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Kenney gets rid of 8 more regulatory barriers to ‘strengthen interprovincial trade’

A news release from the Alberta government says the announcement on Saturday deals with areas such as the energy sector, alcohol and the sale of public lands.


Grand Junction’s BLM headquarters will share a building with oil and gas companies

GRAND JUNCTION — The Bureau of Land Management’s new headquarters here will share an office building with oil and gas groups, provoking strong criticisms from environmentalists and a defense from the senator who orchestrated the headquarters move to Grand Junction.

The Interior Department announced Friday it has leased part of a four-story building at 760 Horizon Drive in this Western Slope city. According to online records, the building’s other tenants include Chevron, Laramie Energy and Oxy USA — oil and gas companies that the BLM could provide leases to and regulate.

“To say it’s concerning is an understatement,” said Jim Ramey, state director for the Wilderness Society. “It really struck me that on the same day as an international climate change strike, the BLM has no shame announcing that it’s going to set up shop with fossil fuel companies.”

The announcement also came a day before Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, an architect of the BLM’s headquarters move, arrived in Grand Junction and spoke to Club 20, a western Colorado business group. The club’s annual fall gathering had many oil and gas sponsors, including Chevron, the Colorado Petroleum Council, the American Petroleum Institute, Caerus Oil and Gas and Trapper Mining. Environmentalists protested outside.

Gardner touted the BLM’s move to Grand Junction during his prepared remarks Saturday, reiterating his claims that it will lead to better and faster decision-making within the Interior Department. In comments to reporters after the event, he defended the BLM’s new office space.

“The opponents of BLM are going to try to do everything they can to continue to oppose this,” the Republican senator said, comparing the existence of lobbyists in Washington D.C., home to BLM’s current headquarters, to oil and gas neighbors at the BLM’s new location in Grand Junction.

“Washington is infested with special interests. You mean to tell me that BLM is insulated from that? They’re infested. There are thousands of lobbyists in Washington, D.C.,” Gardner said.

“Is the Sierra Club in Washington? Yes, they are. Are energy interests in Washington? Yes, they are,” he added, suggesting the agency is more susceptible to industry lobbying now than it will be when the headquarters is in Colorado.

Support for moving the BLM headquarters here has been bipartisan. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis opened his remarks to Club 20 on Saturday by cheering the agency’s move to Colorado.

“We are all incredibly excited about the new BLM office in Grand Junction!” Polis said to applause.

Twenty-seven jobs are expected to move to Grand Junction, although Polis and Gardner said they hope that number will increase. Bernhardt, a Colorado native, told Club 20 members Saturday that the headquarters could be ready for occupancy this winter. He said 19 Grand Junction job openings had been posted on government job websites, suggesting many of the current headquarters employees will not make the move from Washington to Colorado.

“America has become the No. 1 producer of oil and gas in the world,” Bernhardt boasted to Club 20 on Saturday. “Who would have guessed that would happen?” He repeatedly touted President Donald Trump’s emphasis on energy production, heaping praise on the Republican president.

“This administration is moving at a pretty good clip” to advance Trump’s energy priorities, he said.

The honesty of that claim is what worries environmentalists. Michael Saul, a Colorado-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, called the BLM’s decision to share a building with oil and gas companies and an industry trade group “a highly symbolic and highly cynical gesture.”

“Putting the BLM office in the same building as the West Slope Oil and Gas Association makes it clear that Bernhardt means to make it absolutely clear to BLM staffers that if you’re not putting oil and gas first, you’re not loyal to the mission,” Saul said.

Critics have claimed the Grand Junction move will force career BLM employees to quit, weakening the federal agency. Aaron Weiss, a deputy director at the Center for Western Priorities, said oil and gas executives will “merely need to walk down the hall” at the new Grand Junction headquarters to talk with whomever “is left after the administration is done eviscerating” the BLM.

To supporters of the BLM headquarters move, such as Gardner, who faces a tough re-election fight in 2020, arguments against it are “silly,” as he told Club 20 on Saturday. Better decision-making undoubtedly will come about from the change, according to the Republican senator from Yuma.

“I think it’s important because Grand Junction – western Colorado – is now the true national gateway to our public lands,” Gardner said. “And that is exciting.”


Montreal among 13 cities to shine Bat Signal to celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary

It is one of 13 cities worldwide -- and the only Canadian one -- to partake in the event which will see the famous insignia used by the fictional police force in the comics to summon the Dark Knight shine across the globe.


Kingstonians for Safe Technology protest against 5G networks

On Saturday afternoon dozens of people from the community rallied outside Kingston City Hall to voice their concerns about 5G networks.


‘You’ll just bring her on the plane’: Baby on board during Scheer’s campaign

In just seven days, Georgia Hubick has been to more than a dozen cities and towns in seven provinces, while her mom Kenzie Potter continues as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's chief political adviser.


A Dutch YouTuber and his friend were arrested and jailed when they tried getting near Area 51

Two Dutch friends said they just wanted a good look at the mysterious Area 51 before leaving the US. Instead, they ended up in a Nevada jail.

Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, were arrested about three miles deep into the Nevada National Security Site, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said.

The site is near Area 51, which has been the focus of conspiracy theories for decades alleging the US government keeps evidence about aliens and UFOs there. Someone recently created a Facebook event page seeking people to storm the site this Friday.

But the two men say never planned to participate in that.

“We didn’t have any intention to storm it because we leave on day before the actual storming dates, and we just wanted… to go there,” Sweep told CNN affiliate KTNV. They just wanted to get a good view of it, he said.

When arrested September 10, both men told deputies they could read, write and speak English and had seen the ‘No Trespassing’ signs at the entrance of the site. But they said they wanted to take a look at the facility, police said.

Granzier told authorities he is a YouTuber. Deputies found cameras, a phone, a laptop and a drone in the men’s vehicle.

The two pleaded guilty to trespassing and illegal parking, both misdemeanors, Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia said. They were sentenced to a year in jail. But that sentence was suspended and the two will spend a total of three days in the county jail if they pay a fine of $2,280 each Thursday — when they’re scheduled to be released.

They have additionally given up the electronic equipment found at the time of their arrest, Arabia said.

“It was important to us that these men serve jail time and pay a substantial financial penalty,” he said. “We take this crime seriously. And people need to understand that we will not put up with this kind of nonsense.”

Granzier said he and his friend “didn’t want to cause any trouble” in a police video. “We learned from our mistakes.”


$6,000 in stolen quarters found in California baby stroller

Authorities say a woman stole $6,000 worth of quarters and her getaway car was a baby stroller. Bakersfield police officers noticed the woman Friday struggling to push the stroller but … Click to Continue »


Essex beat Worcs in thriller to win T20 Blast for first time

Essex Eagles beat Worcestershire Rapids by four wickets to win the T20 Blast for the first time in their history.


Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Scarborough

Police said they received reports of a collision in the area of Kingston and Overture roads shortly after 2:30 p.m.


Tagovailoa throws 5 TDs, No. 2 Alabama rolls over USM 49-7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters and No. 2 Alabama rolled to a 49-7 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday.

Tagovailoa had his second straight five-TD game and the Crimson Tide (4-0) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 19 minutes in yet another lopsided victory. Last season’s Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 21 passes.

The Golden Eagles (2-2) couldn’t keep up with speedy Tide receiver Henry Ruggs III early. Ruggs had a career high in receiving yards even before the first quarter ended, with touchdowns of 45 and 74 yards in the opening nine minutes.

He finished with four catches for 148 yards, all in the first half and all on four targets. He sprinted to the end zone on a slant pattern for the 45-yarder, then topped that after slowing down to catch the ball before accelerating to the end zone.

There were plenty of big plays to go around for an offense that had back-to-back 91-yard scoring drives.

Najee Harris gained 110 yards on 14 carries to become the Tide’s first 100-yard rusher since last season’s LSU game. Jerry Jeudy caught a pair of TD passes and finished with 96 yards on six catches.

For Southern Miss, De’Michael Harris had 34 yards rushing with 50 yards and a touchdown receiving. Jack Abraham completed 17 for 26 passes for 174 yards.

ALABAMA INJURIES

Alabama’s injuries continue to pile up. Linebacker Terrell Lewis missed the game with an unspecified injury. Christopher Allen started in his place. Nose guard DJ Dale was helped to the locker room late in the first half with an apparent leg injury. Placekicker Will Reichard left the game after a kickoff in the first quarter and Joseph Bulovas handled the duties after that.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Miss: Couldn’t cash in with points on three early trips into Alabama territory. Was outgained 514-226 in total yards.

Alabama: Just keeps rolling along, but its toughest games await. Tagovailoa now has 17 touchdown passes without throwing an interception this season. The biggest test for the Tide could be overcoming all the injuries.

HITTING 70

Tagovailoa’s fourth TD pass made him the second Alabama quarterback to reach 70. AJ McCarron has the school career mark with 77.

UP NEXT

Southern Miss returns home to face UTEP.

Alabama hosts SEC West opponent Mississippi.


Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 101 – Tillamook County (Photo)

On Friday, September 20, 2019 at approximately 9:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near mile post 62.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Chevrolet C1500, operated by Randall Sisson (57) of Bay City, was southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 2017 Ford U Haul truck operated by Darryl Borg (66) of Nehalem. 

Sisson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Borg and his passenger Steven Borg (40) of Nehalem were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Fire Department, and ODOT.

 


19B105502/Crash/Westminster Barracks

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#:  19B105502                                           RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Max Trenosky STATION: VSP-Westminster                                        CONTACT#: 802-254-2382   DATE/TIME: 09-20-19 3:22 pm STREET: Route 30 TOWN: Townshend LANDMARK AND/OR


$6,000 in stolen quarters found in California baby stroller

Authorities say a woman stole $6,000 worth of quarters and her getaway car was a baby stroller. Bakersfield police officers noticed the woman Friday struggling to push the stroller but … Click to Continue »


US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who … Click to Continue »


Woman claims retaliation in 3rd lawsuit against Scientology

A woman says in a Florida lawsuit that Scientology operatives cut the brake lines on her car, vandalized her property and followed her after she spoke out about alleged abuse. … Click to Continue »


Maskwacis celebrates opening of 1st public library

The new library, which is located at the Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre, currently has 800 books, but staff hope to double that number by next year. 


Make-A-Wish Alabama raises over $100,000 at Wish Night gala

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Organizers say the inaugural Huntsville Wish Night gala was a roaring success.

Held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on Friday, September 20, 2019, the event featured live music, an auction, along with appearances by Wish Kids and their families.

WHNT News 19’s own Melissa Riopka emceed the event, too!

Donations were pledged before the event, but the auction and donations during the event were bolstered with a match from Landers McClarty Subaru – pushing the night’s fundraising over the $100,000 mark.

All the money raised goes to help Make-A-Wish Alabama grant wishes for kids all across the state.


Amber alert issued for child abduction in Merced, CHP says

The California Highway Patrol has issued an amber alert for an alleged child abduction in Merced on Saturday morning. Two-year old John Weir was last seen with his father, Steven … Click to Continue »


In an election focused on families, an ‘implicit tax’ on parents is under the radar

The benefits clawback faced by parents who work part-time while on leave is 'very, very, very high,' said one economist.


Anti-ICE protest underway, marching from Denver park to Aurora facility

Anti-ICE protesters are marching down Colfax Avenue from City Park in Denver to the GEO Group ICE facility in Aurora.

Meanwhile, pro-ICE demonstrators have gathered at the facility to counter protest.

Aurora police tweeted earlier Saturday that they were expecting thousands of people, but as of midday two groups combined were not that large.

This is a developing story, check back for more.


EFL: Henrik Larsson set for Southend? Crewe march on and Oxford hit six

Oxford hit Lincoln for six, Crewe march on in League Two and is Henrik Larsson about to become Southend manager?


Single vehicle accident in Cape Breton sends six people to hospital

A female passenger was ejected and sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported via LifeFlight to Halifax.


Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to stump in Sacramento area next week

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential hopeful, will hold his first public appearance in Sacramento next weekend at yet to be announced location, according to a campaign website. The ticketed event … Click to Continue »


Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. … Click to Continue »


2 Vinemont residents arrested after Cullman County pursuit

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Friday afternoon, Deputies arrested two Vinemont residents after a pursuit in Cullman County.

According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 157. The suspects drove off into West Point before abandoning the vehicle and running away.

K9 Deputy Copper arrived and helped quickly arrest both people in the vehicle.

Austin Wade Eipp, 25, and Brittany Hope Riggs, 27, were arrested. Both face several charges.

Eipp was arrested on warrants for first-degree theft of property, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, third-degree receiving stolen property, and two counts each of third-degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering to a vehicle. Eipp also faces a charge of attempting to elude.

Riggs was arrested on warrants for first-degree theft of property, third-degree burglary, third-degree theft of property, and failure to appear on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Riggs also faced charges of attempting to elude, speeding, reckless driving, and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Both were taken to the Cullman county Dentition Center and were held without bond.

CCSO investigators and deputies also discovered and recovered a large amount of stolen property in the suspects possession.


A Southern California student may have been bullied before assault. Parents demand answers

His name is Diego and he has become a rallying cry for a Southern California campus and community angered by school violence. The 13-year-old Moreno Valley boy remains in critical … Click to Continue »


Dog kills 1-year-old in ‘unprovoked attack’ in California

Authorities say a pit bull fatally mauled a 1-year-old boy in an unprovoked attack in the child's home. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the boy died in a "horrible … Click to Continue »


Head-on Ring Road collision sends 1 to hospital with ‘serious’ injuries

Police say they were dispatched to the westbound lanes of Ring Road near the Wascana Parkway exit at 2:55 a.m. for a report of a head-on collision.


Rutland Barracks / Driving Under the Influence and Operating with a Criminally Suspended License

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19B404274 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Eric Jakubowski                                        STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#:(802)773-9101   DATE/TIME: 09/21/2019 at approximately 0256 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Main Street in the Town of Poultney, Vermont VIOLATION:


Emus halt traffic in Nottinghamshire village

One of the emus appears to be quite calm as it strolls near a major road.


Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Hosts score five in opening 18 minutes in hammering

Bernardo Silva scores a hat-trick as Manchester City strike five times in 18 minutes on their way to victory over Watford.


Hong Kong protests: police obtain court orders to access digital fare payment information during another weekend of petrol bombs, tear gas and fires on the streets

Hong Kong police have used court orders to obtain digital fare payment details and CCTV camera footage of anti-government protesters from the city’s largest bus company, according to sources.The revelation came on Saturday as the city entered its 16th straight weekend of protests sparked by the government’s now-withdrawn extradition bill, with more clashes between radicals throwing petrol bombs and police firing back with tear gas and sponge grenades.A senior police source said the court orders…


Man dies after Friday night officer-involved shooting in Lakewood

The man injured in an officer-involved shooting in Lakewood Friday night died from his injuries, Lakewood police announced early Saturday morning in a news release.

The man’s name has not been released. He is described only as a 57-year-old white male by police.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday, officers found a man and woman arguing outside the police station, according to the news release. As officers approached the two, the man produced a handgun and officers fired at the man.

He was transported to the hospital where he died, police said.

The woman involved in the incident was not harmed, the release said.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting and officers involved with the shooting have been put on paid administrative leave, the release said. This is common in officer-involved shootings.



Emmy nominees getting ready for Sunday’s big night

This is the time of year when the cast of HBO's "Veep" would usually be shooting a new season. Now that the show is done, actor Tony Hale says they'll … Click to Continue »


Denver weather: Cooler and sunny throughout the weekend

Weather in the metro area is forecast to be warm and sunny throughout the weekend with highs in the 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

The high temperatures on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be around 77 degrees, according to the NWS. In the mountains highs are expected to be around 65.

On Saturday night some storms are possible on the eastern plains with clouds increasing through the evening, the weather service said.

In Jefferson County, winds are expected to be lighter than yesterday, aiding firefighting efforts on the Bald Mountain Fire.


Thomas Cook: Peterborough MP calls for government ‘leadership’

The troubled global tour operator employs 1,000 people at its headquarters in Peterborough.


Deputies say South Carolina shooting leaves 2 dead, 8 hurt

LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities said a shooting at a bar in South Carolina left two people dead and eight injured early Saturday.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the agency was investigating a shooting at a bar at about 2:45 a.m.

Two adult males were shot and killed. Four injured victims were airlifted to medical facilities for treatment. The other four people were treated at local facilities for injuries considered noncritical. An eleventh victim was treated and released for minor injuries incurred after falling down while trying to flee. The victims’ identities were not released.

The statement said authorities were not sure whether more than one person fired a weapon. Investigators have some information about a possible suspect but no arrests have been made.

“This was a violent incident of huge magnitude that was witnessed by lots of people,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in a statement. “Two people are dead, and many more are seriously injured. The shooter or shooters are out there. We need to talk with everybody who was at the club when the shooting happened, and I encourage those witnesses to contact us immediately so those responsible for these deaths and injuries can be taken into custody.”

The statement says a large crowd was at the Old Skool Sports Bar & Grill when the shooting occurred and that shots were fired inside and outside the bar. Most patrons scattered as shots were fired and afterward.

Lancaster is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Two men arrested over Corhampton shooting murder

Gurinderjit Rai was found with gunshot wounds in a parked car in Corhampton in July.


