Argentina to unleash attacking riches on Bosnia

first_imgBy Zoran MilosavljevicArgentina embark on an expected breeze through World Cup Group F on Sunday against a talented if inexperienced Bosnia side playing in the finals for the first time.The sides meet at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro where Lionel Messi’s side, boasting one of the world’s best attacks, will be hoping to return for the final on July 13 in search of their nation’s third world title.Messi scored his 38th Argentina goal in last week’s warmup win over Slovenia, opponents chosen specifically with Bosnia in mind.The Argentina captain will see it as a good omen as he looks to break a World Cup scoring hoodoo dating back to his 2006 debut in Germany and a goalless 2010 finals in South Africa.Messi appears in good shape and mood going into the tournament after a mixed season with hamstring problems and fewer goals than usual with a mere three for Argentina compared with the 13 he notched between June 2012 and June 2013.Argentina, who beat Bosnia 2-0 in a November friendly without Messi thanks to two Sergio Aguero goals, have an average defence compared with to their attacking riches but midfielder Fernando Gago said the key to success would be balance and playing as an 11-man unit.“We know that in the final quarter few teams can play at the speed of Angel (Di Maria), Kun (Aguero), Leo (Messi) The precision they have at such speed marks the difference,” Gago told reporters.“From my position I have to help them to ensure they get clean ball and give balance to the rear, you can’t cut the team (in half),” he told the sports daily Ole.“You need the 11 to attack and the 11 to defend The forwards have to have high precision and sometimes withdraw to break out in quick counters.”DZEKO ROLEStriker Gonzalo Higuain, the other member of Argentina’s “Fab Four” strike force, played the first half of Thursday’s practice for the reserves in a role coach Alejandro Sabella expects Bosnia danger man Edin Dzeko to play.With Higuain having recovered from a left ankle problem, Argentina should be at full strength against Bosnia in a group which also contains Nigeria and Iran.Bosnia coach Safet Susic, known for his penchant for attacking football, is likely to deploy a more conservative formation against Argentina with top scorer Dzeko as the lone striker operating in front of a five-man midfield.Having qualified for their first major tournament as an independent nation, Bosnia could not have asked for a tougher first appearance on the biggest stage.“We are up against the group favourites and a team whose ambition is to go all the way but nonetheless, we have high hopes of getting something from this game and going through to the last 16,” Susic said.The magnitude of the task has left Susic pondering how to use versatile midfielder Muhamed Besic, whose designated role was to man-mark Messi.Susuc hinted he was prepared to make a tactical U-turn.“It’s a dilemma but I now think it would be counterproductive to sacrifice a player of Besic’s fitness and ability just to man-mark Messi although he would be ideal for that role,” he said.“Messi will probably enjoy plenty of freedom but we need to have someone near him every time he gets the ball.”last_img read more

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PNG boxers to fight tonight

first_imgThe event which is a being promoted as a commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Track will feature PNG’s Katua (60kg), Charles Keama (52kg), Beupu Noki (56kg), John Ume (64kg) and female Laizani Soma (60kg) who will put on their gloves to face boxers from New South Wales and other states.Assistant coach, Mark Keto said he has been relishing the opportunity he has been given in the weeklong training camp leading up to tonight.“We are not only here (in Sydney) for boxing but will remember the great sacrifices made by Australian soldiers and Papua New Guineans on the Kokoda Track 75 years ago.“I encourage Papua New Guineans and even Australians who have close connections with our country either now or in the past to turn up at this event to support a great cause.“I thank Peter Morrison from Network Kokoda and his organisation for this great initiative to help soldiers and other Kokoda projects for giving us this opportunity to further our boxing knowledge,” said Keto.Keto also thanked the PNG Olympic Committee who provided the bulk of the funding as part of boxing’s preparations for the 2017 Mini Pacific Games in Vanuatu in December and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.“All of them know they are competing for a place in the Oceania team so I am expecting them to go all out on Friday,” said Keto.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant leads way again as Warriors clip Rockets for 2-0 lead

