Month: January 2021


Decision made


first_imgBOSTON – It’s all over. At 12:55 a.m. today, Mitt Romney walked out on to a stage at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) to raucous applause from Republican supporters. Upon reaching the podium, he told the audience he had just called President Barack Obama to congratulate him on his victory and second presidential term. “This is a time of great challenges for America, I pray that our president will be successful in guiding our nation,” he said. Looking forward to Obama’s second term, Romney urged politicians and citizens alike to work together for the benefit of the United States. “The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisanship,” he said. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens have to rise to the occasion.” The former Massachusetts governor advocated for all elected leaders to work together and push past partisanship.   “We look to Democrats and Republicans and government at all levels to put the people before the politics,” he said. “I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.” Romney said he ran for office because he was “concerned” about America, but because of solid political foundations, has great hope for the future of the country. “This election is over, but our principles endure,” he said. “I believe the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a new greatness.” In his address, Romney thanked his running mate, Wisc. Rep. Paul Ryan, and urged him to continue to contribute his political efforts to the American nation. “Besides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I have ever made,” he said. “And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation.” Romney then thanked his wife Ann and his family for their support and efforts in his run for president. Last, he acknowledged the huge team of supporters who made his campaign possible. “I don’t believe there has ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years,” he said. In the closing remarks of his speech, Romney said he and Ryan “put everything on the field” in the hopes of guiding America in their vision. “We have given our all to this campaign. I so wish, I so wish, that I had been able to fulfill your votes to lead the country in a different direction,” he said. “But the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.” Earlier in the evening, just after 9 p.m., Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, a Notre Dame alumnus, phoned into the BCEC from Virginia on video screens with personal words of encouragement for the Romney campaign. He said he was excited with voter turnout in his state, saying four to five districts were staying open late for voting. “We’re excited about the momentum we had going into the campaign.” McDonnell said he was enthused with the work of Republican volunteers in the state and thought the state might swing to Romney, though its 13 Electoral College votes eventually went to Obama. “We remain very optimistic about our chances to win here in Virginia,” he said. “But because of the exceptional work of volunteers here and tremendous ‘get out the vote’ effort, and Gov. Romney’s personal conviction and positive message … we think we’re going to carry the day.” As hundreds looked on at the BCEC, McDonnell thanked Republican volunteers for their “incredible sacrificial support” in propelling Romney’s presidential campaign around the country. “Your leadership, your being good ambassadors for the governor all over this great country, we know we need a change in leadership, and Gov. Romney and Paul Ryan are the ones who will do it,” he said. At the time, McDonnell said he anticipated tomorrow morning, when he could address the former Massachusetts governor by a new title. “I’m looking forward to calling President Romney in the morning,” he said. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who stood in for Obama in practice debates with Romney, phoned in to the BCEC via videoconference around 9:40 p.m. with a message of support. “Everybody tonight better be extremely proud of the work they have done,” he said. Portman, a veteran of nine presidential campaigns said he has never been “prouder” than his participation with the Romney/Ryan ticket. He noted the campaign’s motto from the popular television show “Friday Night Lights” – “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” – and said this was evidenced in efforts in his home state. “We have clear eyes. … We certainly have full hearts,” he said. “And finally, we can’t lose. We’re doing the right thing for our state and our country. We feel really good about it.”last_img read more


