St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – April 4, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana granted federal Major Disaster Declaration statusNext articleTwo men shot at Marion and 6th Streets in Elkhart Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) Nine St. Joseph County Police Officers quarantined on March 26 have been released from quarantine and back to active duty.The Officers were quarantined after coming in contact with an arrest subject whom showed symptoms at the time of booking and was then tested for COVID-19. The COVID-19 test result for the arrest subject returned negative for the corona virus.During their quarantine period none of the nine officers experienced any symptoms of the virus.The decision to quarantine was made by the department out of caution to the officers, their families, and our other officers. Three of the nine are County Police Patrol officers that were involved in a physical, hands on arrest of the subject last Monday night. The remaining six officers entered the subject’s residence to execute a search warrant of the residence and the subject’s bedroom following a call back to the subject’s residence last Wednesday.Sheriff Bill Redman stated “I want to extend my gratitude to the families of these officers. I know this has been an uncertain and unnerving time for these officers and their families. I am grateful for the patience shown and the sacrifice these families make to our department and our community, thank you all.”Department Attorney Troy Warner explains, “we have been working around the clock monitoring our employees and our jail inmates. Sheriff and our team are working closely with medical staff and County Human Resources. The department is following all medical and CDC guidance to limit the potential exposure of our employees and ensure the safety of them and their families.”Warner emphasizes “our Police and Jail Officers are the definition of ‘essential,’ they cannot work from home. The department leadership is working hard to ensure the all our employees can continue to do their jobs during throughout this public health crisis. We cannot have a whole shift potentially exposed and quarantined because we failed to be cautious.”Redman further explains, “we’ve also been monitoring those newly arrested individuals brought to our jail, as well as the inmates who’ve already been here either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. We have limited the number of people entering the secured areas of the jail and just recently have begun conducting COVID protocol on all people that enter the secured area of the jail, including jail employees, police officers, and essential outside contractors.”Back on March 13, the St. Joseph County Jail first began a COVID protocol process for all arrestees being booking into the jail, including a check of the arrestee temperature and other symptoms. Any arrestee with a temperature above the CDC guideline or with other symptoms is moved to jail medical isolation unit to be tested for COVID-19 and monitored following their jail booking. The County Police are also notifying the arresting law enforcement agency that the arrestee was medically isolated and tested for possible COVID-19. The jail medical staff are now checking everyone that enters the secured area of the jail, including arresting officers, outside essential contractors, and all jail employees.As of Saturday, April 4, 19 arrestees have been isolated in jail medical and tested. Fourteen of those test results have returned, all negative. Additionally, any inmate already in the jail pods who develop a temperature, or two symptoms is also moved to jail medical isolation unit and tested. Also, two inmates from the pods has been moved to medical isolation, both have tested negative for the virus.last_img read more

