Bronze stolen from graves

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies say that for more than a month, a man pried 85 bronze markers off graves at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and sold them as scrap metal to a recycling center. Detectives said the markers were valued at $100,000. To explain why he kept showing up with the markers, detectives said the man allegedly told the recycling center he works for the cemetery, which supposedly was undergoing remodeling. It wasn’t. Nor was he an employee of Rose Hills. The suspect, 47-year-old David Torres, will be arraigned Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court on 25 felony counts that include grand theft of personal property, petty theft, cemetery vandalism and receiving stolen property. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe was charged for crimes that happened between Sept. 18 and Oct. 25. Torres pleaded not guilty at an earlier arraignment, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Torres is being held at the Pitchess Detention Center East Facility in Castaic in lieu of $170,000 bail. Authorities didn’t say how much selling the grave markers could fetch. But all agreed it was a rare case. “Oh absolutely. Very unusual,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva. “We have not encountered any (like) this. A new form of thievery.” Olivia Rosales, the head deputy district attorney for Whittier Superior Court where Torres had his preliminary hearing, said she’s never heard of anything like this before. “It’s very sick,” she said. Leyva said the thefts occurred between August and October and happened in the daytime when the park was open. Rose Hills reported the incidents to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. The markers were taken from the older section of the cemetery, according to Nick Clark, director of marketing and communications for Rose Hills. He said it is part of the park that was opened in 1914. “It’s not a highly visited area,” he added. Clark said all missing markers have been returned and will be reset in concrete and put back on the graves early next year. Rose Hills has not notified the relatives about the thefts. “It is our intent,” Clark said. “We’re putting together a plan.” While he declined to divulge the additional security measures Rose Hills implemented after the thefts, Clark did say they have increased patrol in the park, which sits on 1,400 to 1,500 acres and houses about 400,000 graves. The markers ranged in size, but the average was 16 inches by 28 inches. They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, Clark said. He didn’t know how much the markers sold for in 1914 or other years. Today, he said a bronze plaque like that sells for $557 to $968. Deputies said Torres allegedly worked alone. “He was prying them from the ground, breaking the concrete and taking the markers to a recycling center,” Leyva said. “As far as we know he only hit Rose Hills.” Leyva declined to name the recycling center where deputies found the markers shortly after Torres’ Nov. 1 arrest. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day. A break in the case came when a cemetery employee spotted the alleged thief and jotted down a license plate number, Leyva said. He said the car didn’t belong to Torres but deputies collected information that led them to the Lancer Motel on Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera where Torres was staying. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award Stewart wins too

first_img TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award, Stewart wins too Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – New York – Turks and Caicos wins in Tourism rolling in this week, as former Tourist Board director and current Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs will today be bestowed a special honour at the CTO Awards Luncheon in New York.   Minister Higgs will be presented with the Allied Award.  Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development not only of his or her country, but of the region. The North Caicos MP will today get the prize at the Wyndham New Yorker, where the event is set for noon to 2pm.  Another honoree is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos; it is Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.  It is Caribbean Week in NY.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward#MinRalphHiggs#AdamStewart Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AdamStewart, #magneticmedianews, #MinRalphHiggs, #TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryawardlast_img read more

PM Minnis Promotes Bahamian Experience at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Friday urged officials at Baha Mar to ensure that additional ways are found to further weave Bahamian art and culture and the Bahamian experience into the resort experience.  He was addressing the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar.SLS is a signature, world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas and adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, in addition to 30 luxury retail outlets.“Even as SLS brings its signature vision and principles to The Bahamas, I trust that the company may also appreciate what The Bahamas may impart to, and add to their brand,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I note, for example, the rich collection of Bahamian art at Baha Mar. This artistry represents some of the spirit of the Bahamian and Caribbean Imagination, helping visitors to experience some of our cultural heritage.“I imagine this collection will continue to grow, including at SLS, helping to feature the extraordinary talent and diversity of Bahamian artists at home and abroad,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Managing the art collection throughout the resort is noted Bahamian artist, Creative Art Director John Cox.   Prime Minister Minnis encouraged a similar pattern in the area of the resort’s culinary arts, nightlife and entertainment sectors.“I am sure that Bahamian talent is also being showcased in the Culinary Arts and in the nightlife and entertainment at all hotels at Baha Mar,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“A Bahamian visitor to one of the Cafés at Baha Mar was delighted to discover guava duff ice cream and sky juice ice cream. These added touches help to highlight the food heritage of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister urged officials at the Resort to provide opportunities for their guests to get a taste of the Bahamian experience outside of their doors, even as they move to create a Bahamian experience within.“Even as visitors experience the delights of Baha Mar, there should be opportunities to venture beyond the resort to experience our culture and heritage including through heritage tours.”This, Prime Minister Minnis said, would produce opportunities for tour drivers and local shopping.The call is part of Prime Minister Minnis’ push to take advantage of all opportunities for wealth and job creation in all areas of business and industry for Bahamians both at home and across the Bahamian Diaspora.   It is a further goal of the Minnis Administration to ensure that Bahamians of various skill levels have the opportunity to benefit from the “multiple dimensions of tourism” as administration officials further believe that there is even more “extraordinary diversification” that can still be gained within tourism industry, and have designed a number of plans to drive the Bahamian economy through tourism-related initiatives.Prime Minister Minnis has said that tourism is the platform from which the country can boost and launch a network of inter-related businesses.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, November 17, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals Mabus Says

first_imgThe Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week.“We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine.Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy. The department has set a goal for the services to produce or procure 25 percent of their electricity for facilities from renewable sources by 2025.If the Navy successfully reaches its goal of obtaining one gigawatt of alternative energy before next year, it would become the first service to reach that threshold. Last year, the Navy moved up its goal for generating 1 gigawatt of renewable energy to 2016; at the time, it established an interim goal of generating 500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015.Three years ago the three services announced they each would strive to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations. The Air Force has said it plans to meet its goal by 2020. Last year the Army said it was on pace to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025, with a possibility that it would beat its target.  Mabus also said the Navy next year will deploy a carrier strike group powered by 50-50 blends of biofuels. With the exception of the group’s aircraft carrier, which will be nuclear powered, “every type of aircraft and every other type of ship will be [using] 50-50 blends of bio-fuels. … We’ve certified every single ship and every single aircraft” as compatible with the mixed fuels, he said.The Navy is relying on “drop-in” alternative fuels for the “Great Green fleet,” meaning the ships and aircraft do not have to be altered to use them. Also, the biofuel would not use edible crops and its price would be competitive with conventional fossil fuels, Mabus said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more