Now there’s even an app for the Federal Bureau of Investigation

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! TAGSFBI Previous articleDarreyl Williams named OCPS Support Person of the YearNext articleEnterprise Florida/Visit Florida loses first vote Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You’re watching your local news on TV when you see a story on a wanted fugitive in your community. The person looks like someone you’ve seen living a few blocks away. You grab your cell phone, open the FBI Wanted app, search your city name, and quickly locate the individual’s profile with additional pictures and information. The similarity is striking. So you tap the “Call the FBI” button in the app and report what you know.This situation illustrates exactly the kind of technology-driven crime-fighting that is now possible—thanks to a new FBI Wanted mobile application launching today.The app allows the public to view, search, sort, filter, and bookmark the full range of information issued by the FBI. That includes pictures and descriptions of wanted fugitives, missing persons, crime suspects, deceased victims, and others the Bureau is seeking to locate or identify.The app is free and works on Apple and Android devices, including smartphones, iPads, and iPods. Depending on your device, it can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google Play.“Since the earliest days of the Bureau—when wanted flyers were tacked to post office walls—the public has played a vital role in helping the FBI and its partners locate criminals on the run and solving cases of all kinds,” says Christopher Allen, head of the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit in the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs. “This app is designed to put another digital tool in the hands of concerned citizens so they can help protect their families and communities.”The information in the app is also posted on the FBI website, but the app includes several features and capabilities that make it especially fast and easy to use. For example, with the app you can:Access information in one user-friendly interface, with a single tap of the app icon bringing up all Wanted profilesTake advantage of a suite of search and filtering optionsEasily report information by using buttons that either call the FBI or link directly to the Bureau’s online form for providing tipsBookmark individual profiles with one touch, adding them to a favorites page so you can easily access them laterCustomize your home screen to display the information that is most relevant or interesting to youAlong with the TV news scenario described above, the app could be useful in a number of situations. You might see someone who is acting in a suspicious or dangerous manner and wish to determine whether that person is wanted by the FBI. Or you might be interested in which cases the Bureau needs help with in your area.FBI Wanted is the third mobile app built by the Bureau. The Child ID app, introduced in 2011, allows parents to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information in case their kids go missing; it has been downloaded nearly 350,000 times. The FBI Bank Robbers app was launched in August 2016, publicizing unknown violent and serial robbers sought by the Bureau.“Thousands of cases have been solved over the years thanks to the watchful eyes of concerned citizens, and that has made the country a safer place for all of us,” said Allen. “The FBI Wanted app will help carry on this tradition of partnership. We encourage everyone to download it and report any pertinent tips to the FBI.”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Helps Public Report Suspects, View Active Cases and Morefrom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Hathaway Awards Announced

first_imgVermont Historical Society60 Washington StreetBarre, VT 05641802-479-8501For Immediate Release: September 18, 2007Vermont Historical Society Announces the 2007 Winners of theRichard O. Hathaway Award for Outstanding Vermont History The Vermont Historical Society is pleased to announce two winners for the Society’s prestigious 2007 Richard O. Hathaway Award announced on September 15, 2007 at the Vermont State House. UVM Library Associate Professor and Director of Research Collections Jeffrey D. Marshall was honored for his 2006 historical novel, The Inquest, published by Hardscrabble Books, a division of the University Press of New England. Described by the judges as “creative and skillful — clearly an outstanding and innovative project,” Marshall’s captivating story takes place in Burlington, UVM and the medical school in the 1830s. The Vermont Women’s History Project received the award for their work on documenting the historical achievements of a number of Vermont women in an engaging 14-minute DVD, “Strengthening the Future by Illuminating the Past.” Judith Irving, Director of the Vermont Women’s History Project, Vermont Commission on Women, accepted the award on their behalf. The project resulted from hundreds of hours of filmed interviews based on research and exhibits from historical societies throughout Vermont on the history of the extraordinary women, some famous, some now obscure, who lived in their towns. The project received accolades for its “excellence as a visionary work” and for stimulating interest in Vermont womens history, acknowledged by the judges as “long overdue.” Irving and Marshall each received a $500 prize and a commemorative plaque. The award, created in 2006, commemorates the legacy of professor of history Richard O. Hathaway, who taught at Goddard College, Norwich University and Vermont College. Hathaway also served as VHS trustee, president of the Vermont Labor History Society and as a humanities scholar with the Vermont Humanities Council. For more information, or to make a contribution to the VHS Richard O. Hathaway Fund, please contact Karen Stites, 802-479-8501.# # #last_img read more

