Mom allegedly threatens to shoot up elementary school, references Parkland gunman

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriffs Office(LAKE WORTH, Fla.) — A Florida mom allegedly threatened to shoot up an elementary school because she was upset over her kids’ move to a different building — and made reference to Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz in a conversation about the threat, according to documents.Miranda Perez, 28, of Lake Worth, Florida, has been charged with sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting, according to the probable cause affidavit.Perez allegedly told a man on Facebook messenger on Sunday that she was upset her kids were being moved to Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth, according to the affidavit.The man said Perez “made comments in reference” to Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year.Perez allegedly told the man via Facebook video chat that she was going to Facebook friend Cruz’s brother, Zachary Cruz, because she likes “violent things,” the affidavit said.After the video chat, Perez allegedly wrote on Facebook messenger to the man, “I’m thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton… It’s there [sic] fault,” the affidavit said.Perez’s home was among those impacted by a school board resolution that forced about 390 students to change schools to help address overcrowding, according to the Miami Herald.Perez allegedly confirmed that she did send the messages and said “she did think about shooting the school, but claimed she would never actually do it,” the affidavit said.Perez was arrested Sunday and has been taken to a behavioral treatment center, according to court records. She has not yet appeared in court or been assigned an attorney, according to the public defender’s office.School district spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste told ABC News the arrest was brought to the district’s attention by the sheriff’s office. She declined to comment further citing the ongoing case. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Keyboardist’s Vocal Performance Sways City Council

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiBryan Woolbert is a visually impaired college student who plays his electric keyboard on the Ocean City Boardwalk to entertain the crowds of summer tourists. On Thursday night, he was ready to perform in front of a different audience – the mayor and members of City Council.He brought his instrument with him to the Council meeting, but no one asked him to play. Still, he impressed the roomful of elected officials.In this case, it was his words that moved them.Woolbert, 20, of Egg Harbor Township, persuaded the Council members and Mayor Jay Gillian to revise a proposed ordinance that he thought might not let him play his electric piano on the Boardwalk anymore.After listening to Woolbert’s concerns, Council and Gillian decided to table the ordinance so that it could be amended. Council will bring the reworded ordinance back at a later date for a final vote.“When we bring it back, we’ll make sure he can use his piano,” Gillian said of Woolbert.Woolbert, who was sitting in the audience with his mother and grandmother, responded with a hearty “thank you.”Bryan Woolbert addresses City Council about a proposed ordinance that would not allow Boardwalk entertainers to use amplifiers.The proposed ordinance would prohibit Boardwalk entertainers from using amplifiers when they perform. Council and the mayor said they are responding to complaints from merchants and the public that the performers are too loud, effectively drowning out the Boardwalk atmosphere with amplified music and singing.Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association characterized the proposed ordinance as a good compromise. It allows the entertainers to stay on the Boardwalk, but would quiet them down, he said.“Boardwalk merchants welcome the street performers. Eliminating amplifiers only ensures that Boardwalk storeowners and their businesses are able to maintain the atmosphere they desire within their stores,” Kazmarck said in an interview. “Amplifiers directed into their stores were interfering with that atmosphere.”Woolbert was concerned that his battery-powered keyboard would fall under the amplifier ban. Council’s decision to revise the ordinance, though, means that his electric piano will be allowed.Clearly happy that he will be able to return to the Boardwalk this summer, Woolbert said he is hopeful that he and other musicians “can inspire and benefit Ocean City artistically.”A musician, singer and songwriter, Woolbert has been entertaining the Boardwalk crowds for the past three summers, earning tips from people who stop to watch him.Bryan Woolbert is joined at City Hall by his mother, Suzanne Woolbert, and her guide dog, Luna.Woolbert, who is legally blind, can see in his left eye only. His mother, Suzanne Woolbert, who is totally blind, uses a guide dog, a poodle named Luna. She brought Luna to Thursday night’s Council meeting when she accompanied her son. Woolbert explained that they suspect there is a genetic component in the family’s visual impairment.Suzanne Woolbert said she is immensely proud of her son when he performs in front of the Boardwalk crowds“As he is playing, people come up to me and compliment me,” she said. “Little kids are up there dancing while he’s playing.”Woolbert attends Cairn University in Langhorne, Pa., and is a music major, with a minor in computer technology.He hopes to make a career in the music industry by combining his musical talents with his computer expertise, perhaps as a music producer or sound engineer.He already is somewhat famous as a Boardwalk entertainer.“They ask him for his autograph,” his mother said of Woolbert’s fans.People gather around Bryan Woolbert to watch him play and sing. (Courtesy Bryan Woolbert) Keyboardist Bryan Woolbert, a musician, singer and songwriter, performs on the Boardwalk. (Courtesy Bryan Woolbert)last_img read more

