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Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 16, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Boston Police Department Releases Latest Field Interrogation Observation Data

Friday April 16, 2021

In keeping with its commitment to transparency, the Boston Police Department has released the latest Field Interrogation/Observation (FIO) data, which includes FIO information from January 2020 to December 2020. The release of this data follows the May 8, 2020 release of similar data for FIO reports completed from January 2019 through December 2019.

The Department cautions against the use of simple benchmark comparisons of the racial distribution of Boston residents relative to the racial distribution of FIO subjects for purposes of determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices. There are many other complicated factors such as neighborhood crime, police deployments, and neighborhood social disadvantage, as well as individual factors such as criminal history and prior interactions that are correlated with the racial distribution of FIO subjects. Determining racial disparities in BPD FIO practices requires careful statistical analyses before any firm conclusions can, or should, be drawn.

 2020 FIO Data Summary:

 In 2020, BPD officers submitted 5,717 FIO reports involving 10,224 individuals.

Since the high of 55,684 individuals subjected to FIO reports in 2008, the number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports decreased by 81.6% through 2020. The number of individual subjects in BPD FIO reports decreased by 29.2% from 14,444 individuals in 2019 to 10,224 individuals in 2020. See Table 1 and Table 2 below.

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*NOTE: The number and content of records shared here in the preliminary analysis may differ slightly from official data provided on the City Data Portal. These files are extracted from live databases which may have records added or updated at any time. From the completion of this preliminary analysis, entries may have since been corrected or cleaned to ensure the most accurate information is available to the public.

For all current publicly released FIO data, please click on the link below:

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/boston-police-department-fio

For additional information on the BPD’s FIO program and past analysis, please visit the links below:

https://bpdnews.com/news/2014/10/8/boston-police-commissioner-announces-field-interrogation-and-observation-fio-study-results?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2016/1/7/commissioner-evans-continues-efforts-to-increase-transparency-and-accountability-of-policing-activities-to-the-public?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2017/5/23/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=FIO

https://bpdnews.com/news/2020/3/13/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=fio

https://bpdnews.com/news/2020/5/8/boston-police-department-releases-latest-field-interrogation-observation-data?rq=FIO


Funding For Short Line Railways Still Off Track

Saskatchewan's Provincial Budget included $530 thousand for a new Short Line Rail Infrastructure Program.


The Saskatchewan Government Is Hoping To See More Rural Vets

The Province announced a number of initiatives this week aimed at encouraging veterinary students to work in rural areas.


Agropur Announces Closure Of Winnipeg Fluid Milk Plant

Agropur Cooperative announced it is closing its fluid milk plant in Winnipeg.


KAP Holds Spring Advisory Council Meeting, 15 Resolutions Passed

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) held its Spring Advisory Council meeting Thursday.


Farmer Led Petition On Carbon Credit Offsets Is Getting A Lot Of Interest

The petition, which has over 2800 signatures is calling on Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to rethink his position on Carbon Credit Offsets.


After a Lengthy Investigation, Officers Arrest Boston Man on Weapon and Drug Charges

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At about 11:30 AM, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, officers assigned to the Drug Control Unit arrested Dale Clarke, 24, of Boston, after a lengthy investigation into illegal distribution of drugs in Boston. 

Clarke was arrested in the area of 15 Ellington Street, Dorchester and will be charged with three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Receiving Stolen Property, and Trafficking Class A and Class B Drugs.  

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. At about 11:30 AM, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, officers assigned to the Drug Control Unit arrested Dale Clarke, 24, of Boston, after a lengthy investigation into illegal distribution of drugs in Boston. 


Illinois Department of Public Health Announces College Vaccination Days to Encourage Students to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

SPRINGFIELD - With young people driving the increase in COVID-19 cases in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing "College Vaccination Days" to encourage all community college and public and private university students across Illinois to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites.


Gov. Pritzker Announces Appointment of Dr. Sekile M. Nzinga as Chief Diversity Officer

Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:


Pritzker Administration Announces $1.6 Billion in Federal Aid to Increase Access to High Quality Early Childhood Education and Childcare

AURORA - Further advancing his commitment to making Illinois the best state in the nation for families raising young children, Governor JB Pritzker today announced $1.6 billion in federal aid to expand access to high quality early childhood education and child care for children and families across the state.


Illinois EPA Issues Health Advisory for Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) and an Updated Health Advisory for Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid (PFBS)

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim today announced the issuance of a health advisory for Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) in accordance with Illinois groundwater regulations.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,866 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,866 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional deaths.


All Canadian farmers take on debt – how do you manage yours?

Farmers of all descriptions will take on debt during their farming career. For some, it’s paid off nearly as quickly as they acquired it. For others, debt may follow them their entire career.


Great Plains Introduces Additional Size of Ultra-Disk™ To Fit Producers’ Needs

In an effort to provide producers more tillage solutions, Great Plains has recently introduced a new 22' model to the existing Ultra-Disk product line.


John Deere Announces Global Preferred Supplier Agreement with engcon

John Deere announces a preferred supplier agreement with engcon, a global market leader in tiltrotators.


The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are providing financial assistance to livestock producers affected by the slowdown of slaughterhouses

The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Quebec's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, announced the creation of the Canada-Quebec Livestock Assistance Initiative, $21.8 million in financial assistance intended to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 in 2020-2021.


Provincial Prairie Forage Associations Launch Regional Soil Health Network

Organizers of Prairie Canada’s top conferences around soil health, grazing and regenerative agriculture are joining forces to work with, promote and celebrate each provincial group’s event and organizational activities with the launch of the Prairie Region Soil Health Network.


BPD in the Community: District C-6 (South Boston) “Bike Repair & Fun Day”

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BPD in The Community: The District C-6 (South Boston) Community Service Office and the Condon Community Center, along with nineteen Boston Police recruits from the current Police Academy class, will be partnering on a "Bike Repair & Fun Day" event for children ages seven to twelve next Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 11AM until 2 PM.   

This event will take place during school vacation week at the newly renovated park directly behind the J. F. Condon School located at 200 D Street in South Boston.   

We will be raffling off various prizes including several new bikes. There will also be an opportunity to have bikes tuned up, an obstacle course and 1/2 mile ride, helmet giveaway, music, pizza lunch and cookies. 


Female Adult Arrested with a Loaded Firearm After a Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 6:15 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of 86 Southern Avenue in Dorchester.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle with an improperly displayed license plate. The driver, later identified as Dennise Rivera, 26, of Dorchester, produced a paper MA driver’s license to officers but it was so worn that officers could not see the photo to accurately match the license to the operator.

Officers conducted a CJIS inquiry on the license number that was provided as well as the license plate affixed to the vehicle. It was revealed the motor vehicle was unregistered and would need to be towed.

Ms. Rivera refused to exit the motor vehicle and proceeded to roll up the window while attempting to shift the motor vehicle into gear. Officers were able to safely remove Ms. Rivera from the motor vehicle and place her under arrest for Failure to Submit to a Police Officer and Operating after Revocation or Suspension.

During the motor vehicle inventory search officers recovered a loaded Taurus 9mm G2C firearm with one round in the chamber and nine rounds in the magazine.

Dennise Rivera was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons Unlawfully Carried She is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.


Adult Male Arrested with a Loaded Firearm After a Call for Shots Fired in the South End

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At about 8:57 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 193 Warren Avenue in Boston.

Upon arrival, officers located multiple shell casings in front of 193 Warren Avenue and stopped a possible suspect, later identified as Lamar Stanford, 28, of Boston, in front on 430 Columbus Avenue.

Stanford was positively identified by witnesses and after a pat frisk, officers recovered a loaded Taurus G2C 9 mm firearm from Stanford’s right pocket. The firearm contained three live rounds of ammunition and one round jammed in the ejection port.

Stanford was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Firearm Discharged within 500 Feet of a Dwelling. He is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

 


Three Suspects Arrested After Robbing Victim of Bicycle

Two juveniles and an adult were arrested at 4:31 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 after officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an armed robbery at Columbus Avenue and Camden Street. The officers received information from Boston 9-1-1 operators that a victim was robbed by three black males who threatened to stab him and then stole his bike.

The responding officers located the victim in the area of 624 Columbus Avenue and learned that the he was riding his bike and had stopped on the sidewalk. While going through his belongings, a Blue Citi bike being operated by an unknown male, crashed into him and knocked him to the ground. While on the ground, the victim reported that he was punched several times and instructed to remain on the ground and count to twenty or he will be stabbed.

After counting to twenty, the victim looked up and saw one of the suspects going through his belongings. The suspect then kicked the victim and ordered him to remain on the ground and keep counting. The suspects eventually fled the scene stealing the victim’s bike.

Police were provided a description of the suspects and the victim’s stolen bike. After that description was broadcasted to Boston Police Operations, officers from D-4 observed three individuals, and a bike, matching the description of the suspects and stopped them in the area of Tremont Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard. One suspect was found to be in possession of a knife. Officers conducted an identification procedure and based on witness statements and video surveillance; the three suspects were placed under arrest. A knife was also recovered from the adult suspect at the time of arrest.  Officers from the Northeastern University Police Department also responded and assisted in the investigation by providing video of the robbery to officers.

Christian Issiah Heck, 18, of Norfolk, and a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male of Boston will be charged with: Armed Robbery, two counts of Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon to wit shod foot and bike, and Receiving Stolen Property.  

Christian Issiah Heck will be arraigned in the Roxbury District Court and the two Juvenile males will be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Over $4.3 Million in Rebuild Illinois Funding for Repairs at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

CARBONDALE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $4.3 million has been released for the replacement of sewer line, repairs to the campus streamline, and tunnel at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.


Pritzker Administration Awards $195,500 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of Monmouth to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced the City of Monmouth, in partnership with the Monmouth School District, will receive $195,500 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) funding to implement the Monmouth High School Parking Lot Bioretention Basin Retrofit project.


Pritzker Administration Awards $204,000 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Rockford Park District to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced the Rockford Park District will receive $204,000 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) grant funding to implement the Levings Lake Stormwater Treatment Train project.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces a $10 Million Grant from Discovery Partners Institute Initiative Towards Peoria’s Illinois Innovation Network Hub

PEORIA - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced a $10 million grant from the Discovery Partners Institute initiative to launch Distillery Labs, the Peoria hub of the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN). Distillery Labs will provide entrepreneurial and business-building tools to grow the region's economy.


Pritzker Administration Awards $605,300 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of St. Charles to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced the City of St. Charles will receive $605,300 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) funding to implement the 7th Avenue Creek Stream Restoration project, which will consist of constructing approximately 1,870 feet of two-stage ditch to enhance the 7th Avenue Creek connection to its floodplain.


Gov. Pritzker Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Adam Toledo

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement following the videos released of the fatal shooting of Adam Toledo.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Over $596,000 in Rebuild Illinois Funding to Southeastern Illinois College Towards Exterior Repairs

HARRISBURG - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $596,000 has been released from the state towards exterior repairs at Southeastern Illinois College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of over $794,000.


