CVPS: Use caution when cutting woodMore than 50 outages in 2008 blamed on felled treesRUTLAND, VT – With fuel prices up, many Vermonters are turning to wood heat, and that’s causing a significant number of power outages due to careless tree cutting near power lines.Central Vermont Public Service, Vermont’s largest power company, today urged Vermonters to use caution when cutting trees anywhere near power lines.”From professional loggers to people cutting wood for the first time, we’re seeing a tremendous number of accidents involving tree-cutting and power lines,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. “We urge all Vermonters to use the utmost in caution to prevent power outages, injuries and even death.”More than 50 power outages have occurred this year due to trees accidentally felled onto CVPS power lines. The outages have affected thousands of customers and cost thousands of dollars to repair. More importantly, Costello said a simple accident can have devastating consequences.”While an outage can be repaired, these accidents can lead to severe injuries that can have lifelong impacts, and fatal accidents affect entire families,” Costello said. “We want to reduce the number of these outages, of course, but we’re even more concerned about preventing injuries or deaths that could be avoided.”In one of the most recent incidents, a homeowner in CVPS’s St. Albans District accidentally dropped a tree onto a power line. “The homeowner and several children ignored the fact that they were in grave danger, and persisted in cutting the tree and being in close proximity to the tree, while it was in direct contact with the utility line,” Costello said.”Only by sheer luck was a tragedy avoided,” Costello said. “The homeowner and the children were in grave danger and didn’t even realize it.”CVPS, which plans a special bill insert on the issue in January, issued a series of tips to keep people safe:* Always look carefully for nearby utility lines before cutting any tree. Sometimes, utility lines can be hidden by trees and other vegetation, such as vines. Call CVPS for assistance before cutting down any tree that is in close proximity to a utility line, or if the tree could fall into a utility line.* Always assume all overhead power lines or damaged lines are energized and potentially dangerous, including the service cables that run from utility poles to buildings.* Never climb, touch or attempt to fell a tree that is in contact with a power line.* If a tree falls into a power line, stop working immediately! Do not attempt to remove the saw or any equipment. Do not attempt to clear the tree or any portion of the tree from the downed line. Do not touch the tree or anything in contact with the tree or overhead cables. Shuffle or hop away from the location; always keep both feet in contact with the ground at the same time. Stay clear and call us immediately at 800-649-2877. Never assume that someone else has made to call. Inform us of the exact location of the event.* Keep others at least 50 feet away from the tree and cables until our crew arrives. This includes pets and livestock.
BROOKVILE, Ind. – A Brookville man will have an extended prison stay after being sentenced this week for his role in a Tri-State Ponzi scheme.Jerry Smith, of Brookville, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court last month to five felony counts of criminal securities fraud.Investigators say Smith, and co-conspirator Jason Snelling, ran an $8.9 million scheme selling unregistered investments while working for OneAmerica Securities.Instead of investing clients’ money as promised, the pair used the funds to pay for personal expenses, authorities said.Smith was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison and 20 years on probation. The judge ordered he pay $410,189 in restitution.Jail time will run concurrently with the 65-month federal jail sentence Smith is serving for mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion, related to the Ponzi scheme.Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit assisted in the investigation.“Smith’s actions were deplorable and I’m pleased we were able to add additional jail time to his sentence,” said Secretary Lawson. “He took advantage of people who knew and trusted him. Plus, he never registered his products as required by law. This combination is typical of what we see in so many Ponzi schemes. I encourage all investors to protect themselves by checking with my office before investing, even if you know the person.”Securities Commissioner Carol Mihalik commented, “I would like to thank Franklin County Prosecutor Mel Wilhelm for his continued work on this case.”“Our offices have been collaborating on this case for almost five years now. Thanks to the continued cooperation between state and local officials, we have been able to hold Smith accountable for his actions and maximize his sentence.”
Jaguars reply strongly to Pride’s 294LED by an attractive 79 from Chanderpaul Hemraj and a patient 52 from Tagenarine Chanderpaul, hosts Guyana Jaguars staged a strong reply to the Barbados Pride’s first-innings total of 294 at the close of the second day of the fifth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, yesterday.The three-time defending champions were 180-4 at stumps in a shortened day. Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is unbeaten on 15 while nightwatchman Gudakesh Motie is on three. The Jaguars resume today with a first-innings deficit of 115 runs with six wickets in hand.After bowling out the visitors inside 6.3 overs in the day’s play, Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul added 115 for the opening stand which gave the hosts the added momentum.The left-handed Hemraj displayed a wide range of stroke-play, as the tourists’ bowlers, devoid of confidence and ideas, were smashed all around the ground during the opening stand.The 24-year-old Hemraj’s aggressive innings was decorated with nine fours and four sixes off 117 balls; which set the tone for his team’s chase.Tagenarine, on the other hand, was a bit more circumspect as his gritty 52 came off 152 balls with just four fours.Earlier, Keemo Paul completed a five-wicket haul (5-59) when he removed the visitors’ last three batsmen.Resuming at 282-7, the tourists could survived only 6.3 overs into the day’s play, as Justin Greaves (72) and Mario Rampersaud (4), both failed to add to their overnight scores. Jomel Warrican (11) was the other batsman to have been dismissed.The run chase then began in a positive manner, with Hemraj as the aggressor of the two openers. The pair settled in nicely and by tea the defending champs had already raised their 100 runs without any hiccups.The runs continued to flow after the session especially off the bat of Hemraj. However, a mix-up saw Hemraj dismissed. The Jaguars then lost skipper Leon Johnson bowled by Jonathan Carter for two, at 120-2.Vishaul Singh joined young Chanderpaul, but his stay was short, as Greaves had him caught at the wicket by Rampersaud for 15.Chanderpaul Sr then joined his son for a brief period before the younger Chanderpaul was out caught off Warrican’s bowling.But Motie joined the veteran and saw the hosts to the close.Play resumes today at 09:30hrs.SCOREBOARD BARBADOS PRIDE 1st innings (o/n 282-7)A. Alleyne c Paul b Joseph 11S. Moseley run-out (Permaul) 43S. Brooks lbw b Joseph 0J. Carter stp. wkp.Bramble b Joseph 4K. Stoute c wkp. Bramble b Motie 47K. Williams c wkp. Bramble b Paul 68J. Greaves c Hemraj b Paul 72A. Nurse c Johnson b Paul 13M. Rampersaud c Johnson b Paul 4J. Warrican b Paul 11K. Harding not out 0Extras: (nb-4, b-5, lb-12) 21Total: (all out, 97.3 overs) 294Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-28, 3-32, 4-110, 5-123, 6-244, 7-274, 8-282, 9-289.Bowlers: Joseph 20-2-69-3, Paul 16.3-2-59-5, Permaul 27-7-67-0, Motie 18-6-43-1, Rutherford 13-2-34-0, Hemraj 3-1-5-0.GUYANA JAGUARS 1st inningsT. Chanderpaul c Rampersaud b Warrican 52C. Hemraj run-out (Greaves) 79L. Johnson b Carter 2V. Singh c Rampersaud b Greaves 15S. Chanderpaul not out 15G. Motie not out 3Total: (for 4 wickets, 57 overs) 180Extras: (b-4, lb-3, w-1, nb-7) 15Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-120, 3-147, 4-173.Bowling: Greaves 13-0-44-1, Harding 10-0-34-0, Nurse 5-0-28-0, Stoute 13-0-17-0, Warrican 5-0-23-1, Carter 6-0-8-1, Williams 5-0-19-0.