81yearold man sentenced in Social Security fraud

first_imgHere is a press release from U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holden in Portland, Ore.81 YEAR-OLD PORTLAND MAN SENTENCED IN SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUDPORTLAND, Ore. – Lafayette Frederick Keaton was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for defrauding the Social Security Administration and the Department of Human Services for the past 13 years.Judge Garr M. King advised Keaton that his criminal conduct justified a sentence of incarceration but also noted that Keaton’s age and health warranted a sentence at the lowest end of the 12 – 18 month sentencing guidelines range.Keaton pled guilty in July to using his dead brother’s identity to collect more than $139,000 in social security, food stamps, and Medicare benefits. Keaton was also ordered to pay full restitution.Keaton’s case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Investigations in Salem and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Cooper as part of a partnership venture between the Seattle Region, SSA Office of the General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Behindthescenes look at a crazy day

first_img‘You’re not Paul.”When I arrived at The Columbian early Wednesday morning, that’s the way I was greeted … and for good reason.Dedicated news assistant Mary Ricks needed Paul. And she needed him fast!Paul, by the way, is Paul Suarez. He’s our early-morning reporter, and one of his main duties is to hunt down breaking news to get fresh information on our website.Back in the good ol’ days, when the Internet didn’t exist, newspapers had to worry about only one deadline each day, that being when journalists had to quit reporting so their stories could end up on the printing press. Today, reporters literally have dozens of deadlines. That’s because of the living, breathing, constantly changing Web.But let’s get back to Mary. She is essentially a data gatherer. She goes out and gets all kinds of info from places such as our courthouse. She then grinds that stuff into a usable form so our readers can see it.Mary also sits about 10 feet from our police scanner. It’s constantly blaring stuff about sidewalk slips, domestic issues and assorted miscreants.On occasion, the scanner chatter sounds serious. Very serious. That happened Wednesday morning when Mary heard about a fire in Washougal. Then a few seconds later Mary heard “shots fired.”That was enough for our data gatherer to turn into a first responder on news. Mary needed to track Paul down to make sure he was aware of what was going on.last_img read more

Aldridge named to NBA AllStar team

first_imgThis is what you’d call one of those “good problems.” Like he does every year, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge purchased an airplane ticket to his home city of Dallas during the All-Star break. After all, he was denied selection to the All-Star Game in each of his first five NBA seasons, so perhaps in an act of self-defense, he kept his hopes low and planned on heading back to Texas. Then the word came from the NBA on Thursday afternoon: For the first time in his career, Aldridge had been selected as an All-Star team reserve. Dallas will have to wait. This time, he’s Orlando-bound. “I’m going to have to see if I can get that money back,” Aldridge said on a conference call. “I was planning on not making it. I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Aldridge’s thoughts stood in stark contrast to the rumors circling around the league. The 26-year-old’s 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game are fifth and 10th in the NBA, respectively — which might be why Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, Denver coach George Karl, and New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams had each said that Aldridge earned their vote before the results were announced. Even so, Aldridge made sure to keep his optimism in check. It was just a year ago that he was considered a strong candidate to earn the final spot on the Western Conference roster, only to watch Minnesota’s Kevin Love be selected in front of him. So when he got the nod this year, he made sure to pinch himself before patting himself on the back.last_img read more

Kids dig Dozer Day

first_imgNutter FoundationDerek Fechtner says he might want to be a firefighter when he grows up. Or maybe the 6-year-old Woodland boy will become a bulldozer driver. Or maybe he’ll be an ambulance paramedic.He and thousands of other local boys and girls got the chance to test drive their dreams over the weekend at the annual Dozer Day event, spread across 30 acres at the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in East Vancouver.This was the eighth year for the event, which unites big machines and little kids for charitable purposes. It was coordinated for the fifth consecutive year by the Nutter Foundation, a charitable arm of the Vancouver-based Nutter Corp. heavy construction firm.Aimee Gebarowski, a foundation employee who, along with Renee Nutter, spends nearly six months organizing the three-day event, said there are several reasons behind Dozer Day.First of all, it raises a lot of money. After last year’s event, nearly $100,000 was donated to three dozen groups that directly benefit local children, ranging from larger organizations such as Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Vancouver School District Foundation to very small causes such as the Klineline Kids Fishing Derby.last_img read more

