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Farmland renters may enjoy added growth and opportunities

Not only is renting farmland a necessity for most farmers, but done right, it can create more opportunities.


Farmland renters may enjoy added growth and opportunities

Not only is renting farmland a necessity for most farmers, but done right, it can create more opportunities.


John Deere Introduces the John Deere Protect™ Service Plan

To better support customers through improved aftermarket and support capabilities, John Deere announces its service program for construction equipment, John Deere Protect™ Service Plan ("John Deere Protect").


John Deere Introduces the John Deere Protect™ Service Plan

To better support customers through improved aftermarket and support capabilities, John Deere announces its service program for construction equipment, John Deere Protect™ Service Plan ("John Deere Protect").


Government of Canada and Government of Prince Edward Island invest to support upgrades at Amalgamated Dairies Limited

Food processors rely on modern equipment to remain competitive, enhance efficiency and boost productivity. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that they have access to the necessary support to ensure they are well-positioned for the future.


Government of Canada and Government of Prince Edward Island invest to support upgrades at Amalgamated Dairies Limited

Food processors rely on modern equipment to remain competitive, enhance efficiency and boost productivity. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that they have access to the necessary support to ensure they are well-positioned for the future.


American Farmers Making Good Seeding Progress

Seeding in the U.S. is progressing rapidly. Dan Basse is president of AgResource Company in Chicago.


Farm Tax Bill (C-208) Passes Parliament

On Wednesday, Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire's Private Member's Bill to lower taxes on family farm business transfers passed Third Reading in Parliament and has now been sent to the Senate. Bill C-208 received bipartisan support with 199 MPs voting in favour and 128 against.


Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies Chief Operating Officer, Colin Rush

Chief Operating Officer Colin M. Rush, from Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies on The Crownsmen Show for a deep dive into the company’s incredible SMART SEEDER MAX, the multi generation story beyond the company, their leadership team, and the challenges of bringing game changing innovation to the agriculture sector.


Corn Futures Trading At Multi-Year Highs

Farmers have been watching corn prices soar. Jonathon Driedger is a vice-president with LeftField Commodity Research.


Soybean Planting Expected To Take Off This Week

Soybean planting is underway in Manitoba. Cassandra Tkachuk is a production specialist with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG).


MCA Contributes $500,000 Toward Prairie Crops & Soils Research Facility

Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) is contributing $500,000 to the University of Manitoba (UM) towards the building of the Prairie Crops & Soil Research Facility (PCSRF). Construction of the new facility will begin next year.


ADM To Build New Soy Crushing Facility In North Dakota

ADM has announced plans to build North Dakota’s first-ever dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery. Based in Spiritwood, North Dakota, (near Jamestown) the approximately $350 million crush and refining complex will have the capacity to process 150,000 bushels of soybeans per day.


Ontario Supporting Agri-Food Sector with New Labour Strategy

The Ontario government is launching an agri-food labour strategy that will address sector labour challenges and ensure a stronger, more sustainable and innovative agri-food industry.


What’s Your Food Story? Connects Ontarians Through the Celebration of Food

Good in Every Grain, a public-facing educational campaign from Grain Farmers of Ontario, today announces a new multi-year and multi-stage campaign that wants to bring together Ontarians during these difficult times and throughout the province‘s recovery by connecting through food stories.


Alta. farmer’s podcast growing in popularity

Katelyn Duban is the creator and host of The Rural Woman podcast


Manitoba Seeding Nears Halfway Complete

Manitoba seeding is nearing the halfway mark as warmer temperatures over the past week helped to accelerate fieldwork. The latest weekly crop report on Tuesday pegged seeding in the province at 44% complete, 2 points ahead of last year although still behind the four-year average pace of 51%. Despite the warmer daytime weather, the report noted that continued freezing overnight conditions have limited growing-degree day and corn heat unit accumulation to less than 50% of normal for the period. Meanwhile, the continued lack of rainfall has many farmers ‘concerned for germination and timely emergence, since seedbed conditions are rapidly drying.’


Albertans can do their part to prevent wildfires

A few simple steps can keep your campfire from becoming a wildfire. Did you know that recreational activity is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Alberta? In 2020, 88% of wildfires were completely preventable. They were the direct result of people not taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of wildfire; and that neglect can prove costly.


Stimulation of Sow Mammary Development Improves Performance of Piglets

By stimulating the mammary development scientists are increasing sow milk production and improving the growth rates of piglets.


Hypothyroidism Identified as Growth Suppressing Factor During Severe PRRS Infections

Scientists with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are striving to address the reductions in growth performance in pigs associated with severe infections. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland fails to release enough thyroid hormone into the bloodstream, slowing metabolism.


Research Shows Rye Can Be Effectively Included In Swine Rations

Feeding trials conducted by the University of Saskatchewan and the Prairie Swine Centre show a new more ergot resistant variety of rye can be included in the rations of swine, as long as the energy content of the diet remains high.


Laboratory Study to Shed Light on Diagnosis and Treatment of Streptococcus Associated Diseases

Western Canadian swine veterinarians are being encouraged to participate in a study designed to shed new light on the diagnosis and treatment of Streptococcus associated diseases.


CWSHIN Reports Exceptionally Quiet First Quarter for Swine Disease

The Manager of the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network reports the first quarter of 2021 was one of the quietest quarters ever in terms of infections in swine herds. The Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network has released its report on Swine Health Surveillance for the 1st Quarter 2021, January to March.


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, May 10, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 14

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

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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.


BPD Remembers: The Names of Eleven Boston Police Officers to be Added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Our Nation’s Capital

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BPD Remembers: On Thursday May 13, 2021, the names of 394 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. during National Police Week 2021. Of these names, 295 are those of heroes lost during 2020, including 182 fatalities as a result of the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The remaining 99 names are of those who died in previous years but whose stories were lost to history until now. 11 of these 99 officers whose name’s will finally be added to this solemn memorial are Boston Police Officers who will now be remembered forever for their service and tremendous sacrifice.

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Investigation Update: Arrest Made in Connection to Homicide Investigation in the area of 10 Ellis Street in Hyde Park

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Investigation Update: At about 11:54 AM on Friday May 7, 2021, members of the BPD Fugitive Unit located and arrested Emmanuel Maldonado, 21, of Boston in the area of 31 Woolson Street in Mattapan. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant sought out of Suffolk Superior Court on charges of Murder, Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition stemming from an ongoing homicide investigation. The suspect was placed in custody on scene following a brief struggle and is expected to appear later today for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.

The original facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are as follows: At about 7:34 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2020, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 10 Ellis Street in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers located a male victim on a nearby street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as Storlen Webster, 22, of Roxbury.

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.


Suspect in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to Person with a Gun Call in Roxbury

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At about 2:29 PM on Sunday May 9, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Maurice Watkins-Cundiff, 28, of Brocton on firearm related charges after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 114 Dudley Street in Roxbury. During the incident, the suspect was observed displaying a firearm while inside a motor vehicle. Responding officers soon located and stopped a motor vehicle matching the given description at which time they recovered a loaded .45 caliber Ruger SR1911 handgun. As a result, the suspect was placed in custody without incident and will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


14th ANNUAL ILLINOIS PRODUCTS FARMERS’ MARKET BEGINS MAY 13TH

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois Department of Agriculture's (IDOA) Illinois Products Farmers' Market will open for the season Thursday, May 13 from 4 -7 pm at "The Shed" on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


Springfield Rail Improvement Project’s Ash Street underpass named ‘Project of the Year’

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the Illinois chapter of the American Public Works Association has recognized the Ash Street underpass in Springfield as its "Project of the Year."


Public Health Officials Announce 1,424 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,424 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 12 additional deaths.


IL Department on Aging Celebrates Older Americans Month

Springfield, IL - May is Older Americans Month in Illinois and the state's Department on Aging (IDoA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to build strength in the lives of our older adults. "Communities of Strength" is the theme of this year's recognition, which highlights the differences everyone can make in the lives of the state's more than 2.8 million older adults and in support of our more than 600,000 caregivers.


Gov. Pritzker Announces Program to Vaccinate Workers in Commercial Buildings as Companies Return to Work

Chicago - To further expand convenient opportunities for Illinoisans to get vaccinated, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new program today that offers building workers and returning office staff a chance to get their shot at work.


BPD Officers Arrest Suspect on Aggravated Assault Charges Following Response to the Franklin Park Golf Course

At about 4:44 PM on Sunday May 9, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested Wayne Straw, 38, of Dorchester on charges of Aggravated Assault after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of the Franklin Park Golf Course.

On arrival, officers learned that the suspect had approached an adult female victim and attempted to rob her. During the incident, the suspect placed his hands around the victim’s neck while making threats to kill her. At this time a witness, who is licensed to carry a firearm, arrived and attempted to intercede. The suspect then approached this witness and reached towards the waistband area of his pants while making additional threats at which time the witness discharged a single round away from any persons or property, causing other individuals in the vicinity to call 911, hastening the response of BPD officers who quickly arrived to secure the scene.

The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in West Roxbury District Court.

The witness voluntarily turned over his firearm and License to Carry a Firearm on scene as this investigation remains active and ongoing.


Suspect in Custody on Firearm Related Charges Following Traffic Stop in Jamaica Plain

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At about 10:57 PM on Sunday May 9, 2021, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) arrested Michael Van-Rader, 21, of Boston, on firearm related charges following a traffic stop in the area of 117 Lamartine Street in Jamaica Plain. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic infraction when they recovered a loaded .40 caliber Sig Sauer handgun in the area where the suspect had been seated as a passenger. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


Happy Mother’s Day to Moms Everywhere but Especially to All Those Here at the Boston Police Department

On Sunday, May 9, 2021, we give our thanks and appreciation to mothers everywhere but especially to those who work here at the Boston Police Department. We recognize our officers and civilian employees who make a difference in our work place and our community, but perhaps most importantly, in the lives of their children at home. For many here at the BPD, part of this day, their Mother’s Day, will be spent protecting and serving our fine city. Please be safe and get home to those most precious to you. Happy Mother’s Day!


