Recent burglaries, home invasions plague off-campus students

first_imgOn Friday night, a burglar entered a student residence on N. St. Peter St. through an unsecured window. The burglar left with several laptops, iPods, game stations and cash. He or she also found car keys to a black SUV and drove away with the car, which belonged to one of the home’s residents. This robbery was the sixth to student residences in only four months. In those four months, there have also been two home invasions and four student robberies, according to reports from the South Bend Police Department (SBPD). In another recent case, a burglar forced an off-campus student to drive at gunpoint to different ATMs around the city and withdraw cash. The student said he was mugged twice before — once in Chicago and once on Napoleon St. near campus. “If there is anything that I take away from this robbery and previous muggings, it is that I need to stop being outside at like 4 a.m., which is roughly when each of these unfortunate incidents has occurred,” he said. The robber approached the student around 4 a.m. Sept. 27 at a Speedway gas station on the 2100 block of South Bend Avenue. He told the student he had a gun, and he forced the student to drive him to two different ATMs in downtown South Bend to withdraw cash, according to police reports. The student drove the man to several houses after he withdrew the money, police said. The student told police he was afraid to drive away each time the man got out of the car, but he eventually sped away from the robber when he walked far enough away from the vehicle. The student returned to his home and called police. Police arrested a suspect in the case, but he was later released. The Observer will not name the student because he was the victim of a crime. “I have lived off-campus now since mid-June, and while I never consciously feel unsafe, I recognize that I have to be more careful now than I have been the past three years,” he said. “As for my experience off-campus, my roommates and I are still trying to get a feel for how safe our neighborhood is. My roommate had a car window smashed about a month ago and had his iPod and XBox stolen … The people two houses away from us, all grad students, were sitting on their porch one day when two guys with guns made them go inside and give them their laptops.” Off-campus president Tess Fitzpatrick said these crimes demonstrate the need for more vigilance in students who live off campus. “One of the main issues has been during football games, people leave their doors unlocked or their windows unlocked, and it’s very accessible for people to come in,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s usually the case for these robberies … You aren’t living on campus anymore. You can’t just leave your door unlocked.” Fitzpatrick said the SBPD has interacted more with students this year, trying to give them more tips about how to protect themselves and their property. “In your car, for instance, [they said] not to leave valuable objects out to be seen, so if you have a GPS, just hide it,” she said. “Get to know your neighbors too. That not only establishes a relationship, but they will look out for you when you are integrating yourself in the community.” Fitzpatrick sends “student watch” emails to the off-campus listserv with information about crime in the local area. Leaving the protection of campus can be an adjustment for many students, she said. “People don’t realize it’s such a transition moving off campus,” Fitzpatrick said. “In the campus community, stuff gets stolen sometimes but it’s a lot more student-community based, so they respond to one another more … Realize that you are not in a community of just students.” Fitzpatrick advised students to lock their doors at all times, even when one or more residents are in the home, and said using house alarm systems regularly is also important. “I think [these crimes are] a continuing trend, so this is something we’re trying to work on because we have been establishing a better relationship with the cops this year,” she said. “Now we are trying to focus on common sense safety things.” Sgt. Keri Kei Shibata is the crime prevention officer at Notre Dame, and she leads educational initiatives for both on- and off-campus students to help them learn about safety. “As for the crimes that students experience, I would say there has not been much of a change,” she said. “There have always been robberies and burglaries … most of them from unlocked doors or open windows.” Shibata said students need to take more initiative in their own safety educations. When planning to move off campus, students should make safety a priority in their housing search. “It can be a great thing but students need to understand that there is a lot more responsibility for one’s own safety when students live off campus that will require some inconveniences to make sure they are doing all the things they can to be safe,” Shibata said. She advised students to investigate the crime alerts and maps available through the off-campus website. “What I recommend is that when you have in mind a couple places that you are looking at … and you feel like this might be an organization you want to rent from, I would go to these crime maps and look through the maps for at least the last year and crime area that you are living,” Shibata also recommended checking the area during the day and at night to see what the environment has been like lately. “Safety has to be a priority, and building those good safety habits now will also be helpful down the road,” Shibata said.last_img read more

