From the daily archives: Friday, June 18, 2010

Two popular options for a quick meal are being pulled from grocery store shelves.

The government has announced recalls of SpaghettiOs and Marie Callender’s cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals.

Con Agra says it’s recalling the Marie Callender’s meals after receiving word from federal health officials that they could be linked to a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 29 people in 14 states. The recall covers all meals labeled “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce,” regardless of production date.

A cooker malfunction at a Campbell Soup plant is behind the recall of 15 million pounds of the SpaghettiOs with meatballs. There have been no illnesses, but Campbell says the cans were not sufficiently heated and bacteria could grow, spoiling the food before the use-by dates printed on the cans.

The recalled lots include three varieties often consumed by children: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs, the Cars version.

 

Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, has announced that Brando Ramos of Imperial in Imperial County, CA, a student at the Westchester Campus in White Plains, NY, has been named to the Dean’s  List at Berkeley College for the Winter 2010 Quarter.

“Berkeley College is proud to recognize Brando for his outstanding academic achievement,” said Dr. Cortes. “Students who reflect this level of dedication to their studies become our future leaders.”

Berkeley College students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better with a minimum of 12 academic credits qualify for the Dean’s List.

A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area; four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; and Berkeley College Online. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

 

Blythe, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station seized more than $100,000 worth of narcotics and arrested a drug smuggler at the checkpoint on Highway 78 on Saturday.

At about 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a white 1995 Ford Mustang pulled into the primary inspection area of the Highway 78 checkpoint south of Blythe. A Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of narcotics or people hidden inside.

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Border Patrol agents at an Arizona checkpoint find 2.5 pounds of  methamphetamine in a container.
Border Patrol agents at an Arizona checkpoint find 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine in a container.

Agents referred the vehicle for secondary inspection where they found 15 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana and two Tupperware containers full of methamphetamine. The driver, a lawfully admitted permanent resident, was arrested.

The packages of marijuana weighed a combined 33 pounds with an estimated street value of $26,760. The methamphetamines weighed 2.5 pounds and are valued at about $80,000.

The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.

 

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — 100 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

How Many Fathers?

67.8 million

Estimated number of fathers across the nation.
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

25.8 million

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2009.

  • 22 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  • 3 percent lived in someone else’s home.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html>

1.7 million

Number of single fathers in 2009; 15 percent of single parents were men.

  • 8 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • About 47 percent were divorced, 29 percent were never married, 18 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.
  • 44 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html>

85%

Among the 30.2 million fathers living with children younger than 18, the percentage who lived with their biological children only. In addition, 11 percent lived with stepchildren, 4 percent with adopted children and fewer than 1 percent with foster children.
Source: Living Arrangements of Children: 2004 <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/children/cb08-30.html>

Thinking of You, Dad

8,610

The number of men’s clothing stores around the country (as of 2007), a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Source: County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

14,193

The number of hardware stores (as of 2007), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 7,150 home centers across the country in 2007.
Source: County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

23,756

Number of sporting goods stores in 2007. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Source: County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

76 million

The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.
Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010
<http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>, Table 1203

Mr. Mom

158,000

Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2009. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 290,000 children. Among these stay-at-home dads, 59 percent had two or more children, and 57 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html>

24%

Among the nation’s 11.2 million preschoolers whose mothers are employed, the percentage who are regularly cared for by their father during their mother’s working hours. This amounted to 2.7 million children.
Source: Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2006
<http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/child/tables-2006.html>

Child-Support Payments

$2.8 billion

Amount of child support received by custodial fathers in 2007; they were due $4.3 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $18.6 billion of the $29.8 billion in support that was due.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support <http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-237.pdf>

45%

Percentage of custodial fathers who received all child support that was due in 2007, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support <http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-237.pdf>

67%

Percentage of custodial fathers receiving noncash support, such as gifts or coverage of expenses, on behalf of their children. The corresponding proportion for mothers was 56 percent.
Source: Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support <http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-237.pdf>

Time with Daddy

53% and 71%

Percentages of children younger than 6 who ate breakfast and dinner, respectively, with their father every day in 2006. The corresponding percentages who ate with their mother were 58 percent and 80 percent. (The percentages of children who ate breakfast with their mother or father, respectively, were not significantly different from each another.)
Source: A Child’s Day: 2006 <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/2006_detailedtables.html>

36%

Percentage of children younger than 6 who had 15 or more outings with their father in the last month, as of 2006.
Source: A Child’s Day: 2006 <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/2006_detailedtables.html>

6

Average times children ages 3 to 5 were read to by their fathers in the past week, as of 2006.
Source: A Child’s Day: 2006 <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/2006_detailedtables.html>

66%

Percentage of children younger than 6 who were praised three or more times a day by their fathers.
Source: A Child’s Day: 2006 <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/2006_detailedtables.html>

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City of Holtville

Monday,

June 14

DRIFTING ALONG:

It was reported that a group of teenagers are loitering in the parking lot, the caller states that they have been there for about an hour and is worried about the vehicles in the area. The group eventually did leave the area, though the caller did lose track of them, the caller was advised of his options.