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

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At about 3:10 AM officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Jorge Vega, 24, of Leominster on firearm and motor vehicle related charges following a traffic stop in the area of 60 Westview Street in Dorchester. The officers were on directed patrol in response to numerous community complaints of ATV’s and dirt bikes being operated recklessly in the area when they stopped a motor vehicle which was being operated by the suspect. Upon speaking to the operator, it was determined that his driver’s license had been suspended. Officers removed the suspect at which time they recovered a loaded 9mm SCCY Industries handgun from inside the vehicle. When the officers attempted to arrest the suspect, he violently resisted but was eventually placed in custody. Officers later learned that the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant recently sought out of Leominster District Court for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.


Statement from the Boston Police Department Regarding the 1991 Bombing which Caused the Death of Officer Jeremiah Hurley and Seriously Injured Officer Francis Foley

The Department is saddened by the recent ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island reducing the sentence Alfred Trenkler stemming from a conviction for his involvement in a 1991 bombing which killed Boston Police Officer Jeremiah Hurley and seriously injured Boston Police Officer Frank Foley. Our thoughts remain, as they always have, with the families of these officers and with the countless members of the Boston Police Department who put their lives on the line every day.


Expanding Access to Broadband Connectivity in Wellington County

More than 280 homes and businesses of Wellington County are one step closer to fast, reliable internet access with construction now underway for expanded broadband infrastructure in the community.


Expanding Access to Broadband in Essex County

Over 540 homes and businesses in Essex County are one step closer to fast, reliable internet access with the beginning of construction of broadband infrastructure in the community.


Twenty-four innovators advance to Food Waste Reduction Challenge semi-finals

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the 24 semi-finalists for Streams A and B of the $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge, an initiative under the Food Policy for Canada.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, May 7, 2021

Data includes 96–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

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

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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.


Province Investing $1 Million In Water Management Strategy

The Manitoba government is investing up to $1 million to support the development and implementation of Manitoba’s new provincial water management strategy.


Canola Stocks Decrease To Lowest Level Since 2013

Statistics Canada has released its Stocks Report for March 31, 2021. Stocks of wheat, canola, barley, soybeans, dry peas, oats and lentils were all down on March 31 compared with the same day a year earlier, on record exports. Stocks of corn for grain rose. Increased global demand has translated into higher exports for most field crops during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the pandemic continues to contribute to uncertainty in both the global and Canadian grain markets.


Gov. Pritzker announces $94 million from Rebuild Illinois to revitalize airports

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that $94 million will be made available to improve public airports throughout the state through the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.


Gov. Pritzker Joins Lion Electric to Announce Company’s Plans to Bring First-Ever U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker today joined elected officials and the Lion Electric Company - a Canadian based manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles - to announce a significant investment in Illinois, with plans to build the company's first-ever U.S. manufacturing facility and the largest plant of its kind in the country. A minimum of $70 million will be invested to build a new facility dedicated to producing medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. The facility is expected to come online in the second half of 2022, setting into motion annual production capacity of 20,000 zero-emission vehicles a year, and creating at least 745 jobs for Illinoisans.


Jesse White Encourages Bicycle Safety as May marks Bicycle Safety Month

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encourages children to practice safe bike riding and to remember to follow the Bicycle Rules of the Road as May marks Bicycle Safety Month. White also reminded motorists to be aware of sharing the roads with bicyclists, especially children.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,321 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,321 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 36 additional deaths.


Two Teenage Suspects in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Armed Robbery at a Convenience Store in Mattapan

At about 9:38 PM on Wednesday May 5, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Menyelik Ambrose, 18, of Mattapan and Brandon Williams, 18, of Mattapan, after responding to a call for an armed robbery at the Ortiz Convenience store located at 1300 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers were informed that the two suspects had entered the store and demanded cash from the register while displaying knives held within the waistlines of their pants. The two suspects fled on foot after the clerk refused to comply. Additional responding units soon located the two suspects walking near Norfolk Street and Clarkwood Street where they were placed in custody after being positively identified. Officers then recovered a knife from the waistband areas of each of the two suspects.

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Armed Assault to Rob.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, May 6, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

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

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

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

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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.


Husqvarna introduces 220iL battery trimmer/edger and 230iB battery leaf blower

Husqvarna, one of the world’s leading producers of innovative forest, park and outdoor power equipment products, is adding the 220iL battery trimmer/edger and 230iB battery leaf blower to its Battery Handheld 200 Series.


John Deere Introduces the John Deere Protect™ Service Plan

To better support customers through improved aftermarket and support capabilities, John Deere announces its service program for construction equipment, John Deere Protect™ Service Plan ("John Deere Protect").


The Men and Women of the Boston Police Department Recognize All of Our Medical Heroes as We Celebrate National Nurses Day

In the City of Boston, when one of our officers is injured in the line of duty, they are transported by our partners at Boston EMS to some of the very best hospitals in the world where they are cared for by the finest nurses the medical community has to offer. On this #NationalNursesDay, we thank all of the hard-working nurses and all those on the medical frontlines ensuring patient care here within our large hospital community and those helping to save lives every day in cities across the county.

From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, your courage, compassion and selfless service has been nothing short of extraordinary. You have stood strong, bearing the brunt of an unprecedented battle while knowingly putting your lives on the line while treating patients in the fight for theirs.

When people talk about heroes, especially the ones who choose not to wear capes, we immediately think of all those who don the hospital blues as we wish you a very happy National Nurses Day.


BPD Officers Arrest Suspect After Responding to Armed Robbery Call in Lower Roxbury

At about 2:37 PM on Wednesday May 5, 2021, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) made an onsite arrest after responding to a call for an armed robbery in the area of Harrison Avenue and East Lenox Street in Lower Roxbury. On arrival, officers were informed by an adult victim that the suspect, later identified as Timothy Babyok, 41, of Boston, had approached him on Albany Street and stolen his backpack which contained personal items and property along with an undisclosed amount of cash. Additional responding officers located and stopped the suspect in the area of Thondike Street where he was placed in custody after being positively identified. Officers later recovered the stolen property along with a sliver box cutter which had been displayed during the robbery.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. Additionally, the suspect was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant on charges of Breaking and Entering.


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Onsite Armed Robbery in the Leather District of Boston

At about 1:26 AM on Wednesday May 5, 2021, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest while on patrol in the area of 128 Lincoln Street in Boston. As the officers were driving through the area, they observed a disturbance between three individuals and stopped to investigate. Officers learned that the suspect on scene, later identified as Jose Roman, 46, of Boston, had attempted to steal a scarf from a shopping bag of an adult female victim while nearly injuring her with a metal object which was later recovered and determined to be a screwdriver. A male party on scene then intervened in an attempt to defend the victim and stop the assailant. The victim was not injured during the incident and the suspect was placed in custody without incident.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.


Boston Police Warn of Increased Activity of Motorized Off-Road Vehicles

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The Boston Police Department has seen an increase in community complaints and quality of life concerns relative to off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATVs as well as mopeds and motor scooters being driven around the city in a reckless and irresponsible manner. These vehicles usually travel in large groups with little regard for motor vehicle laws or public safety, causing havoc in the neighborhoods we serve despite the continued efforts of BPD officers across the city. 

Many of the offending vehicles are not properly registered, oftentimes have been previously reported stolen and usually stored in an improper and unsafe manner.

Community members with information relative to the illegal operation or storage of these recreational vehicles who wish to assist in these ongoing investigations 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 any such investigations in an anonymous manner.  


Minister Bibeau announces funding for youth employment in ag

The federal government will cover costs associated with hiring and relocation


2021 Saskatchewan Agriculture Scholarship Recipients Announced

Today, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit awarded scholarships to four Saskatchewan students pursing an agriculture-related education. Jesse Patzer from Swift Current received $4,000 as the 2021 grand-prize scholarship winner. Patzer's submission highlighted the importance of transparency in the agriculture industry, social media's influence on beliefs and behaviours and how producers in Saskatchewan can be more transparent.


Province Wants Feedback On Agriculture And Agri-Food Industry

The Manitoba government is launching an online public engagement to seek feedback on the priorities and future direction of Manitoba’s agriculture and agri-food industry. “Manitoba’s agri-food industry has demonstrated a strong commitment to Ag Action Manitoba and the next agricultural policy framework dialogues,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “We are seeking people’s experiences with the Ag Action Manitoba program and will collect data on key sector priorities for Manitobans.”


Public Health Officials Announce 1,778 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,778 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 40 additional deaths.


Gov. Pritzker: Illinois Families Encouraged to Take Advantage of Expanded Federal Child Tax Credit

Qualifying Illinois families may be able to claim a larger federal child tax credit and request advanced payments in 2021 due to the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ("American Rescue Plan"). To ensure eligibility, Governor JB Pritzker is reminding all Illinois families to file their 2020 individual income taxes by the May 17 deadline, even if they had no income to report and are generally not required to file.


Gov. Pritzker Urges Illinois to ‘Start Seeing Motorcycles’

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois, joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and motorcycle safety advocates to remind all users of the road to Start Seeing Motorcycles.


Pritzker Administration Thanks Nurses for Their Service in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic at the start of National Nurses Week

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) wish to thank nurses in Illinois in recognition of the start of National Nurses Week for their dedication, commitment and selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gov. Pritzker Announces Illinois to Enter Bridge Phase of Reopening Plan on May 14th

As Illinois continues to outpace national vaccination rates and COVID-19 trends across the state stabilize following recent upticks, Governor Pritzker announced the entire state will move into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan beginning Friday, May 14th. The Bridge Phase will allow for expanded capacity limits for businesses and gatherings before the state moves to a full reopening in Phase 5. Barring any significant reversals in key COVID-19 statewide indicators, Illinois could enter Phase 5 as soon as Friday, June 11th.


PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION RECOGNIZES ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH IN ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD - The State of Illinois today announced a series of events and resources to be offered during May's National Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) Heritage Month. Hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce (DCEO) Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), events feature a wide variety of topics geared toward supporting the growth of AAPI and minority-owned businesses throughout Illinois.


The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Peter P. Oginskis

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Peter P. Oginskis who was killed in the line of duty 98 years ago today. Officer Oginskis died as a result of injuries sustained after he struck by a motor vehicle while operating a department motorcycle near Jamaica Pond.

Officer Oginskis was 27 years old at the time of his death and a two-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. Officer Oginskis is survived by his parents and multiple siblings.

Officer Oginskis is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Hudson, New Hampshire. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Boston Police Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Pond Street and the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

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

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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.


Pritzker Administration Awards $492,338 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Flossmoor to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced the Village of Flossmoor will receive over $492,000 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) grant funding to implement the Berry Lane Stormwater Improvement project to install permeable pavers along Berry Lane, from Sunset Avenue to the north and Bob O Link Road to the south, in the Village of Flossmoor, Cook County.


IDHS Announces Appointment of Ruth Lopez McCarthy as Senior Immigration Fellow

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today the appointment of Ruth Lopez McCarthy as Senior Immigration Fellow.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,410 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,410 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional deaths.


Gov. Pritzker Announces 11 Appointments to Illinois Authorities, Boards and Commissions

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


Gov. Pritzker Announces 11 Appointments to Illinois Authorities, Boards and Commissions

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


State Deploys Rural and Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to Lawrence, Macon and Fulton Counties

CHICAGO - As the state surpasses vaccination rates of 60 percent for individuals 18 and over and 80 percent for individuals 65 and over, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is deploying additional rural and rapid response vaccination teams to Lawrence, Macon and Fulton counties.


State Deploys Rural and Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to Lawrence, Macon and Fulton Counties

CHICAGO - As the state surpasses vaccination rates of 60 percent for individuals 18 and over and 80 percent for individuals 65 and over, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is deploying additional rural and rapid response vaccination teams to Lawrence, Macon and Fulton counties.


Pritzker Administration Awards $90,679 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Richton Park to Address Stormwater Runoff

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced the Village of Richton Park will receive almost $90,679 in Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity (GIGO) funding to implement the Town Center Stormwater Improvements - Stage 4 project to retrofit an existing 0.4-acre dry detention basin to increase its stormwater storage capacity and convert it to a wet bottom detention basin.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

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

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

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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.


Victims Identified in Homicide in the Area of 26 Taft Street in Dorchester

Investigation Update: At about 12:26 PM, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, Officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person stabbed at 26 Taft Street, Dorchester. On arrival, officers discovered two adult females suffering from stab wounds at an inside crime scene. Jahairi Majido Dealto, 42, of Dorchester was pronounced on scene and Fatima Yasin, 27, of Dorchester was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced. Two minor children were transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

BPD Officers have arrested Marcus Chavis, 34, of Dorchester. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder (2 Counts) and Animal Cruelty.

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.


2020 Knox County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Knox 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 Grundy County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Grundy 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 Effingham County Tentative Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, Effingham 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 Stephenson County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Stephenson 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 Williamson County Tentative Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, Williamson County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0319, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.


2020 Bureau County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Bureau 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 Lawrence County Tentative Multiplier Announced

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


New Mobile Vaccination Site in Sparta to Offer 100 Free Target Rounds to Vaccine Recipients

SPARTA-Expanding on existing efforts to administer the COVID-19 vaccine equitably and efficiently across the state, Governor Pritzker today announced a new mobile vaccination site will open at the Worldwide Shooting and Recreation Complex (WSRC).


STATE OF ILLINOIS CELEBRATES WORLD TRADE MONTH AND ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL TRADE MISSIONS TO HELP ILLINOIS BUSINESSES BOOST EXPORTING

SPRINGFIELD - Just in time for May's World Trade Month, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the 2021 summer trade mission schedule to assist companies in starting or expanding their international sales pipeline.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,211 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,211 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional deaths.


Gov. Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot Announce the Return of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined elected officials, tourism backers and labor leaders to announce the return of the annual Chicago Auto Show, a marquee event that draws tourists from around the world. While the Auto Show marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, officials expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions.


16 iPads Donated to Franciscan Children’s Hospital

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About 5 years ago the District 14 (Brighton) Community Service Office added Franciscan Children’s Hospital to its annual Christmas drive to get toys and clothing to the patients and families.

This year during COVID, the D14 Community Service Office reached out and asked the Hospital if there was something in particular they needed. They stated they could use an iPad so that patients could communicate virtually with their loved ones due to visitation restrictions. The Community Service Office then asked the City of Boston Credit Union if it could donate an iPad. The Credit Union replied, saying they would like to donate 16 iPads. Not only will these iPads provide the kids at Franciscan with an opportunity to communicate and face time with their families, they will also provide entertainment.


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, May 3, 2021

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

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.


Reminder to the Public to Utilize Safe Exchange Zones located inside of Boston Police Stations

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On Friday, April 30, 2021, officers from D14 responded to the area of the Portsmouth Street Playground (35 Portsmouth Street) for a report of an armed robbery.  On arrival, a victim reported that he was attempting to purchase speakers from an individual after arranging the meeting on a social media app. The victim stated he handed the seller the money when the seller pointed a black firearm at him. The suspect fled with the victim’s money and the speaker.

Detectives assigned to D-14 initiated an investigation and located an individual on the social media app who was selling speakers in the Brighton area.    

The seller and an undercover officer made arrangements to meet on May 2, 2021 in the area of 22 Portsmouth Street in Brighton.  The undercover officer responded to the area where he observed two individuals who asked him if he was there for the speaker. The undercover officer approached the two individuals and displayed the United States Currency needed to buy the speaker and handed it to one of the individuals.

At that time, one of the two individuals displayed the butt of a firearm that was located in his waistband.  Both suspects then fled on foot with the money.  Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force and officers and detectives from D-14 pursued the suspects on foot. After a brief foot chase, both suspects were stopped and placed under arrest.

Officers arrested two 17-year-old male juveniles. Both will be charged with Delinquency to wit: Armed Robbery.  Officers recovered the money and a BB gun from the suspects.

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 is introducing 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


Suspect Arrested After Committing an Indecent Assault and Battery on Child in Jamaica Plain

At about 6:42 PM, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, Officers from District 13 responded to a call in a Jamaica Plain neighborhood on a report of a fight.  On arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who stated that they observed an unknown male approach a four-year-old victim who was outside playing. The suspect took the four-year-old by the hand, picked her up and kissed her.  He then took several steps while holding her and proceeded to walk away. A witness yelled to the suspect to put the child down and then alerted the victim’s family members who chased the suspect and were able to stop him in the area.

Officers placed Anthony Jackson, 31, of Jamaica Plain under arrest and charged him with: Kidnapping a child under 16, and Indecent assault and battery on a child.

Anthony Jackson will be arraigned in the Roxbury District Court. 


The OSFM Recognizes Arson Awareness Week 2021

Springfield, Ill- In recognition of Arson Week, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is raising awareness about the seriousness of this crime and educating Illinois residents about the true cost of arson and its impact on individuals and communities. Arson Awareness Week 2021 (May 2-8), highlights critical actions that first responders must take to help ensure a safe response to arson fires during periods of civil unrest.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,049 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,049 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 28 additional deaths.


Governor Pritzker Announces Release of the Request for Proposals to Sell the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC)

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today announced the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) at 100 West Randolph Street.


IDNR Announces Partial Schedule of Waterfowl Blind Site Drawings

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Waterfowl hunters should take note of new procedures for the 2021 waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at Mississippi River Area SFWA (MRA) and Horseshoe Lake SP.


May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month

CHICAGO - May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month in Illinois, a time to thank the thousands of foster families across the state who are providing temporary safe havens to youth and urge other residents to become licensed foster families.


Investigation Update: Suspect Identified and Under Arrest After Two Adult Females Fatally Stabbed on Taft Street in Dorchester

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Investigation Update: At about 12:26 PM, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, Officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person stabbed at 26 Taft Street, Dorchester. On arrival, officers discovered two adult females suffering from stab wounds at an inside crime scene. One female was pronounced on scene and a second was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced. Two minor children were transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

BPD Officers have arrested Marcus Chavis, 34, of Dorchester. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder (2 Counts) and Animal Cruelty.

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 Adult Females Fatally Stabbed on Taft Street in Dorchester

At about 12:26 PM, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, Officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person stabbed at 26 Taft Street, Dorchester. On arrival, officers discovered two adult females suffering from stab wounds at an inside crime scene. One female was pronounced on scene and a second was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced. Two minor children were transported to a hospital for an evaluation.

This is an active investigation and police have placed one adult male in custody.

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.

 

 

 


BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Captain Hugh J. Lee Killed in the Line of Duty 102 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: 102 years ago, on May 2, 1919, Captain Hugh J. Lee was killed in the line of duty when he suffered a fatal heart attack attempting to suppress rioters in Roxbury.

Captain Lee was a 30-year veteran of the department and was 53-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife.

Captain Lee was laid to rest at the Old Dorchester Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 11, West Line 28.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the old District 9 Station 409 Roxbury Street in Roxbury to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.


BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Jose A. Maceira Who Passed Away 44 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Jose A. Maceira who died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty 44 years ago today.