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Boos regularly greeted both Harden and Chris Paul at deafening Oracle Arena, where the Rockets complained after a 104-100 Game 1 defeat that the officials missed foul calls when the Warriors closed out on Houston’s 3-point shooters.Paul celebrated and cheered when Harden drew a foul on Durant in the closing seconds of the third on a very such play. Harden converted three free throws to pull Houston within 82-75 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden scored seven straight Houston points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that go the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark on the way to 20 points.Harden’s eyes were still red and bothering him postgame.“It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Both teams were more composed when it came to mouthing off at the referees.Harden already had a history with official Scott Foster, who worked Tuesday’s game. The reigning MVP was fined $25,000 for calling Foster “rude and arrogant” following a 121-111 loss at the Lakers on Feb. 21 in which Harden fouled out.In Game 1, Paul was automatically ejected with 4.4 seconds left following a second technical and fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday for making contact with official Josh Tiven.D’Antoni emphasized the scrutiny of officials “shouldn’t continue.”Durant’s run of five straight performances scoring at least 30 points was snapped.With 201 points over his previous five games, he became the fourth player in NBA history to score 200 or more in such a span — joining LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan.GREEN’S TECHNICALSGreen and Nene got tangled up and drew double technicals after Harden’s third free throw at the end of the third.With his fourth technical of the postseason, Green is three away from an automatic one-game suspension.The Warriors plan to reach out to the league about getting the technical rescinded because coach Steve Kerr considered it one of those intense plays that happen in the postseason. MOST READ TIP-INSRockets: Houston committed nine first-quarter turnovers leading to 14 Warriors points while shooting 7 for 19. … Reserve G Austin Rivers returned after he missed Game 1 with an illness. … Houston is 5-14 vs. the Warriors dating to the 2015 Western Conference finals won by the Warriors on the way to their first title in 40 years. … After going 14 of 47 from deep in the series opener, missing their initial eight threes and 27 straight to end Game 7 vs. Golden State last year, Houston shot 17 for 40 on 3s in Game 2.Warriors: The Warriors committed just 12 turnovers after it became a big focus after getting 20 in Game 1. … Golden State improved to 6-1 all-time in the postseason when using the starting lineup of Curry, Durant, Green, Iguodala and Thompson. … With 324 career postseason 3s, Thompson matched Manu Ginobili for fourth on the NBA’s all-time postseason list for 3s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics LATEST STORIES Klay Thompson scored 21 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third. Green had 15 points, 12 rebounds — three on the offensive end over two possessions in the opening quarter — and seven assists.Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.Players on both sides stayed poised with cool heads.“I felt like both teams, both coaches, just let the refs do their jobs all night,” Durant said. “I think the refs did an amazing job, the players did a great job, and the coaches.”Durant set a tone when took an early charge from Harden and blocked one of his shots as Houston committed five quick turnovers that led to 10 points. Andre Iguodala, who also handled much of the load defending Harden, added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.Curry dislocated his left middle finger in the first quarter but X-rays were negative and he returned with it taped.Curry missed his first four 3-point tries before hitting late in the first and played in foul trouble once more. He picked up his fourth with 6:43 in the third on a reach in, something he’s been working to stop doing.Harden injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green’s left hand got Harden in the face.When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 left and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and checked to make sure he was OK. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.“That’s him. I didn’t have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. View comments Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against Harden, leading the Warriors past the Rockets 115-109 on Tuesday night as the focus refreshingly returned to basketball after two days of constant chatter about the officiating.“Tonight I think it was a great officiated game,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “They let us be physical, both teams, and they made the calls they needed to make. It was kind of disheartening for a game that I love since I was a child to see the talk over the last two days was nothing about basketball and everything about foul calls. Is that what this game is coming to?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHarden got hit in both eyes early but was able to return and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds“I barely could see,” said Harden, who was treated with eye drops. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant defends during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends, kept their mouths shut and handled business at home against James Harden and the Rockets.Now, the two-time defending champions are headed to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. 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Desist From Acts that Undermine Police Credibility

