Solicitation effort nets suspect, 32, 15-year sentence

first_img Vavasseur must register as a sex offender for 10 years. BEAUMONT — Judge Raquel West has sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for second-degree online solicitation of a minor.Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of online solicitation related to the same investigation.In an issued statement, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office said that shortly before Halloween 2017, law enforcement assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted Operation “Trick or Treat” to target individuals attempting to prey on children over the internet. A task force member posed online as a 14-year-old girl named “Jane” and Vavasseur contacted her. Vavasseur told “Jane” he was 16 and not long into their conversation, Vavasseur sent “Jane” four pictures of himself and his genitals. Over the next month, they exchanged sexually explicit messages and he asked her to meet him in person.On Nov. 27, Vavasseur made plans with “Jane” to meet at a store in Fannett where law enforcement identified him and later arrested him on four charges of online solicitation of a minor.Three of the cases were third-degree felonies, with a range of punishment of two to 10 years in TDC. The fourth case was a second-degree felony with a punishment range of two to 20 years TDC because of Vavasseur’s attempt to meet with “Jane.”last_img read more

Auto-pedestrian crash in Vidor claim’s woman’s life

first_img Next UpTroopers said a 2015 Ford truck, driven by Adam Musslewhite, 38, of Kirbyville was northbound on FM 105 near the intersection with West Circle Road, Vidor, when a 56-year-old woman walking in the middle of the roadway walked into the Ford’s path.Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim’s name won’t be released until her next of kin is notified, Troopers said.Musslewhite was not injured, Troopers said. All information is preliminary as Troopers continue to investigate this fatal crash, the issued release said.. Staff reportA Vidor woman was killed early Monday when, according to initial reports, she walked into the path of a pickup truck.Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers said in an issued statement that the call about an auto-pedestrian collision came at 5:45 a.m.last_img read more

Texas Senate moves to block local governments from partnering with abortion providers

first_imgThe Texas Senate approved in a preliminary vote Monday its first major anti-abortion bill of the session — a measure that would prohibit state and local governments from partnering with agencies that perform abortions, even if they contract for services not related to the procedure.“I think taxpayers’ dollars should not be used for abortion facilities or their affiliates,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell, who authored the legislation.Senate Bill 22 passed 20 to 11 with Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio of Brownsville bucking his party to support the bill. Lucio is the author of another anti-abortion bill, which would ensure abortion providers physically hand a controversial pamphlet detailing alternatives to abortion to women seeking the procedure. “Planned Parenthood is an important part of providing care for many Texas women and their facilities offer services that are essential to maintaining their health,” he said. “If we want to — and I believe all of us want to prevent abortions — the issue should be that we should prevent unwanted and unplanned pregnancies.”Planned Parenthood of South Texas has had 33,918 visits to their clinics in 2017, and only 5% were related to abortion services, according to Sen. Menendez. But Campbell shot the amendment down.Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, worried that the bill would prevent municipalities from contracting with Planned Parenthood to address public health crises like Zika, HIV and STD outbreaks. So, he tried to add an amendment that would create an exception for these cases — but Campbell also shot that down.The state has slashed much of its funding for abortion providers in the last decade. The legislature in 2011 cut the state’s family planning budget by two-thirds in an effort to limit funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Three years ago, the state kicked Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Medicaid program and cut off $3.1 million in funding —and a federal appeals court upheld that decision in January. However, these efforts only limit state funding—but SB 22 cuts local funding as well.The House State Affairs committee listened to testimony on the House’s version of the bill on Monday. Meanwhile, two other anti-abortion bills, both listed as priorities for Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, are also headed to the full Senate – including a controversial measure regarding the rare case of infants who survive the procedure.Disclosure: Planned Parenthood has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Anti-abortion advocates support the measure in part because it would terminate “sweetheart rent deals,” which is just one of the ways local governments partner with abortion providers. Campbell, a New Braunfels Republican, has singled out one key target during the bill’s hearing: Planned Parenthood’s $1-per-year rental agreement with the city of Austin.Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates rail against the bill as an attack on local control. The bill would “tie the hands of cities and counties,” according to Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. She also worried that the language of SB 22, which would limit “transactions” between the government and abortion providers, is too broad and would target more than just the downtown Austin rental deal.During debate on the bill, San Antonio Democrat state Sen. José Menéndezattempted to add an amendment that would allow local government and abortion providers to contract on certain healthcare services, like long-acting reversible contraception, cervical cancer screening and protection, HIV screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.last_img read more