Lane closures affect Southeast 164th Avenue tonight

first_imgTraffic at the intersection of Southeast 164th Avenue and Southeast 34th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. today to about 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, to allow for signal upgrades. Existing traffic signals will be turned off during that time, and flaggers will be used to control traffic.This work, part of the City of Vancouver’s Southeast 164th Intersection Project, is being done at night while traffic on the busy corridor is typically not as heavy. Drivers are urged to be aware of the lane closures and follow flaggers’ directions. Drivers and pedestrians should also watch for construction workers and equipment in the roadway. Where possible, please consider taking another route outside the construction zone.The overall Vancouver project will improve six intersections along Southeast 164th Avenue, from about Southeast 34th Street to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard. The project includes accessibility upgrades for a number of curb ramps, stormwater improvements and fiber-optic improvements to enhance coordination of traffic signals. That work will be followed by an overlay of asphalt on Southeast 164th Avenue as part of the city’s 2012 Pavement Management Program. Other curb ramps in this 164th Avenue corridor and on Cascade Park Drive are also scheduled for accessibility improvements this summer, in advance of the overlay work.Questions about the work may be directed to Vancouver Public Works Construction Services at 360-487-7750.last_img read more

Man dressed like a ninja tries to rob Vancouver bar

first_imgA man whom witnesses said was dressed “like a ninja” attempted to rob a bar in the Minnehaha neighborhood just before midnight Wednesday, Vancouver Police Department Spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. A bartender at Jake’s Bar & Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road, called police at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man holding an expandable baton walked into the bar and requested money from the register, Kapp said. When the bartender explained there was no money in the till, the man left on foot, she said. Kapp said the man didn’t threaten anyone with the baton and no one was injured. Police used a canine to search the area, but did not find the suspect.The man was described as six-feet tall, in his late 20s or early 30s and wearing all black, with a thin black cloth over his face with cut-out eye holes.last_img read more

Camas woman hurt in Oregon accident

first_imgHere is a press release from the Oregon State Police:SERIOUS INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH – HIGHWAY 126W WEST OF EUGENEPosted: June 4th, 2013 10:08 PMOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday evening’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two people along Highway 126W about two miles west of Eugene. The names of the two people injured will be released Wednesday morning.On June 4, 2013 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a Subaru Impreza driven by a 25-year old male from Parkdale, Oregon, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 52 when it traveled off the roadway several hundred feet. The vehicle’s driver side collided into a tree entrapping the driver until he was extricated by Eugene Fire Department personnel. He was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious injuries.The 23-year old female passenger from Camas, Washington, was also transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.Both occupants were using safety restraints and the vehicle’s airbags deployed.OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton is the lead investigator.OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The highway was blocked about 90 minutes.last_img read more

UPDATE Bump in state revenue may avert government shutdown

first_imgOLYMPIA — Substantial improvements in Washington’s financial outlook provided state lawmakers with a pathway to resolve their budget differences Tuesday, and negotiators expressed optimism they would avoid any government shutdown.In response to a revised forecast of state revenues, Senate leaders said they were OK finalizing a budget deal without policy overhauls that they had been seeking — so long as the House didn’t continue pushing for new revenue. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said lawmakers can work on a budget without additional revenue this year but will need to revisit the issue in the future in order to fully fund education.“It’s not as if the revenue debate is gone,” Sullivan said.Budget writers have some $300 million more in room to maneuver after Tuesday’s updated forecasts. That includes $110 million extra in the current budget cycle that would be available for one-time use in the next budget, an additional $120 million improvement in the revenue outlook for the next two-year budget cycle and $90 million in money available because of less reliance on government services.In total, the new coming 2013-15 budget will raise $32.66 billion — up about $2 billion from the current budget.The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said it saw strong numbers in state building permits in the first quarter, saying housing has not been this strong in Washington since the end of 2007. However, forecasters cautioned that there remains a lot of uncertainty due to ongoing concerns about federal fiscal policy along with the economies of Europe and China.Budget negotiators have been struggling for months to find common ground on how to balance the state’s spending. With June 30 serving as the end of the current budget, state leaders have been rushing to identify which areas of state government would need to shut down — and which workers would need to be temporarily laid off — if the Legislature fails to reach a final compromise.last_img read more

