perform on the Celestial Stage at 11:15 a.m., 12:45, 2:30 and 4 p.m. during festival days. Thot gat? 

The Endangered Cat Show

Lords and ladies, jesters and jousts, horses and … big cats? The Great Cats World Park ⁠is bringing a black panther, Amur leopard, caracal, lynx and even baby lions to the festival’s Endangered Cat Show.

The festival’s website states these animals aren’t trained animal actors, but have a “creative bond” with their human partners, and people can expect to see the cats “up close and personal.”

The privately owned Great Cats World Park facility in Oregon houses more than 50 cats of 17 species, according to its website. The cat show will be held on the Castle Rose Stage at 11:15 a.m., 12:30, 2:15  and 3:45 p.m. during the festival.

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Fatal Rollover Crash on State Road 37 in Lincoln County

Lincoln County, NM- On June 16, 2019 at about 8:24 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on State Road 37, near milepost 13, north of Ruidoso, NM.

The Initial investigation indicated a 2016 Jeep, driven by Thomas Roger Neudauer (71) of Carrizozo, NM was traveling southeast on State Road 37. For unknown reasons the Jeep left the roadway on a curved portion of the road and rolled. Neudauer was airlifted to a nearby airport where he succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased by the Office of Medical Investigator.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and seatbelts were properly utilized. No additional information is available.


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Barrie police searching for missing 59-year-old woman

Police, family and friends are concerned for the woman's well-being, officers say.


Palmyra man gets arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

On June 15, 2019, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Rodney E. Bastian, 41, of Palmyra, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.


New Jersey man gets arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated in Waterloo.

On June 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Shafeeullah H. Gaines, 33, of Newark, New Jersey for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and moving from the lane unsafely.


Death of Gilles Duceppe’s mother an accident: coroner’s report

Hélène Rowley Hotte Duceppe died on Jan. 20 after walking out of her Montreal seniors' residence in the middle of the night during a winter storm.


Martville man gets arrested for driving while intoxicated.

On June 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested David F. Holland, 72, of Martville, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, moving from the lane unsafely and failure to use designated lane.


Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says year-end sales up 5.8 per cent

Compared to the previous fiscal year, according to an NSLC press release, the net income was $237 million, down $1.2 million, while total sales were up by $36.4 million to $662.1 million.


Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the United States illegally ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid . The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Click to Continue »


Nova Scotia Health Authority ordered to conduct safety review at hospital: union

The labour board says the assessment must identify controls to protect health-care workers at the hospital in Dartmouth.


6/18/2019 Sheriff’s Sale: June 18 at 10:00 AM

Sheriff's Sale coming up on June 18 at 10:00AM


Williamson woman gets arrested on drug charges in Newark.

On June 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Lyons arrested Katrina L. Dennis, 40, of Williamson, New York for criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection certificate.


Deputies say this man had a meth-fueled attack squirrel. They need help finding him

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities arrested a man and are searching for another after they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, body armor, and an “attack squirrel” during a search Monday.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search. They added Mickey Paulk, 35, is wanted by investigators, after he allegedly fed a squirrel meth to keep it aggressive.

Investigators said they searched an apartment in the 21000-block of Piney Chapel Road around 8:30 a.m. Monday after they received tips about an “attack squirrel” being fed meth to keep it aggressive. They found meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, ammunition, and the squirrel in a cage.

Animal Control officials were called to the apartment, and they, in turn, contacted officials with the Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation. Officials said they were told it’s illegal to have a pet squirrel and they should release it, which deputies reportedly did successfully.

Reynolds was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering at a known drug house. He was taken to the Limestone County Jail and released on $4,000 bond.

Anyone with information on Paulk’s whereabouts should contact the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 232-0111.

Deputies stated they were unable to safely test the squirrel for meth.


Peterborough by-election fraud inquiry: No ‘offences’ in three cases

Three of five allegations of malpractice over the Peterborough by-election have been ruled out.


Theft

200 block Beld St.
Two young men took off running after blowing a tire and crashing a stolen car into a curb on Beld St. last evening. Responding MPD officers & #8230;


Detective Bureau

MEDIA CONTACT: Major Timothy G. Sanzi, Detective Commander (#401-764-5606)
Captain John C. Alfred, Assistant Detective Commander (#401-764-5153)

On June 17, 2019, members of the Intelligence Unit arrested Jason Ward, age 39, of 48 Woodcrest Drive, Cranston, Rhode Island, for the following: 1.)


2019 Calgary Stampede honorary parade marshal pays tribute to WWI

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Victory Stampede, which commemorated the end of the First World War, the Calgary Stampede has unveiled a special honorary parade marshal.


‘Forrest Gump’ returns to theaters for its 25th anniversary

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Life is like a box of chocolates and we know that Forrest Gump is returning to the big screen for its 25th anniversary.

“Forrest Gump” turns 25 this year and to celebrate the milestone, Fathom Events is showing the film on June 23th and June 25th across the country.

The company invites everyone to celebrate all the beloved moments, visual mastery, moving performances and captivating storytelling.

The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Tom Hanks), when it was released in 1994.

To find a location nearest you, click here.


Robbery

1300 block Northport Dr.
A teenager was mugged last night while walking in the 1300 block of Northport Dr.  The 17-year-old said several other teens ran up from behind & #8230;


Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate the 1979 murder of a Steuben County man.

On July 22, 1979, David Dewitt Southard, age 29, was found deceased in his residence located at 9899 Gulf Road # 2, Painted Post, New York. 


215-acre wildfire at Klamath National Forest prompts evacuation warnings, officials say

A wildfire burning in Siskiyou County since Monday evening on the northeast edge of Klamath National Forest grew slightly overnight, but an evacuation warning has been lifted, according to the … Click to Continue »


Leeds and Birmingham Clean Air Zones ‘delayed by government’

Birmingham and Leeds councils say a software delay means Clean Air Zones will not begin in January.


Growth & Regional Context

Along with the towns of Davidson and Cornelius, its neighbors on to the north, Huntersville has dramatically remodeled its development regulations following a multi-year process of public participation.


San Diego tree some believe linked to Dr. Seuss topples

A century-old tree that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" has fallen in a San Diego park. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports … Click to Continue »


About Us

The Huntersville Planning Department is responsible for working with the Town Board, Planning Board, and general public in establishing a long range vision for the future development of Huntersville and to ensure zoning and subdivision standards are consistent with that vision.


Denver Public Schools sees surge of interest in committee to reshape how schools are ranked

More than 130 people have applied for about 30 slots on a committee to redesign Denver’s framework for rating schools.

Currently, Denver Public Schools ranks its schools using five grades, ranging from “distinguished” (blue) down to “accredited on probation” (red). Test scores aren’t the only factor in how schools rank, but they are an important one, because the “school performance framework” takes into account what percentage of students are proficient; how many are making adequate progress; and whether some groups, like students learning English, are less likely than their peers to be proficient or on track with their academic growth.

The Quality Schools Task Force will collect feedback about the district’s ranking system and make recommendations about whether to change it. Ericka Burns, manager of policy in the district’s portfolio management office, said DPS will review the applications to include a variety of viewpoints and demographics.

“This is just a topic that a lot of people are interested in,” she said.

Activists and people working in education have floated ideas for changing the framework, including adding measures of students’ social and emotional health and allowing communities to decide what metrics they want to see. Currently, the main non-academic measure is scores on family satisfaction surveys.

Federal and state law requires that rankings include test scores, Burns said, but the district isn’t limiting what the task force could discuss changing.

“There could be additions, there could be other parts,” she said.

While the methodology of rating schools may seem dry, it has major implications. When a school is on the bottom two levels of DPS’ rankings for multiple years, the school board may elect to close it or force other major changes.

The system has been frequently criticized, but also widely used. A recent report from A+ Colorado found parents participating in school choice tended to list schools in the top two rankings as their first choice, so much so that there were more requests for top schools than seats available.

However, some people think the rankings discourage parents from improving their schools.

Kristin Barnes, a mother who spoke at an event discussing the future of school ranking in DPS last week, said when the school her children attend scored at the lowest level, parents got a letter saying they could choose another school, rather than suggestions of ways they could improve the one their children currently attended.

“What the messaging was, instead, is that you have the right to cut and run,” she said. “I truly believe the rating system does not capture the needs of the school and the quality of the school.”

To learn more about the school quality task force or to apply, visit dpsk12.org/quality-schools-task-force.


Convocation speaker’s controversial comments prompt apology from Western University

This is the second time in less than a year that the university has apologized for comments made in an honouree's speech.


Cullman officials need help identifying a burglary suspect

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office needs help to identify this individual suspected of theft.

Officials say the person is a suspect in a burglary in the Good Hope area.

The suspect was driving what appears to be an early 1990’s Honda car that’s missing its hubcaps, according to officials.

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If you have any information, call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and speak to Inv. Phillip Harris at 256-734-0342.


Rodri: Man City in talks with Atletico Madrid and willing to pay £62.6m release clause

Manchester City are in talks with Atletico Madrid to sign Spain midfielder Rodri and are willing to pay his £62.6m release clause.


Kansas teen survives 10-inch knife lodged in face: ‘It could have been the end of me’

BOURBON COUNTY, Kansas – When Dr. Koji Ebersole laid eyes on the boy whose face was impaled on a 10-inch knife, the neurosurgeon thought, “here we go again.”

Eli Gregg, 15, of Bourbon County, Kansas, is recovering from the freak accident after going home from the hospital on Monday. In a rare occurrence, he’s the second boy Ebersole has treated recently for a sharp object piercing the head.

The first was 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham. In 2018, he survived a penetrating injury to the head after falling from a treehouse ladder in Missouri and landing on a footlong metal meat skewer. He said he was being attacked by yellowjackets, a type of wasp, before he fell.

“When it happened to Xavier, as soon as we saw the X-ray, my colleague said, ‘this is going to go viral,’ ” said Ebersole, a neurosurgeon at the University of Kansas Health System.

A medical team at the University of Kansas Health System then operated on Xavier and removed the skewer.

“I think going through Xavier’s case helped us a lot for this one,” Ebersole, who’s also an associate professor at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, said of treating Eli.

“At the time of Xavier’s case, nothing like that had been seen at our hospital amongst the personnel that were involved,” he said. “This is supposed to be once in a career.”

In the Kansas countryside, Eli was playing outdoors with his brothers and some close family friends on Thursday evening when they came across the knife, Ebersole said.

“It didn’t belong to the family. They found it, it sounds like, outside in the grass, about 10 inches long,” he said. “My understanding is, Eli wanted to take it away from the younger kids for protection, and in that transition, there was a trip and a fall, and it was in the hand of another boy at the time, and … it fell into his face.”

In a video interview released by the hospital, Eli said that the incident happened “very quickly” and that when he found his mother in their kitchen, she immediately called 911.

“When she looked at me, she just gasped,” Eli said.

“I love her, and I’m glad she was there for me,” he said. “It could have been the end of me.”

With the knife embedded in his skull, Eli was sent to the University of Kansas Health System early Friday. Ebersole said he and his colleagues started to operate on Eli about 7 a.m.

While closely monitoring blood vessels near where the knife was lodged, Ebersole and his colleagues used catheters, tiny balloons and other tools to carefully remove it.

“Once it started moving, it was out in 10 seconds,” Ebersole said.

He added that Eli “didn’t suffer any brain injury. No injury to vision. No injury to the movement of the eyes. No strokes. No brain bleeding. Really, he’s just got a small little cosmetic incision line, if you will, from the knife on his right cheek. You would never know that he went through all of this.”

Of course, Eli was alarmed about the incident, but “I saw a small smile today when he realized that his story was bringing hope to other people,” Ebersole said Monday.

While at home, Eli was instructed to “take it easy for a couple of days, and then we’ll take another MRI in about a week,” Ebersole said.

Eli’s mother, Jimmy Russell, called her son’s recovery “answered prayers” in a video released by the hospital.

“I’m really happy that they were able to get it out and keep me alive,” Eli said of the surgery to remove the knife.

“I finally get to see the rest of my family,” he said through tears. “I get to go home.”


California psychiatrist gets prison for drug sales scheme

A Southern California psychiatrist who illegally wrote prescriptions for opioids and other drugs in exchange for cash has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison. The Orange … Click to Continue »


One vehicle fatal collision

On June 18, 2019, at 12:13 A.M., Orleans County 911 dispatched Troopers to a rollover collision on Eagle Harbor Road in the town of Albion.  Further investigation revealed that the 2008 Chevrolet Impala occupied by four males left the east shoulder going into the ditch becoming airborne, striking a utility pole with the roof.


Lucy McHugh: Murder accused denies three rape charges

Stephen Nicholson, who is on trial for the murder of Lucy McHugh, denies raping her.


Lucy McHugh: Murder accused denies three rape charges

Stephen Nicholson, who is on trial for the murder of Lucy McHugh, denies raping her.


Leaked video exposes how patient data in Hong Kong public hospitals can be accessed by any user without needing a password

Patient data at Hong Kong’s public hospitals can be accessed by any user with no need for a password, a leaked video shown to the Post and verified by multiple hospital sources has revealed.Software developer Wong Ho-wa warned the program used in public accident and emergency (A&E) wards called AEIS carried a huge risk and was built with an “intentional back door”, allowing anyone to access patients’ files while leaving no trace.It meant there was no control over who had permission to access…


Communities south of High Level evacuated overnight as wildfires spread in northern Alberta

In northern Alberta, the driest conditions in more than 40 years continue to fuel wildfires throughout the region.


Two arrested for burglary in Columbia County

Austerlitz, New York – On June 16, 2019, the New York State Police arrested Omar Hassan, age 28, of Cortlandt, NY, and Jonathan A. Barham, age 32, of Deer Park, NY, for Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony.


Couple die after falling from 27th floor of Hong Kong building

Police are investigating after a Hong Kong couple fell to their deaths from a 27th-floor flat on Tuesday.Emergency personnel were called in shortly before 5.30pm when the man and woman fell from Kam Lai House on Ning Tai Road, Ma On Shan. A security guard called police.The two victims, thought to be aged around 60, were certified dead at the scene.“We believe the couple jumped together, as passers-by heard one loud bang before the two were found unconscious on the ground outside the building,”…


Eoin Morgan: England captain hits record 17 sixes against Afghanistan

England captain Eoin Morgan hits 17 sixes - a record for a one-day international innings - in the World Cup match against Afghanistan.


New Scotland Troopers arrest Moreau woman for Felony DWI

On June 10, 2019, a Trooper from the New Scotland Station arrested 50-year-old Joette C. Kellogg for Felony Driving While Intoxicated. 


Your Make-A-Wish donations could help kids in North Alabama

This Thursday, June 20, WHNT News 19 is partnering with Make-A-Wish Alabama for a telethon to raise money for critically ill children in our state.

While Make-A-Wish is a national non-profit, the money we raise in Alabama goes to Alabama children who are still waiting for a wish.  There are 250 across the state, 81 just in North Alabama.

The average wish cost is $8,000 and come with a wait time of six months to two years.  Their goal is to get the average wait time down to less than a year, which can happen with help from community support and donations.

You can donate anytime by clicking the donate graphic below, or by texting WISHES to 243725.  Or, give us a call to make your donation over the phone during our telethon June 20, 4pm-7pm.

 


Video shows officer tossed from motorcycle in LA collision

Officials say a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer suffered serious injuries in a collision with an SUV that sent him flying off his bike and onto a street. Video … Click to Continue »


China blocks pork imports from 3rd Canadian company amid escalating tensions

The move is likely to fuel speculation that China is retaliating against Canada for arresting a Chinese tech executive.


Denver weather: Heavy rain, small hail in higher terrain expected

Heavy rain will likely continue falling Tuesday in Denver with small hail expected in the higher terrain, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service’s hazardous weather outlook for northeast and north central Colorado predicts thunderstorms over higher terrain will move east across the urban corridor and plains.

“Most of the storms will produce moderate to heavy rainfall, small hail and wind gusts up to 35mph,” it said.

In some counties, such as eastern Elbert, Lincoln and southern Washington, severe thunderstorms could make way for hail up to 1-inch in diameter and wind gusts up to 60 mph, the outlook stated.

Cool and unsettled weather patterns are expected to continue, forecasters said, with some urban and small stream flooding on Tuesday, and a drier Wednesday expected.

Denver can expect to see some isolated showers in the morning with more showers and thunderstorms later in the day and evening, with the strongest storms expected between noon and 5 p.m, the weather service said on Twitter.

The high on Tuesday will likely be about 73 degrees and the low 53 degrees, according to the weather service. The morning brought some fog along with it with light and variable winds continuing throughout the day.

The chance of rain goes from 60 percent on Tuesday to 20 percent on Wednesday, which is expected to bring mostly sunny skies with a high near 83 degrees and a low near 56.

The rest of the week will likely bring more rain and thunderstorms with higher temperatures, the weather service said.

 


County for a Cure hosts 4th annual Pizza for a Cure June 18th

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala.- Grab a slice and help save a life at the 4th annual Pizza for a Cure.

The County for a Cure Relay for Life team is partnering with the Village Pizza of East Limestone for Pizza for a Cure. On Tuesday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. a portion of all pizza purchases will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Attendees are encouraged to call (256) 232-3388 and place their order ahead of time for faster service.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with The Village Pizza of East Limestone to make a difference,” says County for a Cure Team Captain Michelle Williamson

For more information, follow County for a Cure on Facebook.


New Scotland Troopers arrest Albany woman for DWI

On June 12, 2019, Troopers from the New Scotland Station arrested 38-year-old Karen R. Papa for Driving While Intoxicated. 


New Scotland Troopers arrest Albany woman for DWI

On June 12, 2019, Troopers from the New Scotland Station arrested 38-year-old Karen R. Papa for Driving While Intoxicated. 


Listeria concerns prompts recall of frozen spinach sold at Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach conventional and organic 16oz bags, manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Recalled products: 

  • Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500982, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package.
  • Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500991, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package

This product was distributed to retail locations in AZ, CA, NV, UT, NM, CO, TX, KS, OK, MO, TN, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, PA, MD, and VA.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to this product.

For more information about this recall, click here.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


Listeria concerns prompts recall of frozen spinach sold at Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach conventional and organic 16oz bags, manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Recalled products: 

  • Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500982, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package.
  • Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500991, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package

This product was distributed to retail locations in AZ, CA, NV, UT, NM, CO, TX, KS, OK, MO, TN, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, PA, MD, and VA.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to this product.

For more information about this recall, click here.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


Affair between tycoon Stanley Ho’s sister-in-law and former Hong Kong government official ‘is no defence to bribery charges’

Prosecutors seeking to convict gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun’s sister-in-law and a former Hong Kong government official told a court on Tuesday the pair’s intimate relationship was not a defence to bribery charges.But defence counsel countered the affair was key to understanding the true nature of the advantage and questioned how the court could be certain the payment was related to Wilson Fung Wing-yip’s public office.Fung, 55, is accused of hiding a HK$510,000 (US$65,000) deposit that…


Affair between tycoon Stanley Ho’s sister-in-law and former Hong Kong government official ‘is no defence to bribery charges’

Prosecutors seeking to convict gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun’s sister-in-law and a former Hong Kong government official told a court on Tuesday the pair’s intimate relationship was not a defence to bribery charges.But defence counsel countered the affair was key to understanding the true nature of the advantage and questioned how the court could be certain the payment was related to Wilson Fung Wing-yip’s public office.Fung, 55, is accused of hiding a HK$510,000 (US$65,000) deposit that…


Women’s World Cup: Pick your England XI to play Japan

Who do you think should start for England against Japan at the Women's World Cup on Wednesday?


Cricket World Cup: Eoin Morgan reaches an extraordinary century with three sixes in an over

England captain Eoin Morgan reaches an extraordinary century against Afghanistan with three sixes in an over.


Schenectady man enters a residence and is arrested for Criminal Trespass

On June 14, 2019, Troopers from the New Scotland Station arrested 32-year-old Michael R. Toich for the Misdemeanors of Criminal Trespass 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree. 


Prison workout ‘turned inmate’s life around’

LJ Flanders has published a book of workouts which can be performed in prison cell-sized spaces.


Multi-vehicle wreck ties up traffic on US-72 near Shields Road

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A multi-vehicle wreck tied up traffic in both directions along US-72 near Shields Road Tuesday morning.