TALK IT OVER:

It was reported  that the caller has gotten into an argument with her daughter, an officer did arrive for a civil stand by while her daughter grabbed her belongings and left the residence with a warning to not return.

BUMP:

It was reported that an intoxicated female has bumped her vehicle against the glass of a local business, the caller stated that she was in fact to drunk to drive, no further details were available on the incident, the caller was advised.

Tuesday,

June 15

BRINGING IN PETS:

It was reported that a person has brought in a small dog  that does not belong to her, the victim explained that the small dog follows her and is always at her home, the caller was advised of her options.

WELCOME:

It was reported that the caller came home to find his front door open, the caller did not go in, in fear of someone being inside, the home and property was checked, no one was found in the area

UNCALLED FOR:

It was reported that an unknown subject threw a piece of  stone at the caller’s front window, the window did not sustain any damage but it did startle the owner, the caller was advised of his/her options.

SUSPICIOUS:

It was reported that there is a SUV that is always parked at night, the caller also sees a man on a cell phone talking to someone, it seemed really suspicious to the caller, the area was checked, no one was found in the area.

Wednesday,

June 16

KEEP SOME DISTANCE:

It was reported that a couple is having an intense argument which may or may not escalate to a physical one, as both refuse to leave, they were both removed and sent away from each other

NOISES:

It was reported that the caller can hear noises out in his backyard, the caller can also hear one of the neighbor dogs bark, the area was checked, no one was found in his back yard, nor any signs of entrance.

HAPPENS A LOT:

It was reported that a subject has driven by and dumped his trash into the dumpster, the problem being that the subject does not live in the neighborhood, the caller was advised to gather a bit more information should he come around again.

City of El Centro

Friday,

June 11

KIDS WILL BE KIDS:

It was reported that one of the tenants spotted a group of kids throwing rocks at passing vehciles. The caller then stated that the kids turned on the walls of the building. The kids were not found in the area. The caller was asked to call back should they return.

SOME DOGS ARE TOO BIG:

It was reported that the caller’s neighbor’s dog destroyed a big chunk out of the fence which is owned by the caller. Both the neighbor and the caller were advised that it would be a civil matter. They were advised on how to handle the situation.

SUSPICIOUS MAN:

It was reported that the caller has spotted a small red vehicle parked in the alley. The caller also noticed that the man whom owns the vehicle was knocking on the windows before heading to the front of the home. The subject was not spotted in the area.

Saturday,

June 12

KID TROUBLES:

It was reported that two male subjects around the ages of 11 and 12 years old were having a physical fight. The two kids were separated and brought to their parents where both parties were counseled and advised to stop horse playing. They both agreed to put an end to things.

KEEP IT DOWN:

It was reported that the caller is hearing noises coming from upstairs. The caller stated that the racket upstairs was preventing her from getting any sleep. When contacted, the neighbor denied on making any noises.

Sunday,

June 13

STOLEN CAMCORDER:

It was reported that the caller’s camcorder has been stolen. The caller stated that a few other things were taken from her home but couldn’t quite put her finger on it. She was advised to call back with a list of missing items.

INTENSE:

It was reported that a male and female couple are having an intense argument. The caller then stated that the female half is carrying an infant which is crying. The couple was contacted by an officer and both subjects were counseled. They were advised on how to deal with their situation.

VERSUS:

It was reported that two sisters are having an argument which seems to now have lasted almost an hour. The two young women were brought together with their mother. All were counseled. They complied to work out their problems in a civil manner.

Monday,

June 14

KEEP ON THOSE MEDS:

It was reported that the caller’s son is being violent throwing things around the home and yelling at the parents who cannot seem to be able to control him. An officer made contact with the young man. He was counseled and advised to behave and listen to his parents.

CALLING ME:

It was reported that a male subject keeps calling the caller’s name. The caller cannot see the male subject whom may be hiding around her trailer, an officer was sent on his way and found no one in the area. The caller was advised of his options.

Tuesday,

June 15

FATHER SON TIME:

It was reported that a father and son are yelling at each other. The topic of discussion was not found. They both were contacted by an officer whom then counseled both of them. They were advised to take any serious problems to a civil court. They complied to avoid each other for the time being.

TRESPASSING:

It was reported that two subjects whom are trespassing into the caller’s land are yelling at vehicles and people that pass by through the area. The two subjects were escorted off the land and advised to not return. They complied with no incident.

City of Brawley

Friday,

June 11

WINDOW BLUES:

It was reported that someone has gone around and shot the caller’s vehicle’s window with a BB gun. The caller stated that the windows were not shattered but the small holes did crack the windows. Nothing was stolen. A full report was taken of the incident.

POOR OL’ TRUCK:

It was reported that the caller was in the locale visiting a friend when suddenly an unknown subject was throwing objects at the caller’s truck. The caller stated that the subject was gone as quickly as he arrived. The caller was advised of his options. Minor damages were left on the truck.

BOTHERSOME:

It was reported that a male subject is loitering in front of the store, refusing to leave and bothering customers. The subject is panhandling and becoming irate when someone does not wish to give him anything. The subject was contacted, the situation was handled, and the subject complied to move elsewhere.

