Two arrested in connection with Fayetteville bank robbery

FAYETTEVILLE — Police arrested a homeless man and a teen Friday in connection with the Arvest Bank robbery Tuesday.

Telvondric Haywood, 20, and a 16-year-old boy, each face one charge of aggravated robbery. Both admitted to the robbery in interviews with police, according to a news release.

Police didn’t identify the juvenile.

Two men wearing bandanas over their faces and brandishing handguns entered Arvest Bank at 1113 Garland Ave. at 3:01 p.m., said Sgt. Craig Stout, Fayetteville police spokesman. The men took an undisclosed amount of money and fled, Stout said. No shots were fired, and no one was hurt, Stout said.

Three robberies over the past three weeks each involved two black men with guns, according to police.

Springdale and Centerton police said they don’t believe the two arrested Friday were involved with recent robberies in their cities. Johnson police didn’t answer a phone message left Friday.

Men wore bandanas covering most of their faces in at least two of the incidents, according to photos released by the Centerton and Fayetteville police departments.

The Zaxby’s at 400 S. Thompson St. in Springdale was robbed about 9:20 p.m. Dec. 29. One employee was punched during the robbery, according to police.

At 10:48 a.m. Dec. 23, two men with guns robbed First National Bank at 350 E. Centerton Blvd. in Centerton.

The First National Bank at 4000 Johnson Mill Blvd. in Johnson was robbed just before 5 p.m. Nov. 28. One man was described as stocky and the other as thin, police said.

No one has been arrested in connection with the three robberies as of Friday afternoon.

Haywood was being held Friday at the Washington County Detention Center on a partial bond of $75,685. He has a first-appearance hearing scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

NW News on 01/07/2017

Dayton seeks to connect more people to high-speed Internet

The city of Dayton this year hopes to learn more about how its citizens use and access high-speed Internet and help develop a plan to bring more people online.

Dayton ranks very poorly for how many of its households have fixed broadband subscriptions, and the city’s mobile coverage, speed and reliability lags many other municipalities.

But Dayton was one of five Ohio communities recently selected to receive a technology assessment from Connect Ohio.

The findings will help craft a road map for improving connectivity and bridging the digital divide, which used to refer to access to broadband services, but today has more to do with the adoption and use of high-speed Internet, said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio.

“This research will be a great tool for economic development — even if it identifies (gaps in broadband),” Johnson said. “This will truly form an unbiased self-assessment of broadband access, adoption and use in Dayton.”

There are about 185 U.S. cities that have at least 50,000 households.


About 43 percent of Dayton households do not have fixed broadband subscriptions, which ranks 10th worst among this group of mid- to large-sized cities, according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s analysis of 2015 Census data.

Earlier this year, Dayton also was ranked the worst Ohio metro area for reliable mobile coverage. It ranked 94th out of 125 U.S. metro areas for mobile coverage, speed and reliability.

But Connect Ohio will give Dayton a comprehensive technology assessment that seeks to identify the level of access to high-speed Internet and what barriers are preventing people from adopting and using broadband.

About 350 other U.S. communities have received assessments and action plans from Connected Nation, of which Connect Ohio is a program. Connected Nation in the past charged communities for this work, but Dayton’s project is being paid for using state-appropriated funding.

Broadband technology — otherwise known as high-speed internet — is important for 21st century economic development, health care, education and general service delivery, said Chris Lipson, senior economic development specialist with the city of Dayton.

The assessment will primarily involve surveys — probably online versions — to identify gaps in access, adoption and use of broadband, officials said.

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” said Johnson.

About 94 percent of Montgomery County has access to broadband service at 25 megabits per second, which is a respectable download speed, officials said.

But there are undoubtedly ways to get more people connected and using fast Internet, Johnson said.

Common obstacles include a lack of a computer or the knowledge or skills to use one, he said. Some people do not feel they need a computer or the Internet or do not have the money to pay for them.

The goal is to finish the assessment by May, which should provide guidance, recommendations and priorities to address shortfalls in Internet use and access, officials said.

Market forces do not always deliver the best high-speed Internet to all parts of the community, and the hope is to come up with strategies to make broadband more widespread, said Lipson.

The city will look at what other communities have done to get more people connected.

“We’ll find out what the community’s needs are,” Lipson said.

