To protect, serve, mourn

first_imgMore than 40 Harvard police officers stood outside Harvard Stadium Wednesday morning, but no emergency had called them to the scene.Instead they had gathered, off-duty, to honor one of their own, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, the 27-year-old killed in the line of duty last Thursday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.“Emotions are running pretty high around here,” said Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) Chief Francis “Bud” Riley, as the group prepared to board two shuttle buses headed to Collier’s memorial at MIT’s Briggs Field.Though Harvard and MIT are sometimes cast as rivals in everything from prank wars to academic standing, it is a friendly relationship. And the two universities’ police forces are especially close. HUPD often does in-service training with the Cambridge and MIT police, Riley said. Although most Harvard officers had not known Collier, who had patrolled MIT for only 15 months, his memorial drew nearly the entire Harvard force that wasn’t on duty.HUPD joined thousands of law enforcement officials from around the country — and an equally large crowd of civilians — to pay tribute to Collier at a noon service. The MIT event attracted other college heads, including Harvard President Drew Faust, and politicians both local (Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick) and more national (Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who each addressed the audience).“The MIT community is like family to Harvard, and I wanted to honor Officer Collier and his service to the students, faculty and staff of our neighboring institution,” said Faust.MIT President L. Rafael Reif (center, from left), Vice President Joseph Biden, and singer James Taylor gathered onstage at MIT’s Briggs Field to pay tribute to Sean Collier.The day’s program — which included performances by singer/songwriter James Taylor, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and Massachusetts State Police bagpipers and drummers — highlighted Collier’s contributions to the MIT community, and the unusual role that university police officers can play in campus life.“Officer Collier did not just have a job at MIT. He had a life at MIT,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “He had a deep, broad, beautiful sense of what his duty involved.”Various speakers, including Collier’s brother, Andrew, recalled examples of Collier’s unusually personal commitment to the community he had vowed to protect: stopping into a robotics lab late at night to ask a grad student about his research, volunteering with an organization that served Cambridge’s homeless, even taking ballroom dancing lessons and going on hikes with student groups.For all the law enforcement officers gathered on the field, whether they hailed from Canada, Florida, or just down Massachusetts Avenue, Collier’s service to MIT “left us a lesson,” said John DiFava, MIT’s chief of police. “Every time you put on the uniform, do it right.”last_img read more

Audit of homeland security and emergency management grants

first_imgVermont State Auditor Randy Brock’s report dictated that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) should seek repayment of $30,976 from three local government entities: $7,508 from the Village of Johnson; $19,650 from the Town of Norwich; and $3,818 from Rutland County Clerks Collaborative (RCCC).The Village of Johnson applied for a grant to replace equipment destroyed in a fire at the fire department building. At the same time, they acquired another reimbursement for this equipment by its insurance company and through the approval of DPS. The Town of Norwich applied for a grant to install a backup generator for its municipal building. However, a bulk of its matching contribution included the appraised value of a generator that was acquired several years prior. RCCC applied for a grant to hire a consultant to conduct risk assessments for its 14 member towns. To meet the local match requirement a DPS employee improperly encouraged the RCCC to submit the value of donated time by a paid contractor and false documentation of a cash vendor payment.In each of these cases, federal grant requirements or DPS accounting policies were violated. Brock’s report was a recommendation that DPS set up a process for tracking audit findings to resolution to be sure that all identified improper repayments are fully reimbursed.last_img read more

Explosion reported in Menteng, Central Jakarta

first_imgAn explosion occurred on Jl. Yusuf Adiwinata in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Sunday afternoon. Police temporarily closed the street after the incident.Central Jakarta Police Chief Sr. Com Heru Novianto said the explosion caused no casualties or significant damage.”We expect the explosion was caused by a firecracker, because it was not big and there was no significant effect or casualties. It only caused flat tires because the blast occurred near a parked car.” Heru said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.Anto, a Menteng resident, said the explosion caused smoke to rise from underneath the car.”I heard the explosion and immediately went out [of my house] to check. I did not know the source of the explosion at first. All I knew was that there was smoke rising from underneath the car, and not long after, someone came and put it out using a fire extinguisher,” he said.Joko, another resident, said the explosion occurred at about 2:15 p.m.”I heard the explosion. It was quite loud. It even set off the alarm of a car parked about 10 meters from the explosion,” he said.Heru said it was unlikely that the explosion had any link to terrorism.”Terrorists always seek victims and they always use dangerous explosive material. But we can conclude that the explosion was caused by a low-explosive material,” he said.The Jakarta police questioned five witnesses of the incident and reviewed CCTV footage from the area.According to Heru, some witnesses claimed the perpetrator put the explosive under the car while others said they saw two unidentified motorcyclists throw the explosive near the car.Police also questioned the car’s owner, who is an employee at a private company.”We are still reviewing the car owner’s testimony. Maybe the company has some problems or something,” Heru said, adding that the police were awaiting results from the forensics lab. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Hiatt hauls home opening night hardware, Grabouski gets two Saturday wins at Eagle

