Man accused of holding four people hostage in Osceola arrested

first_img WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A man is accused of holding four people hostage at knifepoint and threatening to kill them.It happened on Friday, Feb. 14, at a home on Douglas Road in Osceola.The homeowner said she allowed the suspect, Nathan Hansford, to park his RV on her property for a few days, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.She said Hansford got angry when someone took his motorcycle and threatened the victims in a pole barn.Police were called. Hansford took off.Inside the RV, investigators say they found suspected meth, drug paraphernalia, a gun and a knife.Police found Hansford nearby. He was arrested on drug and weapons charges, intimidation and criminal confinement. By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2020 0 301 Man accused of holding four people hostage in Osceola arrested IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleLongtime Indiana amusement park closes gates after 94 yearsNext articleNappanee man who admitted sexual relationship with minor sentenced Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Facebook Google+last_img read more

OCME: Hostage-taker died from self-inflicted gunshot wound

first_imgAn officer waits outside of 48 Knapp Street on Monday, March 8.March 10, 3:45 p.m.The Office of Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the death of 44-year-old Donald White was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an Attorney General’s Office spokesperson indicated in an email Wednesday afternoon.In a phone call Wednesday afternoon, AGO spokesperson Marc Malon confirmed that Trooper James MacDonald used deadly force during the incident and that MacDonald has been placed on leave, as is standard procedure. Malon included in the email that the investigation of MacDonald’s actions remains underway.“The injury sustained from being shot by a state trooper was non-lethal,” Malon wrote.The state’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Funte performed the autopsy.***Donald White, 44, of JayLIVERMORE FALLS – A man who reportedly held people hostage at a Knapp Street residence is dead, according to the Maine State Police. All of the hostages were able to leave the home by Tuesday morning with police saying that all hostages are safe.Multiple explosive devices are still in the 48 Knapp Street home, Maine State Police Lt. Jason Madore reported, and the area will remain secured until cleared by officers.Lt. Joseph Sage of the Livermore Falls Police Department.In a brief statement issued Tuesday morning, Madore identified the deceased man as Donald White. After 14 hours of negotiating, an officer from an unspecified agency did use deadly force, he said. The incident is now under investigation by Maine’s Attorney General.According to police, law enforcement was alerted to the presence of an armed intruder around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, March 8.“Officers arrived on scene and were immediately met with extreme and dangerous conditions which developed into a situation involving multiple hostages,” Livermore Falls Police Department Lt. Joseph Sage said during a press conference Tuesday morning.Multiple federal, state and local agencies assisted with the situation, coming as far as Massachusetts and including the Maine State Tactical Team, Bomb Team and Crisis Negotiators.More information will be posted when it becomes it becomes available.last_img read more

On the streets of Allston

first_imgOn a perfect fall day, Harvard students, staff, and affiliates made their way across the Charles River to join members of the Greater Boston community in the ninth annual Brian Honan 5K Run/Walk. The race, which benefits the Brian J. Honan Charitable Fund, featured more than 1,500 participants, with 200 Harvard-affiliated runners sponsored by Harvard Public Affairs & Communications and the Harvard Business School. Nearly 400 Harvard runners participated.After blowing the horn that set the runners in motion, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino watched the crowds.State Rep. Kevin Honan, who represents Allston-Brighton, was on hand for the race celebrating the legacy of his brother, Brian. “There’s a huge Harvard participation in this race this year,” Honan said. “Harvard has really stepped up in terms of inviting their students to participate in the race, and we’re grateful for it. Brian grew up in Allston-Brighton, and he was actually the official scorekeeper of the Harvard men’s basketball team for many years. Even when he was a practicing attorney, he would still keep score for them. Today, Harvard has a strong presence in the Allston community, so we’re grateful that they help us out, and contribute to the charitable fund.”“Participating in the Brian Honan 5K is just one of many ways Harvard supports Allston-Brighton,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. It allows Harvard and the community to come together to support an important cause.”Craig Rodgers, a counselor at Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel, has run the Honan 5K for six years. His annual participation is due to “the fact that so many people from our Harvard community run in this race every year. This morning, before the race, a group of us met at the Weld Boathouse and jogged over to Allston together. It’s something that’s very congruent with the concept of building community through running. It’s a chance for people to talk and get to know each other along the way, and it’s open to all members of the community.”Courtney Otto ’15 (from left), Brittany Powell ’13, Joseph Zarella ’14, Congressman Michael E. Capuano, Kendall Crawford ’16, Connie Hsu ’16, Mackenzie Luick ’13, Caroline Weaver ’13, and State Rep. Kevin Honan stopped for a photo before the start of the race.In addition, Rodgers mentioned that Harvard offers multiple running opportunities. “Between Harvard on the Move and Harvard College Marathon Challenge, there’s a lot of participation in community running,” Rodgers said. “It’s just a great way to enjoy the amazing weather and enhance our community.”Connie Hsu ’16 and Kendall Crawford ’16 joined seniors Mackenzie Luick ’13 and Caroline Weaver ’13, all members of the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team, in warming up before the race. “The Honan 5K is a nice way to get away from the pool, participate in a community event, and see some of Boston,” said Weaver. “We try to do it every year.”last_img read more

