Thief wanted jail time to get teeth fixed

first_imgNewsLocal NewsThief wanted jail time to get teeth fixedBy admin – January 24, 2013 1182 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img Advertisement Twitter [email protected]“HE wants to avail of dental treatment” was the unexpected response given to Judge Eugene O’Kelly when he asked why a defendant abused him for not giving a long enough prison sentence. Michael Whelan, a 34-year-old serial shoplifter and thief with over 213 previous convictions, was before Limerick District Court this week pleading guilty to the theft of a packet of razors worth €15 from the Ballinacurra Pharmacy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Currently serving a four-month sentence handed down at the start of January for a spate of thefts committed last September, Michael Whelan, with an address at Kylefea, Croom had previously protested to Judge O’Kelly for giving him too lenient a sentence.Judge O’Kelly asked Ted McCarthy, solicitor for the accused “is this why he continues to re-offend”.Mr McCarthy said that Mr Whelan had been looking for a longer sentence so as he could avail of “dental work while in prison” and added that the reason his client offended was to primarily feed his alcohol habit.Expressing surprise at the defendant’s response, Judge O’Kelly convicted Michael Whelan and sentenced him to one month in prison for the theft of the razors on January 4 last.Michael Whelan had similar outbursts at a previous sitting of the district court in Rathekeale when he shouted at Judge Mary  O’Halloran, “I want 12 months”.However, the judge, who previously referred to him “as a bit of a nuisance in the community to put it mildly”, then sentenced him to four months in prison for the theft of cider and razor blades from a Spar shop in Croom. Previous articleRape crisis group want sentencing guidelinesNext articleJobs hope from HMV sale talks adminlast_img read more

USCG, US Navy Team Up to Conduct Training Operations Off Southern California

first_imgThe crew of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) returned to port, June 28 following five days at sea training and operating with U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard’s 11th District and the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET).Under Federal law, the Coast Guard is the only armed forces branch with maritime law enforcement authorities. Law Enforcement Detachment teams (LEDETs) deploy with the Navy in the Third Fleet area of operations to conduct and support maritime law enforcement, interdiction and security operations.“We are supporting law enforcement operations to curtail illegal drug and migrant smuggling in the region,” said Thach Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Lisa B. Hodgson. “Here our focus is interception, or at a minimum, disruption of these dangerous and destructive criminal activities.”The joint operation between the two branches has proven successful.“Recently, the Coast Guard embarked with the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) coupled with an anti-submarine helicopter squadron light (HSL), seizing approximately 1,500 pounds, or 51 bales, of marijuana while detaining three suspected smugglers,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Schiller, Third Fleet’s future operations deputy and maritime homeland defense lead.“You have the world’s premier Coast Guard and the world’s premier Navy and we’re operating in the same environment intercepting illicit narcotics and migrants,” said 11th District Counter Drug Officer Lt. Peter Deneen.Both the Navy and the Coast Guard train together while at sea and benefit from one another’s resources and areas of expertise.“Navy ships and systems provide valuable support and resources to the overall interdiction effort. Our crews’ skills, ship’s systems and communications capabilities help the entire process from intelligence to surveillance to interception,” said Hodgson.“In the event of a pursuit, we shift tactical control of Navy ships from Third Fleet to the 11th District, raise a Coast Guard flag on the ship’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) and place a Coast Guard boarding team under Coast Guard authority,” said Deneen.“Our relationship with the Coast Guard is seamless,” said Thach Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jason E. Jones. “The Coast Guardsmen, who are all subject matter experts in vessel boarding and law enforcement, easily integrate with our Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team.”While the Coast Guard is much smaller, its unique legal authority to enforce maritime law makes it an invaluable interagency partner with the Navy.“We’re pretty happy with the results thus far and we just hope to expand our interoperability with the Coast Guard and we look for the opportunity to affect the maritime law enforcement operations in Southern California when and if available,” said Schiller.Thach Sailors also spent the week exercising total ship survivability while training Midshipmen, performing helicopter deck landing qualifications, submarine hunting and executing routine ship maintenance.Joint, interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. Third Fleet’s ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.[mappress]Press Release, July 11, 2013; Image: US Navy USCG, US Navy Team Up to Conduct Training Operations Off Southern California View post tag: Defence View post tag: team View post tag: USCG View post tag: conduct Share this article Training & Education View post tag: US View post tag: Navy View post tag: Training View post tag: Defense View post tag: off View post tag: California View post tag: southern July 11, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Operations View post tag: up View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG, US Navy Team Up to Conduct Training Operations Off Southern California last_img read more

Steer joins Doncaster on loan

first_img Press Association Steer joined Villa on a free transfer from Norwich last summer but, given the form of Brad Guzan, he made just three appearances, all in cup matches. It is the third loan spell of 21-year-old Steer’s career as he has previously played for Yeovil and Cambridge during his time with the Canaries. Aston Villa have allowed back-up goalkeeper Jed Steer to join Sky Bet League One club Doncaster on a three-month loan deal.last_img