Woman arrested for 1999 murder of Jane Doe found in cornfield; victim suffered ‘barbaric brutality,’ sheriff says

Woman arrested for 1999 murder of Jane Doe found in cornfield; victim suffered ‘barbaric brutality,’ sheriff says

first_imgiStock(CHICAGO) — A Jane Doe who suffered “barbaric brutality” and was found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield 20 years ago has now been identified, and authorities say her suspected killer is in custody.The “brutally abused body” of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson was discovered on July 21, 1999, in a cornfield in the town of Raymond, about 75 miles north of Chicago, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.The young woman was unidentified until now.Johnson had been brutalized “by many means” over a long period of time, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said at a news conference on Friday.He did not elaborate on the abuse but said, “the utter barbaric brutality inflicted on this young woman is something that none of us will ever forget.”Johnson was about 18 years old, cognitively impaired and on her own when she went searching for help at a medical clinic in McHenry, Illinois, the sheriff said. There she met Linda Laroche, a registered nurse, who recognized her disability and took her into her home, Schmaling said.Johnson, who was never listed as a missing person, lived in McHenry with Laroche for the last five years of her life, Schmaling said.“There she suffered long-term and horrific abuse at the hand of Linda Laroche,” he said.Laroche was taken into custody Tuesday in Florida for Johnson’s murder, the sheriff said. She has waived extradition and will soon be transported to Wisconsin, he said.“Year after year we plugged away at this case,” the sheriff said. As a Jane Doe, Johnson’s DNA was entered into a nationwide unidentified victims’ database, her DNA was submitted for genealogical testing, and her body was exhumed for chemical isotope testing, he said.“A number of weeks ago” information led to Johnson’s identification, the sheriff said, though he did not elaborate on what that information was.Arrangements will be made for Johnson to be laid to rest as her true identity and buried alongside her mother, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Equinor begins production from Snorre expansion project in North Sea

first_img The Snorre A platform has been upgraded under the Snorre Expansion Project. (Credit: Bo B Randulff – Even Kleppa – Woldcam / Equinor ASA) Equinor has commenced production from the Snorre expansion project, an increased oil recovery project in the Norwegian North Sea, taken up with an investment of NOK19bn ($2.17bn).According to the Norwegian oil and gas company, the expansion project was originally slated to begin production in the first quarter of 2021.Equinor said that the production has been achieved ahead of schedule despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which impacted deliveries, closed borders and plants, and workforce.Equinor development and production Norway executive vice president Arne Sigve Nylund said: “This is a result of excellent teamwork, both internally with own employees and safety delegates, and with our suppliers and partners. In a very unusual year many have gone to great lengths, been constructive and solution-oriented to ensure that the project was delivered.”The Snorre expansion project is estimated to add nearly 200 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves, while helping in extending the productive life of the Snorre field through 2040.The Snorre field, which is located in the Tampen area, was estimated to produce until 2011–2014. The field has been producing oil and gas since 1992.Snorre expansion project involved drilling 24 new wellsAs part of the Snorre expansion project, 24 new wells were drilled for recovering the new volumes from the oil and gas field. Of the 24 wells, 12 are for production, while the other 12 are for injection.The expansion project also involved the installation of six new subsea templates for production and alternating water/gas injection, pipelines and umbilicals between the subsea templates and the Snorre A platform.As per the plan for development and operation (PDO) filed in 2017, Snorre A has also been upgraded for receiving the new production from the subsea templates.The Snorre field along with the Gullfaks field will be powered by the 88MW Hywind Tampen project, which is expected to begin operations in Q3 2022 through its 11 floating wind turbines.Equinor Energy is the operator of the Snorre field with a 33.27% stake. The company is partnered in the offshore Norwegian field by Petoro (30%), Vår Energi (18.55%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (9.6%), and Wintershall Dea Norge (8.57%). The expansion project at the Snorre field will add nearly 200 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves and help extend its life through 2040 last_img read more