Pritzker Administration Awards $207,751 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to HeartLands Conservancy to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced HeartLands Conservancy will receive nearly $208,000 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) funding to implement the Brushy Lake Wetland and Floodplain Restoration project, which will create and enhance wetlands and wet meadows in the Cahokia Creek floodplain in Madison County.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,581 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,581 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 40 additional deaths.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Over $4.2 Million in Rebuild Illinois Funding to Governors State University for the Replacement of HVAC Systems

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $4.2 million has been released for the replacement of HVAC systems at Governors State University.


Statewide Unemployment Rate Down, Jobs Up in March 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased -0.3 percentage point to 7.1 percent, while nonfarm payrolls were up +32,200 jobs in March, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.


2021 farm cash receipts could reach a record high

We feared the worst for the farm sector at the start of the pandemic, but 2020 ended on a positive note for Canadian agriculture. Statistics Canada’s estimates revealed Farm Cash Receipts (FCR) increased by 8.1% to $71.7 billion in 2020 (+5.7% excluding cannabis).


Agronomy Guide For Field Crops – Corn – Emergence and Spacing Uniformity, Replant Decisions

Uniform seeding depth is a critical factor in achieving uniform emergence. Uneven emergence affects crop performance, because competition from larger, early-emerging plants reduces the yield potential of smaller, later-emerging plants.


EGG FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) re-elected Scott Helps as its Chair and Dan Veldman as its Vice Chair on a video conference call held in connection with its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 31, 2021. Scott Brookshaw and Tonya Haverkamp were also elected to the Executive.


Strategic Partnership To Boost Food And Agri-Tech Innovation For Grain Industry

Grain Farmers of Ontario and Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, have joined forces to help grow strong agriculture and food businesses in Ontario. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance Ontario innovation in the agri-food industry.


Expanding Broadband Connectivity in Grey and Bruce Counties

More than 1,200 homes and businesses of Grey and Bruce counties are one step closer to fast, reliable internet access with the beginning of construction of broadband infrastructure.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


The Men and Women of the Boston Police Department Mourn the One Year Anniversary of the Passing of Officer Jose V. Fontanez

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On Tuesday April 14, 2020, active-duty Boston Police Officer Jose V. Fontanez passed away due to complications from Covid-19. Officer Fontanez was a 29-year veteran of the BPD who was assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain). Officer Fontanez received numerous commendations for his dedicated service during his career and was highly regarded by those he worked with, his supervisors and all who knew him.

As we reflect upon the loss of our friend and coworker on this one-year anniversary of his passing, we remember his family and loved ones as well as all those lost during this ongoing global pandemic.


Planning Some Early-Season Boating? Review Safety Requirements Now

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Boaters are heading out on the water on pleasant spring days, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police are reminding boat owners and operators to check their watercraft and their safety checklist to avoid encountering problems on Illinois lakes and rivers this boating season.


State of Illinois, City of Chicago Announce Kimberly-Clark’s Plans to Bring Jobs, North American Commercial Center to Chicago’s Fulton Market District in 2022

CHICAGO-Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and World Business Chicago today announced that Kimberly-Clark, maker of trusted brands including Huggies?, Cottonelle?, Kleenex? and Depend?, will expand their presence in Chicago with a new commercial center for its North American consumer products business.


Pritzker Administration Announces New COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site to Open in Cook County

CHICAGO -To further expand availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor JB Pritzker today announced an additional state mass vaccination site in Cook County and that will open to all eligible Illinois residents on Thursday, April 15.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,536 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,536 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths.


The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas A. Davis

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Thomas A. Davis who was killed in the line of duty 82 years ago today. Officer Davis died as a result of injuries he sustained while making an arrest on Thursday April 13, 1939.

Officer Davis was 49 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

Officer Davis was laid to rest at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Boston Police Department Hero Wall at BPD Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

 


CCA Monitoring COOL Discussions In The US

There continues to be rumblings in the US around bringing back Country of Origin Labeling.


Precipitation Welcome Sight For Sunflower Growers

Soil moisture is a concern right now for sunflower growers.


Conservation Efforts Focus On Prairie Community Pastures

In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, there are 141 Community Pastures that cover an area twice the size of Prince Edward Island and support at least 36 bird and plant species at risk.


FCC Report Shows Opportunity In Changing Food And Beverage Trends

Despite some setbacks caused by the pandemic, Canada’s food and beverage sector may emerge even stronger in 2021, according to a new FCC report.


Saskatchewan Welcomes Clean Seed

Clean Seed recently announced plans to move the assembly of its SMART Seeder MAX-S to Saskatoon along with customer service and training, sales, service, warranty and related R & D activities.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Two Arrested for Murder stemming from a January 2021 Homicide

At about 7:50 AM, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, arrested David Robinson, 48, of Roxbury, in the area of 112 Southampton Street, Roxbury. Robinson was wanted on a Murder warrant issued out of Suffolk Superior Court.  At the time of arrest, Robinson was also in possession of class A drugs and will additionally be charged with Trafficking Class A.

Members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit also lodged a Suffolk Superior Court warrant for Murder for Robert Jamison, 44, of Boston who is currently in custody.

Circumstances Surrounding the Incident: At about 7:31 PM on Monday, January 4, 2021, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 115 Southampton Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Richard Ghiozzi, 33, of Medford.

The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


ICC Reminds Illinoisans: Call 8-1-1 (JULIE) before Digging

Springfield, IL - April is National Safe Digging Month. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is reminding homeowners and excavators to call 811 before beginning any outdoor project that requires digging.


Illinois Department of Public Health Updates Vaccination Plans, Communicates with all Partners While J&J COVID-19 Vaccine on Hold

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is developing and implementing plans to move forward with COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois after putting a pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, including robust communication with all providers and the transfer of 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Chicago.


Gov. Pritzker Announces Appointments to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes, Authorities, Boards, Commissions, Districts & Systems

Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:


2020 Morgan County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Morgan County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0233, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Don’t Let Spring Rains Flood Your Future

SPRINGFIELD - As Illinoisans welcome April showers and May flowers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are reminding Illinoisans to invest in flood insurance to protect their homes and businesses from flooding emergencies.


2020 Winnebago County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Winnebago County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Design Firm for Rebuild Illinois Funded New Science Building at Eastern Illinois University

CHARLESTON - The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) has selected RATIO Architects, Inc. as the preferred architectural design firm for the new science building at Eastern Illinois University.


2020 Woodford County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Woodford County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,193 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,193 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.


2020 Madison County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Madison County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Design Firm for Rebuild Illinois Funded New Performing Arts Center at Western Illinois University

MACOMB - The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) has selected OWP/P Cannon Design, Inc. as the preferred architectural design firm for the new Performing Arts Center at Western Illinois University.


2020 Scott County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Scott County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Pritzker Administration Announces Illinois is First State to Extend Full Medicaid Benefits to Mothers 12 Months Postpartum

CHICAGO - Governor Pritzker today announced Illinois is the first state in the nation to extend full Medicaid benefits from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, following the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approval of Illinois' 1115 waiver allowing for the extension.


2020 Jackson County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Jackson County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0177, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases $1.9 Million in Rebuild Illinois Funding to Sauk Valley Community College Towards Replacement of Air Handlers, Condensate Pumps, and Renovate Cooling Tower

DIXON- The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $1.9 million has been released from the state towards the replacement of air handlers, condensate pumps, and renovation of the cooling tower at Sauk Valley Community College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $2.6 million.


2020 Richland County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Richland County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

SPRINGFIELD - In accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution.


The Men and Women of the BPD Recognize the Hard Work and Professionalism of All Those Assigned to Our 9-1-1 Call Center During National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week: Whenever a person in the City of Boston is in need of immediate emergency assistance, the 9-1-1 Telecommunications Operators of the BPD and Boston EMS are always there to answer the call. Often heard but seldom seen, these behind-the-scenes first responders play an essential role in ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of all Bostonians. During a year unlike any other, our dispatchers and call takers continued to come to work every day and night, answering well over half a million calls for service. As this week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the BPD’s 9-1-1 Call Center for everything they do to keep our officers and our city safe.


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, April 12, 2021

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 17
Vehicle Recoveries: 10
Vehicle Breaks: 18

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 1

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Ontario Pork Chair and Vice-Chair Elected (2021)

The Ontario Pork Board of Directors welcomes incoming Chair John de Bruyn and Vice-Chair Arno Schober.


Researchers Seek Options for Preventing-Treating Hypothyroidism Caused by Infections

Researchers with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are exploring the effect of disease on thyroid hormone levels in pigs and potential treatment options for the resulting reduction in growth performance.


Grain and Pork Producers Can Share Greenhouse Gas Reduction Benefits

A Swine Nutritionist with the University of Saskatchewan says, by utilizing coproducts, pork producers and grain producers can maximize the reduction of their carbon footprints.


Pork Sector Stakeholders Express Concern Over Movement of Rescue Dogs from China to North America

Pork sector stakeholders are expressing their concerns over the potential risk to agriculture from movement of dogs to the United States and Canada by animal rescue organizations to save them from the meat trade in China.


Laboratory Investigation Targets Streptococcus Infections

The Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network, Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon and Veterinary Diagnostic Services in Winnipeg are collaborating on a laboratory investigation aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of Streptococcus associated infections.


Safely Dispose of Expired Prescription Medications at Your Local District Police Station during National Drug Take Back Day on April 24, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: If you have any unused or expired prescription medications that you’d like to safely discard or dispose of, please stop by your local district station on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for National Drug Take Back Day.

To learn the location of the district station nearest you, please visit:http://bpdnews.com/districts/


Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to Local Area Hospital

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At about 7:17 PM on Sunday April 11, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital located at 75 Francis Street after security team members became concerned that a recently admitted patient was in possession of an illegal firearm. Officers arrived on scene and were able to safely recover a loaded .380 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from inside a backpack the suspect had been carrying. The adult male suspect will be summonsed to appear at a later date in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.


State of Illinois Distributes Over 1,100 Connectivity and Assistive Devices to Keep Older Illinoisans Connected During COVID-19

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) have distributed over 1,100 connectivity and assistive devices to older adults and persons with disabilities who have been disproportionally affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, after receiving $1.7 million from the federal Administration for Community Living in May 2020.


State Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to All Illinois Residents 16 and Older as Illinois National Guard Surpasses One Million Vaccinations

CHICAGO - Effective today, all Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This move to universal eligibility is one week ahead of President Biden's call to make this safe and effective vaccine available to all Americans 16 years and older by April 19.


Multiple projects scheduled in Will County area

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in the Will County area are scheduled to get underway beginning this spring. The seven projects represent a total investment of more than $140 million for the region, with $75 million coming from Gov. JB Pritzker's bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.


