|Posted on March 24, 2017 at 4:55 AM|
15 to 40 Years in Jail.
Orange Jumpsuit & commisary TANG.
Visits from the piggy greedy Fishwives.
" When there ain't nothing left but the crying," the old cowboy said. Justice always comes. Watch & See.
WAYNE BRUNET & JACKSON COUNTY DOPE
Feds say 64-year-old pilot transporting 237 pounds of pot was headed for S.A.-area airport
64-year-old man was arrested by federal authorities Monday after they say he transported 230 pounds of marijuana from Oregon to Texas in an airplane.
Wayne Douglas Brunet, 64, now faces between five and 40 years in federal prison if convicted of the federal drug charges. He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday in Austin, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Brunet is believed to originally departed from Medford, Oregon on Sunday, March 19, stopping once in Holbrook, Arizona, before making his way to Texas.
gents from the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operation Center say Brunet was flying a suspicious flight pattern, so they began tracking him.
The agents followed his flight path to an airport in Bulverde, Texas, where Brunet was scheduled to land, but when he arrived and noticed the authorities waiting for him, he went airborne again.
He flew next to the Lago Vista airport, near Lake Travis, but aborted his landing again, as authorities were waiting for him there as well.
Finally, Brunet landed at the Llano Municipal Airport just after midnight Monday and attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended and 15 duffel bags filled with vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana and $6,000 were recovered from his plane.
The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Department of Public Safety Air Unit and the Llano County Sheriff's Office "
|Posted on February 26, 2017 at 10:25 PM|
Reports: Mcebisi Jonas named in police probe into alleged corruption at South African Air
The Hawks are investigating allegations that Jonas used his political influence to secure
US aircraft company AAR Corp contracts at the state airline.
Don't believe everything that McMillin/ AAR CORP beans...
Reuters | Wings-of-Justice
JOHANNESBURG – The Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is being investigated by the Hawks elite police unit as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at state-owned South African Airways (SAA), the City Press newspaper reported on Sunday.
As part of the probe into SAA, the unit is investigating allegations that Jonas used his political influence to secure US aircraft company AAR Corp contracts to supply components and tyres to the state airline, the newspaper cited three unidentified Hawks sources and one SAA source as saying.
Treasury spokeswoman Yolisa Tyantsi declined to comment, while the spokespeople for Jonas and the SAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi was quoted by City Press as saying there was an investigation into allegations of corruption at SAA but it was policy not reveal names of those being probed. Mulaudzi did not answer calls from Reuters.
AAR Corp could not be reached for comment. The firm was quoted by City Press as denying any wrongdoing. "AAR conducts its business with the highest ethical and legal standards," a unidentified spokesman was quoted as saying. (except when they don't)
Jonas has been an outspoken critic of government corruption and he opened divides within the ruling African National Congress last year when he said businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma said they could secure him the finance ministry job.
Zuma and the Indian Gupta family deny any wrongdoing.
An investigation last year by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, which was later dropped, shook South Africa's financial markets. "
|Posted on February 1, 2017 at 3:30 AM|
Mistress of embezzling sheriff’s capt. is sentenced
" Krista Mudrick benefited from the $200K Beard took from Deschutes sheriff’s office
By Aubrey Wieber, The Bulletin
Published Jan 30, 2017 at 05:41PM / Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 06:28PM
[EUGENE — A former Deschutes County Sheriff’s captain convicted of embezzling funds to buy gifts for his mistress will serve five years in federal prison. Scott Beard pleaded guilty in May to four counts of stealing and laundering more than $200,000 in federal funds dedicated to Deschutes County and regional drug enforcement efforts and transferring those funds to Krista Mudrick, Beard’s mistress and a former sheriff’s office employee. Beard was taken into custody immediately following ]
Former DCSO captain sentenced, taken into custody
Former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scott Beard’s former mistress was sentenced Monday in federal court in Eugene to three years of probation for lying to federal agents investigating Beard’s embezzlement from the sheriff’s office.