Press release: Dame Vera Baird appointed as new Victims’ Commissioner

first_img Throughout Dame Vera’s career she has demonstrated a constant commitment to ensuring victims of crime have the best possible experience of the criminal justice system. I look forward to working with her to build on the foundations laid by Baroness Newlove’s unwavering dedication to improve how we support victims and witnesses. engaging with victims to build up a picture of how support services are working and how they could be improved promoting the interests of victims and witnesses encouraging good practice in their treatment keeping the operation of the Victims’ Code under review Dame Vera Baird’s appointment will last for 3 years and her role will involve: I am delighted to be appointed Victims’ Commissioner, it is an honour to have the chance to work with victims and witnesses to ensure that their voices are heard everywhere it matters. I will be their champion, and I will work with government and the Criminal Justice agencies to implement the Victims’ Code when it has been updated, to bring national guidelines to local victim services which are delivered so well by my colleague Police and Crime Commissioner’s and to make the justice system responsive to victim needs, whilst ensuring fair trials. I will be very sad to leave my role as a Police and Crime Commissioner and my super staff, and all we achieved together with Northumbria Police. This new role will help me to build on my experience of victim and witness needs that I gained as a PCC and when I was in government. Dame Vera Baird said: Justice Minister Edward Argar said: The role of the Victims’ Commissioner is greatly valued across the justice system, and its importance has only strengthened under the tireless work of Baroness Newlove. Since the role was established in 2010, this government has driven vital improvements – from establishing the Victims Panel, revising the Victims’ Code, and last year publishing the first-ever cross-government Victims Strategy. I very much look forward to working with Dame Vera in continuing to drive the best possible support for victims across every stage of the justice system.center_img The role of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses (Victims’ Commissioner) has been in existence since 2010 and is a statutory role. The role is independent of government and appointed through an open recruitment exercise. In September 2018 the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy was published. It was the first-time government have looked in such detail and in such a joined-up way at how we treat victims in the wake of crime. The Victims Strategy brings together, for the first time, funding which government and agencies spend on supporting victims of crime, which is roughly £200 million a year. Baroness Newlove said: Dame Vera’s responsibilities will include promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, ensuring that their voices are heard and holding government to account on delivery of its commitments.As Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria since 2012, Dame Vera has taken an active role in promoting the views of victims, also serving as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for supporting victims and reducing harm.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: I am delighted Dame Vera has been appointed to succeed me. Throughout the past six years I have had the opportunity to work closely with Vera in her capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and as chair of the Victim Portfolio Group in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Vera is a passionate and articulate advocate for victims, particularly the most vulnerable. She brings to this post huge experience and understanding of the criminal justice system, both as a lawyer and a former Solicitor General. I know she will work tirelessly and be a powerful voice for victims. I look forward to supporting her in the years to come. Notes to editorslast_img read more

Take a Selfie for Chance to Win Big!

first_img NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Void outside U.S. and where prohibited. Ends December 23, 2014. See official rules and details here. To enter, send your selfie (make sure that taxi top is nice and visible!) to [email protected] with your first and last name. Send us your pics before Tuesday at 10 am to be entered for that week’s prize. Entries will be collected until 9:59:59 am on December 23. Winners will be notified via email on or around each Tuesday. View Commentscenter_img Take a selfie with us for the chance to win a $100 gift card! The Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes is officially underway. The rules are simple: spot one of our flashy taxi tops in the city, take a selfie with it (like so), and send it our way. Each week through December 23, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky participant chosen at random.last_img read more

June was the warmest ever in Columbus in 64 years of record.

first_imgJune was the warmest ever in Columbus in 64 years of record. It was the second warmest in Macon in 119 years of record. It was the third warmest June in 133 years of Atlanta records. Temperature records in Athens, Alma, Savannah, Valdosta and Augusta were also in the top ten Junes in their histories.Numerous daily record-high temperatures were broken. Columbus broke four daily records and tied three more, including 101 degrees F on June 1 and 3, breaking old records of 98 F and 99 F, set respectively in 1998 and 1985. Macon set a daily record of 103 F June 3, breaking the old record of 102 F set in 1985. Alma set new daily temperature records on six different days, including a reading of 103 F June 15, which broke the old record of 100 F set in 1981.The National Weather Service in Savannah noted that their new daily maximum temperature record of 102 F for June 13 was the warmest it has been in Savannah since July 20, 2000.Precipitation in June was scattered due to pop-up thunderstorms. The wettest areas were in northern Georgia and in the southeastern part of the state, where showers helped firefighters control the large fires near the Okefenokee Swamp that have been burning since late April.The highest monthly total precipitation from NWS reporting stations was 7.09 inches in Savannah (1.60 inches above normal). The lowest was in Augusta at 1.98 inches (2.07 below normal). Valdosta received 3.50 inches (1.86 inches below normal), Athens 2.44 inches (1.50 inches above normal), Alma 3.11 inches (2.38 inches below normal), Columbus 2.64 inches (0.87 inch below normal), Macon 2.76 inches (0.78 inch below normal), Brunswick 3.86 inches (1.19 inches below normal) and Atlanta 2.20 inches (1.43 inches below normal). Very hot daytime temperatures and lack of rainfall led to strengthened drought across Georgia in June. Temperatures were at or near record levels for the month across the state.Temperatures across the state were above normal for a fifth straight month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 81.2 degrees F (4.4 degrees above normal), in Athens 81 degrees (4.7 degrees above normal), Columbus 84.4 degrees (5.2 degrees above normal), Macon 82.9 degrees (4.9 degrees above normal), Savannah 83 degrees (4.2 degrees above normal), Brunswick 82.4 degrees (3 degrees above normal), Alma 83.5 degrees (4.2 degrees above normal), Valdosta 83.3 degrees (4.9 above normal) and Augusta 82.1 degrees (4.6 degrees above normal). The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 5.63 inches on Tybee Island June 30. Another nearby observer on Wilmington Island reported 4.26 inches the same day. The same Tybee Island observer had the highest monthly rainfall amount of 10.08 inches, followed by 8.65 inches in Rabun Gap and 8.44 inches on Wilmington Island.Severe weather was reported somewhere in the state on 25 days in June. There were no tornadoes reported, but scattered hail and wind damage and power outages were observed at locations around the state. The widest outbreaks of wind and hail were reported June 15 and June 26.last_img read more

