Man helps police recover stolen trailer

first_imgA Castle Rock man helped police earlier this month arrange a sting to arrest the man who stole his trailer.The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office issued a bulletin today detailing the circumstances that led to the arrest of David Stevens on suspicion of second-degree felony theft.Charles White reported on June 5 that someone had stolen his trailer and he knew where it was. He had spotted it at a nearby store.The trailer had been painted and undergone other modifications, but White knew it was his. That’s when Deputy Lorenzo Gladson stepped in, calling Stevens at the number listed on a “for sale” sign attached to the trailer.He offered $800 and Stevens agreed to meet. Stevens was then taken into custody, according to the bulletin, and admitted stealing, painting and modifying the trailer. He led police to several locations to recover parts he had taken off the trailer.Stevens was booked in jail and his bail was set at $10,000.last_img read more

Health care workers walk out at Olympia hospital

first_imgOLYMPIA — Hundreds of workers at an Olympia hospital went on strike Monday over their health care costs.The union that represents workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital told The Olympian that the two sides have failed to come to agreement over a health plan that went into effect on Jan. 1.The Service Employees International Union represents about 530 workers at the hospital, including dietary, housekeeping and health unit coordinators. They are set to go on strike for five days.A hospital spokeswoman says they will continue to provide patient care and have a contingency plan in place.Providence has offered its employees three health plans that members could choose from. Doctors and registered nurses remain on the job.last_img

3 kids aided locally in child prostitution raids

first_imgWASHINGTON — Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.More than a dozen state, local and federal agencies in the Vancouver-Portland area searched for individuals profiting from the sexual exploitation of children under Operation Cross Country last week.The FBI credits these local agencies for participating in the operation:o Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.o Vancouver Police Department.Authorities, working with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, conducted the operation Friday and Saturday and recovered three children, including a baby, in the Vancouver-Portland area. Thirteen adults, likely to face prostitution charges, along with four pimps and a suspected fifth were also arrested.Farther north, three children were recovered and nine adults arrested by authorities in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area through the nationally coordinated operation.Each child was provided with counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing and advocacy resources by law enforcement and social service providers, according to a news release from the FBI’s Portland division.The young people in the roundup, almost all of them girls, ranged in age from 13 to 17.The largest numbers of children rescued in the operation were in San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans.The operation was conducted under the FBI’s decade-long Innocence Lost National Initiative. The latest rescues and arrests were the largest such enforcement action to date.last_img read more

Maj Hasan Evidence will show I am the shooter

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a meticulously planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said Tuesday during the opening day of the long-awaited trial.Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition before carrying out his plan to “kill as many soldiers as he could” while avoiding civilians, Col. Steve Henricks told jurors. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the sprawling Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.Henricks alleged that Hasan didn’t want to deploy after getting his orders about three weeks before the shootings, and that “he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder to his fellow soldiers.” The American-born Muslim later told a doctor at the base that, “`They’ve got another thing coming if they think they are going to deploy me,”‘ Henricks said.But when it came time for him to speak, the 42-year-old Hasan — who is acting as his own attorney — countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: “The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”In writings and in previous court statements, Hasan indicated he wanted to argue that he carried out the shooting to defend the Taliban from American attacks — but the judge denied that strategy. During his 2-minute opening statement Tuesday, he touched on his religion, saying: “We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion. … I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor.”last_img

Court commissioner bars release of Seattle university shooting video to media

first_imgSEATTLE — A King County Superior Court commissioner on Thursday issued a restraining order barring local media outlets from obtaining a copy of the Seattle Pacific University surveillance video taken when a gunman stormed the campus last month and killed one student and wounded two others.Commissioner Carlos Velategui accused the city’s four TV news stations of seeking the graphic video to boost ratings. One citizen, Arthur West, also put in a public-disclosure request for the video.“What we’re doing here is not of concern to the public,” Velategui said during the hearing. “The only possible interest of the public is their eyes will be glued to the screen to watch someone get shot.”Aaron Rey Ybarra is accused of walking into Otto Miller Hall on the SPU campus on the afternoon of June 5 and shooting three students with a shotgun before he was tackled by 22-year-old student Jon Meiswhile as he paused to reload.In addition to the shotgun, police say, Ybarra was armed with a hunting knife and carried more than 50 rounds of ammunition.Ybarra, 26, of Mountlake Terrace, has pleaded not guilty to one count of premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault. All of the charges carry firearms allegations that could increase the sentenceslast_img read more