The first fully 3-D-printed heart-on-a-chip

first_img <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3-D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated and customized, allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.This new approach to manufacturing may one day allow researchers to rapidly design organs-on-chips, also known as microphysiological systems, that match the properties of a specific disease or even an individual patient’s cells.The research is published in Nature Materials.3-D-printed heart-on-a-chip “This new programmable approach to building organs-on-chips not only allows us to easily change and customize the design of the system, but also drastically simplifies data acquisition,” said Johan Ulrik Lind, first author of the paper, postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and researcher at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.Organs-on-chips mimic the structure and function of native tissue and have emerged as a promising alternative to traditional animal testing. However, the fabrication and data collection process for organs-on-chips is expensive and laborious. Currently, these devices are built in cleanrooms using a complex, multistep lithographic process, and collecting data requires microscopy or high-speed cameras.“Our approach was to address these two challenges simultaneously via digital manufacturing,” said Travis Busbee, co-author of the paper and a graduate student in the lab of Jennifer Lewis, Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, core faculty member of the Wyss Institute, and co-author of the study. “By developing new printable inks for multimaterial 3-D printing, we were able to automate the fabrication process while increasing the complexity of the devices,” Busbee said.The researchers developed six different inks that integrated soft strain sensors within the microarchitecture of the tissue. In a single, continuous procedure, the team 3-D-printed those materials into a cardiac microphysiological device — a heart on a chip — with integrated sensors.“We are pushing the boundaries of three-dimensional printing by developing and integrating multiple functional materials within printed devices,” said Lewis. “This study is a powerful demonstration of how our platform can be used to create fully functional, instrumented chips for drug screening and disease modeling.”The chip contains multiple wells, each with separate tissues and integrated sensors, allowing researchers to study many engineered cardiac tissues at once. To demonstrate the efficacy of the device, the team performed drug studies and longer-term studies of gradual changes in the contractile stress of engineered cardiac tissues, which can occur over the course of several weeks.“Researchers are often left working in the dark when it comes to gradual changes that occur during cardiac tissue development and maturation because there has been a lack of easy, noninvasive ways to measure the tissue functional performance,” said Lind. “These integrated sensors allow researchers to continuously collect data while tissues mature and improve their contractility. Similarly, they will enable studies of gradual effects of chronic exposure to toxins.”“Translating microphysiological devices into truly valuable platforms for studying human health and disease requires that we address both data acquisition and manufacturing of our devices,” said Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at SEAS, who co-authored the study. Parker is also a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute. “This work offers new potential solutions to both of these central challenges.”To read the full story on the SEAS website.last_img read more

Low maintenance

first_imgMany homeowners desire a low-maintenance landscape. Maintenance, time and expense are all factors to consider when developing a landscape plan.A natural, low-maintenance landscape can be easily accomplished with a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch, like pine needles, decayed sawdust or pine straw. However, it should not detract from the overall appearance of the landscape.Don’t let it blow awayChoose a mulch that cannot be easily disturbed by wind or erosion. Define the area with a crisp boundary so grass won’t grow over into the mulch, or mulch won’t spill out into the grass. When designing the area, let existing trees influence the design. Don’t be stingy with the mulch and make the area too small by cutting the boundaries close to the tree trunks. Incorporate at least half of the tree’s drip-line area on large trees and all of this space on smaller trees. If you’re naturalizing an area because of a poor stand of grass under the trees, it’s probably because of too much shade and tree root competition. A general rule to remember is to naturalize all areas that receive 50 percent shade at all times.Make areas free-flowingUse as many free-flowing curves as possible in these projects. Try not to create boundaries that project too abruptly, as they will not appear natural and will create hard to maintain areas.Before spreading the mulch, try to remove all bermudagrass and other perennials, fescue, nutgrass or broadleaf weeds. A 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch will control weeds, but not by just piling it on top. Several herbicides are effective for home use for most weeds or grasses.Over the last few years the use of black plastic has declined, while the use of the various geotextile fabrics has increased. Plastic material does not allow moisture to penetrate and also inhibits a free exchange of oxygen. These factors can cause problems for many ornamentals and cause weak plants to die during a stress period. Landscape fabrics will allow moisture penetration as well as promote oxygen exchange. The latest research rates the usefulness of landscape fabrics very highly in conjunction with organic mulches.For more assistance on creating a landscape plan, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications website at read more