Roads closures in Aurora for planned ICE protest

Several roads will be closed in Aurora on Saturday due to a planned ICE protest, according to Aurora police. The following will shut down until at least 4 p.m.:

  • East 30th Avenue from Nome Street to Peoria Street
  • Nome Street from East 30th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue
  • Oakland Street from East 30th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue

1 killed in wreck on Hobbs Island Road Saturday

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Hobbs Island Road early Saturday morning.

HEMSI spokesman Don Webster told WHNT News 19 crews were called to a wreck in the 4500-block of Hobbs Island Road around 5:15 a.m.

Webster said it was a single-vehicle wreck and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Big rise in US mass shooting tips poses challenge for police

It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who … Click to Continue »


Bald Mountain Fire in Jefferson County stable overnight, U.S. 6 to remain closed today

The Bald Mountain Fire did not grow overnight and remains at about 25 acres, authorities said Saturday morning.

The wildfire is about 10 percent contained, Mike Taplin a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Crews continue to work the fire and U.S. 6 between Colorado 93 and Colorado 119 will be closed until the fire is contained. Taplin said that could last into the afternoon or longer. About 140 firefighters are expected today, according to a Jeffco Open Space tweet.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no current evacuations, although pre-evacuation notices were sent out last night, Taplin said.

Open space trails in the area are closed, he said. The public is asked not to fly drones in the area due to ongoing fire operations.


Bald Mountain Fire in Jefferson County stable overnight, U.S. 6 to remain closed today

The Bald Mountain Fire did not grow overnight and remains at about 25 acres, authorities said Saturday morning.

The wildfire is about 10 percent contained, Mike Taplin a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Crews continue to work the fire and U.S. 6 between Colorado 93 and Colorado 119 will be closed until the fire is contained. Taplin said that could last into the afternoon or longer. About 140 firefighters are expected today, according to a Jeffco Open Space tweet.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no current evacuations, although pre-evacuation notices were sent out last night, Taplin said.

Open space trails in the area are closed, he said. The public is asked not to fly drones in the area due to ongoing fire operations.


Bank of Canada says it will lie low to avoid impacting federal election campaign

The central bank says it wants to avoid making any possible impact -- or the appearance of an impact with a gap of almost two months in scheduled news conferences or speeches by the bank's senior figures.


Bank of Canada says it will lie low to avoid impacting federal election campaign

The central bank says it wants to avoid making any possible impact -- or the appearance of an impact with a gap of almost two months in scheduled news conferences or speeches by the bank's senior figures.


Wildcats Fall to Michigan State in Big Ten Opener

Paddy Firsher Tackle

Northwestern suffered a 31-10 setback in its Big Ten opener against Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.


Lennon Wall clean-up campaign brings scuffles and arguments but no violent clashes between pro-Beijing camp and Hong Kong anti-government protesters

The threat of violence between pro-Beijing groups on a citywide mission to clean-up so-called Lennon Walls and anti-government protesters intent on defending them fizzled on Saturday, with no major confrontations reported.There were some scuffles and arguments as Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, an outspoken pro-government lawmaker, and his supporters took down Post-it notes from several Lennon Walls – but protesters mostly waited a bit and plastered the walls with new messages.When the clean-up campaign…


Rugby World Cup: England coach Eddie Jones relishing Tonga opener

England start their World Cup campaign keen to improve on the disappointments of the last two tournaments as they take on Tonga on Sunday.


25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in ‘Friends’

"Friends" is getting old. Its fans have never been younger. As the sitcom about six twentysomethings marks its 25th anniversary on Sunday, it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially … Click to Continue »


State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Andover

This morning, at about midnight, State Police from the Andover Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 93 North, South of Exit 45/River Road in Andover that resulted in the fatality of an Andover man. Preliminary Investigation indicates that a 2014 Cadillac CTS was traveling northbound on Route 93 when, for reasons still under…


Olean man arrested for DWI

On September 20, 2019, SP Olean Troopers arrested Marvin N. Dusterhus, 29, of Olean, NY for Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana 2nd Degree.


Vicky Glass murder: Police appeal over unsolved 2000 killing

Cleveland Police launches a fresh appeal on what would have been Vicky Glass's 40th birthday.


Belfast man arrested for Ischua theft

On September 20, 2019, SP Machias Troopers arrested Christopher Cometa, 60, of Belfast, NY for Petit Larceny.


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Missing hikers found following search of Long Lake trails

Due to the size of the area and unknown location of the missing hikers, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency responded with a drone.


Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: James Maddison fires Foxes past Spurs

James Maddison's first league goal of the season helps Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an entertaining encounter at the King Power Stadium.


T20 Blast Finals Day: Worcestershire Rapids beat Notts Outlaws by one run in semi

Defending champions Worcestershire Rapids defend 11 off the final two overs to beat Notts Outlaws by one run in a thrilling T20 Blast semi-final.


A Louisiana police captain was killed and another officer injured after a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout

(CNN) — A Louisiana police captain was killed and another officer was wounded Friday after a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout, CNN affiliate WVUE reported.

The police chase began after a driver refused to stop, witnesses told the affiliate.

Captain Vincent “Vinny” Liberto Jr., 58, leaves behind a wife and seven children, many of whom are active law enforcement officers and military members, the Mandeville Police Department said.

“Captain Liberto was a highly decorated and respected law enforcement officer, who was known across the entire county,” the department said.

The other officer was injured and treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound but is expected to survive, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said in a Friday press conference. Authorities have not yet released the name of that officer.

“It’s a bad day for the Mandeville Police Department,” Sticker said.

“We have a wife that’s grieving, we have children that are grieving, we have an agency that hasn’t lost a police officer in probably over 50 years that is grieving,” Sticker said.

Two suspects are in custody, Sticker said.

The Louisiana State Police will be conducting an investigation into the shooting, authorities said.

Liberto served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 10 years, police said, and later joined Mandeville Police in 1994.

“He climbed through the ranks and earned multiple prestigious awards during his years of service, including Officer of the Year,” the department said. Captain Liberto was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a polygraphist.

The shooting “hit our community so very hard,” said Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, who called the city “one of the safest places to live.”

“I have received calls, email and texts from all over Mandeville and the state of Louisiana expressing condolences and offers for help,” Villere wrote on Facebook. “We will survive, but we will never forget.”

The governor also sent his condolences.

“Today we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the people of Mandeville and the people of Louisiana,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community.”


Health unit investigating legionnaires’ disease after 6 cases reported in south-central London

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is investigating after six cases of legionnaires' disease were reported in the same neighbourhood in less than three weeks. 


Why secularism is quickly becoming a ballot-box issue in Quebec

Secularism is quickly becoming a ballot-box issue in Quebec as Premier François Legault has warned federal leaders not to meddle with Bill 21 ahead of the federal election.


Here’s what you missed while Donald Trump dissed California this week

President Donald Trump escalated his feud with California this week, targeting Sacramento’s environmental policies, threatening intervention in its homelessness crisis and promoting efforts to build a controversial wall on the … Click to Continue »


Man arrested after suspected break-in attempt at luxury home of Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li

A man has been arrested after a suspected break-in attempt at the super-deluxe mansion of Hong Kong second-generation tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai in the seaside retreat of Shek O.Police said they received a report at 7.26am on Saturday from the residence along Big Wave Bay Road of a person acting suspiciously, with the caller suspecting a case of attempted burglary.Officers arrived at the scene and found that no property had gone missing at the mansion after a preliminary check.The suspect,…


California education panel tackles ethnic studies curriculum. A revised draft is coming

Dozens of teachers, activists, former officials and community members from all over California packed the California Department of Education on Friday to give their input on how the state should … Click to Continue »


Harlesden stabbing: Boy, 16, charged with murder

The boy is the fourth person to be charged in connection with Meshach Williams's death.


Four injured in Limestone/Madison County Wreck

LIMESTONE/MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Paramedics were called to a wreck on the Limestone-Madison county line Saturday morning.

According to a tweet from ALGO, the wreck occurred on Alabama Highway 53 at Pulaski Pike.

HEMSI spokesman Don Webster said three HEMSI ambulances, a supervisor, and the rescue squad were dispatched for a total of four patients.

Webster further stated two of the patients were in critical condition with two seriously injured.


Night in national park ‘for every schoolchild’

Independent review suggests new ideas to "re-ignite" England's protected landscapes.


Man arrested after fleeing from Owens Cross Roads police

OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – A man was arrested after running from police late Saturday night in Owens Cross Roads.

According to Huntsville Police, Owens Cross Roads Police initially tried stopping the man along Hobbs Island Road around, but he ran away into a nearby field.

Huntsville Police and New Hope Fire were called to assist, with Huntsville sending a K9 unit and two SWAT officers to aid in the search.

Police said the K9 bit the man and he was taken to Huntsville Hospital, where Owens Cross Roads Police arrested him.


Colorado marijuana companies are subject to federal labor laws despite being illegal, court rules

A U.S. appeals court has ruled workers in Colorado’s marijuana industry are subject to overtime pay rules and other federal labor protections even if the industry itself is federally illegal.

The case at issue deals with Robert Kenney, a former employee at Helix TCS, a company that provides security and other services to marijuana companies in Colorado. In 2017, Kenney sued Helix in U.S. District Court for refusing to pay him overtime when he was regularly worked more than 40 hours a week as a security guard for Helix’s marijuana industry clients, an alleged violation of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

Helix’s attorneys moved to dismiss the case on the grounds that a federal court had no jurisdiction to hear the case “because Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry is in violation of the Controlled Substances Act,” per case documents. The district court rejected that motion but a panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was tapped to review that denial.

On Friday, that panel upheld the lower court’s ruling.

“The district court correctly reasoned and case law has repeatedly confirmed that employers are not excused from complying with federal laws just because their business practices are federally prohibited,” Senior Judge Stephanie Seymour wrote.

Seymour went on to reason that denying employees in the marijuana industry federal labor protections would give their employers an unfair advantage and encourage other employers to engage in illegal activity to get around regulations.

It’s clear Colorado lawmakers already feel this way, according to Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s most prominent industry trade organization. When the legislature passed a new marijuana regulation sunset bill this year, it included a provision dictating companies comply with federal labor rules, Kelly said.

While she can’t speak for third-party companies like Helix, Kelly said, “Typically what we see is businesses are exceeding federal requirements.”

The suit will now head back to the district court. Rex Burch, one of the attorneys representing Robert Kenney in the case, said he’s heard from people in the marijuana industry that the court rulings add legitimacy to what they do.

“They’re not special and, in my experience, most marijuana businesses aren’t looking to be special,” Burch said. “They’re running like when you open up a business that sells anything.”


Detective Bureau

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On September 20, 2019, at 8:00 pm, members of the Financial Crimes Unit and Scituate Barracks arrested Makka Ly, age 23, of 10 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, New Jersey for 1.) Forgery and


Wickford Barracks

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At 3:45 PM, Troopers arrested Jerrell Page, age 37, of 104 Beacon Avenue, Apt. 12, Providence, Rhode Island, for 1.) Third District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Court Costs originating from the Warwick Police...


Lincoln Woods Barracks

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At 10:10AM Troopers arrested Jeffery McKay, age 23, of 90 Crystal Drive, Warwick, Rhode Island for a Providence Superior Court bench warrant for failure to appear for cost review on the...


Extinction Rebellion Dover: Climate activists glue themselves to road

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Hong Kong commerce chief Edward Yau says American investors unshaken by protest crisis – and US human rights bill unlikely to hurt economy

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Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion lit by inflatable sculptures

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May to campaign in Winnipeg, Singh in Toronto as Tory, Liberal leaders pause

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‘Boxing in the wind’: Why white Canadians still struggle to talk racism

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Deputies, bounty hunter arrest Missouri fugitive in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested a fugitive from Missouri Thursday morning, and they were assisted by a famous bounty hunter.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Britnay Kernell, 32, at the Traveler’s Inn near I-59 around 2 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Collinsville Police and a fugitive recovery service led by Leland Chapman, whose father is famed bounty hunter Dog Chapman.

Deputies arresting Kernell stated they found methamphetamine on her.

In St. Charles, Missouri, Kernell had warrants for possession of a controlled substance over 35 grams and two warrants each for possession of a controlled substance and possession of synthetic marijuana.

The Sheriff’s Office said, in addition to new charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, Kernell also had warrants in Jackson County and with the Fyffe Police Department.

Chapman credited law enforcement with getting Kernell arrested.

“I’d like to thank all of the people that helped us last night. If it wasn’t for law enforcement we wouldn’t be able to get her in custody. That was the most important thing, is the coordination between all of the law enforcement officials and agencies. She was definitely on a crime spree. This manhunt and her crime spree spanned several states.”

Sheriff Nick Welden added “We’re happy to help bring a wanted fugitive to justice. Especially when this person is busy committing new crimes in our area. DeKalb County is no place to hide for criminals.”


Westminster Barracks & Bellows Falls PD – Arrest on warrant, Zachariah McAllister

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19B105521 TROOPER/RANK: Sgt. Ryan Wood STATION: Vermont State Police Westminster Barracks & Bellows Falls Police Department                              CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 09/21/2019 0200 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: 36 Main Street, Saxtons


Bordon WWII bomb: Device detonated in Hampshire

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Teenager held after forensics van torched

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Winnipeg UFOlogist says unexplained U.S. Navy videos don’t necessarily imply aliens

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Tired of high cellphone and internet bills? This election is full of promise(s)

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College Football Forecasts

Alabama v. Southern Miss: The Crimson Tide will take on the Golden Eagles in a warm and dry game in Bryant Denny today. Kickoff is at 11 am, so the game will be played in the warmest part of the day. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s in Tuscaloosa, but the temperature could be a few degrees higher in the stadium.

Auburn @ TA&M: Auburn travels to College Station for a big time SEC match-up against the Aggies at 2:30 pm. The heat will be on for this game, with the heat index climbing into the triple digits. An isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out either.

UNA @ Jacksonville St: UNA hits the road today to play JSU this evening. The weather in Jacksonville will be a bit warm, but with the 6 pm kick, it won’t be too uncomfortable, and the weather will stay dry for this game.

Alabama A&M @ Samford: Alabama A&M hits the road this weekend as well and heads south to Birmingham to take on Samford. The weather in Birmingham won’t be too different from here in Huntsville. A warm afternoon will give way to a pleasant evening. A little warm at kickoff, but overall decent football weather this evening.

 

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Brighton fire: Large blaze tears through block of flats

The building was evacuated during the blaze, and people nearby have been left without gas supplies.


JPMorgan may be on slippery slope over Taiwan name game

JPMorgan Chase became the latest major corporation to kowtow to Beijing’s “namefare” campaign over Taiwan, instructing some of its employees to refer to “Taiwan, China” instead of referring to self-governed Taiwan as a separate country.

In a recent email from Stuart Marston, a supervisory analyst global manager for the mega bank, certain employees were instructed to refrain from referring to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries, according to Bloomberg News.

JPMorgan Chase is not…


Reading fire: Residents evacuated and homes damaged

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Recruiting Gurkhas to protect Hong Kong’s MTR from protest vandalism will only make it worse

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Williston Barracks/ DUI-D #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A104572 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Bradley Miller                             STATION:  Williston                    CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 9/21/2019 0036 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 117 & Barber Farm Road, Jericho, Vermont


St. Johnsbury/ DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A405345 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Adam Aremburg                              STATION: St. Johnsbury                      CONTACT#: 802-748-3111   DATE/TIME: 9/20/2019 at approximately 2253 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 25, Exit 16 Northbound


Royalton Barracks/DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19B203756 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Alex Comtois                              STATION: Royalton Barracks                    CONTACT#: 802-234-9933   DATE/TIME: 09/21/2019  /  0235 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Central Street, Randolph VT VIOLATION: DUI


Hong Kong unrest rolls into 16th weekend with protest in Tuen Mun

Hong Kong entered its 16th straight weekend of protests on Saturday with a march in Tuen Mun. 

The event, approved by an appeal board after an initial police objection, is about livelihood issues, the organisers say. They plan to target so-called dama, middle-aged women seen as a public nuisance by local residents irritated by their song-and-dance performances in neighbourhood parks. 

Elsewhere, protesters plan a sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station on Saturday night to mark two months since gangs…


News Release/ DUI/DLS Rutland Barracks

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19B404273 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sergeant Robert Rider                                        STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#:(802)773-9101   DATE/TIME: 09/21/2019 at approximately 0117AM INCIDENT LOCATION: Court Square in the City of Rutland


St Johnsbury / Burglary and Petit Larceny

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:19A405304 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Sean Brennan                             STATION: St Johnsbury                     CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 09/18/19 INCIDENT LOCATION: Little Egypt Road, Lyndonville VT   VIOLATION: Burglary, Petit


New Haven Barracks/ Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH CASE#: 19B502647   RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Sean Hauter STATION: New Haven   CONTACT#: (802)388-4919 DATE/TIME: 09/21/19, 0036 hours STREET: Cove Road TOWN: New Haven LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Munger Street INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A


Middlesex Barracks/ DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A304575 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper John Gildea                               STATION: Middlesex                     CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 09/20/2019 2250 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Rt 2 Cabot, Vermont VIOLATION: DUI   ACCUSED: Tammy


Injury US12/SH128, Lewiston

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On September 20, 2019 at approximately 4:13 p.m. an injury crash occurred at the intersection of US12 and SH128 in Lewiston, ID. A gray 2005 Toyota 4-runner driven by Patricia K. Barnea, 39, of Clarkston, WA entered the intersection in an attempt to make a left turn from SH128 eastbound on to US12 when it was struck by a white 2003 Chevy Express van driven by Matthew F. Polis, 35, of Clarkston, WA. Both westbound lanes of US12 were closed for approximately one hour and traffic was diverted around the scene on SH128. Barnea and the juvenile passenger were transported to St Joseph's Medical by ambulance. Polis was transported by private vehicle. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

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One man shot by officers outside Lakewood Police Department

The Lakewood Police Department reported an officer-involved shooting of one man Friday night.

