24-year-old Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty In 2019 Drug Case

first_imgLoegan Morrison-Samples file mugshot. Image by Jamestown Police.BUFFALO – A 24-year-old Jamestown woman has plead guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises in connection with a 2019 drug case.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Loegan Morrison-Samples entered the plea on Monday.Samples was arrested in April 2019 after the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided her Partridge Street residence.Inside the house, investigators allegedly recovered methamphetamine and other narcotics, including small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. In addition, police say they found a 12-gauge shotgun and a pink stun gun.Months later, in September 2019, police executed another search warrant at a new residence Samples shared with co-defendant Jacob Komenda.Jacob Komenda file mugshot. Image by Jamestown Police.Inside that location, police say they found more than $3,000 in cash, methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia.Komenda was previously convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five grams or more of methamphetamine and is awaiting sentencing.Sentencing for Samples is scheduled for January 28, 2021. 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)last_img read more

Spanish Star Esteban Oliver to Make Broadway Debut in The Lion King

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Lion King It’s an honor and a privilege, a duty I perform! Broadway’s The Lion King is set to welcome a new Zazu to the New Amsterdam Theatre. Spanish star Esteban Oliver will make his Broadway debut as the opinionated hornbill majordomo. Oliver will replace current star Jeffrey Kuhn beginning April 1 and make history as the first Spanish actor to play the role on Broadway. The Lion King became the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history on November 30, 2013. Going 16 years strong, the musical surpassed the record previously held by the original Broadway production of Les Miserables. In addition to Kuhn, the show currently stars Aaron Nelson as Simba, Chantel Riley as Nala, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa,Tsidi Manye as Rafiki, Gareth Saxe as Scar, Fred Berman as Timon and Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa. Oliver joins the The Lion King directly from the Spanish production. His other stage credits include Mamma Mia!, Beauty and The Beast, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera and Victor/Victoria. from $75.00last_img read more

The Last Ship’s Rachel Tucker Gets a Surprise Visit From Sting

first_img The Last Ship Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 View Comments Rachel Tucker might be a Broadway newbie, but she’s already getting recognized on the street! While taking photos around town for her forthcoming Broadway.com Fresh Face feature with photo editor Caitlin McNaney, the star of The Last Ship was interrupted by a familiar face: Sting, the composer of the new musical. “Sting is a father figure to us all,” Tucker told Broadway.com. “It’s been the most profound experience to have him tweak his music and lyrics around me and my voice.” Sting stuck around to cheer Tucker on and snap a photo with the new Broadway star. Check back on Thursday, October 23 for Tucker’s Fresh Face interview on Broadway.com!last_img read more

Nate Ruess of fun. & Designer Charlotte Ronson Get a Kick Out of Kinky Boots

first_img Kinky Boots View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 The Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots welcomed two visitors into Price and Son shoe factory on December 19: Nate Ruess, frontman of the band fun., and his girlfriend, fashion designer Charlotte Ronson! After seeing the uplifting story unfold onstage, the pair headed backstage to meet Billy Porter (Lola), Jake Odmark (on for Andy Kelso as Charlie) and the whole Broadway cast. Check out these photos of the couple hanging out with the Kinky crew, then catch the hit musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Kathryn Erbe & More in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Kathryn Erbe, Seth Numrich and more in the world premiere of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait. Written and directed by Daniel Talbott, the play will begin performances on May 21 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s The Gym at Judson. Opening night is set for June 9 and the off-Broadway production is scheduled to run through June 27.Joining Erbe and Numrich in the cast will be Brian Miskell, Chris Stack, Jimi Stanton,and Jelena Stupljanin.Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait takes place in the not-so-distant future; two American soldiers wait at a worn-down outpost in the desert. Hot and bright. Hallucinatory hot. The world has been ravaged by war, its natural resources stripped, and it is no longer clear if there is an enemy left to fight or anything left to fight for. They wait. For orders, provisions, a sign of life. For rescue. Even for death.The production will feature set design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Joel Moritz, sound design by John Zalewski, projection design by Dave Tennent and violence and dance choreography by UnkleDave’s Fight-House. View Comments Related Shows Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait Show Closed This production ended its run on June 27, 2015last_img read more