Students study abroad in alternative programs


first_imgThe Notre Dame Office of International Studies boasts 40 programs in 20 countries, but some students choose to pursue other international study programs not affiliated with the University.   Senior Kristen Kelly studied abroad during the spring of her junior year in Geneva, Switzerland through the School for International Training (STI).  She said she was attracted to the program more than Notre Dame’s options because it allowed her the chance to shape her semester precisely around her interests.   “[The program explores] international studies and multilateral diplomacy, and it was based in Geneva,” Kelly said.  “Geneva’s such a hub for so many international organizations like the U.N. and the Red Cross, and then the second half of the semester is an independent research project that you can tailor to your own interests.” Kelly said her project synthesized her various academic interests in a unique way. “My major is anthropology and my minor is international development studies,” Kelly said.  “I have been to Uganda the past two summers [and observed] the need for sustainable and just farming in Africa. … Studying abroad in Geneva and talking to all of the development experts gave me a policy level understand of all these development issues.” Kelly said her research will position her to craft solutions to the problems facing Ugandan communities when she returns this summer. “I’ve seen how those policies and development theory are applied on the ground and will draw from that understanding when I go back to Uganda this summer,” Kelly said.  “I thought that doing my own research project would be beneficial to my own learning experience and to something I want to do in the future.” Junior Brooke Murphy, currently studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, said she wanted the structural freedom that only a non-Notre Dame study abroad program could provide.   “I chose a non-ND study program because I wanted to do something completely independent, but also because I wanted to study architecture in a Nordic country,” Murphy said.   Communicating with people from different countries and backgrounds often creates a problem, Murphy said. “The hardest part about studying and living in and visiting foreign countries is encountering a language barrier,” Murphy said.  “I’m really good at charades now.” Murphy said although she has loved her time abroad, she feels the pull back home to the Dome.   “The thing I miss most about Notre Dame – never thought I’d say this – but hearing about the madness that is football season really [stinks],” Murphy said. Murphy said she has been able to explore Europe through her program. “The structure of this has allowed me to travel all across Europe: I have designated travel weeks just for me to experience other countries,” Murphy said. “I’ve traveled to Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Amsterdam, Budapest, Rome, Vienna, Prague and all over Denmark.” Kelly said her program also gave students travel periods. “The program took us for a week to Paris and Brussels – all the travel was so much fun,” Kelly said.  “I went to so many different countries; it was such an unparalleled experience.” Kelly also said she appreciated the opportunities to experience culture throughout the region. “All the travel weekends, that was up there [in the list of top moments] for me,” Kelly said.  “This program also had a home stay component. I had never taken French before but I stayed with a French-speaking family so I learned French in the household … They would take me on family ski trips. Living in Switzerland was a very cool experience but especially because of my family from there.” Students interested in studying abroad through a non-Notre Dame program should start the process early, Murphy said. “The application for being in a non-ND sponsored program meant there were lots of hoops and barrels and red tape that I had to jump over at the University,” Murphy said.  “For example, I’m technically on a leave of absence from the University and will have to reenroll when I return in the spring.” Kelly said she would advise every student to consider pursuing international study programs beyond ones offered by Notre Dame to ensure they find the program that fits their interests best. “If you don’t get into one of the Notre Dame programs I think there is an option for a later application process where you can apply to these non-Notre Dame programs,” Kelly said.  “If study abroad is something you want to do don’t limit yourself to the Notre Dame programs, explore your options: there’s definitely something, somewhere for everything. … It’s worth it to continue to look until you find one that is best for you.”last_img read more