The shooting occurred on the east side of the department’s building shortly after 8 p.m., said Agent Alexander Curry, the department’s public information officer. One adult male who wasn’t an officer was hit. He was transported to a hospital, but his condition wasn’t immediately known.

An officer had responded to a man and a woman arguing outside the department when a handgun came into play, Curry said. He wasn’t sure if the man pulled the gun on the officer. The officer and the woman were not injured.

The officer was being interviewed by a Jefferson County law enforcement team that investigates police shootings as of about 10 p.m. Friday, Curry said. Typically, officers are placed on administrative leave during a shooting investigation, he said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


Hong Kong protests: Lennon Walls targeted in clean-up operation by pro-government activists, MTR stations to close ahead of planned demonstrations

Citywide clearances of Lennon Walls by pro-Beijing activists got off to a quiet start on Saturday morning, but Hong Kong’s rail operator announced it would close two stations in anticipation of more demonstration chaos.Groups of about 10 government supporters met a call from outspoken lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu to “clean walls and clean people’s hearts”, and appeared at sites across the city including Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok and Wan Chai.Ho, a pro-establishment politician…


How do Hong Kong’s student protests compare with those worldwide?

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Here’s what happened with the Baseline Fire

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Football Friday: Alexandria vs Crossville

The Alexandria Valley Cubs took on the Crossville Lions at Crossville Memorial Stadium.

The final score was 54-0, Alexandria.


Football Friday: New Hope vs Geraldine

The New Hope Indians went against the Geraldine Bulldogs in Geraldine Friday night.

Geraldine beat New Hope 49-7, final score.


Football Friday: Madison Academy vs Ardmore

The Madison Academy Mustangs took on the Ardmore Tigers Friday night in Ardmore.

The Mustangs beat the Tigers 41-14, final score.


Football Friday: Westminster Christian vs Clements

The Westminster Christian Wildcats took on the Clements Colts in Athens Friday night.

The Wildcats beat the Colts 59-34, final score.


Football Friday: Rogers vs Brooks

The Rogers Pirates took on the Brooks Lions in Killen Friday night.

The Brooks Lions beat the Rogers Pirates 43-7, final score.


Football Friday: Mae Jemison vs Muscle Shoals

The Mae Jemison Jaguars went head to head with the Muscle Shoals Trojans in Muscle Shoals Friday night.

The Trojans defeated the Jaguars 31-0, final score.


These Anchorage students skipped school to attend a climate protest. Here’s why, in their own words

Participants in the Sept. 20 Climate Strike hold signs and listen to speeches at Cuddy Park in midtown Anchorage. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Millions of people around the world joined a protest on Friday to demand action on climate change. Many young people people participated who were inspired Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden who became famous for skipping school to sit outside her country’s parliament to demand action on climate change.

Despite pouring rain, about 300 people of all ages gathered at a park in midtown Anchorage to take part in the global protest. It was organized by Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and its umbrella group, the Alaska Center. That included a number of students who, like Thunberg, were missing school. Alaska Public Media reporter Elizabeth Harball asked some of them why they attended the Climate Strike instead of going to class. Here’s what they said:

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Camas Oxford, 15: “I personally think it’s more important to be here than at school, because I can’t use my education if there is no world to use it in…We have a letter writing booth set up to send letters to [Sen.] Lisa Murkowski and [Gov.] Mike Dunleavy. I know that Lisa Murkowski, often in the past, she has shown signs of listening to the youth in the community that have been speaking out on for they believe in. I believe that to be very important.”

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Maggie Allen-Charmley, 14 (left): “It’s my future. I need to be there for it. I need to support it. I need action, now.”

Melissa Hurt (Allen-Charmley’s mother): “The climate issue is one that she feels very passionately about and one that she is hoping to make changes in, so this is a great first step for her to be a part of. I thought it was more important than going to school today.”

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Spencer LeFebvre, 17: “If I missed one test today, it doesn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things. And going to this is supporting something that could potentially make our future better…I’ve grown up knowing that [climate change] is happening and slowly, over time, more and more stuff is happening. And it just becomes a bigger and bigger anxiety.”

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Emily Taylor, 15: “I think climate change is a really big problem that Alaskans, especially, are seeing the effects of…The changing climate also can change animal migration patterns which threatens people who still live a subsistence way of life, which is really important to me because my grandparents did grow up living a subsistence lifestyle. So the fact that many people’s ways of lives is threatened by that is really concerning.”

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Jamay Wingard, 11 (left): “I want people to realize that this is important and take notice of this and try and take all the action they can to fix the situation. They need to stop ruining our future. That would be nice.”

Emily Moore, 12 (center): “We’re basically all here for the same thing — to try to stop all of this so all of the younger kids or babies that have just been born are well and healthy.”

Claudia Rector, 11 (right): “I’m mostly here because I really want to make a difference in the world, and there’s a lot of people that don’t understand what climate change is and people who try to ignore it, try to say that nothing is going on. But they’re really wrong. There is a lot going on.”

(Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Ana Hokenson 15: “I’ve noticed as I’ve been growing up, we’ve been having warmer winters and it’s been really hot — the big wildfires this year have been insane. It just dawned on me that this is happening right now and we need to do something to change it or else it’s just going to get worse.”

Some U.S. school districts excused student absences if they were participating in the climate strike. The Anchorage School District did not. “We cannot assume that all absent students are at the Strike,” a spokesperson for the school district said in an email, adding that parents and guardians are the only ones who can excuse a student’s absence.

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Football Friday: Danville vs Randolph

The Danville Hawks took on the Randolph Raiders in Huntsville.

The final score was 35-7, Randolph.


Football Friday: R.A. Hubbard vs Falkville

The R.A. Hubbard Chiefs went head to head against the Falkville Blue Devils Friday night in Falkville.

The Blue Devils beat the Chiefs 21-0, final score.


Football Friday: Austin vs Grissom

The Austin Black Bears battled the Grissom Tigers in Huntsville.

The final score was 49-7, Austin.


Football Friday: Huntsville vs Sparkman

The Huntsville Panthers took on the Sparkman Senators in Harvest.

The final score was 38-21, Sparkman.


Football Friday: Coosa Christian vs Decatur Heritage

The Coosa Christian Conquerors met the Decatur Heritage Eagles in Decatur.

The final score was 56-16, Decatur Heritage.


New Haven Barracks / Domestic Assault, Cruelty to a Child

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19B502645 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Rob Helm                             STATION: New Haven                     CONTACT#: (802)388-4919   DATE/TIME: 09/20/19, approximately 1740 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Shoreham, VT


Middlesex-DUI

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A304570 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Daniel Bohnyak                               STATION: Middlesex                     CONTACT#: 802-229-9191 DATE/TIME: 09/20/2019 2021 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: South Hill Road Williamstown,


Calgary man warns of hidden hazards in effort to clean up Olympic Plaza

A Calgary man is calling for more action after he says he found needles and bags of powder at Olympic Plaza, in an area used by daycares.


Pool closure leaves Madison County swim teams with nowhere to swim

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- Madison County High School swim teams are in the middle of their competitive season and have nowhere to swim. The county schools have used Alabama A&M'S pool for years, but this week they were given 24 hours notice that the pool would be drained and closed.

Buckhorn High School has thirty-three swimmers with no place to swim. Buckhorn's coach says the university's announcement put his team in a bad position.

"We were told just the other night that we would no longer be able to use the pool and they were going to close it and drain it. The notice that we were given was literally one day," said  Buckhorn Swim Coach Glenn Carr.

Coach Glenn Carr says Buckhorn, Hazel Green, Sparkman and Madison County High School have used Alabama A&M's campus pool for nearly 10 years.

"Talk about a shock, your home is pulled out from under you. I was at A&M at Elmore Pool for the last 10 years, literally every day in August, September, October, and November from 3:30 to 8:00 o'clock at night with the high school swim teams," said Glenn Carr.

Carr says they are in the heart of their competition season and now that the university is closing shop on their pool, they are scrambling.

"You know you would think that at a college it would be a little bit better organized where you would get a letter that says at the end of the season we are going to close the pool," said Glenn Carr.

Coach Carr says you have to have met in order to qualify for sectionals. He says you can have eight meets and canceling meets is lessening his swimmer's chances to qualify.

"We had to cancel four swim meets... just snap your finger and tell people 'you can't come'," said Carr.

Ashleigh Ryan says without a place to practice she and her teammates will suffer to meet their goals.

"It's really not that easy, without a pool to work for it. Losing times, means losing opportunities, losing progress and possibly losing scholarships in our future for some of us," said Ryan.

Ryan says the entire team is disappointed.

"This year, most of us wanted to get our act together. We were going to work hard and break our times. That was taken away from us," Ryan said.

Coach Carr said he's going to continue searching for his team to have somewhere to call home.

"I've found some pool time for the team. Little pieces here and there to piece together but we are looking for a pool to use full time. Unfortunately, there is no indoor pool in the northern part of the county," said Carr.

WHNT News 19 reached out to Alabama A&M and have not heard back yet.

Here is the statement Alabama A&M sent to Coach Glenn Carr:

Good Afternoon.

I regret to inform you that due to issues and concerns raised by parents the AAMU pool in the Elmore Building will be offline immediately for rehabilitation and will not be available for any form of aquatic activity.

Earlier this year the pool was taken off line and subsequently reopened without the University Administration’s permission or knowledge.

Any payment made for the use of the pool during this Fall 2019 semester will be reimbursed upon your request.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,

Lena Walton, Ph.D.

Dean; College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences


Arrest warrant issued for woman suspected of embezzling money from Camp Fire survivor

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Brother of trooper in charge of Northwest Arctic drug crimes banished from Kiana for alleged meth dealing

The Native Village of Kiana has banished a man from the village because he’s suspected of bringing crystal meth into the community. 

​A tribal council convened on Monday, Sep. 16 to issue a civil exclusion order against 37-year-old Thomas Nay. The action is one of several tools that tribal courts have to keep their communities safe. 

Kiana Tribe Director Delores Barr says the tribe had gotten complaints that Nay had brought crystal meth into the community. A trooper dispatch says Nay had been picked up on Sep. 6 in Kiana for an unrelated warrant for failing to appear at a pre-trial hearing.

He was flown to Kotzebue. 

“The next day, we got more word that he had been released and he was on a flight back to Kiana,” Barr said. “And the community took it upon themselves to meet the flight and ask him to leave because they did not want drugs here in the community.” 

Nay complied, returning to Kotzebue. When reached by phone, he said the accusation is untrue, claiming he was a victim of gossip. 

“I think that stirred up the rumors a lot, because I had been picked up on a warrant from Anchorage on a totally different charge,” Nay said. “And then when they released me, people thought that I had been picked up for dope charges and then been released.”

Barr in Kiana says Alaska State Troopers are currently investigating Nay for drug-related activity.

Thomas Nay’s brother, trooper Nasruk Nay of Kotzebue, is in charge of drug crimes for the Northwest Arctic. Thomas says Nasruk was the one who arrested him in Kiana. Nasruk says he cannot comment on ongoing investigations.

Thomas says that he didn’t take the arrest from his brother personally.

“No, I don’t find it odd,” Thomas Nay said. “That’s his job and he’s pretty good at his job.”

The tribal council in Kiana held a hearing to decide Thomas’s future in the village. Barr says Thomas was able to call into the hearing to make his case. She says he denied the accusation. Barr said the council also heard from witnesses in the community. 

“Once the council was done hearing the facts from the witnesses, they considered the exclusion order, prohibiting this individual to come into town for a period of five years,” Barr said.

Barr says the banishment time could possibly be reduced if troopers inform Kiana that Thomas Nay isn’t a drug threat to the community, or he completes a drug rehabilitation program. 

Issuing a civil exclusion order is one of the ways that local tribes can exert judicial authority in their communities. Two years ago, the community of Akiak banished 43-year-old Jacques Cooper for allegedly bootlegging and selling marijuana in the community. 

But Barr says Kiana hasn’t issued a banishment in over two decades. She says despite her appreciation for the order, it’s still a difficult action to take.

“I believe it is a viable method,” Barr said. “However, it isn’t easy on anyone, especially for the people are associated with those individuals, because our communities are so small. Everybody knows everyone and it’s not an easy thing to do.”

Kiana is about 57 miles east of Kotzebue. Its current population is 391.

Barr says, though difficult, the council was happy with the end result. 

“Our council members were very concerned, hearing what was happening and the amount of illegal drugs that were present, and the effects it was having on our community members — with one person having been sent out to the hospital,” Barr said. “So, they were relieved that they were able to take action and do something about it.” 

Court records show that Thomas Nay is scheduled for arraignment on charges of robbery and violating a condition of release on Sep. 26 in Anchorage. In an interview, he said he has no plans to return to Kiana, even if they allow him back.

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Aurora police warn of service delays, closed streets related to ICE protests

The Aurora Police Department won’t respond to routine traffic accidents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday because substantial numbers of officers will be monitoring a planned protest rally outside an ICE detention facility.

They also announced rules for protesters Friday and warned residents several streets will be closed for much of Saturday.

Police will respond to accidents only if someone is injured, if a driver fled the scene or was intoxicated, if the vehicles can’t be driven away or if a driver lacks insurance. Officers also will prioritize calls where someone is in danger, and responses to more routine calls will be delayed.

If drivers are in an accident that doesn’t meet those criteria, they should exchange names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance policy numbers, police said. The drivers could then file a police report the next day, or do so online at bit.ly/APDOnlineCrashReport.

Several streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rally. Affected streets include 30th Avenue from Nome Street to Peoria Street, Nome Street from 30th Avenue to 33rd Avenue, and Oakland Street from 30th Avenue to 33rd Avenue.

Police also announced that open carrying of firearms won’t be allowed at the protest. Demonstrators also won’t be allowed to bring in poles, pipes, bats or sharp sticks. Wooden sticks with blunt ends can be used to hold up signs, banners or flags, but they can’t be longer than 40 inches.


Woman in critical condition, man missing after incident in Fort Erie river with a child

Niagara Regional Police say that at around 6:30 p.m. Friday they received a report of three people seen in distress in the water.


Sealaska Heritage secures federal grant for downtown arts campus

This rendering by MRV Architects shows an unfinalized concept for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s downtown arts campus. It accompanied a Sept. 18, 2019, announcement about securing a federal grant for the project. (Courtesy Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Wednesday that it will receive a federal grant for $5.6 million to build out its vision for an arts campus in downtown Juneau.

The cultural nonprofit estimates the project will cost $12 million and hopes to break ground in June 2020, during Celebration. It would turn the parking lot at the corner of Front and Seward streets into a plaza, connecting new buildings with the regional Native corporation’s headquarters and the institute’s Walter Soboleff Building.

“We are thrilled to officially kick off the fundraising campaign for our arts campus, which is a major component of our vision to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world,” SHI President Rosita Worl said in a press release. “Our campus will be a major step toward perpetuating Alaska’s Native arts for Native Peoples’ personal and ceremonial use as well as for the general public.”

The new buildings are intended to house classrooms for art instruction, an art library and space for artists-in-residence.

The announcement says parking that serves the Sealaska Corp.’s headquarters will move underground.

Juneau city officials named the Front and Seward street intersection Heritage Square last year amid an artistic redesign. The campus project is part of an institute goal to make Juneau the world capital of Northwest Coast arts.

With this grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the institute says it’s about 70% to its goal for this project. The institute is asking for donations for the project online.

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*Update* Blocking Crash on Interstate 84 at Milepost 9, near New Plymouth

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For Immediate Release: 9/20/19 8:31 p.m.

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***Update***

On Friday, September 20, 2019, at 4:20 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash on eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 9, south of New Plymouth.

Patricia Rowe, age 53, of Caldwell, ID, was driving eastbound on Interstate 84 in a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup. Rowe changed lanes and struck the front of a 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup driven by Trent Echols, 39, of Nampa, ID. Rowe's vehicle went off the roadway into the median and rolled. Rowe was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, OR.

Rowe and Echols were wearing seatbelts. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were blocked for approximately two hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Ruidoso Police Officer Arrested for Child Solicitation over the Internet

On September 12, 2019, New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents arrested Ruidoso Police Officer Daniel Balding (35) of Ruidoso for one count of Child Solicitation by Electronic Communication Device.

Earlier that day, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) contacted New Mexico State Police Agents informing them that an HSI special agent in Minnesota posing as a fifteen-year-old female on the Whisper app was contacted by a male individual, later identified as Ruidoso Police Officer Daniel Balding (35). Balding, who thought he was talking to a fifteen-year-old female exchanged photos and had sexually explicit conversations with the agent.

State Police Agents obtained an arrest warrant through the Twelfth Judicial District Court in Lincoln County charging Balding with one count of Child Solicitation by Electronic Communication Device. He was released on his own recognizance by a judge. This case is still under investigation with no additional information available at this time.

Balding pictured below.

