Two teens arrested for terrorist plot targeting Virginia high school prom

first_imgGoogle Maps(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — Police arrested two teens in Virginia who were planning a terrorist attack at a high school prom over the weekend, authorities said Monday.Michael Coleman, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old were arrested and charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist attack at the Bayside High School prom in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on June 9, police announced Monday.The teens were taken into custody after police found a semi-automatic rifle in a room they shared at The Westin Hotel in Town Center, where prom was taking place last Saturday evening.The suspects were not affiliated with the school, but they were placed under police watch after they purchased tickets to the prom.“It was unusual for someone not associated with the high school, or with anyone at the high school, to want to buy a ticket to show up at that particular event,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera said Monday.“Based on this information the police department and the school safety department developed an enhanced security plan for the prom.”Officers said they tried to approach the 17-year-old, whose identity was withheld as a minor, as prom was taking place, but he took off on foot and tossed a handgun as he fled, police said.Police said they located him later that night, along with Coleman and the semi-automatic rifle, while executing a search warrant in a room in the hotel.Police charged the 17-year-old with possession of a weapon and conspiracy to carry out a terrorist threat. Coleman, who had charges pending for an unrelated case, was arrested and charged with two counts of trying to conceal a weapon and conspiracy to commit a terrorist act. It’s unclear if they have obtained attorneys.The Virginia Beach Police Department said the arrests were examples of “how far and above” the department goes to protect the city.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Via Cheese To Buy Lucille Farms

first_imgAugust 8, 2006Via Cheese To Buy Lucille FarmsSwanton Vermont&Via Cheese, LLC announced today that it has agreed to buy the assets of Lucille Farms, a Swanton based manufacturer of mozzarella cheese which ceased operations in October of 2005. Via intends to restart the plant in October of this year and plans to make mozzarella and other Italian cheeses at the facility. Via is a sister company of Franklin Foods, which annually makes approximately 25,000,000 lbs of cream cheese products in its plant located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.According to Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Via, This plant will be the perfect partner for our cream cheese operation and we plan to restore the plant to full scale production of premium mozzarella cheese in the coming months. Gutknecht, who is also CEO of Franklin Foods, stated that Via is an independent concern and will be operated as a separate company from Franklin Foods. He expects the two companies to work closely together to pursue joint efficiencies. The relationship will give Via Cheese immediate access to Franklin Foods national network of customers, distributors and cheese brokers. Via Cheese plans to establish mozzarella production by mid October and sell, initially, under the Lucille Farms brand. A plant expansion and production modernization project will begin in October with a planned completion in March 2007.Gutknecht noted that Franklin Foods corporate mission is to, Re-invent Cream Cheese and confirmed that the Company has recently been awarded a patent for its Yogurt Cream Cheese and has numerous patents pending for various innovations. He added, Franklin has recently used its technology to partner with several large branded manufacturers and several of the countrys leading grocery chains to make leading edge, modern cream cheese on trend with todays American consumer. In the same vein, Via Cheese will follow a strategy of innovation and invention to create high quality mozzarella cheese and other Italian specialties including Provolone, Asiago, and Fontina. Via will invite experienced members of the former Lucille Farms to join the team.Via is owned by the stockholders of Franklin Foods together with Erik Brue of Burlington, Vermont who will serve as President of Via Cheese. As Brue described his goals, The highest priority is restoring the plant to commercial scale production. He has begun the hiring process for production employees and will shortly begin a search for a plant manager. Via intends to retain the services of the team, which has kept the plant in operating order during the shutdown. Brue acknowledged that the company has ambitious goals but added that he believes, Via can be a leading manufacturer of premium mozzarella and the leading innovator in other Italian cheeses. It is an exciting mission which will be challenging but also fun.At former levels of production the plant used in excess of 150,000,000 lbs of milk, (or its equivalent) a year and was the second largest customer of the St. Albans Coop. The plant consumed approximately 6% of the milk produced in Vermont and about 12% of Franklin Countys production. The Chairman of Via, Nordahl Brue, who has been working with the St Albans Coop to secure milk supplies for the venture stated, Restoring this plant to production is very important to the economy of Vermont, and particularly important to the residents and farmers of Franklin County.The announcement followed a public auction Tuesday at which UPS Capital Business Credit, a secured creditor of Lucille Farms, Inc and Lucille Farms of Vermont, Inc, bought the factory and real estate formerly owned by Lucille. The closing of the Lucille plant last year changed the balance of milk processors locally and the state of Vermont has targeted high volume dairy manufacturers who are significant users of milk and milk solids to balance supply and demand. It is expected that this venture will advance the States objective in a very substantial manner. -30-For further information contact Erik Brue at (802) 868-7301last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Raiders In Volleyball Play

