Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A Jamestown man plead guilty Monday to a methamphetamine drug trafficking charge in Federal Court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Richard S. Dean, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams of methamphetamine.The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a fine of $10,000,000.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was a drug trafficking associate of co-defendant Douglas Beardsley. During the conspiracy, Dean would go over to Beardsley’s residences on Linden and Forest Avenues in Jamestown several times a week and pick up ounces of methamphetamine and grams of heroin to sell for Beardsley. At times, Beardsley would allegedly “front” the narcotics to the defendant to sell. Dean and Beardsley would often communicate about their drug trafficking, including through their Facebook accounts. On January 6, 2019, local law enforcement observed a suspicious male, later identified as the defendant. Dean became evasive and ran from officers. Shortly thereafter, the defendant was taken into custody and arrested on an outstanding warrant.Dean was transported to the Jamestown City Jail where a subsequent search revealed that he possessed methamphetamine, heroin, plastic baggies, a digital scale, and Dimethyl Sulfone, a common cutting agent for methamphetamine. On March 21, 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty in Chautauqua County Court to Criminal Possession Controlled Substance-5th: Intent To Sell and Criminal Sale Controlled Substance-5th DegreeCharges remain pending against Beardsley. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.The federal plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson.Sentencing is scheduled for November 23, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara. 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

Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens & Corey Cott, Will Release Cast Album

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 You’ll be able to remember it well! The Vanessa Hudgens-led company of Gigi will go into the studio on March 22 to record the classic musical’s cast album. Produced and engineered by six-time Grammy winner Frank Filipetti, the recording will be released on DMI records in June. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, is currently in previews on Broadway and also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty. Opening night is scheduled for April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre.Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more.Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score.The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater. View Comments Related Shows Gigilast_img read more

Gail E. Haefner listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”

first_imgPaul, Frank & Collins is pleased to announce Gail E. Haefner’s inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  Ms. Haefner joins six of her colleagues,John Sartore, Michael Frye, Alan Port, Crocker Bennett, Allan Paul and PeterCollins, in this widely respected publication. The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-reviewsurvey of other leading attorneys.Ms. Haefner concentrates her practice onCorporate Law, Commercial Law, and Intellectual Property Law.  She received her B.A. from the University ofMichigan in 1978 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1985.last_img

Study: European Coal-Fired Closures Would Save Billions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WFPL:European power companies could save billions of dollars by stepping up closure of coal-fired power plants as nearly all of them will be loss-making in Europe by 2030, think-tank Carbon Tracker Initiative says.Coal power should be phased out in the European Union by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement’s target to limit the rise in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius.However, the bloc is still reliant on coal-fired power and only 27 per cent of coal-fired power plants in the EU plan to close before 2030, Carbon Tracker said in a report released on Friday, basing its estimate on company reports and countries’ phase-out policies.Fifty four per cent of European coal-fired power plants are currently cashflow negative and this could increase to 97 per cent by 2030 due to rising carbon prices and stricter air quality rules, Carbon Tracker said, based on modelling from commodity price forecasts, asset operating costs, gross profitability and government policies.Germany-based units could save 9 billion euros by phasing out coal, while Poland could save 3 billion euros.The utilities who have the most to gain from phasing-out coal are Germany’s RWE and Uniper, who could save 3 billion euros and 1.7 billion euros, respectively, according to Carbon Tracker.Coal-fired power currently makes up 26 per cent of total EU power generation.Analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis earlier this year said more than 100 separate power plants – representing a third of Europe’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity – face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of the pollutant limits.More: Nearly all European coal-fired power plants will be loss-making by 2030: research Study: European Coal-Fired Closures Would Save Billionslast_img read more

Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?

first_img May 15, 2004 Regular News Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Lori S. Holcomb UPL Counsel I was recently transferred a telephone call from the Bar’s CLE department. Someone who had hired a new associate to work at their law firm was calling The Florida Bar to inquire about the attorney’s CLE hours.The new firm wanted to make sure that the new associate was up to date. You can imagine the surprise when the caller was told that the individual was not a member of The Florida Bar and was not licensed to practice law in Florida. But the attorney had an impressive resume and a Florida Bar number. Was I sure that this person was not licensed? Yes, I was sure. Luckily, the associate had not started work yet and was immediately fired.You might ask how this person could have been hired in the first place without being licensed. Anyone can type a resume and put some numbers after their name. The only way to be sure that someone you are about to hire or work with is a member of The Florida Bar is to check the Bar’s membership records.A call to The Florida Bar’s Membership Records Department — (850) 561-5832 — or a review of members on the Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org) will tell you whether the person is really a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.Do not rely on their resume or Bar number. A quick check with The Florida Bar can save many headaches, and a possible Bar complaint, down the line.last_img read more