Officer Jose Maceira joined the Boston Police Department in February of 1974. Several short months later, on November 23, 1974, Officer Maceira was shot during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the area of Humphrey Place in Dorchester. The injuries sustained that day would have long lasting implications, ultimately resulting in Officer Maceira’s passing in on May 1, 1977, at the age of 33.

Officer Maceira was the first Hispanic Boston Police Officer to lose his life as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Patrolman Maceira is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Roslindale. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 16 West, Line 30, along with the Boston Police Hero Wall at Police Headquarters and the State Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Clifton Street and Dudley Street.


The countdown is on: May 2 – DSP online riding horse and youngsters auction

The DSP online riding horse and youngster auction of 30 horses remains open until Sunday, May 2, with the final bid-up at 2:00 p.m. European time, when an auction countdown begins for each lot. The sport horses can be tried out up to 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 2 at Hofgut Kranichstein in Darmstadt after […]


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 30, 2021

Data includes 96–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 3

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

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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.


BPD Officers Arrest Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to Non-Fatal Shooting in Dorchester

At about 2:49 PM on Thursday April 29, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Brandy Soto-Lara, 23, of Dorchester and Eliud Benitez, 20, of Roslindale in the area of 254 Quincy Street in Dorchester. At the time of their arrests, the suspects were wanted in connection to a non-fatal shooting that occurred less than 24 hours before, at about 6:44 PM on Wednesday April 28, 2021, in the area of 26 Fayston Street in Dorchester. During the incident, responding officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to a local area hospital for treatment.

District B-2 Detectives conducted a thorough investigation, leading to the identification of the suspects and their subsequent arrests on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Discharge Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,207 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,207 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths.


IDFPR Releases Consumer Frequently Asked Questions About The Predatory Loan Prevention Act

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has released a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help consumers understand some of the new protections created by the new Predatory Loan Prevention Act.


Jesse White Reminds Public that Federal REAL ID Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. With the extended federal deadline of REAL ID, current Illinois driver's licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports until May 3, 2023.


AZ POLYMERS ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN GURNEE, ILLINOIS WITH PLANS TO EXPAND AND CREATE NEW JOBS FOR COMMUNITY

Gurnee, Illinois, April 30,2021- AZ Polymers (AZP), an advanced manufacturer of high-quality plastic substrates in polycarbonate and acrylic, today joined state and local officials in announcing the company's plans to launch a new headquarters and manufacturing and distribution hub in Gurnee, Illinois.


Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Prior Convictions Not a Barrier to Receiving Professional Licenses

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation today released an annual report on professional licensure applicants which shows prior convictions are rarely a barrier to obtaining a professional license in the state.


Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup Tournament to be held July 17

BALDWIN, Ill. - Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area will host the 2021 Rough Fish Roundup bowfishing tournament at Wood Duck Marina in Baldwin, Illinois Saturday, July 17, 2021.


Illinois Department of Public Health Offers Tips to Avoid Tick Bites

SPRINGFIELD - As Lyme Disease Awareness Month begins, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting diseases they may carry, like Lyme disease.


Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Releases Independent Report on COVID-19 Cases at LaSalle Veterans Home

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) today released an independent report that was requested by the Governor's Office last fall to fully investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans home and detailed its progress on corrective actions that the agency began taking last fall.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 29, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

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

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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.


BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Responding to a Call for a Person with a Gun in Dorchester

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At about 9:00 PM on Wednesday April 28, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) recovered a loaded firearm after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Westview Street and Stratton Street in Dorchester. While canvassing the area, responding officers located a discarded 9mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. The weapon will be turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing as the investigation continues.


Investigation Update: Arrest Made in Connection to Homicide Investigation in the area of Hammond Street and Westminster Street in Roxbury

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Investigation Update: On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Andy Febres, 22, of Jamaica Plain in Revere on an outstanding Roxbury District Court warrant for Accessory After the Fact of Murder.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 7:46 PM on Friday, September 18, 2020, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Hammond Street and Westminster Street in Roxbury. Upon arrival, officers located three adult male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The three victims were transported to local area hospitals, two with non-life-threatening injuries and one with life-threatening injuries. The victim suffering life-threatening injuries later succumbed to his injuries. That victim was later identified as Dennis Mejia, 43, of Boston.

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.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,394 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,394 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 38 additional deaths.


Illinois Department of Public Health Releases Second Edition of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report

SPRINGFIELD - Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released the second edition of the Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report, covering deaths occurring in 2016-2017. Among a number of other findings, the report found that Black women continue to die at disparately higher rates due to medical causes White women were more likely to die from pregnancy-related mental health conditions.


ICC Initiates Notice of Inquiry into Extreme Weather Preparedness

Springfield, IL - Extreme winter weather in February in the U.S. South Central Region that left millions without electricity or heat, and sent natural gas prices skyrocketing to record levels, has prompted the Illinois Commerce Commission to open a Notice of Inquiry into Extreme Weather Preparedness to ensure Illinois consumers are protected.


?Consumers and Climate First Act’ Introduced in General Assembly

Springfield, Ill. - Delivering on principles laid out last year by Gov. Pritzker and after months of working group meetings including lawmakers, advocates, and industry, the Consumers and Climate First Act was introduced in the General Assembly today by Senator Celina Villanueva and Representative Kam Buckner.


Pritzker Administration Announces Revised, Electric Volkswagen Settlement Funding Plan and $9 Million Grant Opportunity for Electric School Buses

SPRINGFIELD - The State of Illinois is announcing a new funding opportunity and unveiling an updated plan to spend its share of the multi-billion-dollar federal Volkswagen (VW) Settlement.


Interested in a Career in Law Enforcement? IDNR Wants You.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants who are ready to combine a love of conservation, wildlife and natural resources with law enforcement and public safety. The Department is beginning the search for Conservation Police Officer (CPO) Trainees with the intent to hire up to 25 officers in December 2021.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 6

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

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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 from B-2 Assist Detectives and FBI in Arresting Suspect Wanted

On April 27, 2021 at about 9:30 PM, officers assigned to Area B-2 conducted a traffic stop in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Road. The driver of the motor vehicle Robinson Baez-Nova, 55, of Jamaica Plain was placed under arrest for a United States Federal warrant for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. This incident stemmed from a joint investigation between the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigations into Baez-Nova and incidents that occurred outside the United States. Baez-Nova will be arraigned in United States District Court. 


Boston Detectives and FBI Arrest Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation

Members of the Boston Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on March 2, 2021.

After an investigation by the Crimes Against Children Unit and the F.B.I. Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, Stephanie Lak, 36, of Roxbury was arrested on April 28, 2021 and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, and Distribution of Material of a Child in a Sex Act.

If you or your minor dependent(s) have been in contact with Stephanie Lak and think you may be a victim of the allegations in this case, please email Lakinvestigation@fbi.gov and provide your name and best contact information to have a member of the investigative team contact you.

All identities of victims will be kept confidential. Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under state and/or federal law.

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.


Four Boston Men Arrested for Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon

Officers assigned to the District B-3 Drug Control Unit were conducting an investigation in the area of Gallivan Boulevard at about 6:45 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021.  While in the area, the officers heard seven to eight rapid gunshots coming from the direction of Owen Street in Dorchester, and then observed a small grey vehicle with tinted windows traveling at a high rate of speed from the area.  A detective followed the vehicle to 95 Woodbole Avenue where the four occupants of the vehicle exited the car and entered a residence.  

Boston Officers responded to Woodbole Avenue to secure the scene, as well as Owen Street where ballistic evidence was located.

The four individuals who exited the car and entered the residence refused to exit 95 Woodbole Avenue. Officers on scene requested the assistance of the Boston Police Entry Team and Negotiators to respond to the scene, after they arrived on scene, the four individuals exited the residence and were placed in custody.

Officers arrested:

Robert Barrett-Scott, 23, of Mattapan

Reginald Mells, 21, of Dorchester

Junior Galette, 22, of Dorchester

Drequan Haywood, 23, of Dorchester

All four suspects were charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

On Tuesday, April 28, 2021, a Dorchester District Court Search Warrant was issued and executed at 95 Woodbole Avenue.  While executing the warrant, detectives located, and seized, a loaded Smith and Wesson 9MM firearm, and a Bersa 9MM firearm with obliterated serial numbers.

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 B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.   

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.


Keywest-More Donations to Finish Miss Butler’s Home


It’s been seven months since the Key West Fire Department and a group of generous members of the community began rebuilding the home that Miss Alelia Butler, lost to fire over two years ago.

Recently the community came together at the nearly finished home to present Miss Butler with a $500 donation from Manley DeBoer, raised by the Key West Fire Department’s Union Local 1424.

In January of 2019, the Fire Department responded to a fire at 813 Galveston Lane just before 4 a.m. to find a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The homeowner, Miss Butler, barely got out alive, but she lost everything.

The community responded immediately. Thanks to an amazing group of people, led by Key West Fire Department Capt. Jason Barroso and the generous donations of many, construction is nearing completion on her new home.


Pennsylvania’s Revamped Move Over Law Takes Effect


The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) today hosted an event to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). The week, designated to highlight the critical importance of safe driving through work zones, runs through April 30. The theme of this year’s work-zone safety campaign is “Drive safe. Work safe. Save lives.”

Surrounded by first-responder vehicles and equipment, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Price, deputy commissioner of operations for the Pennsylvania State Police, began the event by acknowledging the dangers faced by first responders while providing roadside assistance.

“In addition to today being the beginning of Work Zone Awareness week, changes made to Pennsylvania’s Move Over Law go into effect tomorrow,” Lieutenant Colonel Price explained. “Last year, 55 state police vehicles were struck at traffic stops, disabled motorists, or crash scenes. The goal of the Move Over Law is to prevent these dangerous situations.”