Krista Mudrick, 36, pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to lying to FBI and IRS agents about knowing where the money supporting her and Beard’s lavish lifestyle came from. Beard stole $205,747 from the office in 2014 and 2015 and claimed to have spent most of the money on Mudrick. The two took “sex trips” to South Africa and Amsterdam, as well as trips to Seattle and Reno, Nevada, according to a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court Dec. 30.
Beard was sentenced Sept. 8 to five years in prison.
During the 2014 Amsterdam trip, the couple indulged in use of cocaine, marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms with stolen money, according to the sentencing memo.
Beard also used the money to pay Mudrick’s moving expenses and rent after she separated from her husband. Beard did this while married to another woman. In addition, he used the money to buy Mudrick a car, a motorcycle, rifles, voice lessons, cosmetic surgeries, concert tickets, a gym membership and tanning sessions, the memorandum states.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Papagni sought a sentence of five years of probation and 400 hours of community service. U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane opted for a three-year probation term and 200 hours of community service.
Throughout court proceedings, including during the sentencing, Mudrick maintained she did not know Beard was stealing from the sheriff’s office. McShane acknowledged he wasn’t sure what Mudrick did or didn’t know, Papagni said Monday.
However, in his memorandum, Papagni said there is “no question” that Mudrick was in the loop. Although Mudrick told agents that Beard didn’t pay for her Harley Davidson motorcycle or the international trips, Beard paid cash for the motorcycle and had it registered in Mudrick’s name as to not leave a paper trail, Papagni argued. In July and August of 2015, Beard deposited $14,650 into Mudrick’s bank account to pay for her cosmetic surgeries.
“In return, (Mudrick) provided him carnal and companion benefits,” Papagni wrote in the memorandum.
When questioned, Beard said all the money was spent on Mudrick, except for $10,000 donated to a South African orphanage, and $5,000 to $10,000 given to random homeless people as part of his “repentance,” the memorandum states. However, the memorandum claims the donation to the orphanage was actually found to be $90.03.
Papagni said it was troubling that Mudrick continued to lie about how much she knew, specifically since the criminal charge was for lying. However, in the memorandum, he states she has reunited with her husband and is working to finish college. She is at a low risk to reoffend, he states."
Did someone see a sentencing for a crime go by...
|Posted on January 31, 2017 at 10:15 PM|
No, This is Not Your Grandpa's Police Department
By Phil Busse and James Williams
No, this is not your grandpa's Police Department
In recent months, the Bend Police Department has been rocked by a mid-level scandal: In January 2016, The Bulletin reported that the Public Information Officer had been having sex with three female city employees over the past several years—sometimes in a squad car and reportedly in the police department's bathrooms and in vehicles on public streets, all while on duty.
A week after that news broke, Police Chief Jeff Sale, who had commanded the force since 2011, was politely and unceremoniously let go. (then Mike Winters hired him)
If that weren't distracting and disturbing enough, the department is chronically hamstrung by budget shortages, and Sale's brusk leadership style led to a crisis in confidence—by the time of his firing, department morale was at paltry levels that would shame even Congress' abysmal approval ratings.
But that is merely a snapshot, and only tells the most salacious chapter of the story, and one that the City of Bend and its police department are steadily working to put into their rear view mirrors. To do so, the Bend Police Department is adopting new data-crunching methods to make local policing more efficient while training officers to deal with mental health issues that should calm some of the most chronic offenders. Plus, new leadership theories are being tossed around—ones also less about old-school drill sergeant, my-way-or-the-highway, and more about collaboration and problem solving.
It was just after 5:30 p.m. on a drizzly and cold Valentine's Day evening when officer Lisa Nelson pulls out of the Bend Police Department's lower parking lot to start her 10- and-one-half-hour shift. No sooner had the 48-year-old officer and nearly 19-year police force veteran turned west onto Greenwood Avenue than she received her first call of the night. A driver operating with a suspended license had just been pulled over in front of Pilot Butte Drive-In. Nelson is the second officer on the scene.