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Image of the Day: TACTS Towers Survey

first_img Image of the Day: TACTS Towers Survey Share this article Follow @navaltoday October 3, 2014 View post tag: TACTS View post tag: News by topic Authorities TACTS towers were constructed in 1987 to provide aircrew training and performance evaluation in air-to-air combat but are now functionally obsolete.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas S. Tenorio US Navy’s Builder 1st Class Carlos Hernandez, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) conducts a structural and environmental survey of Tactical Air Combat Training System (TACTS) towers for future demolition operations.center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: survey View post tag: americas View post tag: Towers Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: TACTS Towers Survey View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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Home Improvement Fraudsters Operating in Vanderburgh County

first_img The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of asphalt paving scammers operating in Vanderburgh County. The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office first reported on these fraudulent pavers visting their jurisdiction earlier today.Paving scams and other forms of home improvement fraud occur when criminals try to pass themselves off as legitimate contractors, offering services at a substantial or unrealistic discount.Warning SignsFew reputable contractors sell their services door to door. You should be skeptical of an offer if:The contractor claims to have “left over” material from a nearby job.The contractor proposes an unrealistic timetable (such as grading, preparing and paving a driveway in one afternoon).The contractor does not appear to have the proper equipment for the job.The contractor uses high pressure tactics to persuade you.The contactor quotes a price that seems too good to be true.The contractor is unable or unwilling to provide any references or is not listed with the Better Business Bureau or on file with the Vanderburgh County Building Commission.The contractor claims to be from out of town, or claims to be local but his vehicle displays an out of state license plate.SuggestionsFrom experience, we offer the following suggestions to help avoid becoming the victim of home improvement fraud or theft:Don’t allow a door to door solicitor into your home, period.Don’t commit to a home improvement project on the spur of the moment.Select a contractor with care. Check with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau to determine if the contractor you are considering has a history of complaints.Deal locally. Use an established contractor with ties to the community.Be wary of a low price. Time and material drive the price of any job. If a bid seems too good to be true, it probably is.Don’t commit to a job unless you have been given a formal bid. Project bids should be in writing and clearly spell out what work is to be performed.Indiana law requires written home improvement contracts for jobs exceeding $150.00. Before signing a contract, make certain it clearly defines: the material to be used, the work to be performed, the timetable for completion, and the total price along with provisions for any contingency expenses. Make sure the contractor’s name and contact information appears on the contract. The contractor must sign the contract and leave you a copy.Verify the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. Contact the Vanderburgh County Building Commission to verify a contractor’s license is in good standing.Avoid paying for a project until the work is completed; if this is unavoidable never pay more than 1/3 of the total cost as a down payment.A reputable contractor should guarantee his workmanship. Get a copy of any warranty or guarantee in writing.Retain all records related to the project, including any correspondence.If you have been a victim of home improvement fraud or theft, please call 911. To submit a tip, please click here. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City’s 7th Annual Tribute to the Philippines

first_imgFrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the loggia (porch) of the Music Pier, there will be displays of crafts, foods, goods and services from the Philippines. Filipino nurses will offer free blood pressure tests. The Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center will demonstrate health-related exercises and there will be many specialized displays. At approximately noon, American music will be featured when Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame drummer Dick Richards performs with his Ready Rockers. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets and recorded “Rock Around the Clock” with the band when they scored the original music to the movie “Black Board Jungle.” He also acted in movie and TV dramas. At 92, his energy remains amazing. Inside the Music Pier, the state’s Regional Yo Yo Championships will be held all day with the finals set for 8 p.m. Admission is free to see the talented competitors in action and the winners crowned. There will be yo-yo demonstrations by Air Circus led by Doug Jewell and a team of talented performers. The yo-yo was invented in the Philippines and translates as “Return! Return!”center_img This will be followed by approximately three hours of free entertainment on the Boardwalk featuring Philippine folk dancers performing exciting routines as they dodge clacking wooden poles. Internationally recognized vocalist Rene Sese, the reigning Mr. Mature America, will also perform. WHEN: Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.WHERE: At the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn TerraceOpening ceremonies will be held starting 10 a.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier when Mayor Jay Gillian of Ocean City and Consul General Mario de Leon of the Philippine Consul General’s Office in New York discuss the sister-city relationship between the communities and greet visitors.last_img read more