Seniors awarded Sisters of the Holy Cross awards


first_imgFour Saint Mary’s graduates from the class of 2015 were honored with unique C.S.C.awards for service in a variety of disciplines. The C.S.C. awards are given by the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) to students who are devoted to community-based learning and volunteering.The mission of the College is to discern needs and respond, and each award is a tribute to the mission of the founders of Saint Mary’s, according to a press release. Appropriately, five of the seven C.S.C. awards are named for Sisters of the Holy Cross.The Sister Christine Healy, C.S.C. Award for Service with Women was awarded to political science major Kaitlyn Rabach (Editor’s note: Rabach served as Saint Mary’s Editor for The Observer from 2013-2014).According to Laura Elder, assistant professor of global studies and intercultural studies, this award is given “to honor Saint Mary’s College Students who provide significant support to women in the community.”Rabach began serving women as soon as she came to Saint Mary’s, Elder said.“Just after she arrived [on campus], she was interested in human trafficking and organized a series of sessions on what you can do here on campus and at the international level,” Elder said. “She volunteered at three different organizations throughout her time here. What she was doing was citizenship classes, language classes and general support for women and children.”Even with her heavy course load and extracurriculars, Rabach was dedicated in everything she did, Elder said.Elder also included Rabach’s dedication to The Observer in her nomination.“I consider that service to women as well which is education, information, and thoughtful articulate dialogue,” she said. “It’s getting the word out there.”Rabach said she was honored to received the award.“I was really honored to get this award because throughout my time at Saint Mary’s, I really focused on this idea of a feminist education,” Rabach said. “A lot of my service work as well as my course load has been tailored towards women’s issues … and helping others find their own agency.“This award was really meaningful to me in the fact that my work has been recognized as having some sort of impact on women’s issues in both the South Bend and the larger global community,” she said. “It was a great honor to have two of my professors recognize the work I’ve been doing over the past four years.”Nursing major Sarah Hossfeld received the Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, C.S.C. Award for Service in the Health Field.Associate professor of nursing Annette Peacock-Johnson said she believes Hossfeld deserves the award because of the service she provided through raising awareness and creating programs regarding healthy body image for young girls at St. Margaret’s House in South Bend. Hossfeld organized events for the Girls’ Club and engaged young girls in activities to give positive reinforcement and good role models as they grow up.“Sarah is a true trailblazer,” Peacock-Johnson said. “She did not wait for others to come forward and create a program where she could volunteer. Instead, Sarah identified the need and created a program in outreach to the local community.”Associate professor of nursing Ella Harmeyer said Hossfeld’s drive, initiative and expertise were evident and obvious in her nursing clinicals.Additionally, Harmeyer said it was an honor to present her with this award because of “Sarah’s well-rounded science knowledge base in nursing, her compassionate care of patients and families and especially her vision for what is public health nursing at its best.”Hossfeld said she was humbled to win the award.“I love all the work I did in the community, and I think it’s safe to say that, in most cases, I learned more than I taught other people or gave back to the community,” Hossfeld said. “I think I gained a lot from my experiences. I felt very blessed that the nursing department and those who nominated me felt that what I had done was important enough for this award.”Hossfeld said winning the award gave her a sense of validation in knowing her work made a difference in the lives of other people.“Service work is just so needed,” she said. “It’s something that I hope to continue to do in my life, whether I’m recognized for it or not.”The Sister Olivette Whalen C.S.C. Award for General Service was awarded to Jaclyn Voltz, a biology major. This award is given to a Saint Mary’s student for her exemplary service involvement in the areas of civic engagement, environmental concern, animal welfare, criminal justice, hunger, homelessness and community development.As the president of the service club, Circle K, at Saint Mary’s, and a resident advisor in Le Mans Hall, Voltz has experience serving the community both on and off the Saint Mary’s campus.“I make sure girls get to have the opportunity to leave the Saint Mary’s bubble and go to South Bend to do service,” Voltz said.Amy Gillan, assistant professor in the education department, and Kimber Nelson, newly-appointed Circle K president, both nominated Voltz for the award.Gillan met Voltz in her secondary education science methods course this past fall. They worked together, along with two Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) secondary science education students, in support of the local Green Bridge Growers social justice initiative to create a curriculum on aquaponics — a water purification system intended for autistic students.During this time, Gillan said she was able to see Voltz’s devotion to the community as well as her desire to get others involved.“I am impressed with Jaclyn’s boundless energy when it comes to sharing her strengths and passions with those in the Saint Mary’s community and beyond,” Gillan said. “Jaclyn clearly thrives on serving others and reflects leadership and optimism in doing so.”After Voltz’s two years as Circle K president, Nelson will take over for the 2015-2016 school year. Before leaving, Voltz had a significant role in helping Nelson create a plan for the club next year, she said“I have super huge shoes to fill; Jackie has been awesome all year,” Nelson said. “I definitely look up to her.”Voltz said she did not expect to receive the award at all.“I was very surprised,” Voltz said. “Doing service is more of a fun stress-relieving activity for me; I was surprised to receive an award.”She attributed her achievement to her Saint Mary’s education.“Saint Mary’s definitely gave me the confidence to pursue these leadership roles,” Voltz said. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to do this without my Saint Mary’s education.”After graduation, Voltz will be headed to Komga, South Africa, to work with 57 children in a home that was started by Notre Dame alumni. She will be there for a year to work on starting an after-school tutoring program for the children.While she is in South Africa, Voltz is hoping to stay in touch with Nelson to begin a pen pal program for the children with the help of Circle K, Nelson said.Senior education major Angelina Lazovich received the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, C.S.C. Award for Service in Education.Lazovich was nominated by Dr. Nancy Turner, the chair of the education department, for her work with the new organization Students Supporting Autism at Saint Mary’s.Lazovich has been working with Turner since the end of the 2013-2014 school year to establish the club. According to Lazovich, it was Turner’s idea to begin the club at Saint Mary’s. Turner asked for volunteers to help, and Lazovich was eager to join.The mission of Students Supporting Autism is to spread awareness of autism to the local community and to raise funds for two local autism organizations.“I loved the idea of spreading awareness to the campus community and raising funds that would go to local centers to support families,” Lazovich said.Turner, Lazovich and Students Supporting Autism managed to raise over $1,300 for those affected by autism in the first year of the club.“It is very important that people be educated on the topic and that we do what we can to help families who might not know much about autism yet themselves if they have a family member who is just being diagnosed,” Lazovich said. “I think Dr. Turner and the College recognized our efforts to increase awareness and raise funds for the families in the community and gave me this honor because of the work I was able to do with the club this year.Lazovich said her long-term goal is to get her master’s degree in special education and become a special education teacher so she can directly help students with autism. Until she can attend graduate school, she hopes to continue to spread awareness.“I hope to inspire my students in the same ways that Saint Mary’s has inspired me, by teaching them that their dreams can come true,” Lazovich said. “I also want to continue to spread awareness about autism and teach my students to be respectful and accepting of everyone.”Lazovich attributed her achievement to both the education and opportunities Saint Mary’s provided her.“Saint Mary’s has helped turn me into a better leader, listener, student, teacher, friend and overall person,” Lazovich said. “I am so grateful to the College for their support in our endeavors all year.”Lazovich said she is proud of everything Students Supporting Autism has accomplished.“I wish that I could share the award with all of the members, because without them, none of our success would have been possible,” Lazovich said. “I am so sad to see my time here end, but I will keep all of the lessons that I have learned here in my heart forever.”Tags: 2015 Commencement, CSC awards, saint mary’slast_img read more


