3 from Mid-County charged with theft of Polaris Rangers, welding machine

first_img She said she left after midnight and wasn’t home when her husband and Smith were arrested.Around this time a different deputy was speaking with the uncle of Kendzierski about a separate matter and learned Kendzierski confessed to stealing the items with some friends and asked his uncle if he knew anybody who wanted to buy them.Kendzierski reportedly told his uncle he removed the GPS devices from the Polaris, as well as other details.The 2019 Polaris crew cab rangers are valued at $14,851 each and the Lincoln welders are valued at $11,323 each for a total of $52,348.Kendzierski was arrested on felony theft with $30,000 bond, burglary of a building with $20,000 bond and theft with $20,000 bond. He remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.Smith was charged with two counts of felony theft with $5,000 bond on each and bonded out of jail on Aug. 29.Boone was charged with felony theft with a bond of $40,000 and bonded out on Sept. 16. A Jefferson County grand jury has handed down indictments for felony theft to two Nederland men and a Port Neches man.Sheriff’s deputies contend the men are responsible for stealing two Polaris crew cab Rangers and two Lincoln welding machines from a business and hiding them in a wooded area behind a mobile home park.Raymond Joseph Kendzierski, 33, of Nederland; Chad Norman Smith, 45, of Port Neches; and Jason Robert Boone, 36, of Nederland were each indicted for felony theft earlier this week for the April 8 crimes. One of the stolen UTVs (utility task vehicles) and the two welders were recovered in the woods behind the mobile home park a few weeks prior.Kendzierski told detectives he bought the Polaris for $500 from a man named Jose Sanchez and was trading it to a man named Caleb Crochet for a Chevrolet Suburban. Kendzierski was supposed to meet up with detectives and make a formal statement but did not show up.Police haven’t found Sanchez and Crochet and believe they may not exist.Fast forward to May and Boone’s wife makes a statement to law enforcement saying she saw Kendzierski painting the Polaris just 10 to 12 feet from her porch and was unaware it was stolen. Boone and Smith were there at the time.center_img On April 20, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call of people loading things onto a trailer at Hooks RV Park, 3920 North Twin City Highway.According to court documents, Smith was standing on the side of a 2001 GMC Sierra truck and Boone was standing next to the trailer. According to deputies, the men said they were loading the Polaris — which had a fresh coat of black paint — to bring to a person in Nederland.The Polaris was confirmed stolen from Mustang Rental at 3200 North Twin City Highway in Nederland on April 8, along with another Polaris Ranger and the two Lincoln 300 welders.last_img read more

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Steven Pasquale to Lead Assassins & More Encores! Off-Center Casting

first_imgSteven Pasquale will play John Wilkes Booth, Julie White will portray Sara Jane Moore and Alex Brightman will play Giuseppe Zangara in the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center presentation of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s carnival ride through the history of political violence Assassins. The previously announced production will run July 12-15 at City Center.Also set to appear in Assassins will be Steven Boyer (John Hinckley Jr.), John Ellison Conlee (Charles Guiteau), Clifton Duncan (The Balladeer), Shuler Hensley (Leon Czolgosz), Ethan Lipton (The Proprietor), Erin Markey (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme), Cory Michael Smith (Lee Harvey Oswald) and Danny Wolohan (Samuel Byck). Assassins will be directed by Anne Kauffman, with music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro.Kirsten Childs’ poignant 2000 musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin will star Nikki M. James as Viveca, the young African-American dancer who finds her way from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity. Directed by Robert O’Hara, the production will feature choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. The work will run July 26-27.Taylor Caldwell will star in Maurice Sendak and Carole King’s Really Rosie. The genius of Where the Wild Things Are meets the genius of Tapestry in this sweet, sad, wonderful family-friendly musical for the dreamer in all of us. Inspired in part by the stories in Sendak’s Nutshell Library, Really Rosie features songs like “Pierre,” “Alligators All Around” and “Chicken Soup with Rice.” The Off-Center production will be directed by Leigh Silverman, with music direction by Carmel Dean and choreography by Ayodele Casel. It runs August 2-5. View Commentslast_img read more

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Vermont State Colleges System reports successful workforce initiative

