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Former student pleads guilty to father’s murder

first_imgFormer Notre Dame honors student Patrick Mikes Jr. pleaded guilty but mentally ill to second-degree murder today for the July 27, 2012, death of his father, Patrick Joseph Mikes Sr. The guilty plea means Mikes Jr. will be sentenced anywhere from 12 years to life, and he will receive mental health treatment while in prison. The Troy, Mich., native will be sentenced Sept. 10. According to his attorney, Christopher Andreoff, in a statement to the Detroit News, Mikes Jr. could be considered for parole. Mikes Jr. and his younger brother reported their father missing July 29, 2012, according to a press release from the Troy Police Department. The brothers told police they had last seen their father two days earlier when he left for a bike ride. Mikes Sr. was found beaten to death in a cornfield. Mikes Jr. was arrested on an open murder charge Aug. 8, 2012, after police discovered evidence of a violent dispute in the family’s basement. Mikes Jr. was diagnosed as bipolar in 2008. Mikes Sr. was a 1979 alumnus of Notre Dame.last_img read more

Vermont tax revenues slip below targets for January

first_imgSecretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the January 2011 General Fund Revenueresults today. January is the seventh month of fiscal year (FY) 2011. General Fund revenuestotaled $137.78 million for January 2011, and were -$1.61 million or -1.16% below the $139.39million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, January revenues were $687.16million or -0.23% below target. On a year-over-year basis, January 2011 GF results are 9.3%ahead of the same period for the prior year (January 2010), but, are -2.26% below the FY 2008results through January 2008.‘While it is of note that revenues are ahead of where they were a year ago pretty much across theboard, the fact that January revenues in some key areas such as personal income, sales & use,and rooms & meals were below forecast for the month is good reason for caution goingforward,’ Spaulding stated in characterizing the January results.Revenue targets reflect the revised Fiscal Year 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast approved bythe Emergency Board at their January 14, 2011 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required torevise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the EmergencyBoard may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Net Personal Income Tax is comprised of PI Withholding Tax, PIEstimated Payments, PI Refunds Paid, and PI Other. Net Personal Income Tax receipts for Januarywere recorded at $73.61 million, or -$1.52 million or -2.02% below the recently revised monthly targetof $75.12 million.Corporate Income Taxes for January are also reported net-of refunds. The January receipts wererecorded at $3.31 million, or +$0.82 million or +32.88% above the monthly target of $2.49 million.The consumption taxes were below target for January: Sales & Use Tax receipts of $25.30million fell short of the monthly target by -$1.45 million (-5.41%); Rooms & Meals Tax receiptsof $10.54 million fell short of target by -$0.72 million (-6.39%).Secretary Spaulding noted that, ‘Although Corporate Tax receipts were ahead of target, the remainingthree of the four major revenue categories fell noticeably below target for January. Of particularconcern was the below target PI withholding tax sub-category which saw -$3.7 million less than therecently revised target; these categories will be closely monitored throughout the spring tax filingseason.’ The Secretary continued by saying, ‘In addition, the below target results in both consumptiontax categories (Sales & Use, and Rooms & Meals) will be watched closely for the remainder of thewinter tourism season.’The year to date results for the four major General Fund categories are as follows: PersonalIncome Tax, $341.13 million (-0.44%); Sales & Use Tax, $132.53 million (-1.08%); Meals &Rooms Tax, $73.77 million (-0.97%); and Corporate, $47.94 million (+1.74%).The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real PropertyTransfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax,Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the month of January were as follows:Insurance Tax, $0.44 million (-44.71%); Estate Tax, $13.54 million (+11.79%); PropertyTransfer Tax, $1.08 million (+60.65%); and ‘Other’, $9.96 million (-2.22%). Year to dateresults for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $17.89 million (-1.96%); Estate Tax, $19.22million (+8.02%); Property Transfer Tax, $5.21 million (+8.50%); and ‘Other’, $47.18 million(-5.08%). Transportation FundSecretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation FundRevenue for January. Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $16.60 million for themonth were above target by +$0.76 million (+4.83%), against the monthly target of $15.83million. The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $121.21 million versus thetarget of $120.45 million (+$0.76 million, +0.63%).Individual Transportation Fund revenue receipts components for January were: Gasoline Tax,$5.15 million or -0.66% behind target; Diesel Tax, $1.62 million or +20.08% ahead of target;Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $3.54 million or +10.68% above target; Motor VehicleFees, $4.70 million or +0.71% above target; and Other Fees, $1.58 million or +10.72% in excessof the monthly target. The January year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were:Gasoline Tax, $36.77 million or -0.09% short of target, Diesel Tax, $8.99 million or +3.11%above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $27.92 million or +1.24% ahead of target;Motor Vehicle Fees, $37.91 million or +0.09% above target; and Other Fees, $9.62 million or+1.62% above target.Secretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund(’TIB’). TIB Fund Gas receipts for January were $1.32 million or -5.50% below target; year todate receipts of $9.63 million were -0.79% short of target. TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.21million or +22.28% above the target for the month; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $1.08million or 3.62% ahead of the target. TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table: ConclusionSecretary Spaulding concluded, ‘The national economy continues to improve slowly, whileVermont’s economic picture is mixed, particularly as it relates to slow job growth. The currentmonth’s GF results mean that we will continue to be cautious and closely monitor the upcomingtax filing results; the next eight weeks will be pivotal if the GF revenue is to achieve target in thesecond half of FY 2011.’Source: Spaulding’s office. 2.16.2011 Education FundThe ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11.9% of thetotal Education Fund sources) were released today by Secretary Spaulding. The non-PropertyTax Education Fund receipts for January totaled $15.84 million, or -$1.07 million (-6.34%) shortof the $16.92 million target for the month. Year to date Education Fund revenues were $90.81million or -1.07% behind the year to date target of $91.89 million.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for January were: Sales & Use Tax, $12.65million, or -5.41% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.77 million or +10.68%; LotteryTransfer, $1.42 million or -26.22%; and Education Fund Interest, under $0.01 million against a target of$0.02 million (-76.20%). Year-to-date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $66.26 million or -1.08%; MotorVehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $13.96 million or +1.24%; Lottery Transfer, $10.56 million or -4.55%;and Education Fund Interest, $0.03 against a target of $0.05 million (-35.47%).last_img read more