first_imgShane Hiatt’s $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 20-21) – Defending track champion Shane Hiatt raced his way to victory lane on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.Former track champion Jordan Grabouski accomplished the feat twice on night two.Hiatt earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth along with Friday’s IMCA Modified main event. Grabouski, already on the ballot, was best in Saturday’s $2,000 to win head­liner and pocketed another $500 for winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.The leader from the drop of the Friday night green, Hiatt ran ahead of Mike Densberger much of the distance before his challenger pulled into the infield with five circuits left.After a couple late restarts, Hunter Marriott wrestled the second spot from Grabouski. Dylan Smith and Eddie Belec completed the top five.Saturday featured another field filled with heavy hitters as Grabouski had to take the front spot away from Marriott and hold on.The laps 12 laps saw Marriott try both high and low grooves but to no avail. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kelly Shryock advanced to top four spots and early leader Tim Ward was fifth.Not a newcomer to the class, Grabouski gained second following a restart and took the lead with eight laps to go in the Stock Car feature. Les Lundquist and Kyle Vanover rounded out the top three.Jordan Grabouski won both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge. (Photo by Joe Orth)Jason Martin paced the IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car main event in a newly-built ride.The leader from start to finish, Martin took the $1,000 win with Toby Chapman, Stuart Snyder and Ty­ler Dueke next across the stripe.Lance Borgman proved up to the Ice Breaker Challenge, earning an extra $1,000 for sweeping the weekend’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features.Borgman won by a straightaway ahead of Shawn Harker and Joe Feyen on opening night and ahead of Adam Armstrong and Feyen on night two. Borgman was also a double winner and $1,000 Ice Breaker Challenge bonus recipient in 2016.Also on Friday, Corey Madden was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner ahead of Chad Borgman and Shawn Slezak. Drake Bohlmeyer was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event, with Trenten Fugett second and Ramsey Meyer third.April 20 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Shane Hiatt; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Jordan Grabouski; 4. Dylan Smith; 5. Eddie Belec; 6. Jesse Dennis  7. Bob Zoubek; 8. Jacob Hobscheidt; 9. Randy Foote; 10. Clint Homan; 11. Chad Andersen; 12. Jesse Skalicky; 13. Terry Hurt; 14. Mike Densberger; 15. Nathan Lan­dauer; 16. John Burrow Jr.; 17. Jordy Nelson; 18. Ethan Dotson; 19. A.J. Valim; 20. Josh Blumer; 21. Ricky Thornton Jr.Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Chad Borgman; 3. Shawn Slezak; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Tyler Saathoff; 6. Jeff Ware; 7. David Carter; 8. Ben Becher; 9. Brett Saathoff; 10. Albert Kiihne; 11. Jeff Watts; 12. Chuck Madden Jr.; 13. Nick Beckman; 14. Justin Busboom; 15. Rowan Ma­son; 16. Brandon Wergin; 17. Brandon Nelson; 18. Dillon Richards; 19. Kevin Vanlaningham; 20. Eric Chab.Northern SportMods – 1. Lance Borgman; 2. Shawn Harker; 3. Joe Feyen; 4. Josh Pfeifer; 5. Arie Schouten; 6. Gunnar Pike; 7. Cole Wayman; 8. Adam Armstrong; 9. Dillon Schultz; 10. Colby Langenberg; 11. Derick Noonan; 12. Gary Saathoff; 13. Mary Lenz; 14. Jeff Brunssen; 15. An­thony Kobus; 16. Joe Schidler; 17. Nicholas Peters; 18. Bobby Draper; 19. Trevor Noonan; 20. Dion Kovar.Sport Compacts – 1. Drake Bohlmeyer; 2. Trenten Fugett; 3. Ramsey Meyer; 4. Nick Lindblad; 5. Shawn Hein; 6. Terry Tritt; 7. Brian Petro; 8. Tommy Etherton; 9. Steffen Oaks; 10. Andrew Harris; 11. Justin Callender; 12. Jeff Creek; 13. Bryan Vannausdle; 14. Tim Horsham; 15. Jeremy Bohlen; 16. Fred Johnson; 17. Daniel Morris; 18. Tyler Masek; 19. R.J. Maas; 20. John Martinez.April 21 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Marriott; 3. Thornton; 4. Kelly Shryock; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Smith; 7. Ryan Jenkins; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Belec; 10. Zoubek; 11. Nelson; 12. Jesse Dennis  13. Dens­berger; 14. Justin Wulf; 15. Joshua Vogt; 16. Blumer; 17. Brandon Clough; 18. Jaxon Saathoff; 19. Hiatt; 20. Andersen.Sprint Cars – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Toby Chapman; 3. Stuart Snyder; 4. Tyler Drueke; 5. Shon Pointer; 6. Cody Ledger; 7. Adam Gullion; 8. Jimmy Grasso; 9. Jason Danley; 10. Gene Ackland; 11. Matt Richards; 12. Shayle Bade; 13. Ryan King; 14. Nathan Weiler; 15. Clint Benson; 16. Zach Blurton; 17. Trey Gropp; 18. Austin McLean; 19. Trevor Grossenbacher; 20. Josh Riggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Borgman; 2. Armstrong; 3. Feyen; 4. Harker; 5. Karl Brewer; 6. Pike; 7. Saathoff; 8. Brunssen; 9. Langenberg; 10. Schouten; 11. Kobus; 12. Lenz; 13. Brian Osan­towski; 14. Matthew Andrews; 15. Pfeifer; 16. Jason Harms; 17. James Roebuck; 18. Schultz; 19. Wayman; 20. Schidler.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Les Lundquist; 3. Kyle Vanover; 4. Kyle Clough; 5. Shane Stutzman; 6. Dan Nelson; 7. Shawn Primrose; 8. Doug Adamy; 9. Marty Steinbach; 10. B.J. Wag­oner; 11. Nick Woodard; 12. Tanner Pettitt; 13. Eric Bartels; 14. Chad Bruns; 15. Ron Pettitt; 16. Jeff Whiting; 17. Austin Brauner; 18. John Bruegman; 19. Eric Rempel; 20. Kyle Dumpert.last_img read more

