Ocean City Man’s Disappearance Remains a Mystery

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEFor Jen Powell, the years have not healed the loss she feels, and the questions she has about the disappearance of her son John Weisbecker from their Ocean City home in 2009 still remain.And no one seems to know anything.“I heard from the police on the 10-year anniversary of John’s disappearance,” Powell, 55, who moved from her Ocean City home in 2010, said in an interview Friday. “They usually call each year. They say they are looking into it. I just feel like I will never know. That is the hardest part.”March 11 will mark 12 years since Weisbecker vanished from the home he shared with his mother and sister, Jordan, at 205 Asbury Ave.He was 21 years old, 6-foot-2 with brown hair, a mustache and blue eyes. He also had numerous tattoos on his torso and arms at the time he just vanished.Police believe someone else was with Weisbecker at the house. They said there were signs of a struggle inside the home the day he vanished, including overturned furniture. They believe he did not go willingly.A postal worker saw Weisbecker that morning.And year after year, there are no real leads. There are no answers.No one has seen the 2006 Ocean City High School graduate.On Friday, Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said he spoke with Police Chief Jay Prettyman regarding the case.“Unfortunately, there are no new developments to report at this time,” Bergen said.This house on the 200 block of Asbury Avenue is where Weisbecker lived with his family.In 2016, Ocean City police turned to a Facebook page to begin soliciting tips about Weisbecker’s disappearance. In addition, a $50,000 reward is being offered for information about his whereabouts.Powell holds on to hope that someday someone will come forward with information about her son’s disappearance.“I know the officers weren’t happy because they think somebody knew something,” Powell said of the initial police work on the case. “I feel that way, too. I know it hurts them just as much that they couldn’t get the answers.”She is thankful for her daughter, Jordan, 29, a married mother of two, who lives out of state.Powell continues on for them.“You have to keep going,” she said. “I have a four-year-old grandson and two-year-old granddaughter.”But all the birthdays, family gatherings and other milestone events are without Powell’s son and Jordan’s big brother.“He missed his sister’s graduation, her marriage, her two babies,” Powell said, holding back sobs.And as the years go by, Weisbecker’s friends who once kept in touch with Powell have stopped.“I don’t hear from any of them now,” said Powell, who lives in a town in the area but did not wish for it to be publicly disclosed. “It’s been too long. He had one friend who knocked on the door that day. He was one of the only ones who kept in touch for a bit and he passed away.”Powell wants answers. As a mother, she said, she needs them.“The hardest thing is not knowing,” Powell said as her voice cracked and she began to sob.John Weisbecker at age 19. (Photo courtesy of Jen Powell)Anyone with information on this case is asked to call:Cape May County Major Crimes Unit: 609-465-1135Ocean City Police Department: 609-399-9111Crime Stoppers Cape May County: 609-465-2800FBI Newark Division: 973-792-3000last_img read more

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Distribution watch

first_imgThe Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned that many bakery distributors may not be prepared for the new Transport for London Low Emission Zone scheme, which came into force on Monday, 4 February.Bakery distributors working in and around London, which do not meet the required low emission levels, face the prospect of paying a £200 a day charge or a penalty of £1,000. Operators of vehicles between 3.5 and 12 tonnes still have until 8 July to become compliant.”Lorry operators are having to pay an enormous price – £100 million in operator costs and £130 million in London taxpayers’ money – for a trivial improvement in air quality,” said Gordon Telling, FTA’s head of policy for London.”This money could have been far better spent on grants or other incentives for the introduction of vehicles and equipment, which would actually make a worthwhile improvement.”To comply with the new legislation, there are a number of options available, including applying for a Low Emission Certificate, modifying the vehicle with a particulate filter or buying a compliant vehicle.The FTA said operators that do not take their vehicles into London are still recommended to check the Eligible Engines List, to get a Low Emission Certificate, as it may entitle them to a reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).last_img read more