Car crashes into house at Mill Plain and Reserve Street

first_imgA car reportedly crashed into a house Wednesday morning at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and East Reserve Street.Police were called to the scene at 9:14 a.m. and found the driver of a Mustang convertible uninjured, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. There were no reported injuries, she said.Information about damage to the house was not available.A natural gas pipe was bent in the crash, Kapp said, and crews from NW Natural went to the scene to make sure there were no leaks.last_img

Thefts from homes net woman five years

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for hoodwinking elderly victims into letting her into their homes and then stealing their money and valuables when they weren’t looking.Christina L. Higdon, 40, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft, nine counts of second-degree theft, three counts of third-degree theft, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of payment instruments and possession of methamphetamine.“In my short time on the bench, I think I’ve seen quite a bit of the human condition,” said Judge David Gregerson. “I have to say this displays stunning amorality.”Gregerson said he was particularly disturbed by the “predatory nature” of the crimes, in which Higdon targeted elderly people who were willing to “help out a neighbor” by allowing her to use the phone or have a drink of water.“It disheartened me a lot,” victim Patricia Dunford said of the crime. Dunford, 70, allowed Higdon into her home after Higdon asked to use the phone. Higdon ran off with Dunford’s purse containing $850 in cash, which Dunford had planned to use to pay her bills. Dunford said she couldn’t chase Higdon because she has bad knees.last_img read more

Utility linemen brave cold ice to restore power

first_imgDETROIT — When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn’t be spending Christmas at home with his family.“Nobody had to call. I heard it on the top of my roof,” Carone said.The 52-year-old lineman for Detroit-based DTE Energy is one of the thousands of electrical workers who have put in double shifts trying to restore power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. Outages stretched from the Great Plains to Maine and into eastern Canada.“My power went out the same time as everybody else’s,” Carone said of the power to his Lapeer home, north of Detroit. It was about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, while he was on the phone with his utility’s area leader. He walked out the door a half-hour later and has been working 16 hours a day ever since.The storm has been blamed for 17 deaths in the U.S. and 10 in Canada. Five people apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning tied to using generators.Michigan bore the brunt of the storm as nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power, and as of Friday morning, about 64,000 customers remained in the dark. Maine reported almost 12,000 outages and in eastern Canada, nearly 62,000 still hadn’t had their power restored, including 33,000 in Toronto.last_img read more

Institute of Chartered Accountants agrees £30 million pension buyin

first_imgThe Institute of Chartered Accountants has agreed a medically underwritten buy-in transaction for its £200 million pension scheme.The £30 million transaction with Partnership was completed in November. The organisation’s Staff Pensions Fund is one of the few UK pension schemes to have completed two medically underwritten buy-ins, after completing a medically underwritten buy-in at the start of 2014.Hymans Robertson, with Club Vita, was the lead adviser on both transactions and Eversheds served as the legal adviser.Andrew Evans, chair of the Financial Conduct Authority and trustee of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Staff Pensions Fund, said: “The trustee is delighted to have taken another important step to materially reduce risk for its members.“This has enabled us to insure a large proportion of our pensioner liabilities at a particularly attractive price; a great outcome for everyone associated with the fund.”last_img read more