Pritzker Administration Announces $110 Million in Rebuild Illinois Funding for Public Ports Across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced $110 million in funding from the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan is available to improve public ports across the state of Illinois.


IDOC Resumes In-Person Visitation for Incarcerated People and their Loved Ones

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is resuming in-person visitation at its correctional facilities, affording incarcerated people the opportunity to see their loved ones for the first time in more than a year.


Illinois State Museum Joins Global Conversation on the Return of Cultural Heritage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois State Museum (ISM) will join museums, universities, and museum professionals across five continents virtually April through June to present a four-part conversation series on repatriation and the return of cultural heritage.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,433 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,433 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 18 additional deaths.


Investigation Update: Correction of Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the Area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: At about 5:56PM on Saturday April 10, 2021, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an elderly female victim in her mid-seventies suffering from gunshot wounds. Boston EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Delois Brown, 73, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the Area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: At about 5:56PM on Saturday April 10, 2021, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an elderly female victim in her mid-seventies suffering from gunshot wounds. Boston EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Delores Brown, 73, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Two Suspects in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered Following BPD Response to Shots Fired in Roxbury

At about 5:25 PM on Saturday April 10, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) as well as District C-11 (Dorchester), the BPD K-9 Unit and the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Devon Alexis, 20, 0f Dorchester and a 17-year-old male from Dorchester on firearm related charges after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of 24 Normandy Street in Roxbury. Officers recovered numerous shell casings at the scene but did not locate any victims or ballistic damage. As the responding officers were canvassing the area, they located the two suspects in the area of 286 Columbia Road where they also recovered a discarded .45 caliber Taurus 1911 handgun. Both parties were placed in custody without incident after investigators were able to confirm their involvement in the incident.

Devon Alexis will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Attempted Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.

The 17-year-old male will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Attempted Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.


Death Investigation in the Area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester

At about 5:56PM on Saturday April 10, 2021, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 19 Olney Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an elderly female victim in her mid-seventy’s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Boston EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


RIP Heartbreaker

Announced by the Nijhof Family on social media today, the 32-year-old KWPN stallion Heartbreaker (Nimmerdor - Bacarole x Silvano) has died from age-related symptoms. Heartbreaker has been a pillar of the breeding community and a top supplier for Team Nijhof since 1989. When they opened their stallion station in 1997 in Ghosteren, Heartbreaker was their […]


BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds Who Died in the Line of Duty Seven Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds Who Died in the Line of Duty Seven Years Ago: Today, Saturday, April 10, 2021, we take a moment to remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds who passed away on this day seven years ago after suffering a medical emergency stemming from injuries sustained during a shootout in Watertown with the individuals responsible for the attack on our Boston Marathon. 

Shortly after midnight almost eight years ago, on April 19, 2013, Officer Simmonds and his fellow officers responded to Watertown for developing incident outside the city. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier had been murdered in Cambridge and it was believed that those responsible were on the run in Watertown. Not surprisingly, Officer Simmonds was among the first Boston Police Officers to arrive at the scene and, on arrival, quickly found himself engaged in a firefight with the individuals who attacked the Marathon. During the fight, Officer Simmonds would suffer a severe head injury resulting when one of the suspects tossed an explosive device towards him. Almost a year to the day later, on April 10, 2014, Officer Simmonds suffered a medical emergency as a result of the injuries sustained on that fateful evening that would ultimately claim his life.  

In the days after the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Officer Simmonds and his partners would receive the Schroeder Brothers Medal, the BPD’s highest award and honor for courage and bravery. In May of 2014, a month after his passing, Officer Simmonds’ family and other Boston Police Officers would travel to Washington, DC to receive an award from President Barack Obama.

On that day, May 12, 2014, President Obama would present 25 Massachusetts Police Officers, including Officer Simmonds, with the nation’s Top Cop Award for bravery and dedication as shown during the attack on the Boston Marathon and the ultimate apprehension of those responsible in the days that followed. During the ceremony, President Obama offered the following, “In Boston, our entire country saw once again the strong stuff that these men and women in uniform are made of … we don’t always get that opportunity to stand and applaud the men and women who keep us safe. But they’re out there, hundreds of thousands of you, patrolling our streets every single day. And we know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives even if it means putting your lives on the line.”

So, on this day, the men and women of the BPD humbly ask you to take a moment to appreciate and applaud those who dash into danger fully prepared to sacrifice their own safety to protect and serve others. On this day, we ask you to remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Sgt. Dennis Simmonds.

Sgt. Simmonds is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain and his name is can be seen on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 33 East Line 29. His name is also etched on the Boston Police Memorial at Boston Police Headquarters and the State Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed at the Boston Police Academy on 85 Williams Ave in Hyde Park.

He was posthumously promoted from officer to sergeant by the Boston Police Department on June 14, 2018.


Registration closed and payments finalizing for second round of dairy compensation

Dairy farmers provide Canadians with a stable supply of high-quality products, and are an essential part of the country’s rural landscape. Supporting them as they adapt to new market realities and consumer demands is vital to ensuring the sector remains well positioned for future growth.


Government of Canada investing over $6 million to help improve safety of agri-food workers in southwestern Ontario

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian food producers and processors have stepped up to deliver quality food for Canadians and people around the world.


DFO announces five $8,000 bursaries in partnership with Ontario Minor Hockey Association

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) have partnered to present a Bursary Program, which recognizes minor hockey players for their outstanding commitmen


Ontario Helps Farmers and Agri-food Operators Keep Workers Safe During COVID-19

The Ontario government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and redesign workstations to better protect workers. This announcement is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 9, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 1

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Suspect Arrested in Homicide in the area of Capen Street and Evans Street in Dorchester

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At about 7:30 AM, on Friday, April 9, 2021, officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, arrested Darren Gillespie, 25, of Randolph and charged him with Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Firearm Discharged within 500 Feet of a Dwelling. Gillespie was arrested in the area of 60 Forbes Boulevard in Mansfield, MA. He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Circumstances Surrounding the Incident : At about 10:03 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Capen Street and Evans Street in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Boston EMS arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim has since been identified as Brandon Williams, 32, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Farm & Food Care Ontario presents Food & Farming Champion awards

Farm & Food Care presented the awards to two Perth County residents


Illinois Department of Insurance announces ACA Marketplace enrollment nearly doubled during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period compared to the same period last year

Illinoisans are signing up for ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans at nearly twice the rate of this time last year, according to federal CMS numbers released this week. Nearly 15,000 Illinois consumers purchased and enrolled in health plans since February, when President Biden signed an executive order to open the ACA Marketplace for a new Special Enrollment in response to COVID-19. Unlike other SEPs, consumers are not required to provide proof of a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage to enroll.


ISAC Participates in Virtual Money Smart Week? to Help Students and Families

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is) is participating in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's annual Money Smart Week? (virtual this year) from April 10-17, 2021 by highlighting opportunities for financial education, providing free resources and tools to help students and families better manage finances, and encouraging students to complete a financial aid application.


Public Health Officials Announce 4,004 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,004 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional deaths.


Multiple projects scheduled in East Lake County area

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in the East Lake County area are scheduled to get underway beginning this spring. The six projects represent a total investment of $43 million for the region, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker's historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm and Drugs During Investigation in Dorchester

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At about 6:03 PM on Thursday April 8, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Jonathan Darosa, 28, of Dorchester on firearm related charges in the area of 12 Glendale Street in Dorchester. The officers had stopped the suspect as part of a firearm investigation at which time they performed a pat frisk, leading to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Taurus PT III Millennium Pro handgun along with a small plastic bag containing heroin.

The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Armed Career Criminal (Level 3) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs.   


BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Help Following Recent Incidents of BB Guns Being Fired in the Area of 1990 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury

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At about 7:57 PM on Wednesday April 7, 2021, an officer assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) was on patrol in the area of 3064 Washington Street in Roxbury when his vehicle was struck by a small metal pellet believed to have been fired by a BB gun. The pellet struck the officer’s left forearm after causing damage to the driver’s side window and rain guard. Upon exiting his cruiser, the officer observed three individuals on an upper balcony of the BHA Walnut Park Apartments building located at 1990 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.

During two recent incidents, another officer was nearly struck by a BB pellet while responding to a call in the area at about 8:00 PM on Thursday March 25, 2021, while an adult male victim was struck several times at about 10:20 PM on Friday March 26, 2021, causing non-life-threatening injuries. During both incidents, the parties involved indicated that the shots had come from an upper balcony of 1990 Columbus Avenue.

Additionally, members of the MBTA Police Department have documented two additional incidents which appear to be similar in nature.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents and is asking anyone with information relative to these investigations to contact detectives assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) at (617) 343-5628.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 


Bite of Brant goes virtual for 2021

Bite of Brant makes use of Zoom technology to bring agriculture to the classroom for 2021.


Winter Wheat Starting To Emerge

The province's winter wheat crop is starting to emerge.


Hog Market Rally Continues

Forward hog contract prices continue to rise.


Education Property Taxes To Be Phased Out By 50 Per Cent Over Next Two Years For Farm Properties

The Manitoba government unveiled its 2021 budget Wednesday afternoon.


Canola Industry Welcomes PMRA decision

“This is great news for canola farmers as it maintains our ability to protect the canola crop at its earliest stages of development,” said Mike Ammeter, Chair of Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA).


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 8, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 1

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


BN Worldwide Sport Horse Stallion Directory 2021 – NOW ONLINE

The 2021 Breeding News Worldwide Sport Horse Stallion Directory is now online – the 17th edition of this invaluable global resource with nearly 10,000 stallions who are exclusively licensed/approved by member studbooks of the WBFSH. Pedigrees, rankings, auction analysis, Longines-WBFSH Breeders Awards, and stallion entries cross-referenced to their stud farms, owners, or agents, and featuring […]


IDNR Announces Award of Snowmobile Trail Grant Funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced $118,500 in grant funding that will allow for the operation and maintenance of snowmobile trails in the state through the Illinois Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund (STEF).


Multiple projects scheduled in Kane and DuPage area

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple improvement projects in Kane and DuPage counties are scheduled to get underway beginning this spring. The seven projects represent a total investment of more than $41 million for the region, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker's bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.


Employee innovation recognized at IDOT

An idea to ensure proper signage in work zones and a new process that simplifies project planning took top honors in the Illinois Department of Transportation's fourth annual Innovative Ideas Contest, a statewide employee initiative to reward problem-solving while saving taxpayer money and improving safety and efficiency.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,739 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,739 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 34 additional deaths.


State Opens to Full 16+ Eligibility on April 12 with 150,000 Vaccine Appointments to be Made Available in Cook and Collar Counties

Governor JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike visited the Illinois National Guard Forest Park mass vaccination site, now providing over 3,000 vaccinations per day, to announce that an additional 150,000 new first-dose vaccine appointments will be made available at the 11 state-supported mass vaccination operations in Cook and the collar counties and area pharmacies the week of April 12, as the State opens to universal eligibility for individuals 16 and older. The state will deliver more than a quarter of a million doses next week to Cook and county sites open to all Illinois residents on top of tens of thousands of newly available appointments at hospitals, local county sites, and other mass vaccination sites throughout the region.