first_imgThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gregory Coleman has stressed the importance of access to information, and admonished officers of the LNP to be prepared to account for their actions in the discharge of their duties.He said it is the right of the public to know and to be informed about police functions.Director Coleman said access to information is a fundamental human right as it increases transparency and government accountability, while allowing citizens to participate in matters affecting them.Coleman, according to an LNP release yesterday, said the Freedom of Information Law (FOI) is essential and promotes transparency in the public and private sectors, while withholding information from the public creates doubt and promotes a confidence crisis in the workings of any institution.Director Coleman said, “Access to information is something that has to be at hand like access to justice, and we will do all within my power to promote the FOI within the Liberia National Police.” IGP Coleman maintained that access to information is a critical component of any democratic process, and denying people their right to know constitutes a violation of their human rights.He told a Carter Center sponsored workshop on the FOI Law held at the headquarters of the LNP that it is unfair to withhold information from members of the public on grounds of secrecy, stressing that under his watch the public will be furnished with needed information in line with the FOI Law.He said the LNP will only deny a requester of needed information if it falls under exemptions as enshrined within the FOI Law.He cautioned his men to desist from acts that have the propensity to undermine the credibility of the police.The project lead at the Carter Center, P. Alphonso Zeon, lauded the IGP for affording them the opportunity to speak to police officers on the importance of the Freedom of Information Law. Zeon said the LNP has been outstanding in its cooperation with the Carter Center in the provision of information to the public.He recounted the LNP’s involvement in the recently held information fair at the Ministry of Information, adding that the information provided at the fair was of great interest to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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More needs to be done

first_imgDear Editor,About three weeks ago, I wrote about a leaking Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) water main in North-eastern Georgetown. The problem has since been rectified.As a citizen of this country, I challenge others to make their contribution, however fractional, to its development and progress in word or deed. Most persons do not go beyond word, which is for the most part complaining. I believe that even after complaining, one should be prepared to propose feasible solutions. I also believe that we must be honest when there is meaningful change or resolutions and the appropriate credit or praise be given. It is in this good spirit that I must publicly recognise the remedial action of GWI by ending the leak and loss of hundreds of gallons of water.GWI, under the good stewardship of a former Health Minister, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, has made several interventions since 2015 to improve water distribution nationally. However, the quality of potable water to households appears to be an ongoing challenge for that entity. There is just too much discolouration, high iron and sedimentation content in the water entering most of our homes.The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers iron in well water as a secondary contaminant. There are no proven results of its direct impact to health based on the secondary maximum contaminant level set at 0.3 milligrams per litre. Nevertheless, the high iron content is known to cause other forms of damage. Some of the most notable effects are stains, clogs, odors and unpleasant taste.GWI’s management team is encouraged to further address the concerns of its water quality, and in so doing fulfill the CEO’s commitment when he was appointed in October 2015.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

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Governor focuses on care for all

first_imgSACRAMENTO – As he confronts the state’s chronic health insurance problems, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promising to reduce the cost of care, while insuring more people. No health reform could be more popular – or, in the view of economists, harder to accomplish. Since people who have health insurance tend to use it, experts say covering more people will cost more money, not less. Schwarzenegger has yet to explain his ideas, which he will lay out in his State of the State speech Jan. 9. But, to generate advance publicity, he has set expectations very high. “I think we can, by next year, have health care for everybody,” he said the week before Christmas. Aides say covering all the estimated 6.5 million uninsured Californians is just a goal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeSchwarzenegger insists he will not raise taxes to fund new health care programs, despite the state’s $5.5 billion budget gap. He has tried to distract attention from what it would cost to cover more people by arguing that people with health insurance already are subsidizing those without it. The governor recently toured a Los Angeles emergency room to dramatize how uninsured people drive up costs. When they cannot pay their bills, he said, hospitals pass on the cost to those with insurance. He called it a “hidden tax” and cited a study that said such cost shifting raises premiums 10 percent. But that estimate may be far too high. California hospitals report spending just 3 percent on charity care and bad debt, some of which comes from insured patients whose companies refuse to pay their bills. Schwarzenegger’s advisers say they are looking at other ways to bring down private health insurance costs. The governor wants to focus on obesity, a major cause of illness, and encouraging people to take better care of their health. His advisers also want to save money by helping people with chronic diseases get better care and developing electronic record-keeping to centralize information and minimize medical errors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Jackson County Inmate Roster – 6-10-18