Beetle Damage

first_imgWith their metallic copper and blue-green bodies and bronze wings, Japanese beetles might be considered beautiful if not for the damage they cause. The plentiful beetles munch holes into the leaves of landscape plants leaving what is often described as skeletal remains.Prior to last year, Georgia had a few years of drought and unusually mild winters. The warm, dry soil conditions were not conducive for Japanese beetle grubs to survive over the fall and winter throughout most of Georgia. This gave Georgia gardeners and landscapes a nice reprieve from the pest and its damage. Perfect conditions returnThis past winter was ideal for Japanese beetle grubs and home and commercial gardeners are suffering through a resurgence of adult beetles this summer. The severity of local Japanese beetle populations varies depending on temperature and soil moisture. Most surveys indicate that Japanese beetles do not occur further south than the “fall line” between Macon and Augusta in Georgia. Yet, they can be found as far north as Canada. If you’ve fought Japanese Beetles before, there’s a good chance they will return to your landscape – especially if your have some of their preferred plants. Japanese beetles feed on more than 300 species of broad-leaved plants but prefer about 50 species. Commonly attacked hosts include peach, cultivated and wild grapes, raspberry, plum, roses, apple, cherry, corn, hibiscus, hollyhock, dahlia, zinnia, elm, horse chestnut, linden, willow, crape myrtle, elder, evening primrose and sassafras.They love leavesThe good news is the beetles only affect the leaves of trees and shrubs, so healthy plants can tolerate significant leaf loss without long-term consequences. Adult Japanese beetles live four to six weeks, lay eggs (mostly in mid-August) and die. If the soil is sufficiently moist, the eggs will swell and produce larvae in about two weeks. The rest of the year, the beetles live underground in a larval stage feeding on the roots of grass and other plants before maturing into adult beetles in the summer. Japanese beetle larvae are plump, C-shaped white grubs often seen in the spring when garden soil is first tilled. The grubs need soil moisture to survive the winter. Frequently irrigated lawns and landscapes tend to have higher grub populations. Adult beetles emerge from the soil and begin seeking out plants for food in late May and early June. The first round of beetles are known as “scouts” because they find a good food source and release pheromone scents to attract more beetles. The masses then gather to feed and mate. Control the first onesThe key is to catch the early arrivers as soon as possible. Handpick or knock adult beetles off plants and drown them in soapy water. This is an effective control option for managing small infestations and preventing them from attracting more beetles.Pheromone lure traps are not recommended for general Japanese beetle control in a small garden. They tend to attract more beetles to the area than would normally be present. Trapping should be done in areas away from gardens or landscapes to lure beetles away from desired plants.Adult beetles can be controlled with over-the-counter insecticides. During heavy beetle outbreaks, sprays may be needed every seven to ten days to protect high-value, specimen plants like roses. A single application of a longer-lasting systemic insecticide, like imidacloprid, needs to be made 20 days before adult Japanese beetles are expected — usually around mid-May. Most systemic treatment options are not labeled for use on plants that produce edible fruits. Read and follow pesticide label’s application rates and safety precautions.Controlling the grub stage generally has little effect on the overall damage caused by adult beetles, since adults can fly into your landscape from up to a mile away. Most homeowners rarely have grub populations large enough to cause damage to home lawns. Treatment may be necessary if more than five to ten grubs per square foot are present in lawns. Late summer and early fall insecticide applications are most effective at killing young grubs.last_img read more