Stallion Equador MVL available for KWPN

With the recent clarification by the KWPN, allowing offspring of a Lusitano stallion and a KWPN mare to be included in the 'B' register of the KWPN Stud Book, the door has been opened to allow breeders aiming for Grand Prix dressage to benefit. As a consequence, Monte Velho has reached an agreement with Van […]


Congratulations to BC Cattlemen’s Association for Agritech Grant

A4 Systems of Calgary, AB congratulates the BC Cattlemen's Association for being awarded an Agritech Grant from the Province of British Columbia.


Government of Canada announces over $5M in clean tech funding for British Columbia Fisheries and Aquaculture Projects

Improving the environmental sustainability of our seafood sectors while ensuring they remain competitive in the marketplace is a shared goal of British Columbians.


Government of Canada supports Alberta agri-food sector with investment in BioNeutra

Federal investment of $2.94 million will double BioNeutra's manufacturing capacity, enabling this growing firm to capitalize on global consumer demands and better compete in global markets


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

At about 12:30 AM on Wednesday April 7, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Charles Jacobs, 19, of Hyde Park on firearm related charges following a traffic stop in the area of 516 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation when their investigation led them to remove the occupants of the vehicle, including the suspect who was a passenger at the time of the stop. Officers then performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun from inside the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.


Officers Make a Firearm Arrest in Roxbury after a Traffic Stop

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At about 7:25 PM, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of Warren Street and Crawford Street, Boston MA.

While on patrol in the area, officers observed a motor vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Crawford Street and Harold Street.

Officers activated their lights and sirens, safely stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the driver, later identified as Robert Acosta, 23, of Roxbury. Officers performed a CJIS query and it was revealed that Acosta’s driver’s license was suspended. Acosta was given an exit order as he was subject to arrest for driving with a suspended license. Passengers were also asked to exit the motor vehicle.

Officers observed the front passenger, later identified as Joey Delossantos, 21, of Mattapan, stiffen up while trying to stand at which time officers observed what they believed to be the outline of a firearm. After a pat frisk, officers recovered a loaded Glock 43, 9mm with seven rounds in the magazine from Delossantos’ front pocket.

Robert Acosta was arrested and charged with Operating after Revocation/Suspension.

Delossantos was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. They are both expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Nearly $1.7 Million in Funding to John A. Logan College for Renovation of the C and E Wings

CARTERVILLE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $1.7 million has been released for the renovation of the C and E Wings at the John A. Logan College from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $2.3 million. The funding will help address deferred maintenance projects on John A. Logan College campus that have been stalled due to a lack of investment by previous administrations. Made possible by Governor Pritzker's bipartisan capital plan, the first in nearly a decade, the renovation work will create good jobs and economic opportunities for residents in the surrounding community. CDB will oversee the project's renovation under the protocol for state-appropriated capital projects.


IDNR Awards Grants for Habitat Restoration and Preservation

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the approval of $958,096 in grants for seven wildlife habitat projects through the Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program.


IDNR Awards Grants for Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Restoration Projects

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the award of grants for waterfowl habitat restoration and preservation in Canadian waterfowl breeding grounds. State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Funds are utilized to award grants to provide for the conservation and propagation of waterfowl, for the development of additional waterfowl propagation areas within the Dominion of Canada that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway, and for projects approved by the IDNR for the purpose of attracting waterfowl and improving those migratory waterfowl propagation areas. These state funds are collected from Illinois licensed waterfowl hunters every year and are set aside specifically for this purpose as outlined in state statute.


2020 Pike County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Pike County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Rock Island County Final Multiplier Announced

Rock Island County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Jefferson County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Jefferson County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0332, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARTNER ON SOUTHERN ILLINOIS COVER CROP FIELD DAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - In-person field days have returned this spring with the 2021 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program Field Day lineup recently debuting in Jefferson and Franklin counties.


BPD Officers Arrest Suspect on Firearm and Drug Related Charges During Investigation in the South End

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At about 1:50 PM on Tuesday April 6, 2021, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit arrested Carlton Sheffield, 28, of Mattapan on firearm and drug related charges during an investigation in the area of 37 Monsignor Reynolds Way in the South End. The suspect was taken into custody after the officers observed a disturbance between three individuals in the parking lot of the Ruth Barkley Apartment complex. Upon stopping the suspect, the officers performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Ruger Security-9 handgun along with two plastic bags of marijuana packaged for sale and $1.160.00 in U.S. Currency.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.


The Hypor Libra: Sustainable and strong

The transition from balanced to sustainable breeding has already begun. This is an overarching focus in our pig breeding program, but the benefits can be viewed up close on a product level.


The 3 biggest farm liability threats (and how to manage them)

The adoption of new technology is often meant to decrease on-farm risk literally and financially. When autosteer hit the market, it increased the precision of the tractor and therefore decreased fuel, seed, fertilizer and pesticide usage.


Impact of Late Spring Frost on Winter Canola

Ontario winter canola yields were very strong in 2020 giving us a good look at the incredible yield potential of the crop.


COVID-19 cost Canadian farmers $2.9B due to labour shortages

New research reveals that Canadian farmers suffered lost earnings of $2.9 B in 2020, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of the sector’s total sales, due to labour shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Suspect in Custody Following Double Stabbing in Roxbury

At about 2:01 PM on Sunday April 4, 2021, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) arrested Anthony Wall, 34, of Quincy after responding to a call for an aggravated assault in the area of 112 Southampton Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims suffering from non-life-threatening stab wounds. Both parties were transported to local area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. The suspect was taken into custody on scene without incident after being positively identified.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Armed Assault with Intent to Kill (2 Counts). Additionally, the suspect was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant sought out of South Boston District Court on numerous charges including Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery on a Person Over 60 or Disabled, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.


Ultra Early Wheat Seeding

As farmers prepare for spring seeding they may want to check out the idea of Ultra Early Wheat seeding. Crops Extension Specialist Sherri Roberts says Dr Brian Beres and his team out of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Lethbridge have done some interesting work on this.


2020 Pope County Final Multiplier Announced

Pope County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Jasper County Tentative Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, Jasper County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Ogle County Final Multiplier Announced

Ogle County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,931 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,931 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 additional deaths.


State Deploys Rapid Response Vaccination Teams and Additional Resources to Six Counties to Slow COVID-19 Spread

The State of Illinois is deploying rapid response vaccination teams and additional resources to six counties this week in response to early warning signs of COVID-19 resurgence. Teams will deploy to Fulton, Tazewell, and Woodford counties in Region 2, and Jo Daviess County in Region 1, with single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Additional vaccine will also be provided to existing sites in Peoria and McLean Counties. Region 2 currently has a 7-day test positivity rate of 6.2% and an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations has left the region with only 22% ICU capacity.


2020 Douglas County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Douglas County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Menard County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Menard County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Fayette County Tentative Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, Fayette County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 McHenry County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - McHenry County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation to Allow the Permanent Reopening of Westlake Hospital

SPRINGFIELD - Building on efforts to ensure equitable access to healthcare, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that provides a path to reopen the Westlake Hospital in Cook County. Senate Bill 168 will expand medical resources and services in the western suburbs, investing in communities that have traditionally had less access to quality care.


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

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At about 5:50 PM on Monday April 5, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Brandon Garland, 32, of Roxbury on firearm related charges after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 205 Townsend Street in Dorchester. While on approach, the officers observed a male party matching the given description standing near 65 Humboldt Avenue. After detaining the suspect without incident, the officers performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Kahr Arms CW9 handgun equipped with an integrated laser sight which was holstered inside the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed in custody after the officers confirmed he did not possess a valid firearm license.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, April 5, 2021

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 1

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


SHIC Diagnostic Fee Assistance Program Demonstrates its Value

The Swine Health Information Center reports its Diagnostic Fee Assistance program has started to demonstrate its value in helping to identify previously unidentified diseases in pigs.


Reduced Hog Numbers Offer Potential for Profit

The Director of Risk Management with HAMS Marketing Services says tighter U.S. hog supplies can be expected to improve the profit potential for pork producers throughout the spring and summer.


Pork Producers Advised to Take Advantage of Strong Forward Pricing Options

The Director of Risk Management with HAMS Marketing Services is advising pork producers to consider pricing as much as 30 percent of their hog production through the spring, summer and early fall.


Researchers Harness Play to Improve Welfare Productivity

Research underway at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is demonstrating how pork producers can use play to improve pig welfare and productivity.


Research Provides Insight into the Effects of Transport on Weaner Pigs

Research conducted by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine shows severe infections can impact the function of the hypothalamus and pituitary and thyroid glands resulting in hypothyroidism.


Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered During Traffic Stop After Response to Shots Fired in Dorchester

At about 1:20 AM on Sunday April 4, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Theodore Allen, 30, of Dorchester on firearm related charges after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of 66 Stratton Street in Dorchester. While on scene, officers issued a broadcast of a suspect motor vehicle which had been observed fleeing the area after the incident. This suspect vehicle was subsequently stopped by members of the Massachusetts State Police in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and River Street in Mattapan. Officers were able to safely remove the suspect, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle at the time of the stop, at which time they recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun from underneath the driver’s seat. The suspect was then placed in custody without incident.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.


Local projects receive $7 million from IDOT to help manage truck traffic, economic growth

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that $7 million has been awarded for 21 projects that upgrade roads to accommodate local truck traffic, leveraging a total investment of $36 million that will create jobs and boost economic activity in communities throughout the state. The funding is yet another example of IDOT under Gov. JB Pritzker making sure communities have the resources they need to attract business, manage growth and improve local quality of life.


April is Youth Preparedness Month

SPRINGFIELD -- Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and anywhere. Disaster planning, response and recovery efforts should always take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the United States population. That is why this month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Office (OSFM) are taking steps to promote youth preparedness.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,102 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 11 additional deaths.


Rural Vaccination Program to Stop in Six Counties This Week with Capacity to Fully Vaccinate 8,000 People

CHICAGO - To further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities, the State of Illinois is sending rural vaccination teams to six counties this week, with capacity to vaccinate more than 8,000 people with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Gov. Pritzker Signs Firefighter’s Pensions Reform Legislation Codifying Benefits

SPRINGFIELD - Building on efforts to protect Illinois' first responders and frontline workers, Governor JB Pritzker today signed legislation that codifies longstanding benefits in the Chicago firefighter pensions system. House Bill 2451 ensures firefighters are treated fairly by fulfilling promises made to firefighter pensioners.


PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $18 MILLION IN PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the recipients for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure.


Governor Pritzker Proclaims April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois

Springfield, IL - Governor JB Pritzker is proclaiming the month of April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois. The annual event provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of the technology industry to Illinois and the value it brings for businesses and residents of the state.


