The Vancouver Police Department booked Matthew E. Starr, 19, into the Clark County Jail Saturday, in connection with the death of a Vancouver man whose body was found Friday near Vancouver Lake, past the end of Erwin O. Rieger Memorial Highway.Police identified the victim as Joshua R. Schenk, 25, of Vancouver, according to a press release issued Saturday.Schenk’s body was found by a passer-by late Friday morning. Vancouver Police were called in and concluded Schenk’s death was a homicide, the bulletin said. Detectives from the VPD’s Major Crimes Unit identified a suspect, Starr, who was interviewed later in the day.Starr is being held without bail, with a first appearance set for 9 a.m. Monday, according to a jail official.Mark Bowder: 360-735-4512; http://twitter.com/col_cops; email@example.com.
A Beaverton, Ore., police officer pleaded not guilty to a child rape charge this morning in Clark County Superior Court.Christopher R. Warren, 33, of Vancouver, stands accused of first-degree rape of a child. The alleged victim is a 5-year-old relative.He has retained two attorneys, Louis Byrd of Vancouver and Ernest Warren of Portland, and is free on $250,000 bail.His trial is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19.Friends and family rallied around Warren after he was arrested at his home in central Vancouver.“The justice system is broken,” Thomas Taylor, one of Warren’s high school friends, told reporters outside the courtroom.Taylor, of Portland, said friends and family have a website to support Warren at christopherwarrentruthbetold.wordpress.com.Warren remains on paid administrative leave from his police job. He was temporarily relieved from duty in April, when he was arrested in Washington County, Ore., on suspicion of misusing food stamps.Court records indicate the child’s mother alerted Vancouver police that the child had disclosed that Warren had fondled the child’s genital area during a bath. In a May 14 interview at Clark County Children’s Justice Center, the child said that Warren also had penetrated the child’s private parts with a pencil, according to a probable cause affidavit.This isn’t the first time the officer has been accused of such a crime.Warren was put on paid leave in 2010 while Multnomah County and Washington County authorities investigated allegations that he failed to report suspected child abuse about six years ago involving a friend, The Oregonian reported. The friend, Sugar Ray Black, was convicted earlier in 2010 of sexually abusing three other girls who were 14 or younger.That same year, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office also investigated separate claims that Warren had molested a minor girl when he was 17, according to the newspaper.Prosecutors did not charge Warren with a crime because the victim declined to cooperate, the newspaper reported.
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Wednesday he will seriously consider a run for the position of county executive if it is approved by freeholders and voters in the drafting of a new county charter.The Republican official’s words came as he stood next to Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, a Democrat, while the two shared their bipartisan vision for the future of government in the county.o Snohomish County, north of Seattle, established its charter in 1980.o Residents have the powers of initiative and referendum, elect a five-member county council, a county executive, prosecuting attorney, assessor, auditor, sheriff, clerk and treasurer. The medical examiner is appointed. The county council, county executive and prosecuting attorney are the only partisan offices.Kimsey’s announcement also marks a definitive declaration that elected Republicans in Clark County stand on opposite ends of an ideological fissure when it comes to how the county must govern moving forward.“When a government increases in size and complexity, the power of the elected officials entrusted with that government … also increases,” Kimsey said. “And when this power is entrusted in a single branch of government, and among a small number of elected officials, the potential for abuse increases.”
Some Battle Ground Public Schools students were sent home early Monday afternoon after staff at Pleasant Valley Middle School noticed a sagging ceiling in the library.As a precaution, the district decided to send home students at Pleasant Valley Primary as well, since it sits on the same property as the middle school. On Monday evening, district officials said classes will be held at both schools Tuesday. Facility crews removed a heating and cooling unit from the roof Monday to relieve stress to the structure and to inspect the area, according to a school district news release. The inspection showed that all parts of the middle school are safe, but the school’s library and media center remain closed for repairs. The HVAC system doesn’t appear to have suffered any damage, but it may not have been securely fastened in place, district spokesman Sean Chavez said. Other heating units are available to warm the school today.The incident marks the second scare the school has had with the HVAC system in the past few months. On Dec. 20, firefighters came to the school after a reported smell of smoke wafting through the gym. They determined that a filter had been sucked into the HVAC system and began burning.Pleasant Valley Middle School, which is at 14320 N.E. 50th Ave., opened in 1975, according to the district’s website.