Three vehicles were involved in the wreck, which occurred around 6:45 a.m.

No details of injuries were immediately known.

Traffic was backed up in both directions, with the westbound traffic getting through on the shoulder.

 


RI State Police Task Force Arrests Seven Suspects in Connection with Two Shootings in Providence

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) have arrested seven people in connection with two shooting incidents in the...


Cleethorpes: Stuck teens saved from mud as tide comes in

The tide was "rising fast" around the two teenagers stuck in the mud in Cleethorpes, the RNLI says.


Hong Kong father jailed for two years at High Court over suicide attempt that put wife and children at risk as they slept in Kwun Tong home

A debt-ridden former anti-graft officer was jailed for two years on Tuesday for burning charcoal at home while his wife and twin sons were asleep.Yung Chi-wai, 51, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing a noxious item to be taken so as to endanger his wife Wang Ling-ling’s life and two charges of wilful ill-treatment causing injury to his children.The former senior investigative officer, from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, was trying to kill himself in their Kwun Tong…


Marie Curie and Mariah Carey cake mix-up ‘was a joke’

Colleagues baked a cake of the scientist instead of singer Mariah Carey as part of an ongoing joke.


Marie Curie and Mariah Carey cake mix-up ‘was a joke’

Colleagues baked a cake of the scientist instead of singer Mariah Carey as part of an ongoing joke.


When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters

The Hong Kong government’s latest attempt to play down the nature of the violent clashes between police and protesters triggered by the extradition bill has done little to end the debate over its categorisation as a riot, legal specialists and a political scientist said.During her press conference on Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor reiterated her stance that the government did not regard peaceful protesters as rioters.“It only refers to certain people’s behaviour over a…


When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters

The Hong Kong government’s latest attempt to play down the nature of the violent clashes between police and protesters triggered by the extradition bill has done little to end the debate over its categorisation as a riot, legal specialists and a political scientist said.During her press conference on Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor reiterated her stance that the government did not regard peaceful protesters as rioters.“It only refers to certain people’s behaviour over a…


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Captain Darnell S. Weaver, District A Commander, 401-764-5612

No arrests to report.


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Captain Darnell S. Weaver, District A Commander, 401-764-5612

No arrests to report.


Maine DEP joins Northeastern states to urge federal action on PFAS

AUGUSTA, June 17, 2019 - The State of Maine has joined all seven Northeastern states to issue a multi-state letter urging prompt federal action on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. The letter was issued by the members of the Northeast Committee on the Environment (NECOE) which is comprised of the environmental commissioners from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York.

Maine DEP Commissioner, Jerry Reid has joined his colleagues, Commissioner Dykes of Connecticut DEEP, Commissioner Suuberg of Massachusetts DEP, Commissioner Scott of New Hampshire DES, Director Coit of Rhode Island DEM, Secretary Moore of Vermont ANR, and Commissioner Seggos of New York DEC, in advocating for swift action by the Congressional PFAS Task Force to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants.

The letter was sent to the Co-Chairs of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, Congressman Dan Kildee and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, as well as Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member Tom Carper of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

While the Northeast has been at the forefront of this issue due to early detection of PFAS contamination, federal efforts have not provided clear standards and guidance for states to address the overwhelming effects of PFAS on human health and the environment. NECOE commissioners highlight five specific matters that need immediate federal action concerning PFAS:

- EPA should establish a national maximum contaminant level (MCL)
- PFAS constitute a class of compounds with common characteristics and should be regulated accordingly
- require EPA to amend its regulations to treat PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under CERCLA and make available low-cost supplemental loans for regional cleanup efforts
- urge EPA to expedite the development and dissemination of analytical methods and treatment technologies that extend beyond drinking water
- urge more aggressive and responsible federal regulation of the use of PFAS compounds and other emerging contaminants

Copies of the Task Force letter and Senate EPW letter can be found on Maine DEP's website at https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/index.html


Alaska teen accused of killing her ‘best friend’ after being offered $9 million

Denali Brehmer began planning how to kill her “best friend” after a man she met online said he would pay her several million dollars for evidence of the killing, Alaska authorities say.

The 18-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, had developed an online relationship with Darin Schilmiller, 21, of Indiana, who posed as a millionaire named “Tyler,” and offered her at least $9 million to kill Cynthia Hoffman and send him “videos and photographs of the murder,” according to the Alaska Department of Law.

The two began discussing “a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska,” several weeks before Hoffman’s murder, according to court documents.

Hoffman, 19, and Brehmer are described in the documents as “best friends.”

Hoffman was bound with duct tape, shot in the back of the head, and pushed into a river near a hiking trail outside Anchorage on June 2, the department said in a statement.

Anchorage Police officers discovered her body along the Eklutna River bank on June 4.

Brehmer recruited Kayden McIntosh, 16, Caleb Leyland, 19, and two juveniles to help her carry out the killing, and in exchange, “all of them would receive a significant sum of money for their part in the planning and/or execution of the murder,” according to the department’s statement.

CNN has reached out to Brehmer’s attorney, Emily Cooper, but a request for comment has not been answered.

Victim had a learning disability

Hoffman was brought to Thunderbird Falls by Brehmer and McIntosh in a truck borrowed from Leyland under the ruse they were going on a hike near the Eklutna River, the statement said.

They stopped at a clearing and Hoffman’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape and duct tape was wrapped around her head and mouth, according to court documents.

McIntosh shot Hoffman one time in the back of the head with Brehmer’s gun, court documents said, and she was then put in the Eklutna River.

Phone records show Brehmer was sending videos and photographs to Schilmiller “at his directive” throughout.

Hoffman’s father, Timothy Hoffman, told CNN affiliate KTVA that his daughter had a learning disability.

Hoffman said in court his daughter was an “angel” and a “daddy’s girl.”

‘Tyler’ had also directed girl to sexually assault a child

A grand jury indicted all six defendants Friday for first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, and two counts of second-degree murder and other charges. McIntosh is being charged as an adult.

Brehmer, McIntosh, and Leyland are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and will be arraigned Tuesday, according to the Alaska Department of Law.

The juvenile defendants are also currently in custody, the Department of Law said.

Schilmiller will be arraigned once extradited to Alaska, the Department of Law said. He is currently in federal custody for child pornography charges.

Federal court documents allege Schilmiller had also directed Brehmer to sexually assault an “8 or 9 year old” and a 15-year-old and send videos to him. Brehmer told investigators she did, and video of the 15-year-old was recovered by investigators.

It is unclear who is Schilmiller’s attorney or if federal charges have been brought against Brehmer.

CNN has reached out to Leyland’s attorney, Claire DeWitte, but request for comment has not been answered. McIntosh’s attorney, Ben Muse, was unavailable for comment Monday.


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Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.

The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms.

But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social network. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other technology giants also faces a new antitrust probe in Congress .

Creating its own globe-spanning currency — one that could conceivably threaten banks, national currencies and the privacy of users — isn’t likely to dampen regulators’ interest in Facebook.

The digital currency, called Libra, is scheduled to launch sometime in the next six to 12 months. Facebook is taking the lead on building Libra and its underlying technology; its more than two dozen partners will help fund, build and govern the system. Facebook hopes to raise as much as $1 billion from existing and future partners to support the effort.

Company officials emphasized Libra as a way of sending money across borders without incurring significant fees, such as those charged by Western Union and other international money-transfer services. Libra could also open up online commerce to huge numbers of people around the world who currently don’t have bank accounts or credit cards.

“If you fast forward a number of years, consumers all over the world will have the ability to access the world economy,” Facebook executive David Marcus said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Facebook also could use its own currency to drive more people to make purchases from ads on its social media sites, said Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, who based her comments on press reports about Libra that preceded Facebook’s formal announcement. “This is about fostering more sales within an ad to get more business from advertisers to make ads more interesting on Facebook,” she said.

Backing by familiar corporations might also make Libra the first Bitcoin-like currency with mass appeal. Such “cryptocurrencies” have generally failed to catch on despite a devout following among curious investors and innovators. Bitcoin itself remains shrouded in secrecy and fraud concerns, not to mention wild value fluctuations, making it unappealing for the average shopper.

Libra will be different, Facebook says, in part because its value will be pegged to a basket of established currencies such as the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and others. Each purchase of Libra will be backed by a reserve fund of equal value held in real-world currencies to stabilize Libra’s value.

To be sure, recent history reminds us that many big Facebook announcements never really take off. Two years ago, for instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that “augmented reality ,” in which phones and other devices project digital images into real-world surroundings, would be a major focus for the company. Such AR applications remain all but invisible today. Same goes for the online shopping chatbots that Zuckerberg unveiled a year earlier, saying they would revolutionize e-commerce in its Messenger app.

Facebook won’t run Libra directly; instead, the company and its partners are forming a nonprofit called the Libra Association, headquartered in Geneva, that will oversee the new currency and its use. The association will be regulated by Swiss financial authorities, Facebook said.

“No single company should operate this,” Marcus said. “It should be a public good.”

The company has also created a new subsidiary, Calibra, that is developing a digital wallet to allow people to buy, send and use Libra. Calibra pledges that it won’t share transaction data from details of Libra user’s financials with Facebook unless compelled to do so in criminal cases. Still, if people are using Facebook products to buy things and send money, it’s possible Facebook will be able to track some data about shopping and money transferring habits.

Calibra won’t require users to have a Facebook account to make a free wallet. And it will allow people to send Libra back and forth on two of Facebook’s core messaging apps — WhatsApp and Messenger. Instagram messages won’t be included, at least at first.

Libra partners will create incentives to get people and merchants to use the coin. That could range from Uber discounts to a Libra bonus paid when users set up a Calibra wallet, although the companies haven’t laid out specifics.

Many privacy questions remain unanswered, though. Cryptocurrencies such as Libra store all transactions on a widely distributed, encrypted “ledger” known as the blockchain. That could make the Libra blockchain a permanent record of all purchases or cash transfers every individual makes, even if they’re stored under pseudonyms rather than real names.

Facebook said that if people use Calibra or similar wallets, their individual transactions won’t be visible on the Libra blockchain.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg announced a new privacy-focused vision for the company after months of backlash for its treatment of personal customer information. Zuckerberg’s vision — which has mostly not been detailed publicly — will rely heavily on privacy-shielded messaging apps in an attempt to make the services more about private, one-to-one connections.

Many analysts believe Zuckerberg wants to create a U.S. version of the Chinese service WeChat, which combines social networking, messaging and payments in a single app. Libra would take Facebook a step closer to that end.


Denver weather: This is the coldest start to a year since 1983

The last time Denver started a year as cold as 2019, Ronald Reagan was in his first term as president and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” was topping billboards.

With an average temperature of 41.9 degrees so far in 2019 (through Sunday), Denver is off to its coldest start to a calendar year since 1983. Denver averaged a year-to-date temperature of 44.2 degrees from the start of the year through Sunday, putting our year-to-date a full 2.3 degrees below average since Jan. 1.

At this point of 2018, Denver had an average temperature of 46.6 degrees, a nearly five-degree differential from this trip around the sun.

Both March and May finished with monthly average temperatures of more than five degrees below average. Only January and April have finished with (marginally) above average monthly readings.

There has, of course, been plenty of good to come from the cold. Colorado’s snowpack is now famously off the charts for the first time in years, and reservoirs will reap the benefits this summer after a pesky 20-month drought.

RELATED: Why Colorado’s snowpack numbers are so ridiculously off the charts

But for those of you wanting summer, you’ve been mostly out of luck. So far this year, Denver’s warmest temperature has been a measly 86 degrees, and it’s unlikely we’ll top that this week.

While several factors are to blame for the chilly start to the calendar year, a few broad factors stand out. First, a persistent trough of low pressure throughout the western United States has kept Colorado persistently wet and cool. Second, a weak El Nino is likely enhancing precipitation throughout the West, including Colorado. Third, surges of energy from the Madden-Julian Oscillation are likely helping contribute extra moisture to the area, keeping Colorado on the stormier side of things. Stormy weather is often associated with cooler weather, due to added cloud cover limiting daytime heating. Plus, the subsequent evaporation of precipitation is a cooling process.

This same string of events has also combined to keep Denver and the Front Range on the wetter side of average, in addition to the cooler temperatures. Through Sunday, Denver had received 7.70 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1, over an inch above normal.

Summer officially begins Friday at 9:54 am. But so far in 2019, it’s winter that’s been winning out.


Pilot surprises grandparents on flight to Mallorca

Laura Gibson is one of her airline's youngest pilots.


Pilot surprises grandparents on flight to Mallorca

Laura Gibson is one of her airline's youngest pilots.


Hope Valley Barracks

At 11:38 PM, Troopers arrested William A. Marshall, age 53, of 112 Rounseville Avenue, Somerset MA for 1.) Possession of Schedule I-V (Cocaine)-2nd Offense, 2.) Driving with a Suspended License. Arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 in the Town of Hopkinton. Marshall was...


Hope Valley Barracks

At 11:38 PM, Troopers arrested William A. Marshall, age 53, of 112 Rounseville Avenue, Somerset MA for 1.) Possession of Schedule I-V (Cocaine)-2nd Offense, 2.) Driving with a Suspended License. Arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 in the Town of Hopkinton. Marshall was...


Cow suit up for Cow Appreciation Day July 9th

It’s time to go get your cow costume out of the closet and dust it off.

Chick-fil-A announced that the 2019 Cow Appreciation Day will be on July 9th. Cow Appreciation Day is a once a year event where Chick-fil-A gives every customer dressed up like a cow a free entrée.

The giveaway kicks off at breakfast and runs until 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Chick-fil-A website.


Cricket World Cup: Jonny Bairstow brilliantly caught by Gulbadin Naib for 90

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib strikes a pose after taking a superb return catch to dismiss England's Jonny Bairstow in the World Cup.


Taco Bell offering free tacos Tuesday, June 18

If you love tacos, get ready to get happy.

You can get one free from Taco Bell on Tuesday, June 18, thanks to the Mexican fast food chain’s NBA Steal a Taco giveaway.

You can get a free Doritos Locos taco at participating locations from 2-6 p.m. or order it anytime Tuesday on the website or through the free taco bell app.

Best of all, there’s no purchase necessary to get your free taco.

The promotion is being offered to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ “stolen” road win over the Toronto Raptors in game two of the NBA finals.

The Raptors went on to win the championship.


Nut allergy man ‘thrown off’ Turkish Airlines flight says policy is ‘discriminating’

Josh Silver says he was escorted off a Turkish Airlines flight after telling crew he had a nut allergy.


The Brief: EU foreign policy shaped by five-year plan, Spain joins fighter jet project

EU's foreign policy goals decided in five-year agenda, Spain joins fighter jet project and Starche gives up his European Parliament seat. All this and more in the Brief from Brussels.


The Brief: EU foreign policy shaped by five-year plan, Spain joins fighter jet project

EU's foreign policy goals decided in five-year agenda, Spain joins fighter jet project and Starche gives up his European Parliament seat. All this and more in the Brief from Brussels.


How mum became the word in Hong Kong’s extradition protests

Last week, a meme circulated on social media comparing Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor crying during a television interview over the sacrifices she has made to serve Hong Kong with a woman – dubbed “real and kind mother” – pleading with the police not to harm the young people protesting against the government’s extradition bill on June 12. Another social media post contrasted a photograph of Lam with her son to one of a protester bleeding on the ground. In the interview,…


How mum became the word in Hong Kong’s extradition protests

Last week, a meme circulated on social media comparing Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor crying during a television interview over the sacrifices she has made to serve Hong Kong with a woman – dubbed “real and kind mother” – pleading with the police not to harm the young people protesting against the government’s extradition bill on June 12. Another social media post contrasted a photograph of Lam with her son to one of a protester bleeding on the ground. In the interview,…


Ed the Sock dips toe into Ontario Autism Program debate with parody of PC social media campaign

A tweet by Ed the Sock targets autism program cuts in Ontario by mocking the provincial government's social media campaign focusing on access to beer and wine in local stores.


Trans Mountain pipeline expansion decision deadline is here

The federal government is widely expected to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Tuesday — but even with a Yes vote, construction is likely weeks, if not months, away.


Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection reports 146 HIV infections, including two newborns, in first quarter of 2019

Two newborn children who contracted HIV from their mothers were among 146 infections recorded in Hong Kong in the first four months of the year, the city’s disease watchdog said on Tuesday.Dr Kenny Chan Chi-wai, a preventive medicine consultant at the Centre for Health Protection, said he believed the mothers were infected during pregnancy through sex and passed the virus to their infants during childbirth or from breastfeeding.Chan said the mothers had not tested positive for the virus in…


Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection reports 146 HIV infections, including two newborns, in first quarter of 2019

Two newborn children who contracted HIV from their mothers were among 146 infections recorded in Hong Kong in the first four months of the year, the city’s disease watchdog said on Tuesday.Dr Kenny Chan Chi-wai, a preventive medicine consultant at the Centre for Health Protection, said he believed the mothers were infected during pregnancy through sex and passed the virus to their infants during childbirth or from breastfeeding.Chan said the mothers had not tested positive for the virus in…


Lincoln Woods Barracks

Media Contact:
Captain Darnell S. Weaver
District "A" Commander
State Police Headquarters
401-444-1012

At 8:17PM Troopers arrested Garfield Fletcher, age 32, of 124 Filmore Street, Providence, RI, on an Affidavit and Arrest Warrant on the charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident...


Lincoln Woods Barracks

Media Contact:
Captain Darnell S. Weaver
District "A" Commander
State Police Headquarters
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Man pleads guilty to decapitating Montana casino patron

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of two men charged with decapitating a casino patron has pleaded guilty.

The Billings Gazette reports that 34-year-old Jeffery Glen Haverty pleaded guilty Monday.

Haverty and 32-year-old Donald Ray Cherry were both charged with deliberate homicide in the October 2017 death of 41-year-old Myron Wesley Knight.

Prosecutors and Haverty’s attorneys say they will seek 50 years in prison under a plea agreement.

Authorities say Knight asked a Billings casino employee to hold $120 in winnings before leaving with the men.

Police say Haverty robbed Knight of his remaining $6 and began decapitating him in a transient camp.

Authorities say Cherry took part in the decapitation after returning from a gas station.

Knight’s body was found three weeks later.

Cherry’s trial is scheduled to begin in July.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com


Ottawa Public Health gears up for consultations over consolidated health units

The chair of the board of Ottawa Public Health says he will push to keep the agency as localized as possible.


President Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid.

In a pair of tweets Monday night, Trump said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would next week “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he wrote.

An administration official said the effort would focus on the more than 1 million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets.

It is unusual for law enforcement agencies to announce raids before they take place. Some in Trump’s administration believe that decisive shows of force — like mass arrests — can serve as effective deterrents, sending a message to those considering making the journey to the U.S. that it’s not worth coming.

Trump has threatened a series of increasingly drastic actions as he has tried to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the southern border, which has risen dramatically on his watch. He recently dropped a threat to slap tariffs on Mexico after the country agreed to dispatch its national guard and step-up coordination and enforcement efforts.

A senior Mexican official said Monday that, three weeks ago, about 4,200 migrants were arriving at the U.S. border daily. Now that number has dropped to about 2,600.

Immigration was a central theme of Trump’s 2016 campaign and he is expected to hammer it as he tries to fire up his base heading into the 2020 campaign.

Trump will formally launch his re-election bid Tuesday night at a rally in Orlando, Florida — a state that is crucial to his path back to the White House.


Eden Project North could open in 2023, bosses say

Work on a second Eden Project on the Morecambe coast could begin next year, bosses say.


Royal Ascot: Day one in pictures

The royal race meeting gets under way at Ascot Racecourse, with the Queen due to attend all five days.


Boy, 15, stabbed more than 20 times in Luton

The teenager is "fighting for his life" following the "horrific" attack in Luton.


Cricket World Cup: Vince caught by Mujeeb Ur Rahman off Dawlat Zadran

Opener James Vince is caught by Mujeeb Ur Rahman at short fine leg in England's match against Afghanistan at Old Trafford.