The Boston Police Department Lights Up Headquarters Blue to Celebrate World Autism Day

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At sundown on Friday April 2, 2021, Boston Police Headquarters will "Light It Up Blue" as part of an ongoing global initiative to celebrate World Autism Day. We are honored to join with many iconic landmarks, businesses and homes as we enter Autism Awareness Month.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 2, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Safely Dispose of Expired Prescription Medications at Your Local District Police Station during National Drug Take Back Day on April 24, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: If you have any unused or expired prescription medications that you’d like to safely discard or dispose of, please stop by your local district station on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for National Drug Take Back Day.

To learn the location of the district station nearest you, please visit:http://bpdnews.com/districts/


BPD Remembers: On This Day 81 Years Ago, Patrolman Patrick C. Gannon Died in the Line-of-Duty

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Patrick C. Gannon Who Died in the Line of Duty on this Day 81 Years Ago: On April 2, 1940, Officer Patrick C. Gannon died in the line of duty after exposure to and the inhalation of deadly, toxic fumes which poisoned him while working strike duty.  

A 21-year veteran of the department, Officer Gannon was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic and disheartening is the fact that he was survived by and left behind his wife and four daughters.

Officer Gannon was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brookline and his name is forever inscribed on the BPD’s Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts State Law Enforcement Memorial located on the lawn of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

In addition to the above, a Hero Sign has been posted in his honor at Thompson Square in Charlestown. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to acknowledge and appreciate the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city on this day 81 years ago.  


Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Strengthening Voting Access for Most Vulnerable Residents

Springfield, Ill. - Building on efforts that ensured the safe and active participation in the 2020 elections, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 1871 into law today to establish permanent ballot drop boxes and allow curbside voting across Illinois for early voting or on Election Day.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,235 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,235 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional deaths.


BPD Community Update: District A-7 Dry Land Program Start Date Delayed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dry Land Training Program in East Boston has been delayed. We will share the new start date and time as soon as possible.


To plant green or to plant brown? Rye cover crop termination timing before soybeans (summary of 2017-2020 data)

Cereal rye (Secale cereal) has several strengths as a cover crop option. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to kill. Rye improves soil structure, builds organic matter and helps protect against water and wind erosion. It can suppress weeds as discussed here.


Fertilizer Canada appoints Karen Proud as President and Chief Executive Officer

Fertilizer Canada’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Proud as President and Chief Executive Officer.


2021 Food and Beverage Report: Creating opportunity from resilience

The FCC Food and Beverage Report highlights opportunities and risks for Canadian food manufacturers to help navigate the economic recovery.


BPD Fugitive Unit and Randolph Police Arrest Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Fatal Shooting in the area of 16 Hubbardson Road in Dorchester

At about 7:00 AM on Thursday, April 1, 2021, officers assigned to the BPD Fugitive Unit along with the Randolph Police Department located and arrested Jarrid Campbell, 18 of Randolph and Christ Daphnis, 19, of Randolph in Randolph by virtue of an outstanding straight warrant.

The warrant was issued out of Suffolk Superior Court on charges of: Murder, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession of a Firearm without an FID card, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building, stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred at about 1:17 AM on Sunday, September 27, 2020, where officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 16 Hubbardston Road in Dorchester. Officers located an unresponsive male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds at that location. The victim, Keenan Ritter, 28, of Dorchester, was pronounced deceased on scene by EMS.

Both Campbell and Daphnis will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Province Not Worried About Possible Drought This Spring

The Province isn't sounding the alarm just yet on a possible drought this spring/summer, despite Manitoba's 2021 hydrologic forecast released earlier this week. Southern Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan are down 20 per cent of normal precipitation of the past 40 years, with some areas in southwest Manitoba at record low precipitation levels, according to Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.


Canadian Ag-Tech company awarded US patent on their SWAT Box proprietary soil mapping device

Croptimistic Technology Inc. has been awarded a US Patent for their SWAT Box technology. The SWAT Box is a proprietary autonomous soil electrical conductivity and elevation mapping hardware system. The SWAT Box collects the data used to create SWAT Maps, a variable rate zone management system.


Latest auction results

Auction results from: 2021-03-16 to 17 - Ekestrian Elite Auction Showjumping (FR) 2021-03-21 to 23 - PS-Online Young Jumpers (GER) Have been added to the database. Harley VDL remains in the leading sire spot with over 1 million Euro in sales in 2021. View the full tables here


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 1, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Officers Arrest Roxbury Man in Possession of a Loaded Firearm

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At about 10:14 PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a 911 call for a person with gun in the area of 35 Dacia Street in Roxbury.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set black male, in his forties, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a white t-shirt and dark jeans. Upon arrival, officers located the possible suspect standing next to a motor vehicle on Dacia Street near the intersection of Beauford Lane and Woodcliff Street.

As officers approached the male who was later identified as Lance Allen, 45, of Roxbury, he began to distance himself from the vehicle. Officers performed a CJIS query on the motor vehicle and it came back registered to the suspect. In plain view, officers observed a firearm on the driver side floor. The firearm was determined to be a loaded Lorcin 9mm Model L with ten rounds in the magazine. The high-capacity magazine was capable of holding thirteen rounds of ammunition.

Lance Allen was arrested and charged with: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in February for Every Metro Area

SPRINGFIELD - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


John Deere Foundation to invest $200 million over next 10 years

The John Deere Foundation announced today it will invest $200 million over the next 10 years in initiatives that will bring to life John Deere's higher purpose: We run so life can leap forward.


Snow Mould in Ontario Winter Wheat Fields

Winter wheat fields are experiencing snow mould in regions that had significant snow coverage and included but are not limited to Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth and Wellington counties.


FCC sees opportunities for Indigenous agriculture

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is building a foundation of knowledge to better understand and support Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs to grow and thrive in Canada’s agriculture and food industry.


Health Canada releases decisions on neonicotinoid pesticides for impact on aquatic insects

Following a special review that included broad public consultation and science-based assessments, Health Canada released its decisions on the risks to aquatic insects from two neonicotinoid pesticides: clothianidin and thiamethoxam.


FCC report shows opportunity in changing food and beverage trends

Despite some setbacks caused by the pandemic, Canada’s food and beverage sector may emerge even stronger in 2021, according to a new FCC report.


Two Suspects Placed in Custody After Two Search Warrants Lead to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash

At about 8:33 AM on Wednesday March 31, 2021, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) and E-5 (West Roxbury) Drug Control Units executed two search warrants as part of an investigation in Dorchester. The warrants were issued out of Dorchester District Court for the target of their investigation, Scott Tavares, 51 of Roxbury, as well as a residence located at 114 Clarkson Street in Dorchester.

Officers first located the suspect, performing a traffic stop of a vehicle he was operating in the area of Dudley Street and Burrell Street in Roxbury. Officers removed the suspect at which time they recovered a small plastic bag containing crack cocaine along with $231.00 in U.S. Currency. While on scene, officers also confirmed that the suspect’s license had been suspended. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and transported to the district station for booking.

Officers then executed the second search warrant, making peaceful entry on Clarkson Street where they detained a male party on scene, identified as James Howard, 24, of Roslindale, as they began their search. As a result, officers safely recovered a loaded .380 Lorcin L380 handgun, 2 plastic bags containing approximately 11 grams of fentanyl along with other drug paraphernalia. Howard was placed in custody without incident after investigators established the proper charges relating to the seized items.

Both parties will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment. Tavares will be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and B Drugs and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Suspension or Revocation. Howard will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.


BPD Officers Arrest Armed Suspect After Responding to the Sound of Gunfire in Jamaica Plain

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At about 11:10 PM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force located and arrested Reymundo Ortiz, 23, of South Boston on firearm related charges after responding to assist at a call for shots fired in the area of 123 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain.

Officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on directed patrol near the Bromley-Heath Housing Development when they heard the sound of gunfire in close proximity. The officers located numerous spent shell casings and observed ballistic damage to three motor vehicles as well as one nearby residence.

As additional responding units began to canvass the area, they observed the suspect fleeing the scene on foot and observed what appeared to be an unknown heavy object concealed beneath the front of his hooded sweatshirt. Officers stopped the suspect in the area of 70 Parker Hill Avenue and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a 9mm handgun from the suspect’s waistband. Officers noted that the 17-round magazine was completely empty.

The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.


Investigation Update: Juvenile Suspect in Custody Following Daytime Shooting in Dorchester

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At about 12:18 PM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Quincy Street and Dacia Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located multiple spent shell casings and observed ballistic damage to the windshield and roof of a U.S. Postal Service mail truck, prompting a response by the U.S. Postal Police to the scene.

As officers secured the crime scene, a 17-year-old male presented himself at a local area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound which is believed to have been sustained during the incident.

Investigation Update: The 17-year-old male has since been arrested by District B-2 Detectives on charges of Aiding and Abetting and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon stemming from this incident. Investigators also determined that a discarded court ordered GPS electronic monitoring device which had been recovered at the crime scene was registered to the juvenile male. The suspect will appear in Boston Juvenile Court.

This investigation remains active and ongoing at this time and anyone with information is urged to contact District B-2 Detectives as (617) 343-4275.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 


Suspect in Custody After Search Warrant Execution Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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At about 8:53 AM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) and B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Units executed search warrants in the area of 341 Norfolk Street in Dorchester for the target of their investigation, identified as a 36-year-old male from Dorchester, as well as his residence. As a result, officers were able to safely recover a loaded 9mm SCCY handgun, 10 plastic bags of cocaine, approximately 3 ounces of marijuana, $848.00 in U.S. Currency along with various drug paraphernalia.

The suspect has since been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drugs (2 Counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drugs (2 Counts), Improper Storage of a Firearm and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).


Two Teenage Suspects in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Investigation in Brighton

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At about 7:50 PM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a 15-year-old male from Brighton and a 17-year-old male from Brighton on firearm related charges following an investigation in the area of 61 Faneuil Street in Brighton. The officers had stopped the two males inside a common staircase of the building when they recovered a loaded .22 caliber revolver.

The two males were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


2020 DeKalb County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - DeKalb County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Logan County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Logan County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Franklin County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Franklin County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Boone County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Boone County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


ShotSpotter Activation Leads to Ongoing Investigation Following Daytime Shooting in Dorchester

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At about 12:18 PM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Quincy Street and Dacia Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located multiple spent shell casings and observed ballistic damage to the windshield and roof of a U.S. Postal Service mail truck, prompting a response by the U.S. Postal Police to the scene.

As officers secured the crime scene, a 17-year-old male presented himself at a local area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound which is believed to have been sustained during the incident.