Colombia Designates Former Justice as New Ambassador to Ecuador

first_img The Colombian government has designated the lawyer Fernando Arboleda, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Justice and university professor, as its new ambassador to Ecuador, President Juan Manuel Santos announced in Bogotá. “Arboleda is a very well-known jurist. He was president of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, a very respected lawyer, and in addition, he’s had a very significant connection to and relations with Ecuador, especially in the academic world,” emphasized Santos, who took office on 7 August. Bogotá and Quito fully restored their diplomatic relations last week in Guyana, during the summit of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), when Santos and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa agreed on the rapid designation of their respective ambassadors. Correa’s administration broke off ties with Bogotá following the Colombian bombing of a FARC camp on Ecuadorean territory on 1 March 2008, in which twenty-five people died, including the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader, Raúl Reyes. Quito imposed conditions on Bogotá for the full normalization of ties, including that Colombian authorities turn over the computers seized from the guerrilla leader Reyes and information on the operation against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). By Dialogo December 03, 2010last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to angry Arsenal fans over mascot snub

first_img Arsenal players snub Norwich mascotTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:14FullscreenArsenal players snub Norwich mascot is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It’s always great to meet our Junior Gunners mascot in the dressing room before every match.‘We hope Billy had a great day at Norwich on Sunday and it was a pleasure to meet him.’Aubameyang also followed up Chambers’ post to hit out at those who criticised Arsenal’s players over the video.The striker wrote: ‘Thanks Calum. I wanted to sleep but i saw these bull***** then wanted to reply but you quicker than me so I go back to sleep a bit.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link936Shares Advertisement Calum Chambers and Aubameyang offered a response to the Arsenal mascot video (Twitter)Meanwhile Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has responded to Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder criticised the Swede for not wearing a suit for the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Norwich on Sunday.‘I have seen the Premier League and seen coaches in a tracksuit, coaches with a suit, and I have seen coaches with a sweater, so I will decide on a match day what I will use,’ Ljungberg said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to angry Arsenal fans over mascot snub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit back at anger from fans over the Arsenal mascot video (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit out at Arsenal supporters who criticised the players after they appeared to snub a matchday mascot before their draw with Norwich City on Sunday.Gunners fans were angered after a video from Norwich’s Instagram stories showed Aubameyang, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Calum Chambers all walk past a young Arsenal mascot without acknowledging him at Carrow Road.However, Chambers offered a response to the video by uploading several pictures of the mascot posing alongside several Arsenal players.Chambers also made fans aware that the mascot was invited into their dressing room before the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The cameras sometimes only show one side of the story,’ Chambers posted.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Backs Apprenticeship Program for Electricians

