Teenagers from France allegedly break into numerous cars in Secaucus

first_imgSECAUCUS – Secaucus police have charged ten teenagers from France in a series of car burglaries allegedly taking place in town earlier this month, according to a press release.On July 21, the Secaucus Police Department received calls of vehicle burglaries in the area around Second Street.Twelve vehicles were reported to have been burglarized after 4 a.m. that morning. Both patrol and detective division personnel worked together to process the vehicles for evidence and canvass the area. They soon located surveillance footage from nearby locations showing what appeared to be juveniles committing the burglaries.Shortly after 3 a.m the following day, Officer Michael Bronowich was patrolling the area when he came across a large group of juveniles walking between cars with flashlights. Bronowich observed that many of the juveniles fit the profile from the surveillance footage. The juveniles, ranging from ages 13 to 17, were taken into custody.The youth are French nationals visiting the U.S. on a summer camp retreat, according to the release. They were staying at the town’s Red Roof Inn with adult guardians. They went out for walks collectively when they allegedly committed the burglaries. Further investigation by police managed to procure some of the stolen itemsAll ten juveniles are charged with twelve counts of burglary and twelve counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. Three of the juveniles are additionally charged with three counts of theft; one juvenile is additionally charged with receiving stolen property. Though ordered released to their guardians, the teens’ passports have been seized. They were set to make their first court appearance July 24.Noting that all the burglarized vehicles were unlocked, Chief Kevin Flaherty urged all residents to “be sure to lock their vehicles to reduce the ability to commit this ‘crime of opportunity.’” ×last_img read more

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Allegations hurting USC image

first_imgIn light of the pending NCAA investigation into the USC football and basketball programs, the question on everyone’s mind has been, “How?”How could this have slipped through the cracks of one of the most prestigious athletic and academic universities in the country? And, if true, how could something that seems so overwhelmingly wrong have been allowed to occur?Long gone · Former men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd resigned from the team in June amid allegations that he gave cash to a confidant of O.J. Mayo’s. The public relations storm around the university has been fierce. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanControversies such as those facing USC are a dime a dozen these days, as the media uncovers deeper information at increasingly lower levels and smaller institutions. Most recently, Michigan’s football program was accused of exceeding practice time limits. Last week, Memphis’s basketball program was forced to vacate all 38 of its wins from the 2007-08 season because of an SAT violation likely involving former guard Derrick Rose.The public relations impact from the accusation of violations — even if they are only accusations — are nightmarish for universities. In the Trojans’ case, doubt has entered the minds of those who hoped USC would be a pillar in these dark times for college athletics.The allegations levied against USC involving improper allowances and recruiting violations regarding former USC guard O.J. Mayo surfaced last year. The allegations against former running back Reggie Bush broke nearly three years ago.Despite the fact that no decision has come from the NCAA regarding alleged USC infractions, round-the-clock media coverage has hurt the reputation of the university.Michael L. Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs, knows all too well the impact of the claims and the deep-seated impact of the reports.“There are a couple of things we know — [these accusations are] not what the president wants, that’s not what the trustees want, that’s not what you or I want,” Jackson said in an interview this summer. “Some individuals do stupid things, and it definitely sullies the reputation of the university.”The public relations impact has been felt everywhere, from the highest university officials to the average student, whose own reputation sometimes rests upon that of the university they have chosen to attend.“I love the team so much, and I love the school so much, but at the same time, it’s disappointing to me that this kind of stuff happens, because it makes us look bad,” said David Johnson, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering.Many students who have seen the effects of the scandal wreak havoc on the credibility of the school remain conflicted about what they should be feeling.“You don’t want your school to look bad because your school is supposed to be a representation of you,” Johnson said.Daniel Weidlein, a sophomore majoring in jazz studies, also finds fault in the scandals, but wants to stay optimistic.“Whenever there is a scandal, I want to believe that the person is innocent,” Weidlein said. “I try to find other ways to rationalize it, like, ‘Oh, I’m sure every other school is doing it because USC is under such a spotlight.’”Weidlein also sees a visible decrease in not only his own interest in the basketball team, but in others’ interests as well.“I feel like I hardly want to go to basketball games this season,” Weidlein said. “Among people who care about sports, interest has definitely decreased.”In the future lies a conclusion to the story — a way to remedy the public opinion of the university — but when or where that will come, even Jackson does not know.“You wish these things could be brought to a conclusion and I think nobody wants to bring it more to a conclusion than we do,” Jackson said. “But life goes on, and you just know that that’s hanging out there. Look at these things, they just drag on forever,”James Grant, executive director of USC public relations, sees the light at the end of the tunnel.“We’re all just monitoring the situation and we’re hoping for a good and fair outcome,” Grant said.The place where the university hurts most as a result of such allegations is in the eyes of the public, and, for the time being, university public relations are somewhat powerless to combat any of the rumors or allegations that have arisen until they are satisfied with their own investigation.“These kinds of things are always fodder for talk radio and personal opinion; those things will happen, but we will wait until the process is concluded,” Grant said.He recognizes that it is hard for the university to effect a large change in public opinion when the facts have not all come out.“In our pledging to get to the bottom of it and clarify what happened when, that’s our attempt to assure everybody that we do care about these things, and expect everyone that works here to adhere to the standards that are set,” Grant said.It may be some time until Grant and Jackson can see the investigation all the way through and begin the healing process that will likely be needed to remedy the hit the university has taken in the court of public opinion.last_img read more

