Dundon brothers deny threatening to kill

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Previous article‘Predator’ jailed for defiling teenage girlNext articleApplication to move drugs trial to Dublin refused admin Print Prior to Tuesday’s legal arguments and proceedings, the State and detective garda Christine Bergin added a new charge to the list of indictments against Wayne Dundon, The 33-year-old was also charged with threatening to kill Elaine Walsh, the former girlfriend of Garreth Collins on March 25, 2011 at Hyde Road. The charge was brought before the Special Criminal Court as the DPP directed that the lower courts were not suitable to deal with the case. The new matter was remanded until next week with the defence given liberty to make applications. Facebook NewsLocal NewsDundon brothers deny threatening to killBy admin – February 22, 2012 973 Email At the Courts of Criminal JusticeTHE TRIAL of two Limerick men accused of threatening to kill several members of the one family between 2010 and 2011, has been adjourned at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, pending the release of telephone audio files from four Irish prisons including Limerick’s Mulgrave Street Prison.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The governors of four Irish prisons; Wheatfield, Portlaoise, Cloverhill and Limerick, havel been ordered by the three judge court to release the audio files of approved telephone conversations between a brother of the accused Dundon brothers, and one of the alleged injured parties, April Collins, the 23-year-old mother of three with former partner, Gerard Dundon.30-year-old John Dundon and his brother, Wayne, (33), on trial on threats to kill and the intimidation of State witnesses in a separate court case, sat in the dock as legal argument over the disclosure of evidence was heard by the defence and prosecution senior counsels.Wayne Dundon of Lenihan Avenue, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of threatening to kill April Collins, brothers Jimmy and Gareth Collins and their mother Alice Collins, on two separate dates in September 30, 2010 and March 25, 2011. John Dundon of Hyde Avenue, pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill April Collins on April 3, 2010, and threatening to kill her mother one year later, at Hyde Road in Limerick city.Dressed in a black satin short sleeved shirt, Wayne Dundon stood for arraignment when the charges were put to him and entered a not guilty plea to each of the seven counts before the court. His brother John, dressed in a short sleeved white and blue stripped shirt, entered pleas of not guilty to the charges of threatening to kill Ms Collins and her mother. The two brothers were returned for trial to the sitting of the special criminal court in the first non paramilitary type case of its kind in the country, but just as the case opened, defence senior counsel Padraig O’Dwyer, told the three judges, Justice Paul Butler, Justice Alison Lyndsay and Justice Flannan Brennan, that he still had an issue with disclosure of evidence from the State, and sought that the matter be put back until they were furnished with all the materials.He also added that “a box of materials including DVDs, tapes and documents,” were delivered to the office of defence solicitors Madden and Finucane, “just days” before the trial was due to begin. However, Tom O’Connell SC said that this was just “another red herring” thrown in by the defence of the Dundon brothers to delay proceedings. Mr O’Dwyer, having been earlier told at a court sitting, to itemise and be specific in his requests of disclosure, sought that the audio files containing telephone conversations between April Collins and Gerard Dundon over a period from October 2010 to April 2011, be released by the governors of four prisons.  Defence counsel, Mr Padraig O’Dwyer, and counsel for the co-accused, Brian McCartney, alleged, that up to 100 of these six minute telephone conversations contained evidence that April Collins told Gerard Dundon she was “going to set up Wayne”.The court heard that the telephone calls referred to were approved by the governors of each of the prisons with the view to “keeping the peace” amongst the prisoners,”according to Tom O’Connell SC for the State.With up two dozen gardai from the Limerick division and a small number of the Dundon family and supporters, April Collins was brought to the court under the protection of three armed detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  Mr Justice Paul Butler addressed the court after a brief adjournment and gave both parties 24-hours to electronically distribute and review the 100 or more audio files through the DPP, adding that the court was “not happy” with the manner in which the case was proceeding.“It’s most unsatisfactory, can counsel not talk to each other, ye have had months to prepare for this case”.  The trial is expected to last at least a week. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