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With Arduin out, Alaska’s budget process is about to change

Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, questions a presenter during a Senate Finance meeting, Jan. 16, 2019. Von Imhof was among the lawmakers encouraged by the announcement this week that commissioners would play a more prominent role in the budget process. Ben Stevens, chief of staff to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, made the announcement. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to have commissioners play a more prominent role in the budget process this year.

Legislators are praising the Dunleavy administration’s plan. They’ve noted the department heads were closer to the policy implications of budget cuts than former budget director Donna Arduin.

Lawmakers also said they’re looking forward to learning what Dunleavy’s plans are for the budget.

Commissioners and their staffs have traditionally answered questions from legislators during the budget process. But the administration put Arduin and the Office of Management and Budget and at the center of the process this year, in some cases having OMB staff answer questions that commissioners would have in the past.

Senate Finance co-chair Natasha von Imhof, an Anchorage Republican, was among the lawmakers who asked for more access to the commissioners.

“We felt that the commissioners had a more holistic approach to their departments,” von Imhof said. “Not only did they have the fiscal issues in mind, but I think they had the policy issues.”

So von Imhof was encouraged when Dunleavy chief of staff Ben Stevens said on Monday that commissioners would play a more prominent role in the budget.

Stevens, in announcing that Arduin is no longer the budget director, said that the administration’s goal is for commissioners to be able to understand and defend their budgets.

“We now have 13 experienced commissioners that understand their budgets,” he said. “The governor and the commissioners and all of us involved in the budget process want to have input into the development of these budgets.”

Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski, a Senate Finance Committee member, also was encouraged by the announcement.

“It’s going to result in commissioners participating,” she said. “And they’re the ones who really know their departments and divisions and what’s going on much, much better than some OMB director who has lived in Alaska for a couple months.”

Wielechowski said it was frustrating hearing Arduin’s answers to budget questions, when senators wanted to know more about what proposed cuts would mean.

“She would make these proposals and have no analysis at all on the impacts to Alaskans, the ramifications to various people across Alaska,” he said. “She just had no idea what was happening. And so by getting the commissioners more involved, you will have more input, you will have a better understanding, and it will help us pass better policy.”

North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson supports making deeper cuts to the budget. She was co-chair of the House Finance Committee before she left the majority caucus. She said it was difficult to justify cuts when the administration didn’t back them up with policy analysis — she said commissioners will be in a better position to provide that.

“There needed to be a plan,” she said. “And I think that’s what was missing this entire time. If we’re going to reduce an area by, let’s say, from four people to two people — well, if you continue to have all the same regulations and all the same mandates that four people had to take care of, how can two people do that?”

Wilson credited Arduin with providing an outline of what it will take to bring what the state spends in line with the money it brings in.

“What Miss Arduin was able to show is that, for us to get to a sustainable budget, here’s pretty much what it’s going to have to look like, almost like shock therapy,” she said.

Ultimately, lawmakers said that while having more involvement from commissioners will be important, they want to know the direction the governor gives them.

For her part, von Imhof said the biggest factor will be whether Dunleavy continues to propose deep cuts in order to provide full permanent fund dividends under a 1982 state law.

“I will be curious to see what the governor’s approach is come this December: whether he is going to continue with hundreds of millions (of dollars) of reductions across the board and hold the dividend harmless,” she said.

The deadline for Dunleavy to announce next year’s budget proposal is Dec. 15.

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Body of missing hiker from Winnipeg recovered in Banff National Park

The body of a missing hiker was recovered in Banff National Park on Friday, according to the RCMP.


Stolen vehicle found, police still searching for carjacking suspect

RCMP have found a stolen vehicle but are still searching for a suspect in a Penticton carjacking.


09-20-19 Multiple arrests made in connection with business burglaries

Hawaiʻi Police Department
South Kohala District
Captain Sherry D. Bird
Phone: (808) 887-3080
Report No. 19-068768

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Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged multiple individuals in connection with several business burglaries that occurred in the South Kohala District.

Between July and August 2019, there was an increase of reported business burglaries that occurred at various locations in the South Kohala District. To reduce the business burglaries, an enforcement team, comprised of South Kohala Patrol officers, was assembled and investigative efforts were focused on quickly identifying and arresting those individuals responsible for the business burglaries. During the two-week investigation, in addition to the reported burglaries, officers also discovered that business and personal checks were taken and cashed at various locations. Through the efforts of the enforcement team, investigators identified and arrested several individuals who were responsible for the recent and previously reported burglaries that occurred in South Kohala, as well as a recent burglary that occurred in North Kohala. The arrested individuals are identified as follows:

Brandon Shaver, 39-years-old, of Kamuela, was arrested and charged, for two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, which was reported in June and July 2018, in the 62-1200 block of Puako Road, in Puako. His bail was set at $4,000. Bail was posted, and a court date was issued to Shaver.

Cherry Lyn Rivera, 34-years-old, of Hawi, was arrested and charged, for one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, which was reported in (July 2018) in the 62-1200 block of Puako Road, in Puako. Her bail was set at $2,000. Bail was posted, and a court date was issued to Rivera.

Dakota Tolentino, 24-years-old, of Kamuela, was arrested and charged, for two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, which was reported in August 2019 at the following locations: the 69-1000 block of Kuualii Place, in Waikoloa; and the 65-1200 block of Kawaihae Road, in Kamuela. During the investigation, officers recovered one single barrel shotgun and $1,634 in cash and Tolentino were also arrested and charged for one count each of Permit to Acquire, Registration Mandatory, and Ownership Prohibited. His bail was set at $34,200. Bail was posted, and a court date was issued to Tolentino.

Dylan Gutierres, 26-years-old, of Kapaau, was arrested and charged, for four counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, which were all reported in August 2019 at the following locations: the 62-1200 block of Puako Road, in Puako; 65-1200 block of Kawaihae Road, in Kamuela; 69-1000 block of Kuualii Place, in Waikoloa; and the 54-0000 block of Union Mill Road, in Kapaau. His bail was set at $20,000. He was held at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance at the Kona District Court this morning (September 20).

Latasha Harrison, 27-years-old, of Kamuela, was arrested and charged, for one count each of Theft in the Second Degree, Theft in the Third Degree, Attempted Theft in the Third Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Confidential Information. Her bail was set at $7,000. She was held at the Kealakehe Police Station pending her initial court appearance at the Kona District Court this morning (September 20).

Katerina Mitsioura, 31-years-old, of Kamuela, was arrested and charged for two counts each of Theft in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Possession of Confidential Information, and Forgery in the Second Degree. Her bail was set at $12,000, and she remains in police custody pending her initial court appearance at Kona District Court on Monday (September 23) morning.

Pono Catrett, 28-years-old, of Kamuela, was arrested for one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, which was reported in August 2019, in the 62-1200 block of Puako Road in Puako. After conferring with the Prosecutor’s Office, Catrett was released, pending continued investigation.

Police advise that investigations into the reported burglaries are continuing and encourage anyone with information to contact Officer Edward Lewis or Sergeant Erich Jackson, via email at Erich.Jackson@hawaiicounty.gov, or at (808)887-3080, or the non-emergency police dispatch at (808) 935-3311.

 

 


Anchorage’s sewer system is full of debris. Now there’s a giant vacuum to clean it out

An Anchorage Water and Wastewater crew cleans a sewer pipe in East Anchorage on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)

Sewage moves beneath the streets of Anchorage in more than 700 miles of sewer lines. But other items wind up in those lines, too — things like toys, clothes and shoes.

Local utility managers now hope a new high-powered vacuum system will help remove some of those things, improving flow and extending the life of the entire system.

“We’re able to clean in one week what used to take us a month, and we wouldn’t even get it as clean,” said Sandy Baker, the public outreach coordinator for the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility.

The utility began using the new equipment this summer, Baker said. First, a high-velocity jetter truck draws water from a hydrant and shoots it into the sewer main to loosen any blockages, then a hydraulic power pack sucks it all up into a 25-cubic-yard vacuum box.

The vacuum box can hold up to 60,000 pounds of accumulated sediment and debris. Crews bring it all back to the South Anchorage operations center, dump it out, drain the water, dry it up, then hauls it off to the landfill for disposal. By this point, it resembles a pile of dirt. 

In years past, much of it would have remained in the sewer mains, Baker said. New technology is changing that. It’s saving money, too. Instead of paying $11 million to hire an outside company to clean just a portion of the city’s pipes, Baker said AWWU invested $2.6 million in the equipment to do the job itself. 

Withing 13 days, she said, utility crews had removed approximately 209 tons of debris from 1,650 lineal feet of 48” sewer pipes.

The utility plans on using the new equipment regularly now, Baker said. It’ll help keep Anchorage’s sewer system flowing smoothly — which is good news for everyone, because when the pipes are blocked, there’s only one place for the sewage to go.

“It’s gonna start backing up in people’s houses,” she said. “And nobody wants that happening.”

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Hong Kong protests: fans singing the blues as K-pop stars and other big-name acts give city a miss

Christy, a 20-year-old law student in Britain, was looking forward to her summer break back home in Hong Kong and catching a concert by her favourite K-pop boy band, GOT7.Her heart sank when the band’s concerts on August 31 and September 1 were postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances resulting from the latest social situation in Hong Kong”, according to its agency, JYP Entertainment. There were also concerns about the safety of fans at the Hong Kong stop of the band’s world tour.“I bought…


Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

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Friday on Alaska News Nightly:

Federal authorities describe an undocumented drug problem across rural Alaska. Also: Still no deal on law enforcement for a popular ferry stop in Canada.

Reports tonight from:

  • Zachariah Hughes, Abbey Collins, Elizabeth Harball and Kirsten Swann in Anchorage
  • Andrew Kitchenman in Juneau
  • Tim Ellis in Fairbanks
  • Jacob Resneck in Sitka
  • Wesley Early in Kotzebue

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WILLISTON BARRACKS / DUI-DRUGS, CARELESS AND NEGLIGENT OPERATION

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Regina seniors say healthy aging, finances are top priorities ahead of election

An all-candidate election forum focused on issues affecting older Canadians drew around 150 attendees in Regina on Thursday.


Scientists suspect retreating sea ice is changing the color of Alaska’s tundra

Much of the North Slope of Alaska is characterized by low, sweeping tundra hills, and a complete absence of trees. (Creative Commons photo by Paxson Woelber)

Biologists say early retreating sea ice is potentially causing vegetation productivity changes on the tundra across Alaska and the Arctic. Uma Bot, a climate variability expert with the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, says the land warms up more quickly when sea ice recedes earlier than usual.

“‘Cause the tundra is temperature limited and if it has more warmth available during the course of the summer, things can grow more,” Bot said. “That’s the first order effect, but what I think has happened is as the sea ice has gone away even further each year from the coast; there’s more time for open water, and that has led, I think, to increased cloudiness.”

Bot says more cloudiness can cool temperatures and potentially reduce plants’ photosynthetic activity or “greening.”

According to a publication recently released by the University of Alaska–Fairbanks and the International Arctic Research Center, the tundra on the North Slope has shown the most “greening” over the last five years than any other region in the state.

“But if you look at the Arctic as a whole, it’s greening, and the productivity is increasing,” Bot said. “But there’s a lot of spatial variability, and we think it has to do with what the permafrost is doing locally. If things are drying out locally, or if the snow patterns are changing, that’s going to affect what the vegetation is able to do.”

As Bot alluded to, there doesn’t seem to be one specific factor or explanation for the trend of significant greening, but on the North Slope increased shrub growth, general warming of the tundra, and more available moisture are possible contributors. According to climatologist Rick Thoman, sea ice extent near the North Slope in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas is still shrinking. It’s currently less than 400,000 km, which is 37% of what used to be the average seasonal minimum.

In stark contrast, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has seen a decreasing Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), or measured greening.

According to Skip Walker with UAF’s Institute of Arctic Biology, the lack of “greening” in the YK Delta doesn’t necessarily mean that the tundra and vegetation is “browning.”

“What is the actual cause of that is a mystery right now,” Walker said. “I don’t think we really understand it fully. And so that seems to be an area that really needs some research, as to what is the cause of that persistent trend and negative NDVI in the YK Delta.”

Walker has been working with Uma Bot to study tundra greening in the Arctic for more than a decade. Even though they are focusing on a larger area, Bot says the Seward Peninsula seems to be transitioning between the “greening” North Slope and the potential “browning” in the YK Delta.

Across Alaska and areas that Walker refers to as the low Arctic, satellite imagery shows an increasing number of shrubs popping up on the landscape. He says in the near future he expects to see shrubs growing in areas where they weren’t seen before. 

“I think overall the increase in shrubs will eliminate a lot of the species’, what we could call, diversity,” Walker said. “The species diversity tends to go down when you have a lot of shrubs in the landscape, and that seems to be happening.”

And if shrub growth continues to increase eventually, Walker says the Alaska tundra will totally transform, but through a gradual process which may not finish during his lifetime. 

According to Walker, these landscape changes, such as more shrubs and increased greening, will affect everything in Alaska. To see how wildlife, vegetation and humans living on the tundra could be affected down the line, Walker suggests keeping an eye out for the yet-to-be-released 2019 Arctic Report Card.

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One lane closed north bound on US 29 North at Athena Drive due to an accident. Please use alternate

One lane closed north bound on US 29 North at Athena Drive due to an accident. Please use alternate route.


DEA uncovers a flood of painkillers reaching rural Alaska by mail

Bags of Tramadol seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and partner agencies in Anchorage during a coordinated effort. (Photo: courtesy of the DEA)

An operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies has turned up a previously undocumented drug problem spread across Alaska. The DEA estimates that more than a million pills of Tramadol, a mild opioid, are reaching Alaska a year, arriving primarily in rural communities through the mail system. The investigation into illicit Tramadol is an outgrowth of the Justice Department’s declaration this summer of a public safety emergency for Alaska.

On a recent weekday in the DEA’s midtown office, a table was covered in Ziplock bags stuffed with pharmaceutical packages of Tramadol, the flat, white disks resembling breath mints. Beside them were piles of red and white flat-rate mail envelopes. Investigators can hear the pills rattle when they shake the parcels.

“Just tons of packages like this,” said Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

For 45 days this summer, the DEA launched a “surge” across the state. It was a multi-pronged effort that included, among other things, an operation in Anchorage between the DEA and partner agencies seizing 204 packages containing almost 48,545 illicit or unlawfully diverted pills. Almost all of those pills ⁠— 44,580 ⁠— were Tramadol.

“Our intelligence has always told us that Tramadol is a large problem for the entire state of Alaska. It’s an underlying drug that’s being shipped in at will, especially via mail,” Weis said.

Tramadol is a Schedule IV drug, less tightly regulated than stronger opioid painkillers like oxycodone, but it works largely the same way. It has a mild narcotic high, and can help mitigate withdrawal symptoms for heavier opioid or heroin users. It’s also widely used in veterinary care. Many Alaskans heard about Tramadol for the first time in 2017 when some of Iditarod champion Dallas Seavy’s sled-dogs tested positive for it (Seavey was cleared of any wrong-doing). It is relatively easy to get a prescription and legally order Tramadol online to be shipped in the mail.

Based on DEA’s interdiction operation this year, Weis estimates around 100,000 pills are arriving in Alaska every month.

“It was dispersed over the whole state,” Weis said of where parcels were bound for. “It was widespread, which tells us it’s out there and pretty deeply seeded in all the communities.”

Taking higher doses of Tramadol can cause seizures and depressed breathing, and is especially dangerous if used in combination with other drugs.

The investigation came as a result of Attorney General William Barr’s June visit to Alaska, after which time he declared an emergency over the lack of rural law enforcement and public safety. That move has brought more money into the state for hiring, new equipment, and additional training. But it also spurred federal agencies to take a more active role in rural areas. The other pieces of DEA’s “surge” were bringing a plane up to Alaska so personnel could fly to 35 different communities: villages, hubs, cities and small towns along the Railbelt. A map on the wall was scattered with red dots marking every site where the group flew. There, they met with elders, leaders and law enforcement personnel, made presentations at schools and visited staff who handle prescribing medications in local clinics. The Agency hopes those introductions will foster longer-term relationships with rural communities to better handle drug issues.

And the DEA isn’t the only agency doing that kind of work right now.

Federal prosecutors are trying to find ways to help local and state law enforcement build more criminal cases in rural areas.

“We’re looking for ways to do more,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Schroder. “To fill an appropriate role out there.”

That may mean using legal tools uniquely available to federal prosecutors, like felons found in possession of firearms, drug trafficking, or certain kinds of cases involving child pornography. The Justice Department is hiring three new prosecutors for Alaska, and a grant is paying for two more state assistant district attorneys, all of whom will be focused on cases in rural parts of the state.

On a recent trip to Kodiak with the DEA, Schroder was moved by a meeting with native leaders from surrounding communities.

“What struck me was how much concern there was by those leaders about drug problems in their villages,” Schroder said. “I don’t know that I was quite ready for that. There were people who were getting very emotional about the damage drugs are doing to their villages.”

The rekindled interest among federal law enforcement agencies comes as a statewide conversation is underway about the shortcomings of public safety and the criminal justice system in Alaska.

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See grass fire near Sacramento International Airport

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Mompreneur conference helps moms make business happen

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Ask almost any mom and they'll tell you being a mom is definitely a full-time job. The thought of owning their own business can seem impossible. Mompreneur helps moms make business and raising children work.

For Megan Nivens-Tannett's being a mother is the main priority. She says, "My number one motivator to succeed in life, in this stage of life is definitely my kids."

