Leahy brings Senate panel to Vermont to focus on crime solutions

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 22, in Barre, Vermont. The hearing will examine the effective efforts of Barre and surrounding communities in fighting drug-related crime. Leahy has invited the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, R. Gil Kerlikowske the nation s drug czar to testify at the hearing. Kerlikowske is the former police chief in Seattle, and has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. Judiciary Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor, will also attend.Leahy chairs the Senate panel, and noticed the hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America on Friday. Leahy has been a long-time leader in Congress on efforts to assist state and local law enforcement, as well as community-based efforts to prevent and address crime. This is the third in a series of hearings on drug crime that Leahy has brought to Vermont. He has twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear firsthand about the successful efforts communities have made to address drug-related crime. The hearings, which were held in Rutland and St. Albans, helped to strengthen community resolve to address the problem of drug-related crime, and highlighted successful community-wide efforts to take on this difficult issue. In Vermont, we have felt the presence of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in our communities. The myth persists that these are only big-city problems, but rural America is also coping with these issues, said Leahy. As we learned in Rutland and St. Albans, communities are developing innovative and effective ways to combat crime, and communities across the country can learn from their successes. Vermonters in Barre and the surrounding communities have similarly pulled together to face this serious problem, and I believe this hearing will help other small towns across the country learn from their successes.Leahy has advocated a three-pronged approach to combating rising crime levels in America prevention, treatment and enforcement. He has invited local and state officials to testify, as well as community leaders and advocates. Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon will offer testimony at the hearing.Witnesses who will testify with Director Kerlikowske at the March 22 hearing include:* Col. Tom L Esperance, Vermont State Police Commander* Barbara Floersch, Associate Director of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club* *Susan, Graduate of the Vermont Works for Women s Modular Home Construction Program at Northwest State Correctional Facility* Damartin Quadros, Community business ownerThe hearing will be held Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Barre City Auditorium, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, Vermont.# # # # #**Name has been changed to protect witness identityNOTICE OF COMMITTEE FIELD HEARINGThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.By order of the Chairman.# # # # #Source: Leahy’s office. 3.12.2010last_img read more

Support our hoops

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The 6th Annual MDI Trojans Basketball Golf Scramble is set for Saturday May 17 (Rain date May 18) at the Kebo Valley Golf Club.The tournament will be a four person scramble. Cost is $65 per player for 18 holes with cart. Proceeds go to Boys and Girls Summer Basketball.All players will receive a bag lunch and a gift. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in each flight, closest to the pin, and long drive.If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a hole for $70, please contact Justin Norwood or Brent Barker by phone or email at 322-3522 or 288-5011, jusitnnorwood@mdirss.org, bbarker@mdirss.org.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEntry forms and payment may be dropped off at the Kebo Pro Shop or mailed to MDI Golf Scramble, c/o Wendy Littlefield, PO Box 180, Mount Desert, ME 04660.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Posts Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Black Meteors to kick off U-23 AFCON campaign against Cameroon tonight

first_imgThe Black Meteors will kick off their U-23 African Cup of Nations campaign tonight against Cameroon in Cairo, Egypt.The players have been in good spirits all week ahead of the match.This goodwill has spread to social media where the #BringBackTheLove hashtag, an initiative by the GFA to improve public support for the national teams, is gaining lots of traction. The team arrived in Cairo on Tuesday but didn’t wait too long before getting down to business on the pitch.They have been drawn in Group A along with hosts Egypt, Mali and Cameroon at the tournament.The tournament serves as a qualifier for next year’s Olympic Games, with the top three sides booking a place in Tokyo.The Meteors will be hoping to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2004.“Baby Joe” is always around to spice up the team’s training sessions👏🏽 #BringBackTheLove pic.twitter.com/TYVtBCjw89— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) November 8, 2019Head coach, Ibrahim Tanko said the players and his technical team are determined to make it to the Olympics“We have only one mindset and that is making it to the Olympics. The players and the technical team know what lies ahead of us.We are ready and we will go there to prepare. We have a few days to polish what we are doing before playing the first match. We have to win every match if we are going to be successful and that is our mindset as we go to Egypt.”Captain, Yaw Yeboah also believes the players are ready for the AFCON having seen the way they played at their last tournament.“For me, it has been great meeting the boys again and I was happy to see them working hard. In our last pre-tournament match in Ghana, I saw that we played well and we have taken a lot of confidence from that.We feel very confident and I can say that we are ready for the tournament.”The match kicks off at the Cairo International Stadium at 8:00pm.last_img read more

Alexandr Dolgopolov beats Rafael Nadal at Queen’s

first_imgRafael Nadal suffered a first-round defeat at the AEGON Championship, losing 3-6 7-6 4-6 to Alexandr Dolgopolov.The Spaniard arrived in London fresh from winning the Stuttgart grasscourt title last week, but his game misfired at crucial moments against the tricky Dolgopolov.Fifth seed Nadal, who won the prestigious Queen’s Club tournament in 2008 but has stayed away in recent years because of issues with the British tax system, saved a match point in the second set tiebreak and seemed to have taken control in the deciding set when he broke early.However, Dolgopolov produced a stunning drop volley to break back for 4-4 and crunched consecutive winners, one a searing backhand return and the other a threaded forehand down the line, to seal victory when Nadal served to stay alive.–last_img read more