COVID-19 Vaccinations to Begin for Health Care Workers

first_imgThe first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. The Cape May County Health Department is beginning COVID-19 vaccinations for health care professionals, including front line health care workers and first responders, the county announced Wednesday.Health care professionals eligible for vaccinations should call 609-463-6581, option 3, to schedule their shots.As more vaccine becomes available, county health officials will begin to move into the other phases for vaccinations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health.Cape May County will be conducting outreach to local government, the business community and others early in the new year to detail the plan for more widespread distribution and administration of the vaccine as it becomes available, according to a county press release.last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Authorities seize 1.5 metric tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican counter-narcotics agents seized 1.5 metric tons (3,306 pounds) of cocaine off a speedboat, arrested three Venezuelans and are pursuing six other suspects allegedly linked to a drug kingpin arrested last year. The seizure, which concluded a months-long investigation called “Operation Earthquake,” marks the country’s biggest drug bust of the year. It also adds to a string of high-profile operations in which Dominican authorities have seized thousands of pounds of cocaine. “Operation Earthquake” was carried out during the morning hours of March 25 near the Caribbean beach town Juan Dolio. National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) officials said the vessel, a 40-foot speedboat with three 250-horsepower outboard motors, had been tracked from the Guajira Peninsula on Colombia’s Caribbean coast near the Venezuelan border. The Dominican Tactical Division of Sensitive Investigations, an elite unit in the country’s counter-narcotics fight, began tracking the boat when it was about 100 miles south of the Dominican coast. The DNCD, National Police, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents converged, confiscating 1,236 packets of cocaine and arresting the three individuals. Aboard the boat, agents found sophisticated communication devices and night vision equipment the alleged traffickers used for navigation. The three arrested Venezuelans were identified as Richard Chirino Primera, Eliezer Hernández Guanita, and Cruz Rafael Natera Fermín. Additionally, DNCD officials said they are close to arresting six Dominicans they believe were supposed to receive the cocaine. The individuals were allegedly part of a drug trafficking ring linked to Ramón Antonio del Rosario Puente, a kingpin who was arrested last year and extradited to Puerto Rico at the request of U.S. federal authorities, who then had him transferred to New York. Rosario, known as “Toño Leña,” is accused of running drugs from eastern Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico as part of a massive narco-trafficking operation overseen by José Figueroa Agosto, who has been called the “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean.” Figueroa Agosto was apprehended last year in Puerto Rico and is serving a 209-year prison sentence in New York. He also recently pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges in a U.S. Federal Court in Puerto Rico. His punishment for those crimes will be added to his sentence. Rosario has denied any links to Figueroa Agosto. But DNCD officials said pieces of the criminal organization are still in place in the Dominican Republic. “This network of drug traffickers uses the services of Venezuelans, Colombians and the remnants of the Toño Leña band to bring narcotics to the country and then to the United States and Europe,” said Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, chief of the DNCD. “These individuals were in charge of directing and coordinating the drug trafficking operations in the Dominican Republic.” The cocaine seized in the operation was sent to a laboratory where it was to be tested for purity and weighed. DNCD officials said the cocaine had a street value of US$75 million. It was the third major bust for Dominican authorities in little more than a month. On March 14, the DNCD confiscated 807.4 kilograms (1,780 pounds) of cocaine from a shipping container aboard an ocean liner docked in the Caucedo Port. The drug had been divided into smaller packets and stashed inside bails of tobacco that were bound for Port of Valencia, Spain. Eight people were arrested in the operation. On Feb. 22, the DNCD carried out “Operation Volcano,” a two-month investigation that led to the seizure of 633 kilograms (1,392 pounds) of cocaine that was allegedly being trafficked by boat from South America to Puerto Rico via the Dominican’s southern coast. The prevalence of maritime seizures reflects a growing concern by Dominican authorities. The country virtually eliminated illicit drug flights from South America when it began to deploy its own aircrafts. The reduction in drug flights, however, “has resulted in redoubled efforts by traffickers to use maritime methods such as go-fast boats, privately-owned fishing and recreational vehicles, and cargo containers,” Aníbal de Castro, the Dominican Ambassador to the U.S., said in February during a hearing on Caribbean drug trafficking. The big seizures in the early months of 2012 followed a year in which the DNCD and other counter-narcotics authorities set a record for cocaine seizures. In 2011, authorities seized 6,715 kilograms (about 14,804 pounds) of cocaine, a 48% increase from the previous year when authorities confiscated 4,527 kilograms (9,980 pounds), according to statistics from the DNCD.last_img read more