When she is not in mom mode, she is running her own marketing consulting firm called Flourish, but her path to owning her own business was anything but easy.

"I was actually laid off of a job and then was a victim of a job that just went south very, very quickly so I was left on my own trying to figure out what I wanted to do, " says Nivens-Tannett.

She found The Catalyst and got the training, connections, and encouragement she needed to take the leap to launch her business.

"My mind was blown at how many resources we have available to us and when you start a business, just like when you become a mom you don't know what you don't know," she says.

Dana Stone also struggled before she found the courage to branch out on her own.

"I was in the corporate world, I was stressed out, I was sick there were just so many things and I saw an opportunity and I thought you know what I can do this," she says.

Now she runs a business helping moms get their children to sleep and she has her own podcast called Winning at Mom Life.

Dana Stone says the podcast is about "the journey of me trying to become a better person a better mom and I want to take everyone with me."

Now just like these women, many other moms are making connections and getting the tools they need to their visions to come to life.

If you want to get involved in mompreneur you can head to their Facebook Page or visit the Catalyst website.


Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two Offense: 2100 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest

Friday, September 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Burglary Two offense that occurred on Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:24 pm, the suspect entered an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video below: https://youtu.be/Mhw7biA9GYQ

 

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Woman sought for stealing from California wildfire survivor

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Hong Kong protesters take it easy even though government supporters plan to launch Lennon Wall clean-up action on Saturday

Hongkonger Kwok passes a pedestrian subway outside Tai Po Market MTR station every day, and each time he voluntarily restores Post-it notes and fliers on the city’s largest Lennon Wall, bearing messages in support of the anti-government protests.Kwok – who wanted to be identified only by his surname – is a 26-year-old student who lives in Tai Po, a residential district in northern Hong Kong. He says he occasionally sees people tearing up the notes and fliers, and torn pieces lie strewn on the…


For its 70th National Day, a strong China can afford to grant Hong Kong protesters’ wishes

Beijing had warned that its tolerance of protests in Hong Kong, now entering their 16th week, should not be taken as weakness. Thanks to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Beijing’s hand has been revealed and Hongkongers – and the world – know Beijing cares, quite rightly, about its international reputation too much to intervene by force. Instead, large contingents of mainland visitors have come in recent days to Hong Kong to sing the Chinese national anthem in shopping malls, with…


SILVER ALERT-Walter Sears-Glendale PD

Alert Status: 
Active
Preliminary Information of Missing Subject: 
Mr. Walter Sears, 74 years old, wearing a light blue long sleeve western shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. Mr. Sears was last seen driving a white 2010 Chevy Cobalt with an Arizona plate of ANB-6122 in the area of 53rd Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Glendale, AZ.
Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Glendale Police Department
Date Subject Went Missing: 
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:15pm
Last known location: 
53rd Avenue and Peoria Avenue
Glendale, AZ

United States

Point of Contact (Name): 
M. Sanchez
Point of Contact (Number): 
(623) 930-3000
Missing Subject's Full Name: 
Walter Sears
Vehicle State/License Plate : 
ANB6122
Missing Subject: 
Release Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
Vehicle Make & Model: 
Chevy Cobalt
DOB: 
Wednesday, November 29, 1944
Vehicle Color: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Vehicle Year: 
2010
Height: 
5'10"
Weight: 
165 lbs
Hair Color: 
Brown
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White

School Board Will Allow ‘Go Trump #MAGA’ Sign on Scoreboard

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - If you're planning on attending the East Limestone's home football game tonight, you may notice a sign on the scoreboard that is causing a bit of a stir.

Local businesses financing advertisements at local school ball fields is a time-honored tradition. Some owners put their business names and contact numbers on signs, but at East Limestone High School, the owner of Veep Electric added an extra phrase to his in honor of President Donald Trump.

"There's been nothing but nonsense, and people out there decrying his election. 'Not my president, wah wah wah,' so I thought that a show of support for the president was what was needed," said Skip Van Pamel.

Some questioned whether a sign with a political message should be allowed on school grounds.

"We don't believe that either party should have signs in schools, endorsing candidates or endorsing political parties," said Ken Hines of the Limestone County Democrats.

The Limestone County School Board sought legal council regarding the sign. The current school system policy is that political signs may not be placed on school property. But the board has the final say, and they ultimately deemed the sign acceptable.

"It would be an affront to logic to say that 'Go Trump #MAGA' is not a political sign," said Hines.

Van Pamel said he didn't break any rules.

"I could see if there was some kind of maybe negative message of any kind up there. I believe that would be a violation of policy."

He explained his motive was clear from the start.

"I support the president, I voted for him. But there's no hidden agenda behind it."

Hines said it's well within a person's rights to express their political views.

But the school board should rethink their resolution.

"I admire him for it, I just don`t think the school board made the right decision," Hines explained. "He is using the school as a forum for his political position."

Van Pamel also says the sign isn't advertising to students because the vast majority of high school students cannot vote. He says he thinks schools in the state need to do a better job of teaching students about civics and politics.


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Redstone Federal Credit Union places last beam on new downtown building

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A new business is taking shape in the heart of Huntsville after 62-thousand work hours.

Crews placed the last beam of the latest Redstone Federal Credit Union building on Friday. This is the company's first downtown presence out of the 20-plus branches they own.

CEO Joe Newberry said Redstone will maintain the site's cultural significance with a historic marker during their ribbon cutting ceremony next summer.

"So this was the second oldest African American church. This is where a lot of people worshipped and so to us, this is always about people helping people and that's what we will continue to do," said Newberry.

Redstone's new branch is at the site of the former home of Phillips Christian Episcopal Church.

The congregation chose to relocate to Winchester Road earlier this year.


Fifteen Huntsville Police officers promoted in ceremony

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - More than a dozen police officers in Huntsville have reason to celebrate this weekend. Friday afternoon, Chief McMurray and his commanders promoted 15 officers.

Of the group, three Sergeants became Lieutenants, nine officers got their stripes to become Sergeants and three more officers were named Investigators.

After each of them was named, a loved one joined them to pin on their new badges.

"Fifteen promotions like this could move as many as 30, 40, 50 people within the department," Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said. "It's really fun to have this much movement in the department at one time."

"When I first came in in 2011, we had the largest class Huntsville had ever put out," said Sgt. Timothy Richards. "Forty cadets at the time I graduated. And to be a part of the largest sergeant promotion says something about being part of something great."

 

The ceremony may be one of the last big events inside the former Johnson High School.

The city is now converting the school gym into a multi-million dollar recreation center.


Woman found guilty of stealing $440,000 from Denver parking garage owners

A jury found a woman who managed two Denver parking garages guilty of stealing $440,000 from the garages’ owners, according to the Denver district attorney’s office.

Constance Volz

Constance M. Volz, 56, was found guilty of two counts of felony theft  Thursday. Her sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Volz owned Premier Parking, which managed garages on 17th Street owned by Transwestern Broadreach LLC and BRCP 17th and Grant LLC, according to an arrest affidavit. In 2015, the companies had filed a complaint alleging Volz had taken funds that should have been paid to the garages’ owners. The owners initially tried to set up a payment plan to recover the missing funds before filing the complaint, according to the affidavit.

Volz admitted to using some of the money for a patent but argued the rest was to cover legitimate fees that had gone unpaid, according to the DA’s office.


Man gets eight years for armed robbery of Aurora post office

A man who held up an Aurora post office in November has been sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by five years of supervision, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service via Twitter

Willie Dewayne Phillip

Willie Dewayne Phillip pointed a gun at two clerks and a customer at the Buckingham Plaza post office on Nov. 8. He ordered the clerks to the floor and took about $5,000 from their register before escaping on foot,.a U.S. attorney’s news release said.

Police later found a ski mask and gloves worn during the robbery, and DNA testing connected them to Phillip. He was indicted in December but eluded arrest for a month before police found him at a Denver home. Phillip barricaded himself inside, but surrendered after officers surrounded the home, the news release said.


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Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two Offense: 900 Block of 13th Street, Northwest

Friday, September 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the 900 block of 13th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 6:04 pm, the suspect forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

The suspect was captured by a surveillance camera and can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/DkLUELelw_U

 

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Frozen “pub-style” meals recalled in Colorado because of soy

People with soy allergies who like “pub-style” meals should check their freezers for mislabeled entrees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that Astrochef is recalling 11,475 pounds of frozen entrees that contain soy but weren’t labeled correctly. The 20-ounce cartons of Marie Callender’s Pub Style Steak & Ale were sold in 10 states, including Colorado.

Affected entrees were produced June 18 and are labeled with the establishment number EST. 46299. The food inspection service urges people who bought the entrees to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.

No illnesses have been reported from eating the entrees, but Conagra Brands did receive complaints that the package contained chicken instead of beef. For more information, call Conagra Brands Consumer Care, 866-213-1245.


5 vehicle crash in Idaho Falls.

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828

(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 9/20/19 - 6:30 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, September, 20, 2019, at 1:55 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a five-vehicle, injury crash, at the intersection of Woodruff Ave. and 12th Street in Idaho Falls.

Idaho Falls Police Officer Goms, was driving a marked 2012 Dodge Charger police car northbound on Woodruff Ave. and entered the intersection of 12th Street, with a green light. Sherry Boettcher, 64, of Idaho Falls was traveling southbound on Woodruff Ave., in her 2016 Ford Focus, when she attempted to turn left onto 12th Street. Boettcher collided with Officer Goms' vehicle. Officer Goms' vehicle then collided with two vehicles that were stopped at the red light on westbound 12th Street: a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan, driven by Jody Clements, 62, of Shelley and a 2007 Toyota Sienna, driven by Leandra Snyder, 29, of Idaho Falls. Snyder's vehicle was pushed backwards and collided with a 1998 Buick Electra, which was driven by Nick Day, 78, also of Idaho Falls.

Boettcher was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance. Occupants of all vehicles were wearing their seatbelts.

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Madison County school holds thank a police officer event

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Students showed appreciation to law enforcement at a thank a police officer event in Madison County on Friday.

Local police officers got a very warm show of appreciation from students at Madison Cross Roads Elementary. Students clapped, cheered, and high-fived local law enforcement as they walked the halls of the school.

"Again police officers at this day and time... the temperature for law enforcement across the country... we don't get this type of appreciation. Thank you to Madison Cross Roads. Thank you to these kids. I'll never forget this. This is awesome," said Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner.

"I'm very grateful. I think they are a great part of the Earth. If we didn't have them the Earth wouldn't be safe at all," said Madison Cross Roads student Ben Hovermale.

Students sang a song they prepared for the officers and presented them with a handmade card. Afterward, the officers answered questions the students had about law enforcement.


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Huntsville holds ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Hunt Park

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The city of Huntsville hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new cross country course opening at John Hunt Park.

The championship-caliber cross-country course is 10-meters wide with a manicured grass surface course and multiple spurred loops providing various distance options including 5K, 6K, 8K, and 10K.

Mayor Tommy Battle was at the event along with local running clubs and school running teams.

"Something that's great is that it's made for the community. It's made for young people to get out there and run. Some of the older runners can come out and run, but it gives us a place that you can really get back into the green world with nature and enjoy running," said Mayor Tommy Battle.

The course accommodates high school, NCAA, and USA track and field needs for all their various training and competition events.

The opening of this park establishes Huntsville as a premier running venue.

 


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*Update* Blocking Crash on Interstate 84 at Milepost 9, near New Plymouth

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Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents new season

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Homeless man pleads guilty to murder in Golden trailer death

An itinerant man who committed a string of violent crimes across Colorado and Utah in 2017 pleaded guilty Friday to killing a Golden man.

Austin Boutain faces life in prison without parole for the killing of a Golden man in 2017. He previously was sentenced to life for killing a University of Utah student.

Austin Jeffrey Boutain, 25, faces life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty Friday to killing Mitchell Ingle while robbing his trailer. He will be sentenced Oct. 3. His wife, Kathleen Boutain, 25, faces 20 charges in connection with Ingle’s death and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.

Austin Boutain previously was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Chenwei Guo, a student at the University of Utah. 

The Boutains in 2017 were homeless and subsisted by stealing marijuana from dispensaries to resell, which led to their encounter with Ingle, 63, Boutain said in his confession. The couple was drinking and smoking marijuana with Ingle in his trailer, but Boutain became angry when Ingle suggested the three could have sex.

After Ingle went to sleep, Boutain attempted to kill him to steal his trailer. He initially shot Ingle with a crossbow but only wounded Ingle’s wrist. Then he slit his throat. Boutain decided not to take the trailer but stole three guns, a pickup and other items before traveling to Utah with his wife.

Boutain used one of the guns he stole from Ingle to kill Guo. Golden police found Ingle dead during a welfare check after Boutain was arrested in Utah with his clothes and gun.


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Denver man arrested for investigation of leaving the scene of a fatal accident on Colorado Boulevard

Denver police arrested a 25-year-old man for investigation of leaving the scene of a fatal collision on Colorado Boulevard.

Jordan Hale, 26, has been arrested in connection with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.

The crash happened at 2:13 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and 12th Avenue when a Lincoln sedan speeding north on Colorado Boulevard struck a Honda Civic that was turning left on a solid green light from southbound Colorado onto 12th Avenue, according to a Denver Police Department arrest affidavit.

Jordan Hale allegedly was driving the Lincoln and fled on foot, the affidavit said. He is being investigated for leaving the scene of a crash involving death and leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury.

The 29-year-old driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at Denver Health medical center. Two adult female passengers sustained broken bones, and an adult male passenger had rib fractures and bleeding through the wall of his heart, according to the affidavit. The three passengers survived.

The two female passengers knew Hale as “Bandman Money-G” on Facebook, and one knew the first name Jordan. One identified Hale as the driver of the Lincoln from a lineup, police said. They also connected him through three envelopes left in the Lincoln.


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88-year-old NYC widow violently robbed of thousands she saved for late husband’s gravestone

NEW YORK CITY — Police are looking for a man accused of attacking and robbing a woman in her Manhattan apartment, stealing thousands she had saved up to buy a headstone for her late husband's grave.

Just before noon Saturday, Maximina Osorio was arriving home at her apartment, when the unidentified man grabbed her from behind after she unlocked her door, police said. Police identified Osorio as being 89 years old, but she later told WPIX she is 88.

Authorities said the man pushed Osorio through her doorway and to the ground before demanding to know, "Where's the money?"

Osorio told WPIX Thursday the attacker told her to "shut up," and not to scream, even grabbing her face and nearly choking her to stop her from making noise.

The frightened widow told the thief her money was in a drawer in her bedroom, according to police.

The man proceeded to take $5,000 in cash from the woman's bedroom before fleeing her apartment, officials said.

Osorio said she had been saving the money for two years and was planning to use it to buy a gravestone for her late husband Salvatore. The couple were married for 50 years until his death about a year ago.

Her husband's death isn't the only tragedy the resilient woman has known. Osorio told WPIX she also had to bury a daughter in the past.

After the violent robbery, Osorio complained of neck and back pain and she was taken to a local hospital. Osorio said she spent three days in the hospital and is worried about a head injury.

While police have only released information about one man wanted in connection with the robbery, Osorio said he had an accomplice in the robbery, and that her attacker spoke both English and Spanish.

The NYPD describe the man as standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with a full beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded sweatshirt, a blue t-shirt, white sneakers, a backpack, and a black and blue Philadelphia Flyers baseball cap, authorities said.

A local woman has launched a GoFundMe for Osario.


Video shows SUV plowing through Illinois mall as shoppers scatter; driver in custody

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Police took a driver into custody after an SUV smashed its way through a suburban Illinois mall Friday afternoon, sending panicked shoppers running for safety and leaving a gaping hole in the doors of a Sears store.

Police rushed to the Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg around 2:30 p.m. after witnesses said a black SUV drove through Sears, striking several kiosks. The incident took place on the lower level of the mall.

video posted to Twitter shows a black SUV driving past a Forever 21, and people running away.

Lateef Farooqui was at the mall when the car drove through, and described the chaos. He said he was on the floor above where it happened. He said he heard people saying there were guns, but said it was probably just people panicking. He said people were running in every direction, and that security was telling people to run away.

Farooqui said he was walking nearby when the suspect was taken into custody.

“He was just quiet, head down, walking straight,” he said. “Not somebody wild, screaming. No chanting. Not any of those things you’d expect of somebody crazy.”

Schaumburg police said no injuries were reported. Police also said there was no evidence of an active shooter.

Police urged the public to avoid the area if possible. Police were still evacuating the mall around 3:30 p.m.

The Chicago FBI said they were aware of the incident and were assisting local law enforcement. They said there was no threat to public safety.

Schaumburg High School was placed on a soft lockdown after administrators received report of the mall incident.

“Upon resolution of the community incident, the police confirmed that no threat to students existed and the soft lockdown was ended,” Principal Tim Little said in a statement.

Students were released from school at the end of the day.

The identity of the SUV's driver was not immediately known.

**WARNING: Video below contains profanity.

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London youth join global climate strike

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Missing Florida teen’s family receives video call showing her tied to chair, police say

DAVIE, Fla. – The search for a teen missing in Florida intensified after she was seen tied to a chair in a video call, WSVN reports.

Destiny Rose, 16, has been missing since last month. Police said she was last seen at the Alpha Group Home in Southwest Ranches, Florida on Aug.20th.

Police recently received a call from Rose’s aunt who told them she got a video call from her niece’s phone. She said when she answered, she didn’t immediately see her niece. Instead, she saw a man in his late 20s or early 30s. He had a crew cut and a patch of facial hair on his chin.