He said the city has strong broadband in certain areas, including some business districts. But other parts of the city are not so fortunate.

Blazing fast Internet is offered by Extra Mile Fiber downtown at the Water Street District and the Brownstones at 2nd housing development near the 2nd Street Market.

Five arrested in connection with slaying of teen

SAN JOSE — Five San Jose men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old boy last summer, according to police.

We need more apps and devices designed to help families connect to each other

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.

Technology has done an amazing job of helping empower us as individuals — we can do more, and more quickly and easily, because of technology. But technology can also be isolating, separating us from each other as we retreat into our own virtual worlds. When technology does provide connections between people, it’s often between friends rather than families. There have been few apps, devices or other technologies designed to really help families in a meaningful way. I’d love to see that change.

Technology can be isolating

Most technology is aimed at individuals, each in their own bubbles. Algorithms learn about us as individual human beings, not as groups or families. That’s fine when it comes to much of the technology we consume, because we use it for our own personal interests and tasks. But it can also mean we’re each retreating into our own virtual worlds, carefully customized and curated for each of us. Even when we’re physically together as families, we’re often absorbed in our own devices and activities, separate mentally and emotionally.

The same technology that has so much power to enrich our lives individually, then, often disempowers families seeking to build connections and relationships and to form bonds. Technology becomes a barrier rather than an enabler of those relationships, and many a parent has struggled to find ways to overcome them. To the extent that companies have sought to provide technology for families, they’ve often focused on enabling parents to abdicate responsibility through time limits, parental controls and the like, rather than giving them tools they can actively use or connecting them to their children.

There are exceptions

This is not to say technology has done nothing for families in recent years — I’ve actually seen some real examples of technology being put to good use in helping families. Here are just three:

  • Netflix’s user profiles: Netflix introduced user profiles a few years back, and they’ve been very useful in our family for separating viewing by my wife and myself from the shows our kids watch. That has two benefits — the parents and kids each get recommendations based on their viewing, not each other’s, and the kids aren’t unexpectedly presented with adult shows. Our children’s shared profile is explicitly a Kids profile, and is designed differently and populated with different content appropriate for their age group. They know how to select the proper profile when watching and, though we tend to keep a close eye on what they’re actually watching, we can let them choose their own shows because we know it’s going to be a safe list of content to choose from.
  • Apple’s Family Sharing functionality: we’ve only recently started using this, as our oldest child has begun using her own device as opposed to relying on shared iPads. She doesn’t use it extensively yet, but does have her own Apple Music account on our family plan, and is able to request permission to download apps, which I can then grant on my phone. We still typically have a conversation about the purchase or download in person first, but the technology enables a seamless execution once we’ve agreed in principle. Our kids also get access to their TV shows and movies which I’ve purchased on my account in the same way.
  • Picniic: This is an app I came across recently when the firm’s PR reps reached out to me following a column I wrote on smart home assistants. Though positioned as a smart home tool, what Picniic really represents is a smart family assistant. It’s one of the first apps I’ve come across which actively seeks to solve problems for families, and that’s refreshing. It allows families to share calendars, meal plans, grocery lists and so on, representing a sort of virtual noticeboard or refrigerator door. I haven’t used the app extensively yet — I suspect that it’s more useful for those families with hectic schedules and children being ferried to and from music lessons and soccer games, something our kids are mostly too young for at this point. But I can see the utility and admire the focus on helping families.

There are also lots of general-purpose technologies that families can leverage, from Skype to texting to shared cloud-based calendars. I put out a request on both Twitter and Facebook to ask what technology families were using to help them connect and communicate and much of it was in this generic category.

