Maintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeMaintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park Jul. 07, 2016 at 6:13 amCrimeMaintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Parkeditor5 years agoassaultbatterybrandon griffinBrandon Jamel Griffincity of santa monicaCrime Watchhomelesshomeless crimehomelessnessmaintenancepalisades parkSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crime On June 29 at about 7:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding an assault and battery that had just occurred.The victim, a City of Santa Monica maintenance worker, was confronted by the suspect. The suspect was confrontational and challenged the victim to fight.The suspect yelled profanities and insults towards the victim. The suspect attempted to punch the victim multiple times and spat at the victim. The suspect had threatened the victim on three previous occasions.Officers located the suspect in the 1500 block of Alley 1. The victim was desirous of prosecution. The suspect was taken into custody.Brandon Jamel Griffin, 23, homeless, was arrested for stalking, assault, a court order violation and probation violation. Bail was set at $150,000.Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :assaultbatterybrandon griffinBrandon Jamel Griffincity of santa monicaCrime Watchhomelesshomeless crimehomelessnessmaintenancepalisades parkSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crimeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA summer potpourri of arts and entertainmentJordan Mathews chooses Gonzaga for final college seasonYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBoardwalk business recovery hamstrung by homelessness crisisClara Harter2 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoFeaturedNewsWoman Arrested With Knife At Buscaino ‘Plan for Safer Los Angeles’ Press ConferenceGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

New Engineering Director for Stagecoach Midlands

first_imgStagecoach Midlands has appointed Dave Morgan as Engineering Director. He has been with the company for 22 years and has been Engineering Manager at its Rugby depot for the past 16 years.Dave Morgan (l) with Dave Heptinstall who he will be taking over fromDave, 41, takes over from the current Engineering Director, Dave Heptinstall, at the end of September and will be based at the Northampton Head Office.When he left school, Dave Morgan did a College course in engineering, welding and fabrication for two years and he then accepted an offer of a three-year apprenticeship based at the Stagecoach Rugby depot, during which time he also worked as a shift mechanic.When he completed his apprenticeship, Dave was made up to the position of Charge Hand, the equivalent to an Assistant Engineering Manager today.He says: “I am greatly looking forward to taking up my new post.  I believe I have a lot to offer. I have seen many changes in engineering practices over the years and my experience should put me in a strong position to tackle my new responsibilities.”Dave Heptinstall is transferring to Stagecoach Yorkshire as Engineering Director there.last_img read more

Qualified charitable distributions included in tax extenders package

first_imgJust as the swallows have returned to San Juan Capistrano, qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from IRAs may return to the tax code as Congress considers a package that would extend a number of expired tax credits.A QCD is a distribution of Traditional or Roth IRA taxable assets paid directly to a qualified charity. An IRA distribution qualifies if it is made after the IRA owner reaches age 70½ and the IRA owner could have deducted the contribution if it were made directly to the charity.QCDs are very popular and enjoy strong bipartisan support in Congress, but that hasn’t made it any easier to extend the legislation or make it permanent. Instead, QCDs have been lumped together with nearly 50 other tax provisions that expire on a regular basis, and then Congress passes legislation to extend them, usually on a temporary basis.QCDs were created by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and were effective for tax years 2006 and 2007. This temporary provision was extended through 2009 by the Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008. The provision then expired at the end of 2009 when the Senate failed to act on a House bill to extend the provision. There were several attempts in 2010 to extend QCDs, but it was not until nearly a year later that President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which provided for a two-year extension of QCDs, from December 31, 2009, through December 31, 2011.The provision then expired again at the end of 2011 when the House and Senate failed to act on legislation to extend the provision. As in 2010, there were several attempts in 2012 to extend QCDs, but it was not until January 2, 2013, when President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012—to avert tumbling off the “fiscal cliff”—that QCDs were extended for an additional two years, from December 31, 2011, through December 31, 2013. QCDs sunset on December 31, 2013, after Congress failed to pass legislation to extend the provision.Many of the expired tax provisions are narrow in scope and benefit specific industries. But a number of tax provisions—such as the research credit—are important to the business community and there is strong bipartisan support for extending these provisions. With chances for comprehensive tax reform all but dead this year, Congress is now considering legislation to renew these tax provisions, known as “tax extenders,” in anticipation of comprehensive tax reform occurring at some point in the future.With an eye toward future tax reform, the House and Senate are taking very different approaches to extending these tax provisions, and passage of legislation to extend QCDs is far from certain.The Senate Finance Committee has taken an approach that would extend most of the tax provisions for two years, in anticipation that many of these provisions would be addressed as part of comprehensive tax reform. Newly-minted Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) indicated that it makes no sense to let these tax incentives disappear without a comprehensive reform proposal to replace them.By bipartisan voice vote, the Finance Committee passed the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act that extends most of the expired or expiring tax provision for two years. The EXPIRE Act includes a provision that would extend QCDs for two years, from December 31, 2013, through December 31, 2015. In announcing passage of the bill, Chairman Wyden stated that this will be the last time that “tax extenders” legislation is taken up as long as he remains chairman of the committee. Wyden noted that the bill is called the EXPIRE Act because it is meant to expire.Unlike the Senate Finance Committee’s approach, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced that his committee would hold hearings with the goal of either making the tax provisions permanent, or allowing them to expire. The Committee subsequently reduced the list of “tax extenders” from more than fifty to just six, and approved legislation that would make these six provisions permanent. The provisions made permanent all had bipartisan support among committee members, and include the research credit, and other tax breaks that benefit small businesses. None of the other provisions—including QCDs—would be extended under the House Ways and Means Committee’s bill.These two different approaches to the “tax extenders” will make it more difficult to reach a compromise. The Senate’s approach of extending most of the tax provisions for another two years is in sharp contrast to the House’s approach of making six of the provisions permanent and not extending any of the other provisions. Neither of the bills has come to the floor of either chamber for a vote and it remains to be seen how quickly that will occur. Even if they come to the floor for a vote, there is concern that some members will object to making only a few provisions permanent and allowing the others to expire.Despite their popularity and strong bipartisan support, it remains to be seen whether Congress will extend QCDs or make them permanent. With mid-term elections on the horizon, Congress may try to pass a “tax extenders” bill before the election, or as in 2012, they could wait until after the election. And even then, there is no assurance that QCDs would be included in the package. In a mid-tem election year, where the stakes for both parties are high, the only certainty is uncertainty. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Detailslast_img read more