Woman found dead in California Costco parking lot was likely killed by dogs, authorities say

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Police say a woman whose body was found in a California Costco parking lot Sunday morning may have been attacked by one or more dogs, according to KERO.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday morning BPD was called out the Costco parking lot off of Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, where a woman’s body was found with what officers say were obvious signs of trauma. The exact cause of death is still being determined by the Kern County Coroner’s Office but BPD is saying that she was likely attacked by one or more dogs before her death.

Animal control officers have located and apprehended all of the dogs.

“Officers are still looking for any evidence, witnesses and the investigation is ongoing,” said Sgt. Sean Morphis of the Bakersfield Police Department.

The identity of the victim will be released at a later time.


Former Ohio teacher faces sex charges involving at least 28 first graders

SPRINGBORO, Ohio – A former Ohio teacher is facing sex charges involving at least 28 first-grade girls.

According to WLWT, John Austin Hopkins, 25, was indicted on Monday on 36 counts of gross sexual imposition.

Prosecutors say Hopkins was a gym teacher at Clearcreek Elementary School and Springboro Intermediate.

“The 36 counts of gross sexual imposition relate to 28 different children. All of these students again were female, first graders at Clearcreek Elementary. The elements of gross sexual imposition are that on the specific dates in question and specific dates specifically identified in the indictment, Mr. Hopkins had sexual contact with a person who was under 13 years of age,” said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

The potential victims were reportedly identified through security footage beginning in December 2018 after Hopkins was accused of having contact with a first-grader. 

Hopkins allegedly had female students sit on his lap so he could touch them sexually, WHIO reports.

“They loved him as a teacher because of the amount of affection he was showing them,” Fornshell said.  “What these kids didn’t realize was this was completely inappropriate and criminal.”

Authorities arrested Hopkins after one of the children's parents reported the alleged abuse.

According to WLWT, Fornshell said Hopkins would repeatedly inappropriately touch the female first-graders; one of the victims was reportedly convinced she would marry Hopkins when she got older.

Hopkins was booked into the Warren County Jail and remains in police custody.


More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized.

One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive said 20 others who were hospitalized had bruises and abrasions.

The bus was carrying 40 students and three football coaches back to Greenwood from a football camp in Starkville, Greenwood school district spokeswoman Margaret Dean said, adding that head football coach Clinton Gatewood was driving.

An initial investigation shows Gatewood lost control of the bus and that it ran off the right edge of the pavement, Shive said. Gatewood overcorrected and crossed over the left edge of the road, Shive said, with the bus then flipping onto its side as Gatewood tried to swerve back to the right.

Gatewood spoke briefly to the newspaper before he hung up, saying, “I want to be with my kids now.”

Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ken Strachan said no other vehicles were involved in the crash on U.S. 82 between Winona and Carrollton, on the edge of Mississippi’s Delta region.

Shive says state troopers and Carroll County sheriff’s deputies had difficulty accounting for students and coaches as parents arrived in their own vehicles and took groups of students from the scene.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com


Nigel Farage milkshake attack: Newcastle man admits assault

The Brexit Party leader had just given a short speech in Newcastle when he was covered in milkshake.


Wainfleet flooding: Environment Agency ‘warned of risk’

A local group says it predicted the collapse of a river wall which led to flooding in Wainfleet.


Kell Brook wants bout with Terence Crawford and plays down retirement speculation

Former world champion Kell Brook responds to retirement rumours by stating he hopes to fight American Terence Crawford.


Northwestern to Host Boston College in B1G/ACC Challenge

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EVANSTON, Ill. - The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conferences announced on Tuesday that Northwestern will host Boston College as part of the 13th annual B1G/ACC Challenge. The Wildcats and Golden Eagles will meet Wednesday, December 4 in Welsh-Ryan Arena with game time and TV coverage to be set at a later date.


What will cannabis drinks’ labels say? Here’s why ‘barley soda’ is a possibility

Makers of THC-infused wine and beer can't use words linked with alcohol on their labels. The problem is, those are the only words anybody understands.


Sir James Dyson donates £19m to his old school in Holt

The money will fund a new centre for science, technology, arts and maths "to inspire young minds".


A UC Davis junior, radio host and activist died 25 years ago. Now, he is a graduate

At 21, Oscar Gomez Jr. was “desarrollando – blossoming,” in the words of Eddie Salas, a close friend and Davis community member. A member of the UC Davis chapter of … Click to Continue »


Rafael Benitez: Newcastle manager offered £12m by Chinese club Dalian Yifang

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez receives a £12m-a-year offer from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.


A growing number of Canadian victims of overseas terrorism, but little support for them

Canadians are hardly the only targets of today's terrorists, but they lack the government support available to citizens of other western countries, victims and advocates say.


Kevin Shepperson murder: Three guilty of Walsall killing

Three men beat Kevin Shepperson to death with the weight in his flat in Walsall, police say.


Leicester temple wheelchair row taxi driver ‘suspended’

Saroj Seth says there was "no compassion, no kindness" shown towards her.


Lawyer ‘offered to allow businesswoman evade justice if she paid US$4.9 million settlement’, Hong Kong court hears

A lawyer was accused of twice offering to allow a businesswoman to evade criminal justice in 2010 if she was willing to pay at least HK$38 million for a settlement, a Hong Kong court heard on Tuesday.Kevin Bowers, who was at the time a partner of Reed Smith Richard Butler, pleaded not guilty to two charges of perverting the course of justice at the District Court.Prosecutor Priscilia Lam told the court on the first day of Bowers’ trial that the allegations centred on a criminal proceeding faced…


Chief Executive Carrie Lam issues ‘most sincere’ apology over handling of Hong Kong extradition bill

In what is seen as her last chance to stop a snowballing political storm, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will meet the press at 4pm on Tuesday where she is expected to issue a formal apology over her mishandling of the extradition bill.

It will be the third time in four days Lam has softened her stance since she announced on Saturday she was suspending the extradition bill which, if passed, would allow the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions which the city lacks a deal with,…


Petersfield bear hugging record attempt for charity

Schoolchildren have been learning about the benefits of cuddling their teddies during a world record attempt.


Lee Bowyer: Charlton boss agrees to one-year contract extension

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer agrees a one-year contract extension a day after the Addicks said they were unable to agree terms.


Man seriously injured in Downtown Eastside stabbing

A man in his 30s is in stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed on East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside Monday night.


State Historical Society awards four Deadwood Fund historic preservation grants

Historic preservation projects in Hot Springs, Huron and Miller have received matching Deadwood Fund grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Bournemouth stabbings: Boy, 14, arrested

Two men were stabbed after being chased by a group of teenagers through Bournemouth town centre.


Cosgrove Hall’s Wind in the Willows puppets return to Manchester

The figures including Ratty, Mole and Toad had been kept in storage for 26 years and were feared lost.


London stabbing: ‘He was my amazing brother’

Emotional tributes are paid to Cheyon Evans, 18, the 59th person murdered in London this year.


Women’s World Cup: Casey Stoney – Man Utd boss on managing in men’s game

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Man held after wave of thefts at Lei Muk Shue Estate, Hong Kong

A man was arrested on Monday night accused of going on a crime spree on a Hong Kong public housing estate that culminated in a knifepoint robbery.The 41-year-old stood accused of robbery, burglary and theft, in five offences over eight days.In the latest case, a woman was robbed outside Block 5 of Lei Muk Shue Estate, Kwai Chung, shortly before 12.30am on Monday.A police spokesman said the 29-year-old was threatened with a fruit knife and robbed of HK$640 (US$82). The robber, who was about 1.7…


China-Britain trade deal secured, despite UK’s Hong Kong concerns

China and Britain have clinched £500 million (US$630 million) worth of deals in a high-profile trip by a Chinese vice-premier to London on Monday, despite fears by British trade officials that the talks might be derailed because of protests in Hong Kong.Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua and British Chancellor Philip Hammond vowed to work together to protect global trade, but not before officials in Whitehall wondered if the public uproar in Hong Kong would scupper a deal they see as a vital boost amid…


Jury to be seated in Navy SEAL’s California murder trial

Combat veterans who lost friends and comrades in battle are being questioned as potential jurors in the war-crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL. Seven Marines, including one woman who … Click to Continue »


Lenny Kravitz jams with nine-year-old drummer

Nandi Bushell wowed the singer-songwriter when she posted videos of her skills on Instagram.


SHAFTSBURY BARRACKS / Disorderly Conduct

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19B301902 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nicholas J Cervero                           STATION:  Shaftsbury                    CONTACT#: (802)442-5421   DATE/TIME: 06/17/2019  -  2200 Hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Center Lane, Arlington, Vermont  VIOLATION:


Williston Barracks / DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A102863 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Andrew Underwood                        STATION: Williston Barracks CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: June 17, 2019 LOCATION: St George Road, Williston VIOLATION: DUI   ACCUSED: Douglas P Daigle


Attorney: Officer who shot 3 in Costco was attacked first

The off-duty officer who shot and killed a man inside a Southern California Costco last week was attacked without warning as he held his toddler son, the policeman's attorney said … Click to Continue »


AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. … Click to Continue »


Carrie Lam set to offer personal apology for mishandling of Hong Kong’s extradition bill

Hong Kong’s embattled leader is due to offer a second apology, this time in person, on Tuesday afternoon for her mishandling of a controversial extradition bill, but she is unlikely to accept demands to scrap it altogether.All eyes are on how Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will try to defuse a public backlash that has not eased despite her decision to suspend the bill, with tens of thousands of opponents sending her an ultimatum to meet their demands or face escalated protest action…


Carrie Lam set to offer personal apology for mishandling of Hong Kong’s extradition bill

Hong Kong’s embattled leader is due to offer a second apology, this time in person, on Tuesday afternoon for her mishandling of a controversial extradition bill, but she is unlikely to accept demands to scrap it altogether.All eyes are on how Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will try to defuse a public backlash that has not eased despite her decision to suspend the bill, with tens of thousands of opponents sending her an ultimatum to meet their demands or face escalated protest action…


Honolulu City Council courted by opposing rental interests

Debate over vacation rental bills has led to accusations that Honolulu City Council members have become targets for influence peddling. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that each side in the … Click to Continue »


Honolulu City Council courted by opposing rental interests

Debate over vacation rental bills has led to accusations that Honolulu City Council members have become targets for influence peddling. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that each side in the … Click to Continue »


Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid. In a pair of tweets Monday … Click to Continue »


Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid. In a pair of tweets Monday … Click to Continue »


Silver Alert- Mary Enderson

Narrative: Mary Endreson (72 Years Old) left her apartment loacted near 99th Ave and Olive. sometime between 9:00am and 4:00pm on 6/16/2019. She lives there with her sister. Mary was reported missing to MCSO Deputies after her sister was unable to locate her. Mary suffers from Depression and is believed to have left on foot from the apartment. Mary has no known medical conditions, no cell phone, and no identification on her.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Contact Person: 
Calbert Gillett
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:15pm
Contact Phone: 
(602) 876-1011
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Mary Endreson
Age: 
72
DOB: 
Monday, May 5, 1947
Height: 
5'4"
Weight: 
90
Hair Color: 
White
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Maricopa/ Peoria
Vehicle License Plate: 
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Adams County man gets 32 years in prison for shooting father to death

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BRIGHTON  — A 28-year-old Adams County man who shot his father to death at an apartment north of Denver has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Waylon Robitaille pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder and was sentenced Monday for the April 28, 2018, death of 52-year-old David Robitaille.

Adams County sheriff’s deputies called to the home found the elder Robitaille with a gunshot wound to the head. Waylon Robitaille told investigators he and his father had argued and were struggling over the gun when it accidentally fired, but prosecutor Sara Carty said evidence showed the shooting was deliberate.

She said Waylon Robitaille was several feet away when he shot his father between the eyes.


New Haven/Arrest Warrant

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE          CASE#: 19B501552 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Mae Murdock                            STATION: New Haven                  CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: June 17, 2019 at 1856 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 22A in the Town of Shoreham, VT VIOLATION: Arrest


AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

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Douglas County School Board may cut STEM School Highlands Ranch charter to one year amid security concerns

STEM School Highlands Ranch, where a fatal shooting happened earlier this year, could have its charter cut from three years down to one under a proposal Tuesday night by the Douglas County School Board.

The charter-slashing resolution is on the school board agenda under an “actions” item.

On Jan. 8, the school board adopted a three-year charter for STEM “subject to certain conditions.”

Since the May 7 shooting, which took the life of 18-year-old student Kendrick Castillo, “the District and STEM have yet to resolve their disagreements … and have not entered into a charter school contract for any renewal term,” according to the board’s resolution to rescind.

“As a result of the shooting at STEM on May 7, 2019, and to provide an opportunity for a more-informed renewal discussion based on information learned after the incident, including results of the law enforcement investigation, the Board will consider rescission of its January 8, 2019 resolution, extension of the current STEM contract term and the negotiation of a contract amendment containing certain terms and conditions,” according to the board agenda.

The resolution proposes to extend STEM’s charter by one year, through June 30, 2020.

Among a list of matters that the superintendent and STEM must agree on is: “Timely completion of safety assessment reports, including without limitation there assessment, child abuse, and suicide assessment reports, and submission of report to the District.”

The resolution also calls for: “STEM assurances that per pupil revenue received from the District will not be used for expansion efforts outside the District.”

Pending approval, the draft resolution has a signature spot for David Ray, president; and Krista Holtzmann, secretary. Ray and Thomas Tucker, superintendent of the district, signed off on the board’s consideration of the resolution measure.

Action on the resolution should commence at about 8:55 p.m., according to the agenda.


Lethbridge trio located safe by Global News after police report them missing in B.C.

A bit of social media sleuthing for two Lethbridge men and a boy managed to located the trio safe in the Prince George area. 


New Haven/DLS

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE          CASE#: 19B501558 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Tyler Silva                           STATION: New Haven                   CONTACT#: 802-388-4919 DATE/TIME: June 17, 2019 at 2305 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT VIOLATION: DLS


Fatality Crash North of Banks

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For Immediate Release: Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On June 17, 2019, at 9:50 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a motorcycle fatality crash northbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 86, north of Banks.

William Balding, 55, of Boise, was driving a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle north on State Highway 55 when he went off the roadway and struck the guardrail. Balding was ejected from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Notification to family has been made.

Balding was not wearing a helmet. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642

Phone (208) 846-7550

Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On June 17, 2019, at 9:50 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a motorcycle fatality crash northbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 86, north of Banks.

William Balding, 55, of Boise, was driving a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle north on State Highway 55 when he went off the roadway and struck the guardrail. Balding was ejected from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Notification to family has been made.

Balding was not wearing a helmet. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Meet Tilde: Cañon City’s beloved white deer gets a name

Cañon City’s beloved white deer officially has a name.

Mayor Preston Troutman on Monday read a proclamation designating the deer’s new name, Tilde, which also is the character placed over the “ñ” in Cañon City. He said the tilde is as unique to the city as the deer.

“The City of Cañon City recognizes that our community has invested time and effort in giving the white deer a name as unique as its color,” Troutman said.

The deer first was spotted in town in August 2018, attracting lots of onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of him eating in a meadow, frolicking with his siblings or resting beneath a tree.

Read more at canoncitydailyrecord.com.


Derby Barracks VCOR VAPO

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19A502293 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jeff Ferrier                             STATION: Derby                       CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 6/17/2019 1245 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Coventry VIOLATION: Violation of Conditions of release,


Derby Barracks VCOR VAPO

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19A502293 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jeff Ferrier                             STATION: Derby                       CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 6/17/2019 1245 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Coventry VIOLATION: Violation of Conditions of release,


Despite extradition protests, China’s economic stimulus and US monetary policy easing leave Hong Kong well placed

Markets always have to react. Attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East prompt a higher oil price. China unveils measures to boost automobile sales and the price of palladium is affected. But, while immediate market reactions are perfectly rational in the moment, those decisions may not stand the test of time. Take Hong Kong for example. Clearly, last week’s use of beanbag rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas in Admiralty was hardly going to elicit a positive reaction from investors, and the…


News Release – Crash/Injury – Derby Barracks

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News Release – Crash/Injury – Derby Barracks

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19A502301                        RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Amy LeClair STATION: VSP-Derby Barracks                                 CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 06-17-19 2055 hrs STREET: Darling Hill Road TOWN: Derby LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: In the


Parish council tax bills rise ‘to save services from cuts’

BBC analysis found 45 parishes more than doubled their levy on the Band D council tax for 2019-20


Alaska fishermen appeal Carnival’s $20 million pollution settlement


Holland America was caught illegally dumping 26,000 gallons of grey water inside Glacier Bay National Park in 2018. It was fined $250 by the National Park Service. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service).

Three Alaskans are appealing a deal reached between Carnival Corporation and federal prosecutors after the world’s largest cruise company recently admitted to violating its felony probation.

The Miami-based cruise giant admitted to illegally discharging wastewater, plastics and other material and then trying to cover it up. One of its violations included tens of thousands of grey water discharged last year in Glacier Bay National Park.

Three Alaskans claimed harm from Carnival’s pollution under the federal Crime Victims Rights Act. But the district court judge denied the motion.

Eric Forrer, a retired fisherman who lives on Auke Bay near Juneau, said that left him perplexed.

“If the commercial fishermen, who are actually on the water, harvesting resources, from the very waters that Carnival is polluting aren’t injured — nobody is injured,” Forrer told CoastAlaska.

The settlement includes expanded court-ordered monitoring and a $20 million penalty in addition to the $40 million the company has already paid in 2016.

“That sounds like a lot of money to normal people,” said Kendra Ulrich, shipping campaigner for Stand.earth, the San Francisco-based group that’s coordinating the legal challenge filed Monday. “But for a multi-billion dollar international corporation it cannot even be characterized as a slap-on-the-wrist.”

Carnival posted a $3.2 billion profit during the last fiscal year.

In a written statement to CoastAlaska, Carnival said that environmental protection is a top corporate priority.

“We treasure the places we visit, and our goal is to leave these destinations even better than before we first arrived,” Roger Frizzell, spokesman for the Miami-based company, wrote.

Carnival owns more than 100 cruise ships operated by nine cruise brands. It plans to hire a chief compliance officer to oversee its subsidiaries including Holland America, Princess Cruise Lines and Cunard.

The appeals court is expected to rule later this week.

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The surprising things you need to know about lightning ahead of summer storms

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - As summer storms continue to pop up throughout the region, experts said Monday that lightning safety is an important subject to keep in mind.

Most fatal lightning strikes take place during the summer, according to National Weather Service data. While only 4 recorded lighting fatalities have happened so far in 2019, it kills an average of 47 people in the United States annually. Hundreds more are injured.

Lightning could be more dangerous than you give it credit for, said WHNT News 19 meteorologist Gabrielle Deabler.

"I think it is sometimes underestimated as a risk because every thunderstorm has lightning," she said. "But 2/3 of lightning fatalities occur during the summer because so many people want to be outside. It's not something to be underestimated. it is a serious threat. Especially this time of year."

Denny Holland, a Muscle Shoals resident, can speak to that.

He recalls the moment he and some coworkers went outside in a rainstorm and he had a close call.

"It was raining pretty bad but we went outside with umbrellas," he said. "You never know when something like that can happen to you... It just came out of nowhere all of a sudden. Just popped down on top of a dumpster."

He said the lightning hit several feet away from him, but he believes the current went through the metal handle of his umbrella and into his body.

"Bright, white flashing light all around. I couldn't see for a second," he recalled. "It was really loud, the pop. I just felt a jolt hit me on the side of the head. I kind of got really dizzy."

He said he started feeling bad enough to take himself to the ER. But thankfully, he had no lasting injuries.

"My great-uncle was hit by lightning, and his life was never the same. I consider myself very fortunate," he said. "I am just thankful the Lord was looking after me."

HEMSI official, Don Webster, said often lightning strike victims have serious injuries including cardiac arrest, burns, and tingling.

But there isn't always rain involved in lightning strikes.

In the state's most recent lightning accident reported in Mobile, the victim's family said it wasn't even raining. Deabler says you don't have to be in a thunderstorm to be hit by lightning like that.

"Lightning can strike up to 10 to 15 miles away from the parent storm that's producing it. We call those bolts from the blue. And they can strike under sunny skies," she said. "Lightning can stretch for miles away from a thunderstorm. And because summertime thunderstorms are so isolated, that's not that uncommon."

Deabler also debunks an often-repeated phrase: "lightning never strikes the same place twice."