Saturday,

June 12

THEY MAKE GOOD PETS:

It was reported that there is a large pit bull at the local park. Luckily, no one was hurt. The owner did come out and retrieved his dog.The owner was advised to keep his dog controlled in his residence or back yard.

ALLEY TROUBLE:

It was reported that two subjects are making a lot of noise in the alley. When the caller went down to take a look he found that they were having a physical fight.  An officer did arrive at the scene, but the two men nor the caller were at the area. No signs of a scuffle were found.

LOUD:

It was reported that a group in the neighborhood is having loud music playing while they drink and relax. When they turned down their music, the group then began to talk loudly. The subjects were asked to take it inside. They complied.

Sunday,

June 13

GROWING TENSIONS:

It was reported that the neighbors are at it again. The caller added that his neighbors whom are a male and female pair are having another verbal argument, though this time it is louder then usual. Both were contacted and counseled. The caller was advised of his options.

LOOKING FOR…:

It was reported that a homeless male subject was in the area. The caller stated that he was looking through various dumpsters in the alley. Though it is possible that he may have just been looking for scraps. The caller stated that he may be snooping around for identity theft. The area was searched no one was found.

Monday,

June 14

ONE ON ONE:

It was reported that two male subjects have erupted from an argument into a full blown fight. The two subjects were going at it hard, as they wrestled on the street. None of the subjects were hurt. They both walked away, according to the caller.

HAVING A GOOD TIME:

It was reported that a large group of subjects are in front of her residence drinking and trespassing onto her front yard. The subjects were asked to pick up their bottles and move it along. They complied.

Tuesday,

June 15

CATCHING SOME Z’s:

It was reported that a subject was spotted sleeping in his vehicle. At first glance, the caller believed that he might have passed out. An officer made contacted with the sleeping subject to find that he was just to exhausted to drive home.

A SCARE:

It was reported that a prowler was spotted in the caller’s backyard looking in through the sliding glass door. The subject quickly left after noticing the caller walk into the room. No description of the criminal was made available. The caller was advised of his options.

TROUBLE:

It was reported that two males are getting physical at the locale. Both males were under the influence and were thought to be friends. The two subjects were not hurt too bad. They did flee the scene quickly after starting. The caller was advised to call back should they return.

City of Calexico

Friday,

June 11

DOWN LOW:

It was reported that a few subjects are parked out in their drive way listening to rap music which is very loud and its annoying the neighborhood. The two subjects were asked to please keep it down and they complied.

TROUBLES:

It was reported that an unknown subject threw a bottle at the caller’ vehicle’s windshield, which shattered. The unknown subject fled the scene quickly and the caller has no idea who could have done something like this. She was advised of her options.

DO NOT LOITER:

It was reported that a white male subject whom is under the influence is loitering at the locale. The caller had asked him to leave but he refused. The subject then began to make a lot of ruckus until an officer arrived. He then left the area and agreed to not return.

Saturday,

June 12

FRESH:

It was reported that the caller has discovered fresh graffiti in the area. The caller also saw three men leaving the area. The graffiti was recorded, the caller was advised to call back should they return and a full report of the incident was taken.

KEEP IT DOWN:

It was reported that a caller can hear a few males talking loudly while the neighborhood dogs bark. The caller found it suspicious. They were not there when officers arrived. The caller was advised to call back should they return.

Sunday,

June 13

THREATS:

It was reported that a male is threatening a female victim as they argue in plain view. Both subjects left in separate directions. The caller was concerned that anything might erupt. The caller was advised to call back should they return

THROUGH THE ALLEY:

It was reported that a subject was walking down the alley in the middle of the night. The caller stated that the subject is making the dogs in the area bark along with one of the neighbors yelling out for silence. The area was checked, but the subject was not there. The caller was advised to call back should they return.

CHUCKING ROCKS:

It was reported that an unknown subject has thrown a rock through the caller’s bedroom window. The caller stated that it might have been her ex-boyfriend. She did notice that it was a male subject. The caller was advised of her options and a full report was taken.

Monday,

June 14

REFUSING:

It was reported that the caller’s ex-boyfriend is at the locale. The caller’s mother is trying to get him to leave but he refuses to, though he did finally drive off rather erratically in his vehicle. Both mother and daughter were advised on their options. She was also advised to call back should he return.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE:

It was reported that the caller’s 24-year-old son has come to the locale looking for trouble. The subject had been drinking and  drove that way to his father’s home. The caller then stated that the subject was throwing items around the place, both inside the home and out. The parents were advised on how to handle their situation.

Tuesday,

June 15

COMPLIED:

It was reported that there is a female subject is in the area that appears to be under the influence of alcohol. The female subject does not want to leave the area, but she finally complied when an officer made contact. She called for a taxi to take her home.

ON-GOING PROBLEM:

It was reported that the caller has an on-going problem with the neighbors. The problem this time is that the caller is having a get-together and he is letting his guests on the caller’s property. The caller has asked politely to keep them off their property but nothing has been resolved. An officer was able to resolve the matter.

 
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