The offender is a young woman in her early 20s. Friendly and cooperative, the college-aged co-ed melts into sobs when asked if she had been drinking. She had been in an argument with her boyfriend, she explains, and after too many cocktails stormed out in a huff. She refuses a field sobriety test and instead calls her beau from the backseat of Nelson's squad car.
"Hey babe, I love you," she says between tears. "He knows I've been drinking," she continued, referring to the other, male officer on the scene. "He's stupid...I mean he's not stupid." More sobs. "Oh babe, I'm sorry."
After she was cuffed and read her rights, the other officer whisks the young woman off to jail.
It seemed a little early in the evening to be so intoxicated, but Nelson assures me that substance abusers rarely wait until happy hour. Nelson explains how she had recently responded to an early morning call in which an SUV-driving, pill-popping mother had hit three cars en route to drop her kids off at school.
"When she got there she was driving on her rims," Nelson says, herself a mother of four.
Nelson's Ford Interceptor squad car is new though she doesn't like it as much as the older, bigger Crown Victorians (the traditional cop car, but which Ford discontinued in 2011). The car's interior is outfitted with plenty of knobs, buttons and speakers, all of which are illuminated by the glow of Nelson's mounted tablet computer, on which she can quickly access information about offenders, interface with city and county records and pull up images of suspects. One photo, that of a blonde female drug dealer who Nelson is tracking, remains on the left side of the screen for most of the early evening.
"It's very useful," Nelson says of the tablet, before making a joke about not needing to write notes on her hands anymore.
At 7:15 p.m., Nelson receives another dispatch—a male reporting domestic abuse. Nelson is nearby and silently races north on Third Street; no lights or siren, but traveling close to 50 mph.
She explains that we are responding to a mental health call. The night before, the woman in question had purposefully cut herself with broken glass. Now, feeling threatened, the woman's husband has left the house, sealing himself and the couple's kids inside his car out front, awaiting the cops.
Nelson parks a few houses away, quickly exits the squad car and trots out of sight toward the couple's house. After nearly 20 minutes, Nelson returns with a middle-aged woman in sweatpants who wears a blank stare across her creaseless face. She will be taken to St. Charles for a mental health evaluation. There, she will hopefully receive the treatment she needs.
Such calls are increasingly common, Nelson says. So common, in fact, that many of the officers recognize perpetrators by their first names.
"We're really community service oriented," Nelson says, a nod to the department's long-running commitment to high response. And, more recently, the addition of positions like a mental health coordinator and a crimes analyst are better calibrating the police force to the community's needs.
Tucked on the second floor of the Bend Police Department at the foot of Pilot Butte, in a windowless office, sits Nancy Watson, a young and relatively recent addition to the department. Two knit scarfs are pinned by her door—one for the Galaxy, Los Angeles' professional soccer team, and a second for Portland's Timbers. She doesn't walk any beat, but Watson is integral to solving crime in Bend.
"I love my job," she chirps. "It's awesome."
Watson is from southern California. She interned at the Riverside Sheriff's Department, and then worked with the police department at UCLA as a criminologist. She is young, and has long straight black hair and an easy smile. She sits facing two large computer screens. Taped to her file cabinets are maps of Bend showing clusters of dots. She pulls one down, points to a neighborhood on Bend's near west side, adjacent to the river, and explains that this is a hot spot for recent car thefts, and the times each was reported—and, moreover, that such information helps officers better predict when the thieves will hit next.
She says simply, "I calculate change and stats."
Criminology is nothing new, gaining traction in the United States in the 1920s as sociologists at the University of Chicago cross-referenced information between geographic and criminally behavioral patterns. But while the concept may be a century old, the tools—and the ability to translate raw data of reported crimes—has vastly evolved over the past decade, as has the relevance of crime mapping, as evidenced by the Bend Police Department hiring a full-time crimes analyst.