Syosset Store Owner Charged With Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A convicted child molestor who owns an upholstery business in Syosset has been arrested for pulling down a male employee’s pants and grabbing his genitals last week, Nassau County police said.Alfred Balcerak, a Registered Level 3 Sex Offender and owner of Dun Rite Upholstery on West Jericho Turnpike, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse after he surrendered to police Tuesday, authorities said.The victim left the store following the May 21 incident.The 54-year-old Freeport man will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Balcerak became a registered sex offender following his 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a boy younger than 14 years old, according to Parents for Megan’s Law. He served two years behind bars.last_img read more

NAFCU-backed Reg D study bill sails through House, awaits Senate

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House, voting 422-0, on Tuesday passed H.R. 3240, a bill requiring a Government Accountability Office study of the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation D that NAFCU believes will lead to a full repeal of the regulation’s requirements.The “Regulation D Study Act,” introduced by Reps. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y, would require GAO to study the impact of the Fed’s Reg D reserving requirements on depository institutions, consumers and monetary policy.NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in support of the bill prior to the House vote. He said Reg D limits a credit union member’s ability to transfer funds between savings and checking accounts to six transactions per month without triggering added reserving requirements for the credit union. He said this limit only applies to transaction accounts and not savings accounts, so it is confusing to credit union members and forces the credit union to focus more on compliance and less on member service.“Federal Reserve Regulation D is a prime example of a regulation that hasn’t been reconsidered by Congress or the agencies for far too long,” Thaler wrote. “NAFCU believes a study of whether this outdated monetary reserve requirement imposed on depository institutions and consumers is necessary and believes the study would show strong evidence for the regulation’s full repeal.” continue reading »last_img read more

Vietnam reports H5N1 case; Chinese patient dies

first_imgJun 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s health ministry announced over the weekend that a poultry slaughterhouse worker was being treated for H5N1 avian influenza, and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that China’s most recent H5N1 patient has died.Vietnam’s health ministry said the man, from the northern province of Thai Nguyen, worked in a Hanoi slaughterhouse on May 14, got sick 5 days later, and was admitted to Hanoi’s Tropical Disease Hospital, according to a Jun 2 report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.After a nearly 18-month lull in Vietnamese H5N1 cases, the man’s case is the country’s second in a little more than a week. In the previous case, a 30-year-old farmer fell ill after he helped slaughter chickens for a wedding. He was recovering at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, according to the Xinhua report.The WHO has not yet confirmed either case. If the agency confirms both infections, they will be listed as Vietnam’s 94th and 95th H5N1 cases. For now, Vietnam’s H5N1 case count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.In other avian flu developments, China’s health ministry announced that a 19-year-old soldier who was recently listed as the country’s 25th H5N1 case-patient died yesterday, according to a WHO statement today. The man had been receiving treatment at a military hospital, according to Reuters. He becomes China’s 16th avian flu fatality.The man had been serving in southeastern China’s Fujian province when he became ill, though he had had no reported contact with infected birds, according to the WHO. A WHO official recently pointed out that only one of China’s 25 H5N1 patients had reported contact with sick birds, according to an Associated Press report.The lack of apparent links to infected birds raises questions about how effectively the Chinese government is monitoring the disease in birds, WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told Reuters. “This would suggest that the monitoring of H5N1 in poultry in China needs to be strengthened,” he said.See also:Jun 4 WHO statementlast_img read more

