Trial underway for man accused of killing 4 from San Diego AP, FacebookTwitter Posted: January 7, 2019 AP Updated: 1:42 PM FILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo,, Charles “Chase” Merritt, (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)SAN BERNARDINO, CA (AP) —Opening statements are underway in the trial of a Southern California man accused of beating a family of four to death with a sledgehammer and burying them in the desert.Prosecutors made opening statements Monday in the trial of 61-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt in San Bernardino.Defense attorneys also made statements to defend Merritt and will continue addressing the jury in the afternoon.Merritt is charged with killing his business associate Joseph McStay; McStay’s wife, Summer; and their 3- and 4-year-old sons.The McStay family disappeared from their San Diego County home in 2010. Three years later, their bodies were found in a remote desert location more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away in San Bernardino County. Categories: Local San Diego News January 7, 2019
The USDA Compliance, Security, and Emergency Planning Division (CSEPD) Compliance Review Branch visited the American Soybean Association (ASA) in late August to conduct its annual on-site financial and compliance review of the ASA/WISHH Program. Expenditures reviewed included the Market Access Program (MAP), Foreign Development Cooperator Program (FMD), Emerging Markets Program (EMP) Quality Samples Program (QSP), and Cochran Program funding.CSEPD reviewed more than $1.4 million in expenditures that resulted in a zero finding audit for the ASA/WISHH Program. The Audit results confirmed that ASA/WISHH fulfilled its financial and administrative responsibilities under the programs; claimed authorized and reasonable program expenses; and; claimed allowable and properly documented contributions.
Three randomly-selected participants who shared their unique monarch/ monarch habitat pics on Facebook and Twitter have been selected from among almost 100 photo and video entries. Congratulations to our winners:Ryan Heineger, IowaSherri Melton, MichiganLaura Vecchio, NebraskaThe contest generated almost 150-thousand social media impressions and brought in participants from top soybean-producing states including Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, among others.The fall social campaign highlighted the importance of monarch habitat and U.S. soybean growers’ part in preservation, underscoring ASA’s involvement with coalitions like Farmers for Monarchs and the Monarch Collaborative, while also encouraging growers to get involved and plant their own habitats.A month-long photo contest was part of the outreach, with ASA asking farmers and other friends and followers to upload snapshots of their efforts to plant milkweed and protect the pollinators. The campaign garnered 96 photo and video submissions across Facebook and Twitter.Thanks to everyone who helped us highlight these pollinators and the various conservation efforts of farmers across the country, including soil and water quality, and pollinator preservation. And, stay tuned this spring for more chances to win milkweed for your farms and yards.
? What: Clark CountyAntique and Collectible Show.? When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.? Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.? Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 to 17 and free for children 11 and younger; expert identification and evaluation $5 per object.? Information:503-282-0877 or http://www.palmerwirfs.comIt could have been right off of television: Robert and Marcia Stewart waited for two hours in line. They paid $10 and placed their two items — a 1930s Mickey Mouse sweatshirt that was Marcia’s mother’s and a 1925 art deco Pabst Blue Ribbon lamp that was her grandparents’ — into the knowledgeable hands of appraiser Kathleen Victor. Victor gives details about the pieces, such as that Mickey’s long nose shows indicates this is the first version of the mouse, and that the lamp base and top are ruby amethyst. It’s all very interesting but — and viewers of Antiques Roadshow know this look — what the Stewarts, and everyone watching, clearly want to know is: What are they worth?The Mickey sweatshirt could bring $450 to $500 in a Disney auction. The lamp, which Victor says appeals to collectors of art deco, nudes and beer memorabilia, could get about $600. “You can sell naked ladies all day long,” said Victor of the lamp, which featured a zaftig woman in a state of undress with flowing locks, under the painted-on Pabst logo. “She’s got everything somebody wants as far as selling beer.”Startled smiles ran across the faces of the Vancouver couple: A $2.50 investment on that lamp more than 30 years ago may net them a profit of about $597.50.
