Leahy secures $1 million more for Vermont Drug Task Force

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that the Vermont Drug Task Force — which arrested 16 people Tuesday in a drug sweep in St. Albans — will receive $1 million in new federal grant funding through the Edward Byrne Discretionary Grant program.  Leahy secured the funding in the appropriations bill passed by the Congress signed into law last week by President Obama.The funding will allow the Task Force to increase efforts to combat the abuse, trafficking and violent crime associated with illegal drugs.  The trafficking and use of illegal drugs in Vermont is at an all-time high.  The Drug Task Force is a statewide initiative comprised of state, county, and local law enforcement officers focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and anti-drug crime investigative work.  It is managed primarily by the Vermont Department of Public Safety.  Including these new funds, Leahy, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, now has secured $8.25 million for the Task Force since 2000. “Since my days as a prosecutor I have believed that ‘all hands on deck’ is an effective approach to solving some of the most difficult crime problems,” said Leahy.  “As we heard in the Judiciary Committee’s hearings in Vermont, State Police Troop Commanders, County Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, as well as mayors, town managers and select boards, routinely call upon the Task Force to help with investigations and prosecutions of drug-related crimes in their communities.  This new infusion of funds is a timely boost in countering drug crime in Vermont, and the Task Force’s operation in St. Albans is a timely reminder of how central this partnership approach is to these efforts.”Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Twice last year he brought the panel to Vermont for hearings in Rutland and St. Albans where local, state, and federal officials joined law enforcement leaders, educators, experts in prevention and treatment and concerned parents to testify about the persistent problem of drug-related violent crime in rural communities.  Vermont’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Tom Tremblay, and Rutland Chief of Police Anthony Bossi testified at the March 2007 hearing in Rutland.  St. Albans Chief of Police Gary Taylor testified at the hearing in St. Albans last December.  The hearings spotlighted the crucial role of the Vermont Drug Task Force in coordinating local, state and federal law enforcement resources in combating drug crime.Earlier this month Leahy announced that Vermont would receive nearly $5 million in additional federal grant funding through the Byrne Grant Program.  Leahy had led successful efforts in the Senate to include these and other anti-crime resources in the economic stimulus plan.  Grants awarded through the program allow state and local governments to support a range of programs to help prevent crime, and are used for law enforcement, prevention, education, drug treatment and crime victims programs, as well as for planning, training, evaluation and technology improvement programs.last_img read more