Basic pay for engineers increases by 2

first_imgBasic median pay for professional engineers has increased by 2% year on year, according to research by the manufacturers’ organisation, EEF.Its Professionals pay benchmark report, which surveyed 241 UK organisations to collect salary data for 5,986 managers and engineers, also found that average pay for engineering graduates has increased by 4% since 2015.The research also found:Engineering graduates now earn £28,000 a year on average, compared to £26,890 in 2015.Average annual pay for professional engineers now stands at £32,699, and senior engineers can expect to earn £41,800 a year.Basic median pay for senior research and development engineers has increased by 28% between 2015 and 2016 to reach £37,109 a year.Pay levels for engineers are highest in the south east, where professionals take home £40,000 a year on average.The lowest earning region in the UK is the south west, where the median basic pay for engineers is £36,000.Tim Thomas (pictured), director of employment and skills policy at EEF, said: “Engineering skills are in high demand and short supply, which is why they continue to command a premium and why employers are prepared to pay it.“Offering an attractive salary remains the first line of defence for firms fiercely competing to attract and retain skilled workers vital to their business. It’s a key factor behind our sector’s reputation for offering well-paid, sustainable careers, but it also reinforces the need for employers to be fully aware of industry pay rates so that they can benchmark and position themselves accordingly.”last_img read more

Torus Housing awards 31 pay rise for 700 staff

first_imgHousing group organisation Torus Housing has awarded a 3.1% pay increase to 700 employees.The pay rise, which has been agreed with trade union Unison, will be effective from July 2018 and will be backdated to April 2018.The pay increase follows a previous pay offer of a 2% pay rise, which was rejected by Unison members who work as administrators, customer service advisers, housing officers and in maintenance at the Warrington and St Helens-based organisation. Unison members voted to take industrial action over the 2% pay increase offer.Dan Smith, north west regional organiser at Unison, said: “This is a good outcome for all concerned and shows the value of staff standing together. After years of falling living standards, this pay rise should come close to matching price rises. Staff only got 1.5% last year, and at long last the tide has now turned on pay.“Torus is a cash-rich organisation and we will be putting a strong case for a significant real wage rise next year. Torus has set a new benchmark for the sector, which we expect others to follow. Housing associations are important organisations in our communities and they have a responsibility to be good employers.“[The organisation] should be paying all [its] staff, not just their top executives, decent pay rises each year.”Caroline King, group head, brand and communications at Torus, said: “Following extensive negotiations and a recent consultative ballot, Unison and Unite members working at north-west housing group Torus have accepted a final pay award of 3.1%. This is 1.1% in addition to a 2% pay award that had already been agreed for 2018/19. Torus is pleased that this matter has now been resolved and that industrial action which would have impacted on key customer services has been avoided.“last_img read more