9 Towns You Need to Visit This Summer

first_imgThere are a lot of places to go in the Blue Ridge, but as much as we all long for the trail beneath our feet, the hum of our tires on country roads, or the dig of our paddles in the water, sometimes we need a base that’s not so rustic. We dug out our maps and looked for towns large and small that have the right mix of city amenities (food, beer, and a shower) and outdoors thrills (no explanations necessary). Morganton, North CarolinaThe Blue Ridge Parkway is a short drive away, as is South Mountains State Park (the largest in the state), and Lake James State Park where there’s a paddle-access only campsite waiting for you. Hike to Table Rock, check out the waterfalls in South Mountains, post up around sunset and watch for the Brown Mountain Lights, take a wilderness survival class, even go hang gliding; and at the end of the day, head back to Morganton for a beer from Fonta Flora brewery and a bite from root & vine so you’ll have the energy to do it all again tomorrow.11856404_909771875776749_8397622550973910706_oFonta Flora Brewery Tap Room.Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaWith the Susquehanna River flowing by downtown and mountains lined with mountain biking and hiking trails within an easy drive, don’t overlook Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. Several kayak outfitters will get you on the water where you can paddle through town or on some more remote waters, a trio of tough mountain bike courses—including Lambs Gap Trail—are nearby, and, if you need a little sugar rush to help you out, pay a visit to the neighboring town of Hershey (yes, that Hershey) for a sweet treat or a pint (or two) at Troegs Brewery.3754887441_735065f13c_zA Susquehanna River Sunset.Roanoke, VirginiaA vibrant food scene, a superb greenway, the Blue Ridge Parkway on one side and the Appalachian Trail on the other makes Roanoke a must-visit . McAfee Knob—one of the most-photographed spots on the AT—is a short drive and an 8-mile hike from downtown, and in Carvins Cove you’ll find 12,000 acres of woodlands to explore on mountain biking trails (from bomber downhills to fire roads to cross-country single-track) and on foot. And if you’re a road cyclist, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a stone’s throw from downtown and there’s some mighty fine riding along those rolling hills.rsz_roanokebrpway-jasonfryeThe Roanoke Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.Seneca, South Carolina South Carolina’s coast is nice, but the mountains, that’s where it’s at. Oconee County is a playground and Seneca is a perfect jumping off spot. It’s on the banks of Lake Keowee, so fishing, kayaking, and SUP are at your disposal; and it’s a short drive to more than a dozen waterfalls, some excellent single-track biking, and the lauded Chattooga River. In town you’ve got The Beer Station to quench your thirst, great barbecue at Black’s Smokehouse, and the free Jazz on the Alley concerts every Thursday. Easy access to the outdoors, creature comforts of town, what more do you need?8151418095_ef42e33b75_zLondon, KentuckyLondon, at the heart of the “Cycling Capital of Kentucky,” does have 300 miles of developed cycling routes in the town and in Laurel County, but there’s more. Daniel Boone National Forest, larger than Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spans the Tennessee border and there you’ll find more than 600 miles of trail for hiking and mountain biking. You can kayak and canoe, camp, in Daniel Boone, even hunt in designated areas. If ATVs or dirt bikes are your thing, get your fill at Wildcat Adventure & Off Road Park. Refuel at Old Town Grill or, since you’re in the Colonel’s neck of the woods, hit up a KFC in his honor.17068563898_8283d6df2e_bChimney Top Overlook in the Daniel Boone National ForestLeesburg, VirginiaLeesburg, an hour outside DC, has the cure for city madness: a weekend outdoors. The Washington & Old Dominion Trail runs 45-miles through Loudoun County, and the 10-mile stretch from Leesburg to Purcellville is shaded and excellent for cyclists and joggers, or use it to visit some of the 17 breweries, like Adroit Theory, for a little refreshment on the way. If you need to get some aggression out, hit Hogback Mountain Paintball or Pev’s Paintball Park. The Potomac River runs through town and there’s plenty of good food from MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers to Smokehouse Live (for barbecue and music) to the phenomenal Restaurant at Patowmack Farms. Guntersville, AlabamaWhat do you want to do? Hike? Bike? Hunt? Golf? Waterski? All of it? Then go to Guntersville. From this town on the banks of Lake Gunnison you can paddle to see 600-year old rock paintings or visit The Bat Cave (think bat colonies, not Batman). You can hit the 36 miles of hiking and 20 miles of mountain biking trails. Go birding and spot Peregrine falcons and bald eagles. There’s some killer barbecue in and around town, some hearty country dining, and tasty lakeside dining at Top of the River. Evans, GeorgiaDisc Golfers, mountain bikers, kayakers, and barbecue lovers take note, Evans, Georgia, is the place to be. At the International Disc Golf Center (yes, there’s an International Disc Golf Center and Hall of Fame) you’ll get your fill of flinging Frisbees far and wide, and there are some big rides to challenge you mountain bikers. How big? There’s a 67-mile route called the Thurmond Epic that connects a quartet of trails, and two other rides of 25 and 50 miles, plus the smaller trails. Kayakers will want to head to Betty’s Branch and the Savannah River and April’s Benderdinker paddling event is a great reason to get on the water. There’s the Wildwood Games in June, BanjoBQue music festival and barbecue bonanza on Memorial Day, and events, races, runs, and rides all year long.BettysBranch2-JasonFryeBetty’s Branch in Evans, GeorgiaMarlinton, West VirginiaWithin a 30-minute drive from town you have Snowshoe Mountain for skiing and mountain biking, the 78-mile long Greenbrier River Trail on a repurposed railroad bed, the three falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades, and the largest state park in West Virginia. And at the end of September you have one of the strangest festivals you can find: the Roadkill Cookoff.last_img read more

