(Photo supplied/ABC 57) More than two dozen firefighters were called to a house fire, overnight, in South Bend.It happened around 12 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, in the 1300 block of West Fisher, which is near Sample and Chapin Streets.The home was vacant, but flames spread to a second home, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.There were no injuries reported. There is no word, yet, about how the fire started. Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – January 15, 2021 0 460 Fire at vacant home in South Bend spreads to second home Google+ Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLittle snow expected during weekend bout of winter weatherNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases food distribution schedule, Jan. 20-22 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.
20th Circuit gets four new judges 20th Circuit gets four new judges Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Finally, the 20th Judicial Circuit will receive some desperately needed new judges.December’s special legislative session rectified a situation that gave every circuit in the state at least one new judge in the 2005 regular session except Southwest Florida’s bustling 20th.The judicial nominating commission appointment process begins this month for a pair of county judges for Collier County and a pair of circuit judges to be shared among Naples, Ft. Myers, and Charlotte County, said 20th Circuit Chief Judge Hugh Hayes.“We’re very appreciative of the help we received from the chief justice and the governor, from our local legislative delegation, and tremendous cooperation between the [House] speaker and [Senate] president,” Judge Hayes said.A year ago, the plan backfired to get more judges for the 20th Circuit, when Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, introduced legislation to get new judges during the December 2004 special session, against the wishes of Senate leaders, including Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon.Late on the last day of the regular session in May, Kyle, chair of the House Justice Council, attempted to add judges for his circuit in an amendment to the Senate bill on the House floor, but was denied by a voice vote. So, of 35 circuit and 20 county judges funded in the regular session, only the 20th w alked away empty-handed. Kyle publicly apologized for politics gone awry.Fast forward to the recent special session, and Lee admitted he was wrong to nix those judges.“There are times in the process where we all have regrets,” Lee told senators before they approved the new judges 38-0 on December 8. “I regret last session not bringing this up. It should never have happened.”In the House, Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, called the two circuit judges, rather than three he had originally requested, “a fair compromise in this special session environment. That is the number that the Senate president appears to be comfortable with.”Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, simply told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the bill for new judges for his district “corrects that little oversight.”Peacemaking among politicians comes as a huge relief to Judge Hayes, where he said judges struggle to keep up with caseloads in an area of tremendous population growth.“Subjectively, I was most concerned because we have an outstanding corps of judges, and they were going to get it done come hell or high water. My concern was we were going to be just grinding it out. Anytime you quote ‘grind it out,’ you have to wonder if the delivery of justice versus law is being done,” Judge Hayes said.The sooner the new judges come on board, the better, he said.“The faster route is the appointment route,” said Hayes, estimating by the time the JNC process is complete, “we probably won’t see them come on line until April.”then, the regular session will be in the thick of dealing with the other half of the promised 55 judges, in addition to new certification figures released December 15 from the Florida Supreme Court on the need for new judges. The court has certified the need for an additional six circuit judges for the 20th, plus one county judge each for Collier, Charlotte, and Lee counties.Another issue left to be addressed in the regular session is funding for public defenders.At the House Fiscal Council meeting during the special session, Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, noted that the bill added state attorneys at 1:2 ratio to judges, and asked, “Why are we not funding public defenders?”“There is no component of this bill that deals with additional resources for public defenders,” Goodlette acknowledged. “The reason for that is because there were no resources appropriated in the last legislative session. Those newly created judges and the discussions we have entered into with the Senate president on this subject is that we would treat these the same as we treated the ones that were funded in the last session. So the public defenders are not included in this legislation.”Goodlette said funding the public defenders should be considered in the 2006 regular session, and Seiler withdrew his amendment that would have added public defenders to the mix.Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chair of the House Fiscal Council, said, “I am operating on the assumption if we approve attorneys with judges and it turns out we need additional public defenders, then we are behind and we need to catch up going into next session. And I commit to making sure we do that.” January 1, 2006 Regular News read more
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Associated Press “It was a little too much middle but it was down,” Castellani said of the change-up Solak got hold of for a homer. “It was a good pitch down. He did exactly what he needed to do to start off that inning.”TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: C Robinson Chirinos was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lingering sprained right ankle. The move was retroactive to Tuesday. Chirinos also had tweaked his left ankle and had missed the Rangers two previous games. “I think it’s the best. Robbie agrees,” manager Chris Woodward said. “He needs to get fully healthy. He wasn’t contributing like he wanted to, but that had a lot to do with his health.” … In other moves, the Rangers recalled C Jose Trevino and selected RHP Juan Nicasio from the alternate training site. 1B Greg Bird opted for free agency after being outrighted Tuesday.Rockies: INF-OF Chris Owings was held out of the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game against Arizona early due to left hamstring tightness. Manager Bud Black said Owings likely would miss several games.UP NEXT August 14, 2020 Rangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-2, 4.11 ERA) will look to break into the win column for the first time this season.Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-2, 2.08 ERA) faces the Rangers for the second time this season. He was the tough-luck loser on opening day at Globe Life Field, dropping a 1-0 decision on July 24.