Eight trends that will impact credit unions in 2016

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I like to use my final blog of the year to look ahead to the trends that will most impact the industry next year.  Here is my list of educated guesses.Accounting for the next disaster.  The Federal Accounting Standards Board is poised to finalize accounting standards that will directly impact how credit unions and banks account for potential loses.  The proposal could have a bigger impact on credit unions than the Risk Based Capital rules, so get your accountant on speed dial.Overdraft Overhaul. Are you ready to have your members opt in to all overdraft services?  How about limits on the size and number of overdraft fees?  What about new disclosures?  All of these are possible when the CFPB formally looks to limit the use of overdraft services this year.China Syndrome. World events have had more and more of an impact on the economic environment in which credit unions operate.  My nominee for this year’s Greece is China.  If the slowdown in the Chinese economy ends up being  more sustained and severe than pundits currently suspect we could be looking at a recession in the U.S. and political instability in an increasingly nationalistic China for years to come.  In a worst case scenario think Putin on steroids. continue reading »last_img read more

The value of a dealer relationship officer

first_imgNot everyone is familiar with how valuable the role of dealer relationship officer can be for a financial institution. I sat down with Jennifer Cook and Tiffany Nelson, the dealer relationship officers at Security Service Federal Credit Union, to take a deep dive into what this job is all about.Crystal Bullard:A dealer relationship officer establishes and maintains relationships with automobile dealerships with the goal of promoting indirect loans. Can you describe what this actually looks like on a day-to-day basis?Jennifer Cook:Being a dealer relationship officer involves establishing and maintaining positive relationships with dealerships. This will vary from dealer to dealer as there are different types of relationships with each, but in general it involves a lot of interpersonal relationship building—taking time to get to know them, asking about their lives, their kids, etc. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Help Young Long Islanders Find Places Here They Can Afford

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Shuprotim BhaumikMore than ever, Long Island residents are struggling to pay for housing. Since 1980, the Island has lagged behind regional competitors like Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley in residential construction. With comparatively little new housing stock and variety, home prices and rents in Long Island have soared. That has made those other areas more attractive to workers—especially younger ones—and the companies that seek them. According to the Long Island Index 2015 Survey, 62 percent of Long Islanders find it difficult to pay their monthly housing costs. That’s the highest percentage in 10 years of surveys. Fortunately, there’s a way to address the problem.The solution focuses on building multifamily housing in downtown areas, especially transit-oriented ones. Demographic projections show that more than two-thirds of new renters and buyers will want homes in mixed-use communities that are near shopping and public transit. Recent research that my firm conducted for the Long Island Index—contained in a new report titled “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing”—highlights strategies specific to the  communities of the Village of Babylon, the Hamlet of Hicksville, and the Village of Valley Stream, that, taken together, can provide a model for the rest of Long Island’s towns and villages.The case studies reveal that modest changes in zoning regulations would allow for higher density and smaller apartments. These zoning changes are just exemplary and do not assume that these three individual communities would necessarily make these changes. But they demonstrate the potential impact that modest changes in individual communities could have if implemented broadly enough. In addition to providing apartments at lower rents, these strategies also have the benefit of producing significantly more multifamily units than currently planned or proposed in Long Island, thereby making a dent in the estimated gap of up to 94,000 multifamily housing units needed on Long Island in the next 15 years.In Valley Stream, for instance, modest zoning changes could create almost 800 new, more affordable, multifamily housing units on just seven sites in the downtown area. The changes include establishing a minimum unit size of 850 square feet that responds to the needs of singles and smaller households, increasing maximum lot coverage to 60 percent, and increasing the maximum building height from three stories to four stories. These changes could potentially result in reductions in rent of nearly 50 percent by giving a young couple the option to rent an 850-square-foot apartment that is more appropriate for their lifestyle and needs instead of a 1500-square-foot unit that’s mandated under current zoning.In Hicksville, rezoning several commercial areas as multifamily residential ones, applying 50 percent lot coverage, and establishing new minimum unit sizes could generate over 1,900 new, more affordable, multifamily units. Similarly in Babylon, minor zoning changes—such as increasing density to 20-24 units per acre, establishing a building height limit of up to three stories, and increasing lot coverage to 50 percent—could provide room for more than 200 new, more affordable, multifamily units. The combined effect of these zoning changes could result in the reduction of rents of up to half, a significant economic boost to families in Long Island that are struggling to cover their housing costs.These are modest changes that are consistent with Long Island’s history of developing multifamily rental units in downtowns before the 1960s. Such developments today would help revitalize those downtowns and make them even more attractive to young people as well as businesses.Each community on Long Island must decide what course it will set. But failing to respond to the region’s high housing costs will mean that jobs and young people will continue to go elsewhere.Shuprotim Bhaumik, a resident of Syosset, is a partner at HR&A Advisors, which conducted research for the Long Island Index’s recent report, “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing.”last_img read more