Pennsylvania’s Move Over Law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching an emergency response area. Updates to the law, which include a new point system for violators and sets a fine of $500 for first-time offenders, $1,000 for a second offense, and $2,000 plus 90-day license suspension for a third or subsequent offense, take effect on April 27. The revamped Move Over Law also mandates drivers change lanes or slow down when approaching disabled vehicles when at least two emergency displays, such as vehicle hazard lamps, road flares, and/or cones or caution signs are present.

According to PennDOT data, in 2020 there were 1,412 work zone crashes, resulting in 15 fatalities. Additionally, since 1970, PennDOT has lost 89 workers in the line of duty. The PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1940.

In an effort to change unsafe driving behaviors in work zones, Pennsylvania implemented the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWSZE) program in March 2020O. Pennsylvania’s AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 miles per hour or more using electronic speed timing devices. AWZSE systems are operational in active work zones where workers are present.

Results included in the AWZSE Annual Legislative Report, released today online at workzonecameras.PennDOT.gov, show that the program is meeting its goals of reducing work zone speeds, changing driver behavior, and improving work zone safety for both workers and motorists. Work zone speeds trended downward throughout AWZSE enforced work zones. Data shows a 16.6 percent reduction in the percentage of vehicles traveling over the posted work zone speed limit and a 43.6 percent reduction in the percentage of vehicles excessively speeding (11 miles per hour or more over the posted work zone speed limit). There is also evidence that overall work zone speeds have declined in projects that have had long-term deployments, regardless if the AWZSE units have been deployed or not. Additionally, overall work zone crashes in Pennsylvania work zones were down 19 percent in 2020.

“Construction season too often means hazards for the men and women who are delivering improved roads and bridges,” said PennDOT Acting Executive Deputy Secretary Melissa Batula. “Work zones may be a temporary inconvenience, but these workers all deserve to get home safely. Please slow down and never drive distracted, especially in work zones where roadway conditions can change every day.”

After limited travel during the pandemic, 93 percent of American drivers are now returning to the roadway and 62 percent plan to travel by car this summer for vacations, according to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).

“As drivers return to the road after months of limited travel, we are seeing an increase in the severity of roadway incidents impacting our road crews,” explained Craig Shuey, PA Turnpike Chief Operating Officer. “Today, you have learned of our multi-pronged approach to keeping our workers and drivers safe in work zones and along the roadway. However, the core component to protecting workers and motorists is driver behavior. Don’t forget your safe-driving manners and be certain you are fully aware of what is happening on and along the roadway.”

For more information on work zone safety or Pennsylvania’s updated Move Over Law, visit www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.

For more information on the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program, including a list of projects where the units are deployed, visit https://workzonecameras.penndot.gov/.

For more information on work zone safety and an opportunity to take the safe-driving pledge, visit https://www.idriveorange.com/


Governor Cuomo Calls on State Attorney General to Review Legal Options After 2020 Census


Following the U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement that New York State will lose one congressional seat next year, having fallen 89 Census responses short of keeping all 27 seats, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the New York State Attorney General to review the state’s legal options to challenge the decision, and released the following statement:

“Census takers in New York faced unprecedented challenges last year in their efforts to get New Yorkers counted – from the pandemic’s effect on the mail system to the Trump Administration’s xenophobic, flagrant, and illegal efforts to hurt blue states by discouraging non-citizens and people of color from being counted. And despite a growing state population, New York State’s congressional delegation will lose a seat in the House of Representatives next year, having fallen an equally-unprecedented 89 responses short of continuity. So much of our state’s recovery, revitalization, and resilience is dependent on having our voice heard in Washington, and we won’t allow Trump and his cronies to use one of our greatest attributes – our diversity – as an impediment. I’m calling on the Attorney General to review all legal options available to ensure the voice of every New Yorker is fairly and wholly represented in the halls of Congress.”


Vivaldi daughter Mocca sells for €30,000

The second edition of KWPN's online auction for three and four-year-old potential sport horses has now closed. New this year was opening the door to four-year-olds, with Mocca becoming the price topper at €30,000 who will be returning to a customer in the Netherlands. The most expensive showjumper was the Herald III daughter Miola VHS, […]


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $7.1 Million in Funding to Illinois State University for the Upgrades to HVAC and Building Envelope

NORMAL - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced nearly over $7.1 million has been released from the state for upgrades to the HVAC and building envelope at Illinois State University.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Chicago State University Towards the Upgrade of Parking Lots, Roads, and Walkways

CHICAGO- The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $1.1 million has been released from the state to upgrade parking lots, roads, and walkways at Chicago State University.


Illinois Capital Development Board Releases Over $421,000 in Funding to Kankakee Community College Towards the Renovation of North Patio

KANKAKEE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $421,970 has been released from the state towards the renovation of north patio at Kankakee Community College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of over $562,626.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $3.2 Million in Funding to University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Towards Safety Upgrades

URBANA/CHAMPAIGN - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $3.2 million has been released from the state for safety upgrades at University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $418,000 in Funding to Kishwaukee College Towards the Remediation of Stormwater Drainage

MALTA- The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $418,313 has been released towards the remediation of stormwater drainage at the Kishwaukee College from the state, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of over $575,000.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $431,000 in Funding to Highland Community College Towards the Replacement of Carpet

FREEPORT - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $431,250 has been released from the state towards the replacement of carpet at the Highland Community College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $575,000.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $1 Million in Funding to College of DuPage Towards Skylight Replacement

GLEN ELLYN- The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $1 million has been released from the state toward skylight replacement work at the College of DuPage, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of over $1.3 million.


Dietary supplements: Part 1 Macro- and trace minerals

By Dr. Mariette van den Berg, B. AppSc. (Hons), MSc., PhD (Equine Nutrition) Similar to the trends observed in human health, the dietary supplements market for horses has grown significantly over the last 25 years. This has resulted in an overwhelming array of supplements available to horse owners/caregivers. Just visit your local horse store, flick […]


The ISH studbook breeding program delivers!

By Alison Corbally / HSI Photography: Sportfot, Laurence Dunne, Nadia Rea The Irish Sport Horse Studbook wishes to congratulate the breeders who have bred the current superb cohort of Irish Sport Horses that are winning at international level in showjumping around the world. The newly designed Irish Sport Horse breeding program was initiated by Horse […]


La Quinara wins as NZ VDL-Equibreed mare of the year

By Sally Reid Photography: Cornege Photography Although Covid-19 caused the cancellation of some competitions – Horse of the Year Show for one – the New Zealand jumping season has still been a busy one, with the ESNZ jumping series concluding, the rankings finalized, and the winners announced. Although was no Horse of the Year Show […]


Brazilian Showjumping Horse Festival 16th edition surprises

By Roberta Milani/ABCCH (translated by Caroline Padilla) Photography: Emerson Emerin and Anna Paula Carvalho/ABCCH The Brazilian Association of Show-Jump Horse Breeders (ABCCH) has spread good news for the season by announcing that the largest shop window for the BH breed – the 16th BH National Horse Festival – will take place at Clube Hípico de […]


Reproductive technologies: Opening the door to crime?

By Jean Llewellyn It has been brought to our notice very recently that certain long-established equine auctions and some major studfarms are planning to go to war with nouveau traders who have set up online auctions since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and are selling ‘glitter’ – embryos and semen of false provenance, with […]


CWHBA Alberta awards ‘Elite Ambassador’ status

By Coreen Jamieson Photography: courtesy CWHBA, Peter Llewellyn CWHBA Alberta has chosen to award ‘Elite Ambassador’ status to outstanding CWB registered horses and their breeders, owners, developers, and riders that are competing at an Elite level in their chosen discipline. Not only have they risen to the top, they are out there amongst other elite […]


Danish Warmblood 10-day test passes 18 young stallions

By Thomas Bach Jensen / DWB Photography: ridehesten.com Following the Danish Warmblood stallion licensing, 18 young stallions were tested at the equestrian centre in Tørring managed by Torben Frandsen. Nine newly approved dressage stallions and nine newly approved jumping stallions have passed the Danish Warmblood 10-day test and are now ready to serve mares. The […]


GFE Candy de Nantuel: A rising star for Selle Français

By Adriana van Tilburg Photography: Courtesy GFE Two years ago I wrote a report about the showjumping FEI-WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Horses. During this event Candy de Nantuel (Luidam - Thara Nantuel x Diamant de Semilly, bred by Claire Gouin) was the talk of a great many people. I wrote: “Also this SF-bred […]


Ranking stallions by the ‘carefulness’ of their offspring

By Gemma Alexander Graphics: Gemma Alexander Over a period of several months, Gemma Alexander – a statistics guru extraordinaire – has been creating a unique stallion ranking based on the ‘carefulness’ of their offspring. The results – which can be seen in the graphic below and the table on the following page – provide some […]


BWP approves 29 jumping and two dressage stallions

By Jo de Roo Photography: Jo de Roo The BWP stallion approval has ended, one month later than expected and with an adjusted program. Stefaan De Smet, Herman Van Den Broeck and Tim Van Tricht approved 29 showjumping stallions. We interviewed De Smet, president of the showjumping selection committee, as well as Freddy De Vos, […]


Investigation Update: Fall River Man Arrested in Connection to a Non-Fatal Shooting in the Area of 7 Stoughton Street in Dorchester

Investigation Update: At about 1:05 PM, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, after a lengthy investigation into a non-fatal shooting that took place on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:22 AM, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, arrested Nathaniel Greene, 36, of Fall River, on an arrest warrant issued out of Dorchester District Court.

Nathaniel Green was arrested in Fall River and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, 2nd Offense and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Subsequent Offense.