Chilean-Argentine “Land SAR 2011” Prepare For Combined Exercise

first_imgBy Dialogo August 22, 2011 As part of preparations for the “Land SAR 2011” combined exercise, which the Chilean Army will conduct with its Argentine counterpart at the end of August this year, in Chilean Antarctic territory, Chilean military personnel from the O’Higgins exploration group travelled to the Mackenna Pass sector, located 34 kilometers south of the Antarctic peninsula, to install an emergency logistical support post. This consists of a Weatherhaven tent, specially designed for extreme climates, capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -50º and winds of 160 kilometers per hour. Its chief characteristics are its ease and speed in set-up and assembly, enabling it to provide shelter and greater logistical capacity to personnel conducting reconnaissance, exploration, and scientific activities in this area. Along with this, radio and satellite communications links were established to the different entities that will participate in the mentioned exercise, chiefly the Argentine Army’s “Esperanza” [“Hope”] base and the different Navy, Air Force, and Army units involved. The O’Higgins exploration group, part of the Army’s military base in Antarctica, is made up of mountaineering specialists, operators of communications equipment, mechanics, and nurses who carry out expeditions in the northern part of the white continent, using special equipment and protective clothing for extreme conditions.last_img read more

Peru Expects at Least 12 Countries for Its 2012 Anti-Drug Summit

first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2011 Some 12 countries have confirmed their attendance at the anti-drug summit being organized by Peru for 2012, with the objective of coordinating and elaborating joint policies in response to drug trafficking, the Peruvian anti-drug czar, Ricardo Soberón, announced. According to the Andina official news agency, Soberón, head of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida), said that “as of now, 12 countries will participate in the summit,” to be held in Lima in the first half of 2012. “The region’s anti-drug czars and representatives of the consuming countries will analyze the way to improve cooperation mechanisms in the fight against a problem that has acquired a transnational dimension,” he specified. The Peruvian proposal won greater adherence and support during the recent visit by the Peruvian head of state, Ollanta Humala, to the United Nations, he added. He announced that in upcoming days, he will meet with the anti-drug chiefs of several Latin American countries to analyze the different legal and police tools used to dismantle the gangs of drug traffickers that are active in the region. Soberón has maintained that a comprehensive plan for the fight against drug trafficking is needed, because the idea of reducing illegal cultivation of coca – the raw material for cocaine – has not had results, since cultivation of that plant increases every year. He indicated that eradication has been “symbolic” in recent years, since while crops were being eliminated in one area, according to him, they were appearing in another. A United Nations report noted in June that growth in the production of coca – the basis for cocaine – has brought Peru to the level of 61,200 hectares planted, compared to 62,000 in Colombia, a country that has nonetheless gradually decreased the area dedicated to that crop.last_img read more