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont State Colleges System announced that the $2.3 million dollar Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Workforce Initiative established by the state made free courses and trainings possible for 971 Vermonters.Many participants enrolled in multiple courses and a total of 1,398 classes and trainings are being taken this fall across all four institutions – Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College – thanks to the investment in this initiative by the State.Susan Stoutes of Rutland is taking two of the classes offered by the Community College of Vermont (CCV). “I really appreciate everything the VSC and the State of Vermont are doing for myself and others who have had their jobs affected by COVID-19,” she said. “I was let go from my employment of 30 years and was so excited to see the course offerings. Thinking about getting back into the workforce is a bit intimidating, but I feel that these two classes I am taking will better prepare me for what employment I may be interested in pursuing.”Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said, “For over two-hundred years, the institutions of the Vermont State Colleges have filled an important role in our state. Our institutions are the economic anchor of communities across the state that create pathways to affordable, high quality, postsecondary education to Vermonters of all ages, all income levels, and all backgrounds. The CRF Workforce Initiative is a tremendous example of how the Vermont State Colleges System can meet Vermonters where they are, enhance their skills and experiences, and prepare them to re-enter the workforce. In just one month, we were able to establish courses and trainings, market the initiative, enroll Vermonters from across the state, and successfully begin instruction. We are incredibly grateful for this investment in the VSCS and in Vermonters by the legislature and the Governor, and we are thrilled to share the success of this program today. We look forward to continuing to measure the success of this initiative and exploring the potential for future programs like this.”For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges System provides affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education, fully integrating professional, liberal, and career study, consistent with student aspirations and regional and state needs. The Vermont State Colleges system includes Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College. Learn more at www.vsc.edu(link is external). Source: MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont State Colleges Systemlast_img read more

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Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort title sponsors Lavaman Keauhou Triathlon

first_img Related The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, in Kona, Hawaii, has become the title sponsor for the 4th Annual Lavaman Keauhou Triathlon scheduled for Sunday 18 November 2012.Lavaman Keauhou is a fully sanctioned USA Triathlon (USAT) Olympic distance triathlon produced by Hawaii Sports Connection. It is open to elite triathletes, triathlon enthusiasts and relay teams of all ages and levels.“Sheraton Keauhou Bay is excited about this opportunity to support our Keauhou Resort community and the triathlon community at large through sponsorship of Lavaman Keauhou,” said Sheraton General Manager Steve Lindburg. “We know Hawaii Sports Connection puts on an excellent and safe event and we’re proud to take on a larger role for Lavaman Keauhou 2012 and beyond.”On Saturday 17 November, the Lavaman Keauhou Expo opens at the Sheraton convention center. During the expo, racers will pick-up their race-day packets and will enjoy a range of multisport product and sponsor booths. A LavaKids event also takes centre stage on Saturday morning with the Lavakids Youth Aquathon swim/run at Keauhou Bay for children aged 7 to 14 and a special LavaKids Dash for children under age 7.In keeping with the Lavaman tradition, after the main race on 18 November, the weekend will conclude with an awards party and banquet at Sheraton Keauhou Bay, complete with live music, food and camaraderie for volunteers and athletes.“We are thrilled by our new partnership with Sheraton Keauhou Bay,” said Gerry Rott, Race Producer and founder of the Lavaman event. “The resort’s location and superb facilities will allow us to grow Lavaman’s reputation for race excellence while keeping the event within the Keauhou Resort community.”www.SheratonKeauhou.com www.lavamantriathlon.com/keauhoulast_img read more

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Cooke, Dr. Lambert to receive Foundation’s Medal of Honor