Circumstances surrounded the incident: At about 1:22 AM, on Saturday, April 3, 2021, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury), while in the area of 7 Stoughton Street, Dorchester, located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


Murder Suspect Arrested in the Homicide Investigation in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard

Members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit lodged a Murder warrant issued out of Roxbury Court for a Liquarry Jefferson, 41, of Taunton. Jefferson is currently in custody.

Circumstances surrounding the arrest: At about 5:45 AM on Saturday February 27, 2021, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as 40-year-old Jamal Chin-Clarke.

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.


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.


Gov. Pritzker Signs Equity Driven Healthcare Reform Legislation

SPRINGFIELD - In a major step forward in the work to expand health equity across Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker today signed the Health Care and Human Services Reform Act into law.


2020 Crawford County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Crawford 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 Union County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Union 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 DuPage County Final Multiplier Announced

DuPage 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 Greene County Tentative Multiplier Announced

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


State Announces Community Partners Vaccination Clinics Open to All 102 Counties

CHICAGO - To help more vulnerable Illinoisans get vaccinated, the state of Illinois is offering partnerships with community organizations that want to host vaccine clinics. Interested organizations can apply online to bring mobile clinics to underserved communities, with a particular focus on Black and Latino communities, rural communities, immigrant communities, disability communities, and any community that has current barriers to vaccination.


“Drive safe. Work safe. Save lives.”

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Secretary of State Jesse White, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces today for National Work Zone Awareness Week, asking the public to "Drive safe. Work safe. Save lives."


Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Bank Robbery in Downtown Boston

 

At about 4:19 PM on Monday April 26, 2021, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a bank robbery in progress in the area of 1 Union Street in Boston which resulted in the arrest of Coleman Nee, 40, of South Boston. When the officers arrived on scene, they were advised that the suspect had entered the bank and threatened to shoot a teller before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.

Officers shared a detailed suspect description as they began to canvas the area. A short time later, MBTA Transit Police Officers located and stopped the suspect in the area of the Downtown Crossing MBTA Station. While no weapon was located, officers were able to recover the stolen cash from the suspect who was then placed in custody.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Robbery (Bank).


Boston 72 Weekend Update and Public Journal for Monday, April 26, 2021

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 5
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 17

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.


Bayer recieves MRL approval in the United States for vayego

The Crop Science division of Bayer is pleased to announce that Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for vayego® insecticide have been established in the United States. The published MRLs are harmonized with those in Canada, allowing for seamless export of crops treated with vayego.


Introducing: Rhyzogreen, By Riomax

A soil health stimulant that boosts soil biology, aids plant health, and increases yields!


California’s Proposition 12 Threatens to Disrupt U.S. Pork Sector

The CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association warns California's Proposition 12 has the potential to seriously disrupt the marketing of pork throughout the United States.


Uncertainty Over Proposition 12 Challenge Pork Producers

The National Pork Producers Council says uncertainty surrounding Proposition 12 creates significant challenges for pork producers.


SHIC Funded Review Looks at African Swine Fever Virus Variants

The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center is encouraging pork producers to question every mortality on the farm and to have each one investigated in an effort to prevent any incursion of African Swine Fever into North America.


Latest Auction Results

The following auctions have been added to the results and rankings 2021 2021-04-11 to 17 - Verdener Auktion Online Reitpferde (GER) 2021-04-4 to 6 - PS Online Young Jumpers (GER) 2021-04-8 to 12 - 22. Online Fohlen-Auktion - Westfalen on Tour (GER) 2021-04-10 to 13 - Zangersheide Young Horses April 2021 (BE) Harley VDL remains […]


Pritzker Administration Launches Pandemic Health Navigator Program to Further Expand COVID-19 Resources and Vaccine Accessibility

Aurora, Ill. - Building on existing efforts to provide pandemic resources and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as equitably and efficiently as possible, Governor Pritzker today announced a new Pandemic Health Navigator Program (PHNP) launched in partnership with the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) and OSF Healthcare System.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,137 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,137 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 10 additional deaths.


Jesse White Reminds Public of License Plate Sticker Receipt Law

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding motorists that they may drive without an up-to-date license plate sticker affixed to their license plate if they have their receipt showing they purchased a sticker online before the expiration date.


Illinois goes orange for Work Zone Awareness Week

SPRINGFIELD - Bridges and buildings throughout the state will be turning orange this week to honor those who have died in work zones and to raise awareness as the Illinois Department of Transportation signals the start of another construction season. To coincide with the national campaign held each spring, Gov. JB Pritzker has proclaimed April 26-30 as "Work Zone Safety Awareness Week" in Illinois.


Electronic Filing Is Now Fully Operational for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Filing and case management are now fully paperless processes for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC). The cloud-based system, called CompFile, allows for filing and processing of court documents completely electronically.


Missing-Sunny Sramek-Trenton, Nebraska


On April 20, 2019, Sunny Sramek left from Trenton, Nebraska, with a male individual, allegedly for a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, but has not been heard from since. Sramek was last seen wearing denim shorts and a black tank top and also had in her possession a pair of jeans and a hoodie. Sramek was last seen in a 2004 white Ford Explorer bearing Iowa license plate HGJ341. Sramek has a tattoo on her left shoulder of a feather with the letters “FLY”. She also has a tattoo on her right ankle of a tribal sun in red ink. Sramek has multiple scars on her body to include a rectangular scar on the back of her right shoulder; a small square-shaped scar in the middle of her upper forehead; scarring on one of her ankles and shin from a bike pedal; scars from the chicken pox on her face; a scar on her left hand at the bottom of her thumb and forefinger; and cuts on her arm. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the FBI Omaha Division at (402) 493-8688.


Enough Stimulus Payments-Make People Go Back To Work

Well most people have now gotten 3 stimulus payments. People have been able to stay on unemployment over a year, getting more then double what they normally would. And people have been allowed to not pay their rent. And there is now talk about a 4th stimulus payment. Enough is enough-it is time to make people go back to work! There I said it-make people go back to work! Oh my God how terrible for me to say this. To say people should be working and not taking handouts from the government? What the heck is wrong with me!? I am such a terrible person! How dare me suggest people should be working for their money! How dare me suggest people should pay rent or be evicted! I will say yet another terrible thing-the Corona Virus is no more, it is over! It is now in the same category as the flu or foot fungus. Take an aspirin and get over it, open everything up and get back to every day life. The government had their fun, they controlled our lives with no over sight for over a year, it is time to give us back our rights and let us go about our life as we wish. People can get the vaccine if they want or not get it, what ever they choose. In the last year the government has created a debt that will take generations to pay back. Inflation will be exploding soon. You can not keep spending money that you do not have. The sad part is people get use to getting hand outs. It becomes an addiction. Forget about drugs and alcohol the government has gotten the people addicted to free money. As soon as they get one payment they start asking “When are we getting our next payment?” Change is coming and it will not be pretty. When you have gotten people addicted to something bad things happen when you start taking it away. But our elected officials, that have never been know to have much of a back bone, are going to have to step forward and just take the free money away-rip the band aid off as they say. It may mean a good number of people in the government now will not be reelected, but it has to happen. Everyone knows that this has to end-both Democrats & Republicans quietly admit we are at the end of the line for free money. They just can not figure out a way to take the free money away without making their voting base mad. You see everything a politician does is based on trying to stay in power. They say publicly that they are looking out for the best interest of the people-but everyone who is honest knows everything politicans do is done in an attempt to stay in power. In the next few months the free money will dry up-it just has to. So before you start spending that 4th stimulus payment that is not going to be coming, tighten your budget and get back to work. Yes maybe you will even have to get two jobs to make ends meet in the next year. But it has to be done. Because no Virginia there is no Santa Claus-there is no more free money coming!


The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Franklin B. Dreyer 91 Years Ago Today

BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Franklin B. Dreyer 91 years ago today. On Thursday April 24, 1930, Officer Dreyer was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with a breaking and entering suspect in the area of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester.

Officer Dreyer was 32 years of age at the time of his death. He is buried in the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., panel 14, east line 2, as well as the Boston Police Hero wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the corner of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester.

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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/


Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, April 23, 2021

Data includes 96–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

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

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

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

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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.


Fertilizer Canada urges quick action to resolve the Port of Montreal strike

The Canadian fertilizer industry calls on the Prime Minister and his government to immediately implement back-to-work legislation and work quickly to end the Port of Montreal strike and get fertilizer moving again.


OGVG and Blue Radix introduce autonomous greenhouse management in Ontario

The Ontario government is supporting greenhouse farmers by investing over $3.6 million in 12 innovative projects to help develop new technologies, recover from the impact of COVID-19 and enhance competitiveness and innovation.


Officers Arrest Fall River Man on Multiple Charges after he Physically Assaulted Restaurant Staff in South Boston

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At about 6:20PM on Thursday, April 22, 2021, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a fight at 100 Pier 4 Boulevard (Ocean Prime Restaurant). Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who stated Jason Wages, 29, of Fall River, and three others were having dinner at the restaurant when Wages began harassing female waitstaff as well as customers. 

Staff members confronted Wages and he head butted an employee and called him a racial slur several times. Wages then head butted a second employee, and spit at a third employee before leaving the establishment. While exiting, Wages threatened to shoot “everyone in the place”.

According to witnesses, Wages grabbed his keys from the valet and fled the scene striking a motor vehicle. Several officers responded to the scene and were informed by a witness that there was a motor vehicle crash at 316 Northern Avenue at the Boston Public Works Building. Officers responded and located an unoccupied vehicle that had struck the building and damaged the gas line.

A witness approached officers and informed them that two males were seen fleeing on foot carrying garbage bags. Officers located Wages at 22 Drydock Avenue and the second individual was located in the parking garage at 12 Drydock Avenue. Officers located and seized two large garbage bags containing 53 large heat-sealed bags of marijuana as well as $8,600.00 in United States Currency.