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In the archives

first_imgSome enthusiastic advocates of bread-wrapping have suggested that if bread could be wrapped in an “oxygenless” atmosphere, it would be possible to keep wrapped bread indefinitely from going mouldy. The simplest and cheapest gas seems to be carbon-dioxide, and it is proposed that the bread-wrapping machine should be surrounded by an atmosphere of that gas. I have taken the trouble to look up the properties of carbon-dioxide gas and I learn that it is poisonous to breath. This seems to me to open an alarming vista of possibilities. Does it mean that, in the future, bakers will have to wear gas masks while engaged in the wrapping of bread? If it is poisonous to breathe, it looks as if we are going to add further to our trade’s already overflowing cup of worries.last_img

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March Hometown Hero #2: Rachel Clements

first_img By Jon Zimney – March 28, 2021 0 164 Google+ Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied) 95.3 MNC and Impress Jewelry Creations present the Hometown Hero Award to Rachel Clements, a Dental Assistant at Afdent Dental in Mishawaka.Rachel was nominated by listener Jeffrey, who wrote:“Rachel serves her community day in and day out as a Dental Assistant at Afdent Dental in Mishawaka. She has been tirelessly working through the COVID-19 pandemic making sure her Patients receive the care they need. When she is not working, Rachel is a devoted wife and mother to her 4 children and 1 year grandchild. Selflessness and commitment to others is what impresses onto our Community and the reasons Rachel is my Hero.”To nominate a Hometown Hero, click HERE then click where is says “Enter Your Own”center_img IndianaLocalMichiganNews We would like to recognize and congratulate the winners of our Hometown Heroes initiative! Make sure to follow Impress Jewelry Creations on Facebook and Instagram in order to be in the know when the next nomination period opens! It became important to us that we recognize individuals in our community that daily go above and beyond and contribute to the safety and well-being of our communities. This group includes active & retired military, active & retired law-enforcement personnel, medical professionals like doctors, nurses & other first responders & finally teachers.We will randomly select an individual and share their story. This person will be awarded a white gold Hometown heroes pin of our design. The pin features the 19 stars found on the Indiana State flag along with the rising star as found on the Indiana state seal. March Hometown Hero #2: Rachel Clements Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleWatervliet area man, 29, seriously hurt after crash, landing in swampNext articleLarge wave sweeps male into Lake Michigan in St. Joseph 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

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Press release: Charities across the UK supporting vulnerable women benefit in latest round of funding from Tampon Tax Fund

first_img For more information call DCMS Press Office on 0207 211 2210. More information about the Tampon Tax Fund can be found here. Over 70 charities have received grants from the Tampon Tax Fund, with £47 million allocated since the Autumn Statement in 2015. This additional £15 million brings the total to £62 million.The latest round of funding has been awarded to:UK Community Foundations (UKCF) £3,545,000 (UK wide)Through the creation of a Tampon Tax Community Fund, the UKCF will deliver a UK wide onward grants programme to projects that will make a difference to the health, wellbeing, confidence and social and economic activity of women and girls. The grants will be awarded via an open competition.Homeless Link £2,000,000 (England wide)They will run an onward grants programme to provide direct support to women who are, or are at risk of, homelessness across England. Homeless women often have different needs and issues to men, and the project will produce and disseminate evidence-based learning and resources about the best ways to provide gender specific support to homeless women.Spirit of 2012 £1,500,000 (UK wide)This project called ‘The Carers Music Fund’ is a UK wide onward grants project that aims to increase access to music making for women and girls with caring responsibilities.Comic Relief £1,294,002 (UK wide)This project is an onward grants programme investing in projects working to end violence against women and girls, particularly those who are more at risk due to multiple and complex needs.Gamcare £1,191,818 (UK wide)Through their Vulnerable Women and Problem Gambling Programme this project will develop better support for women and girls affected by problem gambling. Gamcare will work with a network of organisations to improve treatment options for women who are problem gamblers and women affected by domestic violence related to gambling.Crisis UK and Hestia £1,140,000 (UK wide)This project will help homeless women who are survivors of modern slavery rebuild their lives and find new homes. It will develop a model to identify and support the recovery of women who have escaped modern slavery and are homeless or precariously housed and help them into accommodation.SACRO £1,092,194 (Scotland wide)This Scotland-wide project will provide support to female sex workers who use the internet to find clients. The project will reach out to women online, provide basic safety information and support, and signpost them to specialist one-to-one support servicesSouthall Black Sisters £1,090,000 (London, North-East & Manchester)Southall Black Sisters will provide support for women with no recourse to public funds through their ‘Recourse to Safety’ project. It will make essential support and protection available to abused women by providing safe accommodation, subsistence and help including counselling, therapy, immigration advice and community awareness-raising.Changing Lives £1,000,000 (North East & Yorkshire)Changing Lives’ ‘STAGE’ project will provide support for vulnerable women who have been groomed by groups of men for sexual exploitation in locations across the North East and Yorkshire.Youth Access £1,000,000 (England wide)This project is a consortium of 12 organisations that aims to improve the number of young women accessing mental health support across England through their services. This will include a range of psychological therapies, group and one to one support, with a focus on young women with multiple needs and BAME young women.Notes for Editors The funding will support a diverse range of projects over the next two years including helping women at risk of homelessness or modern slavery to programmes that address problem gambling and violence against women. The money has been awarded to larger projects with around £7.5 million given to four projects making onward grants to small and medium sized organisations across the UK.Minister for Civil Society Mims Davies said:center_img It is absolutely right we invest money from sanitary products in projects to give more women and girls the help >and support they need to address difficult challenges they face in our society. This important funding will help thousands more vulnerable women of all ages across our communities. It will provide more of the opportunities they need to rebuild their lives.last_img read more