"I do know more departments are hiring analysts," she explains. "Often, they can't hire more officers, so they hire analysts to use what they have. The idea is to help the officers work more efficiently."
If Watson is the frontal lobe for the police department, processing raw data and helping officers replace instinct with information, then Eileen Flory, one of the department's newest hires and who sits a floor below, is helping bring more heart to policing efforts in the region. Flory, the mental health coordinator, officially started in December, but for two years prior already had been working in her current capacity, setting up training sessions for regional law enforcement.
In the past two years, she has trained dozens of law enforcement agents, from sheriffs to security at Central Oregon Community College, in a process known as the "Memphis Model." When we meet, she briefly steps out from a 40-hour training session, including four more Bend officers.
The so-called Memphis Model, which is more bureaucratically known as Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), started in the late 1980s after public outcry over the police shooting of a mentally ill man in Tennessee who was cutting himself with a knife. After the past several years, an increasing number of police departments have adopted such trainings for their officers, to better manage 9-1-1 calls involving perpetrators with mental health issues—calls that are some of the most dangerous and inefficient, the ones most likely to end up in tense standoffs, and the persons most likely to re-offend and to become chronic issues for police departments. Eight years ago in Portland, two officers responded to a public disturbance call, where they found a bearded man, James Chasse, acting erratically. After tasering him multiple times and forcefully restraining him, Chasse was handcuffed and tossed into the back of a squad car, where he died during the crosstown drive. In response to a resounding public outcry, then Mayor Tom Potter, the city's former police chief, instituted CIT training for officers, the first such mandate for Oregon cities.
Knowing how to best navigate a perpetrator's specific issues, explains Flory, and how to guide that person not into prison but toward hospitals or proper medicines, is safer for officers entering potential volatile confrontations, and it holds hope for longer-term solutions for the perpetrators, and reduces crime rates in the process. Currently, an estimated one-third of the jail population in Deschutes County has serious mental illness. Moreover, offenders with mental health problems suffer recidivism rates greater than 70 percent, meaning two out of three will re-offend.
Only six weeks in her current position, Flory is confident and well-spoken about how law enforcement officers can best respond to what she calls "client" psychological issues. She has 15 years experience as a parole officer, often managing mental health issues with her clients.
She simplifies the training she provides to current, active officers. "Sad, Mad, Bad," she says, ticking off a quick mental checklist she encourages officers to assess when arriving at a call.
"Look and determine if (the perpetrators) are sad or depressed," explains Flory. "Next, 'mad'—are they off their medications? Not acting in their right mind?," she says. "Finally," she concludes, "are they someone who is determined to commit a crime?"
Flory goes on to tell the story about a repeat offender who was on the police's watch list. When he committed a minor crime—throwing a beer can into the Deschutes River—at first, he was given a warning that the offense may actually be prosecuted with the potential for jail time. Flory explains that the man was already anxious and mentally unstable; the pending court case disturbed him so much so that he went into a rage at his apartment.
But what happened next is what CIT training aims to do: The officer responding to the call was properly trained. He calmed the man down, put him into the squad car and took him to the hospital instead of jail, and helped the man pick up the correct medications.
Flory says that the man's girlfriend followed up with the police department to report how grateful she was. "She was amazed," Flory recalls. "It was the first interaction (her boyfriend) had with a police officer that was positive."
When the recent round of CIT training completed last Friday, a total of 22 Bend police officers—nearly one-quarter of the on-duty force—were trained and ready to respond better to calls dealing with mental health issues.
After an employee survey in November, the results for the police department were damning.
"Morale was the lowest of any department in the city," summarizes City Manager Eric King. Using the Baldrige Survey, employees within city departments considered their opinions about the current leadership, and especially their own connection and buy-in.
"When you averaged all those up," offers King, "I think it was 39 percent (at the police department), which is pretty low." In comparison, the fire department leadership was held at 70 percent in terms of positive view.
In January, a long-time department member and captain, Jim Porter, stepped in as the interim police chief.
"In the past, a leader could be more aloof," says King. "Not today."