DEATH NOTICES: July 16, 2020

first_img Clinton Anthony Rebert, 79, of Orange, Texas passed away July 11, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.Donna Renee Eaglin, 46, of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 12, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending at Gabriel Funeral Home.Victor Adrian Sifuentes 30, of Nederland, TX; passed July 12, 2020. Proctor’s Mortuary – Beaumont. Benjie Noah Simon, 64, of Port Neches passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Stanley “Si” Freeman, Jr., 89 of Port Neches, Texas died Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Services with Levingston Funeral Home – Port Neches.Rosemary Cooper, 70, of Jasper passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial in Lufkin, Texas, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Charles Emerson Court. 77, of Groves passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Oak Grove Nursing Home, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Vernal Hampton, 68, of Port Arthur, TX died Thursday, July 16, 2020. Services are pending at Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Craig Lee Anderson, 51, of Port Arthur, TX died Thursday, July 16, 2020. Services are pending at Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Blanch Marie Comeaux, 81, of Nederland, Texas passed away July 15, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.center_img Denny W. Dial, 58, of Nederland, Texas passed away July 11, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.Keith VanCleve Davis, Sr., 83, of Beaumont, died Monday, July 13, 2020. Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Juanita Gautreaux Broussard, 94, of Nederland, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.last_img read more

Unions cautiously optimistic about FairPoint sale

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Business Magazine Leaders of unions representing telecom workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont responded in a statement today to the announcement by Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc that it plans to purchase FairPoint Communications in 2017. The sale is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders and state regulators.“It’s clear that the ill-advised sale of Verizon to FairPoint in 2008 has had a profound negative impact on workers and consumers in Northern New England. Just last month, FairPoint announced another major layoff of nearly 10 percent of its workforce even as regulators continue to investigate their service quality failures,” said Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2327 in Maine. “Therefore, we view this potential sale with cautious optimism. We are hopeful that Consolidated will work with us to create and maintain good jobs in our communities and really improve the quality of service that our customers deserve.”The unions confirmed that the recent layoff announced by FairPoint would go forward as planned.FairPoint workers on the picket line during the strike of 2014. VBM photo.According to Don Trementozzi, President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400, “Our members and our customers have been through the ringer with FairPoint over the last eight years, and our primary concern is that this transaction result in a more stable company that puts a priority on strengthening communities, not enriching Wall Street hedge fund owners.”FairPoint sold to Consolidated in all-stock dealUnion leaders said that they are looking closely at Consolidated’s finances, technical capacity, and history of labor relations as well as at the regulatory requirements for the sale. In 2007, the unions partnered with community groups to “Stop the Sale” of Verizon to FairPoint. They predicted the sale would be devastating for workers and consumers, but the sale went ahead and FairPoint declared bankruptcy in 2009. The company’s effort to slash labor costs by cutting pay and benefits and hiring unlimited contractors led to an historic four-month strike in the winter of 2014-15.“As we were back in 2007 during the Verizon transaction, we will be deeply involved in the process to ensure a fair deal for FairPoint workers no matter the outcome of this transaction,” said Steve Soule, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “While we certainly welcome FairPoint’s departure from Northern New England, we’ll be vigilant in examining any potential new owner and fighting for fairness for our members and our communities.”Leaders emphasized their willingness to cooperate with Consolidated should the transaction succeed with shareholders and regulators. “As long as Consolidated is ready to engage with our members and our customers with respect and fairness, we welcome this opportunity to help re-build the company and make it the success it has been in the past,” said Mike Spillane, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont.Source: IBEW Local 2326 12.5.2016last_img read more

Norwich University Veterans Day observance to be livestreamed

first_imgNorwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.The ceremony will be livestreamed on Norwich’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NorwichUniversity/(link is external). In the abundance of caution and for the health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks.Veterans, their guests, and community members are cordially invited to livestream the Veterans Day Observance, which will be conducted on Norwich University’s Upper Parade Ground. The ceremony will include prolonged cannon fire for the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys and the playing of echo taps.The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow ’83, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 1, after more than 37 years on active duty. His final assignment was in the Pentagon as the director, Marine Corps Staff where he was responsible directly to the Marine Corps commandant for the integration of seven three-star deputy commandants implementing significant changes across the Marine Corps. His previous three-star assignment was as the deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command, one of nine U.S. Defense Department Combatant Commands with responsibilities for air, land, and sea transportation for the Defense Department worldwide.Broadmeadow is the highest-ranking Marine officer to have graduated from Norwich and is honored to have received the Distinguished Alumni Award and have his named engraved on the Bicentennial Stairs.Commissioned a Marine second lieutenant in 1983 after graduating from Norwich University, he served in a variety of billets. He commanded a company in Somalia for Restore Hope and a squadron in Iraq for Iraqi Freedom. He was notably responsible for planning and executing logistics operations for Naval Task Force 58’s amphibious assault into Afghanistan immediately following 9/11 and for the 1st Marine Division during the attack to Baghdad in 2003. He was the senior adviser to the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division as it assumed responsibility for operations in Al Anbar Province Iraq in 2008. Promoted to brigadier general in 2009, he commanded units in the Pacific, Afghanistan and the United States and served on the joint staff at the Pentagon. Before his assignment at USTRANSCOM, he was the commander of all Marine Corps bases and stations around the world.Since May 1984, Broadmeadow has been very happily married to Karen (Rowe) also a NU ’83 graduate. Together, they have remained active with their alma mater in alumni clubs, reunion committees, and freshmen sendoffs. They are longtime members of the Partridge Society. John has returned to speak on campus numerous times including as the Joint Services’ Commissioning Official in 2018 and was the keynote speaker for Norwich’s Bicentennial Gala aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University 11.9.2020last_img read more