Pridemore hired as CEO of mental health services nonprofit

first_imgFormer state senator and recent Clark County commissioner candidate Craig Pridemore has landed a new job as the chief executive officer of Columbia River Mental Health Services. The nonprofit is one of the county’s largest providers in the region of mental health services. In the past, Pridemore has served on its board of trustees and as its interim director. “He has a lot of familiarity with the organization and the issues,” said Jamie Howsley, president of the board of trustees. “The board wanted someone with a strong financial background and also strong ties to the public and political world.”He said the nonprofit is facing changes that will likely impact how it is funded, and Columbia River Mental Health Services needed a “forward-thinking, strategic person that could not only forge relationships within the organization but outside” to face those challenges. Howsley said the whole system of mental health funding is undergoing changes. The nonprofit currently relies on money that comes from the state and is then sent to the county, which doles out contracts to providers. Howsley said that could change, though, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what the new funding structure will look like.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 16 and 22 March 2017 were:Missing comma enables dairy delivery drivers to claim overtime payEmployee Benefits Awards 2017 shortlist unveiledHow will the Spring Budget 2017 impact pay and benefits?Pets at Home to launch new leave benefits for staffDisney to provide $3.8m in back pay to US staffEXCLUSIVE: Virgin Care achieves 10% take-up of wellbeing platform19% of 18-29 year olds believe access to instant discounts would increase engagementRoyal Mail, Schroders and Skanska shortlisted for best mental health strategyPensions dashboard working group to help set minimum data standards48% have access to workplace wellbeing toolslast_img

The Bicester Village Shopping Collection hires Howlett

first_imgMadeline Howlett has been hired as the new benefits and reward manager at retail organisation The Bicester Village Shopping Collection.Howlett has 15 years of reward experience and specialises in developing reward and benefits strategies that align with business growth plans.Previously, Howlett had been employed as reward manager at Countrywide, reward business partner at Home Retail Group, reward partner at Cognita Schools and global reward specialist at International Business Systems.last_img

Fort Lauderdale hitandrun driver out on bond

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver accused of hitting a tourist and leaving the scene is now out of jail on bond.Twenty-five-year-old Regina Goodrich is out on $75,000 bond.She was taken into custody Thursday accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident that occurred, in July.Related: Tourist killed in Fort Lauderdale hit-and-runAccording to prosecutors, Goodrich was drinking for hours before she struck and killed 58-year-old tourist Migel Soler, right after he posed for a picture along Las Olas Boulevard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Report Miami Gardens soldier killed in Niger found bound shot in head

first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — The villagers in Africa who found the body of a South Florida soldier said he was apparently shot in the back of the head, and his wrists were bound behind his back, according to a report published on The Washington Post.Villagers in Niger discovered the body of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, back in October.The injuries suggest Johnson, a Miami Gardens resident, suggest he had been held captive, presumably by Islamic State militants, before he was killed.A U.S. military official with knowledge of the investigation acknowledged that Johnson’s body appeared viciously battered, but told the Post that his hands were not bound when they received his body.The soldier widow, Myeshia Johnson, told the Post the U.S. military advised her not to view her husband’s corpse. The paper said that suggestion is often made when remains are badly disfigured.Three other soldiers were killed in the Oct. 4 ambush.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Claires pulls childrens makeup after kits test positive for asbestos

first_img(WSVN) – A popular retailer is pulling 17 children’s makeup products from its shelves after lab tests found asbestos in multiple items.WJAR reports that Kristi Warner was concerned about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit, which was purchased at a Claire’s store.Warner, who works at a Rhode Island law firm, mailed the makeup to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing.Test results revealed that the makeup contained asbestos, a toxic, cancer-causing material. The products were tested and the results were alarming. Asbestos was found in every single product.“The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves within the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed,” Warner said.When asked about the findings, Claire’s said in a statement that they “have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale.”Claire’s says it plans to immediately investigate the allegations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I [was] just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home,” Warner told the news outlet. “You just assume that a children’s product would be safe.”Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, which is a terminal disease.Warner, along with her boss, purchased 17 more makeup products from Claire’s stores in nine different states. last_img read more