CLAYTON, Mo. — Lawyers for two media organizations asked a judge Wednesday to release any possible juvenile records of the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer last month.A 45-minute hearing before a St. Louis County family court judge didn’t reveal whether Michael Brown has such a record. However, a lawyer for the county juvenile office, which opposes the media requests, said only that Brown was never charged with a serious felony.Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, but under state law, being charged with certain violent crimes removes those juvenile privacy protections. Police have said Brown had no adult criminal record.Joe Martineau, an attorney for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, cited an overriding public right to know Brown’s history after his early August shooting death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson sparked more than a week of sometimes-violent protests and drew international scrutiny.“There is interest in knowing Michael Brown’s background,” Martineau said. “What we’re asking for here is just verification, one way or the other … We’re acting in a vacuum here.”
Steve Dipaola/For The ColumbianPro-charter supporter Jan Verrinder reacts to the news the charter appears to have passed. What does the forecast look like for the weekend? Check out it out here.Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:Clark County backs home ruleCome Jan. 1, changes will come to county government.At least that’s the way it looks after the first election returns Tuesday, which indicated a home rule charter was passing. The charter measure has received 55.8 percent of the vote, with an estimated 45,000 ballots to be counted.At The Grant House on Officers Row, a party of charter supporters whooped and hollered as the results were announced.Nan Henriksen — the former Camas mayor and chairwoman of the county freeholders who wrote the charter — said the changes it prescribes are long overdue.“I am so excited and relieved,” she said. “We worked so incredibly hard.”Retiring Republican Sheriff Garry Lucas — one of the faces of the pro-charter campaign whose photo appeared on much of the campaign literature — said he’d had no idea how the vote would go down prior to receiving the results. Election results in state and Clark County races can be found at www.columbian.com/election.
CDFG has more than 200 stores across China – the most number of duty free outlets in any single country, the company said.Grand Lisboa Palace will boast a total of 53,000 square meters of retail space, covering the first and second floors of the development. SJM said the mall is designed to delight visitors with an innovative Fantasy Garden theme, invoking “feelings of splendor and luxury with the use of delicate topiary, ornamental birdcages and elegantly formed garden walkways.”“The introduction of CDFG’s Macau flagship store into Grand Lisboa Palace will greatly expand and enhance the retail offerings of our resort, appealing to any type of visitors especially those with sophisticated lifestyles,” said SJM Vice-Chairman, Executive Director and CEO Ambrose So.“Leveraging the strong brand recognition and commitment to quality and service at both SJM and CDFG, our collaboration with CDFG will elevate visitors’ shopping experience in Macau and strengthen the positioning of Grand Lisboa Palace as Macau’s capital of style.”Mr. Charles Chen, President of CDFG, added, “The opening of our Macau off-airport duty free store in Grand Lisboa Palace serves as a new step in CDFG’s business development. The Hong Kong and Macau market is a retail hotspot in Asia Pacific and through the successful tenders for expanded footprint in Hong Kong and Macau airports, as well as the upcoming store in Macau downtown, CDFG has steadily actualized its strategic plan for the region.”CDFG’s Macau flagship store at Grand Lisboa Palace will carry a mix of perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewelry, apparel, shoes and accessories, travel-related products and more.Dr So revealed earlier this week that he expects operations at Grand Lisboa Palace to launch before the end of 2019. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Macau concessionaire Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM) has entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding with China Duty Free Group Co., Ltd. (CDFG) that will CDFG open its flagship Macau store at Grand Lisboa Palace when the Cotai integrated resort opens in late 2019.Set to span around 7,500 square meters of prime first floor retail space, CDFG will be the first off-airport outlet of CDFG in Macau. Established in 1984, CDFG is China’s leading operator of duty free shops and is a subsidiary of travel giant China National Travel Service Group Corporation Limited. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts
Located on the Macau Peninsula, Barcode is a unique nightspot offering a wide selection of drinks mixed with some vibrant entertainment.The late night venue, which will be the location for the third instalment of Macau After Dark next Friday 2 August, has become a hugely popular destination for locals since opening in 2017 with its unique décor complemented by an interesting array of entertainment options along the way. Upon walking upstairs, most notable are the two beer pong tables located in the center of the room, illuminated by neon lights that match the fuchsia lighting scheme that runs through the space.A modern venue, Barcode adds to the contemporary feel by allowing guests to peruse the drinks list on iPads provided by young and attentive staff.As for the drinks menu itself, Barcode is one of the few places in Macau to offer an array of champagne cocktails and is the only venue serving Orion Draft Beer from Okinawa, Japan.It promises to be a popular choice for MAD3.A number of other sponsorship opportunities are available for MAD, including Showcase Sponsor, which comes with the opportunity for a very brief presentation of a new product or service to the industry. To find out more about any of the sponsorship packages on offer, please contact Jadeson Ho on +853 2875 2959 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tickets to MAD3 are MOP$500 each, however as usual there is a VIP invited guest list. Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark RelatedPosts IAG releases date, venue details for third Macau After Dark industry networking social Load More One day left until Macau After Dark 3!