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed hits to the first two batters in the first inning on the way to his first complete game in six years, Nick Solak homered, and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night.Lynn (3-0) gave up singles to the first batters he faced and Garrett Hampson scored from third on Nolan Arenado’s groundout. Two Texas errors in the sixth led to an unearned run for Colorado. “It was kind of stunning,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He didn’t feel that great, which is amazing. He didn’t throw his best. After the fourth or fifth inning, he obviously knew he had to pick us up. We weren’t hitting much. He picked our defense up by getting out of that (sixth) inning, only gave up one that inning. Solak evened the score at 1-1 when he led off the fifth with his first homer of the season, driving the first pitch from Ryan Castellani into the right field seats. The homer snapped the Rangers’ four-game homerless streak, their longest since going homerless for four games Sept. 4-7, 2015.Solak helped to tie the game again in the seventh, doubling off Jeff Hoffman and scoring on Rougned Odor’s single.Daniel Bard (1-1) took the loss. He hit pinch hitter Derek Dietrich with a pitch leading off the eighth. He scored from third on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s double-play grounder.The Rockies scored in their half of the first on an RBI groundout by Arenado.Colorado starter Ryan Castellani, who pitched four hitless innings in his major league debut at Seattle last week, went 4 2/3 innings in his second career start. He allowed two hits, both to Solak, and fanned seven, striking out the side in the first and third innings. “After the eighth inning, he came by me and I knew I wasn’t going to take him out,” Woodward added. “I said, ’How are you feeling? He said, ‘I’m going to finish this thing.’ I said, ‘Well, then go do it.’ That was it.”Lynn fanned six, struck out the side in the eighth before closing out his first complete game since Sept. 11, 2014, at Cincinnati. “I actually enjoy pitching here,” said Lynn, who threw 110 pitches in going the distance at hitter-friendly Coors Field. “It’s weird. It’s cool, it’s dry, you don’t sweat. You’ve just got to outlast the other pitcher. That’s the way I think about it when I come here. If I outlast the other starter, you get a win. I was told that a long time ago in my earlier years.”He lowered his ERA to 1.11. It was the third career complete game for Lynn, who also beat the Rockies in Texas on opening day with six scoreless innings.“He was on again tonight,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We just couldn’t solve him. He kept us off-balance. He had enough velocity and he kept his velocity the whole game.” Lynn tosses 2-hit complete game, Rangers beat Rockies 3-2 read more
With air travel decreasing dramatically in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration is offering tips to keep travelers safe.They include:-Bring hand sanitizer: TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. Since these containers exceed the standard 3.4-ounce allowance typically permitted through a checkpoint, they will need to be screened separately.-Bring wipes: Travelers are permitted to bring individually-packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on or checked luggage. Large containers of hand wipes are also allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.-Wear a mask if you like: Travelers are allowed to wear masks during the security screening process; however, a TSA officer may ask the traveler to adjust the mask to confirm their identity during the travel document checking process visually. “TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer,” officials said in a statement.The Transportation Security Administration also asks travelers to place their pocket items in their carry-on prior to going through a checkpoint.They also recommend washing one’s hands before and after the security screening process. Another tip that will make traveling more at ease is if your license expired on or after March 1, it could still be used at TSA checkpoint. read more
Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityRetired Staff Sergeant Alexus Perez-Mercado, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, has been chosen by Saint Martin’s University as the eighth recipient of its America’s Service Heroes Scholarship. The award was announced earlier this month at the University’s annual President’s Gala, a major fundraising event for University student scholarships.Retired Staff Sergeant Alexus Perez-Mercado, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, has been chosen by Saint Martin’s University as the eighth recipient of its America’s Service Heroes Scholarship. Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s University.The America’s Service Heroes Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to those service members and their families who have sacrificed for our nation’s well-being and security, says Radana Dvorak, Ph.D., dean of the University’s Extended Learning Division.“The ability to provide financial relief to the defenders of our nation pursuing their higher education goals through voluntary military education was the motivating force of the scholarship’s founders and supporters,” she said. “We salute all of America’s Service Heroes.”Perez-Mercado is originally from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Over the course of her career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations. Last May, she received her second Army Meritorious Service Medal, and in June, a Legion of Merit from the Washington Army National Guard Adjutant General upon her retirement. The last paragraph of her Legion of Merit decoration captures her career as a soldier: “SSG Perez-Mercado’s expertise and dedication resulted in major contributions in all the units she was assigned to. Along with her own education and volunteer hours, she promoted others to do the same. SSG Perez-Mercado stands as an example of the effects of dedication and hard work towards one’s goals, and she’s a showcase for how not only to give one’s self to a greater cause, but to do so professionally and humanely.”Perez-Mercado is married and is a life-long believer in education. After earning her associate’s degree, she began working toward completion of her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology at Saint Martin’s, where she maintains a cumulative 3.31 grade point average. Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. read more
Quito, Aug 13 (AFP) Twelve people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of Barcelona SC, Ecuador’s most popular football club, crashed, officials said. The bus was heading from the southern city of Cuenca to the coastal city of Guayaquil yesterday, where Barcelona is based, after a local tournament game. The vehicle apparently ran off the road and flipped around 2130 GMT, Ecuador’s Transit Commission (CTE) said in a statement. The president of Barcelona Sporting Club, former national goalkeeper and World Cup veteran Jose Francisco Cevallos, published the death toll on Twitter. “We received the news of the accident of our fans… with much pain,” wrote Cevallos, who is also the governor of Guayas province where Guayaquil is located. “We are making arrangements to quickly get the bodies to give them a Christian burial,” added Cevallos, who is also a former sports minister. Transit authorities had initially said that 10 people had died and 35 were injured in the accident. Cevallos later told reporters that a wake would be held for the victims at the football club’s home stadium in Guayaquil. A firefighter at the scene of the accident, citing a witness, told Teleamazonas TV that the bus driver had tried to cut off another vehicle just before the accident. In yesterday’s game Barcelona tied 1-1 with Deportivo Cuenca. The rival team offered their condolences and “solidarity” via Twitter, and offered wishes for the “quick recovery” of those injured. Officials said the bus had passed its most recent safety inspection.Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in Ecuador.advertisement According to the watchdog group Justicia Vial, on average seven people are killed and some 80 people injured each day in traffic accidents. And 96 per cent of those accidents are due to human error, usually the driver’s fault, according to the group’s figures. (AFP) SMJSMJ read more