"That's absolutely not true," she said. "Lightning actually hits the same object twice very frequently. Lightning just wants to get to the ground, so it's going to hit the thing closest to the ground that it can reach."

Another misconception: that trees are suitable shelter.

"There is nowhere outdoors that is safe from lightning," she said. "Not a tree, not crouching down, not laying down flat on the ground. All of those are misconceptions. There is no safe place outside. You need to get indoors or find some kind of shelter. Even just going to your car is going to be safer than staying outside."

Holland said he completely gets it. And that's what he practices at home now, too.

"I just try not to be too active outside, if it's raining or lightning," he explained. "I used to go outside and watch a storm. I've always enjoyed watching a storm. But since that happened I don't do that. I just watch from the safety of inside."

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Rural King plans to take over former Gander Mountain store

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - For two years, the former Gander Mountain has sat empty. Now, the hardware chain Rural King announced they're taking over the shuttered store off Huntsville's north parkway.

The Huntsville location will be Rural King's third Alabama store.

When you talk about retail in north Huntsville, you're going to hear a lot of 'used to be's'.

"We've seen so many changes in this town," Huntsville resident Pat Mirandy said.

Shuttered storefronts along the parkway are easy to spot. And one of the biggest 'used to be's', Gander Mountain, closed in 2017.

"I kept thinking, 'Oh God. I hope Gander Mountain doesn't turn into another haunted house'," Mirandy said.

Haunted? No. New Rural King store manager Jim McNelly is very much alive.

"I came down to Huntsville and drove through town and went 'Wow'," McNelly said.

As faded green is turned to bright red, this 'used to be' is now a 'soon to be.' McNelly drove from Ohio, tasked with overseeing the building and hiring of the first Rural King in Huntsville.

"We sell everything from guns to sporting goods to hardware," McNelly said.

McNelly said he's hoping it'll take just under two months before they can welcome their first customers. Huntsville city leaders say Marco Contractors has a permit for around $400,000 worth of renovations, getting this place ready for Rural King.

"We're going to be hiring quite a few associates, I've hired quite a few already," McNelly said.

All told, McNelly says the Huntsville store will employ around 100 people.

"And we have free popcorn, every day," McNelly said.

An appetizing prospect for the curious shopper and perhaps dozens of job hunters.

"Yay! New jobs for people. That'd be awesome," Mirandy said.

McNelly says they hope to open by the end of August. Rural King also has stores in Dothan and Muscle Shoals. McNelly says they're working with the city on permits, Rural King also sells livestock, including chicks, ducklings, turkeys, and rabbits.


Essex students ‘demand change’ to sex complaint policy

The University of Essex will have "changes in place" for the new academic year, a spokesman says.


South Western Railway workers begin five-day strike

London commuters and racegoers at Royal Ascot are advised to check details of trains online.


Hildegard’s German Cuisine opening downtown Athens restaurant

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Main Street and the City of Athens One Stop Shop announced a new German Cuisine restaurant opening in downtown Athens.

City officials say owners Amy and Eric Miller plan to open in mid-2020 on the Square in the old Diesel and Lola’s building on Marion Street.

Amy and Eric Miller have owned Hildegard’s German Cuisine in Huntsville for the past 3 years and are looking forward to expanding in Athens.

Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson shares her excitement of a new restaurant coming to downtown Athens.

“We are thrilled to have Hildegard’s coming to Downtown Athens. The historic property they have purchased will be a perfect spot for another fine restaurant addition to the Square,” said Richardson.

According to Richardson, they plan to include outdoor street-side dining in their renovation.


Man sentenced to 22 months for money laundering scheme with slot machines in Sacramento

A man was sentenced to 22 months in prison Friday for partaking in a money-laundering scheme that relied on slot machines in Sacramento and other Northern California cities, officials said. … Click to Continue »


Broncos Stadium development — sprouting from its parking lots — could stretch all the way to Federal Boulevard

The Denver City Council on Monday approved the broad strokes of a new neighborhood that could rise from some of the parking lots around Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

Backed by the Denver Broncos, the proposed development follows in the footsteps of other high-density stadium developments around the country.

“While we have a long way to go to make this vision a reality, this plan is the first step in that direction,” said Matt Sugar, director of stadium affairs for the Metropolitan Football Stadium District, which owns the land.

The master plan was drafted by city staff with input from residents, the team and organizations around West Denver. It covers the southern half of the stadium area, along with the “cloverleaf” around Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue.

The document describes a mixed-use development with parks, shopping and residential buildings, including affordable housing for households from “very low” to middle income. But the legal structure of the development could make it complicated to build for-sale units, the plan warns.

RELATED: What’s next for River Mile: City-sized Elitch Gardens project steaming ahead in Denver

Buildings on the site could rise to a “base height” of five floors, or up to 30 floors if they meet certain design and affordability requirements, the city plan suggests.

“The more growth we can put on this site, the more it relieves pressure on other neighborhoods. I want to be clear, the development here is happening on parking lots,” said Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech, stressing that the plan was the result of a months-long community process.


An early sketch of one possible configuration for development around Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

The document also recommends revamping the looping cloverleaf road exchange around Federal and Colfax. Illustrations show tall buildings and green space around the notorious intersection, but that’s not guaranteed.

Preliminary documents said the project could host some 2,000 residents, plus retail, restaurants, offices and hundreds of hotel rooms, totaling 3.5 million square feet. It could require $150 million of roads, parks and more to be funded by special taxes on the site.

But the numbers could change, the project’s representatives stressed.

“We don’t have developers at the table. I’m not a developer. I’m a football guy,” said Mac Freeman, chief commercial officer for the Broncos.

Those details will come as the partners go through the more detailed rezoning  process and work with developers.

The project would lease the land from the stadium districts, which represents seven metro counties. The development deal would pay for maintenance and upgrades of the stadium.

Freeman previously said that the stadium could need $700 million of work over the next 25 years. Denver metro residents paid for most of the stadium’s original cost through sales taxes. The Broncos rent it for about $3.5 million per year in a long-term lease.

Councilwoman At-large Debbie Ortega asked whether the area could handle the cumulative impact of the stadium project, River Mile and other big plans.

“But to be here tonight and know that everyone’s pretty much singing the same tune … in general, this is a big deal,” she said.

The council approved the plan unanimously in a 9-0 vote with four council members absent.


HMP Birmingham: Scanner funding failure ‘inexplicable’

The chief inspector of prisons says the task to improve conditions at HMP Birmingham is "huge".


National climate emergency declared by House of Commons

The motion describes climate change as a "real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity, that impacts the environment, biodiversity, Canadian's health, and the Canadian economy." 


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Army investigating fatal humvee crash near Ft. Wainwright


Spc. Marquise Elliott is a paratrooper from Charlotte, N.C. He joined the Army in October 2015 and after training reported for duty in Alaska in April 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Army officials are investigating the death of a soldier over the weekend during a field training exercise near Fort Wainwright.

U.S. Army Alaska news release issued this morning says 25-year-old Spc. Marquise Elliott died Saturday of injuries he sustained when he lost control of a Humvee he was driving in the Yukon Training Area east of Fairbanks.

USARAK spokesman John Pennell says the heavily armored Humvee was part of a convoy moving through the range at about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon during the Red Flag training exercises that began last week.

“The convoy that they were traveling in was halted, while they getting Marquise transported back to Fairbanks Memorial,” he said.

Pennell says Elliott was treated by medics at the site before being transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead. He says a soldier riding along in the Humvee was treated for minor injuries and released at the site.

“That particular area and the vehicle will be investigated as part of the safety investigation by the Army Combat Readiness Center,” Pennell said.

Pennell says the soldiers were assigned to the Second Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He says the unit has completed its part of the training exercise and will return to JBER.

“We’re just kind of in a state of shock right now, and looking to do everything we can for the soldiers families and friends, so that they can move on – get through this,” Pennell said.

Elliott is the second Alaska-based soldier killed this year during training exercises held in the Interior. The first was 20-year-old Specialist Nicholas DiMona, who died March 30th of a gunshot wound he sustained during a live-fire exercise in the Donnelly Training Area south of Fort Greely. DiMona was assigned to the Fort Wainwright-based 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Pennell says an Army investigation into that incident is continuing. He could not say when that investigation will wrap up.

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Army investigating fatal humvee crash near Ft. Wainwright


Spc. Marquise Elliott is a paratrooper from Charlotte, N.C. He joined the Army in October 2015 and after training reported for duty in Alaska in April 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Army officials are investigating the death of a soldier over the weekend during a field training exercise near Fort Wainwright.

U.S. Army Alaska news release issued this morning says 25-year-old Spc. Marquise Elliott died Saturday of injuries he sustained when he lost control of a Humvee he was driving in the Yukon Training Area east of Fairbanks.

USARAK spokesman John Pennell says the heavily armored Humvee was part of a convoy moving through the range at about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon during the Red Flag training exercises that began last week.

“The convoy that they were traveling in was halted, while they getting Marquise transported back to Fairbanks Memorial,” he said.

Pennell says Elliott was treated by medics at the site before being transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead. He says a soldier riding along in the Humvee was treated for minor injuries and released at the site.

“That particular area and the vehicle will be investigated as part of the safety investigation by the Army Combat Readiness Center,” Pennell said.

Pennell says the soldiers were assigned to the Second Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He says the unit has completed its part of the training exercise and will return to JBER.

“We’re just kind of in a state of shock right now, and looking to do everything we can for the soldiers families and friends, so that they can move on – get through this,” Pennell said.

Elliott is the second Alaska-based soldier killed this year during training exercises held in the Interior. The first was 20-year-old Specialist Nicholas DiMona, who died March 30th of a gunshot wound he sustained during a live-fire exercise in the Donnelly Training Area south of Fort Greely. DiMona was assigned to the Fort Wainwright-based 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Pennell says an Army investigation into that incident is continuing. He could not say when that investigation will wrap up.

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Mat-Su Borough to leave Alaska Municipal League

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is planning to leave the Alaska Municipal League at the end of June. That’s after Assembly members voted to zero-out funding for membership in the organization earlier this month.

The Alaska Municipal League represents 165 communities around the state and advocates for local governments’ collective interests in state and federal decision-making. But some in the Mat-Su, including a slim majority of Mat-Su Borough Assembly members, think those collective interests and some of the league’s positions do not line up with those of the borough, at least not enough for the borough to pay for league membership.

At its June 4 meeting, the Assembly voted 4-3 to approve a budget amendment sponsored by District 6 Assembly member Jesse Sumner that eliminates the borough’s $41,000 in annual dues to the Alaska Municipal League.

Sumner said the municipal league’s opposition to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed deep cuts to state spending is not in line with his constituents’ wishes.

“It seems pretty simple that if the state goes forward with continuing to spend the way they are and not cutting their budget, they’ll have to have a tax at some point, it’ll come out of the Mat-Su, and it won’t be spent back here the same rate it comes out, because it never is,” Sumner said.

The borough’s manager said it will continue to have its own lobbyist.

Alaska Municipal League Executive Director Nils Andreassen said he was disappointed by the Assembly’s decision.

“And I’ve been thinking of it in terms of our articles of incorporation, that, at a very, very basic level says, ‘Support good things for local governments and oppose bad things,'” Andreassen said. “That’s how we’ve approached this session, and I think that nothing we’ve done has harmed the members’ interests. And it’s entirely up to them how they respond to state or federal legislative actions.”

Andreassen said he plans to continue talking with members of the Assembly about municipal league membership and working to improve state policies for the Mat-Su Borough, including on public safety issues.

A spokesperson for the borough said the Assembly could still reinstate funding for the membership dues.

Sumner, the Assembly member, said he will oppose reinstating the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s membership in the Alaska Municipal League unless the league makes drastic changes to resolutions it’s passed, something he sees as very unlikely.

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Mat-Su Borough to leave Alaska Municipal League

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is planning to leave the Alaska Municipal League at the end of June. That’s after Assembly members voted to zero-out funding for membership in the organization earlier this month.

The Alaska Municipal League represents 165 communities around the state and advocates for local governments’ collective interests in state and federal decision-making. But some in the Mat-Su, including a slim majority of Mat-Su Borough Assembly members, think those collective interests and some of the league’s positions do not line up with those of the borough, at least not enough for the borough to pay for league membership.

At its June 4 meeting, the Assembly voted 4-3 to approve a budget amendment sponsored by District 6 Assembly member Jesse Sumner that eliminates the borough’s $41,000 in annual dues to the Alaska Municipal League.

Sumner said the municipal league’s opposition to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed deep cuts to state spending is not in line with his constituents’ wishes.

“It seems pretty simple that if the state goes forward with continuing to spend the way they are and not cutting their budget, they’ll have to have a tax at some point, it’ll come out of the Mat-Su, and it won’t be spent back here the same rate it comes out, because it never is,” Sumner said.

The borough’s manager said it will continue to have its own lobbyist.

Alaska Municipal League Executive Director Nils Andreassen said he was disappointed by the Assembly’s decision.

“And I’ve been thinking of it in terms of our articles of incorporation, that, at a very, very basic level says, ‘Support good things for local governments and oppose bad things,'” Andreassen said. “That’s how we’ve approached this session, and I think that nothing we’ve done has harmed the members’ interests. And it’s entirely up to them how they respond to state or federal legislative actions.”

Andreassen said he plans to continue talking with members of the Assembly about municipal league membership and working to improve state policies for the Mat-Su Borough, including on public safety issues.

A spokesperson for the borough said the Assembly could still reinstate funding for the membership dues.

Sumner, the Assembly member, said he will oppose reinstating the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s membership in the Alaska Municipal League unless the league makes drastic changes to resolutions it’s passed, something he sees as very unlikely.

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Dover Elks Lodge, Boy Scouts conduct Flag Day flag retirement

Dover Elks Lodge 1903 on Salisbury Road, Dover, hosted a flag retirement ceremony June 14 in conjunction with its annual Flag Day Ceremony.Boy Scouts of America, Troop 903, conducted the retirement ceremony by burning worn flags as the assembled crowd saluted and "Taps" played."A national flag that is worn beyond repair may be burned in a fire," according to the BSA handbook. "The ceremony should be conducted with dignity and respect and the flag burned completely to [...]


Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 17, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews

Troopers shoot, kill Fairbanks suspect who allegedly wounded officer serving warrants

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska State Troopers are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting of a suspect this weekend at a residence on the North Side of Fairbanks.

Army investigating fatal humvee crash near Ft. Wainwright

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Army officials are investigating the death of a soldier over the weekend during a field training exercise near Fort Wainwright.

Authorities: Man offered money to ‘rape and murder’ Alaskan

Associated Press

An Indiana man is now charged with murder in the death of Anchorage resident Cynthia Hoffman. Prosecutors say he allegedly tricked a group of teenagers into murdering Hoffman by promising them millions of dollars in exchange for images of the killing.

Court: Alaska sex offender registry violates rights

Associated Press

The Alaska Supreme Court says the state’s sex offender registry violates offenders’ due process rights.

North River wildfire smoke spreads across Norton Sound

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

Smoke from a sizable wildfire outside of Koyuk has been visible for almost a hundred miles in the surrounding Norton Sound area as the wind shifts.

Mat-Su Borough to leave Alaska Municipal League

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is planning to leave the Alaska Municipal League at the end of June. That’s after Assembly members voted to zero-out funding for membership in the organization earlier this month.

ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

ConocoPhillips announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.

For Quinhagak, climate change means they may have to move

Krysti Shallenberger, ALaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing several villages to consider moving. In Quinhagak, a village on the Bering Sea, erosion is threatening the sewer lagoon and the building that houses its washeteria and health clinic.

Alaska fishermen appeal Carnival’s $20 million pollution settlement

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Three Alaskans are appealing a deal reached between Carnival Corporation and federal prosecutors after the world’s largest cruise company recently admitted to violating its felony probation.

Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

A ten-year study of Chukchi Polar Bears, conducted from 2008 to 2018, found more bears than expected — and healthy ones, too. That’s despite sea ice loss in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

For Homer residents with disabilities, accessibility is a waiting game

Renee Gross, KBBI – Homer

The Homer City Council recently adopted an American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan to make Homer more accessible. Legally, the city should have implemented a plan years ago but because of lack of oversight, it’s just now accomplishing that goal.

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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 17, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews

Troopers shoot, kill Fairbanks suspect who allegedly wounded officer serving warrants

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska State Troopers are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting of a suspect this weekend at a residence on the North Side of Fairbanks.

Army investigating fatal humvee crash near Ft. Wainwright

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Army officials are investigating the death of a soldier over the weekend during a field training exercise near Fort Wainwright.

Authorities: Man offered money to ‘rape and murder’ Alaskan

Associated Press

An Indiana man is now charged with murder in the death of Anchorage resident Cynthia Hoffman. Prosecutors say he allegedly tricked a group of teenagers into murdering Hoffman by promising them millions of dollars in exchange for images of the killing.

Court: Alaska sex offender registry violates rights

Associated Press

The Alaska Supreme Court says the state’s sex offender registry violates offenders’ due process rights.

North River wildfire smoke spreads across Norton Sound

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

Smoke from a sizable wildfire outside of Koyuk has been visible for almost a hundred miles in the surrounding Norton Sound area as the wind shifts.

Mat-Su Borough to leave Alaska Municipal League

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is planning to leave the Alaska Municipal League at the end of June. That’s after Assembly members voted to zero-out funding for membership in the organization earlier this month.

ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

ConocoPhillips announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.

For Quinhagak, climate change means they may have to move

Krysti Shallenberger, ALaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing several villages to consider moving. In Quinhagak, a village on the Bering Sea, erosion is threatening the sewer lagoon and the building that houses its washeteria and health clinic.

Alaska fishermen appeal Carnival’s $20 million pollution settlement

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Three Alaskans are appealing a deal reached between Carnival Corporation and federal prosecutors after the world’s largest cruise company recently admitted to violating its felony probation.

Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

A ten-year study of Chukchi Polar Bears, conducted from 2008 to 2018, found more bears than expected — and healthy ones, too. That’s despite sea ice loss in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

For Homer residents with disabilities, accessibility is a waiting game

Renee Gross, KBBI – Homer

The Homer City Council recently adopted an American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan to make Homer more accessible. Legally, the city should have implemented a plan years ago but because of lack of oversight, it’s just now accomplishing that goal.

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Raptors GM did a ‘close-fisted shove… potentially.’ But police haven’t released video

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says they have surveillance video of the incident involving Masai Ujiri.


Raptors GM did a ‘close-fisted shove… potentially.’ But police haven’t released video

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says they have surveillance video of the incident involving Masai Ujiri.


The City of Kingston regains top honours in National Commuter Challenge

"I believe that this is the best year we have ever had," said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.


The City of Kingston regains top honours in National Commuter Challenge

"I believe that this is the best year we have ever had," said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.


Weapons Violation

10 block Park Heights Court
Officers were dispatched to a report of a man with a gun on his porch in the 10 block of Park Heights Ct.  The suspect had armed himself & #8230;


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California lawmakers negotiate new business, phone taxes

California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget. Lawmakers approved the budget … Click to Continue »


California lawmakers negotiate new business, phone taxes

California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget. Lawmakers approved the budget … Click to Continue »


California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry

Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman … Click to Continue »


California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry

Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman … Click to Continue »


ROAD CLOSED – AREA OF 2277 DARLING HILL RD DERBY

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Garrett Coughlin guilty of felony murder in Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide

After a day and a half of jury deliberations, Garrett Coughlin, the 26-year-old accused of murdering Wallace White, Kelly Sloat-White, and Emory Fraker on April 13, 2017, at the Whites’ home in Coal Creek Canyon, was convicted on three counts of felony first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

The three counts of felony murder each carry life sentences without parole. Boulder District Judge Judith Labuda added another 10-year sentence for the aggravated robbery conviction.

Coughlin also was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation. Because an accused perpetrator can only be convicted of one count of murder per person, the jury had to decide between the two murder charges for each count. Ultimately they decided he was guilty of felony murder, or murder that happens in the course of a felony; not murder after deliberation.

After the verdict was read, members of the victims’ families addressed the court and thanked everyone who worked to bring their families justice.