Police search for Southwest MiamiDade Chase Bank robber

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person behind a robbery at a Chase bank in Southwest Miami-Dade.The FBI released surveillance photos of the suspect who struck the Chase near Southwest 87th Avenue and Sunset Drive, Monday.The suspect was seen wearing a bright yellow shirt and a backwards baseball cap when he approached a teller and demanded cash.No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Royal Caribbean volunteers remodel Little Haiti school for annual Give Day

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than 1,500 Royal Caribbean volunteers took part in the company’s 21st annual Give Day, Saturday.Volunteers went to Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary School in Little Haiti to remodel the school.“So, when I look around, they’ve got 1,600 Royal Caribbean people and their families planting, painting, generally fixing up the school. When the kids come back on Monday, they’re gonna be shocked. It feels so good,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean.Volunteers painted the school inside and out, landscaped the grounds and planted fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Local leaders join Nicaraguan community at Sweetwater rally

first_imgSWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – A concerned South Florida community came together to rally for the well-being of the people of Nicaragua.Local leaders joined forces with U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. and members of South Florida’s Nicaraguan community in Sweetwater on Sunday to call for change in the Central American country, which has been gripped by violence.“We’re very grateful to the [Trump] administration for the sanctions that have been applied, but we think that more can be done and must be done,” said Diaz-Balart.According to international human rights groups, more than 300 people in Nicaragua have died in clashes with government forces. The demonstrations and military crackdowns began several months ago, following the government’s decision to cut back on public assistance programs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Abandoned boat found in South Beach jetty

first_imgSOUTH BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are working to find the owner of an abandoned boat that washed ashore in South Florida.7Skyforce flew over the scene in Miami Beach where the vessel was found near the South Pointe Park jetties, Wednesday.Miami Beach Police said they are trying to find the owner of the boat.The owner will then have to pay to have that boat removed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Davie Police hosts 3rd Christmas bike giveaway

first_imgA foundation Cason created, A Unique Learning Experience, LLC, also helped fund the bike giveaway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Davie Police Department pedaled its way into local children’s hearts in the spirit of the holidays.The law enforcement agency hosted its third annual Christmas bike giveaway at the Davie Police Athletic League, Sunday.7News cameras captured children picking out their new bikes.Organizers said the event aims to bring joy to less fortunate families.Davie Police Sgt. Dwaymon Cason, who put together the event, said this is his way of giving back to his community, adding that no taxpayer funds were used for the giveaway.“Donations from the department and myself, different companies, different other police departments, and we pool money together … and we give them bikes for Christmas,” he said.One hundred bicycles in total will be given away this year. last_img read more

Doral warehouse catches fire no injuries

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out inside an unoccupied warehouse in Doral.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 93rd Avenue and 12th Street, just after 3 p.m., Sunday.Crews forced their way inside to extinguish the flames.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