US 1 reopens after hit and run overturns vehicle

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police had to shutdown U.S. 1 at 37th Avenue for almost two hours after a vehicle overturned in a hit-and-run accident.The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, and involved three drivers. Crews were able to flip one overturned vehicle that was spilling fuel, while another car sustained damage.7News was told that a third vehicle fled the scene and hit a road sign.Police have not confirmed the location of the hit-and-run driver.According to Miami Fire Rescue, no one has been transported from the accident.Police had to divert traffic at 42nd and 37th avenues, as they investigated and crews worked to clear the scene.The road was reopened at around 1 p.m. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Armed subject at large after policeinvolved shooting in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An armed subject remains at large, Friday afternoon, after a police-involved shooting took place in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, the shooting took place at around 2:15 a.m., near Southwest 80th Street and 76th Avenue. The incident began with what police said was a routine traffic stop.According to officials, a Toyota Camry then sped past the traffic stop at a high-rate of speed. Police went after the Camry and asked the driver to pull over at a nearby shopping center, past U.S. 1, just south of 80th Street.The driver failed to heed the order and continued to flee until crashing shortly afterwards.As police officers approached the damaged vehicle, the driver suddenly exited through the passenger’s side, visibly holding a gun.This is what police said prompted an officer to open fire at the subject. However, as of noon, it remains unclear whether the subject was struck.The subject then fled the scene and remains at large. He is considered armed and dangerous. Police describe the subject as a man who stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He has short hair and a heavy build. He wore a light-colored shirt with dark pants and may be between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.“We do suggest that the community remains vigilant,” said a Miami-Dade Police officer. “Anybody that they see suspicious matching the description, give us a call. It doesn’t hurt for us to respond and conduct an investigation and check that person out.”The subject’s vehicle was towed away from the scene.The southbound and northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway between Dixie Highway and Sunset Drive have since reopened after being closed due to the police perimeter set up to find the subject, which proved to be fruitless.If you have any information on this armed subject, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Surveillance video provides clue to Miami Gardens road rage shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Gardens Police are relying on a new clue to solve a road rage shooting.The shooting followed a minor traffic crash between a gray van and a black pickup truck in the shopping plaza parking lot at 19870 N.W. 27th Ave., in Miami Gardens, July 14.Following the crash, which resulted in no damage to either vehicle, the driver of the gray 1990s Chevy Astro followed the truck to the intersection of Northwest 32nd Avenue and 199th Street.Police said a man in the van fired a single gunshot into the victim’s truck, striking him in the passenger seat. The victim survived and is expected to be OK.After the shooting, the gray van fled in an unknown direction.Police described the Chevy’s driver as a male with a heavy build, possibly 40 to 50 years old, wearing a blue shirt.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Carlos Curbelo will not run for MiamiDade County Mayor in 2020

first_img(WSVN) – Carlos Curbelo has announced he will not run for Mayor of Miami-Dade County for 2020.The former U.S. representative made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon. I’m sorry my earlier tweet included a blurry image. Here’s an email I sent out earlier this morning to my family and friends. Many thanks for all the kind messages I have received! pic.twitter.com/6zGej7PqAA— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) August 22, 2019 Curbelo stated he would continue to do his best to “make contributions that will help heal our toxic politics and strengthen the institutions that keep us safe and free” in his email.He followed up on the post saying he is grateful to have been in public service for over eight years.Carlos Giménez currently serves as the Mayor of Miami-Dade County. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New York Editor on Founders Passing American Journalism Wouldnt Be What It

first_imgSEE RELATED: Magazine Pioneer Dies Clay Felker, the founding editor of New York magazine, died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. New York’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss sent over this statement:American journalism would not be what it is today without Clay Felker, and neither would New York City. Those of us lucky enough to work in the house that he built are reminded everyday of the depth of his genius. He created a kind of magazine that had never been seen before, told a kind of story that had never been told. Nobody I have ever met in this business was as passionate a champion of talent, as relentlessly curious, or as successful in getting the world inside his head onto the magazine page. He changed the way we look at this city, and, in that sense, the way we live in it. All of us who practice journalism today carry Clay’s legacy into everything we do, and we will never do it even half as well.New York contributing editor Kurt Andersen’s appreciation of Felker and his legacy is online here.CNN, IHT, the New York Times and the AP have also posted obituaries.last_img read more

Canadian Printer and Publisher Cuts 1500 Jobs

first_imgIn addition to its printing services, Transcontinental publishes several magazines, including Elle Canada and Canadian Living. Montreal-based magazine printer and publisher Transcontinental has instituted what it calls “rationalization measures” which resulted in the elimination of 1,500 jobs, as well as other cost-cutting initiatives at its offices in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Citing the down economy, president and CEO Francois Olivier said the changes will help protect the company’s financial health. “It’s a difficult situation for everyone affected, but we are acting in the interests of all of our employees and our shareholders,” he said.Transcontinental also has implemented a hiring freeze, reduced workweeks and will not offer paid vacation. The company says the moves will save approximately $75 million, including $50 million in 2009. In November, the company announced a consolidation of its U.S. subsidiary Transcontinental Direct USA. The consolidation, combined with a company-wide review of production capacity, the closure of plants and shuttering of several titles resulted in the layoffs, the company said.last_img read more