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GBTI hits back at SARA

first_img…says State asset laws being used to intimidate…vows to “vigorously” defend itself in courtThe Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) has hit back against the State Asset Recovery Agency’s (SARA) move to take them to court, saying that the Government agency is using the laws as intimidation and vowing to vigorously defend itself in court.According to GBTI, these allegations are baseless and designed to attack the bank. Moreover, it stated that SARA’s reliance on the State Asset Recovery Act of 2017 appears to be geared at intimidation.“GBTI takes note of the spurious allegations engineered to further attack GBTI in a gross and unconscionable manner. And that the use of such legislation after so many years is inimical to the interests of justice and smacks of intimidation,” the bank said in the statement.GBTI reminded in its statement that it has served Guyana since the 1800’s and is the largest indigenous bank. The bank noted that it will be taking appropriate legal action and expressed confidence that the charges will be dismissed.“The Bank intends to commence appropriate legal action to vigorously defend itself against these malicious claims. GBTI has full confidence in the judicial system, and that it will be fully vindicated as per recent false charges which were duly dismissed,” the bank stressed in its statement.The Bank has been serving Guyana for over 180 years and is regarded as one of the most trusted and loyal banks in the country.“In all its dealings with its many stakeholders, GBTI has always discharged its responsibilities with professionalism and integrity as we continue to hold our tagline with the highest level of standards as “We See Guyana though your eyes”.In a statement of claim against GBTI, SARA is seeking $274.1 million, plus interest, from the bank. The claim has to do with the acquisition of land at the Kingston Seawall, where GBTI built one of its branches.SARA alleges that when the bank bid for and acquired the right to purchase this land, it was the fourth highest of 14 bids. SARA is claiming that GBTI’s purchase price of $224 million is less than the most recent valuation of the property at the time.SARA was created when the State Asset Recovery Act was passed in the National Assembly in 2017. It is mandated to recover unlawfully acquired state assets through civil procedures. However, the Parliamentary Opposition has also maintained that the cases it did pursue were aimed at harassing political opponents.Both SARA and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), which have both been hit by these accusations, have failed to successfully prosecute any case. In fact, GBTI featured prominently in one of several such cases to be thrown out by the court.Back in March of this year, contempt of court charges brought by SOCU against eight top executives of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI) were thrown out by the magistrates’ court.The matter stemmed from the matter in October 2017, when SOCU charged the bank’s directors with contempt based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The contempt proceedings stemmed from the bank’s allegedly failure to comply with a production order made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George on August 29, 2017.The bank had contended in its application for the variation of the order granted by Justice George that countless efforts were made to gather all the documents requested but it was discovered that some were either destroyed or could not be found. The documents were pertinent to the US$500 million Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) probe that was being conducted by SOCU. The GRDB case has also since been thrown out by the local courts.last_img read more

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