CDC: novel flu outbreak expanding

first_imgMay 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that novel H1N1 influenza is expanding across the country, with 22 states reporting widespread or regional illnesses.Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a press briefing that the spike in flu activity is unusual for this time of year, when infections from seasonal strains have typically tapered off. The seasonal influenza strains are responsible for half of the spike, which Jernigan attributed to increased testing throughout the nation for the novel strain.The CDC is seeing some geographic variation in illness patterns, he said, with highest activity levels in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest.Jernigan said the CDC is investigating more hospitalizations and deaths from the novel flu strain and was aware of illness clusters in New York City and Houston schools. Yesterday officials in New York closed three schools in the Queens neighborhood to slow community transmission of the disease. High numbers of sick students prompted the closures, and a staff member from one of the schools is hospitalized in critical condition with a novel H1N1 infection, the city’s health department said.In Houston, school district officials today closed one of the city’s elementary schools until May 26 after 400 of the school’s 712 students stayed home sick, the Houston Chronicle reported.Though the number of confirmed and probable cases is growing quickly, the total number will become less meaningful, because case confirmations are evolving to mainly reflect just the severe cases that are now the target of testing, Jernigan said. The total likely underestimates the true number of novel H1N1 cases in the United States, which could be as high as 100,000, he said.Jernigan said that although some afebrile novel H1N1 infections have been seen in Mexico, the CDC hasn’t detected the lack of fever as a prominent feature of US infections.CDC experts and their global partners are exploring the possibility of mutations in the new virus. Analyses of genetic sequences haven’t identified any that would make the new strain more virulent so far, though the CDC will continue to monitor the virus, he said.In response to a reporter’s question, Jernigan said the agency is investigating whether another novel H1N1 virus may have been identified in three Mexican states.In other developments, Martin Cetron, MD, director of the CDC’s quarantine division, announced at the press conference that the CDC has downgraded its travel advice for people visiting Mexico from a warning to a precaution, focusing on people who have underlying health conditions such as pregnancy, cardiovascular conditions, and immunodeficiency diseases.The upgraded travel advisory, recommending against nonessential travel to Mexico, had been in effect since Apr 27.See also:May 14 New York City Department of Health press releaseMay 15 CDC travel advisory updatelast_img read more