Law firm Sackers has appointed Debbie Holmes director of human resources.In the role, Holmes will develop and provide a strategic and operational HR approach to support employees at the law firm.Holmes previously worked as head of people and resourcing at BDO UK, and as senior HR manager at Clifford Chance.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A jury found a Miami-Dade Police sergeant guilty, Wednesday, for stealing gasoline intended only for use in his police cruiser.Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Emil Lugo was convicted of stealing the gas and using it to fill up his wife’s car.Lugo will remain out of jail while he awaits sentencing, which could result in as much as five years in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida corrections officer is behind bars for drinking and driving in the Florida Keys.Twenty-five-year-old Steven Jaroszewski was arrested by Key West Police, Monday morning.He was stopped on Duval Street in Key West, at around 3:30 a.m. According to police, he was showing signs of intoxication in public. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after failing field sobriety tests.Officials at Monroe County’s Sheriff’s Office said his employment is now under review.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A large tree toppled over in Southwest Miami-Dade, narrowly missing a car, Sunday morning.Surveillance video captured the moment the tree came crashing down in the middle of a street along Southwest 24th Street and 32nd Avenue, just seconds after the vehicle drove by.No one was hurt.Cleanup crews have since removed the hazardous road block, clearing the way for traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In his interview with investigators, police said Gonzalez told them he had smoked marijuana before the crash, and “that he felt buzzed, but was fine to drive because he has always driven buzzed and never hit anyone before.”Gonzalez has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.News of Gonzalez’s arrest gave a sense of peace to Garcia’s family.“My family is happy because that person is in jail right now,” said Miraya Bolanos, Garcia’s sister. “My sister is dead right now, but that person don’t kill anymore — another life in the street. I give you the message, I’m sorry, but you have to pay for it.”Funeral services have been planned for Garcia this coming weekend.Gonzalez is being held on a bond of $210,000. If he does bond out, he will be placed on house arrest, and he will not be allowed to drink or drive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have made an arrest in connection to a hit-and-run that killed an elderly woman.Miami Police arrested 25-year-old Ricardo Alexander Gonzalez, Thursday morning. Gonzalez faces charges in connection to the death of 76-year-old Hilda Garcia.Garcia was killed Sunday night around 10:15 p.m. after she was hit while crossing the road near Northwest 37th Avenue and Ninth Street. Garcia was dragged between 80 and 100 feet.According to an arrest report, Gonzalez was spotted by a neighbor damaging the car said to be involved in the crash. When asked what he was doing, Gonzalez said not to worry because it was his vehicle.Gonzalez then reportedly sold his car to a junkyard.Investigators said Gonzalez ultimately turned himself in to police in the middle of Caribe Restaurant.“He just went up and approached the cops,” said Henry Iraheta, a restaurant employee. “He was just crying, literally just sheds of tears coming down.”
OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A large fire erupted at an Opa-Locka junk yard, Friday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, this was a two-alarm fire.7Skyforce hovered over the scene just before 10 a.m., at 12766 Cairo Lane.Fire rescue said the fire has since been controlled, and there were no injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – For the second day in a row, Miami Springs Middle School will have an increased police presence on campus.According to school board officials, another threat was made on Tuesday against the school from the same source as a previous threat made over the weekend.Detectives are working to track down the person responsible for making the threats.It’s the second threat since the weekend. Both were posted on Instagram.An increased police presence was on the school’s campus as a precaution.Miami-Dade Schools Police, along with the FBI are working to apprehend the source of the threatening messages.If you have any information on these school threats, 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.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation issued a reminder that plowing snow from private property into local roads, ditches, and right of ways is illegal. DOT reminds residents that as the snowfall continues this winter remember it is a violation of state law to plow excess snow from your driveway and yard across state maintained roadways. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment. Along with the reminder about plowing, the Borough asks parents to keep children out of snow piles and berms along roadways. They say plowing snow into the right of way creates significant additional costs and delays to road crews who have to move the snow back – a cost which is eventually transferred to the taxpayer.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.