Jason Wages was placed under arrest and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D, two counts of Assault and Battery, and two counts of Leaving the Scene Property Damage.  The second individual was FIO’d and released. Jason Wages is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court. 


Cargill To Build New $350 Million Canola Crush Plant In Regina

Construction on Cargill's new $350 million Canola processing facility will begin early next year. The new state-of-the-art facility will be located at Regina, and is expected to have an annual production capacity of 1 million metric tonnes. Agriculture Minister David Marit says they are excited to see companies like Cargill recognizing that there is no better place to do business than Saskatchewan.


Manitobans Reminded To Be Vigilant Against Invasive Species

It's Invasive Species Awareness Week and the Manitoba government is continuing efforts to make the public aware of potential risks. “Manitobans can all play a part in protecting our province from invasive species, many of which can have significant ecological impacts on our province,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen. “This week is about making sure Manitobans are aware of how invasive species can affect our environment, and what we can do to ensure we keep our waters and landscapes healthy.”


Bibeau Discusses Importance Of Child Care With Farm Women

On Wednesday, AAFC Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau met online with a dozen farming women affiliated with the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss the importance of child care to women in the agriculture sector. Bibeau issued the following statement: “Today, I met with a group of women farmers from across Canada to discuss Budget 2021 and the generational investment to build a Canada-wide early learning and child care system.


31 iPads Donated to Tufts Children’s Hospital

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About 15 years ago the District 4 (Back Bay, South End) Community Service Office added Tufts Children’s Hospital to its annual Christmas drive to get toys and clothing to the patients and families of the Hematology and Oncology Unit.

This year during COVID, the D4 Community Service Office reached out and asked Tufts Children’s Hospital if there was something in particular they needed. They stated they could use an iPad so that patients could communicate virtually with their loved ones due to visitation restrictions. The Community Service Office then asked the City of Boston Credit Union if it could donate an iPad. The Credit Union replied, saying they would like to donate 31 iPads. Not only will these iPads provide the kids at Tufts with an opportunity to communicate and face time with their families, they will also provide entertainment for them while they are receiving treatment.


Loaded Firearm Recovered after a Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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On Thursday April 22, 2021 at about 03:55 PM, after an investigation into an individual possessing a vehicle with weapons and ammunition inside, officers located the suspects vehicle on Kingsdale St, Dorchester (District B3). At about 5:09 PM, officers observed the suspect entering his vehicle with a brown back pack. Officers then stopped the vehicle in the area of Browning Avenue and Wales St, Dorchester. Officers determined that the suspect had a suspended license and arrested Stevens Augustave, 21, of Randolph, MA. During a Motor Vehicle Inventory Search, officers located the following items from the brown back pack Augustave was observed with:  A medium plastic bag and 4 plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and also two glass jars containing loose marijuana. Officers then discovered a black Sig Sauer 9MM which contained 10 rounds under the seat. When asked to see Augustave's License to Carry, Augustave could not produce one. Inside of the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a black duffle bag containing two black mask, two black bags, one brown cap, two sets of gloves, a plastic bag, three glass jars and a can of butane.  Further investigation revealed that the motor vehicle had attached plates and a canceled registration that came back to a different person.

Augustave will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Operating after Suspension and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.


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

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine following the announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they have lifted the previously recommended pause on the J&J vaccine.


IDOA NOW ACCEPTING SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROPOSALS

SPRINGFIELD, IL - In an effort to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of Illinois' specialty crop industry, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals. The application can be found in the IDOA website and must be returned to the Department by 4pm on May 24, 2021.


Public Health Officials Announce 3,369 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,369 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 22 additional deaths.


Minister Bibeau and Minister Carr join Prairie farmers to discuss on-farm climate action investments in Budget 2021

Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada's plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.


CASE Advances Wheel Loader Performance, Connectivity, Intelligence and Uptime with Comprehensive G Series Wheel Loader Technology Enhancements

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced comprehensive enhancements to its entire line of G Series wheel loaders to improve performance and productivity, increase uptime, and empower the operator with greater control and understanding of the machine and its work.


Forests Ontario Welcomes New President and Vice President

Steve Hounsell is stepping down as President and Chair of Forests Ontario, though will remain on the Board of the not-for-profit organization. Concurrently, Malcolm Cockwell of Haliburton, Ontario has been selected by the Board of Directors as the new President, effective immediately. Current Board member Christine Leduc from Timmins, Ontario will become Vice President of the Board of Forests Ontario.


John Deere Adds Smooth Boom Control Technology for Tracked Feller Bunchers and Harvesters

Further enhancing the machine operation in demanding forestry applications, John Deere adds its Smooth Boom Control (SBC) technology to its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters.


FBI Boston Teen Academy

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BPD Bureau of Community Engagement – One of our students from the “We Belong Youth Program” applied, was accepted and attended the FBI Boston Teen Academy on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Congratulations!


Calving Season Wrapping Up

Calving season is coming to an end. Shawn Cabak is a Livestock and Forage Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture & Resource Development.


€515,000 price highlight for champion stallion Splendid

The champion stallion of the 10th Oldenburg saddle licensing cracked a record price when he was knocked down at €515,000. Splendid (San Amour - N-Infinity x Dream Boy x Friedenfürst/T) was bred by Rob Zandvoort from Belgium. This noble black stallion – the most expensive champion of all 10 saddle licensings, to date – has […]


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Gov. Pritzker Issues Earth Day Executive Orders to Protect Consumers and Advance Clean Energy Efforts in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD-Recognizing Earth Day, Governor JB Pritzker signed two Executive Orders that put consumers and climate first, further advancing the administration's commitment to transition to clean energy economy and protect the health, safety, and well-being of Illinois communities and consumers.


On Earth Day, IDOT reminds motorists to ‘think before you throw’

SPRINGFIELD - As the world celebrates Earth Day, the Illinois Department of Transportation is joining its Adopt-A-Highway program partners and volunteer groups to remind motorists that we must all do our part to protect the environment - and our pocketbooks - by disposing of trash properly through its "Think Before You Throw" anti-littering initiative. Gov. JB Pritzker has designated April "Anti-Roadside Littering Campaign Month" in Illinois.


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down for Every Metro Area Compared to Last March

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


How digitizing data can benefit the farm

Finding value in digitizing data can be a challenge for some farmers. Yet digital data offers many applications, according to Marty Seymour, FCC Director of Industry and Stakeholder Relations.


Dig Into Soil Teaches 4-H Members to be Soil Health Champions

Youth across Canada will be digging into the topic of soil conservation this spring, with 4-H Canada’s newest at-home learning initiative, Dig Into Soil, developed with support from Syngenta Canada Inc.


New 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Council Representative & Youth Director

4-H Ontario is excited to announce Nicole French will continue as the Director-Youth on the Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors and Kayla Emmerton was selected as the new 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Council Representative.


Ontario Investing $25.5 Million in Technology to Protect Agri-Food Workers

The Ontario government is launching a modernized cost-share intake as part of a $25.5 million program to increase the adoption of technological innovations within the agri-food sector to enhance the health and safety of workers and improve the sector's efficiency and productivity.


Ontario Taking Action Against Invasive Species, Including Wild Pigs

The Ontario government is protecting the economy and environment by expanding protections to prevent invasive species from establishing or spreading in the province.


$13,000 Flute Reported Missing in 2012 Recovered

On April 19, 2021, detectives from District A-1 (Downtown, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, North End) returned a valuable flute to its rightful owner after it was reported missing in 2012 after its owner left it in a taxi cab.

On February 19, 2021, Boston Police were contacted by an individual working at a music instrument store in Boston who reported that an individual came into the music instrument store with the flute looking to determine its value. The music store employee took the individuals contact information and a picture of the flute with its serial number. The employee later determined that the flute may be the one that was reported missing in 2012.

On April 9, 2021, detectives spoke with the individual who entered the music instrument store and attempted to determine the value of the flute that he was in possession of. The individual told detectives that he was in possession of the flute and that he purchased the flute from an unknown male. The individual then turned over the flute to detectives so that it could be returned to its rightful owner. It was then determined that the individual was a taxi cab driver who was driving a cab the day that the flute was reported missing.

Complaints to be sought against the suspect in Boston Municipal Court for Receiving Stolen Goods.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Nearly $18 Million in Rebuild Illinois Fund for the Phillip J. Rock Center and School

GLEN ELLYN - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $18 million has been released for the replacement of the Phillip J. Rock Center and School. CDB will oversee the project's design and construction in accordance with the protocol for state-appropriated projects.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces $307,050 in Funding to Southwestern Illinois College Towards the Replacement of Campus Floors

BELLEVILLE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $307,050 has been released from the state towards the replacement of campus floors at Southwestern Illinois College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $409,400.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Design Firm for $80 Million Rebuild Illinois Funded Central Computing Facility in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) has selected Exp U.S. Services, Incorporated as the preferred architectural design firm for the new Central Computing Facility in Springfield. CDB will oversee the project's design and construction in accordance with the protocol for state-appropriated projects.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $1 Million in Funding to William Rainey Harper College Towards the Renovation of the HVAC System

PALATINE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $1 million has been released from the state towards the renovation of the HVAC system at William Rainey Harper College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $1.7 million.


Notice of Funding Opportunity for Online System to Increase Information About Alzheimer’s Disease and Available Services

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is providing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to enlist an agency to develop an online system (e.g., website, portal, or other innovative and interactive approach) to educate Illinoisans of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces $712,000 in Funding to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Towards Repairs to Stone Facia

EDWARDSVILLE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $712,000 has been released from the state towards the repairs of the stone facia at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces $8.9 Million in Funding to Northern Illinois University Towards Structural Repairs, Exterior Improvements, and Roof Replacement

DEKALB - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $8.9 million has been released from the state towards structural repairs, exterior improvements, and roof replacement at Northern Illinois University.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Over $6 Million in Funding to Triton College Towards the Replacement of Parking Lots and Roadways

RIVER GROVE - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced over $6 million has been released from the state towards the replacement of parking lots and roadways at Triton College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of over $8 million.