The man moved the camera to show Rose. She was tied to a chair with a rope wrapped around her neck and crying, police said. WSVN reports the man told her aunt, “If you actually cared about her, you would be here to get her.” He then abruptly ended the call.

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – The roar of shovelheads, panheads, and maybe even some knuckleheads will fill the air across north Alabama this weekend. The third Saturday of September marks the annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.

Two-hundred people call the river town of Waterloo home. This time every September, the weekend population swells to nearly 20,000.

“Oh, it’s terribly exciting,” stated Waterloo Mayor Joan Farneman. “We work towards this most of the year.”

Motorcyclists from across the country come to town every year for the commemoration. They are remembering the place in north Alabama where Native Americans were put on riverboats and sent west.

“Remember the trail; the hardship they went through and everything. Because you’ve got to remember that because it’s your history,” explained Johnny Cain from Horn Lake, Mississippi.

This is the second time Cain has traveled to Waterloo. He wanted to make sure his wife experiences the atmosphere first hand.

“It’s everybody getting together just having a good time and just meeting everyone coming in from different states and talking to other bikers and stuff,” Cain described.

A ride which started 26-years ago with just twelve bikers. The procession has been 25-miles long at times during its history. The ride has the chance to be big with this year’s weather.

The commemorative ride is expected to leave Bridgeport, Ala. at 8 A.M. and arrive in Waterloo by 2:30 for a night full of entertainment.

The ride will be escorted by State Troopers across north Alabama. Law enforcement asks riders and motorists to use caution while travelling the Trail of Tears route along U.S. 72 on Saturday.


St. Johnsbury Barracks – DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A405333 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Luke Rodzel                            STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks                       CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: September 20, 2019 at approximately 1550 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 91


09-20-19 Police request the public’s assistance identifying theft suspects (Phone number correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Puna Patrol Division, Area I
Acting Sergeant Jeremy Kubojiri
Phone: 965-2715
Report No. 19-069957

 

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Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying parties involved in a theft case that occurred between late August and early September in the Fern Acres subdivision in Mountain View. 

Surveillance footage revealed two unknown males and two unknown females in a black vehicle enter the property and remove items.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Robert Keffer at 965-2716.


*update* Blocking Crash on Interstate 84 at Milepost 9, near New Plymouth

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For Immediate Release: 9/20/19 5:07 PM

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*Update*

All westbound lanes are now open. The left lane eastbound is still blocked for emergency crews.

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Blocking Crash on Interstate 84 at Milepost 9, near New Plymouth

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Idaho State Police is currently on scene of a crash eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 9, near New Plymouth. All eastbound lanes and the left lane westbound are blocked at this time.

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Exiled student activist Brian Leung Kai-ping, who shot to fame for removing his mask after storming Hong Kong’s legislature in July, said protesters were fighting not for independence but for the city’s “full democracy”.In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post in New York, Leung also said he supported non-violent means of protest but the use of force was “sometimes justifiable”.He said any concessions offered by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, such as…


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Kelowna apartment fire displaces four people

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LGBT teaching row: Ministers accused of ‘radio silence’ over protests

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On its 30th anniversary and throughout the years, OUHK plays the role of an ambassador for Chinese culture

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Huntsville city leaders close to approving next year’s budget

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Next week, city leaders are expected to approve their $521 million budget for the next year. The plan will pay for road projects and more police officers.

Council president Devyn Keith is pushing for a lodging tax to pay for the anticipated new amphitheater.

"It's a healthy budget, we're continuing to see growth in Huntsville," city administrator John Hamilton said.

With the growth, the city hopes to hire eight more police officers, but they admit recruiting remains a challenge.

"The character, the capabilities, the intellect, the physical capabilities. Those people have lots of choices right now professionally," Hamilton said.

With nearly a billion dollars in ongoing road projects, city leaders are eyeing future construction, especially at MidCity.

"We've already spent I think four million dollars just getting prepared for the build. And that investment is well spent, I think it's going to be a great place," Keith said.

"We anticipate in the near future bringing you a contract that would get that operator and get them on the team," Hamilton said.

The city is acquiring land and is in talks with a management company to oversee the future amphitheater, a concert venue will seat around eight thousand people.

The city is prepared to borrow an additional $30 million to build the venue. Keith is pushing for a lodging tax, arguing Huntsville visitors should help pay for it.

"Comparatively, it'll be a cost to the community, who in large part will never use it," Keith said.

"Figure as an estimate, $1.3 million is approximately a one percent lodging tax," Hamilton said.

The council is expected to approve the budget next week. Hamilton says it's unclear yet how much money the amphitheater could bring in each year.

It's expected to be finished in 2021.


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Family of missing Lauderdale County man seeks answers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – It has been three years of worry and wonder for a Lauderdale County family. Their brother disappears without a trace. Investigators call it a missing person’s case that appears suspicious.

Robert Shawn Childers

“It just stays with you; it stays with you,” as Carol Childers described the hurt knowing your loved one is missing, and there’s very little the family can do.

“It is my hope that through all of this, one that we get closure. That we can bury Shawn, we can put him at peace. We can give him what he deserves,” said Childers.

Three years ago, Robert Shawn Childers was reported missing. His roommate told deputies he walked away from his Cloverdale home on September 17. A red flag for family members.

“We knew Shawn. We knew what he did, his mannerisms. One, he wasn’t in any shape to walk away,” Carol Childers explained.

Since vanishing, authorities and volunteers have searched the area around his home multiple times with no luck. This week, the family met with a new detective overseeing the investigation. Their hope is a fresh set of eyes will move the case forward.

“I think we are going to find something and I think it is going to be soon. Just from talking with him today, I’ve got my hopes up now,” said Shawn’s brother David Wayne Childers.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office says they plan to revisit the people who have already been interviewed. While at the same time taking advantage of new technology.

“I know my brother wasn’t a pillar of the community, but he was a good guy,” stated David Wayne Childers.

If you have any information concerning the disappearance of Robert Shawn Childers do not hesitate to contact the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line. A phone call can be made to operators at (256)386-8685 or use the P3 Tips app to send in your anonymous information. A reward is being offered for information which leads to closure in this investigation.


China releases Hong Kong-based FedEx pilot on bail after finding air gun pellets in luggage

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UA President says cuts, possible consolidation won’t affect accreditation

University of Alaska Southeast (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)

In the wake of a $25 million cut this year by the Dunleavy administration, and another $45 million anticipated in future years, the University of Alaska is considering some campus consolidation.

UA President Jim Johnsen concluded the first day of presentations at the Southeast Conference in Sitka, with a university update. 

Currently the university consists of three accredited institutions, and 16 campuses.

“We will remain an accredited university. Period. End of report. So if anybody says that’s gonna threaten accreditation. No, we’re not going to do anything that would threaten our accreditation,” he said. “It’s not negotiable. Even if we have increased consolidation, there will be people where the students are.”

Johnsen said a group of 13 teams would be looking into restructuring options of all of the academic programs, and they would present their findings to the Board of Regents. But regardless of exactly what the institution looks like in the future, Johnson said one thing was certain. 

“What’s certain is we will need to reduce our costs and programs and people will be cut. What’s certain is we’re going to go through a rational process for making those decisions,” said Johnsen. “What’s certain is that the students in those programs are going to be taught out, they’re going to be taken care of, and we have a record of accomplishing that.”

There’s been no consolidation of campuses in the system since 1988. Even without budget cuts, people have been thinking about integration. Johnsen said a recent survey of the university community was divided right down the middle when it came to campus integration.

“50-50 split between increased uniqueness and increased integration. 50-50 split. You wouldn’t know that if you went to the Regents meeting because it was all 100 percent uniqueness.” 

One quarter of the nearly-4,000 people surveyed were students. Johnsen said this demographic most favored more campus integration. 

The annual meeting of the Southeast Conference runs through Friday in Sitka.

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3 arrested during protest held at house of GEO Aurora Detention Center warden

A group of activists marched through an Aurora neighborhood Thursday evening as part of a protest outside the home of a warden of a local immigration detention center.

Organizers of the protest, a group called Abolish ICE Denver, said on Facebook that the purpose of the protest, which was held outside the home of Johnny Choate, was to demand the end of immigration raids in Colorado, while raising “the level of confrontation against Border Patrol, ICE, DHS, and GEO affiliates. … ”

“We’ve been at the detention center a lot,” said Matthew Wozniak, an organizer with Abolish ICE Denver, in an interview. “What happened out here made a lot of noise.”

The detention center is operated by the privately run GEO Group under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The facility has seen its share of demonstrations, including in July, when a group removed an American flag out front.

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado released a 42-page report detailing alleged medical abuses and neglect at the facility.

Paulina Knoblock, 22, one of the activists, said at the protest that there has to be a more humane way to enact immigration policies.

In a statement, the GEO Group said the protest at the Choate’s home “set a new low in our politics and public discourse.”

“We hope the community support and pushback from brave leaders opposing this dangerous idea will serve as a deterrent for any future protests targeting people in their family’s homes and neighborhoods,” the statement said. “These misdirected attacks and intimidation of our employees must stop, and we encourage our local leaders to stand against these hateful tactics and push for a return to civil discourse.”

During the protest, activists, some wearing red shirts that read “Close the concentration camps,” gathered at the Tollgate Crossing Metro District community center before making their way through the subdivision.

Protesters recited chants, such as “No justice, no peace. No ICE or police,” and “GEO has got to go” as some residents living in the neighborhood stood on their lawns, driveways and streets to watch them. One person told protesters to “get jobs.”

One of the neighborhood residents, Josh Maddox, said he wished the protesters had gone to the detention center rather than his home.

“They have every right to do this,” he said, adding that it’s the “beauty of America.”

Police, some in riot gear, trailed the protesters. At least three people, including two men, were arrested during the protest for obstruction, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Police Chief Nick Metz called the actions of some of the protesters “vile and disgusting.”

“(The police department) protects free speech, but your message was completely lost,” Metz tweeted. “U were out of your league. My cops were simply AMAZING despite your attempts to bait them into a confrontation!”

The activists’ decision to hold the demonstration at Choate’s home also drew criticism from others, including from U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, who said he disagreed with the approach.

“We need more oversight of ICE facilities, not the protest of individuals at their private home,” he said in a statement.

— Justin Wingerter contributed to this report.


Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City: what life was like inside the City of Darkness

In March 1993, bulldozers moved in to begin condemning the Kowloon Walled City to Hong Kong’s history.

The slum area, known in Cantonese as the City of Darkness, was an infamous 2.7-hectare enclave of opium parlours and gambling dens run by triads, a place where police, health inspectors and even tax collectors feared to tread.

These pictures from the Post’s archive show what life was like inside the settlement, and how strikingly it sat in Hong Kong’s landscape.

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State Police investigate fatal crash in Greenport

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Ketchikan mayor, council concerned over Ward Cove project

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku in storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

Ketchikan city officials say they have serious concerns over a proposed private cruise ship complex on Ward Cove. 

In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing a permit to build a two-berth dock for megaships, the city’s elected leaders questioned whether the project was in the community’s best interest.

The 11-page letter outlined concerns over steering cruise ship traffic seven miles outside of town. The city could incur heavy losses from publicly financed cruise docks it’s already borrowed heavily to build. The letter also raised concerns about limited emergency services in the area which is outside city limits and covered by volunteer firefighters, medics and Alaska State Troopers.

The city asks the Army Corps to hold a public hearing before issuing any permit.

Assistant City Manager Lacey Simpson told an economic development panel at Southeast Conference in Sitka that the city is taking a hard look at the project.

“A recent surprise roadblock constraint for the city of Ketchikan was the relatively recent announcement of the two-berth cruise ship facility in Ward Cove through a private partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and a private entity out there,” Simpson said. “And it has really called into question the need for expansion at the port of Ketchikan and what exactly the capacity needs are for the community as a whole.”

The Army Corps had extended the public comment period by a month. It expires Thursday. State and federal agencies have also weighed in on potential challenges of redeveloping Ketchikan’s former pulp mill into a cruise destination.

Information about how to comment is in this link.

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Nome summit focuses on food sovereignty in Alaska

Salmon drying on a fish rack. Photo: KNOM file.

Last week’s food sovereignty summit, held in Nome, asserted the important role sovereignty plays in ensuring food security. The summit was hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-Alaska), which is in the midst of an ongoing Food Sovereignty Initiative to increase Inuit involvement in decision-making and to advocate for co-management with state and federal entities.

Over the course of three days, ICC members from the North Slope, Northwest Arctic, Bering Strait and Yukon-Kuskokwim regions discussed topics ranging from ICC’s work on wildlife management, to an existing co-management fisheries system in Canada.

During the summit’s opening remarks, ICC Chair Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough emphasized that food sovereignty is more than just a question of regulation, but also of human rights.

“Through this Initiative, it is my hope that we can link arms to stand up for our food sovereignty and work together,” she said.

Jennifer Hooper is the natural resources director for the Administration of Village Council Presidents (AVCP), and she sits on ICC’s Food Sovereignty Initiative Steering Committee. Hooper believes the summit helped remind members from the four regions how much they have in common.

“Obviously, we are very different, but once we got down to the basics and kind of discussing the foundations and the cultural and traditional principles that guide everyone, it was very important how similar everyone really was,” she said.

The presentation on wildlife management was led by Vera Metcalf of the Eskimo Walrus Commission. She articulated how overregulation and a lack of equity between state and local entities can be harmful to subsistence practices. Metcalf decried the existing managerial approach as “single species” and went on to advocate for a holistic ecosystem approach to wildlife management.

These comments were in line with those from ICC’s President Jimmy Stotts who, in his opening remarks, stressed that “our approach is holistic, with an understanding that everything is related, and that we are part of the environment.”

On the second day of the conference, ICC hosted a panel featuring regional youth and their perspectives on the future of food sovereignty. One of the panelists, Jaklou Olemaun from Utqiagvik, shared how his “values come from hunting traditions and how we learn from our experiences, from our elders.”

ICC-Alaska now looks ahead to March and the Initiative’s final meeting in Kotzebue, where steering committee members will take insights from last week’s summit and draft a comprehensive Food Sovereignty Management Action Plan.

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On both sides of the border, officials chafe over looming end to Prince Rupert ferry link

Efforts to keep Southeast Alaska’s ferry link with British Columbia online continue as officials on both sides of the border express frustration over U.S. customs insistence on armed security inside the Canadian ferry terminal.

Prince Rupert, B.C. is the shortest mainland road connection for Southeast Alaska communities. (Map courtesy AMHS)

In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged that its agents have been routinely inspecting Alaska-bound ferries for years.

“In order to reduce security risks to the U.S, and provide safety for the traveling public and unarmed CBP officers, CBP determined that an armed law enforcement presence would be a requirement while CBP conducts its operations at Prince Rupert,” the agency said.

That means the decades long Alaska Marine Highway connection to Prince Rupert, B.C. is slated to shut down.

Addressing the Southeast Conference forum of civic and business leaders Thursday, Alaska’s Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon placed the blame on the feds.

I think in the history of access to Prince Rupert, the only issues that have required law enforcement have been a couple of people that had too much to drink,” MacKinnon quipped.

The new requirements stem from a 2015 agreement signed by the U.S. and Canada to upgrade border security.

People coming to Alaska from Prince Rupert represents a real risk to this country — note the tone, the sarcasm in the voice there,” MacKinnon added.

U.S. customs agents can’t carry guns in Prince Rupert. But Canadian police say they’re stretched too thinly to provide armed backup in the near future. And then there’s the cost: the state of Alaska would be expected to pay for it.

The result is an impasse. An Oct. 1 deadline set by U.S. customs has led the Alaska Marine Highway to cancel all sailings after that date.

Prince Rupert’s city Mayor Lee Brain met with Gov. Dunleavy’s chief of staff and the transportation commissioner to present some alternatives. Brain says Prince Rupert’s leaders have attended Southeast Conference meetings for a half-century or more. About as long as there’s been an Alaska Marine Highway.

“And now that we’re at this point of a kind of a crucial hour in the ferry service,” Brain told CoastAlaska, “it’s more important for us to continually come up here and ensure that people realize how important those ferry services to Prince Rupert and our residents, as well as to the local economy.”

He says he’s presented some proposals — the details of which he hasn’t shared publicly — designed to satisfy U.S. security requirements and keep ferries running

If we can figure out some of these federal kind of border protection issues, we may be able to see reinstatement of the winter schedule as soon as hopefully the next three weeks to a month,” Brain said.

Coastal communities throughout the panhandle are grappling with reduced service due to budget cuts. At one point in the budget cut discussion the Dunleavy administration proposed eliminating all service to Prince Rupert.

But MacKinnon told CoastAlaska that service to B.C. is a priority — something he’s assured officials from Prince Rupert.

“You know, and that’s what the mayor and I have committed to work on and do that and (the governor’s chief of staff) Ben Stevens — the administration is on board,” he said in a brief interview.

The ability of U.S. customs agents to demand armed protection is only one of myriad requirements the Department of Homeland Security seeks to upgrade the border.

To that point, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in a recorded address to Southeast Conference says there will be other issues to work through to keep the ferry connection to Canada.

We may be able to secure the law enforcement resources that are necessary to open the port,” she said in taped video remarks. “But we will need to start towards significant investment in new clearance facilities either in Ketchikan or Prince Rupert.”