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Father John Misty Shares New Music Video “Pure Comedy” In Seemingly Perfect Timing

first_imgFather John Misty is a man of simple taste and robust opinion. Known for writing ballads relevant to the present moment, he announces his newest record Pure Comedy in seemingly perfect timing. The topics of choice are clearly defined in the title track, shared below, which explores societal trends, technological obsessions, popular dependencies, and the overall state of humanity across the human lifespan.He describes this new track as a lengthy dissection of “the comedy of man”. While the images in the video seem more specific than the lyrics of the song, he tells NPR, “There’s nothing political about ‘Pure Comedy.’ Unless that’s what the viewer wants, even with all the gratuitous footage of political figures. The video is only ‘about Trump’ in that the video is about human beings.”Images of Trump, Obama, Kanye West, and Pepe the Frog are all characters of the animated depiction. The song also appears to address relevant topics like big pharma, global warming, and natural disasters, as well as societal obsessions like religion, gluttony, and general foolishness.Pure Comedy comes out April 7, but you can listen to the title track below:Josh Tillman teamed up with Jonathon Wilson to produce the 75-minute record, which you can learn more about in the 25-minute documentary film below:You can also see the new album’s artwork, in GIF form, below:last_img read more

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Dear Evan Hansen Will Play Off-Broadway After D.C. Premiere

first_img Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical from Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson, will head to off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre in the spring of 2016. The show, directed by Michael Grief, is currently playing at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, where it will run through August 23. Exact dates for the New York production, will be announced later.With a book by Levenson, lyrics by Pasek and music by Paul, the show follows Evan Hansen, who’s about to find out what it really means to belong. Dear Evan Hansen is the contemporary story of his search for the things in life we all need: Friends, family and a place to call home.No casting has been announced yet for the show’s off-Broadway bow. The Arena Stage production stars Broadway alum and Pitch Perfect star Ben Platt, as well as Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Will Roland and Michael Park. from $89.00 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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Floral Beauty

first_imgAfter a hurricane, you find beauty and pleasure in simple things. In my case, it is the old-fashioned zinnia. Now I say “old-fashioned” because we grew them from generic seed packets, so I don’t know the variety. I would say it is the zinnia you grew up with as a kid.If you are like me, zinnia was one of the first plants you grew from seeds, and you have to admit there is nothing prettier than the large flower. Over the years I have grown large amounts of Benary’s giant zinnias for cut flowers, and I can tell you that an acre of zinnias is a breathtaking site.I love zinnias in single colors and I love them in mixes. I love them in dahlia form and in those we call “cactus.” At the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Historic Bamboo Farm, we planted our zinnias to add a different sparkle this year, if you will, to our pollinator beds. Lest you have forgotten, zinnias bring in butterflies just like other pollinator magnets. If you haven’t tried them in a while, they may surprise you.So after Hurricane Hermine reached us as a tropical storm and Hurricane Matthew turned what seems to be the entire East Coast literally upside down, I do find pleasure in the large 4- to 5-inch-wide zinnias. They are blooming their hearts out, bringing in Gulf fritillaries and common buckeyes.You may think it’s a little late to be talking zinnias, and it is over much of the country. Zinnias are champions for a long, hot summer, but they can also be sown as succession crops all the way to fall. They partner wonderfully well with other colorful fall bloomers like mums, Mexican bush sage and asters. You will notice they bloom before and after mums, and they are downright inexpensive.Maybe the point of this article is to remind you to introduce your children to this incredibly beautiful flower next spring. This is one flower that can create a gardener in little ones. Use it to introduce children to butterflies and the pleasure of having fresh cut flowers on the table.Whether you choose a package of generic zinnias sold by color or a mix or you find Benary’s giants, Dreamland or the Magellan series, know they prefer full sun to really put on a dazzling performance. Prepare flower beds by incorporating 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and 2 pounds of a slow-release 12-6-6 fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed space. Direct seed or set out transplants with little to no color showing.Thin seedlings to around 6 to 8 inches for the vigorous growth that is about to occur. Mulch when the seedlings are large enough or after setting out transplants. Side-dress the young plants in six to eight weeks with light applications of the fertilizer.At the CGBG, we partnered zinnias with ‘Mystic Spires’ blue salvia, one of the most wonderfully persevering perennials we can grow. By doing this we have partnered the best of round flowers and spiky flowers for an unbeatable combination. I hope you will get to know zinnias again. Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the CGBG at www.coastalGeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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Forecast predicts European wind capacity will hit 252GW by 2022