Additional responding units assigned to the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrived on scene and began to canvas the area when they observed a male party, later identified as Dion Caruthers, 21, of Roxbury, matching one of the given suspect descriptions attempting to flee the area on foot. The officers were able to stop the suspect after a brief pursuit at which time they performed a pat frisk leading to the recovery of a loaded .25 caliber F.I.E. Titan handgun from inside his jacket pocket. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without further incident and is expected to appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

Detectives have yet to determine if the arrested party was involved in the initial call for shots fired. This investigation remains active and ongoing at this time and anyone with information is urged to contact District B-2 Detectives as (617) 343-4275.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.  


Attention Canadian Farmers: Have your voice heard – write now to support innovation for Canadian farmers!

Health Canada launched a public consultation on new guidelines for plant breeding innovation. This will determine the speed at which Canadian farmers gain access to new crop innovations, the amount of crop R&D activity that will happen in our country, and ultimately Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.


DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA SUPPORTS ESTABLISHMENT OF A ‘GROCERY CODE OF CONDUCT’

Dairy Farmers of Canada welcomes with great interest the ‘Grocery Supply Code of Practice for Canada’ proposed by Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP) and Empire Company Limited.


To our farmer-members: 2020 Reflections, 2021 Opportunities and Future Plans

With over 300 of our farmer-members, allied industry and government partners participating in the virtual meeting, the AGM was an excellent way to learn about and discuss opportunities, issues, and future plans for the Ontario chicken industry.


The Massachusetts Civil Service Exam for Police Officers is Scheduled for June 2021

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Interested in a career in Law Enforcement? The 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper Exam is scheduled for this June. Applications are now being accepted. Last date to apply without a late fee is April 20, 2021.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/2021-municipal-police-officer-mbta-transit-police-officer-and-state-trooper


Suspect in Custody on Firearm Related Charges After Claiming to be a Gunshot Victim During Prior Incident in Roxbury

At about 10:00 AM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force located and arrested Rohan Wynter, 24, of Roxbury in the area of 16 Rockland Street in Roxbury. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding straight warrant issued out of Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

The warrant was sought by District B-2 Detectives following an investigation which was launched on Wednesday March 10, 2021, after the suspect presented himself at a local area hospital claiming to be a shooting victim. The suspect claimed that he had been shot during an earlier incident in the area of Clifford Street but investigators later determined that the gunshot wound was accidently self-inflicted.

The suspect is expected to face arraignment in Roxbury District Court.


Resumption of equestrian sport in France: April 12

The myeloencephalitis - EHV1 (rhinopneumonia) epidemic has been the subject of intense monitoring since the onset of the health crisis, in collaboration with the Network of Epidemio-Surveillance in Equine Pathologies (RESPE). Given the favorable development of the situation, the French Equestrian Federation and Sociéte Hippique Francaise have jointly decided to resume all national and international […]


Stanley’s roller-coaster career marked by Hanoverian Grand Prize

The Hannoveraner Verband has honoured Wilfried Berg as the breeder of Celle state stud stallion Stanley with their Grand Prize. The colourful chestnut stallion out of the extremely successful dam line of Adda had an unsteady career, but is now receiving more attention due to the success of his offspring. Born on January 24, 2006, […]


Statement from BPD Superintendent In Chief, Gregory Long

As a result of an investigation, information was uncovered by the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit regarding alleged payroll/overtime abuse by officers assigned to the Evidence Management Unit. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and United States Attorney’s Office became involved with the criminal investigation into the allegations. As a result of the investigation, retired Captain Richard Evans from the Boston Police was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury.  

Said Superintendent in Chief Gregory Long, “the allegations contained in this indictment by a senior law enforcement officer are not reflective of the conscientious hard-working members of the Boston Police Department. No police officer is above the law, today's indictment sends a strong message that this conduct will not be tolerated or ignored.” 

Where this remains an active investigation, the BPD is unable to provide any further details at this time. 


Public Health Officials Announce 2,404 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,404 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,404 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,404 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.


Pritzker Administration Thanks Physicians for Their Service in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic on National Doctors’ Day

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wish to thank physicians in Illinois in recognition of National Doctors' Day for their dedication, commitment and selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently more than 48,000 physicians who hold Illinois licenses.


Pritzker Administration Thanks Physicians for Their Service in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic on National Doctors’ Day

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wish to thank physicians in Illinois in recognition of National Doctors' Day for their dedication, commitment and selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently more than 48,000 physicians who hold Illinois licenses.


IDNR Launches New Website to Encourage Habitat Protection

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the launch of the new CICADA (Conservation Inclusive Construction and Development Archive) website, an online resource which aims to engage the public and private sectors in habitat protection, restoration, and biodiversity conservation through voluntary actions.


IDNR Launches New Website to Encourage Habitat Protection

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the launch of the new CICADA (Conservation Inclusive Construction and Development Archive) website, an online resource which aims to engage the public and private sectors in habitat protection, restoration, and biodiversity conservation through voluntary actions.


ICC Issues Transportation Electrification Rate Design & Affordability NOI Report

The Illinois Commerce Commission is announcing the release of a Notice of Inquiry Report on Electric Rate Design Issues for Transportation Electrification and Other Beneficial Electrification. The NOI was initiated on August 19, 2020 to obtain information on the impact of electricity rate design on transportation electrification (TE), TE infrastructure adoption, and beneficial electrification (BE), and explore rate design options. The Commission also sought to identify the impact of rate design on electric service and electric service affordability.


BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from 14-Year-Old Suspect While Making Warrant Arrest in Hyde Park

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At about 11:30 AM on Monday March 29, 2021, officers assigned to the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force recovered a loaded firearm while arresting a 14-year-old male from Roxbury on an outstanding warrant during an investigation in the area of 615 Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park. The officers were aware of the juvenile arrest warrant stemming from charges of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer when they located the suspect travelling as passenger in a motor vehicle which was being operated by the suspect’s mother. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officers removed the teenage suspect at which time they performed a pat frisk leading to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun with an obliterated serial number from inside the suspect’s pants pocket. The 14-year-old suspect was then placed in custody without incident.

The suspect will appear in West Roxbury Juvenile District Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number.


NZ HOY cancelled, Takapoto disrupted due to Covid-19

By Sally Reid Photography: Cornege and Cheleken Photography The Anglo European Studbook stallion grading 2021 took place at the Salio Equestrian Club outside the city of Lodz in central Poland at the end of February, and welcomed a record number of entries. Like many other major events around the world, New Zealand’s 2021 Horse of […]


Record entries for AES stallion grading in Poland

By Agata Grosicka Photography: Oliwia Chmielewska The Anglo European Studbook stallion grading 2021 took place at the Salio Equestrian Club outside the city of Lodz in central Poland at the end of February, and welcomed a record number of entries. The international judges’ commission for this sixth edition of the AES grading included Joris van […]


DWB stallion licensing home tour: Like a European finale

By Thomas Bach Jensen / DWB Photography: ridehesten.com At the Danish Warmblood Licensing of Stallions 2021 it has been like a European finale among the best young dressage stallions hand-picked abroad and the best of Danish breeding. The licensing committee have appointed six premium stallions out of the 20 approved three-year-olds. The licensing of stallions […]


Say anything you like about me, but spell my name right!

By Ewa Jakubowska / PZHK Photography: Katarzyna Wiszowaty The author of the statement used as this article title is an American, Phineas Taylor Barnum, who lived in the 19th century and was in favour of publicising specific issues as the most effective model of public relations. And, although PR tools and techniques have changed, and […]


ESNZ dressage Super League rankings led by NZ Warmblood

By Sally Reid The current Grand Prix leader is the NZ Warmblood gelding Windermere J’Obei W (Johnson NOP - Miss Pompeii xx x Pompeii xx). Bred by David Woolley and ridden by Melissa Galloway, he has been virtually unbeatable for the past few seasons. In second place is a 17-year-old Hanoverian, Raukura Satori MH (De […]


An Anglo-Arabian love affair: Part 1

By Marc Berthon / ANAA (Translation by Jonathan Landi) Photography: SHF (Caroline Artaud, Jean-Phlippe Fleurisson) and Private Collection (Victor Bernadin and Ainoha Manero Benevente) This article gathers together the testimonies of riders who have obtained good results aboard Anglo-Arabians in showjumping during 2020. For the reason of time, and because it is not always possible […]


Ohio van de Padenborre – BWP ambassador

By Jo de Roo Photography: Jo de Roo Bred by the now 71-year-old André Leemans, Ohio van de Padenborre descends from BWP line 21. Initially approved as a stallion by BWP, he was later conferred as a ‘BWP ambassador’. And despite the fact that Ohio lost his right eye just a few days after his […]


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, March 29, 2021

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 5
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 1

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Jumper breeding mathematics: Analyzing the ‘numbers’

By Christopher Hector and Gemma Alexander Graphics: Gemma Alexander Photography: FEI I find it intriguing and disturbing that even recent history can just 'disappear'. The first online horse rankings on the WBFSH website are for 2004, and their earliest ‘World Breeding Guide – The Sporthorse Source of Information’ I can find in my personal library […]


The equine pandemic: What’s the latest news on EHV-1?

By Sonja Egan PhD Reports of an outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus – 1 (EHV-1) hit equestrian headlines following confirmation of 11 positive cases in Valencia, Spain on February 20. An Influx of images and videos appeared on social media of horses clearly suffering and debilitated, and polarised opinions began to emerge. One side […]


Connemara’s 1,000-year influence on sport horses

By Helen Sharp PhD Photography: Private collections and Connemara Pony Breeders Society It is almost impossible to research the Connemara Pony without repeatedly coming across an initial paragraph describing its versatility, good-temperament, sure-footedness and resilience. This breed is also usually contextualised by a touch of historic romance, unfolding connections to both the ancient Irish hobby, […]


Breeding ‘tight’: Jumping vs. dressage reliability

By Christopher Hector and Gemma Alexander Photography: FEI Once it was believed that it was the jumping fraternity that bred their horses 'tight', while the dressage horses tended to be a bit more random... Well right now it would seem that the reverse is the case if we look at each top 20 – dressage […]


BPD Public Safety Reminder: Safe Exchange Zones for E-Commerce Transactions Are Located at All District Stations Across the City

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Safe Exchange Zones: As the number of residents buying and selling goods online continues to increase and grow, so too do the potential risks associated with these types of transactions which can sometimes involve meeting a stranger in unfamiliar surroundings. In an effort to keep these arranged dealings as safe as possible, the BPD has implemented designated “Safe Exchange Zones” at every Boston Police District Station across the city, as well as, BPD Headquarters. These areas are monitored via security video and available 24 hours a day. 