Experience Transylvania County

first_imgThere’s no better base camp for your outdoor adventure than the “Land of Waterfalls.” Almost fifty percent of the land in Transylvania County is publicly owned and protected, ensuring that you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of the Southeast’s most extraordinary landscapes in places like Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park.Transylvania County: the original “Splashville.”The county’s unique geography allows for 250 magnificent cascades within a few miles of each other. In fact, few things in the natural world are as awe-inspiring as the sight of water pouring off the side of a high stone ledge and clamoring into a rocky pool beneath. Though your first inclination may be stand and marvel, you might not want to spend too much time at any one waterfall. Not when are 249 others you’ll want to visit.Choose a higher path.Whether ascending the side of a mountain, winding through forest glades, or stepping down over mossy stones beside majestic falls, most of our grandest byways are engineered perfectly for two (or four) legged traffic. Transylvania County’s 1000+ miles of trails give hikers of all ages and skill levels the chance to take a turn on the road less traveled.0166Shifting gears: a deeply ingrained biking culturePick up a cycling magazine or eavesdrop on any conversation between serious bikers and you’ll hear Transylvania mentioned in the same breath as Whistler and Moab for its diversity of cycling opportunities. Pisgah and DuPont boast over 300 miles of epic singletrack, and hundreds more miles of fire roads while Transylvania County offers an endless variety of road cycling options. Getting Hooked: fly fishing in Transylvania CountyOur peaceful waterways, bubbling under the leafy canopies in Transylvania County’s forests, make for an excellent location to practice the art of fly fishing. Several local outfitters offer private streams and solitude for those seeking a trophy fish, while multiple locations provide beginners and experts alike the raw materials for their next whopper of a fish tale.fly3268We’re all wet.Transylvania County’s rivers, streams, lakes and waterways can cast you off onto a whole other avenue of paddling adventure. The swift waters of the French Broad allow you to follow the river as far as the current will take you. For those looking for a rockier ride, Transylvania’s tributary rivers offer exciting whitewater during high water.0333Looking Glass Rock: Are you up for it?Simply put, Transylvania County offers some of the best climbing in the Southeast. Looking Glass Rock, one of the largest monoliths in North America, is famous among climbing enthusiasts and receives regular coverage in national magazines. It’s massive granite face offers two- to eight-stage climbs of up to 600 feet. Another great spot that’s less heavily trafficked is Cedar Rock, which offers one- to three-pitch climbs of up to 400 feet. Difficulty ratings on both faces range from 5.4 to 5.13.Get to the heart of it.As if all of this outdoor adventure weren’t enough, an additional reward awaits your discovery at the end of the day. Downtown Brevard offers a fine, relaxed accompaniment to wilderness exploration and a whole new sort of adventure for any and all inclined to follow their senses through one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns.”Discover an exciting new artist in one of Brevard’s cutting edge galleries. Sample a new IPA, pilsner or stout at one of our three celebrated local breweries: Oskar Blues, Brevard Brewing and Ecusta Brewing. And when the day is done, relax under the stars at Brevard Music Center or while dining al fresco at one of our celebrated farm-to-table restaurants.whitesquirrel2502A standing invitation.The treasures of Transylvania County are enough to inspire a lifetime of discovery. All you need is a sense of adventure – and our free Travel Planner and Waterfall map available here. [divider]More for BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

Mexican Army Kills Kingpin In Drug War Coup

first_img Mexican soldiers killed drug boss Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel on Thursday, the first major triumph this year for President Felipe Calderon’s war against drug cartels but one that is unlikely to end spiraling violence. The Mexican army shot dead Coronel, a senior member of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, as he exchanged fire with soldiers during a raid of a wealthy residential area in Guadalajara in western Mexico, officials said. “Nacho Coronel tried to escape, wounding military personnel … dying as fire was returned,” Edgar Villegas, a senior army official, told a news conference in Mexico City. One of the country’s most-wanted traffickers, Coronel was known as the “King of Ice” for his multimillion-dollar methamphetamine business and was a top lieutenant of Sinaloa leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, Mexico’s top drug lord. Coronel, 56, was indicted in a Texas court for allegedly smuggling tonnes of narcotics into the United States and Europe since the early 1990s. The United States had offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture. Troops backed by military helicopters swarmed normally quiet streets in the upscale residential area of Zapopan in search of Coronel, who the army said led a low-profile life moving between two luxury houses in the area. The killing may provide a boost for Calderon, who has staked his presidency on winning the military campaign he launched against drug gangs in late 2006, sending thousands of soldiers, marines and federal police to fight the drug gangs. By Dialogo July 30, 2010last_img read more

Cops: Uniondale Teen’s 911 Call Leads to Burglary Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged burglar was arrested Friday after a teenage girl heard noises inside her Uniondale home and called police, Nassau County police said.Detectives said the first officers to arrive on the scene noticed the alleged burglar, 21-year-old Malique Wilson of Hempstead, climbing out of a first floor window with items from the residence.During the arrest, police also said Wilson was allegedly in possession of four glassine envelopes containing what appeared to be heroin, a screwdriver, and an iPod, which detectives said was stolen during a burglary earlier in the day, police said.Wilson was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Brisbane suburbs earning double what the average worker does