first_imgForecast predicts European wind capacity will hit 252GW by 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Wind energy capacity will grow at an average 17.4GW per year up to 2022 across the continent, according to a new report by WindEurope. The trade body forecasts 86.9GW will be installed over next five years, reaching a total of 258GW in operation in Europe by 2022.Germany, Spain and the U.K. will continue to lead Europe for highest national capacity, but countries such as the Benelux nations, Norway, Turkey and France will all make important contributions to the 258GW total.Globally, Europe will account for a quarter of new total capacity additions by 2022. It also argued that with more encouraging policy frameworks in place, even more new capacity could be added in the next five years.The majority of the 86.9GW increase will be onshore, WindEurope stated in its report, Wind energy outlook in Europe: 70.4GW (81%) compared to 16.5GW (19%) of new offshore wind. Currently, onshore wind accounts for 90.7% (160.2GW) of Europe’s total installed capacity of 176.5GW, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.Germany will remain the country with the most installed capacity, reaching 73GW in 2022, up from 59GW today. Spain (30GW by 2022, up from 23.2GW today) and the UK (26GW by 2022, up from 19.3GW today) will remain in second and third place, WindEurope stated. However, due to strong growth in other countries, Germany’s share of the new installations will fall from 40% on average over the last five years to 24%, it added.More: European capacity to exceed 250GW by 2022last_img read more

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Vietnam looks to tap huge offshore wind potential

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nhȃn Dȃn:The sea from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City is considered one of the areas with the greatest potential for offshore wind power production in the world, with average wind speeds of 7-11 metres per second, experts have said.The assessment was provided at a roundtable discussion on the development of offshore wind power in Vietnam with Dutch experience, held by the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam in collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) in Hanoi on April 9.Speaking at the event, Do Duc Quan, Deputy Head of the MoIT’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, said that the demand for energy in Vietnam, especially electricity during 2020-2030, would be huge, as energy demand is increasing, while energy supply is and will be facing challenges, amidst traditional energy sources such as hydropower, coal, oil and gas that are gradually depleted and difficult to develop.In such context, considering the exploitation of renewable energy sources, the Vietnamese government aims to produce 10.7% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. It targets that the total wind power capacity will reach about 1,000 MW by 2020 and 6,200 MW by 2030.Currently, Vietnam’s total installed wind power capacity is about 190MW, with four wind farms onshore and near shore with a capacity of 6 MW to 100 MW each, while an additional of 263 MW of wind power is under construction and 412 MW is in the process of appraisal approval. Approximately 4,236 MW have been approved, raising the total registered wind power capacity to 10,729 MW.With great advantages in wind power, especially the sea area from Quy Nhon city, in Binh Dinh province, to HCM City, offshore wind energy in Vietnam has yet been fully exploited. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is one of the top five countries in the world in research and development of offshore energy. The Dutch experience would be useful to Vietnam in selecting the optimal solution for the development of offshore wind power in the most appropriate way, Quan emphasised.More: Huge potential for offshore wind power development in Vietnam Vietnam looks to tap huge offshore wind potentiallast_img read more

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