Public Health Officials Announce 2,765 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,765 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 28 additional deaths.


Illinois Capital Development Board Announces $431,250 in Funding to Lincoln Land Community College Toward the Upgrade of Exterior Doors

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Capital Development Board today announced $431,250 has been released from the state towards the upgrade of exterior doors at Lincoln Land Community College, with local matching funds supporting a total investment of $575,000.


Public Museum Capital Grants Program Accepting Applications

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which administers the program, is accepting applications from qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2021.


From bean to bar: Canadian hazelnut producers hoping to join the mix

While much of Canada’s food and beverage industry has been hit by disruptions caused by the pandemic, the country’s chocolate processors and hazelnut producers hope to benefit from a combination of consumer indulgence and a growing “buy local” trend.


Grain Farmers of Ontario Applaud Federal Budget Commitment to Rebate Carbon Payments for Grain Drying

Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, applaud the federal government’s commitment to return a portion of the proceeds from the price on pollution directly to famers. This decision was announced in Budget 2021, tabled today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland.


It’s Still Chicken as Usual on Ontario Chicken Farms

It has been one year since the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s (CFO) message to Ontario consumers remains the same – it is still Chicken as Usual in Ontario.


FMC Corporation enters distribution agreement with Syngenta Crop Protection to commercialize biological seed treatment innovation in Canada

FMC Corporation, a leading agricultural sciences company, announced a commercial agreement with Syngenta Crop Protection to distribute FMC’s new biological seed treatment for corn and soybean in Canada targeting the suppression of key diseases and nematodes.


Boston 96 and Public Journal for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Data includes 96–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 6

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 16

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.


U of G Ridgetown Campus launches new scholarship program

The Ridgetown Campus will be awarding entrance scholarships this fall


Rideshare Driver Arrested after Indecent Assault and Battery in Brighton

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 a victim entered District 14 in Brighton to report that she was indecently assaulted by a rideshare driver.  Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit conducted an investigation and were able to identify the driver and obtain a warrant for him.

The rideshare driver, Sonpreet Singh 25, of Somerville surrendered himself at District 14 on Sunday, April 18, 2021 where he was arrested for a straight warrant for Indecent Assault and Battery on a person over 14.  Singh will be arraigned in Brighton District Court.

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Officers Arrest Shrewsbury Male in Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

At about 9:23 PM on Monday, April 19th, 2021, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) made an on-site firearm arrest of Jesse Okiria, 21, of Shrewsbury, MA in the area of Millet Street and Athelwold Street in Dorchester.  

Officers responded to the area for a call for shots fired and observed a large group of 20-30 young adults on Athelwold Street between Millet Street and Norwell Street. Officers observed three males quickly walk away with one of the males grabbing his waist area while fleeing on foot.

The male fled over a fence at the corner of Harvard Street and Standish Street before being apprehended. While canvassing the flight path, officers located a loaded Polymer 80 9mm Semi-Automatic firearm with seventeen rounds in the magazine.

Jesse Okiria was arrested and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Dangerous Weapons Unlawfully Carried, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Trespassing. Okiria is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.


Illinois Increases Vaccine Access in Eight Rural Counties

CHICAGO - To further expand availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor JB Pritzker announced today three additional counties will receive state support from the Rural Vaccination program and five new counties will receive Rapid Response vaccination teams to reverse COVID-19 trends.


2020 Whiteside County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Whiteside 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’s Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.


2020 Shelby County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - Shelby 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 St. Clair County Final Multiplier Announced

SPRINGFIELD, IL, - St. Clair 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 LaSalle County Final Multiplier Announced

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


Innovation Saskatchewan Supporting the Growth of Agricultural Technology

Today, the government introduced The Innovation Saskatchewan Amendment Act, 2021, to further support agricultural technology development in the province. This legislation provides the authority for Innovation Saskatchewan to make investments in agricultural technology (agtech) startups through a Venture Capital fund. "As our economic recovery continues, our government remains committed to supporting growth and investment in the technology sector," Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison said. "The changes we are making to The Innovation Saskatchewan Act will allow for new investment into game-changing technology for farmers and producers that will help accelerate our economic recovery and become a significant economic driver for our province."


Saskatchewan Welcomes Clean Seed to Province

Leading Agricultural Technology Company Expands Operations with Saskatchewan Facility Today, the Government of Saskatchewan welcomed Clean Seed Capital Group Limited ("Clean Seed"), an Agricultural Seeding Technology company, to the province. Clean Seed is expanding their operations through the lease of a newly built 16,000 square foot facility located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which will be the heart of the company's Canadian prairie operations and cornerstone for early commercialization plans for the SMART SeederTM MAX/MAX-S.


Saskatchewan See Largest Gains In Wholesale Trade Among The Provinces In February

Wholesale Trade up 25 Per Cent in February 2021 over 2020 Today, Statistics Canada released indicators showing wholesale trade in Saskatchewan increased by 25.3 per cent (seasonally-adjusted) in February 2021 compared to February 2020, which was the largest percentage increase among the provinces. Nationally, wholesale trade increased by 6.5 per cent over the same period.


Winkler Meats Participating In Rapid Testing Screening Program

The Manitoba government has launched a rapid testing screening program to support businesses and critical service providers by helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 through early detection. “We are partnering with Manitoba businesses and critical services to make the best use of our rapid test supply with the goal of identifying asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and other critical settings that would otherwise go undetected,” said Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson. “This rapid test program will help us protect more Manitobans as we deal with a rise in COVID-19 cases.”


Farmers Still Planting Shelterbelts

The Stanley Soil Management Association held its AGM last week. Richard Warkentin is a technician with the organization. "What we've done a lot in the past few years and what still is our bread and butter is our shelterbelt planting and maintenance program. In 2013, the PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) disbanded and they closed down their tree nursery at Indian Head and so we decided to fill in the gap a bit. You can order seedling trees from us."


SBS 2021 stallions

Due to the rhinopneumonia epidemic, the SBS Studbook was forced to cancel its annual stallion expertise, the International Selection Show, which was due to be held March 6/7, 2021 in Gesves. The 42 registered stallion candidates will benefit from a temporary approval for public service for the 2021 season. It should be remembered that all […]


Juvenile Male Arrested on Firearm Charges in Roxbury

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On Sunday, April 18, 2021, at about 6:02pm, officers made a firearm arrest in the area of 25 Bragdon Street, Roxbury.  Officers assigned to an anti-crime unit observed a male juvenile who was reported missing.  Upon seeing the officers approaching, the male juvenile began to separate himself from group he was walking with. The juvenile was in possession of a red fanny pack that he was clutching tight to his body. The juvenile then ran down Columbus Avenue towards Bragdon Street.  The juvenile was stopped in a rear yard on Bragdon Street. A loaded Lorcin Model L380, .380 caliber automatic handgun with 5 rounds of ammunition was recovered in the juvenile’s fanny pack.  Also located inside of the fanny pack was a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

The juvenile was taken into custody and arrested for Trespassing; Delinquent to Wit- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; Delinquent to Wit- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition; Delinquent to Wit- Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.  The juvenile was also issued a citation for Possession of Marijuana by Juvenile. 


Public Health Officials Announce 1,959 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,959 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 22 additional deaths.


Gov. Pritzker Names Gary Johnson Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board

SPRINGFIELD- Governor JB Pritzker today announced Gary Johnson will be the new Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board (ALPLM).


Gov. Pritzker Activates Illinois National Guard at Request of City of Chicago to Help Protect Communities

CHICAGO - At the request of the City of Chicago, Governor JB Pritzker is activating 125 personnel from the Illinois National Guard to stand by to support the Chicago Police Department with a verdict expected in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Members of the Guard will deploy to Chicago beginning tomorrow, April 20, to pre-position and support the Chicago Police Department as needed.


ILLINOIS STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2021-22 ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS

CHICAGO - The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce the 2021-22* Illinois State Scholars. These top performing students are selected annually based on their ACT or SAT exams and sixth semester class rank and are recognized for their exceptional academic achievement.


Search Warrant Leads to Rescue and Recovery of Dogs, Arrest

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, Area C-11 (Dorchester) detectives along with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Boston Animal Control executed a Dorchester Court Search warrant at 5 Toledo Terrace which resulted in the rescue and recovery of 5 endangered Pit Bull dogs, a significant amount of marijuana, labels for packaging marijuana for sale, equipment used for training dogs for fighting, one high capacity magazine and several other items used in the training and breeding of dogs for the purposes of dog fighting. Javier Ruperto, 42, of Dorchester, was arrested for: Operating an Illegal Kennel; Tethering & Confinement of Animals; Animal Cruelty; Training & Possession of animals; Possession Class D drugs w/Intent to Distribute and Assault & Battery on a police officer.

 


Oldenburg saddle licensing and auction begins tomorrow

On Monday, April 19, the strong type stallions of the 10th Oldenburg Saddle Licensing will compete for a coveted licensing certificate. The licensing begins at 1:00 p.m. with inspection on hard ground, after which they will be presented under saddle. You can watch the 10th Oldenburger Saddle Licensing live, with the online auction starrting on […]


Popular Sympatic reaches price highlight

The Verden online April auction developed into a lively market place, with 67 talented riding horses costing an average of €25,634. The statistics were led by head number one, Sympatico (Secret x Don Crusador), who was auctioned for €105,000 to a dressage trainer from Hesse. Bred by Dr. Elke Standeker, Stübing, Austria, and exhibited by Carsten […]


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.