NTT Ltd. to power virtual ‘global stadium’ experience for Tour de France fans

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom – 26 August 2020 – Today NTT Ltd., the official technology partner to A.S.O., announced it will bring the Tour de France 2020 to fans through innovative technology, which will allow them to watch the race from their homes in a unique way and be part of a ‘global stadium’ experience. Due to the impact of Covid-19, 70 remote NTT employees will operate from five continents to support the three-week long race that takes place from 29 August to 20 September 2020.NTT has developed a ‘Virtual Zone Technique’ that brings together different technologies to deliver its Tour de France services remotely for the first time. This will keep staff safe while supporting the running of the race and providing an enhanced experience for fans.To create a digital ‘global stadium’ for fans who can’t be at the roadside this year, NTT and A.S.O. has made use of its advanced, real-time, data analytics capabilities. Live data and analytics will be featured across multiple channels including:A brand new Augmented Reality Data (AR) app: In addition to the live race footage, the app will provide selected users with a unique way of viewing and interacting with live race data and the amazing landscapes of the Tour de France. For the first time this will allow fans to appreciate the scale of the event in 3D from their home. With an unprecedented view from the sky, they will see the riders among the mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes and have access to interactive live data on the race whilst feeling like they’re actually viewing the race from a helicopter.Additional data for live television broadcast: NTT Ltd. and A.S.O. will provide new data insights and visualizations as part of the live television broadcast. This will provide a fresh way of seeing and understanding the race, and how each team is performing.The @letourdata social channel: The data shared across the @letourdata channel will allow fans to keep up to date with what is going on with the race, even if they’re on the move. It will also provide deeper insight into how the cyclists are performing, their team strategies and predictions from the #NTTPredictor.The official ‘Tour de France Fantasy’ game: Gamification of the race will enhance the experience for fans, with machine learning predictions provided by #NTTPredictor at every stage. Fans are able to immerse themselves in the Tour de France experience, competing with other like-minded fans!The Tour de France Race Center: The live-tracking platform of the Tour de France has also been completely re-developed for 2020 to enhance the user experience, and leverage cutting edge cloud platform services. Race Centre 2.0 provides a second screen experience, showcasing key race data, live rider telemetry and other insights including race predictions and race commentary.NTT’s managed services will safeguard the operational success of the race. Managed collaboration services will enable the global technology support team to communicate and a secure-by-design approach will enable real-time threat management, ensuring security.Ruth Rowan, Chief Marketing Officer, NTT Ltd. commented: “This is not just a first for the Tour de France, but a first for sport; everything we would previously have done physically has been moved to a remote environment. Sport has the power to inspire and we wanted the public to enjoy the race this year even if they can’t be at the roadside. Our work with A.S.O. has shown how, when we work together, we can find solutions to do great things. Innovation means fans will see the race in a different way, actually get closer to the action and more people than ever before can enjoy it safely.”For its 40,000 employees, NTT Ltd. has also launched its Tour de France Hackfest – a competition where anyone from across the business can suggest future innovations for the race in support of creating the largest connected stadium in the world. The initiative encourages employees to think differently and celebrates the company’s innovation culture.Rowan continues: “The approach we are taking at the Tour de France this year will revolutionise how sporting events are delivered in the future. We are using technology to take the fan experience to the next level. The new challenges we’ve addressed in preparing for this year’s race are inspiring our team to develop many more fantastic ideas to attract a new generation of digitally savvy fans.”Yann Le Moenner, Chief Executive, A.S.O commented: “Over the last five years, we have built the Tour de France with NTT Ltd. and we have continued our digital transformation journey under unique circumstances this year. People have seen the benefits from sport even during the pandemic. Many people exercised during lockdown and now even more people are cycling to travel around. We can use technology to ensure the fan experience is richer than ever. These changes are good for the world. For example, if we can use the Tour de France as a platform to accelerate cycling in cities, we can improve people’s health and lessen our impact on the environment.”Find out more on our 2020 Tour de France microsite.last_img read more