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Minnie Driver Joins Cast of NBC’s Peter Pan Live!

first_img Additional cast members include Taylor Louderman, Alanna Saunders, Caitlin Houlahan, Jacob and David Guzman, Chris McCarrell, F. Michael Haynie, Dyllon Burnside, Garett Hawe, Ryan Steele, Bryce Ryness and Charlie Williams. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The show has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” Minnie Driver has boarded the cast of NBC’s forthcoming Peter Pan Live! telecast. The Oscar nominee will play the narrator and adult Wendy Darling. She joins a company that (of course) includes Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, Christian Borle and Kelli O’Hara. The telecast will take flight on December 4 at 8PM EST. An hour-long behind the scenes special is also set to air on November 26. Driver received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Skylar in Good Will Hunting. She can currently be seen in the NBC series About a Boy. Her many additional screen credits include Stage Fright, I Give It a Year, The Riches and The Phantom of the Opera. View Commentslast_img read more

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Waterfront listing at the heart of cultural and arts hub

first_imgThe surrounding area includes the expanding Gold Coast Arts precinct.“But the surrounding area has, with Isle of Capri and the development of the Gold Coast Art Centre, which I’ve walked to go to the movies and things, so there’s lots of exciting things happening but it remains a quiet enclave.”Ms Wheeler said she has also appreciated living in good company, with Gold Coast Acting Mayor, Donna Gates, next door.“It’s quite reassuring to live close to somebody from council because you tend to think it’s a good area and it will be looked after, which is the case.” Sunny and stunning.Downstairs, the entertaining areas are a standout, with the revamped kitchen, waterfront terrace and a wet bar complementing two separate downstairs living rooms and two outdoor undercover entertainment areas.Ms Wheeler has recently retired and is ready to move on, with fond memories of a relaxed lifestyle.“I think the nice part about living here was that the immediate area hasn’t changed much because it’s quiet,” the English teacher said. The kitchen has had a significant upgrade. The deck and pool setting overlook the water.The deck overlooking the alluring pool setting is now sleek timber. “It’s made it a lot more usable, a lot more attractive and brought it into the 21st century I suppose,” Ms Wheeler said. The house has been brought into the 21st century.The northeast facing residence also features a flexible floor plan with dual living made possible upstairs by the inclusion of two bedrooms, a large living area, bathroom, kitchenette and balcony. center_img The northeast facing residence is at the heart of it all.“In many ways I am sad to sell, yes. It’s a lovely location,” said Ms Wheeler of the decision to move on from her Daimler Drive property after 15 years.Ms Wheeler, who moved from the UK to Australia 30 years ago, has enjoyed sharing her home with her two grown-up children after relocating from Brisbane. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoTime for a new home?“They’ve really enjoyed living on the Gold Coast and having close access to the waterways and beaches,” she said.Ms Wheeler made significant renovations to the residence, including upgrades to the kitchen, bathrooms and deck. “It was quite a major renovation, taking out the existing stairs which were solid concrete and putting more of a floating timber staircase in, and a brand new kitchen and granite tops,” she said. The property at 7 Daimler Drive catches the sun.A DAY in the life of an ‘Evandale Estate’ resident could include a stroll to Chevron Island, a day at the nearby Gold Coast Turf Club, driving a mere three minutes to the Southport Golf Club, shopping up a storm at Isle of Capri or, if you are like vendor Joanne Wheeler, walking over to spend quality time at the Gold Coast Art Centre. last_img read more