first_imgBatesville travels to South Ripley to sweep the Lady Raiders in all levels of play.The Lady Bulldog JV team put on an impressive show of offense and serving for the first match of the season. With only two service errors on the evening the dogs rattled off 14 Aces, with top server Maggie Walsman #6, hitting of 18 straight and 6 aces in set two. The team hit @ .347 for the evening.JV Wins: 25-10, 25-2Varsity started off in a sweet spot only to be rattled in sets 3 & 4. Sets 1 & 2 saw us hitting our spots on serve, passing well, and running plays. Our composure left us and packed our serving and confidence with it. We error’d at a high rate hitting -.188 for those two sets. Set five wasn’t the most composed, but we somehow found the court with serve and attack. Freshman Kylie Laker #7 had the service high 5 aces on the evening, and 14 digs.Varsity Wins: 25-20, 25-11, 16-25, 16-25, 15-11All three teams will travel to Madison this evening with a 5:00 freshman start time. JV and varsity matches to follow.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas and Raiders Coach Kelly Sparks.last_img read more

Women of Troy face Oklahoma at home

first_imgThe friendly confines of McAlister Field proved to be the perfect ingredient for victory for the USC women’s soccer team as it came away with a weekend sweep against then-No. 25 Auburn and Northern Arizona University in the Trojan Invitational.Historic · Senior forward Megan Ohai scored the game-winning goal against Purdue to become 10th on USC’s all-time career goals list. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Looking to match their success last weekend, the Women of Troy (4-1-2) will face the Oklahoma Sooners (3-2-1) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field — and once again, protecting home field will be of the utmost importance for the team.“We can use our home field to our advantage,” senior forward Megan Ohai said. “We don’t want to lose at home and the more wins we get at home, the tougher it gets for other teams to come in and play.”The team now finds itself on a six-game unbeaten streak and on the receiving end of some recognition because of its recent play. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer America polls, the Women of Troy are ranked No. 23.Despite what the rankings say, senior defender Karter Haug said the Women of Troy just need to go out and play.“We don’t really look at the rankings,” Haug said.  “It’s one of those things where we just want to come out, play our game and whoever we’re playing … we just want to do our best.”The defense has been shutting down opponents and the offense has been creating plenty of scoring opportunities — the only problem is that the team is not finishing those opportunities.Though the Women of Troy did score multiple goals for the first time against Northern Arizona, Ohai believes that their offense can still do better.“We can’t take it to heart too much,” Ohai said.  “It motivates us a little bit because we’ve been working on it, but we’ve got to keep going and there’s still room for improvement.”With some momentum going into the match against the Sooners, the Women of Troy are playing with confidence, but USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said the team shouldn’t worry about winning.“When you just focus on results, you’re going to be an inconsistent team,” Khosroshahin said. “But when you focus on how you play, the results will take of itself if you do the little things correctly.”If the Women of Troy do all the little things correctly and control what they can control ­— most notably, finishing their scoring opportunities and taking care of the ball — they will be in a good position to duplicate their recent success.last_img read more