first_imgChandler in Brisbane’s southeast topped the capital gains of the 10 best performing suburbs in the state when it came to daily earnings, with homes there bringing in a whopping $724.66 a day without their owners having to lift a finger. At $264,500 for the year, that’s about as much as the average futures trader earned in salary last year according to the Australian Taxation Office ($264,830).Homes in Yeerongpilly were making their owners $506.85 richer every day ($185,00 annually) – which was like having a petroleum engineer in your wallet ($185,808), while Indooroopilly houses were cranking out a $495.89 boost in value daily ($181,000p/a) which was a public servant deputy level salary ($181,849).FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXTop performer percentage wise was Kurwongbah in Moreton Bay (32 per cent), four of the top 10 suburbs were in Brisbane (Yeerongpilly 28.2 per cent, Corinda 25.6 per cent, Indooroopilly 22 per cent and Chandler 21.5 per cent), the same out of the Ipswich region (Willowbank 27.7 per cent, Brightview 23.1 per cent, Chuwar 21.7 per cent), and Boonah in Scenic Rim also made the cut (20.9 per cent).Agent Nyree Ewings of LJ Hooker Birkdale-Wellington Point said Chandler’s big earnings were not a surprise given the size of its blocks and Goldilocks proximity to the city, ocean and Gateway Motorway.“It’s the most affordable acreage with good access to the city,” she said. “That’s the exciting part – there’s a package for every style of acreage there.”“The reason there’s been so much capital growth there is people wanting a good old fashioned lifestyle but still within reach of the city and water.”She said entry level in the area was over $1m now such as 2837 Old Cleveland Road which has 2.36 acres, two four-bedroom houses and a massive eight car spaces.Its owner Amanda Wolski put the Chandler property on the market for $1.15m – “an entry level price”.“I know it’s a good area. I did build it 12 years ago. It’s just beautiful out here, private, it feels like you’re in the country but you’re just 20 minutes to the city, private schools, close to the Gateway Motorway. You can be on the coast in an hour. The location is just incredible.“It’s been the most beautiful place to raise children, they’ve had horses, guinea pigs, been in the pony club for years, had motor bikes, go carts, chickens, geese, campouts, firepits. We will miss that most plus just the peace and the trees.”Ms Ewings said the home was attracting developers looking to land bank as well as locals keen to get into acreage as well as people from outside the area.QLD TOP 10 CAPITAL GAINSMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoHOUSES1 Kurwongbah 32% gain; $452.05 a day; $79.33p/hour2 Yeerongpilly 28.2%; $506.85 a day; $88.94p/hour3 Willowbank 27.7%; $246.58; $43.274 Corinda 25.6%; $457.53; $80.295 Brightview 23.1%; $164.38; $28.856 Indooroopilly 22%; $495.89; $87.027 Chuwar 21.7%; $273.97; $48.088 Chandler 21.5%; $724.66; $127.169 Boonah 20.9%; $157.53; $27.6410 Basin Pocket20.6%; $132.88; $23.32(Source: realestate.com.au)FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNHL-WEBSTER OBITEx-NHL, WHA forward Webster diesUNDATED (AP) — Former NHL and WHA player and head coach Tom Webster has died at 71, according to the Carolina Hurricanes.Webster’s playing career took off once he jumped to the WHA, where he had 220 goals and 425 points in 352 games over six seasons with the New England and Hartford Whalers from 1972-78. He later went on to coach the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Garza has announced he’ll enter the draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. The All-America center was runner-up to Dayton’s Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) for Associated Press national player of the year after becoming the first Big Ten player in 26 years to average at least 26 points per game in conference play.Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program’s 50-year old record.Carey Jr. is entering the NBA draft after being named the ACC’s player of the year and newcomer of the year by The Associated Press. He had been considered a likely one-and-done prospect and projected first-round pick.Carey averaged team highs of 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 57.7% as a physical inside presence.Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander declared for the draft with the option to return to school for his final season of eligibility. Alexander was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the Bluejays with 16.9 points per game. He said Friday he would go through the evaluation process by league executives to determine if he should stay in the June 25 draft or withdrawal by the May 29 deadline. MacDermid has become a regular on the blue line for the Kings this season, getting three goals and five assists in a career-high 45 games. He has scored 13 points with 115 penalty minutes during parts of three seasons with Los Angeles.NHL-STAPLETON OBITEx-Blackhawks blueliner Stapleton diesTORONTO (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Pat Stapleton has died at 79.The three-time Second Team All-Star was on Canada’s Summit Series squad in 1972 and is alleged to have claimed the puck from Paul Henderson’s series-winning goal over the Soviet Union. He played eight seasons with the Blackhawks from 1956-66 to 1972-73, helping them to Stanley Cup final appearances in 1971 and 1973. Josh Green is the latest Arizona freshman to declare for the draft, joining Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji in leaving early. The Australian-born Green is projected to be a first-round pick after averaging 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists during his lone season with the Wildcats. The athletic, 6-foot-6 guard grew up in Sydney before his family moved to Phoenix.