Women of Troy host two conference foes

first_imgThe USC women’s swimming and diving team will face top Pac-10 rivals California and Stanford at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium Friday and Saturday, with the Women of Troy eager to set the pace against some of the toughest competition they have faced this season.Quick starts · The USC women’s swimming team will host two dual meets in less than 24 hours. After losing a large contingent of seniors, the Women of Troy will rely heavily on their young swimmers for points. – Eric Burse | Daily Trojan “The fun thing about this weekend is that this is perhaps the most evenly matched competition between the three different schools in the last four to five years,” USC assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said.Cal, the reigning NCAA champions, is out for revenge after last year’s dual meet in Berkley, when the Women of Troy ran up a victorious score on a stunned Bears squad.“We are going to do what we can to take a few wins and make it close,” USC coach Dave Salo said. “With the graduation of Rebecca Soni, Katy Houston, Kristen Lahey and Rachael Waller, we are going to rely on a very young team to follow up with last year’s upset win over Cal.”The battle against Stanford will be another story, however, as the Trojans are looking to close the gap on the No. 4 team. Last year’s meet came down to the last few races, so this time the team will have to get off the walls fast and finish hard if they hope to capture victory.“Stanford is undefeated this season and looks to be among the favorites to win the NCAA championships this year,” Salo said. “We are excited and ready to compete with both teams.”The competition will also mark the last dual meet for senior captains Dina Hegazy and Krissy Forelli. Both women were All-Americans at last year’s NCAAs and will be looking to make the championship team once again this season.The Trojans to watch on both days will be sophomore Katinka Hosszu, junior Lyndsay DePaul and freshman Haley Anderson. Hozzsu and DePaul are among the best all-around swimmers in the NCAA and will be important in the distance, medley and sprint events. Anderson has proven herself to be USC’s leading distance lady, and the team will be looking to her to start off the meet with a win.Sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu will be another key competitor for the Trojans on both days, particularly against Stanford, which has one of the top diving teams in the country.“One area to watch and will be critical are the divers,” Kipp said. “We could possibly go a 1-2-3 sweep in both boards, which would be a huge advantage.”Although USC will rely heavily on the high-scoring teammates, what will ultimately dictate the outcome will be the smaller, yet valuable, efforts of the swimmers fighting for third, fourth and fifth, where points can add up and ultimately decide competitions.“The meet will be won on freshmen like Jessie Schmitt and Christel Simms who will need to step up big time,” Kipp said.last_img read more