Aryzta organic revenue falls 0.9% in European business

first_imgBaked goods supplier Aryzta has reported €413.7m in revenue in its first quarter from its European operations.Total European revenue – including the impact of disposals – declined 3.9%, with organic revenue down 0.9%.Describing the organic performance as “relatively stable”, the business said performance had been solid in France, Hungary and Switzerland, with Germany remaining relatively stable despite the impact of insourcing. It did not reference the UK business.Disposals, which comprised the sale of Signature Flatbreads and a 43% stake in French frozen food business Picard, had a 3.3% negative impact on the European business.Most recently, Delice de France has been demerged from Aryzta through a management buyout. Under the deal, Delice de France will continue an ongoing exclusive relationship with Aryzta.Total group revenue across Aryzta – including the North America and Rest of the World divisions – fell 2.5% on an organic basis to €843.9m.Aryzta North America organic revenue fell 6.1% to €359.3m.“FY19 established foundations on our path towards stability, performance and growth and Q1 FY20 revenue has performed in line with our expectations,” said Aryzta chief executive officer Kevin Toland.He added that the he expected North America revenue to continue to decline in the second quarter, but to increase in the second half of the year from new contract volumes.Toland said the company expected further EBITDA growth at a group level in the full year as the company felt the benefits of its Project Renew cost reduction programme.last_img read more

Why the immigrants come

first_imgThe image of the impoverished immigrant, whether depicted being jammed with others in the trunk of a car or ducking through the underbrush to reach the border, has become a cultural meme. The endless influx of immigrants has spurned controversy and consternation, not to mention volatile rhetoric countered by off-the-cuff rationalizations on their motivations.It is easy to make varied assumptions about these immigrants. But through it all, few observers stop to examine who these people are, and why they’re coming.Last year, Filiz Garip, assistant professor of sociology, undertook an investigation of this question. Who are these migrants, and what are their motivations for fleeing their homes? “We wanted to try to understand what actually prompted these individuals to migrate,” she said, “to take the view of the ‘average migrant’ and determine under what conditions they came to the U.S.”While on a sabbatical last year, supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Garip delved deeper into her research on migration patterns. “I wanted to know several things. Are there different types of migrants moving in different directions if the economy changes? What about if policy changes? Who is coming over now, as opposed to who was coming before them?”“A lot of the time, we think of these individuals as being the poorest of the poor, who migrate out of individual choices and economic hardship, but I didn’t think that was always the case,” said Garip. “I had two ideas: one, that it’s diverse groups of people coming, that we cannot all lump into one category. It’s not just the poorest. And two, everyone who decides to migrate is experiencing the macro-level economic conditions and making choices based on those experiences.”She examined data from the Mexican Migration Project, a Princeton effort that has traced migration patterns between the United States and Mexico for the past 40 years, together with a technique known as “cluster analysis” that allows the researcher to group together and analyze similar cases and people. Garip identified four groups of immigrants, each with its own socioeconomic profile, and each of which came to the United States at distinct periods in Mexico’s economic history.The first group of people, who came in the 1970s, was made up mostly of poor farmers and heads of households. “About 90 percent of them were men,” she said. “There was this idea at the time of trying to maximize your income, and the high pay ratios put huge stress on farmers. So at that time, it was the very poorest people who were coming over to look for work.”But that changed in the 1980s. The second group, according to the analysis, consisted of people from middle-income households. “They usually had business or lands, and were sending their sons to the U.S. to try to diversify their risks. Immigration for these people was purely a business decision.”In the late ’80s, a series of economic crises and subsequent rising inflation pressured many farmers to flee across the border once again, but it was during the same period that the U.S. government legalized 2 million undocumented immigrants. “Because of this,” Garip said, “people decided to bring their families over. So you saw a big influx of women and young children who were joining people already established in the U.S. Then in the ’90s we saw more urban, educated types coming over. They were skilled and worked jobs in Mexico, but were still coming to the U.S. to look for jobs.”At any one time, all four types of people were probably coming into the country, but according to Garip, “the composition changes a lot. There are always multiple types of migrants from distinct backgrounds, and with diverse motivations for migrating. We see that income-maximizing migrants can co-exist alongside migrants who seek to diversify risks. With these last two groups, we can see how networks of families and friends begin to affect migration patterns.”Given this refreshed view on who these immigrants are and why they are coming, the next question becomes: What does this mean for U.S. immigration policy? “A lot of our immigration policy assumes the ‘typical migration case’ of the poor, unskilled laborer who doesn’t speak English, and policymakers seem to be operating with the idea that if you increase the costs and consequences of immigrating, rates will decline. That’s not the case. The only thing that will stop migration is improving economic conditions in the home country.”And Garip is quick to point out that a lot of current policies are backfiring. “Before the ’70s, there was a lot of circular migration. People didn’t have intentions to settle in the U.S. They came, made money, and left. But the tightening of policies and higher enforcement meant it was harder for people to go back and forth, so they simply began to stay in the U.S. And then when their rights began to be restricted, they became citizens.”“If we want to change the incentive to migrate, we need a more customized policy. Start a guest worker program, or a visa program to make temporary migration legal. Create legal revenues for people to do this, and then once they’re here let them be citizens. Making these activities illegal and throwing these people in jail is not a disincentive.”Garip has since designed a course based on what she learned, and hopes to bring undergraduates into the research process. “I want people to understand that immigration is not about one kind of individual,” she said. “They’re not all the same. There are different groups, different reasons, and most importantly, different people who migrate.”last_img read more

Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Stepping Down

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green is stepping down at the end of his term of office. But he prefers to think of it as just moving on.“I don’t think retirement is the right word. I’m moving on,” Green told WNYNewsNow Wednesday morning.As election commissioner, Green is not able to discuss his plans for the future, he said. Green has held the position since 1999.Asked his proudest accomplishment, Green said it was avoiding being the focus of the media for election day errors, because he and his staff always have been able to solve issues as they arise. “You’re (the media) not calling us up the day after the election, never are you calling us up the day after the election and asking what happened election night,” Green said.Green said he attends election conferences and is flooded with questions about how Chautauqua County does so well, always being the first county in New York to provide completed accurate election results.“We’re always first in the state to produce election results. They ask how does Chautauqua County do it. We just do it, it’s not a formula, it’s getting the work done,” Green said.“In Chautauqua County we just solve the problem,” he said.While issues do arise, Green said the public generally never knows it because the problem is always addressed and solved.“Things do happen. The voters never knew it because we had the emergency answer as to the issue.”Management skills are vital to the job, Green advised. He said election commissioners manage as many as 500 election inspectors, 49 polling sites, 100 voting machines and a $1 millionbudget.The Democratic Committee will consider Green’s replacement at the September meeting, he said. A candidate will then be forwarded to the Chautauqua County Legislature for the consideration. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mexico to Introduce Gendarmerie in September

first_img “It will be a very dynamic body, which will support Federal Police functions, but it will not invade its competence,” Toledo added. By Dialogo May 10, 2013 The Mexican government is planning to introduce its first gendarmerie during the national festivities in September, in order to counter the high violence rates that derive from drug trafficking, according to Carlos Humberto Toledo, General Inspector of the National Commission of Public Security. “The gendarmerie in Mexico will start operating soon. Most likely, you will see them parading on September 16,” the country’s Independence Day, Toledo said. Toledo added that the plan is for the gendarmerie to have 40,000 elements in six years. The official added that the security force unit has already been created, with 10,000 elements, of which 8,500 are Soldiers and the rest are Marines, which are “being trained so that their military mindset is transformed and adapted closer to what a police officer should be (…),” Toledo added during the Fifth Forum about Security and Justice, carried out in Mexico City. center_img Human rights organizations think that taking 50,000 Soldiers from their headquarters to counter drug trafficking was the main cause of the increased violence during Calderón’s government. So far during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in December 2012, and who has not stated if he will order the Military to go back to theirheadquarters, 4,249 homicides presumably related to organized crime were reported. The Federal Police “will be on the roads and cities (…) and the gendarmerie will be located in strategic places,” such as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) facilities. According to official figures, over 70,000 people died during the government of former President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) during confrontations between criminal gangs and military operations against them. last_img read more

Violence from FARC Dissidents Undermines Colombian Peace Deal

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 21, 2020 November 2020 marks the third anniversary of the peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish). Violence, however, continues as dissidents who oppose the deal carry out criminal acts, and threaten to retaliate against those who have agreed to disarm.In mid-July, in the country’s northwest, 94 former combatants and their families relocated to get away from the risks they faced. They settled in another municipality, where the government was prepared to receive the families.Former FARC guerillas arrange their belongings after arriving at a new reintegration zone in Mutatá, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP)Since the beginning of the peace process, 206 former FARC members have been killed. Thirty-three assassinations alone occurred in 2020, according to the latest Quarterly Report of the United Nations (U.N.) Verification Mission in Colombia, with data from March 27 to June 26, 2020.The threats and deaths of former combatants have been attributed to disputes over coca producing territories led by other armed groups, such as the National Liberation Army, or narcotraffickers and FARC dissidents who remain criminally organized.In June, in Cauca, a department in southwestern Colombia with the highest rates of violence, according to the U.N.  report, the Colombian Army rescued two tourists — a Brazilian and a Swiss national — who had been kidnapped three months prior by the FARC dissident group known as the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column. During the operation, the Army captured one of the kidnappers.In addition to the kidnappings, the group has been accused of carrying out murders, such as the massacre of five indigenous social leaders in October 2019, and of making threats against former combatants who agreed to the peace deal. Authorities arrested one of the leaders of the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, Israel Méndez Quitumbo, in late June, during a joint operation between the Colombian Military Forces and the National Police.last_img read more