The Beginning of a New Company for Cygnus

first_imgJohn French joined Penton Media in 2006 following its acquisition by Prism Business Media. He resigned as CEO in July 2008.Now, French [pictured] has been named chief executive at fellow trade publisher Cygnus Business Media, a company that emerged from bankruptcy protection this week. Cygnus said it expects revenue to fall by $35 million to $71.4 million this year.FOLIO: caught up with French to discuss why he took the job and what he sees as his biggest challenges in turning the company around. FOLIO:: Cygnus, like many other b-to-b publishers, has experienced a tough 2009, with revenues expected to fall to $71.4 million, compared to $107 million last year. According to the bankruptcy documents, Cygnus forecasts revenue will be $75.5 million in 2013. Do you think that’s reasonable? How do you expect to turn the company around?French: Generally, Cygnus Business Media has performed the same way as other b-to-b companies. Our declines have kept pace with our industry peers. In fact, we have even fared better than some, but I’m not happy with any declines and have several initiatives in digital, tradeshows, data and even print that we are very excited about implementing. Staff has worked aggressively and a large percentage of our media has remained number one in their markets even today.FOLIO:: The documents also indicate the print revenue is forecast to make up 49.6 percent of revenue ($37.4 million) in 2013. Meanwhile, interactive revenue is expected to jump from 12.5 percent in 2009 to 24.4 percent in 2013. How do you see interactive operations evolving at Cygnus over the next few years?French: That’s a long answer. Again, we have exceptionally strong brands that provide us with online and custom online opportunities that are endless.FOLIO:: What’s your plan for market position? How do you see Cygnus’ products now and where would you like them to be (in terms of first tier, second tier, etc)?French: Several Cygnus brands are already in number one positions and are demonstrated leaders.  Over this difficult time, they have maintained those positions. For those that are number two, we plan to get them to number one.FOLIO:: What are your thoughts on editorial quality? I remember the cover of the May digital edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology raised some eyebrows, looking a lot like the Cessna ads on the following pages. What are your thoughts about that and will practices like that continue?French: I am not aware of the AMT May issue, however, there is no question that editorial is to remain independent.FOLIO:: What about personnel? Do you anticipate having to reduce workforce again before the end of the year/into 2010?French: We have no plans to reduce workforce, but no CEO can say that layoffs may be required in the future. I don’t foresee it at this point.FOLIO:: Jim Ogle is no longer CFO. What’s the process /timeline for naming a replacement?French: We are deep in a search for a new CFO. I’ve had several interviews with unbelievably qualified and talented candidates who are excited about Cygnus and the opportunities here. Jim Ogle has done a tremendous job; he is a personal friend and we owe him our thanks for his work.  FOLIO:: Cygnus, like others, has been forced to make a significant amount of job cuts and salary reductions/freezes over the last several months. What are your thoughts on helping to restore morale?French: Perhaps surprisingly, morale is not as bad as I expected considering the economic climate and what Cygnus has endured over the past year. The best way to raise morale is through communication, communication, and more communication. Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with as many Cygnus employees as possible. Meetings to date have been upbeat and employees are excited about the future.  Yesterday, September 21st was the beginning of a new company for us.FOLIO:: As part of the reorganization plan, Cygnus’s debt went from $180 to $60 million. Is that manageable?French: Yes.FOLIO:: Looking forward, what do you think is your biggest challenge about leading a b-to-b publishing company like Cygnus today?French: In the last five to six years, manufacturers have spent more money on their company website and search and marginalized b-to-b media in terms of reaching their customer. We need to get back to that compelling position so that manufacturers see us as a partner in increasing their sales, not in a duplicate role.The way to do that is to mine new customers and new opportunities through all the various platforms that we offer. The secret will be in delivering new and unique prospects, rather than just providing the same names. A successful b-to-b company in the future needs to use great content and editorial to drive audience development in finding new markets.  Developing a plan that is compelling is key to addressing this issue. Those companies that don’t will get left in the dust. We will not be one of those companies.last_img read more

Model Railroader Launches Paid Video Site

first_imgWith video initiatives of its own that began in 2008—MR currently has about 500 videos and will continue to update its library going forward—Keefe says the magazine’s site served 1.5 million video views last year, up from 1.2 million in 2011. MR currently draws about 200,000 unique visitors and 1.5 million pageviews per month and has a circulation of more than 131,000, per the Alliance for Audited Media.Annual subscriptions to MR Video Plus cost $52.95, though they’re being offered for $32.95 to subscribers of the magazine. Monthly options are also available at $4.95.Interestingly, MR Video Plus’ price is higher than the magazine’s ($42.95/year).”The pricing reflects the costs,” Keefe says. “[That price point] was a simple mechanism of the cost to launch the site and what it’s going to cost to continue to keep the videos fresh.”Keefe says the site will maintain about 250 clips at all times, with 180 original videos produced annually. Instructional pieces will make up the majority of the content, though topical features and interviews will also be included.That instructional, “how-to” audience is a segment Keefe wants to capitalize on. From enthusiasts like MR to consumer publications like Motor Trend or This Old House or Everyday Food, video is proving popular with hobbyists.”[There’s] evidence elsewhere that companies seem to be having success in doing this with other hobbies,” Keefe says. “Things like cooking, gardening or woodworking. There’s not a lot of it yet, but there are signs that in certain hobbies, with certain levels of devotion, you can do this.”——To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Hobby titles are proving to be fertile ground for video.Kalmbach Publishing’s Model Railroader is the latest to expand its offerings, launching a paid video subscription site to its compliment the 79-year-old brand.The site, Model Railroader Video Plus, will feature three or four new clips per week, produced by a dedicated two-man MR video team in collaboration with the magazine’s staff and select outside contributors.”There’s a natural affinity for video that a hobby like model railroading has,” says Kevin Keefe, vice president of editorial for Kalmbach. “Evidence across all our titles [suggested] that our customers are looking for more video, and in the case of Model Railroader, we saw the growth in video views on our magazine’s standard websites and it was a big number for us.”last_img read more

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more