Netflix Making Lost Girls Movie About Long Island Serial Killer Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lost Girls, a movie based on the nonfiction book of the same name chronicling the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case, is set to be turned into a movie, Netflix announced Wednesday.Actress Amy Ryan will play Mari Gilbert, the mother of Shannan Gilbert, the missing woman Suffolk County police were searching for when they uncovered 10 sets of human remains in and around Gilgo Beach on Ocean Parkway.“The story, both a true crime story and a strong character piece, follows Mari Gilbert as she relentlessly drives law enforcement agents to search for her missing daughter and in the process sheds light on a wave of unsolved murders of young female sex workers on the South Shore barrier islands of Long Island,” Netflix said in the announcement.The real-life Marie was murdered by Shannan’s sister, but a lawsuit seeking the release of 911 tapes Shannan made the night she went missing is still pending.Director Liz Garbus, an Oscar-nominated documentarian, is making her narrative feature debut with the film. Producers Anne Carey and Kevin McCormick are collaborating on the project along with executive producers along with Amy Nauiokas, Rory Koslow.Screenwriter Michael Werwie based the film on Robert Kolker’s book about the case, which is considered the largest unsolved homicide investigation in Suffolk history.Ryan has previously starred in Gone Baby Gone. She will also appear in the upcoming Beautiful Boy and Late Night. Garbus is known for What Happened Miss Simone?The film is expected to be a departure from A&E’s 2016 docu-series The Killing Season, by Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills, that was the most recent major production on the case.Netflix has not yet said when exactly Lost Girls was set to be released. Stay tuned.Related Story: How Websleuths & Filmmakers Sparked A Revelation In Gilgo Beach Murders Caselast_img read more

Former NASCUS officer joins FFIEC

first_imgMary Hughes, the Financial Institutions Bureau Chief of the Idaho Department of Finance, was appointed as a new member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s State Liaison Committee Monday.Thomas Candon, deputy commissioner of Banking and Securities at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, left the SLC Dec. 31, according to the agency.NASCUS confirmed that Hughes would finish Candon’s term, which ends March 31, 2015. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Tech Time: Enhancing prepaid cards with remote deposits

first_imgFor several years, prepaid and stored value cards have been among the hottest growth stories in the payments landscape. According to the Federal Reserve’s 2016 Payments Study, nearly 10 billion purchases were made using these cards in 2015, an increase of more than 67 percent since 2009. Even as the growth of “closed loop” cards limited to a defined group of retailers has moderated, interest in general purpose cards that can be used anywhere non-prepaid debit cards are accepted is still growing.Several factors underpin the popularity of prepaid cards. Millennials find them to be a useful budgeting tool, and several other demographic segments also value them for online commerce. Moreover, in the wake of the Great Recession, these cards have become a handy alternative for consumers wary of accumulating card balances or unable to qualify for a credit card. As such, they can serve as an entry-level product for the next generation of credit union members.Many times, however, users won’t reload prepaid cards—discarding them once their initial value is depleted—and this has long been a barrier to their usefulness. This poses business model challenges, not only because of the increasing expense of manufacturing prepaid cards but also because of the lost opportunity to nurture long-term relationships with stored-value card holders.Recent fintech innovations have enabled prepaid cards to be managed via mobile apps, paving the way for a deeper relationship between cardholder and issuer and extending the longevity of the cards. For example, until recently, crediting mobile check deposits to prepaid card balances was deemed too risky, and immediate funds availability was out of the question. However, new technologies now allow for real-time decisioning about holds on these deposited items based on characteristics of the segment of cardholders to which a member corresponds. Because of this real-time decisioning, RDC can be made available securely in prepaid card apps. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5-year Anniversary of Long Island Serial Killer Case Brings Fresh Look