​Danish pension funds improve in latest WWF climate ranking

first_imgAll of the pension funds covered by the 2018 analysis scored higher this year. Velliv — the former Nordea Liv & Pension Danmark, was not scored in 2018 as it was considered a new pension fund.“Danish pension funds have heard the planet’s distress call”Bo Øksnebjerg, chief executive of WWF DenmarkBo Øksnebjerg, chief executive of WWF Denmark, said: “Fortunately, Danish pension funds have heard the planet’s distress call.”He said it was very positive that the pensions sector supported the Danish government’s climate ambitions and had committed to invest an additional DKK350bn (€47bn) in the green transition by 2030.Room for improvementAccording to Øksnebjerg, for the first time a majority of the pension funds surveyed had included the Paris Agreement in their investment policies, excluded selected companies on the basis of climate considerations, and formulated objectives to increase investment in green energy technology.“But even more must happen if we are to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees,” he said.Outlining further steps that need to be taken by the pension fund sector, the WWF said that although almost half of the pension funds had systematically integrated the Paris Agreement into their investment, they all needed to come on board and increase the level of ambition to the 1.5-degree target.More than half of the pension funds had formulated goals to increase investment in green energy, but several still had to express a specific time horizon, amount and scope, it said.Regarding green investments, the charity said that in general there had been an increase in the amount and proportion of green energy investments, but the latter was still small. It reported an emerging trend for pension funds to divest fossil fuel holdings, with Lærernes Pension, PKA and MP Pension leading the way with divestment strategies, but said these could be boosted further to include all fossil energy types.Pension funds welcome competition, scrutinyMany of the pension funds shared their thoughts on the WWF’s report when contacted by IPE. PKAPKA hailed its success in the 2019 report, in being the highest scoring pension fund for the fifth year in a row. Danish pension funds surveyed by conservation organisation WWF for its latest annual climate report all got higher scores than last year, but the charity’s chief executive said more remains to be done.In comments to IPE, the pension funds shared a roughly similar perspective.The 2019 study examined the 16 biggest Danish pension funds’ systematic integration of climate considerations, investment policies, climate targets and transparency.PKA and MP Pension were ranked the highest, each scoring 11 points out of 12 possible. While PKA has maintained its position as (joint) leader and increased its score by two points from the 2018 ranking, MP Pension’s score almost doubled from six points last year. “We are just as pleased that we have had so much competition this year”Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA chief executivePeter Damgaard Jensen, PKA’s chief executive, said: “We are really happy with our first place position, but we are just as pleased that we have had so much competition this year.”This also meant PKA would have to make even more effort to stay on top, he said, adding that this was a challenge the firm was happy to take on.MP PensionMP Pension CIO Anders Schelde told IPE that first and foremost, he was pleased that pension funds in Denmark were succeeding to various degrees in taking the climate challenge seriously, with all funds moving in the right direction.“It seems very positive — and for MP Pension too, this is something that is very high on our agenda and that of our members, so it is nice to have this recognition,” he said.Schelde agreed with the WWF’s commentary that more still had to be done by the pension fund sector in terms of climate.“But I don’t think it’s a big problem — it’s a transition that is going to happen over several decades, provided we keep up the momentum,” he said.Doing the paperwork and getting climate policies in place was the easy part, he said, adding that what needed to be done now by the pensions sector was to allocate more capital to the green transition.PenSam Torsten Fels, PenSam CEOPenSam scored 10 points in the survey, up from the six points it gained in 2018. The pension fund’s chief executive Torsten Fels said his pension fund was pleased to get this recognition, having worked systematically over the last year to incorporate climate change and climate risk into its investments.“This applies in relation to more green investments, measuring the carbon footprint of our investments, influencing companies to go in a more climate-friendly direction and divesting companies in the areas of oil, coal and tar sands,” Fels said.PFAPFA, the largest of Denmark’s commercial pension funds, saw its score rise to nine this year from seven, and Andreas Stang, head of ESG at PFA, also said he found it positive to see the cross-sector development.“At PFA for the past year we have focused on our systematic approach of integrating the Paris Agreement into our investment process and have conducted screenings to ensure alignment with the accord,” he said.As part of industry association Insurance and Pension Denmark, Stang said the pension fund had attended UN climate week and been part of the industry commitment to invest in a green transition between now and 2030.PensionDanmark Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark CEOMeanwhile, Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark, whose WWF climate score rose to nine this year from five in 2018, told IPE his pension fund was “very pleased with the recognition by WWF, which reflects the fact that we have worked intensively on developing our portfolio for many years so that it supports the climate agenda.”PensionDanmark is one of the founding members of an alliance of asset owners that recently announced a commitment to making their portfolios carbon neutral by 2050. Industriens PensionAt Industriens Pension, whose score similarly climbed to nine from five, ESG manager Christina Gordon Christiansen said the climate issue had also gradually moved higher up the pension fund’s agenda, and it was pleased that the report recognised its work in this area.“At the same time, we expect that climate and environmental considerations will play an even more significant role in investments in the coming years,” she said.ATPDenmark’s biggest pension fund, the labour-market supplementary fund ATP, saw its score increase to seven from six.Ole Buhl, head of ESG at ATP, said the fund appreciated the efforts of WWF and other NGOs in pushing the green agenda as well as challenging Danish pensions funds.“It is not only that ATP can have an impact on climate change through our investments, but also that climate change can impact ATP’s long-term returns,” he said.For this reason, the pension fund was working seriously on integrating climate change into its investment processes and continuously improving its understanding of how climate change affected its investments, said Buhl.SampensionSeparately, a spokesman for Sampension, whose score rose to six from five, told IPE the pension fund shared the belief that more needed to be done to prevent negative effects due to climate change. “The purpose is both mitigating risks and protecting the assets of our pension savers as well as contributing to turn the tide of climate change,” he said.“We already have further initiatives underway and expect to change responsible investment policies later this year which will lead to further engagements, exclusions and possible divestments,” he said, adding that this should also have an significant impact on the pension fund’s score in next year’s analysis by the WWF.last_img read more