“This has been one big mess,” Ben Sloat IV, Kelly Sloat-White’s brother, said. “I know all of us want to put it behind us and start forgiving in some form or fashion. I hope we all can do that, even Garrett.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty in a statement thanked the investigators and prosecutors who worked on the case.

“Today’s guilty verdict marks the end of a long journey for the loved ones of the three victims,” he said. “When the defendant took their lives in cold-blooded fashion, he also inflicted unimaginable trauma on the families and our community. I am very grateful to the investigators and the prosecution team for their tireless efforts. Our team was honored to fight for the victims. We sincerely appreciate the jury’s service over the past two weeks. This guilty verdict is the just and right outcome.”

Though the prosecution had little physical evidence tying Coughlin to the scene of the crime, the jury found that when all of the circumstantial evidence was viewed together, it proved Coughlin’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The key piece of evidence used to overcome any doubt raised by the defense was a nine-shot, .22 caliber long rifle revolver called “Long Tom” that was known to be in Coughlin’s possession at the time of the murder.

Once the weapon was analyzed by firearms experts at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and matched to two of the slugs found in Emory Fraker’s head, Coughlin became the lead suspect in the investigation.

Though firearms expert Dale Higashi said there was a slight possibility the slugs found in Fraker’s head could have been fired by a different gun, when combined with phone records and several witnesses testifying to Coughlin’s suspicious activities following April 13, 2017, the jury decided the prosecution had met its burden of proof.

Not only had Coughlin taken off work on the morning of April 13, 2017,lied about his whereabouts and was shown to be driving southbound on C-470 (the most direct route to and from the Whites’ house) less than an hour after investigators believe the crime took place, several witnesses testified he suddenly acquired large amounts of marijuana and cash after the date — something witnesses said was out of the ordinary for the financially struggling then 24-year-old.

In addition, just days after the murders, Coughlin quit his job and drove to visit his cousin in Ohio, where he tried to sell the 2 or 3 pounds of marijuana he had obtained and stash the revolver out of state.

Knowing law enforcement was looking for him when he got back to Colorado roughly two weeks later, Coughlin changed his phone number, listed it in his cousin’s name, created new email and Facebook accounts, and swapped the license plates on his car.

“These were cold and calculated murders,” Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel told the jury during her closing argument Friday. “This wasn’t just something that happened in the heat of the moment, it wasn’t hasty or impulsive, this was a plan to kill three people … and what drove him to do this was his need for money so he could keep using drugs.”

Defense attorneys tried to avert blame onto two men who sold heroin to Coughlin around that time. They noted that one of them, Deion Maestas, confessed to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office that an acquaintance of his, Donovan Roybal, committed the murder.


Garrett Coughlin guilty of felony murder in Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide

After a day and a half of jury deliberations, Garrett Coughlin, the 26-year-old accused of murdering Wallace White, Kelly Sloat-White, and Emory Fraker on April 13, 2017, at the Whites’ home in Coal Creek Canyon, was convicted on three counts of felony first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

The three counts of felony murder each carry life sentences without parole. Boulder District Judge Judith Labuda added another 10-year sentence for the aggravated robbery conviction.

Coughlin also was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation. Because an accused perpetrator can only be convicted of one count of murder per person, the jury had to decide between the two murder charges for each count. Ultimately they decided he was guilty of felony murder, or murder that happens in the course of a felony; not murder after deliberation.

After the verdict was read, members of the victims’ families addressed the court and thanked everyone who worked to bring their families justice.

“This has been one big mess,” Ben Sloat IV, Kelly Sloat-White’s brother, said. “I know all of us want to put it behind us and start forgiving in some form or fashion. I hope we all can do that, even Garrett.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty in a statement thanked the investigators and prosecutors who worked on the case.

“Today’s guilty verdict marks the end of a long journey for the loved ones of the three victims,” he said. “When the defendant took their lives in cold-blooded fashion, he also inflicted unimaginable trauma on the families and our community. I am very grateful to the investigators and the prosecution team for their tireless efforts. Our team was honored to fight for the victims. We sincerely appreciate the jury’s service over the past two weeks. This guilty verdict is the just and right outcome.”

Though the prosecution had little physical evidence tying Coughlin to the scene of the crime, the jury found that when all of the circumstantial evidence was viewed together, it proved Coughlin’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The key piece of evidence used to overcome any doubt raised by the defense was a nine-shot, .22 caliber long rifle revolver called “Long Tom” that was known to be in Coughlin’s possession at the time of the murder.

Once the weapon was analyzed by firearms experts at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and matched to two of the slugs found in Emory Fraker’s head, Coughlin became the lead suspect in the investigation.

Though firearms expert Dale Higashi said there was a slight possibility the slugs found in Fraker’s head could have been fired by a different gun, when combined with phone records and several witnesses testifying to Coughlin’s suspicious activities following April 13, 2017, the jury decided the prosecution had met its burden of proof.

Not only had Coughlin taken off work on the morning of April 13, 2017,lied about his whereabouts and was shown to be driving southbound on C-470 (the most direct route to and from the Whites’ house) less than an hour after investigators believe the crime took place, several witnesses testified he suddenly acquired large amounts of marijuana and cash after the date — something witnesses said was out of the ordinary for the financially struggling then 24-year-old.

In addition, just days after the murders, Coughlin quit his job and drove to visit his cousin in Ohio, where he tried to sell the 2 or 3 pounds of marijuana he had obtained and stash the revolver out of state.

Knowing law enforcement was looking for him when he got back to Colorado roughly two weeks later, Coughlin changed his phone number, listed it in his cousin’s name, created new email and Facebook accounts, and swapped the license plates on his car.

“These were cold and calculated murders,” Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel told the jury during her closing argument Friday. “This wasn’t just something that happened in the heat of the moment, it wasn’t hasty or impulsive, this was a plan to kill three people … and what drove him to do this was his need for money so he could keep using drugs.”

Defense attorneys tried to avert blame onto two men who sold heroin to Coughlin around that time. They noted that one of them, Deion Maestas, confessed to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office that an acquaintance of his, Donovan Roybal, committed the murder.


Strong Summertime Storms Expected Tuesday

A stream of moisture from the Gulf will stay active through at least Thursday, while the jet stream settles farther south than what we would typically expect for late-June. This means that any disturbances that develop along the jet stream will be able to send showers and storms into the Tennessee Valley.

One of those disturbances will help support showers and storms Tuesday afternoon. Storms will be of the hit-or-miss variety, meaning that some communities will get heavy storms while other communities could be missed again.

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With the level of heat and moisture available to us – especially during the heat of the day from 2PM-8PM – a few storms could become severe. The Storm Prediction Center has North Alabama and South Tennessee under a marginal risk. This is to cover the chance that a few isolated storms could strengthen enough to produce winds of 60mph or some large hail.

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

Rain Brings Relief From Summer Heat: We’re now in the time of year in which the only relief that we can hope for from the heat comes in the form of isolated downpours. That’s exactly the case this week; if you don’t see a drop of rain then temperatures will rise into the upper 80s to 90, but with more cloud cover and rain around temperatures will be kept in the mid 80s each day.

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By Friday rain chances will start to fall – although they don’t go away completely – and that will allow us to heat up easily again. Expect highs to reach back into the lower 90s this weekend, with only a few isolated afternoons storms possible Friday through Sunday.


Strong Summertime Storms Expected Tuesday

A stream of moisture from the Gulf will stay active through at least Thursday, while the jet stream settles farther south than what we would typically expect for late-June. This means that any disturbances that develop along the jet stream will be able to send showers and storms into the Tennessee Valley.

One of those disturbances will help support showers and storms Tuesday afternoon. Storms will be of the hit-or-miss variety, meaning that some communities will get heavy storms while other communities could be missed again.

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With the level of heat and moisture available to us – especially during the heat of the day from 2PM-8PM – a few storms could become severe. The Storm Prediction Center has North Alabama and South Tennessee under a marginal risk. This is to cover the chance that a few isolated storms could strengthen enough to produce winds of 60mph or some large hail.

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

Rain Brings Relief From Summer Heat: We’re now in the time of year in which the only relief that we can hope for from the heat comes in the form of isolated downpours. That’s exactly the case this week; if you don’t see a drop of rain then temperatures will rise into the upper 80s to 90, but with more cloud cover and rain around temperatures will be kept in the mid 80s each day.

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By Friday rain chances will start to fall – although they don’t go away completely – and that will allow us to heat up easily again. Expect highs to reach back into the lower 90s this weekend, with only a few isolated afternoons storms possible Friday through Sunday.


Colorado share of settlement wipes out $1.6 million in ITT student loans

Some former students of bankrupt for-profit college ITT Educational Services got relief Friday when the Colorado Attorney General’s office announced a settlement that wiped out $1.6 million in loans.

ITT offered students “temporary credit” loans that had to be repaid within nine months, then pushed them into high-interest loans that most couldn’t afford to repay, according to a settlement agreement from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The settlement requires Student CU Connect CUSO, an entity set up to manage the loans, to stop trying to collect them.

“This settlement makes clear that those lending to students cannot engage in fraudulent or predatory practices against college students, many of whom already face overwhelming debt for an education,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a news release.

ITT filed for bankruptcy and shuttered its 100 campuses in September 2016, one month after the U.S. Department of Education cut off the flow of student loans because of concerns graduates were racking up debt for a credential that meant nearly nothing to employers or other colleges they might try to attend. The bankruptcy case is ongoing.

The settlement applies to 168 borrowers who filed complaints in Colorado. The agreement also includes borrowers from 42 other states and the District of Columbia.

It doesn’t allow students to recover any payments they already made, though it does require CUSO to ask the major credit reporting agencies to wipe the outstanding loan off borrowers’ records.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged the loans were developed to solve problems in ITT’s business model. Federal rules require that at least 10 percent of a college’s revenue come from a source other than loans backed by the government, such as private loans or students’ out-of-pocket payments. The average ITT student had an income of only about $18,000 a year and poor credit, however, so most couldn’t afford to pay tuition and couldn’t get private loans.

ITT solved that problem by offering students “temporary credit,” in the form of an interest-free loan that had to be repaid in nine months. Few students could repay a loan in such a short time, though, so ITT’s balance sheet showed it had substantial uncollected loans – something that tends to rattle investors.

It allegedly dealt with that problem by using aggressive and misleading tactics to push students into high-interest loans offered by Student CU Connect CUSO. More than half still couldn’t repay the loans, and many didn’t understand what they had signed, according to the consumer bureau.

Hermann Degbegni is one who says he had no idea what he had agreed to. Degbegni enrolled at ITT in Virginia in 2009, three years after he immigrated to the United States. He said financial aid staff pulled him out during lessons and told him to quickly sign loan papers so he could get back to class. He was left with at least $54,000 in loans when he graduated.

Going to ITT “was the worst mistake I made in my life,” he said. “They took advantage of people who don’t know how the process worked.”

He attempted to pay off the loans until 2013, when he joined the Army and his payments were deferred because of his low income. While he was stationed near Colorado Springs, he sought help from a military lawyer, who forwarded his case to the Attorney General’s office.

“It’s a sad story, because I know that I’m not the only one,” he said.


Colorado share of settlement wipes out $1.6 million in ITT student loans

Some former students of bankrupt for-profit college ITT Educational Services got relief Friday when the Colorado Attorney General’s office announced a settlement that wiped out $1.6 million in loans.

ITT offered students “temporary credit” loans that had to be repaid within nine months, then pushed them into high-interest loans that most couldn’t afford to repay, according to a settlement agreement from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The settlement requires Student CU Connect CUSO, an entity set up to manage the loans, to stop trying to collect them.

“This settlement makes clear that those lending to students cannot engage in fraudulent or predatory practices against college students, many of whom already face overwhelming debt for an education,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a news release.

ITT filed for bankruptcy and shuttered its 100 campuses in September 2016, one month after the U.S. Department of Education cut off the flow of student loans because of concerns graduates were racking up debt for a credential that meant nearly nothing to employers or other colleges they might try to attend. The bankruptcy case is ongoing.

The settlement applies to 168 borrowers who filed complaints in Colorado. The agreement also includes borrowers from 42 other states and the District of Columbia.

It doesn’t allow students to recover any payments they already made, though it does require CUSO to ask the major credit reporting agencies to wipe the outstanding loan off borrowers’ records.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged the loans were developed to solve problems in ITT’s business model. Federal rules require that at least 10 percent of a college’s revenue come from a source other than loans backed by the government, such as private loans or students’ out-of-pocket payments. The average ITT student had an income of only about $18,000 a year and poor credit, however, so most couldn’t afford to pay tuition and couldn’t get private loans.

ITT solved that problem by offering students “temporary credit,” in the form of an interest-free loan that had to be repaid in nine months. Few students could repay a loan in such a short time, though, so ITT’s balance sheet showed it had substantial uncollected loans – something that tends to rattle investors.

It allegedly dealt with that problem by using aggressive and misleading tactics to push students into high-interest loans offered by Student CU Connect CUSO. More than half still couldn’t repay the loans, and many didn’t understand what they had signed, according to the consumer bureau.

Hermann Degbegni is one who says he had no idea what he had agreed to. Degbegni enrolled at ITT in Virginia in 2009, three years after he immigrated to the United States. He said financial aid staff pulled him out during lessons and told him to quickly sign loan papers so he could get back to class. He was left with at least $54,000 in loans when he graduated.

Going to ITT “was the worst mistake I made in my life,” he said. “They took advantage of people who don’t know how the process worked.”

He attempted to pay off the loans until 2013, when he joined the Army and his payments were deferred because of his low income. While he was stationed near Colorado Springs, he sought help from a military lawyer, who forwarded his case to the Attorney General’s office.

“It’s a sad story, because I know that I’m not the only one,” he said.


06-17-19 Gas station/vehicle fire in Captain Cook

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kona Patrol, Area II
Sergeant Eric Reyes
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 287
Report No. 19-048209

 

[See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com]

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police report that at approximately 8:50 a.m. this morning (June 17) Kona Patrol Officers responded to Patel’s Spirit Gas Station in Captain Cook, for a reported vehicle on fire. Upon arrival, Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) firefighters were on scene attempting to extinguish the fire on two vehicles parked in the gas pump area. HFD firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the fire completely from the vehicles and building.

Through investigation and speaking with witnesses, a spark possibly occurred while 58-year-old Douglas Kinnear was pumping gas into his friend’s vehicle. The spark possibly ignited the gas and caused a fire that eventually spread to another vehicle and the building/gas pump area. Michael Graff, 28-years-old was inside of the vehicle that Kinnear was pumping gas into when this occurred and was able to exit the vehicle with no injuries.

Another patron, 66-year-old Shanon Van Dyke was inside of her vehicle and parked next to the other vehicle; when she saw a flash from the other car and flames spreading from the nozzle to the gas pump. She stated that she jumped out of her vehicle, fled the area and sustained no injuries.

Kinnear sustained 2nd-degree burns and was transported to Oahu (Straub) for further treatment.

An HFD Fire Inspector was on scene and related that the event that started the fire is impossible to determine; although static discharge is common and may have been the cause.


06-17-19 Gas station/vehicle fire in Captain Cook

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kona Patrol, Area II
Sergeant Eric Reyes
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 287
Report No. 19-048209

 

[See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com]

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police report that at approximately 8:50 a.m. this morning (June 17) Kona Patrol Officers responded to Patel’s Spirit Gas Station in Captain Cook, for a reported vehicle on fire. Upon arrival, Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) firefighters were on scene attempting to extinguish the fire on two vehicles parked in the gas pump area. HFD firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the fire completely from the vehicles and building.

Through investigation and speaking with witnesses, a spark possibly occurred while 58-year-old Douglas Kinnear was pumping gas into his friend’s vehicle. The spark possibly ignited the gas and caused a fire that eventually spread to another vehicle and the building/gas pump area. Michael Graff, 28-years-old was inside of the vehicle that Kinnear was pumping gas into when this occurred and was able to exit the vehicle with no injuries.

Another patron, 66-year-old Shanon Van Dyke was inside of her vehicle and parked next to the other vehicle; when she saw a flash from the other car and flames spreading from the nozzle to the gas pump. She stated that she jumped out of her vehicle, fled the area and sustained no injuries.

Kinnear sustained 2nd-degree burns and was transported to Oahu (Straub) for further treatment.

An HFD Fire Inspector was on scene and related that the event that started the fire is impossible to determine; although static discharge is common and may have been the cause.


Committee for NASA Advisory Council says moon will be an important part of going to Mars

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The Trump Administration has announced a new deadline to get a man back on the moon in 2024, but for years there have been people dreaming to go where no man has gone before, not just to the moon, but to Mars and beyond.

One of NASA’s advisory council committees recently made recommendations to help steer the agency toward that goal.

The Human Exploration and Operations Committee meets at least 4 times a year. At their most recent meeting, they explained that to meet this goal there needs to be a long-term, sustainable plan that includes the moon.

My dream is the beyond part. That’s my dream because I believe that there is life out there. It might not be exactly like what we believe and what we think it’s going to look like, but I believe there is life out there,” Mark McDaniel said.

McDaniel is a Huntsville based attorney who serves on the HEO committee. He thinks the moon will be part of realizing that dream.

“This is what we need to do to go to Mars and beyond… We need to have a sustainable presence on the moon, not a one-shot deal,” he stated.

He explains what that presence would entail.

“We have astronauts there, we have Gateway, we have Orion docking with that, we have, you know, astronauts going to and from Gateway down to the moon to mine the moon,” he explained.

He says having people spending time on the moon will answer important questions about how humans can safely stay in space for longs periods of time.

“We’ve learned all kinds of things on the International Space Station about the effects of space on the human body, but we’re talking about going to Mars. We’re not talking about six months. We’re talking about a long time.

Not months – but years. He says it takes 9 months to go to Mars with the trip taking about three years.

McDaniel says this plan might sound a little out of this world, but…

“You’ve got to dream. That’s what it’s all about. You’ve got to dream to do things that have never been done in the history of mankind,” he said.

The HEO Committee Made Other Recommendations At Their Last Meeting

Streamline NASA decision making:

HEO says the decision-making process should be shortened to meet the goal of having humans land on the moon in 2024. Currently, decision making is slowed by having multiple reviews at a high level. It is the committee’s recommendation to have decision making delegated to the lowest level of authority.

“You have to turn it over to the program managers and start letting people make decisions so they can make, get decisions made quicker as opposed to going up the line and having meetings and having conferences and having all this,” McDaniel said.

He says this would take it back to the way it was during the Apollo days.

“We had strong leadership by the President. He had strong leadership from the Vice President and the House and Senate were backing it. We had program managers that were getting things done. So you have to streamline and you can’t be worried about accountants as much as getting the job done,” he explained.

Continue Utilization of ISS until other commercial platforms in LEO are available:

The committing is recommending that plans should be made to continue International Space Station Operations past 2024. Currently, there is a plan to decrease funding for the ISS after that year.

McDaniel calls that ISS a national treasure.

“The things that we’re doing, like on the International Space Station have never been done in the history of mankind. We’re doing research up there, cancer research, they’re doing Parkinson’s research up there, different plant research up there,” he said.

The committee is recommending to continue providing funding for and use the ISS until suitable replacement platforms are commercially operated and available for NASA service contracts.

STEM Opportunities for students:

In order to go to Mars and beyond, NASA will need a workforce. The HEO Committee wants to get students inspired to pursue careers math and sciences.

“Because the people who will be doing a lot of this stuff, especially the ‘beyond’ part, they’re in elementary school now. They’re in kindergarten now,” he explained.


Committee for NASA Advisory Council says moon will be an important part of going to Mars

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The Trump Administration has announced a new deadline to get a man back on the moon in 2024, but for years there have been people dreaming to go where no man has gone before, not just to the moon, but to Mars and beyond.

One of NASA’s advisory council committees recently made recommendations to help steer the agency toward that goal.

The Human Exploration and Operations Committee meets at least 4 times a year. At their most recent meeting, they explained that to meet this goal there needs to be a long-term, sustainable plan that includes the moon.

My dream is the beyond part. That’s my dream because I believe that there is life out there. It might not be exactly like what we believe and what we think it’s going to look like, but I believe there is life out there,” Mark McDaniel said.

McDaniel is a Huntsville based attorney who serves on the HEO committee. He thinks the moon will be part of realizing that dream.