first_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), which is working to fill the steadily growing need for electricians in construction. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“This administration has been steadfast in its commitment to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Programs like the one the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee has presented, are just as committed,” said Governor Wolf. “Their responsiveness to the growing demand for skilled workers is what will help push PA forward and continue to boost our economy.”The grant will award $297,810 to assist the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in producing skilled electricians for current and upcoming construction projects. These projects include but are not limited to work on the Shell “Cracker Plant” in Beaver, PA; several UPMC Specialty Hospital sites; and new AHS hospital off-site facilities.With the new funding, the JATC will be able to increase enrollment to 135 first year apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year, giving them the opportunity to address Southwestern PA’s growing demand for commercial construction personnel, and providing more aspiring electricians with adequate training for life-long careers. On average, yearly first year apprenticeship enrollment ranges from 80-100 new students.The JATC provides state of the art electrical training to ensure its apprentices are fully prepared for a career as electricians. Apprentices in the program attend electrical training school over a five-year period, while taking academic courses at Community College of Allegheny County in Math, English and Physics among other subjects. After successfully completing the five-year program, an apprentice will have earned an associate degree along with a Journeyman/Wireman ticket. They’ll also receive on-the-job training with area manufactures like Alcoa, US Steel, Clarion Boards, Domtar, Wabtec, T.P Panel, Crown Castle and Range Resources.Classes are limited to 15 students per class, allowing for direct student contact, individual instruction (when necessary) and increased student interaction. The JATC covers all costs for apprentices including training school tuition, college courses, laptops, textbooks, and software.“The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to Governor Tom Wolf for awarding our apprenticeship program a grant that will help us to continue to train skilled electricians for the Pennsylvania workforce,” said Paul Reinert, training director for the JATC. “As the director of training, I have worked hard to ensure that our program provides each apprentice with the knowledge and skills to become an asset to the electrical industry. Through this grant we will be able to continue providing materials and training on not only the basics of electrical work, but also new and ever-changing technologies.”Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. September 24, 2019 Wolf Administration Backs Apprenticeship Program for Electricianscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Northside projects lure price consious buyers

first_imgNorthwood at McDowallNORTHWOOD is set to become the latest townhouse development to rise in Brisbane’s booming northside suburbs.The development will be constructed in McDowall, and will consist of 34 three and four-bedroom townhomes in a bushland setting less than 12 kilometres from the CBD. Mosaic Property Group’s Silvergum development at Everton Park is under construction now. Northwood will be less than 12 kilometres from the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThere are at least two projects under construction in McDowall and six development approvals for townhouse or unit projects, according to Cordell Connect, a CoreLogic business. Four development applications are still being considered.In nearby Everton Park, Mosaic Property Group is building Silvergum, Tessa Developments is constructing Moreton Townhomes and Trend by Keystone Urban Developments is taking shape. Twenty-six developments have received approval, according to Cordell Connect. Northwood at McDowall will feature 34 three and four-bedroom townhomes.Position Property director Richard Lawrence, who is marketing the project on behalf of the developer, Blue Sky Private Real Estate, said Northwood was the latest in a string of townhome developments attracting both downsizers and young buyers to the northside.“There is no shortage of confidence in the market place when it comes to this style of development with the right design and situated in a sought-after city fringe or middle ring location,” Mr Lawrence said. “Townhome living suits many different buyers ranging from downsizers, professional couples, small families and first home buyers so it is not surprising to see this level of strong demand.” And so is Moreton Townhomes by Tessa DevelopmentsMr Lawrence said townhouse developments of 10 or 15 years ago were usually “cookie-cutter products”, with very similar designs.“Today’s buyers … know what they want and can recognise and appreciate good design and quality homes when they come along,” he said, noting affordability was a key factor.Townhomes at Northwood will start from $565,000, and take full advantage of the surrounding green spaces while providing open plan, family-sized living with abundant natural light and ventilation. Exteriors will feature cladding in cool colours, natural stone and timber batten screens. Residents will have access to exclusive outdoor dining, recreation and play spaces. “Brisbane remains very affordable in comparison with Sydney where similar-sized homes would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more,” Mr Lawrence said. “Together with the huge transformation of the inner city that is well under way, this should ensure continued demand and healthy prices for well-planned developments.”last_img read more