As we reported late Thursday, Emmis Communications, publisher of the award-winning Texas Monthly, Los Angeles magazine and five other regional titles (I’m considering Country Sampler a Southern regional; you don’t have to), is cutting roughly 40 jobs from its magazine publishing division. That’s 4.5 percent of its workforce, which is a significant number when you consider Gannett, the newspaper publisher, just cut 3 percent—or 1,000 jobs—from its workforce, and I heard about that on a local morning radio broadcast driving to work.More significant, though, was the announcement of Emmis’ 2 percent salary cut across the board for the remaining employees. We’ve heard about frozen salaries at plenty of publishing companies this year, but I can only recall one—Cygnus—that rolled them back, which was a bit of a PR and morale nightmare for them.And this, despite Emmis reporting first quarter publishing division revenue of $22.6 million, up slightly from $22.2 million from the same period last year. Here’s the official statement from Emmis:Earlier this week, Emmis Publishing instituted a series of steps to better position its magazines for success. Those steps included a 4.5 percent workforce reduction, as well as a salary reduction for current employees, generally equaling two percent. Notified employees received generous severance packages and other support.The publishing industry has seen a steady stream of staff reductions and expense cutting in recent months. We believe that the expense reductions we are implementing for the coming year are considerably more thoughtful and measured than what we’ve seen from many of our peers. Emmis Publishing employs some of the most talented people in our industry and is continually honored for excellence. We are very confident in the future of the city and regional magazine business.
Distributor and magazine publisher Source Interlink Wednesday reported an operating loss of $243 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, down more than 640 percent from an income of $44.9 million during the same period last year. For the fiscal third quarter, the company reported an operating loss of $6.5 million, down 122 percent from an income of $29.5 million last year.Through the first nine months, Source’s media group reported a loss of $234.5 million, down 1,607 percent from the same period last year. The periodicals fulfillment portion of Source’s distribution group reported a $900,000 net loss, down 103.8 percent. Income in the DVD/CD portion of its business was down 52.8 percent to $29.6 million.Year-to-date, EBITDA was $133.1 million, up from $82.4 million during the same period last year. The company carries $1.4 billion in debt.During a conference call, recently-appointed CEO Greg Mays said Source needs to better streamline its operations—especially back office functions like accounting, IT and general administrative—following the company’s acquisitions over the last several years, including the 2007 acquisition of Primedia’s Enthusiast Media in a stock purchase of approximately $1.2 billion. “While the company might have realized most of the model synergies, in my view the real management and cost structure integration has not occurred,” Mays said. “There’s a real opportunity for us to become much more administratively effective and operationally stronger while lowering costs.” Source saved approximately $11 million by eliminating about 300 full-time and 100 part-time employees, or about 8 percent of the company’s overall workforce, CFO Marc Fierman said during the call. The company expects to realize about $27 million in savings due to the layoffs in fiscal 2010, he said.Other cost cutting initiatives included integrating its distribution and sales operations (for which it incurred $23.9 million in expenses) and consolidated eight magazines into other titles, bringing the number of Source magazines to 69.Mays and Fierman also noted that Source, through its subsidiary distributor Alliance Entertainment, is owed money by Circuit City—reportedly almost $16 million—which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.As of market close Wednesday, Source’s stock was trading at $0.1895, up from its 52-week low of $0.13 earlier this month. In August 2007, when Source acquired the Primedia Enthusiast Group, its stock was upwards of $4 per share. A year earlier, it was well above $10 per share.
Star magazine and National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. officially filed its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The restructuring petition was agreed upon by bondholders holding more than 75 percent of the company’s bond debt and secured lenders holding more than 70 percent of its bank debt.AMI was a bit more specific about the breakdown in a statement announcing the filing: The Prepackaged Plan, which has been approved by the majority of creditors entitled to vote on the Prepackaged Plan, contemplates that, among other things, holders of secured term facility claims will receive a combination of cash and new second lien notes; holders of secured revolver claims will be paid in full; holders of subordinated notes will receive stock in the reorganized Company; and holders of trade claims will be paid in full. UPDATE: According to the bankruptcy filing, AMI’s debt structure following court confirmation will include a $385million first lien loan and up to $140 million in second-lien loans. Italso calls for a new $40 million revolving credit facility.The filing also indicates that AMI claims between $0 and $50,000 in assets but carries between $500 million and $1 billion in liabilities. The documents say AMI has up to 49 creditors. Among the largest are Wilmington Trust and HSBC Bank. Magazine industry companies named as debtors include: RR Donnelley, Quad Graphics, Source Interlink Media and Trend Offset Printing Services. In addition to the main petition, AMI also filed a handful of motions requesting a number of things, among them: to continue employee wage and benefits programs; to honor current customer programs without interruption; and to pay creditors in the “ordinary course of business.” AMI says it does not intend to seek debtor-in-possession financing.AMI announced earlier this month that it was moving toward filing a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan that would “significantly de-lever” its balance sheet. The company says it expects to emerge from the process within 60 days.Earlier today, it was reported that Valerie Latona, the editor of AMI’s Shape magazine, is no longer with the magazine. Latona, who came under fire after a recent cover story featuring singer LeAnn Rimes, will be replaced by Star beauty and fashion director Tara Kraft.