“This is what we need to do to go to Mars and beyond… We need to have a sustainable presence on the moon, not a one-shot deal,” he stated.

He explains what that presence would entail.

“We have astronauts there, we have Gateway, we have Orion docking with that, we have, you know, astronauts going to and from Gateway down to the moon to mine the moon,” he explained.

He says having people spending time on the moon will answer important questions about how humans can safely stay in space for longs periods of time.

“We’ve learned all kinds of things on the International Space Station about the effects of space on the human body, but we’re talking about going to Mars. We’re not talking about six months. We’re talking about a long time.

Not months – but years. He says it takes 9 months to go to Mars with the trip taking about three years.

McDaniel says this plan might sound a little out of this world, but…

“You’ve got to dream. That’s what it’s all about. You’ve got to dream to do things that have never been done in the history of mankind,” he said.

The HEO Committee Made Other Recommendations At Their Last Meeting

Streamline NASA decision making:

HEO says the decision-making process should be shortened to meet the goal of having humans land on the moon in 2024. Currently, decision making is slowed by having multiple reviews at a high level. It is the committee’s recommendation to have decision making delegated to the lowest level of authority.

“You have to turn it over to the program managers and start letting people make decisions so they can make, get decisions made quicker as opposed to going up the line and having meetings and having conferences and having all this,” McDaniel said.

He says this would take it back to the way it was during the Apollo days.

“We had strong leadership by the President. He had strong leadership from the Vice President and the House and Senate were backing it. We had program managers that were getting things done. So you have to streamline and you can’t be worried about accountants as much as getting the job done,” he explained.

Continue Utilization of ISS until other commercial platforms in LEO are available:

The committing is recommending that plans should be made to continue International Space Station Operations past 2024. Currently, there is a plan to decrease funding for the ISS after that year.

McDaniel calls that ISS a national treasure.

“The things that we’re doing, like on the International Space Station have never been done in the history of mankind. We’re doing research up there, cancer research, they’re doing Parkinson’s research up there, different plant research up there,” he said.

The committee is recommending to continue providing funding for and use the ISS until suitable replacement platforms are commercially operated and available for NASA service contracts.

STEM Opportunities for students:

In order to go to Mars and beyond, NASA will need a workforce. The HEO Committee wants to get students inspired to pursue careers math and sciences.

“Because the people who will be doing a lot of this stuff, especially the ‘beyond’ part, they’re in elementary school now. They’re in kindergarten now,” he explained.


2 wounded, gunman dead after Costco parking lot shooting

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Dover Air Force Base gate closure extended due to weather

Dover Air Force Base announced a gate closure due to construction at the main gate was extended through July 6 due to weather.The purpose of the construction is to upgrade the gate infrastructure to sustain the safety and security of the installation.Construction at the north gate is complete, and construction efforts have shifted to the main gate. Through July 6, the main gate will be closed to inbound vehicle traffic but will allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to [...]


Dover Air Force Base gate closure extended due to weather

Dover Air Force Base announced a gate closure due to construction at the main gate was extended through July 6 due to weather.The purpose of the construction is to upgrade the gate infrastructure to sustain the safety and security of the installation.Construction at the north gate is complete, and construction efforts have shifted to the main gate. Through July 6, the main gate will be closed to inbound vehicle traffic but will allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to [...]


In Hong Kong’s political heart, a semblance of normality after protests and clashes over extradition bill

Roads in and out of Hong Kong’s political nerve centre reopened on Tuesday morning after six days of intermittent closure by mass rallies, improvised sit-ins and violent clashes sparked by the city’s extradition bill.The government’s Admiralty headquarters were open for the first time since June 12, but the city leader’s de facto cabinet was not expected to have its weekly meeting.At about 7.30am, only a few protesters were resting outside the administration’s offices, in addition to a dozen or…


In Hong Kong’s political heart, a semblance of normality after protests and clashes over extradition bill

Roads in and out of Hong Kong’s political nerve centre reopened on Tuesday morning after six days of intermittent closure by mass rallies, improvised sit-ins and violent clashes sparked by the city’s extradition bill.The government’s Admiralty headquarters were open for the first time since June 12, but the city leader’s de facto cabinet was not expected to have its weekly meeting.At about 7.30am, only a few protesters were resting outside the administration’s offices, in addition to a dozen or…


The Latest: Combat vets possible jurors in Navy SEAL trial

The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A defense lawyer for a … Click to Continue »


The Latest: Combat vets possible jurors in Navy SEAL trial

The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A defense lawyer for a … Click to Continue »


Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

On June 17th, 2019, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Meagan Williams, 31, of Jamestown, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  


Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

On June 17th, 2019, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Meagan Williams, 31, of Jamestown, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  


Bodies found in submerged vehicle in Trent-Severn Waterway in Brighton: OPP

A vehicle was found near the Murray Canal in Brighton on Monday morning.


Bodies found in submerged vehicle in Trent-Severn Waterway in Brighton: OPP

A vehicle was found near the Murray Canal in Brighton on Monday morning.


DWI arrest in Falconer

On June 14th, 2019, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Kevin Bekekeski, 58, of Falconer, for Driving While Intoxicated. 


DWI arrest in Falconer

On June 14th, 2019, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Kevin Bekekeski, 58, of Falconer, for Driving While Intoxicated. 


Giant paddle boards, electric bikes that can haul more than 350 pounds: the Outdoor Retailer Demo Experience had that and more

The race was a test of endurance and a test of hydrodynamics.

Riding atop giant paddleboards, two teams of six battled resistance from the Chatfield Reservoir water below them and opposing paddlers on the board next door Monday. During the final charge back to the beach one team faltered. It was left paddling in the wake of opponents who had more energy and more evenly distributed weight on their vessel.

On the beach, Ryan Avila, paddling since the beginning of the relay-style contest, celebrated victory as best he could while trying to catch his breath

“It was tough, man,” said Avila, an events and marketing specialist for the outdoor industry. “I fell down a few times on my knees.”

The race was part of the Outdoor Retailer Demo Experience, a hands-on precursor to the Outdoor Retailer summer show being held at the Colorado Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday. Hundreds visited Chatfield State Park on Monday to test out fold-up kayaks, paddleboards large and small, pepper ball guns built for bear blasting, pop-up hammocks and more on an overcast, rainy day that didn’t feel much like summer at times.

Avila’s team was awarded faux gold medals for their effort, but the big winner may have been Solstice Water Sports. After all, at an event organized specifically so that outdoor industry companies can show off their products and connect with buyers, Solstice got dozens of people on its humongous Maori-model boards without so much as shouting one “Hey, there!” to a passing retailer buyer on a crowded expo floor.


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Johnny Lombino, of Sol Paddle Boards, helps Bentley Normine, left, balance on one of his stand up paddle boards during the Outdoor Retailer’s summer show Demo Day at the swimmer’s beach in Chatfield State Park outside Denver on June 17, 2019.

Solstice was among 60 organizations with booths at the Demo Experience this year. In 2018, the first year Denver hosted Outdoor Retailer shows after winning the industry’s premier tradeshow slate away from neighboring Utah, the Chatfield swim beach was closed for construction. That led organizers to hold demos at two locations — Confluence and Commons parks — in downtown Denver. This year, the Demo Experience debuted on its location of choice and organizers and participants were pleased with the results.

“While we enjoyed having the demo downtown last year, Chatfield offers the beachfront, a larger body of water, and it brings everyone together in one space,” show director Marisa Nicholson said in an email.

“It’s nice everything is all together and all in one spot,” Matt Spiros, a sales specialist with Solstice, said. “Buyers can see it all. It feels like a community.”

Paddleboard race champion Avila didn’t make it to Denver last year but was excited to take in the show downtown after spending Monday at Chatfield. The marketer, who along with his wife, Michelle, runs the Instagram account @nonstopadventures, was most intrigued Monday by QuietKat’s electric bikes, even if he wasn’t ready to buy one.

“I’m a traditionalist. I love mountain biking. I’ve never done it with a motor,” he said. “Maybe someday I will.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Ryan Avila, in front, paddles hard to keep his team ahead as they compete in the SUP SIX race sponsored by Solstice Paddle boards during the Outdoor Retailer’s summer show Demo Day at the swimmer’s beach in Chatfield State Park outside Denver on June 17, 2019. The SUP, which stands for Stand Up Paddle Board, Six race had contestants picking up team members as they went around buoys and finishing back on the beach with six people on each board.

With a prime booth just inside the event’s gates near a collection of food trucks, QuietKat caught plenty of people’s attention. The 6-year-old company from Eagle brought nine of its overbuilt “utility” electric bikes down to Chatfield and all nine were in near continuous rotation with curious people taking them for spins on the park’s trail network.

QuietKat isn’t making pedal-assisted electric bikes that provide a little extra oomph on tough hills. Its bikes sport 750- to 1,000-watt motors capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 mph without any work by the rider. With fat tires and shock-absorbing seats, they are designed to provide a smooth ride while carrying upward of 350 pounds worth of rider and gear.

“A majority of our market is hunters, especially bowhunters,” Quiet Kat sales rep Brian Walton said. “They love our bikes. The reason is they are quiet, they are stealthy and they are powerful.”

Quiet Kats aren’t cheap. Models listed on the company’s website start at $2,699 and climb above $6,500.

“Our products need to be demoed,” Walton said. “If you’re going to drop $4,000 on a bike, you probably want to ride it first. These demo days are absolutely invaluable for us. This is awesome.”


Giant paddle boards, electric bikes that can haul more than 350 pounds: the Outdoor Retailer Demo Experience had that and more

The race was a test of endurance and a test of hydrodynamics.

Riding atop giant paddleboards, two teams of six battled resistance from the Chatfield Reservoir water below them and opposing paddlers on the board next door Monday. During the final charge back to the beach one team faltered. It was left paddling in the wake of opponents who had more energy and more evenly distributed weight on their vessel.

On the beach, Ryan Avila, paddling since the beginning of the relay-style contest, celebrated victory as best he could while trying to catch his breath

“It was tough, man,” said Avila, an events and marketing specialist for the outdoor industry. “I fell down a few times on my knees.”

The race was part of the Outdoor Retailer Demo Experience, a hands-on precursor to the Outdoor Retailer summer show being held at the Colorado Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday. Hundreds visited Chatfield State Park on Monday to test out fold-up kayaks, paddleboards large and small, pepper ball guns built for bear blasting, pop-up hammocks and more on an overcast, rainy day that didn’t feel much like summer at times.

Avila’s team was awarded faux gold medals for their effort, but the big winner may have been Solstice Water Sports. After all, at an event organized specifically so that outdoor industry companies can show off their products and connect with buyers, Solstice got dozens of people on its humongous Maori-model boards without so much as shouting one “Hey, there!” to a passing retailer buyer on a crowded expo floor.


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Johnny Lombino, of Sol Paddle Boards, helps Bentley Normine, left, balance on one of his stand up paddle boards during the Outdoor Retailer’s summer show Demo Day at the swimmer’s beach in Chatfield State Park outside Denver on June 17, 2019.

Solstice was among 60 organizations with booths at the Demo Experience this year. In 2018, the first year Denver hosted Outdoor Retailer shows after winning the industry’s premier tradeshow slate away from neighboring Utah, the Chatfield swim beach was closed for construction. That led organizers to hold demos at two locations — Confluence and Commons parks — in downtown Denver. This year, the Demo Experience debuted on its location of choice and organizers and participants were pleased with the results.

“While we enjoyed having the demo downtown last year, Chatfield offers the beachfront, a larger body of water, and it brings everyone together in one space,” show director Marisa Nicholson said in an email.

“It’s nice everything is all together and all in one spot,” Matt Spiros, a sales specialist with Solstice, said. “Buyers can see it all. It feels like a community.”

Paddleboard race champion Avila didn’t make it to Denver last year but was excited to take in the show downtown after spending Monday at Chatfield. The marketer, who along with his wife, Michelle, runs the Instagram account @nonstopadventures, was most intrigued Monday by QuietKat’s electric bikes, even if he wasn’t ready to buy one.

“I’m a traditionalist. I love mountain biking. I’ve never done it with a motor,” he said. “Maybe someday I will.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Ryan Avila, in front, paddles hard to keep his team ahead as they compete in the SUP SIX race sponsored by Solstice Paddle boards during the Outdoor Retailer’s summer show Demo Day at the swimmer’s beach in Chatfield State Park outside Denver on June 17, 2019. The SUP, which stands for Stand Up Paddle Board, Six race had contestants picking up team members as they went around buoys and finishing back on the beach with six people on each board.

With a prime booth just inside the event’s gates near a collection of food trucks, QuietKat caught plenty of people’s attention. The 6-year-old company from Eagle brought nine of its overbuilt “utility” electric bikes down to Chatfield and all nine were in near continuous rotation with curious people taking them for spins on the park’s trail network.

QuietKat isn’t making pedal-assisted electric bikes that provide a little extra oomph on tough hills. Its bikes sport 750- to 1,000-watt motors capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 mph without any work by the rider. With fat tires and shock-absorbing seats, they are designed to provide a smooth ride while carrying upward of 350 pounds worth of rider and gear.

“A majority of our market is hunters, especially bowhunters,” Quiet Kat sales rep Brian Walton said. “They love our bikes. The reason is they are quiet, they are stealthy and they are powerful.”

Quiet Kats aren’t cheap. Models listed on the company’s website start at $2,699 and climb above $6,500.

“Our products need to be demoed,” Walton said. “If you’re going to drop $4,000 on a bike, you probably want to ride it first. These demo days are absolutely invaluable for us. This is awesome.”


Teens who sext are at risk of harms including depression, substance use: study

The research involving nearly 42,000 participants suggests sex education needs to be part of the school curricula when it comes to students sexting explicit photos and videos of themselves, often not realizing the material could be forwarded without their consent.


Teens who sext are at risk of harms including depression, substance use: study

The research involving nearly 42,000 participants suggests sex education needs to be part of the school curricula when it comes to students sexting explicit photos and videos of themselves, often not realizing the material could be forwarded without their consent.


Hong Kong’s extradition turmoil won’t dampen the property market greatly – but China’s economy might

As a keen observer of global markets, I have learned not to be dismissive of political risks, especially those that are downplayed by investors yet have the potential to affect sentiment significantly, and may even pose a systemic threat.In the past decade, the influence of politics on asset prices has not only increased dramatically – the rise of populism, which led to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as America’s president, is the best example –…


Hong Kong’s extradition turmoil won’t dampen the property market greatly – but China’s economy might

As a keen observer of global markets, I have learned not to be dismissive of political risks, especially those that are downplayed by investors yet have the potential to affect sentiment significantly, and may even pose a systemic threat.In the past decade, the influence of politics on asset prices has not only increased dramatically – the rise of populism, which led to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as America’s president, is the best example –…


Calgary mom fighting to open Airdrie women’s shelter

To celebrate her second anniversary of leaving an abusive relationship, Keri Looijen hopes to raise $10,000 for the stalled Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. women's shelter.


Calgary mom fighting to open Airdrie women’s shelter

To celebrate her second anniversary of leaving an abusive relationship, Keri Looijen hopes to raise $10,000 for the stalled Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. women's shelter.


Goldschlager named to University of Scranton dean’s list

Jessica R. Goldschlager, of Magnolia, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.


Goldschlager named to University of Scranton dean’s list

Jessica R. Goldschlager, of Magnolia, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.


California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry

Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman … Click to Continue »


California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry

Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman … Click to Continue »


Lacona Man is charged with assaulting and threatening a female acquaintance with a knife

State Police arrested Richard A. Denny, age 37 from Lacona, NY following a physical domestic incident in the village of Pulaski. 


Lacona Man is charged with assaulting and threatening a female acquaintance with a knife

State Police arrested Richard A. Denny, age 37 from Lacona, NY following a physical domestic incident in the village of Pulaski. 


Cook named to University of Iowa dean’s list

Mindy Cook, of Camden, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.


Wallet, camera found of missing automotive journalist in Calaveras County

Teams searching for missing automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson in Calaveras County found the wallet, some electronics and a camera belonging to the Sacramento County man, officials said Monday. The … Click to Continue »


Fatal Crash SH6 milepost 9, Harvard, ID

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On June 17th, 2019, at approximately 1:19 PM, the Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash on State Highway 6 milepost 9, near Harvard, Idaho. A 2013 Western Star logging truck with trailer was being driven by John Rivers (55 year old male of Elk River, Idaho). It appeared as though Rivers experienced a medical emergency and drove off the north shoulder of the road. The roadway was restricted to one lane for approximately three hours. It is unknown whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been advised. The crash is still under investigation.

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On June 17th, 2019, at approximately 1:19 PM, the Idaho State Police responded to a fatal crash on State Highway 6 milepost 9, near Harvard, Idaho. A 2013 Western Star logging truck with trailer was being driven by John Rivers (55 year old male of Elk River, Idaho). It appeared as though Rivers experienced a medical emergency and drove off the north shoulder of the road. The roadway was restricted to one lane for approximately three hours. It is unknown whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been advised. The crash is still under investigation.

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ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay


The Nuna discovery is northwest of and adjacent to the Kuparuk River Unit. Shown here is the main camp at the Kuparuk field. (Photo courtesy ConocoPhillips)

ConocoPhillips is picking up another potential oil development on the western North Slope, reaching an agreement with a small, private company that is selling off much of its assets in Alaska.

ConocoPhillips today announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.

ConocoPhillips is the biggest player west of Prudhoe Bay, and the oil company has several other major projects in the works.

Nuna is near the Kuparuk oil field, which ConocoPhillips operates. ConocoPhillips can use infrastructure from Kuparuk to develop the field.

“That’s why it makes a lot of sense,” said ConocoPhillips spokesperson Natalie Lowman.

Lowman declined to disclose the terms of the deal. It is contingent on approval by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Caelus had delayed Nuna’s development. In 2014, its CEO told the Alaska Journal of Commerce that he expected oil to begin flowing in 2016.

But the Texas-based Caelus ran into challenges when oil prices plunged. Caelus held off more exploratory drilling at the large offshore oil discovery it announced in 2016, called Smith Bay, partially blaming uncertainty related to the state’s now-eliminated oil tax credit program. According to Caelus Senior Vice President Pat Foley, the company is still trying to secure financing for Smith Bay.

Earlier this year, Caelus also agreed to sell its interest in the Oooguruk oil field to Italian oil company Eni.

State documents show Nuna previously was estimated to contain between 75 and 100 million barrels of oil. But ConocoPhillips said it will spend the next few years doing its own appraisal of the field before it decides to move forward with the project.

The post ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay appeared first on Alaska Public Media.


ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay


The Nuna discovery is northwest of and adjacent to the Kuparuk River Unit. Shown here is the main camp at the Kuparuk field. (Photo courtesy ConocoPhillips)

ConocoPhillips is picking up another potential oil development on the western North Slope, reaching an agreement with a small, private company that is selling off much of its assets in Alaska.

ConocoPhillips today announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.

ConocoPhillips is the biggest player west of Prudhoe Bay, and the oil company has several other major projects in the works.

Nuna is near the Kuparuk oil field, which ConocoPhillips operates. ConocoPhillips can use infrastructure from Kuparuk to develop the field.

“That’s why it makes a lot of sense,” said ConocoPhillips spokesperson Natalie Lowman.

Lowman declined to disclose the terms of the deal. It is contingent on approval by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Caelus had delayed Nuna’s development. In 2014, its CEO told the Alaska Journal of Commerce that he expected oil to begin flowing in 2016.

But the Texas-based Caelus ran into challenges when oil prices plunged. Caelus held off more exploratory drilling at the large offshore oil discovery it announced in 2016, called Smith Bay, partially blaming uncertainty related to the state’s now-eliminated oil tax credit program. According to Caelus Senior Vice President Pat Foley, the company is still trying to secure financing for Smith Bay.

Earlier this year, Caelus also agreed to sell its interest in the Oooguruk oil field to Italian oil company Eni.

State documents show Nuna previously was estimated to contain between 75 and 100 million barrels of oil. But ConocoPhillips said it will spend the next few years doing its own appraisal of the field before it decides to move forward with the project.

The post ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay appeared first on Alaska Public Media.


Teen arrested in connection with shooting of man found dead in vehicle in Green Valley Ranch

Denver police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of another man found in a vehicle in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood.


