St. Joseph County Prosecutor pushing for tougher laws to curb catalytic converter thefts

first_img Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/South Bend Police) Law enforcement agencies in St. Joseph County are fed up with the number of catalytic converter thefts they have been seeing in the last two months.In a press conference on Wednesday, South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski said that the number of catalytic converters that they have been called about being stolen has gotten out of control.RELATED: Catalytic converter thefts in South Bend, St. Joseph County on the rise“To say there has been a rash is an understatement,” he said. “We’ve had over 170 in the county this year alone, county combined.”Thieves are hitting car dealerships or parked cars on the street at night. They go underneath people’s cars and simply cut out the catalytic converter and then likely take it to someone who will buy the precious metals inside, which usually include platinum and palladium.“We believe there are multiple groups of individuals out there who are participating in this activity,” said St. Joseph County sheriff William Redman.Though police officers and sheriff’s deputies are trying their best to find the perps responsible for the 800-percent increase in catalytic converter thefts, St. Joseph County prosecutor Ken Cotter is appealing to state lawmakers to make the penalty for stealing a catalytic converter more severe.“This is not something that is just a blip. It is a huge impact,” said Cotter, who wants to not only punish thieves but the people who are buying catalytic converters from said thieves by making all of the aforementioned activities a felony.“The (proposed) changed in the law are not really focused on the individuals doing the stealing,” Cotter said. “The big change is the focus on the folks who are taking advantage of the stealing because they are buying it on the cheap and then they are making a lot of money because of that.”Right now, stealing a catalytic converter is a misdemeanor. Cotter said making it a felony will hopefully squeeze both those potential thieves and buyers to think twice before carrying out a theft.Cotter is working with state lawmakers, like State Senator Mike Bohacek, who represents LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Starke Counties, to amend state statute to do just that. WhatsApp Google+ St. Joseph County Prosecutor pushing for tougher laws to curb catalytic converter thefts Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 8, 2021 2 254 Pinterest Previous articleTroopers arrest South Bend man on federal warrant, additional drug chargesNext articleOpioid reversal kits to be placed around Indiana 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.last_img read more

EMC’s Differentiated Stack Offers Choice

first_imgJoe Tucci explains the strategic rationale (and value for customers) of EMC’s federation of businesses. Listen to the webcast of his presentation at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference held last Friday in New York.Major players in the IT industry are building technology “stacks”What makes EMC’s stack differentlast_img

Tenkara Fishing and Canyoneering in the Blue Ridge

first_imgCanyoneering the steep canyons and boulder-strewn creeks of the Blue Ridge mountains around the Pisgah National Forest isn’t the way most people choose to go fishing. Well, Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Graham Averill, BRO’s Dusty Allison and Tenkara USA‘s Daniel Galhardo aren’t your typical fishermen.They teamed up with Pura Vida Adventures and braved temps in the 30s and pouring rain to catch North Carolina native brook trout from tiny pools this weekend. Look for Averill’s full report in the July issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors, but here’s a sneak preview of their awesome adventure.last_img

Finally! The annual privacy notice exception goes final

first_imgIf a comet or other projectile were to destroy the planet Saturn, it would take 767 days for gravity to pull its remains into the sun.Coincidentally, that is also how long it took the Bureau to finalize the rule implementing the annual privacy notice exception.While the wait might have been astronomical in duration, the substance of the amendment to Regulation P is, thankfully, not. In December 2015, Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act), section 75001 of which contained an amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)’s Financial Privacy Rule. Specifically, it added paragraph 503(f) (codified at 15 U.S.C. 6803(f)) creating an exception to the requirement to send an annual privacy notice where certain requirements were met.The Bureau’s proposed rule stayed pretty close to the text of the statute, but added some timing requirements for starting annual notices when credit unions fall out of the exception. It also asked for feedback about what to do with the alternative delivery method. NAFCU commented on the proposal in August 2016. While it took the Bureau quite a bit of time to push the final rule out, this hasn’t necessarily been an issue as both the Bureau and NCUA had indicated that they were treating the FAST Act amendment as being effective, regardless of the state of the implementing regulation. So the exception has been available for credit unions since December 2015. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CDC plans for unpredictable flu vaccine supply

first_img People at high risk include those aged 65 years and up, nursing home residents, people with chronic conditions, babies and toddlers up to 2 years old, pregnant women, and healthcare workers with high-risk patients. But not everyone in those groups will want a flu shot. Despite a vaccine shortage in 2004-05, providers gave roughly the same number of flu shots to the high-risk groups as in previous years, the CDC reported previously. US health officials are preparing for a wide range of contingencies, and trying to prepare the public as well. “The worst-case scenario is we would have somewhere around 53 million doses. The best case would be about 98 million doses,” Gerberding said. About 57 million people got flu shots in the 2004-05 season, leaving about 3 million doses unused, according to the Associated Press (AP). Sanofi-Pasteur is planning to provide 50 million to 60 million doses this fall. In addition, MedImmune Inc. will make about 3 million doses of its nasal spray vaccine, Reuters reported. May 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Those deemed at highest risk from influenza should have priority for flu vaccinations this fall, federal health officials said yesterday. Gerberding’s comments reflect the unpredictability of the coming flu season and the US vaccine supply.center_img It will be important for people to keep up-to-date on the flu vaccine supply, Gerberding told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The message will evolve,” she said. Although authorities see progress at Chiron Corp.’s factory in Liverpool, England, it’s not clear whether the company will be approved to sell vaccine in the US, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We want flu shots in their arms first,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC), told members of Congress, according to several news reports. “If the vaccine comes through as expected, we’ll do the rest.” In addition, GlaxoSmithKline is seeking approval for its maiden foray into the US flu vaccine market in a licensing arrangement involving 10 million doses, Reuters news service reported.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Ademola Lookman leaves Everton for RB Leipzig

first_img Source: 21-year-old, Ademola Lookman has completed a permanent deal to join the Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig on a five-year contract.The deal is reported to be worth £22 million ($27m) as he switches from Everton to the German club.The youngster joined the Toffees in January 2017 but spent the half of the season with Leipzig where he now joins on a permanent deal.Ademola Lookman netted five goals in eleven appearances during his short spell with Leipzig.Lookman has told Leipzig’s official website on securing a switch to the Red Bull Arena:“I am very happy to be back here and would like to continue where I left off in the second half of 2018 for RB Leipzig.“Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing my team-mates again and would like to help the team to continue to celebrate great successes.“Finally I can play again in the Red Bull Arena in front of this great backdrop and the fans. And last but not least, I would like to thank God, the fans and RB Leipzig for making my move possible.”last_img read more