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Former Pret ops director Colin Hughes joins Subway

first_imgSubway has appointed Colin Hughes as country director for the UK and Ireland.In the role, Hughes will lead the brand’s growth as it looks to increase the number of locally owned and operated Subway stores in the UK and Ireland to 3,000 by 2020. The business currently has more than 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland and 44,800 in over 113 countries.With 25 years’ experience in the retail and food industries, Hughes has worked most recently as an independent consultant, providing interim operational and commercial cover to a range of businesses and private equity clients.He has previously held senior roles at businesses including Wyevale Garden Centres, where he led 145 company-owned and franchised restaurants across four different concepts. He was also retail operations director at Pret A Manger and Eat, and was responsible for the site search, acquisition and opening of more than 150 new sites throughout the UK.“We are exceptionally pleased Colin is joining the team,” said Subway regional director Justin Goes. “His valuable experience and knowledge in retail, food and franchising makes him well positioned to lead the business in the UK and Ireland going forward.”last_img read more

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Police Identify Wanted Man From Tuesday Pursuit, Allegedly Find Meth Lab In Camper

first_imgUPDATED AT 3:30 PM WEDNESDAYWARREN – Pennsylvania State Police have identified the wanted suspect who fled from law enforcement on Tuesday evening.Our news partner Erie News Now reports that troopers from the Corry and Warren barracks tried to serve a felony warrant on Daniel W. Heidler, 35, of Columbus, Pa., in Freehold Township around 5:30 p.m.Police spotted Heidler driving a vehicle and he led them on a pursuit in to Chautauqua County. Troopers say the vehicle pursuit ended when Heidler crashed his vehicle in a ditch at Kortwright Road and Niobe Roads in the Town of Harmony.Heidler then ran into the woods, and police say, a search ensued but Heidler could not be found.Investigators served a search warrant on a camper in Freehold Township, where investigators said they believed a gun Heidler possessed was being kept.They say the gun is related to a previously reported attempted homicide incident, and Heidler is not permitted to possess a firearm, which is why the felony warrant was issued.Troopers also found items in the camper used to make methamphetamine.Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLRT) was called to the scene and seized an expended one-pot lab, a gas generator, items used to make meth, meth oil and paraphernalia used to make the drug.State Police have since obtained a new arrest warrant for Heidler on charges for persons not to possess a firearm.Anyone with information on Heidler’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Warren at 814-728-3600.ORIGINAL REPORTHARMONY — Local police agencies, including the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, are asking the public to report any suspicious people or activities following a Tuesday traffic pursuit.The Sheriff reports that at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit starting in Pennsylvania and ending with the vehicle going into a ditch at the corner of Kortwright Road and Niobe Road in the Town of Harmony.The subject fled into a wooded area on foot. The area was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies and K-9 units. The subject was not located and the search ended at about 9:30 p.m.Authorities said the suspect involved in the incident is wanted on charges out of Pennsylvania. There is no indication the suspect remained in New York, however, if anyone suspicious is seen in the area, they are asked to not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office.Pennsylvania State Police in Corry are handling the investigation. MGN Stock Image. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Vermont hospital report cards compare quality and pricing