Truck attack suspect is charged with terrorism offenses

first_imgTruck attack suspect is charged with terrorism offenses Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Complaint: Truck attack suspect plotted rampage for 2 months Published: November 1, 2017 6:46 AM EDT Updated: November 1, 2017 11:28 PM EDT SHAREcenter_img Author: AP Recommended NEW YORK (AP) Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges Wednesday against the Uzbek immigrant and former Fort Myers resident accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead, saying he was spurred to attack by the Islamic State group’s online calls to action and picked Halloween because he knew more people would be out on the streets.The charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov could bring the death penalty.Even as he lay wounded in the hospital from police gunfire, Saipov asked to display the ISIS flag in his room and said “he felt good about what he had done,” prosecutors said in court papers as Saipov was brought to court in a wheelchair to face the charges.Another person, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, was briefly wanted for questioning in connection with the attack. But at a news conference later FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Sweeney said, “We’ve found him, and we’ll leave it at that.”Kadirov lived in south Fort Myers as recently as August, records show.MORE: Ex-neighbors of terror suspect in Fort Myers, Tampa reckon with realitySaipov, accused of driving the rented Home Depot pickup truck that barreled down a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles, resulting in death.His lawyers did not immediately return a message seeking comment.Prosecutors said he had 90 videos and 3,800 photos on one of his two cellphones, many of them ISIS-related pieces of propaganda, including images of prisoners being beheaded, shot or run over by a tank.Saipov left behind knives and a note, in Arabic and English, that included Islamic religious references and said, “Islamic Supplication. It will endure” – “it will endure” is phrase that commonly refers to ISIS, FBI agent Amber Tyree said in court papers.Questioned in his hospital bed, Saipov said he had been inspired by ISIS videos that he watched on his cellphone and began plotting an attack about a year ago, deciding to use a truck about two months ago, Tyree said.During the last few weeks, Saipov searched the internet for information on Halloween in New York City and for truck rentals, the agent said. Saipov even rented a truck on Oct. 22 to practice making turns, and he initially hoped to get from the bike path across lower Manhattan to hit more pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, Tyree said.He even considered displaying ISIS flags on the truck during the attack but decided against it because he did not want to draw the attention, authorities said.John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence, said Saipov “appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out.”In the past few years, the Islamic State has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries. England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks since mid-2016.A November 2016 issue of the group’s online magazine detailed features that an attack truck or van should have, suggested renting such a vehicle and recommended targeting crowded streets and outdoor gatherings, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a militant-monitoring agency.Carlos Batista, a neighbor of Saipov’s in Paterson, New Jersey, said he had seen the suspect and two friends using the same model of rented truck several times in the past three weeks.It was not clear whether Saipov had been on authorities’ radar. Miller said Saipov had never been the subject of a criminal investigation but appears to have links to people who have been investigated.In Tuesday’s attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for nearly a mile along a bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said. He was shot in the abdomen after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns, one in each hand, and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic, they said.In addition to those killed, 12 people were injured.The aftermath took a political turn Wednesday when President Donald Trump slammed the visa lottery program that Saipov used to come to the U.S. in 2010. Trump called the program “a Chuck Schumer beauty,” a reference to the Senate’s top Democrat.The program dates to 1990, when Republican President George H.W. Bush signed it as part of a bipartisan immigration bill. Trump called on Congress to eliminate it, saying, “We have to get much tougher, much smarter and less politically correct.”Schumer, who represents New York, said in a statement that he has always believed that immigration “is good for America,” and he accused the president of “politicizing and dividing” the country.