New police chief named in Brookville

first_imgPhoto: The Franklin County ObserverBrookville, In. — A report from the Franklin County Observer says the Brookville town council has unanimously voted to nominate Douglas Ralph as the new chief of police.Ralph is a former Marine that has served on U.S. Embassy duty, police dog trainer, K-9 officer and served two years in the Iraq war. After leaving the service Ralph worked as a private contractor in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Rangers and Diplomatic Security Service.Ralph resides in Brookville with his wife and three children.last_img

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Tenpow brothers ready to rule the track at ‘Caribbean Showdown’

first_imgTHEY may be small in stature, but the Tenpow brothers of the Pure Racing family are certainly big on maintaining their dominance on the race track.Backing down from a challenge is alien to them and that trend is set to continue today when GT Motorsports stages the Georgetown Grand Prix ‘Caribbean Showdown’.Jeremy and Justin of Pure Racing are once again billed to line up against their rivals in what is usually a hotly contested Sun Burst Kids Cup 60cc.In previous Grand Prix events, the Kids Cup was an all-local field, but it will have the presence of foreign competition this time around with Jamaican Ryan Lue set to showcase his skills.“To the Jamaican team, welcome to Guyana and watch out for Pure Racing,” Jeremy said. Justin added, “Welcome everybody. I’m ready for some epic racing.”The two are among the brightest prospects in the sport, and today’s Grand Prix is another opportunity for them to further enhance their growing reputation.Jeremy, the older of the two, has a record to maintain as he is the points leader of the Sun Burst Kids Cup after three Grand Prix events and a total of nine races. He has chalked up five wins and two second-place finishes and has amassed a whopping 188 points for his remarkable consistency.The only female in the category, the indomitable Paige Mendonca, is second on 158, followed by Nathan Rahaman in third spot on 155. Justin, with two second-place finishes and three thirds, occupies fourth position on 129 points.Josh Khan is way back in fifth on 30 points, but he has only participated in one Grand Prix – a total of just three races.Action will speed off at 18:00hrs and admission to the venue is $1 000 for adults, $500 for children and $4 000 for the VIP experience.The event will set the stage for the ultimate Motorsport event of the year – the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship on November 12 at the South Dakota Circuit.It is being supported by Sun Burst Juices, Rent-A-Tent, Fly Jamaica, STAG Beer, Monster Energy Drink, Exxon Mobil, Hand-in-Hand Insurance, Readymix Concrete, Scotiabank, Cloud 9, Optique Vision Care, Toucan Industries, Ticket Master Travel Agency, E-Networks, King’s Jewellery World, Hero Motor Cycles, Ray’s Motor Spares, Cyril’s Taxi Service, Bounty, Trophy Stall, Prem’s Electrical Store, Impressions, Truck Masters, Windjammer, Super Bet, The Track Bar, Ocean Spray Hotel, Secure Innovation and Concept, Clear Waters, Marics, Rid-O-Pest and Karcher.last_img read more

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Judgment day for Kathy Jackson

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Health Services Union (HSU) boss Kathy Jackson (nee Koukouvas) has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in compensation to the union for misappropriating funds.The judgment in the Federal Court this week came after damning evidence implicated Jackson in allegations of large-scale theft and misappropriation of HSU funds via cash cheques, a secret slush fund and three union-issued credit cards.The HSU alleged she wrongfully spent $1.4 million, dipping into union funds for years to fund her own lavish lifestyle.Revealed in bank statements subpoenaed by the HSU, Jackson spent $660,000 on clothes at high-end department stores, dinners at Melbourne’s top-rated restaurants and flights and accommodation for overseas holidays including to New York, Hong Kong and Europe.The court heard Jackson even used union funds for her home mortgage repayments and more than $50,000 in contributions towards a divorce settlement to ex-husband Jeff Jackson.The most blatant of Jackson’s alleged misappropriation, said the HSU, were regular withdrawals of “vast wads” of cash of up to $9,000 a time – about $250,000 in total – from her union branch’s operating funds in Victoria. Almost all of it was allegedly pocketed for her own use.The trial heard last month that evidence existed showing Ms Jackson had withdrawn funds from union accounts while in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington and London.She was also accused of using union funds money to cover business class airfares for her daughter to Europe, shopping at Myer and David Jones and a single $14,000 dinner bill for the exclusive Melbourne restaurant Fenix.Jackson succeeded Craig Thomson as HSU national secretary when he entered federal parliament as Labor MP for the NSW central coast, and famously blew the whistle on his misappropriation of union funds.Last year Jackson tried without success to have the civil trial against her abandoned, telling the court in October she was mentally unfit to defend herself. She did not attend the Federal Court during the hearing and has always claimed her use of union funds was appropriate. The judgment by Justice Richard Tracey is largely symbolic as Jackson declared bankruptcy just before her civil trial began.last_img read more

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