Denver Police Department

Denver police arrested suspect Lin Lee, 18, in connection with a homicide in Green Valley Ranch

Although police on Sunday told The Denver Post they did not have any information about a possible suspect in the shooting, investigators had arrested Lin “Ken” Lee on Saturday night at the Ameristar Black Hawk Casino Resort in Black Hawk, according to an arrest document.

The man found dead in his car at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday near the 18600 block of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard had sustained a traumatic injury, according to Denver police. The coroner ruled his death a homicide by a single gunshot wound to the head.

Lee was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to arrest documents.

He is being held at the Denver Jail without bond, with his first appearance in court scheduled for Monday afternoon, according to jail records. Lee is also being held in connection with a case involving the Colorado State Patrol and another law enforcement jurisdiction. He was found to have an extradition warrant in Adams County, according to the arrest documents.

Police received a report of a white Lexus SUV that was left running with someone in the back seat in a King Sooper’s parking lot early Saturday morning at Green Valley Ranch Boulevard and Tower Road, the documents stated. The passenger-side window was shattered, police wrote, and the man had “significant trauma to his head.”

Police found an AR-15-style rifle with a loaded 30-round magazine in the vehicle as well as three other 30-round magazines, according to the arrest documents.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at 2:07 a.m., the documents stated. No one else was in the vehicle or around it who could provide police with information about the incident.

Police later interviewed someone who said he was in the victim’s vehicle with several people and they had just left a house party that police broke up, so they drove to a parking lot before deciding where to go, according to court documents. The interviewee told police that the victim cursed at someone he referred to as “Ken,” who then told the victim he would kill him and hit him in the face with a semiautomatic handgun three times. During the last blow to the face, the gun went off and shot the victim, the interviewee told police.

He said Ken pointed the gun at the five other men in the car and threatened to shoot them, too, if they said anything.

“It was (redacted)’s opinion that the shooting was accidental and that Ken was only trying to hit the victim with the gun,” the arrest documents stated.

Another person interviewed by police told investigators that the victim was swinging the AR-15 at people in the car, and claimed Ken shot in self-defense, the documents stated.

Ken and the other men fled in one direction before heading to a hotel, while the person talking to police fled in another direction, a witness told police, according to the documents. He wanted to join the others but said he was fearful, the documents stated.

Police were able to locate Ken, identified as Lin “Ken” Li, at the casino hotel by tracking his cell phone through the number provided by the witness, according to the arrest documents.


Teen arrested in connection with shooting of man found dead in vehicle in Green Valley Ranch

Denver police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of another man found in a vehicle in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood.


Denver Police Department

Denver police arrested suspect Lin Lee, 18, in connection with a homicide in Green Valley Ranch

Although police on Sunday told The Denver Post they did not have any information about a possible suspect in the shooting, investigators had arrested Lin “Ken” Lee on Saturday night at the Ameristar Black Hawk Casino Resort in Black Hawk, according to an arrest document.

The man found dead in his car at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday near the 18600 block of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard had sustained a traumatic injury, according to Denver police. The coroner ruled his death a homicide by a single gunshot wound to the head.

Lee was arrested at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to arrest documents.

He is being held at the Denver Jail without bond, with his first appearance in court scheduled for Monday afternoon, according to jail records. Lee is also being held in connection with a case involving the Colorado State Patrol and another law enforcement jurisdiction. He was found to have an extradition warrant in Adams County, according to the arrest documents.

Police received a report of a white Lexus SUV that was left running with someone in the back seat in a King Sooper’s parking lot early Saturday morning at Green Valley Ranch Boulevard and Tower Road, the documents stated. The passenger-side window was shattered, police wrote, and the man had “significant trauma to his head.”

Police found an AR-15-style rifle with a loaded 30-round magazine in the vehicle as well as three other 30-round magazines, according to the arrest documents.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at 2:07 a.m., the documents stated. No one else was in the vehicle or around it who could provide police with information about the incident.

Police later interviewed someone who said he was in the victim’s vehicle with several people and they had just left a house party that police broke up, so they drove to a parking lot before deciding where to go, according to court documents. The interviewee told police that the victim cursed at someone he referred to as “Ken,” who then told the victim he would kill him and hit him in the face with a semiautomatic handgun three times. During the last blow to the face, the gun went off and shot the victim, the interviewee told police.

He said Ken pointed the gun at the five other men in the car and threatened to shoot them, too, if they said anything.

“It was (redacted)’s opinion that the shooting was accidental and that Ken was only trying to hit the victim with the gun,” the arrest documents stated.

Another person interviewed by police told investigators that the victim was swinging the AR-15 at people in the car, and claimed Ken shot in self-defense, the documents stated.

Ken and the other men fled in one direction before heading to a hotel, while the person talking to police fled in another direction, a witness told police, according to the documents. He wanted to join the others but said he was fearful, the documents stated.

Police were able to locate Ken, identified as Lin “Ken” Li, at the casino hotel by tracking his cell phone through the number provided by the witness, according to the arrest documents.


Dover native participates in multinational exercise in Baltic Sea region

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark London, a Dover native, is participating in the Baltic Operations exercise with 18 other nations."I'll be standing watch as the fleet’s Track Data Coordinator during BALTOPS," said London. "In other words, I’ll be managing data links throughout the fleet. I've never done BALTOPS before and I'm really looking forward to gaining experience with the different navies and foreign allies we have."BALTOPS 2019, taking place [...]


Dover native participates in multinational exercise in Baltic Sea region

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark London, a Dover native, is participating in the Baltic Operations exercise with 18 other nations."I'll be standing watch as the fleet’s Track Data Coordinator during BALTOPS," said London. "In other words, I’ll be managing data links throughout the fleet. I've never done BALTOPS before and I'm really looking forward to gaining experience with the different navies and foreign allies we have."BALTOPS 2019, taking place [...]


Beechwood: ‘I can’t believe the evil that happened there’

A victim of the regime at a notorious children's home has come forward to tell her story - one of hundreds of accounts of abuse heard by a national inquiry.


Beechwood: ‘I can’t believe the evil that happened there’

A victim of the regime at a notorious children's home has come forward to tell her story - one of hundreds of accounts of abuse heard by a national inquiry.


California court orders doctor to turn over vaccine records

A state appeals court has ordered a California physician to turn over medical records of three children for whom he issued medical exemptions from vaccinations. In a ruling filed Friday, … Click to Continue »


California court orders doctor to turn over vaccine records

A state appeals court has ordered a California physician to turn over medical records of three children for whom he issued medical exemptions from vaccinations. In a ruling filed Friday, … Click to Continue »


Sorry not sorry: what can Carrie Lam do to soothe an angry Hong Kong public?

Senior officials and advisers to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor were busy in emergency meetings throughout Monday to map out ways Hong Kong’s embattled leader could extricate herself from the biggest political crisis facing the city over her mishandling of the controversial extradition bill.But the word from those willing to speak off the record was that the camp was still reeling from the shock of witnessing the city’s biggest protest march when an estimated 2 million people took to the streets to…


Sorry not sorry: what can Carrie Lam do to soothe an angry Hong Kong public?

Senior officials and advisers to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor were busy in emergency meetings throughout Monday to map out ways Hong Kong’s embattled leader could extricate herself from the biggest political crisis facing the city over her mishandling of the controversial extradition bill.But the word from those willing to speak off the record was that the camp was still reeling from the shock of witnessing the city’s biggest protest march when an estimated 2 million people took to the streets to…


Saskatoon Pride festival celebrates ‘trailblazers’

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Saskatoon Pride organizers welcome "trailblazers" to lead the parade.


Saskatoon Pride festival celebrates ‘trailblazers’

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Saskatoon Pride organizers welcome "trailblazers" to lead the parade.


McGuiness to hold press conference on audit of Auditor’s office

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness will hold a press conference from 1:30 to 2 p.m. June at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover, to detail the audit of the Auditor’s office.This press conference is regarding the observations and recommendations made by an independent firm whose report examines the disparities between prior leadership in the Auditor’s office, and McGuiness’ leadership who since took office in January. This [...]


Missing pilot who crashed in Lake Tulloch is Modesto-area man

The pilot of the yellow single-engine airplane that hit power lines before crashing into Lake Tulloch late Sunday morning is a Modesto-area resident. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department announced late … Click to Continue »


Man arrested for pimping after rapping about it online

A Los Angeles man authorities say glorified pimping in online rap videos has pleaded not guilty to pimping an 18-year-old woman. Angel Ortiz Diamond entered the plea last week to … Click to Continue »


Deadline for inquiry into Mark Norman case extended by Senate committee

The committee voted 8-4 in favour of extending the deadline to Aug. 1. But that doesn't make it a done deal -- it requires formal approval for the committee to sit into the summer.


Could Type 2 diabetes be reversed by reducing a protein in fat cells? UBC researchers think so

A possible treatment for one of the most common diseases in the world may have been discovered in a B.C. research lab.


Could Type 2 diabetes be reversed by reducing a protein in fat cells? UBC researchers think so

A possible treatment for one of the most common diseases in the world may have been discovered in a B.C. research lab.


Man whose heart nearly failed returns to Sutter hospital to thank the doctors who saved him

A man who was reaching end-stage heart failure three years ago reunited with the two doctors who saved his life on Monday morning at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Bouba … Click to Continue »


Man whose heart nearly failed returns to Sutter hospital to thank the doctors who saved him

A man who was reaching end-stage heart failure three years ago reunited with the two doctors who saved his life on Monday morning at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Bouba … Click to Continue »


Police investigating following 3-vehicle crash in Summerland

RCMP said a three-vehicle collision happened in Summerland on Friday morning as students were being dropped off in the area for school.


Police investigating following 3-vehicle crash in Summerland

RCMP said a three-vehicle collision happened in Summerland on Friday morning as students were being dropped off in the area for school.


‘My Lake Guntersville’ campaign kicks off to keep the lake healthy and safe

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - The Water, Environment and Tourism Foundation, also known as "W.E.T." has started a campaign called 'My Lake Guntersville' in hopes to remind people who visit or live near Lake Guntersville to protect and preserve the area.

They're raising money for studies to reduce the risk of Asian Carp threatening the Lake's ecosystem and the money will help plan for strategies on how to reduce erosion.

Matt Arnold, president of Marshall County's Economic Development Council, says the money will also help TVA.

"We're going to raise money to help supplement what TVA already does in maintaining the aquatic plants," said Arnold.

Arnold says over the next several months the campaign will have a large social media presence where people can follow along and learn ways they can help keep Lake Guntersville healthy and safe.

"We list things to do and not to do to help keep our lake active and vibrant," said Arnold.

Arnold says it's shocking the number of stories W.E.T. hears of people dumping chemicals into the lake. They hope the campaign will make people more conscious of the litter they leave behind and items the put into the water.

"You can't just use anything to help kill your weeds around your boathouse," Arnold said. "We've heard horror stories of people putting in battery acid and turpentine and RoundUp. Things like that are not good for the lake."

Arnold explains there are approved methods for getting rid of weeds and they're going to be giving out that information through the campaign.

He says he really hopes the campaign will bring people together over their love for Lake Guntersville.

"This is a resource. The greatest resource we have in economic development for Marshall and Jackson counties is Lake Guntersville," said Arnold.

He encourages everyone to go online on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag your Lake Guntersville pictures with #MyLakeGuntersville to show your appreciation for the lake.


‘My Lake Guntersville’ campaign kicks off to keep the lake healthy and safe

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - The Water, Environment and Tourism Foundation, also known as "W.E.T." has started a campaign called 'My Lake Guntersville' in hopes to remind people who visit or live near Lake Guntersville to protect and preserve the area.

They're raising money for studies to reduce the risk of Asian Carp threatening the Lake's ecosystem and the money will help plan for strategies on how to reduce erosion.

Matt Arnold, president of Marshall County's Economic Development Council, says the money will also help TVA.

"We're going to raise money to help supplement what TVA already does in maintaining the aquatic plants," said Arnold.

Arnold says over the next several months the campaign will have a large social media presence where people can follow along and learn ways they can help keep Lake Guntersville healthy and safe.

"We list things to do and not to do to help keep our lake active and vibrant," said Arnold.

Arnold says it's shocking the number of stories W.E.T. hears of people dumping chemicals into the lake. They hope the campaign will make people more conscious of the litter they leave behind and items the put into the water.

"You can't just use anything to help kill your weeds around your boathouse," Arnold said. "We've heard horror stories of people putting in battery acid and turpentine and RoundUp. Things like that are not good for the lake."

Arnold explains there are approved methods for getting rid of weeds and they're going to be giving out that information through the campaign.

He says he really hopes the campaign will bring people together over their love for Lake Guntersville.

"This is a resource. The greatest resource we have in economic development for Marshall and Jackson counties is Lake Guntersville," said Arnold.

He encourages everyone to go online on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag your Lake Guntersville pictures with #MyLakeGuntersville to show your appreciation for the lake.


Colorado weather: Two tornadoes spotted as hail, heavy rain, lightning sweep across Front Range

Storms moved across Colorado’s Front Range and Eastern Plains on Monday afternoon, dumping hail and rain on communities up and down the Interstate 25 corridor, with two tornadoes being spotted in the southeast part of the state.

Lightning strikes also dotted the landscape, with one bolt hitting a natural gas line — and sending a plume of fire into the air — in the 16900 block of East Hinsdale Avenue in Foxfield. The road was closed as a result, but no injuries were reported and no homes were threatened, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.

Heavy rain and hail were reported in Boulder County on Monday afternoon, and a hailstorm also swept through Pueblo to the south.

One tornado was spotted near Arlington,  around 6 p.m., with Denver7 reporting about a tornado producing storm in area.

The national weather service reported a tornado near Eads at about 2:50 p.m. Both sightings were in Kiowa County. There were no reports of injuries.

A tornado warning was in effect over eastern Kiowa County until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

At 3:41 p.m., a severe thunderstorm, capable of producing a tornado, was over Chivington, about 24 miles north of Lamar, moving east at about 10 mph, the weather service said. Golfball-sized hail is also possible with the storm.

The storm was moving over the Brandon area at about 4 p.m.


Colorado weather: Two tornadoes spotted as hail, heavy rain, lightning sweep across Front Range

Storms moved across Colorado’s Front Range and Eastern Plains on Monday afternoon, dumping hail and rain on communities up and down the Interstate 25 corridor, with two tornadoes being spotted in the southeast part of the state.

Lightning strikes also dotted the landscape, with one bolt hitting a natural gas line — and sending a plume of fire into the air — in the 16900 block of East Hinsdale Avenue in Foxfield. The road was closed as a result, but no injuries were reported and no homes were threatened, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.

Heavy rain and hail were reported in Boulder County on Monday afternoon, and a hailstorm also swept through Pueblo to the south.

One tornado was spotted near Arlington,  around 6 p.m., with Denver7 reporting about a tornado producing storm in area.

The national weather service reported a tornado near Eads at about 2:50 p.m. Both sightings were in Kiowa County. There were no reports of injuries.

A tornado warning was in effect over eastern Kiowa County until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

At 3:41 p.m., a severe thunderstorm, capable of producing a tornado, was over Chivington, about 24 miles north of Lamar, moving east at about 10 mph, the weather service said. Golfball-sized hail is also possible with the storm.

The storm was moving over the Brandon area at about 4 p.m.


Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well

A ten-year study of Chukchi Polar Bears, conducted from 2008 to 2018, found more bears than expected — and healthy ones, too. That’s despite sea ice loss in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. But that doesn’t mean the bears aren’t changing their habits.

Ryan Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of a group that studied bears in the Chukchi Sea, just off the Lisburne peninsula.

“Physiologically and physically, we haven’t really seen any signs yet that bears in the Chukchi are experiencing negative effects of sea ice loss, but that’s not to say we’re not seeing changes in behavior and distribution as it relates to sea ice loss.”

In fact, the bears seemed to be doing well and had healthy body weights, with some bears weighing more than the average 20 years ago. Wilson says samples of hair, fat, and blood revealed that Chukchi polars are much less likely to be fasting than their counterparts in the Southern Beaufort Sea. That means they’re finding plenty to eat.

Their findings estimate that there are about 3,000 polar bears in the Chukchi Sea. Previously, that number was believed to be closer to 2,000.

That increases the sustainable harvest number to 85 bears, which is good news for subsistence hunters. That number is shared between Russian and American harvests. 

Nonetheless, hunting the bears could get difficult for Alaskans. Wilson says that with a shorter sea ice extent, the bears aren’t coming to the coasts of Western Alaska much.  

“They’d be much better off just sticking on the ice and having the opportunity to hunt, so now, when they are coming on shore, it’s on the coast of Russia and Wrangell Island.”

And while the tagged bears were healthy, Wilson says their movement and lifestyle patterns are changing. 

“They’re spending up to a month longer on shore, which isn’t good. Because basically, when they’re onshore, unless some whale washes up, they’re having to fast for that period of time. They’re mostly resting and not feeding while they’re on land.”

Twice as many females are now summering on shore: 39% compared to 20% in the 1980s. Wilson says that is especially problematic for pregnant females, who would increasingly be spending time away from their food source before they den with their new cubs in the winter.

But the ice coverage in the research area has gotten worse. So, while it changes where the bears decide to go, it also impacts how humans are able to study them.

“I’m not sure what fieldwork looks like in the future in the Chukchi Sea, if it’s going to be having to sample wherever the ice is in that given year. But regardless, it’s not going to look the same. It’s going to require a lot more outreach and discussions with the communities to figure out how, or if, it might work with their subsistence activities.”

Wilson says the research team is taking the next year off, partially to figure out how to move forward with the changing conditions.

There was no mention of a date for further study of the bears, but Wilson mentioned that data and samples (like hair and teeth or skull dimensions) collected by subsistence hunters continues to be useful for research.

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Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well

A ten-year study of Chukchi Polar Bears, conducted from 2008 to 2018, found more bears than expected — and healthy ones, too. That’s despite sea ice loss in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. But that doesn’t mean the bears aren’t changing their habits.

Ryan Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of a group that studied bears in the Chukchi Sea, just off the Lisburne peninsula.

“Physiologically and physically, we haven’t really seen any signs yet that bears in the Chukchi are experiencing negative effects of sea ice loss, but that’s not to say we’re not seeing changes in behavior and distribution as it relates to sea ice loss.”

In fact, the bears seemed to be doing well and had healthy body weights, with some bears weighing more than the average 20 years ago. Wilson says samples of hair, fat, and blood revealed that Chukchi polars are much less likely to be fasting than their counterparts in the Southern Beaufort Sea. That means they’re finding plenty to eat.

Their findings estimate that there are about 3,000 polar bears in the Chukchi Sea. Previously, that number was believed to be closer to 2,000.

That increases the sustainable harvest number to 85 bears, which is good news for subsistence hunters. That number is shared between Russian and American harvests. 

Nonetheless, hunting the bears could get difficult for Alaskans. Wilson says that with a shorter sea ice extent, the bears aren’t coming to the coasts of Western Alaska much.  

“They’d be much better off just sticking on the ice and having the opportunity to hunt, so now, when they are coming on shore, it’s on the coast of Russia and Wrangell Island.”

And while the tagged bears were healthy, Wilson says their movement and lifestyle patterns are changing. 

“They’re spending up to a month longer on shore, which isn’t good. Because basically, when they’re onshore, unless some whale washes up, they’re having to fast for that period of time. They’re mostly resting and not feeding while they’re on land.”

Twice as many females are now summering on shore: 39% compared to 20% in the 1980s. Wilson says that is especially problematic for pregnant females, who would increasingly be spending time away from their food source before they den with their new cubs in the winter.

But the ice coverage in the research area has gotten worse. So, while it changes where the bears decide to go, it also impacts how humans are able to study them.

“I’m not sure what fieldwork looks like in the future in the Chukchi Sea, if it’s going to be having to sample wherever the ice is in that given year. But regardless, it’s not going to look the same. It’s going to require a lot more outreach and discussions with the communities to figure out how, or if, it might work with their subsistence activities.”

Wilson says the research team is taking the next year off, partially to figure out how to move forward with the changing conditions.

There was no mention of a date for further study of the bears, but Wilson mentioned that data and samples (like hair and teeth or skull dimensions) collected by subsistence hunters continues to be useful for research.