first_imgBooking #:99394 Release Date:06-09-2018 – 4:53 am Nieto-Coronel, Juan A Booking Date:03-04-2018 – 3:16 pm Booking #:99393 Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond Booking Date:06-07-2018 – 6:38 pm Booking Date:06-04-2018 – 1:48 am Bond:No Bond Booking Date:06-09-2018 – 8:17 pm Booking #:99407 Release Date:06-08-2018 – 6:23 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:99389 Booking #:99405 Harmon, Jessie L Booking #:99386 Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 11:20 pm Brewer, Joshua W Booking #:99406 Booking #:99376 Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:No Bond Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication35-45-4-1 (B) Indecent Exposure Bond:$1005 Bond:$355 Booking Date:06-09-2018 – 9:33 am Charges:35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Bond:$100360 Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication35-45-4-1 (B) Indecent Exposure Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Demma, Joseph A Breeden, Michelle B Charges:3 Out of County Hold Booking Date:06-10-2018 – 4:51 am Booking Date:06-05-2018 – 12:25 pm Charges:35-41-5-1 Attempt Murder35-42-2-1.5 Battery, Aggrivated35-42-2-1 (3) Battery w/weapon or ser.injury35-43-1-2 Criminal Mischief Bond:No Bond Bond:$355 Charges:8 Parole Violation35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Release Date:06-10-2018 – 5:23 am Charges:35-42-2-2 (A2) Criminal Recklessness w/deadWP Whitfield, Paul C Release Date:06-08-2018 – 2:23 pm Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 12:57 pm Jaynes, Jason A Bond:$355 Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 9:33 pm Booking #:99403 Booking #:99404 Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 9:16 pm Castillo, Mauricio N Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-26-1-1 Leaving the Scene PI (Ser Inj) Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:06-06-2018 – 12:04 pm View Profile >>> Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 1:58 pm Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 2:03 pm Booking Date:06-09-2018 – 5:14 pm Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Charges:36-46-1-15 Invasion of Privacy35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth Burke, Cassandra A Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking #:99403 View Profile >>> Release Date:06-09-2018 – 2:23 pm View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-2-1.5 Residential Entry35-44.1-2-3 False Reporting35-44.1-2-1(a) Perjury/Obstruction of justice35-42-4-9(a) Sexual Misconduct w/ minor35-42-4-9(a)(1) Sexual Miscon w/minor by 2135-42-2-1(d)(1) Battery w/ Moderate Bodily Inj35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Booking #:99402 View Profile >>> Charges:35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe16-6-8-3 Violation Legend Drug Act35-48-4-6 Possession Cocaine or Narcotic35-48-4-7 Possession Controlled Substanc Charges:35-45-1-3 Disorderly Conduct Release Date:06-09-2018 – 1:08 pm Release Date:06-10-2018 – 5:23 am Booking #:99158 Bond:No Bond OSullivan, Robert A Charges:35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe35-48-4-6 Possession Cocaine or Narcotic Booking #:99368 Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Franklin, Alexander C Booking #:99395 Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 5:26 pm View Profile >>> Thomas, Gary E Barger, Lisa K Booking Date:09-05-2017 – 4:32 pm Booking #:99397 Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 2:46 pm Release Date:06-08-2018 – 3:23 pm View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Henson, James W View Profile >>> Release Date:06-08-2018 – 12:38 pm Charges:8 Parole Violation8 Parole Violation35-47-4-5(c) Poss firearm by Ser viol felon Booking #:99409 View Profile >>> Charges:3 Out of County Hold View Profile >>> Booking #:99358 Booking #:98561 Castillo, Mauricio N Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 10:49 pm Booking #:99401 Charges:35-48-4-14 Vio of Legend Drug Act35-43-4-2 A Theft35-43-4-2.7(e2) Unauth Ent of veh comm crime35-43-5-4 Fraud35-44.1-2-4 False Identify Statement3 Out of County Hold Bond:No Bond Release Date:06-08-2018 – 12:23 pm Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Charges:35-45-1-3 Disorderly Conduct Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 3:54 pm Maloy, Robert L Booking Date:02-05-2018 – 11:35 am Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 9:33 pm View Profile >>> Stuckey, David S Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Booking Date:06-09-2018 – 7:59 pm Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Combs, Tony C View Profile >>> Bond:$355 Bond:$3010 Domingo, Miguel D Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Whitfield, Paul C Andrade, Miguel J Charges:8 Parole Violation Booking #:99409 View Profile >>> Maloy, Robert L Bond:$1505 Charges:35-38-2.3 Probation Violation (Adult)35-43-4-2 A Theft Olsen, Erik N Booking Date:06-10-2018 – 4:51 am Roth, Joshua D Leatherman, Adam d Charges:35-46-1-5 Nonsupport of Dependant Child Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Bond:$355 Booking #:97592 Stone, Daniel L Release Date:06-09-2018 – 4:53 am Charges:35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance35-44.1-2-4 False Identify Statement3 Out of County Hold Booking #:99396 Booking Date:06-04-2018 – 12:43 am Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication Booking Date:06-07-2018 – 9:28 pm Charges:8 Parole Violation Booking #:99408 Release Date:06-08-2018 – 3:53 pm View Profile >>> Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 10:04 am Booking #:98777 Booking #:99399 ONeal, Ryan A Charges:35-42-2-1.3(B2) Domm Batt in pres of child35-42-2-1 (1D) Battery, Prev.Conv.same Victim35-42-2-1.5 Battery, Aggrivated35-42-2-1 (1A) Battery View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Release Date:06-08-2018 – 2:23 pm Meadors, Case T Campbell, Roger D Release Date:06-08-2018 – 9:23 am View Profile >>> Release Date:06-08-2018 – 8:53 am Charges:8 Parole Violation Booking #:99400 Booking Date:06-08-2018 – 11:20 pm Booking Date:04-29-2018 – 4:51 pm Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Bond:No Bond Booking Date:06-09-2018 – 12:00 am View Profile >>> Booking #:99355 Booking #:99401 Charges:9-24-18-1 Never Receiving Driver License Barlow, Brianna Booking #:99398 View Profile >>>last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: March 6, 2019

