Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.RANDOLPH – Two Town of Randolph residents were charged for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child following a welfare check on Church Street in Randolph Wednesday.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says Alexandria Renner, 27, and Carrie Renner, 54, allegedly left an 8-year-old unattended in a residence for an undisclosed amount of time.Deputies did not specify if the child was taken from the home, or, if Child Protective Services are involved.Both were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in Randolph Town Court on a later date.
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 20, 2020 The Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican criminal organization that engages in narcotrafficking, is strengthening its power and base in Venezuela to smuggle drugs, with the support of the Nicolás Maduro regime.In its report Mexican Cartels – Venezuela’s Uninvited Guests Here to Stay, InSight Crime, a non-profit journalism and investigative organization specialized in organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, describes how members of the Sinaloa Cartel live in San Felipe, a municipality of Machiques de Perijá, in the Venezuelan state of Zulia, one of the most sought after routes for its border with Colombia and its outlet to the Caribbean. Residents told InSight Crime that the organization has such a strong presence that now the town is informally referred to as “Sinaloa.”The investigation indicates that the cartel is using 400 clandestine airstrips, where it operates with the Venezuelan Air Force and the narcotrafficking and U.S.-designated terrorist organization National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) to exchange weapons and dollars for drug shipments. According to Insight Crime, Sinaloan operators pay about $60,000 for each illegal landing.“Since the last stages of the Chávez regime and throughout the entire Maduro regime so far, Venezuela has become a safe haven for criminals, who store and move large amounts of narcotics to the United States, Europe, and Asia,” Armando Rodríguez Luna, project director at the Mexican nongovernmental organization Collective for Security Analysis with Democracy told Diálogo. “The cartel has funded some of the Venezuelan regime’s activities during the economic crisis of the last two years.”“Maduro and his cronies have been indicted as drug traffickers, and they profit enormously from illicit trade — a 50 percent increase in the illicit drug trafficking into and out of Venezuela in recent years,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in April. In late March, the U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against the Venezuelan regime for narcotrafficking and other illicit activities.“Farmers are the most affected in this situation. They can’t disobey the cartels’ decisions. If they don’t allow criminal action, they are killed,” says the Venezuelan independent newspaper El Pitazo. “The continuous flow of cocaine exposes the residents of San Felipe, a key location for the Mexican cartel, to constant danger,” Yadira Gálvez, a scholar at the National Autonomous University of México, told Diálogo.In January, Colombian President Iván Duque said that the Sinaloa Cartel’s influence is so strong that it hires snipers and people to plant antipersonnel mines to avoid Colombian eradication efforts. “These criminals no longer need intermediaries; they do the work themselves, with the help of local Colombian and Venezuelan partners,” Gálvez and Rodríguez agree.“The criminal group triggers a different dynamic in Venezuela by injecting dollars and laundering money for Maduro,” said Gálvez. “This safe haven allows the Sinaloa Cartel to improve its relationship with its Colombian partners to operate closely in the market.”
The Lady Pirates are anxious for the outdoor season to open next Thursday April 6 at home against East Central and Batesville.Courtesy of Pirates Coaches Mike Myers and Katina Tekulve. The Boys Track and Field team completed their Indoor season on Saturday at IU participating in the Hoosier State Relays.Competing for the Pirates were Junior Tanner Yonts, shot put and the 4×800 meter relay squad of Seniors Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson and Louis Moore along with Freshman Hunter Butz. Even though no one made the podium, even competed well and gained valuable experience for the upcoming outdoor season.The Pirates will be in action on April 6 when they host conference foes Batesville and East Central and then they will host the Crossbones Relays on April 8.http://iatccc.org/hsr/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/t_2017_hoosier-state-relays-small-schools.pdfThe Lady Pirates closed their indoor season at IU during the Hoosier State Relays Saturday afternoon.Four individuals and one relay team qualified for the coveted top 24 spots amongst all the small schools in the state of Indiana. High Jump Medalist Arie Hampton and Shot Put Medalist Lily Grimes both earned 5th place on the podium. Both Hampton and Grimes improved upon their performances from last year at HSR with better marks. Grimes actually threw a career best with 38’9.75″.Other improvements came from the girls 4 x 800 crew composed of Cathy Newhart, Morgan Winkler, Julia Ankney, and Cameron Jones who dropped 24 seconds from their previous relay time. HSR 60m hurdle qualifier Rylie Smith and shot put qualifier Erin Browning also performed well and gained significant experience for what comes next.