Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsProstitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streetsBy admin – November 18, 2012 594 Previous articleIreland defeat Fiji at Thomond ParkNext articleHome help cuts “must be reversed” admin THEY had been promised a ‘completely different life’But prostitutes operating in the Catherine Street area of Limerick city in October 2011 and again last May ended up on criminal charges before Limerick District Court last week. 20-year-old Alexandra Chera and 23-year-old mother of one, Larisa Sturzea, who was pregnant while working as a prostitute, had been promised a “totally different life than what it turned out to be”, when they left Romania and came to Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They were charged with loitering to solicit or importune others for the purposes of prostitution on dates in May. Both women pleaded guilty to the charges.Murish Gavin solicitor for Ms Chera said his client was a 20-year-old woman who “was promised a totally different life than what it turned out to be and now she just wants to finalise these matters and go home”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly convicted Ms Chera of the prostitution charge and applied the Probation act after he heard that she had made contact with certain services with a view to returning to Romania shortly.However, the court heard that Ms Sturzea, who had since moved to Dundalk, was not in a position to return to Romania as her three-month-old child was subject of a HSE care order. However she did have access and contact with the infant.Judge O’Kelly heard that the accused had now “regularised her life” and he adjourned the matter until May 9 and remanded her on continuing bail. Email
kali9/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(BUSHNELL, Fla.) — Wildlife officials in Florida have charged seven people connected to a trafficking ring that allegedly smuggled thousands of flying squirrels to Asia.The poachers set up as many as 10,000 traps in multiple counties in what officials called an “elaborate” scheme to sell the trapped squirrels to a wildlife dealer in the Central Florida city of Bushnell, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission.The animals were then allegedly laundered through the licensed business of this dealer, who claimed they were captive bred, not wildlife.Buyers from South Korea would travel to Florida and purchase the squirrels, which are native to the state, from the dealer in Bushnell. The squirrels were then driven by rental car to Chicago, where they were exported to Asia by an “unwitting” international wildlife exporter, officials said.Couriers from the state of Georgia later took over the transports as the operation expanded, said officials.As many as 3,600 flying squirrels were captured in less than three years, which earned the dealer $213,800 in gross illegal proceeds, officials said. FWC officials estimated that the international retail value of the poached wildlife exceeds $1 million.Flying squirrels are protected in the state of Florida. The FWC became aware of the activity after receiving a complaint in January 2019 detailing individuals illegally trapping flying squirrels in a rural area of Marion County.It is likely that buyers in Asia were purchasing the squirrels as pets, according to the an official with the Humane Society of the United States.“The public’s desire to keep wild animals as pets contributes to an industry plagued with cruelties,” Kate MacFall, Humane Society of the United States Florida senior state director, said in a statement. “In both the legal and illegal wildlife trade, countless wild animals suffer greatly or die due to negligent treatment in the process of capture, at crowded breeder and dealer facilities, in transport, and ultimately possession by families who eventually become overwhelmed by the specialized level of care required.”During the Florida investigation, authorities also learned of the illegal trade of other poached animals, such as protected freshwater turtles and alligators. Documents for the sale of those animals were falsified, concealing the true source of the wildlife, according to the FWC.Multiple agencies across the country were involved in the investigation, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which intercepted wildlife shipments of freshwater turtles to California.The poachers could have “severely” damaged the state’s wildlife populations, FWC lead investigator Maj. Grant Burton said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
February 20, 2018 By Quinn FitzgeraldTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – A bill that increases punitive measures for drug dealing that results in death passed a Senate committee Tuesday by a wide margin.Only Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, voted against House Bill 1359, which was heard by the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee. He voiced concerns that the bill could lead to an increase in the number of murder charges filed, which would eventually lead to higher costs for taxpayers.The bill would help to accomplish Gov. Eric Holcomb’s goal of attacking the opioid epidemic, said the bill’s author, said Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon.“The governor understands fully and is extremely supportive in backing this issue of the opioid crisis drug addiction problem we have in the state from both the supply and demand side,” Steuerwald said.David Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, testified in support of House Bill 1359. The bill proposes to increase the penalty for drug dealers whose products result in deaths. Photo by Quinn Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.comDavid Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, addressed a concern of law enforcement being able to prove that certain drugs cause the death.“It’s kind of new ground for us. We’re not really good at investigating overdose deaths,” Powell said. “We’re going to have to get better at that because ultimately, you’re going to have to prove the dealing and then you’re going to have to prove that the drug used, to a medical certainty, resulted in death.”Powell, who said he supported the bill, added that there’s always a combination of drugs found during autopsies.Larry Landis, executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council, disagreed with Powell and said drug-related deaths are not that difficult to prove. He said he opposed the bill.Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, questioned Powell on the fiscal burden the bill could impose on county jails. Powell said it’s hard to know for sure because of how difficult it can be to track down who dealt the drugs.“You should not assume that every overdose is going to result in a criminal case,” Powell said. “We have to know who dealt the drugs.The bill moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review.FOOTNOTE: Quinn Fitzgerald is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four people have been injured in as many alleged drunken-driving crashes on Long Island over the Labor Day weekend as of Sunday, including two cases on the East End that suspects walked away from unharmed.Nassau County police arrested 25-year-old Elan McDonald of the Bronx for allegedly crossing into the opposite lane of traffic on Merrick Avenue in Westbury and striking a Jeep Cherokee head-on at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.The 42-year-old man driving the SUV, his 38-year-old passenger and a 22-year-old woman riding with McDonald were all hospitalized along with the suspect, who was charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.Then at 8:24 p.m. Saturday, Southampton Town Police said 30-year-old Brian Mitchell of Floral Park crashed into a fire hydrant, bushes and a tree on Bellows Pond Road. He was also charged with DWI and traffic violations.And shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, 35-year-old Ayala Inocente of Riverhead was stopped for speeding and found to have crashed into a parked car and fled the scene in Riverside, Southampton police said. She was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and traffic violations.Those cases followed a crash on Pulaski Road in Greenlawn on Friday night that left 52-year-old Karen Labarbera of East Northport critically injured after a DWI suspect crashed into her motorcycle, Suffolk County police said.Connie O’Hara, 51, of Huntington, was charged with DWI in that case.
Oil major Shell has awarded a contract extension to the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO owned by Altera Infrastructure, previously known as Teekay Offshore. However, some of the terms of the contract have been changed, including a reduction in day rate. The contract amendment includes a reduction in day rate from March 2021 to March 2022 and the removal of the fee payable by the operator if the contract was not extended, in return for the introduction of an additional production volume and oil price-related tariff. Altera Infrastructure said on Wednesday that its subsidiary Teekay Knarr had entered into a contract amendment with Shell, as the operator of the Knarr field, that extends the contract for the lease and operation of the Petrojarl Knarr FPSO until at least March 2022. The amendment also terminates the operator’s purchase option for the vessel and provides for a mutual right to terminate the contract on six months’ notice without payment of penalty, such termination not to be effective before March 2022. Day rate changes Chris Brett, President Altera Infrastructure FPSO, said: “The contract amendment provides important visibility for the next period of operations and it also enables us to position the vessel for the next re-deployment”. The vessel has been operating on the Knarr field since March 2015 under a firm duration until March 2021, which included a further fee payable by the operator if the contract was not extended through to 2025 and with additional extension options thereafter. The Knarr field, located 120 kilometres off Norway, has estimated gross recoverable reserves of around 80 million barrels of oil equivalent with a production life of at least ten years.