Nikki M. James & Andrew Rannells Reveal the Nominees for the Tonys

first_img History happened in Manhattan on May 3! Tony winner Nikki M. James and stage and screen fave Andrew Rannells (who co-starred together in the Tony-winning tuner The Book of Mormon) woke up bright and early to announce the nominees for the 70th Annual Tony Awards. From Hamilton’s record-breaking 16 nods to the snubs that had fans sobbing, the big announcement is sure to keep us talking well until the Tony Awards on June 12. Take a peek at James and Rannells looking radiant, smiley—basically everything we wished we looked like every morning before 9:00 AM, and congrats to all of the nominees! Nikki M. James & Andrew Rannells(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentslast_img read more

Feed fruit trees

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaDon’t wait any longer to fertilize your fruit trees.”It’s best to fertilize fruit trees just before or during bloom,”said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Butif your trees have finished blooming and you haven’t alreadyfertilized them, go ahead and do it now.”Fruit trees need fertilizer in the spring, Krewer said. It’sespecially important that they get nitrogen, the nutrient mostcrucial to growth. But the trees need phosphorus and potassium,too.”Take a soil sample to your county Extension office to find outexactly how much fertilizer you need,” Krewer said. “If you don’ttake a soil sample, use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10.”Problem with guessingIf you spread just the right amount of fertilizer under yourtree, you’ll get tasty, well-developed fruit and enough growth inthe tree itself to keep it healthy.If you don’t use enough, you won’t get proper growth in the fruitor the tree. If you use too much, the tree will produce longshoots that will have to be pruned back.A rough rule-of-thumb is to spread 1 pound of 10-10-10 for eachinch of diameter of the tree trunk up to a maximum of 5 poundsper tree, Krewer said. Then add another half-pound to 1 pound perinch after harvest, up to a maximum of 5 pounds per tree. Use thelower rate if the growth is lush.Best betThat may not be exactly what your trees need. The soil samplemight tell you to cut down or skip the phosphorus or potassium.But don’t just skip the fertilizer.”Fruit trees need fertilizer in the spring every year,” Krewersaid.Fertilizing fruit trees in the spring keeps the trees healthy andassures a healthy crop of fruit this year, he said.Fertilize again after you harvest the fruit. That will boost thenitrogen in the tree and help it get ready for next year.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Food prices

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaA year ago, food prices were at record highs. Now, many products have hit rock bottom. Decreases in fuel prices and ethanol demand have impacted the consumer market for milk and meats. Over the past year, U.S. fuel and energy prices decreased 28 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic Consumer Price Index. According to the CPI, meat, poultry, fish and egg prices decreased 1.3 percent last month. Dairy products, which have fallen for eight straight months, fell an additional .6 percent in July. “Milk prices at the retail and farm level have declined substantially,” said Tommie Shepherd, an agribusiness economist with the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in August 2009, a gallon of milk cost $2.74. Last year, it was $4.38. Producers are seeing a decrease in their price, too. The federal minimum price paid to producers in July was $13.07 for 100 pounds of milk, or $1.12 per gallon. A year ago, farmers were earning $22.68 per 100 pounds, or $1.95 per gallon. The reason for the decline is an increase in supply and decrease in demand. “Milk production expanded as a result of record-high farm milk prices in 2007 and 2008. Due to the global recession, U.S. exports of cheese, butter and milk powder are down 29, 80 and 29 percent respectively. This combination of increased production and decreased demand puts downward pressure on milk prices,” Shepherd said. Dairies will begin producing less, and this will slowly increase prices, he said. This is already happening in some Western states.Demand for milk will increase as schools welcome students back and food suppliers increase stocks of cheese and butter to prepare for the holidays. This increase in demand should mean higher farm and retail prices, Shepherd said. “I wouldn’t look for a swing to record-high prices anytime soon though,” Shepherd said. “Based on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange future milk prices, the market is expecting farm prices to increase by about $2.50 to $3 per 100 pounds by the end of the year, or between 22 and 26 cents per gallon at the retail level.” Meat prices have fallen, too.“Food prices are very energy sensitive,” said John McKissick, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The decrease in fuel cost has impacted the feed-grain market because there is less demand for corn to be used in ethanol production. Farmers are able to purchase feed for animals at a cheaper price than a year ago.” Corn acreage increased this year. A good growing season and weakened demand have added to the decrease in cost for commodities like corn. Wages have also fallen over the past year, another reason for the decline in food cost. “We’ve seen all protein prices decline over the past several months, especially pork and poultry,” said Curt Lacy, a livestock economist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “I think consumer demand has been reduced by the current economic system, and consumers don’t have the money or can’t spend their money on these protein sources.” Ground beef has decreased 5 cents per pound over the last year, while choice boneless steaks have decreased 2 cents per pound. Pork prices are also down about 5 cents per pound. Chicken prices are up 10 cents per pound, though, due to a decrease in production, Lacy said. Producers are receiving less for meat at market, too. Pork is bringing 15 cents less per pound and beef prices are down 12 cents a pound compared to last year, he said. “We’ve reached a bottom in terms of the declines,” McKissick said. “I think we probably will see some increases over the next couple of years as producers respond to lower prices and energy prices strengthen.”last_img read more