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member. — Former University of Georgia standout running back Todd Gurley has formally agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons, pending a physical. The framework of the deal was agreed to on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Rams, and finalized this week. He was one of the NFL’s top running backs with the Rams and says he has no doubt he can still meet that standard. — The Cowboys have signed cornerback Saivion Smith, adding the former XFL player about the same time the spring league announced it was suspending operations. Smith played for Houston, which was the only undefeated team in the XFL when the league stopped playing last month after five games because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Smith led Alabama with three interceptions in his only season in 2018.NHL-KINGS-MACDERMIDLA Kings sign MacDermid to 2-year contract extensionLOS ANGELES (AP) — Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid has agreed to a two-year, $1.75 million contract extension through the 2021-22 season with the Los Angeles Kings. April 10, 2020center_img Update on the latest sports Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The chief executive of the Tokyo Games says he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year because the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan. The country issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus. Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not. We certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.” The Olympics were postponed last month with a new opening set for July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.— The U.S. Olympic swimming trials have been rescheduled for June 13-20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. The trials were initially scheduled for June 21-28 and are the sole qualifier for U.S. Olympic team, with the top two finishers in each event earning a trip to Tokyo. The original 15-session, eight-day schedule will remain for the rescheduled trials.— Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he and his famous father are both recovering from COVID-19. The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli writes on Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles lineman wrote he “spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.” Tony Boselli is now back home. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLLEGE BASKETBALL-IOWA-GARZAIowa’s Garza enters draft, keeps college eligibility for nowUNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s Luka Garza and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. head the latest cluster of college basketball players who are testing their potential value in the upcoming NBA draft. NFL-NEWSReport: Brees to join NBC after playing career endsUNDATED (AP) — The New York Post is reporting that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) will join NBC after he retires.The 41-year old Brees will be going into his 20th NFL season this year and is signed through 2021. He is expected to begin as an analyst on Notre Dame games and in the studio for “Football Night in America” before eventually moving into the “Sunday Night Football” booth.In other NFL news: — The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— Blake Snell, Juan Soto and Bo Bichette are among the baseball stars switching over to PlayStation with America’s pastime on hold. One player from each of the 30 major league teams has signed on to play a round-robin regular season on the MLB The Show video game with the real season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Snell, a Cy Young Award winner with Tampa Bay, will face Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett in the opener Friday night. That matchup will air on Snell’s Twitch feed, and other games will be streamed via Twitch and YouTube with MLB Network host Robert Flores providing commentary.— New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) and the NHL are bringing something new to television Saturday for fans dealing with the isolation and hardships caused by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s NHL Hat Trick Trivia. Subban is the host of the weekly 30-minute show in which contestants will answer up to three hockey trivia questions for prizes, the top one being two tickets to any game next season. Everything is filmed remotely with Subban hosting the show from his living room in Los Angeles, in the house he shares with fiancee and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Contestants are filmed at their homes and there is a guest player every week.— Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic. The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.— The defending soccer champions in Belarus have started putting mannequins in the stands as fans stay away from stadiums because of the coronavirus. Dynamo Brest has been selling “virtual tickets” to games. Those give foreign fans the right to have a mannequin with a cut-out photo attached. It comes as fans at many clubs have said they will boycott games because the virus makes going to the stadium too risky. Keeping sports arenas open has been part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s unconventional approach to the coronavirus. He has said there is no need to close workplaces and public events.last_img read more