He adds, "Bend is a small town and traditionally a chief would run the department with a type of command-and-control type of leadership—whatever I say, you do."
"But it's just not that way anymore. What I see all over the organization is that we've got bright people that have just entered the work force and they have really good ideas that we need to hear—there needs to be a system in place where they feel empowered to get those ideas on the table."
Expanding that attitude outside the police department, King adds, "It's not about an ego or that I know best; it's just that I am here as a partner to help make this community a safe place."
And, it is that attitude that interim Police Chief Porter is hoping to saturate throughout the department. Sitting alongside King at a conference table in City Hall, Porter explains new theories about leadership and teamwork. Where the previous chief had been acutely criticized for his aloof style, Porter is immediately approachable.
"You have to motivate the folks that work in the bureau from the inside out," he says. Porter sits ramrod straight in his pressed uniform, but he also carries a grandfather's soft pleasantness. "You can't force it down their throats," he adds.
A Prineville native, Porter has been in police enforcement for three decades, starting with a stint in the Air Force and clocking 16 years on Central Oregon's SWAT team.
Yet, in spite of his hometown roots, Porter believes in recruiting both locally and nationwide. Like a college basketball coach scouting across the nation for the best talent, Porter is proud of the department's recruitment efforts—recently pulling in a hotshot from the Oregon coast and a detective from Las Vegas. He adds, sounding like a clever CEO, that folding in such talent, with a few years of experience already, also saves the department in training costs.
Returning to the theme of leadership, Porter relays how his past is informing his current responsibilities.
"The Air Force taught a really good brand of leadership," he says, "but it was military leadership, not civilian leadership." Out of the Air Force in the late '70s, Porter was hired by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, a time he fondly remembers. "Customer service is their number one priority," he smiles.
He continues, "Leadership through fear doesn't work."
Porter goes on to detail one of his historical heroes, General Dwight Eisenhower, who, Porter explains, had to balance different personality types and egos to effectively wage battles in the Pacific.
"Wars are won and lost on the morale of your army," he concludes.
And rebuilding that morale seems to be Porter's number one priority. "
"Jeff Sale's brusk leadership style led to a crisis in confidence—by the time of his firing, department morale was at paltry levels that would shame even Congress' abysmal approval ratings."
|Posted on December 16, 2016 at 6:40 AM|
Wings-of-Justice asks: Vett Much ???
AAR to Highlight Expanded Presence in the Middle East at Dubai Airshow
November 5, 2015
Aerospace, defense contractor to showcase diverse Aviation and Expeditionary Services
JEBEL ALI, Dubai, November 5, 2015 – AAR, an industry-leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines, OEMs and governments, will highlight at the Dubai Air Show its expanded global presence in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and its broad portfolio of aviation services, including commercial aircraft MRO; supply chain; inventory management and component repair for commercial and government customers; and fixed- and rotor-wing Airlift support for government and defense customers.
Media are invited to stop by Booth #1416, where they will find a deep bench of experts from AAR’s operations worldwide able to discuss global trends in aircraft MRO; translating best commercial practices into cost savings for government and military customers (see AMMROC below); spare parts supply and component repair and management (see Airinmar); expeditionary airlift support and more.
Increased Presence in the Middle East
Over the past year, AAR has expanded its supply chain, Airlift and award-winning MRO offerings in regions where both military and commercial fleets are growing. The Company recently relocated its Middle East office to the World Trade Center in Abu Dhabi. Whether a customer needs MRO advisory services, component management or mission operations and equipment, AAR has the experience and know-how to get the job done having been in business for more than 60 years.
"AAR’s diverse portfolio of capabilities and broad experience in commercial and defense allows us to customize solutions for customers that add value, reduce costs and give them a competitive edge," said Rahul Shah, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and Business Development, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. "We’re proud of our reputation as an industry leader and are excited to expand our relationships in the Middle East."