As it stands, the last ferries in and out of Prince Rupert are slated to sail on Sept. 30.

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Hong Kong’s new rail chief Rex Auyeung admits misjudgment after Beijing loyalists accuse him of supporting rioters

A misjudgment over Hong Kong’s unfolding political crisis landed the city’s new rail chief in hot water with Beijing loyalists, who accused him of supporting rioters, he revealed to the Post on Thursday.Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, the chairman of Lingnan University’s council, wrote a plea letter around June or July for a former student leader convicted of unlawful assembly in 2016.“As an educator and council chairman, it is normal to write plea letters when students approach me for help.“I asked the…


Senate Republicans reject Dunleavy’s pick to fill vacant seat

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, speaks during a House floor session in Juneau on March 20, 2019. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

The Alaska Senate Republicans rejected on Thursday Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s choice to fill a vacant Senate seat.

The senators blocked the confirmation of Anchorage Republican Rep. Laddie Shaw. The seat became vacant in August when Sen. Chris Birch died suddenly from heart complications.

Shaw said he doesn’t feel he was judged on his merits.

“My reaction is that they were looking for basically a clone of Sen. Birch,” Shaw said. “And I don’t know if they appreciated my honesty and independence.”

The Senate Republicans did not announce the vote breakdown, but Shaw said he believes it was a tie among the 12 Senate Republicans. A majority is needed to confirm. The vote came after the senators interviewed Shaw.

“They grilled me,” Shaw said. “It was like an inquisition. And they came from every direction. And we figured we were going into this with a 6-6 vote, and we came out of it with a 6-6 vote.”

Shaw supports a $3,000 permanent fund dividend this year — the full amount under a 1982 state law. Opponents of a full dividend have said it would require the state to violate another law that limits the amount that can be drawn from permanent fund earnings each year.

“They did not confirm me basically on one issue — on one point of criteria,” Shaw said. “Nothing to do with my integrity, nothing to do with my service to the state of Alaska, nothing to do with who I am as an individual representing my community. None of that came into play. It came down to my stand on a $3,000 dividend.”

Shaw said he hopes Dunleavy sticks to his principles in who he appoints to the Senate.

Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, said the vote doesn’t reflect on Shaw’s qualifications, which she said were exceptional. She said the voters who elected Birch had shown support for changing the dividend formula.

“The duty of the Senate is to confirm a replacement to Senate District M, with deference to the views of the late Sen. Birch and, most importantly, deference to those of all the people in the district that he served,” she said.

Giessel emphasized that Birch was a leader in changing the dividend during his two years in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate.

“He displayed strong leadership during his tenure in the House on reforming the dividend and protecting the permanent fund,” she said. “He proudly took the issue directly to voters during the recent election.”

Six Republican senators support a $3,000 PFD, while six oppose it. The Legislature passed, and Dunleavy signed, a budget with a $1,600 dividend. Dunleavy has said he would call the Legislature into a third special session solely to add another $1,400 in dividend payments.

Shaw was elected to the House last November. He is a former Navy SEAL and Alaska State Troopers academy instructor. He’s chairman of the House Military and Veterans’ Affairs Special Committee, despite being a member of the Republican House minority caucus.

Dunleavy has 10 days to appoint another choice to the seat.

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Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily gets injunction against reporters’ doxxing after harassment related to anti-government protests

Chinese-language tabloid Apple Daily has obtained a court order to protect its reporters after almost 20 of them had their personal details spread online.The campaign of leaks, also known as “doxxing”, was conducted on a website apparently set up to oppose the recent anti-government protests in Hong Kong.The High Court granted the injunction order on Thursday, two days after the city’s privacy commissioner expressed grave concern and requested the website remove all posts and cease the doxxing,…


Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

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Thursday on Alaska News Nightly:

State Senate Republicans reject the governor’s appointee. Also: A brief spike in oil prices from attacks on a Saudi producer won’t help the state’s budget.

Reports tonight from:

  • Andrew Kitchenman, Rashah McChesney and Jacob Resneck in Juneau
  • Shaylon Cochran in Kenai
  • Katherine Rose in Sitka
  • Eric Stone in Ketchikan
  • Dan Bross in Fairbanks
  • Izzy Ross in Dillingham
  • Kavitha George in Kodiak
  • Clare Stremple in Haines

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Suspects Sought in a Robbery (Pick Pocket) Offense: 900 Block of 5th Street, Northwest

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's First District seek the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in reference to a Robbery (Pick Pocket) offense that occurred on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the 900 block of 5th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 7:15 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects took property from the victim’s pockets then fled the scene.

 

The suspects were captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Nearly 270 subsidised kindergartens of Hong Kong raise tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year

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AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

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Carper releases statement on revocation of California’s clean cars authority

Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, released statement Sept. 18 after the Trump administration moved to revoke California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to set and enforce its own fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards."For two years now, automakers have told me repeatedly that they wanted to see a deal between the administration and the state of California, a 50-state solution that would provide near-term [...]


Division of Fish & Wildlife seeks shots for annual hunting photo contest

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced Sept. 18 its annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest to promote hunting by encouraging hunters to "Get Out and Hunt DE," and to capture and share photographs of their hunting experiences.The winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2020/2021 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, with the top five photographs presented inside the guide.The [...]


Christiana Care announces paid parental leave for employees

Christiana Care announced Sept. 18 a commitment to provide at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave to employees beginning in fiscal 2021, which runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.The benefit will apply to eligible caregivers — mothers and fathers — for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.As a Baby Friendly hospital and a national leader in women’s health, delivering more than 6,000 babies each year, Christiana Care has a [...]


Partnership for the Delaware Estuary announces new permanent executive director

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary announced Kathy Klein was named its new permanent executive director.PDE’s board of directors announced Aug. 29 that Klein, who had been serving since March as PDE's interim executive director, is now the permanent head of the nonprofit organization that hosts the Delaware Estuary Program.Klein served as PDE's executive director from 1997 to 2007. Before taking on the interim executive director's role, she returned to PDE in [...]


Food Bank of Delaware awarded grant from Kraft Heinz Co. Foundation

The Food Bank of Delaware announced Sept. 18 that it received a grant from The Kraft Heinz Co. Foundation to help fight hunger and improve nutrition among children in Delaware.Funds from The Kraft Heinz Co. Foundation will be used to support the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program for kids."The Food Bank of Delaware is thankful to The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation for its commitment to fighting hunger," said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia [...]


‘Kids should not be facing this monster’ Saskatoon family fighting childhood cancer

In March 2016, Roan Dahlen was diagnosed with leukemia. His family is now selling t-shirts to raise money for childhood cancer research.


Mired in protests, Hong Kong should brace itself for a takeover by mainland Chinese interests and capital

The protests in Hong Kong against the extradition bill have evolved into an unstoppable anti-government movement. There is no sign that any of the stakeholders – China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor or the protesters – will back down.

Hong Kong is again at a crossroads. Since politics and economics are codependent, when there is political turmoil, we can expect capital to be relocated. 

Over the past 50 years, as Hongkongers worked hard to transform their home into an…


Construction begins on Dan Tibbs Road in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, AL. - The bridge on Dan Tibbs Road over Dry Creek has needed to be replaced for years, but it would cost more than a million dollars to do.

Commissioner Phil Vandiver said the Madison County Commission has had their eye on improving this bridge for a while. They just had to gather funding to be able to do it.

Vandiver said the bridge is heavily traveled during the morning, and its rating score was lower than the county commission liked.

"It's one of the roads our community uses quite a bit going into town and going into research park to get to their jobs quicker. It's an old bridge. It's getting to the point where it needs to be changed out before it gets unsafe for travel," said Commissioner Phil Vandiver.

District four of the county will be paying for about three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the total cost.


09-19-19 Officer of the Year: Ansel Robinson

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Paul Ferreira
Phone: (808) 961-2244

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Media Release

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee named its “2019 Police Officer Of The Year” on Wednesday (September 18). This year, the honor went to Officer Ansel Robinson, who was named Officer of the Month for November 2018 and again in March 2019.

Officer Robinson demonstrates strong determination and resolve. He can make use of the information he is given and make concentrated efforts determining if the information is valid. As one example, through Officer Robinson’s efforts, an arrest was made with the recovery of drugs and money.

In another situation, Officer Robinson displayed a strong determination to turning what could have been just a minor contact with police officers into the potential of sending a person who has been preying on our community away for a long time.

He is a valued and respected member of the Police Department and is committed to making the community a safe place to live and work.

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee supports the police department in its effort to prevent crime, deter criminals, and enforce the laws. Over the past 48 years, the organization has donated over $100,000 in cash, goods, and services to the Kona District Police.


How Alaskans are working to address and prevent suicide

(Courtesy Alaska Department of Health and Human Services)

The tragedy of suicide ripples out beyond immediate families and affects entire communities. The rates for Alaska Native youth are some of the highest in the nation and for veterans rates are also significantly higher than the national average. What does the latest research reveal about how to help prevent suicide? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska

HOST: Lori Townsend
GUESTS:

  • Dana Diehl, Director of Wellness and Prevention, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Naomi Flowers, Suicide Prevention Coordination, Alaska Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Colliers International to manage and market Global Transportation Hub

A contract has been given to Colliers International to manage the Global Transportation Hub.


Man at party where Trudeau wore brownface says costume ‘stood out’ compared to others

Others who attended the 2001 "Arabian Nights"-themed party where Justin Trudeau was pictured in brownface say it wasn't meant to offend.


B.C. woman says she got little help getting home after surviving shooting in Mexico

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German exchange officers hosted by officers, deputies in Morgan County

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - Law enforcement officers are hosting some German police officers for a few weeks.

The foreign officers are members of the STAR International Police Exchange Program.

Retired Decatur Police Captain, Jimmy Hood, is the president of the Alabama chapter of the program. He said the experience is beneficial for everyone involved.

"The program is a simple two-week exchange program, police officers from the other countries come here for two weeks and they live with police officers," he explained. "We show them how we do things in Alabama."

This isn't the program's first run, the chapter has been active for nine years.

One German officer said so far he's been most intrigued by the Morgan County Jail Tour.

"They showed us the jail here and it was very interesting to see how the jail works here in the us," said Sebastian Poelking. "Compared to the jail system in Germany it's pretty different."

Officer Poelking said in German jails there's normally two inmates per cell. Each cell is equipped with a television and hot plate for inmates to cook their own meals.

"I like to see how all of the us people, us officers work here," Poelking added. "We all deal with the same problems. We have the same problems in Germany. We all work with humans and we all have the same goals."

Poelking said he observed in Morgan County, officers and deputies are better accepted by the community. He hopes to strengthen his own ties with the community he serves back home.


Scheer’s same-sex marriage remarks resurface amid Trudeau scandal

Scheer continues to face questions about why he has not expressed any regret about comments made during the debate on same-sex marriage in Parliament in 2005.


The Latest: Activist charged in overdose appears in court

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Calgary woman moves into apartment with cockroaches, claims no warning from management

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‘A big-time break’: J.J. Clavo’s killer, now 19, sentenced; could be free by 23

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St. Johnsbury / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19A405318                                                     RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jason Danielsen STATION: St. Johnsbury                              CONTACT#: 802-748-3111   DATE/TIME: 9/19/2019 at approximately 1849 hours STREET: East Darling Hill Road


Rare 800-year-old figure of Christ returned to York

The gilded ornament was found more than 200 years ago in the ruins of St Mary's Abbey in York.


“We have failed you”: CSU’s new president announces plan to address racism on campus in wake of blackface controversy

Joyce McConnell, the new president of Colorado State University, listened to students of color share their pain and frustrations about their treatment on campus during a Wednesday night student government meeting that stretched until 1:30 a.m.

Joyce McConnell will become Colorado State University's 15th president on July 1, 2019. She is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.
Provided by Colorado State University

Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell

Then she spent another two hours fine-tuning the speech she would give later Thursday morning, an address she used to apologize to students “who have been a victim of racism and bias.”

“There are people on this campus who demean and dehumanize and threaten others because of the color of their skin, their religion, their country of origin or other aspects of their identity,” McConnell said in her first Fall Address on the Fort Collins campus.  “We must do better. … To those of you who are here today who have been a victim of racism and bias … I am deeply sorry for all the ways we have failed you.”

McConnell’s speech, an ode to supporting underrepresented communities on campus, was met by a silent protest from CSU students. It followed a turbulent start to the fall semester, the opening of McConnell’s first academic year at the helm of CSU’s flagship campus.

This photo showing four Colorado State University freshmen posing in blackface circulated on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, fueling outrage on the Fort Collins campus.

The uproar on the Fort Collins campus began nearly two weeks ago after a photograph of four CSU students in blackface started making the rounds on social media. Some students were outraged that CSU administrators declined to punish the involved students, saying they were protected by the First Amendment.

Hours before Thursday’s fall address, McConnell said a swastika was found scrawled into campus housing. The backface photo and the Nazi symbol are additional line items in a list of bias-related incidents at the northern Colorado university, from a student alleging racial discrimination in the school’s heralded “Ram Handler” program to two  American Indian brothers who were pulled from a campus tour after a parent called to report them for being “quiet.”

Although the land-grant university is home to a diversity office and commission, as well as students, staff and faculty committed to inclusion, McConnell said that’s not enough. She announced during Thursday’s address the creation of a Race, Bias and Equity Initiative, modeled after an effort at the University of Washington.

“It will encompass both short-term and long-term actions that will be implemented with urgency and courage,” McConnell said. “And our efforts will be at the individual, institutional and system levels. We start immediately.”

McConnell said the new initiative would be proactive in better educating all in the CSU community about the institution’s values around diversity and improve the university’s processes when responding to bias-related incidents.

The late-night student government meeting at which hundreds of students packed the room to hear emotional testimony from minorities on campus really drove home what needs to change at CSU, she said: “Clearly our students of color have not felt supported.”

“I’m not proud to be a CSU Ram”

Micaela Parker — a 21-year-old CSU student and vice president of the Tau Lambda chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, focused on supporting members of the black community — was among the hundreds who packed the student government meeting.

“It was so beautiful,” Parker said. “So many voices were heard. We talked for hours. It was one of the first things I’ve been a part of at CSU that people’s voices weren’t suppressed in any way, shape or form.”

Parker said being a black student on campus the past few weeks has taken an emotional, mental and physical toll on her — she has felt sick, missed class and become exhausted feeling like the job of educating her community about marginalized students has fallen to her.

“High school students stood up at that meeting last night and said they don’t want to come to CSU if this is what it’s like,” she said. “Students from other campuses — Denver, CSU Pueblo, UNC — showed up to support us. Parents — my parents — are alarmed about the culture here. I’m not proud to be a CSU Ram, and I won’t be proud until they make strides to educate themselves and hold themselves accountable.”

McConnell acknowledged that the burden of transformation must not be on students, but on the administration.

“I know I did something stupid”

Leana Kaplan is one of the CSU freshmen who can be seen in the picture wearing blackface and mimicking a pose from the Marvel movie “Black Panther.” (The photo’s caption said, “Wakanda forevaa.”) She said in an interview with CSU’s student-run Rocky Mountain Collegian and CTV 11 that she, too, felt burdened after receiving more than 60 death threats and being accosted on social media about the photo.

“There has been backlash,” Kaplan said, adding that the response she faced was punishment enough. “I’m a firm believer we learn from a mistake. I know I did something stupid.”

Kaplan described the social media reaction to her photograph as “World War III,” clarifying that she was just having fun with friends in the dorms — they were posing while wearing cosmetic face masks — and that the photo wasn’t meant to be racist. Kaplan said she has since researched blackface and understands how her actions could be perceived differently.

In a statement released to the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper, Kaplan said she has since been fired from her job over the photo.

“I am not looking for sympathy but making the point that the damage done to me is way out of proportion to an act of poor judgment during a moment of silliness,” Kaplan wrote. “Again, this is not to compare this damage to the life-long impact of racial prejudice. I’d like to say to those who have been offended, it is unfair to conclude that an awful photo is evidence of an awful person. If progress is to be made in the battle against racism, the full spectrum of sensitivity must include not creating any more victims.”

In an interview with The Denver Post, McConnell predicted the upcoming election year would be “a challenging time” for university campuses.

“There’s a lot of differences in opinion,” McConnell said. “Those opinions get heated. I think we need to have a dialogue on campus about speech and how we engage in free speech. We’re part of this world and part of this nation, and this is a very difficult moment in terms of public discourse. But we really believe that universities can be a place to show the way.”


MPs demand action over wrongly-issued NHS fines

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Hospitals relying on ’emergency’ loans to cover costs

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COMMENTARY: How could Justin Trudeau have thought this was OK?

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Man found guility of 2018 kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of Littleton woman

A man who tried to sexually assault a woman after dragging her from a Littletontrail with a cord in 2018 was convicted of kidnapping by a jury.

Johnny Dewayne Harris Jr., 49, also was found guilty of three counts of attempted sexual assault, one count of first-degree assault and one count of unlawful sexual contact, according to the news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Harris attacked the woman as she walked her dog on a trail west of the intersection at South Santa Fe Drive and Brewery Lane by wrapping a parachute cord around her neck and dragging her about 20 feet off the trail.

The woman fought back and freed herself. Several bicyclists stopped to help. Harris later confessed, according to the news release.

“Harris is the embodiment of the nightmarish rapist who jumps from the bushes to grab and sexually assault the innocent and unsuspecting,” said District Attorney George Brauchler in a statement. “I am impressed and grateful for the Colorado courage displayed by the victim both at the hands of her would-be rapist and in front of a jury of strangers.”

