Police arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attempt

first_imgHomeNewsCrimePolice arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attempt Nov. 01, 2018 at 9:25 amCrimeFeaturedNewsPolice arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attemptMatthew Hall3 years agokidnapsmpdUber An Uber driver has been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap passengers on Halloween night.According to the Santa Monica Police Department, officers received a call at about 6:43 p.m. from a woman near 23rd and Santa Monica Blvd. who said her Uber driver was refusing to stop and let her out of the vehicle.“While responding to this call, three additional 911 calls were received from multiple victims reporting similar accounts possibly involving the same vehicle and suspect. The victims involved were unharmed and reported the suspect was possibly armed with a handgun and threatened to kidnap the victims,” said the statement released by SMPD.SMPD Lt. Saul Rodriguez said the additional victims called police after they exited the vehicle but the precise circumstances were still under investigation.Officers located the vehicle but the driver fled from police with passengers in the car. According to SMPD, a man and woman were in the vehicle at the time of the chase but both were able to jump out of the moving vehicle and both suffered minor injuries.Local officers chased the car with support from the Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and 35-year-oldKaled Elasyedsa Ali from Anaheim, was arrested near Montana Ave. and Bundy Drive. Ali has been booked for kidnapping and felony evading arrest. His bail has been set at $100,000.00 pending future court proceedings.An Uber spokeswoman said the company just launched a new feature in Los Angeles that allows users to reach emergency services from the app itself. The feature provides specific location, license plate number and the make and model of the vehicle directly to the 911 operator. She said the Santa Monica case was deeply unsettling and as soon as the company was made aware of the report, they immediately removed the suspect’s access to the platform. She said the company will provide any information to the investigating authorities for their ongoing investigation.The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division Courthouse for filing consideration. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Goodwin at (310) 458-8942; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491. Tags :kidnapsmpdUbershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNew program provides county-wide funding to fight homelessnessNewsom, Cox make final pitches to be California governorYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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Briefly Noted: T-Mobile, Sprint announce clearance from U.S. Department of Justice to merge companies

first_imgSprint will be selling its massive Overland Park campus to a Wichita-based real estate company.T-Mobile, Sprint announce clearance from U.S. Department of Justice to merge companies. T-Mobile US, Inc. and Overland Park-based Sprint Corporation on July 26 announced they have entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, an important step toward completing a proposed merger of the two companies to create the “New T-Mobile.” Closing of the merger is still pending other regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions.New agreement between Missouri and Kansas intended to reduce wasteful development incentives in KC metro area. A new agreement is pending between the Kansas and Missouri state governments to reduce wasteful incentives for economic development in the Kansas City metro area, according to KCUR. The Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, estimates that since 2008, Kansas and Missouri “have waived $335 million in taxes just getting businesses to cross the road,” KCUR reported. To counter the waste, Missouri lawmakers earlier this year voted to check the use of state income tax incentives in the Kansas City area, and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is planning to do the same. Kelly’s executive order would place a limited moratorium on state income tax incentives, but drafting it is taking weeks, “at least in part because of the complex web of state, county and city property tax, sales tax, and income tax incentives.” Even if the deal goes through, it may not completely eliminate the border war between the two states. Competition would still remain in the form of property tax abatements and other types of incentives.Police hoping to identify suspect in red windbreaker who robbed Lenexa Mini-Mart. A man wearing a distinctive red windbreaker robbed the Mini-Mart at 15855 W. 87th St. Parkway in Lenexa at about 11:30 p.m. July 22. Police hope the jacket will help lead to the armed robber. The Lenexa Police Department on Wednesday released surveillance video of the robbery, hoping the distinctive jacket would help them identify the armed robber. [Video: Distinctive jacket may be key to identifying armed robber of Lenexa Mini-Mart — The Kansas City Star]last_img read more

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Running for cover

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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Minister calls for sober discussion on cannabis