Some requests

However, I think the industry can still do better, and there are opportunities for innovators to meet needs currently unmet. As I asked about how families use technology today, I also asked what more could be done. Based on those responses and my own thoughts, here are some requests:

  • Better device sharing: Google and Amazon have both done some interesting things here, but Apple in particular still doesn’t have a great way to share devices between family members such that the interface or the apps available are different on a per-user basis. As I mentioned above, the Family Sharing setup is great for sharing content between devices used by different individuals, but there’s no equivalent for multi-user support on a single device (except in an education setting).
  • Learning about and making recommendations for families: As I said, technology is great at learning about and customizing experiences for individuals, but there’s no equivalent for families. I also mentioned that my wife and I and our kids share two profiles on Netflix, but Netflix isn’t really learning about us as individuals. Rather, it thinks we are these strange hybrid creatures who like weepies and action movies on the one hand, and TV shows for toddlers and tweens on the other. I’ve seen some interesting demos of technology that combines individual preferences based on who’s watching, but that’s about as far as it has gone.
  • More content for families: I’ve written previously about the TV industry’s lack of imagination when it comes to using the new-found freedom enabled by digital-first platforms to create content for families, and I’d love to see more innovation in this area. But I’d also like to see more technological solutions for filtering and parental controls. VidAngel, a service my family has been using regularly, provides filters to remove swearing and other objectionable content from TV shows and movies so we can watch them as a family; it was shut down (hopefully temporarily) by a judge last week. Content and technology companies are still often far too user-hostile when it comes to content and families.
  • More apps for families to use together: We’ve enjoyed a number of apps, especially on the new Apple TV, which recreate the old board-game experience for a digital age. But there are still few of these relative to games intended for solo use, or games which are too violent for me to want to share them with my kids. I feel like the industry is making progress, but there’s more to be done. It’s worth noting that many board games cost upward of $20, which leaves plenty of price umbrella for digital competitors to squeeze under.
  • Apps to help manage families: I mentioned Picniic, which is notable for being one of a very few apps that really seek to serve families and help them manage their time and activities. But there’s room in the market for more than one such app. We could see plenty more innovation here.

I’m generally optimistic when it comes to technology — it’s both the focus of my work and a massive enabler of what I do. I also use technology heavily within my family for all kinds of things. But the benefits to families have so far been mostly incidental, rather than a result of deliberate efforts to help and serve families, and that’s something that could stand to change. Whether it’s the big platform and device companies putting more effort into all of this, or startups launching apps or devices to help, I’d love to see more innovation in this area.

Jan Dawson is founder and chief analyst at Jackdaw, a technology research and consulting firm focused on the confluence of consumer devices, software, services and connectivity. During his 13 years as a technology analyst, Dawson has covered everything from DSL to LTE, and from policy and regulation to smartphones and tablets. Prior to founding Jackdaw, Dawson worked at Ovum for a number of years, most recently as chief telecoms analyst, responsible for Ovum’s telecoms research agenda globally. Reach him @jandawson.

Man Charged In Connection With Brackenridge Woman’s Homicide « CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a Brackenridge woman.

On Monday, Justin Bartlett, 25, was taken into custody in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Today, he was charged with homicide, burglary, theft and and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of 63-year-old Linda McGinnis, his next door neighbor in Brackenridge.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that McGinnis died Friday morning from a chop wound to the head and a stab wound to the neck. She was reported missing Friday by her parents, who also said her car was gone.

McGinnis’ body was found inside her home the next day by police officers.

Authorities found McGinnis’ car in a grocery store parking lot in Mannington, West Virginia. Investigators say Bartlett was in the car with a woman, and that he took off, running away from officers into some nearby woods.

Bartlett was eventually taken into custody near a Rite Aid store in Fairmont. He was taken to their police station for questioning, where police say he “eventually… admitted to killing Linda.”

According to the criminal complaint, he first told investigators he got to West Virginia by cab to meet up with a few girls he met online. When police asked him why he was driving McGinnis’ car, he told them he knew her and even referred to her as “grandma.”

Police say he “eventually admitted to the fact he took her car,” the criminal complaint said. He said he did not have a car or a driver’s license and wanted to surprise a girl he knew in West Virginia on her birthday.

The criminal complaint reports that Bartlett told police he “blacked out” and didn’t remember any details, but then told them “he is mentally sick and needed help.” He said he had not taken his medication for over a year and was afraid to go back to jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Bartlett then told investigators that after talking to the girl he went to meet in West Virginia last week, he packed his belongings and saw McGinnis’ car parked out front. He said he went over to her house, tried to get in though her basement, but when he couldn’t, he broke the window on her back door with a screwdriver.

He began rummaging around the home for her car keys and when he couldn’t find them, he went into her bedroom where she was asleep, the criminal complaint says. Bartlett told investigators that McGinnis’ dog began to growl, he “began to panic,” got a steak knife from her sink and then stabbed her multiple times while she was in bed.