At the time of the attack, Harris was also wanted in Denver for sexual assault and failure to register as a sex offender. In July, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Denver after sexually assaulting another woman and attempting to assault a third person.

A sentencing hearing will be held for Harris on Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Arapahoe County District Court. He faces a sentencing of 16 to 128 years or life, according to the news release.


Two vehicle fatal crash on US 97 – Deschutes County (Photo)

Correction Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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On Thursday, September 19, 2019 at approximately 10:00 A.M.Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on US 97 near milepost 169.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, operated by Steven Hanner (35) of Lapine, was eastbound on Jackpine Loop Road.  Hanner failed to stop at the stop sign entering US 97 and turned into the path of a Commercial Motor Vehicle operated by Jeff Every (40) of Terrebonne.

Hanner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Every was not injured in the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, LaPine Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.


Canadian cave diver inspires Calgary students to face fears, explore

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Overseas experts to be roped in on investigation into Hong Kong MTR derailment case

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Shenzhen in world’s top 10 financial centres for first time since 2010 while Hong Kong stays in third place just behind London

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Hong Kong is still safe and protests will not stop the 2022 Gay Games as day-to-day life is unaffected, say organisers

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Hinkley Point C: Building the UK’s new ‘epic’ power plant

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Town of Fraser changes sign code restrictions amid First Amendment lawsuit over anti-Trump signs

Amid a lawsuit alleging the town of Fraser is violating residents’ First Amendment rights, the town board changed its sign code — again.

Signs that were displayed outside of ...
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Signs that were displayed outside of Alan Jensen’s home in his front yard in Fraser before the town sent him a letter to remove them, citing city code violations.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver on behalf of Melinda McWilliams and Alan Jensen who posted eight double-sided displays protesting President Donald Trump and calling for action on climate change in Jensen’s front yard starting in January 2017. The signs stayed up until they received a letter from the town manager in September 2018 demanding they remove them within a week or face prosecution for violating the sign code.

The town’s code previously required residents to obtain permits to display signs, and the code restricted the number, placement and type of signs. The code didn’t restrict “works of art,” so Jensen and McWilliams tried to work with town officials to have the signs approved but were denied, in violation of their rights to free speech, the lawsuit said.

The ACLU also filed a motion seeking to prevent enforcement of the town’s sign code until the issue is resolved, declaring the code unconstitutional.

In a previous statement, Town Manager Jeff Durbin said the town had rewritten its sign code in 2018 to avoid infringing on residents’ First Amendment rights after a U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibited regulating sign content.

In August, the town’s attorneys asked for more time to answer to the lawsuit because town officials had decided to amend the sign code, if approved by the board. The town manager also sent a draft of the amendments to the residents suing, according to the court filing.

On Wednesday night, the town board approved amendments that increased the number of yard signs residents could display in their yards to four, allowed an exemption for murals and works of art and removed permitting requirements for residential signs, Marketing and Economic Development Manager Sarah Wieck said in an email.

“Like many communities throughout the nation, many businesses and residents in Fraser have sought to beautify their properties with the addition of a wide variety of murals and quilt panels,” said Town Manager Jeff Durbin in an emailed statement. “The Fraser Town Board adopted amendments to the Sign Code to accommodate these forms of creative expression while also respecting the First Amendment as recently established in Reed vs Gilbert.”

He declined further comment.

ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein called the willingness to amend the code a significant step toward resolving the lawsuit.

“We appreciate the town’s willingness to enter into negotiations to correct the First Amendment violations we identified in the lawsuit,” he said.


Alaska’s Economic Forecast | Alaska Insight

On this edition of Alaska Insight, Lori Townsend sits down with Anchorage Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Bill Popp and State Labor and Commerce department senior economist Neal Fried to discuss the current economic climate in Alaska following the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation luncheon. They go over the numbers and discuss the possibility for recovery for the 49th state.

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High Healthcare Costs in Alaska | Alaska Insight

A lot of factors contribute to the cost of health care in Alaska. Lori Townsend sits down with Julie Taylor, CEO of Alaska Regional hospital in Anchorage and Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association to discuss some of the reasons and possible alternatives to the unusually high healthcare costs in the state.

Alaska Insight airs every Thursday night at 7:30pm on KAKM, right after Washington Week. Each week on Alaska Insight, we will continue to go into the community and look beyond the headlines to provide perspective on the issues that have Alaskans talking.

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Non-Profits in Alaska | Alaska Insight

Alaska tends to have more non-profit organizations and more active volunteers than many other states, especially in rural Alaska.

In this edition of Alaska Insight, Lori and her guests discuss the current status of several non-profits in Alaska and their forecast for the future.

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‘It could help save their lives,’ B.C. university helping develop new, high-tech body armour

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Downtown Denver street closures expected Sunday for Xcel Energy project

Denverites can expect road closures Sunday while Xcel Energy uses a helicopter to place electrical breakers on buildings downtown.

Starting at 8 a.m., Xcel Energy plans to place 33 electrical breakers on the roofs of nine buildings. This will force street closures as the helicopter goes from building to building. Some sidewalks in the area also will be closed, according to the news release.

Areas affected by the project will be between 14th Street and 17th streets and between Larimer Street and Cleveland Place, and on Cherokee Street between 13th Avenue and 14th Avenue, the news release states.


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2018 Anchorage Mayor’s Race | Alaska Insight

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Elder Abuse & Fraud | Alaska Insight

Alaskans have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and elders are especially vulnerable. On Alaska Insight, we’ll learn more about how state and federal law enforcement officials are working to protect citizens from financial ruin.

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Alaska’s Marijuana Industry | Alaska Insight

A statewide ballot initiative in 2014 legalized recreational cannabis. Retail stores and growers are now licensed and operating. This week the marijuana control board met in Nome to discuss among other things whether on site consumption should be allowed. We’ll take a look at the current status of the marijuana industry on Alaska Insight.

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Workforce Education and Training Opportunities | Alaska Insight

Alaska ranks last in the country for the number of students who go on to higher education, according to University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen. But in Alaska, many jobs don’t require a traditional college education. There are a variety of workforce education and training opportunities for all types of Alaskans and Lori Townsend looks at some of them in this episode of Alaska Insight.

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SaskPower shuts off net metering program due to overwhelming demand

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The Port of Alaska | Alaska Insight

The Port of Alaska, formerly the Port of Anchorage is the major point of entry for a huge share of the state’s commerce. From fuel to groceries to building supplies, the importance to Alaskans is clear. But major corrosion problems plague the infrastructure. We’re discussing the plan for a future fix on this episode of Alaska Insight.

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Alaska’s Real Estate Market | Alaska Insight

Spring is usually a popular time to buy a home in Alaska, but with the state being in a recession, how is the current real estate market faring and what is the outlook for the future? On this edition of Alaska Insight, Lori Townsend talks with realtors and brokers about the current status and future forecast of the commercial and residential real estate markets.

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Mother of Toronto student with special needs frustrated amid continual school bus issues

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Sen. Sullivan discusses Iran, N. Korea and Coastal Erosion in Alaska | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend sits down with Republican U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan to talk about some of the recent news headlines and issues specifically affecting Alaskans for the Season One finale.

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Blackface has a long history in Canada — here’s a look

While blackface minstrelsy is believed to have originated in the United States, it was also a popular form of entertainment in Canada in the 19th and early 20th century.


Hong Kong protests: MTR chairman Rex Auyeung denies bowing to pressure from Beijing and says challenges he faces are ‘unprecedented’

The new chairman of Hong Kong’s embattled MTR Corporation has sought to quash accusations the rail giant kowtowed to Beijing by taking a harder line with anti-government protesters and admitted the challenges he faces are “unprecedented”.Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, 67, who stepped into the hot seat on July 1– the same day protesters stormed and vandalised the city’s legislature – said he would stay true to his mission of leading the MTR Corp and would avoid all political considerations.“I am not…


14-year-old identified in shooting near Cook Park in Denver

A 14-year-old killed in a shooting near Cook Park on Wednesday was identified as Treaujalaune Lornes by the Denver medical examiner’s office.

Police received a call about the shooting, which occurred in the 1700 block of South Monaco Parkway, at about 4:42 p.m. They found Lornes, who was taken to Denver Health where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, according to the news release.

The medical examiner’s office said in the release that the death has been ruled a homicide.


85 charged with running drug networks in Southern California

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Apply to join the Huntsville Police Department

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you have ever thought about joining the Huntsville Police Department now is the time to apply!

Applications are being accepted for the 62nd session, which begins in March of 2020.

As of Thursday morning, they had around 400 applicants, but Huntsville police said they are looking for many more.

The department is looking for individuals who are mature, have good-decision making skills and a no-quit attitude. Individuals must also have integrity and great character being at the top of the list.

“That’s the beauty of police work. It attracts those special individuals who have such great character, integrity, bravery, those kinds of things and those who want to be servants of the people,” said HPD Recruiter Karl Kissich. “So it’s really a drive to us no matter what it takes.”

The deadline for applications is Oct. 2. For more information on how to apply, click here.


Arizona family searches for missing Camp Pendleton Marine

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Man shot, killed in Montbello neighborhood identified as 33-year-old man

A man shot and killed in a Montbello neighborhood on Tuesday was identified as Orlando Butler, 33, the Denver medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting occurred in the 14900 block of Lackland Place. Butler was transported to the University of Colorado Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Butler died from a gunshot wound, according to the news release.

Police said earlier this week they were investigating the shooting as a homicide.


Calgary mayor says Justin Trudeau in brownface a ‘sucker punch;’ councillor calls it ‘nonsense’

A black-and-white image, published by Time magazine on Wednesday, shows Justin Trudeau dressed up wearing brownface makeup.


St. Albans Barracks // Motorcycle crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19A204592                           RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Seth Boudreau STATION: St. Albans Barracks                      CONTACT#: 802 582 9855   DATE/TIME: 9/19/2019 TOWN: St. Albans   INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: Exit 19 Northbound on ramp WEATHER: Clear


Trudeau appeared in racist makeup several times in the past. How did it stay a secret?

Many political observers are scratching their heads about how evidence of more than one incident involving Trudeau wearing blackface had not surfaced until now.


Ketchikan schools walk back policy allowing administrators to force students to unlock phones

Ketchikan school administration officials have walked back a proposed cell phone policy that had explicitly warned students they could expect no privacy on their devices while on school grounds.

An earlier draft included language stating that students had “no expectation of confidentiality” when it came to personal cell phones. It also empowered school district authorities to compel students to unlock their devices for inspection on demand.

But that language was removed following a review by the borough attorney.

School Board President Matt Eisenhower says he’d had concerns of potential overreach.

“The conversation about the privacy issue is really the one that we’re trying to discern as to what right school administrators have in looking at an electronic device,” Eisenhower said.

References to students waiving confidentiality have been removed. Administrators will not have the explicit right to force students to unlock their phones.

But it does limit phone use to high school students between classes and meals. And it empowers faculty to confiscate phones used in violation of the policy.

Phone use by middle school students and elementary students is prohibited.

There will be a public hearing on the policy at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting.

In related news, Ketchikan’s school board is considering tightening its policy for school-related travel. Going forward, all travel outside of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough would require approval from the superintendent’s office.

The board will also discuss what it’s looking for in a permanent superintendent. Beth Lougee has been serving as the interim since early this year. The board is working to craft its hiring process and has indicated it could offer her the job.

Board president Matt Eisenhower says transparency in the hiring process is important.

“The point of that is to make sure that the item is discussed long enough so that there’s public conversation, there’s public input,” Eisenhower said.

Ketchikan’s school board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the borough assembly chambers. The public will have two chances to comment: one at the beginning of the meeting and another near the end.

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St. Albans Barracks // Motor Vehicle Crash // DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH / DLS   CASE#:19A204587                            RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Seth Boudreau STATION: St. Albans                        CONTACT#: 802 524 5993   DATE/TIME: 9/19/2019 STREET: Route 105  TOWN: Sheldon LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Poor Farm Rd. WEATHER:


Decatur police investigating car break-ins

DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur Police Department is investigating multiple car break-ins near the Cedar Lake and Spring Avenue area.

Authorities said the majority of cases have been reported in the southwest areas of town and happened between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Victims have reported an older model four-door sedan, potentially a brown or gray Toyota, as a suspicious vehicle that may be involved in the incidents, according to Decatur Police.

Police believe the suspects are using BB or pellet guns to break the windows.

Any information with regards to the suspects or their whereabouts may be sent to Criminal Investigation Division Sgt. Justin Lyon at (256) 341-4635 or jlyon@decatur-al.gov


Williston Barracks// Tractor Trailer Stuck in Smuggler’s Notch

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A104540 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Trooper Adam Marchand                            STATION:   Williston                   CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 9/19/19 at approximately 13:58 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT RT 108 in Smuggler’s Notch VIOLATION


Hall makes first court appearance in Lauderdale County capital murder case

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – A woman accused of murdering her ex-husband appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning. While she was in the courthouse, investigators were out continuing to dig into what led to the shooting.

Twenty-four hours after the alleged crime Peggy Sue Hall was escorted into court. Hall made her first appearance in front of District Judge Carole Medley to have her charges explained and receive a court appointed attorney.

“This is death penalty eligible,” stated District Attorney Chris Connolly. “So we have to make that decision in the coming days and weeks about whether we will ask for the death penalty.”

Peggy Sue Hall is charged with capital murder. According to Connolly, the murder was committed during the act of another crime.

“The capital murder charge is a burglary in the first degree, which means she entered a dwelling with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill somebody,” he said.

Randall Bobo was found shot inside his County Road 130 home Wednesday morning. Other people were inside the residence at the time of the shooting, including two grandchildren of Bobo.

“We know what happened with the actual murder, but there are a lot of other items which need to be checked out and there could be some additional charges once the investigation is complete,” said Connolly.

One of the biggest questions needing answered, was there someone else aware of what was about to happen? If so, that person could be charged in the murder as well.

Also of note, Randall Coty Bobo, the son of Randall Bobo, was taken into custody by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated arrest warrants. He appeared in court shortly after his mother and is being held without bond at this time.

Once the investigation into Randall Bobo’s murder is complete it will be presented to a Grand Jury.


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09-19-19 Hilo man arrested for property crime offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Hilo Patrol, Area I
Captain Kenneth A. K. Quiocho
Phone: (808) 961-2214
Report No. 19-073553

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Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged a 51-year-old Hilo man for property crime offenses stemming from a (September 16) theft at a local candy shop in Hilo.

Police allege that Daniel Yadao Cayme reached into a mail slot and removed a welcome mat from the establishment. The action was caught on video surveillance from the business, and police were able to identify Cayme as the suspect.

The next day (September 17) police were investigating an incident at one of the county parks and identified Cayme who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. During the arrest, Cayme pointed to several items in his possession, one of which was the stolen “welcome mat.”

Police were able to identify the “welcome mat” as the one taken from the business and identified Cayme from the video allegedly taking the mat.

Cayme was charged with burglary, theft, and habitual property crime and was being held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail, pending a court appearance.

 

 

 


MHP Commissions Thirteen New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned thirteen new troopers today at the 66th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Bennion thanked the graduates for choosing a life of public service. “Montana Highway Patrol troopers may wear green and tan rather than blue, but you stand alongside fellow officers from agencies across Montana to form a thin blue line that protects us from dangers seen and unseen. For that, all of us are deeply grateful for your dedication to community, family, and public safety,” Bennion said.

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award
Wyatt Duncan
Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 66th MHP Academy.

The Michael Haynes Memorial Grant
End of Watch: March 27, 2009
Thomas Clawson
This award was presented in loving memory of Trooper Michael W. Haynes – MHP 159 by his wife, Tawny Haynes.

Academic Award
Matthew Hudgins
Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 66th MHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award
Thomas Clawson
Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 66th MHP Academy.

Members of the 66th academy class include:
Thomas Bjorkman
Hometown: Lindstrom, Minnesota
Initial station: Lewistown

Thomas Clawson
Hometown: Plentywood, Montana
Initial station: Plentywood

Jared Delaney
Hometown: Park City, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Wyatt Duncan
Hometown: Valdez, Alaska
Initial station: Big Timber

Matthew Hudgins
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Initial station: Billings

Caleb Kadrmas
Hometown: Glendive, Montana
Initial station: Glendive

Andrew Leighton
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Initial station: Bozeman

Hayden Mannetter
Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, California
Initial station: Big Sky

Jacob Parker
Hometown: Bridger, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Aidan Schaffer
Hometown: Barto, Pennsylvania
Initial station: Bozeman

Michael Severson
Hometown: Livingston, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Connor Wager
Hometown: Caroga Lake, New York
Initial station: Livingston

Harris Wilson
Hometown: Malibu, California
Initial station: Sidney

On a related note, the Montana Highway Patrol is accepting applications for new Troopers. Interested individuals should visit MHP’s website for details and apply by October 4. For more information about the Trooper selection process and requirements, contact MHP at 1-(877) 8-PATROL toll-free or (406) 444-3259.

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Alaska’s 2018 Election Results | Alaska Insight

The 2018 election is over. Alaskans chose a new Governor, sent Congressman Don Young back to Washington and voted down Ballot Measure One. Voters also changed the political composition of the state legislature. What it may mean for the upcoming legislative session is our discussion for this episode of Alaska Insight.

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