The post Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well appeared first on Alaska Public Media.


Police say victim was attacked by dogs before dying

Authorities in Central California are investigating the death of a woman who was attacked by dogs. The Bakersfield Police Department says police were called to a Costco parking lot around … Click to Continue »


Police say victim was attacked by dogs before dying

Authorities in Central California are investigating the death of a woman who was attacked by dogs. The Bakersfield Police Department says police were called to a Costco parking lot around … Click to Continue »


Vermont State Police 2018 traffic-stop data

    STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   Vermont State Police 2018 traffic-stop statistics show continued progress in addressing racial disparities, improving data quality     SOUTH ROYALTON – Traffic-stop data from 2018 released today by the Vermont State Police show the agency is continuing to make progress in addressing racial


Vermont State Police 2018 traffic-stop data

    STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   Vermont State Police 2018 traffic-stop statistics show continued progress in addressing racial disparities, improving data quality     SOUTH ROYALTON – Traffic-stop data from 2018 released today by the Vermont State Police show the agency is continuing to make progress in addressing racial


Suspect in “get out of my city” attacks of homeless men arrested by Golden police

A 51-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attacking two homeless men in Golden, police said.


Golden police

Roger Coderre

Roger Allan Coderre, of Golden, allegedly attacked two men in the early morning hours Wednesday, police said in a news release.

Both victims told investigators that the assailant yelled, “Get out of my city,” during the attacks.

Several surveillance videos helped establish that an older, black Nissan Pathfinder was in the area of the assaults. A Golden police officer spotted a similar vehicle and stopped the driver for a minor traffic violation, the release stated. The officer told the driver about the matched vehicle description and “sought permission to ask a few questions.” The driver, Coderre, refused and drove away.

On Monday morning, police received a tip from an anonymous caller, which was suspicious in nature. The call led investigators to a middle school construction site in a nearby city where Coderre worked as a contractor.

Investigators established that Coderre made the anonymous, suspicious tip Monday morning and that he was at the scene during the attacks, the release stated.

“Golden Police have established enough probable cause to place Coderre under arrest,” police said.

Coderre, who is being held at the Jefferson County jail, is suspected of two felony assault counts. An investigation is ongoing.

At this time, his alleged motive for the attacks is unclear. The investigation is still underway and more charges could be added.


Suspect in “get out of my city” attacks of homeless men arrested by Golden police

A 51-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attacking two homeless men in Golden, police said.


Golden police

Roger Coderre

Roger Allan Coderre, of Golden, allegedly attacked two men in the early morning hours Wednesday, police said in a news release.

Both victims told investigators that the assailant yelled, “Get out of my city,” during the attacks.

Several surveillance videos helped establish that an older, black Nissan Pathfinder was in the area of the assaults. A Golden police officer spotted a similar vehicle and stopped the driver for a minor traffic violation, the release stated. The officer told the driver about the matched vehicle description and “sought permission to ask a few questions.” The driver, Coderre, refused and drove away.

On Monday morning, police received a tip from an anonymous caller, which was suspicious in nature. The call led investigators to a middle school construction site in a nearby city where Coderre worked as a contractor.

Investigators established that Coderre made the anonymous, suspicious tip Monday morning and that he was at the scene during the attacks, the release stated.

“Golden Police have established enough probable cause to place Coderre under arrest,” police said.

Coderre, who is being held at the Jefferson County jail, is suspected of two felony assault counts. An investigation is ongoing.

At this time, his alleged motive for the attacks is unclear. The investigation is still underway and more charges could be added.


Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system

The California Assembly has voted to raise fees on phones to pay for an upgrade of the state's 911 system. It's estimated to total about 34 cents on each bill … Click to Continue »


Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system

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Heathrow reveals expansion ‘masterplan’

Plans for a third runway, as well as new terminals to be built in phases, go out to public consultation.


Hong Kong’s extradition protests are yet another crisis of the government’s own making

With the extradition bill, Hong Kong finds itself in another of its long parade of crises. If these crises have one thing in common, it is that they are all self-inflicted.

The first of these, the 2003 Article 23 protests, was a case where the Hong Kong government was trying to please Beijing by offering up a totally unnecessary bill on national security. Half a million Hong Kong protesters thought otherwise. More than a decade has since passed and no threats have come to light that existing…


Hong Kong’s extradition protests are yet another crisis of the government’s own making

With the extradition bill, Hong Kong finds itself in another of its long parade of crises. If these crises have one thing in common, it is that they are all self-inflicted.

The first of these, the 2003 Article 23 protests, was a case where the Hong Kong government was trying to please Beijing by offering up a totally unnecessary bill on national security. Half a million Hong Kong protesters thought otherwise. More than a decade has since passed and no threats have come to light that existing…


Saskatchewan farmers look skyward as drought conditions persist

Farmers across Saskatchewan continue to look skyward for much-needed rain as drought conditions continue across the province.


Saskatchewan farmers look skyward as drought conditions persist

Farmers across Saskatchewan continue to look skyward for much-needed rain as drought conditions continue across the province.


As Trans Mountain decision looms, poll suggests majority of B.C. still supports pipeline

The poll suggests 60 per cent of British Columbians support the controversial expansion, which reflects similar polls conducted in past months.


As Trans Mountain decision looms, poll suggests majority of B.C. still supports pipeline

The poll suggests 60 per cent of British Columbians support the controversial expansion, which reflects similar polls conducted in past months.


Toronto Raptors celebration sees Plant Guy, Kawhi’s jokes and many more memorable moments

Toronto Raptors MVP Kawhi Leonard called the turnout "amazing."


Toronto Raptors celebration sees Plant Guy, Kawhi’s jokes and many more memorable moments

Toronto Raptors MVP Kawhi Leonard called the turnout "amazing."


06-17-19 Single vehicle crash victim identified (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I
Sergeant Chris Correia
Phone: (808) 961-2391
Report No. 19-047670

 

 

 

Media Release (Update)

A Pāhoa woman that died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday morning (June 15) on Government Beach Road, 2.8 miles South of Kahakai Boulevard has been identified.

The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Jenny Diaz.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Clifford Antonio of the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit at (808) 961-2339.

 

 

 

 


06-17-19 Single vehicle crash victim identified (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department
Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I
Sergeant Chris Correia
Phone: (808) 961-2391
Report No. 19-047670

 

 

 

Media Release (Update)

A Pāhoa woman that died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday morning (June 15) on Government Beach Road, 2.8 miles South of Kahakai Boulevard has been identified.

The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Jenny Diaz.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Officer Clifford Antonio of the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit at (808) 961-2339.

 

 

 

 


US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

(CNN) — The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.

“In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said, adding that the “United States does not seek conflict with Iran.”

“The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests,” Shanahan said. “We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.”

News of the additional troop deployment comes as the State Department announced Monday that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will travel Tuesday to the command center that oversees Middle East military operations.

A day earlier, Pompeo said the Trump administration is still mulling military action against Iran.

The State Department announced Pompeo’s trip to United States Central Command in Florida after a senior Iranian official told CNN that the US and Iran are headed toward “a confrontation which is very serious for everybody in the region.” European and international officials are calling for “maximum restraint.”

Shortly after the announcement of Pompeo’s travel, the Pentagon released a detailed set of photos that it said showed Iranian boats removing a mine from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US attributes the attack to Iran. Tehran has vigorously denied the charge.

President Donald Trump announced May 24 that the Pentagon would be deploying an extra 1,500 troops to the region as a “mostly protective” force.


US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

(CNN) — The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.

“In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said, adding that the “United States does not seek conflict with Iran.”

“The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests,” Shanahan said. “We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.”

News of the additional troop deployment comes as the State Department announced Monday that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will travel Tuesday to the command center that oversees Middle East military operations.

A day earlier, Pompeo said the Trump administration is still mulling military action against Iran.

The State Department announced Pompeo’s trip to United States Central Command in Florida after a senior Iranian official told CNN that the US and Iran are headed toward “a confrontation which is very serious for everybody in the region.” European and international officials are calling for “maximum restraint.”

Shortly after the announcement of Pompeo’s travel, the Pentagon released a detailed set of photos that it said showed Iranian boats removing a mine from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US attributes the attack to Iran. Tehran has vigorously denied the charge.

President Donald Trump announced May 24 that the Pentagon would be deploying an extra 1,500 troops to the region as a “mostly protective” force.


City passes resolution to ‘evaluate’ Joe Davis Stadium

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The future of Joe Davis Stadium has been revisited, and forgotten, time after time.

But as part of the effort to revitalize south Huntsville, the stadium's future is being considered once more.

The Huntsville City Council passed a resolution in mid-June calling for the city to do an assessment of the 10,000-seat stadium named after Huntsville's former long-time mayor. The assessment is to determine its viability, either for athletic usage, or something completely different.

“I think it’s time now that we revisit the stadium in an attempt to see what it is we can salvage, if possible, or what other purpose it could be used for," said City Councilman Will Culver.

The stadium has been sitting untouched for almost five years now. After decades of its use as a venue for baseball and football, the city wants to consider every option.

"We don’t want it to continue to just sit here unutilized," Culver said.

Brainstorming has included downsizing the stadium for use by city and school sports, making it an indoor sports venue, or of course, just tearing it down to build something else.

"We want to entertain all of the possibilities," Culver said. "I think we should measure ten times and cut once."

The stadium already has severe structural, plumbing, and electrical issues, which will all be considered before tax payers’ dollars are spent.

The assessment will take place over the next couple of months and will tentatively be presented to the city at the August 22nd council meeting.

 

 


City passes resolution to ‘evaluate’ Joe Davis Stadium

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The future of Joe Davis Stadium has been revisited, and forgotten, time after time.

But as part of the effort to revitalize south Huntsville, the stadium's future is being considered once more.

The Huntsville City Council passed a resolution in mid-June calling for the city to do an assessment of the 10,000-seat stadium named after Huntsville's former long-time mayor. The assessment is to determine its viability, either for athletic usage, or something completely different.

“I think it’s time now that we revisit the stadium in an attempt to see what it is we can salvage, if possible, or what other purpose it could be used for," said City Councilman Will Culver.

The stadium has been sitting untouched for almost five years now. After decades of its use as a venue for baseball and football, the city wants to consider every option.

"We don’t want it to continue to just sit here unutilized," Culver said.

Brainstorming has included downsizing the stadium for use by city and school sports, making it an indoor sports venue, or of course, just tearing it down to build something else.

"We want to entertain all of the possibilities," Culver said. "I think we should measure ten times and cut once."

The stadium already has severe structural, plumbing, and electrical issues, which will all be considered before tax payers’ dollars are spent.

The assessment will take place over the next couple of months and will tentatively be presented to the city at the August 22nd council meeting.

 

 


Driver of pickup truck that hit, killed Colorado trooper was in left lane, CSP says

More details emerged Monday evening in the death of Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden, who was hit and killed Friday night on Interstate 70 while investigating an earlier rollover crash in the same area.

The driver of a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck that struck Moden is not believed to have been impaired at the time of the crash and is cooperating with investigators, Chief Matthew Packard said at a press conference outside a Commerce City CSP station to which Moden was assigned. The investigation is ongoing.

Moden’s patrol vehicle was parked on the right shoulder of the highway and the driver who hit him was in the left lane, Packard said. The driver of the Ford F-250, an adult male, was not identified.

Packard described Moden, a 12-year-veteran with the CSP, as: “Dedicated and committed to serving the people of Colorado.” Moden was with the Vehicular Crimes Unit of the patrol. He was an on-scene investigator.

“At crash scenes, the VCU members use a special laser-mapping device to gather data for creating scale diagrams,” according to the CSP’s website. “Other equipment is used to measure the friction of the roadway, slopes and to interpret/measure other evidential facts for their reconstructions.”

The driver in the single-vehicle rollover crash that Moden was investigating before he was struck and killed in a second collision was still in critical condition Monday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman and her 18-month-old daughter were both ejected, and investigators are crediting the baby’s car seat — she remained in it after being thrown from the vehicle — with saving her life, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deborah Sherman said.

Witnesses told police the woman, who has not yet been publicly identified, was driving on eastbound Interstate 70 on Friday night at speeds in excess of 100 mph before she crashed at mile marker 324, just east of the Peoria exit, and police said her vehicle rolled over multiple times in a field.

She was ejected from her vehicle as was an 18-month-old toddler in a car seat. No one else was in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to police.

On Tuesday, Sherman confirmed that the toddler is the woman’s daughter. She said she could not release the child’s condition.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office took over the crash investigation involving the woman and her daughter.

Colorado State Patrol officials have released limited details about the fatal crash, describing the ongoing investigation as preliminary. The driver of the crash remained at the scene Friday night and cooperated with the investigation, said CSP spokesman Trooper Joshua Lewis. CSP has not made any arrests in the crash, he said.

Sherman said potential charges against the woman who rolled her vehicle are still pending because of her condition. Detectives are investigating the possibility alcohol played a contributing factor in the crash.

Since Moden’s death, colleagues at the Colorado State Patrol and community members have shown their support for the 37-year-old and 12-year CSP veteran and his family through various memorials, including leaving cards, flowers and other mementos on his patrol vehicle at 8200 U.S. 85 in Commerce City.

He’s the second state trooper to be struck and killed by a driver on Colorado roads this year and the fifth since 2015.

“People are kind of giving their own salute and honor to (Moden and his family), which we, of course, appreciate greatly,” Lewis said.


Kelsey Brunner, The Denver Post

Colorado State Patrol Captain Rocco Domenico removes flowers from Trooper William Moden’s patrol car in preparation for the trooper’s funeral outside the Colorado State Patrol Office in Commerce City on Monday, June 17, 2019. Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden, 37, was investigating a car crash Friday, June 14, 2019, when he was struck and killed in a second collision.

The Colorado State Patrol has asked that donations for the Moden family be made at cspffdonation.coloradosafedriver.org/fund-donation or in the trooper’s honor to the Adoption Exchange at adoptex.org/get-involved/donate/online-donations.

Gov. Jared Polis ordered that flags across the state be flown at half-staff until Moden’s memorial. A public service for Moden will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Denver First Church, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood.

“He went to work that day because he wanted to make a difference,” Packard said of Moden. “His dedication, 12 years of his life and every ounce of his being…was to make Colorado safer.”


Driver of pickup truck that hit, killed Colorado trooper was in left lane, CSP says

More details emerged Monday evening in the death of Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden, who was hit and killed Friday night on Interstate 70 while investigating an earlier rollover crash in the same area.

The driver of a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck that struck Moden is not believed to have been impaired at the time of the crash and is cooperating with investigators, Chief Matthew Packard said at a press conference outside a Commerce City CSP station to which Moden was assigned. The investigation is ongoing.

Moden’s patrol vehicle was parked on the right shoulder of the highway and the driver who hit him was in the left lane, Packard said. The driver of the Ford F-250, an adult male, was not identified.

Packard described Moden, a 12-year-veteran with the CSP, as: “Dedicated and committed to serving the people of Colorado.” Moden was with the Vehicular Crimes Unit of the patrol. He was an on-scene investigator.

“At crash scenes, the VCU members use a special laser-mapping device to gather data for creating scale diagrams,” according to the CSP’s website. “Other equipment is used to measure the friction of the roadway, slopes and to interpret/measure other evidential facts for their reconstructions.”

The driver in the single-vehicle rollover crash that Moden was investigating before he was struck and killed in a second collision was still in critical condition Monday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman and her 18-month-old daughter were both ejected, and investigators are crediting the baby’s car seat — she remained in it after being thrown from the vehicle — with saving her life, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deborah Sherman said.

Witnesses told police the woman, who has not yet been publicly identified, was driving on eastbound Interstate 70 on Friday night at speeds in excess of 100 mph before she crashed at mile marker 324, just east of the Peoria exit, and police said her vehicle rolled over multiple times in a field.

She was ejected from her vehicle as was an 18-month-old toddler in a car seat. No one else was in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to police.

On Tuesday, Sherman confirmed that the toddler is the woman’s daughter. She said she could not release the child’s condition.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office took over the crash investigation involving the woman and her daughter.

Colorado State Patrol officials have released limited details about the fatal crash, describing the ongoing investigation as preliminary. The driver of the crash remained at the scene Friday night and cooperated with the investigation, said CSP spokesman Trooper Joshua Lewis. CSP has not made any arrests in the crash, he said.

Sherman said potential charges against the woman who rolled her vehicle are still pending because of her condition. Detectives are investigating the possibility alcohol played a contributing factor in the crash.

Since Moden’s death, colleagues at the Colorado State Patrol and community members have shown their support for the 37-year-old and 12-year CSP veteran and his family through various memorials, including leaving cards, flowers and other mementos on his patrol vehicle at 8200 U.S. 85 in Commerce City.

He’s the second state trooper to be struck and killed by a driver on Colorado roads this year and the fifth since 2015.

“People are kind of giving their own salute and honor to (Moden and his family), which we, of course, appreciate greatly,” Lewis said.


Kelsey Brunner, The Denver Post

Colorado State Patrol Captain Rocco Domenico removes flowers from Trooper William Moden’s patrol car in preparation for the trooper’s funeral outside the Colorado State Patrol Office in Commerce City on Monday, June 17, 2019. Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden, 37, was investigating a car crash Friday, June 14, 2019, when he was struck and killed in a second collision.

The Colorado State Patrol has asked that donations for the Moden family be made at cspffdonation.coloradosafedriver.org/fund-donation or in the trooper’s honor to the Adoption Exchange at adoptex.org/get-involved/donate/online-donations.

Gov. Jared Polis ordered that flags across the state be flown at half-staff until Moden’s memorial. A public service for Moden will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Denver First Church, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood.

“He went to work that day because he wanted to make a difference,” Packard said of Moden. “His dedication, 12 years of his life and every ounce of his being…was to make Colorado safer.”


Exclusive: Court documents reveal lurid details of Sacramento deputy’s alleged sex with teen

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Tim Hague’s family and lawyers discuss lawsuit: ‘This fight never should have happened’

Three members of Tim Hague's family appeared alongside two injury lawyers on Monday, explaining a lawsuit filed in the wake of the fighter's death.


Tim Hague’s family and lawyers discuss lawsuit: ‘This fight never should have happened’

Three members of Tim Hague's family appeared alongside two injury lawyers on Monday, explaining a lawsuit filed in the wake of the fighter's death.


Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ visits London, gets silly in Paris

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Bridging the gap in economic reconciliation in Saskatchewan

The Bridging Economic Reconciliation conference brought together industry leaders, government officials and Indigenous communities in Saskatoon.


Bridging the gap in economic reconciliation in Saskatchewan

The Bridging Economic Reconciliation conference brought together industry leaders, government officials and Indigenous communities in Saskatoon.


Single Vehicle Fatal Rollover Crash on US 70 in Lincoln County

Lincoln County, NM- On June 16, 2019 at about 10:01 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal rollover crash on US 70, near milepost 306, west of Roswell, NM.

The Initial investigation indicated a 2011 Toyota, driven by Sotero Acuna (19) of Clovis, NM was traveling east on US 70. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway on a curved portion of the road. The vehicle entered the median and rolled. The driver, Sotero Acuna was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. Acuna was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. There was a sixteen-year-old male passenger in the vehicle who sustained unknown injuries in the crash. He was transported to a local hospital.

Alcohol was not a factor int the crash and seatbelts appear to have not been properly used. No additional information is available.


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Single Vehicle Fatal Rollover Crash on US 70 in Lincoln County

Lincoln County, NM- On June 16, 2019 at about 10:01 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal rollover crash on US 70, near milepost 306, west of Roswell, NM.

The Initial investigation indicated a 2011 Toyota, driven by Sotero Acuna (19) of Clovis, NM was traveling east on US 70. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway on a curved portion of the road. The vehicle entered the median and rolled. The driver, Sotero Acuna was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. Acuna was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. There was a sixteen-year-old male passenger in the vehicle who sustained unknown injuries in the crash. He was transported to a local hospital.

Alcohol was not a factor int the crash and seatbelts appear to have not been properly used. No additional information is available.


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A Pride Flag is flying over California’s Capitol. Gavin Newsom says it’s sending a message

For the first time in state history, the flag of LGBTQ Pride flies above the California Capitol. The Rainbow Flag, which sits below the U.S. and California state flags, will … Click to Continue »