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 131 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Minister calls for sober discussion on cannabis by: – July 31, 2018 Minister responsible for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth DarrouxMinister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth Darroux has called for “balanced and sober discussion” surrounding what he described as the ‘Great Marijuana Debate’.Dr. Darroux, who is a medical doctor, said he is able to properly “asses the pros and cons” and give an objective view on the subject while addressing Parliament on Tuesday 31 July 2018.Dr. Darroux said despite statements from Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, the discussion was started by CARICOM in 2014, when a commission was appointed comprising of “high profile individuals with specialized skillsets”; a medical doctor, sociologists, psychiatrists, social workers, lawyers, law enforcements experts, religious leaders among others.“Way back in 2014/2015, the CARICOM Heads of Government would have taken a decision to put this CARICOM Commission on Marijuana in place, and the reason why nothing has been done is because they were awaiting the reports from this commission which was tabled at the last heads meeting in Jamaica,” he stated.Dr. Darroux said while the Prime Minister has announced that Dominica will start looking at the issue of the medicinal use of marijuana, “this is not something that you can just go ahead and do in an irresponsible way, or just for vote catching.”“The commission will ensure,” he noted, “that a balanced discussion will be had and not just reckless statements.”According to Darroux, recent reports from the commission speak of a unanimous view and a call for cannabis to be classified as a ‘controlled substance’, instead of its current classification, ‘a dangerous drug with no value or narcotic.’He noted that while the medical and scientific advances pertaining to the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer and other neurological ailments, “cannot be denied”, the “good herb has its dark side”.Dr. Darroux further informed Parliament that despite advances and its legalization in America, “thousands of people still visit the emergency rooms across the USA for ailments, incidents and accidents resulting from directly related use of marijuana.”“So we cannot refute it, but at the same time we have to be careful, we have to be balanced and objective in the way we approach this,” Dr. Darroux said.“Because hallucinatory effects of cannabis are documented and psychotic behavior can be directly related to the use of marijuana. So the discussion has to be a sober one and not one of vote catching antics,” Dr. Darroux further added.last_img read more

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GCI Reports Calling Issues In Kenai/Soldotna

first_imgHeather Handyside with GCI says the outage lasted from 8:30am to 10:30am and was caused by a power surge. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI is reporting some issues with phone service in the Kenai/Soldotna area.last_img

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Fowles is tied for 2nd at AJGA Glenwild Junior

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] PARK CITY — Except for a double bogey on the final hole when his second shot splashed into the water fronting the 18th green, Delta’s Jordan Fowles would be leading the field of the AJGA Glenwild Junior, featuring top golfers from all over the United States.Fowles, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Delta High, fired a 2-over 73 Wednesday at the Glenwild Golf Club and stands at 147 after two rounds of the first-ever American Junior Golf Association event in Utah.First-day leader Tyler Smith of San Juan Capristrano, Calif., held on to the lead at 146, despite a second-round 75, following his 71 in the opening round. Peter Ahn, who drove down from British Columbia and led a group of nine qualifiers in Sunday’s qualifying tournament, is tied with Fowles at 147 after a second-round 74.Not only is this the first AJGA event to be played in Utah, it’s Fowles’ first appearance in an AJGA tourney, which only invites top junior players between the ages of 12 and 18 based on their performance in various junior tournaments. Most are from the West, but the field includes golfers from as far away as Massachusetts and Maryland.”I hit it solid (Wednesday), but didn’t make anything,” Fowles said. “(Tuesday) I made everything I looked at.”Fowles birdied the third and 13th holes and had birdie opportunities at 10, 11 and 12, but missed his putts. He had another birdie chance at No. 14, but after running his long putt 10 feet past the hole, he missed coming back to go back to even par.At both 15 and 17, Fowles left birdie putts less than six inches short, which was tough to do on the quick greens. “You have to be careful, because if you run them by, they can run forever,” he said.On the 479-yard par-4 final hole, Fowles hit an iron off the tee and had 205 yards to the front of the green. His 5-iron got too much turf and the ball just missed clearing the water.Although he was disappointed with his finishing double bogey, Fowles isn’t too upset to be starting the final round just one shot back.”It’s the best position to be in, I think,” said Fowles, who can play more aggressive, rather than trying to protect a lead.Smith also double bogeyed the final hole after making a triple bogey at No. 14.”I actually played better (Wednesday) than (Tuesday), but shot worse,” said Smith. “I hit the ball twice as good, but everything lipped out and I had some bad luck.”Most of the bad luck came on one bad bounce at the par-4 14th where his approach shot hit a grate just behind the green and bounded some 30 yards beyond the green under a tree. Smith also said he missed three 3-foot putts on the day.The 16-year-old Smith, who is playing in just his fourth AJGA event, was the medalist in the CIF championships in California, which his team won.Smith, Fowles and Ahn will tee off in the final group of the day at 9:57 a.m. today.Pleasant Grove’s Dan Jensen shot the best round of the day, an even-par 71 and is still in contention, in a group of four at 150.Among the other Utahns in the tournament, Park City’s Steele DeWald stands at 153, Midway’s Robert Shannon is at 154 and Orem’s Daniel Reid is another shot back at 155. Also, Draper’s Dustin Pimm has a 159 total, Park City’s Barrett DeWald stands 171 and Park City’s Danny Clark is 172.No local girls are playing in the girls division, which features just 20 golfers.First-round leader Shannon Yocum of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., held on to the lead at 149 after shooting a 75 Wednesday. That’s two shots better than Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz., who shot a 74 for a 151 total. Jeana Dahl of Fargo, N.D., is another shot back at 152, while Sara Gogolak of Phoenix stands at 154 after shooting a 75. last_img read more

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