McCrary emerges as third running back option in victory over Indiana State

first_imgMcCrary emerges as third running back option in victory over Indiana StateJunior Kobe McCrary scored two touchdowns and gained 176 yards on 17 carries in Saturday’s win.Alex Tuthill-PreusJunior running back Kobe McCrary runs the ball against Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonSeptember 10, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintKobe McCrary was out to prove something in his second career game.The junior running back — who transferred to Minnesota from Butler Community College during the offseason — wanted to show the world he was more than a 1-yard running back and not just the third option behind redshirt sophomore Rodney Smith and an injured sophomore Shannon Brooks.He accomplished his goal Saturday against Indiana State, running for 176 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns in a 58-28 Minnesota win at TCF Bank Stadium.“I just came [to Minnesota] and felt like I can bring some depth,” McCrary said. “All three of us [are] a three-headed monster, that’s the way I figured.”McCrary showed what he was capable of during the second half, when he rushed for 108 yards on only six carries.McCrary had runs of 43 yards and 50 yards on one drive — the latter giving him his second touchdown of the day. McCrary almost ran into an Indiana State lineman at the beginning of his 50-yard run, but then stepped to the side, dodged a diving linebacker and kept running straight to the end zone.“I just saw a lot of pushing,” McCrary said. “The offensive line blocked very well today, so I just made one cut and I saw a crease, so I just hit it.”Redshirt senior quarterback Mitch Leidner said McCrary reminds him of former Gophers running back David Cobb.Cobb, who played with Leidner from in 2013 and 2014, finished with the seventh most rushing yards in Minnesota history. “Everything he does is so similar to Cobb,” Leidner said. “We know he’s an explosive player; a really smooth runner and he can make guys miss. He’s similar to David Cobb where they are not going to truck you and run you over like crazy all over the place. For how big he is, he’s going to make people miss.”McCrary said that he’s watched Cobb before and models his game after him.“[Head coach Tracy Claeys and running backs coach Pat Poore] know I can catch the ball out of the backfield,” he said. “I feel like I try to expand my game a lot, watching Rodney [as well].”Smith was the main running back during the game against Oregon State, rushing for 125 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Brooks is currently injured, but is expected to come back after the bye week to play against Colorado State.With McCrary’s emergence, the Gophers now have three running backs who have shown they are capable of big games.Claeys said McCrary’s role in practice will be expanded this week.“It’s hard to get an opportunity the first game when you’re playing with Rodney in there,” Claeys said. “It’s a good problem to have what we’re going to have; the [three] people we’ll have at tailback.”McCrary transferred to Minnesota knowing he would be the third option behind Brooks and Smith, but said he knew he could provide some depth to the group of running backs.Claeys said that’s what’s great about McCrary: He loves competition.“When you get a bunch of competition at certain positions that’s when you get a lot better,” he said. “He’s created that competition and so I expect the play of our tailbacks will get a lot better here as we move on.”last_img read more

Why do we feel schadenfreude?

first_imgCNN: When other people suffer misfortunes, we feel sorry for them.Or do we?More than we probably want to admit, we sometimes are secretly pleased.Does a Red Sox fan feel happy to see a Yankee fan miserable over a humiliating loss? Would a Democrat ever tire of watching replays of Mitt Romney’s Etch A Sketch moments? Do you find yourself consuming the tabloid news, riveted by coverage of disasters in the gossip columns?…Social neuroscientists Mina Cikara, Matthew Botvinick, and Susan Fiske in a study published in Psychological Science provided more corroborating evidence for schadenfreude using sports fans rather than political junkies.Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media >last_img

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Reaches Early Milestone In Work To Increase Underground Ventilation

first_imgA bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft being excavated at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPPWIPP News:CARLSBAD — A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft — an EM 2020 priority — located west of the WIPP plant.The $75 million shaft sinking is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground. When completed, it will be WIPP’s largest shaft at 26 feet in diameter, reaching 2,275 feet, with drifts, or passageways, being excavated at the 2,150-foot level to match the rest of the WIPP underground that will eventually connect to the shaft.Shaft excavation has reached 56 feet by using a mini excavator and crane-lifted buckets. Contractors will drill small holes in one-half of the bottom of the shaft and set off small emplaced explosive charges in a sequential pattern. The debris will be excavated, and the process repeated.The work will be ongoing, 24 hours a day, five days a week, with an additional single shift on Saturdays. During the shots, blast mats will cover the top of the shaft and a location being excavated to install an angled piece of ductwork to feed air into the shaft. WIPP has implemented safety measures to alert motorists approaching the construction site.A round steel cage will be lowered into the shaft for workers to set the charges during excavation activities down to 100 feet. When the excavation reaches 100 feet, a five-story multiplatform unit will be lowered into the shaft for the work. That unit has a remote-controlled excavator underneath it, and two holes in its structure to allow buckets to be raised and lowered with excavated material.last_img read more