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W. Visayas cops arrive in Cebu for COVID-19 war

first_imgThe augmentation force from Western Visayas is composed of 50 non-commissioned officers and three commissioned officers. ILOILO City – A total of 53 Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 personnel have arrived in Cebu City to help in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Show your utmost dedication and discipline to set as an example among others. Thus, share our best practices on how PRO-6 handles the COVID-19 pandemic. Always remember you are carrying the name of PRO-6,” he said. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6’s concurrent spokesperson, disclosed the “selected strong augmentation” boarded a ship Friday last week and arrived over the week end. The deployment was made upon the recommendation of Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, Philippine National Police deputy chief for operations and concurrent Joint Task Force Covid-19 commander. The contingent, mostly graduates of Basic Internal Security Operation Course (BISOC), is led by Maj. Antonio Benitez. The PRO-6 will also be the one to identify the specific task of Western Visayas’ cops. Meanwhile, Gorero said their policemen’s stay in Central Visayas is indefinite. During the send-off ceremony on Thursday, Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, PRO-6 director, told the augmentation force to be extra careful because “COVID-19 is a high-risk at PRO-7.” This June 18 photo shows 53 troopers of the Police Regional Office 6 during a send-off ceremony at Camp Delgado, Iloilo City. These soldiers arrived Saturday in Cebu City as augmentation force for the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019. PRO 6 “Western Visayas is always ready to render support whenever needed. We will create reserve forces for the augmentation personnel in case a problem arises,” Gorero said. (With Philippines News Agency/PN)last_img read more

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2017 Decatur County 4-H Fair Swine Barrow Show results