Investigators say he told them he left the knife in the bedroom.

Police say he then found the victim’s keys by the front door, left the home, pulled her car around to the back of his house and loaded all his things into it.

According to investigators, he then put his boots and jeans in the trash, drove to West Virginia, throwing the screwdriver out of the window along the way, and waited until the next morning to knock on the door of the woman he went there to meet.

The criminal complaint reports that Bartlett told police “he did not mean to kill Linda” and “she did not deserve what happened to her.” He said he “only wanted to get a car and leave Pennsylvania to start over.”

Bartlett has a long criminal history and was sentenced to two years in prison back in 2014 after breaking into a man’s home and setting his cat on fire.

He is being held in jail in West Virginia on unrelated charges. Once he is extradited back to Allegheny County, he will be arrested and arraigned on the new charges. He will then be held in the Allegheny County Jail.

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Halfmoon to connect to Saratoga County water

HALFMOON >> The town is formulating plans to connect to a Saratoga County Water Authority trunk line in 2018 giving a backup source of potable water to Halfmoon residents as well as those in Waterford and Mechanicville.

Memories of the January 2016 water line break in Troy that affected many town residents have given the issue a more urgent importance.

“We’ve been in discussions for a while,” said Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen of talks with the county water authority. “The Troy break brought the issue to the surface quicker. We need to plan for the future now.”

The $2.9 million project is still being negotiated but prospects look good. Tollisen expects it will get underway in the fall of 2017 and fully built out by the spring of 2018.


The Halfmoon portion will be financed with the money from the town’s recent settlement with General Electric in its Hudson River dredging lawsuit. Tollisen said there will be no public borrowing.

“This is just for people who are already getting (Halfmoon) public water,” he said. “But now is the time. We have the money from the GE settlement.”

The Saratoga County Water Authority will put in a two-mile-long, 16 inch diameter, trunk line from Stillwater to Coons Crossing in Halfmoon. The town will put in two miles more of the 16-inch line to Cary Road, then down Cary Road to the intersection with Tabor/Johnson Road where it will join the Halfmoon water system.

To help the Saratoga County Water Authority pay for putting in the line, the town of Halfmoon will take an as yet-to-be-agreed-upon number of gallons of water per day for its system.

Halfmoon Water Superintendent Frank Tironi said the contracts for the amount of water and the price are still being negotiated. However, he noted that in 2015 the town averaged 2.2 million gallons per day usage with 1 million gallons per day being used in the northern section near the planned water line.

“We’ll put a pump station at Coons Crossing and then run the line to Cary and on to Tabor/Johnson Road,” Tironi said. “The pump station will boost the pressure so we can get it into the tank up there.”

Tironi said there are only a few houses along the planned route that may benefit from the new water line if they so desire.

Also benefitting from the town’s connection to the water authority are homes in Halfmoon’s Lower Pruyn Hill area and the city of Mechanicville.

“The Lower Pruyn Hill Water System has 136 users,” Tollisen said. “They’re in the town boundaries but they get their water from Mechanicville. The lines to the city are aging, so part of the project will be to do upgrades there and connect them to the town’s water system.”

Mechanicville Mayor Dennis Baker said his city will piggyback on the connection at Coons Crossing and take 125,000 gallons of water per day from the county water authority.

“It’s a backup for us,” he said. “We have our own system, a reservoir in Stillwater. New York State wants us to do some work on the reservoir so we can use the connection as a backup when we do the work and in case of emergencies.”

Tollisen sees the project as a good one for his town and for the other communities involved. He remains adamant that Halfmoon will not go back to using its Hudson River intake until more tests are done on the river’s condition.

“The more we do together the more it safeguards our communities,” he said. “Look at Flint, MI or Rensselaer County. This provides long term security for many residents. As town supervisor I will never put Halfmoon’s residents back on Hudson River water until its deemed safe by scientific evidence. EPA says the levels are acceptable but I need to make sure residents have safe water. It’s a fundamental of life.”

Florida City man arrested in connection with series of robberies

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – A Florida City man was arrested Friday in connection with a series of commercial robberies throughout the area, authorities said.

The latest robbery was reported earlier in the day Friday at the El Charito store at 636 W. Palm Drive.