Notre Dame sophomore weighs in on business venture, accessible phone chargers


first_imgSophomore Jack Kane is looking to carve out a niche in the tech industry with his company iGadget Technology.Kane, who transferred to Notre Dame this year, said he started iGadget earlier this year because he noticed chargers break easily and are expensive to replace.“iGadget is meant to market quality product at a college level price,” Kane said.Having previously worked for Verizon, which gave him the necessary connections and experience, Kane said he negotiated a licensing deal with Apple and then partnered with a manufacturer to make the product. iGadget now sells Apple-certified chargers, he said.“That’s the difference between our product and the one you buy at a gas station, the certification,” Kane said.The chargers come in two colors, cost $20 and come with a one-year warranty.Kane said he hopes to fit into the niche market on college campuses and cater to the students’ needs.“A good business idea comes from understanding a lapse in the market and exploiting that opportunity,” he said.iGadget’s business strategy is centered around the student experience, Kane said. Not only does the company market to students, but Kane said it also utilizes students as salespeople because of the connections they can make on campus.“A salesperson’s job isn’t to convince you to buy a product,” he said. “It is to convince you to trust them. When the person trying to sell you the product is you best friend, or roommate or even just someone you know from class, that trust is already there.”Kane said he looks for salespeople who are involved in different circles on campus — such as Student Government, athletics and extracurricular clubs — in order to reach a wide range of students. Students who work as salespeople work on commission.“It’s really cool to see when people realize that they can make money on this with minimal effort,” he said. “Even if you’re selling to friends and family and you sell three or four chargers, all of the sudden you made 30 bucks or so and it took you no effort at all.”Alex Deberghes — a sophomore at Elon University, where he and Kane founded the company — said iGadget emphasizes the role of people and relationships.“We’re a company aimed mostly around people,” Deberghes said. “We’re based around people making connections.”iGadget is currently on 16 college campuses, such as Notre Dame and Arizona State University, and is always looking to expand, Kane added. “Anywhere where the student body has a strong sense of community is great,” Kane said. “A large student population to sell to is important, but it’s not the only prerequisite.”Deberghes said iGadget is always looking for opportunities to grow. “We just want to keep finding schools and getting our name out,” Deberghes said. “We like to get as many people on board as we can.”For students interested in buying chargers or joining the iGadget team, Kane said he can be reached through his Instagram page, @iamjackkane.Tags: business, entrepreneurship, igadget, phone chargerslast_img read more