first_imgSource: BISHCA. Montpelier, VT-www.bishca.state.vt.us(link is external) The 2009 Hospital Report Card Comparison, now available on-line, features quality of care, pricing and financial data for Vermont hospitals.  The data is on the website of Vermont’s Department of Banking, Insurance Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA).  Commissioner of BISHCA Paulette Thabault said, “Putting these hospital report card measures on public view creates transparency for Vermont consumers who can now weigh this information, along with other important factors, when choosing hospital services.”  Posting the data also results in better patient care and experiences for Vermonters.  Said Commissioner Thabault, “Hospitals look at the comparative scores and ask, ‘How can we improve this measurement?’ They sharpen their focus on the issues, commit resources, and the improvements follow.” BISHCA oversees the collection and publication of the data, and publishes the overall Hospital Report Card Comparison on its website. Go to vthospitalreportcards or see link on www.vermont.gov(link is external). The reporting is made possible with the valuable help of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont hospitals, the Vermont Health Department andconsumers.   Now in its 5th year, the publication of the hospital reportcard data arose from 2003 legislation known as Act 53, a bill covering a range of health care facilities planning and regulation.  The websitehas expanded each year.   Vermont continues to be one of only a handful of states in the country reporting hospital-specific infection rates. This year, with expanded data, consumers can now review information on surgical infections related to abdominal hysterectomies, knee replacements and hip replacements.  Prior reporting categories include:  Intensive care unit infection rates associated with the insertion of a tube called a central line (central lines are used to administer medications and other procedures); information on nurse staffing; quality of heart attack care; quality of heart failure care, quality of pneumonia care, and preventing complications from surgery. In addition, certain pricing information is provided for the most common hospital inpatient care and diagnostic categories, the most common outpatient surgical procedures, certain physician office visits and other services.  Also, the pricing area of the web site provides links to each hospital’s free and discount care policies and reports on the financial health of Vermont hospitals.  #last_img read more

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Farmingdale State College Opens New Campus Center

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Local politicians and school officials cut the ribbon during the grand opening of Farmingdale State College’s new Campus Center.Ram-Bo, the spirited mascot of Farmingdale State College, stood at a podium Friday inside its new campus center and victoriously raised his arms in the air welcoming spectators into his new home.Local officials, students, professors and members of the community responded by lifting their cell phones and snapping photos. Others offered friendly waves and smiles.Then it was onto the main event—the official grand opening of  its new, modern, 50,000-square foot academic building, which boasts state-of-the-art dining facilities, a bookstore and lectures ballroom, all in one centralized location.“It’s a historic event in a number of different ways,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen, standing underneath an oculus that bathed visitors in sunlight.“Buildings don’t come alive until people come in and then work in them,” he added.Students wasted little time breaking in the new academic digs—the first one of its kind since 1983—touring the facilities, planting laptops atop tables and of course, caffeinating themselves.Farmingdale State College’s new Campus CenterKeen was joined by State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station), a former adjunct professor at Farmingdale.“You are forcing me to spend more time here with a campus center like this,” Fuschillo told the crowd, noting that he has a satellite office on campus.“This is the identity that Farmingdale State College should have,” he added.School officials hope students will embrace the campus center as a one-stop hub for their daily activities. The $25 million complex is part of the college’s $185 million renovation and construction plan, which includes a School of Business Building, a Children’s Center for students and faculty, and renovations to help better accommodate its growing student population, officials said.“Farmingdale State College could not have asked for a better addition to campus life,” said Student Government Association President Amanda Lundberg.The building “befits a thriving, growing college campus,” added Sweeney.The new facility’s ballroom will have a capacity of 400 to host a variety of lectures and events, the college said, and accommodates 220 for dining-style seating.last_img read more

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Sheffield a big city contender

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