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saipov appeared to have acted alone after becoming radicalized while in the U.S.During his time in Fort Myers, around 2010, Saipov was “a very good person,” an acquaintance, Kobiljon Matkarov, told The New York Times.Assailants in a number of other recent extremist attacks around the world were found to have been “lone wolves” – inspired but not actually directed by the Islamic State. In some cases, they never even made contact with the group.On the morning after the bloodshed, city leaders vowed New York would not be intimidated, and they commended New Yorkers for going ahead with Halloween festivities on Tuesday night.They also said Sunday’s New York City Marathon, with 50,000 participants and some 2 million spectators anticipated, will go on as scheduled.“We will not be cowed. We will not be thrown off by anything,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.While the mayor said there have been no credible threats of any additional attacks, police said they were adding more sniper teams, bomb-sniffing dogs, helicopters, sand-truck barricades and other security measures along the marathon route, in the subways and at other sites.The attack killed five people from Argentina, one from Belgium and two Americans, authorities said. Nine people remained hospitalized in serious or critical condition, with injuries that included lost limbs and wounds to the head, chest and neck.A roughly two-mile stretch of highway in lower Manhattan was closed for much of the day for the investigation. Authorities also converged on Saipov’s New Jersey apartment building and a van in a parking lot at a New Jersey Home Depot.Runners and cyclists who use the popular bike path were diverted from the crime scene by officers at barricades.“It’s the messed-up world we live in these days,” said Dave Hartie, 57, who works in finance and rides his bike along the path every morning. “Part of me is surprised it doesn’t happen more often.”The slight, bearded Saipov is a legal, permanent U.S. resident. He lived in Ohio and Florida before moving to New Jersey around June, authorities said.Birth records show he and his wife had two daughters in Ohio, and a neighbor in New Jersey said they recently had a baby boy.Saipov was a commercial truck driver in Ohio. More recently, he was an Uber driver.In Ohio, Saipov was an argumentative young man whose career was falling apart and who was “not happy with his life,” said Mirrakhmat Muminov, a fellow truck driver from heavily Muslim Uzbekistan.“He had the habit of disagreeing with everybody,” Muminov said.He said he and Saipov would sometimes argue about politics and world affairs, including Israel and Palestine. He said Saipov never spoke about ISIS, but he could tell his friend held radical views.last_img read more

Kameda to face Philippine fighter

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former WBA light flyweight champion Koki Kameda will take on Rexon Flores of the Philippines in a nontitle flyweight 10-rounder on March 22, his Kyoei gym said Wednesday. Kamed, who has finished a three-month suspension, was initially scheduled to face Jose Lopez Bueno at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture in his first match since July last year, but the Spaniard has been forced to pull out because of a head injury. The 25-year-old Flores is ranked 13th in the WBA light flyweight category.last_img

Tottenham signing Wanyama reports training

first_img0Shares0000Wanyama hits the weights at Hotspur Way. PHOTO/Tottenham Hotspur.LONDON, United Kingdom, July 4 – Kenya’s captain Victor Wanyama has spent his first day at his new club Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the new campaign.The tough-tackling midfielder, who has signed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane after joining from Southampton for an undisclosed fee last month, was put through his paces at Spurs’ state-of-the-art training complex at Hotspur Way on Monday. Wanyama will be no stranger to Mauricio Pochettino’s punishing pre-season regime – which often includes double sessions in a bid to get the players ready for his preferred high-press system – after their time together on the south coast.Victor Wanyama is put through his paces. PHOTO/Tottenham Hotspur.“He’s a beast on the pitch but a very nice person off it:” @AlderweireldTob on @VictorWanyama#COYS#TogetherTHFC pic.twitter.com/MLZQihYx9i— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) July 4, 2016summer without international football following Denmark’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016.Spurs are still hopeful of doing a deal to sign Dutch striker Vincent Janssen to help ease the burden on Harry Kane.Sky sources reported last month that the 21-year-old held talks with Spurs in London after AZ Alkmaar gave permission, but a fee has not been agreed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more