FTT to present ‘Spring Awakening’


first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sophia Costanzo Sophomore Savanna Morgan, left, and senior Grace Weissend rehearse for an upcoming production of the musical ‘Spring Awakening.’ Set in nineteenth century in Germany, the play is a coming-of-age story.Senior Grace Weissend plays the character Ilse in the production and said the play emphasizes the importance of communication in the coming-of-age process.“The musical shows what happens when communication breaks between parents and children and when parents don’t trust their children with the information they need to become adults,” she said.Based on a German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, Steven Satar and Duncan Sheik adapted “Spring Awakening” to a musical in response to the Columbine shooting.“The idea was that the parents, the adults, were failing their children and the weapons were guns,” Hawkins said. “[Satar and Sheik] decided to write this and do an adaptation of Wedekind’s original play, and the weapon is sex.”Sophomore Teagan Earley, who plays the character Wendla, said the cast had the unique opportunity to meet with “Spring Awakening” composer Duncan Sheik to discuss how the music directs the show.“The thought is that if these children who are not allowed to talk in the classroom and are barely allowed to talk outside of their classroom could express themselves freely, it would come out as hard rock music,” Earley said. Students will relate to “Spring Awakening,” Hawkins said, because of the modern music, the age of the characters and the universal themes it espouses.“When you get to college you’ll be exposed to different people who have different values and different backgrounds,” he said. “Hard conversations will happen, but really healthy conversations will happen, so “Spring Awakening” is just perfect for young students at the height of their sexual experience and the height of trying to understand what is institution and who is suppressing them.”Weissend said the music melds the modern and the antiquated, which makes it different from usual musical theatre conventions.“Musical theatre gets a bad rap for being happy, sunshine, singing-and-dancing-land and fake conflict, but this show really explodes that stereotype because of its themes,” she said.The focus on starting a dialogue has been apparent throughout the rehearsal process, Earley said.“As the show is trying to encourage conversation between adults and kids, [Hawkins’s] directing style has been trying to encourage that dialogue as well,” Earley said. “When the Parkland shooting happened, we stopped rehearsal and we sat down and had a conversation about it and how it related to the show.”In light of the connection between the topics of the show and the current political atmosphere of the country, Weissend said, the program is donating a portion of the box office proceeds to March for Our Lives, a series of national demonstrations last month that advocated for gun safety measures.Hawkins said he hopes after seeing the show people can better recognize that the lack of communication between different generations has serious consequences.“What’s hard about it is that the adults have been children before, not the other way around,” Hawkins said. “The adults have the knowledge, and they have the experience, but when they do not provide guidance, comfort and education on these hard subject matters, these young people will have to figure it out themselves.”Hawkins, Earley and Weissend all said they want “Spring Awakening” to serve as a catalyst for important and necessary conversations and as an opportunity to enhance dialogue above all else.“We live in a very polarized society nowadays, but I think ‘Spring Awakening’ will be an opportunity on this campus to engage in actual conversation to really connect as human beings,” Earley said.Tags: DPAC, FTT, musical theater, Spring Awakening To complete the semester, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department will perform renowned rock musical “Spring Awakening.”  The musical will be directed by FTT head of musical theatre Matt Hawkins and will run from April 18 to April 22 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Set in late 19th-century Germany, “Spring Awakening” tells the story of teenagers attempting to navigate their journey into adulthood.last_img read more


Warren County Firefighter Hospitalized Following Saturday Blaze


first_imgShare: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) Stock ImageSUGAR GROVE – A Warren County firefighter is in the hospital after falling fighting a fire on Saturday.Officials say the fire started around 10 a.m. on Miller Hill Road, between Sugar Grove and Warren.No one was home at the time of the fire, but, the house is a total loss.It took firefighters around seven hours to extinguish the flames. The caused the blaze is currently unknown. The injured firefighter fell and hurt his leg.He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown and is expected to recover.last_img