Auditing performance

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Messer Hosting Affordable Care Act Sessions

first_imgMesser (R-Ind) announced Affordable Care Act sessions in southeast Indiana.Informational sessions about the Affordable Care Act will be held this week, courtesy of Congressman Luke Messer and his staff.The 6th District lawmaker says while most people he talks to are not in support of the healthcare law, he believes it’s important that Hoosiers understand it and what it means to them.Several of Messer’s staff members will host a presentation and provide information, including Director of Operations Tim Hawkins and Policy Director John Hatter.A meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon from 3-4p.m. in Connersville at the City Council Chambers, 500 N. Central Avenue.Informational sessions will be held in various places on Wednesday, Feb. 26:10 to 11 a.m. in Brookville at the Commissioner’s Room in the Franklin County Government Center, 1010 Franklin Avenue.1 to 2 p.m.  in Lawrenceburg at the Dearborn County Administration Building, 215 W. High St.3 to 4 p.m.  in Versailles at the Ripley County Annex Building, 102 First N St.last_img read more

Robert Underwood

first_imgRobert B. Underwood, 93, of Versailles passed away at 11:25am, Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Correct on January 1, 1925 on the farm where he spent his entire life, the son of Clarence and Beulah Warfield Underwood. He was married to Marjorie R. Heath on June 27, 1948 and his wife of 69 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Susan (Danny Jackson) Underwood, and Sally (Greg) Griffin both of Versailles; one son Steven (Natalie German) Underwood of Correct. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law Norma Lee and Bill Hill. Bob was a 1943 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving from September 1944 to June of 1946. Bob rose to the rank of Corporal and served with the 276th Infantry Division in the Rhineland and Central Europe. For service to his country Bob received the European American Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Army Occupation of Germany Medal. After the war Bob attended Hanover College and later started his own bulk milk hauling business. He then operated Geisler/Underwood Trucking with his lifelong friend Gayle Geisler and was also a transport semi-truck driver for Reynolds/ Empire Gas in Osgood. Bob also farmed with his son Steven, retiring well after his 87th birthday. Bob was a 65 year member of the Tyson United Methodist Church, a 67 year member of the Versailles Lions Club, and a life member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm with memorial services by the Versailles Lions Club at 7:45pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Lions Club or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Martino – Fabregas staying at Barca

first_img Three days ago the Catalan club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said he thought David Moyes’ side’s pursuit of the midfielder was over, after they had two bids turned down. Zubizarreta’s prediction would appear to be vindicated in light of reports that United have turned their attention to signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton instead. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he is no longer worried about the possibility of Cesc Fabregas leaving the club to join Manchester United. Fabregas started in Barcelona’s 7-1 win over Thailand on Wednesday and after the game Martino insisted he was not concerned about the player’s future, concerning himself more with the fitness of club captain Carles Puyol, who is still recovering from a knee operation. “Fabregas is still our player and he will be with us for this season,” the Argentinian coach is quoted as telling AS. “Right now I’m more worried about whether Puyol will recover.” The declining physical state of the 35-year-old Catalan defender has made buying a centre-back one of Barcelona’s priorities this summer. However, with 10 days to go until the new season starts, the Primera Division champions have only made one signing – Brazil forward Neymar. The club have now reportedly made a £35 million bid for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, but Martino refused to shed any light on a possible move for the Brazilian. “I’m in Thailand, I know nothing about any negotiations,” he said. Neymar opened his account for Barcelona by netting the game’s first goal after 12 minutes, with Lionel Messi doubling the scoreline a minute later with a penalty. Martino was encouraged by how the two forwards played on the first occasion they had started together for the Catalans. He said: “They combined well and played in different areas of the pitch. The connection between Neymar and Leo was the most interesting thing about the game and they played as well as we expected. “They combined well and scored goals, but they also combined with other players, which is what you expect at this level.” Pedro scored Barcelona’s third and fifth goals, while Messi hit the fourth to complete his own brace. Teerasil Dangda pulled one back for the hosts before half-time from the spot, before Pedro completed his hat-trick and Alexis Sanchez scored a seventh. Press Associationlast_img read more