first_imgHigh-speed pursuit, 3 arrests after shoplifting incidentThree people from Connecticut are under arrest after an alleged shoplifting incident in Massachusetts led to a police pursuit. West Springfield Police said that around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to Home Depot for a shoplifting in progress. However, before police arrived, three suspects reportedly fled in a Toyota Sienna minivan with stolen Connecticut license plates.A West Springfield police officer saw the vehicle on Route 5 north and tried to stop it, but the van fled onto I-91 south and then I-291 east. “As the Toyota was pursued it made several evasive maneuvers during the 8-minute pursuit, as speeds reached 75 mph,” police explained in a Facebook post. The pursuit came to an end after the vehicle pulled into a business on the 400 block of Burnett Road in Chicopee and those inside the van surrendered.Police arrested Michael Masselli of West Haven, CT, James Cuneo of Hamden, CT, and Bianca Flores of North Haven, CT.  Each are charged with larceny over $1,200. Masselli is also facing additional charges including failure to stop for police and receiving stolen property under $1,200. During a search of the van, investigators reportedly recovered $2,944.20 in electrical supplies that police said are needed to wire a home or small business.   
[Source: Western Mass News]- Sponsor – Employee takes a car from dealership to rob c-storeA Maryland man was ordered held without bail Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies said he used an SUV he took from the car dealership where he worked to rob a 7-Eleven at knife-point. Allen Michael Hooks, 27, took an Audi SUV from the Ourisman Audi dealership where he works as a subcontractor and drove it to the gas station and convenience store Monday, according to court charging documents.Hooks entered the store wearing a shirt with eye holes cut into it over his face and threatened a cashier and a customer with a knife, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court. “I have a knife. Give me all the cash,” Hooks told the manager working the store’s cash register, according to the documents.Hooks was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft from $100 to $1,500, theft from $25,000 to $100,000, theft from $1,500 to $25,000, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession. He was also charged with three counts of second-degree assault and two counts each of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and the unauthorized removal of property.   [Source: The Frederick News-Post]FTC report says fraud cost Americans $1.8B in 2018More Americans reported losing money to fraud and scams in 2018 when compared with the year prior.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in a recent report that it received 3 million consumer complaints, including more than 1.4 million fraud reports, with people claiming to have lost money in about one-quarter of those reports. Overall, Americans reported losing $1.48 billion… an increase of nearly 40 percent when compared with 2017.Surprisingly, it was younger individuals that reported losing money to scammers at a higher rate. Of the people who reported fraud and their age, 43 percent were in their 20s, while only 15 percent were in their 70s, according to the FTC. It is possible that younger people were more likely to report fraud, a fact not addressed by the report.The top three states for fraud and other related reports (per 100K population) were Florida, Georgia and Nevada. For identity theft reports – Georgia, Nevada and California. The lowest number of identity theft reports (per 100K population) were found in Vermont, Iowa, South Dakota and Maine.   [Source: Fox Business]Nigerian national sentenced for concealing evidence in record-setting fraud caseA Nigerian citizen who had been living in Canada was sentenced Monday, in US federal court to 10 years in prison for obstructing justice in a multi-million dollar fraud case. Michael Adefemi Adeyemo, also known as Adekunle Olufeni Adetiloye, was previously sentenced in 2012 in North Dakota to serve 17 years and six months for a multi-million dollar credit card fraud scheme involving more than 20 banks in the U.S., according to a Justice Department news release. At the time, it was the largest credit card fraud suffered by US Bank and the Discover Card Bank in their histories.Years after the 2012 sentencing, authorities discovered Adeyemo, 47, took steps to conceal his prior residency in the US as a legal permanent resident, that he was a licensed attorney in Nigeria and that he was a fugitive with an outstanding warrant in California from 2001 for another fraud scheme. A jury found him guilty of concealing this evidence from authorities to reduce his 2012 sentence. This week, in sentencing Adeyemo to 10 years in prison, District Judge Linda Reade in Iowa said Adeyemo showed a “callous disregard of the laws of the United States.”   [Source: West Fargo Pioneer]She’s baaack! This time facing theft and resisting arrest chargesA Louisiana woman known for a viral video of her shoplifting several liquor bottles in 2017 is back in jail. Sekonie Jones, 38, Of Shreveport is charged with two counts of theft and a charge of resisting an officer. Her bond is set at $6,000.In August 2017, Jones was caught on video stealing multiple bottles from a Shreveport liquor store. Shreveport-Caddo CrimeStoppers shared the video on its YouTube in hopes someone would identify her. However, due to Jones’ brazenness, the video was shared across social media and amassed a viewing total of nearly 200,000 times on YouTube. In post on her personal Facebook, she appeared to admit to the 2017 crime saying “I hustle that’s what I do.”   [Source: KLSA News12]Can AI catch crooks before they steal?Retail stores guard against theft by installing surveillance cameras, training staff to spot a shoplifter, and employing loss prevention professionals in stores. Japanese startup Vaak believes it can instead predict shoplifting before it happens using artificial intelligence. As Bloomberg reports, Vaak’s software works by tapping into the live security camera feeds a retail store has installed. It then monitors customers looking specifically at their body language. If there are signs that someone is overly nervous, looking around a lot, fidgeting, or generally restless, the system contacts staff via a smartphone app.By alerting staff, the potential shoplifter can quickly be approached and treated just like any other customer because they haven’t done anything wrong yet. However, this interaction will likely stop the shoplifting from happening as the individual will lose their nerve and think better of it. Typically, it falls to staff or security guards to spot shoplifting happening and react to it.The cameras simply record the act which forms evidence for later use in a prosecution. By combining the detection with the camera feeds, Vaak is not only promising a higher rate of detection, but also the prospect of fewer crimes being committed because the thief is going to be stopped more often before they’ve broken the law.With shoplifting costing the retail industry in the region of $34 billion a year in lost sales, retailers will be very keen to adopt new technology that prevents it happening. For now, Vaak is testing its software in 16 stores across Tokyo. If successful, we should expect a global roll out, although it’s unlikely many retailers will want you to know they are using it in their stores.   [Source: PC Mag] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Man’s body found after Lake of the Ozarks boat crash

first_imgAuthorities have found the body of a Eugene man after a boat accident on the Lake of the Ozarks.The Highway Patrol says two boats crashed into each other at about 10 p.m. Saturday at the 4 MM of the Osage Arm. The driver of the upstream boat, 62-year-old Kelly Wise of Atlantic, Iowa, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. He has minor injuries, and his passenger has moderate injuries.Four mid-Missourians were in the boat heading downstream. Troopers say they found the body of 39-year-old Jason Russell of Eugene at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Nathan Sneller, 37, of Jefferson City was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. Driver Bradley Siebeneck, 37, of Holts Summit, and 42-year-old Brian Basham of Eldon have minor injuries.(This story was last updated at 4:25 a.m. Monday.)last_img read more

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