According to an arrest report, Cornelius Robinson, 25, walked up behind a clerk with a Taser and stunned the man in the ribs, causing him to fall to the ground.

Police said Robinson told the man, “It’s either the Taser or the gun. Your brother told me to kill you, so get up and let’s go into the store.”

Police said the victim complied with Robinson’s orders and gave him about $100 from the cash register, and numerous T-shirts, socks and Skully hats.

Robinson also demanded cigarettes, and took two packages of gum and other items that were next to the register, the report said.

Police said Robinson dropped one of the packages of gum, one package of socks and two Skully hats while leaving the store.

He was arrested later in the day.

Police said Robinson is suspected in four robberies in Florida City and others in the Homestead area that were reported within a two week span.

Police said a handgun was used in each of the robberies.

Robinson faces multiple felony armed robbery charges.

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Myrtle Beach police arrest twelve people in connection with prostitution

Mark Robbins Source: MBPD Booking

MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) – Myrtle Beach police arrested twelve people Friday evening in connection with prostitution.

According to the Myrtle Beach Police Booking website, the arrests were made on Yaupon Drive.

Pamela Hoffman, 45, and Chelsea Colangelo-tola, 24, were charged with loitering for the purposes of prostitution.

Michael Williams, 43, Williams Riley, 33, Devon Williams, 30, Charles Newsom, 76, Thomas Mcconnell, 85, Gary Jordan, 38,  Ernie Karner, 76, Paulino Gomez, 31, Makhmud Dusmatov, 31, and Mark Robbins, 68, each face a prostitution charge.

Stay with News13 as we continue to learn more on these charges.


Volunteerism connect Toker to community – News – Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Name: Kyla (Shofner) Toker

Age: 37

Hometown: Bartlesville — I only recently moved back after living out of state for 16 years.

Current job: Marketing at Tri County Tech

Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, On the Rock Ministries as a reading tutor, Wayside Elementary, and the Bartlesville Garden Club. I also serve as the chair of Tri County Tech’s Community Relations Committee, and I coordinated over 300 volunteers for the United Way Day of Caring this year (as well as last).

Describe what you do as a volunteer:

As the chair of Tri County Tech’s Community Relations Committee, I lead a team of educators in carrying out community-focused initiatives each school year. One of the initiatives we adopted this year was to support the Bartlesville Salvation Army by “adopting” a red kettle and committing to ringing 100 hours.

Tri County Tech’s educators have had a lot of fun serving our community at the red kettle. It warms the heart to wish others a Merry Christmas while collecting donations for such an amazing nonprofit as the Salvation Army.

I’ve also driven for Meals on Wheels for nearly two years, and I love the opportunity to feed people. There’s nothing like a full belly with warm food to make someone feel better.

I’ve only recently started as a reading/math tutor at On the Rock Ministries, thanks to an opportunity to tour On the Rock with Leadership Bartlesville Class XXVI. I was moved by OTRM’s mission to love every young person unconditionally with the hope they will believe they are uniquely created with a purpose.

The tutoring program helps students succeed academically, and I feel blessed to be able to serve as a positive role model/mentor while supporting young students in experiencing success.

Why do you do it?

I love meeting other service-minded people, and by volunteering I feel more connected to the Bartlesville community. I have been blessed to be a part of Leadership Bartlesville Class XXVI this year, and I look forward to finding more ways I can serve others in Bartlesville. I also hope to instill the value of giving back in my 5-year-old son, because serving others is truly what life is all about.

How can others in the community get involved?

Bartlesville is such a unique community with so many big-hearted philanthropic-minded people. The ways you can get involved are almost endless, and I’m certain that everyone can find a way to serve others with their unique gifts.

A great way to get involved with volunteering for the first time would be to contact our local United Way and just ask. You could also reach out to any number of local non-profits directly and ask them how you can help (Mary Martha, Concern, The Cottage, The Anchor House, Main Street Bartlesville, The Green Country Free Clinic, the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, On the Rock Ministries, Meals on Wheels and so much more!).

You could also follow the Bartlesville Young Professionals and Main Street Bartlesville on Facebook to keep plugged in with what’s happening around Bartlesville. I also read the newspaper every day which is an excellent way to stay plugged in.

— Emily Droege