Legal fiction competition seeks entries

first_img March 1, 2005 Regular News Legal fiction competition seeks entries Legal fiction competition seeks entries Entries are now being accepted for the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.The purpose of the contest, sponsored by SEAK, Inc., is to encourage lawyers to become more interested in and adept at writing legal fiction.A short story or novel excerpt in the legal fiction genre should be submitted and should not exceed 2,500 words.For more information, contact Steven Babitsky at (508) 548-9443 or [email protected] or visit www.seak.com.last_img read more

Small credit unions feel pinch of regulatory burden

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron JoossCEOs of small credit unions wear a lot of hats. It comes with the territory.“Some days you might find me working the drive-thru if we’re busy,” Anne Heggelund, president of Marathon County Employees CU, Wausau, Wis., told News Now. “Other times I’ll jump on the teller line.”The hat small credit union CEOs are most likely to don these days would be labeled “Compliance.” And with that hat usually comes a major headache.Since the beginning of the financial crisis, credit unions have been subjected to more than 190 regulatory changes from at least 15 different federal agencies resulting in more than 6,000 Federal Register pages to review and implement, according to CUNA’s Department of Economics and Statistics. There also have been other changes such as extensive and ongoing modifications to the National Credit Union Administration 5300 Call Report and examiner demands for implementation of a wide variety of best practices.Credit unions of all sizes are feeling the regulatory burden, and it stands to reason that smaller credit unions especially feel the pinch. continue reading »last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Confidence compounds

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » One of the most significant leadership skills you need to develop is confidence, which allows you to have impact far beyond your title or level within your organization.Building confidence requires a disciplined focus on seeking and accepting bold opportunities to help you reach for higher rungs of influence and impact. You don’t need to make huge leaps or take big risks, but each small effort or success will build your confidence over time. As your confidence compounds, you will find you can do vastly more than you ever dreamed was possible.There are three keys to build your confidence: practice, preparation and your presentation.Confidence is a Skill You Need to PracticeJust as with any new skill, you have to practice it over and over again for it to become something you can do with ease. The key is to identify what skill you need to master next. Opportunities to practice new skills are all around you. Plan to practice both inside and outside of work.last_img read more

C&M Sweets Bakery does drive through Trick-or-Treating

first_imgInstead of knocking on doors, some people are driving up to residences or businesses in order to ask for candy. One of these businesses is C&M Sweets Bakery in Owego. They held a drive through trick or treating event allowing members of the community to safely get their Halloween candy. Members of the bakery say they are happy to put something special on for residents this year, especially given the fact that it’s been a challenging year, and hope the community enjoys it. OWEGO (WBNG) — Halloween is looking a little different this year for many trick-or-treaters. center_img In response, the bakery got 200 RSVPs. As of noon on Halloween, they had seen around 50 cars trick-or-treating with them. They say they posted on Facebook before the event to get an estimate for how many people to expect. last_img read more