Clark County deputies helped build a case that led to the arrest Wednesday of a Portland man who allegedly robbed 21 restaurants and retailers over a six-week stretch. Detectives with Portland’s Special Emergency Reaction Team on Wednesday took into custody 49-year-old James Robert Wiley, who was arrested on suspicion of armed robberies in Clark County and Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties in Oregon, according to a news release issued by Portland police.The news bulletin announced the arrest of a “prolific armed robbery suspect.”Wiley was arrested after he was stopped in a vehicle at Northeast 81st Avenue and Fremont Street in Portland. Detectives searched his vehicle and a nearby hotel room, and recovered two replica firearms and other evidence they allege connects him to the robberies. The robbed businesses included hair salons, a cigarette shop, a market, a flower and gift shop, a gelato place, a jewelry store, three Subway sandwich shops, a Big Lots store and a Pizza Hut, police said.The armed robberies were committed between Dec. 27 and Feb. 4. Wiley was believed to have robbed Hair Face & Nail Place, 6400 N.E. Highway 99 in Vancouver, on Jan. 6.
A Camas woman was in satisfactory condition Sunday night at a local hospital after being injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.Darla D. Mentzer, 42, is in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Richard Mentzer, 54, of Camas.The Washington State Patrol said Richard Mentzer failed to negotiate a curve from southbound Interstate 205 to eastbound state Highway 14 about 6:27 p.m. The motorcycle went off the road and struck a jersey barrier, ejecting both driver and passenger, the patrol said. Richard Mentzer was treated for injuries at PeaceHealth and released. He was driving a 2005 Kawasaki 800cc motorcycle.The patrol said the accident was caused by going too fast.
Emergency repairs on a leaking drain pipe will shut down the ramp connecting Portland’s Ross Island Bridge with Oregon state Highway 99E on Wednesday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.Work will close the ramp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to ODOT. Drivers traveling east on the bridge won’t be able to connect directly to southbound 99E. They’ll instead continue to Southeast 17th Avenue before heading south to the highway.The Ross Island Bridge carries U.S. Highway 26 across the Willamette River.
Gregory Wright A high-risk sex offender known for having sexual contact with young teenage females was recently released from Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and is currently homeless in the Vancouver area, according to a sheriff’s office bulletin.In 1998, Gregory Wright, 31, sexually assaulted two females, ages 13 and 14. He threatened both teens with a knife and choked the 14-year-old before the assault.Although originally charged with two counts of indecent liberties and one count of attempted second-degree rape, Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with sexual motivation and fourth-degree assault.Also, after reports indicated that he had been sexually involved with a 15-year-old female, Wright in 2006 pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes.Wright is considered a Level 3 sex offender, the group considered most likely to commit new sex crimes.He is not wanted by police and will be monitored by the Department of Corrections, the Vancouver Police Sex Offender Tracking Unit and the Clark County Sex Offender Registration Unit.
Hillsboro, Oregon’s fifth-biggest city, is staking its credit rating on a plan to build a $15.2 million stadium for a minor-league baseball team. Similar efforts in Washington state and New Jersey ended in downgrades.The Portland suburb with about 93,500 residents broke ground on the venue last week. It will house an affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks that for 23 years played 200 miles away in Yakima. Owners of the Yakima Bears, last year tried unsuccessfully to negotiate moving the team to Vancouver.Hillsboro plans to finance the stadium by selling municipal bonds by year-end, even as the extra yield investors demand on some of its debt has climbed by 60 percent since July. In the past 18 months, Wenatchee and Harrison, N.J., lost their investment grades because sports-arena projects financed with munis missed revenue projections and failed to spur the development officials were counting on. Hillsboro is taking a similar risk, said Howard Cure, director of muni research at Evercore Wealth Management, which oversees $3.7 billion.“It’s yet to be proven how much a sports team contributes to economic stimulus,” said Cure, who’s based in New York. Hillsboro’s economy has benefited from its location in Oregon’s so-called Silicon Forest of technology companies. Intel and Lattice Semiconductor are among those operating in the region.The Hillsboro stadium is part of “a vision for the city to bring community-based programming and places where the community can get together,” said Suzanne Linneen, the city’s finance director. “There’s a belief that it will bring some economic vitality to the region.”