AAR Serving as Technical MRO Advisor to AMMROC
Late last year, AAR announced it had been selected by AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center) LLC, the Abu Dhabi–based joint venture between Mubadala Development Company, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, to support the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of AMMROC’s state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain, UAE. AMMROC awarded AAR a $38.6 million contract to design support areas including hangars, work areas, and machine and special processes shops for this military maintenance center. "We chose AAR to support us as we develop this world-class facility because of their experience and expertise in this area," said Fahed Al Shamesi, CEO of AMMROC. Shah and Bob Sopp, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Component Services, can speak to reporters about AAR’s expansion in the Middle East and the AMMROC award, specifically.
Airlift Services: AAR Airlift Looks to Expand in the Region
AAR’s Airlift Group conducts missions for the United States and its allies. Airlift has contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan, Africa and Iraq, and recently won extension of a contract with Military Sealift Command to perform vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services for the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean. In the past year, Airlift has expanded its capabilities by winning a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to apply its experience in search and rescue operations in the Falkland Islands. The $275 million, 10-year contract demonstrates the trend to commercialize previously direct military operations to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Randy Martinez, AAR’s Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, is available to speak to reporters about AAR’s Airlift division and recent awards and trends.
AAR Defense Systems & Logistics Active in the Region
AAR’s Defense Systems & Logistics (DSL) division provides comprehensive supply chain management solutions to the U.S. government and its allies for fleets including the U.S. Air Force KC-10, the UK’s BAe 146 and 125; and Japanese MoD Hawkeye E-2C. AAR contracts in the region include National Guard Training Helicopter Fleet Sustainment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and U.S. Army Medical Logistics in Qatar. In July, AAR was awarded a five-year, $72 million Complete Logistics Support (CLS) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to sustain a fleet of C-130H aircraft on behalf of the Afghan Air Force. Under the contract with the U.S. Air Force, AAR will provide all operational, maintenance, logistics and technical functions needed to support and sustain fleet readiness requirements within Afghanistan. Jay Pereira, Vice President, Defense Systems & Logistics, can speak to recent business activities related to DSL.
AAR Supply Chain, Component Repair & Parts Supply
AAR provides supply chain management including AOG and 24-hour power-by-the-hour support for Middle Eastern customers serviced from its warehouse in Brussels. It also provides component repair from a facility in Amsterdam and component repair management via Airinmar, an AAR subsidiary based in Berkshire, England. AAR’s global warehouse network also includes hubs in Chicago, Singapore, Amsterdam and Germany. The Company serves customers in more than 100 countries from sales and service locations in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and Abu Dhabi. Paul Richardson, Vice President of Aviation Supply Chain, Europe, and Carl Glover, Vice President, Engine Parts Supply, each are experts in engine and parts supply and can speak with reporters.
World’s Third Largest Independent MRO
AAR’s 1MRO network, including airframe maintenance, technical and engineering capabilities, is the largest independent MRO in the Americas and the third-largest worldwide. AAR recently won the ATE&M award for Best Airframe MRO Provider Worldwide for the third time in the last four years. Company leaders John Holmes, Chief Operating Officer of Aviation Services, and Chris Jessup, Chief Commercial Officer, will be in attendance and able to speak to AAR’s commercial best practices and industry trends.
AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions.
This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2014. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "
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Another - -Homicide victim's family - - reacts to a killer's sentencing
Serious Sometimes Fatal Events.
It's all good, until it's not. Then it is way serious.
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Laws are for everyone equally. Investigate xxx-sheriff Mike Winters (calls himself Zebra One) and Burl Brim and
the BILLIONS in marijuana-eradications that Dave Lewis alleged were dirty.
Then investigate Josephine County xxx-sheriff Gil Gilbertson & his false claims in the Elections Brochure.
X-sheriff Michael Winters; currently under investigation by the Secretary of State, Kate Brown, for Michael Winters' false-claims & lying that he attended Rogue Community College. Winters never applied, was never accepted, never graduated from college.
Investigate on !!! Equally.