Modern Interpretation of History – Open Interpretation Center in Klis

first_imgAt the foot of Klis Fortress, one of the most significant symbols of turbulent Croatian history, the long-awaited Interpretation Center was opened, where computer 3D holographic projections show visitors the extremely rich historical and cultural heritage of the region, but also its recognizable gastronomic and oenological features.   The project of a summer stage at the fortress worth 5.3 million kuna is being prepared, and already this June the Municipality is announcing a tender for the sale of land intended for construction of an attractive hotel, which aims to attract future investors and offer additional tourist facilities. The connection of modern technologies and historical-cultural heritage results by an innovative interpretation of the past areas of the Municipality of Klis and offering a high quality experience of the destination. The Klis Fortress is visited by an increasing number of domestic and foreign tourists every year, so last year a record of 70.000 visitors, mostly thanks to the project of revitalization and restoration of the Klis fortress, which became planetarily recognized thanks to the filming of HBO’s series “Game of Thrones”.  In order to display “Revived histories”, this project started four years ago when the Municipality of Klis and the Klis Entrepreneurship Incubator applied to the tourism development fund at the relevant ministry. The project also includes exterior lighting of buildings in the very center of the place with a display of known locations and the possibility 3D mapping on the outer walls of the interpretation center thus, without additional interventions in the space, an attractive visual content is obtained. RELATED NEWS: “We are extremely proud that we can offer added value to everyone who comes to Klis and visits the Klis Fortress, one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Croatia, through the Interpretation Center. This is a place where visitors to Klis will be able to get important information about the specifics of the region, modern centuries-old history of our region, but also where they will begin their research and learning about all the values ​​of the destination and what we offer. By caring for heritage, we valorize our greatest historical and cultural wealth and invest in its further development, so that, thanks to EU funds, the beautiful Klis walls will soon be illuminated by new LED lighting, giving them a completely new perspective. “, said the Mayor of Klis Jakov Vetma during the opening ceremony of the center.  In the Klis Interpretation Center, visitors can immerse themselves in incredibly realistic and visually attractive depictions from the glorious past of Klis, once the first Croatian capital and the royal capital of the Trpimirović dynasty. Apart from history lovers, the content of the Interpretation Center will be interesting for tourists who will get the necessary information about the entire tourist, eno-gastronomic, accommodation and cultural offer of the Kliška region by simply using touch screens. Find out more about the sale of land for hotel construction in the attachment. Klis Fortress attracts more and more tourists every year These funds are further invested in projects aimed at raising the standard of living of the local community through the arrangement of kindergartens and schools, sports facilities, transport and tourism infrastructure, incentives for young families who want to work and live in Klis and encourage and develop new economic and entrepreneurial initiative, Vetma points out and adds: “As a cult place of the Croatian past and the starting point of national history, Klis deserves to restore the status of a city that it once had and become a historic city and tourist destination where guests will stay even longer. In Klis we do not strive for mass, but thoughtful and sustainable tourism, and although we are most recognizable by the Klis fortress, we plan to develop in other segments of the tourist offer because we have the potential – from geo-traffic advantages, culture, agritourism, potential eco-ethno villages, adrenaline parks…”, Vetma pointed out and announced new investments. The number of visitors continues to grow, so, compared to last year, a record year, in the first 5 months of this year, Klis recorded an increase in the number of visitors by more than 60%, while the fortress’s revenues exceeded the amount of HRK 3 million, which is an exceptional result for a municipality with just over 5 inhabitants.  The project of adapting and equipping the existing facility into an interpretation center is valuable million of which 410.000 were co-financed by the Ministry of Tourism, with 150.000 the project was supported by the Split-Dalmatia County, while the remaining amount was financed by the Municipality of Klis. JAKOV VETMA, KLIS MUNICIPALITY: IN CASE OF CONTINUATION OF EXCELLENT TOURIST RESULTS, WE WILL REDUCE THE PRICES OF KINDERGARTENS IN KLISlast_img read more

Govt tightens rules on Bali visitors as COVID-19 cases rise

first_imgAuthorities will impose stricter screening measures on visitors to Bali amid an increasing number of COVID-19 cases on the resort island.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the measures would be enforced for the next two weeks.“We don’t want to just uncontrollably open Bali for tourism. People wanting to visit the island will be required to undergo strict testing,” Luhut said during a teleconference on Friday. The minister is among several officials tasked by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with handling COVID-19 in several provinces with high case numbers and fatalities, including Bali.The resort island saw a significant increase in confirmed cases following the reopening of tourism for domestic visitors in late July.Read also: Bali’s Ngurah Rai, Incheon collaborate to boost air travel confidenceAccording to data from the Bali administration, the province recorded more than 1,600 new cases in the past few weeks, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,543 as of Friday. The number of fatalities has almost doubled from 100 on Sept. 4 to 199 on Friday. Nationwide, health authorities recorded 3,891 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the official tally to 236,519. More than 9,300 people have succumbed to the disease so far.Since opening its doors to domestic travelers, Bali has seen an increase in tourist arrivals. Bali Tourism Agency acting head Cok Raka Darmawan revealed that 2,500 to 3,000 domestic tourists had arrived every day at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar in August.The government has canceled a plan to reopen the resort island to international tourists on Sept. 11.The pandemic has dealt a hard blow to Bali’s economy, which relies heavily on tourism. The province’s economy contracted by 10.98 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, and thousands of people in the tourism sector have lost their jobs.Topics :last_img read more

Tipp hurler Noel McGrath to undergo cancer treatment.

first_imgThe Tipperary County Board has issued a statement this morning about 2 time All-Star and All Ireland winner Noel McGrath.“Noel McGrath will undergo surgery for testicular cancer on Friday 17th April. The Tipperary senior hurling squad, senior hurling management, Tipperary County Board and all Tipperary supporters wish Noel well during this time and look forward to welcoming him back in the Tipperary colours in due course. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of Noel and his family at this time and in the coming weeks.”last_img read more