Please see the complete list of addresses below to find the Safe Exchange Zone nearest you:

  • BPD Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, 02120

  • District A-1, 40 New Sudbury Street, Downtown, 02114

  • District A-7, 69 Paris Street, East Boston, 02128

  • District A-15, 20 Vine Street, Charlestown, 02129

  • District B-2, 2400 Washington Street, Roxbury, 02119

  • District B-3, 1165 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, 02124

  • District C-6, 101 W Broadway, South Boston, 02127

  • District C-11, 40 Gibson Street, Dorchester, 02122

  • District D-4, 650 Harrison Avenue, South End, 02116

  • District D-14, 301 Washington Street, Brighton, 02135

  • District E-5, 1708 Centre Street, West Roxbury, 02132

  • District E-13, 3347 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, 02130

  • District E-18, 1249 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park, 02136


Officers Arrest East Boston Man after he Assaulted a Victim with a Loaded Firearm

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At about 3:49 AM, on Sunday March 28, 2021, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Saratoga Street and Wordsworth Street in East Boston. 

While responding to the location, officers were flagged down by an adult female victim who stated that an unknown male tapped on the front passenger window of her vehicle with a gun and then fled on foot.   

The officers were able to apprehend the suspect, later identified as, Reginald Abel, 48, of East Boston. After a brief struggle, officers managed to retrieve the loaded firearm from Abel and placed him under arrest.  

The loaded firearm was determined to be a Smith & Wesson SW9C, with one round in the chamber and three rounds in the magazine. 

Abel was charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest. He is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court.


State Historic Sites to Host Walk, Hike and Bike History Tours in Springfield beginning April 10

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced State Historic Sites in Springfield will host a series of free "Walk, Hike and Bike History" tours beginning April 10 and continuing through mid-November 2021.


Bishop Hill Museums and Organizations to Host Volunteer Fair

BISHOP HILL, Ill. - Individuals searching for volunteer opportunities in Bishop Hill can learn about what its organizations have to offer by attending a Volunteer Fair Saturday, April 10 at the Bishop Hill Museum.


IDNR Accepting Grant Applications for Illinois Natural Areas Stewardship

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is now accepting applications for grants for Illinois Natural Areas Stewardship projects. The grant application period is April 1 through May 28, 2021.


BPD Officers Execute Search Warrant Following Drug Arrest in Dorchester

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At about 2:20 PM on Friday March 26, 2021, officers assigned to District C-11 arrested Randell Glenn, 25, of Randolph on drug related charges following an investigation in the area of 800 Morrisey Boulevard in Dorchester. On Saturday, March 27, 2021, district detectives executed a search warrant related to the arrest which resulted in the recovery of 1,124 fentanyl pills, 40 large bags of marijuana, 3 bags of packaged marijuana edibles as well as $10,643 in U.S. Currency.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Trafficking Class D Drugs Distribution of Class D Drugs.


Officers Arrest Dorchester Man on Drug Charges and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Following Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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About 9:24 PM on Friday, March 26, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an on-site ammunition and drug related arrest of Jason Tejeda, 21, of Dorchester after initiating a traffic stop in the area of Harvard Street and Radcliff Street in Dorchester.

Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop as part of an investigation when the suspect vehicle fled. As the officers attempted to stop the motor vehicle, it came to an abrupt stop as the suspect suddenly jumped out of the driver’s seat and fled on foot in the area of Georgia Street and Hartwell Street. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect following a brief foot pursuit at which time they recovered four plastic bags containing marijuana and other drug paraphernalia from inside a backpack the suspect had been carrying. While canvassing the area, officers also located a loaded firearm magazine along with various loose rounds of ammunition scattered on the ground along the suspect’s path of flight. 

Jason Tejeda will be charged in Dorchester District Court with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Failure to Submit to a Police Officer, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle after Revocation or Suspension.


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 1:29 AM on Saturday, March 27, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest of Tyrice Green, 31, of Quincy following a traffic stop in the area of 45 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury.

The officers had stopped a motor vehicle as part of an investigation when they removed the suspect who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Officers were able to safely recover a 9mm Glock 19 handgun from the waistband area of the suspect following a pat frisk. The firearm was loaded with one round of ammunition in the chamber and sixteen rounds in the magazine.

The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


BPD Investigation Leads to Arrest in the Fenway Neighborhood of Boston

At about 2:52 AM on Saturday March 27, 2021, members of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit executed a warrant which led to the arrest of Todd Corbett, 53, of Boston at his residence in the Fenway area of Boston. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on charges of Aggravated Rape of a Child (3 Counts) and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor. The suspect is expected to face arraignment in Roxbury District Court.


H&M Chilli Willi: Great loss to sport and breeding

It has just been announced that the 13-year-old stallion H&M Chilli Willi has had to be euthanazed. He was competing with Nicola Philippaerts at the CSI5* in Wellington, FL, and sustained a complex fracture of his left foreleg upon landing at the final fence. A talented son of Casall, he joined the Philippaerts team in […]


Intrauterine PEDv Vaccine Moves Closer Toward Commercialization

Researchers with VIDO-InterVac hope to have the first intrauterine vaccines to protect sows, gilts and their piglets from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus ready to move to commercialization within the next year.


Spatially Balanced Sampling Offers Reliable Disease Surveillance at Lower Cost

A Swine Health Information Center funded study has found swine disease surveillance based on spatially balanced sampling offers reliable results but at a lower cost compared to random surveillance.


Researchers Examine Processing to Reduce Ergot Toxicity

Research being conducted by the University of Saskatchewan will help swine producers protect their pigs from the toxic effects of ergot contaminated feeds.


Research Provides Insight into the Effects of Transport on Weaner Pigs

Research conducted on behalf Swine Innovation Pork is providing pork producers, researchers and regulators a clearer picture of the physical and psychological effects of long versus short duration transport on newly weaned piglets.


Chicken Farmers of Canada Elects New Executive Committee

Chicken Farmers of Canada is proud to announce the election of the 2021 Executive Committee.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, March 26, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Officers Recover a Loaded Firearm after a Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 1:47AM on Friday, March 26, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an on-site firearm arrest of Shakim Nicholas, 37, of Roxbury at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Dewey Street in Roxbury.

While on patrol in the area officers observed a motor fail to stop for a stop sign. Officers conducted the traffic stop, approached the motor vehicle and spoke to the licensed driver. The two passengers were not wearing their seatbelts and after a CJIS query it was revealed that Shawn Harris, 47, of Dorchester had an active straight warrant out of Roxbury District court for Distribution Class D, Drugs.

Officers requested all parties to exit the motor vehicle and recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 with one round in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine from the seat where Shakim Nicholas had been seated.

Shakim Nicholas was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, March 25, 2021

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 0

Residential Break-ins: 0
Commercial Break-ins: 0

NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.


Illinois Taking Aggressive Action to Address First Signs of Possible Resurgence

SPRINGFIELD - To address a concerning possible trend in increasing COVID hospitalizations and case rates, the State of Illinois is launching Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to five counties and expanding vaccine eligibility where demand appears to have waned.


Gov. Pritzker Releases Statement on Passage of Voting Rights Bill

Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement on the passage of HB 1871, a bill that authorizes local election authorities to use of drop boxes and curbside voting.


Jesse White Issues Reminder Urging Residents to Conduct Business Online When Possible

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White issued a reminder today urging the public to visit his office's website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct transactions online when possible instead of visiting a Driver Services facility.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,002 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,002 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths.


IDOT, ISP remind motorcyclists to ?Ride Smart’

SPRINGFIELD - As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles are becoming a common sight. In an effort to advocate for a safe riding season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have joined forces to kick off the latest "Ride Smart" safety campaign, reminding motorcyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they're in proper running condition, prepare their high-visibility clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.


BPD in the Community: District A-7 Community Service Officers Return to Hosting Hockey Clinics in East Boston  

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BPD in the Community: Earlier this week, Community Service Officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) successfully and safely hosted a hockey skills program, despite the ongoing pandemic, in a coordinated effort with the Boston Police Athletic Association (PAL) and FMC Ice Sports at the Porrazzo Memorial Rink in East Boston.

While maintaining health and safety protocols are a top priority, the young players are also reminded to have fun while being taught the importance of being a good teammate and being a good listener as they continue to learn and develop.

Our officers are grateful for the opportunity to engage with members of the community members on the ice and wish to thank Mark Squillacioti from FMC for his continued efforts and support to help make this shared experience possible.


Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrants Lead to the Recovery of Drugs and Cash in Roslindale

At about 2:00 PM on Monday March 22, 2021, members of the District E-5 (West Roxbury) and the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit in coordination with the U.S. Marshalls Worcester HIDTA Task Force executed search warrants as part of an ongoing D.E.A. investigation in the area of 15 Claxton Street in Roslindale. As a result, officers arrested the targets of their investigation without incident, identified as a 44-year-old male from Roslindale and a 30-year-old male from Roslindale, while safely recovering more than 200 grams of Class A Drugs in addition to an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.

Both suspects have since been arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class A Drugs.


Officers Recover a Loaded Firearm after a Traffic Stop in Roxbury

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At about 1:45 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of Harrison Avenue and Dudley Street in Roxbury. A CJIS inquiry of the motor vehicle revealed there was a (BOLO) Be on the Lookout issued on March 12, 2021 out of Foxborough MA, where the operator of the vehicle had shown a firearm during a road rage incident.

While approaching the intersection, officers initiated the traffic stop and spoke with the driver, later identified as Davaughn Gary, 30, of Beverly, MA.  

Officers were able to safely remove Gary from the motor vehicle and recovered a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber firearm with one round in the chamber and eight rounds in the magazine from a backpack on the passenger seat. Gary was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

While being booked, officers recovered a plastic baggie of a white powder believed to be cocaine from Gary’s waist area. He was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, Drugs (Cocaine). Gary is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


Federal Carbon Pricing Law Ruled Constitutional

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the federal carbon pricing law is constitutional. The ruling found six judges entirely in favour, one partial dissent and two entirely in disagreement with the majority.


Manitoba Crop Alliance Launches New Whole Farm Research Program

The Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) is now accepting letters of intent (LOI)s for the newly developed Whole Farm Research Program. The Whole Farm Research program is a whole-farm, cross-commodity approach to research. It is not crop-specific.


Federal Government Announces Funding To Enhance Cyber Security In Canadian Agriculture Sector

On Thursday, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced over $500,000 over four years to the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance for their Cyber Security Capacity in Canadian Agriculture project. This funding is made available under the Cyber Security Cooperation Program. "Canadian agriculture is a critical and increasingly interconnected service, and it is a key part of our economy, trade, and food supply," said Blair. "This funding to the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance for their Cyber Security Capacity in Canadian Agriculture project will help foster collaboration and protect cyber systems from compromise."


Minister Hardeman and OFA talk provincial budget

The provincial ag minister and OFA president discussed the ag contents of the budget


Biden presidency impact on Cdn. ag

The transition from Trump to Biden likely signals less volatility for Canadian agricultural producers.


Gov. Pritzker Takes Bill Action

Today, Governor JB Pritzker took the following bill action:


Gov. Pritzker Announces Cabinet Reappointments

Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following reappointments and new appointments in his administration:


Gov. Pritzker’s Statement the Passage of Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act

SPRINGFIELD - Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement on the passage of HB 153, the Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act.