TACOMA — The Tacoma Dome will be missing Clark County representation at the state basketball tournaments.The Columbia River boys basketball team — the county’s last shot in either 4A or 3A boys and girls basketball — fell short of the ultimate destination Saturday night in the Class 3A regionals, falling to Lincoln 55-35.“We did what we could,” senior Rian Bassett said. “They’re just a really good team. I think they’re going to take the state title. I don’t think anybody can stop them.”Columbia River’s effort to stop the Abes never really materialized. The Chieftains scored four points in each of the first two quarters, falling behind by 18 points.After the game, the Chieftains said they were satisfied with their second-half performance, even if they never seriously mounted a rally.“I’m proud of the way we played in the second half,” said Bassett, who scored all nine of his points in the final two quarters. “I just wish we could have started out like that.”Isaiah Smith led Columbia River with 16 points, 14 in the second half.“All four years of my career, we improved,” said Smith, the school’s all-time leading scorer.The Chieftains failed to make the district tournament in his first two years of varsity. Then last year, the Chieftains won the district tournament. This season, the Chieftains repeated at district and came one game short of the elite eight at the dome. Their season ended with a 17-7 record.
A crazed, unidentified mans walked into a Home Depot in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening and attempted to saw his arms off in front of horrified customers, according to several news sources.The LA Times reports that police say they arrived at the store to find the man passed out on the floor surrounded in blood.Police Cpl. Rudy Lopez told The Times that an off-duty Pasadena paramedic was inside the store and helped officers treat the man by making tourniquets from twine and rags found in the store.The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but his condition is unknown at this time.Lopez told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that “witnesses said they first noticed him in the action of cutting himself with the saws. The scene itself was quite gruesome.”This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the extent of the danger remained unclear.The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties. In requesting the federal declaration, which makes federal resources available to the state, state officials said about 300,000 people were affected.Federal authorities are also launching an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the spill and what caused it, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release Friday.Shortly after the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customers of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.The chemical, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, leaked from a tank at Freedom Industries and overran a containment area. Officials from Freedom, a manufacturer of chemicals for the mining, steel, and cement industries, hadn’t commented since the spill, but a woman who answered the phone at the company said it would issue a statement later Friday.
Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend Load More The increase in gaming industry employment came as the overall unemployment rate in Macau fell to just 1.8% between March and May, down from 1.9% in the prior period and from 2.0% in March to May 2017.In total, the recreational, cultural and gaming industries comprised 24.6 % of all employees, up two percentage points, with hotels and restaurants comprising 14.9%. RelatedPosts MGM China, Melco Resorts become latest to offer special award to Macau workforce The total number of people employed by the gaming and junket industries in Macau increased 1.5% to 82,600 in the March to May period when compared with February to April, according to the latest employment survey by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The February to April period had seen 81,400 employed in the sector.
Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) has announced the hiring of Scott Sibella as President of the under-construction Las Vegas Strip resort.Sibella will oversee the development, start-up and operations of Genting Group’s US$4 billion project, having advised RWLV on project design as a consultant for W.A. Richardson Builders, the company said. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team “Scott has a wealth of experience in both development and operations which will ensure that Resorts World Las Vegas is successfully built and operated,” said Hui Lim, Deputy CEO of Genting Group. “The project is now fully financed and construction continues to ramp up. As we now turn our focus to eventual operations, Scott will oversee a smooth opening and ensure Resorts World Las Vegas is run efficiently while providing a world-class guest experience.”Sibella is no stranger to the Las Vegas Strip, having spent eight years as President & Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand for the last eight years. He previously held similar roles at both the Mirage and Treasure Island.His appointment follows the departure of former RWLV President Edward Farrell, who has transitioned to President of Genting Americas, Genting Group’s US-based corporate entity which oversees development and operations in New York, Florida, Massachusetts and the Bahamas.In announcing Sibella’s move to RWLV, Genting also revealed that construction of the resort’s 59-storey towers has now reached the 55th floor with the towers expected to be topped out in the coming months ahead of a planned soft opening in late 2020. Genting’s KT Lim moving to take New York’s Resorts World Catskills private RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia shares plummet almost 12% following news of Empire Resorts acquisition plan
The 2019 series boast a record 89 event schedule, running from 29 May until 16 July, with the flagship US$10,000 buy-in Main Event starting on Wednesday 3 July.The WSOP famously began at the Horseshoe in 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven of the world’s best players to compete against one another in a series of cash games, with the winner, Johnny Moss, decided by a vote from his peers. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More The 50th anniversary World Series of Poker kicks off today at the Rio in Las Vegas. Held for the first time in 1970 at the Horseshoe Casino, the WSOP has since become the biggest annual poker tournament series on the planet attracting the game’s elite and starry-eyed amateurs alike – all dreaming of winning a coveted WSOP bracelet.Last year’s WSOP saw a record 123,865 entries over the course of almost two months, creating a 49-year high of US$266,889,193 in prize money. The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2018 boasted a US$3,421,656 prize pool with US$655,337 going to the winner.