Late strikes see off Bluebirds

first_img Former Manchester United forward Solskjaer travelled to London on New Year’s Day as talks stepped up over him replacing the sacked Malky Mackay, and the appointment could be confirmed on Thursday if negotiations between the Molde boss and Cardiff owner Vincent Tan progress well. Under what could well be the last match in charge for David Kerslake and first-team coach Joe McBride, the Bluebirds held out in the face of enormous pressure until Arsenal substitute Nicklas Bendtner crashed home with just two minutes left and Theo Walcott knocked in a second on the break in stoppage time. Solskjaer, 40, will have his work cut out, though, to keep his new club clear of being dragged into a relegation battle following just one win in the last 10 Premier League games. Arsenal, meanwhile, again answered their critics to dig deep and overcome their injury problems to leapfrog Manchester City back to the summit. With Olivier Giroud missing because of an ankle problem, Lukas Podolski led the attack. However, it was pacy forward Walcott who provided the main outlet as Arsenal aimed to play him away behind the Cardiff defence. On 14 minutes, England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who turned 22 on Wednesday, whipped a low ball in from the left which Walcott was just unable to reach as he slid in at the far post and put his shot into the sidenetting. Arsenal slowly started to dominate possession, with Santi Cazorla firing wide from 20 yards after another positive break down the right. The home fans in the Clock End were screaming for a penalty on 25 minutes when Gary Medel looked to have tripped Wilshere as he darted into the left side of the Cardiff area, but referee Jon Moss was not interested. In a rare Cardiff attack, Jordon Mutch got away down the left and drilled in a low shot which Wojciech Szczesny kicked clear. Arsenal beat managerless Cardiff with two late goals to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched from the stands. Clever play by Cazorla in the left side of Cardiff box saw the Spaniard pick out a ball back to Walcott, but his snapshot flew wide. Conditions did not really improve for the start of the second half, but Arsenal were soon back on the offensive as Bacary Sagna flashed an angled half-volley wide from 20 yards. Cardiff felt they should have been given a penalty when a cross from Craig Noone came off Nacho Monreal’s boot and up on to his arm, but the officials were having none of it. Arsenal continued to press, but lacked a decisive pass in the final third. Wilshere collected the ball on the left before cutting back into the Cardiff penalty area and his fierce angled drive cannoned back off the outside of the near post. On 65 minutes, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made a double change as Tomas Rosicky and Nicklas Bendtner replaced Mathieu Flamini and Podolski. Per Mertesacker glanced a bullet header wide from Walcott’s cross and the big German was again close when arriving at the far post from a corner as his downward header brushed the woodwork. It remained one-way traffic heading into the final 15 minutes and Walcott looked to have been clipped by Ben Turner as he darted into the right side of the Cardiff penalty area. Sagna’s looping header was knocked off the line by Steven Caulker, but the visitors’ resistance was finally broken on 88 minutes. Monreal floated over a deep cross from the left, which Sagna headed goalwards and after David Marshall made a fine reaction block, Bendtner was alert to stab the loose ball home. It came at a cost, however, as the Denmark forward picked up an injury in his collision with the Cardiff goalkeeper and had to be replaced by Thomas Vermaelen. In stoppage time, Walcott was sent clear by Wilshere and clipped the ball over Marshall to seal another hard-earned victory. Press Associationlast_img read more

Frontier has the final word

first_img Aspar kicked for home against the rail in a bid to give Tommy Stack a third successive win in this race, but he had no answer when Final Frontier swept by and galloped on strongly for an emphatic four-and-a-half-length success. Fantastic Secret was best of the rest in third. Harrington said: “I thought he was a nice horse. He was working well with Rockaway Valley and I was hoping he’d come here and do that. “He’s entered in a few races, including the National Stakes, but we’ll let the dust settle until later in the day and see what happens. He seemed to stay that six furlongs very well. “He was pretty professional about it and when Shane asked him to go he did.” The handsome son of Dream Ahead was sent off a well-backed 15-8 favourite for the opener on Derby day, with Shane Foley doing the steering for Jessica Harrington. Final Frontier was buried in the middle of the pack for the first half of the six-furlong journey before being angled wider to mount his challenge inside the last quarter-mile. Final Frontier justified significant market support with a most impressive debut in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more