Illinois Department of Insurance Announces ACA Marketplace Enrollment Deadline is Extended to August 15, 2021

Chicago - Eligible Illinoisans now have more time to sign up for ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans. President Biden has extended the deadline for the Special Enrollment Period in Response to COVID-19 from May 15th to August 15th.


Statewide Unemployment Rate Down, Jobs Up in February 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased -0.3 percentage point to 7.4 percent, while nonfarm payrolls were up +21,100 jobs in February, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,190 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,190 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 35 additional deaths.


Illinois DoIT Announces IT/Telecom Solicitation Opportunity for Minority Vendors

Springfield, IL - Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) announces opportunities for traditionally underrepresented minority-owned businesses in the IT/Telecom industry to become vendors for the state. This is a second solicitation opportunity for minority businesses to register for the Project/Resource Sheltered Market (PRSM) program.


Search Warrant Execution Leads to Arrest Following the Recovery of Four Firearms, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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At about 11:05 AM on Wednesday March 24, 2021, officers assigned to the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit in coordination with members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit arrested Dharol Joyner, 37, of Dorchester, following the execution of three search warrants issued out of Dorchester District Court for the suspect, his residence and his motor vehicle.

Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident after safely recovering four loaded 9mm caliber firearms, approximately 2,151 grams of illegal drugs and approximately $35,412.00 in U.S. Currency.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (4 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trafficking Class A and B Drugs.


Ontario’s GH growers applaud Ontario budget’s continued support for a safe & secure food sector

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are pleased with the Ontario government’s budget released today.


Canadian Horticultural Council Recognizes Industry Leaders at 99th AGM

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) held its 2021 Annual General Meeting virtually from March 16 to 17. The 2020 AGM theme was Horticulture Strong: Reflect. Adapt. Persevere.


ASSOCIATIONS CAN APPLY FOR PLAYER ASSIST PROGRAM

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has announced a new Player Assist Program, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario, as a new pilot project to help families who may be feeling the pinch because of COVID-19 participate in the game.


CFFO Holds 2021 Annual Meeting, Board Elections

Provincial delegates of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario met via videoconference yesterday for CFFO’s annual business meeting.


Affordability of farmland remains low despite higher revenues and lower interest rates

Demand for Canadian farmland remained strong in 2020 due to record-low interest rates and improved crop production revenues. According to the FCC Farmland Values Report, farmland values increased 5.4% in 2020.


Suspect in Custody Following Investigation into Non-Fatal Shooting in Dorchester

At about 5:45 AM on Wednesday March 24, 2021, officers assigned to the BPD Fugitive Unit along with members of the U.S. Marshals HIDTA Fugitive Task Force and the Brockton Police Department located and arrested Shawn Murphy, 49, of Brockton in the area of 140 Colonel Bell Drive in Brockton by virtue of an outstanding straight warrant.

The warrant was issued out of Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd and Subsequent Offense), Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling stemming from a non-fatal shooting that occurred at about 9:29 PM on Thursday March 4, 2021 in the area of 1911 Dorchester Avenue. During the incident, an adult male victim was located and transported to a local area hospital for treatment of injuries which were considered non-life threatening. The suspect was identified and charged following a multijurisdictional investigation by District C-11 Detectives.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.


Juvenile Suspect in Custody Following Unarmed Robbery of Delivery Driver in Dorchester

At about 10:35 AM on Tuesday March 23, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a 16-year-old male from Dorchester pursuant to an outstanding warrant in the area of 21 Bullard Street in Dorchester. The arrest warrant was sought out of Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unarmed Robbery and Malicious Destruction of Property (Under $1200) stemming from an unarmed robbery that occurred at about 2:40 PM on Friday March 12, 2021, in the area of Magnolia Street and Intervale Street in Dorchester. During the incident, an adult male victim was robbed while working as a food delivery driver in the area. The juvenile suspect damaged the victim’s motor vehicle, shattering the rear window with a skateboard, before fleeing with the victim’s wallet and the package of food he was attempting to deliver.

Detectives conducted a thorough investigation which led to the identification of the juvenile suspect and the warrant for his arrest.

The suspect has since been arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court.

The men and women of the Boston Police Department would like to remind local area delivery drivers of the following Safety Tips to ensure their safety as they work within the City of Boston:

  • Drivers should limit the amount of cash on hand

  • Credit cards should be used for all delivery sales whenever possible 

  • For business owners taking the order, advise the caller/customer that for the health and safety of the driver, to meet the driver outside of their building or dwelling

  • Always ask for a customer call back number and verify the number prior to delivery

  • Prior to delivery, instruct the driver to utilize the call back number to confirm the delivery and be sure to meet outside, in a well-lit location

  • Drivers should never under any circumstances leave their motor vehicle running while unattended. Not only is this a citable offense in the City of Boston, the driver is left vulnerable to a possible vehicle theft.


Suspect Charged with Additional Drug Related Charges During On-Site Warrant Arrest Roxbury

At about 6:16 PM on Monday March 22, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested a 30-year-old male from South Boston during an investigation in the area of 32 Warren Street in Roxbury. The officers were aware that the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant sought out of Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trafficking Class B Drugs.

This same suspect was recently arrested on drug related charges during an investigation in District D-4 (South End) when he was found to be in possession of 29 plastic bags containing approximately 49 grams of crack cocaine and $596.00 in U.S. Currency in various denominations.

During the most recent arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of 35 plastic bags containing approximately 16 grams of crack cocaine along with $983.00 in U.S. Currency. He was placed in custody without incident and has since been arraigned in Roxbury District Court on an additional charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.


The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Frank J. Comeau 95 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: On Wednesday March 24, 1926, Officer Frank J. Comeau observed three teenagers who had broken down in a stolen vehicle in front of the police station on Dickens Street in Dorchester. When he approached the teens in effort to apprehend the suspects, one of the teens produced a firearm and fired at Officer Comeau who suffered a fatal gunshot. The suspects then fled the area but were located and apprehended a few days later.

At the time of his death, Officer Frank Comeau was 38-years-old and had served for three years with the department. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Officer Comeau was laid to rest at New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

In addition to the above, a Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Acadia Street and Adams Street in Dorchester to forever honor the memory and sacrifice of a man who gave his life in service to his city 95 years ago.

May we never forget our heroes.

 


Oldenburg saddle licensing: April 19

The 10th Oldenburg saddle licensing will take place on Monday, April 19 from 1:00 p.m., beginning with the inspection on hard ground following be completion of the saddle test with each horse under their own jockey as well as an external rider.  The saddle licensing will be broadcast live on the Oldenburg homepage. Stallions can […]


Illinois Department of Labor Joins with Farm Safety Experts To Promote Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week

SPRINGFIELD - Every year in Illinois and throughout the grain belt states, dozens of people become entrapped in grain, usually inside a grain bin, and many of those people perish. Hundreds more are injured in grain handling or storage accidents. Preventing these tragedies is the goal of Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week, March 29-April 2.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases $2.3 Million in Funding to Elgin Community College for the Renovation of the Doors and Security Automation System

ELGIN - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $2.3 million has been released for the renovation of the doors and security automation system at Elgin Community College from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $3.1 million.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,793 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,793 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional deaths.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases $7.4 Million in Funding to Eastern Illinois University for the Renovation and Upgrading of the Utility Tunnel and Boiler

CHARLESTON - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $7.4 million has been released for the renovation and upgrading of the utility tunnel and boiler at Eastern Illinois University from the state.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases 4.3 Million in Funding to Joliet Junior College for Replacement of Air Handler Units

JOLIET - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $4.3 million has been released for the replacement of air handler units at Joliet Junior College (JJC) from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $5.7 million.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Nearly $867,000 in Funding to Illinois Central College for Renovation of the Courtyard and Upgrades for ADA Compliance

EAST PEORIA - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced nearly $867,000 has been released for the renovation of the courtyard and upgrades for ADA compliance at Illinois Central College from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $1.1 million.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases $2 Million in Funding to Kaskaskia Community College for Renovation of the West Parking Lot

CENTRALIA - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $2 million has been released for the renovation of the west parking lot at Kaskaskia Community College from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $2.6 million.


Illinois Capital Development Board Grants Illinois State University $4.2 Million in Funding for the Renovation of the Fume Hood Exhaust System

NORMAL - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $4.2 million has been released to begin renovation of the fume hood exhaust system at Illinois State University.


The Massachusetts Civil Service Exam for Police Officers is Scheduled for June 2021

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If you have the drive, desire and determination to protect and serve our great city, the Boston Police Department may have a job for you. The Civil Service Exam for Police Officers is scheduled for June 12, 2021. The application deadline is April 20, 2021. For information about the exam and how to sign up, please visit: www.mass.gov/civilservice.


Frost Seeding Forages FAQ

Frost seeding is a popular way to renovate an existing forage stand and is most effective in fields where patches of bare soil at least the size of a loonie are visible. With spring around the corner, many producers have questions about how to best use this technique to improve their hay fields and pastures.


Agronomy Guide For Field Crops – Corn – Hybrid Selection

Corn development is driven primarily by temperature, especially during the planting-to-silking period.


Managing on-farm plastic waste and growing the bioeconomy

Canadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment.


Government of Canada supporting youth employment in the Eastern Townships agriculture sector

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau along with the Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, Lyne Bessette, highlighted an investment of over $324,000 to hire 34 youth to work on farm businesses in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, through the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP).


Growing market for dairy milk alternatives

Consumer Corner looks at the demand for dairy milk and milk alternatives. ‘Many consumers are foregoing their usual morning coffee runs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,’ explains Stephanie Budynski, coordinating researcher with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘As a result, consumers who are working from home have increased their at-home consumption of both dairy milk and milk alternative products. Recent market research showed the food and beverage product with the greatest sales increase during the pandemic was oat milk.’


Gov. Pritzker Announces Mario Treto Jr. to Serve as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation


Secretary Deborah Hagan to Retire After Nearly 40 Years of Service to State

Laurie A. Murphy to Serve as Director of the Division of Real Estate


Pritzker Administration Awards $919,869 to Develop a Watershed Plan to Help Address Flooding in Cahokia Heights

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim today announced that HeartLands Conservancy has been awarded the Prairie du Pont Watershed grant. The two-year grant of almost $920,000 will be used to develop a community-endorsed watershed-based plan and support voluntarily implementation of demonstrative projects designed to reduce stormwater runoff and fix minor sewer system infrastructure issues within the 95,000-acre project area.


Pritzker Administration Awards $919,869 to Develop a Watershed Plan to Help Address Flooding in Cahokia Heights

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim today announced that HeartLands Conservancy has been awarded the Prairie du Pont Watershed grant. The two-year grant of almost $920,000 will be used to develop a community-endorsed watershed-based plan and support voluntarily implementation of demonstrative projects designed to reduce stormwater runoff and fix minor sewer system infrastructure issues within the 95,000-acre project area.


2020 Ford County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Ford County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.