Mike Winters, Dennis Richardson & Gil Gilbertson...try to oust the Governor. Investigate the whinners...
Kitzhaber to Stay in Office
Published February 12, 2015
" Kitzhaber Portland, Ore — Governor John Kitzhaber is speaking for the first time after a day of speculation that he would resign.
It caps what was a wild day in Oregon politics, where the governor held private meetings with high-ranking state leaders and some say he almost stepped down.
As news came down of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown’s abrupt departure from a Washington D.C. conference rumors began to swirl at the State Capitol in Salem.
Was Kitzhaber stepping down and would Brown step in?
Rolling up to his Portland home, Kitzhaber quickly squashed any rumors or assumptions he would resign.
“As I indicated last week I recognize I’ve been getting a lot of pressure from many corners to do so, don’t intend to do so. Tuesday as you know I went and visited the legislative leadership to get their sense you know my presence in terms of the legislative agenda. And as a matter of respect I called the Secretary of State I think it was also Tuesday and told her that I’d like to speak to her,” said Kitzhaber.
Kitzhaber says he met privately with Brown Wednesday to tell her his intention to not resign.
Sources tell the AP he changed his mind Wednesday.
But if Kitzhaber wasn’t seriously considering a resignation why call Oregon Brown back to Oregon?
“She is the Secretary of State and it’s not the kind of conversation I wanted to have on the phone, this is a serious issue, it’s a serious call to have a sitting governor resign. And then she would then become the governor if chose to do that and I wanted to have a face-to-face with Kate and make sure that she understood what my intentions were,” said Kitzhaber.
With all of the buzz at the State Capitol Wednesday and in the midst of a criminal investigation Kitzhaber says he’s dedicated to his job and to serving Oregonians.
“I appreciate their support in the election in 2014 and they can count on me to do my job,” said Kitzhaber.
Kitzhaber also says he doesn’t feel he’s lost credibility with both Democrats and Republicans.
He has continued to repeat that he and his fiancé Cylvia Hayes have done nothing wrong. "
3 Losers: Dennis Richardson, Mike Winterswho calls himself, " Zebra One," and Gil Gilbertson; they
paid attorney Sims of D.C., to do their dirty work. Smarm letter.
Let's investigate Mike Winters & BILLIONS in pot & Burl Brim & eradications...
Gil Gilbertson & his claims in the Election Brochure...
and xxx-sheriff Michael Winters; under investigation for false-claims & lying that he attended Rogue Community College. Winters never applied, was never accepted, never graduated from college. Investigate on !!!
|Posted on March 29, 2016 at 8:50 PM|
Not so happy in Happy Valley Oregon.
Executives of bankrupt Oregon company accused of $40-million Ponzi scheme
" Berjac of Oregon attracted hundreds of investors through a bread-and-butter business model.
The Eugene-based firm extended short-term loans so small businesses could cover insurance premiums. Investors made money as borrowers paid back those loans with interest.
Stable returns and low risk kept the business going for decades.
But at some point, prosecutors say Berjac began making far riskier bets on real estate. Investors say they had no idea.
By the time Berjac toppled in 2012, prosecutors contend executives had constructed a $40 million Ponzi scheme that hurt more than 400 investors.
Now, four members of Berjac's founding family face dozens of federal criminal charges.
A grand jury in Eugene indicted brothers Gary and Michael Holcomb, as well as Michael's daughters Jennifer Chalmers and Kristen Van Breemen, on Nov. 19. They were charged with 24 counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering. The brothers, now in their 70s, share two additional charges of bank fraud and money laundering.
"It just feels like they should have to pay a little bit for what they did to all of us," said Kathleen Kiefer, of Bend, who followed in her parents' lead and invested in Berjac.
"It was a shock to find out what they were doing."
Fred "Jack" Holcomb founded Berjac 50 years ago in Eugene. It expanded to multiple satellite offices in Oregon, Colorado and Washington.
Mike Holcomb should have gone fishing. For fish. Not money.