Suffolk Robber Hit 4 Banks in 3 Months

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this bank robber?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for robbing four banks, three of them at gunpoint, in the past three months, including one this weekend.In the latest case, the robber walked into the TD Bank on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma, flashed a handgun and demanded money from a teller at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, police said.The same man allegedly robbed the New York Commercial Bank on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park on Sept. 5 and Oct. 11. He also allegedly robbed the TD Bank on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon on Oct. 27.Police said he flashed a gun in all but the Oct. 11 case. He fled each scene with cash after the tellers complied.The suspect is described as in his mid 30s to late 40s, 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a thin build and light complexion.Police released a surveillance camera image of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize the suspect and turn him in.Pattern Crime Unit detectives ask anyone with information on these cases to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Long Island Covid-19 Cases Still Rising

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The coronavirus infection rate continues to rise on Long Island as local officials sound the alarm that the public must remain vigilant and not get complacent about efforts to curb the pandemic.As of Tuesday, Nassau County officials reported the latest infection rate is 5.8 percent, the highest it’s been in months, and Suffolk County officials said its latest positivity rate was 6.5 percent. New York State officials said the infection rate for the Long Island region was 5.68 percent as of Monday.“Today’s news about impending [Food and Drug Administration] approvals for Covid-19 vaccines is monumental, but we must not allow it to lull us into a false sense of complacency,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Tuesday. “Our data is beginning to show a more even distribution of disease activity among all age-groups across the county. We have now reached a clear point of community spread, which calls for increased vigilance from all of us.”There were 135,519 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Long Island — 69,024 in Suffolk and 66,495 in Nassau as of Tuesday, state date shows. There were 722,464 cases statewide, 15.1 million nationwide, and 68.3 million worldwide as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Suffolk saw four straight days of more than 1,000 cases per day last week, and Bellone noted the county saw only 12 days of more than 1,000 new cases per day during the peak of the first wave in the spring. Suffolk had another 1,164 new cases on Monday compared to Nassau’s 863. Bellone reiterated that small gatherings remain the largest risk of spreading the virus, besides not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.“I cannot stress enough the dangers posed by small indoor gatherings,” Bellone said. “Just because you are in your home with people you trust does not mean you are safe. If we don’t change our behaviors quickly our hospital system will be at risk of being overwhelmed and we will lose more lives.”Suffolk reported that as of Saturday there were 359 patients hospitalized and 57 patients in intensive care units. Nassau’s hospitals are reporting 343 Covid-19 patients, 50 in ICU, and 34 intubated, officials said. LI had 18 percent of its hospital beds available and 25 percent of its intensive care unit beds available on a seven-day average as of Tuesday, state data shows.“While we may all be tired, it is abundantly clear that this virus is not,” said Bellone. “Everything we do now and over the next few weeks is about saving lives and preventing our hospital system from being overwhelmed.” For more coronavirus coverage, visit up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Taumalolos keen on property investment in Cowboy territory

first_imgProperty Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: home had an undercover rear patio “for those weekend family brunches” which also had pull down shade blinds for privacy and shade.The family paid $395,000 for the 643sq m property, which also had a double bay remote garage, air conditioning, full irrigation and a vegetable garden in the backyard. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: home is just eight minutes from the Cowboys home stadium. In July 2015, five months after the Cowboys star extended his contract to the end of 2017, the Taumalolos were listed as having bought another property – this time a 718sq m block also in Townsville about 20 minutes from the CBD. They paid $189,900 for the block which was zoned for a multi unit dwelling, exclusive use as a single dwelling or farming. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: the family’s trend of buying property after every re-signing, signs are good that some of the $10m that goes towards keeping the sporting superstar in Townsville will go into more real estate investments. North Queensland Cowboy’s Jason Taumalolo’s family has bought property after every re-signing by the NRL superstar. Picture: Wesley MontsSIGNS are good that the NRL’s highest paid man Jason Taumalolo will pour some of his historic $10M contract funds into property after sealing a 10-year deal with the Cowboys.His parents Vaai and Tominika Taumalolo, who moved to Australia so their then teenage son could continue to pursue his rugby league dreams, have already set down strong roots in Townsville.center_img Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: home, just 18 minutes from the Townsville CBD, had been marketed as being “neat as a pin”, according to CoreLogic property records, with two living areas and solar panels that fed back to the grid. Property Confidential: The Townsville home bought when the NRL superstar first renewed his contract with the Cowboys. Picture: family bought property on two previous occasions in the months following their famous son re-signing with the Cowboys.In 2013 they bought a four bedroom, two bathroom, four car space home when the NRL superstar was on the cusp of turning 20, and a year after he had re-signed with the Cowboys to the end of the 2015 season.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agolast_img read more