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five years ago Sunday, Suffolk County police found the bodies of three women in Gilgo Beach days after finding another there, with six more sets of human remains found nearby months later.The anniversary comes as the police department is undergoing a change in leadership that recently announced plans to work more closely with the FBI on the so-called Long Island Serial Killer case. The announcement came a month after the re-arrest of a man who authorities described as a pimp for one of the first four women found—all online escorts in their 20s.“It’s often times that cases get solved when you combine the knowledge and expertise of the local police department with our federal law enforcement partners,” Timothy Sini, a former federal prosecutor recently appointed as deputy Suffolk police commissioner, told reporters Thursday during a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. “The FBI…has resources that they can bring to the table. They have expertise in serial murder cases.”Related Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Serial Killer CaseSuffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota has said that three or more killers may be responsible for separately dumping the 10 sets of remains—half of whom remain unidentified—along Ocean Parkway between Cedar Beach and Jones Beach State Park. Ex-Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer publicly theorized that one killer is responsible for all 10 bodies. But Sini declined to discuss theories, investigative techniques or whether there are any suspects in the case.The deputy commissioner was recently nominated by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to replace outgoing Suffolk Police Commissioner Edward Webber, who announced his retirement last month and just weeks after ex-Chief of Department James Burke resigned shortly before Burke was arrested on federal charges of beating a suspect and covering it up.During the Burke-Webber regime, Suffolk police had removed three detectives from the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, raising questions about the level of cooperation between the department and federal investigators. Asked if the department also had wavered in working with the FBI on the Gilgo case—beyond federal investigators helping in 2011 with a massive sweep of the barrier island where the bodies were found—Sini again declined to comment.Related Story: Chronology of a Mystery“They will be playing a more active and prominent role,” he said of the FBI moving forward.John Ray of the Miller Place-based law firm of Ray, Mitev & Associates, the lawyer for the family of Shannan Gilbert, a sex worker who police were looking for when they found the other remains, reiterated that he has evidence he wants to share with investigators.“I renew my ardent request that the U.S. Attorney and the FBI take over this investigation immediately,” Ray wrote in a letter to authorities. “I do so now because the indictment of…Burke appears to have removed any impediment to an open investigation.”Police have said they believe Gilbert drowned in a marsh in Oak Beach while fleeing a client’s home, but her mother and Ray suspect that she was murdered.And on Saturday, the New York Post cited an anonymous FBI source as saying that Burke refused to keep federal investigators in the loop on the Gilgo probe because he knew that he was under investigation by the feds.Although there have been no arrests for the murders, 26-year-old Akeem Cruz, who was convicted of pimping Megan Waterman of Maine—one of the four women found in Gilgo in December 2010—was arrested in Maine last month on a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to the Portland Press Herald. The newspaper also reported that Cruz has a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court in New York for an alleged probation violation. He is not suspected of being involved in Waterman’s death.Will deputy commissioner Sini’s promises to take a “fresh look” at the case and bring in federal reinforcements lead to an arrest in the case? Stay tuned.last_img read more