first_imgChampion Berkshire – Jacob HartmanReserve Champion Berkshire – Brooklyn BakerChampion Berkshire BBR – Jacob HartmanReserve Champion BBR – Brooklyn Baker Class 43 – Crossbred – Division 1:1st – Lainey Crites2nd – Will Smiley3rd – Luke KinkerClass 44 – Crossbred – Division 1:1st – Amanda Hasselbring2nd – Mason Swartzentruber3rd – Ian AmRheinClass 45 – Crossbred – Division 1:1st – Arden Muckerheide2nd – Aaron Fogg3rd – Luke Weber Class 28 – Berkshire:1st – Brooklyn Baker2nd – Sam Cathey3rd – Joe ShieldsClass 29 – Berkshire:1st – Jake Hartman2nd – Raygan Harrison3rd – Mackenzie Owens Champion Duroc – Braden AmRheinReserve Champion – Klein LoweChampion Duroc BBR – Mason MorrisReserve Champion Duroc BBR – Dustin Bokelman GRAND CHAMPION BARROW – Sydney SwartzentruberRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BARROW – Braden AmRhein3rd Place – Melina Wilkison4th Place – Sara Hasselbring5th Place – Bailey Tomson Class 41 – Yorkshire:1st – Addy Osting2nd – Adam Fogg3rd – Hattie WesterfeldClass 42 – Yorkshire:1st – Paige Reisman2nd – Maddy Shireman3rd – Christina Fogg Champion Landrace – Olivia EvansChampion Landrace BBR – Olivia Evans Greensburg, In. —  2017 Decatur County 4-H Fair Swine Barrow Show results2017 SWINE BARROW SHOW Class 34 – Hampshire:1st – Clayton Carder2nd – Nolan Baker3rd – Jack CatheyClass 35 – Hampshire:1st – Bailey Tomson2nd – Zoey Nobbe3rd – Ben Stier Champion Hampshire – Bailey TomsonReserve Champion Hampshire – Zoey NobbeChampion Hampshire BBR – Jack CatheyReserve Champion Hampshire BBR – Ben Stier Page 3 (Barrow Show) Class 49 – Div. 3 – Crossbred:1st – Melina Wilkison2nd – Hope Barker3rd – Olivia ReismanClass 50 – Div. 3 – Crossbred:1st – Paige Reisman2nd – Sara Hasselbring3rd – Mason Morris Champion Poland China – Mack TempletonReserve Champion Poland China – Brooklyn MauerChampion Poland China BBR – Brooklyn MauerReserve Champion Poland China BBR – Mason Stapp Class 37 – Landrace:1st – Olivia Evans Page 5 (Barrow Show) Class 38 – Poland China:1st – Mack Templeton2nd – Brooklyn Mauer3rd – Mason Stapp Champion Yorkshire – Paige ReismanReserve Champion Yorkshire – Maddy ShiremanChampion Yorkshire BBR – Addy OstingReserve Champion Yorkshire BBR – Christina Fogg Class 30 – Chester White:1st – Melina Wilkison2nd – Landon Swartzentruber3rd – Gabby Adams Class 35 – Hereford:1st – Amanda Hasselbring2nd – Kendall Cuskaden3rd – Nolan Bakercenter_img CHAMPION CROSSBRED – Sydney SwartzentruberRESERVE CHAMPION CROSSBRED – Melina Wilkison Class 40 – Tamworth:1st – Landon Kinker Champion Tamworth – Landon Kinker Page 2 (Barrow Show) Champion Div. 2 Crossbred – Sydney SwartzentruberReserve Champion Div 2 Crossbred – Bailey TomsonChampion Div. 2 Crossbred BBR – Sydney SwartzentruberReserve Champion Div. 2 Crossbred BBR – Keaton Crites Champion Div. 3 Crossbred – Melina WilkisonReserve Champion Div. 3 Crossbred – Paige ReismanChampion Div. 3 Crossbred BBR – Melina WilkisonReserve Champion Div. 3 Crossbred BBR – Mason Morris Class 39 – Spot:1st – Sara Hasselbring2nd – Caroline Kennelly3rd – Landon Carder Class 31 – Duroc:1st – Caaden Gault2nd Jessa Wagner3rd – Mack TempletonClass 32 – Duroc:1st – Braden AmRhein2nd – Mason Morris3rd – Evan WullenweberClass 33 – Duroc:1st – Klein Lowe2nd – Blaine Nobbe3rd – Dustin Bokelman Class 46 – Div. 2 – Crossbred:1st – Keaton Crites2nd – Nick Kinker3rd – Lydia MooreClass 47 – Div. 2 – Crossbred:1st – Bailey Tomson2nd – Brad Krieger3rd – Mackenzie OwensClass 48 – Div. 2 – Crossbred1st – Sydney Swartzentruber2nd – Bailey Tomson3rd – Miles Wilkison GRAND CHAMPION BBR – Sydney SwartzentruberRESERVE GRAND  CHAMPION – Melina Wilkison Champion Chester White – Melina WilkisonReserve Champion Chester White – Landon SwartzentruberChampion Chester White BBR – Meredith Fogle Page 4 (Barrow Show) Champion Hereford – Mandy HasselbringReserve Champion – Kendall Cuskaden Champion Spot – Sara HasselbringReserve Champion Spot – Caroline KennellyChampion Spot BBR – Caroline Stapp BRED, BORN and RAISED BREED CHAMPIONS BBR = County Born & Bred Swine Champion Division 1 Crossbred – Mandy HasselbringReserve Champion Division 1 Crossbred – Mason SwartzentruberChampion Div. 1 Crossbred BBR – Mason SwartzentruberReserve Champion Div. 1 Crossbred BBR – Lainey Criteslast_img read more

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Man arrested at Quality Inn on multiple drug possession allegations

first_imgBatesville, IN— Early Wednesday morning, the Batesville Police responded to a suspicious activity call at the Quality Inn on State Road 46 East. Upon their arrival, they were directed by staff to a room occupied by a male and female.Upon further investigation, the officers located a loaded handgun with 2 extra magazines, two bags allegedly containing large chunks of crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, several small baggies of suspected marijuana, paraphernalia, multiple hypodermic syringes, and multiple tablets determined to be Oxycodone Hydrochloride.The male occupant, identified as Thomas E. Stumpf, 42, of Dillsboro was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.last_img read more