Man faces capital murder charge after shooting child who startled him

first_imgAn Alabama man is currently facing a capital murder charge after he fatally shot a 7-year-old who startled him out of his sleep.The incident occurred early Friday at a trailer park in Montgomery.Officials reported that Omarion Greenhouse was sleeping on the couch in the trailer when the child startled him awake. That’s when Greenhouse immediately grabbed his gun and shot the child.Authorities were called to the scene and the child was taken to the hospital where he later died.  It is unclear in the shooting was intentional, however, it is considered a capital offense in Alabama to kill anyone under the age of 14.last_img

Florida Woman Fatally Shot By Deputies Was a U.S. Army Veteran

first_imgThe unidentified man told investigators Drowne hit him during an argument about his teenage daughter.Drowne’s ex-husband told the Orlando Sentinel that she was struggling recently. Mina adds that the two deputies are on leave pending an investigation. A woman who authorities say was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in Central Florida this week after a confrontation with a neighbor, was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Orange County Sheriff John Mina says his deputies shot Tracy Drowne on Tuesday afternoon, when she pointed a gun at them.They were investigating a battery call involving an incident with her neighbor.last_img

The Two River Times Wins 6 Top Awards in Newspaper Contest

first_imgRED BANK – The Two River Times won several awards in the New Jersey Press Associations 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, the trade association announced Wednesday.In the Editorial contest for weekly papers with circulation under 6,500, reporter Jay Cook won the first place, Responsible Journalism – First Amendment Award for his coverage of how government transparency was reinforced by a recent Open Public Records Act decision. His story also highlighted the efforts of local citizen activists in Middletown and Holmdel who regularly attend government meetings, film the proceedings and share on social media.Cook also won a second place feature writing award for his photos and story about a Middletown equine therapy program that pairs horses and military veterans suffering from PTSD, and another second place feature award for his article about the retirement of Rumson’s popular mail carrier, photographed by Tina Colella.His story about the threat to the state’s fluke fishing industry, as felt in the Atlantic Highlands and Belford fishing communities, won third place in the business and economics writing category.Senior reporter John Burton was honored for his coverage of elections and politics for his body of work, as exemplified by articles about former state Sen. Jennifer Beck’s reflection on her 2017 election loss, local Republican energy heading into the 2017 elections and an interview with the county Democrats’ new chairman, David Brown.Writer Mary Ann Bourbeau won a first place award for a feature about the relationship of Fair Haven illustrator Mike Quon and his 103-year-old father, Milton Quon, one of Disney’s original animators. Both Quons hosted an art exhibit in Red Bank last year.News editor Christina Johnson won first place for a portfolio of headline writing, for titles such as “Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for a Way Out of Parking Problems.”In the Advertising category of the contest, production manager Chris Draper won three first place awards in the weekly under 6,500 division for Best Real Estate Ad (Public Open House), Best Ad for Retail Business (Holiday Gift Certificate) and Best Community Service or Shared Ad (Fair Haven Holiday).Draper also took second place awards for Best Use of Small Space-Black and White (One of a Kind Gift Boxes) and Best Large Space Ad-Color (Does Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer?)last_img read more

Schmidt’s four-point night leads Leafs past Riders 6-2

first_imgJames Sorrey finished the game with three assists while Willans and Horswill each had two points.Newcomer Marcus Beesley was solid in the Nelson nets, making key saves when he had to, as the visitors out shot the Riders 56-20.The Leafs, playing its first of a five-game road trip, is in Castlegar Sunday afternoon to face the Rebels.Game time at the Castlegar Arena Complex is 2 p.m.Nitros Mitchell too hot to handle for HawksMatthew Mitchell stopped all but one shot to lead Kimberley past Beaver Valley 3-1 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley scored a goal in each period — Sam Nig, Brett Luker and Matt Barzilay — to beat the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Nitros 36-28 but only Dan Holland could beat Mitchell.The teams play a return match Saturday in Fruitvale. Out with the old and in with the new is the new motto for the Nelson Leafs.The Leafs forgot about 2012’s New Year’s Eve debacle against Beaver Valley in a big way, riding a four-point night from defenceman Seth Schmidt to bounce Eddie Mountain power Fernie Ghostriders 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The win increased Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to four points over Castlegar and six ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley lost 3-1 Friday in Kimberley.Schmidt opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and Nelson never looked back.Dallon Stoddart and Carsen Willans increased the lead to 3-0 before Dylan Robertson scored on the power play late in the second period to give the home side some life.Fernie cut the margin to 3-2 early in the third on a Dylan Rota power play marker before the Leafs halted any comeback attempts with three goals — Linden Horswill, Connor Gross, with his second since arriving in Nelson from Grand Forks, and Schmidt — three-minutes span.last_img read more