first_imgJacksonville attorney A. Hamilton “Ham” Cooke and Miami physician Dr. Walter F. Lambert will receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor Award at the Foundation’s 31st Annual Reception and Dinner June 28 at the Orlando Marriott World Center.Cooke will receive the Medal of Honor Award for his many contributions to providing access to justice for those living in poverty, and for his tireless service to HabiJax, the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.“For nearly four decades, Ham Cooke has honored the tenets of the legal profession by working diligently to help provide justice for all,” said Miami attorney John W. Thornton, president of The Florida Bar Foundation. “Through his efforts with HabiJax, hundreds of Jacksonville’s poorest residents have become homeowners.”The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Award, established in 1977, has two award categories. The first is for a member of The Florida Bar who has demonstrated his or her dedication to the objectives of The Florida Bar as set out in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: “to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.” The Medal of Honor may also be awarded to a member of the public or a lawyer not actively engaged in the practice of law who has made outstanding achievements in improving the administration of justice in Florida.During his years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors and The Florida Bar Foundation, Cooke focused his efforts on Floridians living in poverty. Thornton said thanks to his service, thousands have been able to obtain access to the justice system.“He is truly deserving of this year’s Medal of Honor Award, and The Florida Bar Foundation is pleased to recognize him for his many unselfish contributions to the people of Florida.”Lambert is the medical director of Miami’s Child Protection Team, and a longtime advocate for abused and neglected children. He and his staff review child abuse cases in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, and screen about 20 cases a day, many of them heartbreakingly gruesome.“Dr. Walter F. Lambert has been called the ‘defender of the innocents,’” Thornton said. “Each day, he carefully and compassionately examines children who have been inflicted with abuse that would bring most of us to tears. Yet, he forges on. Dr. Lambert’s expert testimony has helped bring justice to Florida’s littlest victims, and he has taught hundreds of foster care advocates how to recognize the sometimes subtle warning signs of abuse. For his dedication to improving the lives of thousands of children, The Florida Bar Foundation is extremely grateful.”Tickets for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 31st Annual Reception and Dinner are $75 per person; $70 per person for Fellows. To order tickets call Deana Walker at (800) 541-2195. Cooke, Dr. Lambert to receive Foundation’s Medal of Honor May 15, 2007 Regular Newscenter_img Cooke, Dr. Lambert to receive Foundation’s Medal of Honorlast_img read more

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All Aboard The PHX Sky Train

first_imgFor more information on PHX Sky Train, visit Sky Harbors’ website at skyharbor.com/about/automatedtrain.html.AZRE Magazine May/June 2012 PHX Sky Train Stage 1 at Sky Harbor is a moving example of Hensel Phelps’ grand presence and reputation in ArizonaAsk Allan Bliesmer what’s most special about the $644M PHX Sky Train project, and his answer isn’t that surprising.“The team effort toward a common goal,” responds Bliesmer, operations manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., general contractor for the Stage 1 fixed facilities of the massive project at Sky Harbor International Airport. “The city, designer, and Hensel Phelps addressed each challenge with a solutions-orientated approach.“The people involved in the project refrained from developing or maintaining personal agendas, and worked together, utilizing each member’s expertise, to develop the best design and construction solutions for the project.”Once Hensel Phelps was selected as construction manager for the first phase of the train’s stations and elevated guide-way tracks, preliminary work began and lasted 20 months — from June 2008 to February 2010. (Bombardier Transportation was chosen as the system provider).Stage 1 — a 1.7-mile stretch — will transport airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80% of Sky Harbor’s passengers. Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in 2Q 2012.What was it about the company that helped Hensel Phelps land such a historic project? Prior to the start of the PHX Sky Train project, Bliesmer says, Hensel Phelps had just completed the automated train project at the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. The Dallas-Ft. Worth system was installed throughout the entire airport and spanned a total of 5 miles in length with 8 stations.In addition, Hensel Phelps has completed billions of dollars of aviation work around the country including automated train systems, terminals, hangars, administration facilities, rental car facilities, air traffic control towers and parking structures at a number of airports.But one feature that makes PHX Sky Train different from other projects is a 350- foot bridge that carries the train above an active taxiway that is large enough for a 747 to pass through. An article in a national construction magazine boasted that the project “features many innovative design elements,” including the bridge.“The Taxiway R crossing is a unique item not generally featured at other airports around the world,” Bliesmer says. “In order to maintain full use of the taxiway, the design had to accommodate a ‘bridge’ that would not encumber the use of the largest aircraft planned at the airport.“To satisfy this, a 350-foot cast in-place concrete ‘bridge,’ at an elevation of 80 feet above grade, was incorporated to provide the necessary clearance. Another innovative approach was the use of precast tub girders in lieu of cast in-place concrete structural elements for a majority of the guideway structure,” Bliesmer adds. “The use of precast allowed the construction team to minimize the real estate needed on the ground to install shoring required for a traditional cast in-place concrete approach, resulting in minimization of issues associated with public access, airport operations and safety.”The automated train was a necessity. Sky Harbor serves 42M passengers a year, and the number is projected to rise to 40M to 50M in 2013. The goal is to remove about 20,000 cars and trucks — up to 20% of the traffic circling Sky Harbor — from the airport area. The project is also a boon to the local economy. Stage 1 has created an estimated 6,000 jobs.What are some of the challenges Hensel Phelps faced?“The primary challenge with the integration of such a large construction project into an active airport,” Bliesmer explains, “is completing the work without causing interruption to the airport and airline operations, as well as maintaining safe access by public and airport employees.”In order to accomplish public safety and minimize any impact to the airport operations and airline operations, much of the work activity is conducted during night-time hours when flight activity and public access at the airport is at a minimum, Bliesmer adds.Stage 2, which will continue through the airport to the rental car center, was scheduled for completion in 2020. But last June, the Phoenix City Council voted to move up completion of a .6-mile section to connect Terminal 4 with Terminal 3, along with a walkway for passengers to access Terminal 2, to early 2015. Final cost of the project: $1.5B.“The state-of-the-art system installed at Sky Harbor is the latest and greatest in the industry,” Bliesmer says proudly. “Having the opportunity to work with the City of Phoenix and the aviation team at Sky Harbor has furthered Hensel Phelps’ experience and recognition throughout the industry.”[stextbox]PHX SKY TRAIN BY THE NUMBERS14M: Pounds of precast concrete12M: Pounds of structural steel5,000: Drawings issued for construction340: Subcontracts issued40: Miles of wiring (power cabling)[/stextbox]last_img read more