Periodical cicadas

first_imgIn a few weeks, Georgians will have the chance to see a rare natural phenomenon: the emergence of Brood 19, Georgia’s only 13-year cicada. “For 13 years these cicada nymphs have been living below ground, awaiting their day in the sun,” said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Cicadas are flying, plant-sucking insects. Adult cicadas grow as long as two inches with prominent wide-set eyes, short antennae and clear wings held roof-like over their abdomen. Annual cicadas are green with black eyes. Periodical cicada adults, like Brood 19, are a bit more striking with vibrant red eyes and orange veins in their wings.Most cicada species have multiple-year life cycles, usually two to eight years. In most cicada species, adults emerge every summer because the population is not synchronized; these are often called “annual” cicada species. In Georgia, what are called “dog day cicadas” or “July flies” sing in late summer. In contrast, periodical cicada species are synchronized, so that almost all of them mature into adults in the same year. Brood 19Brood 19 is one of several distinct broods that regularly emerge throughout the Southeast. They will arrive in large numbers later this month and into May. Thousands of them per acre are expected in some areas. They die about six weeks after their first flight. Many can come out in a single night. Nymphs emerge when the soil temperature inside their exit tunnels exceeds 64 degrees F. According to UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, soil temperatures at the Watkinsville weather station reached 64 degrees F last year on April 4. These cicadas typically emerge earlier in southern parts of the state. To approximate their arrival anywhere in the state, use the soil temperature calculator at www.georgiaweather.net. Estimating how many cicadas will emerge and where is tough. Habitat destruction is the biggest factor affecting cicada populations. Periodical cicadas survive underground feeding on root systems. Forested areas produce more cicadas. If trees are cut down or concrete poured over forest floors, their food source is diminished, and they don’t survive.“It is always a toss up, if they’ve been there for a long time, there is also a chance for disease to spread amongst them and for predator pressures to exist,” Hinkle said. Raccoons, opossums, skunks and dogs will eat cicadas. Dangerous?Cicadas are harmless to people. They don’t sting or bite. Any injury from an accidental nibble by one would feel like a pinprick and leave no damage. Periodical cicadas are not poisonous, nor are they known to transmit disease.They could cause damage to young trees or shrubs. If too many cicadas feed on the plant or lay eggs in the twigs, limbs may break. “The damage would be very minimal. The use of insecticides is just not justified,” she said. “The cost of the chemicals would outweigh what you might save.”Cicadas are probably best known for their strange and sometimes piercing song, which the males make using special structures called tymbals found on the abdomen. “It is kind of hard to describe the sound; it is a buzzing, humming, singing sound that resonates throughout the forest,” Hinkle said. MetamorphosisSeveral insect species spend a long time getting ready to emerge. Butterflies live as caterpillars for months and only live a week or two with wings. Periodical cicadas have all the other insects beat, Hinkle said. “This is pretty unusual. It is very unique to live underground for 13 years and then all emerge together, mate, lay eggs and repeat the cycle,” she said.In 1960, UGA entomologists Preston Hunter and H.O. Lund wrote the first publication on periodical cicadas in Georgia. Hinkle wants to follow up on their reports and track the insects across the state. Report findings or send photos to insects@uga.edu. “We’d like for people to let us know how many they are seeing and which locations are the most populated,” Hinkle said. “We’d love to track these animals when they start emerging.” If you see a periodical cicada in the coming weeks, take a good look. Remember, you won’t have the chance to see another one until 2024.last_img read more