Teacher named suspect in death of 10 students killed in flash flood

first_imgThe charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.The incident occurred on Friday when 249 seventh and eighth graders from Turi 1 junior high school went trekking along the banks of the Sembor River as part of a girl and boy scout activity. The students started trekking from Dukuh hamlet in Donokerto village, Turi district, Sleman, and walked upstream for about 1 kilometer. During the trek, the river suddenly flooded and strong currents swept away many of the students.Ten female students were killed, with the joint search and rescue (SAR) team recovering the last two bodies in the early hours of Sunday. A scoutmaster in Yogyakarta has been charged with negligence resulting in death after 10 junior high school students were killed in a flash flood that struck during a riverbank trek.“Investigators named a scoutmaster, IYA, a suspect in the case,” Yogyakarta police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yulianto told reporters on Saturday, adding that the suspect was a physical education teacher at Turi 1 junior high school in Sleman.“The suspect was charged under Article 359 of the Criminal Code, which pertains to negligence leading to death, as well as Article 360 on negligence resulting in injuries.” Read also: Final death toll in Yogyakarta flash flood stands at 10Yulianto said the scouts had been supervised by seven scoutmasters, one of whom remained at the school while the other six accompanied the students during their trek. One of the scoutmasters left the trek midway because of personal reasons and one more was waiting at the finish point.“So, four scoutmasters were with the students that day,” Yulianto added.The Yogyakarta Police have questioned the other three scoutmasters about the Sleman scout chapter’s standard operating procedure for such high-risk scout activities. Several residents of Dukuh hamlet have also been questioned.Yulianto said more suspects could be named in the case once investigators finished questioning the participating scouts.“They are still in shock, so we haven’t questioned them.”The police previously said that inadequate safety equipment and lack of planning were among the reasons the trek had ended in disaster.“From the information we got, [the scouts] only had sticks with them; they didn’t bring any rope and went on the trip with only six scoutmasters,” Yogyakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Asep Suhendar told reporters on Saturday.Turi 1 junior high school principal Tutik Nurdiana said she had not been aware of a trekking activity on Friday afternoon.“Honestly, I didn’t know that [the students] would go on a river trek. The [scoutmasters] didn’t tell me,” Tutik said, adding, however, that the school did hold scout activities every Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Esti Wijayanti, a member of the House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education and youth affairs who visited the site of the incident, said she would evaluate the school’s scout curriculum, particularly its safety procedures.“The participants were not even asked whether they could swim,” she said. Read also: ‘Reckless’: Parents criticize school for allowing river trek before Yogyakarta flash floodAccording to Tita Vhasya Pradita, a 13-year-old girl scout who survived the flash flood, as the students were making their way toward the river, they were urged by several hamlet residents to stop their trek because of flooding in the north.”I heard the scoutmaster say that it was OK because our lives were in God’s hands,” Tita said.The Social Affairs Ministry’s director for natural disaster protection, Rachmat Koesnadi, visited Tita at the community health center (Puskesmas) where she was being treated. After meeting her, he told reporters that the ministry would provide Rp 15 million (US$1,088) in compensation for the family of the students who had died in the incident. (aql/hol)Topics :last_img read more

Schroders nets £80bn mandate from Lloyds

first_imgSchroders is set to land an £80bn (€90.7bn) mandate from Scottish Widows, part of Lloyds Banking Group, it announced today.The FTSE 100-listed investment house has agreed a strategic partnership with Lloyds, including a new £13bn wealth management joint venture due to start operations in the second half of next year.The remaining £67bn relates to insurance assets for Scottish Widows, invested across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and private assets. The assets are currently run by Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA), which has disputed the decision to reallocate the management contracts.The contract between Schroders and Lloyds was for “at least five years”, the two firms said in a joint statement, to begin when the dispute with SLA has been settled or when the current contract expires in 2022. The joint venture will initially manage roughly £13bn on behalf of “affluent” UK customers. Subject to regulatory approval, Lloyds will own 50.1% of the new company and Schroders the remaining 49.9%. Lloyds will also take a stake of up to 19.9% in the holding company for Schorders’ wealth management business, Cazenove Capital. Lloyds will also transfer £400m to Cazenove.In the statement, the companies said the joint venture would “aim to become a top three UK financial planning business within five years”.The mandate is likely to result in Schroders overtaking SLA to become the third-biggest UK-based manager, based on data from IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey.  The award follows Lloyds’ decision to hand BlackRock a £30bn contract for passive investments earlier this month.The huge contracts have been up for tender since February, when Scottish Widows launched a review of its asset management arrangements and terminated its partnership agreements with SLA.Scottish Widows and Lloyds have argued that long-term contracts signed with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2014 to run the money could be terminated if it turned into a material competitor.Aberdeen merged last year with insurance company Standard Life, which Lloyds argued was a material competitor. However, in May SLA disagreed and said Lloyds and Scottish Widows did not have the right to terminate the arrangements. SLA sold the bulk of its insurance business to Phoenix at the end of August 2018.The parties remain at odds over the issue, but Lloyds earlier this month it said it was confident of its right to end the contracts, and expected the arbitration process to conclude early next year, at which point the contracts would be placed with BlackRock and Schroders.last_img read more