Strong Storms Possible This Afternoon, Some Severe


first_imgJAMESTOWN – The weather will be getting active once again with a threat for thunderstorms this afternoon with some potentially becoming strong to severe.In the wake of a Warm front passage that moved through late this morning, a strong Cold front will be moving through this afternoon with a band of showers and thunderstorms flaring out ahead of that front.Temperatures have already spiked into the lower to upper 60’s as of 11 a.m. across much of the region thanks to that Warm front. Erie is already up to 70 degrees. It’s also feeling a bit muggy as dew points are in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Keep in mind that dew point measures the moisture content in the air. The closer together the air temperature and the dew point temperature are, the more humid it feels as the human body cannot evaporate liquid off of it as quickly.Given the current dynamics support, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania under a standard Slight Risk (level 2/5) for severe thunderstorms this afternoon.The primary threats will be from damaging winds and possibly some hail. Localized flooding is also a possibility with heavy rainfall at times along with a brief, isolated tornado. However, upper-air data suggests a rather weak environment for tornadic activity but a small potential does exist.Based on the newest high resolution modeling, storms will enter the western-most Southern Tier by around 1 p.m. this afternoon and continue to work their way eastward through the afternoon.The strongest storms will be out of the region and into Central New York by 4 p.m. These storms should help to stabilize the atmosphere for any leftover showers or thundershowers through the rest of the day to be well below severe limits.As noted by our exclusive Storm Potential product within our FutureScan model, there will be enough atmospheric instability for these storms to work with to become strong to severe (darker colors indicate higher thunderstorm chances).Make sure you have a way of getting warnings should they be issued this afternoon. EVERY home and business needs to have a NOAA Weather Radio. They are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from a wide variety of retailers.Beyond the Weather Radio, we highly recommend an app on your smartphone that is designed to push severe weather warnings. The apps we like are:The free WNYNewsNow app for iPhone/AndroidWeather Radio by WDT for iPhone/AndroidWNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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


Ten Plead Guilty In Connection With Major Jamestown Meth Ring


first_imgShare: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) Stock Image.BUFFALO — Ten people have plead guilty in connection with a major methamphetamine trafficking operation in the City of Jamestown.U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday that all 10 defendants pleaded guilty during June and July 2020, to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorneys Misha A. Coulson and Brendan T. Cullinane, who are handling the case, stated that between March 2017 and October 2018, the 10 defendants conspired with six other co-defendants to operate a drug trafficking organization, primarily involving the distribution of methamphetamine, in the Jamestown area. Pleading guilty to the conspiracy charges were:· Andrew C. Bennett, 31, of Randolph, NY, pleaded guilty on June 4, 2020; · Jacob A. Motherwell, 31, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty on June 22, 2020;· Destiny J. Hare, 31, of Randolph, NY, pleaded guilty on June 25, 2020;· Michael A. Davis, 36, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty on June 25, 2020, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking;· Ryan R. Lopez, 26, of Palmdale, California, pleaded guilty on July 1, 2020;· Martin Marcus Bowman, 29, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty on July 2, 2020;· Jamell Trapp, a/k/a KS, 29, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty on July 1, 2020, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon;· Henry Stovall, Jr., 42, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty on July 7, 2020;· Danny W. Michael, III, 47, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty on July 22, 2020; and· Alexis V. Hall, 25, of Harrison, NJ, pleaded guilty on July 24, 2020.During the execution of search warrants throughout the investigation, law enforcement officers recovered 10 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition, over 20 cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia, and U.S. currency.The trial for the 10 defendants was scheduled to begin in federal court this morning.The six co-defendants who were previously convicted include: Zackiel Fields, Jr.; Ernest Cauley, Jr.; Ramael O. Fields; Stephanie L. Harrison; Searcy E. Fields; and Stacie N. Yancer.“Through the tremendous partnership between federal and local law enforcement, 16 individuals who committed federal crimes have been brought to justice, and a well-armed drug trafficking organization responsible for polluting Jamestown and the Southern Tier with highly addictive and debilitating methamphetamine has been dismantled,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “My Office and our DOJ law enforcement partners are always looking for ways to help to support local law enforcement as they work tirelessly on the front lines in the fight to preserve law and order and strengthen the communities they serve by making them safer and more secure. In this case, I say, ‘mission accomplished.’”The pleas are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Belongia; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Chautauqua County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr., and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin.Sentencings will be scheduled at a later date.last_img read more


Cattaraugus County Reports Three New COVID-19 Related Deaths Overnight


first_imgMGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department says three people died Tuesday due to COVID-19 complications.Officials say a 60-year-old woman, 62-year-old man, and 93-year-old man developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illness despite medical treatment.These are the 25th, 26th and 27th deaths linked to COVID-19 in the county.The Health Department also reported 34 new cases on Tuesday, with 291 now active. The county’s seven day infection rate also increased to 7%, up from 6.8% the day before. 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


Phoenix Extends Off-Broadway Run


first_img Phoenix Related Shows View Comments The Scott Organ play is directed by Jennifer DeLia. The one-night-stand will last a little bit longer. Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, has extended its off-Broadway engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Originally scheduled to run through August 23, the dark romantic comedy will now play its final performance on August 28. When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014last_img read more