Social networking security

first_imgSome 37 percent of American 10-to-12-year olds are active members of the social network site Facebook, according to a 2010 study by McAfee. To help Georgia teens stay safe on the Internet, Georgia 4-H specialist Cheryl Varnadoe teaches youths to make wise decisions when posting information to social network sites like Facebook and MySpace.“Our kids are growing up in public. Youth create lasting records of their lives whenever they post something online,” she said. “In a world where anything can be copied, pasted, altered and distributed in the blink of an eye to a vast invisible audience, kids must understand that they hold the key to what kind of reputation they create for themselves.”As head of Georgia 4-H’s youth technology team, Varnadoe educates youths across the state on what is appropriate material to post on social networking sites, and what is inappropriate.“Parents have to help their children learn to think long-term about posting pictures that could eventually come back to haunt them in their future,” Varnadoe said. “The user name ‘Biggreenjawbreaker’ may be cute in grade school but it won’t be so adorable at that first job interview.”To help parents guide their children, Varnadoe offers a few rules of the road for the virtual highway.Students should never post personal information, such as a cell phone number, address, or the name of their school or school team. Nothing is private online. Anything posted to a social networking site can be copied, pasted and forwarded to others. “Students should learn to guard their privacy,” she said. “What people know about you is up to you.”She recommends putting all personal information behind password-protected “walls” where only friends can see it. Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal, Varnadoe said. What’s funny or edgy today could cost you your tomorrow. Information posted in blogs could also put you at risk of victimization. People looking to harm you could use the information you post to gain your trust. They can also deceive you by pretending to know you. “Assume everyone is watching. There’s a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend’s friend, they can see everything you post,” she said.Varnadoe also shares the following tips for online safety. Students should be warned to never give their password to anyone other than their parent or guardian. Only allow people to be your “virtual friends” if you know them in real life. Never meet in person with anyone you first met on a social networking site. “Some people may not be who they say they are,” Varnadoe warns. “Think about what you see. Just because something is posted online doesn’t make it true.”Think before posting photos. Personal photos should not have revealing information, such as school names or locations. Look closely at the backgrounds of your pictures to make sure you are not giving out any identifying information without realizing it.“The name of a mall, the license plate of your car, signs, or the name of your sports team on your jersey or clothing all contain information that can give your location away,” she said. “It is also a good idea to blur or morph your photos a bit so they won’t be abused by cyber bullies or predators.”Never respond to harassing or rude comments posted on your profile. Delete any unwanted messages or friends who continuously leave inappropriate comments. And, report these comments to the networking site if they violate that site’s terms of service. Don’t say anything online that you would not say offline.Check the privacy settings of the social networking sites that you use. “Set it so that people can only be added as your friend if you approve it,” Varnadoe said. “And make sure people can only view your profile if you have approved them as a friend.” Remember, posting information about your friends could put them at risk, too. Protect your friends by not posting their names, passwords, ages, phone numbers, school names or locations. Don’t post plans and activities on your site. “Apply the Golden Rule,” she said. “If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.”Check your friends’ posts and make sure they aren’t accidentally putting you at risk. Review your profile and your past blog posts and remove information that could put you at risk. Remember, anyone has access to your blog and profile, not just people you know personally. “I always tell our Georgia 4-H’ers, unless you’re prepared to attach your page to your college, internship, scholarship, job or sports team application, don’t post it publicly,” she said.To request a Georgia 4-H program on social/Internet safety or cyber bullying prevention, contact Cheryl Varnadoe at cv4h@uga.edu or call the Georgia 4-H State Office at 706-542-4H4H.last_img read more