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Hotel in Spain Flaunts $15 Million Dollar Diamond Encrusted Christmas Tree

first_imgYou won’t find a Christmas tree dripping with diamonds in the average workplace, but a hotel in Spain has spared no expense with its holiday tree in the lobby.This Christmas, visitors to the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, near Marbella, Spain will be treated to the sight of the hotel’s tree, decked out with diamonds, precious stones and designer jewelry. https://t.co/kIrJBJgh88— CNN (@CNN) December 2, 2019 A tree in the lobby is decorated with three-carat pink diamonds along with white, black and red diamonds on every branch.It also has four-carat sapphires, martini glasses, feathers, perfume bottles and 3-D printed chocolate peacocks. The high-end tree is said to be worth 15-million dollars.last_img

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St. Francis looks to sweep Wagner

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWagner (7-19, 4-11) vs. St. Francis (NY) (12-15, 6-9)Peter Aquilone Court, Brooklyn Heights, New York; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (NY) goes for the season sweep over Wagner after winning the previous matchup in Staten Island. The teams last played each other on Jan. 18, when the Terriers created 20 Wagner turnovers and turned the ball over just nine times on their way to a 69-64 victory. Associated Press February 22, 2020center_img St. Francis looks to sweep Wagner BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Alex Morales is averaging 13 points and 5.4 rebounds to lead the charge for the Seahawks. Elijah Ford is also a primary contributor, producing 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Terriers have been led by Unique McLean, who is averaging 12 points and 7.7 rebounds.ACCURATE ALEX: Morales has connected on 37.7 percent of the 61 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 69.5 percent of his free throws this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: St. Francis (NY) is 0-9 when its offense scores 63 points or fewer. Wagner is a perfect 5-0 when it holds opponents to 64 or fewer points and has allowed 61.7 points per game over its last three.PERFECT WHEN: Wagner is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 64 points or fewer. The Seahawks are 2-19 when opponents score more than 64.DID YOU KNOW: St. Francis (NY) has committed a turnover on just 17.9 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top percentage among all NEC teams. The Terriers have turned the ball over only 12.7 times per game this season.___last_img read more

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Government rescues Olympic hopeful boxers with $25M

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyTHE Government of Guyana, through the National Sports Commission (NSC), has come to the aid of the country’s top boxers, who are all aiming to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Yesterday, at a simple, yet significant presentation ceremony, Director of Sport Christopher Jones handed over a cheque valued $2.5M to president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle.  The donation will go towards sending Colin Lewis, Desmond Amsterdam, Keevin Allicock, Dennis Thomas and Canadian-based Taveena Kum to the March 26-April 3 Olympic Qualifying tournament in Argentina.On Tuesday GBA in a press release said that they were ‘on the ropes’ as it related to gathering the US$11 000 needed for the boxers’ accommodation, as well as the US$1800 per person towards getting them to Argentina, especially after they had missed the February 24 deadline given. Jones told reporters at his Homestretch Avenue Office, that initially, the NSC had told the GBA upon their previous request that based on the unavailability of a budget they were unable to assist the team’s trip to Argentina.The Government of Guyana had combined with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) to send a team of four boxers and coach to Cuba for a three-month stint as part of the GBA’s plans to properly prepare them for the up-coming qualifying tournament. According to Jones, it would have been inhumane for the NSC, and by extension the Government, to not come to find a way to rescue the association. Jones pointed out that despite the circumstances surrounding acquiring funds, the NSC “had to do what is necessary to ensure that our boxers stay focussed and not have to worry about anything or be distracted about whether or not they would be unable to participate in the Olympic qualifiers.“The four boxers and coach who are in Cuba, we want them to be focussed … we are confident, based on the work we’ve seen the boxing association has been doing over the years, that our boxers will make it to the Olympics.” Ninvalle praised the Government for their late, but yet timely intervention, noting that he was certain, this time more than ever before, that Guyana will be represented in the field of boxing at the Olympic Games this year, and will also return with a medal.The GBA president said, unlike before, the boxers are better prepared, thanks to the collaborative effort between Government and the GOA. Terrence Poole MS, Sebert Blake and Francisco Roldan are the coaches travelling with the boxers to Argentina.last_img read more

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