Banking organisation Deutsche Bank has limited its bonus payments for the 2016 financial year, and will not be providing any individual variable compensation for senior executive staff.The changes will mean that employees with the corporate titles of vice president, director and managing director will still receive the group variable compensation component, which is based on the bank’s overall performance, however individual variable compensation will not be granted to these employees for the 2016 financial year.The organisation’s recognition awards, which are available for eligible employees up to the assistant vice president level, will still go ahead.Employees up to the assistant vice president level who are not eligible for a recognition award may receive a limited individual variable compensation award for 2016.Binding contractual agreements, which include bonuses covered by collective tariff agreements, will not be affected by the changes.A limited number of employees will be granted a special long-term incentive award. This will partly be offered in the form of shares, and will be deferred for up to six years.The management board at Deutsche Bank has decided to waive its variable compensation for 2016.Deutsche Bank estimates that 75% of employees are not or are hardly affected by the changes to individual variable compensation, and the bank plans to return to its normal compensation programmes for the 2017 financial year.The organisation is implementing the changes to bonus payments in light of its performance over the financial year, as well as the financial impact of a $7.2 billion settlement with the US Department of Justice regarding claims that Deutsche Bank misled investors in the packaging, securitisation, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2006 and 2007.In a statement to employees on 18 January 2017, the management board at Deutsche Bank said: “We are aware that many of you will be disappointed by this decision about 2016 bonuses. We know how hard you work for the bank. We recognise how committed you remained throughout the challenging days in the autumn, and indeed not only then.“Today we are able to say that our bank is resilient thanks to your hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, this recognition will not be reflected in the amount of individual variable compensation this year. We sincerely regret this.“We have taken this tough decision because it is the right thing to do. Other [organisations] have taken similar steps in the past and have come back stronger than before. We are convinced that we will too. We plan to return to our normal compensation programmes for the year 2017.”
Bald Eagle injured in Orlando. However, if this ain’t symbolic of our country right now. pic.twitter.com/eXCQjwe6VQ— GOODJOBCOLTS💙4-5 (@LoveLifeSmile23) November 10, 2016 I’m near the intersection Goldenrod Rd and Curry Ford Road in Orange County where 2 bald eagles are stuck in a storm drain pic.twitter.com/s91XP4UVfz— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 10, 2016 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Firefighters are waiting on Florida Fish and Wildlife for the rescue. Here’s a picture of the two bald eagles pic.twitter.com/cyo1VthxAI ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews in Orlando rescued two bald eagles that appeared to be stuck in a storm drain, Thursday afternoon.The discovery of the animals prompted road closures as rescuers awaited Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities.One eagle was freed by crews and flew away, but the other fell into the storm drain. Rescuers were able to free the second eagle from the drain shortly afterward. — Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 10, 2016
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization celebrated important members of the community, Saturday night.The Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations held its 7th annual community appreciation dinner in Miami.Among those honored were Judge Norman Herring, Miami-Dade Professor Randall Kaufman and Miami-Dade County Community Relations Chair Rene Diaz.Guests were treated to a keynote address from FIU Professor of Medicine, Dr. Pedro Greer Jr.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Good Morning from the Ft.Lauderdale #WalkLikeMADD Dash! The Panther Patrol is here to support @MADDOnline. pic.twitter.com/qFofpVRd9F— FlaPanthersCARE (@FlaPanthersCARE) April 30, 2017Participants, many of whom have been affected by drunk driving, raised money in an attempt to educate and eliminate the problem from roadways.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Participants at a fundraiser in Downtown Fort Lauderdale walked like “MADD” for a good cause, Sunday.Mothers Against Drunk Driving held their annual 5K run-walk at Huizenga Park, located at 32 East las Olas Boulevard.
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Heavy rain could help officials put out a brush fire that continues to burn in Big Pine Key.Firefighters have been battling the flames in Big Pine Key since Sunday.The fire has destroyed a home, a building and more than 72 acres. #BigPineKeyBrushFire is 100% contained.— FFS Everglades (@FFS_Everglades) April 28, 2018The blaze is now 100 percent contained.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.