His sons became equal partners in the operation in 1998, court documents say. Michael, the older Holcomb brother, oversaw Berjac of Oregon in Eugene. Gary Holcomb operated Berjac of Portland. Michael Holcomb's daughters managed the offices: Chalmers in Eugene and Van Breeman in Portland.
Prosecutors contend that by January 2008, the defendants had started steering investors' money away from the insurance-premium business. They bought a family vacation home and sunk millions of dollars on failed real estate projects. They arranged credit lines and tapped them to bolster the firm's portfolio. And -- in a Ponzi hallmark -- they used money from recent investors to repay earlier ones.
As Berjac's finances began to buckle, investors were apparently kept in the dark. The indictment alleges executives sent out quarterly statements that showed "constant and consistent increases."
"Defendants failed to disclose to investors that Berjac of Oregon and Berjac of Portland were insolvent and acted as a Ponzi scheme -- that is, the insurance premium financing business had not generated sufficient returns from which to pay interest and redemptions to investors," the indictment said.
With Gary Holcomb's assurance, Kiefer said, she deposited an annuity check of more than $90,000 shortly before the firm collapsed. She planned to redistribute most of the money to her daughter's college savings fund. "He said 'Your money is safe with me.'"
Years later, her family is still recovering from the devastating emotional toll of the loss, she said. "This wasn't just a business that went awry. This was people doing bad things for years," Kiefer said.
Court documents show Berjac's underfunded portfolio was worth $1.3 million in 2012. Investors were owed $40 million, or 31 times that.
Berjac's finances finally caved in August 2012. The brothers merged Berjac of Oregon and Berjac of Portland and filed voluntary bankruptcy the last day of the month. Prosecutors contend they kept accepting money from investors in the weeks leading up to the filing.
In fact, two days before Berjac sought Chapter 11 protection, Michael Holcomb and Gary Holcomb secured a $1 million business credit line from Century Bank. Then -- one day before their company filed for bankruptcy -- they withdrew $300,000.
The brothers' bank fraud charge stems from that withdrawal.
Berjac's cozy relationship with several Oregon banks has prompted lawsuits against the institutions in bankruptcy and civil courts. Investors fault lenders for not digging into Berjac's finances and cutting off credit lines that propped up the business' books.
Jack Holcomb is named in a class-action lawsuit, as well as the bank he founded, Pacific Continental Bank. Michael Holcomb sat on the financial institution's board until the Berjac bankruptcy.
It may be years before the bankruptcy proceedings, civil lawsuits and criminal case conclude. "We have an ongoing process of liquidating assets for creditors, and we are making substantial progress," said Thomas Huntsberger, the trustee who is overseeing the bankruptcy case.
Investors have received little recompense. David Mills, the Elmira attorney who represents several people on the creditors' committee, said there is a pending $5 million sale on a swath of property in McMinnville that could result in some payout.
Jennifer Chalmers, 44, of Eugene, was the only defendant who could be reached by The Oregonian/OregonLive on Wednesday. "At this time, I'm not ready to discuss that," she said before she hung up the phone.
No attorney is listed as representing Chalmers or her relatives. Kristen Van Breemen, 42, who also goes by her maiden name of Holcomb, resides in Happy Valley.
Michael Holcomb, 72, and Gary Holcomb, 70, both live in Junction City. Michael Holcomb continues to serve as secretary of the Oregon Air and Space Museum at the Eugene airport. "
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Executives of bankrupt Oregon company accused of $40-million Ponzi scheme
"This undeveloped land on the northwest edge of McMinnville was at the center of Berjac of Oregon's bankruptcy case. The 50-year-old Eugene-based firm took money from investors to support its insurance-premium financing business. Berjac also made real estate loans on projects that lost money or failed. This land is part of 120 acres or so that a developer, using money from Berjac, planned to build on. The plan was foiled"
Michael Holcomb continues to serve as secretary of the Oregon Air and Space Museum at the Eugene airport. Thus, hubris.