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How High-School Popularity Follows You Into Adulthood

first_imgNew York Magazine:Although we don’t talk much about antiquated psychological concepts like the id, ego, superego, and unconscious anymore, we do know that there are plenty of actions we take without thinking—feelings that seem to bubble up from nowhere and ways that we react to life that just seem to be part of our “personality.” Today, we understand that all of these automatic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts are related to specific activity in our brains. Recent research suggests that, in a very literal sense, our brains were built on a foundation of popularity.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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Record tourist results in Dubrovnik in the first six months

first_imgDubrovnik is constantly recording excellent tourist traffic, and can boast of an increase in tourist traffic in the first six months, and in June, when 133.467 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 2% more than in June 2015. There were 467.828 overnight stays or 1% more than in June 2015, and the most numerous guests were from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Croatia and Ireland.6% growth in the first six monthsAccording to available data from the eVisitor system, which does not include nautical services, Dubrovnik achieved record tourist results in all types of accommodation in the first six months of 2016. From 1 January to 30 June 2016, there were 364.887 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is a total of 6% more arrivals than in the same period last year. During the first six months of 2016, 1.156.943 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 5% compared to 2015.The top list of countries from which Dubrovnik tourists came in the first six months of 2016 consists of: the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Korea, and Ireland.last_img read more

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New Director Takes the Helm of Stolt-Nielsen

first_imgOslo-listed transportation company Stolt-Nielsen Limited has elected a new director, Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG.“With his extensive industry and business experience, Habben Jansen is a valued addition to the Board of Directors of Stolt-Nielsen Limited,” said Chairman Christer Olsson.The Board of Directors of SNL received approval at the company’s annual general meeting in April of 2015 to fill two vacancies. With the addition of Jansen as a director, the SNL Board now has six members, four of which are independent.Rolf Habben Jansen has served as Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014, after having been appointed a member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Damco, the global logistics firm, since 2009.Stolt-Nielsen Limited is a global provider of integrated transportation solutions for bulk liquid chemicals through its three largest business divisions, Stolt Tankers, Stolthaven Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers.last_img read more

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Egyptian National Railways signs fleet modernisation MOU

first_imgEGYPT: Progress Rail and Egyptian National Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for the possible supply of new locomotives, as well as terms to modernise, overhaul and maintain a portion of ENR’s existing locomotive fleet under a long-term service agreement.Announcing the MOU on September 18, Progress Rail said its EMD business had powered or supplied the majority of ENR’s current locomotive fleet, with more than 1 100 locomotives delivered over more than 60 years.‘We value the strong, collaborative relationship we have with ENR, and look forward to putting a plan in place to modernise their locomotive fleet with highly advanced locomotive electronics, quality components and state-of-the-art technologies’, said Progress Rail President & CEO Billy Ainsworth. ‘These innovations will work in tandem to take their existing fleet to the next level through optimised performance.’last_img read more

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