Shopee to export Indonesian small businesses’ products to the Philippines

first_imgE-commerce firm Shopee plans to export millions of Indonesia-made products to the Philippines by the end of March as it seeks to strengthen its footing in Asia despite risks from the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are starting the expansion with the Philippines because it has relatively the same buying power and price point as Indonesia,” the company’s Public Policy and Government Relations head Radityo Triatmojo told the press on Thursday. The export plan is part of Shopee’s Kreasi Nusantara program, which aims to market the products of Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to Shopee’s other Asian markets. This year, Shopee would be marketing Indonesian products in its top export categories, namely beauty, fashion, food and beverage and home and living products. Read also: North Sumatra urges businesses to develop more swallow’s nest products, increase exportsThe e-commerce firm reported having exported more than 5,000 Indonesian products to Malaysia and Singapore last year. It has operated in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan.Radityo went on to say that the company aimed to sell more than 1 million locally made products to its international market, but also expressed hope to exceed that figure.“We will not rely on discounts or any other incentives because we want to see how the organic market will grow,” he said, adding that a similar strategy had been successful in attracting customers in Malaysia and Singapore. He expressed hope that the coronavirus pandemic would not delay the company’s export plan, and added that despite the COVID-19 spread, its domestic and export market was able to “grow normally.”“Hopefully, if it goes according to plan, we should be able to expand exports to Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam by year-end,” he said.Shopee has been training its online sellers in trend analysis, logistics and English so they will be able to communicate with international buyers.  Shopee public relations lead Aditya Maulana said the company had trained 40,000 SME owners since 2018 in various online business topics, including through the Kampus Shopee program.Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinchHe said that such a training program was essential as many SMEs were still reluctant to scale up and market their products through branding efforts. They “feel small” and were afraid that their products would not sell in foreign markets, he added.The government has been making efforts to promote local products, such as through Government Regulation No. 80/2019, which states that e-commerce platforms are required to provide space to promote goods and/or services produced domestically.“The regulation is part of government support for both e-commerce platforms and small businesses,” said Trade Ministry business and distributors supervision director I Gusti Ketut Astawa, also on Thursday.According to iPrice data, Shopee has the most monthly web visitors in Indonesia with almost 73 million visitors in the fourth quarter last year. Meanwhile, Indonesian e-commerce companies Tokopedia and Bukalapak came in second and third, respectively.The ranking was a milestone for Shopee, as Tokopedia has been the country’s number one e-commerce site since the second quarter of 2018 until Q3 2019, with monthly web visits of 168 million.Topics :last_img read more

South Korean contaminated enoki mushrooms no longer circulating in markets: Ministry

first_imgTopics : Read also: Indonesia orders destruction of imported enoki mushrooms over listeriosis fearsThe BKP found that some samples imported by the company had been contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes listeriosis. The foodborne illness can cause serious problems for vulnerable groups such as newborns, toddlers, pregnant women and the elderly.The BKP then told PT Green Box Fresh Vegetables, a local company that imported enoki mushrooms from Green Co Ltd., to cease all distribution and destroy the remaining mushrooms weighing more than 8.1 tons in Bekasi, West Java, between May 22 and June 19.Agung said the agency had also notified the South Korean Embassy in Indonesia so it could carry out corrective action.He explained that it was safe for the public to consume enoki mushrooms as long as they had not been imported from South Korea.”Listeria monocytogenes contaminates enoki mushrooms through water, land and while they grow. The factors are quite localized and specific to certain regions so it is very unlikely that enoki mushrooms from other countries also contain the bacteria,” he said.However, Agung suggested cooking enoki mushrooms before consumption as a preventative measure.”Listeria monocytogenes will die when heated to a temperature of more than 75 degrees Celsius for five minutes,” he added.Agung also suggested not storing enoki mushrooms with other foods to prevent cross-contamination. Enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea are no longer in circulation at markets after a recall was issued by the Agriculture Ministry in May following reports that they contained harmful bacteria.The ministry recalled the mushrooms exported by South Korean mushroom exporter Green Co. Ltd, an official from the ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP), Agung Hendriadi, said.”Officials from the regional branches of the Central Food Safety Competency Authority [OKKPP] have checked enoki mushrooms sold at markets in several regions such as Jambi, West Kalimantan, Ternate, and Jakarta and they found no enoki mushrooms from South Korea, specifically from Green Co,” he said during a press conference on Tuesday.Between April 21 and May 26, the agency had taken samples of enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea after the International Food Safety Authority Network (Infosan), a food security network under the United Nations and the World Health Organization, notified them that people in the United States, Canada and Australia had contracted listeriosis after consuming enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea.last_img read more